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Loan recovery falls in Punjab
Malwa belt farmers the worst hit
Chandigarh, December 5
Drought appears to have virtually broken the back of farmers in Punjab. An evidence to this effect is now available from the trend of recovery of loans, advanced by the cooperative sector, to the agricultural sector. In the state the recovery of such loans has gone down to 66 per cent. Punjab has been known for 90 per cent recovery of such loans in the country.

Congress sweeps Nagar Council election
Phagwara, December 5
The ruling Congress made a clean sweep in the council poll here this afternoon by bagging all three posts of the President, the senior Vice-President and the Vice-President of the Nagar Council, Phagwara, even as the Opposition alleged that the ruling party had cheated it by backing out from an agreement.

Garcha’s judicial remand extended
Jalandhar, December 5
A city court today extended the judicial remand of former Technical Education Minister Jagdish Singh Garcha and two other accused till December 19 in the multi-crore PTU scam case.



  SGPC moves HC on panel members
Chandigarh, December 5
In an application filed before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Thursday sought directions for restraining Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission members from functioning.


Additional PPCC list released
Chandigarh, December 5
The PPCC today announced an additional list of office-bearers on the intervention of the party high command. Earlier, a list of 45 office-bearers was announced last week. The new office-bearers are Mr M. M. Singh Cheema, (vice-president), Mr Parminder Singh (General Secretary).

BJP to contest MC poll with SAD
Chandigarh, December 5
At an emergency meeting held here today the BJP discussed the issue of elections of municipal committees and nagar panchayats and decided to contest them jointly with SAD. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the Punjab unit of the BJP.

Mann criticises Atal, Putin
Ropar, December 5
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has condemned the statement of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani calling Pakistan to fight a fourth direct war with India instead of engaging in proxy war. In a press statement issued yesterday, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Akali Dal (A), said his party had also taken a serious notice of the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s statement that more temples would be attacked by militants.


Dairy owners stone MC staff, 7 hurt
Amritsar, December 5
Seven persons, including the Medical Health Officer of the local municipal corporation and the gunman of the Additional Commissioner of the corporation, were injured when the families of two dairy owners pelted workers of the corporation with stones here today.

A traffic policeman explains a point to students of various schools at a camp held at Traffic Training Park in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

Class discrimination in BBMB alleged
Nangal, December 5
Wards of the Class III and Class IV employees of the Bhakra Beas Management Board and activists of some local social organisations today held a rally in front of the office of the Chief Engineer (Irrigation), BBMB, alleging discrimination against the employees belonging to these classes and their wards by the officers of the organisation.

Plea to stop promotion on caste basis
Bathinda, December 5
Members of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, have demanded that no employee should be promoted on caste basis and the reservation system in promotions should be done away with.

Employees seek release of DA
Chandigarh, December 5
On a call by the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, Punjab employees held a protest rally in Sector 17 here today, demanding the release of 3 per cent DA instalment from July 1, 2002 besides implementation of other demands.

Cheaper technique to treat hernia
Nawanshahr, December 5
Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr) run by an NRI-sponsored charitable Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, has started Liechtenstein (mesh) repair of Inguinal hernia - Day Care surgery. It is cheaper than routine surgery of hernia. It does not require admission of the patient and drip application.

School buildings
Chandigarh, December 5
Taking up a petition on the conditions of schools and colleges, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the appointment of local commissioners for inspecting buildings in the state of Punjab.

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17 admitted to de-addiction centre
Bathinda, December 5
Seventeen drug addicts have been admitted to the deaddiction centre at the local Civil Hospital, most of the them being motivated by various social workers and NGOs of the city.

Workshop on neonatal care held
Nawanshahr, December 5
The local Paediatrics Forum, as part of the “New-born week celebrations” by the Punjab unit of the National Neonatology Forum of India, on the theme of ‘Give a breath, save a life’, to create awareness among doctors, paramedical staff and midwives about the latest techniques to check pre-natal deaths, organised a workshop here today at Doaba Club.

Drive to collect Flag Day funds
Ropar, December 5
The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Seema Jain, today launched a campaign for collecting funds in connection with the Armed Forces Flag Day. The Deputy Commissioner donated Rs 500 while launching the campaign in her office. Children of ex-servicemen pinned a badge on the Deputy Commissioner’s coat.

‘Ensure supply of desi ghee to shrines’
Chandigarh, December 5
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today directed the Milkfed Managing Director to ensure uninterrupted supply of ‘desi’ ghee to Harmandar Sahib and other Sikh shrines under the SGPC control.

National award for Red Cross Society
Faridkot, December 5
The Central Government has honoured the District Red Cross Society with a national award for its services. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a citation and a certificate.


Rs 104 cr for police welfare
Moga, December 5
The Punjab government has allocated Rs 104 crore for various welfare schemes of the police department in the current year.


5 held for assault on dentist
Barnala, December 5
Five persons, including a woman, have been booked by the Barnala police for allegedly assaulting Dr Mahavir, a dentist, at his private clinic in the local Handiya Bazar on Wednesday evening.

‘Tantrik’ held for torturing youth
Gurdaspur, December 5
The police today arrested Dharam Pal Tantrik of Rasulpur under police station Purana Shalla who claimed that he had shamanistic powers to cure mentally retarded persons giving information, the SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar said that Ashwani Kumar (22) of Ramnagar Bhoon near here was mentally upset and his father Mr Charan Dass, who got a clue that the accused had these powers to cure such cases took him to his village for treatment.

Wife, paramour held for murder
Gurdaspur, December 5
The police has arrested Sudesh Rani and her paramour Dharminder Singh, alias Rupi of Dorangala, for murdering Balbir Chand of Maglani on the night of October 25. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, today said that the wife of the deceased after strangulating him with the help of her paramour had reported to the police that her husband had got electrocuted.

Gang of extortionists busted
Moga, December 5
The police claimed to have busted a gang of criminals responsible for one of the biggest extortion, in which the ransom amount was received through hawala transaction in Canada. The gang members were also involved in many murders, robberies and other incidents of snatching of vehicles.

Probe ordered into sodomy case
Moga, December 5
A local court has ordered a probe into the complaint of a minor, who had alleged sodomy by a jail inmate when he was lodged in the jail in a theft case.

Two arrested for graft
Bathinda, December 5
Viresh Kumar, Octroi Superintendent, Municipal Council, Mansa, and his tout were caught today while taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a local electronic goods dealer.


Varsity students boycott exams
Violence in campus, 8 booked
Amritsar, December 5
Students of B.Tech (Electronics), Fourth Year, Guru Nanak Dev University, today boycotted their examinations in protest against the registration of cases against eight students who were allegedly attacked by their fellow hostlers. One student was allegedly thrown from the balcony of a hostel.


Entry tax on yarn, paper to be cut
Jalandhar, December 5
Partly acceding to the demand of industrialists and business community to abolish the entry tax system, the Punjab government has finally decided to considerably reduce entry tax on yarn and paper.


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