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Sikh clergy refuse to toe SGPC line
Kirtan issue to be taken up again
Amritsar, August 18
Despite a lot of pressure, the Sikh clergy today refused to toe the line of the SGPC for giving a final nod to baptised Sikh women for performing kirtan in the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandar Sahib.

Defaulters made members of
SGPC-run Trust

Amritsar, August 18
The SGPC, yesterday, inducted three defaulters as members of the re-constituted Guru Ram Dass Charitable Trust, who had failed to clear the huge outstanding amount outstanding against their wards (they had got admission in MBBS under NRI quota).

Badal replies to Amarinder
Wants only sitting SC Judge to probe
Punjab militancy
Chandigarh, August 18
“No commission, less than one headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge, shall be acceptable to us”, says the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while maintaining that his party “is ready for any debate provided Nanavati Commission report is part of it”.                  
Parkash Singh Badal

Parkash Singh Badal

Fatehgarh Sahib


Singla moots Rs 10,000 cr fund for retrenched staff
Chandigarh, August 18
Coming in support of the globalisation and liberalisation policies of the successive governments since 1991, the Punjab Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today mooted a Rs 10,000 crore “National Wage Fund” for retrenched employees of the public sector.
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, makes a point during a seminar organised by The Tribune Employees Union in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, makes a point during a seminar organised by The Tribune Employees Union in Chandigarh

No clear-cut policy on admission to nursing institutes
Chandigarh, August 18
When it comes to allowing regulating the functioning of nursing institutes in the state, the Punjab Government has no clear-cut policy, or so it seems from its changing stances on the matter.

Centre’s nod to MoU between PAU, Pak varsity
Chandigarh, August 18
Punjab will become the first state in the country that will officially tie up with Pakistan on matters related to research in agriculture and the exchange of information in this connection.


MCPI attacks Nanavati report
Patiala, August 18
The Punjab unit of the Marxist Communist Party of India said the Nanavati Commission report was incomplete as it was full of omissions. It only mentioned the suspected role of some Congress leaders in organising the massacre of thousands of Sikhs without identifying the acts of commission of abetment by the top leaders.


No dues certificate after 30 years
Ropar, August 18
Despite tall claims of the government its departments continue to ignore senior citizens while dealing with their cases. Pritam Chand, 96, a resident of Nurpurbedi town in Ropar district, had to struggle for 30 years to get a no dues certificate from the Department of Industry and Commerce, Punjab, for the loan he had paid in 1975.

Officer accused of demanding money for extending contract
Amritsar, August 18
Senior T B Lab Supervisors and Senior Treatment Supervisors at government-run T B Hospital here accused the District T B Officer, Dr Vijay Saroa, of demanding money for extending their contract.

High drama leads to cop’s arrest for ‘graft’
Moga, August 18
The city yesterday witnessed a high drama between the Punjab Police and a Vigilance team from Chandigarh. The drama ended with a person accompanying the Vigilance team accusing Sub Inspector Mohan Lal, who is posted with the Economic Offences wing, of accepting bribe.

Request to end indefinite fast turned down
Abohar, August 18
Lieut-Col Onkar Nath Chopra (retired) who had started an indefinite fast on Independence Day to press his demand for action against the alleged land mafia led by a senior SAD activist, today turned down an official request for ending the fast.

Panel members not told of meeting
Ropar, August 18
Many members of the District Grievance Committee today complained that they were neither sent the agenda copy nor intimated about the meeting which was held under chairmanship of Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, here.

PNB organises rice millers’ meeting
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
To boost small and medium industry as well as to highlight the liberalised policy of the bank to provide credit facility, particularly to rice millers, the Sirhind branch of Punjab National Bank organised a meeting with the rice mill owners of the district at Aam Khas Bagh today.

War widows honoured
Jalandhar, August 18
The Vajra Army Wives Welfare Association held a function at Vajra Sainik Institute here today to honour 57 war widows.

Ms Sneh Prabha, president of the Vajra Army Wives Welfare Association, honours war widows at a function organised in Jalandhar cantonment on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Sneh Prabha, president of the Vajra Army Wives Welfare Association, honours war widows at a function organised in Jalandhar cantonment

Power board reintroduces VDS
Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board has reintroduced its voluntary disclosure scheme to regularise unsanctioned power loads. The scheme is open till September 30, a spokesperson of the PSEB said today.


Order to deduct doctor’s salary
Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Civil Surgeon, Amritsar, to deduct Dr 5,000 from the salary of Dr Inderjit Singh Hundal every month till further orders.


SDO suspended for irregularity in water, sewerage work
Bathinda, August 18
Taking a serious notice of reported anomalies in laying water pipeline in the Punjab CM’s ancestral village Mehraj, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari, today ordered the suspension of an SDO and a JE, besides writing to the Secretary, Public Health Department, to charge sheet both officials.

DC Rahul Bhandari inspects water and sewerage work at Mehraj village on Thursday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

DC Rahul Bhandari inspects water and sewerage work at Mehraj village

7 bureaucrats transferred
Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of three IAS and four PCS officers. Mr R.K. Ganta has been appointed Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Bathinda.


2 Punjabi youths dupe Chinese firm, held
Batala, August 18
The police has nabbed two youths who allegedly duped a Chinese firm. They have been accused of supplying soil to Chinese firm ABL Logistics instead of polypropylene grains used for manufacturing plastic.

10 members of Kale Kachhe wale gang held
Ropar, August 18
The CIA staff, Ropar police, today arrested 10 members of the Kale Kachhe wale gang while they were allegedly preparing to commit dacoity. The police has recovered sharp-edged weapon from their possession.

School bus stoned; two children, driver injured
Jalandhar, August 18
Two children, a driver and another woman employee of a school here were injured as bus of the school was attacked with stones by two-motor cycle borne youngsters as the bus approached the Rama Mandi bridge on the city’s outskirts today.


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