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Badal allowed to go abroad
Ropar, November 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal were today allowed by the special judge here to go abroad from November 10 to November 20. Yesterday they moved an application seeking permission to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai, Sharjah and South Africa.

Sukhbir not to be acting CM
Ropar, November 1
With Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today being allowed by a local court to go abroad for 10 days, speculation has set in that who would be acting on his behalf in the state. According to the norm, a senior cabinet colleague looks after the office of Chief Minister in his absence.

Radicals to launch stir
Chandigarh, November 1
Sikh radicals will start a stir against what they call the “double standards” of the authorities concerned. Members of various groups today decided to start a movement that may help in bringing relief to all Sikh families who had suffered during the riots in 1984.
Sikh radicals outside the district courts with posters demanding arrest of perpetrators of 1984 riots, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Sikh radicals outside the district courts with posters demanding arrest of perpetrators of 1984 riots, in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 



Let’s Go Green
Neem-based pesticide plant set up
Patiala, November 1
Farmers of the state now can give up use of chemical fertilisers. The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) has set up the first neem-based bio-pesticide plant at Thapar deemed university.


Manpreet Singh Badal Subsidies okay, but balance must: Manpreet
Bathinda, November 1
In a milder tone as compared to his earlier stand over fiscal discipline in the state, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal said today that subsidies are important for the development of the state. He also said balance must be maintained between the subsidies given to weaker sections of society and development as a whole. The minister was here, along with Analjit Singh, chairman, Max Healthcare, to survey the site for the proposed cancer hospital.

SGPC Election
General house preponed
Amritsar, November 1
The countdown for electing president and other office-bearers of the SGPC has begun with the pre-poning of the annual general house from November 28 to November 23.

Power Tariff
No end to row in sight
Chandigarh, November 1
The core committee of the Shiormani Akali Dal (SAD) met here late this evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to discuss the strategy to resolve the power tariff row with its coalition partner-BJP. Other issues such as nuclear power plant, resource mobilisation and elections were also discussed.

2 die as car hits train
Gurdaspur, November 1
Two women were crushed to death and four others injured critically when a car they were travelling by hit a train at an unmanned level crossing in Jhawar village near here this afternoon.

Food poisoning figure now 362
Kharar, November 1
The number of students who fell ill after eating langar at Guru Gobind Singh Modern Technology and Polytechnic College, Khanpur, has gone up to 362. As many as 213 students were reported at the OPD yesterday and 38 were admitted. Today, 54 new patients were reported at the OPD.

Aided-school teachers to invoke RTI Act
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 1
Terming the statements issued by the state government regarding the release of grants for salary of aided school teachers to be misleading, the Aided Schools Progressive Front of Punjab has decided to invoke the RTI Act to counter the government claim.

Fighting TB through magic
Sangrur, November 1
Magician Ved Parkash explains to students and others about TB through a magic trick on the campus of a government school at Ubhawal village, near Sangrur. The services of a magician are being used by the TB control society to generate awareness among the masses in the district. The magician, Ved Parkash, from Chandigarh has performed at six magic shows organised by the society during the past four months in the district to educate people, especially schoolchildren, about the TB, AIDS and drug abuse.
Magician Ved Parkash explains to students and others about TB through a magic trick on the campus of a government school at Ubhawal village, near Sangrur.

Scrap flying squads: Panchayat body
Chandigarh, November 1
Demanding scrapping of flying squads, five organisations associated with Rural Development and Panchayat Department staged a protest by wearing black robes in Sector 17, here this afternoon under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC). Members from Patiala district participated in today’s protest.

Body denies role in strike
Chandigarh, November 1
The Rural Development Officers Association, Punjab, has denied its involvement in the ongoing strike by some sections of the Panchayati Raj Institutions, who are protesting against the formation of flying squads.

CM hits out at Central panel
Chandigarh, November 1
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today came down heavily on the Central Water Commission (CWC) for what he described as its “duplicity of standards on the Hansi-Butana issue.”

14,000 teachers to be appointed in 3 years
Patiala, November 1
Minister for languages and education Dr Upinder Jit Kaur, today asserted that Punjabi language and culture would be given its due importance and Punjab languages department was making efforts to ensure proper growth and development of the Punjabi language.

12 hurt in mishap
Mukerian, November 1
Twelve passengers were injured, six of them seriously, when the tourist bus, in which they were travelling, overturned on the Jalandhar-Jammu highway near Talwandi village this morning. The driver of the Delhi-bound bus lost control over it while giving pass to a car.

Alarm Bells
Fewer girls coming for vaccination

Only 229 girls vaccinated against 1,125 boys
Patiala, November 1
The declining number of new born girl children coming for vaccination programmes in Patiala region has once again raised concern among experts.

Cop suspended for beating up trucker
Sangrur, November 1
Head constable (HC) Kewal Singh of the police control room (PCR) team here was today suspended for allegedly “beating up” truck driver Rajbir Singh near the old truck union here yesterday.

Venue for channel launch changed
Patiala, November 1
Sudden change of venue for the launch of a TV channel at the Polo grounds to the YPS grounds by the SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal on “security grounds”, has sparked a row.

Jobs recommended for martyrs’ kin
Chandigarh, November 1
A high-powered committee constituted by the Punjab Government for rehabilitating next of kin and dependants of martyrs of various operations today met under the chairmanship of Ramesh Inder Singh, chief secretary and recommended the names of 40 eligible dependants to various departments for government jobs.

3 tubewells for Kharar soon
Kharar, November 1
The municipal council on Monday approved three tubewells for the town during its meeting conducted here. These three tubewells will be installed in ward numbers 8, 14 and 4.



Removal of market committee head upheld
Chandigarh, November 1
In a major boost to the Punjab government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that nomination to a committee can be discontinued by introducing suitable amendments in the statute, while dismissing a petition filed by the former chairman of Raikot Market Committee.

High Court
Registration of case in custodial death ordered
Chandigarh, November 1
Taking up the Ferozepore custodial death case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the registration of a case in the matter.


DSP booked for sexual harassment
Jalandhar, November 1
Within 24 hours of the publication of a news item in The Tribune, the police booked Moga DSP (detective) Darshan Singh on the charge of sexually harassing a woman of Jalandhar.


GND varsity Syndic Poll
It’s Cong versus Akalis
Amritsar, November 1
Even as the election of three members to the syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University here has already been delayed for around four months, Congress and Akali senators are likely to take diametrically opposite stand on the issue in the 100-member varsity senate.


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