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Multi-crore loan scam: PNB writes to CBI
Amritsar, August 9
The Vigilance Bureau of Punjab National Bank has reportedly written to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the multi-crore loan scam in which a bank Manager, lawyer, valuer, ‘fake Charted Accountant ‘and two more persons are directly involved.

ATR on Nanavati Report
Kalam’s intervention sought
Amritsar, August 9
The SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, today said the Political Affairs Committee of the SAD (Badal) would be convened on August 13 and 14 to intensify the protest against the failure of the Congress government to provide justice to the thousands of victims of the 1984
anti-Sikh riots.

Activists of various Sikh organisations burn an effigy of the Congress for not taking action on the recommendations of the Nanavati report in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Activists of various Sikh organisations burn an effigy of the Congress for not taking action on the recommendations of the Nanavati report in Amritsar

SAD plans protest against Centre
Bathinda, August 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal will take out a protest against the Central Government for “giving a clean chit to those responsible for the 1984 riots”, stated SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal while interacting with mediapersons here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Mr David Daneli, Israel’s Ambassador to India, along with his wife, Michal Gur Aryeli, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Mr David Daneli, Israel’s Ambassador to India, along with his wife, Michal Gur Aryeli, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

PCC on defensive over report
Ludhiana, August 9
The Pradesh Congress Committee is finding it difficult to explain the inaction of the UPA government over the recommendations of the Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 anti Sikh riots.

SGJC summons Bibi, 8 others for fund misuse
Amritsar, August 9
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission today issued summons to Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, three former SGPC presidents Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Kirpal Singh Badungar and Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, and five other senior officials, directing them to appear in the court on August 24.

Badal to raise PCCTU issue in Assembly
Barnala, August 9
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President, Shiromani Akali Dal and Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly, will raise the Punjab private college teachers’ grievances issue on the floor of the Assembly in the ensuing Assembly session to be held in September.

New vehicles: options sought from MLAs
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government has sought options from MLAs of the state to change the vehicles allotted to them. This comes close on the heels of a statement by the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, that none of the Akali MLAs will accept a vehicle as funds are required for development in the state.

MC initiates action against ex-Commissioner, XEN
Norms violated in execution of civil work
Patiala, August 9
The local municipal corporation has initiated a move to ensure action against its former Commissioner Manvesh Singh Sidhu and former Executive Engineer M.K. Syal for their alleged involvement in flouting the norms in the execution of a civil work related to bricklining of Tafjalpura drain passing through the city.

Suicides by farmers being underplayed: report
Chandigarh, August 9
Challenging the Punjab Government’s statistics with regard to suicide by farmers, the Movement Against State Repression, an organisation which has been relentlessly working for years to document such suicides, says that Punjab has the highest number of rural suicides in the country.


Cong workers join BJP
Abohar, August 9
Many Congress workers of Sant Nagar, a locality dominated by Balmikis, joined the BJP here today.


Land prices around refinery shoot up
Bathinda, August 9
The announcement of re-launch of Bathinda oil refinery has turned the atmosphere euphoric in and around the city. Traders of the region are anticipating a big boost to the region’s economy.

Shahpur Kandi workers gherao NHPC team
Gurdaspur, August 9
Workers of the Shahpur Kandi project today gheroaed the visiting team of the National Hydro Power Corporation. The team was gheraoed at the Ravi Sadan rest house from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Residents protest against water bill arrears
Pathankot, August 9
Residents of the Lamini locality of Pathankot today organised a protest march against the high water and sewerage bills. Carrying placards and raising slogans against the local Municipal Council and the Punjab government, they marched through to the city.

PHRC team inspects area for sanitation
Jalandhar, August 9
The Punjab Human Rights Commission today came to the rescue of residents of Ward No 44 and other localities situated along the 120-foot road. A team of senior officers led by Mr H.R. Chadha (Inspector General-Investigation) of the PHRC inspected the state of sanitation and basic amenities in these localities.

