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SGPC unhappy with celebration preparations
Amritsar, August 24
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today expressed dissatisfaction over the arrangements made so far by the district administration in connection with the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, proposed to be started from Sept 1.

Over 30 medical teams for Amritsar function
Youth Akali Dal to participate in quadricentennial celebrations
Warm welcome awaits chetna march

Negligence behind jailbreak; 2 more suspended
Chandigarh, August 24
Preliminary inquiry into the Ferozepore jailbreak case has reportedly established negligence on part of prison officials. Soon after an inquiry report into the matter was submitted to the Punjab’s Prisons Department this morning, two more officers were placed under suspension with immediate effect.

Service tax unjustified: Badal
Jalandhar, August 24
Dubbing the imposition of the service tax on truckers an unjustified step, the Shiromani Akali Dal chief Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today said instead of burdening the truckers with taxes, the government should try to solve their problems.

Punjab seeks gas pipeline link with
national grid

Chandigarh, August 24
Punjab has sought a gas pipeline linkage with the national gas grid. It has approached the Gas Authority of India Limited in this connection. "Negotiations are on with GAIL. We have put our case before the authority with all facts and figures at our command", said a senior officer.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Population growth rate in Punjab comes down
GURDASPUR: The population growth rate in Punjab has come down by 0.1 per cent since the last census in 2001. As per new information collected by the Census Department six months ago through a sample-based registration survey, a positive trend regarding decreasing population growth rate has been noticed in the state.

Bank services paralysed
Amritsar, August 24
All banking operations here came to standstill today following the nationwide strike call given by various bank unions. Clearing operation throughout the city were paralysed, affecting business transactions.

‘Father’ of rice revolution warns of endemic malnutrition
Chandigarh, August 24
Did you know that rural school-going girls in Ropar are superior in their growth status as compared to the general Indian rural girls? Or that the percentage of severely malnourished girls among them was insignificant though they suffered from mild to moderate malnutrition?

Three ‘buddies’ heading 3 top farm varsities of the North
Ludhiana: Three agricultural graduates (batchmates) of Panjab University are occupying the chairs of Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious state agricultural universities of the northern India.


Govt helpless on hostage issue: CBI ex-chief
Jalalabad, August 24
Former Director of the CBI and member of Interpol Mr Joginder Singh today said the people going abroad and their kin should always keep in mind the risk involved in the search of greener pastures.

Indians used for security cover, says NRI
Hoshiarpur, August 24
Mr Satish Kumar (32), who came back from Kuwait to his native village, Possi, shared his experience with mediapersons at his residence last evening. Mr Kumar said people of Iraq were not against Indians working there and considered them as their friends.

Sea of humanity at Army jawan’s funeral
Bathinda, August 24

A sea of humanity descended on the cremation ground of Gill Patti village of this district to attend the funeral of Sepoy Kuldeep Singh, who laid down his life while fighting terrorists in the Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir on August 21.

The sister of Army jawan Kuldip Singh, who was killed in Jammu, cries over his death, in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
The sister of Army jawan Kuldip Singh, who was killed in Jammu, cries over his death, in Bathinda on Tuesday.

Plea of missing jawan’s wife falls on deaf ears
Baghelewala (Moga), August 24
An Army man’s wife is running from pillar to post for the last four and a half months in search of her husband, Amarjeet Singh, deployed at 166, Field Sikh Regiment in Meerut, who went missing on March 30. Father of two sons, he joined the Army on August 27, 1981.

Cremation of bodies: Bitta gives clean chit to police officials
Chandigarh, August 24
Training his guns on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged fake encounters in Punjab during militancy, Mr MS Bitta, chairman of the All-India Anti- Terrorist Front, today came to the rescue of the Punjab Police saying that it performed its duty to protect the unity and integrity of the country.

Smuggling pressure increasing on Punjab border
Gurdaspur, August 24
With increase in production of poppy in Afghanistan this year, the pressure of smuggling along the Punjab border is also increasing. Sources in the BSF here said that arrest of BSF personnel posted in Amritsar and Gurdaspur with consignments of heroin is a clear illustration to the fact.

