Saturday, March 17, 2001,
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Kanwaljit claims fiscal turnaround
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today passed without discussion and by voice vote the supplementary demands for grants involving gross additional expenditure of Rs 818.28 crore, presented to the House by the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, on Thursday.

Bank robbery in Ludhiana village
Chandigarh, March 16
A bank robbery in Jagraon police district this afternoon, the first in the current year, is an indication of the laxity in security in the area infested with militants owing allegiance to the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).

Budha Dal chief may be readmitted to Panth
Talwandi Sabo, March 16
Baba Santa Singh, head, 96 Crori Budha Dal, who was excommunicated from Sikh Panth about16 years ago for building the Akal Takht with the help of then central government after the ‘Operation Bluestar”, is likely to be readmitted into the Sikh ‘Panth’ shortly.

Police clueless about Dimpy
Bathinda, March 16
The Haryana Police continues to draw a blank about the whereabouts of Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy who escaped from custody of Dabwali police a few days ago.




Bail plea of police officers rejected
Patiala, March 16
The Special CBI Magistrate today rejected the bail application of three Punjab police officers, including a Superintendent of Police (SP) and two Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), in the case involving the “illegal” detention and subsequent disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International activist in 1993.

HC: treat CJM’s report as petition
Chandigarh, March 16
In a report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Faridkot’s Chief Judicial Magistrate has stated that the undertrials in the Ferozepur Central Jail were treated as animals.


Vajpayee should resign: Tohra
Bathinda, March 16
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), has sought resignation of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, on moral grounds.

Parties plan conferences at Khatkar Kalan
Various political parties and the district administration have drawn up plans for the ‘‘shradhanjli samaroh’’ to be organised at Khatkar Kalan, native village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, on March 23 .

Procession by BYJM
Patiala, March 16
Hundreds of activists of the Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha took out a procession , amidst tight security, against the action of Congress party activists who had burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister in New Delhi.


KMC to take up Sikh issues with Annan
Amritsar, March 16
After a “smooth going” of the 1984 riots issue in the Vidhan Sabha recently Sikh radical organisations have taken the opportunity to take a step forward to highlight the Sikh issue on an international level.

SPCA enrols 400 members
Sangrur, March 16
The membership drive by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA), Sangrur, is nowadays in full swing. More than 400 members have been enrolled so far since March 1 by the SPCA with the active participation of the district Animal Husbandry authorities.

Quake experts for micro-hydel projects
Amritsar, March 16
Experts on earthquakes, floods, landslides, floods and cyclones of international and national repute, who participated in the four-day international conference on natural hazards, mitigation and management, have recommended that wrong signals about earthquake prediction should not be encouraged. Building code should be made mandatory, landslides should be monitored by the Institute of Geological Sciences (GIS) and remote sensing techniques in Himalayas. They also stressed micro-hydel projects and community participation in disaster mitigation.

Pingalwara branch inauguration
Sangrur, March 16
Another branch of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, Amritsar, will be inaugurated on March 25 by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, on the Sangrur-Dhuri road, near here.

Unhygienic conditions irk residents
Mansa, March 16
Residents of the town have complained about poor condition of cleanliness in the local Civil Hospital. They said heaps of garbage could be seen lying in the hospital backyard. An official of the Civil Hospital said there were five posts of nursing sisters and one of matron, out of these only three nursing sisters were filled.

Ranjit Singh celebrations planned
Chandigarh, March 16
As a tribute to Maharaja Ranjit Singh and to carry forward his legacy, the Punjab Government has decided to organise year-long bicentenary celebrations of his coronation in the state which falls on April 12. A decision in this connection was taken at a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badad, according to a press note.

Sewage floods houses
Malerkotla, March 16
Hundreds of residents of Khatikan Mohalla, Sirhandi Gate and Talab Bazar today protested outside the Municipal Committee office against the failure of the committee to clear drain water and sewage which entered their houses eight days ago.

Demonstration on vermiculture
Chandigarh, March 16
The Umeed Khanna Foundation (UKF), which has earned a name for itself in Sangrur by its free health care scheme and other social projects, today took the initiative to promote and create awareness about vermiculture.


Wheat procurement from April 1
Patiala, March 16
Punjab will start procurement of wheat from April 1 with arrangements being made to procure 1.20 crore tonnes of wheat during the current procurement season.

Farmers to continue stir
Chandigarh, March 16
Despite Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal having given assurances to leaders of the Kisan Unions, at a meeting here today, the unions have decided to continue the agitation till their demands are fulfilled.


Women’s police station set up
Hoshiarpur, March 16
A women’s police station has been set up at the district headquarters and to deal with only women’s cases of the district. Mr Sanjeev Kalra, SSP, Hoshiarpur said this here yesterday that as many as 333 cases, mainly disputes between husbands and wives, were reported at the police station during 2000. He said compromise in 246 cases had got been done.

Mahila police station sans facilities
Bathinda, March 16
The lone mahila police station (MPS) of the city, which was inaugurated in 1997 by Mr P.C. Dogra, the then DGP, Punjab, has failed to deliver the goods. The main motive behind the launching the MPS was to cater to the needs of women.

Red tape holds development
Bathinda, March 16
Insufficient funds, departmental bottlenecks, corruption, red tapism and political considerations have deprived major section of the city of the basic amenities. Though there has been expansion of city and new colonies developed recently but the Municipal authorities have not been able to provide basic amenities to the residents.


Police checks khair smuggling
Ropar, March 16
The Chief Conservator Forests, Himachal Pradesh, has issued an appreciation letter to the Ropar police for its role in curbing the smuggling of the khair wood. The SSP Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar said a drive had been launched to check illegal cutting and smuggling of the khair wood in Ropar and its adjoining areas of Himachal.

Kerosene racket unearthed
Jalandhar, March 16
The district police has unearthed a massive racket of the sale of white kerosene converted from blue kerosene by seizing 20,000 litres of adulterated kerosene and 100 kg of chemical used for treatment of the commodity.

Fake money seized from Pak national
Attari, March 16
Fake currency amounting to Rs 48,600 was seized from a Pakistan national, Mohammed Suleiman. The counterfeit notes were detected by custom official during a routine search operation after the late arrival of the Samjhauta Express at Attari last night. Suleiman (30) is a resident of Rahimyar district of Pakistan. The money was found in the big Rajasthani-style turban that most residents of Kutch wear.

Mother, 2 kids run over by train, killed
Jaitu, March 16
As many as three persons — a mother and two children — were killed when they were run over by a 3442 Ferozepore-Delhi passenger train near Chandbhan village today.

Kidnapped child traced
Amritsar, March 16
A one-and-half-year-old kidnapped boy was traced by the Civil Lines police, disclosed Ms V. Neerja, SP, Traffic, at a press conference yesterday.

3 held for possessing poppy husk
Bathinda, March 16
The district police has arrested three persons allegedly for smuggling narcotics and 1 kg opium and 10 kg poppy husk was seized from them.


2 hurt in row over institutes
Bathinda, March 16
Two persons were injured when supporters of Mr Harpal Singh Mithoo and Mr Baldev Singh, former and present president of the Khalsa Dewan, clashed today at the local Khalsa school. Today’s incident was result of the ongoing tussle between two groups for possession of educational institutes being run by the organisation.


Bleak business for cold storage owners
Jalandhar, March 16
Two years ago, cold storage owners were in great demand with farmers wanting some space to store of their potato crop. However, now the cold storage owners are persuading potato growers to keep their crop in cold storages and are even offering heavy discounts in the charges and throwing other baits to allure them.


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