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Liquor vends galore on highways
Punjab ignores Supreme Court directions
Chandigarh, April 29
The directions of courts from time to time and rising toll of fatalities on the roads notwithstanding, the Punjab Excise Department has turned a blind eye to the dotting of both state and national highways with country liquor and IMFL vends.

Teachers’ shortage hits medical college work
Patiala, April 29
Once a premier medical institution of Punjab, the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, which was established in 1953, is today a shadow of its former self due to an acute shortage of senior teachers which has resulted in the closure of some departments and rendered a few others non-functional.

DDR against satta operator after video expose
Ludhiana, April 29
After the expose of corruption in the police department through video-films, the Dehlon Police under the Jagraon Police District today registered a DDR (Daily Diary Report) against Bittu Chawla, for allegedly intimidating a witness of a murder case pending against him.

Akali leader Bhunder’s kin booked
Talwandi Sabo, April 29
Mr Jagjit Singh Sidhu, a kin of senior Akali Leader and MLA, Sardulgarh, Balwinder Singh Bhunder and his associates were booked by the police here last evening for allegedly for violence over the possession of a piece of land.

USA to take care of Iraq gurdwara
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Government has received an ''interim reply'' from the US Embassy in New Delhi that due care would be taken of the historic gurdwara in Iraq. 



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Punjab to submit plan on economy revitalisation
Chandigarh, April 29
The Union Minister of Commerce, Mr Arun Jaitley, has asked Punjab to submit proposals to revitalise its industrial and agricultural economy.

Dubey gets Excise, Mittal PWD
Chandigarh, April 29
Even after the appointment of Mr Rajan Kashyap as the Chief Secretary he will continue to hold the charge of Irrigation and Power.

Victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots demonstrate against the Punjab government for not providing them relief.
(28k, 56k)


Youth chained for over 2 yrs
Moga, April 29
A 20-year-old mentally challenged youth is struggling for freedom for the past two years as he has been chained to a cot by members of his family at their house at Paro Mehna village, about 12 km from here, on the Moga-Ludhiana road.

Cross-examination of Jagman Singh deferred
Ropar, April 29
A local court today fixed May 10 as the next date of hearing in the disproporationate assets case against Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), as the cross-examination of public approver Jagman Singh remained inconclusive.

PPSC members: Akali leader sues Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 29
Senior Akali leader, Mr Gurmeet Singh Matharu, today filed a civil suit against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Chief Secretary, Punjab, seeking permanent injunction restraining them from appointing members to the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

Dalit boycott: BJP flays govt ‘inaction’
Jalandhar, April 29
Criticising the state government for providing “false” information about action taken on the recommendations of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the “Dalit boycott” issue, the BJP has decided to raise the matter in the next session of Parliament to force the Punjab Government to initiate action against the guilty.

Vidhan Sabha function on May 2
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha will wind up its year-long golden jubilee celebrations at a special function on May 2.

Suspected SARS patient flees
Gurdaspur, April 29
A suspected SARS patient fled from the Civil Hospital here. Dr G.S. Dhillon, said the patient, Mr L.M. Sharma, visited the hospital yesterday, complaining of cough, temperature and breathlessness. 

Irregularities found in oil purchase
Patiala, April 29
The vigilance department of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has, in an interim report conducted on the purchase of Napthenic base transformer oil for the year 2001-02, stated that the purchase was not made on merit and smacked of favouritism.

18 Cong leaders sentenced
Malout, April 29
A local court here today sentenced 18 senior Congress leaders, including the sitting block president, in connection with a case registered against them during the 1998 Lok Sabha elections when they had allegedly gheraoed a police station.

'Trust officials manipulated records to favour influential’
Amritsar, April 29
Following the alleged involvement of senior officers in the payment of compensation of the Improvement Trust land reported in The Tribune today, the All India Terrorist Victim Association alleged that records were manipulated to benefit influential persons in the allotment of shop-cum-flats earlier offered to a terrorist victim.

Police ‘torture’ leaves him deaf, dumb
Ludhiana, April 29
A city resident allegedly lost his hearing power after a police official slapped him nearly 70 times on his face and head.

Brahmin Sabha distributes school uniforms
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 29
Mr Darshan Singh Bawa, DEC (P), while addressing a social function at Government Elementary School, Raillon, said today that social organisations could play an important role in the development of a healthy society.

Notice issued

Chandigarh, April 29
Claiming to have been hurt following the alleged entry of Punjab Police personnel in the Golden Temple precincts with their shoes on in November last year, a Sangrur resident today sought directions for the registration of a first information report against the “culprits”. The police had allegedly entered the Temple precints just prior to the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee elections.

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  • Dismissed

Road cleared of encroachments
Bathinda, April 29
Municipal employees today removed encroachments on the Bathinda-Goniana road. The traders had been warned against raising illegal structures by the authorities using public address system.

Municipal employees demolish an encroached structure at the Bathinda-Goniana road in Bathinda on Tuesday. —Photo Kulbir Beera
Municipal employees demolish an encroached structure

Kiln owner told to free ‘bonded’ workers
Kapurthala, April 29
District Magistrate Rakesh Verma has ordered immediate release of labourers reportedly kept as bonded labourers by a brickkiln owner in Aludipur village. The matter was brought to his notice by representatives of the Gramin Mazdoor Union and the Kriti Mazdoor Union.

