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Afghan developments to affect India: Gujral
Amritsar, October 5
Former Prime Minister of India I.K. Gujral said that unless the Taliban are ousted and their sources of supplies and manpower were cut they would continue to disturb peace of the world especially the sub-continent. Mr Gujral speaking on “Recent Developments in the Region and India’s Concern” pointed out that Taliban were trained and indoctrinated in madrassas of Pakistan run by the ISI to forment Pan-Jehadism in the world.

Former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral at the Golden Temple Former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma
Satlani dead
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 5
Baba Mangal Singh Satlani succumbed to his injuries at a local private hospital late this evening. He was attacked by a former sevak on the Golden Temple premises yesterday.

Fatehgarh Sahib



SGPC meeting called for Oct 8
Ban on Dera Bhaniara activities likely
Amritsar, October 5
An emergency meeting of Sikh High Priests, the executive committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee SGPC) and the Dharm Prachar Committee has been convened for October 8 here. As per the Gurdwara Act, such meetings, which are rarely held, can be convened on a 72-hour notice.

Cases of sacrilege on the rise
Chandigarh, October 5
Fifteen cases of sacrilege in less than two months against only nine in the entire year last year may be worrying the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in Punjab which is heading for Assembly elections in a few months time.

7 cops sent to jail for illegal detention
Patiala, October 5
A local court today dismissed the bail plea of seven police officials and two more accused of illegally detaining a resident of Buttar Kalan village in Amritsar district five months after he was shown to have been killed in an encounter, following which they were taken into custody and sent to jail.

New primary education plan extended to Punjab
Chandigarh, October 5
Punjab now comes under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development with the Project Approval Board introducing District Elementary Education Plan in the state’s five districts and sanctioning Rs 25 crore for the purpose. The share of the state is Rs 47 lakh for the remaining part of 2001-02.

No takers for Mahatma’s books
Patiala, October 5
It is only two days since the state paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi but there seems to be no takers for as many as 90,000 books on him worth Rs 50 lakh which are lying in various stores of the Punjab State University Textbook Board since the past seven years.

Ordinance on welfare fund for lawyers
Chandigarh, October 5
An Ordinance has been promulgated on setting up a welfare fund for advocates in Punjab. This is one of the major achievements of the Bar Council that goes to the polls on October 7 to elect a new chairman and vice-chairman.


BJP national executive meeting on November 2
Amritsar, October 5
The first fortnight of November will be unusually hectic for the local administration as Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, and several Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of various states will visit the holy city twice on November 3 and November 13 in connection with the national executive meeting of the BJP and bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of the legendry Maharaja Ranjit Singh, respectively.

Chohan for sovereign state
Jalandhar, October 5
The Khalsa Raj Party has decided to organise a state-level convention here on November 17 to create awareness among people regarding the formation on an independent sovereign state based on “Khalsa” ideology.

Mahila Cong to insist on 33 pc quota
Hoshiarpur, October 5
The women cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee will demand 33 per cent ticket for women in the coming elections to the state Assembly. This was announced by Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, President, Mahila Congress, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here last night.


PSEB to rescue of border residents
The performance of the Punjab State Electricity Board has been under bitter criticism both from urban as well as rural folk due to erratic power supply, rampant corruption and frequent breakdowns. But things are not as bad as they seem to be; there is a silver lining too.

Foeticide: PHRC to take suo motu notice
Phagwara, October 5
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission will launch a scheme next month with a view to channelising and harnessing energy and talent of the youth. Stating this at a seminar on human rights and the youth at Community Polytechnic of Palahi village, Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, ADGP, of the commission, said today the scheme would be introduced in 13 districts.

Rail overbridge to be beautified
Built to remove congestion in the city, the railway overbridge near the bus stand is at present serving just the opposite purpose. Those entering the city have to face burgeoning dhabas, rehris and haphazardly parked vehicles under the bridge. Encroachers have occupied almost the entire space under the bridge and all plans of the district administration to develop this area have failed.

Forensic experts to meet on Oct 21
Ludhiana, October 5
The Indian Association of Forensic Document Examiners, a body of prominent handwriting and fingerprint experts, will organise a one-day session on October 21 at Patiala in which eminent forensic scientists of North India will present papers on the latest developments in the field of document examination.

Free legal aid for poor planned
Mansa, October 5
A state-level Lok Adalat would be held here on October 20. This was stated by Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge, Bathinda and Mansa, while presiding over a meeting of the Free Legal Aid Authority here today.

SGPC project to preserve frescoes
Amritsar, October 5
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today decided on preservation, restoration and maintenance of precious frescoes, murals and other paintings at the Baba Atal Sahib gurdwara.

The frescos of Baba Atal (Amritsar ) which stand damaged due to callous attitude of all concerned. SGPC has decided to preserve the invaluable art work. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma 

The frescos of Baba Atal

I-cards to be used in poll
Hoshiarpur, October 5
Ms Usha R. Sharma, Additional Secretary of the Punjab Election Department, said it had been decided that voting be done on the basis of identity cards of the voters in the forthcoming elections of the state assembly. She was addressing a meeting of leaders of various political parties and returning officers of all segments of the district here yesterday.

