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2 Punjabi varsity employees caught with women
Placed under suspension

Patiala, August 16
Two employees of Punjabi University were caught red-handed while indulging in an immoral act during “overtime” in its Examination Branch two days back.

Top militant led a life of comfort, anonymity
Patiala, August 16
Dreaded militant Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), who was arrested by the Fatehgarh Sahib police two days back, had been leading a life of comfort in anonymity in the Urban Estate here for the past two years.
The house in Urban Estate, Phase II, Patiala, where KLF militant Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, lived for two years
The house in Urban Estate, Phase II, Patiala, where KLF militant Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, lived for two years. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

3 Babbar Khalsa men charged with murder

Tarn Taran, August 16
The police has nabbed three Babbar Khalsa activists. They have also been accused of killing local Akal dera head Baba Jagtar Singh, who was shot along with his follower Manjit Singh on April 15, here by two unidentified persons.

The Babbar Khalsa activists accused of killing Akal Dera head Baba Jagtar Singh
The Babbar Khalsa activists accused of killing Akal Dera head Baba Jagtar Singh — (from left) Harjant Singh, Jagtar Singh and Baljinder Singh — at a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma






Ropar cop shielding travel agent?
Chandigarh, August 16
Is a senior police officer of the Ropar police shielding a travel agent, who is alleged to have defrauded a Morinda resident of Rs 1 lakh? The answer seems to be yes if a rejoinder of the SSP, Ropar, to a notice issued by the Punjab State Human Right Commission (PSHRC) is any indicator.

Tug-of-war continues over Virk
Chandigarh, August 16
The tug-of-war between the Centre and the Punjab Government — over the issue of allowing IPS officer S.S. Virk to stay in the state — continues. Though the Punjab Government has written to the Centre asking them to allow Mr Virk to continue till March 31 next year, the Union Home Ministry has reportedly sought an explanation from the officer.

They have broken shackles of exploitation and poverty

Chandigarh, August 16
They know nothing about Marx, Lenin or Mao's thought. They also have nothing to do with the CPI, the CPM and other Left groups which have been promising for long to change the fortune of workers and landless labourers through an imagined revolution.

Members of a landless self-help group work in a paddy field taken by them on a one-year lease in Kajauli village, near Morinda, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Majahan

Members of a landless self-help group work in a paddy field taken by them on a one-year lease in Kajauli village, near Morinda, on Monday.

World Sikh Council says no to White House invitation
Chandigarh, August 16
The World Sikh Council — American region — invited to White House on August 18 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib has declined to attend the ceremonies over the issue of wearing of ''kirpan'' by the participants.


Tandon calls Badal’s demand ‘illogical’
Chandigarh, August 16
Former Minister and BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon today ''attacked'' SAD president Parkash Singh Badal for his demand to scrap sub-clause 5 of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, which allows river waters to flow into Haryana and Rajasthan.


Preservation work of Golden Temple pillars begins

Amritsar, August 16
A comprehensive project to preserve and prolong the life of marble pillars in the Golden Temple complex started today under the supervision of a former Joint Director-General, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Mr B.N. Tandon.

Mr B.N. Tandon (left), technical expert on marble maintenance, directs kar sevaks on the use of material to clean the marble pillars at the Golden Temple in Amrisar on Monday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Mr B.N. Tandon, technical expert on marble maintenance, directs kar sevaks on the use of material to clean the marble pillars at the Golden Temple in Amrisar on Monday.

Villagers meet Preneet to stall move on urban estate
Zirakpur, August 16
A delegation of 50 villagers of Singhpura, Ramgarh Bhudda and Nagla visited the Punjab Chief Minister’s House in Chandigarh and held a meeting with Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, Patiala, today. They are opposing the PUDA’s move to acquire their agricultural land for the development of an urban estate.

2 anniversaries on Aug 20
Chandigarh, August 16
Come August 20, Punjab will observe the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi at a state-level function at Ludhiana to be organised by the Congress and the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at his native village in Sangrur, where SAD is making preparations.

Dry taps force villagers to trek for drinking water
Jaito (Faridkot), August 16
A number of villages covered under the waterworks of Chaina village are facing an acute drinking water shortage these days. With no water supply from the waterworks for weeks, the villagers here are being forced to consume ground water, which is contaminated in most of the areas.

Punjab has been foolishly generous: Boparai
Chandigarh, August 16
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Swarn Singh Boparai today welcomed the statement of the Prime Minister on the need for a ‘’national and holistic’’ view of management of water resources of the country.

