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Punjab Plan pegged at Rs 2793 crore
New Delhi, June 10
The Planning Commission today approved and fixed the Annual Plan of Punjab for 2002-03 at Rs 2793 crore. The Punjab government had placed a request for Rs 2750 crore. The plan size was approved at a meeting between Deputy Chairperson of Planning Commission K. C. Pant and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission K. C. Pant to finalise the outlay for the 10th Five-year Plan and the Annual Plan of the state in the Capital on Monday. 
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Vets for CBI probe into scam
Animal Husbandry chief counters charges
Chandigarh, June 10
The Punjab Veterinary Officers’ Association has levelled serious charges against the Director, Animal Husbandry, Dr G S Chahal, accusing him of misusing Central government grants to the tune of Rs 25 crore. But Dr Chahal has countered all the charges.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Admission scam: main accused absconding
Amritsar, June 10
The main accused in the Computer Department of Guru Nanak Dev University admission scam Parma Nand has absconded after the police inquiry indicted him and Head of the Department, Dr Karanjit Singh Kahlon.

New councillors sworn in
Amritsar, June 10
Even as the election of Mayor was postponed, 57 new councillors took the oath of office in the presence of the Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar Range, Mr R. S. Sandhu, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, and three MLAs here today.

PUDA to sell all vacant property
Patiala, June 10
Saddled with hundreds of flats and plots which have not found any buyers for years, PUDA has decided to put up all of these for sale in this month as well as in July and has even offered an attractive discount on its HIG flats to attract buyers.

Budget session today
Chandigarh, June 10
The Budget session of the Punjab Assembly will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m., according to a pres note of the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat.


Constitutional crisis in Punjab: Akali MLAs
Chandigarh, June 10
Akali legislators, who held a meeting here today on the eve of the Budget session of the Punjab Assembly under the chairmanship of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, passed a resolution saying that the state was facing a constitutional crisis. They alleged that the Congress government, in connivance with antisocial elements, was using all foul means to derail the democratic set-up in the state.


SHO fells trees to line his pockets
Moga, June 10
Can an SHO make a police station bereft of dozens of shady trees and pocket lakhs of rupees by ordering the cutting of these trees? The answer is in the affirmative if an unprecedented example put up by a cop, who remained posted at Baghapurana police station before he was dismissed on charges of gross ‘misconduct’, is to be believed.

Nuclear attack: no place to hide
For people of Punjab, if nuclear missiles ever rain down, there is nowhere to hide. Among the 1.2 billion people of Asian subcontinent, the only people with any hope of finding shelter from a nuclear attack are top political and military leaders and people with enough money to grease their way into a few protective bunkers.

Teach Pak a lesson, say migrants
Nawanshahr, June 10
Following continuing shelling by Pakistani troops, about 80 persons belonging to 20 families after migrating from border villages in the Akhnoor, R. S. Pora and Shamm sectors in Jammu and Kashmir have reached Hari Bhagat Dwar, Beerowal, about 12 km from here recently.

Lepers resent govt apathy
“It is with the help of the common man that we have built this ashram and are still surviving”, says Gopal, a leper and inmate of the Parmanand Leprosy Ashram of the city. Although nobody exactly knows when this ashram was constructed, inmates claim that it is about 25 years old. At present, more than 100 persons are living here. Besides victims of leprosy, their family members are also staying here.

Bathinda roads in bad shape
Most of the city roads which have been dug up for laying telephone cables are yet to be repaired. The roads leading to the district courts complex are in bad shape and last year lawyers had staged dharnas and held rallies in front of the residence of the then Deputy Commissioner in protest against the failure of the authorities to repair these.

Residents demand amenities
Fatehgarh Sahib, June 10
Residents of Preet the Nagar area of Sirhind Municipal Council are virtually living in hell like conditions allegedly due to the negligent attitude of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib. In a representation submitted to the Deputy Commissioner and other higher authorities residents of the area have alleged that though the council is collecting every type of tax from them, it has failed to provide even the basic civic amenities.

Bridegroom casts vote, gets ‘shagun’!
Phagwara, June 10
A bridegroom got a unique “shagun” yesterday. A youth of Jagjitpur village, who was heading a “barat” halted his cavalcade of the marriage party to cast his vote in the panchayat samati/zila parishad poll yesterday.

Redress doctors’ grievances: IMA
Barnala, June 10
Dr R. C. Garg, President, Punjab unit of the IMA, has warned the Punjab Government that if grievances of doctors whether private on PCMS, are not redressed by the state government within one month the IMA and the PCMS Association will launch an agitation and paralyse health services in civil and private hospitals. Members of the two associations will hold peaceful protest marches, dharnas, gate rallies and block traffic.


Man shoots father, himself
Bathinda, June 10
Makhan Singh, a former Sarpanch of Bandi village in the district, was killed today when his son, Jagjit Singh (47), shot at him before committing suicide. Gurpreet Singh, grandson of the Sarpanch, was injured in the incident. The family members of the deceased said the tragedy took place unintentionally.

Youth beheaded, thrown into rivulet
Jalandhar, June 10
An unidentified youth was beheaded and thrown into a dry rivulet in the Focal Point locality here recently. The incident came to light when some residents went to the area to answer nature’s call early this morning and saw the stabbed body and the severed head on the banks of the rivulet.

Looters shoot farmer, take away cash
Tarn Taran, June 10
Shingara Singh (60) of Wan Tara Singh village in the border area was shot dead by three armed looters at his farm house last night. The looters took away Rs 20,000 and gold ornaments worth Rs 26,000. A case has been registered under Section 460, IPC.

Seven hurt in 2 clashes
Jalandhar, June 10
Seven persons, including three women, were injured in two clashes reported here today. Four residents of Sanghowal village in Noormahal township, including three women, received serious injuries when a group of six persons allegedly attacked them with sticks over an old dispute regarding a main entry gate this afternoon.

Mystery shrouds death of 22-yr-old boy
Rajpura, June 10
Mystery shrouds the death of a 22-year-old boy who reportedly consumed some poisonous substance on the intervening night of June 8 and 9 and died after being taken to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.



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