Sunday, April 29, 2001,
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Petition against Bibi Jagir fails
Amritsar, April 28
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) has dismissed a petition filed against former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur and three others filed by Mr Davinder Singh of Kalanangal in Gurdaspur.

Farmers’ query leaves CM speechless
Chandigarh, April 28
“Which variety of paddy should we grow now?” This question posed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at the Khanna grain market on Friday during his surprise visit there, reflects the predicament of farmers of the State.

Potato prices go up, growers happy
Jalandhar, April 28
Having suffered huge losses during the past two years, farmers and commission agents of the Doaba region are all smiles now, reason — the shooting of potato prices during the past fortnight.

Where tuition is like an industry
Over the years, the business of tuition has become a major industry in this town — the heartland of the Malwa region — as a number of coaching centres have mushroomed in every nook and corner. 

Cong unity: Jagmeet offers to forgo post
Rayya (Amritsar), April 28
Even as Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, senior vice-president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and chief whip of party in parliament has offered to sacrifice any post yet the unity in the Pradesh Congress seems to be a “distant dream”.





SGPC poll may not be held in October
Ludhiana, April 28
The election to the general house of the SGPC may not be held on schedule in spite of the assertions of the Chief Minister and the SGPC chief that the election would be held on schedule. The voters’ list of the SGPC has not been prepared so far and a notification, seeking reduction in the voters’ age from 21 to 18 years has also not been issued.

‘Probe irregularities in pension fund’
Patiala, April 28
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has demanded a high-level probe into the alleged bunglings of pension funds meant for widows but were fraudulently being given to unmarried girls.

Police drive against drugs pays
Bathinda, April 28
Campaign by the police to make the district narcotics-free has started showing results as more and more smugglers are booked under the NDPS and Excise Acts.


Mann seeks Advani’s resignation
Phagwara, April 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President and member of the Parliament, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today alleged that China was behind the full-scale secret joint naval exercises conducted recently by Pakistan and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal.

Doors open for Tohra: Dhindsa
Ludhiana, April 28
The Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister and the secretary-general of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said there was still enough scope for unity between Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, while adding that the door was still open for Mr Tohra and others to return.

Jakhu is Gen Secy of SAD (A)
Phagwara, April 28
Dr Harjinder Jakhu, who had left the BSP and joined the Amritsar Akali Dal, was today made General Secretary of the SAD (A). The announcement was made by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the party, in presence of other leaders of the SAD (A) here.


Comrade Sahib Singh is no more
ABA Sahib Singh Salana, nay Comrade Sahib Singh as people of Punjab loved to call him, lived with courage for 97. Fiercely independent minded, this peasant leader had abiding faith in the destiny of man. He would brook no injustice. He saluted the martyrs at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Jalandhar, a week before he passed away into history on April 17 this year.

Ranjit Dam generates 24 lakh power units
Ludhiana, April 28
One unit of Ranjit Sagar Dam has gone into stream and is generating as many a 24 lakh units of power. This generation has started for the first time after the dedication of the dam to the nation by the Prime Minister in March.

Judicial remand for Muslim ‘dera’ chief
Moga, April 28
A court here yesterday remanded Sadiq Shah alias Maskeen Shah, head of a Muslim ‘dera’ in the district, in judicial custody till May 9 while granting bail to two persons arrested earlier regarding the alleged burning of the Quran.

State-level Lok Adalat held
Moonak (Sunam), April 28
A state-level Lok Adalat was held at the premises of Babu Brish Bhan DAV Public School here. On the occasion, three adalats were organised headed by Mr Pritam Singh Dhanoa, Mr Harbans Singh Lekhi and Mr S.K. Singla, all judicial officers from Sunam.

Bhatty rejects demand for resignation
Chandigarh, April 28
Mr H.S. Bhatty, secretary of the Punjab Arts Council, today rejected the demand for his resignation along with that of the president of the council for the alleged “bungling” in the selection of members of Indian delegates to the World Punjabi Conference held at Lahore recently and asserted that the council was in no way connected with it.

Beard case: SJP to approach SGPC chief
Bathinda, April 28
The state unit of the Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) has decided to approach the Jathedar of Akal Takht and the President of the SGPC to seek their intervention in the incident of snipping of the beard of Paramjeet Singh, president of Sangrur district unit of the party, by police officials.

Police remand for Zaffarwal
Batala , April 28
Wassan Singh Zaffarwal was remanded in two-day police remand till April 30 here today. He was produced by Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Rajiv Malhotra in connection with a criminal case registered against him on February 18,1986.

Zaffarwal’s ‘arrest’ annoys radical Sikhs
Amritsar, April 28
Annoyed over the stage-managed arrest of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force, the foreign-based radical Sikh outfits got united to observe the 15th anniversary of the declaration of ‘Khalistan’ at Stockton, California (USA) tomorrow.

Recount held after SC order
Mansa, April 28
Recount of votes for the office of sarpanch of gram panchayat of Joga village in the district was done yesterday by Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, under orders of the Supreme Court.

