Friday, February 23, 2001,
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Rs 1400 cr NABARD loan for Punjab
Chandigarh, February 22 
NABARD is planning to sanction a loan of more than Rs 1400 crore for Punjab during 2001-2. This loan will include nearly Rs 600 crore each for capital formation and crop loan and around Rs 250 crore for infrastructural development. This was disclosed by Mr A Ramanathan, Chief General Manager of the bank in an exclusive interview to The Tribune.

BJP chief changes stand on free power
Phillaur February 22
The State, Punjab BJP Chief, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa today clarified his stand on corruption and said it was the creation of the Congress which had spread its tentacles in the country. In an interview with this correspondent, Mr Rinwa said the cancer of corruption had polluted the environment and value-based education system was the need of the hour to remove it.

Singla’s anti-Chief Minister ‘outburst’ flayed
Mr Zora Singh Mann, MP, has criticised Mr Surinder Singla’s “outburst” against the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, saying that it “betrays his scant knowledge” about the prevailing socio-economic development scenario.

Bibi Jagir Kaur files plea for recall of order
Patiala, February 22
Former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Chief Bibi Jagir Kaur today moved an application in the court of the Special Central Bureau of Investigation Magistrate here urging for the recall of the orders passed on February 13 directing her to seek regular bail from the trail court till the next date of hearing in the case on February 24.




SJP to organise rally on February 27
Bathinda, February 22
Mr Darshan Singh Jeeda, President, Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP), Punjab, said today that there was possibility of formation of a third front in the country at the rally being organised by the party on February 27 at Delhi.


Badal to visit California
Chandigarh, February 22
Reciprocating the gesture shown by the State of California for establishing a relationship of friendship with Punjab, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today wrote to Mr Gregory Schmidt, Secretary of the Senate, California, that the ties of friendship between the two states would continue to flourish.

Evil effects of WTO discussed
Sangrur, February 22
The local unit of the All-India People’s Resistance Forum organised a convention on Evil Effects of the World Trade Organisation” here today. Dr Ranjit Singh Ghuman, Reader, Economics Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, presented his key-note address on the occasion.

VHP against relief work by missionaries
Ropar, February 22
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad will not allow the Christian missionaries to distribute relief materials among the quake victims in Gujarat. If the missionaries want to help the needy they should contribute to the Prime Ministers Relief Fund rather than directly distributing the relief among those affected.

Hospital issue
Detention by DC alleged 
Bathinda, February 22
Issue of shifting of location of general and children hospital from its present location to the premises of civil hospital today snowballed into a major controversy when the mambers of the ‘Old Hospital Save Committee’ were allegedly detained by Deputy Commissioner, Jaspal Singh when they went to meet him to present a memorandum for stalling the shifting of general and children hospital.

Family found HIV positive
Jalandhar, February 22
The officials of the Health Department, have, during the AIDS awareness programme, found a three-member Bhogpur-based family to be HIV positive. Those struck with the deadly virus are a truck driver, his wife and his three-year-old kid. Their identity has been withheld by the department. The detection of these cases has put a question mark on the utility of the programme.

MD’s order on probe officer quashed
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed an order issued by the Managing Director of the Punjab Cooperative Cotton Marketing and Spinning Mills Federation Limited appointing a new inquiry officer after the chief executive of the mill was exonerated by the previous inquiry officer. In his petition, the chief executive, Mr Pawan Kumar Garg, had earlier stated that the inquiry officer (IO) was appointed by the respondent even though as per the rules he had no power.

  • Directive to decide poll petition
  • Suspension stayed

Conclave plans to promote Sikh scriptures
Patiala, February 22 — A declaration calling upon the United Nations to declare 2004, marking the 400th anniversary of the compilation of the Guru Granth Sahib, as the year of Ecology and Spirituality, was adopted today at the Inter-faith Conclave organised by Punjabi University.

Moorish mosque cries for care
One of the just two Moroccon-style mosques in the world, the beautiful Moorish mosque here has been losing its sheen for the past two decades because of lack of proper upkeep by successive state governments.

