Monday, May 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India



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Alarming failure in cataract surgery
Chandigarh , May 6
A large number of persons in rural Punjab are turning blind after undergoing cataract surgery. The PGI Ophthalmology Department came across this startling fact during its ongoing National Programme for Control of Blindness in India.

New promotion policy: officials unhappy
Bathinda, May 6
The new promotion policy adopted by the Punjab Government has irked officers of various departments. Under the new policy only those officers would be eligible for promotion who score 15 points out of 20 given on the basis of their annual reports.

PFC working: probe demanded
Bathinda, May 6
A section of the loanees of the Punjab Financial Corporation while alleging large-scale bunglings in the functioning of the department have urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to appoint a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to conduct a probe into the case and punish those found guilty.

Pbi varsity flouts own rules, upsets students
Bathinda, May 6
Over the past few years Punjabi University, Patiala, under whose jurisdiction Patiala, Ropar, Faridkot, Sangrur, Mansa and Bathinda districts fall, has earned a dubious distinction of not following its own instructions and guidelines when it comes to setting the question papers of various examinations.

Punjabi press has ‘bright future’
Barnala, May 6
Improvement in the standards of Punjabi journalism, credibility of the newspapers, more facilities for the journalists of the Punjabi newspapers, misuse of ‘Press’ stickers on vehicles by non-journalists, transparency in the journalism profession, and introspection by journalists, were issues which dominated the proceedings at a seminar on Punjabi journalism, “Punjabi journalism in modern perspective”, held under the presidentship of Mr Shingara Singh Bhullar, Deputy Editor, Punjabi Tribune, here today. 




Maharaja’s birthplace to get facelift
Sangrur, May 6
The Punjab Government will renovate the birthplace of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Badrukhan village, near here, this year to mark the bicentenary of the coronation ceremony of the great Sikh ruler. 

Terrorist victim not eligible for job?
Amritsar, May 6
Rajesh Sharma, who was blinded by a bomb blasted by terrorists, has been refused a job on the plea that he was not eligible for a job as he was not a “dependent” of the terrorist victim but the “victim himself”.


Sonia deputes two observers
Crucial PPCC meeting today
Amritsar, May 6
All-India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi has deputed two observers, Mr Ajay Singh Yadav, MLA, and Mr Mul Chand, member of Parliament, to record proceedings of the crucial meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Congress to be held at Chandigarh tomorrow. 

Beant faction turns to Dullo
Ludhiana, May 6
The Beant Singh faction of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee is becoming active. This faction is projecting Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, member of Parliament from Ropar and a former minister in the Beant Singh government, for the post of the PPCC chief.

SSF to ‘complete tasks’ of slain leaders
Amritsar, May 6
The delegate session of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta faction) in a resolution has pledged to accomplish the ‘incomplete tasks’ of its slain leaders like Bhai Amrik Singh and Harminder Singh Sandhu.


3 shot dead over land dispute
Ludhiana, May 6
A property dispute over a small piece of land in Sunet village near Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here took a grim turn today morning when three persons were killed and four injured in a shoot-out between two parties involved in a tussle to grab land.

CM doles out cheques in durbar
Jalandhar, May 6
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, held a “sangat darshan” in Jalandhar central constituency. Snubbing police officials and directing them not to stop people from approaching him, he gave the impression of presiding over a royal “durbar”.

PSGPC invites jathas
Amritsar, May 6
Despite adverse reports regarding treatment meted out to Sikh jathas in Pakistan, especially jathas under the SGPC the co-chairperson of the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Sham Singh, has sent a “special” invitation to the Akhal Takht Jathedaar and to the Sikh sangat in general, desirous of joining the gurpurb celebrations.

Symposium stresses on sex education
Faridkot, May 6
A national-level symposium on AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases organised by the Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here today underlined the need for making sex education mandatory in high schools and colleges to save the youth from the curse of AIDS.

2 killed in road mishaps
Ropar, May 6
Two persons were killed and 54 injured in two accidents near here today. As many as 15 persons were injured when a Punjab roadways bus coming from Paonta Sahib lost balance near the Budki river bridge, near here and skidded into a ditch.

PR Joint Director bereaved
Chandigarh, May 6
Mr Jarnail Singh, Joint Director, Public Relations, to the Chief Minister, Punjab, lost his father, Mr Ishar Singh (92) here late last night. He is survived by four sons and three daughters.

Education must for models, says Manpreet
Pathankot, May 6
Top model Manpreet Brar has said hard work and a disciplined life can make a person lead a successful professional life and achieve the desired target.


Timber with Irrigation Dept
Decades-old trees felled
Bathinda, May 6
After having failed to identify persons who had ordered the felling of the decade-old sheesham trees in the city, the Punjab Irrigation Department has started taking the timber into possession.

22 commission agents’ licences suspended
Mansa, May 6
The district administration has suspended the licences of 22 commission agents at various purchase centres, ever since the procurement of wheat started. In a press note issued here on Friday the Additional Deputy Commissioner, said the procurement in about 15 purchase centres would come to an end within a day or so.


Auction of Industries Centre stayed
Bathinda, May 6
Mr B.C. Rajput, District Judge, has stayed the sale of the District Industries Centre through public auction, scheduled to be held on May 16 or May 17. The auction order was passed by Mr Chanan Singh, Additional District Judge, on April 23, in connection with the execution of a decree awarded to four residents of the city.


Woman killed for dowry
Mansa, May 6
Veerpal Kaur, an educated girl of 24 years, daughter of Chatin Singh of Nangal Khurd village near Mansa, who was married in February 2000, has allegedly became a victim of dowry at the hands of her in-laws.

Dowry death: four booked
Malerkotla, May 6
A case of dowry death was today registered by the Amargarh police against four persons. Gurmail Singh of Rurki Kalan village lodged a complaint today that his daughter Rajwinder Kaur (24) was poisoned to death by her in-laws yesterday for not bringing enough dowry.

Man booked for polygamy attempt
Phagwara, May 6
Sukhpal , an NRI, and his two relatives, including a go-between, were booked by the local police for attempting to commit polygamy.

Jail inmates clash
Ex-cop beaten up

Bathinda, May 6
Budh Singh, a Punjab police official who was arrested by the district police in a case of theft and subsequently remanded in judicial custody on May 4, was reportedly beaten up in the central jail by two inmates.


ITI pupils hold rally against govt decision
Bathinda, May 6
Students of the local Industrial Training Institute yesterday held a rally to press the government to fulfil their demands. Mr Roop Singh, convener of the ITI unit of the K.S. Sarabha Memorial Committee said the decision of the government to shift the tracking of certain skills to non-working ITIs was against the interests of the students.

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