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SGPC again expands itself
Avtar Singh promotes 7 loyalists
Amritsar, November 26
The SGPC today promoted five employees as assistant secretaries and two as additional secretaries, making the “mini parliament” of the Sikhs top-heavy. Avtar Singh today issued the promotion orders, which were his first order after becoming SGPC president for the third consecutive year. Interestingly, the SGPC had four full-fledged secretaries against one post during the tenure of Gurcharn Singh Tohra, who reigned the SGPC for 27 years.

Entry tax on sugar only: Manpreet 
Jalandhar, November 26
Setting at rest traders’ apprehensions on the entry tax in the state, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has said the tax was being imposed on sugar only.

Suspected meteorite does not match with any known type: GSI
Sangrur, November 26
In its report, regarding a suspected meteorite that fell on the night of August 1 last in the field of a farmer at Hotipur village (near Khanauri) in Sangrur district, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has observed that the low specific gravity, absence of fusion crust or any ablation textures, highly porous nature, absence of any chondrules or metals do not support the specimen to be a meteorite of any known type.



Virk not given DGP-level posting: Maharashtra 
Chandigarh, November 26
Replying to the notice issued by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on the issue of the suspension of former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk, the Maharashtra government today stated that the police officer had not been given any posting at the DGP-level.



SAD-BJP govt ineffective, says AISAD
Hoshiarpur, November 26
Due to ineffective governance by the SAD-BJP government and its inability to check price rise, corruption in government departments, minimise supremacy of bureaucracy and other problems of people in its nine-month regime, people of Punjab are feeling disappointed by the rulers.

Jati Umra village prays for Nawaz Sharif
Jati Umra (Tarn Taran), November 26
The sleepy village of this border town today hailed the return of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his country after eight years of exile.

Action sought against Karanbir
Kharar, November 26
Dr Pawan Kumar Jain, a former municipal commissioner of Kharar, has demanded action against the administrative secretary, school education, Karanbir Singh Sidhu, for not attending to the calls of forest minister Tikshan Sud.


12 drug inspectors appointed 

Chandigarh, November 26
Twelve drug inspectors were appointed in the health department through the Punjab Public Service Commission, Patiala.

4 Horse to commemorate 150 years of its raising
Chandigarh, November 26
Troops of 4 Horse in ceremonial attire outside the regimental Quarter Guard The Army’s 4 Horse, an armoured regiment based somewhere in the Western Sector, is celebrating its 150th Raising Day at its location this week. A series of events have been scheduled to mark the historic occasion.

Troops of 4 Horse in ceremonial attire outside the regimental Quarter Guard

Rs 53 lakh given to panchayats 
Amritsar, November 26
The SAD-BJP government will continue development works in the state despite inheriting Rs 52,000-crore deficit from the Congress regime, said Bikram Singh Maithia, information and public relations and public health minister, Punjab. He distributed cheques worth Rs 53 lakh among villages of Tarsika block at a sangat darshan programme at Nath di Khui in his constituency.

A child, dressed up as former President APJ Abdul Kalam, is all smiles as he waits for his turn to go on stage during a bal mela held at Baradari Gardens in Patiala.
A child, dressed up as former President APJ Abdul Kalam, is all smiles as he waits for his turn to go on stage during a bal mela held at Baradari Gardens in Patiala. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Rs 1 lakh donated for kidney patient 
Sangrur, November 26
After the news story “4-year-old kidney patient needs financial help”, appeared in The Tribune on November 11, more than 24 persons, institutions and firms have deposited more than Rs 1 lakh with the Union Bank of India in 15 days by drafts, cheques or in cash to help four-year-old kidney patient Aniket, a Dalit, from here.

Red beacon notification runs into trouble
Chandigarh, November 26
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s move to ensure a red beacon atop the vehicle of every SGPC member has hit a wall, at least for the time being, till an amendment is made. The error in notification came to light when some SGPC members went to Punjab Police headquarters for getting permits that allows the use of red beacon.

Agreement for Sale of Dharamshala
Sarpanch suspended over sale agreement
Sangrur, November 26
In a rare case of signing an agreement with a person allegedly to sell the Ramdasia dharamshala of Kanoi village, near here, director, Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, has suspended sarpanch of Kanoi village Karmeek Singh and prohibited him from taking part in any proceeding of the panchayat.

Healthcare policy for poor soon, says Badal
Mohali, November 26
The Punjab Government will formulate a healthcare policy to cater to the needs of the poor patients who cannot afford treatment for fatal diseases like cancer and AIDS. The new policy will have a mandatory feature of free treatment to at least 25 per cent economically disadvantaged patients in private and super-speciality hospitals.

5 persons found abandoned
Kharar, November 26
Five people were found abandoned in different nearby areas. All five were admitted to the Universal Disabled Care Taker Social Welfare Society, Padiala village.

7-year-old crushed under pillar
Patiala, November 26
Gloom descended on the family of seven-year-old Aman as he was today crushed to death under a pillar in the Anand Nagar-B locality this evening.


Badal case: 2 XENs turn hostile
Ropar, November 26
Two vital witnesses in the corruption case registered by the previous Congress government against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family, changed their statement in the court of special judge here today.

Beating up of Nabha jail inmates
Accused not to be part of probe: HC

Chandigarh, November 26
Suggesting the holding of a judicial probe into the inmate beating case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that such an inquiry would be meaningful only if jail officials allegedly involved in the incident were not allowed to continue at the helm of affairs.

Super-Speciality Hospital
Notice to Punjab for flouting norms

Chandigarh, November 26
Acting on a petition filed in public interest by Sector 71 Mohali resident challenging the setting up of a super-speciality hospital in the vicinity, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the State of Punjab, the Greater Mohali Development Authority (GMDA) and other respondents.


RSS worker found dead
Amritsar, November 26
Avinash Mahajan, a resident of the local Model town area, was found dead at Iban Kalan village under mysterious circumstances here today. Avinash, reported to be an RSS worker, had been missing since yesterday.

Infidelity Suspicion
Man kills wife, son

Jalandhar, November 26
Sukhwinder Singh killed his wife Parminder Kaur and son Gurbaksh Singh (9) and injured daughter Paramjeet Kaur (10) with a sword at his residence at Guru Ram Dass Nagar, near Vikas Puri, in the wee hours today.


Mushroom Cultivation
He started it as experiment, and now is inspiring others

Dehriwal (Amritsar), November 26 Overcoming problems like shortage of land or rising costs related to traditional crops, many farmers in Punjab’s Dehriwal village, 35 km from Amritsar, have taken to mushroom cultivation.


Defunct boards may be scrapped
Chandigarh, November 26
Waking up to realities of saving money, the Punjab government will not appoint chairmen for defunct and non-functional boards and corporations in the state and may even scrap them.


Govt trying to bring investments: FM
Hoshiarpur, November 26
Efforts are being made to convince big business houses to invest in the state to help boost its economy. Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal said this while talking to mediapersons at Dasuya, 40 km from here, this afternoon.


Badal to lay stone on December 8
Cricket stadium at Bathinda to cost Rs 25 crore

Bathinda, November 26
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of Punjab’s second international cricket stadium at Bathinda on December 8. Earlier, the stone of the stadium was to be laid on October 14, but it was put off.


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