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Anandpur resolution caused turmoil: CM
Baba Bakala, August 9
Lashing out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for raising the demand of the Anandpur Sahib resolution Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, said the resolution was responsible for bloodshed for 21 years which had claimed hundreds of lives of innocent youth.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (third from left) with PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo at a Congress rally at Baba Bakala on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (third from left) with PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo at a Congress rally at Baba Bakala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Cong behind splinter Akali groups: Badal
Baba Bakala, August 9
The large number of splinter Akali Dals are the creation of various intelligence agencies to confuse the Sikh masses on the directions of the Congress.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura at a SAD rally in Baba Bakala on Wednesday.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura at a SAD rally in Baba Bakala on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Probe hawala deals of CM’s son, says Badal
Chandigarh, August 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal today demanded that the scope of operations of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the food -for -oil scam be extended to cover the common links between the Natwar Singh case and the alleged hawala transactions by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's son in the Punjab Intranet Company.

Hike price of paddy by Sept 1, says M.S. Gill
Chandigarh, August 9
A member of the Rajya Sabha and former Union Agriculture Secretary, Mr M.S.Gill, has urged the Centre to further increase the minimum support price of paddy by September 1 and free the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices from the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

MCPI activists stage dharna
Patiala, August 9
Activists of the Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) United, held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, near Mini Secretariat, here today. As many as 500 party workers participated in the dharna. The activists were protesting against the ‘sky rocketing prices of essential commodities of daily use.’

Revenue panel told to give interim report
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government’s biggest worry at the moment is to check rampant corruption in the Revenue Department. Sources yesterday said the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had told Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa to take tough steps to deal with corruption in the department.

Ministers to meet today
Chandigarh, August 9
A crucial meeting of the Punjab Council of Ministers will be held tomorrow. Economic agenda will dominate the meeting. Number of ordinances, including one to abolish octroi and other to reduce price of petrol and diesel will be approved by the council tomorrow.

Road mishaps claim more lives than murders
Chandigarh, August 9
Eight lives are lost on roads in Punjab every day. This is almost three times the number of murders reported from various parts of the state annually.

Endangered pangolin caught
Gurdaspur, August 9
Officials of the Department of Wildlife caught an endangered Indian pangolin (manis erassicaudata) near Hayyatnagar in the district today.


Work on Shahpur Kandi dam starts
Gurdaspur August 9
Work on the Shahpur Kandi dam project started here today after a low key ceremony. The Chief Engineer, Shahpur Kandi dam, today performed the ceremony of starting the work.

NGOs protest against doctor couple
Bathinda, August 9
Sounding a stern warning for those perpetrating and indulging in female foeticide, activists of various NGOs today held a “siapa” in front of Thukral Nursing Home.

Ex-municipal councillor beats up JE
Pathankot August 9
A former municipal councillor, Mr Jang Bahadur Bedi, beat up a junior engineer of the Pathankot Municipal Council, Mr Desh Bandhu, today.

BBMB divers called to recover missing children
Rara Sahib, August 9
The authorities today called a team of professional divers from the Bhakhra Beas Management Board after the muddy water of the Bathinda Feeder Canal frustrated search for the four missing children who are feared to have drowned when a truck carrying 46 devotees fell into the canal yesterday.

Bridge to open soon
Gurdaspur, August 9
Another political battle seems to be brewing over bridges in Gurdaspur district. The Kathlore bridge that will link over 100 villages of Narot and Bamiyal blocks with the rest of the district is almost ready. Congressmen are planning to inaugurate it in a month to reap political benefits for the Assembly elections.

Bill on piracy soon
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government has decided to present a Bill in the forthcoming Assembly session, on prevention of piracy.

9 posts get parity
Chandigarh, August 9
The Punjab Government issued orders today to give nine posts held by IAS officers in the state parity with the post of Commissioner of a division or Secretary to the government.

Four diarrhoea cases reported
Ropar, August 9
While the public health authorities have claimed to have made proper arrangements, four new cases of diarrhoea were today reported from Tiba village.

Artistes honoured
Patiala, August 9
National Theatre Arts Society honoured some prominent personalities at their monthly Garden Theatre presentation of the Punjabi Musical Play 'Sanu Kee' dedicated to NTAS patron and noted philanthropist Seth Chiranjilal Navyug on his 11th death anniversary here yesterday.


Quash FIRs against mentally ill undertrials: HC
Chandigarh, August 9
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising acting Chief Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice R.S. Randhawa today ordered the quashing of FIRs against eight undertrials lodged in Government Mental Hospital, Amritsar.


Rs 80,000 looted from bank
Abohar, August 9
Three armed persons looted cash from a rural branch of the Punjab National Bank near here today. Mr Om Parkash, branch manager, told newsmen that three persons forced entry into the branch office, located on the Abohar-Muktsar road at Kundal village, at 1.10 pm by pushing the chowkidar. Two of them had revolvers and the third carried a long knife in his hand.

Bid to rob bank, guard hurt
Tarn Taran, August 9
Three motorcycle-borne armed youths made an abortive attempt to rob a Punjab and Sind Bank branch at Nagoke village, near here, today.

Pregnant woman beaten up; dies
Amritsar, August 9
Gurmeet, wife of Bittu Masih, a resident of Bhindi Saida village under Lopoke police station in Majitha police district, was allegedly killed by Billa Singh, a contractor, and his wife and relatives. She had been allegedly beaten up by Billa Singh and others over a minor dispute. The Lopoke police had initiative action under Section 174 CrPC.

Decomposed body of woman found
Ropar, August 9
The police today found decomposed body of 68-year-old woman, in her house in Geowal village . Sanjogita, a widow was living alone after the death of her husband. The police said the matter came to light after a relative of woman came here to meet her. But when despite his repeated attempt, Sanjogita, did not opened the door, then he called the villagers, and then they reported the matter to the police.


17 teachers suspended
Gurdaspur August 9
The District Education Officer, Gurdaspur, has suspended 17 teachers who were found absent from schools during recent raids conducted by the Director, Education.


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