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Councillor’s name ‘deleted’ from voters’ list
Dhuri, March 7
Mr Malkiat Singh Mann, advocate and local Municipal Commissioner, who had successfully contested the Dhuri Municipal Council elections consecutively in 1992 and 1997, has alleged that his name had been deleted from the revised and current voters list of this town illegally by officials concerned at the instance of his rivals.

Sikh gurdwara panel moved
Amritsar, March 7
The Sikh Forum today moved the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission against the removal of Prof Manjit Singh as Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. The commission headed by Mr Kashmir Singh Patti has fixed the date for hearing on March 10.

Probe ordered into Milkfed working
BKU allegations against Managing Director
Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry into the working of Milkfed, Dr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Cooperation, Punjab, revealed here today.

Farmers may reduce area under sugarcane
Rakhra (Patiala), March 7
Sowing of sugarcane which starts at the end of February and continues for part of Match, is yet to take off in the district and neighbouring areas.

An open air kitchen being run adjacent to Barandari gardens by agitating BKU farmers in Patiala
An open air kitchen being run adjacent to Barandari gardens by agitating BKU farmers in Patiala on Friday.
— Photo by Subhash Patialavi


Carrying the usual load of life even on the eve of Women’s Day
Carrying the usual load of life even on the eve of Women’s Day in Bathinda on Friday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera



Farmers’ protest irks residents
Patiala, March 7
Farmers agitating against the Punjab government by staging an indefinite sit-in opposite the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) headquarters here on the Mall road are littering the famous Baradari Gardens, digging up land to make open-air kitchens and causing severe traffic congestion in other parts of the city.


Summon Sarna at Takht: Bitta
Amritsar, March 7
“Canada could meet the same fate as the USA for giving terrorists political asylum. Just as the USA created Osama-bin-Laden who unleashed terror on it, Canada might also meet the same destiny,” Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, said at a press conference. He condemned pressure tactics by foreign countries for commuting the death sentence of Davinder pal Singh Bhuller, convicted in the Delhi bomb blast case.

Even as the authorities ask residents to save electricity, mercury lamps are switched on during day
Even as the authorities ask residents to save electricity, mercury lamps are switched on during day at the main bazar of Bathinda on Friday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Haven for addicts now heaven for orphans
Amritsar, March 7
Nobody had imagined that a front page news item, “Maqboolpura —a locality of widows”, published in these columns four years ago would lead to a mass movement to curb the menace of drug addiction which claimed the lives of more than 100 men.

DOT centres for TB patients
Chandigarh, March 7
Incredible, but true. Centres for treating over 33,000 patients suffering from tuberculosis in Punjab will be set up in the state by the end of 2003. This is not all. Special boxes, with the names of the patients printed across in bold letters, are being kept in the centres with medicines in them. The idea is to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential drugs.

Need to ensure correct history: Rattan
Patiala, March 6
Exhorting the scholars to ensure that people were exposed to correct and unbiased history, Principal Secretary (Higher Education), Punjab, Mr N.S. Rattan, said today history scholars should take upon themselves the responsibility to ascertain that history was not “re-written” as per individual desires and motives.

Drive to get rid of stray cattle?
Drive to get rid of stray cattle? Or cruelty against animals? Employees of Amritsar Municipal Corporation bundle cattle into a waiting vehicle on Friday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Mukul Joshi’s leave extended
Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Government today refused to accept charge report of Mr Mukul Joshi and extended his earned leave till further orders as Mr Bhagat Singh, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, has been given time till Monday to submit his report about the Panchkula episode.

2,000 Animal Husbandry Dept posts to be filled
Ludhiana, March 7
“The government is in the process of filling more than 2, 000 posts of various categories in the department on contract basis and the case has been sent to the Cabinet for approval. Besides this, an elaborate plan - with special emphasis on the role of livestock in diversification of agriculture - will be implemented and the revamp of the functioning of rural veterinary dispensaries too was on the cards,” says Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department.

Rain, hailstorm damage crops
Gurdaspur, March 7
Wheat, sarson, gram and maize crop has been damaged by rains and hailstorm hit Khanuwan and surrounding areas in the Beas Bet area recently.

Traders sit on dharna in front of Kotwali police station in Bathinda Cloth merchants stage dharna
Bathinda, March 7
A few cloth merchants of the city today staged dharna in front of the police station here to protest against alleged police inaction in a cheating case in where some traders which duped a year ago.

