Friday, April 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Fire renders 500 labourers homeless
Sangowal (Jalandhar), April 26
More than 500 persons, mostly migrant labourers, were rendered homeless when a fire engulfed about 100 jhuggis and reduced their belongings to ashes here last evening.

Wheat in 45 acres destroyed
Samao (Mansa), April 26
Samao village located near Bhikhi town of this district was saved from a major disaster when five fire tenders succeeded in controlling a fire in wheat fields here today. Sources said the fire tenders fought for several hours before the fire was controlled.

Centre asked to create space
Amritsar, April 26
Even as the state has been facing a problem of plenty, the Punjab Government has suggested to the Central Government to create additional storage capacity in the consuming states.

SAD factionalism spreads to electricity board
Barnala, April 26
Factions of the Shiromani Akali Dal one owing allegiance to Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, former Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister and represented by Mr Baldev Singh Mann, Administrative Member, Punjab State Electricity Board, and the anti-Barnala faction led by Mr Malkit Singh Keetu, MLA, Barnala, continue their squabbling for supremacy in the ruling SAD whereas the PSEB unions and employees have intensified their agitation to get revoked the “victimisation” of 12 PSEB employees of Shehna subdivision.

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Talwandi denies rift with Badal
Ludhiana, April 26
The SGPC chief, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, today denied that he had any differences with the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, claiming that they enjoyed very cordial relationship.

DEO, admn officer booked
Mansa, April 26
The police here has registered a case against Ms Bhupinder Kaur, District Education Officer (Secondary) Mansa and Gurparshad, Administrative Officer of her office and others under Section 3 of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 on a complaint filed by Mr Darbara Singh Jatana, Lecturer in Political Science and ex-Principal Government Senior Secondary School, Nangal Kalan in the district.


Lawyers submit memo to HC judge
Patiala, April 26
Advocates of the District Courts here today alleged that the Punjab Government had made a change in the construction plan of the judicial complex coming up adjacent to the District Courts by shifting the administrative block of the complex to a new site on the outskirts of the city.

Beard case: Chandumajra meets Governor
Chandigarh, April 26
A deputation of Akali led by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the Sarab Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, today met the Punjab Governor. They also presented before him, Mr Paramjit Singh, who had alleged that his beard was cut off by a Sangrur police party.

4-year-long wait for pension
Jalandhar, April 26
The tall claims of the state government notwithstanding, more than 400 residents of 11 villages are running from pillar to post to get their pensions sanctioned for the past four years.

Minister’s assurance to pensioners
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, while addressing a state-level convention of the Punjab Government Pensioners Association here yesterday, conceded the pensioners demand of giving old-age allowance of 5 per cent to persons above the age of 65 and 10 per cent to those above the age of 75. Earlier, the allowance was for persons above 70 and 80 years, respectively.

Catch a monkey, get Rs 500
Chandigarh, April 26
If you are unemployed and have no source of income, then here is an opportunity to earn money. It is official, duly approved by the Punjab Government. In fact, the payment will be made by the government.

Wife’s suicide: Dalit youth seeks justice
Barnala, April 26
Mr Krishan Singh a dalit youth resident of Awa Basti here, whose wife, Kamaljeet Kaur (25), committed suicide by burning herself last month, has been in search of justice because none of the eight alleged accused named in the dying declaration by the deceased has been arrested even after the death of his wife on March 13 last.

Youths hooked on Internet
Bathinda, April 26
If there is anything which interests young people more than movies, fast food, fashion, music and television, it is the Internet. When the Internet was launched in the city in 1998, nobody could have imagined the enormous response and success of cyber cafes in the city. The number of people visiting the cyber cafes speaks volumes about the spell cast by the Internet.

Army man cremated
Patti (Amritsar), April 26
Army man Harjinder Singh of 22 Rashtriya Rifles was cremated today with full military honours at his native village Mandi Khalra this morning. The deputy director, Sainik Welfare Board, Mr J.S. Mann, told newspersons that Harjinder Singh died fighting militants in Baramula in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

Probe into tattoo charge ends
Ludhiana, April 26
The magisterial inquiry into the alleged merciless beating up of and tattooing the word “Qatil” by two jail officials on the back of an undertrial at Central Jail here ended today.

Residents allege discrimination by MC
Bathinda, April 26
Residents of Kamla Nehru Nagar in the city have alleged that the municipal authorities is discriminating against their locality with regard to the development of the area despite repeated requests and representations.

Free medical treatment for freedom fighters
Chandigarh, April 26
The Punjab Government has decided to provide free medical treatment to freedom fighters at all government hospitals and dispensaries in the state.

GOC pays obeisance at Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 26
On assuming the command of Vajra Corps, Jalandhar, Lieut-Gen Shantonu Choudhry, General Officer Commanding, visited the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir here today. He was accompanied by Mrs Choudhry.


Canal irrigation plan for kharif season
Chandigarh, April 26
The Punjab Government has announced a rotational programme for canal irrigation for the kharif season from April 24 to May 1. The Sirhind canal system will run on a priority basis from the Patiala feeder, the Abohar branch, the Bathinda branch, the Bist Doab canal and the Sidhwan branch.


Case against MC men for demolition
Bathinda, April 26
The district police has registered a case against the officials of the local municipal council for demolishing the wall of the government senior secondary school for girls located on the Mall Road in the town.

One held for forgery
Gurdaspur, April 26
The police has arrested Ashok Kumar of Pathankot for preparing fake government documents like registration certificates of vehicles and driving licences by using fake-stamps of different authorities.


CM has assured to hold probe: PUTA
Patiala, April 26
In a further twist to the ongoing controversy between the elected Punjabi University Teachers Association, which has recently been “denotified” by the university management, and the Vice-Chancellor the former today claimed that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had said that a high-level inquiry would be conducted into the charges submitted by the organisation against the VC.

PUTA, VC urged to settle differences
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 26
Master Mohal Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, has urged the Central Government to take stern action against Bangladesh for brutally killing 16 BSF soldiers. The minister was here yesterday to preside over the convocation of the local Mata Gujri College.

Board to hold exams in 8 subjects
Malerkotla, April 26
Mr Harbhajan Singh Dhindsa, the state president of the Government Classical and Vernacular Union, Punjab, said in a press conference here yesterday that the Secretary, Punjab School Education Board, in accordance with the accepted demands of the union, had issued a circular letter to all heads of middle, secondary and senior secondary schools in the state, stating that the school board would now conduct examinations at middle and matric levels in health and physical education and one elective subject out of drawing, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, agriculture, sewing and needle work, home science, music, dance, subjects of AVM scheme, vocational subjects and computer education from this academic year.

Children teach their village counterparts
Patiala, April 26
For the children of Chhoti Rauni here a visit by students and teachers of a big English School in the city is welcome. Five-year-old Arjun and many others like him, all of whom belong to the parents who earn their livelihood through labour, usually await the goodies like biscuits, which the city children bring with them, than being eager about their lessons.


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