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Mysterious disease grips 24 children
Malerkotla, August 28
Panic has gripped the city and the surrounding areas with the spread of a mysterious disease in Beed Imamgarh village near here. About 24 children are suffering from this mysterious disease while Harwinder Singh, a class second student died due to this diseases a few days ago.

CPI to review performance from Sept
19 to 21

Sangrur, August 28
To review the political and organisational performance of party during the past three years and chalk out its future line in view of the changing political scenario, the Punjab unit of the CPI will organise its three-day state conference from September 19 to September 21 in Desh Bhagat Yadgari Hall at Jalandhar.

‘Crusader’ happy with Nanavati report
Sekhwan (Gurdaspur), August 28
Though many are flaying it, the person who spearheaded the struggle to bring the guilty to book in the 1984 riots case is satisfied with the Nanavati Commission report.

Durgiana panel seeks more aid for
terror victims

Amritsar, August 28
Victims of militancy in the state should be provided with the same relief and facilities as provided to the families of the victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984. This was stated by Mr Surinder Arjun, President, Durgiana committee, while addressing mediapersons here today.

Ludhiana denied air link with Delhi
Ludhiana, August 28
Ludhiana, the industrial capital of Punjab is not being linked by air when it has a great potential for passenger traffic and cargo. The state government has been contemplating a green field international airport at Ladowal near here.

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Youth made to work as ‘khadam’ in Kuwait
Abohar, August 28
The son of a former BSNL employee, Mr Gurpinder Singh was not only duped by one of his relatives from Panjgrain village, near Kotkapura, on the pretext of sending him abroad, but also forced to work as “khadam” in a house at Kuwait. His father reportedly died of shock on June 8.


PIDB to replace brick arch bridges over UBDC
Gurdaspur, August 28
The row over replacing the damaged brick arch brides over the Kasoor branch of the UBD canal has been settled. The bridges would now be constructed by Punjab Infrastructure Development Board.

SGPC sets up Mai Bhago Dal
Chandigarh, August 28
The president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Bibi Jagir Kaur, today announced the formation of the Mai Bhago Dal to fight the menace of drugs and social evils in Punjab.

Dullo equivocates queries over terror panel
Ludhiana, August 28
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, was today at his ambiguous best while answering questions about the government proposal to set up a commission to probe the incidents of violence during militancy in Punjab.

Security tightened at Rajasansi
Rajasansi, August 28
The international airport here had been put on high alert for any kind of emergency landing of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s aircraft from early morning today. This would be the first aircraft of the Prime Minister in 29 years that would have passed over the city here on visit to Afghanistan.

Congress grass bane of Phagwara residents
Phagwara, August 28
Like every year, the rain has brought with it the problem of congress grass and like every year the nagar council, Phagwara, has failed to check the menace. The failure of the civic body to destroy the weed has led to aggravation of sneezing, wheezing and allergic rashes on account of parthenium.

Phagwara bus stand to have new look
PHAGWARA: The bus stand here will soon have a new look. “The engineering wing of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation will undertake the construction work for which Rs 2 crore has been cleared. The new bus stand will have an ultra-modern look.

Ex-soldier’s disability pension reduced
Chandigarh, August 28
Twenty years after he was boarded out of service on medical grounds, a 60-year-old disabled soldier, Dharam Chand, came in for a rude shock. Not only has his disability pension drastically reduced, but orders have been issued by the Controller of Defence Accounts for recovery of the difference between his earlier and revised pension.


Dharam Chand, whose right leg shortened after he met with an accident, at his residence in Bajwara Kalan village near Hoshiarpur on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Dharam Chand, whose right leg shortened after he met with an accident, at his residence in Bajwara Kalan village near Hoshiarpur

Amitoj’s poems live after him
Chandigarh, August 28
The news of the passing away of Amitoj, one of the finest poets of Punjabi in the post-Shiv Kumar Batalvi phase reached the city at dusk today, casting gloom in the wide circle of friends and admirers. Amitoj, who passed away at the Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, at mid-day following a prolonged illness, was cremated there in the afternoon.

Mukti Day to be observed on Aug 31
Chandigarh, August 28
The All-India Tapriwas and Vimukt Jatis Federation will observe its 54th Annual Mukti Day at Ganna Pind near Phillaur on August 31. According to the president, Gyani Nirmal Singh, although India got freedom on August 15, 1947, the Vimukt Jatis, previously referred to as criminal tribes, numbering 193 and having a population of 20 crore were set free on August 31, 1952.

