Friday, May 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Punjab MP’s companion fined
Travelling without ticket on Shatabdi
Chandigarh, May 3
A Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) MP from Punjab landed in trouble as one of his companions and a security guard travelling with him in the New-Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express-2005 this evening were booked for travelling without ticket. In fact, the companion was travelling in place of the spouse of the MP in the executive class.

Shortage of funds may hit Anandpur Sahib projects
Ropar, May 3
The landscaping projects started in Anandpur Sahib during the tercentenary celebrations may be stopped due to the non-availability of funds. The Punjab Government had spent Rs 2 crore on various landscaping projects in Anandpur Sahib. However, since then no funds have been allocated for the maintenance of the projects.

US Nagar in focus once again
Chandigarh, May 3
Udham Singh Nagar district will be again in focus as the Sikhs and other minorities have decided to organise a big political conference there to press the Uttaranchal Government to announce certain concessions for them immediately.

Rape victim alleges police pressure
Patiala, May 3
In a new twist to the case involving the alleged rape of a minor girl and her subsequent torture at the local CIA interrogation centre, the girl and her father today claimed that the Patiala police had promised them justice when they were called to join the investigation yesterday, but were asked not to give any statement regarding the administering of electric shocks to the girl on April 20 at the interrogation centre.




Cop held for theft, intimidation
Bathinda, May 3
The district police has arrested Budh Singh, Inspector of the Punjab police, in a case relating to the theft and intimidation registered against him on May 1 in the Thermal Plant police station here.

Procedure to elect civic body chiefs changed
Chandigarh, May 3
The presidents, the senior vice-presidents and the vice-presidents of municipal committees in Punjab will be elected henceforth by show of hands by the municipal councillors concerned. Earlier, they were elected through secret ballot.

Hold SGPC poll on time: SCG
Chandigarh May 3
The Chandigarh chapter of the Sikh Core Group has called upon all panthic organisations to exert their influence for ensuring the holding of SGPC elections on time.


Funds being misused: Arshi 
Bathinda, May 3
Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, CPI leader and MLA, today alleged that Mr Parkash Singh Badal was using the funds meant for development of the state for creating vote bank for his party.

Singla flays move to form Sikh MPs’ group
Patiala, May 3
Senior Congress leader Sant Ram Singla today criticised National Minorities Commission Vice-Chairman Tarlochan Singh for proposing the formation of a group of Sikh MPs in Parliament.


Helping addicts quit drug abuse
Bathinda, May 3
The district de-addiction centre, situated on the Bathinda-Goniana road, has emerged as a boon for the drug addicts of the city and nearby districts. The number of persons who get treatment at the centre, which is run by the Red Cross is increasing with each year.

Punjab to give aid to religious bodies
Badal (Muktsar), May 3
The Punjab Government has decided to give financial aid to the registered religious institutions in the state.

Beard case: DSP serves notice to complainant
Sangrur, May 3
Mr Surjit Singh Grewal, DSP, Sangrur, has served a legal notice through his counsel on Mr Paramjit Singh, who had alleged on April 25 at a press conference in Chandigarh that the DSP and five constables had forcibly snipped off his beard when he declined to withdraw his complaint against a Punjab minister.

No fire tenders, staff to douse fire
Jalandhar, May 3
Hundreds of acres of standing wheat crop has been destroyed by fire at many places in the district, but much of the damage could have been avoided if fire tenders and adequate strength of fire staff were available at most of the subdivisional headquarters in the district.

Panel for shifting liquor shop
Abohar, May 3
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has directed the state government to immediately shift the “most controversial” liquor shop located near Guru Ravidass Temple in Thakur Abadi here.

Women favour separate gyms
Bathinda, May 3
Even as gymnasiums in the city and its surrounding towns have been witnessing a heavy rush of men, women who want to shed the extra flab have been finding it difficult to do the same in the absence of a separate gymnasium and health club for women.

Lawyers cancel protest, foundation stone laying
Sangrur, May 3
The Sangrur district Bar Association today did not organise protest march in the town and also cancelled foundation stone laying for the construction of chambers for lawyers in the newly-built Judicial Complex here on May 4.

Labourers still trapped
Barnala, May 3
Even after 51 hours of efforts of the Barnala administration, Manjit Singh and Manpreet Khan are still trapped under a 55-foot heap of soil in Hamidi village near here.

Red Cross medical stores flout rules
Mansa, May 3
Red Cross medical stores are working in contravention of law, rules and regulations, in almost all main hospitals of Mansa district. The district Red Cross Society leases out these stores to private parties wrongly showing person concerned to be managers of these stores. Last year Mr P.K. Verma, Health Secretary, Punjab, had issued directions for the closure of all these medical stores but the directions of the secretary had been ignored and no action taken to close these stores.

March held to demand shifting of depot
Pathankot, May 3
People of the area today held a protest march to demand shifting of the ammunition depot at Mamoon cantonment where a fire broke out on Sunday.


Lifting of procured wheat lax
Mansa, May 3
The district administration has failed to make adequate arrangements for the lifting of wheat from the purchase centres of the district, despite claims to the contrary. A tour of purchase centres revealed huge stacks of bags of wheat lying at Akanwall, Beroke Kalan, Kanakwal and Bhainibhaga purchase centres. Truck operators reportedly are demanding money from procurement staff and commission agents over and above carriage charges for the lifting of wheat. They alleged that when officials of procurement agencies and commission agents were making money they too should get their share. This tussle between the transporters and officials of procurement agencies and commission agents is causing delay in the lifting of the stocks.

Punjab to promote floriculture
Hoshiarpur, May 3
To promote flower cultivation in the state, Mr C.L. Bains, Financial Commissioner, (Development) Punjab, along with a team of officers, visited Kangar village near Mahilpur yesterday. The team inspected the first flower-oil extraction plant set up recently in the village.


Officers told to attend sangat darshan
Sangrur, May 3
Asking the district officers to be present in the weekly “sangat darshan” programme, Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, warned that disciplinary action would be taken if the officer concerned was found absent in the programme.


Gang of robbers busted, 8 held
Phillaur, May 3
The Goraya police led by the DSP, Phillaur, Mr Ashok Baath, has succeeded in nabbing an inter-state gang of robbers involved in several incidents of robbery committed at different religious places, including Mai-da-Darbar,” and some gurdwaras.

SI killed as revolver goes off by accident
Sangrur, May 3
Amarjit Singh, a Sub-Inspector posed at the local police control room, was killed when his revolver reportedly went off accidentally at his residence at the police lines here last night.

Doctor booked for taking bribe
Patiala, May 3
The Patiala Vigilance Bureau today trapped an Associate Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 to conduct the postmortem of two bodies. The two persons were killed in a group clash today morning at Chuharpur village.


Review decision to cut aid: PAU
Ludhiana, May 3
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities have urged the Punjab Government to review the decision of imposing a cut of 10 per cent on grant-in-aid to the university.


Chemists seek MRP on all medicines
Bathinda, May 3
The All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists has urged the Union Government to bring all medicines under the maximum retail price, inclusive of all taxes.


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