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Should big farmers get free power?
Chandigarh, March 24
Should the facility of free power to big farmers be withdrawn? A debate has started in the Punjab State Electricity Board and the Punjab Government on this issue. The financial position of the PSEB is extremely precarious. It can collapse any moment. 

Tax devolution formula ‘faulty’
Chandigarh, March 24
Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, a senior IAS officer, said today that the devolution of the share from central taxes to states was faulty and required to be corrected. He said the formula laid down for devolution was against progressive states like Punjab.

PAU plan to bring down deficit
Chandigarh March 24
Punjab Agricultural University, which has been facing rough weather for the past couple of years because of its growing budget deficit, is all set to get back on the rails by the year 2005.

VC announces Syndicate meeting
Patiala, March 24
An upbeat Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today appeared to be taking charge of Punjabi University again announcing that a meeting of the Syndicate would be held on March 29 even as the Joint Action Committee, which is spearheading the agitation against him, failed to make any protest for the second day consecutive day after he returned to the University following his bail in two criminal cases.

Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr J. S. Ahluwalia arrives at the office of the IGP

Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr J. S. Ahluwalia (left) arrives at the office of the IGP in Patiala on Sunday. 
— Photo Subhash Patialvi



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  Vedanti calls for Panthic unity
Phagwara, March 24
Issuing an appeal for Panthic unity, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, supreme temporal-cum-spiritual Sikh seat, today maintained that the panacea for all ills afflicting the Sikh quam at present lay in its “ekta” (unity).

Corruption in UK police: official
Amritsar, March 24
Admitting corruption in the British police force, especially in the Department of narcotics, Mr Michael Hedges, Chief Constable (equivalent to the Director-General of Police) of the South Yorkshire police, said corruption in positions of power was apparent.

Rare thrush species seen at Harike
Chandigarh, March 24
Red-throated thrush and song thrush, both rare species of migratory birds, were sighted at the Harike wetlands in mid-February by a team of the Delhi Bird Club. Members of the team comprised Mr Nikhil Devasar, Ms Alpana Khare, Mr Bikram Grewal, Mr K.B. Singh, Ms Sunita Chaudhry and Mr Bill Harvey from the UK. Dr Satnam Singh Ladhar, Principal Scientific Officer (Environment), Punjab Council for Science and Technology, was part of the team assigned to study avian migration.

A sunbird at Harike
A sunbird at Harike


Employees to support SAD in Malout bypoll
Patiala, March 24
A joint meeting of the state standing committee of the Punjab State Services Federation, PSEB Employees Federation and the Punjab Kirti Dal has appealed to all government employees, semi government employees, workers and labourers to support the candidate of the SAD in the Malout Assembly byelection.

Badal campaigns in Malout villages
Malout, March 24
A former chief minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, toured different villages of Malout campaigning for Mrs Mukhtiar Kaur, the SAD-BJP alliance candidate for the constituency.

Preparations on for MC poll
Ludhiana, March 24
Political parties have started gearing up for the election to four municipal corporations in the state. The Local Self-Department of the Punjab Government yesterday issued a notification for organising elections of four municipal corporations namely Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala. 

‘Amarinder defamed legal profession’
Chandigarh, March 24
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal has accused the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of having added “another grave dimension” to the alleged offence of defaming the Badals in his reply to a complaint filed against him.

SAD (A) to follow Bhindranwale’s creed
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 24
The SAD (Amritsar) is committed to the ideology of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, said Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (A). He was addressing a function organised by the party to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bhindranwale, here today.


Pollution destroys fish varieties
Ropar, March 24
In an alarming trend various species of fish in the Ropar wetland, which has recently been declared to be of international importance by the Bureau of Conventions on Wetlands, are reportedly getting extinct. The matter was highlighted by Mr Dogra, Director, Fish Farm, Ropar, at a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, to discuss the current status of the wetland.

1.4 cr Indians suffer from TB: NGO
Amritsar, March 24
There is need to set up a national mission to eradicate diseases like TB and AIDS. According to Dr Dinesh Kumar, convener of the Health and Development Initiative of India, an NGO run by doctors, India’s request for funds to control TB had been turned down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the grounds that India did not have adequate arrangements to control the disease.

Case against Keetu motivated: Dhindsa
Barnala, March 24
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Secretary-General of the Akali Dal (Badal) and Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, while talking to this reporter yesterday on phone from Mumbai condemned the registration of a case against Malkiat Singh Keetu, the local party MLA at Bhadaur police station on March 21.

