Tuesday, May 15, 2001,
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Message for Punjab in poll outcome
Chandigarh, May 14
In the mandate given by the electorate in the just concluded assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory there is a clear message for Punjab. In vote politics, elections are won or lost on the steam of the party machine, the organisation’s cohesiveness and involvement. 

Power cut woes force people on to streets
Amritsar, May 14
Agitated residents of Lalawali Gali took to the streets last night after facing a severe power cut which continued from Saturday early morning. Power was restored on late Sunday night as angry residents staged a dharna outside the Chief Engineer’s office.

Punjab transfers from tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 14
The Punjab Government today announced its transfer policy for the current financial year. The process of transfers will begin tomorrow and to be completed by June 15. The authorities concerned have been told to keep the number of transfers minimal.


Pandemonium at Cong meeting
Bathinda, May 14
Pandemonium prevailed at the Congress meeting held here today in connection with the signature campaign of people on the Tehelka issue under the party’s second phase of agitation when a section of senior leaders and workers demanded that they should be given an opportunity to raise their grievances.




Cong launches signature campaign
Ropar, May 14
On the directions of the national leadership of the party, the district Congress has started a signature campaign seeking the removal of the NDA government over the Tehelka issue. The AICC secretary, Mr Darinder Tyagi, launched the campaign here today.

Kohar- Phillaur row “resolved”
Jalandhar, May 14
The two-member committee of the SAD including the Revenue Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Education Minister Tota Singh heard factions led by Jail Minister Ajit Singh Kohar and Welfare Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur here today.


Residents get panicky over rise in crime
Fazilka, May 14
The rising crime graph here and the reported failure of the police to nab criminals has sent panic waves among residents of town and surrounding villages. It has also raised questions on the functioning of the police. The sensational broad daylight shootout of a commission agent and robbing him of Rs 5 lakh on the Fazilka-Abohar road on Tuesday has enhanced the feeling of insecurity among the people.

Beating heat dangerously
Bathinda, May 14
To beat the scorching heat, children of some localities of the city who can not afford air conditioners and going to swimming pools have adopted a new way to remain cool although it might be dangerous for their lives.

Lawyers want Balian to quit
Sangrur, May 14
Firm on laying the foundation stone for the construction of chambers as per new site plan in the new Judicial Complex on May 18 here, members of the District Bar Association today appealed to Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, MLA from Sangrur and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, to quit as Minister for the sake of lawyers.

Bonded labourer freed
Jalandhar, May 14
A teenaged Bengali bonded labourer and her Kashmiri husband, who went through the ordeal of working against their wishes at the “dera” of Siraj, a Gujjar, in Bilga village, have finally obtained freedom thanks to the efforts made by a Phillaur-based NGO and administration.

Rly station sans potable water
Abohar, May 14
The Railway Passengers Association (North Zone) has lamented the failure of the railway authorities in providing potable water to voluntary organisations who had been serving cold water to passengers for the past two decades.

Doctors go on leave en masse
Abohar, May 14
Responding to a call given by the PCMS Association, doctors went on leave en masse today. However, some of them were found attending to patients who thronged Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital because they were unaware of the protest.

Martyr cremated
Ropar, May 14
Lance Naik Surmukh Singh of the 10 Sikh Light Infantry, who died in a landmine blast in the Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, was cremated with full military honours in his native Amrali village near here today.

PWD employee killed in mishap
Kapurthala, May 14
One person was killed and two injured in an accident which took place on the Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi road. According to police reports, the accident occurred when a truck belonging to the PWD turned turtle while crossing another truck, resulting in the death of Surinder Kumar, a PWD employee.

Remand for Zaffarwal
Batala (Punjab), May 14
Dreaded terrorist Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, arrested by the Punjab Police last month, was today remanded in judicial custody till May 28 by a local court.

Youth Cong to be revamped
Jalandhar, May 14
The All-India Youth Congress has planned to revamp its state unit by downsizing its executive within one month.

CRRID-LIP organises special health camps
Chandigarh, May 14
The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) as part of the local initiative plan(LIP) organised special health camps under its Reproductive and Child Health Programme (RCH) in Saupur Badiwal village and Kahanpur Khui village in Noorpur Bedi Block, Ropar district on May 9 and 12.


Licences of 34 arhtiyas suspended
Sangrur, May 14
The licences of 34 arthiyas of various grain markets in the district have been suspended by the authorities concerned for wheat procurement during current season due to different irregularities.

Centre asked to move wheat stocks
Chandigarh, May 14
While Punjab has set a record in the procurement of wheat, the state government has urged the Centre to make arrangements for the movement of fresh wheat stocks to the deficit states.


Woman killed in quarrel
Jalandhar, May 14
A woman was killed and two persons injured in a quarrel near Loharan village on the Nakodar road here late last night. According to the police, Raj Kumar of Ravidaspura in Loharan village used to abuse villagers under the influence of liquor.

Two killed in mishaps
Bathinda, May 14
Jagga Singh of Bhagwangarh village today accidentally consumed some poisonous substance. He was brought to the local Civil Hospital by volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva in a serious condition.

Man held for kidnap bid
Bathinda, May 14
Ajay Kumar was arrested by the district police for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young girl in the colony of Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP), along with an associate, on May 12. A 12 bore pistol and two cartridges were also seized from his possession.

One held for posing as magistrate
Ludhiana, May 14
Tension gripped the Ragunath Enclave in Aggar Nagar area on the Ferozepore road after gunshots were fired during a scuffle between two groups of people.

Meena Bansal murder case solved, 3 held
Malerkotla, May 14
The local police claims to have solved the murder case of Meena Bansal (30), wife of Alkesh Bansal, who was murdered in her hosue at Mahavir Shastri Nagar on April 7, last year with sharpedged weapon by certain persons while she was working in her house. Her body was found on the ground in front of the house.


Implement UGC scales, colleges told
Chandigarh May 14
Colleges affiliated to Panjab University will be asked to pay salaries to their duly selected teachers in accordance with the UGC scales within two months. This was decided at the second meeting of a high-powered committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor to sort out problems of these colleges held here today.

Varsity centre set up at Nainakot
Gurdaspur, May 14
Nainakot, 20 km from here in the Kahnuwan block, will be the first village in Punjab to have regional centre of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister, Punjab in whose constituency this village falls, told this correspondent that the ITI building completed in the village at a cost of Rs 5 crore four years ago would be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on May 26 when he would be visiting Kahnuwan for sangat darshan”.

NCI team visits Faridkot
Faridkot, May 14
A two-member inspection team, including Ms Asha Sharma and Ms Surekha Sharma, the Nursing Council of India (NCI), visited the city to find out the feasibility for upgrading the local Government School of Nursing to a college of nursing, to be run by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Ajnala’s son indicted for ragging
Amritsar, May 14
Minister for Animal Husbandry Rattan Singh Ajnala’s son Amarpal Singh was today indicted by the seven-member Disciplinary Committee for ragging second year boys of Guru Ram Dass Medical College and Research Institute run by the SGPC here last month.

Tough time for students, boon for teachers
Patiala, May 14
With dates of various competitive examinations fast approaching, students are preparing hard for these tests and seem prepared to dole out huge amounts to the college teachers who give tuitions for these competitive examinations.


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