Lok Adalats rescheduled
Abohar, February 22
The Punjab Legal Services Authority has rescheduled plan for holding Special Lok Adalats during the month of March. According to a letter addressed to the District and Sessions Judges at Faridkot, Ferozepur and Jalandhar, the member secretary of the Authority had said that the Special Lok Adalat at Ferozepore will now be held on March 24 instead of March 25.

Morinda SHO’s remand extended
Ropar, February 22
The SHO Morinda, Tarlochan Singh who was accused in the death of teenaged youth, Jaspal Singh of Saheri villager near Morinda, was further remanded in judicial custody till February 27, by the CJM Ropar. The accused SHO was produced in the court today after the term of his police remand ended on February 20. Earlier, he was remanded in police custody on February 15.

Coop societies donate 60.75 lakh
Chandigarh, February 22
A cheque for Rs 60.75 lakh was today presented by the Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for onward transmission to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The money has been contributed by the apex, central and primary cooperative societies of Punjab.

Dangs seek maintenance for Army man’s wife
Tarn Taran, February 22
Mrs Vimla Dang, ex-MLA and patron Punjab Istri Sabha, and Mr Satya Pal Dang, veteran CPI leader, have sought the help of a former Chief of Army Staff for maintenance allowance to be released for an Army personnel’s wife who has been being ignored by her husband.

Shivratri celebrated 
Bathinda, February 22
The district unit of the Prajapita Brahamakumari Ishwariya Vishavidyala celebrated the Shivratri festival with religious fervour.


108 procurement centres for Muktsar, Faridkot dists
Faridkot, February 22
At least 108 grain markets and purchasing centres have been set up in Muktsar and Faridkot districts to ensure smooth procurement of wheat in the forthcoming season. Out of these 64 mandis and centres belong to Muktsar and remaining to Faridkot district.


A Tribune follow-up
Shopkeepers told to close shops
Bathinda, February 22
Mr Gurtej Singh, Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM), Bathinda, served notices to the shopkeepers of Mahabir Gole Market, situated in the heart of the city, under Section 133 of the Cr PC, to close their business establishments within 10 days as it was feared that the market may collapse any time.


Attempt to loot SBI branch
Abohar, February 22
An unsuccessful bid to loot a rural branch of the State Bank of India was made today in this subdivision. Sources said two persons entered the Khubban branch of the SBI after lunch hours.

7 held for theft
Bathinda, February 22
Dawinder Arya, a resident of Sirsa, and Kulwant Singh, a resident of the Dhobiana road, who stole some gold jewellery items from the house of Mr Hardeep Singh, a resident of Paras Ram Nagar, in April 2000, are now in the custody of the police.

Escaped undertrial rearrested
Muktsar, February 22
Sonu, an undertrial prisoner facing trial in three criminal cases and escaped from jail here on the night of February 18 was arrested by the police today. After the arrest of Sonu, preliminary investigations revealed nothing against the employees who were on the duty when the accused escaped.


Punjabi University to go techno-savvy
Chandigarh, February 22
The information technology bug has bitten Punjabi University at Patiala as well. In a bid to emerge as one of the leading techno-savvy universities in the country, it has decided to introduce fresh IT courses from the next academic session.

Education system overhaul sought
Amritsar, February 22
Scholars today made strong recommendations for overhauling the present system of education to cope with the growing needs of the society without compromising the basic tenets of our traditional Indian ethos.

Poverty forces them to miss school
Ferozepore, February 22
The poverty-stricken school children continue to abstain classes to lend a helping hand to their parents working in the fields and brick kilns. Enquiries at several rural primary schools falling in Moga, the Assembly constituency of the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, revealed that a number of poor children continue to miss classes and work as labourers elsewhere.

ITI students observed strike
Bathinda, February 22
Students of the local Industrial Training Institute today observed a strike and organised a rally in protest against the alleged misbehaviour of the activists of the Mini Bus Operator Union.


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