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Bhattal’s group not allowed to speak
Bhucho Mandi (Bathinda), November 26
Even as Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh claimed that there was an absolute unity among the party while addressing a district-level rally here today, three former minister belonging to Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s group — Mr Surinder Kapoor, Mr Harbans Singh Sidhu and Mr Gulzar Singh — were given no opportunity to address the gathering.

Explain detentions, SHOs told
Chandigarh, November 26
In gross violation of human rights, at least five persons, including a woman, were reportedly kept in unlawful custody by the Punjab Police recently. The “detainees” were rescued by the warrant officers, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, after raiding the police stations.

Punjab: 80% infants ‘hit by anaemia’
Chandigarh, November 26
The second National Family Health Survey of India (1998-99) report reveals that in Punjab 80 per cent of the children in the age bracket 6-35 months are anaemic and even 41 per cent women suffer from some degree of anaemia. And “son preference” continues to have a very strong influence on women’s contraceptive use, especially on terminal methods.

Minister wants funds properly utilised
Warns absentee officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 26
Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Minister for Medical Education cum Chairman, District Planning and Development Board, while presiding over a meeting of the board here today directed all the officers of the concerned departments to utilise the grants released by the District Planning and Development Board positively and to ensure the quality of the works.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Are officials coming in the way of development?
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 26
Ruling SAD (B) leaders have alleged that the development funds sanctioned by the CM during his sangat darshan programme held here recently are not being allowed to be utilised by Rural Development Department officials until the concerned panchayats “do not settle commission with them”.

A clarification


Cong nominees’ list by Dec-end
Bathinda, November 26
To allot ticket to genuine party workers for the coming Assembly elections, the Congress high command will base its selection on the basis of reports of surveys conducted by four different agencies, including official and private, engaged by the AICC and the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

Split in CPM imminent
Ludhiana, November 26
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is likely to split, unless the Central Committee intervenes and stops the two warring groups from holding parallel rallies. Both the factions of the Punjab CPM, one led by Prof Balwant Singh, Secretary, and the other led by Mr Mangat Ram Pasla, former secretary of the state unit, are now busy organising parallel rallies. The Balwant Singh faction is supported by CPM General Secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet while the Pasla faction holds Mr Surjeet responsible for the turmoil in the party.

Work hard to form govt, Kanshi tells Dalits
Malerkotla November 26
The BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today gave a call to the Dalits to work hard for the formation of a government of the Bahujan Samaj by giving a crushing defeat to the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress during the ensuing assembly elections in Punjab.

Raja complains against Capt to public
Ropar, November 26
Raja Narinder Singh, Minister for Public Health and Civil Aviation, Punjab, once again vented his ire against his colleague, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, at a Press conference held at Nangal today.

No poll deal with SAD: Baba Bedi
Mansa, November 26
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, convener, Panthic Morcha, said, “Unity with the SAD (B) is possible only if Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, appears before Akal Takht to seek forgiveness and restore Bhai Ranjit Singh as Jathedar of Akal Takht. He said the Panthic Morcha would align with like-minded political parties for Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

Tohra, Badal appeals
Amritsar, November 26
Mr Gurcharn Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, has given a call to all SGPC members to cast their vote as per their conscience in the Shiromani Committee elections here tomorrow. In case the Panthic Morcha, which has 60 members in the House, fields its own candidate ruling party members might cross the floor.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, addressing a press conference before the meeting of the Panthic Morcha at Amritsar on Monday. — photo Rajiv Sharma


Loudspeakers blare, residents scream
Jalandhar, November 26
The much-publicised ban on use of the public address system by the district administration is being allegedly violated by many schools and religious institutions in the city causing inconvenience to the residents.

SGPC fund misuse case: proof presented
Amritsar, November 26
Counsel for petitioner Satpal Singh Wadali, senior vice-president of the Sarb Hind Youth Akali Dal, today presented photostat copies of the office note dated December 3, 1999 and its receipt number presented as mark A and mark B in a case related to the alleged misuse of Rs 10 lakh by Bibi Jagir Kaur, former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Raja Porus Mela from November 29
Amritsar, November 26
A unique mela, dedicated to 10 lakh Punjabis who died in the communal frenzy of 1947, will be organised at Punjab heritage village at the Wagah here on November 29 and 30. The mela named affair the great warrior, Raja Porus, seeks, to establish peace and harmony in South Asia.

