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Vedanti plans meeting with Pope
Amritsar, October 23
With a view to discussing the problems being faced by Sikhs in Christian-dominated countries, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht is making efforts to meet Pope John Paul in the Vatican. Jathedar Vedanti has asked Mr Tarlochan Singh, vice-chairman, Minority Commission, to arrange a meeting with the Pope.

Will Talwandi get second term?
Chandigarh, October 23
Alarm bells have started ringing for the SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, who will complete his one year term as Chief of the Sikh religious body on November 30. Will he get a second term or not? This question has become important because of recent political developments in Akali circles.

SGPC sticks to its guns on panel
Alamgir (Ludhiana), October 23
The SGPC today stuck to its guns while ratifying and upholding its earlier decision of October 8 to constitute a probe panel consisting of two retired judges of the high court and a Sikh scholar. Asserting its authority, the executive at a special meeting held here today said, only an SGPC-constituted panel was authorised to probe sacrilegious incidents.

Tohra dares Vedanti to summon Badal
Amritsar, October 23
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, has dared Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, to summon Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, other ministers and senior Akali leaders who had violated ‘hukmnamas’ issued from time to time.

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PAC discusses SYL issue
Chandigarh, October 23
The Political Affairs Committee of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal at its meeting here on Monday discussed at length the issue of the sharing of river waters and the incomplete Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal. The Punjab Advocate-General, Mr H.S. Mattewal, was also called to brief the members on various legal aspects of the issue.

Letter to officer being examined for anthrax
Faridkot, October 23
Has anthrax reached Asia’s biggest cantonment located in Bathinda city? The authorities concerned at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College here have been trying to find out the truth by examining chemically and through other modes an envelope received by a Brigadier of the Indian Army at present posted at the Bathinda military station.

4 Hindu families arrive from Pak
Amritsar, October 23
Passenger rush in the Samjhauta Express drastically came to an all-time low here today in the aftermath of US strikes on Afghanistan. Four Hindu Pakistani families arrived here to look for opportunities to migrate from trouble-torn Jacobabad.


Fresh efforts for Badal-Tohra unity
Chandigarh, October 23
Though a lot of bad blood has been created between the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and a former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, in the recent past, renewed efforts have begun on the part of certain MLAs to bring about unity between the two.


Protest over sale of school land
Sangrur, October 23
A large number of local residents under the banner of Baba Vishavkarma Mandir-School Action Committee, Sangrur, today held a protest march through the town and a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here to protest against the alleged “wrong” registration of land of Baba Vishavkarma School here, in the name of Mr Amandeep Singh and to demand handing over of the control of the school to the action committee.

15 hurt as truck overturns
Bathinda, October 23
Five persons were killed and 17 injured during the past 36 hours in various incidents in the district. Manjit Kaur, alias Mango, died of burns at the local Civil Hospital yesterday. A case under Section 306-A has been registered at the Kotwali police station against the brother-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased.

Polio mop-up round from Oct 30
Bathinda, October 23
Even as crores of rupees have been spent on the pulse polio programme launched in 1995 and sponsored by various governmental and non-governmental agencies, detection of two confirmed cases of polio in Faridkot district has alarmed the state health authorities.

Move on restricted area opposed
Bathinda, October 23
Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhagu, president, Nagar Sudhar and Action Committee, ward No. 13, yesterday claimed that no notification had been issued regarding the declaration of the area that fell in the vicinity of the ammunition depot as restricted area by the Deputy Commissioner, news about which had appeared in a section of the Press yesterday.

Burn effigies of ‘reservation’: Front
Amritsar, October 23
The Anti-Reservation Front, Punjab, has urged the various Dasehra committees and Sanatan Dharm sabhas of the state to burn the effigies of reservation along with Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran on October 26 all over the state in protest against the alleged “pro-reservation policies” of the state and the Central Government.

Recruitment rally from Nov 5
Amritsar, October 23
The Army will be organising a recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty and technical) belonging to all castes from November 5 to 11 at Panther Stadium, exclusively for candidates of Amritsar. Candidates are required to have passed matriculation and must be between 16-21 years of age for soldiers (general duty) and between 16 to 23 years for soldier (technical) as on January 30, 2002.

Freedom fighters to hold dharna
Jalandhar, October 23
The Punjab Freedom Fighters Organisation has flayed the state government for its alleged indifferent attitude towards its demands. The organisation has decided to hold a protest dharna in Chandigarh on November 19.

Study shows poor AIDS awareness
Amritsar, October 23
The Critique Youth Forum launched an AIDS awareness programme interspersed with cultural events for a largely youth audience here yesterday. The programme also included a research study conducted by the forum upon a sample of rural people of 20 villages. The study showed the poor awareness level of the people.


Dist may meet paddy procurement target
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 23
The district is likely to achieve the target of paddy procurement of 4.56 lakh metric tonne this season and 3,55,680 metric tonne of paddy has been purchased as compared to 2,13,137 metric tonne during the corresponding period past year.


Instructions on promotions changed
Chandigarh, October 23
The Punjab Government has modified instructions on the constitution of Departmental Promotion Committees for considering cases of promotion to Class I and Class II (now group ‘A’ and group ‘B’) posts.

MC removes lawyer from panel
Bathinda, October 23
In a significant decision, the local municipal council authorities have decided to remove its labour law advocate, Mr Mohan Lal Garg, from its panel, allegedly for his negligent attitude in connection with some suits in the local court. The council lost two cases as he reportedly failed to appear in the court and the cases were decided on an ex parte basis.


Dowry victim’s in-laws in custody
Pathankot, October 23
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Harish Anand, today remanded the in-laws of the dowry victim Saroj Rani in the judicial custody. According to the police, the father of the victim, Ram Murti, had alleged that Rakesh Kumar, husband, Chander Kanta, mother-in-law, Rajesh, brother-in-law and Narinder, father-in-law of Saroj had been demanding dowry.

Held for adding to eunuchs’ fold
Bathinda, October 23
The police today arrested Jangir Singh, a local resident, who was allegedly involved in the castration of number of people in connivance with the mahant of a dera of eunuchs Kotkapura.


GND varsity to celebrate Punjabi week
Amritsar, October 23
Guru Nanak Dev University will hold the Punjabi week celebrations from October 28 to November 2. The programmes would also include an educational tour to ‘Preet Nagar’, a writer’s home near here, which will be developed by the university as a centre for creative writers.


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