Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Vedanti administers oath to ‘marjiwras’
Amritsar, October 9
The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today administered oath to “marjiwras” (sacrificial squads) who would be ready for supreme sacrifices to uphold the sanctity of Guru Granth Sahib, to safeguard “dharma” (religion) and to give a befitting reply (punishment) to the “anti-Panthic” forces.

Co-author of “Bhavsagar Granth” arrested
Moga, October 9
The district police today arrested Dr Pritam Singh of Dhudhike village in this district, who is one of the co-author of controversial book “Bhavsagar Granth”, being used by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, and recovered a copy of the same from him.

Afghan Hindus, Sikhs stranded in Pakistan
Attari (Amritsar), October 9
A large number of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus have been stranded in Pakistan during their mass exodus from Afghanistan in the wake of the war. This information was given by Mr Bhajan Singh who along with three Afghan Sikh families arrived by Samjhauta Express here today.

Sikh NRIs looking for land in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 9
Shell-shocked by incidents of hate crime after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA, Punjabi diaspora in general and Sikhs in particular, have started exploring the opportunities of investments, both in real estate and industry back home.

Punjab to set up dept for NRIs
Chandigarh, October 9
To help non-resident Indians speedily solve their problems, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today ordered the creation of a new department in Chandigarh. It will be headed by Ms Geetika Kalha, Secretary, Education (Colleges), as Commissioner in charge. A post of Secretary, NRIs and Industrial Liaison, already exists in New Delhi.

The SGPC holds a crucial meeting in Anandpur Sahib following reports of burning of Guru Granth Sahib in various parts of Punjab.
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Attacks on Sikhs unacceptable: NZ
Chandigarh, October 9
“Attack on the Sikhs, or any other innocent people, is unacceptable to the New Zealand Government and people,” says its High Commissioner, Ms C. J. McDonald, maintaining that the Sikhs are a “valued group in New Zealand’s multicultural society.”

Low funds utilisation by MPs
Chandigarh, October 9
The low utilisation of funds available to the Members of Parliament from Punjab is a cause of serious concern. Against the utilisation norms of 80 per cent to 85 per cent, it is a mere 48.9 per cent against the overall figure of 65.5 per cent at the national level.


No pact with Cong, SAD: Kanshi
Balluana (Bathinda), October 9
The Bahujan Samaj Party will not enter into an alliance with either the Congress or the SAD in the assembly elections due in the state next year as both had worked against the interests of the Dalits.

Morcha promoting Cong interests: SAD
Chandigarh, October 9
Three members of the Punjab Cabinet belonging to the SAD today launched a scathing attack against Panthic Morcha leaders. Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Mr Sikander Singh Maluka and Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, in a statement issued here today said the leaders of the morcha were acting as mouthpieces of the Congress on the sensitive issue of acts of sacrilege.


Students, traders not allowed to meet Badal
Amargarh/Bardwal (Sangrur), October 9
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, today held “sangat darshan” programmes in two villages of the district. In almost identical speeches at both places he criticised the Congress and Panthic Morcha for allegedly getting, political mileage out of the sacrilege incidents.

Notice to Punjab in Bhattal case
Bathinda, October 9
Mr Surjeet Singh, Special Judge, yesterday issued notices to the state of Punjab, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Vigilance, and SP (Vigilance), Bathinda, in connection with a case registered against former Chief Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal under the Prevention of Corruption Act for her alleged misappropriation of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Overseas job cell of little help
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 9
Resentment prevails among unemployed youth of the area, who are being deceived and fleeced by the state’s overseas employment cell. The youth allege that the cell is not providing any information to them on the vacancies or the employer.

Waiver of youths’ loan sought
Chandigarh, October 9
A committee of parents of Sikh youths has urged the Punjab Government to waive the loans which were given to their wards by the Barnala government to start self-employment ventures.

Gate in name of Gen Vaidya’s assassins
Amritsar, October 9
The Damdami Taksal and other Sikh organisations have decided to construct a memorial gate in the memory of Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha —the assassins of Gen A.S. Vaidya, at their native village Gadli, 15 km from here today. Funds were also collected on this occasion to raise the memorial. Earlier, the bhog of akhand path in memory of the assassins was held at Akal Takht to mark their ninth death anniversary. They were hanged on October 9, 1992, for assassinating General Vaidya.

