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Canal Row
State set to take on water commission
Chandigarh, November 2
The Punjab Government is gearing up to take on the central water commission (CWC) which it feels is “clearly biased” against the state and is “blatantly favouring” Haryana on the issue of Hansi-Butana branch, a multi-purpose link channel.

Witnesses turn hostile in assault case
Sukhbir urges exemption from personal appearance
Sukhbir Singh BadalFaridkot, November 2
The witnesses in cases pertaining to attack on mediapersons allegedly by Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president, Shiromani Akali Dal, turned hostile in the local court by backtracking from their earlier statement, here today.

Sukhbir against sting operation
Faridkot, November 2
Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president, Shiromani Akali Dal, today said that sting operations were not in a good spirit as far as the individuality of a person was concerned.

Secy deposes in case against Badals
Ropar, November 2
Chief parliamentary secretary for cooperation Jagdeep Singh Nakai today deposed before special judge, Ropar, in a corruption case against the Badals.




Public support must for dream projects: CM
Nawanshahr, November 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the SAD-BJP government had started taking revolutionary steps to revamp the education system in the state.

Hints at relief for medical students
Patiala, November 2
The state government was planning to upgrade at least three government schools in each Assembly segment to Adarsh Schools. Industry and village panchayats would be involved in setting new Adarsh Schools. This was stated by the CM at a press conference here today.


Youth Cong leaders protest against Daler Mehndi
Patiala, November 2
Hundreds of workers and leaders of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), led by its state president Vijay Inder Singla, held a protest against pop singer Daler Mehndi for the latter’s outburst against the Congress and the former Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Food poisoning: 34 more cases reported
It was deliberate, says DC
Kharar, November 2
Thirty-four more cases of food poisoning from Guru Gobind Singh Modern Technology and Polytechnic College, Khanpur, were reported today.

Dignitaries participate in a nagar kirtan to mark the inaugural day of the 62nd All-India Sikh Educational Conference in Amritsar on Friday. Majithia ‘leads’ nagar kirtan
Amritsar, November 2
A nagar kirtan was taken out by the Chief Khalsa Diwan Education Committee as part of the 62nd All-India Sikh Educational Conference, dedicated to the 3rd centenary of Gurgaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, here today.

Dignitaries participate in a nagar kirtan to mark the inaugural day of the 62nd All-India Sikh Educational Conference in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Satkar panel workers ready to appear before Takht
Amritsar, November 2
Activists of the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee and third faction of the Damdami Taksal have offered to appear before Akal Takht, as per a directive of Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti. However, they have a pre-condition that the proceedings should be held in front of the “Sikh Sangat” instead of in closed door.

Dera Controversy
Pvt bus operators await dues
Bathinda, November 2
The dera controversy has left private bus operators here in a fix. Sources said the district administration had hired private buses and canters when the controversy was simmering in the region to provide transportation to paramilitary forces. When the operators went to seek the dues, they were reportedly told to approach the Chief Minister during a sangat darshan programme.

Punjab modifies policy on medical reimbursements
Chandigarh, November 2
The Punjab government has modified its policy regarding reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by the state employees or pensioners while receiving treatment for complicated chronic diseases. The modification, made in the policy, came into force on September 10.

Master plan to avert floods soon
Tarn Taran, November 2
The state government is going to make a master plan to prevent floods in areas falling near the river banks in the state.

Secretariat staff threaten stir
Chandigarh, November 2
The Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to either accept its long-pending demands or face agitation.


HC acts upon plea of blast accused
Had claimed cops killed co-accused kin
Chandigarh, November 2
Acting on an application filed by Davinder Singh Bhullar, an accused in the Saini blast case, claiming that his father and uncle along with other accused in the matter were eliminated by the police, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Brahmpura gets reprieve
Allowed to visit Pakistan, Singapore
Ropar, November 2
Minister for rural development and panchayat Ranjit Singh Brahmpura was today allowed by a Ropar court to visit Pakistan and Singapore.


The shocked family of Roop Lal. Harassed by money lender, BBMB employee commits suicide
Nangal, November 2
Roop Lal, a ward boy in the BBMB canal hospital here, committed suicide today by consuming poison after allegedly being harassed by an illegal money lender.

The shocked family of Roop Lal. Photo by Sushil Sharma

Shingaar Blast
Man held for harbouring suspects
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 2
The CIA, Jagraon, today arrested a close associate of the suspects of the Shingaar cinema blast at Ghuman Chowk, near Sudhar village, yesterday. A .36-bore pistol and cartridges, buried by him near a wall of Gurdwara Tuggal, were recovered.

Suicide pact: Girl dead, boy serious
Kharar, November 2
A young couple tried to commit suicide by consuming celphos tablets in Kurali area today.

Man, son die in mishap
Sangrur, November 2
Gurmail Singh and his son Mandeep Singh of Chhajli village (near Sunam) were killed today near the ITI chowk at Sunam when a four-wheeler hit their motorcycle, which they had bought just 15 minutes back.


Ludhiana tops in excise collection
Chandigarh, November 2
The Ludhiana commissionerate continues to lead in the central excise collections in the Chandigarh zone. However, the Chandigarh commissionerate has fared badly during the six-month period ending September.


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