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The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, listens to the woes of a daily wage worker, Jarnail Singh, who is bed-ridden after being injured in a cane charge by the police at Khanpur (Kharar) in Ropar district on Monday.
The Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, listens to the woes of a daily wage worker, Jarnail Singh, who is bed-ridden after being injured in a cane charge by the police at Khanpur (Kharar) in Ropar district on Monday. The victim was allegedly prevented from being given medical help by the Kharar police. 
— Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Villagers still terrified 
SHO blamed; Atwal visits village
Khanpur (Kharar), May 23
Terror of the Punjab police is writ large in the eyes of residents of this village even two days after a violent clash that took place between the villagers and the police and left more than 30 persons, including women and police personnel, injured. 

Writ on recruitment of constables dismissed
Chandigarh, May 23
The writ petition challenging the recruitment of constables in Punjab as per an advertisement dated March 19, 2001, was dismissed today by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice N. K. Sodhi and Mrs Justice Bakhshish Kaur.

SAD groupism as pronounced as in Cong
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has at last realised that all is not well with the Shiromani Akali Dal headed by him. A lot is required to be done to tone up the party to make it fighting fit so as to face the challenge of the ensuing state Assembly elections.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Senior leaders absent at SAD meeting
Sangrur, May 23
Mrs Surjit Kaur Barnala, wife of Uttaranchal Governor and senior leader of the women’s wing of SAD, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Punjab minister, and Mr Baldev Singh Mann, were conspicuous by their absence at a district-level party meeting, which was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here yesterday in connection with the preparations of a district-level conference to be held on June 7 at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib near here. The meeting was presided over by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers.


CPI to forge pact with BSP
Chandigarh, May 23
The CPI would enter into an electoral alliance with like-minded secular parties, including the Bahujan Samaj Party, to defeat the ruling “communal” Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP alliance in Punjab.

Dhindsa trying to end infighting
Chandigarh, May 23
Serious efforts have begun for a patch-up between the Dhindsa and Barnala factions in Sangrur district. Informed sources said that the initiative to bring about unity had been taken by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

Cong Seva Dal not to seek ticket
Bathinda, May 23
The Punjab unit of the Congress Seva Dal will not seek party ticket for members from the party high command for the Assembly or Parliament elections.


Funds sought for desilting choe
Bhunerheri (Patiala), 23
The SAD-led government, which is distributing crores of rupees by way of sangat darshan programmes, seems to have cast off its benevolent nature as far as thousands of people living around the Meeranpur choe in the district are concerned as it had not released Rs 5. 5 crore needed to desilt and widen the choe.

Suicide: DC’s staff continue strike
Ferozepore, May 23
Work at the Deputy Commissioner’s office was virtually paralysed as the strike by the clerical staff, who were demanding action against the Assistant Commissioner (General), Mr Rajpreet Singh Brar, entered third day today.

Tips to counter attacks by ‘kale kachhewale’
Nawanshahr, May 23
The police has launched a special awareness campaign to educate people about the modus operandi of the Kale Kachhewale going so that they can remain alert.

General bus stand in bad shape
The general bus stand near Delhi Gate here is in bad shape. It was set up in the 1980s as the old bus stand could not cope with the increasing number of passengers.

Cockroaches in jam: relief awarded
Ropar, May 23
The district forum has awarded a compensation of Rs 10,000 to three complainants of Mohali who allegedly fell ill after eating Sil Mix Trix jam that was contaminated due to the presence of cockroaches in it.

Compensation eludes claimants
Pathankot, May 23
More than 500 claimants of this tehsil are running from pillar to post for getting compensation for their property that was acquired by the Defence authorities. According to sources, land in eight villages in the tehsil was acquired by the Defence authorities, in 1987.

Baratis return sans bride, pride
Batala, May 23
Bacchanalia coupled with hostile nature can ruin even the most delicate moments and this is what happened at a marriage party here, which most of those involved would like to forget but is doubtful that they ever will.

Gate opened for cops’ convenience
Bathinda, May 23
A small gate on the back of Government Rajindra College, which was recently closed despite the fact that a majority of students of the college used it, has been opened again, reportedly for the convenience of police personnel.

Morcha to set up panel on Dalit problems
Patiala, May 23
Members of the Bahujan Samaj Morcha today decided to set up a three member committee to look into a matter, where Dalits have been reportedly banned from entering temples near Rakhra.

Taxi driver missing since April 22
Kapurthala, May 23
The city police has registered a case under Section 364 of the IPC in connection with the disappearance of Jaswinder Singh, alias Jassa, a taxi driver of Ghug village in the district.

Trust gets land vacated from mafia
Amritsar, May 23
The Improvement Trust Chairman, Mr Bakshi Ram Arora, led a police team to get a huge chunk of the Trust land vacated from the clutches of land mafia having political clout, from the trust’s proposectruck stand scheme on the G.T. Road last night.

Mattewal pleads lawyers’ case with CM
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Government is ready to construct chambers for lawyers at Sangrur provided the site for such chambers was cleared by the District Sessions Judge with the prior approval of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Christians protest author’s remarks
Gurdaspur, May 23
Hundreds of Christians led by the Christian Yuva Morcha participated in a demonstration held here today at Kahnuwan Chowk to protest against derogatory remarks written by Amritsar based advocate Satnam Singh in his book and killing of three clergymen in Manipur.

