Tuesday, May 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Relax specifications of wheat: Punjab
Ludhiana, May 28
The Punjab Government is understood to have written to the Central Government to relax the specifications of wheat procured during the current season and also take the delivery of the same on priority basis. The urgency to deliver wheat procured by the official procuring agencies has arisen following damage caused to the same by the untimely rains during March and the first week of April. 

Stop fighting, Badal tells Talwandi, Bibi
Kapurthala, May 28
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has taken a serious view of the infighting between Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC and Mrs Jagir Kaur, former President of the SGPC.

RS seat: PM may talk to Badal
Abohar, May 28
The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is likely to speak to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on the telephone today on the BJP’s claim over the Rajya Sabha seat vacated by Ramohinder Singh Majitha after his election to state Assembly.

Minister questions MC chief’s orders
Jalandhar, May 28
Even as the Commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation has withdrawn the powers of the Additional Divisional Fire Officer and delegated these to the Station Fire Officer, a junior officer in the Fire Brigade Department, the Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, has questioned the validity of these orders on the pretext that a junior officer can not be delegated such powers as per rules.




  India, Pak exchange prisoners
Wagah, May 28
Five Indian prisoners, who hoped to return to their motherland narrowly missed the opportunity as the Pakistan authorities refused to hand them over during repatriation of prisoners at the Wagah checkpost today. In all 14 prisoners were exchanged by both countries.


BSP not to forge alliance with SAD
Mansa, May 28
The BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the SAD. He was here to address a party rally to commemorate the 110th birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

Channi takes exception to Badal’s remarks
Hoshiarpur, May 28
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, MP from Hoshiarpur, has objected to the recent remarks of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal against the Congress.

Meeting of Cong leaders cancelled
Chandigarh, May 28
A meeting of senior Punjab Congress leaders called by Mr Moti Lal Vora, Treasurer of the All-India Congress Committee and in charge of the party affairs in Punjab, on May 29 has been cancelled.

‘Induct Sukhbir in Cabinet’
New Delhi, May 28
A member of the Shiromani Akali Dal working committee, Mr Onkar Singh Thapar, today urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to induct Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of the Punjab Chief Minister, in the Union Council of Ministers.

Cong leaders being implicated: Jakhar
Abohar, May 28
The PPCC former President Mr Virendra Kataria and the President of the District Congress Committee Ferozepore, Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, condemned the Badal government for trying to implicate the former Chief Minister, Ms. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, in a case of misappropriation of funds.


‘Path bodh’ begins
Talwandi Sabo, May 28
Path bodh (understanding of recitation of ‘gurbani’) started here today despite an objection raised by one of the members of the SGPC regarding the permission given to Jatha Bhinderan for the same.

Manjit Singh’s petition dismissed
Chandigarh, May 28
In a significant order, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed with costs a petition filed by Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, MLA, and a close confidant of the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and others , upholding the right of the SGPC to make nomination of members to various trusts in accordance with the deeds and decision of its Executive. The order was passed by Mr Justice V.K. Jhanji.

Fear in village due to oil dumps
Phoos Mandi (Bathinda), May 28
Fear prevails among residents of this village following reports of a fire at the ammunition depot near Suratgarh.

Order to notify election of Ferozepore MC chief
Chandigarh, May 28
Allowing a writ petition, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Punjab to notify Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta’s name as the President of Ferozepore Municipal Council.

  • Order to admit student
  • Proceedings on FIR stayed

Residents clamp MC pipes as taps run dry
Patiala, May 28
The people of the inner walled city, who have been the subject of a vigorous drive to check the use of tullu pumps, have now virtually descended on the streets. They are taking water straight from the municipal pipes in front of their homes by putting clamps on these, which are opened and shut according to the requirement of water.

Film on espionage to reveal bitter truth
Amritsar, May 28
Based on ‘Under the shadow of bayonets & bars’ — the biography of Mr Mohan Lal Bhaskar — an Indian spy, a feature film is being produced by Harwinder Malik, a cine star and a national awardee which will hit the silver screen next year.

Widow alleges land-grab by in-laws
Gurdaspur, May 28
Mrs Sukhjit Kaur, widow of Satnam Singh, has been moving from pillar to post since 1992 to get her share of landed property from her in-laws but in vain. She has been denied her due on the basis of a fake land transfer jointly prepared by her in-laws and revenue officials concerned.

Relatives of deceased ransack hospital
Jalandhar, May 28
The death of a patient in the local Tagore Hospital this afternoon resulted in the ransacking of the hospital by relatives and friends of the deceased. Ram Kishan, a former Sarpanch of Kotla village under Adampur subdivision, was admitted to the hospital three days ago. However, he reportedly developed complications this afternoon, forcing doctors to refer him to the local military hospital.

Christians burn Musharraf’s effigy
Wagah, May 28
Hundreds of Christians reached the Wagah border today to lodge a strong protest against the death sentence awarded to a Christian teacher in Pakistan. Protesting Christians set afire the effigy of General Musharraf, Chief Executive of Pakistan. Slogans were raised against the Pakistan Government’s action.