Doctors apprised of advances in surgery
Amritsar, August 28
A national symposium on clinical research and recent advances in surgery was organised by the local Surgeons Society yesterday in which around 350 delegates from northern India participated.

Health Secretary to meet doctors today
Patiala, August 28
Taking note of the resentment by Punjab Government doctors over the issue of interpretation of the government order by the Finance Department, the Health Secretary, Punjab, Mr Darbara Singh Guru, will meet a joint delegation of various bodies of Punjab Government doctors at Chandigarh tomorrow.

Demonstration against arrest of 2 residents
Abohar, August 28
Congress workers led by a councillor from Arya Nagar held a demonstration at the Municipal Town hall here against the arrest of two residents of the locality who were on a motor cycle at 2.30 am.

I have been implicated, says Saifdipur
Patiala, August 28
Social activist Balwinder Singh Saifdipur, against whom an excise case was slapped yesterday for allegedly smuggling nearly 200 bottles of the IMFL into the city, has claimed that he has been implicated at the behest of a minister and a rival wine contractor.

Yoga camp held for jail inmates
Ropar, August 28
A week-long yoga camp organised by the Family Welfare Health Club and Bhartiya Yoga Sansthan, Ropar, with a view to reforming the jail inmates of Sub-Jail, Ropar, concluded here today. As many as 18 inmates participated in the camp.

Thousands to attend Usha Mata’s funeral
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
Thousands of devotees of Maha Mandleshwar Usha Mata Ji, who left for heavenly abode, thronged Bassi Pathana to participate in the last rites as her mortal remains would be consigned to flames at “ Dera Tapovan Sachkhand Dawar” at Bassi Pathana tomorrow at 10 am.


Theft accused sent to judicial lock-up
Phagwara, August 28
The Phagwara police reportedly arrested a person for stealing a car from Singla Market and he was sent to the judicial lock-up here on Friday on the orders of Judicial Magistrate.


Sheath blight strikes paddy in Moga
Moga, August 28
Sheath blight has taken away smiles from the faces of paddy growers in different pockets of the district. Sources said in some villages losses to the extent of over 50 per cent had come to light, taking the total loss to over 1,000 acres.

800 rice shellers to remain closed during paddy season
Sangrur, August 28
In protest against the alleged anti-rice miller policies of the government, owners of about 800 rice shellers in Sangrur district will keep their rice-shellers closed during the ensuing paddy season.


Tension prevails as group clash leaves 8 hurt
Jalandhar August 28
Even as tension still grips the Neelamahl and Dhogri localities in the aftermath of an armed clash and subsequent stoning between the two groups on Saturday night, in which eight youths were injured, the police has booked five persons and arrested two others for creating the trouble.

2 held for killing ex-serviceman
Kharar, August 28
Claiming to have solved the murder of the 70-year-old ex-serviceman, who was hacked to death in his sleep at Badali village last week, the Kurali police today arrested two persons, including the nephew of the victim.

1 dies in bus mishap
Patiala, August 28
One person was killed and 32 persons injured in an accident involving a mini bus and a tractor-trailer near Mathura Colony here this morning. Jagseer Singh (16) of Dugar village died while Balwinder Singh (45) is battling for life in the ICU of Government Rajindera Hospital here.

1 killed, 12 hurt in road mishap
Sangrur, August 28
Prince (14) was killed on the spot while around 12 persons were injured, three of them seriously, when the Matador, in which they were travelling, overturned near Badrukhan village, about 3 km from here, this afternoon.

1 hurt in dispute over water
Patiala, August 28
A fight broke out between two factions at Harimajra village over the distribution of canal water here today. Shyam Lal was shot at by Joginder Singh. He has been admitted to Government Rajindera Hospital with chest injuries.

Gang of robbers busted
Moga, August 28
The CIA staff has arrested six persons, including two women, when they were planning a robbery on the Mehmewala road last evening. Police sources said the gang was involved in a number of robberies in different areas of Punjab, including Moga, Ludhiana and Phillaur.


Restart pension scheme, say teachers
Patiala, August 28
The Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union Progressive Front has appealed to the Punjab Government to restart the pension scheme which was stopped by the government on May 31, 2003.

200 participate in NSS camp
Bathinda, August 28
The NSS unit of Government Rajindra College organised a one-day camp on the college campus here today. About 200 students participated in the camp.


NSS volunteers clean the Rajindra College campus during their one-day camp in Bathinda on Sunday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

NSS volunteers clean the Rajindra College campus during their one-day camp in Bathinda


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