Friday, January 12, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Badal’s 330 cr package for urban areas
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is moving fast. Yesterday, he had announced the elections to the Zila Parishads and Block Samitis and programmes to gear up the party in a run-up to the Vidhan Sabha poll. Now he has shifted his focus to urban areas.

Sobha Singh’s paintings stolen
SRIHARGOBINDPUR (Gurdaspur): Invaluable paintings have “disappeared” from Sardar Sobha Singh Art Gallery, which was opened here amid fanfare by the Punjab Government nearly 15 years ago. Srihargobindpur is the hometown of the legendary artist.

Tight security for Maghi Mela
MUKTSAR, Jan 11 — As hundreds of devotees from Punjab and other parts of the country have started descending on this historic town to take a holy dip in the sarovar of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib during the Maghi Mela, the police has made elaborate and fool-proof security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

‘Publish report on Kaonke’s death’
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — A deputation of human rights activists today met the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to demand the publication of the B.P. Tewari inquiry report into the death of Mr Gurdev Singh Kaonke, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht.

After dithering, govt promotes 29 as ETO
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — After dithering over its “merit-cum-seniority-cum-selection” policy for more than three months, the Punjab Government has finally ordered the promotion of 19 Taxation Inspectors and 10 Excise Inspectors as Excise and Taxation Officers.

ASP, 4 cops hurt in stone pelting
BATHINDA, Jan 11 — Five policemen, including Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr P.K. Rai, were injured when activists of the PSEB Employees Struggle Committee, who had organised a gherao of the Superintendent Engineer, Mr N.S. Deol, in front of his office at the Bhagu Road here allegedly started pelting stones.








Punjab YC to hold district rallies
FARIDKOT, Jan 11 — The Punjab unit of the Youth Congress will organise district-level rallies to expose the alleged failures of the SAD-BJP government to voice the problems faced by people in the state. The first rally will be held at Patti in Amritsar district on January 16, said Mr Devinder Babbu, president of the state unit at a press conference held here yesterday.

SHSAD backs Tandon on charges
LUDHIANA, Jan 11 — In a significant and tactful move, obviously aimed at giving posers with long-term implications to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal today came out in support of the Minister for Local Bodies, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, in his war of attrition against the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

BJP resents bias against traders
MOGA, Jan 11 — Fearing erosion in the urban votebank, the delegates from the state unit of the BJP vented out their frustrations over discrimination against traders and small industrialists in the state at a party meeting during a three-day training camp held recently. 

SAD to strengthen rural base: Sukhbir
FARIDKOT, Jan 11 — The Shiromani Akali Dal has launched a special campaign to mobilise youths in the rural areas to strengthen the party at the grassroots level in the state.

Stop anti-SAD tirade: AISSF
JALANDHAR, Jan 11 — The All-India Sikh Students Federation, Bhoma faction, has criticised the state BJP leadership and its ministers for allegedly issuing irresponsible statements against Shiromani Akali Dal ministers for ignoring people living in the urban areas.

Brar storms Amarinder’s turf
SAMANA, Jan 11 — Punjab Congress MP Jagmeet Brar today took this constituency situated in the home district of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, by storm. He addressed a huge ‘’kisan-garib mahapanchayat’’ riding on the shoulders of a suspended Congress leader in which he urged the people to recognise the “criminal nexus” of various politicians of different parties in the state.

BSP wants Jat to be Punjab CM
JALANDHAR, Jan 11 —The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today said he was scouting for a Jat or a leader from the general category to project him as the next chief minister of Punjab because the Dalits in the state lacked a leader of stature for the top job.


AI to submit plane model in court
PATIALA, Jan 11 — The Indian Airlines today submitted that it would prepare a 10-foot long model of the illfated airbus which was hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar and place it at a convenient place till the pendency of the hijacking case being heard here.

HC summons DSP in harassment case
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — Mr Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned DSP Gurjit Singh, Inspector Paramjit Singh and the Additional SHO of Division No. 6, Ludhiana Police Station, to appear in his court on January 30 with the complete record to show whether they have registered any case against a former sarpanch of Ganna village, Mr Tarsem Lal, whose house they had been frequenting to harass him and his family members.

Self-help groups for women
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 11 — In order to provide social, economic and legal rights and status to women in society, the Punjab Government has recently introduced self-help group programme in the state. 

Action ordered against former executive officer
MANSA, Jan 11 — The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sukhdev Singh, has ordered the initiation of proceedings under Section 250, Cr P.C, against the then Executive Officer, Mansa, Vijay Kumar Gupta and court clerk Rajinder Kumar, both employees of the Municipal Council, Mansa, for filing a false complaint under Sections 195 and 195A of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, against Mr Mohinderpal and others.

