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Patna Sahib Jathedar does a U-turn
Accepts supremacy of Akal Takht

Amritsar, November 18
Taking a U-turn on the supremacy of Sikh Takhts, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, has said Akal Takht, installed by the sixth Sikh Master, Guru Hargobind, was the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs.

Bibi Jagir, Loomba role models for youth: Cherie Blair
Dhilwan (Kapurthala), November 18
The founder chairman of the Pushpawati Loomba Trust, Raj Loomba, and the first woman SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, are role models for boys and girls.

Cherie Blair, wife of former British PM Tony Blair, is all ears as Raj Loomba, founder chairman of the Pushpawati Loomba Trust, makes a point at Dhilwan village on Tuesday. Bibi Jagir Kaur is also seen in the picture. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Principal’s Transfer
Students gherao Speaker’s house
Fathegarh Churian (Gurdaspur), November 18
In a significant development, almost all students of the local Government Senior Secondary School for Girls today gheraoed the private house of Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Nirmal Singh Kahlon located at Dadhu Jodh village, 2 km from here, to lodge a protest against the transfer of Principal Sukhdev Singh Kahlon for political reasons by the Punjab government.



Civil Aviation Grounded — II
Selection of pilots killed in crash not transparent
Chandigarh, November 18
Besides poor administrative control because of infighting in the civil aviation wing, even the selection of the two pilots who died in the October 29 crash was not free from criticism.

ILO Convention
Worker’s burden — not more than 50 kg
Chandigarh, November 18
Punjab has decided to reduce by 5 kg the weight that can be carried by an industrial worker. According to current rules followed by factory owners in the state, a worker cannot carry more than 55 kg of weight on his back or head.


Cricket hero Yuvraj’s village sans high school
Jalandhar, November 18
Yuvraj Singh It may sound strange, but it is true that cricket hero Yuvraj Singh’s Kanech village, at a short distance from Sahnewal near Ludhiana, is without a senior secondary school. “We are proud Yuvraj, hero of many victories for India in one-day cricket, belongs to our village. But we are disappointed that the Punjab government has not recognised this village’s contribution to cricket in the country and the world,” said Paramjit Singh, a member of the Block Samiti from Kanech.

Breather for students of business school
Chandigarh, November 18
Finally after a long wait, things seem to be brightening up for the students of the University Business School, regional centre, Ludhiana. After the management school was renamed recently by the syndicate as Panjab University’s University Business School, regional centre, Ludhiana, that was a long pending demand, the authorities are now set to deal with the severe faculty crunch prevailing in the school.

IN FULL BLOOM: A farmer at Dharamgarh village in Mohali tends to his marigold field, hoping to reap a rich harvest. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Sugar mills to be made self-reliant
Power cogeneration plants to be set up
Paniar (Gurdaspur), November 18
The Punjab government has decided to set up electric power cogeneration plants in all sugar mills, which have been running in cooperative sectors, to generate revenue to the tune of about Rs 200 crore per annum.

Passport Scam
Cop sent kids to US on forged papers
Moga, November 18
Head constable Jaswinder Pal Singh allegedly involved in the fake passport scam revealed that he had sent his two children to the USA on forged documents.

Attestation of judicial form under scanner
Chandigarh, November 18
The legality of a clause making it necessary for a single parent or a guardian to get an affidavit attested from a judicial magistrate while applying for the passport of minor children against the consent of one parent, is under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner.

State chief secy appears before accounts panel
Chandigarh, November 18
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh today appeared before the Vidhan Sabha Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain the “inordinate delay” in replying to the “serious flaws” reported by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in 2003 with regards to the disbursement of funds by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal under the sangat darshan programme.

Rs 1,000 cr for health care
Amritsar, November 18
The state government will spend Rs 1,000 crore to make medical and health care accessible to all, irrespective of economic status of an individual.

Cong ticket aspirant Arvind tours villages
Sangrur, November 18
Former MLA and now aspirant for Congress ticket for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat Arvind Khanna toured villages of the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency for three days to activate Congress workers for Lok Sabha elections. He also met workers and leaders in villages and Sangrur town.

Warning to chemists by pharmacy council
Sangrur, November 18
Strict action will be taken against those chemists who do not have a pharmacist in their shop from December 1 onwards. This was stated by P.K Bhardwaj, registrar, Punjab State Pharmacy Council, at the concluding function of a pulse polio camp organised by local Osho Youth Club at the Police Lines here today. SP Gurdeep Singh Pannu was the chief guest.

Aid for disabled announced
Chandigarh, November 18
The Punjab government will give Rs 250 per month each to 1,02,074 disabled persons in the state who are having at least 50 per cent disability.


High Court
Industry not to  discharge effluents
Chandigarh, November 18
The Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Jasbir Singh has directed that Piccaddily Sugar and Allied Industries shall not discharge any trade effluents in Jhambo Choe drain in Samana subdivision without specific permission in writing from the Punjab Pollution Control Board.



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