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Profligacy, Punjab style
Chandigarh, April 1
The lawmakers in Punjab have decided to effect a massive hike in their salaries, allowances and perquisites, thereby, giving a go by to the much touted fiscal reforms or effecting austerity/ economy in expenditure.

Punjab Electricity Bill introduced
Chandigarh, April 1
Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today introduced the Punjab State Electricity Bill-2003, in the Vidhan Sabha but not before it was almost “short-circuited” by the Opposition.

Copter expenditure Rs 4.53 crore
Chandigarh, April 1
The Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, today told the Punjab Assembly that the total expenditure incurred on the upkeep of the helicopter taken on lease by the state government was Rs 4.53 crore from February 27 last year to February 28 this year.

Army recruitment gang busted, four arrested
Amritsar, April 1
The police said today it had busted an Army recruitment gang with the arrest of four civilians involved in the racket. Rs 7 lakh cash has been recovered from the kingpin of the gang.



A view of the 'chapati' making machine, imported from Lebanon, at Guru Ram Dass 'langar hall' inside the Golden Temple
view of the 'chapati' making machine, imported from Lebanon, at Guru Ram Dass 'langar hall' inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Border surveillance to be hi-tech
Jalandhar, April 1
To curb cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has decided to use high-tech surveillance systems, including satellite technology to man the international border and Line of Control in the trouble-torn state to check infiltration.

Fraud in land deal by Badal aide alleged
Patiala, April 1
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's Officer on Special Duty Hardeep Singh Bhawara was today accused of acquiring fraudulently land worth crores near the National Institute of Sports in Sular village on the outskirts of the city.

DSGMC to seek Vatican status for Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, April 1
While the Centre has doubled the size of the token jatha of 100 pilgrims to visit the Sikh shrines in Pakistan in connection with the Baisakhi celebrations, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has decided to seek Vatican status for Nankana Sahib at the proposed meeting with Pakistani officials.

Check travel agents who loot youths: Ramoowalia
Bathinda, April 1
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai party has said that his party will launch a campaign against travel agents who “loot” youths by promising to send them to foreign countries.


NRI plans maternity care centre for Faridkot
Chandigarh, April 1
Unmindful of losing two prestigious projects, including a tertiary healthcare centre in the periphery of Chandigarh, to red-tapism in Punjab, Dr A.S. Marwah, a USA-based Punjabi dentist, is all set to establish a modern maternity care centre in his home town of Faridkot.

‘Punjab Budget silent on poll promises’
SAS Nagar, April 1
The Punjab Government has burdened the people of the state by imposing taxes amounting to Rs 3,400 crore in the Budget presented by it on March 24 for the year 2003-2004.

Credit plans for Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot
Bathinda, April 1
Mr Anuraj Verma, Deputy Commissioner, today launched the annual credit plan of Rs 626.60 crore for the financial year 2003-04 for the district. He said that about 2,83,014 persons would be given loans for starting their ventures.

Underwater search unit for PPA
Phillaur, April 1
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy here will be the first police academy in the country to have an under-water search unit for crime detection. This was announced by Dr G.S. Aujla, ADGP-cum-Director of the academy.

Six kids injured in landmine blast
Abohar, April 1
Six children were injured, four of them seriously, as a landmine exploded at Maujewala village in the Fazilka-Jalalabad sector this afternoon. Sources said the Army had cordoned off the village, 11 km from Jalalabad west, for laying landmines in 2001. 

New thematic mascot for Sena
Phagwara, April 1
The new president of the Punjab unit of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), Swami Pushpinder Swaroop, today said at his first press conference here, after taking over that the thematic mascot of the Shiv Sena had been changed from the parochical ‘Jai Maratha’ to ‘Jai Hindi Rashtra, Jai Bharat’ for broad-basing the party.

Notice of motion in kidney scam case
Chandigarh, April 1
In just over two months after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on petitions seeking the grant of anticipatory bail filed by a doctor and a manager of the hospital concerned. The petitions will now come up for further hearing on May 1.

No IB eye on Jogi: Swami
Jalandhar, April 1
The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr I.D. Swami, today denied the charge by the Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Mr Ajit Jogi, that the Intelligence Bureau, under the directions of the Union Home Ministry had launched a surveillance operation against him.

