Monday, April 9, 2001,
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Sukhbir denies govt talks with Zaffarwal
Faridkot, April 8
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Rajya Sabha member and General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, has categorically denied that the Punjab Government is having any dialogue with Wassan Singh Zaffarwal and other hardcore militants. He charged senior Congress leaders, particularly Capt Amarinder Singh, for spreading such rumours to defame the ruling party and mislead the people in the state.

‘Include NRI Sikhs in SGPC’
Nangal Khurd (Hoshiarpur), April 8
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee must give representation to overseas Sikhs, says Mr Didar Singh Bains of the USA and former head of the World Sikh Organisation.

Unfinished work in coop sector
Chandigarh, April 8
When the SAD-BJP government looks back at the end of its present five-year term, it will discover, despite showing initial initiatives, that it is leaving unfinished tasks. One such unfinished task pertains to the promised revision of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act, 1961, and structural reforms in the working of cooperative banks.

‘Gullidanda’ hits wheat again
Pamal (Ludhiana), April 8
The dreadful weed, ‘gullidanda’, which caused havoc for the wheat growing farmers in the early 90s and according to the state government was controlled, has raised its ugly head again and caused severe damage to the crop.




Drugs major problem in Punjab
Chandigarh, April 8
The use of durgs has become a major problem in Punjab. The worst affected are youth. Every third male and every seventh female student in the state has “tasted” drugs. And this figure is official, based on a survey conducted by the state Health Department authorities.

Tandon: 300 crore for civic amenities
Bathinda, April 8
The Punjab Government has declared 2001 as the year of development and many ambitious projects will be undertaken by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) at an estimated cost of Rs 1,905 crore.

Machhiwara bridge stone laid
Machhiwara, April 8
Thousands of people gathered on the Machhiwara side of the Sutlej river, on the Machhiwara-Rahon road, to watch their dream of a bridge come true.


Third front rallies from April 17
Ludhiana, April 8
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia member, Rajya Sabha, and President, Lok Bhalai Party, said here today that the People’s Front (third front) would organise rallies in all the states to expose the corruption of the BJP-led Central Government and against the exploitation of the religious sentiments of the people for self-promotion.

Mofar ‘betrayed’ party
Mansa, April 8
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, Simranjit Singh Mann described Mr Ajitinder Singh Mofar, his party MLA, who recently joined the Congress, “traitor” to the panth, as he had joined a party responsible for Operation Bluestar, anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and bringing disgrace to the Sikh women. He has stabbed the Sikhs in the back. He called upon the Sikh community to boycott Mr Mofar.

Tohra must reconsider decision: Dhindsa
Chandigarh, April 8
The Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, has appealed to the former SGPC chief and President of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, to reconsider his decision on joining hands with the Congress.


Heart diseases “on rise among urbanites”
Sangrur, April 8
Delivering the key note address at a seminar on “Management of Heart Problems”, Dr V.M. Kohli, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, said heart diseases were rising alarmingly especially, among the urban population.

Youth conference concludes
Sangrur, April 8
The two-day all-India conference of the All-India Federation of Democratic Youth (AIFDY) ended here last night giving a clarion call to the youth of the country to strongly oppose the policies of the Central Government with regard to globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation.

Hotel staff, family clash, 4 hurt
Amritsar, April 8
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP MLA, saved the situation for a family from Delhi which included a newly married couple, who had an altercation with hotel staff in Kairon market on Friday night.

Wadala for amnesty to terrorists
Jalandhar, April 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) has demanded that state government should bring all terrorists in the mainstream grant general amnesty to them, who had migrated to western countries due to alleged excesses by the state police during the decade-long terrorism in the state.

British police team visits orphanage
Jalandhar, April 8
A team of South Yorkshire police from Northern England today visited “Unique Home”, a rescue home for orphans and spent several hours with these orphans. The team of police officers led by Mr Michal Venebulz, an inspector, handed over a cheque of Rs 1.3 lakh meant for the welfare of these orphans to the convener of the Unique Home, Mrs Harbhajan Kaur.

Paucity of funds hits construction
Moga, April 8
Paucity of funds is holding up the progress of this district and maintenance. Even a mini-secretariat which was proposed to be build here three years back after giving Moga the status of district headquarter has not, so far been built and offices of various departments are situated at different places and remote areas causing inconvenience to the residents of town.

