Thursday, April 19, 2001,
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Militants ‘welcome’ to surrender
Nasir garlanded, says exasperated CM
Mattewal (Amritsar), April 18
After the blow hot and cold attitude for the past month about former militant Wassan Singh Zaffarwal’s appearance in Punjab, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has finally said all former militants desirous of joining the mainstream, are “welcome”.

PSGPC accepts most SGPC demands
Amritsar, April 18
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today reportedly accepted most of the genuine demands of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

Abductions for ransom on rise
Chandigarh, April 18
Abduction of a four-year-old boy by two teenaged school dropouts of Raikot near Ludhiana and recovery of the victim and arrest of the culprits by the Jagraon police within a few hours of the incident is an indication of the growing incidence of abductions for ransom in Punjab.

‘Govt committed to purchase wheat’
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18
The Punjab Government is committed to purchase wheat at the MSP, whether the rain has caused damage to the crop or not the farmers need not worry as the procurement agencies have been directed in this regard and the harassment of the farmers would not be tolerated at any cost, said Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister for Food and Supplies, while talking to the mediapersons at grain market, Sirhind today.

Committees on wheat procurement set up
Patiala, April 18
Supervisory committees of SDMs and PCS officers have been set up for the wheat procurement being carried out in different subdivisions. This was stated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, during his meeting with authorities of the agencies involved in wheat procurement.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Hepatitis-B grips village
Chauke (Bathinda), April 18
Even as the district health authorities have been denying that any death in this village took place due to hepatitis-B in the past year or so hepatitis-B seems to have acquired epidemic dimensions in this village having a population of about 7,000.

Admn uproots poppy, denies charge
Bathinda, April 18
The district authorities, reacting to a story published in The Tribune on April 14, got poppy uprooted from the Circuit House and claimed that it was meant only for ornamental purpose and not for the production of opium.


Badal calls meeting of PAC
Chandigarh, April 18
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has convened an emergency meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the party at Punjab Bhavan on April 20.

Mann for debate on Tehelka
Bathinda, April 18
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), yesterday said that a debate should be held over the Tehelka expose in Parliament.


Police Dept owes 15 lakh to BSNL
Ropar, April 18
The Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Ltd. may disconnect the telephones of various police stations in the district as the police department has not paid long-pending dues. The Ropar police owes Rs 15 lakh to the BSNL. The police authorities have not been able to clear the long-standing dues towards the BSNL despite repeated reminders.

Rural areas lack health facilities
Bathinda, April 18
Although the Punjab Government has always claimed to provide maximum medical and health facilities in rural areas but the scene is totally different in these areas. The government dispensaries and primary health centres in rural areas present a picture quite contrary to the claims made by the Punjab government about providing full medical facilities and sufficient staff in rural health centres.

Faridkot Web site set up
The district cultural society and the administration have jointly set up a website on Faridkot under the name at Mini Secretariat here. The first portal on the district reflects the social, cultural, economic, educational and administrative activities and set up of the district. The historical background gives an insight starting with the reign of the local rulers with special reference to the visit of Sufi saint Baba Sheikh Farid to this town in the 12th century. It also includes selected shalokas from Farid bani besides historical gurdwara located in the district.

A victim of long-standing neglect
Passengers at Hoshiarpur railway station have to bear with the same facilities as they were getting before Independence. The Northern Railway is giving step-motherly treatment to this backward district of Punjab due to lack of a strong political leader in the area who could persuade them to provide facilities being given at other stations.

Court upholds conviction of 3
Mansa, April 18
Mr S.S. Gupta, Additional Sessions Judge, Mansa, has upheld the conviction of Ram Sanjivan Balldar, Satan Dass and Rajwinder Singh Rana, all residents of Mansa, under Section 323 of the IPC.

Directions to officers on public grievances
Patiala, April 18
The Officers on important posts in different departments must be present in their respective offices in the afternoon hours to hear the grievances of the people. Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a meeting of the Development Committee at the Red Cross Hall here today said.

Forum directs MUL to pay compensation
Bathinda, April 18
The District Consumer Forum, Muktsar, has directed Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), Gurgaon and Hira Automobiles Limited, Patiala, to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to Gurtej Singh of Muktsar for not delivering the invoice and other necessary documents to him after the delivery of a car he purchased more than two year ago.

