Thursday, May 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Dappar depot draws up emergency plan
Chandigarh, May 2
The devastating fire at the ammunition depot at Mamoon cantonment in Pathankot has forced the authorities at the ammunition depot, Dappar, about 25 km from here, to formulate an “evacuation and abandonment plan” for villages falling in the periphery.

Arhtiyas threaten stir over slow lifting of wheat
Khanna, May 2
Despite government claims the lifting of wheat in the Asia’s biggest Khanna mandi, has come to a halt. The non-availability of gunny bags and the non-payment of the amounts to the farmers by the agencies have further aggravated the situation.

Punjab Cong plans rallies
New Delhi, May 2
The Punjab Congress has decided to kick-start its election campaign for the forthcoming assembly poll with a series of rallies next month which will focus on “corruption and fiscal mismanagement” of the SAD-BJP government and its “failure” to tackle the problems faced by the farm and industrial sectors.

PUTA to hold dharna today
Patiala, May 2
The elected representatives of the Punjabi University Teachers Association will hold a dharna in front of the Vice Chancellors office tomorrow to protest against non implementation of the career advancement scheme by the varsity authorities, besides other issues.




Forest officials can prosecute hunters
Ropar, May 2
The state forest officials have been given powers to preserve wildlife and to implement the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, in the areas other than wildlife sanctuaries.


Badal wooing voters with money: Brar
Mansa, May 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is trying to woo voters with money. This was stated by Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, MP and a senior Congress leader, while talking to mediapersons here last evening.

Leaders devoid of vision: Bhatia
Amritsar, May 2
The former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr R.L. Bhatia, said the BJP-led alliance at the Centre had a very poor national perspective. This was stated by him while addressing a large gathering of intellectuals here yesterday.

Amarinder calls party meeting
Chandigarh, May 2
The president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, has convened a meeting of all office-bearers, former presidents, members of the PPCC, former Chief Ministers, AICC members from the state, MPs, MLAs, PCC members, district presidents and heads of front organisations at Punjab Congress Bhavan here on May 7.

Jagmeet Brar’s proposal flayed
Patiala, may 2
Senior Congress leader and party General Secretary Sant Ram Singla today flayed the proposal mooted by party MP Jagmeet Singh Brar to form a pressure group of Sikh MPs in Parliament.


Scheme to rehabilitate disabled launched
Sangrur, May 2
Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Social Security Minister, Punjab, launched the national programme for the rehabilitation of the disabled for the Sangrur district at a function here today.

Japanese aid for Kandi region
Hoshiarpur, May 2
The Punjab government will step up overall development of 180 villages, identified as the most backward of the Kandi area, with the help of the Japanese government shortly.

Court orders sale of DIC building
Bathinda, May 2
Mr Chanan Singh, Additional District Judge, has ordered the sale of the building of the District Industries Centre for executing the decree awarded to four residents of the city.

Gurdaspur has most AIDS cases
Chandigarh, May 2
Gurdaspur district tops the list of AIDS cases in the state. However, Amritsar district has the maximum number of HIV positive cases. According to information available at the official level, the latest figure of AIDS cases in Gurdaspur is 36. 

Rally raises workers’ demands
Ropar, May 2
Leaders of the Punjab State Karamchari Dal have demanded the regularisation of the services of about 14,000 work charge or daily wage workers who have been working for three or more years in various state government departments.

Taxation office to be shifted
Bathinda, May 2
The excise and taxation authorities of the city have started looking for an alternative accommodation in the city after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had declared that the present office site was a part of the judicial complex of the city.

Lakhanpur barrier toll a burden
Pathankot, May 2
The toll imposed at the Lakhanpur barrier on the incoming and outgoing vehicles at this Jammu and Kashmir-Punjab border is a big burden on daily or regular commuters. The fee is Rs 50 for every light transport vehicle, Rs 100 for an HTV and Rs 33 per quintal for the gods transported through the barrier in and out of J&K.

PWD workers chalk out plan for rally
Bathinda, May 2
The PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union today held a meeting of its members at the main water works complex in Mansa to chalk out programme for the May 3 rally at the office of the Chief Engineer at Patiala.

Youths to set up blood bank
Jalandhar, May 2
As many as 52 rural youth clubs of Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts have decided to set up a blood bank here. The proposed blood bank is likely to start functioning from July Mr Amrik Singh Kler, President of the Blood Donors and Welfare Society, Punjab said.

Efforts to extricate buried men on
Barnala, May 2
Even after about 33 hours, the Barnala administration has not been able to extricate labourers Manjit Singh and Manpreet Khan who got buried under 55 feet deep soil while bricklining a well following the slipping soil in Hamidi village near here, on Tuesday morning.

Jaundice claims youth’s life
Jalandhar, May 2
Jaundice has reportedly claimed a life in the Suchi Pind locality here. However, the Civil Surgeon, Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, said he was not aware about the death of Amarjit Singh (35) due to jaundice.

Erosion damages border fence
Gurdaspur, May 2
Land erosion due to the flow of the Ujh and Tarna continues to be a security threat in view of the lack of flood-control measures. The Kachla complex on the Ujh, bordering Jammu and Kashmir, is the worst-hit.

Prof Piara Singh Padam cremated
Patiala, May 2
The Shiromani Sahitkar award-winner, Prof Piara Singh Padam, 80, was cremated at the Ghalori gate cremation ground here today. Prof Piara Singh Padam, a renowned Punjabi scholar and recipient of the prestigious Shiromani award for 2001, had passed away at his residence here last night.

3 cops hurt in accident
Phillaur, May 2
Three personnel of the Kapurthala police, escorting the New Delhi bound Lahore-Delhi Sada-e-Sarhad but sustained minor injuries when the Canter on which they were riding turned turtle at Muthadda village near here last evening.


Punjab plan to strengthen PR Dept
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Government has formulated a master plan to strengthen the existing infrastructure of the Public Relations Department. The Information and Public Relations Minister, Mr Natha Singh Dalam, said today that computers had been installed in Amritsar, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Nawanshahr, Ropar districts and the Internet facility had been provided at Ludhiana.


Coop officials cheat govt
Kotkapura, May 2
The local police has registered a criminal case against Secretary Iqbal Singh of Cooperative Agriculture Service Society Bada Daraka village and Sub-inspector Avtar Singh, Inspector Baldev Singh and Assistant Registrar Surinder Singh Bedi (Cooperative Societies) for allegedly pocketing government money worth lakhs of rupees by showing loanees as dead under the loan waiver scheme launched in 1990-91.

Two attempt suicide
Bathinda, May 2
Two persons, a man and a girl, today attempted to commit suicide by taking celphos tablets under mysterious circumstances at Jodhpur village. They were admitted to a local Civil Hospital where their condition was stated to be serious.

Murder mystery solved
Faridkot, May 2
The district police has solved the mystery behind the blind murder of Harchand Singh, a resident of Sikhwala village, with the arrest of his son Ranjit Singh here today.


Students seriously hurt in scuffle
Bathinda, May 2
Jagsir Singh, student of the local Government Rajindra College received head injuries when he, along with four other students was reportedly beaten up by members of the Mini Bus Operators Union near a level crossing on the outskirts of the city this morning.Top

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