Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India





 
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Badal upset over Talwandi’s remarks
Chandigarh, October 1
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is upset over the reported statement of the SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, that acts of sacrilege have occurred when the Badal government is in the saddle and one of the Chief Minister's Officers on Special Duty, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, has links with controversial Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Tighter security at dams
Chandigarh, October 1
Security in and around major hydro and thermal power projects has been beefed up in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Seven killed in road accident
Mansa, October 1
Seven persons were killed and 24 injured when a Tata 407 carrying disciples of “Sachcha Sauda” returning from Sirsa collided with a PRTC bus near Fatta Maloka village on the Sirsa-Mansa road here last evening.

Punwire will not be reopened: Badal
Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today expressed his inability to help reopen the SAS Nagar-based Punwire. Participating in the “bal sangat darshan” organised by the National Society for the Child Artists here today, Mr Badal, however, sanctioned an amount of Rs 10,000 to one of the students affected by the closure of the firm.





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Farmers complain of erratic payments
Patiala, October 1
Even though paddy procurement started only 10 days ago yet, farmers are already complaining of erratic payments by procurement agencies which are also slow in procuring paddy in the district with 15,000 metric tonnes of the 50,000 metric tonnes arrival this weekend still to be purchased.

PSEB launches modified VDS
Patiala, October 1
The Punjab State Electricity Board has relaunched the voluntary disclosure scheme for agricultural consumers so that they can regularise their unauthorised loads. The scheme will remain open till November 30.

NRI shot dead in Canada
Phillaur, October 1
Kamalbir Singh (24) of the nearby Haripur village in the subdivision was shot dead allegedly by two other Punjabi NRIs in Vancouver in Canada on Sunday. Personal enemity was said to be the reason behind the murder.

Rs 1 crore paddy scam detected
Mansa, October 1
The owners of a rice mill in connivance with officials of the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation (Punsup) and Punjab Agro Industries Corporation are reported to have caused a loss of Rs 1 crore to these agencies. Although the matter had come to the notice of the higher authorities of the agencies and the district administration, yet no worthwhile action has been taken so far.

COMMUNITY

Heart attack rate ‘rising’ among youth
Phagwara, October 1
Regular exercise, reduction in central obesity, physical work, change in methods of food preparation and intake of fruits and fibrous diet are some of the cardinal points for the prevention of heart attack.

No case against MLA: SSP
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 1
Mr H.S. Saran, SSP, said here today that the district police had not registered any case against the local MLA, Dr Harbans Lal, and his private secretary as published in a section of the Press.

Lawyers observe strike
Jalandhar, October 1
More than 1,000 lawyers of the district courts observed a strike against the indifferent attitude of the three-member building committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court pertaining to the allotment of space for the construction of lawyers’ chambers at the new judicial complex here today.


Mr Amarbir Singh Sidhu, GA to DC, along with other officials, inspects work at the railway overbridge, Sirhind.

Sirhind overbridge to be opened shortly
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 1
With the completion of the construction work at the railway overbridge at the railway crossing, Sirhind a long-standing demand of the residents of the area has been fulfilled. The work on the widening of the approaching roads on both the sides of the bridge is in full swing and is likely to be completed shortly.

Women Helpline launched
Jalandhar, October 1
Having introduced round-the-clock Animal Helpline last year, the police has now launched a Women Helpline. Women Helpline has been set up with an objective to take immediate action following receipt of information of atrocities on women and to provide counselling and succour to women in distress.

Mann: give asylum to Afghan Sikhs
Barnala, October 1
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, as well as MP from Sangrur was on a three-day visit to the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency to study grievances of the people. While talking to this reporter yesterday, Mr Mann regretted that neither the Union Government nor the SAD-BJP combine government led by Mr Badal took any steps to ensure the safety of Sikhs living in various parts of the world.

