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Khalsa Sports Festival concludes
Hazur Sahib, November 1Gatka players in action at Hazur Sahib on Saturday.
The two-day Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa Sports Festival organised by the SGPC concluded here today. Union minister for sports Manohar Singh Gill gave away prizes to the winning teams.
Gatka players in action at Hazur Sahib on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

BJP stays away from celebrations
Jalandhar, November 1
Questions are being raised in political circles with regard to the “absence” of senior BJP leaders from the Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations at Nanded and other parts of the country. While all senior Akali leaders and Congress leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi, visited Nanded to take part in the celebrations, BJP leaders, by and large, chose not to take part in it. “It is surprising that senior BJP leaders did not show any interest in the Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations”, said a senior SAD leader.

’84 riots: SAD seeks martyr status for killed Sikh soldiers
Chandigarh, November 1
Demanding an apology from the Congress for the killings of Sikh soldiers in the riots after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, the ex-servicemen’s wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today wanted martyrs’ status for the deceased soldiers.



Sales Tax Refund
HC for evolving mechanism to check delays
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held Punjab sales tax authorities in the wrong for “gross dereliction of duty” in refunding illegally recovered amounts.

Airlines to curtail flights from Rajasansi
Amritsar, November 1
Economic meltdown across the globe has had a cascading effect on the aviation sector, which had been badly hit due to fall in the passenger traffic across the country.


Delhi Assembly Polls
SAD to contest four seats
Sangrur, November 1
The SAD has finally decided to contest four seats in alliance with the BJP in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections. These seats are Jangpura, Rajouri Garden, Shahdra and Adarsh Nagar.

Charges baseless, says ex-CPM secy
Chandigarh, November 1
Recently removed Punjab CPM general secretary Balwant Singh, upon his return from the US today, claimed that his adversaries had taken advantage of the death of former party supremo H.S. Surjeet to remove him from all party posts on trumped up charges.

Start biogas projects, says Preneet Kaur
Patiala, November 1
Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, made a strong case for making biogas plants functional that were sanctioned in the Patiala district during the previous Congress regime in Punjab. She said nine biogas projects had been sanctioned for Patiala at her initiative and of those only one had become functional. These projects could have been of immense help to the farmers as these could give a boost to farm economy. Preneet Kaur said these would have generated more employment avenues and also helped in power generation.

Cong stand on bureaucracy vindicated: Khaira
Jalandhar, November 1
Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said today that advocate-general H.S. Mattewal had put his stamp on what the Congress had been saying regard the “malfunctioning” of administrative machinery in the state.

Kalia lays stones of Rs 10-cr projects
Amritsar, November 1
Manoranjan Kalia, minister for local bodies, today laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 10 crore in Amritsar.


Doctors cry hoarse over dengue outbreak
Patiala, November 1
Describing the ground situation pertaining to outbreak of dengue in Punjab as “very serious and alarming”, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has deplored the approach of authorities concerned as “casual and negligent”.

Amritsar birth, death records to be digitised
Amritsar, November 1
In view of complaints of delay in the issue of birth and death certificates and alleged corruption in the department, deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu visited the premises of the civil surgeon’s office here yesterday.

Cable mafia emerges in Moga district
Moga, November 1
The district administration of Moga has almost failed to implement the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995, effectively.

Energy conservation awards introduced
Chandigarh, November 1
The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has introduced Energy Conservation Awards to encourage energy efficiency in large and small-scale industry, government and commercial buildings, educational institutions, agriculture sector, poultry farms and domestic sector.

Majithia felicitates Canadian legislators
Chandigarh, November 1
Bikram Singh Majithia, patron, Youth Akali Dal, today congratulated nine persons of Punjabi origin who got elected to the Canadian Parliament. He said their elections had the imprints of a successful struggle of half a million Punjabis in Canada to find representation in Canadian legislature.

Mahal appointed PPSC memberDalbir Singh Mahal
Jalandhar, November 1
Dalbir Singh Mahal, a Jalandhar-based lawyer, has been appointed member of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). A close confidant of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Dalbir is committed to bring transparency in the PPSC selection process.

MLA’s daughter to be Batala MC chief
Batala, November 1
The decks have been cleared for making Ambika Khanna, daughter of Jagdish Sahni, local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary, president of the local Municipal Council. Twentyeight councillors, out of a total of 33, have supported her. Her name was cleared for the post in the presence of local bodies minister and group leader of the BJP in the Vidhan Sabha Manoranjan Kalia and secretary-general of state BJP Ashwani Kumar.

Cheema is member of Nehru Yuva Kendra
Chandigarh, November 1
Senior youth leader Amardeep Singh Cheema has been appointed member of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, an autonomous body of the Union government.


Judge appears in Jagir Kaur’s case
Patiala, November 1
In the case pertaining to the alleged murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur by former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and her associates, the statement of the then chief judicial magistrate Sanjeev Beri was recorded in the court of district and sessions judge Inderjit Singh Walia today.


2 women murdered
Tarn Taran, November 1
Two women have been murdered in separate incidents at Nagoke and Sarli villages, respectively, here today.



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