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Villagers join issue against N-plant establishment
Nial (Patran), April 7
Displaced once during Partition, the past has caught up with villagers on this tract of land in the Malwa region of the state which was once barren and unirrigated but has now become fertile and densely populated. Many of them may have to leave again as there is a proposal to set up a nuclear plant in the region.

Gujjars in border belt alarm forces
Batala, April 7
The presence of a number of Gujjars in the border belt, especially Gurdaspur district, has been causing worry to the security forces. Most Gujjars shift from the trouble-torn Jammu and Kashmir to Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts every winter in search of pastures. At the onset of summer, they return to their ‘behaks’ (small houses) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Regional centre needs immediate care
Can play vital role in girl education
Muktsar, April 7
The Panjab University Regional Centre here is in its infancy and needs to be protected from deformities that are creeping in its functioning. The centre has failed in providing the intended facilities to students and upgrading its infrastructure.

Ultra-modern cardiac centre for Ludhiana
Those living in Punjab will no longer have to go to Delhi for treatment of heart diseases, as this industrial hub of Punjab now has a state-of-the-art hospital-Hero — DMC Heart Institute.



  Driver, 32 buffaloes killed in accident
Lalru, April 7
One person and 32 buffaloes were killed and one person was injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near here today.


Congress rally against NDA Govt
Dhuri, April 7
More than 200 Congress activists, including women, led by Mr Ramesh Singla, General Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, held a rally and burnt an effigy of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee at the Old Grain Market here today in protest against the alleged involvement of members of the NDA government in shady defence deals.

Cong workers hold protest rally
Tarn Taran, April 7
Hundreds of Congress workers on Friday organised a protest rally at block headquarters Naushehra Pannuan demanding stepping down of the NDA government at the Centre in view of Tehelka expose. Effigies of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr Bangaroo Laxman were burnt.

People’s Front to stage rallies
Hoshiarpur, April 7
The People’s Front at its meeting has decided to stage rallies in the district against those involved in episode.


Do dampers minimise quake damage?
Amritsar, April 7
Close on the heels of the visit of the former President of the USA, Mr Bill Clinton, to the quake-hit areas of Gujarat, questions continue to be raised whether the damage to man and material could have been minimised.

Historic garden gets new look
Patiala, April 7
Patiala’s historic Baradari Garden, which had recently been spruced up, will now also boast of a modern fountain, constructed at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. 

Docs drawing NPA do private practice
Mansa, April 7
A majority of doctors posted at government hospitals in the district are reportedly indulging in private practice right under the nose of the authorities concerned. The illegal practice is going on despite the fact that all doctors are being paid the non-practising allowance regularly.

The newly built fountain which is in full swing and decorated with colourful lights and heavy fall of waters at Baradari Garden in Patiala.
The newly built fountain which is in full swing and decorated with colourful lights and heavy fall of waters at Baradari Garden in Patiala. — PTI photo

Villagers hold dharna
Chhat Bir (Patiala), April 7
A number of Bahujan Samaj Party activists, who were on their way from Anandgarh Sahib to Damdama Sahib, joined a dharna staged by the residents of Chhat village along the Zoo Road against the removal of dung heaps by the panchayat. The panchayat had removed these heaps on February 18.

Need for youth to check MNCs’ march
Sangrur, April 7
On the second day of all-India conference of the All-India Federation of Democratic Youth (AIFDY) here today, delegates of the conference held discussions on the draft programme and constitution of the AIFDY.

Diagnostic lab for animals to be set up
Jalandhar, April 7
A regional diagnostic laboratory, which will provide diagnostic facilities to the livestock of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, will be set up at Jalandhar at a cost of Rs 19 crore.

IMA to organise seminars on mental health
Sangrur, April 7
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has exhorted the medical fraternity to devote this year to mentally ill persons. It has also appealed to the Punjab Government to consider mental health services an integral part of the health care system.

Fodder scam: panel for official’s removal
Amritsar, April 7
While welcoming the Animal Husbandry Minister’s order to probe the alleged fodder scam, the Punjab Animal Husbandry Services Association a representative body of feed and fodder development staff in the department, observed that a fair and free probe could not be conducted unless the accused, a high official, was removed from office.

