Friday, May 11, 2001,
 Chandigarh, India




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‘Sangat darshan’ in cities unnerves Congress
The “sangat darshan” programme introduced by Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, at the start of his five-year term to keep in touch with the constituents at the grassroots level was earlier confined to rural Punjab. Now urban areas are also being covered.

Tohra ‘got’ Nirankari issue hushed up
Bathinda, May 10
The Punjab Science and Technology Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, today said former SGPC president, Gurcharan Singh Tohra managed to get the matter hushed up relating to his (Mr Tohra) visit to the Nirankari Mission, Patiala, during the last Lok Sabha elections by using his “influence”.

Sikh conclave put off
Amritsar, May 10
The crucial Sikh conclave, convened by Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, on May 12 has been postponed. The meeting was convened by the Jathedar at Akal Takht to discuss ways and means to observe ghallughara day on June 6. However, the meeting seems to have been postponed indefinitely to avoid any controversy related to the death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

Beard trimming case: panel dissolved
Sangrur, May 10
Annoyed with the behaviour of residents of Mangwal village towards the three members of the fact-finding committee formed to probe the trimming of beard of a Sikh, Baba Tek Singh Dhanaula, president of the seven-member fact-finding committee, announced the dissolution of the committee at Gurdwara Nankiana Sahib near here today. The remaining four members did not turn up for the meeting.

PSEB to lease out Jalkheri project
Patiala, May 10
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has started the process of leasing out the straw-base 10 MW Rs 42 crore Jalkheri power plant after having shortlisted two private parties following floating of tenders in this regard.






No concern for aged prisoners
Chandigarh, May 10
Prisons in Punjab do not accord recognition to senior citizens. While senior citizens above the age of 65 are entitled to special concessions, in the state, they are treated on a par with other prisoners and undertrials in the states jails.


Tohra: UT transfer to be party’s poll plank
Jalandhar, May 10
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has declared that the transfer of Punjabi-speaking areas and Chandigarh to Punjab, water-sharing disputes with Haryana and the decentralisation of power would be the main planks of the party during the coming Assembly elections.


Order to register case in ‘encounter’ death
Chandigarh, May 10
Nearly nine years after a branch manager of a bank was allegedly killed in a “stage-managed encounter”, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Nawanshahr Station House Officer to register a case. The Judge also ordered the state of Punjab to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased.

Land case: HC asks DC to file affidavit
Bathinda, May 10
Mr Narinder Kumar Garg, a lawyer, who has filed a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the removal of encroachments in Subash Park, including milk bar, said the municipal council authorities never claimed the ownership of disputed land.

Rs 2.5 lakh grant for Chair
Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana), May 10
A galaxy of scholars attending the two-day international seminar on “Namdhari Movement: History, Literature and Contribution” were of the view that the contribution of the Namdharis should be projected at the global level.

Bibi’s PA to be quizzed
Amritsar, May 10
The seven-member committee of the SGPC will question Mr Harjit Singh, personal assistant of Bibi Jagir Kaur on the alleged misuse of official authority.

150-year-old building demolished
Amritsar, May 10
The 150-year-old fort-like tehsil building, built during the British regime, was bulldozed yesterday, which led to wide spread protest among heritage lovers.

NRI cell set up in Sangrur
Sangrur, May 10
A district-level Punjabi Non-Resident Indian (NRI) cell has been set up in the office of the Deputy Commissioner here.

Minister orders fresh girdawari
Gurdaspur, May 10
Storm and squall that hit the district on May 7 has caused a lot of damage to livestock and property.

Brigadier Sukhdev Singh cremated
Patiala, May 10
Brig Sukhdev Singh (Retd) was cremated with full military honours here today. His son, Mr B.S. Kang, DIG (Retd), lit the funeral pyre. He is survived by three sons.

Imposter case: PCCTU intensifies stir
Ferozepore, May 10
Even though the administration has ordered independent inquiries by the SDM and the SPO (Headquarters), the controversy over a man posing as SP (Vigilance) fails to end with the PCCTU’s decision to further intensify its agitation.

Lawyers’ resolution on chambers
Patiala, May 10
The District Bar Association in a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Divisional Commissioner has pleaded that chambers for advocates should be constructed in a systematic manner before they were asked to vacate their present chambers.

Social worker killed in crash
Jalandhar, May 10
Nityananda Trihan, a social worker, who died in a helicopter crash near Sessa in Arunachal Pradesh and had gone to attend a function in connection with inauguration of an educational institute of the Art of Living Organisation, was a resident of the city.


Absentee staff suspended
Ropar, May 10
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, has suspended the absentee employees at government institutions and offices in the remote rural areas of the district.


Cassette company director booked
Bathinda, May 10
A case has been registered against Darshan Kumar, Director of Super Cassette Industries, which manufacture T-series audio cassettes, for allegedly violating the Copyright Act.

Two commit suicide
Bathinda, May 10
Jasvir Kaur, a resident of the local Dhobiana basti, and the mother of three children, committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets today.


MC closes entrance to school
Bathinda, May 10
The municipal council authorities today closed the entrance of the local MSD Senior Secondary Public School opened on municipal land which had created speculations about the intention of the school authorities.

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