Thursday, July 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi




Top stories | Politics | Courts | Community
Agriculture | Administration | Crime | Education


Making personal issue Panthic,
Badal style

Chandigarh, July 16
Is the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, justified in projecting a personal crisis as a "’Sikh’’ crisis? One can understand the political compulsions of the leaders, who speak out in support of the Badals or against the Capt. Amarinder Singh Government. One cannot understand the compulsions of the media which has whipped up the government’s anti-corruption campaign as futile and presented it as a political witchhunt against the Badals?

Who will head SGPC?
Amritsar, July 16
Even as Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal, has categorically stated that Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra will replace Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar tomorrow, the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, reads that only an executive member could be appointed to the coveted post in the emergency meeting. There is no provision in the Act to appoint a member of the General House as an office-bearer straightway.

Rethink move on Sehajdharis, says Sikh Sangat
Faridkot, July 16
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat has expressed its deep concern over the decision of the NDA government to debar the Sehajdharis from exercising their right to vote during the general elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Fatehgarh Sahib



CPWD to take over Galiara Yojana work
Amritsar, July 16
In a significant decision, the work of the remaining two phases of the Galiara Yojana (corridor action plan for the beautification of the surroundings of the Golden Temple), pending for the past seven years, would be undertaken by the Central Public Works Department.

Kanjili wetland wears deserted look
Kanjili (Kapurthala) July 16
Kanjili wetland wears a deserted look these days because of the government’s failure to restore its lost glory. The wetland was a popular tourist spot till the onset of militancy. But now the lake has a thick growth of weeds, its water level is very low and there is a stink emanating from the slush in certain areas of the lake bed.

Move to shift Baba Farid varsity
Chandigarh, July 16
There is a move to shift Baba Farid University of Health and Medical Sciences from Faridkot to Jalandhar. The university was set up at Faridkot by the SAD-BJP government about four years ago.

CRPF men with CM to be withdrawn
Chandigarh, July 16
Declining the repeated requests of the Punjab Government, the CRPF Director-General has set a deadline of July 18 for the withdrawal of the 119 CRPF battalion, presently attached to the security cover of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.


Peeved CPI not to attend oath ceremony
Bathinda, July 16
Top leadership of the state unit of the Communist Party of India has decided not to attend tomorrow’s function being organised by the state Congress Government for the mass swearing-in of sarpanches and panchayat members of six districts of Ferozepore and Faridkot divisions at stadium in NFL plant colony here.

Kashyap rules out BSP-SAD pact
Jalandhar, July 16
Mr Narender Kashyap, in charge of BSP’s affairs in Punjab, today declared that the BSP would not align with the Shiromani Akali Dal in the forthcoming elections.


SHO ordered to pay Rs 1 lakh
Chandigarh, July 16
In just over 10 years after an engineering student disappeared after being kidnapped from his house, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Station House Officer, responsible for the offence, to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the victim’s mother.

Narottam gets bail in ISI-link case
Faridkot, July 16
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Faridkot, Mr Fateh Deep Singh, today granted bail in an ISI-links case to Narottam Singh Dhillon, a close relative of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister. He is under judicial custody at Central Jail at Patiala in another case.


Police may appear as witness during trials
Chandigarh, July 16
Police officials, partly or completely involved in the investigation of certain criminal cases, will be asked to appear before the courts as witness during trials — if the recommendations of the recently appointed Law Commission are accepted by the state of Punjab.

Punjab-Railways pact on fruit tree plantation soon
Bathinda, July 16
The issue pertaining to the plantation of trees along the railway track, which has been hanging fire for the past many years is likely to be settled shortly as efforts have been started to work out an agreement with the Railways by the Punjab Government.

Order on pharmacists stayed under pressure?
Sangrur, July 16
The staying of an order, issued by the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on June 10 with regard to the enforcement of the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act has put a question mark over the credibility of the office of the Director, as pharmacists feel that the order had been stayed by the Director under political pressure.

