Friday, February 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Give TADA detainees’ list, panel tells Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The National Minorities Commission has sought from the Punjab Government a list of the persons who have been detained under TADA in the state. The commission, according to sources, has maintained that Punjab was intentionally avoiding sending any communication about TADA detainees in the state.

Coal smuggling causes Rs 20 cr loss to Punjab
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Mr R.S. Brar, president of Punjab Coal Association, has demanded a CBI inquiry into a “coal scam”, maintaining that the state was losing about Rs 20 crore a year because of its smuggling to neighbouring states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

CPI backs Congress candidate at Majitha
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — The Punjab unit of the CPI today announced its support for the Congress candidate in the Majitha byelection.

Leaders throng ‘satarkata’ rally
Pay tributes to Prabodh Chandra
GURDASPUR, Feb 8 — A big “satarkata and sadhbhavana” rally was organised to mark the 15th death anniversary of Prabodh Chandra a veteran Freedom Fighter, MP Speaker and minister, here today.

PSEB moots solar power scheme
PATIALA, Feb 8 — Villages of Punjab may be brought under a solar power scheme which will envisage continuous trouble-free power supply, as well as provide job opportunities to the rural youth.

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Jalandhar gets diagnostic centre 
JALANDHAR, Feb 8 — Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced a Rs 3 crore diagnostic centre for Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences being set up in the city.

RCs with Lions Club help
FATEHGARH SAHIB: The local District Transport Office is perhaps the first such office in Punjab to introduce computerised, compact and coloured registration certificates for motor vehicles with the help of a voluntary organisation. Under the scheme, neither the government nor the applicant will have to bear the expenses on the document.

14 trucks carrying relief flagged off
PHAGWARA, Feb 8 — Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram today flagged off 10 trucks loaded with relief material for the Gujarat quake victims. Besides this, Som Pritam Singh presented a draft for Rs 5,67,175 to the DC Mr U.K. Singh.

NRI kids call on Punjab Governor
CHANDIGARH Feb 8 — Twenty non- resident Indian children led by Mr David Finn, Mr. Jia Bhatti and Mrs Jasvir Kaur now on a visit to India at the initiative of the NRI Sabha, today called on Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd) at Punjab Raj Bhavan here today .

Beopar mandal to expose corrupt
FAZILKA, Feb 8 — The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal will constitute a 25-member committee to gather information regarding assets amassed by officers by illegal means and the gathered information will be sent to the CBI for probe. This was stated by Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, president of the mandal, in an interview to this correspondent.

Complainant tricked by GM?
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — Mr Raj Singh Sidhu, General Manager, Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, Bathinda-1, allegedly forced Mr Gurdeep Singh, a conductor working in his office, to sign an affidavit stating that he had no complaints against him.

Leisure valley that stinks
BATHINDA, Feb 7 — Gobinder Singh (name changed) of hazoora-Kapoora Colony of this town is hardly 25 but he is suffering from asthma. Another resident, Remal Singh (name changed) was fit a few years ago, but now his health has started deteriorating even though he is yet to complete 35. He is also asthmatic.

Collapse of market feared
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — Two-feet garbage at the basement of the Mahabir Gole market, a shopping complex in the heart of the city, has caused fear among all shopkeepers that the multi-storeyed building built 24 years ago could collapse any time if the district administration did not solve the long-pending problem.

March to protest Sikh killing
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — A march led by Jathedar Kewal Singh of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, was held in the city today to protest against the killing of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir. The march started from the Quila Mubarak and concluded at the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

DSP denies arrest
MALERKOTLA, Feb 8 — No person was arrested by the Varanasi police here on Tuesday. This was stated by Mr Kulshinder Singh, DSP, Malerkotla, today. He denied reports published in newspapers regarding the arrest.

Exchange inaugurated 
KAPURTHALA, Feb 8 — Mr Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurated 10,000 line exchange at the local Kamra Garden.

Centre to give aid to disabled soldiers
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — The Central Government has taken the decision to provide the financial assistance to the next of kin of those who died in war and to disabled soldiers who were boarded out in medical category ‘EEE’ between August 15, 1947, to 30, April, 1999.

Census phase II begins today
SANGRUR, Feb 8 — Population enumeration, the second phase of “Census of India, 2001”, will begin in Punjab from tomorrow. The exercise will be carried out up to February 28. The enumeration will be done by 53,000 enumerators and supervisors.


