Monday, April 30, 2001,
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Roads: Chief Minister calls for records
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has summoned the entire records relating to the expenditure incurred on the maintenance of certain roads in Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana districts.

Wheat procurement ‘picking up’
Ropar, April 29
Wheat procurement in various mandis of the state is picking up. Till yesterday, 44,87,370 metric tonnes of wheat was procured in various mandis across the state. The wheat arrivals yesterday reached their peak at 6,43,364 metric tonnes.

No public protest against ‘teaching shops’
Like any other city and township, coaching centres are thriving in the Doaba region. Gullible parents are forced to shell out hefty amounts to enable their wards to clear their exams and competitive tests.

PFUTA flays VC’s attitude towards PUTA
Patiala, April 29
Even as war of words continues between the two PUTA factions, the Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association held a meeting at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana today.

Zoo animals go without beef
Chhat Bir (Patiala), April 29
More than 130 animals of the famous zoo here went without beef for two and half days as the Saharanpur-based supplier’s contract was terminated by the zoo authorities.





Fund to develop Punjabi sought
Jalandhar, April 29
“The governments of Punjab have failed to do anything for the uplift of the Punjabi language. Even the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), which had launched an agitation against the then Central Government to carve out a Punjabi Suba on language basis, has failed to promote the cause of Punjabi. 


4 striking NFL staffers suspended
Ropar, April 29
The National Fertilizers Ltd management has suspended four employees of the Nangal unit.
The employees here had observed a two-day strike against the proposed disinvestment of the company, on the call of the coordination committee of all unions of the NFL.

Home Guards display skills
Bathinda, April 29
A function to create awareness among public and to demonstrate the efficiency of the civil defence was organised by the Civil Defence Warden Service at Government Girls Senior Secondary School here today.

Bank staff slow, allege taxpayers
Bathinda, April 29
The sales taxpayers who went to a local branch of Punjab National Bank to pay returns yesterday complained to the management of the bank that the staff at the sales tax counter harassed them and worked too casually to care for customers.

CM gives 4 cr to hometown
Gidderbaha, April 29
Even as the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, doled out crores of rupees for the development of his hometown in the series of ‘Sangat Darshan’ held for the first time today ever since the SAD-BJP alliance came into power. 

Star blood donor in making
Bathinda, April 29
The district has set a record in blood donation. On January 30, 1993 a blood donation camp was held at SSD Girls College when about 1,568 units of blood were collected. This was the second largest blood donation camp held in the country.

Erratic power cuts hit trade
Bathinda, April 29
Residents of the district have been facing unannounced and unscheduled power cuts for longer durations. Even as the temperature has been rising, the number and duration of power cuts has also be increasing in the region.

Show-cause notice to MC chief
Kotkapura, April 29
Even as the local Municipal Council has suffered a loss of more than Rs 72 lakh on account of reduction of house tax charges by a two-member sub-committee of Municipal Councillors constituted allegedly by violating the rules, the Punjab Government has issued a show-cause notice to the council president, Mr Kala Ram, and two other Municipal Councillors, Mr Ravi Raj Deora and Mr Udham Singh, for removing them from their respective posts.

Sangrur lawyers give ultimatum
Sangrur, April 29
The Sangrur District Bar Association has resolved that if its demand of the construction of lawyers’ chambers in the Judicial Complex here is not accepted by May 3 by the government, the members will start constructing chambers from May 4 on the land, lying vacant in the new Judicial Complex.

State-level Lok Adalat held
Mansa, April 29
A state-level Lok Adalat was held at the premises of the district court complex, here yesterday.

Pepsu Roadways employees end fast
Kapurthala, April 29
Employees of the Pepsu Roadways Corporation today called off the six-day old agitation following assurance by Punjab Transport Minister Raghbir Singh about the transfer of depot General Manager H.S. Dhillon by tomorrow.

Grant for families of 2 BSF men
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, today announced financial help for next of kin of two BSF personnel who were killed by the Bangladesh Rifles a few days ago.

Writers’ pension increased
Chandigarh, April 29
The Punjab Government has announced to enhance the pension of eligible writers from Rs 800 to Rs 2,000 keeping in view their contribution to literature. The announcement was made when a deputation of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Malerkotla, led by Prof Pritam Singh and Dr S. Tarsem, called on the Chief Minister. 

Truck rams into train, driver dead
Phillaur, April 29
Truck driver Kuldip Singh was killed on the spot, while truck cleaner Jagjit Singh sustained serious injuries when their truck rammed into a Lohian-bound diesel multiple unit train near Beerpind village at an unmanned level crossing last evening.

Sagar Khayami honoured
Jalandhar, April 29
To honour poet Sagar Khayami, the Adaab Nawaz Foundation organised, Ek Shaam Sagar Khayami Ke Naam, programme at a local hotel last night. Eminent Urdu poets and scholars participated in the programme marked by satire, wit and humour.


Lantana destroys vegetation
Hoshiarpur, April 29
Shivalik hills and the Kandi area falling in Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur and Ropar districts may soon become bereft of several species of grass and bushes as the fast-spreading lantana weed has engulfed hundreds of acres of agricultural land in the foothills for want of adequate control measures during the past several decades.


Five caught with narcotics
Amritsar, April 29
The Amritsar police recovered a large quantity of narcotics in raids conducted at hideouts of suspected drug peddlars today. The CIA staff under DSP(D), Mr Lakha Singh, also apprehended three persons with smack, one carrying opium and yet another with injectible drugs.

Craze to settle abroad landed him in jail
Jalandhar, April 29
To stake his claim for political asylum in Switzerland, Balwinder Singh of Mehatpur, who had forged documents showing him to be a terrorist wanted by the Jalandhar police, finally landed in jail yesterday.

Hawala racket busted, 4 held
Jalandhar, April 29
The district police has busted a hawala racket with the arrest of four of the five racketeers and recovered Rs 12 lakh from them. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, stated here today that they received information on Friday that certain persons who were involved in hawala transactions in the district could be intercepted as they were moving around in the area in a Maruti car (PB 37A 3173) to distribute hawala money.Top

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