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Badal seeks N-plant for Punjab
New Delhi, March 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today urged the Prime Minister to grant a nuclear power plant for the state.
A committee of Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board had already visited the state, he said speaking at a meeting.

SAD constitution awaiting review
Chandigarh, March 3
This day, exactly one year ago, Mr Parkash Singh Badal was re-elected President of the SAD at the delegates’ session in Amritsar. The election was by voice-vote.

Budget disastrous for Punjab farmers: Cong
New Delhi, March 3
The Punjab Congress today said that the Union Budget would prove to be a “disaster” for the state as the state government headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal had failed to realise its implications, specially those relating to minimum support price (MSP) and procurement.

Punjab to adopt VRS: minister
Chak Fathe Singh Wala (Bathinda), March 3
Infrastructure development, including schoolbuildings, roads, bridges, irrigation channels, drainage and hospitals will get priority in the ensuing Budget of state which will be presented in the current session of the Vidhan Sabha.

Bibi case adjourned till March 12
Patiala, March 3
The Court of the Special CBI Magistrate today adjourned hearing on the application urging it to recall its earlier order, giving former SGPC President Jagir Kaur time till February 24 to get bail in the case in which she is accused of hatching a conspiracy to eliminate her daughter, till March 12.




Buses ‘impounded’ for PM’s function
Bathinda, March 3
The visit of the Prime Minister to Ranjit Sagar Dam, on March 4, has turned out to be an occasion of harassment of small bus operators of the region.

FCI bullying state agencies?
Jalandhar, March 3
While the state government is loosing crores of rupees as interest money for the slow delivery of paddy to the Centre this year, the state procurement agencies are feeling “bullied” and “humiliated” by the two nodal agencies — the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the state Food and Supply Department — who are allegedly getting their paddy custom-milled, delivered and stored on priority basis by pressurising the millers, who in turn are ignoring the state agencies by giving priority to milling of paddy purchased by them.

Tunnel detected near border post
Gurdaspur, March 3
A tunnel being dug from across the border to sneak into the Indian territory near Chauntra border post of the BSF was detected yesterday.

CM’s wife shielding suspended Principal
Jalandhar, March 3
The long-standing dispute between the former MP Kamal Chaudhary and the suspended Principal of the DAV School, Hoshiarpur, Dr M.R. Bhatia, took a new turn today with Mr Chaudhary alleging that the State Education Department had been cold-shouldering the committee report about the “corrupt” practices followed by the Principal and that the latter had conveyed to him that he had the “protection” of Mr Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of the Punjab Chief Minister.

Hazoor Sahib Board poll by March-end
Amritsar, March 3
The crucial election of the board of Takht Hazoor Sahib will be held by the end of this month. With this, the administration of Nanded district will be handed over to the elected body in the next month.


Mayor’s removal illegal: Tandon
Jalandhar, March 3
The controversy surrounding the “removal” of the Jalandhar Mayor, Mr Suresh Sehgal, through a no-confidence resolution sponsored by the Bahujan Samaj Party and supported by the Congress on January 31 took a new turn with the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, terming the removal as “illegal” and asserting that he would look into the allegations that some senior civic body officials were hand-in-glove with the Opposition in removing the Mayor.

Bhai Ranjit violated truce: SAD
Amritsar, March 3
Firing a salvo against the then Jathedar, Akal Takht, SAD has alleged that Bhai Ranjit Singh himself was responsible for the “violation of maryada” as he failed to maintain truce with his fellow Jathedar Manjit Singh till the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa Panth.


Water shortage hits city
Bathinda, March 3
Residents of the city are facing shortage of drinking water. The canals supplying drinking water to the area have dried due to inadequate water level at the dams in the state and Himachal Pradesh.

Poor telecom services irk subscribers
Resentment prevails among subscribers of the district due to continuous deterioration of telecom services. The apathy of the local officials, ineffective monitoring of the situation by senior officers, including the DET, and ‘‘wrong’’ policies of the department are reported to be factors responsible for causing lot of inconvenience and mental harassment to the people.

‘Quake-hit villages being ignored’
Nawanshahr, March 3
Followers of Sri Ram Sharnam (Gohana) here to help Gujarat earthquake victims will visit affected villages to provide relief instead of handing it over to officials for sending it to Gujarat.

