Sunday, August 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Waters issue: Badal denies secret pact
Phillaur, August 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has denied any secret pact with Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala as alleged by the Congress on the water issue. Talking to reporters here after a sangat darshan programme today, Mr Badal said the SAD-BJP government had restored cordial relations with neighbouring states — Haryana and Himachal Pradesh — and the Union Government.

CM mum on amendment to water disputes Act: Brar
Chandigarh, August 11
The Congress is trying hard to bring the river waters issue to the centre-stage in Punjab to corner Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the coming Assembly elections.

Punjab plan to amend Urban Development Act
Chandigarh, August 11
The Punjab Government is planning to amend the Urban Development Act to develop smaller urban estates. At present, the minimum requirement for developing an urban estate is 125 acres.

Return of ex-ultras to be Punjab Cong poll issue
New Delhi, August 11
The Punjab unit of the Congress, which is looking for emotive issues to pin down the Badal government, is likely to focus in a big way on the return of separatist leaders to the state and make “threat to peace” as the major poll plank for the forthcoming assembly elections.

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Suresh Pande of Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 3, Jalandhar, demonstrating a science project, "Production of electricity through vehicles," which was adjudged the best model in the energy theme at the All-India Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan National Science Exhibition 2001 at Guwahati on Friday. — Picture Eastern Projections

Police officers to return awards on Aug 15
Chandigarh, August 11
Officers of the Punjab Police who have won the President’s gallantry and distinguished service awards will return their medals to the President of India in New Delhi on August 15, 2001. If some responsible representative does not come forward to receive the returned medals, these will be hanged outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan Gate.

Morcha leaders to visit Golden Temple
Chandigarh, August 11
Leaders of the newly formed Panthic Morcha will gather at Amritsar on August 18 to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, according to a Press note issued here today by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra.

Dr Sohal was asked to abort
Patiala, August 11
Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal, who has turned approver in the Harpreet Kaur murder case in which the former President, Bibi Jagir Kaur and six others were held accused, today claimed he had been contacted by a confidant of Bibi to conduct the abortion of Harpreet.


Political parties wooing SCs
Bathinda, August 11
Even as the general assembly elections are due after six months almost all political parties have started making efforts to make Scheduled Castes and backward classes their vote bank.

BSP cashing in on caste issue: Cong
Bathinda, August 11
Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, former MP and state president of the SC/ST cell of the Congress, said the benefit of reservation should be discontinued to the creamy layers of society.

PPCC chief’s warning on indiscipline
Chandigarh, August 11
Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has warned all those who are violating discipline and has called upon office-bearers of the party’s front organisations and cells not to resort to anti-party activities.

Plea to Badal for action against Mann
Sangrur, August 11
Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachi, Chairman of the Punjab State Co-operative Bank and a senior SAD leader, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister and President of the SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to take disciplinary action against Mr Baldev Singh Mann, General Secretary of the SAD and administrative member of the PSEB, for his anti-party activities and violating party discipline.

Partap Singh made dist SAD chief
Jalandhar, August 11
To end the ongoing tussle between two Akali factions, Mr Partap Singh, an SGPC member on Thursday was nominated president of the district Akali Jatha, Jalandhar (Urban) replacing Mr Inderjeet Singh.


Cong decries BJP’s friendly bias to MNCs
Jalandhar, August 11
The All-India Congress Committee observer for Punjab, Mr Ram Narayan Mina, today criticised the BJP-led NDA government for pursuing anti-people policies in the name of liberalisation and privatisation.

Justice eludes Bathinda trader
Punsup reduced him from riches to rags
Bathinda, August 11
Justice has been eluding a local resident, Mr Ram Gopal Bansal, for the past two years whose story is that of riches to rags due to the alleged high-handedness of Punsup authorities for the last more than two years.

Sirhind residents hold night vigil
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 11
Residents of Sirhind town have started organising “thikri pehras” as the police has failed to solve the fortnight-old murder of Devinder Sharma, a social worker and his wife. Though the police has increased the night patrolling and deployed commandos for night vigil, yet the people are frightened.

