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Dalai Lama to attend quadricentennial celebrations
Alamgir, August 19
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chander Shekhar have confirmed their participation in the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib to be held at Amritsar on September 1.

SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a meeting of party workers at Gurdwara Alamgir, near Ludhiana, on Thursday. SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a meeting of party workers at Gurdwara Alamgir, near Ludhiana, on Thursday.
— Photo by Inderjit Verma

Punjab may allow hunting of blue bull,
wild boar
Claims their population needs to be culled
Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab Wildlife Department is in the process of finalising a proposal to permit hunting of blue bulls and wild boars in the state. It claims the population of the two animals is in excess of the required number and therefore needs to be culled in the interest of the farming community.




Border trade issue taken up: CM
Chandigarh, August 19
Making an important revelation, Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh said today that the Union Commerce Minister had taken up the issue of opening the Wagah-Attari border for Indo-Pak trade with other ministries concerned at the Centre. 

Woman seeks justice for son
Ropar, August 19
A high drama prevailed in front of the office of the SSP, Ropar, today when a 50-year-old Mohinder Kaur, whose son Buta Singh was brutally tortured by Punjab police personnel, failed to meet the SSP. Finding themselves helpless, Mohinder Kaur and Buta Singh raised slogans against the Punjab Police and threatened to kill themselves.

Parents chain ‘disturbed’ youth for a year
Moje Khurd (Mansa), August 19
Though the entire country celebrated Independence Day on August 15, it appears that it does not hold any relevance for a 20-year-old Dalit youth, Amrit Pal, of this village. Amrit Pal was chained to and tied with a pillar in his house by his parents about a year ago after he was declared mentally disturbed.

Gang preparing fake UK test certificates busted
Patiala, August 19
The accused in the IELT fake certificates’ case along with the high-tech equipment and the certificates at the CIA interrogation centre in Patiala on Thursday. The Patiala police has arrested a gang selling fake IELT (international English language test) certificates to candidates for hefty sums. The police has arrested four persons, including Gurpreet Singh of Mohali who runs a computer centre by the name of Twenty First Century Computers in Phase-I.

The accused in the IELT fake certificates’ case along with the high-tech equipment and the certificates at the CIA interrogation centre in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar


SAD calls PAC meeting on Aug 23
Chandigarh, August 19
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Parkash Singh Badal has convened a meeting of the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) on August 23 to finalise the programme to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib on September 1.


Beant's family not to defy Cong on anniversary issue
Chandigarh, August 19
Family members of the late Mr Beant Singh, former Chief Minister, Punjab, will not defy the Congress in any manner as far as observing the death anniversary of Mr Beant Singh is concerned on August 31. This was made clear yesterday by the family. " We will remain in party discipline on the anniversary issue", said a member of the family." 

Amritsar to be made green city
Amritsar, August 19
Amritsar has been chosen to be made a green city along with four other cities in the state. The other four cities are Ferozepour, Jalalabad, Patiala and Ludhiana. These will be turned into green cities in the current season.

Illegal colonies to be put on PUDA website
Mohali, August 19
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority  today decided to make public a comprehensive list of all the legal and illegal colonies set up in the state. Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, said that a list of all the illegal colonies detected by PUDA so far would be put up on the PUDA website.

5 killed in road mishap
Dehlon, August 19
A religious trip of nearly 36 persons of Jalaldiwal and surrounding villages turned sour when the truck in which they were returning home met with an accident near Rurka village killing five persons on the spot and seriously injuring 10 others.

2 killed, 2 injured as wall of well caves in
Hoshiarpur, August 19
Two labourers died as the wall of an old well caved in and two injured while they were taking out bricks from it at Bhuno village near Mahilpur, about 25 km from here, last evening.

ASI killed in road mishap
Sangrur, August 19
Labh Singh, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, posted at the police Control Room here, was killed in a road mishap near local Police Lines last evening. The police said here today that Labh Singh had been returning to his home in the Police Lines from the bazar when his scooter hit a cow. Perhaps, he died of head injury, the police added.

