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Pawar seeks action over PDS diversion
New Delhi, February 27
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today asked the Punjab Government to take strict action against officials who were involved in the diversion of subsidised foodgrains meant for targeted public distribution system as the state tops in the country amongst the foodgrain leakage from fair price shops.

Move to make bureaucracy accountable
Chandigarh, February 27
To ensure the accountability of the state bureaucracy, the Rules Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today presented an amendment to the Rules of Business of the House. A time frame has been fixed for the government to implement the recommendations and observations of any committee of the House.

Rising mercury to lower wheat farmers’ gains
Bathinda, February 27
With the mercury maintaining its upward trend, production losses in wheat are almost certain and only rain gods can help restrict the damage now, said Dr Gurmit Singh Buttar from the Agronomy Department, PAU, while talking to The Tribune here today.

International market for fruits, vegetables possible: VC
Abohar, February 27
"If the marketing technologies developed by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are promoted and cost-effective environment friendly technologies are ensured, Punjab can create an international market for vegetables, fruit and flowers", says Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the University.




Human rights situation in Punjab not alarming: Justice Jain
Chandigarh, February 27
Justice N.C. Jain (retd) The Chairman of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Justice N.C. Jain (retd), has put in his papers. Justice Jain, a former Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court, has resigned to resume practice in the Supreme Court. Justice Jain, who took over as Chairman of the PSHRC on February 27, 2003, still had almost two years left of his five-year term. He had handed over his resignation to the Governor, Punjab, in the third week of January.

Women cops allege gender bias
Phillaur, February 27
Gender discrimination has been plaguing the Punjab Police also. Lack of equal opportunities continues to demoralise the women members of the force who feel reduced to ‘‘poor colleagues’’ of their men counterparts enjoying postings at important places. This disclosure came from many women police officials from all over the state.
 President’s Police medal winner SI Moga Kashmir Kaur, Mubarakpur chowki In charge Inspector Rakka Ghira, Circle Inspector Khanna Surinderjit Kaur, SI Patiala Bindu Bala and SHO Mohali Women Cell Gurmeet Kaur in Phillaur on Monday.
(From left) President’s Police medal winner SI Moga Kashmir Kaur, Mubarakpur chowki In charge Inspector Rakka Ghira, Circle Inspector Khanna Surinderjit Kaur, SI Patiala Bindu Bala and SHO Mohali Women Cell Gurmeet Kaur in Phillaur on Monday. — Photos by Inderjit Verma

Budget session extended
Chandigarh, February 27
The ongoing Budget session of the Punjab Assembly has been extended till March 17. Earlier, the session was to conclude on March 14. The Budget will be now presented on March 7 instead of March 6.


Sidhu dares govt on poll promises
Chandigarh, February 27
Cricketer-turned-MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, today challenged the Congress-led government in Punjab to show even one promise it had fulfilled which it made in its election manifesto in 2002.


Pollution Control Board cracks the whip
7 colonisers to stop work on their housing sites
Chandigarh, February 27
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has issued notices to seven colonisers to stop construction at certain housing project sites. Notices have been issued by the Chairman of the board under section 33-A of the Water( Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

17,243 trees felled to widen road
Chandigarh, February 27
The process of widening the Hoshiarpur-Balachaur road has led to the felling of 17,243 this was stated by the Minister of State for Forests, Mr Hans Raj Josan in the Assembly today.

2.5 lakh defaulter homes plunged into darkness
PSEB overlooks police stations
Bathinda, February 27
About 2.5 lakh homes in the region have been plunged into darkness as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has cut off their power supply owing to non-payment of electricity bills. However, the board is yet to take any action against defaulter police stations that owe lakhs of rupees to it.

3 Dalit youths beaten up by cops
Tarn Taran, February 27
Following alleged beating up of three dalit youths by policemen of Fatehbad police post two days back, Mr Gurnam Singh, SDJM, ordered a medical examination of the victims at the local civil hospital today.

Intelligence seeks crime record of migrants
Jalandhar, February 27
The state Intelligence Department will study the record of crimes committed by migrant labourers in the state. The department has asked all district police chiefs for such records.

Punjab still has scavengers, says Santosh
Amritsar, February 27
Despite the claims of Punjab being a scavenger-free state, it still has 300 to 400 scavengers. This was stated by the Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Ms Santosh Chaudhary, today. She was here to examine the working conditions of Class IV employees of Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. She said Uttar Pradesh had the worst record in this regard.

Unaware of ban, Sikligirs wed kids
Abohar, February 27
Sonu (8), Mangu (8), Raju (12) and Mohinder (16) got married to the granddaughters (all minors) of Mr Pooran Chand at their Seeto Road residence here on Sunday night.


Ropar lawyers protest
Ropar, February 27
Lawyers at the district courts here today struck work to protest against the proposal of the state government to make Mohali subdivision a separate district. They said the size of the Ropar district had already been reduced following the carving out of the Fatehgarh Sahib and Nawanshahr districts. So the state should withdraw its proposal.


Punjab needs Centre’s help for crop diversification
Patiala, February 27
A two-day workshop on ‘Human Development Report-2004’, held recently at the Punjabi University here, discussed threadbare the issues involved in the human development of Punjab and the problems which were beyond the scope of the report.

BKU starts indefinite dharna
Chandigarh, February 27
The Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) today started an indefinite dharna at Matka Chowk here in support of its demands. Mr Pishora Singh Sidhupur, president of the union, said the farmers, by and large, were facing an acute financial crisis.

Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) start an indefinite dharna in support of their demands at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) start an indefinite dharna in support of their demands at Matka Chowk, Chandigarh, on Monday.


5 booked in dowry death case
Sangrur, February 27
The local police has registered a case under Sections 304-B (Dowry death) and 34 of the IPC against five members of the family of in-laws of Kulwinder Kaur (29), who had allegedly consumed some poisonous substance a couple of days ago and later died in a hospital at Patiala.

Love triangle: 2 friends held
Kharar, February 27
The police today arrested two persons accused of murdering their friend at Nawanshahar Badali village near here on Saturday night.


GND varsity fest concludes
Amritsar, February 27
Charanpreet and Sukhjeet Singh, of Department of Architecture and Simriti Kapoor, of Sports Medicine Department, were declared Mr and Ms Jashan, respectively, in the Guru Nanak Dev University Campus Youth Festival “Jashan-2006”.

Seminar on drug de-addition held
Batala, February 27
A seminar against drug de-addiction has held at the local RR Bawa DAV College for Girls here today. The seminar was organised by the Red Cross and the Drug De-addiction centre in collaboration with the Youth Red Cross and NSS units of the college.


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