Friday, August 10, 2001,
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Fulfil 4 promises, BJP tells SAD
Chandigarh, August 9
Exuding confidence, the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes to fulfil four of its major pre-poll promises, including the abolition of octroi, well in time for the coming assembly elections in the state.

Sangat darshan only darshan!
Jalandhar, August 9
Despite the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s announcement during a sangat darshan on May 6, a tubewell would be installed to augment water supply in Madhuban Colony and its adjoining localities, the local municipal corporation has not taken any step in this regard.

Govt in fix over truck overloading issue
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Transport Department is “fighting” on two fronts. First, it has been pressing the state Finance Department to slash its target of tax collection from Rs 380 crore to Rs 338 crore. However, the Finance Department has turned down its plea, saying that it would not reduce the target in any case.

Roundabouts or bottlenecks?
Bathinda, August 9
There was a time when the roundabouts were considered good to maintain a smooth flow of traffic and enhanced the beauty of the city but with the passage of time and increase in the number of vehicles on the roads of the city they have become just the opposite.
A roundabout in the city.
A roundabout in the city, which serves as a traffic bottleneck.
— Photo Kulbir Beera




Court stays arrest of Chohan
Patiala, August 9
A local court today stayed the arrest of Khalistani ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan till August 18. Additional Sessions Judge B.S. Mangat today while hearing the anticipatory bail application filed by Dr Chohan stayed his arrest on a complaint filed by local advocate and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell member Jagmohan Singh Saini.

Part-time lecturers’ plea declined
Chandigarh, August 9
Disposing of a bunch of more than 40 writ petitions filed by over 400 petitioners, in a decision with far-reaching consequences, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Amarbir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar today declined the prayer of part-time lecturers working in govt colleges in Punjab for regularisation of jobs, minimum pay scales and continuance in service till appointment of regular incumbents.

Medical College in perilous state
The Medical College and Government Rajindra Hospital once used to occupy the pride of place not only in the state but also in the country. Today these are only a shadow of their past glory and an example of what an indifferent government can do to mighty institutions.


Punish Cong, SAD tells Punjabis
Dhadhogal (Dhuri), August 9
Top leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), including Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, today gave a call to the Punjabis to punish the Congress by defeating it in the ensuing Assembly election in the state, for all those “misleads” which it had committed in the past to “ruin” Punjab and the Punjabis, especially the Sikhs.


Contractors cry foul
Allege bungling in awarding tenders
Bathinda, August 9
As many as three contractors have alleged the Canal Department authorities have committed large-scale bungling in the invitation of tenders and subsequent allotment of work to be executed at C.C. Tibri in connection with the remodelling of Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) for increasing its capacity.

DCs appointed ‘flouting’ rules 
Chandigarh, August 9
Close on the heels of the move of the Punjab State IAS Officers Association opposing the extension of deputation period of certain IAS officers in the state, Mr Hardyal Singh Bedi, who served as Principal, Khalsa College, Mahalpur, for 24 years, said today that all norms and rules had been thrown to the winds by the state government while appointing deputy commissioners.

IT experts, bureaucrats’ interface today
Chandigarh, August 9
In tune with the changing times, the Punjab IAS Officers Association is organising a seminar on ‘’Governance in the 21st century — challenges before civil servants’’ here tomorrow.

Girl remains untraced
Ropar, August 9
The issue of the missing local girl who has remained untraced for the past 24 days has generated resentment and created an atmosphere of apprehension among the residents of the town. Sangeeta (name changed), 18-year-old daughter of a local government employee, left her house on July 16 at about 2.45 pm, but never returned.

Mysterious disease grips ITBP men
Jalandhar, August 9
A mysterious disease, with symptoms similar to dengue fever, has gripped the residential colonies of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) headquarters at Sarai Khas, near here, during the past week.

Irrigation Dept JEs hold rally
Gurdaspur, August 9
As many as 200 junior engineers of the irrigation Department held a rally on the premises of the Canal Office here today to protest against the alleged government apathy towards them. Mr Gurcharan Singh Saini, president, Diploma Holders Association, said their promotion structure was governed by rules framed before the Independence which did not entitle the diploma holders to promotion.

Surgeon’s error costs her dear
Nabha, August 9
Mr Gulzar Singh of Shahpur village, near here, in a complaint to higher health officials, has sought action against Dr Sham Singh, a surgeon at Civil Hospital, Nabha, for performing a wrong operation on his wife at a private nursing home.

Keeping strawcraft alive
With changing times many handicrafts are disappearing gradually. These were earlier commonly seen but are now found mostly at exhibitions. Although people appreciate handicrafts, very few are interested in making these at home.

