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PM has big plan for Amritsar: Singla
Chandigarh, August 25
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is eager to shower his love on Amritsar, a holy city where he spent his youth. He is in the process of thinking big for the city as he wanted to put it on the international map.

Security agencies gear up for visit of
Kalam, PM

Guru Granth Sahib installation celebrations

Amritsar, August 25
A group of Special Protection Group, the intelligence agencies and the state administration today worked out a special plan for the trouble-free visit of top dignitaries including the President, Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers to participate in the five-day long 400th installation celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

Commemorative coins made of pure gold and silver which will be released to mark the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib in Amritsar on September 1.

Commemorative coins made of pure gold and silver which will be released to mark the quadricentennial celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib in Amritsar on September 1. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

SGPC not to allow govt security in Golden Temple

Fatehgarh Sahib



SGPC stops broadcasting Gurbani to UK

Amritsar, August 25
The SGPC broke open a room in Guru Ram Das Serai and seized the equipment through which “Gurbani” was being relayed to the UK based Punjabi radio ‘Spectrum’.

Unauthorised colonies to be regularised, says minister
Ludhiana, August 25
The state government was about to finalise a policy for regularising unauthorised colonies in major cities and other towns in the state so that residents living in these colonies could be provided basic civic amenities on a par with others after payment of stipulated development charges.

Militant’s escape: seven placed under suspension
Chandigarh, August 25
In less than 48 hours after an alleged militant taken to Delhi in connection with a court case escaped from the custody of the Punjab Police, seven personnel escorting him were today placed under suspension. A massive man-hunt has also been launched. "Militant" Gursewak Singh was lodged in high-security Nabha jail before his escape.

6 youths killed in Tata Sumo mishap
Phillaur, August 25
Six occupants of a Tata Sumo were killed on the spot, when the vehicle, in which they were travelling from Una (Himachal Pradesh) to Ludhiana, overturned and then collided with a Mahindra jeep near Bhattian between Goraya and Phillaur this afternoon.

Snag hits PTU’s tele-education programme with Kalam
Jalandhar, August 25
The maiden attempt of Punjab Technical University to hold a live tele-education programme for its students taking distance education course at five learning centres from Rashtrapati Bhavan today was marred by frequent interruptions in sound and visuals.

A student of Punjab Technical University puts her question to the President, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam on the occasion of launch of the first tele-education programme in Jalandhar on Wednesday
A student of Punjab Technical University puts her question to the President, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam (seen on TV screen), on the occasion of launch of the first tele-education programme in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Also seen in the picture are Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, and Dr M.S Grewal, Registrar, PTU. — Photo by S.S Chopra

Playwright missing since May 6, yet no probe
Nabha (Patiala), August 25

Come Raksha Bandhan and Avtar Kaur Jwanda’s Punjabi play “Ruske na Jaeen Veerna” is likely to be staged at various places in Punjab, including Patiala. However, the playwright, who has no brother of her own, may not see any of the performances. She is untraceable since May 6.

DSPs' selections: Punjab creates record in changing lawyers
Chandigarh, August 25
Whatever be the fate of the petitions, including a public interest litigation, in the controversial selections of DSPs by the Punjab Government recently under the sports quota, a new record-of-sorts seems to have been created during the hearing in the case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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Pathankot Fisheries Officer suspended
Chandigarh, August 25
In a major exception to the norm, the Punjab Fisheries Department has placed the Fisheries Officer, Pathankot, under suspension for gross negligence of duty.


Govt jobs given to next of kin of soldiers killed in Kargil
Chandigarh, August 25
Even as the Punjab Government cleared the appointment for government jobs for over a dozen next of kin of soldiers killed during the 1999 Kargil conflict, a number of cases continue to remain pending even five years after the promised relief.

‘Chidi’ sings in audio tape
Theft at MC chief’s house
Moga, August 25
The state vice-president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Mr Ashok Sathi, today came out with an audiotape, in which, he claimed, the prime accused in the case of theft at the Municipal Council chief Joginder Pal Jain’s home has made sensational revelations.

Sukhdev’s family ends relay fast
Makrona Kala (Morinda), August 25
Family members of Sukhdev Singh, one of the Iraq hostages, today ended the fast started by them here yesterday in protest against the inability of the government to resume the talks to secure the release of the hostages held captive in Iraq.

Health institute in a shambles
Kharar, August 25
The State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, here is in a bad shape lacking various facilities.

Tension in Bhucho Kalan leads to arrest of Dalit Sena activists
Bhucho Kalan (Bathinda), August 25
As many as 60 activists of the Dalit Sena, including its state president, Mr Kiran Jit Gheri, were arrested by the police while they were going to Bhucho Kalan village to hold a meeting at Gurdwara Baba Jeewan Singh today to work out a strategy to deal with caste-based discrimination by the people running Dera Roomiwala in that village.

