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Moffar joins Congress
Chandigarh, April 1
For the Punjab Congress “programmed” electronic voting machines were the villain in the byelections that led to the defeat of its candidates. The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, is convinced of this and has even demonstrated it to the party high command in New Delhi.

Mr Ajit Inder Singh Moffar, SAD-Amritsar MLA (extreme left) who joined the Congress, is seen with the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, Mr Moti Lal Vora and Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. Mr Ajit Inder Singh Moffar, SAD-Amritsar MLA (extreme left) who joined the Congress, is seen with the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, Mr Moti Lal Vora and Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph 

DAC stone laid amid protests
Bathinda, April 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of an ultra-modern district administrative complex, which is to be built at a cost of 15 crore, which would be acquired by selling off a hospital in the city.

Jatha to visit Pak on Baisakhi
Sangrur, April 1
The SGPC will send a jatha of more than 2,300 Sikh pilgrims to Panja Sahib in Pakistan on April 1 on the occasion of Baisakhi. The jatha will stay there till April 14.

Vends’ auction: 2 pc rise in excise revenue
Ludhiana, April 1
The auction of liquor vends has been fair and transparent and the state government will achieve the target for the year 2001-2002.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  AICTE bans diploma course in pharmacy
Ropar, April 1
On the recommendation of the Pharmaceutical Council of India, the All-India Council of Technical Education, has decided to stop diploma courses in pharmacy. New permission is not being given to start a diploma college in pharmacy. The existing institutes have also been directed to upgrade facilities to start the B. Pharma courses.


Talwandi for patch-up with Tohra
Sangrur, April 1
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief and senior leader of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today advocated patch-up with the All India Shiromani Akali Dal, without any pre-condition from AISAD chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Kanshi Ram meets Kamal Chaudhry
Hoshiarpur, April 1
Mr Kanshi Ram, BSP chief, held a meeting with Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP, who recently resigned from the BJP, for more than two hours at his residence here last evening. He came to Hoshiarpur from Delhi to meet Mr Chaudhry only. On receiving information about the meeting, mediamen reached the residence of Mr Kamal Chaudhry to know the outcome of the discussion. They had to wait for two hours to meet both leaders.

Congress rally on April 5
Ferozepore, April 1
The Congress is making every possible effort to exploit, the Tehelka expose. For this it has planned a massive rally at Jalalabad on the April 5 where senior Congress leaders like Mr Moti Lal Vohra and Dr Balram Jakhar will participate. This was disclosed by Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, District Congress chief, while interacting with mediamen here yesterday. He said the Vajpayee government which used to talk of transparent, neat and clean governance stood exposed in wake of the events revealed by the Tehelka team. 


Lawyers threaten agitation, oppose changes in CPC
Ropar, April 1
Lawyers at a state-level seminar here yesterday threatened agitation against the proposed amendments in the Civil Procedure Code under the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2000, presented in the Rajya Sabha by the Law Minister, Mr Arun Jaitly, on December 22, 2000.

Railway overbridge by June 30
Fatehgarh Sahib
Residents of the district can breathe a sigh of relief because their long-standing demand for the construction of a railway over-bridge on the railway crossing at Sirhind has borne fruits. The work on the overbridge is going on round-the-clock and is likely to be completed by June 30.

Poets bemoan travails of modern life
Phagwara, April 1
Noted Punjabi poet and recipient of several literary awards Surjit Pattar enthralled audience at a tri-lingual mushaira organised jointly here last night by the Navchetna Sahit and Kala Manch and the Rotary Club central, Phagwara.

People worried over dryspell
Pathankot, April 1
Mr Brij Mohan Puri, organising secretary of the PPCC and former Chairman, Local Improvement Trust, has expressed concern over the drought-like condition prevailing in the Dhar Kalan and other Kandi areas. He criticised the SAD/BJP government and said the ruling party had failed on all fronts.

Govt to allot plots to SCs free of cost
Phagwara, April 1
The Punjab Government has decided to allot five-marla plots free of cost from Shamlat village land to the houseless Scheduled Castes, according to Punjab Social Welfare Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur.

Residents feel let down by authorities
Bathinda, April 1
Although the city has grown geographically but the authorities concerned, have failed to provide basic civic amenities to the residents who feel let down by the authorities.

Need to revive traditional Punjabi poetry
Patiala, April 1
The Punjab Sahit Sabhayacharak Manch organised a function to promote and save the traditional art of writing poetry in Punjabi at the Punjab Languages Department on Friday.

