Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Sacrilege: SGPC wants murder case registered
Amritsar, October 2
Can a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC be registered against a person who burns ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib? Panthic circles and legal experts reply in the affirmative. The Sikhs consider Guru Granth Sahib as a ‘living guru’.

Sacrilege acts: Panthic Morcha for probe
Chandigarh, October 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal Panthic Morcha yesterday urged the government to order a time-bound probe by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to uncover the conspiracy behind the acts of sacrilege in the past few days in the state.

Meeting of Sikh clergy likely
Amritsar, October 2
The Akal Takht, Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has announced that strict action would be initiated against those Sikhs having links with Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara who has been excommunicated from the Panth.

Burning of ‘Birs’: many rounded up
Three copies of Bhavsagar seized
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 2
The police has rounded up dozens of supporters of Baba Bhaniaranwala in the district and making thorough investigation. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



CM defends transfer of MC Commissioner
Kartarpur (Jalandhar), October 2
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today justified the transfer of the Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Mr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, for ordering the demolition of a portion of a temple which was allegedly built on government land.

Statewide power cuts announced
Patiala, October 2
A sharp decline in hydel power generation in Punjab is leading to a crisis situation, with the Punjab State Electricity Board today announcing wide-ranging cuts throughout the state. According to sources the recent power cuts, which have increased from three hours earlier to four hours now, are being caused due to abysmal hydel power generation.


Dal PAC meeting on October 7
Chandigarh, October 2
An important meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal will be held here on October 7, according to Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, secretary of the party.

Haryana page: Scindia’s death ‘orphans’ many Cong leaders


HC decision cheers councillors
Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), October 2
The Sultanpur Lodhi Municipal Council chief and other councillors, currently involved in a tussle with the Kapurthala district administration, got a shot in the arm when the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the operation of bank accounts by two officials nominated by the DC to utilise a Rs 1 crore “sangat darshan” grant. 

ASI suspended on charge of beating up labourer
Bathinda, October 2
Pal Singh, ASI, posted at the Gill Kalan police chowki, who had been shifted to the Police Lines following the incidence of beating up of a youth of Jethuke village by a farmer of the same village, has been put under suspension while an inquiry will be conducted by a DSP into the incidence.

Scribes’ death mourned
Bathinda, October 2
Many senior leaders of the state cutting across party lines have mourned the deaths of Mr Madhavrao Scindia and the four journalists killed in Sunday’s tragic air crash.

Kidnapping drama exposed
Gurdaspur, October 2
Kulwinder Singh, alias Laddi, president of the Dhariwal Block Youth Congress and a resident of Alowal, who was reportedly kidnapped on September 25 was found by the district police yesterday.

Special Lok Adalat on October 10
Bathinda, October 2
A special state-level Lok Adalat will be held on October 10, presided over by Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Chairman of Punjab Legal Service Authority, at the city court complex.

NFL retirement age back to 58
Ropar, October 2
The retirement age has been reverted back to 58 years in National Fertilisers Ltd. Highly placed sources in the NFL, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers has finally given consent to the proposal of the NFL board to reduce the retirement age.

VC to translate PM’s poems
Patiala, October 2
The Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia will translate selected poems of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee into Punjabi. According to a university note, a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Standing Committee for the Development of Punjabi Language under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor.

Seminar held on debt problem in rural areas
Bathinda, October 2
To free the agrarian society from the claws of usury and debt, a kisan movement should be launched in the country, said Rajni Disai, a famous writer from Mumbai, while speaking at a seminar on ‘Problem of debt in rural areas’ held here on Sunday by Lok Morcha, Punjab.


Rs 720 paddy MSP sought
Chandigarh, October 2
The Khetibari and Kisan Vikas Front, headed by Mr Maghar Singh Kulrian, yesterday submitted a memorandum pertaining to various demands and problems of farmers in the state to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Commission agents start procurement
Budhlada (Mansa), October 2
The commission agents of the local grain market who have been boycotting procurement of paddy for the past two days, started the same today after the district administration assured them that all their genuine grievances would be redressed.


2 IAS, 2 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 2
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of two IAS and two PCS officers. Mr Jaspal Singh has been appointed Special Secretary in the Department of Finance against a vacant post. Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal has been posted as Special Secretary in Department of Planning.


14 held under special drive
Bathinda, October 2
The district police has nabbed 14 culprits, five of them under the Prevention of Gambling Act, and recovered a stolen tractor, a stolen jeep, 10 litres of illicit liquor and about 70 capsules of narcotics.


Exhibition on ‘Art for peace’ held
Bathinda, October 2
Students of more than 50 Kendriya Vidyalayas participated in a two-day regional-level art exhibition which concluded here today. Vivid themes of peace, love and universal brotherhood were exhibited at the art exhibition-cum-competition was held at the local Kendriya Vidyalay (No. 5)

5000 students to take Gurmat test
Patiala, October 2
Nearly 5,000 students from 85 schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Patiala district are expected to take the annual Gurmat exam, to be held on October 21. This was disclosed by Mr Darshan Singh, convener, Guru Arjan Seva Mission, Patiala, here today.

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