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Sacrilege: Bhalla panel notified
Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab Government tonight formally notified the appointment of Justice K.S. Bhalla as a one-man commission of enquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952, to probe into burning of birs of the holy Guru Granth Sahib at various places in the State but failed to set the time limit for completion of inquiry.

Coronation against Sikh maryada: Tohra
Chandigarh, October 29
Urging the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, not to participate in the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Amritsar in the third week of November, a former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said today that there was no concept of “tajposhi”( coronation) in the Sikh religion.

Procurement season is their lifeline
Khanna, October 29
Shortly, Chowdhary Ramesh, Shero, Palo, Naresh Yadav and Kallu will disperse from Morinda. They came to the grain market from various places on September 21, the day procurement of paddy got off in Punjab. Procurement operations will stop in a week or so.

Labourers load paddy on a tractor-trailer in Khanna Mandi. —  Tribune photo Karam Singh


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Crop damage due to ‘spurious seeds’
Jalandhar, October 29
Farmers of the cotton belt of the Doaba region are in for a trouble this time as cotton crop over about 3000 acres has been destroyed. Though cotton is mostly grown in the Malwa region of Punjab, but due to dwindling income from the traditional paddy crop, a number of Doaba farmers, particularly, those of the Mand area of Jalandhar and Kapurthala, took to cotton cultivation about two years ago. As a result a small cotton belt developed in and around the Mand area and parts of Phagwara sub-division.

Power cuts hit cotton industry
Abohar, October 29
The Punjab Government appeared determined to ruin the cotton industry, Mr Krishan Nagpal, secretary, Cotton Ginning and Pressing Factories Association, has said. Mr Nagpal regrets that the factories were facing seven-hour power cuts besides weekly shutdown on Saturday.

UGC disapproves of institutes
Patiala, October 29
Two recently launched high profile institutes of the Punjabi University established on the campus here under the name of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Infornmation Technology and the Talwandi Sabo Institute at Damdama Sahib in Bathinda district have come under a cloud with University Grants Commission Chairman Dr Hari Gautam today saying no University could involve a private party to set up such institutes.


PPCC to deal firmly with dissidents
Abohar, October 29
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to deal firmly with the growing dissidence in the party. Steps taken during the past few days have sent a signal not only to the dissidents but also to their abettors. Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, president, Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress, has confirmed that the nomination of Ms Rajni Mehta as the state vice-president has been cancelled.

SHSAD’s poll pact with BSP
Sangrur, October 29
The Panthic Morcha was having informal talks with Leftists for electoral alliance for Punjab assembly elections, said the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra here today.

SHSAD youth wing rally on November 1
Bathinda, October 29
Members of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal will hold a rally here on November 1 to express resentment against the failure of successive governments to punish those responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.


Drive against dera system
Amritsar, October 29
Taking cognizance of heightened public sensitivity towards the acts of sacrilege, activists of the Dal Khalsa, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and Sikh scholars today launched an awareness drive against the “dera culture” and gurudom on the concluding day of the two-day panthic convention held at Patti, 15 km from here.

Groping through dark streets
Lack of proper street lighting in several busy areas of Patiala has become a driver’s nightmare and has also caused a number of accidents. Recently a 12-year-old boy had a miraculous escape when he was cycling home on his bicycle along the road that passes through Leela Bhavan and Rajindra Hospital. “There is not a single street light in this stretch of road which is one of the busiest roads of the city”, said Mr Naresh Jain, a resident of the adjoining Income Tax Colony.

Group loans for unemployed youth
Patiala, October 29
Groups of unemployed youth will now be entitled to a loan of Rs 3 lakh, while individuals can start their own business by availing a loan of Rs 50,000. This was said by Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir, while presiding over a meeting to review the Self-Employment Scheme with District Coordinators and district development authorities at Red Cross Hall here today.

