Thursday, January 18, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






Who should define the term “Sikh”?
CHANDIGARH, Jan 17 — Who is a Sikh? Is it the prerogative of the SGPC to decide and define the term or is the Minorities Commission of India to provide an answer, as indicated by Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, after a meeting of the Executive Committee in Ludhiana on Monday?

Groundwater table falling
Punjab agriculture faces new challenge
CHANDIGARH, Jan 17 — The depleting groundwater resources in various parts of Punjab is the new challenge staring the agrarian economy of the state right in the face.

He continued smuggling in jail too
BATHINDA, Jan 17 — “Old habits die hard”. This was proved true in the case of Gurcharan Singh, who is undergoing 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for smuggling of narcotics. He was caught smuggling redhanded by the police in the Central Jail, here, where he is lodged.

SP denies shielding Pinki 
LUDHIANA, Jan 17 — “Pinki may surrender if pressure on him is reduced, and ask certain officials of the Jalandhar police about his whereabouts’’. This was the startling reply made by the SP Moga, Mr Shiv Kumar, while deposing before a four-member panel of district police officials here today which was probing the Avtar Singh murder case and had summoned him for explaining his position over his alleged role in shielding the main accused, Gurmeet Singh Pinki, a former Punjab police cat.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Potato slush cleared, govt criticised
JALANDHAR, Jan 17 — Even as the municipal corporation had to press six fire tenders and scores of its officials into service to clear the potato slush on roads created by the dumping of hundreds of quintals of potatoes by agitated potato growers, the Punjab Congress has held the SAD-BJP combine responsible for the misery of the potato growers and other farmers during the past four years.


Cong leaders complain against Brar, Bhattal
CHANDIGARH, Jan 17 — The Congress does not want to give any conflicting signals to the people of Punjab in general and party workers in particular. No dissidence will be tolerated as all party workers have to fall in line.

Jain’s appointment annoys BJP 
MOGA, Jan 17 — The appointment of Mr Joginderpal Jain as the Improvement Trust Chairman for the fourth successive term has annoyed a section of the BJP rank and file that earlier hoped one of their leaders would replace him this time.

IYC: NDA govt anti-farmer 
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — Mr Randip Singh Surjewala, President, Indian Youth Congress said the Punjab and Haryana Chief Minister were committing a “fraud” with voters by not resolving the inter-state issues and said a nationwide struggle should be launched to oust the NDA government.


Vedanti, Puran Singh share stage
JHABAL (Amritsar), Jan 17 — They did not talk to each other. However, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, and Giani Puran Singh, Heal Granthi, Golden Temple, who are at loggerheads, today shared the stage in presence of Jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, SGPC chief, here to mark the Mai Bhago Jor Mela today.

Stolen petrol being sold in Abohar
ABOHAR, Jan 17 — The petrol stolen from the Kanda-Bathinda pipeline in Rajasthan was being sold to petrol station owners in this district also. This was revealed during an interrogation of the persons nabbed in this connection, sources said. A case was registered at Beawar police station under Sections 379, 511 and 120-B of the Indian Panel Code and Section 3 of the PDPP Act, 1994.

Sikhs urged to destroy RSS literature
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — The SGPC General Secretary, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, has appealed to the Sikhs to destroy the RSS literature in which Sikhism was ‘distorted’. In a press note issued by the SGPC here today, Bibi Kiranjot Kaur said any Sikh possessing such literature in which separate identity of the Sikhs was questioned, must part with it.

Gurbani recording stalled at Golden Temple
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today “sealed” the control room and stalled the ongoing recording of Gurbani midway at the Golden Temple. Dr Darshan Singh Harvinder, Director, North India Television Limited (NITL), alleged that the orders regarding the sealing were issued by the SGPC secretary, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan.

Novel way of promoting Punjabi language
PATIALA, Jan 17 — The Punjab Languages Department has strange ways for encouraging the Punjabi language. The department was forcing anyone keen to take the Punjabi prabodh examination to subscribe to two magazines brought out by it. The examination is mandatory for those who had not studied Punjabi but wanted to become eligible for state government jobs.

SHSAD criticises APC recommendation 
CHANDIGARH, Jan 17 — The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal has criticised the recommendation of the Agricultural Prices Commission to reduce the minimum support price of wheat for the next crop by Rs 60 per quintal.

Panic over ammonia gas leak
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — Panic prevails among residents of New Model Town, Chheharta, due to ammonia gas leakage from a factory of an Amritsar bottling company located at Chheharta. The leakage has been going on for the past three days, allege residents. The fire brigade and the SHO, Chheharta police station, was present at the site yesterday after complaints by the residents.

Lack of funds hits sewerage project
GURDASPUR, Jan 17 — The work on the sewerage in the city has virtually stopped due to the failure of the local municipal committee to contribute its share. Official sources said if the main sewerage of the GT road towards Batala is not completed at the earliest the entire money spent on laying the sewerage lines was likely to go down the drain.

Haryana preferred for vehicle registration
BATHINDA, Jan 17 — After liquor and petrol, now it is the turn of registration numbers of motor vehicles to flow from Haryana to Punjab. The disparity in the rates of registration fee of the motor vehicles being charged by both the states has led to the situation wherein a large number of owners of vehicles have been getting them registered in Haryana.

