Power on urban pattern
for 3,000 more villages
PATIALA, Jan 16 — About 3,000 more villages are likely to get uninterrupted power supply before the onset of monsoon under a rural electrification scheme which envisages providing electricity on the urban pattern to all villages in the State within the next three years .
SC list: Badal
for PM’s intervention
NEW DELHI, Jan 16 — Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and sought his intervention for the declaration of
Ramdasia, Ravidasia and Mazhbi Sikhs as Scheduled Castes.
adjourns case on disqualification
CHANDIGARH, Jan 16 — The
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today adjourned
the case pertaining to the disqualification of 11 MLAs of the Shiromani
Akali Dal to March 31.
threatens to expel Jagmeet loyalist
PATIALA, Jan 16 — The
Patiala District Congress Rural President, Mr Hardial Singh, today
urged the suspended Congress leader, Mr Harinderpal Singh Mann, to
reply to the show cause notice given to him till January 25 failing
which further action would be taken against him.
differences, say Cong leaders
FARIDKOT, Jan 16 — The District Congress Committee here has
sought the intervention of the AICC President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to
sink the differences, if any, among the Punjab Senior Congress
leaders. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr S. K. Gupta, DCC
President, said similar views were expressed by many leaders of the
party at a meeting held at the residence of Mr Harcharan Singh Hero,
former PPCC president, at Makhu yesterday.
Inder blames Badal for Punjab’s ills
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his government has
crossed all limits collecting money by unfair means. He has
established rule of his family in the state. Mr Ravi Inder Singh rebel Akali leader and MLA while talking to The
Tribune here alleged that Mr Badal had misused power to the extreme
for filling the coffers of his family forgetting people of the state.
‘teach lesson’ to corrupt officials
PATTI, Jan 16 — Without naming Bhai Ranjit Singh and Giani Puran
Singh who incidentally belong to Amritsar district, the All-India
Youth Congress on today alleged that the ruling SGPC had removed two
Sikh high priests due to their links with the ‘Majha region’. The
Indian Youth Congress leaders alleged that “Majha” was being
discriminated against on all fronts.
GURDASPUR, Jan 16 — More than 10,000 persons whose records have
been verified are still awaiting old-age pensions. According to
sources, about 37,000 persons under the old-age pension scheme have
been given pension during the current financial year.
built education complex from scratch
NAWANSHAHR: The foundation of the Guru Nanak Mission Medical
and Educational Trust, Dhahan village in Nawanshahr district, set up
for the welfare of mankind appears to be nothing short of a miracle.
To conceive and materialise such a gigantic project is the result of
years of long relentless toil, devotion and planning of a far-sighted
personality like Budh Singh Dhahan. Popularly known as Babaji, he
single-handedly has been mobilising philanthropists both here and
abroad for more than two decades. The trust runs a 250-bed hospital
with 10 specialities, a nursing school and college, a secondary school
and a deaddiction centre.
raj in Punjab: Tohra
SAMANA, Jan 16 — A rally was organised by the Sarb Hind Shiromani
Akali Dal at Doger bazaar here today. Addressing the
gathering, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the party, said
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who failed to fulfil promises made
to people had started using police cats to harass the opponents.
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — A workshop on the spread and prevention of
AIDS was organised at the Teachers Home here today. As many as 125
school heads of the district participated in the programme which was
organised by the District AIDS Control Organisation.
killed in incidents
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — As many as four persons have died in various
incidents in the district during the past 24 hours.
against Gurdas Mann song
JALANDHAR, Jan 16 — Hindu activists today held a protest
march in the city against alleged denigration of Hindu deities in a
Punjabi song sung by noted folk singer Gurdas Mann. The song was
telecast by Punjabi satellite channel Alfa on the occasion of Lohri
festival a few days ago.
of development project laid
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 16 — The Minister for Tourism and Cultural
Affairs, Mr Swarna Ram, yesterday laid the foundation stone of a
development project at Happowal village, about 15 km from here. Under the project, streets and drains of the village would be
constructed at a cost of about Rs 5 lakh.
breach floods 100 acres
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — Nearly 100 acres of land was flooded due to a
breach in Tiona minor of Kotli Sabo village of Sangat block on January
14 mid night.
on Nawab Sadruddin
MALERKOTLA, Jan 16 — Major Balwant Singh, former minister of
erstwhile Malerkotla state, has successfully published a book relating
to the 500-year history of the ruling family of late Nawab Sheikh
Sadruddin Sadar-e-Jahan (1449 to 1948) with the cooperation of Punjabi
to meet in Hyderabad
JALANDHAR, Jan 16 — The national executive council of the
All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation will meet in Hyderabad on January 29 and 30 to chalk out an action
plan to get the agreements made by the Ministry of Human Resource
Development more than two years ago implemented.
GND varsity to host
AMRITSAR, Jan 16 — Guru Nanak Dev University will host the first
international conference on “Industrial and Applied Mathematics in
the Indian subcontinent” being organised by its Mathematics
Department from January 22 to 25 at the university’s Guru Nanak
FEAR demands jurisdictional
PATIALA, Jan 16 — The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) said Panjab University, Chandigarh, should be developed as a centre for excellence as envisaged earlier and the colleges of Punjab should be divided between the Punjabi University and the Guru Nanak Dev University with the Beas river acting as the dividing line .