Tuesday, January 30, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Rajmohinder SAD-BJP choice 
AMRITSAR, Jan 29 — The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, today took lead by announcing its candidate, Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, Rajya Sabha member for the crucial Majitha byelection even as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee which was scheduled to declare its candidate today had to defer the decision till tomorrow, in the wake of a number of claimants for the party ticket.

SHSAD projects Tohra as CM
DHURI, Jan 29 — Top leaders of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday projected Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SHSAD, as the next Chief Minister of the state and called upon the people to give power and an opportunity to Mr Tohra to save and serve Punjab, at the political conference of the SHSAD held in the local old Grain Market under the presidentship of Mr Tohra.

Sikh jathas: Talwandi to meet PM
CHANDIGARH, Jan 29 — In an endeavour to sort out the issue of sending Sikh jathas to Pakistan on various occasions, including the ensuing Baisakhi, the President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, will meet the Prime Minister on February 6, a day before his meeting with the RSS chief, Mr K.S. Sudarshan, in the Union Capital.

Scholars oppose globalisation
JALANDHAR, Jan 29 — Globalisation and liberalisation were the products of minds of those who believed in neo-colonisation and materialism, and the Indian leadership, has bowed before the multinational companies. 




Punjab to start IT courses for drop-outs
MALOUT, Jan 29 — The Punjab government has decided to impart Information Technology education to the school drop-outs in the state. Official sources said that the Punjab government had decided to extend the facility of free education in the IT to those school drop-outs who had left studies due to poverty or lack of knowledge.


600 spinning mill workers join SAD
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today got a shot in the arm when at least 600 members of the Bathinda Cooperative Spinning Mill Workers Union joined the party in presence of Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal, at a function organised here.

Wipe out Cong in next poll: Hussain
JAITU (Faridkot), Jan 29 — The death anniversary of a BJP leader, Mr Gurbachan Singh “Patanga” , virtually turned into a pre-poll campaign, when the Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Mr Shah Nawaz Hussain, appealed to the Sikhs to wipe out the opposition Congress in the next assembly election.


Punjab sends 2 lakh blankets
AMRITSAR, Jan 29 — Even as Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal appealed to Punjabis to donate liberally blankets, woollen sheets, lohis, clothes and articles of daily use for earthquake victims. Capt Amarinder Singh president of the PPCC talking to mediapersons today pressed for the urgency of sending foodgrains to quake victims, such as rice that is in plenty in Punjab obviously an attempt at cutting on the fervent appeal of the Chief Minister.

Periphery area residents meet Governor
CHANDIGARH, Jan 29 — A deputation of residents of areas surrounding Chandigarh today met the Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) and submitted a memorandum to him opposing the new city of Anandgarh. The deputation was led by Mr Shamsher Singh Dulo, MP, and Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, a former Punjab Minister.

Noise, air pollution affect Abohar
ABOHAR: This sub-divisional town of Ferozepore district has emerged as a highly polluted area, thanks to apathy of the civil and police authorities. Even after local as well as district authorities received a number of complaints, action was deferred due to political or other kinds of influence, sources said. The residents of many localities are protesting against the functioning of small-scale industrial units in residential areas.

HC summons CBI record on PCA land
CHANDIGARH, Jan 29 — Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned the record of CBI on the basis of which UT’s Special Judge, Mr B.S. Bedi, had quashed the FIR pertaining to the allotment of 15 acres of land to the Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali

Three of family die in mishap 
LUDHIANA, Jan 29 — Tragedy struck the Chadha family living in the Book Market area once again 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, his cousin Gurjinder Singh and the latter’s brother-in-law Ravinderpal Singh.

Encyclopaedia of Sikhism to be on DVD
PHAGWARA, Jan 29 — The Canada-based first author of multimedia Encyclopaedia of Sikhism on CD-ROM, Mr Raghbir Singh Bains, today declared the encyclopaedia would be brought on still more sophisticated DVD in 2002.

Sikhs urged to shun rituals
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 29 — The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, about 20 km from here, yesterday celebrated the “agman purv of Guru Gobind Singhji in a different way. Besides organising kirtan durbar and a religious congregation the trust invited Sikh scholars to mobilise and educate the people regarding the teachings of the great Sikh gurus and exhort them to devote themselves for the welfare of mankind rather than getting immersed in ritualism.

