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Tug of war over control of
judicial panel

Amritsar, August 18
High drama was witnessed in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission when the old panel, led by Mr Manmohan Singh Brar (President), occupied the seats in the court and tried, in vain, to function as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

Mr Manmohan Singh Brar a former Akali MLA, who claimed that he had taken over charge as President of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission
Mr Manmohan Singh Brar (C), a former Akali MLA, who claimed that he had taken over charge as President of the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission on Monday, as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Farmers’ panel asks CM to withdraw false cases
Bathinda, August 18
The Affected Farmers Struggle Committee, Lehra Mohabbat, today urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to take necessary steps to withdraw false criminal cases registered against members of the committee by the SAD-BJP government.

Decision on NPA may be deferred
Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab Government is likely to defer the implementation of its decision to withdraw the non-practicising allowance (NPA) until the Cabinet sub-committee, constituted by the government to review its decision on the NPA, submits its report, it is learnt.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  No govt effort to check erosion of farm land
Gurdaspur, August 18
Residents of six villages of Indo-Pakistan border across Ravi river are a worried lot due to erosion of land from floods protection measures.

Jails of corruption, indiscipline?
Chandigarh, August 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court directive to the Director-General of Prisons, Punjab, to probe all cases of parole to convicts allegedly in violation of government rules in the past three years, is likely to open a pandora’s box.

DIG told to re-investigate case of woman’s disappearance
Human rights panel orders registration of case
Chandigarh, August 18
Taking serious note of a gross human rights violation case involving mysterious disappearance of a 20-year-old girl from Jalandhar, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jalandhar, to register an FIR in the matter.

Details sought on soft drink, milk adulteration
Chandigarh, August 18
Taking a serious note of the incomplete report filed by the Director Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on the adulteration of milk and soft drinks, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today directed the Director Health Services, Punjab, to provide complete information on the presence of pesticides in soft drinks and the presence of any adulterated elements like urea or synthetic chemicals in milk.


Mann may vote for NDA govt
Sangrur August 18
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today declared that it would vote against the Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion against the Vajpayee-led government in the Lok Sabha if it felt that the NDA government might fall short of the requisite numbers.

Tohra men given important SAD posts
Chandigarh, August 18
Supporters of SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra have been given important posts in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president.

SAD holds rally against govt excesses
Barnala, August 18
The path of confrontation adopted by the Punjab Government led by Captain Amarinder Singh, will not at all succeed in undermining the popularity as well as the strength of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in masses, of the state and country.


Sikh organisations demand ban on satsang

Bathinda, August 18
Tension has started building up in this town as various Sikh organisations today threatened that they would not allow the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan to hold Satsang here on August 24. On the contrary, members of the sansthan alleged that only those who had little knowledge about religion and spiritualism were opposing their function.
Activists of various Sikh organisations protest the activities of Ashutosh Maharaj, head of the Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan, in Bathinda on Monday.

Activists of various Sikh organisations protest the activities of Ashutosh Maharaj

Call Sikhs' meeting, Dal Khalsa to SGPC
Hoshiarpur, August 18
The Dal Khalsa yesterday urged the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to convene a World Sikh Meet of intellectuals, experts, political and religious activists on October 24 at Sri Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar to lay the procedures of appointment and removal of Jathedar's and issuance of Hukamnamas.

SGPC-run colleges: be self-sufficient, Tohra to principals
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SGPC, has asked the principals of the SGPC-run colleges to become self-sufficient in running the colleges and not look towards the government and the managements for grants. He stressed the need for quality education.

Patiala SSP’s removal sought
Amritsar, August 18
Criticising today’s reported statement of Patiala’s Senior Superintendent of Police Paramraj Singh Umranangal alleging that Avtar Singh Tari and Gurinder Singh Kala were terrorists, the Khalra Mission Committee (KMC) sought his removal and said a case be registered against him.

Work on Punjab Yuva Bhavan resumes
Chandigarh, August 18
Work on the partially complete Punjab Yuva Bhavan, which was abandoned seven years ago following paucity of funds, got a fillip today when the Sports and Youth Services Minister, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Kang, performed the “bhumi pujan” ceremony for the completion of the building in Sector 42 here.

