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Tax on fertilisers unjustified: Badal
Warns of mass struggle against ‘anti-people’ policies
Chandigarh, July 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Pakash Singh Badal, today described as totally unwarranted the tax imposed on fertilizers and pesticides by the Punjab Government and said that this would break the back of the farming community in the state. Mr Badal also criticised entry tax on several goods that would affect the common man.

Drought-like conditions in Punjab, Haryana
Ludhiana, July 13
The normal onset of the monsoon in Punjab is around the first of July. However, it has been delayed this year in the region comprising Punjab, Haryana and some adjoining areas. Compared to last year when 430 mm rainfall was received here between June 5 and July 12, this year only 45 mm rainfall has been received during this period. During 1987, 1982 and 1973 also there was less rainfall during this period which was 30, 32 and 37 mm, respectively.

Soch, IAS officer face Vigilance probe
Chandigarh, July 13
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has started investigations against Mandeep Singh, an IAS officer and a former Director of Local Bodies and Rural Development and Panchayats, Dr H.S. Soch, a former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, and Dr H.S. Chahal, Director Animal Husbandry, on the charges of irregularities pertaining to recruitments in their respective departments.

Vedanti for logical end to Sehajdhari issue
Amritsar, July 13
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today declared that he would take the issue of debarring Sehajdharis from the voting rights during the SGPC elections to its logical conclusion.

Challan presented against Sidhu
Ropar, July 13
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today presented a challan in the court of Sessions Judge in charge, Mr J. S. Khushdil, here, against Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, in a corruption case registered against him vide PIR No 7 on March 25.

A visit to Gurdwara Harian Belaan, near Hoshiarpur. Over 300 years ago, Guru Har Rai, the seventh Guru, had granted a plant here everlasting bloom.
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Fatehgarh Sahib



Police remand for 2 ‘touts’ of Sidhu
Kharar, July 13
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, today remanded Dr Shamsher Singh and Gurdeep Singh Manchanda, two alleged accomplices of Ravi Sidhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, in police remand till July 18. Both the accused yesterday surrendered before the court and they were remanded in judicial custody till today.

CM’s assurance to PCMSA
Patiala, July 13
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today claimed that State Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had assured it that services of no batch of officers of the State Services selected during the tenure of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu would be terminated in entirety unless it contained substantial number of tainted candidates who had secured their selections by using corrupt means.

High-ups are big bank defaulters
Chandigarh, July 13
Many of Punjab’s high-profile functionaries, industrialists, bureaucrats and their family members figure in the list of 284 beneficiaries who as on March 31, 2001, owed Rs 2753.32 crore to various public , private sector and foreign banks and financial institutions, says the Punjab Bank Employees Federation.

Punjab withdraws docs from BBMB
Ropar, July 13
The Punjab Government has decided to withdraw all its medical officers from the hospitals of the Bhakra Beas Management Board. In a letter to the BBMB Secretary, Deputy Secretary (Health), Punjab, has stated as per the orders of the Personnel Department of the state, 30 doctors of Punjab posted at the BBMB should report to their parent department within 15 days otherwise disciplinary action would be taken against them.

Touts ‘sell B.Ed. entrance test paper’
Muktsar, July 13
While the Bachelor of Education course candidates have been striving hard to succeed in the competitive entrance examination and have joined many academies and coaching centres to ensure their success, some unscrupulous persons have been trying to cash in on their aspiration and have started selling the question paper of the entrance examination to make a fast buck.

Presidential poll: Tota Singh allowed to vote
Ropar, July 13
The court of the Special Judge here has allowed Jathedar Tota Singh, MLA, from Moga and former Punjab Education Minister, who is now-a-days in judicial custody in a criminal and corruption case, to cast his vote in the election for the President of India to be held on July 15.


CPI executive for meet on July 18
Chandigarh, July 13
The Secretary of the Punjab unit of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, has urged all democratic forces to unite against the Capt Amarinder Singh's government to force it to withdraw its anti-people, anti-employee and anti farmer policies.


21 BSF officers get police medals
Hoshiarpur, July 13
Infiltration of militants is still continuing in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the BSF has foiled various such attempts. This was stated by Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, Director-General of the BSF, talking to media persons at the Subsidiary Training Centre of the BSF at Kharkan, 12 km from here, yesterday.

Gurdaspur is Khanna’s priority
Gurdaspur, July 13
Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, while talking to newspersons here today, said India was in touch with countries, which had advised their citizens not to visit India due to the Indo-Pakistan stand off, to allow them to do so now. He said the tourist inflow from abroad had declined and hoped that it would pick up soon.

Bar flays strike by revenue staff
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
The district Bar Association has taken the lead in the state by opposing, criticising and declaring the on going strike of revenue officials in the state as unwanted and anti-people step. The District Bar Association in its meeting held here today passed a resolution in this regard and condemned the decision of the revenue officials to go on strike against the raids of the Vigilance Department.


PSEB to ensure 8-hr power for tubewells
Ropar, July 13
In an effort to save the paddy crop in the state, the Punjab State Electricity Board today decided to ensure eight hour power supply to tubewells daily. The PSEB will also impose additional power cuts on industry and other sections of consumers due to the delay in the arrival of the monsoon in the state.

‘Form co-ops for self-marketing’
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
Punjab will give incentives to its farmers for coming out of the wheat-paddy cycle by adopting diversification. This is according to what Mr A. R. Talwar, Registrar of the Co-operative Societies of Punjab, said at a workshop on ‘Organising Vegetable-growers Co-operative Societies’ here. About 100 vegetable growers of 35 villages of the district attended the workshop.


Palledars hold rally
Sunam, July 13
Thousands of palledars engaged for the loading and unloading of stock at various FCI depots in Sangrur district marched in procession through the main bazars of Sangrur and organised a rally in front of the main gate of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, 14 km from here, yesterday to press for their demands.

Enumeration to begin tomorrow
Hoshiarpur, July 13
To prepare amended voter lists, house-to-house enumeration will be started from July 15 to August 14 in the district. Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting here on Thursday said names of youths who would turn 18 on January 1, 2003, would be added to the list. The draft list would be published on October 16, 2002.

Forest Bhavan to come up
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
The Punjab Government would construct Banda Singh Bahadur Forest Bhavan in Harbans Pura village of the district at a cost of Rs 1 crore, for which 20 acres had already been acquired, said Dr Harbans Lal, Minister for Forests, here today.


Cyber cafes or dens of vice?
Amritsar, July 13
With police raids on cyber cafes at a plush shopping complex and other areas in the city, several “startling” facts have come to light. Not only closed cabins in many such cafes encouraged students to watch pornographic sites and download them onto their private e-mail sites or make credit card payments to view blue films.

Two posing as police officials held
Hoshiarpur, July 13
The police here arrested four persons allegedly for impersonating and blackmailing by posing deputy superintendents of police and assistant sub inspectors of police, from Ludhiana from near the local bus stand last night.

Rs 43,000 looted from Spice showroom
Kapurthala, July 13
Two armed robbers looted Rs 43,000 from a showroom of Spice mobile phone company situated on the premises of Morris Mosque here today. They also took away a mobile phone handset from the office.


College staff not paid salary
Batala, July 13
Members of teaching and non-teaching staff of S. L. Bawa D. A. College, Batala are agitated. They have not received the salary of June, 2002. Prof Dilbagh Singh, President College Teachers Union, a unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union said that they were paid salary of November, December 2001 and January 2002 in the month of March and April 2002, for June 2002 they are yet to be paid.

DAV girls win UK dance title
Amritsar, July 13
Students of the BBK DAV College for Women here were declared world champions at an international music and dance festival held in North Waves, United Kingdom, on July 10. The 21-member college team has been honoured with the title of “world heritage artistes”.


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