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Traders’ syndicate exploits farmers
Buys potato at ‘own price’
Bathinda, April 2
Farmers of this region foresee bad days in the absence of minimum support price for potatoes and buyers from other states. Local traders have been offering very low price as they have monopoly of the potato trade.

Potato farmers wait for their turn near a cold store Potato farmers wait for their turn near a cold store on the national highway near Bathinda on Wednesday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

SAD-BJP members stage walkout
Chandigarh, April 2
SAD-BJP members walked out twice from the Punjab Assembly today. The first walkout was staged when the Speaker rejected Capt Kanwaljit Singh's demand for a reply from the government on the police excesses on certain members of the Rajpura Block Samiti by the Banur police.




Priority to border districts in computerisation
Chandigarh, April 2
Getting an FIR registered through computers will soon be a reality in Punjab. The state police’s initiative of providing people-friendly, knowledge based proactive, transparent and accessible service to the public may soon become practical with the linking of all police stations in Amritsar, Taran Tarn, Moga and Faridkot with their respective headquarters through the local area network. 

Kite lover and Limca Book of Records holder Jagmohan Kanojia flies his 12-feet-long kite
Kite lover and Limca Book of Records holder Jagmohan Kanojia flies his 12-feet-long kite before burning it as a protest against the US attacks on Iraq, in Amritsar on Tuesday. — PTI
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Low-key discussions marked Budget session
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha Budget session (2003-04) will be remembered as much for the speed at which it transacted legislative business (passing over a 12-odd Bills) on the last day today, as for the consistent low-key performance, poor standard of discussions, high-decibel vacuous political diatribe, blame-game and name-calling.

PSEB employees protest against power Bill
Patiala, April 2
Rallies were held today by various employees’ unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board in support of a call for a statewide protest against the introduction of the Punjab State Electricity Bill 2003 in the Vidhan Sabha yesterday.

UK cops impress with latest in crime detection
Phillaur, April 2
The two-day interaction between a team of South Yorkshire Police and Punjab Police concluded at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy here today. The two forces exchanged information about crime detection and latest and different technologies being used.

Woman held for ‘supari’ killing
Amritsar, April 2
Ms Paramjit Kaur was arrested today by the Chheharta police for the murder of Satnam Singh (25) alias Satta. Mr Narinder Pal Singh, SSP, Amritsar said that initially the killing of Satnam appears to be as a blind murder. Investigation revealed it to be the result of illicit relations of the deceased. 


Hold SGPC poll or face stir: Mann
Sangrur, April 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will launch a major campaign if the Union Government does not announce the holding of elections to the SGPC till April 5. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the SAD(A), said the Union Government was “delaying SGPC elections to keep Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra in power.”

Badal: CM misleading people on water issue
Bathinda, April 2
Former state Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today while accusing the successive Congress governments at the Centre and at the state of meting out step-motherly treatment to Punjab alleged that now the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was misleading the people on the sharing of the river water issue.


NGO seeks justice for victims’ kin
Hoshiarpur, April 2
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, in a letter to Mr Justice V. N. Khare, Chief Justice of India asked him to set up a special court to hear the case against international human traffickers involved in the Malta boat tragedy. As many as 300 South Asians, including 170 Indians, had drowned in the Sicity Channel on December 25, 1996.

Bhattal case: orders of Special Judge quashed
Chandigarh, April 2
Punjab’s former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today suffered a setback after the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the orders passed by Special Judge for vigilance cases ruling that the complainant in a corruption case against her had no right to argue at the time of framing charges.

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Farmers from border villages of Punjab, protected by BSF jawans, go to their fields
Farmers from border villages of Punjab, protected by BSF jawans, go to their fields in the Ajnala sector on Wednesday. — PTI

Booked jail official still not shifted
Chandigarh, April 2
It is confirmed. Even though a corruption case was registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau against the Superintendent of Jalandhar’s district jail in February, he has not been shifted.

Two nursing homes sealed
Patiala, April 2
Two nursing homes in Nabha, near here, were sealed and their registrations cancelled temporarily for failing to observe provisions of the PNDT Act following raids conducted on them today. 

Club in the soup ‘for inviting Badal’
Bathinda, April 2
The Nahianwala police has registered a case against the sports club of Bhokhra village for alleged demolition of the boundary wall of government senior secondary school and preparing stage the sports mela.

387 jawans pass out
Jalandhar, April 2
As many as 387 jawans of the Indian Reserve Battalion and the PAP Battalion participated in the passing-out parade at the PAP complex near here today. Mr R.L. Bhagat, DIG (Training), took the salute from the jawans of the 133rd batch of the Police Training Centre.

