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Why not plan out and implement reforms on this I-Day?
Chandigarh, August 13
Tomorrow the nation celebrates its Independence Day. While the state-level function in Punjab is scheduled to be held at Hoshiarpur, ministers will unfurl the Tricolour and inspect the guard of honour at assigned places.


Flight of Tricolour kites
Flag hoisting: ministers in short supply
JE to get parman patra

Students of Bata Public School march with the National Flag

(Left) Students of Bata Public School march with the National Flag in Patiala on the eve of Independence Day. (Right) GCG girls practise ‘giddha’ at Yadvindra Stadium in Patiala on Saturday. 
— Photos by Rajesh Sachar

Principals express concern over Johal Committee Report
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
A meeting of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges, affiliated to Punjabi University, was held at the local Mata Gujri College on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, president of the association and Principal of Mata Gujri on Thursday. The association expressed its concern over the Johal Committee Report regarding generation of finances for higher education in Punjab.

Pak Senator for forming economic zone
Wagah (Amritsar), August 14
Expressing his optimism, the leader of a visiting Pakistani parliamentary delegation, Mr S.L. Khosa, a Senator, hoped that the thaw between India and Pakistan would bring sincerity in the resolve to solve outstanding issues between India and Pakistan.

Senior Pakistan parliamentarians (from left) Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali, Sayed Naveed Qamal and S.A. Khosa along with Mrs Khosa arrive at the Wagah check post, Amritsar, to take part in a candlelight vigil beginning midnight Saturday. Senior Pakistan parliamentarians (from left) Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali, Sayed Naveed Qamal and S.A. Khosa along with Mrs Khosa arrive at the Wagah check post, Amritsar, to take part in a candlelight vigil beginning midnight Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma



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Members of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front pay homage to the martyrs of the freedom struggle on the eve of the 57th Independence Day at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, on Saturday.
Members of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front pay homage to the martyrs of the freedom struggle on the eve of the 57th Independence Day at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, on Saturday. — PTI

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Bhaur for Sikh head of PSGPC
Phagwara, August 14
SGPC member and former SGPC acting president Sukhdev Singh Bhaur today demanded that the PSGPC should be broadbased by including representatives of various Sikh organisations the world over, including the SGPC that represents 50 lakh Sikhs in India.

Farmers return richer in experience from UK show
Chandigarh, August 14
Farmers and agri-businessmen of Punjab, who attended the United Kingdom Government's Royal Show, have urged the Union Government to hold similar shows so as to allow farmers the opportunity of receiving information from others.

Get ready to taste herbal sweets
Chandigarh, August 14
Have you heard about herbal sweets such as " amla burfi, amla ladoo"? If not, wait a little while and you will. Scientists of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology are on the verge of making a breakthrough on the herbal sweets front.

COMMUNITY

Sikh treasure unaccounted for: Mann
Patiala, August 14
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, on Thursday said experts coming to examine Sikh art, sculpture and architecture from the Smithsonian museum in the USA may have a futile exercise on their hands as precious art and documents had been “stolen” from the Golden Temple during Operation Bluestar.

Power consumers a harassed lot
Barnala, August 14
Power consumers of Barnala and Handiaya village, about 5 km from here, are a harassed lot. Lack of coordination between officials of the post office and those of the Punjab State Electricity Board has resulted in hardship to consumers. The Punjab State Electricity Board, Barnala, has authorised the local post office to collect bills for a period of one year.

Gala event at Amritsar airport on October 1
Chandigarh, August 14
A three-day gala event to mark the launch of Singapore Airlines first flight to Amritsar on October 1 would be held at Amritsar. This was stated by Punjab Tourism Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang at a meeting held here yesterday to discuss the air linking of Amritsar with Singapore by Singapore Airlines.

Ex-servicemen’s polyclinic opened
Patiala, August 14
An Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Polyclinic was inaugurated by Major-Gen Pradeep Khanna yesterday at the Patiala Military Station. The polyclinic, adjacent to the Military Hospital, will offer comprehensive medical care to ex-servicemen of the city. Speaking on the occasion, Major-General Khanna said the aim of the scheme was to provide comprehensive, quality and timely medical care to ex-servicemen, pensioners and their dependents. He said 400 ex-servicemen had already become members of the polyclinic.

