Wednesday, January 10, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






People-oriented manifesto by Cong
Plan to set up panel to probe corruption
RAMPURA PHUL, Jan 9 — Expecting the assembly elections to be held in April or May, the Punjab Congress leadership has decided to make the party manifesto, to be released before the elections, people-oriented.

Insider leaked out B.Tech paper
4 PTU employees to be shifted
JALANDHAR, Jan 9 — The one-member inquiry board set up by the Punjab Technical University to look into the alleged leak of the B.Tech question paper on December 6, has finally come out with a report pointing the needle of suspicion towards some “insider”.

SHAD to hold rally in Ludhiana
NEW DELHI, Jan 9 — In an attempt to forge an alternative political alliance, the Sarb Hind Akali Dal (SHAD) plans to hold a rally in Ludhiana on February 21, in which national leaders will participate.

Fund release details given to CM
CHANDIGARH, Jan 9 — For making its position clear, the Finance Department has submitted a detailed factsheet to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, with regard to the release of funds to the state Local Bodies Department.

PSEB drops 24-hr supply scheme
ROPAR, Jan 9 — The non-payment of dues by the Punjab Government to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has led to the abandoning of the scheme for providing 24-hour electricity supply to the villages by the board.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Demand to complete dam project
GURDASPUR, Jan 9 — Though Ranjit Sagar Dam has been completed, the dam project cannot be put to its optimum use unless the Shahpur Kandi Dam project is commissioned. According to Mr Gyan Chand Loomba, president, INTUC, Ranjit Sagar Dam, as much as Rs 71 crore has already been spent on a project for preliminary survey, land acquisition and setting up of infrastructure.

Challan against Puar, 5 others
PATIALA, Jan 9 — The State Vigilance Department today filed a challan in the court of the Special Judge against the former Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Puar, and five others in the misappropriation case charging them under Sections 420 and 120 (B), IPC (cheating and criminal conspiracy).


Sink differences, Congress workers told
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 9 — Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP from the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency, has urged all Congress activists to work for the success of rallies being organised in all state assembly segments of Punjab under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh, president, PPCC.

Jagmeet loyalist suspended from party
PATIALA, Jan 9 — In a determined move to nip all dissidence activity in the bud and ensure that Jagmeet Brar loyalist Harinderpal Singh Mann does not hold a political rally in Samana on January 11 in a show of strength against the official Congress mass mobilisation rallies being held in the state, the Patiala District Congress today suspended Mr Mann from the primary membership of the party.


Taksal chief decries Akal Takht Jathedar
AMRITSAR, Jan 9 — Baba Thakur Singh, acting chief of the Damdami Taksal has alleged that Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, was ‘lacking in understanding of Gurmat’.

Charitable hospital for rural poor
HOSHIARPUR: Availability of healthcare for all citizens of any country or state is generally considered as one of the major indicators of its development. Even in a state like Punjab which has the highest per capita income in the country, the government spending in health sector is very meagre.

Land shortage hits BSNL expansion plans
ROPAR, Jan 9 — Major expansion plans of Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in the district have been impaired due to the shortage of land for installing new exchanges. The BSNL had purchased land at various places in the district through the local bodies concerned for the installation of the new telephone exchanges.

Life term for killing employer’s wife
JALANDHAR, Jan 9 — Finger prints led the police to the murder accused of housewife Kanta Gupta, a resident of Model Town. She had been murdered by her former driver.

N-plant to be set up at Droli village
PATIALA, Jan 9 — The site selection team constituted by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to identify suitable location for the setting up of the State’s first Nuclear Power Plant, had chosen Droli village near Patran in this district for the purpose.

Plan to release more LPG connections
PATIALA, Jan 9 — In order to save the ill-effects of pollution on the environment, the Punjab Government has decided to introduce a scheme to provide hundred per cent LPG connections in the state.

4 killed as train hits three-wheeler
ABOHAR, Jan 9 — Four persons were killed and at least six others injured as a passenger train hit a three-wheeler near Mohanpura Railway Station on Sriganganagar-Abohar section today.

