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Bibi to lead women’s jatha
Seeks SGPC nod to women doing Temple duties
Amritsar, January 4
Even as the Jathedar of Akal Takht,Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, has admitted that disallowing women devotees from performing kirtan or cleaning the sanctum sanctorum is against the tenets of Sikhism, a former SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, has announced that she would lead a jatha of baptised bibis (Sikh women) shortly to challenge the orthodox.

Take action against Badal: AISSF (A)
Amritsar, January 4
To draw the attention of Sikh clergy and the sangat for their inability to take action against Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his wife, Surinder Kaur, for violating the Sikh maryada, activists of Sikh Forum, Punjab, and the All-India Sikh Students Federation (Amritsar), today wore black clothes and cleaned utensils at Guru Ram Das langar in the Golden Temple complex here.

Members of the Sikh Forum, Punjab, and All India Sikh Student Federation (Amritsar)  clean utensils

Members of the Sikh Forum, Punjab, and All India Sikh Student Federation (Amritsar)  clean utensils at Guru Ram Das Langar in black clothes on Saturday.Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mann to attend all-party meeting on SYL canal
Phagwara, January 4
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann of the SAD (A) said today that he would attend the all-party meeting to be convened by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh on January 8 to discuss the SYL Canal issue.




Chohan sues lawyer for defamation
Patiala, January 4
Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan today filed a defamation suit against a local lawyer who had charged him with trying to form Khalistan through illegal means, even as he called for the formation of a separate Punjabi country of Khalistan through peaceful means.

Jagjit Singh Chohan addresses newspersons at Patiala on Saturday. — Photo Pawan Sharma

Jagjit Singh Chohan addresses newspersons at Patiala

Hike in rural water tariff decried
Ropar, January 4
The recent hike in the tariff of drinking water in rural areas effected by the Punjab Government has made this basic commodity costlier in villages as compared that in urban areas.

Engineers to oppose PSEB privatisation
Bathinda, January 4
Engineers of the Punjab State Electricity Board have decided to mobilise public opinion against the alleged vested interests within the government who are trying to dismantle the PSEB.


Badal calls PAC meeting on Jan 7
Chandigarh, January 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has called a meeting of the political affairs committee of the party on January 7 at the Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, near Ludhiana to discuss the SYL canal issue and other important matters, according to Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, press secretary of the party.

Sukhbir Badal mobilises men for Maghi
Badal (Muktsar), January 4
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal, today said the party was yet to decide whether to attend the all-party meeting convened by state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on January 8 or not. He said the Political Affairs Committee of the party would decide on the matter shortly.

SHSAD condemns lathi charge
Chandigarh, January 4
The BJP and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal have condemned the lathi charge by the Chandigarh police on agitating panchayat secretaries from Punjab here yesterday. Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, a member of the Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of the Punjab unit of the BJP said today that the state government was responsible for what happened with panchayat secretaries yesterday.


Encroachments thrive despite drive?
Bathinda, January 4
Even as the district administration has been claiming that in one of the major anti-encroachment drives it has managed to get a major portion of the 100-foot road cleared of encroachments a section of the streets under the town planning department are yet to be cleared, despite repeated orders and resolutions in this regard.

Panel set up on Intach report
Chandigarh, January 4
The Punjab Government has set up a six-member committee to monitor the report prepared by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage ( Intach), for nominating the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) as a world heritage site as per Unesco norms.

Magician Jitender Singh Babbar rides a scooter blindfolded
Magician Jitender Singh Babbar rides a scooter blindfolded in Patiala on Saturday. Inset: SDM M. S. Narang blindfolds Babbar.
— Photo Pawan Sharma

20 injured in bus-truck crash
Ropar, January 4
About 20 passengers were injured, eight of them seriously, when a Sangrur-bound private bus collided with a truck coming from the opposite side near the Ghanauli level crossing on the Ropar-Nangal road.

