Thursday, April 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Voters’ deletion: panel seeks complaints
Chandigarh, April 3
The high-level committee to inquire into large scale deletion of names of voters from the electoral rolls for the elections to the Punjab Assembly in February, has started its work.

Badal sees unfair polling in Malout
Chandigarh, April 3
Mr Parkash Singh Badal is apprehensive that the byelection in Malout tomorrow would neither be fair nor free.

Bhattal for hike in wheat MSP
Lehragaga (Sangrur), April 3
Expressing dissatisfaction over the increase of only Rs 10 per quintal in the minimum support price of wheat by the Union Government this year, the Punjab Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today urged the Vajpayee-led NDA government to review its decision over the MSP of wheat to increase the MSP up to the expectations of the farmers.

Amarinder failed farmers: Badal
Malout, April 3
Former Chief Minister and President of the SAD Parkash Singh Badal today accused Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of failing to present the farmers’ case strongly on the issue of minimum support price for wheat.

Further remand for Ravi Sidhu
Kharar, April 3
Mr Roshan Lal Chohan, Judicial Magistrate, today extended the remand of Mr Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, PPSC Chairman, in police custody till April 5.

Fatehgarh Sahib




Unhappy with power-cuts and poor supply of quality seeds, Punjab farmers show little interest in the new Exim policy.
(28k, 56k)

Gold medallist denied job by PPSC?
Bathinda, April 3
“I might have used my time in developing ‘contacts’ in place of ‘wasting’ it on studies if I knew that these were more important than good marks for getting a job,” lamented Dr Poonam Batra, a postgraduate in veterinary surgery and radiology and a gold medallist in B.V. Sc & A.H., who was not found fit for the post of Veterinary Officer, the interview for which was conducted in January by the PPSC.

Move to shift ammo depot irks villagers
Ludhiana, April 3
The state government’s move to shift the Baddowal Ammunition Depot to Mullanpur Dakha has sparked off strong protests from at last seven nearby villages. The district administration has undertaken a survey of the area to identify the site for the depot.

Media pulled up for making woman suffer
Ropar, April 3
The magisterial inquiry into a case in which Swaran Kaur, a resident of Kotla Nihang village near Ropar, had to suffer social boycott due to the apprehension of her being an AIDS patient has severely reprimanded the press for creating a situation which led to the sufferings of the woman.


SHSAD resents voters’ forms in English
Ludhiana, April 3
Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has taken strong exception to the publishing of voters application forms, for the coming elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, by the Punjab Government in English. 


Villagers oppose another bundh
Kapurthala, April 3
Residents of more than a dozen villages of the Mand area of Sultanpur Lodhi have said the construction of another proposed advance bundh to be built adjoining the Dhussi bundh by the Amritsar circle of the Drainage Department should be stopped to save their land from floods.

Give Sikhs separate status: Mann
Sangrur, April 3
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), today asked the Union Government to amend Article 25 of the Constitution to give the Sikhs a separate status as recommended by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution headed by former Chief Justice, Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, which had favoured Sikhism as a separate religion.

Dalit Sena’s charge against police, DC
Bathinda, April 3
Mr Kiranjeet Singh Gehri, President, Dalit Sena, has alleged that the police was not releasing some of the residents, who were arrested after a case was registered against them, although both parties had reached a compromise. 

Ms Amrik Kaur
Ms Amrik Kaur at the Press conference. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Awardee threatens to return medal 
Amritsar, April 3

Ms Amrik Kaur, Shaurya Chakra winner, today threatened to return her medal if the government did not restore the security for her family which was withdrawn about one month ago.

Dispute redress panels set up
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 3
Dispute redressal committees have been constituted for the redress of any disputes in grain markets during the procurement. 

School chairman booked for defaming PCS officer
Jalandhar, April 3
The Jalandhar police has booked Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, chairman of the local C.T. Public School, for printing and distributing defamatory material against Mr Harbhupinder Singh Nanda, Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner, and a few Jalandhar-based journalists who had recently exposed his “misdeeds.”

Migratory birds prefer to stay put
Bir Rauke (Moga), April 3
The onset of summer brings a different look to the countryside of Punjab because of the migratory birds, which have not preferred to fly back to their habitats in Central Asia and other countries.

Baradari and changing attitude of Patialvis
Patiala, April 3
Most of the residents of the walled city, who till a couple of years ago seldom ventured out of the confines of their houses have taken to walking and jogging amidst the serenity of the sprawling Baradari gardens in a big way.

Custodial death: ADGP condemns police inaction
Tarn Taran, April 3
The ADGP (Crime) Punjab, has expressed concern over the way the local police is proceeding regarding an inquiry into the custodial death of Pardeep Singh, a class X student and resident of Gandiwind Dhattal village, who died at Jamarai police post on December 22, 2001.

MC employees end strike
Nawanshahr, April 3
The 10-day long strike by the Municipal Subordinate Employees Union in protest against non-payment of salaries for the past two months ended today. Due to the strike the sanitary conditions in the town have worsened.

Relocation of wine shop sought
Batala, April 3
Mr V.K. Bhatia, Principal of S.L. Bawa DAV College, Batala, and Mrs Veena Wanti, Principal R.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls, and other social activists and organisations are agitated over the opening of a wine shop at Circular Road with effect from April.

‘Pendency of cases due to fewer judges’
Phagwara, April 3
Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today attributed pendency of cases to under-staffing of the higher judiciary, among other things, adding that a judicial commission being set up by the Central Government would look into matters relating to the pendency of cases, strength of judges and their conduct. 

State-level Lok Adalat on April 19
Gidderbaha, April 3
A state-level Lok Adalat will be held here on April 19, which would be presided over by Mr H.S. Bedi, Chairman, Punjab Legal Services Authority, and a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

3 boys sitting atop bus killed
Gurdaspur, April 3

Three teenaged boys sitting on the roof of a mini-bus were killed after being hit by a branch of a tree on the outskirts of the town today.

BJP leader’s son hurt in attack
Ludhiana, April 3
Mr Kamal Gosain, son of former MLA and senior BJP leader Sat Pal Gosain, was attacked by some unidentified persons near the local Civil Hospital today. 


Admn “geared up” to procure wheat
Bathinda, April 3
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner here claimed yesterday that arrangements for the procurement of wheat had been made and 112 purchasing centres set up in the district. Presiding over a meeting of representatives of procurement agencies, procuring departments, and associations of arhtiyas he said that 7 lakh tonnes wheat was expected to arrive in different mandis in the district this year.

No change in mode of payments to farmers: MLA
Malout, April 3
Mr Surinder Singh, MLA, said today that the Punjab Government had not been contemplating to change the made of payments to farmers following the procurement of foodgrain.


Plan to construct complex dropped
Gurdaspur, April 3
The plan to construct district administrative complex here by the Punjab Urban Development Authorities has been dropped. The estate office of PUDA has received an official communication in this regard by the Chief Administrator, Head Office, PUDA, Chandigarh.


3 travel agents held for cheating
Mansa, April 3
The police has arrested and registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against Jagga Singh, alias Jagjit Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur, both residents of Roomi village, and Surinder Singh, alias Shinda, of Khada village for allegedly duping Gurjit Singh on the pretext of sending him to Bahrain.


Reform education system: Singla
Bathinda, April 3
Mr Surinder Singla, MLA, while alleging that the political leadership of the state has so far failed to reform the education system, said there was a strong need to change the existing education system.Top

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