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Pension scam: 10 officials in the dock
Amritsar, August 18
The Rs 25-crore pension scam which has rocked the city is just the tip of the iceberg, claimed senior CPI leader Satya Pal Dang. Echoing the concern of Mr Dang, the BJP MLA Lakshmi Kanta Chawla who had been spearheading the pensioners’ cause said the inquiry proved that funds were being embezzled under the nose of senior officers.

Pool joints become gambling dens
Bathinda, August 18
Do not be surprised if the boy next door exhibits marked change in his lifestyle and flaunts expensive clothes, mobile phones and latest bikes which cannot be explained from his known pocket money sources as the youth of the city have deviced innovative ways to take care of such expenses.

Plots sold against rules?
Amritsar August 18
Can a riot migrant or terrorist victim sell a site or plot soon after it is allotted? The question has arisen after many such sites were sold shortly after allotment by government draws in 1986.

Release of Indians in Pak jails sought
Ferozepore, August 18
Parents of all those youths languishing in various jails of Pakistan are up in arms against the indifferent attitude of both, Indian and Pakistani governments over the issue concerning their release.

Grant amnesty for killing terrorists: DSP
Jalandhar, August 18
The Zinda Shaheed Police Officers’ Welfare Association yesterday denied that its members, who had been booked by the CBI for alleged excesses committed during the decade-long terrorism in Punjab, have admitted their involvement in “false” encounters as was alleged in a section of press.




Cong, morcha upbeat over rally success
Ludhiana, August 18
The Congress and the recently constituted Panthic Morcha may have many things to celebrate after their Issru rallies. Particularly after comparing the participation of people in their separate rallies with that of the official rally addressed by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. 

Cong offers sops to Dalits
Faridkot, August 18
The Congress would give employment to one member of each Dalit family and weaker section if voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. Many more concessions like special loans on easy interest to start business or professions besides pensions to widows and senior citizens, increase in reservation quota in different fields, and education facilities free of cost up to higher classes will also be provided to them.

Badal ‘gaining’ cheap popularity
Hoshiarpur, August 18
Mr Jagjit Singh, Opposition Leader in the Vidhan Sabha, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had got himself declared as the number one Chief Minister of Punjab through opinion poll conducted by a magazine and a newspaper. Now he was publicising this opinion poll by placing advertisements in daily newspapers to gain cheap popularity.

Gill seeks ticket from Payal
Doraha, August 18
Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, state Delegate of SAD, has submitted his claim to the party ticket from the Payal Constituency, arguing that he had worked for the welfare of Akali workers and has strong family ties in the area.


Stay on Chohan’s arrest extended
Patiala, August 18
A local court today extended the stay on the arrest of Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan till August 31 in a case filed by a local advocate and Pardesh Congress legal cell member. Additional Sessions Judge B.S. Mangat today extended the stay on the arrest of Chohan till August 31.

Plight of freedom fighters pitiable
Amritsar, August 18
The plight of freedom fighters continues to be pitiable. Giani Santokh Singh (82) has been putting up at his maternal cousin’s house since several years. He never married as he was involved in the freedom struggle.

Fresh case against undertrial evokes protest
Jalandhar, August 18
More than 300 inmates of the local Central Jail today observed fast to protest against registration of a case against Sarabjeet Singh, another inmate, for allegedly assaulting an undertrial and former Punjab police Inspector Gurmeet Singh Pinki yesterday.

Roadways staff hold rally
Ropar, August 18
On a call given by the Punjab Roadways Action Committee, employees of Punjab Roadways yesterday held a rally near the main bus stand in protest against non-implementation of the agreement reached between roadways employees and the Punjab Government on August 8, last year.

Report on lathi charge released
Bathinda, August 18
The district unit of the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR) which probed into the infamous Maiser Khana lathi charge in which the police had allegedly committed atrocities on activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) released a report in this connection here today.

Murder case committed to sessions court
Patiala, August 18
A special court here today committed the case regarding alleged murder of a Nabha resident by throwing him into a canal by a police official serving presently as a DSP and five other police personnel, including two Assistant Sub-Inspectors of police, to the Sessions Court.

Fund paucity hits projects
Most of the projects carved out by the civic body here for the beautification of the city and for regularising traffic have become a burden owing to lack of funds. These projects include a network of traffic lights and a fountain, which have become non-functional.

Traffic lights that have stopped working at one of the important road junctions in Pathankot.

Traffic lights that have stopped working at one of the important road junctions in Pathankot.

