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4 SGPC secretaries on warpath
Amritsar, August 7
The unprecedented move of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to elevate four officials as secretaries on the pretext of streamlining the committee administration seems to have proved counterproductive. Instead of bringing efficiency in the day-to-day working, the move has encouraged wranglings.

Poisonous pesticides in eatables: Health Dept collecting samples
Gurdaspur, August 7
The Government of Punjab has finally woken up to the threat posed by increased concentration of pesticides in eatables. The Health Department has ordered an extensive survey across the state to find out the concentration of pesticides in blood of residents of the state.

SAD to ‘inaugurate’ Rahon-Machhiwara bridge on Aug 13
Nawanshahr, August 7
With work on the Rahon-Machhiwara bridge over the Sutlej already completed, the ruling Congress and the Opposition SAD-BJP alliance are eying to take credit of fulfilling the long-pending demand of the people of the area, in view of the Assembly elections, which are one and half years away.

Cooperative sugar mills want cane
price hiked

Chandigarh, August 7
As the opening of sugar trade with Pakistan has given a hope to cooperative sugar mills in Punjab, the managements of various cooperative sugar mills have urged the Punjab Government to enhance the procurement price of sugarcane to Rs 115 per quintal from Rs 100.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Villager shot in case of mistaken identity
Sangrur, August 7
In a case of alleged mistaken identity, 40-year-old Jagga Singh, of Uppli village, lost his life on Friday night when Makhan Singh of the same village opened fire from his double barrel gun mistaking him to be a thief.

Punjab geared up to revamp jail security
Chandigarh, August 7
Wary of increasing number of jailbreaks across the state, the Punjab Prisons Department is all geared up to revamp jail security and put in place some impregnable systems that facilitate safe jail networks.

A denuded hill in the catchment area of the Ropar wetlands. Ropar wetlands take battering from silt, pollution
Chandigarh: The Ropar wetlands, an important part of the ecosystem of the region, are endangered by siltation and pollution. Nestled in the foothills of the Shivaliks, the wetlands were formed with the construction of a barrage across the Sutlej in 1952. These are an important habitat for some threatened species like the scaly anteater, the python, the smooth Indian otter, the hog deer, the sambhar and the pangolin.

A denuded hill in the catchment area of the Ropar wetlands.

Waseem brings Barilevi flavour to Patiala
Patiala, August 7
A tough travelling schedule made no impact on Prof Waseem Barilevi as he sparkled at the All-India mushiara here last evening. He came from the USA, where he had gone to attend another mushiara, and held the audience spell-bound with his couplets and verses.


People unhappy over police indifference
Abohar, August 7
The indifference of the police officers concerned towards the first weekly meeting of the peace committee this morning disappointed some eminent residents, who had been enrolled as members of the committee to redress grievances of people.

Rural road network to be strengthened
Jalandhar, August 7
In a major initiative, which could go a long way in boosting the much-needed development of rural areas of Punjab, the Punjab Mandi Board is all set to add 1500 km of new roads to the existing 42,000 km rural road network within one year.

Villagers seek proper demarcation of land
Kapurthala, August 7
Lack of coordination between revenue officers and the administration of Kapurthala, Amritsar and Gurdaspur has resulted in numerous land disputes in the Mand area where many villages fall on the borders of the three districts.

Mute protest march by SAD (Amritsar)
Phagwara, August 7
A large number of the SAD(A) activists, led by party’s national General Secretary Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu and central working committee member Rajinder Singh Fauji,yesterday took out a black-robe mute protest march here to demand release of party president Simranjit Singh Mann arrested under sedition charges.

Congress wants to ‘terrorise’ bureaucrats
Phillaur, August 7
Reacting to the statement of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Shamsher Singh Dullo that bureaucrats be instructed to honour Congress activities, former Punjab BJP president and Foods and Supplies Minister Madan Mohan Mittal has alleged that the Congress wants to terrorise bureaucrats.

NCM missive to VHP on status of Sikhs
Amritsar, August 7
The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities and MP, Mr Tarlochan Singh, in a letter to Mr Ashok Singhal, working president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has urged to give a categorical statement that Sikhism is a separate religion and has a distinct identity.