Border-Border staged
Amritsar, August 25
‘Border-Border’ — a play that aimed to bring the new generation of India and Pakistan together BY wiping the man made boundaries, was staged here last night. The play with a troupe of 20 Pakistani students under the aegis of Ajoka Children’s Theatre, Lahore, and 19 students from the local Springdale Senior School, was performed at Punjab Natshala.
A scene from Madeeha Gauhar’s play ‘Border-Border’ at Punjab Natshala, Amritsar, on Tuesday.
A scene from Madeeha Gauhar’s play ‘Border-Border’ at Punjab Natshala, Amritsar, on Tuesday.

Waters issue creation of politicians: BKU
Bathinda, August 25
Mr Hardev Singh, president, BKU (Ekta), Sidhupur group, today alleged that politicians of Punjab and Haryana were trying to make farmers of both states to fight over the issue pertaining to the sharing of the river waters.

Pak judicial officials visit Rauza Sharif
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 25
As the crime has been increasing and criminals becoming hi-tech, capital punishment has rightly been incorporated in Pakistan and India.

Angry labourers beat station superintendent
Moga, August 25
Members of the labour union thrashed the station superintendent, Mr Iqbal Singh Sidhu, at the local railway station here yesterday. They were protesting against the delay in giving compensation to a labourer who had lost both his legs due to alleged negligence of the railway authorities.

Insurance staff back bankers
Patiala, August 25
On the call given by the All India Insurance Association, the employees and officials of Bharati Life Insurance and General Insurance organised a dharna in front of office of Bharati Life Insurance to support the protesting bank employees of the city here yesterday.


Life term for triple-murder accused
Faridkot, August 25
The judge of a fast-track court, Mr Hardayal Singh, has sentenced a triple-murder accused to life imprisonment and Rs 6,000 fine. The convict, Santokh Singh, has also been jailed for two years for misusing his weapon.


No computer, but operator drawing salary for 30 years
Kharar, August 25
A health institution here does not have a computer but has been paying salary to a computer operator for the past around 30 years.


Portraits of 2 suspected killers released by CBI
Amritsar, August 25
The CBI today released the portraits of two suspected assailants of Naresh Mahajan, senior manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce. He was murdered on October 22, 1998. The CBI has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh to anyone giving information about the suspects.

Woman killed by daughter-in-law
Tarn Taran, August 25
Amrik Kaur (45), wife of slained militant Ravel Singh and her minor daughter Amrit Kaur (17) killed her mother-in-law Swarn Kaur on August 20 at Pakhoke village. The dead body buried in the courtyard of the house, was discovered by the police last night .

Smack worth Rs 2 cr seized, 1 held
Muktsar, August 25
The police today recovered 2 kg of smack worth Rs 2 crore in an international market and Rs 15 lakh in domestic market from Puran Chand, a resident of Sadul Shaher of Srigangangar district of Rajasthan, while he was approaching the Malout town from the Defence Road side.

Woman burnt to death
Phillaur, August 25
A young married woman, Laddi, was allegedly burnt to death in Katwalo village last night. The injured woman was sent to Ludhiana hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Thieves decamp with goods worth Rs 1 lakh
Moga, August 25
Thieves decamped with goods worth over Rs 1 lakh from a grocery shop in Baghapurana.

Petrol station owner robbed
Moga, August 25
Unidentified robbers snatched Rs 21,000 from a petrol station owner, Mukhtiar Singh, here last night when he was on the way to his home.


Hari Singh Brar panel sweeps PAUTA poll
Ludhiana, August 25
Dr Hari Singh Brar and members of his panel swept the elections for the Panjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA), the results of which were announced late this evening. He also created a record by winning the polls for a record ninth time, though not consecutively.

Ph.D theses to be published
Patiala, August 25
The Punjabi University Academic Council today approved a proposal to publish all abstracts of Ph.D thesis annually to provide update information to researchers in the various fields.

Punjabi University students hold dharna
Patiala, August 25
The Punjabi University Students Confederation organised a dharna in front of the office of Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai in protest against the “anti-student” policies of the university here today.

Students jam traffic
Bathinda, August 25
A large number of students today staged a dharna and jammed traffic in front of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology to lodge their protest against the imposition of “1 to 5” and “2 to 6” rules on them by Punjab Technical University.

Postal delay ruins student’s career
Faridkot, August 25
Postal delay has taken a toll on the career of a bright student, Deepak Garg, as his admission form could not reach its destination in time.


DC tells banks to achieve target in farm sector
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 25
Mr S. K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, presiding over the meeting of the District Consultative Committee at Bachat Bhavan, here yesterday directed all bank officials to speed up the process of achieving the target of 30 per cent growth in the agriculture sector, as per the new Central government policy so that maximum farmers could get benefit under this scheme.

Awareness workshop by LSE
Mohali, August 25
An awareness workshop was conducted by the Ludhiana Stock Exchange at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology in Phase-2 here yesterday.


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