FCI staff call off agitation
Sangrur, August 18
Following an understanding with the management of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Executive Staff Union of the corporation has called off its 25 days long agitation. The FCI management agreed in principle to implement the demands of the union at a meeting held between representatives of the union and FCI headquarter management in New Delhi yesterday evening.

PSEB engineers resent government decision
Patiala, August 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineers Association today said the recent directive of the state government withdrawing the powers of the board for transfers and postings were violative of Section 79 of the Electricity Supply Act which gave the state electricity board complete autonomy in determining the “duties of officers and other employees of the board, and their salaries, allowances and other conditions of service”.

PSEB panel flays board authorities
Zirakpur, August 18
Members of the Punjab State Electricity Board Employee’s Federation (Zirakpur Circle) have criticised the board authorities for suspending two employees of the local subdivision.

Copy of holy book burnt
Barnala, August 18
Guru Granth Sahib kept in a kutcha room owned by a Buddha Dal activist at Pakho Kalan village about 20 km from here, was burnt this morning in an attempt to get the premises vacated.

CMs’ visit boon for villagers
Panjkosi (Abohar), August 18
The visit of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to his in-laws’ village, Panjkosi, along with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today resulted in the release of grants for different development works for which the residents had been trying hard for past four years.

Sirsa river ravaged 55 acres : DC
Ropar, August 18
The flashfloods in the Sirsa river on August 14 ravaged 55 acres in Aspur, Taraf, Awaskot and Kowal villages situated near here. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr G.S. Grewal, who visited these villages, told the correspondent that 15 acres had been washed away in the floods while crops on another 40 acres were also ravaged.

Haemoglobin check-up camp
Patiala August 18
City girl students were found to be possessing a haemoglobin level much below the requirements, according to a survey conducted by the Dedicated Brothers group here.


Threat to boycott paddy procurement
Patiala, August 18
The Punjab State Foodgrain Agencies Field Employees Co-ordination Committee today threatened to boycott paddy procurement in case their demands were not met by August 31.

Bollworm: farmers plough crop
Bathinda, August 18
With the weather playing truant, cotton growers of the region have started ploughing their standing crop as they find themselves left with no other option due to huge infestation of cotton plants with American bollworm.

BKU morcha launch today
Amritsar, August 18
The Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, headed by Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, will launch a peaceful ‘morcha’ from Akal Takht against the state and Central governments on August 19 against their alleged ‘anti-farmer’ policies.


Accept demands, stenos urge CM
Bathinda, August 18
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, Punjab, the Punjab State Stenographers Coordination Committee and PSEB Stenographers Union have demanded the acceptance of their demands.


Businessman shot dead, another hurt
Ferozepore, August 18
A businessman was shot dead and another person accompanying him was seriously injured when two unidentified persons fired at them near Indira Market here. They took away their bag containing about Rs 3 lakh cash.

Landlord shot dead
Jalandhar, August 18
A landlord was shot dead at Lallian Khurd village near here today. The deceased, Darshan Singh (48), and his son Gurpreet were on way to their fields at around 5.30 a.m. on their bicycles when they saw a white Tata Sumo on the village Kutcha road. 

2 brothers held for murder
Hoshiarpur, August 18
The Tanda police has registered a case under Sections 302, 307 and 34, IPC, against Kewal Singh and his borther Gulzar Singh of Khun Khun Kalan village for murdering Amrik Singh and injuring his wife and brother of Talla village yesterday.


SSD girls celebrate ‘saawan’
Bathinda, August 18
‘Aaya saawan jhoom ke’ was the title of the function organised by the local SSD College for Girls today. College students and staff members celebrate major festivals every year. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Science and Technology Minister of the state, was the chief guest.

Students of SSD College for Girls, Bathinda, dressed in traditional Punjabi dresses dance at the function of ‘saawan’ held in the college on Saturday.
Students of SSD College for Girls, Bathinda, dressed in traditional Punjabi dresses dance at the function of ‘saawan’ held in the college on Saturday. — Tribune Photo

Agitated students block traffic
Patiala, August 18
Agitated students, who had come to attend the second round of counselling for admission to the B.Ed. course of Punjabi University, today blocked traffic on the Patiala-Rajpura road for nearly two hours besides raising slogans against the university management when many of them were told they were not eligible for admission.

Butterfly research awaits funds
The Zoology Department of Punjabi University, which has a large collection of rare butterflies, finds research in this field weighed down for want of funds. The collection comprises 52 species collected from the botanical garden of the university. 
Part of the butterfly collection housed in the Zoology Department of Punjabi University.

Non-teaching staff hold dharna
Bathinda, August 18
Non-teaching employees of the local DAV college today went on a stay-in strike and sat on a dharna in front of the office of the Principal.


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