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Congress to oppose ‘letting off’ of Zaffarwal
Ludhiana, April 10
Denying charges of meeting hardcore militant Wasan Singh Zaffarwal during the peak of militancy, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, today charged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of trying to let him off. He warned that the Congress would not allow it as Zaffarwal had been involved in a number of murders of innocent persons.

Tax burden ‘doubled under SAD-BJP rule’
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has started marshalling “facts” to counter the ruling SAD-BJP’s claims with regard to the development of the state. The chairman of the economic cell of party, Mr R.R. Bhardwaj, and its vice-president, Mr Sant Ram Singla, have been assigned this task.

Cabinet to decide on liquor vend reauction
Ludhiana, April 10
Even as 10 days have passed, the stalemate over reauction of liquor vends in the district continues. Only two circles were auctioned at the last auction of vends held at Patiala on March 30.

British youngsters on novel mission
Chandigarh, April 10
As many as 21 British youth aged between 15 and 25 years, are here on a novel mission to Punjab. Though nearly half of them are of Punjabi origin, yet for most it is their maiden trip to the land of their parents. Accompanied by eight officers of the South Yorkshire Police, they are here to learn more about Punjabi culture and way of life.




Rebel MLA’s area denied grant
Khadoor Sahib (Amritsar), April 10
Even as the gram panchayats, block committees and other social work organisations enjoyed the “generous largesse” of the Chief Minister who sanctioned Rs 2.10 crore at the Sangat Darshan programme here today, Mr Badal denied that it was an exercise to woo voters for the oncoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Stall House session over Tehelka: MP
Hoshiarpur, April 10
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress, MP from Hoshiarpur, said here today that the Congress should not allow the proceedings in Parliament during the forthcoming session till cases are registered against those involved in the deals exposed by and the NDA government resigns over the issue.


IAF technicians await pay arrears for 30 yrs
Ludhiana, April 10
It has been 30 years now since about 25 persons from the technical cadre of the Indian Air Force began making rounds of various offices of the Defence Ministry and the Air Force officials to get what they claim to be the arrears of the salary due to them under pay scales revised as long ago as 1959.

PSEB employees violate rally ban
Bathinda, April 10
Even as Section 144 has been imposed by the District Magistrate, more than 2,000 employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Struggle Committee held a rally in the city and burnt effigies of Mr Sikandar Singh, Power Minister and Mr N.S. Deol, Superintending Engineer, Bathinda.

Forum orders PSEB to pay compensation
Faridkot, April 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Muktsar, has ordered the Punjab State Electricity Board, Muktsar, to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to Mr Jasvir Singh of Rahurianwali village in Muktsar district following its failure to release his SP power supply connection.

Recounting unseats 6 panches
Sangrur, April 10
Six panches namely Mr Sohan Singh, Mr Jodha Singh, Mr Ujjagar Singh, Mr Gurtej Singh, Mr Mukhtiar Singh and Mr Darshan Singh of Shadi Hari village in Sunam tehsil were unseated following a recounting of the votes by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anirudh Tiwari, here today. They were elected panches on June 21, 1998.

Project for blind launched
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N. K. Arora, today presented a Braille book to Savita, a 10 year-old blind girl, formally initiating the Amway Opportunity Foundation’s National Project for the blind in the state in collaboration with the All-India Confederation of the Blind.

Attack on workers: BSP threatens stir
Hoshiarpur, April 10
The BSP has threatened to launch a statewide agitation if the Punjab Government fails to arrest the culprits responsible for the attack on workers participating in the Shiri march at Nijamibad near Makhu on Saturday. This was stated by Mr Hargopal Singh, secretary of the BSP unit, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Ophthalmologists’ meeting concludes
Bathinda, April 10
Several eminent ophthalmologists participated in a meeting organised by the Bathinda Ophthalmological Society which concluded here on Sunday. The guest faculty included Dr Amod Gupta, Dr S.S. Pandav and Dr Jagat Ram, all from the PGI, Chandigarh. The specialists delivered lectures on endophthalmitis, phacoemulsification and glaucoma.

‘PR men must keep govt informed’
Chandigarh, April 10
“The media, both electronic and print, must treat Public Relations personnel as a part of it,” says Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Minorities Commission, maintaining that governments must take PR Departments into their confidence for a proper feedback from the general public on their policies and programmes.

