Saturday, February 10, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Minimum wage only on paper
ROPAR: Gopal, an eight-year-old migrant from Uttar Pradesh, works for about 12 hours a day at a dhaba on the Kiratpur Sahib-Chandigarh road. Although his duties include sweeping, cleaning utensils and acting as waiter, he is paid a paltry sum of Rs 500 per month besides being given two meals and two cups of tea a day at irregular intervals.

Punjab science congress begins
Emphasis on economic development
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Science and technology have to act as a driving force to reduce poverty, inequality and unemployment and also to bring about socio-economic justice to an individual. Its application to agriculture and other critical areas of human welfare and development, besides conservation of natural resources, has to be understood in the global context.

SHSAD seeks minorities’ protection in J&K
SUNAM, Feb 8 — Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretray of the SHSAD, yesterday accused the J and K Government of not being sincere in solving the problem of militancy. He also criticised the J and K Government for not protecting the minorities, especially the Sikhs in the state.

18 colonisers booked by PUDA
JALANDHAR, Feb 9 — Adopting a tough posture against unauthorised colonisers, PUDA has booked 18 persons from the Doaba region who had been offering plots in their illegal colonies.

Who is paying cops’ cell phone bills?
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — Even as most police stations in the district are finding hard to pay telephone bills of “thanas”, more and more police officials are abandoning the regular phones for state-of-the-art mobiles. Mobiles have become an integral part of the uniform of every policeman from the rank of ASI and above.





Nuclear plant
Villagers’ fate in babus’ hands
DRAULI (Patran), Feb 9 — Displaced once during partition, residents of this village waited for the whole day today to interact with “babus” from the Department of Atomic Energy, who may well write their fate again and displace them from their homes to facilitate the installation of a 500 mw nuclear power station here.


Bharatiya Samaj Party floated
JALANDHAR, Feb 9 — Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar) general secretary Vijay Hans, who quit with supporters on February 5 after levelling charges against party president Devi Das Nahar, today announced formation of the Bharatiya Samaj Party, with himself as its convener.

Bhattal joins campaign
AMRITSAR, Feb 9 — Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister, and senior party leader Birdevinder Singh today joined the Congress campaign in the Majitha constituency.


Schemes galore, but no implementation
BATHINDA, FEB 9 — Mr Parkash Singh Badal had assured the people that the SAD-BJP government would provide them with exemplary rule. Many schemes were framed for the welfare of the people. The ministers gave assurances that these would be implemented soon, and that the shortage of funds would not hamper these schemes. But facts reveal something different as many schemes chalked out by the state government were still on paper only or were not implemented due to lack of funds.

IAF officer recounts moments of terror
FAZILKA, Feb 9 — Mr Sandeep Sharma, Warrant Officer, Indian Air Force, a local resident, who is posted at the Air Force station at Bhuj, Gujarat, in a talk with this correspondent here yesterday, said on the fateful day he was shaving when he heard a thunder and simultaneously felt tremors in his apartment.

CAT decision not binding on govt: Joginder
FEROZEPORE, Feb 9 — The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order quashing the appointment of the CBI Director, Mr R.K. Raghavan, is not binding on the government and the latter may move the court to challenge it.

Census begins in Faridkot
FARIDKOT, Feb 9 — The census operation began in this district today. Inaugurating the foundation at the local mini-secretariat, Mr A. Venu Prasad, Principal Census Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, said Faridkot had been divided in to five civil and two paramilitary and armed forces sectors.

Pay compensation, LIC told
ROPAR, Feb 9 — The Consumer Forum here has directed the Life Insurance Corporation of India to pay compensation to complainant Yashpal Gupta for deficiency in service.

‘Seventies Club’ rises to occasion
CHANDIGARH, Feb 9 — They all are members of the 70 club. Moved by the suffering and misery of the people of Gujarat following a devastating earthquake on Republic Day, they took upon themselves the onerous task of collecting donations for the quake victims.

Rummaging garbage for gold
GURDASPUR, Feb 9 — The local Sarafa Bazar and Sarafa Street are gold-mines for sweepers. The municipal authorities post their favourite sweepers in these areas.

WTO pact to be taken up with Centre: CM
MOGA, Feb 9 — Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers of eight northern states would meet the Union Minister of Commerce to hold discussions on the WTO agreement.

