Addict hacks kin to death, hurts another
P. K. Jaiswar

Amritsar, March 14
In a gruesome incident, Gurjit Singh, a drug addict, with the help of his accomplices, hacked his brother-in-law, Amrik Singh (20) to death, here on Thursday night. Theaccused also attacked and seriously injured Amrik’s brother, Beant (16).

According to sources, Gurjit (a resident of Tarn Taran) was married to Ravinder Kaur of Ghannupur but after their marriage Ravinder was shocked to find out that Gurjit was hooked on to drugs. She informed her family members about this.

Rajvinder’s family then decided to bring Gurjit to Amritsar to keep a close vigil on him. However, he managed to establish contacts with the drug peddlers of the new area too.

The family tried to persuade him to shun the habit but to no avail. Gurjit reportedly got annoyed over the continuous persuasion.

On Thursday evening, Rajvinder, along with her father, had gone to an advocate for obtaining a divorce. Gurjit got irritated when he came to know about it and called his accomplices - Amarjit Singh of Varpal and Rinku of Chabba areas - and consumed drugs.

After this, they brutally attacked Amrik and Beant, who were watching television at that time, with sharp edged weapons. The attack was so brutal that the arms of deceased were chopped and his body was pierced. They fled the scene after the incident.

Beant was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition. District police chief Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, when contacted, said Gurjit has been arrested while special teams have been dispatched to nab the remaining culprits. A case has been registered. 



Turf Trouble
Hockey at its lowest ebb: Ex-Olympian
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, March 14
The ignominy of the ouster from the qualifying round of the forthcoming Olympics to be held in Beijing have been described as the biggest ever blow to the pride of Indian Hockey.

Veteran Hockey Olympian, Padamashree, Balbir Singh (senior) said there is no dearth of sports talent in India, especially in Punjab, but the need of the hour is to search for this talent and groom them by providing the best infrastructure and imparting scientific training.

Expressing his concern over India’s failure to qualify in the Olympics, Balbir Singh said we should learn from our mistakes and should be optimistic. He said the government should provide adequate funds, infrastructure, Astroturf fields and scientific training for the sportspersons to inculcate skills after hunting the best talent at the school, college and university level.

The veteran Olympian said due attention should also be paid to Hockey in addition to Cricket and other games to achieve the desired goals. He said hockey is our national game and the students studying at the university level should be encouraged to participate in sports activities.

Former Indian captain of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Hockey team Ramandeep Singh, while talking to the Tribune here on Friday, said the disastrous performance in yesterday’s match has plunged Indian Hockey to its lowest ebb.

He said the blame lies with all including the top brass of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), the coaches, players and all others connected with the game.

Singh said India, which had remained a force to reckon with during the initial 30 years of world hockey and ruled the roost as champions, now are at the lowest position in world hockey. He lamented that since the dominance of the game has shifted towards the new entrants, India must learn to follow the latest techniques with foreign coaches and advisers to uplift the game.

Ramandeep who had been playing left half during his illustrious career said the IHF had already appointed world’s greatest hockey star from Australia Rick Charlesworth but he was never allowed to have his say in the team management or coaching. He said the country’s poor show should be thoroughly probed and the public must seek answers to its exit from the world Hockey scene.

A former stalwart Col Harcharan Singh, who had dominated the Indian team during 1969 to 1978, described the unceremonious exit from the world arena as the saddest day in the history of Indian hockey, which had remained in preeminence during the last 80 years.

He said inspite of the most shameful exit ever, the IHF top management and their cohorts do not feel the necessity to give up their post and their shameful continuation has further brought disgrace to the spirit of the game.

Col Harcharan said the management must have the moral courage to accept the debacle and added that the entire federation should be restructured with new faces to enthuse fresh blood to the game for its proper rehabilitation. He said there was need to appoint a full time psychologist for making the team mentally tough to become a force to reckon with.

