Saturday, June 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Malta tragedy: victims’ kin can file claim
Hoshiarpur, June 8
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Rome, Italy, Mr V.K. Gupta, has informed the Ministry of External Affairs through a letter dated April 30, 2001 that on the suggestion of the Bar Association in Syracuse district, they had approached some lawyers there to seek advice if Malta tragedy victims could file a suit for compensation through the Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission on the behalf of the victims.

Where NGOs do what govt should
Bathinda, June 8
With government departments failing in their duties even small works, such as covering of potholes, dewatering of rain water, putting up of road signs, maintenance of greenery on roads and dividers, providing drinking water to people, have been taken up by the non-governmental organisations of the town.

Lawyers offer help to newspapers
Kharar, June 8
As many as 44 advocates of Kharar have decided to extend legal help to the Press in a case filed by two persons in the court of Ms Harinder Sidhu, Civil Judge, yesterday for permanent injunction, restraining editors and printer publishers of seven national and Punjab newspapers from publishing any news items in their papers concerning the land of the plaintiff and co-shares at Khanpur village in Kharar tehsil.

Pact with BSP not ruled out: Badal
Fazilka, June 8
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, while talking to mediapersons at a press conference at Tahliwala Jattan village, 20 km from here, revealed this morning that the Shiromani Akali Dal could enter into poll pact with any political party in the ensuing Assembly elections to defeat the Congress party. 


BJP has lost moral moorings: CPI
Phagwara, June 8
The Punjab CPI secretary, Dr Joginder Dayal, said yesterday that the BJP had lost its moral and ideological moorings and was pursuing politics of “rank opportunism” for staying in power.

Sahara workers repair Guru Kanshi Marg, the main road in Bathinda.
Sahara workers repair Guru Kanshi Marg, the main road in Bathinda.






Congress pro-poor, says Singla
Chandigarh, June 8
Rebutting the statement made by the Punjab Çhief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, that the Congress had been anti-poor and anti-people, Mr Sant Ram Singla, spokesman of the party, said that the Congress had always followed the policy of empowering the poor and downtrodden.


MC staff stage dharna
Fazilka, June 8
Functioning in municipal council office here today remain paralysed as the majority of employees sat on a dharna in protest against the alleged beating up of Mr Jagdish Raj Wadhwa, Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Fazilka, by civic body chief Mohinder Partap Dhingra and his BJP supporters yesterday.

Suicide case: senior official transferred
Ferozepore, June 8
The stay orders on the arrest of Mr Rajdeep Singh Brar, Assistant Commissioner (General), against whom the charges of alleged harassment in Kartar Singh suicide case were levelled, has been extended till June 12. It has been learnt that he has been transferred out of the district, due to which there is resentment among employees who had observed a pen-down strike yesterday.

Quit drugs, marry off daughter
A major incentive to boost drug deaddication has been announced by some social activists for the rural areas, keeping in view the increasing use of the drugs in Abohar subdivision and the adjoining villages.

Robot that clears garbage on rail track
Bathinda, June 8
Students of the local Government Polytechnic College have invented a robotic vehicle to clear railway tracks of garbage. The vehicle performed flawlessly during a demonstration exercise conducted at the local railway platform today.

‘Register’ case against octroi contractor
Barnala, June 8
Expressing concern over the alleged intimidation of traders by the local octroi contractor and his men and one failure of the Barnala police to take any action against them, Mr Prem Chand Aggarwal president, Beopar Mandal, Barnala, has demanded the registration of case against Surinder alias Happy and his five men for alleged intimidation of two employees of Jain and Company, Barnala.

Anti-power theft drive by PSEB
Patiala, June 8
The Punjab State Electricity Board today launched an anti-power theft drive in all its zones. The drive was launched by board Chairman G.S. Sohal from the board headquarters here with the flagging off two groups of rallyists. 

Lawyers observe strike
Malerkotla, June 8
Members of the local Bar Association today struck work to express solidarity with the agitating lawyers of Sangrur.

Defence Ministry’s proposal flayed
Ferozepore, June 8
In the wake of the Defence Ministry’s proposal of handing over the administration of the 62 cantonments in India, which came into being more than 250 years ago, and the defence estate offices to the Army, the elected members of all cantonment boards falling under the Western Command have held a meeting in which they decided to oppose any such move.