Peace jatha from Pak arrives
Attari (Amritsar), November 26
A 38-member peace jatha from Pakistan arrived here via the Samjhauta Express under the aegis of the South Asian Federation for Friendship and Peace. The jatha comprised of six women members, majority of them belonging to the Millat Party, a political party headed by Mr Farooq Ahmed Leghari, former President of Pakistan.

Bad roads compound traffic chaos
Bathinda, November 26
With dilapidated roads and an uncontrollable traffic in the city, schoolchildren live under the constant threat of accidents as most of the schools are situated on busy roads. During peak hours, vehicles choke roads which cannot cope with the flow.

Rural areas ‘lack’ medicare
Jalandhar, November 26
Mr Sucha Singh Gill, educationist, while speaking on the state of health services in Punjab said the SAD-BJP combine had failed to provide basic health facilities in rural areas. He was speaking at the concluding session of the two-day seminar on “Analytical Assessment of the SAD-BJP Rule in Punjab” organised by the Punjab Academy of Social Sciences, Literature and Culture at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here yesterday.

5 die as car falls into canal
Bathinda, November 26
As many as five occupants of a car, including two doctors, died when their car fell into a canal near Dhapali village late last evening.

Dang writes to CM for relief to poor girl
Amritsar, November 26
Mr Satya Pal Dang, a senior leader of the CPI has sought compensation for a seven-year-old poor girl Surinder Kaur, who lost one eye in an accident while her other eye was also hurt seriously.

Groom killed in mishap
Pathankot, November 26
Two persons, including the bridegroom, were killed and four others injured seriously when a maruti car carrying seven members of a marriage party hit a parked truck near Rachhpalwan village yesterday evening.

Cows died due to fungi in feed
Jalandhar November 26
The mysterious death of about three dozen cows in the Pinjrapool gaushala at Bulandpur village, near here, during the past week was caused by high intake of carbohydrate-rich diet contaminated with severe growth of fungi. This was stated by Dr H.S. Sandha, Deputy Director, Punjab Animal Husbandry Department, Jalandhar.

Subsistence relief extended
Chandigarh, November 26
The Punjab Government has extended the subsistence allowance to the parents and widows of special police officers/Home Guards volunteers who were killed by terrorists before December 1, 1991.

Gurpurb celebrations on Nov 30
Malerkotla, November 26
The birthday of Guru Nanak Dev will be celebrated here at Guru Nanak Darbar near Sheesh Mehal.

Lawyers hold dharna
Bathinda, November 26
Hundreds of lawyers on a call for strike given by the District Bar Association today hold a rally and staged a dharna at the local Circuit House. They were protesting over the “apathetic” attitude of the district administration towards the improvement of roads around the judicial complex.


Kinnow growers seek export infrastructure
Ghuman Kalan (Bathinda) November 26
“I have made efforts and invested a lot of money for producing export-quality kinnows by adopting Israeli techniques, but now I do not know whom to contact to send these to the foreign countries,” said Mr Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, a farmer of the village.

Markfed to study silos in Australia
Chandigarh, November 26
A five-member team, led by the Punjab Minister of Co-operation, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, leaves on a nine-day tour of Australia tomorrow.


Estate to be dedicated to Atma Singh
Chandigarh, November 26
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) will dedicate its newly established Urban Estate at Kapurthala to the memory of the late Atma Singh, a former Cabinet Minister of Punjab, at a ceremony to be held at the site on November 30.

Direct recruitment proposal flayed
Chandigarh, November 26
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union today urged the State Chief Secretary to scrap the proposal to make direct recruitment of Senior Assistants. Mr K.K. Jindal, General Secretary of the union, was said the need of the hour was framing a policy for stopping direct recruitment, at least at the first-level promotional post.


Sarpanch hurt
Phagwara, November 26
Ten persons, including a Sarpanch, Des Raj, sustained serious injuries in a clash between two groups at nearby Dhak Pandori village yesterday.

Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP (sitting), and other police personnel along with four persons arrested from Bathinda district on Sunday on suspicion of being involved in looting incidents.
— photo Kulbir Beera


Institute closes down, PTU comes under attack
Jalandhar, November 26
The functioning of Punjab Technical University (PTU) has come under attack following the closure of one of its affiliated computer institutes without prior information.

Foreign tours for varsity teachers
Patiala, November 26
Under the special scheme, Punjabi University has earmarked Rs 25 lakh to send its teachers abroad every year to upgrade their skills as well as to interact with eminent scholars at the national level.


Vikram Cement to use fly ash within week
Lehra Mohabbat (Bathinda), November 26
Even as the 22-foot-high fly ash dykes of Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) here have been filled up the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities have initiated the process of raising its height to store more fly ash.Top

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