Panel formed to evaluate cost of trees
Ferozepore, August 19
The Punjab government has constituted a committee under the presidentship of Mr A. S. Dogra, Chief Conservator, Forests, Punjab, to evaluate the minimum cost of different trees and prepare a chart accordingly.

Modern traffic aid post opened
Moga, August 19
A traffic aid post was inaugurated by Mr Paul Stein Kamp, Manager, Nestle India Ltd, at Joginder Singh Chowk here today. The SSP, Mr M.S. Chhina, and other police officials were also present. It has been constructed with financial aid from Nestle.

Brick-kiln owners for action against IT officials
Malerkotla, August 19
Members of the Sangrur District Brick-kiln Owners Association, led by Mr Kewal Krishan, district president, here today staged a dharna in front of the Income Tax Office, alleging that the Income Tax Department officials demanded huge bribes from them if the latter did not want their premises to be raided.

Girls show their hands decorated with mehendi on the occasion of Teej in Patiala on Thursday
Girls show their hands decorated with mehendi on the occasion of Teej in Patiala on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Ladies club celebrates Teej
Patiala, August 19
The local Maharani Ladies Club organised a function to celebrate Teej here today. The president of the club, Ms Shubchint Kaur Sodhi, presided over the function.

Rotary Club honours six persons
Patiala, August 19
The Rotary Club organised a function to felicitate six persons for their outstanding performance in different fields here today.

VB books Markfed’s Senior Manager
Chandigarh, August 19
Continuing with its drive against corruption among public servants, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has reportedly booked Markfed’s Senior Manager Parmal Singh.

NGO donates medicines worth Rs 25,000
Patiala, August 19
Sardarni Jaswant Kaur Charitable Trust donated medicines worth Rs 25,000 for poor and needy patients of Mata Kaushalya Hospital here today. The trust was established in 1996 by the late Lt. Gen Gurbachan Singh Buch in the memory of his wife. It is being run by his son Brig D.S Grewal.


Bitumen scam: Bajwa made party to PIL
Chandigarh, August 19
Punjab PWD Minister Pratap Singh Bajwa was today impleaded as party by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a PIL, seeking inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Punjab bitumen scam. The scam was first reported by The Tribune.

Samra in 4-day police remand
Jalandhar, August 19
Gurvinder Singh Samra has been sent in four-day police remand, following a complaint over his fake degrees. In an FIR registered against him in 2002 under Sections 420, 465, 471 and 468 of the IPC, Mr Swaran Singh Bal, Samra’s sister’s father-in-law, had stated that he possessed fake degrees of BAMS.

Court rejects DSP’s bail plea
Patiala, August 19
A local court today rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajinderpal Singh Anand in a case of seeking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to “release” a truck seized “illegally” by him.


Malwa farmers face water, power shortage
Faridkot, August 19
While farmers in other parts of the state are facing floods, the farmers of Malwa are complaining of water and power shortage. Kirti Kisan Union has demanded compensation for drought and irregular power supply.


Bribery charge against doctor
Amritsar, August 19
Dr Gagandeep Singh, a resident of Basant Avenue, today alleged that Dr Mukhtiar Singh of Civil Hospital had wrongly entered the injuries in his medico-legal report  when he declined to give him a bribe of Rs 5000.


Four get Rs 10.5 lakh US scholarships
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 19
Four former students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, have been selected for scholarships worth Rs 10.5 lakh by various American universities for Master’s degrees.

Protesting engg students cane-charged
Jalandhar, August 19
At least 200 agitating students from 13 engineering colleges of Punjab Technical University (PTU) who blocked the Ladowali road were cane-charged by the police here today.

Extra-curricular activities stressed
Abohar, August 19
Extra-curricular activities should be made an integral part of the education as these not only help in developing a good citizen but also bring awareness in society. This was stated by Dr U.S. Chaudhry, former Vice-Chancellor of Indore University, MP. 

Harpreet wins Teej Queen title
Bathinda, August 19
Harpreet Kaur was declared Teej Queen at a contest held in the local Swami Vivekanand Girls College on the occasion of the Teej festival late last evening.

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