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Delhi to have separate SJC: Sarna
Refuses to recognise Bhai Ranjit Singh as Takht Jathedar
Amritsar, August 6
Even as the decision of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to constitute a separate Sikh judicial commission for New Delhi has sparked off a fresh controversy, its newly elected president Parmjit Singh Sarna has refused to recognise Bhai Ranjit Singh as the real Jathedar of Akal Takht.

Converts offered daughters to deras: SHSAD report
Ludhiana, August 6
The fact-finding committee of the SHSAD constituted to inquire into the misdeeds of the Nurmehalia sect chief, Mahant Ashutosh, and the circumstances leading to the Malout firing has come up with some shocking facts that the self-styled godman and his disciples impressed upon the new converts to leave their young daughters as offerings at the deras of the sect”. Moreover, administrative “inefficiency” was stated to be the cause behind the firing in which 18 persons were injured.

Chief Minister playing fraud: Badal
Chandigarh, August 6
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today re-asserted his stance that the Punjab Chief Minister was playing a fraud with the people and the state of Punjab in the Hardwar case and that the panel of lawyers prepared by the Home Department contained the names of close kin of the Punjab Advocate-General, Mr Harbhagwan Singh.

Promotions Punjab police style
Chandigarh, August 6
The poor fiscal health of the state apart, doubts have been raised over both sanctity and legality of promotions ordered in the Punjab police during the past few weeks. The most controversial are the promotions ordered in the 1991 batch of the IPS where 13 of the 15 officers have been given the current-duty charge of a DIG.

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A cow shelter housing over 400 animals in Amritsar takes care of the cattle injured in landmine explosions in border fields.
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Lokpal for proper probe into clerk selections
Chandigarh, August 6
Accepting the complaints submitted by Mr Gurdarshan Singh and two others against the selection of clerks by the Punjab State Subordinate Services Selection Board, the Lokpal, Punjab, Justice D.V. Sehgal, has felt the need of holding a full-fledged inquiry against the conduct of Chairman and members concerned of the board.

Stay on sack of school board clerks
(Chandigarh page)

Chaman Lal Verma of Patiala, busy on giving final touch to a bicycle, having weight half gram, length 2.5 cm, width 1.75 cm, claimed to be the smallest bicycle in the world
Chaman Lal Verma of Patiala, busy on giving final touch to a bicycle, having weight half gram, length 2.5 cm, width 1.75 cm, claimed to be the smallest bicycle in the world. Chaman Lal is preparing to enter his name in the Guinness Book of World record. — PTI

Another challan against Sidhu
Ropar, August 6
The Punjab Vigilance authorities today presented another challan in the court of the Sessions Judge, Mr Maghar Khan, here against Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, suspended Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Kewal Singh refused bail
Bathinda, August 6
Mr Jaspal Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, today refused bail to Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, in a dowry death case registered against him and his son Baljinder Singh and one of their kin, Joginder Kaur, at Talwandi Sabo police station.

Nangal NFL plant to be closed by Aug-end
Ropar, August 6
Curtains will finally be brought down on one of the oldest heavy water plant based at Nangal by month-end as the government has directed National Fertiliser Ltd (NFL) to stop production in it. The plant was installed here in 1962.


Cong leader hits out at Amarinder
Calls for review of ‘anti-people’ policies
Bathinda, August 6
In an outburst, which could have far-reaching consequences, a former minister and general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Surinder Kapur, while alleging that the law and order situation had deteriorated in the state, said today that people had started distancing themselves from the Congress government because of its anti-people and anti-employee policies.

MC chief resigns
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 6
The acting president of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, today submitted his resignation to the Executive Officer of the council. The EO has confirmed the receipt of resignation.


Suspected polio case in Maur Mandi
Maur Mandi (Bathinda), August 6
Even as various agencies of the state have spent crores of rupees on polio-eradication programmes, detection of a suspected polio case in this town has put a question mark on the effectiveness of these drives.

‘Shocked’ govt depts pay power bills
Patiala, August 6
A day after the Punjab State Electricity Board started cutting connections of defaulting government departments and issuing three-day notices to those engaged in essential works, it has netted Rs 7 lakh and cut 27 more power connections.

4-yr wait for water supply scheme
Residents of Dholbaha village are running from pillar to post to get the water supply scheme of their village completed for the past four years but nothing has materialised so far. This village, located in the Kandi area of Bhunga block of this district, has a population of about 3,500. The village is spread over a 20 sq km area.

