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Cut in salary of private college staff 
Chandigarh, February 24
The staff in private colleges aided by the Punjab Government faces a salary cut because of shrinking government share in giving grants. More than two dozen colleges in the state have already affected the cut in salaries sending signal of concern to others as well.

Cong infighting blocks ZP elections
Dept sets March 11 deadline to complete process
Chandigarh, February 24
Infighting in the top echelons of the Congress at various places in Punjab has become a stumbling block in the election of office-bearers of the zila parishads. According to informed sources, the election process had been completed only in eight districts so far. In the remaining districts, it has been held up because of lack of consensus among the Congress leaders, who matter in this connection.

Golden Temple scuffle unfortunate: Badal
Ludhiana, February 24
Refusing to comment on the sack of Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib, Prof Manjit Singh, former Chief Minister and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal today condemned the scuffle in the Golden Temple complex and said that it was “unfortunate and has hurt the sentiments of the people.”

Manjit was ‘indicted by SGPC panel’
Amritsar, February 24
The two-member inquiry committee constituted by the SGPC had indicted Prof Manjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib for indulging in ‘anti-SGPC’ activities at the behest of certain influential NRI Sikhs.




Draft VAT Act approved
Chandigarh, February 24
The Punjab Council of Ministers at a meeting held here today approved the draft VAT Act, 2003, to implement value-added tax in the state from April 1. Taking cognizance of concern of trade and industry, the council decided to drop all sections in the draft VAT Act relating to prosecution of dealers for various offences.

Kang ordered to be freed on bail
Chandigarh, February 24
Acting on a petition filed by former chairman of the Punjab State Forest Development Corporation Manjinder Singh Kang, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed his release on bail “to the satisfaction of the trial court”.

  • Bail plea

Hearing in case against Modi adjourned
Jalandhar, February 24
A local court here today adjourned till February 27 hearing on a criminal complaint filed by two Punjab ministers against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his Minister of State for Home Amit Shah.

14 cops suspended for negligence of duty
Batala, February 24
Fourteen police personnel have been suspended in connection with the murder of one Hardev Singh of Khajala village in the court of the SDM here on February 21.

Irregular admission: MCA Dept head summoned
Amritsar, February 24
On directions from the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), Additional District Magistrate Harbhupinder Singh Nanda has summoned Mr K.C. Kahlon, head of the department, of master of Computer Application (MCA), Guru Nanak Dev University in connection with “fake admission” in the department.

Kidney scam: SIT questions DRME
Amritsar, February 24
In a significant development, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Mr S.K. Sharma, IG (Jalandhar range), today questioned Dr Ravinder Pal Singh, acting Director Research and Medical Education (DRME), and Principal, Government Medical College, Patiala, to submit records pertaining to infamous multi-crore kidney scam.

Suspension of IAS officer revoked
Chandigarh, February 24
The Punjab Government today revoked with immediate effect the suspension of Mr D.K. Tiwari, IAS, and warned him to be careful in the discharge of his duty in future.


BSP cadre camp in March
Kharar, February 24
The Bahujan Samaj Party plans to organise a cadre camp in Jalandhar in March, which will be addressed by Miss Mayawati, Chief Minister of UP.

BSM conferences


‘Police threw acid on Akali workers’
Batala, February 24
At a press conference here today former Akali ministers Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan and president-SAD-MLA of Sri Hargobindpur Capt Balbir Singh Baath alleged that the Punjab Government was registering false cases against the SAD and BJP workers in Punjab.

Govt to take up issue with BBMB
Ropar, February 24
The Punjab Government has decided to take up the issue of its declining employees’ quota in the BBMB with the board management. Sources said the government was now mulling over the idea of shifting employees from the surplus pool to the BBMB against the states quota in the board.

HC issues notice to Punjab
Registration of bogus votes
Chandigarh, February 24
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising of Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice N.K. Sud, today issued notice of motion for March 10 to the state of Punjab through the Chief Secretary, the Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore and SDO (Civil), Jalalabad.

Former SHO refused bail in extortion case
Sangrur, February 24
Mr Jagroop Singh, Sessions Judge, here today rejected anticipatory bail applications of Darbara Singh, then SHO of the local sadar police station, and Satnam Singh of Dhapali village in Bathinda district booked for extortion and intimidation.

