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SAD launches drive to seek justice
for ’84 victims

Longowal (Sangrur), August 20

Terming the Congress “non-secular” and a party of “terrorists”, Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal today launched a countrywide “Sarb Sanjhi Insaf Muhim” (movement for justice) to build a public opinion to put pressure on the Central Government to get the guilty of the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 punished at the 20th death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal, along with Nitish Kumar, Rajnath Singh, Shahnawaz Hussain and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa at a function to mark the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal, along with Nitish Kumar, Rajnath Singh, Shahnawaz Hussain and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa at a function to mark the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal at Longowal village on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Factionalism in Cong comes to the fore
MLA levels charges against Improvement Trust chief
Phagwara, August 20

Factionalism in the Congress came to the fore when local MLA and Chairman of Punjab Agro Foods Limited Joginder Singh Mann challenged the working of the local Improvement Trust Chairman Balbir Raja Sodhi and made serious allegations of corruption against him.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Address problem of farmers’ suicides, M.S. Gill asks Centre
Chandigarh, August 20
A member of the Rajya Sabha and former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr M.S. Gill, has urged the Union Government to immediately address the problem of suicide by farmers and landless labourers in Punjab.


Drop Secys, Badal advises CM
Ludhiana, August 20
Former Chief Minister and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal today suggested Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to drop all his Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries as “they have been appointed in contravention of the law”.

Cong leader joins SAD
Patiala, August 20
The Congress in the district received a major jolt as one of its senior leaders, Mr Kulwant Singh Narike, joined the SAD in the presence of Capt Kanwaljit Singh at a function here today.


Translation: DSGMC chief summoned
Amritsar, August 20
The Sikh clergy on Thursday decided to summon Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, Mr Parhlad Singh Chandok and Mr Avtar Singh Hit, president and former presidents of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee at the next meeting to clarify their positions regarding the “translation scam”.

Medical camp on Rajiv’s birth anniversary
Abohar, August 20
Several hundred residents of the slum areas turned up at a medical check-up camp organised by the city Congress Committee in the Rajiv Nagar locality today on the birth anniversary of the late Rajiv Gandhi.

Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, and Congress supporters pay tributes to late Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
— Photo by Raj Sadosh

Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, and Congress supporters pay tributes to late Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

NOCs to saw mills stopped following SC order
Jalandhar, August 20
The growth of the plywood and saw mill industry in the state is likely to come to a halt as the Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to stop the issuance of fresh NOCs to new saw mills and plywood and veneer industry.

Abandoned baby: blood samples of one more taken
Rajpura, August 20
Blood samples of one more suspect in the abandoned baby boy case were taken at the local Civil Hospital and then sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh, for DNA tests.

Another case filed against Bibi Jagir Kaur
Amritsar, August 20
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission has registered yet another case of misappropriation of gurdwara funds against the SGPC president, Bibi Jagir Kaur, along with executive member Tek Singh Dhanola and three other office-bearers.

‘Fake’ SGPC appointments
Amritsar, August 20
Five more appointments of daily wage raagis and sevadars have been detected in the SGPC today. The appointments were made by forging the signatures of SGPC secretary, Mr Dalmegh Singh.

Raagis fail to give satisfactory reply
Amritsar, August 20
The raagis and high priests of Harmander Sahib today failed to give satisfactory reply to the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur for opposing performing of kirtan by baptised Sikh women in sanctum sanctorum during the informal meeting held here today.

500 new trolleys for airport
Amritsar, August 20
As many as 500 new passenger trolleys arrived at the Rajasansi international airport, here yesterday. Airport Director VS Mulekar informed that along with trolleys the AAI had also positioned an “ambulift”’ to facilitate easier embarkation and dis-embarkation of sick and physically challenged passengers.

Man electrocuted
Bathinda, August 20
Subhash Chander, a resident of local Telianwala Mohalla, was electrocuted when he tried to switch off his power motor. When volunteers of the Sahara Jan Seva reached the spot, the condition of Chander was critical.


Court turns down ex-minister’s plea
Ropar, August 20
The Ropar court yesterday dismissed the application moved by the former state Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, to attend the wedding of his friend daughter in Canada.


Sheath blight hits paddy
Muktsar, August 20
At a time when farmers are coming to terms with the losses they suffered due to rain in the past months, sheath blight has hit the paddy crop, while tobacco caterpillar and leaf curl virus has attacked all varieties of cotton crop, including Bt, in various villages of the district.

