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Only regular service for seniority: SC
Chandigarh, March 2
“Only regular service is to be counted towards seniority,” observed the Supreme Court while allowing 29 Special Leave Petitions preferred by the Punjab Government against the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in allowing ad-hoc service to be included in calculating the period of service of eight to 18 years for giving a higher scale of pay under the proficiency step -up scheme.

Dam workers serve ultimatum
Gurdaspur, March 2
Workers owing allegiance to more than 10 employees’ unions, except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Karamchari Dal of the Ranjit Sagar Dam, will either boycott the March 4 function in which Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, will dedicate the Ranjit Sagar dam to the nation or will demonstrate by wearing black badges when the Chief Minister addresses the gathering on this occasion, if their demands are not met by 12 noon tomorrow.

Many not counted by census staff
Bathinda, March 2
Mr Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Barnala road employed with the Canal Division here, kept waiting for somebody on census duty from February 9 to 28 so that he could provide information about himself and his family, but in vain.

US doctors to attend Sohana workshop
Chandigarh, March 2
Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital, Sohana, will hold a two-day workshop on vitreo-retinal surgery and phaco-emulsification techniques on March 3 and 4. It will be addressed by eminent ophthalmologists from the USA, according to Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Khalsa, Khannewale, Chairman of the hospital trust.

Fatehgarh Sahib




MoU on community policing likely
Chandigarh, March 2
The West Midlands police (UK) and the Punjab police may sign a memorandum of understanding on community policing when the Chief Constable of the former visits Punjab in April, says Mr Michael Layton, Chief Superintendent of the West Midlands police.

Dutch experts offer tips to potato growers
Ludhiana, March 2
The good old days are likely to return for potato growers, not only in Punjab but also in other parts of the country. Experts from the Netherlands, who have arrived at Punjab Agriculture University here, have a key to the problems faced by them.

Defeat anti-farmer forces: Gowda
Barnala, March 2
Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda today stressed upon the need of the formation of a third front to fight the Congress and the National Democratic Alliance, including the Shiromani Akali Dal, and asked the farmers to unite to defeat the anti-farmer forces in the country.

Inter-state gang of vehicle thieves busted
LALRU (Patiala), March 2
The Dera Bassi police has busted a gang of inter-state vehicle thieves which was involved in several theft cases in this part of the region for the last three to four years. The police claims to have recovered nine stolen vehicles worth Rs 29 lakh from four members of the gang, who were arrested here on Thursday.


Giani memorial being raised
SANDHWAN (Faridkot): A memorial tower depicting the various stages of the life of former President Zail Singh is being erected at his native village, Sandhwan. The memorial, for which the foundation stone was laid exactly six years after the death of seventh President, is being erected at the spot where Giani was born by a memorial trust set up in his name.

Cops come to women’s care
Bathinda, March 2
Every Friday morning a number of women go to the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police to attend the weekly meeting organised by Counselling Arbitration Rehabilitation Enquiry, Registration and Investigation (CARE), which has been started by the police to settle cases of marital dispute at the prelitigation stages.

Painted chambers thrown open to public
Patiala, March 2
Once the preserve of royalty and out of bounds for the common man since independence, the two most important chambers of Quila Mubarak have been thrown open to the public.

Confusion over medicos’ test
Faridkot, March 2
The guidelines laid down in the prospectus issued by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and those of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for conducting the competitive test for postgraduate medical courses have created confusion among the applicants.

‘Fast track’ courts to clear pending cases
Patiala, March 2
Twentynine “fast track” courts will be set up in Punjab to clear pending cases in civil courts. The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 8.29 crore for 2000-2005 for the setting up of 29 courts all over the state. At present, as many as 2,939 cases are pending in sessions courts in the state since the past three years.

DIG granted regular bail
Chandigarh, March 2
The District and Sessions Court today granted regular bail to Patiala Range Deputy Inspector-General of Police Sanjeev Gupta in a case pertaining to the illegal detention and subsequent disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist in 1993.

30 days more given to deport Pakistanis
Chandigarh, March 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted a month’s time to the authorities concerned for arranging the deportation of foreign nationals, lodged in Indian jails, to their respective countries.

Lok Adalat for criminal cases
Patiala, March 2
The first State Lok Adalat for criminal cases is being held on March 3 here. 21 Lok Adalat benches have been constituted for setting compoundable cases with pending trials as well as those in which the cancellation/untraced reports are filled by the police investigating agencies.

