Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
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Punjab economy ‘in bad shape’
Chandigarh, March 26
“If the old WTO accord needs modifications, the NDA Government should aggressively lobby for these changes in Geneva,” says Dr Manmohan Singh, former Union Finance Minister, maintaining that neither the Central Government nor the State Governments like, Punjab, have prepared the people fully to face the challenges of the new economic environment.

SAD-BJP alliance to stay: Badal
Hoshiarpur, March 26
Mr Parkash Singh Badal said the facts behind the Tehelka expose would come to light within three-four months after the report of the inquiry headed by Justice K. Venkataswami, a retired Supreme Court Judge, which was constituted to probe into the allegations. He was talking to the correspondent at the Canal Rest House here today. He said the Tehelka episode would ‘not affect the constituents of the NDA government in the coming elections of five state assemblies.

House condemns Sonia’s remarks
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed the Budget for 2001-02. With only Treasury Bench members in attendance, as the Opposition stands suspended, only one member, Mrs Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, BJP, insisted on speaking after the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, moved the Appropriation Bill.

PSEB to buy power from central pool
Bathinda, March 26
Though the summer season is yet to set in. Punjab has already started facing power crisis due to low generation of power at all hydroelectric projects in the state.




Scheme will abet suicide, say legal experts
Bathinda, March 26
The announcement made by the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, that Rs 2.5 lakh each would be paid as compensation to families whose earning members have committed suicide seems to have snowballed into a major controversy as legal experts term the scheme as equivalent to abetment of suicide.

Tohra’s conditions for Akali unity
Ludhiana, March 26
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has adopted a rigid stand on the question of having unity with the ruling Akali Dal Chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and has categorically stated there cannot be any unity with the latter unless he appears at Akal Takht and seeks forgiveness for the violation of the hukamnama and reinstate Bhai Ranjit Singh as Jathedar of Akal Takht.

Commission on Tehelka farce: Joginder
Jalandhar, March 26
Discarding the appointment of a commission to probe the corruption charges against political leaders and bureaucrats involved in the recent Tehelka expose, the former CBI chief Joginder Singh has favoured the registration of cases against all those whose names figure in it.


Cong burns effigies of PM, Badal
Phillaur, March 26
More than 1,000 Congress activists led by former Punjab minister Santokh Singh held a demonstration and took out a protest march here today. A rally was also organised in front of the SDM’s office.

Badal not behind increase in MSP: Tohra
Patiala, March 26
The SHSAD President and former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today accused the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal of taking undue political mileage out of the recent hike in the minimum support price of wheat.

SAD-BJP govt ‘under attack’
Bathinda, March 26
Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, senior Akali leader and Member of Parliament, today said that opposition parties were provoking the general public against the BJP-SAD government in the state in order to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of Punjab.

No factionalism in Punjab Cong: Vora
Chandigarh, March 26
The AICC in charge for Punjab, Mr Moti Lal Vora, today said that the party would launch a countrywide agitation from March 31 following the tehlka.com expose demanding that the government should stepdown and the guilty be proceeded against. The first phase of the agitation would cover blocks and the district headquarters, lasting till April 11, whereafter, till April 14, it would be at the state level in the form of demonstrations and public meetings.


HC issues notices on fly ash problem
Bathinda, March 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notices of motion to the National Thermal Corporation, New Delhi, the Punjab Government, the Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala, the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala, and Chief Engineer, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, to appear before the court on May 31, 2001, in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) filed to tackle the problem of the raining of fly ash from the chimneys of the local thermal plant.

State unable to check social violence: experts
Amritsar, March 26
Dr Ashwani K. Ray, Senior Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, said today that the state was unable to counter social violence. He was inaugurating a seminar on “Ethnic politics in north-west India” organised by the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, here.

Discretionary grant for houses of SCs
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Council of Ministers today passed a resolution condemning the utterances of the All-India Congress Committee President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, who had called the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, a ‘’traitor’’.

Official fears threat to family members
Amritsar, March 26
Mr Mohinder Singh, District Development Officer (Class I), has apprehended threat to his family members as rest of the culprits, involved in the sensational robbery, committed at his house in Vishal Nagar in Ludhiana had not so far been arrested by the police.

Plea to set up Addl Dist Judge’s court
Fazilka, March 26
Thousands of poor litigants of this subdivision feel harassed as their long-standing demand of setting up a Court of Additional District Judge at here has not been met despite several pleas by lawyers and the people of the area.

Inter-caste marriage: rights panel takes cognisance
Amritsar, March 26
Taking cognisance of a complaint of Mr Ajay Kumar Sharma in a case of harassment due to an inter-caste marriage the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has registered a case under the provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993.

Probe misuse of SGPC vehicle: Mann
Amritsar, March 26
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) and member of the SGPC, has asked Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president of the Shiromani Committee, to order a probe into the alleged misuse of the official (SGPC’s) vehicle, which met with an accident near Bareily killing Balbir Singh Pannu, former senior vice-president of the committee, and four others travelling along with him.

