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Dal Khalsa leader Thekedar shot at in UK
Amritsar, August 14
Separatist Sikh leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar (60), head of the parallel faction of the Dal Khalsa International, was rushed to St Marry Pattingen Hospital in England in serious condition after he was shot at near his house by two youths, one of them a Sikh, last evening.

MPLADS funds pumped into Kapurthala
Jalandhar, August 14
Kapurthala, it seems, is a top priority of Rana Gurjit Singh, member of Parliament. This becomes evident from the fact that almost all funds available with him under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for nine assembly segments, including seven falling in Jalandhar, are being pumped into two segments falling in Kapurthala district.

’84 riot victims make list of demands for govt
Mohali, August 14
The 1984 riot victim organisations in Punjab have drawn up a list of demands to be put up before the government for consideration.

Prosecute Tytler, Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar, says Sukhbir Badal
Faridkot, August 14
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, said that apology by Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, in the Rajya Sabha four days back on anti-Sikh violence in Delhi in 1984 would not heal wounds of hundreds of Sikh families who lost bread-winners and were rendered homeless.

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Punjabis keen to end bias in govt jobs in Norway
Chandigarh, August 14
Though Indians have token presence in Norway, yet they have earned a respectable place among Norwegians. Indians are playing a significant role in the medical services of that country. Among the 7000 Indians, 90 per cent are Punjabis.

Australian with 19th century links with India remembered
Plaque to be unveiled in Mussoorie today
Chandigarh, August 14
More than 140 years after his death, a plaque in the memory of Australia’s earliest novelist, John Lang, who lived in India in the mid-19th century, will be unveiled in Mussoorie on the Independence Day tomorrow.

BC family leaves village fearing for life
They have done so to avoid arrest: police
Sangrur, August 14
A member of Backward “Mehra” community, Dass Singh, has “virtually” become homeless as he along with his wife and daughter has been reportedly living in the house of his brother-in-law at Dhuri for the past three weeks, fearing for their lives from some persons of his native Narike Kalan village in Malerkotla tehsil.

The damaged Tata Safari that rolled down and overbridge on the GT road in Rajpura on Sunday morning. 4 hurt in freak mishap
Rajpura, August 14
Four occupants of a Tata Safari had a miraculous escape when their vehicle fell from an overbridge on the GT road early this morning. The vehicle rolled down and dashed against the surface of another road, injuring the occupant.

The damaged Tata Safari that rolled down and overbridge on the GT road in Rajpura on Sunday morning. — Photo by J. S. Virdi


Badal hits back at CM
Chandigarh, August 12
Hitting back over the allegations of fanning militancy, the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today claimed that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had “close relations” with militants and continued to “help them.”


Liberalise Indo-Pak visa policy, says Kuldip Nayar
Pakistani Human Rights activist Asma Jehangir, cine actress Nandita  Das and veteran journalist and MP Kuldip Nayar release Urdu and Punjabi book Shahmukhi-Gurmukhi at a seminar in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Sunday Amritsar, August 14
Commending the efforts of the people of both countries in establishing peace, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar and a strong votary of Indo-Pak cordial relations said the desire to extend the present peace process had created congenial atmosphere for liberalising visa regime.

Pakistani Human Rights activist Asma Jehangir (right), cine actress Nandita Das and veteran journalist and MP Kuldip Nayar release Urdu and Punjabi book “Shahmukhi-Gurmukhi” at a seminar in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI photo

Mansa hopes for special package from CM
Mansa, August 14
With the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, set to unfurl the Tricolour on Independence Day here, people are hoping for an announcement for development schemes.

Models sashay down the ramp at a fashion show organised by the National Institute of Fashion Designing in Bathinda on Saturday evening.
Models sashay down the ramp at a fashion show organised by the National Institute of Fashion Designing in Bathinda on Saturday evening. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

No water, dug up roads for Majithia Enclave residents
Patiala, August 14
Residents of Majithia Enclave are a harried lot. Water supply project that was started with much hope and fanfare has become a source of harassment for them. The Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board started work on it almost a year ago, but has not made attempts to complete it. No one is paying heed to the residents’ complaints despite repeated representations, says the president of the Majithia Enclave Development Association, Mr K.K. Sharma. The work started in September 2004 as MP Preneet Kaur had promised to lay water pipes in the colony.

PPCB asks civic bodies to set up treatment plants
Jalandhar, August 14
Taking its first step towards implementing the Supreme Court’s directions, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked all civic bodies of the state to set up effluent treatment plants in their slaughter houses, so that, solid waste and effluents coming out of them could be treated before being finally disposed off.

Shortage of dental surgeons: DCI chief
Amritsar, August 14
Dr Anil Kohli, President, Dental Council of India (DCI), said here today that there was a shortage of trained dental surgeons in the country.

Kin of deceased staff of PSEB seek jobs
Chandigarh, August 14
Kin of employees who died while in service of the Punjab State Electricity Board now want the board to change its rules and allow jobs for them.

Market committee contractors threaten to stop fee collection
Gurdaspur, August 14
Contractors have threatened to stop collection of fee from the Pathankot market committee. The contractors have written to the Secretary, Mandi Board, Ms Seema Jain, expressing their inability to do the job.

Market Committee observes vanamahotsava
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
A special project for the widening, strengthening and re-carpeting of the roads the costing of approximately Rs 10 crore has been sent to the Chief Minister for approval according to Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary.


Farmers threaten indefinite fast over land acquisition
Barnala, August 14
The Ujaara Roko Sanghursh Committee Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sanghera villages has threatened to resort to an indefinite fast if notification No. 4 of the Punjab Government pertaining to acquisition of about 376 acres of farmers of these villages was not cancelled.

Govt to revise paddy custom milling rates: Saini
Jalalabad, August 14
Mr Tarsem Saini, President of the Punjab Rice Millers Association, has disclosed that the Central government had agreed to revise the custom milling rates of parboiled and raw rice.


Fake currency racket busted
Muktsar, August 14
The police today claimed to have busted a fake currency racket and a gang of power cable thieves. The police recovered fake currency notes and power cable from their possession.

Two die under mysterious circumstances
Bathinda, August 14
Two persons, including a woman, were found dead at their respective homes under mysterious circumstances here today. Both of them reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance.


ETT teachers to show black badges to FM
Bathinda, August 14
Thousands of unemployed ETT teachers will show black flags to Finance Minister, Surinder Singla as a mark of protest at Faridkot, where he will unfurl the Independence Day flag tomorrow.

Private college principals meet VC over demands
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
A deputation of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, led by its president Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, called on Mr Sawarn Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, to discuss various issues and problems being faced by the private colleges affiliated to the university.


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