seeks names of persons declared dead
A petition in public interest (PIL) has been filed in the Punjab and
Haryana High Court, seeking directions to the respondents, including
the Punjab Police, to make public the names of all those persons who
have been declared dead by the police even though they are very much
Cong got SAD candidates killed by ‘cats’
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Singh
Badal, today said that the Congress had got killed 24 SAD candidates
through police “cats” during the campaign for the Punjab Assembly
elections which were cancelled 12 hours before the polling in 1991.
flays DGP on Sukhi issue
The Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo,
today joined the opposition chorus of criticising the Director-General
of Police, Punjab, Mr SS Virk, for admitting that the police was
providing protection to a former terrorist Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi
along with 300 others. He demanded that cases against all these
terrorists must be reopened for trial in the court of law.
adds bite to bird flu
Even as the outbreak of bird flu has sent alarming bells throughout
the country, the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
catering to this region, stretching as far as New Delhi has virtually
been non-functional for the past several months.
monitoring migratory birds
Keeping in view the outbreak of the bird flu virus in Maharashtra,
officials of the Animal Husbandry Department here today took samples
from poultry firms in the wetland area.
recovered from police station
A Warrant Officer, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court,
conducted a raid at the City Police Station here last night and
recovered Mr Balbir Singh, alias Beera, a local resident, from the
loses seven sons to drugs
The 70-year-old Mohinder Kaur, a widow of Maqboolpura, a ramshackle
locality on the fringe of Holy City here lost all her seven sons to
drugs! The last son, ‘Happy’ died this week. Shaken Mohinder Kaur,
who lives with her widowed daughter-in-law in the locality of
drug-addicts here, cannot recall the names of all seven sons and dates
of their deaths. On hearing about the plight of the destitute widows,
local BJP member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu visited the affected
families in the locality.
workers, panches join Cong
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers including panches of Gulam Nabi
village near Naushehra Majha Singh today joined the Congress in the
presence of PWD Minister, Punjab, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa. The minister
announced Rs 12 lakh for the repair of roads, Rs 1 lakh for community
hall, grant for the village church and plots for poor in the village.
Harmander Sahib filtration plant
In less than two years of the 'Kar Sewa' of 'Amrit Sarovar' (Holy
Tank), held amid religious fervour and fanfare, a snag has developed
in the Rs 5 crore filtration plant, donated by US-based 'Tut
brothers', compelling the SGPC to reduce the level of Sarovar by
several feet, much to the chagrin of the devotees.
Human Development report discussed
A two-day workshop to discuss Punjab Human Development Report,
sponsored by the UNDP, was inaugurated at Punjabi University here
mentally ill rescued
Roshan Singh, a mentally ill person, who had been chained for the past
four years at his residence in nearby Sadik village, was able to
achieve freedom today.
A three-day training workshop on advanced management programme for the
PSEB senior and middle-level executives for distribution system
officials concluded here today at the Board’s head office here
most wanted visits Amritsar
More than one-sixth of Bhutan citizens striving for a democratic
set-up in their country had to flee the hilly kingdom. These activists
are termed as terrorists and have to face inhuman punishment there.
workshop on water
The United Nation has already declared 2005-2015 as "Water
Decade" to save water.
vigilance for action against five
In a case of embezzlement in the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant,
Bathinda, the Director-General of Police (Vigilance and Security),
Punjab State Electricity Board, Mr Lalit Bhatia, has recommended
action against five employees.
unit shut down at Ropar plant
One unit of 210 MW capacity out of six at the Super Thermal plant here
was shut down today after developing a technical snag. The
non-functioning of the unit has resulted in a loss of 50 lakh units to
the state per day.
Three persons were injured seriously following a blast in the Ghass
Mandi area of the town today, the police said.
insulted for carrying ‘choti’
Another controversial issue has cropped up at air force station here.
Naresh Kumar, posted at 18 Air Force Wing at the air force station, has
moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against orders of senior air
force officers asking him to remove the tuft of hair at the back of his
jail official suspended
The Assistant Superintendent of the Nabha jail, who was allegedly
involved in branding an objectionable word on the back of a
20-year-old Dalit undertrial, Narinder Singh, has been suspended, the
Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced in the Punjab
of dirty water into canal, XEN told
In a letter written to the Executive Engineer of Sangrur Division
(Irrigation Department), Mr Daljit Singh Sandhu, the Superintending
Engineer, Mr Harbans Singh, has directed him to stop the flow of dirty
water from a village into first Patiala feeder (canal).
The Punjab Government today appointed Mr P.K. Verma Home Secretary,
replacing Mr A.K. Dubey, who has been appointed Financial
Commissioner, Appeals -II, which is considered an insignificant
killed in road accident
Three persons were among the four killed near Pucca Sarna village on
Sriganganagar road late last night. One of the victim Sanjay Jhorar,
resident of village Kheowali Dhab near here, was the only son of late
Banwari Lal, a small farmer. He leaves behind wife, four years son and
an unmarried sister in the family.
lakh looted from PNB
(Barnala), February 22
In broad daylight, three unidentified persons have looted Rs 15.5 lakh
from Punjab National Bank at Thekreewal village, about 7 km from here.
panel member commits suicide
Harpreet Kaur, a member of the Peace Committee, reportedly committed
suicide by consuming celphos tablets at Dabwala Kalan village, last
night, sources said.
escapes from hospital
Dilraj Singh, a prisoner in the high security Amritsar Central Jail,
today managed to give the slip to the police from Guru Nanak Dev
Hospital, here. The incident came to light during a routine check by
the jail authorities in the hospital.
of medical institute: Centre to be approached
The Governing Council of Shaheed Beant Singh Punjab Institute of
Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, at a meeting here today decided to
approach the Government of India to take over the institution on the
pattern of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.
Students of the gidha team wait for their turn at the annual function at NTC School, Rajpura, on Tuesday.
— Photo by J.S. Virdi
institutes to retain minority status
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab Government has decided
to continue to treat professional institutions being run by the
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) as minority community
Singh is ISTE regional head
Dr. N. P. Singh, Acting Director, Sant Longowal Institute of
Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, has been nominated the
Chairman of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Punjab,
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh for three
years by the president of the ISTE, New Delhi. The ISTE is the top
body of the country for the improvement of technical education.
awareness camp organised
Sahib, February 22
The Income Tax department of the Patiala Zone has started an awareness
campaign to educate people about the department. Under this, camps are
being organised in small towns and remote rural areas, said Ms Promila
Bhardwaj, Commissioner of Income Tax, Patiala.