Thursday, August 9, 2001,
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Punjab in dilemma on octroi abolition
Chandigarh, August 8
The doggedness of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to abolish octroi has placed the Shiromani Akali Dal -led Punjab Government in a dilemma.

Land scam: Punjab asks UT to register case
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government has requested the Chandigarh police authorities to register a criminal case against certain persons who allegedly made a well-planned move to get 1,100 acres of land allotted from the state government on the basis of bogus documents.

AICC observers for Punjab
New Delhi, August 8
Stepping up its election drive in Punjab, the Congress has constituted a 105-member campaign committee for the state which has been given the task of holding public meetings in all 117 constituencies.

Bhakra power generation up
Chandigarh, August 8
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has enhanced the power generation on the right bank of the Bhakra plant from 660 MW to 785 MW at a cost of Rs 92 crore. The 125MW has been added through indigenous renovation, modernisation and “uprating”, according to informed sources.

JBT teachers’ selection gets murkier
Jalandhar, August 8
Apprehensions of political and bureaucratic interference in the ongoing selection process of JBT teachers have increased among the aspirants and their parents with the sudden replacement of one of the two experts on the selection committee by Guru Nanak Dev University authorities and quitting by another expert from the committee.




Cheating by Asia Resorts alleged; HC orders probe
Ludhiana, August 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, has ordered the Ludhiana SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu, to investigate and take action necessary per law against the Chairman, Managing Director and Director of Asia Resorts, a company running Timber Trail operations and restaurants on time share basis at Parwanoo and Manali in Himachal Pradesh on a complaint alleging fraud and cheating. A copy of the order was served to the SSP here today.

CBI imposter nabbed
Chandigarh, August 8
A Punjab Police constable has been nabbed by officials of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on charges of demanding graft by impersonating as a CBI officer.

Of chained men, locked women
Patiala, August 8
Throwing all norms to the wind, a local ashram for the mentally challenged is keeping women permanently locked in a dark dingy room besides chaining men in the open for years at a stretch.

Police dumps lost boy in mental asylum
Patiala, August 8
His parents named him Jugnu hoping he would spread light even in the dark like the proverbial fire fly. However, they might not have chosen him to live among the mentally challenged persons in an ashram in spite of being mentally healthy for over a year.


Impose President’s rule in J&K, says Cong leader
Bathinda, August 8
Mr Gulchain Singh Charak, president of Dogra Saddar Sabha and senior Congress leader, has demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir following the failure of the National Conference government in checking the activities of militants.


Cheaper petrol, diesel available in city!
Bathinda, August 8
High rates of petrol and diesel seem to have stopped pinching a particular section of consumers as both fuel are available at cheaper rates in the city, thanks to drivers and cleaners of oil tankers.

Shortage of potable water
Bathinda, August 8
City residents are facing a shortage of potable water. They say that though they have been facing the shortage for many years, yet the problem has become grave now because of the increase in population.

Missing bracelet exposes corruption
Bathinda, August 8
In an interesting incident, the search for a missing bracelet of an employee of the local municipal council allegedly exposed corruption in it as it came to light that a kin of a peon, Charanjit Singh, had been collecting funds from “rehriwalas” on the pretext of collecting “tehbazari” tax.

BSP to work for release of bonded labourers
Fazilka, August 8
Mr Kanshi Ram, President, Bahujan Samaj Party, talking to mediapersons at Lakhuka village, 14 km from here, recently said in the event of his party securing power in Punjab, bonded labourers would be got freed. He said at present there were about five lakh bonded labourers in Punjab. 

Lawyers to build own chambers
The lawyers of Patiala are in no mood to wait for the government to select a site for their chambers after they vacate the premises occupied by them in the District Courts complex.

Team assesses loss to houses due to seepage
Sunam, August 8
A two-member team comprising Mr Praneet Bhardwaj, SDM, Sunam and Mr G.C. Mithu, XEN (B&R) Provincial Division, Sangrur today visited the damaged houses and shops in the local Kailash Parbat locality for an on the spot survey to assess losses to the affected buildings.

Fellowship given to Hans Raj Hans
Patiala, August 8
In recognition of the sustained efforts aimed at popularising Punjabi culture and folk songs at the national and international levels, Punjabi University has conferred the highest honour of Lifetime Fellowship on the popular Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans.

PHSC to hire doctors
Bathinda, August 8
The Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) has decided to hire services of doctors and paramedical staff to overcome the shortage of trained personnel in the corporation-run hospitals.

Meeting reviews wetland conservation
Ferozepore, August 8
The meagre forest and wildlife wealth of the state can be increased by developing vast bio-diverse riverine systems and species-rich wetlands. Thus, the areas of the Beas and the Sutlej with Harike and its satellite wetlands can add to the eco-tourism potential of Punjab.

Dharna over inaction by police
Abohar, August 8
Several hundred persons, including a large number of women, assembled at Jandwala-Hanwanta village in this subdivision on Monday. They took out a protest march using different kinds of vehicles passing through the market of Khuyiansarwer village and staged a dharna braving heavy downpour there. 