Shopping complex stone laid
Faridkot, April 10
A function held here on Sunday to mark the foundation stone laying ceremony of a shopping complex by the local Improvement Trust was turned into an election meeting when Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Member of the Rajya Sabha and general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal sought people’s vote in his party’s favour in the forthcoming assembly poll in Punjab.

Ex-gratia grant for widows of martyrs
Patiala, April 10
The widows and family members of six martyrs were given an ex-gratia grant of Rs 7 lakh during an ex-servicemen rally held at Polo Ground here today. The widows of 34 other martyrs were also honoured on the occasion.

Powermen’s dharna enters 15th day
Lalru, (Patiala) April 10
The dharna organised by the members of Punjab State Electricity Board Employees Federation in front of the Executive Officer’s office entered its 15th day here today.

Delegates favour WTO 
Chhat Bir (Patiala), April 10
A number of employees of the Punjab Public Health Department, the Public Works Department and the Irrigation Department gathered to mark the 25th delegate session here today.

Campaign against drug abuse
Hoshiarpur, April 10
A movement for the prevention of drug abuse will be launched in Punjab with the help of various religious, social and cultural NGOs.

PNB workers hold meeting
Bathinda, April 10
A meeting of the members of the Punjab National Bank Workers Union (north zone) was held here on Sunday to discuss the discriminatory attitude of the higher officials of the bank.

Lawyers demand chamber block
Sangrur, April 10
Members of the District Bar Association, led by its president, Mr Balraj Singh Sohi, staged a dharna in the District Judicial Complex here today to protest against the non-construction of a chamber block for the lawyers in the newly-built complex.


Admn gears up for Baisakhi
Talwandi Sabo, April 10
Even as Damdama Sahib is all decked up for Baisakhi, where a large number of devotees are expected to take a dip in the sarovar, the district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the public.

DC releases credit plan
Faridkot, April 10
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, released an annual credit plan of Rs 274.25 crore for advancing loans under different welfare schemes during the current financial year in this district. In a press note released here today, the Deputy Commissioner while launching the scheme at a senior district and bank officers meeting, said a major part of the amount, 198.50 crore, would be utilised for agriculture and allied sector while Rs 25.79 crore would be allocated for small-scale industry.

Embezzlement of MC funds alleged
Mansa, April 10
Four local municipal councillors, Mr Prem Sagar Bhola, general secretary of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Balwinder Singh Kaka, former president of the district Youth Congress, Ms Amarjit Kaur, secretary of the district unit of All India Democratic Women Association and Mr Harpal Singh Palli, have demanded inquiry into embezzlement of municipal council funds.

PWD workers hold dharna
Bathinda, April 10
Activists of the Field and Workshop Workers Union of the Public Works Department yesterday organised a dharna against the Subdivisional Engineer (No 1), Bathinda, to express their resentment.


Patwari suspended in fraud case
Jalandhar, April 10
The Deputy Commissioner here has suspended one official of the Revenue Department and chargesheeted two others, who have been found guilty of a fraud with regard to a property deed pertaining to the Central Government’s vacant land at Hardosheikh village under Phillaur subdivision.

2 held for defrauding bank
Bathinda, April 10
The district police has arrested a retired constable along with another retired employee who had been defrauding a bank for the past many months by forging pension passbooks.

Bus drivers, conductors caught smuggling liquor
Gurdaspur, April 10
The police has arrested three drivers and two conductors of the Punjab Roadways Depot, Pathankot, on charges of smuggling whisky from Jalandhar and Chandigarh to Pathankot.


University hacks trees to establish new bhavan
Patiala, April 10
Punjabi University has chosen to axe a few trees, besides levelling a mound and accompanying landscaped garden adjoining the Guru Gobind Singh bhavan on the varsity campus to start work on building of a Kala Bhavan in the name of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Varsity forces faculty to attend seminar
Patiala, April 10
Punjabi University is not sure whether its teachers will attend the seminar being held on April 13 on the campus to commemorate the bicentenary of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. So, it is putting pressure on all heads of departments to ensure maximum participation.

Exam fever grips Bathinda
Bathinda, April 10
With the examinations of graduate classes already on and those of postgraduate classes about to start, students are busy with their studies. They are trying hard not only to concentrate on their studies but also to ignore everything that is going on in the outside world.

Roll numbers for ETT test issued
Bathinda, April 10
The District Institute of Education and Training, Bathinda, has issued role numbers to candidates for the entrance test for admission to the elementary teachers training course. The test will be held on April 15.


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