Thursday, September 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Bush should visit US gurdwara: Tohra
Hoshiarpur, September 19
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SHSAD, said here today that he had called up Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mr L.K. Advani last night and asked them to persuade Mr George W.Bush to go to a US gurdwara to console the Sikh community and give it the assurance that his government would protect Sikhs.

Wear pointed turbans, Sikhs in USA told
Ludhiana, September 19
“Don’t wear white turbans and tie them in a pointed shape’’ , this message has been sent to the American Sikhs by the US Government through media even as the NRIs depending on daily earnings in the country are having a tough time due to loss of business.

Attacks on Sikhs: AISSF protests, Laden’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, September 19
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front burnt an effigy of Osama bin Laden here today to protest against the terrorist attacks in America in which many people lost their lives. The rally under the presidentship of Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhu started from the PBN School and reached outside the Hall Gate passing through the main bazaars of the city.

An old man carrying slogan condemning attacks on Sikhs in USA and UK in a protest rally called by All India Sikh Student Federation. An old man carrying a placard, condemning attacks on Sikhs in the USA and the UK, in a protest rally called by the All-India Sikh Student Federation.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma





Convicted ADGP a VIP in hospital
Patiala, September 19
The Additional Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr Daljit Singh Bhullar, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in a triple murder case, has been enjoying VIP status in the local Government Rajindra Hospital for more than a month and a half even though he is being treated only for diabetes.

The bus and a truck that collided15 injured in bus-truck collision
Bathinda, September 19
As many as 15 persons were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the Bathinda-Barnala road near Lehra Bega village, about 18 km from here, this morning.

A bus and a truck that collided on the Bathinda-Barnala road near Lehra Bega village on Wednesday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Cong promises Rs 360-cr package for paddy growers
Chandigarh, September 19
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has started disclosing its election strategy. Its first aim is to give a big blow to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s standing among the farming community, the mainstay of the Shiromani Akali Dal headed by him.

Indo-British police conference opens
Phillaur, September 19
“The ISI has been planning to encircle India with its bases in various South Asian countries with the sale agenda to destabilise the country. It has been successful in establishing bases in Nepal and in Bangladesh. Besides Sri Lankans have more amiable connections with Pakistan than with India.

Akalis demand Baba Piara Singh’s arrest
Ropar, September 19
Various Akali leaders, including Punjab Minister for Printing and Stationery, Bibi Satwant Kaur Sandhu, district president of the SAD, Pritam Singh Selomajra, Mr Jarnail Singh Aulakh, Mr Jagjit Singh Ratangarh and Sandhu Singh Todar Majra SGPC members and president of the youth wing of the SHSAD, Karnail Singh Panjoli, demanded registration of a case of murder against Baba Pirara Singh for his allegedly instigating to his followers to burn the holy Guru Granth Sahib declared as jurisdic person by the Supreme Court.

Govt to spend Rs 42.5 cr on Zirakpur-Patiala road
Zirakpur, September 19
To ease heavy volume of traffic on the killer Zirakpur-Patiala National Highway 64, the Punjab Government will spend Rs 42.5 crore on a project for the widening and construction of small bridges on the road.


Youth workers to get more responsibility: Sukhbir
Bathinda, September 19
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD General Secretary and MP, today said to strengthen the party for the coming Assembly elections, the youth workers would be given more responsibilities.

Poll: Mohindra plays Hindu card
Patiala, September 19
Dissident Congress leader and former minister Brahm Mohindra has suddenly turned after the rank and file of the party has rooted for Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh as the party’s candidate from his local traditional party seat which has returned him thrice. Mr Mohindra has started playing Hindu card and saffronised his politics since the last one month.

BJP-SAD rift widens
Bathinda, September 19
The rift between the district units of the ruling alliance partners — Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) widened today as the mandal president of the BJP, Mr Narinder Mittal issued a written statement that all BJP workers would boycott functions of the local SAD MLA, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg and the President of the municipal council, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar.

Cong to protest at sangat darshan venue
Ratwara Sahib, September 19
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, will be holding a sangat darshan programme here tomorrow amidst likely protests from the Congressmen.


Sehajdharis: hearing on voting rights adjourned
Chandigarh, September 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned the hearing of the petition seeking the debarring of sehajdharis from voting in the SGPC elections to October 3 and issued notice to the petitioners on the application moved by an organisation of sehajdharis for becoming a party as respondents in the case.

Sehajdhari Sikhs’ plea to SGPC
Chandigarh, September 19
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation here today urged the SGPC that it should not press the Union Government to debar Sehajdhari Sikhs from becoming voters of the SGPC.

Dr Chohan’s bail plea declined
Patiala, September 19
Judicial Magistrate First Class Mewa Singh today declined the bail application of Khalistan ideologue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan in a sedition case filed against him by Pradesh Congress Legal Cell member and local advocate.

I never spoke against Baba Nand Singh: Kewal Singh
Amritsar, September 19
Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, has denied that he had ever spoken against Baba Nand Singh, founder of the Nanaksar sect.

Call for Punjab bandh withdrawn
Chandigarh, September 19
The All-India Sikh Students Federation today withdrew its call for a Punjab bandh tomorrow. The call was given to protest against the burning of birs of Guru Granth Sahib in Rattangarh village yesterday.

Traffic blocked to seek killers’ arrest
Dhuri, September 19
The vehicular traffic on the Dhuri-Sangrur road was disrupted for about four hours following a dharna and blockade by more than 200 activists of various local organisations at Sangrur bypass here today.

Baba Farid’s Agman Purb celebrated
Faridkot, September 19
As part of the nine-day Agman Purb celebrations of Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid, the Department of Public Relations, Punjab, presented a light-and-sound programme on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh here last evening.

Cloth shop gutted
Phagwara, September 19
A cloth shop was gutted in the local Bansawala Bazar in the wee hours today, resulting in the loss of articles worth lakhs.


Experts doubt smooth procurement of paddy
Ludhiana, September 19
The Food Corporation of India and other state procurement agencies will begin procurement of paddy officially on September 21, but paddy has started reaching the mandis already.

Training course in farming


Abolish TACs, say employees
Sangrur, September 19
The National Federation of Telecom Employees (NFTE), considering the Telephone Advisory Committees (TACs) unnecessary burden on Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), today demanded the abolition of all TACs throughout the country. It also demanded the Union Government to take options from officers of the JTO and above ranks for providing them a chance to join the BSNL.


‘Missing’ singer was killed by wife: cops
Bathinda, September 19
It is an ideal story for a Bollywood movie. A folk singer kills her husband, also a folk singer, with the help of contract killers, throws his body into a canal and then inserts advertisements in newspapers in connection with his disappearance to prevent the detection of the crime.


Teachers of aided colleges to intensify stir
Ropar, September 19
As many as 5,000 teachers working in the 150 aided colleges of the state, have decided to intensify their agitation to press for their demands. The teachers, who have been observing a two-hour strike, every day for the past 18 days, have alleged that the government has turned a deaf ear to their protests.

Strike by non-teaching staff
Bathinda, September 19
Non-teaching employees of private colleges who are agitating to press for the fulfilment of their demands observed a strike today.

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