Power cuts hit water supply
Amritsar, August 6
City residents are facing the driest monsoon this time, creating an acute scarcity of water. It has only rained twice in the entire season. The non-coordination of the electricity board with the local municipal corporation is taking its toll on the water situation in the city.

World tour on foot for peace
Bathinda, August 6
He does not know what inspired him last year when he set out on a world tour on foot to spread the message of peace and universal brotherhood, a journey which would take about 10-12 years to complete.

‘Give priority to Army men’s cases’
Chandigarh, August 6
In instructions circulated to all Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Deputy Commissioners of all districts, the Punjab Government has directed that the court cases pertaining to defence personnel may be heard expeditiously and on priority, during their period of leave.

Candlelight vigil at Wagah
Jalandhar, August 6
Despite escalating tension between India and Pakistan, members of the India-Pakistan Dosti Manch will hold a candlelight vigil at the Wagah joint checkpost on August 14.

Attack on Pak bus: Sena men acquitted
Phillaur, August 6
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr Jagjit Singh Bhinder, has acquitted Punjab Hindu Shiv Sena president Surinder Dogra, vice-president Pawan Parbhakar, sena activists Dhiraj Karwal, Rajesh Palta, Narinder Sharma, Vinod Gupta, Inderjit and Gopal Chopra of the charges in connection with the stopping of a Pakistani bus near Chachrarri village on March 4, 2000, damaging it and threatening the driver.

Unions criticise Civil Surgeon
Abohar, August 6
The PCMS Association and the Paramedical Staff Union have criticised the Civil Surgeon, Ferozepore, for allegedly misbehaving with doctors and other staff members of the Civil Hospital here during a visit to the hospital on Saturday.

Doordarshan to celebrate foundation day
Jalandhar, August 6
For the first time since the inception of Doordarshan the Prasar Bharti Corporation authorities have planned three-day celebrations to mark Doordarshan foundation day at all 40 regional Doordarshan kendras across the country.

Yoga centres in govt hospitals
Rajpura, August 6
The Punjab Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary, Mr Rajan Kashyap, has said the state government has decided to start yoga centres in government hospitals where trained instructors would guide patients in practising yoga lessons.

LPG dealers to challenge PM’s decision
Jalandhar, August 6
Annoyed at the Prime Minister’s decision to cancel all allotments of petrol stations, LPG and kerosene dealerships made after January, 2000, the All-Punjab New LPG Distributors Association has decided to challenge the decision in the appropriate court.


4 pc ST on fertilisers may go: Bhattal
Bathinda, August 6
Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said today that the state government was likely to withdraw 4 per cent sales tax on fertilisers and she would write a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh the state government could not put extra burden on farmers.

Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal steps out of a helicopter on her visit to the drought hit areas of Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera.

Suspended official still in saddle
Ferozepore, August 6
A Markfed official who was recently suspended on charges of fraud following an inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau is still performing official duty. Mr V. K. Sharma, the controversial branch manager of the Guru Har Sahai branch of Markfed, was suspended on June 19 this year for duping the co-operative society of more than Rs 1 crore. However, through manipulation he is still performing official duty illegally.

Streetlighting in Patiala goes private
Patiala, August 6
The Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to privatise streetlighting in the city by passing a resolution in this regard at a meeting held here today. Stating this, the Mayor, Mr Vishnu Sharma, said the corporation would save money and fix accountability in a more effective manner by privatising the service. Giving details, he said around 13,000 streetlight points would be handed over to private operators who would be paid per point by the corporation.


Boy rescued from kidnapper
Abohar, August 6
A deaf and dumb boy who had been kidnapped yesterday allegedly for ransom was rescued from the kidnapper today at Dalmirkhera village, near here. The alleged culprit was in police custody, but sources said parents of the victim were still divided over getting the case registered.

Man posing as Vigilance officer dupes jeweller
Hoshiarpur, August 6
The police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, against an impostor who duped a jeweller of jewellery worth about Rs 1.75 lakh by posing as an officer of the Vigilance Department, Delhi, and a friend of the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur.

Robbery in hostel
Patiala, August 6
A midnight robbery in the postgraduate wing of the girls’ hostel of the local Medical College has created panic among students staying at the hostel. The robbers entered the PG Hostel No. 2 around 1.30 am and managed to break into room Nos: 147, 151, 152 and 161. They decamped with wrist watches, other sundry items and about Rs 5,000 in cash.


Scholars condemn GNDU on “pirated” edition
Chandigarh, August 6
Five academicians of Panjab University have criticised Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for bringing out a “pirated edition” of its book “B-40 Janamsakhi Guru Baba Nanak Paintings”.


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