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State on way to prosperity, says Amarinder Singh
Patiala, August 15
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said an era of accelerated development would be ushered in the state with the International Financial Consortium agreeing to provide Rs 5,000 crore for rural development programmes.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inspects the parade Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inspects the parade on Independence Day at Patiala on Thursday. 
—  Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan

Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans during candle light vigilCandlelight vigil for peace held
Wagah, (Amritsar), August 15
Notwithstanding the chill in Indo-Pak relations, Pakistan human rights activists, led by Ms Asma Jahangir, last night provided a new dimension to the candlelight vigil for peace between the two nations by raising “Hind-Pakistan dosti zindabad” slogans.

BSF gifts sweets to Pak Rangers

Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans during a candle light vigil to mark the independence of both India and Pakistan on Wednesday evening. —PTI photo

CM to seek Central relief
Dry spell costs Punjab Rs 2000 cr
Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh announced today that he would soon be writing to the central government for the assessment of the drought-situation in Punjab. 

A view of the folk dance being presented by girls
A view of folk dance being presented by girls to mark Independence Day at Amritsar on Thursday. 
— photo Rajiv Sharma

A “fully loaded” jawan of the ITBP smiles as he takes care of four rifles
A “fully loaded” jawan of the ITBP smiles as he takes care of four rifles entrusted to him by his colleagues, who went for a break at the Independence Day celebrations in Bathinda on Thursday. 

Daunting tasks await Punjab Chief Minister
Chandigarh, August 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, returned yesterday after a 12-day foreign visit to daunting tasks back home. Besides a hostile opposition ready to grill him on the “drought” issue, he also faces a volley of queries both on the “sanctity” and “usefulness” of his visit to the UK and the USA.

PSEB, govt differ on farm cess
Patiala, August 15
On the issue of imposing cess on the agricultural sector, the Punjab State Electricity Board and the Punjab Government have taken opposite stands. 

  • Index page: CIL halts coal supply to PSEB
    Patiala, August 15
    Creditors seem to have lost patience with the PSEB, with Coal India Limited discontinuing the loading of coal to the board's thermal projects from its mines.

‘Clean’ officers to sit for interview again
Patiala, August 15
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said judicial officers who had been divested of their work on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court would have to appear for interview again along with other candidates who had cleared the written test in their respective batches for re-selection to the PCS (Judicial).


Tohra, Mann flay each other
Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
With the Panthic Morcha having become non-functional and two of its senior leaders Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Mr Simranjit Singh Mann already parted ways, they seem to agree on one point support to the anti-corruption drive of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, besides having common enemy in former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Withdraw false cases against SAD men: Kairon
Amritsar, August 15
Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, former Congress MP and relative of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, sought the withdrawal of “false” cases against Akali sarpanches of various villages in the border areas.

Badal charges CM with vendetta
Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today vowed to fight Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on all fronts including political, legal and public.


Tanneries pollute rivulet
PSIEC yet to repair treatment plant
The Kali Bein rivulet has virtually turned into a stream of sullage with 45 lakh litres of untreated poisonous water from over 100 tanneries flowing into it daily due to the non-functioning of the treatment plant at the local leather complex.

Hospital initiative to help poor patients
Jalandhar, August 15
In a novel gesture, the local Sri Devi Talaab Charitable Hospital and multinational companies have joined hands to provide costly medicines to patients at a no profit, no loss basis.

DC: Health Dept has failed to check sex tests
Bathinda, August 15
As the district health authorities have failed to check sex determination tests the Deputy Commissioner yesterday ordered that the Sub-Divisional Magisterates concerned would accompany Health Department officials while raiding the ultrasound clinics in the district.

Index page:
Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi from today
Bathinda, August 15
The Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, will flag off Shatabdi Express between Delhi and Bathinda tomorrow for providing the people of this region faster connectivity to the national Capital.

Many marriage palaces face closure
Amritsar, August 15
Even as seven more marriage palaces are coming up in the city, taking their number to a whopping 188 in a survey completed recently, many palaces are “proposed to be closed down” in the district.

NRIs to fund new industries in Malwa
Faridkot, August 15
The Punjab Government will set up at least 10 big industrial units in the Malwa belt to improve its economic condition and generate better avenues for the unemployed youths of the area.

Jor Mela celebrated
Doraha, August 15
Jor Mela at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Kottan celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm by the Sikh community, concluded yesterday. Beginning August 12 every year, it concludes on the third day in the evening, August 14. 

685 youths to get training in driving
Bathinda, August 15
Mr H.R. Gangar director, SC BC Welfare Department, Punjab said today that 685 educated unemployed youths would be given two months’ training at driving schools under a scheme sponsored by the centre.

Deaths ‘not due to enteritis’
Phagwara, August 15
Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Dr Subhash Sharma, today denied reports in a section of the Press that three children had died due to gestroenteritis here in the past few days.

Army jawan commits suicide
Bathinda, August 15
Jagdish Singh, a jawan of the Signal Regiment posted in the local cantonment, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope late last night.

SHO’s bail application rejected
Patiala, August 15
A local court yesterday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Kotwali Station House Officer Didar Singh who allegedly escaped from Kotwali police station during a vigilance raid after accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a relative of a youth whom he had been keeping in illegal custody.

Badal, supporters denied tea?
Bathinda, August 15
Former Punjab Chief Minister and now leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and his supporters were not served tea allegedly by employees of the circuit house here during Badal’s press conference despite advance payment having been made.


Report on privatising roadways soon
Ropar, August 15
The transport sub-committee formed by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will submit its report on privatisation of Punjab Roadways and the PRTC to the Cabinet soon.


Torture of family: 6 booked
Barnala, August 15
Bowing to pressure and protest by residents of Naiwala village, 15 km from here, CPI and Akali Dal (Amritsar) activists, a case was registered against six persons under Sections 427, 447, 511, 148, 149 and 336, IPC, today.

Several booked for gambling
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 15
According to a press note issued by Dr Utpal Joshi, SP (Headquarters), a police party headed by ASI Gurnam Singh of the Khamano police post arrested Balwant Singh, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, while allegedly operating satta. 

Travel agent remanded
Kapurthala, August 15
Manmohan Singh, a travel agent of Lohian, was yesterday remanded to judicial custody till August 26.


Teachers’ forum to oppose fiscal policies
Faridkot, August 15
The Democratic Teachers Front Punjab will hold conventions at each district headquarters to bring all government and semi-government employee associations on one forum to oppose Punjab Government’s “oppressive” fiscal policies.

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