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Kanishka trial begins today
Ludhiana, April 27
Ajaib Singh Bagri (L) and Ripudaman Singh Mailk. -- Reuters file photosThe trial in connection with the bombing of an Air-India flight in 1985 will begin tomorrow in Vancouver in the court of Justice Iam Bruce Josephson. A high-security courtroom has been set up for the first time in Canadian history at a cost of $ 100 million, according to Prof Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, Akali Dal (Amritsar).

Shortfall in wheat output likely
Chandigarh, April 27
The wheat production in Punjab is likely to fall by at least 16.5 lakh tonnes due to unfavourable weather at the early stage of the crop and reduction in the area during rabi 2002-03. It is expected to be around 138.5 lakh tonnes as compared to 155 lakh tonnes in 2001-02.

Lifting of procured wheat slow
Gazniwala (Ferozepore), April 27
As tension on the Indo-Pak border has de-escalated to a considerable extent, villages located near the border have been humming with activity as the harvesting and procurement of wheat have been going on smoothly.

APHC has no mass base in J&K: Gupta
Jalandhar, April 27
Reacting to the refusal of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference to participate in talks with the Centre’s interlocutor N.N. Vohra, Union Minister of State for Defence Chaman Lal Gupta today said there was no need to enter into a dialogue with the Hurriyat leadership, which had no mass base in Jammu and Kashmir.

Invite us formally: Bhim Singh
Jalandhar, April 27
The president of the Panthers Party here today said that his party would not talk to the Centre’s negotiator for peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr N.N. Vohra, unless proper invitation was extended to the party.




From a labourer to a barrister
Chandigarh, April 27
NRIs both in England and North America have been in the news as official recognition has been conferred upon them. While Mr Kuldeep Singh Grewal, who started as a labourer after migrating to the UK in 1972, was recently called to the Bar of England and Wales and permitted to practise as a barrister, Mrs Ajit Kaur Deol of Winnipeg has been awarded the Order of Manitoba, the highest state award.

Punjab SC officers rue ministers’ behaviour
Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab Scheduled Caste Officers Association, which celebrated the birthday of Dr B.R. Ambedkar here today by holding its 3rd annual convention, said efforts made by the association to improve the lot of the weaker sections had shown good results.

Kidney scam: key doc surrenders
Amritsar, April 27
In a significant development in the multi-crore kidney scam, Dr P.K. Jain, against whom proceedings for declaring him a proclaimed offender were initiated today, surrendered before Mr Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, SP (City) and SIT member, here today.


Akali unity soon: Badal
Jalandhar, April 27
Equipped with power to forge unity with the party headed by former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra, former Chief Minister and president of SAD Parkash Singh Badal today revealed that the unity would become a reality very soon.


Singla: govts lack dynamism
Bathinda, April 27
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, yesterday said that different governments lacked dynamism and were not changing policies for generating more jobs in the services sector.

Cable operators beat up customer
Mob manhandles Civil Surgeon
Mansa, April 27
Working of the Ahluwalia Goldstar Cable Network, the premier cable operator covering about 90 per cent of the city area, has been lying paralysed since last evening following a dispute between the cable operator and a consumer.

Temple board’s direction reversed
Patiala, April 27
Miscreants have reversed the direction of a board put up by the district administration at the Baba Bhola Nath shrine at Mandour village, around 17 km from here, which proclaims that all people, irrespective of their caste, can enter the shrine.

Work on escape channel halted
Ropar, April 27
The construction of the escape channel of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant here has come to a halt allegedly due to the poor quality of the work on stage 1 and stage 2 ash dykes of the plant. Sources said the contractor who was to carry out the construction of the escape channel along the ash dykes had abandoned the work.

Dayal terms CM as defaulter
Amritsar, April 27
Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the state unit of the CPI, has alleged that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Mr Rana Gurjit Singh, MLA from Kapurthala, besides some Akali leaders, are among the defaulters of the Punjab Finance Corporation. He said this while addressing a press conference here today.

Pay-off scam: Badal demands probe
Ludhiana, April 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, Punjab, said that the Ludhiana police pay-off scandal exposed through a video-film was just the tip of the iceberg regarding the extent of corruption that was prevalent in the state.

Govindacharya flags off yatra
Amritsar, April 27
Mr K.N. Govindacharya, BJP leader, today said he feared that the Indian Government might be forced into accepting more anti-agro regulations in the next WTO discussions to be held in Mexico in September this year.

Mr K. N. Govindacharya flags off a yatra in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Mr K. N. Govindacharya flags off a yatra in Amritsar

Tadpoles in drinking water?
Bathinda, April 27
Residents of the Namdev Marg area in the city have alleged that contaminated water was being supplied to their locality.


Home Guard official, son held for theft
Abohar, April 27
The police here has arrested Sham Lal Chhabra, Commandant, Punjab Home Guards, here and his son Neeraj Kumar under Sections 380, 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC for alleged theft of a cash memo from Hindustan Petroleum filling station.

2 foetuses found in clinic, nurse arrested
Patiala, April 27
A raiding party of the Health Department has arrested a retired nurse for conducting illegal abortions. Two female foetuses were found in a dustbin at her clinic-cum-residence at Banur. 

3 rounded up in girl bazar case
Mansa, April 27
As a follow-up action on the report regarding a girl bazar at Mansa village, the district police has rounded up Manjit Kaur, originally from West Bengal and married to Charan Singh of Maghania village in the district. She has reportedly been bringing girls from West Bengal for sale in Punjab.

1 booked for using fraudulent means
Gurdaspur, April 27
The police has booked Gulzar Masih of Ghagguwal for getting a Scheduled Caste certificate issued fraudulently though he belongs to the backward class. The police today said the accused had got this certificate issued in 1988 from the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gurdaspur.


Punjabi University Dean sacked
Patiala, April 27
Punjabi University has removed a senior teacher, Dr Ranjit Kaur Kapoor from the office of Dean, Language Faculty, a month after appointing her by withdrawing a cancellation order it had itself passed on a decision giving backdate seniority to five teachers by ousted Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, one of whom has been appointed to the post now.

Sharma heads PCCTU’s Sangrur unit
Sangrur, April 27
Prof P.K. Sharma of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala), was today re-elected president of the Sangrur district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union for 2003-04 at the annual election meeting held at Lal Bahadur Shashtri Arya Mahila College, Barnala.


Should mobile users’ directory be printed?
Sangrur, April 27
Though about 9 lakh persons have mobile phones in Punjab but no mobile phone users’ directory has been published so far by any mobile phone company. According to an information the Spice Telecom has about 4.5 lakh subscribers while the AirTel and the BSNL have about 3 lakh and about 1.80 lakh subscribers, respectively in the state. On the other hand, the BSNL has provided more than 20 lakh landline telephone connections so far in the state.Top

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