Sunday, September 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Rome ‘asked’ to probe Malta tragedy
Hoshiarpur, September 29
In reply to the letter of Mr B. P. Singhal, MP Rajya Sabha, Mr Jaswant Singh Minister External Affairs of India stated that Indian Embassy in Rome had requested the Italian Foreign Ministry to have a search conducted at the site of the accident near Sicilian Coast, in which 300 persons were killed on December 25, 1996, to find the remains of the deceased.

Corruption probes put on hold
Chandigarh, September 29
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has been practically sitting idle since March. It has barely 40-odd investigations in hand and has been awaiting sanction from the government in as many as 250-odd complaints.

‘PMO holding back documents’
Ropar, September 29
The Union government was not cooperating with the Justice Mukherjee commission probing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death. 

Rajasansi security reviewed
Rajasansi, September 29
The Chief Commissioner, Customs, Delhi zone, Mr S.P. Srivastva, has reviewed the security and other arrangements at Attari railway station, Wagah checkpost and the international airport. 

PSEB owes Rlys Rs 60 crore
Patiala, September 29
A cash-starved Punjab State Electricity Board will now have to reckon with a further loss of Rs 10 crore due to its inability to pay one month’s advance in freight charges to the Railways since June this year following which the facility of 15 per cent concession on freight charges on coal has been discontinued to it.

Kairon’s native village feels ignored
Amritsar, September 29
Partap Singh Kairon, known architect of modern Punjab is still remembered as a crusader and social reformer by his contemporaries and people of the Majha region even after 35 years of his assassination.

Seven youth detained by Pakistani authorities for illegally crossing the border were released.
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PSSSB to recruit Inspectors, ASIs
Chandigarh, September 29
To great dismay of the departmental selection committees, the recruitment of Assistant Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors in the Police Department has gone back to the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board.

Punjab: octroi move a policy-decision
Chandigarh, September 29
The Punjab government feels that by staying abolition of octroi in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has “interfered” in the domain of the executive and the legislature.


Sangat darshan poll gimmick: Bardhan
Bathinda, September 29
“Punjab is now being transformed into a poor state where farmers are forced to commit suicide due to wrong policies of the ruling party,” Mr A.B. Bardhan, General Secretary of the CPI said here today while addressing a national conference on problems of women agricultural labourers.

16 block YC chiefs nominated
Amritsar, September 28
On the directions of Mr Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, 16 block presidents of the Youth Congress have been nominated by Mr Maninder Singh Patti, president district youth president.


AIDS patients: nurses seek risk allowance
Amritsar, September 29
Even as the Government Medical College Council today decided to set up two operation theatres at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Guru Nanak Hospital exclusively for operating AIDS patients as a precautionary measure, the association of nurses and employees have demanded risk allowance for performing such operations.

DSP’s bail plea rejected
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 29
The Additional District and Session Judge, Mr G. S. Gill, has rejected the bail application of Mr Harbhajan Singh, DSP, I.R.B., who allegedly molested a lady constable of the district police in Gurdwara premises. Sources told that DSP escaped from the court to avoid arrest.

Sant Samagam under way at Ratwara Sahib
Ratwara Sahib, September 29
This small village on the outskirts of Chandigarh is agog with spiritual activity as thousands of people drawn from all over north India and even abroad, including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and New Zealand, are here to participate in the 11th annual samagam of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission.

Two-day police remand for Baba
Ropar, September 29
The Judicial Magistrate, Anandpur Sahib, has remanded Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara in police custody for two days today. Earlier, the police had registered a case under Section 25 of the Arms Act against him after the alleged recovery of illegal arms from the dera.

Release of 14 jail inmates ordered
Moga, September 29
Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Mehtab Singh Gill today ordered the release of 14 Moga sub-jail inmates whose challans had not been put up in trial courts in cases of petty recovery of poppy husk and liquor. During his visit to the jail, the judge also ordered the release of Harinder Singh of Kapure village on humanitarian grounds on furnishing a surety bond of Rs 50,000. The accused has been languishing in the jail for 18 months.

