Thursday, June 21, 2001,
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CM ‘promoting’ cause of radicals
Bathinda, June 20
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, Mr Santokh Singh (Vice-Chairmen) and Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, convener, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Committee of the Congress, today said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had been allowing militants to return to Punjab.

No stopping minister’s brother
House being constructed on dera land
Patiala, June 20
The ongoing construction of a house by Faujinder Singh, brother of Punjab Minister of State for Public Works Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, on dera land has again come into focus with Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir asking the district police to inform him about the steps taken by it to stop unauthorised construction on the land of the Karheri dera on the outskirts of the city opposite the Punjabi University campus.

Crop diversification a pipedream
Patiala, June 20
Diversification may well remain a pipedream in Punjab with the government failing to provide viable alternatives to farmers forcing them to go in for sowing of paddy as usual.

Mand farmers fear eviction
Jalandhar, June 20
Thousands of farmers who had transformed vast tracts of barren land into the lush green fields after partition have turned desperate as they fear that they might be displaced by the government.




PSEB imposes rotational power
Patiala, June 20
The Punjab State Electricity Board today imposed rotating cuts on various urban-industrial mixed feeders in the state. Giving the cut schedule, board officials said a cut between 9 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and between 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. had been imposed in the operation circles of Khanna, Muktsar, Ferozepore, Jalandhar and Patiala. 


Rinwa: no list of candidates announced
Kot Kapura, June 20
The President of the Punjab Unit of the BJP, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa said no list of candidates for the coming Assembly elections had so far been announced. Talking to mediapersons here last night Mr Rinwa said no list of party candidates for the coming elections had yet been prepared.

Shun Cong for development, says Badal
Nawanshahr, June 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called upon people to keep Congress out of power during the next Assembly elections. He was addressing a gathering at the Akali-BJP district-level conference at new grain market here today.


Problem of plenty plagues bus terminus
Bathinda, June 20
The city which was considered backward a few decades ago is fast emerging as an industrial hub and a mecca for students aspiring to get admission to professional colleges.
The haphazardly parked buses at the local bus terminus, Bathinda.
The haphazardly parked buses at the local bus terminus, Bathinda. — Tribune photo

Panel fights for bonded labourers
Phillaur, June 20
Almost all district bonded labour vigilance committees in Punjab have become defunct due to the indifferent attitude of the Deputy Commissioners. Interestingly, staff at district offices, are not even aware of the existence of these committees.

Slogans raised against DSP
Kapurthala, June 20
Workers of the newly formed Bharatiya Samaj Party today staged a demonstration in front of the office of the SSP to protest against the alleged remarks of a DSP. The officer allegedly asked them to disperse and threatened if they did not do so they would be dispersed by resorting to firing and lathi charge. 

Helping check spread of AIDS
Spearheading the fight against AIDS, the People’s Health Organisation, an all-India NGO, is aiming at covering every district in Punjab to tackle India’s entry into the “third phase” of the HIV epidemic, as reflected in the increasing trend of infection among members of families like housewives and children.

SP to probe youth’s torture in custody
Sangrur, June, 20
The SSP, Mr Jatinder Singh Aulakh, today ordered an inquiry into the alleged beating up of Rajinder Singh, a resident of Nagra village near Bhawanigarh, on June 10 by an ASI and a Head Constable while he was in custody of the Bhawanigarh police.

Telecom Dept to pay damages to consumer
Phagwara, June 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Kapurthala, today directed the District Engineer (Telephones), Kapurthala and the General Manager (Telecom), Jalandhar, to provide the complainant, Mr Mukesh Kumar Garg, the telephone connection, pay Rs 1,000 as compensation for harassment and another Rs 1,000 as costs of the complaint and implement forum’s order within a month from the date of the receipt of the order.

Sikh jatha leaves for Pakistan
Attari (Amritsar), June 20
A 500-strong Sikh jatha left for Pakistan today by a special train here. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee sent 260 pilgrims while the rest comprised pilgrims from Delhi and other parts of India on the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

CM asks police to adopt more humane approach
Jalandhar, June 20
“The state police should discharge its duty with responsibility since any kind of lethargy can lead to discredit not only to the police force but to the government as well. 

No decision yet on mini zoo
Amritsar, June 20
The municipal corporation’s meeting here today remained indecisive over the fate of the mini zoo located in the historical Ram Bagh Gardens of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time. 

Computerised centre to tackle postal problems
Patiala, June 20
The Patiala Postal Division has opened a separate computerised business centre here today to tackle the booking, delivery and despatch of speedpost articles, Express Parcel Post and Speed Post money order.

Colony demands attention
Patiala, June 20
The Ratan Nagar Colony on the Sheller road has remained deprived of any favours from the Municipal Corporation despite the fact that the various problems prevalent in the area are well under the notice of the authorities.

Camps to focus on water-borne diseases
Bathinda, June 20
The district health authorities have chalked out a programme for the prevention of water-borne diseases in the coming rainy season, in which special awareness would be held with the help of the District Development and Panchayat Officer.


3.60-cr aid for paddy farmers
Patiala, June 20
A compensation of Rs 3.60 crore would be given by the month-end to about 11,000 farmers who had sold their paddy between September 21, 2000 to October 14, 2000, at a less cost than the amount that was decided by the government.


5 held for forging court papers
Abohar, June 20
Inder Singh and his sons Hari Singh, Gurdev Singh, Attar Singh and Chattar Singh have been arrested for allegedly forging documents relating to a judgement given by Mr L.K. Singla, Civil Judge (Junior Division), in a land dispute.

Babbar Khalsa activist arrested
Mansa, June 20
Sarwan Singh of the Babbar Khalsa outfit and resident of Dhingar village in this district was arrested on June 18.

Bid to abduct sisters, man held
Bathinda, June 20
The district police has arrested Ajit Singh, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, who was working as a salesman at a liquor shop of Kingrewala village in Faridkot district, while he was trying to abduct two sisters of the same village.

5 migrants robbed
Phagwara, June 20
Five migrant workers were drugged and robbed at the local bus stand last night. They were brought to the hospital here in an unconscious condition. The workers have been identified as Gulam Mohammed Khan, Sion Khan, Latia Khan, Fuso Khan and Debo Khan, hailing from Bihar.

1 killed as truck rams into scooter
Tarn Taran, June 20
Dalbir Singh, an Assistant Lineman, posted at Bundala subdivision of the Punjab State Electricity Board died on the spot while his other accomplice was seriously injured in a road accident today near Khabe Dogran village falling under the local sadar police station.


Poor performance by govt school pupils
Fazilka, June 20
The standard of education in government schools can well be assessed from the results of the middle class of the Punjab School Education Board declared recently. According to a survey conducted by Mr Raj Kishore Kalra, an eminent educationist, the facts emerging out of the analysis are startling, and reflects the performance of the pupils of the schools.

Primary school syllabi to be streamlined
Chandigarh, June 20
The Education Department, Punjab, has decided to streamline the syllabi in primary schools to bring about an improvement and raise the standard of education. A spokesman of the State Council of Education Research and Training said that after completing the admission process, regular studies in primary schools would begin from May 1. Top

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