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Punjab for Rs 790 wheat price
Chandigarh, February 5
Punjab has demanded Rs 790 per quintal as wheat price for rabi-2003. It has strongly opposed the retention of the ‘’same, old’’ price, Rs 620 per quintal, as proposed by the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices.

Top cattle breed eludes Punjab
Patiala, February 5
The much-awaited distribution of imported bovine semen from New Zealand may improve the livestock breed in the state, but it is definitely not top quality semen from the most prized bulls of New Zealand.

Tehsildar suspended
Pathankot, February 5
Taking action on the recommendations made by Mr K.A.P. Sinha, Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, the Punjab Government has placed under suspension the Tehsildar, Pathankot, Subash Padam, for allegedly committing irregularities.

Dr Mahajan sent to PGI
Amritsar, February 5
Dr O.P. Mahajan, a suspended Principal of Government Medical College and former chairman of the authorisation committee, who was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) in connection with the multi-crore kidney scam has been sent to the PGI under custody of guards today. A doctor of the Medical Department has also been sent along with Dr Mahajan.

‘Son’ whose kidney was removed
Jalandhar, February 5
He was treated like a son by an affluent 65-year-old farmer, but only till the removal of his kidney for transplant on him. This is the story of 20-year-old Lekh Raj, a local rickshawpuller, who was allegedly thrown out of his house, by the farmer, belonging to Zhamta village of Ludhiana district, after the latter got the former’s kidney removed.

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Students beaten up with bats?
Balachaur (Nawanshahr), February 5
While the exact reasons behind the sudden disappearance of 43 students of the Pojewal-based Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya are yet to surface, they are believed to have taken the “harsh” step of leaving the school due to alleged severe thrashing by the school staff, particularly the Principal, who was placed under suspension after the incident.

Pak out to disturb Punjab peace: BSF
Along The Zero Line (Ferozepore), February 5
Pakistani security agencies are desperately trying to vitiate peace in Punjab. According to Mr I.M. Mall, DIG, BSF, Pakistani agencies were frantically trying to push arms and ammunition from across the border into the Indian side.

Degree courses in polytechnics planned
Bathinda, February 5
Making a departure from the present set-up of technical education in the state, the Department of Technical Education has initiated steps to run Bachelor’s degree engineering courses in its five polytechnic colleges in Punjab, keeping the sanctity of the polytechnic colleges intact to generate additional seats for deserving poor candidates under the free seat category.

Felling order ‘legal’
Chandigarh, February 5
Mr Lachhman Singh, well-known forest contractor and former MP, today defended an order issued by the Punjab government permitting him to undertake fresh felling of trees in Mirzapur forest.

UK visa centres become functional
Jalandhar, February 5
The British High Commission yesterday formally launched the UK Visa Application Centres at Chandigarh and here. The service being provided by the Visa Facility Services for the UK High Commission would be of convenience to the public of the area seeking a visa for the UK.


AITUC blames BJP for fiscal crisis
Amritsar, February 5
Mr Gurdass Dass Gupta, general secretary, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) accused the BJP-led NDA government of “selling off India’s economic sovereignty to Western nations”. He said the Vajpayee-Advani caucus was responsible for the economic crises being faced by India today.


Allegations against CM ‘vague’
Chandigarh, February 5
Continuing with the arguments on the issue of maintainability of a petition challenging the elections of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh from the Patiala assembly constituency, his counsel today claimed that the allegations regarding the CM spending more than the prescribed limit were vague.

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Bail denied in custodial death case
Jalandhar, February 5
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.P. Mehmi, today rejected a bail application of the co-accused, who have been arrested for their involvement in custodial death of Chetan (8).

Pulse polio drive: 535 camps set up
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 5
Elaborate arrangements have been made for the successful completion of the second phase of the pulse polio campaign in the district to be held on February 9.

3 schoolchildren die in road mishap
Phillaur, February 5
Four persons, including three schoolchildren and a woman were killed on the spot, and two others sustained injuries in a road mishap at Thammanwel Chowk near Bilga this morning.

A banker with a difference
Patiala, February 5
If you happen to travel on the Patiala-Bassi Patana bus route chances are that you shall encounter Mr Sat Pal Bansal who will begin to discuss his favourite topic, the need to remove the stigma attached to blood donation.

