Tuesday, May 22, 2001,
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Amarinder reads out pre-poll promises
Patiala, May 21
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today in a bid to capture power in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state has announced that it will retain the free power facility given to farmers by the SAD - BJP government, besides abolishing octroi, “rahdari” and sales tax barriers if voted to power.

Kanshi Ram rules out pact with SAD
Phagwara, May 21
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram today ruled out any poll pact with SAD. We are determined to show the doors to this corrupt government and will not have any electoral truck with SAD at any cost, asserted Mr Kanshi Ram, before addressing a party rally here to commemorate the 110th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar.

Ranjit Singh memorial fund set up
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has announced the setting up of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance to bright and enterprising youth for improving their academic skills and broadening their vision with a short study tour abroad.

SHSAD sets up fact-finding panel
Chandigarh, May 21
Suspecting irregularities in the expenditure on the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib, the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal ( SHSAD) has set up a fact-finding committee of three experts.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Zonal system to redress grievances
Jalandhar, May 21
To redress the grievances of residents at the doorstep and to monitor the working of its officials, the local municipal corporation authorities today introduced zonal system in the city with the setting up of four zones.

Homeless yet to get allotted plots
Jalandhar, May 21
The Punjab Chief Minister has been promising homes to the homeless during his “sangat darshan” programmes. However, people who had been allotted plots under the home for homeless scheme way back in early ’70s have been fighting with their backs to the wall for years to get the possession of plots in a number of villages in Jalandhar district.


Homecoming for Pak pilgrims
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 21
A jatha of 165 Pakistani pilgrims, who came to Roza Sharif, Sirhind, with no prior information to the district administration, because of which no proper arrangements could be made for their reception, have now come out of the discomfiture and have started enjoying their pilgrimage.

Holiday sought on Aggarsain’s birth anniversary
Sunam, May 21
A statue of the founder of the Aggarwal samaj, Maharaja Aggarsain, was yesterday unveiled at a chowk near the main bus stand here by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, the Punjab Science and Technology Minister and patron of the Aggarwal Sabha, Punjab.

Fire breaks out in shopping complex
Amritsar, May 21
A fire broke out at the Nehru shopping complex, opposite Novelty sweets shop in the posh Lawrence Road area after an electric meter caught fire on account of short circuiting at 1.30 p.m. Shopkeepers of the complex downed shutters and switched off the main supply.

Lawyers observe strike
Bathinda, May 21
Members of the local Bar Association today struck work to express their solidarity with the agitating lawyers of Sangrur district.

Seatbelt trapped him in waters
Patiala, May 21
In a twist of fate, the seatbelt which was supposed to have acted as a safety measure for Ambala transporter Pritpal Singh, whose car plunged into the Bhakra canal on May 19 at Gandakheri on the Patiala-Rajpura road when he was returning home along with his family from a trip to Mansa, trapped him inside the waters.

Arhtiyas hold rally
Bathinda, May 21
Members of the local Arhtiya Association and of Beopar Mandal, today held a rally and took out a procession in the city to press the authorities to get the land of Mr Sham Lal, an arhtiya of Maur Mandi, vacated from the possession of a farmer of the same village.

Undue delay in shifting patient
Bathinda, May 21
The plight of the common man in the local Civil Hospital can be judged from the ordeal that the mother of an Akali MLA, Mr Makhan Singh, had to undergo there today. She could be shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh, from the hospital after a delay of more than two hours.

Garg summoned again in land case
Bathinda, May 21
Mr S.K. Garg, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), has issued summons to the Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, again in a suit filed in connection with the leged encroachment of shamlat land by him, which was acquired by the State government in 1974.

PSEB ordered to pay compensation
Mansa, May 21
The local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Subdivisional Officer (SDO), Sardulgarh of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), to pay Rs 6,000 as compensation and Rs 1,000 as cost for litigation to the complainant, Mr Jaswant Rai, a resident of Karandi village in the district.

Aiding the handicapped
The district Red Cross Society, with the help of the Central Government, has set up an artificial limb-fitting centre here to provide not only upper and lower limbs but also other parts free of cost to the handicapped in Ferozepore, Muktsar, Bathinda and Faridkot districts.

Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Ropar, May 21
The district administration on Monday organised a function in which children from various schools participated. Mr G.S. Grewal Deputy Commissioner, who presided over the function administered the anti-terrorism pledge to those present in the function. Similar function was also organised at NFL, Nangal.

Residents approach SDM against cable operators
Abohar, May 21
Residents of Lajpatrai nagar here unanimously resolved to boycott cable TV operators and get their connections disconnected today in protest against 50 per cent hike in monthly charges.

Scribe gets bail
Rampura Phul, May 21
Mrs Kiran Bala, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) today granted bail to Mr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, a reporter of a Punjabi daily, who was arrested about two days ago by the Dayalpura police after the registration of a case against him on the complaint of Mr Gurpreet Singh.

Upgrade post of DHS: doctors
Chandigarh, May 21
The PCMS Association has urged the Punjab Government to upgrade the post of Director, Health Services, to Director-General of Health Services (DGHS). The senior-most officer of the PCMS cadre should be posted as DGHS-cum-Secretary to the government with a pay scale of Rs 26,000, on a par with that of the DGHS of India.

Blood donation camp cancelled


Kharif irrigation programme
Chandigarh, May 21
The Punjab Irrigation Department has announced special irrigation programme for the ensuing kharif season. The Bhakra Main Line system, the Sirhind feeder, the Eastern Canal, the Ferozepore feeder, the Upper Bari Doab Canal system and the Sirhind Canal system will run to their “indent”.


2,800 jobs to be regularised
Patiala, May 21
“As many as 2,800 persons who have been working in the Public Welfare Department for more than three years will be made regular employees,” said Raja Narinder Singh, Punjab Public Welfare Minister, at a function in Navi Anaj Mandi of Nabha.

33 for Speed Fund Academy
Ludhiana, May 21
As many as 33 players, including 13 new players, have been selected for the Speed Fund Academy for the year 2001-2002 by the Sports Department on the basis of trials held on May 11.


400 cases of IMFL seized
Bathinda, May 21
Bathinda, Muktsar, Ferozepore, Sangrur and Patiala districts, which share border with Haryana and Rajasthan, have seen a rise in the smuggling of narcotics and liquor over the years as their modus operandi of the smugglers has enabled them to escape the police net.

ASI caught taking bribe
Jalandhar, May 21
The police has arrested an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) while accepting an amount of Rs 2000 as bribe.


PUTA protests outside VC’s office
Patiala, May 21
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today again held dharna in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor in which it accused the VC of violating all rules and regulations by appointing an expert to take promotion interviews of teachers who did not have any experience of teaching or research at the postgraduate level of the subject about which he was interviewing candidates.


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