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Panel to make rules on jathedars
Amritsar, October 21
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has constituted a 21-member Religious Advisory Board, which would frame rules for the appointment and removal of Sikh high priests. The board would also scrutinise the complaints being received by Akal Takht before they are taken up by the Sikh clergy.

Hanspal evasive on right to vote for Sehajdharis
Phagwara October 21
Punjab Congress President H.S. Hanspal today skirted the issue of the removal of the names of all Sehajdhari Sikhs from the voters lists for general elections to the SGPC. Mr Hanspal said here that he was yet to study the report about it. I would comment upon the issue only after studying it, he said.

SGPC presents siropa to Chohan
Amritsar, October 21
The SGPC honorary secretary, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, today presented a siropa (robe of honour) to Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan and four of his associates at the Shiromani committee’s information office here.

President of Khalsa Raj Party Jagjit Singh Chohan and his supporters carry a portrait of Darshan Singh Pheruman after performing ardas at Akal Takht President of Khalsa Raj Party Jagjit Singh Chohan (second from left) and his supporters carry a portrait of Darshan Singh Pheruman after performing ardas at Akal Takht on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma




Second tourist plane lands at Raja Sansi
Amritsar, October 21
Within five days, second chartered direct flight from UK’s Monarch Airlines landed with 166 passengers British nationals and Punjabi NRIs landed at Amritsar’s Raja Sansi international airport here today. However, Boeing 757 aeroplane got delayed by two hours due to non-clearance at Pakistan airbase.

Punjab Food Secretary to take up foodgrain
claims with Centre
Chandigarh, October 21
The Union Food Ministry continues to dodge the Punjab Government and its procurement agencies over the issue of settling claims worth Rs 4,300 crore regarding the procurement of foodgrain for the Central pool for the past some years.

SPOs may get salary before Divali
Police martyrs remembered
Jalandhar, October 21
Mr A.A. Siddiqui, Director-General of the Punjab police, today said efforts were being made to ensure the release of salaries of about 6000 SPOs before Divali. These SPOs have not received their salaries for the past three months.

Efforts to acquire Udham Singh’s gun from Britain
Jalandhar, October 21
Indians might be able to see the gun, certain books and personal belongings like kurta-pyjama of Shaheed Udham Singh soon as serious efforts are being made by the Punjab government and the Birmingham-based Shaheed Udham Singh Welfare Trust in this direction. The famous gun of Shaheed Udham Singh and other items listed in “Challenge to imperial hegemony” are currently in possession of New Scotland Yard, Broadway London and the New Scotland Museum.


Tohra to take up Sikh Chair issue with Canadian PM
Ludhiana, October 21
The SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, will take up the issue of setting up of a Sikh Chair at the University of British Columbia in Canada when the Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Joseph Jean Chretian, will visit the Golden Temple on October 25.

A girl gives final touches to clay temples
A girl gives final touches to clay temples (commonly called Khrundis), which are worshipped during Divali, in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Open Hussainiwala border, says Mann
Ferozepore , October 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) yesterday organised a rally at Hussainiwala near the Indo-Pakistan border and exhorted the governments of India and Pakistan to open the Hussainiwala border for trade and transit. The border was closed in the aftermath of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflict.

India, Pak should change mindsets: MP
Amritsar, October 21
Governments of India and Pakistan should change mindsets instead of
changing geographical positions, says
Mr Abdul Rashid Shahid, an MP from

IT raids on three jewellery shops
Patiala, October 21
Income tax sleuths today conducted raids on three jewellery shops in the city besides a sweets shop in Bahadurgarh and recovered unaccounted money in the process.

5 killed, 9 hurt in mishaps
Hoshiarpur, October 21
Five persons were killed and nine were injured in separate road accidents in the district last evening, the police said.

