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Centre to review decision on
paddy MSP

Chandigarh, September 20
The Punjab Food Minister, Mr Lal Singh, said today the Centre was having second thoughts on its decision regarding the pricing of paddy which it had conveyed as the “Minimum support price plus 4 per cent purchase tax on it and all state taxes and levies beyond that would be contained within the MSP”.

Hail brings despair
Nathana, September 20
Farmers are on the verge of despair. Not only have widespread hailstorms in the region over the past two days taken their toll but heavy attacks by pests have also been reported in this area.

Sow only PAU varieties, farmers advised
Ludhiana, September 20
The two-day kisan mela at Punjab Agricultural University concluded with the distribution of prizes to farmers in produce and home craft competitions. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, gave away the prizes. He said in order to save the produce of farmers and to check their exploitation by middlemen, more agro-based industries need to be established.



  Indian Missions’ attitude decried
Italy’s amnesty scheme
Chandigarh, September 20
“An indifferent and lackadaisical attitude of some functionaries of the Indian Missions in Rome and Milan may deny an opportunity to thousands of expatriate Indians to benefit from general amnesty announced by the Government of Italy for all its illegal immigrants doing “petty and irregular jobs” there.

DIET students block traffic
Ropar, September 20
A large number of students of the local District Institute of Education and Training today blocked traffic for about an hour at the Sirhind canal bridge near the main bus stand on the Ropar-Nawanshahr road here in support of their demands, including scrapping of the new Education Policy-2002. This led to long queues of vehicles on both sides of the bridge.
No mercy even for a patient
No mercy even for a patient: The leaders of the ETT Students Association, who jammed traffic on the Bathinda-Malout road on Friday as part of their agitation, are not allowing father of a child whose one leg is in plaster to use the road. The father pleaded that he should be allowed to go along with other passengers of a bus as he had to admit his son to a hospital. — Photo Kulbir Beera

700 appointed in violation of rules
Ropar, September 20
A woman from Nangal, has been appointed in Government Primary School, Nangal, to work under the centrally-sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Scheme. In the appointment letter issued to her by the District Education Officer (Primary), Ropar, it has been stated that she has been appointed as she has volunteered to work under the scheme without salary. Interestingly, she has passed class X whereas the candidate, as per the scheme guidelines, must possess a minimum qualification of plus II.

Venkaiah Naidu coming on Sept 27
Chandigarh, September 20
The President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, who presided over a meeting of party officer-bearers here today, directed them to ensure participation of all party activists in a “gaon chalo, fir Delhi chalo” campaign to be launched on September 25 all over the country.


Cong to expose Badal: Bhatia
Bathinda, September 20
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader R.L. Bhatia while alleging that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had forced the centre to discriminate against Punjab regarding paddy procurement and announcement of minimum support price, said the Congress would launch a movement to expose his (Mr Badal’s) anti-farmer policies. Mr Bhatia, while talking to mediapersons here, said he would meet Capt Amarinder Singh soon in this regard.


Mela declines into vulgarity
Chhapar, September 20
Whither Chhapar Mela? The event is today a pale shadow of its glorious past which boasted of the best in terms of the culture and ethos of a vibrant Punjab. It is still a big draw with crowds flocking in thousands to pay obeisance at the Gugga Marhi, a shrine dedicated to the Nag Devta. What one comes across today is the cacophony of hundreds of loudspeakers blaring from early morning to well past midnight of shopkeepers hawking dubious goods and miraculous cures to innocent rural folk.

IPS officers resent PPS men as dist heads
Ferozepore, September 20
Despite claims of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s of being a different administrator vis-a-vis Mr Prakash Singh Badal functioning of various departments here changed much. In the Police Department criteria to appoint Senior Superintendents of Police in districts has been the same.

HC allows pleas for engg course admission
Chandigarh, September 20
Allowing 34 petitions filed by over 160 candidates declared ineligible for admission to engineering courses in institutes affiliated to the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice S.S. Grewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court have held that the action of Punjab state and another respondent in creating a distinction between aspirants from recognised schools and contestants from private or unrecognised schools was “wholly artificial”.

Govt can act against FCI manager
Chandigarh, September 20
Staying the operation of orders passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal restraining the Union Government from taking further disciplinary action against IAS officer Sarvesh Kaushal, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the respondents for November 25.

  • Pesticide dealer’s plea dismissed

Rural water supply scheme inaugurated
Ropar, September 20
To provide potable water to the nearly 3,000 residents of the Kanjla, Bangian, Kalaran and Boothgarh villages, near Morinda, a new rural water supply scheme was inaugurated at Kanjla village last evening by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, Punjab. This scheme has been completed at a cost of Rs 29 lakh against an estimated cost of Rs 32.78 lakh.

Vernacular journalism ‘lagging behind’
Jalandhar, September 20
Editors of vernacular dailies and veteran journalists attended the Punjabi Media Conference-2002 organised by the Punjab Media Academy chief, Mr Baljit Singh Brar, today. Mr Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, Editor of Punjabi Tribune, said most of the problems faced by the regional media were due to lack of proper training and hesitation among the youth to take up vernacular journalism as a profession.

