Wednesday, May 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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VC issues notice to minister
Patiala, May 8
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia today served a show-cause notice on Higher Education Minister Master Mohan Lal, asking why he should not be disqualified from conducting doctoral research as he had failed to explain his position regarding the authenticity of the synopsis, progress reports and bibliography submitted by him while working on his PhD thesis in the university, despite having been given two opportunities.

Bhindranwale’s bhog on June 6
Amritsar, May 8
Though Capt Harcharan Singh Rode, brother of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, had identified the latter’s body immediately after Operation Bluestar in June 1984, yet the Damdami Taksal continued to claim that he (Bhindranwale) was alive. Baba Thakur Singh, successor of Sant Bhindranwale, was party to this decision.

Breach in distributary, bridge collapses
Bathinda, May 8
Vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Malout national highway came to a halt today in the morning when the bridge over the Behman distributary collapsed following a breach.

8-point agenda to save Punjab agriculture
Chandigarh, May 8
With the globalisation of agriculture, competitive forces will determine cropping patterns, prices, quality and extent of international trade. Only countries with surpluses will gain in export competitiveness. India in general and Punjab in particular will have to shed the existing inhibitions and gear up to face new challenges ahead, particularly when two-thirds of the total numbers of farmers are small and marginal, who will be the worst affected if correctives are not applied now.






No stamp duty on land mortgaged for agri loans
Chandigarh, May 8
No stamp duty will be charged on the value of the land mortgaged to secure a bank loan for starting an agro-based project. A decision to this effect has been taken at a meeting of a subcommittee headed by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.


CPI assails PSEB for death of child
Amritsar, May 8
The CPI today criticised the Punjab State Electricity Board for the death of a seven-year-old child on April 17 after he came in contact with a live wire.

Canals dry up in 24 villages, says Cong leader
Fazilka, May 8
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, former secretary of the PPCC, while talking to mediapersons here today, said thousands of residents of about two dozen villages were demanding irrigation and drinking water.

Ropeway to link Anandpur Sahib, Naina Devi shrine
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that a ropeway would be installed between Anandpur Sahib and the Naina Devi temple soon. It would be used for the transportation of devotees from Anandpur Sahib to the Naina Devi shrine, which fell in Himachal Pradesh.

Power cuts boon for invertor manufacturers
Bathinda, May 8
Even as the duration of unannounced and unscheduled power cuts has been rising in this region, these have started proving a boon for the generator and invertor manufacturers of the city and surrounding areas.

Money collection through stalls in temple objected
Patiala, May 8
The collection of donations by private organisations on the premises of the historic Kali Devi temple, which is managed by the district administration, through establishment of stalls has come into focus, with a religious leader demanding that the stalls be removed immediately, and the district administration saying that though it does not approve of the stalls, it would prefer that a temple advisory committee, which is being constituted, take action in the matter.

Fire leaves 1 man, 20 head of cattle dead
Shahkot (Jalandhar), May 8
About 20 milch cattle and an aged man were killed, while scores of houses were reduced to ashes by a devastating “fireball” that struck five villages in this subdivision today.

Residents help extinguish fire
Bathinda, May 8
A major fire was averted today due to timely intervention of fire servicemen and residents of the Multania Road locality situated on the outskirts of the city today.

Red Cross ‘spending money on luxuries’
Amritsar, May 8
Flaying the district administration for using inappropriate means to collect money for humanitarian causes of the Red Cross Society, the Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), termed the means as “highly undesirable”.


Fire playing havoc with wheat crop
Bathinda, May 8
Fire has been playing havoc with farmers by turning the standing wheat crop into a heap of ash in a few minutes. So far 22 incidents have taken place in and around the city and 114 acres of standing wheat been destroyed so far.

Arhtiyas’ licences suspended
Gurdaspur, May 8
As many as 11 arhtiyas have been fined and their licences suspended for non-cleaning and irregularities in weighing. Mr B. Vikram, Deputy Commissioner, today said that 354869 MT of wheat had been procured by the state agencies so far and added that payment to the farmers was being made in time through the arhtiyas.


19 top posts vacant in Health Dept
Sangrur, May 8
Out of a total of 43 posts of Director, Additional Director, Joint Director and Deputy Director in the Punjab Health Department, as many as 19 posts have been lying vacant since long. In the absence of regular appointments to these posts, the functioning of the department has been affected adversely.

Recruitment of constables stayed
Chandigarh, May 8
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Justice N.K. Sodhi and Justice R.C. Kathuria today stayed the recruitment of the constables in the Punjab Police in pursuance to the advertisement which had appeared in various newspapers on March 19,2001, and issued notice to Punjab for May 23,2001.


Where all are equal before law
Bathinda, May 8
The principle that all are equal before law adopted by the district police authorities seems to have started yielding results as one more Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Gurcharan Singh, In charge, police post, Kot Shamir, was caught red-handed today while accepting a bribe Rs 400 from Sukhwinder Singh at the district court complex in a joint raid conducted by the DSP (R), Mr Jaspreet Singh Sidhu, and DSP (Vigilance).

Five arrested in passport racket
Amritsar, May 8
Their inability to converse in English proved to be their undoing. Jaswant Singh and Davinder Singh carrying British passports were arrested by the Amritsar police when they were unable to even give their addresses in England although their passport showed them residing in that country for the past 20 years, said Mr Amit Prasad, SP, at a press conference here today.

Man shot, robbed of Rs 5 lakh
Fazilka, May 8
A middle-aged commission agent of Fazilka was shot dead today on the Fazilka-Abohar road, 8 km from here, by three unidentified scooterists. He was robbed of Rs 5 lakh and his scooter was also taken away.

Man held for forgery
Gidderbaha, May 8
The lust for grabbing 57 acres belonging to three local residents, in Gautam Budh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh has landed Suresh Yadav of the same district into police net for allegedly attempting to make fake power of attorney from the local tehsil office.

Robbers’ gang busted; 3 held 
Jalandhar, May 8
The district police has, with the arrest of three persons, busted an 18-member gang of robbers and seized weapons from them.

3 suicides in 24 hours
Bathinda, May 8
Three persons, including a married woman and one a girl committed suicide and three were killed in two separate road accidents in the past 24 hours in Bathinda and Muktsar districts.

FCI man caught taking bribe
Muktsar, May 8
Kulbhushan Kaura, Technical Assistant with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), was today caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 from Mr Manoj Kumar, working as an accountant at the shop of a commission agent.

Man crushed to death by truck
Dhuri, May 8
A pedestrian was crushed to death by a truck near the Sangrur by-pass here this morning.

Revolver, cash stolen from car
Jalandhar, May 8
Some robbers targeted a city-based financier’s car and walked away with his licensed revolver and cash amounting to Rs 32,000 when he had gone to a chemist shop near Guru Nanak Mission Chowk here this evening.


4-yr-graduation in selective colleges: VC
Phagwara, May 8
The Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch, today declared that graduation would be made of four years in selective colleges from 2001. Talking to mediapersons at local M.L. Uppal DAV College, he said in other colleges the duration for the graduation would continue to be three years.

DEOs told to follow transfer policy norms
Chandigarh, May 8
Addressing a meeting of District Education Officers here today, Punjab Education Minister, Tota Singh directed them to stick to the guidelines incorporated in the transfer policy while forwarding the cases of teachers for transfer to the government authorities concerned.


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