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CM releases Development Report
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Development Report, 2002 presented to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today is a ‘’vision paper’’ — a workable model that will reinvent the state through ‘’rejuvenation, quality and management’’. All this will happen only if there is a ‘’revolution of the minds’’ at the political, bureaucratic and operational levels. People who can make the Green Revolution possible can also bring about a ‘’revolution of the minds’’.

‘Mentally challenged’ baffles IAF
Killi Nihal Singhwala (Bathinda), December 2
A mentally ill suspected to be a resident of Pakistan and working for the ISI was rounded up in Virk Khurd village near the strategic Air Force station at Bhisiana village two days ago. This has again put a question mark on the “concern” of authorities concerned in allowing the persons to move freely without any check in this area.

3 PPSC members boycott CM’s visit
Patiala, December 2
Three members of the Punjab Public Service Commission, who were appointed to their posts by the earlier Akali-BJP government, boycotted the visit of Capt Amarinder Singh to the PPSC office here today.

Harpreet case: witness turns hostile
Patiala, December 2
In a major twist to the Harpreet Kaur murder case, a friend of Harpreet and CBI’s prime witness Kusum today retracted from her earlier statement given in the Special Court and claimed that former SGPC President Jagir Kaur’s political rival Sukhpal Singh Khaira had arranged vehicles for her to testify against the former SGPC President.

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  ‘Help’ challenged kids progress
Chandigarh, December 2
The facilities mentioned in the PWD Act, 1995, regarding the disabled children shall be fully implemented by the Punjab Government, Mr D.S. Guru, Commissioner for Persons with Disability, said while presiding over a one-day convention of disabled and social workers on the eve of International Disabled Day here today.

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‘Development to be speeded up’
Ludhiana, December 2
Finance Minister Lal Singh said with the introduction of strict financial reforms, the economy of Punjab had improved and financial institutions, including the World Bank, had agreed to consider the requests of the government to release funds for various prestigious development projects. He asserted that the process of development in the state would be accelerated in the coming months.

US Fellowship for Punjab doc
Chandigarh, November 30
Dr Kanan Gupta, MD has been conferred the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians. The Fellowship is an honour achieved by those who are recognised for personal integrity, superior competence in the field of medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

Seminar on AIDS held
Mansa, December 2
“So far 2.28 crore people have died due to AIDS in the world and 4.2 crore people suffering from AIDS are waiting for their deaths”. This was disclosed by Prof Hazari Lal Bansal, Chairman of the Punjab AIDS Control Organisation, while addressing a seminar on AIDS awareness held at S.D. Kanya Mahavidyala here today.

Mall to have parking lots
Bathinda, December 2
Traffic jams on the Mall Road here will minimise if the proposal to use footpaths in front of shops for parking is implemented in letter and spirit. The practice of using footpaths for parking will be extended to other areas in the city if the experiment on the Mall Road is successful. Parking has become a major problem in the city. People park vehicles haphazardly on the roads, creating traffic bottlenecks.

163 persons donate blood
Kharar, December 2
The Rotary Club, Kharar, organised a blood donation camp in Khalsa Senior Secondary School here today. This was the 9th such camp organised by the club. Mr Rupinder Singh, DSP Kharar, was the chief guest on the occasion. He praised the club for its effort.

Sant Veer Singh honoured
Moga, December 2
Sant Veer Singh, the defeated presidential candidate in the November 12 SGPC poll, was honoured in a gurdwara at his native Madhoke village yesterday. Some of Badal’s supporters , during a meeting held here on November 18 to honour those who stood by the former Chief Minister during the crucial SGPC elections, had given a call for social boycott of Sant Veer Singh, and dubbed him a Congress agent.

Hussain brothers honoured
Pathankot, December 2
The 24th Kala Utsav-2002 organised by Abhinaya Kala Mandir concluded here yesterday night. The utsav was inaugurated by Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, on Saturday.

Old-age pensioners protest
Amritsar, December 2
Fifty old age pensioners, including physically challenged and widows demand the release of pensions to them which were stopped following an expose of Rs 24 crore scam in the Social Welfare Department, Punjab. Decrying the attitude of the state government here today, the pensioners raised slogans.

