Saturday, August 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Is SGPC a missionary body?
New Delhi, August 17
Is the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, a missionary organisation? That is how the Union Government categorises the SGPC. In simple terms it means that the employees of the SGPC cannot secure a passport for travel abroad as a right without the explicit clearance of the Union Home Ministry.

Panthic parties head for showdown with Centre
Holding of SGPC poll

Chandigarh, August 17
The SGPC and panthic organisations appear to be heading for a showdown with the Union Government on the issue of holding elections to the SGPC as per the existing provisions of the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925.

SMO, 6 docs being charge-sheeted
Found absent from duty
Amritsar, August 17
The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) and six medical officers at Khemkaran, who were allegedly found absent from duty during a surprise raid on various dispensaries falling in the border belt, are being charge-sheeted by the state government.

Money order, savings certificate scam
Chandigarh, August 17
The Department of Posts, Punjab Circle, has unearthed a money order, Kisan Vikas Patra and savings certificate scam involving lakhs of rupees. Most of those whose money has been siphoned off belonged to Darbhanga in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and Gorakhpur and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh and were usually migrant labourers working in Punjab, sources told The Tribune here today.



  Flood warning by dam authorities
Ludhiana, August 17
The authorities of the Ranjit Sagar Dam are issuing warning of floods owing to the rise in the level of water in the reservoir, but are not yet ready to start generation from all four units. The water level in the reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar dam has risen to 517.277 meters according to information available here today while the optimum level of the reservoir is 518 meters.

Chawla takes up rape victim’s case
Amritsar, August 17
Withstanding police brutality and repression, a rape victim and her husband continue their fight for justice even after seven years of their ordeal.


Cong meets aspirants for Assembly poll
Hoshiarpur, August 17
Mr Sanjay Pathak observer of the AICC for the district, has completed the first round of meetings with those seeking tickets of the party and their supporters for prospective candidates for the eight state Assembly segments of Hoshiarpur for the forthcoming elections in the state.

SAD, BJP district panels to be revived
Bathinda, August 17
Mr Arun Sood, State unit general secretary, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) said due to the inefficiency of the district-level coordination committees set up by the BJP and the SAD differences had emerged in the rank and file of the partners.

Beopar Mandals to contest elections
Ludhiana, August 17
In an apparent bid to divide the BJP votes in the urban areas two traders’ organisations, Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Punjab, and the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, have decided to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

People fed up with Akalis: Kataria
Bathinda, August 17
Former PPCC president Varinder Kataria claimed today that the SAD-BJP alliance had been leaving no stone unturned for survival as in apprehensing defeat in the coming assembly elections.


A park fallen on bad days
This town, once the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Nabha, has only one park, Maharaja Hira Singh Park, which is in bad shape. Although the population of the town has increased manifold since the setting up of the park in 1935, no new parks have been developed so far.

PRTC staff for abolition of transport policy
Patiala, August 17
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) workers union (AITUC) today demanded abolition of the state transport policy besides compensating the organisation for free transport facilities given to different sections of society.

Reply in MLA case on Sept 4
Sunam, August 17
On a application moved by Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) V.K. Gupta in the court of Mr S.K. Singla, Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate Ist Class, here with regard to withdrawal of the case registered against SAD MLA Manmohan Singh Sathiala at the Lehragaga police station, the complainant, Mr Ranjit Singh, a Punjab police constable, will file his reply through his counsel on September 4 in the court.

Vacant land gets fairyland look
Chandigarh, August 17
A public park at the community recreational centre in Malout has been completed by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

Market that chokes  the heart of city
Patiala, August 17
From the once Baba Toba Dhyiana to a sprawling tractor market, the market on the Bahera road in the city has come a long way. Once a depression that was lying unused, the tractor market is today an eye-sore responsible for clogging traffic in the area and causing unhygienic conditions as it is situated right next to the “ganda nala” meandering through the inner city.

Gas leak scare in Nabha
Patiala, August 17
A scare was created in Nabha township, near here following a gas leak in the Indian Oil Corporation’s LPG unit. However no loss to either life or property was reported.

Sugar mill workers call off stir
Budhlada (Mansa), August 17
Sugar mill workers, who have been agitating since June 1, called off their agitation today when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal visited Budhlada and announced that payment of their arrears amounting to Rs 3.4 crore would be paid to them.

Plastic surgeon honoured
Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab Government has honoured Dr Chanjiv Singh, a Jalandhar-based plastic surgeon, with a state award that includes a gold medal, a commendation certificate and Rs 11,000 cash.

Ban on loudspeakers
Amritsar, August 17
The District Magistrate, Mr Narinderjit Singh, in a written order today banned the use of noise pollutants like loudspeakers, late night orchestra.

50,000 cusecs of water released from barrage
Amritsar, August 17
About 50,000 cusecs of water was released from the Harike barrage which entered Pakistan after opening the gates of the Hussainwala head works in Ferozepore.

Undertrial dies of hepatitis-B
Hoshiarpur, August 17
An undertrial prisoner Puran, alias Raju, lodged in district jail here died due to hepatitis-B at the local civil hospital today.


Kisan Sabha demands Rs 600 MSP for paddy
Ropar, August 17
The Punjab Kisan Sabha in a letter faxed to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has urged him to announce the minimum support price of Rs 600 per quintal for the procurement of superfine variety of paddy.

Villagers await compensation
Bathinda, August 17
Though the state government had ordered that special girdawris be made to assess the damage caused to the cotton crops due to the rains but some of the villages are still waiting for their turn.


PSEB concessions to domestic, SC consumers
Patiala, August 17
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has given concessions to both domestic consumers and members of the Scheduled Castes in a major decision which is being seen as a sop on behalf of the state government in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Octroi staff to be adjusted elsewhere
Chandigarh, August 17
Dispelling fears among 4,300 employees engaged in octroi collection in 142 municipal committees in Punjab, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Minister for Local Bodies, said today that they would be adjusted elsewhere following the abolition of octroi in the coming days. “No such employee will be thrown out of his job”, Mr Tandon asserted.

New Addl MD of Sugarfed
Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab Government ordered the following postings and transfers today: Mrs Amrita Atwal becomes the new Chief Manager (Personnel), Markfed, in place of Mr Balwinder Singh, who has been posted as Additional Managing Director, Sugarfed.

Sanghera resumes office as MC chief
Barnala, August 17
Following a decision by Mr Justice J.S. Narang of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday Mrs Rajinderpal Kaur Sanghera today resumed her office as President at Barnala municipal council.


3 booked for duping LIC
Pathankot, August 17
Three persons were booked by the Nurpur police for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to dupe the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).

Minor Dalit girl raped
Dhuri, August 17
A 14-year-old Dalit girl has allegedly been raped and sodomised by a resident of Innabajwa village in Sherpur police station. The accused is at large.


Teachers’ shortage in upgraded schools
Bathinda, August 17
Keeping the Assembly elections in view, ministers of the state government and even the state Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, have started the “process” of the upgradation of government schools and at least 1,344 schools are to be upgraded in the current academic session.

40 pc schools without principals: Tota Singh
Patiala, August 17
As many as 40 per cent schools in Punjab are running without Principals and there is not much chance of the vacancies being filled up quickly with the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) not taking any action in the matter.

Varsity cell to deal with violence cases
Amritsar, August 17
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, has constituted a cell to deal with the cases of violence and sexual harassment on the campus, a university spokesman said here today.


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