Sunday, October 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Free Akal Takht from SGPC control: Patwant
Chandigarh, October 13
Eminent Sikh scholar, Patwant Singh, speaking at a seminar “Sikhs at the crossroads” organised by the Sikh Education Society here today, urged Sikhs to free Akal Takht from the control of the SGPC and the government.

Akali leaders undergo ‘tankhah’
Ropar, October 13
Three Akali leaders, including Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, former president of the Youth Akali Dal, Mr Bagh Singh Surtapur, district president of the SAD (Mann) in Ropar, and Mr Surjit Singh, general secretary of the SAD (Mann) in the district, today underwent ‘tankhah’ (punishment for religious misconduct) pronounced by the Sikh high priests at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib.

‘Tankhah’ not as per tradition, says SHSAD
Amritsar, October 13
After the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has alleged that the quantum of “tankhah” (punishment for religious misconduct) was “mild”.

Cong shielding Bhaniara, says Kanwaljit
Zirakpur, October 13
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) General Secretary and Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab, Captain Kanwaljit Singh accused the Congress of conspiring to flame tension in the state by allegedly orchestrating bir burning incidents.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, General Secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Finance Minister of Punjab, along with his party workers before addressing a rally in Zirakpur on Saturday. Capt Kanwaljit Singh, General Secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Finance Minister of Punjab, along with his party workers before addressing a rally in Zirakpur on Saturday.
— Photo Manoj Mahajan





Terms of reference of probe panel sought
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today demanded that the government should set up a commission of inquiry into the factors responsible for disturbed conditions in the state pinpointing who aided and abetted terrorism.

Plan for stranded Afghan Hindus, Sikhs
Amritsar, October 13
The national minorities commission in collaboration with the SGPC is working out a comprehensive plan to bring hundreds of Hindu, Sikh families from Afghanistan who are stranded in Pakistan due to US air strikes.

Art 25 ‘dilutes’ Sikhs’ identity
Amritsar, October 13
The National Minorities Commission has said that the clubbing of Sikhs with Hindus in Article 25 of the Constitution had diluted the independent identity of Sikhism.

Backlog in payments Rs 100 crore
Patiala, October 13
The backlog in payments to farmers for the paddy purchased have accumulated to more than Rs 100 crore in the district, which represents more than half of the paddy procured till date.

Report on Constitution review in 8 weeks: Venkatachaliah
Amritsar, October 13
The chairman of the national commission to review the working of the Constitution and the former chief justice of India, Mr M.N. Venkatachaliah, said the commission would submit its final report to the government of India within eight weeks.

From left to right: Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman, Minority Commission, Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India and Chairperson, national commission, Justice Kuldip Singh, a retired Judge of Supreme Court and Dr S. P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, at symposium on "Review of the Constitution" at Guru Nanak Dev University on Saturday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma


Political realignments in Badal village
Badal (Muktsar), October 13
Even as the next Assembly elections, which are due in February, 2002, are approaching, new political alignments have started emerging in this native village of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Cong workers rally behind Sandhewalia
Kapurthala, October 13
Congress workers, mostly women, today gathered here in support of Ms Jasmine Sandhewalia to stake a claim to the Congress ticket for her from the Kapurthala assembly seat in the coming elections. Lawyers, educationists, doctors and hundreds of Congress workers participated.


Rs 75 cr given under shagun scheme: CM
Bathinda, October 13
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, today said Rs 75.41 crore had been distributed among Dalits under the shagun scheme during the past four years in the state.

Notice to PPSC on screening test
Chandigarh, October 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has issued notice of motion for November 20 on a petition challenging the action of Punjab Public Service Commission and other respondents in prescribing a screening test for appointment of lecturers in the college cadre.

  • Plea against PO’s order dismissed

Govt staff oppose CRC decision
Faridkot, October 13
More than 200 government employees of general category from various departments held a scooter rally which passed through main streets of the town here today in protest against the decision of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to recommend changes in the Constitution for giving Fundamental Rights in the reservation category at all levels to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in the country.

Kuldip Singh not to review decision
Amritsar, October 13
Justice Kuldip Singh (retd) is unlikely to reconsider his decision to resign as Chairman of the World Sikh Council.

IMA seeks judicial probe
Sangrur, October 13
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Punjab unit today urged the Punjab government to order a judicial probe into the alleged kidney-removal rackets in the state especially in Ludhiana, Bathinda, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

11 gallantry awardees identified
Chandigarh, October 13
Under its welfare scheme the Punjab Government has identified 11 gallantry awardees or their next of kin in the state for grant of financial assistance for 2001-02. The scheme is applicable to those in distress.

Computerised railway booking sought
Bathinda, October 13
The National Consumer Awareness Group, Muktsar, has urged the Railway Minister to computerise ticket booking at the Muktsar railway station.

Meeting with CM denied, say medical practitioners
Bathinda, October 13
Members of the Unregistered Medical Practitioners Union have alleged that the police did not allow them to meet the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today during the sangat darshan programmes organised at various villages in Muktsar.

IAS Officers’ assn office-bearers
Chandigarh, October 13
The following were unanimously elected office-bearers of the Punjab IAS Officers’ Association for a term of one year, at the general body meeting here on Friday:

Anaesthetists’ meet opens
Amritsar, October 13
The second North Zone Indian Society Anaesthetists’ Conference was inaugurated by Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Minister of Medical Education and Research today.

2 dead, 3 hurt in road accident
Bathinda, October 13
Two persons were killed on the spot and three kids injured when a car collided with a stationary truck near Balluana village this evening.

ADC’s appeal on voter I-cards
Bathinda, October 13
Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) cum Election Officer, Nathana said that collection of photographs for the purpose of voter identity cards has started from October 13 for the Nathana Assembly constituency.


Farmers asked to sow wheat from Oct 25
Faridkot, October 13
The Punjab Government has fixed a target of 155.51 lakh MT of wheat production during the forthcoming Rabi season in the state. An area of 33 lakh hectares will be brought under cultivation in this connection.

Youths to be trained in dairy farming
Bathinda, October 13
Mr R. Venkatratnam, Deputy Commissioner, said here that to train matriculate youths in dairy farming, a one-month training camp of ‘Dairy Training Course’ will be held at Sardulgarh from October 30.


Punjab preparing debt profile
Chandigarh, October 13
Punjab is working out a debt profile on repayment of loans from various financial institutions. With waiver on loans seen as a moratorium, Punjab has to clear a debt of Rs 27,000 crore. The more it borrows, the deeper it plunges into debt. Informed sources told TNS that the state had given guarantees worth Rs 7,800 crore on borrowings by various boards and corporations.

FCI Inspector suspended
Mansa, October 13
Even as the state and central procurement agencies have been leaving no stone unturned to procure paddy of only required specifications, bungling in the purchase of the same has been found in the district.


Cops booked for harassment
Gurdaspur, October 13
The police has booked a police party of the Panipat police for allegedly harassing and illegally detaining Harbans Singh of Dadwan under the Dhariwal police station in the district.


Students protest
Amritsar, October 13
All campus students of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) boycotted classes here today in protest against the sacrilege of the holy Guru Granth Sahib.

PCCTU stand on pension
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) general secretary, Mr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, today said the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, has created confusion over grant of pension and other benefits to the employees of non-government aided colleges.

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