Wednesday, February 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Punjab capital ‘shifts’ to Majitha
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — Even as empty corridors and deserted offices greet you at the civil secretariat in Chandigarh, close-by ‘Majitha’ is bustling with unprecedented ministerial activity. So if you need a long-awaited transfer or a licence or an omission to a clause, don't fret.

Shekhawat tours Punjab areas
FEROZEPORE, Feb 6 — Taking the help of the Punjab BJP, that shares power with the Akali Dal in the state, the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, has stepped in to resolve the inter-state canal waters issue.

I had advised Badal against sops: Chautala
JALANDHAR, Feb 6 — Observing that free power and water had harmed the interests of Punjab farmers and resulted in wastage of ground water, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today said he had advised his counterpart, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, against it after coming to power and even before the 1997 Punjab Assembly elections.

Move to sell gate built by Guru
CHANDIGARH, Feb 6 — A number of public spirited people have urged the Punjab Government to protect the historic Lahori Gate at Sri Hargobindpur Sahib. There is a move to sell it for just Rs 40,000.

Obliging minister’s kin, Markfed way
FEROZEPORE, Feb 6 — The local Markfed office continues to function from the bungalow of the son-in-law of the Punjab Cooperative Minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, in the cantonment area. 





Sukhbir in race for RS seat
CHANDIGARH, Feb 6 — Though the process for filling the Rajya Sabha seat from Punjab has started, so far no one has filed nomination papers. The last date for filing the papers is February 12.


High radioactivity in Bathinda water
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — A recent study has found high uranium and radon concentration 18 times more at 7134 BQ/L (becquerel per litre) than the safe limit in the drinking water of Multania village in Bathinda district.

A much sought-after force
CHANDIGARH, Feb 6 — The Punjab police is a much sought-after force these days . The latest to demand its deployment is Jammu and Kashmir, which has sought 20 companies for the peaceful conduct of the next phase of the panchayat elections in the trouble torn-state.

10 mill workers on indefinite fast
MANSA, Feb 6 — Ten workers of the closed sugar mill, Budhlada Co-operative Sugar Mills Ltd, sat on indefinite hunger strike yesterday before the office of the SDM, Budhlada, in the district.

Trauma team leaves for Gujarat
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — A trauma management team from the Department of Orthopaedics, SGTB Hospital Government Medical College, Amritsar was flagged off in the morning on Monday by Dr O.P. Mahajan, Principal Government Medical College, Amritsar, Dr H.S. Gill, Medical Superintendent, SGTB Hospital, and Dr R.P.S. Boparai, in charge, Orthopaedics, unit-II.

Relief from destitute home turned down
PATIALA, Feb 6 — While the whole country is collecting relief for the quake victims of Gujarat, in a unique case relief was not accepted from a social organisation by the district administration today.

Sikh team leaves for Gujarat
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — Members of the Akal Purkh ki Fauj, a social and religious body, left Amritsar for the quake-affected areas in Gujarat to identify orphans to be adopted by it with the help of other organisations.

Protecting the poor from cold
SANGRUR: The Sangrur Red Cross Society is doing a commendable job by providing quilts, sweaters, shoes and socks to the poor at their door-step in winter for the past two months.

Dr Yoshimi report ‘unreliable’
ROPAR, Feb 6 — The recent account of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death based on the report of Dr Yoshimi is unreliable, Mr V.P. Saini, chairman of Netaji Research Foundation, said in a press note here today.

Mann wants security zone for Sikhs
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 (PTI) — Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Mann), today advocated the need for a security zone for Sikhs in Kashmir and deployment of United Nation troops to protect their lives and property.

Notice to doc for false evidence
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — The alleged fabrication of a evidence by a medical officer of the Primary Health Centre, Bhagta Bhaika, in a criminal case has landed him in trouble as the District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.C. Rajput, has taken cognizance of the offence under Section 344 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Panel approached against PSEB
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — Mr Pitresh Sharma of Model Town here has approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) against the alleged high-handedness of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials for disconnecting his two electrical connection on flimsy grounds.

Bathinda exchanges develop snag
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — Telephone subscribers in the town today had to face difficulties when all telephone exchanges “suddenly” developed some snag. Sources said due to the snag a number of telephones went out of order.

Army recruitment rally on Feb 20
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — An Army recruitment rally is being organised for soldier (general duty) for Sikh and Sikh (Mazhabi and Ramdasia) candidates from February 20 to February 25 at Khalra (Amritsar) for candidates of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts only.

Two of marriage party die in mishap
SANGRUR, Feb 6 — Two persons of a marriage party died and three, including the bridegroom and the bride, were injured when the car in which they were travelling struck against a tree near Alisher village in Moonak sub-division, near here, today.

College student crushed to death
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — Vivek Sharma, a student of the local government Polytechnic College was crushed to death by a bus today.


Punjab food contaminated
CHANDIGARH, Feb 6 — Pesticides are as much a boon to agriculture as a bane having impacted human health, production and preservation of food and fibre.


Planning panel releases Rs 1.06 cr for development
NAWANSHAHR, Feb 6 — A meeting of the District Planning and Development Board was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Raghuvir Singh, Transport Minister, on Monday. The minister released Rs one crore six lakh and thirtythree thousand for various development projects.


Intimidation case: charges framed
PATHANKOT, Feb 6 — Mr Harish Anand, PCS, Judicial Magistrate, Ist Class, Pathankot, framed charges against Naresh Kumar, Omesh Kumar, Hans Raj and Harbans Lal, residents of Sohawra Kalan village for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman of the same village and criminal intimidating under Sections 354/506/323/34 of the Indian Panel Code.

Bid to erect ‘Nishan Sahib’ at school foiled
GURDASPUR, Feb 6 — Shwinder Singh and his 41 supporters were prevented from erecting Nishan Sahib in a part of government school building at Pakeevan village in the district. The police took them into custody while they were on their way to the site.

Two run over by buses
TARN TARAN, Feb 6 — Two persons, were killed in different accidents in the area even as the police seized 4.8 quintal of poppy husk.

17 held for attacking govt officials
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — As many as 17 persons who had built of ‘permanent and kutcha’ structures on land belonging to Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in an attack on government officials and obstructing them from performing official duty.

Gang of drug addicts busted
4 pistols, 3 cars recovered
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — First Bittu started taking opium for fun. Soon after he started taking cough syrups and by the time he turned 20, he had started taking intravenous morphine.

Student beaten up in revenge
BATHINDA, Feb 6 — Rana, a college student, was beaten up and injured seriously by four other students near Ajit Road Chowk in the town yesterday evening.


GND varsity bags trophy
AMRITSAR, Feb 6 — Guru Nanak Dev University won the national championship for the first time in the all-India inter-university national youth festival held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Dr H.S. Soch, Vice-Chancellor said here today.


Unions fight over stacking of rice
GURDASPUR, Feb 6— The tug of war between labourers of the Gulla Union and the FCI Workers Union to control the stacking of rice in FCI godowns has led to the harassment of rice millers.


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