Thursday, February 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Poll: PCS officer moved from home district
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — Another senior officer was shifted out from Amritsar district today because of the Majitha byelection. According to information available here, Mr Randeep Singh, a PCS officer, who was also Additional District Election Officer of Amritsar district, was posted out from the district. The transfer has been ordered as he was posted in his home district.

PPCB notice to civic bodies
Provide waste disposal facilities
PATIALA, Feb 7 — The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has issued notices to all municipal corporations and committees in the state to provide waste management facilities till the end of this year and allowed them to charge the consumers appropriately for the establishment of the facilities.

SAD team to visit J&K
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today deputed a high-level team of the Shiromani Akali Dal, comprising Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President of the SGPC, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister and Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, MP, to visit Jammu and Kashmir where eight Sikhs were shot dead.

Youth dies in police custody
ROPAR, Feb 7 — A 17-year-old youth allegedly died in police custody in Morinda police station on Ropar district today. Jaspal Singh of Sahari village in Morinda, picked up by a police party last night, was reported dead by the police due to health problem this morning, family of the deceased said here.




SAD to discuss seat sharing today 
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal has convened a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee tomorrow to discuss the nomination of the candidates for the Rajya Sabha seats, the BJP has staked its claim to at least one seat.

Show-cause notice to Jagmohan Kaura
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — The Disciplinary Committee of the Punjab unit of the BJP has served a show-cause notice on Mr Jagmohan Kaura, a senior leader of the BJP, for making statements against certain leaders of the pary.


Naib Tehsildar, 7 others convicted 
MANSA, Feb 7 — The Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Ms Gurmeet Kaur, has sentenced seven persons, including naib tehsildar Harbans Singh (son-in-law of former Congress minister in Punjab, Mr Sher Singh Gagowal, of Mansa constituency), under Sections 382/149, IPC, to one-and-a-half years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 300. In case of default of fine a further imprisonment of six months under Sections 427/149, IPC six months under Sections 447/149, IPC and three months Sections 148/149, IPC. The court ordered that all sentences would run concurrently.

VDS to continue till March 31
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, Power Minister, Punjab, said today that the voluntary disclosure scheme for domestic, industrial and other consumers would continue till March 31. By making voluntary disclosure, consumers could regularise their power load without paying any penalty.

Long wait for overbridge
JALANDHAR: Over one lakh residents of more than 10 colonies on both sides of the Domoria railway bridge have been awaiting the construction of an overbridge for the past two decades so that road traffic does not have go via an old, narrow and low-lying route under the present bridge.

Clock Tower: from glory to apathy
PATIALA, Feb 7 — Patterned on a similar tower in the Lords Stadium in the United Kingdom and easily the most distinct feature of the Dhruve Pandove Stadium in the city, the Clock Tower built by Maharaja Rajinder Singh of Patiala is today a pale shadow of its once glorious self.

Seminar on disaster management
SANGRUR, Feb 7 — In the light of the failure of the disaster management system in the recent earthquake in Gujarat, the Sangrur unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) would organise a seminar on “Disaster management-role of medical fraternity” on February 25 here.

Creativity missing in Art Festival
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — The 10th Art Festival dedicated to the birth centenary of painter Sobha Singh and organised by Sardar Sobha Singh Memorial Chittarkar Society at Teacher’s Home here today could not attract large audience as ‘art was missing’ from the festival and what dominated was the imitation of portraits of Gurus and other religious images.

Advocates appreciate step on AG
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — Members of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, who had a sitting under the chairmanship of Mr R.S. Tacoria, vice-chairman of the council, unanimously expressed their appreciation over the grant of status of Cabinet Minister to the Advocate-General of Punjab, Mr H.S. Mattewal.

Rinwa blames Cong for 1984 riots
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — President of the Punjab unit of the BJP Brij Lal Rinwa today blamed the Congress for the operation Blue Star, 1984, riots in Delhi and Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Punjab.

PCMS doctors’ dharna on Feb 11
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — PCMS doctors from Punjab will stage a dharna in Amritsar on February 11 to press the government to roll back the decision pertaining to admission of PCMS doctors under 60 per cent quota in the post graduation courses in the government medical colleges.

Sarpanch blamed for attack 
TARN TARAN, Feb 7 — Hundreds of residents of the Sarhali area today marched to the office of the local Senior Superintendent of Police demanding to lodge a complaint against Paramdip Singh, sarpanch of Sarhali Kalan village and his son Gurmahabir Singh, for allegedly attacking Baba Charan Singh of the same village. A memorandum was also presented to the SSP in this regard.

