Tuesday, February 27, 2001,
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Spate of holidays in Budget session
Chandigarh, February 26
A spate of holidays between March 1 and 12 will dominate the first phase of the Budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha starting on March 1. Though no date has been decided for the presentation of the state Budget, it is likely only after the holiday bonanza ends on March 12.

Cong issueless after Majitha poll: CM
Bathinda, February 26
Mr Parkash Singh Badal said today that the state unit of the Congress had become issueless after the victory of his party candidate Raj Mohinder Singh in the Majitha byelection.

Conference on Guru Granth Sahib begins
Amritsar, February 26
Sri Guru Granth Sahib contains a philosophical system based on “unity in diversity” that celebrates the unique merits of each particular approach to the divine energy. Yet, it also provides a way that each of these approaches can be weaved into a cohesive whole.

Change in awardees’ list raises eyebrows
Patiala, February 26
In departure from tradition, the Punjab Government today awarded the Shiromani awards, carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, to two persons — a journalist and a “ragi’” — who were not among the 39 selected for the awards by the state advisory board last month.


Badal admits unity move
Kila Raipur (Ludhiana), February 26
For the first time the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today admitted that unity talks between his party and the Sarb Hind Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra were in progress.






‘None can change definition of Sikh’
Amritsar, February 26
Renowned ‘Sehajdhari’ Sikh leader and a former President of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, Bhai Harbans Lal of the USA, will meet Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief, and Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and demand that the definition of ‘Sikh’ should not be changed.

Hospital in dire need of funds
Bathinda, February 26
The oldest and the largest ayurvedic hospital here is facing financial crisis although it is well equipped.
The Lala Tilak Ram Memorial Ayurvedic Hospital, which was founded in 1977, caters to not only local patients but also of nearby villages. 

Pingalwara coming up in Sangrur 
Sangrur will have a Pingalwara for more than 200 crippled persons on the Sangrur-Dhuri road here by March-end.
A massive building at a cost of Rs 1 crore has been constructed on a 6560-sq yd plot by the All-India Pingalwra Society (regd), Amritsar, under the overall supervision of its patron-president, Dr Inderjit Kaur.

Rats disturb MC’s slumber
Amritsar, February 26
The alarming rate at which the rat population has increased has finally opened the eyes of the corporation.
In addition to the lurking fear of plague, the immediate menace created by the sewerage seepage due to the presence of rats has forced the corporation to seek help of private agencies.

Caste bias has forced them to make brooms
Bathinda, February 26
It was the caste discrimination of teachers and society against the residents of Kapassan village of Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan, belonging to the Bhambri caste, which deprived them of education and compelled them to adopt broom-making to earn their livelihood through the generations.

Govt bungalows abandoned
Even as the district administration has been facing an acute shortage of residential accommodation for officials, houses owned by the government have been becoming unsafe for occupation.

Talwandi in controversy again
Amritsar, February 26
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, is in a controversy again after presenting “siropa” to the son of late Balbir Singh Pannu, Senior Vice-President of the SGPC at the latter’s bhog ceremony.

DIG’s bail plea rejected
Patiala, February 26
A local court today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Patiala Range Deputy Inspector-General of Police Sanjeev Gupta and directed him to surrender before the court of the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Magistrate on February 28 in the case involving alleged detention and disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist in 1993.

Brick-kiln workers stage dharna
Sangrur, February 26
More than 200 activists of the district unit of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union today took out a protest march through the town and staged a dharna in connection with their demands in front of the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) here.

Take action against employee: forum
Mansa, February 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mansa, has ordered to initiate appropriate criminal prosecution and departmental action against a Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employee.

No uniformity in drug prices: IMA
Sangrur, February 26
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the Union Government to chalk out a comprehensive policy to check discrepancies in the price structure of drugs by different companies and the huge difference in the prices of drugs sold to the stockist and the consumer (patient).

SDM’s complaint awaits action
Maur Mandi, February 26
What will be the plight of the common man in Punjab can be judged from the fact that the local police authorities have failed to register a case on the request of the SDM, Talwandi Sabo, Mr Sukhminder Singh, even 10 days after he was manhandled by a municipal councillor, Mr Nirmal Singh, on February 16 when the elections for the posts of president and vice-president of the council were conducted.

Dalit girls married
Bathinda, February 26
A group marriage of five Dalit girls was organised at Chack Fateh Singh Wala village, about 20 km from here, yesterday. The function was organised at the residence of Mr Inderjit Singh, Sarpanch of the village, and the religious ceremonies were performed at his residence.

Rights body flay DC’s ‘behaviour’
Bathinda, February 26
The district unit of the Democratic Rights Society (DRS) has condemned the alleged irresponsible behaviour of Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, with a member of the ‘Save Old Hospital’ committee when it had gone to meet him in the recent past.

Protest against GATT
Bhucho Mandi, February 26
Activists of the Sarbh Sanjha GATT Virodhi Morcha, Bathinda, yesterday staged a dharna at the local railway station and stopped a special train meant for Bathinda cantonment. The activists, who also held a demonstration, were led by Mr Kartar Singh Lali, convener of the morcha.

Kirtan darbar at PM’s residence
Amritsar, February 26
The “akhand path” of Guru Granth Sahib in Devnagri and Sindhi scripts will be held at a special kirtan darbar at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi on March 3.


Notice to SSSB on non-filling of posts
Chandigarh, February 26
On a public interest litigation petition seeking the declaration of result of selections for 1000 posts of clerks in Punjab, advertised from April, 1996 to July, 1997, a Division Bench of the High Court today issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab and the Subordinate Services Selection Board for April 18. Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria comprised the Bench.

Food Department goes cyber
Chandigarh, February 26
The official website of the Punjab Department of Food and Supplies (w.w.w.foodsuppb.nic.in) was inaugurated at a function held at the Directorate of Food and Supplies in Sector 17 here today.


Bomb found, defused
Hoshiarpur, February, 26
A bomb wrapped in a polythene bag was found under the counter of a shop at Roshan Road here today while the servant of the shop was cleaning the shop.

4 killed, 3 injured in road mishap
Sangrur, February 26
Four persons were killed and three injured when a jeep and a tractor met with an accident near Bhawanigarh on the Nabha road last night.


School celebrates annual function
Bathinda, February 26
The annual function of Mata Benti Devi School was celebrated here last evening. The children presented a cultural show on the occasion, which won large applause from the public.

Parallel rallies for Student Appraisal Scheme
Patiala, February 26
Two different groups of students of Punjabi University, today organised parallel rallies in favour of as well as against the Students Appraisal Scheme, which envisages evaluation of teachers by students in the university campus.


Hosiery, cycle units seek protection
Ludhiana, February 26
What the Union Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, has in store (Budget) for the hosiery and cycle manufacturers here? This question is hotly debated by the manufacturers these days.


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