Monday, January 29, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Majitha byelection: Cong to expose govt
SANGRUR, Jan 28 — The Punjab Congress will expose the failures of the SAD-BJP government on all fronts during its election campaign in the Majitha Assembly byelection to be held on February 19.

12 promoted to rank of college principal
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 — In a belated action, 12 lecturers have been promoted as “regular” Principals of government colleges in Punjab. Orders to this effect were issued by the Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Mr G.P.S. Sahi, on January 25.

Narco-terrorism on the rise
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 — The ideological terrorism in Punjab has now transformed itself into narco- terrorism, arms and fake currency smuggling from across the border. 

30,000 vacancies in govt schools: union
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — Mr Paramjit Singh Gandhri and Mr Sucha Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the state unit of the Government Teachers Union have alleged that there is a nexus of politicians and owners of private schools which has resulted in 30,000 vacancies of teachers in government schools in Punjab.

Civil aviation may be privatised in Punjab
SANGRUR, Jan 28 — The Punjab Government is actively considering privatising civil aviation in the state which has four units at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala.

Party heads can use red lights atop vehicles
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 — After the Jathedars of the five Takhts, the Punjab Government has now decided to allow the presidents of all political parties, recognised for Punjab, to use red lights atop their motor vehicles.

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Remodelling lifeline of Majha farmers
CHANDIGARH, Jan. 28 — Soon things will begin hotting up in that typically rural Assembly constituency, Majitha, where a byelection has been announced following the death of Mr Parkash Singh Majitha, Minister without portfolio, on January 19. The bhog was held there today.


Cong may have poll tie-up with Left
PHAGWARA, Jan 28 — The Congress stalwart and opposition leader in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Chaudhry, Jagjit Singh, today did not rule out truck with the CPI and the CPM in the February 19 Majitha bypoll.

Soni to float third front
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — The announcement regarding the floating of a third front by Mr O.P. Soni, an Independent MLA, on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations may affect the forthcoming Majitha byelection scheduled for February 19. Mr Soni has announced to field candidates for the Assembly and the corporation elections.

RMPs to field candidate
TARN TARAN, Jan 28 — The Amritsar district unit of the Medical Practitioners Association, Punjab will field candidate for the Majitha Vidhan Sabha byelection. The decision was taken at a meeting of the association presided over by Dr Inderjit Singh Dheer, district president of the association.

Plea to transfer officials
TARN TARAN, Jan 28 — Master Nirvair Singh and Mr Satinderjit Singh Pannu, presidents of the Block Congress Committee and the Block Youth Congress, respectively, of Naushehra Pannuan in a joint statement here today demanded from the Election Commission that the District Education Officers, Secondary and Primary, Amritsar, be transferred for a fair and free election to the Majitha Vidhan Sabha byelection.


Relief from Rajasansi airlifted
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — An Indian Air Force aircraft today airlifted 1.50 lakh blankets from the Rajasansi airport here for the earthquake-hit town of Bhuj in Gujarat. The blankets have been donated by the Punjab Government.

District forum chief was ‘coerced’ to quit
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — The circumstances under which Mr M.S. Chawla, president of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Amritsar, resigned has taken a queer turn with the other two members of the forum consisting of Dr A.K. Girgla and Mr Rampal Chatrath accusing the state Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission of keeping the government in the dark about the resignation letter of Mr Chawla which begins with the words — “As directed by the honourable Mr Justice H.S. Brar”.

Kuka movement ‘fired patriotic fervour’
LUDHIANA, Jan 28 — The 186th birth anniversary of Baba Ram Singh is being celebrated tomorrow at his native village Rayan, near Bhaini Sahib, 25 km from here.

A city with skewed growth
BATHINDA: Owing to an increase in population, the city has seen the development of planned and unplanned colonies. However most of the residential colonies that have come up during the past two decades have not been planned properly. The government agencies concerned have not been able to check the haphazard growth of the city.

