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Punjab for administrative restructuring
Chandigarh, December 19
Even as the coming Assembly elections have intensified the political heat in Punjab, once again there is talk of administrative restructuring on the basis of ‘’need and functionality’’ at all levels. This could mean the assimilation and elimination of several departments, consolidating their resources for the desired proficiency and fiscal management.

PTU-UGC duel intensifies
Jalandhar, December 19
The duel between the Punjab Technical University and the University Grants Commission intensified today, with the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, dubbing the UGC Chairman as an “agent” of private institutions having interests in Punjab and saying that the UGC was merely a recommendatory body.

‘Take tough stand on Pak’
Amritsar, December 19
Notwithstanding the heightened threat perception in the aftermath of the Afghan war, terrorist attack on the Parliament has brought war clouds on the country’s frontiers with neighbouring Pakistan. If troop movement on both sides of the border is any indication, the country’s defence personnel reinforce the option for major and decisive war.




Border villages in high spirits
Pul Kanjari (Amritsar), December 19
In response to the Pakistani Army build-up across the International Border in Punjab, the Indian Army has moved its troops to safeguard its territorial integrity. In the aftermath of the December 13 attack on Parliament by Pakistan-based terrorists groups, the Indian defence forces are not taking any chances as the neighbour has been fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

Long wait for justice
Chandigarh, December 19
He challenged his “compulsory retirement” from Punjab Finance Corporation when he was 51. Today, Mr C.L. Nanda is 72 and his case is still pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

All Morcha MLAs to be renominated: Baba Bedi
Faridkot, December 19
The Panthic Morcha has decided to give party ticket to all its sitting MLAs in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. This was stated by Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi convener of the morcha while talking to the mediapersons here today.

Kanwaljit wants ex-servicemen to join SAD
Lalru, December 19
The Shiromani Akali Dal will approach the Central Government to press the demand for ‘‘one rank and one pension’’ of ex-servicemen, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, while addressing a convention of Ex-servicemen of the Banur Assembly constituency here today.

Welfare schemes for SCs not implemented: Cong
Jalandhar, December 19
The Punjab Congress today criticised the ruling SAD-BJP combine government for its failure to implement welfare programmes for Dalits and farmers during its rule in the state. Former Congress minister and President of the district unit of the Punjab Congress, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, while addressing a party rally at Pholriwal village near here today, alleged that the ruling combine had failed to implement welfare schemes for Dalits.


Caring for kids of leprosy patients
Bathinda, December 19
In a society where children of patients of leprosy are left with no option other than begging, the Nirog Bal Ashram at Kotkapura gives them a chance to lead a normal and respectable life. It is perhaps the only institute of its kind in the state doing service for such children who are discarded by society.

Tongas soon to be extinct in Patiala
Patiala, December 19
Owing to the large number of modern means of transport, which are easily available, dozen odd ‘tongas’ still operating in the city may soon be ‘extinct’ drawing the curtain on an era reminiscent of the long gone princely days.

Popularity of Punjabi pop not waning: Waris
Jalandhar, December 19
Punjabi pop will continue to dominate the national music scene due to its strong rythmic nature and content. These were the views of popular Punjabi singer Manmohan Waris and Mr Sogani, senior vice president of the Tips music company. They were here to release “Gajre Gori De,” a Punjabi album sung by Waris.

Check vulgarity in songs: Hans
Phagwara, December 19
“Raj Gayak” Hans Raj Hans today sought the revival of “guru-chela” tradition in music and poetry for clean, and stable singing and literature. He was talking to reporters here after being honoured with a gold medal by the Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Ch Swarna Ram, for his contribution to the promotion of Punjabi language.

Hospital signboard misleading
Amritsar, December 19
Many doctors of the prestigious Guru Nanak Dev Hospital have retired or joined some other institutions but their names still continue to adorn the main signboard for the past many years. The discrepancies that, too, at the main reception of the hospital put the visitors to great inconvenience especially to those who come from far-flung areas.

Fencing of park ordered
Amritsar, December 19
The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr B. R. Banga, yesterday gave orders for the fencing of a park located at Majitha House. Installation of grills around the park would start within two days, he said, while talking to The Tribune here.

Honesty still exists
Gurdaspur, December 19
Mr Prem Kumar, owner of Delhi photostat here, preferred honesty to growing rich overnight by handing over a bag containing Rs 40,000 to the Senior Superintendent of Police yesterday.

Cops dilly-dallying on arrests: Bishop
Amritsar, December 19
The Bishop of Amritsar Diocese, Babu Masih, has alleged police inaction in nabbing persons involved in the December 5 attack on his house. At a press conference here yesterday, Mr Babu Masih alleged that the police had failed to apprehend the suspects.

Thousands take dip on Shaheedi Divas
Moga, December 19
Despite biting cold thousands of devotees visited historic gurdwaras at Muktsar, Nanaksar and Takhtupura and took bath in the sacred sarovars on Shaheedi Divas of ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur today.


PSEB power plants exceed target
Patiala, December 19
All three PSEB thermal power plants in the state have exceeded their respective targets of power generation and their performance from April to November this year has surpassed that of the corresponding period in the last fiscal year. An official note here claimed that the three plants had performed extremely well and the thermal plant at Ropar was expected to surpass all previous performance parameters during 2001.

Tota Singh holds board meeting
Bathinda, December 19
The District Planning and Development Board had received Rs 541.76 lakh for various development works in the district and out of it Rs 284.83 have been spent so far. Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, who is also the Chairman of the District Planning and Development Board held a meeting with administration officials here today, according to a press note issued here today.


Four held on murder charge
Gurdaspur, December 19
With the arrest of Raja Masih and James Masih, alias Gholoo, both residents of Indranwali, Sukha Masih and Mukha Masih, both brothers and residents of Mangalsain in this district, the murder cases of Gian Chand of Salimpur Raian committed on the Kalanaur-Gurdaspur road on the intervening night of October 27 and 28 and a chowkidar committed at Dhariwal on the intervening night of November 2 and 3 have been reportedly solved.

Labourer found murdered
Bathinda, December 19
Two persons were killed and three hurt in different incidents in the district. Pankaj, a labourer from Bihar, was found dead near the focal point on the Bathinda-Dabwali road on the outskirts of the city this morning.


School holds annual day function
Abohar, December 19
A colourful variety show marked the annual day function of the local Assumption Convent School. More than 1,400 students enthralled parents and other guests with programmes, including folk dances, yoga, and aerobics.

Punjabi university alumni to form association


Mini-bus operators demand tax cut
Bathinda, December 19
Operators of mini-buses have urged the Punjab Government to reduce the special road tax levied on mini-buses so that their operational costs could be reduced. In a press note issued here today Mr Baltej Singh Wander, president of the district unit of the Mini-Bus Operators Union, said while the special tax was reduced in case of big buses, the interests of mini-bus operators were not taken care of.


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