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‘Merchants of death’ get off scot-free
Amritsar, March 8
Even as Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Takht Kesgarh Sahib, had already accused the SAD-BJP coalition and the Punjab Police for the alarming rise in drug addiction in the state yet no step has been taken to curb the menace even in this holy city so far.

SGPC, High Priests to meet on March 13
Amritsar, March 8
In an apparent attempt to break the deadlock between Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi Golden Temple, and other Sikh High Priests, the SGPC has convened a joint meeting of the SGPC executive and high priests on March 13 here.

PAU vets rush to FMD-affected villages
Ludhiana, March 8
Punjab Agricultural University has rushed a team of experts to the villages affected by the foot and mouth disease (FMD). The team led by Dr D.R. Sharma, Head, Department of Preventive Medicine, PAU, visited all villages to suggest ways and means to check the menace of the disease.

Efforts on to solve discolouration riddle
Ludhiana, March 8
What caused the discolouration of paddy grains during the last kharif season? Scientists at Punjab Agricultural University, here are trying to find the answer to this question.

Jawan missing, father writes to PM
Kotbhai (Muktsar), March 8
Mr Gurdev Singh, a Dalit of Kotbhai village falling in Muktsar district, goes to various offices daily to know the whereabouts of his son, Lance Naik Jagsir Singh, who has been missing since September 19, 1999, from Kargil.

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  No review of VDS: Sohal
Ludhiana March 8
The much-publicised Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has failed to generate any significant interest among the industry in the state. 

Maharaja’s descendants feel ignored
Patiala, March 8
Even as the Punjab Government has decided to celebrate the bicentenary of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in April by holding an international seminar in New Delhi and a public function at his place of birth at Badrukha in Sangrur district, the descendants of the Maharaja have alleged that they have not been involved in the celebrations and charged the government with not making sincere attempts to bring back the relics associated with the former Maharaja which are presently in the UK.


Expulsion on ‘flimsy’ grounds
Muktsar, March 8
Mr Gurdas Girdhar, former president, District Congress Committee, Muktsar, yesterday condemned the expulsion of senior party leader Tara Singh Sandhu from the party on “flimsy” grounds.

RPI to hold rallies
Faridkot, March 8
The Republic Party of India (RPI) has decided to hold district-level rallies in protest against the alleged failure of the SAD-BJP government in the state. The first rally will be held here on April 14. This was stated by Mr Sukhdev Singh Pandhi, state president of the RPI, here today.


Obliging officer PRTC way
Budhlada, March 8
The Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) authorities are proposing to shift its depot and local bus stand to benefit the relatives of a senior officer of the corporation. At present the depot and bus stand are located on 8 acres belonging to Punjab Waqf Board (PWB) since 1974.

Villagers await census officials
Gurdaspur, March 8
The census of the district has been officially finalised. But according to reports available here, today residents of Nawan Pind Hundal, 5 km from here are still waiting for officials of the Census Department to visit their village.

JD(U) to hold rally today
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), March 8
The Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, today inaugurated an exhibition, during the Hola Mohalla celebrations here. The exhibition displays the progress made by the state, through achievements of various governments.

MC premises raided
Jalandhar, March 8
The Vigilance Bureau yesterday raided the premises of the Municipal Corporation here and seized the official record pertaining to the “fogging machine expenditure” for the past 10 years.

Four killed in car-truck collision
Malerkotla, March 8
Four persons were killed and one seriously injured when a car carrying them collided with a private truck near Shanti Tara College, Ahmedgarh, about 15 km from here, today.

All paddy procured won’t be milled
Despite best efforts by rice millers, the entire stock of paddy procured by official agencies and the millers will not be milled this season in Punjab. Milling operations are under way at the moment as the temperature has started rising.

Rights bodies threaten to launch stir
Amritsar, March 8
Various human rights organisations of the state have threatened to launch a statewide campaign if the Punjab police continues to book their activists in “fabricated cases” at the behest of ministers and police officials who have been responsible for the disappearance of youths in the past.

Badal for women’s quota
Sherpur (Dhuri), March 8
Addressing a huge gathering especially of women at a state-level function, organised in connection with Women’s Day here today, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, urged the Union Government to enact a law soon for reserving 30 per cent seats for women in Parliament and state Assemblies.

