Monday, March 5, 2001,
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Tohra rules out patch-up
Bathinda, March 4
Speculation on possible unification of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has been put to rest with Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SHSAD President, refuting reports of a patch-up with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President.

What will poll-year Budget be like?
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, will present his fifth consecutive Budget later this month. The likely date is March 19. What should one expect from the Budget for 2001-2002 that not only happens to be the last year of the present government’s five-year term but also the election year? One has to be cautiously optimistic to hazard a guess. It is not easy. The Budget could just as well be another “cosmetic” exercise — populist and please-all.

PUDA promises ‘new deal’ for colonisers
Chandigarh March 5
The PUDA authorities have promised a “new deal” for licensed private colonises of the state, ushering in an era of easy entry of new entrepreneurs. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, who is also the Chairperson of PUDA. 

Assaulted by cops, he escaped abduction bid
Faridkot, March 4
What is the plight of the common man can be judged from the fact that Mr Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Gurusar village in Muktsar district, the home district of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been facing repeated harassment at the hands of police personnel.

Marriage bureaus taking kickback
Bathinda, March 4
Various marriage bureaus dotting the region are not only doing a roaring business of match-making but also promoting dowry for a few thousand rupees which they get in terms of commission for arranging the match.

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Amarinder to stay, says Arjun
Ludhiana, March 4
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh remains well entrenched in his party position ahead of state Assembly elections due early next year, despite three defeats of the party in the Assembly byelections under his leadership.

Councillors go underground
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), March 4
Fear prevails among residents of the town as the date of elections for the president and vice-president of the municipal council of the town, is approaching fast. The elections have been marred by controversy and series of postponements in the past.

Bansi: people want change
Faridkot, March 4
Haryana Vikas Party supremo and former Chief Minister Bansi Lal has claimed that the “anti-people policies of the Chautala government have generated a strong anti-establishment mood among the people of Haryana and the latter want a change in power in the state.

Day of rallies aimed at Dalit votes
Jalandhar, March 4
Sunday turned out to be a day of three rallies in the district with two aimed at garnering Dalit and Backward Classes votebank, while the third confined itself to forest workers’ demand.


IMA seminar on disaster management
Sangrur, March 4
Delivering key-note address at a seminar on “Disastar management-role of medical fraternity”, Dr Rajiv Puri, a specialist in disaster management, said the Health Department should be well-equipped as far as medical material and medical manpower was concerned so as to handle emergencies.

Passengers hit as buses sent to rally
Jalandhar, March 4
The District Transport Authority has detained more than 40 private buses so as to ensure the participation of Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP workers in Thein Dam rally to be addressed by the Prime Minister today has resulted in harassment to the public due to the lack of buses at the local bus stand.

Self-help groups to empower women
Fatehgarh Sahib
Mr R.L. Kalsia, Director, Department of Social Security, Women and Child Development, says the government has launched an Integrated Women’s Empowerment Programme in Punjab by establishing self-help groups (SHGs). The aim are to empower women so that they could demand their rights from the family, the community and the government, increase their access to and control over material, social and political resources and enable them to raise issues of common concern through mobilisation and networking.

Live surgery workshop concludes
Chandigarh, March 4
On the concluding day of the two-day live surgery workshop at Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital, Sohana, today operation was conducted on phaco emulsification — latest technique of stitchless cataract surgery.

Orchestra pulls more crowd than VIP
Chak Fateh Singh Wala (Bathinda) March 4
Punjab Finance Minister, Kanwaljit Singh, who inaugurated a milk chilling centre here yesterday turned up about an hour late, keeping schoolchildren, flags waiting. The kids with SAD flags had to go without water for several hours. Most of them were from classes VIII IX and X. They were given off from school to prepare for their annual exams, but were put on “VIP duty” by the authorities.

PG docs’ plea
Sangrur, March 4
The post-graduate doctors of the 1997-2000 batch of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) have urged the Punjab Health Minister, Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, to immediately release six increments due to them.


Suicide by 2 accused in dacoity case
Sardulgarh (Mansa), March 4
Two accused in a dacoity case committed suicide in their respective dwellings, according to a delayed report. Police sources said Kala Singh and Namdev consumed insecticide on March 1 on being ostracised by society.

2 held for murder of Nepalese
Jalandhar, March 4
With the arrest of two persons, the district police claims to have solved the case of the murder of a Nepalese. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP stated here today that the body of Bheem Bahadur, resident of Talla Bangari village in Baglon district, was found in a plot near the canal passing through the local Gautam Nagar on October 8 last year.

Members implicated in attack case: panel
Barnala, March 4
Following yesterday’s attack on four persons in the local courts complex, the police conducted raids on the residence of three members of the Kiranjit Kaur Rape-Murder Action Committee. They are Prem Kumar Kalia, Science Master, Manjit Dhaler and Narain Dass. Their names figure in the FIR. A case has been registered against seven persons under Sections 307, 120B, 148 and 149 of the IPC in light of the statement made by Beant Singh, injured person in the attack.


‘Standard of education poor’
Patiala, March 4
There was not even a single world class university in the entire country and that India was a superpower in Information Technology sector was a wrong notion. This was stated by Mr G. S. Peerzada, Managing Director of the Punjab State Electronics Development and Production Corporation, while delivering the keynote address at a seminar on Information Technology during the ‘Student-Industrial Annual Meet’ organised by the College of Management and Technology at the Central State Library here today.

Navodaya school head suspended
Sangrur, March 4
Mr Gurdial Singh, Principal of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Longowal, has been suspended by the top JNV authorities reportedly in connection with the death of class IX girl student, Sandip Kaur, of the Vidyalaya on January 29 last due to alleged negligence of the Longowal JNV authorities.

Law graduates conferred degrees
Amritsar, March 4
More than 125 law graduates were today conferred degrees by Dr H.S. Soch Vice-Chancellor during the second convocation of the Law Department of Guru Nanak Dev University.

No PG test for Ayurveda?
Bathinda, March 4
The Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association has said there will not be any admission to MD (Ayurvedic Medicine) in Government Ayurvedic Colleges this year.

Entrance test for MD, MS held
Faridkot, March 4
The entrance test for admission to MD, MS and post-graduate diploma courses in three state medical colleges was conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences here today.


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