Monday, January 22, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Dhindsa to take up potato issue with Centre
LUDHIANA, Jan 21 — The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today said that he would take up the issue of potato growers in the state with the Centre and was hopeful of finding a way out.

Cops pay money to hush up case
LUDHIANA Jan 21 — It is almost official now. Certain persons close to police officials in the city had paid a heavy amount to the affected family of a Dalit youth, who allegedly died of torture at the hands of two police officials, in order to hush up the case.

11,312 fugitives from justice in Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — An absconder and a proclaimed offender a day has taken the number of fugitives from justice in Punjab to a whopping figure of 11,312.

PSEB to lease Jalkheri plant
PATIALA, Jan 20 — Unable to sell-off its straw-based 10 mw Rs 42-crore power plant which was to generate power by using non-conventional energy the PSEB has decided to lease out the plant situated at Jalkheri village near here, to private parties for which tenders have been floated .

Murmurs of protest over resignation
AMRITSAR, Jan 21 — The resignation tendered by Mr M.S. Chawla, President, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, who was reportedly asked to quit by the state body chief for giving ‘undue respect’ to an eminent doctor during court proceedings may snowball into a major controversy.

Farmers to expose BSF excesses
MAMDOT (Ferozepore), Jan 21 — Under the aegis of the Border Area Sangharsh Committee, farmers of several border villages are gearing up for an agitation to expose the “high-handedness” of BSF jawans.

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Badal ‘furthering his interests’
BATHINDA, Jan 21 — Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), has said the Punjab Government has failed on all fronts and the people of the state have been cheated by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister.


When villagers help themselves
NANGAL KALAN (Hoshiarpur): When some residents of this village left for abroad one after the other in search of pastures new, the village did not see much in their departure. But after several years, having done well abroad, they thought of their ancestral home and now are participating in an effort to lift the village to the level of a modern town.

Follow example of Jews, Sikhs urged
AMRITSAR, Jan 21 — Giving an example of the daring of the Jews despite a hate wave against them, Mr Kulmohan Singh, general secretary of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, addressing a gathering at the historical Chheharta Sahib urged the Sikhs to follow the example of the Jews to uplift their community.

Registration manual amendment opposed
PHILLAUR, Jan 21 — All 250 naib tehsildars and 90 tehsildars of the state have decided to stop the work of the registration of sale deeds from February 10 in protest against the amendment in para 135 of the Punjab Registration Manual-1929. This decision was taken at a state-level meeting of the Punjab Revenue Officers Association, presided over by the association president, Mr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, near here, yesterday.

No danger from WTO: Amarinder
PATIALA, Jan 21 — Leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP coalition government in the state were unnecessarily trying to create a scare in the minds of the people on the WTO issue just to achieve their political objectives.

Punjab to launch anti-narcotics drive
MOGA, Jan 21 — Expressing concern over the rise in the consumption of intoxicants by schoolchildren and youths in Punjab and smuggling of narcotics from adjoining states, the government has decided to curb the menace. Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh said here yesterday that the government had decided to launch a statewide drive in this connection.

Decision to restart bus services
BATHINDA, Jan 21 — Bus services from Bathinda to Bhagu, Phoos Mandi and Tungwali villages of the district will be started shortly. The bus services to these places was stopped some time ago.

Aggarwal Sabha office-bearers
MANSA, Jan 21 — A state-level meeting of the Aggarwal Sabha was held today at the local Gaushala Bhawan. It was presided over by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister of State for Science and Technology. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was lauded for appointing the sabha’s leader M.L. Goyal as the Chief Secretary, Haryana.

Attackers flee as dogs alarm family
JALANDHAR, Jan 21 — Balbir Singh and his family were saved when their pets alarmed them as a group of 10-12 marauders attacked his farmhouse on the outskirts of Pattar Kalan village.


578 lakh sanctioned for Fatehgarh Sahib
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 21 — The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 578.12 lakh for various development schemes in this district. The amount will be distributed among all villages as per their requirement, Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner, said while addressing a sangat darshan programme at Sampli village today.

PUDA plans sale of property worth 200 cr
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 — Under a multi-pronged strategy, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) plans to sell commercial and residential property worth around Rs 200 crore by the end of the current financial year.


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