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PSEB seeks hike in tariff
Ludhiana, April 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board will be needing Rs 120 crore to Rs 140 crore per month to purchase power to meet the energy needs of the state in the coming months. The requirement of funds has been assessed on the basis of the current level of billing and anticipated power requirements of the state during summer.

No to debate on Gujarat in LS shameful: Jakhar
Abohar, April 17
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Mr Bal Ram Jakhar said if the National Democratic Alliance was confident of its majority in the Lok Sabha, it should have proved it on the floor of the House by voting on the Gujarat issue.

Badal shedding crocodile tears: Mann
Chandigarh, April 17
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today opened a new front against the Shiromani Akali Dal and its President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by accusing them of shedding crocodile tears over violence against minorities in Gujarat and the implication of certain Dal leaders and workers in police cases by the Congress government in Punjab.

Farmers in vicious circle
Crops, animals fall prey to selenium
Nawanshahr, April 17
Farmers of some villages along the borderline of Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur districts, their animals and crops, have gradually fallen prey to deadly visible and invisible effects of overdose of selenium, present in their soil.




Food and Supplies officials get 4-yr RI
Sangrur, April 17
Mr R. P. Nagrath, Special Judge, has awarded four years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,500 each to the two accused — Surinder Kumar Gupta, Inspector, Food and Civil Supplies, and Ishar Sarup Singh, junior assistant in the same department — in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Pathankot a haven for liquor smugglers
Pathankot, April 17
The town has become a ‘safe’ haven for illicit liquor smugglers. In the past about one year, this illegal trade has been flourishing in the town. A number of unauthorised shops have been opened by the traders with the connivance of the higher-ups.


Punjab denies stoppage of ads to daily
Chandigarh, April 17
Highly placed sources in the Punjab government have denied that it had stopped the release of government advertisements to a prominent Jalandhar-based language daily for its alleged persistent anti-Congress and pro-Akali slant in the coverage of news and views.


A monkey beats the heat
A monkey beats the heat with a watermelon as the mercury goes up in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Stay on octroi abolition notice sought
Chandigarh, April 17
Adding a twist to the octroi controversy, former Municipal Councillor and petitioner in the case, Mathura Dass, has sought directions for initiating contempt proceedings against the state of Punjab and other respondents for “making a false statement, besides filing a false affidavit in the court”.

Watch your ward’s progress on website
Amritsar, April 17
Good news for parents. Now they would be watching the performance/attendance of their wards and teachers on the website from the coming academic session, which commences from July 1.

Vaids, hakims in tizzy over ban
Bathinda, April 17
Resentment prevails among vaids and hakims practising ayurvedic and unani systems of medicine in Punjab as the authorities have directed them to surrender their certificates to the department and they could not practise in the state.

3 kids charred to death
Hoshiarpur, April 17
Three children were charred to death when fire engulfed the jhuggis in which they were staying in the ‘mand’ belt along the Beas near Talwara township in the district last night.

Dissolution of panel to hit SGPC credibility
Amritsar, April 17
The credibility of sub-committees constituted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to probe various irregularities, mismanagement or scams is at stake after the dissolving of the three-year-old inquiry panel to probe charges against Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar Kesgarh Sahib and Giani Kewal Singh, the then Jathedar, Damdama Sahib.


Power stopped to tubewells in border villages
Gurdaspur, April 17
Resentment prevails among residents of Dorangla sector in this district for the PSEB has abruptly disconnected connections to the tubewells in more than 15 border villages.


Traffic police staff transferred
Kapurthala, April 17
Mr R. N. Dhoke, Senior Superintendent of Police, today ordered the transfer of traffic police staff at Phagwara to the local police line on the charge of dereliction of duty. He also placed under suspension Sub-Inspector Baldev Krishan, incharge traffic to Phagwara for not discharging his duties honestly.

Ordinance likely on market committees
Chandigarh, April 17
The Punjab Government is contemplating issuing an ordinance to enable it to dissolve the nominated market committees. Informed sources said the issue would come up at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Resignation of law  officers accepted
Chandigarh, April 17
In less two months after the Congress government took over in Punjab, the resignation of 27 law officers was accepted today, while the services of other three were dispensed with.

MC employees stage dharna
Bathinda, April 17
On a call by the Punjab Municipal Workers Struggle Committee, employees of the local municipal council staged a dharna in front of the office of the council to press the authorities to accept their demands.


11 persons beaten up, robbed
Hoshiarpur, April 17
Panic prevailed in the local Bahadurpur area and adjoining Bhangi choe and in Bassi Gulam Hussain village last night when a group of 10-15 looters started mercilessly beating passersby with lathis and resorted to looting at Bhangi choe at about 9.15 p.m.

Moneylender, wife robbed, murdered
Sangrur, April 17
In a broad daylight dacoity, Madan Lal (52), a small money lender and his wife Sneh Lata were murdered with a sharp edged weapon by some unidentified dacoits in the Partap Nagar locality at about 9-30 am here today.

SAD leader’s husband murdered
Bathinda, April 17
Teja Singh Toofan, a renowned Dhadi (ballad singer) and husband of Ms Darshan Kaur Toofan, a senior SAD leader, was allegedly murdered here this evening by a man and his two sons.

Doctor caught taking bribe
Faridkot, April 17
Dr Jaswant Singh, incharge, of the De-addiction centre, here was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 by a team of vigilance bureau led by DSP, Mr Mchal Singh.

Cop suspended on bribe charge
Phagwara, April 17
Head Constable Gurdial Singh, who was working as a chief munshi at the Satnampura police station here, has been suspended and sent to police lines, Kapurthala, for taking illegal gratification.

Scared shopkeepers of street No. 6
Bathinda, April 17
Shopkeepers of street No. 6 near the local Bhana Mall Trust have become an anxious lot. They lock the shops as before, but pull them again and again. Just to make sure they haven’t been lax while locking. Two theft incidents took place in the street in less than a week.

Five held for stealing gurdwara offerings
Moga, April 17
The Moga police claims to have busted a gang involved in taking away money for after breaking open the ‘golaks’ (collection boxes) of gurdwaras. It has arrested five members of the gang, while the sixth one is at large.


Medical teachers’ panel for return of money
Patiala, April 17
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association today demanded that the money collected from enhanced student fee and NRI seats in medical colleges should be immediately returned to the institutions so as to improve the facilities of medical colleges and hospitals.

PCCTU threatens to boycott exams
Amritsar, April 17
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has threatened to boycott university examinations to be conducted in May to force the government to implement pension and gratuity scheme and release pending grants to the college due since November 2001.

Students demand grace marks
Batala, April 17
Students of B. Com (III) of the local S. L. Bawa DAV College who have appeared in the final examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, are worried about the style of question papers being set this year.

Exhibition opened at KV
Patiala, April 17
The annual function of Kendriya Vidyala No. 1, a model school of Chandigarh region, saw Brig. C.S. Harika, Deputy General Officer Commanding, inaugurating the exhibition of science, social science, art and art and craft models prepared by children before the commencement of a stage show.

Students seek resignation of Principal
Amritsar, April 17
Even as the strike of the National Students Union of India at the local Laxmi Narain Ayurvedic College entered the third day today, students of the college sought the resignation of Dr D.C. Pandey, Principal of the college.


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