Thursday, September 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Killianwali rally: strength yes, but what about votes
Killianwali (Muktsar), September 26
An impressive and unprecedented turnout notwithstanding, the ruling SAD-BJP alliance appears to have squandered an opportunity to launch its electioneering campaign on a positive note here yesterday.

Pak closes Indian TV channels
Launches propaganda against India
Amritsar, September 26
Perturbed over the vast coverage by Indian electronic media about ‘double standards, of Gen Parvez Musharraf, President, and his government on the horrendous terrorist attacks in America and its consequences, the Government of Pakistan has directed cable operators all over the country not to beam Indian TV channels till further orders.

Baba Piara Singh, 3 followers arrested
Ropar, September 26
Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara was arrested by the police at about 9 p.m. today. The SSP, Ropar, Mr GPS Bhullar, talking to this correspondent on the phone, said the Baba, who had been evading arrest since the past three days, was arrested from during combing operations.

Rs 15 crore sanctioned for PAU
Patiala, September 26
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is set to enter a new era in bio-technology research, post-harvest management and quality production following the sanction of Rs 15 crore out of the Rs 100-crore corpus fund being created by the Punjab Government to provide a new thrust to the agricultural economy of the state.

Mandis ‘throwing’ norms to winds
Jalandhar, September 26
This year unofficial relaxations in quality norms are allegedly being implemented by different state procurement agencies to save the SAD-BJP government from any embarrassment on account of paddy procurement, even as the Food Corporation of India has been adamant to stick to these norms in the mandis.

Fatehgarh Sahib




CPM holds protest rallies, dharnas
Amritsar, September 26
The CPM today staged protest rallies and dharnas in various parts of the city for the second consecutive day in protest against the alleged anti-people policies of the Central and state governments.


SGPC sub-committee members summoned
Amritsar, September 26
The three-member SGPC inquiry panel has summoned members of the sub-committee on September 29, which had purchased 15 mini-buses worth Rs 1 crore during the presidentship of Bibi Jagir Kaur allegedly in violation of the rules.

Patiala suffers 30 pc octroi decrease
Patiala, September 26
The octroi collection is as good as abolished in the city with no truck coming into the city today and the Municipal Corporation witnessing a steep decline in the octroi collections since the past three months.

Loans of ex-Jodhpur detainees waived
Chandigarh, September 26
Busy in the distribution of largesse, obviously to win the support of various sections, the Punjab Government today waived loans totalling Rs 12.62 crore of former Jodhpur detainees and gave relief of Rs 16.19 crore to exservicemen.

Order on Chohan’s bail reserved 
Patiala, September 26
Additional Sessions Judge B. S. Mangat today reserved judgement on the bail application of Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan till tomorrow in the sedition case filed against him by local advocate and Punjab Pradesh Congress Legal Cell member Jagmohan Singh Saini.

A tale of broken promises, stones 
All foundation stones have a story of their own and tell different tales. The foundation stones are laid with pomp. Dignitaries are invited and the stone is unveiled. Garlands are put on the stone and many more around the neck of the invitee. People clap and then forget about the stone.

Forum asks PTL to pay compensation
Ropar, September 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab Tractor Limited (PTL), to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to Gian Singh, a farmer of Parol village of the district, for deficiency in service on its part.

Badal speaks to PM on Afghan Sikhs
Amritsar, September 26
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, spoke to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, on the pitiable condition of the Sikhs who are trapped in Afghanistan after the horrendous attacks on the USA.

SP (CID) summoned in torture case
Pathankot, September 26
Mr Bhajan Ram, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, today summoned Mr Balbir Kumar Bawa posted as SP (CID), Chandigarh, and Raj Kumar and Joga Singh, constables, for allegedly kidnapping and torturing Mr Om Parkash, a catering manager at the railway restaurant here.

Panel: register 22 ultrasound centres
Sangrur, September 26
The District Advisory Committee (DAC) for the implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act at its meeting here yesterday recommended the registration of remaining 22 ultrasound centres in the district.

Fire victims given cheques
The sufferers of the fire in Azad Market on Patiala Road in March last were distributed cheques worth Rs 4 lakh by the SDM of Rajpura, Mr Bhupinder Singh on September 14.

Couple killed in road accident
Batala, September 26
A middle-aged couple was killed when their scooter was hit by a truck, near village Dhalla Nur under Quadian police station, today, the police said.

2 labourers buried alive
Hoshiarpur, September 26
Two labourers were buried alive when the well they were digging caved in near Mirzapur village of the district, the police said here today.

Bar Association
Chandigarh, September 26
Mr Paramjit Singh Shergill has been elected president of the Malerkotla Bar Association.


EC gears up for elections
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 26
The Election Commission of India is gearing up for the smooth conduct of poll in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Cop involved in snatching chain arrested
Bathinda, September 26
The district police has arrested Jaspal Singh, a Punjab police constable, for his alleged involvement in vehicle theft and chain snatching in the city.

70 kg of poppy husk seized, two arrested
Bathinda, September 26
The police has arrested two persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics and has seized 70 kg of poppy husk and five bottles of illicit liquor. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP in a press note issued here today said Gora Singh, resident of Pakka Kalan, was arrested from near Sukhladhi village, for possessing 70 kg of poppy husk.

Officer booked for abetment to suicide
Ludhiana, September 26
An Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner has been booked by the city police on the charge of abetment to suicide of an employee of the department, Mohinder Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances allegedly after consuming some poisonous substance here today.


Rising school dropout rate worries Jacob
Bathinda, September 26
Lieut Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob, Governor, Punjab has expressed his concern over the increasing dropout rate of school children in the state.

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