Saturday, February 17, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






SHSAD: probe fee concession
Amritsar, February 16
Taking strong exception to the decision taken by the former SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, to give donation fee concession to a few selected students who had sought admission against the non-resident Indian (NRI) quota in Guru Ram Dass institute for Medical Sciences and Research and Guru Ram Dass Dental College, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) today sought constitution of a fact-finding committee to know the circumstances under which the SGPC suffered losses to the tune of crores of rupees.

Bhai Ranjit warns Centre on Sikhs’ security
Amritsar, February 16
Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of Akal Takht, has warned the Central Government over its alleged indifferent attitude towards the security of the Sikhs living in the Kashmir valley.

Protest against Badal govt
Amritsar, February 16
A large number of state employees held a rally and staged a demonstration at Majitha town today where a byelection is going to be held on Monday.

Hukamnama sought against Badal
Amritsar, February 16
Even as Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Punjab Chief Minister, yesterday urged the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to issue a hukamnama against Mr Parkash Singh Badal and other Panthic leaders who were allegedly responsible for the distribution of illicit liquor among voters in the Majitha constituency, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, questioned the secular credentials of the Congress for approaching Akal Takht.

Custodial death: SHO remanded
Ropar, February 16
The SHO, Morinda, Tarlochan Singh, who was accused of causing the death of a youth, Jaspal Singh, of Saheri village, was remanded in police custody till February 20, by the CJM, Ropar today. The accused SHO was arrested by the police on Wednesday night.





Pannu’s last wish
Amritsar, February 16
It was perhaps the last wish of Balbir Singh Pannu, senior vice-president of the SGPC to complete inquiry against Prof Manjit Singh and Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar Sri Kesgarh Sahib and Damdama Sahib, respectively, which could not be completed due to his death in a road accident near Bareilly.

Punjab for non-cultivation subsidy
Chandigarh, February 16
Punjab has put up a new agenda before the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices to tackle the problem of plenty on the foodgrains front in the country.

DRDA staff’s plea to PM
Sangrur, February 16
Resentment prevails among hundreds of employees of the District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) in the state following the decision of the Central Government to dispense with 200 centrally-sponsored schemes and hand over the same to the state government.


Lending cops a helping hand
Under the community policing project, launched by the Punjab police, a group of residents, including students, has been constituted in the district to supplement police efforts to maintain law and order, prevent crime, manage traffic and fight the menace of drug addiction.

Memorial gates for cops too
Ferozepore, February 16
After the militants and the political figures, it is the turn of martyr policemen to have gates in their memory outside their native villages.

SSP told to act on PHRO complaint
Chandigarh, February 16
Directing Jalandhar’s Senior Superintendent of Police to look into a complaint against Municipal Commissioner Mr Bidhi Chand Thakur, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked him to take necessary action expeditiously in accordance with the law.

Order to implead ex-board chief
Chandigarh, February 16
In a petition filed by Mr Karam Chand against the closing of the case against Mr R.S. Mann, Punjab’s Chief Secretary, and Mr I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Associated, passed by Mr B.S. Bedi, Special Judge, Chandigarh, Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the High Court today directed the petitioner to implead Mrs Tejinder Kaur, former Director of the then Punjab Housing Board, a respondent.

Inquiry sought on Bluestar
Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation ( PHRO) and the Movement Against State Repression (MASR) have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to set up a commission of inquiry to find out how many persons were killed in operation Bluestar and how many were arrested.

Plan to set up heart institute 
Bathinda, February 16
The district administration, which had decided to sell off the land of general and children’s hospital located in the heart of the city after demolishing various buildings for generating funds for constructing a modern district administrative complex (DAC) has now started thinking of setting up a modern heart institute on the same premises.

Govt urged to fill vacancies
Bathinda, February 16
Mr Harbans Singh Sherpur, president of the Rashtriya Mulazam Dal (RMD), has urged the state government to fill the vacancies in various departments.

Free cell phones for freedom fighters
Amritsar February 16
The Union Communication Minister Mr Ram Vilas Paswan has promised to give free mobile phones to the freedom fighters at the earliest.

Controversy over census
Bathinda, February 16
A major controversy has erupted in the state over Census 2001 over the non-filling of columns 9 and 10 meant for ST persons by the officials entrusted with the task.

Blindness survey on
Bathinda, February 16
As per the instructions of the Union Government a survey is being done to ascertain the causes of blindness in the district. Bathinda is one of the 13 districts which has been chosen from all over the country.

1381 TB cases
Bathinda, February 16
As many as 1,381 patients of TB have been identified in the district as part of the TB control programme launched by the health authorities recently.

Pensioners celebrate birthdays
Patiala, February 16 
The Punjab Pensioners Welfare Association celebrated the birthday of members falling in November and December, 2000, and January and February of this year at a function organised at the Red Cross Bhawan yesterday during the course of which a directory of the pensioners was also released by the Deputy Commissioner.


Seedless kinnow may be winner
Bathinda, February 16
The cost of imported items in the first phase of the World Trade Organisation agreement are likely to fall drastically. The agriculture of the country and the related industries are likely to be the worst hit. Economists and agriculturists believe that to face the competition not only quantity but the quality of the produce would have to be improved by our farmers.


Land grab case registered
Bathinda, February 16
The police has registered a criminal case against Rajinder Singh, alias Kaka, a resident of Kotha Guruka village and his associates for their alleged involvement in a land grab case.

Undertrial still at large
Ferozepore, February 16
Mystery shrouds the delay in arrest of an undertrial, who and escaped from the police custody while being taken to court in November.

Granthi booked for noise pollution
Patiala, February 16
In the first instance of its kind, the local police has registered a case against a gurdwara granthi for creating public nuisance by relaying religious discourses through a high-pitched mike system.


Teachers on indefinite strike
Budhlada (Mansa), February 16
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, Guru Nanak College, have been on indefinite strike for the past many days to press on the authorities concerned to accept their demands.

‘Transfer fee has yielded result’
Patiala, February 16
To check the growing trend of seeking migration from Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda regional centres to the university campus here, the Syndicate of Punjabi University had decided on June 29 last year to charge migration fee known as special transfer fee, and that too, in exceptionally justifiable cases. This was done on the basis of the recommendation of a high-level committee of the university functionaries.

City boy wins gold medal
Bathinda, February 16
Gurpreet Singh of the local DAV College has won a gold medal in the classical instrumental music competition at the youth festival held at Punjabi University, Patiala.


Tannery units told to treat waste
Jalandhar, February 16
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed the owners of around 150 tannery units operating from the leather complex to install mini effluent-treatment plants within three months with a view to arresting the rising level of water pollution in the Kala Sanghi drain.

SOS to Pollution Control Board
Jalandhar, February 16
Over 20,000 residents of around seven colonies, situated on the G.T Road near Maqsoodan here, have been living in miserable conditions due to pollution caused by a pipe fitting factory in the residential area, thanks to the alleged apathy of Punjab Pollution Control Board.

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