Wednesday, November 14,  2001, Chandigarh, India

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Lacklustre beginning of coronation celebrations
Amritsar, November 13
The two Sikh high priests, Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar of Kesgarh Sahib, and Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar of Damdama Sahib, were conspicuous by their absence at the ‘ardas’ performed at the Akal Takht before the beginning of the procession to mark the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Jawans of the Punjab Police take part in a procession to mark the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. 

Showcasing Ranjit Singh’s grandeur
Amritsar, November 13
Dr Jean Marie Lafont and his Muslim wife Rehana Joseph have brought some rare artifacts, paintings and documents from France, Pakistan and India to be exhibited at the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Ram Bagh garden here to mark the bicentenary celebrations of the maharaja’s coronation, which start from the Golden Temple complex tomorrow.

SAD ‘distorting’ historical facts to woo voters
Jalandhar, November 13
Lashing out at the ruling SAD-BJP combine, the Panthic Morcha leadership today said the government was wasting public money and was twisting historical facts by organising the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Legal hurdles in eviction: CM
Amritsar, November 13
Bowing to pressure from the local residents and historians, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today admitted that “legal complications” were blocking the eviction of three prominent clubs from the historical Ram Bagh here. The lease of all these clubs had expired between 1988 and 1989.

End ‘humiliation’ of US Sikhs
Mr Tarlochan Singh, Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, has taken strong exception to the report that Sikhs in the USA are being asked to remove their turbans while entering aircraft and has urged the US administration to end this “humiliation” of the Sikhs.

Chances of Badal-Tohra patch-up remote
Chandigarh, November 13
The Punjab unit of the BJP has become desperate for unity between the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and a former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Brar, Amarinder feud likely to be over
Bathinda, November 13
The Congress high command, which remained indifferent to party affairs in Punjab, has initiated several steps to bring about unity in the party rank and file with a view to the ensuing assembly elections.


VHP terrorising minorities: Buta
Ludhiana, Nov 13
Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Buta Singh today alleged that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad was a terrorist organisation as it was “terrorising” the minorities in the country and the NDA government was not taking any step to curb its activities.

Bardhan to address CPI poll rally
Sangrur, November 13
The state council of the Punjab unit of the CPI will organise a massive regional rally here on December 17 against the economic policies of liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation of the Union Government.

Morcha to protect legacy of Akali Dal: Mann
Longowal (Sangrur), Nov 13
The Panthic Morcha in Punjab has been formed to prevent the Congress from capturing power after the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections and protect the legacy of the Akali Dal as Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the SAD have been losing ground in the state.


Sant Longowal murder convict released
Nabha, November 13
Gian Singh, son of Mr Gurdev Singh of Pohir village in Ludhiana district, who had been undergoing life imprisonment in the murder case of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, an eminent Akali leader, has been released from the maximum security jail here after undergoing imprisonment for 17 years and four months. He had been booked under TADA.

Hospital squandering money?
Patiala, November 13
The Punjab Nurses Association has alleged that the Minister for Medical Research and Education, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, has turned a blind eye towards the wastage of money on non-priority items at the cost of essential and life-saving drugs at the medical college hospital in Faridkot.

Vultures return to Shivaliks
Ropar, November 13
Vultures , which had almost disappeared in Punjab, have returned to the Shivalik foothills of this district this year. As many as 20 vultures were sighted in the area near Nangal, hovering over a carcass.

Alarming rise in use of pesticides
Moga, November 13
The excessive use of pesticides has resulted in environmental pollution and problems of pesticide residues in food and animal feed. This was stated by Dr Darshan Singh, Professor-cum-head, Department of Entomology, while talking to mediapersons here on Sunday. He said pollution was posing a serious threat to health of human beings and animals, especially useful birds, most species of which had now become extinct.

Book of poems released
Fatehgarh Sahib, November 13
The Rotary Club, Sirhind organised the release ceremony of ‘Te Akkhar Bol Pae’, a book of Punjabi poems, written by Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha in the Rotary Bhavan today. The chief guest, Mr Jagjit Singh Dardi, Chief Editor, Chardhikala group of publications, released the book.

Milk centre building on verge of collapse
Pathankot, November 13
A milk chilling-cum-collection centre was constructed at Narote-Jaimal Singh area of this subdivision about five years ago. Crores of rupees were spent on its construction. The centre was to provide facilities to the milk producers for selling milk at the support price.


Fungal infection hits parmal crop
Gurdaspur, November 13
Crown leaf spot, caused by a fungal infection, has hit the PR-116 variety of parmal in Narot Jaimal Singh development block on the Indo-Pak border. The crop on 1,000 acres, on both sides of the Ravi, has been badly affected. The farmers say that their requests to the agriculture department, for controlling the disease , has yielded no results.

Sangrur tops again in paddy purchase
Ropar, November 13
Sangrur district has once again topped in paddy procurement in the state. By the end of the season, 19,19,395 tonnes paddy had been procured in the district. Besides Sangrur, the other large paddy producing districts are: Ludhiana, 12, 93,043 tonnes, Patiala, 12, 52, 913 tonnes and Ferozepore 11,22,206 tonnes.


PSEB revenue collection up
Patiala, November 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board has substantially increased its revenue collection by extensive monitoring of revenue collections on a daily basis. In a press note, Member (Operation) of the PSEB, Mr Kirpal Singh, said various drives had been launched to increase the revenue collection and several measures, including intensifying the anti-theft drive, change over to electronic metering, accounting of power at the generation, transmission and distribution stages had been undertaken.


Man on parole commits suicide
Muktsar, November 13
Kartar Singh, who was in a sub-jail here for the past two years for his alleged involvement in the smuggling of narcotics, yesterday reportedly committed suicide in Bathinda while he was on parole.


New dates for Youth Festival


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