Tuesday, January 23, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Punjab to amend Revenue Act
Stamp duty on transfer of property to go
PATIALA, Jan 22 — In a major development, the Punjab Government has decided to amend the Revenue Act to facilitate stamp free transfer of property among blood relations and remove litigation on account of bequeathing of property by will .

Cong ultimatum to govt on rights violation
ABOHAR, Jan 22 — The human rights wing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has given an ultimatum to the state government to stop alleged violation of guidelines issued by the Supreme Court while disposing of the writ petition titled “D.K. Basu vs West Bengal state” with regard to safeguarding human rights as specified in the Constitution of the country and the Charter of United Nations Organisation.

Bibi summoned on March 22
CHANDIGARH, Jan 22 — In an alleged case of criminal conspiracy and defamation, Bibi Jagir Kaur, former President of S.G.P.C has been summoned to appear on March 22, by UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Naval Kumar, today. Another co-accused in the case, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, has also been summoned.

Amarinder sticks to stand on WTO
CHANDIGARH, Jan 22 — The president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee ( PPCC), Capt Amarinder Singh, will stick to his assertion that the farming community in the state (Punjab) will gain from the operation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement in the country.

Oppn misleading people: Dhindsa
SANGRUR, Jan 22 — Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and secretary-general, SAD, today accused the Opposition of misleading the people of the state with regard to mid-term assembly poll.

Pensioners threaten stir, allege neglect
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — Threatening an agitation against the failure of the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to intervene on behalf of ‘suffering’ pensioners, Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, said that pensioners were increasingly being ‘forced’ to be at the mercy of agents to get their pensions, provided the pensioners agree to provide a cut to the agents in the amounts due to them.






Red Cross footing DC’s bills
FEROZEPORE, Jan 22 — Despite poor financial health of the Red Cross Society organisational funds continue to be pumped into the fuel and telephone expenditure of the administrators.


Mann alleges threat to party workers
ROPAR, Jan 22 — The SAD (Badal) workers and ministers were threatening the workers of other parties, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann alleged here today. He said Ram Singh, a worker of the SAD (Mann), had organised a rally in Tarn Taran against the policies of the Badal government. Since then he had been receiving threats from Mr Ranjit Singh Brhampura, Cooperatives Minister, Punjab and the other office-bearers of the SAD (Badal) in the area, he alleged.

Strengthen party base: Bhattal
FARIDKOT, Jan 22 — Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, and a Congress leader has appealed the workers to sink their differences and work for strengthening the Congress. She alleged that some parties were bent upon to divide the country on communal lines to achieve their goals.

SHSAD to launch stir on Jan 24
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) will launch its struggle against the Badal government from Naushehra Majha Singh (Kanhuwal Assembly constituency) on January 24.

No differences with SAD: Mohan Lal
PATHANKOT, Jan 22 — A Press conference was organised jointly by the local units of the SAD and the BJP at the Forest Rest House here today. Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Jathedar Dilbag Singh, member, SGPC, and others were present on the occasion.

Bajwa determined to hold conference
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress, has showed his determination to hold ‘big conference’ at Srihargobindpur despite opposition by certain local Congress leaders.


Border villagers complain of neglect
GURDASPUR, Jan 22 — Residents of Bharial Bulge village complained of neglect by the authorities regarding development when Mr B. Vikram, Deputy Commissioner, along with his officers visited Tatley village to distribute cheques to the residents of the area against damage to their crops and houses. Mr Vikram distributed cheques worth Rs 1.68 lakh and Rs 1.42 lakh against damage to houses and standing crops to more than 30 residents of Tatley, Raipur Jattan and Tasmailpur villages.

Wheat in godowns found uncovered
FEROZEPORE, Jan 22 — Old wheat stock stored in three Punsup godowns in Guru Har Sahai near here is found to have been unprotected by one of the Punsup directors during a recent visit in the area.

Undertrials to go on fast
BATHINDA, Jan 22 — Undertrials at Central Jail here would observe an indefinite fast from January 26 for not getting bail.

Jobs given to Kargil heroes’ dependents
CHANDIGARH, Jan 22 — The Punjab Government today issued letters of appointment to honour dependent members of the families of the Kargil war heroes to be appointed Excise and Taxation Officers (Class 1 Service).

Stone of vegetable centre laid
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 22 — The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today laid the foundation stone of a fruit and vegetable handling centre being set up by Punjab Agri Export Corporation Limited.

Meeting of jathedars after Feb 19
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — Mr Balbir Singh Naushehra Pannu, Senior Vice-President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC, has said the first meeting of the three-member inquiry panel with Prof Manjit Singh and Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedars, Kesgarh Sahib and Damdama Sahib, respectively, will be held after February 19.

'Taktha palt' rally tomorrow
LUDHIANA, Jan 22 — Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, President All-India Youth Congress, will address a ‘Taktha palt’ rally on January 24 in front of the DC office. The rally is being organised by the Punjab Youth Congress as part of the state-level protest movement against the anti-people policies of the government.

