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Farmers firm on MSP demand
Chandigarh, March 19
Making the picturesque settings of the Sector 16 Zakir Rose Garden as their temporary abode for the last five days , thousands of farmers from Punjab are determined to stay put here till their demand for a remunerative Minimum Support Price for wheat is conceded by the Government.

Farmers raise their arms in support of their demands at the Matka chowk in Chandigarh on Monday.

Farmers raise their arms in support of their demands at the Matka chowk in Chandigarh on Monday.
 — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Economic Survey
Output of foodgrains to decline
Chandigarh, March 19
There will be a fall of nearly 30 lakh tonnes in the production of foodgrains in Punjab in the year 2000-2001. This has been revealed in the Economic Survey of the state which was tabled in the Assembly today by the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

Budget leakage sparks off row
Abohar, March 19
While only yesterday, state BJP President Brij Lal Rinwa was trying to boost the morale of the party workers at a meeting at Sayyedwala village in this subdivision as a part of a damage-control exercise following the Tehelka expose, the party was gripped by another controversy today with the leakage of the annual budget of the municipal council, where the BJP is in majority.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Pak Hindu refugees yet to get citizenship
Amritsar, March 19
Hundreds of Hindus who had migrated to India from West Pakistan after Independence, have been leading a pitiable life, especially in the Jammu region due to the alleged apathy of the Jammu and Kashmir Government.

Warehousing staff threaten stir
Gidderbaha, March 19
The employees of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if action against the DFSC, Muktsar, Sukhdev Singh, was not taken for his alleged involvement in breaking open the locks of PSWC godowns located here on March 16.

Gupta-minister ‘links’: Rinwa avoids comment
Chandigarh, March 19
Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the Punjab state BJP, today declined to take notice of reports in a section of the Press about the alleged links of a senior Punjab BJP Minister in the Badal Cabinet with Mr R.K. Gupta, whose name figured in the kingpins mentioned in the tehlka website expose.

PM’s effigy burnt
Jalandhar, March 19
In protest against the alleged bribery scandal involving former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) organised a dharna and burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.


SAD not to leave NDA: Sukhbir
Faridkot, March 19
Talking to mediapersons here today Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), MP and son of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has ruled out withdrawing his party’s support to the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre following the expose of BJP President Bangaru Laxman and Army officers by Tehelka.com.


Liquid from neem tree puzzles villagers
Bhisiana (Bathinda), March 19
Pungent milky white fluid, which has been oozing out of a neem tree continuously for the past many days in the house of Mr Joginder Singh, has puzzled villagers. According to Mr Joginder Singh, the white milky fluid started oozing out from the trunk of tree located in the courtyard of his house on January 26.

2.35 lakh get telephone connections
Hoshiarpur, March 19
About 2.35 lakh telephone connections have been given in Punjab during the current financial year against the target of 2.50 lakh. The remaining connections will be provided by March, 31. This was stated by Mr S.C. Chaudhry, Chief General Manager of Telecom, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Farmers panic over FMD rumours
Abohar, March 19
Fear has gripped farmers of the subdivision because of rumours that over one lakh animals were suffering with “munhkhur” (mouth and foot) disease.

Construction on dera land halted
Patiala, March 19
In a dramatic move, which may have repercussions on the colonising activity on various ‘dera’ lands in the city, the district administration today stopped construction going on at Bir Kheri Gujran dera on the outskirts of the city.

Drinking water shortage irks residents
Moga, March 19
Residents of Bambiha Bhai village under the Baghapurana Police Station in this district on Saturday complained that they have not been getting safe drinking water for the past one year as the water works installed there several years ago was not in order and they were, therefore, forced to bring water from remote areas.

Five lakh given to thresher mishap victims
Sangrur, March 19
Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, today gave away cheques worth Rs 5 lakh, to 18 victims of thresher mishaps at the local Market Committee office.

Messenger’s pay scale better than clerk’s
Amritsar, March 19
A minor anomaly in a government order circulated to all four Municipal Corporation of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Ludhiana would have led to a loss of lakhs of rupees to the local self government.

Pensioners want panel report implemented
Jalandhar, March 19
Criticising the state government for an indifferent attitude towards their long-pending demands, the Government Pensioners Association has demanded that the state government should implement the recommendations of the Fourth Pay Commission Pertaining to the pensioners.

Disinvestment: NFL staff stage dharna
Bathinda, March 19
The members of the National Fertilizers Employees Union today sat on a dharna in front of the Administrative building of the local unit of the National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) as part of their ongoing agitation against the decision of the government to disinvest in the plant.


DC orders inquiry into land auction
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, has directed all officers concerned of the district to prepare a list of shamlat land in villages and check at what rate these land had been given on contract.

PUDA auction fetches 3.14 crore
Amritsar, March 19
The auction of 24 residential and 10 commercial sites belonging to the Old D.R Cooperative Societies in Gurdaspur came under the hammer today. The auction fetched Rs 3.14 crore.


5 held for growing poppy
Bathinda, March 19
While the smuggling of narcotics has been a common practice in Punjab, in a new development, some smugglers have started the cultivation of poppy in the state.
Smugglers and unemployed youths are cultivating the crop from which poppy husk and opium is prepared.

3 hurt in blast
Jalandhar, March 19
Three PWD employees received serious burn injuries in an explosion at a PWD run hot mix plant near Bhogpur today. The explosion, the cause of which was yet to be ascertained, was so loud that it created panic in nearby villages.

SMO killed in road mishap
Phagwara, March 19
Dr D.D. Sharma, SMO, Primary Health Centre, Panchhta village, died in a road accident near Bhabiana village, 15 km from here, on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road last night.


Vacant posts hit research
Research work on Sanskrit and Indological studies, including the compilation of a dictionary relating to Vedic interpretation, is suffering at the Vishveshvaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Sadhu Ashram, here due to the non-filling of vacant posts.

Courses shifted to non-working ITIs
Bathinda, March 19
In a decision which could upset the arrangements of imparting technical education in the state, the Punjab Government has shifted some trades of functioning industrial training institutes (ITIs) to those ITIs which are yet to start functioning.

‘Howler’ in paper, grace marks sought
Mansa, March 19
There was a howler in Accountancy question paper of twelfth class of Commerce group of the Punjab Board of School Education. The examinees appearing on Saturday in the said exam were baffled when in question number 10 of section B, they found Rs 5,000 against building (less depreciation) as on 01.01.1992 with its depreciated value of Rs 45,000 as on 31-12-992.


‘Release’ subsidies to industrialists
Bathinda, March 19
The State Consumer Welfare Council has demanded the immediate release of subsidies which were promised to industrialists when they had set up units in the state. Mr Mulkh Raj Madan, press secretary of the council, said entrepreneurs were setting up units in Punjab because of the provisions of capital subsidy.

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