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Low turnout at Cong rally
Talwandi Sabo, April 13
The first rally of the Congress here after forming its government in the state failed to attract people in the absence of senior leaders at Baisakhi here today.
The Transport Minister, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, and some present and former MLAs were all that the Congress offered to the people.

SAD moots ‘campaign’ against Congress
Talwandi Sabo, April 13
The speeches of leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal, at the Baisakhi festival here today, indicated that the party was going to launch a massive campaign against the Congress government in the near future as most of them talked of alleged atrocities by the Congress on Akali workers and leaders during its about one-and-a-half-month rule in the state.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and SAD chief, discusses a point with Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and SAD chief, discusses a point with Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, while Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, former Punjab minister, looks on at the SAD (B) conference at Talwandi Sabo on Saturday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Farmers head South to buy Bt cotton seed
Chandigarh, April 13
There is a lot of confusion about the sowing of Bt cotton seed in Punjab. The legal position on its sowing is not clear yet. The Union Government’s authorities concerned have not cleared any variety of Bt cotton for Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Anandpur Sahib


SGPC to discuss “siropa” issue
Talwandi Sabo, April 13
Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, today sided with Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar on the issue of not giving a “siropa” to Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, saying that there was no illwill behind the move but it was only a communication gap that caused.

107 IAS, PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, April 13
Continuing its four-week-old practice of ordering transfers around midnight, the Punjab Government at 1 a.m. today ordered the transfer of 107 IAS and PCS officers.

VC loyalist urges Akal Takht to summon CM
Patiala, April 13
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia’s loyalist, who heads the World Sikh Intellectual Council, today urged the Akali Takht to summon the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh for insulting the august bodyby turning away from the Amritsar Declaration.

INA veteran may battle Centre
Amritsar, April 13
Capt Laxmi Sehgal, a close associate of Netaji Subhas Chander Bose, after fighting the British relentlessly from the jungles of Rangoon (Burma) as commanding officer of the Rani Jhansi Regiment may fight yet another battle against the Centre to seek justice for freedom fighters.

Capt Lakshmi Sehgal with CPM leader Vijay Mishra at Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Capt Lakshmi Sehgal with CPM leader Vijay Mishra


Municipal Act may be reviewed
Phagwara, April 13
The Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Jagjit Singh, yesterday hinted that the Punjab Municipal Act could be reviewed. He was speaking at a press conference here.
Declaring that the Congress would contest the coming corporation elections on the party symbol, he maintained that redemarcation of wards could not be done till the complete 2001 census report was received.

Preneet Kaur to call shots in Patiala MC poll
Patiala, April 13
From being a complete green horn to emerging victorious in the last parliamentary elections and then literally managing her husband Capt Amarinder Singh’s election to the Patiala assembly seat, Mrs Preneet Kaur is likely to witness a further expansion in her political role with she being expected to call the shots in the coming Municipal Corporation elections in the city.


Baisakhi celebrated with fervour
Anandpur Sahib, April 13
Lakhs of pilgrims thronged Anandpur Sahib on the occasion of Baisakhi today. The three-day Baisakhi celebrations at Anandpur Sahib, the birth place of the Khalsa, began yesterday.

CPM’s effort to preserve Punjabiat
Chandigarh, April 13
Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM today inaugurated a Freedom Movement Heritage Preservation and Propaganda Centre here. The centre will highlight Punjab’s contribution to the freedom movement.

He baptised two lakh persons
SAS Nagar, April 13
Jathedar Fauja Singh, who died on April 7 and whose bhog will be held here tomorrow, served twice as the Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib and was also in charge of the Punjabi Suba Morcha.

Sikh intellectuals’ panel to be set up
Ludhiana, April 13
To retain the independent identity of the Sikh Panth and to restore its glory, the Panthic Morcha will set up a committee of Sikh intellectuals. The committee will formulate a programme to achieve the desired goal.

Rally by Punjab bank employees
Patiala, April 13
On a call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions, about 500 employees of banks held a rally in front of the head office of the State Bank of Patiala here to protest against the sale disinvestment of public sector units and the tax imposed on the working class.

Saini honoured
Patiala, April 13
Judicial officers of the Patiala Sessions Division have honoured Mr N.S. Saini, Secretary General, All India Judges Association, for his selfless fight for the cause of judicial officers.


Evasion of stamp duty detected
Kapurthala, April 13
Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, Deputy Commissioner, has issued a charge sheet to Surinder Singh, a Revenue patwari and show cause notices to Mrs Daljit Kaur and Gurdip Pal Verma, both registration clerks in the local Tehsildar’s office for the evasion of stamp duty and for a tampering the jamabandi of the land and showing the same to be situated out of the municipal limit.


5 detained in UCO Bank robbery case
Jalandhar, April 13
As the daylight bank robbery generated a sense of insecurity among local residents, entire police administration virtually chose to be tight-lipped about the incident and remained out of reach today.

Coop bank MD held on graft charges
Amritsar, April 13
The vigilance team has arrested Surinder Paul Singh Chhina, Managing Director, Central Cooperative Bank, Amritsar, on corruption charges. Chhina was arrested from Chandigarh by a vigilance team last evening. Chhina was once a confidant of Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, the then Cooperative Minister, who later established links with the Congress high command.

Rs 50 lakh fraud played on coop bank
Badhni Kalan (Moga), April 13
The police has registered a case against Daudhar Agriculture Cooperative Society president, vice-president, secretary and 23 others for allegedly playing a fraud of Rs 50 lakh with the Central Cooperative Bank branch, Daudhar.

Gang of cheats busted, 5 held
Faridkot, April 13
The Faridkot police has busted a gang of five swindlers who had defrauded persons in various parts of the state of over Rs 10 lakh during the past two years and half. They have been identified as Bhola Singh, Resham Singh, Major Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Kirpal Singh, all local residents. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered against them.


Focal point industrialists seek Amarinder’s help
Patiala, April 13
Entrepreneurs who had taken up plots at the local Focal Point developed in 1995 have now appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, to intervene on the issue of high land prices charged by PSIEC from the industrialists, much after the plots had been given to them, which had led to surrendering of plots by about a 100 allottees and was the main reason why the Focal Point had not developed till now.

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