Tuesday, February 20, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Minister bashes up Cong leader
Majitha, February 19
Mr Sucha Singh Langah, Minister for Industries, his supporters and gunmen allegedly bashed up a Congress leader, Mr Ramesh Sharma at Gopalpura village, during door-to-door canvassing yesterday.

Kaura to expose RSS agenda
Ferozepore, February 19
Threatening to expose the alleged RSS agenda on Sikhs, the suspended BJP leader, Mr Jagmohan Kaura, today said that he would shortly meet the SGPC chief and the Akal Takht Jathedar with documentary evidence for necessary action.

Malta tragedy: 11 held on way to CM’s house
Chandigarh, February 19
Eleven members of the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission and the Malta Tragedy Sufferers Association were booked by the local police on charges of violating Section 144 of the Cr PC They were on their way to meet the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to urge him to request the Government of India for an international probe into the incident.

Court extends stay on arrest of DIG
Patiala, February 19
A local court today extended the stay on the arrest of Patiala Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Gupta for his alleged role in the detention and subsequent disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist till February 26.

Cops with 16 yrs’ service to be promoted
Jalandhar, February 19
The Punjab government has decided to promote all those Punjab police constables who have put in 16 years of service.

Institute cheats students; probe on
Ludhiana, February 19
The District Commissioner, Mr S.K.Sandhu, today marked an inquiry against a charitable institute of Raikot, near here to the SSP and the Civil Surgeon of the city.





Punjab MLAs’ meeting on Feb 21
Phillaur, February 19
A meeting of all MLAs will be held at Punjab Bhavan, Chandigarh on February 21. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will preside.


HC notice on doctors’ plea
Chandigarh, February 19
On a writ petition filed by Electro Homoeopathic Doctors Association, Punjab, through its president, Dr Manjit Singh Dhillon, challenging the Punjab government circulars of March 12, 1999 and October 17, 2000, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab and others respondents for August 3.

Councillor’s remark creates controversy
Abohar, February 19
The reported utterances of a BJP councillor, Mrs Geeta Chaudhry, has sparked off a controversy here. The matter has been referred to the Akal Takhat and the Chief Minister as well.

A lifeline under threat
The Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, considered to be the lifeline of the Malwa region, is under threat as it has been choked to a considerable extent by weeds and its banks are beginning to cave in at many places.

2 GNDTP units to be renovated
Bathinda, February 19
In a significant decision, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have approved the renovation and modernisation plan of units one and two of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) to increase their lives.

Concert for Gujarat victims
Amritsar, February 19
The renowned Urdu and Punjabi poet, Dr Sardar Anjum, in a highly emotional poem today, made a fervent appeal to the people here to contribute liberally for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat.

Blood bank inaugurated
Phagwara, February 19
Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram inaugurated a blood bank in the local Civil Hospital today.

2 more cases of hepatitis-B detected
Bathinda, February 19
Two more cases of hepatitis-B were detected at a vaccination camp organised by a voluntary club at Chauke village of the district yesterday.

Residents step in to save temple
Bathinda, February 19
India is a land of many religious. The followers of these religions have made many places of worship.

Poisonous barley waste kills 60 sheep
Gidderbaha, February 19
As many as 60 sheep of three shepherds Bharu village in Muktsar district died reportedly after consuming some poisonous material in the grain market in this town.

Sparks in low tension wires
Phagwara, February 19
A trail of sparks were ignited in the low tension wires when a truck struck these in the residential area of the local Hargobind Nagar today. Panicked inmates rushed out on seeing a trail of blaze in the overhead wires.

Shiromani awards announced
Patiala, February 19 
The State Language Department will be organising its annual function here on February 26 to honour writers. Dr Madan Lal Hasija, Director of the department, said the department would give Shriomani Puraskar to nearly 39 writers.

7 hurt as cylinder explodes
Bathinda, February 19
As many as seven members of a family suffered burn injuries this noon when a cylinder exploded at Ballianwali village about 40 km from here.

Remand in gold case extended
Patiala, February 19
A local court today extended the police remand of Joginderpal Singh Tony, the main accused in the case of stealing 100 kg of gold from the haveli of the former Prime Minister of the princely Patiala state, to February 24.


Notice issued to regularise staff
Bathinda, February 19
The Punjab Government has issued instructions to all its departments to regularise services of work-charged and daily wager employees who have completed three years of services.


Woman held in murder case
Jalandhar, February 19
The district police today arrested Parkash Kaur and her son Satnam Singh for allegedly murdering a woman at Ali Khelan village in Kartarpur on last Friday.

Man arrested for fraud
Bathinda, February 19
The district police has arrested Jaswinder Singh needed in a criminal case from Sawant Khera in Haryana who had been at large for quite sometime.


Seminar on higher education from Feb 21
Amritsar, February 19
Challenges before higher education in the 21st century—the issue which has been uppermost in the minds of academicians and planners of the country will be debated during the three-day international conference which opens here on February 21.

Controversy over lecturer’s post
Chandigarh, February 19
Less than 48 hours after The Tribune carried a report on the irregularities in the running of the Agro-Service vocational course in Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, on January 20, the teacher concerned, who was an MSc in geology and was teaching botany, was removed from the institution.

Pattar casts spell on students
Bathinda, February 19
Surjit Pattar, an eminent poet and winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award, had students and teachers of the local Government Rajindra College spellbound when he recited his old and new poems.


Traders find new ways to evade ST
Bathinda, February 19
Even as the Punjab Government has been taking steps to check the evasion of sales tax, the traders have been devising ways to hoodwink the tax authorities.

Dispute sparks tension
Sangrur, February 19
Tension prevailed in the local Barra Chowk area for several hours today due to a dispute between the local Truck Union and the Industry Association (including the Rice Shellers Union) over the issue of transportation of goods.

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