Discrimination makes councillor resign
BATHINDA, Feb 9 — In a significant development Mr Sewak Ram Bhola today resigned from the post of the municipal councillor in protest against the discriminatory attitude of the municipal council authorities in connection with the development works in wards which were being represented by those municipal councillors who belonged to the Congress and other opposite parties.

SHOs shifted for defying court orders
MOGA, Feb 9 — District police chief Sharad Satya Chohan, taking a serious view of “non-compliance” of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders, has sent SHOs of Moga and Kot Isekhan, Inspector Ram Prakash and Inspector Maninder Singh, to the police lines and placed under suspension Assistant Sub-Inspector Randhir Singh.

Conviction upheld
CHANDIGARH, FEB 9 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of two Amritsar residents in a murder case.

Christian woman denied burial
HOSHIARPUR, Feb 9 — The last wish of Zohra, who had married a Hindu, to be buried according to Christian rites could not be fulfilled because of narrow-mindedness of local heads of the community.

Special Lok Adalat on February 17
BATHINDA FEB 9 — A special Lok Adalat will be held on February 17 during which five courts would be set up to hear bank loan cases.

Dial 95 for trouble 
ABOHAR, FEB 9 — The introduction of regional subscribers dialing (RSD) scheme has hampered the telecom services in the region. The scheme was launched on the intervening January 26. All lines remain busy and one gets to hear the same line again and again “please dial after sometime”. Internet services were worst affected. Moreover, there were frequent interruptions during the operation, particularly after noon hours.

Mann to lead team to Pak
AMRITSAR, Feb 9 — Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the SAD (A), said he would lead a deputation to Pakistan to take up the issue of massacre of innocent Sikhs by Pakistan-sponsored militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Eat garlic, onion and avoid heart attack
LUDHIANA, Feb 9 — The inclusion of dietary foods like garlic, onion, tomato, amla and alsi in everyday diet of persons who are at risk of having coronary heart disease, can help in avoiding a heart attack. These are the inferences of a young scientist at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), who presented a paper on “Efficacy of Multiple Dietary Approaches in Reducing Coronary Heart Disease” at the fourth Punjab Science Congress being held at the PAU here today.

Cell to give aid to mishap victims
BATHINDA, FEB 9 — To provide immediate medical help to the injured in the road accidents, the district police plans to establish a Highway Integrated Traffic Enforcement Cell (HITEC) near the Goniana bypass.

2 jawans drowned
GURDASPUR, Feb 9 — Two Army jawans were drowned when they slipped from the boat bridge in the UBDC canal during exercise near Tibri Cantt, 5 km from here. The Army authorities have not identified the drowned persons so far.

Urdu poet dead
MOGA, Feb 9 — Renowned Urdu poet, well known school teacher and staunch believer in Arya Samaj Harbans Lal Bhushan died here yesterday. He was 87.


Waive loans, say farmers
SANGRUR, Feb 9 — A large number of members of the Bharati Kisan Union (Rajewal) led by Mr Jhanda Singh, district president, today staged a dharna against the “anti-farmer” policies of the government had held a rally in favour of their demands in the district administrative complex here.



16 kg heroin found in truck
PATHANKOT, Feb 9 — The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Amritsar, achieved a major breakthrough here when it intercepted a truck with heroin on a tip-off near Satish & Company petrol station, Sarna. The truck was coming from the Jammu side.

Lineman held for smuggling
BATHINDA, FEB 9 — The district police has arrested Malook Singh, member of an inter-state gang of narcotic smugglers, and recovered 2 kg of opium from him.

Man on bail beaten to death
RAMPURAPHUL, Feb 9 — Karnail Singh, a resident of Sidana village, was beaten to death by three persons last evening.


“Education for all” ‘mere’ slogan
BATHINDA, Feb 9 — Eminent educationists, professors and academicians are of the view that falling standards of education should be checked and its commercialisation should be stopped.

VC condemned for harassing teacher
BATHINDA, FEB 9 — Mr Aminderpal Singh, Secretary of the Punjabi University area of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union, has condemned the victimisation of Mr K.C. Singhal, a teacher of the Punjabi University, by the Vice-Chancellor.


No NOC required to extend load
MALERKOTLA, Feb 9 — Under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS), the owner of the small and medium-scale industries have been exempted from producing no objection certificate (NOC) for the extension of electricity load which was till now issued by the municipal council concerned.


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