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Cancer deaths rise in CM’s district
Authorities yet to take notice; no doc in dispensary
Mandour (Patiala), August 22
After cancer started its macabre dance in this village, located 17 km from New Moti Bagh, the private residence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, helpless residents have been left to fend for themselves.

Car proposal gets stuck in Finance Dept
Chandigarh, August 22
The much-discussed proposal to buy Camry cars for Punjab Ministers has not yet crossed the Finance Department’s barrier. Informed sources said today that the department had raised several queries regarding these cars.

Govt to permit selective killing of blue bulls
Chandigarh, August 22
Permits will be issued to seasoned hunters for the selective killing of blue bulls in the Malwa belt where farmers have been complaining for years that these wild animals were damaging their crops.

Issue of declaring minorities being examined
Chandigarh, August 22
Wanting to avoid a political controversy, the Punjab Government is carefully examining the question of which religious communities will fall in the category of “minority communities” in this only Sikh-dominated state in the country.

Mid-day meal scheme comes to a grinding halt in Punjab
Mohali, August 22
Implementation of mid-day meal scheme in government primary schools in Punjab has come to a grinding halt. Less than six months after cooked meals for students were introduced in primary schools as part of the scheme, the state has no funds to continue with it.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Good weather, Bt cotton cut sale of pesticides
Bathinda, August 22
Suitable weather conditions coupled with the arrival of Bt cotton has spelt doom for pesticide companies that did brisk business in the last couple of years in the cotton belt due to American bollworm and other diseases afflicting the cotton crop.

Phula Ram, a farmer from Gehri Bhagi village, shows his pest-free cotton crop. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Phula Ram, a farmer from Gehri Bhagi village, shows his pest-free cotton crop

Ludhiana factory ordered to be closed; 3 arrested
Ludhiana, August 22
The state Industries Department this evening ordered the closure of the controversial factory, Mukesh Steels, till further orders. Four industrial accidents, including some mysterious blasts, had taken place at the factory in the past two years.

Lalu’s nod to rail project
Chandigarh, August 22
The Union Railway Minister, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, today directed his Ministry officials to immediately prepare a project for laying a rail track from Tarn Taran to Goindwal Sahib.


Damdami Taksal’s offer to CM, Badal on militancy
Amritsar, August 22
The Damdami Taksal made an offer to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, for a debate on the issue of militancy in the state.

SAD workers protest against police atrocities
Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur), August 22
The SAD workers led by the former ministers, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Mr Sewa Singh Sekhwan, today organised a protest against the alleged police atrocities. Hundreds of SAD workers gathered at the Darbar Sahib gurdwara.

Sodhi-Mann feud hots up
Phagwara August 22
The factional feud in the ruling Congress here today hotted up with Phagwara Improvement Trust chairman Balbir Raja Sodhi hitting back at the local Congress MLA-cum-Chairman of the Punjab Agro and Foods Corporation, Mr Joginder Singh Mann who had earlier found faults with the functioning of Mr Sodhi and had levelled serious charges of corruption against him.

Chawla joins SAD (Longowal)
Patiala, August 22
The SAD (Longowal) headed by Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra today got a shot in the arm when Mr Sardar Singh Chawla, a senior leader of SAD headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal joined the party.


Century-old tree cut in name of commercialism
Amritsar, August 22
More than a century-old banyan tree at the Fatehgarh Churian road outside Nirankari colony was cut allegedly to enhance the commercial value of the area. When The Tribune team visited the spot, a tractor was being used to drag portions of the cut bark and a number of workers had been employed to carry out the activity.

Workers cut an ancient banyan tree in Amritsar on Monday. Ironically, a board which reads “Keep colony clean & green” is positioned alongside. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Workers cut an ancient banyan tree in Amritsar

Panchayat members threaten to quit
Faridkot, August 22
The Gram Panchayat of Ransinghwala village under Kotkapura block in this district has threatened to resign enmasse in protest against the alleged humiliating attitude meted out to it by police officers of Sadar Kotkapura a few days back.

35 bodies protest against cop’s arrest
Moga, August 22
Protesting against the arrest of Economic Offences Wing’s sub-inspector Mohan Lal by the Vigilance for graft, 35 social, religious and political bodies today took to the city’s streets. The bandh call given by them received an average response with shops downing their shutters till midday.

Activists of various social and political bodies block traffic at the Joginder Singh Chowk in Moga on Monday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Activists of various social and political bodies block traffic at the Joginder Singh Chowk in Moga

Hindu saints’ plea to Amarinder
Patiala, August 22
Members of the Khat Darshan Sant Samaj, Punjab, today urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make arrangements for the issuance of an ordinance for vacating those pieces of land which belonged to different religious bodies and were forcibly grabbed after 1950.