Seminar on legal aid today
Sangrur, September 29
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court will preside over a seminar on “Free Legal Aid” on September 30 in the District Court complex here. A state-level Lok Adalat will also be organised on this occasion.

Local youths worked in Laden’s company
Feroze (Jalandhar), September 29
This small village has a connection with the world’s most wanted man — Osama bin Laden. Three youths of Feroze had worked as labourers with the Saudi bin Laden Group, the construction company owned by the Bin Laden family. The company did not forget to pay compensation to one of the youths who had died at its Dubai headquarters on December 15 last year, though it paid after about 10 months.

N. S. Gill — a true democrat
Chandigarh, September 29
It was on this day 10 years ago that Mr Nachhattar Singh Gill, a true democrat and a legislator from Moga, laid down his life for democracy and communal harmony. Popular as “Baiji”, Mr Nachhattar Singh Gill was born and brought up in Moga. He did his matriculation from Khalsa High School, Moga, and graduation from Brajindra College, Faridkot, and Law from Law College, Delhi.

Sikh’s identity: plea to Akal Takht
Amritsar, September 29
The Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative yesterday sought directive from ‘Akal Takht’ to wear saffron head gear, ‘kara’ an iron bangle and a badge of ‘Khalsa emblem’ to make identity of Sikhs distinct vis a vis Muslims, who have almost similar dress code for men and women.

23 Pak delegates attend seminar
Amritsar, September 29
Inaugurating the first ever seminar of South Asian Federation of Accountants the Union Minister of Power, Mr Suresh Parbhu, emphasised the need of all segments of the society to take pledge to help uplift the standard of living of the poor.


Rs 550-crore plan to revitalise agriculture
Bhai Rupa (Bathinda), September 29
Mr Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab said a scheme of Rs 550 crores had been formulated by the state government to revitalise the agriculture sector. The minister who laid the foundation stone of a sports stadium at this village today while talking to mediapersons said the plan would be aided by the Union Government and the cropping pattern would be changed in the state. New technology, improved techniques and seeds would be utilised. A grant of Rs 40 crores had been released by the state government for this scheme in the past two years.

16,000 MT of paddy procured
Patiala, September 29
Around 16,000 metric tons of paddy has been procured from Patiala District till now during the current paddy season out of which about 9000 MT has been procured by the government agencies and around 7000 has been procured by the private procurement agencies.


Admn starts process to regularise encroachments
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 29
As per the directions of the state government to regularise the illegal encroachments on the revenue lands in the urban areas in the district, the administration has initiated the process to allot the occupied land to the people who had constructed their houses on the encroached lands in cities.

Six ultrasound centres raided
Sangrur, September 29
A vigilance committee, formed by the district health authorities for the implementation of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, today conducted surprise “raids” at six ultrasound centers at Barnala.


13 commission agents booked
Budhlada, September 29
The local police has registered criminal cases against 13 commission agents today for their alleged involvement in violence under Section 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC. Police sources said the cases had been registered following a clash between two groups at a local hospital.

Held for screening blue films
Bathinda, September 29
The district police has arrested six persons for their alleged involvement in different criminal activities and registered cases against them. In a press note issued here today, Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said Ramesh Kumar, son of Khem Chand, had been arrested for allegedly screening the blue movies for minors at his shop.

Man held for pension fraud
Bathinda, September 29
The police has arrested Gurbax Singh, resident of Harraipur village of the district, for his alleged involvement in a fraud by withdrawing pension in the name of his deceased father.

Accused in stabbing case arrested
Patiala, September 29
The police yesterday arrested the man from Rajpura who had stabbed a woman with a knife and fled with her jewellery. According to Rajpura DSP R. K. Sharma, the accused Kuldeep Singh occasionally visited the house of Muskaan for some computer work as the woman was running a computer centre in her house.


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