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Badal, Chautala hail Budget
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has hailed the Union Budget presented in Parliament today. He described it as a “progressive, development-oriented and common-man friendly effort”, according to a press note.

SAD-BJP euphoric, Oppn in disarray
Chandigarh, February 28
The 11th session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha begins here tomorrow with the Governor’s Address at 2.30 p.m. This will be the last Budget Session of the SAD-BJP ruling combine that completed four years in office on February 12.

Going abroad costs them dear
Rampuraphul, February 28
Borrowing money on exorbitant rates of interest, selling agriculture holdings, selling jewellery, performing fake marriages with citizens of other countries and procuring divorce from their spouses on flimsy grounds are some of the activities of the youths of Malwa region in a bid to fulfil their dreams of a life in foreign climes.

Teachers on census duty “on leave”
Amritsar, February 28
Teachers on census duty are in a quandary over being marked as” on leave” or a question mark being put against their names in attendance registers of government educational institutions. The contradictory orders by the Office of the Principal Secretary and the Census Charge Officer have led to their harassment by school principals.

CBI court rejects DIG’s bail plea
Patiala, February 28
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Magistrate today rejected the bail application of the Patiala Range Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Sanjeev Gupta, in the case of alleged detention and disappearance of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist Sukhdev Singh Sukha in 1993.

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CPM to launch kisan bachao stir
Hoshiarpur, February 28
Prof Balwant Singh, General Secretary of the CPM, Punjab, has said in the coming elections of the Punjab state Assembly the CPM will support secular and democratic forces to defeat the SAD-BJP alliance that had ruined the state through its corrupt rule. He was talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

Dang seeks Tandon’s ouster
Amritsar, February 28
A veteran social worker, Mr Satya Pal Dang, has sought immediate resignation of the Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, in view of a strong indictment by the apex court of the former Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, and the present Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora.

Kanshi to use UP vote formula in Punjab
Hoshiarpur, February 28
The Punjab unit of the BJP got a jolt when Mr Kanshi Ram, BSP supremo, had in camera meeting with its former MP, Mr Kamal Chaudhry at his residence for more than half-an-hour here today. After the meeting both of them declined to divulge the proceedings. This has sent wrong signals in the BJP camp.

SAD (A) chief’s house gheraoed
Rampuraphul, February 28
Mrs Simarjit Kaur, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today alleged that the police had gheraoed her house located in the town. She alleged that the police had done this under the orders from a minister, who had been trying to settle political scores with her.


Eating beef to build body!
Jalandhar, February 28
To look as macho as their Hollywood and Bollywood idols, youngsters of cities and towns of Punjab are trying every trick from eating meat of dead buffalo calves to using costly imported food supplements.

PM to dedicate dam to nation
Ranjit Sagar Dam, February 28
Even as the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will dedicate the Rs 3,800-crore multi-purpose river valley constructed on the Ravi to the nation on March 4, the state government has not taken any decision to absorb about 7,000 surplus employees in government departments. They have been claiming Rs 35 crore salary per annum.

Seminar on Guru Granth Sahib ends
Amritsar, February 28
The first inter-faith conference of Guru Granth Sahib concluded here at Guru Nanak Dev University .

Panchayat members resign
Bathinda, February 28
In an unprecedented move which could have serious implications on the political scene of this area, the Sarpanch and six panchayat members of Patti Kala Mahraj village falling in the Rampura assembly segment today submitted their resignation from their respective posts to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jaspal Singh, in protest against the alleged harassment being caused to them through the police and other means by the Punjab Power Minister, Mr Sikandar Singh Malooka.

TV cameras for railway stations
Phillaur, February 28
Northern Railway will soon install camera eyes’ (Closed Circuit Cameras) at the most sensitive and important railway stations, including Attari, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Ludhiana. Sixteen such cameras have been installed at Jammu-Tawi to observe the activities of anti-social elements.

API guidelines on hypertension
Ludhiana February 28
Keeping in view the geographical, conditions, dietary habits, literacy levels and socio-economic variables, the Association of Physicians of India (API) has prepared the “First Indian Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension-2001”.

Scheme to recycle wastewater
Fatehgarh Sahib
The Punjab Government will introduce a new technique in the rural areas for the reuse and recycle of wastewater for water conservation as well as for economic use of water. Rorkee, a sleepy village of the district, has been selected where “Indian Reed Bed System” has been introduced by Mr J.S. Kesar, Financial Commissioner, Rural Development.

