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Party workers disappointed with Hanspal
Bathinda, May 31
Even as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today directed the party office-bearers of all units to remove the grievances of workers, a significant section of workers turned disappointed when they failed to get audience from him.

Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, Surinder Singla, DCC general secretary Kewal Krishan Aggarwal present a packet
Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, Surinder Singla (2nd from left), DCC general secretary Kewal Krishan Aggarwal present a packet containing Rs one lakh to PPCC chief H. S. Hanspal (3rd from left) at a function in Bathinda on Saturday. PPCC vice-president Satinder Kaur Nabha (2nd from right) is also seen in the picture. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Singla against Cong-CPI alliance for LS poll
Bathinda, May 31
Senior Congress leader and Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, Surinder Singla today urged PPCC president H.S. Hanspal not to have an alliance with the CPI for Lok Sabha elections.

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Is irrigation scam washed away?
Chandigarh, May 31
Has the scam worth several crores pertaining to the remodelling of the Upper Bari Doab Canal system in the border belt been swept under the carpet ? This and many other related questions have become a main subject of discussion in the corridors of the Punjab Irrigation Bhavan here.

Calendar silent on Bhindranwale’s death
Amritsar, May 31
Even as the SGPC has decided to observe the death anniversary of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale for the first time as per the Nanakshahi calendar on June 6 here, a parallel calendar (Nanakshahi) being sold opposite the Golden Temple itself has deleted the “martyrdom day” of the sant.

Punjab jails in a pitiable condition
Chandigarh, May 31
The other day when the Minister for Jails, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, made a surprise visit to Ludhiana Women’s Jail, he was shocked to see inmates being fed stale food. The jail staff tried to play smart with him. However, he made the Jail Superintendent to admit that no fresh food was cooked.

Adding cyber factor to romance
Patiala, May 31
If the scores of cyber cafes that have sprouted in almost every nook and corner of the city are any indication, then it can surely be surmised that there are an increasing number of mouse happy Patialvis who are cruising various chat sites on the net looking for romance and companionship.


Tandon writes to PM on panchayat poll flaws
Chandigarh, May 31
A former President of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, has submitted a representation to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and leaders of other political parties requesting them to revert to the old system of panchayat elections.


72 pc of addicts take poppy husk, opium
BATHINDA: Is the traditional narcotics like opium and poppy husk still the first choice of drug addicts of the area? The answer is in affirmative if the number of addicts who came for treatment at the Red Cross De-addiction Centre in the city, in the past one year is any indication.

Contractors working for free in councils?
Ropar, May 31
Are labour contractors employed for maintenance works in the municipal councils of the district working free of cost? If the records of the payments being drawn by the said labour contractors from the councils are to be believed, this is true.

Lack of facilities stunts growth
Ferozepore: Ferozepore, despite being a divisional, range and a district headquarters, lacks in a lot of infrastructural facilities. This has not only proved to be an impediment in its progress and growth, but also contributed to the poor economic condition of the town.

PDA gets grant of Rs 28.8 cr
SAS Nagar, May 31
The Patiala Development Authority received a grant of Rs 28.80 crore from the National Capital Region Planning Board, Government of India, here today. According to a press release issued by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority here, the Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced that the development of the township, spread over an area of 350 acres at Sirhind road, Patiala, will commence from June end this year.

A  sadhu smokes 'ganja'
World No-Tobacco-Day going up in smoke! A  sadhu smokes 'ganja' at a roadside camp in Amritsar on Saturday. — PTI

Plea to ban smoking at public places
Sangrur, May 31
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has urged the Union Government and the state government to implement in letter and spirit the “Anti-Smoking Act”, which bans smoking at public places, sale of tobacco products to children below 18 years and advertisement of tobacoo products.

CBI begins probe into Samra case
Chandigarh, May 31
After registering a case in connection with an alleged attempt on the life of Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, complainant in a bribery case registered against two judicial officers, the Central Bureau of Investigation today began on-the-spot investigations into the case.

Impersonation by Samra to be probed
Nawanshahr, May 31
The owner of the bus, which was allegedly hit by the vehicle of Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra from behind yesterday morning near Majra Jattan, has informed the Kathgarh police of what had happened to his vehicle. The police here has decided to investigate the matter.

