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Akal Takht may summon Mann
Amritsar, October 17
The Akal Takht is contemplating summoning Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann), and his personal assistant, Mr Iqbal Singh Tiwana, for seeking favours from the excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

SGPC poll may be delayed
Amritsar, October 17
SGPC elections which were due this month would be held after the forthcoming Assembly elections as it failed to complete the process for preparing electoral rolls. 

Despite tension, SGPC to send jathas to Pak
Amritsar, October 17
Even as heightened tension prevails in Pakistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the SGPC has decided to send jathas to Pakistan. The jathas are slated to leave on November 23 for Gurpurb celebrations to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Meeting to revive Sikh Itihas Research Board
Amritsar, October 17
A meeting of the SGPC to revive its Sikh Itihas Research Board will be held here tomorrow. The board had been defunct for the past about two years. Mr H.S. Dilgir, a close confidant of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra was removed as director of the board when Bibi Jagir Kaur took over as SGPC chief.

Afghan Sikhs in a bind
Attari, October 17
Due to the non-issuance of visas by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, not even a single Afghan Sikh stranded at Gurdwara Panja Sahib (Hassan Abdal) could arrive here via the Samjhauta Express.



  Punjab offer on ‘nikasi’ land
Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab Government has decided to provide another opportunity to farmers tilling government land along the course of rivers in the state to get the land ownership right transferred in their names. 

Con man held by Moga police
Moga, October 17
The district police has achieved a major success with the arrest of a notorious con man who was involved in a number of frauds in Ropar, Moga and Chandigarh. The con man, identified as Piara Singh, a local resident, was arrested by a police party led by Sub-Inspector Sat Pal Singh from Mohali recently.


Cong MPs to move privilege motion
Chandigarh, October 17
Congress Members of Parliament from Punjab will move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha during the winter session against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, for not allowing them to utilise funds and creating hurdles in the implementation of the Area Development Scheme.

Punjab Cong to hold protest rallies
Jalandhar, October 17
The Punjab Congress will hold rallies at all district headquarters in the state tomorrow to register its protest against the re-induction of Mr George Fernandes as the Union Defence Minister.

Preneet ‘flouts’ party discipline
Patiala, October 17
Senior Congress leader Brahm Mohindra said today that party MP Preneet Kaur had violated party discipline by projecting her husband and Pradesh Congress Committee President Captain Amarinder Singh as the party’s nominee for the local Assembly seat at a number of corner meetings held to convass support for a party rally being held in the city on October 28.

Cong, CPI to jointly contest elections
Chandigarh, October 17
The CPI and the Congress yesterday formally announced to jointly contest the coming Assembly elections in Punjab. An announcement to this effect was made here by Mr Lal Singh, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.


US body ‘adopts’ hospital
The North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association, USA, has “adopted” Guru Nanak Mission Hospital being run by the Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran (Nawanshahr), for providing it with facilities on a par with international standards.

Shiromani awardee accused of plagiarism
Patiala, October 17
Controversy has come to surround Shiromani awards with a Hindi scholar awarded the Hindi Shiromani Sahitkar award last year being accused of plagiarising from the colleague’s book

Of garbage and encroachments
Gurdaspur, October 17
Resentment prevails among residents of street facing Guru Nanak Park here against the digging of the lane for the laying of sewerage pipes . Sewers have already been laid in streets and residents do not know why new sewers are laid again. 

‘Mortar shell’ found at railway station
Pathankot, October 17
A live “mortar shell” was found at railway station’s platform No 1 on Tuesday night. Immediately, the GRP and local police were informed who called the army bomb-defusing squad. 

PCMSA flays demand to sack minister
Patiala, October 17
The PCMS Association has described the demand to sack the Medical Education Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, as a ‘mischief’ and an attempt to blackmail the minister by some self-proclaimed leaders, who in no way represent the PCMS cadre.

Jail inmates educated about AIDS
Patiala, October 17
A seven-day general AIDS awareness campaign and training of peer educators conducted by Ahsaas at the local Central Jail concluded yesterday. Dr Ritu Sharma, Director, Ahsaas, stated that Punjabis were the most vulnerable class prone to this dreaded disease due to their typical characteristics and behaviour.

Boy crushed to death by bus
Bathinda, October 17
A boy was crushed to death by bus on the Bathinda-Mansa road this morning. He died on the spot. Volunteers of Sahara Jan Sewa took his body to a local hospital. The deceased was identified as Gurinder Singh, a local wrestler. 

‘Langooronwala mela’ begins
Amritsar, October 17
The unique “Langooronwala mela”, organised on the occasion of the “navratras,” commenced at the Durgiana Temple complex here today. The mela attracts childless couples from all over the world, especially those who desire a male child. 