Miraculous escape for passengers
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 23
Nearly 40 passengers travelling in the bus bound for Lahore had a miraculous escape today when the bus went out of control due to some trouble in its pressure pipe near Maharaja Palace at Mandi Gobindgarh.

Protest by shopkeepers over theft
Rampura, May 23
Shopkeepers of the bus stand market here today closed their shops till noon to lodge their protest following a theft that took place in one of the shops in the area last night. More than 150 shopkeepers held a rally and a march in the town in protest against failure of authorities concerned to protect their property. The protesters demanded adequate security arrangements.

Dharna against dealer’s refusal to pay bill
Maur Mandi, May 23
Activists of the Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta) today staged a dharna in front of the Agriculture office in protest against the refusal of a cotton-seed dealer to give the bill for the cotton seeds purchased.

Bir Talab road to be widened
Bathinda, May 23
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, Punjab, said yesterday that the work of widening the road from Bathinda to Bir Talab would be started later this week. Mr Garg, who was here to address functions at Mian, Multania and Tiona villages of the district, said the Punjab Government would open a senior secondary school for girls at Tiona village. Rs 20 lakh would be spent to set up the school, he said.

Pension conditions relaxed
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Government has decided to relax conditions for providing pension to those who went to jail in connection with the Punjabi Suba Morcha, struggle against the Emergency, Dharm Yudh Morcha and Sisganj Morcha .

Wednesday fixed for pension inquiries
Ropar, May 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, has fixed Wednesday as the day for making inquiries regarding pension-related schemes.

Narang is engineers’ panel chief
Bathinda, May 23
Mr Jaspal Singh Billing, General Secretary of the Diploma Engineers’ Association PSTC Ltd., Punjab (DEA, PSTCLP), in a press note issued here on Monday said Mr Sarabjit Singh Toor and Mr N.K. Narang had been elected as the Chairman and President, respectively, of the DEAP, STCLP for two years.

Neeru is Summer Queen
Patiala, May 23
Ms Neeru Gupta was today crowned Summer Queen at a contest organised by the Maharani Ladies Club in the Vintage Hall of Rajendra Gymkhana Club.


Low prices worry tomato growers
Gurdaspur, May 23
Tomato growers in the district are finding it difficult to harvest the crop in view of its throwaway prices. The tomatoes are being sold at rates varying from 50 paise to Re 1 per kg in the open market. Mr Daler Singh tomato grower from Babowal, 2 km from here, yesterday said the total expenses on the cultivation of tomato crop were around Rs 15,000 per acre. The price of seed alone varies from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 per acre.

Irate farmers block traffic
Abohar, May 23
The traffic on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road was today blocked by an angry mob of labourers for three hours to express their resentment over the alleged poor arrangements for the lifting of wheat.

Badal govt anti-farmer: Amarinder
Patiala, May 23
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today accused state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of not highlighting the problems of decentralised procurement of foodgrains proposed to be implemented by the Central Government.


HC Judge inspects local courts
Fazilka, May 23
Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inspected the local courts here yesterday. He was accompanied by Mr M.M. Singh Bedi, District and Sessions Judge, Ferozepore.

New Ropar DTO
Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab Government has modified the orders on the posting of Mr P.S. Gill, who was appointed Secretary, Backfinco, yesterday.

No takers for beef contract
Chhat Bir (Patiala), May 23
The “fake” bidder has failed to turn up even after being shortlisted for the supply of meat for the Chhat Bir zoo after his bid was accepted by the authorities over a week back.


Four highway robbers held
Bathinda, May 23
The Muktsar police has made a breakthrough by arresting Kala Singh, Major Singh, alias Sabi, Ranjit Singh, alias Babbu and Major Singh, residents of Tarmala village who were allegedly involved in highway robberies and the looting of truck drivers.

2 millers held for fee evasion
Bathinda, May 23
The district police yesterday unearthed a racket involving the evasion of market fee and Rural Development Fund on the transactions of foodgrains and arrested two industrialists in this connection.

Gang of truck thieves busted
Tarn Taran, May 23
Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, told newsmen have yesterday that the Goindwal Sahib police had unearthed a five-member state-level gang of truck thieves which had been active in the state for a long time.


Staff shortage in primary schools
Fazilka, May 23
There is a shortage of staff in primary schools in Ferozepore district which has adversely affected studies. During the past two years the vacancies in primary schools have not been filled. Moreover 700 trained graduate teachers who had been working against JBT posts in primary schools have been recently promoted and about 500 JBT teachers retire every month thereby increasing the number of vacancies in primary teachers.


Sale of coolers dips with mercury
Bathinda, May 23
After rain in the region residents are heaving a sigh of relief as it has brought down the mercury level. But the cooler industry may see a dip in their sales. The cooler industry of the city is the second largest in the state and coolers manufactured here are supplied to far-off places in Punjab and neighbouring states of Haryana and Rajasthan. Low investment and high profit has attracted a number of small-time businessmen, but many of them may end up making losses.


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