Saturday, May 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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SAD groups put pressure on Badal
Chandigarh, May 25
With the issuance of the notification today to fill the Rajya Sabha seat, various groups have increased political pressure on Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, to secure nomination for the seat for candidates of their choice. The last date for filing the nomination papers is June 1.

Bid to unite anti-Badal factions
Chandigarh, May 25
As all efforts for a patch-up between the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, have failed, a new beginning has been made to bring about unity among all anti-Badal Akali factions.

DSP’s explanation sought
Police lathi charge in Khanpur 
Chandigarh, May 25
Directing Ropar Senior Superintendent of Police and other police officers to file affidavits within three days explaining the “whole situation” in Khanpur lathi charge case, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today observed that “it would be in the interest of all concerned if status quo was maintained regarding possession as well as the user of the land in dispute”.

PhD registration of minister cancelled
Patiala, May 25
A short while after the deadline given to Higher Education Minister Master Mohan Lal, to explain allegations of getting his thesis ghost written or face action passed away, Punjabi University authorities have baulked under taking action against the Minister and only cancelled his PhD registration as requested by him.





Scam in Forest Dept alleged
Gurdaspur, May 25
The Janglat Forest Workers Union, Punjab, claims to have exposed a forest scam involving misappropriation of more than Rs 4 crore in the Pathankot forest division during 2000-2001. Chief adviser Modh Singh Ghuman, former DEO of the department, said today that the Divisional Forest Officer, Pathankot, and forest range officers of Dunera Dhar Kalan, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Aliwal and Qadian forest ranges are alleged to be involved in the scam.

Fund to mitigate lawyers’ hardships
Chandigarh, May 25
The decision of the Punjab Government to promulgate the Punjab Advocates Welfare Fund Act, following formal approval of the Council of Ministers yesterday, concedes a long-standing demand of the lawyers of the state.

Undertrial dies for want of medical care
Kapurthala, May 25
Gurnam Singh (35), an undertrial lodged in the district jail, died today, allegedly for want of medical treatment in the jail. All inmates of the jail went on an indefinite fast following the death.


Badal to reconstitute women’s wing
Sangrur, May 25
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will reconstitute the dissolved party wings, including the women’s and the youth wings, soon. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers said the Party had given all powers to Mr Badal to reconstitute the different party wings.

BJP to contest ‘more seats’
Gurdaspur, May 25
Mr O.P. Kohli, general secretary of the BJP, said here today that the SAD-BJP alliance was credited with strengthening peace and Hindi-Sikh unity. Mr Kohli was here to interact with leaders of districts units of Gurdaspur, Mukerian, Batala, Amritsar Urban and Amritsar Rural.

DCC rebels’ meeting
Mansa, May 25
Senior Congressmen of Mansa district have revolted against Mr Ram Paul Dhaipi, president, Mansa District Congress Committee.


Power generation gets fillip
Ludhiana, May 25
With the rise in temperature, the inflow in the reservoirs of the hydel units have started rising, resulting in more generation of power. The availability of power from the hydel stations is helping the PSEB to tide over the power supply crisis. However, PSEB officials do not rule out power cuts next month when the demand for power for tubewells will mount with the start of paddy transplantation.

‘Peter rehras’ ply unchecked
Bathinda, May 25
Despite a blanket ban on the plying of the “peter rehras” by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a large number of these can be seen in the district. Earlier the “vehicles” were used only to carry goods, but now a days even schoolchildren are being carried, at the risk of their lives, on these “vehicles” right under the nose of district authorities.

Case against Bhattal ‘motivated’
Bathinda, May 25
Mr Satpal Bhateja, Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Lok Bhalai said the case registered against former Chief Minister, Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, for allegedly drawing Rs 20 lakh from the government exchequer when she was Chief Minister, was politically motivated.

14 honoured by Vigilance Bureau
Bathinda, May 25
The district unit of the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, today honoured 14 persons who had helped the bureau in nabbing those government employees who were allegedly taking bribe. At a function organised at the local office of the bureau, Mr Khushi Mohammad, DSP (Vigilance), distributed cheques among those selected under a state government scheme.

Pools turn mirage for Patiala residents
Patiala, May 25
With the mercury hovering around 40°C, the city residents are feeling an acute paucity of swimming pools since most of the pools are out of bounds for them. As a result , people are left with few options and most opt to take a dip in the adjoining Bhakra and its rivulets.

Efforts on to repatriate ex-militants: DGP
Amritsar, May 25
Mr Sarabjit Singh, DGP, said yesterday that a number of blacklisted idealogues of the Khalistan movement, presently living abroad and keen to return were likely to be allowed entry into India soon.

Probe into charges against ASI begins
Abohar, May 25
Following the directions of the Punjab Human Rights Commission, the district police has initiated an inquiry into the allegations levelled against ASI Amarbir Singh posted at the Arniwala police post in Balluana.

Suspended staff denied half pay
Bathinda, May 25
Mr Sukhmandar Singh, circle president, Technical Services Union, Punjab State Electricity Board, alleged in a written statement issued here today that the PSEB authorities were denying maintenance allowance to PSEB employees suspended under various “false” cases. He alleged that several cases had been fabricated against employees by higher officials of the PSEB.

Judge inspects hospital
Ferozepore, May 25
The high court Judge, Mr Justice J. S. Narang, who conducted a surprise inspection of the Civil Hospital here was visibly perturbed at the appalling unhygienic conditions and general upkeep of the hospital.

CBI probe sought against minister
Nawanshahr, May 25
Mr Avtar Singh Paniali and Mr Hargurvinder Singh Kahlon, president and general secretary, respectively, of the district unit of the SAD (Amritsar) at a press conference here yesterday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged involvement of Mr Sohan Singh Thandal and Mr Sujan Singh, SAD ministers, and SGPC member Tarlochan Singh Dopalpur in the human trafficking.

Transfer order revoked
Amritsar, May 25
The transfer order of the Deputy Chief Engineer, Mr D.S. Kambhoj, Punjab State Electricity Board has been revoked following protests by various organisations. The order has allegedly been revoked under political pressure.


Crop fires: PSEB at fault in 25 pc cases only
Patiala, May 25
Mr G.S. Sohal, Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, today clarified that only about 25 to 30 per cent cases reported by the board’s customers were found to be directly related to the shortcomings on the part of the PSEB.

New method to grow vegetables
The Department of Vegetables at Punjab Agricultural University here is soon going to recommend the adoption of net house vegetable production technology to farmers.


Five palledars hurt as unions clash
Bathinda, May 25
Even as five members of the Palledar Mazdoor Union are getting treatment at the local Civil Hospital after being reportedly severely beaten up by members of the Punjab Pradesh Palledar Union last evening at Lehra Bega village, the clash between the two groups continued today.


Rare strains of TB found
Amritsar, May 25
Rare strains of M. tuberculosis have been found by Dr P.K. Sehajpal, Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, and his colleagues in collaboration with Dr P.K. Sarin of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar.

SGPC for IT exchange with foreign varsities
Amritsar, May 25
The SGPC has expressed its desire for information technology exchange with foreign universities to improve the education, especially medical education being imparted in its colleges. This was disclosed at press conference, by Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary SGPC, and Dr Grace Peterson, head Nuring Department, Wisconcin, USA.

2 child labourers top in primary examination
Amritsar, May 25
Two students who got the merit positions in the primary board examinations have been offered education free of cost by Mr Kulwant Singh, Mohali Municipal Council president.

PUTA barred
Patiala, May 25
A local court has restrained the Punjabi University Teachers Association from holding any meeting or demonstration on the university premises within a radius of 50 metres from the university.


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