Tuesday, July 10, 2001,
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‘Passers’ milking Excise Dept profits
17 trucks detained in excise raid
Patiala, July 9
“Passers” doing business by printing bill books of financially weak firms after acquiring power of attorney from them and using them to consign goods all over the country may be in for trouble with the Excise and Taxation Department detained 17 truckloads of goods during a surprise checking yesterday.

Oppn demands minister’s resignation
Congress councillor’s death in jail
Jalandhar, July 9
An increase in the number of inmates dying in jails has put a question mark on the working of jails and has instilled a sense of fear among the inmates lodged in different jails of the state.

Punjab to set up 130 mini power plants
Bathinda, July 9
The Punjab Government has decided to set up 130 mini hydro electric power generation plants to fill the gap between demand and supply.

Varsity fails to implement decision
Patiala, July 9
Poor and meritorious students from rural areas have been left in the lurch by Punjabi University which has failed to implement the decision of its Syndicate creating 10 per cent additional seats for them, even as the admission process on the campus draws to a close.

Autopsy report raises queries
Ropar, July 9
The post-mortem report of Jaspal Singh of Saheri village, near Morinda, who died in police custody about five months ago, has raised many an eyebrow due to its unexpected results.




Rules manipulated — a clarification
Ferozepore, July 9
Refuting the allegations of manipulation in rules in order to accommodate his daughter-in-law as Medical Officer in the Health Department, Mr Janmeja Sekhon, Irrigation Minister, has termed the story “Rules manipulated for job to VIP kin’ as baseless and fabricated.

DTH no threat to cable TV
Bathinda, July 9
The Director, Marketing, NG Technologies, Mr Pardeep Nanda, who was here today in connection with the ‘Technological awareness meet’ for the cable service providers said the cable industry faced no threat from the direct to home TV technology.


Mann’s poser to CM on Sikh youths in jails
Amritsar, July 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, in a statement has asked Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, why Sikh youths languishing in jails cannot be released when former hardcore terrorists have been allowed entry into the country.


400 villagers hit by gastroenteritis
Abohar, July 9
Gastroenteritis seems to have acquired epidemic dimensions in Malukpur area of this subdivision of Ferozepore as at least 400 people have been hit by it in the past two days.

Boycott Baba’s functions: clergy
Amritsar, July 9
Taking exception to the blasphemous acts of Baba Pyara Singh Bhanyara, who has been excommunicated from the Sikh Panth for his ‘anti-Panthic’ activities, the Sikh clergy today directed the Sikh ‘sangat’ not to attend any function of the baba.

Probe ordered against police negligence
Faridkot, July 9
The Ferozepore SSP, Mr Harchand Singh Sidhu, has ordered inquiry against the Talwandi Bhai and Zira police against the alleged negligence in informing the parents of Gurvinder Singh, an M.Tech. student of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, and resident of Dogar Basti, Faridkot, whose dead body was found from a farm at Haraaj village near Talwandi Bhai on July 5.

‘Irregular eating habits result in dyspepsia’
Patiala, July 9
Irregular eating habits, long fasting followed by heavy meals, excessive use of tea, coffee, spicy food and alcohol are some of the common factors leading to various digestion problems or what is called in medical terminology as dyspepsia.

A water-logged town
Residents here, especially of Kothi Road, Geeta Bhawan Road, Arya Samaj Road, Committee Bazar, still brave the waterlogging problem.
The town, in fact, is a ‘Neevan Shahr’ (a low-lying area) as compared to the adjoining villages. The problem was born with its settlement about 600 years ago.

Rs 1 cr approved for each constituency
Moga, July 9
The Punjab Government has approved a sum of Rs 1 crore for each of its Assembly constituencies for developmental works. This was stated by the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, while addressing a rural meeting, organised by the Sports Club at Manuke village under Baghapurana police station in the district yesterday.

Rickshaw-puller dies in house collapse
Amritsar, July 9
One rickshaw-puller was killed last night in a house collapse while his daughter received injuries in the Gujjarpur area of the city.
Last week, three persons were buried alive in the debris when a 100-year-old building collapsed in the Katra Ahluwalia area of the walled city, killing two minor children and their mother.


Probe into damage of foodgrains sought
Moga, July 9
The state government has suffered a huge loss as food grains worth over Rs 250 crore lying in its godowns and also in the open in Moga district for the past several years had been rendered unfit for human consumption last year.

MP takes up cause of women labourers
Bathinda, July 9
Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, MP, today said the government had not been taking steps for the uplift of women farm labourers. Presiding over a meeting convened by him in connection with the forthcoming conference on farm women labour here, he said women farm labourers were the most neglected section of society. He said even though they constituted half of the population of farm labourers they were still subject to social victimisation.


Top IAS posts lying vacant
Ferozepore, July 9
The working in several government offices here has been badly affected due to apathy on part of the state government as almost all important administrative posts of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Assistant Commissioner (General), Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Executive Magistrate are lying vacant for a considerable period of time in the district.


6 booked for hooliganism
Rampuraphul, July 9
The local police has registered a criminal case against six local residents for alleged hooliganism at a function here on Saturday night. The function was attended by a Minister of the Punjab Government.

Minor raped
Kapurthala, July 9
The Kotwali police has arrested Anwar, alias Chirri, of Alludipur village on the charge of raping a minor girl of the same village.

4 get jail term in assault case
Pathankot, July 9
Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), on July 5 sentenced four persons to one and half years and directed them to pay a fine of Rs 1,500 each in an assault case.


Jobs elude selected candidates
Bathinda, July 9
The job of a lecturer in various subjects in the government schools of the state has been eluding several applicants for the past nine years despite the fact that they are eligible for these posts.

Villagers lock school, stage dharna
Chak Ramsinghwala (Bathinda), July 9
Residents of the village along with panchayat members today locked the local government school and started an indefinite dharna for not upgrading the school.

‘Make varsity Chairs functional’
Chandigarh, July 9
A meeting of the Punjab unit of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Morcha of the BJP was held here under the chairmanship of Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the state unit of party.

Board’s functioning to be computerised
Fazilka, July 9
Dr Kehar Singh, Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, while talking to mediapersons here today, said the functioning of the education board would be computerised within next two years. The chairman, who was here to inaugurate the newly constructed building of Shivalik Public School denied that the result of more than 50,000 students of class X would be declared later.

Amend eligibility clause, urge applicants
Barnala, July 9
Resentment prevails among a large number of trained science graduates who have qualified their non-medical examination because of confusion created by the Departmental Selection Committee (Teaching) of the state Education Department while advertising the eligibility conditions for the posts of non-medical teachers.

VC attends parallel PUTA’s function
Patiala, July 9
Despite protests from the Punjabi University Teachers Association, the Vice-Chancellor today attended a function held by the parallel PUTA to honour teachers promoted under the Career Advancement Scheme. PUTA had yesterday charged the Vice-Chancellor of giving legitimacy to the parallel PUTA by attending a function organised by it.


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