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No talks on Akali unity: Dhindsa
Bathinda, April 5
Possibility of unity between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD (B)) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal senior SAD (B) leader and Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today ruled out. Mr Dhindsa talking to reporters said here that so far no formal talks for unity were held between leaders of the two parties.

Tohra for principled unity, not petty gains
Ludhiana, April 5
Decision of Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra of not holding a political conference on the eve of Baisakhi at Takht Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Saboo, here today is being viewed as a move to Akali unity.

Kidney transplants in govt hospitals only
Amritsar, April 5
Minister for Medical Education and Research Punjab, Chaudhary Santokh Singh today announced that renal transplant operations would only be done in the government medical college hospitals.

Crop scheme will work for Punjab
Johl writes to Centre
Chandigarh, April 5
The Centre should not link the “Agricultural production pattern adjustment programme in Punjab for productivity and growth” with other states. Dr S S Johl, the author of the scheme, has taken this line in a letter to the Union Secretary, Food and Supplies.

Dr Johl on experts’ panel for Iran
Chandigarh, April 5
The Punjab State Planning Board Chairman, Dr S S Johl, has a new assignment in hand. He heads a 12-member panel of multi-disciplinary experts to draw up a strategy in the agriculture sector for sustainable growth of Iran. The experts from various countries will be assisted by a team of 26 Iranians. He leaves for his assignment on April 15.

PSEB shifts Chief Engineer again
Patiala, April 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board’s has transferred Board Chief Engineer, Enforcement Padamjit Singh a unionist who has had questioned the allotment of a contract to a private party for the supply of power to the state recently.

8 charges against Puar dropped
Patiala, April 5
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s attempt to nail a former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Joginder Singh Puar on the issue of illegal appointments has suffered a setback, with a local court not including eight of the nine allegedly illegal appointments made by him in the final charges framed against him and others for irregularities in the hosting of the Indian Science Congress in 1996.

A girl student holds a placard
A girl student holds a placard during an anti-smoking march taken out at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera



SGPC poll likely early next year
Chandigarh, April 5
The General Election to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee due in October 2001 is now likely to be held in early 2004, if the pace of poll process set in motion by the Gurdwara Election Commission is any indication. The commission had reviewed the progress with all deputy commissioners at Ludhiana on Friday.

DCC infighting intensifies
Faridkot, April 5
Infighting in the District Congress Committee intensified here yesterday when seven of the party’s 14 municipal councillors did not attend the installation ceremony of the newly elected president at the Nagar Council office.

Cong rebel is Hoshiarpur MC chief
Expelled for ‘anti-party’ activities
Hoshiarpur, April 5
Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi, a rebel Congress municipal councillor, was declared president of the Municipal Council by lot today. Mr Babbi and the official Congress candidate, Mr Brij Mohan Batra, secured 15 votes each.

Passi expelled from YC
Hoshiarpur, April 5
Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, President, Punjab Youth Congress, said today that he had removed Mr Gulshan Rai Passi from the post of General Secretary of the party and had expelled him from the party for six years for his anti-party activities.


Butchers may get land
Patiala, April 5
Ensuring a ban on butchering in the city continues to be a pipe dream for the Municipal Corporation which has run out of ultimatums as far as shifting shops of butchers out of the city is concerned. After trying its hand at wielding the stick now it plans to give land at nominal rates outside the city to butchers.

Disabled soldier fights on
Chandigarh, April 5
In 1948, he fought against the enemies in Jammu and Kashmir for his country’s honour. Sustained bullet injuries in combat. Today, 55 years later, Sepoy Dalip Singh is still struggling hard against the government for his rights.

Alleged rapist moves rights panel
Phagwara, April 5
The alleged rape case, took a turn with the main accused Gurdip Singh knocking the door of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission demanding a probe into the case, claiming the victim to be his wife, he has also sought protection for his family members from his in-laws and release of his wife from their captivity. The PSHRC Chairman, Justice N.C. Jain has directed the IG (Litigation) to get the case probed by a gazetted officer, it was learnt here today.

‘Awareness needed on environment laws’
Jalandhar, April 5
While holding over-exploitation of the natural resources, in the name of economic development, as a major factor responsible for the ecological imbalance on the earth, the Judge of the Supreme Court, Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, today advocated that “sustainable” development was the only way out before the civilisation for preserving the environment for the generations to come.

Hope for Parsees comes from UNESCO
Ludhiana, April 5
Parsees in India, who are virtually on the verge of extinction, have received a shot in the arm with UNESCO deciding to work for the preservation of the community that had migrated to different parts of the world from Iran to evade forcible conversion to Islam. Code-named PARZOR (Preservation of Parsee-Zoroastrian heritage campaigns and international conventions), the project aims at working towards the preservation and documentation of the Parsee traditions and culture.