Illegal colonies galore in Pathankot
Pathankot August 16
A large number of illegal colonies have mushroomed here in violation of rules, allegedly in connivance with officials of the Town Planning Department. This has not only caused losses to the government in terms of local taxes, but has deprived residents of basic amenities.

Bhattal takes up cause of freedom fighters
Chandigarh, August 16
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has taken exception to the “ill-treatment” meted out to freedom fighters and nothing tangible being done to mitigate their hardships and suffering. “In fact, with each passing day, while their problems piled up, their identities, too, were getting obliterated”.

New conditions on old-age pensioners
Amritsar, August 16
The fresh conditions imposed on old-age pensioners have left hundreds of prospective senior citizens in the lurch throughout the state.

3 new lines to improve power transmission
Patiala, August 16
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has commissioned three new lines in the last three months to strengthen the transmission and distribution system and reduce system losses in the state.

Slogan war at retreat drill
Hussainiwala, August 16
BSF personnel and Pakistani Rangers exchanged gifts and pleasantries during the retreat drill to celebrate Independence Day here last evening. They took belligerent postures during the retreat ceremony, performed in presence of at least 5,000 persons.

Salary not paid for 10 months
Amritsar, August 16
Employees of Amritsar International Hotel, a unit of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, alleged that they had not been paid salary for the past 10 months.

SC/BC/ST employees confederation office-bearers
Phagwara, August 16
Mr Harmesh Lal Ghera, District President, All-India Confederation of SC/BC/ST Employees Organisations, Kapurthala, today appointed the following office- bearers of the district:


Non-bailable warrants against ex-Punwire MD
Patiala, August 16
The Special CBI Magistrate today issued non-bailable warrants against former Punwire Managing Director Gurpal Singh.


Cotton crop under attack of American bollworm
Bathinda, August 16
The state Agriculture Department authorities have sounded a general alert for the farmers after it started receiving reports from the fields that the cotton crop has come under attack from the American bollworm.

ICAR to develop centres of excellence in farm varsities
Ludhiana: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to develop centres of excellence in the state agricultural universities of the country. The emphasis will be on research and education in agriculture and allied sciences.

Livestock second most economic activity: study
Chandigarh, August 16
Livestock has emerged as the second most important economic activity after agriculture for generation of income and employment in rural Punjab. Further, dairy farming is the most important occupation.


Late fee for registering birth goes
Patiala, August 16
Implementing the second phase of the national campaign to issue birth certificates, the state government has given an exemption for payment of the fee prescribed under Rule 10 of the Punjab registration of births and death rules, 2004 for late entry of the name in the birth registers, according to an official press note issued here today.


Samra’s car had fake number
Jalandhar, August 16
The Mercedes car belonging to Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, has become the centre of controversy with the police finding that the registration on number of the car was fake and the number HR-09-A-7160, which the car was carrying, was allotted to a Mahindra jeep by the registration authority at Guhla Cheeka.

Woman tries to commit suicide
Amritsar, August 16
A woman, Balwinder Kaur, of East Gobind Nagar, reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping before a train here last evening. She was saved by Gurwant Singh, state president of the Anti-Crime and Corruption Bureau of India.

12 detained for boy’s murder
Jalandhar, August 16
The police today detained 12 persons, mostly migrant labourers for the murder case of a six-year-old boy.

Man killed over land dispute
Moga, August 16
Joginder Singh was murdered at Daroli Kheda village near here over a land dispute. Sources said the deceased, Joginder Singh, had taken 5 acres of panchayati land on contract. The same plot of land was in possession of Nishan Singh earlier and he was reportedly not vacating the land.

Engineer caught taking bribe
Faridkot, August 16
An Executive Engineer of the Public Health Department (rural water supply division), Mr Jaswant Singh Cheema, was caught while taking a bribe of Rs 4,000 by the Vigilance Bureau.

Woman booked for forgery
Bathinda, August 16
A case has been registered against Veerpal Kaur of Malooka village in the district for her alleged involvement in making a passport on the basis of fake documents to go abroad. The accused had managed to get a passport prepared in the name of Amarjit Kaur, wife of Resham Singh her alleged paramour, by affixing her photograph on the application form.


Aspirants for MBBS protest against admission rules
Faridkot, August 16
Nearly 300 aspirants accompanied by their parents held a demonstration and raised anti-government slogans in protest against the “indifferent” attitude of the Punjab Government being followed in the admission to the MBBS course.

Nehru Science Exhibition begins
Patiala, August 16
The regional-level Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition got off to a start at the Kendriya Vidyalaya (Number Two) here today with students from various schools in Chandigarh exhibiting models and projects on the theme “Recent trends in science and technology”.


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