Tuesday, October 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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SGPC men ‘under threat’ to change loyalties
Samana, October 14
Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President of the SGPC, has said, while speaking to mediapersons here, that if the Capt Amarinder Singh Government arrested Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Akalis will take to the streets and sit in dharnas. Lakhs of supporters of Mr Badal will start an agitation and in that case, it will be difficult for the government to control the situation.

Crusade against graft: VB hamstrung by procedure
Ferozepore, October 14
The Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh’s crusade against corruption not with standing the Punjab Vigilance Bureau cannot register and probe cases of corruption independently.

2 top forest officials in vigilance net
Chandigarh, October 14
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry against two top state Forest Department officials in connection with the misappropriation of funds in the Rs 400-crore Japan project.

Changes in Punjab set-up suggested
Expenditure commission report
Chandigarh, October 14
The Public Expenditure Reforms Commission report has suggested sweeping changes in the administrative setup in Punjab to bring about ‘’quality’’ in public spending and improvement in social and economic services.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Liquor smuggling with official connivance?
Pathankot, October 14
Pathankot appears to have a “haven” for liquor smugglers. According to reports, this Sub-Division and the Dhar Kalan areas are the main places, where liquor smuggled from neighbouring states of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir.

Kidney sale racket: Dang demands CBI probe
Amritsar, October 14
Veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang lamented that tardy probe into the alleged kidney sale scam might lead to the hushing up of the case. Mr Dang wrote to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today for a CBI probe in the racket as powerful and moneyed people involved in the scam might scuttle the probe.

Convicts on medical parole: probe ordered
Patiala, October 14
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has registered a case on a complaint that the Patiala Central Jail authorities in connivance with the Government Rajindra Hospital authorities were perpetrating a fraud wherein rich and influential inmates constantly came out of jail by securing emergency medical parole on the basis of forged records.

Transcend barriers: Infosys chief
Patiala, October 14
Infosys Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy today said students must transcend social and geographical barriers to establish themselves on the global level. He was speaking at the sixteenth convocation of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET).


Ensure equality for women cops
Police service, like the Army, is one of the highly male-dominated professions in which women have started making an impact. The number of women joining the police force has gone up significantly over the past few years. This trend has called for a critical look into the service to optimise and maximise their contribution.

Women Helpline Centre opened
Hoshiarpur, October 14
The recent spurt in crime against women has led the local police to set up Women Helpline centres in each of the four subdivisions in the district. The first such centre is being pressed into service from today at Red Cross Bhawan, Garhshankar subdivision. This was stated by Mrs Gupreet Deo, SSP, here today.

Villagers gift police station
Lambra (Jalandhar), October 14
Setting an example of police-public cordial relations a resident of the village joined hands with the district and police administration for the construction of a modern building for the local police station, which was inaugurated by the Punjab Police Director-General, Mr M.S. Bhullar, here today.

NRIs seek Advani’s help
Jalandhar, October 14
The NRI Sabha, Punjab, has urged the central government to facilitate the opening of the proposed Visa Office of Britain at Jalandhar.

Docs seek exemption from screening test
Ropar, October 14
Doctors, who have obtained their Doctor of Medicine (equivalent to MBBS) degrees from the erstwhile USSR in June 2001 and 2002 have demanded from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to exempt them from appearing in the screening test for getting registration from the MCI to do practice in the country as they had joined the degree courses in the 1995 and 1996 batches while the MCI has implemented the condition for appearing in the test, in March 2002.

Ayurvedic college inaugurated
Hoshiarpur, October 14
A senior Ayurvedic Officer will be appointed as Director, Ayurvedic Department, Punjab, soon. This was stated by Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, while inaugurating Urmila Devi Ayurvedic College of Medical Science at Kharkan village, 10 km from here. He said no ayurvedic officer had been appointed as Director of the department for the past 15 years adversely affecting its working.

Environment protection committees soon
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 14
On the directions of the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Ministry of Forests has decided to form ‘forest advisory’ and ‘environment protection’ committees at the state and district level. The decision aims at effective implementation of tree plantation and environment protection drives.

Release bonus, Rinwa urges state govt
Hoshiarpur, October 14
The Punjab government should immediately release the bonus of Rs 20 a quintal on paddy to farmers and should also give at least Rs 30 a quintal bonus to them from state exchequer to compensate them.

Jeep rams into vehicles, 2 hurt
Bathinda, October 14
A driver under the influence of liquor, injured two persons here this evening on the busy Mall near the railway station besides doing minor damages to roadside vendors. The driver of the jeep, Jasbir Singh of Bhagta Bhai Ka village, and his associates were allegedly drunk and driving their jeep at a breakneck speed.

The police inspects the mangled remains of vehicles involved in an accident on the busy Mall at Bathinda on Monday.
The police inspects the mangled remains of vehicles

Ram Lilas draw crowds
Bathinda, October 14
The Ram Lilas being played by more than 10 local clubs have been attracting huge crowds. The performances at the Shri Krishna Dramatic Club, Nishkaam Seva Samiti, Grain Market and Bhana Mal Trust have been the main crowd pullers even as the legend “projected” on screen by the New Friends Club is also seeing a lot of spectators.

A scene from Ram Lila, which is being played at Bathinda. — Photo Kulbir Beera

A scene from Ram Lila

Confusion over patient’s diagnosis
Bathinda, October 14
Is Pooran Singh (name changed) a resident of the district admitted in the Civil Hospital here last evening after having received injuries is HIV positive? The doctors here have different views on it.

Iffco chief: water table decreasing
Abohar, October 14
Iffco-Tokio chairman Surender Kumar Jakhar has warned that the Malwa region of Punjab may have to face famine like situation, like neighbouring Rajasthan, in the coming few years. The ground water table was going down and there had been an alarming shortfall in rain. The crop pattern will have to be completely changed.

Power shutdown
Bathinda, October 14
The power supply will remain suspended in some parts of the city on October 16 between 8 am and 5 pm.


Hailstorm damages crops on 8,000 acres
Ropar, October 14
Farmers of 66 villages of Morinda and Chamkaur Sahib areas are the worst affected after a hailstorm on October 12 damaged crop on about 8,000 acres. Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Punjab, today visited Kherri Salabatpur, Bhojemajra, Rurki, Lutheri and Amrali villages in the district to assess the damage. 

Farmers discuss contract farming
Rakhra (Patiala), October 14
The Punjab Government has decided to create five food parks in the state. The first park is scheduled to start in Patiala from February next year.



BBK DAV College wins overall trophy
Amritsar, October 14
The local BBK DAV College for Women won the ‘A’ zone overall trophy in Guru Nanak Dav University women’s youth festival which concluded here today.


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