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Ram temple: Dharam Sansad from Feb 22
Phagwara, January 16
Mr Ras Bihari, Regional Organising Secretary, North Zone, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, today told reporters at the residence of Mr Kailash Gupta, District President, VHP, that the 11th Dharam Sansad for building Ram Temple at Ayodhya would be held at New Delhi from February 22 to 24.

7 die as jeep falls into canal
Lambi (Muktsar), January 16
At least seven occupants of a jeep, including three of a family, died when the vehicle in which they were going from their village Chunnu in the district to Muktsar town to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Tutti Gandhi Sahib on the occasion of Maghi Mela fell into the Sirhind feeder canal near here this afternoon.

Discrepancies in Kakkar hospital records: IG
Jalandhar, January 16
The Head of the Special Investigation team probing the kidney scandal and IG-Jalandhar Range S.K. Sharma today revealed that many discrepancies had been noticed in the record seized from Kakkar hospital.

Kidney scam: docs’ arrests flayed
Phagwara, January 16
The executive committee of local branch of the Indian Medical Association had unanimously flayed the arrests of senior doctors of the state in connection with an alleged kidney racket, according to a press note issued today by Dr Karamjit Singh Bamrah, President of the local unit of the IMA.

Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal, Government Medical College, who was arrested in connection with an infamous kidney racket

Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal, Government Medical College, who was arrested in connection with an infamous kidney racket, comes out from the court where he was produced on Thursday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

‘Ban on filling posts may go’
Patiala, January 16
The PCMS Association today claimed that the state government had agreed to lift the ban on filling of posts of medical teachers in the state medical colleges. In a statement here, senior PCMSA leader, Dr D.C. Sharma, IMA, in-service wing chairman, Dr D.S. Bhullar and PCMSA finance secretary, Dr Vijay Kumar said a delegation of the association had met the Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, at Chandigarh recently and apprised him of the shortage of teachers in the medical colleges.

A shopkeeper in Jalandhar stitches new stocks of national flags
A shopkeeper in Jalandhar stitches new stocks of national flags for the forthcoming Republic Day to be held in 26th January. Demand of national flags are increasing for Republic Day. — PTI



Farmers holding sharp-edged weapons chase away stray animals from their fields
Farmers holding sharp-edged weapons chase away stray animals from their fields to save crops at a village near Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

2 teachers suspended in sexual harassment case
Patiala, January 16
The Punjab Education Department today suspended two local physical education teachers, including one who had been charged with sexual harassment, and transferred two others after the receipt of a report from a four-member committee headed by the Deputy Director.

PSERC takes up PSEB tariff revision petition
Chandigarh, January, 16
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission has started the process of inviting objections on the tariff revision petition for 2003-04 filed by the PSEB.
The PSEB has appealed to the PSERC to allow it to mop up Rs 1862 crore by revising the power tariff for next financial year. The board authorities have projected its loss at Rs 1401 crore for the current financial year as against the previous year’s loss of Rs 800 crore.

Politicians blamed for PSEB losses
Bathinda, January 16
Engineers today said that the Punjab State Electricity Board could be improved if politicians stopped concessions and did not patronise power thieves for political gains.


Cong’s recruitment drive
Jalandhar, January 16
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today launched its first computerised recruitment drive here today by honouring 21 veteran office-bearers and former district Congress chiefs.


ISI still active in Punjab
Ferozepore, January 16
If the number of recent infiltration bids are any indication, the ISI and anti-national agencies are trying to foment trouble in Punjab. According to highly placed sources in the BSF, five tunnels constructed by the ISI for trans-border smuggling of narcotics and ammunition have been detected and several bids to infiltrate into Indian territory have been foiled.

Hasty shifting may damage archival records
Patiala, January 16
The fate of archival records of eight princely states housed at present in the ‘Rajindra Kothi’ built by Maharaja Rajinder Singh in the heart of the Baradari gardens has been jeopardised with the files being dumped in a hall in the building of the State Language Department here on the directions of the district administration.

Archive record files lay scattered after being shifted to the Language Department on Sunday from the State Archive building in Patiala.
— Photo Pawan Sharma
Archive record files lay scattered after being shifted to the Language Department from the State Archive building in Patiala

MC draws blank on development plans
Amritsar, January 16
Even as Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has announced that ‘dynamic development activity’ will commence this year and Education Minister Khushal Behl, has declared 2003 as the year of development, ground realities belie promises.

