Friday, March 16, 2001,
Chandigarh, India




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Giani Puran Singh shuns meeting
Amritsar, March 15
Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, who attended the installation ceremony of two priests of the Golden Temple at a religious ceremony held at Akal Takht here today, did not participate in the meeting of the Sikh High Priests.

Illegal shopping complex razed
Amritsar, March 15
Mayor Brij Mohan Kapoor ordered an inquiry into the alleged construction of the shopping plaza in an erstwhile bank building.
Ruling out leniency towards the owners, he said the massive covert operation could not have been undertaken without the connivance of political persons and corporation officials.

Anti-encroachment drive in Bathinda
Bathinda, March 15
The local municipal authorities have launched an anti-encroachment drive in the city. The local residents have welcomed the step while rehri owners and shopkeepers have expressed their annoyance.


Kanshi Ram calls for ‘bahujan’ govt
Ludhiana, March 15
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today promised to install a ‘bahujan’ government in Punjab after the assembly elections due to be held early next year.





Love for Sanskrit made him translate ‘Gitanjali’
Ludhiana, March 15
While there may be a number of translations of the world famous “Gitanjali” by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, there was none so far in Sanskrit. Mahaveer Prasad Sharma, a well-known Hindi and Sanskrit poet from Haryana has acquired the distinction of translating the “Gitanjali” into Sanskrit in the verse form.

14 research papers presented
Amritsar, March 15
More than 14 research papers were presented by scientists on earthquakes, floods, landslides, cyclones and water-logging on the third day of the International Conference on “Natural Hazards: Mitigation and Management” being organised by the Eartquake Research Centre (Physics Department) of Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with the Natural Disaster Management (NDM) division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, here yesterday.

Rural Focal Point Scheme flops
Malerkotla, March 15
The Rural Focal Point Scheme started by the Punjab Government to lay emphasis on rural development has flopped in the district.

Khalsa Diwan former president arrested
Bathinda, March 15
Mr Harpal Singh Mithoo, a former president of the Khalsa Diwan, and 10 of his supporters were arrested after they forced their way into the local Khalsa school today and asked the Principal to vacate the premises since the present management, they claimed, had been dissolved.

10 lakh for drug deaddiction centre
Bathinda, March 15
Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Commissioner, has said Rs 10 lakh would be spent for the development of a drug deaddiction hospital here. He was presiding over a meeting of members of the District Red Cross yesterday.

Drug de-addiction centre opened
Chunni Kalan, March 15
The Minister of Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes, Mr Sarwan Singh Phillaur, today inaugurated a 14-bedded ward for Durg and Alcohol De-addiction Centre at the Institute of Homoeopathic Medical Education & Research at Chunni Kalan in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Consumers ‘unaware’ of rights
Abohar, March 15
World Consumers Rights Day was celebrated at the municipal town hall and Nehru Stadium today. A function was organised by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture, at the stadium. Mr Harparsad, Deputy Agriculture Marketing Adviser, Chandigarh, presided.

Kande is President of IMA, Punjab
Sangrur, March 15
Dr O.P.S. Kande from Patiala has been re-elected President of the Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for the year 2001-2002, starting from April 1.

Dharna against manhandling
Amritsar, March 15
A dharna was staged by the SAD (A) in front of the headquarters of 15 division General Officer Commanding.


BTFK militant arrested
Amritsar, March 15
The Punjab Police today claimed to have arrested a terrorist of the Bhindrawala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK) near Dujowal village here.

Cops told to surrender
Patiala, March 15
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Birender Singh, has directed the SP (Detective), Patiala, Mr Mohinder Singh Chahal, DSPs Jagtar Singh and Ramesh Chander, all accused in a case pertaining to the alleged illegal detention and subsequent disappearance of Babbar Khalsa activist Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukha, to surrender before the court of the Special Magistrate (CBI) here tomorrow.

A novel theft!
Jalandhar, March 15
An interesting theft case with the thieves having two small Scotch pegs and fleeing their victim’s house with just a telephone set and leaving everything else in the house intact, has come to light.

Four booked in cheating case
Kharar, March 15
The local police has booked four residents of Chandigarh in a cheating case involving an amount of Rs 8.4 lakh.


Ram Dass institute concealing facts: staff
Amritsar, March 15
Close on the heels of a visit of a team of the Medical Council of India (MCI) tomorrow, the Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research is making efforts to present a good face to the council.

Students unable to take exam
Bathinda, March 15
A large number of students belonging to different villages of the district were not able to take the Class X and plus two examinations, which started on March 12, because of the alleged negligence of some employees of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and some booksellers.

‘Vidya bandh’ in Punjab on March 27
Barnala, March 15
College teachers serving in government-aided but privately-managed colleges of Punjab have decided to observe “vidya bandh” in Punjab and march towards the Punjab Assembly on March 27 in response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU).

3 rusticated for copying
Fazilka, March 15
Mr Lachhman Singh Brar, District Education Officer, Ferozepore, yesterday conducted a surprise checking at the Class X examination centre in Government High School, Jiwan Arain village, about 40 km from here.


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