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Punjab Cong in bind over free power
Chandigarh, April 14
The Congress government in Punjab led by Capt Amarinder Singh may have several sleepless nights ahead until it comes out with a plan whereby farmers would not get free power but would be suitably compensated.

UP liquor barons rule roost in Punjab
Liquor barons of Uttar Pradesh have succeeded in making inroads into the liquor trade of Punjab and these barons have got a major share through the auction of vends. With the entry of these barons in Punjab, the local traders have become apprehensive and feel insecure.

Absorption of six ‘galiara’ JEs into MC decried
Amritsar, April 14
The appointment of six persons as Junior Engineers has led to resentment among the Galiara project (Golden Temple beautification project ) employees. It is being alleged that these employees were employed on contract and regularised later reportedly in violation of government directions.

A host of issues before planning board
Chandigarh, April 14
The reconstitution of the Punjab State Planning Board with “professionals” from industry, trade, agriculture and education on April 11 has rekindled hope that the Congress government means business. The very appointment of Dr S.S. Johl, an eminent economist, as vice-chairman indicates this.


  BBMB staff oppose repatriation move
Ropar, April 14
To resist their repatriation from the Bhakra Beas Management Board, employees of the partner states serving here have formed a joint action committee. About 3,000 employees of the Punjab and Haryana Governments are facing the threat of repatriation to their states due to the decision taken by the Finance Departments of the state governments.


Badal ‘backing’ NDA for personal gains
Talwandi Sabo, April 14
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, alleged that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, SAD, was supporting the NDA government at the Centre for some personal interests.


MCs in financial crisis
Jalalabad, April 14
With the abolition of octroi in Punjab the financial health of municipal bodies has become precarious. The local Municipal Council has no funds to pay for their electricity bill and is facing the threat of disconnection. If this happens, the people of the town may have to live without drinking water and street lights this summer. According to local Municipal Council sources, a grant for Rs 11.86 lakh was due from the government towards the end of this financial year.

‘Snoring causes accidents, divorces’
Jalandhar, April 14
Snoring is one of the major reasons behind road accidents in India and abroad and broken marriages, particularly, in the western countries, where serious efforts are being made to contain the deadly sleep apnoea syndrome.

Irrigation tunnel inaugurated
Pathankot, April 14
Inaugurating the tunnel T-2 at Ranjit Sagar Dam, the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), said on Sunday it was a great occasion that irrigation tunnel T-2 had been made fully operative due to the hard work of engineers, staff and workmen.

US Red Cross team in Bathinda
Bathinda, April 14
A team of the American Red Cross was taken by surprise when some of the technicians expressed their ignorance about terms related to transfusion although they had been working in the local blood bank for many years.

Tributes paid to Ambedkar
Faridkot, April 14
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, unveiled the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar constructed at the cost of Rs 1 lakh on his 111th birthday at Ambedkar Bhavan here today.

Dang for probe into misuse of funds by Badal
Amritsar, April 14
Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, has drawn the attention of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to the alleged illegal collection of money in crores during the rule of his predecessor, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by illegally transferring land and property of various departments to PUDA and selling these as plots.

Operation Bluestar memorial: SGPC defers decision
Amritsar, April 14
The SGPC today deferred indefinitely its decision on raising a memorial to Operation Bluestar. In a press note the SGPC stated that the issue of the memorial had been kept pending. It stated that a final decision would be taken after consulting the Sikh high priests.

Sehajdhari Sikh Federation gets EC recognition
Ludhiana, April 14
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has been recognised by the Election Commission of India, as per Section 29-A of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951. This was stated here today by the president of the federation, Dr P.S. Ranu.

PPSC chief hospitalised
Patiala, April 14
The Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Mr Ravinder Paul Singh Sidhu, who is in judicial custody was admitted in the Central Jail hospital today when he complained of backache and diabetes.

ITBP official seeks security for land
Amritsar, April 14
Apprehending that his land may be illegally and forcibly occupied by his relatives and others in connivance with officials Mr Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Assistant Commandant, Indo- Tibetan Border Police, 4th battalion, has written to the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar to ensure safeguarding of his land.

Go for inter-caste nuptials, get Rs 25,000
Jalandhar, April 14
The state government today declared that an incentive of Rs 25,000 would be given to those who opted for inter-caste marriages.

Shutdown in power cut-free city
Bathinda, April 14
The joy of residents of this city knew no bounds when the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities declared it as the first power cut-free city of the state in September, 2001.

Shun tobacco, be rewarded
Bathinda, April 14
The Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the National Public Health Organisation has organised a contest in which any person taking tobacco for more than a year would be given a prize if he quitted it for four weeks.


Licences of 6 arhtiyas suspended
Sangrur, April 14
Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, has ordered the suspension of licences of six arhtiyas in three grain markets of this district for possessing fewer tarpaulins for this procurement season.



4 bank staffers booked in fraud case
Mansa, April 14
Four staff members of the local Land Mortgage Bank along with one of their touts have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act for bungling in the advancement of a loan while a sarpanch of Ulak village has been arrested for embezzling Rs 3.46 lakh meant for development.

Youth defrauded of 6 lakh, six booked
Phagwara, April 14
On the complaint of a youth of Narur village, Narinder Singh, the local police has registered a case of fraud, forgery, conspiracy and breach of trust under Sections 420, 406, 467, 468, 471 and 120 of the IPC and certain Sections of the Immigration Act against six persons.

Suicide bid by Dalit woman
Barnala, April 14
Babli (25), a Dalit daily-wage sweeper working in the local Civil Hospital, attempted suicide yesterday by setting herself on fire after sprinkling kerosene oil in her house in the Old Hospital Complex following alleged police torture.

Two car thieves arrested
Nawanshahr, April 14
Dr Naresh Kumar Arora, SSP, in a press statement issued here yesterday, said the local police had busted a gang of car thieves by arresting two members — Manjit Kumar and Raja — residents of Jalandhar, during a special checking operation on Saturday.


Paper-setters’ inefficiency decried
Mansa, April 14
Mr D. D. Singal, Principal, and Professor Achhru Singh, Head of English Department, Government Nehru Memorial Postgraduate College, Mansa, in a joint statement issued here yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the inefficiency of paper-setters appointed by Punjabi University, Patiala, for undergraduate classes in English.


Mobile labs to grade wheat in fields
Chandigarh, April 14
Markfed will shortly set up a world class testing laboratory at Ludhiana. Alongwith this, mobile laboratories for identification of wheat in fields are also likely to be set up, said Mr S.S. Channy, MD Markfed, while addressing a press conference here today.

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