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Reporter freed on bail

Kharar, August 29

Following pressure from the Punjab Chief Minister, the Ropar police today bailed out Indian Express reporter Gautam Dheer from police custody on medical grounds.

Gautam Dheer, along with his father and wife, comes out from the Kharar police station after getting bail on Monday.
Gautam Dheer, along with his father and wife, comes out from the Kharar police station after getting bail on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

I was falsely implicated: Dheer
Kharar, August 29
Despite having spent a harrowing 24 hours in the lock-up at the Kharar police station with hardened criminals as his cell mates, Gautam Dheer, the Indian Express reporter, remained calm and contained through the day today.

SIT member suspended

* Index page:
Protest by angry newsmen forces CM to order probe
SIT locks horn with CM
Editors Guild condemns arrest
Report on police action against journalist sought
* Ludhiana page: Journalists demand Dheer’s release
Chandigarh page:
Police bypassed law in arresting scribe
Lawyers’ body moves NHRC over scribe’s arrest

Fatehgarh Sahib


Spy tortured there, neglected here
Ludhiana, August 29

Sarabjit Singh may be an exception and the luckiest one to get attention of the country and mercy pleas are being made for him to the Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf from every quarter.

Kishori Lal Sharma, a trained engineer, who spent eight years in Pakistani jails on espionage charges. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Kishori Lal Sharma, a trained engineer, who spent eight years in Pakistani jails on espionage charges.

Release of Indian youths sought
Ferozepore, August 29
Family members of 64 Indian youths detained in Pakistani jails today converged in the city and appealed to the Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan to discuss the release of Indian and Pakistani prisoners on priority in their forthcoming talks.

Punjab committed to power reforms: Captain
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said the Punjab Government was ready to set up a power-generating project jointly with Haryana, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh.

Poachers escape due to slackness of officials
Gurdaspur, August 29
Political pressure and slackness of the Forest Department officials helped escape hunters and possible destruction of the evidence in a poaching case.

No takers for PTU courses
Jalandhar, August 29
With as many as eight colleges affiliated with Punjab Technical University it has (PTU) not been able to fill even a single seat for MCA, the course seems to have got a beating in two consecutive counsellings organised by Punjabi University this year.

Tedious testing procedures affect HIV infected
Chandigarh, August 29
For the HIV infected who came from Punjab villages to attend a consultation on AIDS organised by the Population Foundation of India in Chandigarh today, access to treatment and the cost involved are the two big challenges.


Cong, SAD misusing power, says Kainth
Jalandhar, August 29
In its bid to create awareness among poor and Dalits about their rights, the Bahujan Samaj Morcha, led by former MP Satnam Singh Kainth, has decided to launch a statewide, “Lehar Banao- Hit Bachao Andolan”, based at district rallies.

Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, president, Bahujan Samaj Morcha, addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, president, Bahujan Samaj Morcha, addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Monday.

Khera to lead delegation to European countries
Phagwara, August 29
Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, Balwant Singh Khera will lead a delegation to various countries of Europe next month.

Cardiology department faces staff shortage
Patiala, August 29
The Cardiolgy Department of the local Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital is facing closure as the state research and medical education authorities have transferred the only doctor working in that department recently.

Protest rally by Dalits
Sangrur, August 29
Nearly 150 Dalits from various parts of the district under the banner of the “Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan”, led by Mr Sanjay Kumar, project coordinator of the andolan, today held a rally here and took out a march through the town in support of their demands. They also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Husan Lal, to forward it to the Chief Minister.

I was tortured in jail, Mann writes to Lahoti
Ludhiana, August 29
Simranjit Singh Mann, president, Akali Dal (Amritsar) has complained to the Chief Justice of India that he was tortured mentally and physically.

Residents gherao MC office
Jalandhar, August 29
Agitated over a shortage of drinking water, residents of the Basti area of the city, gheraoed the office of the local Municipal Corporation here today.

PSEB staff hold protest
Rajpura, August 29
Angered over the non-implementation of an agreement reached upon by the management of the Punjab State Electricity Board and the Technical Service Union, over 100 employees of the PSEB held a protest outside the office of the Executive Engineer, PSEB, Rajpura division, for two hours today.

Usha Mata cremated
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 29
Maha Mandleshwar Usha Mata was cremated this afternoon. Swami Mahadev from Khanpur Dera of Usha Mata and brother of Usha Mata Deepak Chadha from Agra lit the pyre.

