Thursday, May 31, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Bhindranwale is dead, records show
Ludhiana, May 30
Insistence by certain radical Sikh organisations like the Damdami Taksal, disputing the claims on the death of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale during the Operation Bluestar in June 1984 notwithstanding records at Gurdwara Patalpuri, Sri Kiratpur Sahib, Ropar, show that the ashes of Bhindranwale were immersed in the Sutlej on June 14, 1984, along with a few of his followers and 200 other unidentified persons.

Radical forces may realign
Amritsar, May 30
The statement of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, a former self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force that he will join active politics after his case is cleared has created ripples in the militant rank and file.

Minor girl ‘abducted’ by Akali leader’s son
Chandigarh, May 30
A minor girl of Patti town near Tarn Taran sub-division of Amritsar district is alleged to have been abducted by a son of an influential person of the town. The relatives of the girl have alleged that the local police is shielding the accused and no steps are being initiated to trace her.

Badal settling scores with teachers: Umrao
Jalandhar, May 30
Veteran Congress leader and the Chairman of the state unit of the Human Rights Department of the party Umrao Singh has criticised the Punjabi University authorities for issuing showcause notices to its two teachers as a result of certain comments made by them on financial matters related to the state government in the recent past.





Govt officials collect funds for magic show
Bathinda, May 30
Even as magician Samrat Shankar is to perform for his inaugural show in city on June 1, it seems that it has started holding the officials of various departments of the state government, who have allegedly been asked to collect funds for the Red Cross under the garb of this show, spellbound.

Pbi varsity ‘punishes’, government ‘rewards’ economist
Patiala, May 30
While the Punjabi University has punished eminent economist Dr Suchha Singh Gill by serving him a show-cause notice for making a statement criticising the “sangat darshan” programme of the Shiromani Akali Dal-led government, the Punjab government has “rewarded” the economist after the publication of the article by appointing him as a non-official member of the Punjab State Planning Board.

Badal to meet Advani
Chandigarh, May 30
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said yesterday he again intended to take up the issue of the management of the Sikh shrines in Pakistan and also of 29 Punjabi youths detained in that country with the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee.


CPI launches anti-Mayor campaign
Amritsar, May 30
The District Council (Urban) of the CPI here today started a poster campaign against the Mayor and the municipal corporation for the “step-motherly” treatment meted out to those councillors who were not in alliance with the ruling SAD-BJP coalition. In the posters it was alleged that the Mayor was withholding development works in backward areas of the city.


Probe ordered into lathi charge
Sangrur, May 30
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has ordered the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner to hold a magisterial inquiry into the lathi charge on lawyers on May 18 when they were going to lay the foundation stone for the construction of chambers for lawyers in the newly-built judicial complex here.

Project to set up handloom centres in 57 villages
Bathinda, May 30
The central government has cleared a project for enabling women to become self-reliant by taking part in the production of various types of clothes through handlooms.

Doc told to check Khanpur victim
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the doctor-on-duty at the General Hospital, Sector 16 to examine medico-legally Netar Kaur, injured in the lathi charge by the police at Khanpur. The court also asked her to appear before the duty officer.

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Registrar of companies: HC notice to Punjab
Chandigarh, May 30
A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice of motion on a writ petition seeking direction to State of Punjab to appoint Registrar of Companies under Punjab non-Trading Companies Act, 1960 for September 10, next.

Janjua files case against newspapers
Chandigarh, May 29
Mr Vijay Kumar Janjua, a former Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib, has filed a criminal complaint against editors and reporters of Punjab Kesri, Jagbani and Ajit. Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former Punjab Minister, has also been arraigned as one of the accused in the complaint before the Judicial Magistrate.

Visa for visit to Pak shrines ‘denied’
Bathinda, May 30
Mr Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Rampura Phul, had alleged he was not given visa for Pakistan for a pilgrimage to the religious places situated in Pakistan by the officials concerned of the SGPC.

Amarnath pilgrims to be registered from June 10
Pathankot, May 30
Taking into account the recommendations of the Lt-Gen J.R. Mukherjee Committee, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, Jammu and Kashmir, has advised those desirous of undertaking the Amarnath yatra to first get themselves registered.

Bains does not represent Sikhs: WSC
Chandigarh, May 30
The World Sikh Council, America region, has reacted sharply to the election of Mr Didar Singh Bains as President of the council by a Chandigarh-based group. In a statement, Dr Tarlochan Singh, secretary, WSC, America region, said that Mr Bains does not represent the Sikhs even in the USA much less in India or elsewhere and had no qualifications to run the council.

Ayurvedic officers’ appointments criticised
Bathinda, May 30
The recent appointment of four ayurvedic medical officers under the handicapped category has been flayed by the Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association who alleged that the appointments were in violation of the Punjab Civil Services (III amendment) Rules — 2000.

40 wagons of hay flagged-off
Bathinda, May 30
A train loaded with wheat hay was despatched to Gujarat by the Deputy Commissioner here today.

Yoga classes at Baradari Gardens
Patiala, May 30
The Red Cross Society will organise yoga classes from June 1 at the Baradari Gardens here. Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, will inaugurate the classes.

Lawyers strike work
Bathinda, May 30
Members of the Bar Associations of Bathinda and Rampura Phul, today observed strike to express their solidarity with the lawyers of Sangrur district who have been demanding chambers.

