Wednesday, July 25, 2001,
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Appointments raise eyebrows
Soch says he followed precedent
Amritsar, July 24
Many “strange” decisions taken by the last Syndicate meeting of Guru Nanak Dev University, two days before the expiry of the extension of Dr Harbhajan Singh Soch as Vice-Chancellor, have surprised academicians.

Tragedy casts gloom over Dirba
Dirba (Sangrur), July 24
Bazaars of this village today wore a deserted look as all shopkeepers kept the shutters of their shops closed to express sympathy with the bereaved families of about 50 villagers of Dirba and surrounding areas who were drowned in a canal near Kiratpur Sahib yesterday when the truck in which they were travelling fell into it.

Custodial deaths: jail staff absolved
Chandigarh, July 24
The Principal Secretary of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission is believed to have absolved all those persons who were allegedly involved in recent custodial deaths at Ferozepore Central Jail. They have also been absolved of allegation of harassing jail inmates.

CM ignoring Ghaggar problem: Chandumajra
Sunam, July 24
The SAD-BJP Government is not sincere in solving the Ghaggar problem, which creates havoc in Sangrur, Patiala and Mansa districts every year in July. Due to the failure of the state government standing crops on thousands of acres is damaged and a large number of villages face the fury of floods every year.




‘Land mafia’ operates with revenue officials’ help
Chandigarh, July 24
Scrutiny of over 40 cases of the allotment of land to those who claimed to be the “heirs” of “migrants” from Pakistan by the top authorities of the state Revenue and Rehabilitation Department has led to the uncovering of a big scandal.

20 buildings identified for demolition
Amritsar, July 24
After the 1987 survey of buildings under the Golden Temple ‘galiara’ project aimed at decongesting the area around the temple, the local Municipal Corporation has undertaken a survey of “dangerous buildings” in the walled city following collapse of three buildings within the past 20 days causing the death of four persons.

Fake arms licences were made ‘under pressure’
Ferozepore, July 24
The fake arms licence racket, which has virtually rocked the district administration, took a serious turn today with the four clerks arrested by the Jhajjar police admitting that these arms’ licences on fake documents were made under pressure and at the recommendation of some political bigwigs. 


BJP men sabotaged CMs’ visit
Abohar, July 24
Certain BJP leaders had twice sabotaged the joint visit of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in this subdivision.

Appoint Dalit as VC: morcha
Chandigarh, July 24
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha said today that it had virtually become a “policy” of the Punjab Government to ignore scholars or other deserving persons belonging to the Dalit community and backward classes while appointing Vice-Chancellors and the heads of other educational organisations .


Unholy show goes on in holy city
Amritsar, July 24
The holy city whose residents want it to be free of meat and cigarettes are least bothered by the vulgarity let loose in Amritsar. Despite the ban imposed by the District Magistrate one can see nude male and female figures on cinema posters staring at you from every nook and corner.

54 PoWs languishing in Pak jails
Ferozepore, July 24
Fifty’ four Indian PoWs who were detained by Pakistan in 1971, despite all efforts, have not been released even after 30 years. The kith and kin of these PoWs for whom the Indo-Pak summit had ushered a new hope, are once again dejected.

Life comes to a standstill for flying club staff
Patiala, July 24
Time may fly fast for flyers coming to practice in the Patiala Aviation Club here, but for the workers of the club who have not got salaries for 21 months, besides not getting arrears of pay for 22 months and arrears of increments for 13 months, it has ground to a halt.

Kotwali flooded, records unsafe
Bathinda, July 24
Today’s downpour flooded the City Kotwali and police personnel had to shift the records at “safer places” inside the kotwali premises. Even the offices of the Station House Officer and other senior police officials were flooded.
Police personnel trying to shift the records of the City Kotwali in Bathinda on Tuesday. 
Police personnel trying to shift the records of the City Kotwali in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Tax benefit for transporters
Chandigarh, July 24
Extending a major benefit to transporters in the state, the Punjab Council of Ministers at a meeting here this evening reduced the rate of occupancy from 60 per cent to 51.5 per cent for purposes of calculation of special road tax and increased the existing tax holidays from 18 days to 36 days.

56 lok adalats to be held in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 24
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Legal and Legislative Affairs and Justice Minister, Punjab, said here today that the Punjab Legal Services Authority had decided to hold 56 lok adalats in the state from July to September.

Forum decision biased: IMA
Bathinda, July 24
The district unit of the Indian Medical Association said here yesterday that the decision of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum asking Dr Amrit Gupta, orthopaedic surgeon of the city, to pay Rs 2 lakh to Mr Harjinder Singh for causing permanent disability in his right arm, was biased and not based on facts.

74 eligible for dharam yudh morcha pension
Bathinda, July 24
Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said here today that at least 74 persons had been found eligible for giving the pensions under the scheme of giving monetary benefits to those who were imprisoned during various “dharam yudh” morchas held in the state.

Sena workers burn Musharraf’s effigy
Amritsar, July 24
Workers of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray,) the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal today burned the effigy of Gen Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan at the busy hall gate area today protesting against the massacre of 16 persons in Doda district and killing of Amarnath yatra pilgrims.
Effigy of Gen Parvez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, being burnt on Tuesday.
Effigy of Gen Parvez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, being burnt on Tuesday.— Photo Rajiv Sharma 

Accumulated water poses threat
Sardulgarh (Mansa), July 24
Choked sewerage system in Anaj Mandi at Sardulgarh has led to the accumulation of sewerage water on the roads of the town, thereby posing threat of an epidemic.

Vaccination drive against hepatitis-B on
Bathinda, July 24
The health authorities, with the help of the district administration, have started a special drive to vaccinate residents of Chauke village in the district against hepatitis-B.

Defence enclave scheme submitted
Amritsar, July 24
The Municipal Corporation meeting held today passed two items on agenda. The defence enclave town planning scheme was submitted for approval. The scheme has been held up for nearly 10 years due to Air Force and defence objections on constructions in the area.

Minister warns docs against female foeticide
Amritsar, July 24
Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, has warned of stern action against ultrasound centres and doctors who continue to indulge in illegal and immoral practice of female foeticide despite repeated appeals. In a statement to the medical fraternity of Punjab, Dr Chawla has sought wholehearted cooperation to banish the practice.

Barnala courts inspected
Barnala, July 24
Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an Inspection Judge, yesterday conducted the annual inspection of the local courts. 


7 held for sarpanch’s murder
Batala, July 24
The police has arrested seven persons, including three police personnel, on the charge of beating to death a sarpanch of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, Karam Singh, at Chahgill village under Qadian police station.

Travel agent held for duping
Nawanshahr, July 24
The Balachaur police has arrested an unauthorised travel agent Darshan Singh, alias Fauji, of the nearby Burj village for allegedly duping Angrez Singh of Charan Patti, village, Daljit Singh of Balachaur, Bahadur Singh of Gujjowal village and Jaswant Singh of Kharkuwal village in the district of Rs 1.35 lakh each on the pretext of sending them to Japan.


Inadequate grants hit primary schools
Gurdaspur, July 24
Primary education is in a shambles in this district. As many as 960 posts, including those of JBT teacher, head teacher and centre head teacher, are lying vacant. Sources say that most of these vacancies fall in backward blocks of Dera Baba Nanak, Narot Jaimal Singh and Dhar.

PCCTU strike today
Phagwara, July 24
Expressing solidarity with the workers of defence - related industries, who will go on strike tomorrow against the proposal to privatise them by the Central Government, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will observe a strike after the third period tomorrow in their respective colleges.

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