Saturday, May 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Embezzlement, irregularities
148 sarpanches suspended
Chandigarh, May 18
As many as 148 sarpanches and certain officials of the Rural Development and Panchayats Department, Punjab, have been suspended following their alleged involvement in cases relating to embezzlement, irregularities in development work, etc.

100 promotions in Police Dept
Chandigarh, May 18
It was a day of rejoicing and celebrations in Punjab police as the state government ordered more than 100 promotions today. Besides a new Inspector-General (Intelligence), the Police Department will have 101 new deputy superintendents. These promotions of inspectors are temporary, subject to ratification by the Punjab Public Service Commission.

Khalsa complex: first phase opens in Dec
Chandigarh, May 18
The first phase of the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib will be thrown open to the public on December 1. It is learnt that part “A” of the complex comprising a library building, an exhibition hall and an auditorium will be completed by September. A substantial part of the remaining structures is also expected to be completed by September.

Dosanjh’s village to send solace letter
Dosanjh Kalan, May 18
To boost the morale of their “son of the soil” Ujjal Dosanjh, who rose to the position of the premier of the British Columbia but now has been defeated in the elections to the legislature of the state, residents of his native village have decided to write him a letter.

Power: Punjab to oppose HP demand
Chandigarh, May 18
Punjab will oppose the demand of Himachal Pradesh for a higher share in hydro-power generated in the BBMB projects at the meeting of the Chief Secretaries of the three states, including Haryana, scheduled at Shimla on Sunday.




  Red alert in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, May 18
The police has been put on red alert in the city following the recent spate in crime incidents of crime, especially involving free use of arms. Special nakas have been set up at different points in the city. Besides, extensive patrolling is being done to ward off any untoward incident.
Sikh yatrees wave to people when their special train entered Pakistan at the Wagah border to the east of Lahore on Friday.
Sikh yatrees wave to people when their special train entered Pakistan at the Wagah border to the east of Lahore on Friday. — Reuters photo

Jatha leaves for Pakistan
Amritsar, May 18
Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, flagged off a Sikh jatha to Pakistan today. The jatha comprising 624 members of the SGPC and 350 from the Paramjit Singh Sarna group and Harpal Singh Bhullar group of Bhai Mardana Yaadgar Society left India for observance of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev ji at Dera Sahib, Lahore.

Sukhbir ‘pleasing’ SCs
Lambi (Muktsar), May 18
Toeing the line of his father, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, has started making inroads into the backward and Scheduled Caste sections by holding small “sangat darshan” programmes in the localities inhabited by them in this assembly segment.


RS seat: SAD PAC to meet on May 22
Chandigarh, May 18
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the party on May 22 to select the party’s candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat which fell vacant recently following the election of Mr Raj Mohinder Singh Majitha to the state Assembly.

Kanwaljit misused funds: Parneet Kaur
Chhat Bir (Patiala), May 18
The Punjab Government has been sidelining the Congress MPs while taking important decisions during the past four-and-a-half years, alleged Ms Parneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, here today.

Cong leader admits differences
Sangrur, May 18
Admitting that there are differences among the leaders of the Sangrur District Congress Committee, Mr Arvind Khanna, Treasurer of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, here today said there was a dire need to sort out these differences though it could not mar the prospects of the party in the ensuing Assembly elections.


Jaundice cases on the rise
SMO, civil hospital staff also in grip
Malout, May 18
Even as the local civil hospital authorities have been claiming that cases of jaundice have been on the wane patients suffering from the disease have been reporting in various hospitals dotting the city.

Harike: dry spell hits water quality
Chandigarh, May 18
The quality of water in the Harike wetland has deteriorated to Class “D” mainly because of a continuous dry spell and exceptionally low flow in the Sutlej. This was stated at a meeting held here on Wednesday on conservation and management of the Harike wetland so as to improve the habitat and conserve this vital and fragile ecosystem. Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Science, Technology and Environment, Punjab, presided over the meeting.

MCs oppose octroi abolition
Bathinda, May 18
The presidents of Municipal Councils of towns and cities of Bathinda, Muktsar and Mansa districts said that the octroi should not be abolished. They were having a meeting with the Chairman and one member of Second Finance Commission, Punjab, here yesterday.

Encroachments spring up again
Patiala, May 18
Encroachments which were removed in a joint action led by the Drainage Department and supported by the Municipal Corporation and the district administration four days back, are again taking shape on both sides of the ‘ganda nala’ in the Tafazalpura area making the entire exercise pointless.

BKU dharna in front of police station
Bathinda, May 18
A large number of activists of the BKU (Ekta) today held a dharna in front of the Ballianwali police station, in this district for pressing the authorities concerned to register a case against a commission agent of Maur Mandi, Mr Sham Lal, who has purchased allegedly a piece of land of farmer Maggar Singh of Jhundeke village by keeping him in the dark. The activities of the BKU (Ekta), who have been holding the dharna in front of the police station, were also demanding that a case registered against Maggar Singh and his kin by the police be withdrawn.

Bishop demands author’s arrest
Amritsar, May 18
The Amritsar diocese has sought immediate arrest of Satnam Singh advocate (73), a retired district language officer, for using highly objectionable language against Jesus Christ, Sikh leaders and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee in his book, “Satguru Nanak Dev ji”, a complete life history of the first Sikh Guru.

