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Sacrilege : DGP blames Hindu Vikas Parishad
Laddowal (Ludhiana), March 23
Four companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion, two each at Malerkotla and Amritsar, have been pressed into service by the Punjab Police to maintain communal harmony and peace in the sensitive areas of these places. The state police has also found evidence that a Hardwar-based organisation was behind the incidents of religious sacrilege taking place in some parts of the state.

Budget : unanswered questions 
Chandigarh, March 23
When the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, presented the Budget estimates for 2001-02 in the Vidhan Sabha on March 19, he and his political teammates in the SAD-BJP knew pretty well how fierce the political battle ahead would be. 

Performance card of SGPC members sought
Amritsar, March 23
Taking a cue from the ‘open letter’ written by Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, the Damdama Sahib Dal Khalsa has urged all SGPC members to submit affidavits to Akal Takht enlisting their ‘performance’.

HC warrant officer raids police station
Two illegal detainees freed
Abohar, March 23
A warrant officer from Punjab and Haryana High Court reportedly got released two persons, allegedly detained illegally at the Khuyiansarwer police station in this subdivision, yesterday. This was the second raid conducted at this police station during the part one month following petitions in the high court, sources said. Earlier, the wanted person was not found in the lock-up there.




  Record sold to junk dealer
Ropar, March 23
How irresponsibly some employees can compromise the security of sensitive projects of the country, is illustrated from the incident that happened in the Design Directorate of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) at Nangal.


Salemgarhia is MC President
Bareta (Mansa), March 23
Mr Lachman Dass Salemgarhia of the BJP has been elected president of the local municipal council. The election for the posts of president and vice-president was held today at the municipal council office.

Jakhar denies link with joint front
Fazilka, March 23
Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, president, District Congress Committee (DCC), Ferozepore, has denied having any link with a joint front constituted at Fazilka. While talking to this correspondent, he said he was dedicated to the Congress. Mr Jakhar was commenting on a meeting organised by some persons having links with the Congress.


Probe into jail inmate’s complaint
Bathinda, March 23
Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered an inquiry into a complaint of an inmate of the central jail of Bathinda in which he had alleged that he was beaten up by some jail officials when he said he could not provide quality food due to lack of proper raw material.

Solar plant for Khatkar Kalan
Khatkar Kalan (Nawanshahr), March 23
Mr M. Kannappan, Union Minister for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, laid the foundation stone of a Rs 700 crore grid interactive solar photovoltic power plant and dedicated it to the memory of Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh at his ancestral village here today.

SGPC to buy TV channel for Gurbani
Amritsar, March 23
The joint meeting of SGPC executive and Sikh High Priests held at Anandpur Sahib yesterday having failed to resolve the issue of ‘maryada’ due to continuous absence of Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi of the Golden Temple from the meetings of Akal Takht, the matter may get complicated in the coming days.

Wings of SGPC Secretary clipped?
Amritsar, March 23
The wings of Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary, SGPC, have reportedly been clipped by the SGPC.

Opinion divided on akhand path issue
Ludhiana, March 23
Even as the Punjab Government has issued strict instructions not to hold any religious function in government offices, opinion is divided among members of the ruling party and religious leaders against the directive. While some local leaders find nothing objectionable in holding akhand paths and kirtans in government offices, there are others who say such acts should not be permitted.

Akal Takht not to meddle in Budha Dal affairs
Amritsar, March 23
The Akal Takht Jathedar has no intention of intervening in the internal matters of Nihang factions.

False medical certificate: SMO denies charge
Ferozepore, March 23
Senior Medical Officer and in charge of the Civil Hospital, Dr Pritam Singh Sauna, refuted the allegations of issuance of false medical certificate in order to prevent a person booked in a case of fraud from being interrogated in police remand.

Riza’ rediscovered Ghalib
Ludhiana, March 23
The death of Kalidas Gupta ‘Riza’ has come as a shock to lovers of Urdu and admirers of Ghalib. Riza died following a heart attack hours before he was scheduled to receive the Padmashree from President K.R. Narayanan in New Delhi yesterday.

Chief Secretary pays Rs 25,000 as fine
Khanna, March 23
A representative of the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, today deposited a demand draft for Rs 25,000 in the municipal council, Samrala, as compensation as per the orders of the Supreme Court. The draft was delivered to the President of the council, Mr Bhajan Singh.

Rs 1 lakh grant for village 
Patiala, March 23
Though Dakala has the distinction of being represented by a minister in almost every government so far, it is the most underdeveloped Assembly segment of Punjab. Spread over more than 225 villages and Sanour township, there are just 12 high schools and 7 senior secondary schools.

Dharna against shifting of hospital
Bathinda, March 23
Activists of various political parties and social organisations today organised a dharna in protest against the process of shifting the general and children hospital, located in the heart of the city, to the Civil Hospital.

Lawyers seek chambers
Mansa, March 23
Mr Justice R.L. Anand yesterday held a meeting with the Bar Association here and was in agreement with all demands of the association.


Arrangements made to procure wheat
Bathinda, March 23
Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Minister for food and Supplies, today said all arrangements had been made for the procurement of wheat which would start from April 1.


Punjab to spend 172 cr on welfare
Faridkot, March 23
The Punjab Government will spend Rs 172 crore under different welfare schemes for the Schedule Castes and other weaker sections of society during the next financial year in the state.

Rs 5.98 cr approved for development
Sangrur, March 23
The Sangrur District Planning and Development Board at its meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Food and Supply Minister-cum-Chairman of the board, here yesterday, approved the spending of Rs 5.98 crore on development works in the district.


3 booked on cheating charge
Rampuraphul, March 23
Even as the dust raised by the incident of brother marrying his real sister in this region in order to go abroad is yet to settle down, another case in which father, his daughter and son-in-law connived and prepared plans to go to Canada by concealing the status of the daughter came to light here today.

BJP activists booked
Samana, March 23
As many as nine persons, including Punjab BJP secretary Dr Lachhman Dass Sewak, have been booked in a criminal case for allegedly attempting to beat up Mr Tarsem Lal Sharma, Executive Officer of the local Nagar Council, yesterday in the office of the council.

KCF (Zaffarwal) activist held
Gurdaspur, March 23
The police today arrested a KCF (Zaffarwal) activist Sarwan Singh, a resident of Aulakh, who had been evading arrest since October 1990, for his involvement in a terrorist case.


Primary education in tatters: survey
Patiala, March 23
Girls are ahead of boys at the primary level in government schools in the Patiala block, according to a recent survey. However, the results are nothing to gloat about. Tests in mathematics and Punjabi by the project committee have revealed that only two per cent of the boys and four per cent of the girls obtained pass marks in mathematics and only 12 per cent of boys and 14 per cent of girls could muster 33 per cent marks in Punjabi.

Students hit it off with cyber cafes
Place: Posh 22 No Phatak in Patiala. Time: Afternoon. Loud aggressive music. Several glowing computer monitors. Keyboards worn smooth by thousands of twitching fingers. For Vikram, a university student, and hundreds of other computer-Savvy Patialavi’s like him, it’s another afternoon out at the cities numerous cyber cafes cruising on the integrated circuits.


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