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Rajiv-Longowal Accord, waters issue
dominate SAD function
Longowal (Sangrur), August 20
Non-implementation of the Rajiv-Longowal Accord by the Rajiv Gandhi government and issues pertaining to Punjab waters today dominated the proceedings at the 19th death anniversary function of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati, SAD president P.S. Badal and Capt Kanwaljit Singh participating in the 19th death anniversary function of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village in Sangrur on Friday. Former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati, SAD president P.S. Badal and Capt Kanwaljit Singh participating in the 19th death anniversary function of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village in Sangrur on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Cong, Chandumajra hail Longowal, criticise Badal
Ludhiana Tribune: Rajiv-Longowal accord a fraud, says Dal Khalsa

Longowal remembered

CM asks youth to emulate Rajiv
Ludhiana, August 20
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today exhorted the youth to emulate Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister, who envisioned India to be a superpower in the 21st century.

Death penalty for killing witness
Punjab State Law Commission recommendation
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab State Law Commission has reportedly recommended death penalty for “causing death of a witness to prevent him from appearing in a trial”. The recommendation has reportedly been forwarded to the Central Government for necessary action.









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Sikhs from Paris, Mr Manpreet Singh and Mr Mandeep Singh, talk about harassments faced of the Sikh community in France at a Press conference in Jalandhar on Friday
Sikhs from Paris, Mr Manpreet Singh (left) and Mr Mandeep Singh, talk about harassments faced of the Sikh community in France at a Press conference in Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Rural schoolchildren doing better than urban ones
Chandigarh, August 20
While the enrolment of students and number of teachers in government primary schools has declined, there is a phenomenal increase of 248.5 per cent in per student cost in such schools. The number of schools has gone up.

Govt’s role limited: SGPC
Guru Granth Sahib celebrations
Amritsar, August 20
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has expressed delight over the acceptance of its invitations by the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to participate in the celebrations of the 400th year of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Illegal colonisers seek anticipatory bail
Gurdaspur, August 20
Panic has gripped the property dealers of the district after PUDA forwarded the list of the illegal colonisers to the police for registration of cases against them. Though no case till date has been registered in the Gurdaspur police district against the property dealers who developed illegal colonies, most of them have gone underground.

Girls do their bit for school building
Jagdev Kalan (Amritsar), August 20
At Government Girls Elementary School in this tiny village that holds many a memory of poet Hasham Shah of the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the sight of a group of girls cleaning bricks for the construction of a portion of a school building gives the glimpse of the never-say die Punjabi spirit.

Students of Government Girls Elementary School, Jagdev Kalan village, near Amritsar, clean old bricks to construct a portion of the school building on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Students of Government Girls Elementary School, Jagdev Kalan village, near Amritsar, clean old bricks to construct a portion of the school building on Friday.
POLITICS

Sukhbir terms CM ‘non-resident Punjabi’
Jalandhar, August 20
Launching a scathing attack on Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal and MP, said that the former was a “non-resident Punjabi”, for he was away from the state most of the time.

COMMUNITY

Probe sought into delay in refinery project
Bathinda, August 20
The General Samaj Party today demanded an inquiry by a Judge of the Supreme Court into the issue pertaining to the inordinate delay being caused by successive governments in the implementation of the Guru Gobind Singh oil refinery project, to be set up at Phulo Khari village in this district by the HPCL.

Toothless panchayats face ‘bleak future’
Chandigarh, August 20
The panchayats in Punjab are directionless, oblivious of the Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, or the 73rd constitutional amendment or empowerment or devolution of funds, functions and functionaries and lack in capacity building. The panchayats have supposedly been given six departments and also powers without the authority to exercise the same.

Kaka expresses inability to face Akal Takht
Amritsar, August 20
Mr Jasbir Singh Kaka, a former member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, today expressed his inability to present himself at Akal Takht citing ill health.

