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Gujral blames Punjab’s slide on politics of hate

Jalandhar, December 21
Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral today said the politics of hatred was responsible for the economic and educational degradation of Punjab. Addressing delegates on the concluding day of the three-day ‘Global Educational Conference on Culture of Peace and Non-Violence at Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalaya here, he said “We just cannot go on talking of the Green Revolution but should think about the future.”

Wake-up call: Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral addresses a conference on peace at Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar

Wake-up call: Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral addresses a conference on peace at Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar, on Saturday. — Photo by Pradip Pandit

Badal: probe ‘immoral acts’ of ministers
Chamkaur Sahib (Ropar), December 21
The former Punjab Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal Parkash Singh Badal today demanded a CBI or judicial inquiry into the alleged involvement of certain Punjab ministers in a reported case of immoral activities during their stay in Ahmedabad in connection with the Assembly elections in Gujarat.

Promotion scam in Irrigation Dept
Chandigarh, December 21
The Punjab Irrigation Department reeks of scandals. The latest addition to the list of scandals is out-of-turn “promotions” of a number of junior engineers to the rank of sub-divisional engineers by inventing a new route that is called “current duty charge” system.




Another probe into coop bank scam
Mansa, December 21
The SP Vigilance Bureau Ferozepore, Ms Anita Punj, has started investigation into a Rs 6.69 crore scam of Mansa Cooperative Primary Agriculture Development Bank Limited, Mansa.

Pick and choose in booking scamsters?
Gidderbaha, December 21
Will the various irrigation and drainage scams, which occurred and came to light during the previous SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab, reach their logical ends?

Remove SDM as poll official: councillors
Jalalabad, December 21
In a letter written to the Chief Secretary and the Punjab Election Commission, all sitting councillors of the local Municipal Council belonging to the BJP have sought action against the local SDM, Mr Sukhminder Singh, for his alleged partisan role in the registration of 3,700 fake votes in the voter lists being revised for the coming Municipal Council elections.


Municipal poll: Congress’ invitation to aspirants
Abohar, December 21
The Ferozepore District Congress Committee today set in motion the process for contesting municipal elections by inviting applications from interested party workers slated for January 23.

Cong educates women on rights
Hoshiarpur, December 21
Ms Alka Lamba, general secretary of the Mahila Wing of the All-India Congress Committee, has said keeping in view the exploitation of women and increase of atrocities against them the wing has decided to launch a national-level campaign to help them.

Cong unit chief not allowed to take charge
Amritsar, December 21
Agitated women Congress leaders today locked the Congress Bhavan here from outside to stop Ms Gursharn Kaur from taking over the charge of district chief of the party’s women cell. The newly appointed district president had to return without taking the charge.

‘Riar is president of UT SAD’
Chandigarh, December 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal High Command today clarified that Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar was the president of its unit and that he had been elected by the party following all constitutional requirements.


Punjab ordered to pay pension
Chandigarh, December 21
Premature retirement from service and voluntary resignation have the same effect — that the employee is retiring, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held in a significant judgement.

Archives Dept to be shifted to Pbi varsity
Patiala, December 21
The Punjab Government has decided to shift the State Archives Department, situated in the more than a century old Rajindra kothi in the heart of Baradari Gardens here, to the Punjabi University campus and develop the ‘’kothi’’ as a heritage hotel.

SSP directed to probe beating
Amritsar, December 21
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the SSP to look into a complaint of Dr G.S. Bhalla of Guru Amar Das Avenue, Airport Road, and has registered his complaint under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

BKU(E) to burn govt’s effigies
Bathinda, December 21
The BKU (E) state general secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, in a press note issued here today, alleged that neither the state government nor the Union government was looking into the problems of farmers. BKU (E) activists would stage demonstrations and burn effigies on December 23, he said.

Bank speeds up renovation work
DC, architects express resentment
Patiala, December 21
The State Bank of Patiala, which is presently giving a facelift to its century-old headquarters, housed in a vintage building on the Mall Road, by fixing tiles on its facade, today accelerated the ongoing work, setting up lights to ensure that workers could work till late night.

Hearing of plea against Amarinder, Hanspal adjourned
Chandigarh, December 21
The UT Judicial Magistrate, Mr S.S. Bhardwaj, today adjourned a civil suit filed against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the President of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Mr H.S Hanspal, by a Propaganda Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal Badal of Ropar district Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, till January 18.

