Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Akal Takht summons Charnjit
Sloganeering angers Vedanti
Amritsar, October 15
Akal Takht has summoned Mr Charnjit Singh of the Khalsa Action Committee for an explanation within a week for raising slogans against the ‘mild tankhah’ pronounced by the Sikh High Priests on October 12 on Mr Gurdev Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister, his son, Mr Kewal Singh Badal, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, a former Akali member of Parliament, and Mr Bhag Singh and Mr Surjit Singh, both leaders of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), for maintaining ties with excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Don’t worship godmen, warns Kewal Singh
Damdama Sahib (Bathinda), October 15
Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar, Takht Shri Damdama Sahib, today appealed to the Sikh sangat not to worship humans claiming to be “gurus” and obey the edicts of Guru Granth Sahib.

SAD regains control over Takht Patna Sahib
Chandigarh, October 15
The Shiromani Akali Dal regained its control over the management of the Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib, Patna, as its nominee and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member from Faridkot, Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, was unanimously elected President of the Parbandhak Committee of the Takht at Patna today.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Sex determination tests to be costlier
Patiala, October 15
The recent Supreme Court ruling far from putting an end to sex determination tests through the ultrasound technique, has resulted in making the practice more lucrative for various diagnostic centres in the district.

PSEB faces financial blackout
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board is facing a financial blackout. Given the staggering financial liabilities, amounting to approximately Rs 650 crore, there is an apprehension that this may even cause power blackout.


Tohra villain of panthic unity: CM
Pathankot, October 15
Mr Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister, Punjab, today alleged that SHSAD President Gurcharan Singh Tohra was the real villain of the Panthic unity as he had rejected the unity move.

Corner meetings to drum up support for Amarinder
Patiala, October 15
The Punjab Congress may claim to be riding the crest of a popular wave which it feels will bring it back to power in the state, but it still needs to hold corner-level meetings for as long as a fortnight to ensure a respectable attendance at a rally being held by it in the hometown of its President Capt Amarinder Singh on October 28.

Cong flays Fernandes’ reinduction
Patiala, October 15
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today deplored the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes as Defence Minister in the Union Cabinet saying that it was a shameful and unpardonable act on the part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

CPI panel for tie-ups formed
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab unit of the CPI today constituted a three member committee of the party to make efforts to form a united front of secular, democratic and left forces to defeat “ communal” ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the coming Punjab Assembly elections.

CPM to keep off Cong, Akali parties
Chandigarh, October 15
Mr Balwant Singh, Secretary of the Punjab CPM unit, has said his party would neither enter into electoral alliance with the Congress nor the Akalis. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Balwant Singh said he was trying to form a united front of the secular and democratic forces which would contest elections on its own.

Minister ‘misleading’ Aggarwals
Bathinda, October 15
Various organisations of the Aggarwal community have condemned the statements of certain Punjab ministers in which they had asked the Aggarwals to vote for the Akali-BJP alliance in the coming Assembly elections. Aggarwal leaders said their’s was a non-political organisation.


Rs 19 lakh relief for 38 war widows
Pathankot, October 15
Ikkwanja Brigade in collaboration with the Gurdaspur district administration on Sunday organised an ex-servicemen's rally and medical camp at Sujanpur cantonment to honour war widows of the district.

Focal point needs focus on basics
Roads full of potholes, cracks and depressions, electricity poles literally falling down and dark streets without lights, mark the Industrial Focal Point on Sirhind Road here. The condition of this focal point is such that it cannot be counted among industrial areas. The industrialists have been demanding basic amenities at the focal point and despite repeated representations from the plot-holders, no effort has been made by the authorities.

CITU to gherao ministers
Chandigarh, October 15
The President of the Punjab unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Union, Mr Balwant Singh, said today that the union would gherao ministers whenever they would visit industrial centres in the state. He said while hundreds of mills in the state had turned sick, the Punjab Government was paying no attention towards this problem.

March against terrorism
Jalandhar, October 15
Hundreds of the Punjab Youth Congress workers today held an anti-terrorism march to register their solidarity with the US-led forces fighting against Taliban in Afghanistan.

Dental check-up campaign concludes
Patiala, October 15
More than 1.50 lakh children from primary schools of various blocks got their teeth checked up during the one-month awareness campaign organised by the Health Department here.


Expediate work on approach roads: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, directed the district heads of the concerned departments to utilise the grants up to one lakh within a period of three months and ensure the quality of the development works.

Ayurvedic Directorate ‘doing good work’
Chandigarh, October 15
The Punjab Civil Ayurvedic Medical Services Association at its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Dr Manjit Singh, expressed its total satisfaction over the working of the Director, Punjab Ayurvedic Department.

ESI employees not paid salaries
Amritsar, October 15
More than 12 staff members of the Employees State Insurance attached to Tuberculosis hospital here have not been paid salaries for past three months. The spokesman for the ESI staff said here today that they had made various representations to the Director at Chandigarh to release their salaries but to no avail.


2 booked under Dowry Act
Patiala, October 15
The Sadar police has registered a case under the Dowry Act against two persons, including the husband and sister-in-law of a 26-year-old woman, who was allegedly burnt in a locality in the city last night.

3 injured in attack
Patiala, October 15
Three persons were injured when some unidentified persons attacked them at Sular village on the outskirts of the city in the early hours today. The victims, all of whom have been admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital, have been identified as the couple, Mr Satinder Singh and Ms Karamjit Kaur, and their son, Khushwant Singh.

105 kg of poppy husk seized, 5 held
Bathinda, October 15
The police claims to have arrested five persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of narcotics and has seized 105 kg of poppy husk from their possession. A press note issued here today said Ashok Kumar resident of Killianwali and Major Singh of Koreana were arrested from near Jaga Ram Tirth village while they were trying to smuggle 50 kg of poppy husk. They were carrying the poppy husk in a jeep which was also impounded by the police. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85, NDPS Act has been registered against them at Talwandi Sabo police station.


Lecturers to go on leave on Oct 19
Phagwara, October 15
College teachers will go on mass casual leave on October 19 and converge at Banur, the constituency of Punjab Finance Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh, for courting arrest.

Special children participate in contests
Patiala, October 15
Deaf and dumb students of the Ram Kali Welfare Handicapped Sewa Society participated in painting and dance competitions organised at Lakhshmi palace here today.


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