Tuesday, September 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Shanta promises smooth paddy procurement
 Mr Shanta Kumar Chandigarh, September 3
The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr Shanta Kumar, today assured Punjab and Haryana of “smooth” paddy procurement but “strictly” in accordance with the prescribed specifications.

Akalis may approach Vedanti for unity
Amritsar, September 3
Even as leaders of different Akali factions, including the ruling SAD, are keen to forge unity, intervention of the Jathedar, Akal Takht, may be sought to materialise the task before the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Mudslinging match at Chhapar
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 3
With elections round the corner, yesterday’s Chhapar mela virtually turned into a political battlefield. The three main political parties, the SAD, the Congress and the Panthic Morcha traded charges against one another, while soliciting public support in the forthcoming assembly elections for forming the government. Even the BSP and the Lok Bhalai Party of Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, did not lag behind in mobilising public for their rallies.

PSEB asked to set house in order
Chandigarh, September 3
The loss-making Punjab State Electricity Board was today asked to set its house in order ensuring proper power supply to the rural sector. Its current year financial loss is estimated at Rs 1,100 crore.




Preeti Uttam (best playback singer, film Gadar) Sarbjeet Cheema (best folk singer) Kanwar Iqbal (best music director), Jagtar Jaggi (best comedian) after receiving awards at Mohamad Rafi Award function in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Who cares for research at Punjabi University
Patiala, September 3
Punjabi University has spent lakhs of rupees on painting and whitewashing its campus in preparation of the visit of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council team, which arrived here yesterday even though research activity, which is the mainstay on which the varsity will be assessed, remained on a low key affair since the past one year.

Lust for money made her kill husband
Hoshiarpur, September 3
How the lust for money and property can make a wife kill her husband was proved by the statement of Dr Kartar Singh Johar, Civil Surgeon (retd), whose son Gurpartap Singh was allegedly killed by his daughter-in-law Sukhwant Kaur on March 12, 1999 by giving him disulfiram (a medicine used for de-addiction) in the court of Ms Ritu Y.K. Behl, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Chandigarh.


BJP councillors’ action condemned
Bathinda, September 3
The patch-up between the BJP and SAD municipal councillors after the councillor-thrashing episode at the general house meeting of municipal councillors on August 28 seems a distant dream due to a resolution passed against the alleged “misbehaviour” of a section of BJP councillors.

Lok Jan Shakti to contest 117 seats
Bathinda, September 3
Mr Ram Chander Paswan, President, Dalit Sena, has said the change of the portfolio of the Union Minister for Telecommunication, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, was unfortunate. Mr Ram Chander Paswan, who was here in connection with a state-level function of the Dalit Sena, while talking to mediapersons said the former Telecommunication Minister was the most ‘clean’ minister in the NDA-alliance and changing his portfolio would send wrong signals among the people.


Women told to fight for their rights
Budhlada (Mansa), September 3
Ms Amarjeet Kaur Mitra, general secretary, National Federation of Indian women, gave a call to women to shed their conservative thinking and join the struggle for their rights. She said women continued to be treated as second class citizens.

Committee calls for Sangrur bandh on Sept 6
Sangrur, September 3
The “Sunil agwa action committee” has called upon the local shopkeepers and traders to observe a complete bandh in the town on September 6 to protest against the failure of the police in tracing a one-year-old Dalit boy, Sunil.

Viral fever hits 3,000 villagers
Hoshiarpur, September 3
Residents in the district are in the grip of pyrexia for the past few days. When contacted, Dr Dalip Kumar, District Health Officer, told this correspondent here today that a recent survey conducted in the district revealed that more than 3,000 persons were suffering from viral fever.

Bhagat Puran Award for Sahara club
Faridkot, September 3
The Sahara Welfare Club, an NGO, which has been cremating unclaimed dead bodies and providing medical help to destitute for the past many years, has been selected for the Bhagat Puran Singh Award for its service to humanity.

Seminar on free legal aid held
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), September 3
A seminar on Free Legal Aid and Lok Adalats were held here today under the chairmanship of Mr B.C. Rajput, District-and-Sessions Judge, Bathinda, in association with the local Bar Association.

Lovers commit suicide
Bathinda, September 3
Amritpal Singh and Pal Kaur, both residents of Talwandi Sabo, 25 km from here today ended their lives by consuming some poisonous substance.

Record power generation
Bathinda, September 3
Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here has achieved a production target by producing 12,279 lakh units of electricity from April to August, 2001, which is the highest in a corresponding period in any year in the history of the plant.

3 injured in accidents
Bathinda, September 3
Two persons were injured in a collision between a tractor-trailor and a motor-cycle at the Mansa road today. Volunteers of an NGO group took injured to a local hospital for treatment.

Boys beaten up at fashion show
Amritsar, September 3
A fight took place at Sanjyog Marriage Palace when the crowd at a fashion show held here last night turned rowdy during a performance by a troupe which was invited from Delhi.


BDOs warned against granting stays
Ropar, September 3
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. S. Grewal, has warned the Block Development Officers against granting stays in community works of the rural areas. The orders were issued on the complaint of certain panchayat members of the Nurpurbedi block who alleged that the officers had granted stays in various community works of the villages on patty complaints.

Ministerial staff hold rally
Bathinda, September 3
Hundreds of activists of the Food and Supply Department Ministerial Staff Union, Punjab, along with activists of other employees organisations today held a rally in front of the office of the district Food and Supply Department to press the Punjab Government to accept their demands.


3 held under NDPS Act
Bathinda, September 3
The police has nabbed three persons under the NDPS Act and seized 20 kg of poppy husk and 200 grams of opium from them. The SSP, in a press note issued here said that Bittu Ram was arrested from the Sekhu area and was in possessing 10 kg of poppy husk.

Accountant robbed of Rs 67,955
Mansa, September 3
Mr Butta Singh, accountant of the district branch of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, was robbed of Rs 67,955 in broad daylight today. Mr Butta Singh along with his two colleagues had come to the main branch of the State Bank of Patiala. After leaving Mr Butta Singh in the bank, his colleagues went to attend to another work.


Decision on MBBS course resented
Fazilka, September 3
The decision taken by the Punjab Government on August 21 regarding admission to MBBS and BDS courses has evoked resentment among students of general category and their guardians.

Workshop on painting starts
Amritsar, September 3
The S.G. Thakar Singh memorial painting workshop started at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts here yesterday.

Rights panel asks Education Dept to pay dues
Mansa, September 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the district education authorities to make payment of the dues of Mr K.K. Jindal, who retired from the Education Department few months ago, or file a detailed report in this connection on or before September 5.


Preparing for the wedding season
The Patiala market has prepared itself to meet the demands of the coming wedding season. The stores are full of articles that will make the day a big hit. This season Zardosi and light pastels are in demand. As the wedding day approaches, shopping becomes a primary activity. When shopping for a wedding, the most important thing is the wedding dress of the bride.


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