Friday, May 25, 2001,
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Cabinet cuts imprisonment period
Grant of benefits to ‘sangharshi yodhas’
Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Parkash Singh Badal decided to grant financial assistance and facilities to all “Sangharshi Yodhas” who had participated in various movements to safeguard the interests of the state.

18 Pakistani nationals repatriated
Wagah, May 24
As many as 18 Pakistani nationals, mostly deaf and dumb, have been repatriated to Pakistan on the directions of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Minister promises probe to Khanpur villagers
Kharar, May 24
The Punjab Government will soon hold an inquiry into the alleged tampering of the revenue record of the common land of Khanpur village which falls in Kharar municipal limits.

Probe into lathi charge on lawyers sought
Sangrur, May 24
The joint meeting of various Bar associations of Punjab here today adopted resolutions demanding an inquiry by a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to fix responsibility for the lathi charge on Sangrur lawyers on May 18 last, suspension and transfer of the SDM, Dr Indu Malhotra, and the DSP, Mr Surjit Singh Grewal, and registration of criminal cases against Dr Malhotra, Mr Grewal and other alleged guilty persons for the lathi charge.

Tarn Taran SSP to conduct probe
Tampering with police record
Chandigarh, May 24
Directing Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police to get a probe conducted against officials responsible for tampering with the police record in a culpable homicide case, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed him to submit the report within 14 days.




BJP workers’ meeting today
Move to remove grievances
Chandigarh, May 24
The BJP will provide opportunities to the party’s rank and file at the districts level to give vent to their feelings about the performance and style of functioning of the elected representatives, including MLAs and ministers, of the party in Punjab.

Bhattal: case part of conspiracy
Chandigarh, May 24
Alleging that the registration of a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against her was part of a deep political conspiracy, the former Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said today that she was prepared to face arrest and would not seek bail in the case.


No move to replace Amarinder: Makwana
Jalandhar, May 24
Mr Joginder Makwana, member of the high-powered committee for Punjab Congress Affairs and former Union Home Minister, today asserted that there was no move to replace Capt Amarinder Singh as president of the Congress’ Punjab unit.

Cong bid to woo SCs, BCs
Ludhiana, May 24
In an apparent bid to woo the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Backward Classes (BC), the Pradesh Congress Committee has constituted a special committee to study their problems and to highlight and resolve these. 


Waiting for relief, they’ve aged
Payment denied despite SC order in 1986
Bathinda, May 24
Some residents of Phoos Mandi village situated on the outskirts of the city have been running from pillar to post for 15 years to get the enhanced compensation for the land acquired by the Central government.

Encroaching with impunity
Amritsar, May 24
Even as the number of encroachments in the city are increasing at an alarming level, little is being done to check the menace. The provisions of ‘‘change-of-land use’’, compounding and regularising have become easy tools to convert residences into commerical centres. Later, the owners of these centres resort to encroachments.

Hotline power supply eludes Civil Hospital
Bathinda, May 24
Even as the local Civil Hospital has been catering to the needs of patients of this town and its surrounding areas, the hotline power connection system has been eluding it for the past 22 years.

Fire Brigade staff dharna today
Jalandhar, May 24
Even as the commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation, has recommended to the Local Bodies Department that a Vigilance probe be ordered to look into the allegations of mass irregularities in purchase of fire-fighting equipment by the Additional Divisional Fire Office, Mr H.S. Bhullar, last year, the Fire Brigade Employees Union today decided to stage a dharna in front of the Commissioner’s office on Friday, seeking the transfer of the ADFO.

Villagers oppose liquor shop
Bathinda, May 24
Residents of Phulewala village have been sitting on a dharna in front of the newly opened liquor shop in the village since May 21 to press for its closure. The authorities on the other hand said the shop was approved by the Department of Excise and was auctioned this year.

Demand for more parking areas
Bathinda, May 24
Tell us where to park? This is the question the citizens ask after reading the “no parking” board placed at main bazars of the city, by the district administration. The citizens are ready to follow the instructions of the district authorities but they ask for the alternative areas where they could park their vehicles.

MLA wants trained staff for computers
Amritsar, May 24
The teaching of computer courses at high and senior secondary levels in government schools has been criticised by the BJP MLA, Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Mrs Chawla has said instead of charging fee for the courses and paying its 90 per cent to the company conducting the course, should be taught as a subject by trained government staff.

Rail project by year-end
Ferozepore, May 24
The work on the Rs 408-crore Jammu-Udhampur rail project is likely to be completed by the year-end, Railway officials said here yesterday. Nearly 80 per cent of the work on the project, covering a distance of 53.2 km through a difficult hilly terrain with as many as 21 tunnels and 158 bridges, had been completed, the sources said.

HC orders SSP to probe allegations
Barnala, May 24
Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the local SSP to personally inquire into the allegations levelled against the Sub-Registrar, Joint Sub-Registrar and a registration clerk at the office of Sub-Registrar by Mr Inderjit Kumar, petitioner in Inderjit Kumar versus the state of Punjab and another case. 

Truck gutted by fire
Malerkotla, May 24
Goods valued at a few lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire which broke out in a truck number (PB-10-AA-9877) of Bharat Motors Transport company near Islamia High School here today evening. 


Farmers asked to diversify
Sangrur, May 24
Experts from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, today called upon farmers to bring diversification in the farming sector in the wake of implementation of WTO’s policies. 


Vigilance raid on Ropar MC
Ropar, May 24
On the orders of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, local Vigilance Department officials today raided the office of the Ropar Municipal Council. Under the stewardship of the DSP, Vigilance, Ropar, Mr Malvinder Singh, the officials descended on the council office at about 4 p.m. The sleuths seized the office and locked the main gates.

Transferred thrice in three days
Chandigarh, May 24
Mr P.S. Gill, a PCS officer, is in a quandary. He has been getting fresh orders on his posting everyday for the past three days.


2 held for evading market fee
Bathinda, May 24
The police has unearthed a unit manufacturing spurious fertiliser. Tarsem Singh, accused, who have been arrested, have been making fake fertiliser under the brand name of ‘Bico’. The address given on the fertiliser bag was of New Delhi and it was found that it was of a polular company Besto.

Woman’s death: in-laws booked
Kapurthala, May 24
The Kotwali police yesterday registered a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against Harbans Singh, Jito and Lakhi/father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law, respectively, of Balbir Kaur (25), who died yesterday.

One killed in mishap, 2 hurt
Bathinda, May 24
Three persons were injured, including one seriously, when the two scooters they were riding met with an accident on the Thandi Sadak here late last night.


Varsity derecognises parallel PUTA
Patiala, May 24
The order recognising the parallel Punjabi University Teachers Association, issued by the university authorities on April 20 following an “election” organised by a group of teachers, has now been withdrawn.

Allot 6 pc of GDP to education: ABVP
Amritsar, May 24
The National President of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad, Mr Dineshanand Goswami, today expressed his concern over the increase in the activities of Islamic fundamentalists operating on Uttar Pradesh and Bihar border with Nepal.

Education cess imposed
Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab Government has imposed an education cess on the sale of liquor in the state. The government will collect about Rs 20 crore from the cess during the current financial year, according to an official press note.


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