Wednesday, February 14, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Paswan, Kanshi turn eyes on Punjab
JALANDHAR, Feb 13 —  With their eyes on the forthcoming Assembly elections, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram and Lok Jana Shakti Party leader and Union Minister for Communications Ram Vilas Paswan have started making their presence felt in the state.

Cong seeks support of BSP in Majitha
FARIDKOT, Feb 13 — The district Congress committee (DCC) has appealed to the Lok Bhalai Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other parties to support the Congress candidate in the ensuing Majitha Assembly byelection in the interests of the state.

Punjab to slash area under paddy
CHANDIGARH, Feb 13 — Facing rough weather on the paddy and wheat procurement fronts for the past some years, the Punjab Government has decided to make drastic changes to break free from the paddy-wheat pattern.

Conference on Guru Granth Sahib from 
Feb 25
AMRITSAR, Feb 13 — An international conference on the “World’s First Inter-Faith Scripture” would be held at Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Academy of Guru Granth Studies, Dallas, USA, from February 25 to 28.

Minister’s letter to CM unheeded
CHANDIGARH, FEB 13 — How long is a period of one month in political language? The correct answer, perhaps, is “infinite”.  

High Court
Notice to Punjab on plea to shift Pinky
CHANDIGARH, Feb 13 — On a petition for shifting Inspector Gurmeet Singh Pinky, lodged in Ludhiana Central Jail in a murder case, to some other prison outside the district, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the state of Punjab for February 19.




Ceasefire to prove costly: Kanshi
PHAGWARA, Feb 13 — In his first ever comment on the national scenario, the Bahujan Samaj Party president, Mr Kanshi Ram, yesterday said the BSP will not pull down the Vajpayee government but rather wanted it to complete its full term so that the government got discredited completely and the Prime Minister had nothing to tell people except that he had remained busy keeping together the 25-party coalition.

Bhunder: CM fulfilled people’s aspirations
CHANDIGARH, Feb 13 — The SAD General Secretary and Member, Rajya Sabha, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, said yesterday under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD-BJP government in the last four years, has led Punjab towards self-sufficient and self-reliance in all fields and has fulfilled the aspirations of Punjabis.


Dasehra savings for quake-hit
CHANDIGARH, Feb 13 — People from far and near are landing in the Tribune office with their contributions for the Gujarat quake victims. One such delegation of Dasehra Committee, Abohar, came all the way to deliver a draft of Rs 1.23 lakh to the Editor of The Tribune for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Urea project: team visits Sangrur
SANGRUR, Feb 13 — A four-member high-level team headed by Mr Yogesh Goyal, General Manager, PSIDC, visited the town and other parts of the district yesterday as apart of its two-day visit for selecting a site for setting up of the Rs 1,500-crore ammonia urea fertiliser project in Sangrur.

Oil refinery: route for pipeline finalised
PHULOKHARI (Bathinda), Feb 13 — The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) authorities have identified land for crude receipt terminal (CRT) for Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinery being set up here and have also finalised the route of 1011-km long pipeline from Mundra (Gujarat) to CRT.

Healthcare: land at concessional rates
CHANDIGARH, Feb 13 — The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to provide world class healthcare facilities in the state with the participation of the private sector in 13 different specialities. The land will be provided to the applicants at concenssional rates.

Bathinda in need of overbridges
BATHINDA: “Band paiya darwaza, jiwen phatak Kot Kapure da”. These lines from a Punjabi song were written by a lyricist at the level crossing on the Muktsar road in Kot Kapura town which used to remain closed to traffic most of the time, causing inconvenience to the public. Now an overbridge has been constructed there and traffic is smooth, much to the relief of residents.

Malfunctioning of phones hit police working
BATHINDA, FEB 13 — When everybody is going for mobile phones the district police is facing a unique problem of not being able to make calls from the telephones provided at the police stations.

Reinstate patwaris, says union
NAWANSHAHR, Feb 13 — Mr Gurnek Singh, senior vice-president of the Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab, said in a press statement here yesterday that patwaris would hold a rally at Majitha on February 16 in protest against their “victimisation” by the Badal government.

Be honest tax payer, says IT chief
BATHINDA, Feb 13 — Mr J.S. Ahluwalia, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax (north-west zone), said the people should pay taxes honestly and that the money collected as taxes was the building block of the country. He was speaking at a meeting of traders of the region here today.

SHSAD threatens dharna over chowk
BARNALA, Feb 13 — The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has threatened to stage a dharna and block traffic on the Handiaya Kanchian crossroad — where Mansa, Bathinda, Barnala and Sangrur bypass roads converge — if a chowk was not constructed there within one month.

Stone of traffic cell laid
BATHINDA, Feb 13 — Mr Gurdas Singh Badal, former MP, today laid the foundation stone of a highway integrated traffic enforcement cell at Jassi Baghwali village. The cell will be established by the district police for providing immediate help to victims of highway accidents.


PUDA’s new scheme for allotting plots
SANGRUR Feb 13 — Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, said yesterday that the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had finalised an attractive package to allot plots to private institutions for setting up of high-level basic health infrastructure in the state.

Decision on use of MC vehicles revoked
LUDHIANA, Feb 13 — The Punjab Government has revoked the three-month-old ban on the use of official vehicles by municipal corporation officials in the state.


7 held for smuggling poppy husk
BATHINDA, FEB 13 — The district police has arrested 7 persons allegdly involved in the smuggling of narcotics and recovered 1 kg of opium and 80 kg of poppy husk.

Three arrested for murder
SANGRUR, FEB 13 — With the arrest of three persons, the local police claims to have solved a murder case involving Surjit Singh, a resident of Gadhu Khurad in Mansa, who was missing since January 22 and whose body was fished out of canal at Doomwali village in Bathinda a few days ago.

Three arrested in burglary case
TARN TARAN, Feb 13 — The Sadar police has arrested three persons allegedly involved in a burglary case at Khhabbe Dogran village three days ago.

One killed in mishap
DHURI, Feb 13 — One person was killed, when his scooter rammed into a Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus on the Malerkotla road near truck union here late last evening.


6000 computers for schools
KAPURTHALA, Feb 13 — The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today said the law would take its own course in the filing of two cases by the CBI against Brig V.P. Singh and the private companies involved in the fodder scam of several crores.

University migrations draw flak
PATIALA, Feb 13 — The Forum for Educational Action of Reform (FEAR) yesterday expressed serious concern over the ways and means by which Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia allowed migrations in the prestigious professional courses for MBA and MCA from its Talwandi Sabo centre to the main department in the university by creating “additional seats” and charging Rs 1 lakh as transfer fee per case.

Career Advancement Scheme given green signal?
PATIALA, Feb 13 — The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, cleared the way for the University Management to resume selection process for the promotion of teachers under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) of the University Grants Commission (UGC) by giving his approval here today.

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