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Badal welcomes Amarinder’s offer on debate
Chandigarh, August 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today dared the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, not to back out of his promise for debate in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on all aspects of the Punjab problem. Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday.
Shiromani Akali Dal President and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph.

Mysterious disease strikes buffaloes
Chandigarh, August 21
A mysterious disease has struck buffaloes in Patiala. In one case, a dairy farmer has lost his 10th buffalo to the disease. Despite the matter being reported to Punjab Agricultural University and the Animal Husbandry Dept, the two departments failed to come to his rescues. A buffalo suffering from swelling on her dewlap in Patiala.
A buffalo suffering from swelling on her dewlap in Patiala.

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  Indian on Pak death row: sister writes to PM
Amritsar, August 21
Ms Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarbjit Singh whose death sentence was recently upheld by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, shot a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, here today seeking his intervention in the matter.

Free us, Indian, Pak prisoners urge PMs

World page:
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26 off-loaded from AI flight to Birmingham
Amritsar, August 21
As many as 26 passengers were off-loaded from the Air-India flight to Birmingham and Toronto in view of the overbooked flight emanating from Mumbai via Delhi.

World page: Aeroflot mulling Moscow-Amritsar flights

Dr Shinder P.S. PurewalPurewal Citizenship Judge in Canada
Chandigarh, August 21
Dr Shinder P.S. Purewal, an NRI in Canada, had been appointed as a new Citizenship Judge there, his close friend said here today. His appointment had been announced by Mr Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He is a respected academician and author in Surrey, British Columbia.


Kang levels allegations against Cong MLA
Amritsar, August 21
Mr Manjinder Singh Kang, state organising secretary of the SAD, levelled serious allegations against Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa at a press conference here today. He said the court of SDJM Baba Bakala had issued non-bailable warrants against him in a cheating case. However, he alleged, due to connivance of senior police officials he was never arrested.


Illegal colonies coming up despite HC order
Pathankot August 21
Despite the directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to reconsider the implementation of development scheme framed by the Pathankot Improvement Trust, known as “Timber Market and Truck Stand” the same is hanging fire causing a lot of inconvenience to public and direct losses to the state exchequer.

Bank served false loan recovery notice, allege women
Abohar, August 21
Thirty girls and married women were shocked when the Ghallu branch of Punjab National Bank served them notices for the recovery of installment of loan which they had reportedly never received.

Two brothers electrocuted
Bathinda, August 21
A youth and a married woman today committed suicide in separate incidents here today.

Shramdan at Kanjli wetland
Kapurthala, August 21
The shramdan at Kanjli wetland evoked a good response from local residents and those from adjoining villages. Students, employees of different government departments and environmentalist Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seenchewal and his followers also took part in the shramdan.

Blood donation camp in memory of Longowal
Barnala, August 21
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, today inaugurated a blood donation camp and free medical check-up camp. The camps were organised in memory of late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Opinions page: Longowal got best deal for Punjab

'Village of drug addicts'
Kapurthala, August 21
More than 100 cases have been registered under NDPS Act this year and 4 lakh ml of illicit liquor seized from residents of Lattiyanwal village in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision in this district. Most of the males in the village are drug addicts and are engaged in manufacture and smuggling of illicit liquor and drugs.

Painter laments bureaucratic interference
Amritsar, August 21
The 74-year-old noted painter Anand Dev, who remained chairperson of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, for record 20 years, said that unnecessary bureaucratic interference had marred the efficiency of premium academy of artists in the country.

Ghazal cassette released
Jalandhar, August 21
“Khushboo,” the fourth audio album of ghazals rendered by Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Editor -in-chief of Ajit Group of Publications, was released here on Saturday night.

Clot bust therapy for paralytics
Amritsar, August 21
Dr Ashok Uppal, a Neurologist, on Wednesday claimed that he was the first one in the country to start a revolutionary form of treatment for stroke patients known as clot bust therapy (CBT). He said “Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology” had acknowledged his experience as the first case in the country.

Jayanti Devi temple to be on tourism map soon
Kharar, August 21
The historical Mata Jayanti Devi temple at Mullapur Garibdass, near Chandigarh, is soon going to be on the rural tourism map of India. A meeting to discuss the proposed status for the temple was held at the SDM Kharar’s office today.

Camp on cancer
Patiala, August 21
A seminar on lung and eye cancer was organised by Mrs Nirmal Verma Memorial Cancer Society at Amar Ashram on Thursday. Dr Kaustubh Sharma, SP, Patiala, delivered a detailed talk on symptoms detection and cure of lung and eye cancer.

