Tuesday, August 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Punjab — paradox of poverty and plenty
Chandigarh, August 20
With the focus on human resource development and based on the “voice of the poor’’, the Punjab bureaucracy today held an inhouse exercise to draw up a road map for the future development of the state at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here.

Sant Longowal’s death anniversary observed
Longowal (Sangrur), August 20
The state-level function organised here today to pay tributes to Sant Harchand Singh Longowal on his 16th death anniversary turned into political show, as top leaders of the SAD and the BJP not only criticised the Congress but also called upon the people to vote for the SAD-BJP alliance and make Mr Parkash Singh Badal the Chief Minister for another term.

Top leaders of the SAD and the BJP, including Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala and Mr Madan Lal Khurana, at the state-level function held on Monday at Longowal village to observe the 16th death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.




Pharmacist found guilty of misconduct

Amritsar, August 20
The ESI Hospital authorities have found a pharmacist guilty of wrong doing in the hospital, according to a report prepared by a former Medical Superintendent, Dr Jagjit Kaur, and sent to Director, Health Services.

Cheated youths in Bahrain
Two travel agents arrested
Bathinda, August 20
Mr Gurjit Singh and Mr Lakhwinder Singh of Balianwali village were feeling elated when they took a flight to Bahrain for their final destination, the USA, to improve their prospects.

Fake bank draft racket unearthed
Kapurthala, August 20
The district police has busted an inter-state gang of cheaters involved in a Rs 50-lakh fake bank drafts racket with the arrest of two members of this gang.

BKU (E) refutes report on lathi charge
Bathinda, August 20
The state unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) said today that the report issued by the Association for Democratic Rights regarding the police lathi charge on residents of Maiser Khana on July 24 and the suicide by Mithu Singh of Sandoha village was not based on facts and it depicted the official version about the incidents.

More facilities for women cops
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab Police will take immediate steps to provide basic amenities for policewomen in the state. These amenities will include creche for children of women cops.

The Director-General of the Punjab Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, and successful participants of the Springboard Women Development Programme are all smiles after the valedictory function held in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

The Director-General of the Punjab Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, and successful participants of the Springboard Women Development Programme are all smiles after the valedictory function held in Chandigarh on Monday.


Tainted not to get ticket: Pannu
Bathinda, August 20
Mr Shanker Pannu, who has been appointed observer by the Congress for this district, said ticket would not be given to candidates with tainted image.
Talking to mediapersons here today, he said no one with a criminal background would be given ticket in the coming Assembly elections.

Admn played partisan role: Brahmpura
Tarn Taran, August 20
The district civil-administration has come under heavy criticism by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Minister for Co-operation, Punjab, for its alleged partial role in the byelection to the post of sarpanch of Naushehra Pannauan gram panchayat held yesterday in which Mr Navamarbeer Singh, candidate from the Brahmpura group, won.

Badal, Chautala in collusion on waters issue: Cong
Jalandhar, Aug 20
The PPCC today accused the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, of effecting a secret deal with his Haryana counterpart, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on the inter-state river water issue.


DCC pays tributes to Rajiv Gandhi
Bathinda, August 20
On the 57th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi today, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, President, DCC, paid tributes to the leader at the district office here.
Mr Shanker Das Pannu, former MP and Congress observer for Bathinda, said Rajiv Gandhi had laid down his life for the nation.

4-year term for chiefs of Improvement Trusts
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab Council of Ministers at its meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal here this evening decided to extend the term of the Chairmen of Improvement Trusts from two to four years besides allowing panchayati raj institutions to collect liquor tax directly from the liquor vends falling within their respective jurisdictions.

Ravel SinghRavel Singh dead
Chandigarh, August 20
Eminent Sikh scholar Mr Ravel Singh Advocate, who also served as secretary of the SGPC for several years, died here late last evening in the PGI where he was admitted following a massive heart attack. His body will be cremated here tomorrow at 11 a.m., according to family sources. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Health services paralysed
Tarn Taran, August 20
The health services in the local, Khadur Sahib and Patti subdivisions of the area remained paralysed today as the medical and paramedical staff of the government hospitals, civil dispensaries and other health centres went on a strike today in protest against the registration of a case under Section 420, IPC, by the Valtoha police station against Dr Manjit Singh, Medical Officer with the Primary Heath Centre, Gharyala.

