Monday, May 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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BJP to seek more Assembly seats
Sunam, May 20
Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Health Minister, said the Punjab unit of the BJP would demand more seats from the SAD in the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections as compared to the elections held in February 1997. Mr Chawla said this while addressing a press conference in the office of municipal council here on Friday night.

Cong not to field tainted men
Budhlada, May 20
Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh said today that the tickets for the coming Assembly elections would not be given to those with a tainted image, and added that sentiments of the workers would be given due weightage while selecting the candidates for the same.

CM’s promises remain unfulfilled
Gurdaspur, May 20
There is resentment among residents of Gharota and surrounding villages for government’s neglect of the area regarding development. The area falls in the Assembly constituencies of Sujanpur, Narot Mehra and Dina Nagar and are represented by BJP MLAs. BJP MLAs of the area had failed to meet aspirations of constituents of the area said villagers.

Women try to block CM’s way
Muktsar, May 20
The district police today had a tough time controlling two women aanganwari workers who tried to come in front of the car of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in protest against the denial of opportunity to them to meet him in connection with their grievances during his “sangat darshan” held in the city.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Efforts on to extradite Kalasinghian
Ludhiana May 20
The Punjab Police is preparing a case for the extradition of Tarsem Singh Kalasinghian, alias Sema, a militant of the 80s, who has recently been nabbed in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Capt Kanwaljit woos non-SAD leaders
Patiala, May 20
If the intense interest being taken by the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh in the Banur Assembly constituency is any indication, a mid-term poll is definitely in the offing in Punjab. The Finance Minister, who has earlier been thought to be a little shaky in the constituency, has turned to wooing leaders from various parties and is emerging successful in this regard.


Man wanted in 18 cases arrested
Bathinda, May 20
Gopal Singh alias Kaka committed first crime in his life when he was just 25. A case of smuggling of narcotics was registered against him in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan in 1993. Since then he has been keeping police forces of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on tenterhooks, by escaping police net.

Roza Sharif Urs begins
Fatehgarh Sahib
To the surprise of the organisers, the district administration and the Vigilance Department, a delegation of 165 Pakistani pilgrimage, led by Mohammad Nusratullah Cheema of Gujranwala, has come to participate in the annual Urs. It is after a long gap that pilgrims from Pakistan have arrived. Nobody had prior information about the Pakistani pilgrims and no arrangement could be made for their reception.

Maharaja can be depicted: SGPC
Amritsar, May 20
Even as the Sikh clergy has categorically stated that statues of Sikh Gurus cannot be installed, the SGPC has announced that Maharaja Ranjit Singh can be shown in person in a feature film or a play.

4 feared drowned as car plunges into canal
Patiala, May 20
Around four persons were feared drowned when their Maruti Zen car plunged into the Bhakra canal at Ganda Kheri village on the Patiala - Rajpura road yesterday.

Three killed in rail mishaps
Phillaur, May 20
Three persons, including a girl, were run over and killed by three trains between Phagwara and Jalandhar cantonment railway stations in the wee hours today.

Sukhbir Badal opens hospital
Nawanshahr, May 20
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, and general secretary, SAD, while talking to mediapersons at Sukhmani Hospital here on Sunday categorically denied that the results of the recently concluded Assembly elections in five states would have any impact on Punjab Assembly poll.

Temporary bridge collapses
Bathinda, May 20
A temporary bridge constructed on the Behman distributary on the Bathinda-Malout national highway in place of the bridge that collapsed on May 8, was damaged early this morning when a heavy vehicle passed on it.

  ASI eats humble pie, transferred
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
An ASI of the Bassi Pathana police station was forced by an Akali leader of the area to return Rs 18,000 which he had extorted from a marginal farmer of Hussainpur Kandipur village to settle his dispute.

Sangat darshan programmes welcome: SIF
Patiala, May 20
The Sikh Intelligentsia Forum, a teachers body of the Punjabi University, today claimed that the ‘sangat darshan’ programmes held at different places by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had proved to be a boon for a majority of the people in the state.

TUs to oppose changes in labour laws
Jalandhar, May 20
The Centre of Indian Trade Union and unions of employee organisations of the Centre government and public sector have resolved to intensify jointly the campaign against reckless privatisation drive and retrograde amendments in various Labour Laws.

‘Govt ignoring small newspapers’ 
Patiala, May 20
A deputation of the Punjab Small Newspapers Editors Union would meet the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to discuss the problems faced by the small newspapers because of ‘faulty’ advertisement policy of the Punjab Government. This was decided at the Small Newspaper Editors meeting held here today.

Seminar on democratic governance
Patiala, May 20
“The print and the electronic media has played a key role in exposing corruption-based issues such as tehelka issue. It has also been successful in bridging the gap between the leaders and the common man. However, there is always need to reduce the illiteracy and backwardness,” said Mr Ashwani Kumar, a former Solicitor General of India and a senior advocate practising in the Supreme court.