DCs directed to help women victims
Amritsar, August 11
Startling cases of crime against women came to light when victims narrated their tales to the Governor at a state-level seminar organised by the Shakti Mahila Sahayata Kendra here today. The Governor asked Deputy Commissioners to take immediate action.

More needle destroyers for hospital
Patiala, August 11
It seems to be a case of never too late for the once premier Government Rajindra Hospital here, with needle destroyers likely to make their appearance in the hospital in a big way years after the emergence of the threat of AIDS and other deadly viruses emerged in the country.

Martyr cremated 
Rajpura, August 11
Body of Darshan Singh, a soldier who laid down his life fighting terrorists in the Kupwara sector, was cremated with full honours at Gopalpur village today. He belonged to the Sikh Regiment.

Training camp for granthis
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 11
To implement the ‘Hukamnama’ issued by the Akal Takht to check female foeticide, a training camp for the granthis, dhadhis and the preachers of the religion was organised in Diwan Todar Mal Hall in Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara today, by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab.

City gets facelift for CM’s visit
Bathinda, August 11
The city, known as the “dust bowl of Punjab”, is getting a facelift for the proposed sangat darshan of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, here on August 12. Official sources said funds had been released for the beautification of the city which would include tree plantation and drainage of rainwater. A private agency would be hired for the purpose, the sources said.

FCI staff threaten to go on fast
Bathinda, August 11
Activists of the FCI Executive Staff Union, Punjab, today threatened to start on indefinite fast from August 13 at the FCI headquarters in New Delhi to lodge their protest against the “victimisation” of employees by the management on the pretext of storage and transient losses of foodgrains.

Tipnis visits IAF station at Bhisiana
Bathinda, August 11
The standard of Indian Air Force has to improve as per the need of the hour, said Mr A.Y. Tipnis, Air Chief Marshal, while addressing station personnel at Bhisiana village of the district yesterday. Mr Tipnis was here on a visit to Air Force Station, Bhisiana.

Phone service in poor shape
The telephone service here is far from satisfactory and subscribers’ complaints are increasing every day. Telephone faults are frequent. The situation worsens during the rains. When one visits the telephone exchange premises in the morning, one usually finds a number of subscribers requesting the area officials concerned to set faults right. Often faults are not rectified for days together.


Team gives report on cracks in buildings
Sunam, August 11
Mr Sarvjeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur following the orders of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on July 31 last to survey the buildings which had developed big cracks last month in the local Kailash Parbat locality had constituted a two member team to assess losses to the damaged buildings.


3 get life term for rape, murder
Hoshiarpur, August 11
Mr L. R. Roojam, District and Sessions Judge, here has sentenced Jaswinder Pal of Samundra village, Rajesh Kumar of Pahalewal village and Ram Krishan of Ajit Market, Nurpur, to life imprisonment, under Section 302, IPC, for murdering a girl.

ASI suspended for forging record
Jalandhar, August 11
The police has suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector for forging office record. Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, said here yesterday that ASI Rachpal Singh, who earlier was posted at Goraya, had forged the record by writing a false statement under Section 161, Cr PC, of a dead person, Kartar Singh.

Field officer caught taking bribe
Jalandhar, August 11
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a field officer of Backward Class Finance Corporation, Kapurthala, for demanding and accepting Rs 1000 as bribe for sanctioning a loan to a woman.

Man killed as truck hits scooter
Dhuri, August 11
Hans Raj (35) of Bari village in Sherpur police station was killed on the spot when his scooter was hit by a truck near the Sangrur bypass here late last evening. According to police sources, Hans Raj, employed as a constable in the Punjab police, was posted as security guard with DSP Malerkotla. The body was handed over to his relatives today after a post-mortem examination at the local Civil Hospital.


Nabha college merged with Patiala institute
Patiala, August 11
In a strange case, the Punjab Government has closed down the Sanskrit Mahavidyala in Nabha established during princely times and transferred its students and teachers to the even more old local Mahavidyala which is presently functioning from a dilapidated building part of which has been declared unsafe. Meanwhile, even as a few of the students who had been enrolled earlier in Nabha Mahavidyala have been shifted here, the teachers of the Nabha institution have dug in their heels refusing to shift to Patiala even though they have been formally transferred there.


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