Wednesday, April 4, 2001,
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NRI girl ‘murdered’ by parents
Bathinda, April 3
A 20-year-old girl was brought to India from England by her parents. She was allegedly killed by them with the help of her maternal uncle residing in this city after administering her poison by mixing it in a soft drink and cremated her with full religious rites to destroy the evidence. It is learnt the victim is Dalvir Kaur, alias Biri, a resident of England.

Rift in Punjab unit of CPM deepens
Ludhiana, April 3
The differences in the state committee of the CPM have deepened, dividing the party into two groups. One group is pro-Harkishan Singh Surjeet and the other is opposed to his policies.

Sangrur MC passes 10 crore budget
Sangrur, April 3
The local municipal council has unanimously passed its budget for 2001-2002. Giving this information here today. Mr Mahesh Kumar ‘Meshi’, President of the council, said the budget had proposed an income of Rs 10.36 crore from different sources and an expenditure of Rs 10.22 crore on development work and establishment expenses.

Punjab to set up special cells
Crimes against women, children
Chandigarh, April 3
The Punjab Government has decided to create special cells at all district headquarters in the state for the prevention and detection of all categories of crime against women and children.

Job for daughter of war hero after 30 years
Chandigarh, April 3
Thirty years after Naik Mohinder Singh of 4 Sikh was posthumously decorated with the Vir Chakra for holding an enemy attack despite being wounded and forcing them to flee, leaving a tank behind, during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, his daughter, Ms Balwant Kaur, has been appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police by the Punjab Government.




The concrete floor being laid in the Quila Mubarak Complex in Patiala. Conserving the royal heritage
Patiala, April 3
In an ironic development, the Punjab Archaelogical and Cultural Affairs Department is using funds at its disposal on works which should otherwise be the domain of the Public Works Department.

The concrete floor being laid in the Quila Mubarak Complex in Patiala. — Tribune photo Subhash Patialvi


Kanshi promises free land to poor in UP
Bathinda, April 3
Mr Kanshi Ram, President, (BSP) has stressed the need to amend the constitution of the country for improving the plight of the weaker sections of the society like the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), which he described as the Bahujan Samaj.

YC to show black flags to ministers
Hoshiarpur, April 3
The Punjab Youth Congress will show black flags to Union Ministers and force them to go back on their arrival in the state whenever they come in protest against the corrupt deeds of the NDA government as recently exposed by the


Fundamentalism ‘fatal’ to religions
Sarawan Bodla, April 3
Baba Virsa Singh, a preacher of Gobind Sadan, Delhi, today said that fundamentalism was fatal for any religion and every one should respect all religions.

Commotion at CM’s function
Sarawan Bodla (Muktsar), April 3
Commotion prevailed at a function organised in connection with the foundation stone unveiling ceremony of a hospital and school here when Mahanto, a woman of this village crossed the barricade and entered security ‘D’ while Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was addressing the gathering.

Helping poor expectant mothers
The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India ( FOGSI) has adopted several villages in the district to create awareness among poor women, particularly those living in the rural areas, about the importance of antenatal check-up and breast-feeding among mothers.

Dal Khalsa blames clergy for crisis
Amritsar, April 3
Sikh radicals seem to have lost their mass base as the much-talked about political conference of the Dal Khalsa today saw a poor gathering.

Thanksgiving today
Amritsar, April 3
Bhog ceremony of “Akhand Path” at Sri Akal Takht by Baba Santa Singh, Budha Dal Chief, will mean end of the presidentship for Baba Balbir Singh, who was accepted as head of the Nihang sect of Budha Dal by the Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee after the excommunication of Baba Santa Singh from the Panth 17 years ago on September 2, 1984 by the Sikh convention.

A colony without water, power and roads
Lalru (Patiala), April 3
Absence of roads, electricity connections, water supply and other basic civic amenities have become a nightmare for the residents of Nagla Colony in Nagla village about 10 km from here, for the past over two years.

Citizens cry for civic amenities
Gurdaspur, April 3
Citizens of Gurdaspur headed by Lt Gen Kanwaljit Singh Kalhon (Retd) have faxed a memorandum to the Minister of Local Bodies at Chandigarh directing his attention towards unavailability of civic amenities here.

Claimants to treasure vault told to be patient
Amritsar, April 3
Even as confusion over the real hair to Princess Catherine’s vast bank vault treasure continues, the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts (CRTFDA) has asked claimants to be patient.

PSEB imposes 6-hr power cut
Phillaur, April 3
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has imposed a six-hour power cut in all urban and industrial areas of the state.

BJP leader cremated
Pathankot, April 3
The general secretary of the Gurdaspur unit of the BJP, Balwinder Mahajan, and his son Sankalp Mahajan were killed, while his wife Asha, and his daughter Insha suffered multiple injuries in a road accident.

Youth conference on April 6 & 7
Sangrur, April 3
First all-India conference of delegates of the All-India Federation of Democratic Youth (AIFDY) will now be organised on April 6 and 7 here. Earlier, this conference, scheduled to be held on March 23 and 24 was postponed.

Probe into fodder scam ordered
Chandigarh, April 3
The Punjab Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, has ordered an inquiry into the fodder scam exposed by The Tribune.

Laxmi Kanta questions security to ex-militants
Amritsar, April 3
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP MLA, has questioned the security and freedom allowed to former terrorists.

Minister threatens ban on vulgar songs
Phagwara, April 3
Punjab Cultural Affairs Minister Swarna Ram today said he would not hesitate from banning vulgar songs.

Lok Adalat settles 85 cases
Patiala, April 3
As many as 85 of the 168 cases were settled and a compensation of Rs 42,61,468 were awarded in a Lok Adalat here on March 31.


Reduce area under paddy: Director
Bathinda, April 3
To improve the lot of farmers the traditional pattern of wheat and paddy should end and the farmers should grow more of pulse crops, as these enjoyed good market value.


MC staff on fast against worker’s promotion
Jalandhar, April 3
Employees of the local municipal corporation sat on an indefinite fast today in front of the Commissioner’s office to register their protest against the decision of the local government department to promote a tubewell operator to the post of inspector allegedly violating all rules and procedures.


Cross-firing over land dispute, 5 injured
Mansa, April 3
Five persons were injured seriously in cross-firing between a farmer and his supporters on one side and arthiya’s of Sardulgarh town in the district yesterday regarding a land dispute.

Tohra decries abolition of varsity faculty
Patiala, April 3
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) while condemning the abolition of the Faculty of Humanities and Religious Studies in Punjabi University and merger of the Department of Religious Studies with a faculty of Social Sciences, has said the party will take up the issue of launching an agitation on this issue at its meeting on April 5.

GND varsity entrance test on June 19
Amritsar, April 3
Guru Nanak Dev University will conduct an entrance test for admission to BIT, BCA, B.CAM, BIS, and B.E. commerce courses in its affiliated colleges on June 19.

‘Comparative religion not taught in varsities’
Patiala, April 3
An eminent academician, Prof N.S.S. Raman, of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) today said in the educational sphere it was regrettable that no steps had been taken to nurture a feeling of religious friendship and mutual dialogue.

Coop bank delaying payments: depositors
Jalandhar, April 3
Depositors of the local Citizen Urban Cooperative Bank are running from pillar to post to get the payment of money deposited by them in the past three years.

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