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Amarinder rejects Kelkar proposal on farm IT
40,000 tubewell power connections to be released
Amritsar, December 28
 Capt Amarinder Singh The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said here today that there was no innocent Sikh youth languishing in jail at present as claimed by various Sikh organisations. He claimed that all those arrested during Operations Bluestar and Black Thunder had been released.

SAD opposes IT on agriculture
Badal to take up matter with Centre
Bathinda, December 28
The SAD will oppose the imposition of income tax on agriculture in case the Union Government accepts the recommendation of the Kelkar task force in this regard. Besides, the party will not hesitate to vote against any Bill or proposal relating to such tax in Parliament.

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honours the SGPC members Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honours the SGPC members who voted for SAD (B) candidates in the SGPC elections, at a function in Bathinda on Saturday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera




Varsity credentials questioned
Chandigarh, December 28
Recent media criticism that “historical research has reached the level of plagiarism with the merit of preservation” makes Guru Nanak Dev University a controversial host for the Indian History Congress starting on December 28.

Punjab’s economy in logjam
Chandigarh, December 28
Economic revival of Punjab remained a major issue this year. Steps initiated in this direction stand derailed. Hopes pinned on relatively young and educated Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, have been belied. For the past 11 months he has not moved beyond Akali bashing and targeting politicians who dare to stand up to him.

EPF scam probe handed over to crime branch
Ropar, December 28
The crime branch of the Punjab police has taken over the investigations of the sensitive EPF scam case in the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar. Sources said the ADGP (crime), Punjab, had written to the SSP, Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, to hand over the entire material regarding the investigations in to the case to the crime wing for further investigations.

Pak ‘trying’ to revive militancy in Punjab
Hoshiarpur, December 28
Mr M.S. Bhullar, DGP, Punjab, took the salute at a march past by 345 newly passed out recruits of the BSF at the Subsidiary Training Centre Kharkan, 12 km from here, today. Mr Bhullar awarded trophies to nine recruits for their outstanding performance in different subjects during their nine months’ basic training. Sarat Dutta was adjudged the overall best recruit constable.

Pak using gurdwara funds against India: Badungar
Bathinda, December 28
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC today said that funds collected as offerings at gurdwaras in Pakistan were being used for anti-India and anti-SGPC propaganda.

Cane crushing goes swadeshi
Chandigarh, December 28
Dissatisfied with sugar mill owners, the sugarcane growers of Doaba and some parts of Malwa are carting their produce to kulharris’ (indigenous ‘gur’ mills). Hundreds of ‘kulharris’ dot highways and some link roads in the sugarcane belt. Most of these are run by migrants especially from Saharanpur and Meerut.

A family works at a 'kulharri’ (indigenous ‘gur’ mill) on the Chandigarh-Fatehgarh Sahib road on Friday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

A family works at a 'kulharri'


Preneet gains on Tohra’s turf
Patiala, December 28
Once known as the political turf of Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra and later of ‘’Captains”, the year 2002 saw the rise of Preneet Kaur, wife of State Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, in the district’s political arena.


‘Punjabis more prone to heart attacks’
Bathinda, December 28
Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalra, heart specialist, Fortis Heart and multi-specialty hospital, Mohali, in a statement here yesterday said as cardiovascular diseases were assuming epidemics proportions. People should be educated about the prevention of heart diseases.

Harballabh feast for music lovers
Jalandhar, December 28
Defying the December cold wave, thousands of music lovers and maestros left no stone unturned to relive the memory of Baba Harballabh at the 127th Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan at the Sri Devi Talaab temple, which kept reverberating with soothing shehnai, santoor and Dhrupad till early this morning.

PSEB plan to check power theft
Patiala, December 28
Government Hospitals and residential colonies of the State and Central security agencies, which till now were not checked for theft now will receive measured power supply under a new scheme initiated by the PSEB and billed accordingly.

Work on canals full of holes: Vigilance
Chandigarh, December 28
A number of irregularities have been detected by the Vigilance Bureau in the various repair and other works carried out on the Bhakra Mainline Canal and its off-shoot known as Narawana Branch in the Punjab area.

Clergy ‘can’t issue’ directives
Chandigarh, December 28
By issuing “hukamnamas” (directives) the Jathedars of five takhts have of late wielded powers which “gurmat” never vested in them. This observation has been made by Mr Joginder Singh Sawhney, Mr Gurtej Singh, General Narinder Singh (retd), Mr Rajinder Singh, Mr Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon and Justice Ajit Singh Bains in a letter addressed to the Jathedar of Akal Takht, with copies to all Jathedars.

SAD to work for riot victims
Chandigarh, December 28
The local unit of the SAD will urge party president Parkash Singh Badal and party secretary general and Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa to lead a delegation to the Chief Justice of India for seeking justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Send CRPF officers back: PPSA
Phagwara, December 28
A meeting of the Punjab Police Service Association, today demanded that of seven CRPF deputationists be sent back and decided to oppose their absorption in the Punjab police. Those seven CRPF officers were in the CM’s their security outfit. If these seven deputationists were absorbed, it would affect seniority of 450 PPS officers, the meeting said.

