Tuesday, July 17, 2001,
 Chandigarh, India




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Bhakra, Pong water levels comfortable
Chandigarh, July 16
Bhakra Beas Management Board officials are optimistic of a “comfortable summer ahead”. Their optimism stems from the gradually rising water level in the Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam reservoirs as their catchment areas continue to have a good south-west monsoon.

Vigilance raid on hospital
Malerkotla, July 16
After the ordering of an inquiry by the District Health authorities into the alleged “false” tubectomy cases a six-member team from the Punjab Vigilance Department, headed by Mr Banarsi Dass, DSP, Flying Squad, today raided local Civil Hospital premises and took the record, relating to tubectomy and hysterectomy cases in the past years in this hospital into possession.

WB may support biotech park
Chandigarh, July 16
The Punjab Government has embarked upon a massive biotechnology plan. Presiding over the first meeting of the governing body of the Punjab Biotechnology Council here today, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister, said the Ladowal Biotech Park, one of three such parks in India, was likely to receive support from the World Bank.

Bid to gherao police station
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), July 16
The police today foiled a bid to gherao the local police station by the activists of the BKU (E) by putting up nakas at entry points of the town. At least 35 persons trying to break the police cordon were taken into custody.




‘Badal serving interests of BJP’
Ludhiana, July 16
Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of Akal Takht said here today the he had no political ambition and was only interested in spreading the message of ‘my gurus’ and fighting against injustice. He said the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, should have been present in India at the time of the visit of the Pakistan President, General Parvez Musharraf, and taken up Sikh issues with him. 

Cong promises fiscal reforms
Bathinda, July 16
Capt Amarinder Singh, President, PPCC, said the Congress party would work for economic reforms in the state and the thrust would be on Information Technology (IT).

Cong leader flays govt on Chohan, Zaffarwal
Fazilka, July 16
Mr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, former MLA from Fazilka secretary PPCC in a strongly worded statement here today, flayed the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab for granting “VIP treatment” to terrorist Wassan Singh Zaffarwal and Khalistan protagonist Jagjit Singh Chohan and alleged that the government was preparing ground for the arrival of other hardcore terrorists, including Paramjit Singh Panjwar in Punjab.


SP accused of bias, shifting sought
Amritsar, July 16
A minor dispute over playing cricket in a backward colony here is likely to snowball into a major controversy as certain second rung leaders of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), the Congress and other parties have demanded immediate transfer of Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SP (City II) from Punjab for allegedly using objectionable language against Punjab and Punjabis, the Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad had threatened to boycott the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP if the state government victimised any non-Punjabi IPS officer.

Quality education for poor his aim
Schooling gives children the parameters on the basis of which they view society later in life. The basic concepts regarding education also develop at a younger age. Unfortunately, in our society adequate attention is not being paid to schooling. Teachers, especially in primary schools, are given very low salaries.

Check drug abuse, doctors told
Kotkapura, July 16
Dr Arun Mitra, General Secretary of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development said the race among various countries to become a nuclear power had been posing a threat to the world peace.

Thrust on promoting Punjabi literature, culture
Patiala, July 16
The criticism in the field of creative literature has failed to develop an acceptable world view. Due to the changed priorities in life and literature, the real sting is missing from the Punjabi scene which prevailed during the period of Prof Mohan Singh.

NRIs’ contribution appreciated
Jalandhar, July 16
The NRIs have made great contribution to the development of Punjab and won laurels for their motherland by earning name and fame in the countries of their adoption.

TSU ends agitation
Bathinda, July 16
The year-long tussle between the PSEB management and the members of the Technical Services Union (TSU) ended on Saturday evening when both parties reached an agreement, according to which all suspended employees would be reinstated and a sympathetic view taken in respect of the other demands.

Thermal plant not polluting air: PSEB
Bathinda, July 16
Replying to a case filed by Mr N.K. Garg, against the PSEB, the board authorities submitted that though the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant was discharging some effluents in air but not polluting the air.

Plea to PHRC on parents’ suicide
Bathinda, July 16
Miss Neeru Garg, a resident of Rampura Phul town of the district has urged the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) to initiate action against those who were allegedly responsible for the suicide of her father and mother.

Few arrests in rape cases: CM
Bathinda, July 16
Decline in the number of rape cases in 2000 seems to indicate that the efficiency of the police has increased. But the conclusion is belied by the fact that there is a decline in the number of arrests as well in these cases.

Move to help kin of terrorists flayed
Phillaur July 16
Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey) state unit vice-resident Pawan Parbhakar here today condemned the government’s order to all Deputy Commissioners of the state to prepare lists of families of terrorists so that the government could help them.

Doc ordered to pay 2 lakh as compensation
Bathinda, July 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Amrit Gupta, to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to Harjinder Singh for causing permanent disability to his right arm to the extent of 50 per cent.

Of rain and dead phones
Bathinda, July 16
Telephones in the city instead of being a facility become source of nuisance in rain. Most of the phones give out strange noises or get cross connected.

Safai karamcharis to hold rally
Faridkot, July 16
Safai karamcharis will hold a state-level rally at Chandigarh tomorrow in protest against the failure of the Punjab Government to accede to their long-pending demands.

SHO dies in accident
Bathinda, July 16
Mr Kishan Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Police Station, Phul, died when his vehicle met with an accident in the cantonment area on the Bathinda-Barnala road late last night.


Kisan unions give memo of demands
Chandigarh, July 16
A deputation of various kisan unions from Punjab called on Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, and submitted a memorandum of demands to him here today.


Coop societies to lose privileges
Ropar, July 16
The Punjab Government has decided to withdraw the special privileges given to the cooperative and the labour societies in the allotments of works in the municipal councils.


Tricksters create panic among women
Jalandhar, July 16
Panic has gripped the housewives of atleast 10 localities who are virtually confining themselves to indoors following incidents of attacks and looting by two tricksters.

Woman kills daughter, self
Mansa, July 16
Jasbir Kaur (32) along with her seven-month-old daughter, Sunpreet, committed suicide yesterday by jumping before a Ferozepore bound passenger train near railway station here.


Students left in a quandary
PTU allots MCA seats to college not affiliated with it
Patiala, July 16
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, has given a rude shock to students aspiring for a Master in Computer Applications (MCA) degree and threatened their career prospects by allotting them a local college for admission which is not even affiliated with the university.


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