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Badal clan’s 50-year hold over panchayat ends
Badal (Muktsar), July 1
Mrs Jaswinder Kaur, wife of Mr Randhir Singh Dheera, who was elected sarpanch of this “VVIP” village on June 29, is the first person outside of the Badal clan to bear the mantle of the post.

Cops want to frame Narottam: Badal
Bathinda, July 1
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he had apprehensions that the police would plant explosives, arms, fake currency and narcotics on his nephew, Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, who had been remanded in police custody in a case registered against him at the Lambi police station in Muktsar district on June 11.

Case made against freezing paddy MSP
Chandigarh, July 1
The recommendation of the Union Ministry of Agriculture to freeze the minimum support price of paddy for 2003-04 at last year’s level will mean a loss of Rs 70 per quintal or Rs 3,668 per hectare to farmers in Punjab. This recommendation, if approved by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs, will also reduce the income of Punjab farmers to the tune of Rs 928 crore.

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Explanation sought from Pro-VC
Membership of academic bodies
Patiala, July 1
The Punjabi University authorities, who had recently withdrawn all powers from its Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, have further tightened the screws against him by asking him to explain whether he had taken permission from the university to become a member of various academic bodies in the country.

Punjab board ends cumulative merit list system
Chandigarh, July 1
For the first time since its inception in 1969, the Punjab School Education Board has decided to declare independent merit lists for the five main streams of subjects at the senior secondary level.

Priests can’t sack me: Romana
Faridkot, July 1
Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, president of the management committee of Takht Patna Sahib, who is also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, has rejected yesterday’s decision of the five priests of the Takht to sack him, which was reported in a section of the Press today.


Samata Party reviews situation
Hoshiarpur, July 1
A meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Samata Party was held here today to review the political situation in the state, especially after the registration of criminal cases against former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and members of his family.

Mandate against SAD, BJP: Jakhar
Abohar, July 1
PPCC vice-president Sajjan Kumar Jakhar has said the electorate of over 12,000 villages has given a clear mandate against the SAD-BJP alliance, in the panchayat elections.

Cong men stay away, meeting adjourned
Phagwara, July 1
The special meeting of the Phagwara Nagar council convened to elect three trustees of the Improvement Trust from among the councillors had to be adjourned due to a lack of quorum after all Congress councillors stayed away yesterday.

15 in race for DCC chief’s post
Jalandhar, July 1
The post of president of the Jalandhar District Congress Committee (Urban) falling vacant after appointment of Captain Amarinder Singh loyalist Tejinder Bittu, as Chairman of the Improvement Trust, 15 aspirants have been vying for the post.


Judicial custody for BCC chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Mr Sadhu Ram, president, Block Congress Committee, who was booked by the district police allegedly for tearing and destroying the ballot papers during the counting for the post of sarpanch at Bhatmajra village, was produced in the court of Mrs Neelam Arora, Civil Judge, after the expiry of his one-day police remand.

667 thermal plant workers on payroll
Ropar, July 1
In what may be termed as a major victory for the contract workers of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant here, the PSEB took on its payroll 667 labourers of the coal handling plant. The labourers had been working on contract at the unit for more than a decade.

Dowry victim writes to CM
Bathinda, July 1
Mrs Neelam Rani, a resident of the Paras Ram Nagar area in the city, in a letter to the Chief Minister, has alleged that the police is not arresting her husband and in-laws even after a case has been registered against them for harassing her for bringing less dowry.

Protests mark Doctors’ Day
Tarn Taran, July 1
On a call given by the Punjab IMA, all doctors and members of the local unit of the IMA today observed Doctor’s Day as protest day. A protest rally was held in front of the Civil Hospital here.

Top Health Dept posts to be filled soon
Hoshiarpur, July 1
All vacate posts including that of Deputy Director and Civil Surgeon in the state Health Department would be filled. This was stated by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, here last evening.

Cleanliness drive launched
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 1
Residents of Talania, native village of Simranjit Singh Mann, and part of ward No 1 of the Municipal Council, Sirhind, were surprised to see that at about 6 am today, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner accompanied by municipal council staff reached their village with a big caravan of tractor-trailers and a JCB machine.

Hindus threaten to stall “smagam”
Amritsar, July 1
A controversy has erupted over the alleged derogatory language used by Acharya Swami of Bhagwan Laxmi Narayan Dham, Delhi, for Hindu religious symbols. The Durgiana Management Committee officiating president, Mr Surinder Arjun, accused the Hindu organisation of making allegations and trying to create hurdles whenever a significant development took place for the betterment of the mandir.

Aulakh flays police action
Mansa, July 1
Expressing his sympathy with the government employees who sustained burn injuries in the truck set ablaze after the counting of votes at Gehle village Mr Sukhwinder Singh Aulakh, former SAD MLA from Mansa, today condemned the ‘police atrocities’ committed on the residents of the village.

Vinod Sharma’s arrest stayed
Chandigarh, July 1
Issuing notice of motion, Mr Justice Virender Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the arrest of Punjab’s former Chief Warden of Zoos Vinod Sharma in an alleged corruption case.

High Court
Petitions relegated to poll tribunal
Chandigarh, July 1
Over 200 petitions mostly alleging wrongful rejection of nomination papers during the recently held Panchayat elections were today relegated to the Election Tribunal by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Dharnas by power board staff stayed
Abohar, July 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board Executive Engineer Satish Munjal, SDOs Joginder Singh, Malkiat Singh Sidhu and Jeet Ram Shenmar moved an application in a local court praying that Power Board staff should be restrained from creating nuisance outside their offices and residences.


Two proclaimed offenders arrested
Bathinda, July 1
Darbara Singh and Nirmal Singh, both wrestlers and close associates of Jagdish Singh Bhola, an inspector who is lodged in jail as he is facing trial in a case pertaining to the smuggling of narcotics, have been arrested as they had been declared proclaimed offenders in a murder case.

Girl, paramour beaten to death
Tarn Taran, July 1
A girl and her paramour were killed at Palasour village, 5 km from here today, by the girl’s family. The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC against the accused, who have been arrested.


Eight students’ forms rejected
Amritsar, July 1
Eight students who had appeared in the commerce stream Class XII examination were left in the lurch as their forms for the compartment examination were rejected by the Punjab School Education Board authorities here today.

Students wait for marksheets
Bathinda, July 1
Interview for admission to MA English (regular course) would be held by the Punjabi University, Patiala tomorrow, all students of BA (final) of the university feel upset over the non-receipt of detailed marks cards in their respective colleges.

Students decry fee hike
Bathinda, July 1
Mr Manpreet Singh, convener of the Students Coordination Committee, said today that the steep hike in fee in colleges and universities by the government was uncalled for. He said a number of students would be deprived of education following this decision.

Varsity nod to mass media course
Jalandhar, July 1
Guru Nanak Dev University has accorded its nod to Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College here to run a one-year course in mass media (Radio-TV) from the current academic session.

Last date extended
Amritsar, July 1
Guru Nanak Dev University has extended the last date for the submission of application forms for admission to MA (I) psychology, philosophy and religious studies classes.

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