Thursday, February 22, 2001,
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Punjab college teachers on warpath again
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has decided to relaunch its agitation from March 5 to press the Punjab Government to implement the decisions taken for the welfare of the teachers by its executive and legislative wings.

Govt docs’ private practice thrives
Ferozepore, February 21
Throwing all norms to the wind, government doctors continue to run private clinics from their homes with impunity Even as the medical authorities plead ignorance, an investigation by The Tribune revealed that at least four doctors on the government rolls are clandestinely running their well-equipped clinics from their homes in the city.

PSEB to press for funds 
Lehra Mohabbat project delayed
Patiala, February 21
Unable to start the 420 mw Lehra Mohabbat stage two thermal project in the targeted month of January this year for want of funds, the Punjab State Electricity Board is likely to press for quick release of funds besides proposing the levy of a “power development cess” on electricity consumers in the state during the first visit of the new Chief Secretary to the board on February 23.




PUDA set to emerge as e-enabled outfit
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority is all set to emerge as an e-enabled web-based corporate entity. Stating this, the PUDA Chief Administrator, Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, said here today that a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary project was on the verge of completion.

Water crisis grips Malwa region
Bathinda, February 21
Due to inadequate rains and repeated closure of canal-based irrigation system, a drought-like condition has started prevailing in Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Muktsar and Sangrur districts of the Malwa region of Punjab.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation
Punjab to celebrate bicentenary
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Government proposes to celebrate the bicentenary of the coronation of the only Sikh ruler in history, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in a big way. The celebrations will be held in April this year and will include participation by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr Bhai Mahavir, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Prof Vishnu Kant Shastri.

When sun went through turmoil
Jalandhar, February 21
The sun went through a spectacular turmoil created by rather unusual filament eruption following a coronal mass ejection from its surface on January 6 and 7, but fortunately enough, it had no direct impact on the earth since the loop was not directed towards the earth.


Cong to boycott poll for RS seat
Jalandhar, February 21
The entry of the Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD general secretary and son of the Punjab Chief Minister, to the Rajya Sabha has become imminent as the PCC has decided to stay away from tomorrow’s voting for the lone Punjab Rajya Sabha seat lying vacant following the resignation of Dr Brajindera Singh Hamdard.

Cong man expelled
Amritsar, February 21
Mr Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, president of the District Congress Committee (rural), today expelled Mr Nanak Singh, president of the Municipal Committee, Majitha, from the primary membership of the party for six years for allegedly opposing the official candidate, Mr Savinder Singh Kathu Nagal, during the Majitha byelection. 

BSP to contest on own manifesto
Bathinda, February 21
The Punjab unit of the BSP which has witnessed a number of splits in the past few years, has decided to contest the coming Assembly elections in the state on the party manifesto for the first time.

CPI activists stage dharna
Bathinda, February 21
Activists of the Communist Party of India today staged a dharna to press for their demands at Arya Samaj Chowk of the city. Mr Jagdish Singh Ghai, district secretary of the CPI, alleged the state government was not serious about the development of the city. 

Impose Central rule in J&K: Billa
Amritsar, February 21
The All-India Shiv Sena President, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, today urged the Central Government to impose President Rule in Jammu and Kashmir as the state government had failed to protect the life and property of minorities there.


From purdah to paying guest culture
After Partition in 1947 the region witnessed migration by a large number of people and in this process a large number of refugees came from Pakistan and settled here. These refugee succeeded in making the local population follow their traditions.

Sangrur gears up for disasters
Sangrur, February 21
In view of major disasters in Gujarat recently by the earthquake and its aftermath effects and complications, the district administration has drafted a disaster management plan for the district to tackle natural calamities and other disasters, if any, in an effective manner in future.

Punjabi language facing ‘crisis’
Amritsar, February 21
The Folklore Research Academy, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Maa Boli Sangharsh Manch, Amritsar Vikas Manch and Association for Democratic Rights Punjab have asked officials of the Census Department to record the mother tongue of Punjabis honestly.

Shifting of hospital opposed
Bathinda, February 21
As many as 15 social and voluntary organisations of this city today formed the Old Hospital Save Committee to stall the shifting of the children’s and general hospital from its present location to the civil hospital here.

Cops asked to vacate guest house
Phagwara, February 21
So far as encroachments are concerned, the police also do not log behind. At least this impression was got at a police-public meeting here today. Mr Ram Saroop Arora, vice-president, Municipal Council, bemused everyone when he pleaded with Mr Iqbal Singh, SSP that the municipal guest house in the local town hall should be got vacated from the police.

Khalsa Divan
Bathinda, February 21
The management of Khalsa Divan, which is the oldest religious institute of the district, today passed a resolution that anybody involved in the alleged misappropriation of funds of the institute would not be inducted into the management or the executive body of the institute.


Forest Rangers to get motor cycles
Bathinda, February 21
In a significant decision, the state government has taken up a project to provide motor cycles, arms licences and arms to officers of the rank of Forest Ranger. This was stated by Mr Surjit Kumar Jayani, Punjab Forest Minister, at a press conference here this noon. Mr Jayani said the state government had devised an ambitious plan of Rs 408 crore with the help of Japan to increase the forest cover of the state.

Extension to acting director opposed
Patiala, February 21
The Punjab PCMS Association yesterday expressed its resentment against the decision of the Punjab Government to grant extension to Dr R.S. Sandhu, acting director, Family Welfare Department, who was due to retire on January 31.

Doctors oppose extension to Director
Chandigarh, February 21
In a representation submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the PCMS Association said today that there was resentment among its members against the extension in service granted to Dr R.S. Sandhu, Director, Family Welfare, by the previous Chief Secretary, Mr R.S. Mann, on the last day of his retirement. Mr Mann retired on January 31.


4 arrested in murder case
Jalandhar, February 21
The district police has solved the murder of a British National, Pritam Singh, in his ancestral house at Paragpur village, near here, on February 17 by arresting four accused in the case.

Undertrial used pipe to escape
Muktsar, February 21
Even as the state jail authorities have started an inquiry into the escape of a jail inmate, Sonu, on the night of February 18 from the sub-jail here, the preliminary investigations have revealed that the accused had used a water pipe to scale the wall of the jail.


Jacob opens meet on higher education
Amritsar, February 21
The Punjab Governor, Lt Gen J.F.R. Jacob (Retd), has emphasised the need for compelling changes in the structure and processes of higher education in view of widespread growth of knowledge, information technology and internationalisation of higher education.

SGPC-run college bags top 7 positions
Amritsar, February 21
The SGPC-run Sri Guru Das, institute of Medical Sciences and Research has bagged the top seven positions in the pre-final MBBS examination results declared by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Women’s hostel in bad shape
Bathinda, February 21
The moment a woman finds a job away from home, the foremost problem she confronts is of an accommodation. She searches for a place which is safe, decent and economical as everybody cannot afford the high rent accommodation, which may not be as safe as a girls’ hostel.

Rs 108-cr training project launched
Chandigarh, February 21
With a view to provide quality technical education in Punjab, a World Bank sponsored vocational training project has been launched at a cost of Rs 108 crore, according to an official press note. The Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, said the percentage of girl students in various technical courses had gone up to 31 per cent from 14 per cent in the past four years.

Work on B.Ed College begins
Bathinda, February 21
Taking action on the news item published in The Tribune, local MLA and Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, today said work on the construction of the building of the B.Ed College had begun formally and claimed that the building would be completed by the May-end this year.Top

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