Friday, October 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Punjab offers sops to trade, business
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Council of Ministers today decided to grant exemption in the payment of purchase tax on wheat and maize to roller flour mills with five or more installed roll bodies. The units will not pay purchase tax, 4 per cent; market development fee and rural development fee, 2 per cent each; and infrastructure cess, 1 per cent.

Sacrilege: CM reluctant to hold judicial probe
Chandigarh, October 11
Seemingly not inclined to set up a judicial commission to inquire into incidents of sacrilege in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that it would delay the ongoing process of investigation into the recent happenings.

Baba can’t be summoned: Vedanti
Amritsar, October 11
Notwithstanding the offer of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, has said that he (Baba Bhaniara) could not be summoned for atonement as he did not consider himself a Sikh. He said there was no provision in the Sikh ‘maryada’ to summon a ‘non-Sikh’.

Securitymen encroach upon parks
Jalandhar, October 11
A majority of public parks and open spaces in almost all posh colonies present a picture of mini cantonments for being in illegal possession of security guards of senior police officials and VVIPs since the militancy days.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Will Gujral’s son join Punjab politics?
Jalandhar, October 11
The two-day visit of a former Prime Minister, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, to his home town Jalandhar this weekend and his hectic schedule during which he met leaders of almost all political parties.

Experts: kill American bollworm manually
Mansa, October 11
Dr Sarwan Singh Bains, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, visited the district to study the menace of the American bollworm. His visit was followed by Dr Gurdial Singh Khera, Joint Director Agriculture, and Dr Ranjit Singh, Deputy Director (Cotton Extension), who visited the American bollworm infested cotton fields in the district.

Spectacular show by aerobatics team
Bhisiana (Bathinda), October 11
Spectators held their breath as two HJT-16 (Kiran) aircraft flew in a criss-cross formation as part of an aerobatics show at the Air Force Station here today.

The HJT-16 aircraft performing at the Airforce Station, Bhisiana (Bathinda) on Thursday as a part of the concluding function of 69 anniversary of Indian Air Force. — Tribune Photo by Kulbir Beera 

The HJT-16 aircraft performing at the Airforce Station, Bhisiana (Bathinda) on Thursday as a part of the concluding function of 69 anniversary of Indian Air Force.

Police action was justified: report
Ropar, October 11
The magisterial inquiry into the alleged police action against residents of Khanpur village on May 21 this year has justified the use of force. The villagers had blocked traffic on the Morinda-Kharar road.

Plan to cut area under wheat
Chandigarh, October 11
Punjab proposes to reduce the area under wheat by over one lakh hectares in rabi 2001-02 and expects a production of 155.65 lakh tonnes, an increase of 14,000 tonnes over that of last year. Wheat will occupy 33 lakh hectares.


Harike wetland faces hyacinth threat again
Harike, (Tarn Taran), October 11
Harike wetland located at the confluence of the Beas and the Sutlej in north India once again is going to face an acute water hyacinath problem which was cleared only last year with the help of the Army under the project ‘Sahyog’ at a cost of Rs 75 lakh. Migratory birds visit the area in huge members.

BSP seeks DC’s suspension
Hoshiarpur, October 11
Hundreds of BSP workers led by Mr Shingara Ram Sahungra, the local MLA, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Mr Bhagwan Dass Chohan and Mr Mohinder Pal, all state leaders of the BSP, staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner and did not allow the district administration to hold the monthly meeting of the district officers here today in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the Deputy Commissioner towards BSP leaders.

Performance of thermal units improves
Patiala, October 11
The performance of thermal power stations of the PSEB has registered a subsequent increase this year with all three thermal plants at Bathinda, Ropar and Lehra Mohobbat being selected for the Meritorious Productivity Award by the Ministry of Power.

German Dy Secy pays homage at Golden Temple
Amritsar, October 11
Mr Auswatiges Amt, Deputy Secretary, Germany, paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here today. He said though no formal request had been made to this country for joining the war against terrorism, yet it was ready to support the US alliance in every manner. 

Global recession to ‘hit world’
Patiala, October 11
A noted economist and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) adviser, Dr Omkar Goswami, today said global recession was likely to hit the world in the next two years.

Mixed reactions over railway overbridge
Patiala, October 11
Local residents have expressed joy at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the overbridge project at railway crossing No. 22 by the Chief Minister yesterday. The project was, however, inaugurated without much fanfare. The district administration kept the ceremony a low-key affair with officials and local politicians being the main participants.

Police launches migrant labour registration drive
Patiala, October 11
In a significant decision, the Patiala police has decided to get migrant labourers registered on the railway platforms itself, which will enable the police to verify the antecedents of labourers arriving in the city.

Resentment over felling of trees
Hoshiarpur, October 10
Resentment prevails among residents, especially officers, of the Irrigation Department of the local Dholbaha Dam Canal Colony in against felling of ornamental as well as medicinal trees by PSEB employees in the colony on Tuesday. They reportedly carried out felling without the permission of the authorities concerned.

Rally against reservation
Phagwara, October 11
A rally was organised at Hadiabad by activists of the General Category Federation last evening. 

Anaesthesiologists meet tomorrow
Amritsar, October 11
A two-day annual north zone conference of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (NZ-ISACON) will be held here from October 13.

81 power substations commissioned
Patiala, October 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has commissioned 81 substations and installed additional transformers to strengthen its transmission and distribution system to provide 24-hour power supply to the villages in Punjab.

BKU (E) activists released on bail
Bathinda, October 11
Some activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) were released from the local Central Jail today on bail. They had been lodged here for about two months after the Maiser Khana village incidents in July this year.

40 Afghan Sikhs get Indian visas
Amritsar, October 11
On the initiative of the Minority Commission, the Indian Embassy in Islamabad has issued visas to 40 Afghan Sikhs who have been stranded in Pakistan due to heightened tension in the region.


Andhra team studies procurement
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
A team from Andhra Pradesh led by Mr Jonardhan Reddy, Minister for Food and Civil Supply and Mr Venkteshwar Rao, Minister for Irrigation along with other top officials yesterday visited various mandis of the state to study the paddy procurement process during their visit to the Sirhind grain market. 

Kisan mela inaugurated
Bathinda, October 11
To make agriculture profitable, farmers should avoid traditional crops and instead cultivate flowers, fruits and oilseed crops.


Traffic mobile van flagged off
Jalandhar, October 11
To create awareness among students about traffic rules, the police today unveiled Punjab’s first traffic mobile van at the local Red Cross Bhavan here yesterday.

Law panel’s term extended


Students made to vacate hostels
Bathinda, October 11
The Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) authorities have got the hostels vacated from about 240 students of various disciplines of the first year who have been protesting for the past three days to press the authorities concerned to bring them under the same academic rules applicable to the second, third and fourth year students.

Staff not paid salary for four months
Bathinda, October 11
Members of the District Institute of Elementary Training (DIET) Staff Association have alleged that they have not been given salary for the past four months.

Inter-college declamation contest
Patiala, October 11
As many as 12 teams of the region participated in an inter-college contest on female foeticide organised by Government Mohindra College in collaboration with the Aruna Asif Ali Memorial Trust today. Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Director, Public Relations was the chief guest, while a former Chief Secretary, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, who is also president of the trust, presided over the function and gave away the awards.


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