Of VIP pressure and gaps in road dividers
Ferozepore, March 3
Gaps in at least two road dividers in the city allegedly to favour VIP petrol stations are posing danger to the smooth flow of traffic. The authorities have turned a blind eye towards the gaps, which exist in the dividers opposite the Janata fuel station in the cantonment area and Friends Petrol Pump on the Mall Road.

Lok Adalat settles 1,270 cases
Patiala, March 3
As many as 1,270 cases were disposed of in the first state-level Lok Adalat for criminal cases organised here today by the District Legal Services Authority. Twentyone Lok Adalats and eight courts of Judicial Magistrates were constituted to decide on criminal cases of compoundable nature and those of non-compoundable nature.

US doc performs rare surgery at workshop
Chandigarh, March 3
A vitreo-retina live workshop was held at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital, Sohana. The sub-retinal live surgery was performed by Dr Harinderjit Singh (Georgia, USA) on a 54-year-old patient, Vijay Rani.

TB eradication drive launched
Bhawanigarh (Sangrur), March 3
Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, today launched a programme to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from this district and dedicated “Sanjeevani”, a mobile health scheme launched in the district recently, to the people at the Community Health Centre here.

Jaundice hits Kot Kapura
Kot Kapura, March 3
This town which had witnessed about a dozen death due to water-borne diseases a few years ago, has been gripped by jaundice.

Patwari suspended for seeking bribe
Patiala, March 3
A Patwari,Mr Rajinder Singh, of Harana Circle of Bhunerheri block, was placed under suspension following a complaint lodged by 93-year-old Dalip Singh at the “Sangat Darshan” held here today which was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner Mr Jasbir Singh Bir.

Environment Day celebrated
Patiala, March 3
Environment Day was celebrated by the Kendriya Vidyalaya-I to create awareness about the environment and its preservation among students and to ensure cleanliness in the environment in the future. Inter-house painting competition, tree plantations and a guest lecture was organised on the occasion where over 64 students, of different age groups took part.

Threat to install Ambedkar’s statue
Patiala, March 3
The issue of installing a statue of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, opposite the bus stand, which has been hanging fire for years, has come centrestage now, with a Dalit organisation today giving an ultimatum to the District Administration and the Municipal Corporation to install the statue at the site by March 14.

Privatisation may increase power tariffs
Patiala, March 3
Privatisation and trifurcation of state electricity boards on the models adopted by United States and Europe may lead to increase in power tariffs in India, as had happened abroad.

Plea to hike allocation
Bathinda, March 3
Dr S.S. Romana, senior vice-president, Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association said in a press note issued here yesterday that the budgetary allocation to the ayurvedic and homoeopathic systems was inadequate and demanded that 10 per cent of the total health budget should be allocated to the ayurvedic system of medicine.


Good cotton yield expected
Mansa, March 3
After many years, the cotton farmers of Punjab are expected to have a good yield of this crop. According to agriculture experts, 10 lakh bales of cotton are expected to be produced this year. Nearly 8.5 lakh bales have already entered the market.


Identify encroached areas, directs DC
Bathinda, March 3
Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, has issued instructions to heads of all departments to identify the encroached areas in the city within seven days.


Four hurt in attack in court complex
Barnala, March 3
Ten unidentified assailants attacked four persons Dalip Singh, Beant Singh, Rajinderpal Singh and Gurnam Singh in local courts complex this morning with swords and sticks.

Petrol station employee looted
Amritsar, March 3
Two scooter-borne armed persons looted Rs 5,000 from a petrol station employee, Sudershan Singh, at gunpoint last night. The petrol station belonged to Ram Parkash and Co on the Bhikhiwind road.


3,400 ETT teachers without jobs
Faridkot, March 3
About 3,400 ETT teachers who completed their training in two batches in 1996-1998 and 1997-1999 have been without jobs in the educational institutions. A group of another 1,700 ETT teachers will also be eligible for jobs after giving final examinations in April next year. 

Minister gives away prizes
Sangrur, March 3
The annual prize distribution function of the local Government Ranbir College was held yesterday. Dr Ram Murti Goyal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function while Master Mohan Lal, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, gave away the prizes to the students.

Varsity caused college loss: MD
Mansa, March 3
Mr Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director of the Khalsa Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan, in the district, has alleged that the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, did not allow the college to conduct admission to the B.D.S. course run by the college, this year, which had caused the college a financial loss of lakhs of rupees.

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