Monday, September 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Morcha, BSP to contest poll jointly: Bedi
Ludhiana, September 2
The Panthic Morcha and the BSP have agreed in principle to have electoral adjustment during the ensuing Punjab Assembly poll. Stating this, Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Convener of the Panthic Morcha, told that modalities for the seat sharing would be decided after the election was announced. He said Mr Kanshi Ram, President of the BSP, had also stated that the morcha and the BSP would contest the election jointly.

Plan to divert flood waters to Pak
Fazilka, September 2
The Punjab Government appears to have worked out a scheme to divert flood water to Pakistan. After alleged backtracking by Pakistan from agreements signed with India regarding the disposal of water in the Sutlej river, the Punjab Government has virtually been compelled to spend an additional sum of Rs 39 crore to divert the flow of flood water to Pakistan.

Crop diversification plan drawn up
Chandigarh, September 2
How can Punjab overcome the crisis created by the paddy-wheat cropping pattern? This question has been troubling official and unofficial agriculture planners for years.

8 kg opium seized from Army jawans
Moga, September 2
The police has arrested two Army jawans from the Cantonment area here and recovered 8 kg of contraband opium from their possession.





Councillors’ terms for patch-up
Bathinda, September 2
The state leadership of the BJP has laid down certain conditions for bringing a compromise with municipal councillors of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who were allegedly involved in the thrashing of BJP councillors in the council hall on August 28 during a general house meeting.

PPCC to meet Governor
Phillaur, September 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee will soon meet the state Governor and ask him to stop Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from distributing ‘false’ grants at sangat darshans and misusing public funds.

No new industries in Punjab: Cong
Patiala, September 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has taken note of the deterioration of the state under the virtually ‘feudal and fascist’ rule of the Chief Minister, Mr P.S. Badal.

Shad appointed youth wing general secretary
Malerkotla, September 2
Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, Punjab, while addressing a gathering here today announced that Mr Mehmood Akhtar Shad had been appointed general secretary of the youth wing of the party.


Fighting for rights of women labourers
Bathinda, September 2
The All-Nation Federation of Indian Women, the All-India Istri Sabha, the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Istri Union have decided to work collectively for the rights of women who are illiterate, neglected and oppressed and those working in unorganised sectors. Though the Constitution has given them all the rights, they are being ill-treated.

Rly station lacks basic amenities
The condition of the railway station here is pathetic. The amenities at the station are inadequate. There is only one platform and passengers are often compelled to wait near the railway lines to board trains.

2 killed, 15 hurt in wall collapse
Sangrur, September 2
Two persons were killed on the spot and 15 injured, four of them seriously, when a under construction wall of a sheller collapsed at Longowal village, about 20 km from here, today. Most of the victims were busy plastering the wall when it suddenly fell on them.

60 persons suffering from enteritis
Phillaur, September 2
More than 60 persons, including women and children were suffering from gastro-enteritis in Rattanpura mohalla of Phagwara town. Several persons have been admitted to different private hospitals of the town.

Power cut despite CM’s promise
Bathinda, September 2
Residents of the city were happy to know that their city had been made power cut free city as promised by the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who had announced this at a “sangat darshan” programme held here on August 12.

Tributes paid to Ravel Singh
Chandigarh, September 2
Tributes were paid to Ravel Singh, a former Punjab Minister and Secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Sikh scholar, here today.

SC sarpanches ‘not respected’
Bathinda, September 2
Mr Jodh Singh, sarpanch of Jassi Bagh Wali village, in a written statement issued here today said the Scheduled and Backward Castes panches and sarpanches were not given proper honour by the state government.

Kendra formed to help needy patients
Tarn Taran, September 2
Dr Ajaib Singh Sandhu Civil Surgeon, Amritsar, inaugurated the Seva Bhrati Kendra established by the local branch of the RSS at the local Civil Hospital to help needy patients. The function was attended by a large number of RSS workers and other people, besides officials of the Health Department.

Rs 25 cr sewerage plan for Phagwara
Phagwara, September 2
A Rs 25 crore sewerage plan had been approved for the Phagwara, Punjab Tourism Minister Swarna Ram said this while inaugurating sewerage work at local Guru Harkrishan Nagar today.

Ex-serviceman found dead


Limit use of pesticides,  say experts
Patiala, September 2
The need of the hour is to create awareness among common people regarding the side-effects of pesticides and the harmful effect of these on human health. This was discussed during the concluding session of the workshop on ‘Impact of Pesticides on Human Health and Livestock’ held here today. The workshop was sponsored by the Council for Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology (CAPART).


Fake bail orders scandal
Bathinda, September 2
The police has unearthed fake bail order scandal after investigating a case registered against Balwinder Singh Kotli Khurd of village in this district under the NDPS Act in 1993.


Jobless teachers to observe Sept 5 as black day
Amritsar, September 2
The B.Ed Unemployed Teachers Union today announced that its members would observe September 5 (Teachers’ Day) as a black day in Punjab.

Varsity all set to receive NAAC
Patiala, September 2
Various teaching departments of Punjabi University, Patiala are making all out efforts to ensure that the varsity gets a good rating from National Assessment and Accredited Council (NAAC) which is scheduled to be here from September 3 to 5.

College told to accommodate dental students
Patiala, September 1
The new students of the local Government Dental College here, who have been left without any hostel seat due to the refusal by the Government Medical College to accommodate them, may get a reprieve now with the Directorate of Medical Education directing the medical college authorities to house them.

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