Tuesday, August 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India




Top stories | Politics | Community
Administration | Crime | Education


Letter may rock SGPC meeting
Embezzlement charges to be taken up
Amritsar, August 6
Serious allegations levelled against high officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in a letter circulated to the members, executive members and members of the Dharm Parchar Committee may rock the crucial executive committee meeting of the SGPC being held at Gurdwara Alamgir, Ludhiana, tomorrow.

Badal wants more sects in SC category
New Delhi, August 6
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and urged him to include certain sections of the Sikh community in the SC/ST category.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers S. S. Dhindsa in New Delhi on Monday. — PTI photo

Paddy procurement with poll in mind
Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab Government is taking all precautions to ensure smooth procurement of paddy in the state. The state government seems to be panicky this year, in particular, as elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are due to be held in March 2002. 

Lifetime award for Hansraj Hans
Patiala, August 6
Even though Punjabi University has claimed many times to take on the responsibility of reviving Patiala Gharana, it has chosen to give its first lifetime fellowship award in music to popular folk singer turned pop singer Hansraj Hans.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Demands of ‘parallel’ PUTA accepted
Patiala, August 6
The Punjabi University authorities today accepted major demands of teachers of the university, including implementation of the Career Advancement Scheme, following a meeting with the ‘parallel’ PUTA organisation today even as talks with the elected body in the evening did not bear any fruit. The parallel PUTA, said its executive committee led by Dr Manjit Singh called upon the Vice-Chancellor to discuss the demands and most of the demands were conceded.

PUTA protest
Members of the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) stage a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner's office in Patiala on Monday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi


Panthic Morcha policy on Aug 16
Ludhiana, August 6
The newly formed Panthic Morcha of the three Akali Dal factions will announce its political programme and other policy matters on August 16 at Akal Takht in Amritsar. Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, convener of the Panthic Morcha, said today all leaders of the morcha would assemble at Akal Takht on August 16 and seek the blessings of the Guru and launch their programme for the welfare of Punjab and the Sikh Panth.

Shiv Sena to contest 30 seats in Punjab
Sunam, August 6
The Punjab unit of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) has decided to contest 30 seats during the assembly elections in the state.


Roads belie Badal’s promise
Bathinda, August 6
During the campaign for the Assembly elections in Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal had promised that if his party came to power he would convert roads in Punjab to like those in California. 
Work on the Bathinda-Mansa road in progress.
Work on the Bathinda-Mansa road in progress ahead of the first sangat darshan programme to be held in the city by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Residents suffer power cuts
Bathinda, August 6
Unannounced and unscheduled power cuts being imposed by the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities in the district has affected the life of residents severely. Generator set and invertor manufacturing and leasing units have been cashing in on the power cuts.

Docs for weapons-free world
Sangrur, August 6
A state-level convention on “peace, health and development”, organised by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development in collaboration with the local unit of the Indian Medical Association here last evening, called upon the nuclear power countries to eliminate nuclear weapons in time-bound programme for the promotion of peace, health and development in the world.

Northern grid data being computerised
Ropar, August 6
To improve the power regulation in the northern power grid, the Union Government has initiated a System Load Power Despatch Centres programme. Under this programme, all the power substations having the capacity of 220 KV or above will be computerised and connected with each other through microwave or optical-fibre systems.

Driver’s kin await relief
Jaswant Singh, a resident of Jindbari village near Nangal, was the sole bread-earner in his family. He was working as a truck driver with a Nangal-based transporter for the past 15 years. On July 11, he sustained burns due to a fire in the chemical he was carrying in his tanker (HIU-4661). 

Dalit boy’s abduction: stir on Aug 9
Sangrur, August 6
The “Sunil Agwa Action Committee” has planned to organise a massive dharna on August 9 in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here and relay fast by a group of five members daily from August 10 to protest against the failure of the police in locating a one-year-old dalit boy, Sunil Kumar, who was abducted on July 19 by a woman from a temple near the main bus stand here.

Jail inmate dies in hospital
Bathinda, August 6
Jeet Singh, inmate of the local Central Jail, today died in Civil Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for the past three days. Jeet Singh, who was undergoing life imprisonment after being convicted in a murder case, was admitted to Civil Hospital here on August 3 after he complained of chest pain and other problems.

