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Power crises due to lack of planning
Ropar, August 11
The state is facing unprecedented power crises. The state is begging for power from other states, of course on payment.

Rs 300 cr sought from Japan for afforestation
22 p.c. saplings dry up in four years
Bathinda, August 11
The Punjab government has sought Rs 300 crore aid from Japan to set up new nurseries and strengthen the existing ones for growing enough plants to bring considerable chunk of waste and other lands under plantation for increasing area under forests in the state.

Sarna to quit if links with Sajjan proved
Amritsar, August 11
Even as the dinner hosted by Ms Sheila Dixit Chief Minister, New Delhi, in honour of Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, newly elected president of the Delhi Sikh gurdwara Management Committee, and his supporters has sparked off a fresh controversy, the latter has offered to quit politics if his links with Mr Sajjan Kumar, senior Congress leader (he was allegedly responsible for the anti-Sikh riot), as alleged by Bhai Ranjit Singh, former jathedar, Akal Takht, were proved.

ISI agent held, 10 RDX packets seized
Pathankot, August 11
The Hariana police on Saturday evening arrested one person alleged to be an ISI agent and recovered huge quantity of RDX from him.




NDA promoting communalism: MP
Pathankot, August 11
A Congress leader and Member, Rajya Sabha, Mr Ashwani Kumar, today accused the NDA government at the Centre of promoting communal and separatist forces in the country.

No vendetta against Akalis: Hanspal
Phagwara, August 11
Newly appointed PPCC President H.S. Hanspal will assume office in Chandigarh on August 18. He said this late last night during a brief stopover here. Mr Hanspal alleged that Akalis were staging dharnas to divert public attention from the skeletons tumbling out of their cupboards.

Longowal’s anniversary: a test of Akali power
Sangrur, August 11

The 17th death anniversary on August 20 of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, who was gunned down a month after signing the Rajiv-Longowal accord in July 1985 to resolve the Punjab problem, may turn out be a show of strength between the Badal and Tohra factions of Akalis, with activists of both factions mobilising people for the occasion.

Recover House’s loss from allotment accused
Phagwara, August 11
Since Parliament could not function properly for one week due to unfair allotment of petrol pumps and LPG agencies, those responsible for the loss to the exchequer should make good the loss. 

Youth Congress flays Badal
Ludhiana, August 11
The president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, and the senior vice-president, Mr Pawand Dewan, today criticised the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for his campaign against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


K. Siva PrasadHe pioneered records computerisation
Jalandhar, August 11
Many people might not know that Mr K. Siva Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, himself a computer science engineer, is the man behind the success of the computerisation of land records in the state and the gradual phasing out of 400-years-old manual land records, which had been a major source of land litigation.

Mann supports UN observers for J&K poll
Hoshiarpur, August 11
Akali Dal (Amritsar) is against the imposition of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. Elections in Jammu and Kashmir should be conducted in the presence of UN observers. This was stated by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the party while talking to mediapersons here today.

Tota Singh’s orders still being implemented!
Bathinda, August 11
The decisions taken by former Education Minister Tota Singh at a meeting of District Education Officers more than a year ago are still being implemented by the Education Department despite the fact that the Congress government has taken over.

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Petronet to lay Kandla-Bathinda line
Mumbai, August 11
In order to save its Rs 383 crore Vadinar-Kandla product pipeline in Gujarat from redundancy, Petronet India Ltd has decided to construct a separate 1,443 km long petroleum product pipeline from Kandla to Bathinda, Punjab.

Rise in number of drug addicts
There is abnormal rise in the number of drug addicts in the border area. The drug use is not confined to farmers and rural folks alone but it has also taken its toll among youth, particularly school and college students. 

Plan to control sale of drugs
Jalandhar, August 11
Accusing the previous SAD-BJP government of patronising drug peddlers in the state during its five years of the rule, the Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, today said that plan to control the open sale of narcotics and drugs would be submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister after his return from the foreign trip.

