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Social Security Officer suspended
Sangrur, April 30
Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Social Security Minister, Punjab, said here today that the District Social Security Officer, Amritsar, had been suspended in view of complaints that some officers and employees of the Social Security Department of Amritsar district were misusing government funds, earmarked for pensions, in collaboration with middlemen.

Explosives dumped in police stations
Ludhiana, April 30
The detection of live and dead bombs from the Sirhind canal near Katani Kalan in Ludhiana district a few days ago has become a matter of concern for the district administration. It got 19 bombs removed from the canal under the bridge at Katani Kalan last week with the help of the Army. Luckily, none of bombs exploded.

CM ignoring Oppn MPs: Bhaura
Bathinda, April 30
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, local CPI, MP, today accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal of ignoring the members of Parliament, and alleged that the Chief Minister never took any opposition MP into confidence while formulating development plans.

Samana gets 4.50 cr for development
Samana (Patiala), April 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today distributed Rs 4.50 crore during a Sangat Darshan programme here today.






Realignments in Congress
Chandigarh, April 30
Political realignments are taking shape at a fast pace in the Congress in Punjab. While Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) is trying hard to win the support of senior party leaders, his opponents are lobbying at the party high command-level in Delhi against him.

Bhattal not to attend rally
Chandigarh, April 30
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a former Chief Minister, said she will not attend the May Day rally at Ludhiana tomorrow. “No one has informed me about the rally”, She said when contacted in this connection. The rally is being organised by the labour wing of the party, it is learnt.

Beopar Mandal to contest 25 seats
Faridkot, April 30
The Punjab Beopar Mandal will contest from 25 constituencies during the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. A list of candidates in this connection will be finalised at a traders’ convention to be held at Patiala on May 13. This was stated by Mr Bimal Gupta, state patron of the mandal, here on Saturday.


Residents’ gesture for J&K migrants
Barnala, April 30
Nearly 3,500 Kashmiri migrants who had to flee the Anantnag region of Kashmir because of terrorism and are now living in Kashmiri Relief Camp-I Shyam Giri Mandir Road, New Shastri Park, Delhi, would prefer rehabilitation in Delhi if terrorism was not eliminated from Kashmir within two years.

Baradari Gardens should be only for walkers: residents
Patiala, April 30
A tug-of-war has started over the new regulations forbidding entry of vehicles into roads which cut across the Baradari Gardens in the city, with residents and daily walkers coming out against the “babus” of the Rajindra Gymkhana Club who want the obstacles to be removed so that they can drive into the club situated on one end of the gardens.

Tigers at the Chhat Bir Zoo play in water to beat the heat on Monday.New coolers for zoo animals
Chhat Bir (Patiala), April 30
As the heat wave has gripped the region, the Mohinder Chaudhary Zoological Park authorities have purchased coolers apart from cooling the ponds to bring down the temperature.

Tigers at the Chhat Bir Zoo play in water to beat the heat on Monday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

‘Educate’ people on family control
Abohar, April 30
Mr Pawan Saraf, general secretary, Anti-Corruption Board of India, has given a call to launch a campaign to educate people regarding family control.

Zaffarwal’s remand extended by 2 days
Batala, April 30
Former Khalistan Commando Force chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal was today handed over to the Hoshiarpur police by the local Judicial Magistrate here.

PCMSA elects new office-bearers
Sangrur, April 30
Dr Hardeep Singh from Ludhiana and Dr Surinder Singla from Sangrur have been unanimously elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) for the year 2001-2002. Dr Hardeep Singh has replaced Dr Baldev Sahota while Dr D.C. Sharma has been replaced by Dr Surinder Singla.

Channi opposes IG’s transfer
Hoshiarpur, April 30
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from the local parliamentary constituency strongly criticised Mr Parkash Singh Badal for recently transferring Mr A.P. Pandey, IG (Border) for his statement regarding the arrest of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal. Mr Pandey had only stated that law would take its own course in the proceedings being followed by the police against the KCF chief. 

