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Missing minor forced into flesh trade 
Neighbour sold her to pimps in Gujarat
Gurdaspur, August 16
The minor girl, who had been missing from the Shahpur Kandi area of the district, has been recovered by the Gujarat Police from a brothel in Ahmedabad.

Kamlesh Kumari, accused of selling a teenaged girl in Gujarat, in police custody. Kamlesh Kumari, accused of selling a teenaged girl in Gujarat, in police custody.
— Photo by Jangi

400 Indian prisoners’ release delayed
64 to go on fast from August 20
Ferozepore, August 16
With Pakistan’s media raising hue and cry over the decision of Pakistan’s government to release 400 Indian prisoners, their release has been delayed and 64 Punjabi youths detained in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Pakistan are set to start a fast from August 20, said Mr Harpal Singh Bhullar, president of the International Bhai Mardana Yadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, here today.




Prof O.P. Mathur Ludhiana selected for central grants
Chandigarh, August 16
About 50 per cent of the country’s population have to go out of their house to fetch drinking water. Another 50 per cent defecate in the open. Level of pollution in urban areas is rising at 0.8 per cent each year.

Prof O.P. Mathur

Parkash Singh Badal Badal for setting up truth panel by SC
Chandigarh August 16
Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today called for the setting up of a truth commission by the Supreme Court to go into the causes of the decade-long violence in Punjab and expose the forces behind it.

Parkash Singh Badal

PSGPC poll: it’s tough fight for Mastan Singh
Amritsar, August 16
The prestige of Mr Mastan Singh, controversial president of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) who is facing serious corruption charges, is at stake as he is pitted against another prominent Sikh of Pakistan, Mr Ujaggar Singh, for the forthcoming municipal council election of Nankana Sahib, scheduled to be held on August 25.

Students’ stir: DSW resigns 
Amritsar, August 16
Khalsa College students’ strike here today took a new turn when Prof Udham Singh Shahi, Dean Students Welfare (DSW) of the college reportedly resigned as Dean.

Retrenched BBMB workers lathicharged
Hoshiarpur, August 16
The police led by the Mukerian DSP, lathicharged retrenched daily wage workers of BBMB while they were going to present their charter of demands to the Chairman of the Bhakhra Beas Management Board at Talwara, 80 km from here today.


CPM organises ‘jan chetna march’
Jalandhar, August 16
To protest against the “anti-people” policies of the government, workers of the CPM organised a “jan chetna march” from Garha village, near Phillaur, today.


BBMB chief inaugurates rock garden
Talwara, August 16
Chairman of the Bhakra Beas Management Board Mr Rakesh Nath today inaugurated the first phase of rock garden set up by the organisation on the Talwara-Mukerian road. He was accompanied by Mr Nek Chand under whose supervision the garden has been set up.

Doctors told to follow MCI norms
Ludhiana, August 16
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for effective steps to stop all kinds of assaults on doctors while making it clear that the medical professionals will not tolerate such acts.

PR men delay I-Day press notes
Patiala, August 16
The Public Relations Department of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) seems to have gone on an overdrive to please the bosses.

Paper mill workers block traffic
Mukerian, August 16
Workers of the Mukerian paper mill today blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Jalandhar road for an hour. They were protesting against non-payment of wages by the management for past five months.

‘Jagriti yatra’ flagged off
Abohar, August 16
Mr Rajinder Singh Desujodha, national unit president of the Akhil Bharatiya Samast Baoria Samaj Sangathan today flagged off Baoria Samaj “Jagriti rath yatra” to mark the beginning of the 54th Mukti Divas celebrations.

One killed as train hits tractor-trailer
Phagwara, August 16
One person was killed and another injured when their tractor-trailer was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing near Behram, 8 km from here.

Removal of encroachment sought
Bathinda, August 16
The Welfare and Park Maintenance Committee, Shakti Nagar, has lodged a written complaint with the MC Commissioner and the EO demanding removal of illegal encroachment on the park by the Mahashakti Mandir.


Farmers lathicharged
Amritsar, August 16
Farmers of Kathunangal village were lathicharged when they were protesting against replacement of an out-of-order transformer today.


Murder case solved; four arrested
Batala, August 16
Dr Jitendra Kumar Jain, SSP, Batala District, addressing mediapersons here today, said the police had solved the murder mystery regarding the killing of Gurdial Singh.

Kharar resident held in murder case
Kharar, August 16
A special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police today arrested Chajju Singh, a resident of Kharar, for his alleged involvement in the murder of three members of a family who were bludgeoned to death in a brutal attack by a group of 15 persons in Chhajjumajra village in Kharar on August 7.

Rs 25 lakh seized from car
Phagwara, August 16
Mystery shrouds the seizure of Rs 25 lakh from a car in the Hadiabad locality here this evening.

Criminals held within hours of offence
Patiala, August 16
Acting swiftly an information, the local police arrested two youths within a few hours after they allegedly looted a couple by attacking them with sharp-edged weapons in Bishan Nagar on the night of August 13.

Two caught taking bribe
Chandigarh, August 16
A team of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau nabbed Bimla Rani, Senior Assistant, Licensing Authority, Drugs branch, in the office of the Director, Health Services, Punjab, in Sector 34 here while accepting and demanding a bribe of Rs 2000.


Teachers not paid for months
Amritsar, August 16
A number of teachers of government and aided schools have not been paid their salaries for the past about four months.

Students from affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University hold a dharna on the university campus in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PTU students hold protest dharna
Jalandhar, August 16
Demanding a change in a rule pertaining to the examination system, students from various affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University held a dharna on the campus here today.

Students from affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University hold a dharna on the university campus in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Pbi varsity adds seats to BCA, PGDCA courses
Bathinda, August 16
Keeping in view the demand for BCA and PGDCA courses, Punjabi University has increased 25 per cent seats in these courses in three colleges in the town.


Trade union backs kiln owners
Jalandhar, August 16
The Punjab and Chandigarh unit of the Centre of Trade Union has supported certain genuine demands of brick-kiln owners, including revocation of the condition of using fly ash in brick making, excluding brick-kilns from the VAT regime and ensuring supply of coal at controlled prices.

New Chairman of Milkfed takes over
Chandigarh, August 16
Mr Harpartap Singh Majhail today took over as Chairman, Milkfed, Punjab. He belongs to a family of freedom fighters and is a son of Mr Isher Singh Majhail, former Minister of Punjab and former President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

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