Implement 85th Amendment: BSP
Jalandhar, September 20
The Bahujan Samaj Party has asked the Congress government to implement the 85th constitutional Amendment with regard to reservation in promotions for government employees belonging to reserved categories.

Disabled duped on promise of government job
Patiala, September 20
A handicapped person residing in Tripuri area has accused an employee of the Punjab Pollution Control Board of duping him and taking away his house in lieu of getting him a government job.

Lokpal’s office faces shortage of staff
Chandigarh, September 20
While the number of complaints has been rapidly going up in the Punjab Lokpal office, its functioning has been hampered by a shortage of staff required to hold investigations at the preliminary stage against important persons. Funds is another major problem. There are no adequate funds even to buy stationery.

Don’t treat Granth as ‘juristic person’
Chandigarh, September 20
The former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, today demanded that the Guru Granth Sahib should not be treated as a ‘‘ juristic person ’’ thus bringing the Guru to the level of an ordinary person.

Proposal to privatise octroi rejected
Patiala, September 20
The general house of the Municipal Corporation in a significant decision today shot down the proposal to privatise octroi collection in the city, besides demanding that Rs 1.03 crore owed by people living in slum areas on account of water and sewerage charges be waived off.

Probe begins into land sale
Mansa, September 20
The Vigilance Bureau has begun an inquiry into the purchase of about 3.25 acres in the open market by the local municipal council at Ramdite Wala village. The bureau has asked for the records pertaining to the purchase of land by the council.

Dr Vohra Prosthetic Adviser to Punjab
Chandigarh, September 20
Dr V. J. S. Vohra, Chairman and Managing Director, Nevedac Prosthetic Centre, Zirakpur, has been appointed Honorary Prosthetic Adviser to Punjab government. Dr Vohra, will advise the government on all matters concerning supply and fitting of prosthetic aids and rehabilitation of the physically challenged persons.

Rural funds spent on town
Bathinda, September 20
Due to bureaucratic ineptness more than Rs 18 lakh has been over spent on a programme. Even eight years after the state government made changes and classified Talwandi Sabo near here as a urban area, the district administration went ahead and launched a water supply scheme in the township under a programme for rural areas.

Sidhu bail plea hearing on Sept 23
Patiala, September 20
District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today put the bail application filed by former PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu for consideration for September 23 even as anticipatory bail applications filed by “tainted” candidates will be heard next week.

Fresh warrant issued against Kang
Ropar, September 20
Mr Ravinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, today issued fresh non-bailable arrest warrant for October 3 against Kiranbir Singh Kang, Youth Akali leader, in connection with the Siau murder case in which the bodies of two children were found floating in a pond at Siau village, near Kharar, on June 22 last year.

Vigilance raids on houses of SGPC members
Amritsar, September 20
In a surprise development, senior officials of the Vigilance Department today visited the houses of some SGPC members belonging to the SAD and sought details of their moveable and immoveable assets.

PSSF to bring out white paper on govt policies
Malerkotla, September 20
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation and Trade Union Council organised a convention here today at the local Bahawalpurlian Dharamshala. 

Labour Commission ‘anti-worker’
Bathinda, September 20
The proposals of the second Labour Commission, which submitted its report on June 22, will increase unemployement, stop development and is against the Indian democracy and spirit of Constitution.


Eating establishments fined
Patiala, September 20
The Municipal Corporation today fined various hotel, restaurant and dhaba owners sums ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 for not maintaining hygienic conditions on their premises during a check conducted by it recently.


3 get 10-yr RI in dowry death case
Moga, September 20
The District and Sessions Court here on Thursday sentenced three members of a family to 10-years’ rigorous imprisonment each in a dowry death case. According to the details available, an FIR under various section of the IPC was registered against Gurpreet Singh (husband), Joginder Singh (father-in-law) and Ranjit Kaur (mother-in-law) of Dina village on March 16, 2000, for allegedly burning Sukhjit Kaur to death for not bringing Rs 1 lakh in dowry.

63 illegal immigrants arrested
Jalandhar, September 20
Nearly 63 youths from Punjab have been arrested in Moscow and Ukraine for allegedly entering the countries without valid travel documents. As many as 31 persons who entered Belarus in Russia were arrested in Minsk while 32 Punjabis were arrested by the police in Keiv, said the Regional Passport Office authorities.

7 held in fake currency racket
Amritsar, September 20

The police today claimed having busted a fake currency racket with the arrest of seven persons in fake currency racket.

Seven hurt in group clash
Amritsar, September 20
Panic gripped Chogawan village after two groups fired at each other during a clash that left seven injured. The clash took place between a group led by former sarpanch Balkar Singh and the Rajinder Singh group.


Change exam system: law students
Patiala, September 20
Students of the Department of Law, Punjabi University, have demanded a change in the existing examination system in reappear cases on the lines of Panjab University, failing which they have threatened to boycott classes indefinitely and organise dharnas on the campus.

Implement pay scales: librarians
Chandigarh, September 20
The Government School Librarians’ Union, Punjab, has urged the State Government to do justice with them. In a statement issued here today, a spokesman for the union, alleged that injustice had been done with librarians posted in schools by giving a pay scale even less than the JBT teachers.

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