Tuesday, January 16, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Infrastructure blueprint drawn up
CHANDIGARH, Jan15 — If infrastructure is the modern “engine of growth”, as the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, views it, the engine has been geared into action.

Pinky continues to  elude police
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 — Continuous efforts by the Ludhiana police notwithstanding, all three policemen wanted in the Avtar Singh murder case, have not been apprehended.
The wanted policemen are the main suspect Gurmeet Singh, alias Pinky; Assistant Sub-Inspector Pawan Kumar and constable Parveen Kumar. 

Terrorists may strike on R-Day; cops alert
PHILLAUR (Ludhiana), Jan 15 — The DGP, Punjab, Mr Sarbjit Singh, today said that security had been beefed up following the receipt of intelligence inputs about terrorist strikes in the state on Republic Day.

Kukas, torch-bearers of freedom struggle
NAMDHARI Sikhs known as Kukas in the annals of Indian history are rightly called “torch-bearers of India’s freedom struggle”. Sri Satguru Ram Singh ji, founded the Namdhari sect on April 12, 1857, at Sri Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana district of Punjab.

Cabbage being loaded on to a truck in a field at Khant village, near Morinda, to be transported to Rajasthan. Low remuneration has distressed even vegetable growers this season.

Cabbage being loaded on to a truck in a field at Khant village, near Morinda, to be transported to Rajasthan. Low remuneration has distressed even vegetable growers this season. 
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan




  Vegetable growers look to Rajasthan
SAMRALA (Ludhiana), Jan 15 — Vegetable growers are concerned over the fall in the prices of vegetables in the wholesale market in this region. As a crop diversification measure, farmers had brought a substantial area under vegetables, especially cabbage and potato. However, it has not been a profitable venture for them.


Sonia urged to curb anti-party activities
FARIDKOT, Jan 15 — Dr Malti Thapar, General Secretary, PPCC, and Mr S.K. Gupta, President, District Congress Committee, Faridkot, have jointly appealed to Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President AICC, to check the alleged anti-party activities of Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress MP, to protect the interest of the Congress in Punjab. 

Morcha does volte-face
Kainth dubs Badal anti-Dalit
JALANDHAR, Jan 15 — Virtually taking a U-turn, the Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM), a breakaway faction led by former MP Satnam Singh Kainth today clarified that the party had no truck with the rulling SAD-BJP combine in the state and dubbed it anti-Dalit.

Circle jathedar protests during SAD meeting
SANGRUR, Jan 15 — A circle jathedar of the local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) protested against the non-allotment of time to the district circle jathedars to address a district level SAD meeting held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here yesterday.

SAD, BJP ‘promoting’ nepotism
FEROZEPORE, Jan 15 — The SAD-BJP combine government has been charged with encouraging nepotism, a charge they earlier used to level against the Congress government.

Left parties to hold rallies in Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 — The Left parties of Punjab will hold rallies and processions all over the state at subdivision headquarters on January 24 in protest against the alleged “conspiracies of imperialists and right rationalists aimed at destabilising the Left Front government of West Bengal”.


High Court
Fresh summons to Bibi Jagir Kaur
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 — Mr Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued fresh summons to former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur to show cause why anticipatory bail granted to her on November 15 last year by the High Court should not be cancelled.

Centre must reject WTO pact: Tohra
PATIALA, Jan 15 — Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra today said the Shiromani Akali Dal should impress upon the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government to walk out of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement if it was sincere about protecting the interests of Punjab farmers instead of trying to befool them by making empty protests on the issue.

Amarinder’s views on WTO pact “his own”
PATIALA, Jan 15 — Mr Jagmeet Brar’s loyalist, Mr Harinderpal Singh Mann , who recently held a show of strength in Samana against the wishes of the Punjab Pradesh Congress and has reportedly been suspended from the party, while calling for the replacement of PPCC chief, Amarinder Singh, today said the views expressed by the PPCC chief on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement were his personal views and not that of the Congress.

Paddy to be shifted from idle mills
MANSA, Jan 15 — The state Food and Supply Department has decided to shift the paddy lying in the non-operational mills to those which have started the milling operation.

Army Day celebrated
JALANDHAR, Jan 15 — Army Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour by the Vajra Corps at Katoch stadium here on Monday.

RSS leader to file defamation case
PHAGWARA, Jan 15 — Mr Surinder Mittal, a senior RSS leader and former member of the District Consumer Court, today announced that he would file a defamation case of Rs 1 crore against a social activist, Dr Amarjit Chaucer, and others for causing damage to his reputation by accusing him of murdering Ashok Kumar, brother of Dr Chaucer.

5 teachers, 2 students hurt in mishap
FAZILKA, Jan 15 — Five teachers and two minor schoolchildren were injured as a three-wheeler in which they were travelling skidded in thick fog near Hotel Kanchan Tara here today.

CPI: withdraw cases against employees
BATHINDA, Jan 15 — The Communist Party of India (CPI) today criticised the clashes between employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and Punjab police. 

Ambulance for animals flagged off
JALANDHAR, Jan 15 — Mr Manpreet Badal, Akali MLA from Gidderbaha, said here today that there was no likelihood of mid-term poll in the state.

Truck delays train by 5 hours
BATHINDA, Jan 15 — The Dainik Express, a superfast train running between New Delhi and Bathinda, covered a distance of 12 km in about five hours last night.

Folklore academy holds meeting
AMRITSAR, Jan 15 — Despite a common culture, it is sad the people separated by the Indo-Pak border line are denied social relationships with each other, said a Punjabi critic, Dr H.S. Bhatia. He was speaking at a meeting of the Folklore Research Academy.

Lok adalat for bank loan cases
PATIALA, Jan 15 — 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.

‘Shagun’ cheques given to Dalits
SANGRUR, Jan 15 — Mr Ranjit Singh Ballian, a Punjab minister and local MLA, distributed 97 cheques, worth Rs 5,100 each, under the “Shagun scheme” to members of Dalit families here today.


Green light to slash ST
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 — The Punjab Finance Department today gave the green light to the state Excise and Taxation Department to slash sales tax on more than 20 items, including jewellery, precious stones, edible and non-edible oils and computers.

Punjab to construct 3,000 km of roads
JALANDHAR, Jan 15 — The Punjab Government has planned to construct 3,000 km of new roads in the state during the next two years.

Postal services timings extended
PATIALA, Jan 15 — The Head Post Office (HPO) has extended the timings for basic postal services to the public upto 6.30 p.m. with effect from January 16 onwards, disclosed Ms Sukhwinder Kaur Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Patiala Division, here in a press conference today.


Smugglers’ gang busted, 1 held
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 15 — Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, in a press note issued here yesterday claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of drug-traffickers with the arrest of Jasbir Singh alias Jassa, a proclaimed offender and resident of Mujaffarpur village, and seized from him a truck loaded with 25 bags of poppy husk, at nearby Gujjarpur village.


New school hours in Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 — The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, today said that all government and recognised private schools in the state would function from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. till January 31 keeping in view the prevailing foggy weather in the state.


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