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Centre expresses concern
Punjab’s failure to hold ZP poll
Chandigarh, May 4
The Union Government has not liked the dithering of the Punjab Government over the holding of the elections to the zila parishads and block samitis for the past one and a half years. The elections were due to be held in October, 1999, but the state government has delayed these for one reason or the other.

Dhindsa backs pressure group of Sikh MPs
Fatehgarh (Sunam), May 4
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, today supported the move of National Minorities Commission Vice-Chairman Tarlochan Singh to form a pressure group of Sikh MPs in Parliament.

Land for N-plant scaled down
Patiala, May 4
In a bid to make the proposed nuclear power plant project likely to be established at Drauli village near Patran in the district more acceptable to the people of the area, the Punjab State Electricity Board has scaled down the land requirement for the project in terms of both core as well as peripheral areas.

Guilty PSEB men to be penalised
Bathinda, May 4
The Punjab Government has decided to take action against those officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board who have been found guilty of the irregularities in the purchase of transformers from January, 1998, till date.




Akalis forget vow made to Akal Takht
Ludhiana, May 4
On January 10, 1995, several senior Akali leaders pledged in writing to Akal Takht that they would not take any action which would disturb the Akali unity. They would not even issue statements against one another, lest it should hamper the unity moves, they promised.


YC to launch mass contact programme
Phagwara, May 4
The Punjab Youth Congress would launch a statewide mass contact programme from May 4 to highlight the misrule and failure of the SAD-BJP government. Disclosing this here today, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, President of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, said after a district-level “Jan Sampark” programme, a block-level mass drive would be launched from June 1.

Kamal Chaudhry’s remarks decried
Hoshiarpur, May 4
Hoshiarpur unit of the BJP took strong notice of the comments of Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP who recently left the BJP, against Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr L.K. Advani in his statement appeared in a section of press on Wednesday.


British era relic loses sheen
Bathinda, May 4
The “Thandi Sadak”, a symbol of glory of Bathinda town during the British rule, has lost its sheen following the uprooting of decades old trees by the authorities. The trees, have been axed for the construction of a railway overbridge to connect the transrailway colonies with the main city.

Army depot fire: sabotage rumour denied
Pathankot, May 4
Army officials are maintaining silence over the court of inquiry regarding the fire incident on Sunday at Mamoon ammunition depot. However, according to reliable sources, a team of high officials from Udhampur and Delhi visited the place of fire.

Mass marriages of 12 girls solemnised
Sangrur, May 4
As many as 12 girls of poor families were married off at a function organised at Bhawanigarh, 22 km from here today. Besides, tricycles were also distributed among the needy.

A luminary of Punjabi literature
he sudden death of Piara Singh Padam is a great loss to Punjab, Punjabi language and literature and Sikh history. Padam had dedicated his life to the development and enrichment of the Punjabi language, literature and culture. 

Labourers’ bodies found
Barnala, May 4
A pall of gloom descended over Hamidi village, about 20 km from here, and its surrounding villages when hopes of the local administration and the village were belied today as their three-day-long efforts to extricate two labourers Manjit Singh (48) and Manpreet Khan (17), trapped 50-ft- deep under a heap of soil at Hamidi village while working on brick-lining of a well project, alive failed.

Lawyers to strike work today
Pathankot, May 4
Lawyers practising at sub-divisional headquarters will observe strike tomorrow. The Bar Association, Samrala, has given a call to this effect and convened a meeting at the local court complex tomorrow. The meeting is to be attended by representatives of the Bar Associations of Punjab.

Punjab chemists to go on strike today
Bathinda, May 4
The Punjab Chemists Association would go on strike on May 5 in protest against the resentment over the atrocities of the Bihar government, against the chemists. 

Revamp Pension Dept: Dang
Amritsar, May 4
Veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang in a letter to the Director, Department of Social Securities, Punjab, Mr R.L. Kalsia, criticised the hesitation of government to revamp the entire Pension Department and urged him to take speedy action for its smooth functioning.

Baby of HIV positive mother dies
Faridkot, May 4
A baby born to an HIV positive mother died immediately after its birth at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here yesterday, hospital sources said.


Disease brings gloom in ‘melon belt’
Hundreds of farmers of the Doaba region had seen a ray of hope in cultivating watermelon and muskmelon, taking these as an alternative to the increasingly unprofitable wheat-rice-potato cycle. But all of a sudden their hopes have been shattered. 

Fertiliser subsidy to continue
Patiala, May 4
Union Fertiliser Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said there was no move to withdraw the fertiliser subsidy and the fertiliser producers of the country would be given further protection if needed from multinational companies by increasing the import duty on fertilisers.


Would-be bride abducted
Jalandhar, May 4
In an unusual incident a would-be bride was abducted by three jeep-borne persons just hours before her marriage near Salechan village last night. Kulwinder Kaur of Manakpur village near Shahkot was coming from the market along with her brother and sister on their scooter after doing weeding shopping at Shahkot when three jeep-borne persons allegedly overtook them and abducted her on gun point near Salechan village.

Cop remanded in judicial custody
Bathinda, May 4
Budh Singh, a Punjab Police official arrested recently in a theft case was today remanded in judicial custody till May 16.


Probe against VC sought
Amritsar, May 4
Guru Nanak Dev University teachers today staged a dharna against the alleged repressive attitude of the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala. The president of the association, Dr H.S. Sidhu, in a press note issued here on Thursday, said they were also protesting against the delay in the implementation of their pending demands with the Punjab Government.

School hours changed
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab Government has changed the school hours with immediate effect. Government primary and middle schools will open at 7.30 a.m. and close at 12.30 p.m. Government high and senior secondary schools will open at 7.30 a.m. and continue till the periods are over.


Stamp shortage affects business
Bathinda, May 4
The monetary transactions in the city have come virtually to a standstill, thanks to the shortage of revenue stamps at post offices here. No reason was given by the post office employees to the customers for the non-availability of the stamps.

WTO pact one-sided: Capt Kanwaljit Singh
Chandigarh, May 4
Punjab has a surplus of foodgrains, which is difficult to sell in the market. On the other hand nearly 40 per cent people living below the poverty line in the country fail to get even one square meal a day. What is needed is decentralisation of power to guard against the global market forces in the wake of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation.Top

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