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Arms, RDX recovered on tip-off by Harnek
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The district police claimed to have recovered a big cache of weapons and RDX on the information provided by Harnek Singh, alias “Bhap”, a dreaded terrorist and self-styled chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), who is in police custody.

Most IAS officers given additional charge in latest Punjab shakeup
Chandigarh, August 21
Sticking to its over two- year old policy of ordering transfers around midnight, the Punjab Government shifted 54 IAS and PCS officers last night. In fact, most of the IAS officers have been given additional charge apart from their existing duties.

French Sikhs resent ban on turban
Jalandhar, August 21
Condemning the ban imposed by the French government on wearing of turbans and demanding an intervention by the Prime Minister of India into the matter, four French Sikhs held a press conference at a hotel here yesterday.

Punjab seeks MLAs’ options for foreign trips
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab Government has decided to send its MLAs on a study tour to various countries. The Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dr Kewal Krishan, has been requested by the state government to seek options from MLAs within 10 days for the countries they want to visit.



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PM may attend Parkash Utsav celebrations
Patiala, August 21
The Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, today indicated that the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, would attend the 400th anniversary of the Parkash Utsav of the Guru Granth Sahib being organised in New Delhi on September 1.

No differences with SGPC on celebrations, says CM
Ludhiana, August 21
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said here that there were no differences between the government and the SGPC over celebrations of the 400th Parkas Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib.

Gurmat Chetna March from Chandigarh arrives at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib in Amritsar on Saturday.

Two Amritsar-bound nagar kirtans to pass through Patiala

First Gurmat Chetna March in city






Gurmat Chetna March from Chandigarh arrives at Gurdwara Ramsar Sahib in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Transporters observe strike against service tax
Jalandhar, August 21
On the call given by the All India Motor Transport Congress, members of the Punjab State Goods Transport Association today observed strike in protest against the union government’s proposal to bring transport sector under service tax net.

COMMUNITY

Man in chains for past 5 yrs
Atla Khurd (Mansa), August 21
Former granthi Hardev Singh (name changed), a resident of this village has been lying in an isolated room in his house. He was chained about five years ago on the pretext that he had psychiatric problems.

Two intruders handed over to Pakistan
Ferozepore, August 21
As a goodwill gesture, BSF sleuths handed over two Pakistani youth to Pakistani Rangers, they were arrested while wandering inside the Indian territory near Gajniwala border outpost under Mamdot sector, here, last night.

33 Bangladeshis released from jail
Amritsar, August 21
Thirtythree Bangladeshi nationals, arrested on charges of crossing over to India without valid passports, were released from the Amritsar Central Jail this evening, the authorities said.

Soldier cremated with military honours
Amritsar, August 21
Sepoy Ramandip Singh, who laid down his life on August 18 fighting insurgents in Khurmur Forest in Kupwara district, Jammu and Kashmir, was cremated today with military honours at Padda village, Dera Baba Nanak.

Book on health released
Patiala, August 21
The Mehak Cultural Forum and the Punjabi Sahit Sabha released a book on health literature in Punjabi titled “Rogann di utpati kiven ate kiyon?” authored by Dr Manjit Singh Bal who is Professor and Head, Department of Pathology at the local Medical College.

Kuldip Nayar releases ‘Sijda’
Jalandhar, August 21
Journalist-turned- singer Dr Barjinder Singh’s second music album ‘Sijda’ was released by eminent veteran columnist Kuldip Nayar at a function organised at Red Cross Bhavan yesterday.

Forcible laying of drains alleged
Amritsar, August 21
The Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha (PKMS) has alleged that panches of Gilwali village and the Block Development and Panchayat Officer had tried to lay open drains near the houses of Dalits. Farm labourers Bakhshish Singh, Tarsem Singh, Karnail Singh, Roshan Singh, Kashmir Singh and Makhan Singh today said the drains could become a cause of stink and a health hazard.

MLA distributes Rs 7.50 lakh among villagers
Sangrur, August 21
Mr Arvind Khanna, MLA, today distributed development grants, worth Rs 7.50 lakh, among five village panchayats, namely Bhattiwal Kalan, Sangherri, Bakhtarri, Majhi and Batriana of the Bhawanigarh block of the district at a function held at the Umeed Khanna Foundation here.

Health Dept staff demand release of salary
Pathankot August 21
More than 200 employees of the Health Department are running from pillar to post to get their salary released, which the department had allegedly withheld without any reason.

One killed while crossing railway line
Bathinda, August 21
One unidentified person was run over and killed by train while crossing the railway line near Maur Mandi railway station, 40 km from here today.

