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Panchayats Director goes on leave
Refuses to issue appointment letters
Chandigarh, February 10
All of a sudden, Director of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, Mr Sarup Singh Dhillon, today proceeded on leave. He, according to informs sources, did not agree the way the state government wanted him to issue appointment letters to 909 panchayat secretaries. He has been replaced by Mr S.R. Ladher, an IAS officer, who had held the post for a few months earlier.

Punjab gears up for Lok Sabha poll
Chandigarh, February 10
As political parties in Punjab gear up for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the bureaucracy is busy reshuffling field officers who are either in their home districts or have completed four-year stay at one place.

Dr Verma alleges vendetta
Patiala, February 10
Terming his suspension as an instance of vindictive attitude of the varsity Dr Hemraj Verma today dismissed as baseless the charge of `undue harassment levelled against him by a former research fellow. Dr Verma, who teaches Physics, was suspended two days ago after a fact finding committee submitted its report in this regard.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Chain SinghFrench Minister’s assurance on turban
Amritsar, February 10
French Foreign Minister has given an assurance to a delegation of Sikhs that the ban on turban would be looked into. Mr Chain Singh, president of Singh Sabha Gurdwara in France and senior leader of the SAD (Amritsar) stated today after arrival from France.

When PSEB cheated consumers of crores
Jalandhar, February 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for years has been charging meter security and allegedly not providing meters to the consumers, forcing them to buy the meters from private sellers.

Governor’s call to upgrade education to world standards
Bathinda, February 10
Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab and Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala today said that curriculum and teaching techniques in educational institutions of Punjab should meet of global standards to prepare the youth and students for meeting challenges of the new millennium.

Octroi company booked for fraud
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 10
Though the district police has registered a case against Kirpal Singh and Company, octroi contractor of Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib dated 6.2.04, on the recommendation of Punjab Government allegedly for cheating the government.


Report on Khalsa Diwan members not final, says Dr Kapur
Amritsar, February 10
The administrator of Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD), Dr Prithipal Singh Kapur today claimed that the ‘draft’ recommending the revocation of the suspension of 284 members, prepared by Justice R.S. Narula and Justice Kuldip Singh was not accepted by other members of the sub-committee, constituted by the Sikh clergy.

160 diarrhoea cases reported
Ludhiana, February 10
More than 160 cases of diarrhoea were reported from the city today. The health authorities claim that these were mild cases and no hospital admissions had been done so far.

Women lawyers from Pakistan meet their counterparts at the judicial courts complex in Patiala on Tuesday.Pak women lawyers for peaceful co-existence
Patiala, February 10
An interaction with four women lawyers from the Lahore High Court, Pakistan, is enough to efface the impression of meek, self-effacing womanhood normally associated with most Islamic countries.

Women lawyers from Pakistan meet their counterparts at the judicial courts complex in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

NRI lays stone of operation theatre
Nawanshahr, February 10
Ms Satpal Kaur, Pandher, an NRI, belonging to Gunachaur village, laid the foundation stone of an operation theatre to be set up at Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), in memory of her grandmother Punna Devi Gill, yesterday.

Donors seek return of land
Health centre eludes panchayat
Chandigarh, February 10
This is the story of Rattewal village in Balachaur subdivision of Nawanshahr district, which dates back to 1986. Late Baloo Ram Banth, who was elected MLA four times from Balachaur (1952 to 1969) persuaded the village panchayat to donate land for a primary health centre (PHC). Taking the initiative, he donated 1.5 acres while the panchayat made up the rest and 3.5 acres of land was donated for the PHC.

‘Vande Matram’ scheme launched
Faridkot, February 10
More than 200 pregnant women were examined and given medicines free of cost in different private clinics and government hospitals in Faridkot district under the ‘Vande Matram’ scheme sponsored by the Centre in collaboration with Fogsi, a national-level gynaecologists’ association, today.

Sikh bodies seek action against pastor
Jalandhar, February 10
A number of Sikh organisations have alleged that a pastor of a church at Khojewal village was misguiding poor Sikhs and converting them to Christianity.

Dharna against excise staff
Tarn Taran, February 10
A large number of residents, including women, of Bath village and Pandori Gola yesterday staged a dharna in front of the local Sadar police station in protest against the harassment of a Amritdhari Dalit Sikh of Bath village.

LIC staff seek manager’s transfer
Kapurthala, February 10
Development officers and staff of the local branch of the Life Insurance Corporation today demanded the transfer of Branch Manager T.C. Shinmar for allegedly misbehaving with a woman Development Officer and other members of the staff.

IT teams conduct surveys
Mansa, February 10
Seven teams of income tax officials today conducted surveys on the premises of rice mill owners, commission agents, private medical practitioners, colonisers and real estate dealers of Mansa and Budhlada.


High Court
Ascertain conduct breach by Punjab officers, says Bench
Chandigarh, February 10
In less than a fortnight after a list of members containing names of bureaucrats, police officials or judicial officers was submitted in the Forest Hill Golf and Country Club case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked Union and Punjab governments to ascertain “whether one or more of its employees had committed any apparent breach of code of conduct”.

8 companies ordered not to operate bank accounts
Amritsar, February 10
District Magistrate Raminder Singh stopped withdrawal of money by eight companies, from the bank, whose directors or owners were accused of fraud on public and had disappeared.


100 illegal structures along highway removed
Zirakpur, February 10
More than 100 unauthorised structures, including certain establishments that had come up along the Chandigarh-Ambala and the Chandigarh-Patiala highways here, were removed by the Building and Roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD) today.

Probe ordered into encroachments
Ropar, February 10
The chairman of the Ropar district grievances committee, Mr Tej Prakash, Transport Minister of Punjab, today directed the SDM, Kharar, to inquire into the complaints of encroachments on the village common land in the Kharar area.

IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfers of four bureaucrats, including two IAS officers.


Notorious gangster held
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 10
The district police claims to have arrested a most-wanted criminal, cheat and a notorious gangster, who had fled from police custody twice — once from the custody of the Moga police and the second time from the custody of the Ludhiana police.


Engineering students protest against PTU’s decision
Dera Bassi, February 10
Protesting against the decision of the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, over the technical training for students studying in various engineering colleges, students of the Sri Sukhmani Engineering Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, today boycotted classes.

College gets UGC nod for new courses
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 10
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been allowed to start six new career-oriented vocational courses in humanities and science by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from the next academic year.

Students get tips on writing script for radio
Patiala, February 10
Hard work, dedication and commitment were three success mantras given by Dr Amrit Lal Paul, Station Director, All India Radio, Patiala, to the students of journalism and mass communication. Mr Lal was inaugurating a two-day workshop on “Radio programme production” in the seminar room of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.

Eco awareness contest at Punjabi University
Patiala, February 10
The Punjab Eco-Friendly Association (PEFA) Punjabi University (unit), its organised their second annual eco awareness contest here today. Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai presided over the function.

Alumni meet held
Patiala, February 10
The local Blossoms School organised its first alumni meet since its establishment in 1981. Besides a variety programme, including a dance and musical performances, various other contests were also.

Johar invites Lahore varsity VC
Wagah, February 10
The Minister for Higher Education, Mr Harnam Das Johar, who returned from Pakistan after a 15-day stay there, described his visit as journey down memory lane.

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