Friday, July 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Punjabi youths in Pak jail await release
Chandigarh, July 5
“When will my father be freed by General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan?” asks Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mustafabad in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Malta tragedy: move to recover bodies
Hoshiarpur, July 5
The Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission office has received three communications from Italian Senator Tana Dezulueta regarding the progress in the cases and the new findings which were possible with the efforts of Giovanni Maria Bellu of newspaper La Repubblica who, after being tipped off by a fisherman, near Siracusa in Sicily, found the identity card of one of the passengers of the ship, Anapalagan Ganeshu of Sri Lanka.

Girls get top 3 positions in matriculation exam
SAS Nagar, July 5
Continuing with the trend in this year’s Senior Secondary examination of the Punjab School Education Board, girls once again secured the first three positions in the matriculation examination, the results of which were declared here today.

Punjab gets 120 cr against FCI’s paddy sale
Bathinda, July 5
The Punjab Government has managed to get a part of the payment of the Rs 120 crore from the Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister of its total claim of Rs 270 crore with regard to the disposal of paddy procured by the Food Corporation of India and state agencies in 1994-95.

Fake pensioners cheat bank of 10 lakh
Treasury to take up case with Finance Dept
Jalandhar, July 5
The ongoing tussle between the district treasury authorities and the State Bank of India over the refusal of the latter to deposit more than Rs 10 lakh with the state exchequer which had been disbursed to 146 fake pensioners by the bank in a period of nine months.


Fatehgarh Sahib



  Simla pact ‘must be basis for talks’
Bathinda, July 5
BJP National Secretary O.P. Kohli today said his party was in favour of the coming Indo-pak talks being held under the spirit of Simla Agreement and the APHC should not advocate Pakistan’s cause.

PUTA memo against VC to Rinwa
Bathinda, July 5
A deputation of the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) today submitted a memorandum to the state BJP chief, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, Punjab Food and Supply Minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, and state Education Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, alleging that the Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, had been misusing his powers and violating university rules.

Sohi’s death may hit Kanwaljit’s poll fortunes
Patiala, July 5
The death of Congress leader Ravinder Singh Sohi may well rewrite political fortunes in the Banur Assembly constituency with State Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh likely to be affected most.


SAD (A) names two candidates
Phagwara, July 5
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, M.P, today released the party’s five-point poll agenda, as well as first list of its candidates for the coming Assembly poll.

BJP executive meet in Amritsar
Bathinda, July 5
Mr Om Parkash Kohli, National Secretary, BJP, said the details of the meetings of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, with Mr Pervez Musharaff would be available at the BJP national executive meeting to be held at Amritsar from July 18 to 20.


Decorated soldier’s statue dishonoured
Bathinda, July 5
The BJP workers here have brought disgrace and disrespect to the highest decorated soldier of the Commonwealth countries, Jamadar Nand Singh, winner of Victoria Cross and Maha Vir Chakra, today by tying ropes to his life-size statue, installed in the hearts of the city, for tying banners on the occasion of the party’s state executive meeting to be presided over by national secretary, Mr O.P. Kohli.

Technology to treat waste water
In a project aimed at benefiting polluting industries, the Punjab Pollution Control Board, in association with its central counterpart, has successfully established the root zone treatment system at the Maine distillery here under which certain kinds of reeds are used to cleanse waste water which flows through them.

Rotary homes for the homeless
The local Rotary Club has set an example by providing dwelling units to poor families of the area. Twenty units, each comprising a room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet, were handed over to the families by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, here.

Crisis mars Cardiology Dept of Rajindra Hospital
Patiala, July 5
The Cardiology Department of the Government Rajindra Hospital is facing a crisis with only the Head of the Department left to man its daily running as two other senior faculty members have taken premature retirement.

PSEB’s new timetable for industries
Patiala, July 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today revised timings for evening peak load hours for industry besides announcing the power cut schedule for urban-industrial mixed feeders.

Dal Khalsa refutes charge
Amritsar, July 5
The Dal Khalsa today refuted the charge by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, that it had held a press conference at Congress Bhawan, Chandigarh, where the demand for Khalistan was raised.

25 taken ill after eating laddoos
Ludhiana, July 5
At least 25 persons, including women and children, were taken ill at Mullanpur Dakha village, 20 kms from here, today after they ate sweets bought from a sweet-meat shop in Ludhiana.

