Monday, August 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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River waters: Badal sets record straight
Chandigarh, August 26
The feud between the Akalis and the Congress over the issue of sharing of river waters in the state has sullied the water with political mud since 1955. Politics has clouded up even rational thinking in Punjab and Haryana over the emotive issue, what to speak of reasonable sharing of water that continues to flow and flood unsuspecting people in the two states.

Badal’s stand on waters issue ‘political stunt’
Sriganganagar, August 26
Terming the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue of sharing river waters with Rajasthan as “political stunt “, the local farming community has declared that it was high time that the riparian issue was settled once and for all since rivers were a national treasure and deserved to be shared among the states as per their requirements.

Octroi to go in a month: Tandon
Malerkotla, August 26
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Local Bodies and Labour-cum-Employment Minister, Punjab today addressing a gathering of industrialists at the Local Industrial Estate assured them that the octroi would be abolished within a month.

Charges against cops concocted: K.P.S. Gill
New Delhi, August 26
Welcoming government’s proposal to provide relief to security force personnel accused of having committed human rights violations while fighting militancy in Punjab, former state DGP K.P.S. Gill tonight said the charges against them were “concocted” and that they should be “honourably exonerated.”




NFL dumping toxic waste near Sutlej
Ropar, August 26
The Nangal-based plant of National Fertilisers Ltd produces lakhs of tonnes of coal slurry as waste which is highly toxic. It has been deposited by the NFL authorities in ponds on the banks of the Sutlej. 

New hope for heart failure patients
Chandigarh, August 26
Heart diseases have assumed epidemic proportions in Punjab. Many big heart institutes have been flourishing in this region because of the high incidence of serious heart ailments among Punjabis. It is even higher than in the case of European countries.


Panthic Morcha stir from Sept 10
Phagwara, August 26
Mr Dhyan Singh Mand and Mr Jaskaran Singh, vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today declared that the Panthic Morcha would launch an agitation against the “sell-out” of the river waters riparian rights of Punjab to the Centre by the Punjab CM, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, as well as against the Union Home Ministry’s move to grant amnesty to those policemen and officials who were responsible for killing of Sikh youths in fake encounters.


Helping victims of road mishaps
The district police, in cooperation with social organisations, has started a project on road safety. Under the project, the police, with the help of educational and social organisations, has launched a comprehensive awareness drive to educate the public, especially school and college students, in road safety measures by organising seminars, talks by experts and declamation and painting contests in educational institutions.

PSEB engineers resent govt move
Patiala, August 26
The executive committee of the Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers’ Association has expressed concern about the move of the state government to undermine the statutory autonomy of the PSEB vested under the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948.

2 more held for beating up cops
Kapurthala, August 26
The police today arrested two more persons involved in the alleged beating up of three police officials in the district court complex on August 8. The arrested accused have been identified as Ranjodh Singh and Sarabjit Singh.

Rights panel takes up widow’s complaint
Amritsar, August 26
The National Human Rights Commission has directed the Secretary Finance, Department of Banking, Government of India, to look into the complaint of a widow, Mrs Kamla Rani, whose husband Ram Nath, was an employee of State Bank of India here.

Boat tragedy mission chief to visit Pak
Phagwara, August 26
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, will leave for Pakistan tomorrow. He will make coordinated efforts with Pakistan and Sri Lanka governments for bringing to book culprits of the boat tragedy.

SAD-BJP nominee wins MC bypoll
Dera Bassi, August 26
The SAD-BJP nominee, Mr Maam Raj Gandhi, retained the post of councillor in the Dera Bassi Municipal Council defeating his Congress rival Mr Sarwan Kumar Saini in a byelection held for Ward No. 6, here today. 
The winning candidate, Mr Maam Raj Gandhi, seen engaged in an argument with Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon, an opponent.
The winning candidate, Mr Maam Raj Gandhi, seen engaged in an argument with Mr Deepinder Singh Dhillon, an opponent, at the byelections of the Municipal Council in Dera Bassi on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

States' DGPs to meet in Delhi
Phillaur, August 26
The Punjab DGP, Mr Sarabjit Singh, will raise several issues at a national meeting of DGPs of all states which will be held on September 5 in New Delhi. The meeting will be presided over by Union Home Minister L.K. Advani.

Two wagons derailed
Jalandhar, August 26
Two wagons of a goods train drailed from the dead track meant for shunting purpose, minutes after it was thoroughly examined to be fit. One of the wagons has been dangling over the Damoria bridge here since today afternoon. The incident took place when the train, examined during a routine inspection and was found fit by shunting staff, was returning to the main platform from the dead track.

139 pass out of police centre
Hoshiarpur, August 26
Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, took salute from 139 trainees of capsule course No. 12, conversion course No. 2 and batch No. 233 wireless during an impressive passing-out parade at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, today.

Sewerage choked; CPI men on fast
Amritsar, August 26
Alleging partiality towards the wards of ruling party members, Mr Amarjit Singh Asal, secretary of the district CPI, today announced a chain fast at Kot Khalsa against the alleged high-handedness of the Mayor, Mr Brij Mohan Kapoor.

Case registered against scribe
Bathinda, August 26
The police has registered a case under Sections 452, 384 and 506 of the IPC and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act, 1989, against a Malout-based journalist of a Hindi daily being published from Chandigarh.

IMA conference
Chandigarh, August 26
More than 1,000 delegates from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi will participate in the 56th conference of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab (PIMACONE-2001), to be held at Doraha (Ludhiana) on November 18.

Campaign against foeticide soon
Bathinda, August 26
A special campaign will be launched soon to create awareness about the declining sex ratio and female foeticide. Efforts will also be made to strictly implement various Acts formed to curb this menace. 

Demand for pension scheme
Phagwara, August 26
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has urged the Punjab Government to implement the pension-cum-gratuity scheme for the employees of the non-government colleges by the end of this month.


Teams to ensure sale of pesticides
Faridkot, August 26
The Punjab Government has deployed special district-level teams to ensure the sale of quality pesticides in the state. During the past few months, 1600 samples of pesticides of different firms had been taken. Out of these, 52 samples were found to be of substandard quality. Action was being taken against the erring sellers, said Dr S.S. Bains, Director, Agriculture, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here on Friday. He further said the Deputy Director, Plant Protection, had also been deployed to help the teams.


Two arrested in fraud case
Faridkot, August 26
The Sadiq police on Friday arrested two members of a 36-member gang near Dera Baba Ram Singh in Pipli village on the Faridkot-Ferozepore road. They were held for defrauding various nationalised and private banks of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal for the past five years.

1 arrested for supplying smack to jail inmates
Muktsar, August 26
The police has arrested Jaswinder Singh for allegedly supplying smack to his brother Sukhvinder Singh, an undertrial in the Muktsar jail, and seized 50 gm of opium and 230 milligrams of smack.

Two bodies found
Bathinda, August 26
An unidentified body was found in a field near Lal Singh basti of the city yesterday. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa, an NGO, took the body to Medical College, Faridkot, for a post-mortem.


Educationist dead
Moga, August 26
Mr Pritam Singh Sandhu, a retired principal and an educationist, died here early today. He was 71 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

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