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CM kicks off poll campaign
People brought in buses; Chautala also present
Ferozepore, May 15
In a massive rally organised today, the first of its kind in a series, the SAD-BJP combine virtually kicked off its election campaign. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal along with his Haryana counterpart Om Prakash Chautala and several ministers of the ruling alliance, MPs, MLAs and members of the SGPC participated.

Third front soon in Punjab: Tohra
Bathinda, May 15
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, today said a third front comprising all Akali Dals except the one led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal would soon be formed in Punjab for getting rid of the misgovernance of SAD-BJP in the state.

Punjab to oppose Centre’s move on foodgrains
Chandigarh, May 15
The Punjab Government is marshalling facts to oppose the Union Government’s move pertaining to the decentralisation of procurement and distribution of foodgrains.

New Web site for CM’s office
Chandigarh, May 15
A new Web site,, pertaining to an Executive Information System for the Chief Minister’s Office is now online. Though in partial operation for the past eight months, it has been in the making for 18 months at the hands of a small team, headed by an Additional Secretary, Mr Rakesh K. Verma, in the CMO.




Custodial death: 4 cops get life term
Ropar, May 15
Four police officials — Malwinder Singh Malhi, Sub-Inspector, Gurcharan Singh and Manjeet Singh, constable, and Davinder Singh, SPO, — accused in the Hassanpur custodial death case, were sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 each in a judgement passed today by the District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr Maghar Khan.

Decision after meeting kin of Bhindranwale: Vedanti
Amritsar, May 15
The controversy over the death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale took a fresh turn today when the Damdami Taksal claimed that he (Bhindranwale was till in “high spirit" even as Giani Joginder Singh Vedani, Jathedar Akal Takhat, said he would meet the family members of the sant, the taksal, and all concerned before pronouncing his decision on this “sensitive” issue.

Land transfer to PUDA leads to bickerings
Amritsar, May 15
Nearly 72 acres near the Upper Doab canal have become the cause of much bickering between various government departments of the municipal corporation, the Improvement Trust and the Punjab Urban Development Authority with the former two indulging in fault-finding after the land was transferred to PUDA by a committee headed by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on February 28 at a meeting held in Chandigarh.


Tehelka: Henry starts signature campaign
Gurdaspur, May 15
Mr Avtar Henry, PPCC vice-president, launched a signature campaign here today to demand ouster of the Vajpayee government in view of the Tehelka expose. More than 300 prominent workers from all over the district took part in a meeting held here today in this connection.

Kargil war ‘staged by BJP’
Bathinda, May 15
Capt Ajay S. Yadav (retd), the observer appointed by the All-India Congress Committee for eight districts of Punjab said yesterday that the Kargil war was a drama staged by the BJP led NDA-government for getting political mileage.


Garbage heaps bring misery
Heaps of garbage can often be seen in almost all localities here thanks to the indifference of the Municipal Corporation authorities to the problem of insanitation.

Holy Granth’s pages damaged
Sangrur, May 15
The Mehal Kalan police has registered a case under Section 295 of the IPC for causing damage to seven to eight pages of Guru Granth Sahib in the gurdwara of Chowhanke Kalan village in Barnala police district.

Water scarcity in Sukhanand village
Moga, May 15
Residents of Sukhanand village under Baghapurana police station in the district said yesterday that the water works installed in their village about 14 years ago had been lying idle.

Sukhbir to take up power cuts issue with CM
Bathinda, May 15
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP and SAD General Secretary, today said he would take up the matter relating to power cuts with the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Simranjit Mann operated upon
New Delhi, May 15
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, a Lok Sabha MP from Punjab, who had been suffering from a heart ailment for the past two years, underwent a heart surgery at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here today.


Docs’ conveyance allowance hiked
Patiala, May 15
The Punjab Government has enhanced the conveyance allowance of PCMS doctors. The Finance Department has sent its approval in this regard and has asked the Health Department to issue a notification of giving conveyance allowance at the rate of Rs 900 per month for car and Rs 360 for scooter to PCMS doctors.


LPG pilferage racket busted
Jalandhar, May 15
The district police has succeeded in busting a major racket in pilferage and sale of LPG cylinders with the arrest of two persons and seized 91 cylinders.

3 killed in mishap
Sangrur, May 15
Three persons were killed when a Jeep and a truck collided near Bhawanigarh on the Bhawanigarh-Sunam road last night. The deceased have been identified as Surjit Singh, Ranjit Singh and Gurjinder Singh, the police said today.

Two arrested on murder charge
Jalandhar, May 15
The district police has arrested two persons on the charge of murder of two residents of the local Basti Sheikh locality on Friday last.

Arhtiya robbed of Rs 10 lakh
Batala, May 15
In a daring daylight robbery in the town, two scooter-borne youths looted Rs 10 lakh from Kuldip Singh, an arhtiya, in the old grain market locality here yesterday.


Shortage of teachers in 50 schools
Ropar, May 15
Students of 50 schools in the remote areas of the district are facing uncertain future in the current session due to the shortage of teachers. The teaching in these schools is likely to remain suspended as about 25 per cent of the posts of teacher in the district have been lying vacant.

Course issue: lecturers allege harassment
Chandigarh, May 15
The refusal of the Punjab Education Department to recognise the refresher course in environmental studies as a valid subject in lieu of the subject specific course of college lecturers has led to confusion among those who have done this course. These teachers have been asked to provide a certificate from the staff colleges stating that the course is relevant, which these teachers claim is leading to undue harassment.

Trainee nurses send memo to Badal
Faridkot, May 15
Resentment prevails among students of the local GGS Nursing School attached to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here against the decision of the Punjab Government for shifting this institution to Lambi village in Muktsar district, home district of the Punjab Chief Minister, shortly.

Engg students wait for results
Ferozepore, May 15
Students of the local Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Engineering and Technology are waiting for the result of the semester examinations held in December 2000. The next semester examination are starting today.

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