Sunday, February 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Majitha poll: intervention of Akal Takht sought
MAJITHA, Feb 10 — Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), has urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, to take suo motu notice of the reports regarding the distribution of illicit liqour among voters by the ruling party.

Custodial death: CBI probe sought
CHANDIGARH, Feb 10 — The Ropar Police has failed to handle the alleged custodial death of Jaspal Singh of Morinda with the required urgency and seriousness, alleged lawyers for the Human Rights International at a press conference here today. They also demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.

Congress ends with appeal to diversify
LUDHIANA, Feb 10 — The Punjab Science Congress concluded its two-day session here today, expressing concern over the decline in standards of science and the pathetic state of education and drawing attention to the problems resulting from a high rate of growth in agriculture. It stressed on the need for adopting bio-technology and genomic research for sustainable economic development of the state.

Holistic approach only way out
The Punjab Agricultural University’s Director of Research, Dr M. S. Bajwa, outlining the emerging challenges and the initiatives required, has mapped a plan on “Strategies for agricultural research and development in Punjab”.

Fatehgarh Sahib




No-trust move declared ‘illegal’
MC officials’ report rejected, Cong threatens action
JALANDHAR, Feb 10 — Even as the Local Bodies Department has decided to reject the report submitted by municipal corporation (MC) officials pertaining to the removal of the Mayor, Mr Suresh Sehgal, during a meeting on January 30, the Congress has declared that it will take legal action.

Deploy Army in Sikh-dominated areas: SAD
AMRITSAR, Feb 10 — The Shiromani Akali Dal (sad) today advocated the deployment of army and paramilitary forces in the Sikh-dominated villages of Jammu and Kashmir to instill a sense of confidence and security among them.


Splinter Akali groups propose third front
ROPAR, Feb 10 — The splinter Akali groups today stressed upon the need to forge unity to offer a third front in the next assembly elections.


Punjab ‘adopting’ double standards
Recommendations of all-India conferences
BATHINDA, Feb 10 The Punjab Government seems to have adopted double standards as far as the implementation of the recommendations of the all-India conferences held in connection with the Vidhan Sabhas and state governments in previous years.

A blood bank for the poor
HOSHIARPUR: The Bhai Ghanayiaji Charitable Blood Bank is truly doing a commendable job by providing safe blood to needy patients at an affordable price in and around Hoshiarpur. This blood bank was granted a licence to manufacture human blood by the Central Drug Authority last January and since then it had saved the lives of hundreds of patients by providing safe blood to them.

Relief collection by DEO sparks row
FEROZEPORE, Feb 10 — A circular issued by the District Education Officer (Secondary) here to various schools, seeking the collection of relief fund for the quake-ravaged Gujarat, has sparked a controversy.

Rs 2.5 lakh grant for village
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Feb 10 — “The Sangat Darshan” programme of the district administration has been successful. Now, the people of the district do not have to come to the office of the Deputy Commissioner to get their grievances redressed,” said Mr A.K. Singla, officiating Deputy Commissioner, at a Sangat Darshan, programme at Salempur village in the district.

No weapons to keep poachers off
FEROZEPORE, Feb 10 — Paucity of funds has exposed the Abohar wildlife sanctuary near here to danger as the authorities are unable to purchase weapons and vehicles for round-the-clock protection of the area.

Jacob visits Bamial, finds no change
GURDASPUR, Feb 10 — Lieut- Gen J.F.R. Jacob, Governor of Punjab while listening to the grievances of people in the Bamial block in Pathankot subdivision of the district, said today that the Punjab government as had border area development its top priority.

Trains catch their fancy
JALANDHAR, Feb 10 — “We love India and trains” say children from Jammu and Kashmir who had never ventured outside the troubletorn valley and never seen the train, except in Bollywood movies.

VHAP to fight drug abuse 
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — The Voluntary Health Association of Punjab (VHAP) with the help of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib has decided to launch a war against the use of drugs by the people of Punjab.

Drive to beautify Ferozepore
FEROZEPORE, Feb 10 — As part of the beautification measures in the city, all important crossings have been illuminated, road-side plantation started and electricity poles installed on the traffic dividers.

BSF troops kill infiltrator
WAGHA (Amritsar), Feb 10 — A BSF party of Kahangarh border outpost killed a Pakistani infiltrator, equipped with a plier and wrench, at around 11.40 p.m. last night.

Concern over falling level of biodiversity
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — A convention on the topic “Save biodiversity” was held here today, in which a large number of agriculturist, scientists, farmers and zoologists took part.

DMC comes to aid of another martyr
LUDHIANA Feb 10 — The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC) management today provided cash assistance of Rs 50,000 to the family of Naik Harinder Singh of Bassian village, in Bet area near here, who was martyred on March 11, 2000 in an encounter will militants in Asam. 31-year-old Harinder Singh of Artillery Regiment, is survived by his wife and a four-year-old daughter.

Annual Rotary conference inaugurated
AMRITSAR, Feb 10 — Samarpan, the two-day annual district conference of the Rotary opened here today.

PSEB employees falling victim to drugs?
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — When Bachittar Singh (name changed) of Sangrur district and employee of the PSEB took a small quantity of poppy husk about five years ago to be able to do more work, little did he know that he would be a drug addict.


Decline in oilseed cultivation
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — The area under oilseed cultivation is declining reportedly due to the indifferent attitude of the government and officials concerned. Farmers cultivated vegetables, fruits and oilseeds on the recommendation of agriculture experts but due to the non-availability of timely advice on the control of various diseases of crops, their efforts failed.


PUDA to get 125 acres vacated
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) has launched an anti-encroachment drive to get about 125 acres of land vacated which would generate an income of Rs 300 crore with the implementation of the phase-III scheme of the Urban Estate in that area.

Chief Secy’s advice to PCS officers
CHANDIGARH, Feb 10 — Addressing a meeting of PCS officers, Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, today urged them to discharge their duties with dedication and honesty.


Eight booked in dowry case
MALERKOTLA, Feb 10 — The police has registered a case against eight persons of Bahadurpur village for torturing Ms Paramjeet Kaur for bringing lesser dowry.

Truck driver shot at, injured
LUDHIANA, Feb 10 — Bahadur Singh, a truck driver, was shot at allegedly by three armed migrant labourers here yesterday. He was admitted to CMCH and was reported to be responding to treatment.

‘Expired’ lottery racket unearthed
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — The district police authorities have brought to light the scandal of expired lotteries being sold in this city.

Bus-car collision claims 3 lives
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — When Sita Rani of Partap Nagar here decided to take her husband to Barnala for treatment, little did she know that death was waiting for both of them at Lehra Mohabbat, about 18 km from here.

Unidentified bodies cremated
BATHINDA, Feb 10 — The local Sahara Jan Sewa cremated two unidentified bodies here today. The body of a unidentified youth, about 25 years old, was found from Doomwali village. 


Govt decision on admission flayed
SANGRUR, Feb 10 — The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed to the Punjab Government to withdraw its controversial decision with regard to giving equal weightage to marks obtained by a student in plus two examination and those obtained in pre-medical enterance test (PMT) for getting admission in medical colleges in Punjab.

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