Monday, July 2, 2001,
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CM refutes SAD-Chohan connection
Ferozepore, July 1
In a bid to completely dissociate himself from Jagjit Singh Chohan, a top Khalistan ideologue, and Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, a top militant, and to instill confidence in the people, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that peace and communal harmony in the state would be maintained at all costs.

Speaker orders medical treatment for Balu
Amritsar, July 1
The Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr G.M.C. Balayogi, has ordered immediate medical treatment for the Union Minister of Environment, Mr T. Balu.
Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr G.M.C. Balayogi, paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Sunday.
Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr G.M.C. Balayogi, paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Sunday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

IMA, Barnala sets up legal cell
Barnala, July 1
Condemning in very strong words the act of levelling baseless allegations against doctors by certain non-government organisations and individuals for the purpose of grinding their own axe, the Indian Medical Association, Barnala, has decided to constitute a legal cell to deal with frivolous charges made against doctors.





  Punjab to promote four more IGs
Chandigarh, July 1
Punjab will soon promote four more Inspectors-General to have a score of Additional Directors-General of Police. Yesterday, Additional Director-General of Police J.P. Aswal retired on attaining superannuation.


Punjab CPM to contest 20 seats
Ropar, July 1
The CPM will contest 20 seats in the forthcoming Assembly poll in the state. The seats already identified by the state leadership include Nangal, Garhshankar, Sangrur, Nurmahal and Patti.

Punjab ‘ought to have’ 40 Aggarwal MLAs
Sangrur, July 1
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, patron of Punjab Aggarwal Sabha and Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, said today that as per the population of the Aggarwal community in Punjab there should be 40 Aggarwal MLAs in the Punjab Assembly. This could be made possible by Aggarwals by achieving unity among themselves like other communities, he added.

Punjab Christian Movement to contest 40 seats
Jalandhar, July 1
The Punjab Christian Movement (PCM) has decided to contest 40 seats in the forthcoming Assembly poll in the state.


Badal orders SHO’s suspension
NRI parents seek justice

Ghal Khurd (Ferozepore), July 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today ordered the suspension of Mr Harbans Singh Riar, Station House Officer (SHO), Sadar police station, Jalalabad, publicly when a complaint against him was made by the non-resident Indian parents of a murdered son in connection with his alleged apathetic attitude towards arresting the accused.

AISHYAD call to oust Badal
Amritsar, July 1
All-India Sarb Hind Youth Akali Dal (AISHYAD) will give a call for the oustee of Mr Parkash Singh Badal as Chief Minister and president, Shiromani Akali Dal, and removal of the Sikh clergy on July 15 at a state-level youth conference to be held in Ludhiana. 

Pak gesture to belittle SGPC?
Amritsar, July 1
The Government of India and the intelligence agencies are still not clear about the goodwill gesture shown to the 12 Punjabi youths, mostly Sikhs, by the Pakistan Government by not arresting them, despite the fact that they had entered Pakistan without any valid visa.

Clash over memorial issue
Barnala, July 1
The proposal to raise a memorial in the memory of two freedom fighters — Baba Nand Singh and Baba Partap Singh (both brothers) and CPM activists of Dhanaula has come to a naught with CPM activists clashing with family members of the two freedom fighters.

Welfare programme for women
Bathinda, July 1
The welfare programme launched by the district police last year to help women has been working successfully in the district. There has been an increase in the number of people coming to CARE for solving their problems. The district police had launched CARE to check crime against women as it had been on the rise in the past few years.

Population award for Dr Sahay
The Abadi Roko Andolan (ARA) recently announced the conferment of the annual Check Population Award on Dr K.B. Sahay for his efforts to address the problem of population through the media.

Audit raps PSEB for spending more on transformers
Patiala, July 1
A cash-strapped Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has chosen to put itself to a loss of Rs 51 lakh by ignoring the lowest bidders as well as the technical advice of its own Central Purchase Committee (CPC) while going in for the purchase of transformers last year.

Infighting stalls MC work
Mansa, July 1
The ongoing tussle between the president of the local municipal council and a group of municipal councillors has stalled development activities in the town. Municipal councillors belonging to the Opposition accused Mr Pawan Kumar Mattiwala, President, Municipal Council, Mansa, of adopting a dictatorial attitude.

Residents lock in PSEB employees
Bathinda, July 1
Residents of the Paras Ram Nagar area of the city yesterday staged a protest against the shifting of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) office from the area to the Multania Road.

Rail passengers seek more facilities
Bathinda, July 1
Mr R.K. Goyal, general secretary, Railway Passengers Association (north zone) said in a written statement issued here today that more facilities should be provided to the railway passengers.

Parties seek arrest of accused
Kharar, July 1
The death of two youths of Bangala community, who were murdered near Ghandolian village on June 21, was mourned at Mundi Kharar village here today. Leaders of various political parties, who were present there, demanded that the accused be arrested soon. 

Youth dies in mishap
Bathinda, July 1
Kuldeep Singh (24), a resident of Bhatti Road Colony of the city was killed today when he triggered off his father’s .12 bore gun accidentally at his residence. 


Punjab to seek Rs 50 hike in paddy MSP
Ropar, July 1
In view of the forthcoming assembly elections, the Punjab Government seems to have decided to get the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy enhanced from the Union Government. An indication to this effect was given by the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, while responding to a query put forward by a newsperson here.

BKU urges govt to write off loans
Bathinda, July 1
Mr Bhupinder Singh, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab), said in a press note issued here on Saturday that the state government should initiate steps to write off the loans of farmers. The loans had been increasing during the past few years due to successive crop failures, he added.

Cheques distributed among 900 farmers
Samrala, July 1
Cheques worth Rs 30,93,179 were distributed by Ms Raghbir Kaur Khaira, SDM, here on Saturday among 900 farmers as compensation for selling their paddy at lower than the Minimum Support Price.


PSEB revises timings
Patiala, July 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to revise the timings of evening peak load hours restrictions on industrial consumers with effect from July 10.


Contract killer arrested
Jalandhar, July 1
The district police has arrested a contract killer, wanted in connection with three criminal cases, including the murder of a Delhi-based exporter, by the Delhi and the Uttar Pradesh police.

Two killed in shootout
Chandigarh, July 1
A shootout over “eve teasing” cost two passersby their lives in a crowded market at Kotkapura in Faridkot this evening. According to Mr R.P. Meena, DIG, Faridkot Range, the incident took place around 7.30 p.m. when the assailants led by Mohinder Singh challenged their opponents, accusing them of eve-teasing, in the market.


Sack PTU VC, says Youth Cong
Jalandhar, July 1
Controversies surrounding the management of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) once again came into focus with the Punjab Youth Congress PYC the joining and demanding the sacking of the PTU Vice-Chancellor, Dr H.S. Gurm.

ADPI (Colleges) Punjab
Chandigarh, July 1
Ms Manjit Indira has taken over as Assistant Director, Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab.

Class X results by July 6


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