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Maya woos poor upper castes
Ludhiana, November 17
President of the BSP and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati being garlanded by Avtar Singh Kareempuri (right), president of the Punjab unit of the party. The poor people belonging to upper castes and religious minorities in Punjab, in particular, need to wake up and join hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and change the tides of power enjoyed by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies since Independence.

President of the BSP and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati being garlanded by Avtar Singh Kareempuri (right), president of the Punjab unit of the party, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

700 Most-wanted Criminals
Police to approach Interpol, CBI
DGP N.P.S. AulakhBathinda, November 17
Director-general of police N.P.S. Aulakh today said the Punjab Police had decided to approach Interpol for the arrest of 700 most-wanted criminals who had escaped abroad. He said the CBI would be approached for this purpose.



8 unrecognised nursing colleges allowed admissions
Ropar, November 17
Seats in many recognised nursing colleges of the state are lying vacant after counselling for admissions ended yesterday.

Council to probe

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperative minister, puts a bundle of sugarcane to kickstart the crushing of the crop at the Batala Cooperative Sugar Mill near Batala on Saturday. Bio-fuel soon: Capt
Batala, November 17
The government is likely to manufacture bio-fuel (ethanol) from cane sugar at cooperative sugar mills if the trade is found to be more profitable than that of sugar. The government has chalked out the possibilities and feasibilities in this pretext, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperative minister, while addressing a gathering of cane-sugar growers at a function organised at the Batala Co-operative Sugar Mill here today.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperative minister, puts a bundle of sugarcane to kickstart the crushing of the crop at the Batala Cooperative Sugar Mill near Batala on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Gurcharn Singh Rakkar Punjabi taking roots abroad: Rakkar
Amritsar, November 17
Gurcharn Singh Rakkar, who owns 1,100 acres of farmland in the USA, has said after attracting people in Canada and England, Punjabi language is becoming popular in some parts of the USA. Talking to The Tribune here yesterday, Rakkar said a Mexican girl, studying in Unified School, Kerman City, near California, topped in the optional subject of Punjabi language this year.


False cases registered: Probe
Chandigarh, November 17
In a severe indictment of “political interference” in the Punjab Police, an inquiry by an SSP-level officer has found that false cases have been registered in the state.

Plea seeking info on SGPC ads filed
Amritsar, November 17
A local leader, Baldev Singh Sirsa, has again filed an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI), this time seeking information from the SGPC about the newspaper advertisements given by it in the past 10 years.

Balancing Act
Mayor seeks to please councillors
Adjusts 46 of them in 11 committees
Patiala, November 17
Apparently bowing to the political pulls and pressures, Patiala mayor Ajit Singh Kohli has sought to perform a balancing act. He has adjusted as many as 46 of the total of 50 municipal councillors in the newly-formed committees and sub-committees of the civic body.

Orkut sos
Help pours in for the disabled
Kharar, November 17
Help has come for the Universal Disabled Caretaker Society, Padiala, after The Tribune highlighted the plight of the society in dealing with government norms.

Infiltration from Pak continues: General
Kapurthala, November 17
The Pakistan emergency has had no effect on infiltration of militants in the trouble-torn Jammu and Kashmir. It is continuing as earlier.

Kidney Removal Case
Report says girl died of disease
Amritsar, November 17
The pathologist report of Sonia, a four-year-old girl child whose kidney was allegedly removed without her parents’ consent, confirms that the cause of her death was a situation resulting from nephroblastoma, a disease sufficient to cause death.

Protest against police inaction
Amritsar, November 17
A large number of farmers today protested in front of the Majitha police station against the alleged failure of the police to take action against a commission agent who had grabbed the mortgaged land of a farmer of Vandala village.

Doctors seek cadre review
Chandigarh, November 17
A delegation of specialist doctors of the Punjab civil medical services association yesterday met Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla and demanded that a cadre review be carried out and that retirement age be enhanced among other issues.

Villagers get mobile dispensary
Dina Nagar, November 17
Giving a fillip to its healthcare programmes, the Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha, a Delhi-based NGO, launched a mobile dispensary here to cater to villagers of the block.

Residents demand resumption of train service
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
Residents of Bassi-Pathana have demanded that the railway authorities should resume train 1 CN that commuted between Ambala and Nangal.

Lok adalat reunites two couples
Ludhiana, November 17
A state-level lok adalat organised at the district court complex here today brought happiness to some couples.


High Court
‘Encroachment is a penal offence’
Chandigarh, November 17 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that an officer, who ignores encroachments, has to be dealt with severely.

Witnesses depose in judge murder case
Chandigarh, November 17
Lawyer K.S. Aggarwal, a witness in the Patiala judge murder case, today stated that the prime accused, Dr Ravdeep Kaur, had abused the deceased in his court and intimidated him in his presence.


3 die in Sirhind mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 17
Three persons were killed and nine sustained serious injuries as four vehicles collided with one another near Adampur village on the Sirhind-Patiala highway, near here, this afternoon.

2 quintal poppy husk seized
Kharar, November 17
The Kharar Sadar police confiscated two quintals of poppy husk during a special naka put up at Kharar-Banur highway on Friday late evening.


Green house technology best suited for Punjab
Mohammad Mushtaq and Rajiv Roy in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, November 17
Punjab is a fit place to grow high quality coloured capsicum, vegetables, flowers tomato and etal around the year under controlled temperature conditions. Bitman, an Israeli expert told The Tribune after visiting various parts of the state and interacting with the senior officers and farm experts.

Mohammad Mushtaq and Rajiv Roy in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph


Muktsar SSP shifted
Chandigarh, November 17
Bringing about a minor change the Punjab Government today shifted the IG of Patiala zone and the SSP of Muktsar, Chief Minister’s home district. Both the officers, IG M.K. Tewari and SSP Pramod Ban had sought transfers citing “family reasons”.


Badal reviews functioning of school education
Chandigarh, November 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed the school education department to implement Rs 132 crore NABARD-assisted scheme for upgradation of infrastructure in government senior secondary schools with science stream in true spirit.

Tech fest at Rayat gets off to flying start
Ropar, November 17
‘Minerva - The Legend 2007’, the annual two-day techno-cultural extravaganza of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, got off to a flying start here today at Rayat Technology Campus, Railmajra.

ABS to adopt two CAT toppers
Kharar, November 17
Aryans Business School (ABS) has launched scholarships for CAT students. Christened as Late M.R. Kataria Memorial Scholarship, the scheme aims at providing financial support to those who have merit but lack resources. Students from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, HP and J and K will be eligible for it.


Rs 100-cr subsidy for industry in Punjab
Patiala, November 17
Manoranjan Kalia, minister of industries, Punjab, announced a subsidy of Rs 100 crore for industries in the state.


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