25 operations performed at eye camp
Lalru, April 7
As many as 25 persons were operated upon at the 6th annual 4-day free eye operation camp organised by the Baba Prithvi Singh Azad Memorial Civil Hospital here today.

Mann assails ban on militant groups
Ludhiana, April 7
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Akali Dal (Amritsar), on Friday assailed the British Government for banning the Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation without issuing them any show-cause notice.

Halt of key trains sought at Phagwara
Phagwara, April 7
The Railway Travellers Welfare Association, Phagwara, today sent a representation to the Union Railway Minister demanding that certain important trains should halt at the local railway station.

3-day mourning in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 7
As a mark of respect to Mr Devi Lal, a former Deputy Prime Minister, who died in New Delhi yesterday, the Punjab Government has declared three days of state mourning. The national flag in the districts will be flown at half mast during the period of mourning. An official spokesman said there would be no state entertainment during the period of mourning.


Muktsar fetches highest revenue from auction
Muktsar, April 7
Muktsar district has fetched the maximum revenue from the auction of liquor vends in Faridkot and Ferozepore Divisions.


Crime on rise in Punjab
Bathinda, April 7
Even as the ruling politicians have been making claims that peace prevails in the state, the crime is on rise. In the past few years, the situation has become so that after every 45 minutes, a major crime takes place, while after every 14.30 minutes a minor girl crime happens in Punjab.

Woman dies of burn injuries, in-laws booked
Faridkot, April 7
Mrs Neenu, wife of Deepak Kumar, a resident of Kotkapura, died at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical Hospital on Thursday evening due to serious burn injuries. The police has registered a case under Section 302 against her husband, father-in-law Duli Chand and mother-in-law Chando Devi.

Travel agent booked
Hoshiarpur, April 7
The Tanda police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against a ‘travel agent’ from Delhi. Shiv Singh and Sadhu Singh, both residents of Rana Gram, Dilraj Singh of Zahura and Baldev Singh of Khurdan had stated in their complaint that Om Parkash Bhalla, a ‘travel agent’ of Delhi, had told them that he sent persons to the USA and Canada. They were told that the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the USA. Many ministers would accompany him and the agent would manage to send up to 50 persons with them to the USA.

Held for singer’s rape
Ludhiana, April 7
The Jagraon police has arrested Mukesh for allegedly raping a popular Punjabi singer who is said to have been a friend of his. In her FIR, the singer said she had been living with him for the past two years, and they had been planning to marry.


Punjabi varsity convocation held
Patiala, April 7
The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi today said stress would be laid on studying WTO rules and patents so that the country could compete with developed nations in the new economic era.

PTU: inquiry panel finds irregularities
Ludhiana, April 7
A four-member inquiry committee set up by the Punjab Government to look into the irregularities committed at the Punjab Technical University has found many irregularities. All appointments of Class III and IV employees have been made without conducting any written test, interviews and even without inviting any applications. No government rules were followed. All of these employees were given the verbal appointment orders.

PTU to shift out of REC campus
Jalandhar, April 7
Shocked at the paper leakage in the Punjab Technical University, the Punjab Technical Education Department has decided to shift the university out of its makeshift campus in the Regional Engineering College here.

Farmers’ mela disturbs examinees
Bathinda, April 7
A sarpanch mela was organised at Government Rajindra College here today, which created a problem for the university students, who were appearing for their final exams. Members of panchayats and other invitees were here to attend the mela, from all over the state in large numbers.

Six students pay for college’s lapse
Mansa, April 7
Educational career of six students of National College, Bhikhi is in jeopardy due to the failure of college to send their admission fee to the Punjabi University, Patiala. Enquiries reveal that Rajiv Kumar, Jatinder Singh of BA part (I), Rakesh Arora, Jagtar Singh BA (II) and Sukhjit Singh and Jagjit Singh of BA (III) students submitted their admission forms and fees in the college office on December 26, last year. They have not received their roll numbers till.

Minister lays stone for school
Bathinda, April 7
The government in Punjab has been paying special attention to the primary education in the state.


Power cuts add to unit owners’ woes
Nawanshahr, April 7
Frequent and prolonged power cuts here have added to the woes of owners of small scale industrial units of plastic, wire, fibre glass, paints distemper, farm machinery, ayurvedic medicines and readymade garments in the local Industrial Focal Point, already sick and almost a ‘non-existent’ due to apathy of the government.


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