Monday, February 12, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Efforts on to end ‘liquor war’
LUDHIANA, Feb 11 — With barely a month left for the auction of liquor vends in the district, efforts are on to reach a compromise between the two ‘well-known’ warring groups of liquor contractors, each actively supported by two Akali ministers.

Majitha: many army men may miss ballot
MAJITHA, Feb 11 — Even as the Election Commission has created a history of sorts by giving the ‘shortest’ time for electioneering, more than 5,000 serving army men who are posted in far-flung areas like Leh won’t be able to cast their votes. Amritsar district tops the country with the maximum number of ex-servicemen.

SAD candidate Raj Mahinder Singh Majitha former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
SAD candidate Raj Mahinder Singh Majitha addressing a rally in the Majitha constituency and (right) former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at a rally in support of the Congress candidate.  
— Photos by Rajiv Sharma

Punjab all set for ‘green schools’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 11 — Punjab is all set to have “green panchayats, green school, colleges and other institutions.” The objective behind declaring “green panchayats,” etc, is to promote tree and forest cover in the state and also to improve the environment. redominantly an agricultural state, Punjab figures among the states having the lowest tree and forest cover.





Living a life of luxury
JALANDHAR, FEB 11 — The flashy and opuient lifestyle of the Babbar Khalsa chief, Wadhawa Singh Babbar, and other militant leaders has led to discord among the rank and life. Wadhawa Singh, it is learnt, has been leading a luxurious life in a high-security palatial house in Lahore’s posh Model Town area with his family.

Villagers suffer as doc on VIP duty
FEROZEPORE, Feb 11 — Tempers are running high at Sherkhan village, near here, over the continued absence of an MBBS doctor from the local dispensary on account of VIP duty. While Dr Amit Arora is reportedly on VIP duty with the Chief Minister’s family, both villagers and the Congress are accusing him of “neglecting” the Sherkhan dispensary, his actual place of posting.


Sobha Singh society honours artists
BATHINDA, Feb 11 — Mr Mehar Singh, president, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh and Dr Saroj Chaman, Head, Department of Fine Arts, Punjabi University, Patiala were among the recipients of awards given here today by the Sardar Sobha Singh Memorial Chittarkar Society to honour prominent artists belonging to the region.

Higher pay sought for accounts cadre
CHANDIGARH, Feb 11 — The Officers (Accounts) Association of the Punjab State Electricity Board has urged the state government to appoint the Member (Finance and Accounts) of the board from one of the serving heads of the Department of Accounts and Finance wing of the PSEB.

Sardar Anjum: prepare kids to be assertive
AMRITSAR, Feb 11 — Dr Sardar Anjum today gave a call to prepare the future generations to be positive, assertive and not to have a give up attitude. Dr Sardar Anjum, who was addressing the concluding session of the two-day annual conference of the Rotary Club at Dashmesh Auditorium, said he was immensely pained during the decade-long turmoil in Punjab but his great faith in Punjabiat and their boundless love for life and positive attitude had helped turn the tide for good which had helped in the restoration of peace in the state.

They bear the burden of illiteracy
BATHINDA: The men in bright red uniform seen at railway platforms throughout the length and breadth of the country need no introduction. These are the porters or coolies, who are called only when needed. People do not even spare a thought for them after leaving the railway station.

Bamial block has no potable water!
GURDASPUR, Feb 11 — Even after more than 53 years of independence, pure drinking water eludes all 23 panchayats of Bamial block. The block is ironically surrounded by a number of rivers, including Tama, Jalaia, UJH and Ravi.

Don’t migrate, Dal Khalsa tells valley Sikhs
AMRITSAR, Feb 11 — The Dal Khalsa yesterday urged the Sikhs of the valley not to get caught in the trap laid down by the ‘unseen forces’, which were creating animosity between the Sikhs and Muslims.

7 killed, 12 hurt as bus, truck collide
GARHSHANKAR, Feb11 — Seven persons were killed and 12 injured near Bazigar Colony, Samundara, on the Garhshankar-Chandigarh road around 6.40 a.m. today. The bus left Chandigarh at 4.40 am but developed some technical snag near Samundara and collided with a truck coming from the Garhshankar side.

IFFCO floats fund for quake victims
ABOHAR, Feb 11 — Indian Farmers Fertilisers Cooperative Ltd has floated a separate trust named Kisan Seva Fund as a long term measure to help the victims of devastating earthquake in Gujarat and persons affected by other natural calamities in future.

Big donations for quake-hit
AMRITSAR, Feb 11 — Because of widespread coverage by both the electronic and print media about the ravages of the severe earthquake in Gujarat, there is an upsurge of sympathy and desire to help the victims amongst the people of Chheharta, Putlighar, Haripura and Sultanwind road areas.

