Monday, May 14, 2001,  Chandigarh, India




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Group declares Didar Singh WSC chief
Amritsar, May 13
The controversy over the World Sikh Council has turned murkier as the parallel group has declared Mr Didar Singh Bains, the richest Sikh farmer in the world (based in America) as its President.

CM leaves it to Bhindranwale’s kin
Amritsar, May 13
Answering questions about the martyrdom status of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, the SAD Chief and Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today it was for Sant Bhindranwale’s family or the Damdami Taksal to decide. 

‘Sangat darshan unconstitutional’
Bathinda, May 13
The human rights wing of the All-India Congress Committee today said the “sangat darshan” programmes started by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, were unconstitutional and they would go to the court to put a check on this.

Punjab’s Web sites for misinformation
Chandigarh, May 13
*Mr Parkash Singh Majitha is the Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister of Punjab. *Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha and Mr Barjinder Singh Hamdard are members of the Rajya Sabha. * Mr Sube Singh is a DGP and Mr K.K. Sharma is an Additional DGP in Punjab.
These startling, though misleading, pieces of information can be downloaded from the Punjab Government’s official telephone directory on the home page of the National Informatics Centre’s website (




EVMs can be fudged, Capt Amarinder
Patiala, May 13
The fact that Electronic Voting Machines can be tampered with has now become clear, asserted Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

College Director booked for scam
Jalandhar, May 13
The functioning of the Punjab Women Welfare College, a Hoshiarpur-based private institute, has come under a cloud following the unearthing of a scam involving embezzlement of lakhs of rupees under different grants by the college management in the name of Nehru Rozgar Yojna.


Poster campaign against minister
Amritsar, May 13
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who was on a whirlwind tour of the Amritsar constituency starting from the north constituency of Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, Minister of Health, was “greeted” by thousands of posters pasted on walls, premises and commercial establishments of the north constituency against three agents of Dr Chawla.

‘Avoid consuming exposed eatables’
Phagwara, May 13
Shopkeepers and rehriwallahs have been told to use clean utensils and water, according to Dr Buta Ram Gill, SMO, Civil Hospital, Phagwara here yesterday. People have also been cautioned not to eat exposed stuff, said a press note.

Programme on Sher-e-Punjab on May 16
Amritsar, May 13
As part of the year-long celebrations of bi-centenary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s coronation Mr Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate “light and sound” programme on “Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh” at Ram Bagh garden here on May 16 evening. 

Baradari Gardens get major facelift
Patiala, May 13
The historic Baradari Gardens, which have received a recent facelift with the installation of a fountain and walking paths with piped music, are in for more development with the district administration deciding to cover all kutcha roads in it with red stone, besides establishing toilets, joy rides and an open air theatre.

60 cases settled
Pathankot, May 13
Under the guidance of Mr M.R. Batra, District and Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur, four lok adalats were organised in the Court Complex Gurdaspur yesterday.

Freedom fighter cremated
Pathankot, May 13
Rana Chhaju Ram, 87, a Congress leader and a freedom fighter, died here last night. He was cremated today at Dheera village. 


Shortage of bags hits procurement
Moga, May 13
Acute shortage of gunny bags at the wheat purchase centres in the district for the past several days has hampered the procurement of wheat. Traders and farmers told reporters here yesterday that due to an acute shortage of gunny bags, almost all representatives of government procurement agencies had asked the traders as well as farmers to bring their own gunny bags if they wanted to get their produce procured.


Doctor held for taking bribe
Jalandhar, May 13
Tarsem Singh, a constable with the CRPF, who had come to meet his parents in a village near Nakodar and got his both arms fractured in a road accident in April had to pay a bribe of Rs 1,500 to a doctor of the hospital for getting a medical certificate which would help him get his medical bills reimbursed. The doctor, who

NRI plots to kill wife’s ex-husband
Kapurthala, May 13
The district police has succeeded in thwarting a conspiracy hatched by a non-resident Indian to kill the former husband of his wife, with the arrest of two hired killers.

Wife, daughter killed over money dispute
Ludhiana, May 13
Bickering within a family took a turn for the worse when an agitated farmer killed his wife and young daughter by hitting them repeatedly with an iron rod at Burj Latana village, 3 km’s from the Halwara air base this afternoon.

2 suicides in Jalandhar
Jalandhar, May 13
Two persons committed suicide by consuming pesticides here today. Manjider Singh (22), a resident of local Rattan Nagar, consumed celphos tablets at his residence. He was admitted to the local civil hospital, where he died in the afternoon, the police said.


Move to sort out college problems
Chandigarh, May 13
In what might lead to a greater streamlining of the functioning of various affiliated colleges of Panjab University, some important decisions are likely to be taken at the second meeting of a high-powered committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor to sort out problems of these colleges. 

Vardhman holds embroidery contest
Hoshiarpur, May 13
To revive the dying traditional art of embroidery, Zoom Media Vision Chandigarh has organised an All India Vardhman Magika Embroidery Contest. In a press release here yesterday Mr Naresh Goswami, Director of the Zoom Media Vision said that learning the skill of embroidery became an asset as it provided employment to craftsmen and this art has to be preserved. 


3 food parks to be set up in Punjab
Moga, May 13
The Punjab Agro Industries Corporation will soon established three food parks in the state for the benefit of farmers engaged in vegetables and horticulture production. These parks will have storage facilities for export purposes.Top

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