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Amol Gill’s answersheet was not evaluated
Patiala, July 10
The Punjab Vigilance Department today produced another answersheet of Amol Gill, daughter of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Justice Amarbir Singh Gill, showing marks recorded on the title page even though the answersheet had not been evaluated.

Withdrawal of surety allowed in Sidhu case
Ropar, July 10
Mr A. S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today allowed the application moved by Mr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, surety, for the withdrawal of bail bonds furnished by him for the release of Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, on bail in a case registered against Sidhu by the Vigilance Bureau on March 25 at SAS Nagar.

PCMS docs decry govt move
Denial of rural service benefit for admission
Chandigarh, July 10
The PCMS Association has condemned the government move to deny rural service benefit for admission to postgraduate courses to all doctors selected during the tenure of Ravi Sidhu as PPSC Chairman, though they have passed the PG entrance test. The association is already on the warpath against the blanket termination of 872 doctors.

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PSEB in deep fiscal crisis
Low water level hits generation
Chandigarh, July 10
The financial and power crises in the PSEB has deepened with the closure of certain hydro-based power generation units because of the lower water level in certain dams.

AISSF memo on Badal sent to prachar panel
Amritsar, July 10
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has referred the memorandum of the All-India Sikh Students Federation to the Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC. The memorandum urged the Sikh clergy to summon Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Punjab Chief Minister for participating in hawan in violation of Sikh traditions.

Baba Bhaniara returns to village
Says he is victim of political rivalry
Dhamana (Ropar), July 10
After spending nine months in jail, controversial Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara returned to his native Dhamana village amidst tight security at about 2.30 p.m. today. Earlier, he was released from Patiala jail after an Anandpur Sahib court granted him bail yesterday.

FCI staff object to probe panel
Bathinda, July 10
Even as the controversy raised by the scam relating to the diversion of export category rice to domestic market and recruitment of security guards for godowns of the Food Corporation of India is yet to settle down, the constitution of a departmental panel to probe the corruption charges on a senior official by the FCI despite the state Vigilance Bureau already conducting an inquiry into the matter has raised many eyebrows.


Ex-ministers, MLAs ready to join Tohra group
SAS Nagar, July 10
Certain former ministers, MLAs and SGPC members belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal are willing to join the Tohra group. Meeting with them has been held and soon these persons will be brought in front of the public. This was stated by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, former MP and general secretary of the AISAD, while talking to mediapersons here today.

HC verdict snub to CM, says Badal
Chandigarh, July 10
SAD President, Parkash Singh Badal today described the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on panchayat elections as a “ moral defeat and personal snub to Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh and a massive political blow to the designs of the ruling party to subvert normal democratic processes in the state”.


Rs 2-lakh stationery scam in MC
EO’s involvement alleged; DC orders inquiry
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 10
Hardly had the dust over the house tax scam in the council settled, when another alleged scam in placing orders for the stationery for the council has come to light. One of the firms of Sangrur, which had submitted tender forms, in a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner has made serious allegations against the Executive Officer in placing the orders. The Deputy Commissioner has marked an inquiry in to the case. The inquiry will be conducted by the ADC.

Man posing as CBI officer charge-sheeted
Amritsar, July 10
The police has charge-sheeted Parveen Kumar Sabharwal who was arrested on June 26 for posing as an Assistant Director of the CBI. This is for the first time that a person who is still in police remand has been charge-sheeted.

AIDS cases on the rise
Cases of AIDS and hepatitis B are on the rise in Punjab. Forty cases of AIDS were reported during the year 2001-2002 in the state compared to the previous year’s figure of 14. Earlier, districts like Bathinda, Ferozepore and Jalandhar were free from cases of AIDS.

From housewives to successful entrepreneurs
Patiala, July 10
They had never worked before, never had the opportunity. Unsure of their potential, their entire lives had been spent in the shadows of their menfolk they were dependent on for economic security and a sense of identity. But six weeks is sometimes enough time for a metamorphosis in the life of these 500- odd rural women are who not just self-reliant now but also possess a certain confidence that comes from economic self-dependence.

25-cr heritage village project scrapped
Jalandhar, July 10
The Punjab government has decided to scrap Rs 25 crore project of heritage village Pholriwal village near here by the NRI Sabha, Punjab. Residents of Pholriwal had approached Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh alleging that their land was acquired on lease for 25 years by the sabha two years ago without taking into account their objections against the project.

