Tuesday, February 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Another poll code violation alleged
MAJITHA, Feb 12 — In yet another case of the violation of the code of conduct, the Superintending Engineer, Majitha division, Uppar Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) has floated a short-term tender notice for carrying out work on the remodelling of the canal.

Khera files papers for RS seat
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 —  Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal now has company in Mr Manjit Singh Khera who also filed his nomination papers today for the lone Rajya Sabha slot from Punjab.

EC directions on use of EVMs in Majitha poll
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 —  In order to remove any apprehension about the possible tampering with electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used for Majitha byelection, the Election Commission today issued specific guidelines to be followed by the Chief Electoral Officer and the Returning Officer.

Market panel remains without Chairman
FEROZEPORE, Feb 12 —  Although only a year is left for the next Assembly elections in Punjab, the ruling BJP has failed to appoint a Chairman of the local Market Committee. The recent revolt within the party has further eclipsed the hope of such an arrangement in the near future.

40-cr project sanctioned for Muktsar
MUKTSAR, Feb 12 —  The Central Government has sanctioned the district water and sanitation project for the district in the recent past.

Case against cops in girl’s custodial death
MOGA, Feb 12 —  The Punjab Police has registered a case of abetment of suicide and wrongful confinement of a minor girl against the local police for custodial death on the directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Challaned for axing trees
FEROZEPORE, Feb 12 —  The involvement of the brother of Punjab Forest Minister’s personal assistant in the recent tree felling incident has exposed the safety of environment in the hands of the custodians of forestry in the state.






Oppn councillor’s no-trust move fails
MALERKOTLA, Feb 12 —  The no-confidence motion against the President of the municipal council, Malerkotla, belonging to the ruling SAD, failed today when no opposition member arrived to defend the motion. 


Border villagers feel ignored
GURDASPUR, Feb 12 —  Residents of over two dozen villages in the district across the Ravi feel alienated in view of the apathetic attitude of the successive governments towards the development of the area.

Children’s hospital to be demolished
BATHINDA, Feb 12 — The Punjab Government has decided to demolish a 100-bedded general and children’s hospital located in the heart of the city. This hospital caters to the needs of a population of more than one lakh. The decision has been taken to generate adequate funds for constructing a modern administrative complex.

No check on illegal blood banks
ROPAR, Feb 12 — Illegal blood banks are running in most of the private nursing homes, maternity hospitals and other clinics in the district. Most of the said private hospitals are taking blood from donors and carrying out transfusion operations in gross violation of the provisions of the amended Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Children’s murderer excommunicated
JALANDHAR, Feb 12 — The dhobi panchayat here has excommunicated the family of Gagan Kanaujia, who had allegedly done to death two minor school children of a local drycleaner, Hina and Abhishek, in June in brutal manner.

Holiday on Feb 19
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 —  There will be a holiday on account of the byelection in the Majitha assembly constituency on February 19, the day polling will be held there, according to information available here.

Vets’ absence draws villagers’ ire
NABHA: Resentment prevails among residents of Chhintanwala, Alipur, Faizgarh, Hasanpur, Tunga and Kot-Kalan villages due to non-availability of a veterinary doctor at the dispensary in Chhintawala village.

‘Stitches of Love’
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 —  Arpana, a spiritual, service oriented community, is holding a ‘‘Stitches of Love’’ Exhibition at Hotel Skylark, Jalandhar, from February 13 to 16. In the last 20 years Arpana has trained more than 1650 rural women in exquisite hand embroidery at its 13 village centres.

Power cuts irk parents
MOGA, Feb 12 —  Parents of students in the town yesterday expressed resentment over the alleged failure of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to provide uninterrupted power supply.

RCF donates 14 lakh to relief fund
KAPURTHALA, Feb 12 — About 5,500 employees of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) have contributed more than Rs 14 lakh towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the earthquake victims. The employees today sent two truck loads of relief material which include clothes, wheat, rice, pulses, tea leaves and other consumable goods to Gujarat. The RCF Women Welfare Organisation President, Mrs Usha Govindarajan, flagged off the trucks.

SPO kidnap case: 5 cops get bail
PATIALA, FEB 12 — The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Magistrate today granted bail to five police personnel, including a Sub-Inspector and two Assistant Sub-Inspectors, in a case of alleged abduction and illegal detention of a family in Muktsar district in October 1994.

4 Malerkotla scholars to get literary award
MALERKOTLA, Feb 12 — Among the 39 awardees chosen recently by the Punjab Languages Department, Patiala, for the Shiromani Sahityakar Awards, four scholars — Mr Soot Dev Hans (Sanskrit), Mr S. Tarsem Punjabi), Mr Mohammed Sultan Anjum (Urdu) and Mr Gurdev Singh Mann (NRI Punjabi) — belong to the town.

400 ticketless passengers fined
PHILLAUR, Feb 12 —  A railway checking team headed by Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Harbhagan Ram conducted surprise checking on more than 20 trains today and caught 400 ticketless travellers at various railway stations between Amritsar and Ambala.

Penning poems for noble cause
BATHINDA, Feb 12 — “Lakhon ho chuke hain maut ke shikar, mach gaya hai charon aur dekho hahakar. Manavta ko waqt ne phir hai lalkara, uth chuke hain haath dene ko sahara”.


Growth of wheat crop affected
BATHINDA, Feb 12 — Even as the Malwa region has been facing acute shortage of canal water, its inadequate supply has started affecting the growth of wheat crop in the area.

SC farmers’ pleas for power to be okayed
BATHINDA, Feb 12 — In an unprecedented move, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have decided to clear all applications of Scheduled Caste farmers lying with it for power connections for their tubewells.


Drug scam: plea to cancel FIR
BATHINDA, Feb 12 — The case relating to the unearthing of a fake medicine manufacturing factory in the focal point in this city by the district police on February 10, has taken a new turn with the kin of Arun Bansal, one of the accused, who had been arrested, moving an application before the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for cancellation of the FIR.

Child murdered by uncle
KAPURTHALA, Feb 12 — An 11-year-old boy Bikramjit Singh was killed and his mother Mrs Ravjit Kaur was seriously injured in an assault by their close relative Jaswinder Singh at Sheikhupur village this afternoon.


Lecturers reject seniority list
JALANDHAR, Feb 12 —  The seniority list of school lecturers, which was released recently by the state government, has been rejected by the Government School Lecturers Union, Punjab.

Inter-Zonal Youth Festival begins
PATIALA — Feb 12 — Mr Lajpat Rai, Member, Rajya Sabha, announced a contribution of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of Punjab Kala Bhavan, while inaugurating the three-day Annual Inter-Zonal Youth Festival at Guru Teg Bahadur Hall in the Punjabi University campus here today.

Student union elects office-bearers
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 — The Punjab Students Welfare Union in a meeting held here today chose its office-bearers. Parvez Rana will be president district Sangrur; Paramjit Singh will be president, Patiala; Satinder Singh, president, Ropar; Malkit Singh, president, Amritsar; Sukhdev Singh, president, Ferozepore; Sukhdeep Singh, president, Ludhiana; Baljinder Singh, president, Muktsar and Nirmal Singh, president, Jalandhar.

NIFT students show off creations
PATIALA — Feb 12 — The second annual exhibition by students of the National Institute of Fashion Designing (NIFT) which concluded here displayed a variety of designs. The exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Assistant Commissioner (general), Mr Rahul Gupta, showcased a wide-range of modern chic from floral to dots, casuals and some hot stuff for the daring.


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