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Punjab plans Internet-based executive information system
Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab Government has proposed to install an Internet-based Executive Information System in all its offices for better connectivity and speedy disposal of work. The EIS is likely to be launched by May 15. The application will “save” the Punjab Government from spending an enormous amount of time to collect, compile and communicate information.

Another tubectomy death comes to light
Civil Surgeon denies negligence
Patiala, March 1
Even as the Punjab Government has started proceedings against doctors allegedly responsible for two tubectomy deaths in Sangrur district, another suspected tubectomy death has been reported to have occurred at a family planning camp held at the Primary Health Centre at Harpalpur village in this district last month.

Reduce area under paddy: VC
Ludhiana, March 1
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr G.S. Kalkat, has urged the farmers to drastically cut the area under paddy. He said the state could only afford to nourish paddy crop in 16 lakh hectares, while the area under the crop, last year, was over 26 lakh hectares.

Is Punjab ready for natural disasters?
Ludhiana, March 1
Punjab, mapped by a large number of rivers and canals, and coming in the high risk zone regarding earthquakes may have to face natural disasters like floods, nuclear war or even earthquakes in the coming years. The high density of population in the state means that any such disaster will result in heavy looss of life and material. 



A sarson field in bloom.
A sarson field in bloom.
— A Tribune photo by Karam Singh
Sarson in bloom in Punjab fields
Chandigarh, March 1
If the beautiful bloom of sarson (Brassica compestris) in rural Punjab is any indication, there is a definite and firm deviation from the proposed shift towards value-added, water-light crops, including fruit, vegetables, floriculture, maize, soyabean and sugarcane as recommended by the expert committee of the Union Ministry of Agriculture. Instead, the farmers have gone for oilseeds in general and sarson in particular.

15 prisoners repatriated
Wagah (Amritsar), March 1
Even though 15 Pakistani prisoners were repatriated at the joint checkpost (JCP) here today, no reciprocal repatriation was undertaken by the Pakistani authorities. This has not happened for the first time. On September 8, 1999, when 14 Pakistani prisoners were released, Pakistan withheld the release of Indian prisoners.


Panjoli rules out patch-up with SAD
Bathinda, March 1
Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (SHSAYD), said here today that there were no chance for a patch-up with the Shiromani Akali Dal until Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, did not instal Bhai Ranjit Singh as Jathedar, Akal Takht.


Punjabi poll commissioner in UK
Mr Karamjit Singh Heer, who was born in the UK in 1950 and has his roots in Dadyal village (Garhshankar), has brought laurels to Punjab as he has become the first Asian to be appointed Election Commissioner in the UK. He was also honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with the CBE( Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in June last year.

Land feud: sarpanch being ‘shielded’
Ferozepore, March 1
At least six residents of the old Bareke village near here have charged the authorities of shielding the sarpanch, Channa Singh, who was earlier booked in a counterfeit currency case, by delaying necessary action against him.

No firearms at Hola Mohalla
Ropar, March 1
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, has banned the carrying of firearms and the use of crackers during the Hola Mohalla celebrations from March 5 to 10 at Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib. The use of gulal has also been prohibited for all except Nihangs, who use it as a tradition. The orders were passed by the Deputy Commissioner after chairing a meeting of various departments to finalise the mela arrangements at Anandpur Sahib today.

Notice to CBI in DIG case
Patiala, March 1
Patiala District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today issued notice to the CBI for tomorrow on the bail application applied by the Patiala Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Gupta in the case involving the alleged illegal detention and disappearance of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukha in 1993.

Minister lauds Punjabis’ help to quake-hit
Jalandhar, March 1
Saluting Punjabis for their generous help to earthquake victims of Guarat, Dr Vallabhbhai Bhai Kathiriya, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, said today that Gujarat no more needed ration and clothes, but tents for providing makeshift accommodation to thousands of families, rendered homeless by the nature’s fury.

‘All parties must back anti-terrorism Bill’
Bareta (Mansa), March 1
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, President, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, today said that all political parties, cutting across party lines, should make efforts for the passing of the anti-terrorism Bill, to be introduced in the current session of Parliament.

Govt waives interest on plot dues
Bathinda, March 1
The Punjab Government has given a big relief to the residents of Veer Colony, developed by the Improvement Trust, by waiving off the interest for 24 years on the amount which they have to pay due to enhancement in the prices of the plots allotted to them.

Medical camps for slum areas
Faridkot, March 1
The District Health Department, in collaboration with the Punjab Health System Corporation, has launched a special campaign to provide free medical aid to residents of slum and rural areas during this month in the district.