Aggarsain Jayanti celebrated
Sangrur, October 17
The jayanti of Maharaja Aggarsain, founder of the Aggarwal community, was celebrated at a function organised by the local Aggarwal Sabha at Aggarwal Bhavan here today. 

Dang urges early sanction of stipend
Amritsar, October 17
Veteran CPI leader Satya Pal Dang yesterday expressed his concern over delay in sanction of stipend to the children of the terrorist victims in the state. In a letter to the Director and Special Secretary, Department of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr Dang said inspite of the recommendation to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the sanction had not been accorded.

CM to hear grievances
Patiala, October 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, will preside over a sangat darshan programme at Prem Bagh Palace on the Patiala-Devigarh road here tomorrow morning.

Lab technicians to hold rally
Bathinda, October 17
The members of Medical Laboratory Technicians Association, Bathinda, would hold a rally and dharna on October 21 at Lambi, the home constituency of Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to press the state government to implement already accepted demands.


Punjab asks RBI to release Rs 1,500 cr
Patiala, October 17
The Punjab Government has requested the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to release Rs 1,500 crore to it this month to clear the backlog in payments to farmers in the state.

6.87 lakh mt paddy procured in Patiala
Patiala, October 17
Various procurement agencies have procured 6.87 lakh metric ton of paddy in the district till now. The procurement made during the same period last year was 14.45 lakh MT.

Paddy straw being burnt
Moga, October 17
Clouds of thick smoke have engulfed almost entire route from Ludhiana to Ferozepore in the district following the burning of paddy straw by farmers. Although a ban had been imposed on the burning of the paddy straw, almost in all districts of the state, the farmers openly burn these for preparing land for rabi sowing. No action has been taken against them.

Paddy auction twice a day
Chandigarh, October 17
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has directed the procurement agencies to arrange the auction of paddy twice a day, preferably at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and from two points in all mandis. 


ORP scheme: cops’ fate hangs
Ferozepore, October 17
The fate of the Punjab police personnel who were promoted under the ORP (Own Rank and Pay) scheme by the government during the days of insurgency in Punjab is hanging in the balance. Although the Supreme Court has stayed the orders of the Punjab Government on the reversion of these police personnel, no decision has been taken in this regard, leading to unrest among these officers.

Drinking water project for 353 villages
Chandigarh, October 17
Nabard has sanctioned a drinking water project for the Punjab Government which will benefit 353 villages in the state. The project, which will be implemented in seven districts, involves a total outlay of Rs 61 crore of which Nabard will provide Rs 54.90 crore Rural Infrastructural Development Fund assistance.


Teacher arrested for fraud
Hoshiarpur, October 17

The Mukerian police yesterday arrested a school teacher on the charge of fraudulently getting three loans. When Ravi Dutt Shastri of A.S. Senior Secondary School at Mukerian, after submitting a written apology to the school management for the fraud, lodged a complaint of harassment against the management, the school authorities handed over the case to the police.

Four injured in temple robbery
Amritsar, October 17
A gang of about 10 persons took away cash and gold jewellery from the Mahakali temple at Majitha byepass on Monday night after seriously injuring four persons, including priest Piara Lal and his wife Meena Devi.

Arhtiya robbed of Rs 6 lakh
Bathinda, October 17
An arhtiya was robbed of Rs 6 lakh from a place near Bodhipura village 35 km from here this evening. According to police sources Ranjeet Singh commission agent of Bhagta was going to Bhodipura village from Bhagta at 3 p.m. today on scooter. His vehicle was hit by a white car when he was near Bodhipur village. He fell off after being hit by the car and received minor injuries.


Bungling in school finances alleged
Bathinda, October 17
The Parent Teachers Association of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School here alleged that large scale bunglings were taking place in the school finances. Mr Rajinder Singh Mann, secretary, PTA, in a signed statement issued here yesterday, alleged that the management committee of the school was not functioning properly. 

Teachers meet DC on holiday issue
Bathinda, October 17
Even as the authorities of the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology are yet to find some solution to the problem of the agitation being held by first year students, members of faculty annoyed over the non-declaration of holiday in the institute today met the Deputy Commissioner and urged him to look into the matter.

College teachers  defer bandh
Chandigarh, October 17
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union in a statement today said the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, had assured a deputation that gratuity would form part of the pension and other pension benefits for employees of non-government aided colleges.


Market Committee staff to intensify stir
Faridkot, October 17
The indefinite strike launched by Employees of the local Market Committee in protest against the registration of a “false” case against two of their colleagues, Jagan Nath and Baldev Singh, on the charge of snatching Rs 17,600 from a dealer and seizing the account books of two firms on September 22, took a new turn today when the Punjab Market Committee Karamchari Union decided to intensify the stir if the Faridkot police failed to withdraw the case.

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