PSHRC pulls up police for favouring accused
Pathankot, January 4
Taking exception to the alleged leniency shown by the police towards the accused in an assault case by booking them under milder sections of the IPC, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the police to register a case of attempt to murder under Sections 307 and 149 of the IPC against Passi Ram, a Shiv Sena activist, and others.

Justice still eludes 12 SC families
Dera Bassi, January 4
Members of 12 affected Scheduled Caste families of Jaroth village, who have been sitting on dharna for the last 19 days, were yet to get justice.
These residents, who also are members of the Scheduled Castes Cooperative Land Owning Society Limited, Jaroth, alleged that their eight houses were burgled by members of another group of the same community of the village on November 26 last year in connivance with police personnel.
If only my parents had read the message some years ago...
If only my parents had read the message some years ago...A child on crutches, suffering from polio looks at a hoarding written in Punjabi asking the parents to get their children pulse polio drops at Bathinda on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

No land grab by son: minister
Pathankot, January 4
The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, has said that PUDA will construct two-room sets for weaker sections of society in Sujanpur.

Pulse polio camps at Sohana
Chandigarh, January 4
Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana, is participating in the pulse-polio campaign at the national level by organising two booth level camps on January 5.

Better Indo-Pak ties to boost trade
Ferozepore January 4
The international border at the India-Pakistan joint check point, Hussainiwala, can be opened for trade and transit only after the relations between the two neighbours become cordial, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said today.

Panchayat takes possession of 30 shops
Mansa, January 4
Budhlada village panchayat today took possession of 30 shops in the village under the orders of the District Development and Panchayat Officer under the Punjab Premises (Rent Recovery and Eviction) Act.

Harassment by ST staff alleged
Bathinda, January 4
Mr Kasturi Lal Aggarwal, president, Bathinda Beopar Mandal, in a statement here yesterday alleged that the officers of the Sales Tax Department have harassing traders.

Bhaura hails IT on farm sector
Mansa, January 4
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, MP, Bathinda, while welcoming the imposition of income tax on the agricultural sector said it should be imposed only on landlords possessing more than 50 acres.

Trade unions to protest on Jan 8
Chandigarh, January 4
Various federations of government and semi-government employees unions in Punjab have announced to participate in a satyagrah on January 8, 2003, to protest against the NDA government’s economic policies. Among the unions which participated in a meeting here today were AITUC, INTUC, HMS and CITU.

Kharar lawyers hold dharna
Kharar, January 4
Members of the Kharar Bar Association sat on a protest dharna and observed a fast from 11 a.m. to 5 pm at the judicial complex here today demanding the transfer of the local Judicial Magistrate, Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan.


Two FCI employees suspended
Mansa, January 4
The Food Corporation of India has suspended Mr Sukhdev Singh and Mr R.S. Sarohi, Technical Assistant (TAs) of Budhlada office of the FCI. The suspension was recommended by the Quality Control Manager of the FCI, Mr Pandey, when he went to inspect the quality of rice stored in the godowns of the FCI.


One held for drug smuggling
Gurdaspur, January 4
The police has booked five persons for their involvement in the smuggling of charas, heroin, smack, arms, ammunition and gold. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, talking to newspersons here today, said Didar Singh, alias Dara, a resident of Lakhanpur in Jammu and Kashmir, had been arrested in this connection.


Children commute to school in a horse carriage through fog in Amritsar
Children commute to school in a horse carriage through fog in Amritsar on Saturday. — Reuters

MCI stops admissions to PG course in ophthalmology
Faridkot, January 4
The Medical Council of India has stopped admissions to postgraduate classes in ophthalmology from the next academic session due to shortage of senior staff members at Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here.

Schools closed due to cold wave
Batala, January 4
All private and government primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the Batala Sub-Division were closed till January 11, 2003 (Saturday) according to an order of Mr Parneet Bhardwaj, Sub-Division Magistrate, Batala.

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