Wednesday, February 21, 2001,
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CEC played negative role: PPCC chief
Jalandhar, February 20
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today accused the Chief Election Commissioner of India of playing a negative role in more ways than one and pushing democracy down the drain during the Majitha byelection.

Badal poser to Rinwa on corruption
Phillaur, February 20
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has asked the Punjab BJP chief, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, to bring into his notice the allegation which was levelled by Mr Rinwa in press conference at Chandigarh in which Mr Rinwa has alleged that administrative and political corruption was increasing in the rule of the present government.

Badal’s bid to consolidate hold over MLA
Chandigarh, February 20
With the ballots for the Majitha assembly byelection sealed, another battle of the ballot this time for a Rajya Sabha seat, starts here tomorrow. This is between the SAD-BJP candidate, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, and Mr Manjit Singh Khaira, an Independent.

Sutlej pollution by Pak discussed
Ferozepore, February 20
Continued pollution of the Sutlej river here by effluents from Pakistani industrial units is understood to have figured at a recent meeting of the Border Security Force and the Pakistani held at Wagah.

Punjab policemen not to be sent to J&K
Chandigarh, February 20
The Punjab police has decided against sending its force to Jammu and Kashmir for the ensuing panchayat elections in the trouble-torn state.





Left unhappy with BJP favours to RSS schools
Ferozepore, February 20
The issue of grants to the RSS run Sarvhitkari schools by the BJP Ministers in Punjab is likely to be raised by the CPI in the coming state Assembly session. Disclosing this to The Tribune the CPI legislator, Mr Hardev Arshi said that his party would ask the government to furnish the account of such grants announced by the BJP Ministers in the state during the Budget session.

Sukhbir fails to turn up for panel discussion
Chandigarh, February 20
The local Forum for Democracy today organised a debate on issues pertaining to Punjab. Both, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal and Mr Manjit Singh Khaira, candidates for the Rajya Sabha seat from Punjab, had been invited for participation. But the former did not turn up.


PSEB will have to buy power this summer
Patiala, February 20
With no money in hand, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is faced with the prospect of drawing power from its quota in various central projects this summer by paying in cash.

More outlay for health care sought
Sangrur, February 20
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the Union Government to declare health care a priority sector to improve the health care delivery system in the country. It has also asked the government to extend concessions and facilities to the health sector on the pattern of infrastructure sector like power industry and telecommunications industry.

Panchayat chief’s election quashed
Chandigarh, February 20
Quashing the election of Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Sukhjinder Singh Chawla as president of Raja Sansi Nagar Panchayat, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held that the conduct of the returning officer — Ajnala Sub-Divisional Magistrate Harcharan Singh Sandhu — was “not above board”.

  • Registrar’s order quashed

Increase in atrocities on women
Pathankot, February 20
There has been an alarming rise in crime against women in Pathankot and adjoining areas. An unprecedent spurt in cases relating to dowry and atrocities on women have been reported of late. According to information, about 200 cases pertaining to atrocities on women by their husbands or other males have been reported.

Residents seek shifting of factory
Jalandhar, February 20
The residents of seven colonies situated at Maqsoodan on the GT Road here, who have been demanding shifting of a pipe fitting factory from the residential area due to pollution caused by it, have submitting a memorandum to the Joint Commissioner of the local municipal corporation reiterating their demand.

Need to revamp police force: IG
Bathinda, February 20
Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, IGP, Zone-1, Patiala has said the state police needs extensive restructuring and remodelling to increase efficiency. Some wings of the police which are overstaffed need to be balanced he said addressing a press conference here today. Mr Gill was here to inspect police offices and councilling and rehabilitation centres.

Raid on hospital alleged
Bathinda, February 20
Dr Vineeta Gupta, general secretary, Insaaf International, today alleged a police party led by the DSP (Vigilance) today raided the premises of hospital being run by her brother, Dr Vitul Gupta, without any valid grounds.

