Monday, September 10, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Badal calls meeting to study Amarinder’s letter
Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has summoned his personal staff officers, media adviser, the Advocate-General of the state and a few others to New Delhi this evening to scrutinise the contents of the latest letter sent by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, to him, copies of which were released to the media here yesterday.

Centre asked to expedite movement of wheat
Ropar, September 9
The Punjab Government has written to the Union Government to allow the procurement of paddy from September 10. The Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar, was in Chandigarh to discuss the issue of procurement with the Punjab and Haryana Chief Minister. Both have urged him to allow the start of procurement on any date between September 10 and September 15.

Decision on octroi within a week: CM
Gurdaspur, September 9
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, talking to newspersons at Qadian today after holding a “sangat darshan”, said he would not enter into any argument in future with Capt Amarinder Singh, PPCC chief, regarding his property. He said Capt Amarinder Singh was an idle man whereas he was extremely busy looking after the interests of the state.




PoWs’ kin flay Abdul Sattar’s statement
Ferozepore, September 9
The relatives of the 54 missing Indian PoWs languishing in jails of Pakistan have decried the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s statement that Pakistan is not holding any Indian PoW. Mr Abdul Sattar, Foreign Minister, had said New Delhi must accept Islamabad’s word that there was nothing to be gained by holding PoWs of the 1971 war.

Cop ‘hires’ killers to avenge kin’s murder
Muktsar, September 9
The district police has arrested three contract killers who were hired by a Punjab police constable posted in Faridkot district to murder two persons allegedly involved in the murder of his brother. Police sources said on a tip-off, a building in the Lambi area was raided last night and three persons were arrested from there.


Ex-sarpanches threaten revolt
Say they won’t back Brahmpura as candidate
Amritsar, September 9
The animosity between the groups led by Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a close relative of the Chief Minister, and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Cooperation Minister, has come to the fore as many former sarpanches of the area have announced that they would not support the latter if a party ticket is given to him during the forthcoming Assembly elections. They said that though they were staunch Akali workers, they would revolt against the ruling party if Mr Brahmpura would be named as candidate.

Khaira woos Dalit voters
Kapurthala, September 9
Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and president Punjab State Progressive Farmers organised a Dalit convention at Bholath village, 18 km from here, today to woo Dalit voters of the Bholath Assembly constituency for the coming Assembly poll.

Blacklist slashed due to Mann’s efforts: Mand
Phagwara, September 9
Blowing hot and cold on the Panthic unity offer by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, Shiromani Akali Dal Panthic Morcha leaders Bhai Dhyan Singh Mand and Jaskaran Singh today maintained that the “unity” offer was a “good thing” but demanded its basis should be the unity effected by the then acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, Prof Manjit Singh, in 1996.

BJP protest march on Sept 14
Bathinda, September 9
Following the failure of the efforts for a reconciliation among municipal councillors (MCs) of the BJP and the SAD who were involved in a brawl in the municipal council hall on August 28 during the general house meeting, the local leadership of the BJP has decided to hold a march in the city on September 14 to protest against the alleged maltreatment meted out to them by their Akali counterparts.

BJP a sinking ship: Surjeet
Gurdaspur, September 9
Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet, secretary general, CPM, talking to newsmen at Batala today said that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was a sinking ship and would meet its Waterloo at the hustings in UP. He predicted rout of the BJP in coming elections in UP, Uttaranchal and Punjab.

SAD (Panthic) against sharing of waters
Bathinda, September 9
A meeting of the district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic), was held here today to discuss and review the preparations for a rally and a dharna to be held here on Tuesday.


Construction of admn complex stalled
Gurdaspur, September 9
The work of building the local district administrative complex, started on the directions of the Chief Minister, is not likely to make progress before the Assembly elections, according to PUDA sources at Jalandhar. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, they said that soon after the clearance of the site for the complex by the Chief Minister, the building housing the office of the Deputy Registrar and the Assistant Registrar, Cooperatives, was auctioned.

Favourites ‘cornering’ govt dole
Bathinda, September 9
Mr Lachman Singh Sewewala, general secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, has alleged that the “tall claims” made by the state government in connection with the distribution of free plots to the khet mazdoors were not based on facts.

