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Cong, SHSAD plan separate functions
Sant Longowal’s death anniversary
Chandigarh, August 19
A master stroke played by the ruling Congress in declaring the death anniversary function of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village tomorrow as a “state function” may take away some sheen from the “shaheedi conference” being organised by SAD (Badal).

Badal flays Cong move on Longowal’s death anniversary
Chandigarh, August 19
SAD President Mr Parkash Singh Badal said here today that Capt Amarinder Singh’s belated decision to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal was not only an act of moral and political hypocrisy but also an outrage against the legacy of the legendary Akali hero.

SHSAD, AISSF (Gill) men in clergy’s panel
Amritsar, August 19
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and the All-India Sikh Students Federation (Gill) has been given representation in the 31-member committee announced by the Sikh clergy here today to counter the activities of Baba Ashutosh. 

NCC cadet gives performance NCC cadet gives performance to mark the annual inspection conducted by Deputy Director-General (NCC) at Khalsa College, Amritsar, on Monday .
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib



Sidhu case: SC order to Solicitor-General
New Delhi, August 19

The Supreme Court today directed Solicitor-General Harish Salve appearing for the Punjab Government to file within two weeks the response affidavit of the State on the Presidential reference under Article 371 (1) of the Constitution for inquiry of the charges against Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu.

Corrupt SMO’s shocking return as DHO
‘Paid’ to get new post; I was coaxed: minister
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
“The anti-corruption campaign of the Chief Minister has suffered a setback in the district, with an SMO of the local Civil Hospital, proven to be corrupt, having been promoted and reposted here as the District Health Officer. 

Govt in a fix over withdrawal of SLP
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Government’s move of “shielding four senior functionaries of the ruling Congress, including a Cabinet Minister, indicted by the previous Lok Pal” appears to be running into serious legal implications as in spite of its orders, all but one special leave petitions filed by the previous SAD-BJP government and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal can be withdrawn.


Channi criticises Khanna’s charges
Hoshiarpur, August 19
Mr Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress MP from Hoshiarpur, has taken exception to the charges levelled against Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, by Mr Vinod Khanna, Union Tourism Minister, in Ludhiana yesterday.

Mann decries reference to SC, President
Chandigarh, August 19
SAD (A) President Simranjit Singh Mann today accused the BJP of bulldozing all democratic norms with its decision through the Union Cabinet to approach the President and through him the apex court under Article 143 to seek the constitutional validity of the Election Commission’s decision not to hold the Gujarat poll.


Drought damper for marriages
Bhikhi (Mansa), August 19
“I found a good match for my daughter before the transplantation of paddy. However, I am not in a position now to solemnise her marriage. I have been virtually ruined by drought. I am trying my best to save the crop”, says Mr Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Cheema village, near here.

PSSF no for poll duty in J&K
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation and members of its 42 affiliates will not go to Jammu and Kashmir for election duties during the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state, stated Mr Ranbir Dhillon, General Secretary of the Federation, in a release here today.

Congress MP Sunil Dutt addresses a Press conference Sunil Dutt ready for talks with J&K ultras
Amritsar, August 19
Congress MP Sunil Dutt who arrived here today to launch a “sadhbhawana” yatra from here to Srinagar said he was ready to talk and negotiate with Kashmiri militant groups if called upon by the government to do so. 

Congress MP Sunil Dutt addresses a Press conference in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo RS

PSEB engineers list govt lapses?
Patiala, August 19
The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association today accused the Punjab government of violating the Electricity Act as well as committing contempt of court by proposing a zero per cent return on net fixed assets in its written objections to the Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Defaulters’ power supply cut, restored
Ferozepore, August 19
Power supply to most of the state government offices here was cut today as they failed to pay the dues even after 10 additional days granted to them by the PSEB but, under pressure from the bureaucracy, it was restored later following verbal instructions from the PSEB Chairman.

