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Chaos marks launch of ‘sadhbhavana yatra’
Amritsar, August 20
Confusion and chaos preceded the much-hyped “sadhbhavana yatra” (peace march) launched by cine star and Member of Parliament Sunil Dutt from Jallianwala Bagh to Jammu and Kashmir here today.
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Cine star and Congress MP Sunil Dutt along with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and MP Preneet Kaur during the launch of the ‘sadhbhavana yatra’ at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsars on Tuesday.

Cine star and Congress MP Sunil Dutt along with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and MP Preneet Kaur during the launch of the ‘sadhbhavana yatra’ at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsars on Tuesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Badal sidelining jathedars: Tohra
Sherpur (Sangrur), August 20
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President Gurcharan Singh Tohra, who was proclaimed as the real Akali Dal leader by Rashtriya Janata Party President Laloo Prasad Yadav, today alleged that SAD President Parkash Singh Badal was now preparing to jettison Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti.




BKU condemns Longowal for accord
Kajoli (Ropar), August 20
Even as major political parties of the state today observed the martyrdom day of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal in Sangrur district, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) declared him a “traitor to Punjab”.

Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Faridkot, August 20
The District Congress Committee held a function here today to mark the 58th birth anniversary of slain former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Accused to turn approver in Tangri case
Ludhiana, August 20
The case against Jagdish Tangri, his son Sunil Tangri and three others today took an interesting turn with a sixth accused expressing his desire to turn approver and the submission of statements against the accused by at least three other residents of the city in a district court.

A sister selects a rakhi for her brother
A sister selects a rakhi for her brother at Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Consider Lokpal’s report: Jacob
Nisha Kaura case
Chandigarh, August 20
Forwarding the Lokpal’s inquiry report pertaining to the Nisha Kaura case to the state government, the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), has asked the government to consider certain recommendations made therein.

Judicial officers seek justice
Ludhiana, August 20
Reacting to the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to terminate their services, some of the 39 judicial officers, who held a meeting here today regretted that they were “convicted without a trial and not given a chance to be heard”.

Fast-track courts not yet functional
Ludhiana, August 20
The fast-track courts to be set up in Punjab are yet to become functional with the state government either not having set up these or not having appointed judicial officers.

Pbi varsity faculty head gets award
New Delhi, August 20
Dr Chaman Lal, Head of Hindi Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, is among 20 persons honoured by the Sahitya Akademi. Apart from this, four persons have been honoured with the ‘Bhasha Samman’.


Civic poll on September 8
Phagwara, August 20
The state Election Commission yesterday issued a notification for elections to the Phagwara and Muktsar Nagar Councils and to the Raiyya and Ajnala nagar panchayats to be held on September 8.

Efforts to unite Akalis
Ludhiana, August 20
Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, president, Gurmat Sidhant Prachar Sant Samaj and Chairman of the Panthic Ekta Committee said here yesterday that they had no intention to form a third Akali Dal.


Tannery effluent samples taken
Jalandhar, August 20
Even as the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has failed to enhance the capacity of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for the disposal of effluents released by tanneries at the leather complex here, special teams of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) today collected samples of untreated effluent from the tanneries, accompanied by police officials.

Lampooning Laloo the right way
Patiala, August 20
Travelling with Laloo Prasad Yadav is like taking the country road home while he reminds you of how food was always cooked in “desi ghee’’ earlier, how the old practices were more practical and how necessary it is to look at life from the common man’s viewpoint.

Ex-addl SHO remanded
Ropar, August 20
Mr Ravinder Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, here today remanded former Additional SHO of the local Sadar police station Tarlochan Singh and his former bodyguard Harbaksh Singh in police custody till tomorrow.

The municipal corporation blocks a roadMC adds to traffic chaos
Amritsar, August 20
The municipal corporation authorities, in bid to beautify roads, blocked a major thoroughfare to paint zebra sign here today.

The municipal corporation blocks a road in Amritsar to paint zebra signs. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

Attack on Dalit: DM orders probe
Mansa, August 20
Mr Alok Shekhar, District Magistrate, today ordered a magisterial probe into a complaint lodged by the Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan in connection with an attack on a Dalit farm labourer by a landlord.

Colonel Salaria cremated
Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh SalariaPathankot, August 20
The mortal remains of Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh Salaria were today consigned to flames at Pangoli, his native village, about 4 km from here, with full military and state honours. Colonel Salaria (41), Commanding Officer of a Dogra Regiment, died while fighting militants in the Naushera sector on August 18.


Virus adds to farmers’ woes
Bathinda, August 20
Farmers of this region have started ploughing their “til” (sesamum) crop after a virus attack.

Farmers stage dharna
Mansa, August 20
Hundreds of farmers drawn from all parts of the district staged a demonstration at Mansa today, demanding adequate compensation for farmers for the loss suffered by them due to drought.


Check spread of enteritis: DC
Faridkot, August 20
Following the detection of 35 gastroenteritis cases in Jaitu town in the district during the past week, Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, has directed the district health authorities to find out the causes for the spread of the disease.


Havaldar shoots Major, self
Gazniwala (Ferozepore), August 20
A Major of the Army posted on the Indo-Pak border was reportedly shot dead late last night by a Havaldar.


PCCTU threatens to file suit
Phagwara, August 20
Terming as mala fide the decision of the Principal Secretary (Education), Dr N.S. Rattan, and the DPI (C), Ms Nisha Sarad, to purchase NSCs amounting to 50 per cent of UGC arrears, members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) yesterday urged Mr Khushal Behl, Punjab Minister of Education, to order the rectification of the decision.

Teachers burn copies of pension scheme
Bathinda, August 20
Agitating members of the Bathinda council of the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union today burnt copies of the recently issued pension-cum-gratuity scheme at a rally held here.

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