Saturday, August 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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I’ll excommunicate CM: Ranjit Singh
Amritsar, August 10
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, has announced Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Managing Editor of the daily Ajit and Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib, would be excommunicated from the Sikh Panth for violating the directives of Akal Takht, immediately after his taking charge as Jathedar.

Badal fooling people: Tohra
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 10
“The Panthic Morcha is getting overwhelming response from the people as they want to keep away from the Congress, number one enemy of the Sikhs and oust the most corrupt and anti-Panthic SAD (B) from the power”.

Malerkotla MC chief ousted
Shiromani Akali Dal suffers setback
Malerkotla, August 10
The Shiromani Akali Dal got a major setback here today when its municipal council president, Mr Ajmat Ali Khan, who had been tactically saving his chair for a year, was ultimately ousted.

SHSAD to stake claim to 65 pc seats
Amritsar, August 10
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, has stated that the third front would project its candidate for Chief Ministership after the MLAs meeting to be held just before the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

ILO plan on unemployment
Muktsar, August 10
In a significant decision, the International Labour Organisation has decided to prepare a master plan for the Punjab government to overcome problems of unemployment in the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Out-of-turn promotions irk PPS officers
Ludhiana, August 10
Notwithstanding the orders of the state government to ban out-of turn promotions in the police department under the ORP rank system and the stay orders imposed on such promotions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the state police department is still allegedly continuing with the controversial exercise.

Towards e-governance in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 10
Punjab bureaucrats, both at the policy-making end and at the cuttingedge, today “committed” themselves to translating into action the government endeavour to introduce electronic governance, e-governance for short.

Bright students’ admission blues
“Correct procedure” not followed
Patiala, August 10
Poor and meritorious students coming to the Punjabi University here from various districts in the state for admission to different courses under a special category earmarked for them, are facing difficulty with varsity authorities saying they cannot admit them as they (students) are not following correct procedure to take benefit of the scheme.


The ‘Faridkot connection’
Chandigarh, August 10
The Akali government does not seem to leave anything to chance for the next Assembly elections in the state. This, perhaps, is the reason that at least nine of the 23 Senior Superintendents of Police posted in the various districts of the state have the ‘‘Faridkot connection’’.

Pandemonium at Cong meeting
Mansa, August 10
A meeting of traders, representing various trade organisations convened by Mr Sher Singh Gagowal, former minister Punjab and president of the Mansa District Congress Committee, ended in a fiasco due to the utterances of some pro-Dhaipi supporters.

YC to hold rally in Delhi on Aug 13
Jalandhar, August 10
The All-India Youth Congress has decided to hold a rally in Delhi on August 13 to press for its demand of resignation of the Prime Minister over the UTI scam. More than 10,000 Youth Congress workers from Punjab were expected to take part in the rally to be addressed by the Congress chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

Coalition MLAs to meet on August 13
Chandigarh, August 13
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of MLAs of the Shiromani Akali Dal and its coalition partner, the BJP, on August 13. The meeting will be held in the Punjabi Regional Committee Hall of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, secretary of the SAD, said the meeting would discuss the latest political situation in the state and the country.


Water samples from dhabas fail test
Ropar, August 10
Most of the roadside dhaba owners are supplying contaminated water to their customers. The inference has been drawn from the latest results of the testing of water samples collected from these dhabas by the district Health Department authorities.

Cancel out-of-turn promotions: JEs
Jalandhar, August 10
Junior engineers of the Irrigation Department sat on dharna at the Executive Engineer’s office here yesterday to register their protest against the failure of the state government to frame service rules pertaining to promotions of diploma engineers for the past two years.

AISSF workers hold march
Patti (Tarn Taran), August 10
Hundreds of All-India Sikh Students Federation workers today organised a march against drugs in this border town and served an ultimatum on the authorities to check the trade of drugs and look those selling smack, failing which they would launch an agitation.

All-India Sikh Students Federation workers
All-India Sikh Students Federation workers raising slogans during a march against drugs at Patti in Amritsar on Friday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Sale of drugs on despite drive
Phillaur, August 10
Despite a government campaign against drug abuse’, intoxicants are easily available at several villages and towns of the state and thousands of youths are addicted to these. These intoxicants are reportedly causing ‘impotency’ among them. Doaba region, especially its rural areas and some posh areas, have become centres of the supply of drugs.

Sewer laying fouls up road
Delay in laying sewers on the old Fazilka road, better known as Johri Mandir Road, has caused cracks in commercial and residential buildings. The tenants and owners of the buildings had approached the administration for taking suitable action against the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. 

Small irritants mar hostel life
Punjab University has three hostels for boys and four for girls. Each hostel has two floors. When girls started seeking admission to different courses in large numbers, one of the boys’ hostel was converted into a girls’ hostel last year.

Living conditions in asylum deplored
Patiala, August 10
Helping Hands Society today condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to inmates of a private mental asylum established on the Sanaur road near here. In a statement here, the association general secretary, Mr Jatinder Narula, said it was surprising that men were being kept in chains and women were kept locked in small rooms.