Recruitment scam
Chandigarh, May 31
Taking up a petition filed by an approver in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam Jagman Singh seeking the grant of bail, besides the quashing of a Section in the Code of Criminal Procedure which stated that an approver would continue to remain in jail till the trial concluded, the high court today fixed July 8 as the next date of hearing.

Petition filed against Badal, others
Bathinda, May 31
Mr N.K. Garg, a local advocate, today moved an application in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Surinder Mohan Goyal, for registration of a criminal case against the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, and some officials of PUDA as they were allegedly responsible for grabbing 1,800 square yards of land in Urban Estate, Phase III, here.

Charge sheet served on Milkfed MD
Chandigarh, May 31
The Punjab Dairy Department has served a charge sheet on the Managing Director of Milkfed, Mr B.B. Mahajan, who is to retire today. A senior officer of the department said the charge sheet was based on a 1200-page inquiry report that was forwarded by the Cooperation Department to the Dairy Department.

Probe death of cows: PFA
Bathinda, May 31
The district unit of the people for Animals while urging the authorities to hold a high-level probe into the death of 15 cows in the Rampura Phul area some days ago has said that there should be a permanent solution to the problem of stray animals.

Marriage palaces restrained from holding noisy functions
Patiala, May 31
A local court has restrained the two marriage palaces in the city-Sham Bagh and Raj Kamal-from holding any function which would create nuisance and noise pollution and restricted them from using electric generators and loud speakers, hosting any function involving singers or even beating of drums on their premises.

Nai Abadi residents annoyed with railway staff
Abohar, May 31
The Nai Abadi Sudhar Sabha has taken exception to the attitude of the local railway staff in creating problems for the residents of the Nai Abadi locality across the local railway station.

Society adopts 14 poor students
BATHINDA: Gursewak Singh, a student of class VII of government school, village Teona, near here, was overjoyed when he was given books, copies, school uniform for winter and summer and other items by the Society for Educational Aid to the Needy.

Free education for 2 ‘brave’ girls
Patiala, May 31
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai today offered to give education free of cost to two girls who were molested by a railway official three days back at Anandpur Sahib.

Conference on open-source software
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 31
A two-day national-level conference on ‘Open source software and technologies — bridging the digital divide’ concluded at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, here today.

Shagun scheme may be restarted
Tapa, May 31
The Punjab government may restart the “Shagun scheme” for Scheduled Castes families of the state.
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee President, H.S. Hanspal gave an indication to this effect while talking to mediapersons at a party organised in his honour by Congress workers here.


Delhi cops register case
Amritsar, May 31
The multi-crore kidney scam today took a fresh turn when a high-level team of the Delhi police visited the city here following the registration of a case in the country’s Capital. A donor, Sikandar, a resident of Hapur (Uttar Pradesh) had lodged the complaint with the North Delhi police that his kidney was removed forcibly at Ram Saran Dass Kisori Lal Hospital here, on March 27, 2001.

Industries Dept official booked
Bathinda, May 31
The district police has registered a case against Mr Gurjant Singh, a Block Level, Extension Officer, of Punjab Industries Department, posted at Ferozepore, for allegedly duping a local industrialist of Rs 93,600.

Rs 2.25 lakh looted from trader
Phillaur, May 31
Three armed unidentified robbers, posing as members of the CIA staff, looted Rs 2.25 lakh from a money-changer and his friend near Sarhali village after injuring them late last night.


Teaching of commerce discontinued
Fazilka, May 31
The Director, Public Instruction (Secondary Education), Punjab, vide order dated May 21 directed that teaching of commerce in 10 senior secondary schools in Ferozepore district be discontinued from the current academic session. The commerce lecturer’s posted in these schools are being adjusted.

Pollution control board organises painting competition
Patiala, May 31
The Punjab Pollution Control Board, Regional Office, Patiala, organised an open painting competition as a part of the series of programme to celebrate the World Environment Day at Baradari Gardens here today.

Meeting put off
Chandigarh, May 31
The annual general meeting of the Punjab Government Colleges Retired Teachers Welfare Association had been postponed to June 11, 2003. Earlier the meeting was scheduled to be held on June 3, 2003.


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