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Kanwaljit to present Budget today
Chandigarh, March 18
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, will present his fifth consecutive Budget in the Vidhan Sabha here tomorrow.
Some indication of what the Budget may contain was available in the supplementary grants the House passed on March 16.

BSP to repeat ‘UP experiment’ in Punjab
Bathinda, March 18
The state leadership of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to use the ‘UP’ experiment in Punjab to gain political power after making itself as an alternative to SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress Party.

Liquor vend auction ‘unfair’
Ludhiana, March 18
While the state government is satisfied with the auction of liquor vends in some parts of the district, the liquor contractors express displeasure over it and describe the same as not a genuine auction. The liquor contractors are being forced to have settlement of the bids before the start of the auction of the vends.

Conference on Punjab history ends
Patiala, March 18
The importance of oral evidence in recording the history of an era should be considered along with archival resources to arrive at final conclusions during the historical studies.

Two claimants to Budha Dal chief’s post
Amritsar, March 18
Even as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee which had given recognition to Baba Balbir Singh as chief of the parallel faction of the Budha Dal after the excommunication of Baba Santa Singh from the Sikh Panth found itself in a piquant situation after the ‘tankhah’ pronounced to the latter yesterday, Akal Takht may have to make efforts to bring a rapprochement between the two warring Nihang groups.





  ISI behind tehelka expose: Dhindsa
Doomwali (Bathinda), March 18
The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizer, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today claimed that all revelations made by the had been engineered by international agencies, including the ISI of Pakistan.


Kamal Chaudhry quits BJP
Hoshiarpur, March 18
Sq Ldr Kamal Chaudhry (retd), former MP, has quit the BJP for its failure, as a leading party of the NDA government, in tackling the defence matters of the country and providing shelter to the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats which has lowered the morale of the armed forces.

Cong rally against expose
Gurdaspur, March 18
A large number of Congress persons of the Sujanpura area and its surrounding villages participated in a rally held at Sujanpur today to protest against the controversy whipped up with the disclosing the widespread corruption in the Vajpayee government.


Railway relief coach disappears
Amritsar, March 18
The disappearance of relief material meant for the quake victims of Gujarat has shocked residents of Chheharta, Putlighar, Haripura and Sultanwind. Relief consisting of blankets, shawls, clothes, shoes, foodstuff, utensils etc was loaded into a goods train (van no.NRBCXE-454-528) on February 9, 2001.

Fire engines that do not respond to calls
Ropar, March 18
Displaying irresponsible attitude the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) at Nangal declined to provide its fire-fighting engines to the district administration for dousing forest fires that broke out near villages in Nurpurbedi.

Plea to CM to probe husband’s death
Abohar, March 18
Ratani Devi, widow of Shambhu Nath Sharma, resident of Palasan village in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh, has been moving from pillar to post to get probed the death of her husband near the Information Collection Centre of Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, at Kallarkhera village on the Sriganganagar-Abohar road in April last year, but till date she has not been supplied the death certificate.

Badal should bow before Takht: Tohra
Talwandi Sabo, March 18
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), has said that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, should learn a lesson from Mr Santa Singh Head, Baba Budha Dal, who had appeared before Akal Takht for seeking forgiveness of his mistakes after about 17 years he was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth.

Minister leaves pensioners in the lurch
Amritsar, March 18
Widows and old-age pensioners were left high and dry today when Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, the Minister for Child and Women Welfare and Social Securities, did not turn up at a function organised at Circuit House here to listen to the grievances of pensioners and make new additions to the pensioners’ list.

Flowers all the way in cant area
Patiala, March 18
The Cantonment area here wore a colourful mantle with thousands of flowers blossoming in lawns of army officers’ residences, offices and at various other places to herald the onset of spring season.

PSEB begins power cuts
Patiala, March 18
Faced with low generation from its projects and a looming power crisis, the Punjab State Electricity Board is not waiting for summer this year to start power cuts. It has already started imposing cuts on both the industrial and urban sectors.