Nambardars seek Rs 1,000 as honorarium
Sangrur, August 7
Resentment prevails among the nambardars in the state as the Amarinder government has “failed” in fulfilling its promise to grant Rs 1,000 per month as honorarium to every nambardar. The Congress made this promise during the last Assembly election.

PCCTU condemns govt move
Sangrur, August 7
Through an order that will adversely affect the normal functioning of more than 150 private-aided colleges in the state, the Punjab Government has asked the principals of all private-aided colleges not to fill posts of teaching and non-teaching staff, lying vacant under the grant-in-aid scheme or to be vacant in future, in their respective colleges.

Novel way to check female foeticide
Jalandhar, August 7
Concerned over declining female sex ratio and to check illegal sex determination tests by certain diagnostic centres, the Jalandhar district administration has envisaged a novel way to deal with the problem by monitoring the health of pregnant women in rural areas.

Girl sustains burn injuries
Bathinda, August 7
A 19-year-old girl sustained burn injuries reportedly due to gas leakage at a private clinic here today. Her sister also got injured.

Labourers peddle their way home amidst showers that lashed Bathinda on Sunday. Rain throws life out of gear
Bathinda, August 7
Heavy rains lashed Moga, Muktsar and Bathinda today inundating low-lying areas of these cities and throwing life out of gear. Though the much-awaited spell of shower also gave people some respite from hot and humid weather prevailing in the region for the last few days.

Labourers peddle their way home amidst showers that lashed Bathinda on Sunday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera

Bus operators discontinue services
Amritsar, August 7
Unable to find passengers from Malerkotla, falling in Sangrur district, to the Wagah border, almost all bus services, including government and private, have discontinued their services.

Govt to organise 500 camps for women


HC directive on pumps on canals
Abohar, August 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Irrigation Department to take appropriate action against pumps operating on canals in different parts of the state.

SC judgement whiff of fresh air: doctor
Ludhiana, August 7
The petitioner doctor in the landmark Supreme Court judgement holding that doctors could not be prosecuted for simple negligence has called upon the medical fraternity to be more careful now while discharging of their duties.


Farmers’ meeting on citrus plants
Phagwara, August 7
A meeting of progressive farmers of Phagwara subdivision will be held at the BDO office here on August 12 for the promotion of profit-giving citrus family plants, especially lemon and orange, as a part of diversification of the traditional crops to liberate farmers from the unremunerative wheat-paddy cycle.


Admn to give training to Army hopefuls
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 7
The district administration has started identifying youths, interested in joining the Indian Army by organising camps at block-level and onwards.

PR officials told to upgrade skills
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab Government has planned a major public relations exercise. The Adviser to the Chief Minister, Mr B.I.S. Chahal, has asked department officials to highlight the development activities and programmes of the government to keep the masses informed and ensure their participation in the process of development.


Scooterist crushed to death
Phagwara, August 7
A scooterist was killed and his brother escaped with minor injuries near Mehtan village here this afternoon.

8 persons hurt in clash
Rajpura, August 7
Eight persons, including six members of a family, were injured in a clash that took place between two families of Surron village, 8 km from here this evening.


‘Mela Teeyan Da’ at Abohar college
Students of the Bhag Singh Khalsa College for Women, Abohar, perform at “Mela Teeyan Da” organised on Sunday. Abohar, August 7
Apni mitti pe chalne ka saleeqa seekho, sangemarmar pe chalogo to fisal jaoge”. with this Urdu couplet Mr Vivek Chhabra, a teacher, started “Mela Teeyan Da” at the Bhag Singh Khalsa College for Women here this morning.

Students of the Bhag Singh Khalsa College for Women, Abohar, perform at “Mela Teeyan Da” organised on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

BCA, PGDCA courses hot favourites among students
Bathinda, August 7
Local colleges offering Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) courses are finding it difficult to accommodate the large number of applicants wanting to join this course this year.


Tea traders for duty-free export
Amritsar, August 7
The Amritsar Tea Traders Association, while welcoming the opening of land trade route for exporting the five essential commodities — tomatoes, garlic, onion, potato and livestock — through the international Wagah check post, today urged the Government of India to request Pakistan to allow the duty-free export of tea from the Wagah border.

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