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Punjab Planning Board for White Paper on PSU losses
Chandigarh, January 2
Punjab’s economy and financial position were today reviewed at the first full meeting of the state Planning Board today. The board revived the financial and physical performance in the Ninth Five Year Plan and had a glimpse of contours of the envisaged priorities in the Annual Plan (2003-04).

Fog leaves porters high and dry
Jalandhar, January 2
Commuters may have some options to choose from to counter prolonged delays in the arrival and departure of trains due to foggy weather, but for hundreds of porters, any such delays, particularly, for about two months during winter mean nothing but a source of big cut in their daily earnings.

Test for Panchayat Secretaries on Feb 23
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Government has decided to hold an objective test for the recruitment of Panchayat Secretaries on February 23 at all district headquarters under the supervision of the respective Deputy Commissioners an official spokesman, said here today.

SGPC to file appeal against Sajjan’s acquittal
Samana, January 2
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, said here today that the investigating agency had not been able to prove the guilt of the accused in the 1984 riots, which had resulted in the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar and others. He was addressing mediapersons at the residence of Mr Joginder Singh Panjrath, executive member, SGPC. He alleged that the then SGPC authorities had not pursued the riot cases.







SAD threatens stir over SYL
Amritsar, January 2
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a former Finance Minister, said today that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would launch an agitation to prevent any move to complete the SYL canal. He also urged the Union Government to conduct a detailed inquiry into the circumstances that had led to the acquittal of 1984 riots accused, including Sajjan Kumar.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a former Akali minister, at a function organised by the Nagar Nigam Talmail Dal, Amritsar, on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

At least 49 persons die due to cancer in Bathinda.
(28k, 56k)


Cong Dal to enrol 20,000 by March-end
Abohar, January 2
Mr Prahlad Yadav, chief organiser, All-India Congress Seva Dal, has admitted that the Congress leadership in Gujarat could not counter the false propaganda during the last two days of campaigning that an Imam had issued “fatwa” in its favour.


Corporation status for city welcomed
Bathinda, January 2
Congress leaders today hailed the decision of the Punjab Government to give municipal corporation status to Bathinda. The District Congress Committee (DCC) at a meeting said the long-pending demand of the residents of the city had been fulfilled and now the city would see all-round development.

Implement HC order, IMA to govt
Sangrur, January 2
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) yesterday urged the Punjab Government to issue strict guidelines to all Civil Surgeons and other authorities concerned in the state to ensure that the unauthorised practice of allopathic medicine (modern system of medicine) by ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic practitioners was not allowed in the state.

Vets seek probe into relief disbursement
Fazilka, January 2
The eight veterinary officers whose names have been sent by the Revenue Department, Punjab, for charge sheet due to alleged irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to flood victims of 1997, have demanded a factual probe into the matter.

Farmers await relief for land acquired
Ropar, January 2
The Punjab Government has failed to pay compensation for the land acquired in 1995 from nearly 20 farmers of Sultanpur village, near Ropar. The government had acquired 6.25 acres from the farmers for the construction of a ring bandh on a rivulet passing through the village.

Illegal structure on land for college
Mullanpur-Garibdas, January 2
The Punjab Government is considering to allot a piece of land in Mullanpur Garibdas village to the Puri Development Trust for setting up an institute of engineering and technology. Meanwhile, an unauthorised religious structure has come up on the same stretch of land. The Ropar Deputy Commissioner has said that she would visit the spot tomorrow and order an inquiry, if need be.

Daily-wage workers to intensify stir
Ropar, January 2
Daily-wage earners of the Bhakra Beas Management Board, who have been sitting in dharna outside the office of the Chief Engineer (Irrigation) at Nangal for the past 27 days, have now decided to intensify their agitation.

Govt to distribute saplings
Abohar, January 2
The Punjab Government has decided to distribute one lakh saplings among visitors to the Maghi Mela at Muktsar on January 13. Stating this, the Forest Minister, Mr Harbans Lal, said an exhibition would be organised at the mela to bring awareness among the people for a pollution-free environment.

Truck drivers block traffic
Jalandhar, January 2
Truck drivers today disrupted traffic on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road, near the Chuggitti bypass, for about an hour following alleged misbehaviour of the traffic police with a truck driver.

Safai sevaks stage dharna
Jalandhar, January 2
Safai sevaks of the local Civil Hospital today staged a dharna outside the office of the Civil Surgeon to protest against the decision of the stage government to award sanitation work of the hospitals in the state to private contractors.

2 die, 15 hurt in mishap
Amritsar, January 2
Atleast two persons were killed and 15 injured, eight of them seriously when a canter and a truck collided near Chohan village in the Majitha police district at 7 am here today. The canter was coming from Dera Beas to Amritsar.


Admn budges from initial stand
Asks Local Bodies Dept to allot plots

Patiala, January 2
The more than quarter-century-old wrangle over the shifting of the Kabari Market situated on the Bahera road in the heart of the city to Transport Nagar on its outskirts is inching towards a solution with the district administration writing to the Local Bodies Department to allot plots to the junk dealers at reserved prices.

Rs 30,975 penalty for evasion of octroi
Phagwara, January 2
As a part of a drive launched by the new civic body chief, Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, to check octroi evasion a penalty of Rs 30,975 was today slapped on a transport company.


Fake currency gang busted
Hoshiarpur, January 2
The district police has busted an inter-gang involved in printing counterfeit currency of Rs 500 denomination and distributing it in the market. Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, said in a press conference here today that in a late night operation, a police team intercepted a Maruti 80 car recovered Rs 4 lakh in counterfeit currency of Rs 500 denomination from the occupants. 

2 arrested for smuggling liquor
Gurdaspur, January 2
The police has arrested Suraj Kumar alias Mintu, a resident of Chack Fool Piara, and Som Raj alias Gogli, a resident of Sujanpur, both under Pathankot subdivision, for smuggling liquor from Himachal Pradesh to the Pathankot area. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said today that 480 bottles of illicit liquor were seized from them.

Illicit poppy worth Rs 65 cr destroyed
Amritsar, January 2
In a drive against poppy cultivation in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh the Customs authorities destroyed poppy crop worth 65.12 crore.

Gang of thieves busted, 5 held
Kapurthala, January 2
The Bholath police has busted an intersstate gang involved in murders and burglaries in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab by arresting five of its members.

3 held for theft in showroom
Bathinda, January 2
The burglars, who had ransacked a readymade garment showroom on the Mall Road here on December 12, had been identified while three of them had been arrested.

2 ‘ex-terrorists’ arrested for extortion
Moga, January 2
The Punjab Police today claimed busting an inter-state gang of terrorists-turned extortionists by nabbing two members of it during a special checking in this district. The arrested persons were identified as Amarjit Singh and Balbir Singh both of the Shahkot police station area of Jalandhar district.


College panels to implement MPLADS
Barnala, January 2
Managing committees of educational institutions can now be implementing agencies of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).


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