Women's rights panel
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab State Commission for Women has constituted a committee on the women rights awareness campaign to educate women about their constitutional and legal rights.

Students of the Regional College of Management and Technology perform during their annual function
Students of the Regional College of Management and Technology perform during their annual function in  Bathinda on Wednesday. — KB

Left parties hold anti-US rally
Jalandhar, April 2

The state units of Left parties including the CPI, the CPM and the CPI (ML) organised a rally here today in protest against the US-led aggression on Iraq.

Assembly prorogued
Chandigarh, April 2
The Punjab Speaker, Dr Kewal Krishan, today adjourned the state assembly sine die. 

PUDA budget raised
SAS Nagar, April 2
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has proposed to spend Rs 661.70 crore during the financial year 2003-2004. This amount is almost double the amount spent by the authority in 2002-2003.

Judicial remand for Chahal
Kharar, April 2

A local court today remanded the Punjab Animal Husbandry Director, Punjab Poultry Development Corporation Managing Director and Punjab Livestock Development Board Chief Executive Officer, Gurcharan Singh Chahal, in judicial custody till April 10 in a case of corruption registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.

Octroi on chapatti machine waived
Amritsar, April 2
Municipal Corporation Commissioner here Jasbir Singh Bir has been directed by Capt Amarinder Singh not to charge octroi on the automatic “chapatti machine” for the Golden Temple.

Documentaries on Punjab folk games
Patiala, April 2
The Department of Journalism and the Department of Television and Theatre of Punjabi University have teamed up to produce a number of documentaries covering various aspects of Punjabi life and culture . 

Godowns of FCI raided
Mansa, April 2
Mr P.C. Gupta, Senior Regional Manager, Food Corporation of India, yesterday conducted raids and took samples of rice from local godowns of the FCI, following complaints of storage of sub-standards rice.

8-yr-old feared drowned in Ravi
Gurdaspur, April 2

Pankaj Thakur (8) was feared drowned in the Ravi river in the border village of Makura in the Gurdaspur sector today. According to a police report Pankaj along with his friend Subam, and several other elderly persons had gone to take a dip in the Ravi on the occasion of “Navratras”. 


PDS wheat seized, 4 held
Pathankot, April 2
The police authorities of Division No 2 here have seized 200 bags of wheat meant for public distribution system and arrested four persons in this connection. The arrested have been identified as gram sevak Amrit Pal, Raj Pal, Tarsem Lal and Chaman Lal. A case has been registered against them.

Exhibitions for farmers
Bathinda, April 2
Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), said here today that 14 exhibitions would be organised on the occasion by various departments. In a statement issued here, Mr Kharbanda said lakhs of pilgrims would visit Talwandi Sabo on Baisakhi. 

All set for wheat procurement
Bathinda, April 2
Expecting an arrival of about 6.44 lakhs metric tonnes of wheat at various purchase centres in the district (more than one lakh metric tonnes than last year), the district administration in association with the Food and Civil Supplies Department has made elaborate arrangements for the same.


MC demolishes six structures
Bathinda, April 2
The Municipal Council today demolished six buildings and structures that had encroached upon government land or not been constructed according to rules. A part of a residential-cum-commercial building in the Minocha Colony was demolished, as the owner, Mr Sanjiv Kumar, had allegedly constructed a hall in front of the building, on a space meant for a parking lot. Only this part of the building had been demolished, authorities said.

Truant staff face music
Ferozepore, April 2
In a surprise visit of the Sub-Tehsil, Mamdot, by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, the Naib Tehsildar, Registry Clerk, Reader and the peon were found absent from duty.


Wife, in-laws booked for commando’s death
Talwandi Sabo, April 2
Jagtar Singh, a commando of the Punjab Police died when he was allegedly forced to consume poison by his wife, two brother-in-law and father-in-law last night at his in-law’s house here.

Sarpanch booked for misappropriating funds
Gurdaspur, April 2
The police has booked Iqbal Singh, sarpanch of Jaura Chhatran, village for misappropriating government funds. Mr R.P.S. Brar, SSP, talking to newsmen here today said Niranjan Singh, former sarpanch of the village, filed an affidavit to the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Gurdaspur, that the accused had misappropriated government funds to the tune of several lakhs of rupees. 

Boy, girl found dead by villagers
Malerkotla, April 2
A girl and boy allegedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance at Jandali village near Ahmedgarh yesterday. Some villagers informed the police that two bodies were lying in the village fields.

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