Friday, March 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Extradition process begins
Action against Jassi’s kin
Ludhiana, March 29
The process of bringing to book all persons responsible for the sensational murder of NRI girl Jaswinder Kaur Jassi, has entered the final phase with the initiation of extradition proceedings against the mother and uncle of the deceased.

12 hurt in lathi charge, ADC to probe
Jalandhar, March 29
Over 12 residents of local Basti Sheikh colony and a number of SAD-BJP workers, who were sitting on dharna at Football Chowk to protest against the arrest of six persons for the alleged burning of two MC vehicles on Tuesday night, were injured when the district police resorted to lathi charge to disperse them this afternoon.

Shanta reluctant on Punjab officer for FCI
Chandigarh, March 29
A struggle is on in the Union Food Ministry to choose a successor to Mr D.P. Reddy, Senior Regional Manager, Food Corporation of India, Punjab region, who has been reverted to his parent state.

HC dismisses plea of ex-Dist judge
Chandigarh, March 29
Writ petition of Mr G.S. Jhaj, former Additional District and Sessions Judge, Faridkot, challenging the adverse remarks passed against him by the Inspecting Judge of the High Court and against the order dated January 4, 1999, prematurely retiring him on the recommendations of the full court of the High Court, was dismissed today by Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Faux pas by Punjabi University dons
Seminar cancelled at last movement
Patiala, March 29
The authority exercised by the top management of Punjabi University when its Vice-Chancellor is not present on the campus apparently does not hold any weight with the same dons giving permission to the institutions’ School of Business Studies Head of Department, Dr K.C. Singhal, to organise a lecture as part of the multi faculty millennium series and then cancelling the same at the last moment claiming it was being held without the approval of Vice-Chancellor Dr J.S. Ahluwalia.





CM starts sangat darshan for SCs
Muktsar, March 29
In a significant step, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has started holding separate Sangat Darshan programmes for Scheduled Castes.

Dharna against youth’s murder
Gurdaspur, March 29
Hundreds of students of Government Senior Secondary School, Tibber, 5 km from here, held a dharna in front of the school and blocked traffic for about an hour to protest against the killing of Navneet Kumar (17) who was a student of 10+1. They demanded arrest of the accused.

MC budget passed amid uproar
Amritsar, March 29
The municipal corporation’s budget for 2001-2002 was passed today amid uproarious scenes; as opposition councillors staged a walkout over the demand for the adjournment of today’s meeting due to a condolence resolution on the demise of senior Congress leader Inderjit Gupta.

PSEB directed to refund 9,735
Pathankot, March 29
Acting on a complaint by Mr Pritam Dass of Dadwan village in Gurdaspur district, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has been directed by the District Consumer Redressal Forum, Gurdaspur, to refund Rs 9,735 charged as penalty, Rs 500 as compensation for mental and physical harassment and Rs 200 as cost of litigation to the complainant.

Residents complain against increasing pollution
Patiala, March 29
The residents of the Preet Nagar and Tripuri township have alleged that certain people were violating norms and creating pollution in these heavily populated twin colonies.

Rain hits 2 units of Ropar plant
Patiala, Mach 29
Two units of the Ropar thermal plant remained inoperational today, even as power was disrupted due to rain and hail in some parts of the state. However, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) claimed that the power situation had stabilised substantially.

Patriotic theatre festival concludes
Patiala, March 29
A patriotic theatre festival, dedicated to the World Theatre Day, and launched by the National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, from March 22, 2001, concluded at Sunam last evening.

ADC conducts sangat darshan
Patiala, March 29
Mr Rameshwar Das Puri, former sarpanch of Ram Singh Nao, Bhadson village at Nabha subdivision, has filed a complaint against a panch and sarpanch of the village, for illegally taking control over 235 bighas of panchayati land and alleged that the land could not be vacated, despite orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Union seeks probe into forest project
Gurdaspur, March 29
The Janglat Workers Union, Punjab, has demanded a high-level probe into a Rs 406-crore project sponsored by Japan and approved by the Forest Department in 1997 to make Punjab green. The projects was to be implemented within seven years beginning from 1998.

