Thursday, May 10, 2001,
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NRI Sikhs for general amnesty, claims Tohra
Amritsar, May 9
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SHSAD, who has returned to India after a 26-day tour of England, USA and Canada, said NRI Sikhs have demanded general amnesty for militants who had shifted to other countries.

PSEB to compensate farmers’ losses: CM
Kathunangal (Amritsar), May 9
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh, Badal, has declared that compensation for wheat crops destroyed in the recent fires will be paid within 15 days. The compensation will be paid by the PSEB as the crops caught fire in the absence of insulation against live wires passing through the fields.

PhD row to defame SAD-BJP: teachers
Patiala, May 9
The Teachers United Front at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Prof U. C. Singh, took serious note of the controversy between Punjabi University Vice Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia and Master Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education relating to the ministers Ph.D. registration.

‘Poorna Vijay’ now in Punjab
Nagrota (Jammu), May 9
India’s biggest wargame, “Poorna Vijay” (complete victory), which was started in the Rajasthan sector, has been extended to the Punjab sector.

Doctor gets notice in organ sale case
Patiala, May 9
Special Judge Birender Singh has issued notice to Dr O.P. Aggarwal who has been accused by the Vigilance Department of selling human limbs in a revision petition filed by the department for May 10 to hear arguments in the case.




SCs want Dalit PPCC president
Bathinda, May 9
Members of the Scheduled Castes have urged the Congress high command that the next president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee should belong to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.

Kohar-Phillaur row: Badal sets up panel
Chandigarh, May 9
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD), Parkash Singh Badal, has constituted a committee to inquire into the verbal duel between two Akali Ministers — Mr Ajit Singh Kohar and Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur — during a meeting at Jalandhar, last week.


For cinemas it’s vulgarity all the way
Bathinda, May 9
Examinations are over in Punjab and the entrance test mania is yet to start, but the cinema owners here are trying to cash in on this by showing adult films at more than half of the cinemas.

Incarcerated for a year for no fault
Bathinda, May 9
Nirbhey Narain, a migrant labourer, heaved a sigh of relief on April 27 when he was acquitted by Mr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Judge, Special Court, Bathinda, in a case related to the smuggling of narcotics for which he remained behind bars for more than a year.

Work begins on Kandi dam
Following efforts by the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Engineer, Kandi Area Development, funds for the construction of the Patiarian dam in the district have now been made available by NABARD and work has started on the project.

Save Lahori Gate, urges ‘cyber sangat’
Chandigarh, May 9
An international “cyber sangat”, has sent a petition to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal requesting him to save the historic Lahori Gate monument in Sri Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur district.

Maharaja’s “lines of misery”
Kapurthala, May 9
What has been disturbing the scion of the royal family of Kapurthala, Maharaja Sukhjit Singh, these days? It is not the question as to how he and his family will get their $ 4 million fabulous treasure, which had sunk in the Mediterranean Sea in 1916 while being ferried to India, but the three telephone lines, which become active once in a blue moon at his residence on the banks of the Kanjili Lake here.

3-month jail for proprietor
Hoshiarpur, May 9
Mr H.P. Handa, President, Dr S.K. Narad and Mrs Manjit Walia, both members of the District Consumer Forum, here have sentenced Manjit Singh proprietor, M/s Manjit Electronics, Mata Rani Road, Ludhiana, to simple imprisonment for three months and fined him Rs 2,000 under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, for non-compliance of the order of the forum.

BSNL ordered to pay compensation
Ropar, May 9
The District Consumer Forum has directed the BSNL authorities to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to a complainant for harassing him by raising old outstanding bills and disconnecting his telephone without a proper hearing.

Fire destroys 40 houses
Kapurthala, May 9
More than 40 houses in Hussainpur Dulowal village, falling under the Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision, destroyed in a fire which spread from the fields because of high-velocity winds on Monday night, according to a delayed report.

Plea to DC for removal of depot
Pathankot, May 9
The Gramin Vikas Parishad today presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, at the PWD rest house. Representatives from Mamoon, Pathankot, Lamini, Siunti and other villages demanded removal of ammunition depot to ensure safety of people.

School reopens gate, breaks law
Bathinda, May 9
NSD Senior Secondary Public School on the Mall road here has reopened the entrance onto municipal land, which had been closed by the authorities concerned some time ago.

