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Badal plays Operation Bluestar card
Bid to mobilise workers for show of strength
Nathana (Bathinda), August 14
To regain the lost ground in the state, the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today raised the issue of Operation Bluestar and anti-Sikh riots while addressing a gathering of workers in the local historical gurdwara in connection with the mobilisation of people for the 17th death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal on August 20 as a show of strength.

I burnt copy of Article 25: Badal
Nathana (Bathinda), August 14
The President of the SAD and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today disclosed that he burnt a copy of Article 25 of the Constitution in Delhi “under pressure” from the then President of the SAD, the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Kohar gets 14-day judicial custody
Jalandhar, August 14
Rejecting the plea of the public prosecutor to extend the police remand of former Akali minister Ajit Singh Kohar for four days, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr A.S. Grewal, today sent the accused to judicial custody for 14 days.

KZF chief in India?
Gurdaspur, August 14
Has Pakistan-based Ranjit Singh Neeta, self-styled chief of the Khalistan Zindabad Force who figures among the list of India’s 20 most-wanted militants entered to target Independence Day celebrations?

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Gurdwara poll: Takht to send observers
Amritsar, August 14
Akal Takht has decided to send observers to check distribution of liquor, drugs and money during the gurdwara poll. Taking a serious view of the violation of the direction of Akal Takht in this regard by leaders of various Akali factions during the recently held Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, said he would ensure drug/liquor-free gurdwara poll in future.

Ban activities of Ashutosh: SGPC
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
The activities of Ashutosh should be immediately banned in the state to avoid communal tension as these are anti-Gurus and Sikhs and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should act now. Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, SGPC, stated this while talking to The Tribune.

Punjab, J&K get lion’s share of police medals
Chandigarh, August 14
The police chiefs of Punjab and Chandigarh figure in the list of 34 police officers chosen for the award of President’s Police medal for both meritorious and distinguished services.

Punjab issued notice in PSSSB chief case
Kharar, August 14
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today issued notice to the State of Punjab through Mr Jatinder Jit Singh Punn Public Prosecutor, for August 17 on an application moved by counsel of Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, for the cancellation of warrants of arrest issued against him by the same court.

Bags of wheat found underweight
Ropar, August 14
The Chamkaur Sahib-based godown of Markfed from where 440 bags were stolen recently has once again come into news with bags of wheat stored here found underweight. The bags were detected during a recent verification conducted as part of the state-level checking to identify the status of the foodgrains lying in various godowns.

Curbs on ACs, streetlights go
Patiala, August 14
The Punjab State Electricity Board today lifted the ban on Airconditioners imposed on commercial establishments besides removing restrictions on streetlights as well as industrial consumers using arc and induction furnaces.


Police tortures shopkeeper
Ferozepore, August 14
Sukhdeep Singh (30) is lying in the surgical ward of the local civil hospital after torture by the Mamdot police, while the accused police officials are at large. The victim has alleged that senior officials of the police are trying to hush up the matter to protect the accused police officials instead of registering a criminal case on the basis of the MLR.

‘Quash FIR against Parmeshwar’
Chandigarh, August 14
The Board of Directors of Punjab state co-operative banks, the apex body of all cooperatives in the state, has warned that credit dispersal to farmers could be adversely affected if the FIR by the Vigilance Bureau against Additional Registrar Parmeshwar Singh Sidhu, who has now been granted bail, is not quashed.

Move to dismantle Nangal plant
Nangal (Ropar), August 14
The heavy water plant here today completed 40 years of smooth functioning after it was installed on August 14, 1962. On the same date today, the high-powered committee headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, decided to stop production and dismantle the plant.

Three children die of gastroenteritis
Phagwara, August 14
Three children reportedly died of gastroenteritis in the town in the last few days though no gastroenteritis patient was admitted to the local civil hospital, according to Senior Medical Officer Dr Subhash Sharma.

India, Pak citizens’ meeting not allowed
Fazilka, August 14
The Sadaqqi check post in this sector on the Indo-Pak border, 12 km from here, is the site of the border meeting of citizens of India and Pakistan who were separated at the time of partition of the country. The tradition had been continuing for several years, but was discontinued at the time of the Kargil conflict in 1999. Since then, the separated family members and relations of the two neighbouring countries were deprived from the conventional cross-border meeting on August 14 and 15.

NGO treats poor kids to feast on Independence eve
Amritsar, August 14
On the eve of Independence Day, as many as 60 poor children were treated to a feast by Shakti, an NGO. The children were given the Tricolour to put atop their houses, besides eatables and notebooks.

Rag-pickers of Amritsar get a taste of Independence Day for the first time in their lives with BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla. — Photo Rajiv Sharma


Misuse of Gramudyog funds: probe begins
Bathinda, August 14
A team of senior officials of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission led by Mr Mehnga Singh has started checking accounts of the Bathinda Khadi Gramudyog Karyakarta Sangh, a registered society, after certain members alleged bunglings in the accounts.

Scam in forest project, 1 suspended
Muktsar, August 14
The Punjab Forest Minister, Dr Harbans Lal, today alleged that a scam in the Japan-aided afforestation project had come to light and an inquiry had revealed the involvement of a political bigwig of the previous SAD-BJP alliance.


Youth shot dead by father
Ferozepore, August 14
A class XII student was shot dead by his drunk father at Mallunwala village in the district last night, reports said here today. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Dalbir Singh for killing his son and running away with the gun.

Pak boy killed in infiltration bid
Amritsar, August 14
A minor Pakistani national was killed by the 19 Battalion of the BSF while trying to cross over to the Indian territory last evening.

Teenager dies in mishap
Fazilka, August 14
A class VIII student was killed while two Class IX students were injured when the scooter they were riding collided with a multi-utility vehicle on the Fazilka-Abohar road here this evening.


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