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Govt to ensure quality of wheat procured
Ropar, March 30
The Punjab Government will keep a check on the quality of wheat procured this year. Earlier, wheat from Punjab gained a bad name in other states due to corruption at various levels of procurement. To check this practice, the Punjab Government has made special arrangements this year. Mechanical cleaners will he used in all mandis across the state.

Cops torture two brothers
SSP writes to DC for probe
Moga, March 30
Surjeet Singh suffered a fracture while his brother Harnek Singh had bruises after they were allegedly beaten up by the police in the Nathuwala police chowki for two days continuously.

Behind bars for no fault
Bathinda, March 30
In one of the worst cases of human rights violation by the Punjab Police, Mohan Santri, a labourer from outside Punjab, was kept behind bars for more than two years though he had committed no crime.

Punjab Police in great demand
Chandigarh, March 30
The Punjab Police has been under pressure from various states going to the polls in May this year to spare its force for the election duty. Requests for sparing of 20 companies have already been received from Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Move to generate more power in Punjab
Faridkot, March 30
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Central Government, plans to set up two units each at Lehra Mohabbat (Bathinda) and Goindwal Sahib, Amritsar Thermal Plants to generate additional power in the state.




People-oriented coop reforms on anvil
Chandigarh, March 30
It will take some more time before the Punjab Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2000, is introduced in the Vidhan Sabha enabling the grassroot people’s organisations break free from the clutches of undue controls (bureaucratic included) giving a professional touch making these socially responsive.


Mann working for third front
Ludhiana, March 30
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), is becoming active in national politics and is persuading splinter groups of the Akali Dal to join the People’s Front. The Akali Dal (Amritsar) and the SHSAD led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra have already joined the front.

Akalis lay claim to Phagwara seat
Phagwara, March 30
The wedge in the ruling SAD-BJP combine here has started widening with activists of the circle Akali Jatha launching a drive in the rural areas for mobilising public opinion for staking a claim to ticket during the next Assembly elections.


Strike by Nangal NFL workers
Ropar, March 30
As many as 1,800 workers of National Fertilisers Ltd plant at Nangal struck work today against the proposed disinvestment of the company. The strike was held on the call of the coordination committee of unions of the NFL. The workers gathered at the main gate of the factory and raised slogans against the NDA government. They also sat on a dharna.

Rape victim alleges harassment
Bathinda, March 30
A 20-year-old girl residing in a locality of the city, who is a granddaughter of a freedom fighter who has been honoured with a ‘Tamar Patra’ by the Government of India, who was reportedly raped by two businessmen on the evening of March 20, today alleged that she was being harassed by the police under the pretext of inquiry into this case.

Hope for mentally challenged
Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd. (GACL), a private sector company, has established a school, Ambuja Manovikas Kendra, for imparting education to mentally challenged children.

Class IV staff take out protest march
Sangrur, March 30
Members of the district unit of the Class IV Government Employees Union, Punjab, today took out a protest march against the district police authorities for not doing “justice” to them in three different cases.

MC staff withdraw agitation
Jalandhar, March 30
The day-long parleys between the local SAD leaders and civic officials resulted in the withdrawal of the indefinite strike by the Drivers’ Union and the Safai Sewak Union of local municipal corporation, who were demanding the arrest of an Akali councillor for his alleged involvement in the beating up of drivers and burning two MC vehicles on Tuesday.

Mahila Morcha to meet on April 6
Phillaur, March 30
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha will observe April 6 as “Rashtriya Suraksha Sankalap Divas”. This was disclosed by the Punjab BJP general secretary, Mr Avinash Jaiswal, while talking to newsmen here Wednesday. He said that activists of the morcha led by its state president Ms Trishna Minhas, Ms Gurcharan Kaur and Ms Saroj Malhotra would tie “raksha sutra” on the hands of the jawans on the Wagah border on that day.

Spiritual voyage from April 15
Amritsar, March 30
The first-ever spiritual voyage, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib, is being undertaken by Guru Nanaksar, Kaleran, from April 15.

Liquor hoarding begins
Bathinda, March 30
Even as the new financial year is just to begin and the auction of liquor shops has been completed in the state, people have started hoarding liquor, particularly in this region.

Mishaps claim three lives
Hoshiarpur, March 30
Ranbir Kumar was killed on the spot when a speeding truck collided with a parked truck at Adda Paldi, near Mahilpur last evening. Ranbir was crushed between the trucks near his shop where he was shifting some hardware material lying on the road. The police has registered a case.