A town once known for its orchards
Morinda was a town known for its orchards. The common name by which is was known was Morinda Baghanwala. Old timers recall the days when this small town was surrounded by mango orchards on all sides. Even in the sixties of the last decade, one came across mango orchards if one just moved out of the town.

10 injured as two buses collide
Malerkotla, August 8
Ten persons, including four women, were injured, three of them seriously, when the private bus in which they were travelling collided with a PRTC bus near the SDM’s residence on The Mall Road here this evening. 

Citizens remove film posters
Amritsar, August 8
Members of the citizen forum removed vulgar cinema posters from the boundary walls of Sant Singh Sukha Singh School and Alexandra Girls School here today.

AIPS offers to adopt Jagtar Singh
Amritsar, August 8
Dr Inderjit Kaur, president of the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPS) said yesterday that AIPS was willing to accept Mr Jagtar Singh (35), a mentally challenged man of Talwandi Malian (Moga) who had been chained with a tree for the past more than seven years allegedly by members of his family.

Lance Naik cremated
Bathinda, August 8
Lance Naik Iqbal Singh, who was killed in an encounter with Kashmiri militants on August 4 at Kiran sector in Jammu, was cremated at his native village Biring (Muktsar) with full military and state honours.

‘Sangat darshan’ on Aug 12
Bathinda, August 8
The sangat darshan by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, slated for tomorrow in the city, has been postponed and will be held on August 12.


Farmers urged to grow diverse crops
Sangrur, August 8
Experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) called upon farmers to cultivate fruits, vegetables, and sugarcane and adopt enterprises like bee-keeping and mushroom-growing to promote diversification at a training camp organised by Kherri Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Farmer Advisory Service Centre (PAU) at Kherri village, about 7 km from here yesterday.


Insincere officials to be punished: DC
Bathinda, August 8
Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said yesterday that stern action would be taken against those officials of the district administration who would not work sincerely for the implementation of development schemes launched by the state government.

Rs 50 crore for Punjab civic bodies
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore out of the Urban Infrastructure Development Fund for development works in various civic bodies in the state. The Deputy Commissioners have been empowered to release the funds in their respective district to the executing agencies concerned.


8 held for various crimes
Bathinda, August 8
Eight persons have been arrested for various crimes in the district. The district police has arrested two persons for allegedly cheating a resident of the district, Mr Jugraj Singh, and unearthed a gang allegedly involved in cheating innocent people by promising them lucrative jobs in foreign countries.

Education Dept clerk caught taking bribe
Jalandhar, August 8
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested an employee of the Education Department for demanding and accepting Rs 600 as bribe for preparation of bills for the final payment of the GPF to retired teacher.

Remanded in custody for killing wife
Abohar, August 8
Ashok Kumar, a resident of Rajiv Nagar here, who had been arrested by the police for killing his wife, has been remanded in police custody till August 10 by the local court.

Undertrials beat up ASI
Kapurthala, August 8
Commotion prevailed on the premises of the district courts today when undertrials and policemen clashed near Bakshikhana where undertrials were lodged while being taken to courts for appearance.

Man shot dead over land dispute
Jalandhar, August 8
Santokh Singh was shot dead and three persons were seriously injured when Amarjit Singh, along with his accomplices, allegedly attacked them over a land dispute at Miranpur village, near here, last night.

Two arrested for assaulting scribe
Barnala, August 8
Two persons Balbir Singh, alias Biru and Harbhagwan Singh, alias Bhana accused of assault on Dharam Pal Singla, a Shehna-based journalist have been arrested.


Technical courses for refinery soon
Phulokhari (Bathinda), August 8
Several technical courses connected with the implementation, commissioning and running of the oil refinery project will be started in different institutions in the state by the Punjab Government for producing technicians required for the Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinery project being set up here by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).

Interview for ETT teachers tomorrow
Ropar, August 8
The Chairman of the departmental committee for the selection of ETT teachers in Ropar, Mr Dev Singh, in a press note issued here yesterday, asked the candidates whose names were on the merit list but who could not appear in the interview due to unavoidable circumstances to appear in it on August 10.

Three nominated to Syndicate
Amritsar, August 8
The Punjab Governor and Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University has nominated Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, Minorities Commission, New Delhi, Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla, MLA from Amritsar, and Prof Jagir Singh Bhullar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, as members of the Syndicate of the university for one year.

Teachers’ unions stage dharna
Amritsar, August 8
The Government Teachers Union (GTU) and the Government School Teachers Union (GSTU) today held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here to protest against the alleged autocratic behaviour of the District Education Officer (DEO) (Secondary).

Student alleges bungling in results
Abohar, August 8
A student, Pawan Kumar, failed to get his plus two result corrected despite two visits to the Punjab School Education Board. He is now working at the fields of a farmer from whom he borrowed Rs 1,500 for the visits.

GND varsity’s gesture
Amritsar, August 8
Guru Nanak Dev University has invited applications from Kashmiri migrants for admission to under-graduate and post-graduate courses available on the university campus , a spokesman for the university stated in a press note today.


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