1.59 lakh fake currency seized
PHAGWARA, Feb 8 — The CIA, staff, Kapurthala, last night nabbed three persons with fake currency notes worth Rs 1.59 lakh. Some computer scanners were also recovered from the local Hargobind Nagar market, it was learnt today.

4 killed, 11 hurt in mishap
HOSHIARPUR, Feb 8 — Four residents of Jhinger Kalan village were killed and 11 injured when a truck hit their tractor-trailor from the rear on the Jhinger Kalan Sikri link road at about 10.20 a.m. today.

3 killed, 5 hurt as jeep, Canter collide
SANGRUR, Feb 8 — Three persons were killed and five injured when a Jeep and a Canter collided on Moonak-Tohana road near Moonak today.

Woman, paramour killed by husband, kin
PHULA (Bathinda), Feb 8 — Darshan Singh and Hamir Kaur of this village, who had developed a liaison, were done to death by Hamir Kaur’s husband Gurmail Singh, his brothers Hakam Singh and Bikkar Singh and father Bachan Singh last night.

Cyber cafe set on fire
HOSHIARPUR, Feb 8 — Some computer engineers entered a cyber cafe located at Shimla Pahari Chowk here and stole compact discs  and other software before setting it on fire last night.


Kehar Singh gets 3-yr extension
PATIALA, Feb 8 — The Punjab Government has granted a three-year extension in service to Punjab School Education Board Chairman Dr Kehar Singh.

Master plan for regional centre ready: Soch
GURDASPUR, Feb 8 — Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, talking to the media here today, said the master plan for a regional centre here was ready. The construction of the centre would be completed by December 31 and would involve an expenditure of Rs 1.5 crore.

PTU tussle takes new turn
JALANDHAR, Feb 8 — The invisible tussle of power at the premises of the Punjab Technical University here has taken a new turn with the Vice-Chancellor asking the Income Tax Department to withdraw the Deputy Registrar, Mr Rakesh Suri, an IRS officer, who was on deputation with the university and the tendering of resignation by the Registrar, Rear Admiral A.P. Singh, following allegations that he misrepresented himself as a senior citizen and had availed concession for railway travel on this account.

Information technology to help villagers
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — Information Technology has helped reduce distances and surpass the time zones and the very same is all set to happen in the district with the opening of computer centres at focal points.

Non-medical lecturers seek PCMS scales
FARIDKOT, Feb 8 — Resentment prevails among the non-medical lecturers against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government towards their demands which include revision of their pay scales and promotions at par with PCMS doctors. There are 18 such lecturers who have been working on isolated posts at three state government medical colleges at Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala since long. They have no promotional avenues and will retire on the same post.

Copying scandal: threat to Headmaster’s life
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — “My life is in danger. A senior civil official of the Punjab Government has been threatening to kill me and get me terminated from service,” reads the attested affidavit of Mr Karnail Singh Sidhu, Headmaster of Government Middle School at Phoosmandi village, sent to the Chief Secretary of Punjab Government in Chandigarh.

University reinstates Dr K.C. Singhal
PATIALA, Feb 8 — Punjabi University today reinstated Dr K.C. Singhal as head of the School of Business Management by directing the stay of a Syndicate decision making Dr M.S. Bedi as department’s head after the removal of Dr Singhal.

Kids bring village life alive on paper
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — When the students of more than 30 schools were asked to draw on papers what they had in their minds regarding the richness of village life, almost all of them brought the village culture alive.

Full pay for PCMS staff doing PG courses
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 — Doctors of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS), who will be doing post graduation (PG) courses will be paid their salary and allowances throughout the duration of the course, a press release issued by the state Mass Media and Education Officer said here today. 

Staff complain to cops against head
BATHINDA, Feb 8 — Staff members of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology have moved an application with the police for registering an FIR against the principal of the college, Dr Narinder Singh, for “preventing” them for joining the ‘Shobha yatra’ held on the occasion of Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti yesterday by denying them a half-day holiday as announced by the Punjab Government.

MoU for technology transfer
PATIALA, Feb 8 — The Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology has entered into a MoU for technology transfer with WEBCOM Technologies, USA.


Mobile cos in each circle to increase
JALANDHAR, Feb 8 — In what may be good news for mobile users, the Union Telecommunication Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, said today that to increase competition and to benefit the consumer, it had been decided to ensure that at least four mobile-service providers would operate in each of the telecom circles, where presently the number of operators is limited to one or two.


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