A view of the paddy crop affected by sheath blight at Jhabelwali village of Muktsar.

A view of the paddy crop affected by sheath blight at Jhabelwali village of Muktsar

Dairy farming camp on modern techniques
Kharar, August 20
The Punjab Animal Husbandry Department will be supplying eight lakh injections containing semen of quality bulls to the Tamil Nadu Government. This was stated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Tourism, Punjab, after inaugurating a two-day training camp at Mullanpur Garibdass.


Illegal colonies to be regularised: NC chief
Phagwara, August 20
The Phagwara Nagar Council on Friday passed a resolution to regularise the unauthorised colonies after depositing development charges. This was stated by Nagar Council president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, while talking to The Tribune after two meetings here yesterday.


4 held for carrying parcels without authorisation
Abohar, August 20
The Railway Protection Force today arrested four agents of different courier services for carrying parcels without proper authorisation, sources said. The RPF had received complaints from passengers travelling by reserved sleeping coaches that commuters, most of them working for courier services on monthly concession pass, had been blocking entry and exit points of the coaches, thereby putting the passengers to inconvenience.

Threat to turn approver, alleges murder accused
Ropar, August 20
In a new twist to a murder case of Gurcharan Singh, former Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, one of the accused, Rashpal Singh, has alleged that the IG (Ferozpore Range), Mr Rajinder Singh, and his brother have pressurised him to become approver in the case.

Siti cable sex scam; chargesheet filed
Amritsar, August 20
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly filed a chargesheet against the accused in the infamous Siti Cable sex sleaze scam that rocked the holy city a few years ago.

No clue to theft of copper plates
Ropar, August 20
Even after 11 days, the police is still clueless about the persons responsible for the theft of about 24 honour board copper plates, carrying the names of officers who had worked for the construction and commissioning of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, from its main office.

Wife, in-laws booked for man’s death
Rajpura, August 20
Mr Karnail Singh, a resident of Shergarh village, near Kurukshetra, was found dead in his in-laws’ house in Dirwa village, near Ghanaur, this afternoon. According to police, Karnail Singh along with his wife Sanjo Devi and two sons had gone to his in-laws’ house two days ago.

Undertrial killed in jail clash
Ludhiana, August 20
One undertrial was killed and several others were injured in a clash that broke out between two groups of inmates of the Central Jail here last night. The clash took place when the inmates were having dinner and members of the two groups, who had been at loggerheads with each other for some time, began arguing.

Doctors blame chemist for foul play
Amritsar, August 20
Blaming the chemist shop owner, Gurjinder Singh, of playing mischief in instigating the patients to file complaint against two doctors of SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Hospital here, Dr Sartaj and Dr Sherry yesterday filed a complaint against him to the hospital authorities.

Newly-wed attempt suicide
Rajpura, August 20
A newly-wed couple allegedly tried to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substance in Dharamgarh village, near here, today. Sources in the police disclosed that Mr Kala Khan (20), a resident of Dharamgarh village, and Ms Rimpi (19) of Bhatehri-Faridpur village, had reportedly eloped a few days ago and got married against the wish of their family members.


PTU delays relaunch of tele-education again
Jalandhar, August 20
Thousands of students enrolled in distance education courses of Punjab Technical University, who had been waiting for the relaunch tele-education services at their centre for the last one year, have been left in lurch once again.

Seminar on disaster management
Batala, August 20
R.R. Bawa DAV College for Girls organised a two day national seminar on disaster management. The seminar was sponsored by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.

Gurjant wins declamation contest
Patiala, August 20
Gurjant Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Civil lines, bagged the first prize while Narinder Singh of Government Pheel Khana Public School and Prinkya Sharma of J.S Model School, Nabha, got the second and third prizes, respectively in the declamation competition organised to celebrate the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas at Polo Ground here today.

Students hold dharna against Principal
Amritsar, August 20
A number of students who were allegedly denied admissions in college today organised a dharna in front of Khalsa College here and raised slogans against the Principal.

Grant of school for deaf and dumb held up
Bathinda, August 20
The local Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb authorities have been waiting for a grant of Rs 50 lakh, which was announced by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, on January 26, 2005, for creating more facilities and imparting better education to the children.

Rally, contests mark Urja Divas
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 20
The 61st birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been celebrated with enthusiasm as “Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas” by the district administration at the local Mata Gujri Senior Secondary School.

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