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Coop Dept gears up to tackle retail giants
Chandigarh, November 4
The Punjab Cooperation Department, apart from cooperative societies, is set to enter retail business giving global giants like Wal-Mart, Bharti, Reliance, etc competition, at least in rural segment. The department has developed a model for retailing consumer durables through the Punjab Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS).

A repository of rare manuscripts
Aurangabad, November 4
The historic gurdwara, which had been built here in the memory of Bhai Daya Singh, one of the Panj Piaras, is a repository of rare Sikh manuscripts dating back more than 300 years. Some manuscripts have beautiful ornamental calligraphy and outlining in gold and blue.

SGPC president Avtar Singh has a look at a rare hand-written manuscript preserved at the historic Aurangabad gurdwara. — Photo by Vishal Kumar
SGPC president Avtar Singh has a look at a rare hand-written manuscript preserved at the historic Aurangabad gurdwara.

Save Rajasansi, SAD appeals to all parties
Amritsar, November 4
The SAD and the Youth Akali Dal have appealed to all political parties to sink their differences and work together to save the Rajasansi International Airport from going into oblivion.



Advisory panels on media grievances announced
Chandigarh, November 4
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered the setting up of state and district media committees to look into complaints by and against mediapersons in the state. He announced this after a delegation of journalists met him at his residence to appraise him about the “police high-handedness” and arrest of a Jalandhar-based television journalist.

PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, November 4
The government today transferred the following PCS officers with immediate effect. Praneet has been appointed ADC (development), Amritsar, Pritam Singh goes as the SDM, Nakodar, and Prem Chand is the SDM, Ludhiana (West).

The Retreat a hit with southern states
Amritsar, November 4
The Retreat at the Wagah has become a big draw, especially among people from southern states, thanks to the interest generated by the media about the ceremony which draws hordes of people not only this side of the Radclifffe Line, but also on the other side where modernity has yet to penetrate fully into an orthodox society with some women wearing burqa and chanting “jeeve Pakistan” in milder tones. The Retreat in progress at the Wagah.
The Retreat in progress at the Wagah.


Calcutta launches oust-Pasricha move
Amritsar, November 4
Senior SGPC member and former education minister Manjit Singh Calcutta has urged the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, to summon P.S. Pasricha, chairman, Takht Hazur Sahib Management Committee, for allegedly distorting the Sikh history.

P.S. Pasricha


Slain cops’ kin victims of govt apathy
Chandigarh, November 4
The next of kin of the police personnel, who died fighting militancy in Punjab, are fighting a losing battle against the state, which refuses to honour its promises and doesn’t even care to publish revised guidelines on pension benefits in authorised gazettes.

Ex-judges on rights panel
Chandigarh, November 4
The two newly appointed members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission joined duties here today. Justice Baldev Singh, a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and L.R. Roozam, a former session judge, have been appointed members to the five-member commission.
Justice Baldev Singh (left) signs joining papers at the Punjab State Human Rights Commission in the presence of chairman Justice R.S. Mongia in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Justice Baldev Singh (left) signs joining papers at the Punjab State Human Rights Commission in the presence of chairman Justice R.S. Mongia in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Eye Camp Botch-up
Magistrate’s clean chit to health office
Moga, November 4
District magistrate Satwant Singh Johal said here today that he had asked the police not to take any action against the office of the chief medical officer in the eye camp botch-up case.

Dengue declared ‘epidemic’; CM’s help sought
Patiala, November 4
While the visiting Central government team, which, was keeping a tab on the dengue situation in the state was learnt to have declared dengue as an ‘epidemic’, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCSMA) has sought intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and has urged him to direct health authorities to equip all state-run hospitals blood banks with platelet separators so as to save hundreds of serious dengue patients.

Punjab eyes share in UT tax revenue
Jalandhar, November 4
Punjab has sought a share in the revenue from various taxes collected by the union territory of Chandigarh. The issue was raised by finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal at the meeting of the empowered committee of finance ministers of various states held in Chandigarh today.

Cong to launch stir against loot of sand, stone
Gurdaspur, November 4
The state Congress leadership has decided to launch an agitation from November 5 to pressurise the Badal-led SAD-BJP government of the state to stop the looting of sand and stone from mines by a mafia, operating in the area for the past many months.

Bibi takes on Khaira
Kapurthala, November 4
Reacting sharply on Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s criticism of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshan programmes, former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur has asked him to do some introspection.

Kidnapping Case
Accused’s family block road
Sangrur, November 4
Family members of Raju, who is wanted by the Moonak police in a case of kidnapping, and villagers blocked the road for four hours at old sales tax barrier chowk at Moonak village, 60 km from here, yesterday.


High Court
Bajinder Singh’s protection extended
Chandigarh, November 4
The CBI today undertook not to arrest Punjab’s former minister Tota Singh’s son Barjinder Singh in the Moga sex scam till November 6.


Baba held for sexual exploitation
Moga, November 4
The local police of Baghapurana in the district arrested a Baba of a dera from Kotkapura in Faridkot district on charges of sexual exploitation last evening. He was produced before a local court today. The court had sent him to one-day police remand for investigation.



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