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Amarinder comes to Bhattal’s rescue
Jalandhar, May 27
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Capt Amarinder Singh today said that the Congress would support Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister and fight the case filed against her in the court.

BJP biting more than it can chew?
Ludhiana, May 27
Is the BJP trying to bite more than it can chew ? This is the question being raised by none other than Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leaders who feel upset and disappointed over the BJP’s insistence on claiming the vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Punjab.

2.35 cr distributed at ‘sangat darshan’
Ferozepore, May 27
Undeterred by the opposition’s outcry, Mr Parkash Singh Badal continued his money dolling sphere in yet another “sangat darshan” programme held here today. The officials of the district administration were present on the occasion. The Officer on Special Duty (OSD) was ready with the cheque book and the SDM with the list of demands.

Badal has made Punjab bankrupt: Tohra
Hoshiarpur, May 27
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), today alleged that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister had made the state bankrupt by ruthlessly spending the money from the state exchequer. At present the state was under a debt of Rs 28,000 crore out of which a debt of Rs 12,000 crore was due to the PSEB.







Punjab’s loss is Haryana’s gain 
Car registration revenue
Patiala, May 27
While the Punjab Government is trying to fill its coffers by levying a surcharge of 1.2 per cent on all new vehicles being registered in the state it seems to be ignorant of the fact that it is losing out much more in the form of registration revenue with people preferring to register their vehicles in Haryana due to the surcharge levy.

Efforts on to extradite terrorists
Ludhiana, May 27
The Ludhiana police has renewed its efforts to bring Ranjit Singh, alias Kuki, and Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, who were among the most dreaded terrorists of the region in the 1980s to the city for trying them in two cases of robbery and murder registered against them in 1985.

Implement Delhi pact: Peerzada
Phillaur, May 27
Jammu Kashmir Forest Minister Peerzada Gulam Ahmed Shah has described Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee’s invitation to Pakistan’s military ruler Pervej Musharraf for talks as a positive step towards the normalisation of relations between two neighbouring countries.


PPCC chief’s decision on committees hailed
Bathinda, May 27
A large number of Congress workers who had gathered in the city observed the death anniversary of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, today took an oath that they will make every possible effort to bring peace and equality in the country.

Left parties losing mass base: Dang
Amritsar, May 27
In view of the recent alliances by the communist parties, Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, has raised a moot question regarding the growth of corruption in the communist parties.

SAD (A) meeting on June 5


SGPC member raises ‘path bodh’ issue
Amritsar, May 27
An SGPC member, Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate, has strongly opposed the granting of permission to Jatha Bhinderan for holding ‘path bodh’ (understanding the recitation of Gurbani) at the Takht Damdama Sahib (Bathinda) tomorrow.

Dental wing of eye hospital inaugurated
Chandigarh, May 27
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today inaugurated the dental wing of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Eye Hospital at Sohana, near here, today. Mrs Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Printing and Stationery Minister, presided.

Red cross in aid of needy girls
Keeping in view, the International Year for the Empowerment of Women, the district Red Cross society, has launched a special programme for imparting vocational training to girls of the needy and weaker sections of the society, to make them self supportive. To mobilise the plan, the society has set up a computer centre at the mini secretariat, here, for imparting training in computer applications free of cost.

Dowry case: protesters lathi-charged
Bathinda, May 27
Relatives and family friends of Sneh Lata, who died on May 12, due to the alleged poisoning by her in-laws, were lathi-charged by the police at Mandi Dabwali, today.

417 benefit from Rozgar Yojana
Bathinda, May 27
About 417 persons received benefits under the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana in the district during the financial year 2000-2001.

Harassment by cable operators alleged
Patiala, May 27
Monopoly system exercised by the cable operators is the prime cause of resentment among residents of various colonies in the city. Apart from the poor service provided by these operators, the demand for increased rentals almost every month is another grouse the residents have against cable operators.

FCI asked to send escorts with trains
Mansa, May 27
The Director, Traffic Control (RAKES) of the Railway Board, has asked the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to arrange their escort to accompany special goods trains carrying rice and wheat to other states. The step has been taken to avoid pilferage of stocks during transit.

Child killed, 5 injured in fire
Ludhiana, May 27
A two-year-old boy was feared killed and five persons, including women and children, suffered serious burn injuries when a devastating fire broke out in a dera of Gujjars at Jaspal Banger village, about 20 km from here, today.

Importance of yoga highlighted
Patiala, May 27
A summer camp is being organised by DAV Public School, Patiala, to lay emphasis upon yoga and havans which purify not only the environment but also the human mind.

Fee for clinical training opposed
Hoshiarpur, May 27
Resentment prevails among General Nursing and Midwife diploma students of government recognised private institutions against the state government’s decision to charge Rs 10,000 annual for providing clinical training at Civil Hospitals in the state.


Man posing as Sukhbir Badal arrested
Bathinda, May 27
Deepak Kumar, a resident of Kotkapura town, who has been working in a bank, fell into the police net while trying to secure the release of one of the accused arrested by the district police in connection with the evasion of market fee and rural development fund (RDF) by posing himself as Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Insulted husband commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, May 27
Sukhjinder Singh of Kamanwali village allegedly committed suicide when his wife got a case registered against him.

One held for offering bribe
Kapurthala, May 27
The district police has registered a case against Jassa Singh, a resident of Sarhali village in Amritsar district, on the charge of offering a bribe of Rs 20,000 to Mr Rav Charan Singh, DSP, Sultanpur Lodhi.


Promotions against UGC rules: PCMSA
Patiala, May 27
In a departure from procedure, the Punjab Government has promoted two non-medical lecturers as Assistant Professor as a single time “personal” case limited to them.

Dalit Sena for uniform education policy
Bathinda, May 27
A joint meeting of the Dalit Sena and the Dalit Students’ Federation was held here today at Teachers Home. Mr Gurtej Singh Kandara, district president of the Sena, presided over the meeting.

More funds for Punjab schools
Patiala, May 27
An estimated amount of Rs 259 crore would be spent on furniture, the drinking water facility and other basic needs of schools as compared to last year’s expenditure of Rs 154.55 crore.

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