Bet belt poverty-stricken,
cries for attention
Machhiwara, January 12
In the Bet belt adjoining the Sutlej, residents are longing for basic necessities even after 54 years of Independence. Though the outgoing SAD-BJP government had constructed all pucca roads leading to these villages, buses are yet to be seen on the newly built roads.
RLD, SHSAD form united front
Amloh, January 12
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) have formed a joint front to fight the “anti-people” policies of the state and central governments, stated Mr Avtar Singh Janjua, state President, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Punjab, in a press note here today after a meeting of office-bearers of both parties.
in villages top priority
Mandi Gobindgarh, January
Punjab Government has declared 2003 as development year during which Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore would be spent on providing facilities in each village with a population of upto 2,000 and above. Priority would be given to those villages already covered under the water supply scheme, said Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Minister for Public Health and Rural Development, in an interview here last evening the first instalment of Rs 101 crore would be released on January 15 under the Integrated Rural Development Scheme.
Poetry flows at meeting
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 12
A meeting of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha chaired by Mr Mehar Singh Raiwal was held at the local Government Senior School last evening, as stated in a press note.
Master Ishar Singh recited his poem “Nawen vareh to zindgi de saz te geet gai