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Baba case: CM fails to decide on probe panel
Saraan Bulara (Amritsar), October 21
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today failed to take any concrete decision on the constitution of an inquiry panel to probe the Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara case.

Bibi Jagir set to make comeback
Speculation over SAD-SGPC rift
Saraan Kalan (Amritsar), October 21
The presence of Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC president, here alongside Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has triggered off speculations over possible differences between the Chief Minister and the SGPC president, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi.

Badal blaming Cong for govt lapses: Bhattal
Barnala, October 21
The Punjab Chief Minister is failing in its duty to bring out the truth regarding incidents of sacrilege in Punjab by blaming the Congress. Mr Badal by blaming the Congress, is trying to cover up his lapses and wrong-doings.

Officers for 5 yrs, unemployed for life
Bathinda, October 21
“Officers for five years, gentlemen for life”, is the slogan of advertisements published in newspapers by the Army authorities to motivate the youths to join the Short Service Commission. But those who joined SSC feel that it should be “Officers for five years, unemployed for life.”




PPCC warns Badal on SYL canal issue
Ludhiana, October 21
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today warned Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal against compromising the interests of the state and alleged that the latter had promised Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala that he would cooperate in the construction of the SYL Canal in Punjab for giving the state’s water to Haryana in lieu of the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab.

2 polio cases detected in Faridkot
Bathinda, October 21
Even as crores of rupees have been spent on the pulse polio programme launched in 1995, detection of two confirmed cases of polio in Faridkot district has frightened the state health authorities.


Ashok Gehlot will be gheraoed: Ramoowalia
Bathinda, October 21
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party, today said the party would gherao Mr Ashok Ghelot, Rajasthan Chief Minister, when he would come to tour various constituencies to campaign for the Congress.

Talwandi issue to figure at PAC meeting
Amritsar, October 21
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is likely to be under pressure to either discipline SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi or remove him from his post before the forthcoming SGPC election.


Where traffic chaos rules supreme
Traffic continues to be a big problem in the town. The local administration has formulated a number of plans to control traffic inside the town, especially the markets, but due to lack of coordination between the local administration and the police, the problem is deteriorating day by day.

Indians genetically prone to heart diseases: expert
Bathinda, October 21
The prevalence of heart diseases among Indians is due to some genetic disorder besides ‘bad’ eating habits.
This was stated by Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, senior consultant, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic diseases, Fortis Heart Institute, Mohali, while speaking at a seminar here today.

A land of smoky evenings
Chandigarh, October 21
Punjab has turned into a land of smoky evenings these days.
If you go late in the afternoon from Chandigarh to Patiala, Chandigarh to Ludhiana via Sirhind or on any other route, you will encounter a lot of smog on the way. All this looks unusual. Farmers, the Punjab Government and the Punjab Pollution Control Board, are, by and large, responsible for such a phenomenon.

Tributes paid to police martyrs
Phillaur, October 21
The Police Commemoration Day was celebrated today in the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, in memory of police martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the protection of the people and the country.

‘Only united India can fight terrorism’
Amritsar, October 21
Only a united, strong and self-reliant India can meet the challenge of terrorism. This was stated by Mr Mohan Rao Bhagwat, all-India general secretary of the RSS, while addressing a “shastra puja” and “vijyadashmi” rally of swayamsewaks drawn from Tarn Taran and Batala zone at Gole Bagh here.

Anthrax: SSPs told to form special cells
Jalandhar, October 21
The DGP, Mr Sarabjit Singh, has directed all SSPs to form special cells to tackle any chemical and biological threat in view of the anthrax scare in the country and abroad.

Resident receives suspicious packet
Ludhiana, October 21
While the police was yet to ascertain whether the letter received by a Focal Point resident yesterday contained anthrax spores, Avtar Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh locality in the city, informed the police today about receiving a packet suspected of containing a harmful substance.

Zimbabwe seeks PSEB assistance
Patiala, October 21
The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has sought assistance of the Punjab State Electricity Board engineers for implementation and execution of electrification work in Zimbabwe’s rural areas.

Couple seeks justice
Gurdaspur, October 21
Mr Tarsem Lal Banotra, president, Dinanagar unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party has threatened to go on a strike if a compensation was not paid to a couple whose crop was allegedly damaged by Mirthal sarpanch.


Kribhco training camp concludes
Ludhiana, October 21
A two-day in-service training programme by Kribhco for field officers of Punjab and Gujarat concluded here today.
The training programme was inaugurated by the General Manager (Marketing), Mr D.P. Singh.


PSEB transfers flayed
Patiala, October 21
The PSEB today transferred 121 assistant engineers (AEs) and assistant executive engineers (AEEs).
An official press note said two Chief Engineers had also been transferred. Mr A.D. Bhandari, Chief Engineer, DSA and Mr S.A. Khan, Chief Engineer, Metering had swapped posts.

Lawyer on MC panel removed
Bathinda, October 21
The municipal councils has decided to remove its labour law advocate, Mr Mohan Lal Garg. The decision was passed on October 15.
The MC at its meeting said two cases were lost as he allegedly did not take interest in the cases.


Computer student granted relief
Ropar, October 21
The Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the computer center, Computer Pride Inc. (USA), to pay compensation to a student for deficiency in service.
In a complaint before the Forum, Sanjeev Kumar, resident of Ajauli village in Anandpur Sahib Tehsil, alleged that he had taken admission in the said computer center, in the web commerce course, in July 2000.


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