Bhakra level rises to 1672 ft
Nangal, August 29
The water level of the Bhakra dam today rose to 1672 feet which is just 8 feet less than its maximum capacity to store water.

Shahbaz Khalsa launched
Amritsar, August 29
The Global United Research and Service Institute of Knowledge for Humanity today launched a Panthic organization, Shahbaz Khalsa to reach out to the rural youth and common man for spreading Gurmat, releasing religious shrines from clutches of corrupt political leadership and building a public movement against the drug menace.

Boy falls in gutter, dies
Begowal (Kapurthala), August 29
The body of Ravinder, a seven-year-old boy of Gourav Colony, was found in a gutter. He reportedly fell into the gutter while playing here last evening.

Work on Ram temple within 5 yrs: Mohan Gopal Dass
Phagwara, August 29
Mahant Nritya Gopal Dass, president, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and Shri Krishan Janmabhoomi Seva Sansthan, declared today that work on the Ram temple would start at Ayodhya within five years.


Two get life term for rape, murder
Kapurthala, August 29
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Sham Sunder Gupta, sentenced two persons to life and rigorous imprisonment for 10 years to their two accomplices in a rape and murder case here today.


Cotton growers save Rs 300 cr by lesser use of pesticides
Chandigarh, August 29
Farmers in the cotton belt of the region have reason to cheer. The reduction in the use of pesticides due to plantation of Bollgard (Bt) cotton and favourable climatic conditions have helped the cotton growers save the input costs by over Rs 300 crore so far this season.

Premature plucking leads to early arrival of cotton
Bathinda, August 29

Premature plucking by a section of farmers has led to the early arrival of cotton in the cotton market here. Surprisingly, if cotton farmers’ are to be believed then unauthorised bt varieties are dominating the market.

A farmer shows his cotton in a market in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

A farmer shows his cotton in a market in Bathinda on Monday.

Farmers to intensify agitation
Barnala, August 29
Farmers of Fatehgarh Chhanna, Dhaula and Sanghera villages under the banner of the Ujaara Roko Sanghursh Committee, and protesting against the Government move to acquire their 376 acres, have decided to intensify their stir. The next course of action will be announced on September 1.


Gang of thieves busted
Hoshiarpur, August 29
The police has unearthed a gang of thieves and arrested three of its members. Mr Lok Nath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police, said here today that three members of this gang, Bhag Mal, alias Babbu, a son of Darshan Lal of Allahabad, Bunti, a son of Sat Pal, and Vinod Kumar, alias Khanna, a son of Chanan Ram, both residents of local Mohalla Khanpuri Gate, were arrested.

Vehicles carrying 215 bottles of liquor seized
Jalandhar, August 29
In a dramatic incident, some alert liquor smugglers fled, leaving behind two vehicles and consignment of illicit liquor, after they sensed police presence near Reru village and at another point near the milk plant on the city outskirts today.

In-laws booked for dowry death
Batala, August 29
A case of dowry death of Gurpreet Kaur resident of Kala Afgana village, allegedly by her in-laws was registered at Fatehgarh Churian.

Youth held for cheating Dalit girl
Abohar, August 29
The Khuyiansarwer police last night arrested Sanjeev Kumar on the charge that he and his parents had allegedly refused to accept Rubina (name changed), a Dalit girl, as bride. Other members of the family have left Sappanwali village overnight without telling anyone. Residents of the village this morning found their house locked.

2 held for gangrape
Ropar, August 29
The Ropar police today arrested Muna Dina and Lakhwinder Singh for their alleged involvement in the gangrape case of a 33-year-old city resident.


Fast by students over admission issue
Amritsar, August 29
Last year’s students of Khalsa college who were denied admission this year by the Academic Council today sat on fast to press acceptance of their demands.

Stay on vet varsity cheers PAU unions
Ludhiana, August 29
There was joy and excitement on the Punjab Agricultural University campus as the news of Punjab and Haryana High Court staying the start of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University spread here today.

Pbi varsity, IHBT sign MoU
Patiala, August 29
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Punjabi University and the Institute of Himalayan Bio resources Technology to initiate academic and research programmes between the two institutes in the areas of bioscience, biotechnology and chemical sciences on the university campus here today.


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