Action against four market encroachers
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — The local municipal council authorities have initiated action against four shopkeepers in Gandhi Ground Market for encroaching on market ‘corridor’ used as thoroughfare.

Mittal opens hospital
ROPAR, Jan 28 — Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, lent support to the cause of the oustees of the Bhakra and the National Fertilisers Ltd (NFL), Nangal, projects at a function held at Nangal today.

State-of-the-art heart hospital
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — Sigma Heart Institute and Speciality Hospital, a tertiary level heart care hospital, was inaugurated today by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Agriculture and Fertilisers.

Tributes paid to Lala Lajpat Rai
MOGA, Jan 28 — Floral tributes were paid to Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai today to mark the occasion of 136th birth anniversary of the Punjab Kesari. Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh along with hundreds of people placed flower petals on the Lalaji’s memorial at Dhudike near here and visit the martyrs gallery at the memorial.

3 of family killed in mishap
LUDHIANA, Jan 28 — Tragedy struck the Chadha family with three of its male members losing their lives in a road accident near Nauni village, about 45 km from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. The deceased included Amandeep Singh (19), his cousin Gurjinder Singh (23) and the latter’s brother-in-law Ravinderpal Singh (34).

Border farmers to hold protest
FEROZEPORE, Jan 28 — In order to highlight the plight of frontier farmers, the left parties and the fledgeling Border Area Sangharsh Committee have decided to stage a demonstration on February 7 in Mamdot, near here.

President’s medal for Jalandhar cop
JALANDHAR Jan 28 — “A policeman should be polite, committed to the public,” said Mr Ishwar Chander, a 1991 batch IPS officer selected for the 2001 President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

PSEB body rejects revised pay scales
MANSA, Jan 28 — The western zone of Accounts Audit and Administrative Services Association of the PSEB at a meeting held here yesterday rejected the revised pay scales announced by the board.

Withdrawal of octroi sought
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — The Punjab Beopar Mandal, Punjab Sarafa Union and a number of representatives of trade unions assured that they would support the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP in the forthcoming elections if the government withdraws its decision of giving octroi collection rights to the private contractors.

Cops’ widows resent govt ‘indifference’
TARN TARAN, Jan 28 — Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister of State for Agriculture, Punjab, yesterday had to face the resentment of the widows and other family members of the policemen who were gunned down by the militants. He was here to attend the Republic Day celebrations.

Ex-servicemen bhavans for all districts
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 28 — Ex-servicemen bhavans will be constructed at all district headquarters in Punjab where ex-servicemen can sit together and chalk-out welfare schemes. This was stated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, while addressing a state-level rally of ex-servicemen at Tanda, 32 km from here, yesterday.

Coop societies fleece farmers
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — A large section of farmers, already neck-deep in debt, is being made to cough up more. Various fertilisers available with the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, functioning under the state government’s Cooperative Department, are being sold to the farmers at far higher the price than in the open market.

Army canteens being ‘misused’
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — The Hindu Shiv Sena has alleged that canteens set up for Army personnel and ex-servicemen, are being misused by civilians.

Mentally challenged celebrate R-Day
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — The word “republic” may not mean anything to them, but their emotions came to the fore when some of their colleagues sang the National Anthem and they responded at once by waving the Tricolour in their hands.

Phones dead as fire destroys exchange
SUNAM, Jan 28 — All the local telephones and those in adjoining villages are lying dead since last night as the newly commissioned local telephone exchange, with a current capacity of 9000 lines, was burnt due to fire.

Hasham Trust to honour CEC
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — The Hasham Shah Memorial Trust will honour five personalities, including Dr Manohar Singh Gill, Chief Election Commissioner, during its two-day festival beginning February 14 at Jagdev Kalan village.

Swami Vivekanand’s b’day celebrated
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — The district unit of the Swami Vivekanand Study Circle organised a function to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekanand, which was on January 12, at a school here today. The function was attended by a number of delegates and representatives of various NGOs.


