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Zaffarwal’s surrender not to be allowed: Mann
Jalandhar, April 9
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) today alleged that senior leaders of every political party in Punjab had links with militants during the decade-long terrorism in the state.

Punjab attracting spurious medicines
Chandigarh, April 9
Punjab has turned into an important destination for the sale of spurious and substandard drugs. Twentyone cases of suspected substandard and spurious medicines have been detected by the Health Department in the past few months.

Ranjit Singh to work against SAD
Tarn Taran, April 9
Former Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh, still claims to be the “real” Akal Takht Jathedar and has declared that he will work openly for the panthic candidates to be fielded against SAD nominees in the next Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

CM hopeful of early Kashmir solution
Ludhiana, April 9
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah feels quite optimistic about an early resolution to Kashmir problem. Noting a healthy pattern in the recent developments at the domestic and international levels, he feels that the course adopted by the Government of India was the best and would ultimately lead to a positive and permanent solution to the problem.


Uproot corrupt SAD-BJP govt: Amarinder
Muktsar/Jalalabad, April 9
The PPCC leadership today appealed to the people to uproot the SAD-BJP government of the state which had failed to deliver goods and indulged in the “looting” of people at the grassroot level.





CM should recall Dhindsa, says Jagjit
Hoshiarpur, April 9
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should withdraw Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa from the Union Cabinet and its support to the NDA Government on moral grounds following the Tehelka expose. This was stated by Mr Jagjit Singh, Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, while talking to mediapersons here today.


Sikh jatha leaves for Pakistan
Attari (Amritsar), April 9
A 3000-strong Sikh jatha left for Pakistan in three special trains today. The trains were flagged off in the morning by the SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, for Panja Sahib in Pakistan.

Sukhbir fails to keep date
Bathinda, April 9
The SAD General Secretary and MP, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today failed to keep his date with the people of Balluana village, near here as he was to lay the foundation stone of a 66 kv grid sub-station. In his absence the foundation stone was laid by Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, MLA, though Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister of Law and Justice, was also present on the occasion.

Use new study tools: Doctors
Faridkot, April 9
A national-level medicine update-2001 conference, organised by the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here yesterday, underlined the need for introducing new techniques of teaching and learning besides holding seminars, symposiums and providing continuous medical education through tutorials.

Protest against closure of TB hospital
Sangrur, April 9
On the call of the Ghabdan Hospital Bachao Action Committee, Sangrur, employees of various wings of the Health Department today staged a dharna in the complex of Civil Surgeon’s office here and took out a protest march through the town against the state government’s decision to close TB Hospital Hermitage, Ghabdan.

Village tank water unhygienic
Residents of Sayyedwala village with a population of over 2,000 have been facing a serious drinking water problem for three years. Water stored at Public Health waterworks has been found to be unhygienic.

Medical camp organised
Jalandhar, April 9
The S.G.L. Charitable Trust in collaboration with the Punjab Health care, an England-based NGO, organised a free medical and eye operation camp at Bajwa Kalan village in Shahkot, 30 km from here, today.

Foreign-breed pups auctioned
Amritsar, April 9
It was an entirely different auction at the Customs office today. Residents bid for foreign puppies instead of the normal Customs-seized goods.

Lawyers start ‘no work’ campaign
Sangrur, April 9
Members of the District Bar Association here started “no work” campaign from today for three days in protest against the non-construction of the chamber block for the lawyers.

Rally against MC officials held
Bathinda, April 9
A large number of shopkeepers of the city today held a rally and sat on a dharna near the municipal council’s office in protest against the alleged harassment by its officials in the name of implementing the government decision of selling the shops to the tenents.

Team of Punjabi papers’ body to meet PM
Chandigarh, April 9
A delegation of the All-India Punjabi Newspapers Association, led by Mr Jagjit Singh Dardi, will shortly meet the Prime Minister against the ‘’discriminatory attitude’’ of the Punjab Government against them in the matter of release of advertisements.

‘Give amnesty to migrant terrorists’
Jalandhar, April 9
Former head of the Workd Sikh Council and USA-based millionaire Didar Singh Bains said all terrorists who had migrated to the Western countries under the alleged threat from Indian security forces during the days of terrorism in Punjab, should be granted general amnesty and brought into the mainstream.

Regiment celebrates golden jubilee
Somewhere In The Western Sector, April 9
The 128 Air Defence Regiment, one of the finest air defence artillery unit of the Indian Army, which was raised on April 1, 1951, as 128 Light Ack-Ack Regiment (TA) at Arkonam near Chennai, under the command of Lieut Col Atma Singh Punnu as its first Commanding Officer completed 50 glorious years of its existence.

Bank manager run over by train
Bathinda, April 9
Three persons, including a bank manager, died in separate incidents here today. Hospital sources said Inderjit Singh, who was working as a manager at a branch of the Punjab and Sind Bank, was crushed to death by a train as a railway crossing.


Punjab memo to Labour Commission
Chandigarh, April 9
The Punjab Minister of Labour, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, today presented a memorandum to the Second Commission on Labour, headed by former Union Minister Ravindra Verma.


Woman booked for killing mother-in-law
Hoshiarpur, April 9
On the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Garhshanker police has registered a case of murder under Section 302, IPC, after 10 months of the crime, against Surinder Kaur and her husband Nirmal Singh, residents of Saila Khurd, for reportedly setting afire her mother-in-law Baldev Kaur.

Two children killed in road mishap
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 9
Two children were killed while one person was injured when a truck hit a scooter near a traffic light chowk here today.


‘Clarify’ age relaxation rules
Bathinda, April 9
The candidates, who have applied for various posts advertised by the Departmental Selection Committee (Teaching) of the Department of Education, Punjab, in 1997, have demanded that the rules regarding the age relaxation should be clarified.

PUTA welcomes inquiry against VC
Patiala, April 9
The executive committee of the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) led by Prof Bhupinder Singh Khaira, President, and Dr Balwinder Singh, Secretary, met Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, here today and apprised him of the irregularities being committed by the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia.


Resentment over waiver of interest
Bathinda, April 9
Waiver of Penal interest on the loans taken by industrialists has created resentment among a group of them, who have paid principal amounts before the publication of a notification regarding waiver of penal interest.

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