Pain of fitness freaks
Patiala, April1
Misplaced zeal sometimes can prove to be counter productive. This is precisely what is happening to the hundreds of fitness freaks who register themselves with innumerable gyms dotting this sports conscious city. They are quick to step in the gym but barely a few days later after trying to melt down that extra flab or trying a bit too hard to develop their biceps to superhuman levels, they fall victims to the fitness misinformation boom. 

Kohar grilled on Punjab demands
Lohian (Jalandhar), April 1
The Punjab Minister for Jails and Sainik Welfare, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, virtually pushed the main and long-pending Punjab demands like transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas and Chandigarh to the state and sharing of river waters, on the backburner by claiming that the biggest achievement of the SAD-BJP was creating the atmosphere of communal harmony in the state and all other issues comparatively held little relevance for the alliance.

Kiranjit case panel rally today
Barnala, April 1
The Kiranjit Kaur Abduction Rape and Murder Case Action Committee has again decided to resort to the path of agitation by staging a demonstration and protest rally at Grain Market, Mahel Kalan, tomorrow to express its resentment against the Barnala police.

25 marriages solemnised
Patiala, April 1
A total of 25 marriages of poor girls and boys were solemnised at Amar Ashram here today. These marriages, were organised by Satya Nishkam Sabha, a voluntary social organisation.

Camp concludes
Bathinda, April 1
A free medical camp organised at Maisarkhana village by the Dost Welfare Society to provide first-aid to the injured at Maisarkhana mela has concluded.


Minister-MC chief row hits civic works
Fazilka, April 1
In violation of norms the executive officer of the Municipal Council, Fazilka reportedly on verbal instructions of the Surjit Kumar Jyani, local MLA and Forest Minister, Punjab, has summoned a meeting of the council for April 3 without the concurrence of Mr Mohinder Pratap Dhingra, president Municipal Council.

Rs 1.98 cr for roads, sewerage
Faridkot, April 1
The local Nagar Council has earmarked Rs 1.98 crore out of its budget of Rs 4.5 crore for development during the 2001-2002 financial year in this town. Stress will be laid for repairing roads, maintenance of sewerage, besides pavement of drains and streets in the slum areas.


2 killed as car, bus collide
Phillaur, April 1
Two occupants of a Maruti, car, including an NRI, Girdhawar Singh, and a trader, Lalit Kumar, were killed on the spot and two others, Balbir Kumar and Hausla, sustained injuries, when their car was hit by a speeding bus on the Goraya- Jandiala road late last night.

2 car occupants die in mishap
Jalandhar, April 1
Two Rurka Kalan residents were killed when their Maruti Zen car hit a mini bus last evening. According to the police, Lalit Kumar and Godawar Singh were proceeding from Goraya to Rurka Kalan in their car when it collided head-on with a Goraya-bound mini bus. Both car occupants died on the spot.


B.Ed course may be discontinued
Bathinda, April 1
To clear the backlog in jobs, the B.Ed. course should be discontinued for at least five years, opined Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, who was here today in connection with the annual prize distribution function of the local Government Rajindra College.

‘Guru Nanak Bani’ in ‘Shahmukhi’
Amritsar, April 1
The academy of Punjabis in North America headed by Dr Rachhpal Singh Aulakh, and the Punjab Heritage Foundation headed by Dr Manzur Ejaz, both settled in the USA, have brought the East and West Punjabs (Indian and Pakistani Punjabi) closer.

PUDA allots 28 school sites
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has issued letters of intent allotting 28 school sites in the six urban estates in Punjab at concessional rates and terms and conditions with the approval of the Finance and Accounts Committee under the chairpersonship of Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab.

Rajindra College celebrates annual day
Bathinda, April 1
The annual function of Government Rajindra College concluded here today amid fun and frolic. Mr Gopal Singh, Principal of the college, while highlighting the achievements of the college, said 39 students of the college had bagged merit positions in the April, 2000, examination conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala.

School holds annual function
Bathinda, April 1
Baba Farid Public School organised its annual function at which Mrs Gurbinder Kaur Dhillon, Vice-District Education Officer, was the chief guest.

Promotion sought
Bathinda, April 1
The class IV (matric pass) employees of the Education Department, Punjab, have been waiting for promotions for the past many years despite the fact that posts of clerk and lab attendant have been lying vacant in the department.


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