Govt urged to improve PR Dept
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 17 — Though keeping in mind the elections to various institutions like Zila Parishad, block samitis and even of the state Assembly, the government has started giving grants for development works in rural as well as urban areas and the Chief Minister has intensified the “sangat darshan” programmes, but all this is of no use if the achievements of the government are not properly conveyed to the people. The Public Relations Department has to be streamlined for this purpose. These views were expressed by various ruling party leaders of the BJP and the Akali Dal while addressing a seminar organised here today. 

‘Suvidha’ project launched
JALANDHAR, Jan 17 — “Suvidha”, a unique project aimed at the welfare of serving police personnel and their dependants by providing them latest medical treatment at concessional rates at different private hospitals, was formally launched at the Police Lines here yesterday.

My life under threat, claims Chief Engineer
BATHINDA, Jan 17 — The ongoing struggle between PSEB employees and the board authorities has taken a new turn, with the Chief Engineer, Bathinda circle, Mr N.S. Deol today stating that, “I perceive threat to my life from the agitating employees.”

30 villages adopted under anti-TB drive
FARIDKOT, Jan 17 — The District Elders Service Society here has adopted 30 villages in the surrounding area of Sadiq village, 15 km from here, in a special drive to eradicate tuberculosis, the treatment of which would be done free of cost.

Cremation ground renovated
PATHANKOT, Jan 17 — Shanti Ghat, a cremation ground at Saili, which had remained neglected for years by the administration, has been renovated and modified with the efforts of Mr Gurdev Singh, (40), who is running a factory in Punjab. Prior to this renovation and modification, there were no proper facilities for those who used to come here to attend cremation.

Gateman averts rail accident
KHANNA, Jan 17 — A major rail accident was averted today by the gateman of the level crossing at the local Lalheri road.

Gurdas Mann apologises
JALANDHAR, Jan 17 — Noted Punjabi folk singer Gurdas Mann today offered his apology to all those who felt that their sentiments had been hurt by the song sung by him during a stage performance held in Chandigarh recently.

Christians seek 5 Assembly seats
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — Mr Munawar Masih, state President of the Punjab Christian Front and member, Punjab State Services Selection Board, today alleged that some activists of the Shiv Sena tried to install an idol at religious place belonging to Christians at Dhariwal (Gurdaspur).

Freedom fighter Phoolan Rani dead
MOGA, Jan 17 — Freedom fighter Phoolan Rani, widow of veteran freedom fighter Madan Lal Gupta (Mudki wale), died at Faridkot early this morning. She was 85.

Badal announces holiday on Jan 29
MALERKOTLA, Jan 17 — Namdhari Sikhs, known as Kukas, are rightly called the “torch bearers of India’s freedom struggle”, Mr Parkash Singh Badal said this while addressing a gathering on Namdhari Kukas Martyrs Day celebration here today in the memory of 66 Kukas who were blown off with cannons in Malerkotla on January 17, 18, 1872, by the British Government.

PUDA auctions freehold plots
JALANDHAR, Jan 17 — An auction of 48 freehold residential plots, adjoining Sainik School Residences, was conducted at Civil Rest House in Kapurthala yesterday.

Reports on Barnala denied

Revenue patwaris stage dharnas
HOSHIARPUR, Jan 17 — On the call of the Revenue Patwar Union (Punjab) Revenue patwaris staged dharnas at all the tehsils headquarters in the district today to show their resentment against the callous attitude of the state government towards their long-pending demands. In a press note Mr Shiv Darshan Singh, spokesman of the union, said the state government had victimised the Revenue Patwaris to crush their agitation in June 1899.

Scribe’s death mourned
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — Dr H.S. Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, and Mr R. P. Sobti, Director, Public Relations, and the staff of the Public Relations Department of Guru Nanak Dev University have expressed sorrow on the death of Jagdish Singh Bansal, Chief Sub-editor, Punjabi Tribune.

Jitendra Prasada’s death mourned


Order on appointing BAMS docs 
AMRITSAR, Jan 17 — Mr N.K. Arora, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, has issued strict instructions to the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Amritsar, curtailing the complete review of all ad hoc appointments of ayurvedic doctors by the corporation.

Police to set up first-aid cells
BATHINDA, Jan 17 — The increasing number of casualities in accidents has compelled the district police to take some steps in this direction. The first being the setting up of first-aid cells.


Four arrested in cheating case
BATHINDA, Jan 17 — A group of four persons, who cheated people by telling them that their money would multiply, were arrested recently. The racket came to light when the district police arrested Rakesh Kumar and three of his accomplices, all residents of Sardulgarh in Mansa district.

Two Pak-trained militants held
BATALA, Jan 17 — The local police today claimed to have arrested two Pakistan trained militants, who were allegedly sent by Pakistan’s secret agency ISI to revive militancy in the border state of Punjab, district police chief Sukhdev Singh Brar said here.

Nishan Singh to be examined
PATIALA, Jan 17 — The CBI court here today directed the Central Jail, Patiala, authorities to get Nishan Singh, one of the accused in case of the death of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of Bibi Jagir Kaur, former chief of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, medically examined and also to submit the medical report in the court within three days.


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