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HC verdict solves complex Sikh issues
Puts Congress government in a bind
Chandigarh, September 15

The landmark judgement of the Constitutional Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court holding that the term of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission was co-terminus with the term of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has not only settled various complex and important issues agitating the Sikh community for a long time but has also put the Punjab Government in a bind.

An armed policeman stands guard
An armed policeman stands guard outside the court of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Hanspal may submit PCC list this week
New Delhi, September 15
Punjab Congress chief H.S. Hanspal is likely to submit the list of PCC office-bearers to the Congress high command this week.
AICC sources said the PCC would be small and ministers, MPs and aspirants for ministerial berths would not be included in the PCC.

Fiscal reforms: it’s now or never
Chandigarh, September 15
There is a politically packaged impasse in Punjab. Normally, this should enable the decision-makers to focus on fiscal and economic driven policies. But rather than finding solutions to the problems only the reverse seems to be happening, finding problems to the solution.




Farmers seek MSP, not free power
Ferozepore, September 15
Farmers are demanding a minimum support price at the earliest possible time for the paddy crop that as started coming in the market. They feel that the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal is trying to gain a mileage by making a big issue out of rollback of free power supply.

Decision on paddy MSP ‘unfair’ to Punjab farmers
Chandigarh, September 15
There is a bad news for Punjab. The Centre has conveyed its decision that with effect from the forthcoming kharif season, the minimum support price for paddy would be “MSP plus 4 per cent and all state taxes, levies beyond that would be contained within the MSP”.

Mistake that cost BDS aspirants dear
Faridkot, September 15
A mistake allegedly committed by over 90 students has put a question mark over their chances to get admission to the BDS course in different dental colleges in the state during the current academic year.


Border residents want end to hostilities
Ferozepore, September 15
With no sign of fresh negotiations to end the Indo-Pak hostilities in sight, uncertainty prevails among those living along the border. The regular deployment of the Army on the forward posts since December 18, normal life of poor, backward and the neglected has got disturbed.

Jagwinder Singh Thind
Jagwinder Singh Thind of Patiala, who was born physically handicapped, is happy with his life in which God 'forgot' to give hands to him. He has won many medals in painting competitions and other activities. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will honour him at a function  in New Delhi on Monday.— PTI

Tampering issue: MC to form probe panel
Abohar, September 15
Defying the orders of the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, the municipal council has resolved to form its own inquiry committee to probe into the tampering of the minutes book.

Move to contain GNDTP coal ash
Bathinda, September 15
The Punjab Government has made arrangements to contain the coal ash being emitted from the four chimneys of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here, by bringing the same under the permissible limits.

PSEB staff cut may hamper working
Ropar, September 15
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission sword will fall on the PSEB employees if the board follows the directive of the PSERC with regard to reducing the staff strength by 10 per cent in the years to come.

Recover 13 lakh from ex-Sarpanch: DC
Faridkot, September 15
Taking serious note of misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 13 lakh, allocated by the District Planning Board and DDPO office here under different schemes during 1996-97 to former Sarpanch Ranjit Singh of Sandhwan village in the district, Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner here, has directed the naib tehsildar and the BDPO, Kotkapura, to recover the amount from the former Sarpanch without delay.

SGPC plans events to boost Sikhism
Alamgir, September 15
“The SGPC will celebrate nine major events in the first decade of the millennium at the national and international levels, besides embarking on a major exercise to wean the Sikh youth away from the menace of addiction and the alarming rise in patipuna (apostasy) among the Sikh masses,” says SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar.

Mystery shrouds teacher’s death
Phagwara, September 15
Death of a schoolteacher, Mr Dharam Pal Dhir, today kept the local police and doctors of the Civil Hospital on tenter hooks for several hours. According to sources, a case relating to drugs was registered against a son of Dhir, who had been evading interrogation by the police.

Ease overcrowding in jails: HC
Bathinda, September 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has been contemplating steps to ease overcrowding in jails. The court would take up the matter with the state government also to increase capacity of jails.

Plea for Canadian Consulate in city
Amritsar, September 15
The Amritsar Vikas Manch, an NGO committed to the development of the city, has urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to ask the Canadian Government to open a consulate in the city instead of Chandigarh.

Monks’ march reaches Jalandhar
Jalandhar, September 15
Buddhist monk Rev Zunsei Terasawa of Japan along with fellow monks from different West Asian countries, on a peace mission between India and Pakistan reached here today. The nine-members peace contingent was welcomed at Sofi village on the outskirts of the city.

Retrenched staff seek funds to fight case
Ropar, September 15
Pressed for funds, retrenched workers of the Punjab National Fertilisers and Chemicals have started seeking donations for fighting their case against the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation in the Supreme Court.

Baba Farid fair begins
Faridkot, September 15
A nine-day fair on the eve of the birth anniversary of Baba Farid began here today with the inauguration of a state-level painting workshop by Inderjit Singh Khalsa, president, Gurdwara Tilla Baba Farid managing committee, that was organised by Baba Farid Art Society, here.

Rehabilitate Pandits, Sena urges Kalam
Amritsar, September 15
The All-India Hindu Shiv Sena, in a memorandum to President APJ Abdul Kalam has demanded rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir and financial help for repair of their houses and business there.


Farmers’ hopes washed away
Rajpura, September 15
The hopes of vegetable growers have been washed away by the recent spell of heavy rains in nearly 30 villages in Banur and Rajpura subdivisions. Farmers who had sown cauliflower, tomatoes, and other vegetables have been virtually ruined the heavy spell of rain.


Man murders wife
Patiala, September 15
A 37-year-old labourer murdered his wife following a quarrel in the city last night and later tried to take his own life. Police sources said Bahadur allegedly murdered his wife, Anita, at Deha Basti.


Students want degrees awarded
Mansa, September 15
Students of the Khalsa Dental College and Hospital for Women, Nangal Kalan and their parents have demanded that degrees awarded in the college recognised by the Dental Council of India be handed over to students.

Registrar of medical college resigns
Amritsar, September 15
Even as Dr Roy Sudhir Parsad, Registrar of the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Medical College, has resigned over differences with the authorities concerned parents of certain BDS aspirants have alleged that the merit list was not displayed in time with a view to “tampering” with the record to help wards of influential persons.

Steps to promote gurukul education
Mr Swatantra Kumar Murgai, Vice-Chancellor, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyala, Hardwar, has said steps are being taken to bring the standard of education of the gurukul at par with that of the international level.


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