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Amarinder defends Budget
Patiala, June 22
Defending the recently-tabled Punjab Budget, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, today stressed that in order to bring back the derailed economy of the state on track, some harsh measures had been taken in the proposed Budget 2002-2003 of Punjab.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh administers the oath of office to the newly-elected members of the Zila Parshad and Block Samitis at a state-level function in Patiala on Saturday.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh administers the oath of office to the newly-elected members of the Zila Parshad and Block Samitis at a state-level function in Patiala on Saturday. — Tribune photo Subash Patialvi

Reforms increase deficit by 22 pc: report
Chandigarh, June 22
Assets of the Punjab Government grew by only 14 per cent during 2000-2001 while liabilities grew by 17 per cent. This has been revealed in a report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The report was tabled in the Punjab Assembly yesterday.

The Indian Army unexpectedly announces a cash compensation for widows of soldiers killed in wars between 1962 and the Kargil conflict of 1999 with Pakistan.
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Economists stress need for creating more jobs
Chandigarh, June 22
Sharing concern of economists and financial experts over negligence of human development and shrinking employment opportunities in Punjab, Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the High Powered Finance Committee, today suggested holding of a “job summit” to find ways and means of tackling unemployment in the state.

Ravi Sidhu formally re-arrested
Ropar, June 22
Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, who is in judicial custody, was today formally rearrested by the Vigilance authorities under the newly added Sections 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC to the FIR registered against him on March 25 under the Prevention of Corruption Act at SAS Nagar.

Bhikhiwind seeks probe against Kairon
Amritsar, June 22
Coming to the rescue of Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Irrigation Minister, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has sought a thorough probe against Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a former Congress MP and relative of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who is allegedly involved in a number of ‘unlawful’ activities.

Offer attractive VRS, tourism staff union tells government
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Tourism Officers’ Welfare Association has urged state government to evolve an attractive voluntary retirement scheme for to surplus staff in the state corporations and boards. It would help government to push the restructuring of the economy without giving any problems to the employees and blunt the hard criticism of trade unions and political parties.


Cong flays Centre’s Kashmir policy
Jalandhar, June 22
The Congress today sought a clarification from the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, over his recent statement that India had tasted victory in the recent showdown with Pakistan without waging a formal war.

BJP seeks probe into ‘sale’ of Cong ticket
Ferozepore, June 22
The Punjab unit of the BJP has demanded a probe by an independent agency into the alleged sale of party tickets by the Congress high command to its candidates in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections held early this year.


PSHRC seeks report on rise in cancer cases
Bathinda, June 22
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Director, Health Services, Punjab, and Secretary, Department of Environment, to submit a report in connection with the unprecedented increase in cancer related cases in the area.

Poor anganwaris
Bathinda, June 22
Children sitting on floor with no mats, no chair for the teacher, no black board, no fuel for cooking food is what constitutes an anganwari centre in a nearby village here.

Curbs on Amarnath Yatra resented
Ludhiana, June 22
Various non-government organisations associated with providing food and shelter to the pilgrims during Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir have criticised the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s decision imposing various restrictions on them.

Jail without proper medical facilities
Amritsar, June 22
The death of two prisoners in the Central Jail here in two days speaks volumes about the lack of sufficient medical facilities in the jail where hardcore criminals including foreign nationals, are kept.

Reconsider decision, VC told
Chandigarh, June 22
Taking up a petitions seeking directions to Punjabi University at Patiala for the completion of the M.Sc (information technology) course, besides directions to the respondents not to withdraw any of the facilities given to the students of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology, a Division Bench has asked the Vice-Chancellor to reconsider the decision regarding the withdrawal of the university’s relationship with the institute.

NTAS seeks help for dead artistes’ kin
Patiala, June 22
The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, other theatre enthusiasts of Patiala, Chandigarh and the authorities of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, including its Registrar, Mr M.L. Kosar, have made a strong plea for providing relief or compensation to the kin of three young theatre artistes who died along with Harpal Tiwana in a road accident near Dera Gopipur (HP) last month.

Stress on voluntary blood donation
Hoshiarpur, June 22
A seminar on “Rational Use of Blood” was organised by the Bhai Ghanhaiya Ji Charitable Blood Bank here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr R.C. Dogra, Health Minister, Punjab, said unavailability of adequate blood was a recurring problem as only 40 lakh units of blood were being collected against the requirement of more than 75 lakh units of blood in the country.

Decision on water supply deferred
Abohar, June 22
The Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board has deferred the decision to hand over the maintenance of drinking water supply and sewerage disposal system to the local municipal council due to intervention of the Deputy Commissioner.

Setting up of food zones announced
Patiala, June 22
To encourage farming of vegetables and to give a boost to the sale of vegetables and fruits, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today announced setting up of special vegetables and fruits zones in all parts of Punjab.

Nambardars accused of cheating
Kharar, June 22
Ms Surinder Rani, a woman of Ambala city, in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Ropar, has demanded action against some nambardars who allegedly got clearance for the mutation of a land by showing her dead husband as being alive.


Cane growers’ payment withheld
Fazilka, June 22
Farmers of about two dozen villages of Fazilka and Jalalabad areas who are cultivating sugarcane are disappointed over non-payment of cane supplied by them to Fazilka Cooperative Sugar Mill, Bodiwala Pitha, 15 km from here. It is learnt that the farmers have not been paid for sugarcane they had sold to the mill after March 7.


Milkfed chief’s appointment
Bathinda, June 22
The State Cooperative Department authorities have started an inquiry into the controversy pertaining to acquiring the chairmanship of Milkfed, Punjab, by a senior Akali leader, Mr Jagdeep Singh, who has been elected MLA from the Joga Assembly segment in the last Assembly elections, during the previous SAD-BJP government in the state.


Bathinda boy tops CET (reserve)
Bathinda, June 22
Rakesh Kumar, a city resident, has topped Punjab CET (reserve category) this year. Rakesh Kumar passed his plus two from the local Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar.

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