The Minister for Sports and Youth Services Jagmohan Kang performs Bhoomi Pujan of the Punjab Yuva Bhavan in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

The Minister for Sports and Youth Services Jagmohan Kang performs Bhoomi Pujan of the Punjab Yuva Bhavan in Sector 42, Chandigarh

Promotions of 8 doctors cleared
Hoshiarpur, August 18
Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, said that on the recommendations of the Depart-mental Promotion Committee (DPC), Dr Surinder Kumar Bansal, Dr Dharampal, Dr H.G. Gill, Dr H.P.S. Sandhu, Dr Hardev Singh, Dr Jujhar Singh, Dr Yash Pal Singh and Dr Nirpal Singh had been promoted.

Escorts package for farmers
Chandigarh, August 18
The Escorts Heart and Super Speciality Institute, today launched the “Kisan Swasthya Yojna” to make the latest heartcare facilities available to farmers.

Work on bridge leads to traffic jams
Amritsar, August 18
Traffic jams were witnessed in the city owing to an ineffective publicity about the traffic diversions due to the “jacking-up operation” of the multi-lane Bhandari bridge, which started at about 7.30 am today.

Flying club’s Pushpak may be grounded
Patiala, August 18
The lone Pushpak aircraft at the Patiala Aviation Club is likely to be grounded for want of money for its insurance. The functioning of the club has been severely affected for the past nearly one and a half years, with the engines of its two Cessna planes being sent for overhauling to a private company in Chandigarh.

One killed, five hurt in mishap
Fazilka, August 18
Davinder Thakral (52), an inspector with the Food Corporation of India was killed and five others injured in an accident on the Fazilka-Ferozepore road near Ladhuka village, 14 km from here, today. The injured included a minor girl.

Three killed as car collides with cart
Abohar, August 18
Three persons were killed and another was injured when a car collided with a camel cart late last night.


Plea against PTU

Chandigarh, August 18
Taking up a petition filed against Punjab Technical University (PTU) and another respondent, a Division Bench of the High Court Bench on Monday directed the respondents not to fill one seat in the electronics branch.

Dr P.K. SareenSareen released on bail
Amritsar, August 18
The prime accused in the multi-crore kidney racket, Dr P.K. Sareen, was released on bail today on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Dr Sareen was arrested on January 11 for violating the Human Organ Transplantation Act and for allegedly causing death of a kidney donor Sudesh Kumar.

11 more get bail in EPF scam case
Ropar, August 18
Additional Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh today granted interim bail till August 21 to 11 more officers of the Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar, accused in the EPF scam. With this, 15 out of the 21 accused officers of the thermal plant have been granted interim bail.

London Chamber clarifies
Chandigarh, August 18
Mr Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in a letter to The Tribune has clarified that Mr Dalbir Singh Sandhu was never a President of the Chamber.


DC talks tough with civic officials
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 18
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today directed executive officers of Municipal Councils to file applications in respective courts immediately to get vacated the stay orders on the removal of encroachments. He was addressing the monthly meeting of district officials here.


ASI, ETO held on bribe charge
Amritsar, August 18
In a joint raid by the Vigilance Bureau and district police on Chhehrta police station, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, Bhagwan Singh, and a head constable, Jang Bahadur Singh, were arrested while accepting Rs 1,000 each from Mr Puran Singh, a resident of Guru Ki Wadali.

4 cops suspended for trespass
Amritsar, August 18
Four policemen of a raiding party were suspended by the SSP for trespass today. According to details, the police party headed by Additional Station House Officer, Baljit Singh, and three constables, including a woman constable of the Sultanwind police station, raided a house in the Jora Phatak area to arrest some persons involved in the flesh trade after information given by a woman arrested earlier by the police.

Robbers loot house
Ropar, August 18
Robbers looted a house in Bainsa village after intoxicating its occupants, yesterday night. Police sources said Krishan Lal and his wife Rattan Kaur were intoxicated by the robbers while they were sleeping in the house.

2 Bangladeshi nationals held
Along the zero line, Ferozepore, August 18
Jawans of the 14 battalion of the BSF has apprehended two Bangladeshi nationals near the Hussainiwala barrier. The arrested Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Mohin Aslam son of Abdul Ruf Mia resident of Habibganj district and Samin Mia son of Amiruddin resident of Sumqanganj district in Bangladesh.



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