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Wagah to be developed as global tourism centre
Chandigarh, November 27
Punjab will develop area on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border as a global tourism destination centre. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today.

A Day of Resignations

Punjabi varsity VC puts in papers
Registrar Sandhu follows suit
Patiala, November 27
Punjabi University vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has put in his papers. He confirmed here today that he had submitted his resignation to the Punjab Governor.
Loss for govt, gain for NGOs, says Brij Bedi
Kiran Bedi quits
Amritsar, November 27
Gloom descended over the holy city as the news of Kiran Bedi, first female IPS officer, resignation flashed on TV channels, bringing down curtains on one of the most illustrious career of a woman police officer.

SAD, BJP to meet today
Chandigarh, November 27
For the Badal government which is caught in a fiscal mess, tomorrow will be a significant day when two coalition partners-the SAD and the BJP-in the state government will meet to discuss mobilisation of resources and sort out the issue of appointment of politicians as chairpersons of various boards and corporations.



Badal Case
Another witness declared hostile
Ropar, November 27
Another witness in the corruption case against the Badals was declared hostile by court today at the request of the prosecution. Surinder Singh, a cable operator of Patiala, today deposed before the court that he never made any statement before the vigilance.


‘SAD flouting EC norms’
Hoshiarpur, November 27
In a complaint to the Election Commission, chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission Balwant Singh Khera today demanded the SAD, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president of the party, be derecognised for their active participation in the matters of the SGPC and the DSGMC.

More transfers in SGPC
Amritsar, November 27
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh, in order to strengthen the management of the committee, transferred at least 12 higher officials of the committee on the second consecutive day today.

Avtar Singh calls on Vedanti
Amritsar, November 27
President of the SGPC Avtar Singh today called on Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, at latter’s residence here today. It was their first meeting after the annual election of the committee.


AI passengers stranded for 12 hrs
Amritsar, November 27
Passengers of Air India (AI 111) Amritsar-Delhi-London-New York flight were stranded today at the Rajasansi airport here for more than 12 hours as the plane supposed to carry them could not land due to heavy fog.

Dalai Lama for better Sino-Indian ties      
Amritsar, November 27
The Dalai Lama has advocated strengthening of Sino-Indian relations. “I pray for better relations between India and China,” he said here today while replying to a question whether India’s support to him was a hurdle to growth of better Sino-Indian ties. In video (56k)

The Dalai Lama after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

KLF activist being extradited from Canada
Amritsar, November 27
Khalistan Liberation Force activist Jasbeer Singh Sheri, who had sneaked into Canada after completing a five-year sentence in connection with the seizure of 5 kg of RDX, is being extradited to India.
The Dalai Lama after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar

1 cr bill not paid
Police station telephone line cut

Nabha, November 27
Failing to recover outstanding bill payments, the telephone of the Sadar police station here has been disconnected. The cops had not bothered to pay the bill of their landline connection (220648) of BSNL for the past 58 months.

Cong MLAs seek action against drug mafia
Chandigarh, November 27
Two Congress MLAs, Brahm Mohindra and Sukhpal Khaira, while reacting to a report in The Tribune on how drug trafficking was being fuelled by well-heeled people, have demanded action against all such persons who are suspected to be harbourers of traffickers or are directly involved in the drug trade.

Publicity panel for NRI sammelan
Chandigarh, November 27
The Punjab Government has constituted a four-member publicity committee under the chairmanship of Harcharan Bains, media adviser to the Chief Minister, for the forthcoming NRI sammelan.


High Court
PIL seeks better conditions in jails
Chandigarh, November 27
Acting on a petition filed in public interest for directions to the state of Punjab and others to protect human rights, life and liberty of inmates lodged in the prisons across the state, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion.

ASI invites HC wrath
Chandigarh, November 27
Think twice before proceeding on leave to evade summons because the court may summon your leave record. In one such matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for the leave details of an assistant sub-inspector and has directed service through the senior superintendent of police concerned.


Two killed in road mishaps
Sangrur, November 27
Two persons were killed and six injured when a Tata Sumo and a tractor-trailer collided near Ubhawal village, near here, last evening. Dalbir Singh (23) and Kuldeep Singh (24), both residents of Ubhawal village, were killed in the accident.

Killer of wife, son commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, November 27
The man who was absconding after killing his wife and son today committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Bharua village in the district. The deceased identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, had killed his wife and son in his house at Guru Ram Dass Nagar on the night of November 25.

Scribe assaulted at wedding
Dera Bassi, November 27
Neil Bhalinder Singh, a correspondent with the Punjabi Tribune, was allegedly assaulted last night during a wedding he had gone to attend. He informed the police that he was leaving the venue of the wedding when he was surrounded by at least six persons who started beating him and crashed empty bottles on his head.


GND varsity syndicate poll: Cheema meets Guv
Amritsar, November 27
Senior vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress and senator M.M.Singh Cheema met Lt Gen S.F.Rodrigues (retd), Governor-cum-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, to apprise him about the “unwarranted” interference of government nominees in the varsity senate.

Student hurt in clash
Kharar, November 27
A student was hurt in a minor fight on the premises of Guru Gobind Singh Modern Technology and Polytechnic College. The incident took place on Monday at around 11 am when three students were allegedly beating up a junior.


Solar Power
US company to set up plant in state
Mohali, November 27
Punjab will have the largest solar energy power generation plant in India. To be set by an American company, the plant will generate 250 mega watts of “clean green” energy. Minister for environment and non-conventional energy Bikramjit Singh Majithia, who held preliminary meetings with the company, said the project would see the light of the day once the Chief Minister gave the nod.


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