Tuesday, April 24, 2001,
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Commission agents exploit farmers
We are helpless, says administration
Jalandhar, April 23
Though taking loans from commission agents is an established practice among farmers of Punjab like any other part of the country, but what is unusual in the case of mand area farmers is the exorbitant rates of interest and use of muscle power by commission agents.

Soldiers’ kin traumatised
No word from BSF HQ yet
Jalandhar, April 23
The families of two BSF soldiers of 118 Battalion hailing from Gurdaspur district who are suspected to have been killed at the hands of the Bangladesh Rifles are yet to receive any official communication about the tragedy. Traumatised, they survive on a dim ray of hope.

SAD women’s wing dissolved
Bathinda, April 23
The controversy over the presidentship of the Istri Shiromani Akali Dal (ISAD) took a new turn here today when Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the SAD and member of the Rajya Sabha, said party president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had dissolved all the wings of the party and nobody was heading the body at present.

ST on lotteries remains on paper
Chandigarh, April 23
The decision to levy 20 per cent sales tax on lotteries in Punjab has not been implemented so far. The state’s Council of Ministers, after a lengthy debate, cleared the proposal to levy sales tax on February 22.

Judicial custody for Zaffarwal
Amritsar, April 23
The Additional Civil Judge of Baba Bakala, Mr S. S. Dhaliwal, today remanded in judicial custody Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, self-styled chief of Khalistan Commando Force till May 7.

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  Explosives found near Doraha
Ludhiana, April 23
Panic gripped Katani Kalan village near Doraha here today when some explosive substance packed in bottles was found under the Sidhwan canal bridge near the village.


Kanshi Ram admits to have ignored Punjab
Phillaur, April 23
The BSP Chief, Kanshi Ram, has inspired to analyse their vote value and work for attaining power. Addressing a public meeting at Goraya sub-division on Monday evening, he accepted his mistakes for ignoring Punjab politics and said I was busy in those states having above 40 MPs of the BSP, but now I would work to get power in Punjab.

Badal misusing funds: ex-MLA
Fazilka, April 23
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, a former MLA from Fazilka in a statement here today alleged that the Badal government was being run on borrowed finance as it had secured hefty loans of Rs 38,000 crore from various agencies by mortgaging Punjab.


Community policing launched
Phillaur (Ludhiana), April 23
Imagine a police station with “polite” policemen, well-laid gardens and proper place for sitting. Also include in your picture a system where FIR would not be registered at the drop of a hat, or where the confidence of the residents of a colony concerned with a case would be taken before initiating criminal proceedings against anyone.

BJP to set up ‘shaheedi smarak’ in founder’s name
Chandigarh, April 23
The BJP will raise a “shaheedi smarak” in memory of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, founder of the Jana Sangh, near the Ambedkar Bhavan here.

Memorial to Devi Lal on border
Killianwali (Muktsar), April 23
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said a memorial would be built in the memory of Devi Lal, who was a great son of the soil, at the border of Punjab and Haryana.

Union Secy visits border belt
Amritsar, April 23
The Union Secretary for Rural Development, Mr Arun Bhatnagar, on a visit to Punjab, visited the border village of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts and acquainted himself with the problems and requirements of the people living along the Indo-Pakistan border.

Employees resent downsizing of FCI
Bathinda, April 23
In an unprecedented move, the labour and employees unions of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have decided to come on a single platform to fight against the curtailment of the FCI’s activities.

DD Punjabi channel scores over others
Jalandhar, April 23
Contrary to the common perception, a majority of cable TV viewers of Chandigarh and Gurdaspur prefer news and current affairs programmes to entertainment and other programmes aired on different channels.

Pensioners sore over pending demands
Ludhiana, April 23
More than 1.5 lakh pensioners of the Punjab Government are unhappy with the Badal government for its failure to meet their demands which are pending since long and have demanded a fair deal.

Cell to facilitate jobs abroad
Hoshiarpur, April 23
The Punjab Labour Department recently opened a foreign cell at Chandigarh to help provide job opportunities to youths in various countries. Registration of more than 500 youths had already been done by this cell and cases of 20 to 25 job-seekers abroad been finalised so far.

