Saturday, April 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Zaffarwal arrest ‘state-managed’
Mrs Chawla raises security breach issue, seeks setting aside of cops’ conviction
Amritsar, April 13
The controversy surrounding the ‘so-called’ arrest by the Majitha police the day before yesterday of top commander of the Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal have caused a major embarrassment for the state police force. 

SAD (A), SHSAD promise clean government
Talwandi Sabo, April 13
In a resolution passed at a massive joint rally held by SAD(A), the SHSAD, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) and the Sant Samaj on the occasion of Baisakhi, the leaders promised the people to provide them a clean, honest and efficient government in Punjab, which would open a new chapter of development and progress in the state.

PSEB to buy power to meet shortage
Chandigarh, April 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board has made arrangements to buy power from Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan to cope with the increase in the demand in the coming months.

Harike wetland authority to be set up
Harike (Ferozepore), April 13
The Punjab Government has decided to set up a Harike wetland authority in which senior Army personnel of the level of Corps Commander, officials of the departments of tourism, forest, science and technology and prominent people of the area would be included to develop it as a tourist centre.




Poppy being grown in Circuit House
Bathinda, April 13
Cultivation of poppy has started even in government buildings. Earlier, more and more people were using their court yards and other vacant spaces near their dwellings to grow poppy.

Enrol graduate, HC tells Dental Council
Chandigarh, April 13
Directing Punjab Dental Council to register a graduate in dental surgery, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, has held that the provisions of the Dental Act “do not require that a candidate should have studied in a recognised institution”.


Sonia inaccessible to Cong men: Bitta
Jalandhar, April 13
The president of the All-India Anti- Terrorist Front and former Congress minister, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today accused the Congress chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, of being inaccessible to Congress workers and asked the party high command not to politicise the Tehelka exposures by holding rallies at district and block levels throughout the country.

SAD, KSC hold meetings
Tarn Taran, April 13
The SAD and the Kisan Sangharsh Committee organised political conferences today at Chohla Sahib Gurdwara on the occasion of Baisakhi festival.

Rally boosts PPCC chief’s morale
Ludhiana, April 13
The massive turnout at the Wednesday’s Congress rally here must have come as a morale booster for the Pradesh Congress Committee and more so for its President Capt Amarinder Singh. Besides a good turn-out he was also able to rope in his arch rival Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar to his side.

Cong leader joins SAD
Ferozepore, April 13
Senior Congress leader and block Congress president, Mr Sat Narayan after a 30-year stint with the party, today joined the ruling SAD in presence of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at the residence of Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, state Irrigation Minister.

CPI hosts conference
Barnala, April 13
The CPI hosted a political conference to mark Baisakhi day celebrations today near Gurdwara Bhadaur town, about 25 km from here.


Plan to develop villages
Moga, April 13
The Punjab Government has decided to develop villages all over the state and pending work will be completed by the end of this year. This was stated by Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh while speaking to mediapersons here today.

Provide free water, sewerage: BJP
Ludhiana, April 13
The proposal for free water supply and sewerage facility, mooted by the Municipal Corporation in its general House meeting and sent to the state government for approval has in fact been adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has started intensive lobbying for its implementation in the urban areas of Punjab.

Badal to appease urban areas
Ludhiana, April 13
With an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections and to dispel the impression about bias against urban areas, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is said to organise special sangat darshan programmes in urban constituencies. It will be launched from Ludhiana (East), represented by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, on April 22.

I was mistaken for terrorist: CM
Fazilka, April 13
Punjabis, especially Sikhs, were dubbed as terrorists in other states of India due to the wrong policies of the Congress, alleged Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while addressing a large gathering at the last village on the international Indo-Pakistan border, Mahatam Nagar, 14 km from here, yesterday.

Liquor shop coming up near gurdwara
Jalandhar, April 13
Contrary to the state government excise policy that no liquor shop can be opened within a distance of 200 m from a religious place, a liquor contractor, despite the strong protest by more than 100 residents, including women, of the Mundh village in Nakodar on Tuesday, started the construction of a liquor shop near the village gurdwara yesterday.

Ambedkar’s statue unveiled
Patiala, April 13
Controversy surrounding the installation of a statue of Dr B.R.Ambedkar was set at rest with the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, unveiling the statue of the late leader in front of the bus stand here today.

Accidents claim 3 lives
Bathinda, April 13
As many as three persons, including a child were killed in different accidents in the past 24 hours here. In the first incident, a youth was killed yesterday when he fell on the rail track near the Delhi phatak and was crushed by a moving train.

Three-wheeler rams into train, 20 hurt
Phillaur, April 13
Hundreds of train passengers and 20 passengers of a three-wheeler had a narrow escape and a rail mishap was averted when a Jalandhar-bound three-wheeler coming from Talhan village rammed into a Hoshiarpur bound Diesel Multiple unit train at Khuradpur unmanned level-crossing on Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur rail section this afternoon.

Ardas offered on border
Dera Baba Nanak, April 13
Sikh activists today marched from Dera Baba Nanak to the Indo-Pak border and offered ardas seeking the opening of corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit the historic gurdwara Karatarpur Sahib on the Pakistan side of the border.

Probe widow pension case: ADC
Sangrur, April 13
Mr G.K. Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, yesterday ordered the District Social Welfare Officer to probe a complaint that Mrs Angrej Kaur, widow of Piara Singh of Khai village in Sunam tehsil had been receiving widow pension even after having married Mr Gurcharan Singh, an employee in the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Staff sans salaries
Ropar, April 13
All 54 employees of the Punjab State Federation of Consumers Cooperative Wholesale Stores Ltd (Constofed) have not got their salaries since the last six months.


Relief to prisoners on coronation
Chandigarh, April 13
To commemorate the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh commencing tomorrow, the Governor of Punjab has announced remission in sentence of certain categories of prisoners subject to certain conditions and exceptions as on April 13.


6 cops booked for threatening people
Tarn Taran, April 13
A case has been registered at police station Goindwal Sahib against six policemen working in different police districts for cheating people and collecting huge amounts from them by threatening to register cases against them under the Excise Act. The gang was active in the border belt for the past several years.

Father, son face rape charge
Mansa, April 13
At last, the Bhikhi police meeting the demand of the Dalit Sena and the Pragatisheel Istri Sabha, registered a case against Surjit Singh a farmer and his son Jagpal Singh, an SDO in the Punjab State Electricity Board(PSEB) at Bathinda, under Sections 376/506/511 of the IPC for allegedly raping Kuldeep Kaur (name changed), a dalit minor girl. Both accused belong to Dhaipai village of the district.

Midnight robbery at PNB branch
Abohar, April 13
A rural branch of Punjab National Bank at Balluana village on the national highway No. 10 was looted after midnight, using gas cutters.


Will B.Ed admissions be banned?
Bathinda, April 13
Even as ministers of the state government, including Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, and Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, have been giving “hints” that there may be a ban on admission to B.Ed course in the state, Panjab University, Chandigarh, has issued a notice for B.Ed entrance test in leading newspapers of the region today, which has added to confusion for students who are seeking admission in the course.

Teachers express resentment
Patiala, April 13
Teachers of the Theatre and Television Department of Punjabi University today expressed resentment at not being allowed to participate in the inaugural function held to lay the foundation stone of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Kala Bhavan in the university campus here by the Punjab Chief Minister.

Sodhi stays as college teachers’ body president
Chandigarh, April 13
In the first phase of the elections to the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, all seven state-level office-bearers were today elected unopposed.Top

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