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SAD bid to get MC poll postponed
To file writ petition in High Court
Jalandhar, April 7
In a bid to get the ensuing municipal corporation poll in the state scheduled for May postponed, the SAD decided to file a writ petition in the high court against the state government for its decision not to hold fresh demarcation of wards on a rotation basis as mandatory in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act.

Varsity unable to sign MoU with IMD
Amritsar, April 7
Owing to the indifferent attitude of the state government, which has not fulfilled its commitment to fund the earthquake centre, Guru Nanak Dev University here is unable to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

‘Genetically modified cotton seed soon’
Ludhiana April 7
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research ( ICAR) is coordinating a prestigious project in association with leading agricultural research institutes and universities to bring out indigenous genetically modified seeds of cotton.

WB loan for potable water to rural areas
Bathinda, April 7
The Punjab Government has initiated steps to secure a World Bank loan, which was refused to it a few years ago when the then state government decided to supply free of cost electricity and water to the agriculture sector.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Sehajdharis claim credit for Cong victory
Bathinda, April 7
Mr P.S. Ranu, President of the Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal (SSAD) has said the victory of Mr Nathu Ram in the Malout elections was due to the stand of the Congress to give voting rights to sehajdharis in the SGPC elections.

CM indulging in vendetta, says MLA
Barnala, April 7
Punjabis in general and SAD workers in particular will not tolerate injustice and excesses committed by the Punjab Government led by Capt Amarinder Singh because soon after assuming office Capt Amarinder had started humiliating elected representatives of people by registering false and politically motivated cases against them.


PWD turns blind eye to violations
Amritsar, April 7
Blatant construction activity in gross violation of the Development Act is being carried out with the connivance of property dealers and agents while the PWD authorities and the police responsible for monitoring and taking action against the violators are allegedly turning a blind eye.

Cops check antecedents on sadhus, beggars

Bathinda, April 7
To nab criminals operating in the guise of sadhus and beggars the district police chief has asked officials of police and the Railways to keep a check on those living near the platform.

Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP (extreme right), makes enquiries about the antecedents of a 'sadhu' at Bathinda railway station on Sunday. 
— Photo  by Kulbir Beera

Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP

Special security at Jammu station: DRM
Phagwara, April 7
Mr J.S. Marwaha, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ferozepore Division, Northern Railways, today told newspersons since the Jammu track was the most vulnerable section in the division, special precautions and security steps had been initiated after the August 7, 2001, firing by terrorists at the Jammu platform and the Doraha blast.

Seminar stresses on health education
Faridkot, April 7
The North Zone Chapter ASI (Surgery) Association, a unit of the local Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, organised a northern zone seminar on continuing medical education (CME) here today.

Water supply schemes inaugurated
Hoshiarpur, April 7
Punjab Assembly Speaker Dr Kewal Krishan inaugurated a water supply scheme at Karari village in the sub-mountainous area of Mukerian subdivision of the district.

Chawla heads talk on female foeticide
Amritsar, April 7
Religious and social stalwarts came together to deliberate on the growing trend of female foeticide. Spearheading the movement was Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP leader, and Shakti, an organisation which works for the uplift of women, which organised the discussion here today.

Men with no sperm ‘can have kids’
Jalandhar, April 7
One of the greatest revolutions in the treatment of male infertility is the introduction of intracytoplasm sperm injection (ICSI) technique by virtue of which a man with absolutely no sperm in his semen could father his biological child.

Youth ‘tortured’ by police
Sangrur, April 7
A 25-year-old youth Swaran Singh of Changal village was allegedly “tortured” and “beaten up” at the local police station by an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI).

Dogs attack girl, bite off arm, leg
Abohar, April 7
Stray dogs would have eaten up a class III student had her friends not escaped and informed parents of the victim. Residents of Alamgarh village told newspersons at the Civil Hospital that four girls, below the age of 10 years had gone to the fields near a cremation ground responding to the call of nature today.

Andolan leader in Rajpura
Rajpura, April 7
Dalit Dastan Virodhi Andolan leader Jai Singh, who is leading a march to Delhi from Phillaur after the alleged attack on the rehabilitation centre set up by him for bonded labourers, arrived here last evening.

Badal to take up jatha issue with PM
Phagwara, April 7
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today said he would take up with the Centre the issue of sending Sikh jathas to Pakistan on Baisakhi.

Conference of panches, sarpanches
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 7
A conference of panches, sarpanches and gram sabhas is being organised in the administrative complex here on April 10 and 11, Mr Baldev Singh Sidhu, ADC (Development) said while addressing a meeting here recently.


Wheat arrivals pick up
Chandigarh, April 7
Wheat arrivals in Punjab mandis are steadily picking up. So far, 943 tonnes of wheat has reached different mandis.


Keetu booked in another fraud case
Barnala, April 7
Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA, was booked in another case by the police yesterday. Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon, SSP, told newspersons here today that a fresh case of misappropriation of funds of the Barnala Truck Operators Union had been registered against Mr Keetu who was also the President of the Truck Union, Barnala.

Fraud case against FCI officer
Moga, April 7
The police has registered a case of fraud against a senior officer of the Moga depot of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) owner of a rice mill and others for allegedly replacing the fine quality custom-milled rice with sub-standard and broken rice in the FCI stock in ‘connivance’ with some employees of the corporation.


GND varsity centre convocation held
Jalandhar, April 7
Expressing concern about the trend among people for not adhering to their constitutional duties for the development of society, Mr Justice M.M.Kumar yesterday asserted that students and press community could play a significant role in giving a new shape to the country.

JAC decries extension to arrested employee
Patiala, April 7
The Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising teachers, students and non-teaching employees of Punjabi University, has alleged that the Vice-Chancellor has given an extension of six months to Jaspal Singh, an ad-hoc employee of the Fine Arts Department, who along with Ms Saroj Rani, in charge of the same department, was arrested by the local police here in a case pertaining to their alleged involvement in attempt to rape case lodged by Saru Rana against the Vice-Chancellor.


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