Thursday, August 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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No announcement on octroi abolition
Chief Minister unfurls the national flag at Ferozepore
Ferozepore, August 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal apparently launched a campaign for the next Assembly elections as he projected the achievements of the SAD-BJP government in the past four and-a-half years while addressing a gathering at the state-level function organised in connection with 54th Independence Day at the local Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium after unfurling the national flag, today.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, flanked by DGP Sarabjit Singh, inspects the parade. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, flanked by DGP Sarabjit Singh, inspects the parade on Independence Day at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium, Ferozepore. — Photo Kulbir Beera

‘No guarantee of BJP ticket to sitting MLAs’
Chandigarh, August 15
There is a change of mind in the BJP over the renomination of sitting party MLAs and Ministers in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the Punjab BJP said “ there is no guarantee that all sitting MLAs and Ministers will be given the party ticket to contest the Assembly elections”.



Fewer takers for SAD rally
Issru (Ludhiana) August 15
It was a day of charges and counter-charges here today with the ruling SAD, the Congress and the recently constituted Panthic Morcha blaming each other for various omissions and commissions.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the political conference at Isru in Ludhiana district on Wednesday. Also seen in the picture are SGPC President Jagdev Singh  Talwandi and Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the political conference at Isru in Ludhiana district.

Gurdwara panel can’t bypass SGPC decision: Talwandi
Ludhiana, August 15
The Shiromani Gurdwara Par-bhandhak Committee will challenge the Gurdwara Election Commission on the issue for granting the right to vote to Sehajdharis.

Bachan ready to face probe
Amritsar, August 15
Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, has said he will immediately quit his post if found guilty by any high-powered independent inquiry committee.

School children at Independence Day function in Patiala on Wednesday.

School children at Independence Day function in Patiala on Wednesday.

Schoolchildren at an Independence Day function in Patiala on Wednesday. — Photos Subhash Patialvi


Show of strength by Mohindra
Patiala, August 15
Former minister and senior Congress leader Brahm Mohindra today used the Independence Day function presided over by him here to launch a veiled attack on Punjab Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh, besides turning, it into a show of strength with an eye on the coming Assembly elections in the State.

Badal planning sops to get votes: Cong
Patiala, August 15
The Punjab Congress yesterday charged the Akali-BJP alliance with planning to announce a series of concessions to the trading class as well as weaker sections on Independence Day in a “panic reaction” in view of the coming Assembly elections in the state.

‘Purbias’ join Panth
Phagwara, August 15
At least 1,000 migrant workers from UP and Bihar led by Mr Inderjit Sonkar, joint secretary, Block Congress Committee (Urban), today left the Congress and joined the “Panth” by adopting the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal as their party amid slogans of “Bole so nihal” and “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa”. 


VIPs missing as pilgrims are cremated
Jalandhar, August 15
Eight residents of the city, who were on a pilgrimage to Manikaran Sahib in Himachal Pradesh and had lost their lives when their vehicle got involved in a landslide near Bilaspur were cremated at different cremation grounds here this afternoon amid absence of senior administration officials or political leaders who remained busy in the Independence Day celebrations.

SAD leader Ranjit Singh Nikra distributing fruit.
Patiala SAD leader Ranjit Singh Nikra distributing fruit among poor people in the city on Wednesday. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

PUDA directed to pay compensation
Ropar, August 15
The District Consumer Forum, here, has directed the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority to pay compensation to a complaint for providing poor service.

Non-installation of machine: CM takes serious view
Amritsar, August 15
Even as the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has taken a serious exception to the non-installation of blood separation component unit in local Guru Nanak Hospital following publication of report in these columns, Dr H.S. Gill, Medical Superindent, said efforts were being made to bring the rest of the components from the National AIDS Control Organisation and state AIDS organisation.

Garg presides over celebrations
Bathinda, August 15
Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology presided over the 54th Independence Day celebrations here today.

Cross-border meetings held
Abohar, August 15
About 800 Indians from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh reached the Sadiqqi border checkpost, about 15 km from the Indo-Pakistan border in the Fazilka sector for a cross-border meeting yesterday with their relatives living in Pakistan. A large number of people from both countries had been coming annually on Independence Days of India and Pakistan for the meeting.

17 kids hurt as bus overturns
Patiala, August 15
Seventeen children of an orphanage for children of former militants, families were injured when the bus in which they were travelling turned turtle near Kallar Bhaini village near here on the Patiala-Dakala road.

Vigilance Dept to look into ‘coal crisis’
Bathinda, August 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to conduct an inquiry into the alleged coal supply crisis at Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, by the Vigilance Department.

Bypass to ease traffic congestion
Traffic congestion in Morinda may become a thing of the past with the construction of a bypass, work on which is expected to start soon. The district administration has completed almost 80 per cent of the land acquisition process. According to the SDM, Mr Daljit Singh, 383 kanals and 8 marlas of land has been acquired in Marauli village, 82 kanals and 7 marlas in Rampur, 54 kanals and 3 marlas in Marauli Khud, 107 kanals and 13 marlas in Ramgarh, 266 bighas and 3 biswas in Morinda town and 35 kanals in Kangla village.

MC union to gherao Assembly on Aug 23
Sunam, August 15
The Class III and IV Employees Organisations of the municipal councils of Punjab will gherao the Punjab Assembly on August 23 on the first day of the assembly session if the state government failed to chalk out the policy of their absorption in other departments before the announcement of abolition of octroi in the state.

Dal Khalsa seeks cases against Gill, Sharma
Amritsar, August 15
The Dal Khalsa has condemned the manner in which some police officers had asked for clemency for their alleged unlawful deeds. The officers, assembled under the banner of the “Zinda Shaheed Police Officers Welfare Association,” had pleaded that they were used as “hit men” by their superiors in killing Sikh youths who took to militancy.

BKU(E) workers observe fast
Bathinda, August 15
The leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), who had been lodged in the district jail, observed a fast and marked their protest by wearing black badges.


2 held for posing as inquiry officers
Barnala, August 15
Paramjit Singh, a Head Constable of Commando Company Bahadurgarh, and Bhura Singh, a SPO have been arrested by the Dhanaula police for posing themselves as inquiry officers and cheating people.

Schoolboy found murdered
Sangrur, August 15
Two persons, including a police constable, died at the Civil Hospital while a student was allegedly murdered by two persons in the past 24 hours here.
According to the local police today, Matu Ram, a constable, who was on duty at the local Police Lines, today complained of pain in his abdomen.

SHO booked, suspended
Patiala, August 15
District police chief Paramjit Singh Grewal today suspended Nabha Kotwali Station House Officer Gurmail Singh for implicating an innocent person in a narcotics case after taking a bribe.

SI declared PO
Patiala, August 15
A special court has declared a Punjab police sub-inspector, Gurdev Singh, as proclaimed offender as the non-bailable warrants issued against him earlier could not be served.


VC inaugurates Internet facility
Amritsar, August 15
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated a 24-hour centralised Internet facility at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bhavan of the university here today.

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