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Identify corrupt, CM tells officials
Chandigarh, March 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today directed the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs to identify corrupt officials in their respective districts and send the report to the state government.

Funds short for 24-hr power scheme
Patiala, March 18
The much-touted 24-hour power supply scheme for rural areas, implemented at lightning speed during the fag end of the Akali-BJP rule in the state with an eye on the poll, may now run into rough weather, with the Punjab State Electricity Board not having funds to continue it at the same pace.

Registrar accused of nepotism
JAC writes to Chancellor for action
Patiala, March 18
The Joint Action Committee of Punjabi University, which is spearheading the agitation against Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today urged the Chancellor and Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), to order a probe into the alleged ‘’illegalities’’ committed by the Registrar, Dr B.S. Bhatia.




‘Staff shortage hampering speedy justice’
Ludhiana, March 18
“An acute shortage of judicial staff in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and also in lower courts is hampering the speedy disposal of justice. 

Liquor vends’ auction fetches Rs 133 cr
Ferozepore, March 18
Liquor shops in the Ferozepore, Moga and Muktsar districts, put to auction for the next financial year here today, yielded an increase of 6.61 per cent in the excise revenue as compared to the current financial year. 

Ghuman case takes new turn
Ludhiana, March 18
The case of Mandi Board Chairman Mal Singh Ghuman, who was shot at by his son last week, took a new turn today when Mr Ghuman changed his statement and said he received the gunshot injury in an accident when he was trying to prevent his son from committing suicide.

WSC issue: Vedanti, Bains hold meeting
Amritsar, March 18
With a view to breaking the deadlock in World Sikh Council, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and Mr Didar Singh Bains, president of one group of the council, held a closed-door marathon meeting at the Akal Takht secretariat here today.


Malout seat: BJP backs SAD
Chandigarh, March 18
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to extend its full support to the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate, Mrs Mukhtiar Kaur, for the Malout Assembly constituency.

SAD calls meeting of MLAs
Chandigarh, March 18
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of the Akali Dal Legislature Party here on March 20, according to Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the party.

SGPC threatens stir on ‘galliara’
Amritsar, March 18
Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, SGPC Secretary, today alleged that work on the third phase of the “galliara yojna” was stalled at the behest of the Congress government.

Dal Khalsa for ban on VHP
Amritsar, March 18
Taking exception to the RSS resolution that “Muslim safety lies in the Goodwill of Hindus”, the Dal Khalsa described the move as an ‘act of exploitation of the minority community by the majority’.


Pall of gloom in Budhlada
Budhlada (Mansa), March 18
A pall of gloom descended the town after five members of a local family, including three children, were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Bodawala village late last evening.

Akali Dal (A) team tours Rajasthan border areas
Phagwara, March 18
A six-member study team of the Shiromani Akali Dal (A) visited border areas of Rajasthan from March 14 to 16 and interacted with residents. The team found that due to continued Army build-up on the Indo-Pak border, people were living under a virtual state of siege and they wanted peace, not war.

Kang seeks funds for farmers, jobless
Chandigarh, March 18
Punjab’s Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Youth Affairs, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, has asked the Centre to give top priority to Punjab in the allocation of funds for the benefit of Punjab farmers and unemployed youth.

Return unused grants, panchayats told
Ropar, March 18
The financial crunch in the state is likely to claim its first casualty in the form of development of rural areas, with the panchayats being asked to return the unused grants given to them by the previous government. 

Unprescribed drugs being sold
Batala, March 18
Drugs which are only used by the doctors for medical treatment of patients are being freely made available in chemist shops here and in chemist shops in nearby village at a premium.

Muktsar farmer gets Rs 1-cr lottery prize
Chandigarh, March 18
Mr Om Parkash Thind of Muktsar, who is a farmer and winner of the frist prize of Rs 1 crore in the New Year Lohri Bumper-2002, was handed over the prize money bank draft by Mr V.K. Bhalla, Director, Punjab State Lotteries, here today.

End stagnation, docs urge govt
Sangrur, March 18
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has urged the Punjab Government to review the cadre of PCMS doctors immediately to end frustration among doctors due to meagre promotion chances.

Dogra outlines healthcare agenda
Chandigarh, March 18
“Discipline will be the new 'mantra' in all health and family Welfare institutions in Punjab, says Mr R.C. Dogra, Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education. Mr Dogra said absenteeism would be viewed as a serious violation of government rules and invite strictest disciplinary action.

Build toilets in markets: forum
Bathinda, March 18
The Vigilant Citizens Forum has urged the authorities concerned to remove encroachments on parking lots and build toilets in various markets of the city. In a letter written to the President and Executive Officer of the local Municipal Council, the VCF said the parking problem could be solved by cleaning encroachments and checking the misuse of existing parking lots. 

5 of family die in car mishap
Mansa, March 18
Five members of a family of Budhlada in the district were killed last night when their car was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction near Borawal village on the Budhlada-Bhikhi road.

“Daire” repeat show at Mansa
Patiala, March 18
The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala has extended its satewide Punjabi theatre campaign of its value-based Punjabi musical play “Daire” after giving 25 performances in all districts of Punjab, including some performances in Himachal Pradesh.

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Plan to build dist offices shelved
Gurdaspur, March 18
The proposal for the construction of a district administrative complex here to house all offices, including the administrative, police and judicial, under one roof has been shelved. 


PSEB to reconduct class X paper
Bathinda, March 18
The Punjab School Education Board authorities today formally decided to reconduct the chitarkala (painting) paper of class X to give relief to the students who have been complaining that they were shocked to see that the question paper of the optional subject was carrying questions pertaining to the drawing subject on March 16.

4 cases of copying detected
Bathinda, March 18
Mr Hans Raj Garg, deputy District Education Officer, and in charge, flying squad said today that four cases of copying were detected in the social studies paper of matriculation examination being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board at the Government Senior Secondary School, Mehraj centre.

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