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Cong concerned over Chohanís return
New Delhi, July 3
The Punjab Congress today urged President K. R. Narayanan to direct the Centre to take appropriate steps to ensure that the peace and tranquility of the state was not disturbed again because of the influence of certain pro-Khalistan leaders who had returned to the state or were attempting to do so.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Capt Amarinder Singh addressing the media at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday after submitting a memorandum to President K. R. Narayanan.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Capt Amarinder Singh addressing the media at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday after submitting a memorandum to President K. R. Narayanan. ó PTI photo

Fatehgarh Sahib

Donít glorify militants, Badal urges media
Chak Fatehsinghwala (Bathinda), July 3
Peace will be maintained in Punjab at all costs and nobody will be allowed to disturb the communal harmony in the state. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, said this while talking to the mediapersons here today. He was in the village in connection with the bhog ceremony of Mr Balbir Singh Nathana, MLA, who had died of cancer on June 24.

Vidhan Sabha Sectt closed on July 4, 5
Chandigarh, July 3
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today announced that the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat would remain closed on July 4 and 5 in view of the duties performed by the employees during the 64th All-India Presiding Officersí Conference. TNS

PSGPC chief may accompany Musharraf
Amritsar, July 3
Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar, has claimed that Lieut Gen Javed Nasir, former chief of the ISI and chairman of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, may accompany Gen Pervez Musharraf during his proposed visit to India.



PSEB forced to lease power plant
Patiala, July 3
The 10 MW straw-based Jalkheri power plant, established in the state 10 years ago at a cost of Rs 38 crore but never commissioned for long, is set to get a new lease of life, with the Punjab State Electricity Board giving it on an yearly lease to a private firm.

PHRC intervenes in stripping case
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Human Rights Commission has directed the Ferozepore District Magistrate to send a report within four weeks on the alleged stripping of a Dalit woman in Mandi Hazur village by local villagers on June 27.

KU diploma declared invalid
Bathinda, July 3
The state government has declared the one year diploma in physical education issued by Kurukshetra University invalid for the purpose of employment. 

8,000 constables promoted
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today promoted all Punjab police constables who had completed 16 years of regular qualifying service to the rank of Head Constable. About 8,000 constables will benefit.


Rain disrupts life in city
Bathinda, July 3
Heavy rains which lashed the city for about two hours today have thrown life out of gear as almost all low-lying areas have been flooded and in several localities three to four feet of water is standing. The rains have become a nightmare for the residents of the city due to lack of proper arrangements to drain out the rain water speedily.
Houses flooded with water after a downpour lashed Bathinda on Tuesday.
Houses flooded with water after a downpour lashed Bathinda on Tuesday. ó Photo Kulbir Beera

Rescued woman sent to mental hospital
Ferozepore, July 3
The district administration has sent 30-year-old Sheela, mother of three and a resident of Rajjiwala village of this district, to the mental hospital in Amritsar, after she was freed allegedly from the captivity of her husband.

Fields inundated in Ropar dist
Ropar, July 3
The seasonal Debetwali rivulet near Mangewal village on the Nangal-Anandpur Sahib road flooded the fields today. When this correspondent visited villages, including Mangewal, Debet and other adjoining areas, the fields were flooded. 

Butterflies refuse to step in their parlour
Patiala, July 3
Butterflies roam the Deer Park here. But there are no butterflies where they are meant to be. The Butterfly Inn, a novel project initiated by good samaritans of the city, does not have a single butterfly at present.

350 await land allotment in dairy complex
Jalandhar, July 3
Despite tall calims of the local Municipal Corporation authorities regarding the shifting of dairies to the dairy complex at Jamsher village, 12 km from here, for providing cleaner environment to residents more than 350 dairy owners have been awaiting allotment of land in the complex for the past one year. But civic body officials have not taken any step in this direction.

Panchayats to give land for Sikh university
Chandigarh, July 3
Eight village panchayats in Punjab have decided to donate land for the proposed World Sikh University to be established following a resolution passed to this effect at the World Sikh Conference held in September, 1995.

Medical facilities for ex-servicemen
Jalandhar, July 3
The Central Government has decided to accept the long-pending demand of ex-servicemen to provide medical facilities on a par with retired Central Government employees.
Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, listens to the problems of war widows at the district Sainik Welfare office in Jalandhar on Tuesday.
Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, listens to the problems of war widows at the district Sainik Welfare office in Jalandhar on Tuesday. ó Photo Malhotra

Extending a helping hand to poor
Arora Charities, Hoshiarpur, is always ready to extend a helping hand to the down-trodden and the destitute. The organisation has adopted 250 destitute children.

Forum gives relief in power bill
Phagwara, July 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Kapurthala, has quashed the electricity bill of Rs 11,662 raised by the complainant, Mr Gurmit Lal of Sheikhpur village, for the period of 24.5.1999 to 23.7.1999 on the basis of consumption of 5,074 units. This was stated by Mrs Prem N. Kumar, Forum member, here today.

Rs 7 lakh aid to check hepatitis-B
Chak Fatehsingwala (Bathinda), July 3
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, today announced an aid of Rs 7 lakh for the control of hepatitis-B in the district. The aid will be given by the District Red Cross Society immediately for starting the vaccination in the affected villages of the district.

