Thursday, January 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Staff on Census duty, schools ‘closed’
AMRITSAR, Jan 9 — More than 70 per cent primary schools in the border belt would observe ‘compulsory holidays’ for a month as their entire teaching staff would be on census duty. The census duty will be from February 6 to March 6. Though there are many vacant posts of teachers in border areas yet the available staff has been directed to carry out the census work. 

Badal’s dreams & worries
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — What would have been the second choice of Mr Parkash Singh Badal had he not been in politics? This question has never crossed his mind. As far as he can recollect, right from the days of his grandfather, he has been brought up in a family where Akali politics is in the blood. Now his children are in politics. Yes, he did spurn the offer to be nominated to the PCS. He has no regrets having done so.

Globalisation ‘threat to state’s authority’
AMRITSAR, Jan 10 — Eminent political scientists were of the view that the idea of nation-state had emerged with the growth of capitalism and modernity.

Punjab police faces image crisis 
Chandigarh, Jan 10 — A series of unsavoury incidents involving senior police officers over the past couple of months have created a serious image problem for the Punjab police.

Anandpur Sahib




Jagmeet firm on attending rally
PPCC hardens stand on rebel activities
Patiala, Jan 10 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today further hardened its stand on the holding of a rally by Jagmeet Brar loyalist Harinderpal Singh Mann, who has been suspended from the party, at Samana tomorrow saying such parallel activity would not be allowed even as Mr Jagmeet Brar asserted he would attend the rally at all costs .

BJP delegates’ meeting likely to be stormy
MOGA, Jan 10 — The meeting of the Punjab BJP delegates to be held here tomorrow on the sidelights of a three days’ party training camp is likely to be stormy. Several organisers of the camp told TNS that the delegates and district BJP presidents were likely to raise their difficulties before the party ministers and senior leaders.


Diversify crops: Kalkat
FARIDKOT, Jan 10 — Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, has appealed the farmers to pay more attention to the diversification of crops to enhance their income and strengthening the economic condition of the state.

Foundation stone of lawyers’ chambers laid
ANANDPUR SAHIB (Ropar), Jan 10 — The long-standing demand of the lawyers of Anandpur Sahib yielded result today, after the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr G.S. Grewal, laid the foundation stone for advocates’ chambers here today.

Celebrating Lohri with lepers
ABOHAR, Jan 10 — Members of the Samaj Sewa Sanstha, an NGO, have been celebrating Lohri festival with lepers for the past 10 years. Lepers, including 32 women, 30 men and 8 children, came here from the Kusht Seva Ashram, Malout on Sunday and spent the day at Geeta Mandir in the company of members of the sanstha.

Auction stayed at CM’s intervention
AMRITSAR, Jan 10 — On the intervention of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Local Bodies Department has stayed the auction of prime land in Ranjit Avenue here which had become a bone of contention between local Improvement Trust and the Punjab Urban Development Authority. The auction was fixed for January 15.

Don’t meddle in Sikh affairs, RSS warned
MOGA, Jan 10 — The All- India Sikh Students Federation president Harminder Singh Gill today warned the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh of “severe consequences” if the latter did not stop interfering in the Sikh religious practices and rituals.

Report on hijacked plane submitted
Patiala, Jan 10 — The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr J.S. Chawla, who had been appointed by the sessions court here to inspect the ill-fated Indian Airlines plane which had been hijacked to Kandahar from Kathmandu, today submitted his report in the court of the District and Sessions Judge.

Fishermen ‘rescued’ by contractors 
HARIKE (Ferozepore), Jan 10 — In a dare-devil act, five fish contractors ‘rescued’ their labourers arrested by the wildlife staff for fishing in the Harike bird sanctuary lake. Even as the Wildlife Department has sought police help to nab the contractors, no arrest has been made so far.

Chawla assails govt on crime rate
AMRITSAR, Jan 10 — Mrs Laxmi Kant Chawla, BJP MLA, has alleged that at least 150 children are missing in Punjab but the administration is sitting pretty in Chandigarh, unmindful of the rising crime rate in the state.

Kiranjot Kaur to sue Editor of ‘Sikh Shahadat’
AMRITSAR, Jan 10 — Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, general secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and granddaughter of Sikh leader Master Tara Singh, has said that she would file a defamation case against Editor, publisher and proprietor of monthly magazine “Sikh Shahadat”, published from Ludhiana for carrying out “incorrect and misleading report” against her.

Army starts removing hyacinth in Kanjli
FEROZEPORE, Jan 10 — In what could be termed as the New Year gift to the Kanjli picnic spot at Kapurthala, the Indian Army has taken upon the task to rid the area of ugly hyacinth cover.

Tributes paid to Udham Singh
PATIALA, Jan 10 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said his party would continue to provide free electricity to the farming sector if voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. 

Cyber crime on the rise 
PATHANKOT, Jan 10 — Cyber-related crime is on the rise in the town. The authorities are helpless as complainants do not get the case registered.


Punjab postings
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 — The following postings/transfers were ordered in Punjab with immediate effect today.

New power scheme under consideration
ROPAR, Jan 10 — The Punjab State Electricity Board is considering a new scheme to expedite the pace of providing 24-hour power supply in the villages of the state.


Fake job agency: 3 held
BATHINDA, Jan 10 — Markets of the city are flooded with fake goods being sold off under reputed brand names. The police in the past few months, has succeeded in busting the gangs, which had been cheating unsuspecting unemployed youth on the pretext of arranging government, semi-government and corporation jobs for them in lieu of money.

Army man held for drug smuggling
GURDASPUR, Jan 10 — The police today arrested Dhagala Ram, a resident of Jajiwal Kakrala in Rajasthan who is a Havaldar in the Army posted at Pathankot, for his alleged involvement in smuggling opium from Rajasthan. According to Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, 5 kg of opium was seized from his possession.

2 held for killing blue bull 
BATHINDA, Jan 10 — The district police has arrested Kuldeep Singh and Pammi Kang of Virk Kalan village allegedly for killing a blue bull, a protected animal. Police sources said the two accused along with Bansa Singh killed the blue bull with the fire arms yesterday.


Dharna by college students
BATHINDA, Jan 10 — Students of various colleges of the city and rural areas staged dharnas at the Ambedkar Chowk, at the district courts complex, protesting against the government’s decision to ban the use of concessional bus passes in buses operated under the Kilometre scheme and mini buses.

A forgotten college complex
BATHINDA: Ask any politician, whether of the state or the Centre, when he last laid the foundation stone of any complex, building, bridge, school building or community hall. Perhaps, he may not tell you as it has become routine stuff for almost all politicians.

PCCTU stir postponed
PHAGWARA, Jan 10 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), has postponed its statewide education bandh and state-level rally and protest march at Gidderbaha slated for January 18. This was stated by Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, president of the PCCTU, here today.

Schools to be upgraded
Patiala, Jan 10 — The Punjab Government has decided to upgrade 40 primary 41 middle and 44 high as middle, high and +2 levels respectively.


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