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CM uses police to harass Akalis: Badal
Faridkot, August 21
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president has decried Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for using intemperate language for Akali leaders at a press conference at Amritsar yesterday.

SAD MLAs’ notice to Home Secy, Vigilance chief
Chandigarh, August 21
Ten Shiromani Akali Dal legislators today served legal notices on the Principal Secretary (Home) and the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, to demand action against four members of the former Council of Ministers headed by Beant Singh who had been indicted by the Lok Pal, an independent statutory authority.

Give funds or privatise generation: PSEB
Patiala, August 21
Lack of funds for power generation has forced the Punjab State Electricity Board to impress upon the state government either to provide funds for capacity generation projects, including the Shahpur Kandi hydel and GHTP — Stage II thermal project at Lehra Mohabbat, or get the works done by the private sector.

Coal supply to Punjab power plants resumed
Patiala, August 21
The Punjab State Electricity Board had cleared the payment of Rs 31 crore of the more than Rs 130 crore due to subsidiaries of Coal India Limited which had stopped the supply of coal of the board’s thermal plants to realise the dues.

Sunil Dutt not to act as mediator
Phagwara, August 21
Film star and MP Sunil Dutt today said he would not act as a mediator for talks with militants of Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to reporters here, Mr Dutt, however, said he would have no objection to any militant wanting to talk to him when he reached Jammu and Kashmir heading the ‘sadbhavna yatra’ from Harmandar Sahib - Vaishno Devi to Hazratbal in Srinagar.
‘Be on my right side, scribes’

Sunil Dutt waves to the crowd on his arrival at Jalandhar along with the peace march on Wednesday.  The march, started from Amritsar, will end at Srinagar. — PTI photo


Hundreds of people suffering from hernia throng Jandali village in Punjab where water from a well is believed to have miraculous powers to cure the problem.
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Fatehgarh Sahib


Bibi appears before gurdwara panel
Amritsar, August 21
Bibi Jagir Kaur, MLA, appeared in person before the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission here today as respondent, in two cases relating to her tenure as the SGPC President. The counsel for the Bibi presented affidavits in both cases, the contents of which were not divulged.

Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur coming out after appearing before the attending the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission in Amritsar on Wednesday.  — PTI photo

Bhaniarawala’s bid to hold akhand path foiled
Ropar, August 21
A group of about 35 Sikhs, including an SGPC member from Anandpur Sahib, Mr Jarnail Singh Aulakh, and some employees of the SGPC, today foiled a bid by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala to begin akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib at his house at Dhamana village near Nurpur Bedi.

Minister justifies Railways bifurcation move
Kapurthala, August 21
Union Minister of Sate for Railways Bandaru Dattatraya has ruled out the possibility of handing over the issue of bifurcation of Eastern Railway to experts committee as demanded by the West Bengal Chief Minister.

Farm hands, too, feel the drought pinch
Sunam (Sangrur), August 21
Ajmer Singh, a farm hand, has been without work for the past four weeks. He finds it difficult to feed his family of three daughters, two sons and other members. A resident of Daipai village, Ajmer Singh says he used to work for farmers on a daily-wage basis. Now, farmers have stopped engaging him since they, themselves are in a crisis owing to the drought.


NDA govt won’t last long, says Bhinder
Pathankot, August 21
The NDA government will not last long due to widespread resentment against the Centre from all sections of the societies. Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, former Union Minister and a senior Congress leader, said this while addressing a function organised by Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab, in honour of Mrs Bhinder at Sujanpur yesterday.

Left parties hold demonstration
Patiala, August 21
More than a thousand workers of the Marxist Communist Party of India (M.C.P.I), CPM (Pasla), CPI (ML) Liberation, and the All-India Forward Bloc organised a demonstration and day-long dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today in protest against the “anti-people and anti-employee” budget proposals of the Punjab Government.

PPCC to send  15,000 workers for Delhi rally
Chandigarh, August 21
The PPCC has decided to send 15,000 party workers to the union Capital on August 24 to participate in the national rally being held in protest against “nepotism and favouritism in allotment of petrol pumps and LPG agencies” since 2000.


Bairagi mandal announces state panel
Chandigarh, August 21
Releasing the list of office-bearers of the Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, its President, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, said today that Mr Bal Kavi Bairagi, a member of the Rajya Sabha, had been made chief patron of the mandal.

Highest number of road mishaps in Patiala
Patiala, August 21
Patiala has the highest incidence of road accidents in the state with 740 accidents recorded in 2000.
Trucks are involved in most of the accidents followed by cars, buses and tractor-trailers. This was stated by Dr Prem Prakash Khosla, convener of the Social Sciences and Health Forum , Punjab.

