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Row brings gurdwara panel functioning to halt
Amritsar, August 21
Functioning of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission virtually came to a standstill following the adjournment of all cases listed for two days (today and tomorrow) as a ‘tactical move’ by the old panel. New panel comprising Mr Ajwant Sing Mann and Mr Amrik Singh Randhawa was not allowed to function from despite certified copies of the Punjab and Haryana High Court having been supplied.

Brar files plea in High Court
Chandigarh, August 21
Adding a twist to the on-going controversy, “Chairman of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission” Man Mohan Singh Brar today submitted a representation to the Punjab and Haryana High Court “for unearthing the conspiracy at the district and state level in not allowing the lawful members to perform their functions which were judicial in nature”.

Mr Man Mohan Singh Brar enters the judicial complex on Thursday Mr Man Mohan Singh Brar enters the judicial complex on Thursday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib


Notice issued on return of Sikh manuscripts
Chandigarh, August 21
Acting on a petition seeking directions for the return of “all manuscripts, religious books, and other articles” allegedly removed during “Operation Bluestar” from the Sikh Reference Library at Golden Temple in Amritsar, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab and other respondents.

10 supporters of Vinod Khanna, SAD booked 
Naushehra Pattan (Gurdaspur) August 21
The Gurdaspur police has registered a case against 10 supporters of Vinod Khanna and workers of the SAD-BJP combine for “rioting” and “stoning”and “injuring” policemen during a rally of Vinod Khanna yesterday.

MC covering up fund misuse?
Row over Town Hall beautification
Amritsar, August 21
The beautification of Town Hall heritage building inaugurated on the eve of Independence Day has run into a controversy over fund utilisation.

Dal Khalsa sets up organisational wing
Chandigarh, August 21
The Dal Khalsa today constituted its organisational body with many new faces with an aim to “achieve sovereign self-rule for Sikh people.” The body has 11 other members on the executive committee.

Bhattal case
Cong MP appears on behalf of Punjab
Chandigarh, August 21
A top criminal lawyer and Congress MP, Mr R.K. Anand, today appeared on behalf of Punjab in a corruption case against state Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, giving rise to a speculation that it was a legal intervention by the Congress high command to stop the feud between the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh and Ms Bhattal.


Minorities panel to take up case of Indian prisoner
Amritsar, August 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the National Commission for Minorities will take up the issue of the death sentence awarded to the an Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh, languishing in a Pakistan jail under mistaken identity, with the Centres.

Poor families to get Rs 63 lakh
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The district administration has completed the process of identifying families living below the poverty line in the district and the Social Welfare Department would distribute Rs 63 lakh to such families for constructing their own houses, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the gathering at the valedictory function organised by the department on the completion of one-year training in sewing, here today.

PRTC seeks hike in fares
Patiala, August 21
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has given a representation to the state government seeking a hike of 6 paise in the fares keeping in view the introduction of special road tax and the earlier hike in diesel prices.

Club under fire for I-Day bash
Abohar, August 21
The management of the Abohar club has come under fire from members for allowing whiskey and free meals to be served and dancers to perform on Independence Day. Some national Hindi dailies had prominently carried stories on the way the club had “paid homage” to heroes of the freedom struggle.

Protesters seek arrest of murder accused
Sangrur, August 21
Hundreds of protesters, led by former Dhuri MLA Dhanwant Singh, held a rally at Triveni Chowk in Dhuri near here today. They were demanding the arrest of the two remaining accused — Surinder Kumar Changli and Inderjit Singh — allegedly involved in the murder of Bhalinder Singh (32), nephew of Mr Dhanwant Singh, at his native Manwala village on August 15.

Nabard aid for widening river beds
Patiala, August 21
Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh today said the work on the widening of various river beds in the district and strengthening of their banks would be undertaken before the next monsoon season following the approval of a Rs 33-crore scheme by Nabard.

Farmers lay siege to Xen’s office
Sangrur, August 21
A large number of farmers under the leadership of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), today reportedly laid siege to the office of the Xen, PSEB (Rural), at Sunam. They blocked the Sunam-Jakhal road/for about two hours protest against electricity disconnections on account of non-payment of bills.


High Court
DC to pay money
Chandigarh, August 21
Three years after a government contractor constructed a stage for the Independence Day celebrations, a Division Bench of the high court today directed Fatehgarh Sahib’s Deputy Commissioner and other respondents to pay Rs 45,000 to the petitioner within two months.

Bail of 18 thermal plant officers extended
Ropar, August 21
Interim bail of the 19 officers of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP) here accused in the EPF scam was extended by a court here till August 25.

Narottam’s remand extended


Junior engineers up in arms over promotions
Amritsar, August 21
Junior engineers in the Irrigation Department are up in arms against the non-implementation of the recommendations of the Draft Rules Committee set up by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to frame rules for the promotions of diploma-holding junior engineers of the department.

DGP okays new transfer policy for field staff
Chandigarh, August 21
A shake-up in the Punjab Police, is on the cards with the Director-General of Police, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, clearing a new transfer policy for the field staff today.


Disciple held for cheating Baba Santa Singh
Bathinda, August 21
The Talwandi Sabo police has arrested Kamal Kishore, alias Kamal Singh, who allegedly cheated Baba Santa Singh, head of the Budha Dal, a Nihang sect, and the Rajasthan Government by fabricating some documents in connection with the possession of two pieces of land in Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts of Rajasthan belonging to the Budha Dal.

Man booked on rape charge
Amritsar, August 21
A girl was allegedly abducted and raped by a person a few days ago. A sister and brother-in-law of the suspect also helped him allegedly. A case was registered at the Sadar police station here yesterday.

Junior Engineer held on bribe charge
Bathinda, August 21
Mr Om Parkash Arora, junior engineer (JE) with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Golewala, in Ferozepore district, was caught today while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1,800 from Mr Jagmohan Singh, a resident of Rukna Begu village (Ferozepore) for replacing a damaged transformer to supply power to his tubewell motor.


Punjabi varsity rusticates student for ragging
Patiala, August 21
The Punjabi University authorities today rusticated a student and awarded punishment to five others for ragging juniors in two cases last month.

Students protest against PTU decision
Ropar, August 21
Students of various engineering colleges located in the area today staged a dharna outside their respective colleges to protest against the Punjab Technical University (PTU) decision of disallowing the students who had not totally cleared the first semester to appear in the fifth semester examination. Similarly, the students who had not totally cleared the second semester would be not allowed to appear in the sixth semester.Top

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