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Pakistanis languishing in Amritsar jail
Their term over, but Pak indifferent

Amritsar, November 18
Many Pakistani prisoners, including women who have already completed their sentence, could not be released from the high-security Amritsar Central Jail because their own country is not coming forward to end their misery.

State’s share from Rs 25,000-cr central funds in jeopardy
SAD-BJP in a fix over dist-level panels
Chandigarh, November 18
The ruling SAD-BJP finds itself in a fix. Crores of central funds meant for the rural sector will be stopped next year as the state has not formed district-level committees to plan and execute projects. The problem-the Congress has majority in the Zila Parishads and municipalities from where members of the committees are to be drawn.

Rice mills come to a halt
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 18
Over 3,500 rice millers in the state have come to a grinding halt as the owners are finding it hard to meet the specifications for rice due to the presence of high moisture in the paddy made available to them by various government procurement agencies.



More winged guests at Nangal wetland than Ropar
Nangal, November 18
The wetland here that has been developed into a lake is receiving thousands of winged guests from Central Asia. Already over 15,000 migratory birds have arrived at the wetland.

Rudy shelducks (surkabh) and great cormorants present in large numbers at the Nangal lake. — A Tribune photograph

Rudy shelducks (surkabh) and great cormorants present in large numbers at the Nangal lake.

‘Punjabis command respect in Iran’
Amritsar, November 18
Punjabis command a lot of respect in Iran due to the 700-year-old historical Punjabi-Persian link. Their mother-tongue is taught in certain schools there.


Sekhri nominated to AICC
Batala, November 18
Balwinder Singh Ladi, chairman, Zila Parishad, Gurdaspur, and Anoop Khullar, a general secretary, City Congress, Batala, today said ex-MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Ashwani Sekhri, has been nominated member of the All- India Congress Committee(AICC) by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.


Anandpur Sahib-Nanded Highway
Meeting on Nov 23 in Delhi
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in Bathinda on Sunday.Bathinda, November 18
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that a special meeting had been convened in Delhi on November 23 to discuss the construction of the proposed highway from Anandpur Sahib to Nanded in Maharashtra. The meeting would also discuss the Gurgaddi Purb celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Govt finalises details
Chandigarh, November 18
The Punjab Government today finalised the details of the programme to link Takht Kesgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib with Sachkhand Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, through an inter-state highway to be known as Guru Gobind Singh Marg.

Spinal injury centre to open in Feb
Mohali, November 18
Almost seven years after its inception, the stage is set for the inauguration of the Regional Spinal Injury Centre here.

Lord Rana to conserve Sanghol heritage
Lord Diljit Rana, honorary consul of India to Northern Ireland, UK.Chandigarh, November 18
The rich archaeological Harappan heritage of Ucha Pind (Sanghol) village needs to be saved from slipping into oblivion. Lord Diljit Rana, honorary consul for India in Northern Ireland, a native of this village, proposes to form a committee that would take care of its heritage.

Lord Diljit Rana, honorary consul of India to Northern Ireland, UK.

Undertrial paanwala wins Rs 1-cr lottery
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 18
From facing criminal cases to becoming a crorepati overnight. This is the sudden change in the life of a Malerkotla resident.

Gurpurb: 136 denied visas
Amritsar, November 18
As many as 136 persons have been denied visas for visiting Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev by the state and Central governments and the Pakistan Embassy.

Female Foeticide
Onus on docs: Minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 18
Punjab minister for health Luxmi Kanta Chawla here today said the onus of checking female foeticide in the state rests on the doctors and nurses.

200 examined at camp
Sangrur, November 18
The local Lions Club Greater organised a medical and dental camp here today.



Case against Bhattal adjourned
Rajinder Kaur BhattalChandigarh, November 18
UT district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg adjourned the embezzlement case of former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal as the order of withdrawal of special leave petition (SLE) is yet to be received by the trial court.


Panchkula trader, his employee killed in accident near Kharar
The mangled remains of the car that collided with a bus near Gharuan in Kharar on Sunday. Kharar, November 18
Two persons were killed and three injured in an accident near Gharuan in Kharar this morning at 7.15 am. The accident involved an Accent car coming from Ludhiana, a Maruti car going towards Morinda and a bus coming from Ludhiana. Surinder Kumar, who was driving the Accent car, said the driver of the Maruti car tried to overtake a truck.

The mangled remains of the car that collided with a bus near Gharuan in Kharar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Additional paddy bonus inadequate: CM
Chandigarh, November 18
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday described bonus announced by the Centre on the paddy procurement as woefully inadequate and said the Centre instead should have announced an increase of Rs 150 per quintal in minimum support price of paddy.


College where a lecturer works as peon, clerk
Amritsar, November 18
“I have been working as peon, clerk and lecturer as well” , revealed Kulwant Singh, a lecturer of government college, Narot Jaimal Singh in Gurdaspur district, at a state council meeting of the Government Colleges Teachers Association, Punjab, held at government college for women, here today.

Papers on uses of organic chemistry presented
Amritsar, November 18
Twenty research papers on aspects and uses of organic chemistry were presented on the third day of four-day third international junior national organic symposium, held at Guru Nanak Dev university here today.

Rayat bags trophy in fest
Ropar, November 18
The two-day techno-cultural extravaganza at Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Bio-Technology, Railmajra, concluded here today.


Patiala win fencing championship
Khamano (Fatehgarh Sahib), November 18
Fencers from Patiala snatched the crown at the 21st Punjab Senior Fencing Championship that was held at the local Government Senior Secondary School's indoor stadium in the district.


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