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Punjab initiative on reforms applauded
Chandigarh, January 7
Faced with tidings of discomfort for the past several months, Punjab could not have asked for more when Planning Commission Member, N.K. Singh today endorsed the reforms initiated by the state government to put its economy back on the rails and improve its fiscal housekeeping. 
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh presents a memento to Dr Roger Noll Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh presents a memento to Dr Roger Noll at a conference on economic reforms in Chandigarh on Tuesday. On the left is Planning Commission member N.K. Singh. 
— A Tribune photograph

Economic reforms: India can learn from China
Dr Nicholas HopeChandigarh, January 7
The Communist Party of China has opened its membership to capitalists, obviously, with a view to providing space to the forces of growth (entrepreneurs) in the government’s decision-making process.

Manmohan wants Punjab on top
Dr Manmohan SinghChandigarh, January 7
The former Union Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today asked all right-thinking people to support the government in its endeavour to again place Punjab at the top in the Indian polity.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Drug smugglers get supplies from MP
Bathinda, January 7
Even as the smuggling of narcotics from across the Indo-Pak border became negligible due to deployment of the Army after the terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001, fresh evidence of smuggling by innovative methods has put the authorities concerned in a bind.

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Engineered chicks soon
Jalandhar, January 7
The Punjab Animal Husbandry Department is all set to revolutionise the concept of poultry farming by providing low cost, disease-resistant and genetically engineered chickens which can be kept in backyards and fed on kitchen waste to farmers of at least 100 “adarsh grams” under a Centre-assisted exhaustive breeding programme.


Staff shortage hits judicial work
Faridkot, January 7
Judicial work at the district courts here has been suffering a lot due to shortage of senior staff for the past many months. According to reports, only four judges against the posts of eight judicial officer of different categories have been looking after the entire work. 

Army recruitment still under cloud
Chandigarh, January 7
The arrest of two persons while accepting bribes from aspirants at an Army recruitment rally in Gurdaspur yesterday has brought into focus the alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. The complaints received in this regard have become a cause of concern for the Army authorities.

Punjab seeks time to file reply
Chandigarh, January 7
Taking up a bunch of petitions filed by panchayat secretaries sought to be terminated by the Punjab government, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing in the case after the state of Punjab sought time to file reply.

Rs 5.76 crore drought relief released
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 7
“Rs 5.76 crore will soon be distributed among drought-hit farmers of the district. The compensation will be Rs 20 per quintal of the crop damaged, for paddy purchased in the last season,” said Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib. He was discussing distribution of the amount with district officials here today.

Health officials visit jaundice-hit areas
Amritsar, January 7
As many as 6,750 houses have been checked and a total of 30,000 patients examined till today in the jaundice-affected areas. About 70,000 chlorine tablets have been distributed and 94 patients referred for further investigation.

Pug marks of cat leave villagers in panic
Dappar (Patiala),  January 7
Residents of Dappar and surrounding areas have been under the grip of panic for the past couple of days after sighting a panther-like carnivore. The presence of a ‘big cat’ was today confirmed when a team of wildlife employees visited the area within the Dappar ammunition depot premises and surrounding villages and identified the pug marks.

A scene from the play “Mirza Sahiban”Mirza Sahiban fails to impress
Patiala, January 7
“Mirza Sahiban”, which was presented by the Theatre and Television Department, Punjabi University, at the campus today was a disappointment as the play failed to bring forth the tragedy of the folktale. Stress was merely on technicalities involving lighting and movement.

A scene from the play “Mirza Sahiban” staged at Punjabi University, Patiala, on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

Woman, daughter found dead
Bathinda, January 7
A minor girl and her mother were found dead in their house this morning by their neighbours.

2 killed in mishap
Moga, January 7

Two persons died on the spot and three others were seriously injured when their car skidded off the road after being hit by another speeding vehicle on the Moga-Ludhiana road, 10 km from here, last night.

Newsagent dead
Tarn Taran, January 7

Shayam Sundar Shashtri, a veteran newsagent of the town, died here on Tuesday after a long illness.


Cane growers hold dharnas
Jalandhar, January 7
On a call given by the Joint Action Committee of six farmers’ organisations of the state hundreds of sugarcane growers yesterday staged dharnas outside sugar mills in the state to protest against the failure of the government to release Rs 100 crore as payment for the produce sold to the mills last year.

Relief for paddy growers
Moga, January 7

The special drought relief will be disbursed among paddy growers in the district from January 20. This was announced by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. Ramesh Kumar, here today while presiding over a meeting of heads of procurement agencies and district officials.


MC withdraws hike in water, sewer charges
Amritsar, January 7
The local municipal corporation which had hiked water and sewer charges by about 20 per cent to meet its financial crisis, today decided to withdraw the same after a hue and cry raised by consumers.

Rly bridge: DC writes to Secy

Closure of offices


Woman held for swapping babies
Amritsar, January 7

The Punjab police today claimed to have unearthed a racket involving the sale of male babies with the arrest of Ramesh Rani, the owner of a private nursing home.

One held for preparing fake RCs
Gurdaspur, January 7
The police has arrested Jaspal Singh, alias Pappi, resident of Mohalla Sangalpura here and employed at the Simran Photostat shop in court complex, for preparing fake registration certificates of vehicles.

Patwari held for graft
Ferozepore, January 7

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have nabbed a revenue official based at Mamdot block while allegedly taking a bribe from a person in lieu of executing mutation of a piece of land in his name.

Trust employee held taking bribe
Patiala, January 7
The local Vigilance Bureau today arrested Improvement Trust Head Draftsman Balbir Singh on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 to release payment to a person whose land had been acquired by the Trust.


PTU order on textbooks
Chandigarh, January 7
The task force constituted by the Punjab Technical University has recommended further refinement of the text books and course materials for the distance education programme courses before being delivered to the students.

Badal man is college secy 
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 7
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president of the SGPC, has removed Mr Randhir Singh Cheema, a former minister and close relative of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, from the post of additional secretary of the managing committee of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and has appointed Mr Didar Singh Bhatti, a senior SAD leader of the area, in his place.

New school timings
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 7
In view of the inclement weather, Mr Vikas Partap, District Magistrate of Fatehgarh Sahib, has announced new timings for all government and private schools in the district.

MCI recognises institute
Amritsar, January 7
The Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here, run by the SGPC has been accorded permanent recognition by the Medical Council of India.

SLIET Director gets award
Bathinda, January 7
Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology Longowal village, Sangrur, has been given Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan National Award for the best engineering college principal for the year 2002.

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