Sunday, September 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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MSP hike mere eyewash: BKU
Agriculture experts disagree
Chandigarh, September 8
The much-awaited minimum support price (MSP) for paddy has been announced. The official date when procurement will commence is not known yet. 

Political conferences turn into poll rallies
Khadoor Sahib (Amritsar) September 8
Political conferences, organised by various parties to mark the historic ‘Gur Gaddi Divas’ today turned out to be election rallies in which allegations and counter-allegations were levelled against one another.

Kidnapped youth rescued
Rs 50 lakh ransom was demanded
Ludhiana, September 8
Avdesh Kumar, 20-year-old son of an industrialist, who was allegedly kidnapped by two persons from Mandi Ahmedgarh last afternoon for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh was rescued by a team of the Khanna police from a mango orchard near Samrala this evening. The police, however, failed to catch the four kidnappers as they managed to escape on a scooter.

Government may lower duty on textile machinery
Amritsar, September 8
The Secretary, Union Ministery of Textile Mr Anil Kumar, said his Ministry has adopted three-pronged strategy to give a boost to the textile sector in the country. Mr Anil Kumar, addressing a meeting of representative of the textile industries here last night, said a committee of ministers has recommended labour laws in conformity with the present environment, he said the government is aware of the labour problem and determined to come out with comprehensive laws to improve the productivity.


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Cyber cafe attacked, owner hurt
Bathinda, September 8
Some unidentified youths attacked a cyber cafe owner of the city late last night. The owner of the cafe was injured. Mr Sanjiv Garg, owner of the Garg Cyber World, located at the Gole Market in the heart of the city said that yesterday a boy along with a girl came to his cafe at noon. When they were allegedly caught in a compromising pose in one of the private cabins, they were forced out of the cafe but the boy threatened him of dire consequences. Mr Garg alleged.
This of what remains of the Cyber cafe attacked by eight unidentified armed youth at Bathinda on Friday Night.
This of what remains of the Cyber cafe attacked by eight unidentified armed youth at Bathinda on Friday Night. 
— Tribune Photo by Pusupesh

Demoralised cops further shaken by crime rise
Chandigarh, September 8
A spate of snatchings, kidnappings, rapes, murders and a bank dacoity in various parts of Punjab during the past 72 hours appears to have shaken the police here which is yet to recover from reversions, including of men and officers given ORP or ad hoc promotions, ordered at various levels recently.

Now, betting on lawn tennis
Bathinda, September 8
Now, it is betting on lawn tennis. This city has re-emerged as a ‘satta’ market in the past few years. To escape detection by the police, punters and bookies have been using mobile phones and operating from big hotels.

Govt teachers mint money with education shops
Patiala, September 8
Though holding private tuitions are banned in the state, the practice is flourishing without any check in the city, much to the dismay of its citizens. Government school teachers and college lecturers in particular are openly holding private tuitions in batches continuously from morning to evening. A few college lecturers have even started giving training in practical work to the students in addition to the coaching given in regular science subjects.

Students coming out after tuition from a Government College lecturer. — Photo by Subhash Patialvi

Students coming out after attending Tuition from Government College Lecturer.

Jagmeet Brar fears sabotage of rally by Chief Minister
Bathinda, September 8
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress MP, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday alleged that the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, was trying to sabotage the Congress rally to be held on September 11 at Malout.

Indictment may cost Singla Nabha seat
Patiala, September 8
The sentence served on former legislator Ramesh Singla to 18 months’ imprisonment has dealt a severe blow to his chances of standing for election from the Nabha Assembly constituency and weakened his case vis a vis Mr Randeep Singh, his bitter rival, son of former minister Gurdarshan Singh, who had lost the last election with a narrow margin, mainly due to opposition from Mr Singla.

Manmohan not in race for post of CM: Singla
Chandigarh, September 8
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the media committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said today that the party high command had no proposal to project Dr Manmohan Singh as candidate for chief ministership of Punjab.


Badal may meet reverted cops today
Bathinda, September 8
The Punjab Government has started contemplating arrangements to adjust those officials of the Punjab police who have been given ORP promotions and now have been ordered to be demoted to their original rank by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Cops’ actions during terrorism right: Arora
Bathinda, September 8
Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, today said that the actions of the police personnel during their fight with terrorists in the state were justified as they were discharging their duty in abnormal circumstances.

Tributes paid to Giani Ditt Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Cutting across social and political barriers people in large numbers turned up to pay their tributes to late Giani Ditt Singh, a prominent writer and a renowned social reformer, on his 100th death anniversary that was observed at his native Nandpur Klaur village, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

Panel seeks transfer of SSP, Dhuri observes bandh
Dhuri, September 8
On a call given by the Ravi Kant Murder Action Committee, the Dhuri town today observed a near total bandh in protest against the failure of the police to arrest the killers of Ravi Kant (17), a local youth, who was allegedly kidnapped from here on August 14 and later his body was found in a canal near the Sangrur police lines.

