Tuesday, January 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






BJP high command frowns at Tandon
CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — The political dust kicked up by Punjab’s BJP Minister, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, here on January 3 charging his Akali colleague, Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh, with withholding funds to the state’s municipalities for urban development, has reached New Delhi.

Calcutta sides with Tandon, flays Badal
AMRITSAR, Jan 8 — Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, an Akali MLA and confidant of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has come openly in support of Mr Balramji Dass Tandon. A senior BJP leader and Local Bodies Minister Punjab over the issue of “lopsided” development in the state.

40 paise cut per paddy bag kicks up row
BUDHLADA (Mansa), Jan 8 — The deduction of 40 paise per bag of paddy procured by the Punjab Agro Industrial Corporation (PAIC) in the last procurement season from the payments made to the commission agents has created a controversy here.

Circular on fitness leads to panic
ROPAR, Jan 8 — The decision of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) management to get the medical fitness of its employees certified after the completion of 50 years of age has spread panic among workers. 

Probe ordered into PTU’s contract
LUDHIANA, Jan 8 — The Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry into the awarding of contract by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) to a private firm for running the Postgraduate Diploma Course in e-commerce and software. It is alleged that a senior minister in the Badal government was instrumental in helping the company to get the contract.



  Ramoowalia: clarify stand on Sehajdharis
SANGRUR, Jan 8 — Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, national president of the Lok Bhalai Manch today asked Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), to clarify his stand with regard to attacks on Radhasoami, Nirankari and Sacha Souda sects by the SGPC president, Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, and attempts to disfranchise Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections.


Weaning them from drugs
FARIDKOT: Under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the District Red Cross Society has opened a 15-bed De-addiction Hospital on the Faridkot-Sadiq road.

Govt promises on roads still unfulfilled
GURDASPUR, Jan 8 — Border Roads across river Ravi in this district are in a state of gross neglect. Promises by the SAD-BJP government and the Minister in charge PWD B&R that border roads will be constructed and repaired on priority have remained only promises.

Function for leprosy patients
PATIALA, Jan 8 — The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) honoured two eminent personalities at the New Year Cultural Programme organised by the local Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patients Colony. The programme was held to entertain the inmates of the colony here yesterday.

Dual citizenship for NRIs sought
Patiala, Jan 8 — The Indo-Canadian Friendship Society (ICFS) today urged the Union Government to grant dual citizenship reciprocating the move of the Canadian government .

Warrant to attach vehicles of hospital issued
MANSA, Jan 8 — Mr Sukhdev Singh Civil Judge (senior division) Mansa has issued warrant for the attachment of the vehicles of Dr Naginder Singh, Director, Khalsa Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan. The vehicles are Contessa car number PB-31B-1711 and Maruti van number PB-31R-1211 on an execution application filed by Mr Maghar Singh son of Mr Kehar Singh of Nangal Kalan.

Malwa Manch to honour Mark Tully
CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — Mark Tully, BBC’s India representative for several years, will receive the Sardar Dayal Singh Majithia Memorial Award to be given away by the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch, Punjab, at a Lohri Mela to be celebrated by the Manch in Ludhiana on January 11.

Show-cause notices to 2 councillors
ROPAR, Jan 8 — Two municipal councillors, were today issued show-cause notices. In the notices that were served today to Mr Sudershan Lal and Mr Amarjit Singh they had been accused of inciting the crowd, damaging the property of an octroi contractor, Mr Gurdev Singh and attacking his workers on October 6, last year.

Teachers’ union leaders to meet today
CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — An emergency meeting of office-bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will be held in Ludhiana tomorrow to consider the statement by the Punjab Minister of Higher Education, Mr Mohan Lal, promising to implement the pension-cum-gratuity scheme for the employees (10,000-odd) of 172 colleges within a month.

Undertrial commits suicide in lock-up
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 8 — Undertrial prisoner Surinder Pal (20), son of Diwan Chand resident of Batala, undergoing imprisonment committed suicide by hanging himself from the gas pipe of a toilet block adjoining to the cell in police station at 10 a.m. this morning at Dasuya 40 km from here.

Man alleges foul play in death of brother
PHAGWARA, Jan 8 — Social activist Dr Amarjit Chaucer today alleged foul play in the death of his younger brother Ashok Kumar and demanded justice even as the Punjab State Human Rights Commission had also taken cognizance of his complaint that the police was trying to hush up the case by not registering an FIR against an influential person suspected to be behind the incident.

Seminar on ethnic dimensions opens
AMRITSAR, Jan 8 — “Realistic attempts to peacefully resolve ethnic conflicts without resorting to political separation necessitate an appreciation of the emotional and illusive nature of ethnic identity and homeland psychology.

130 hydel project sites identified
CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) plans to generate power from mini-hydel projects at a total cost of Rs 58 crore.

Residents lament over loss of glory
PATIALA, Jan 8 — Patiala, is today a shadow of its former grandeur. Declining standards are a big worry for its residents. Prof Gursewak Singh, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, says after the merger of Pepsu into Punjab, the city has lost its original stature.

Bitta to set up suicide squads 
Patiala, Jan 8 — All India Anti Terrorist Front President Maninderjit Singh Bitta today announced that his organisation would establish ‘’suicide squads’’ which would be trained to take on antinational elements in terrorism-affected areas.


Travel agents dupe gullible youths
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 8 — Hundreds of unemployed and educated youths, especially from the rural areas, are being duped by the so-called travel agents regularly in the name of employment in various countries.

Security beefed up in Ferozepore
FEROZEPORE, Jan 8 — In view of the spurt in cross-border crimes and increased threat percentage to security installations, security has been beefed up in this border town of Punjab. According to sources, vigil has been stepped up around religious places and congested areas to ensure that anti-social elements do not take shelter there.

Police remand for Syal till Jan 10
PATIALA, Jan 8 — Golden Forests Chief Managing Director R.K. Syal was today remanded in police custody till January 10 after being produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjeev Berry. The defence counsel pleaded that Mr Syal be examined medically. The judge ordered that his medical examination should be done in Government Rajindra Hospital. Counsel of the accused had filed an application in this regard earlier.

5-year-old boy abducted
FARIDKOT, Jan 8 — Two unidentified youths abducted a five-year-old boy from Mahikhana mohalla, street No 1 here today.


Exam cancelled due to wrong paper
BATHINDA, Jan 8 — The students of LLB (II year) course of Punjabi University Regional Centre came in for a rude shock when they were supplied with the wrong question paper in the third semester, examination.

Arshpreet, Jatinder win painting contest
Patiala, Jan 8 — Mr Vikas Pratap, Additional Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the students and teachers of Multipurpose School here today, said the younger generation will be their main plank for the promotion of road safety and traffic rules at the conclusion of road safety week.


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