Friday, October 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Buta Singh, nephew to be summoned at Takht
Amritsar, October 18
Mr Buta Singh, a former Union Home Minister, has the dubious distinction of being summoned at Akal Takht for the second time. Earlier, he was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth for carrying out “kar sewa” of Akal Takht after “Operation Bluestar” in gross violation of the Sikh traditions. However, he atoned later for his religious misconduct.

Mann denies having written to Baba
Ludhiana, October 18
The SAD (Amritsar) chief, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today denied that he had ever written any letter to Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara after the February 1998 parliamentary elections. He was referring to recent media reports claiming that he had communicated on record with the controversial baba.

Govt to take fresh decision on sacrilege
Patiala, October 18
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said with the Punjab and Haryana High Court expressing its inability to spare a judge to inquire into the various acts of sacrilege in the state, the Shiromani Akali Dal would meet shortly to take a fresh decision on what should be done in the matter.




Probe: Badal may look for other options
Chandigarh, October 18
As the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has conveyed to the Punjab Government that it will not be possible to spare a judge for holding the judicial probe into the recent acts of sacrilege in the state, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, may look for other options in this connection.

Harassment of Sikhs decreases: Australia
Chandigarh, October 18
“The Australian Prime Minister has made it clear that there is no place for acts of religious intolerance,” says Mr Rob Laurie, Australian High Commissioner to India, claiming that complaints of harassment of Sikhs in his country after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA have decreased considerably.

Take charge of unmilled paddy, Punjab asks Centre
Chandigarh, October 18
Upset over the “uncooperative attitude” of the Food Corporation of India regarding the milling of 4.5 lakh tonnes of paddy worth Rs 400 crore procured last year, the Punjab Government has urged the authorities concerned at the Centre to take possession of that paddy.

Overseas job cell meant to help youth: Labour Dept
Chandigarh, October 18
A spokesman for the Punjab Labour Department today clarified that the purpose of the overseas employment cell was to help youth get jobs. He was reacting to a news item in these columns on October 10.


Cong dharna fails to draw crowd
Jalandhar, October 18
The much-hyped Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee dharna against the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes as Defence Minister failed to attract much crowd or even half traffic at the BMC chowk here today.

Preneet wrongly criticised: Kapur
Patiala, October 18
Former MP and Senior Congress leader Satpal Kapur today said former Minister Brahm Mohindra had wrongly condemned party MP Preneet Kaur for violating discipline by projecting PPCC president Amarinder Singh as candidate for the local Assembly seat.


Collecting food, endangering lives
Bathinda, October 18
As soon as procurement season for wheat and paddy starts in the state, a number of poor people descend on main and interior roads criss-crossing the state to gather scattered foodgrains.

Two labourers separating paddy from straw along the Bathinda-Chandigarh road on the outskirts of Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Enhanced security for Samjhauta Express
Amritsar, October 18
In view of the growing anti-Indian frenzy in Pakistan, the India Government has sounded red alert and enhanced security for the Samjhauta Express. Intelligence agencies reveal that holidays for security staff have been “put on hold” in anticipation of retaliatory action following the alleged stone-pelting incident on the Samjhauta Express on Monday at Wagah.

No tubewell despite CM’s orders
Jalandhar, October 18
Though the Punjab Chief Minister had instructed the local municipal corporation authorities to get a tubewell dug within three months for providing drinking water supply to residents of the local Basti Pirdad and adjoining localities during his ‘sangat darshan’ programme five months ago, the latter has failed to complete the task so far, forcing the residents to live under miserable conditions.

Riots panel members meet DC
Bathinda, October 18
Office-bearers of the district unit of the 1984 Sikh Parwasi Sangharsh Committee today met the Deputy Commissioner and urged him to allot houses and flats to them as were given to riot victims in other districts.

Quacks thrive on gullibility
Quacks are ruling the roost here, exploiting gullible patients looking for a cure for various diseases. These quacks, posing as “sex experts,” have put up impressive hoardings at the bus stand and the railway station and work from makeshift “clinics” in hotels in the area. Their visits are regularly announced in vernacular papers and handbills inserted in the newspaper supply.

Shortage of KVPs irks residents
Bathinda, October 18
Post offices in the city are facing an acute shortage of Kisan Vikas Patras. After standing in long queues for hours, people are being turned back by officials who are also finding it difficult to cope with the rush and the inquiries on the KVPs.

Three-day cultural mela on Nov 3
Jalandhar, October 18
The annual three-day 10th International Salamat Ali Nazaqat Ali Cultural Mela, dedicated to the memory of renowned classical singer Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, will be held at Sham Chaurasi village in Hoshiarpur on November 3.

One gets death sentence
Sangrur, October 18
Mr R.P. Nagrath, Additional Sessions Judge, Sangrur, today awarded death sentence to Resham Pal Singh in a case in which four persons were murdered in May 1991 at Bishangarh grid of the PSEB near Sandaur village in this district.

Garbage collection scheme launched
Patiala, October 18
A door-to-door garbage collection scheme covering about 1,500 households and commercial establishments was launched in the Tripuri township here today by the Municipal Corporation.

OT assistants seek free accommodation
Malerkotla, October 18
The Punjab State Senior Operation Theatre Assistant Union in a press note issued here today demanded free accommodation for the operation theatre (OT) assistants in Punjab.

Minister lauds role of youth clubs
Bathinda, October 18
For a healthy society, the youth should use their energy in social welfare works, instead of indulging in anti-social activities. This was stated by Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, while inaugurating a cultural programme organised by the local Guru Teg Bahadur Youth and Welfare Club here last night.


Austerity steps at engineers’ cost: association
Patiala, October 18
The PSEB Engineers’ Association yesterday condemned the irrational and arbitrary decision of the board to downgrade the admissibility and rates of travelling expenses. In a statement here today, the association general secretary, Mr Anil Miglani, said in the revised criteria, even Chief Engineers had been clubbed with grade II and Assistant Engineers with grade IV.

Punjab to reactivate crisis group
Chandigarh, October 18
Following some reports of panic over perceived chemical and biological threats, Punjab has decided to reactivate the Crisis Group for the Management of Chemical Accidents.

New SP (HQ) at Ropar
Chandigarh, October 18
The Punjab Government ordered the following postings and transfers in the Police Department today. Mr S.C. Jain, Additional Director-General of Police, Computer and Wireless, will also look after the work of the Additional Director-General of Police, Vigilance, Punjab State Electricity Board.

Rakesh Nath takes over as BBMB chief
Chandigarh, October 18
Mr Rakesh Nath, yesterday took over as Chairman, BBMB. Born on May 21, 1950, he passed B.Sc Engineering with Honours from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. Prior to joining BBMB, he was holding dual charge of the posts of Whole Time Director, Power Trading Corporation and Chief Engineer, Central Electricity Authority.


Crime by migratory labourers rising
Bathinda, October 18
Crimes by migratry labourers is on the rise and an order passed by the District Magistrate, Mr R. Venkatratnam that all migratory labourers shall be registered in the nearest police stations had not checked it.

Assailants kill 1, injure four of family
Phillaur, October 18
Balbir Chand was shot dead while his mother Parkash Kaur, daughter Savita Rani, brother Mohan Lal and another close relative Prem Singh sustained injuries, when six armed assailants opened fire on them and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons at Mansoorpur village late last night.


Online courses soon by GND varsity
Phagwara, October 18
Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, said yesterday that the university planned to start from next year a job-oriented distance education programme for students of areas that did not fall within the jurisdiction of the university.


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