Monday, April 16, 2001,
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Punjab Cabinet clears changes in panchayat Act
1.25 cr for memorial to Devi Lal
Chandigarh, April 15
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, expressed profound grief over the death of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal. Two minutes’ silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

Talwandi defends honouring of PSGPC chief
Batala, April 15
SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi today defended the decision of the SGPC to honour the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) chief Javed Nasir Ahmed with a “siropa” in Pakistan on Baisakhi.

Jagmeet Brar admits rift in Punjab Cong
Jalandhar, April 15
In fighting in the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee came in the open today with the PPCC Vice President, Mr Jagmeet Brar, saying time had come for the party high command to intervene and give a re-look to the Punjab affairs.

Custodial death: Punjab told to pay 3 lakh
New Delhi, April 15
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Punjab Government to grant an immediate interim relief of Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of a person electrocuted in police custody whose body was disposed of by policemen to avoid “criminal liability”.

Clinton keeps promise with soothsayer
Ludhiana, April 15
Kedar Sharma looks like an ordinary man but he is not. He predicted the victory of Ms Hillary Clinton in the US Senate elections and hence made friends with Mr Bill Clinton while he was President of the USA.

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Infighting irks Faridkot DCC
Faridkot, April 15
The District Congress Committee, Faridkot, has appealed to the AICC President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to constitute a three-member panel comprising Mr Manmohan Singh, Mrs Ambika Soni and Mr Moti Lal Vora, to iron out the differences among the rank and file in Punjab.


Breathing new life into old buildings
If you enter this city, known as the “Paris of Punjab”, you will get glimpses of a bygone era in the form of heritage buildings which are now under renovation. Most of the historical buildings like the Jagatjit Club, the Clock Tower, the Darbar Hall and Panch Mandir had been ravaged by time and would have crumbled like many other such buildings in the state had not the district administration initiated restoration work.

Kashmir scenario changing ‘for better’
Nabha, April 15
“It is absolutely correct that militancy cannot survive without the support of the masses but now the scenario in Kashmir has taken a drastic turn as public in general has realised that their interests are more safe in India than they will ever be in Pakistan.

Doctor, midwife charged with negligence
Sangrur, April 15
Mrs Gurjeet Kaur, a victim of alleged medical negligence, has prayed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to direct the SSP, Sangrur, to register an FIR against a woman doctor who runs a hospital and maternity home at Bhawanigarh and a midwife also from Bhawanigarh for causing pain and sufferings to her after she gave birth to a child.

Undertrial dies, wife alleges foul play
Jalandhar, April 15
More than 100 agitated relatives and friends of an undertrial, who has died under mysterious circumstances in the local Central jail last night, blocked traffic on the G.T. Road for more than two hours and held a dharna near Balmik chowk to protest against the alleged delay in providing proper medical facilities to the deceased.

Child labour laws being flouted
Bathinda, April 15
Her name is Simriti and she is only 10. She works in one of the homes as a domestic help. She washes clothes, sweeps floors, cleans utensils and sometimes prepares food for a family.

Jobless duped in name of Ambujas
Bathinda, April 15
The Bathinda unit of Gujarat Ambuja Cement Limited was inaugurated with much fanfare by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on February 26. Residents hoped that the industry would result in employment for the youth of the area, but the latter have been reportedly duped by the unscrupulous elements by cashing in on the name of Ambujas.

Zaffarwal’s arrest a drama: Shiv Sena
Phagwara, April 15
The Punjab Shiv Sena has termed the arrest of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal as a drama of the Punjab Police, staged by the state government.

5 pilgrims killed in mishap
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 15
Five persons were killed and as many injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling collided with a truck on National Highway-1 at Sirhind, about 3 km from here, late last night, the police said.

State govt wants single labour Act
Phillaur, April 15
The Punjab Government is in favour of one high-powered labour Act instead of 27 existing different Labour Acts.
This was announced by Punjab Labour and Local Bodies Minister Balramji Dass Tandon while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

Roads acquire new look
Fatehgarh Sahib
Construc-tion and repair work on most roads in the district is in full swing and will be completed by June-end, Mr B.S. Sudan, Deputy Commissioner (since transferred), has said.

IRB to be raised soon: ADGP
Hoshiarpur, April 15
Mr A.A. Siddiqui, Additional Director-General, Punjab police, yesterday said that an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) would be raised soon in the state for which recruitment of 600 to 700 jawans would be done.

Club staff demand salary
Patiala, April 15
Salaries of employees working in the Patiala Civil Aviation Cub have not been paid for the past 21 months.
Mr Balwinder Kumar, president of the Patiala Aviation Club Workers Union, said the authorities concerned had been repeatedly informed regarding the non-payment of salaries to the employees but no action was being taken.


Bad weather adds to farmers’ woes
Bathinda, April 15
There have been mild rain and dusty winds in the region during the past two days, resulting in losses to standby wheat crop. A few weeks ago, rain and hailstorm had lashed the region and the state government had ordered that special girdawaris would be conducted and the loss to the standing wheat crop would be assessed. The compensation package for the loss of wheat is yet to be announced.


Steps for more transparency in admn: Tandon
Phagwara, April 15
Various development projects to be undertaken by municipalities, trusts, corporations and other local self bodies would be kept under public gaze with a view to increasing transparency in the administration.


Woman held for son’s murder
Gidderbaha, April 15
The Kotbhai police has solved the mystery of murder of 10-year-old Gurpreet Singh of Buttersrihn village with the arrest of his mother and maternal uncle Jagroop Singh, despite the fact that mother of deceased Chinder Kaur had herself registered a case against three persons of same village for murdering her son.

3 of family die as bus hits scooter
Hoshiarpur, April 15
Three persons of a family died on the spot near Samundra, 35 km from here, today when their scooter was allegedly hit by a Punjab Roadways bus.

46 hurt in mishaps
Phagwara, April 15
At least 46 passengers sustained injuries in three separate road accidents yesterday. According to the police, 35 passengers of a Katra-bound Yamuna tourist bus coming from New Delhi overturned on an overbridge after hitting an electric pole near G.T. Road here.


Mohan Lal denies stealing Ph.D thesis
Gurdaspur, April 15
Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, while talking to newspersons at Pathankot said he has not submitted any thesis so far and there was no question of stealing material from other’s works as alleged by Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, in his press statement.

Syndicate decision ‘not honoured’
Patiala, April 15
The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) today condemned the Punjabi University authorities for giving “a silent burial” to the decision of the Syndicate to confer honoris causa degrees on Dr R A Mishalkar, Director-General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, and Dr J S Grewal, eminent historian and former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Her oration quietens many
Patiala, April 15
Eighteen-year-old Sandhya Sarad, a student of the local Modi College here who has won the Punjabi University zonal and inter-zonal competitions in elocution and debating for three years on the trot, has added another feather to her cap this year by emerging first in the debate event in the National Youth Festival held at Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, recently.

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