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Attack on SAD is attack on
NDA: George
Cong will continue fight against corruption, says Amarinder
Baba Bakala (Amritsar), August 12
Three stages set up on the occasion of “Rakhar Punnian”, here turned out to be pre-election rallies as leaders of different parties, including the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and SAD (Amritsar) traded charges.

Punjab Chief Minister  Amarinder Singh at a Congress conference at Baba Bakala Tohra, Badungar stay away from SAD rally

Punjab Chief Minister  Amarinder Singh at a Congress conference at Baba Bakala, near Amritsar, on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Rajiv Sharma

Amarinder calls on Bhattal
Chandigarh, August 12
Punjab Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had a pleasant surprise this evening when Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, showed up at her residence to “consult her on State-level functions to be held later this month.”

Trouble brewing in Punjab Public Service Commission
Chandigarh, August 12
Trouble is brewing again in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) over the move to amend its Rules of Procedure for the second time in less than three years. Last time when the Rules of Procedure were amended, PPSC Chairman Ravi Sidhu got isolated as the remaining members joined hands and opposed the “arbitrary” amendments.

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25 SGPC employees face reversion
Amritsar, August 12
Atleast 25 SGPC employees, who were promoted against rules, face reversion. The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) has initiated contempt proceedings against Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar and Mr Harbeant Singh, former president and secretary, respectively, of the SGPC. These employees were promoted by creating unauthorised vacancies after a reshuffle of the staff.

21 thermal plant officers may be arrested
Ropar, August 12
The police here has decided to arrest 21 officers of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar, in the employees provident fund (EPF) scam. These officers, include 14 engineers of the rank of executive engineer and superintendent engineers and seven finance wing officers. 

8 Punjab wetlands being examined for economic potential
Chandigarh, August 12
Originally known for its currency of natural wetlands, Punjab is now facing a severe erosion of its richest eco-system. Surveys have shown that where up to the 1950s, natural wetlands of Punjab covered about 60,000 hectares, forming 1.32 per cent of the state's total area.

Two Kashmiri terrorists, accomplice arrested
Bunker unearthed at KCF commander’s house
Patiala, August 12
Two Kashmiri terrorists belonging to the Al-Umra outfit, who had come to Punjab to purchase arms, have been arrested by the district police. The police also arrested their accomplice and unearthed a bunker at the house of a former self-styled Lieutinent- General of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), Avtar Singh Tari.

Orders to roll back fee issued
Chandigarh, August 12
The Punjab Finance Department has issued formal instructions regarding the rollback of the revised fee structure in the colleges.


Hanspal refutes dissidence reports
Nawanshahr, August 12
The PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today refuted reports of dissidence in the Punjab Congress published in the Press recently, terming them as fabricated. He was speaking to mediapersons after inaugurating the building of the IITT Institute of Nursing at Pojewal village, about 25 km from here.

Cong reinducting Bajwa’s brother
Amritsar, August 12
Mr Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, younger brother of Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, who was expelled from the Congress for contesting previous Assembly elections as a rebel candidate, is being reinducted into the party in wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.


Hukamnama against Prof Gurtej questioned
Chandigarh, August 12
As many as 17 Panthic organisations, which met here today, have criticised the Jathedar of Akal Takht and other Sikh High Priests for directing the SGPC to strip, Mr Gurtej Singh, of the title of Professor of Sikhism conferred upon him several years ago.

Mann questions ban on Sikhs to buy land in Rajasthan
Chandigarh, August 12
As political parties have started warming up for Assembly elections in Rajasthan, the President of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has sparked off a controversy. There is a considerable number of Sikh voters in the Ganganagar-Bikaner belt.

Rights panel seeks report on corporal punishment case
Amritsar, August 12
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has taken cognizance of the report of corporal punishment to students by a drawing teacher of a Government Senior Secondary School at Chheharta. In its order dated August 8, the PHRC has called for a report of the state Education Department on October 15, the next date of hearing in the case.

66 taken ill after having langar
Malkatora (Muktsar), August 12
As many as 66 persons were taken ill, three of them seriously, when they partook of langar after the bhog of the akhand path on the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of Katha Singh at this village, 10 km from Malout today.