Check embryo tests: DC
Ropar February 28
The pre-natal sex determination is increasingly, being used to eliminate the girl child. No effort will be spared to curb this practice in the district. The Deputy Commissioner Ropar, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, stated this while speaking at a state-level function organised to disperse loan cheques and sanctions letter to women self-help groups.

Ferozepore gets a facelift
Ferozepore, February 28
The district is being spruced up for the March 23 martyrdom day functions while a foundation stone for a gateway near the Indo-Pakistan joint check post is scheduled to be laid on that day, the Hussainiwala road leading to the martyr memorial site has already been beautified.

DRDA staff fear losing jobs
Ropar, February 28
In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the general secretary of the all-India DRDA Staff Welfare Association Mr Darshan Kumar has said following the move to hand over the funds for the centrally sponsored schemes to the state at least 1.28 lakh DRDA employees have developed an apprehension that they might lose their jobs.

Dyal Singh Majithia’s associate dead
Chandigarh, February 28
Pandit Faqir Chand Kaushal, who functioned as Mukhtaar-e-Aam of the property of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia Trust, died on February 26. During his last days he served Dyal Singh College Trust.

National Science Day celebrations end
Patiala, February 28
The science exhibitions, seminars, lectures and quiz programmes which were organised by the various science departments of Punjabi University to mark the National Science Day celebrations from February 27 to 28 concluded here today.

Sikh challaned for not wearing helmet
Pathankot, February 28
A Sikh gentleman, Mr Sarabhjeet Singh, son of Khushal Singh, resident of Rashpalwan village, was challaned by the sadar police for not wearing a helmet, while he was driving his scooter (PB-35-3816) on February 23.

Coop society members’ removal quashed
Chandigarh, February 28
Mr. Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed an order issued by Punjab’s Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies removing Mr. Joginder Muni of Mansa district and another member from the managing committee of Kalipur Dumb Cooperative Agriculture Service Society Limited.

Govt policies suiting Pak: Bitta
Abohar, February 28
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, Chairman All-India Anti-Terrorist Front and former national president of the Youth Congress has said that the Union Government will have to adopt the policy of bullet for bullet to combat terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as the Congress government led by P.V. Narasimha Rao had done in Punjab.

Net services disrupted
Bathinda, February 28
The Internet services were hit and the Internet users got no help from the local offices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) due to a technical fault in the Chandigarh office of Puncom today.


Farmers’ training camp held
Bathinda, February 28
The Agriculture Department held a training camp to educate farmers about crop rotation and the proper use of the underground water at Gobindpura village in the district today.

Wheat target for Faridkot, Muktsar
Faridkot, February 28
The Punjab Government has fixed a target of 11.3 lakh tonnes of wheat for its procurement in Faridkot and Muktsar districts in the forthcoming season. Of the total, 3.88 lakh tonnes of crop will be procured in Faridkot district and the remaining in Muktsar district. 

Kisan conference on March 2
Faridkot, February 28
The All-India Lok Bhalai Party will organise a kisan conference at the new grain market of Barnala in Sangrur district on March 2 to expose the failure of the SAD-BJP combine in different sectors in Punjab.

Farmers gherao DC’s office
Amritsar, February 28
Thousands of farmers today gheraoed the Deputy Commissioner’s office even as the Deputy Commissioner was away on duty to welcome the Prime Minister.


Rs 64 crore released for Fatehgarh Sahib projects
Fatehgarh sahib, February 28
The Punjab Government has released a sum of worth Rs 64.35 crore for the various ongoing development projects in the district, Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, said while presiding over the monthly meeting of various departmental heads. He said the much-awaited rail over-bridge at the Sirhind Railway crossing would be completed at the cost of Rs 9 crore by June and it would be opened for traffic by June 30.

Assurance on pension plan
Phagwara, February 28
The Minister for Higher Education Master Mohan Lal, claimed here yesterday that the government was in a hurry to implement the pension scheme for the staff of the non-government colleges but attributed the delay to slow information about Provident Fund from colleges.


3 held for gambling
Nawanshahr, February 28
Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here yesterday, said the police had registered cases against unauthorised travel agents Sat Pal of Kukkar Mazra village and Som Nath of Retenda village for duping Kapur Singh of Rs 1.70 lakh and Tarlok Singh of Rs 70,000 on the pretext of sending them abroad.


Convocation at GMC
Patiala, February 28
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab was the chief guest at the convocation of the International Medical Sciences Academy (IMSA) held at Government Medical College (GMC) here yesterday.


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