Wednesday, January 17, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Talwandi’s volte face on Sikh definition
LUDHIANA, Jan 16 — After drawing flak from various Sikh religious and political organisations for his declaration that the issue of defining a Sikh had been referred to the Minority Commission of India, the SGPC chief Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi today went back on the issue claiming that he had been misinterpreted and misunderstood on the subject.

Drugs: Badal’s silence baffling
CHANDIGARH, Jan 16 — The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s silence over the drug issue, raised by the Sikh head priests, has baffled all concerned. Without mincing words, the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, and the Jathedar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Prof Manjit Singh, have held the SAD-BJP government and its official machinery responsible for “spreading the drug menace” in the state.

Khalra case: Human Rights Panel to move HC
CHANDIGARH, Jan 16  — The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has decided to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the enforcement of its recommendations of compensating two ex-militants and a human rights activist as the directions were defied by the state government.

Dreams of Badal and worries of Punjab
CHANDIGARH: An exercise in contemplation and reflection, as the modern means of “political meditation”, seems to be the in-thing.  Apparently inspired by US President by Clinton’s regular retreats, away from his official timetable, Mr Vajpayee followed suit. His musings from Kollam on controversial topics like Ayodhya, charting a new line for Kashmir and expressing a commitment to economic reforms constitute a pioneering effort in the Indian context. 




Power on urban pattern for 3,000 more villages 
PATIALA, Jan 16 — About 3,000 more villages are likely to get uninterrupted power supply before the onset of monsoon under a rural electrification scheme which envisages providing electricity on the urban pattern to all villages in the State within the next three years .

SC list: Badal for PM’s intervention
NEW DELHI, Jan 16 — Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and sought his intervention for the declaration of Ramdasia, Ravidasia and Mazhbi Sikhs as Scheduled Castes.

Speaker adjourns case on  disqualification
CHANDIGARH, Jan 16 — The Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today adjourned the case pertaining to the disqualification of 11 MLAs of the Shiromani Akali Dal to March 31.


Cong threatens to expel Jagmeet loyalist
PATIALA, Jan 16 — The Patiala District Congress Rural President, Mr Hardial Singh, today urged the suspended Congress leader, Mr Harinderpal Singh Mann, to reply to the show cause notice given to him till January 25 failing which further action would be taken against him.

Sink differences, say Cong leaders
FARIDKOT, Jan 16 — The District Congress Committee here has sought the intervention of the AICC President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to sink the differences, if any, among the Punjab Senior Congress leaders. Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr S. K. Gupta, DCC President, said similar views were expressed by many leaders of the party at a meeting held at the residence of Mr Harcharan Singh Hero, former PPCC president, at Makhu yesterday.

Ravi Inder blames Badal for Punjab’s ills
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his government has crossed all limits collecting money by unfair means. He has established rule of his family in the state. Mr Ravi Inder Singh rebel Akali leader and MLA while talking to The Tribune here alleged that Mr Badal had misused power to the extreme for filling the coffers of his family forgetting people of the state.

YC to ‘teach lesson’ to corrupt officials 
PATTI, Jan 16 — Without naming Bhai Ranjit Singh and Giani Puran Singh who incidentally belong to Amritsar district, the All-India Youth Congress on today alleged that the ruling SGPC had removed two Sikh high priests due to their links with the ‘Majha region’. The Indian Youth Congress leaders alleged that “Majha” was being discriminated against on all fronts.


10,000 awaiting old-age pension
GURDASPUR, Jan 16 — More than 10,000 persons whose records have been verified are still awaiting old-age pensions. According to sources, about 37,000 persons under the old-age pension scheme have been given pension during the current financial year.

He built education complex from scratch
NAWANSHAHR: The foundation of the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan village in Nawanshahr district, set up for the welfare of mankind appears to be nothing short of a miracle. To conceive and materialise such a gigantic project is the result of years of long relentless toil, devotion and planning of a far-sighted personality like Budh Singh Dhahan. Popularly known as Babaji, he single-handedly has been mobilising philanthropists both here and abroad for more than two decades. The trust runs a 250-bed hospital with 10 specialities, a nursing school and college, a secondary school and a deaddiction centre.

Police raj in Punjab: Tohra 
SAMANA, Jan 16 — A rally was organised by the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal at Doger bazaar here today. Addressing the gathering, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president of the party, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who failed to fulfil promises made to people had started using police cats to harass the opponents.

AIDS workshop organised 
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — A workshop on the spread and prevention of AIDS was organised at the Teachers Home here today. As many as 125 school heads of the district participated in the programme which was organised by the District AIDS Control Organisation.

Four killed in incidents
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — As many as four persons have died in various incidents in the district during the past 24 hours.

Protest against Gurdas Mann song
JALANDHAR, Jan 16 — Hindu activists today held a protest march in the city against alleged denigration of Hindu deities in a Punjabi song sung by noted folk singer Gurdas Mann. The song was telecast by Punjabi satellite channel Alfa on the occasion of Lohri festival a few days ago.

Stone of development project laid
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 16 — The Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr Swarna Ram, yesterday laid the foundation stone of a development project at Happowal village, about 15 km from here. Under the project, streets and drains of the village would be constructed at a cost of about Rs 5 lakh.

Canal breach floods 100 acres
BATHINDA, Jan 16 — Nearly 100 acres of land was flooded due to a breach in Tiona minor of Kotli Sabo village of Sangat block on January 14 mid night.

Book on Nawab Sadruddin
MALERKOTLA, Jan 16 — Major Balwant Singh, former minister of erstwhile Malerkotla state, has successfully published a book relating to the 500-year history of the ruling family of late Nawab Sheikh Sadruddin Sadar-e-Jahan (1449 to 1948) with the cooperation of Punjabi University, Patiala.

AIFUCTO to meet in Hyderabad
JALANDHAR, Jan 16 — The national executive council of the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation will meet in Hyderabad on January 29 and 30 to chalk out an action plan to get the agreements made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development more than two years ago implemented.


GND varsity to host Maths conference
AMRITSAR, Jan 16 — Guru Nanak Dev University will host the first international conference on “Industrial and Applied Mathematics in the Indian subcontinent” being organised by its Mathematics Department from January 22 to 25 at the university’s Guru Nanak Bhavan auditorium.

FEAR demands jurisdictional reorganisation
PATIALA, Jan 16 — The Forum for Educational Action and Reform (FEAR) said Panjab University, Chandigarh, should be developed as a centre for excellence as envisaged earlier and the colleges of Punjab should be divided between the Punjabi University and the Guru Nanak Dev University with the Beas river acting as the dividing line .


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