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Badal expects arrest any moment
Chandigarh, August 31
The ongoing political as well as personal tussle between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today became more bitter. “I will not seek anticipatory bail at any stage. I am prepared to go to jail and face cases”, said Mr Badal.

SYL impasse pulsates socio-political tensions
Chandigarh, August 31
Since January 15, 2002, more words have been spoken/written than water would have flowed in the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal if completed. On that day, the Supreme Court had directed the Punjab Government to complete the construction of the canal within one year.

Farmers not to be charged for power: Amarinder
Ludhiana, August 31
Ruling out the possibility charging the agriculture sector for electricity Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said today that most of the farmers in the state were not in a position to pay electricity bills as their economic position was too precarious to afford payments.

1,000 Indians languish in Pak jails
Indian Govt apathetic to relatives’ plea
Ferozepore, August 31
At least 1,000 Indians continue to languish in prisons despite the Pakistani Government’s decision to release most of them, thanks to the apathy of the Indian Government.



A devotee along with her grandchild at a temple to participate in Janamashtmi celebrations
A devotee along with her grandchild at a temple to participate in Janamashtmi celebrations in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo Kulbir Beera

Coordinated defence intelligence agency mooted
Ferozepore, August 31
The Ministry of Defence is again seriously considering to strengthen the military intelligence by co-opting staff from IB, RAW, and the armed forces to set up a new agency that might also be put in charge of “information warfare” as well as electronic, air and marine surveillance at a time when the military standoff between India and Pakistan still continues.

Canal wall cracks a threat to IAF station
Halwara (Ludhiana), August 31
The authorities of the Air Force station here are worried over the widening cracks in the walls of the Abohar feeder canal near the IAF station. The cracks emerging in an area of at least 60 feet are threatening to develop into a breach that could inundate nearly low-lying residential areas and key installations.


A hi-tech hospital for the poor
“It was after making rounds of a number of government hospitals as well as the PGI, where I was given a date for the operation after three months, that I was guided to Sohana Eye Hospital, where within a week my eye surgery was performed and that too free of cost,” remarked Ajmer Kaur, from the Ropar area.

Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana. — A Tribune photograph
Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana

Dal Khalsa tells Sikhs to shun deras
Amritsar, August 31
A convention organised by the Dal Khalsa today urged the Sikhs to crush the designs of all such sects and cults which had recently mushroomed and were propagating the concept of “living gurus” as it was against the Sikh faith and tenets.

Leaders pay tributes to Beant Singh
Chandigarh, August 31
A sarav dharma prarthana sabha was held today at the samadhi of late Beant Singh, Chief Minster of Punjab, on his seventh death anniversary. Several senior leaders of the Congress high command including Mr Moti Lal Vora, and Ms Mohsina Kidwai, and state leaders such as Capt Amarinder Singh, Mr H.S. Hanspal, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Mrs Jaswant Kaur, widow of Beant Singh, her son Tej Parkash Singh, Mr Gurkanwal Kaur and other family members paid homage with flowers to the departed leader.

ASI tortures Dal (A) jathedar, suspended
Joga (Mansa), August 31
Mr Paramjit Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, posted in police station here, was suspended by District police chief S.S. Srivastava following the police station was gheraoed by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) after its circle Jathedar, Bhole Singh was tortured in it today.

2 ministers to visit drought-hit areas
Chandigarh, August 31
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today deputed Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Irrigation Minister, and Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister of State for Public Health and Rural Development, to visit drought-affected areas in the Malwa belt to assess the damage caused to the crops. This was done to prepare a case for presentation before the Centre to seek compensation for the drought-affected farmers, according to an official press note.

Mysterious disease hits cattle
Khanna, August 31
Several head of cattle have died of a mysterious disease in the Samrala area. Many such cases have been reported recently from various villages of the area. Three head of cattle of Bachitar Singh, a resident of Rajewal village, near Samrala, died yesterday of the disease. Two such cases were reported last week from Kulewal village near Samrala, and Bhatian village, near Machhiwara.

Monsoon failure hits 2,815 acres in Kapurthala
Kapurthala, August 31
Some 2815 acres have been reported to be affected due to the failure of monsoon following a special girdawari conducted from August 10 to 25 in the district. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Verma. He said maximum damage to 980 acres had been reported from Sultanpur Lodhi while damage to 856, 853 and 126 acres had been reported from Kapurthala, Phagwara and Bhollath tehsils, respectively.

NDPS cases: concern over low conviction rate
Bathinda, August 31
Concerned about the low rate of conviction in criminal cases registered under the NDPS Act, the Narcotics Control Bureau, Chandigarh, has started acquainting police officials with the provisions of the Act and their enforcement to secure punishment for the guilty. The bureau has started holding seminars in each district of Punjab in this regard.

Ground water wilts crops
Bathinda, August 31
An alarming situation has arisen in this region, with about 85 per cent of ground water samples, brought in for testing at local laboratories, showing the heavy presence of effluent.

Rain brings cheer to residents
Bathinda, August 31
A sharp downpour this afternoon brought cheer to local residents here, who had been reeling under sweltering heat for the past few days. The much-awaited showers, began at about 3 p.m. and continued for about half an hour.

A brief but heavy downpour disrupted normal life in parts of Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo KB
A brief but heavy downpour disrupted normal life in parts of Bathinda

Mann writes to Advani on Sikhs
Amritsar, August 31
The president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today sought redefining of Sikhs under Article 25 of the Constitution which requires an amendment to the Constitution.

Triplets born in Ropar hospital
Ropar, August 31
Mrs Baljit Kaur, wife of Mr Daljit Singh of Sukhrampur Taprian village, near here, this morning gave birth to triplets (two boys and a girl) in the Civil Hospital, here. Interestingly, her ultrasound scan report of July 2, 2002, says “Twin fetii corresponding to 27.2 weeks period of gestation with same placenta”. Her ultrasound scan was done at a local private ultrasound centre.


Proclaimed offender held
Ropar, August 31
The Anandpur Sahib police has arrested a proclaimed offender, Chhote Lal, of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh. He had been selling vegetables on a rehri in Anandpur Sahib for the past one year and was residing there along with his family.

Bid to defraud bank of 5 lakh
Amritsar, August 31
An attempt was made to encash a stolen cheque for Rs 5 lakh with forged signatures from the Bank of Punjab, Court Road branch. An alert officer of the branch got suspicious of two persons who had come to the branch to draw Rs 5 lakh from the account of Messrs Kay Vee Textiles Pvt Ltd. He immediately contacted the Director of the company, Mr Jugal Kishore, to verify the cheque.

Gang of car thieves busted, 2 held
Jalandhar, August 31
The local police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves with the arrest of two Kashmiris.

Dacoits loot goods worth 5 lakh
Phagwara, August 31
Dacoits injured an employee of Kooka Motor Garage on the GT Road, near Kanshi Nagar on the outskirts of the town and took away goods worth Rs 5 lakh last night.


Exhibition showcases students’ abilities
Phagwara, August 31
An exhibition was put up by students of various convent schools of Doaba region at Saint Joseph’s Convent School today on the problems being faced by countries, particularly environment. The exhibition was organised to commemorate the 25th foundation day of Saint Joseph’s Convent School.

TUF announces team for PUTA poll
Patiala, August 31
The Teachers United Front, comprising the Progressive Teachers Council, the Council of University Teachers, the Democratic Teachers Front and the Forward Teachers Front on Thursday released its team list for the PUTA elections scheduled for September 6 in which Dr Balwinder Singh is contesting for the post of president of the association.Top

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