Monday, October 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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NCERT not to allow ‘saffronisation’
To delete objectionable portions on Gurus
Amritsar, October 14
The NCERT has decided in principle to project secularism and resolved to undo efforts by vested interests to “saffron” education in the country. It has agreed to remove all objectionable material, especially on Sikh Gurus, from its textbooks.

SAD not to convene meeting on sacrilege issue
Patiala, October 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal will not convene an all-party meeting, as demanded by the Congress and other political parties, to discuss the issue pertaining to the burning of “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib at various places in the state recently.

Gurdev Badal, son undergo ‘tankhah’
Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), October 14
Obeying the edict pronounced by the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, on October 12, the Punjab Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Singh Badal and Mr Kewal Singh Badal, junior vice-president, SGPC started undergoing their “tankhah” (punishment for religious misconduct) at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, here yesterday.

Paswan projected as future PM
Chandigarh, October 14
The Union Coal and Mines Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, here today termed minorities as “border guards” of the country amidst his projection by his Dalit followers as the “future Prime Minister”.

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  BJP stakes claim to 35 seats
Ludhiana, October 14
It is official now. The BJP will no longer be content to contest only 23 seats in Punjab which it had contested in 1997. It will ask for at least 12 more seats this time. This was made clear by the state general secretary of the party, Mr Avinash Jaiswal, at a press conference after attending a meeting of the senior party leaders and prominent workers here today.


Front to contest 40 seats: RPI
Hoshiarpur, October 14
The Republican Party of India will contest from 50 segments in alliance with the National Democratic Front, constituted recently, in the forthcoming assembly elections.


They work under shadow of death
Bathinda, October 14
“It is better to die working than to die of hunger”, said Kiran, a washerwoman working near Gobind Fort here for the past many years. She is among hundreds of people working on the road alongside the wall of the fort, which has been declared unsafe by the authorities concerned.

Visually impaired on warpath
Chandigarh, October 14
The visually impaired of Punjab are on the warpath again in protest against the alleged apathetic attitude of the state government towards their long-standing demands.

Directory for blind soon
Bathinda, October 14
The Divine Eye Research Foundation, an NGO, will publish a directory for the blind to help them get treatment. In a press note issued here today, Mr Rakesh Narula, president of the foundation, said with the help of social service organisations of the region and youth clubs the details about blinds were being collected.

Pensioners unhappy with Punjab Govt
Chandigarh, October 14
Pensioners in Punjab have expressed disillusionment with the state government for its inability to meet their long-pending demands. Government pensioners have alleged that despite repeated assurances by the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, regarding the implementation of the recommendations of Fourth Punjab Pay Commission, little has been done by the administration.

Conference discusses role of anaesthesia
Amritsar, October 14
The two-day conference of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologist concluded here today. Dr H.L. Kaul, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS, New Delhi who delivered the “first Dr Pritam Singh Oration” sensitised the delegates regarding the need and skills of practice of anaesthesia required in the next decade for improving patient care. He emphasised the need to develop innovative products, processes and use newly developed technical advances.

State ‘retracting’ from responsibilities
Amritsar, October 14
In his valedictory address on the concluding day of the two-day national symposium on the review of the working of Constitution, political scientist Bhupender Singh Brar remarked that the Indian state was retracting so far as its responsibilities were concerned but was advancing in its moves towards acquiring more power.

Voters’ I-card preparation from Oct 18
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 14
A campaign to prepare the remaining voters’ photo identity cards is to be launched in the district from October 18. “Voters shall get their I-cards within four days of being photographed,” said Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner and the District Electoral Officer.

Ex-servicemen allege discrimination
Barnala, October 14
Liet Gen M.M. Lakhera (retd.), Chairman, Ex-Servicemen Cell of the All-India Congress Committee addressed a massive convention of the Ex-Servicemen Cell of the PPCC on Sunday at the Bansal Palace here in which ex-servicemen from Bathinda, Moga, Nawanshahr, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mansa, Sangrur and Ludhiana districts participated in large numbers to share their grievances and discuss various problem being faced by them.

Kishore Kumar remembered
Patiala, October 14
A function was held on the 14th death anniversary of late singer Kishore Kumar at Government Education College here last evening. The programme was organised by the 3-A Creation Club in collaboration with A. S. Music and Dance Academy. Mr Manjit Singh Narang, SDM, Patiala, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Jagjit Singh Dardi, member of the Press Council of India, and Mr Ved Prakash Gupta, President, District Congress Committee (Urban) were also present at the function.

