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Police ‘illegally’ occupying PWD rest house
Bathinda, November 12
Controversy seems to be surrounding the PWD rest house in Bathinda. According to information , the rest house, that belongs to the PWD Department, was handed over to the Police Department for use by the then I-G Bathinda zone.Even after the I-G’s transfer from here, the building has not restored to the PWD, nor any rent has been paid for its use. The building continues to be in the possession of the police and now houses the office-cum-residence of the DIG Faridkot range. As per records I-G Rajinder Singh had availed himself of this rest house for use as office-cum-residence when his office was shifted from Faridkot to Bathinda. At that time, the DIG’s office used to function from a PWD (B&R) building. The office was later shifted to a PUDA building.
The PWD rest house that houses the office of DIG, Faridkot range, in Bathinda The PWD rest house that houses the office of DIG, Faridkot range, in Bathinda. — A Tribune photograph


Economic instability staring at state: Bhattal
Patiala, November 12
PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal being garlanded before her public rally Holding the “misrule” of Akalis responsible for alleged fiscal mismanagement, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said Punjab was virtually standing on the brink of economic emergency.

PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal being garlanded before her public rally in Patiala on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Rs 900 cr outstanding, yet more subsidy on power
Chandigarh, November 12
Where is the money for additional power subsidy that the ruling SAD-BJP combine, added to the burden of its dwindling resources ? Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced to provide fresh subsidy to offset the power tariff hike even as the government, in the past three months, has not paid a rupee to the Punjab State Electricity Board on account of existing subsidies.

Banks to distribute social security pensions
Ropar, November 12
The beneficiaries of the social security schemes in the state will get their pensions and grants through banks in future. Minister for social security and technical education Swarna Ram today said this while talking to newsmen here today. He was here to chair a meeting of the District Planning Board.

Arsenic content in groundwater
Task force to submit report within 3 months

Chandigarh, November 12
After the Punjab State Human Rights Commission took cognisance of a news item “Punjab groundwater becoming more toxic” carried in these columns on June 6, the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala, has asserted that a detailed study for assessing arsenic in groundwater is being carried by a task force.



Give power subsidy to poor: Mann
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded that the state government should extend power subsidy to the unemployed and poor sections of society across the state.

Put intelligence agencies on high alert: Bitta
Amritsar, November 12
The Central government should put on high alert its intelligence agencies across the country in view of the disturbed conditions in neighbouring Pakistan, besides thwarting any attempt of the disruptive forces to disturb peace in the country.

Grievance Panel Meeting
3 MLAs, MP walk out
Ropar, November 12
The first grievances committee meeting of the district had MLAs and MP, Ropar, grousing. Three MLAs, including Ujjagar Singh Wadali, Sant Ajit Singh and Charanjit Singh Channi and MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, walked out of the meeting with the grouse that they were not extended the invitation by the district administration for attending the meeting.

Amarinder absent at rally
Patiala, November 12
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal almost surprised the Congress rank and file by staging a show of strength in the stronghold of Amarinder Singh, whose absence from the rally raised many a eyebrow in political circles.

Release grant for holy city, Sidhu tells Kalia
Chandigarh, November 12
BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu today demanded from local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia to immediately release a sanctioned grant of Rs 100 crore for the holy city.


Mongia takes over as PSHRC chairperson
Chandigarh, November 12
Former Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court, Justice R.S. Mongia, today took over as the chairperson of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission. The post had been lying vacant since Justice N.C. Jain resigned as commission chairperson in early 2006.

‘I want to see trees dad sowed in Kapurthala’
Amritsar, November 12
The love for their family members and their places that got separated during Partition is still alive in the hearts of people of both sides of Punjab who long to see the places where their forefathers lived. Prof Ghulam Rasul Azad, Principal Government College, Sheikhupura, Pakistan, is no different.

Ghulam Rasul Azad
Ghulam Rasul Azad

The custodians of qawwali tradition
Malerkotla, November 12
The waning charisma of qawwali is being kept alive by a small Muslim-dominated town here. A princely state during the British rule, Malerkotla was founded in 1600 by Sufi saint Baba Haidar Sheikh.

