Tuesday, August 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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DGP told to probe torture death
Chandigarh, August 27
In less than 10 years after a Ludhiana district resident succumbed to his injuries after being “tortured” by the police for allegedly harbouring a terrorist, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Punjab’s Director-General of Police to appoint a senior officer, not below the rank of IGP, to look into the matter as the allegations were against senior officers.

SAD to oppose water disputes Bill in RS
Chandigarh, August 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal has decided to oppose the controversial Inter-State Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2001, in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 3 where it was not opposed by the SAD MPs. It has generated a lot of heated debate in political circles in the state.

Surjeet for amnesty to cops
Sangrur, August 27
In a veiled support to the move of general amnesty to Punjab Police officials, facing trial in different courts for alleged excesses committed during 10-year-long militancy, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, national general secretary of the CPM, today indirectly favoured amnesty for those Punjab Police officials who fought terrorism in the state.

PNFC workers gherao official
Ropar, August 27
Workers of Punjab National Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited  plant at Nangal today gheraoed the Senior Accounts Officer of the PSIDC, Mr Manjit Singh, and forcibly detained him in their colony.

Decision on PSEB Chairman after Badal returns
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab Government will not be in a position to appoint a regular Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board till Mr G.S.Sohal, who has proceeded on medical leave, resigns from the post.



  • PSEB Chairman attends office
    Patiala, August 27
    Even though Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman G.S. Sohal had purportedly proceeded on leave, he attended office at the board headquarters today.

PUDA allots air-cooling consultancy contracts
Chandigarh, August 27
PUDA has completed the task of pre-qualifying the manufacturers of electrical lifts and appointment of air-cooling consultants for various district administrative complexes being executed by it.

Fake certificates: 2 DEOs indicted
Bathinda, August 27
The Vigilance Bureau in its probe has indicted Major Singh Sandhu, District Education Officer, Secondary and Mr Jaswant Rai Dani, DEO (Primary) for their involvement in issuing certificate of transfer of teachers and appointments in the Education Department. 

Vilification campaign on poll eve
Patiala, August 27
The final day of campaign for the Punjabi University Teachers Association election saw a determined bid by groups aligned with the United Teachers Front to attack the rival Teachers United Front presidential candidate Dr K.C. Singhal who has been accused of consistingly disrupting the meetings of the Syndicate over the years, besides committing irregularities during the hosting of the alumni meet of the School of Management Studies.


Tohra asks Oppn to join Morcha
Barnala, August 27
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, and senior leader of the Panthic Morcha has called upon the electorate to discard the Parkash Singh Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress to take over the reins of Punjab in ensuing Assembly poll inviting the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Bahujan Samaj Party and Balwant Singh Ramoowalia-led Lok Bhalai Party to join the Panthic Morcha to unite the scattered vote bank of the opposition on a single platform for the Assembly poll.

Badal may skip non-BJP CMs’ meeting
Chandigarh, August 27
Though the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has received an invitation from the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, to participate in a meeting of non- BJP Chief Ministers in New Delhi on September 2, there seems no possibility of Mr Badal attending the meeting.

Win has consolidated SAD-BJP position: FM
Chandigarh, August 27
The ruling SAD-BJP alliance today claimed that victory in Dera Bassi councillor’s byelection by a huge margin had further consolidated the position of alliance ahead of Assembly polls after handing down successive defeats to the Congress in the last three Assembly byelections.

BSP to contest 117 Assembly seats
Bareta (Mansa), August 27
The “Bahujan Samaj Party will contest all 117 seats of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in the forthcoming elections and will not enter into the alliance with any political party. This was stated by Mr Kanshi Ram, Chief of the BSP while talking to mediapersons at Bareta in the district. He claimed, his party would form government in Punjab. 

Jakhar for action against Rajni Mehta
Abohar, August 27
Mr Sajjan Kumar Jakhar, President, District Congress Committee Ferozepore, has urged the party high command to take disciplinary action against Ms Rajni Mehta, district president of the women wing for her alleged anti-party activities.


Police station built with people’s help
Police station built with people’s helpMehatpur (Jalandhar), August 27
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate a police station here tomorrow built with active help of local residents. The earlier two-room police station was functioning from the PWD rest house. Generous residents donated six kanals of land and Rs 2.5 lakh to realise their need for a police station.

KCF militant arrested
Ferozepore, August 27
The police yesterday arrested Angrej Singh of the Khalistan Commando Force, a dreaded militant and old-time accomplice of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal. A tractor-trailer, a .38 bore revolver was recovered from his possession.

HC strikes down Municipal Act provision
Chandigarh, August 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today struck down a provision in Section 3 (b) of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, as amended by the 1994 Act, whereby house tax (property tax) in municipal areas was determined in case of self occupied land or building, or in case of its occupation by specified relations, on the basis of the market value of the land and building.

