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Let us bury the past, says Bhajan

Amritsar, August 22
Praising the Sikh community for its contribution, especially during the freedom movement, Mr Bhajan Lal, a former Chief Minister of Haryana, today said the Sikh Gurus did a lot for the mitigation of the suffering of humanity.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal arrives to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal arrives to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. — Tribune photo Rajiv Sharma

College told to sack ‘tainted’ Vice-Principal
Amritsar, August 22
Following directions issued by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences has directed the management of the local SLN Ayurvedic College run by the Shree Durgiana Education Foundation to initiate proceedings for the removal of its Vice-Principal, Dr Vibhakar Sharma, “for grave misconduct involving moral turpitude”.


Dharna by engg college students
Ropar, August 22
Two hundred students of the engineering college at Bhaddal sat in dharna on the Ropar-Chandigarh road near Rangilpur and raised slogans against the Punjab Technical University today. Traffic on the national highway was blocked and later, under pressure from the stranded commuters, the students relented and continued their dharna on the roadside.
Students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology block the national highway to protest the recent decision of Punjab Technical University
Students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology block the national highway to protest the recent decision of Punjab Technical University at Rangilpur, near Ropar, on Friday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

15 Sukhmani students hurt in cane charge

FCI paid for rice that never came
Bathinda, August 22
A case was registered today against a rice miller of Bhucho Mandi, three officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and an official of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) at the police station at Nathana for their alleged involvement in the fake receipts scam.

Jaspal Singh shows the 6 mm chessboard made of 64 separate blocks
Jaspal Singh shows the 6 mm chessboard made of 64 separate blocks in Amritsar on Thursday. Jaspal entered the Guinness Book of Records for his feat.

Govt college teachers hold dharna
Chandigarh, August 22
Government college teachers today held a dharna in front of the office of the DPI (Colleges) in protest against the indifferent attitude of the government towards their demands.

Role of doctors under scanner
Jalandhar, August 22
The role of medical officers of the local Civil Hospital has come under scanner as the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, authorities have found Gagan Bakshi, a travel agent who has been who facing trial in over 100 cases, to be fit and not suffering from any disease as reported by the former.

NPA: docs brief Cabinet panel
Chandigarh, August 22
Various delegations of PCMS doctors, medical teachers and the Punjab branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) held discussions with the high-level Cabinet subcommittee, constituted to study the vexed NPA issue, here today.


Fateh Jang Singh back in Congress
Chandigarh, August 22
Mr Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, who contested the last Assembly elections from Sri Hargobindpur as a rebel candidate, was today readmitted into the Congress. He is a brother of Punjab PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa.


UN study finds Amritsar quake-prone
Amritsar, August 22
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study reveals that holy city of Amritsar was one of the most earthquake-prone areas amongst the 38 cities identified in India. On response plans, preparedness and awareness the government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UNDP.

Three Pakistani nationals, who were released from Amritsar jail, at  Indo-pak  border check post at Wagha on Thursday before their deportation for Pakistan. — PTI photo

Gurdwara panel assumes charge
Amritsar, August 22
The three-member Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission comprising Mr Manmohan Singh Brar (president), Mr Ajwant Singh Mann and Mr Amrik Singh Randhwa (both members) today assumed the charge according to the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Index page: SC declines to stay High Court order on gurdwara panel

Impressive passing out parade at Phillaur
Phillaur, August 22
Mid-term passing out parade of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, was held at the PPA Stadium today. Mr G.S. Aujla (IPS), Additional Director General of Police-cum-Director, Punjab Police Academy, inspected the parade and took the salute. An impressive marchpast was carried out by the nine platoons of the passing out parade.

Town lacks green cover
Bathinda, August 22
Call it a bad luck of residents or a sheer indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned to develop green patches in the city, the Municipal corporation authorities have covered almost the entire land of the leisure valley, developed by it by spending crores of rupees for constructing water tanks and a reservoir.

Protest held over SC judgement
Bathinda, August 22
Hundreds of employees of various bank organisations, insurance companies and other trade union activists today held a demonstration to protest against a judgement of the Supreme Court imposing a ban on strikes by employees to seek redressal of their grievances from their respective management and authorities.

‘Anti-Dalit’ policies of govt flayed
Amloh, August 22
So far as the policies to provide relief to Dalits’ were concerned, the present Congress government was following in the footsteps of the Akali-BJP government, said Mr Achhra Singh Lapran, state chief of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Employees Federation. He was talking to mediapersons here today after a meeting of the federation.

FCI ‘palledars’ up in arms
Ahmedgarh, August 22
‘Palledars’, affiliated with the FCI Punjab Food Agency Workers Palledar Union (Azad), who have been fighting for their demands for the past seven years, are up in arms against the local FCI management.


High Court
CBI issued notice on Amritsar sex scam
Chandigarh, August 22
Taking up a petition filed by Chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation Justice Ajit Singh Bains claiming that a “disturbing communication” by a witness indicated that the investigations in the Amritsar sex scam was not being conducted in a fair manner, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Inspector remanded in police custody
Kharar, August 22
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, here yesterday remanded a Punjab police Inspector, Narinder Singh Rana, in police custody till August 23. He was arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday in a case pertaining to accumulating assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The inspector is the in charge of the CIA wing of the Ludhiana police.

Lawyers go on strike
Hoshiarpur, August 22
The proceedings in the District and Sessions Court here today were paralysed following the boycott by lawyers.


Farm officials to check bollworm attack
Bathinda, August 22
American bollworm attack on cotton crop in this region has started appearing. The Punjab Agriculture Department officials have decided to educate cotton growers on how to save the crops.


Cashier found absent
Ferozepore, August 22
The Commissioner, Ferozepore Division, Mr B. Sarkar yesterday paid a surprise visit to various government offices to check the attendance of the officials. Mr Sarkar visited the District Transport Office, the Food and Supplies Office, the Tehsil office, office of the Deputy Director Animal Husbandry and some other offices in the morning.

Latrines for poor in villages
Chandigarh, August 22
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats and Agriculture Minister, reviewing implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi pendu jan sehat kalyan yojna today emphasised that the scheme should be implemented in letter and in spirit.


Woman abducted, tortured
Hoshiarpur, August 22
Gurmit Kaur (62) of Chack Gujran village has alleged that she had been abducted and tortured by those who had also reportedly abducted her daughter. The victim had been admitted to the Civil Hospital by the police.

Travel agent escapes from custody
Jalandhar, August 22
Gagan Bakshi, a travel agent, who is facing more than 100 cases for allegedly duping a number of innocent people of crores of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad, yesterday fled away from police custody by giving the slip to the police personnel on duty at Civil Hospital here yesterday.

District Health Officer caught accepting bribe
Bathinda, August 22
Dr Prem Nath, District Health Officer (DHO), Mansa district, was caught red-handed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau of Mansa while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from the complainant, Mr Inder Singh, a milk seller, for getting milk samples passed from the laboratory.


Syndicate decision bypassed: Secretary
Patiala, August 22
The Punjab Higher Education Department is again set on a collision course with Punjabi University. The Principal Secretary of the department has accused the university authorities of not sticking to the Syndicate decision of presenting the details of the Engineering College established on the varsity campus to the Syndicate within 15 days of the meeting held two months ago.

Protesting students block varsity gate
Patiala, August 22
Punjabi University students today closed the university main gate for a three hours from 9 am to 12 pm besides holding a dharna demanding a complete roll back in the fee hike on campus courses.


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