Wednesday, January 24, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Amarinder warns party rebels
Cong kicks off campaign
SRIHARGOBINDPUR (Gurdaspur), Jan 23 — Before launching the formal election campaign from the Majha region, considered as ‘citadel of Akali Dal’, Capt Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, sounded a clear warning to the party rebels, saying ‘nobody is above the party.’

High Court
Punjab police ORP promotions stayed
CHANDIGARH, Jan 23 — Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed promotions of Punjab police personnel holding own rank pay (ORP). This order will take immediate effect, the Judge said in his order.

SI’s remand extended in Jassi case
MALERKOTLA, Jan 23 — The police remand of the controversial Sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police, Joginder Singh, who has been reverted to the rank of Head Constable following his alleged involvement in a murder case, was extended for a day in the court of the Senior Civil Judge, Mr S.K. Sachdeva, here today.

Punjab to host Presiding Officers’ Conference
CHANDIGARH, Jan 23 — Punjab has “hijacked” the 64th Presiding Officers’ Conference scheduled to be held here from January 29 to February 2.

BJP leader alleges manhandling by ASP
FEROZEPORE, Jan 23 — A piquant situation has arisen after a senior police officer allegedly manhandled a local BJP leader at his office here today.

CM’s pet project runs into rough weather
CHANDIGARH, Jan 23 — A move by the Punjab government to import Israeli dairy technology to improve Punjab livestock has run into stiff opposition from veterinary experts, dairy farmers, milk plant owners, experts from PAU as also the bureaucracy in the state.




Probe indicts revenue officials
Evacuee property being grabbed
JALANDHAR, Jan 23 — The state Revenue Department has asked all Deputy Commissioners to prepare the inventory of government lands, including the compensation pool property, and a list of pending cases and claims against properties left in Pakistan under the misused Displaced Persons (C&R) Act 1954.


Govt partial in giving grants, says Cong MLA
BATHINDA, Jan 23 — Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, Congress MLA from Talwandi Sabo, has alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been partial in giving grants to different villages for their development. He said he would soon file a writ petition to get the funds for his constituency.


Pay compensation, BSNL told
ROPAR, Jan 23 — The district consumer forum has directed the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), to constitute a high-powered committee to work out a proper procedure to settle cases involving the dugout or outstanding bills. The directions were given in the judgement delivered on a complaint of Mr K.R. Budhiraja, ex-president of the Municipal Council, Ropar.

‘Smart villages’ around Science City
JALANDHAR: As the prestigious Pushpa Gujral Science City project progresses towards the first phase of construction, Dr Abdul Kalam, noted scientist and Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, has mooted an ambitious plan to develop a cluster of 35 “smart villages” equipped with all modern facilities around the city site so that it can serve as a model for attracting investors to rural areas.

Rally for farmer’s release held
MANSA, Jan 23 — In dense fog more than 5,000 activists of the Kisan Union (Ekta) blocked traffic yesterday on the Old Court road and gheraoed the head office of Mansa Central Cooperative Bank Ltd in protest against the arrest of a farmer, Gurjant Singh, Tahilian village in the district, as he could not repay the bank loan.

TB eradication panel set up
PHILLAUR, Jan 23 — The Punjab Government has constituted TB eradication committees at all district headquarters headed by the Deputy Commissioner besides a state-level 17-member TB Eradication Committee headed by the Health Secretary, Punjab.

Vigil at Rajasansi stepped up
RAJASANSI (Amritsar), Jan 23 — The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, yesterday reviewed the security setup at the airport here. He asked various security agencies operating at the airport to step up vigil as certain desperate elements might try to storm the installation in the wake of terrorist attack at Srinagar airport 10 days ago.

Billa threatens to gherao PM
AMRITSAR, Jan 23 — The All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has threatened to gherao the Prime Minister if Hurriyat leaders are allowed to proceed to Pakistan for talks.

Youth clubs without grants for 3 years
FARIDKOT, Jan 23 — Activities at youth clubs in Faridkot and Muktsar districts have come to a standstill due to lack of funds. Since the past three years no grant had been allocated by the Punjab Government for different schemes in this connection.

Pay power bills up to Rs 5,000 in cash
PHAGWARA, Jan 23 — The Punjab State Electricity Board has allowed the consumers to deposit bills up to Rs 5,000 in cash, according to a board’s circular sent to its officers.

No car loan for lawyers’ kin
AMRITSAR, Jan 23 — The Consumer Rights Protection Society’s general secretary, Mr B.R. Preenja, has raised a ‘peculiar’ issue wherein it is noticed that car loans to persons whose relatives are either a cop or a lawyer are not entertained by private banks.


Punjab transfers
CHANDIGARH, Jan 23 — The Punjab Government today ordered the following posting and transfers in the Police Department.


5 robbers arrested
FEROZEPORE, Jan 23 — After two month-long hide and seek drama with the robbers allegedly involved in a dacoity in the city in October last, the district police claims to have solved the case by arresting five members of a gang.

2 cops booked in firing incident
FEROZEPORE, Jan 23 — Two Punjab police head constables and one Home Guard were booked for firing in the air to disperse a mob of students near Udham Singh Chowk here this morning.

Man, sister commit suicide
FAZILKA, Jan 23 — Harjit Kumar, alias Jeeta, 29, and his sister Santosh, alias Tosha, 21, of Deriwala village, 8 km from here allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison here yesterday.

Mann accident: truck driver held
ROPAR Jan 23 — Mehar Singh, the driver of the truck that hit Gurdass Mann’s vehicle leading to injuries to him and death of his driver has been arrested by the Ropar police.

Students poison teachers’ tea
PHILLAUR, Jan 23 — Fearing corporal punishment, some class VII students of Government High School, Gunachaur, near Banga, allegedly mixed some poisonous substance in the tea served during a party in the school. The party was arranged to honour those who had contributed to the Parents Teachers Association fund last evening.


VC does it again
AMRITSAR, Jan 23 — While the controversy over the selection of the son-in-law of Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, as Reader in computer science and engineering is yet to die down, the selection of his unmarried daughter, Ms Harmit, in the department of Management, has raised eyebrows again.

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