Tuesday, March 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Pressure on trust chiefs to quit
Ludhiana, March 11
Chairmen of various improvement trusts across Punjab are understood to be resisting pressure by the new Congress government in the state, asking them to resign. 

PSEB mess: what officials failed to mention
Chandigarh, March 11
The Punjab Government will not replace Mr Sudhir Mittal, a bureaucrat, as Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board for the time being. 

Chinks in Panthic Morcha
Mann calls emergency meeting
Amritsar, March 11
Amid allegations and counter-allegations for the humiliating defeat of Panthic Morcha candidates during the recently held Assembly election, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has convened an emergency meeting of the working committee and district jathedars at Gurdwara Akal Garh, Ludhiana, on March 14.

Another major reshuffle in police
Chandigarh, March 11
The Punjab police will have yet another Director-General of Police, an Additional Director-General of Police and two more Deputy Inspectors-General as the second major administrative reshuffle within a week involving 86 officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police and above was ordered today.

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SGPC opposes parallel panel in Haryana
Amritsar, March 11
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has taken serious view of the proposed move to form a separate gurdwara committee to manage the affairs of gurdwaras falling in the neighbouring state of Haryana.

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SAD gears up for SGPC poll
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 11
A meeting of SAD leaders and workers of the Sirhind Assembly segment was held at Sirhind today to review the causes of the defeat of the party in the elections and to gear up the party cadre for the coming SGPC elections.

Cong ‘tampering’ with gurdwara voters’ lists
Chandigarh, March 11
The Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal today alleged that the Congress government, in connivance with so-called Panthic leaders, was tampering with gurdwara voters’ lists.


Dusty roads pose health risk to residents
Dust raised by thousands of vehicles that ply daily on the main and interior roads criss-crossing the city had been telling on the health of a large number of residents. 

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh being greeted with flowers on his birthday
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh being greeted with flowers on his birthday on Monday. — photo Subhash Patialvi

Amarinder’s birthday a simple affair
Patiala, March 11
Flowers dominated the show at the simple birthday celebrations of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today which lacked any trappings associated with royalty except for the royal setting of his residence — New Moti Bagh Palace — and consisted mainly of interaction with the general public, dignitaries and a family lunch.

Man loses foot in mine blast
Gurdaspur, March 11
Onkar Singh of Dugri village on the Indo-Pak border under the Dorangala police station in the district lost his left foot today when he stepped on a landmine laid by the Army. 

They yearn for basic facilities
Lehri (Talwandi Sabo)
For 25 families residing in government-constructed houses on the outskirts of this village nothing has changed for the past more than two decades as these are still deprived of basic facilities like electricity, potable water, sanitation and education.

Villagers protest against SHO’s high-handedness
Nawanshahr, March 11
Residents of Pallian Khurd village and adjoining villages gathered here at the local Civil Hospital today to protest against the alleged highhandedness of the SHO, Rahon, Mr Ranjit Singh, in dealing with the death case of a woman, Jasvir Kaur of the same village.

Dang for white paper on funds’ misuse
Amritsar, March 11
Demanding a white paper on the misuse of funds by the government under Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Satya Pal Dang, CPI leader has alleged that a spineless bureaucracy is responsible for such action.

Nayyar rues religion’s misuse, given Bhai Nand Lal Award
Ferozepore, March 11
Lashing out at the BJP-led Central and Gujarat Government journalist and Member of Parliament Kuldip Nayyar said politicians in power were misusing religion to spread communalism in the country. 

Human rights panel disposes of complaint
Kharar, March 11
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission disposed of a complaint filed by the president of Arya Kanya Vidyalaya Kharar and observed that the complaint does not call for any further action. 

PCMSA seeks dissolution of Medical Council
Sangrur, March 11
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and state Health Minister R.C. Dogra to dissolve the Punjab Medical Council which was constituted “unconstitutionally” by the previous SAD-BJP government just a few days before the issuance of notification for the Assembly elections.

Akali MLA alleges police harassment
Amritsar, March 11
Mr Vir Singh Lopoke, Akali MLA, alleging harassment by Congress members in the area and a “biased” attitude of the police threatened to gherao Rajasansi police station on March 14.

Tension grips area over cows' death
Mehraj (Bathinda), March 11
Even as tension gripped this village following the detection of bodies of cows on the premises of a gaushala the police arrested the Mahant Makhan Singh and director of cow shelter Babu Singh for allegedly causing the deaths due to starvation.

Dispensaries sans doctors: villagers
Moga, March 11
A large number of hospitals and dispensaries in this district are without doctors and other medical staff for the past several months.


Minister assures smooth procurement
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 11
Special arrangements for smooth procurement during the coming season have been made in Punjab to avoid harassment of the farmers. Dr Harbans Lal, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, said this while addressing the meeting of procurement agencies and district officers at Bachant Bhavan, here today.


Negligence of duty: DC to take legal action
Bathinda, March 11
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, has said that legal action will be taken against the officials who will be found absent from duties during raids.


One arrested for carrying opium
Bathinda, March 11
The district police has arrested 18 persons for various offences and seized 100 gm of opium, 40 kg of poppy husk, 55 kg of lahan and 15 litres of illicit liquor. The SSP said in a press note here today that Shamsher Ali of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan was arrested for possessing 100 gm of opium and a case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

Minor girl abducted
Tarn Taran, March 11
A teenaged girl (14) was abducted by a youth of the same village, The youth works as a farm labourer with the brother of the girl.


MCA students demand approval of course
Bathinda, March 11
Students of the masters in computer application course at the local DAV College today wore black badges, boycotted classes and held a demonstration in front of the office of the Principal to press the authorities concerned to get the course, which has been running without any approval, recognised by the AICTE.
Students hold placards while protesting against the authorities of DAV College
Students hold placards while protesting against the authorities of DAV College at Bathinda on Monday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Mathematics paper cancelled at 11 centres
SAS Nagar, March 11
The Punjab School Education Board has cancelled the mathematics paper of matriculation and plus two examinations at 11 centres in the state due to complaints of mass copying. 

Staff on exam duty removed
Ropar, March 11
Following complaints of mass copying, the Punjab School Education Board authorities have removed the entire staff posted on examination duty at the local Government College centre.

SC Judge to address college function
Tarn Taran, March 11
Dr Balwinder Singh, Principal of the Sri Guru Anged Dev Colllege, Khadoor Sahib, said here today that Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, a Judge of the Supreme Court, would be the chief guest of the college annual prize distribution and the convocation function to be organised on March 16.

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