Tuesday, November 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Badal ‘adopting’ double standards
Jalandhar, November 5
A former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, today accused Mr Parkash Singh Badal of adopting double standards on the issue of support to the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO).

Khalistanis woo fleeing Sikhs
Amritsar, November 5
Khalistani elements active in Pakistan are trying every means to win over fleeing Afghan Sikhs trying to reach India following the American strikes in their country. This was disclosed by three Sikh families that arrived here via Samjhauta Express today.

Youth stripped, tortured by cops
Ludhiana, November 5
A youth of Mushkabad village was allegedly stripped naked, inflicted burn injuries on his hips, brutally beaten up and tied to a tree by some police personnel at Haaddon police post under Samrala police station in the Khanna police district here yesterday.

Farmers stage dharna, seek special girdawari
Jalandhar, November 5
More than 500 small farmers of the cotton belt of the Mand area today sat on a dharna for about four hours in front of the office of the SDM, Nakodar, near here, in protest against the failure of the state government to conduct a special girdawari to assess the damage caused by American bollworm to the cotton crop this season.

Marks card sans result, division
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab School Board has reportedly been preparing certificates of students, who have appeared for matriculation and plus two examinations, in a slipshod manner. This has created problems for them, apart from spoiling their academic career.






Surjeet fails to pacify rebels
Ludhiana, November 5
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) General Secretary, Mr Harkishen Singh Surjeet, seems to have failed in his mission to pacify rebels within the party. Mr Surjeet, along with two Politburo members, Mr Prakash Karat and Mr R.C. Pillai, had come to the state to stem rebellion.


Sociologists want trading blocks
Amritsar, November 5
On the opening day of the fifth conference of the North-West Indian Sociological Association (NWISA) today, Prof P.N. Pimpley, an eminent sociologist from Nasik (Maharashtra) and a former Professor of Sociology at Panjab University, Chandigarh lamented that India’s powerful role in the trade negotiations had drastically come down because of the dominance of G-7 nations and the absence of any other power block in the world.

Demand to hand over gold theft case to CBI
Nabha, November 5
The case related to the theft of about 100 kg of gold buried in the ‘haveli’ of the last Prime Minister of Patiala state, late Gurdial Singh Harike, at Bakshiwala village near here again came to light when Mr Abninder Singh Grewal, former chairman of a block samiti demanded that the gold should either be returned to the Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib or to the daughter-in-law of Gurdial Singh Harike, Ms Manjit Kaur (70).

Govt ignored reports on Baba: Brar
Mansa, November 5
“The Punjab Government was informed by its intelligence agencies about the activities of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara but it kept silent and did not take any action against him”. This was disclosed by Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, member of Parliament and vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, while talking to pressmen here today.

Protecting cultural heritage
Some eminent doctors who have settled abroad have got together to make a joint effort to protect the cultural heritage of Punjab. They have decided to patronise the Punjab Heritage Foundation which has formed a working group to revive the folk arts of the state.

Queries on Baba annoy CM
Ropar, November 5
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, lost his cool today when questioned on the Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara controversy. On being asked why the arrest of Baba Piara Singh had been delayed, Mr Badal rebuked newsmen, saying: “You newsmen all over the state have just a set of four questions. Why don’t you people concentrate on other issues. 

BSP workers block traffic, flay MC
Jalandhar, November 5
Traffic on the Jalandhar-Moga road was disrupted for about three hours today following a dharna near Ravidass Chowk here by BSP workers and residents of Bootan Mandi and adjoining localities. They were protesting against the failure of the local municipal corporation authorities to start development works in their localities.

SHO ‘misbehaves’ with BSP leader
Tarn Taran, November 5
Ms Sawarn Kaur, president of the local unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (Ambedkar), today made a written complaint to the local police authorities against an SHO for passing derogatory remarks and misbehaving with her when she had gone to the police station for the settlement of a dispute of Satnam Singh of Sarhali village yesterday.

Book Kanshi: Saini Sabha
Nawanshahr, November 5
Members of the Saini Sabha and Mr Parkash Singh, PPCC member, today submitted a memorandum to the local SSP demanding registration of a case under various sections of the IPC against BSP supremo Kanshi Ram for his derogatory statements against Saini caste.

MC declines Telecom’s request to lay cables
Patiala, November 5
The local Telecom Department today claimed that it was not able to provide telephone on demand to residents of the walled city as the Municipal Corporation was not giving it permission to lay its cables.

Phone on demand by next year: GM
Pathankot, November 5
Telephones in this telecom district will be available on demand from the beginning of the next financial year and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all set to establish consumer care centres in this region.


Insemination scheme for dairy farmers
Patiala, November 5
Marginal dairy farmers are set to benefit in a large way with the introduction of a “mobile insemination” scheme in Amritsar, Nawanshehr, Kapurthala, Patiala, Ropar and Bathinda districts in the state.


IAS, 3 PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, November 5
The Punjab Government today transferred the Public Works (B and R) Special Secretary, Dr Roshan Lal, in the same capacity to the Health and Family Welfare Department, against a vacant post, besides three PCS officers.


65 kg poppy husk seized, 5 held
Bathinda, November 5
The police has arrested five persons for their alleged involvement in smuggling of poppy husk. It has also seized 65 kg of poppy husk from their possession.

7.3 kg opium seized, 4 held
Barnala, November 5
The CIA here during surprise raids has seized 7.3 kg opium at Mehal Kalan and Bhadaur. Giving information Mr Kanwaljit Singh Sandhu, SSP, Barnala, stated that a CIA party signalled, a Jeep to stop at a police naka at Mahal Kalan. During checking 3 kg of opium was seized from Jagsir Singh and 1.5 kg opium from Gurtej Singh of Malleke in Sirsa district, Haryana.

Man posing as doctor arrested
Bathinda, November 5
The police today arrested Surinder Kumar, a resident of Mansa town, running a chemist shop at the Maur Mandi bus stand for allegedly selling intoxicants to youths on the pretext of being a qualified doctor.

Rs 4.6 lakh looted at gunpoint
Amritsar, November 5
As many as four unidentified persons looted cash worth Rs 4,60,000 at gunpoint from the house of Longowal, last night. Mr Ranbir informed that the accused were equipped with revolvers and sharp edged weapons such as ‘kirpans’ when they forcibly entered the house.


Pharmacy Dept soon: VC
Phagwara, November 5
A separate Pharmacy Department would be crated at Guru Nanak Dev University as directed by the Pharmacy Council of India, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, said here last evening. He was talking to this reporter during a visit to the house of an old student, who is a lecturer in Punjabi.

Non-teaching staff of pvt colleges begin strike
Barnala, November 5
In response to a “cease work stay-in strike” call for a week (from November 5 to 10) given to the private colleges of Punjab by the Private Colleges Non-Teaching Employees Union (PCNTEU), activists of the union all over Punjab and in Chandigarh, paralysed non-teaching work in private colleges.

SATKAL organises annual function
Patiala, November 5
The annual function of the Satinder Kaur Ramdev Memorial Trust for The Advancement of Librarianship (SATKAL) was organised at Punjabi University here today.


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