Dev Anand’s village a picture of neglect
Gurdaspur, October 14
Residents of Gharota, 27 km from here native place of Bollywood star Dev Anand are worried about neglect of the area. Mr Jaimal Singh, sarpanch, Dilbeero Rani, Yash Pal and Pritam Chand, panches of Gharota said the village had only one tubewell for the supply of drinking water, which operates only for one hour. He said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab when visited the area in April this year promised to sink another tubewell and also ordered the public health department to complete the installation of another tubewell within a year, but in vain.

SHO slaps BJP activist, probe ordered
Sangrur, October 14
Mr Anil Kumar, a BJP activist was allegedly slapped by SHO Balbir Singh last night when he was closing his shop. Mr Anil Kumar alleged that the SHO was under the influence of liquor and mufti when he misbehaved with him.

Brahampura opens cultural festival
Tarn Taran, October 14
Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Punjab Cooperation Minister yesterday inaugurated the three-day interstate youth cultural festival here organised by the Socioeconomic Development Programme of the diocese of Amritsar.

Rashtriya Rifles jawan cremated
Ropar, October 14
Jawan Gurjeet Singh of the Rashtriya Rifles (Mahar), who died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir on October 11, was cremated with full military honours at his native village Khabra near Ropar. Gurjeet Singh succumbed to his injuries during the encounter with militants at Barakuchan village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. He had just joined his duty.

Patwaris to hold dharna tomorrow
Amritsar, October 14
All patwaris of Punjab will hold dharna and rallies against the Deputy Commissioner of Police and district revenue office of the Amritsar at various district headquarters on October 16.

Bibi Jagir Kaur hospitalised
Jalandhar, October 14
Bibi Jagir Kaur, a former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, was hospitalised following drug reaction which occurred while she was on way to her “dera” at Begowal last night.

Probe sought into union leader’s murder
Amritsar, October 14
Leaders of various political parties, including SAD and BJP, demanded the arrest of those responsible for the sensational murder of union leader Devinder Singh Walia last week.

Late train irks passengers
Bathinda, October 14
Mr Khushal Dutta, Vice-President, Northern Railway Passengers Association, in a complaint lodged with the Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore, alleged that train number 345 (down) running on the Ferozepore-Bathinda-Jind section had been running late for sometime and no action had been taken to improve the situation.



Medicinal plant board soon
Ludhiana, October 14
The Punjab Government is all set to constitute a medicinal plant board in the state. The board will have multiple functions with main focus on conserving, preserving and producing medicinal plants, besides motivating farmers to go for crop diversification and grow medicinal plants, which are claimed to have good export and domestic demand.

Govt may sell land to encroachers
Gurdaspur, October 14
Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat while talking to news- persons here today said as much as 4000 acres belonging to zila parishads in the urban areas had been encroached upon by individuals. He said the government planned to transfer this land to the encroachers on prices assessed by the respective deputy commissioners and his team.

Improper records of paddy: 2 issued show-cause notice
Lalru, October 14
Two persons, including an employee of the local Market Committee, were issued show-cause notice by the Chairman of the committee for not maintaining proper records of the paddy received in the grain market.


Mill worker dies in accident
Tarn Taran, October 14
Three deaths have been reported in the area during the past 24 hours, including that of an employees of the local Co-operative Sugar Mill. According to sources, Major Singh, a resident of Naushehra Pannuan village, an employee of the Co-operative Sugar Mill, Sheron, was killed on the spot when his scooter was hit by a vehicle near Sheron village last night.

‘Bully’ Excise men identified
Jalandhar, October 14
The Nawanshahr police has identified the Excise and Taxation officials who allegedly harassed late night commuters on the Chandigarh-Amritsar GT Road by raising “Special Naka” near Balachaur on the night of October 12 and 13. The officials who had stopped vehicles including tourist buses and forced the travellers to open their baggage and even misbehaved with them were led by Inspector Pushpinder Singh and five junior officers and not by some Surinder Pal Singh, said a senior police officer from Nawanshahr.

Eunuch shot at for refusing to dance
Hoshiarpur, October 14
Eunuch Seema Mahant got bullet injuries when infuriated Veerpal Singh opened fire on her refusal to dance with him at a function. The incident took place at the house of an NRI, Mr Nasib Chand, at the local Purhiran locality yesterday. Seema Mahant was admitted to the Civil Hospital.


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