Plots given to slum dwellers
Bathinda, March 30
Under the Site and Serve Plan, a dharmshala and a school would be set up and the facilities of drinking water and electricity provided by the Punjab Urban Development Authority to the colony developed by it.

Painting exhibition opens today
Bathinda, March 30
The Hastakshar Sahitya Kala Manch and Teachers Home Trust will organise a three-day painting exhibition of Samir Ajay Kumar on the plight of earthquake victims of Gujarat from March 31 at Teacher’s Home. The theme of the exhibition will be ‘Prarthana’.


Survey to assess damage to wheat
Bathinda, March 30
The state government has announced that special girdwaris will be made to assess the loss to the wheat crop, which has been damaged by the hailstorms that lashed the region during the past few days.


Abohar MC budget passed
Abohar, March 30
It took the local municipal council just half-an-hour to perform the ritual of passing the annual budget of Rs 8.54 crore for next financial year beginning April 1, at a special meeting held last evening. The president of the council ignored the protests from some members against the alleged leakage of the budget proposals which delayed the meeting by a week.

472 crore annual credit plan
Bathinda, March 30
Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday launched the annual credit plan (ACP) of Rs 472.29 crore for the year 2001-2002.


Husband summoned in dowry case
Pathankot, March 30
Mr Bhajan Ram, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, following a complaint of Ms Santosh Kumari, has summoned her husband Thakur Dass and father-in-law Prem Chand for a criminal breach of trust of dowry articles and for cruelty towards the complainant under Sections 406, 498-A and 34, IPC.

Woman held for fraud
Nawanshahr, March 30
The Rahon police has arrested Santosh, alias Shhindo, wife of Gurdeep Chand of Mahaddipur village for allegedly duping Rajinder Kumar of Kotbadal Khan (Nurmahal) village of Rs 6.50 lakh on the pretext of sending him to the USA.

Pak intruder held
Fazilka, March 30
A Pakistani intruder was nabbed by jawans of the BSF at Mauzam checkpost here on Wednesday night while he was moving suspiciously near the Indo-Pakistan border inside Indian territory, according to a delayed report. The youth had been identified as Abdul Rehman of Gurjan village in Punjab province of Pakistan.


Medical admissions mired in controversy
Ludhiana, March 30
The counselling for admission to various post-graduate courses in various medical colleges of the state affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot, has been mired in controversy with Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC), one of the leading post-graduate institutions of the state, staying away from the admission process, including the counselling.

Teaching work hit in primary schools
Patiala, March 30
Teaching in primary schools in the state has virtually been disrupted with primary teachers busy in supervising examinations in secondary schools since March 12 besides evaluating answer books of their own schools.

Varsity laments cut in govt grant
Amritsar, March 30
Guru Nanak Dev University senate unanimously approved the budget estimates of Rs 5487.46 lakh for 2001-2002 showing a deficit of Rs 1123.32 lakh. The Finance Committee and the syndicate had accorded their concurrence to the budget estimates. The senate also approved the annual report showing overall development of the university for the year 2000.

Minority status to SGPC colleges hailed
Phagwara, March 30
As many as 60 members of the SGPC last night hailed as historic and revolutionary the decision of Punjab Government to accord minority status to professional institutions being run by the SGPC and thanked the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur under whose tenure as SGPC president the resolution was adopted by the SGPC general house.

Medical slip to give the slip
Mansa, March 30
An impersonator was caught in the examination centre of the local Government Senior Secondary School on March 21. The impersonator appeared in the Social Studies paper of matric examination in place of Hardarshan Singh, class IV employee in the Education Department.


Proposed service tax ‘unconstitutional’
Jalandhar, March 30
Terming the proposed 5 per cent service tax on hire, purchase and leasing transactions in the union Budget as unconstitutional, the Punjab and Haryana Finance Companies Association has demanded that the BJP-led Central Government should withdraw the proposal.

Power cuts on steel industry go
Patiala, March 30
The PSEB today removed restrictions on the steel industry by doing away with cuts imposed on alternate days on arc and induction furnaces. The board had classified the steel industry into two groups and decided to give electricity to both groups on alternate days as it was overdrawing from the Northern Grid due to a reduction in availability in view of low generation.

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