Thursday, May 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Tohra’s nod to unity prompted by compulsions
Ludhiana, May 16
The last-minute nod to moves for Panthic unity by the All-India Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, is understood to have been prompted by political realignment building up in the state. Besides it may also act as a pressure group against the ruling alliance. At the same time Mr Tohra’s assent to these moves should not be considered as final.

Punjabi youths in bad state in Pak prison
Chandigarh, May 16
Though chances of the release of 29 Punjabi youths lodged in a jail in Baluchistan (Pakistan) have brightened, the worries of their close relations continue to grow because of depressing reports about the conditions in the jail.

Police foils jailbreak
Bathinda, May 16
The overcrowded local Central Jail which remained in the thick of several controversies relating to series of deaths of inmates, smuggling within its premises by inmates and beating up of inmates by the jail staff and others, seems to be heading towards another major controversy relating to an attempt to escape from jail by inmates with the help of a mobile phone.


Tyagi asks Cong men to unite for elections
Sangrur, May 16
Mr Dhirendra Tyagi, Secretary of the AICC, has called upon the Congressmen to fight against the anti-national forces and to contest unitedly the ensuing Assembly elections in Punjab.

Jallo blames NDA for Cong victory
Kapurthala, May 16
Major Narinder Singh Jallo, a senior Akali leader, has blamed the NDA government at the Centre for the victory of the Congress in recent elections.

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BSP to stage dharnas from June 4
Bathinda, May 16
Thousands of workers of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by its chief, Mr Kanshi Ram, will start a 27-day-long dharna at Chandigarh to press the Punjab Government to implement the labour laws, including the Bonded Labour Act, the Child Labour Act, the Minimum Wages Act and the Prevention of Atrocities on Schedule Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act in the state.

Cheema for debate on alliances
Amritsar, May 16
Mr M.M. Cheema, Chairman, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee ( intellectual cell), has said announcements regarding the alliance with the parties like the CPI, the CPM and the BSP sends wrong signals to the party workers.


Preserving Babbar Akalis’ heritage
The Babbar Karam Singh Memorial Trust in Daulatpur village, which was set up with the aim of preserving the heritage of the Babbar Akalis, has been doing yeoman service since its formation in 1992.

Badal keeps mum on ‘Ghallughara Divas’
Guru ka Bagh (Amritsar), May 16
“The government will not be a party to any controversy regarding the observance of the ‘Ghallughara Divas’,” said the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Bhindranwale’s ‘antim ardas’ on June 6
Chandigarh, May 16
The claim made by the Damdami Taksal that Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is “alive” and in good health notwithstanding, the newly formed nine-member Shahid Sant Jarnail Singh and Holocaust Commemoration Committee has decided to perform his “antim ardas” at Akal Takht on June 6.

Lawyers firm on laying stone
Sangrur, May 16
After losing all hope for an amicable solution with regard to the construction of chambers for lawyers in the newly built judicial complex here, the District Bar Association today gave a call to all political parties and bar associations of the state to take part in the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of chambers on May 18 here.

Residents questioned on sub-depot fire
Pathankot, May 16
Court of inquiry officials yesterday summoned sarpanches, panches, colonisers and other residents of the area adjoining the 2 ammunition sub-depot, (2ASD) Mamoon.

Restructuring of district sought
Faridkot, May 16
A meeting of district lawyers, including members of different trade organisations, held here yesterday decided to form a Sangarsh Committee to intensify agitation for the restructuring of the district which was trifurcated into three districts Muktsar, Moga and Faridkot in November, 1995.

Hydel projects start functioning
Ropar, May 16
Two power projects of the PSEB on the Anandpur Sahib hydel canal started functioning yesterday after water was released in the canal.

Unlocked post-boxes irk residents
Bathinda, May 16
The common complaints of the people against the Postal Department are that the letters and parcels reach them late or sometimes do not reach at all. However, the letters of local residents do not reach the post office itself — thanks to the unlocked post-boxes in the city.

