Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Sacrilege to be probed: CM
Amritsar, October 6
After imposing a ban on the controversial ‘Bhavsagar Samunder Granth’ authored by excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, the Punjab Government is contemplating a ban on the activities of ‘Dera Bhaniara’.

Mastermind behind granth held
Ropar, October 6
The Ropar police has arrested a staunch follower of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara suspected to be the mastermind behind the publication of the “Bhavsagar Samunder Granth”.

Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, is seen writing controversial 'Bhawsagar Samunder Granth' at his Dera .
Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara is said to be seen writing the controversial 'Bhawsagar Samunder Granth' in this picture at his Dera. Earlier, he had denied that he had authored the banned book. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

Confrontation may spill over to Haryana
Chandigarh, October 6
With acid thrown on the faces of three of his followers inside Patiala jail this afternoon and the Ambala unit of Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) threatening to gherao the office of the district police chief in protest against its failure to take action against another follower, the Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara case has taken a dramatic turn and may affect the neighbouring Haryana in the coming days.

Fatehgarh Sahib


During the past few years, many NRI Punjabis have invested hugely back home, particularly in the tourism and entertainment sector.
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It’s a fight against barbarism: Gujral
Jalandhar, October 6
A former Prime Minister, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, today termed the proposed US-led military action against Osama bin Laden and his supporters among the Taliban as the last war between the civilised world and the barbaric forces. The ensuing conflict would put an end to barbarism in the world for times to come, he claimed.

Aulakh misusing funds: Mann
Amritsar, October 6
Huge funds being collected all over the world in name of Khalistan are being misused by America-based Gurmit Singh Aulakh, self-styled chief of the Council of Khalistan.

Families desert mentally ill: CM
Amritsar, October 6
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today laid the foundation stone of the ultra-modern Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health which is being reconstructed at a cost of Rs 40 crore.

Patients of the mental hospital sing a welcome song on the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Dr Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Patients of the mental hospital sing a welcome song.

Baba Satlani cremated
Amritsar, October 6
Baba Mangal Singh Satlani, acting President, Gurmat Gurbani Parcharak Sant Samaj and a votary of Balmiki calendar, died at a local private hospital late last night. He was a strong opponent of the controversial ‘Nanakshahi calendar, which had virtually divided the Sikhs.


3 MLAs, MP form front against govt
Mansa, October 6
Three members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Mansa district, Mr Hardev Singh Arshi, leader of the CPI group in the Assembly, Mr Baldev Singh Khiala, a rebel SAD legislator, and Mr Ajitinder Singh Mofar, the lone MLA of SAD (A), who recently joined the Congress, along with Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, CPI MP, have formed a front to expose the alleged misdeeds of the Badal government.


Poor amenities bane of Nabha
Civic amenities in this town are poor. The problems of residents range from faulty sewerage, encroachments and contaminated drinking water to erratic power supply and heaps of garbage in almost all localities.

Press meet or musical concert?
Jalandhar, October 6
It was an unusual scene to see a press conference gradually taking the shape of a fine musical concert.  

Security at Bathinda cantonment lax
Bathinda, October 6
Even as almost all countries of the world have been taking steps to protect their vital installations after the terrorist strike at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York, USA, the security and safety of Asia’s biggest cantonment located in the city seems to have missed the agenda of the authorities.

98 cases settled at 6 lok adalats
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 6
More than 180 cases were taken up of which 98 cases were disposed of at six different lok adalats organised at the Amloh town and here simultaneously today.

Cancelled tour rocks NRI Sabha meeting
Jalandhar, October 6
Differences between the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, who is also chairman of the NRI Sabha, and the sabha’s president and some other office-bearers cropped up at the its executive committee meeting held in the Gymkhana Club yesterday.

Cancer detection camp by AWWA
Jalandhar, October 6
A cancer detection camp to screen ladies for cancer of breast, oral cavity, skin and cervix was held at Ferozepore Military Hospital today under the aegis of the Golden Arrow division of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).

Vikas Manch for uniform criterion for senior citizens
Amritsar, October 6
The Amritsar Vikas Manch has sought that all organisations should have the same criterion regarding age to accord certain facilities to senior citizens.

M.S. Gill to open Mohan Singh fair
Jalandhar, October 6
The annual two-day 23rd Prof Mohan Singh Yaadgar Mela will be inaugurated by Mr M.S. Gill, former Chief Election Commissioner, at Ludhiana on October 20.

IAF gives dole to victims
Hoshiarpur, October 6
Seven men, women and children, who were wounded on the ground when a MiG-21 fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in the district on September 26, were yesterday given cash assistance by the IAF authorities for medical treatment.

Malta tragedy victims’ kin await relief
Phagwara, October 6
Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, today condemned the indifferent attitude of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his government towards the parents of 170 untraceable/deceased Punjabi young men who were drowned by the international human trafficking mafia on December 25, 1996, in the Malta Sicily channel near Italy along with 91 Sri Lankans and 37 Pakistani nationals.

More rail facilities sought
Bathinda, October 6
The Bathinda Vikas Manch has urged the Railways to provide more facilities at the local railway station.

No misconduct, no apology, says SDM
Chandigarh, October 6
Reacting to a report “SDM apologises for misconduct” published in The Tribune today, Mr Nirbhai Singh, SDM of Khamano, denied that he had either abused the DFSO or tendered an apology for it and described the report as “totally false and motivated.”

‘Aao Bune’ contest results
Patiala, October 6
More than one lakh students from 500 schools all over the country participated in “Aao Bune Knitting Competition”.


Cops, arhtiyas ‘harassing’ farmers
Bathinda, October 6
Mr Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, vice-president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta), has alleged that arhtiyas were harassing farmers with the connivance of the police in the name of getting their money back given to farmers.


125 cr for 24-hr power supply
Patiala, October 6
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) received Rs 125 crore from the Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi, here today for enhancing the process of providing 24-hour power supply to all villages in the state on the urban pattern.

CISF team at Rajasansi
Amritsar, October 6
The security at Rajasansi International airport, which witnessed over six hijacking incidents during the past few years, will be handed over to the elite Central Industrial Security Force completely.


Life term for 3 in murder case
Kapurthala, October 6
Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, yesterday convicted Manjit Singh, Paramjit Singh and Sukhpal Singh, all residents of Shersingh Wala village under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code for murdering Jagmohan Singh of the same village.

Gang of robbers busted
Bathinda, October 6
The district police has busted a gang of robbers, vehicle thieves chain snatchers and recovered a Tata Sumo, two Maruti cars and a scooter with the arrest of four persons. Two other members of the gang are still at large. Two of the six members of the gang are constables in the Punjab Police.

Woman killed


CM gives Rs 10 lakh to school
Amritsar, October 6
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced the state government was recruiting 8000 teachers to fill vacancies existing in various schools. Mr Badal, addressing a gathering on the occasion of completion of 100 years of the establishment of Sri Guru Harkishan Public School here, said the progress of the nation could be gauged by its literacy rate.


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