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Punjab seeks package to prop up economy
Chandigarh, July 22
Punjab today entered into a dialogue with the 12th Finance Commission at a time when, to quote the World Bank report-2004, "its financial performance is not commensurate with relative economic prosperity'', and the revenue receipts are insufficient to meet committed expenditure, debt burden is heavy, plan expenditure is dipping even at current prices and Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies are starved of funds.

The 12th Finance Commission Chairman, Dr C. Rangarajan, shakes hands with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Thursday. The 12th Finance Commission Chairman, Dr C. Rangarajan, shakes hands with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

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VRS virtual nightmare for PTDC employees
Chandigarh, July 22
Employees of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, who were forced to opt for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme proposed by the Punjab Government, have been running from pillar to post to get their dues settled but to no avail.

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Dosanjh does villagers proud
Dosanjh Kalan, July 22
Ujjal DosanjhEven as residents of this village are elated over the appointment of the ‘son of the soil’ and former British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh as Canada’s Health Minister, they feel they have virtually been belittled by the slow progress of relaying of the Phagwara-Dosanjh Kalan road and alleged “non-sanctioning” of posts of teacher for the village-based government school, which was upgraded after a visit of Mr Dosanjh to the village during his premiership.
Sri Guru Har Rai Khalsa Senior Secondary School at Dosanjh Kalan village in Jalandhar district, from where Mr Ujjal Dosanjh did his matriculation.
Sri Guru Har Rai Khalsa Senior Secondary School at Dosanjh Kalan village in Jalandhar district, from where Mr Ujjal Dosanjh did his matriculation. — Photo by Pawan Sharma

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Sexual harassment charge against institute director
Gurdaspur, July 22
Girl students of the RN Tagore Nursing Institute have alleged sexual harassment by institute’s director, Dr G.D. Sharma. In statements to the police today all 15 girls (out of 35) in the hostel of the institute alleged that the director used to harass them sexually on the pretext of conducting medical examination every month.

Mandi Board GM suspended
Chandigarh, July 22
Punjab Mandi Board’s General Manager (Marketing) Sikandar Singh — caught “red handed” by state Vigilance Bureau while allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 50,000 from an employee — has been placed under suspension.

Two more officials in VB net
Chandigarh, July 22
Continuing with its drive against corruption, Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths today caught two more government official red-handed, on the allegations of demanding and accepting bribes, after laying traps. Two patwaris — Ajit Singh and Daljit Kumar — were also convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment in different cases by special courts for vigilance cases.

Fish poisoning clear case of poaching
Wildlife official to hold probe
Chandigarh, July 22
Differences are surfacing between Wildlife and Fisheries Department over the slack pace of probe into the fish poisoning case in Beas tributary at Gurdaspur. Seemingly irked with the indifference of Fisheries officials in starting probe into the matter, the Wildlife department has decided to proceed in the case on its own.


Borwankar does her alma mater proud
Jalandhar, July 22
The mood was upbeat at Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women and DAV College here as the news pertaining to the elevation of their alumna, Ms Meera Chadha Borwankar, to the post of chief of the crime branch of Mumbai police spread on the campuses today.

Garbage spillover
Now, Patiala doctors on warpath
Boycott OPD in protest against transfers
Patiala, July 22
Operation clean-up started in the city today with the withdrawal of the fortnight long strike by employees of the Municipal Corporation. The strike was called off following the transfer of six doctors from the Government Rajindra Hospital. The MC employees had been demanding action against doctors of the hospital for alleged negligence shown by the latter during the treatment of the corporation union leader Harjit Singh who succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after he was injured in an acid attack.
Patients outside the OPD of Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Thursday.
Patients outside the OPD of Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Thursday.  — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Arora refuses to accept Medical Superintendent’s post
Patiala, July 22
The Punjab Government has transferred Dr Kiranjit Kaur, Principal of Government Medical College, despite the fact that she was on a long leave on the fateful day when a Municipal Corporation union leader succumbed to his injuries in the hospital after an acid attack.

Residents stage dharna against power cuts
Bathinda, July 22
The residents of trans railway colonies, including women, children and elderly persons, gheraoed the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board and staged a dharna in protest against the unscheduled, unannounced and long power cuts being imposed in the area.

Residents of trans railway colonies of Bathinda hold a dharna in front of the PSEB office in protest against long power cuts on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph.
Residents of trans railway colonies of Bathinda hold a dharna in front of the PSEB office in protest against long power cuts

Wife’s plea to get husband free
Bathinda, July 22
Mrs Zubeda, wife of Mr Jagdev Singh Bhatti, Junior Engineer, Irrigation Department, who has been facing murder charge, today urged the district police chief, Muktsar, to cancel the criminal case registered against her husband at Kot Bhai police station on July 15.

