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Azad’s statement on patka creates confusion
Chandigarh, August 19
The statement made by the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, in Parliament that Sikh students have been allowed to wear the patka in French schools has created confusion among Sikhs not only in Punjab but also in France.

Pressure on CM to remove Parliamentary Secys
Chandigarh, August 19
The Chief Parliamentary Secretaries( CPS) and Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) of Punjab will have to quit. This is what legal experts say. Already their counterparts in Himachal Pradesh have submitted their resignation after the quashing of their appointment by the high court there.

Small farmers to get ‘energy bonus’
No division of land to be allowed
Chandigarh, August 19
Fears of large-scale theft of power has forced the Punjab Government to come up with a two-pronged formula to implement its promise of “free power” benefiting nearly eight lakh marginal or small farmers in the state.

Officials among 6 booked in midday meal scam
Abohar, August 19
The police has booked six persons, including four government employees, in connection with Rs 2.44 crore midday meals scam in neighbouring Sriganganagar, official sources said today.




NRI murdered near Sutlej bridge
Phillaur, August 19
A UK-based NRI of Bhanoki village, Mohan Singh Biring, was murdered near the Sutlej bridge here last evening.

Police gets setback in Gurcharan murder case
Accused alleges he was pressured to turn approver
Ropar, August 19
In a major setback to the Mohali police in a murder case of Gurcharan Singh, former Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, the Ropar court today dismissed the application moved by one of the accused, Rashpal Singh, who earlier wanted to become approver in the case.

Mangal Ram Blindness no curse for this 15-yr-old
Muktsar, August 19
He is blind, but unlike most of others of his ilk who continue to grope in dark, he is not only leading a normal life but has excelled in various fields like music, painting, and studies. Hailing from Muktsar, 15-year-old Mangal Ram has formed probably the first-ever music band comprising blind children.

Mangal Ram


Blame game at Cong, SAD rallies
Amritsar, August 19
Even as the PPCC President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today asked Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, to cooperate with the government in building “new Punjab,” the SAD supremo dubbed the Congress anti-Punjabi while addressing their respective political conferences at Baba Bakala, about 40 km from here, to mark Rakhar Punnian.


Probe begins into SI’s arrest
Moga, August 19
A day after the Vigilance Bureau chief ordered a probe into the controversial arrest of EO Wing Sub-Inspector Mohan Lal, the Vigilance SP, Mr MS Chhina, today visited the area from where he was caught and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses.

For a change, councillors work for development
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
Rising above party and petty politics, the Councillors of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, unanimously passed 30 resolutions relating to various development projects in the town.

Col D.S. Goraya, Group Commander, 2 Punjab Girls NCC Battalion, along with NCC cadets in Jalandhar on Friday. The cadets have been selected for the National Thal Sainik Camp to be held in New Delhi next month. NCC felicitates selected cadets
Jalandhar, August 19
The 2 Punjab Girls Battalion NCC Group today felicitated its nine senior girl cadets who had been selected for National Thal Sainik Camp to be held in New Delhi next month.

Col D.S. Goraya, Group Commander, 2 Punjab Girls NCC Battalion, along with NCC cadets in Jalandhar on Friday. The cadets have been selected for the National Thal Sainik Camp to be held in New Delhi next month. — A Tribune photograph

State police to get youthful look
Chandigarh, August 19
“Is the Punjab police aging?”
“Yes”, says the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, holding that no recruitment has been made in the police for the past 13 years.

Cops need to mend ways, says Justice Anand
Phillaur, August 19
With more than 80 per cent complaints of violation of human rights coming before the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) concerning abuse by Punjab police cops, a four-member delegation of the commission today gave a clarion call to the “men in khaki” to amend themselves.

Retired Colonel ends fast, gets land back
Abohar, August 19
Lt-Col Onkar Nath Chopra (retd) ended his indefinite fast late last night. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari offered him juice after urging warring factions to reach an amicable settlement on disputed property in Chanankhera village, near here.

The killer stretch
Patiala, August 19
Avoidable accidents can brutally cut many a promising career short. One such accident more than 10 years back led to the demand of installation of traffic lights in front of Punjabi University on the Patiala-Chandigarh road.

Tandon welcomes inquiry move
Chandigarh, August 19
A former Industry, Labour and Employment Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, yesterday welcomed the move of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh to set up a commission to probe the causes and factors behind the violence in the state.


Police remand of Pak national extended
Amritsar, August 19
The District Court today extended the one-day police remand of Tazviz Khan, one of the 11 Pak nationals who went missing during the Indo-Pak cricket match series at Mohali.

High court
Notice to DGP
Chandigarh, August 19
Mr Justice S. K. Mittal has issued notice of motion to the Director-General of Police, Punjab, for September 6 on a petition filed by Dal Khalsa general secretary Kanwarpal Singh.

Kharar Courts
Police remand for former XEN
Kharar, August 19
A local court today remanded the retired executive engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Mr Rajpal Singla, to a day’s police custody. Mr Singla was arrested yesterday by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for allegedly accepting a bribe in 2002. He had been arrested then too, but subsequently bailed out.


Drive to check water samples in schools
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Health Department has launched a campaign to check water samples in government schools in the state.

Inside Babudom
Departments refuse permission to prosecute tainted staff
Chandigarh, August 19
In what can be called a telling comment on the functioning of the Punjab Government, two of its departments have refused to grant “ permission to prosecute” their senior functionaries. The Vigilance Bureau had sought this permission.


Patwari held for tampering with records
Amritsar, August 19
The Vigilance Bureau today booked Ajnala tehsildar Nirmal Singh, kanungo Avtar Singh and patwari Kanwal Shamsher Singh for tampering with the revenue records.

Gang of cheats busted
Batala, August 19
With the arrest of fugitive truck driver Joga Singh Mangat Singh of Khujala village, the police has unearthed a gang indulging in cheating transport companies.

Three killed as train hits scooter
Sangrur, August 19
The festival of rakhi proved fatal for the family of Avtar Singh (32), a resident of Isrra village, near Dhuri, when his scooter collided with the Ludhiana-Hisar bound passenger train at an unmanned level crossing near Babanpur canal (near Dhuri) this morning.

Three held in murder case
Muktsar, August 19
The police today claimed to have solved a murder case with the arrest of three persons while two other accused are still absconding.


Teachers to retire only at session-end
Chandigarh, August 19
School teachers in Punjab will now retire at the end of the academic session in March each year and not when they turn 58, the Minister of School Education, Mr Harnam Das Johar, said here today.

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