Prestigious complex lies uncared
The Beant Shopping Complex came into being six years ago. The massive three-storey building contains a number of business houses, besides computer institutes and government organisations. But it has not yet been handed over to the Municipal Corporation and the Corporation does not feel obliged to extend its facilities to the complex.

Temple construction by March next: VHP
Ludhiana, September 9
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has set March 12,2002 as the deadline for starting construction of Ram temple at Ayodhaya. Announcing this here today, the VHP National Secretary, Mr Champat Rai, said the VHP was committed to the resolution passed at the Maha Kumbh in January this year by the Dharam Sansad and work on the temple would start before the Shivaratri next year.

Justice Ashok Bhan visits native village
Moonak (Sangrur), September 9
I feel at home. I am very happy as I am amongst my own people here today”, said Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court who visited his native village for the first time today after his elevation to the post of judge of the apex court.

More rare plants for Baradari Gardens
Patiala, September 9
Special arrangements would now be made by the district authorities for reviving the lost rare species of plants once planted in Baradari Gardens. This was stated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, at a function organised by the Red Cross Society in memory of Bir Dasondhi Ramji here yesterday. Mr Bir said at least 30 saplings of special variety and rare species would be brought from Dehra Dun to add beauty to Baradari Gardens.

Shankaracharya meets Namdhari Guru
Seeks support on cow protection
Ludhiana, September 9
Muslims have also come forward to join the movement against cow slaughter in the country. Disclosing this here today, Shankaracharya Jyotishpith Adeshwar Swami of Madhav Ashram told The Tribune that the Imam of the Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi, Maulana Mufti Mohammed Latif, had offered his support to the cow protection movement being launched in the country.

Centre for aid of mishap victims
Bathinda, September 9
Dr Jatinder Jain, SSP, inaugurated a highway integrated traffic enforcement cell on the Bathinda-Barnala road near Bhucho crossing today. He said the idea behind establishing these centres was to give timely medical help to mishap victims at accident prone points.

Woman delivers on train
Bathinda, September 9
Santosh Nath, a sadhu, died on the spot when he was crushed under a vehicle on the Bathinda-Mansa road yesterday night. The vehicle sped away. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa took the body to hospital and informed the police about the incident. After a post-mortem examination, the police handed over the body to the volunteers who performed the last rites of the deceased as there was no claimant of the body.

SMO: doctors not chargesheeted
Amritsar, September 9
Dr Harjap Singh Mahal, Senior Medical Officer, Rajoke (Khemkaran), said there were glaring mistakes in the minutes of the tour programmes of the then District Immunisation Officer, Dr Kanwaljit Singh, who had allegedly found six doctors absent from duty during a surprise checking of the block.

Prisoner dies of asthma attack
Hoshiarpur, September 9
Balbir Singh 45, a prisoner at the local District Jail, died at the local Civil Hospital yesterday. According to the Medical Officer of the jail, Balbir Singh had a severe asthma attack and came to the jail dispensary at 12.20 p.m. On finding his condition critical, he immediately shifted Balbir Singh to the Civil Hospital where he died at 1.15 p.m.

Overseas Cong chief: NRIs loath to invest in state
Garhshankar, September 9
Mr Daljit Singh Sahota, president of the overseas Congress, was accorded a warm welcome in Mahilpur by party activists. Taking to mediapersons here, he blamed the economic policies of the SAD-BJP government for the “set back” to trade. Many units were on the verge of closure, he said. This was deterring the NRIs from investing their money in Punjab.


12 shops, two houses demolished
Sangrur, September 9
The 12 shops and two houses which were taken into possession by the district administration near Nabha Gate here yesterday were demolished under the supervision of Mr Amarjit Singh, Tehsildar, this evening. Of these 12 shops, some had been partially demolished last night.


Three occupants of car killed
Batala, September 9
Three occupants of a car were killed on the spot in a road mishap near Ghasitpura village, 6 km from here, on the Amritsar-Pathankot highway last night, the police said.

4 held for kidnapping businessman
Jalandhar, September 9
The district police today claimed to have solved of a case regarding the kidnapping of a Delhi-based businessman with the arrest of four persons besides recovering two cars used in the crime.

Boy crushed to death
Bathinda, September 9
A boy was crushed to death and another injured seriously near Krishna Prem Sarovar Kutia on the Bathinda-Goniana road here this evening. The deceased has been identified as Deepak (14).


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