Eunuchs force passengers to give money
Phagwara, March 29
Passengers travelling by the Shan-e-Punjab were allegedly so much pestered by a group of eunuchs yesterday that they had to seek intervention of railway police twice on the Amritsar-Ludhiana section.

Mock drill shows fire-fighters’ alert
Bathinda, March 29
A mock drill to check preparedness, in case of a fire, was conducted by the local depot authorities of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), here on Tuesday.

RSS distorting Sikh history: Kaura
Bathinda, March 29
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kaura, president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (Democratic), today said the RSS was distorting facts of Sikh history. Books containing distorted facts were being taught in 174 Sarv Hitkari Schools run by the RSS.

Doctors against NPA withdrawal
Sangrur, March 29
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the decision of the Himachal Pradesh Government to withdraw non-practising allowance (NPA) of the government doctors from April 1, 2001.

5 MBBS students asked to deposit Rs 80 lakh
Amritsar, March 29
In a significant decision, the Guru Ram Dass Charitable Trust has asked five MBBS students, who had got admission under the NRI quota, to deposit about Rs 80 lakh. This decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President of the SGPC.


Duty proposed on farm imports
Gurdaspur, March 29
Mr C.L. Bains, Financial Commissioner, while addressing a large gathering of farmers after inaugurating the kisan mela organised by the PAU at the Regional Research Station here on Tuesday said the Punjab Government had impressed upon the central government to impose maximum market duty on agricultural products imported from other countries.

45 centres set up for wheat procurement
Faridkot, March 29
All arrangements have been completed to ensure smooth procurement of wheat from April 1 in the district. As many as 45 purchase centres, including four grain markets at Faridkot, Kotkapura, Jaitu and Sadiq, have been set up to procure four lakh tonnes of produce, a target fixed by the Punjab government for this district.

Tubewells to be sunk at Sardulgarh
Mansa, March 29
The Central Minister of State for Water Resources, Ms Bijoy Chakravarty, has said steps will be taken to protect the Sardulgarh area from havoc caused by the over flooding of the Ghaggar every year. This was stated by her while addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha rally at Sardulgarh in the district.

Link MSP to price index: BKU
Bathinda, March 29
The minimum support price (MSP) of wheat should be linked to consumer price index and the years 1966-67 be used as base years in the calculations. Mr Ram Karan Singh, president of the BKU (Lakhowal), said in a press note issued here yesterday that the Chief Minister had forgotten his promise of linking the MSP of wheat to consumer price index.


IT receipt centres to remain open
Bathinda, March 29
The receipt counters of income-tax offices at Bathinda, Ferozepore, Faridkot, Muktsar, Mansa and Abohar will remain opened on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

18 sales tax advisory panels set up
Chandigarh, March 29
In response to a long-pending demand of business and trade, the Punjab Government today announced the setting up of 18 district-level sales tax advisory committees.


Illegal arms: Inspector booked
Bathinda, March 29
Inspector Budh Singh of Punjab Police, who had been involved in number of cases of violation of human rights, has been again booked for possessing illegal arms by the Bathinda district police.

Farmer killed in clash over water
Fazilka, March 29
In a group clash over watering fields, one person was killed while five others including a woman, were injured in the border village of Churiwala Chisti, near here.

Truck hits bike, claims 3 lives
Pathankot, March 29
Three persons were killed yesterday evening near Jammu-Jalandhar bypass, about 7 km from here, when a truck hit a motor cycle. The victims were identified as Lekh Raj, Kewal Krishan and Ashwani Kumar, all hailing from Himachal Pradesh.


Transfer of teachers
Chandigarh, March 29
The Punjab Minister of Education, Mr Tota Singh, today said that requests for the transfer of teachers in government schools have been invited from April 5 to 30. These are to be sent to the district education officers through the heads of schools on last year’s pattern.


IT raids on stock brokers
Ludhiana, March 29
The income tax officials today conducted surprise raids at the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE). The raids started at around 3 p.m. and were continuing till late in the evening. The raids are being conducted in the aftermath of the crash in stock prices in Mumbai and Kolkota.


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