Thursday, August 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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UK jatha refuses kar seva

Finds SGPC resolution unacceptable
Amritsar, August 22
Even as Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (UK) which had carried out gold-plating of the Golden Temple has expressed its inability to accept the kar seva of gilding the dome and “palki” of Dera Baba Nanak, Sachkhand Guru Nanak Asthan (Gurdaspur), as per a resolution passed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the Canada-based Guru Nanak Shrine Fellowship has offered to construct a corridor across the Indo-Pak border so that pilgrims from India could visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) without passport.

Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak Sahib located in Gurdaspur district. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Pension scheme for private college teachers by month-end
Chandigarh, August 22
Having waited for more than 11 years, teachers of 4500-odd private aided colleges of the state will, by the end of this month, be entitled to receive pension and gratuity when they retire.

7 booked in Shagun scheme scam
Deputy Commissioner orders probe
Bathinda, August 22
The police has registered cases against seven persons of Raiya village of the district for their alleged involvement in drawing money from the government exchequer under the shagun scheme. The case have been registered under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 470, 471 and 120-B, IPC. Two of the accused namely Gurcharan Singh, alias Charna Singh, a panchayat member, and Nahar Singh have been arrested.





Row over ration depot allotment
Bathinda, August 22
Even as the dust raised by the shagun scheme scam is yet to settle down, another controversy has erupted over the decision of the state Food and Supplies Department authorities to hold fresh interviews of the applicants for allotment of ration depots (fair price shops) in the city.

Punjab silent on basmati issue
Chandigarh, August 22
While a heated debate has been going on in Parliament for the past two days over the basmati issue, Punjab, which gave this variety of rice to the world, remains indifferent to the issue.

DTO questioned for graft
Sangrur, August 22
Officials of the Vigilance Bureau here today rounded up Deepak Raj Garg, District Transport Officer, Sangrur, and arrested his driver, Baldev Singh, a havildar, and Happy, in a corruption case. The DTO was, however, allowed to go home this evening by the Vigilance authorities.

FCI to set up panel on transit losses
Bathinda, August 22
In an important decision, the Food Corporation of India has decided to constitute a committee to evaluate factors responsible for storage and transit losses and complaints regarding the quality of foodgrains. The committee will make recommendations on these issues on the basis of which new norms and parameters for the same would be laid down.


Ads about Badal misleading: Khiala
Bathinda, August 22
Mr Baldev Singh Khiala, MLA and rebel Akali leader, said yesterday that advertisements that appeared recently in newspapers, portraying Mr Parkash Singh Badal as the best Chief Minister Punjab had ever were misleading.

DCC appointments ‘not valid’
Chandigarh, August 22
Capt Amarinder Singh President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has taken a serious view of the list of office-bearers of the district unit announced by the District Congress Committee, Muktsar.

Akalis, Congress to ‘blame for waters muddle’
Chandigarh, August 22
Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta and Mr Maheshinder Singh Grewal, former Punjab Ministers, today said that both the Akalis and the Congress were to blame for the river waters muddle. Merely apportioning blame to each other would not help.

Sheelam Sohi starts campaign
Dera Bassi, August 22
Accepting the requests of the public and Congress workers to lead them, Ms Sheelam Sohi, wife of late Ravinder Singh Sohi, a former Zila Parishad Chairman, today addressed six rallies in the subdivision.


Officials ‘pocketing’ damages
Kapurthala, August 22
Six prominent CPI leaders of the state have demanded a CBI probe into the recent disbursement of compensation among the farmers for the distress sale of the paddy. The Punjab Government has given more than Rs 3 crore for distribution as compensation among the farmers whose paddy had been purchased below the fixed price in the district.

Shift bones disposal site: residents
Bathinda, August 22
Residents of Badal road here have demanded that the site for disposing of bones of dead animals be shifted to another site as it had a bad effect on environment. Mr Rajinder Singh, former senior vice-president of the municipal council, in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner has alleged that four years ago Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal had announced that the same would be shifted to Bhagu.

Ancient structures in decay 

A number of ancient structure, under the control of the Wakf Board, are in a state of extreme neglect. These octagonal structures, believed to have been built during the Mughal period, are fast becoming heaps of rubble.

‘Guard’ farmers against WTO challenges
Mansa, August 22
A senior leader and chief whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, said today that the Central Government should present its case solidly in the next meet of the WTO to be held in Doha lest it should expect another failure like the Agra summit. He said the government should take steps to strengthen the economic condition of farmers.

An ancient octagonal structure near Morinda.
An ancient octagonal structure near Morinda. — Photo Devinder

Beant murder case: witness identifies accused
Chandigarh, August 22
The main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh, were today identified by one of the witnesses in a makeshift court at the Model Burail Jail.

Polemics at sangat darshan
A sangat darshan programme fixed for Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Punjab’s Minister for Local Bodies, turned out to be a forum for political polemics, and the common residents did not get a chance to present their problems.

Power fluctuations damage gadgets
Patiala, August 22
Fluctuation in power has damaged electrical gadgets of residents of Old Bishen Nagar, with a number of refrigerators, television sets and cordless phones being rendered useless.


Health Dept appointments
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Department has decided to issue appointment letters to the eligible legal successors of those employees who died while doing official duty.


Gang of robbers busted, 2 held
Jalandhar, August 22
The police has busted a 15-member gang of robbers following the arrest of two its members. Arms and stolen vehicles, including a Tata Sumo, were recovered from their possession. With these arrests, a large number of robbery cases in Phillaur subdivision have been solved.

Drugs seized, shopkeeper held
Amritsar, August 22
A shopkeeper was arrested yesterday and over 1,000 capsules of proxywon and 2,000 tablets of lomotil were seized during a raid on his shop at Jethuwal village by a team led by the Civil Surgeon, Dr Ajaib Singh Sandhu.

Man kills infant daughter
Jalandhar, August 22
Driven by poverty and family circumstances, a man killed his three-month-old daughter and threw her body in a well at Kutbewal village yesterday. Joginder of Pratapara village, who had recently returned from Dubai, was going through mental tension. Unable to make both ends meet, he took up jobs like whitewashing. His parents allegedly threw him, his wife Kulbir Rani and their daughter Harvinder out of the house.


Toppers prove unfit  for scholarship
Patiala, August 22
One may be a merit holder in the state conducted Class-V examination, but still be able to secure only average scores of 25 per cent in mathematics, 25 per cent in science, 23 per cent in Hindi and, surprise of surprise, only 24 per cent in one’s mother tongue Punjabi.

Schools asked to get permits for vehicles by Aug 26
Amritsar, August 22
The Punjab Government has directed the district transport officers to impound all vehicles plying without a valid permit. The government would also penalise the owners of such vehicles as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Federation submits memo to Badal
Chandigarh, August 22
The Non-Teaching Employees Federation today submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in support of their demands. The memorandum stated that employees of four universities in Punjab and the Punjab School Education Board were getting pay and allowances on the pattern of employees of the Punjab Secretariat. These allowances were, however, stopped in 1994.


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