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Punjab exports wheat for first time
Channo (Sangrur), March 31
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, today said Punjab is in the process of exporting five lakh tonnes of wheat. A sale agreement has been signed. Israel has offered Punjab a project to grow vegetables in the state for exports.

BBMB cuts water release from 2 dams
Ludhiana, March 31
The Bhakra-Beas Management Board has drastically reduced the amount of water released from two reservoirs in view of the depletion of their water-level. Accordingly, power generation from the Bhakra power complex and the Pong dam has also been reduced.

Cut in sugar quota irks depot holders
Amritsar, March 31
Resentment prevails among owners of fair-price shops throughout Punjab over the non-payment of transportation costs. The Punjab Government’s decision to reduce the sugar quota to about 14,000 state depot holders has also come on a big blow to them.



  Technical education suffers ‘setback’
Bathinda, March 31
Mr Navjot Singh Dhoot, state secretary, ITI Employees Union, Punjab, today said expansion of technical education in Punjab had suffered a setback due to a wrong decision taken by the state Technical Education Department authorities.


Tohra rules out truck with SAD
Jalandhar, March 31
Ruling out the possibility of any truck with the Shiromani Akali Dal, veteran Akali leader and President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today hinted that all “panthic” parties may join hands and fight the forthcoming Assembly elections after forming a common platform.

Morcha to launch campaign
Bathinda, March 31
The local unit of the Lok Morcha Punjab will soon launch a campaign in protest against the policies of the Central Government and to create awareness among the masses.


Swindling by PWD officials, case ordered
Bathinda, March 31
Mr Tota Singh, State Education Minister and Chairman, District Planning and Development Board, Bathinda, today ordered the Secretary, Public Works Department, Punjab, to make arrangements for registration of a criminal case against officials who were involved in misappropriation of money in 1993 in connection with the premix coating of a link road.

Talwandi seeks aid of intelligentsia
Amritsar, March 31|
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Jagdev Singh Talwandi has sought the cooperation of ex-servicemen, professors, doctors raagis and Sikh intellectuals to arrest growing ‘apostasy’ among Sikhs.

Tota Singh reviews development works
Bathinda, March 31
A meeting of the district Planning and Development Board was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Tota Singh, Punjab Education Minister and chairman of the district planning board.

Lack of sewerage brings misery
More than 10,000 residents of Guru Nanak Pura (West) here, a colony situated on the G T Road, are forced to live in miserable conditions due to the lack of a proper sewer system in the area.

New employment project in Punjab
Hoshiarpur, March 31
The state government would soon start a new project in 400 acres vacant BBMB land at Talwara to provide employment to the youths of the area. This was stated by Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd), Governor of Punjab, while talking to people at Chingerwan village, about 88 km from here, near Talwara today.

Border fence “cut at several places”
Ferozepore, March 31
Barbed cobra wire fixed along the Indo-Pakistan border was found cut at several places on Thursday. According to information, the fencing was noticed cut at four places on the Pakistan side and three places on the Indian side at Jama Rahiya near BOP Raja Mohtem along the Zero line in Mamdot area.

Manch to release 7 Pak books
Amritsar, March 31
“Sanjh Saz Manch”, an association of Punjabi writers working for bridging the communication gap between East and West Punjab, in collaboration with the Punjab Heritage Centre, USA, will release seven Pakistani books at a special function at Guru Nanak Dev University tomorrow.

Court directs MC to file affidavit
Jalandhar, March 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the local municipal corporation authorities to file an affidavit within 14 days pertaining to some buildings which were allegedly built in violation of the by-laws.

Panel for ensuring safe drinking water
Chandigarh, March 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has constituted a high powered committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Mr N. K. Arora, to suggest ways and means for solving the acute problem of sullage water stagnating in ponds of rural areas and also to chalk out a strategy for ensuring safe potable drinking water.

1 killed, 6 injured in accident
Sangrur, March 31
A woman was killed and six injured when a Tata Sumo and a truck met with an accident on the Sangrur-Barnala road at Bahadurpur village, 3 km from here, today. The Tata Sumo was on its way to Mansa Devi near Chandigarh from Bathinda while the truck was going towards Barnala.

Rajwahas’ cleaning begins
Bathinda, March 31
The process of cleaning of the Rajwahas in the district has begun and cleaning of the Phul Rajwaha was started by the people of a village, accompanied by activists of the Youth Clubs and the residents of Karar Wala, Jethu Ke, Bugar, Buraj Mansa and Chottian villages. 

Liquor vends auctioned
Patiala, march 31
Liquor vends of Ludhiana district were auctioned here today. Earlier, the auction which was scheduled to be held at Ludhiana on March 26 was cancelled due to rivalry between two groups led by Mr J.S Garcha, Technical Education Minister, and Mr Adesh Partap Singh, Excise and Taxation Minister, respectively. 


9 held under Excise Act, liquor seized
Bathinda, March 31
With the closing of the current financial year, people of the region have started hoarding liquor. It is now being sold at throw-away prices as the liquor vendors have to off-load the unsold stock of liquor.


4-yr course on liberal arts soon
Amritsar, March 31
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided not to scrap any Chair established in the name of great personalities, despite the financial exigencies. This decision was taken by the Senate of the university last evening.

Change in exam dates sought
Bathinda, March 31
Students of the medical stream of senior secondary are a worried lot as the entrance tests for the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and the Veterinary Council of India, both fall on the same date, that is May 6.

Mansa college sans Principal
Barnala, March 31
Sources in the Punjab Higher Education Department disclosed here yesterday that for the past couple of years, Nehru Memorial Government College, Mansa, has been pulling on without the services of a regular Principal.Top

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