Traders sit on dharna in front of Kotwali police station in Bathinda on Friday. 
— A Tribune photo

Ambulance for Ropar highway
Ropar, March 7
The local police has launched various programmes to help public. Giving this information at a press conference here yesterday the SSP, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, said an ambulance fitted with high-frequency wireless set and required medical facilities had been stationed at the first-aid post established on the National Highway No. 21 near Gurdwara Solkian. 

Emphasis laid on community policing
Kapurthala, March 7
The Additional Director-General (Law and Order), Punjab Police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, has stressed upon the need for community policing to bring about a positive interface with the public.

Revenue officer demanded bribe, alleges trader
Bathinda, March 7
Mr Jagdish Gupta, a Congress party member whose shop was sealed by the Revenue authorities yesterday reportedly for not repaying Punjab Khadi Board loan today alleged that the action against him was taken for not giving the bribe demanded by one of the officers of the Department for settling the case.

7 declared POs
Amritsar, March 7
The Special Investigation team has got declared seven persons, including three doctors, involved in the illegal kidney trade proclaimed offenders. These persons have been absconding since their names had figured in the scam. 

MBBS student dies
Faridkot, March 7
Jotbir Singh of Sunam, a final year MBBS student of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and hospital, here died of injuries received in an accident last night, the police said today.

Engine derails
Phillaur, March 7
Rail traffic on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana section was disrupted following the derailment of a rail engine near Jalandhar (Cant) railway station this morning. Railway sources told this correspondent here today that a railway crane brought from Ludhiana lifted the derailed railway engine following which the rail traffic was resumed.

5 kg cylinders launched
Nabha, March 7
Kaka Randeep Singh, MLA, launched 5 kg LPG cylinders at the Indian Oil bottling plant here. He said the cylinders were meant for the weaker sections of society as the cost of cylinder refill was Rs 90 per cylinder and a rebate of Rs 4 per cylinder would be given on cash and carry basis.

DSGMC conclave today


Rakhra Kisan Mela on March 14
Patiala, March 7
A Kisan Mela will be held at Rakhra, 15 km from here, on March 14, under the aegis of the Punjab Young Farmers Association. The participating members will be given the foundation seeds of the highest-yielding Pussa 44 variety of paddy and the newly developed Pusa Sugandh-2, Pusa Sugandh-3 varieties of basmati. 

Seminar on sugarcane cultivation
Ludhiana, March 7
A seminar on “Recent advances in sugarcane cultivation technology” was organised on the premises of Jagraon Cooperative Sugar Mills Ltd. at Jagraon, around 40 km from here, today. Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP, was the chief guest and Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, was guest of honour.


Extortion case: woman’s remand extended
Sangrur, March 7
Mr Varinder Aggarwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate here, on Wednesday extended the judicial remand of Ms Gurmeet Kaur, alias Happy, in a case of extortion and intimidation till March 17. Earlier, on February 28, her bail application was dismissed by Mr Jagroop Singh, Sessions Judge. She was arrested on February 17.

Travel agent, wife booked
Moga, March 7
The Punjab police today booked a Kotkapura-based travel agent, his wife and mother for allegedly cheating two youths of Rs 20 lakh by promising to send them abroad.

NRI booked for bigamy, cheating
Jalandhar, March 7

The Punjab police has registered a criminal case against an NRI for cheating an Indian woman by marrying her despite having been already married.

5 of family hurt in armed robbery
Pathankot, March 7
A gang of armed robbers, suspected to be members of Kale Kachhewala gang, struck at the house of Yash Paul in Defence Colony Chhatwal early morning today and after injuring all five members of the family looted cash and jewellery.

Furnace oil sale racket busted
Jalandhar, March 7

The Punjab Police today claimed to have busted a racket of illicit sale of furnace oil with the arrest of one person and recovery 900 litres of oil.

Thieves attack house, kill woman
Batala, March 7
A woman was killed and her husband and mother-in-law seriously injured when their house was attacked by a gang of criminals at Bhaini Banger village in Batala district, who decamped with cash and jewellery, the police said today.


Teachers’ front flays new education policy
Bathinda, March 7
The Democratic Teachers’ Front, Punjab, has criticised the new education policy being implemented by the state government. Mr Madan Pal Bhagta, district president and Major Basant Kumar, secretary, of the front in a press note issued here today alleged that the new policy would promote the interests of private schools and teaching shops in cities and villages.

3 caught cheating in Class X exam
Bathinda, March 7
Three cases of copying were detected by a flying squad in Punjabi (A) paper of Class X from two different examination centres during surprise checks in the district.

Computer paper ‘not in syllabus’
Sahnewal, March 7
The computer exam of Class X held on Wednesday by Punjab School Education Board was not in accordance with the book prescribed by the board, according to the Principal of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha.Top

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