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PSEB cautions farmers against poor power supply
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board cautioning farmers not to expect adequate power supply for paddy sowing before June 10 and a warning to urban and rural domestic consumers to get ready for long hours of power cut is only half the story. The full story is get ready for “darkness”.

PTU decision upsets VCs
CET candidates left confused
Amritsar, April 18
The Vice-Chancellors of various universities in the state are on a confrontation path following the unilateral decision of Punjab Technical University to conduct the combined entrance test on behalf of all universities.

Assured jobs to kin of ‘war heroes’
Chandigarh, April 18
Under a new policy decision, the Punjab Government will provide assured Class I, II, III and IV jobs to disabled “war heroes”, or their widows or dependent family members in cases where martyrdom has been achieved.

Assembly golden jubilee function on May 3
Chandigarh, April 18
An event of historical significance and marked by nostalgia will take place on the floor of the Punjab Assembly soon. On May 3 all former and present lawmakers of post-Independence Punjab will get together in the Assembly. The august gathering will be celebrating the golden jubilee of the Assembly with great fanfare.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Sidhu case: remand for hawala suspect
Kharar, April 18
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate here today remanded Mrs Surinder Kaur, who was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Department on the charge of sending money of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Chairman PPSC, through hawala transaction abroad, in police custody till April 20 and ordered that she should be produced in the court at 11 am on April 20.

Punjab looks towards Bollywood for funds
Chandigarh, April 18
The cash-starved Punjab Government has started looking towards Bollywood to generate funds for promoting cultural activities in the state. A government statement said today that heroes like Sunny Deol and his father, Dharmendra, would be approached for the promotion of "culture activities and financing" of the Punjab Arts Council, besides seeking assistance from business and industrial houses.


No plan to remove Rinwa: Bhatia
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab unit of the BJP said today that there was no truth in the reports that head of the state unit of the party, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, would be replaced with a new face. Mr Raj Bhatia, office secretary of the party, said certain vested interest with an aim to damage the party were floating such reports in the media.

Disqualify Mann as MP, demands SSF
Amritsar, April 18
In a communication to the President of India, the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has sought disqualification of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann as member Parliament, and urged the Chief Election Commission to derecognise SAD (A) for openly supporting the formation of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.


Speed up inquiry into gold theft case: farmers
Patiala, April 18
The Young Farmers Club has represented to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to ensure swift completion of inquiry into the case pertaining to alleged robbery of 100 kg of gold from the ancestral haveli of a former Prime Minister of Patiala state in Bakshiwala village in the district.

Habitat Centre, aerodrome for city royale
Patiala, April 18
Patiala is all set to have a Habitat Centre of its own on the lines of the International Habitat Centre at Delhi with the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) already in the process of identifying a suitable site for the project in the city.

No headway in bank robbery case
Jalandhar, April 18
Even as the last week’s sensational broad daylight bank robbery has left residents shell-shocked and insecure, the district police is still groping in the dark as it has failed to make any headway into the crime. The crime involved two unidentified robbers who had walked away after looting Rs 16.53 lakh and locking the entire staff of UCO Bank’s Model House branch.

DC for early disposal of public complaints
Sangrur, April 18
Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, today directed district heads of all departments to redress public complaints within the stipulated period. He also warned them that any type of failure on the part of an officer in this connection would lead to an action.

Bungling in MC voters’ list alleged
Amritsar April 18
The final voters list is yet to be made available to a majority of political parties in the fray despite the fact that today was the last date for filing of objection in the voters list for civil poll.

Two killed in rail mishap
Bathinda, April 18
Two youths were killed when they accidentally fell before train in separate incidents, near the city. The deceased could not be identified.

Groups clash, 13 injured
Jalalabad, April 18
Nearly 400 workers of the All-India Food and Allied Workers Union (HP group) allegedly attacked fellow workers of the loyal to the Jena group, while they were working inside the Market Committee yard here on Wednesday evening. Nearly 13 workers of the HP group were injured in the scuffle.

Ropar, Patti hospitals win top positions
Barnala, April 18
Ropar Hospital and Patti Hospital have won top positions in the district and subdivisional level, respectively, securing 131 points each in a report based on grading of hospitals and core quality indicators by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.

Anti-sabotage team checks four trains
Phagwara, April 18
An anti-sabotage team from Ludhiana today did surprise checking of four different trains at Phagwara railway station. The trains included Malwa Express, both up and down, Flying Mail and Shane Punjab.

Release DA, demand pensioners
Sangrur, April 18
The local Government Pensioners Welfare Association today urged the Punjab Government to immediately release the DA instalment due from January 1, 2002, at the rate of 4 per cent to its more than 1.25 lakh pensioners in the state.

INTACH: boost heritage tourism
Amritsar, April 18
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has written to UNESCO to enlist the Golden Temple as a world heritage monument.


Wheat procurement to end by May 5
Phillaur, April 18
The Punjab Government will complete the process of wheat procurement by May 5 throughout the state. This was stated by the Punjab Social Welfare Minister, Mr Santokh Singh, while talking with mediapersons after inspecting different mandis of Phillaur subdivision, today.

