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Verma for second Green Revolution
Ludhiana, May 18
The Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma, today urged agricultural scientists to prepare the state for a second Green Revolution in view of the changed agricultural scenario. On his maiden visit to the city, he presided over a meeting of farm scientists at Punjab Agricultural University here this evening.

‘Sale of blood by doctor’ disappoints donors
Bathinda, May 18
Two NGOs, the Aasra Welfare Society and the Ekta Welfare Society yesterday claimed that blood donors of the city were disappointed following to the alleged selling of blood by a private doctor of the city.

PTU to set up digital libraries
Jalandhar, May 18
As part of its ongoing series of initiatives and to ensure availability of literature of latest essential technologies, Punjab Technical University has decided to set-up digital libraries across the state in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, USA and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Cases of women taking to smuggling on rise
Bathinda, May 18
Mrs Chinder Kaur along with her associate Mrs Binder Kaur, both residents of the Talwandi Sabo area, were arrested by the police on March 26, 2003 while they were allegedly smuggling narcotics. A case was also registered against them.

Unsavoury incident at Akal Takht
Amritsar, May 18
The Task Force of the SGPC today swung into action when certain devotees led by UK-based Bibi Mejinderpal Kaur insisted on performing ‘path’ at the sanctum sanctorum of Akal Takht.



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Doctor descendent of Hari Singh Nalwa
Chandigarh, May 18
Dr Sarvjit Singh Nalwa, a seventh generation direct descendent of Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa, the great Sikh general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the USA.

Father ‘beats’ daughter to death
Fazilka, May 18
A father, with help of his nephew, has allegedly beaten his daughter to death. According to an FIR lodged with the Sadar police, Fazilka, last evening, Piare Lal resident of Alamshah village of this subdivision, with help of Satnam Chand, son of his elder brother, reportedly killed his daughter Neelam (18) by throttling and beating her.


JP open to poll pact
Phagwara, May 18
The SAD-BJP combine will jointly contest the June 29 panchayat poll, but like-minded parties are welcome for electoral adjustments, according to Mr Avinash Jaiswal, general secretary, BJP, Punjab.


Resumption of water supply after 30 years
Faridkot, May 18
More than 10,000 residents of four villages, Kothe Fatehgarh, Gobindgarh, Kothe Bambia and Kothe Mahalgarh, have heaved a sigh of relief following the resumption of regular drinking water supply recently in their respective areas after a gap of about 30 years.

Train fire: goods lie unclaimed
Ludhiana, May 18
Even as all bodies of the victims of the Frontier Mail fire incident have been identified, the Railway police is yet to identify the owner of a stove, that, according to one theory, caused the fire. Along with the stove, some other belongings of the dead or injured persons have not been claimed by anybody.

16 cases of enteritis reported
Phagwara, May 18
Sixteen cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in the past two days from the Onkar Nagar mohalla, which is an epitome of squalor and peopled by migrants. A visit to this area today by this correspondent revealed that the drinking water was laced with sullage. Sewerage was choked and the slum area, where people live in inhuman conditions with over 10 persons huddled like sardines in one room, had become a breeding ground for flies.

‘Awareness must to check foeticide’
Jalandhar, May 18
For the eradication of female foeticide, effective implementation of the PNDT and MTP Acts and creation of awareness among the masses are the two most important preconditions.

College land dispute takes new turn
Amritsar, May 18
The Khalsa College land dispute took a new turn after Dr Harbhajan Singh Chhinna claimed to have a legal right on the disputed land, which, he said, was registered in his name in the revenue records. There was an attempt to grab the 5 kanal prime land on Ram Tirath Road by the Khalsa College Management Committee by misrepresenting facts and misleading the administration on the issue, alleged Mr Chhinna, a resident of Abadi Nika Singh near Khalsa College, at in a press conference here today.

Kendra trains village women
Women in this politically and economically well-placed subdivision were more backward than those in other areas. If the village has a primary school, the parents hardly allow their daughters to go to a neighbouring village for continuing education up to middle standard.

Setting up of distillery opposed
Pathankot, May 18
Members of the Pathankot Chamber of Commerce, panches, sarpanches and other residents of the area are agitated over the setting up of a distillery, by an industrial house at the Industrial Growth Centre here.

Town needs judicial complex
Jalalabad, May 18
This border town was made subdivision in 1995 and as per instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court it should have separate courts. Presently, the judicial work of this subdivision is attached with Fazilka courts, 32 km away from this town. According to an estimate, 60 per cent of total cases pending with the Fazilka Courts pertain to Jalalabad subdivision.