Folk singers want revival of heritage fests
Bathinda, November 12
To give a boost to tourism and attract foreign tourists, the previous government led by Capt Amarinder Singh started a series of heritage festivals in the state in 2003.

250 Haj pilgrims leave for Delhi
Malerkotla , November 12
As many as 250 Haj pilgrims left for Delhi from the railway station here today.

Stones of 2 projects laid
Fatehgarh Churian, November 12
Punjab water supply and sanitation minister Bikram Singh Majithia laid the foundation stones of two projects for providing potable water for residents of over half a dozen villages near here. The stones were laid at Dadu Youdh and Kotli Surat Mali villages.

Mian Mir body opens US chapter
Amritsar, November 12
Harbhajan Singh Brar, international president of the Sain Mian Mir Foundation (SMMF), today opened the US chapter of the foundation to promote the teachings of the great Sufi saint who had laid the foundation stone of the Golden Temple.

Jess Dhillon
Jess Dhillon

DGP for better info network
Chandigarh, November 12
Punjab DGP NPS Aulakh today asked his officers to strengthen the existing information gathering network in the field by ensuring close supervision of activities of former terrorists and their sympathisers, who have been acquitted or bailed out.

Minister fitted with pace-maker
Jalandhar, November 12
Punjab education minister Dr Upinderjeet Kaur was admitted to a private hospital here after severe decrease in heart rate on Sunday night.

Website on Dasam Granth
Amritsar, November 12
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has launched a website, Dasam Quest, on the Dasam Granth to help people understand its importance.

Tourism expert to prepare master plan
Chandigarh, November 12
Robert Clevendon, a tourism expert of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, today called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him about the strategic planning to prepare a blueprint to promote 'river and leisure tourism' in the state.

Sangrur naturopath gets award
Sangrur, November 12
A naturopath from Bhawanigarh (Sangrur), Dr Harpreet Bhandari, was honoured with the prestigious Mukunda Mishra Nature Cure Award - 2007 some days ago by the Institute of Nature Cure and Yogic Science, Balasore (Orissa), for his services in the field of naturopathy. He is the first Punjabi to have won this award.

Havildar dies of cardiac arrest
Kharar, November 12
Kuldeep Singh (46), a havildar at the Majat police post, died of cardiac arrest while on duty here today.

Preservation of heritage underlined
Amritsar, November 12
Head of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha International, Giani Baldev Singh said the “Amrit Chhako Singh Sajo” and the“Sikh Virsa Sambhal Lehar” movements had evoked an encouraging response across the state.

NICS pip Black Elephant
Patiala, November 12
National Institute Cricket and Sports (NICS) defeated Black Elephant (MES) Cricket Club, Patiala, by 14 runs in tri-series for the Punjab Today Foundation Club being played at military ground here today. After winning the toss, Black Elephant Cricket Club decided to bowl. National Institute Cricket and Sports scored 157 runs for 7 in allotted 40 overs.


It applies even to cases before its enactment: HC 
Chandigarh, November 12
In a significant judgement that will benefit accident victims, a three-judge Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that Section 173 (1) of the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act will also apply to cases where accident and award are prior to date on which the 1988 Act came to force, but appeal is filed under it.

Raninder not cooperating: Punjab
Chandigarh, November 12
Less than a month after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the issuance of a three-day prior notice to Raninder Singh, son of Punjab’s former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, if he was required to be arrested in any case, the state of Punjab today claimed he was not cooperating.

Doc gets 3-month jail
Mohali, November 12
The implementation of the PNDT Act in the state got a shot in the arm today with the conviction of Parmod Gupta of Kotkapura in Faridkot district. Gupta had been awarded three months rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 for possessing an ultrasound machine without getting the centre registered.


Youth rapes 3-year-old niece
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 12
The district police arrested a 22-year-old youth for allegedly raping the three-year-old daughter of his elder brother in Ferozepore village today.


Punjabi varsity penalised Rs 5,000

Patiala, November 12
The State Information Commission, Punjab, has imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on Punjabi University, Patiala, under the Information Act 2005. The university has been asked to pay the money to the complainant.

Training programme for PSEB engineers
Patiala, November 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board has started a nine-week-long techno-managerial training programme for 111 assistant engineers recruited this year.


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