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Train stopped near Kapurthala; bandh in Jalandhar
Clash averted at Mansa village after stone pelting 

Mansa, May 19
Tension gripped a few rural pockets of this district when members of the Sikh community and followers of Dera Sacha Sauda resorted to stone pelting at Mojae Khurd village. However, timely intervention by the police averted a major clash.
Activists of Damdami Taksal protest on the Jalandhar-Amritsar rail line at Subhanpur village in Kapurthala district Activists of Damdami Taksal protest on the Jalandhar-Amritsar rail line at Subhanpur village in Kapurthala district on Saturday.
 — PTI

Vedanti rushes to Ludhiana to meet SGPC chief
Amritsar, May 19
In a development which raised many eyebrows, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti today rushed to Ludhiana to hold an in-camera meeting with SGPC chief Avtar Singh to discuss the Dera Sacha Sauda issue, though he had called an emergency meeting of Sikh intellectuals at the Akal Takht secretariat here.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Three-day ultimatum
Nandgarh’s statement may echo at Sikh clergy meeting

Amritsar, May 19
Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh, jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, has said he had given a call to assassinate the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda with a view to defusing
the situation at the cremation of Kanwaljit Singh, who was killed in the firing at Sunam (Sangrur), since the agitated mourners were out to kill the “premis” (followers of Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim), apart from setting their properties on fire.

Baba Nihal Singh Hariyanwelanwale, Nihang chief, addresses a press conference in Amritsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Baba Nihal Singh Hariyanwelanwale, Nihang chief, addresses a press conference in Amritsar

CRPF deployed
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
In view of the ongoing conflict between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and Sikh religious organisations, deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal and SSP Nilabh Kishore held a meeting here today to discuss measures to maintain peace in the district. Representatives of the SAD (B), the Congress, the AISSF and several Sikh organisations attended the meeting. The SSP said CRPF personnel had been deployed in the district.

Taksal chief flays media
Chandigarh, May 19
Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Khalsa here today said the Sikhs had protested against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda in a peaceful manner, but the dera men attacked them. He said dera men were responsible for creating trouble at various places. He condemned the role played by certain channels which projected Sikhs in bad light. He said the channels should have acted responsibly. — TNS

Manoranjan Kalia appeals for peace
Chandigarh, May 19
Manoranjan Kalia, local government minister, Punjab, has appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and communal harmony.

SAD, BJP workers hold protest
Hoshiarpur, May 19
Activists of the BJP and the SAD, led by Ashok Sabharwal and Amarpal Singh Johar, both presidents of the BJP city mandal and the SAD youth wing, Talwara, respectively, assembled at the BBMB rock garden, Talwara, 80 km from here, yesterday to protest against its management for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and Sikhs by erecting statues of various deities and gurus decorated with chips of bone-china plates.

Child restored to biological parents
Amritsar, May 19
The joy of Harish and his wife, Manju, knew no bounds here today as they were given the custody of their seven-year-old child, Amarpratap Singh, who was swapped and sold by a midwife seven years ago.

A TOUCHING MOMENT: Harish and his wife Manju, after getting custody of their  seven-year-old child Amarpratap Singh, outside the court room in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 
Harish and his wife Manju, after getting custody of their  seven-year-old child Amarpratap Singh, outside the court room in Amritsar



SP’s clean chit to ex-club chief puts cops in dock
Amritsar, May 19
A diametrically opposite reply in the course of three inquiries against a former Services Club chief by an SP have brought the functioning of the police department under the scanner.

Help pours in for kids of drug addicts
Amritsar, May 19
Moved by the plight of Maqboolpura residents, a majority of whom have got hooked on to one intoxicant or the other, philanthropists have started extending financial help for education of their children after a story titled, “Breaking out of despair,” appeared in The Tribune’s Saturday pullout on April 28.

Protest against water shortage
Malerkotla, May 19
Hundreds of Muslim women staged a protest outside the local Municipal Council against the non-availability of drinking water in the city. Later, a memorandum was also submitted to local executive officer (EO) Ved Parkash Singla yesterday.

Malooka’s son is cooperative bank MD
Bathinda, May 19
Son of former Akali minister Sikander Singh Malooka, Gurpreet Singh, has been appointed as the managing director (MD) of Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank in place of Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal.

2 killed, 3 hurt in accident
Sangrur, May 19
In a collision between an oil tanker and a car two persons, including one woman, were killed on the spot and three others, including two children, injured near Balad Kalan village (Bhawanigarh) on the Sangrur-Patiala road this evening.

Indian killed in UAE road mishap
Amritsar, May 19
Charnjit Singh Bajwa (35), a resident of Waan village, Dhaliwal tehsil (Gurdaspur), is among the four persons, the other three being three Pakistanis, who died in a road accident in the UAE. The body of Bajwa will be arrive at Rajasansi Airport tomorrow.

Libra wants train halt at Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
MP from Ropar Sukhdev Singh Libra, in the Lok Sabha, raised the issue of trains stopping at the Sirhind railway station. He urged the Union railway minister to provide stoppage of trains at Sirhind as it was centrally located and housed major religious places.

Anti-polio camps postponed
Chandigarh, May 19
The authorities concerned have postponed the holding of polio-drop administration camps in Punjab tomorrow.


Notice to Centre
Chandigarh, May 19
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the Centre and others for August 28 on three petitions filed by ex-naiks Balwinder Singh and Jang Masih and ex-signalman Balwinder Singh challenging the deduction of dearness relief from their pension by the Defence Pension Disbursing Officers from July 18,1997.

Saini is bar assn president 
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
Gian Singh Saini was elected president of the District Bar Association, here today. He won with a 11-vote margin pver his opponent R.S. Grewal who got 88 votes. Young lawyer Mandeep Singh Salana was elected secretary of the bar with 119 votes. His opponent won 68 votes. K.S. Matto was elected the vice-president with 111 votes while his opponent Gurdev Singh got 76 votes.


Helping farmers make a fortune
Patiala, May 19
Where government efforts have failed, a private entrepreneur of Patiala has succeeded. Abdul Wahid, managing director of Plantsman’s Seed, a Patiala-based company exporting flower seeds to Europe and the USA, has helped many farmers of the region diversify to flower-seed cultivation.

Abdul Wahid at his nursery in Patiala.  — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Abdul Wahid at his nursery in Patiala.

Students want board’s field office at Barnala
Sangrur, May 19
Thousands of private students and a large number of booksellers from Barnala areas have been facing harassment for the many years due to the lack of field office (book depot) of the Punjab School Education Board at Barnala.


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