Cutting trees to raise offices
Bathinda, May 16
After Thandi Sadak, trees are being felled in the Civil Lines area. Personnel of the Punjab Forest Development Corporation (PFDC) started cutting the avenue of trees from the Deputy Commissioner and SSP’s office today. The area is being cleared for the construction of a district administrative complex (DAC).

Dharna against remarks on Christ
Gurdaspur, May 16
Several hundred residents of Dhariwal and its surrounding villages held a dharna at the Dhariwal bus stand crossing today in protest against the alleged derogatory remarks in a book published by Mr Satnam Singh about Christ and his family.

Worker unions resolve dispute
Barnala, May 16
Following intervention by the Barnala police and the administration, a compromise between two warring unions — the Workers Palledar Union and the Punjab Palledar Workers Union — was hammered on Tuesday night as the two decided to sink their differences over the loading of wheat of Dhanaula procurement centres on a special train at Barnala.

Woman immolates herself
Jalandhar, May 16
Darshan (35) of the local Kabir Nagar locality, immolated herself at her residence late last night. According to the police, she was disturbed due to some family problems which promoted her to take her life.

Judicial remand for Zaffarwal
Gurdaspur, May 16
Khalistan Commando Force chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal was produced today in the court of Mr Jasbir Singh, Judicial Magistrate, for his involvement in a case registered against him at Dhariwal under Sections 302, 201 and 34, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act, on May 6, 1985. The Judge remanded him in judicial custody till May 30.

Telegram jam
Gurdaspur, May 16
Telegrams booked at the local Telegraph Office after April 30 have not been sent so far. Official sources say this was due to the shortage of staff.

Plan to raise memorial
Patiala, May 16
The city will make arrangements to place a statue of or name a place after Brigadier Sukhdev Singh, decorated with the Vir Chakra and the Military Cross.


5 pc rebate on sites auctioned by trust
Pathankot, May 16
The Punjab Government has offered a rebate of 5 per cent on the amount to be paid for the residential and commercial sites auctioned by the Improvement Trust in the state.

Protest against Dy CE’s transfer
Amritsar, May 16
The transfer of Deputy Chief Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board allegedly under political pressure has sparked large-scale protest and rallies here. A spokesman of the PSEB Engineers Association here alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his sangat darshan on May 13 ordered the immediate transfer of Deputy Chief Engineer City Circle, D.S. Kamboj at the behest of BJP councillor and Deputy Mayor Ms Raj Sharma.


Arrested for killing 3 of in-laws’ family
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 16
With the arrest of Gurvinder Singh of Rasulpur village in Amritsar district allegedly for killing family of his in- laws, the Jammu branch of the CBI claim to have solved the murder of three persons took place in 1996 in Kotla Bajwara village in the district in which all three members of the family were killed. 

2 smugglers land in police net
Bathinda, May 16
In a major breakthrough the police has arrested Bant Singh and Sukhdev Singh, residents of Mangeana village, near Dabwali, in Haryana, who were members of an interstate gang of smugglers of narcotics.

Two booked for cheating NFL
Bathinda, May 16
The district police has registered a case against Rajinder Singh of Nangal town in Ropar district and Narinder Singh of Chandigarh for allegedly supplying water instead of caustic soda to National Fertilizer Limited (NFL), for which they were engaged by the plant.

10 booked for attacking mahant
Kapurthala, May 16
The Kotwali police yesterday registered a case under Sections 458, 380, 148 and 149 of the IPC against 10 persons on the charge of causing injuries to Mahant Krishan Dass, a priest of a dera at Kanjli village, near the town.

Shopkeeper shot at, looted
Sangrur, May 16
Two unidentified persons today injured Mr Ghanshayam Goyal (30) seriously by opening fire on him, about 5 km from Sular Gharat. Mr Goyal is a shopkeeper of Sular Gharat village near Dirba.


Derecognition of medical colleges feared
Amritsar, May 16
The Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association has expressed its annoyance and deep concern on the imminent threat of the derecognition of the state medical colleges.


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