CM announces Rs 10 lakh grant for trust
Kharar, October 1
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, has praised the efforts of the Vishav Gurmat Ruhani Mission, Ratwara Sahib, in serving the mankind by following the path shown by the Gurus and appealed to people to give full respect to every religion. He was addressing a gathering at the 11th Vishav Gurmat Samagam at Ratwara Sahib, near here, today.

Reiki workshop for jail inmates
Patiala, October 1
Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary, Human Rights Commission, today inaugurated a Reiki workshop for the inmates of local Central Jail here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bhatnagar said such workshop could enable the prisoners to become better persons and help them in overcoming tension.

Potable water for 7500 villages 
Patiala, October 1
As many as 7,500 villages of the state have been provided with the clean and hygienic water and Rs eight lakh have been spent to provide water supply to about 317 villages of the area. This was stated by Raja Narinder Singh, Public Health Minister, while addressing a gathering at Kulara village, falling in Nabha subdivision here today.

Blood Donation Day observed
Bathinda, October 1
The International Blood Donation Day was observed and many blood donation camps were organised here today. A total of 26 units blood were collected at the camps. The Sahara Jan Seva organised a blood donation camp in association with the Guru Teg Bahadur Blood Donation Society at the Blood Bank of the local Civil Hospital. Mr Vijay Goyal, president, Sahara Jan Seva, said the organisation had organised more than 50 such camps in the past.

AGRICULTURE

Minister takes procurement staff to task
Jalandhar, October 1
In an unusual incident, the Punjab Minister for Jails, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, allegedly snubbed the District Food and Supply Controller for not ensuring fast pace of paddy procurement at Shahkot mandi and even went to the extent of levelling allegations that the procurement officials of different state agencies were not purchasing paddy as they were hand in glove with the millers at a meeting here this evening.

Arhtiyas continue boycott
Budhlada (Mansa), October 1
Even as the arhtiyas (commission agents) of local grain market boycotted the procurement of paddy for the second day today in protest against implication of about 13 commission agents in false criminal cases by the police authorities, the district administration is trying to work out a compromise between the two parties.

Rain damages paddy
Bathinda, October 1
The heavy rain which continued for about an hour lashed the city and its vicinity flooding the local grain market and hampering the harvesting of paddy by combine harvesters.

Experts lay stress on soil, water testing
Gurdaspur, October 1
The local Krishi Kendra of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organised a regional kisan fair today. A large number of farmers from Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts participated. Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, presided over and Mr Sucha Singh Langah PWD (B&R) Minister, was the chief guest at the fair.

ADMINISTRATION

Dhillon sworn in PPSC member
Chandigarh, October 1
Mr Paramjit Singh Dhillon was today sworn in as a member of the Punjab Public Service Commission by the Governor, Lt- Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at a simple ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

CRIME

Rail property theft: two held
Chandigarh, October 1
The Railway Protection Force has busted gangs of thieves and recovered stolen Railway property worth Rs three lakh from Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab. The force raided the godown of Magharmal Thapar in Mandi Gobindgarh before his arrest and claimed to have recovered property worth Rs 65,000, an RPF release said here today. Thapar was remanded in judicial custody by a Fatehgarh Sahib court after three-days of interrogation.

4 held for posing as DTOs
Kapurthala, October 1
The police has arrested four persons posing as district transport officers and staff of the transport department on the charge of fleecing money from truck drivers and other vehicle owners on the pretext of challaning their vehicles.

EDUCATION

Law students face uncertain future
Bathinda, October 1
Law students at the local Regional Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala, are reportedly going to face rough time this year also as the conditions laid down by the Bar Council of India for the approval of the course have reportedly not been fulfilled by the university authorities.

Irregularities in ETT admission
Bathinda, October 1
The District Institute of Education Research and Training has denied admission to a candidate who had got first place in the merit list (waiting) and instead admitted a student who not only belonged to another category but also got 12 marks less in the entrance test held for admission to the two-year elementary teachers training course.


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