Set up pay panel: pensioners
Ludhiana, August 21
By merging 50 per cent DA with basic pay or pension of employees from April 1, 2004, the Centre has, virtually, effected a partial revision of pay-scales, allowances and pensions. In effect, about 40 per cent revision of scales has been done.

COURTS

Baba Bhaniarawala's plea rejected
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala seeking security cover for his birthday. He had claimed that his followers wanted to celebrate his birthday and for security reasons protection must be provided.

Case against Badals adjourned
Ropar, August 21
A case, filed against former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for possessing assets beyond their known sources of income, was today adjourned for September 18 by the Ropar District Courts.

AGRICULTURE

BKU (Ekta) splits on first day of 2-day session
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
The two-day annual delegate session of the BKU (Ekta) headed by Pishora Singh Sidhupur, started at Diwan Todar Mal Hall of Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib today. But on the first day of the session, the union suffered a jolt, when a delegate faction, led by Surjit Singh Phool, a senior vice-president of the union, walked out of the session.

ADMINISTRATION

Punjab Roadways to get 400 buses
Phagwara, August 21
As many as 650 new passenger-friendly buses would be added to the fleet of Punjab and Pepsu roadways. This was stated today by Punjab Transport Minister Mohinder Singh Kaypee at a congregation held at Dera Baba Sant Hans Raj Ji, at Pandwa village, on the occasion of the 34th barsi of the sant.

22 given appointment letters
Amritsar, August 21
Mr Sunil Datti, mayor, local Municipal Corporation gave appointment letters to kin of 22 Class IV employees who had died here today. He said that 4500 safai karamcharis were working at present and appointment of these 22 employees would help to improve things in the city.

CRIME

Two women robbed
Phagwara August 21
Two women, Ms Surinder Kaur and Ms Baljit Kaur, were last evening looted of valuables worth over Rs 3.5 lakh by two youths riding a scooter on the Phagwara-Palahi road. Both are sisters-in-law and had come from New York to attend a function at nearby Palahi village.

PSEB SDO held on graft charge
Malerkotla, August 21
Officials of the vigilance bureau today arrested Balwinder Kumar Singla, SDO Suburban, Punjab State Electricity Board, Malerkotla, on the charge of taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from the owners of a factory on the promise that their factory premises would not be raided.

3 of family die in mishap
Amritsar, August 21
An NRI and three of a family, including a newly-married couple were crushed to death when their car collided with a millitary truck near Khasa 10-km from here on the Amritsar -Atari road late last night.

3 brothers booked for rape
Amritsar, August 21
Three persons, Vicky, Rama, Najor Singh — all brothers and residents of Mulla Chak village were booked by the Sultanwind police station allegedly for raping a woman of same village.

Asst Manager, peon held for fraud
Phagwara, August 21
The police has arrested Assistant Branch Manager Santokh Singh and peon Madan Lal of local branch of Vijay Bank in Central Town on charges of fraud to the tune of Rs 2.98 lakh, said Kapurthala SSP S.K. Asthana.

EDUCATION

PU BEd students a harried lot
Jalandhar, August 21
Resentment prevails among hundreds of applicants of the BEd correspondence course over the conduct of admissions in the Panjab University.

School management suspends PTI
Amritsar, August 21
PBN Higher Secondary School management committee led by Mr Rajesh Sharma, today, suspended Mr Prem Chand, physical training instructor and staff secretary, for his alleged anti-management and anti-school activities.

Students hold rally against private bus owners
Sangrur, August 21
A large number of students today staged a dharna and held a rally at the bus stop of Nidampur village on the Sangrur-Patiala road, about 30 km from here, in protest against the forcible issuance of bus tickets to the bus pass-holder students by the owners of private buses.

Inter-college blood donation camp
Patiala, August 21
An inter-college blood donation camp, sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, was organised by Punjabi University, Patiala, at Khalsa College here today.

Students make ‘Rai da Pahaar’
Patiala, August 21
Students of colleges affiliated to Punjabi University presented a short play, “Rai da Pahaar” based on an Irish play by Norha Richards and adapted in Punjabi by late Balwant Gargi, on the concluding day of a 20-day workshop on the campus here today. Teachers of these colleges also attended it.

Firm selects 25 students
Bathinda, August 21
Twentyfive girl students of the local SSD Women’s Institute of Technology have been selected by IDS Infotech Limited, a business process outsourcing service provider in the USA and Europe, after a written test and interview on the campus.

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