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CM takes on Badal at his home turf
Malout, March 27
As dusty winds have started sweeping across the region, comrades, Congressmen and Akalis have flocked to this Assembly constituency from all parts of the state. One comes across a flood of blue and white turbans while moving across the constituency.

Move to drive wedge between Brar, CM?
Muktsar, March 27
Even as the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, and the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Jagmeet Brar, have been putting their best efforts jointly to register a victory for the Congress-CPI alliance candidate, Mr Nathu Ram, in the Malout Assembly elections, some vested interests have become active again to drive a wedge between them for “personal gains”.

Negative cash balance of PSEB
Ludhiana, March 27
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will be entering the new financial year with a negative cash balance of Rs 650 crore. Negative cash balance means that energy and coal bills, worth Rs 650 crore, will remain unpaid by March 31.

Octroi abolition to hit development
Amritsar, March 27
The abolition of octroi has dealt a blow to the development works in the city. The corporation budget for 2002-2003 leaves only 32 per cent of its tital allotment for development as against 53 per cent for corporation expenses that includes salaries, pensions and 15 per cent for contingency costs.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Rs 36-cr aid for border farmers: DC
Ferozepore, March 27
The Punjab Government has released an amount of Rs 36 crore as compensation to farmers of border villages whose fields have been damaged due to installation of mines by the Army.
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Uncertainty over jatha to Pak
Amritsar, March 27
Uncertainty prevails over the sending of jatha to Pakistan which is supposed to leave for Pakistan on April 8 as neither the SGPC nor Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president, Bhai Mardana Yadgari Trust, and Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, a former president Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, have received any signal from the centre or the state government so far.


Misappropriation of funds by forest officers
Jalandhar, March 27
Funds to the tune of Rs 79 lakh have been misappropriated by officers involved in the Central Government’s Japan project scheme for afforestation in Mahilpur and Garhshankar divisions. This was stated by the SP (Vigilance), Mr Ishwar Chander, here yesterday. 

Doctors’ body to hold conference on April 7
Sangrur, March 27
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) will organise its national conference on April 7, the World Health Day, at Ludhiana on “Peace, and sustainable development”.

‘Dead’ boy returns after 4 yrs
Amritsar, March 27
A teenaged boy, missing from a village near here and presumed to be dead four years ago, has returned hale and hearty. Partap Singh, reportedly missing since July 1998, returned to Jhander village in Majitha district recently.

IAF recruitment rally on April 4, 5
Chandigarh, March 27
The Airmen Selection Centre, Ambala, will hold a recruitment rally at Ferozepore on April 4 and 5 for the selection of candidates in non-technical trades of the Indian Air Force.

Fisheries Inspector released on bail
Mansa, March 27
Mr Mohinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa, today released Mr Suresh Kumar Goyal, Inspector, Fisheries Development Department, on bail. He was arrested by the police in connection with the manhandling of Mr Raj Kumar Garg, a former president of the District Bar Association, Mansa.

Theatre society honours former DC
Patiala, March 27
The Baradari gardens theatre movement launched by Mr J.S. Bir, former DC, Patiala, would continue to flourish under the patronage of the new Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, said Mr Pran Sabharwal, Director, National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala.

Payments worth crores likely to lapse
Amritsar, March 27
Even as the district treasuries all over the state have received no directives to remain open during the coming four days on account of gazetted holidays, the financial year closes today which may lead to lapse of crores of rupees in different districts.


Grievances heard at public darbar
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 27
Since the formation of new Congress government, the first “public darbar” to redress the grievances of the public was organised at Bachat Bhawan here today. Earlier, such darbars were named ‘Sangat Darshan’. In this darbar the officials of the district led by Deputy Commissioner and SSP heard the grievances of the people.

District credit plan launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 27
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vikas Pratap launched the district credit plan for the current year at a meeting of district bankers and the development agencies held here today.

Punjab Regt Officers’ Assn set up
Chandigarh, March 27
The Government of India has approved interaction between serving and retired officers of the Army. To this end the Punjab Regiment, the oldest in the Indian Army, has constituted the Punjab Regiment Officers Association (PROA). The regiment is the recipient of the highest battle honours and gallantry awards in the Army.

IT offices open on March 30, 31
Amritsar, March 27
Mr Mohinder Singh and Mr S.K. Misra, Commissioners of Income Tax in a press note issued here today informed that all five Income Tax Department offices of Amritsar and Pathankot range would remained open for the limited purpose of accepting of returns on March 30 and 31.

Opposition slams MC budget
Amritsar, March 27
Heated arguments followed the presentation of the annual budget for 2002-2003 in the House meeting here today. The proposal to give water supply and sewerage facilities free of cost to residential buildings at a recent meeting came for a rap by the Opposition councillors who alleged that the budget was bogus as an amount of more than Rs 9 crore had been shown as income from this facility.

884.68 cr credit plan launched
Sangrur, March 27
The Rs 884.68 crore annual credit plan of the district for 2002-3, prepared by the State Bank of Patiala, was launched by Mr Devinder Pal Singh Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), at a meeting of the District Consultative Committee held under his presidentship here yesterday.


Youth beaten to death
Bathinda, March 27
Rajiv Pathak, a local youth and member of an orchestra party, was allegedly beaten to death this evening on the Bathinda-Barnala bypass road by some youths suspected to be members of a marriage party.

Milk vendor shot at
Bathinda, March 27
Palli Singh, a milk vendor, was shot at by a owner of a cement store here this morning after their arguments turned hot.


Seminar on national integration
Patiala, March 27
The Punjabi University National Integration Chair organised a seminar on national integration in collaboration with the State College of Education here, yesterday.


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