Seminar on Sehajdhari issue
Amritsar, July 10
Prompted by Akal Takht Jathedar’s communique to the Prime Minister on the Sehajdhari issue, radical Sikh groups have come together to discuss the issue. The Akal Federation has decided to hold a seminar in this regard here on July 13 with the support of the Dal Khalsa. The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Joginder Singh, will preside.

Hike in house tax likely
Amritsar, July 10
The Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, has hinted at an increase in house tax. Speaking at the first meeting of the House today he blamed the Local Bodies Department for banning new projects.

Revision of electoral rolls from July 15
SAS Nagar, July 10
A special month-long house-to-house drive to revise electoral rolls of the Kharar constituency will start from July 15. The drive, which is aimed at streamlining the voting process, will be updating the requisite information regarding the voters residing in this constituency.


Punjab farmers opt for medicinal crops
Chandigarh, July 10
A number of farmers in Punjab have opted to try their luck by starting cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. Through the Punjab Science and Technology Council, they have tied up with a private company which has given “buy-back” guarantee of the stuff produced by farmers.


Rs 90 lakh for slum development
Jalandhar, July 10
The local municipal corporation has passed a Rs 105.50 crore annual Budget for 2002-2003 with a special provision for Rs 90 lakh for development of slums. The meeting of the MC house started with paying tributes to the mother of the Mayor, Dhirubhai Ambani and two sewermen by observing two minute’s silence.

Revenue officials strike work
Jalandhar, July 10
On a call given by the Punjab Revenue Officers Association, officials of the Revenue Department of the district today observed a strike in protest against the recent arrest of naib tehsildars and registry clerks by the Vigilance Bureau.


Robbers’ gang busted; five held
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 10
The district police claims to have unearthed a gang of robbers with the arrest of its five members last night and recovered arms and looted goods from their custody. According to a press release issued by Mr I.S. Randhawa, SP (H), the Gobindgarh police during the campaign against anti-social elements and criminals got information that a gang of robbers armed with weapons are hiding at a tubewell at Ladpur village in the district.

Two held, 7 fake stamps seized
Amritsar, July 10
The police apprehended two persons, Gurpreet Singh of Krishna Nagar and Gurdial Singh of East Gobind Nagar, and recovered a stolen motor cycle and fake stamps of different departments from them.

Undertrial escapes from police custody
Abohar, July 10
Partap Singh, who has been facing trial at the district courts for smuggling heroine, escaped from police custody yesterday. Sources said Partap Singh had been nabbed by the police a few months ago for being in possession of 15 kg of heroin.

Fraudster arrested
Moga, July 10
The police has arrested Pawan Kumar of this district who was at large for the past several months after cheating and defrauding many. A case under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the IPC had earlier been registered against him. In a press note issued here today, the police said Pawan Kumar was wanted in more than 10 cases of cheating.

Man confesses to wife’s murder
Moga, July 10
The police has solved the murder case of newly married Minoo Sharma who was stabbed to death while she was travelling in a car with her husband Vikram near Phulowala village in this district on Monday night.


2 IT institutes to be closed down
Students warned not to take admission
Patiala, July 10
The fate of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology here and the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information and Technology at Talwandi Sabo seems to have been sealed with the Punjabi University authorities today warning students not to be misled by any admission notices and advertisements released by such institutes.

College teachers strike work
Barnala, July 10
Teachers of government-aided colleges of Sangrur district went on strike for two hours and staged dharnas and rallies on college campuses on a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union in support of their demands.

‘College hostel ideal habitat for reptiles’
Amritsar, July 10
Students staying in government medical college hostel are scared after having spotted snakes on the premises. Students have already killed a few snakes and insects spotted in the premises. They said that they killed more than five-foot long pit-viper snake considered the most poisonous in the world and claimed to have seen a cobra.
A pit viper, a dangerous species, killed by students in front of the hostel on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Students threaten to lock school
Bathinda, July 10
Residents of Chak Hira Singh Wala (Pakka Khurd) and students of Government Middle School of the village have threatened to lock the school. The students supported by their parents and the panchayat submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.


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