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PSEB to launch pre-paid power card
Jalandhar, April 5
Holding the domestic consumer largely responsible for power thefts in the state and having a soft corner towards the agriculture sector, the PSEB has decided to introduce a pre-paid power purchase card system in three cities on a trial basis.

Reducing farmers’ burden
Chandigarh, April 5
The debt trap is causing immense economic hardship to Punjab farmers for whom agriculture has become non-viable. For some, particularly, those owning or cultivating below five acres, the trap is so tight that even selling their land will not enable them to repay the loans.

Excise Dept seeks CM’s help
Huge losses due to non-auction of vends
Chandigarh, April 5
Following the non-auction of liquor vends worth about Rs 200 crore in Ludhiana district, the Punjab Excise Department has sought the intervention of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to pull it out of the crisis. In the absence of auction, the state and the department is suffering a huge loss of revenue.

SAD working panel hails Budget
Chandigarh, April 5
The Working Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal, which met here today under the presidentship of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, hailed the proposals in the state Budget to put the economy back on the rails after years of economic mismanagement.

3 PUTA executive members quit
Patiala, April 5
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today demanded the sacking of the Punjabi University Vice- Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, alleging that he was incapable of providing academic leadership to the university.




Paper leakage: PTU sacks 4 officials
Jalandhar, April 5
Taking note of the recommendations of a high-level four-member committee constituted by the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, to look into the paper leakage and selling scam in Punjab Technical University, the Vice-Chancellor fired four employees this evening.

PPCC chief seeks Langah’s clarification
Patiala, April 5
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Captain Amarinder Singh today demanded that the Punjab government should come clean on the role of Minister Sucha Singh Langah in the alleged presence of former Panthic Committee member and Khalistan Commando Force Chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal in the state.


Tohra questions Badal on Tur’s win
Ludhiana, April 5
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) yesterday asked Mr Parkash Singh Badal to clarify that how his party’s candidate Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur had secured seven votes in the election to the board of the Hazur Sahib Gurdwara when three of his party members could not cast their vote in Mr Tur’s favour.

Cong men burn effigies of NDA leaders
Nangal (Ropar), April 5
Congress men of the district burned effigies of the NDA leaders and held rally here today to protest against corruption allegedly exposed in the Congress men of the block Nangal Congress led by the office-bearers of the district, started protest procession from Barhampur village near Nangal.

Effigies of PM, Advani burnt
Phagwara, April 5
Congress activists today burnt the effigies of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister outside the local courts complex. Joined by senior Congress leaders, youth workers and mahila wing leaders, congressmen took out a protest march in bazaars and held rally outside the office of the SDM demanding dismissal of the NDA government.

Cong holds rally
Fazilka, April 5
After about a decade the Congress in Fazilka displayed unity and organised a rally today against the “anti-people” policies of the government and called for stringent action against all politicians involved in the Tehelka expose.

Bahujan Morcha to unite Dalits
Faridkot, April 5
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will hold a state-level conference at Jalandhar on April 14 to decide the course of action to bring Dalits and the poor at one platform to safeguard their interests in Punjab.

People fed up with SAD-BJP govt: MP
Rajpura, April 5
Congress MP Preneet Kaur today said the Bharatiya Janata Party had been exposed and people of the state were ready to teach the Akali-BJP government a lesson in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Power cuts far ahead of summer
Bathinda, April 5
Residents of the state have started facing power cuts, though summer is yet to reach its peak when power cuts are imposed with stock excuse of “low-generation”, ‘peak loads’ etc.

Power cut
Bathinda, April 5
The power supply will remain cut off in some colonies of the city tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm due to the shifting of the 11 kv Gole Market supply line.

Pak refusal irks Hindu bodies
Amritsar, April 5
Hindu organisations are agitated over the refusal by Pakistan Government to allow Hindu religious jathas to shrines in Pakistan. The statement by Hindu associations comes close on the heels of preparation by a Sikh jatha to visit gurdwaras in Pakistan. The SGPC-sponsored jatha will reach Pakistan on April 9 to visit Nankana Sahib, Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda.

Hospital cries for attention
Pathankot is one of the important towns of Punjab, with a population exceeding two lakhs. Strong resentment prevails among residents of the town and adjoining villages due to poor services provided by the Civil Hospital.

BKU against import of foreign goods
Moga, April 5
The Bharatiya Kisan Union today decided to wage a war against the Union Government if it did not withdraw the terms and conditions it had signed with certain countries to import foreign goods. An agitation will be launched all over the state from April 15. This decision was taken at a convention of the union members held on the premises of Gurudwara Atat Kahan Kaur today. The meeting was chaired by the general secretary of the Punjab unit of the union, Mr Manjit Singh Kadian.

