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Doctors invite Punjab CM for public debate
Chandigarh, August 2
The PCMS Association has challenged the Punjab Chief Minister for a live public debate on his decision to withdraw NPA given to doctors.
The moot question is whether the decision is in public interest or not?

Amarinder should apologise for boy’s death, says Bir Devinder
Patiala, August 2
Punjab Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh today said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should apologise to the family of the boy who was killed by two cops yesterday even as he decried the ‘insensitivity’ of the district administration in handling the situation after the incident.

Police to be people-friendly: DGP
Chandigarh, August 2
The Punjab Police will bring about transparency, accountability, efficiency and service in its functioning so as to meet the aspirations of a common man, says Mr A. A. Siddiqui, its new Director-General.

SP ‘beats up’ constable
Bathinda, August 2
Mr Sukhjit Singh, a constable posted in the SSP's office here, was admitted to the Civil Hospital after he was allegedly beaten up by the Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Mr Harbhajan Singh, in his office today.

Mr Sukhjit Singh, constable, who was allegedly beaten up by the SP

Mr Sukhjit Singh, constable, who was allegedly beaten up by the SP (Headquarters) on Saturday. He is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda.
— A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib

Atari railway station decks up for the resumption of Samjhauta Express, the only rail link between India and Pakistan.
(28k, 56k)



Unity in lower Akali ranks still a distant dream
Chandigarh, August 2
Though unity between the SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and the President of the Shiormani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been clinched, yet both these leaders will have to travel a long way to unite Akali ranks down the line.

Supporters of Kala Afghana may face action

Amritsar, August 2
The Sikh high priests are contemplating action against supporters of the cop-turned-Sikh scholar, Mr Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana, who was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth for allegedly distorting Sikh history.

Inderbir Singh, grandson of Mr Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana, who was excommunicated by Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, talks to mediapersons on Saturday.
— Photo Sawinder Singh

Liquor licence valid, claims Sidhu
Chandigarh, August 2
Former PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu said in court today that he had valid licence by the UT Excise and Taxation Department to keep foreign liquor.
“I am not the only one who had been issued permit for keeping foreign liquor but several senior IAS officers and judges too have similar permits”, he said.

Lovers consume poison in temple, boy dies
Jalandhar, August 2
Apprehension of failure in love following objections over their long-standing affair by their parents and their inability to withstand familial pressures forced two young lovers to consume poison in the Basti Bawa Khel Shiva temple here today.


BJP flayed for raising foreign origin issue
Pathankot, August 2
Mr Ashwani Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader, has criticised the BJP for raising the issue of foreign origin of the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi. Talking to mediapersons here today, he said by raising the Sonia’s issue the BJP wanted to divert the attention of the people from its failures.

SAD man elected Patti council chief
Tarn Taran, August 2
Mr Jasbir Singh Shahid, a SAD member was today elected president of the Municipal Council, Patti, while Ms Sudesh Rani was elected Senior Vice-President, the election of which was pending since March 10 after the general election of the council.


Punjab to go green
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
Dr Harbans Lal, sacked minister, presided over a sapling plantation campaign launched by the District Congress Committee in collaboration with the District Environment Society today.

Medical services paralysed
Patiala, August 2
The medical services remained paralysed for two hours at Rajindra Hospital and Government Medical and Dental College here today following a call given by the PCMS Association.

Dalits yet to get freedom, says body
Mansa, August 2
“ The state government is silent over the Dalel Singh Wala village episode related to bonded labour in the district. The present landlords were slaves of the erstwhile feudal lords.

Part of building collapses,
1 dies

Bathinda, August 2
Jasmel Kaur died on the spot while Mrs Tej Kaur, suffered multiple injuries when a part of an old residential building on the Bathinda-Multania road, in which they were residing, collapsed due to heavy rain which lashed the region today.

A view of the collapsed building at Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Rs 4 cr released for development works
Muktsar, August 2
Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Sports and Chairman, Planning Board, Muktsar, yesterday sanctioned the release of more than Rs 4 crore for carrying out development works in the rural areas and for meeting expenditure on various welfare schemes for the people.

Suspend Kathunangal SHO, say unions
Amritsar, August 2
Demanding suspension of the SHO of the Kathunangal police station, the Akhil Hind Mazdoor Union and the Netaji Azad Trade Union today threatened to launch an agitation.

SHO shifted for misbehaviour
Gurdaspur, August 2
The SSP, Mr RPS Brar, has shifted Sub Inspector Sanjiv Kumar, Station House Officer, police station Pathankot, division No 2, Civil Lines here for his alleged misconduct with public men.

Dalits’ boycott on, says sarpanch
Hoshiarpur, August 2
Ms Charan Kaur, sarpanch, Mr Gian Chand, former sarpanch, Mr Gurmukh Singh and Mr Bishan Dass, panches of Pandori Khazoor village of Hoshiarpur district stated that the Jats of the village were still continuing to boycott Dalits.

Sham-e-Ghazal organised
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 2
The District Cultural Society organised a cultural programme “Sham-e-ghazal” at Mandi Gobindgarh town in the district last night. Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, the chairman of the Banas group of educational institutions, inaugurated the programme by lighting a candle while Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

Cobwebs greet visitors at bird gallery
Patiala, August 2
The animal and bird gallery at the Sheesh Mahal Museum here, set up over five decades ago, is in a bad shape. Employees of the gallery hold the state government responsible for it and say that even the basic infrastructure to showcase various species is not available.


Farmers to hold rally in Chandigarh
Moga, August 2
Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of the Punjab Unit of Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) today expressed concern over the failure of sugar mills to pay arrears amounting to more than Rs 150 crore to the sugarcane growers.


Girl crushed by police bus
Jalandhar, August 2
Irked over death of a 13-year-old schoolgirl, who was allegedly crushed to death by a speeding India Reserve Battalion bus, a large number of residents of the Baba Budha Ji Nagar locality near the Rama Mandi area blocked traffic on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway for about two hours here today.

Residents of Baba Budha Ji Nagar block traffic on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana highway at Rama Mandi chowk in Jalandhar in protest against the death of a schoolgirl, on Saturday. Photo by S.S. Chopra


College panel issues letter against president
Hoshiarpur, August 2
Eleven members of the DAV College managing committee, Hoshiarpur, have asked heads of educational institutions being governed by Mr Kamal Chaudhary, former MP, not to comply with his orders relating to finance and administrative matters.

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