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Badal approaches ILO
Mounting unemployment in Punjab
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Government has approached the International Labour Organisation to study and find a solution to the mounting unemployment problem in the state. Informed official sources said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, after reading a newsitem in The Tribune with regard to the emerging explosive unemployment situation in the country contacted, Mr A.S. Oberai, Director, South Asia Mutlidisciplinary Advisory Team in Delhi.

CM’s Chandigarh visits — few but hectic
Chandigarh, June 22
For the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, his dates with Chandigarh, though far and few, are busy and hectic. A series of meetings await him as and when he comes here.

Dhuri DSP booked for graft
Sangrur, June 22
The police today registered a case against the Dhuri DSP, Mr Harbhajan Singh, under Sections 7, 13 and 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 of the IPC on a complaint filed by Mr Panjab Singh, a resident of Sadharanpur village, under Ghagga police station in Patiala district.

Vedanti holds meeting with Kewal Singh
Amritsar, June 22
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, and Giani Gurbachan Singh, Granthi, Golden Temple, today held a closed-door meeting at the Akal Takht secretariat this afternoon.




No sign of work despite CM’s grants
Jalandhar, June 22
Though the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had sanctioned Rs 52 lakh for various development projects in the Jalandhar Central constituency during his sangat darshan programme on May 6, work on these projects is yet to start even after the completion of the scheduled time of 45 days yesterday, thanks to the apathy of the local municipal corporation authorities.

Another DA slab for Punjab pensioners
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Government has decided to lower the minimum qualification of the dependents of deceased employees, from middle to primary level, for their appointment against Class IV posts on compassionate grounds.

Open Wagah border, pleads artiste
Amritsar, June 22
Famous theatre actress of Pakistan Madhiha Gouhar has appealed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and President Musharraf to open the border at Wagah and allow free flow of citizens of both countries.


Mand is SAD (A) candidate for Ferozepore city
Ferozepore, June 22
Much ahead of the coming Assembly elections in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, announced its candidate for the Ferozepore city Assembly constituency at a rally held here yesterday, at which all senior leaders of the party, except Mr Mann, who could not make it on medical grounds, participated.

Kamal Chowdhary not to join any party
Chandigarh, June 22
Former member of the Lok Sabha, Kamal Chowdhary, who resigned from the BJP a few months ago, said today he would not join any political party. “The Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP are defamed political outfits and there is no question of joining such parties,” he said. He said that the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, was holding the Sangat Darshan to purchase votes. The Congress party, bedevilled by internal strife, had failed to play the role of responsible opposition and the BJP had committed several political blunders at the national and state level.

Cong training camp from June 26
Patiala, June 22
The Northern Regional Training Camp of the Congress party will be held from June 26 to 27, under which, participants from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttaranchal, Western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will discuss the “scams in governance”, besides acquainting workers with the ideology and programmes of the party.

Shiv Sena to contest 30 Assembly seats
Ludhiana, June 22
The Punjab unit of the Shiv Sena will field its candidates on 30 Assembly seats in the forthcoming election. The party has released the list of Assembly seats from where it intends to contest and announced the names of district observers, who will be responsible for strengthening the organisational set up.


Judge warns police of ‘serious action’
Security to Moga resident, daughter
Chandigarh, June 22
Directing the Punjab Director-General of Police and other officials to ensure “meticulous compliance” of orders directing them to provide security to a Moga district resident and her daughter who is seeking registration of a case against her father for his involvement in the alleged murder of her brother, Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today warned them of “serious action” if they failed to carry out the directions.

  • Notice issued to SGPC
  • Recovery order stayed

Cops accused of inaction
Bathinda, June 22
Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Kararwala village in the district, has alleged the police is not taking any action against Hardayal Singh and his associates, residents of Chauke village, even after the registration of a case against them under Sections 307, 326, 324, 323, 148, 149, 379, 448 and 447 of the IPC, who had allegedly severely beaten his brother and his (Mohinder’s) two daughters on June 1.

ASI, 4 others suspended
Gurdaspur, June 22
Mr Sukhdev Singh, SSP, today placed under suspension ASI Kasturi Lal, Head Constable Darshan Lal and Constables Avtar Singh, Jagtar Singh and Pawan Kumar, all members of a naka Party at Madhopur for harassing Suresh Kumar, driver of a tourist Bus, during checking yesterday. There were complaints against the naka party and the SSP had deputed the SP (Operations) for surprise checking.

SSP directed to file report
Bathinda, June 22
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the local SSP to file a report on a complaint of Mr Gurnam Singh a resident of the city.

Lack of staff ails Civil Hospital
Bathinda, June 22
The Civil Hospital of the city, which is the only option left for the locals and those who cannot afford the expensive treatment at private hospitals, is a classic example of inefficiency. The Vigilant Citizens Forum, an NGO working towards ensuring best utilisation of the facilities meant the public, has sent a memorandum to the Deputy Medical Commissioner, Bathinda, Dr Gurjant Singh Sekhon.

Basic amenities elude Bamial residents
Gurdaspur, June 22
The Bamial block, smallest in the state and located on the Indo-Pak border beyond the Ravi, continues to suffer from gross neglect. Spread over in area of more than 10,000 acres with a population of little less than 26,000, the block located in the isolated area having contiguity with Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir can easily be called land of deprivation.

