Wednesday, September 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Punjab faces milk drought
Chandigarh, September 2
It may sound bizarre but it is true. The Punjab is facing milk drought for the first time over the past one decade. The milk production has come down by over 20 per cent in the state and the milk plants in the cooperative and private sector are facing shortage of milk despite increase in price by 62 paise per litre for the first time during the past many years.

Calcutta’s appointment challenged
Chandigarh, September 2
Challenging the appointment of Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta as the General Secretary of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Secretary Harbeant Singh today claimed that President G.S. Tohra was appointing his “own men to important posts”. The appointment, he submitted, was also against the relevant rules.

Cong to take NFL selloff issue to Parliament
Nangal, September 2
Members of the NFL Bachao Samiti today got support from the Congress as a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Ms Meera Kumar, backed their struggle against the disinvestment of the company.

High wage bill cause for concern
Chandigarh, September 2
Even as Punjab looks up to the World Bank for $ 125 million financial assistance, the government is still processing the bank’s interim report submitted in February.


IAS officer dead 
Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Mr Rajesh Chhabra, died of a heart attack at Badrinath in Uttaranchal today. He was 58.

Authorities mum on reopening varsity
Patiala, September 2
The Punjabi University authorities today opened the hostels for a short period to facilitate the striking students to take out their luggage.

NHRC starts probe into dead bodies’ case
Bathinda, September 2
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has started an inquiry regarding the finding of a large number of dead bodies in the canals and distributaries of this district.


Cong men stage dharna
Sangrur, September 2
Congress activists from the Sangrur and Bhawanigarh blocks staged a dharna against the alleged “anti-people” policies of the NDA government here today.


Traders devise way to evade tax
Bathinda, September 2
Even as the authorities, including the sales tax enforcement wing, have started tightening the noose around tax evaders who used to bring goods by way of road, a large number of traders have started using passenger trains to transport goods from Delhi and other parts of the country to this region to evade tax.

The majestic residence of the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, which has been declared a heritage monument.Efforts afoot to trace monument’s history
Jalandhar, September 2
Efforts are on to trace the original royal owner, who built the 150-year-old heritage monument — The Jalandhar Division Commissioner’s palatial residence in local Baradari since 1846 — when Sir John Lawrence, the first Commissioner of Jalandhar Division, acquired it immediately after the first Anglo-Sikh war.

The majestic residence of the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, which has been declared a heritage monument.

Private coloniser duping buyers
Amritsar, September 2
The Chairperson, Improvement Trust, today supervised the construction of a boundary wall to thwart the attempt by an unauthorised private coloniser to lay roads to the adjacent 275 acres falling under New Amritsar Approved Scheme on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road.

PUDA to take action against illegal colonies
Patiala, September 2
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has identified 250 unauthorised colonies in Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur district and decided to proceed against them by targeting both developers and buyers.

Documentary to be shot on Malta tragedy
Hoshiarpur, September 2
G.S. Entertainment, a prominent film company, will shoot a documentary on the Malta boat tragedy of December 25, 1996.

2 die, 18 hurt in two road accidents
Lalru (Dera Bassi), September 2
Two persons were killed and 18 including nine foreign nationals, were injured in two separate accidents on the Kalka-Ambala highway in the wee hours, here today.


High Court
CBI probe ordered into custodial death
Chandigarh, September 2
In just over three years after a labourer’s son allegedly died in custody at Fazilka jail after being reportedly tortured, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High today ordered probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.

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3 get life term for murder
Barnala, September 2
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Zora Singh Thind, here has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment in a case of murder and slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on each.

10-year RI for two in smuggling case
Moga, September 2
Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdev Singh has convicted and sentenced Gurjeet Singh of Moga and Nachhattar Singh of Landheke village to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined each of them Rs 1 lakh in a case of smuggling of poppy husk in 1997.

Vet gets bail as cops fail to present challan
Moga, September 2
Dr Vinod Kumar, a veterinarian, who was arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Peoples Representation Act, has been released on bail by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Jagmohan Singh Chawala, here.

Student gets compensation
Ropar, September 2
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Institute of Information and Technology to pay compensation to Pooja Sharma, a resident of Panchkula.


8 undertrials escape from cell
Patiala, September 2
Eight undertrials today escaped from a temporary cell in which they were lodged after being brought to the District Courts complex by breaking open the gate of the cell.

Clerk caught accepting bribe
Faridkot, September 2
The local Vigilance Department today caught Mr Kuldip Singh, senior clerk at the District Treasury Office, red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 300 from Mr Pritam Singh, former Sarpanch of Machaki Mal Singh village, for issuing him a no-objection certificate.

Rs 67,906 looted from bank
Mansa, September 2
A sum of Rs 67,906 was looted from Central Cooperative Bank at Karungawali village of Haryana, situated on the border of Punjab, at gunpoint yesterday.


Fake registration of students detected
Faridkot, September 2
Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot, has taken a strong exception to fake registration of students, particularly in elementary schools in the district.

PTU students ask Kalam for help
Jalandhar, September 2
A section of the Punjab Technical University students have urged the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to meet students during his visit to Ludhiana on September 4.

6 city students clear talent search exam
Patiala, September 2
Six students of the city have cleared the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) conducted by the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT).

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