Wednesday, May 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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CM’s rivals meet at Badal village
Badal (Muktsar), May 1
Even as the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been pumping money for development works in various Assembly segments, including Gidderbaha and Lambi of the Faridkot parliamentary constituency, a section of his opponents today held a closed-door meeting at his native village here to work out a strategy for the coming Assembly elections and to bring unity among various leaders.

Rebel Akali MLAs keep options open
Ludhiana, May 1
The rebel Akali legislators owing allegiance to former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra have been lying low and keeping their fingers crossed. At the same time, they have also been keeping their options open about their relationship with the SAD. However, the final outcome will depend on the decision of Mr Tohra, who returns on May 3 from a month-long foreign tour.

Sikh high priests to meet tomorrow
Amritsar, May 1
A crucial meeting of the Sikh high priests would be held at Akal Takht on May 3 in which issues regarding the Panth would be discussed at length.

Siddique to head Manipur police
Chandigarh, May 1
The Union Government has cleared the name of Mr A.A. Siddique, Additional Director-General of Police-cum-Director-Principal, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, for appointment as Director-General of Police, Manipur.

HC judge frees 23 undertrials
Ferozepore, May 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal, today released 23 undertrials, including a woman, booked for minor offences and five others on personal bonds from the Central Jail here.

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Chaudhry seeks PM’s resignation
Hoshiarpur, May 1
Mr Kamal Chaudhry, former MP, who has recently resigned from the BJP, demanded resignations of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and his Cabinet members for the failure of the NDA government in tackling the dispute between India and Bangladesh.

‘Sangat darshan’ a mere farce: Cong
Patiala, May 1
Senior Congress leaders Mr Sant Ram Singla and Mr Bir Devinder Singh today accused the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of scuttling the functioning of democratic institutions and unsurping powers of gram panchayats and nagar councils by holding `hollow’ sangat darshans.

Plea to make Sukhbir Youth Akali Dal chief
Phagwara, May 1
A former senior vice-president of the All-India Youth Akali Dal, Mr Jarnail Singh Dogranwala, has demanded that Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, a former Union Minister, should be made the President of the Youth Akali Dal.


Visit a bonanza for villagers
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
The Chief Minister’s surprise visit to a school and a hospital in the district on April 27 has proved to be a bonanza for the district as all declarations and promises he made during the visit have been fulfilled.

Internet link on demand soon
The Telecommunication Department has made arrangements to provide the photo- phone service to subscribers.

Case against Bibi adjourned
Chandigarh, May 1
The UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Naval Kumar, today adjourned a defamation suit filed against Bibi Jagir Kaur till August 1.

Protest rallies mark May Day
Phagwara, May 1
Various trade unions, including the local Rickshaw Pullers Union on Tuesday observed May Day in front of the bus stand on the G.T. Road. Mr K.C. Azad, a labour leader, paid tributes to Chicago martyrs and flayed dismal working conditions for the labourers. Members of the Technical Services Union, led by Mr Tarsem Lohia, held a gate rally outside the local PSEB office.

Form apolitical forum, Sikh MPs urged
Ludhiana, May 1
Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, has called upon Sikh Members of Parliament to form a non-political forum to discuss the issues facing the Sikh community and seek their settlement.

Panel to identify ‘errant’ children of leaders
Jalandhar, May 1
The All-India Sikh Students Federation (Bhoma) has formed a committee to identify the children of SGPC members and SAD MLAs who have been indulging in “patitpana”.

Police given clean chit in beard trimming case
Sangrur, May 1
Villagers of Mangwal village near here today gave a clean chit to the police here at a gathering in the gurdwara complex of the village by saying that the police had not cut the beard of Mr Paramjit Singh of the same village, and termed the allegation against the police by the victim as a lie.