PSEB told to pay compensation
Pathankot, March 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has recently directed the Punjab State Electricity Board, Dorangla, through its SDO to pay Rs 5100 as compensation and Rs 500 as litigation expenses on account of non-release of tubewell connection to the complainant, Mr Roop Singh.

A menace called blue bull
Bathinda, February 28
Stray blue bulls have become a problem for animals and employees of the Deer Park, besides compelling farmers of Bir Talab and Multania village of this district to watch their fields even at night.

Traffic lights causing jams
Pathankot, March 1
Traffic in this town requires better management. Traffic lights have been installed at G.S. Salaria Chowk, however, instead of reducing traffic-related problems, they have compounded the problems.

Olympian Balbir retires as DIG
Chandigarh, March 1
When Olympian Balbir Singh retired yesterday on attaining superannuation, he was a Deputy Inspector-General of Police. His promotion came only on his last working day yesterday. He thus became the first hockey Olympian to rise to the rank of DIG.

Lok adalats on March 3
Bathinda, March 1
The District Legal Service Authority, will organise lok adalats on March 3 at Bathinda, Mansa, Talwandi Saboo and Phul to solve various disputes of the public.

BJP opposes shifting of hospital
Bathinda, March 1
After the Congress and the CPI, the BJP leadership of the district has also started opposing the shifting of General and Children Hospital from its present location to the premises of Civil Hospital.

Cops’ screening demanded
Amritsar, March 1
In a letter to the DGP the All-India Sikh Students Federation, headed by Mr Narinder Pal Singh Kanda, has demanded screening of those police officers who had landed out-of-turn promotions during the days of terrorism.

Jassi’s claims false: NCP leader
Bathinda, March 1
Mr Amritpal Singh Brar, member of the national council of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has said the claims made by Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA, Talwandi Sabo, regarding the refinery to be set up at Raman Mandi, are completely false.

UCPI: Budget pro-rich
Faridkot, March 1
Mr Sukhinder Singh Dhaliwal and Mr Sukhdev Singh Pandhi, president of the United Communist Party of India and general secretary of the Republican Party of India, Punjab, respectively, have expressed concern over the Budget presented yesterday.

Mandir society demands action
Amritsar, March 1
The Sri Thakur Dwara Mandir Shanker Dass Seva Society has demanded prompt action against Mr Jaswant Sarpal who allegedly used abusive language for the Shanker deity in the premises of the temple.

Accident victims cremated
Tarn Taran, March 1
The bodies of six persons, who died when their truck fell into a khud near Dhandiar in Himachal Pradesh yesterday, were cremated here today.


Adhere to quality, Kalkat tells farmers
Nawanshahr, March 1
Dr Manmohan Singh Kalkat, VC, PAU, Ludhiana, addressing a large gathering of farmers after inaugurating a kisan mela at the Kandi Regional Research Station, Bullowal Suankhari, 30 km from here, today, urged scientists to develop efficient production technologies involving the minimum use of poisonous chemicals so that the farm produce could meet the standards of the international market.

Farmers’ stir called off
Amritsar, March 1
The farmer’s stir was called off after nearly 28 hours of gherao of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The gherao by the Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab Kisan Sabha and other farmer organisations were protesting against the non-acceptance of their demands.


Abolish two posts, says MC chief
Bathinda, March 1
Taking serious note of the danger posed to finances due to surplus staff in the local Municipal Council, its President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhuller, has written to the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Punjab, to abolish the posts of Additional Executive Officer and Additional Municipal Engineer.


Four truck thieves arrested
Bathinda, March 1
The district police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of truck thieves and has impounded seven trucks from them. The value of these trucks is reported to be about Rs 40 lakh.

Three houses burgled
Jalandhar, March 1
Twelve persons barged into three houses in two separate villages near Nakodar this evening and looted cash and jewellery before escaping.

Three arrested, pistol seized
Phagwara, March 1
Three youths, Harnam Singh alias Kaka, Jaswinder Kumar alias Babba, and Mukesh Bharati were arrested while they were planning to loot a house on the night of February 24, said Mr Raj Jit Singh, local DSP, here yesterday.


Varsity set to conduct entrance test
Faridkot, March 1
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, has made elaborate arrangements to conduct entrance test for admission to postgraduate courses in three state medical colleges during the next academic session. This was disclosed by Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor of the university, while talking to this reporter here yesterday.

PTU to honour Swaraj Paul
Jalandhar, March 1
Lord Swaraj Paul, the London-based business magnate-turned-politician, will be honoured by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) by conferring honorary doctorate degree on him during the university’s annual convocation to be held on March 9.


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