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Punjab to seek control of PU
Ludhiana, April 7
The Punjab Government will seek the control of Panjab University, Chandigarh, as it belongs to Punjab. Stating this here today, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education, said the government would write to the Centre to handover the control of the university to Punjab.

Two-hour strike by PSEB employees
Patiala, April 7
Responding to the call for a statewide protest by the All-India Power Engineers Federation and the National Coordination Committee, PSEB engineers and employees observed a protest day today

Ex-cop steals truck, mows down 2
Amritsar, April 7
Two persons were mowed down while one was injured when a former CRPF constable pushed the driver out and took his truck at an automobile showroom on Taylor road near Aanaam cinema here today.

Wadala for unity, opposes Badal
Jalandhar, April 7
Welcoming moves on Akali-unity, president of the SAD (Democratic) Kuldeep Singh Wadala today opposed Mr Parkash Singh Badal heading the proposed united Akali Dal.

Charges framed against Harika in fraud case
Mansa, April 7
Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mansa, today framed charges under Section 420 of the IPC against Mr Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital for Women, Nangal Kalan, in a case registered against him on November 4, 1999 by the Sadar police.

Tarn Taran



Staff seek probe into PSIDC investments
Chandigarh, April 7
When employees of an organisation themselves demand a high-level probe into the investments made by their own company, surely something must have gone wrong somewhere.

Cash prizes for CET toppers
Chandigarh, April 7
Good news for those preparing to the common entrance test ( CET) to be conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU) on May 23 for admission to the engineering colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University and Panjab Agricultural University.


Minister’s son elected Zila Parishad chief
Jalandhar, April 7
Mr Surinder Singh, son of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, was elected chairman of the Zila Parishad here today.

SGPC poll likely by year-end
Amritsar, April 7
The general election to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), which was due in October 2000 is likely to be held by the year end or beginning of the next year.

Channi demands Nanda’s expulsion
Hoshiarpur, April 7
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from Hoshiarpur Parliamentary Constituency, in a press note here today, demanded the expulsion of Mr Kuldip Nanda, President, District Congress Committee, Hoshiarpur.


110 panchayats resolve to spread AIDS awareness
Tarn Taran, April 7
As many as 110 gram panchayats passed resolutions to fight drug addiction deciding that they would not allow the marriages to be organised unless boys and girls undergo tests for HIV.

Four-point programme for cancer patients
Amritsar, April 7
Cancer attacks more than 90 lakh people every year the world over. Of the 10 lakh people in India get cancer and fatality rate is 78 per cent. President of the Global Cancer Concern of India, Major General R.S. Pannu stated this at addressing a press conference after visiting the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Rotary Cancer Hospital.

New transplantation policy to ‘safeguard’ donors’ interests
Jalandhar, April 7
Keeping in view the alleged exploitation of the donors in Rs 100-crore kidney racket busted by the police in the recent time, the state government was preparing a comprehensive draft of a new organ transplantation policy, wherein, specific references will be incorporated to safeguard the interests of the kidney donors.

Stress laid on Army-media ties
Bathinda, April 7
A seminar was conducted at the cantonment here today to increase interaction between the media and the Army. The aim of the seminar was to familiarise mediapersons with defence organisation of the Army of media relationship in peace and conflict situations.

An Armyman demonstrates a weapon during a display at the cantonment in Bathinda on Monday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera
An Armyman demonstrates a weapon during a display at the cantonment in Bathinda

Rs 97 cr for welfare of SCs, STs
Phagwara, April 7
Under the Rs 819 -crore special component plan, projects would be undertaken for the uplift and amelioration of the deprived and downtrodden sections of society, according to Punjab Social Welfare Minister Joginder Singh Mann.

Lok adalat held
Tarn Taran, April 7
More than 45 cases were disposed of at a lok adalat organised under the presidentship of Mr Rajinder Aggarwal, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (senior division), here today.

