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SHSAD on procurement decentralisation
New Delhi, May 22
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) today gave its conditional welcome to the Centre’s foodgrain decentralisation policy. “The Vajpayee government should not implement the FCI decentralisation policy for foodgrains procurement without giving financial autonomy to the states,” Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, a senior leader of the SHSAD said here today.

PSEB allays fears on nuclear plant
Patiala, May 22
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today allayed fears of people about the proposed nuclear plant planned to be established at Patran. Even as Patiala MP Parneet Kaur said she had already met the Union Power Minister on the issue, agitation launched by a ‘sangharsh’ committee comprising town residents is likely to be intensified.

Tohra group to retain control over colleges
Chandigarh, May 22
The group led by senior SHSAD leader, Gurcharan Singh Tohra will continue to exercise control over six colleges run by the Sikh Educational Society in Chandigarh and Punjab following dismissal of the complaint filed by the former SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, and others claiming control over the society by the UT Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) last evening.

Radical to perform bhog of Bhindranwale
Amritsar, May 22
Radical Sikhs have reiterated that they would observe the death anniversary of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on June 6, coinciding with the seventeenth anniversary of Operation Bluestar.



  Marked rise in ST revenue: minister
Patiala, May 22
Major reforms undertaken by the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department to streamline revenue collection during the last two years had culminated in an unprecedented collection of sales tax and excise duty amounting to Rs 4081.73 crores during this financial year ending March 31.


SAD conference on May 25
Hoshiarpur, May 22
District-level Shiromani Akali Dal (B) conference will be held at Roshan Ground, Hoshiarpur on May 25, 2001 where Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Fertilisers and Chemicals and many other State Ministers and leaders of the SAD will participate.

Feedback reports have unnerved CM: Cong
Gurdaspur, May 22
Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, General Secretary of the PPCC, talking to mediapersons here on Monday, said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, was in search of a political strategy to win the Assembly elections.

CM’s favourites getting ‘shagun’ money: PPCC
Moga, May 22
The general secretary, PPCC and former Minister of State for Health, Dr Malti Thaper and president, PPCC farmers’ wing, Mr Satnam Singh Sandeshi, said here today that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was distributing government money recklessly under the ‘Shagun’ scheme.


Explanation sought from SMO
Bathinda, May 22
Dr Baba Ram Gupta, Civil Surgeon, Civil Hospital, here today sought an explanation from Dr Jugraj Singh Sandhu, Senior Medical Officer, in connection with the delay in shifting Mrs Daleep Kaur, mother of Akali MLA, Mr Makhan Singh, from here to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Minimum wages raised to Rs 2000
Ropar, May 22
Following Punjab government orders, minimum wages in the district have been increased to a minimum of Rs 2000. The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr GS Grewal, said list of increase in wages of various labour categories had been sent to all concerned.

‘Minimise delay in pension disbursement’
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has directed the Social Security Department to examine the pros and cons relating to the payment of old age pension to beneficiaries at their doorsteps and evolve a suitable system for the convenience of the senior citizens.

Punjab Medical Council to oppose Bill on clinics
Phagwara, May 22
The meeting of Indian Medical Council, Punjab unit has resolved to oppose “The Punjab Regulation of Clinical Establishment Bill” to be tabled in coming Assembly session and threatened statewide agitation if move was not dropped.

Block headquarters to have “Internet dhabas”
Pathankot, May 22
BSNL has decided to set up “Internet dhabas” ( Internet PCOs) at block headquarters in the Pathankot Telecom district, at Bamial, Batala, Dera Baba Nanak, Dhar, Dhariwal, Dinanagar, Fatehgarh Churian, Gurdaspur, Kahnuwan, Narot Jaimal Singh, Pathankot, Qadian, Sri Hargobindpur.

PHRO Dy chief threatened by SSP
Amritsar, May 22
Mr Kirpal Singh Randhawa, Deputy Chairman, Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) in a letter to Union Home Minister Mr L.K. Advani stated that he feared a threat to his life from the SSP, Mr Parampal Singh Sidhu, after the SSP had instituted false cases against him.

Army naik cremated
Patiala, May 22
The Punjab Government has initiated numerous welfare schemes for the welfare of kith and kin of Army personnel who lay down their lives for the country.

Writer in custody for sacrilege
Amritsar, May 22
Advocate and writer, Satnam Singh was sent to judicial custody today following arrest under Sections 295, 298, 501, 502 and 120-B at Chhehrta yesterday. Satnam Singh had allegedly used derogatory language against Christ in his book on Guru Nanak Dev's life.

Two killed in car mishap


Farmers help plug distributary breach
Bathinda, May 22
Even as the breach in the Behman distributary which occurred about two weeks ago and was later plugged is yet to be strengthened, another breach has taken place near Chuge Khurd village.

Sow paddy after June 10: experts
Gurdaspur, May 22
More than 5,000 farmers participated in a training camp organised by Atma at Dera Baba Nanak today to impress upon farmers to go for crop diversification. Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, was the chief guest.

Rs 1 crore for desilting drains
Gurdaspur, May 22
Farmers in the district whose land hardly produces anything due to waterlogging are critical of the SAD-BJP government for not preparing a plan to fight the menace of waterlogging.

Govt has given benefits to farmers: Mittal


Probe ordered against DEO
Mansa, May 22
Ms Jasbir Kaur, Circle Education Officer, Patiala division, has been ordered to hold an inquiry against, Ms Bhupinder Kaur, District Education Office (Secondary), Mansa, on the representation of Mr K. K. Jindal, a retired senior assistant of the Education Department regarding the non-payment of his dues, including his retirement benefits.

Sandhu Special Secy, Technical Education
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab Government today ordered the following postings and transfers... 

PWD employees hold rally
Patiala, May 22
The PWD Workers Sangharsh Committee and the PWD Field and Workshop Wokers Union staged a rally in front of the PWD head office here today to protest against the non-regularisation of daily-waged workers by the Punjab Government.


Two arrested for robbery
Bathinda, May 22
The district police has arrested Ranjit Singh, an accomplice of Dharma Dhilwan a terrorist, and Avtar Singh after they had robbed Swaran Singh and employee of a cooperative society of Rs 1.69 lakh at gunpoint yesterday.

4000 bottles of liquor seized, one held
Abohar, May 22
The police claims to have foiled a major attempt to smuggle liquor from Rajasthan on Sunday evening.

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