Work on bridge to begin on Oct 30
Bathinda, October 9
Work on the much-awaited overbridge, to be constructed over the “khooni phatak” of the city, will be started at a function to be attended by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on October 30. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, gave this information while addressing a meeting of district officials here yesterday.

Uncertainty over Shahpur dam
Gurdaspur, October 9
Uncertainty continues to prevail over the construction of Shahpur Kandi dam project inspite of repeated statements by the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues to take up its construction at the earliest. The Chief Minister, during his “sangat darshan” here had said that the project would be undertaken on departmental level in October and the Central Government had agreed to release an instalment of Rs 40 crore, but nothing in this regard has happened so far.

22 No. Phatak overbridge to cost Rs 8.35 cr
Patiala, October 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will lay the foundation stone of the railway overbridge at 22 No. Phatak here tomorrow. Giving this information, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, said the construction work, which was delayed due to certain reasons, will cost Rs 8.35 crore.

Few takers for SGPC poll forms
Chandigarh, October 9
Work on the registration of voters for the ensuing elections to the SGPC that started from September 3 has attracted a negligible number of persons. Very few have submitted the forms for getting themselves registered as voters in one month.

Photos for voter cards from today
Bathinda, October 9
Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said that photographs for the purpose of formation of voter identity cards would start from October 10 in the district.

Hearing in Giani Kewal Singh case adjourned
Bathinda, October 9
Mr B.C. Rajput, District and Sessions Judge, today adjourned the hearing of Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, in connection with the dowry death case of his daughter-in-law Sharanjit Kaur to October 31.


Raids on ultrasound centres
Patiala, October 9
A vigilance committee under the chairmanship of Dr Inderjit Kaur, Civil Surgeon, conducted a series of raids on various ultrasound centres in the district. Giving this information, Dr Kaur said none of the centres was using proper prohibition signboards to spread awareness among the general public discouraging them to undergo sex determination tests.


Youths storm petrol station, loot Rs 8 lakh
Abohar, October 9
People still looked scared around the petrol and diesel station on the National Highway No 15 outside Gumjal village where at least six armed youths stormed at 7.30 pm yesterday and looted approximately Rs 8 lakh at gunpoint.

Ropar DC’s car attached
Kharar, October 9
Mr Roshan Lal Chauhan, Civil Judge, has issued warrants of attachment of the official car of the Deputy Commissioner (PB-12-0090) in an execution filed by Mrs Gurdev Kaur and others for the recovery of Rs 13,728 and has fixed the next date of hearing on November 27.

SI arrested on graft charge
Ferozepore, October 9
Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau have arrested Sub Inspector Fauja Singh while taking bribe of Rs 1000 from Mahinder Singh Mankeya Wali village for extending help in absolving charges framed against his wife Manjit Kaur in connection will the fake arms licence case.

Spate of thefts in Malerkotla
Malerkotla, October 9
There is panic among the residents of Malerkotla and surrounding areas after a spate of thefts during the past 24 hours here in which gold ornaments, cash and other valuable goods worth lakhs were stolen.

Two gangs of robbers, murderers busted 
Patiala, October 9
The Patiala police claims to have busted two gangs of robbers allegedly involved in various murder cases also. According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, 15 members of the gangs have been arrested under the drive.

Farmer murdered
Khanna, October 9
Jasbir Singh, a farmer of Naraingarh village, has been murdered allegedly by Joga Singh, a youth residing in his neighbourhood. A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC. The accused has surrendered before the police.

JE murdered by colleague
Amritsar, October 9
A Junior Engineer of the PSEB was murdered allegedly by another Junior Engineer last night. Davinder Singh was allegedly stabbed to death by Satpal. Professional rivalry is said to be the reason behind the murder.


Group song contest
Bathinda, October 9
The district unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, a socio-cultural organisation, organised a group song competition at the local SSD College. Mr Lalit Sachdeva, secretary of district unit of the parishad, in a press note issued here yesterday, said Mr Jai Pal Garg presided over the function. Fourteen teams of students of various schools and colleges of the city participated.


Minister explains poor growth of industry
Bathinda, October 9
Due to paucity of funds the state government was not able to provide necessary financial help to industries in the previous years, which proved to be a hindrance in their development.

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