Administration to locate Jugnu’s parents
Patiala, August 9
Jugnu, an eight-year-old boy who has been living among the mentally challenged at an ashram, near here, for more than one year after being found by the local police, will have another chance to live a normal life with the district administration deciding to place an advertisement in a national television channel to locate his parents.

Dharna by workers of GIC, LIC subsidiaries
Patiala, August 9
Employees of the subsidiaries of the General Insurance Corporation and of the Life Insurance Corporation staged a dharna in front of the office of the Oriental Insurance Company at Sherawala gate here today.
Employees of the subsidiaries of the General Insurance Corporation
Employees of the subsidiaries of the General Insurance Corporation and of the Life Insurance Corporation stage a dharna in front of the Oriental Insurance Company's branch office. 
— Photo Subash Patialvi

DM orders inquiry into ‘hospital negligence’
Kharar, August 9
Mr G.S. Grewal, District Magistrate, Ropar, has ordered a magesterial inquiry into two cases of Civil Hospital, Kharar, about which news had appeared in some newspapers recently.

Residents chafe at lack of sanitation
Bathinda, August 9
The stray animals here have a nice time enjoying meals on the heaps of garbage littered on the sides of the roads, depicting the condition of sanitation and the inefficiency of the civic authorities.

The pigs having a nice time on the heaps of garbage in a park at Bathinda.  —  Tribune photo

The pigs having a nice time on the heaps of garbage in a park at Bathinda.

MC organises vanamahotsava
Fazilka, August 9
The Market Committee, and the Forest Department organised a Vanamahotsava function here yesterday, Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board and Mr Surjeet Kumar Jyani, Forest Minister, Punjab, planted saplings.

Cong not to roll back on free power to tubewells: Bhinder
Gurdaspur, August 9
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, Senior Congress leader and in charge of the manifesto committee, PPCC. has ruled out waiving of facilities like free power to tubewells and concessions enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes.


BKU demands Rs 758 MSP for paddy
Sangrur, August 9
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) yesterday demanded that the Union Government should announce the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy as Rs 758 per quintal for A-grade variety and Rs 689 per quintal for common variety.

821 acres of jail land for PAU
Patiala, August 9
The Public Health Minister, Raja Narinder Singh, during a meeting held at open jain, Nabha, here today announced the decision to give 821 acres of agricultural land of the jail to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for producing high quality oil and vegetable seeds.


Chaudhuri is Amritsar Addl DC
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government ordered the following transfers and postings today:Mr Raj Kamal Chaudhuri will be the new Additional Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar against a vacant post. 

Complete works or face action: DC
Patiala, August 9
All Subdivisional Magistrates and other district officials have been directed to complete development works in the stipulated time period or face action.

PUDA’s Crystal Plaza in Jalandhar
Chandigarh, August 9
A modern housing enclave christened “Crystal Plaza” as part of Chhoti Baradari Scheme is being developed at Jalandhar by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). The plaza will come up near the existing defence colony.

Move to ban smoking in govt offices soon
Moga, August 9
The Punjab Government proposes to ban smoking in all government departments shortly. A section of society has been pressurising the state government to ban smoking as it pollutes the office environment.


Gang of fake gold sellers busted
Barnala, August 9
The Barnala police claims to have busted an inter-state gang of sellers of fake gold belonging to Puri district of Orissa by arresting four of its members namely Madan Dass, Ganga Ram Bedi, Jagan Nath and Babu Dass.

Killed “for stealing Rs 50” from gurdwara
Kapurthala, August 9
Bhupinder Singh (23) of village Sunrawala under the Sadar police station was beated to death allegedly by five “sevadars” of Tehli Sahib gurdwara near Kalasanghian village on the charge of stealing Rs 50 from the gurdwara on the evening of Wednesday.


DAV Cell for competitive exams
Chandigarh, August 9
The DAV colleges of the state under the management of the DAV College Management Committee, New Delhi, have got together and formed the DAV Cell for Competitive Examinations.

‘MCA is not under AICTE jurisdiction’
Chandigarh, August 9
The chairman and general secretary of the Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT), Patiala, have stated that the Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) programme being run by the college affiliated to Punjabi University does not come under the jurisdiction of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

‘Selection lists can’t be tampered with’
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government today said there was no scope of favouring any candidate in the ongoing recruitment of teachers for government primary schools in the state.

Police for cancellation of FIR
Patiala, August 9
The case of alleged irregularities in respect of hosting of an alumni meeting in 1999 by Dr K.C. Singhal, Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies, Punjabi University, has taken a new turn with the police making out a cancellation report in the case.


Traders to surrender ST numbers
Bathinda, August 9
In a significant development, the traders of the region have decided to surrender their sales tax numbers and power connections if the alleged anti-trader policies of the state government were not changed.


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