Trade unions hold protest rally
Amritsar, August 20
The Central Trade Union held a protest rally under the banner of the District Trade Union Council here today. Workers and employees of the textile industry, banks, insurance, telecom, electricity board, roadways and private transport, Military Engineering Services, Postal Department and Municipal Corporation raised slogans against the UPA government.

Doc refutes allegations
Amritsar, August 20
Dr Mukhtiar Singh of the Civil Hospital here today refuted all allegations levelled against him yesterday by one Dr Gagandeep Singh, a resident of the local Basant Avenue area.

Clues in theft case of MC chief’s valuables
Moga, August 20
The police has got some vital clues in the theft case in which MC president, Joginder Pal Jain’s valuables were stolen from his servant’s quarter. The police will make everything official about the case tomorrow.

Shopkeepers protest against crossing closure
Patiala, August 20
Shopkeepers today staged a dharna at the level crossing No. 22 to protest against its closure due to the construction of a railway overbridge.

Markfed issues job letters to deceased employees' kin
Chandigarh, August 20
Markfed today issued appointment letters to the kin of 27 of its employees who had died in harness in recent years. The letters were handed over to the eligible members of the family by Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Horticulture and Cooperation Minister, Punjab.

Bull goes berserk, 15 injured
Bathinda, August 20
As many as 15 residents of this town were injured when a stray bull went berserk after consuming some poisonous substance on the Amrik Singh road yesterday.

Villagers gherao police station
Faridkot, August 20
Residents of Kotsukhia village today gheraoed the Sadar police station here in protest against the cases registered against them.

Mohali resident given relief
Kharar, August 20
A cheque for Rs 1 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund was given to a resident of the town whose two sons died recently.

Students examined at dental care camp
Kharar, August 20
As many as 105 students were examined by doctors at a free dental and general check up camp organised by the Lions Club, TOP at Government Elementary School here yesterday.

COURTS

High Court
Punjab given time to reply in DSP quota case
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab Government was today directed to file its reply till Tuesday to an application moved by one of the petitioners in the ongoing case concerning alleged irregularities in the selection of DSPs under the sports quota.

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AGRICULTURE

BKU demands higher price for paddy
Moga, August 20
The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Punjab, today said that if the state government didn’t fix the price of different varieties of paddy as per their demand by August 27, the union would announce its future course of action at the executive committee meeting on August 28.

ADMINISTRATION

Officials told to ensure supplies
Chandigarh, August 20
The Punjab Government today said that it had made all necessary arrangements to ensure availability of essential commodities to people during the indefinite “chakka jam” strike by truckers from tomorrow.

Police personnel in PSEB to be repatriated
Gurdaspur, August 20
The Punjab Police personnel, working in the PSEB for a period of over five years are being repatriated. Sources said orders had been issued for the repatriation of 30 police personnel. Most of them were working in the district, at various PSEB installations.

CRIME

Newly born baby girl strangulated
Bathinda, August 20
A dead body of newly born baby girl was found abandoned in a vacant plot located on the Power House road in this town today.

Veterinary officer held on graft charge
Bathinda, August 20
A team of Vigilance Bureau, led by DSP Baldev Singh, caught Dr Charanjit Singh, Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Hospital, Saravan village in Faridkot district, while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 500 today.

EDUCATION

Baba Farid varsity ‘violating’ SC guidelines
Faridkot, August 20
The district president of the General Category Welfare Federation, Mr Sukhbir Singh, has alleged that Baba Farid Medical University has kept 64 per cent seats under reservation for admissions to MBBS in government medical colleges of the state.

Seminar on vehicular emission
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 20
A seminar on “Air pollution due to emission” was organised by Mechanical Department of Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College in association with the Society of Automobile Engineer, India, here today.

BUSINESS

Stress on uniform VAT policy
Patiala, August 20
The two-day national seminar on “Emerging issues and problems in the North-West region of India under the new economic policy regime organised by the Department of Correspondence Courses concluded here yesterday, Dr H.K. Manmohan, Professor Emeritus and former Vice-Chancellor of the University, delivered a special lecture and chairing the technical session.

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