Completed projects await VIP
Fatehgarh Sahib
The people of the district are waiting eagerly for the inauguration of development projects completed in the district, which could not be made operational as no VIP was available to inaugurate it.

Open TB hospital, says front
Sangrur, April 23
The Para-medical and Health Employees Front has demanded the opening of the Ghabdan TB Hospital and restoration of the earlier rate of interest on General Provident Fund (GPF) of the employees.

Resolution on liquor shop
Bathinda, April 23
The panchayat of Jangirana village of the district said it did not have any objection to the presence of a liquor shop near the school and the bus stand in the village.

Pak decision on visas hailed
Chandigarh, April 23
The World Punjabiat Foundation has hailed the reported decision by the Pakistani Government to grant visas to all those Indians who were born in Pakistan before Partition in 1947.


Claims on procurement ‘hollow’
Wheat piles up in mandis
Bathinda, April 23
Although official date for the procurement of wheat was fixed April 1 but even after three weeks the farmers have to stay in mandis for day together to get their produce procured by the agencies.

Arhtiyas protest, stop wheat auction
Sangrur, April 23
Tension prevailed in the local grain market for about one and half hours today when the arhatias reportedly stopped officials of the procurement agencies from auctioning the wheat till their pending payments, against the already procured wheat, were made.

Grain storage a herculean task
Although the Punjab Government claims to have made the necessary arrangements to handle wheat arrivals in the mandis, the scene on the foodgrain storage front is grim.

Weather delays cotton sowing
Bathinda, April 23
Even as the production of cotton in the past two years has shown upward trend in the north zone comprising Punjab, Haryana and Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh circles of Rajasthan, the unpredictable weather conditions prevailing in this region have been causing delay in the sowing of the crop this season.

Fire adds to farmers’ woes
Bathinda, April 23
As the harvesting of wheat is gaining momentum the incidents of fire in standing crops have also increased in the region in the past few days.

Incentives for fisheries
Ropar, April 23
The Green Revolution in Punjab has made the soil deficient in nutrients. This has rendered the yield unfit for export to the West.


Aviation clubs hit by rift
Amritsar, April 23
Political differences have led to the complete neglect of aviation clubs throughout Punjab. Four aviation clubs were set-up in Punjab at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala. All the four clubs are in a state of neglect with most being unsafe. Hence the admission of students to these clubs has dropped to a trickle.

Selection rules flouted, allege coop directors
Gurdaspur, April 23
Mr Inderjit Singh, Mr Gurnam Singh Mr Dhanwant Singh and Mr Kulyash Sharma, all directors of the Gurdaspur Co-Operative Labour and Construction Union, in a press note today have accused the Deputy Registrar, Co-Operatives, here for flouting all rules for the recruitment of five persons in the union. They have demanded a probe in the matter.

Highway traffic cell inaugurated
Bathinda, April 23
The district police added one more feather in its cap with the inauguration of a Highway Integrated Traffic Enforcement Cell (HITEC) the first of its kind in the state by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, a Rajya Samba member, here today.


3 booked for migrant’s death
Abohar, April 23
A case under Sections 302 and 34 has been registered against three persons at Khuyian Sarwasr police station following the death of Kanha Ram, a migrant from Jodhpur district of Rajasthan.


‘Out of syllabus’ paper worries students
Bathinda, April 23
In keeping with its past traditions, Punjabi University, Patiala, again gave a rude shock to students of B.Com (final) when it failed to set the question paper of management accounting and business finance, which was held today, according to its guidelines and syllabus.

Faulty paper, say students
Patiala, April 23
Students of the local Khalsa College and others today complained that there was ambiguity in the setting of two questions in section D of the management accounting and business finance paper of B.Com final year.

Test for commerce stream on June 19
Amritsar, April 23
Guru Nank Dev University will conduct an entrance test for admission to BCA, BIT, BIS, B.Com, B.E. commerce courses in its affilitated colleges on June 19, 2001.

Colleges oppose affiliation move
Moga, April 23
Managements and staff members of all colleges in the district have protested against the proposal of the state government to affiliate their colleges with Punjabi University, Patiala, instead of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Take up computer education: Jacob
Moga, April 23
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), last evening called on the youth to involve themselves in technical and computer education training to meet the challenge of foreign countries who, he said, were well accomplished in this sphere.

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