Punjab Regiment to hold recruitment rally
Jalandhar, April 30
The Punjab Regimental Centre will organise a recruitment rally for the Sikhs (other than Mazhabi and Ramdasia Sikhs), Dogra, clerks and tradesmen candidates in the Punjab Regiment.

Report police excesses: Bains
Jalandhar, April 30
The president of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, Justice Ajit Singh Bains, said yesterday that people should step forward and report all incidents of police excesses in the state.


Wheat crop worth 2.25 lakh burnt
Fazilka, April 30
Standing wheat crop worth about Rs 2.25 lakh has been reduced to ashes due to fire in nearby Rana village, 7 km from here yesterday.
According to information, wheat crop in 5 acres of land belonging to Kishan Singh, sarpanch, along with his thresher machine were burnt.

Wheat destroyed by fire
Phagwara, April 30
More cases of burning of wheat are coming to light in this area. Standing wheat over 10 acres was gutted at nearby Palahi village yesterday.
The crop was owned by Piara Singh Sangatpur and others. Villagers and the local fire brigade fought with flames for hours.


Held for cheating jobless youths
Hoshiarpur, April 30
The police has busted a gang which used to lure youths of Punjab in the name of providing them employment abroad and charging huge amount of money from them. The gang used to make them cross borders of various countries. Several of them were caught by the security forces and tortured. Many of them are in Pakistani jails.

False FIR lands man in police net
Bathinda, April 30
When Buta Singh, a resident of Raman in the district, lodged a false complaint with the police on April 26 that he was kidnapped by some unidentified persons and deprived of Rs 2.35 lakh, little did he realise that he would fall into the police net.

One arrested for selling banned drugs
Bathinda, April 30
Three persons have been arrested allegedly for selling banned medicines, illicit liquor and indulging in satta transactions in the district.

Case against 3 councillors
Malerkotla, April 30
A case against three councillors has been registered on a complaint lodged by Naib Tehsildar Jaspal Kaur.
Ms Jaspal Kaur alleged the three councillors — Mr Kewal Krishan Jindal, Mr Darshan Pal Rikhi, Mr Faquir Mohammad — entered her office, assaulted her and misbehaved with her.

Man injures widowed daughter
Nawanshahr, April 30
Mr Avtar Chand, resident of the Mohalla Laroyia, locality, injured his daughter Poonam (55), widow of Vinod Kumar, with a sharp-edged weapon and surrendered before the police.

3 held for murdering migrant labourer
Abohar, April 30
All three persons wanted in connection with the murder of Kahna Ram, a migrant labourer from Swan village of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, have been arrested at Haripura village, police sources said today.

SI booked for kidnapping film personality
Chandigarh, April 30
A Punjab Police Sub-Inspector, also a national level wrestler, was booked by the Chandigarh Police late in the evening today on the allegation of kidnapping a film personality. A dispute over money is being cited as the reason behind the crime.


Imposter case: rally against Principal
Ferozepore, April 30
The Punjab and Chandigarh College, Teachers Union organised a rally here today in front of the office of the Principal of a local college in protest against her alleged high-handedness and dictatorial attitude.

PUTA accuses PFUTA of playing politics
Patiala, April 30
The newly-formed Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), which has “replaced’’ the elected PUTA after a meeting of teachers recently, today accused the Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association (PFUTA) of playing a partisan role by aligning itself with a small group of teachers of the “outvoted’’ association.

Students get taste of meditation
Bathinda, April 30
The importance of meditation in today’s world could be well known from the fact that Saint Joseph Convent School has introduced regular practice of meditation so that the students could get the peace of mind and could enjoy their lives peacefully.

Student seeks compensation from school
Mansa, April 30
One local school charged Rs 6,000 from each student of the medical and non-medical categories of 10+1 class for providing 15 weekly tuition lectures. But the school held only one lecture in August, 2000. Following protests by the parents of the students, the school authorities returned Rs 900 and retained Rs 5100.

Course for KV teachers from May 10
Barnala, April 30
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, Branala, will host an in-service course for primary teachers of Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Chandigarh region.
Giving details of this project, Mr H.P. Trar, Principal, said here yesterday that the course would be organised in the school from May 10 to 30.

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