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Will proposed panels help Punjab?
Chandigarh, April 8
Will the setting up of committees proposed by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to tackle the state’s problems on the fiscal, agriculture and industrial fronts serve any purpose? Or will it be another exercise in futility and delaying tactics to bell the cat?

Transfer of PPSC Secretary cancelled twice earlier
Chandigarh, April 8
The case that got PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu in the Vigilance net had been pending with him for the past several months. It was somewhere in the middle of last year that the Punjab Government recommended a list of 13 names under the “C” register for filling one post of PCS officer.

SHSAD backs govt on corruption issue
Phagwara, April 8
Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra has supported the Punjab Government’s campaign against corruption and setting up of a judicial commission to prove corruption charges against several Akali-BJP minister, including former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and civil and police officials, stressing on need for a clean, honest, transparent and impartial steps against corruption.

Civic body polls challenged
Chandigarh, April 8
The decision of the newly-elected Punjab Government to hold elections to the Municipal Corporations of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar, without fresh delimitation and fresh rotation of reserved wards, was challenged in a writ petition by Mr Satish Kumar Khurana and three other residents of Ludhiana in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

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Badal alleges booth capturing in Malout poll
Patiala, April 8
Former Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today alleged that widespread booth capturing had taken place during the Malout Assembly elections.

Regional parties to form front on April 13
Phagwara, April 8
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, SHSAD General Secretary, said today that formation of a national front of regional parties (NFRP) will be announced at Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, on Baisakhi for strengthening states and off-set the NDA Government’s move usher in a “unitary system” in the country.


Witness identifies 2 photographs of hijackers
Patiala, April 8
A CBI court, hearing the IC 184 hijacking case here, today recorded the statements of two witnesses who were passengers in the Indian Airlines plane which was hijacked and taken to Afghanistan in December, 1999.

SAD (A) denounces death sentence to Bhullar
Amritsar, April 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) while denouncing the death sentence to one Devinder Paul Singh Bhullar, who was deported from Germany, said that a person extradited from an other country could not be awarded death sentence.

Southern bypass takes shape finally
Patiala, April 8
The southern bypass, a project which had been hanging fire since 1981 and is likely to be a boon for the city with traffic going to Sangrur no longer needing to enter the city, is finally taking shape with the government issuing a final notification for acquisition of the remaining part of the land to build the bypass.

Snag in health training scheme
Chandigarh, April 8
All is not well at the Multipurpose Health Workers’ (Male) Training School in Amritsar. Functioning under a centrally-sponsored scheme, almost 98 per cent expenditure is on salaries.

Court dismisses plea against demolition
Bathinda, April 8
The issue pertaining to the unauthorised construction of a shopping complex on a huge piece of Wakf Board’s land in the heart of the city took a new turn when Mr Gurbir Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), dismissed the application of Baba Santa Singh for permanent injunction against Municipal Council authorities to restrain them from demolishing it.

Strike in hospitals as doctor assaulted
Amritsar, April 8
Doctors of Government Medical College and associated hospitals called a strike here today following an assault on a doctor on Saturday night in the emergency ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.

‘Ensure adequate water supply’
Mansa, April 8
While disposing of the complaint of the residents of the local Chand Singh Chahal Street, Mr M.R. Garg, president, and Mr Sarat Chander, member of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, respectively, issued directions to the Executive Officer, local municipal council, and the SDO, Punjab Water Supply & Sewerage Board (PWS&SB) here, to ensure adequate supply of potable water to the residents of the street, including the complainant.

MCs facing financial crisis
Mansa, April 8
The municipal councils in the district are facing worst type of financial crisis apparently caused by the abolition of octroi by the erstwhile Badal government just before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

Sculpture kicks up row
The sculpture of a mermaid installed at the border checkpost, where hundreds of persons come daily to witness the Retreat ceremony by the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers, has become a subject of criticism.

Health services in a shambles
Gurdaspur, April 8
Health care in the district is a shambles and the worst affected area in this regard is the border belt. As many as 55 posts of medical officer are lying vacant. Most of these vacancies are in the primary health centres at Narot Jaimal Singh, Bamial, Taragarh, Kalanaur and Dera Baba Nanak.

Conference of panches on April 10
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 8
A conference of Panches, Sarpanches and members of Gram Sabhas is being organised here on the administrative complex on April 10. This was disclosed by Mr Baldev Singh Sidhu, A D C (Development), here today.

Ultra remanded in police custody
Amritsar, April 8
Dreaded terrorist Gurdev Singh, alias Pappi, was today remanded in police custody for three days by Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kishore Kumar here.


Grant released for farmers
Ferozepore, April 8
The district administration of Ferozepore has released Rs 16 crore to the SDMs of the district for distribution among the farmers affected due to the laying of mines and other activities of the Army in the irrigated lands of the border areas.


CMs urged not to withdraw BBMB staff
Chandigarh, April 8
The Beas and Bhakra Employees Federation, Sunder Nagar, today urged the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers not to withdraw their staff on deputation with the BBMB.

MC employees strike work
Sangrur, April 8
Members of the local Municipal Employees’ Union today began an indefinite pen-down strike and organised a dharna in the complex of the Municipal Council here, protesting against the non-payment of salaries to them for March. They also raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

Civil Hospital gets X-ray, ultrasound
Abohar, April 8
With the installation of an X-ray machine and hi-tech ultrasound equipment, Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital, here, has become the second best government hospital in the district after the 100-bedded one at Ferozepore, said Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, former minister, and Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, while inaugurating the new facilities on Saturday.


8 held for immoral trafficking
Moga, April 8
The police, in a special drive here, has arrested eight persons, including a husband and wife team, involved in immoral trafficking.


REC students want Principal to retire
Jalandhar, April 8
While criticising the Punjab Minister for Technical Education, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, for his alleged failure to retire the college Principal, Mr H.S. Sagar despite the clear instructions of the Central Government in this regard, the striking students of Regional Engineering College (REC) today burnt the effigy of Mr Sagar on the college complex here to register their protest.

PG college in Ferozepore sought
Ferozepore, April 8
Most of college-going students in the city, especially those belonging to the rural areas, are unaware of their future prospects. With no clear priorities, most of them drift through college, wasting precious time and money.


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