Thursday, September 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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US tragedy casts shadow on Doaba region
Jalandhar, September 12
The widespread terror which has gripped the USA following the suspected terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — has cast its shadow on the Doaba region. It has caused fear psychosis among relatives and friends of NRIs, particularly those living in and around New York and Washington.

Punjab in cleft stick over recruitment
Chandigarh, September 12
Is there a price-tag on jobs/posts being filled in Punjab? Yes, if one is to go by the petition filed by the Chairperson, Mrs Surjit Kaur, of the Central Cooperative Bank, Kapurthala. Interestingly, Mrs Surjit Kaur is none else than the wife of the Cabinet Minister, Mr Rabghbir Singh.

Teachers’ removal: govt seeks legal opinion
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punjab Government has sought the legal opinion of the authorities concerned with regard to the implementation of a report submitted by a committee of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to remove 1,288 teachers from the Education Department.

Dispense with services of re-employed officers: BKU
Chandigarh, September 12
The Bharti Kisan Union today urged the Punjab Government to immediately remove all those officials, who have been re-employed after attaining the age of superannuation in various Government departments.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjab Cong to meet Governor on SYL
New Delhi, September 12
Looking for issues to bolster its poll campaign, the Punjab Congress has decided to nail the Badal government over its talks with Haryana on the issues of river-water sharing and transfer of Chandigarh.

Another arms racket unearthed
Bathinda, September 12
Even as the dust raised by the Ferozepore arms scandal yet to settle down some residents of the area have found another way of possessing illegal arms legally, by engraving genuine numbers on them.


CPI negotiates poll tie-up with Cong
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punjab unit of the CPI today admitted that it was negotiating with the Congress to jointly contest the assembly elections in the state.
Addressing a press conference, Dr Joginder Dayal, secretary of the state unit of the CPI, said that his party was inclined to have adjustment of seats with the Congress in the elections.

Mohindra stakes claim on Assembly seat
Patiala, September 12
Senior Congress leader and former minister Brahm Mohindra today said he was still a candidate for the Patiala Assembly seat for which members of the District Congress Committee had recommended the name of PPCC president Amarinder Singh to the Congress observer yesterday. He alleged that he had not been informed officially about the visit of the observer.


Saragarhi a saga of bravery
Ferozepore, September 12
The story of 21 Sikh soldiers who died fighting against heavy odds while defending the Saragarhi fort against 10,000 Pathans in Wazirstan on September 12, 1897, is an instance of one of the most daring feats in Indian history.

Floods expose civic body’s claims
The recent rains have exposed the tall claims made by the Municipal Council that it is fully prepared to fight any situation arising from rains. Though the construction of roads is appreciable, yet the raising of their level makes the town prone to flooding. Moreover the newly laid cemented roads have developed cracks at many places.

Panthic Morcha holds dharna
Sangrur, September 12
The top leadership of the newly formed Panthic Morcha addressed a large gathering of thousands of people at a protest dharna here today.

(From left to right) Baba Tek Singh Dhanaula, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and others at a protest dharna organised by the Panthic Morcha at Sangrur on Wednesday. 

A protest dharna organised by the Panthic Morcha.

‘Identify poor homeless people’
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 12
To expedite the allotment of five-marla plots to all homeless poor people in villages, the block-level committees, comprising the BDPO, tehsildar, and Tehsil Welfare Officer, have been formed to visit each village to identify the beneficiaries as per the normal laid down by the government.

Salaries ‘embezzled’ in warehousing corpn
Mansa, September 12
Startling facts showing embezzlement of lakhs of rupees by officials of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation here have come to light. It is learnt that the corporation has engaged 34 chowkidars who are shown to be paid Rs 1,876 each per month, but they are actually paid Rs 800 each per month and the rest of the amount is allegedly pocketed by the officials concerned of the corporation.

Improvement Trust chief issued contempt notice
Bathinda, September 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a contempt notice to Chairman Mohan Lal Garg of the Improvement Trust, Executive Officer Avtar Singh and civil works contractor Jain Paul in a writ filed by a city resident over the illegal construction allegedly carried out by the trust authorities on a piece of land belonging to her.

Arms licence checking extended for week
Faridkot, September 12
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, has extended the checking of arms licences by another week from today. In a press note issued here today, the District Magistrate said he had got reports that a large number of arms holders had not followed his directions to get their licences examined. He warned if the arms holders failed to comply with his order, their licences would be cancelled and arms forfeited.

Truckers gherao toll staff
Phillaur, September 12
It was a field day for hundreds of vehicle drivers as agitated truckers forced employees working for the contractor of the Satlej bridge toll tax barrier near the bridge here to flee this afternoon.

Work-charged staff not regularised
Jalandhar, September 12
Although the Punjab Government has ordered all departments to regularise the services of the work-charged staff and daily wagers by adjusting them against the existing vacant posts within four months, the local Municipal Corporation authorities have failed to initiate the process so far.

Punjab karamcharis hold dharna
Patiala, September 12
The Punjab State Kamachari Dal today demanded the immediate implementation of 15 per cent house rent for the employees, which was assured by the Chief Minister during the International Mazdoor Day in May 1998.

BSM to hold rallies
Patiala, September 12
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha will hold rallies in different cities of Punjab in order to strengthen the party’s base keeping in view the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

Zaffarwal acquitted in shooting case
Gurdaspur, September 12
Mr M.R. Batra, District and Sessions Judge yesterday here acquitted Wassan Singh Zaffarwal in a shooting case registered against him on February 19, 1986, at city police station, Batala. His accomplice was acquitted in the same case by Mr A.S. Sodhi, Additional Sessions Judge, on March 12, 1988.

Chohan files plea for regular bail
Patiala, September 12
Khalistan ideologue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan today furnished bail bonds in a local court and moved an application for the grant of regular bail.
Dr Chohan today furnished bail bonds of Rs 25,000 in the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Mewa Singh on the direction of Additional Session Judge B. S. Mangat who had granted him anticipatory bail on September 4.


‘Excessive use of pesticides harmful’
Ludhiana, September 12
Cotton growers of Punjab have reportedly spent about Rs 750 crore on the spray of insecticides on the cotton crop to save it from the attack of American bollworm in the cotton belt of the state this year.

Farmers’ march in Delhi on Nov 9
Mansa, September 12
Farmers from all over the country will stage a march in New Delhi on November 9 in protest against the participation of India in the WTO conference in Doha.


Car thieves’ gang member held
Bathinda, September 12
The district police has arrested a member of an interstate of car thieves.
Yesterday, the suspect, a resident of Virk Kalan village, was arrested at a naka set up near Chuge Kalan village in the district. He was unable to produce the documents of the jeep in which he was travelling.

Petrol station worker shot dead
Nawanshahr, September 12
Two unidentified youths shot dead Shiv Dev Kumar Sharma (65), an employee of Sutlej Petrol Pump, at Banga road here and decamped with Rs 1,29,900 cash today in the broad daylight.


College teachers go on strike
Amritsar, September 12
Teachers of local colleges observed a strike in protest against the non-implementation of their demands by the Punjab Government.

Lecturers hold strike against police action
Ferozepore, September 12
Teachers of the local colleges today observed a strike and staged a dharna to protest against the police action against lecturers holding demonstration in front of the mini-secretariat, at Ludhiana.

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