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Vedanti: circular direct attack on Sikhs
Punjab cross-checking facts with Rajnath govt
Amritsar, December 21
Taking serious note of the controversial police circular issued by the SSP, Lucknow, directing the SHOs to keep an eye on Muslims, Sikhs and ex-servicemen, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today decided to call a meeting of the Sikh clergy.

G.S. TohraBadal must appear before Takht: Tohra
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
Putting all speculations at rest about Panthic unity, Mr G.S. Tohra, President, SHSAD, talking to The Tribune at Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, where he had come to lay the foundation stone of a hostel, he said there was neither any move for unity nor could it be said Mr Badal had sacrificed all principles of Sikhism for power. 

Akali leaders rap Congress
Koom Kalan (Ludhiana), December 21
Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leadership yesterday appeared to be in a reconciliatory mood towards the Panthic Morcha, while directing all its ire at the Congress. 

Stocking narcotics to woo voters
Bathinda, December 21
As supporters of various political parties are reportedly stocking narcotics to woo voters during the Assembly elections, members of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, have launched a campaign to educate the electorate against the menace of drugs.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Reshuffle of senior cops on cards
Chandigarh, December 21
An administrative reshuffle at the senior level in the Police Department is on the cards as both Ludhiana and Patiala Ranges will get their new Deputy Inspectors-General. 

‘Kalaals’ forced to close shop
“Invasion” by bone china, crystal, stainless steel and glassware has pushed about 100-odd bronze and copper utensil makers out of their centuries’ old business during the past decade.


Tohra for elections under President’s rule
Ropar, December 21
Apprehending large-scale misuse of power by the SAD-BJP government in the forthcoming elections, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SHSAD President, demanded that the President’s rule should be imposed in the state before holding the elections.

Akhand path or Dhindsa’s show of strength?
Bhawanigarh (Sangrur), December 21
After the bhog ceremony of the akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib held for the fast recovery of Mr Parkash Singh Badal at Gurdwara Nauvi Patshahi here yesterday the function seemed to be a show of might by the Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa faction. 

Cong misleading people: CM
Chandigarh, December 21
The Punjab Chief Minister and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today ridiculed the Congress for “creating hurdles” in the developmental process of the state by making false propaganda and “misleading” the people about the “sangat darshan” programme, which had emerged as a unique and popular system for mitigating the problems of the people on the spot.

200 SAD workers join Congress
Zirakpur, December 21
More than 200 Shiromani Akali Dal workers of the Banur assembly constituency today joined the Congress and expressed their solidarity with Ms Sheelam Sohi, wife of former chairman of the Patiala Zila Parishad late Ravinder Singh Sohi.
Ms Sheelam Sohi along with workers who joined the Congress in Zirakpur on Friday. 


Indians cut short visit to Pak
Attari (Amritsar), December 21
Seven Indian families cut short their visit to Pakistan fearing war even as 272-strong Pakistan Hindu jatha arrived here yesterday to proceed towards the Radhaswami dera near the Beas. 
Pakistani (right) and Indian border guards lower their national flags before closing their border gates on Thursday. — AP/PTI photo

HC notice to Punjab on BDPOs selection
Chandigarh, December 21
A division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising of Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar on a petition by Indu Bhushan, challenging the selections by the Punjab government for appointment as Block Development and Panchayat officers against the posts meant for handicapped persons has issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab and others for March 4, 2002.

PSEB recovers Rs 33 crore
Patiala, December 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board has recovered Rs 33.40 crore during the current financial year up to November through the Dispute Settlement Authority.

Bus driver dies in mishap
Ropar, December 21
The driver of the Ambala-bound Syndicate bus (PB-12E-9304), Mr Kuldeep Singh of Malod Kheri village in Ludhiana was killed while 16 were injured when the bus collided with an Army truck (87D-74163X) coming from the opposite side, this morning.

Mansa lawyers put off stir
Mansa, December 21
Local lawyers have put off their strike following an assurance given by the district administration to drop the names of two lawyers against whom a case was registered along with some deed writers in connection with the assault on Mr Jatinder Singh Saggu, Tehsildar and Mr Jai Chand Parinda, Naib Tehsildar on December 13.

19 injured in road mishap
Fazilka, December 21
Nineteen passengers of two Punjab Roadways buses were injured in an accident with a truck near Bhamba Wattu village on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road, 15 km from here today.

Kansal is Bar Assn chief
Sangrur, December 21
Mr Satish Kansal was elected president of the Sangrur District Bar Association here last evening. He defeated Mr Gurtej Singh Grewal by a margin of 23 votes, securing 163 votes.


286 constables promoted
Bathinda, December 21
As many as 286 constables posted in the district and who have put in more than 16 years of service have been promoted to the rank of Hawaldar. Dr Jatinder Kumar Jain, SSP, in a press note issued here today said according to the guidelines of the state government, the constable of the police who had been in service for more than 16 years was to be promoted to the rank of Hawaldar.

Ropeway project cleared
Chandigarh, December 21
The Union Ministry of Tourism has cleared the ropeway project from Anandpur Sahib to Naina Devi. This will be the first such project in Punjab. According to the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Mr Swarna Ram, the Rs 50 crore project will have a 7 km ropeway between the two religious places.

Trust chief’s term extended
Sangrur, December 21
The Punjab Government has extended the term of the office of Mr Nanak Chand Kalra as Chairman of the Sangrur Improvement Trust for a period of an two years. Mr Kalra’s term will now expire on April 27, 2004.


Baba caught making ‘satta’ deal
Bathinda, December 21
The 21-year-old self-styled Baba, called Maundhari Harsukhpuri Dass who claims to reveal “winning numbers” in “satta” with the help of his “divine powers”, might be cursing his fate as his “powers” landed him behind bars.
The 21-year-old baba.
The 21-year-old baba. — photo Kulbir Beera

Youth found dead in dispensary
Bathinda, December 21
The body of a youth was found in the compound of a dispensary at Mehma Sawai village in this district yesterday. He is reported to have died due to excessive intake of narcotics. He has been identified as Lachhman Singh (25) of Mehma Sarja village.


New correspondence courses from April: VC
Jalandhar, December 21
Contrary to the common perception, the Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, believes that Punjab is much ahead of all other states in respect of information technology education and awareness.

AIFUCTO flays Garcha’s statement
Jalandhar, December 21
The All-India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations has flayed the statement of the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, who had dubbed the University Grants Commission Chairman as an agent of the private educational institutions.

Ropar zone youth festival begins
Ropar, December 21
The local zone youth festival of Punjabi University, Patiala, began at Government College here yesterday. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, inaugurated the festival. Teams from 18 colleges of Ropar, Fatehgarh and Patiala districts are participating in the festival.

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