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Assembly poll on schedule: Badal
Majitha, March 28
Putting all speculations to rest, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that the Assembly elections would be held as per schedule. Mr Badal was addressing mediapersons after a “sangat darshan” here.

Badal directive to DCs, MDs
Jalandhar, March 28
Setting his eyes on the forthcoming Assembly elections, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is not in a mood to take any chances and has started sending signals regarding his relatively new approach to every-body.

PPCC to screen Tehelka tapes in districts
New Delhi, March 28
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee plans to take the Tehelka expose to the people by screening the four-hour-long arms deal footage at every block and district of the state in the coming days.

Why was police exam cancelled?
Chandigarh, March 28
Was it administrative failure or the leakage of the question paper that led to the cancellation of the B-1 examination meant for the promotion of constables to the rank of Head Constable in the Punjab police today?

SGPC colleges are ‘minority institutions’
Chandigarh, March 28
The Punjab Government has decided to treat all SGPC-run professional colleges as “minority institutions” in the context of Article 30 of the Constitution.
This important decision was taken at a high-level meeting, presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here on Monday, it is reliably learnt.

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Sacked BDPOs continue to work
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 28
The Block Development and Panchayat Officers (BDPOs), whose appointments have been quashed by the Supreme Court and whose names are not enlisted in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), are still working at Bassi Pathana and Khamano blocks of the district but they are not attending the meeting called by the district administration affecting the development activities in the rural areas.

PSEB seeks share in unallocated power kitty
Patiala, March 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to raise its claim to part of the 15 per cent unallocated power from various central generating agencies whose distribution is at the discretion of the Ministry of Power to tide over the looming power crisis set to hit the state this summer.


Badal forcing panches to join SAD: Sidhu
Sangrur, March 28
Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu, a member of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC), and a former Punjab Minister, today accused the Badal government of pressurising the sarpanches and panches, belonging to Opposition parties and other important persons, through the government employees and officers especially of the police to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Cong men hold dharna
Jalandhar, March 28
In protest against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government towards the development of rural areas and corruption in high offices, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee held a dharna at Bakhtawar Singh Chowk on the Nakodar road here yesterday.

‘Withdraw’ case against Cong men
Tarn Taran, March 28
Mr Jasbir Singh Dimpa, general secretary of the All-India Youth Congress Committee, has appealed to the administration to immediately withdraw the case registered under Section 307, IPC, against four Congress men namely Hari Krishan Arora, Jaspal Pala, Rajinder Bhandari and Vijay Chaamri.

Sack NDA govt, says UCPI
Faridkot, March 28
The United Communist Party of India (UCPI) has urged the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, to dismiss the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre for its alleged failure in protecting national interests. This could be verified from the exposure made by the Tehelka web portal, said Comrade Sukhinder Singh Dhaliwal, state president of the party, while talking to this reporter here today.


SDMs to grant pensions in Punjab
Muktsar, March 28
The Punjab Government has decided to organise pension camps at village level to stop the harassment of eligible old persons and widows and to expedite the process of granting pensions.

General house meeting cancelled
Amritsar, March 28
The general house meeting of the corporation house was abruptly cancelled today following a decision to meet the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by the Akali and BJP councilors to urge him to provide additional funds for development in the corporation jurisdiction.

Adopt intermediate gynae technology: Dr Howie
Ludhiana, March 28
Dr Beryl O Howie, a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist of international repute, today pleaded for adoption of intermediate technology in obstetrics and gynaecology so that the common man could make use of the same. She said the high-cost advance technology was not relevant to the rural areas in India.

FCI employees to intensify stir
Bathinda, March 28
Even as the matter of revision of wages of employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been hanging fire since 1997, the Food Corporation of India Executive Staff Union has decided to intensify its agitation to pressurise the authorities concerned for implementing their demands.

Hailstorm affects thermal plant
Patiala, March 28
A hailstorm, accompanied by strong winds, disrupted power supply in Ropar and Jalandhar districts with two units of Ropar Thermal Plant and a substation in Jalandhar closing down for a few hours.

Hospital incinerator issue left smoking?
Pollution Control Board throws a spanner in the works
Patiala, March 28
The Government Rajindra Hospital, which could not operate an incinerator established in its premises for the past ten years due to lack of funds earlier, is now caught in a piquant position as it is unable to run the incinerator even now when it has received Rs nine lakh for the purpose from the government.