Plan to improve infrastructure
Fatehgarh sahib, August 21
With a view to provide pollution-free environment and better facilities to rural people, the government would launch a special programme to improve infrastructure in villages.

‘Ban defaulters of loans from poll’
Bathinda, August 21
Hundreds of supporters of various unions under the banner of the All-India Bank Employees Association today held a march in the city to press the Central Government to make a provision for imposing a ban on the defaulters of bank loans from contesting parliamentary and Assembly elections and declare wilful default a criminal offence.

Institute opens hospital wing
SAS Nagar, August 21
Fortis Heart Institute today announced the opening of a full-fledged multi-speciality hospital. The existing multi-speciality medical centre attached to the institute has now been transformed into a full-fledged hospital with its own critical care wing, operation theatres, rooms and the ability to do surgeries and procedures in 18 specialities.

Woman beaten up by in-laws
Bathinda, August 21
Ms Kirpal Kaur, a 50-yer-old woman of Bhagwan Garh village, near here, suffered as many as 14 injuries, including a fracture, after she was allegedly beaten up by her brother-in-law at her house yesterday.

Youth Akali Dal leader acquitted
Moga, August 21
Judicial Magistrate K.K. Bansal today acquitted senior Youth Akali Dal leader Nadharak Singh Brar of charges of stealing Panjab University question papers and answer sheets from the office of the Principal of Guru Teg Bahadur College at Rode village in this district in 1984.

JE gets police remand
Kharar, August 21
Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Amrik Pal Singh, Junior Engineer (Irrigation), in police remand till August 23. The public prosecutor and the DSP (Vigilance) appeared in the court and pleaded for 10-day police remand.

Youth say no to drugs
Phagwara, August 21
Motivated by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, the youth, mostly students of the local Guru Nanak College, today took a pledge to abstain from ‘nashas’ (intoxicants and drugs) at a function organised by the circle to welcome students to the college.


J&K poll: incentives to Punjab staff
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The Punjab government employees have been offered incentives to do poll duty in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the troubled Jammu and Kashmir.
The offer has come in the wake of refusal by the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation to perform the election duty.

Senior assistants’ selection ‘irregular’
Bathinda, August 21
A number of aspirants for the post of senior assistant in the Punjab Government today alleged irregularities in the selection procedure for the post saying that merit was being compromised in return for material gains by certain corrupt elements.

Punjab may impose new toll tax
New Delhi, August 21
Punjab Government today discussed with Rail Minister Nitish Kumar ways of raising finances for the construction of 65 rail over bridges (ROBs) in the state at a total cost of Rs 650 crore in the next five years.

Mr A.S. Bains
Chandigarh, August 21
Mr Arvinder Singh Bains has been posted as Director, Information Systems and Administrative Reforms and ex-officio Additional Secretary, relieving Mr N.S. Kalsi of the additional charge.

Five patwaris suspended
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Vikas Partap, has ordered the suspension of five patwaris in subdivision Fatehgarh Sahib, for the negligency of duty to conduct special girdawari for drought-hit area.

Staff threaten mass leave
Kapurthala, August 21
If Employees of the office of the Deputy Commissioner have resolved to go on mass casual leave for 12 days from September 2 if the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Kumar Verma, did not change his behaviour towards them.


Ex-minister, 7 others booked for faking will
Bathinda, August 21
A case has been registered against Mr Harbans Singh, former Minister and resident of Rampura, and seven others in connection with their alleged involvement in acquiring a piece of land on the basis of fake documents, including a will.

Escaped undertrial held
Rampura Phul, August 21
Gurdas Singh, alias Buga, a local resident who escaped from police custody at the Sangrur bus stand on July 13 has been arrested. Gurdas Singh escaped while he was being taken back to the Sangrur jail after he attended the court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Bathinda, in connection with a case pertaining to smuggling of poppy husk.

4 held for selling drugs without prescription
Amritsar, August 21
The Gurdaspur police yesterday arrested four chemists for selling scheduled drugs without prescription.
Mr Varinder Kumar, district police chief, Gurdaspur, said these drugs were used by drug addicts who later indulge in fighting at public places.


SFI stages dharna, seeks elections
Bathinda, August 21
Students of some educational institutes in the region today sat on dharnas in their respective towns and districts in protest against the alleged anti-student education policies of the government and demanded that the elections to the student bodies be conducted.

Varsity declares withheld results
Amritsar, August 21
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has declared the results of 150 MBBS students of Government Medical College here. The results had been withheld due to a tussle between two internal examiners.


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