Amritsar second million-plus city in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 10
With a population of over 10 lakh, Amritsar has become the second million-plus city in the state, next only to Ludhiana having a population of nearly 14 lakh. This has been revealed in a report on the rural-urban break down of the population released today by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Lok Morcha seeks action against Dulo
Chandigarh, August 10
A delegation of the Punjab Lok Morcha today presented a memorandum to the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), to demand action against a former Excise and Taxation Minister of the state who was indicted by the Lok Pal in October, 1998.

Soldier cremated with full honours
Rajpura, August10
The mortal remains of Darshan Singh (30), a lance naik serving in 68 Sikh Regiment, who laid down his life in the Kupwara sector (Srinagar) on August 8 following an encounter with Kashmiri militants, were consigned to the flames at his native village of Gopalpur in this subdivision.

Municipal workers threaten stir
Sunam, August 10
The Punjab Government should call the representatives of the Class III and Class IV employees organisations of the municipal councils to chalk out the policy of their absorption in other departments before abolishing the octroi”.

Glaring errors in driving licence
Amritsar, August 10
In a glaring discrepancy, the date of issuance on the driving licence of Ms Parbal Jyoti is September 30, 2001, a date yet to arrive, whereas the licence was issued 15 days ago. Not only this, Ms Jyoti has alleged that her name, Parbal, has been misspelt in the licence as Prabhal.

3-year jail term for canal patwari
Mansa, August 10
Mr Harbans Lal, Special Judge, Mansa convicted Sher Singh canal patwari, posted at Khiala Kalan village in the district under Section 467/468/471 of the IPC and sentenced him to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) for three years and to pay fine of Rs 1000.

Views of writers sought on censor board
Chandigarh, August 10
The Punjab Government today invited suggestions from writers, playwrights, poets, musicians and singers by August 31 for the setting up of a censor board to curb obscene and vulgar songs and promote the Punjabi culture.

Youth run over by train
Dhuri, August 10
A newly married youth was run over by a train and killed at the local railway station yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Prem Kumar (23) of Samana in Patiala district. He was married a few months ago.


Paddy storage plan resented
Patiala, August 10
The Punjab Rice Millers Association today took exception to the state government’s move to store paddy procured by the state and its agencies in the mandi yards and on the premises of focal points in their own custody apprehending that the rice millers may create problems in the storage of paddy on their premises.


Rs 2.1 crore for urban development
Ropar, August 10
The Punjab Government has allotted Rs 2.10 crore for the development of urban areas in the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr G.S. Grewal, gave this information after presiding over a meeting held yesterday to review various development projects in the district.

Vikas bhavan at SAS Nagar
Sangrur, August 10
The department of Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, has planned to construct a “vikas bhavan” at SAS Nagar in a year to make arrangements for the stay of elected representatives of the rural bodies like panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads.


ASI booked on graft charge
Ropar, August 10
Assistant Sub-Inspector Nirmal Singh, in charge of the Khijrabad police station, has been booked on corruption charges. The SSP here Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, told this correspondent that a case was registered following a complaint from Tralok Singh of Khijrabad village.

One held for petrol adulteration
Patiala, August 10
The district police arrested one person for adulterating petrol by mixing a chemical solvent in it at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation petrol pump at Pasiana near here yesterday.

2 women murdered
Jalandhar, August 10
Two women were murdered by some unidentified robbers at the local Green Park locality this evening.


Fresh admissions for 16 MSc maths seats
Chandigarh, August 10
The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University today declared open the 16 seats lying vacant at Government College, Hoshiarpur, in MSc mathematics (pass course), part I, for fresh admissions. The students who had not appeared in the entrance test of this course can also now apply for admission to this course at the college.

Confusion marks ETT interviews
Bathinda, August 10
Candidates who appeared in the interviews of the elementary teachers training, today at Government Girls Senior Secondary School of the city alleged harassment at the hands of the authorities.

15 p.c. HRA sought
Patiala, August 10
The Punjab and Chandigarh Non-teaching Employees Federation demanded immediate release of house rent allowance at a rate of 15% of the basic pay to employees residing in the city.

PG courses: fresh chance sought for students
Chandigarh, August 10
Parents of certain general category students have urged the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to provide a chance to all those students who had not earlier submitted their applications to appear in the counselling for admission to the postgraduation (PG) medical courses.

Computer courses at DRDA centres
Bathinda, August 10
The admission procedure for the course in computer education affiliated with Punjab Technical University at the centres of the District Rural Development Agency in the district has been started. The admission forms can be submitted at the office of the DRDA, Bathinda, up to August 17.

Students on relay fast
Mansa, August 10
The Punjab Radical Students Union at a meeting held here today decided to participate in the dharna and relay fast, started by the Youth Action Front at the Sewa Singh Thikriwala Chowk. Mr Harbans Singh, treasurer of the PRSU said that government had failed to provide educational facilities in the district.Top

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