National award for social worker
Bathinda, October 21
Mrs Raj Gupta, a retired lecturer and social worker who was conferred with the state award about seven years ago, has been honoured with the Indira Gandhi National NSS Award for her services in the field of AIDS awareness and social service by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

PACL workers gherao GM
Nangal, October 21
Employees of Punjab Alkalis and Chemicals gheraoed the General Manager of the company, Mr Rawat, today to protest against the non-payment of Divali bonus. The workers, led by union leaders R.K. Dewedi and Rajan Puri gheraoed the vehicle of the General Manager as he was coming out of the plant.

No headway in shooting incident
Dera Bassi, October 21
The police has failed to make any headway in the shooting incident in which Rajinder Singh, a resident of Punsar village, was shot at on the Dera Bassi-Mukandpur link road in the Bir Dandrala area on Saturday morning.


Punjab given 2 weeks to file reply in cops’ case
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted the state of Punjab two weeks’ time to file a reply on a petition filed by 26 head constables seeking directions for the reversion of Assistant Sub-Inspectors working on adhoc basis to make place for them.

Bar threatens agitation
Mansa, October 21
Members of the District Bar Association, Mansa, today resolved to go on indefinite strike against the registration of a ‘false’ case against one of their members, Mr Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal, advocate, by the Muktsar city police under Sections 452, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Man sentenced to death in double-murder case
Hoshiarpur, October 21
Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge Hoshiarpur, has sentenced Kulwinder Singh, son of Santosh Singh of Sujon village, to death for killing two women of the same village.


PSEB announces VDS for farmers
Patiala, October 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to reintroduce the voluntary disclosure scheme for regularisation of load in the agricultural sector. A press note said today that this was being done on the persistent demand of farmers. The scheme will remain valid till December 31 this year.

Efforts on to get seed potato released
Bathinda, October 21
The Vigilance Bureau has initiated efforts to release seed potato lying in a sealed cold storage owned by Mr Anil Kumar, son of Mr Harbans Lal, at Rampura Phul. Mr Anil Kumar had disappeared with the stock register after his father was arrested in a corruption case.


Panel to suggest correctives
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab Police today constituted a five-member committee under the ADGP (Administration) to provide more promotional avenues in the wireless wing. The committee has been asked to work out a scheme to bring officials working in the wireless wing on a par with those in the general executive line. It has been asked to submit its report within 15 days.


Rs 8.10 lakh looted at gunpoint
Patiala, October 21
Armed robbers today looted Rs 8.10 lakh at gunpoint from a shop in the local grain market today. Police sources said two young men entered the shop of Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, a commission agent, in the grain market at 11 am today.


Punjab to fill teachers’ vacancies
Chandigarh, October 21
With the Centre having released the first instalment of Rs 64 crore as part of the Rs 200 crore approved annual work plan (2003-04) under the ‘Sarv Sikhia Abhiyan’ and Punjab contributing its own share of Rs 17 crore, money is set to be disbursed to all districts in the next week or so.

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Action against teachers recommended
Bathinda, October 21
Mr B. Sarkar, Commissioner, Faridkot division, who conducted a surprise visit in various schools of city, today directed the District Education Officer, elementary, to take disciplinary action against teachers of Government Primary School, Nahianwala, who despite being present in the school, were not taking their classes after the recess period.

Pak homoeopaths for Indian courses
Amritsar, October 21
Pakistani homoeopathy doctors have sought permission to pursue post-graduate and doctoral courses in homoeopathy in India. In Pakistan, only diploma courses are available.

Varsity constitutes panel to probe student’s suicide
Amritsar, October 21
The Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr S.P. Singh, today constituted a high-level subcommittee headed by Dr Jairoop Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs, to probe in to the allegations that Saurav Mahajan, a final-year student of law department, was forced to commit suicide when ‘baseless’ allegations of stealing a mobile phone of a son of SP (Tarn Taran) were levelled against him.

Kulwinder wins mehndi contest
Bathinda, October 21
At the 10-day National Service Scheme camp being held at SSD Girl’s College, a mehndi competition, besides competitions in poster-making, painting, dance, poetry etc were organised yesterday.


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