Wednesday, April 18, 2001,
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Surrender of more militants likely: SSP
Ludhiana, April 17
With the surrender of Rachpal Singh Lali, a former militant, before the Jagraon police yesterday, several others, who have been underground for the past decade are reported to have expressed their desire to return to the mainstream.

Pak media blacks out Zaffarwal arrest
Amritsar, April 17
Lack of reaction to Wassan Singh Zaffarwal’s arrest in Pakistan comes as no surprise. Zaffarwal was coordinator of militant activities in Punjab on the behest of the ISI with a stay of over a decade in Pakistan.

5-year RI for acquitted ex-cop
Chandigarh, April 17
In a complete reversal of events, a retired Punjab Police Inspector, acquitted by the trial court in a 1988 custodial death case, has been sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment, and fined Rs 5,000 by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

DCs told to visit grain markets
Chandigarh, April 17
As the weather continues to play spoilsport and the Meteorological Department forecasting no change in the inclement weather during the next 24 hours, the Punjab Government has directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure prompt draining out of rain water from grain markets.

PAU draws up crop diversification map
Chandigarh, April 17
Agriculture is once again at centre-stage of the national politics with pressing concerns related to it and the management of the food economy engaging the attention of New Delhi.



Jaswant assures Badal on Baddowal depot
New Delhi, April 17
The Centre today assured Punjab over the shifting of Baddowal ammunition depot which is only 7 km away from the heart of Ludhiana city to some other suitable place.

Who is PSGPC co-Chairman?
Amritsar, April 17
The antecedents of Sham Singh (65), a co-Chairman of the PSGPC, are doubtful as most of the Pakistani Sikhs allege that he is basically a Muslim and adopted Sikhism at the behest of the ISI.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, accompanied by Manpreet Singh Badal, MLA, calls on Union Defence Minister Jaswant Singh in Parliament House on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, accompanied by Manpreet Singh Badal, MLA, calls on Union Defence Minister Jaswant Singh in Parliament House on Tuesday.

Kidnapped infant rescued
Jalandhar, April 17
The city police today claimed to have solved the kidnapping case of a three-month-old infant from near Jyoti Chowk in the city and recovered the child and arrested two perpetrators of the crime.


Jail Supdt refutes allegation
Jalandhar, April 17
The Superintendent of the Central Jail here, Mr Jagjit Singh, today refuted the allegation levelled by Mrs Paramjit Kaur, wife of an undertrial, that her husband had died last Saturday due to negligence of the former in providing proper medical aid to him.

‘Hold SGPC elections on schedule’
Chandigarh, April 17
The Sikh Core Group wants that appropriate steps should be taken to ensure that the SGPC elections, due in November, are held onschedule and not postponed for political reasons.

Army holds medical test in downpour
Bathinda, April 17
Thousands of youths from Bathinda, Mansa, Faridkot, Ferozepore, Moga and Muktsar districts awaited their turn for medical test in the downpour at the ground of the local Government Rajindra College where the recruitment for the Army started today.

New turn to civic body row
Kotkapura, April 17
The controversy between the executive officer and the president of the local municipal council which erupted about more than two weeks ago over the passing of a resolution for transfer of the former has taken a new turn with nine municipal councillors out of the total 23 alleging that the resolution was not valid as it was not passed in a proper manner.

Murder case: Bittu acquitted
Patiala, April 17
Daljit Singh Bittu, president of the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) and his accomplice Gursharan Singh Gama, were acquitted by the Ms Sabina, Additional District and Sessions Judge, here today, in a case pertaining to the alleged murder of a sarpanch in 1990.

Recruitment rally from April 21
Amritsar, April 17
An Army recruitment rally will be organised at Kathunangal (Amritsar-Batala road) for soldiers to (general duty) for Sikhs, Sikh (Mazhabi and Ramdasia), Hindu Dogras, Brahmins, Muslims and other Indian castes and solider clk/sket, technical for all-India all caste from April 21 to April 29 for youths of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts. The candidates are required to report at the Army ground near Kathunangal police station.

1 pilgrim killed, 13 hurt in mishap
Hoshiarpur, April 17
Hazari Lal of Gundpur district in Gurdaspur died on the spot ‘while 13 other pilgrims wounded when their Tata 407 over-turned near Nangal Kalalan village on the Hoshiarpur-Tanda road, 25 km from here, today.

Cheque bouncing case: 1 acquitted
Pathankot, April 17
Mr Bhajan Ram, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, Pathankot, recently acquitted Sat Paul Singh of United Builders Pathankot, in a case involving the bouncing of a cheque.

