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CM grants Rs 5 cr for drinking water in Kandi region
Hoshiarpur, August 15
Recalling sacrifices made by countless Punjabis for attaining freedom for the country, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today expressed optimism that Punjab would emerge as a developed state besides becoming an economic and industrial power by 2020.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, takes the salute from a contingent at the state-level Independence Day function at Hoshiarpur on Sunday.
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, takes the salute from a contingent at the state-level Independence Day function at Hoshiarpur on Sunday. ó Photo by S.S. Chopra

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Candlelight call for Indo-Pak friendship
Wagah (Amritsar), August 15
As the sun set last evening, people in large numbers collected near the India-Pakistan border. Mostly youngsters, they had assembled there to take part in a unique function organised by the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch.

Indian and Pakistani leaders hold candles at the gate on the Indian side of the border at Wagah on Saturday night. ó Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Indian and Pakistani leaders hold candles at the gate on the Indian side of the border at Wagah on Saturday night.
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Patriotism goes Tricolour. Amritsar's famous kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia has created unique kites with a patriotic touch for the Independence Day celebrations today.
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Living up to Army tradition
Janauri (Hoshiarpur), August 15
Come Independence Day and this small village creates a history of sorts as a unique platoon of about 40 ex-servicemen of this village join contingents of armed and para-military forces and march past at the Independence Day function.

Members of a contingent, based on ex-servicemen from Janauri and nearby villages take part in the state-level Independence Day function at Hoshiarpur on Sunday. ó Photo by S. S. Chopra
Members of a contingent, based on ex-servicemen from Janauri and nearby villages take part in the state-level Independence Day function at Hoshiarpur

Justice eludes Yamunanagar couple, no hangman in Punjab
Chandigarh, August 15
Dhananjoy Chatterjee's execution may have given some kind of solace to Hetal Parekh's family, but justice is still eluding a Yamunanagar couple. Their 16-year-old daughter was raped and strangulated eight years ago. But the Central Bureau of Investigation has failed to trace the culprits.

Political parties divided on water sharing issue
Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
The SYL issue continues to reverberate in the political circles of the state. This was evident at the annual Shaheedi Conference organised in memory of Shaheed Karnail Singh Isru, here today with various political parties cutting across party lines and harping on the same issue.

Farmers to educate people on river waters
Malout (Muktsar), August 15
Sarpanches, panches and farmers of this area yesterday formed an 11 member committee to educate people on the sharing of river water between Punjab and other states.

Efforts on to revive militancy, says KLF chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 15
In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, self-styled chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force, admitted that he was involved in many killings. But he was duty-bound to do this as a matter of policy of the outfit, though he was personally against such killings.

Harnek remanded in police custody
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 15
Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, a self-styled chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force, who was arrested yesterday, is the biggest achievement of the police, said Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, at a press conference here today.


Badal using celebrations for political gains: Chandumajra
Bathinda, August 15
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, president, SAD (Longowal) yesterday alleged that SAD (B) president Parkash Singh Badal had been using the 400th year celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib for political gains.


Rice millers up in arms against PPCB policies
Jalalabad, August 15
The rice millers of Punjab are up in arms against the alleged dictatorial attitude of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. At a meeting held here yesterday, Mr Tarsem Saini, president of the Punjab Rice Millers Association, has accused the board authorities for backtracking on the mutually framed policy regarding the upgradation of the existing effluent treatment plants in the rice mills.

Devi Lal memorial in bad shape
Killianwali (Muktsar), August 15
Late Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lalís memorial, situated at Killianwali village right on the Punjab and Haryana border, is in bad shape. The condition of the multi-crore park and memorial has taken a turn for the worst within less than four years of its inauguration by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on September 25, 2001, on late Devi Lalís 88th birthday.

Encroachments removed, residents happy
Batala, August 15
Residents of Batala are happy with the Municipal Council for removing the encroachments from city roads, especially from Gandhi Chowk to Hansli bridge. The authorities have demolished the unnecessary encroachments made by shopkeepers on the left side of the road from Gandhi Chowk to Hansli bridge.

Doctors hold Ďsankalpí rally
To go on strike if promises not fulfilled
Bathinda, August 15
Hundreds of private and government doctors today urged the district administration to fulfil its four promises made to them after a criminal case was registered against three doctors of the local Civil Hospital, failing which they would resort to an agitation again.