Chakreshwari Devi fair opens today
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
Fatehgarh Sahib is the land of martyrs, saints and gods. Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Rauza Sharif and Mata Chakreshwari Devi Jain Temple, the highly respected religious shrines of Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, respectively, are situated here. Two kilometres from here on the Sirhind Chuni road lies the religious shrine of the Jains, “Mata Chakreshwari Devi Jain Temple”. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country and abroad converge on this shrine every year on the full moon of Kartika. This year the annual fair will be held on October 30 and November 1.

Preet Nagar to be centre of culture
Amritsar, October 29
The Guru Nanak Dev University would develop ‘Preet Nagar’, a historic village near here, as centre of literacy and cultural activities. This was announced by Dr S.P. Singh, vice-chancellor of the University while inaugurating ‘Punjabi Week’ celebrations here today.

‘Anthrax letters’ being examined
Faridkot, October 29
The microbiological laboratory of the local Guru Gobind Singh Medical College has been receiving letters suspected to be containing anthrax powder from Bathinda Cantonment and the city for chemical examination.

Powder sent for testing
Sangrur, October 29
The district health authorities, Sangrur, have sent a sample of powder suspected to be containing anthrax spores to the Microbiology Department of Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for conducting an examination.

5 jaundice cases in Sangrur locality
Sangrur, October 29
At least five children have been suffering from jaundice for the past several days in the local Khalifa Mohalla, causing panic among residents of the area. A Medical Officer working in the local Civil Hospital said he had information about the spread of jaundice in the mohalla as he had met some patients suffering from the disease.

Japan shouldn’t have lifted curbs: Mann
Phagwara, October 29
Condemning the killing of Christians in a Pakistani Roman Catholic church yesterday, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), sought UN intervention for the protection of minorities in Pakistan and India.


Farmers given loans worth Rs 640 cr
Patiala, October 29
Punjab Public Health Minister Raja Narinder Singh today said farmers had been given loans amounting to Rs 640 crore under the Revolving Cash Credit Card scheme. Presiding over a sports mela at Paleya Khurd village in Nabha subdivision, the minister said farmers possessing upto two acres would be given a loan of Rs 2 lakh and those possessing land less than five acres would be given a loan of Rs 3 lakh.

Arhtiyas observe strike
Sangrur, October 29
More than 100 arhtiyas of the local grain market today observed a complete strike against the non-payment for procured paddy by different procurement agencies. Due to the strike, no auction of paddy was done in the grain market.


PSEB guidelines ‘anti-employee’
Bathinda, October 29
Thermals Coordination Committee, Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to wear black badges and to hold protest rallies in the state to show their anger over ‘anti-employee policies’ of PSEB.

Protest by thermal plant employees
Bathinda, October 29
Hundred of employees of local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant held a rally at the main gate of thermal plant today to oppose the anti employee polices of the PSEB.

Ministerial staff resent ACR-linked promotions
Bathinda, October 29
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has condemned the decision of Punjab Cabinet to promote employees on the basis of a confidential reports of past five years of their performances.

Sale of high-noise crackers banned
Ropar, October 29
The Ropar District Magistrate, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, has banned the manufacture, storage and sale of high-noise fire crackers in the district. However, he has exempted the sale of small crackers like “phuljharis” at 25 places stipulated by him.


Councillor held on cheating charge
Mansa, October 29
The police has registered a case under Sections 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 420 of the IPC against Mr Harpal Singh Pali and Ms Santosh Joga, both councillors, Mansa, belonging to the SAD and the BJP, respectively, and Jagjit Singh, a resident of Mansa. The police has arrested Mr Pali and Jagjit Singh.

Mystery shrouds man’s death
Ludhiana, October 29
Mystery shrouds the death of a middle-aged man Gurpal Singh, who was found hanging from a hook in his house in Gurpal Nagar Shimla Puri last evening. The police believes it to be a case of suicide but no suicide note has been recovered from the house so far.


VCs’ stress on quality education
Patiala, October 29
The Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Dr Hari Gautam, today said that Punjabi University could open training centers in any discipline on its campus but could not work with any franchisee or enter into a joint venture with a private company.


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