Thursday, February 1, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Badal harps on Bluestar
MAJITHA, Jan 31 — Setting the tone and tenor of electioneering, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president, today revived the 17-year-old infamous Operation Bluestar, the Delhi riots and militancy in this rural constituency, which was once a hotbed of militancy.

No major change likely in excise policy
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — There will be no major change in Punjab’s excise policy for the next financial year. Final touches are being given to the draft of the policy after a discussion at the appropriate level. It will be placed before the Council of Ministers for approval soon, it is learnt.

British liaison office in Jalandhar soon
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — A British liaison office will become functional in Jalandhar soon, says Mr Tom Macan, Deputy High Commissioner of Britain to India.

Arora: need to redefine old rules
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Mr N. K. Arora has become the Chief Secretary when Punjab is caught in a queer situation. There is lack of accountability and effectiveness and the dictates of time demand that the state role is minimal, old rules are drastically re-defined and administrative mismatch resulting in a financial crisis or anomalies is corrected.

Court’s nod to sale of hijacked plane
PATIALA, Jan 31 — The Sessions Court today expressed satisfaction at the fulfillment of conditions laid down by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Indian Airlines and gave the final nod allowing sale of the ill-fated aircraft which had been made case property after being hijacked from Kathmandu by Pak terrorists in December 1999.






CBI files challan in Harpreet case
PATIALA, Jan 31 — The CBI here today filed charge sheet against seven persons, including former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur in the alleged murder of Bibi’s daughter Harpreet in April last in the court of a special CBI Judge.


Lok Bhalai Party to contest 90 seats
FARIDKOT, Jan 31 — All-India Lok Bhalai Party will contest from 90 Assembly constituencies in the forth coming elections in Punjab. All the segments had already been identified and the list of the candidates will be finalised at a meeting to be held at Sahnewal (Ludhiana) on February 5.

‘Shaheedi samagam’ gets political
JETHUKE (Bathinda), Jan 31 — The ‘shaheedi samagam’ organised here today in connection with the killing of two youths of this village in police firing on the night of January 31 last year, turned political when various leaders of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) announced that they would continue their campaign to expose the ‘anti-people’ policies of a Punjab Minister, who was ‘politically’ responsible for the youth’s killing.


Cong dharna against police excesses
GURDASPUR, Jan 31 — A large number of Congress workers led by the Dera Baba Nanak Block Congress Committee participated in a dharna held today at Kotli Surat Malli 35 km from here against police excesses in the area. Traffic was blocked from all sides from 12 noon till late evening. At 6 p.m. 

Peppermint ‘can help’ farmers
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — One of the reasons for the economic backwardness of the Punjab farmers is the lack of scientific knowledge about growers different crops on rotation basis. 

Quake survivors in depression
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — Miss Rina Rajput and Miss Jyoti Rajput were still in beds at the Air Force camp on the outskirts of the quake-hit Bhuj district of Gujarat, on January 26.

5,000 volunteers to run community kitchen at Bhuj
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31 — Five thousand volunteers from Punjab will leave for Bhuj in Gujarat tomorrow to run a community kitchen for one lakh persons a day.

Fields out of bounds for women
ZERO LINE (Ferozepore), Jan 31 — For most women living in the frontier villages the agricultural fields close to the Indo-Pak border remain out of bounds.

Dharna threat by PRTC men
PATIALA, Jan 31 — Workers of the Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation will observe a one-day complete strike besides holding gate rallies till February 9 against the indifferent attitude of the management towards the workers.

Inmates’ shifting cause of jail violence
FEROZEPORE, Jan 31 — The shifting of about 300 undertrials from Faridkot to the local Central Jail here is said to be the root cause of frequent prisoners’ disputes.

Cyber cafes create job avenues
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — The expertise of Indian software engineers has been recognised all over the world and the boom in the Internet market has not left this city.

Death of schoolgirl: students end fast
LONGOWAL (Sangrur), Jan 31 — A large number of agitating students of the local Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya ended their two-day-old fast and dharna here this afternoon following an assurance by the top authorities of JNV, Chandigarh region.

Vanaspati yojana to be launched
ROPAR, Jan 31 — The Vanaspati Van Yojana will be launched in Punjab to popularise ayurveda in the state. To start with a 45-bigha farm would be bought under cultivation for the medicinal plant at Dyal Sandhu in Patiala.

Tributes paid to Dr Ambedkar
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — The Bathinda branch of the All-India SC-ST Railway Employees Welfare Association organised a programme to pay tributes to Dr B.R. Ambedkar in which hundreds of railway employees and officers took part.


Trial begins in kids’ murder case
JALANDHAR, Jan 31 — The trial in the cold-blooded Hina-Abhishek murder case in Jalandhar began with the recording of statements of seven persons, including the most crucial witness — seven-year-old Sahil — a neighbour and classmate of Abhishek and cousin of the accused Gagan Kanaujia in the court of Mr M.M. Aggrawal, Sessions Judge, Jalandhar.

Murder convict heads dera
NANAKSAR (Ludhiana), Jan 31 — Deceptive calm prevails in this holy shrine which is frequented by devotees from across the world. While the shrine has remained a focus of attention due to a power struggle among the followers in the past also, currently all power is alleged to have been “usurped” by a single person Baba Ghala Singh. 

Loan scandal worth lakhs unearthed
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — A loan scandal worth lakhs of rupees being run by a private person in connivance with the Assistant District Manager, Punjab Scheduled Caste Land Development and Finance Corporation, has come to light.


Principals seek promotion
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 31 — Resentment prevails amongst the officiating Principals of various Government Colleges in Punjab for not promoting them on regular basis and granting them the Principal’s grade.

PUTA to hold dharna today
PATIALA, Jan 31 — The Punjabi University Teachers Association has decided to hold dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office tomorrow over the removal of Dr K.C. Singhal as the Head of the Business Management School, besides other demands.


Contractors boycott auction
BATHINDA, Jan 31 — Two hundred contractors today boycotted auction of forest sites, held for cutting of trees by the state Forest Department authorities here today.

Improvement trust auction postponed
AMRITSAR, Jan 31 — The Improvement Trust ‘auction’ was postponed by a few hours following transporters’ ‘load’ demand to defer the auction for another 15 days as many of the applicants for today’s auction were stationed in the quake-devasted Gujarat.Top

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