Thursday, April 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Badal ‘acting as SAD chief, not CM’
Cong set to launch poll campaign
Chandigarh, April 25
“The ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme of Mr Parkash Singh Badal is nothing but total politicisation of public money,” alleges the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, maintaining that Mr Badal has now been behaving only as the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal and not as the Chief Minister.

Will Assembly elections be on schedule?
Chandigarh, April 25
When are the Punjab Assembly elections likely to be held? The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is “fed up” reiterating that the elections will be on schedule, even offering to give an “affidavit” to this effect. Yet the question persists and the guessing game goes on.

Badal-Talwandi rift may widen
Ludhiana, April 25
SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi may be, like any father, feeling more than happy and relaxed over the acquittal of his son Ranjit Singh of murder charges by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The maverick Akali known for asserting himself more often than not, was believed to be lying low so far, obviously for his compulsions as his son had been convicted for murder by a local court. And the Badal government had ensured comfortable stay for Ranjit in Ludhiana’s Central jail providing him with all facilities and arranging for him frequent and regular paroles.

Badal pampers common man
Nabha (Patiala), April 25
The Sangat Darshan programme held here today seemed more like a pre-poll jamboree where a few crores were doled out and the common man was pampered with all his grievances getting top priority.




Problems persist in wheat procurement
Chandigarh, April 25
Though the bad weather is over in this part of the country, the problem pertaining to the procurement of wheat damaged by rain and hailstorms persists. Owing to moderate rainfall in various parts of Punjab, the grain has lost its usual luster. The procurement agencies are facing problems in procuring such wheat.

PSEB told to compile data on crop burning
Chandigarh, April 25
While reports of ripe wheat crop getting burnt in fields at various places in Punjab because of sparking from high-tension electricity wires and transformers continue to pour in here regularly, the Punjab Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Maluka, has directed the PSEB authorities concerned to compile data of all such cases.

Syndicate panel to monitor teachers
CM concerned over varsity developments
Patiala, April 25
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed his concern over the recent developments in Punjabi University, even as the university Syndicate at a meeting today formed a five member committee to take cognisance of the defamatory activities of the ‘’denotified” Punjabi University Teachers Association and other teachers and employees and authorising it to take disciplinary action against them.


PM urged to check female foeticide
Moga, April 25
Expressing concern over the alarming trend of female foeticide in the country, Central Social Welfare Board Chairperson Mridula Sinha has urged the Centre and state governments to take all possible steps to check pre-natal tests and female foeticide.

Police ‘humiliates’ SJP leader
Chandigarh, April 25
Upset over the alleged hurting of the religious sentiments of his party’s activist, Mr Paramjit Singh, by a police party of Sangrur district, the former Prime Minister, Mr Chandra Shekhar, has urged the leadership of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal to take up the issue at the appropriate level with the state government.

Beard trimming story false: SSP
Sangrur, April 25
Addressing a press conference here tonight, Mr Jatinder Singh Aulakh, SSP, Sangrur, described the charge, levelled by Paramjit Singh of Mangwal village with regards to “trimming” of his beard by the police as “false” and “fabricated”.

Another strike by NFL workers
Ropar, April 25
As many as 1,800 workers of National Fertilisers Ltd plant at Nangal struck work today against the proposed disinvestment of the company. The strike which was called by the coordination committee of the recognised unions of the NFL started at 6 a.m. The workers gathered at the main gate of the factory and raised slogans against the NDA government.

Fast-food culture catching up
Bathinda, April 25
Although fast food is not entirely alien to the city but with the increasing number of fast food outlets, eating points and even ‘rehris’ selling patties, hot dogs, chowmein and the age old “channa-kultcha” city residents are fast forgetting the lunch time tiffins.

Shifting of offices irks residents
Bathinda, April 25
The shifting of offices of the district administration to an old hospital building has been causing inconvenience to people. The offices are being shifted as the building is to be demolished for the construction of a multipurpose district administration complex. Residents of the city had reportedly protested against the construction of the complex.

Passport sans photo issued
Ludhiana, April 25
In a classic case of negligence, the Regional Passport Authority, Chandigarh, has recently issued a passport without a photograph. The passport, issued in the name of Angna Dewan, daughter of Dr Yashbir Dewan, a neurosurgeon in the CMC, was received recently by post.

Balian refutes charge
Sangrur, April 25
Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, here today refuted the charge that he was working against the sarpanches and panches especially those belonging to the Scheduled Castes’ community and the Opposition.

1 person, 150 sheep die in accident
Ferozepore, April 25
One person and 150 sheep were killed and another 55 injured when the truck carrying them overturned near Kalu Kheme ke, 5km from here on Tuesday.