Employees hold rally against disinvestment
Bathinda, March 26
The activists of the National Fertilisers Employees Union (NFLEU) held a rally here today in the city to protest against the proposed disinvestment in the profit-making public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Bashir Badar, Hina steal show
Phagwara, March 26
Eminent Urdu poet Dr Bashir Badar and Hina Taimoori virtually stole the show in the All-India Urdu Mushaira organised here last night by the local Rotary Club and Adeeb International in the memory of the late B.K. Sardana, former Managing Director of Sukhjit Starch and Chemicals Ltd.

Brick-kiln workers stage dharna
Sangrur, March 26
Nearly 200 members of the district unit of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union, led by Comrade Dev Raj Verma, Joint Secretary of the Punjab unit of the CITU, today took out a protest march through the town and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) here to get their demands accepted and implemented.

Convention on human rights held
Barnala, March 26
In order to bring awareness among rural people, the Human Rights Wing of the district Sangrur unit of the Congress organised a convention on human rights and duties at Sherpur village, about 20 km from here, yesterday. Mr Umrao Singh, former minister, was the chief guest.

Josh seeks action against Vedanti
Amritsar, March 26
In a hard-hitting statement Mr Puran Singh Josh, member, SGPC, said either the book “Guru Bilas Pathshahi 6” edited by Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, Akal Takht Jathedar, be recognised and deemed “correct” or exemplary action be initiated against Jathedar Vedanti and others who had showered praises on the book in its foreword.

Private parties to maintain monuments
Amritsar, March 26
Maintenance of monuments of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time will be handed over to private parties.

2 killed in mishaps
Bathinda, March 26
Two persons were killed and one was injured seriously in different accidents in the district today.


No bonus on wheat: Dhindsa
Sangrur, March 26
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, yesterday said that the Punjab Government was not in a position to pay bonus on wheat to the farmers as it was already providing power and water free of cost for irrigation purposes to farmers in the state.

Strawberry seminar draws farmers
The IFFCO Chairman, Mr Surender Kumar Jakhar, was delighted to see a good number of young educated farmers attending the two-day seminar on strawberry cultivation which concluded at the Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here recently.


Council opposes govt directive
Phagwara, March 26
In an interesting case, the local Nagar Council today unanimously opposed the directive of its own department for allocating sites to the Excise Department for seven liquor vends. In what can be an embarrassing situation for the Local Bodies Department of the state, the house of the council asserted that the government directive of March 21 for leasing out sites for vends was violative of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and that the council could not be a party to this violation and thus invite contempt of court.

PUDA to construct dist admn complexes
Chandigarh, March 26
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has decided to construct district administrative complexes in the state. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had announced some time ago the construction of ultramodern DACs at important stations like Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda, Moga, Gurdaspur and Kapurthala. The construction of these complexes is to be undertaken by PUDA and funded exclusively out of the sale proceeds of properties transferred to PUDA under the Optimum Utilisation of Vacant Government Lands scheme.


14 held, 92 kg poppy seized
Bathinda, March 26
The district police has arrested 14 persons and seized more than 92 kg poppy husk, 28 litres wine, 40 kg lahan, and Rs 6,260 from them during a campaign launched against the illegal use of drugs.

1 kg explosive, fake currency seized
Amritsar, March 26
The BSF foiled Pakistan’s attempt to escalate violence in this border district with the recovery of 1 kg plastic explosive along with fake currency worth Rs 70,000 in the Khalra sector of the Tran Taran police district last night.

Sacrilege: main accused held
Patiala, March 26
Sanjeev Bhardwaj, president of the All-India Hindu Suraksha Samiti and main accused in the burning of religious scriptures, was arrested by the police here today.

Brothel unearthed, 4 arrested
Gurdaspur, March 26
The police has unearthed a brothel in Pathankot city and arrested two men and two women under the Immoral Traffic in Women Prevention Act.

Bangladesh agent evading arrest
Gurdaspur, March 26
Kalu, an agent and native of Bangladesh, has been eluding arrest for the past three years for bringing persons from Bangladesh and West Bengal on the assurance of helping them to cross over to Pakistan from border districts of Punjab. A number of cases have been registered against him in this connection.

Truck Union chief, 10 others booked
Sangrur, March 26
The local police today registered a case against the president of the local Truck Union and 10 others under Sections 290, 352, 355, 379 and 341 of the IPC. They have reportedly been booked in connection with the man-handling of Mr Hem Raj Bansal, a local mill owner, and for some other offences related to the incident.


Sec 144 imposed near exam centres
Bathinda, March 26
Mr Jaspal Singh, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has imposed Section 144 near the examination centres in the district, where the students of class X and XII are taking examinations.

PCCTU strike today
Chandigarh, March 26
Teaching staff of 165 colleges of Punjab and seven in UT will observe “total cease-work” tomorrow to protest against the non-implementation of the pension and gratuity scheme.


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