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Crop diversification at Centre’s mercy
Chandigarh, January 1
Punjab’s crop diversification programme is not making much headway at the moment. Already wheat has been sown over 33 lakh hectares of land. The area under the crop is almost equal to last year’s figure. And it closes the topic of diverting the area from wheat to another crop at least till October next year when the crop will be sown again.

Cash crunch hits heritage work
Govt turns to NRIs for funds
Anandpur Sahib, January 1
Tardy work on the Khalsa tercentenary projects due to financial crunch has forced the state government to raise funds from NRIs. Ms Romila Dubey, Principal Secretary, Department of Culture Affairs, Museum and Tourism, and chief executive of the Anandpur Sahib Foundation, today left for New York and Canada to apprise the NRIs of the concept of the Sikh heritage project.

Badal got Barnala shifted to accommodate son?
Sangrur, January 1
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today stated that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, had paved the way for Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal for making him his (Badal) successor by getting Mr Surjit Singh Barnala transferred from Uttaranchal to Andhra Pradesh as Governor.

Varsity nod to 8 B.Ed colleges
Patiala, January 1
Punjabi University yesterday confirmed the issuance of non-objection certificates to various trusts and foundations for eight B.Ed colleges and two law colleges. The university’s Academic Council, at a meeting yesterday, confirmed the issuance of no-objection certificates or letters of intent for opening B.Ed colleges.

Corporation status for Bathinda
Bathinda, January 1
As a New Year gift to residents, Bathinda was accorded the status of the municipal corporation by the government today. The corporation will come into existence with effect from April 10.

Congress leaders  celebrate Bathinda getting the status of a municipal corporation. — Kulbir Beera

A kid is given a dip by his grandfather in the sarovar of the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the first day of the new year. — Rajiv Sharma

Anandpur Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjab Govt a failure: BJP
Chandigarh, January 1
Commenting on the performance of the Punjab Government during the past year, BJP General Secretary, Avinash Jaiswal said today that the government failed on all fronts. Mr Jaiswal said the Congress had made false promises to win the Assembly elections.

BJP men burn effigies of 3 Cong ministers
Jalandhar, January 1
Many BJP activists today burnt effigies of three Congress ministers, Punjab allegedly involved in objectionable activities during Gujarat elections. They raised anti-Congress slogans and demanded that the government to order a CBI probe into the matter.


Patasa, a traditional sweet made mainly of sugar and baking powder, is prepared in Amritsar  on Wednesday. — Reuters

Development main focus in Patiala in 2002
Patiala, January 1
This was a year to truly rejoice for Patialvis. A Patialvi — Capt Amarinder Singh — became Chief Minister of the state and promptly announced that he would make the city a model one. The year saw a large number of development works being initiated by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation even as final touches are being given to the schemes envisaged for the city under Central schemes.

Encroachers hurdle to four-laning of road
Ropar, January 1
Encroachments on the main Ropar-Chandigarh road within the municipal limits of Ropar have become a major hurdle to the four-laning of the road. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Surface Transport for the widening of the road, but the proposal is likely to face stiff resistance from encroachers who have raised pucca structures on irrigation land.

All set for Pulse Polio drive
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
As many as 71,447 children up to five years in Fatehgarh Sahib would be administered polio drops on January 5 and February 9 under the Pulse Polio Campaign. Mr Vikas Partap Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, said this, while presiding over a review meeting regarding the Pulse Polio Campaign arrangements at Bachat Bhawan here today.

Unemployed linemen hold dharna
Patiala, January 1
The Unemployed Lineman Union today started a 24-hour fast in front of the Punjab State Electricity Board headquarters here to register their protest against the failure of the board to fill up vacancies in their cadre.

Unemployed Linemen’s Union representatives sit on dharna outside the PSEB Headquarters building in Patiala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Unemployed Linemen’s Union representatives sit on dharna outside the PSEB headquarters building

Doctor commits suicide
Moga, January 1
A local doctor, Gagan Bijon (40), committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his .32-bore revolver at his residence here today.

A thick curtain of fog greeted the residents on New Year's Day in Patiala. — Photo Pawan Sharma

New Year begins with power cut
Bathinda, January 1
The power supply remained disrupted in most parts of the city here today. Sources said a transformer of the GNDP had developed a snag which resulted in the disruption of power supply.

Eight of family hurt in mishap
Mansa, January 1
Eight persons, including four children, of a family travelling in a Tata-Sumo suffered injuries when a tyre of the vehicle burst near Kot Dharmu village of the district today.


Engineers: make all levels accountable
Patiala, January 1
The PSEB Engineers Association today suggested bringing in functional accountability in the board instead of changing its structure by splitting it into various companies in a memorandum submitted to the Haldea Committee.

Head constable suspended
Bathinda, January 1
Head Constable Kulwant Singh posted with the traffic wing was suspended for being drunk while on duty last night. Sources said that 20 police patrol parties comprising a head constable and constable each, were deployed to check rowdyism.


5 cops booked for corruption
Tarn Taran, January 1
Five policemen working in Patti police station have been booked under the corruption Act by the police. The accused include three head constables and two constables. The accused are Harjinder Singh, Madan Lal and Amarjit Singh (head constables) and Baldev Singh and Wazir Singh (constables).

Travel agent held for duping youths
Phagwara, January 1
The police has nabbed one travel agent while the other has absconded. The action followed a complaint by Balbir Singh, sarpanch of Balalon village and his friend Mohinder Pal that they were duped of Rs 2 lakh by travel agents.

2 held for robbery
Muktsar, January 1
The police today claimed having arrested two persons and solved six cases of robbery and kidnapping. Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, in a press note said here today that the accused Amarjeet Singh resident of Punia village and Balbir Singh of Rerwan village in Jalandhar district were arrested from near Kollianwali village in the district.

Fake will: order to register case
Mansa, January 1
Mr S. K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Mansa, yesterday ordered the registration of a criminal case against Naib Tehsildar, Sardulgarh, Gurpreet Mohinder Singh Chahal, Revenue Patwari Halqa Ullak, Harjinder Singh, witnesses of a fake will Kaka Singh, Pritam Singh, Arjun Singh, deed writer Rajinder Singh and Beant Singh and Jaspal Singh of Burj Bhalaike village in the district for hatching conspiracy to grab 63 kanals, 7 marlas of land by doctoring a fake unregistered will.

4 smugglers arrested
Pathankot, January 1
The Narote Jaimal Singh police has arrested four persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of wooden sleepers from Jammu and Kashmir. According to police sources, on a tip-off a special naka was laid at Kot-Bhatian village near Kathua border, and the accused who were coming in three tractors loaded with wooden sleepers were nabbed.


Students’ strike on Punjabi issue
Patiala, January 1
Punjabi University students belonging to various student organisations today affected a strike in the varsity to protest against the academic council’s decision to waive the necessity to take Punjabi as a compulsory subject in B.Sc course and also abolishing the clause making it mandatory to pass the standard 10 level Punjabi examination to enroll for a Ph.D degree in the university.

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