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Punjab Budget passed unanimously
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed the Appropriation Bill, 2003-04, authorising the state a sum of Rs 29,353, 93,18,000 (Twentynine thousand, three hundred and fiftythree crore, ninetythree lakh and eighteen thousand) to be spent out of the consolidated fund.

Badungar eulogises Tohra’s contribution
Amritsar, March 29
In a volte face, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar SGPC Chief today lauded the ‘contribution’ of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal for “serving” the Sikh Panth for 25 years as SGPC chief in the budget session of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee here.

Golden Temple gets chapatti machine
Amritsar, March 29
An automatic ‘chapatti’ making machine was inaugurated by Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC President, at Guru Ram Das Langar hall in the Golden Temple complex here today. The Sikh religion is based on langar seva (service) for all humanity, said the President on the occasion after pressing the green button on the machine, bringing hi-tech gadgetry at Darbar Sahib where lakhs partake of langar daily.

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Protesting girl students while shying away from camera
'No war for oil,' say protesting girl students while shying away from camera in Patiala on Saturday. — Photo by Subhash Patialavi

Animal Husbandry Director in VB net
Chandigarh, March 29
Dr Gurcharan Singh Chahal, Director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, MD, Punjab Poultry Development Corporation (PPDC) and CEO, Punjab Live Stock Development Board, was nabbed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau here today.

CAG report unveils irregularities
Chandigarh, March 29
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its review report ( financial year 2001-2002) of various Punjab Government departments has highlighted several financial irregularities. Functional deficiencies and failures to enforce the rules and regulations by the authorities concerned. The report was presented today in the Punjab Assembly.

2 IT institutes’ contract cancelled 
Patiala, March 29
Exercising its autonomy by rejecting a proposal by the state Higher Education Department to defer a decision on an agenda item seeking closure of two information technology institutes, the Punjabi University Syndicate today cancelled the contract with private parties.


Cong candidate elected unopposed
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 29
Mr Charanjeev Channa, President of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, and Congress candidate from ward No 12, was today declared elected unopposed as his only opponent has withdrawn his papers. With this, the Congress has bagged the first of the 17 MC seats here. On the last day of withdrawal of nominations, 39 out of 120 candidates withdrew their nominations. Now there are 81 candidates in the fray.

Cong man is Kharar MC chief
Kharar, March 29
Mr Charanjeet Singh (Congress) was elected the president of the Kharar Municipal Council here today. Besides, Mr Ram Murti was elected the senior vice president and Mrs Raghubir Kaur was elected junior vice president.


Notices issued to 32 chemist shops
Sangrur, March 29
The Sangrur District Drugs Authority has issued notices to owners of 32 medicine shops of Sunam and Longowal for allegedly intentionally closing their shops to avoid the inspection of their shop premises a couple of days ago by a team of drug inspectors who had been authorised to do the inspection by the State Drug Controller and Director, Health Services, Punjab.

Commuters travel on the roof of a Sirsa-bound overcrowded train
Commuters travel on the roof of a Sirsa-bound overcrowded train, endangering their lives at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Bitta berates Cong for ‘ditching’ him
Sangrur, March 29
All India Anti-Terrorist Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta, said Hindus were being forced to leave Jammu and Kashmir under a plan. He favoured that the situation be tackled with an iron hand.

19 ground water recharging projects initiated
Patiala, March 29
The Regional Director of the Central Ground Water Board, Dr M.D. Nautiyal, yesterday said the board had intitiated 19 ground water recharging projects in Punjab, including one at Parikrama of Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, at a cost of Rs 4.56 crore.

Missing woman’s kin stage dharna
Jalandhar, March 29
Relatives and family members of a married woman, who had gone missing for the past one week, today gheraoed the police station of the area demanding strict action against the accused.

CNG in buses sought
Patiala, March 29
Delhi’s release seems to have become Punjab’s bane with the mass transfer of autorickshaws from Delhi to some cities of the state, forcing the Punjab Pollution Control Board to ask the state Transport Department to make it mandatory for all autorickshaws in the state to use CNG kits.

Development projects at standstill
LUDHIANA: Some of the prestigious development works of the Municipal Corporation have come to a standstill due to the alleged apathy of the authorities concerned. The completion of these projects has also been delayed and is likely to be delayed further the way things are moving at the Municipal Corporation level.

Rs 12-lakh irregularity in MC funds: DC
Mansa, March 29
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, in a press note here yesterday said that the Mansa Municipal Council had brought to his notice that former Municipal Chief Pawan Kumar Matti, Executive Officer T.R. Sharma and Accountant Sunil Dutt Verma of the council had committed serious financial irregularities.

Equine show inaugurated
Jalandhar, March 29
The Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, today formally inaugurated Punjab’s first equine show at the Darshan Singh Kaypee Stadium, near here, today.

Harpreet case: ‘discrepancies in statements’
Patiala, March 29
Defence counsel today claimed that there were several discrepancies in statements made by Manjit Kaur, sister of Kamaljit Singh, in the Harpreet Kaur death case. In this case former SGPC chief and Harpreet’s mother Bibi Jagir Kaur and others are facing trial.

Microscope eyepiece goes missing
Patiala, March 29
A controversy has arisen over the disappearance of an eye piece of an expensive operating microscope used in eye surgery in the Eye Department of Government Rajindra Hospital here with the Medical Superintendent directing that the matter be reported to the police, besides ordering an internal inquiry.