Wrangle stalls traffic lights
Traffic lights were installed at Fountain Chowk here more than a year ago but these are yet to start functioning because of resistance of the residents to the demolition of the fountain which is considered to be a landmark of the city.

Lights at the fountain chowk. — Photo Subash Patialvi

Lights at the fountain chowk

Kandi canal cries for repair
Hoshiarpur, August 20
The state government claims to have carried out various development works, but it has ignored the Kandi canal project in the district. About 60 km long Kandi canal (stage-I) from Mukerian Hydel, Talwara, to Ajowal (Hoshiarpur) has been providing water for irrigation to 19,867 hectares of land in 215 villages in the Kandi tract of the district.

Assembly session from today
Chandigarh, August 20
The three-day session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Secretary of the Vidhan Sabha said the House would be adjourned for the day tomorrow after making obituary references.

Schoolboy dies as van rams into truck
Phagwara, August 20
Tushar Prashar, a schoolboy died on the spot while 10 other students, including Raghav Ghai, Vikas Gupta and Rohit Pabbi, were injured when their school van rammed into a stationary truck on the GT Road at the local Hoshiarpur crossing this afternoon.


Kisan sabha seeks 600 as MSP
Bathinda, August 20
The district unit of the Punjab Kisan Sabha has urged the Central Government to announce the minimum support price for paddy at the rate of Rs 600 per quintal. It has also demanded that the MSP for cotton should be fixed at Rs 3,500 per quintal, Rs 4,000 for desi cotton and Rs 125 per quintal for sugarcane.


MC stand-off on development projects ends
Ludhiana, August 20
The long-drawn stand-off in the local municipal corporation over the approval of various development projects ended today after a consensus was reached among the members of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) to approve all projects. 

MCs staff to gherao Assembly
Sunam, August 20
Before abolishing octroi in the state, the Punjab Government, should call representatives of Class III and Class IV employees organisations of the municipal councils to finalise the policy on their absorption in other departments.

Hoshiarpur gets more development funds
Hoshiarpur, August 20
Hoshiarpur has received Rs 701.23 lakh more for development from the state Planning Department. This was stated by Mr S. Raghbir Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab, while presiding over a meeting of the District Planning Board here today, in his capacity as chairman of the district body.


Cyclist killed
Abohar, August 20
Ram Sarup was killed when his cycle was hit by tractor-trailer at Sherewala village in the subdivision last night. The police has registered a case under Section 304A of the IPC.

Two vehicle thieves held
Barnala, August 20
The Barnala police busted a five- member vehicle thief gang. Mr Ajaib Singh Kaleka, SSP, Barnala, informed yesterday that the gang had stolen about 12 vehicles, including scooters and motor cycles, during the past couple of days in the region.

One booked for firing gunshots in air
Ludhiana, August 20
Tension gripped the Focal Point area today in the evening when gunshots were fired in the air by some persons involved in an argument with a shopkeeper. The police has arrested a man on the charge of firing the gunshots.


Delay in BA I results irks students
Ropar, August 20
The delay in declaring the results of the BA I examination conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala, is affecting the studies of students. Thousands of BA I students who appeared in the examination this year are still awaiting the results to take admission in the next class, even though the session has started from July 1.

PUTA poll: Singhal to take on pro-VC lobby
Patiala, August 20
Battlelines are drawn for elections to the Punjabi University Teachers Association with the present PUTA leadership represented by the Teachers United Front putting up the candidature of Business Management head Dr K.C. Singhal who had earlier been critical of the varsity management which had got a case of corruption registered against him.

Malout institute’s inauguration soon
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab Urban planning and Developing Authority has completed the construction of the Malout Institute of Management and Information Technology at a cost of qua Rs 12 crore.

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