Saturday, January 20, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Abdul Qadir ChowdharyPak VVIP visits native village
Gives Rs 2.50 lakh for school building
AJAIBWALI (Amritsar), Jan 19 — Pakistan’s Chief Election Commissioner and former Chief Justice Abdul Qadir Chaudhary, today evaded all queries on the likelihood of elections in Pakistan.

An emotionally charged Abdul Qadir Chowdhary, Pakistan CEC, wipes his tears while listening to a “Ghori’’ sung in his honour at his ancestral village Ajaibwali on Friday.

IT wing begins probe into irrigation scam
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — The multi-crore irrigation scam involving officials and contractors has taken a new turn with the income tax (investigations) authorities beginning a probe into it.

Hearing on Bibi’s bail plea adjourned
NEW DELHI, Jan 19 — A Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Mr Justice D. P. Mohapatra and Mr Justice Shivaraj V. Patil today adjourned for six months the hearing of the special leave petition filed by the CBI against a judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court granting anticipatory bail to the former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur.

SAD to woo back workers
PATIALA, Jan 19 — The Shiromani Akali Dal high command has directed its district unit chiefs to start a campaign to bring back Akali leaders and grassroots workers who have left the party due to factionalism.




Transferred for exposing scam?
ROPAR, Jan 19 — The date of birth scandal in the National Fertilizers Ltd. unit at Nangal, took its first toll with Mr R.D. Gahrana, the Chief Manager Personnel and Administration, who played a vital role in exposing the scandal, being shifted to an unimportant portfolio.

5-fold hike proposed in ‘malba’ fee
AMRITSAR, Jan 19 — Builders and owners are likely to feel the “pinch” as the local government authorities have proposed a five-fold hike in “malba” charges.

Zoology teacher for botany
Irregularities in vocational course
CHANDIGARH, Jan 19 — Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, seems to be taking the inter-disciplinary approach towards education rather seriously. Here a zoology post-graduate has been employed to teach Botany to students of the agro-service vocational course.

Flats to be repaired before next auction
PATIALA, Jan 19 — With four auctions in the last five years failing to find any buyers for ten flats in the high income group, medium income group and low income group in the Sewa Singh Thikriwala Nagar, the local Improvement Trust has now decided to change its strategy to off load them.


PSEB employees hold rally
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — Thousands of activists of various unions of the employees of the PSEB held a rally here today at the court complex. The police had turned the city into a police cantonment to avoid any untoward incident.

‘SGPC must follow in footsteps of RSS’
JALANDHAR, Jan 19 — The controversial organising secretary of the RSS, Mr Sudarshan Chauhan, who had raised a lot of dust by announcing that his organisation planned to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Tenth Guru in temples, today suggested that the SGPC should follow in the footsteps of the RSS, which had launched a “jana jagran” to create awareness among the people on the message of “Gurbani” and the drug menace.

Role of Speaker comes under fire
AMRITSAR, Jan 19 — The role of the Punjab Speaker has come under fire as he disallowed three unstarred questions of the CPI MLA, Mr Hardev Arshi, who wanted to know the names of IAS and IPS officers who indulged in power theft.

Doc reinstated during trial
MOGA, Jan 19 — The reinstatement of a government orthopaedic doctor, who was arrested on bribery charges in 1998 by the Vigilance Bureau at the Civil Hospital here, has evoked controversy.

Pensioners seek package in Budget
AMRITSAR, Jan 19 — Punjab pensioners have demanded a package of financial relief from the state government before the ensuing assembly elections and urged that provision be made for them in the budget for 2001-2002.

‘No threat to Chief Engineer’s family’
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — Agitating employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) have contradicted the statement of the Chief Engineer, Bathinda circle, Mr N.S. Deol, in which he had said that he and his family perceived threat to their lives from the agitating employees.

Allow Hindu jathas to Pak: sabha
FEROZEPORE, Jan 19 — The demand for allowing Hindus access to their shrines in Pakistan is gaining ground after the military regime on the other side of the border announced its plan to enable the Sikhs to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib through corridor.

Waive off interest on loans: council
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — The Consumer Welfare Council here has urged the Punjab Government to waive off the interest on the loans of those industrialists who have already paid the principle amount before the issuance of the notification in this connection.

Mann opposes move on fixed term of govt
JALANDHAR, Jan 19 — Dubbing the suggestion of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for a fixed term of the government as nothing but a “fascist” approach, the Shriomani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has alleged that it is a part of the hidden “Hindutva” agenda of the RSS.

Languages Department to honour scholars
PATIALA, Jan 19 — The State Languages Department has decided to honour eminent writers of Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit languages, whose books have been published during last year. The awards have been categorised under the nomenclature of best literature and the best published book.

DYFI seeks jobs for all
AMRITSAR, Jan 19 — The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) today took out a procession protesting against the economic policies of the government. Passing through the main bazars of the city, the DYFI demanded education and employment for all.

‘Punjab Bachao’ drive from today
CHANDIGARH, Jan 19 — The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has decided to launch “Panthic Chetna Jagao, Punjab Bachao” campaign from tomorrow throughout the state.

Mayor misusing powers: CPM
AMRITSAR, Jan 19 — Alleging that not a single train was started from Amritsar to Chandigarh even though this city was the ‘historical’ capital of Sikhs, Dr Raj Kumar, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Party, said most of Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s promises had remained ‘unfulfilled’.


Cop held in Jassi murder case
SANGRUR, Jan 19 — The Sangrur police today arrested Head Constable Joginder Singh allegedly involved in the murder of an NRI girl, Jaswinder Kaur, alias Jassi. Earlier, on January 13, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had denied anticipatory bail to Joginder Singh.

Four killed, 9 hurt in road mishap
BARETA (Mansa), Jan 19 — Four persons were killed and nine others injured, some of them critically, when a Mahindra jeep collided with a tractor-trailer near the local Shivam Flour Mill on Wednesday night.

Chemist held for showing adult movies
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — The district police has arrested Raj Kumar, owner of National Medical Store, near bus stand of Bhuchho Mandi, for allegedly screening adult movies for children.

300 wheat bags stolen
FEROZEPORE, Jan 19 — More than 300 wheat bags are learnt to have been stolen from the Markfed godown at a village in Makhu near here by 10 armed assailants. While nobody has been arrested, a case has been registered.

2 women crushed to death
JALANDHAR, Jan 19 — Two women were crushed to death by a train while crossing a track near Sarai Khas village yesterday.


Students assured on bus passes issue
BATHINDA, Jan 19 — Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, today assured the students that their problems regarding bus passes would be solved as early as possible.

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