Fossil exhibits evoke interest
Patiala, March 2
Paleontology buffs and students had a field day today, admiring a wide collection of pre-historic fossils, including elephant tusks and bone joints millions of years old, which form part of a private collection of paleontologist and Mohindra College Principal Dr Vidwan Singh Soni.

Punjab moots power plan
Patiala, March 2
The Punjab Government will coordinate with Haryana to set up joint hydel ventures in Uttaranchal whose hydel energy potential lies unexploited. Punjab apparently wants the Uttaranchal Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, to help push hydel projects in the newly formed state.

Protest held against Budget
Amritsar, March 2
Thousands of youths, workers, employees, teachers held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office today on the call given by various federations against the anti-people and anti-employee Budget by the NDA government.

Mann flays hike in defence budget
Jalandhar, March 2
Many political parties may have hailed the Budget or have discarded it dubbing it as anti-poor and anti-farmer, but SAD (A) sees it from an entirely different angle and has termed the 14 per cent hike in defence outlay as a glimpse of the future gameplan of the rightist forces like the BJP and the RSS, who wanted to “dominate” South-East Asia by increasing the country’s military might.

Punjab’s print order to NBT lowest
Chandigarh, March 2
Despite the fact that Punjab’s book print order with the National Book Trust of India is the lowest in the country, the Trust thinks high of the region’s literary genius. That is perhaps why it has designed a multi-pronged strategy to provide impetus to Punjabi language and literature which have somehow remained neglected.

Mayor’s removal: notice to Punjab
Chandigarh, March 2
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on a petition filed by 30 councillors of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation seeking notification of the removal of the Mayor, Mr Suresh Sehgal, today issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab and other respondents for March 13, 2001.

Bishnoi sabha to spread green mission
Ferozepore, March 2
The All-India Jeev Raxa Bishnoi Sabha is contemplating to rope in other communities for its green cause. The need was felt as a larger environment movement is picking up across the world.

SC staff: implement Mandal report
Jalandhar, March 2
The Scheduled Caste and Backward Class Employees Federation, Punjab, has urged the state government to implement the recommendations of Mandal Commission. Mr Bhagwan Dass Bawa, senior vice-president of the federation, in a press note issued here today, alleged that the Punjab Government was pursuing anti-Dalit policies.

2 promoted as Under Secys
Chandigarh, March 2
The Punjab Government has promoted Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr Karam Singh Khatra as Under Secretaries. While Mr Mohinder Singh, who was originally promoted to the post of Under Secretary reserved for Mrs Kirpal Kaur, on leave till March 3, has been adjusted against a new vacancy, Mr Karam Singh Khatra has been promoted on the officiating basis against the post meant for Mrs Kirpal Kaur now.

State award for Tejinder Pal Singh
Chandigarh, March 2
Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, Member, Central Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, was presented with a state award at a state-level convocation at Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic Medical College, Ludhiana, held on Wednesday.

IFS officers promoted
Chandigarh, March 2 
The Punjab Government tonight promoted two Indian Forest Service officers as Chief Conservators of Forests.

SP told to probe mandir case
Amritsar, March 2
The SSP, Mr Parampal Singh Sidhu, has directed the SP (Detective) Mr Darshan Singh Mann, to inquire into the incident in which a public hue and cry was raised when Mr Jaswant Sarpal, secretary of the All-India Forward Bloc, allegedly abused a deity at Mandir Shankar Das in Bazar Paschamwala.

7 killed as car, truck collide
Pathankot, March 2
Seven pilgrims were killed and one injured when a car collided with a truck near Bridge No. 7 on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway near Sujanpur, about 10 km from here yesterday. The car was coming from Jammu side.

Two killed as Sumo rams into tree
Jalandhar, March 2
Two persons were killed and four injured when the Tata Sumo they were travelling in rammed into a tree at Tanda, near here, today. According to the police, the driver of the Tata Sumo died on the spot and Chanu Ram of Daler village in Pathankot succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.

IT raids on 3 goldsmith shops
Kapurthala, March 2
The Income Tax Department officials yesterday raided three goldsmith shops in the local Sarafan Bazaar. According to the department officials, six teams were formed to carry out the raids. The officials summoned the owners of the shops and got the locks opened. 


GND varsity convocation today


PSUs’ sell-off in two years
Amritsar, March 2
The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises, Dr Vallabh Bhai Kathiriya, has reiterated the government’s commitment to dilute its stake in all public sector undertakings within the next two years.Top

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