Heritage festival at Patiala
Patiala, August 19
Five years after the Akali-BJP government thwarted the holding of the Patiala heritage festival, mainly due to the objections of senior Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra, the present Congress government is making plans for holding another festival on the same lines but on an even grander scale to showcase the culture and heritage of the city.

A section of inmates of the local central jail
A section of inmates of the local central jail, Bathinda, who lie on the floor due to heavy rush of prisoners. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Minister opens Civil Hospital
Nawanshahr, August 19
Mr Ramesh Dogra, Health Minister, inaugurated a 30-bedded Civil Hospital, equipped with ultra-modern facilities and constructed at a cost of Rs 1.72 crore, at Balachaur, about 20 km from here, today. 

Khadia Karamchari Sangh elections
Barnala, August 19
The Punjab state-level regional conference of the Bhartia Khadia Nigam Karmchari Sangh (BKNK Sangh) was organised at Shakti Palace here yesterday. 

Judicial remand for dental college MD
Mansa, August 19
Dr Naginder Singh Harika, Managing Director, Khalsa Dental College and Hospital, Nangal Kalan (Mansa), facing trial in various cases of fraud with students, was today remanded in judicial custody for 14 days when he was produced before the Additional Sessions Judge here.

Left holds protest march
Amritsar, August 19
About 1500 workers of the CPM, MCPI, CPI (ML) and the All-India Forward Bloc marched from Company Garden to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and staged a demonstration there against the “anti-people” polices of the state government and alleged atrocities being committed by the police. They also handed ove a memorandum to the SDM.

3 youths killed in accident
Phillaur, August 19
Three youths were killed on the spot when their scooter was hit by a truck on the GT Road near Goraya last evening.

Sunil Tangri surrenders
Ludhiana, August 19
fugitive of one-and-a-half months, Sunil Tangri, son of the controversial Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi chief Jagdish Tangri, surrendered to the district police here today evening.


Nurseries in all divisions
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
The Forest Department has introduced a new central nursery scheme in every division of the state under which a full-fledged nursery would be developed and trees of all varieties would be made available to the public at a nominal price to make the plantation a mass movement, said Dr Harbans Lal Minister for Forests, here today.


‘Hike compensation for drought-hit’
Patiala, August 19
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) organised a dharna near the district courts here today to protest against relief measures announced by the state government for drought-hit farmers.


Addl SHO held in kidnapping case
Ropar, August 19
The case of the alleged kidnapping of Malkiat Singh by some persons in connivance with police personnel posted at the local Sadar police station today took a new turn with the arrest of the Additional SHO, Tarlochan Singh, and his bodyguard Harbaksh Singh. With this, four out of the six accused have been arrested in the case exposing the nexus between the smugglers and policemen.

ASI arrested for beating up wife
Fazilka, August 19
The police has arrested ASI Chhinderpal Singh, at Abohar, for beating up his pregnant wife. The ASI was produced before the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, Fazilka, today who remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks.

Most wanted among 5 held
Gurdaspur, August 19
The Gurdaspur police arrested five members of a gang, including New Delhi’s most-wanted criminal Lal Chand, alias Lala, here today.

Seetu Baba, 2 accomplices held
Amritsar, August 19
Dhiraj Kumar alias Seetu Baba and his two accomplices have been arrested. The fourth member of the gang is absconding.

Smack seized from foreigner
Ropar, August 19
The Ropar CIA staff has seized 110 grams of smack from a foreign national, Maqula Christin, wife of Bobby Jefferson, a resident of Uganda in Africa. Maqula is presently residing at Panchkula in Haryana.

Two brothers held under NDPS Act
Tarn Taran, August 19
Two local residents, Harjit Singh and his brother Manjit Singh, have been arrested under the NDPS Act for selling drugs.


Mobile service likely in September
Bathinda, August 19
Due to delay caused in acceptance testing (AT) at the Chandigarh exchange coupled with the delay in the installation of equipments, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has failed to meet the deadline of August 15 to launch its mobile service in Punjab and Chandigarh.

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