Saturday, February 3, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Talwandi's meeting with PM opposed
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 —The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal today termed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi’s proposed meeting with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and RSS chief K. Sudarshan as a “calculated move” to indirectly put the issue of sending jathas of Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan again under the Centre's control.

Cong complains to EC against 3 DSPs
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today made a fresh complaint against three Deputy Superintendents of Police to the Election Commission. They have been alleged to be influencing voters along with big police force in mufti.

Efforts to woo Hindu voters
CHAWINDA DEVI (Majitha), Feb 2 — The Hindu voters, who had migrated to adjoining states during days of militancy are being wooed by the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress as they hold the ‘balance of power” in this pre-dominantly rural constituency — once hot-bed of militancy.

College closed for VIP’s wedding
PATIALA, Feb 2 — It is only two months before the annual examinations, but the local Khalsa College apparently is not concerned as permission has been given to Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, Shiromani Committee member and Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister, to organise wedding of his son on college premises and also closed down the College for three days for the celebrations of marriage.

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‘Irregular’ appointments in Markfed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 2 — A number of employees of Markfed have petitioned the Registrar, Cooperatives, alleging irregular appointments and the grant of a higher scale of pay and other benefits to five officials terming it as an infringement of the rules governing the service conditions and requesting the same be struck down.

Octroi abolition leads to smuggling
FEROZEPORE, Feb 2 — The abolition of octroi in the neighbouring state of Rajasthan is prompting traders and consumers of the Abohar area to smuggle tobacco and weapons from there to evade heavy octroi on these products in Punjab.

Govt staff owe Rs 17 lakh as rent
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — Even as the Punjab Government has been facing severe financial crises for the past two years, government officials, including gazetted and non-gazetted, have not paid the rent of the government accommodations in which they have been staying during their service and even after retirement.

PUDA to offer 700 plots to public
JALANDHAR, Feb 2 — After taking possession of 105 acres of prime land belonging to the state Irrigation Department at Mallikpur village, near Pathankot, the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has finally decided to offer nearly 700 residential and commercial plots in its proposed Urban Estate at the site to the public.


Drive against oil wastage soon
FATEHGARH SAHIB: While addressing a state-level seminar organised by Indian Oil Corporation during the oil conservation fortnight recently, Mr H.S. Bedi, IOC Chief Divisional Manager, warned that oil and petroleum products were in short supply and these were not going to last more than 25 years. Hence conservation was the need of the hour.

Punjab attracts migratory birds
CHANDIGARH, Feb 2 — Punjab has caught the fancy of migratory birds. While the Harike wetland, and internationally recognised place for migratory birds by ornithologists, is overflowing with such birds, similar reports have also come in from other areas in the state.

Warrants against 4 police officers
PATIALA, Feb 2 — Non-bailable warrants have been issued against four Punjab Police officers, including a Patiala Range Deputy Inspector-General Sanjeev Gupta, for their alleged role in the illegal detention and subsequent disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI ) activist, by the designated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) court here today .

Order to suspend 2 police officials
CHANDIGARH, Feb 2 — Granting bail to an Inspector and a Head Constable, along with another accused, in an alleged fake encounter case, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Director General of Punjab Police to suspend the two officials.

Pay interest to man, forum asks dept
ROPAR, Feb 2 — The District Consumer Forum, in a judgement passed here has directed the Small Saving Department authorities to pay interest to a person in a complaint filed before the forum. Mr Vijay Kumar, a resident of Kharar, had alleged his mother, Ms Brij Nandan Kamari, had invested various amounts under the monthly income scheme of the Postal Department.

Letter: Badal favoured ‘Operation Bluestar’
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today released a letter reportedly written by late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, the then President, Shiromani Akali Dal, addressed to Mr RK Dhawan, then Private Secretary to Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, to the Press in which ‘involvement of Mr Parkash Singh Badal’ for ordering Operation Bluestar was mentioned.

Residents form sudhar sabhas
ABOHAR: After waiting for nearly four years, residents in the local municipal council have lost hopes for improved sanitation not only in the suburbs but also in the heart of the town. They have started forming mohalla sudhar samitis in various parts of this subdivisional town.

10 hepatitis-B cases in two villages
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — Even as the district health authorities have been trying their best to control cases of jaundice, 10 cases of hepatitis B have been detected in two villages namely Chauke and Koloke of this district in the past few days.

Stop salary of 59 docs: CITU
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — The vigilance committee on Esi hospital under the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will submit a memorandum to the Health Minister, Punjab pressing for stopping the payment of salary of eight doctors working in Civil Hospital, Amritsar and total 59 doctors working in various civil hospital and dispensaries in Punjab who are drawing salary from the Esi hospital’s fund.