Thrust on elimination of TB
Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir, on behalf of the District Tuberculosis Control Society, handing over the keys of three new motorcycles to the in charge doctors of the Samana, Nabha and Rajpura TB control units in Patiala.

Patiala, June 8
A sum of Rs 1.06 lakh has been given for purchase of three motor cycles by the District Tuberculosis Control Society to the doctors who are in charge of the revised national tuberculosis control programme.

Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir, on behalf of the District Tuberculosis Control Society, handing over the keys of three new motorcycles to the in-charge doctors of the Samana, Nabha and Rajpura TB control units in Patiala. Civil Surgeon Dr Amit Lal Dhingra is standing along with him. — Photo Subhash Patiala

Action against widow pension ‘beneficiary’
Ropar, June 8
The Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab, Dr Upinderjit Kaur, has ordered legal action against a “beneficiary” whose fake widow pension case was established after the complaint of a District Grievances Committee member.

Three-day Jor Mela concludes
Phagwara, June 8
The 84th three-day Jor Mela in connection with Agman Purb of Guru Hargobind Singh today concluded at the nearby historic village Palahi.

Panel inspects roads in Faridkot
Faridkot, June 8
A team of the Estimate Committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, headed by Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhullar, was here yesterday to inspect the condition of roads and various projects in the district.

Escorts to establish hospital in Amritsar
Delhi, June 8
Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Limited and Amritsar Hospital Limited  have joined hands to establish a super-speciality cardiac care hospital in Punjab.

Urs of Pir Mir Sahib observed
Bathinda, June 8
Devotees thronged the “maqbara” of Pir Mir Sahib in the city in a large number last evening to observe the urs of the Pir.


Farmer commits suicide
Bathinda, June 8
Neta Singh, a marginal farmer of Bhucho Khurd village committed suicide late last night after jumping before a running train on the Bathinda-Patiala rail section. Police sources said that Neta Singh took this extreme step due to bad economic conditions which he had been undergoing for the past many years.


Development new DC’s priority
Bathinda, June 8
Mr R. Venkatratnam Deputy Commissioner, today stated that the development of the district would be his top priority and all projects would be completed at the earliest.


Opium seized
The Dera Bassi police arrested Habiv, a resident of Muzzafarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, for possessing 5 kg of opium, worth Rs 80,000, at Sangotha village near here today.


Course for KV teachers
Jalandhar, June 8
To create awareness among teachers of the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in all parts of the country regarding new trends of teaching and learning processes, a three-week long ‘Interservice Course for Post-graduate Teachers in English’ is underway at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 at the cantonment, 10 km from here.

PTU prospectus ambiguous: students
Bathinda, June 8
The prospectus issued by the Punjab Technical University for the Lateral Entry Engineering Test, 2001, contain ambiguous statements and necessary information has not been provided therein.

PMET forms in short supply
Chandigarh, June 8
It was a day of struggle and harassment for the parents of students who have to take the Punjab Medical Entrance Test. On reading an advertisement in newspapers, the parents rushed to a local branch of a private bank in Sector 32 here to buy the prospectus-cum-application form this morning.

GND varsity results
Amritsar, June 8
The results of M.A. (psychology), part-I, B.A. (HS) Punjabi, part-II, and B.A. (HS) Punjabi, second semester, examinations will be declared tomorrow while the results of M.Sc (stats) part-I and part-II and B.Tech (electronics), eighth semester, will be announced on June 11.

Middle class results on June 12
SAS Nagar, June 8
The results of the middle class examination of the Punjab School Education Board will be declared on June 12. A spokesman of the board in a press note said the results could be seen at the district textbook depots and tehsil-level depots of the board on June 13 after 11 a.m.


Activists of mill union block traffic
Mansa, June 8
Activists of the Save Mill Workers Union of the Budhlada Co-operative Sugar Mills Limited supported by various political parties and local organisations blocked traffic today at the ITI chowk in Budhlada in the district.

Corporation status for Bathinda sought
Bathinda, June 8
Mr Madan Lal Kapoor, president, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, today urged the state government to upgrade the city municipal council into a corporation as its population had crossed the 5 lakh mark which was a prerequisite for the step.Top

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