Widow’s wait for relief
Gurdaspur, May 20
Narinder Kaur, widow of Satnam Singh, Inspector, 84 BSF battalion, who died in harness on April 27, 1988, is moving from pillar to post to get an ex gratia grant but in vain.

100 PSEB retirees given pension
Bathinda, May 20
A function was held at the local thermal plant to give the pension certificates to the employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat and Chief Engineer, Western Zone of the PSEB who retired recently. At least 100 retirees were given the certificates at the function.

MC staff’s plea on pension
Bathinda, May 20
A section of retired employees of various municipal councils of the state, who attained the age of superannuation before April 1, 1990, has urged Mr Sukhbir Badal, General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, to make arrangements for the release of their pension.

Special Lok Adalat held
Hoshiarpur, May 20
A special Lok Adalat for the settlement of criminal cases was organised at the Sessions Court Complex here today under the chairmanship of Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, in which 892 cases were taken up, of which 750 cases were disposed of.

Lok Adalat organised
Amritsar, May 20
A Lok Adalat on pre-litigative and pending bank loan disputes was organised here at the district courts under the chairmanship of Mr Justice H. S. Bedi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court. As many as 22 Benches were constituted and a total of 2,673 cases were taken up, out of which 958 cases were settled on the spot. More than Rs 5 crore were recovered by the banks.

Christians stage protest rally
Amritsar, May 20
Christians staged a rally at Bhandari bridge today in protest against the “derogatory” reference to Jesus Christ in the book “Satguru Nanak Dev Ji” written by Mr Satnam Singh.

Tributes paid to Colonel Mahal
Chandigarh, May 20
Rich tributes were paid to Col Harpal Singh Mahal ( retd) at his bhog ceremony held at Kathgarh village, near Ropar, today.


‘75 pc litchee crop damaged by hailstorm’
Pathankot, May 20
With Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister’s efforts a joint meeting of the Pathankot Fruit Growers Society with farm experts and Mr Lakhwinder Singh Deputy Director Horticulture was held yesterday here under the chairmanship of Mr Rajiv Krishan Mahajan, president of the society.

Kanwaljit’s warning on procurement
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 20
If the Centre withdraws from the procurement of agriculture produce and transfers the procurement to states, the SAD (B) and the government will oppose it tooth and nail, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, while addressing a state-level rally of agriculture technocrats and farmers here today.

Campaign to educate farmers about WTO
Bathinda, May 20
Mr Anup Singh Bhullar, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party kisan morcha, today said economy of the country could not be sound if the condition of farmers was poor.


160 kg poppy husk seized, 7 held
Bathinda, May 20
Seven persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in smuggling narcotics and 160 kg poppy husk was seized from different parts of the district. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here today said Parkash Singh, resident of Dabwali in Haryana, was arrested on May 20 for being in possession of 140 kg poppy husk. A case had been registered in this regard at Sadar police station under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the IPC.

Man stabbed to death
Jalandhar, May 20
The owner of a video cassette shop was stabbed to death in daylight at Gadaipur village allegedly by an employee of a video parlour and his two accomplices here today.

Man, father held for killing wife
Malerkotla, May 20
The Amargarh police has arrested Gurbachan Singh and his father Hari Singh, residents of Niamat Pur village, for allegedly killing his wife Gurinder Kaur (22). According to information, Piara Singh, father of Gurinder Kaur and resident of Bhadoa village, had lodged a complaint yesterday that his daughter was beaten to death by her in-laws for not bringing adequate dowry.

Driven to suicide by wife’s ‘illicit relations’
Jalandhar, May 20
An alleged illicit relations of his wife forced a resident of Talwandi Sanghera village in Shahkot, to commit suicide by consuming celphos tablets at his house on May 16. The police, after receiving a complaint from Nirmal Singh the brother of the deceased, Balwinder Singh, yesterday evening got a case registered under Section 306, 201 and 34 of the IPC against two persons.

  Groom lands in lock-up
Gurdaspur, May 20
It was an unusual incident when a bridegroom landed in lock-up on his wedding day. Sanjeev Kumar of Mandi had gone to Batala for his marriage yesterday. But there he was taken aback when the would be bride refused to garland him on the pretext that they had demanded dowry and reported the matter to the police.

CMO office’s car, jeep attached
Gurdaspur, May 20
An Ambassador Car and one Gypsy, official vehicles of the Civil Surgeon’s office, here have been attached.


Restructure tax on medicines: chemists
Bathinda, May 20
The Punjab Chemists Association has urged the Punjab Government to restructure taxes levied on medicines in the state, through a memorandum given to Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP and general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (B) for onward transmission to the Chief Minister.


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