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AISSF to protest outside Parliament 

Chandigarh, November 23
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has decided to hold a demonstration and observe a hunger strike outside Parliament on November 27 and 28 to protest government’s failure to punish the guilty responsible for 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 

Emergency puts a damper on Gurpurb celebrations in Pakistan 
Amritsar, November 23
Emergency in Pakistan has virtually dampened the spirit of Gurpurb there, even as the Sikh sangat from all over the world won’t be able to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev with traditional religious fervour.

Mishap averted at Ropar thermal plant
Conveyor belt catches fire
Ropar, November 23
A major tragedy was averted today in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar, which could have led to power crises in the state. Two conveyor belts, carrying coal to unit No. I and II, of the thermal plant caught fire under mysterious circumstances at about 3 am today.


Devotees carry a golden palanquin having Guru Granth Sahib during a religious procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar
Devotees carry a golden palanquin having Guru Granth Sahib during a religious procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

GM inspects Bathinda rail link with Dhuri
Bathinda, November 23
General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Prakash said yesterday that the 119-km-long railway line between Qazigund and Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir would be completed by May. Prakash, who was here in connection with the inspection of the Bathinda-Dhuri section, told mediapersons that the rail line between Jalandhar and Jammu would be completed during the current financial year. He said several steps were being taken for upgrading infrastructure on the Bathinda-Dhuri section.



Bathinda MC
Elections before April 30, Punjab tells HC

Chandigarh, November 23
Elections to constitute the Municipal Corporation at Bathinda will be held along with the elections of the municipal councils before April 30 next year, the Punjab government has decided.

SAD (A) poser to CM, Bhattal on capital punishment
Sangrur, November 23
The SAD (A) yesterday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and president of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to clarify their stand on capital punishment.

Badal, Bhattal greet people
Chandigarh, November 23
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and leader of opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in separate statements today extended their warm greetings to Punjabis living in the country and abroad on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and exhorted them to follow the noble teachings of the great Guru.

MP for taxation powers to panchayats
Ropar, November 23
The previous state government abolished octroi - the tax collection handle - for the urban local governments.


Badal again misses date with fish farmers
Ropar, November 23
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has again missed a date with fish farmers of the state, much to their annoyance. The Chief Minister was scheduled to meet them initially on November 5 and then today. However, both times the program was cancelled by the authorities at the last moment.

Rehabilitation centre a boon for disabled
Sangrur, November 23
A prosthetic engineer and two technicians prepare artificial limbs and a caliper at the workshop of the DDRC in Sangrur The local District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) has proved to be a boon for the orthopaedically handicapped persons since July 2003 as it has benefited more than 1,200 disabled persons by way of providing them artificial limbs and calipers free of cost till the end of October this year. However, the DDRC has distributed total number of 387 artificial limbs and 859 calipers among disabled persons so far.

A prosthetic engineer and two technicians prepare artificial limbs and a caliper at the workshop of the DDRC in Sangrur. — A Tribune photograph

Land deed writing at suvidha centre
Ropar, November 23
The Ropar district administration has taken yet another step towards streamlining the task of land deed writing and  registration.

Youth drowned while trying to save cousin
Fatehgarh Sahib,  November 23
A 22-year-old youth today drowned in the Sirhind canal while trying to save his cousin who had incidentally slipped into the canal while she was standing on the brink. Though some passersby managed to save the girl, the man who had jumped into the canal to save his sister could not be saved.

Councillors in sync on allowance hike 
Patiala, November 23
The Patiala municipal councillors are seemingly going to follow the footsteps of their seniors - members of parliament - meticulously atleast when it comes to enhancement of their allowances.

Amend Gurdwara Act, SGPC to Centre
Amritsar, November 23
The general house meeting of the SGPC urged the Union government here today to make an amendment in the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, for incorporating the provision of co-opting 10 Sikh members from all over the globe to give NRI Sikh population due representation in it.

CM has usurped powers of SGPC members: Calcutta
Amritsar, November 23
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has usurped powers of SGPC members as no Chief Minister has the right to address the general house meeting of the committee.


Manhandling of Prisoners
HC raps Nabha jail officials

Chandigarh, November 23
The officials of the Maximum Security Jail, Nabha, are in the dock for alleged lawlessness.

HC stays PPSC member’s pension case
Chandigarh, November 23
Taking up a petition filed by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) member Dr Satwant Singh Mohi challenging the orders of Vidhan Sabha secretary stopping his pension with effect from May last year, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted stay.

Mattewal to be awarded
Chandigarh, November 23
Punjab advocate-general Hardev Singh Mattewal has been selected by a distinguished jury, headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice P.N. Bhagwati, for the prestigious “National Law Day Award - 2007” for his contribution to the field of constitutional law.


Five quintals of drug seized; NRI arrested
Ludhiana, November 23
In what could turn out to be a biggest haul of narcotics in the region, the city police has nabbed three persons, including a Canadian NRI, with five quintals of a suspected drug in form of small white crystals from near Kailsah Cinema Chowk here today.

3 of family killed as car, bus collide
Patiala, November 23
Baljit Singh (50), his wife Ranbir Kaur (48) and their son Sarabjit Singh (5) were killed when the Maruti Alto, in which they were traveling, collided head-on with a Pepsu Roadways bus at Dadhera village, 10 km from here.


Global warming casts shadow on agri sector
Chandigarh, November 23
Global warming is already here. It has started casting its shadow on Punjab’s agriculture sector. If you do not believe, ask finance minister Manpreet Badal, who is one of the leading kinnow growers of the state.

Major relief for Kandi area farmers
Mohali, November 23
In what comes as a major relief to residents of thousands of villages under the regulatory control of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, the Government of India (GOI) today approved the tree felling management plans proposed by the Punjab government.

World Bank okays agriculture project
Chandigarh, November 23
After interacting with farmers, agriculture experts and other stake holders for four days, the World Bank team here today approved a project submitted to it by the Punjab Government for improving agriculture and allied sectors in the state. The team will visit Punjab again in April to oversee the implementation of the project.


BKU leader to address trainee IAS officers
Chandigarh, November 23
New breed of bureaucrats in India is now being sensitised with regard to the deepening crisis in agriculture sector in the country. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, has invited BKU leader Balbir Singh Rajewal to address trainee IAS officers there.


Recovery panel in litigant’s backyard
Chandigarh, November 23
Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Punjab, constituted for recovery of money for banks, is surprisingly functioning on the premises of Punjab National Bank (PNB), which is its major litigant.



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