Wednesday, September 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Rs 20 cr pipe purchase scam
Vigilance gives interim report
Chandigarh, September 25
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau, inquiring into the purchase of pipes worth about Rs 20 crore for rural drinking water projects by the Public Health Department, in its interim report to the government has stated that the pipes bought were not only in excess of the requirements but also of poor quality.

Harmful aerosols threaten Punjab
Chandigarh, September 25
In 1999, a US satellite set the alarm bells ringing in the Meteorological Department of the Union Government by sending a report about a big aerosol hanging over Punjab. Aerosol is smoke or fog which hangs thick in the air.

Lure of the West lands more in jail
Nawanshahr, September 25
Another two groups of about 10 Punjabi youths wanting to go to the west have landed in custody of the Turkey police and in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Central Jail, thanks to unscrupulous travel agents.

15 agents, board secy suspended
Ferozepore, September 25
The licences of 15 commission agents have been suspended while a secretary of Mandi Board has been placed under suspension in the district on the complaints made by paddy growers.

70 pc decline in foreign tourists
Amritsar, September 25
“Due to recent crisis, the proposed trip of 15 top American journalists stand cancelled. You are requested to deactivate all your arrangements including transportation and guide etc.”

Fatehgarh Sahib


4 caught for printing fake currency
Patiala, September 25
The police has busted a fake-currency racket and arrested four persons, including a computer operator, besides seizing fake currency worth Rs 86,000. The District Police Chief, Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, said the mastermind behind the racket was a man called Baba Trikaal, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, who had been living in Guru Nanak Nagar here. The Baba has absconded. The SSP said the Baba and his gang had been using a computer, a scanner and a printer to produce the fake currency.
SSP Paramjit Singh Grewal shows the fake currency and printing equipment seized by the police in raids
SSP Paramjit Singh Grewal shows the fake currency and printing equipment seized by the police in raids. — Photo Subhash Patialvi

Baba remains elusive
Ropar, September 25
Baba Piara Singh, wanted in the “bir” burning case, remained elusive for the third day today even as the police today used sniffer dogs to locate him in the forest. The SSP, Ropar, Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, when asked about the progress in the case told that seven police teams along with sniffer dogs had been combing the forest area. Till the filing of this report they, however, could not locate the Baba.

DGP in Indian delegation to Interpol session
Chandigarh, September 25
Mr Sarabjit Singh, Director-General of Police, Punjab, has been nominated a member of the Indian delegation to the 70th general assembly session of the ICPO-Interpol at Budapest. He thus becomes the first Punjab police chief to be nominated to attend the Interpol general assembly session.


Cong promises bonus to farmers
Bathinda, September 25
While the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, managed to get an increase in the minimum support price of paddy and assured the farmers that every single grain of paddy would be procured, the state unit of the Congress went a step further to woo the farmers of the state by issuing advertisements in newspapers today that if the Congress came to the power a bonus of Rs 30 per quintal would be given.

Withdraw false cases: Cong men
Ropar, September 25
Congressmen of the Nangal Assembly constituency organised a rally last evening against the alleged political victimisation of their workers. Addressing the rally the PPCC Secretary, Mr Bhupesh Sharma, alleged that false police cases were being registered against the Congress workers at the behest of the ruling party. He said Gopal Chand, a septuagenarian worker of Changrian village had been booked for causing grave injury to some persons. The fact, however, was he was weak and suffering from severe ailments. He was not in a position to cause injury to anyone and the case against him was politically motivated.

Panthic Morcha stages dharna
Phagwara, September 25
Activists of the Panthic Morcha, and other Sikh bodies members today staged a dharna in front of the local city police station to demand the arrest of those who had desecrated the Guru Granth Sahib at Pandori village recently.


Jayanti Dam land to be acquired
Villagers to be compensated
Seonk (Kharar), September 25
About 136 acres of land submerged under the reservoir of the Jayanti Dam here, built under the Kandi area development scheme, is being acquired from villagers who have not been paid a penny by way of compensation in the past three years.

Residents cane-charged, traffic disrupted
Jalandhar, September 25
The traffic on the busy GT Road remained disrupted for about tow hours today following a mild cane charge on residents of the Maqsoodan locality holding a dharna near the Maqsoodan chowk, here in protest against the failure of the district police authorities in registering a case of abduction of a woman.

Over 10,000 leave for Killianwali rally
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 25
A caravan of more than 150 buses and hundred of trucks carrying more than 10,000 persons led by Mr Didar Singh Bhatti and Gurpreet Singh Bhatti, president, Youth Akali Dal, was flagged off by Mr Rajeshpal Singh Lalli, a senior Akali leader, for the Kallianwali rally today.

2500 Sikh pilgrims to visit Pakistan
Moga, September 25
A contingent of 2,500 Sikh pilgrims will visit various Sikh shrines in Pakistan on the occasion of birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in November. The president of the Bhai Mardana Yadgar Society, Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, said here today that he had a telephonic conversation with the president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Mr Sham Singh, in this regard.

Vegetable traders call off strike
Faridkot, September 25
Vegetable wholesalers and retailers here this evening withdrew their indefinite strike after an assurance by Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, that their grievances would be redressed soon. He also assured to make an enquiry into the snatching of some cash from a trader by some officials of the market committee.


Entry tax to make up for octroi loss
Amritsar September 25
Even as the Punjab Government was under political compulsions to abolish octroi and its formal announcement is expected with in next few days, the octroi collection by the local municipal corporation had already dropped to Rs 6 lakh daily against the average collection of around Rs 10 to 13 lakh.


Teachers await appointment letters
Bathinda, September 25
Even as a committee established by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had recommended the appointment of 1,288 teachers who were rejected during the recruitment of teachers in 1992 on flimsy grounds, these candidates have been awaiting appointment letters.

Jacob seeks report on Syndicate meeting
Amritsar, September 25
Mr J.F.R. Jacob, Governor of Punjab and Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, has sought a detailed report on the last Syndicate meeting held at Chandigarh, presided over by the then Vice-Chancellor, Dr Harbhajan Sigh Soch. The report was sought on the basis of complaints made by the veteran CPI leader, Mr Satya Pal Dang, in which he had alleged that the Syndicate meeting had taken certain decisions in gross violation of rules.


16 chosen to be pace setting schools
Patiala, September 25
As many as 16 schools, one from each of the 16 education blocks of Patiala district, have been selected to be developed as pace setting schools in the district by the Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council.


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