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Multi-crore phone call racket unearthed
Jalandhar, August 8
The police here has unearthed a multi-crore international call racket in old part of the city by misuse of the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) for automatic switching of international calls received through Internet leased lines and confiscated equipment of an illegal telephone exchange here.

Accident victim dies, doctors booked
Bathinda, August 8
Even as Maninder Kumar, an accident victim, died for want of oxygen while being shifted to Ludhiana from the local Civil Hospital, a criminal case was registered against Dr K.S. Brar, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), and a lady doctor of the Civil Hospital for their alleged negligence while treating the patient.

Relatives of Maninder Kumar, who died allegedly due to negligence of doctors at the Civil Hospital, hold a demonstration, demanding registration of a case against the doctors in Bathinda on Sunday. Relatives of Maninder Kumar, who died allegedly due to negligence of doctors at the Civil Hospital, hold a demonstration, demanding registration of a case against the doctors in Bathinda on Sunday.

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Members of the Satnam Singh Satta gang, nabbed by the Ropar police in Mohali Ropar police 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 Pradesh.

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

Trucker’s kin 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 known.

Residents of Kot Bhai village offer sweets to Chotu Kaur, mother of Lance Naik Jagsir SinghPoW returns from Pakistan today
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

Indian prisoners in Pak jails to go on fast
Families threaten protest in front of PM’s office
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.
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
Children cross flood waters with the help of an inflated tube at a village in Patiala district on Sunday.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.

Villagers of Chhoti Perch lift their bicycles to cross the river.Diarrhoea threat 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 medical education.

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 Punjab.


Canway 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.

Wassan Singh Zaffarwal turns quack
Gurdaspur, 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.

Simian terror grips Model Town
Abohar, 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.

Widow seeks CM’s help to trace daughter
Tarn 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 past fortnight.

Tribune Impact
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 Hoshiarpur
Chandigarh, 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 meeting
Amritsar, 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 theatre
Patiala, 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.

Pingalwara gets donation for adopted women
Sangrur, 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 Dalits
Sangrur, 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 each injured.

Harassed subscribers want phones disconnected
Abohar, 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.

3000 brick-kiln owners go on strike
Phillaur, 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 bricks.

Pak infiltrator shot by BSF
Amritsar, 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.


Lok Adalat settles 92 cases
Bathinda, 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.

Bailable warrant against ex-SHO
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.


Decision to 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.


Two sisters commit suicide
Phagwara, August 8
Two sisters, Kavita Thakur and Neetu Thakur, reportedly committed suicide by consuming “sulphas” tablets in Police Colony, Banga, last night.

President, ex-EO 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 clash
Gidderbaha (Muktsar), August 8
Six persons were injured in a clash between seed sellers and farmers at Gur Mandi here yesterday.

17-year-old girl kidnapped
Patiala, August 8
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by her neighbour here last evening.

Teenaged girl kidnapped
Tarn 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 Ghaggar
Lalru, 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.


Pbi varsity accepts students’ demands
Patiala, 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.

Unemployed ETT teachers observe fast
Moga, 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.

Need for effective teaching emphasised
Fatehgarh 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.

Scholarship offer
Chandigarh, August 8
The Punjab Government College Retired Teachers’ Welfare Association has decided to offer scholarships to 10 poor and deserving students.

Teachers’ dharna on August 27
Abohar, 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.

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