Saturday, April 21, 2001,
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Rain hits wheat procurement
Faridkot, April 20
The rains and storm over the past few days have been posing problems to the farmers waiting to sell their produce in various grain markets and purchasing centres for the past three to four days in Faridkot district.

Siropa to PSGPC chief ‘no recognition
Amritsar, April 20
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has said that honouring the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief with a siropa should not be construed to mean official recognition of the PSGPC. 

SGPC elections in Nov: Badal
Chandigarh, April 20
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Parkash Singh Badal said today that the general election to the SGPC would be held on due date — in November.

Clarify stand on Vatican status for Amritsar: Dal
Amritsar, April 20
In an apparent attempt to embarrass the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the Dal Khalsa International today asked the SGPC to clarify its stand on giving status similar to that of Vatican City to Amritsar in its Budget session on March 30.




  Benefits for teachers with higher degrees
Chandigarh, April 20

In what is being considered a boost for college teachers with higher qualifications, the Punjab Government has granted the long-awaited benefit of four and two advance increments to those who had joined service with Ph.D and M.Phil qualifications.


Efforts for third front revived
Jalandhar, April 20
At least a dozen political parties today resolved to resurrect efforts for the formation of a third front in Punjab.

Johar meets Sonia
Ludhiana, April 20
War of attrition in the Punjab Pradesh Congress has become intense with allegations and counter-allegations.


Forensic experts’ conference held
Faridkot, April 20
The first conference of the north zone chapter of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine experts held at the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here today called on social scientists to check the increase in the incidence of suicides to build the nation stronger.

Punjab plan to set up diagnostic centres
Faridkot, April 20
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Central Government plans to set up diagnostic centres with all modern facilities at government medical colleges at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot.

Cop’s charge: dept told to submit report
Jalandhar, April 20
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognisance of the much publicised allegations levelled by a Gurdaspur-based former Punjab police Inspector that he had been kept in illegal custody by the Pathankot SP and has asked the IG (Litigation) and the Punjab Home Department to submit a report regarding this before May 24.

PWD workers to hold rally on May 3O
Bathinda, April 20
The PWD Field and Workshop Union would hold a rally on May 3 in front of the office of Chief Engineer, PWD, at Patiala to press the authorities to fulfil their demands.

Bhai Lalji clarifies
Amritsar, April 20
Bhai Charanjit Singh Lal today said that contrary to media reports he had participated in a kirtan held in a park in New Delhi and not at the Sanatan Dharm Mahavir Temple as alleged.

Army clarifies on recruitment
Gurdaspur, April 20
A recruitment drive for Army at Tibri Cantonment near here has not been cancelled as reported in a section of the press. This was stated in a Army press note issued here today. It was, however, stopped for 2 days.

2 killed in mishaps
Malerkotla, April 20
Two persons have been killed in two road accidents near here. A Home Guard personnel, Gurcharan Singh (40), son of Surjan Singh, was killed when he was hit by a truck near Amargarh police station yesterday. The police has arrested the truck driver Karam Singh under Sections 304A and 427 of the IPC.

Sarpanch refutes charges
Amritsar, April 20
Mrs Amarjit Kaur, sarpanch of Udoke village, yesterday alleged that vested interests were spreading rumours that she had supported the Congress candidate at the behest of Mr Manjinder Singh Kang for the Majitha byelection.

Illicit liquor kills two
Hoshiarpur, April 20
Three persons died after consuming country-made illicit liquor in Nandachaur village under the Bullowal police station last night.


Nephew arrested for murder
Bathinda, April 20
The district police yesterday arrested Chotta Singh of Phullawal village for murdering his uncle Santa Singh on March 27. Chotta Singh killed his uncle over loan repayment and tried to burn his body with acid.

MLA booked for beating up man
Samana, April 20
The police has registered a case under Sections 452, 379, 323, 148 and 149, IPC, against Mr Jagtar Singh Rajla, MLA, and his supporters on the complaint of Mr Gurbachan Singh of Basti Gobind Nagar. 

Nihang injures wife outside court
Jalandhar, April 20
Commotion was created in the District Courts Complex here yesterday when a nihang injured his wife and one of his relatives with a sword. Both have been admitted to the Civil Hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.


Parallel PUTA formed in Punjabi University
Patiala, April 20
In a day of dramatic developments, a faction of teachers of the Punjabi University today formed their own Punjabi University Teachers Association in a bid to replace the elected body which is at loggerheads with the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

No move to close B.Ed colleges
Chandigarh, April 20
The Punjab Minister for Higher Education, Master Mohan Lal, yesterday denied that there was any move to close B.Ed. colleges in the state for a period of five years.Top

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