Computerisation — bane or boon?
Bathinda, May 1
Mr B. Sharma went to the bank at 10.30 a.m. for depositing money. When he reached the bank, already many persons were standing in the queue at the counter for depositing money. His number was fourth in the row. But it took him two hours for reaching the counter. To cover the distance of one metre he had to stand for two hours.

Expert’s advice on managing stress
Phillaur, May 1
“Be positive and adopt a positive attitude to eradicate stress from your life. This advice was given by Dr Rakesh Chopra, the chairman of the Institute of Corporate Management, New Delhi, at a function hosted by the Rotary Club, Phagwara South East, at Romesh Resorts here last night.

Journalists meet DC
Bathinda, May 1
Press reporters and photographers of the city today demanded that action should be taken against the police officials who had beaten up the photographers of a Hindi daily in Jalandher a few days back.

Effigy of Sheikh Hasina burnt
Bathinda, May 1
The effigy of Bangladesh Prime Minister was burnt in the city today to protest against the killing of BSF jawans by the BDR personnel, by members of the Dalit Sena and Dalit Students Federation.

Prof Piara Singh passes away
Chandigarh, May 1
Prof Piara Singh Padam (84), a renowned Punjabi scholar and Shiromani Sahitkar Award recepient for 2001, passed away at his Patiala residence today. The scholar suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to Rajindera Hospital where he was declared “brought dead”, family sources here said.

Dental college Director held
Mansa, May 1
Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, Khalsa Rural Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan, in the district, was arrested today and produced in the court of Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, Class I, Mansa.

28 jail inmates deported
Amritsar, May 1
The local jail authorities today deported 28 Bangladeshi inmates lodged in the jail. A spokesman for the jail authorities said during the past fortnight, 30 such inmates were deported. He added that the majority of them were arrested while trying to cross over to Pakistan without proper travel documents.

4 kids injured by lightning 
Jalandhar, May 1
Four school children were injured when lightning struck them while they were playing in the ground of their school at Talwan village near Nakodar township this afternoon.

Two labourers buried under soil
Barnala, May 1
Two labourers Manjit Singh (48) and Manpreet Khan (17) sunk under 55 ft deep soil at Hamidi village, about 20 km from here, today morning.

2 farmers die in mishap
Sangrur, May 1
Two farmers died in a road mishap today when their tractor-trailer collided with another one coming from the opposite direction near Khanauri.


56 lakh tonnes of wheat procured
Chandigarh, May 1
Over 56 lakh tonnes of wheat had been procured by the FCI and the state agencies in Punjab till last evening, according to Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Supplies Minister.

Tardy lifting of wheat alleged
Bathinda, May 1
Even though the district administration claims that wheat procurement is going on smoothly, tonnes of wheat can be seen lying at the local grain market waiting to be lifted.


Punjab hikes DA
Chandigarh, May 1
The Punjab Government today announced an instalment of dearness allowance, with an increase of 2 per cent in its existing rate.

CM inaugurates corporation building
Patiala, May 1
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, inaugurated the multi-storeyed building of the municipal corporation, near the National Institute of Sports (NIS) complex here late yesterday evening.

Action against Tehsildar sought
Kapurthala, May 1
A deputation of senior leaders of the BJP, under the leadership of Mr Surjit Singh Advocate, district president of the party, met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr V.K. Singh, here yesterday in connection with the alleged misbehaviour of trainee tehsildar at the tehsil complex with a senior municipal councillor, Mr Yash Mahajan.


Two held for posing as DTOs
Bathinda, May 1
The police has busted a gang of three persons posing as district transport officers (DTOs) and arrested two of them — Prabhat Kumar and Gurmeet Singh. The third, Dhanpat Rai, is at large.


Career advancement scheme for teachers cleared
Chandigarh May 1
The Punjab Education Department has decided to implement the much-awaited Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) grades for the teaching staff working in 140 non-government aided colleges in the state.


Subsidies for rural industries
Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab Government has decided to give subsidies to industries to be established at industrial growth centres and rural industrial focal points.

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