busts gang of robbers
Mohali, August 8
In a major breakthrough, the Ropar police
has busted a gang of robbers responsible for eight murders and robbing Rs 1.26
crore from their victims in the past four years in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal
Cash crisis forced Satta to
enter world of crime
Members of the Satnam Singh Satta gang, nabbed by the Ropar police in Mohali on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
await news from Kuwait
Nawanshahr, August 8
While Paramjit Singh Karda (41), a resident
of Mazari village, near Banga, returned home from Kuwait yesterday, the
whereabouts of his cousin, Gurmit Singh, alias Babbi, who had also gone to the
country with him to work as a driver, about four months ago, are yet to be
PoW returns from
Kot Bhai (Gidderbaha), August 8
It will be an emotional moment for Lance
Naik Jagsir Singh and his over four-year-old daughter Kuldeep Kaur at Wagah
border in Amritsar on Monday when they will see each other for the first time.
Residents of Kot Bhai village offer sweets to Chotu Kaur, mother of Lance Naik Jagsir Singh. — PTI photo
in Pak jails to go on fast
Families threaten protest in front of
Amritsar, August 8
Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistan
jails have threatened to go on fast on August 20 for an indefinite period
against the delaying tactics adopted by respective governments despite
agreements on their early release announced a month back.
A girl, along with others, shows hennaed hands on the occasion of “Teej” in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI
Kala summoned to
Akal Takht as Ranjit dares Vedanti
Amritsar, August 8
While Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti,
Jathedar of Akal Takht, has been summoned Mr Jasbir Singh Kala, a former member
of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), for opposing the
directive issued by the Sikh clergy, Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar, has
said that the Jathedar of Akal Takht does not have the nerve to summon him.
Cattle loss hits
flood-hit farmers hard
Khanauri (Patiala), August 8
The stench hits you as soon as one peers
down to see the water level of the Ghaggar below the syphons here. One doesn’t
take long to discover its origin for the swirling Ghaggar waters have swept
hundreds of cattle into the river, many of which have become entangled here.
Children cross flood waters with the help of an inflated tube at a village in Patiala district on Sunday.
— Photo by Rajesh Sachar
Tibet lake poses
no threat to Punjab
Ludhiana, August 8
Even as experts from the India prepare to
go to Tibet to study and suggest ways to punture the blockage in the artificial
lake on a tributary of the Sutlej, officials of Punjab’s Drainage Department
have ruled out the possibility of floods in the state on this account.
looms large in Punjab villages near UT
Chandigarh, August 8
Recent rains have spelt doom for about five
Punjab villages bordering Chandigarh. A survey of these villages, including Badi
Perch, Chhoti Perch, Badi Seonk, Chhoti Seonk and Jayanti Devi (Ropar district),
has brought to light serious civic problems which the residents of these areas
are finding hard to tackle.
Villagers of Chhoti Perch lift their bicycles to cross the river. The bridge connecting Chhoti Perch and Badi Perch was damaged in the recent rains, increasing the threat of children being washed away.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari
Focus on health
of rural poor: Dr Johl
Chandigarh, August 8
Of the six determinants, education and
health are the driving force behind the economic growth and spread of
development in any society. The other four are transport and communication,
power, credit and market. And Punjab needs to do more for education, health and
UGC seeks special
fund for promoting quality education
Amritsar: The Chairman of the
University Grants Commission (UGC), Dr. Arun Nigavekar, said that for the first
time in the history of India the UGC had strongly advocated for allocating
special funds to the tune of Rs. 5000 crore for promoting quality higher
education in the 11th Five Year Plan.
Decision on CM
after Pranab visit, claims Brar
Fazilka, August 8
Punjab cannot be isolated the rest of the
country on SYL canal issue, said Jagmeet Singh Brar, Secretary, All India
Congress Committee, at a press conference here yesterday. He said that there was
no doubt that the people of Punjab had maximum claim on the waters of rivers of
Immigration files case for fee refund
Chandigarh, August 8
Canway Immigration Consultants have denied
the charges levelled against the company in the report “Four youths allege
duping by Canway Immigration” appearing in The Tribune on Sunday.
Zaffarwal turns quackGurdaspur, August 8
After an initial interaction with a
six-feet soft-spoken person with flowing white beard at his home in Zaffarwal
village, its hard to believe that he was once a terrorist.
grips Model TownAbohar, August 8
A four-year-old polio-stricken boy is
struggling for life in the Emergency Ward of the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital
here after he was attacked by a monkey. The monkey menace here has forced
residents of the Model Town locality to stay indoors for the past fortnight.
CM’s help to trace daughterTarn Taran, August 8
Ms Darshan Kaur of Panjwar village has
appealed to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene to help trace
her married daughter who has been missing under mysterious circumstances for the
Huts of poachers
along feeder demolished
Harike (Amritsar), August 8
The Department of Fisheries has demolished
at least 25 huts of Bangla deshis along the Rajasthan feeder following
publication of a report in The Tribune about large-scale illegal fishing near
the Harike barrage.
