Sunday, January 28, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






SAD candidate tomorrow
Do-or-die battle in Majitha: Amarinder
AMRITSAR, Jan 27 — Even as the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Shiromani Akali Dal today authorised its president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to announce the candidate for the crucial Majitha byelection, Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has convened a meeting of the party on January 29 at Amritsar for launching a do-or-die battle against the ruling party.

“Reign of terror” in Tappa
Policemen deny allegations
CHANDIGARH, Jan 27—To protest against the “reign of terror let loose” by certain policemen and to give vent to their feelings, a group of residents from Tappa, led by a human rights activist, Ms Naresh Kumari Bawa, moved from office to office here a few days ago to narrate “hair raising stories” in an endeavour to get “justice” besides seeking an “immediate end to their ordeal”.

Political interference stalls police work?
LUDHIANA, Jan 27 — Political bosses and obliging police officers are being held responsible for the all-time high crime rate in the city. The local police, however, claims that the heinous crimes that have taken place in the recent past were only sporadic incidents and that the police has been on its toes to check the crime in the megapolis.

LPG for all in 3 Punjab dists
State to surrender kerosene quota in Feb
ROPAR, Jan 27 — The Punjab Government will surrender its kerosene quota in Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts from Feburary. The scheme will be started from Ropar after the inauguration by the Union Petroleum Minister. The Petroleum Ministry has already taken steps to increase the quota of LPG at the existing agencies in these districts to ensure its easy availability for all.




  Punjab gains on cotton front
Registers 30 pc rise in production
BATHINDA, Jan 27 — Punjab, which was facing a big crisis on the cotton front for the past several years, has made substantial gains this year as far as cotton production is concerned. Already eight lakh bales of cotton have arrived in the cotton market in the state. By the end of the cotton season next month two lakh bales more are expected in the market.


Revival of temple issue ‘exposes’ BJP
BARNALA, Jan 27 — Following the revival of Ram Temple issue the hidden agenda of the BJP stands exposed.


Reorient farm research: Jacob
PATIALA, Jan 27 — The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) yesterday called for reorientation of research in the agriculture sector with greater thrust on biotechnology, besides diversification of cropping patterns to maintain the pre-eminent position of the state in this field .

Sonar named Director of Agriculture
CHANDIGARH, Jan 27 — The manner in which the Punjab Government appoints and removes Director of Agriculture every other day makes insides ask:

Four Pak intruders chased away
FEROZEPORE, Jan 27 — The BSF claims to have foiled an attempt by the ISI to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations by chasing away four unidentified Pakistanis from intruding into the Indian territory from near Jagdish post here.

Truck that stopped rail traffic
BATHINDA, Jan 27 — The traffic on the Bathinda-Ambala rail section was affected when a truck broke down in the middle of a level crossing on the Bathinda-Mansa main road on the intervening night of January 25 and 26 here.

Polluting unit closed
ABOHAR, Jan 27 — A confectionary unit located near the main post office was closed on Thursday in compliance with the orders of the SDM, Mr Darshan Singh Grewal.

VRS for govt staff soon: Kanwaljit
PHAGWARA, Jan 27 — The Punjab Finance Minister, Captain Kanwaljit Singh, has disclosed that a very attractive voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for government employees would be notified in the next few days.

Helping youth overcome stress
BATHINDA: “Invest in youth if you want to build a healthy nation” is the motto of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. The real future of the country lies in the youth and proper care, guidance and motivation at the tender age should be ensured so that they grow up as productive members of society, says one of the student guides of the vidyalaya.

This exchange offers few jobs
ABOHAR, Jan 27 — The performance of the Employment Exchange here during the past one year has been poor. The balance sheet of the exchange reveals that only three persons have got employment through the local exchange which has registration of 7101 persons, including 1325 women and 5776 men.

Spurs to check soil erosion demanded
GURDASPUR, Jan 27 — Residents of more than 12 villages located on Indo-Pak border across rivers Ravi and Ujh are facing problems due to the soil erosion by these rivers. Around 12 houses and standing crops were washed away in the floods about eight months ago at Kajle village.

Artificial limbs hospital opened
BATHINDA, Jan 27 — An artificial limbs hospital has been opened in the city. Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, today inaugurated the hospital built at a cost of Rs 30 lakh by non-government organisation.


PUTA may launch agitation over Singhal issue
PATIALA, Jan 27 — The removal of Punjabi University School of Management head, Dr K.C. Singhal, from his post by the Syndicate may turn into a major source of attrition between the authorities and the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), with the latter deciding to put up the issue before the University Vice-Chancellor as well as start an agitation to set right the ‘’injustice’’ done upon Dr Singhal.

Prof Dandiwal honoured
CHANDIGARH, Jan 27 — Prof D.G. Singh Dandiwal, an eminent educationist and research scholar of Jalandhar, has been honoured by the New Delhi-based International Integration and Growth Society and India International Council for Industries and Trade with the Vikas Ratan award, a gold medal and the Rashtriya Nirman Ratan award.

21,600 pupils to get free education
FARIDKOT, Jan 27 — The Punjab Government plans to provide higher education free of cost to those pupils who will get top positions in the middle standard examinations in the state. Under the scheme 100 pupils will be selected from each block in the state. There are 216 blocks in Punjab. Special attention will be paid towards Dalit pupils in this connection. The scheme will be introduced from the next academic session.

Training centre for rural girls
BATHINDA, Jan 27 — A training centre for girls from rural areas has been opened at Mehta village in the district. The centre will train the girls in embroidery and sewing skills.


BSNL to start Internet facilities in Patiala
PATIALA, Jan 27 — Problems in Internet connectivity will soon be a thing of the past for local residents with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) deciding to start Internet facilities here from next month. Internet nodes will be commissioned at Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib on February 1. Following this, 1000 connections will be given on both nodes, according to sources in the Telecom Department.

Power frequency meters mooted
PATIALA, Jan 27 — To encourage power supply discipline, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB ) is getting frequency meters installed in all medium and large scale business consumers so that they could regulate the supply themselves.

PCO owners seek more commission
BATHINDA, Jan 27 — Ms Rupinder Pal Kaur and Mr Balwinder Singh Cheema, both physically handicapped, started the STD-PCO shops in the town to keep the kitchen fire burning.

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