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PUDA adopts 444.25-cr budget
Chandigarh, February 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today passed the budget for the year 2001-2002, pegged at an ambitious Rs 444.25 crore, against the current year’s revised estimates of Rs 249.11 crore.

Papers read on Guru Granth Sahib
Amritsar, February 27
Fifteen papers were read on various aspects of Guru Granth Sahib by foreign and Indian scholars on the second day of the first international conference on “Sri Guru Granth Sahib — World’s First Interfaith Scripture” held at Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Academy of Guru Granth Studies, Dallas (USA).

Olympian Balbir, others cleared for promotion
Chandigarh, February 27
Olympian Balbir Singh is among 16 officers of the Punjab police, including five Deputy Inspectors-General and six Senior Superintendents, who were today cleared for either promotion or grant of the selection grade at a meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee here.

DGP’s Commendation Roll proposed
Chandigarh, February 27
The Punjab police wants to introduce the Director-General Commendation Roll to honour those police officers who have done exceedingly well while on duty.

Police intervention averts clash
Bathinda, February 27
Timely intervention by the police today averted a clash between the workers of two different labour unions belonging to the Food Corporation of India  and the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation here.



Kapurthala MC chief’s election quashed
Chandigarh, February 27
Quashing the election of Mr Ashok Kumar as the President of Kapurthala Municipal Council, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held petitioner, Sudesh Kumar Aggarwal, as elected.


Cong, UCPI men flay Mamata
Faridkot, February 27
Senior leaders of the Congress and the United Communist Party of India, Punjab, have criticised the Union Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, for allocating more trains to her own state, West Bengal, in the Railway Budget presented in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

Rly Budget: CM blamed for neglect of Punjab
Amritsar, February 27
Reacting to the announcement regarding starting new trains in the Railway Budget by Ms Mamata Banerjee, a BJP MLA, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, has criticised the Chief Minister for his “failure” to procure new trains for Punjab.

Dhindsa favours SAD-SHSAD merger
Sangrur, February 27
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Secretary-General of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today said the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and the SAD could merge if talks for unity between the two parties matured.

Art 370 binds Centre to J&K: minister
Jalandhar, February 27
Mr Harbans Singh, the lone Sikh Jammu and Kashmir minister, has said ceasefire has resulted in the silence of guns on the Line of Control (LoC), but at the same time has increased militant activities in the interior areas of the state.


She sets example for disabled
Bathinda, February 27
Manmeet (21), who was born deaf and dumb has become a source of inspiration for those who have to face problems in society due to their physical handicaps.
Manmeet, who is running a beauty parlour in the city has proved that the disabled too have the ability to accept challenges and to set examples for others.

Ropar-Nangal rail track electrified
Ropar, February 27
The Ropar-Nangal railway track was electrified after the inauguration by the General Manager, Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, at Anandpur Sahib today.
The General Manager, Mr N.K. Chopra, started the traction substation at Anandpur Sahib.

PSEB men hold dharna against demolition
Sangrur, February 27
A large number of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board today staged a dharna in the old power house complex near the main bus stand here and took out a march through the town to protest against the administration, alleging that it had failed to stop the demolition of buildings in the complex by Ms Pushpinder Kaur and others on February 24 and 25 despite a status quo order by a local court till February 28.

Hospital selling expired medicines
Bathinda, February 27
A reputed hospital of the city has been found allegedly selling expired medicines to its patients from its in-house dispensary.

Sterilise stray dogs: experts
Ludhiana, February 27
Over 50,000 persons die of rabies in the country every year. Besides, thousands of animals become its victims. Unfortunately, there is no national strategy to tackle this major killer disease though several institutes and organisations are working on it.

3-year search for son
Jagdish Kumar, a resident of Banjar Bagh, Hoshiarpur, is running from pillar to post and is shuttling between one police station and another to find his 19-year-old son, Abinash Kumar, alias Bunty since March 11, 1998. He has made all possible efforts, including telecast by Doordarshan, to locate his son but has found no clue even after three years.

