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Takht may not take up criminal cases in future
Amritsar, August 17
The Sikh high priests are contemplating not to take up cases of criminal nature, including rape or moral turpitude at Akal Takht in future. The “mishandling” of the case of Baba Dhanwant Singh of the Noor Vishav Ruhani Charitable Trust, who has been facing charges of moral turpitude, has made them think so.

Gas agency of Major’s widow sealed
Amritsar, August 17
Ms Rajinder Kaur Aujla, was allotted a gas agency as she was widow of Major Didar Singh, she was allotted the agency after a long wait of 19 years. She feels dejected as officials of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation reached here to seal the agency.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Aujla, widow of Major Didar Singh, shows the allotment letter Ms Rajinder Kaur Aujla, widow of Major Didar Singh, shows the allotment letter in Amritsar on Friday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

BJP to hold rally against Cong
Chandigarh, August 17
The state unit of the BJP will organise a rally against the political vendetta campaign launched by the present Congress regime in the state.
This was stated by Mr Sangh Priye Gautam, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and Incharge of Punjab State BJP Affairs, here today. 

Fatehgarh Sahib



Cong failed to keep poll promises: Badal
Budhlada (Mansa), August 17
“In the Cabinet of Capt Amarinder Singh there are four ministers indicted by Lok Pal, two have false degrees and one is involved in a murder case”, according to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD. He was addressing a meeting of party workers here today.

Farmers are busy deepening their tubewells
Farmers are busy deepening their tubewells as the fallen water table and the failure of monsoon added to their woes at a village in the Malwa region on Saturday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

SAD MLA remanded in police custody
Moga, August 17
Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Malkiat Singh Kittu, who was arrested yesterday under the Excise Act following seizure of 184 cartons of Indian whisky from his house and the house of his brother at Bilaspur village, was today remanded in police custody till tomorrow by a local court.

UK Asians ‘prefer to keep mum’ on racism
Jalandhar, August 17
“Even as hate crimes against Asians are increasing in the UK, most of such crimes still go unreported for a number of reasons”.
These views were expressed by Mr Bhajan Singh Devsi, who is a member of the West Midlands Police Authority and the chairperson of the Wolverhamton-based Black and Minority Ethnic Forum.

Move to set up museum in Mansa
Mansa, August 17
The district administration is planning to set up a museum in the town to display artifacts discovered by a team of the Archaeological Department from a mound located in Dhalewan village during the excavation carried out in the past two three years.

PPSC scam: Sodhi granted bail
Patiala, August 17
Former PCS officer Purushottam Singh Sodhi, who had been arrested for allegedly paying a bribe of Rs 15 lakh to the suspended PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu through the latter’s former tout Randhir Singh Dheera for nomination to the PCS (allied), was granted regular bail by Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal here today.


4 SAD leaders join SHSAD
Sangrur, August 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal today suffered a jolt when its certain party leaders joined in the Tohra-led Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal. SAD stalwarts Dhan Singh Chhiaharh, Ranjit Singh, Hardev Singh Dhaliwal and Gurbachan Singh, were among others who joined the Tohra group.

Akali unity possible, says Dhindsa
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
Various factions of the Akali Dal should unite for the overall development of the state and should jointly celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Sant Longowal. All factions favoured unity and it was possible only if Jathedar Tohra sever his ties with the Congress, said Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Fertilisers, while talking to mediapersons here today.

Kapurthala DCC reconstituted
Kapurthala, August 17
Mr Sadhu Singh, president of the Kapurthala District Congress Committee has reconstituted the committee and appointed 16 vice presidents, 21 general secretaries, 26 secretaries, 20 joint secretaries, and 24 members of the committee.


SGPC employees suspended
Amritsar, August 17
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today suspended 10 employees including three gurdwara managers on charges of embazzlement and irregularities.
The suspension orders were issued on the basis of pending inquiry report according to sources, embezzlement in purchase of gurdwara ration and discrepancies found in the cash books were the main reason for initiating action by the SGPC.

BKU(E) to hold protest rallies
Patiala, August 17
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today alleged that the drought-hit farmers of Punjab were being ignored by the state government and the compensation announced by the state was far too less.

BKU burns govt’s effigies
Bathinda, August 17
Activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) today burnt effigies of the government in numerous villages of the region to express resentment against low compensation being offered by the government.

Activists of the BKU (Ekta) burn the effigy of the government at Bhucho Khurd village on Saturday. 
— Photo KB

Activists of the BKU (Ekta) burn the effigy

General category staff threaten stir
Bathinda, August 17
The General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, has threatened to launch an agitation if the Punjab government implemented the 85th Amendment to the Constitution pertaining the promotions in service career.

13 pilgrims hurt in mishap
Hoshiarpur, August 17
Thirteen pilgrims were hurt when a tempo (PB-07 J-4282) they were travelling after pilgrimage to Holy Shrine of Godess Mata Chintpurni, fell into a ditch near Mangowal 18 km from here on the Hoshiarpur-Dharamsala Road last evening. They were admitted in the local Civil Hospital.


Job scam in FCI: 10 arrested
Barnala, August 17
The police unearthed a job scam in the FCI worth Rs 1.25 crore and recovered over Rs 30 lakh following the arrest of 10 persons who reportedly duped about 1,934 persons.

SHO booked for taking bribe
Mallanwala (Ferozepore), August 17
The SHO of the Mallanwala police station, Mr Gurbax Lal, has been booked under the Anti-Corruption Act for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000.

Two killed in accidents
Jalandhar, August 17
Two persons were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in the district today.
A police report here said one person was killed and 11 others injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the outskirts of Malsian village under the Shahkot police station.

Bus ploughs into jhuggis, 2 dead
Hoshiarpur, August 17
Two migrant labourers were killed and three others injured when a tourist bus ploughed into their roadside jhuggis near Pulheera village on the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road today.

Man blames in-laws for sister’s death
Fazilka, August 17
Jaswinder Kaur (32) of Chak Punnawala village died after allegedly consuming poison yesterday. According to an FIR lodged by Lakhbir Singh, brother of the deceased, his sister was married to Gurtej Singh, a farmer of Chak Punnawala village, about 12 years ago.

Man gets life term for murder
Sangrur, August 17
A local court today sentenced Ranjit Singh of Gobindgarh Jejian village under the Lehra police station to life imprisonment and fine of Rs 5,000.
In case of default in payment of fine, the accused would have to undergo further imprisonment for one year, Sessions Judge Jagroop Singh said in his order here.


Affiliation of nursing school cancelled
Moga, August 17
The fate of 40 women nursing students is in jeopardy as the Indian Nursing Council has cancelled the affiliation of Government Nursing School, Moga, for lack of adequate classrooms, laboratory and other infrastructure facilities.

GMC bans outsiders, not animals
Amritsar, August 17
Even as the principal of the Government Medical College has reportedly banned the entry of outsiders into college premises for morning walks, exercises or playing, stray animals are free to move here.


Rice millers fear bankruptcy
Patiala, August 17
The Punjab Rice Millers Association said today that the rice milling industry of Punjab was heading towards bankruptcy due to reduction in allowances and non-payment on part of the Union Government.

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