Monday, September 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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BJP leaders to seek blessings of Akal Takht
Chandigarh, September 23
In what appears to be an interesting and significant development, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders of Punjab, escorted by a section of the Sant Samaj, will appear at Akal Takht tomorrow.

Cong to hold rallies in Punjab
New Delhi, September 23
The Congress has decided to hold rallies in various districts of Punjab from the end of this month. These rallies would be followed by meetings in every block of the state.

BSP to go it alone in Punjab
Hoshiarpur, September 23
Kicking off the Bahujan Samaj Party’s poll campaign and giving a clarion call to the Dalits of Punjab in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections, the BSP supremo announced that his party would contest all 117 seats in Punjab without going in for any alliance with any other party.

Move afoot to remove Kewal Singh
Ludhiana, September 23
The SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, is under pressure to remove Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, from his post in view of his alleged statement against Baba Nand Singh, the founder of Nanaksar Kaleran sect.

9-yr-old raped, murdered
Bathinda, September 23
In a bizarre incident, a nine-year-old girl, Sajjo, was kidnapped from a railway platform here on the night of September 21, raped and strangled to death by unidentified persons. Her body was kept at the railway police station for more than 12 hours as the post-mortem examination could not be conducted yesterday.





Case against Dr Singla ‘false’ 
Bathinda, September 23
The corruption case registered against Dr Pushpinder Singla, Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Bhikhi by the Vigilance Department took a new turn today when all municipal councillors of the Nagar Panchayat urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to withdraw it as it was a totally false case.

Family disputes taking ugly turn
Bathinda, September 23
The number of cases registered for murder, attempt to murder and causing grievous injuries for property, extra-marital affairs and “honour” is on the rise in Malwa.


BSP to back UP Bill on quota
Hoshiarpur, September 23
The Bahujan Samaj Party will support the BJP government in getting the Bill on reservation for Dalits and Backward Classes passed at a special session of the UP Assembly on September 26. This was stated by Ms Mayawati, former Chief Minister of UP, while talking to mediapersons at the Canal Rest House here today.

Dhindsa for Bachi as SAD nominee
Dirba (Sangrur), September 23
Factionalism in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today surfaced in this district when in a show of strength in Dirba, the bastion of Mr Baldev Singh Mann, former local MLA and Administrative Member (AM) of the PSEB, Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachi, Chairman, Punjab State Cooperative Bank, was “projected” as the candidate of SAD for this Assembly constituency in the forthcoming elections.

Communal amity to be BJP’s poll plank
Nawanshahr, September 23
The district unit of the BJP organised a rally at Balachaur, 20 km from here, today to observe the birth anniversary of Pt Din Dyal Upadhaya. Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, president of the state unit of the BJP, while addressing the rally said development and communal harmony would be the major plank of the party during Assembly elections.

Kanshi deceived Dalits: Kainth
Nawanshahr, September 23
The Bahujan Samaj Morcha (BSM) today organised a rally at Banga, about 13 km from here. It was attended by thousands of morcha workers from the Doaba region. Mr Satnam Kainth, president, BSM and former MP, addressing the rally, said the Dalits, the backward classes and other marginal groups of society should not rely upon the Congress or the ruling NDA government as these parties were feudal and were safeguarding the interests of the elite only.

Cong designs thwarted: Sukhbir
Faridkot, September 23
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, today said the SAD-BJP government had thwarted anti-people and anti-Punjab designs of the Congress.


‘Educate passengers on rights, duties’
Bathinda, September 23
The Railway Passengers Association (North Zone), at a function organised here today in connection with the better utilisation of railway facilities, urged the railway authorities to educate rail passengers about their right and duties.

Take up US Sikhs’ cause: Mann
Ludhiana, September 23
The Member of Parliament and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today demanded that an all-party delegation should visit the USA to take up the cause of American Sikhs with the US government. He said that this step was the need of the hour, keeping in view the attacks on the Sikhs after the terrorist attacks on the USA.

Bhan: employed SCs must help brethren
Hoshiarpur, September 23
The Himachal Pradesh Governor, Mr Suraj Bhan, today appealed to the educated and employed members of the Scheduled Castes to contribute at least one day’s salary in a year for the benefit of downtrodden SC members. He was addressing a seminar, Dr Ambedkar — An Inspiration Lives On”, at Presidency hotel. The seminar was organised by the Punjab Civil Medical Services Welfare Association here today.

BJP Kisan Morcha gen secy quits over Sehajdhari issue
Ludhiana, September 23
The state General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha, Dr P.S. Ranu, has resigned from office as well as from the primary membership of the party in protest against the denial of voting rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Thousands pay obeisance at Baba Farid’s tomb
Faridkot, September 23
Thousands of people from all walks of life here today paid obeisance at the tomb of Baba Sheikh Farid and Gurdwara Godri Sahib on the concluding day of the celebrations to mark the “aagman purb” of Sufi saint Baba Sheikh Farid. Most of them also had a dip at the holy “sarovar” of Baba Farid.

CM behind case against me, says Dhanaula
Barnala, September 23
Mr Gurinderpal Singh Dhanaula, a former General Secretary of Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, who has joined the Kanshi Ram-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has alleged that the Chief Minister is making all efforts to implicate him in false cases.

6,025 industrial disputes settled
Amritsar, September 23
The department of Labour and Employment, Punjab organised a Lok Adalat at Guru Nanak Bhawan, here yesterday.

Duggal, Anjum get Punjab Rattan
Patiala, September 23
Noted personalities Kartar Singh Duggal, Sardar Anjum and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary-General Randhir Singh were among those given “Punjab Rattan Award” by Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J. F. R. Jacob (retd) on behalf of the Punjab Writers Forum at a glittering function organised at the Thapar Institute auditorium here today.


Markfed procures 65,000 MT of paddy
Chandigarh, September 23
The Punjab Markfed has procured 65,190 MT of paddy worth Rs 36 crore on the first two days of the current procurement season which opened on Friday.


On-the-spot painting contest held
Amritsar, September 23
An on-the-spot painting contest was held at the district branch of the Indian Welfare Council of India under the presidentship of Mr Narinderjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner. The chairperson, Ms Parminder Kaur, was also present on the occasion.


Auto show in Patiala
Patiala, September 23
Auto buffs had a field day yesterday admiring the latest designs introduced by DC Trends which were showcased for the first time in the city.


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