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Vigilance sleuths search Sidhu’s office
Patiala, April 1
Punjab vigilance sleuths today searched the office of PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu even as all five members of the commission got together to hold a meeting to discuss the extraordinary circumstances created after the arrest of the Chairman.

3 held for ‘bogus’ paddy purchase
Amritsar, April 1
The Vigilance Department today arrested three persons in connection with “bogus” purchase of 4500 bags of paddy worth about Rs 15 lakh which was shown as procured by Markfed from Verowal Mandi in this district during the off season.

Govt to take 6,200-cr loan to procure wheat
Patiala, April 1
The Punjab Agricultural Advisory Committee Chairman, Dr S.S. Johl, said today that there would not be any problem in procuring wheat with the government set to take a Rs 6,200 crore loan from the Reserve Bank of India for the purpose.

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Preneet addresses rallies in Malout
Malout, April 1
After Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his wife Preneet Kaur MP, addressed a series of election rallies in the town late last evening for the Congress-CPI alliance candidate, Mr Nathu Ram.

Ahluwalia adamant
he Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, appears to be in no mood to oblige the Punjab Government by submitting his resignation. A series of meetings with senior functionaries of the state government during the past few days have reportedly ended in a deadlock.

Saru Rana impleaded in VC case
Chandigarh, April 1
Ms Saru Rana, complainant in the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor case, was today ordered to be impleaded as a party in the petition filed by the VC seeking the quashing of a first information report registered in the matter.

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Factions summoned at Akal Takht
Ropar, April 1
The fight between the two factions over the control of the management of Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Ropar took a new turn today with the faction headed by the former President, Mr Gurdev Singh Kohli, appointing Mr Gurmukh Singh as President.

Minister patronising encroachers?
Jalandhar, April 1
While accusing the state Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee of patronising and encouraging encroachers the Punjab BJP today demanded that the Chief Minister should intervene to remove the encroachments on government land in the district.

Pakistan national languishing in jail
Amritsar, April 1

All goodwill gestures that have marked the much hyped highs of Indo-Pak relations seem to have bypassed Mukhtyar Ahmed, a Pakistan national, who has been languishing in Amritsar Central jail even five years after the completion of his seven-year sentence.

Judicial remand for Keetu till April 15
Barnala, April 1
Though Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA here was today remanded in judicial custody till April 15 when he was produced in the court of Mr Rakesh Gupta, Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate (First Class), the district police had to face a tough time at the local courts complex.

Garbage collects as employees’ strike continues
Nawanshahr, April 1
The ongoing strike of employees, including safai karamcharis of the local municipal council, for the past one week in protest against the non-payment of salaries, has started causing inconvenience to the residents here as piles of garbage, filth and chocked drains dotting the town. 

Cong for promotion of Punjabi
Phagwara, April 1
The Congress MLA from Phagwara and a former Punjab Minister, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, today asserted that the Congress was more committed to the promotion of Punjabi language than Akalis who were raising objections about its use in the Vidhan Sabha just to divert public attention from the crusade launched by the Congress government against corruption.

Soldiers train guns on illiteracy
Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur) April 1

It is a military campaign that breaks through illiteracy. A teaching mission called “Jagran has been initiated by the Army in the border area of Kasowal which aims at promoting educational awareness among unschooled rural children and their parents.

Medical allowance to Railways pensioners stopped
Bathinda, April 1
The Punjab Law Forum has alleged that pensioners of the Railways Department were not given medical allowance to which they were entitled to as per the recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission.

Doctor's repatriation right step: PCMSA
Bathinda, April 1
The National Medicos Forum, Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association, and the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association have welcomed the decision of the government to repatriate doctors who were on deputation to city hospitals.

IMA seeks concessions for private doctors
Barnala, April 1
The Punjab Indian Medical Association has urged the Punjab Government to give concessions and patronage to doctors serving in the private sector, charging of electricity bills at domestic rates instead of commercial rates, provisions for soft-term loans to private doctors, and creating infrastructure in the rural and semi-urban areas to bring down the costly treatment.

Salmon good for heart: cardiologist
Phambian (Hoshiarpur), April 1
“Eskimos and other salmon eaters have little chance of contracting a heart disease,” says Dr Brij Bhambi, one of the top cardiologists of Indian origin in the USA and the Chief of Staff of the California-based Central Cardiology Medical Clinic.

Film producer gets police remand
Phagwara, April 1
A Punjabi film producer, arrested yesterday under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 24 of the Immigration Act for cheating Gurmej Lal of Balalon village and Saravjit Singh of Khusropur village by promising to send them to the USA, was today remanded in police custody till April 3.

Drowned woman was mentally ill, says brother
Bathinda, April 1
Kailash Chander, a local resident and brother of Sneh Lata, who had drowned a few days ago in a lake of the local thermal plant, has said she did not have any marital problem and no case had been registered as had appeared in a section of the Press.


Bathinda credit plan launched
Bathinda, April 1
The annual credit plan for the district for the financial year 2002-2003 was launched today by Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner. The Rs 512.41-crore scheme would cover 2,69,215 beneficiaries under various categories.

Sirhind SHO suspended
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 1
Mr B. Chandra Sekhar, SSP, today suspended Kashmira Singh, SHO, Sirhind, and sent him to the police lines for not handling the custodial death of a former sarpanch properly. 


Poppy husk worth 2 lakh seized, 5 held
Bathinda, April 1
The district police has arrested five persons and seized poppy husk worth Rs 2 lakh from them. In a press note issued here today, the district police chief, Mr Ishwar Singh, said those arrested included Pargat Singh, a resident of Dina village in Moga district, Jaswant Singh, alias Babbal, Sukhwinder Singh and Baljinder Singh.


GND varsity appoints two Deans
Amritsar, April 1
The Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, has appointed Dr Bikramjit Singh Ghumman, a Professor in the School of Punjabi Studies Dean, Academic Affairs, and Dr R.K. Bedi, a Professor in the Physics Department, Dean, Students Welfare.

Candidates contest B.Ed results
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 1
Though the much-awaited result of the B.Ed candidates belonging to this district, who had applied for the ETT posts, were declared today, many candidates have contested the list declared by the department .

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