Solar energy-operated tubewells
AMRITSAR, Jan 11 — Farmers in Punjab will benefit from the state Government’s scheme to provide solar energy operated tubewells at concessional rates. Giving this information, the chief executive of PEDA, Mr P.S. Aujla, said to start with as many as 39 blocks had already been adopted by PEDA to provide 2 HP solar water pumping system for irrigation purposes to more than 10,000 and beneficiaries.

15 hurt as two buses hit two trucks
MALERKOTLA, Jan 11 — Fifteen persons were injured, some of them seriously, in an accident involving two trucks and two buses due to fog at Bhasor village, about 5 km from here, today.

DC distributes blankets
PATIALA, Jan 11 — The Patiala Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, today appealed to various organisations to start a campaign to ensure women were able to get their rights in society.

Mayor may be rapped for remark
AMRITSAR, Jan 11 — The Amritsar Mayor, Mr Brij Mohan Kapoor, is likely to be rapped for his announcement regarding the “municipal corporation’s complete commitment to demolish any encroachments in parks’ despite an earlier declaration by the Chief Minister on January 3 in Chandigarh about “regularising encroachments”.

Truck operators get another chance to pay tax arrears
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that another opportunity would be given to truck and bus operators under the amnesty scheme to pay the arrears of taxes without any penalty.

Citrus fruits show: Ferozepore best
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 11 — A state-level show of citrus fruits was organised by the Horticulture Department, Punjab, at Swarn Farms here today. Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike, state Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture, presided.

3 of family die in mishap
DHURI, Jan 11 — Three members of family were killed and two others injured seriously when the jeep in which they were travelling was hit by a tractor-trailer coming from the opposite direction on the Dhuri-Sherpur road, near Ghanour-kalan village, 8 km from here, yesterday.

Six-month leave for life convicts
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, Minister for Jails and Defence Welfare, said today that the state government had implemented the decision to grant a six-month leave to the life convicts after they had spent five years in jail. 

Cleanliness drive launched
FEROZEPORE, Jan 11 — The local Cantonment Board today launched a cleanliness fortnight to improve the general cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation conditions in the cantonment area. 

Notify local bodies poll: EC
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The state Election Commission has asked the Punjab Government to issue a statutory notification to enable it to finalise the poll process for the general election of zila parishads and block samitis. 

Nishan’s medical report given
PATIALA, Jan 11 — The Patiala Central Jail Superintendent today submitted the medical report of Nishan Singh, former personal security officer of former SGPC president Jagir Kaur in the court of the special CBI court here.

PUDA auctions plots
AMRITSAR, Jan 11 — Residential and commercial plots came under the hammer today by the Punjab Urban Development Authority. Fifteen residential and 16 commercial plots were auctioned under Mr H.S. Nanda, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr T.S. Bhatti, Estate Officer, Mr Somnath, Divisional Engineer, PUDA, Jalandhar, and Mr Gurmej Singh, Divisional Engineer.

Traffic disrupted as coach derails
JALANDHAR, Jan 11 — A coach of a mail train was derailed at Suchi Pind near here which resulted in the disruption of railway traffic on the Jalandhar-Jammu sector today. 


Vaishnav disinvestment panel Chairman
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The Punjab Government has appointed Mr P.H. Vaishnav, former Chief Secretary, and Dr S.S. Johal, former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, as Chairman and member, respectively, of the state PSU Disinvestment Commission.

Panel to resolve standoff
CHANDIGARH, Jan 11 — The Punjab Government has set up a three-member officers’ committee to help resolve the present standoff between the Finance Department and the Local Bodies Department over the allocation of funds.


Husband, beloved strangle woman
DHURI, Jan 11 — A woman was allegedly strangled by her husband in connivance with his beloved and friend at Dhura village 2 km from here, on Monday, according to a delayed report.

FIR ordered against ‘immigration agent’
LUDHIANA, Jan 11 — The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh, here has ordered the registration of an FIR against Maninder Gill of Raja Entertainers on the complaint of Mr Harjit Singh of Ludhiana.


Punjab changes school hours
BATHINDA, Jan 11 — The Punjab Government has issued orders for making Punjabi a compulsory subject in all schools, including those affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Indian Certificate for Secondary Education.

Ahluwalia wants all Punjab
Jurisdiction of universities
AMRITSAR, Jan 11 — Even as an exercise is on for a re-look into the jurisdiction of Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, has demanded that the jurisdiction of Punjabi University should be extended to the entire state.

Probe into PTU functioning
LUDHIANA, Jan 11 — The Punjab Government has constituted a three-member committee headed by the Additional Director in the Department of Technical Education to look into the reported irregularities in the functioning of the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.Top

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