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Spurious Bt cotton seed being sold
Agriculture Dept warns of action
Bathinda, April 23
Even as the Punjab Government has announced that Bt cotton seed will be made available to farmers next year, some unscrupulous traders have started cheating the farmers by selling them spurious seed.

Finding solutions to Punjab problems
Chandigarh, April 23
Taking the White Paper on the state of finances as the benchmark, a two-day discussion on finding solutions to the vexed Punjab finances and economy was initiated at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, here today.

SAD MLA, son booked in stripping case
Baghapurana (Moga), April 23
The police here has booked Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Sadhu Singh, his son Jagtar Singh and two policemen in a criminal case, for allegedly stripping the daughters of Jarnail Singh of Rajyana village in August, 2000.

VC manhandles scribe
Detains him, smashes camera
Jalandhar, April 23
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Mr H.S. Gurm, allegedly manhandled a reporter of a Punjabi news’ channel on the university campus here today, who had gone there to cover the dharna by students of engineering colleges in the state.


Cong men observe fast, seek Modi’s removal
Gurdaspur, April 23
Congress workers led by Mr Gurbachan Singh Babehali, acting President District Congress Committee, went on fast here today on a directive by the AICC and the PPCC to demand the resignation of Mr Narendra Modi from Chief Ministership of Gujarat.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Vigilance team finds 17 doctors absent
Patiala, April 23
At least 17 doctors and several other employees were found absent from duty when a team of the Vigilance Department raided hospitals, health centers and dispensaries at various places in the district.

Youth-on-drugs worries DC
Faridkot, April 23
Mr A. Venu Prasad Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot has expressed great concern over high rise in the number of drug addicts in this district. He said nearly 40 per cent youth in rural and urban areas was on different drugs like opium, poppy husk, liquor, phensydryl, dexowan and proxywon.

MC chief’s allegation against SDM, EO
Budhlada (Mansa), April 23
Ms Savita Yadav, President of the local municipal council, has alleged that the SDM, Mr A.P.S. Sandhu, and Executive Officer Suraj Kumar Chabbra have caused a loss of revenue amounting to lakhs of rupees to the municipal council while deciding some cases pertaining to the rent of booths under the Public Premises Act.

Bar associations at loggerheads
Pathankot, April 23
The District Bar Association, Gurdaspur, is at loggerheads with the Bar Associations of Pathankot and Batala, on account of the fixation of their cases on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, at Gurdaspur.

Steps to check bonded labour
Sangrur, April 23
With a view to eradicate the evil of bonded labour in the subdivision, Mr Neelkanth Avhad, SDM, Sangrur, today appealed to the social, religious, voluntary organisations, youth clubs and social workers to bring the cases of bonded labour to the notice of the district administration.

Sikh Research Board may be revived
Amritsar, April 23
In a significant development the SGPC today decided to revive the Sikh Research Board. A meeting of the sub-committee will be held here tomorrow in this connection.

34 per cent schoolchildren anaemic
Hoshiarpur, April 23
A recent medical examination of school-going children showed that about 34 per cent total students were found anaemic in Hoshiarpur, Dr Ajay Bagga, in charge of the school health programme, said here today.

Govt proposes council to promote Punjabi
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab Government has proposed to set up a ‘Punjabi Promotion Council’ to look after all aspects of development of Punjabi and its monitoring under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister.

Driver killed in bus collision
Jalandhar, April 23
One person was killed and seven women were injured in a head-on collision between two buses near the Doordarshan kendra here today. The condition of two of them is stated to be critical. The deceased has been identified as the driver of a staff bus of a local leather manufacturing unit.

IOC adopts 80 TB patients
Bathinda, April 23
The Kandla-Bathinda oil pipeline wing of the Indian Oil Corporation has adopted 80 patients suffering from tuberculosis will bear all expenses for their treatment.

FCI union groups clash in Bhikhiwind
Amritsar, April 23
Tension gripped the border town of Bhikhiwind when two groups of union of Food Corporation of India or other procurement agencies who were at loggerheads made several attempts to clash.


Merry time for birds as wheat is spread for drying at Khanna Grain Market. — Photo Paramjeet Singh Happy

Fire destroys wheat crop
Gurdaspur, April 23
Standing wheat crop in more than 100 acres has been burnt in fire caused by shortly burnt circuiting of electric wires in this district during past 24 houses. Wheat crop in 15 acres at Nangal Brahmanan, 13 acres at Mustafabad, 15 acres at Atwal and 60 acres at Dalia Mirzan was reduced to ashes.

Paddy worth 2.51 crore missing
Patiala, April 23
A team from the Vigilance Department raided and sealed two rice mills in the area after paddy worth Rs 2.51 crore was found missing from shellers. The department has recommended registration of criminal cases against the proprietors.

Procurement of wheat
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Vikas Partap, said 2.90 lakh mt of wheat was expected to be procured in this district till April 30.


DC warns officials against bribe
Muktsar, April 23
Residents of the district could now hope of getting their works done without paying any bribe, if the Deputy Commissioner could ensure that the instructions given to officials by him were implemented in letter and in spirit.

Sarpanch misappropriates funds, shown the door
Bathinda, April 23
Close on the heels of the suspension of the sarpanch of Doomwali village last month for the alleged irregularities in panchayat funds, another sarpanch in the district has been suspended by the Director, Panchayats.

Panchayat officers held for taking bribe
Jhunir (Mansa), April 23
Mr Subash Chander Aggarwal, Block Development Panchayat Officer and Mr Baljeet Singh, Panchayat Officer, today fell into the police net after they were caught redhanded while taking a bribe of Rs 1500 from Mr Jasbir Singh, former secretary panchayat.

12 civil servants shifted
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab Government ordered the transfer and fresh posting of three IAS and nine PCS officers today.

Kehar Singh to stay as board chief
Chandigarh, April 23
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, will continue in his present post, according to informed sources.

Council in financial crisis
Faridkot, April 23
The local Nagar Council has been facing financial crisis for the past three months after the abolition of octroi in the state. All development works has come to a standstill.


Mother, son cheat youth of Rs 3 lakh
Phagwara, April 23
Ramesh Soni of the local Lambian mohalla has reportedly been defrauded of Rs 3.50 lakh by three persons, including a mother-son due belonging to the same mohalla. The trio had promised to send him to the USA after a payment of Rs 6 lakh. Half of the amount was paid in advance and the remaining had to be paid later.


PAU VC takes austerity steps
Ludhiana, April 23
In an unprecedented austerity measure, the authorities of Punjab Agricultural University has put restrictions on the use of mineral water and offering of snacks to guests in various functions of the university. The university had also distinguished between Indian and foreign guests by directing that only foreigners would be served with the ‘costly’ mineral water.

Students refute molestation charge
Amritsar, April 23
The management of Shree Narain Ayurvedic College today managed to win over the support of a section of students in a bid to refute the charges of sexual harassment levelled by some women teachers and a former sweeper.


Pepsi talent hunt qualifiers announced
Bathinda, April 23
Pepsi today announced the names of first three contestants who have qualified for the semi-finals of the music talent hunt in Punjab “Pepsi Banjaa Staara Yaraa Contest”.


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