Justice Bhan defends judicial activism
Jalandhar, April 5
Defending judicial activism in public interest litigation for giving justice to the people at large the Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, said today that the PIL cases were being taken up on priority basis by the courts as these involved interests of a section of the society.

PTDC staff ‘forced’ to opt for VRS
Ropar, April 5
The employees’ union of the PTDC today flayed the statement of the MD, Mr Jagjit Puri, that 360 out of 373 regular employees of the corporation had voluntarily opted for the VRS offered by the government. Reacting to the statement that was reported today, the president of the PTDC Karamchari Dal, Mr Surjit Singh Saini, told this correspondent that the employees had been forced to opt for the VRS.

132 trees face axe
Bathinda, April 5
The Rose Garden, including the leisure valley, situated on the Bathinda-Barnala bypass road in this city will lose a section of its green cover as the local municipal council authorities have decided to cut as many as 132 full grown trees to protect high tension electric wires from damage, which pass through its premises.

‘Abducted’ girl produced before SDM
Pathankot, April 5
A week-long controversy of abduction of the girl ended yesterday when she was produced before Mr Puneet Goyal, SDM by the police.

Baba Thakur Singh hospitalised
Amritsar, April 5
Acting Chief of Damdami Taksal, was rushed to a private hospital in a critical condition after a road accident here yesterday.

Notices to two pvt ultrasound centres
Malout, April 5
The district authorities concerned of the Health Department, Muktsar, has issued notices for explanation to two private ultrasound centres running in this city as large-scale irregularities were found in their respective records.

Ridding city walls of posters, graffiti
Amritsar, April 5
The Convener of the Citizen Forum Helpline, Mr Brij Bedi stated that the Forum had launched a campaign with police help to make the walls of the holy city free from posters and graffiti.

Health clinic for ex-servicemen
Jalandhar, April 5
Lieut Gen K. Nagraj, GOC 11 Corps, today launched an Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme clinic at Military Hospital near here today.

Order on panchayat land stayed
Chandigarh, April 5
Issuing notice of motion to the state of Punjab and other respondents the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the operation of an order passed in December, last year.


Report of VB raid on DEO (S) office submitted
Mansa, April 5
The report of a raid by sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau, Mansa, on the office of the District Education Officer ( Secondary ) regarding an alleged fraud being played on the government by certain persons has been sent to the Chandigarh office of the bureau. This was stated by Mr Harnek Singh, Inspector , Vigilance Bureau, here yesterday. The raid was conducted on March 27.


Petrol station attendant booked
Bathinda, April 5
The police today booked Sanjiv Kumar Thakur, an attendant of a petrol station, under Section 420 of the IPC for cheating a customer while filling petrol in his vehicle.

ASI held on graft charge
Bathinda, April 5
An assistant Sub-Inspector of the Punjab police, Jeet Singh, the in charge of the police chowki at Singo village, under the Talwandi Sabo police station, has been arrested by the state Vigilance Bureau for accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 from a resident of the village.

Couple booked for duping youth
Phagwara, April 5
The police has booked a couple of a nearby village Mehtan for allegedly defrauding a youth of Rs 8.25 lakh on the pretext of sending him to the USA. It was learnt today that the complainant Joginderpal of Virk village had alleged that the travel agent, Hukam Singh, and his wife, Darshana Rani, had received the first instalment of Rs 2 lakh and the passport in March 1998, for sending his son, Buta Ram, to the USA.

1 held for defrauding patient
Jalandhar, April 5
The district police has arrested one person on the charge of duping a patient of Rs 2 lakh for the treatment of his spinal injury.

Thieves’ gang smashed
Patiala, April 5
The local police today claimed it had busted a gang of scooter thieves by arresting its kingpin during a drive initiated against anti-social elements in the city.


Saru gets special chance to reappear
Patiala, April 5
Setting aside all norms, Punjabi University, Patiala, has exempted Fine Arts student Saru Rana, who had accused the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, of attempting to rape her, of the necessity of sitting for practical examinations of the Fine Arts second-year postgraduate course in which she had failed last year while taking the examination again this year.

PSEB books carry stickers against rules
Abohar, April 5
Even though the highest court had prohibited the use of stickers to exhibit revised rate on any of the commodity, stationery shops in the district have been flooded with books published by the Punjab School Education Board carrying stickers of revised rates.

Kids paint their dreams at carnival
Patiala, April 5
Children relived their dreams through paintings at an art carnival organised at Yadavindra Public School here where for once they did not have anyone telling them as to what they should draw and how.

Jacob confers degrees on graduates
Ropar, April 5
The Governor of Punjab, Lt. Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today criticised the education policy of the state. In the state’s education policy much of the budget had been allocated for arts and humanity fields, he added.


BSNL mobile users’ directory not on cards
Sangrur, April 5
Though the BSNL has about 1.65 lakh mobile phone subscribers in the state yet its Punjab Telecom Circle authorities seem to be in no mood to print a mobile phone users’ directory on the pattern of landline phone directory.


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