Former judge’s arrest stayed
Pathankot, December 28
Staying the arrest of the former judge of the Allahabad High Court, Mr R.K. Mahajan, in an alleged case under Section 36 of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, Mr A. K. Sharma, District and Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur, has issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab for January 10.

Plan to boost water supply
Faridkot, December 28
The district administration has drawn up a comprehensive plan to augment drinking water supply in the rural areas of the district. Under the scheme new pipelines will be laid, more reservoirs constructed and if need be more water works set up to ensure the supply of piped water.

Police remand for Bibi Jagir Kaur’s kin
Kapurthala, December 28
Sarabjit Singh Man accused in abduction of Babblu a minor son of NRI Jagir Singh of Begowal and Parampal Singh were produced in a court on Friday which remanded them in police custody till December 30.

Four acquitted
Khamano, December 28
Mr G. S. Gill, Sessions Judge of Fatehgarh Sahib, has acquitted Mr Bhinder Singh Ranwan and three others, Mr Dilwar Singh, Mr Sher Singh and Mr Baljit Singh, in a case filed by Mr Ram Singh. Mr Ram Singh had alleged that the accused had beaten up him in Manderan village and burnt his turban on December 5, 2000.

Sant Harnam Singh remembered
Bathinda, December 28
More than 1000 devotees visited Dera Ram Tilla, at Maluka village, 15 km from here, to participate in the annual samagam, held under the patronage of Sant Balwinder Singh, to remember Sant Baba Maha Harnam Singh on his anniversary today.

Army recruitment rally from Jan 6
Amritsar, December 28
The Army has organised a recruitment rally for Jawans for all castes at Gurdaspur from January 6 to 12. Interested candidates between the 16-21 age group belonging to Amritsar and Gurdaspur and having passed matriculation examination (with 45 per cent marks) or plus two, examination, should report at Gurdaspur on January, 6 at 6 a.m.


170 panchayats given grants: DC
Muktsar, December 28
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday said that 170 panchayats in the district had been given a grant of Rs 50,000 each. She was addressing panchayat zila parishad and panchayat samiti members here.

Final voters’ list by Jan 4
Kharar, December 28
The final publication of voters’ lists of all 15 wards of the Municipal Committee, elections to which are scheduled in march, 2003, would be completed by January 4, 2003.


Robbery: bank staff were ‘negligent’
Ropar, December 28
Negligence on the part of bank officials posted at the Surewal branch of the Ropar Central Cooperative Bank was a major factor that led to Wednesday robbery. The SSP, Ropar, Mr G. P. S. Bhullar, stated this after completing a preliminary inquiry into the case.

Cash, jewellery looted, car taken away
Jalandhar, December 28
Three armed robbers, one of whom was donning a Punjab police commando uniform, attacked the Urban Estate house of the owner of a famed dhaba and decamped with cash worth Rs 2 lakh, 25 tolas of gold jewellery, two mobile phones and a Maruti Zen car after locking 10 members of the family and servants in the bathroom today.

Robbers loot Rs 2.8 lakh from 2 banks
Fazilka, December 28
Robbers broke into two branches of banks at Abhun village, 12 km from here, last night and decamped with Rs 2,79,246 and a gun. According to an FIR lodged with the Sadar police, the State Bank of India and Central Cooperative Bank branches, located in a building complex on the village outskirts, were broken into by the robbers after cutting window grills.

Inspector booked for taking bribe
Ropar, December 28
The Vigilance Department yesterday booked Gurcharan Singh, Food and Civil Supplies Inspector, posted at Anandpur Sahib, on the charges of taking a bribe of Rs 500. Gurcharan Singh was arrested by Vigilance officials on a complaint of Balbir Singh Sandhu, a ration depot owner of Anandpur Sahib.

4 held for smuggling poppy
Bathinda, December 28
Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note today said that the police had arrested four persons in three cases and seized 137 kg of poppy husk.


Stress on updating library facilities
Patiala, December 28
Inaugurating the 20th national seminar on “Digital Information System and Services” of the Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres at Punjabi University here yesterday, Punjab Education Minister Khushhal Bahl emphasised the need for libraries to provide access to quality information in a timely and cost-effective manner by using modern tools of communication.

Hostel residents who love to stay back
Patiala, December 28
For at least 50 students of different hostels of Punjabi University, the New Year’s eve is not about going back home and spending time with their folks or planning a party and jiving all through the night. It is in fact about celebrating with their “extended family” i.e. fellow hostel residents.


Petro dealers’ threat on supply to govt vehicles
Jalandhar, December 28
The Punjab Petroleum Dealers Association today threatened to stop supply of petroleum products to the vehicles of government officials’ tell outstanding dues were not cleared by the state government.Top

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