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CM may face kin in poll
Mahesh Inder attends Cong meeting
Lambi (Muktsar), August 30
Will Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal face Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, his close kin, in the coming Assembly elections from this home constituency?

Late Beant Singh Beant memorial gasps for breath
Punjab Govt holds back commitment of Rs 6 cr

Today is the ‘’martyrdom day’’ of Beant Singh. Once again, his contribution to bring home peace to Punjab will be recalled. Glowing tributes will be paid. His supreme ‘’sacrifice’’ will be remembered.

Bring nomadic Sikhs into mainstream: Bibi
Phagwara, August 30
Former SGPC President and Akali MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur today demanded that 11 crore “Sikligar and Wanjara” Sikhs belonging to nomadic society in 22 states of country should be brought into Sikh mainstream and a Sikh mission set up for them. 

Sehajdharis flay SGPC on voting rights
Ludhiana, August 30
For the first time Sehajdhari Sikhs have reacted to their proposed disenfranchisement by the SGPC. According to Dr P.S. Ranu, national president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation, if the political parties and the Akalis are so rigid and unhappy at the decision of the Gurdwara Election Commission for voting rights to the Sehajdharis, they should not expect votes from them in the Assembly elections.




Operation ‘kill sundi’ in cotton belt
Bathinda, August 30
Cotton growers of the region have announced a cash reward for destroying the ‘sundi’ (American bollworm) which has been causing huge damage to standing crops for the past two months.
Cotton growers and farm labourers
Cotton growers and farm labourers collecting 'sundies' (American bollworm) in a box that contains kerosene and diesel to kill them at village Dhunnike, about 27 km from Bathinda, on Thursday

Punjab to cut area under wheat
Chandigarh, August 30
Punjab is to cut the area under wheat by over one lakh hectares this year. A policy decision has been taken in this connection by the state government in consultation with experts of Punjab Agricultural University. However, the production target will be 155.65 lakh tonnes, almost the same as last year.

PUTA comes to VC’s rescue
Patiala, August 30
The new office-bearers of the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) has set the ball in motion for the withdrawal of memorandums submitted against the VC by the last body by deciding to take up the issue at the meeting of the Association’s executive committee.

Couple stabbed to death
Sitalpur (Jalandhar), August 30
A middle-aged couple was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of unidentified Hindi-speaking migrant labourers in the wee hours today. The incident has terrified residents of this small village near Bhogpur township.


SAD woos Hindu voters
Amritsar, August 30
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has started holding “nukkad” meetings to woo Hindu voters all over the state. The lone Hindu Akali Minister, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, has been assigned this ‘special task’. As part of this campaign, Mr Garg held meetings of the Aggarwal Sabha here today.

Warring AISSF factions unite
Jalandhar, August 30
All three major warring factions of the All-India Sikh Students Federation formally announced the formation of the new All-India Sikh Students Federation (United) here today.

Crucial SAD meeting on September 3
Chandigarh, August 30
A crucial meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal will be held on September 3 under the chairmanship of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the party. The meeting has been called to assess the political situation in the state vis-a-vis the coming Assembly elections.


Trees near shrines impaled
It is the urge to tell that they were the first to accomplish this feat, which motivates thousands of pilgrims coming to various shrines in areas adjoining Ropar, to crucify roadside trees.

Two-hour bandh for bypass
Ropar, August 30
Members of the Bypass Marg Sangharsh Committee today observed a two-hour bandh in protest against the delay in the construction of the Ropar bypass. The members also sat on a dharna in the town and later submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mr Krishan Kumar, to press for their demand.

Concern over theft of police vehicles
Chandigarh, August 30
The rise in the cases of theft of official vehicles of the Punjab police has become a major cause of concern and embarrassment for the department. The department has now ordered inquiry into such cases. At least two such cases were reported in the past three months. In both cases, the vehicles were stolen from Panchkula.

Parents, rehabilitation home elude 8-yr-old Jugnu
Boy still being kept among mentally challenged
Patiala, August 30
Jugnu doesn't need the dark to shine. His eyes sparkle with mischief even in the day. The child is happy living with mentally challenged inmates of a private mental asylum, near here, little knowing the effect such proximity would have on him in the long run.

Of mentally challenged and chains
Patiala, August 30
Branches of small shrubs and the harsh sky will continue to be the companions of chained mentally challenged men in the care of a private mental asylum as the Amritsar Medical College has refused to take them and the local Government Rajindra Hospital does not have facilities to take care of them on a long-term basis.

PSEB working to be improved: Maluka
Patiala, August 30
The Punjab Government hopes to bring in some improvements in the Punjab State Electricity Board after the removal of its Chairman G.S. Sohal who has proceeded on long leave and feels that the board cannot be given so much autonomy that it is no longer answerable to the people.

Assurance to IMA on cases of negligence
Patiala, August 30
No case of criminal negligence under Sections 304 and 304-A of the IPC will be registered by the police against doctors in case of deaths in hospital unless the negligence is proved by a panel of experts after investigation.

Punjab gets Rs 35 cr for border areas
Chandigarh, August 30
Presiding over the meeting of the Border Area Advisory Council, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here today that the Central Government had provided special funds of about Rs 35 crore for strengthening infrastructure in the border belt.

