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Punjab sets up farm panel
To implement crop diversification
Chandigarh, May 5
Aimed at marketing Punjab’s produce and also implementing crop diversification, the Punjab Government today formed the Punjab State Farmers Commission. The immediate task work of the commission will be to bring down the area under rice cultivation and promote potatoes, cauliflower and okra (bhindi), which have been marked for export.

Govt asked to take final decision on riot victims' resettlement
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given directions to the Punjab Government to take a policy decision on resettlement of riot victims of 1984 expeditiously by taking it to the Council of Ministers.

Father beats infant to death
Amritsar, May 5
An 11-month-old infant was beaten to death by his father at Dhotian village in Tarn Taran police district, about 30 km from here, last evening.

Grief-stricken Amandip Kaur (extreme right), whose 11-month-old son was beaten to death by her husband. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Grief-stricken Amandip Kaur, whose 11-month-old son was beaten to death by her husband.

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  Warm welcome to Pak Bar Council delegates
Amritsar, May 5
A six-member delegation of the Bar Council of Pakistan arrived in India from the Wagah joint check post here today to interact with judges and advocates of the Supreme Court of India and various high courts.

26 posts of PCS (Judicial) officer to be created
Chandigarh, May 5
For reducing the number of cases pending before courts all over the state, the Punjab Government has decided to create 26 additional posts of PCS (Judicial) officer. Besides, the government has decided to fill 37 vacancies.

Hanspal holds meeting on delimitation of constituencies
Chandigarh, May 5
While the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today started gearing up its organisational elections, its President Mr H.S. Hanspal had started consulting the party MLAs to prepare for the Delimitation Commission meeting scheduled to be held on May 9.


Kiln labourers protest against denial of minimum wages
Pathankot, May 5
Brick-kiln labourers today held a march through the town leveling serious charges against the local labour inspector. The labourers alleged that the labour inspector was in connivance with the owners of the kilns.

Disparity in excise duty leads to shifting of drug units
Patiala, May 5
Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, today cautioned the Union Finance Minister that disparity in levying of excise duty on drug units situated in different states could create a political controversy as the same had been forcing drugs units located in Punjab to shift to other states.

Sikh scholar honoured
Jalandhar, May 5
Sikh scholar Raghbir Singh Bains, who has been selected by the British Columbia Government for the “Order of British Columbia-2005” award, was honoured by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta and representatives of a number of social and literary organisations at a function here today.

Unclean water being supplied to villagers
Ropar, May 5
The rural areas of the district continue to be neglected. Thousands of villagers of the four major subdivisions of the district are not getting clean drinking water.

Anganwadi workers stage protest
Bathinda, May 5
Hundreds of anganwadi workers under the banner of the Anganwadi Employees Union today staged a protest outside the mini-secretariat against a false case registered against their Bathinda block chief Harbans Kaur.

Suspended CDPOs face new charges
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
A controversy over the recruitment of Anganwari workers has come to the surface. The Additional Deputy Commissioner (D), who is in charge of the inquiry of the fungus infested food supply to Anganwari children, which led to the suspension of the Child Development and Project officers of Sirhind and Bassi Pathana, in his report has alleged that recruitment made by the two is illegal and not as per merit.

Water samples from 5 schools fail test
Hoshiarpur, May 5
Students of various government schools are consuming contaminated drinking water in Hoshiarpur district. The District Health Department had taken water samples from eight schools and sent these for testing to the State Public Health Laboratory, Chandigarh. Of these samples, 5 were declared unfit for human consumption.

Move to privatise coop sugar mills opposed
Ropar, May 5
Members of the Joint Action Committee of Cooperative Sugar Mill Workers Unions of Punjab yesterday held a rally here against the government’s move to privatise cooperative sugar mills. Kisan unions, share holders of cooperative sugar mills, electricity board employees supported the agitation.


Status report of police probe submitted
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Government today submitted in Punjab and Haryana High Court the status report in the police investigation into the alleged vandalisation of the grave of Father Mark Barnes, a Jalandhar-based Christian priest, who died recently.

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HC tells DSP to take action against cop
Amritsar, May 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the DSP, Civil Lines, here to take action against Inspector and Jarnail Singh, in charge of the Vijay Nagar police station, for allegedly beating up and keeping a BJP leader in illegal custody.


Sugarfed told to clear farmers’ arrears
Chandigarh, May 5
The Punjab Government has directed Sugarfed to clear sugarcane arrears due towards the cooperative sugar mills up to September 30, or even earlier.

Seminar on organic manure
Ropar, May 5
The Global College of Pharmacy in Nurpur Bedi town here is organising a one-day seminar tomorrow to encourage the farmers and local people to adopt vermin composting for converting solid waste into organic fertiliser, organic farming of medicinal plants, for crop diversification and use of herbal pesticides.


Girl student murdered
Dhina (Jalandhar) May 5
A girl student was murdered just a day before her 17th birthday in her house here last night. She was alone in the house as her father, a Head Constable at Kapurthala, and other members of the family were away to Dhanal Kalan village, near Lambra, to see an NRI relative.

4 arrested for smuggling fake currency, narcotics
Amritsar, May 5
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang of smugglers that used to smuggle fake currency and narcotics from Pakistan.

Four arrested in vigilance raid on grain market
Ferozepore, May 5
Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau conducted raids at the Jalalabad grain market and arrested four officials of different procurement agencies after they found that sacks being used to stock the procured wheat were of inferior quality.

Teacher held for producing fake degree
Bathinda, May 5
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a government schoolteacher for availing promotion on the basis of a fake degree.

Watchman shoots thief
Fazilka, May 5
Jangir Singh (28) was allegedly shot dead by a Markfed watchman when he along with his accomplices were trying to steal wheat from a godown on the outskirts of the town on Ganjuana Hasta road in the wee hours of today.

One held on charge of theft
Kharar, May 5
The police has arrested one person on charges of theft, criminal trespass, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Person posing as doctor held
Kharar, May 5
A person posing as a doctor entered the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital here and started examining patients last night. He was later caught and handed over to the police.


12 GND varsity students get scholarships
Amritsar, May 5
The Sikh Human Development Foundation has awarded scholarships to 12 students of Guru Nanak Dev University for the academic session 2004-05.

Admission schedule for BSc (Agri)
Amritsar, May 5
Guru Nanak Dev University has announced the admission schedule for B.Sc./M.Sc. Agriculture (Hons) and Food Science and Technology courses for the session 2005-06.

Foundation Day celebrated
Patiala, May 5
Budha Dal Public School, Samana celebrated its 16th Foundation Day today. The school authorities said that students participated in a three-km cross country race which was flagged off by the President of the school Managing Committee, Baba Uday Singh.

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