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Cong, CPI euphoric over Malout win
Chandigarh, April 6
After the Malout triumph, the euphoria in the Congress and CPI camps is understandable as the “secular front” put up by them against the SAD-BJP alliance in the assembly elections has earned a much-needed morale-booster for the coming municipal elections in Punjab.

PPSC selections: another vet alleges corruption
Bathinda, April 6
After the allegations of corruption in the PPSC by Dr Poonam Batra, a gold medalist who was not selected for the post of Veterinary Officer, another M.V.Sc, Dr Gurparshad Duggal, has today revealed that interview for the said posts was shown to be conducted on December 26, 2001, although it was conducted on January 9 and 10 this year.

Saroj Rani gets regular bail
Patiala, April 6
District and Sessions Judge S. N. Aggarwal today granted regular bail to the Punjabi University Fine Arts Department Head, Dr Saroj Rani, and department technical assistant Jaspal Singh, who had been arrested in a case regarding attempt to rape of a department student in which they are co accused along with Vice Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Election of Barnala’s son challenged
Chandigarh, April 6
In less than two months after polling was held in the state of Punjab, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Dhuri constituency, Mr Iqbal Singh, today filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the election of Mr Gagganjit Singh Barnala.

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Bt cotton hybrids not for northern farmers 
Chandigarh, April 6
Shocking news for farmers of northern states — Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan — the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has not approved any variety of Bt cotton hybrids for sowing at the mass level. 

Govt withdraws letter on OSDs
Chandigarh, April 6
The Punjab Government has withdrawn the letter it had sent to all administrative Secretaries, heads of departments and others asking them to reconfirm from either the Chief Secretary or the Principal Secretary about any message conveyed to them on behalf of the Chief Minister by any of his political aide.

Bid to frame AGM lands employee in soup
Patiala, April 6
The local Vigilance Bureau has booked an employee who wanted to trap an Assistant General Manager of the State Bank of Patiala in the vigilance net by forcibly trying to bribe him in front of other employees in a branch of the bank in the city.

Mid-day meal scheme fails to take off
Chandigarh, April 6
Punjab has failed to implement the mid-day meal scheme, launched, nationwide, in August 1995. Initially, the scheme envisaged giving of 3 kg wheat\rice, a student, per month to cover primary schoolchildren.


Women family members work alongside farmers
Women family members work alongside farmers in fields in Bathinda district, where harvesting has started. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Fraud detected in time: Markfed MD
Chandigarh, April 6
Reacting to the news item ‘Fraud leaves Markfed poorer by crores’ , Mr S.S. Channy, MD, Markfed, has said the bogus purchase at Tibbi Khurd and Fattewala Hithar was detected at the right time.

Failed tubectomy: 1.20 lakh damages decreed
Bathinda, April 6
Mr Gurbir Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), has awarded Rs 1.20 lakh compensation to Mr Dev Sharan and Mrs Nirmala Devi, in a civil suit filed by them against the Punjab Government, Bathinda Civil Surgeon, and Medical Officer, PP unit, Civil Hospital, Bathinda. Mrs Nirmala Devi delivered twins even after having undergone sterilisation through Dr Ramesh Rani Thukral in the local civil hospital.

PSEB union to strike work on April 16
Jalandhar, April 6
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Employees Struggle Committee has decided to observe strike on April 16 in response to a call given by the Central Trade Union in protest against the move of the Central Government pertaining to the disinvestment of public sector units (PSU).

Students’ adieu to winged friends
Ropar, April 6
A function organised at the Ropar wetland to give a farewell to migratory birds enthralled ornithologists yesterday when after a span of about five years they sighted a rare bird, the bar-headed goose there.

Trust Chairmen to contest termination
Chandigarh, April 6
The Chairmen of all 21 dissolved Improvement Trusts in Punjab has decided to challenge the termination orders issued by the state government yesterday.

Divisional Engineer held for graft
Sangrur, April 6
Divisional Engineer Telecom (DET), Dhuri, B.N. Goyal was caught yesterday by Vigilance Bureau Officials when he was allegedly accepting Rs 2,000 “bribe” from Mr P.N. Singla, SDO (Indoor) in the Telecom Department at Dhuri.

Move to grant amnesty to cops opposed
Tarn Taran, April 6
The Khalra Mission Committee has opposed the move of the Punjab Government to grant blanket amnesty to the policemen accused of human rights violation while tackling militancy in the state.

‘Illegal’ pension cases to be probed


Gang of thieves busted
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 6
The district police claims to have arrested a gang of thieves during a naka and recovered stolen goods and cash looted from migrant labourers at Amloh town.

BJP leader killed over trifle
Phagwara, April 6
Migrant Hare Ram, member of the Gobindpura panchayat and president of the local Parvasi Cell of the BJP, was killed over a minor issue last midnight by his neighbours. The police has arrested Arun Singh and Ranjit Singh under Section 302 of the IPC in this connection, it was learnt today.


Medicos unhappy with exam schedule
Patiala, April 6
In a baffling move, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has decided to hold examination for 30 students who are in their final year of postgraduate studies in the three Government Medical Colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot, even as it is turning a deaf ear to the demands of 250-odd doctors of the same batch who had demanded that their view should have also been taken into consideration before deciding the examination schedule.

Free books for poor children
Phillaur, April 6
The Punjab Government will distribute 13,74,000 sets of books among poor and Dalit students of 16,000 schools of the state, said Punjab Social Welfare Minister Chaudhary Santokh Singh while talking to reporters here today.

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