Where pigs rule supreme
The town of Rajpura does not have a zoo but the children here are quite familiar with at least one animal and that is the pig. Poor garbage disposal has led to every vacant spot being turned into a waste dump. These vacant spots, piled with all kinds of trash, have become an ideal habitat of pigs. 

Rajindra tank begins to rot

Only two years ago, Rajindra tank was filled with water after remaining dry for decades. It developed into a tourist attraction with paddle boats and a small amusement park. Today, it has slipped back into a state of neglect. It has become a garbage dumping ground for hotel owners, slaughter houses and even the residents of the area.

24 Pak nationals to be repatriated today
Amritsar, August 30
As many as 24 Pakistan nationals who were lodged in the local high security camp jail for foreign nationals would be repatriated through the Wagha checkpost tomorrow.

Probe security cover withdrawal: Bitta
Chandigarh, August 30
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, today demanded an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the circumstances under which his security cover was withdrawn just a day before a bomb attack on him in Delhi on September 11,1993.

Deputation of riot-hit meets CM
Chandigarh, August 30
A deputation of the Danga Pirat Welfare Society led by Mr Surjit Singh today called on Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, and apprised him of the hardships faced by riot-affected families of 1984.

Forum seeks check on pollution
Bathinda, August 30
The thermal plant authorities are apathetic towards increasing air pollution which is a great nuisance to residents of the city. This was stated by Mr M.M. Behl and Mr C.S. Brar, secretary and president, respectively, of the Punjab Law Forum, in a press note here today.

Freedom fighter seeks revival of pension
Bathinda, August 30
Mr Ram Rach Pal of Goniana Mandi in the district has been running from pillar to post to get his freedom fighter pension revived after it was stopped by the Union Government.

Taps without water for one month
Bathinda, August 30
Residents of the Lakhi Ram street here have been awaiting water in their taps for more than past one month and repeated complaints to the municipal authorities have fallen on deaf ears.

SC families to get Rs 20000 for building houses
Bathinda, August 30
In addition to five marla plots to be given free of cost to families belonging to Scheduled Castes and other weaker sections of society each, the Punjab government would also give Rs 20,000 each to these families for the construction of houses on these plots.

CM stays recovery of border allowance
Chandigarh, August 30
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has stayed the recovery of border area compensatory allowance from employees posted in the border belt. Allowance was paid to employees in violation of the orders of the State Government. The authorities concerned had ordered its recovery. 


State-level body for citrus estates
Chandigarh, August 30
The Punjab Government has constituted a state-level governing body under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner (Development) to monitor the functioning of the governing bodies of the five citrus estates set up by the state government with a view to increasing the production of kinnows and improving the quality of this major crop.

New Addl DC for Bathinda
Chandigarh, August 30
The Punjab Government ordered the following transfers and postings today:
Mr Darshan Singh has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, while Mr D.P.S. Kharbanda becomes the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) at Bathinda. 


Minister’s guard gets 3 years’ RI
Ropar, August 30
A bodyguard of the Minister for Printing and Stationery, Punjab, Bibi Satwant Kaur Sandhu, has been sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for forgery by the local Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ravinder Singh.

Ten booked for demanding dowry
Pathankot, August 30
As many as 14 persons were booked in the past 24 hours in three cases of dowry and criminal intimidation. According to sources, Ms Davinder Kaur of Thakar Sandhu village had lodged a complaint before the SSP, Gurdaspur, Mr Sukhdev Singh, stating that she got married to Jaswinder singh on December 14, 1993. 

Gang of car thieves busted
Kapurthala, August 30
The district police claims to have busted a gang of car thieves with the arrest of two of its members. Stating this in a press note today, Mrs Gurpreet Deo, Senior Superintendent of Police, said the gang had a strength of 14. It had been operating in Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Mukerian and Chandigarh.

Youth jumps into lake, ends life
Bathinda, August 30
A young boy committed suicide by jumping into lake number two of the local thermal plant today. Mr Vijay Goyal, president Sahara Jan Sewa, in a press note said according to the information collected from his relatives he was a narcotics addict. 

Drunkard kills two women
Muktsar, August 30
A drunk member of a marriage party, to Rorianwali village of this district today killed two women of the village by running his jeep over them. Police sources said that the drunk member of the marriage party, yet to be identified, came to attend the marriage of the son of Mr Balbir Singh today.


Rs 2500 cr education plan for Punjab
Sangrur, August 30
Under the “Sarb Shiksha Abhiyan” of the Central Government, an ambitious elementary education plan, worth crores of rupees, for all children including drop-outs will be implemented in nine districts of the state after it is cleared by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Developmentin September this year.

Randhawa group sweeps poll
Amritsar, August 30
The Democratic Employees Front led by Mr Sukhminder Singh Randhawa today swept all five office-bearers’ and 10 executive posts of Guru Nanak Dev University Non-teaching Employees Association poll here.


AITUC rally
Amritsar, August 30
AITUC activists held a rally in the Putlighar area here today in protest against the anti-labour policies of the NDA government.

PKVIB employees hold demonstration
Chandigarh, August 30
Employees of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board today held demonstration against the Punjab Government for not releasing salary of the staff for the past three months. They also wore black badges in support of their protest.

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