Residents sick of power cuts
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — The district has got two power plants but still has the ‘distinction’ of facing frequent, long and unannounced power cuts. The two thermal plants of the district, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant Bathinda and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant at Lehra Mohabat have produced record power the last year still the residents face the uncertainty of power cuts. 

Women should fight for rights: Uma
BADAL (Muktsar), Jan 29 — Ms Uma Bharti, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, said the women would not secure equal rights in society unless they get equal respect from every member of society.

Rich tributes paid to Baba Ram Singh
RAYIANA (LUDHIANA), Jan 29 — Glowing tributes were paid to Baba Ram Singh, the founder of the Kuka movement, on his 186th birth anniversary here today. A simple but impressive function was organised here in his native village, which was attended by hundreds of people belonging to different sects and ideologies.

Khalra panel decries RSS statements
AMRITSAR, Jan 29 — The Khalra Mission Committee took strong objection to the reported statement by the RSS spokesman Mr M.G. Vaidya reiterating RSS earlier stand of “Sikhs as part and parcel of the great Hindu society.”

Stamp on Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir released
CHANDIGARH, Jan 29 — A stamp on Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, a veteran freedom fighter and first Chief Minister of reorganised Punjab in 1966, was released by Mr Ram Bilas Paswan, Union Communications Minister, at Delhi at a formal function to commemorate the stamp on personality series: ‘‘Socio-Political’’ on January 27.

TB eradication drive stepped up
FARIDKOT, Jan 29 — The Punjab Government has divided the state into four zones to mobilise the TB eradication programme in the state. A state-level committee headed by the Principal Secretary, Health, has also been constituted in this regard, said Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, at a press conference here today.

Truckers’ threat to boycott FCI goods
BARNALA, Jan 29 — The Sangrur Truck Operators Union has threatened Food Corporation of India not to transport any of its commodities unless payments of truckers for transporting paddy were cleared and their securities refunded.

Spinning mill union leader ends fast
MANSA, Jan 29 — The district administration was able to persuade Mr Jagdev Singh Chakerian, general secretary of the Save Mansa Cooperative Spinning Mill Action Committee, to end the fast today which he had begun on January 22.

Price panel’s recommendations criticised
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — The Punjab state unit of the Janata Dal (United) has criticised the recommendations of the Commission on Agricultural Cost and Price to reduce the minimum support price of wheat by Rs 60.

312-cr scheme for SCs
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Minister for Science and Technology, has said the state government would spent Rs 312 crore for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes under the component scheme in the current financial year.


300 cr to be spent on 29 flyovers 
JALANDHAR, Jan 29 — The Punjab Government has chalked out a special programme under which an amount of Rs 300 crore would be spent for construction of 29 flyovers in different parts of the state.


Fake recruitment scam detected
Warrants issued against two
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — The district police has secured the arrest warrants of Amarjit Singh Chadda, president, and Subhash Kumar, an office-bearer of the Security Guard Union affiliated with a Class IV Employees’ Union of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for their alleged involvement in cheating people of crores through a fake recruitment agency.

Gang of robbers busted, 2 held
JALANDHAR, Jan 29 — The district police claims to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of two of its members and recovered 25 kg of poppy husk from their possession.

Terrorist held, 2 pistols seized
BATHINDA, Jan 29 — The district police has made a major achievement by arresting Harcharan Singh, alias Tally, who was allegedly involved in terrorist activities, and has seized two .12 bore pistols and four live cartridges from his possession.

Sarpanch held for defalcation
GURDASPUR, Jan 29 — The Dorangla police today arrested Mahinder Kaur, Sarpanch of Paharipur village, while her accomplice Rajinder Singh, Panchayat Secretary, a resident of Khokhar, 5 km from here, is absconding. The accused had misappropriated panchayat funds to the tune of Rs 3.09 lakh. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, said that a case under Section 409, IPC, had been registered against the accused.


PUTA to put up issues before PFUTA
PATIALA, Jan 29 — The Punjab Federation of University Teachers Associations, will take up the case of alleged victimisation, “tardy” implementation of the career advancement scheme and the decision to get teachers appraised by students in Punjabi University at a meeting being held on the campus here on February 3.


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