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Punjab admits to suicides by farmers
Chandigarh, March 20
Punjab is, perhaps, the first state in the country to admit the fact that farmers, unable to clear debts, have committed suicide. The state government has tried to address this issue by making provisions in the Budget presented in the state Assembly yesterday.

Will more farmers commit suicide now?
Bathinda, March 20
If the opinion of legal experts is considered, the decision of Punjab Government to allocate Rs 2 crore for making payments as compensation to the kin of farmers who committed suicide, is all set to raise a major controversy over law point.

Farmers’ woes: PIL to be filed

Chandigarh, March 20
The Progressive Farmers Association of Punjab has decided to seek judicial intervention for providing relief to farmers facing problems that have caused misery and even resulted in suicide by several of them.

Protesting farmers cover themselves against the rain in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo

WTO shadow on Punjab Budget
Chandigarh, March 20
The introduction of the World Trade Organisation regime and removal of quantitative restrictions on imports coming into effect from April 1 next has rung alarm bells in Punjab.





Medical varsity to takeover college
Faridkot, March 20
The Punjab Government plans to hand over the local government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to make its functioning more effective.

Jathedars must quit: Josh
Amritsar, March 20
An SGPC member, belonging to the ruling party, Mr Puran Singh Josh, today alleged that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Prof Manjit Singh and Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedars of Akal Takht, Kesgarh Sahib and Damdama Sahib, respectively, and Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Granthi, Akal Takht, had violated the ‘Sikh maryada’ and, hence, they did not have the right to continue as high priests.


Cong men fired at
Tarn Taran, March 20
Mr Anil Joshi, president of the local unit of the BJP, today fired three shots from his revolver at the Congressmen burning the effigies of Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman.

Cong holds rally over ‘Tehelka’ expose
Gurdaspur, March 20
Congress activists from the district held a rally here yesterday in protest against the alleged involvement of the NDA government members in shady defence deals. The speakers said the system needed overhauling which, they said was possible only after the Vajpayee-led coalition government at the Centre resigned.

CPM takes out protest march
Sangrur, March 20
The district unit of the CPM today took out a protest march through the town and staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office here demanding immediate resignation by the Vajpayee government after the exposure of alleged corruption in high places, especially in defence deals.


Few takers for Punjabi magazines
Patiala, March 20
Even though the SAD-led Punjab Government claims to have done the utmost for the propagation of the Punjabi language, the two Punjabi magazines published by the State Language Department seems to paint a picture of apathy and indifference.

Mansa deprived of stadium
MANSA: The indecisiveness of the Planning Board, Mansa, over the construction of a sports stadium in the district has led to a waste of public money. The board dropped the project after spending over Rs 5 lakh on it. Such an indifferent attitude of the administration has also disheartened the youth and officials connected with sports.

Protest march by medical practitioners
Chandigarh, March 20
Members of the medical practitioners’ association, Punjab, today held a demonstration in front of the office of the Ayurvedic Board in Chandigarh and later marched to Matka chowk for a four-hour rally in support of their demands.

DD takes on defiant cable operators
Jalandhar, March 20
Doordarshan and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting authorities have finally decided to take on those cable operators of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, who have been violating the Cable Act, by not showing DD’s two main and one regional satellite channel on the prime band.

Spinal injuries centre: 50 lakh received
Sangrur, March 20
The Punjab Government has received the first instalment of Rs 50 lakh from the Union Government for the setting up of Spinal Injuries Centre at SAS Nagar. The centre is being set up at a cost of Rs 5 crore.

PSEB directed to re fund fine
Pathankot, March 20
The District Consumer Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, which was presided over by Mr Beant Singh Bedi, directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to refund the fine imposed on Mrs Kanta Sekhri, a resident of plot No. 31, Saili Road, and also pay her litigation expenses.

Hospital fined
Amritsar, March 20
In a case of alleged medical negligence relating to the treatment of Master Muskan, son of Anil, a resident of Phullanwala chowk, versus Madaan Hospital, Dr Rakesh Madaan and Dr R.P. Jindal, all from Amritsar, a Bench of District Consumer Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, comprising Mr Beant Singh Bedi and Mr Amardeep Singh Shergill and Ms Manisha Verma, has concluded that deficiency of service was proved.

2 killed, 11 hurt in road mishaps
Jalandhar, March 20
Two persons were killed and 11, including nine police officials, injured in two road accidents in the district since last night.

SGPC budget session on Mar 30
Amritsar, March 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in a statement announced that the budget session of the committee would be held on March 30 for the year 2001-2002.

Unions hold gate rallies
Ropar, March 20
Various employee unions, including all unions of the BBMB, Punjab Teachers Union and the NFL Employees Unions, held gate rallies yesterday at Nangal against the Budget and the privatisation policies of the Union Government.

3 hurt in clash over land
Amritsar, March 20
A clash took place at Panj Pir at the GT road today morning when a group of 30 persons led by Ravinderpal Mehra, Rajesh Lalli and Kuldeep Bubber tried to forcibly take the possession of a private land.


Rules on stamp duty ‘ambiguous’
Bathinda, March 20
To promote agriculture and allied activities in the state, the Punjab Government had issued directions to the officers of the Revenue Department stating that stamp duty on the documents relating to loan cases for some of the agriculture and allied sectors has been waived.


DFSC booked for breaking into godown
Gidderbaha, March 20
A criminal case has been registered against Mr Sukhdev Singh, District Food and Supply Controller, and in Inspector, Mr Kishan Singh Brar, in the local police station for their alleged involvement in breaking open the locks of godowns owned by Punjab State Warehousing Corporation on March 16.

Gang of car thieves busted
Amritsar, March 20
A fleet of cars was recovered by the Amritsar police from a gang headed by dismissed Constable and a murder accused. Three of the four accused were arrested. Maruti cars and an Indica car was recovered.


Panel examining BCA issue: VC
Chandigarh, March 20
The issue of the upgradation of the three-year Bachelor in Computer Application course of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, seems to be nearing a solution.Top

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