Pensioners to stage dharna on April 16
Amritsar, April 7
Ms Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, a BJP leader, said if the state government did not issue pension to old persons by April 15 then they would hold a demonstration on April 16 in front of Hall Gate.

Aged pensioners raise slogans against  the Punjab government for not releasing their pensions for one year in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Aged pensioners raise slogans against  the Punjab government for not releasing their pensions for one year in Amritsar

FCI staff union to launch countrywide stir
Mansa, April 7
Members of the FCI Executive Staff Union (affiliated with BMS) have decided to launch a countrywide agitation against the indifferent attitude of the management of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) towards their demands.

‘Chapatti’ maker installed at Kali temple
Patiala, April 7
After the installation of a ‘chapatti’-making machine at Golden Temple, the historic Kali Mata Mandir located on Mall Road has followed suit by procuring a similar machine for its “langar” hall here.

G.S. Dhillon remembered
Tarn Taran, April 7
Dr Gurdial Singh Dhillon, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, was paid rich tributes at his native Panjwar village at a gathering organised by the District Congress Committee (Rural) Amritsar on his 11th death anniversary yesterday.

Nagar panchayat chief takes charge
Zirakpur, April 7
Mr Narinder Sharma, took over as the first-ever president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, here today.

Kidney case
Chandigarh, April 7
In just over two months after the great kidney conspiracy was unearthed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday fixed April 9 as the date of hearing on a petition filed by Dr Jagdish Gargi — head of the Forensic Medicine Department at Amritsar Government Medical College.

  • Notice issued

Statement of Jagman recorded


Cold store owners ‘bullying’ farmers
Bathinda, April 7
The SAD has expressed concern over the falling prices of potato produce and alleged bullying of farmers by a section of cold store owners. Dr Om Parkash Sharma, district press secretary, SAD, in a press note issued here today said due to distress selling of the potato crop and “loot” of farmers by the cold store owners, the debts-ridden farmers had been pushed to a corner.

PAU to host rice group meeting
Ludhiana, April 7
The Directorate of Rice Research of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Hyderabad, in association with Punjab Agricultural University, will organise three-day 38th annual rice group meeting at Pal Auditorium from tomorrow.

DC bans burning of wheat straw
Bathinda, April 7
District Magistrate, Anurag Verma here today banned the burning of wheat straw. Mr Verma, in his orders, said that farmers had been burning wheat straw after harvesting the crop, leading to the pollution of environment. He said that it was also led to a fire incidents and crops in nearby fields were exposed to pollution.


Amrit Pal Singh is Dera Bassi MC President
Dera Bassi, April 7
With the support of eight councillors, Mr Amrit Pal Singh was elected the president of the civic body, here today However, resentment prevailed among the councillors regarding the election of the vice-president.


Robbery creates panic in town
Pathankot, April 7
A petrol station owner was looted in the thickly populated area of the town yesterday. According to police sources, Mr Raghunath Aggarwal, a resident of Mission Road area, who owns Amar Chand Raghunath petrol station at Balmiki Chowk here, was approached by two youths in front of his house.


1.5 lakh kids made aware of laws
Jalandhar, April 7
In a novel exercise aimed at creating awareness among youths and to make them work for the eradication of the crime from the society, more than 1.5 lakh students of 600 schools, falling in four districts of the Doaba region, have been educated by local police authorities under their seven-month long people-oriented policing programme.

‘Corporate houses must help institutions’
Amritsar, April 7
The Chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education, Dr R. Natarajan, said today that a visionary plan had been prepared for increasing the present share of students opting for higher and professional education in the country in next 10 years from 6 per cent to 8 per cent.

Union: restore grant-in-aid scheme
Jalandhar, April 7
The Non-Government Colleges Managements Federation, Punjab and Chandigarh, has demanded that the state government should immediately restore the 95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme to save the future of teachers who had not been given salaries for the past six months.


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