Wednesday, April 25, 2001,
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Duped by agents, they languish in Pak jail
Mustafabad (Fatehgarh Sahib), April 24
After remaining lost for a while in a maze of narrow lanes and bylanes of this non-descript village, The Tribune team finally makes it to the house of Desh Raj who is lodged in a jail in Baluchistan (Pakistan). His two daughters — Jasvir and Lakhbir— and their mother, Amarjit Kaur, sit in a corner of their one-room house.

Zaffarwal’s claim sounds hollow
Amritsar, April 24
Dreaded terrorist and self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force Wassan Singh Zaffarwal who claims to have killed nobody in his lifetime, was in fact responsible for the influx of massive firearms at the behest of the ISI from across the border. These arms were used to kill innocent persons in Punjab, especially during the nineties.

Modern equipment for hospitals
Patiala, April 24
All government medical college hospitals in Punjab with virtually obsolete equipment will now get modern diagnostic machinery for the first time in a decade.

BSP rules out joining third front
Phagwara, April 24
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, yesterday alleged that the NDA government was not serious about national security. It had been proved by the brutal killings of 16 BSF personnel by Bangladesh Rifles at the Pyrdiwah border outpost, he said.

Fatehgarh Sahib



NABARD adopts Bathinda
Bathinda, April 24
The NABARD has adopted this district under the District Rural Industry Programme (DRIP) in which rural people will be given incentives for starting small-scale industries.

Branding in jail alleged
Medical check-up of undertrial ordered
Ludhiana, April 24
A judicial magistrate today directed the Civil Surgeon, here conduct the medical examination of an undertrial Raman Kumar, alias Nikka, who has filed a petition before the court that two officials of Central Jail here to branded ‘qatil’ word in punjabi on his back with a hot iron rod after brutally beating him up.


SAD dist chief’s removal sought
Jalandhar, April 24
The simmering differences in the district unit of the SAD (Badal) reached the boiling point today when a powerful group opposing the district unit president, Prof Inderjit Singh, refused to recognise him and urged the party high command to sack him.

Amarinder denies deal on giving ticket
Chandigarh, April 24
Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said today that he had not struck any deal with the party Members of Parliament from Punjab on the issue of allotment of assembly seats. He said that the reports appearing in a section of the press had no basis.


Antique British clock to chime again
Kapurthala, April 24
Residents of the princely town will soon hear the melodious chimes of the famous British-made clock, popularly known as “Ghenta Ghar”, situated in the heart of the town, after a gap of four decades.

Resentment against re-employment
Chandigarh, April 24
There is resentment among employees of the Punjab Architectural Department against the move of the State Government to re-employ a senior functionary of the department in the same capacity for one year immediately after his retirement. The functionary is due to retire on April 30.

Litterateurs kick up row
Chandigarh, April 24
The storm kicked up by the haphazard manner in which the Indian delegates to the recent World Punjabi Conference held at Lahore were selected by the organisers refuses to die down.

Sheikh Hasina’s effigy burnt
Phagwara, April 24
Activists of the Punjab Hindu Shiv Sena today burnt an effigy of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a Bangladesh flag outside the bus stand on the G.T. Road and disrupted traffic for about 20 minutes in protest against the brutal massacre of 16 BSF jawans by the Bangladesh Rifles.

NFL employees hold dharna
Bathinda, April 24
The employees of the local unit of the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) held a dharna and a rally here yesterday. The employees have been protesting over privatisation of the Public Sector Undertaking (PSU).

Two shells recovered
Ludhiana, April 24
Bomb-defusing experts and divers of the Army along with officials of the district police today recovered two live shells from under a Sirhind feeder bridge.
The experts said at least five more shells were still in the water which could be recovered only after the water level in the canal was reduced.

Diversion leads to traffic jam
Bathinda, April 24
The traffic to Mansa, Dabwali and Talwandi Sabo came to a standstill today when the level crossing near the TV tower was closed for repairs at about 11 a.m. It was later diverted through the Hazi Ratan road, which is hardly fit for heavy traffic.

Cops’ plea for cancelling FIR refused
Abohar, April 24
Mr Lalit Kumar Singla, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), has rejected an application by the city police for cancellation of an FIR relating to alleged forgery and original conspiracy in a land deal. The court ordered that the accused be summoned under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC read with Section 120-B. The court also ordered that it should be treated as a state case.

Plan to sell Lahori Gate draws flak
Amritsar, April 24
The proposed move to sell a portion of the Lahori Gate at Sri Hargobindpur has drawn strong protests from art and cultural preservation societies in the state.


Girl abducted
Pathankot, April 24
Failo, a 16-year-old girl, was reportedly abducted by seven persons from Bahadur Lahri village under Pathankot subdivision.

Woman, daughter commit suicide
Jalandhar, April 24
Extreme poverty forced a woman and her 22-year-old ailing young daughter to commit suicide by consuming poison in their small house in Mohalla Chandigarh in the basti area yesterday.


PUTA to launch stir against VC in May
Patiala, April 24
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today announced that it would launch an agitation on the university campus in May with the help of other teachers’ organisations in case the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, did not stop the “violation” of university rules and regulations, the “creation” of fraudulent organisations and the “blackmail” of teachers under the career advancement scheme (CAS).

Private schools mushroom
Over the past couple of years this border town has witnessed a mushroom growth of unaffiliated private schools. The ongoing academic session has seen the opening of eight such institutions. Perhaps, these days the setting up of a school is a good business proposition.

Office-bearers of PCCTU elected
Doraha, April 24
Prof Kuldip Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, and Prof Parminder Singh of Arya College, Ludhiana, have been unanimously elected president and secretary, respectively of the Ludhiana district of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, respectively. Prof Kuldip Singh has been elected for the office of the district president for the second time.

Class X exam to be reconducted
Bathinda, April 24
The Social Studies paper of Class X will be conducted again on April 29 as the paper taken earlier on March 23 has been cancelled.

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