Monday, January 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Badal skirts HRA issue
Govt employees in Patiala disappointed
PATIALA, Jan 7 — The hopes of Punjab Government employees, who had gathered to listen to the speech of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at the “millennium conference” organised by the Punjab State Services Federation here today, were dashed when Mr Badal did not even comment on the issue of increasing the house rent of the employees to 15 per cent of their basic pay.

The Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, and the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, share views with Mr Charanjeet Singh Walia, president, PSSF, at a conference in Patiala.

The Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, and the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, share views with Mr Charanjeet Singh Walia, president, PSSF, at a conference in Patiala on Sunday.

Inquiry ordered against PTU VC
LUDHIANA, Jan 7-The Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry against the Vice- Chancellor of the Punjab Technical University, Dr H. S. Gurm for various charges.

Kaura revolts against RSS “meddling”
Demands Rinwa’s removal from BJP
FEROZEPORE, Jan 7 — In a major setback to the Punjab BJP, a very senior leader, Mr Jagmohan Kaura, today announced that he would no longer remain an active member of the party. Throwing a bombshell at a press conference here this afternoon, Mr Kaura, the former organising general secretary of the party Punjab unit cited the growing interference of the RSS in the party affairs as reason for his resignation.

Akalis to make WTO pact poll issue
PATIALA, Jan 7 — The Shiromani Akali Dal, which is currently pitted in a battle of wits with the Punjab unit of the Congress on the World Trade Organisation agreement, is likely to make this a major poll issue with the party telling Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee that the pact was not acceptable to it in its present form and must be amended to safeguard the interests of farmers.

Another custodial death in 48 hrs
MOGA, Jan 7 — Within 48 hours of the custodial death in the Muktsar jail by Iqbal Singh, an undertrial from Jaitu in Faridkot district died yesterday. 







Badal ‘subverting’ Sikh tenets
AMRITSAR, Jan 7 — Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a Sarb Hind Akali Dal MLA, yesterday flayed Rashtriya Sikh Sangat’s recent utterings about Guru Gobind Singh he said RSS was for the expansion of pan-Hinduism concept and it was trying to subjugate the minorities, including the Sikhs.

Third front next month
BATHINDA, Jan 7 — Even as political activity in Punjab has picked up in view of the Assembly elections, the formation of the third front comprising non-Congress and non SAD-BJP political outfits is likely to materialise on February 11.

Tandon denies rift, but sticks to stand
LUDHIANA, Jan 7 — The Minister of State for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today played down his reportedly strained relationship with the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. While standing by his statement that funds were being denied to his ministry, he sought to clarify that there was no rift between the Shriomani Akali Dal and the BJP.

It’s surrender to APHC : Bitta
PHAGWARA, Jan 7 — All India Anti-Terrorist Front president and former All India Youth Congress chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta today flayed the ‘complete surrender’ of the Union Government to the All Party Hurriyat Conference by agreeing to allow its several executive committee members to visit Pakistan for holding parleys with ISI -backed and Pakistan-based terrorist outfits.

No party sincere about women’s Bill: Sangma
PATIALA, Jan 7 — General Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today made a scathing attack on political parties in the country, saying that none was sincere in providing reservation to women in the Lok Sabha.

AISSF to hold rally on January 25
AMRITSAR, Jan 7 — The All India Sikh Students Federation, in a press note issued today, announced the holding of a protest rally on January 25 at Ludhiana to press for their demands.

Tandon communal, says Peermohammad
TARAN TARAN, Jan 7 — The All-India Sikh Students Federation (Peermohammad) president, Mr Karnail Singh Peermohammad, newly elected Director of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, in a written press statement issued here today condemned the controversial statement released by Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Punjab Minister for Local Self-Government, against Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister.


A village cities would envy
PHILLAUR: By getting access to Internet, Palahi village came into limelight as the first Internet village in India. Palahi has made a mark in every sphere of infrastructure development essential in modern world, this is mostly due to the contribution of the NRIs of the village particularly and of the area in general. This was stated by Mr Jagat Singh Palahi responsible for the service provided in the village.

Steps to make roads safe
JALANDHAR, Jan 7 — To make roads safer during night, the Jalandhar police has decided to put reflectors on tractor-trailers free of cost. As most of the accidents on the highways involved tractor-trailers, especially those without reflectors, the district police authorities decided to undertake the task of providing reflectors to owners of such vehicles at different nakas in the district with the help of different NGOs and other social organisations.