Paucity of funds hits Akademi work
BATHINDA, Feb 11 — Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi has been facing shortage of funds which is coming in the way of promoting the fine arts in Punjab. Mr Mehar Singh, president of the akademi, while talking to The Tribune here today said various plans drawn by the akademi could not be implemented due the paucity of funds.

Increasing protests hit traffic
ROPAR, Feb 11 — With dharnas, bandhs and traffic blockades becoming popular modes of protest, the district police is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the law and order.

PA’s kin ‘axe’ five trees
FEROZEPORE, Feb 11 — The alleged felling of kikkar trees in Fazilka by a kin of the personal assistant of the Punjab Forest Minister, Mr Surjit Jyani, has kicked up a row.

MP escapes unhurt
PHAGWARA, Feb 11 — AICC secretary and MP Santosh Chaudhary and her husband, Mr Ram Lubhaya, had providential escape last night in a road accident involving her Tata Sumo and a tractor trailer at the JCT mill railway overbridge on the GT Road here.

‘In minutes we were all equal’
SAS NAGAR, Feb 11 — “In minutes we were all equal, the rich, the poor, all of us without food, without a roof over our heads and without a single thing that we owned. The first thought was one of fear and sheer panic. Then came the realisation that I was alive. But from all around me emerged sounds of terror, cries for help and as I moved about in a daze, I saw before me the clear blue sky with fallen scapes and mounds of rubble.

Historic serai cries for repairs
PATIALA, Feb 11 — Strange is the working of the Punjab Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Archives Department. A proposal to take charge of Mai di Serai, a 200-year-old building with an imposing gate in the Sikh architectural style, was moved 10 years ago.

German Shepherd shines
PATIALA, Feb 11 — German Shepherd Quando Vom Nordland Zwinger ruled the two All Breed Dog Shows, organised by the Patiala Kennel Club at the Polo grounds here today, securing first position in one show and second position in the other.

Stress on rural sports urged
BATHINDA, FEB 11 — A senior Youth Akali Dal leader and member, Zila Parishad, Mr Gurpreet Singh Kangar, has said the Punjab Government should lay special emphasis on the promotion of rural sports so that energy of rural youths could be channelised for constructive purposes.

Mill workers meet MP
KHARAR, Feb 11 — A delegation of workers and staff of Panipat Woollen Mills, a Government of India enterprise here, met Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, M.P. from the Ropar Lok Sabha Constituenecy, and gave him a memorandum saying he should take steps to save the mill, which the Union Government plans to shut down and order a high-level inquiry into why the mill was suffering continuous losses.


Implement pension plan, CM urged
JALANDHAR, Feb 11 — The Punjab Government Aided Colleges’ Retired Employees Association has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to intervene and ensure implementation of pension and gratuity schemes meant for employees of the aided colleges.


Taxi driver’s killer arrested
JALANDHAR, Feb 11 — The Jalandhar police has arrested a two-wheeler thief who along with one of his accomplice, had killed a taxi driver. The accused had hired a Tata Sumo on October 27, allegedly made its driver drink liquor and stabbed him to death after throwing chilly powder in his eyes and fled with the vehicle.

Factory making spurious drugs unearthed
BATHINDA, Feb 11 — In a drive launched by the district police, a major success was achieved when a factory manufacturing fake medicines since 1995 was unearthed. Police sources said three persons Gurbaran Singh, Arun Bansal and Gurwinder Singh, alias Lalli, had been running the factory. 

Teenager commits suicide
BATHINDA, Feb 11 — A teenaged girl of this district today committed suicide by jumping before a train on the Bathinda-Hanumangarh rail section. Sources said the body of the girl was brought to the local civil hospital by volunteers of Sahara jan seva and a post-mortem examination was conducted. The GRP has registered a case in this connection.


Workshop on problems of teaching held
AMRITSAR, Feb 11 — Guru Nanak Dev University has recently introduced a number of job-oriented courses for the educated youth of this region. It will also start need-based courses, remarked Dr H.S. Soch, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating a two-day workshop on the “Problems of teaching B.Com (professional) and BBA courses” for college teachers affiliated to this university.

Youth festival begins today
PATIALA, Feb 11 — The inter zonal festival of Punjabi University will be organised at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hall on the university campus from February 12 to 14.


Punjab traders form panel
FARIDKOT, Feb 11 — The Punjab Beopar Mandal has constituted a 25-member committee headed by its president Mr Madan Kapoor, to sort out the problems of the traders in the state.Top

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