Jalandhar residents bag seven awards
Jalandhar, August 15
In what may be a reason good enough for the Jalandharites to flash a broad smile, seven of the total 25 state awards have fallen in their laps. They have made remarkable contribution towards the society.

Prime forest land falls to encroachers
Pathankot, August 15
More than 50 influential persons of this area have constructed dhabas on the prime forest land of Malikpur and Madhopur on the outskirts of the town, allegedly with connivance of officials of the Forest Department and the Irrigation Department.

Inquiry finds project design faulty
Patti (Amritsar): A high-level inquiry has found many chinks in the implementation of centrally sponsored Integrated Development Scheme for Medium and Small Towns. The huge grant of Rs 51 lakh was released through the District Planning Board to the Municipal Committee here for constructing a modern bus stand , shopping complex.

Indian, UK kids to perform plays jointly
Amritsar, August 15
A British theatre group for the first time will give joint performances with Indian children belonging to a private school here. The play, an adaptation of the famous Shakespeare epic ĎA Mid-Summerís Night Dreamí, will be presented by the British youth group, Hyrat, based in Wellingdon, west England, and students of the Spring Dale School here.

PSEB staff to protest against DCís Ďmisbehaviourí
Moga, August 15
To protest against the alleged misbehaviour by the Deputy Commissioner, the joint action committee of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees has decided to block traffic in front of the local powerhouse from 12 noon to 2 pm on August 17.

10 pc cops suffer from hypertension
Gurdaspur, August 15
According to a study by Dr Rajesh Sharma 10 per cent policemen of Gurdaspur district suffer from hypertension. Dr Sharma made the survey with the SSPís approval.

Hospitals should be self-supporting: PHSC chief
Amritsar, August 15
Mr Tilak R. Sarangal, Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation and Secretary Health, yesterday favoured the self-sustaining of government hospitals to meet expenditures.

Aanganwadi workers, helpers protest
Barnala, August 15
The Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, Barnala, organised a dharna on Saturday in front of the office of the CDPO, to express their resentment against the anti-employee attitude of the Punjab Government and to urge the government to accept their demands at the earliest.

Traffic chaos reigns in Moga
Moga, August 15
Vehicles coming from the wrong side of the road, traffic cops standing on roadsides instead of regulating the traffic, stray cattle roaming freely, rehris lined up on both sides of the roads and the rising number of cycle rickshaws and tempos (three-wheelers).

MP seeks Rs 100 cr for flood-hit areas
Sangrur, August 15
Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala, will seek Rs 100 crore from the Central Government for the flood-affected villages of Patiala and Sangrur districts. Newly 250 villages were affected by floods in the Ghaggar river in Patiala Parliamentary constituency.

Widows of martyrs honoured
Dera Bassi, August 15
The 58th Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm by the local administration, schools and the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat in this subdivision today.

BKU dharna on August 18
Bathinda, August 15
The activists of the BKU (Ekta) yesterday demanded that traders of Gidderbaha town, who were involved in the attack on the farmers in the recent past should be immediately arrested.


Donít succumb to pressure, IG tells cops
Bathinda, August 15
Mr P.M. Das, Inspector General, Faridkot range, yesterday urged the police officials not to work under any sort of pressure and not to help the anti-social elements.


Newly wed commits suicide
Sangrur, August 15
A newly-wedded, Poonam Rani, alias Kanchan (22), allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Bhawanigarh, yesterday. The post-mortem examination of the body was conducted at the Civil Hospital here today.


Elementary school sans teacher, students
Talwandi Sabo, August 15
Even as the government has been claiming to providing education to all by setting up schools in every nook and cranny of the state, government elementary school of Raayia village of this subdivision presented an entirely different story.

Jobless teachers hold protest march
Sangrur, August 15
A large number of members and activists of district units of Unemployed Elementary Teachers Union, DIET Students Welfare Association and Nav-Niyukat Adhiyapak Union today took out a protest march from the local bus stand to the War Heroes Stadium, the venue of the Independence Day function, demanding regular appointments of the teachers, stoppage of teachersí recruitment on contract and withdrawal of false cases registered against students leaders at Jalandhar.

Jobless teachers stage dharna
Moga, August 15
The Unemployed ETT Teachers Union today organised a dharna at Majestic Chowk here. The protesters were dressed in black and had chained themselves.


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