Plea to promote SC doctors
Hoshiarpur, April 5
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Welfare Association has deplored the decision of the Punjab Government to promote doctors from general category to the posts of Deputy Director in the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Charge of Kamal Chaudhary refuted
Hoshiarpur, April 5
Dr D. R. Bhatia, Principal of D.A.V. School, Hoshiarpur, has refuted the allegation of Mr Kamal Chaudhary, a former MP, contained in a news report “CM’s wife shielding suspended Principal”, in The Tribune dated March 4. The allegation, he says, is based on a false statement and is contrary to facts.

PSEB step to check ‘match-fixing’
Patiala, April 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board has changed its rules to check ‘match-fixing’ by its sportspersons who participate in events that offer big cash awards.

Forest mafia active again
Gurdaspur, April 5
The forest mafia engaged in the felling of sheesham and khair trees in forests under the Dhar subdivision has become active. According to official sources, the mafia has political patronage.

Chemists asked not to sell drugs
Phagwara, April 5
Under the ongoing statewide drive against the sale of drugs, Mr A.R. Salwan, state Drug Controller, today held a meeting with the local chemists and asked them not to sell drugs. He said in case of violation penal action would be taken. About 70 chemists, who attend the meeting, assured the Controller of cooperation.


10,000 quintals of seed to be distributed
Chandigarh, April 5
The Punjab Department of Agriculture will distribute 10,000 quintals of quality paddy seed, approved by Punjab Agricultural University, in the next kharif season. A press note, quoting the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, said yesterday that Punseed had already made arrangements for providing the PR-116, PR-114, PR-106, PR-108 and PR-115 varieties at the rate of Rs 1,250 per quintal.


Ban orders in Bathinda dist
Bathinda, April 5
Mr Jaspal Singh, District Magistrate, has imposed various restrictions in the district under Section 144 Cr PC. A ban has been imposed on the assembly of five or more than five persons at public places. Meetings can not be held at public places without prior permission of the DM. The order would remain in force till June 3, 2001.


Two opium smugglers held
Bathinda, April 5
Giving in to the demands a consumerist culture smugglers have started providing opium to customers at their doorstep. This trend came to light when the district police, which has launched a fullscale war against the narcotics smugglers and as well as the consumers, arrested two inter-state opium smugglers today. These inter-state smugglers had been supplying opium to their customers at the doorstep according to their requirements.

Housefed clerk held for fraud
Gurdaspur, April 5
The police today arrested Manjit Singh of Thikriwal village in the district for committing a fraud at Housefed, here to the tune of Rs 70,000. The accused is presently posted as a clerk in Housefed, Chandigarh.

Eight-member gang of thieves busted
Jalandhar, April 5
The district police claims to have busted an eight-member gang of thieves with their arrest and recovered a Matador laden with stolen aluminium cable worth Rs 1 lakh. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, stated here today that after receiving a tip-off, a police party laid a naka at Padhi Khalsa village and intercepted a Matador (PB 08 U 8814) laden with stolen wire.

Case registered after 18 years!
Kapurthala, April 5
A case was finally imparted to Mohinder Singh, a Dalit of Kishansinghwala village, falling under Kotwali police, who was deprived of 5 acres two decades ago, with the registration of a case under Sections 467, 420, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against four persons, including Amar Nath, a sheller owner, and commission agent, who is since dead, on the charge of forging a general power of attorney in the name of Mohinder Singh.


Move to close B.Ed colleges draws flak
Phagwara, April 5
The proposal of the Punjab Government to close B.Ed colleges for three years today drew flak from the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union. Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, PCCTU President, said the move was ill-conceived, unwise and impractical and should be abandoned at the earliest.

Bathinda boys’ robot bags national prize
Bathinda, April 5
Students of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) have won the second prize at a national competition held at the Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi, from March 26 to 28.

Question not from syllabus
Bathinda, April 5
Students who are already under pressure during the examinations are being taken by surprise when they find that question papers are not from syllabus. In the latest incident of this kind, the students of B.Com I of Punjabi University were taken by surprise when they found that question number 1 (part b), Punjabi (compulsory), was not from the prescribed syllabus. The question relating to “Das Maluka Yun Kahe” was not from the syllabus and three texts “Man di Mauj”, “Bharat which kala” and “Das Maluka Yun Kahe” — were deleted from the syllabus by the university.


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