Wednesday, September 12, 2001,
Chandigarh, India




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Farmers poorer by Rs 100 crore
Chandigarh, September 11
Punjab farmers are poorer by Rs 100 crore. This money would have accrued to them as subsidy on a variety of inputs under various agriculture-related centrally sponsored schemes in the past four years or so.

Closed-door meetings web of deceit: Tohra
Bathinda, September 11
The Panthic Morcha today demanded that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, should make public the decisions which were taken during his closed-door meetings with Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani and Mr Om Parkash Chautala, Chief Minister Haryana.

Demolish Badal campaign on
Chandigarh, September 11
With the war of letters between the Punjab Pradesh Congress chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, subsiding a bit for the time being, people are awaiting the next development on the political front in the state.

Morcha promises transparent govt
Bathinda, September 11
The massive rally held in the city by the constituents of the Panthic Morcha has created a hope for those who are feeling fed up with the present government as leaders of the morcha promised to solve their problems if they came to power.




Pensioners move HC to seek Rs 250 cr
Ludhiana, September 11
More than 40,000 pensioners in the state are up in arms against the Punjab Government’s decision not to implement the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order to pay 40 per cent of the commuted pension for 15 years against 10.46 years.

Give details on MLAs’ foreign trips: HC
Chandigarh, September 11
Reacting to Punjab Government’s plea of insufficient funds for the construction of judicial complexes in the districts, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state to furnish details of the expenditure incurred on foreign trips made by public representatives and government officers.


Amarinder’s brother, too, in line for ticket
Patiala, September 11
The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh’s brother, Mr Malvinder Singh today threw his hat in the election fray by presenting his claim for the Samana Assembly segment to the Congress observer who has come here to meet potential candidates.

PPCC chief favoured for Patiala seat
Patiala, September 11
An overwhelming majority of party workers today pleaded for grant of party ticket for the Patiala Assembly seat to the Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh, during an exercise conducted by an All-India Congress Committee observer here today at the PWD guest house.


PSEB ‘losing’ due to poor coal quality
Ropar, September 11
The poor quality of coal being supplied in the thermal plants of the state is causing huge losses to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). The coal currently being supplied in the state contains about 40 per cent powder, which besides causing financial loss to the PSEB is also posing a threat to the environment in the areas surrounding the thermal plants. 

Free power to Dalits only on paper: union
Bathinda, September 11
Mr Lachman Singh Sewewala, general secretary, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, alleged today that the scheme of the state government to provide 100 units of electricity free of cost to the farm labourers and Dalits, whose household had a power load up to 1 kw had, remained on the paper only as nobody had got the benefit of it so far.

SGPC staff to get visa normal way
Amritsar, September 11
The Union Home Ministry has said the cases of SGPC employees will not be referred to New Delhi while issuing visas instead these will be issued to them directly by Jalandhar’s regional passport office.

CM: Cong gave away state’s water
Muktsar, September 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today alleged that it was the Congress government at the Centre which conducted Operation Bluestar in the Golden Temple and subsequently engineered the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and other parts of the country as part of a well-planned conspiracy.

Traffic blocked, SHO’s suspension sought
Jalandhar, September 11
Hundreds of Scheduled Caste residents of Kanyawali village sat on a dharna near the BMC chowk on the GT Road and blocked traffic for about two hours here today in protest against the alleged torture of a Dalit youth by Mr Gurvinder Singh, SHO, police division No 7.

Golden Forests' appeal dismissed
Patiala, September 11
The local Divisional Commissioner has dismissed an appeal by Golden Forests (India) and its two subsidiaries challenging the orders of the Collector, Agrarian, Dera Bassi, who had held the entire 4,000 acres of land in their possession as surplus which makes it liable for acquisition by the government.

Torture charge against Samrala police
Chandigarh, September 11
A daily wage earner in a Punjab Government department was allegedly illegally detained by the Samrala police for more than three days before his escape to the city here today.

Agenda: distribution of wedding cards!
Chandigarh, September 11
Little did the Additional Deputy Commissioners (Development) and Executive Engineers of the Rural Development Department realise that the agenda of the meeting for which they were summoned here today was not to review various development schemes but to distribute wedding cards of the son of the Minister. The Minister, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, was not present at the meeting.

For want of a public park
The town of Kharar has a population of about 40,000 but there is no park for the residents, even if the town is so close to Chandigarh and SAS Nagar, known for their open spaces. There is no place where the resident could go for a walk in the morning, where old persons and women could take a whiff of fresh air and where children could play in the evening.

3 dead, 2 hurt in road mishaps
Bathinda, September 11
Three persons were seriously injured in a road accident, involving a truck and a Jeep, at Narwana road here this morning.
The volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa (SJS), an NGO, took the injured to the hospital. They were identified as Mr Jagsir Singh, Mr Jagdeep Singh and Mr Gurbaksh Singh.

Paper mills flout board order
Chabba, (Amritsar), September 11
Even as the Punjab Pollution Control Board had issued the order of closure of six paper mills at Chabba on the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road here for not confirming to the provisions of pollution control laws, the orders are being flouted with impunity.

Chicago address anniversary observed
Amritsar, September 11
Swami Chinmayananda, a staunch follower of Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans, today cautioned the young generation not to ape the Western culture mindlessly but to imbibe the rich Indian cultural traditions for leading a more purposeful life.

Blood donation camps
Patiala, September 11
More than 86 volunteers donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Lions Club Fort in Chiranjiv Ashram here yesterday.
Atma Ram Kumar Sabha School also organised a blood donation camp to observe the 22nd death anniversary of Bir Dasondhi Ramji here.


All set for paddy procurement
Faridkot, September 11
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the procurement of paddy which will begin from September 15 in this district. As many as 51 purchasing centres, including five grain markets — Faridkot, Kot Kapoora, Jaitu, Sadiq and Ghuglana, have been set up to procure the fixed quality of 4.09 lakh metric tonnes of paddy.

DC visits grain markets
Ferozepore, September 11
Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner, has visited various grain markets in the Ferozepore region. He instructed the representatives of all government procurement agencies to ensure round the clock presence in the grain markets allotted to them till the time procurement was over.


1 held for firing in court complex
Phillaur, September 11
Panic prevailed at the court complex here today when people heard the sound of gunshots.
The shot were fired by Sukhjinder Singh, who came to the court along with Lakhwinder Singh and Kuldip Singh, in connection with a case with another villager Sarabjit Singh who alleged that Sukhjinder fired upon him.


AISSF to observe ‘sankalp divas’ tomorrow
Amritsar, September 11
The All-India Sikh Students Federation, led by Mr Harminder Singh Gill, will celebrate September 13 as ‘sankalp divas’ to mark its 57th anniversary.
In a press release, issued here today, the AISSF said on this day, the federation leaders would take a pledge at Akal Takht to uphold the age-old values of Sikhism and maintenance of the Sikh institutions.

Education board fails to adhere to HC orders
Chandigarh, September 11
The slack attitude of the Punjab School Education Board in adhering to the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court about issuing roll numbers to students appearing in the matriculation and plus two examinations has ruined the academic career of several students, apart from putting their parents to a lot of inconvenience.

Stay-on-strike today
Patiala, September 11
Teachers of private colleges will go on ‘stay-in-strike’ here tomorrow. The striking teachers will hold protest rallies in their colleges.
Stating this, the finance secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, Prof Balbir Singh, said the strike would be observed in protest against the arrest of the union leaders carried out on the last day of relay fast rally held at Ludhiana by teachers of non-government colleges.

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