Wednesday, May 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Another contract labour scam
Ropar, May 28
Even as the amount allegedly swindled by labour contractors of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) in the multi-crore GPF scam is yet to be recovered, another scam in which contractors were allegedly given undue benefits at the expense of the PSEB has come to light.

Ex-minister Kanjla also faces probe
Chandigarh, May 28
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has started an inquiry against another former Akali Minister, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjla, and several gazetted and non-gazetted officers.

19 zones for Jalandhar Zila Parishad poll
Jalandhar, May 28
The district has been divided into 19 zones for holding the zila parishad elections and 173 zones for panchayat samiti elections.

PM urged to retrieve remains of victims
Hoshiarpur, May 28
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman of the Malta Boat Tragedy probe mission, in a representation to the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, urged him to take initiative and raise the issue with the government of the countries concerned to arrange for the retrieval and return of the mortal remains of Indian victims of the Malta Boat Tragedy so that these could be delivered to their parents who could perform the religious rites.



Gold traders in ST Dept net
Ropar, May 28
In order to increase sales tax revenue and stall theft, the Sales Tax Department has taken steps to tighten the noose around gold traders allegedly resorting to tax theft. Highly-placed sources told The Tribune that two teams of the department conducted simultaneous raids at Raikot in Ludhiana and Malerkotla and seized 13 kg of gold from traders. 

Children raise voice against tobacco
Chandigarh, May 28
They are lisping voices of children as young as seven years rising in protest and leaving an impression. Children from over 200 schools of Punjab have joined hands and are raising a voice against the consumption and sale of tobacco. 
Students from schools of Ludhiana raise slogans against the sale and consumption of tobacco in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photograph
Students from schools of Ludhiana

PTU franchises to be probed
Bathinda, May 28
The Punjab Government has initiated an enquiry into the alleged irregularities while giving franchises by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) by the Vigilance Bureau. Stating this here at a press conference, the Punjab Technical Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee said the enquiry would be completed by next month.

Oaths sober PRTC drivers 
Patiala, May 28
A scheme making the bus drivers of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) take an oath to treat their passengers as well as those coming on vehicles or on foot from the opposite side on the road as members of their family seems to be paying off with no fatal accident being reported since the past 15 days.


Citizen forum to fight corruption
Bathinda, May 28
Even as the Punjab Government had decided to remove all candidates selected by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) during the chairmanship of Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu for various posts and to hold a retest for the same, the hopes of those candidates, who were not selected then have become alive again.

Safer plots for border residents
Narot Jaimal Singh (Pathankot), May 28
The state government has decided to give alternative “safer residential plots” to the residents of border belt who have been facing frequent migration after heightened tension on the Indo-Pak border.

Jawans help in running school near border
Residents of villages along the Indo-Pak border are groping in the dark about their future and that of their kids, specially on account of their studies. Most of the schools in the border belt are either closed or are facing an acute shortage of staff, funds and resources.

Govt promises to provide all facilities to disabled
Ludhiana, May 28
Dr Uma Tuli, Chief Commissioner, Persons with Disabilities, Government of India, has asserted that the central and the state commissioner would ensure to provide maximum facilities guaranteed under the Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act, 1995.

Scribes boycott CM’s function
Amritsar, May 28
The entire journalist community, including print and electronic media, boycotted the function of the Chief Minister at Rajasansi Airport here today. This was the first official visit of Capt Amarinder Singh to the border belt after taking over as Chief Minister.

Probe ordered into pension fraud
Moga, May 28
The Punjab Government has decided to make inquiries into the misappropriation of funds in the old-age pensions allegedly during the previous SAD-BJP regime. Those found responsible for this would be punished, said the Minister for Social Security and Welfare. Mr Santokh Singh, here today, while addressing a press conference.

Probe ordered into flesh trade racket
Amritsar, May 28
Punjab State Tourism Minister Ashwani Sekhri has ordered an inquiry into the flesh trade racket involving the manager of the government-owned Amritsar International Hotel and some other officials here.

Relief for kin of artistes demanded
Patiala, May 28
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, other theatre enthusiasts and art lovers have urged the Department of Culture, Punjab, and state-level Concept Committee for the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to erect suitable memorial and provide financial assistance to the families of artistes namely director Harpal Tiwana and the next of the kin of Harpreet Kaur of Nabha, Jatinder Singh of Dasupur, Kharar, and Manjit Kaur, Patiala, who died in a road accident at Sunhet, Dehra in Himachal Pradesh.

Pasla faction stage dharna
Jalandhar, May 28
In bid to intensify their stir against the failure of the district administration to restore the possession of the main party office, which they allege was occupied illegally by the Harkishen Singh Surjeet faction on May 21, and to seek withdrawal of cases against party workers, activists of the Mangat Ram Pasla faction of the state CPM sat on an indefinite dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner office, here today.

Lawyers observe strike
Kapurthala, May 28
Members of the district Bar Association today observed a strike to express solidarity with agitating members of the Bar Association of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Jathedar’s PA removed
Amritsar, May 28
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today dispensed with the service of Mr Prithipal Singh Sandhu, Personal Assistant to Jathedar, Akal Takht, with immediate effect. Mr Sandhu is relative of Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht.

Govt harassing me, says ex-MP
Patiala, May 28
A former MP from Patiala, Mr Atinder Pal Singh, today alleged that the state government was harassing him and had confiscated his passport even as he has been invited by the World Sikh Organisation to deliver a keynote lecture at a function to be held on June 8 in Toronto, Canada.


Youth murdered
Pathankot, May 28
A youth was allegedly murdered by three persons near bus stand area under the jurisdiction of Division No. 1 police station.


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