No voting sans ID card
Chandigarh, October 5
Mr Gurjit Singh Cheema, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab today said no one would be allowed to vote without an identity card in the forthcoming Assembly elections as per the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India.

SDM apologises for misconduct
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 5
The SDM, Khamano, had to apologise to procurement staff of the Civil Supply Department in the office of the Deputy Commissioner today. According to Ms Rajwant Kaur, DFSC, a delegation of the staff of procurement agencies met her today and alleged that the SDM had abused the DFSO, Khamano, yesterday over the lifting of paddy. When he objected, the SDM abused him thrice.

Vulgar posters dot Amritsar
Amritsar, October 5
In blatant violation of law the city continues to be dotted with vulgar posters. They are a cause of embarrassment to the residents particularly senior citizens and young girls. The callousness of the MC authorities is brought out by the fact that they have not been able to pull these posters from the walls of the holy city. Such posters can be seen around the bus stand area, cinema theatres and some schools.

Class IV staff hold dharna
Bathinda, October 5
Members of Class IV Matric Pass Union from all parts of the district today held a dharna in front of the office of the District Education Officer to press the authorities to fulfil their demands.


Procurement staff ‘exploiting’ farmers
Jalandhar, October 5
The CLP leader Choudhary Jagjit Singh today criticised the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for his failure to make arrangements for the procurement of paddy in all mandis of Punjab.

20 cr released for paddy payments
Sangrur, October 5
The Punjab Government today released Rs 20 crore to the District Food and Supplies Controller to make payments for paddy procured by the Food and Supplies Department.


Bhagat Singh is FC (Revenue)
Chandigarh, October 5
In an administrative reshuffle today, Punjab moved Mr Bhagat Singh Principal Secretary, Higher Education, posting him as Financial Commissioner (Revenue) against a vacant post.

Class III, IV staff may get special increment
Chandigarh, October 5
The Punjab Government is set to announce a financial bonanza for class III and IV employees in the state. It is likely to include special increment after a certain period of service and additional instalment of Dearess Allowance and bonus.

Submit applications, encroachers told
Patiala, October 5
The encroachers in the city have been asked to submit their specified proformas and applications latest by October 15 in order to get their possessions regularised. This was stated by Mr Manjit Singh Narang, SDM, Patiala, during a meeting held with officials of various departments here today. The step was taken in order to curb the increasing nuisance of encroachments on the urban government lands.


Flesh trade on the rise in Bathinda district
Bathinda, October 5
More women and men are indulging in flesh trade, which has attained alarming heights in the district. Official sources said in the past nine months six such gangs had been busted by the district police. Twentysix persons had been arrested from various places for their alleged involvement in the flesh trade and cases under Section 3 and 5 of the Suppression of Immoral Trafficking in Women and Girls Act, 1956, registered against them at different police stations in the district.

1 held for opium smuggling
Bathinda, October 5
The police has arrested one person for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of opium and has recovered 1.5 kg of opium from him. According to a police press note issued here today, Sukha Ram, a resident of Hanuwas in Pali district of Rajasthan, was arrested from near Panniwala village for possessing 1.5 kg opium. The alleged culprit was carrying the opium in a polythene bag wrapped around his belly.

12 held for looting
Tarn Taran, October 5
The local district police has nabbed 12 members of different gangs of looters. Mr Jagdish Kumar Mittal, SSP, told mediapersons here today that the Goindwal police had arrested Charanjit Singh, alias Chandu, a resident of Bharowal, who along with Karaj Singh, a resident of village Dhunda, his close relative, with the help of four others killed a woman at Bharowal on the night of September 18 at the farmhouse of Shingara Singh and Surinder Singh.

One held for duping villager
Bathinda, October 5
The district police has arrested Bhinder Singh of Bhucho Khurd allegedly for cheating Jagsir Singh of the same village by taking money from him promising to secure a job for him in the Military Engineering Services (MES). In a press note issued here today, Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, said Bhinder demanded Rs 1 lakh from Jagsir promising to secure a job for him in the MES. When the latter expressed his helplessness to arrange the money the accused told him to arrange Rs 70,000.

Brother of KCF militant held
Ferozepore, October 5
The police has arrested three wanted criminals, one of them related to Joga Singh, a hardcore militant and a close accomplice of Pipal Singh Dholewala of Khalistan Commando Force.


Grants to Tohra-run colleges stopped
Chandigarh, October 5
The former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said the SGPC had stopped grants to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College and Mata Gujri College, both in Fatehgarh Sahib. He said the SGPC used to give of Rs 25 lakh annually to both institutions. But it had not paid grants for three years. He said that both institutions were now mobilising funds from their own sources.

Villagers cry foul over PTI’s transfer
Aaklia Jalal (Bathinda), October 5
Resentment prevails among residents of this village over the transfer of the physical training instructor (PTI) from the local Government High School by the education authorities allegedly under political pressure.

Garhwal varsity wins contest
Bathinda, October 5
HN Bahuguna Garhwal University won the over-all award for performance in all competitions at the five-day youth festival and national integration camp held in the city.


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