Proceedings stayed in minister’s plea
Chandigarh, July 5
Issuing notice of motion to Punjab Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed further proceedings before Ferozepur’s Senior Superintendent of Police.

  • Chohan’s bail plea hearing

  • Plea against HPCL appointment rejected

KMC plans protest during PM’s visit
Amritsar, July 5
Close on heels of the proposed visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Amritsar, the Khalra Mission Committee has announced it will hold a protest to press for the release of 1500 Sikhs languishing in jails. The KMC will file write petitions for these cases shortly.

Pilot dies in MiG crash
Hoshiarpur, July 5
An MiG-21 aircraft of the Adampur airbase crashed in the maize fields between Ajnoha and Todarpur at 9.35 p.m. last night. Pilot Sandip Mehra was burnt alive.

Beopar mandal seeks abolition of octroi
Amritsar, July 5
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal will press upon the government to abolish octroi levied in the state as promised by the Akali-BJP government in its election manifesto.

Electrification of rail link begins
Phillaur, July 5
The Northern Railways has started electrification work on the Ludhiana-Amritsar rail section. The information was given here today by railway sources.

FCI union to launch stir on July 23
Ferozepore, July 5
The FCI Executive Staff Union has decided to launch a statewide agitation from July 23 in protest against the issuance of charge-sheets to employees and imposition of penalties on them on the pretext of storage and transient losses of foodgrain.

CITU to launch stir against govt policies
Jalandhar, July 5
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will launch a state-wide campaign against the “retrograde” and “anti-national” policies of the Central and the state governments.

Two-day conference on rabies from today
Amritsar, July 5
Nearly 90 per cent of rabies cases are due to dog bite while the rest are due to bites by monkeys, cats etc, Dr A.S. Padda, Joint Director, Medical Education and Research, Punjab, and Dr Ashok Goel, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, said while addressing mediapersons here today on the third national two-day conference on rabies which would commence from tomorrow.

Mill workers take out procession
Bathinda, July 5
Workers of the Punjab Spinning and Weaving Mill today held a rally here as part of their ongoing agitation to get their dues following the closure of the mill.

JEs hold rally, demand 40 lt petrol per month
Bathinda, July 5
The JEs of the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) and those of Bathinda circle of the PSEB today held a rally here to press the authorities to give them petrol for their vehicles.


Class IV posts: date extended


Notorious gangster arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 5
The district police claims to have arrested a leader of a dreaded gang involved in snatchings, thefts, killings and exortions in the state and some parts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana yesterday. Mr K.S. Sandhu, SP (D), said he had been declared a proclaimed offender.

Two accused in rape case held
Hoshiarpur, July 5
Two of the four youths who had allegedly raped a Class VI student of Senior Secondary School, Dasuya, on July 2 have been arrested.

3 of family die in mishap
Ropar, July 5
Three members of a family were killed on the spot and one was seriously injured in a head-on collision between a car and a truck on the Ropar-Nangal road, about 30 km from here, today the police said.

Friend killed over girl
Bathinda, July 5
Satpal Singh, alias Satta, a resident of Kothe Kaur Singhwala village of this district, allegedly killed his friend Jagga of the same village when he came to know that his beloved had also fallen in love with Jagga.

Doc booked for negligence
Mansa, July 5
An injury suffered by a student proved fatal allegedly due to the negligence of a doctor against whom a case under Section 304-A, IPC, (causing death by negligence) has been registered.

Shooting case: one more accused held
Faridkot, July 5
The Kotkapura police has arrested another accused Davinder Singh allegedly involved in the killing of two passersby namely Lakhbir Singh and Rajesh Kumar while fighting with an eve-teaser at Kotkapura on July 1.


Promotion policy irks lecturers
Patiala, July 5
Resentment prevails among college lecturers due to the change in government promotion policy in their regard, which they consider to be illogical and without any base.

Minister proposes, VC disposes
Ludhiana, July 5
Ministers, beware of recommending someone for a post. For it could lead the recommended person to trouble. At least this has what happened in the case of a professor with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) who had hoped to get a coveted post at the recommendation of an Akali minister, but instead faces disciplinary action.

Compartment students not to be ‘admitted’
Amritsar, July 5
Guru Nanak Dev University has declared the compartment candidates of Plus II examination as ineligible for admission to BCA, B.Sc.(IT), B.Com courses, counselling for which is being held on July 8 and 9 at the Guru Nanak Bhavan Auditorium of the university.


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