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Baba Dhanwant’s kin denies bribing Vedanti
Amritsar, August 12
Sikh high priests facing charges of corruption today received a respite when Mr Fauja Singh clarified that he had not given any bribe to get favour for his relative, Baba Dhanwant Singh, who has been facing charges of moral turpitude and rape.

Govt to seek review of crop damage criteria
Chandigarh, August 12
Punjab will represent to the Centre to seek a change in the parameters for determining the damage to crops. The suggested changes will form a part of the assessment report to be submitted to the Centre after the “special girdawari” now under way in the state, said Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, at a meeting of the state-level committee on kharif prospects here today.

Committee to examine payment to farmers
Chandigarh, August 12
Directing the state of Punjab to constitute a high-powered committee for examining proposals aimed at benefiting the farming community in paddy procurement, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked state counsel to contact the Secretary of Food and Supplies for the purpose.

Kohar alleges torture in custody
Jalandhar, August 12
Mr S.K. Goel, Duty Magistrate, today extended the police remand of former minister and president of the district unit of the SAD, Mr Ajit Singh Kohar, till August 14.

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Bhunder’s bail plea rejected
Mansa, August 12
Mr Harbans Lal, Additional Sessions Judge, today rejected the anticipatory bail application moved by former Rajya Sabha member and former chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, MLA.

Police remand for Sodhi till Aug 14
Patiala, August 12
A court here today remanded in police custody till August 14, former PCS officer Purshottam Singh Sodhi, arrested from his Mohali address on Saturday night on the charge of paying Rs 15 lakh to suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu for nomination to the PCS.

High drama over MC chief’s resignation
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
All the development works in the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, have come to a standstill due to the piquant situation created by the acting president of the council by first submitting his resignation to the local Minister, Dr Harbans Lal from his post, who forwarded it to the EO of the council, and later turning hostile.

Woman got job on forged papers
Action against PSEB staff likely
Patiala, August 12
Sixteen years after a woman joined the PSEB on the basis of a forged transfer order and three years after the case was first detected, the board management today decided to pin responsibility on those who facilitated the illegal appointment.

Kept without treatment for 9 months
Ropar, August 12
“She had been reduced virtually to a skeleton with only a thin membrane of skin covering her body. The lower portions of the legs had joined with thighs giving her the shape of Incas mummies being shown on the Discovery Channel”, said Dr Gurjit Singh, SMO, Ropar Civil Hospital, while describing the condition of Kuldeep Kaur, a resident of Bharatgarh at the time she was brought to the hospital with 90 per cent burns.

Drinking water projects may be closed
Villagers fail to contribute their share
Muktsar, August 12
The much-hyped Central Government sponsored Sector Reform Project, aimed at providing drinking water and proper sanitation facilities to the rural areas could face closure in many villages of the district as the residents of these areas had failed to contribute their share of funds.


BJP takes Amarinder to task
Chandigarh, August 12
The Punjab BJP today criticised the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for preferring to visit the UK and the USA rather than extending any help to the drought-hit people.

MC poll: BSP blows hot and cold about alliance
Phagwara, August 12
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) continues to blow hot and cold over the issue of its alliance with the SAD-BJP combine in the coming municipal council polls in Phagwara, Muktsar, Ajnala, Rayya.

Differences in DCC resurface
Talwandi Sabo, August 12
Even as Dr Bhagat Singh Dhaliwal, DCC president, has claimed that the district unit was united, differences resurfaced when former MLA Harminder Singh Jassi and his loyalists did not attend a function organised by a section of the Congress rank and file led by Mr Ajit Singh Kanakwal and Mr Harinder Singh Jaurkian in connection with the inauguration of a public grievances redress cell here today.


Cut IAS, IPS staff strength: Dal
Faridkot, August 12
A rally of the Punjab state Karamchari Dal with employees of the departments like PWD, Public Health, Food and Supply and Panchayat Secretaries held here today to protest against the state government’s anti-employee proposals in this year’s budget urged the government to curtail strength of IAS and IPS officers who the rally said were the major burden on the exchequer.

PPA to train dogs, horses
Phillaur, August 12
In a first time move aimed at resource generation as well as to seek public help in checking crime, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy (PPA) here has opened its doors to people interested in getting their dogs and horses trained at the academy’s Kennel and Equestrian Club.

Fly ash for cost-effective roads
Ropar, August 12
Fly ash generated by thermal plants may cease to be a nuisance if experiment by the Gujarat Ambuja Cements is approved.

CPM threat over ‘false’ case
Amritsar, August 12
The CPM has threatened to gherao the Tarn Taran (City) police station in protest against the “false” case registered against Sarabjit Singh of Pandori Gala and his family members, including three girls.