Dog bites on rise in Bathinda
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — The incidents of the dog bite are on the rise in the city and the surrounding areas. The city residents are at risk of getting rabies as the authorities concerned have failed to take effective steps in this regard.

Homeless scramble for corridors
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — Even as the coldwave, which has gripped the region, claimed four lives recently, the homeless daily earners and beggars scramble for space on footpaths and corridors of various markets to sleep after a long day.

Prohibitory orders in Bathinda
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — In order to maintain the law and order situation in the city, the District Magistrate, Mr Jaspal Singh, has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC from February 1 to March 31.

Action sought against driver, conductor
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — Residents of various localities in the city have urged the authorities concerned to take action against the driver and conductor of bus number PB 11K-8504 for their alleged misbehaviour with passengers.

Dept’s direction son leprosy patients
CHANDIGARH, Feb 2 — A spokesman of the Department of Employment, Punjab, said here today that following the publication of a news item with regard to registration of leprosy patients and their wards in employment exchanges, instructions had been given to all concerned to ensure that no such applicant, who was otherwise eligible, was refused registration. He should also be given proper guidance and assistance for employment.


Wheat support price: farmers feel restive
FEROZEPORE, Feb 2 — Even three months after the sowing of wheat, the farmers continue to wait for the announcement of minimum support price for the crop. Inordinate delay in the announcement of minimum support price has not only fuelled speculation of reduction in the wheat price, but also sparked resentment among the farmers, who are reeling under the spiralling costs of agricultural inputs.

Fertiliser overdose eats up nutrients
CHANDIGARH, Feb 2 — Lack of policy planning for increasing agricultural production in the country has proved to be a bane for the soil health of the state with excessive use of fertilizers and chemicals making it devoid of most of its macro and micro nutrients.


Smuggler held
GURDASPUR, Feb 2 — The police has arrested Deputy Nath alias Bhalla alias Pala resident of Labdu Chak in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir a smuggler and courier of arms and ammunition and drugs. The accused has links with Pakistan-based militants, including Wadhawa Singh, chief of the Babbar Khalsa and Paramjit Singh Panjwar chief of the KCF.

Hawala racket busted, 3 held
JALANDHAR, Feb 2 — The district police claims to have busted a hawala racket, with the arrest of three persons and recovered hawala money worth Rs 2.75 lakh from their possession.

Finance firm’s MD arrested
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — Managing Director of the “Cornhill Auto Investment” was arrested and put under police remand.

Farmer kills wife, kids, self
ABOHAR, Feb 2 — Ami Lal, a farmer of Sayyedwala village today reportedly committed suicide after killing his wife and two children.

Woman booked in cheating case
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — Jaswant Kaur, wife of Gurtej Singh, a resident of Lehra Mohabbat village, has been booked in a criminal case for allegedly cheating Mr Harcharan Singh, a resident of Bhakhatgarh village of Sangrur district.


College set for platinum jubilee
HOSHIARPUR: This year is the platinum jubilee year of D.A.V. College, Hoshiarpur, which played an important role in spreading education in the most backward districts of Hoshiarpur and Kangra (now in Himachal Pradesh) before Punjab’s reorganisation in 1966.

Hostel awaits VIP for inauguration
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — The Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind has beautiful buildings, grassy lawns, well educated staff, modern infrastructure, scenic location and the support of the Red Cross but the students are living in class rooms as the newly built hostel both for girls, is waiting to be inaugurated by a VVIP.

Cataract gene ‘identified’
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — In a significant breakthrough, the Human Genetic Department at Guru Nanak Dev University here has identified the cataract gene for the first time in the world. This is the second major achievement as earlier researchers had also identified a cataract gene on chromosome number 22.

Same post, different pay scales!
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — The state Education Department authorities seem to have adopted a double standard in connection with the implementation of pay scales of vocational lecturers in senior secondary schools in the district.

9-member panel on ITI syllabi
FARIDKOT, Feb 2 — The Punjab Government has constituted a nine-member committee headed by the Deputy Director, Planning, to review different syllabi of trades related with construction of ITI buildings in the state.

Harassment, school board style
SAS NAGAR, Feb 2 — When it comes to harassing students, the Punjab School Education Board seems second to none. For the second consecutive year, the students are bearing the brunt of the mismanagement of the board authorities in the conduct of examinations.

Roll No. slips not issued
BARNALA, Feb 2 — Confusion prevails among students and authorities of educational institutions’ as the Punjab School Education Board has not issued roll number slips for the (Plus Two) and Matric annual practical examinations.

Decision on PMT marks criticised
BATHINDA, Feb 2 — The district unit of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has criticised the new move of the Medical Education Department to club the marks of class XII with that of the pre-medical test for admission to various medical colleges in the state.

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