Punjab CM to
unfurl flag at HoshiarpurChandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder
Singh, will unfurl the national flag at a state-level function in Hoshiarpur on
the Independence Day.
RSS, Takht panel
hold meetingAmritsar, August 8
In a significant development, the
five-member subcommittee, constituted by Jathedar, Akal Takht, and
representatives of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) held a meeting here to remove
misinterpretation on Sikhism .
In pursuit of
meaningful theatrePatiala, August 8
There was no way the daughter of poet
Sajjad Zaheer and writer Razia Appa could have turned out to be anything other
than an artiste. When fate thrust reluctant Nadira towards the National School
of Drama, her path in life was more or less determined.
donation for adopted womenSangrur, August 8
The All-India Pingalwara Charitable
Society, Amritsar, has received a donation of $ 200 from Mr Ajit Singh, who
resides in the USA, for the three mentally challenged and abandoned women
recently adopted by the organisation, according to Dr Inderjit Kaur, president
of the society.
Free legal aid
offer to kin of killed DalitsSangrur, August 8
The S.C. Morcha of Punjab unit of the
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), yesterday demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation for
families of each Dalit allegedly killed in firing by landlords at Kamalpur
village, near Dirba, on August 3. It also demanded Rs five lakh compensation for
subscribers want phones disconnectedAbohar, August 8
Several telephone subscribers of Dharampura
village in this subdivision have requested the GMT, Ferozepore, to disconnect
their telephones as these had become source of mental agony and loss.
owners go on strikePhillaur, August 8
More than 3000 brick-kiln owners of the
state went on indefinite strike today in protest against government’s
notification asking them to use 25 per cent flyash of thermal plants for making
shot by BSFAmritsar, August 8
Border Security Force (BSF) personnel today
shot dead an unidentified Pakistani national who was trying to sneak into India
from the Indo-Pak border near Wagah.
settles 92 casesBathinda, August 8
As many as 92 cases were settled at a lok
adalat held in the premises of district court complex under the presidentship of
Mr Jaspal Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal
Services Authority, here yesterday.
Faridkot, August 8
A local court has issued bailable warrants
against former Kotkapura SHO and in charge of anti-fraud staff Manminder Singh,
head constable Jaspal Singh and three other cops in a case of keeping a few
persons in “illegal” custody and “beating” them. They have been asked to
appear in the court on August 16.
shift farm scientists draws flak
Kapurthala, August 7
The fate of the Punjab Government’s much
publicised plans about diversification and future of hundreds of daily wage
workers have virtually plunged into a sea of uncertainity with the sudden
decision of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to shift farm scientists
and the entire budget of the 30- year-old Regional Rice Research Station, set up
here with the efforts of Dr. M.S. Randhawa, to PAU at Ludhiana.
Phagwara, August 8
Two sisters, Kavita Thakur and Neetu
Thakur, reportedly committed suicide by consuming “sulphas” tablets in
Police Colony, Banga, last night.
of Panchayat held
Sangrur, August 8
Mr Jeet Singh, president of the Nagar
Panchayat of Cheema village, in the district, and Mr Parveen Kumar, a former
executive officer (EO) of the same Nagar Panchayat, were arrested by the
Vigilance Bureau yesterday.
6 injured in
clashGidderbaha (Muktsar), August
Six persons were injured in a clash between
seed sellers and farmers at Gur Mandi here yesterday.
kidnappedPatiala, August 8
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped
by her neighbour here last evening.
kidnappedTarn Taran, August 8
A teenaged girl of Gill Waraich village has
allegedly been kidnapped by a youth of the same village.
Body found on
banks of GhaggarLalru, August 8
The body of a man, aged between 30 and 35,
was found in the fields on the banks of the Ghaggar at Sitarpur village, near
here. The body was noticed by villagers.
accepts students’ demandsPatiala, August 8
In view of the various problems being faced
by students, Panjabi University has decided to accept a majority of the demands
of various student organisations.
teachers observe fastMoga, August 8
Members of the Unemployed Elementary
Teachers Union observed fast in front of the local Congress office on the
Amritsar road here today. The state president of the union, Mr Jaswinder Singh
Sidhu, and the state general secretary of the Diet Students Welfare Association,
Mr Buta Singh, led the protesters.
effective teaching emphasisedFatehgarh Sahib, August 8
Addressing a seminar-cum-workshop on
effective teaching in classroom organised by Divine Light International School
at Sirhind today, Mr D.R. Vij, said first we should know why the need for
effective teaching arose. He said one should be proud of his profession.
offerChandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government College Retired
Teachers’ Welfare Association has decided to offer scholarships to 10 poor and
dharna on August 27Abohar, August 8
The Democratic Teachers Front has decided
to organise a dharna and demonstration outside the office of the Block Education
Primary Officer, Khuyiansarwer on August 27. The decision was taken at a meeting
held here today, Mr Sham Sunder Sharma block president of the Front presided.