Speed post service on holidays too
SANGRUR, Jan 9 — The local postal authorities have now made available the speed post facility to the public on all holidays also, except Sundays and three national holidays, at the head post office here from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speed post service was started here a few months ago.

Medical reps’ stir continues
BATHINDA, Jan 9 — Activists of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union (PCMSRU) today observed strike in protest against the government which has, so far, not accepted the 27-point demands of the medical representatives.

5 trains to leave for Nanded today
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 9 — Five special trains will proceed to Nanded on the occasion of the opening ceremony of Gurdwara Bhajangarh Sahib, tap asthan of Sant Attar Singh of Mastuana under the patronage of Baba Balwant Singh Sidhsar Sehaura Sahib with the cooperation of Gurdwara Takht Sachkhand Shri Ilazur Sahib Abchal Nagar, Nanded.

Doctor may turn approver
PATIALA, Jan 10 - Balwinder Singh Sohal, who is a key accused in the Harpreet Kaur death case, today gave a statement under Section 164, CRPC in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjeev Berry, it is reliably learnt.

Census: Mohindra’s plea on Punjabi
CHANDIGARH, Jan 9 — A former Punjab Minister and member of the All-India Congress Committee, Mr Brahm Mohindra, today appealed to the people of Punjab to state that Punjabi was their mother tongue during the ongoing census.

Punjab transfers
CHANDIGARH, Jan 9 — The Punjab Government today transferred two IAS and three PCS officers. Mr Karan A.Singh has been appointed Secretary (Expenditure) in place of Mrs Ravneet Kaur, who has been shifted to the post of Director, Treasuries.


MC chief urges CM to release arrears
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 9 — Mr Sat Pal Sareen, President, Municipal Council Hoshiarpur, has urged Punjab Chief Minister and Finance Minister to immediately release the arrears of the council so that the basic amenities could be provided to the residents of the city.

MC tells HFCL to stop work
AMRITSAR, Jan 9 — The Municipal Corporation today put a complete stop on the on going work of HFCL. This was announced at a corporation meeting, held here.


Proclaimed offender ASI arrested
BATHINDA, Jan 9 — Surinder Thakur, an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Punjab police, who was declared a proclaimed offender by the court in a criminal case registered against him under the NDPS Act was arrested by the district police today.

Five booked on murder charge
PATIALA, Jan 9 — A threat to a daughter-in-law proved costly for Gurcharan Singh, nearly 12 years after he allegedly murdered his own daughter for eloping with a boy of her own village.

Pomila’s remand extended
PATIALA, Jan 9 — A local court today extended the police remand of Pomila Syal, an official to the Golden Forests company accused of duping investers, to January 11.


Cong decries move to scrap varsity Chairs
AMRITSAR, Jan 9 — Denouncing the move of Guru Nanak Dev University to do away with the Kabir Chair and Ravi Dass Chair, allegedly at the behest of the Badal government, Dr Raj Kumar, general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has warned that if the university refused to revert the decision, an agitation will be launched against it by the Congress.

Holidays — Web site style
CHANDIGARH, Jan 9 — If the website of the Punjab Education Department ( is to be believed, neither Republic Day nor Baisakhi is a holiday in schools in the state.

Ethnicity threat to peace: professor
AMRITSAR, Jan 9 — The ethno-religious resurgence in the states of South-Asian countries has generated a threat to national unity and integrity in the region, said Dr Gurnam Singh, Professor of Political Science at Guru Nanak Dev University, in his paper on “Religion, Ethnicity and Nation building in South Asia: Focus on India” presented on the second day of the three-day international seminar on ‘Ethnic Dimensions in International Politics’ at Guru Nanak Bhawan on the campus.


Woollens market faces slump
PATIALA, Jan 9 — The winter season this year does not promises any big profits for the woollen retailers. A survey of the market reveals that there is a general slump in the market and whatever little sale is there, is not encouraging.

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