Monday, September 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Killing of Sikh: SGPC writes to Vajpayee
Ludhiana, September 16
Feeling deeply concerned at daily reports of harassment to Sikhs in America over mistaken identity which already has led to the killing of a Sikh there, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today wrote to the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behare Vajpayee urging him to take up the matter urgently with the US government, so that the attacks on members of the Sikh community were stopped forthwith.

Gloom in Passival village
Panicky residents call up kin in USA

Kapurthala, September 16
The murder of a Sikh migrant in USA allegedly due to mistaken identity yesterday, in the aftermath of terrorist strikes, has left residents of his native Passival village shell-shocked.

Air of uncertainty in Punjab
Chandigarh, September 16
As the USA prepares for the operations against Afghanistan and terrorism, there is an air of uncertainty, a sense of apprehension and an under-current of disquiet in Punjab. The unknown scale of the ‘’theatre of war’’ further heightens the anxiety.

Pak may ask ultras to shift
Amritsar, September 16
Pakistan, which has been aiding and abetting the movement of “Khalistan” for more than two decades, may ask the militants in the country either to shift to other countries or keep a low profile in the wake of international pressure against terrorism after the monstrous attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.




PPCC promises probe into Badal’s assets
New Delhi, September 16
The Punjab Congress, which is finalising its charge sheet against the Badal government, has decided to pin down the SAD-BJP coalition on the issues of “corruption, mismanagement of economy, problems of farmers, collapse of industry and threat to peace.”

Badal announces new canal in Ferozepore
Muktsar, September 16
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, said to improve the irrigation facilities in Ferozepore, a new canal would be constructed at a cost of Rs 53 crore. Mr Badal, who continued his sangat darshan programme today at various villages of the district, also announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for Chottra minor to improve the irrigation facilities in the region.

Warrants against SP, SHO
Patiala, September 16
The CBI Special Magistrate Mr Jaspinder Singh Heyar, has issued non-bailable warrants against the Barnala SP (Headquarters) Mr Mohinder Singh and an SHO of the Majitha Police District Mr Kishen Singh. The Special Magistrate has asked both of them to appear in the court on October 16 which has also been set as the next date of hearing by the court.


Kanshi chides SC govt employees
Nawanshahr, September 16
The BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, addressing a well-attended sammelan at Doaba Milan Palace, Mahilpur, today asked employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes come forward to make the struggle for social change a success.


Forum’s directive on non-construction fee
Ropar, September 16
The District Consumer Forum has directed the local Improvement Trust authorities against recovering any non-construction fee from a complainant, Mr Ravi Kumar Jain. The complainant, a resident of Ropar, told the forum that he was allotted plot No 368, measuring 250 sq metres in Dashmesh Nagar, on November 29, 1989. He alleged that the deposited the entire cost of the plot on schedule. The construction over the plot was to be raised within three years after getting the map approved from the Improvement Trust authorities.

PSEB engineers decry transfers
Patiala, September 16
The PSEB Engineers Association yesterday alleged that transfers of senior engineers were aimed at ensuring the Board did not function efficiently and these were based on considerations other than merit.

Orissa deaths due to food poisoning: minister
Ludhiana, September 16
In typical government style of seeking refuge in technicalities, the Union Minister of State for Food, Mr Ashok Pradhan, today sought to attribute the starvation deaths in Orissa to food poisoning. He claimed that the people there had died, not because of starvation but due to the “food poisoning”. However, he had no answers when it was pointed out that food poisoning was caused after people had to eat mango kernel as they had no food to escape starvation.

Octroi to go soon: Tandon
Amritsar, September 16
The Minister for Local Government, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, today said octroi would be abolished adding that the state government was in the final stage of working out modalities for the purposes.

Police steps to check drug abuse
Barnala, September 16
Drug addiction is widespread among youths of Barnala police district. With people’s cooperation the Barnala district police has initiated steps to check this menace of drugs in two months.

Medical camp organised
Bathinda, September 16
A medical camp was organised by the Jain Welfare Society here today. A team of heart specialists comprising Dr R.P. Singh, Dr H.S. Pannu and Dr K.C. Mukherjee examined the patients who were provided medicines free of cost.

IMA seeks MCI’s intervention
Phagwara, September 16
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association today sought the intervention of the Medical Council of India for saving the future of about 130 medical graduates of Punjab who are facing hardships in getting admission to post-graduate medical courses.

24-hour power supply to villages
Patiala, September 16
The Punjab State Electricity Board has initiated work on providing 24 hours' electricity supply to villages falling in the southern zone. Stating this in a press note issued here recently, the Board said the amount to be spent under the Electricity Supply Scheme had been deposited so that the work could be taken up immediately.


New paddy sowing method attracts experts
Idna (Jalandhar), September 16
The small farm of Bahadur Singh here has become a centre of attraction for farmers and agricultural scientists from various parts of the country and abroad for the ongoing experimentation on the unique ridge sowing technique of paddy in his field.


MC office peon suspended
Bathinda, September 16
Mr Shiv Kumar Mittal, Executive Officer, municipal council served a notice under section 39 of the Punjab Municipal Act (1911) to Charanjit Singh, for alleged misuse of his “powers” and corruption. Charanjit Singh, a peon had been placed under suspension and an application was moved to the district police authorities for necessary action by the municipal authorities.


2 youths held for murder of jeweller
Amritsar, September 16
The Kotwali police claims to have solved the mystery surrounding the murder of Bhupinder Singh (35), a jeweller, with the arrest of two of his trainees, Sukhwinder Singh and Kulwant Singh, both in their twenties.

1 held for selling old truck as new
Bathinda, September 16
A casual approach while purchasing a second hand truck can cost you dear as you may be paying the price of a new for an old model vehicle. This is what has been happening in the Rampura town of this district as a mechanic here was converting old trucks into latest model trucks by changing their chassis number and subsequently getting their registration certificates afresh.

Investigation into kidnapping case hampered
Ahmedgarh, September 16
Balwinder Vickey, suspected of giving shelter to kidnappers of Abdesh Kumar, son of a local industrialist, has virtually crippled the police of three districts in its investigations.


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