Secy seeks more funds for nutrition
Hoshiarpur, September 8
“The state government failed to provide requisite funds for giving nutritious diet to the children and expectant mothers in anganwaris in Punjab. 

Judicial complex inaugurated
Sangrur, September 8
Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Inspecting Judge for Sangrur district inaugurated the newly-built district judicial complex here today.

Punjab IDPD office-bearers
Sangrur, September 8
The Punjab unit of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has drawn up a project on the topic “Health and Peace”, to create awareness among the people at the national and international-level.

Forum orders action against chemists
Ropar, September 8
The District Consumer Forum has directed the Punjab Government and the Drug Controller, Punjab, to take stringent action against chemists involved in illegal practices and sale of expired drugs. The chemists seldom issue bills. This was stated by president of the forum, Mr J.P. Gupta and member S.K. Bhatia in a judgement issued recently.

‘Debar’ Sehajdharis from voting
Ludhiana, September 8
Leaders of the Gurmit Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj today called upon Justice Harbans Singh (retired), Chief Gurdwara Election Commissioner, to debar Sehajdharis from casting their votes in the elections to the general house of the SGPC and check the interference of the non-Sikhs in the gurdwara affairs.

Land possession to be regularised
Kapurthala, September 8
The state government has sent instructions to all Deputy Commissioners in the state to sell land being used illegally for construction purposes to its occupants at the market rate.

Public awareness vital for eye donation
Ludhiana, September 8
The Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, orgnaised a poster painting and slogan writing competition for the medical students and interns yesterday. The theme was ‘Public Awareness on Eye Donation”.

Financers union donates ambulance
Bathinda, September 8
The Financers Association in the district today gave an ambulance to Dr Jatinder Jain, SSP. Mr Jaswant Singh Deo president of the association said on the occasion that the ambulance could be used at one of the MITEC centres on the main roads of the district.

Municipal staff’s strike on Sept 13
Sunam, September 8
Municipal employees will observe a strike on September 13 throughout the state in protest against the proposed abolition of octroi and to press for their demands under the banner of the Punjab Municipal Workers Sangharsh Committee.

Effigies of CM, ministers burnt
Ropar, September 8
The Nangal Municipal Council employees today burned the effigies of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon and the Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, who represents the area to protest against the proposed abolition of octroi in the state.

Magazine features life of Sobha Singh
Chandigarh, September 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday released a special issue of ‘Jan Sahit’ a Punjabi magazine focussing on the life and works of Sobha Singh. This issue is a part of the birth centenary celebrations of the artist.

SGPC threatens to stop construction of medical college
Amritsar, September 8
The SGPC today threatened to stop the construction of ‘Miri Piri’ Research Medical College and Hospital at Shahbad, Markanda in Haryana.


Punjab to abolish octroi: Tandon
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, has announced that the octroi in the state will be abolished. The municipal councils will be compensated by the state government with financial assistance every month equal to the loss of octroi.

Admn gets land, shops vacated
Sangrur, September 8
The district administration here this evening took the possession of 42 kanals of prime land, including 12 shops, worth Rs 3 crore, which was allegedly in the illegal possession of Pritam Singh Thalesan. The land reportedly belongs to Shahi Samadhan near Nabha Gate here which is under the management of the Punjab Government.

Amritsar abattoir to be shifted
Amritsar, September 8
The Chief Minister of Punjab Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today ordered to shift the abattoir outside the city limits within the next two months. Mr Badal was responding to the grievances of the people during a ‘sangat darshan’ organised in the assembly constituency of the BJP MLA, Mrs Laxmi Kanta Chawla.


Rs 2.5 lakh looted at gunpoint
Garhshankar, September 8
Two scooter-borne miscreants yesterday looted a bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh from Mr Sardara Singh, Secretary, Agriculture Society, Panam, at gunpoint near here.


Plea to fill vacant posts in schools
Mansa, September 8
At least 34 out of 38 posts of principals, 24 out of 48 posts of headmasters, 131 out of 262 posts of lecturers, 42 posts of math teachers, 25 Hindi teachers, 36 Punjabi teachers and 77 out of 218 posts of classical cadres, are lying vacant in Government Schools of the district. Besides this 307 posts of primary schools teachers are also vacant.”

Extend course dates: PCLA
Patiala, September 8
The Punjab College Librarians Association (PCLA) has demanded relaxation from the condition of refresher courses upto December 2002 and to extend the date of these courses in order to provide help to the Librarians awaiting placements.


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