Tuesday, August 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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SGPC, SAD on collision course
Ludhiana, August 13
There appears to be a dichotomy of opinion between the leadership of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) on the issue of voting rights of the Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections. 

Panel to take up SGPC poll issue with ministry
Chandigarh, August 13
The Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Election Commission, in response to a communication from the SGPC, has replied that it will take up the matter in respect of the ambiguity in the definition of the term “Sikh”, directly with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Human rights bodies oppose amnesty
Chandigarh, August 13
Various Human Rights organisations of Punjab strongly opposed the demand for general amnesty to those decorated police officials who are facing charges of murder, fake encounters, causing disappearance, rape, illegal detention, molestation and abduction during militancy days.

Cops put off move to return medals
Chandigarh, August 13
On an appeal by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, police officers have postponed their decision to return the President’s Gallantry Medals on August 15.

Acts do not give immunity to police
Kashmir cops may also face music the Punjab way
Chandigarh, August 13
Despite the Agra summit, Acts (the Disturbed Area Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act), shifting political cross hair and actions by several agencies and security forces, bullets and blood continue to add a new chapter to the sordid story of Kashmiris each passing day.




Fertiliser scam: govt issues new instructions
Patiala, August 13
The government has issued strict instructions to Agriculture Department officials to verify consumption of phosphatic and potassium fertilisers consumed in their districts within a month or face disciplinary action.

50,000 compensation for rape victim
Chandigarh, August 13
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the Punjab Government to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to a victim whose leg was chopped off by two persons after they were convicted for raping her.


BSP will form govt in Punjab: Kanshi
Phagwara, August 13
Though Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Kanshi Ram continues to project Mr Ravi Inder Singh, leader of the Panthic Morcha, as the next Chief Minister of Punjab, he is in no mood to oblige the newly floated morcha of the radical Akalis either by joining it or by having any poll pact with it.

Statewide stir against corruption
Moga, August 13
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab Unit) and Congress committee and other opposition parties today decided to launch a statewide stir against the alleged corrupt policies of the government and officials of various departments.


Rail station to get facelift
The Chakki Bank railway station will be expanded and developed into a modern railway station under the model railway station scheme mooted by the Railway Board. The railway station will have all modern facilities including a computerised enquiry counter, electronic time-table for trains, reservation charts, cloak-room, refreshment hall and resting points.

Havildar Lakhwinder Singh cremated
Gurdaspur, August 13
The body of Havildar Lakhwinder Singh of 16 Rashtriya Rifles who laid down his life on Satuday at Surajkot in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, while fighting terrorists was consigned to flames with full military honours at his native village Bhule Chak, about 4 km from here today. The pyre was lit by Manpreet Singh (8), the eldest son of Lakhwinder Singh.

Sarpanch demands transfer of SHO
Mansa, August 13
The Sarpanch of Nangal Kalan village in the district has demanded immediate transfer of Mr Hardevinder Singh, Station House Officer, sadar police station, Mansa.

Cremated first, identified later
Abohar, August 13
The body of Seema Rani who had been reported missing since August 5 was found near Sirsa on August 7. The body had been cremated there after declaring it unidentified.

Panel remembers Kiranjit
Barnala, August 13
The fourth death anniversary of Kiranjit Kaur, a college student who was kidnapped, gangraped and later killed four years ago, was organised at the Grain Market complex at Mahal Kalan village about 20 km from here, yesterday by the Kiranjit Kidnapping, Rape and Murder Action Committee.

2 cops suspended for misbehaving with scribe
Amritsar, August 13
Sub-Inspector Davinder Singh Sandhu, SHO, Ram Bagh, was transferred to Police Lines while two Constables Balvinder Singh and Lakhwinder Singh were suspended by the SSP on the charges of misbehaving with a senior journalist here yesterday. 

Burning of holy book: bandh observed
Muktsar, August 13
A complete bandh was observed in the town by the residents and traders in protest against the burning of a religious book by a woman who had been running a “dera” in the town, in the recent past.

Police picks up sabha chief
Chandigarh, August 13
On a complaint filed by Ms Bubbly Brar, daughter of Punjab’s former Chief Minister H.S. Brar, CIA staff of the Patiala police today picked up Mr Naresh Mittal, president of Aggarwal Sabha, Panchkula, in a land deal case.

CM’s promise on Shahpur Kandi project
Bathinda, August 13
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday said the state government had made arrangements of Rs 250 crore for executing the Shahpur Kandi project in four years.


Gumtala allowed use of Mayor’s vehicles
Amritsar, August 13
Bowing to pressure from Deputy Mayor Lakha Singh Gumtala, the Municipal Commissioner, Mr B.R. Banga, today permitted that he be given transport facilities after the former threatened to stage a dharna in front of the kotwali here today.

Govt keen on abolishing octroi: Tandon
Kharar, August 13
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Minister for Local Self Government, has declared that the Punjab Government is keen on abolishing the octroi in Punjab provided the business community comes forward and declare the alternate source of income for local self government in Punjab in lieu of octroi.

Closedown of 2 medical stores ordered
Mansa, August 13
On the directions of Mr Anurag Agarwal, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Managing Director, Punjab Health System Corporation, Dr S.S. Sharma, the local Civil Surgeon has issued orders to “managers” of two Red Cross medical stores, functioning in the civil hospital here, to close down stores.


1 killed, 2 hurt in collision between buses
Tarn Taran, August 13
One person was killed and two were injured today when a Punjab Roadways collided with another bus parked on the road at the Goindwal bypass here. According to information Ram Murti of Pathankot died on the spot. 


Villagers rebuild govt school buildings
Gohavar (Jalandhar), August 13
It is not with the help of any government department or NGO, that two government school buildings have been transformed here. It has been possible only with the efforts of villagers.

A dream come true for village
He had never thought even in his wildest dreams that he would be elected a Member of Parliament, but Mr Zora Singh Maan was keen to get a school established in or around his village, Suhelewala, 12 km away from here, on the Abohar-Ferozepore road.

MA (Sanskrit) course in English medium!
Bathinda, August 13
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, who was here yesterday in connection with the inauguration of the College of Education in an interview with this correspondent said admission to the Master of Computer Applications course were going on unabated and alleged that the All-India Council of Technical Education was overstepping its powers.

NIFD students display talent
Bathinda, August 13
The exhibition organised by students of the local National Institute of Fashion Designing here attracted a large number of people during the past two days. ‘Impressive’ was the word used by most of the visitors to describe the work of 35 students on display.

Teachers criticise Dean Academics
Patiala, August 13
The Punjabi University Teachers Association accused the Dean Academic Affairs, Mr Kuldeep Singh Dhir, of being inefficient, and partial, here today. It sought that his term should not be extended.Top


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