A monkey child kisses its mother at the Deer Park in Bathinda on
Thursday. — Photo Kulbir Beera
exempted from appearance
The counsel for Ms Rajinder Kaur
Bhattal, Punjab Agriculture Minister, today opposed the appearance of
a private counsel on the behalf of Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, the
complainant in a case pertaining to alleged corruption and
embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh registered against Ms Bhattal, Punjab.
opposes shifting of Jalandhar DD
The move to shift the Punjabi
news section of the Jalandhar DD to Chandigarh has sparked a row with
its officials apprehending it to be a brainchild of some
Chandigarh-based bureaucrats. The SAD (B) and the Congress here dubbed
it as an “anti-Punjab” step.
are in their last stretch towards the recognition of the Golden
Temple as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Mann to awaken youth
Politics of loot and plunder
Chandigarh, January 23
Noted folk singer and cine star
Harbhajan Mann has volunteered to work for creating “political
awakening on important issues of public interest” among the youth of
Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
equipment worth lakhs lying unused
Machines worth lakhs of rupees in
the Civil Hospital here remain unused due to want of space to install
these and lack of trained staff to handle these.
against travel agents
The district police has started a
campaign against the travel agents who cheat youths on the pretext of
sending them abroad.
temple offerings: DM seeks report
The District Magistrate, Mr K.
Siva Prasad, today sought a report from the SDM pertaining to alleged
non-accountability of offerings and other revenues running into lakhs
of rupees being collected by Sodal Temple following an appointment of
a receiver to run daily affairs of the temple by a local court in the
estates’ scheme: PUDA extends date
Move of the Punjab Urban Planning
and Development Authority (PUDA) to have urban estates at Nabha and
Barnala has been received well response to the move at Fatehgarh Sahib
and has been non-existent average at Rajpura.
62 lakh released for disabled
Ropar, January 23
The Central Government under the
NPRPD programme has released a grant of Rs 62 lakh for the
rehabilitation of disabled persons in the district. The Deputy
Commissioner, Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, stated this in a press note issued
Kangra police at loggerheads
The Gurdaspur police and the
Kangra police are at logger- heads on account of last evening
incident, in which SHO Purana Shalla police station in Gurdaspur
district was allegedly injured by a mob at Jassur falls in the
jurisdiction of Nurpur police station in Kangra district.
villages face stray cattle menace
Residents of Punjab and Haryana
villages, which are located on the border, are facing the menace of
stray cattle, which has been damaging crops.
Of the total 1.7 lakh BSNL
telephone connections, more than 11,000 telephones have remained out
of order for the past fortnight.
members’ term ends
Even as the three-year term of
eight-member National Commission for Minorities (NCM) ends today, the
outgoing Vice-Chairman, Mr Tarlochan Singh today urged the Foreign
Affairs Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, to arrange a meeting between SGPC
delegation and Gen Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, for the
upkeep to Sikh shrines in Pakistan which were in dilapidated
birth anniversary celebrated
The District Congress Committee
today celebrated the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chander Bose.
A large number of Congress workers and people from other sections of
the society attended it.
to probe conflict between arhtiyas, farmers
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy
Commissioner, yesterday asked the SDM Gidderbaha, to conduct an
enquiry into the incidence of brawl between farmers of Chak Attar
Singhwala village in Bathinda and arhtiyas of Gidderbaha on January
more farmers held for non-repayment of loan
Primary Agriculture Development
Bank (PADE) authorities of the district today arrested two more
farmers against whom warrants were issued by the authorities concerned
after they allegedly defaulted in there payment of instalments of the
loan taken by them for non-farm activity and allied purpose.
to develop rural areas
The Punjab Government has drawn
up a plan for the overall development of the rural areas in the state.
Under the scheme initially two villages in each block will be selected
for providing various facilities like a sewer system, augmentation of
the piped water supply and the pavement of streets.
electrocute field rats
The mined fields of farmers
living in villages along the zero line of the Indo-Pakistan border
have become breeding grounds of rats.
to review development schemes
With a view to giving greater
role in the implementation of the rural development programmes by MPs,
the Union Ministry for Rural Development has reconstituted state and
district-level Vigilance and Monitoring Committees.
Sachin Sharma, a student of the
Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, allegedly
committed suicide in his hostel room at Longowal village, about 20 km
from here, today.
scam accused in police custody
Rajvir Singh, prime accused in
the Barnala rice scam, has been remanded to police custody till
Junior Engineer sacked
Junior Engineer, (Electrical)
Guljinder Singh was dismissed from service by the Punjab Small
Industries and Export Corporation Managing Director, Mr P.S. Aujla, on
JEs hold protest rallies
Junior Engineers (JEs) of south
zone of the PSEB today held protest rallies in front of their
respective circle headquarters to lodge their protest against the
reported move of the state government to dismantle and privatise the
Junior grade for 5 IAS officers
Chandigarh, January 23
The Punjab Governor has placed the following IAS officers of the 1994 batch in the Junior Administrative Grade of the Indian Administrative Service (Rs 12,750-375-16,500 (non-functional), with effect from January 1, 2003.
Partap, 4 others promoted
The Punjab Governor has placed
the three IAS officers of the 1994 batch in the Junior Administrative
Grade of the Indian Administrative Service (Rs 12,750-375-16,500
(non-functional), with effect from January 1, 2003.
grade for 17 IAS officers
The Punjab Government today
placed 17 IAS officers in the selection grade.
of poll rolls from Feb 3
Mr Anurag Verma, District
Election Officer, in a statement here yesterday said the revision of
electoral rolls for panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads
would be started from February 3.
The police today arrested Emunal
Masih, an undertrial, who had fleed away from the Civil Hospital here
after giving the slip to the guards early today.
An attempt by some unidentified
persons to cart away rice bags belonging to the FCI from near the
railway track under the cover of fog was foiled yesterday morning.
statement irresponsible: Principal
The Government Physical Education
College Principal, Dr Indu Sarwal, today claimed that the Punjab Women
Grievances Commission Chairperson, Ms Surinder Kaur Grewal, was making
irresponsible statements with regard to happenings in the college
which were contrary to the factual position.
for dental colleges on
Following the directions of the
Punjab and Haryana High Court for recounselling of candidates for
admission in the BDS courses in various government and private dental
colleges in the state, The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFHUS),
Faridkot selected 290 aspirants of the general category at the two-day
interviews which ended here today.
students go on strike
Students of the Pharmacy
Department today decided to go on indefinite strike following repeated
cancellations of a meeting of a committee constituted by Punjabi
University Vice-Chancellor S S Boparai to look into their demands.