Shobha yatras cancelled
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — The annual shobha yatras preceeding Maha Shivratri have been “cancelled” in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake according to Dr Harbilas Rai, president of the Shivala Bhaya Trust.

Shobha yatra on Guru Ravidass
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — The Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha organised a shobha yatra on the 624th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidass here today in which, besides the general public, Mr Mahan Singh, MLA, Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, president of the municipal committee, participated.

Condition of canals deteriorating: YC
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — Mr Jagpal Singh Abulkhurana, a senior Youth Congress leader, yesterday alleged that the Punjab Government had failed to repair canals whose condition had been deteriorating.

Ex-servicemen’s rally from Feb 23
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — A rally will be organised for ex-servicemen and people of border areas at Khalra village in the district on February 23 and February 24.

Engine collides with train, derailed
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — A diesel engine derailed near the National Fertilizer Limited factory when it collided with a goods train coming from the NFL side today. Official sources said drivers of the diesel engine and the goods train suffered minor injuries. Sources said the railway authorities had put the engine back on rails.

Sadbhavana divas today
GURDASPUR, Feb 7 — The 15th death anniversary of Prabodh Chandra, a freedom fighter, former MP, Speaker and minister of Punjab, will be observed as ‘‘satarkta and sadbhavana divas’’ here tomorrow.

Appointment of tehsildar sought
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — The Bar Association of Talwandi Sabo has demanded that a Sub-Registrar or Tehsildar should be appointed in the sub division at the earliest.

House gutted
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — Devastating fire today gutted the house of the honorary secretary of Khalsa College Governing Council, Mr Charanjit Singh Chadha, in the Green Avenue locality of the Civil Lines.


Farmers await relief for damaged crops 
SANGRUR, Feb 7 — Despite an assurance by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to the flood victims on December 16, 2000 at a “sangat darshan”, the farmers of 20 villages of Moonak subdivision, whose standing crops were damaged in July 2000 by floods, are still awaiting compensation from the state government.

Farmers threaten agitation
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — Sounding a warning to the Badal government, the Kisan Sangharsh Committee has said that the Deputy Commissioner’s failure to return the amount “dubiously” obtained by commission agents from paddy farmers till February 10 will invite angry protests from farmers.


Octroi supdt suspended
PHAGWARA, Feb 7 — Mr Piare Lal, superintendent, octroi, has been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty, it was learnt yesterday. At least 15 employees of a private octroi contractor have also reportedly been sacked for their misbehaviour with a Nabha-bound trader yesterday.

District administration complex gets nod
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — The Punjab Government has decided to construct a district administrative complex in the town to house all offices in one complex for the convenience of public and to provide accommodation to those offices which were in a bad shape.

Census work to be over by Feb 28
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said that census in the district would be completed from February 9 to February 28,2001 and all preparations had been made for this purpose.

FCI offer on old rice
CHANDIGARH, Feb 7 — The Food Corporation of India has decided to offer more than one-year-old rice of various categories lying in the Punjab region at the rate of the current levy price of rice plus the cost of gunny-bags.


3 arrested for cheating
RAMPURAPHUL, Feb 7 — The district police has arrested three persons who were allegedly charging commission from people by getting bank loans arranged for them. They were allegedly taking a commission of Rs 20,000 per loan case. The three accused namely Kulwant Singh of Goniana, Harbans Singh of Mandikalan and Hardeep Singh were running the racket for the past several months.

Lovers jump before train
MUKTSAR, Feb 7 — Balkrishan and Simranjit Kaur of Bhagsar village of this district committed suicide by jumping before a train this morning.

School co-chairman held for fraud
MALERKOTLA, Feb 7 — The Varanasi police arrested Mr Prem Goyal, co-chairman of the local DAV Centenary Senior Secondary Public School this yesterday.


221 education blocks rationalised
FARIDKOT, Feb 7 — The Punjab Government has rationalised 221 primary blocks to promote science and commerce in the state. Under the plan a school equipped with all equipment of science will be opened in each block from the next academic session. The existing institutions will, however, work as usual, Mr Jagtar Singh Khatra, DPI (S), Punjab, told mediapersons here today.

Move on PMT merit opposed
AMRITSAR, Feb 7 — The proposed move to give 50 per cent weightage to the marks obtained in plus two examination while deciding on the merit to PMT for admission to medical colleges has been opposed by the National Students Union of India.

No salaries paid to teachers
FAZILKA, Feb 7 — About 10000 teachers and employees working in senior secondary schools of Punjab under the plan scheme have not been paid their salaries for January.


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