Man killed as car dashes against tree
Morinda, April 25
One person was killed and another seriously injured when the Ford car in which they were travelling dashed against a tree on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway, near here, shortly after 12 noon today. The deceased was identified as Jagjit Singh. According to eye witnesses, the car was moving at high speed when the mishap occurred.

Polio victim crushed to death
Jalandhar, April 25
Balwinder (35), a resident of Talwandi Madho under Shahkot subdivision, was crushed to death by a Punjab Roadways bus on the Nakodar road near Nari Niketan here today.

Seminar on Namdhari movement on May 8
Ludhiana, April 25
Sri Satguru Ram Singh Chair established at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, is holding the first-ever seminar on “Namdhari Movement-History, culture and contributions” at Sri Bhaini Sahib, on May 8 and 9.

Gen Choudhry is Vajra Corps GOC
Jalandhar, April 25
Lieut-Gen Shantonu Choudhry took over as General Officer Commanding of the Vajra Corps here today. Born in Allahabad, General Choudhry is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He got commissioned in the artillery regiment in 1963.

Homage to Mahatma Hans Raj
Hoshiarpur, April 25
The birth anniversary of Mahatma Hans Raj, a well-known educationist and leader of the Arya Samaj, was celebrated today at his native village Bajwara, 5 km from here, with great fervour. A function was organised by the DAV Colleges Managing Committee and Arya Pradeshik Pratinidhi Sabha, Delhi, in which distinguished persons from all over the country participated.


Crop in 100 acres gutted
Mansa, April 25
The district administration has launched a campaign to motivate the farmers not to burn the remnants of crop after harvesting to clear their fields for the sowing of next crop. Official sources said in the past three days, standing wheat crop in more than 100 acres, had been destroyed when it caught fire allegedly due to spark in the overhead electrical wires and other reasons.

Farmers sore over procurement
Ludhiana, April 25
The recent untimely rain in Punjab has brought untold misery to farmers by causing damage to their wheat crop. The quality of the golden grain of wheat has deteriorated due to the rain in various parts of the state during March, as a result of which the official procuring agencies are reluctant to buy wheat arriving in various mandis.

DC takes stock of procurement
Bathinda, April 25
Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, today visited various mandis of the district and took stock of the procurement of wheat in the district.

Govt’s apathy resented
Mansa, April 25
Mr Kulwinder Singh, a farmer of the district, has demanded immediate supply of quality seed, insecticides and adequate canal water supply for the sowing of cotton and narma crop.


PSEB to buy coal from MP
Bathinda, April 25
The Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have decided to purchase coal from Madhya Pardesh instead of Bihar, to save money spent on freight charges.

Akali leader’s security cover withdrawn
Ludhiana, April 25
The security guards provided to Mr Surjan Singh Thekedar veteran Akali leader, have been withdrawn by the local police authorities.


17.59 kg heroin seized, 2 held
Pathankot, April 25
Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence today seized 17.59kg of heroin from a Tata Sierra (No. DL-2CD-6148) and arrested two persons in this connection.

Vehicle thieves held
Pathankot, April 25
The police has busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of Bhupinder Singh alias Bhinda of Nanowall village and Raju of Khurajm in U.P. with a stolen truck.

Labourer decamps with cash
Ludhiana, April 25
A Nepalese labourer today drugged seven of his colleagues to unconsciousness and allegedly decamped with about Rs 25,000. He is also alleged to have taken some goods from the factory where he was working.


Jains to set up IT college
The Bhagwan Mahavir Trust, Fazilka, an organisation of Jains, has ventured to set up an information technology college at Fazilka even as the government seldom took interest in setting up a professional degree college in this border subdivision.

Probe demanded into copying case
Mansa, April 25
A deputation of the district Democratic Teachers Front met Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday and demanded a high-level inquiry into the unfair means case registered against Mr Hardarshan Singh, driver of the District Education Officer (Secondary), Ms Bhupinder Kaur.

1404 schools upgraded
Bathinda, April 25
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology, Minister, Punjab addressing a function organised on the occasion of upgradation of schools in Jhootike, Talab Nahar, Bir Bahiman and Chugh Khurd villages, said 1,404 schools had been upgraded by the state government in the last academic session. In every Assembly constituency Rs 20 lakh would be spent on the construction of new schools and repair old ones.

Autonomy for colleges stressed
Amritsar, April 25
The present system of affiliation should be discarded in favour of autonomy to colleges. Mr K. K. Bajaj, former Dean, College Development Council, HP University, Shimla, said this delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Dynamics of College Teaching — Perspectives and Challenges” here yesterday.



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