BSF harassing farmers: panel
AMRITSAR, Jan 7 — The Border Sangharsh Committee’s convention held at Attari yesterday resolved to take up the issue of continued harassment of farmers by BSF personnel, who not only subject them to stringent and humiliating frisking but allow them limited hours for working in their fields lying across the fence.

Border dist farmers prepare for stir
FEROZEPORE, Jan 7 — Ridiculing the central government’s decision to compensate the owners of agricultural lands along the Indo-Pakistan border, the landless tillers — who have actually been cultivating these fields are gearing up for an agitation. Under the aegis of the “Border Area Sangharsh Committee”, the poverty-stricken tillers from three border districts of Punjab — Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Ferozepore have resolved to impress on the government not to leave them out of the compensation package.

Boy’s letter helps revive library
ABOHAR, Jan 7 — By spending just Rs 3 for sending a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, a student succeeded in getting sanctioned books worth Rs 50,000 for the district library which had been lying in a state of neglect for the past decade.

Need to reduce toxic pollutants stressed
PATIALA, Jan 7 — Participants at a seminar on Protection of Environment held here yesterday in the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology stressed the need for reducing toxic pollutants. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Patiala Management Association and the Citizens for Social Action.

Veterinary institute site shifted
BATHINDA, Jan 7 — Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Punjab Power Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, in a surprising development, told mediapersons here that the proposed veterinary institute at Rampura Phul, the foundation stone of which had been laid by former Chief Minister Beant Singh, would now be built at Talwandi Sabo.

BSNL doomed, says Sukh Ram
AMRITSAR, Jan 7 — Ridiculing the claim of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Mr Sukh Ram, Chairman, Himachal Vikas Congress and former Telecommunication Minister, said the absence of check and controls on the working of the BSNL were likely to make it an unsuccessful venture.

Cuban envoy overwhelmed by hospitality
JALANDHAR, Jan 7 — The Cuban Ambassador to India, Mr Mirel Kordova, talking to mediapersons after addressing a function organised by the Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hail here today, said he was overwhelmed by the hospitality extended to him by Punjabis.

Council: cut govt holidays
AMRITSAR, Jan 7 — The Freedom Fighters Council at its annual meeting held today requested the Punjab Government to cut short the number of holidays in schools and government offices.


Rs 2 cr for trees along link roads
BATHINDA, Jan 7 — The Central government has given Rs 2 crore to Muktsar district for planting saplings along link roads under the “Gram Vanikaran Samridhi” scheme. About 4 lakh saplings will be planted on the both sides of link roads in the next two years.


6 held in grenade attack case
MOGA, Jan 7 — The Punjab police today claimed to have a major breakthrough in the case of hand grenade attack on the vehicle of Joginder Singh, president of the fci Labour Union, injuring him, his cousin Surjit Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the grain market on December 21 by nabbing six out of the eight accused, including the main conspirator Hansa Singh, president of the rival fci workers’ Union.

Father-in-law booked for man’s death
DHURI, Jan 7 — Allegedly harassed by his father-in-law, a newly married local youth ended his life by consuming poison here on Friday. Mr Som Parkash, the father of the deceased, in an FIR has alleged that his son Neel Kamal got married to Shelly, the daughter of Bal Mukand of Rama Mandi, on March 26 last year. Soonafter, Bal Mukand started compelling Neel Kamal to live separately from his parents.

Bank manager booked for forgery
MALERKOTLA, Jan 7 — A farmer Savroop Singh, resident of Hathoa village, has lodged a complaint with the police against officers of the Agriculture Cooperative Development Bank here, including the bank manager Nahar Singh, field officer Varinder Singh.

Thieves injure 5 of family, loot cash, valuables
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 7 — Five armed miscreants yesterday looted cash and valuables worth about Rs 1.25 lakh after wounding five members of a family at Khudda village near Dasuya in the wee hours, the police said.

Syal’s remand extended
PATIALA, Jan 7 — A Local court today extended the police remand of Golden Forest Managing-Director R.K. Syal till tomorrow. Duty Magistrate Mewa Singh today extended the remand after the accused was presented before him by vigilance officials .


Split in Arya sabha hits 7 institutions
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 7 — A split in the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, in two groups headed by Mr Harbans Lal Sharma and Mr Sardari Lal, have started showing its repercussions on the seven educational institutions run by the sabha.


Medical reps to begin stir today
JALANDHAR, Jan 7 — More than 50,000 medical representatives across the country, who are on the war-path for non-implementation by the government of their 27-point charter of demands, have decided to go off-work for the next five days from tomorrow.Top


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