Friday, September 21, 2001,
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Bhakra, Pong levels down
Irrigation to be hit
Chandigarh, September 20
The level of water in the reservoirs at the Bhakra and Pong Dams has been recorded at 32 ft and 18 ft below normal, respectively, as the official filling season of the two massive reservoirs ended today.

SGPC drive against ‘living gurus’
Amritsar, September 20
In a significant development, which may have far-reaching consequences in Sikh circles, the SGPC has launched a campaign against ‘living gurus’, the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak (RSS), in the wake of the forthcoming elections in October.

Pakistani Hindus reluctant to return
Attari (Amritsar), September 20
Many Pakistani Hindu families which alighted from the “Samjhauta Express” here have said that they would prefer to commit suicide than return to their country as they had suffered years of humiliation in the hands of the majority community there.

Protest rallies against burning of ‘Bir’
Ropar, September 20
Despite withdrawal of call for Punjab bandh by the Sikh Students Federation today, protests against the burning of holy Guru Granth Sahib ‘Bir’, allegedly by followers of the Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, gained momentum today, with people blocking traffic and organising rallies in various parts of the district.

Wadhawa Singh, deputy fall out
Chandigarh, September 20
Differences have cropped up between the chief of the Babbar Khalsa militant organisation, Wadhawa Singh, and his deputy, Mahal Singh, both till recently based in Pakistan.




BJP workers ignore mandal chief’s call
Bathinda, September 20
Even as the mandal president of the BJP, Mr Narinder Mittal, issued a written statement yesterday that the BJP workers would boycott all functions of the Punjab Science & Technology Minister Mr Chiranji Lal Garg and the president of Municipal Council, Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar the workers of the district unit of the BJP, including Municipal Councillors, senior leaders and the vice-president of BJP mandal attended the function of Mr Bhullar today.

SAD youth wing to be ‘reconstituted’
Sangrur, September 20
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP and General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said the youth wing of the SAD would be reconstituted in 15 to 20 days to strengthen the party.

Sops to woo voters, protesters kept at bay
Ratwara Sahib, September 20
In an effort to win over the people in this area of the Morinda Assembly segment, considered a strong hold of the sitting MLA of the Tohra group, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, the Punjab Chief Minister distributed cheques worth around Rs 3 crore among 83 gram panchayats and civic bodies of Kurali and Morinda at a sangat darshan programme here today.

Amarinder’s promise ‘misleading’
Chandigarh, September 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal today described the promise made by the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, to give bonus on paddy if his party was voted to power as misleading and politically motivated.

AISSF (U) sets up policy-framing body
Chandigarh, September 20
Dr Manjit Singh Bhoma, convener of the All-India Sikh Students Federation (United), today announced a 20-member apex policy-framing body of the federation.


MLA flayed for attack on scribes
Jalandhar, September 20
Even as the stand-off between mediapersons and Garhshankar MLA Shingara Ram Sahoongra over the issue of his arrest or unconditional apology continued for the second day today, several leaders and organisations condemned the MLA’s assault on journalists.

11 hepatitis-C cases detected
Bathinda, September 20
Even as the district health authorities have been making efforts to control hepatitis-B, which has gripped several villages, the detection of 11 cases of hepatitis-C has created further confusion.

Clerk manhandles councillor
Raman Mandi (Bathinda), September 20
Mr Krishan Kumar Mittal, president of the local municipal committee, was allegedly manhandled by one of the octroi clerks and his associates when he objected to his taking liquor during duty hours. The police registered a case in this connection under Sections 353, 323 and 506, IPC.

CNN, BBC get top rating
Patiala, September 20
CNN and BBC topped in rating among Punjabi University teachers as channels best satisfying their urge to know about the recent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Bathinda to have parking lot
Bathinda, September 20
Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, President Municipal Council, talking to mediapersons here today said to solve the problem of parking in the city the council was planning to shift the Fire Brigade building to a new location and construct a parking lot in the heart of the city.

‘Extend’ quota benefit to Vimukt Jati sub-castes
Bathinda, September 20
The Akhil Bharatiya Vimukt Tapriwas Jati Vikas Manch, Punjab, in a press note issued by Dr S.L. Kalyani has said that there are about 30 lakh persons belonging to the Vimukt Jatis in the country and they have demanded free education to the children of their community, to want their communities to be declared as “tapriwas” by the state government so that they could avail themselves the benefits of welfare schemes of government.

Writers forum announces awards
Patiala, September 20
The Punjab Writers Forum today announced that it was honouring former Chief Minister Beant Singh, former Hind Samachar Editor Lala Jagat Narain and slain Akali leader Harchand Singh Longowal with the “Punjab Rattan” award posthumously on September 23 at a function which will be presided over by the Punjab Governor, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd).

Patwari killed in mishap
Bathinda, September 20
One person died and three were injured in the city in different incidents. Gurdev Singh, a city resident and posted as patwari at Bhagta village of the district, today was severely injured when his scooter was hit by a vehicle near Jeeda village.

Baba Sheikh Farid remembered
Faridkot, September 20
A seminar on the life and teachings of the Sufi saint, Baba Sheikh Farid, organised by the All-India Baba Farid Memorial Society on the eve of the nine-day “Aagman Purab” celebrations here today, appealed to the big powers to refrain from any type of war and maintaining peace in the world.


Paddy procurement from today
Khanna, September 20
Farmers of Punjab are eagerly awaiting the beginning of paddy procurement that will officially begin tomorrow. Thousands of farmers have so far been forced to sell their paddy at a price lower than the minimum support price announced by the government and in the process losing Rs 60 to 100 per quintal. All this happened due to the delay in procurement by the FCI and other state government procurement agencies.

BKU blames govt for farmers’ woes
Bathinda, September 20
Activists of the BKU (Ekta) today burnt an effigy of the state government at Bhuchu Khurd village on the Bathinda-Barnala road as part of the agitation organised in several villages of the district to press the government to meet their demands.

PAU gets land for seed production
Fauni (Patiala), September 20
The Punjab Government has transferred 1750 acres of land to Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for development of seed production facilities.


Bank defaulters’ list released
Patiala, September 20
The All-India Bank Employees Association yesterday released a list of 284 defaulters of various public sector banks of Chandigarh and Punjab who owed banks more than Rs 1 crore in loan.

Bank staff threaten agitation
Patiala, September 20
The central committee of the All-India Bank Employees Association today decided to organise an all India strike on December 12 in case the Central Government persisted in pushing through legislation on “labour reforms” in Parliament.

Dayal Singh sworn in


3 arrested, fake currency seized
Phillaur, September 20
The police has arrested three persons and impounded a machine used for making fake currency besides Rs 3700 in fake currency notes from them. The arrested have been identified as Harbhagan Singh Bhajan r/o Bandhala village, Swaran Dass of Mehmoodpur village police station Mukandpur district Nawanshahr, and Surinderpaul of Ludhiana.

2 migrants murdered


Candidates oppose PPSC decision
Chandigarh, September 20
Parents as well as candidates have resented the decision of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to conduct a screening test on October 14 to shortlist candidates for the posts of lecturer.Top

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