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PM wants Lokayukta but Punjab Govt thinks differently
Chandigarh, September 30
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said that the UPA Government at the Centre was in favour of having Lokayuktas or Lok Pals. Not only this, he also said that there was broad consensus of bringing his own office under the purview of the Lok Pal.

3 p.c. DA for Punjab employees
Chandigarh, September 30
The Punjab Government will give 3 per cent dearness allowance to its employees with effect from July 2004. This will mean an additional annual financial burden of Rs 230 crore on the exchequer.

Punjab CEO seeks report on poll meetings
Chandigarh, September 30
Taking cognizance of a news report appearing in these columns regarding government officials attending Congress poll meetings, Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer today asked Director of Youth Services to submit a report after looking into the allegations.

Private chopper being used for poll: CM
Mohali, September 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, claimed here today that government machinery was not being misused by him in the current byelections in the state. Whenever he went to a poll area for campaigning, he used a private helicopter hired by the Congress.

Case against Badal: tension in court
Ropar, September 30
The district court here was today virtually converted into a political battleground as hundreds of Congress and Akali workers raised slogans during the hearing of disproportionate assets case against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members.




21,000 employees surplus in Irrigation Dept
Chandigarh, September 30
As many as 21,000 employees have been declared surplus in the Irrigation Department, Punjab. This was disclosed here today by Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Finance Department.

Fresh probe ordered into PAU seed scam
Ludhiana, September 30
The alleged multi-lakh Punjab Agricultural University paddy seed scam at Nabha Farms involving some officials of the university took an interesting turn today when the Patiala police ordered a fresh probe by the Director, Agriculture Department, into the allegations levelled by a former PAU teacher.

Probe indicts SHO for his role in murder case
Moga, September 30
The National Human Rights Council has issued report in the murder case of Joginder Singh, a resident of Kheda Daroli, who was killed over a land dispute in August.

SGPC wants Pak to review decision on kar seva
Phagwara September 30
The SGPC today took exception to reports about the handing over of the kar seva to the Delhi Akali Dal of a 500-room serai and other buildings proposed on the land of Guru Nanak Degree College, Nankana Sahib, and demanded the review of the decision.

180 cases of gastroenteritis in Rajpura
Patiala, September 30
Fear gripped residents of the industrial township of Rajpura when 180 cases of gastroenteritis were reported from a single colony late last night.

Gastroenteritis patients from Rajpura at Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala,
on Thursday. —Photo by Rajesh Sachar 
Gastroenteritis patients from Rajpura at Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala,


14 cases of jaundice reported
Pathankot, September 30
Certain areas of the city and the surrounding areas are in grip of jaundice due to the alleged contaminated drinking water supply. A large number of patients are reporting for treatment at Civil Hospitals, dispensaries and private clinics.

Finally, HIV girl gets a school
Bathinda, September 30
The desire of Neena Goyal (name changed) to go to school like other normal children has been fulfilled. She has started getting education at local Police Public School.

MC clears construction of water treatment plant
Kharar, September 30
Various development works for the town were cleared at a monthly meeting of the municipal council held here today.
The House decided to use the land falling in Aujlan and Khanpur villages, that had been retrieved from illegal possession by the civic body, for the construction of a water treatment plant.

Change in cops’ uniform by next year
Jalandhar, September 30
The Punjab police is likely to switch over from khaki to proposed grey or blue uniform from next year onwards. This will be done in phases.


Notice issued in suspension case
Chandigarh, September 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion and notice for stay on a petition filed by the suspended principal of Government College, Mohali, against his suspension.


Grain market row puts farmers in tight spot

Bathinda, September 30
Lack of coordination between the Punjab Mandi Board and the Food Supplies Department has left farmers of Killi Nihalsinghwala and its five nearby villages worried.

Farmers load paddy at the grain market of Killi Nihalsinghwala in Bathinda on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Farmers load paddy at the grain market of Killi Nihalsinghwala in Bathinda

FCI’s here, so produce isn’t
Patiala, September 30
Notwithstanding the tall claims being made by the district administration and paddy procurement agencies, ground realities suggest that the authorities are coming out with inflated figures, which is only adding confusion among farmers.


Kidwai sworn in Punjab Governor
Chandigarh, September 30
Mr A.R. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, was today sworn in as Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh during the leave period of Justice O.P. Verma (retd), who has proceeded to USA & UK till October 16.

Official raids MC office
Mohali, September 30
A check was conducted by the Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, at the Municipal Council office here today.
Ms Sarojini Gautam, who visited the office after 4 pm, took a round of the various branches.


Shopkeepers duped by lottery company
Amritsar, September 30
As many as 15 shopkeepers gave a representation to the SSP today, urging him to register a case of fraud against the ITSPL and their distributor Fortune Online Marketing Network Private Limited for allegedly duping them of several lakhs of rupees.

SSPs told to check smuggling of drugs
Bathinda, September 30
The police chiefs of Mansa, Faridkot and Bathinda districts have been told to take strict measures to check smuggling of intoxicating drugs in their respective areas.

Panch shot
Sangrur, September 30
In a firing incident at Ladda village, near here, last night, Baljinder Singh (25) a panchayat member, was killed while Sukhman Singh and Gurmeet Singh were injured. The incident took place due to alleged enmity between two groups.

Woman commits suicide
Phillaur, September 30
Kamlesh Rani allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in the house of her in-laws in Garrha village in Phillaur subdivision last night.

Man duped of Rs 85,000
Moga, September 30
A travel agent has been booked for duping a person of Rs 85,000 under the pretext of sending him abroad. Sources said that Ranjeet Singh, a resident of Thatha Dalalsingh, wanted to immigrate to Italy and gave a travel agent, Sukhmandar Singh, Rs 1.2 lakh as advance money to him in 2002.

Poppy husk seized
Bathinda, September 30
The police today seized 315 kg poppy husk from a house in Kangar village. No one has been arrested in this connection, as there was nobody in the house at the time of the recovery of poppy husk.

Armed men force PUDA officials to leave site
Bathinda, September 30
Some armed persons today forced officials of the Punjab Urban Development Authority to leave when they visited a colony to measure the vacant plots.


Students give fresh call for strike
Amritsar, September 30
Members of the Sikh Students Federation today virtually hijacked the stage meant for an inter-college quiz competition in Khalsa College to play the audio recording of the alleged conversation between the Principal, Mr J.S. Dhillon, and an old college student Danish, purportedly “hatching a conspiracy” to eliminate some students to end the strike.

Varsity renames libraries after Punjabi scholars
Patiala, September 30
In recognition of scholarly contributions of eminent Punjabi writer Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha and Sikh historian Dr Ganda Singh, the Punjabi University has named its Central Library and Punjabi Reference Library as Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha Library and Dr Ganda Singh Punjabi Reference Library respectively.

Tech-fest at varsity from October 2
Amritsar, September 30
A three-day national-level technical festival, La-Fiesta 2004, is being organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Guru Nanak Dev University, from October 2 to 4.


Industrialists seek 50 pc concession in plot area use
Mohali, September 30
The Industrial Welfare Association, Phase IX, has demanded a uniform policy in the state under which the Punjab Government had allowed 50 per cent of the floor area of industrial plots for residential purposes in some towns.

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