Sunday, January 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Punjab police to raise 2 more IRBs
CHANDIGARH, Jan 20 — The Punjab police will raise two more India Reserve Battalions (IRBs). The new battalions to be raised at Shahpur Kandi and Anandpur Sahib are expected to be on ground by the end of the current year.

SAD gears up to hold conferences
CHANDIGARH, Jan 20 — With a clear objective of putting the party in the election mode and to defend it from the ongoing political “attack” of opposition parties, the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced the schedule of the political conferences in the state.

Sahib Singh favours temple construction
BATHINDA, Jan 20 — Mr Sahib Singh Verma, former New Delhi Chief Minister, and BJP MP claimed that the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya was the expression of the common sentiments of people.

Punjabi University to host inter-faith seminar
NEW DELHI, Jan 20 — In quest for peace and to give a fillip to inter-faith movement which has become a world phenomenon, an international seminar on inter-faith dialogue will be co-hosted here on February 19 by Punjabi University and Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan.

Radical farm reforms needed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 20 — While there are gaping holes in the National Agriculture Policy, there is an urgent need to bridge the gap between policy-makers and ground realities. This alone can balance the economies of surplus and deficit states whose present problems cast a dark shadow on the future prospects of agriculture.

Rinwa’s claim on seats ridiculed
FEROZEPORE, Jan 20 — The Punjab BJP chief, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa’s claim over 12 Assembly seats represented by the rebel SAD leaders has caused a flutter in political circles.




Charges framed against Bedi in defamation case
PATIALA, Jan 20 — Charges of defamation were framed against noted cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi in a local court today which also granted him bail in the case filed by former national cricket team selector M.P. Pandove.


Dissidence in Punjab Cong over WTO
BATHINDA, Jan 20 — The defence of World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the PPCC chief, Mr Amarinder Singh, seems to have given rise to dissidence in the Congress party in Punjab as a major section of the Congress leadership has complained to the party high command that stand of Mr Amarinder Singh on WTO had caused a setback to the party.

Cong infighting spills over to Majha region
AMRITSAR, Jan 20 — The infighting in the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has spilled over to the Majha region too as local leaders have raised objections over the proposed rally being held at Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur) on January 23.

Badal govt flayed for ‘anti-Dalit’ policies
JALANDHAR, Jan 20 — In an unprecedented move the Scheduled Caste Morcha of the BJP today criticised the Badal government for pursuing ‘anti-Dalit’ policies during its four-year rule.

Patiala DCC may be reconstituted
PATIALA, Jan 20 — Patiala Urban District Congress Committee President Ved Parkash Gupta has stolen a march over his detractors in the party by convening a meeting of the party unit at his residence tomorrow which is likely to deliberate on the “reconstitution of the unit and distributing assignments to active members after reviewing their past performances”.


Two NRIs transform village
KHARAUDI (Hoshiarpur): The name, Kharaudi, held no significance till a couple of years ago. It was just one of the many villages of Punjab, with unpaved lanes, open drains, garbage heaps, mosquitoes and flies. Today a silent revolution has overtaken this village, thanks to the initiative of some NRIs who have not forgotten their roots.

Thousands throng Majitha’s funeral
MAJITHA (Amritsar), Jan 20 — Mr Parkash Singh Majitha’s mortal remains were consigned to flames amids chanting of Gurbani at his ancestral town this afternoon with state honours.

Kirtani Jatha threatens to hold dharna
AMRITSAR, Jan 20 — Mr Joginder Singh Talwara, ‘mukh sewadar’, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, today reiterated that a dharna would be staged before the Akal Takht secretariat if the Sikh clergy allowed Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, to attend Akal Takht meetings.

Farmers seek better prices for produce
MALERKOTLA, Jan 20 — Hundreds of farmers from various parts of the subdivision, belonging to five farmers’ unions, held a protest dharna at Mandiala village, about 5 km from here, today. The farmers were demanding remunerative prices for wheat and minimum support price for potatoes. They also demanded that suitable action be taken by the state government to save the potato growers from suffering losses.

Scheme to provide food to infants
BATHINDA, Jan 20 — The Central Government has introduced a new scheme, “Pradhan Mantri Gram Uday Yojana”, to provide nutritious food to all infants up to 3 years of age.

