Tuesday, September 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Today’s rally a test for Sukhbir
PM, Farooq, Dhumal to attend
Killianwali (Muktsar), September 24
Even as a wave of enthusiasm has gripped the people of the Malwa region having different political affiliations for the “Sadbhavna rally” being organised to mark 88th birth anniversary of late Chaudhary Devi Lal tomorrow, all arrangements have been made in connection with the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Now a compensation scam worth crores
Jalandhar, September 24
A scam involving crores of government money meant for compensation for land acquired by the Special Land Collector (Punjab) authorities here has come to light. The land in question was acquired in a cluster of villages in Ludhiana district in eighties for the Army.

Torture case: charges framed against 7 cops
Patiala, September 24
A local court today framed charges against seven police officials, including one Inspector, one Sub-Inspector (SI) and three Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) for allegedly abducting, illegally detaining and torturing members of a family in order to pressurise one of their relatives to withdraw a complaint filed against them.

Skeleton foreign staff left in Pakistan
Amritsar, September 24
The working of foreign missions in Pakistan has come to a standstill as the majority of diplomatic staff have gone back to their respective countries due to heightened tension in the region. Only skeleton staff is left. However, the Indian Embassy in Pakistan is working overtime to accommodate the rush of tourists and diplomatic staff of different countries who wished to cross over to India which is being considered as “safest place” these days.




SGPC coldshoulders BJP
No siropa for leaders visiting Akal Takht
Amritsar, September 24
State and national level leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, today received a cold welcome during their visit to Golden Temple and Akal Takht as neither any office-bearer of the Shiromani Akali Dal, its political ally, nor any senior functionary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee were there to receive them.

Police fails to trace Baba Piara Singh
Ropar, September 24
Despite frantic efforts by the police to trace Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, who is wanted for instigating his followers to burn Guru Granth Sahib, could not be traced for the second day today. The police had yesterday raided his dera after acquiring his arrest warrants from the CJM here.

No change in specifications, rice millers told
Chandigarh, September 24
On the rice “out-turn” issue, the Punjab Government has made it clear to rice millers that a change in the specifications is not possible.


Controversy over IOC chief
Jalandhar, September 24
Even as the Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has appointed Mr Daljit Singh Sahota as president of the UK-based Indian Overseas Congress (IOC), Mr Mohinder Singh Jaiswal, an NRI, today claimed that he was still functioning as the president of the IOC.


Moga man bags Rs 1-cr lottery
Chandigarh, September 24
The Punjab State Lotteries, which has already created 22 multi-millionaires, today handed over a bank draft for Rs 1 crore to the 23rd winner of its first prize. The lucky winner, Mr Major Singh of Kishanpura Kalan village in Moga district, who bagged the first prize of Rs 1 crore in Punjab State Lotteries’ Rakhi Bumper 2001, was handed over the bank draft by Mr V.K. Bhalla, Director, Punjab State Lotteries, at a function held at the office of the Punjab Lotteries Directorate here today.

Lawyers seek removal of encroachments
Sangrur, September 24
In a representation to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, at least 25 local lawyers have prayed to intervene in the matter related to the alleged encroachment of land and erection of sheds by some lawyers on the land in front of the newly built District Judicial Complex here.

Her new world of sound and speech
Whenever the telephone rings at 108, Power Colony, four-year-old Parul rushes to pick up the receiver. Nothing remarkable except that Parul has been hearing and speech impaired since her birth.

Unscheduled power cuts
Pathankot, September 24
Unscheduled power cuts and low voltage are causing great inconvenience to residents of the town and its adjoining areas.

Cosmetic cure for yellow teeth
Sangrur, September 24
Cosmetic dentistry is getting popularity in the Malwa region as the people suffer from flourosis (yellow teeth) disease due to higher contact of flouride in the underground water.

Recruitment rally


Paddy procurement at snail’s paceFarmers wait for their turn of paddy procurement at the grain market of Bathinda on Monday.
Bathinda, September 24
The euphoria which had gripped farmers of the state when the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, formally inaugurated paddy procurement at Ferozepore on September 21, along with several of MLAs, ministers and officials who also inaugurated the same at various procurement centres did not last long as the procurement process has been progressing at a snail’s pace since then.

Farmers wait for their turn of paddy procurement at the grain market of Bathinda on Monday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Develop indigenous farm methods: MLA
Bathinda, September 24
Farm scientists of Punjab should develop new varieties and evolve new technologies in the agricultural field keeping in mind the climatic condition of the state instead of depending on ready-made techniques exported from Western countries.

Milkfed distributes 1.27 cr as bonus
SAS Nagar, September 24
The Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, urged the Milkfed authorities to improve the quality of milk and milk products in order to compete in the international market.

Mobile testing labs sought
Abohar, September 24
The Indian National Lok Dal has demanded that mobile testing labs be introduced in the cotton belt between Sangrur and Abohar to facilitate farmers to get insecticides tested instantly before spraying.


CRRID to prepare report on Punjab
Chandigarh, September 24
The Planning Commission of India has commissioned the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) to prepare a state development report on Punjab under the chairmanship of Dr K. Venkatasubramanian, Member, Planning Commission, and in collaboration with the Planning Department, Punjab.


Rape of 9-yr-old: suspect ends life
Bathinda, September 24
A sadhu allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near the Abohar railway bridge on the banks of the canal on the outskirts of the city, here this morning.

Man stabbed to death
Lalru, September 24
The body of a 50-year-old man was found with multiple stab injuries in a sugarcane field along the Jolli-Bhagwasi village link road about 10 km from here on Sunday. According to the police, the body was thrown in the fields after the man was stabbed somewhere else. Some property dispute is said to be the reason behind the murder.


Restore re-employment scheme: teachers
Patiala, September 24
Closing down of the re-employment scheme by former Vice- Chancellor Joginder Singh Puar and its partial implementation by present incumbent, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, has come into focus again with the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) demanding that the scheme be introduced again after drawing up definite criteria.

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