‘Parkash utsav’ celebrations end
Chandigarh, April 29
According to a fax message received the eight-day-long 400th anniversary celebrations of “parkash utsav” of Guru Granth Sahib concluded at Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash Sahib, Chicago (USA) yesterday from the Guru Nanak Mission of America here today , the celebrations, which started with “ardas” by Giani Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, concluded late last evening after a special kirtan darbar.

Laddi is ZP Chairman
Gurdaspur, April 29
Mr Balwinder Singh Laddi, Zila Parishad member from the Dyalgarh zone, and Maj Amardeep Singh, Zila Parishad member from the Zaffarwal zone, both of the Congress, were today unanimously elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the Zila Parishad. Mr K.C. Meena, Additional Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Irrigation Minister, were present.

86-yr-old takes bypass in stride
Jalandhar, April 29
Eightysix-year-old freedom fighter Chain Singh Chain is fit again after undergoing beating heart bypass surgery here in the last week of February. Such an operation is usually not performed on the aged.

Red Cross-run computer centres closed
Mansa, April 29
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner-cum-president, District Red Cross Society. Mansa, has ordered to close all eight computer centres being run by the society in the district from tomorrow. The Managing Directors of the centres have been asked to deposite records and others items to Mr Balbir Singh, District Training Supervisor, Saint John Ambulance Association, Mansa.

Fire destroys IRB tents
Sangrur, April 29
A large number of cots, clothes and household items, cash and two big tents were destroyed when fire broke out today in the tents at the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) headquarters at Ladda Kothi, about 6 km from here.

CPM to launch stir on May 1
Jalandhar, April 29
The Punjab state committee of the CPM led by Mr Mangat Ram Pasla has decided to launch stir against recent fee hike in government educational institutions on May Day.

Martyr cremated
Fazilka, April 29
Kabul Singh (24) of the Sikh Light Infantry, who was killed while fighting terrorists at Khumrewal village in the Kupwara sector in Jammu and Kashmir on April 26, was cremated at his native village Kandhwala Hazar Khan with full state and military honours today.

Cut in holidays of subordinate courts flayed
Ropar, April 29
The All-India Lawyers Union (AILU) has passed a resolution condemning the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to curtail 19 holidays in subordinate courts. This was stated by Mr Kushwant Rai Joshi, national secretary and acting president of the state unit of the AILU, while talking to newspersons here today.

SGPC opposed to casinos
Chandigarh, April 29
The “dharam parchar” committee of the SGPC has opposed the opening of casinos in Punjab. The committee has also passed a resolution in this connection.

Punjab FCI staff hold dharna
Chandigarh, April 29
FCI employees from various parts of Punjab held a day-long dharna in front of the regional office of the FCI here today in protest against the imposition of heavy penalties on them and the issuance of charge sheets to a large number of workers.


Wheat procurement ‘unsatisfactory’
Mansa, April 29
Despite the claims of the district administration, the procurement of wheat in 103 purchase centres in the district is not upto the mark. There are no toilets, drinking water and space for farmers to rest.


Loudspeakers banned
Jalandhar, April 29
In a bid to check noise pollution, the District Magistrate, Mr Ashok Gupta, today imposed a ban on use of loudspeakers, orchestra and DJ sound systems till June 27. The order said it had been noticed that loudspeakers, orchestra and other high noise producing music instruments were being used at marriage palaces and religious places in violation of the Punjab Instrument Control of Noise Act, 1956.

Rs 7 cr MC budget passed
Gurdaspur, April 29
The Municipal Committee here passed Rs 7 crore for 2003-2004 today. Income is to be generated from octroi, house tax, water supply and sewerage tariff, rent of buildings and other sources. A sum of Rs 3.58 crore will be spent on development while the remaining amount has earmarked for establishment and contingency.


Travel agent arrested
Phagwara, April 29
The police has arrested Sardara Ram, a travel agent of Dharamkot, under Section 420 of the IPC for swindling a youth of Sabzi Mandi here of Rs 7 lakh with a promise to send him to Italy. But he was made to shuttle between China and Thailand. It was learnt today that Harbans Singh had alleged that his family had to sell even their house and other property for raising money for sending his younger brother to Italy.

Four booked in suicide case
Tarn Taran, April 29
Manni, a woman residing in the local Mohalla Nanaksar, Ravinder Singh, Vimal Kumar, alias Babba, and Balwinder Singh have been booked under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC by the city police station in connection with the suicide committed by Yogesh Kumar, alias Gabbar.


Withdraw medical colleges’ fee hike: IMA, PCMSA
Sangrur, April 29
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA), Punjab units have criticised hike in fee for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the medical colleges of Punjab and decision to discontinue stipend to those doing internship and postgraduate courses.

Handa PCCTU dist chief
Bathinda, April 29
The president of the district chapter of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Prof Y.R. Handa has been re-elected for the fifth time in a row.Top

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