Tubectomy deaths: SMO suspended
Sangrur, February 27
The Punjab Government has suspended two doctors, a staff nurse and a class IV employee, allegedly responsible for the tubectomy tragedy which occurred following operations performed on 11 women at a family welfare camp in the mini primary health centre at Kanauri village in this district on December 4.

Police patrolling intensified
Hoshiarpur, February 27
Police patrolling here and in surrounding areas has been intensified to check anti-social elements keeping in view the two bomb attacks in different shops in the city.

‘Women’s plight worrisome’
Bhagta Bhai Ka, February 27
“Woman is second to God. Due to lack of knowledge and enlightenment among the public, the plight of women in society has become worrisome”, said Dr Prem Rajput, an eminent social worker, while addressing a function organised at Sant Baba Bhag Singh Memorial College here in connection with the Women’s Day.

Fire destroys three shops
Phagwara, February 27
Three shops of Jagdish Cloth House in Sarafan bazar were destroyed in a fire around 11 p.m. last night. Since the shops are located in narrow lanes in the interior of town across Bansawala bazar, the fire brigade had to face difficulty in reaching the site.

Palmist found dead
Jalandhar, February 27
A Kartarpur-based palmist, Rameshwer Tiwari, who was admitted to the local Civil Hospital on Sunday after being allegedly beaten up by a shopkeeper and had escaped from there yesterday, was found dead in a temple under mysterious circumstances today.


Centre’s project for farmers
Faridkot, February 27
The Central Government with the aid of World Bank has launched a national agriculture technology project to promote agriculture and empower farmers to meet the challenge of WTO in Punjab.

Scientists shown benefits of zero tillage
Chandigarh, February 27
An economy-induced farm operation, zero tillage and bed planting, has been recommended for Punjab farmers on which even subsidy is available.

Cotton assn seeks quality seeds
Bathinda, February 27
Mr Fateh Chand Sharma, District President, North India, Cotton Association, said to ensure a good cotton harvest in the state, the government should ensure the adequate supply of improved varieties of cotton seeds.

Hay sellers facing crisis
Bathinda, February 27
Wheat hay sellers are vanishing very fast and if the trend continues, the day is not far when the main fodder for the cattle will be hard to find.


MC elections postponed again
Maur Mandi, February 27
The elections to the posts of the president and the vice-president of the local municipal council, which have witnessed a series of postponement, have again been postponed by the district administration.

Statistical Dept without work
Ropar, February 27
How far is the state government making use of its Statistical Department to take fact based decisions while planning or implementing development schemes? In case of this district it seems, hardly any use of the department has been made since the last two decades.

‘Strong admn must for proper functioning’
Patiala, February 27
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, presents a set of the university’s publications to Mr R.N. Gupta, GM of the Tribune Trust of Newspapers, at a seminar held on the campus on Tuesday. The main reforms required today are free flow of information, ethics in public life,transparency and citizens’ rights to get proper services.

Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, presents a set of the university’s publications to Mr R.N. Gupta, GM of the Tribune Trust of Newspapers, at a seminar held on the campus on Tuesday.


Youth held for murder
Jalandhar, February 27
The district police has solved a case of murder of a priest of Malavi Mandir in the Bootan Mandi locality near here three months ago by arresting the main accused. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, said here today that Mr Tara Chand, resident of Bootan Mandi locality and brother of the priest.

10 booked for threatening man
Bathinda, February 27
The local police has registered a criminal case against Jagga and nine others for their alleged involvement in threatening and illegally confining Mr Shiv Lal, a resident of Indra Awas Colony in his house on February 25.


Baba Farid university Registrar quits
Faridkot, February 27
The administration of Baba Farid Medical University of Health Sciences has suffered another jolt following the resignation of its Registrar, Dr T. Jesupadam, from his post due to various reasons.

VC: empower women through education
Ferozepore, February 27
There has been a phenomenal expansion of education at all levels and 30 per cent of teachers are women. However, this has not been followed by a proportionate representation of women at all levels.

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