Sunday, August 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

‘Bought brides’ of Punjab face societal wrath
Ferozepore, August 16
I need a place of my own on the earth. This is the cry for help of hundreds of women from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam and the neighbourng hill country of Nepal, who have been sold off as “brides” in Punjab. From being sold off by their own families to being shunned from social life for being “bought wives”, these women look for life beyond mere existence.


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Gurnam Singh and Rita, alias Manjit, of Abbuwal village Gurnam Singh and Rita, alias Manjit, of Abbuwal village, Ludhiana. Rita was bought by her husband for Rs 10,000 from Nepal.

CVC closes probe into defence deals
New Delhi, August 16
The Central Vigilance Commission has decided to close the inquiry into all pending cases of acquisitions and purchases by the defence forces thus also bringing down the curtain on the probe into the multi-billion dollar Sukhoi deal.

NDA confident of proving majority
New Delhi, August 16
Even as the National Democratic Alliance has exuded confidence about defeating the Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion convincingly in the Lok Sabha next week, the question of the DMK remaining in their fold has surfaced, with the party raising eyebrows on the reported move to elicit the AIADMK’s support.
NDA MPs and leaders to meet on Monday ahead of the debate on the no-confidence motion. (28k, 56k)




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Cabinet expansion likely by August-end
Samata for resolution barring foreigners in high places

Opposition to discuss floor strategy tomorrow
New Delhi, August 16
Opposition parties will meet on August 18 to finalise the floor strategy to corner the NDA government on the no-confidence motion moved by the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

Haryana hikes bus fares
Chandigarh, August 16
The fare of Haryana Roadways buses is being increased. The state Cabinet, which met here today, decided to increase the fare by 5 paise per passenger per kilometre. According to the Cabinet decision, the existing rate of Haryana Roadways to charge 40 paise per passenger per km will be increased to 45 paise per passenger per km.

Jathedar Vedanti pledges eyes
Joginder Singh VedantiAmritsar, August 16
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti pledged to donate his eyes and urged the sangat to voluntarily donate blood and their eyes for the betterment of society.

Portraits of Sikh leaders to adorn Parliament
Master Tara Singh and Baba Kharak Singh
Master Tara Singh and Baba Kharak Singh

New Delhi, August 16
The long-standing demand of the Sikhs would be met next week with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee unveiling the portraits of the late Master Tara Singh and freedom fighter Baba Kharak Singh, the architects of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, respectively, in Parliament’s Central Hall on August 21.

In Spectrum today

Credibility as commerce; trivia as news
by Rana Nayar

More than a bus, it’s a bridge of faith
by Pran Nevile

Pull of Punjabiyat
by K.S. Duggal


Book reviews
Decoding Sikh canon & ciphers anew
by Ashok Vohra
and more

PM invites Pak for walk on peace road
August 16, 2003
SC bans capitation fee in private professional colleges
August 15, 2003
2 killed, 50 hurt in Kashmir blasts
August 14, 2003
Musharraf proposes ceasefire along LoC
August 13, 2003
27 feared dead in ONGC copter crash
August 12, 2003
Vajpayee throws quota ball in Congress court
August 11, 2003
Govt can’t be sacrificed for Ram temple: Advani
August 10, 2003
60 washed away in Kulu flash floods
August 9, 2003
PAC report issue rocks Lok Sabha
August 8, 2003
Govt staff can’t go on strike, rules SC
August 7, 2003

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