Sikh bodies hold protest
Jalandhar, July 22
Demanding a ban on the forthcoming programme being organised by the Noormahlia sect chief, various Sikh organisations presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Bandh over disappearance of man
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 22
Residents of Bassi Pathana today observed a bandh and jammed traffic on the Bassi-Morinda road in front of the ITI for more than six hours in protest against the disappearance of one Varinder Kumar from police custody.

GOC-in-C visits forward areas
Ferozepore, July 22
The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen J.J. Singh, visited the forward areas under Golden Arrow Division here today. He was accompanied by his wife, Anupama Singh, President, AWWA, Western Command.

Two bodies recovered
Bathinda, July 22
Two bodies, including one of Jasvir Singh, a local resident, who allegedly committed suicide, were recovered from the Bathinda-Sirsa rail track and from the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, respectively, by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa, a non-governmental organisation, today.


High Court
Wordy duel between law officer, counsel
Chandigarh, July 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today witnessed an interesting wordy duel between a law officer and the counsel engaged by a Deputy Commissioner. An Additional Advocate General representing the Punjab Government today questioned the claims of Amritsar Deputy Commissioner in the matter of disqualification of three senior Akali leaders from the recently conclude SGPC elections.

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Farmers plough paddy crop
Drought-like situation hits cotton crop too
Bathinda, July 22
Mr Gur Shinder Singh, a farmer of Jassi Pau Wali village of this district today ploughed his paddy crop in fives acres as it had dried up due to lack of irrigation. He already hard up suffered loss of Rs 15,000 which he spent on diesel for running the tubewell for water, transplantation of paddy or fertiliser.
Mr Gur Shinder Singh, a farmer in Jassi Pau Wali village, Bathinda, ploughs his paddy field which had dried up due to acute shortage of rain
Mr Gur Shinder Singh, a farmer in Jassi Pau Wali village, Bathinda, ploughs his paddy field which had dried up due to acute shortage of rain, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph.

Diversify to check water shortage, says farmer
Muktsar, July 22
Farmers should diversify into new crops from paddy and wheat in order to solve the problem of water shortage in the state.


14 officials found absent
Ferozepore, July 22
The Commissioner, Ferozepore Division, Mr B. Sarkar, today conducted surprise checking in various government offices here during which he found 14 government officials absent. Mr Sarkar has written to the department heads concerned to take disciplinary action against the erring officials.

Suspended SMO gets support
Jaito (Faridkot), July 22
Various associations yesterday came out in support of suspended SMO of the local Civil Hospital, Dr Ajitpal Singh, and demanded his reinstatement. The Technical Services Union, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), the Loksangram Manch and the Gramin Manch organised a protest in favour of the suspended SMO here yesterday.


Travel agent cheats man of Rs 2.97 lakh
Sangrur, July 22
Mr Parkash Chand Jain, father of Ravinder Jain (28) who wants to settle abroad, is a sad man as he was allegedly cheated of Rs 2.97 lakh by V.N. Sharma on the pretext of sending his son to the USA. Mr V.N. Sharma is missing since June 29 last when he (Sharma) was to return visa papers of Ravinder Jain for the USA. Rs 2.97 lakh was withdrawn from banks in June by Mr Jain.

Bail order misused for release from jail
Bathinda, July 22
Sukhwinder Singh, who along with his brother Raj Singh was jailed in the central jail, here came out on Tuesday evening by using bail orders issued by a court of Mansa for the release of Raj Singh by deceiving the jail authorities.

Two wood smugglers held
Hoshiarpur, July 22
To check poaching and smuggling of forest wood, a joint night-long operation was undertaken by the Forest Divisions of Hoshiarpur, Dasuya, Garhshanker and Ropar in the Shivalik Forest Circle last night.

Nepal national still in jail
Amritsar, July 22
Sudheman Kami, a Nepali national who was allegedly kidnapped, chained and kept in illegal detention and later booked for possessing illicit liquor by the police here continues to languish in jail. He has not been released even after the cancellation of the false case registered against him.

Pirated CDs seized
Bathinda, July 22
The police seized pirated CDs from two musical shops running under the name of Taneja Sangeet Mahal and Sukhladhi Electronics in the Raman Mandi town of this district during raids conducted today.

Inter-state gang busted
Patiala, July 22
The Patiala police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang which used to hire trucks load goods to them and sell both commodities.


GND varsity restores subjects’ combination
Amritsar, July 22
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to restore the old combination of subjects of 2002-2003 for the BA course from the current academic session 2004-2005. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar of the university, in a press release issued here today said that there would be two A and B papers of one subjects under this system.

Principal, manager face embezzlement charge
Amritsar, July 22
Members of the PBN School Managing Society and the staff union today alleged large-scale embezzlement of school funds by the Manager, Principal and their families.


Shopkeepers demand facilities
Kharar, July 22
Shopkeepers of the Durga Dass Estate have urged the Municipal Council authorities to provide basic facilities in the area.


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