Bhatia sees US pressure for talks
Amritsar, June 22
The proposed talks between Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf are being held under the pressure of the USA. This was stated by Mr R.L. Bhatia, former External Affairs Minister and Congress member of Parliament, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

MLAs’ disqualification: hearing adjourned
Chandigarh, June 22
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today adjourned hearing of the case pertaining to the disqualification of certain MLAs belonging to the Tohra group to November 7.

Consumer body’s memo to DC
Abohar, June 22
Erratic power supply figured prominently at the first “Sangat Darshan” programme of the new Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.R. Ladhar, at the local Community Centre today. A deputation from the Consumers Movement led by the Chairman Mr Sat Pal Khariwal, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner enlisting prime problems of the subdivisional town.

Discrimination in promotions alleged
Bathinda, June 22
Mr Hans Singh and Mr Malkeet Singh, state general secretary and district general secretary, respectively, of the Gazetted and non-Gazetted SC BC Employees Welfare Federation have alleged that the Education Department authorities were discriminating against employees belonging to the SC and the BC in the matter of promotion.

Residents sore over water shortage
Mansa, June 22
Residents of Budhlada and Bhikhi towns in the district are sore over the acute shortage of water in the past one month. They are forced to store water at night or early in the morning. The underground water here has been declared unfit for human consumption. Apart from it, the scorching heat and frequent power cuts for hours together are multiplying the woes of the people. These cuts have affected industrialists, traders and factories in particular.

56 Lok Adalats chalked out
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Legal Services Authority has chalked out a programme to organise Lok Adalats between July and September, 2001. A spokesman of the PLSA said as many as 56 Lok Adalats, including six labour courts, will be held at various places in the state.

Minister escapes unhurt in accident
Hoshiarpur, June 22
Mr Balbir Singh Miani, State Minister for Medical Higher Education, escaped unhurt in a road accident while his four security guards were wounded when a tractor-trailer (No PAP-9786) hit the Gypsy (No-PB-12E-1069) in which they were travelling near Nangal Shaidan,7 km from here, on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road last night.

5 SGPC Assistant Secys demoted
Amritsar, June 22
Five assistant secretaries who were promoted during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur have been demoted by the SGPC executive.

Sant Ravidas postage stamp on June 24
Chandigarh, June 22
The Minister for Communication, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, will release a commemorative postage stamp on Sant Ravidas at Ludhiana on June 24. Issued by the Department of Posts, the stamp is in the denomination of Rs 3.

Call to end encroachments
Chandigarh, June 22
The Gram Jan Kalyan Sanstha of Nagla, a progressive village of Patiala district, has decided to approach the Punjab Government to identify and demarcate the shamlat land within the village revenue area which stood encroached upon by vested interests and get it vacated with a view to augmenting the income of the village.


Supply of seeds to be probed
Mansa, June 22
Mrs Raji. P. Srivastava, Deputy Commissioner, today ordered an inquiry into complaints made by farmers in connection with the supply of substandard seeds of cotton, millet and other foodgrains to them by the Punjab State Seed Corporation.


Flood control steps in Mansa
Mansa, June 22
The district administration has started gearing up to face prospective threat of floods. In a meeting of district officials, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Raji P. Srivastva, issued directions that all officials should take her prior permission before leaving station headquarters.

District admn gears up for flood control
Gurdaspur, June 22
All possible arrangements to control floods have been finalised. Flood protection measures are being taken on a war footing at Kamal Pur Jattan, Nikka Post Complex, Kajle, Bharial, Chhani Bela, Simble, Post, Gajju, Jagir, Jainpur, Tesh and Chauntra on rivers Ravi, Beas, Ujh and Chakki. Drag machines have been engaged round-the-clock to desilt drains.

Postal Dept told to vacate building
Kapurthala, June 22
The district administration has initiated action for the vacation of the historical Darbar Hall in the District Courts complex. The Post and Telegraph Department has been occupying the building since 1950 at a monthly rent of Rs 1,395.

Panel for mentally challenged
Patiala, June 22
The district administration has constituted a local-level committee for the welfare of persons with autism, cerebral palsy and mental retardation. This was decided at a meeting presided over by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala here today.

Samundari promoted
Chandigarh, June 22
The Punjab Government today promoted and appointed Mr J.S. Samundari as Conservator of Forests, South Circle, Patiala, covering Patiala, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar and Mansa Districts. 


8 trespassers arrested
Barnala, June 22
Swinging into action promptly, the Barnala police today arrested eight persons claiming to be activists of the Punjab Human Rights Jathebandi who made an unsuccessful attempt to illegally take possession of the office of Mr Ashok Goel an advocate.


AIFUCTO to intensify stir
Phagwara, June 22
The executive committee of the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation AIFUCTO — an apex body of over four lakh teachers — has decided to intensify its struggle against the non-acceptance of its demands by the government following the failure of talks between the representatives of the HRD Ministry and the AIFUCTO secretariat on May 13.

NCC girls camp concludes
Patiala, June 22
Nearly 400 girls took part in the annual 10-day NCC girls camp organised by the 4 Punjab NCC Girls Battalion here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr S. S. Narang, SDM, Patiala, said the girls must be given guidance about different welfare projects so that they could achieve higher status in life.

PWD, dist admn lock horns over school land
Ropar, June 22
The district administration and the PWD have locked horns over the land of Shivalik Public School here. The PWD has filed a case against the school authorities under the Public Premises Act. They alleged that the school authorities had encroached upon the PWD land worth crores.


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