Saturday, October 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Kidney racket in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, October 12
Close on the heels of the incident of kidney removal in Bathinda, well-organised kidney racket active in this city, especially in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has been exposed following the registration of a case here today against two persons, who allegedly got removed kidneys of three migrant labourers at the DMCH last year.

Pension sans gratuity for aided college staff
Chandigarh, October 12
When the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today announced the decision of the Council of Ministers taken on Thursday to grant pension to the staff of government-aided colleges, he left out the payment of gratuity.

167 Afghan Sikhs, Hindus get visas
Attari, October 12
Even as more than 100 families of Afghan Sikhs were stranded at Gurdwara Panja Sahib (Hassan Abdal, near the Afghanistan border) and at the Lahore railway station, the Indian mission in Islamabad has issued visas to 167 Afghan nationals.
Two Afghani Sikhs reach Attari railway station by Samjhauta Express on Friday.
Two Afghani Sikhs reach Attari railway station by Samjhauta Express on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

A ballet on PM’s poems
Patiala, October 12
A ballet extolling the glorious past of India as well as depicting the present troubled times based on the poems of Atal Behari Vajpayee is being fine-tuned by students of the Department of Dance of the Punjabi University here for showcasing it before the Prime Minister.


Fatehgarh Sahib




Acid attack: jail official transferred
Patiala, October 12
The jail authorities have transferred the Assistant Superintendent of the Central Jail here who has been found guilty of neglecting his duty which led to acid attack on three followers of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarewala in the jail premises on October 6.

Kanwaljit defends decision to move Supreme Court
Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today defended the state’s decision to move the Supreme Court on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement signed by the Centre. The Council of Ministers had taken this decision here on Thursday.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh

Capt Kanwaljit Singh


Intoxicants seized from chemist
Amritsar, October 12
A huge quantity of intoxicants were seized from Raju Medical Store at Chheharta here yesterday, during a raid conducted by the Health Department. Dr Ajaib Sandhu, Civil Surgeon, revealed that at least 13,000 capsules of proxivon, 8000 tablets of lomotil, 65 bottles of corex (cough syrup) and 550 injections of oxytocin were recovered from the shop.

Illegal construction goes on
Bathinda, October 12
Even as unauthorised construction has been going on in every nook and corner of the city, the local municipal council authorities seem to have stopped bothering about the development of the town in a planned manner.

Two cops sent to Police Lines
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 12
As a follow-up to the complaint by Mr Darshan Singh, owner of the Bunty Chicken Corner, near Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, regarding the beating up of his son by an ASI and some other policemen of Fatehgarh Sahib police station, the SSP has shifted two of the guilty policemen to Police Lines on Wednesday.

Seminar on disaster management
Patiala, October 12
Earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities have been taking a massive toll of human life and property. This was stated by Dr Harbans Pathak at a seminar organised by the Department of Public Administration, Punjabi University, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Patiala branch, here today. The seminar topic was “Disaster management — lessons drawn and strategies for future”.

Two dead as bus hits Tata Sumo
Tarn Taran, October 12
Two persons died on the spot in a road accident last night near village Naushehra Pannuan when a Tata Sumo was hit by a mini bus. According to sources, the Tata Sumo was coming from Patti when the mini bus hit it, killing two persons on the spot, while seven persons travelling in the Sumo had a narrow escape.

BSP seeks CBI probe into desecration
Dirba (Sangrur), October 12
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today sought a CBI inquiry into the incidents of desecration at different places in the state.


Kisan Mela at Rakhra on Oct 18
Patiala, October 12
A Kisan Mela will be held at Rakhra, 15 km from here, on October 18, under the aegis of Punjab Young Farmers’ Association.


5 commission agents’ licences cancelled
Faridkot, October 12
The District Food and Supplies Department, Muktsar, has cancelled the licences of five commission agents for irregularities in the purchase of paddy in the town.

PSEB announces austerity measures
Patiala, October 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to adopt certain economy measures to curtail expenditure by revising its travelling allowance (TA) and dearness allowance (DA) besides freezing leave travel concession (LTC) during 2001-2002.

Literacy drive launched
Bathinda, October 11
Mr R. Venkat Ratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said here today that all arrangements had been made to make Bathinda district fully literate district of Punjab.

Minister finds health staff absent
Moga, October 12
The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, today paid a surprise visit to the health centre at Dhudike village, birthplace of Lala Lajpat Rai, 25 km from here, and found that barring one member the entire staff of doctors and nurses was absent.


Groups clash in judicial complex, four injured
Sunam, October 12
Four persons were injured seriously when a group of persons attacked a member of another group with sharp-edged weapons in the judicial complex here today over a land dispute. 

Two held for stealing goods
Bathinda, October 12
The district police has arrested Charan Singh, and Gurmeet Singh, both residents of Jagraon in Ludhiana, under Sections 420, 406, 467, 468 and 471, IPC, for stealing, goods on the pretext of transporting the same.


Teachers block road
Patiala, October 12
Teachers of non-government colleges affiliated with Punjabi University today held a protest march and conducted a blockade on the Patiala-Sangrur road, demanding immediate implementation of the pension and gratuity scheme to the employees of the colleges.


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