Mill workers end dharna
Hoshiarpur, April 18
Workers of the GNA and Dohra Parts Industry, Mehtiana, last night ended their two-day dharna in front of the district courts here following the intervention of the district administration.

Councillor saves child’s life
Malerkotla, April 18
Municipal councillor Arshad Dali today saved the life of Mohammad Subeb (5) of Khatikan Mohalla after the child slipped and fell in the water which has accumulated in the mohalla after yesterday’s rain. The water was 4-5 feet deep.

Bhagat Singh’s friend dies at 98
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18
Martyr Bhagat Singh’s colleague and childhood friend Sahib Singh, who was an eyewitness to his hanging, breathed his last at Salana village, 20 km from here, yesterday. He was 98.

Speaker’s driver injured
Ludhiana, April 18
Karan Singh, driver of Mr Satpal Gosain, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was admitted to the civil hospital here last evening after a gunshot fired allegedly by a gunman of the BJP leader hit him in the thigh.

Army cancels recruitment
Gurdaspur, April 18
The Army headquarters has ordered cancellation of recruitment held at the Tibri cantonment on April 16 for 120 Assam Rifles. It is alleged that the recruiting staff only entertained candidates who had greased the palms of officials concerned.

Minister’s assurance to lab technicians
Phagwara, April 18
Punjab Health Minister, Baldev Raj Chawla yesterday assured a deputation of the Medical Laboratory Technicians Association, Punjab, on their demands.

Jaundice spreads in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, April 18
More than 20 cases of jaundice were reported in six localities situated near the industrial area here today.

Lightning claims life
Abohar, April 18
Lightning claimed life of Chanderkanta, a migrant from drought hit Pali district (Rajasthan) at Balluana village near here today.

Chemist shops opened illegally
Mansa, April 18
A large number of new chemist shops have been opened in the district without licences.


Rain adds to farmers’ misery
Bathinda, April 18
Farmers have been hit very hard due to economic hardships they are already facing and the untimely rains which have caused heavy loss to the standing crops and wheat grains lying in mandis of the region.

Arhtiyas’ plea to CM
Mansa, April 18
Mr Narinder Paul Danewalla, president of the Punjab State Arhtiya Association, has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to enhance the commission of arhtiyas for cotton, narma, mustard and other agricultural products of the state. Mr Danewalla said Mr Badal had promised the arhtiyas of the state that the Punjab Government would increase the commission of arhtiyas.

Sow Basmati, farmers told
Amritsar, April 18
District Agriculture officers plan to raise the cultivation of Superfine and Basmati varieties. They have recommended lesser cover under IR-114,115 and 166 varieties.


R.S. Mann sworn in as power panel head
Chandigarh, April 18
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr R.S. Mann, a former Chief Secretary of the state, as Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission at a simple ceremony here today.


45 kg of poppy husk seized
Bathinda, April 18
The district police has arrested three persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics and seized 45 kg of poppy husk from them. A gang of pickpockets has also been arrested from the city.

Nine hurt in firing over land dispute
Tarn Taran, April 18
Nine persons, including five women, were injured seriously when more than 30 persons headed by Sarbjit Singh, Sarpanch, gram panchayat, Lalu Ghuman, opened fire on them at Lalu Ghuman village yesterday. A case under Section 307, 324 of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them.


TUF: VC failed to safeguard rules
Patiala, April 18
The Teachers United Front consisting of various university teachers’ bodies, today claimed the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia had failed to safeguard university rules and regulations by getting the case of the state Higher Education Minister, Mr Mohan Lal, for registration for a Ph.D degree passed by the Academic Council as a special case.

Report on stipend a lie: Headmistress
Batala (Gurdaspur), April 18
Mrs Chanderkanta, Headmistress of the local Government Primary School, Prem Nagar, has refuted the allegations appearing in a section of the media that she had been pocketing the stipend meant for students of her school.

Microsoft centre opened
Patiala, April 18
Microsoft has opened its Certified Technical Education Centre in collaboration with Sylvan Prometric, an online examination centre, under the umbrella of Microuniv in Patiala.


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