Villagers oppose NAC notification
Kapurthala, August 27
Residents and shopkeepers of Nadala village in Bholath subdivision of the district observed a complete bandh on Sunday in protest against the setting up of a notified area committee in the village in place of gram panchayat.

Order on removal of generators upheld
Abohar, August 27
Mr Bhupinder Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, has dismissed here a revision petition of 10 generator-owners of the town challenging orders of the SDM on the removal of generators. Mr Sushil Kumar Goyal, a resident of Gandhi Chowk here filed a complaint before Mr D.K. Tiwari SDM u/s 133 (i) of the Cr. P.C. in 1998 against use of generators by 10 shopkeepers of the Gandhi Chowk area. 

HC judge inspects Hoshiarpur jail
Hoshiarpur, August 27
Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge N.K. Sud today visited the district jail here for inspection. Deputy Commissioner Iqbal Singh Sidhu and Sessions Judge L.R. Roozam accompanied him during the inspection.

Employees learn how to save lives
Patiala, August 27
The Indian Railways and the District Red Cross Society organised a five-day special training programme here. This programme is aimed at training employees in nursing victims of accidents and natural disasters.

Lost glory of a palace
Sheesh Mahal, the palace of the Maharaja of Patiala, is today anything but the abode of princes who moved in the city on brightly caparisoned elephants. It stands bereft of all its past glory, with neglect written all over its face.

NFL: no toxic discharge
Chandigarh, August 27
Mr S.K. Mehta, Executive Director, National Fertilizers Limited, Naya Nangal, today clarified that there was no discharge of coal slurry from the NFL premises. Some quantity of ash, however, was being discharged to properly built ash ponds.

Moni elected councillor
Gurdaspur, August 27
Dashminder Kumar Moni of the BJP defeated Ashok Kumar Sharma of the Congress by a margin of 260 votes and was declared elected Municipal Councillor from Ward No. 12, byelection to which was held yesterday. 

Dam oustees await relief, allege fraud
Pathankot, August 27
More than 500 persons are running from pillar to post for the last 20 years to get the payment of their land acquired by the authorities of Ranjit Sagar Dam.

2 die in mishaps
Bathinda, August 27
At least three persons died and three injured, two of them seriously, in different incidents in the district today. One person was killed and an other injured when the scooter they were riding on was hit by a tractor-trailer near Gobindpura village, 12 km from here.

Badal’s sangat darshan goes on
Bhunder (Muktsar), August 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, has said that an elaborate plan to allot 5-marla plot each to Dalit families of the state had been prepared and Rs 82 crore has been reserved for the same.

Foundation stone of dharamshala laid
Bathinda, August 27
Foundation stone of Bhagat Shri Chajjuram Dharamshala was laid by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister Punjab at Amarpura basti today. Speaking on the occasion Mr Garg said that work for the construction of dharamshala would be completed at the earliest. 


Farmers stage dharna
Sangrur, August 27
More than 250 farmers, led by Subedar Jhanda Singh, district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), staged a dharna and held a rally at the SDM’s office complex, near the main bus stand, here today in support of their demands.


Tax likely in lieu of octroi
Amritsar, August 27
Even as apprehensions prevail about supplementing government income in the wake of octroi abolition there is every likelihood of a tax being imposed following the decision to abolish octroi. This was indicated in a talk with Mr Balramji Das Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, who was here to attend a function.


SDO held for accepting bribe
Bathinda, August 27
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Sudagar Singh, an SDO of the Punjab State Electricity Board posted at Bargarhi near Kapurthala in Faridkot district for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 2000. Mr Surinder Pal Singh, SP (Vigilance) Bathinda Zone in a press note issued here today said that Sudagar Singh had demanded the money from Hardev Singh, a resident of Bambiha of Faridkot district for allowing him power connection.


Get PG degrees recognised: MCI
Ludhiana, August 27
Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, Chairman, Postgraduate Committee of the Medical Council of India, has advised the medical colleges in the region to get their postgraduate degrees recognised after getting the inspections done. Dr Chawla in an interview said almost 50 per cent of the postgraduate courses of the medical colleges and institutes in the country were not recognised by the MCI and as a result the student were suffering.

Govt school in deplorable state
Heaps of garbage in rooms, leaking roofs, broken doors, cracked walls, blocked toilets, broken floors and exposed electricity wires sum up the condition of Government Primary School at Parasram Nagar in the city. This school imparts education to about 225 children of trans-railway colonies.

Class time, teachers, take your seats
Patiala, August 27
Lack of desire among Punjabi University lecturers here to update their knowledge and teach the latest to students is leading to a situation where the ultimate sufferers will be students.

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