Nambardars demand office space
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
A delegation of the district Nambardars Union, headed by its president, submitted a charter of demands to the Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday. Earlier, nambardars held a meeting at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

Not a decent teacher
Amritsar, August 14
Even as merely one out of more than a hundred women gathers courage to complain against misbehavior of male colleagues, such complaints remain largely un-addressed and mostly ignored despite the Supreme Court order in cases of harassment of women at workplace.

Suspend Bathinda SDM, says PCMSA
Patiala, August 14
The PCMS Association today demanded the suspension of the Bathinda Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) who ordered the registration of a criminal case against doctors of the Civil Hospital there on frivolous charges.

Roadways men stage dharna
Moga, August 14
Employees of the Moga depot of the Punjab Roadways staged a dharna in front of the District Transport office here. They were demanding that buses plying without permit should be immediately stopped and one bus-one permit policy should be implemented strictly. 

Office building unsafe: FCI staff
Jalandhar, August 14
Complaining of dilapidated condition of their office building and lack of safety norms, employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Ladowali Road, have written to their Regional Manager, the Zonal Manager, the Managing Director and the Deputy Commissioner, here, demanding the shifting of the office to a safer place.

ADMINISTRATION

Revenue officials told to speed up recovery of loans
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
It is a matter of concern that a majority of the revenue officials are not working according to the directions of the government. In certain cases, for petty gains, they have not bothered to ensure whether stamp duty had been paid or not, said Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing the monthly meeting of the district officials here on Thursday.

CRIME

Man for speedy inquiry into daughter’s death
Patiala, August 14
A city resident, whose 19-year-old newly married daughter was allegedly poisoned by her in-laws at Khanpur Lubana village in Ambala district on August 9, has demanded a swift follow-up action in the case.

Labourer beaten up by cops
Amritsar, August 14
Mukesh, a migrant labourer from Itawah, was allegedly beaten up by the Islamabad police and kept in custody here late last evening while he was returning from his factory.

Man stabbed to death
Amritsar, August 14
One Bintu (20), a salesman in the Rambagh area was today stabbed to death by a former SPO Harpreet Singh, who was dismissed by the department a few years back. According to information, the accused entered the showroom in which Bintu was working on the pretext of purchasing a camera. 

KLF chief Harnek arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
The district police has arrested Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, a terrorist and self-styled Chief of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). He was arrested at a naka at Madhopur Chowk, GT Road, Sirhind, by CIA in charge Gurmeet Singh Pinky.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Ludhiana, August 14
An almost two-day long operation by the Moga and Ludhiana police resulted in safe rescue of a 17-year-old boy of this city whose parents, oblivious of the police operation had almost paid a whopping Rs 50 lakh to the alleged kidnappers. The boy was recovered at about 10 p.m. from Moga.

Body found in lake
Bathinda, August 14
A dead body, which was floating in the lake number two, was fished out today by the volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa, a non-governmental organisation. In a statement issued here today, Mr Gautam Goyal, spokesman of the organisation, said the body was of a boy. He added that one more dead body of a youth was also fished out from the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal yesterday.

EDUCATION

Justice Bhan for national law university
Sangrur, August 14
Mr Justice Ashok Bhan of the Supreme Court today emphasised the need for setting a national law university in the country to prepare a common curriculum for law colleges and further strengthen the law education.

Counselling for MBBS courses from tomorrow
Faridkot, August 14
A three-day counselling session for admission to MBBS courses in six medical colleges in Punjab being conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, will start at the local Government Medical College on August 16.

BUSINESS

Home roadshow organised
Patiala, August 14
Samsung India today highlighted its latest high tech digital products like Pasma Display panel, LCD television, Projection television, Home Theatre Systems, DVD players and a host of other products during its Dream Home Road Show organised at the Amar Banquat Hall today.
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