Poor drainage civic body’s nightmare
Bathinda, August 6
The civic officials entrusted with the task of making arrangements for the visit of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, to the city in connection with sangat darshan programmes to be held at various localities on August 9 are making prayers to the rain god not to show His might till that day, lest the real condition of the drainage system gets exposed. The city roads become unmotorable after a mild shower and if it rains heavily they virtually become lakes.
Flooding near Ganesha Basti on the Bathinda-Goniana road
Flooding near Ganesha Basti on the Bathinda-Goniana road after a mild rain.  — Photo Kulbir Beera

Man killed while learning to drive
Bathinda, August 6
A person was killed and another seriously injured in a road accident in the Model Town locality of the city this evening. Eyewitnesses said that the deceased, K.V. Varkey (40), was learning how to drive a car from Amandeep Singh (20), in the locality.

Memorial unveiled
Faridkot, August 6
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, unvieled memorial at Government High School Tehna near here today. The memorial has been constructed in memory of martyr Lance Havildar Parminder Singh who laid down his life while fighting the intruders in the Kargil sector on January 5, 1999.

Extending hope to special kids
Patiala, August 6
Asha — a school for special children was inaugurated in the cantonment by the Kharga Army Wives Welfare Association president, Ms Gita Vij. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Vij said the basic objective of the ‘Asha schools’, which had been opened at various stations, was to teach self management, ingrain basic skills and impart elementary education and vocational training to children with special abilities.

Doctors to oppose abolition of quota
Ferozepore, August 6
The PCMS Doctors Association will oppose any move to abolish 60 per cent quota in post graduate (PG) courses in the state medical colleges for the in-service PCMS doctors who have served for a particular period in the rural areas.

RSS observes “Homage Day”
Amritsar, August 6
To mark second death anniversary of four Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sang preachers who were kidnapped by the Tripura National Liberation Front in 1999, a homage day was observed by the RSS unit here today. 

Protest against non-utilisation of grants
Barnala, August 6
Leaders and activists of the Communist Party of India, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), the Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Lok Bhalai Party held a protest demonstration here and staged a dharna in front of the local Municipal Council office today to express their resentment against the Municipal Council’s failure to spend the MP Local Area Development Fund grants.

Bar Association for transfer of Sessions Judge
Amritsar, August 6
The Bar Association here today served 7-day ultimatum for the transfer of Mr V.B. Handa, District and Sessions Judge. The Bar Association also sought a CBI inquiry into allegations against Mr Handa.


Govt to spend 40 cr on development
Patiala, August 6
The Punjab Government will spend about Rs 40 crore on various repair projects of school buildings, furniture and supply of water facilities, apart from other development works, during the year.


Markfed GM held for graft
Jalandhar, August 6
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a General Manager of Punjab Markfed for demanding and accepting an amount of Rs 20,000 as bribe for releasing payment of a contractor here today. Mr Varinder Kumar, SP (Jalandhar Zone), said here today that Pawan Kumar of Thoprian village in Nawanshahr had complained he had supplied 536 wooden crates worth Rs 1.69 lakh to Punjab Markfed.

Corruption case against cop
Faridkot, August 6
The district administration here today trapped Constable Harmeet Singh of the Vigilance Bureau, Muktsar, who was inpersonating as reader of a CBI Inspector, Mr Hardyal Singh, posted at Chandigarh. Disclosing this here today, Mr A.Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, said the impersonator visited the district office of the arms licence passport branch on July 20 and demanded illegal gratification of Rs 5,000 for his seniors and another Rs 700 for himself from the branch assistant, Mr Puran Chand, for remitting a complaint against him (Puran Chand) lying with the Chandigarh office.

6 members of two gangs held
Bathinda, August 6
The district police authorities achieved a major success in the campaign launched against the criminals and smugglers when it managed to arrest six members of two gangs with four pistols, sharp-edge weapons and opium yesterday.


Jobless teachers threaten stir
Nawanshahr, August 6
The district unit of the Berojgar B.Ed. Adhyapak Front, Punjab, at a meeting held here today took a serious note of a statement by Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in which he had promised agitating ETT candidates jobs for which interviews were being held as per the directions of the high court.

Punjab to recruit 7,230 teachers
Moga, August 6
The Punjab Education Department has decided to recruit 7,230 teachers in government schools and 1,200 lecturers in colleges all over the state before August 15 with a view to fill the vacancies. 

Varsity takes more, gives less to students
Patiala, August 6
Higher education no longer comes cheap if the yearly increase in the fee structure of the Punjabi University is taken into account. The university, which has been hiking the fee in its various departments regularly has, however, failed to upgrade the departments correspondingly, according to its students.

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |