Wednesday, July 18, 2001,
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Agra summit: SAD suffers setback
Jalandhar, July 17
The SAD has virtually suffered a setback on account of its inability to ensure the inclusion of Sikh issues in the agenda of the Agra summit between the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Govt eases specifications for wheat
Ludhiana July 17
The Government of India is understood to have allowed some relaxations in the specifications for accepting the rain affected wheat stocks procured this year in response to the demand made by the Punjab Government.

Farmers find direct selling cumbersome
Bathinda, July 17
Motivated by experts farmers of the region started growing vegetables and fruits in order to bring diversification in the crop pattern, but little did they know that the marketing of the same would be so cumbersome that they would have to reconsider their decision.

BKU (Ekta) activists block traffic
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), July 17
Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) blocked traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road near Maiser Khana village, about 25 km from here, today.

The activists of the BKU(E) sitting on dharna near village Maiser Khana on Bathinda-Mansa road despite the heavy downpour today. Activists of the BKU(E) sitting on dharna near village Maiser Khana on the Bathinda-Mansa road despite a heavy downpour today.




JVs to harness hydel potential to be set up
Patiala, July 17
The Punjab Government is likely to sign a joint venture agreement with Himachal Pradesh and Haryana to establish two hydel projects in Himachal with an overall capacity of 314 MW.

DGP seeks report on SSP-DIG row
Amritsar, July 17
The Director-General of Police, Mr Sarbjit Singh, has said the Punjab police is facing a financial crunch as 94 per cent of the Rs 940-crore budget is being spent on the salaries of employees while the rest 6 per cent is spent on uniforms, TA/DA and other heads.

Magisterial probe indicts policemen
Morinda custodial death case
Ropar, July 17
The long-awaited magisterial inquiry into the Morinda custodial death case had indicted police officials for creating circumstances that led to the death of Jaspal Singh of Saheri village.


BJP seeks 3 seats
Sangrur, July 17
The district unit of the BJP has asked the Shiromani Akali Dal to give three Assembly seats — Sangrur, Lehragaga and Dhuri — to the party in the ensuing Assembly elections.

PPCC portfolios reshuffled
Chandigarh, July 17
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, has distributed work and allocated districts to various office-bearers to gear up the party machinery in the state.

BJP MCs leave minister’s meeting
Bathinda, July 17
Mr Krishan Kumar Garg and Mr Basant Bhatia, both municipal councillors (MCs) of the BJP, today said they left the meeting convened by the Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, in the Municipal Council Hall today.


Tributes paid to Brig Shergill
Barnala, July 17
Glowing tributes were paid to Brigadier late Balwinder Singh Shergill of Daangarh village, about 15 km from here, who laid down his life while fighting terrorists in Kupwara sector of Kashmir last year, at the bhog of Sehaj Path held in Gurdwara Tapiana Sahib, Daangarh, Sunday.

Book SSF leader, demand migrants
Amritsar, July 17
The Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Parishad, a welfare organisation of migrants, has demanded the registration of a criminal case against Mr Iqbal Singh Tung, senior vice-president, Sikh Students Federation, for allegedly using objectionable language against a non-Punjabi IPS officer, Mr R.K. Jaiswal, in front of Kotwali police station here today.

Third building collapses in 17 days
Amritsar, July 17
A building, constructed over a century ago, collapsed at Katra Maha Singh, near Ramgarhia School, last evening. No one was hurt as its occupants were away and the road on which its debris fell was empty at the time.

SGPC poll rolls
Chandigarh, July 17
The electoral rolls for the forthcoming election of the SGPC members would be prepared on the basis of the existing provisions of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, which would enable both Sehajdhari and Keshadhari Sikhs to be enrolled as voters.

Harpreet case: doc records statement
Patiala, July 17
An accused-turned state approver, Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal, today recorded his statement in the case relating to the mysterious death of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur, under Section 209 of the CrPC.

Banners give ugly look to city
Banners hanging on electricity poles lend an ugly look to Sheranwala Bazar, Patiala. Patiala, July 17
Marketing is important for businessmen, but the manner in which banner advertisements are being allowed to flourish in the city, is not right. Businessmen have littered the city with banners and even punitive action by the Municipal Corporation does not deter them.
Banners hanging on electricity poles lend an ugly look to Sheranwala Bazar, Patiala.

Taj group offers to maintain Taj Mahal
Kapurthala, July 17
Mrs Komal Anand, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, has disclosed that the management of the Taj Group of Hotels has offered to maintain and preserve the Taj Mahal in Agra and the offer is under the consideration of the Centre.

Dharna to protest against pollution
Ropar, July 17
Residents of the areas surrounding the Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd unit and the Ropar thermal plant today sat on a dharna in front of the main gate of the plant. They were protesting against the pollution caused by the units in the area. It was affecting their health badly, they said.

Widow’s wait over
Tarn Taran, July 17
After a year and two months, Gian Kaur, a widow of Pakhoke village, has succeeded in getting a case registered against those responsible for the murder of her son Harvinder Singh (24). Gian Kaur had to take the assistance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get the case registered.

Artificial limbs distributed
Patiala, July 17
More than one lakh saplings will be planted and an eye check-up camp for 50,000 people will be undertaken during the year by the Lions Club, Patiala Fort, apart from various other development projects, including free distributions of artificial limbs.
Mrs Ravinder Kaur Bir, chairperson, Red Cross, gives artificial limbs to the handicapped in Patiala on Tuesday.
Mrs Ravinder Kaur Bir, chairperson, Red Cross, gives artificial limbs to handicapped persons in Patiala on Tuesday. 
— Photo Subhash Patialvi


Rice scandal at Nabha: millers
Chandigarh, July 17
A group of rice millers from Nabha uncovered a major rice scandal here today. Addressing a press conference, they said though the focal point of the scandal was Nabha, but it had spread all over the state.



Preet is Director, Health Services


Robbery sends shock waves
Amritsar, July 17
In a daring daylight robbery an armed gang robbed gold jewellery, cash and other valuables from a house in C-block in Ranjit Avenue yesterday. The police continues to be clueless about the identity of the criminals as well as about the Contessa car which they used to commit the crime. 

Bid to smuggle opium into jail, woman held
Bathinda July 17
Ranjit Kaur, wife of Sukhdev Singh, a prisoner lodged in the local Central Jail, was today caught by the jail authorities while she was trying to smuggle opium into the jail. Information gathered by Tribune News Service revealed that Ranjit Kaur, who came to meet her husband here today, had opium in her possession.

346 crates of liquor seized
Bathinda, July 17
The district excise and taxation authorities have seized 346 crates of liquor smuggled from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh from a mill at Chauke village yesterday. Gamdur Singh, one of the accused, has been arrested.


GND varsity MoU with firm
Amritsar, July 17
Guru Nanak Dev University has signed an MoU with Panacea Biotec Limited, a New Delhi-based healthcare company. Under this MoU, the company will release funds to the tune of Rs 1.35 crore for research in Genomics under a project sanctioned to Dr Jai Rup Singh, Coordinator of the Centre for Genetic Disorders of the university.

Sale of fake experience certificates on
Mansa, July 17
Following the decision of the state government to recruit 7,230 teachers against vacant posts, several private schools of the district have allegedly started selling fake experience certificates to job seekers.

Decision to extend VC’s tenure flayed
Amritsar, July 17
Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, has taken exception to the Punjab Government’s decision to grant extension to the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Dr J.S. Guram.

ETT students boycott test
Bathinda, July 17
Students of the District Institute of Education and Training today boycotted the house test and held a rally in the institution against the decision of the government to appoint B.Ed. candidates on the posts meant for ETT students.Top

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