Friday, August 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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CBI exposes cops’ extortion racket
Chandigarh, August 16
The Central Bureau of Investigation has exposed an extortion racket being allegedly run by the Punjab Police during the hey days of terrorism. The premiere investigating agency has now presented five challans against 13 police officials in the court of the Special Judicial Magistrate, Patiala.

Sub-tehsil created in Mansa district
Mansa, August 16
The Punjab Government has created a sub-tehsil at Bhikhi town of Mansa district. This was announced today by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, while presiding over a sangat darshan programme at the local new grain market.

PSEB resents decision on release of dam water
Patiala, August 16
Filling the Ranjit Sagar Dam once posed problems for the Punjab State Electricity Board. Now, excess water seems to be its bane, as the Irrigation Department, which controls the project, has decided that it would release excess water if the level of the dam goes beyond 520 metres.

Lashkar militant arrested
Abdul Rasid, alias Abu Sama, alias Bashir Ahmed KhanBathinda, August 16
The district police achieved a major success when it arrested a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant here late last evening and foiled attempts by him to strike at vital Army installations of the region.



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4 get life term for gang rape, murder
Barnala, August 16
In a significant judgement, a local court today sentenced four persons to rigorous imprisonment for life on the charge of murdering, abducting and raping a minor of Mehal Kalan village. The three other accused involved in the case were, however, acquitted by the court of the Additional Session Judge, Mr Sham Sunder, on the grounds of the benefit of the doubt.

Ganna, the ‘village of thieves’
Ganna (Phillaur), August 16
With a number of government-sponsored reformation and re-habilitation schemes proving to be a failure, this village, 8 km from Phillaur, has again earned the notorious distinction of being the one and only ‘village of thieves’ in the state police records.

Breaches in Ghaggar inundate 2,000 acres
Sangrur, August 16
Following heavy flow of water in the Ghaggar, two breaches, nearly 60-foot each, occurred today in the river at Makror and Mandvi villages in Khanauri area. It led to the spread of water in standing crops in about 2000 acres in the nearby villages of Makror, Mandvi and Chandu. The Ghaggar water has also entered the fields of Moonak village.

Sikh Gurdwara panel meeting today
Amritsar, August 16
Justice Harbans Singh (retd), Chairman Sikh Gurdwara Commission has convened an emergency all-party meeting at Chandigarh tomorrow. Apart from Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, secretary and Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, general secretary, SGPC representatives of the SAD, the SAD (Amritsar), the SHSAD and other Akali factions would attend the meeting.


Cong to contest on all seats in Punjab
Moga, August 16
The Congress has decided to contest on all seats during the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. This was stated here yesterday by a former Minister of State for Health and general secretary of the PPCC, Mrs Malti Thapar, and president of farmers’ wing of the PPCC, Mr Satnam Singh Sandeshi, while talking to mediapersons here today.

CM biased against Oppn MPs: CPI
Bathinda, August 16
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, CPI MP, has alleged that the state government was ignoring the representatives of the public and no meeting of the MPs had been organised with the ministers of the state government.


Functions mark I-Day celebrations
Patiala, August 16
The 54th Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm by different sections of bodies amidst cultural programmes and singing of National Anthem here yesterday. Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, unfurled the flag on the university campus. On the occasion, Dr Ahluwalia gave a clarion call to the students for aiming and achieving high goals in life. A PT show was presented by the students of Punjabi University Model School while students of Music Department played National Anthem.

2 children of Army Subedars missing
Amritsar, August 16
Twelve-year-old Gurshranjit Singh, also knows as Lucky, is missing since yesterday from his 7/1 Gulat Road cantonment residence. The boy, son of Mr Gurdeep Singh, a Subedar in the Army belonging to the 95 field regiment, had gone yesterday morning to the house of his maternal uncle, Mr Joginder Singh, at Sharifpura. The boy never reached there and is missing since then, according to a report lodged at the Civil Lines police station by his father.

