Thursday, September 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Who was behind SAD split?
Amritsar, September 5
The decision by SAD to forge Panthic Unity after a gap of two years and eight months, obviously keeping in mind the forthcoming assembly elections, it is the voter’s right to know that who was responsible for the split in the party. Was it Mr Badal, Mr Tohra or somebody else?

G.S. Tohra’s reply
Amritsar, September 5
The excerpts of the seven-page reply of Mr Gurcharn Singh Tohra addressed to Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, chairman disciplinary action committee, which was earlier unavailable to the Press have been given below.

Morcha lists dos and don’ts for Badal
Sunam, September 5
Unity with Mr Parkash Singh Badal is not possible till he presents himself at Akal Takht to beg pardon for having violated traditions of the Takht. He should accept Bhai Ranjit Singh as the Jathedar of Akal Takht and no more make claim for the posts of president of SAD and the Chief Minister.

Giani Kewal’s plea to Advani on undertrials
Bathinda, September 5
Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh has demanded that Union Home Minister L.K. Advani should take back his statement regarding facilitating police officers booked for human rights violation during militancy in Punjab and appealed him for the release of Sikh militants facing trials.

Officials’ threat to boycott procurement
Bathinda, September 5
Even as the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been pressing the Central Government to enhance minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and facilitate its procurement officials of the five state agencies have started pressing the state government to accept their demands or else they would be forced to boycott the procurement of paddy.




Flattened paddy for kilometres at Chabbal road, Amritsar after yesterday's rain.
Flattened paddy at the Chabbal road, Amritsar, after yesterday's rain. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Army: ban import of unexploded shells
Chandigarh, September 5
The Army today urged the civil authorities to ban the import of unexploded shells by scrap dealers to ensure the safety of public life and property. In a press release issued here, the Army denied that it had at any time refused to dispose of old bombs found lying at Fatehpur, near Sirhind.


Explanation sought from Red Cross
Bathinda, September 5
The District Red Cross Society that why it had been running a drug store on the premises of the local civil hospital without licence for the past more than one-and-a-half years.

Beopar mandal to release nominees’ list for poll
Faridkot, September 5
The Punjab Beopar Mandal will release the list of its 25 candidates here on September 9 to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. This was stated by Mr Madan Lal Kapoor and Mr Bimal Gupta, President and Patron of the Kapoor Beopar Mandal, respectively here on Tuesday. Mr Jagmohan Lal, President, Beopar Mandal Chandigarh, would also attend it.

ASI sent to Police Lines
Samana (Patiala) September 5
The police has sent an Assistant Sub-Inspector involved in the alleged beating up of brick kiln workers in the township yesterday to the Police Lines.

Tension in truck union area
Sunam, September 5
Tension prevails in the local truck operators union area on the Sunam-Patiala road after the formation of a new truck operators’ union here yesterday.

PSEB to push for 24-hr power scheme
Patiala, September 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today held a special meeting to give a push to the 24-hour power supply scheme which aims to give uninterrupted power supply to villages on the urban pattern in which a proposal was discussed to extend this facility to around 4,000 more villages in the state during this year.

Patiala telecom gets new system
Patiala, September 5
The Patiala Secondary Switching Area has introduced Dotsoft system in the district telecom office, making it the first telecom district in the state to get the system. Disclosing this here today, the General Manager, Patiala Secondary Switching Area, Mr Bhag Singh, said the system would also be installed in Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Jalandhar.


Two officials promoted
Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab Government has promoted Mr O.P. Gupta, Secretary to Minister, to the rank of Special Secretary to Minister.


3 arrested for friend’s murder
Amritsar, September 5
The police has arrested three persons in connection with the murder of Rohit Malhotra of Batala whose body was found at Power Colony near Majitha bypass on June 25.

Fake SC certificate racket unearthed
Amritsar, September 5
Charge sheets issued to appointees to clerical cadre of the State Bank of India have opened “Pandora’s box” in respect of the certificates submitted to secure jobs reserved for schedule castes and schedule tribes in Punjab.

Kidnapping case against sister filed
Pathankot, September 5
In a case of kidnapping lodged by Mr Dev Raj, the police has booked his sister Jeeto under Section 365 of the IPC. According to police sources, the complainant alleged that his sister of Gandhlan Lahri village was behind the disappearance of his daughter Rani.


Teachers’ Day celebrated
Bathinda, September 5
Students of the Regional College of Management and Technology (RCMT) celebrated Teachers’ Day by organising cultural and youth programmes here today.

Students of RCMT perform at a function held to celebrate Teachers’ Day at Bathinda on Wednesday. 
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Students of RCMT perform at a function

College Principal suspended
Ludhiana, September 5
Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, here has been suspended by the college managing committee. Dr K. K. Pasricha, working president of the Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab, in his order announced today has ordered the suspension of Mr Mehta for disobedience of orders and other complaints against him.


Chemists seek uniform MRP on drugs
Bathinda, September 5
Mr R.D. Gupta, president, Punjab Chemists Association, said the government should take effective steps so that the maximum retail price (MRP) on drugs was uniform throughout the country.


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