VIPs’ companions pose security risk
Bathinda, December 21
A section of the VIPs, particularly political figures, seems to have learnt no lesson from the assassination of the late Chief Minister Beant Singh and his commandos in a bomb blast in August 1995 in the Punjab Secretariat building as they still insist on carrying along their companions without checking and frisking.

Alarming rise in HIV positive cases
Ferozepore, December 21
Fiftyone HIV positive cases have been reported so far in the border district. Disclosing this to TNS here yesterday, Dr G.S. Dhillon, District Nodal Officer in charge of the AIDS control programme said 20 cases had been reported from Ferozepore subdivision, 15 from Abohar subdivision, four from Fazilka subdivision and 12 from Zira subdivision.

Hope for drug addicts
Rampura Phul (Bathinda), December 21
For five brothers of Dhade village of this area who had been hooked on to drugs for the past many years and had sold all their landholdings and household goods for purchasing their daily doses of “kick” it was a new beginning of their lives yesterday.

Arrests under NDPS Act double
Batala, December 21
Even as the Director-General, Narcotics Control Bureau, Mr M.N. Singh, today paid a quiet visit to the border belt to hold meetings with senior officials of different departments here, the drug peddling has recorded an increase this year.

Drive to end leprosy
Hoshiarpur, December 21
To eradicate leprosy from Punjab, the state Health Department launched its fourth campaign in this direction yesterday. A state-level function was organised at Talwara, 80 km from here, at which Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest.

Minister’s assurance on hospital posts
Amritsar, December 21
The Minister of State for Medical Education and Research, Health and Family Planning, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, today gave an assurance that all the vacant posts in government medical and dental colleges would soon be filled.

Docs’ transfer to hit OPDs
Mansa, December 21
The posting of nine postgraduate doctors on emergency duty by the Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital here has led to resentment among the doctors of the hospital.

HC stays MC chief’s removal
Dera Bassi, December 21
Issuing a notice of motion for January 10, 2003, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the orders of the Secretary to the Department of Local Government of Punjab, removing the Dera Bassi Municipal Council president Mr Jagjit Singh Dalli, and a councillor, Mr Paras Jain, from their posts.

VB inquires into duty evasion case
Mansa, December 21
A team of the Vigilance Bureau, Chandigarh, visited the office of Mr Ravinder Walia, Sub-registrar-cum-Tehsildar, Sardulgarh, in the district to inquire into the complaints of evasion of stamp duty on the documents produced for the registration.

Bridge inaugurated
Hoshiarpur, December 21
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Public Works Minister, Punjab, inaugurated a high-level bridge of 10 metres span on the Seim nullah at the Hoshiarpur-Tanda-Sri Hargobindpur road, about 60 km from, here today.

‘Literacy mission’ men dupe villagers
Ropar, December 21
In a novel way to dupe villagers, a team of people has been roaming in the district and collecting money from villagers. Sources said these people passed themselves off as workers of a literacy mission.


Jalandhar MC launches website
Jalandhar December 21
The local municipal corporation, launched its official website,, here today.
This is the first civic body in the state to go online to bring more transparency in its function.


Youth’s murder case solved, 6 held
Kapurthala, December 21
The Sultanpur Lodhi police has solved the murder case of a youth whose body was found floating in a nullah near the Beas in the area of Lakh Warah village 10 days ago. The police has arrested six persons in this connection.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Gurdaspur, December 21
The police has busted an inter-state gang of vehicle thieves. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, told mediapersons here today that the thieves had been identified as Kulwinder Singh, resident of Allechack, near here, Mangal Singh, alias Bhutto, resident of Daburiand, and Pardeep Sharma, resident of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.


Dogra honours dental college alumni
Amritsar, December 21
Lauding the role of Government Dental College here during, its history of the past 50 years, the Health Minister, Mr R.C. Dogra, said the contribution of the institution would be remembered. Mr Dogra was inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of the college.

Non-teaching staff continue stir
Nawanshahr, December 21
Though the teachers of the local R.K. Arya College ended their week-long dharna yesterday with the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, the college is still lying locked as the non-teaching employees refused to open the college till the teachers accused of an ‘assault’ on their colleagues apologised.

Aided school staff hold rally
Jalandhar, December 21
Members of the Punjab Aided School Teachers and other Employees Union today held a rally at Nehru Garden here today to protest against the “anti-employee policies” of the state government.

Atlas of Anandpur Sahib
Phagwara, December 21
Prof Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Chairman of the Guru Gobind Singh Chair in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, today told mediapersons that an atlas was being prepared to document in detail the scientific and technical reasons for the selection of Anandpur Sahib by the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, for training his army and carrying out his activities.

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