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Sodhi family asked to hand over Kartarpuri Bir to SGPC
Chandigarh, August 26
A special meeting of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation held here on Tuesday with its president, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia in the chair, hailed the appeal of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to the Sodhi family of Kartarpur to restore to the Sikh community the original Bir (Sri Adi Granth) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the 400th anniversary of whose compilation and first installation in Sri Harmandar Sahib is being celebrated all over the world on September 1, 2004, at Amritsar.

An illuminated Golden Temple ahead of the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib

An illuminated Golden Temple ahead of the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Sawinder Singh





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Nihangs practice Gatka, a traditional martial art, before a procession to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib
Nihangs practice Gatka, a traditional martial art, before a procession to mark the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Reuters

Crucial meeting on illegal colonies today
Mohali, August 26
The high-powered committee constituted “to evolve a policy framework for effective management of the periphery controlled area falling in the state of Punjab” would meet tomorrow under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Punjab. The committee constituted in 2003, following directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had been asked to assist the Punjab Government define a comprehensive policy that would streamline haphazard development within Chandigarh’s periphery

Tribune Impact
Four colonisers to be booked by PUDA
Pathankot, August 26
PUDA authorities have swung into action and ordered the registration of criminal cases against four colonisers in the Pathankot area after the publication of a news item “Illegal colonies galore in Pathankot” published in The Tribune.

Delegation carries POW family’s appeal to Pak
Wagah (Amritsar), August 26
A 19-member delegation, including religious and political leaders and social activists, headed by Ms Nirmala Deshpandey, president of the Association of People of Asia, crossed over to Pakistan today to participate in the Urs (annual fair) of renowned Sufi Saint Baba Bulle Shah in Kasoor district.

Punjab Police launches manhunt for escaped militant
Chandigarh, August 26
Seventytwo hours after "militant" Gursewak Singh escaped from the custody of the Punjab Police, Patiala's Superintendent of Police (Detective) Pritpal Singh Virk today proceeded to Delhi for following all possible leads. The militant had managed to break loose in the national capital on the pretext of easing himself.

1.7 pc of Punjab’s population afflicted by disability
Chandigarh, August 26
The Census — 2001 data on ‘’disability’’ shows that in Punjab of the total population, 1.7 per cent is afflicted by one or the other type of disability or infirmity. This rate is lower than that of the all-India figure — 2.1 per cent.

POLITICS

Bhattal warns Chohan against issuing statements
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 26
The Punjab Government is committed to maintain law and order at any cost and won’t allow anyone to disrupt the hard-earned peace. Jagjit Singh Chohan, who is widely known for his Khalistani activities, should restrain from interfering in the working of the government and issuing statements in the government functioning. 

BJP playing clever game: Chandumajra
Chandigarh, August 26
Mr Prem Singh Chandu-majra, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), said yesterday that the BJP was not playing the role of Opposition at the national level. He said unnecessary disturbance was being created in the country by digging up old issues instead of seriously discussing matters of national importance.

Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (U) burn the effigy of Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the Uma Bharti issue, in Amritsar on Thursday. Sonia Gandhi’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, August 26
The district unit of the BJP (U) today burnt the effigy of All-India Congress President Sonia Gandhi in protest against the arrest of Ms Uma Bharti by the Andhra Pradesh police.



Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (U) burn the effigy of Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the Uma Bharti issue, in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma



COMMUNITY

Plastic surgeon’s transfer leaves patients high & dry
Jalandhar, August 26
The sudden transfer of the lone plastic surgeon in the state from the local Civil Hospital to a community health centre in a remote village has started a controversy as a large number of patients in dire need of plastic surgery have been left high and dry.

Decision to raise old-age pension shortly
Chandigarh, August 26
A high-level meeting will be called soon to take a decision regarding increase to be made in the old-age allowance to pensioners on attaining the age of 80 years, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary for the Welfare of Pensioners, has said.

Beant family prepares for Payal rally
Ludhiana: The family members of Beant Singh, assassinated Chief Minister of Punjab, are going ahead with the preparations for his death anniversary on August 31 at Payal.

Durgiana Temple to go hi-tech on Janmashtami
Amritsar, August 26
Durgiana Temple has decided to go hi-tech during Janmashtami celebrations in September. Three massive LCD screens will be put on the premises of the temple to broadcast the celebrations live on September 7.

