Sunday, February 4, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






College wall broken for VIP’s wedding
PATIALA, Feb 3 — Throwing all rules to the wind, the local Khalsa College management has allowed breaching of its boundary wall to create entry and exit points to the “pandal” set up at its playground on the occasion of the marriage celebrations of the son of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC member and Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister.A portion of the boundary wall of Khalsa College in Patiala which was broken to facilitate the marriage celebrations of the son of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, OSD to Chief Minister.

A portion of the boundary wall of Khalsa College in Patiala which was broken to facilitate the marriage celebrations of the son of Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, OSD to Chief Minister. 
— photo by Subhash Patialvi

Badal trying to humour BJP
LUDHIANA, Feb 3 — The appointment of Mr N. K. Arora as the Chief Secretary, Punjab is being described as a tactful move by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to keep his alliance partner, the BJP in good humour. The decision is understood to have been prompted by the compulsions of Mr Badal. Mr Arora is believed to be close to the BJP, particularly minister for local bodies, Balramji Dass Tandon.

PPCC team to meet poll officials today
AMRITSAR, Feb 3 — A deputation of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee will meet the Election Commission at New Delhi tomorrow for deployment of the CRPF or the Border Security Force for the Majitha byelection.

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Punjab to buy 2 lakh bags of potato
PATIALA, Feb 3 — The Punjab Government has decided to purchase two lakh bags of potato in cooperation with Nafed through a government intervention scheme at the rate of Rs 2 per kg to help potato growers of state who are not finding any buyers for their produce.

NRI alumni bring hope for hospital
PATIALA, Feb 3 — Patients visiting the barrack-style humid and dark Emergency Centre of Government Rajindra Hospital here, can hope for things to improve. However, it is not the Punjab Government which is going to improve things, but former students of the medical college who have now settled abroad.

Bid to capture coal trade with goonda tax?
LUDHIANA, Feb 3 — After the intense struggle witnessed between political heavyweights of the ruling Akali Dal for achieving supremacy in the liquor and cement trade in this industrial hub of the state, the attention has now shifted to the lucrative trade of coal and transportation from dry port Dhandari Kalan here.

FCI suspends two officers
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — The Food Corporation of India (FCI), Punjab, has placed two assistant managers under suspension for their alleged involvement in despatching the ‘beyond rejection limit (BRL)’ rice to Maharashtra from Rampura Phul through a special rake on February 1.


SHSYAD meeting postponed
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — The meeting of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (SHSYAD) which was to be held at Mansa on Monday has been postponed and the new date will be announced soon.


Devoted to TB eradication
FAZILKA: The Social Welfare Society, a local voluntary social organisation engaged in serving the poor and ailing for the past 15 years, has been doing commendable service to the suffering by donating blood to needy patients and striving for the eradication of tuberculosis.

PNFC workers hold blockade
Una-Chandigarh traffic hit
ROPAR, Feb 3 — Workers of Punjab National Fertilisers and Chemicals (PNFC) at Nangal today held a blockade at the Nangal Dam bridge, disrupting traffic on the Una-Chandigarh road for about an hour.

Scarcity of potable water irks residents
Underground water declared unfit
KOTKAPURA, Feb 3 — Residents of this town known as Asia’s biggest cotton market have not been receiving potable water supply for the past one week but the authorities concerned have “failed” to take necessary steps in this connection.

Donates Rs 1 lakh on Waheguru’s order
JALANDHAR, Feb 3 — An old man dropped in The Tribune office here, handed over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to the staff and moved towards the exit. On being stopped, he emphasised that he did not want publicity but only to help the unfortunate rendered homeless by the fury of nature in Gujarat.

“Galiara Yojana” faces neglect
AMRITSAR: The glory of ‘Galiara’ (Beautification of the surroundings of Golden Temple), which was started amid fan-fare in 1988, has started fading away due to indifferent attitude of all concerned.

No progress beyond foundation stone
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — Over the years, it has become a fashion among ruling politicians to cash in on the crowds available at religious melas by organising their party conferences on these occasions and laying foundation stones of minor schemes to project the developmental face of their government.

Fish market bane for residents
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — The fish market opposite to the railway station here has become a nuisance for residents of a nearly locality. Whereas encroachments are galore in the market, residents of Madhok Pura have to encounter foul smell, parking problems and abuses of drunkards who throng the area.

Doc gives law a ‘go-by’, builds structure
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — In a glaring example of violation of law, a piece of land which was to be used as a coal depot is to be converted into a hospital by a private doctor in the city. Dr Shiv Dutt Gupta, who owns the land on Amrik Singh Road has constructed a building to be converted into a hospital shortly.

Plea for CBI inquiry rejected
AMRITSAR, Feb 3 — The Union Home Ministry has rejected a plea for a CBI inquiry into senior bank manager Naresh Mahajan’s murder case.

Pak flag, LeT’s effigy burnt
WAGAH (Amritsar), Feb 3 — Taking a serious note of the help taken from Pakistan by India regarding relief operations in quake-hit Gujarat, the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front’s Amritsar unit, headed by Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu, general secretary, Punjab, today burnt an effigy of Lashkar-e-Toiba, and of the Pakistani flag.

7 hurt as bus overturns
ROPAR, Feb 3 — At least seven persons were injured when a Himachal Roadways bus overturned on the Chandigarh-Ropar road near Charheri village, about 10 km from here. According to the sources, the accident occurred when the driver of the Chamba-bound bus got dazed due to the sharp light of a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and lost control. The bus was coming from Delhi.

Action against contractor sought
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — Chander Shekhar, general secretary, CITU, Punjab, has condemned the alleged bullying by the new contractor of the local National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) and demanded action against the goons who threatened labourers on Thursday.

800 cases taken up at lok adalat
PATHANKOT, Feb 3 — A special lok adalat for bank cases was held here today under the guidance of Mr Justice N.K. Sood of The Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the Punjab State Legal Services Authority and Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, also of the same court.


Punjab Stamp Duty “collection up”
CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister, Punjab, said that his department had collected Rs 285.60 crore by way of registration fee and Stamp Duty in the first half of current year which was Rs 73.50 crore more than the corresponding period of last year. He said that there was 34 per cent increase in the collections of various duties in the Revenue Department.


Youth stages own kidnapping
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Feb 3 — A case of extorting money from one’s own parents has come to light in the district following the arrest of Amrik Singh a resident of Bhadla village by the police.

Rs 30,000 looted from petrol station
FAZILKA, Feb 3 — At least 10 masked men looted Rs 30,000 from a petrol station on the Fazilka-Abohar road near Banwala village, 6 km from here, today. According to a report lodged with the police by Mr Raghav Dhuria, operator of the government-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd petrol station, the dacoits, carrying some firearms and other weapons, reached the petrol station around 2 a.m., cut off telephone wire and forcibly took keys of safe from the employees.

Drive against flesh trade yields results
BATHINDA, Feb 3 — Sandy (not real name) has been running a brothel in this city for the past one year and has been luring innocent girls belonging to rural areas of this district into the profession of flesh trade. She used to charge between Rs 500 and Rs 1000 from the customers.


Move on colleges opposed
CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Mr Narinder Sharma, President of the Muktsar district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has strongly opposed the move to transfer the affiliation of Colleges of Muktsar district to Punjabi University, Patiala from the Panjab University.

PCCTU academic session today
CHANDIGARH, Feb 3 — Annual Academic Session of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) will be held at the Panjab University Extension Library, Ludhiana on February 4.

Procession taken out to collect relief material
PATIALA, Feb 3 — A large procession was taken out through the streets of the city, headed by Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University here today.

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