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Punjab’s loss is Pak’s gain
Chandigarh, April 22
Punjab’s fight for saving every drop of water notwithstanding, the state has been constantly losing water good for irrigating 33,000 acres of land to Pakistan because of the poor upkeep of the Madhopur headworks.

Truckers’ perspective of strike
First, the official side of the strike story. With truckers on strike since April 14, the movement of goods across the country has been adversely affected leading to a hike in the prices of several commodities.

Grain dealers sore at procurement agencies
Faridkot, April 22
Resentment prevails among a large number of grain dealers against various state government agencies, including the FCI, for their failure to make payment to them for the purchase of wheat during the past one week in Faridkot district.

Narinder Singh, alias KalaRAJGHAT INCIDENT
CBI approver alleges police harassment
Amritsar, April 22
One of the five conspirators in the attempt to assassinate the then Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi case Mr Narinder Singh, alias Kala, who latter turned approver today alleged that he was being harassed by the Amritsar police.

Travel agent cheats youth, goes to USA
Phagwara, April 22
A travel agent duped a youth of his own village of Rs 8.25 lakh in the name of sending him to the USA and instead himself went there.




Pro-VC powerless in VC’s absence
Patiala, April 22
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has again proceeded on leave for a few days without delegating any powers to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal.

Tohra for unity with Badal
Chandigarh, April 22
Former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra said today that he was for unity with Mr Parkash Singh Badal. “ But I want that in the process of the unity, the ‘maryada’ of the Akal Takht should also be restored,” he said.

SAD condemns Cong misuse of helicopter
Chandigarh, April 22
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal today cited the latest episode concerning loyalists of Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal as the strongest evidence of murder of democracy in the state.


Unity issue: Badal, Bibi hold talks
Amritsar, April 22
To discuss the proposed unity between the Shiromani Akali Dal and Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister and Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief and member of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Akali Dal, today held a closed-door meeting at Circuit House, Jalandhar. The meeting lasted more than an hour.

Punjab Shiv Sena reconstituted
Phillaur, April 22
The Punjab Shiv Sena chief, Swami Pushpender Swaroop, today reconstituted the state unit and the district units of the party after consultations with Gen P.N. Hoon, (retd) in charge of the Punjab affairs of the party.


Plan to clip wings of unauthorised colonisers
Ropar, April 22
Raising unauthorised colonies in the urban areas may become a costly affair for colonisers if the recently mooted proposal of the Ministry for Urban Development gets through. The Ministry of Urban Development is planning to impose 10 times penalty on the actual development charges for the unauthorised colonies mushrooming in the state. The said proposal is being finalised and will soon be presented before the Chief Minister and the Cabinet for approval.

NCP plans agitation
Bathinda, April 22
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will mobilise political parties to launch an agitation in the state against the hike in user charges and other “anti-people policies” of the government.

Jacob kicks off dental awareness campaign
Ghoh (Pathankot), April 22
The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) today inaugurated Shaheed Udham Singh Dental Programme organised jointly by the Director Health Services, Punjab and the Punjab Red Cross Society at Ghoh village near here.

Anti-corruption drive to continue
Mansa, April 22
The drive initiated by the district administration to check corruption and make the administration transparent and efficient has led to suspensions, charge sheets and dismissals of employees of different departments of the state government in the past about five months.

Representation sent to PSERC
Chandigarh, April 22
The Punjab Government today submitted its representation with regard to the revision of power tariff to the Punjab State Electrcity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).

Employees of 3 depts not paid wages
Ropar, April 22
Government employees working against the non-plan posts in education, drainage and irrigation departments are going without wages due to delay in the renewal of drawing and dispersing powers to officers concerned of the said departments.

Minister stands up for heritage site
Amritsar, April 22
The state Education Minister, Prof Darbari Lal, today announced that he would not let Saragarhi Memorial Senior Secondary School, Town Hall, established 152 years ago be demolished for making a parking lot.

Action against two docs recommended
Kapurthala, April 22
The Deputy Commissioner of Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh Verma, has recommended to the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, to take necessary disciplinary action, including withdrawal of powers of Dr Subhash Sharma, SMO, Phagwara, and Dr Barinder Gill, SMO, Bhullath, vested under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test Act, 1994, after their deliberate and wilful default in not launching proceedings against certain scanning centres, which were found violating the provisions of the PNDT Act.

Channi, others told to join probe
Jalandhar, April 22
The Special Judge, Mr R.M. Gupta, today directed for three accused in the multi-crore composition fee — Chairman of C.T. Public School Charanjit Singh Channi, Mohinder Singh and A.S. Tuli — to join the investigation in the case.

