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Kalam offers help to preserve Sikh heritage
Amritsar, August 31
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam described Guru Granth Sahib as a ‘national treasure’, and offered the services of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to Guru Nanak Dev University to locate all original manuscripts of Guru Granth Sahib and digitise them with a view to preserving the great Sikh heritage in the text and musical form.

Badal seeks Kalam’s help to get back Sikh manuscripts
Amritsar, August 31
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while welcoming the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, urged him to ask the Army to release the rare Sikh manuscripts taken away by it during Operation Bluestar 20 years ago.

Sikh religion goes high-tech
Tarn Taran, August 31
The multimedia Sikh museum set up at the historic Khadoor Sahib Gurdwara has become great attraction for visitors. The reason is that an ultra modern robotic technology has been installed in the museum for imparting information about the art pieces and paintings depicting the Sikh faith.

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The historical Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib shimmers in gold on the eve of the 400th anniversary of Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib in Patiala on Tuesday.
The historical Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib shimmers in gold on the eve of the 400th anniversary of Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib in Patiala on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Miri Piri adopts 400 villages to make them green
Barnala, August 31

The Miri Piri Sewa Dal has decided to adopt 400 villages of Punjab to make them green and pollution-free in commemoration of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

Nine books on quadricentennial festivities released
Patiala, August 31
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai released nine books dedicated to the quadricentennial celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib here today.

Doctor in soup for suppressing rape evidence
Jalandhar August 31
In a sensational case, Dr Aushutosh Gupta, owner of the Local Doaba Hospital, who was arrested by the police today, allegedly “tried to destroy” evidence in a case relating to the alleged rape of a three-and-a-half year old girl by son of owner of house in the Bhargo Camp locality.

Voices of dissent at Beant’s death anniversary
Payal (Ludhiana), August 31
Last-minute efforts of AICC general secretary Mohsina Kidwai and Pradesh Congress Committee president, H.S. Hanspal to pacify the aggrieved family members of late Beant Singh notwithstanding, some voices of dissent could still be heard at Beant Singh’s ninth death anniversary here today.
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal presents a shawl to Ms Jaswant Kaur, wife of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, during a function organised at Payal on his ninth death anniversary
Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal presents a shawl to Ms Jaswant Kaur, wife of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, during a function organised at Payal on his ninth death anniversary on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Inderjeet Verma

Pak frees 36 Indians, India releases 19
Amritsar, August 31
As many as 36 Indians languishing in Pakistani jails were repatriated to India, while 19 Pakistanis were sent to their country via Wagah joint check-post today. However, in the list released of 40 Indians, four could not make it.

Pakistani nationals, who were released from Indian jails, wave to mediapersons before crossing over to Pakistan via Wagah joint
check-post Tuesday. — PTI photo
Pakistani nationals, who were released from Indian jails, wave to mediapersons before crossing over to Pakistan via Wagah joint check-post Tuesday

NRIs give medical colleges a boost
Patiala, August 31
Non-Resident Indians are set to improve the state of health of all three medical colleges in he state. Funds generated through NRI seats in the colleges have come handy in importing costly medical equipment with the office of the Director, Research and Medical Education (DRME), making worth Rs 4.70 crore for such equipment.


Club members allege police excesses; SSP orders probe
Bathinda, August 31
Members of the Shan-e-Punjab Club, Lehra Mohabbat village of this district, alleged that they had been beaten up by the in charge of the Bhucho Mandi police post on August 30 in the presence of those against whom they had lodged a complaint on August 28.

Ex-Armyman wins Rakhi bumper
Moga, August 31
Ujagar Rai, a retired army man from Moga, won the first prize of Rs 1.5 crore of the Punjab State Lotteries’ Rakhi bumper yesterday. All his relatives and friends converged at his home last evening to celebrate the occasion.

Man writes to CM against police inaction
Zirakpur, August 31
Complaining of police inaction in registering a case against two persons who reportedly assaulted his brothers in Dhakauli village on August 14, a Bartana village resident alleges harassment at the hands of cops.

BKU Ekta protests snapping of power connections
Moga, August 31
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta today gheraoed the office of the Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in protest against the snapping of power connections of farmers belonging to Ajitwal, Nathuwala, Badhanikalan and Chadik on account of the non-payment of electricity bills.

Bhakra water level dips
Bhakra (Nangal), August 31
Power supply to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh from the Bhakra Beas Mangement Board (BBMB) is likely to be affected for the next seven months due to fall in the water level in the Bhakra Dam by 90 feet as against its storage capacity this year.

Punjab releases water in Narwana canal
Patiala, August 31
The Punjab Irrigation Department has released 500 cusecs of water into the Narwana branch of Bhakra Canal to cater to potable water needs of the people of Haryana.

PSEB to change peak load timings
Patiala, August 31
The Punjab State Electricity Board has decided to change the evening peak load restrictions for all large supply consumers, falling under all operation zones of the PSEB, an official note issued here, said.


18 truckers move court
Fazilka, August 31
Eighteen truck operators of the town have filed a petition in the court of Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, here against president, cashier and a member of the Truck Operators Union, Fazilka, seeking a direction to the officer bearers not to hamper their plying of trucks.


Punjab appoints 97 law officers 
Chandigarh, August 31
The Punjab Government was today again set to cross the 100 mark in the appointment of law officers to represent it in the courts.

Dry day in Fatehgarh Sahib today
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 31
In connection with the celebration of the 400th year of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, a nagar kirtan was taken out from Gurdwara Vishavkarma at Hamayunpur, Sirhind, to Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. Thousands of people participated in it.

BSF Dy Commandant suspended
Jalandhar, August 31
Acting in the much publicised Rs 23-crore heroine smuggling scam, the Border Security Force (BSF) authorities have suspended a Deputy Commandant and a head constable, who have already been handed over to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for their alleged involvement in the case.


Couple commits suicide
Hoshiarpur, August 31
A couple in their early twenties allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of the Hemgiri Express near Mansar village in Mukerian subdivision today.

Proclaimed offender arrested
Bathinda, August 31
Sukhchain Singh, a convict in a murder case and resident of Mehma Serja village in the district, who was declared a proclaimed offender after he escaped from the jail while on parole, was arrested by the Sadar police along with a country-made .12 bore pistol and four live cartridges.


Student-private bus operator imbroglio worsens
Mansa, August 31
A dispute, which erupted between students and private bus operators few days ago over the denial of free travel facility on student passes, seems to be heading for a major controversy. The students today gave an ultimatum to the district administration that they would not allow private buses to ply on roads on September 6 and 7 if their demands were not met immediately.

CSIO chief, ex-VC inducted into Academic Council
Patiala, August 31
The Academic Council of the University has been infused with fresh life with Vice-Chancellor Swaran Singh Boparai inducting eminent academician into the council — Dr J.S. Grewal, former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr Harjit Singh Gill, an eminent linguist, Dr G.S. Kalkat, an agro scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Dr Vajpayee, eminent scientist and Director, CSIO. 

Science seminar
Patiala, August 31
Swati Jain, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, Ajit Kaur of PD Arya School, Hoshiarpur, and Sabiha of Arya Girls School, Moga, bagged first, second and third position, respectively, at a state-level seminar on “Science awareness needs and prospects” organised by the State Institute of Science Education (SCERT) at Veer Haqiqat Rai Model Senior Secondary School here today.


Fertiliser can now be purchased from open market
Chandigarh, August 31
Farmers in Punjab will be able to buy more fertiliser of their choice direct from the open market. This follows the state government's reported decision to further reduce the supply of plant food through the organisation.

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