Revise phone bill, directs forum
Hoshiarpur, July 3
Mr H.B. Handa, president, Mr S.K. Narad and Ms Manjit Walia, both members, of the District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum, Hoshiarpur, have ordered cancellation of a bill of Rs 11,576 for the period of February 1, 2000, to March 31, 2000, issued by the Telecom Department Hoshiarpur, to Ms Inderjit Kaur of Dashmesh Nagar, Digana road, Hoshiarpur, for her telephone No. 251137.

Rs 1 lakh given to Cong manís kin
Bathinda, July 3
Mr Harmandar Singh Jassi, president of the district Congress unit today paid tributes to a Congress worker who had died in a road accident last month.

Cong leader denies land-grab charge
Pathankot, July 3
Former Punjab minister and senior Congress leader Raghunath Sahai Puri has demanded that the Information and Technology Minister, Mr Satya Pal Saini, either prove the allegations with regard to the grabbing of government land or face legal consequences.

2 die of water-borne diseases, 50 others ill
Dhar Kalan (Pathankot), July 3
Two women of Lehroon village of this subdivision reportedly died and more than 50 persons belonging to this area are suffering from diarrhoea. According to sources of the community health centre at Bhungal Bhadani, the first case was reported on Friday when an old woman belonging to Himachal Pradesh died of a water-borne disease. 


DC tells panchayats to oversee road work
Ropar, July 3
Deputy Commissioner Ropar, G.S. Grewal, has urged panchayat members and other prominent people of the rural areas to oversee construction of the link roads in their respective areas. 

Administrative complex to house DCís office
Gurdaspur, July 3
Formalities to lay the foundation stone of the local District Administrative complex are being finalised. The blue print of the complex which will house all offices, including that of DC, SSP, District and Sessions Judge, Courts and Chambers of advocates, is waiting clearance by authorities concerned.


Man arrested for shooting two
Faridkot, July 3
The Kotkapura police has arrested Mohinder Singh, resident of Moga, in connection with the alleged killing of Lakhbir Singh and Rajesh Kumar of Kotkapura on Sunday. The car used in the incident has also been recovered from him. Davinder Singh, another accomplice of the accused who was injured during the incident, is getting medical treatment at Dayanand Medical Hospital at Ludhiana. A case has been registered against both accused.

SAD (U) ex-chief booked for trespass
Amritsar, July 3
A case was registered here against a former president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Urban), Mr Pardip Singh Walia, and nearly 10 others for trespassing yesterday.

Seven robbers arrested
Kapurthala, July 3
The district police today arrested seven armed robbers within an hour of a dacoity that took place in the local gas agencyís godown located on the Kapurthala-Kanjli road.

Driver held in gang-rape case
Mansa, July 3
The Bhikhi police claims to have arrested Gora Singh, driver of the Tata Sumo used by the youths involved in the gang-rape of a housewife of Atla Kalan Village in the district. 

Raids on chemist shops, drugs seized
Amritsar, July 3
The Civil Surgeon here has launched a campaign to expose chemists and fake doctors selling intoxicants and drugs in urban and rural belts of the district.

Man held for abducting wife of employee
Jalandhar, July 3
The district police has arrested a city businessman for abducting wife and eight-year-old daughter of his employee. According to the police, Rajinder Puri, owner of the Neelkamal factory, had a dispute with his accountant, Mr Ashok Kumar Bhalla, over some financial matter. 

Gang of thieves busted, three arrested
Fazilka, July 3
The CIA staff here has busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of three youths. Two Hero Honda motorcycles, a moped, a video camera and an unlicenced .12 pistol with three live cartridges were recovered from them.

Bail granted to Pak-trained militant
Batala, July 3
A local court today granted bail to a Pakistan-trained militant who was arrested by the Punjab Police in this district on April 2.

Teacherís purse snatched
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
Two scooter-borne youths snatched the salary of two teachers from a woman teacher at Bhamarsi Jer village, in the district today. According to Ms Surinder Kaur, a primary teacher posted at Bir Bhamarsi, she was going on a cycle to her school after taking her and a colleagueís salary from Government Primary School, Bhamarsi Jer.

Sarpanch held
Malerkotla, July 3
On the complaint of Mr Nirmal Singh sub-station attendant of 66 KV Grid of power board the police has arrested Sarpanch Ram Singh son of Moti Singh and Nirpinder Singh son of Jagir Singh both residents of village Langrian.

Flour mill owner booked for adulteration
Mansa, July 3
The Sadar police station has registered a case, FIR number 53, under Section 420, IPC, and Section 7, Essential Commodities Act, against Amrit Paul and Kanta Rani, partners and Sonu, manager, respectively of Jindal Flour Mills, Malikpur Khiala village in the district.


Decision on CET eligibility flayed
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association has condemned the decision of the Punjab Government directing the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to lower the eligibility conditions of marks in the senior secondary examination from 50 to 40 per cent for the candidates appearing in the common entrance test for the BAMS stream.

3 schools get grants from CM
Muktsar, July 3
The presence of teachers in full strength in three rural schools of this district which were checked by Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal this morning today fetched them grants from him.


Industrial association discusses problems
Patiala, July 3
Representatives of the Focal Point Association along with Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, senior Akali leader, met Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Principal Secretary, Punjab, today to discuss their problems regarding water, sewerage, electricity and roads of the Industrial Focal Point.

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