Disband police districts: Mann
Sangrur, May 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded that all six police districts — Barnala, Khanna, Tarn Taran, Batala, Jagraon, and Majitha should be disbanded. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the SAD (A), said disbanding of the police districts was necessary as militancy had ended. He said these police districts were a burden on the state exchequer. He also demanded abolition of some top posts in the police department.

Cop denied bail in theft case
Bathinda, May 9
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Avtar Singh, today declined bail to Budh Singh, a Punjab police official, in a case registered against him at Thermal police station in connection with theft and intimidation.

Accused gets bail in drugs case
Chandigarh, May 9
If allegations in a petition submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court are to be believed, frontline workers of opposition parties in Punjab are being implicated in false cases for going against candidates of the ruling party.

Yoga catches people’s attention
Bathinda, May 9
Mr Inder Kumar Chopra, who was suffering from hernia, was not willing to undergo an operation to cure it as he felt that at the age of 85, the operation would not prove effective.

Controversy over debris clearance
Bathinda, May 9
Even as the vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Malout national highway has come to standstill since yesterday after a bridge over the Behman distributary collapsed, a controversy has arisen between the Irrigation Department and the Public Works Department over the clearance of debris from the distributary.

Pharmacists to hold dharna
Hoshiarpur, May 9
The Punjab Pharmacists’ Association, has decided that pharmacists from all over the state will stage a dharna in front of the residence of the Health Minister, Punjab, on May 13, and hold a protest march for non-implementation of their demands which have already been accepted.

Mystery shrouds youth’s death
Bathinda, May 9
Surinder Jit Singh, son of a retired Punjab Excise and Sales Tax official, today died under mysterious circumstances.

Rs 6.60 lakh given for Gujarat relief
Chandigarh, May 9
Officers and other employees of the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, today donated one day’s salary for the Punjab Chief Minister’s Gujarat Relief Fund.

Red Cross Day
Patiala, May 9
The Red Cross Society has granted Rs 4.25 lakh for the welfare of the poor and needy. The society distributed 234 tricycles, 71 hearing aids and 196 clippers.


Robbery bid foiled, 4 arrested
Ferozepore, May 9
The local police on a tip-off has raided an abandoned factory near Fazilka and arrested four persons along with weapons. According to Mr Ajay Maluja, DSP, Fazilka, the arrested persons, who have been identified as Dharamvir Singh, Harjinder Singh, Gurbinder Singh and Arun Kumar, were planning to commit a robbery at Fazilka. One of their accomplices, however, managed to escape.

‘Doc’s arrest reveals tip of lceberg’
Patiala, May 9
The Patiala district unit of the Association for Democratic Rights has expressed concern over the manner in which bodies were being treated in the morturay of Rajindra Hospital and also said that the arrest in a corruption case of Associate Professor Dr O.P Aggarwal was just a tip of the iceberg as far as the sale of human organs was concerned.

Couple, daughter killed in mishap
Gurdaspur, May 9
A couple and their minor daughter died on the spot while their minor son was injured when their scooter was hit by a Tata Sumo yesterday near Jhakolari, 26 km from here.

4 looters held, 2 pistols seized
Fazilka, May 9
The local police has arrested four members of a gang of looters who were allegedly planning to commit a dacoity in the area. Two pistols with live cartridges and sharp-edged weapons have been seized from them.

1400 kg of poppy husk seized
Jalandhar, May 9
The district police has exposed a racket of narcotic smuggling with the seizure of 1,400 kg of poppy husk worth Rs 7 lakh in Nurmahal subdivision.

Clash over disputed land, 8 hurt
Amritsar, May 9
Eight persons sustained bullet injuries following a group clash at Varpal village in the district today.


MSc students get three wrong question papers in a row
Patiala, May 9
Students of MSc food and nutrition have had to counter as many as three incomplete question papers during the course of their examinations recently and have now appealed to Punjabi University to ensure they are given justice in the matter.

B.Ed entrance test
Patiala, May 9
The entrance test for admission to the B.Ed courses for the session 2001-2002 for all colleges of Punjab would be conducted by the Punjabi University on July 1. The Department of Education of Punjab Government had assigned the responsibility of conducting the entrance test to Punjabi University.

Alcohol sale near school worries parents
Patiala, May 9
Parents of the wards studying in Sun Flower Model High School, Tripuri, appeared worried because of the excessive use of alcoholic drinks being sold openly in the area. They fear their wards were falling prey to drinking at a tender age.

Educationist dead
Phagwara, May 9
An educationist and social activist Niranjan Singh Mann (70) died here in the small hours today. He was cremated later in the afternoon.


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