Sangrur police launches de-addiction plan
Chandigarh, July 16
“De-addict yourself before you rid society of this serious social menace” is the motto on which the Sangrur Police has modelled its programme to fight alcoholism and drug addiction. It launched its first de-addiction programme today with 20 personnel addicted to alcohol.

Damage to newly built road upsets minister
Ropar, July 16
Taking a serious view of the total damage to the approach roads laid just one month ago connecting newly built Sirsa river bridge, the Minister of PWD (B&R), Punjab, has directed the Secretary, PWD (B&R), to fix responsibility on the officer in charge of inspecting the road work.

Laparoscopic surgery in Civil Hospital
Hoshiarpur, July 16
Mr Yogesh Chander Markan, Civil Surgeon, while addressing a press conference here this yesterday said laparoscopic surgery for almost all types of operation had been introduced recently in the civil hospital which was second such hospital in Punjab after Ludhiana.

Secretaries involved in felling scam, says inquiry
Bathinda, July 16
Mr P. Ram, Secretary, Department of Forests, Punjab, said today that a number of senior officials, including some secretary-level officers were involved in the multi-crore tree felling scam in Ropar district in which Dr Harbans Lal, the then Forest Minister, was indicted after he conducted an inquiry into it.

Punjab launches website
Chandigarh, July 16
Anyone looking for information on industry, trade and commerce, agriculture, finance, education, tourism, besides the historical, geographical and political aspects of Punjab, can log on to the new official website of the Punjab Government

Cops to help dig wells
Faridkot, July 16
Under its new concept of community policing for greater interaction between the police and the people, the Faridkot police, in collaboration with panchayats plans to dig wells through kar sewa to collect rainwater for recharging the groundwater level for improving irrigation facilities in the district. Under the new venture, one or two wells with a minimum diameter of 15 ft and a depth of up to 30 metres will be dug.


PSEB officers listen to farmers’ grievances
Patiala, July 16
Farmers of the district today got an opportunity to express their grievances to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities at a special on-the-spot grievances redressal meeting at Khanauri. They complained about overloaded transformers and demanded the starting of a special scheme for release of tubewell connections, besides highlighting the necessity of 24-hour power supply to farm houses.


SDO, JE suspended on bribe charge
Amritsar, July 16
Mr Raman Bhalla, administrative member of the PSEB, today suspended a Subdivisional Officer, Kashmir Singh, and a Junior Engineer, Bakshish Singh, of Patti subdivision for allegedly taking a bribe to instal an additional transformer in the fields of Kirpal Singh, a farmer, during a meeting for the redressal of public grievances at Patti in Tarn Taran here today.

12 PSEB employees suspended
Gurdaspur, July 16
Mr S.K. Duggal, Superintending Engineer, PSEB, Gurdaspur circle, has placed 12 employees under suspension for various irregularities committed by them during the performance of their duty.

PUDA office restricts public entry
SAS Nagar, July 16
In an apparent move to check corruption rampant in Punjab Urban Development Authority’s Estate Office here, the Estate Officer has banned the entry of public, including property dealers, beyond the first floor of the office.


Pro-VC goes on leave without informing VC
Patiala, July 16
A confrontation is on the cards between the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with the latter continuing to proceed on leave without seeking the permission of the former as desired by him.

Move to privatise ITIs draws good response
Chandigarh, July 16
A proposal by the Punjab Government to hand over to the private sector 12 Industrial Training Institute buildings lying abandoned in different parts of the state has drawn a good response.

Protest against fee hike
Sangrur, July 16
The district unit of the Punjab Radical Students Union today held a rally at Prem Sabha Senior Secondary School here in protest against the recent hike in college fees.

Patiala boy strikes gold at Bio-Olympiad
Patiala, July 16
Ankur Mahindroo, a student of the local Mohindra College, has done the city proud by winning a gold medal along with three other team members at the Bio-Olympiad organised at Belarus.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
123 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |