Sunday, October 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India




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Complaint against another ‘dera’
Amritsar, October 20
Even as the Sikh high priests, the ruling Akali Dal and the SGPC are yet to douse the flames generated by the sordid episode of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, another complaint of sacrilege had been made against a woman of Verka, near here.

SGPC had honoured a ‘tankhaiya’?
Jalandhar, October 20
Did Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi honoured an ex-communicated Sikh with a “siropa” during the visit of the then British Columbia premier Ujjal Dosanjh last year?

Letter triggers anthrax scare
Patiala, October 20
The anthrax scare has hit the city with a resident reporting receipt of a suspicious letter from Singapore following which he suffered a cold and is also suspecting a chest congestion.

BJP plans ‘rath yatra’ in Punjab
Chandigarh, October 20
For quite some time a silent, ‘saffron’ surface wind has been blowing across Punjab. as the BJP, has slowly but surely dug its heels even in villages. The BJP has quietly worked on the analogy of “rural character’’ in respect of 70 per cent of the 23 Assembly constituencies that it had contested (winning 18 seats in 1997), giving it a foothold to work on a rural organisational set-up. 




Revive youth wings of SAD: Dhindsa
Sangrur, October 20
In view of the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal is actively working on a proposal to revive the Youth and Women wings of the party. Talking to this reporter at the local PWD rest house today, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilisers, and Secretary-General of the SAD, said Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal had been asked to revive these wings before the ensuing Assembly elections.

Kapoor made JD (U) chief
Amritsar, October 20
Mr Sharad Yadav, president of the Janata Dal (United), has appointed Mr Jaspal Singh Kapoor as president of the Punjab state unit of the Janata Dal (U).


Harpreet KaurHarpreet case committed to sessions court
Patiala, October 20
A special Central Bureau of Investigation court today committed the case involving the alleged murder of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of a former SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in which the Bibi along with six others are accused, to the sessions court.

Suspend Sangrur SSP: protesters
Dhuri, October 20
On a call given by the Ravi Kant Murder Action Committee, nearly 1,000 activists, including women of local trade unions, employee unions, political parties, social organisations, held a more than three-hour long protest rally at the Triveni Chowk here today.

AIPRF against move on anti-terrorism ordinance
Patiala, October 20
The All-India Peoples Resistance Forum yesterday condemned the Union Cabinet’s decision to promulgate the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 2001 and termed it back door introduction of the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Bill 2000.

Martyr’s widow moves from pillar to post
Gurdaspur, October 20
Ms Manjit Kaur, widow of Subedar Nirmal Singh, Vir Chakra recipient of Chhina Bet in this district is being pushed from pillar to post for setting up a petrol station allotted to her. Her husband sacrificed his life in Kargil during Operation Vijay July 6, 1999.

A park forsaken by all
Patiala, October 18
Supposed to be the lungs of Tripri township, which was established as a refugee colony after partition, the Citizens Park does little to serve this purpose. The park that lies as a picture of neglect, attracts hardly any visitors. Besides overgrown foliage, bushes and wild grass, it is littered with garbage that nobody cares to remove. 

Relocation of dairies hangs fire
For years, attempts have been made to move dairies out of the city to ensure a better environment for the residents. Despite all the plans and deadlines set by the Municipal Corporation and the Improvement Trust, the dairies have remained where these were.

Power failure decried
Patiala, October 20
Power failure while the operations are being performed at Government Rajindra Hospital has posed serious danger to the life of patients.

Project to rehabilitate mentally challenged
Faridkot, October 20
The Central Government has allocated a pilot project of the Regional Resource and Rehabilitation Institute to the Faridkot Red Cross Society to rehabilitate persons suffering from cerebral palsy, mentally retarded and disabled persons of Ferozepore, Moga, Muktsar, Bathinda and Faridkot districts.

Minister: check female foeticide
Amritsar, October 20
The Health Minister of State, Mr Baldev Raj Chawla has called upon different social and other organisations to strive for checking female foeticide. Dr Chawla was speaking on the occasion of two-day regional seminar on women’s social empowerment here yesterday.

Lok Adalats to settle farm debt disputes
Bathinda, October 20
A new chapter was added to the Lok Adalat system with a special adalat to settle debt disputes held here today. Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, pointed out that cases in the courts had been piling up due to acute shortage of judicial officers.

Head Constable, SHO suspended
Bathinda, October 20
Mohan Singh, SHO, General Railway Police, Bathinda; along with one Head Constable, Kashmir Chand, have been placed under suspension by the railway police authorities for their alleged failure to check the smuggling of narcotics on trains.

Protest against power cuts
Moga, October 20
Local organisations here today protested against the daily power cuts and breakdown which they said had paralysed their business activities. At a meeting members of the Agro Industries Association, Ramgarhia Welfare Society, Auto-mobile Diesel Service Union and Great Grill Manufacture Association and other organisations said power cuts also affect water supply.


Company found selling substandard paddy
Mansa, October 20
Mrs Raji P. Srivastva, Deputy Commissioner, today told the SSP to register a criminal case against the commission agent owners of Kamal and Company of Delelwala village for their alleged bungling in the procurement of paddy. The company had allegedly cheated procurement agencies by managing to get substandard quality of paddy procured.


Discrepancy in voters’ lists
Bathinda, October 20
Even after spending crores of rupees on the preparation of voter identity cards and annual revision of electoral rolls, voters are still not sure that their names had been included on the list of eligible voters.
Preparation of fresh voter identity cards in progress
Preparation of fresh voter identity cards in progress at the Election Commission office in Bathinda. — photo Kulbir Beera

Amendment to ST Act okayed
Chandigarh, October 20
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved an amendment to the Punjab General Sales Tax Act, 1948, to enable it levy additional tax, surcharge at the rate of 10 per cent payable by a dealer.

213 arms licenses found invalid: DC
Ropar, October 20
The district administration has, in an inquiry conducted into the validity of arms licenses issued during the past five years in this district, found 213 licenses to be invalid. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, said 2,176 cases were examined, of which declarations given in 213 cases were found incorrect.


2.15 lakh missing from CDPO’s office
Tarn Taran, October 20
The mystery regarding Rs 2,15,689 lakh, missing from the office of the Child Development Project Officer Naushehra Pannuan, since the past four days as not been solved yet. Anganwari workers who were to get this amount as salary are resentful in this regard.

Two booked for rape
Tarn Taran, October 20
The police here booked two young men under Sections 376, 342, 506, of the IPC for raping a girl. Police sources said that the accused had been identified as Nishan Singh resident of village Raniwallaha village and Tarsem Singh resident of Bath village. The girl is the resident of Rattoke village aged 21 years.

Factory owner murdered
Phagwara, October 20
Sanjiv Kumar Lalli, the owner of Gopal Industries, Mehligate here, who was attacked last week with a sharp-edged weapon, succumbed to his injuries at the DMC, Ludhiana, yesterday. The local police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

3 held for showing obscene films
Barnala, October 20
Three persons — Ashok Kumar of Akalgarh Basti, Karam Chand of he Dhanaula road and Suraj Kant of Prem Nagar here — were arrested by the police for screening blue movies and selling such cassettes.


College students gherao DSP
Sunam, October 20
Students of the local Shaheed Udham Singh College took out a protest march through the main bazars of the city and gheraoed the local DSP in his office today to press the administration for the acceptance of their demands.


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