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PM’s visits to Amritsar may be rescheduled
Chandigarh, October 19
International commitments of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, early next month have made his proposed visits to Amritsar on November 3 and 13 uncertain. Mr Vajpayee is rescheduled to participate in the national Executive Committee meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party to be held in Amritsar from November 2 to 4 and also preside over the concluding function of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the holy city on November 13.

Buta calls Badal’s remarks slanderous
Barnala, October 19
A former Union Home Minister and senior Congress leader, Mr Buta Singh, has alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was making provocative statements against him to defame him in the eyes of Sikh masses, posing a danger to his and his family members’ life.

Badungar bailed out for lack of proof: Vedanti
Amritsar, October 19
Stung by the criticism of leaders of splinter Akali factions, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar of Akal Takht, has said that Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, OSD to the Chief Minister was ‘bailed out’ as there was no proof to substantiate that he had links with excommunicated Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Sacrilege : SAD PAC to meet on Oct 22
Patiala, October 19
The Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal will meet on October 22 to discuss further action to be taken into the cases of sacrilege after the Punjab and Haryana High Court expressed its inability to spare a judge for conducting a probe in this regard.

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Bail for co-author of banned book
Moga, October 19
A local court has granted bail to Dr Pritam Singh, co-author of the controversial book of Baba Piara Singh. Dr Pritam Singh, who was arrested by the police on October 9 from Dhudike, was given bail by Moga Judicial Magistrate (First Class) K.K. Bansal yesterday.

Sangrur leads in paddy procurement
Sangrur, October 19
Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, yesterday said that Sangrur district was leading in the state by procuring 13.89 lakh metric tonnes of paddy till Wednesday evening while Ludhiana and Ferozepore districts came next, with 10.63 lakh tonnes and 10.51 lakh tonnes procured, respectively.


Home faces fund crunch
The Home for the Blind here, which has been rendering valuable service to society, is in financial straits. Dr Sadhu Chand Vinayak and some other philanthropists had decided to establish a home for the visually impaired. Soon a society, the District Council for the Welfare of the Handicapped, was formed in 1956. Initially, the Home for the Blind was set up in rent-free accommodation (Tulsi Ram Ashram). From a modest beginning, the home gradually made progress and was later shifted to a spacious building of its own near Makhu Gate. The home soon became a model institution.

Small newspapers allege discrimination
Patiala, October 19
The Punjab Small and Medium Newspapers Committee Chairman, Jagjit Singh Dardi, today alleged that small and medium newspapers, especially Punjabi ones, were discriminated against while distributing advertisements worth Rs 10 crore by the Punjab State Lotteries during the past five years.

IMA hails PHSC’s privatisation move
Phagwara, October 19
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association welcomed Punjab Health Systems Corporation’s move to allow entrepreneurs and professionals to set up diagnostic facilities in hospitals and community health centres run by the corporation. Dr Raman Aggarwal, Chairman, College of General Practitioners, IMA Punjab, today said the move would provide an opportunity to the private healthcare sector to serve humanity at competitive price. The Health Corporation already has been charging for various services and infrastructure. The opening of these avenues to private professionals will bring in spirit of competition and work culture.

‘Appoint DRME from among doctors’
Chandigarh, October 19
Representatives of the Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association today met the Chief Secretary to demand the appointment of the Director, Research and Medical Education, from among doctors. This post has been vacant since February 28.

Ex-servicemen throng rally
Jalandhar, October 19
The Army today organised an ex-servicemen rally at the Sainik School complex, Kapurthala. After inaugurating the rally, Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, along with host of other senior officers interacted with the retired personnel of the armed forces and listened to the problems of war widows.

Survey begins on old structures
Amritsar, October 19
A survey team of six members constituted by the Municipal Corporation and headed by an assistant town planner today started the survey of old, dangerous buildings. It will study the repair or demolition needed as per the condition of the structure, its affect on adjoining buildings and monitoring of the repair work which could prove dangerous.

Atwal honoured
Chandigarh, October 19
The All-India Depressed Classes Welfare Association today honoured the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, on his election as vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Mr Atwal said that he was elected to the coveted post with the grace of the Almighty and the blessings of his well-wishers.

Removal of bank AGM sought
Amritsar, October 19
A protest march led by Mr Jagir Singh, general secretary, All-India Punjab and Sind Bank Staff Federation, was held here today by employees of various banks in front of the zonal office.


Kisan mela: farmers seek incentives
Patiala, October 19
Diversification will remain a pipe dream unless the government offered incentives to farmers to sow crops having national or world market. Farmers expressed these lines at the ‘Kisan mela’ organised by the Young Farmers Association’ at Rakhra village near here. They said rates of crops should be increased to facilitate cultivation in advance so to ensure good returns. Farmers said if this was done, the government could reduce the procurement rates of wheat or paddy if it wanted less area under grain cultivation.


Submit inquiry reports in time: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, has directed the officers of all departments to submit their reports regarding the complaints marked to them at the sangat darshan programmes within the stipulated period, so that the people could be given justice at the earliest.

Readers not given revised pay scales
Pathankot, October 19
At least 168 Readers working in different judicial courts in Punjab are running from pillar to post despite the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court granting them revised pay scales.


Sarpanch charged with graft
Gurdaspur, October 19
The police has booked Maninder Singh, Sarpanch of Nahipur village, near here, on charges of corruption as per the directions of a Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.G. Gupta. A case under Section 12-13 (2), Prevention of Corruption Act, was registered against the Sarpanch in police station Sadar, Gurdaspur, yesterday. The accused is a relative of Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Revenue Minister.

Two held in dowry case
Malerkotla, October 19
Amritsar residents Ranjodh Singh and Jatinder Singh, husband and father-in-law of Randeep Kaur, respectively, were today arrested for torturing her for bringing insufficient dowry.

Fraud by PFC officials alleged
Chandigarh, October 19
A local industrialist has, in a complaint forwarded to the Punjab Vigilance Department this week, alleged fraud by some officers of the Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC). The complainant, Mr V. Ingle, has alleged that he had bought an industrial unit at Patiala from the PFC, but on taking possession of the unit, he found that machinery was not complete.

Robbers take away car, cash at gun point
Rajpura, October 19
An armed robbery reportedly took place on the Sirhind-Rajpura road on last night. A Tata Indica car, Rs 5,000 and some jewellery was looted in the incident.


Students get no question paper at exam centre
Patiala, October 19
Far from getting examination blues, students appearing in the BA second-year Sanskrit paper being conducted by Punjabi University were in for a surprise yesterday. No question paper was given to them at the examination centre and they had to leave without attempting any paper.

GND varsity starts police admn course
Amritsar, October 19
Guru Nanak Dev University today clarified that candidates who intend to appear privately in the newly introduced course of MA (police administration) from the current academic session (2001-2002) should send their admission forms directly to the university after completing all formalities required for the course.

Gurdial Singh made Visiting Professor
Chandigarh, October 19
Prof Gurdial Singh, eminent Punjabi writer and Jnanpith Award winner (1999), has been appointed Visiting Professor, Department of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Students put up food stalls
Patiala, October 19
As part of the World Food Day celebrations, students of MSc (food and nutrition) and PG Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health and Nutrition arranged stalls of low cost nutritious snacks and drinks at the Government College for Girls here recently. The stalls were inaugurated by the College Principal, Dr Gursharan Kaur Jaggi.

World Food Day celebrated
Bathinda, October 19
Desh Bhagat Dental College, here today celebrated ‘World Food Day’ on college premises. Dr Naresh Pruthi, district coordinator Welfare Societies, Muktsar presided over the function.

Bungling alleged in selections
Bathinda, October 19
Candidates, who had appeared in the interviews conducted by the Departmental Selection Committee (Teaching), have alleged that a large-scale bungling has been committed in the selections.


Industrialists meet CM
Patiala, October 19
A delegation of the Focal Point Industries Association today met the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at the sangat darshan programme and discussed their problems with authorities of the Punjab Small Industries Export Corporation (PSIEC) here.

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