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Amarinder opposes use of Articles
356 & 365
Chandigarh, August 28
Rejecting the Union Government’s claim that there was consensus at the Srinagar Inter-State Council meeting over the use of Article 256, 257, 356, 365 and deployment of Army in the states, Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, said today that he was in total disagreement with the Centre on the way it wanted to use Article 356 and 365 in the garb of recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a Press conference on Centre-State relations in Chandigarh on Thursday Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addresses a Press conference on Centre-State relations in Chandigarh on Thursday. 
 — A Tribune photograph.

DCs removed as chairpersons of rural development agencies
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Government has removed all Deputy Commissioners from the chairmanship of District Rural Development Agencies in the state. They have been replaced by elected Chairpersons of Zila Parishads.

Review decision on private practice, say doctors
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has urged the Punjab Government to review its decision to allow private practice to few doctors keeping in view its adverse fallout on the healthcare system.




Row over upkeep of Ram Tirath temple deepens
Amritsar, August 28
A major clash was averted today as the police accompanied by the Deputy Mayor, Mr Om Parkash Gabbar, the Tehsildar, Mr Manjit Singh, Balmiki followers and followers of Mahant Baldev Giri stood defiant near the disputed property of the ancient Ram Tirath Temple.

Toll from defence personnel taken up with Centre
Chandigarh, August 28
The Chief Engineer, PWD, Punjab, has taken up with the Central Government the issue of violation of the Indian Tolls (Army and Air Force) Act by some toll collectors in the state. While armed forces personnel are exempt from paying a toll there have been a number of instances when they have been asked to pay up.

No differences with Badal, says Tohra
Amritsar, August 28
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said today that he had no differences with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Removal of NRI Sikhs’ names from black list soon
Chandigarh, August 28
The Union Home Ministry is all set to remove the names of several NRI Sikhs from the black list issued after Operation Bluestar. The entry of these NRI Sikhs was banned in India.


BJP holds rally against MC
Abohar, August 28
The BJP today took out a protest march to express resentment over two resolutions passed by the local municipal council on August 25. Over 125 workers assembled at Geeta Mandir here this morning and walked in procession raising anti-Congress slogans.

Case against Lopoke false, says Badal
Chandigarh, August 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today condemned the registration of a “false dowry case’’ against a party legislator, Mr Veer Singh Lopoke, and other members of the family, saying that this was a “brazen attempt by the ruling party to gain political mileage out of what is essentially a domestic issue.’’


Jagjit enthrals fans on homecoming
Jalandhar, August 28
Singer Jagjit Singh today visited, DAV College here, where he used to study about 44 years back, interacted with students and enthralled the audience at a function held to honour him.

Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh being honoured by Mr Subash Kumar, Principal of DAV College, at the college in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh being honoured by Mr Subash Kumar, Principal of DAV College

Mann for separate Sikh identity
Jalandhar, August 28
Demanding separate Constitutional identity for the Sikhs, the president of SAD (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today urged that the Central Government should implement the recommendations of the Constitution Review Committee which suggested to bring a Bill to amend Article 25 of the Constitution to exclude Sikh community from the fold of Hinduism.

Anti-drug staff for border districts
Amritsar, August 28
The border range police has decided to have anti-drug staff in each border district under it to eliminate drug peddling and smuggling. Making this announcement, DIG G.S. Sahota today admitted here that smuggling and addiction of drugs had increased manifold in Punjab in the last seven or eight years, which was effecting society not only socially but also economically.

Lance Naik cremated
Gurdaspur, August 28
Lance Naik Lakhwinder Singh was cremated with state honours in his native village Babehali today. He died in shelling from across the border in the Kargil sector on August 26.

Nangal resident killed in Nashik stampede
Nangal (Ropar), August 28
Raksha Devi (46), a resident of the Sharma store area, was among those killed in stampede at Nashik yesterday.


CBI probe ordered into police killing
Chandigarh, August 28
The mystery shrouding the death of a Moga district resident, allegedly killed by Punjab Police after being taken out of a bus, trudged towards a solution today with Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordering a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the matter.


BKU (R) for action against spurious pesticide sellers
Sangrur, August 28
The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) has urged the Deputy Commissioner to take stern action against the sellers and manufacturers of the spurious pesticides.


Commissioner’s visit makes town cleaner
Bathinda, August 28
Today’s visit of the Commissioner, Faridkot division, Mr B. Sarkar, to this town turned into blessing in disguise for the residents. The municipal corporation authorities came to know about the visit yesterday and pressed sweepers into service to make areas littered with garbage cleaner.

Faridkot Division Commissioner B. Sarkar goes around a locality at Bathinda on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
Faridkot division Commissioner B. Sarkar goes around a locality at Bathinda

Posts of SDM, Tehsildar vacant
Mansa, August 28
The people of Sardulgarh subdivision in the district are facing difficulties in getting their complaints redressed as there is no Subdivisional Magistrate for the last six months.


Husband booked in dowry death case
Hoshiarpur, August 28
Kuldip Kaur, wife of Kuldip Singh of Muradpur Narial village succumbed to her burn injuries at local Civil Hospital last night. According to police sources Kuldip Singh and his mother Joginder Kaur allegedly used to torture Kuldip Kaur to get more dowry. On August 21, Kuldip Singh and his mother poured kerosene on Kuldip Kaur and set her on fire. The Hariana police had registered a case under Sections 307, 498A, 341, IPC, against Kuldip and his mother.

Woman injured critically, saved
Amritsar, August 28
Ms Sushila Rajdan, who was critically injured when Kaushik allegedly stabbed her at her residence in the Dayanand Nagar locality here last evening, was saved after surgery, which lasted till late last night.


Few seats, too many called for B.Ed counselling
Amritsar, August 28
Mismanagement and unsystematic arrangements in counselling for B.Ed students as almost left hundreds of candidates high and dry, including those from far flung places and also from Chandigarh who had arrived here for counselling scheduled for tomorrow at the Guru Nanak Dev University.

New policy on 8,000 posts of teacher
Ferozepore, August 28
More than 8000 posts of elementary school teachers are lying vacant in Punjab for which a recruitment policy will be drafted soon, according to Mr Jagtar Singh, Director, Elementary Education, Punjab, here today.

Students hold protest against WTO
Abohar, August 28
Students of various educational institutions marched in procession under the banner of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad to the sub divisional complex here today in protest against the WTO.

Seminar on English
Patiala, August 28
The INDO British School of Languages, Patiala, on Thursday organised a seminar on ‘Role of English language in career and business environment’ in association with the IDP, Australia, here.


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