Pak delegation returns
Amritsar, August 9
Paying tributes to the martyrs at the Jallianwala Bagh national memorial, Mr Khaleed Bansari, member of a high-powered Pakistani Foreign Ministry delegation, said people from all communities had laid down their lives during the massacre, which heralded the end of the British empire.

Patka no replacement for turban: Badal
Nankiana Sahib (Sangrur), August 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal will chalk out course of action at a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee on August 14 at Chandigarh to protest against the report of the Nanavati Commission.

Arhtiyas seek SDM’s transfer
Sangrur, August 9
Protesting against the Sunam SDM’s alleged “callous attitude”, arhtiyas of Sunam yesterday staged a dharna for more than an hour, held a rally and took out a march in the grain market.

Coop society diesel pump opened
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 9
The Cooperative Department will introduce a new medical aid scheme, “Sanjivani”, for its member farmers. They will get an insurance cover by paying a nominal premium and will get medical treatment free of cost at selected specialist hospitals.

Federation delegation to meet CM
Chandigarh, August 9
A delegation of the Punjab State Services Federation will soon meet the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to take up various demands of employees with him.

Villagers block traffic
Ropar, August 9
A large number of villagers today blocked the national highway for more than 2 hours in protest against the death of a labourer in an accident that took place near sales tax barrier in Kiratpur Sahib.

Security beefed up for I-Day function
Chandigarh, August 9
A red alert has been declared across Punjab in view of the Independence Day celebrations. The police has beefed up the security in view of the developments in the past three months.


Giving memo to officers futile, says BKU (Ekta)
Abohar, August 9
Bringing a change in its way of working, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today said no memorandum would henceforth be submitted to any government officer as it had proved to be a futile exercise. Hundreds of farmers who assembled at the new grain market endorsed the decision by raising hands.

BKU seeks free power, water for farmers
Moga, August 9
The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, today held a protest rally in front of the District Administrative Complex here. The union leaders sought the restoration of free power and water to the state’s farmers.

Farmers hold rally
Sangrur, August 9
Activists and members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) today staged a dharna and held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here in support of their demands.


N.K. Arora is Chief Engineer of thermal plant
Ropar, August 9
Finally, after a nine-day wait, the Chief Engineer (Distribution), Jalandhar Zone, Mr N.K Arora, has been appointed as Chief Engineer of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal plant, Ropar today.

Licence of ultrasound centre suspended
Kharar, August 9
The licence of an ultrasound centre at Kurali has been suspended for a month on charges of irregularity, including failure to keep proper records.


Couple takes poison, wife dies
Moga, August 9
A newly married woman has reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. The deceased was the daughter of the Municipal Councillor, Mr Amarjit Singh.

3 of Kale Kachhewala gang held
Patiala, August 9
The district police arrested three members of a Kale Kachhewala, gang, involved in killing three persons in the area and committing about 25 robberies in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pardesh and Jammu and Kashmir states.

Farmer robbed at gunpoint
Moga, August 9
Three unidentified robbers today looted Rs 40,000 from a farmer at gunpoint at Mehro village near here. Sources said Bakhtaur Singh, a farmer, was returning with the amount that he had withdrawn from the UAE Exchange located on the Ferozepore road.


Quota for Pak Sikh students in SGPC colleges
Amritsar, August 9
In a significant decision in view of the thaw in the relations between India and Pakistan, the Dharam Prachar Committee of the SGPC decided to reserve two per cent of seats for the Pakistani Sikh students for admission in the SGPC-run missionary colleges.

Vet varsity to implement embryo transfer project
Chandigarh, August 9
The newly established Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University would implement the embryo transfer technology project in conjunction with the Punjab Livestock Development Board at a cost of Rs 5 crore, to provide high quality genetic inputs for the milch cattle in order to increase milk production in the state.

Army B.Ed College opened
Pathankot August 9
Lieut-Gen Hari Prasad, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, today inaugurated Army B.Ed College here today. While speaking on the occasion, the General said the college was the first institute to be established by the Army Welfare Education Society in this part of the country.

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