Poor development of area angers residents
Amritsar, August 21
Hundreds of residents belonging to more than a dozen colonies on Ajnala Road today blocked the road leading to Rajasansi airport, protesting against the non-development of the area.

Security slack at railway station
Phagwara, August 21
The recovery of two hand grenades from Pathankot railway station recently and a blast in Shramjeevi Express train coming from Patna to Delhi a few days back do not seem to be adequate reasons for extra alertness as far as Phagwara railway police is concerned.

Singh Bandhu presented award
Patiala, August 21
Music maestros Singh Bandhu were presented Punjab Today’s ‘Punjabi of the Year’ award for year 2004 at a solemn, but impressive, function at Central Library here last evening.

Skeleton identified
Phagwara, August 21
The partial skeleton recovered yesterday by the police from a sugarcane field at Mehtan village has reportedly been identified.


Lok Adalat settles 179 cases
Patiala, August 21
As many as 179 cases were disposed of and more than Rs 48 lakh settled during quarterly Lok Adalat organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Patiala, in the Judicial Courts Complex here yesterday. As many as 292 cases were taken up by the Adalat.


Malwa’s farmers go moneylenders’ way
Maintain books on farm practices
Bathinda, August 21
With cost of agricultural inputs rising and profit declining, farmers of the Malwa region have become pennywise. Over 3,000 farmers hailing from 25 villages of the region have started maintaining “bahi khatas” (account books) on the lines of moneylenders.

Bacterial blight hits paddy crop
Jalalabad, August 21
Deadly disease bacterial leaf blight has hit paddy crop in this border belt. There is panic among farmers as there is no immediate remedy available to treat this disease.


Elevated road project mooted for Amritsar
Amritsar, August 21
To counter the problem of acute traffic congestion being faced by residents of the city for the past many years, an ambitious multi-crore proposal has been drafted by the Municipal Corporation (MC) that proposes to initiate the first-ever elevated road project here.

MC turns blind eye to encroachment
Batala, august 21
The role of the Batala Municipal Council in the case of encroachment on its land has raised many eyebrows. Some persons started raising walls around the prime land on the Kanuwan road in Batala about a month ago.

Thousands benefit from Lok Suvidha camp
Fatehgarh Sahib,  August 21
The district administration organised a Lok Suvidha camp at Sonti village in Amloh subdivision of the district on Thursday. Thousands of people queued up from the early morning to get their works done and the camp proved a boon for the people of the area, who were fed up with repeated visits to various government offices for getting their work done.


Dy Director held taking bribe
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested a Deputy Director, Agriculture, and a doctor in separate corruption cases.

Man wanted in 12 cases held
Ferozepore, August 21
The police here nabbed the most wanted criminal, Joginder, alias Sukha, involved in 12 cases of extortion, bank robbery, theft of cars at various places in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Girl shot by drunk father
Faridkot, August 21
A man shot his daughter at Kotkapura, 12 km from here, this afternoon under the influence of liquor.

Tantriks escape with 150 gm of gold
Bathinda, August 21
Two tantriks reportedly duped a woman of 150 gm of gold and fled at Goniana Mandi, near here, today. The police has registered a case and launched a hunt to nab them.

Troubled by ‘spirit’, man injures neighbour
Rajpura, August 21
A resident of Manakpur Kheri village attacked his neighbour with a sword, claiming that he was being troubled in sleep by her brother-in-law’s spirit, near here this afternoon. He said the mother-in-law of the woman had occult powers.


Veterinary university in financial mess
Ludhiana, August 21
The newly set up Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has started functioning with a deficit and has to depend on the parent university, Punjab Agricultural University, to meet its day-to-day expenses. The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, which came into being on August 9, is already worth Rs 21 lakh to the PAU.

PCCTU to protest on August 23, 25
Phagwara, August 21
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union will observe save education day on August 23, and poll manifesto reminder day on August 25, by observing a two-hour strike from 12 noon to 2 pm on both days in protest against the anti-education policies of the Punjab government and the non-implementation of poll promises made in its manifesto.

Foundation stone laid
Bathinda, August 21
Mr Hemant Contractor, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, laid the foundation stone of a nursing college at Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here on Saturday.


Direct allotment letters for industrial plot holders
Mohali, August 21
In a move that is expected to give relief to hundreds of industrial plot holders in the state, the Punjab Government has decided to scrap the system of letters of intent issued to the allottees over the years, thereby putting an end to the entire system of issuing LOIs.

Coop sugar mill returns stake to govt
Batala, August 21
The Batala Cooperative Sugar Mill has returned the government share in the institution. Sources said the government’s share of Rs 72.50 lakh invested in the mill had been deposited by the mill management in the government treasury.


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