Bahuguna attends pingalwara function
Sangrur, March 24
Mr Sunder Lal Bahuguna, founder of Chipko Movement, said today that a 100-member “Servants of Pingalwara Society” would be formed in memory of Bhagat Puran Singh, founder of Pingalwara, in Amritsar.

Colonisers’ in fix over DM’s orders
Pathankot, March 24
After passing of the orders of the District Magistrate (DM), Gurdaspur, prohibiting construction and setting on fire the remnants of crops within a radius of 1,000 metres from ammunition dumps, residents of the town, particularly those who are residing near ammunition dumps, colonisers are spending sleepless nights.

Forum asks LIC to pay compensation
Ropar, March 24
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) to pay compensation to a complainant for deficiency in service.

Sikh pilgrims’ list sent to Centre
Amritsar, March 24
The SGPC has sent a list of 2,000 Sikh pilgrims to the Union and state governments for making arrangements for their visit to Sikh gurdwaras in Pakistan during the forthcoming Baisakhi festival.

Noble way to observe Martyrdom Day
Bathinda, March 24
Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, while addressing a gathering at a blood donation camp organised by the local United Welfare Society today in connection with the martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh said the units of blood collected during such camps would help save many lives.

Correction of voter lists for ZP to start today
Bathinda, March 24
The correction of voter lists for gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads will start on March 25.

Sahayata kendra or ‘vasooli kendra’?
Nawanshahr, March 24
The first aid checkpost set up near Khatkar Kalan village by the district police about a year ago with a view to providing timely medical care to the victims of road accidents has virtually become source of trouble for the people as the constables posted there are allegedly harassing passersby.

Army holds medical camp in Ajnala
Amritsar, March 24
At least 3500 villagers flocked to the border village of Dajowal in Ajnala tehsil to seek medical help at a medical camp jointly organised by the Army and the administration here today.

A patient being examined at a medical camp organised by the Army on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A patient being examined at a medical camp

Non-payment irks workers
Bathinda, March 24
Resentment prevails among workers of some municipal councils as they have not received salaries for February so far. The workers, at a meeting of the Punjab Municipal Workers Union held here yesterday, said they were finding it difficult because of non-payment of salaries.

Punjab to pay compensation to widow
Moga, March 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Punjab Government to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the widow of a person who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the police in April 1993.

Army recruitment rally from April 3
Amritsar, March 24
A recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty) for Sikhs, Sikh (Mazhabi and Ramdasia), Hindu Dogra, AIAC and soldier (technical) of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts will be organised at Dera Baba Nanak from April 3 to 9.


Procurement modalities over
Sangrur, March 24
Arrangements have been made for the purchase of wheat in all 255 grain markets and purchase centres in the district for the ensuing procurement season. Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said here last evening that the rate contracts of labour and transportation for the purchased wheat had also been finalised for all grain markets.


Self-employment scheme soon
Jalandhar, March 24
The Punjab Government, in its bid to explore the employment potential in the fields of dairy products, fisheries and animal husbandry, has decided to launch training-cum-self employment schemes for unemployed youth of the state.

Raids on ultrasound centres ordered
Mansa, March 24
While addressing a meeting of the District Advisory Committee of the Health Department regarding the implementation of the provisions of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, Dr P.D. Sharma, Civil Surgeon, here yesterday issued directions for the surprise checking of ultrasound centres in the district and take action against the owners of centres found indulging in foeticide.


Doctor, wife booked in foeticide case
Bathinda, March 24
The police has booked a doctor running Sukhmani Hospital, Goniana, about 15 km from here, his wife, owner of Chahal Nursing Home, Mansa, and three others after they were allegedly found involved in the termination of pregnancy after carrying out a sex determination test under Section 23 (1) (3) of Pre-Natal Diagnostic (Prevention and Misuse of Regulation) Act 1994 and Sections 315, 312 and 120-B of the IPC at the Nahianawala police station yesterday.

One shot dead in Amritsar
Amritsar, March 24
Two assailants on a scooter, between the age of 25 and 30 and reportedly armed with pistols, gunned down Ravinder Singh (50), an artificial jewellery worker here on Friday evening. The victim was taken to the civil hospital here, where he was declared dead. 

Gang of robbers busted, 8 held
Kapurthala, March 24
The district police claims to have busted a gang of robbers involved in various incidents of looting, dacoity and theft in the district with the arrest of eight of its members.


Medical entrance tests dates clash
Bathinda, March 24
Hundreds of medical students who are to appear in the entrance test for admission to the postgraduate courses in medicine and surgery in Punjab and Rajasthan have been put in a tight spot as the date of the entrance tests for both these examinations has been fixed at April 21 by the universities concerned.


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