Tuesday, April 17, 2001,
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Water in Punjab mandis a cause of concern
Jagraon, April 16
After months of physical labour, farmers of Punjab have finally managed to take their produce to mandis, only to discover that that their problems are far from over. Taking the state of mandis into consideration, it appears that their actual problems have just started. Heavy rains that have lashed the region over the past two days have resulted in rain water pools in most mandis.

Rain water accumulated in Jagraon mandi and a farmer in the background dries his wheat. Rain water accumulated in Jagraon mandi and a farmer in the background dries his wheat.

Crop damage: Cong for special girdawari
Chandigarh, April 16
Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, today urged the state government to order a special girdawari to assess the damage caused by hailstorms to wheat and other crops in the state during the past 48 hours. He said he had got reports of damage to the wheat crop in the Ferozepore, Jalalabad, Bathinda, Samrala and Kharar areas.

SGPC charged with doublespeak
Attari, April 16
In a significant statement accusing the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee of doublespeak, Mr Harcharan Singh, General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), after alighting from the Samjhauta Express here today lashed out at the SGPC for the “shortsighted gains” they hoped to achieve by honouring Mr Javed Nasir, who is a former ISI chief and is now heading the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, with a siropa.







Zaffarwal issue divides state BJP unit
Ludhiana, April 16
Differences have surfaced within the BJP on the issue of the return of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal.

Rajasthan demands money for rest houses sold
Sriganganagar, April 16
Rajasthan has demanded Rs 30.30 lakh from the Punjab Government for selling its canal rest houses situated along the Gang Canal (Bikaner Canal) in the state.


Moolwasi Party merges with Akali Dal (A)
Phillaur, April 16
In a significant political development, the Moolwasi Party Punjab headed by Dr Harjinder Jakhu announced its merger with Akali Dal (A) today.

Doctor sues DC, others for damages
Mansa, April 16
Dr Harmanderjit Kaur Joga, daughter-in-law of renowned freedom fighter and former MLA Jangir Singh Joga, has filed a suit for damages of Rs 20 lakh for mental torture, loss of reputation and malicious prosecution in the court of Ms Baljinder Kaur, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mansa.

2 die, 30 hurt as bus rams into tree
Gurdaspur, April 16
Two persons were killed and 30 injured, two of them critically, when a bus rammed into a tree 19 km from here today. The injured were rushed to Pathankot Civil Hospital.

More jaundice cases reported
Malout, April 16
Even as the district administration claims that the number of patients suffering from jaundice, which gripped this town about more than a month ago, is on the decline, the local Civil Hospital today received seven more cases of jaundice. One tested Hepatitis-B positive.

Law to check migrants’ influx sought
Jalandhar, April 16
Mr Sukhpal Singh Khera, president of the Progressive Farmers Association, today demanded that a legislation should be enacted to “protect” the people of Punjab from the impending socio-economic and political “invasion” of the state by migrant labourers from Bihar, Uttar Pardesh and other states.

Writers bound for Pak left in the lurch
Attari, April 16
Punjabi Sabhyacharak Academy, an intellectual writers’ body of Ludhiana delegation, comprising nine members and seeking to participate in the World Punjabi Conference were left in the lurch when visas were provided to them after the departure of the Samjhauta Express on April 12.

Sunami Gate may collapse
Patiala, April 16
Once monuments which lent grandeur and majesty to this former princely city, the historic gates of Patiala, have come to be associated with backwardness and neglect and seem to be unwanted now by the people living adjoining them.

Army help to continue
Jalandhar, April 16
The Army in Punjab would continue to work in tandem with the civil and police administration and with the paramilitary forces in order to maintain peace in the state.

Pensioners’ conference on April 25
Moga, April 16
The executive committee of the Punjab Pensioners Association today under the chairmanship of its president Hardev Singh appealed to the 1.50 lakh pensioners to participate in the state-level conference to be held at Todar Mal Hall in a Fatehgarh Sahib on April 25.

Foundation stone of bridge missing
Moga, April 16
The foundation stone laid by Punjab Agriculture Minister Gurdev Singh Badal of a bridge near Bambihabhai village in this district yesterday has been taken away by some miscreants.

Lawyers begin chain fast
Sangrur, April 16
A group of 15 members of the Sangrur District Bar Association, led by Mr Balraj Singh Sohi, president of the association, began a chain fast in the existing judicial complex here today protesting against the non-construction of a chamber block for the lawyers in the newly-built district judicial complex here.

Two farmers killed by lightning
Bathinda, April 16
As many as two persons were killed and one injured when the lightning struck them in the district in the past 24 hours.

Shortage of canal water
Bathinda, April 16
Shortage of irrigation water is forcing the farmers in this cotton belt to refrain from sowing of cotton which should ideally start from April 15.

Candidates, Army men clash, 12 held
Gurdaspur, April 16
Twelve aspirants for recruitment in the Assam Rifles were arrested for causing damage to property at the Tibri contonment today. The accused had gone to the cantonment to participate in recruitment rally of the Assam Rifles.

Travel agent dupes 29
Moga, April 16
As many as 29 persons belonging to various villages have been allegedly duped by a travel agent of the district.

Student crushed to death
Kapurthala, April 16
A Class IX student of a local public school was crushed to death by his school bus as Shiv Mandir Chowk here this morning.

Dental graduates’ fate hangs in balance
Bathinda, April 16
Students of the Dashmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences (DIRDS), who have passed the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course have allegedly not yet received permanent registration certificates.

Information & Technology college stone laid
Fazilka, April 16
Education is important for the development of the country, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, said while addressing a gathering on the outskirts of the town after laying the foundation stone of a multi-crore Shri Atam Vallabh Jain Information and Technology College being set up by the Sri Bhagwan Mahavir Charitable Trust, here yesterday.

Out of syllabus
Mansa, April 16
The question paper of BA/BSc Part I in Computer Application - A of Punjabi University, Patiala, was full of howlers. The examinees who appeared in April 8 examination were baffled when in question number B(ii), they found that the word “Computer” was mentioned instead of “compiler”.

Personator caught
Mansa, April 16
An impersonator was caught yesterday at a local elementary teacher training (E.T.T.) examination centre. He was handed over to the police.

Tools-down strike by industrial workers
Chandigarh, April 16
More than 5 lakh industrial workers in Punjab observed two hours’ of tool-down strike today. The call for strike was given by various trade unions, including CITU, INTUC, AITUC, UTUC and HMS, against the proposed amendments in labour laws and the economic and industrial policies of the government.

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