Tuesday, September 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Publicise Sikhs’ identity in USA: manch
Amritsar, September 17
Sikh religious and social organisations in America should inform the US society about its separate identity distinct from Arab Muslims through Internet, TV, mass media and peace marches, the Sikh Chintak Manch, an intellectual body said at a meeting here today.

Brar for all-party meeting on security
Chandigarh, September 17
Expressing concern over developments since the terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 and subsequent incidents of violence targeting the Indian community in general and Sikhs in particular, Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, leader of the Punjab Congress Parliamentary Party, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to call an all-party meeting to review the security scenario in the state.

Flights at Rajasansi may be re-routed
Rajasansi (Amritsar), September 17
Apprehensions of imminent American airstrikes on Afghanistan may have its fallout on international and domestic carriers operating 13 weekly flights over Afghanistan connecting this holy city with various destinations in Europe, the USA, Canada and West Asia.

MLA booked for manhandling scribes
Jalandhar, September 17
The Jalandhar police has booked the Garhshankar MLA, Mr Shingara Ram Sahoongra, for manhandling, misbehaving and threatening to shoot three journalists at the local Circuit House, where they had gone to cover functions yesterday.




In search of character certificate
Chandigarh, September 17
For 70-year-old Charan Singh, it is battle of a different kind. Twentyfive years after being “implicated” and discharged in an espionage case, the retired armyman continues to battle the bureaucracy to get his pension restored. While the Army authorities want him to submit a character certificate from the police authorities concerned, the police, on its part has failed to do so.

Pak imposes curfew along border with Punjab
Amritsar, September 17
The Pakistan Government has imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew along the 553 km long international border with Punjab and substantially thinned the presence of its Rangers, equivalent of the BSF, apparently for deployment on internal security as a precautionary measure. Middle level BSF officers, doing duty on the border, confirmed it but Mr Suresh Purohit, DIG, (Amritsar) range when contacted, declined to either confirm or deny it.

Pension for staff of govt-aided schools
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab Government has decided to grant pensionary benefits to all employees of government-aided privately managed schools in Punjab on a par with employees of government schools.


Dr Chohan to float Khalsa Raj Party
Hoshiarpur, September 17
Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, self-styled president of the so called Khalistan talking to reporters at his residence, said that in view of the prevailing corrupt politics in Punjab he would soon form the Khalsa Raj Political Party to contest the coming elections to Punjab state Assembly.

Badal may woo Morinda voters with sops
Ratwara Sahib, September 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will be under tremendous pressure to make wooing announcements during his visit here as part of his sangat darshan programme on Thursday to marginalise his political opponent Mr Ravi Inder Singh’s influence in Morinda Assembly constituency.

SAD-BJP Govt most corrupt: Sandhu
Bathinda, September 17
Mr Tehal Singh Sandhu, member, PPCC, in a statement issued here today alleged that the present SAD-BJP ruling alliance in the state was the most corrupt. Mr Sandhu alleged that all government departments had been reduced to machines for minting money to fill the coffers of the corrupt politicians.

Hike in MSP a joke, says Bhinder
Gurdaspur, September 17
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, senior Congress leader and chairman of the PPCC Manifesto Committee for the Assembly elections talking to newspersons here today, said if the Punjab Congress was voted to power, it would provide power free of cost to farmers for running tubewells. She said the Congress would include more relief for Dalits and the Scheduled Castes in the manifesto.


‘Bir’ burnt, tension in Morinda village
Ropar, September 17
Three unidentified scooter-borne persons, suspected to be ‘big’ followers of the controversial Sant Piara Singh Baniara, burned a bir of holy Guru Granth Sahib after stealing it from a gurdwara in Ratangarh village near Morinda.

Board denies power consumer’s charge
Moga, September 17
Mrs Mohinder Kaur, a local resident, has approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission against the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities for their alleged high-handedness and disconnecting the power supply to her house.

Preference for senior citizens
Patiala, September 17
Senior citizens of the city are in for a pleasant surprise as Rajindra Hospital and Government Dental Hospital propose to introduce a token system in all outdoor patient departments in which the first 15 tokens will be reserved for the persons above the age of 60 years.

