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‘Year of Development’, but 
coffers empty

Chandigarh, May 4
A financial storm is brewing in Punjab, with the situation getting critical, say sources. The impending crises are likely to push 2003-04, the “Year of Development”, into a turmoil. These crises are characterised by low revenue receipts, high expenditure and heavy debt, making it increasingly difficult for the state to discharge even its three basic responsibilities — payment of salaries, pensions and debt servicing.

Govt to hire PR agency for proper projection
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab government plans to hire a professional PR agency in New Delhi to "properly project" the activities and achievements of the Amarinder Singh government in the national capital. Although the move has predictably not evoked a very enthusiastic response from the state's Public Relations Department, the Chief Minister himself is said to be very keen on the proposal.

All set for unveiling of Ranjit Singh’s statue
Chandigarh, May 4
A statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is all set to be unveiled in the Parliament Complex in Delhi next week, thanks to last-minute intervention by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Wheat production falls in state
Ludhiana, May 4
Punjab may not meet the wheat procurement target of 105 lakh tonnes this year as the arrivals have dwindled in the markets. The arrivals so far in the mandis are short by 6 lakh tonnes compared with those last year.

Real heroes being neglected: ex-spy
Ferozepore, May 4
A former Indian spy to Pakistan, Mr Mohan Lal Bhaskar, has accused the National Human Rights Commission and the Military authorities of ignoring persons who worked for the nation at the risk of their lives.

Govt to ensure transparency in PMT
Phillaur, May 4
The Punjab Government will ensure transparency while conducting examination for getting admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, GAMS courses this year. This was stated by Punjab Medical Education Minister, Ch Santokh Singh, while talking to this correspondent here today.

A child plays with water as mercury soars in Bathinda
A child plays with water as mercury soars in Bathinda on Sunday. 
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Fatehgarh Sahib



CPI to expose BJP’s hidden agenda
Bathinda, May 4
The Communist Party of India yesterday alleged that the BJP was using politics of communalism to divert the attention of people from real issues. The CPI alleged that the BJP and the Sangh Parivar were misusing religion for political gains. The party leaders said they would expose the hidden agenda of the BJP.


Village common land encroached on
Ropar, May 4
The present and former sarpanches, allegedly in connivance with certain influential persons, are or have been indulging in the sale of the common lands of the villages in the semi-hilly areas of the district in violation of the Punjab Village Common Land Regulation Act, 1961.

Declare Amritsar tobacco-free: Mann
Amritsar, May 4
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today demanded declaring the holy city of Amritsar as tobacco-free zone on the pattern of Hardwar and Kurukshetra where cow slaughter was banned.

Spread message of peace: Hanspal
Ludhiana, May 4
Mr Harvinder Singh Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has exhorted people to spread the message of non-violence, peace and service to the society propounded by Lord Mahavira.

Crime in district on the rise
Ferozepore, May 4
This district, once known as “criminal”, is still witnessing murders in large number due to party factions, feuds, revengeful and violent outlook of people and negation of the spirit of “forgive and forget”.

Musharraf’s nod to kar seva: Bhullar
Ferozepore, May 4
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has given consent to the kar seva at five gurdwaras in Pakistan. Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president International Bhai Mardana Kirtan Darbar Society, said President Musharraf has conveyed his approval to the Federal Ministry and Pakistan Kaff Board for the renovation of Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Lahore, gurdwaras at birth place of Guru Ram Dass and martyrdom place of Bhai Mani Singh in Lahore, Gurdwara Chuhha Sahib and the gurdwara at the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh’s mother Mata Gujri at Rohtas.

SHSAD to raise calendar issue at SGPC meeting
Amritsar, May 4
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to raise the issue of releasing of ‘Nanakshahi calendar’ at a political stage instead of Akal Takht in the forthcoming meeting of the SGPC, scheduled to be held on May 6 at Anandpur Sahib.

Dairy owners told to shift
Jalandhar, May 4
To maintain sanitation the Municipal Corporation has asked the dairy owners of the city to shift to the specially created Dairy Complex at Jamsher village near here. In a press statement issued here today, the Commissioner of the civic body, Ms Sarojini Gautam Sharda said at a meeting with the office-bearers of the Dairy Development Association, it was resolved that the dairy owners, who had completed construction on 300 square yards plots allotted to them at the Dairy complex, should shift there in a week.

Number of traffic challans up
Bathinda, May 4
The number of vehicles challaned for violating rules has increased in the city ever since the police started deploying school students on “traffic duty” to make them familiar with traffic rules.

Former head priest freed on bail
Amritsar, May 4
Giani Partap Singh, a former head priest of Takht Hazoor Sahib who was arrested for harbouring militants from Nanded (Maharashtra) on December 26, 1990 has been released on bail from Ajmer jail.

Details on illegal immigrants sought
Jalandhar, May 4
The authorities of the Regional Passport Office have revealed that several European and Middle East countries have sought details regarding the antecedents of more than 1,582 illegal immigrants through Indian Embassies in those countries.


BKU (E) charge against agriculture officials
Bathinda, May 4
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) has alleged that agriculture officials were hand in glove with the dealers of the firm selling spurious hybrid cotton seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. The firm was raided yesterday and booked for selling spurious agricultural inputs.


Rallies, processions banned
Bathinda, May 4
The District Magistrate here has banned the assembling of five or more persons at public places in the district to maintain peace in the district. The orders, which would remain in force till July 8, ban rallies, processions, meetings etc without permission in the district.


4 NRIs among six booked
Phagwara, May 4
The Punjab police has registered a case against six persons, including four NRIs, on the charge of fraud, criminal breach of trust and subjecting a woman to cruelty.

Woman killed in mishap


Rural poor want free education
Faridkot, May 4
Rani (25) Sarawan village, 35 km from here, in this district is of the view that poverty in rural areas was one of the major hurdles in promoting education in Punjab villages. Lack of awareness about the advantages of literacy was another factor in this regard, she said.

PCS aspirants want more time for mains
Bathinda, May 4
As the Punjab Public Service Commission has not announced any date for the PCS (executive and allied services) main examination, a section of the aspirants have urged the authorities to provide at least 100 days for preparation for the examination.

B.Ed. unemployed threaten stir
Bathinda, May 4
The B.Ed. unemployed have threatened to launch an agitation if they were not given jobs or if the government went ahead with contractual appointments of teachers in the state-run schools.

BJP to launch stir on fee hike
Ropar, May 4
The BJP will launch a statewide agitation against the fee hike in government colleges effected by the Congress Government. The leader of the BJP MLAs in the Punjab Assembly, Mr Avinash Khanna, stated this while talking to newspersons at Nangal yesterday. He was here to hold a meeting of the local units of the BJP.


Rs 88.12 cr profit by coop banks
Bathinda, May 4
The Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank Employees Union on Friday said cooperative banks in Punjab had earned a profit of Rs 88.12 crore in 2002 which was double of the profit earned in 2000.


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