Cong men threaten to court arrest
Bathinda, May 28
Activists of the human rights cell of the Congress today warned the Punjab Government that if it did not stop the alleged harassment of former Chief Minsiter Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, workers would court arrest.

1 killed, 12 hurt in road mishap
Nawanshahr, May 28
Raj Dulari, a resident of Panchkula died on the spot and as many as 12 persons were injured when a Punjab Roadways bus (PB 12-9814) overturned near Kathgarh village here today.

Man falls into trench, hurt
Bathinda, May 28
Mr Jatinder Sharma, a resident of Nai Basti here, suffered serious injuries when he fell drown in a deep trench dug by a Punjab Government department to lay down pipes on the Bathinda-Goniana road near Sukhraj Cinema, late last night.

PIL against PSEB
Bathinda, May 28
Mr Dharam Vir Walia, president, Public Grievances Association, has filed a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High court against the PSEB for charging octroi from the residents of the city for the electricity that they use.

Cheques distributed
Bathinda, May 28
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, Punjab, today distributed cheques worth Rs 96,000 at various villages of the Bathinda Assembly segment.

LHRI: allegations baseless
Chandigarh, May 28
The Lawyers for Human Rights International has termed the reported allegations of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a senior Congress leader, that the organisation and the senior vice-president, Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon are perusing the cases against her at the behest of some political leaders, as baseless.

Club charter withdrawn
Sunam, May 28
Taking a serious view of an alleged violation committed by the local Rotary Club (Golden), which was chartered on Saturday night, Mr Rajinder Taneja, district governor, Rotary International (3090) has withdrawn the charter of the local Rotary Club (Golden).

Stitching centre inaugurated
Bathinda, May 28
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister of Science and Technology, yesterday inaugurated the Shri Guru Ravi Dass Stitching Centre at Kartar Basti here. This centre was started under the patronage of the local unit of Seva Bharti, a social organisation working for the welfare and upliftment of the poor.


3 ADCs within five months
Gurdaspur, May 28
The Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) has been transferred thrice during a short span of five months. After Mr Hussan Lal was transferred, Mr J.S. Dhillon took over the charge on December 15, 2000. 

Fast-track courts likely to be set up
Pathankot, May 28
Fast-track courts, as proposed by the Central Government, are likely to be set up in Punjab, said Mr Justice N.K. Sood of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, during his three-day inspection tour at Gurdaspur.

Water crisis issue dominates MC meeting
Amritsar, May 28
A hue and cry was raised over the water crisis prevailing in the city at the municipal corporation house meeting here today.

Sub-Registrar faces probe by SSP
Barnala, May 28
Following orders of Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Senior Superintendent of Police here has personally initiated a probe into the allegations levelled against the local Sub-Registrar, Joint Sub-Registrar and a Registration Clerk by Mr Inderjit Kumar, a petitioner in Inderjit Kumar versus State of Punjab and Another case.

Taxation officers unhappy
Bathinda, May 28
Resentment prevails amongst Excise and Taxation Officers of the state against the non implementation of the report submitted by the anomalies committees.

MC staff on strike against raid
Ropar, May 28
Employees of the Ropar Municipal Council today went on an indefinite strike in protest against vigilance raid on their office. Earlier, on Friday, the local vigilance authorities, on orders from the Chief Minister’s office, had raided the council office and seized the records there. The employees, who are on strike, are alleging that they are being victimised due to a rivalry between two local ministers.


Mahant rapes minor
Barnala, May 28
Mahant Sewa Dass Muni, chief of Dera Baba Inder Dass at Tapa, about 20 km from here on the Barnala-Bathinda road, allegedly raped an 8-9 years old girl. The mahant has been booked under Section 376, IPC, at Tapa police station. The Barnala police has launched a hunt for the mahant who is absconding.

Prisoners caught smuggling drugs
Bathinda, May 28
Gurcharan Singh, who had been undergoing 10-year rigorous imprisonment in the local central jail after being convicted in a case registered against him in connection with smuggling narcotics, was today caught red-handed, along with another jail inmate, Gurlabh Singh, while they were trying to smuggle some intoxicants tablets and capsules into the jail.

Stamp vendor murder case: 2 held
Moga, May 28
The police today claimed to have solved the mystery behind the murder of a stamp vendor from Nihalsinghwala in the district with the recovery of his body and the arrest of the two suspects in the case.

Opium seized
Moga, May 28
About 10 kg of opium worth about Rs 1 lakh was seized from a smuggler here, the police said today. A police party during a checking yesterday signalled the accused to stop on the GT Road here.


Polytechnics on brink of closure
Gradual withdrawal of grant-in-aid by govt
Jalandhar, May 28
The tall claims of the state government regarding the spread of technical education to make the youth self-employed in the absence of government jobs, notwithstanding, all government-aided polytechnics are on the verge of closure due to the decision of the Punjab Government to gradually abolish grant-in-aid within three years.

School upgraded
Moga, May 28
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh yesterday upgraded Government Girls School at Charik village, to plus two with immediate effect.


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