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New DCs for Moga, Gurdaspur
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab Government today posted two new deputy commissioners and ordered fresh postings for six SDMs. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh has been posted as deputy commissioner, Gurdaspur and Satwant Singh is the new deputy commissioner of Moga.

Vendetta Cases Against Cops
PIL to be filed in SC: Gill
Chandigarh, November 5
Former DGP of Punjab KPS Gill today said like-minded people would be filing a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court to question cases of “political vendetta” registered against senior police officials. The registration of a case against SS Virk by the Punjab vigilance bureau would be foremost in that appeal.

Strike period of teachers condoned
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab government today decided to condone the strike period of teachers and employees of government-aided schools in the state. The government is also to release grant for the next six months without pre-audit to expedite the disbursal of salaries to the staff of aided schools.



Emergency in Pakistan
‘Economic sanctions may prove disastrous’
Attari, November 5
People of Pakistan are worried over the likely economic sanctions in view of the emergency imposed by President Pervez Musharraf a few days ago. These views were expressed by some members of a delegation comprising 84 members, which arrived in India through the joint checkpost on a 25-day pilgrimage here today.

Members of a jatha from Pakistan after arriving in Amritsar on Monday. —A Tribune photograph
Members of a jatha from Pakistan after arriving in Amritsar on Monday.

Govt wants Punchhi panel to be wound up
Chandigarh, November 5
Punjab will urge the Union Government for winding up the commission on centre-state relations headed by Justice M.M. Punchhi as its terms of reference clearly violate the federal spirit of the Constitution. Instead, a conclave of political parties should be called from across the country and a federal structure be re-established on the basis of consensus evolved at the conclave.

Badal for restructuring of Constitution
Chandigarh November 5
Once again raising his oft-repeated line of “giving more powers to states and on river waters issue,” Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for a comprehensive restructuring of the Constitution to bring it in line with the federal character of the country.



Chinks in SAD (A)
Bittu supporters to form separate party
Chandigarh, November 5
A five-member committee set up to resolve the issues related to Akali Dal(Amritsar) here today said removal of Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu from the party was undemocratic and against the constitution of the party.


Flying Squads
Panchayat bodies to intensify stir
Chandigarh, November 5
Members of five organisations associated with the Rural Development and Panchayat Department under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC) today threatened to intensify their stir if the state government failed to meet their demands.

General secretary of the Panchayati Raj Junior Engineers Association Kulwant Singh addresses a press conference at Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

General secretary of the Panchayati Raj Junior Engineers Association Kulwant Singh addresses a press conference at Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 on Monday.

Enhanced power bills despite CM’s assurances
Patiala, November 5
Electricity consumers in the state have already received bills according to enhanced power tariff as recommended by the Punjab State Electrcity Regulatory Commission despite Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s assurances the revised tariff’s burden would not be passed on to the consumers, at least for the time being.

After giving maximum CMs,
Malwa now leads in MPs’ attendance in LS
Bathinda, November 5
Malwa has always been on the forefront of Punjab politics and boasts of giving the maximum number of chief ministers to the state. Now it also seems to be leading the list of average attendance (sittings) of Punjab MPs in the 14th Lok Sabha as well.

Cops to escort Pak cricket fans
Amritsar, November 5
The police has planned a comprehensive security for Pakistan cricket fans who will be entering India tomorrow to witness the second one dayer between India and Pakistan. It is scheduled to be held in Mohali on November 8.

Admn fails to check synthetic khoya supply
Minister warns sweet shop owners
Gurdaspur, November 5
Residents of this district are forced to consume sweet poison on every festival for the past many decades, courtesy the administration and the health authorities who have failed in taking a concrete step to check the supply of synthetic dairy products in the area.

Govt to appoint 17,000 teachers
Zira (Ferozepur), November 5
With a view to improving the quality of education, 17,000 teachers will be appointed soon and Adarsh Schools will be opened in all Assembly constituencies of the state at a cost of Rs 75 crore. This was stated by education minister Upinderjit Kaur who was here to preside over the centenary celebrations of Jeewan Mal Government Senior Secondary School.

Illegal colonies mushrooming in Muktsar
Muktsar, November 5
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has no business in Muktsar, which is the hub of illegal colonies being carved out of the agricultural land surrounding the city.

Annual Plan
Coalition hitch hinders resource mobilisation
Chandigarh, November 5
Though Punjab has failed to mobilise additional financial resources, as far as implementation of its annual plan is concerned, it is doing reasonably well so far. The Annual Development Plan is worth Rs 5,111 crore and has been approved by the national Planning Commission.

In peace with wild animals: A farmer shows the way
Nurpur Bedi (Ropar), November 5
Much hue and cry is being raised by farmers living near forest areas regarding the damage to their crops by wild animals, especially blue bulls and wild boars. A farmer living near Nurpur Bedi has, however, displayed how they can live in a symbiotic relation with the wild animals.

Mehar Singh, a farmer, along with his family, feeds a blue bull at his farm near Nurpur Bedi. Photo by writer

Mehar Singh, a farmer, along with his family, feeds a blue bull at his farm near Nurpur Bedi

500 kg synthetic khoya confiscated
Ropar, November 5
The health department today confiscated about 500 kg synthethic khoya from the Ropar railway station. Sources in the department said they had information that the synthetic khoya was coming for sale in the markets of Ropar and adjoining areas of Himachal.


6 get life term for double murder
Sangrur, November 5
Additional sessions judge D.S. Malwai today awarded life imprisonment to all six accused, Jaspal Singh of Sangrur, Darshan Singh, Harish Kumar, Rameshwar, Vijay Kumar and Jaggu, all residents of Narwana town, Haryana, in a double murder case during a daylight robbery here.

Tota Singh Case
Warrants issued against witness
Ropar, November 5
The special judge here today issued bailable warrants against a witness in corruption case against former education minister Tota Singh. Om Prakash, an assistant in the Education Department, was to depose before the court in the said case against Tota Singh and other officials of the department.

HC asks Jalandhar SP to assist court
Chandigarh, November 5
Just over two years after a Jalandhar district resident was arrested despite the confirmation of her anticipatory bail, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that the manner in which the investigations have been carried out in the case is “nothing but willful disobedience” of the court orders.

Balbir Singh Seechewal ‘Eco Baba’ sendsSOS to HC
Chandigarh, November 5
“Eco Baba” Balbir Singh Seechewal, whose feat of cleaning the polluted and weed-ridden 160-km Kali Bein river through community participation was highly-acclaimed by a cross section of society, today sent an SOS to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to protect Punjab’s rivers from large-scale pollution by vested interests.


Rs 45 lakh for Sangrur, Sunam colleges
Sangrur, November 5
In an effort to improve infrastructure and maintain the buildings of Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam, and Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, Rs 45 lakh has been released by PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

From Colleges
1,300 students participate in recruitment drive
Banur, November 5
About 40 officers from the staff training institute, PNB, Panchkula, along with managers from five different zones, headed by S.M. Mahajan, chief manager, Bali and Ashok Sharma, visited Dr IT Business School, Banur, today. Prof P.P. Arya recalled the achievements of Lala Lajpat Rai. Bali enlightened the students on the key to success and said, “Ability, speed, patience, impartiality and clean hands are the five mantras for success.”
Students participate in a placement meet at Rayat and Bahra Institute on Monday.

Students participate in a placement meet at Rayat and Bahra Institute on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu


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