Jawans saved 40 quake victims
Bathinda, February 20
A team of Army personnel sent from Bathinda military station to Bhuj, the most earth quake affected area of Gujarat, for relief operation and saved 40 persons who were under debris.

SGPC not to open more colleges
Bathinda, February 20
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), said that the increasing use of drugs and narcotics by the youth should be checked. He was speaking at a function organised here today at the Khalsa school.

17 police personnel get degrees
Phillaur, February 20
What a Constable, a Head Constable, an Assistant Sub Inspector, a district police chief , an international shooter and an Inspector-General of Police had in common today at the third annual convocation of the Punjab Police Academy here was a postgraduate degree in police administration.

PAC team reviews levelling of sand dunes
Talwandi Sabo, February 20
As many as five members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by an MLA, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, today visited various villages of this assembly segment to make an on-the-spot examination of work executed by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) for levelling of sand dunes and subsequent plantation of saplings on the flattened land by the state Forest Department authorities.

J&K students visit Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, February 20
Thirty students and five teachers from Kashmir yesterday visited Fatehgarh Sahib district under the leadership of Major Manpreet Singh of Victor Force Headquarters, Jammu & Kashmir.

Flying time comes down in aviation club
Patiala, Feb 20 
Already down in the dumps with employees not getting their salaries for months altogether, the Patiala Flying Club has reached new lows with the average flying time also being reduced considerably.

CM mourns CPI leader’s death
Chandigarh February 20
Various political organisations today mourned the death of a former Home Minister, Mr Indrajit Gupta, a veteran CPI leader. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said the country had lost a seasoned politician, trade union leader and eminent legal luminary.


Massive decline in millet cultivation
Bathinda, February 20
In the early fifties, when there was an acute shortage of irrigation facilities in Punjab, farmers took to cultivating crops with a mean requirement of water in a big way. Millet (bajra) was one of the most important crops of the kharif season.

Lotus farming replaces wheat
Randhirpur (Sultanpur Lodhi), February 20
Even as the Punjab Government has been trying to find a substitute for the unviable wheat-paddy cycle, a few landless Rajput families of the Mand area of the Beas have started lotus farming in the low-lying areas, considered useless by farmers due to waterlogging.

Grain market cries for care
The grain market of the district, known as the cotton-belt and which has a major share in the production of paddy and wheat, cries for care. It presents a dirty face of the kind of care the administration gives to the “feeders of the nation”.

Rice millers stage dharna
Bathinda, February 20
Members of the Rice Millers Association of Bhuchu today staged a dharna in front of the residence of the Deputy Commissioner against the alleged misbehaviour by the members of the Truck Operators Union.

Crop rotation and diversity stressed
Patiala, Feb 20 
The need of the hour is to understand the environment we are living in and to devise new methods to increase soil fertility.


PUDA licences for 8 colonisers
Chandigarh, February 20
With a view to facilitating private sector participation in the housing sector, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has decided to issue licences to eight colonisers, with a gross area of 68.86 acres, in the state.


Undertrial escapes from jail
Muktsar, February 20
Sonu, an undertrial in three criminal cases, escaped from the sub-jail located here on the night of February 18 after cutting the iron rod of the cell in which he was locked up.

Jassi case: charges framed against 11
Sangrur, February 20
Additional Sessions Judge, Sangrur Mr R.P. Nagrath, today framed charges against 11 accused under Sections 302, 307, 364 and 120-B of the IPC in the Canadian girl, Jaswinder Kaur Jassi, murder case.

Insurance official held for graft
Ropar, February 20
Development officer of the Oriental Insurance Company, posted at Anandpur Sahib was arrested for graft by Vigilance Bureau officials, yesterday evening. Giving the information about the case DSP Vigilance Ropar, Malvinder Singh told this correspondent that the accused was nabbed on the complaint of Kulbir Singh of Rajgiri village in Anandpur Sahib. 

3 killed as car, truck collide
Jalandhar, February 20
Three persons, including a seven-year-old child, was killed and four others injured when a car in which they were travelling collided with a truck coming from opposite direction near Kartarpur today.


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