Wednesday, August 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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12 Cong workers booked
Clash with SGPC member’s son
Samana (Patiala), August 28
Congress workers today staged a protest march in the town to protest against the alleged assault on some workers by SGPC member Joginder Singh Panjrath’s son, Neeta, yesterday. They have also threatened a bandh tomorrow if no action was taken in the matter.

BSP to project Ravi Inder as Punjab CM
Longowal (Sangrur), August 28
Mr Kanshi Ram, national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), said today that the BSP would project Mr Ravi Inder Singh, MLA from Morinda, as the next Chief Minister of Punjab. He said the party would allot 20 tickets to the candidates of upper castes in the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections.

Fake medical certificates kick up row
Bathinda, August 28
A controversy over the issuance of fake medical certificates to extend favours to jail inmates and others has cropped up in the local Civil Hospital.

Wanjara Bedi ... scholar par excellence
Dr Sohinder Singh Wanjara BediD
r Sohinder Singh Wanjara Bedi is no more. Students and scholars of Punjabi folklore in this century will hardly believe that the colossal task of production of “Punjabi Lokdhara Vishvakosh” (Encyclopaedia of Punjabi Folklore and Culture) in eight big volumes was attempted single-handed by this scholar of folklore disciplines popularly known as Wanjara Bedi, after Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha, who compiled “Mahan Kosh”, a single volume, and, that too, with the help of state resources, in the 19th century.





Shahpur Kandi project cleared
Gurdaspur, August 28
The Rs 1,400 crore Shahpur Kandi hydel project has been finally cleared by the Centre. Its completion will pave the way for the power generation of the Ranjit Sagar dam to reach its full capacity.

Pro-VC group sweeps PUTA poll
Patiala, August 28
The pro-Vice-Chancellor group — the UTF — today swept the elections to the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), bagging three out of the four posts of office-bearers and four out of the seven posts of Executive members.

Man kills sister-in-law, paramour
Ferozepore, August 28
In a shocking incident, a man allegedly killed his widowed sister-in-law Khuswinder Kaur and her paramour Balwant Singh, a constable in the Punjab Police, after finding them in a compromising position yesterday.


Opinion poll ‘manipulated’
Ferozepore, August 28
A senior Congress leader, Mr Gurnaib Singh Brar, while addressing a press conference criticised the opinion poll published in a section of media, in which Mr Parkash Singh Badal was adjudged the best Chief Minister, Punjab had ever had.

PPCC public meeting on Aug 31


Vigilance Dept to collect money for Chhapar mela?
Sangrur, August 28
Prof Balwant Singh, secretary, Punjab unit of the CPM, yesterday alleged that the SAD government had assigned the duty of collecting money for the Chhapar mela for the first time to the Punjab Vigilance Department like other departments.

Scribes boycott Badal’s function
Ludhiana, August 28
Scribes belonging to different news organisations today boycotted all functions of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, after he refused to order a magisterial inquiry into the misbehaviour with some journalists at the hands of a Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Ludhiana railway station recently.

46 gastroenteritis cases in Samana
Patiala, August 28
As many as 46 persons have been admitted in the subdivisional hospital and various private hospitals at Samana after suffering bouts of gastroenteritis due to contaminated water in the town.

Ranjit Singh celebrations: CM to visit UK
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will visit the UK from September 19 to 21 to participate in the Maharaja Ranjit Singh bicentenary coronation celebrations.

Public participation in water scheme
Bathinda, August 28
Ms Valsalla Kutti, Director, Technology Mission, Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, has said that people do not think of water as a prized resource and only the government is held responsible for its non-availability.

BSP leader cries foul
Chandigarh, August 28
Mr Gurinder Pal Singh Dhanula, a senior leader of the BSP, in a statement issued here today, said the Faridkot police had been trying to implicate him in a case. He alleged that the police action against him had been initiated at the behest of a prominent political family of the Faridkot area.

MC employees stage dharna
Hoshiarpur, August 28
Employees of the Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur, staged a dharna in front of the council office and took out a procession through the main bazars of the city today.

3 die as tree falls on jeep
Bathinda, August 28
Three persons were killed and eight injured when a tree fell on the jeep they were travelling in near Romana village, about 25 km from here, this afternoon.

Cop ‘misbehaves’ with woman
Pathankot, August 28
The Pooja Express (2403-up) coming from Jaipur to Jammu this morning was delayed for more than half-an-hour due to an altercation following the alleged misbehaviour of a CRP constable with a woman passenger.

Cycle rally flagged off
Kapurthala, August 28
A cycle rally of Army jawans and officers of the 6055(1) MC BDG WKSP was flagged off by Brig M.A. Devaiah today from Kapurthala to Harike in Ferozepore.

Ban orders

Dispensary opened


Stir threat by Telecom officers
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Circle Telecom Engineering Officers Association at its meeting held in Ludhiana today condemned the Chief General Manager of Punjab Telecom circle for his alleged rude behaviour.


5 held for smuggling narcotics
Bathinda, August 28
The police has arrested five persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics and has recovered 40 kg of poppy husk and 500 gm of opium from them.

Five robbers arrested
Bathinda, August 28
The district police has arrested five members of an inter-state gang allegedly involved in looting under the cover of business activities.

Patwari held for accepting bribe
Bathinda, August 28
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested Shamsher Singh, a patwari in the Revenue Department posted at Pakka Kalan in the district, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 800. The SP (Vigilance), Bathinda zone, in a press note issued here today said Shamsher Singh had demanded the money from Gurlabh Singh, a resident of Chak Heera Singh in the district, for giving favours to him.

Man stoned to death
Tarn Taran, August 28
Satpal Singh of Deenewal village under the Sadar police station has been stoned to death by four persons of the same village.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Phagwara, August 28
Proclaimed offender Ashok Kumar, alias Shoki, alias Shambhu, alias Sucha Ram of Shekhupur Bakhlor village under Mukandpur police station has been arrested.


Police indicts, DEO(S) denies
Bathinda, August 28
Mr Major Singh Sandhu, District Education Officer (DEO), Secondary, today denied that any inquiry was pending against him in the bunglings in the issuance of experience certificates, transfer of teachers and appointments in the Education Department as appeared in a section of press.

Students seek subject teacher
Tanda Urmur (Hoshiarpur) August 28
Nearly 60 students of political science stream of GKSM Government College here have complained that though their classes started about a month ago yet there is no teacher for the subject.

Students to form anti-ragging union
Patiala, August 28
The Punjab Students Welfare Union today decided to form an anti-ragging union cell.

Donor of fans honoured
Tarn Taran, August 28
An NRI, Mr Rachpal Singh, of Chabba village, who had donated 50 ceiling fans to the village government senior secondary school, was honoured today at a function organised on the school premises.

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