Friday, August 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Waters: ‘secret pact’ between Badal, Chautala
Chandigarh, August 23
The Panthic Morcha, a front of Akali factions opposed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today charged Mr Badal with having entered into a secret pact with his Haryana counterpart, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on the issue of the sharing of river waters.

Serious issues, non-serious members

Chandigarh, August 23
The 12th session of the 11th Punjab Vidhan Sabha held here on Wednesday was the last sitting of the present House that stands adjourned sine die. What impression (there may not be an impact) has the last day of the session left?

Cong to launch election campaign from Payal
Ludhiana, August 23
The sixth death anniversary of former Chief Minister Beant Singh to be organised at Payal, his native village, on August 31 is likely to be a grand show. The Congress plans to launch its election campaign on that day.

Plants go out of generation, power supply hit in region
Ludhiana, August 23
Power supply was affected in the northern region as the super thermal power station of the national thermal plant at Rihand of 500 MW capacity went out of generation yesterday. Besides, the Dadri gas- based power station and one unit of the Rajasthan atomic plant of 220 MW also went out of generation.




125 lakh tonnes of paddy to be procured
Chandigarh, August 23
Punjab is to procure 125 lakh tonnes of paddy in kharif 2001-2002. The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today reviewed the procurement arrangements with the state agencies, the FCI and the Deputy Commissioners, making them responsible for smooth procurement operations. There will be 1,598 purchase centres and mandis.

IMA: withdraw case against doctor
Hoshiarpur, August 23
The Indian Medical Association, Punjab has condemned the assault on a doctor and hospital staff of Miglani Hospital, Adampur, by the relatives of a patient. Dr Kuldip Singh, Secretary, Action Committee-Cum-Legal Cell, IMA, Punjab, said in a press note here today that it was unfortunate that every hospital death was projected as a case of medical negligence by the people as well as the press. The police succumbs to the public pressure and registers a case under Section 304, IPC, forgetting that Section 304 was not applicable to the hospital deaths.


Petrol station sealed after it fails tests
Patiala, August 23
Adulteration of petrol by various petrol station owners has become a major issue in the district with the Indian Oil Corporation sealing one petrol pump after a random check of various petrol stations in the city. During the past fortnight the district police has registered a case against a petrol station owner of Passiana, near here, after one truck of chemical solvent containing 8,000 litres of solvent material was seized from his station. Following this a case has been registered against one person. Kerosene has also been seized from the premises of certain filling station owners in the district.

Telecom Dept fined Rs 15,000
Ropar, August 23
The District Consumer Forum, Ropar, has directed the telecom authorities to pay a compensation of Rs 15,000 to Messrs Tara Chand Malhotra and Sons for deficiency in service. The complainants had alleged that a telephone No 38231 was installed at their branch office at Gara Maura. It was attached with the Kiratpur Sahib telephone exchange.

A town with unbridled pollution
This border town is dusty. Thick dust can be easily seen in the air while moving around. The air is perhaps most polluted as compared to other towns. The number of asthma patients is much more than in the adjoining areas. Some asthma patients prefer to reside at nearby Fazilka that relatively suits their health.

Sangrur DTO gets interim bail
Sangrur, August 23
Mr R.P. Nagrath, Special Judge, Sangrur, today issued a notice to the State of Punjab for September 1 on the anticipatory bail application moved by Mr Deepak Raj Garg, District Transport Officer, Sangrur, against whom the Vigilance Bureau had registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act here yesterday.

Indian textiles fascinate her 
Patiala, August 23
“A moment will come when it will be difficult to differentiate between the youth from different countries. Everything will be global and so will be the fashion. I personally believe that every country should have its individuality and originality,” says Ms Magda Prats.

Noisy solution to power cuts
In times of power cut, heat and darkness are not the only problems the residents of Rajpura have to contend with. Along with the power cut, comes the deafening noise of numerous power generators which the affluent have installed outside their houses. Since the power cuts come mostly in summer, the noise adds to the discomfort of the common people.

32 hurt as bus, truck collide
Moga, August 23
At least 32 passengers, including 19 women and two children, were injured, four of them seriously, when a minibus collided head on with a truck near Mehna, 12 km from here, on the Moga Ludhiana road today.

Traders plead for amnesty
Bathinda, August 23
Four organisations of traders have urged Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to make immediate and adequate arrangements for securing general amnesty for police officials of Punjab who have been facing trial and languishing in jail for violation of human rights while fighting militancy.

MC employees fear they may not get wages
Amritsar, August 23
Fear stalks municipal corporation employees here who apprehend that they may not get their salaries in view of the move to abolish octroi. They are sceptical that their wages could even be “curtailed”.

Missing SGPC file found
Amritsar, August 23
An important file pertaining to the purchase of 16 SGPC buses at a cost of Rs 1 crore has been traced in a bathroom today. Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President of the SGPC, had ordered a high-level inquiry in this regard. Mr Talwandi had stated that the “culprit” had been identified and the file would be found within a week.


Scientists look up to nature for good yield
Bathinda, August 23
Dr S.S. Bains, Director, Agriculture, Punjab has said if the weather remains favourable the target of providing 17 lakh bales will be achieved. Mr Bains who was here in connection with an inspection of the cotton belt of the state, talking to mediapersons said if the dry weather prevailed and the wind flowing from the west continue to heat the region cotton crop would not be effected by American bollworm.


Punjab to set up development board
Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab Government has decided to set up the Punjab Urban Development Board on statutory basis by bringing about a suitable legislation. Revealing this here today, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, stated that the draft of the proposed Punjab Urban Development Act, 2001, had been approved by the Chief Minister, Punjab and necessary steps were being taken to give it the force of law.


4 carrying poppy husk arrested
Bathinda, August 23
Fifteen cases have been registered against 19 persons for their alleged involvement in various criminal activities in the district and 10 kg of poppy husk, 15 litre of illicit liquor, four pistols, 16 cartridges and Rs 1,276 seized from their possession.

NRI booked for seeking dowry
Jalandhar, August 23
The district police has booked a Canada-based NRI for allegedly demanding dowry from his wife, failing which he threatened not to take her abroad. Ms Kulwinder Kaur in a complaint alleged that she married Onkar Singh Bhatia in 1998. She stayed with her husband for 10 days. Later, he left for Canada, leaving her behind with his mother in Ludhiana.


VCs of PTU, Punjabi University meet on Sept 4
Chandigarh, August 23
Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla, BJP MLA from Amritsar, said today that the Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, had called a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors of Punjab Technical University and Punjabi University, Patiala, on September 4 to discuss the issue of “ non-recognised” technical courses.

Dismiss VC of PTU, demands Chawla
Chandigarh, August 23
Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a senior leader of the BJP and MLA from Amritsar, here today met the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, to seek the removal of the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar.

Paying more for same course
Bathinda, August 23
Guru Kashi Regional Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala, has allegedly overcharged LLB-III students by Rs 1,865 in the form of admission and tuition fee. While students of LLB-III at Punjabi University paid Rs 3,445 as fee, students of the regional centre had to pay Rs 5,310.

Withdraw fee hike, say ITI students
Bathinda, August 23
Students of the local ITI today held a march and a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to press for acceptance of their demands. The students boycotted their classes and held a rally at the institute. Later, they marched through the city and reached the office of the Deputy Commissioner. There they again held a rally.

School vans keep off road
Phagwara, August 23
The privately operating school vans today remained off the road putting parents and their wards to great inconvenience. This was done to protest against the alleged harassment of operators.


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