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Display of ‘jalau’: SGPC in a fix
Amritsar, November 11
The SGPC is in a dilemma over the display of “jalau” (show of splendour) at the Golden Temple complex to mark the bicentenary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation, which begins from November 13. Sikh ‘sardars’ in their hay day used to offer priceless gifts and rare things to the temple, including jewellery, precious stones, gold and silver.

The statue of “Sher-e-Punjab” Maharaja Ranjit Singh glitters in the surrounding illuminations at Ram Bagh in Amritsar. Union Defence Minister George Fernandes will salute the statue on the occasion of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the Maharaja’s coronation on Tuesday. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

Show-cause notice served on Brar
Patiala, November 11
The AICC observer for Punjab affairs, Mr Moti Lal Vora, has issued a show-cause notice, returnable within seven days, to Congress MP Jagmeet Singh Brar for violating party discipline.




Badal in dilemma over next SGPC president
Amritsar, November 10
With Bibi Jagir Kaur’s announcement to contest the election for the post of SGPC president, if directed by the party high command and the ‘wait and watch’ policy of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, the forthcoming SGPC election is likely to witness a keen contest.

Rs 15-cr project to clean West Bein
Chandigarh, November 11
A Rs 15.33 crore project to prevent pollution of the West Bein, a tributary of the Sutlej, has been cleared by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. The money has been received and work begun. The executing agency is the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board.


SAD, BJP councillors reach compromise
Bathinda, November 11
The SAD and BJP municipal councillors who were in dispute following the beating up of two BJP councillors by their SAD colleagues along with party workers in the last week of August, 2001, today reached a compromise in the presence of their respective leaders.

Akalis let off steam against Swarna Ram
Phagwara, November 11
Factionalism in the ruling SAD-BJP combine here came to the fore yesterday when activists of SAD availed of the opportunity at Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to Phagwara to attend a sangat darshan programme for letting off steam against local BJP MLA and Punjab Tourism Minister Chowdhary Swarna Ram.

‘PM won’t interfere in Akali affairs’
Phagwara, November 11
Punjab Local Bodies Minister Balramji Das Tandon today dismissed as baseless the reports that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would effect a rapprochement among the feuding Akalis, but hoped that the misgivings would get over.

Tohra’s terms for truce with Badal
Lalru, November 11
Extending his support to the Khalistan movement, the president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today demanded that families of terrorist lodged in Jodhpur jail be given financial aid. Addressing party workers here today, Mr Tohra blamed successive governments for atrocities on “innocents”.

Mann urges Bush to turn deaf ear to Vajpayee on terrorism
Ludhiana, November 11
Striking his usual extremist note, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, today sought the intervention of US President George W. Bush for addressing the issue of ‘‘majority terrorism in India’’.

Panthic Morcha to hold rallies
Nawanshahr, November 11
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, senior Panthic Morcha leader, talking to mediapersons here today, said the Panthic Morcha would organise rallies in all Assembly segments of the state from November 17 to 29 and hold a state-level rally at Ludhiana on December 2 to “expose the misdeeds” of the Badal government during the past five years.

CM blames Cong for Punjab ills
Barnala, November 11
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, while addressing the public at a “sangat darshan” programme at Dhilwan village, about 25 km from here, today, blamed the Congress for various ills plaguing Punjab and the country.


A scene from a play
A scene from a play depicts the presentation of a foreign diplomat in the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.  The play, 'Sher-e-Punjab,' was staged at Bathinda on Saturday. —Kulbir Beera 

Set up mental health care centres: experts
Faridkot, November 11
A two-day XIIth state-level annual conference on psychological disorders organised by the Punjab and Chandigarh Psychiatric Society (Puncips) which concluded here today laid stress on setting up mental health care centres at each district headquarters in the state. It also emphasised on organising camps on regular basis at the grassroots level to make people aware about the arrival of new drugs and modern surgical equipment in the market which could help in drug addiction, schizophrenia, epilepsy and other neurological problems.

Firecracker units crack laws
Amritsar, November 11
With Divali round the corner the illegal manufacturing of firecrackers is being blatantly carried out at Anngarh village in a violation of the Explosive Act, 1884 and 1983 under the very nose of the district administration.

Sangat darshan or ‘grant darshan’?
Nabha, November 11
The sangat darshan programme has truly become a “grant darshan” function. And common people desiring an audience with the Chief Minister to air their grievances are ignored in favour of select representatives who are called to the venue for distribution of grants to them.

CM lays stone of lawyers’ chambers
Sangrur, November 11
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President, today exhorted Akali leaders and workers to sink their differences and make efforts to strengthen the SAD in the state.

Strengthen ‘dhadi’ art: Badal
Badrukhan (Sangrur), November 11
As part of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a “dhadi darbar” was organised here today by Punjabi University, Patiala. Mr Natha Singh Dalam, Public Relations Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the “darbar”, while Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, was the chief guest.

CARE being misused: SSP
Bathinda, November 11
Certain women have taken undue advantage of a scheme called CARE aimed to solve family and matrimonial disputes, according to Dr Jatinder Jain, SSP. Of the 389 complaints received at CARE centres in 2000 as many 97 were filed. During 2000, out of 389 complaints compromise was reached in as many as 223 cases and six cases were registered.

Detention of MLA criticised
Jalandhar, November 11
The detention of the Adampur Congress MLA, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, has been widely criticised here. The MLA was detained yesterday by the police as a “precautionary measure”. The Congress leaders, Mr Bhupinder Saini, Ms Santosh and Ms Vidwant Kaur, held a protest dharna at Adampur Chowk in Bhogpur, near the venue of the CM’s “sangat darshan” programme. They dubbed the arrest of Mr Lalli as an attack on democracy.

Freedom fighters allege harassment
Amritsar, November 11
Members of the district freedom fighters council alleged during an executive body meeting here today that railway and roadways staff misbehaved with them whenever they went to their offices.

Medical camp
Amloh, November 11
As many as 280 patients were checked up by a team of doctors of Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, at Machhrai Kalan village, 3 km from here, yesterday.


BKU (E) to stage dharna on Nov 21
Bathinda, November 11
Activists of the BKU (E) will sit on dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner on November 21 to press for acceptance of their demands. The decision was taken at a meeting held in Bhundar village yesterday, in which leaders of the district unit participated. The meeting was a part of a campaign launched by the union after the release of its district president Jhanda Singh Jethuke from the local central jail. The BKU leader has been holding meetings with union activists at various villages since then.

Hoarding shoots up potato prices
Jalandhar, November 11
The potato prices have almost doubled in Punjab and its adjoining areas during the past one week. If 1 kg of potato was available between Rs 5 and Rs 6 in the retail market about a week ago, the same was available between Rs 10 and Rs 12 and at Chandigarh at Rs 14.



Truck carrying substandard seeds seized
Gurdaspur, November 11
The Batala police with the help of officials of the Agricultural Department seized a truck at Batala loaded carrying 160 bags of substandard seeds. The seeds belonged to Jathedar Seed Store, Sabzi Mandi, Amritsar, and was to be unloaded at Kahlon Pesticides, Batala. However, the owner of Kahlon Pesticides, Batala, has denied it. The bags bore mark of Ladowal Seed Farm, Ludhiana.


PAU runs on whims or rules?
Ludhiana, November 11
Is Punjab Agricultural University being run on the whims and fancies of the authorities or the rules? The answer seems to be the former if the decision of the appointment of the new Comptroller is any indication.


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