Engineers resent political interference
PATIALA, Jan 20 — The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association has condemned the ongoing “political interference” in the board. It has said that such interference is encouraging controvercial transfers and theft of power.

Rape case: father seeks justice
JALANDHAR, Jan 20 — The parents of the 15-year-old Dalit girl, who was allegedly raped by a youth of her own village about four months ago, have been virtually running from pillar to post to get the culprits, including two women, arrested.

Encyclopaedia of Sikhism on CD
AMRITSAR, Jan 20 — A renowned scholar of the Sikh religion from Canada, Mr Raghbir Singh Bains, creator of the first multimedia CD, “Encyclopaedia of Sikhism”, exhibited an audio and visual presentation of his work at the international conference organised by the Akal Purakh ki Fauj and at the Conference Hall of Guru Nanak Dev University here yesterday.

6 killed, 12 hurt in bus-truck collision
SAMANA, Jan 20 — Six persons were killed and 12 injured when a Haryana Roadways bus of Fatehabad Depot collided with a truck near Hamjheri village 35 km from here, today.

6 more ducks poisoned
FEROZEPORE, Jan 20 — A fresh case of duck poisoning at the Harike bird sanctuary, near here, has raised questions. This time, six ducks, including four coots, were allegedly poisoned to death by three poachers in a broad daylight on January 17.

Parent’s refusal leads to girl’s suicide
BATHINDA, Jan 20 — A teenaged girl of Ram Bagh locality of the town committed suicide today when her parents refused to arrange her marriage with the boy with whom she was in love for the past many years.

Plea to make Pathankot dist
PATHANKOT, Jan 20 — A meeting of the Zila Banao Sangharsh Samiti was held at the court complex here in which more than 100 representatives of various political parties, commercial, social and cultural organisations participated.

‘Mahila mandals to get financial help’
LALRU (Patiala), Jan 20 — “The Punjab Government would strengthen the village mahila mandals to empower women in the state,” said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Financial and Planning Minister of Punjab, while addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Mahila Shakti Kendra at Lalru.

Jaswant Singh Neki honoured 
PATIALA, Jan 20 — Renowned poet Dr Jaswant Singh Neki was bestowed with the Giani Lal Singh memorial award for his pathbreaking work in the field of poetry by the Giani Lal Singh Trust at a function held at the Punjab Languages Department headquarters here.

Gas leakage: AVM seeks action
AMRITSAR, Jan 20 — The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) in a press note has demanded serious vigilance and prompt action to the hazardous leakage of dangerous gases by factories.

Youth activists gherao DEO
AMRITSAR, Jan 20 — Members of the Janwadi Naujawan Sabha (JNS) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) today gheraoed the District Education Officer today.


5 held for trespassing hospital land
GURDASPUR, Jan 20 — The police has arrested five persons for trespassing the land of TB Centre, Jiwanwal Babri, 2 km from here, uprooting the burjs of land demarcated as TB hospital land and watering the standing wheat crop to damage it. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP said today that the accused have been identified as Kashmir Singh, Amrik Singh, Jasbir Singh and Jaswant Singh, all four brothers and residents of Aujla village in the suburb of the city and Shafi Masih of Dhariwal.

US dream costs them dear
GURDASPUR, Jan 20 — The police has arrested Surinder Singh Dhillon, a proclaimed offender, for his involvement in two cases registered against him on November 21 last at the Dinanagar police station for taking money from Lakhbir Singh and Surinder Singh of Dala village on the false promise of sending them abroad and securing jobs for them .


Sans subsidy, many units turning sick
BATHINDA, Jan 20 — Hundreds of industries set up in the past one decade in Punjab are becoming sick as the state government has failed to disburse capital subsidy to these units in time.

Punjab order against closure challenged
CHANDIGARH, Jan 20 — A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill issued notice in a writ petition filed by Alpha Drug India Limited challenging the orders of the Government of Punjab declining to permit partial closure of the unviable sections of the company’s sections at their plant in Lalru as also challenging reference of the same for adjudication by the Industrial Tribunal, Punjab.

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