Saturday, March 10, 2001,
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Normalcy a bliss for Panjwar family
Panjwar (Tarn Taran), March 9
The restoration of normalcy has not only come as a bliss to people but has marked the beginning of a ‘new’ life for the families of the surviving militants who have taken shelter in Pakistan.

Staff shortage hits storage operations
Bathinda, March 9
Even as the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation has increased its storage capacity manifold, the acute shortage of staff to handle foodgrain has been hampering storage operations.

Industrial units lack facilities
Mr R.C. Chopra and Mr Rakesh Gupta, President and General Secretary respectively, of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pathankot, have appealed to the Punjab Government to provide facilities to industrial units of Pathankot subdivision to make them viable.

Puran Singh unlikely to attend meeting
Amritsar, March 9
Despite Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, making a last- ditch effort to resolve the impasse on ‘Maryada’ (Sikh code of conduct), Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, Golden Temple, is unlikely to attend the joint meeting of Sikh High Priests and the SGPC executive proposed to be held on March 13 at Akal Takht.




Canadian Sikh rejoins Panth
Amritsar, March 9
A Canada-based Sikh, Giani Rattan Singh Girn, who was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth by the then Akal Takht Jathedar, Bhai Ranjit Singh, for violating the hukamnama (edict) on the “langar” (community kitchen) issue, rejoined the Sikh fold yesterday with Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Granthi, Akal Takht, performing “ardas”.


Holi spirit: cops act as spoilsport
Bathinda, March 9
Plans of youngsters to celebrate the festival of colours were foiled by the district police today and the youngsters were found looking for safer places to celebrate Holi with friends and peers.

Pak’s assurance on free passage to Sikh devotees
Amritsar, March 9
The International Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society in a statement has said the Pakistan authorities are ready to coordinate with its Indian counterpart to provide facilities to Sikh devotees to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on the Indo-Pak border. The gurdwara is nearly 2 km inside the Pakistan territory.

Poster war by Dal Khalsa
Amritsar, March 9
In an attempt to counter the propaganda of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS), the radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa has launched a “poster war”.

High Court
Conduct poll to civic body posts
Chandigarh, March 9
Directing the authorities to take steps to ensure free and peaceful conduct of elections to the posts of president and vice-president of the Samana Municipal Council, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court also asked them to provide security to candidates and voters. The elections are scheduled for March 12.

Book released
Patiala, March 9
A book The Rise of the East and the Sikh Ideology, written by Dr Swaraj Singh, was released by Dr Ajmer Singh, a surgeon, at a function held here today.

MLA slams move on Anandgarh
Kharar, March 9
Mr Ravi Inder Singh, former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and present MLA from Morinda, today criticised the issuance of notices under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act to 29 villages which would fall in the proposed Anandgarh township and declared that he would oppose the move by all means.

Substations to remain closed on March 14
Bathinda, March 9
The 132 KV sub-station, Abohar, 33 KV sub-station, Abohar, 33 KV sub-station, Amarpura, 33 KV sub-station, Seeto-Guno village, 33 KV sub-station, Khuian Sarvar, and 33 KV sub-station, Khui-Khera village, will remain closed on March 14, 2001, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to some construction work on the Muktsar-Abohar line.

Water, sewerage charges up
Bathinda, March 9
Residents of the city would have to pay more for drinking water and sewerage facilities as the municipal council (MC) has decided to increase the rates of these facilities in the proposals of its annual Budget which was passed on Wednesday.


Punjab steps to promote farming
Faridkot, March 9
The Punjab Government in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Delhi has launched a special programme to promote farming among unemployed youth in four Krishi Vigyan Kendras in Faridkot, Bathinda, Patiala, and Langdowa (Nawanshahr). 



6 held in flesh trade racket
Amritsar, March 9
A sex worker was rounded up by the police on Wednesday. She looks just like any teenager, only that she wears a little more make-up carries a mobile phone and sports jeans and T-shirt.

6 held in rape, murder case
Amritsar, March 9
A case of rape and murder of Baljit Kaur that happened on December 20, 1997, at Fatehpur village was solved with the arrest of six persons.

Undertrial escapes, 2 cops held
Jaitu (Faridkot), March 9
Charanjit Singh alias Charna, known as ‘mini Natwar Lal’ in this area, who has been in the Central Jail in Bathinda city for the past few months in connection with trail of criminal cases, escaped from police custody here on March 7.


Self-appraisal scheme goes
Patiala, March 9
Punjabi University has started the process of implementing a scheme envisaging evaluation of teachers by students even though it is only an optional recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC). It has decided not to continue with the self appraisal scheme for teachers started during the tenure of the previous Vice Chancellor despite the fact that the UGC has made it a mandatory part of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS).

Siddharath, youngest national debater
It is not easy to come out with flying colours or to add feathers to your cap with regularity in this highly competitive world. However, young Siddharath Sharma proved that things can go one’s way if one has the will power to do so. He has won four times in a row the first position in debate at the North-Zone Inter-University Youth Festival from 1997 to 2000. He has been winning laurels in academic, cultural, social at the state, national and international levels.

Misuse of Chair funds alleged
Amritsar, March 9
The Chairs established in the name of Dalit saints and scholars like Sant Ravi Das, Bhagat Kabir, Bhagat Namdev and Dr B. R. Ambedkar have come under severe criticism by Dalit organisations.


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