Friday, February 2, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Congress predicts anti-establishment vote in Majitha
GURDASPUR, Feb 1 — Mr Ashwani Kumar, member of the AICC and senior Congress leader, talking to mediapersons here today, said the SAD-BJP government had lost ground in the state and there were anti-establishment feelings among voters of Majitha. He predicted victory of the Congress in Majitha byelection which, he claimed, would be a message for change of the SAD-BJP Government in the coming Assembly elections.

Home Guards officer booked in land case
LUDHIANA Feb 1— Mr Daljit Singh, District Commandant, Home Guards, posted at Patiala has been booked along with eight more by the district police under charges of cheating, forgery and conspiracy in a 12-year-old land dispute case over the ownership of the famous Sohi Badam Bagh in Threeke village near here.

Prisoners’ kin allege torture by jail staff
FEROZEPORE, Feb 1 — Controversy over the recent jail violence took a new turn when several relatives of injured prisoners charged the Ferozepore Central Jail staff of torturing their kin in a fit of rage.

CBI charge sheet not accepted
PATIALA, Feb 1 — The Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) has failed to get the charge sheet against four Punjab Police officers, including a former Superintendent of Police, who have been charged with the illegal detention and disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International— (BKI) activist , accepted by the designated court here .





Punjab for changes in WTO treaty
PATIALA, Feb 1 — The Punjab Government will submit its proposals for amendments to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) treaty to the Central Government in the first week of March .

Rejected rice despatched
RAMPURAPHUL, Feb 1 — Even as the rice being sent to other states by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) authorities in Punjab is no longer seen as a quality product. The Bathinda FCI authorities today despatched about 6000 bags of rice to some unknown destination. Quality-wise, this rice is allegedly from the beyond rejection limit (BRL) category.


Trucks with relief material flagged off
SANGRUR, Feb 1 — As many as nine trucks containing 20,000 blankets, 40,000 woollen and cotton clothes and some other items, were today flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anirudh Tiwari, from office of the District Red Cross Society here for victims of the earthquake in Gujarat. This material was collected by the district administration and various social organisations.

From sandy area to ‘city of lakes’
BATHINDA: Once a vast stretch of sand-dunes, this town has now developed into the ‘city of lakes’ as it has about four lakes — three constructed by the management of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) and one by the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL).

Bigamy, foeticide on the rise
Sequel to quest for male child
BATHINDA, Feb 1 — The desire to get a male child among the rural and urban middle class families in this region has given rise to instances of bigamy and foeticide.

NGO turns messiah, gives sight to boy
BATHINDA, Feb 1 — Sahiba, unable to see the world earlier can now tell you that his face is round, complexion dark, hair black and he is wearing his shirt inside out, while looking into a mirror.

HC stays order on building club
CHANDIGARH, Feb 1 — On a writ petition filed by the Country Club (India) Ltd., Hyderabad, challenging the order of the Managing Director of the Punjab State Electronics Development and Production Corporation Ltd., Chandigarh, directing the petitioner to stop any activity for setting up a club at Plot No. A-38 at SAS Nagar, a Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of the impugned order and issued notice of motion to the respondents for February 2.

Dal Khalsa for probe against DSP
AMRITSAR, Feb 1 — The Dal Khalsa yesterday asked the Punjab State Human Rights Commission to direct the state government to conduct an inquiry against the DSP of Fatehgarh police district for beating up and detaining the president of the All-India Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli.

Arrangements for census reviewed
FARIDKOT, Feb 1 — A meeting of senior officers of six districts — Bathinda, Faridkot, Ferozepore, Mansa, Moga and Muktsar — was held here today to review the census arrangements in the district.

NFL’s contract staff stage dharna
BATHINDA, Feb 1 — The contract workers of the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) today staged a dharna at the factory gate against the alleged bullying by the company’s new contractor. They shouted slogans against the contractor and the NFL management.

PSEB employees hold rally
BATHINDA, Feb 1 — Hundreds of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board held a rally here today to press the PSEB authorities to accept their demands.

Akhir Kadon Tak leaves a deep impact
PATIALA, Feb 1 — An unbending freedom fighter who will not compromise on his principles, a family which wants him to take benefits from the government for his role in the freedom movement to improve their lot, a cruel society which only pays lip service to freedom fighters — this is the theme of the play “Akhir Kadon Tak”, a unique example undertaken by the Department of Theatre and Television of Punjabi University.

Repair houses, orders DC
BATHINDA, Feb 1 — Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, today directed the the local Municipal Council authorities to carry out the necessary repairs of those houses located in Mohalla Norhian and Gali Gangaramwali of Ward 24 where cracks had appeared due to seepage of water through an underground damaged water pipe.


Pak national arrested
GURDASPUR, Feb 1 — The police yesterday arrested Razak, a Pakistan national, after he sneaked into the Indian territory by crossing the Ravi.

3 killed in road accident
JALANDHAR, Feb 1 — Three persons were killed and two injured when their jeep collided with a truck at Chuggittee here last night.

SP, DSP booked for kidnapping
SANGRUR, Feb 1— The Malerkotla police has registered a case against Surjit Singh, SP, and Gurmail Singh, DSP, of the Punjab police, for allegedly kidnapping a school teacher in March, 1994.


PUTA dharna against ‘victimisation’ 
PATIALA, Feb 1 — The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) executive today organised a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor to protest against the victimisation meted out to Dr K.C. Singhal who had been removed from headship of the School of Business Management, besides stopping of the career advancement scheme (CAS) and other issues.


New scheme hits PCO owners
ROPAR, Feb 1 — The new scheme launched by the government, including local call facility up to 200 km and LPG for all, have been welcomed by the consumers, but have spelled doom for thousands employed through public call offices (PCOs) and in the public distribution scheme (PDS) depots.

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