Civil Surgeon’s warning to ‘vaids’
Patiala, April 1
The local Civil Surgeon, Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, yesterday warned “vaids” and “hakims” in the district that they were now covered under the PNDT Act and the word ‘pre-conception’ had been added along with “pre-natal diagnositic technique” in the amended Section of the Act.

Combine makers allege harassment
Patiala, April 1
The Nabha Agriculture Implements and Combine Manufacturers Welfare Association today alleged that the police as well as the civil officials were prosecuting farmers as well as manufacturers of combine harvesters due to certain lapses in the registration of combines in the state.

‘Robbery abetter’ lies in hospital after interrogation
Patiala, April 1
A controversy has arisen over the role of the police in arresting a local resident, Vikas Kumar, on the charge of abetting robbery, with he being admitted to the Government Rajindra hospital with injuries.

Employees given account statements
Bathinda April 1
The regional office of the Employees Provident Fund Organization celebrated its golden jubilee function here this noon. It gave annual account statements to employees of 10 major establishments functioning in the seven districts of Punjab.

MC has ‘Rs 7 cr to spend’
Bathinda, April 1
“The Municipal Council has not only repaid the Rs 6.5 crore debt it had been carrying since 1997, but also become a council with Rs 7 crore in hand,” said Mr Bhupinder Bhullar, president of the Municipal Council, here today.

Paryas — a dedicated effort
For mentally challenged children, Paryas, a special school for mentally challenged children being run by the Red Cross Hospital Welfare section and supported scores of dedicated social workers, has proved to be a unique and successful effort towards making mentally disabled children totally self-reliant and independent individuals, apart from bringing a fresh ray of hope for parents of such children.


Union flays system of storing paddy
Jalandhar, April 1
The Punjab State Warehouse Field Employees Union yesterday announced that the present system of storing paddy jointly with rice millers was not acceptable. Addressing delegates during an executive committee meeting of the union, its newly elected president, Mr Akshar Kumar, said the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation had 80 lakh MT storage capacity points at different places in the state even as it was scheduled to procure only 10 lakh MT of paddy during the forthcoming season.

Potato price crash worries farmers
Rampura Phul, April 1
Farmers of this region are under compulsion to sell potato produce at a non-lucrative price in absence of buyers and a procurement policy of the state or central government despite claiming that diversification of agriculture was priority.

Long queues of tractors-trolleys loaded with potatoes could be seen at different cold stores in the district, as potato growers are not selling their product due to low prices. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Long queues of tractors-trolleys loaded with potatoes could be seen at different cold stores in the district


Robbers injure CMO, wife
Pathankot, April 1
Robbers struck at the house of Dr Bui Dass Dogra, Chief Medical Officer of Dorangla, near Bridge Number 4 of Sujanpur and took away cash and jewellery worth a few lakh rupees after injuring the CMO and his wife.

Mortgage bank cheated of Rs 70,000
Gurdaspur, April 1
A fraud amounting of Rs 70,000 as withdrawal from Land Mortgage Bank, Pathankot, by an unidentified person has been reported to police station, Taragarh, in Pathankot subdivision in the district today.

5 Bangladesh nationals held
Pathankot, April 1
The police here has arrested five Bangladesh nationals while they were crossing the Indo-Pakistan border. They have been identified as Mohammed Samsoor, Mohammed Sufi Mian, Mohammed Vinmool Haq, Mohammed Abdul Dorar and Mohammed Hasul Mian.

Student commits suicide
Patiala, April 1
A first year student of MCom, Atul Kumar Garg, committed suicide by hanging himself in his room in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh hostel on the Punjabi University campus here today.

Lovers commit suicide
Tarn Taran, April 1
Rakesh Kumar (19) and his beloved, Jeet Kaur (18), both of Mohalla Nanaksar here, committed suicide today by consuming poison. A case has been registered in this regard.


GND varsity appointments
Amritsar, April 1
Professor and Coordinator of Centre for Genetics Disorders, Dr Jai Rup Singh was appointed Dean of Academic Affairs of Guru Nanak Dev University for a period of one year till March 31, 2004 here today.

Gurmat Sangeet Chair approved
Patiala, April 1
Punjabi University is all set to establish a Gurmat Sangeet Chair to provide authentic training, teaching and research in Gurmat Sangeet.
Sating this here today, Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai said the university Syndicate had approved the setting up of the Gurmat Sangeet Chair in the varsity to mark the 400th Parkash Utsav of Guru Grant Sahib.

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