Water treatment plants for three districts
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 16
The government has conducted a survey in the state to identify the places where drinking water has become polluted for the installation of water treatment plants in collaboration with foreign companies, said Mr Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health, talking to this correspondent here today.

2 motorcyclists killed in accident
Jalandhar, August 16
Two Amritsar-based pilgrims were killed when their motor-cycle was hit by a truck near the Kishangarh Chowk, about 12 km from here today. According to the police, Arwinder Kumar (24), the son, died on the spot and his father , Ashok Kumar (55), succumbed to injuries on the way to the local Civil Hospital.


Govt plan on paddy procurement
Faridkot, August 16
The Punjab Government has formulated a plan to ensure smooth procurement of paddy in the forthcoming kharif season in the state. Under the scheme, adequate employees of all state government agencies, besides the Food Corporation of India, will be deployed a week before the commencements of the purchase. Sufficient gunny bags will be provided and alternative arrangements for the lifting of the produce will be made to avoid any delay and loss.


Panchayat bungled funds: probe report
Moga, August 16
An inquiry report regarding the misappropriation of several lakhs of rupees by the panchayat of Bhekha village in this district, which was completed yesterday, has revealed that lakhs of rupees provided as funds by the government and certain NRIs for the village’s development had been misapproprited.

SDM raids liquor vends
Kharar, August 16
Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, raided some liquor vends yesterday evening after receiving information that liquor was being sold openly at some liquor vends in spite of ban orders imposed by the Punjab Government in connection with the Independence Day. He sealed four vends and rounded up five persons who were selling liquor.


Swindlers’ gang busted, four held
Faridkot, August 16
The Faridkot police has arrested four members of a 36-member inter-state gang of swindlers involved in defrauding various nationalised and private banks in different parts of the country of crores of rupees during the past few years. The arrested have been identified as Surinder Pal Singh, alias Jawa, alias Bittu, alias Sukhwinder Pal Singh, and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, both from Faridkot district, Subash Chander, alias Kala, from Gurdaspur district and Sher Singh of Zira district, Ferozepore.

Namdhari Samaj chief’s nephew arrested
Kharar, August 16
Thakur Dalip Singh, nephew of Satguru Jagjit Singh, chief of the Namdhari Samaj, was arrested by the CIA Staff, Kharar, here today when he surrendered before the police in connection with a case registered against him at SAS Nagar police station under Sections 307, 120-B/34 of the IPC. He was charged of hatching conspiracy to kill Mr Avtar Singh of SAS Nagar, who is also a prominent figure in the Namdhari Samaj.

14-yr-old Dalit raped
Malerkotla, August 16
A 14-year-old Dalit girl of Balamgarh village was allegedly raped by Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Inabajwa village in Sherpur. According to information available Kulwinder Singh had raped the girl on August 4, 2001, at the residence of his relative in her village.

In-laws not held despite registration of FIR
Bathinda, August 16
Gain Singh, a local resident, has alleged that despite registration of an FIR against the in-laws of his daughter, the police has failed to arrest them. In the FIR lodged on July 3 with the police, Ranjit Kaur, daughter of Gain Singh, had alleged that her in-laws had been harassing her since her marriage in 1998 for bringing inadequate dowry.

Two held for cow slaughter
Sohia Kalan, Majitha (Amritsar), August 16
Six cows, including a calf, were slaughtered at Sohia Kalan village in Majitha police district early this morning at 3 a.m. On a tip off, the Majitha police rushed to the spot minutes later to rescue the animals, but they had already been killed, said DSP Paramdeep S. Teja.


PTU in the soup again
Bathinda, August 16
Even as the authorities of Punjab Technical University have been denying bunglings and harassment of students time and again numerous complaints by the students and the parents alike raise a finger of suspicion.

Dental college gets permission to admit students
Sangrur, August 16
The Central Government has approved the renewal of permission to four year BDS course for admitting the fourth batch of students during academic session 2001-2002 with 60 admissions at Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam.


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