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Rs 10-cr embezzlement by sarpanches
Govt launches campaign to recover amount
Bathinda, January 19
An embezzlement of Rs 10 crore allegedly by sarpanches in 17 districts with official connivance and under political patronage in different funds given to them for development projects has been detected during the initial assessment done by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.

Kidney donor alleges allurement
Amritsar, January 19
Even as four aides of Dr P. K. Sareen, prime accused in the kidney scam joined the investigations, a donor today accused the two doctors of luring him to donate the kidney. The donor, Mr Puran Singh (58), said that he could identify Dr Sareen and Dr Jain.

Nihang Puran Singh shows discharge card of Kakkar Hospital to the SIT team which recorded statements at Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Nihang Puran Singh shows discharge card of Kakkar Hospital to the SIT team which recorded statements at Amritsar

Kidney scam: Dang opposes CBI probe
Amritsar, January 19
Even as the Punjab Nurses Association has dissociated itself from the agitating doctors who have been protesting against the arrest of two doctors in the kidney racket, Mr Satya Pal Dang, a veteran CPI leader, yesterday opposed the demand of a CBI inquiry into the scam.




Kidney scam accused docs’ effigies burnt
Amritsar, January 19
Shiv Sena activists burned the effigies of two arrested doctors in the kidney scam — Dr P.K. Sareen and Dr O.P. Mahajan, head of the Authorisation Committee for kidney cases — at the Putlighar crossing here today.

PPSC’s new ‘mantras’ for transparency
Jalandhar, January 19
In an effort to rebuild its “scandal-ridden” image and to ensure “total transparency” in selections made by it in future, the Punjab Public Service Commission has decided to revamp its examination system and to make it ‘‘foolproof’’ with the help of Information Technology.

Privatise govt schools partly: Singla
Kakrala (Samana), January 19
A Punjab Government committee, which is examining the expenditure policy on Education, has calculated that the per capita cost of providing education to a child in the state is Rs 662 per year with the total spending on school education itself being Rs 2000 crore annually. It feels that the government should, on an experimental basis, hand over the management of around 10 per cent of schools to known charitable organisations.



Rights panel refers widow’s case to ADGP
Mansa, January 19
Following the news report published in The Tribune on December 5, 2002, under the heading “Widow alleges harassment by sons” the matter, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has referred the application of 90-year-old widow Jaspal Kaur to the Additional Director General of Police, IVC, Punjab for an inquiry into the matter and to submit the report to the PSHRC.

Axed panchayat secys to campaign against Cong
Chandigarh, January 19
The expelled Punjab Panchayat Secretaries Union will launch door-to-door campaign against the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh elections. At a meeting held here today, the union claimed that despite the party high command’s instructions, the Congress government in Punjab had failed to provide justice to them.

‘Denial of political rights of NRIs okay’
Jalandhar, January 19
Hailing the decision of the Indian Government to grant dual citizenship to NRIs and PIOs, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Mr Piara Singh Khabra, has justified the stand of the government on the denial of political rights along with dual citizenship.

Govt delay poses danger to refugees
Amritsar, January 19
Despite recommendation by a high-level inquiry committee to scrap a 40-year-old Improvement Trust scheme, the government continues to withhold permission to 100 refugee families who have sought reconstructions, additions/improvements/ renovations to their century-old perilously dilapidated buildings for safety to their families.

DD film on Hari Jaisingh today
Jalandhar, January 19
“Kalam Seenche Sachh”, a half-hour-long documentary on the life and works of Mr Hari Jaisingh, the Editor of The Tribune and the president of the Editors’ Guild of India, would be telecast on Doordarshan’s satellite channel “DD-Punjabi” at 10 a.m. on January 20.

Mann for special gaushala fund
Sangrur, January 19
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief, has asked the Centre to establish gaushala development boards at the Central and state levels and create a gaushala development bank for providing adequate funds for the protection of cows.

Rs 2-cr rice scam
Barnala, January 19
The Barnala police has detected a Rs 2-crore rice scam in the city. Disclosing this here yesterday, Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, SSP, Barnala, informed that the police conducted raids at Markfed, Punjab Warehousing Corporation and Punjab Agro godowns following a tip-off.


SYL ‘may ruin’ fruit growers
Abohar, January 19
Mr Sunil Jakhar, whip of the Punjab Legislature Congress Party, has warned that the construction of the SYL canal may ruin the largest fruit-growing region in the state. Mr Jakhar said the region had been facing acute shortage of canal water for the past one year. Tubewell water contained a lot of sodium and was unfit for irrigation. A farmer, if deprived of regular supply of canal water, lost one crop, but fruit growers suffered for five to six years if irrigation was not done as per schedule.


NRI Punjabi writers hail varsity centre
Amritsar, January 19
NRI Punjabi writers who gathered here to participate in the two-day international seminar on “Immigrant writers: Literature, Writing and Challenges” said the newly established Centre of Immigrant Studies of Guru Nanak Dev University had provided a platform to them to discuss their literary and cultural problems.

‘Surtal’ concludes
Patiala, January 19
The three-day inter-zonal cultural festival held in the memory of the founder of Patiala, Baba Ala Singh, concluded on a vibrant note at Government Mohindra College here today evening.


Bank: no warrants against farmers
Bathinda, January 19
Mr Nand Singh, District Manager, PADB, has said that though the bank had issued about 15 warrants against wilful defaulters for not paying up their loans, yet no warrants had been issued against any farmer.


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