Water shortage worries residents
Gurdaspur, April 8
Residents of the Kandi area under Dhar subdivision and Bamial block along the Indo-Pak border in the district are a worried lot due to scarcity of drinking water. Whenever a minister or a bureaucrat visits the area, the residents have raised their demand regarding the shortage of drinking water but in vain.

Buddha’s reference in Koran pointed out
Phillaur, April 8
Criticising the Taliban rules of Afghanistan regarding demolition of the world-famous Buddha statues, noted Islamic scholar, Prof Nisar Ahmad Farouqi, has said even the holy Koran has reference about Buddha.

Reprieve for small plot owners
Bathinda, April 8
The Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today reprieved the small plot holders of the Green Avenue area by announcing that they would not be displaced from their dwellings for making a ring road.

5 women hurt in clash
Chhat Bir (Patiala), April 8
The controversy over the disputed land here took a new turn today when a clash occurred between the rival groups injuring five women.

11 donate blood
Bathinda, April 8
The local United Welfare Society organised a cultural programme-cum-blood donation camp here today, at which 11 volunteers, including three women, donated blood. The camp was organised at Amarpura Basti. Mr Bhupinder Singh, Station House Officer, City Kotwali, was the chief guest.

Villagers donate 25 lakh for bridge
Phagwara, April 8
The Punjab Tourism Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, on Friday laid the foundation stone of a bridge over Bein rivulet at nearby Lakhpur village. The bridge, with an estimated cost of Rs 35 lakh, is expected to be completed by June 30.

Seminar on Gadar movement held
Jalandhar, April 8
The relevance of the principles on which the Gadar movement was launched by freedom fighters was stressed by the speakers at a seminar to mark the 89th foundation day of the Gadar Party at the local Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today.

Raising Day celebrated
Jalandhar, April 8
The 128 Air Defence Regiment celebrated its 50th Raising Day in the cantonment yesterday.


Disease hits rapeseed, wheat crops
Moga, April 8
Farmers of various villages of this district yesterday complained that their rapeseed and wheat crop had been damaged considerably following a disease and they would suffer heavy losses if no measures were taken to save the crops from disease. They said here yesterday that 10 to 15 per cent damage had been caused to these crops and demanded compensation. 

State to curtail paddy area
Faridkot, April 8
The Punjab Government has formulated a comprehensive plan to curtail the area under cultivation from 26.11 lakh hectare to 16 lakh hectare during the next five years to utilise its various resources like quality of soil, ground water and marketing system for other crops in the state.

Breach in minor damages crop
Mansa, April 8
Nearly 250 acres of standing crop was damaged due to breach in Boha rajbaha in Gamiwala, Dharampura, Mander and Saidewala villages in the district. A 90-ft long breach occurred in the said rajbaha as a result of which water spread in large area, causing extensive loss to standing crop. Nearly 150 acres of crop is still under water.


Urban Development Board set up
Patiala, April 8
The Punjab Government has set up Urban Development Board to facilitate the development of urban areas in the state. This was stated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the district administrative complex near the district jail here today.

Shoot-at-sight orders issued
Faridkot, April 8
Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued by the Border Security Force to prevent entry of infiltrators along the Punjab border, and a large number of raiding parties and checkposts augmented for round-the-clock vigil, BSF sources said today.


3 held for looting passenger
Phagwara, April 8
Seema, Aneeta and Rajiv, arrested on the charge of drugging and looting a passenger in a train, were yesterday remanded into police custody for two days.


Drive to improve primary schools
Muktsar, April 8
As part of a novel attempt, the district administration here has uplifted infrastructural facilities in 23 primary schools under a recently introduced ‘model primary schools’ campaign. These schools are designed to have separate classrooms for each class, besides staff room and headmaster’s room.

Headmistress pocketing 102 kids’ stipend
Batala, April 8
Inspite of the fact that the Punjab Government spends a considerable portion of its resources on education, the condition of government schools remain pitiable. Like many other government departmental projects, a major portion of funds allocated to the Education Department are siphoned off by those in power. 

Cancellation of exam centres sought
Amritsar, April 8
As reports of mass copying in examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board continue to pour in from various centres in the district, examination superintendents have called for the cancellation of some examination centres and recommended a re-examination.

DAV students get degrees
Amritsar, April 8
The Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Lajpat Rai today while addressing the annual convocation of DAV College here, said the RSS was one of most disciplined cadres in the country.


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