Gram sewak suspended
Budhlada (Mansa), February 5
Mr Gurjant Singh, gram sewak, Bare village, against whom a criminal case had been registered a few months ago on a charge of fraud and bungling the rented income of shops belonging to Budhlada village panchayat and then tampering with the record, was today placed under suspension by the Director, Rural Development and Panchayat, Punjab, Mr S.R. Ladhar.

‘Printed word most credible’
Patiala, February 5
Dismissing speculation about the future of newspapers in the face of rapid change in information technology in the country, Mr Prabash Joshi, veteran journalist and editorial adviser, Jansatta, said that newspapers remained the most credible medium of news and the so-called threat to the printed word by the television and Internet was a mere exaggeration.


Deliberate delay in restarting sugar mill alleged
Malout, February 5
Even as the authorities concerned have failed to start work at the local cooperative sugar mill more than three weeks after it was stopped due to a fault in its electric supply system, sugarcane growers of this region alleged that the authorities had been causing inordinate delay in starting the same to reduce its losses.

BKU holds dharna, blocks traffic
Gurdaspur, February 5
More than 1,500 farmers owing allegiance of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) led by its national President and former MP, Mr Bhupinder Singh Mann, today sat on a dharna in front of Sugar Mill, Paniar, and blocked traffic for over an hour.

Punjab to disburse drought relief
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab Government will disburse drought relief for paddy purchased during kharif season 2002-03 through arhtias. The total amount to be disbursed is about Rs.154 crore.


‘Fake degree’ case against DSP reopened
Batala, February 5
The DIG (Border Range), Mr Gurdev Singh Sahota, has reportedly sought a report from the district police chief about the appointment of Mr Parmpal Singh Gandhi, DSP, allegedly on the basis of ‘fake certificates’.

2 PUDA officers suspended
Chandigarh, February 5
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today placed under suspension two senior officers posted at the state headquarters in Chandigarh.


One more held in Army job scam
Gurdaspur, February 5
The police today arrested Lehna Singh alias Thekedar of Kotli Sainian involved in extorting money by alluring innocent people to get them recruited in the Army. Three members of the gang identified as Kuldeep Singh Fauji of Chhatwal, Tara Rani of Gurdaspur and her son-in-law Kashmir Chand of Gurdaspur have been already arrested.

5 bags of poppy husk seized, 1 held
Bathinda, February 5
Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note here today said that five bags of poppy husk had been seized from a car and one of the accused was arrested while the other two managed to escape.

Four hurt in different incidents
Bathinda, February 5
Four persons were injured in separate incidents in the city during the past twentyfour hours. Two scooter-borne persons were injured when they were hit by a stray bull. They were badly injured and were rushed to the Civil Hospital by volunteers of a local NGO.

Rs 2.58 lakh stolen from tehsil office
Fazilka, February 5
A sum of Rs 2,58,278 was stolen from tehsil office in court complex here last night. Some unidentified persons broke open the lock of a iron gate of the record room and then broke the lock of a steel almirah containing cash.


Single exam for admission to all engineering courses
Chandigarh, February 5
Punjab has decided to hold a single common entrance examination (CET) for the purpose of admission to all graduate courses in engineering and technology in the state.

1000 posts of teacher vacant
Gurdaspur, February 5
More than 1000 vacancies have been lying vacant in government primary schools in the district for the past many years. Even the post of District Education Officer (Primary) has been vacant since the formation of the Congress government in Punjab.

Border schools in bad shape
Taran Taran, February 5
The Lok Sehbhagi Sabhas, the Mehla Shaktikaran and the Naujawan Sabhas, Punjab, working under the Socio-Economic Development Programme (SEDP), an organisation of the Diocese of Amritsar, in a report, has stressed the need for the Punjab Government to provide adequate facilities in government elementary schools in the border belt.

All set for Brecht’s play
Patiala, February 5
“It’s not just the production, but ambience of professionalism created around it by the director that has impressed us all,” said a group of students of the Department of Theatre and Television at Punjabi University working with noted director Bhanu Bharti who has been invited by the university to do production work with students.Top

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