Monday, January 15, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Infighting grows in Punjab Cong
CHANDIGARH, Jan 14 — Within a month and a half of the “unanimous election” of Capt Amarinder Singh as the Punjab PCC chief, infighting has resurfaced in the party, undermining its image as a unified force ready to face the forthcoming elections to the state assembly.

Amarinder writes to AICC 
Jagmeet Brar’s activities
ABOHAR, Jan 14 — The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, has sent a detailed report to the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on “objectionable” activities of the party’s whip in the Lok Sabha, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar.

Police clueless on kidnappings
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — A distraught Meera Devi is inconsolable! Her 1-year-old child, held by her husband, cries for attention, but she remains unmoved.

Running from pillar to post for FIR
ABOHAR, Jan 14 — Mr Ram Narain Bishnoi, a local resident, has been running from pillar to post for getting an FIR registered against four persons who took away his Tata Sumo on January 3 after beating him up.

‘Right to define Sikh not in state’s domain’
CHANDIGARH, Jan 14 — Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today described as “misplaced and avoidable” the ongoing controversy over the definition of the term “Sikh” in the 1925 Sikh Gurdwaras Act, which created the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Home after cycling through 26 nations!
WAGAH (Amritsar), Jan 14 — Diplomatic hassles played spoilsport with the dream of Mr Rajpal Singh Chauhan to enter his home country on his bicycle to a standing ovation in his motherland, ending a historic marathon journey through 26 countries on a cycle expedition.

Fatehgarh Sahib



  Potato growers to dump crop
JALANDHAR, Jan 14 — Potato growers of the Doaba region, led by the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association, have decided to dump hundreds of truck-loads of the crop in front of office of the Deputy Commissioner here on January 16, to protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government.


Rinwa accused of nepotism
FEROZEPORE, Jan 14 — The appointment of Mr Sandeep Rinwa, son of Punjab BJP President, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, as a member of the executive committee of the party’s youth wing has sparked a controversy.

News analysis
'We’re the best' is Maghi message
CHANDIGARH, Jan 14 — Gleaning through reports on the conferences held by different political parties or factions thereof on Maghi at Muktsar on Saturday, one finds that the common refrain was “recrimination”, and the hidden message, “we are the best”.

Dullo tours villages to woo voters
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 14 — With elections for block samitis, zila parishad, the SGPC and assembly round the corner, the opposition, has stepped up its activities in the district to woo voters. Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Congress MP, accompanied by Dr Harbans Lal, MLA, Sirhind and Mr Sadhu Singh former minister from Amloh took an intensive tour of more than 100 villages and towns in the district today.

PPCC member quits post
BATHINDA, Jan 14 — Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, who was chairman of the beopar cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today resigned from the post.

Youth Cong drive from tomorrow
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — The All-India Youth Congress (AIYC) would launch “Kisan Bachao-Badal Bhajao” (save farmer and oust Badal) campaign from Tuesday from Patti — the constituency of the Chief Minister’s son-in-law.


Welfare fund for scribes announced
LUDHIANA, Jan 14— The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ms Sushma Swaraj, today announced the setting up of the Journalists Welfare Fund. The fund will provide help to journalists who have suffered on various counts.

Sikh conference to discuss ‘maryada’
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — The international ‘Sikh youth conference’ being organised by ‘Akal Purkh Ki Fauj’ from January 18 to January 21 at Gurdwara Chheherta (Amritsar) will seek a consensus on issues like the Sikh “maryada”.

Rs 35 crore for link roads in Punjab
BATHINDA, Jan 14 — The state government has given a grant of Rs 35 crore for the development of link roads and all village roads will be repaired by June 30.

Regularise old colonies, Punjab Govt urged
JALANDHAR, Jan 14 — The Punjab Coloniser and Property Dealers Association has urged the state government to simplify the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, and regularise the old colonies in different cities.

How safe is Harike from fish poachers?
FEROZEPORE, Jan 14 — Two attempts by fish poachers to enter the Harike wildlife sanctuary near here recently shows that the migratory birds are not quite safe.

Scheme estimates for Amritsar approved
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — At a meeting with the Finance and Contractor Committee, the Mayor, Mr Brij Mohan Kapoor has reiterated his resolve to propel development projects in the city.

IA package for Sharjah travellers
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — Indian Airlines, which operates flights twice a week from here to Sharjah, has offered a special package with the return fare of Rs 14,100.

2 lakh disabled, widows to get pension
PHAGWARA, Jan 14 — The Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, has declared that another 2 lakh beneficiaries comprising handicapped persons and widows will be given pension.

Lok adalat for bank loan cases
PATIALA, Jan 14 — A state-level lok adalat for bank loan cases at the pre-litigative stage as well as for those pending in various courts of Patiala will be held in the district club complex with the cooperation of the district administration and the District Bar Association on January 28 here.


Probe appointment “scandal”: Dang
AMRITSAR, Jan 14 — Alleging a “partisan attitude” of the local corporation in making appointments, Mr Satya Pal Dang, a veteran CPI leader, has said the case of Dr Rita Chawla, a gold medallist, has been put in “cold storage”. Dr Chawla had applied to the corporation two years ago for the post of an ayurvedic doctor.


Institute takes student for ride
MANSA, Jan 14 — Even after meeting the Senior Superintendent of Police, Moga, and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the first ‘Sangat Darshan’ at Bhupal village, Pritpal Kaur is running from pillar to post since January 20, 1998, just to appear in the ANM course examination.


Roadside garment sales dip
BATHINDA: Even though chilly winds have started sweeping the area, roadside garment sellers have not been able to attract customers in large numbers as in previous years.

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