FCI unions stage dharna
Sangrur, May 30
Members of nine organisations of workers and employees of the FCI, including the All-India FCI Workers Union, the FCI Staff Union, the FCI Class IV Employees Union and the Lal Jhanda FCI Workers and Palledars Union, staged a dharna in protest against the proposed disbanding of the FCI and in support of their demands in front of the office of the District Manager of the FCI here today.

Shabad Kirtan from Pak gurdwaras
Chandigarh, May 30
Lashkara Channel will telecast Shabad Kirtan from the historical gurdwaras in Pakistan, Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib. For the first time in the history of Indian television such an event is taking place. According to a spokesman of the channel, the telecast will commence from June 2 and will continue till June 16 from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

Dharna by dhobis enters 15th day
Pathankot, May 30
The dharna started by the local Dhobi Mahasabha against the construction of a hall entered the 15th day yesterday. Mr Rakesh Kanojia, state president of the mahasabha, has said the Dhobi Mahasabha will not allow the Pathankot Municipal Council to grab the land of the local dhobi ghat for commercial or any other purpose for the welfare of the community.

No Tobacco Day today
Phagwara, May 30
The Phagwara branch of the Indian Medical Association has mooted five points in connection with No Tobacco Day to be observed all over the world tomorrow.


Rs 1.79 cr relief for flood-hit farmers
Sangrur, May 30
Farmers of 20 villages of Moonak subdivision of the district whose standing crops were damaged due to floods in July, 1999 and July, 2000, will get compensation for their damaged crops soon as the state government has released the requisite funds for the purpose to the district administration.

Flood-control steps reviewed
Sangrur, May 30
A meeting of the District Flood Control Committee was held under the presidentship of Mr Sarvjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, yesterday.

Area under paddy to be reduced
Bathinda, May 30
The area under paddy will be reduced and that under cotton increased in the current season. This was announced by Dr Gurdial Singh Khera Joint Director (Agriculture), here yesterday.

Farmers’ protest over bank notice
Bathinda, May 30
Activists of the Punjab Khet Majdoor Union led by Mr Lachman Singh Sewewala, general secretary, staged a dharna at the Bhuchu Mandi branch of the Oriental Bank of Commerce today.


Financial crunch hits aviation programmes
Ludhiana, May 30
The holding up of a budget of Rs 1 crore for the State Civil Aviation Ministry by the State Finance Ministry is adversely affecting aviation programmes as aspiring pilots have to pay heavy fees for training. This was stated by the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Raja Narinder Singh, who was here to attend a valedictory function.

Assess land rate for rail link, DC told
Abohar, May 30
Hopes of a rail link to be laid between Fazilka and Abohar have been revived following a letter from the Deputy Chief Engineer (Construction) of the Northern Railway requesting the Deputy Commissioner to assess rates of the land to be acquired for the project. Two days time has been given to the field revenue staff to submit the report, sources said.

Union Minister visits Ranjit Sagar Dam
Chandigarh, May 30
The Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Ms Bijoya Chakravarty, yesterday visited the Ranjit Sagar Dam and had an aerial view of the Shahpurkandi barrage.

Dr Kulbir Singh
Chandigarh, May 30
Dr Kulbir Singh was promoted and appointed Joint Director, Horticulture, by the Punjab Government here today.

MC officer shifted
Jalandhar, May 30
The Local Bodies Department today transferred Mr H.S. Bhullar, Additional Divisional Fire Officer of the local municipal corporation, to the Patiala fire brigade department.


Gang of truck thieves busted
Tarn Taran, May 30
With the arrest of four persons, the district police claims to have busted a gang of truck thieves. Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, stated in a press note here yesterday that the arrested gang members had been identified as Piara Singh of Mannan, Sarabjit Singh alias Babbu, Sukhwinder Singh alias Sonu, both residents of Bhoma village. Ranjit Singh Rana, one of the accomplices, escaped under the cover of darkness. A case under Section 401 of the IPC has been registered.

Body of missing girl found
Fazilka, May 30
The body of Vibha, a 12-year-old girl who was missing since May 12, was found yesterday from a ditch on the premises of the local Government Senior Secondary School for Boys. Vibha’s mother, Laxmi Paswan, is a migrant labourer belonging to Darbhanga district of Bihar and she has been working as a domestic servant with Surinder Kumar Ahuja, a businessman of the town.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Barnala, May 30
Proclaimed offender Surinder Singh, who had been absconding and had succeeded in slipping away from the custody of the Chandigarh police on April 4, was arrested by the ASI, in charge of police post at Gehlan village.

Tantrik held for duping people
Pathankot, May 30
The city police arrested a tantrik, Habib, a resident of Bulandshahr, UP, for allegedly charging huge sums from people for giving them magic potions.


Scope of PMET widened 
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab Government has widened the scope of the Punjab Medical Entrance Test by adding certain courses in the list for admission on its basis. The PMET will be conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Design course a big draw
A four-year course for women — bachelor of design — has evoked a tremendous response here. BBK DAV College for Women which started the course two years ago has more than 100 students on its rolls.

Sorry state of primary education
Gurdaspur, May 30
The primary education system is in a state of utter mess in the district. More than 475 schools are without teachers. There are about 500 vacancies of JBT teachers, 325 head teachers, 65 centre head teachers and eight Block Primary Education officers.

WSIC flays PUTA leaders for row
Patiala, May 30
The United Teachers Front and the World Sikh Intellectual Council today criticised the Punjabi University Teachers Association leaders for creating disharmony even as the Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab, took a serious note of the show-cause notice issued to some university leaders.

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