Rest house phone dead for 8 months
Sangrur, April 22
Telephone connections of the PWD Rest House here was disconnected eight months ago. The telephone number (34204) was disconnected by the BSNL authorities on August 27, 2002 on account of non-payment of telephone bills.

CM convenes meeting of farmers’ bodies
Chandigarh, April 22
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has called a meeting of various farmers’ organisations tomorrow.

Pottery here may soon vanish for good
Patiala, April 22
The handful of potter`s wheels still working in some houses of Khumhara Da Mohalla, near Safabadi Gate, here may soon stop turning altogether. The technology-laced modern era has indeed sounded the death knell for a number of traditional professions — one of which is pottery.

DYING ART: A potter’s family at work in Mathura Colony, Patiala. Photo: Subhash Patialavi

1.14 lakh bogus cases of pension detected
Kapurthala, April 22
Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Social Security Minister, has said pension will be given to the beneficiaries in the state within time.

Getting pucca road after 55 years
Hoshiarpur, April 22
After 55 years of Independence residents of Nari village for the first time saw development yesterday when Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP, inaugurated the pucca link road linking it to Mangowal village.

BJP councillor gets bail
Hoshiarpur, April 22
BJP councillor of the Mukerian Municipal Council, Vinod Sahbi, was today granted bail by District and Sessions Judge C.D. Gupta in a case of forgery which the council member alleged was politically motivated.

Poverty forces man to marry off minor daughter
Moga, April 22
A poverty-stricken man of Ladhaike village in this district married his minor daughter to a 26-year-old man, but the girl refused to go to her husband, forcing police to direct her parents not to send their daughter till she attained the age of 18.


Madhopur village to have sewerage
Chandigarh, April 22
A beginning at last will be made from Madhopur village, on the Sirhind-Patiala road to lay sewerage in the rural areas of the state. Earlier several schemes were made at the official level to provide sewerage in villages but these plans could not take off.

MC to keep 51 daily wagers to clean drains
Patiala, April 22
The Municipal Corporation has decided to keep 51 daily wagers to ensure proper cleaning of drains along the “ganda nala” in the city with the daily wagers being recruited for a three-month spell initially.


5 held for smuggling poppy husk
Jalandhar, April 22
The Jalandhar police today busted a six-member gang of poppy husk smugglers with the arrest of its five members and recovery of more than 600 kg of contraband. The district police chief Varinder Kumar stated here today that a police party laid a naka near Kang Sabo village yesterday and a Tata Sumo and Toyota Qualis were intercepted.

2 travel agents booked for fraud
Phagwara, April 22
The local police has booked two travel agents for duping three persons. The agents took cash from them on the promise that they would be sent abroad, but never did.

Girl’s body found, father arrested
Bathinda, April 22
The post-mortem of eight-year-old Divya, who was allegedly killed by her father, Rajiv Bansal, by throwing her into a canal on the intervening night of April 20 and 21 was conducted today. The police claimed that Rajiv had been arrested.

Three die in jeep mishap
Ferozepore, April 22
Three jeep-borne men were killed on the spot and five wounded when their vehicle went out of control after its front tyre burst and hit a roadside tree near Waraimsinghwala village, 15 km from here, on the Ferozepore-Mamdot road this morning, the police said.


Schools await detailed results
Bathinda, April 22
Even as the results of Class V examinations held last month were declared on March 31 by the Punjab Education Department, a large number of schools, including government schools, have not received the details of marks scored by their students.

Medical college students stop traffic
Patiala, April 22
Post-graduate students of the local Government Medical College yesterday disrupted the functioning of Government Rajindra Hospital attached to the college, besides stopping traffic in front of the college to protest against the discontinuation of their stipend from this month.

PAU reinstates Harcharan Bains
Chandigarh, April 22
The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Mr KS Aulakh, today reinstated Mr Harcharan Bains, Assistant Professor (English) in the Extension Department. Mr Bains, a former media adviser to former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was suspended on August 22 last year.


Milkfed set to face dry season
Chandigarh, April 22
Milkfed has drawn up plans to ensure regular supply of milk at reasonable rates to the major towns and cities of the state during the coming “dry season” when the demand for milk increases but milk production falls by as much as 50 per cent. “We are fully geared to meet the enhanced demand for milk during the summer”, said Dr B. M. Mahajan, Managing Director, Milkfed, during an interview with TNS here today.


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