Stress on population control for development
Bathinda, March 28
Mr Joginder Singh, Director, Health and Family Welfare (HFW), Punjab, today said population control was the first condition for overall development of the country.

CBI charge sheet against FCI official
Patiala, March 28
The CBI has filed a charge sheet against an Assistant Manager of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for demanding a bribe to pass a labour contract bill.

Residents go on rampage, set 2 vehicles afire
Jalandhar, March 28
Agitated residents of Basti Guzan, Basti Sheikh and other nearby colonies, who had been demanding the removal of garbage dump, set on fire two municipal corporation (MC) vehicles carrying garbage and pelted the residence of the Commissioner with stones, injuring his telephone operator yesterday night.

Indefinite fast by mill workers ends
Mansa, March 28
The indefinite fast by two workers of the local cooperative spinning mill, sold off allegedly at throwaway prices by the authorities concerned, ended today after they assured that they would be paid their dues shortly.

Banks ordered to submit list of cases
Bathinda, March 28
Mr Gurbir Singh, Civil Judge (senior division)-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, has ordered all bank officers to submit lists of cases which are at pre-litigation stage. 

Hospital activists intensify struggle
Bathinda, March 28
The activists of the Save Old Hospital and the Government Properties Sangharsh Committee (SOHGPSC) have decided to intensify the struggle in protest against the local administration and the Punjab Government which have started the process of shifting of old children and the general hospital from its present location to the Civil Hospital.

No pension for six months
Bathinda, March 28
Mr Charan Singh of Kalyan village of this district has not been getting his old age pension for the past six months.

Mewa Singh to get Amrik Singh Cheema Award
Patiala, March 28
The Punjab Young Farmers’ Associaiton has chosen, Dr Mewa Singh Sonar, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, for the 2000-2001 Amrik Singh Cheema award. The award will be conferred on him by the Punjab Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, at the Rakhra Kisan Mela being organised by the Punjab Young Farmers Association on March 31.

Brick-kiln workers on indefinite dharna
Sangrur, March 28
More than 200 members of the district unit of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union led by Mr Dev Raj Verma, Joint Secretary, CITU, Punjab, yesterday sat on an indefinite dharna in front of the residence of Mr Kewal Krishan Longowalia, district president of the Brick-Kiln Owners Association, in support of their demands.

4 BSF jawans drugged
Ludhiana, March 28
Four BSF jawans were reportedly drugged by some unidentified persons while on their way from Jammu to Delhi last night.


Two farmers commit suicide
Mansa, March 28
Quite on heels of the Punjab Governor’s decision to pay ex-gratia grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to farmers committing suicide, two farmers of the district committed suicide last Sunday.

Rice shellers stage dharna
Bhuchu Mandi (Bathinda), March 28
Activists of the Shellers Association held a dharna here today in support of their demand for proportional milling of paddy.


Flesh trade racket unearthed
Nabha, March 28
The Nabha police yesterday unearthed a flesh trade racket after raid at the Bhattan street residence of a singer, Kanta Sharma, alias Manpreet Kaur.

Bank guard found dead
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), March 28
A policeman on bank security duty was found dead under mysterious circumstances at premises of State Bank of India (SBI) late last night.


Re-employed teachers a dejected lot
Abohar, March 28
Teachers and lecturers who relied on a circular issued by the Director, Public Instructions (S), Punjab, on September 9, 1999, and continued serving their institutions even after the day of retirement were now feeling being duped by the government.

Shifting of training Centre opposed
Faridkot, March 28
Resentment prevails among residents of this district against the decision of the Punjab Government to shift industrial training centre from here to Jalalabad in Ferozepore district from the next academic session.

IMA for transparency in PG admissions
Phagwara, March 28
Following reports and complaints about seat-fixing by certain PGET candidates, the Medical Action Committee-cum-Legal Cell of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab, has sent representation to the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, demanding total transparency in the admission process to the postgraduate degree/diploma courses in the state-run medical colleges and DMC by making public ranks secured in the merit list of the postgraduate entrance test conducted on March 4. 

Rise in scholarship amount sought
Bathinda, March 28
The All-India Rangreta Dal has demanded that the amount of scholarship given to Dalit students should be increased.


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