‘Krishna Leela’ presented                     
Patiala, August 22
Bharatnatyam dancer Saroja Vaidyanathan presented her dance-drama “Krishna Leela” here yesterday. The participation focused on the parnks Krishna’s flayed with the gopis and Radha.
The dance-drama started with Sneha Venkatramani giving an outline of the presentation.

Saroja Vaidyanathan in “Krishan Leela” at Central State Library, Patiala, on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Security tightened around Bhaniarawala’s dera
Ropar, August 22
The police today tightened security in and around the dera of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala in view of his birthday function tomorrow at Nurpur Bedi. Besides police personnel, a large number of CRPF personnel were deployed in the dera.

Saroja Vaidyanathan in “Krishan Leela” at Central State Library, Patiala

Harbans Lal inspects development projects
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, accompanied by the president, officials, contractors and councillors of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, today visited on going development projects in the town and took the first-hand information.

An overloaded private bus throws the safety book out of the window on the Lower Mall in Patiala
An overloaded private bus throws the safety book out of the window on the Lower Mall in Patiala on Sunday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Recruit doctors on regular basis, minister urged
Hoshiarpur, August 22
A joint deputation of the Senior Punjab Civil Medical Services Association and the PCMS Association led by their presidents, Dr Y.C. Markan and Dr Hardeep Singh, respectively, met Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, here today and asked him not to recruit 1,374 doctors on contract basis through Zila Parishads.

BJP seeks ban on sale of drugs
Kharar, August 22
While expressing concern over the increasing number of youth taking to drugs, the vice-president of the Punjab unit of the Panchayati Raj Cell of the BJP had demanded a complete stoppage of the sale of intoxicating drugs in the state.


8 sentenced to life imprisonment
Kapurthala, August 22
The District Sessions Judge today sentenced eight members of the truckers’ union to life imprisonment for the murder of a resident in a clash over loading of a truck almost one and half years back.


Farmers reject energy bonus
Sangrur, August 22
Terming the energy bonus, announced by the Punjab Chief Minister for small farmers, “a political drama and stunt” and “a fraud and cruel joke with farmers”, almost all major kisan unions, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union, today rejected the energy bonus, by saying that it was not acceptable to them as it did not fulfil the promises, made with the farmers by the Congress in its manifesto during the Assembly elections in the state.

Energy bonus policy more rational: experts
Amritsar, August 22
Policy of ‘energy bonus’ could be the ‘second best’ policy which is more rational than free electricity supply. However, some more steps were needed, said economists Dr. R.S. Bawa, Registrar and a senior professor, Dr P.S. Raikhy of the Punjab School of Economics of Guru Nanak Dev University while commenting upon recently announced energy bonus policy by the Punjab government.


Hardcore criminal back in police net
Faridkot, August 22
He was one of the most-wanted criminals in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan and was in the custody of Barnala police masquerading as Swaran Singh, alias Jassi, a resident of Khankhana village in Banga. Declared PO in all the above states, he ran away from the custody of the Faridkot police last year.

Inspector held for killing daughter
Faridkot, August 22
The police today arrested Jaswinder Singh, industry inspector posted at Moga, who, allegedly under the influence of liquor, shot his daughter Sharanjit Kaur (19) at Kotkapura yesterday. A gun and six cartridges were also seized from him.

Doctor couple booked for cheating
Amritsar, August 22
Dr Rajinder Singh Boparai, head of the orthopaedic ward, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Government Hospital, and his wife, Dr Gian Kaur, were taken to Mohali from here late last evening in connection with a case lodged against them there.

Satta operators arrested
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
The district police has unearthed a scandal of satta operators by arresting lottery sellers at Bassi Pathana, Mandi Gobindgarh and Amloh.

3 of family found dead
Batala, August 22
Three persons, Gopal Singh, his wife, Sukhwinder Kaur, and his brother’s wife, Sarbjit Kaur, were found dead at their house in Behluwal village under mysterious circumstances, police sources said here today.

Poverty drives man to suicide
Amritsar, August 22
Sick of his poor economic conditions, Jarnail Singh, a resident of Dharamkot village near Harike Pattan, committed suicide by driving his Jeep into the Rajasthan feeder at Harike yesterday. A PAP jawan found a diary and purse near the spot, which he gave to the police.

2 arrested for sale of spurious kerosene
Jalandhar, August 22
The district police has arrested two residents of Ludhiana in connection with the sale of spurious kerosene here today. The police intercepted a tanker (HR-45-2175) from Football Chowk and recovered a tanker full of spurious kerosene.


Financial aid for Guru Angad Dev varsity
Ludhiana, August 22
The Punjab Government will extend all financial support to the newly set-up Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and it will be made a
world-class university.

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