Sunday, June 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Sikh clergy meeting on June 4
Amritsar, June 2
The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has reportedly convened an emergency meeting of Sikh clergy for June 4 at Akal Takht on the issue of “Ghallughara divas” (genocide day) even as the radical Sikh organisations are determined to organise “bhog ceremony” of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on that day.

SHSAD to file writ for SGPC poll in July
Amritsar, June 2
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today said his party would file a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in July this year for timely elections to the SGPC which are due in October. 

Controversy dogs SAD
Ludhiana, June 2
The recent political activity in the ruling Akali alliance, culminating in the form of sangat darshans by Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the spate of inaugurations of various development projects and holding of public rallies by his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, have led to anxiety and controversy, both within and outside the party.

Work on Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail line to be speeded up
Chandigarh, June 2
All the impediments were cleared for speeding up construction on the 112 km Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today.




Punjab to aim at ‘sustainable’ agriculture
Chandigarh, June 2
After the plain speaking by Mr Parkash Singh Badal at the conference of Chief Ministers on the “WTO, agreement on agriculture and food management” in New Delhi on May 21, a definite programme is being drawn up on what Punjab proposes to do next.

PUDA books 25 colonisers
Jalandhar, June 2
Taking a tough posture towards unscrupulous colonisers, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has initiated criminal proceedings against 25 such colonisers in Jalandhar zone comprising Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Nawanshahr, Kapurthana and Gurdaspur districts.


Dal (Mann) to give ticket to Sehajdhari Sikhs
Phagwara, June 2
Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu, National General Secretary, Akali Dal (Amritsar), said yesterday that the Party would give the ticket to Sehajdhari Sikhs. Talking to newsmen here today in presence of Mr Anoop Singh Minhas, General Secretary of the party, Dr Jakhu said the Dalits were joining the Mann group in a big way.

Morcha’s tie-up with SAD likely
Phagwara, June 2
Bahujan Samaj Morcha national president Satnam Singh Kainth today did not rule out truck with the Badal-led SAD during coming Assembly poll. Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Kainth said though alliance issue would be finalised near the elections yet he felt that uniting workers and peasants would be a step in the right direction to defeat the Congress.

Cong workers’ rally on June 7
Bathinda, June 2
Congress workers of the district have decided to hold a rally on June 7 in the city to protest against the registration of a case of corruption against Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minsiter of Punjab.


More women entering drug trade
Bathinda, June 2
Smuggling of narcotics which used to be a male domain is now seeing more and more women in the region entering the trade. For the past four years, the rising number of women getting involved in the smuggling of narcotics has been worrying the police authorities.

4,800 cases settled at lok adalat
Jalandhar, June 2
To settle the long-pending cases of labourers in different courts throughout the state, the Punjab Government has decided to organise labour lok adalats so that poor people can get justice at the earliest.

Bid to improve traffic cops’ image
Jalandhar, June 2
The district police has instructed its traffic wing policemen to adopt a humanitarian approach towards commuters while enforcing traffic rules on the city roads. The city police recently conducted a month-long special training programme for its traffic wing focused on improving the police-public relations.

PCMS doctors resent reduction in allowances
Patiala, June 2
The PCMS Association, Punjab, today expressed its resentment over the reduction in allowances of doctors as recommended by the Fourth Punjab Pay Commission and the non-implementation of commission’s recommendations even after more than four years.

Higher prices dampen Bacchus lovers’ spirits
Patiala, June 2
Bacchus lovers of the district are in for a raw deal with liquor contractors having formed a syndicate and hiked the prices of both country and Indian made foreign liquor with the Excise Department looking the other way.

SBI union meeting leads to infighting
Bathinda, June 2
A meeting of the members of the State Bank of India Staff Association was held here today amidst protests and allegations by the members of the warring factions of the union who claimed to constitute the representatives of the “real” union.

ISPs disappoint Net users
Bathinda, June 2
Internet users of the city have been facing various problems, including slow connectivity, frequent disconnections, no response and ‘server down’, for quite some time.

1 dies in agarbatti factory fire
Jalandhar, June 2
Even as one person was killed in a devastating fire which broke out in an agarbatti manufacturing unit, which was situated in the densely populated Luxmipura locality today, the Fire Department has decided to recommend to the district administration to immediately shift the factory from the residential area.

Sambhar rescued
Amritsar, June 2
An adult female sambhar, protected species of deer, was rescued by the police and the Wildlife authorities here yesterday. The Sadar police and the Wildlife authorities had to chase the deer for nearly five hours near the Fatehgarh Churian road canal. 
A sambhar, protected species of deer under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, rescued on Saturday by the police and the Wild Life authorities.
A sambhar, protected species of deer under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, rescued on Saturday by the police and the Wild Life authorities.
 — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Rehabilitation of disabled: training begins
Sangrur, June 2
The training of persons selected for national programme for the rehabilitation of the disabled in Sangrur district, was yesterday launched at a function. Mr G.K. Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function. 


PSEB told to replace defective transformers
Chandigarh, June 2
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today reviewed the progress of power projects and power position in the state and directed the PSEB to take steps to replace defective transformers immediately after the registration of complaints by the public.

Pension release in month’s 1st week
Sangrur, June 2
The Punjab Government has decided to release pensions to the eligible persons in the first week of every month. The state government has been spending Rs 20 crore per month on the pensions through the Social Security Department.


5 drug peddlers arrested
Malout, June 2
The district police has achieved a major breakthrough in busting a gang which was allegedly supplying smack and opium to college students in the region. Police sources said here yesterday that five persons namely Harish Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Jagdish Kumar, Jagdish Rai and Gurtej Singh had been arrested.

‘Pyre’ of missing kin lit
Mansa, June 2
Having failed to trace out bodies of his daughter-in-law, Veena Bhatia (21) and his grandson Abhi (2), from the Bhakra main line, Mr Krishan Lal Bhatia, a local businessman and his family, to satisfy its sentiments, prepared pyre of the deceased and cremated it on Tuesday.


GND varsity results today
Amritsar, June 2
The results of BA/B.Sc (Part II) and B.Cam (Bachelor of Computer Aided Management), Part I, examinations conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University in April/May this year will be declared tomorrow and these can also be accessed on the next day from the official website ( of the university.

Ayurvedic pharmacy needs resuscitation
Patiala, June 2
Once supplying medicines to 526 dispensaries, 17 health centres and five ayurvedic colleges in the state, the Ayurvedic pharmacy here seems to have fallen on bad days with production of medicines having been virtually stopped.

Scholar not found fit for promotion
Patiala, June 2
Punjabi University has failed to find noted scholar and former Head of Department of Punjabi Dr Jaswinder Singh fit for promotion as Professor under the Career Advancement Scheme even though he has 12 books to his credit and has written 52 research papers besides garnering various literary awards.

AFDR flays Punjabi varsity decision
Bathinda, June 2
The Punjab unit of the Association for Democratic Rights has condemned the decision taken by the syndicate of Punjabi University, Patiala, on April 25 that any decision taken by the university authorities or by any related body of the university if considered to be unsatisfactory could not be discussed by the media as it would be unconstitutional.

Ex-Principal new Medical Superintendent
Amritsar, June 2
Dr Surinder Singh Cheema, former Principal of Guru Ram Das Medical Institute, here, was yesterday installed Medical Superintendent in place of Col B.S. Cheema. It has also been learnt that Dr Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal, Principal of Guru Ram Das Institute is likely to be replaced by Mr Inderjit Singh Shergill.Top

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