Licences introduced for rickshaw owners
Amritsar, February 24
The Municipal Corporation here today started licence system for cycle-rickshaw owners by doing away with the contractorship.

Lok adalat settles 159 co-op loan cases
Moga, February 24
As many as 159 cases of cooperative crop loans were decided at two lok adalats held here today, according to Additional Sessions Judge Jagmohan Singh Chawla.

House owners want Rent Act amended
Patiala, February 24
The Punjab House Owners Association has urged the government to amend the East Punjab Rent Restriction Act, 1949 in the Budget session of the state Assembly on the pattern of the Chandigarh administration had done.

5 killed in road accident
Tarn Taran, February 24
Five members of a marriage party were killed and six seriously injured in a road mishap near Thathian Mohanta village last evening.

3 children hurt in roof collapse
Amritsar, February 24
Roof of a cowshed in the Patti Balol of the Sultanwind area collapsed late last evening injuring three minor children, one of them seriously. At least eight buffaloes were also buried alive in the incident.

Petrol station owner booked
Malout, February 24
Mr Munish Kumar Gagneja, owner of a petrol station, Friends Oil Company, has been booked under Section 3/7 of the Essential Commodities Act and Clauses 4, 5, 6 and 7 of MS and HSD order 1998 for selling diesel in violation of company rules and regulations.

Dog show results
Patiala, February 24
The German Shepherd Dog speciality and the All-Breed Championship shows, which were held at the Polo Ground here yesterday, attracted as many as 367 dogs of 37 breeds.

Panel to fight for scribes’ rights
Jalandhar, February 24
The newly formed Jalandhar Working Journalists Association (JWJA) today resolved to fight for the protection of journalists’ right to freedom of expression and for safeguarding the interests of working journalists.

Vaccination drive

Budget session from March 14


The workers of PUDA lay demarcation about PUDA land near the house of a resident in BathindaPUDA removes encroachments
Bathinda, February 24
The PUDA authorities today took possession of a piece of land encroached upon by some residents near Phase No. II of Model Town. Some days ago it had demolished boundary walls of houses erected upon land.

The workers of PUDA lay demarcation about PUDA land near the house of a resident in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

SDO suspended
Gurdaspur, February 24
Mr Kewal Krishan, Sub-Divisional Officer, Madhopur headworks had been placed under suspension for encroaching land of the Canal Department.


Kidnapping suspect held
Bathinda, February 24
Dhanjay Kumar, an engineer working with a multi-national company here, who was allegedly involved in the abduction of a Jaipur jeweller’s wife about three weeks ago, was today arrested by the city police.

2 sportswomen die in mishap
Phagwara, February 24
Two sportswomen, Sukhi and Sangeeta, were killed and six others received injuries when a van and a truck collided near village Bahua, 6 km from here, on the Phagwara-Banga road last night.

NRI shot dead at wedding
Phagwara, February 24
An NRI, Mohan Singh, was killed when a member of a marriage party fired and the bullet hit the NRI, here last evening. The police has registered a case against four, including Manjit Singh, who allegedly fired from his .12 bore gun.

Uncle rapes minor
Amritsar, February 24
A minor girl was allegedly raped by her uncle Dilbagh Singh of the Maqboolpura locality here late last evening. The accused has land dispute with father of the girl.

Five cricket bookies held
Bathinda, February 24
The police has achieved success in its campaign against ‘satta’ (betting) on one-day cricket matches of the ongoing World Cup when it arrested five persons of an inter-state gang of bookies, the police said today.

One injured as financier fires at scribe
Ropar, February 24
Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Anandpur Sahib, was injured when a stray bullet allegedly fired by Preet Rupinder Singh, a financier of the town, hit him this evening.


IET fete a big draw
Chandigarh, February 24
The Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal (Ropar), celebrated its fourth annual fete E-Blaze 2003 with enthusiasm. It showcased a host of rain-teasing events like mathomania, technical quiz, technophobia and ad-mad show.


IFTU flays govt’s privatisation move
Bathinda, February 24
The Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) said today that the privatisation of public sector undertakings and other departments by the Punjab Government would render thousands of workers unemployed.

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