Desi ghee supply to gurdwaras to be stopped
Amritsar, December 2
The state government has decided to stop the supply of ‘desi ghee’ to all Sikh shrines coming under the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in violation of the tender.

Five of groom’s family cremated
Amritsar, December 2
A pall of gloom descended on a family whose five members, including a two and half years old child, were crushed to death by a truck. The family was going towards the Royal Marriage Palace to receive the bride here late last evening when the accident took place.

NRIs to discuss Rakhra hospital
Patiala, December 2
Mr Bhagwan Dass, Director of the Punjab Young Farmers Association, will leave for the USA on Thursday to discuss and finalise the project of setting up a deluxe hospital at Rakhra, near here. A meeting to give final shape to the project will be held at Milwaukee, USA, next week. Among others, it will be attended by some NRIs who have shown interest in the project.

10 villages chosen for development
Patiala, December 2
Punjab Public Works Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa today said 10 villages of the state had been chosen for development under the Rural Integrated Development Scheme, under which Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.25 crore would be spent to develop each village on modern lines.

Anti-leprosy drive launched
Ropar, December 2
A modified leprosy elimination campaign was today launched in the district at a function at the Civil Surgeon office complex here. The function was presided over by Mr Daljeet Singh, SDM.

Rally against drug abuse organised
Faridkot, December 2
On the first day of the fortnight-long campaign against drug abuse, the district administration along with many social organisations organised a “chetna rally” and took out a procession through the main streets of the town here today. More than 1,000 children of different educational institutions, besides leading citizens participated.

Garg to support residents’ stir
Bathinda, December 2
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, former Punjab minister, said today that he would support the agitation of the residents, who had been issued notices by the Archaeological Survey of India, to vacate their premises.


Farmers face water shortage
Moga, December 2
Farmers of various villages in the district today complained that they had been facing an acute shortage of canal water for the past several months.


MLA proceeds against civic officials
Malout, December 2
Mr Nathu Ram, MLA, Malout, has sought action against officials of the local municipal council, who breached protocol by putting his name below that of the local municipal councillors on the foundation stone of a building that was laid on November 24 by the Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Usha R. Sharma.

End contract system in RTP: panel
Ropar, December 2
The sub-committee, formed by the Contract Labour Advisory Board, Punjab, to abolish the contract labour system in the Ropar Thermal Plant, has recommended to completely end the contract labour system in the coal handling plant of the RTP and regularise the services of 700 contract labourers, working in the Coal Handling Plant.

Draft voters’ list for public scrutiny
SAS Nagar, December 2
The Subdivisional Magistrate here has released the first draft of voters’ lists of the Kharar constituency. The process of finalisation of these lists will begin after December 10, 2002, the last date for pointing out any changes in these lists.

Probe ordered into ‘benami’ land deals
Ropar, December 2
The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain, today ordered an inquiry into the acquisition of hundreds of acres of “benami” land by certain persons in Nanglian and Khairpur villages of Kharar tehsil in this district.


Woman plotted son’s murder: police
Nawanshahr, December 2
In a bizarre incident, the police, while probing the case of kidnapping of 7-year-old Gurpreet, alias Gopi, found that the boy’s mother Bimla Devi (35), had asked her paramour Manjit Kumar (18), alias Sonu, to murder her son.


Power to ANM institute, hostel cut
Bathinda, December 2
Power supply to the hostel of ANM training institute here has been disconnected and the students have been using lanterns girls living in the hostel find it difficult at night. The power to the institute and the hostel was disconnected on November 11 and has not been restored despite requests by students.

Students protest against hike in PTA funds
Dera Bassi, December 2
In protest against hike in the funds of the Parent Teacher Association, students of the local Government Degree College today boycotted classes and raised slogans against the college authorities here. The students said they would go on an indefinite strike till their demands were met.

Pass issue: morcha backs students
Bathinda, December 2
Mr Jagmail Singh, district unit secretary, Lok Morcha Punjab, here today alleged that while the government was maintaining a silence on the concessional bus pass issued to students and a section of mini bus operators had been harassing students since long.

Declamation contest at Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
For the all-round development of students, the co-curricular activities and participation in sports activities is a must, as in the age of competition general knowledge is equally important as is bookish knowledge, said Mr Vikas Paratap, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the second Lala Devi Dyal Verma Memorial Declamation Contest organised by Ashoka Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, today.


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