Work to start soon on Kathlore bridge: Bajwa
Gurdaspur, August 26
State PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa yesterday said the work on the Kathlore bridge over the Ravi in Gurdaspur district would start within two months, adding NABARD had cleared the long-pending Rs 56-crore project.

Boon for the poor
Jalalabad: The Parswarth Sabha, Jalalabad, has come a long way since its establishment in 1990. The founder of the sabha, the late Commandant Ram Lal, along with his companion had launched the philanthropic mission by opening a tailoring school in a small rented room of the local Gandhi Basti, with two old sewing machines only. The idea was to make the poor girls of the area economically self- reliant.

Abandoned girl child gets home
Bathinda, August 26
A newborn girl, who was found abandoned at the gurdwara located in Gobind Fort here, has been taken by a watch dealer, Mr Ram Singh, to his home as he wants to adopt her legally. 

Seminar on water conservation
Sangrur, August 26
Inaugurating a national seminar on “Water — elixir of life” at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology at Ghabdan village, near here yesterday, Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Central Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, motivated the students to adopt an eco-friendly approach and understand the importance of water in life.

513 kids examined at health camp
Fatehgarh Sahib
The Lions Club, Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind organised a free medical health camp for children at Government High School, Talanian, on Thursday. Mr Iman Singh Mann, son of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), inaugurated the camp. 

COURTS

High Court
Wireless scam
Chandigarh, August 26
A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Surya Kant today directed the Punjab Government to produce in court the entire record pertaining to the wireless purchase scam.

CRIME

SHO in his police station, but behind bars
Muktsar, August 26
Mr Gurtej Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), city police station, was put behind bars today in the same police station after he was caught by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while allegedly taking bribe from Mr Surinder Singh, a bus operator.

Youth sets girl on fire
Abohar, August 26
A 15-year-old girl was set on fire by a youth reportedly for not responding to his overtures. The victim is struggling for life at Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. She had suffered 90 per cent burns.

Two booked for man’s murder
Moga, August 26
A person was killed at Bhodiwala village over an illicit relationship here on late Tuesday night. Two persons have been booked in this connection. Sources said that the deceased, Gurmail Singh, used to work on the agricultural land of a farmer, Surjeet Singh, who had developed illicit relations with Gurmail’s wife.

Patwari caught accepting bribe
Moga, August 26
A vigilance team has caught a patwari red-handed while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 in Bilaspur area of the district. The patwari, Joginder Singh, had demanded the bribe from a farmer for transferring a piece of land which he had bought recently in his name.

4 booked for fraud
Faridkot, August 26
Four persons have been booked in a fraud case in which the complainant was duped of Rs 8 lakh under the pretext of getting him married to a Canada-based girl. The complainant, Ravinder Singh of Jatana, stated that he had given Rs 4 lakh to the accused who had promised him to send him abroad after getting him married to a Canadian girl.

2 boys, 2 girls nabbed for ‘objectionable’ activities, freed
Patiala, August 26
A police team raided a cyber cafe in the Budha Dal complex in the city today and nabbed five persons for indulging in “objectionable” activities. Those caught included two boys and two girls, besides owner of the cafe Jagjit Singh.

Couple murdered, suspect held
Khanna, August 26
A middle-aged couple was murdered by their nephew in Mohalla Ram Nagar on the Lalheri Road here on Wednesday early morning. The couple was found dead in their bedroom this morning.

EDUCATION

Bhattal to inquire into PTU project payments
Jalandhar, August 26
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Technical Education, Punjab, said she would conduct an inquiry into the case pertaining to the payments made by the Punjab Technical University to Bangalore-based Mindlogicx Infotech Ltd for the tele-education programme that was launched at Red Cross Bhawan here yesterday.

Students protest against private bus operators
Sangrur, August 26
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union today blocked traffic for about 20 minutes in front of the Government Ranbir College here to protest against the alleged callous behaviour of the private bus operators towards the students having bus-passes.


BUSINESS

Beopar Mandal gives consent to VAT implementation
Abohar, August 26
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has given its consent to the implementation of VAT with effect from April 1, 2005 provided it is uniform and implemented in all states simultaneously. The tax structure should be reasonable and same for all provinces.
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