Monday, February 26, 2001,
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SAD-BJP leaders resort to Cong-bashing
Rajpura, February 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP today virtually launched an election campaign in this district. Though the occasion was ostensibly to lay the foundation stone of a railway overbridge in the city, a political conference was held on the occasion with senior leader Balramji Das Tandon, who organised the entire show, deriving the maximum mileage.

Female work figures ‘puzzling’ 
Chandigarh, February 25
Why did women in Punjab not record their participation as “workers” in economically productive activities on either farms or in family enterprises during Census-1991? The official definition of “work” was any physical or mental activity, including supervision or direction, paid or unpaid. One could be either the “main” or “marginal” worker.

UK for liaison office at Jalandhar
Phagwara, February 25
Mr Tom Macan, British Deputy High Commissioner, New Delhi, today said the United Kingdom wanted to open a visa liaison office in Jalandhar and was waiting for a nod from the Government of India.

Ensure security for MC poll: HC
Maur Mandi, February 25
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the district administration to ensure that elections for the posts of President and Vice-President of the local municipal council are held peacefully and proper security arrangements made for the same.




Badal misusing power: DCC
Faridkot, February 25
The District Congress Committee, Faridkot, has accused the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for misusing the official machinery and money power to win the three byelections from Majitha, Sunam and Nawanshahr in the recent past in the state. 


Bus concession a headache for women
Bathinda, February 25
Facility of travelling on concessionary rates in the buses plied by the Punjab Roadways and the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, extended to woman who have attained the age of 60 seems to have become a headache both for beneficiaries as well as conductors.

Dusty, bumpy ride on Bathinda roads
The city once considered to be a backward area has been developing fast as an industrial centre of this region. With the increase in the number of industrial units the number of vehicles, particularly heavy motor vehicles, is also on the rise.

Census sees change of heart among Bagris
Lambi, February 25
The ongoing census has witnessed a change of heart among the Hindi speaking population of Punjab villages along the Haryana border where anti-Punjab sentiments had prevailed on account of Sikh militancy.

Sikh Sangat backs SGPC stand
Phillaur, February 25
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat has supported the stand taken by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for not sending any jatha to Pakistan in view of the formation of the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee which “is a puppet in the hands of the Pakistani military ruler”.

‘Brij ki Holi’ at Jalandhar
Jalandhar, February 25
Holi may be a fortnight away but wavy glimpses of the festival of colours were created by energetic youngsters who came out with, “Brij ki Holi”, a form of folk dance depicting Lord Krishna and his “gopis” indulging in the colour affair, in the sprawling grounds of the local Apeejay College of Fine Arts, which wore the look of a countryside fair during “Utsav-2001 — a two day arts and crafts fair — which concluded today.

Tributes paid to Balbir Pannu
Tarn Taran, February 25
Rich tributes were paid to Balbir Singh Pannu, senior vice-president of the SGPC and three others who were killed in an accident on February 16 near Bareilly (UP). A function in this regard was organised today at the Government Senior Secondary School Naushehra Pannuan village, the native village of Balbir Pannu.

Sangrur to have SPCA centre
Sangrur, February 25
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals will start functioning from the first week of March in the district. The society has been formed to prevent cruelty against the animals.

Rail inquiry phone rings & rings
“Hello, speak loudly. I can’t hear you properly, dial again”. Sometimes a computer answers: “Please wait, you are on the line”. Often even after several attempts one fails to contact on the telephone the inquiry official of the biggest railway junction of North India here.

Very few saplings survive
Talwandi Sabo, February 25
Nearly 18,000 out of the 6 lakh saplings which were planted in various villages of this subdivision on the sand dunes after levelling them, could survive after four years.

Court orders status quo
Sangrur, February 25
The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Sangrur, has directed Ms Pushpinder Kaur and others to maintain status quo till February 28 regarding construction on a piece of property earlier in the possession of the PSEB. The PSEB had its offices on the property, popularly known as Old Power House, near the bus stand here.

Seminar on environment
Amritsar, February 25
“All-out efforts will be made for the overall development of the holy city of Amritsar”, said Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Punjab Minister for Science and Technology, while presiding over a seminar on “Keep Environment Clean and Green” organised by the Amritsar Vikas Manch at the local Thakur Singh arts gallery auditorium today.


Conference on farmers’ plight
Barnala, February 25
Mr H.D. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister, Mr Kuldip Nayyar, celebrated journalist and MP Shabana Azmi, film actress and Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, national President of the Lok Bhalai Party and MP, will be the star speakers at the convention and public conference to be held here on March 2.


Depot allotment hangs fire
Bathinda, February 25
Even as the District Food and Supply Control authorities have interviewed all applicants for fair price depots in various pockets of the district about two years ago, no depot has been allotted so far.


Highway robbery: six of gang held
Jalandhar, February 25
The police today claimed to have solved the February 15 highway robbery case with the busting of a six-member gang of robbers and the recovery of Rs 1.65 lakh in cash from them.

Gang of cheats busted
Gurdaspur, February 25
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of cheats who had duped people of their hard-earned money with false promises of getting them government jobs by arresting two of its three members.

4 intruders loot dera inmates
Hoshiarpur, February 25
Four intruders looted cash after assaulting two inmates of an Udasi dera near Tajpur village under the Haryana police station past midnight today, police sources said.

Gambling on rise in Abohar
Abohar, February 25
The Anti Corruption Board of India today alleged that cricket bookies had spread their area of operation in a big way and this was going to ruin many families. In fact the centre of betting had shifted from the surrounding cities to Abohar.


JBTs to supervise plus-2 exams
Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab School Education Board will deploy only JBT teachers as supervisors in the matriculation and plus-two examinations commencing on March 12 this year while centre superintendents will be appointed from amongst the headmasters and lecturers.

School enables mute kids to speak
Bathinda, February 25
The Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb and Blind Children, being managed by the District Red Cross society, has set an example for other similar institutes as the students being trained and educated by it have shown a marked improvement in their ability to speak and communicate with others.


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