Trust dubs Savarkar ‘betrayer’
Jalandhar, August 24
Dubbing Veer Savarkar a ‘betrayer’ who had disgraced the freedom struggle by seeking apology from the British government, the Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall Committee yesterday urged the Central Government to replace Savarkar’s picture in Parliament House with that of freedom fighters like Sant Baba Vasakha Singh and Baba Sohan Singh Bhakna.

Temple sells land, buys controversy
Amritsar, August 24
A major controversy has arisen over the sale of land meant for a gaushala by the Sri Durgiana Temple Management Committee.

Punjab seeks emergency flood relief of Rs 250 cr
Chandigarh, August 24
The Punjab Government has asked the Centre to immediately provide Rs 250 crore as flood relief for distribution among the flood-affected people of the state.

Bhaniarawala has birthday bash
Dhamana (Ropar), August 24
Amid tight security Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala celebrated his 48th birthday here, near Nurpurbedi town, yesterday. In the afternoon, a number of Akalis gathered at the Haripur Khatna gurdwara, near Dhamana village. After participating in a prayer Bhaniarawala distributed 48 kg cake among 150 followers who had come here for the celebration.

AWWA raising day
Patiala, August 24
The Black Elephant Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) has launched a week-long programme to mark the occasion of raising day here today. Mrs Sunita Khanna inaugurated the AWWA week by lighting a lamp.

Eye awareness programme from today
Patiala, August 24
The District Blindness Control Society (DBCS) will celebrate the eyesight prevention and blindness eradication fortnight in the district from August 25 to September 7.


High Court
Chandigarh IGP asked to provide security to counsel

Chandigarh, August 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh IGP to provide security to advocate M.P. Goswami, counsel for one of the petitioners in the ongoing case regarding alleged irregularities in the selection of DSPs by the Punjab government under the sports quota.


Locust alert in Ferozepore
Ferozepore, August 24
Even as the district administration has sounded a general alert for farmers over a likely locust attack on crops after one swarm was reported in this area on August 11, the administration and the state Agriculture Department authorities are not clear whether the field reports in connection were true or not.

BKU demands Rs 750 as MSP of paddy
Sangrur, August 24
The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) today demanded the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy as Rs 750 per quintal for the ensuing paddy procurement season and Rs 15,000 per acre compensation to the farmers for their crops damaged during the recent floods in the state.


Forwarding of names a mere formality
Chandigarh, August 24
Even though the Punjab Government has forwarded the names of 27 Punjab police officers for deputation with the Government of India, the sources in the police headquarters are insisting that the same is mere a formality.

Fire station gets generator
Amritsar, august 24
A high-powered generator has been purchased for the Town Hall fire station here following a report published in The Tribune on August 23. The generator would be installed tomorrow.


Castrated youth attacked
Phagwara, August 24
Sudhir Kumar, a resident of Bhagatpura mohalla, who was sometimes back forcibly converted into a eunuch, Chander Kanta, after his costration by certain Kinner mahants, was attacked last night and had to be hospitalised.

Journalism lecturer commits suicide
Patiala, August 24
A 33-year-old newly appointed journalism lecturer of Punjabi University ended her life yesterday, an hour after she had attended a party in the department. The lecturer, Dr Inderpreet Kaur Mander, leaves behind her husband and a four-year-old daughter.


Kapoor, Verghese members of panel on minority education
Ludhiana: Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, and Dr Mohan Verghese, Principal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, are among the 27 members nominated by the Union Government on the National Monitoring Committee for Minority Education in the country.

School authorities back missionary
Gurdaspur August 24
The school authorities today rallied behind Father Robby against whom a former teacher of Little Flower Public School levelled charges of molestation and attempt to rape yesterday.

Students demand MA classes
Sangrur, August 24
The unit of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib has urged the college authority to start MA (Punjabi and English) classes in the college.

Sumedha tops in MBA entrance test
Amritsar, August 24
Ms Sumedha Julka, a student of the BBK DAV College for Women, here topped the MBA entrance test conducted by Punjabi University, for the three universities of Guru Nanak Dev University, PTU, Jalandhar and Punjabi University, Patiala.


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