One-year-old abandoned
Pathankot, August 12
A year-old child has been reportedly abandoned by his parents here. The male child, wearing a yellow shirt and shorts was found from Bharoli railway station, about 7 km from here, on Sunday from Pathankot-Amritsar DMU train. Railway Police officials had tried to locate the parents but to no avail. Yesterday the cops brought the child to the court for directions regarding his custody but reportedly due to the busy schedule of the officials in the open darbar, they could not do so.

Action against cinema houses hailed
Bathinda, August 12
The Punjab Human Rights Committee (PHRC) and the Public Grievances Association today hailed the cancellation of licences of two cinema houses of the town, allegedly for screening of porno films.

Power cuts affecting shopkeepers’ business
Amritsar, August 12
Commercial blocks on Lawrence road, Mall road and adjoining areas are being subjected to nearly eight-hour power cuts on every Monday. This has been going on for the past two months, claimed shopkeepers in these areas whose business was suffering due to these unprecedented cuts. 

Who will unfurl the Tricolour?
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
Though the Punjab Government has assigned the task of unfurling the Tricolour to Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation, at the Bassi Pathanan subdivision on the occasion of the Independence Day. The municipal council (Bassi Pathanan) had already chosen the chief guest — Mr R.S. Jangu SDM — to unfurl the flag. Invitation cards have also been issued.


Bail plea rejected

Chandigarh, August 12
The bail application filed by a dera head, accused of raping his disciple's daughter, has been rejected by Ms Justice Kirtan Anand Lall of the High Court.

Release tubewell connections, power board told
Moga, August 12
The District Consumer Redressal Forum, on a complaint filed by farmers of Manuke and Dagru has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to release tubewell connections to them within three months. It has also directed the PSEB to pay interest on their deposits, besides a compensation of Rs 500 each to every petitioner.

Narottam gets bail
Ropar, August 12
Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, cousin of Mr Sukhbir Badal, was today released on bail by the Special Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, in a case registered against him for allegedly helping Mr Hardeep Singh, former OSD of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in converting the latter’s black money into white.


Order to check adulterated milk
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
To check the sale of adulterated and synthetic milk Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, issued an order today for the testing of the milk samples from milk being supplied by dairies and by milkmen in the district.

Sewerage Board staff not paid salaries
Amritsar, August 12
Field workers of the Sewerage Board have not been paid salaries for the past two months.


Cop booked for furnishing fake certificate
Maur Mandi, August 12
The police today booked Jugraj Singh, a police official posted in Moga district under Sections 420, 467 and 468 of the IPC for furnishing a fake certificate of Class VI for securing the job of a constable in the Punjab police a few decades ago.

Three held for vehicle thefts
Bathinda, August 12
The local police have arrested three persons, Mandeep Singh, Sushil Kumar, both residents of this town, and Ram Pal, a resident of Rohtak district for their alleged involvement in vehicle thefts in the city and surrounding areas.

280 tins of spurious ghee seized
Maur Mandi, August 12
The local police seized 280 tins of suspected spurious desi ghee and 42 packets of milk powder from a house here during a raid by the district health authorities and the police yesterday.


Kamal Chaudhary, 48 supporters held
Hoshiarpur, August 12
Mr Kamal Chaudhary former MP and President of the DAV College Managing Committee, along with his 48 supporters, including Lala Amar Nath, Municipal Councillor, Mr V.P. Sud, former Principal Government College, Hoshiarpur, Mr Natter Chand, Mr Avinash Sud and Mr Sanjay Sud was arrested by the police from local DAV College when they went to the college to throw out Dr Janmit Singh, Principal, from the college complex and attacked him and his office staff here this afternoon.

Election to college managing panel sought
Hoshiarpur, August 12
Certain members of the DAV College Managing Committee, here at a press conference yesterday alleged that functioning of the present managing committee under the presidentship of Mr Kamal Chaudhary was unlawful, undemocratic and unconstitutional. 

SGPC colleges told to abide by notification
Chandigarh, August 12
The principals of the two SGPC-run medical and dental colleges today rushed here to meet the Punjab Medical Education Department authorities amidst reports that the Government was set to take action against the institutions.


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