Construction of DAC complex uncertain
Gurdaspur, September 17
The construction of the district administrative complex on the premises of the office of district Animal Husbandry has become uncertain in view of reshifting of the office of the Deputy Director, District Animal Husbandry Department, to its original building recently. The office was vacated about six months ago at the instance of the Chief Minister and the construction of the district administrative complex was approved by the Minister for Animal Husbandry.

Ex-servicemen want one rank, one pension
Sangrur, September 17
The Sangrur district unit of the Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) today held a rally in the local war Heroes Stadium to discuss the problems, faced by the ex-servicemen, and force the state and Central Government to accept its demands.

Minister gives grants
Patiala, September 17
The Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh , today gave a grant of Rs 50,000 for the construction of a primary school building, Rs 1 lakh for repair of village roads and Rs 50,000 for the Sports Club.

Coop bank staff rally tomorrow
Bathinda, September 17
All is set for the rally to be held in front of the office of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh on September 19 by employees of the cooperative banks of the state, to pressurise the government to fulfil their demands.

Doctors operate on AIDS patient
Amritsar, September 17
The first orthopaedic surgery on an AIDS patient who had suffered a fracture on the right femur was successfully performed at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital here today. Dr R.P.S. Boparai, Head, Ortho-paedic Department, claimed that this was for the first time that an AIDS patient had been operated upon in any government hospital of the state.

Old manuscripts to be preserved
Patiala, September 17
The State Languages Department has chalked out a plan to preserve the 400-year-old manuscripts by tranforming them into the computer CDs so that one can take help from them whenever needed.

Rally against reservation policy
Chandigarh, September 17
The Punjab State General Categories Welfare Federation has said that various associations and federations from all over India held a rally at Lucknow against the reservation policy of the Union Government to appease Scheduled Castes and Backward classes.

Residents hopeful of “sangat darshan”
Chandigarh, September 17
Residents of Naya Gaon, Kansal, Janata Colony, Chhotti Karoran and other villages on the periphery of Chandigarh have welcomed the holding of “sangat darshan” at Ratwara Sahib, near Mullanpur, on September 20.


Looter held, Rs 4 lakh recovered
Bathinda, September 17
The district police has made a breakthrough in yesterday’s looting incident near Jaitu, involving more than Rs 4 lakh. It has been found that Ram Gopal Sharma, who had lodged the complaint regarding the incident, was the mastermind behind it. The police has arrested his accomplices, Sukhraj Singh, and recovered the money from him.


Arrears for teachers shortly?
Patiala, September 17
A function held here last evening to honour the newly elected Punjabi University Teachers Association president, Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, in a private hotel raised eyebrows among the teaching fraternity due to the presence of the State Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who is otherwise a rare visitor to the varsity.

Upgraded school teachers await salary
Patiala, September 17
The Punjab government is in a hurry to upgrade government schools in the State but enthusiasm is lacking as far as the teachers of these upgraded schools are concerned. The teachers have been withdrawal salary for the past four months. Under a special scheme launched in June, the State government decided to initiate a programme under which four schools each of Primary, Middle and High level were upgraded in each constituency in the State.

PCCTU formulates action plan
Phagwara, September 17
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has formulated an action plan in support of its demands. Disclosing this at a press conference here today, Prof Jaspal Singh Randhawa, general secretary, PCCTU, said the decision to intensify the agitation was taken at the union’s executive committee meeting yesterday.


Record collection under savings schemes
Lalru, September 17
The Punjab Government has collected a record amount of Rs 2,811.98 crore from the small savings schemes during the last financial year and aims at achieving a target of Rs 3,500 crore next year. This was stated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister, at a meeting held at Government Senior Secondary School on the occasion of Sanchayika Day here recently.

Few takers for fish market booths
A planned campus with 44 booths, stores and space for customers to sit and relax. All this describes the Government Fish Market on Jail Road. Still fish sellers have been staying away from it for nearly two years.

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