Saturday, November 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Pre-dawn swoop on SAD workers
Hundreds taken into preventive custody, others go underground
Chandigarh, November 8
Hundreds of second-rung Shiromani Akali Dal workers were taken in preventive custody in a statewide swoop by the police early this morning. Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition Parkash Singh Badal described the swoop as the “broad daylight rape of democracy and gruesome suppression of civil liberties and rule of law”.

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Commandos of the Punjab police check a vehicle entering Amritsar on Friday.

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Commandos of the Punjab police check a vehicle entering Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

2 Punjab cops held in Sirsa
Booked for bid to kidnap SGPC member
Bathinda, November 8
An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of the Punjab police and a constable, both posted in Sangat police station, in this district, were arrested by the Sirsa district police yesterday while they were allegedly trying to kidnap a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Mr Harpal Singh.

Cops won’t be let in: Badungar
Amritsar converted into police
Amritsar, November 8
The holy city of Amritsar has been virtually converted into a police cantonment, with the deployment of 10 companies of Punjab police commandos and heavy police force summoned from other districts, at all entry and exit points even as the DGP, Mr Mehal Singh Bhullar, reviewed the security arrangements today.



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Is present SGJC a valid body?
Chandigarh, November 8
A plethora of petitions challenging the actions of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission are lined up before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for hearing on November 11, a day before the general house of the SGPC meets to elect its new executive committee for the year 2002-03.

NDA govt comprehensive failure, says Sonia
Mount Abu, November 8
Sonia GandhiTerming the BJP-led government at the Centre as a “comprehensive failure”, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the party would meet the electoral challenge in Gujarat with “the message of religious tolerance” and asked the party Chief Ministers to prepare for Assembly elections in nine states due next year.

CBI conducts countrywide raids
New Delhi, November 8
In a major countrywide swoop, the CBI raided several government and private establishments across the country and registered several cases of corruption, fraud, smuggling, forgery, cheating, abuse of official position among others.

India for free trade area with Thailand
Bangkok, November 8
India said today that it was willing to consider a free trade area with Thailand as the two countries discussed ways of enhancing bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Gill warns against J&K ultras’ release
Chennai, November 8
Former supercop K.P.S. Gill, credited with stamping out militancy in Punjab, today cautioned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed against the move to release militants, saying it would make terrorism linger on in the state for another 20 years.

    J&K page: J&K Government releases 2 ultras

Farooq, Azad to be elected unopposed
Jammu, November 8
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Farooq Abdullah, Saiffudin SozFormer Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, PCC President, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader and a former Lok Sabha member, Prof Saifuddin Soz and Kisan leader, Mr Trilok Singh Bajwa, were today poised to be elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.

In Windows today

Unknown antiquities of Hodal
by Rajbala Phaugat

Make this fruit the apple of your eye
by Niti Paul Mehta

THIS ABOVE ALL: Cultivating the art of conversation
by Khushwant Singh


On Ravi Sidhu trail

4 pro-Badal members debarred from voting
November 8, 2002
BJP rebels shelve plan to float party
November 7, 2002
UP rebels to float new outfit
November 6, 2002
Return of Pandits top priority: Mufti
November 4, 2002
Kelkar for 1 lakh as IT exemption limit, 2 slabs
November 3, 2002
SP stakes claim to form government
November 2, 2002
Keep off admissions to MEIs, SC tells govt
November 1, 2002
Mufti invited to form govt
October 31, 2002
RBI cuts bank rate, CRR
October 30, 2002
Gujarat poll on Dec 12
October 29, 2002
Mufti to scrap POTA
October 28, 2002
Mufti to be CM
October 27, 2002
PM vows to crush Pak monster
October 26, 2002
Theatre of terror: 700 held hostage
October 25, 2002

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