Kill intruders, says IG
Khasa (Amritsar), April 28
“Killing cross-border intruder sneaking into Indian territory had served a better deterrent to lessen infiltration attempts in the border areas by Pakistani elements”. Inspector-General BSF Avtar Singh Aulakh disclosed while on an inspection tour of the border areas.

Waiting in vain for BSF jawan’s remains
Nanokot, April 28
The family of Gurbaksh Singh waited in vain the entire day for the last remains of the village jawan to arrive here yesterday as scheduled even as no official from the administration or politician were seen here.

Youth betting to finance needs
Bathinda, April 28
Have you seen a marked change in the lifestyle of your friends? New clothes, designer shoes, latest and trendy watches are acquired without any apparent increase in pin-money or income. Your friends may have found a novel way of financing their short-term needs and expenses.

LIC’s suicide theory dismissed
Barnala, April 28
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Union Territory Chandigarh has dismissed the suicide theory in the death of Harcharan Singh Shunty, a constable, in the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) versus Nachhattar Singh Shad case.

Loudspeakers’ use irks residents
Abohar, April 28
Residents are sore over the frequent use of loudspeakers in the town. The students are the worst affected. In a memorandum sent to the Chief Minister today, the residents said the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed that the use of loudspeakers on religious buildings be effectively banned but here, many such buildings were still using loudspeakers in the wee hours. High-power amplifiers had been installed to beat each other in competition, the alleged.

Charges framed in hijack case
Patiala, April 28
The Designated Court today framed charges against three persons accused in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu to Kandahar in December, 1999.

Hearing in Bedi’s case adjourned
Patiala, April 28
The defamation case against former left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi was today adjourned to August 11 in a local court.

Conviction in murder case upheld
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the orders of the trial court convicting an Amritsar district resident for murdering his neighbour after the victim objected to the former’s habit of beating his children.

‘Income of local bodies up’
Patiala, April 28
The annual income of the municipal corporations and committees and other local bodies has increased from Rs 350 crore to Rs 1000 crore under the present Akali - BJP government, said.

Transfer case: sessions judge to conduct probe
Chandigarh, April 28
On a petition filed by a school principal challenging the orders transferring her from Gurdaspur to Bhoa village in Pathankot, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Gurdaspur District and Sessions Judge to look into the allegations.

Safe building sought for court
Patiala, April 28
The Labour Court Bar Association wants permanent staff and a safe building for the courts here, besides a review of the jurisdiction areas of the Assistant Labour Commissioners of Patiala and Rajpura.

Bar Association chief
Bathinda, April 28
Mr Mithu Ram Gupta, BJP general secretary, Bathinda district unit, today became president of the District Bar Association after defeating Mr Jatinder Kumar Khattar by 35 votes. Mr Khattar joined the Shiromani Akali Dal about a year ago.


Plea to adopt latest farming techniques
Jalandhar, April 28
The Central Government is responsible for the adverse impact of the WTO pact on the agricultural and industrial sectors since it has failed to outline a clear strategy to deal with the prevailing situation in the country. The farming community, in order to compete in the international market, will have to adopt the latest techniques of grading, packaging and marketing their produce.

Fire destroys crop
Bathinda, April 28
Sparking from high-tension power cables passing over the fields have been playing havoc with the standing wheat crop as in the past eight days more than 200 acres had been burnt.

Wheat ‘below’ specifications
Gurdaspur, April 28
The staff of procurement agencies, excluding the FCI, are caught in a difficult situation in view of continuous pressure to purchase wheat below specifications.

Commission agents’ licence suspended
Mansa, April 28
The district administration has suspended the licences of three commission agents allegedly for filling substandard wheat in bags in the district.


Bank dacoity: cops claim breakthrough
Abohar, April 28
The police claims to have achieved a breakthrough into the Punjab National Bank dacoity at Balluana village after midnight of April 12. In all seven persons were named, four of them real brothers.

Gang of robbers busted, 2 held
Muktsar, April 28
The district police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of two members of a gang who had been looting foodgrains from godowns and lifting vehicles for the past many years.

3 arrested for abducting girl
Gurdaspur, April 28
Laldeen, Mehma and Dileshwar Singh, all residents of Ladochak under the Pathankot subdivision, were arrested for their alleged involvement in abducting a girl of Bahadur Lari under Pathankot subdivision. Their accomplice Punnu is at large. The girl has been found, said Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP.


CM’s visit brings cheer to parents
Residents of Dhar subdivision are a happy lot today as their wards will now be able to attend schools with adequate teaching staff. This has become possible through the efforts of the Higher Education Minister, Mr Mohan Lal, who persuaded the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to pay a visit to the area to redress the grievances of the residents.

Pattern of paper irks students
Bathinda, April 28
The students who appeared in B.Com-I paper of ‘Quantitative Techniques for Business’ today evening, under Punjabi University, Patiala, alleged that they have been cheated by the university.

Change appearance rules: law students
Patiala, April 28
The Punjabi University Law Department replaced its annual system in favour of the semester system a few years back, but for students failing in any semester even today, the rules are the same.


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