Hakam Sufi, Punjabi Sufi singer, and Ashok Masti, pop singer, perform in Bathinda on Sunday.Ashok Masti’s tribute to Vijay Sachdeva
Bathinda, August 12
Ashok Masti, Punjabi singer, performed at a cultural programme organised last night to mark the death anniversary of Vijay Sachdeva, mentor of several Punjabi singers.

Hakam Sufi, Punjabi Sufi singer, and Ashok Masti, pop singer, perform in Bathinda on Sunday.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Akali leader’s mother killed in accident
Faridkot, August 12
The mother of Youth Akali Dal leader Nadharak Singh Brar died and his father was seriously injured in a collision between their scooter and a truck in this district yesterday, the police said today.

Nihang told to wash clothes as ‘tankhah’
Amritsar, August 12
The Sikh clergy today directed Bhai Sukha Singh, a Nihang, to wash the clothes of his jatha for a week as part of “tankhah” for visiting the dera of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, who has been excommunicated from the Sikh Panth.

Sawan Ashtami fair begins
Hoshiarpur, August 12
The annual five-day Sawan Ashtami fair started today. Thousands of devotees of Chintpurni Mata from all over the region participated in a sammelan where Sankirtan Mandalis held kirtan.

Bhawalpur Samaj celebrates Sesa
Bathinda, August 12
People belonging to the Bhawalpur Samaj (those whose forefathers lived at Bhawalpur, Pakistan) descended on the banks of the Bathinda canal late yesterday to celebrate their traditional festival Sesa — which is organised every year to appease the rain god during the month of “sawan”.

A family belonging to the Bhawalpur community gets ready to pay their annual obeisance to the Water God, at Bathinda canal late Sunday evening. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Probe into fake attorney ordered
Ropar, August 12
Acting upon the news item published in the column The Tribune a couple of days ago the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, has directed the District Revenue Officer Ropar, to conduct an inquiry into the fake attorneys case and submit the report within two weeks.


Plant workers hold rally
Bathinda, August 12
As part of their ongoing struggle against the decision regarding reduction in salaries, employees of the thermal plant at Lehra Mohabat and members of the city unit of the PSEB Employees Struggle Committee today organised rallies at their respective places of work.


10-yr jail for 2 in dowry death case
Kapurthala, August 12
The District and Sessions Judge Mr Gurdev Singh, here today sentenced to 10 years Raju, mother-in-law and Karamjit, brother-in-law of a dowry victim, Suman. The convicts belong to Bohani village in Phagwara sub-division.

Gang of car thieves busted, five held
Jalandhar, August 12
The district police has busted an eight-member gang of auto thieves by arresting five of its members. Several vehicles, including new cars and jeeps were recovered from them.

New cars recovered by the Jalandhar police on Monday. — Photo Indermohan

3 millers booked for paddy scam
Mansa August 12
A case under Sections 406, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against owners of three rice mills here in the district for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of paddy worth Rs 80 lakh belonging to the Food & Supply Department.

Youth seriously injured in attack
Pathankot, August 12
Panic gripped Rampura Mohalla area following an attack on a youth today in which he was seriously injured.

40 kg opium seized
Patiala, August 12
The Patiala police today announced that it had seized 40 kg opium worth lakhs and arrested two persons in this connection.


Teachers told to cook for students
Bathinda, August 12
Primary schoolteachers, already burdened with odd jobs like revision of electoral rolls and filling forms pertaining to Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan, came in for a rude shock when the District Education Authorities (Primary) recently gave verbal orders to the Centre Headteacher (CET) and the Headteacher to make arrangements for serving food to students under the mid-day meal scheme.

Study centre of IGNOU opened
Jalandhar, August 12
A study centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was inaugurated by the Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, at Dr B.R. Ambedkar Regional Engineering College here today.


Minimum charges scheme hits small units
Bathinda, August 12
The Bathinda Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has urged the government not to scrap the policy of minimum charges for power supplied to the small scale industry (SSI) till there was frequent power cuts.

Goldsmiths observe bandh
Phagwara, August 12
In response to a call given by the Punjab Swarankar Sangh, the local goldsmiths today observed bandh in protest against the wrong policies and excesses of the Sales Tax Department.

Traders hold bandh against raids
Amritsar, August 12
A complete bandh was observed in markets in the walled city area while a partial bandh was observed in the Civil Lines area on the call of various organisations against the alleged high-handedness of Excise and Taxation Department officials here today.

Protest rallies marked the call for bandh in protest against the manhandling of a trader. — Photo Rajiv Sharma



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