Hit by bull, man run over by truck
Bathinda, May 18
Even as the district authorities have been making efforts to control the flow and movement of traffic, the increasing number of stray animals on the roads have led to many accidents. One such accident claimed one life today.

Relay fast against lathi charge
Phagwara, May 18
An indefinite relay fast will be started beginning tomorrow by followers of Thakurdwara Bairagian, Hanuman Mandir, here to demand an apology from officials who had “denigrated the maryada” of the temple by resorting to a lathi-charge on followers inside the temple and withdrawal of “false” cases registered against them.

Bank staff strike on May 21
Bathinda, May 18
Bank employees all over the country will observe a strike on May 21 in protest against certain policies being pursued by the Central Government. Mr N.K. Gaur, joint secretary of the Patiala unit of the All-India Bank Employees Association, in a statement release here today, said at least six other banking unions had announced support to their demands.

Rs 100 cr for rural uplift
Ferozepore, May 18
The Congress government has planned development of rural areas of the state under which villages would be provided with basic amenities and infrastructure, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, MLA and Political Adviser to the Chief Minister stated this to reporters here today.

Bhatlan girl 15th in IAS exam
Hoshiarpur, May 18
Though Ms Avantika Gautam, daughter of Lt-Col. Ashok Kumar Gautam (retd), who secured the 15th position in the All-India Civil Services Examination, is not residing in her native Bhatlan village, even then inhabitants of the village, especially family members of the late Vinod Kumar Gautam, younger brother of Lt-Col. Gautam, are overjoyed over the rare distinction won by Ms Gautam.

Army’s cycle rally on unity ends
Amritsar, May 18
A nine-day cycle-rally for ‘unity’ concluded at the headquarter of Panther division amidst warm reception by Major-General Ashok Samantaray here today. The Sixteen-member team on ‘ekta’ expedition was flagged off from here on May 10 aiming at spreading message of national unity among people of Punjab in villages.

Janata Yuva Dal chief surrenders, in police remand
Phagwara, May 18
Mr Bikramjit Singh Khehra, president of the Punjab Janata Yuva Dal, yesterday surrendered in the court of Mrs Navjot Kaur Sohal, Subjudge, Junior Division, Phagwara. He was remanded in police custody till May 20.

MP assures return of abducted girl
Patiala, May 18
The case of the alleged abduction of a minor girl from the city to Bihar in which the Motihari MP (BJP) was accused of being part of the conspiracy, has taken a new turn with the MP giving an assurance to Patiala MP Preneet Kaur that the minor girl and the main accused would be presented before the Patiala police shortly.

BKU to oppose privatisation of PSEB
Bathinda, May 18
Mr Joginder Singh Kokri Kalan, state general secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), in a press note here yesterday said that their union would oppose privatisation of the state power board and added that they would attend the Kisan Conference to be held at Tarn Taran.

Special drive launched
Bathinda, May 18
An official press release issued here today said that the revenue department had started a special drive to decide all pending cases of land records pertaining to mutations.

Seven injured in accident
Bathinda, May 18
Seven persons were injured, two of them seriously when a truck and a bus collided head on near Bhucho crossing on the Bathinda-Barnala road, 13 km from here, this evening. A Haryana Roadways bus was coming from Chandigarh towards Bathinda when a truck coming from the opposite side hit it around 8 pm. The truck belonged to Rajasthan.

Fire in hosiery factory
Ludhiana, May 18
A massive fire broke out in a hosiery factory near the MC octroi post on the Tajpur road late tonight.


BKU leader for Senegal meet
Chandigarh, May 18
The president of the Kisan Coordination Committee, a former MP and national president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Mr Bhupinder Singh Mann, has been invited to attend a meet on “Global forum on agricultural research” to be held from May 22 to 24 in Dakar, Senegal.


Octroi staff not to be retrenched: minister
Kapurthala, May 18
Chaudhry Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, Punjab, today announced that no employee of the octroi staff of municipal councils of the state would be retrenched with the abolition of octroi in the state from July 1.


Seven arrested for mahant’s murder
Patiala, May 18
The police has arrested seven persons, including a disciple of Mahant Nirman Muni who was murdered on May 5 along with his driver, following which their bodies were put in their Armada vehicle and thrown into a canal at Pabri village, near here.


Schools to get computers
Gurdaspur May 18
Mr Khushal Bahl, Education Minister, has said that 1910 computers would be provided in schools in Punjab for computer education from Class VI onwards from the current academic session.


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