Tuesday, April 3, 2001,
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Harvesting of wheat delayed
Chandigarh, April 2
The decision of the Punjab Government to start procurement operations from April 1 notwithstanding, the harvesting of the rabi crops, including wheat, has been delayed probably because of a 72-hour spell of inclement weather last week. As such, the arrival of wheat in the grain markets in most parts of the state is yet to begin.

BSP to contest 117 seats in Punjab
Sangrur, April 2
Mr Kanshi Ram, president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today addressed a Mulazam Chetna Rally organised by the local Samajik Parivartan Bhalai Manch to awaken the SC/BC employees about their constitutional rights and bring them at one platform.

3 BJP leaders’ links with middleman ‘proved’
Hoshiarpur, April 2
Though BJP leaders are denying any links with Mr Raj Kumar Gupta, who allegedly played the role of a middleman in the fictitious defence deals exposed by tehelka.com, according to information available yesterday Mr V.K. Sakhlecha, Mr Kedarnath Sahny and Mr Balramji Dass Tandon have had close relations with Mr Gupta.

Last-ditch bid to end clergy impasse
Amritsar, April 2
Last-ditch efforts are afoot to bring about a rapprochement between Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, and other high priests, who had failed to hold a joint meeting ever since the appointment of the former in December last year.




Badal reviews work at refinery site
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), April 2
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, presided over a meeting of officials to review the developments in setting up Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinery at the site of the refinery last evening.

ISI mobilising Sikh ultras
Ludhiana, April 2
The ISI of Pakistan is once again trying to mobilise militant groups based in Pakistan for disturbing law and order in Punjab.

Pak activities worry BSF
Ferozepore, April 2
After keeping low for some time, Pakistan’s ISI managers have intensified its activities again on the fenced Indo-Pakistani border in Punjab. The detection of tunnels near Zero Line, pushing of youths to the Indian territory from across the border and the recent incident of cutting of barbed wire has alarmed the Border Security Force (BSF) authorities.


Cong only secular party: Mofar
Mansa April 2
The MLA from Sardulgarh and now activist of the Congress, Mr Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, today said it was the love of the voters of his constituency which drove him to join the Congress party and leave Simranjit Singh Mann-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

NDA govt must quit: Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee at a meeting here on Sunday expressed its concern over the manner in which the NDA government had compromised on national security,which was amply proved by tehelka. com. The government must quit and police cases should be registered against the guilty.


Fraud on exchequer en masse
A large number of government employees, including many heads of departments, have been allegedly cheating the state government by claiming city compensatory allowance (CCA) as well as house rent allowance (HRA) regularly despite the fact that they commute daily from Bathinda, Faridkot, Abohar, Giddarbaha, Patiala and other areas.

Art works express plight of quake-hit
Bathinda, April 2
“These paintings have the sensitivity, soul and spirit which is lacking in today’s various art forms due to which art works fail to touch the hearts of the people”, said Gurdial Singh, eminent Punjabi writer, while describing the paintings of Samir Ajay Kumar at an exhibition organised by the Hastakshar Sahitya Kala Manch and the Teachers Home Trust at Teachers Home on Saturday.

Punjab to give aid to 10 lakh persons
Ropar, April 2
The Punjab Government has decided to provide aid to 10 lakh deserving persons in the state under various schemes launched by the Social Security Department of the state.

Resentment among bank staff over VRS
Bathinda, April 2
The new economic policy of the Central government has created resentment among bank employees, who are being forced to seek voluntary retirement under the VRS. About 1,25,000 employees had quit in the past three months.

‘Poor’ implementation of schemes
Bathinda, April 2
Money allocated to welfare schemes for minorities by the Union Government often remains unutilised. Mr Qari Mohammed Mian Mazhari, Chairman, National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, who was here last evening on an unofficial tour of villages of the state, said this while talking to mediapersons.

No threat from WTO pact: Chautala
Jalandhar, April 2
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said there would be no adverse affect of the WTO pact on the agriculture sector as the Prime Minister had given an assurance to protect the interests of the farming community.

23 cr Dalits live in misery: morcha
Phillaur, April 2
Bahujan Samaj Morcha national president Satnam Singh Kainth, while criticising the Bahujan Samaj Party national president Kanshi Ram has alleged that the latter has done nothing for Dalits.


Fertiliser, farm loan cheaper
Raman Mandi, April 2
The Punjab government has reduced the prices of fertiliser including the DAP and urea for the farmers of state from April 1.
Announcing this at a function organised in connection with the inauguration of 85th branch of Primary Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) here last evening.


CM gets angry, orders Secy to shift SE
Bathinda, April 2
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal considered a moderate was different when presiding over a meeting of officials of various departments here yesterday morning.
Mr Badal became angry with a senior official of the PWD and B and R, rang up Secretary, PWD and B and R at Chandigarh and asked him to immediately transfer the same fellow to a place where there was no work to do.


2 killed, two hurt in road mishap
Kapurthala, April 2
Two persons, including a three-year-old girl were killed and two others injured in a road accident near Amritsar octroi post here yesterday, the police said here today.
The police said the victims were going on a scooter to Bijala village after attending a marriage ceremony when the two wheeler hit a four wheeler coming from the opposite direction.

12 of marriage party injured
Bathinda, April 2
Twelve of a marriage party were injured when the axle of the jeep in which they were travelling broke.
Sources said the marriage party had come to Kot Shamir village from Raghuana (Haryana) village and they were on their way to home. 


Sainik School gets better facilities
The local Sainik School, a fun-starved but prestigious institution, has introduced better facilities this session thanks to the Punjab Government which, for the first time since the inception of the institution, has given it a grant of Rs 50 lakh.

YPS Baisakhi mela
Patiala, April 2
Baisakhi Mela was held at Yadavindra Public School (YPS) where Punjabi singer Jaspinder Narula and a host of other artists entertained the audience at the school stadium late yesterday evening.

‘WTO pact has led country into trap’
Patiala, April 2
The imperial powers are trying to exploit developing countries like India by forcing them to sign the WTO agreement and to come under the trap of globalisation and liberalisation.


Exim policy hits textile industry
Amritsar, April 2
After having been harshly treated in the latest Union Budget, the textile powerloom sector, which is yet to recover from the steep hike in the excise duty, faces a major threat from the liberalised imports with the removal of quantitative restrictions.

Disinvestment: govt to talk to Dhindsa
Ropar, April 2
The Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, indicated the possible stance of the SAD-BJP government on the disinvestment of PSUs in Punjab by lending support to the agitation of NFL employees against the proposed privatisation of the company.

Tata Infotech centre inaugurated
Patiala, April 2
There are in all 300 centres in India apart from other major centres in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka of the Tata Infotech. The company is further planning to extend its dealings to 35 other countries.

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