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Suresh Kumar appointed Director of Industries
Chandigarh, March 1
Following the bandh call for today, the Punjab Government sent a message to all deputy commissioners under transfer not to relinquish charge till 3 p.m. tomorrow. There were reports of some disturbances in Patiala and Jalandhar. Depending on the situation, a fresh message will be sent accordingly, say sources. Meanwhile, Mr Suresh Kumar has been appointed Director, Industries and Commerce, and in addition Managing Director, Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation.

Will SAD be any wiser now?
Chandigarh, March 1
What went wrong? This is the question being asked by Akali leaders as they look for reasons for the party’s debacle in the elections to the Punjab Assembly.

Post-Green-Revolution Punjab has ‘no parallel’
Prof Douglas V. Verney and Dr Francine R. Frankel at CRRID, Chandigarh, on Thursday.Chandigarh, March 1
The post-Green Revolution situation in Punjab has no parallel in the world. But as a consequence, there have been political implications as also a sea change in the socio-economic scenario that is peculiar to the state.

Prof Douglas V. Verney and Dr Francine R. Frankel at CRRID, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph



  PSHRC seeks CBI probe into youth’s death
Tarn Taran, March 1
In a significant development, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission PSHRC has directed the state government to hand over the case of “mysterious death” of a youth to the CBI as the parents of the deceased had lost faith in the crime branch of the Punjab police.

PSEB needs salvaging
Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board, a sinking ship, requires immediate salvaging to keep it floating. The PSEB, one of the biggest organisations, which is often called a "state within a state", is being run on an ad hoc basis for the past several months.

SC: quota in SGPC institutions to continue
Amritsar, March 1
In a significant judgement, the Supreme Court in an order dated February 25 has allowed all kinds of reservations made in SGPC run institutes to continue and referred the case to a Bench of 11 judges of the apex court for deciding matters about the constitutional rights of the minority communities in India.


BJP focuses on reasons for defeat
Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab unit of the BJP, which met here today under the chairmanship of a senior leader, Mr O.P. Kohli, said that the Congress “hijacked the people’s mandate from the SAD-BJP combine by using unfair means through the media”. And it has passed a resolution in this connection also.


Plague fear persists in Mansa
Mansa, March 1
Residents of the district and surrounding area are still in panic due to the fear of pneumonic plague. According to informations reaching here today, Jaspal Kaur, a class IX student of Government Senior Secondary School at Gandhukalan village in the district was sent back to home from the school as she was suffering from fever.

A cultural show at the rural sports being held at Kila Raipur
A cultural show at the rural sports being held at Kila Raipur in Ludhiana ditrict.
— Photo Parmajit Happy

Budget termed as anti-people
Bathinda, March 1
Even as the housewives all over the country have condemned the increase in the price of the household LPG cylinders, various forums, trade unions and Opposition parties have termed the Union Budget as anti-people.

Kapurthala police website launched
Phagwara, March 1
A website of the Kapurthala police was launched here today by Mr J.S. Randhawa, SP (headquarter) with a view to bridging the gap between the police and the public.

Cop held for hitting councillor
Hoshiarpur, March 1
Tension gripped the city when a traffic police constable allegedly hit a local municipal councillor on his forehead with a cane as he tried to cross traffic lights when these turned amber.

Makha given state funeral
Mansa, March 1
Mr Kirpal Singh Makha, president of the DCC and former Punjab minister was given a state funeral at his native village Makhewala, near here, last evening.

Bail plea of dental college MD rejected
Mansa, March 1
Mr Sukhdev Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mansa, yesterday dismissed the bail application of Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan, who is in judicial custody since May 1, 2001.

Reservation caused BJP defeat: Sidhu
Bathinda, March 1
Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu, district president of General Categories Welfare Federation, said today that the reason behind the defeat of the BJP in the recent elections was due to caste-based reservations in different educational institutions.


Local Bodies Dept violates MC Act
Jalandhar, March 1
The functioning of the Local Bodies Department has come under a cloud when a junior assistant was assigned the charge of an inspector at the local municipal corporation allegedly bypassing his 200 senior counterparts, who have decided to resort to an indefinite strike in case the department failed to withdraw its controversial order within a week.

Auction of properties cancelled
Bathinda, March 1
The local Improvement Trust authorities today cancelled the auction of residential and commercial properties which were to be held on March 4.


Wife, 3 others convicted for death of man
Kapurthala, March 1
Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, on Thursday convicted Gurjit Kaur, alias Debo, of Bhandal Bet village and her three relatives under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code on the charge of forcing Balbir Singh, husband of Gurjit Kaur, to commit suicide.

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