Sikh clergy meeting may be delayed
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — Meeting of the Sikh clergy which could not be held since the controversial appointment of Giani Puran Singh as Head Granthi of the Golden Temple, may be delayed further as Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of the Akal Takht, is on religious tour of foreign countries.

48,000 posts for ex-servicemen not filled: Cong
PATIALA, Jan 22 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress Ex-Servicemen Cell Chairman Col Zorawar Singh (retd), today said despite a clear cut ruling of the Supreme Court on tenancy rights, the Akali-BJP government was doing nothing to enable them to get their property vacated from illegal occupants .

RSS ‘saffronising’ history
FEROZEPORE, Jan 22 — Firing a fresh salvo at the RSS, the suspended leader, Mr Jagmohan Kaura, has charged the organisation with floating the Itihaas Sankalan Samiti to distort history.

State-level R-Day function at Patiala
CHANDIGARH, Jan 22 — The state-level Republic Day function will be held at Patiala, where the Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), will unfurl the National Flag and take the salute.

Overbridge project hangs fire
PATIALA, Jan 22 — The much hyped overbridge project, conceived to ease traffic congestion at the busy Railway Crossing Number 22, which was in an advance stage of planning, may not see the light of day as the project has been shelved for the time being following pressure from local politicians aligned with the ruling party.

Plea for ‘patriots day’ today
SANGRUR, Jan 22 — The All-India Jai Hind Parivar has urged the Union Government to declare January 23, birthday of Subhas Chandra Bose, as ‘patriots day’.

Cigarette godown gutted
MALERKOTLA, Jan 22 — Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a devastating fire which broke out in a cigarette godown situated at Akta Nagar last night. The godown was gutted in fire. The reason of the fire is said to be a short circuit.

Seminar held on terrorism
JALANDHAR, Jan 22 — Terrorism has become a monster and a major challenge to the survival of democracy and law and order in today’s world, said Lieut-General Kamal Davar, GOC, 11 Corps.

Park turns into wasteland
MALERKOTLA: “Greenness thy name is God; wasteland thy name is graveyard.” This well-known saying is applicable to Malerkotla.

Employee serves notice on trust
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — Mr Ranjit Singh, a beldar-cum-chowkidar of the Improvement Trust served notice on the trust, seeking compliance to a labour court order that awarded him wages after quashing the order terminating his services.


Punjab postings, transfers
CHANDIGARH, Jan 22 — The following postings and transfers were ordered in Punjab today. Mr Dharam Pal, PCS, becomes Additional Managing Director, PRTC, Patiala, relieving Mr Balraj Singh Sekhon, PCS of the additional charge. 

Salary to civic body chiefs condemned
BATHINDA, Jan 22 — Mr Jagjit Singh Joga, district secretary and member, state committee of the CPI, has condemned the policy of the Punjab Government in which it has decided to pay Rs 1000 and Rs 3000 to municipal commissioners and presidents of the civic body, respectively, per month.


Mystery over theft and lynching
JALANDHAR, Jan 22 — When the ‘’golak’’ of a gurdwara in Pattar Kalan village was found broken open on the morning of January 18 the theft was not reported to the police then. But when residents of the village beat to death an alleged looter from a 12 member-strong armed gang after ‘’exchange of fire’’ between the villagers and the gangsters yesterday both the crimes were reported to the Kartarpur police who registered two separate cases.

Illicit relations behind murder
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — The blind murder of a school-going teenager, Baljinder Singh, whose body was recovered from a storm water canal on January 13, was solved today by the police with the arrest of the main accused, Salwinder Singh.

JE held for taking bribe
JALANDHAR, Jan 22 — Amrik Singh, a junior engineer of the PSEB, posted at Mahalpur in Hoshiarpur, was caught by the vigilance Bureau staff while taking a bribe of Rs 4,000 for providing a power connection to a farmer.

Thief held after seven years
GURDASPUR, Jan 22 — The police has arrested Mukhtiar Singh alias jathedar, resident of Lakhan Kalan village in Kapurthala district, for his involvement in the theft of vehicles. 

Bus, jeep collide, three killed
SAMANA, Jan 22 — Three persons, including two women, were killed and seven injured when a bus of the Patiala depot collided with a jeep near Nial village, 20 km from here, yesterday.

1 killed in road accident
BATHINDA, Jan 22 — An 18-year-old boy was killed near the lake on the Bathinda Goniana road today when his cycle was hit by a vehicle.


International conference on maths opens
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — “If we have to compete with the world in the present century, we would have to seriously upgraded our human resources especially in mathematics, science and technology”, remarked Prof P.N. Srivastava, former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a former Member of Planning Commission, here today in his inaugural address, while inaugurating the first four day international conference on industrial and applied mathematics in Indian subcontinent’ and the sixth annual conference of the Indian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, organised by Department of Mathematics of Guru Nanak Dev University at Guru Nanak Bhavan of the university.


Korean firm, Markfed plan joint venture
AMRITSAR, Jan 22 — A Korean company, Hansung, is looking forward to have a joint venture with Markfed for manufacturing and installing high-tech machinery in India for rice milling and also for an automatic grain storage system in the near future.

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