Pension adalat held at Ferozepore
Ferozepore, march 18
An integrated ex-servicemen rally, attended by 7,000 ex-servicemen from Ferozepore, Moga, Muktsar, Faridkot and Ludhiana districts, was held under the leadership of Major-Gen L.M. Tewari, GOC Golden Arrow Division at Ferozepore Cantt yesterday.

Badal promises IT institute
Patiala, March 18
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that an information technology college will be established at Kauli, near here, in the memory of veteran Akali leader and Services Selection Board Chairman Jasdev Singh Sandhu.

206 cases disposed of in Lok Adalat
Ropar, March 18
Lok Adalats have received maximum response in the district and till date 123 Lok Adalats have been held here in which 3,505 cases have been solved and Rs 8.03 crore recovered. Mr Maghar Khan, District and Sessions Judge, said while addressing a seminar at the court complex here last evening.

Soldiers’ kin to get free computer training
Faridkot, March 18
The Army Headquarter here set up a multi purpose Sainik Institute at its premises to provide education free of cost in various courses to the wards of the serving soldiers. Initially the training in two courses like computer and stitching and tailoring has already been introduced.

11 houses of Dalits demolished
Mansa, March 18
The district administration has demolished 11 houses of Dalits at Behniwal village in the district rendering more than 110 persons homeless. The occupants were mostly daily wage earners. The uprooted families claimed that they had been living at the land for the past 21 years and their houses were demolished in their absence.

Residents force SP to apologise
Hoshiarpur, March 18
The residents of Garhshanker, led by Mr Abinash Rai Khanna, former secretary of BJP unit, Punjab, Comrade Darshan Mattoo vice-president of the Punjab Kisan Union of the CPM, Mrs Subhash Chaudhary, joint secretary of the Punjab Janwadi Istri Sabha, Jaspal Jeji, former block president of the BSP started a dharna, along with dead body of Ajit Singh Halwai of Garhshanker who succumbed to injuries at the DMC, Ludhiana, at Bhanga Chowk today to protest against the DSP, Garhshanker, who was allegedly protecting culprits responsible for death of Ajit Singh. 

Land acquired to expand Amritsar
Amritsar, March 18
Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Punjab Minister for Housing and Urban Development, while inaugurating a seminar on ‘Comprehensive planning and development of Amritsar’ had called for the preparation of a master plan of the city.

4 killed in accident
Bathinda, March 18
As many as four persons, including a woman and a child, were killed and one injured seriously when a jeep hit a cyclist near Bhuchu village, 12 km from here, on the Bathinda-Barnala road, late today.

Sale of spurious medicines on
Mansa, March 18
The sale of intoxicating and spurious medicines has been continuing unchecked in the district as the district administration has failed to check its sale.

HC judge to inspect jail
Bathinda, March 18
Mr Justice R. L. Anand, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, will visit the local central jail for inspection.

ADSJ’s court sought
Abohar, March 18
Mr Justice J.S. Narang yesterday visited Ferozepore district to explore the possibilities of sanctioning Additional District and Sessions Judge’s court either at Abohar or Fazilka.


Reduce area under paddy: Director
Gurdaspur, March 18
Dr Mewa Singh Sonar, Director Agriculture, Punjab, said here yesterday that the cropping pattern in the state needed to be streamlined and the area under the cultivation of wheat and paddy be reduced for getting maximum benefit from land.

Utility of fertiliser ‘falling’
Chhauni Kalan (Hoshiarpur), March 18
The fertility response of fertiliser is on the decline and so is the organic status of soil in Punjab on account of increasing micronutrient deficiency.


2 arrested for threatening woman
Gurdaspur, March 18
The police has arrested Gurpal Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both residents of Bhaini Paswal, 16 km from here, for threatening Ms Prabhjot Kaur of Nawan Pind Bahadur, on the telephone to pay them Rs 2 lakh or they will kill her son. Their third accomplice Laddi, also of Bhaini Paswal, is still at large.


Border belt ‘secure’ for copying
Valtoha (Tarn Taran), March 18
This border belt has become very nefarious and secure area for copying in exams being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The beneficiaries of this situation are not only general students but also a large number of teachers, officials of the Education Department, politicians, and officials of the PSEB as well.


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