A senior hockey enthusiast and patron of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Academy here, Dr Shivinder Singh Sandhu said the Indian government must provide enough funds for building up quality infrastructure for hockey to nurse young talent to build up a future team for the country. He suggested that the present team should not be humiliated and the promising and talented members of the team should be encouraged to stay on and should form a firm foundation for the future team.Sandhu said the young Under-15 team of the academy has been doing exceedingly well in the national tournaments and suggested that the IHF must revamp its management and encourage young talent to form the next formidable team for the country.



Move to install Bhinderanwale as Akal Takht jathedar was scuttled?
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 14
Damdami Taksal spokesman and convener of the Khalsa Action Committee Bhai Mohkam Singh has revealed that there was a move to install firebrand Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale as the jathedar of Akal Takht, which was scuttled at the behest of the central government.

This startling revelation was made by the Damdami Taksal spokesman, which was headed by Sant Bhinderanwale, while addressing a Sikh conclave, here.

Giving details, Mohkam Singh said after the death of Jathedar Gurdial Singh Ajnoha, a congregation attended by prominent scholars, retired civil as well as army officers at langar hall within the Darbar Sahib complex, passed a resolution proposing the name of Sant Bhinderanwale for the post in 1983, a year before the Operation Bluestar.

He said within no time the Delhi rulers, through Akali leadership, got active and “engineered” the appointment of Gaini Kirpal Singh for the top seat. His views were also corroborated by Kulwant Singh, a leader of the All-India Sikh Students Federation. Sikh scholars expressed concern that the merit had been ignored while appointing the jathedars since 1983, which allegedly denigrated the institution of Akal Takht.

Sikh scholars, legal brains and heads of Sikh socio-religious organisations unanimously passed a resolution reiterating that Akal Takht was supreme and its supremacy and sovereignty could not be challenged, compromised and questioned as was being done by certain vested interests.

At the same time, they expressed their desire to free jathedars of all five Takhts from all political and legal bindings.

The occasion was a seminar organised by the Dal Khalsa to discuss the role, working sphere, status and appointments of the Takht jathedars. The speakers said the incumbents used and misused the authority vested in them. The political leadership manoeuvred the religious heads calling them head priests and employees of the SGPC.

They observed that the concepts of “sandesh, gurmata and hukamnama” have become hazed over the years because of the manner in which edicts had been handed over in recent years - from the blatant interventionist to the utterly ridiculous and the politically motivated. Delivering the keynote address, party president Satnam Singh said the seminar was the first in the series of six seminars proposed to be held over the next year to go into the entire gamut of issues relating to the institution of Akal Takht and its jathedar.

One of the resolutions read by H.S. Dhami stated that the institution of Akal Takht is a highest temporal authority of the Sikh nation and the devout Sikhs, irrespective of political leanings, revere the institution. The gathering passed another resolution empowering the organisers to constitute a drafting committee of Sikh scholars, experts and thinkers to fix norms for the post of the jathedar of the Takhts.



Bill Da Mamla
Govt offices’ power supply snapped
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 14
In its drive against defaulters, the high-level squad of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today disconnected the power supplies to government offices which have failed to clear long pending bills, despite repeated reminders.

The power connections were cut on the direction of the head office, revealed sources. Though the connections of CRPF, PWD, Rest House of (B &R ) were snapped, the power officials failed to disconnect the supplies to the SP office located in the district courts. Sources said the SP reportedly assured the officials that the outstanding bill would be cleared within a couple of days.

The PSEB is likely to take stringent action against other defaulters in the coming days since the bills to the tune of over Rs two crores are pending, including against the government departments, sources further added.



Health Watch
Four-day fair to promote traditional Indian medicine
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 14
A four-day comprehensive health fair - Arogya - on Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homoeopathy, is being organised in Amritsar from March 15.

The fair will be organised by the department of AYUSH, ministry of health and family welfare, and the central government. It would showcase the advancements in clinical practices, research and documentation, manufacturing and the process involved in these systems of medicine and also the medicinal plants sector.

Addressing mediapersons here today, KBS Sidhu, secretary AYUSH said this is the first ever fair being organised in Punjab, in collaboration with the Punjab government, to promote Ayurveda and homoeopathy and other systems of medicine.

