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Guru Granth Sahib gifted to Pak devotees
400th anniversary celebrations

Amritsar, August 28
Pakistani Sikhs, especially Sindhis, who are devout Sehajdhari Sikhs today got a much awaited quadricentennial gift when they got the news that Guru Granth Sahib has been transliterated in ‘Shahmukhi’ and ‘Farid Lipi’ (both Persian scripts) and are available on website.

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Devotees sit alongside the sarovar as the Golden Temple glitters ahead of the quadricentennial celebrations
Devotees sit alongside the sarovar as the Golden Temple glitters ahead of the quadricentennial celebrations, in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Uncertainty over PM’s project proposals
Chandigarh, August 28
There is uncertainty whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would announce certain projects on the 400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, when he visits Amritsar on September 1.



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Sikh head priests to take up turban ban issue with PM
Patiala, August 28
The Sikh head priests are likely to advise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally take up the issue of ban on turban and religious symbols with the French government and the UNO during the Prime Minister’s visit to Amritsar on September 1 to take part in the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Harmandir Sahib.

Confusion over PPSC interview call to doctors
Patiala, August 28
The Punjab Public Service Commission’s (PPSC) decision to call all Scheduled Caste candidates, who had applied for the post of medical officer in the PCMS cadre in 1997, for a fresh interview starting from September 1 has resulted in confusion.

Escaped militant: cops likely to be dismissed
Chandigarh, August 28
Preliminary inquiry into the escape of "militant" Gursewak Singh from the custody of the Punjab Police in Delhi has revealed "gross negligence" on the part of officials escorting him. Senior police officers are now contemplating their dismissal from service.

Policemen set their house in order, literally
Patiala, August 28
Can police morale be judged from the Police Lines of a city? Yes, if we are talking of Patiala. A complete overhaul of the Police Lines has resulted in personnel and their families taking pride in their houses in the lines and the facilities created for them.

Mother seeks arrest of her son’s killers
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Police, which exhibited unprecedented zeal to arrest Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, the accused in the case of murder of a British girl, has not shown the same enthusiasm to solve another of murder of Amandeep Singh, a Non-Resident Indian( NRI) from Ludhiana.

PAU plans new strategies
Chandigarh, August 28
In view of the serious concerns emerging about the future of agriculture in the state, Punjab Agricultural University has reprioritised its teaching, research and extension services for sustainable foodgrain production.

Siddiqui rules out revival of insurgency
Ferozepore, August 28
The Director General of Police, Punjab, Mr A.A. Siddiqui while admitting that Pakistani based intelligence agency ISI was still active in Punjab, today ruled out any chances of the revival of insurgency in this border state. Mr Siddiqui said the kind of ideology, funding and mass support, needed for the resurgence of subversive activities, had no takers in Punjab now.

POLITICS

Badal wasted 400 cr on ‘Sangat Darshan’, says Singla
Bathinda, August 28
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, said the state government would take necessary steps to recover the funds, wasted by the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, by organising “Sangat Darshan” programmes.

Dissent among Phagwara councillors
Phagwara, August 28
A piquant situation arose yesterday at the monthly meeting of the local Nagar Council when Congress councillor and organising secretary of the PPCC Kusam Sharma criticised the functioning of the council controlled by none other than the ruling Congress. She was supported by nine opposition councillors.

COMMUNITY

BJP seeks release of Indian prisoners in Pak jails
Amritsar, August 28
Hundreds of activists of the BJP and the Punjab Yuva Morcha (PYM), led by the state president of BJP and Member Parliament Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, today organised a protest rally on the Indo-Pak joint post. They were seeking the release of Indian prisoners, including POWs, languishing in Pakistan jails.

Govt decides to reduce law officers’ number
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Government has decided in principle to reduce the number of law officers to handle its legal cases. However, the decision has still to receive the nod of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Loss due to floods: progress of survey reviewed
Patiala, August 28
To review progress of special Girdawari undertaken in the district to assess damage to crops and property due to floods last month. A meeting of revenue officers was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.

Bhai Kanhaiya’s statue tied with ropes
Bathinda, August 28
Unmindful of his status in the Sikh religion and his service to the injured, a section of those who are undertaking the decoration work of the route from where the Gurmat Chetna March will pass, have tied the statue of Bhai Kanhaiya with coloured ropes.
The statue of Bhai Kanhaiya who founded the Sewa Panthi Mission tied with ropes
The statue of Bhai Kanhaiya who founded the Sewa Panthi Mission tied with ropes in Bathinda. — A Tribune photograph

Govt not giving funds for completing bus stand: MLA
Hoshiarpur, August 28
Residents, shopkeepers and transporters of Model Town, Bassi Khawaju, Roshan Road and the Kamalpur areas of Hoshiarpur at a meeting here yesterday strongly condemned the Punjab Government for not providing requisite funds for the completion of the general bus stand.

Pranab, Ambika may attend Payal function
Ludhiana, August 28
“It is a state-level function and it is the duty of the Chief Minister to send invitations for the death anniversary function of Mr Beant Singh at Payal on August 31. We are not supposed to send any invitation to him”. This observation was made by Mr Tej Prakash Singh, son of Mr Beant Singh and former minister.

Substandard solar lights installed
Pathankot, August 28
Kuther, Gram Panchayat near here, has come under the cloud for installing substandard solar lights, which stopped functioning after one week of installation.

CRIME

Fake currency seized from Cong leader’s house
Moga, August 28
A police team from Hanumangarh town of Rajasthan has seized fake currency worth about Rs 9.5 lakh from the house of a Congress leader and former sarpanch of Chotian Kalan village, Mr Ashwani Kumar. A computer, scanner, printer and other equipment used in printing fake currency were also seized.

Bus owner booked for duping financier
Moga, August 28
A bus owner, Jagtar Singh, resident of Rajgarh has been booked for duping a financier by taking a loan by producing fake documents.

Minor raped
Moga, August 28
A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified man at Jhandeana village here yesterday.

Minor girl raped
Patiala, August 28
A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth who turned out to be a friend of the victim’s father.

EDUCATION

Villagers lock school gate against teacher’s posting
Patiala, August 28
Residents of Bakshiwala village locked the main gate of the Government Middle School in protest against the posting of a woman teacher.

Students protest against pvt bus operators, police
Sangrur, August 28
Activists of the Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU) today held a gate rally at Government Ranbir College here to protest against the alleged “high handedness” of the police and the private bus operators and their employees against students in Mansa, yesterday. Some students were injured in yesterday’s clash between students and bus operators.

Appoint teachers or we’ll lock school: villagers
Faridkot, August 28
The panchayat of Dod village has written to the District Education Officer demanding immediate recruitment of teachers at the government school in the village. The villagers have warned that if the vacant posts of teacher were not filled soon, they would lock the school and if any administration official visited the village he would be welcomed with black flags.

Engg college to remain closed for 3 days
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College will remain closed from August 30 to September 1, to enable staff and students to take part in the quardricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Panel to look into problems of students
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Government has constituted a committee to look into the problems and demands of students of Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Computer Application, who had submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, here today.


BUSINESS

Auction of fishing rights fails to materialise at Gurdaspur
Chandigarh, August 28
Although the Punjab Fisheries Department has gained 22 % more revenue from the auctioning of fishing rights in the state this year, its auction again failed to materialise at Gurdaspur yesterday. The improvement of 22 % this year is over and above the revenue generated by the department during the last three years.


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