Wheat procurement arrangements on
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 28 — To procure the wheat in time and to avoid any harassment to farmers during procurement season, arrangements in this connection are being made in advance in Punjab.

Records tampered with, Kanungo suspended
ROPAR, Jan 28 — The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, has suspended a Kanungo, Bahadur Singh, on the charge of tampering with the revenue records. An inquiry against the Kanungo was started on a complaint by residents of Kakot village.

Board to ban films showing violence
PHILLAUR, Jan 28 — The Central Board of Film Certification will soon draft a comprehensive policy to ban the films showing violence and vulgarity in the country

Telecom GM warns police stations
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — Police stations which do not clear their telephone bills will lose the facility of ‘outgoing’ calls. This was stated here by Mr K.C. Jindal, General Manager, Telecom, after reports of substantial bills pending against police stations was brought to his notice by mediapersons.


Canal water theft: 100 cases registered
FEROZEPORE, Jan 28 — More than 100 criminal cases have been registered against those involved in canal water theft in Abohar during the past six months even as the menace continues unabated.

Held for immoral trafficking
GURDASPUR, Jan 28 — The police has busted a gang involved in the sale of girls. SSP Varinder Kumar today said that the police had arrested Dyal Singh who had purchased one girl, Tajmira of West Bengal for Rs 10,000. The said girl has also been freed by the police.

56 kg of poppy husk seized
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — The district police has arrested three persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics. It has also arrested a person for possessing an unlicensed pistol.

Two of 7-member gang arrested
JALANDHAR, Jan 28 — The police today claimed to have busted a seven-member gang headed by a Bawaria, a denotified criminal tribe, with the arrest of two of its members from whom a countrymade pistol and four cartridges had been recovered.

In-laws booked for poisoning woman
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 28 — The district police has registered a case against the in-laws of Gurmeet Kaur, who was married to Bakshish Singh, resident of Dhubali village, for allegedly trying to poison her for not bringing sufficient dowry. Gurmeet Kaur was admitted to local Civil Hospital. Her condition is stated to be critical.

Looter nabbed
PATIALA, Jan 28 — A looter, identified as Sinder Singh, who along with another unidentified person, tried to loot a liquor vend at Fardulapur village, near Amloh, was nabbed by the Amloh police with the help of people of Rajewal village where both the miscreants tried to hide.

Robber arrested
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 28 — The district police yesterday arrested a robber while his accomplice managed to escape as they attempted to loot a liquor shop.


Teachers put off action plan
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 — The Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union at a meeting of its State Executive Committee has decided to endorse the decision of its office-bearers to postpone all action for a month in view of the offer of Master Mohan Lal, Minister of Education, Punjab, on January10, to implement all pending issues besides the pension- cum-gratuity scheme.

‘Remove admission clause for PG test’
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — Reacting sharply to the admission clause added to the prospectus for PG Entrance Test 2001, released by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, the Punjab PCMS Association has said such a high handedness by the Punjab Government will not be tolerated and opposed till it is withdrawn.

School building inaugurated
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — Mr Bhan Singh Bhauora, MP, today inaugurated the building of Shree Narain Bal Vidya Mandir Primary School in the town.

PCCTU to honour Waryam Sandhu
PHAGWARA, Jan 28 — Prof Waryam Singh Sandhu will be honoured in the academic session of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union to be held at Ludhiana on February 4 for having won the Sahit Academy Award for outstanding contribution to Punjabi literature.


PCO owners suffering losses
BATHINDA, Jan 28 — Rupinder Pal Kaur was born handicapped about 28 years ago. She started the STD PCO in the town to earn her livelihood about nine years ago.
Mr Balwinder Singh Cheema, a physically handicapped and graduate PCO owner, has been running this business for the past four years to keep the kitchen fires burning.


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