Thursday, March 15, 2001,
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Charan Singh goes on leave in protest
Amritsar, March 14
Giani Charan Singh, a senior granthi of the Golden Temple, who was superseded after the controversial appointment of Giani Puran Singh as head granthi last year, has proceeded on one year’s leave even as two persons would be installed as high priests at Akal Takht tomorrow morning.

Retirement of homoeopathic doctors sought
Jalandhar, March 14
The Government Homoeopathic Medical Officers Association, Punjab, has a demanded that the state government should order the premature retirement of Dr Ramesh Rattan, Assistant Director of the Homoeopathic Department since the Health and Family Welfare Department had already rejected his review petitions.

Chief Secy’s order ignored?
Jalandhar, March 14
Can a Commissioner of a Municipal Corporation afford not to bother about the orders of the Chief Secretary and put these in cold storage on one pretext or the other? It appears to be so in case of the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation.

Stolen demand drafts cause panic
Bathinda, March 14
Local businessmen have been gripped by the fear of honouring stolen and fake demand drafts which have been in circulation in the city for the past week.

Badal seeks 450 cr from Centre
Chandigarh, March 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today in the Vidhan Sabha that the Union Government should provide Rs 450 crore to the state government in lieu of the provision of free power to the farming sector in the state.





Federation rejects minister’s claim
Chandigarh, March 14
Mr P.S. Sangha, general Secretary, Federation of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, has expressed serious concern over the discontent among them over the non-implementation of the demands already accepted by the Punjab Government.

PPCC may file writ against use of EVMs
Amritsar, March 14
The general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mrs Ratna, yesterday threatened to file a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the use of electronic voting machines if their demands were not conceded by the Chief Election Commissioner.

Suspended MLAs stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 14
Led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Chowdhary Jagjit Singh, a number of MLAs who were suspended for the remaining part of the Budget session from the assembly, today staged a dharna at its main entrance. They were donning black robes.


Jhuggis mushroom on govt land
Bathinda, March 14
Is Bathinda going the Chandigarh way? The answer is yes, if the profileration of colonies in the city and its outskirts is any indication. The ‘powerhouse’ of Punjab may be a distant cousin to City Beautiful in terms of cleanliness, but it seems to share the same fate as far as encroachers are concerned. 

Probe paper leakage, says telecom staff
Nabha, March 14
The National Union of Telecom Employees (class III) demanded a high level probe in the alleged leakage of question paper for the JTO’s screening test held on May 14, 2001 the Punjab Telecom circle which was conducted by BSNL (earlier known as DoT).

Agonising wait for power connection
Bathinda, March 14
Tej Ram of the local Balla Ram Nagar has been running from pillar to post for more than five months to get an electricity connection despite fulfilling all requirements as set by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Illegal shopping complex unearthed
Amritsar, March 14
Operation of a commercial complex secretly undertaken in a former bank building was unearthed today. A part of the building area was reportedly subdivided to construct a multi-storey shopping plaza while the front of the building was deliberately closed to passersby.

Board scraps stadium project
Mansa, March 14
The indecisiveness of the Planning Board, Mansa, over the construction of a sports stadium in the district has led to uncalled-for wastage of public money. The board has reportedly scrapped the project after spending over Rs 5 lakh on it.

BKI activist surrenders
Tarn Taran, March 14
Harpal Singh a resident of Teja Singhwala under Chabal police station, an activist of the Babbar Khalsa International has surrendered before the press. The SSP Tarn Taran told newsmen today here that the alleged activist was absent from area for the past nine years.

Protest over move to beautify temple area
Amritsar, March 14
Protesting against the beautification plan of Durgiana Mandir, to be undertaken by the Improvement Trust, the Durgiana Sangharsh Samiti today took the streets, alleging that the trust was being non-committal about the compensation to be given to those who would be displaced in the process.

PSHRC for inquiry into ‘false’ cases
Amritsar, March 14
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of the complaint by the chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, Mr Ajit Singh Bains, regarding “false” cases instituted against Mr Narain Singh, president of the Akal Federation, and his family members.

Vedanti condemns incident
Amritsar, March 14
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has taken a serious note of the burning of a portion of Tirlokpur (Kangra) gurdwara, by some miscreants. According to Mr Prithipal Singh Sandhu, personal assistant, to the Jathedar Akal Takht, a fact-finding team had been despatched to Tirlokpuri.

Labour Lok Adalat on March 17
Patiala, March 14
In a move to speedily dispose of thousands of cases pending before the Patiala Labour Court, it has been decided to hold a Lok Adalat in this regard on March 17.

2 cops rewarded
Bathinda, March 14
The police has rewarded two officers, namely, Mr Barjinder Kumar, Sub Inspector, who is the in charge of Rampura police station and Mr Joga Singh, Sub Inspector, in charge of Bhuchu police chowki for exemplary service.

2 killed in road mishaps
Hoshiarpur, March 14
Parwinder Singh of Amargarh died on the spot when a truck (HP-12-2154) collided with his Maruti car (CHO12-3690) near the octroi post at Garhshanker, 40 km from here, last evening.


New wheat policy ‘a gimmick’
Bathinda, March 14
The new wheat procurement policy, to be implemented by the state government appears to have few takers. Under the proposed scheme, commission agents will place their demands for bags with the government following which they will distribute the bags among farmers.

Jojoba to be grown on barren lands
Bathinda, March 14
Under the “Barren Land Development Project” new saplings of Jojoba would be planted in various parts of the district to increase the forest cover. This was stated by Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, in a meeting of development committee.


MC demolishes shopping complex
Kapurthala, March 14
The municipal authorities today demolished on unauthorised two-storeyed shopping complex situated in front of the bus stand here.


15 kg poppy husk seized
Bathinda, March 14
The district police has arrested two culprits and recovered 15 kg of poppy husk from the accused.

Man hurt in attack dies
Barnala, March 14
Dalip Singh, 80, who had sustained head injuries in an attack on March 3, died at DMC, Ludhiana, on March 12. Dalip Singh, his son Beant Singh, Gurnam Singh and Rajinderpal Singh were hurt when they were attacked by persons with swords and sticks in the local courts complex.

Vet officer held for taking bribe
Mansa, March 14
Mr Gurmail Singh Neor, DSP (Vigilance Bureau) yesterday caught red-handed Dr Amrit Pal Singh, Veterinary Officer, Fatta Maloka village in the district, while accepting Rs 300 as illegal gratification from Mr Gulab Singh, son of Bachan Singh of Alike village.


Date for PCCTU poll extended
Phagwara, March 14
The last date for enrolment of members, elections of unit-level office-bearers and delegates of colleges has been extended from March 15 to March 31 by the executive committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, it was learnt from PCCTU sources today. 


Industrial units pulled up
Lalru (Patiala), March 14
A three-member committee, which was chaired by Mr A.K Mahajan, Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board heard public objections against local industrial units for polluting the environment of the area, here today.Top

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