Power supply scheme ‘discriminatory’
Bathinda, May 18
The 24-hour uninterrupted power supply scheme has failed to take off due to several flaws. The major bottleneck in the scheme for villages is the political pressure. Ministers and influential persons “force” the PSEB to give priority to the villages of their choice even if the villages did not fulfil the minimum condition laid down by the board.

Mystery shrouds death of two kids
Goraya (Jalandhar), May 18
When his two smiling grandchildren came to have juice and ice-cream at his juice shop last evening, aged Sony Ram would never have thought that he won’t see them hopping around again next morning. But unfortunately, this happened as both of them were in their no more by this morning.

BSF kills Pak national
Ferozepore, May 18
The Border Security Force foiled an attempt by two Pakistan nationals to intrude into the Indian territory thereby killing one of them on the spot near Mavo ke checkpost along the Indo-Pak border.

Phone connection of minister’s son cut
Moga, May 18
The telephone connection of a son of Punjab Agriculture Minister Gurdev Singh Badal has been disconnected by the Telecommunication Department, according to a report received here today.

Villages cut off from DD
Pathankot, May 18
Residents of many border villages of this subdivision are forced to watch PTV programmes as weak transponder of the relay centre near Shimla Park here fail to beam Doordarshan and Jalandhar Doordarshan programmes.

Tohra medically examined
New Delhi, May 18
The SHSAD president and former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today underwent medical examination at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here for suspected “carotid artery” problem.

Ranjit dam water outflow increases
Chandigarh, May 18
More water and power have been made available from the Ranjit Sagar Dam as the outflow of water has been increased to 6000 cusecs while 200 mega watt of power was being generated, the dam authorities said yesterday.

Panel to devise ways to reduce tariff soon
Abohar, May 18
The state BJP President, Prof Brij Lal Rinwa, has said here that a committee would soon be formed to devise ways and means to reduce power tariff for domestic, commercial and small scale industries consumers.

Writers vow to oppose revival of militancy
Amritsar, May 18
Punjabi writers have pledged to launch a movement against moves of reviving militancy, from tomorrow to mark the 12th death anniversary of Dr Ravinder Ravi, noted Punjabi critic gunned down by terrorists on May 19, 1989.


154 hospitals to be constructed in Punjab
Patiala, May 18
As many as 154 new hospitals will be constructed in the state at an expenditure of Rs 422 crore under the health system project. About 100 of these hospitals are already ready, while the others will be built by March next year.

DM orders removal of ramp
Bathinda, May 18
Mr Jaspal Singh, District Magistrate, has ordered the removal of an encroachment from the sub-street number 1 of Powerhouse Road of the city. Mr Jaspal Singh passed order under Section 133 of the Cr PC on the complaint lodged by Mr Lakshmi Narayan Goel, advocate and resident of the same locality.


1 killed, 2 hurt in car-truck collision
Kapurthala, May 18
One person was killed while two others were injured in a head-on collision between a car and truck near Hamira village on the GT road yesterday.

Worker thrashed to death by employer
Jalandhar, May 18
A migrant labour was allegedly beaten to death by his employer at the local Model House locality this evening.

Child held hostage by in-laws
Amritsar, May 18
In laws of Dolly Bindra, alias Kajal Arora, first turned her out of her house after mistreating her and later held her nine-month-old child Riship hostage to press upon her not to file a case against them.

Jeweller getting threat calls
Jalandhar, May 18
A Nurmahal-based renowned jeweller family has been living under shadow of terror facing the demand of a huge ransom amounting to Rs 2.5 crore from a Delhi based “gang”. It has threatened that if the demand was not met their house will be blown up.

Youth beaten up, commits suicide
Abohar, May 18
An alleged paramour of a married woman was brutally beaten up and reportedly forced to commit suicide in nearby Kikkarkhera village.


PTU affiliation for 25 institutes
Jalandhar, May 18
Punjab Technical University has granted affiliation to 25 more private institutes for running of the master of computer application course in different cities of Punjab. The admissions to the course in these colleges will start in August after the holding of an entrance test by the university authorities.

Denial of promotions: PUTA holds dharna
Patiala, May 18
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today organised a dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor to protest against alleged victimisation of two teachers who were not given promotions yesterday besides deciding to hold an indefinite dharna on the issue till justice was given to the ‘victimised’ teachers and other pressing demands of the teaching community were met.

PCCTU threatens agitation
Barnala, May 18
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has condemned the decision of the management of Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore, to place under suspension Mrs Harbans Kaur, president of the college unit of the PCCTU.

New posts of farm teacher
Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab Education Department has decided to create new posts of agriculture teacher in government schools from the current academic session.

KV girls back from trekking expedition
Chandigarh, May 18
Forty girls belonging to the Kendriya Vidyalayas of Zirakpur, Mullanpur Garibdas, Dappar (Punjab) and High Grounds (Chandigarh) were given a warm welcome when they returned here yesterday morning after a week-long trekking expedition to the hills of Pithoragarh region in Uttaranchal.


Income from lotteries rises
Mansa, May 18
The coffers of the State of Punjab were empty when Mr Parkash Singh Badal took over as Chief Minister. This was disclosed by Capt Kamaljit Singh, Punjab Finance Minister, while presiding over a state-level small savings function here today.


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