Motherly affection
Motherly affection: A bitch warms herself as the pups take milk while playing with their mother in Bathinda on Thursday.— Photo KB

Fog hits fruit trees, crops
Ropar, January 16
The persistent fog covering the region for the past 15 days is causing damage to fruit trees and other crops. As per the information collected by this correspondent from various departments linked with agriculture the continuing fog has started showing its impact on various crops.

PPSC scam: CBI seeks dismissal of plea
Chandigarh, January 16
Adding a twist to the controversy regarding the probe being conducted into the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam, the CBI today sought the dismissal of a petition seeking its intervention in the matter after claiming that the case had no inter-state ramifications.

Pakistan ‘forcing’ jailed Indians to adopt Islam
Ferozepore, January 16
Punjabis languishing in the Baluchistan jail of Pakistan have alleged that the authorities were forcing them to adopt Islam. In a communication to the International Bhai Mardana Kirtan Darbar Society, some Punjabi youths have alleged that they were being subjected to inhuman treatment by the Pakistani authorities.

Film on Hari Jaisingh today
Jalandhar, January 16
“Kalam Seenche Sachh”, a half-an-hour documentary film on the life and works of Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor of The Tribune group of newspapers, will be telecast on the DD-1 (Regional Jalandhar) and DD Punjabi, the satellite channel of Doordarshan at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (January 17).

DSP’s arrest stayed
Mansa, January 16
The camp court of Mr Jaspal Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge (Class-I) here, today stayed the arrest of Mr Gurjit Singh, DSP, Sherpur, in Barnala police district, in a case registered against him and Inspector Chuhar Singh posted in the district.


Multi-crop, multi-year scheme launched
Chandigarh, January 16
Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh today launched multi-crop, multi-year contract farming as an alternative to paddy-wheat rotation. About three lakh acres will be covered under it during 2003-04. It is part of the government’s programme of diversification in agriculture.


12 Punjab officers shifted
Chandigarh, January 16
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of 12 officers. Dr Swarn Singh has been shifted to the Medical Education and Research Department as its Secretary. Mr H.I.S. Grewal has been posted as Special Secretary, Planning, in addition to being the Joint Development Commissioner of the IRD.


Hunters’ guide booked, dead sambar seized
Ropar, January 16
The wildlife authorities have booked a suspected guide of hunters, Paramjit Singh Pamma of Boothgarh village in Nurpurbedi, and seized a dead sambar from his house. Sources in the Forest Department said his aides in the village had agreed to reveal the names of the influential persons for whom they used to act as guides on hunting trips.

Woman held for duping people
Gurdaspur, January 16
The police has arrested Chhindo, resident of Malikpur, for duping people into giving her large sums of money for getting recruitment in the Army. Her husband Yashpal, alias Bhutto, is absconding.

One convicted for rash driving
Pathankot, January 16
Mr Ranjit Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), here on Wednesday convicted Major Singh for rash and negligent driving and killing two persons for a term of one year and also imposed a fine of Rs 2000.

Case registered against patwari
Nathana (Bathinda), January 16
The district police has registered a case against patwari, Sewak Singh and his two brothers Ranjit Singh and Surinder Singh in a land deal case. The three were booked under various sections of the IPC as they had cheated Balkar Sidhu and his relatives.

1 injured in hit-and-run case
Bathinda, January 16
A vehicle sped away after hitting a scooterist at the Barnala bypass road this morning. The injured scooterist was admitted to the Civil Hospital here by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva. He was later identified as Balraj Singh of Bhai Ka Wada village, Faridkot district.


Work suffers at headless varsity
Faridkot, January 16
Work at the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences here is suffering following the failure of the Punjab Government to appoint its Vice-Chancellor for the past two weeks. The varsity became headless after Dr J.S. Gujral relinquished the charge of the Vice-Chancellor after the completion of his three-year tenure.

Punjab to complete 12 ITI buildings
Kharar, January 16
The Punjab Government has decided to complete the 12 incomplete buildings of industrial training institutes in the state, the Minister for Technical Education, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, said while talking to newsmen at Khizrabad village of Majri block, near here, today. He was in Khizrabad to inaugurate the building of industrial institute.

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