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Questions in assembly
Rs 526 cr raised as loans
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab Government raised short and medium-term loans of Rs 526.57 crore from various public sector undertakings between 1998-99 and 2000-2001 and had repaid Rs 80.45 crore. 

Uproar in Punjab House
Chandigarh, March 5
Alleging discrimination at the hands of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state, a determined and unified Opposition, reinforced by the four “unattached ” Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs, not only created unruly scenes in the Assembly but also prevented the start of the debate on the Governor’s Address here today.

Army men assault Sikh couple
Amritsar, March 5
In a bizarre incident, at least 20 Army personnel belonging to 28 Madras Regiment stationed at Quila Gobindgarh went berserk on Saturday evening and tried to burn the beard of a Sikh traveller at the local railway station, according to a delayed report. The trouble started when the Army men reached the railway station to see off their colleagues after a farewell party.

Row over space for Ambedkar’s statue
Patiala, March 5
A committee of Dalits going by the name of Babasahib Bhim Rao Ambedkar Statue Installation Committee has demanded that the statue of an architect of the Constitution be installed in the Rose Garden near the bus stand.





Former Improvement Trust chief booked
Ludhiana, March 5
A former Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr B.D.Aggarwal, IAS (retd), and the then Executive Officer, Mr K.R.Garg, have been booked under Sections 407, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 34 of the IPC on charges of cheating, breach of trust and causing wrongful loss to the Improvement Trust. 

No move to dismantle FCI: Dhindsa
Sunam (Sangrur), March 5
The SAD-BJP ruling alliance in Punjab has asked Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to convene a meeting of the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for another major power project on the pattern of Thein Dam with Central assistance.

Wheat meets ‘international requirements’
Chandigarh, March 5
Debunking the propaganda pertaining to the quality of wheat, food technologists and experts assert that wheat grown in Punjab is best suited for the manufacture of biscuits, cakes, loaves, pizzas, pretzels, snack foods, noodles, etc.

FMD resurfaces in Punjab?
Ludhiana, March 5
Has the foot and mouth disease resurfaced in Punjab ? According to unconfirmed reports, some cases of foot and mouth disease have been reported from the Ghudani Kalan, Ghaloti and Ropar areas.


Badal, Manjit Singh ‘deserters’
Amritsar, March 5
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, Akal Takht, today claimed that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Kesgarh Sahib, and Mr Barjinder Singh, Managing Editor, Ajit, were “deserters” of Akal Takht and they would have to appear before five Sikh high priests one day.

Cong’s Hola Mohalla conference
Chandigarh, March 5
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee will organise a political conference at Anandpur Sahib on March 9 on the occasion of Hola Mohalla celebrations, it was officially announced here today.

Lok Bhalai Party vows to fight for farmers
Faridkot, March 5
The All-India Lok Bhalai Party has vowed to cleanse the present system of misgovernance and to give transparent and value-based policies. It has promised to restore the glory of Punjabiat according to the teachings of Sikh Gurus, saints and pirs after coming to power in Punjab.

Minister harassing panches: MP
Bathinda, March 5
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, CPI leader and member of Parliament, has condemned the “harassment” of panchayats belonging to communist parties of the Rampura Assembly segment by a Cabinet Minister of Punjab.

CM accused of double standards
Bathinda, March 5
Mr Jagpal Singh Abulkhurana, vice-president, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC), said today that Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal had failed to raise the issues of transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas of Haryana and Chandigarh to Punjab and fair distribution of river waters with the Prime Minister during his visit to the state yesterday.


Drug addicts get AIDS
Barnala, March 5
The life of Harcharan Singh (name changed), a small and marginal farmer of Chau-Pakho village located on the Barnala-Mansa road, started heading towards a disaster about seven years ago when he went along with one Bagga Singh (name changed), another farmer, to get a power connection for a motor for his fields from Joga.

Excavation restarts at Chhat Bir
Chhat Bir(Patiala), March 5
The Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums, Punjab, has restarted the excavation work in this historical village. The work was halted due to shortage of funds last year. After discovering some structures, the uncovered chambers were repaired and concrete slabs laid over those and the excavated site was fenced.

‘Spiral’ CT scan centre inaugurated
Jalandhar, March 5
Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC, Western Command today inaugurated the latest “spiral” CT scan centre at military hospital near here. Addressing the gathering at a function, he said though, at present, they were meeting the expenses of medical aid provided to retired officers and jawans from the internal military funds, but the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister had assured him during a meeting last year that special medical facilities would be provided to the retired armymen by changing the present policy.

SGPC executive to meet on March 7
Amritsar, March 5
The crucial SGPC executive meeting, scheduled to be held on March 7 at Anandpur Sahib, may clear the names of two High Priests for their installation as Granthis of the Golden Temple against vacant posts.

‘Pinki’ carries premium
Amritsar, March 5
Even though the legal tender of Rs 1,000 has not been released in smaller cities, it is commanding a premium. The note “pinki”, as it is fondly referred to, in business and banking circles, is available at Rs 8 per note in the metros. 

‘Amanat’s’ Nigorha hopes to become star
Ferozepore, March 5
Ravi Gosain, who enacts the character of Nigorha in “Amanat”, a popular Zee TV serial, is struggling hard to become a Bollywood star. Although the character has given him fame, becoming a star remains his unfinished task.

Gaushalas may face financial crisis
Bathinda, March 5
The amendment made in exemption under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, with effect from April 1, 2000, has created confusion among the authorities concerned and the institutions which are not of religious nature.

22 hurt in road accident
Garhshankar, March 5
As many as 22 persons were injured seven of them seriously in a road accident which took place near Saila Khurd yesterday evening. According to the information received here, a Tata 407 (PB-13-F-8004) was on its way to Anandpur Sahib from Amritsar.


3-yr RI for Inspector
Mansa, March 5
Mr S.S. Gupta, Special Judge Mansa, today convicted Budh Singh an Inspector of the Punjab police now posted with Ist Battalion of Indian Reserve Battalion Patiala, to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine to of Rs 1000 and in default of the payment of fine to further undergo rigorous imprisonment for one month under Section 13 (2) of the Prevention and Corruption Act, 1988, and further sentenced him to two-a-half years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1000 and in default of the payment of the fine to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for one month under Section 7 of the Prevention and Corruption Act, 1988.


College teachers stage protest
Chandigarh March 5
Under the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union banner, hundreds of teachers, representing more than 170 government-aided colleges, held a protest rally at Matka Chowk here today.

Varsity building work not begun even after 3 years
Faridkot, March 5
Even more than three years after the laying down of foundation stone amidst much fanfare by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the construction of the building of a hi-tech and fifth of its kind in the country, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, has failed to start.


Bank revises interest rates
Patiala, March 5
The State Bank of Patiala today revised interest rates on domestic term deposits on deposits less than Rs 15 lakh. The rates for a period of 15 days and up to 45 days stand revised to 5.50 percent pa; for 46 days and up to 90 days 6.50 per cent p.a; for 91 days and up to 179 days to 7 per cent pa; for a period of 180 days and up to less than one year 7.50 per cent pa; for one year and up to less than 2 years 8.50 per cent pa; two years and up to less than three years 9 per cent pa; and three years and above, the rate of interest has been revised to 10 per cent pa.Top

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