Fire destroys 65 acres of wheat crop
Machhiwara, April 18
In a fresh fire incident which took place in the nearby Sherian village, fire destroyed a total of 65 acres of wheat crop. The fire brigade could reach the spot.

Farmers resent relief criteria
Jalalabad, April 18
Resentment prevails among farmers of this border belt whose crops have been affected due to the deployment of the Army on account of compensation criteria adopted by the Army and civil authorities.


Six IAS officers among 23 shifted
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfers and postings of 6 IAS, 12 PCS and five police officers. Mr Vishwajit Khanna has been posted as Managing Director of the PSIDC, while Mr Ashok Kumar Goel as Managing Director of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation. Mr Jagjit Puri has been shifted to the Department of Science and Technology as Chief Executive of the Punjab Energy Development Authority.

Law officers’ list released
Chandigarh, April 18
In less than two months after the Congress government took over in Punjab, the list of advocates appointed as law officers was released by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice late in the evening today.

Punjab Govt makes 65 appointments to AG office
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab Government today ordered the appointment of a Senior Additional Advocate-General, nine Additional Advocates-General, eight Senior Deputy Advocates-General, 19 Deputy Advocates-General and 28 Assistant Advocates-General to complete the process of reorganising the office of the Advocate-General.

Ensure presence of staff in offices: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, directed all the district officers to be punctual and present and also ensure the presence of their staff in the offices. Time-to-time checking for the presence would be done. Mr Vikas Partap, addressing a meeting held to review the working of different departments, informed that 13,820 applications were received under various pensions schemes, of which 9,284 had been sanctioned and 7,953 paid and the balance 1,331 accounts for the pension would be cleared soon.

Panel to probe derailment
Ropar, April 18
The Northern Railway authorities have ordered an inquiry into the derailment of 10 wagons of a good train near Barhampur village 50 km from Ropar, yesterday. The Additional Divisional Manager, Railways, Mr Sonewani, talking to The Tribune on phone said that a committee of senior Railway officials had been formed to go into the causes of the accident. The committee report is expected in 10 days.

Panel to probe votes’ deletion
Amritsar, April 18
A district-level inquiry committee has been constituted, to probe into the allegations of deletions in the list of genuine voters in all Assembly constituencies in the district and to affix responsibility of defaulting officials, on the directions of Mr R.P.S. Pawar, chairman of the high-level committee for electoral rolls.

Singla takes over as panel chairman
Chandigarh, April 18
Mr Surinder Singla, MLA from Bathinda, today assumed charge as the Chairman, State Committee for Finance, in the presence of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister.


Looters' gang strikes at will, cops clueless
Hoshiarpur, April 18
For the second consecutive day, a gang of looters armed with 'lathis' and rods struck at two places injuring six persons and looting Rs 43,000 last night in the district.

3 booked for Toofan’s murder
Bathinda, April 18
Three persons have been booked in connection with the alleged murder of Teja Singh Toofan, a renowned dhadi, who was stabbed to death last evening. They were booked in the complaint of his wife Ms Darshan Kaur Toofan an SGPC member. However, none of them have been arrested so far.

Cop caught taking bribe
Jalandhar, April 18
Additional SHO Amrik Singh posted at Police Division 76 in Garha was today caught red-handed by a Vigilance team while accepting a bribe of Rs 3000 from one Kishan Lal. The official was already facing corruption charges and a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him at the Bhogpur police station.

5 ‘supari’ killers arrested
Moga, April 18
The Punjab police today claimed to have busted a gang of criminals responsible for ‘supari’ killings and a number of land-grab cases in the state with the arrest of five of them in the district, yesterday.

Paddy delivery: 7 booked for fraud
Bathinda, April 18
The district police authorities have booked seven persons, one of them namely Ashok Kumar has been arrested for alleged irregularities in the delivery of rice to Markfed in lieu of paddy given to the rice mills being run by them.


Schools ‘demanding’ donation for certificates
Amritsar April 18
It has come to light that several private schools are harassing students by refusing to give them as the school-leaving and other relevant certificates. Children whose parents are in service are facing the brunt of school authorities are allegedly asking for donations to release the relevant documents. The Headmaster Association of the district headed by Mr Joginder Singh has brought the issue to the notice of the district Education Department and the Education Ministry.

Eyebrows raised over promotions
Amritsar, April 18
The promotion of two senior lecturers of Guru Nanak Dev University as professors has raised eyebrows in the university circles. There have been allegations that rules have been flouted for these promotions.

UGC rules flouted, say varsity teachers
Amritsar, April 18
The decision of promoting two lecturers of the Architecture Department of Guru Nanak Dev University may open pandora’s box as many other candidates would approach the university authorities to promote them on the basis of old rules which were discontinued after the new rules.

Exam cancelled sans intimation
Amritsar, April 18
Students appearing for medical entrance tests were left high and dry after Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences reportedly cancelled the tests yesterday, without any intimation to candidates.


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