Monday, February 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Badal mingles with voters
Police on tenterhooks
MAJITHA, Feb 4 — Even as Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, who has “Z plus” security, continues to freely mingle with voters of this constituency, once infested by militants, the police remains on tenterhooks.

Space shortage hampers milling
FCI ‘diktats’ slowing down operations
MUKTSAR, Feb 4 — The acute shortage of space to store rice and the alleged ‘diktats’ of the Food Corporation of India authorities in connection with the acceptance of same, seems to have started hampering the paddy milling operations in Bathinda, Mansa and this district.

2 Babbar Khalsa men arrested
JALANDHAR Feb 4—A Babbar Khalsa conspiracy to cause another round of bomb explosions in Punjab and Delhi was averted following arrest of two Pakistan-trained aides of Wadhawa Singh, Pakistan-based chief of the ISI backed militant outfit by the Jalandhar police along with 9 kg of PETN explosive and 15 kg heroin.

No pay for docs doing postgraduation
LUDHIANA, Feb 4 — The Punjab Government has decided not to pay the Punjab Civil Medical Services doctors who chose to do postgraduation. This will adversely affect the rural healthcare with not many doctors opting to serve the rural areas of the state.

Rival group misleading docs: PCMSA
PATIALA, Feb 4— PCMS doctors doing postgraduate courses in state medical colleges will continue to be considered on duty and get full pay instead of a stipend, as mentioned in a recent advertisement for admission to postgraduate courses.




Riot-hit descend on Majitha
MAJITHA, Feb 4 — Corner meetings being held by Delhi riot victims may trigger communal passions in this area which witnessed a number of killings during terrorism. A large jatha of widows and other victims of the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 have launched an intensive campaign against the Punjab Pradesh Congress.

Demolition drive triggers violence
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — The demolition drive launched by the Punjab Urban Development Authorities on the Dhobiana road today triggered violence, leaving many policemen and other people injured and forcing the police to resort to firing in the air.


From militancy to anti-ageing methods
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 — From rearing Punjab militants to teaching anti-ageing techniques is a long journey. But Dr Sohan Singh, a one-time leading ideologue of the dreaded Panthic Committee which spearheaded the violent “Khalistan” movement in Punjab for more than a decade, appears to be moving towards the road to normalcy rather smoothly.

Illegal constructions continue unabated
ROPAR, Feb 4 — Unauthorised high-rise constructions that may pose threat to the life of general public are continuing unabated in the market area of the Bhakra Beas Management Board township at Nangal.

Bibi meets supporters ahead of hearing
PHAGWARA, Feb 4 — Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur last night had closed-door meeting with her close associates at an eating place on the outskirts of Phagwara block. Eyewitness today told this reporter that while Bibi Jagir Kaur came around 9 pm, her supporters started trickling in a few minutes later.

18 Lok Adalats held in Hoshiarpur
HOSHIARPUR, Feb 4 — Eighteen Lok Adalats were organised under the presidentship of Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, at the PWD Rest House, Dasuya, 40 km from here, today.

Broken roads cause back injury
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — Drive carefully on the city roads or you may land yourself in hospital with back problem. Most of the interior as well as main roads are dotted with potholes. Several persons who have driven motor cycles and scooters without taking due care have subsequently suffered from disc displacement.

Improvement trust fails to deliver
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — The Bathinda Improvement Trust was founded in 1973 and since then its budget has grown to Rs 9 crore for 2000-01. The budgetary requirements of the BIT are taken care of by the various charges, fees, fines and profits generated by the trust and it has no grant-in-aid system.

Cattle tethered on hospital land?
FEROZEPORE: The 60-bedded Civil Hospital block near Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk here, which houses the TB ward, the children’s ward, the family planning wing, the artificial limb centre and the office of the Deputy Medical Commi-ssioner, is located in unhygienic surroundings.

Irate farmers hold meeting with BSF
FEROZEPORE, Feb 4 — A meeting between irate members of Border Area Sangharsh Committee and BSF officials was held recently at Mamdot, near here, to discuss the difficulties being faced by the farmers on account of security restrictions.

All set for langar for quake victims
AMRITSAR, Feb 4 — The ‘langar’ tradition in Sikhism that has stood the test of time from a daily offering to meeting national exigencies has once again emerged to meet the formidable challenge of feeding the people suffering in the aftermath of the Gujarat quake.

Quake victim cremated
AMRITSAR, Feb 4 — The mortal remains of Yogesh Bhaskar, who died in the Ahmedabad disaster after saving several lives, were consigned to flames here today.

MP : govt misleading public on projects
PHAGWARA, Feb 4 — Member of Parliament Santosh Chaudhary today accused the Punjab Government of misleading the public on various projects.


‘Free’ power vs solar power
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 — Solar-powered tubewells, introduced by PEDA, acronym for Punjab Energy Development Agency, as a replacement for diesel and small capacity electric pumps — two horse power (HP) — are poised to serve a twin purpose.


New timings of telecom office
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — The working hours of the telegraph office in the city have been changed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening. After the normal working hours the public is charged double the normal amount of the bill and Rs 3 as extra fee.


2 held for smuggling kerosene
GURDASPUR, Feb 4 — The police has unearthed a racket of smugglers selling kerosene meant for distribution to ration card holders only in the black market.

Scribe’s murder case: cops clueless
MOGA, Feb 4 — Mystery shrouds the murder of Tejram Gupta of Ramganj area here, who was a reporter of a Jalandhar daily, at his residence yesterday.

Constable held
GURDASPUR, Feb 4 — The police has arrested Constable Balwinder Singh, a resident of Duddipur village under the Dhariwal police station, posted in Batala police district for his involvement in the extortion of money from youths on the promise of sending them to Libya.

Body identified
HOSHIARPUR, Feb 4 — The local police has succeeded in identifying the body which was recovered at Thathalan village on January 28.


Students block traffic in protest
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — Students of various educational institutions yesterday blocked traffic near the Lehra Mohabbat village in the district in protest against the alleged negative and non-cooperational attitude of the minibus operators.

CM assures justice to PMT aspirants
BATHINDA, Feb 4 — The decision of the Medical Education Department to club marks of class XII with the marks of the per-medical test (PMT) has taken a new turn, as the Chief Minister has assured the PMT aspirants that no injustice would be done to their interests.

PFUTA ultimatum to Pbi varsity VC
PATIALA, Feb 4 — The Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association has given an ultimatum to the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, to stop the “victimisation” of Prof K.C. Singhal who was recently removed from the headship of the Punjab School of Management Studies.

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