Labourers gives final touch to the platformWith VIPs coming, railway station gets facelift
Bathinda, August 11
Residents of Bathinda are cheerful these days as it has rained during the past few days, leading to fall in temperature. Moreover, the visit of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Mr Harbans Lal, Punjab ministers, has led to a facelift of the city.

Labourers give final touch to the platform at Bathinda railway station on Sunday. 
— photo Kulbir Beera

Thandi elected mayor in UK
Narinderjit Singh ThandiNawanshahr
Narinderjit Singh Thandi, an NRI, who originally belongs to Daultpur village in Nawanshahr district, has done this country and Punjab, in particular, proud by being elected Mayor of Gravesham, UK, for the year 2002-2003. Mr Thandi, a son of Mr Bachan Singh Thandi, a former INA commander, after graduating from DAV College, Chandigarh, migrated to UK in 1977, where he worked for the British Postal Service for 22 years.

Converting garbage dump into rose garden
Mansa, August 11
Known for its insanitary conditions, congested roads, chaotic traffic, inadequate sewerage, insufficient potable water and haphazard development, the town may have a rose garden in six months.

White Paper on temple accounts sought
Bathinda, August 11
The Shiv Sena today demanded that the state government should come out with a White Paper over the details of the irregularities in the accounts of the Bajjreshwari Temple here since 1986 and demanded that those found guilty should be booked.

‘Sangat darshan’ organised
Fazilka, August 11
A district-level ‘sangat darshan’ programme was organised at Ladhuka village, 15 km from here, today in which 110 applications were received, out of which 30 were disposed of on the spot.

Morcha workers to donate eyes
Phagwara, August 11
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Punjab, will prepare 50,000 workers for donating eyes. It will hold district-level nettardan (eye donation) camps, said Mr Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal and Arun Khosla, president and vice-president of the state unit of the morcha, respectively, here today.

Indian spy dies in Lahore
Ferozepore, August 11
An Indian spy died under mysterious circumstances in Lahore yesterday. He had been in judicial custody for the past few months after being caught on charge of spying and crossing the international border.


Dry spell pushes farmers further into debt trap
Muktsar, August 11
Destiny seems to be playing cruel a joke with farmers in the district first facing drought-like conditions, followed by the severe waterlogging problem and now again a dry spell, pushing them further into the debt trap.

Farmers’ state-level dharna on Aug 17
Bathinda, August 11
Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, state general secretary, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) yesterday said that the union had demanded a compensation of Rs 15,000 per acre for the crops that had been destroyed due to the drought like conditions prevailing in the state, an added that to press for their demands, the union along with four other kisan organisations would hold a state-level dharna at Patiala on August 17.


Revised voters’ list by Oct 16
Bathinda, August 10
The process of revising voters’ lists in the Bathinda Assembly segment would continue till August 14. The date for eligibility of new voters is January 1, 2003.


Bank manager booked in fraud case
Amritsar, August 11
The Majitha police has booked manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce who was earlier posted in the Jandiala branch for allegedly defrauding a person of Rs 25,000. Ashwani Kumar of Jandiala in his complaint said that about five years ago, he had pledged his house for Rs 25,000 to get a loan from the bank.


It’s self before service for MBBS students
Amritsar, August 11
The motto ‘Come to learn, go to serve’ does not apply to the MBBS students of the Government Medical College here, as the majority of the MBBS first year students were candid in their replies and admitted that they had opted for this ‘noble’ profession considering it to be lucrative. Surprising facts came to light in a survey conducted by the Department of Community Medicine of the Government Medical College.

Teachers from 6 dists to hold rallies
Bathinda, August 11
As the Congress government headed by Capt Amarinder Singh has backtracked from its poll promises to government employees, they have decided to hold rallies and dharnas to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Govt decision arbitrary: lecturers
Amritsar, August 11
Government lecturers who were selected during the tenure of sacked PPSC chairman Ravi Sidhu are sore over the government’s decision to dismiss even those who were selected on merit.

New Punjabi varsity VC soon
Patiala, August 11
A decision on the new Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University is likely to be announced soon with senior Congress leader and party in charge of Punjab yesterday presiding over a meeting of the search committee constituted by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to select the new Vice-Chancellor of the varsity.

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