CM takes absentee officers to task
Abohar, April 17
Two senior officers of the Public Works Department (B and R) had to apologise when found missing at a “sangat darshan” programme of the Punjab Chief Minister here yesterday.

More lawyers join relay fast
Sangrur, April 17
On the second day of a relay fast by the members of the Sangrur District Bar Association, another group of 15 bar members observed fast today in the existing Judicial Complex here protesting against the nonconstruction of chamber block for the lawyers in the newly-built District Judicial Complex.

Martyrs ignored by DD, says Sena chief
Amritsar, April 17
Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, head of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, lashed out at the government for not telecasting on DD-1 the homage paying ceremony held at Jallianwala Bagh on April 13.

State-level Lok Adalat at Mansa
Mansa, April 17
Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge, Bathinda, while presiding over a meeting of the district Free Legal Services Authority, Mansa, yesterday said so far 60 persons had availed of free legal service. He laid stress on giving wide publicity to the availability of free legal aid to the public through sarpanch, patwaris and gram sevaks.

PRTC men up in arms against GM
Kapurthala, April 17
Employees of Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation are up in arms against the General Manager, Kapurthala depot, Mr H.S. Dhillon for his alleged dictatorial behaviour and corrupt practices and demanding probe by a high-ranking officer in the alleged charge of corruption against the General Manager.

Action against speeding vehicles in cant area
Patiala, April 17
A campaign has been started to measure the speed of vehicles in the Army Cantonment Area, running through Rajindra Hospital and Bhakra mainline road on the busy Sangrur road.

OPD schedule
Phagwara, April 17
The Punjab Government has changed the O.P.D. timings of all government hospitals and dispensaries with immediate affect.


Barley, gram, sarson fetch prices below MSP
Mansa, April 17
Even as the Punjab Government is yet to give compensation to those farmers who have sold off their paddy crop at a rate much below than the minimum support price (MSP) last season, the farmers have again been forced to sell off of crops of barley, gram and sarson at much below the MSP to the private traders as the authorities concerned have failed to start its procurement.

Farmers face seed shortage
Bathinda, April 17
Even as the sowing season of cotton crop has started from April 15 in the state, the growers are facing a acute shortage of certified seed of the same. To clash in on the situation, a number of seed producing companies from Mahrashtra and Gujarat have started flooding the markets with the seed and have been doing roaring business by selling off the hybrid seed to the farmers.

Licences of 22 arhtiyas suspended
Bathinda, April 17
As many as 22 licences of commission agents of various purchase centres of this district have been suspended by the Deputy Commissioner and District Food and Supply Controller after a surprise check was made in the past two days.


12 PSEB employees suspended
Barnala, April 17
As many as 12 employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Shehna, including Mr Harjinder Singh, Junior Engineer, and two linemen, Mr Amarjit Singh and Mr Darshan Singh, have been placed under suspension, whereas six assistant linemen and three work-charged staff have been transferred out of zone on administrative grounds over the “controversial inauguration of a 24 hour power supply incident at Tallewal village about 20 km from here.


Robbers loot jewellery, cash from dera
Phillaur, April 17
More than 12 armed robbers with muffled faces looted more than Rs 20,000 in cash and gold ornaments from a dera known as “Mai Daa Darbar” here late last night.


Plan to improve conduct of exams
SAS Nagar, April 17
The Punjab Government is working on a major plan to improve the conduct of the annual examinations of the Punjab School Education Board. The objective is to decentralise the process of conduct of examinations, said the state Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, here today.

Accreditation of medical institutes sought
Ludhiana, April 17
The Medical Council of India has recommended to the Union Health Ministry that an accreditation scheme for the medical universities and medical institutions in the country be introduced to ensure quality of education on the pattern of gradation of the engineering institutes.

Where quality education, danger go hand-in-hand
Patiala, April 17
No Principal, no main office, no librarian, no bathrooms, poor wiring system, improper water supply, dilapidated building, screws coming out of doors and hanging window panes, are some of the characteristic features of Government Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, located in the Sirhindi Gate locality in the city.

Grace marks sought for wrong question
Phagwara, April 17
In a Guru Nanak Dev University faux pas, an incorrect question was put in the B.Com I (Regular) Paper IV namely Quantitative Techniques for Business in the evening session in the ongoing annual examinations.

Principal’s post: recommendation on PhD condition
Phagwara, April 17
In a significant step, the State Council for Higher Education has recommended that the UGC condition of Ph.D for the post of college principal be held in abeyance for four years and instead teachers with 25 years’ experience be considered eligible for the post.


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