‘Heart diseases on the rise’
Amritsar, March 29
A former president of the Cardiological Society of India, Dr K.K. Sethi, said, according to a study conducted by the World Health Organisation, in the next 10 to 15 years the death due to heart and tobacco-related diseases would double in India

Action against ultrasound centres opposed
Barnala, March 29
A five-member sub-division-level inspection team comprising Dr Suresh, Singhal, Dr R.C. Garg, Punjab IMA President, Dr Suresh Kumar, Mrs Neera Chopra and Mr Narsi Ram yesterday made surprise check of five ultrasound centres here for the violation of the PNDT Act, 1994.

India donates more buses to Afghanistan
Wagah, March 29
A fleet of 57 buses were today donated to Afghanistan by the Indian Government. The buses crossed over to Pakistan en route Afghanistan from the Indo-Pak joint checkpost (JCP) here this afternoon.

Jawan cremated with military honours
Chandigarh, March 29
Virendra Singh, who was a soldier in the Indian Army, lost his life at the hands of Kashmiri separatist militants in Jammu on last Monday. Hailing from Khelan village of Patiala district, Virendra Singh was the only son of Mr Meghraj Singh and like many of his comrades, a young man, having got married only three years back.

Robotic system developed
Bathinda, March 29
“If only I could arrange money, the machine made by me could be put to full use,” said Mr Harisharan Aggrawal, a diploma holder in instrument technology, who claims to have made a robotic system that will help the hotel owners in providing better and speedy services to the customers.

Punjab Budget ‘anti-people’
Bathinda, March 29
The Lok Morcha Punjab has dubbed the Punjab Budget as anti-people. It alleged that by threatening its employees under the dictates of international finance agencies, the government had shown its dictatorial attitude.

PSHRC directive on missing man
Tarn Taran, March 29
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the ADGP (Crime) to file a report on a missing person, Mr Bhajan Singh, resident of the local Mohalla Jaswant Singh.

61 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Hoshiarpur, March 29
A Lok Adalat was organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Hoshiarpur, at the Sessions Court here today.

Mishap disrupts traffic
Phillaur, March 29
Traffic on the Phillaur-Goraya road remained disrupted for several hours following an accident involving a truck, a jeep, and an iron-laden tractor trailer late last night.

Lok Morcha to observe ‘black day’
Bathinda, March 29
The district unit of the Lok Morcha, Punjab, today decided to observe April 8 as ‘black day’ in protest against US attack on Iraq.


Model bus stands for Punjab districts
SAS Nagar, March 29
Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Amritsar will have model bus stands. This was stated by Mr Tej Prakash, Transport Minister, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here today. The minister was the chief guest at the prize-distribution ceremony of Shastri Model School here.

Law panel’s vice-chief appointed
Chandigarh, March 29
Senior Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate H.S. Riar has been appointed as Punjab State Law Commission’s Vice-Chairman.

Grant for MC
Kharar, March 29
The Punjab Government has sanctioned a special grant of Rs 31 lakh for development works to the local municipal council.


Hawala money seized from students
Kapurthala, March 29
The police today arrested two students and seized Rs 7 lakh as hawala money from their possession near Ramgarh village. The SSP, Mr R.N. Dhoke, said both the suspects, were going towards Bholath in a car to allegedly distribute the money when they were arrested by the police.

2 stolen cars recovered
Jalandhar, March 29
The district police claims to have busted a three-member inter-district gang of thieves with the arrest of its kingpin and the recovery of two stolen cars from his possession.

Drivers killed in mishap
Abohar, March 29
The drivers of two trucks were killed on the spot when their vehicles collided near Sayyedwala village on the Sri Ganganagar-Abohar road in the wee hours today.

1 killed in bus mishap
Doraha, March 29
A Punjab Roadways bus (PB12C-9513), coming from Tarn Taran and heading towards Delhi, turned turtle near the toll tax barrier last night. One passenger died on the spot, while seven others were injured in the accident.

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) men booked
Bathinda, March 29
The Rampura Phul police has registered cases against Mr Jhanda Singh Jethuke, district president, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), under Sections 341 and 149 of the IPC.

Held for duping people
Moga, March 29
The police on Friday arrested Sarbjit Singh of Amritsar from the town on charges of duping people of several lakhs of rupees by posing as a government official authorised to collect applications with money for converting ‘kuccha’ houses into ‘pucca’ ones.

Advocate found dead
Bathinda, March 29
Mr Gurbinder Singh, an advocate and member of the District Bar Association died under mysterious circumstances.


Students participate in ‘Trendz — 2003’
Bathinda, March 29
Students of 32 engineering colleges from different states participated in “Trendz — 2003” a two-day national technical festival, which concluded yesterday at the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology here. Artistes of the North Zone Cultural Centre enthralled the audience in a cultural show organised last evening.

Medical seats yet to be filled
Faridkot, March 29
A section of students, aspiring to become doctors, have been making the rounds of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) to get admission in various medical colleges as per the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but to no avail as the authorities have failed to take any action in the connection.

Commerce students get degrees
Amritsar, March 29
Dr Ved Parkash, Secretary of the University Grants Commission (UGC), has said the higher education system needed adapt to the challenges demanded by the economic conditions of the country.

M.Sc IT paper on April 20
Bathinda, March 29
The examination of M.Sc IT (third semester) of Punjab Technical University, which was leaked and had to be postponed, would now be held on April 20. This stated here today by sources in the university.Top

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