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Is Punjab fiscal ‘turnabout’ a mirage?
Chandigarh, May 17
There is growing concern in the corridors of power in Punjab over the fragile financial health of the state. The ‘’turnaround’’ claimed in the Budget (2001-02) is only a mirage. The ‘’turnabout’’ is claimed because of increase in revenue receipts not because of decrease in non-plan expenditure.

Centralisation of power?
Chandigarh, May 17
The Punjab Government has decided to lift the ban on the filling of vacant posts. But the rider is that such posts have to be filled only with the prior approval of the Chief Minister.

Jailbreak bid: cash card, mobile recovered
Bathinda, May 17
The police has achieved a major success in the jailbreak case by recovering the cash card used in the mobile phone which was being used by the accused to execute their plan.

Gateway to India on border
It was indeed a dream come true for residents of this city when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of “Shan-e-Hind”, the massive gateway to India being raised at a joint checkpost along the Indo-Pak border.

22 names deleted from jatha list
Amritsar, May 17
The names of at least 22 applicants for a visit to Pakistan were removed from the list of the SGPC-led jatha on the eve of its departure today. The SGPC is taking a 624-member jatha to Pakistan under the leadership of Dr Jang Bhadur Singh Rai.

Thapar against Cong MPs in Sikh group
New Delhi, May 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) working committee member and former national General Secretary, Mr Onkar Singh Thapar, today opposed the formation of Sikh pressure group of MPs belonging to different political parties.







Light-and-sound show on Maharaja
Amritsar, May 17
The bicentenary celebration of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be celebrated in a grand manner. The central government will provide Rs 8.50 crore to set up a memorial at the historic Ram Bagh Gardens built by the Maharaja.

24 border villages fear Ravi fury
Gurdaspur, May 17
Residents of 24 villages across the Ravi and Makoura and surrounding villages inside the Ravi on the Indo-Pakistan border are a worried lot due to lack of flood protection measures.

Punjab told to pay 25,000 as interim relief
Pathankot, May 17
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), on an application filed on behalf of Balbir Singh, a resident of Kahnuwan, directed the Punjab state through the Principal Secretary, Health, and the Director, Health Services, to make payment of Rs 25,000 to the complainant as an interim relief for the alleged misconduct by the officials of the Civil Hospital, Pathankot.

Minister gets notice
Bathinda, May 17
Mr S.K. Garg, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), has issued a notice to the Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr Vivek Aggarwal, and the Punjab Urban Development Authority, (PUDA) in a suit filed inconnection with alleged encroachment of ‘shamlat’ land acquired by the Punjab Government in 1974.

Cancellation of ETO’s transfer sought
Bathinda, May 17
The Excise and Taxation Officers Association, Punjab, has urged the Excise and Taxation Minister, Mr Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, to cancel the transfer of one of its member, Mr Magnesh Sethi.

Govt depts default on house tax payment
Jalandhar, May 17
Several government departments owe lakhs of rupees as house tax to the local municipal corporation.

PSEB told to pay compensation
Ropar, May 17
The District Consumer Forum has directed the PSEB authorities to pay a compensation to Mr Nirmal Singh of Khizrabad village near Kharar, for allegedly harassing him and not releasing power connection in time.

SSP to look into police torture case
Sangrur, May 17
Presiding over a weekly ‘sangat darshan’ here today, Mr G.K. Singh, Officiating Deputy Commissioner, marked a case of police excesses to the Barnala SSP to look into the allegations that the police had allegedly worsened the condition of a son of Mr Darshan Singh, a resident of Tapa Mandi, by giving electric shocks to him after keeping him illegal custody.

Protest against Hindi daily
Jalandhar, May 17
More than 400 members of various social and religious organisations assembled in front of the office of a local Hindi daily at Milap Chowk to protest against the publication of a joke on Lord Rama. Residents and shopkeepers felt harassed due to diversion of traffic at several points in the city today.

DC orders probe into removal of jhuggis
Patiala, May 17
The Deputy Commissioner has asked the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Mr Gagandeep Singh, today to look into the matter of the removing encroachments by jhuggi dwellers in the Tafazalpura area.

Dept’s assurance to phone subscribers
Chandigarh, May 17
Mr Gurpreet Singh Mandiani, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Dakha circle unit, said here today that the Telecom Department authorities concerned have given an assurance to make correction in the charges taken from rural telephone subscribers.

A salute to gallant soldier
Chandigarh, May 17
Brig Sukhdev Singh, founder-President of the War Decorated, was among a few gallant Army officers who were decorated for bravery, both before and after Independence.

Lawyers’ strike today
Bathinda, May 17
The District Bar Association has decided to observe strike tomorrow in support of members of the Sangrur District Bar Association, Mr Mithu Ram Gupta, president of the association, in a press note issued here said

2 foundation stones for bypass
Mansa, May 17
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, (CPI) member in the Vidhan Sabha from the Mansa Assembly constituency, laid the foundation stone for a bypass between the Sirsa and Jagdambey road at here today.


Record amount of wheat procured, claims Mittal
Chandigarh, May 17
The Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, addressing a press conference said here today that over Rs 5500 crore had been disbursed among farmers whose wheat was procured by the government agencies. He said 101.63 lakh tonne wheat had been procured by May 15 which was a record.


Phone subscribers to get better services
Amritsar, May 16
The General Manager, Telecom, Mr Rakesh Kapur, said over 10,000 mobiles and 6000 wireless telephones will be offered to the subscribers during the current financial year.

AIDS awareness camps planned
Chandigarh, May 17
A meeting of senior officers of the Punjab Health Department was held here today. Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, presided. The agenda of the meeting was the launching of an AIDS awareness programme.


Man commits suicide
Jalandhar, May 17
A driver Sarjiwan Singh (27) of Mehatpur subdivision, near here, allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at his residence today.


Mistakes in law question paper
Bathinda, May 17
Law students of second year got a rude shock today when they found different questions in the English and Punjabi versions in the “law of crimes” question paper for the fourth semester.

Govt urged to fill posts of teacher
Patiala, May 17
The PCMS Officers Association (PCMSOA) today asked the Punjab Government to fill long-pending vacancies of teachers in Government Medical College (GMC) as soon as possible and on priority basis.

Time to learn computers
Patiala, May 17
With most of the school and college examinations over, local students are free and want to spend their holidays by doing something far away from the dull and dreary chores of daily life.


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