CM orders speedy wheat procurement
Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab Government has issued instructions for foolproof arrangements for smooth and speedy procurement of wheat making it clear to the district and other authorities that no laxity or any unethical practice at any level would be tolerated.

Medical camps to be held in remote villages
Muktsar, March 8
An “out reach villages medical camps” project has been launched by the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) in Faridkot, Ferozepore, Bathinda, Mansa and Moga districts under a World Bank scheme.

Garbage litters market
Bathinda, March 8
The Mahaveer Gole Market Association (Owners) has alleged the local municipal committee authorities are responsible for the present miserable condition of the Gole Diggi Market which has become the dirtiest market of the city due to the garbage being thrown by shopkeepers and other residents.

Dates become dated in Sultanpur Lodhi
Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), March 8
For ages Sultanpur Lodhi, the land where Guru Nanak spent his youth, has been known as an oasis studded with hundreds of clusters of date trees. But sadly enough today it is not so, thanks to the mindless felling of tall and gracious trees by residents during the past two decades.

Safai sewaks oppose new system
Faridkot, March 8
A state-level convention of safai sewaks held here today strongly opposed the private contract launched by the Punjab Government for cleansing different areas of nagar councils in the state.

FCI, PSWC labourers lock horns
Bathinda, March 8
The labourers union of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) today said the loading and unloading of goods from trucks at godowns, located on the Bathinda-Mansa road, was their right.

Enthusiastic response to baby show
Patiala, March 8
The baby show today was a success like the flower competition that took place at the Baradari Gardens here. About 60 babies participated in four different age groups — below one year, between one and two years, between two and three years and between three and four years.

Statue issue: panel’s plea to CM
Patiala, March 8
The Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Statue Installation Committee has asked the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to install a statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the Rose Garden in the city where people can easily pay their regards to the great visionary.

Noise pollution irks villagers
Bathinda,March 8
The panchayat members, the Headmasters of Government High School and Government Primary School and the in charge of Civil Hospital for Animals of Dyalpur Mirsa village of the district have urged the district administration to take necessary action against the persons and institutions which were creating noise pollution in the village.

Engineers: revert to pre-1988 structure
Chandigarh, March 8
A joint meeting of the Senior Engineers Forum and the Subdivisional Engineers Association of the Punjab PWD (Building and Roads branch) asked the government to revert to the pre-1988 structure of the department since the modified structure had led to the overlapping of jurisdiction.

Notice to Bibi on plea against bail
Chandigarh, March 8
Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the High Court today issued notice on a petition filed by the “husband” of Harpreet Kaur, Mr Kamaljit Singh, stating that former chief of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, “could not be allowed to enjoy the concession of bail even after the filing of the challan”.

Cambridge award for surgeon
Chandigarh, March 8
The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England, conferred the 21st Century Award for Achievement to Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Robotics at the Ohio State University in the USA. 


Millers feel let down by FCI
Patiala, March 8
The Punjab Rice Millers’ Association has alleged that millers of the state are feeling let down by the Food Corporation of India due to the non-payment of levy rice delivered by them for the past about two months.


PUDA to sell 58 acres of institute land
Jalandhar, March 8
The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to sell 58 acres of the 1000-acres earmarked for Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences to people and utilise the estimated earnings of around Rs 60 crore for funding of the institute.


8 held after 20 years
Phillaur, March 8
The Bilga police, led by Phillaur DSP Ashok Baath, has arrested eight proclaimed offenders who had absconded twenty years ago.

Suicide by student; teacher jailed
Bathinda, March 8
Mr B.S. Sidhu, Additional Sessions Judge, has sentenced Ravinderpal Singh, a teacher of Government High School, Raiya, to four years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1000 for abetting suicide by a student of the same school on the intervening night of July 28 and July 29, 1998.


Playways cashing in on ‘convent’ craze
Bathinda, March 8
A major section of playway, preparatory, kids care and day care schools of this region have started cashing in on the race prevailing among the parents to get their wards admitted to convent and English-medium schools.


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