He said the department had selected Amritsar keeping in view its importance as a major commercial and industrial hub and to create awareness among the general public about the traditional systems of Indian medicine. Major Ayurveda, Siddha and manufacturing units from all over the country would participate in the fair, he added.

Sidhu said a seminar on organic farming of medicinal plants would also be organised by the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), with experts drawn from different parts of the country, on the sidelines of the fair, on the inaugural day.

He said a workshop on quality upgradation of AYUSH manufacturing industry would also be organised on March 16.

Apart from these, experts would deliver modules on Geriatric care through Ayurveda and Mother and Child Care through homoeopathy on March 17.

Sidhu said the fair would be inaugurated by Nirmal Singh Kahlon, speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly. The fair would be open to the general public daily from 11 am to 8 pm, he added.



A new dimension to myth
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 14
With an aim to give an insight into the world of myth, which is considered as a significant social and mental event, Dr Kulwant Singh has penned down a book “Myth Rupakar”.

The book has a brief survey and a comparative study about the subject and could be of great help to the scholars. Talking to The Tribune, Dr Kulwant said, “I have adopted a special analytical approach to study the subject in the fields of religion, literature and cultural life of the Punjabis.” He has defined and interpreted myth in relation to transcendental theory, ritual theory, aetiological theory, allegorical and euhemerist theories.

Presently working as an assistant editor at the Chief Khalsa Dewan, Amritsar, the Punjabi scholar has also worked as senior lecturer in the Khalsa College. Besides, he holds the post of the director at the Sikh reference library in the Sikh history department, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar.

He said, “The book’s second part describes the relation of myth with literature. The narratology critics believe that myth is a ‘narative tale’ with a special function and an activity which works in variant ways. It helps to interpret and explore working of the human mind and gives explanation to the disorder of human chaos.” The structuralist and semiotics approach adopted by Levi Stranss and Rollan Barth has been given special attention, he added. He said he had devoted the last chapter to the history of myth criticism done by Fergussan, Northrop Frye, Philip Wheelwright, Richard Chase, Rollan Barh. In addition to it, special study has been made keeping Punjab culture in mind.

The scholar said, “Great scholars like Northrop Frye have interpreted myth as a symbolic mode, while Philip Wheelwright took it as mythopoeic made of consciousness.” 



Amritsar Chinmaya Mission turns 10

Amritsar, March 14
About a decade ago, an organisation Chinmaya Mission entered the holy city with an aim to give maximum happiness to maximum people for maximum time. Since then it is busy spreading message of vedanta and promoting values among the youth and children.

Uma Shergil, who is credited for brining it to Amritsar, met the mission founder Swami Chinmayananda in 1981 and decided to dedicate her life for it. She started the spiritual journey by organising a “gyan yagna” of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1982 at BBKDAV College for Women.

The mission is presently being run by a board of trustees and an executive committee where Uma Shergil is working as president and Avinash Mohinderu as secretary.

Talking to The Tribune, Avinash said, “Now we are planning to construct an ashram “Chinmaya Amrit” and for it. The mission has already procured about 2300 sq yards of land for it in 2006.” — TNS



2 snatchers held

Amritsar, March 14
The district police today arrested two snatchers in two separate incidents while an accomplices of a snatcher managed to escape. The accused were identified as Rajpal Singh of Pritam Nagar and Kuldip Singh of Ranjitpura localities.

Rajpal Singh was nabbed from the Tej Nagar area when he was fleeing after snatching a gold chain from a woman going on a rickshaw. A police party asked him to stop near T-point Sultanwind but he tried to escape. However, he was chased and caught.

A scooter and a gold chain were recovered from him. A case under section 392 of the IPC was registered. He was wanted in three more cases, including one for possessing narcotics. In another case, Kuldeep Singh was nabbed while his accomplice Satpal, alias Lovely, of Manjit Building, Chheharta, managed to escape. They were fleeing after snatching a woman’s purse. — OC



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