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Smoking in schools, colleges raises govt’s hackles
Now, Principals can act against violators

Chandigarh, August 12
There is some bad news for students who smoke. Now, principals and headmasters have been empowered to fine erring students found smoking in a college or school premises.

Takht directive divides Hong Kong Sangat
Resentment among Sindhis
Amritsar, August 12
The directive of the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, to the Sikh Sangat of Hong Kong has created a division between a section of Sikhs and Sindhis over the installation of Guru Granth Sahib in the Sindhi temple there.

M.S. Gill blames Centre for farmer-arhtiya row
Chandigarh, August 12
Describing the tension building up between farmers and Arhtiyas (commission agents), regarding bonus dues, a volatile issue, Mr M.S. Gill, Member of Rajya Sabha from Punjab and former Union Agriculture Secretary, today said the Union Food and Agriculture Ministry should immediately intervene to resolve the matter at the earliest.

Travel agent dupes 12 youths
Amritsar, August 12
Twelve youths of the Jandiala Guru and adjoining villages have appealed to the Deputy Inspector General of Police to register a case against a travel agency of Jandiala Guru, who duped them of Rs 2.75 lakh each on the pretext of providing them jobs in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Agitators to hold ‘chakka jam’
Seek clemency for 3 members of Kiranjit katal virodhi panel

Mehal Kalan (Barnala), August 12
The Sanghrash Committee, Punjab, today announced that if the state government did not cancel the life imprisonment awarded to three members of the Kiranjit Katal Kand Virodhi Action Committee namely Prem Kumar, Narayan Dutt and Manjit Singh Dhaner and release them unconditionally by August 25, then it along with 18 organisations would hold a “chakka jam” on August 30 across the state.

Sarabjit alleges torture by Pak authorities
Amritsar, August 12
Sarabjit Singh, the condemned Indian prisoner who is facing the gallows in Pakistan, has alleged that he was being “meted inhuman treatment in jail”.


Brar’s supporters appear before disciplinary panel
Chandigarh, August 12
Some supporters of senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar appeared before the disciplinary committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee here today.

Badal woos Dalits with big promises
Ferozepore, August 12
With an eye on the coming Assembly elections in the state, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today organised the “Dalit Chetna” rally here today.

Pay Commission a betrayal: Badal
Chandigarh, August 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday dismissed the setting up of the Fifth Pay Commission in Punjab as “a delaying tactic and the final act of betrayal of the employees by the state Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh”.

CPI to contest 35 Assembly seats
Sangrur, August 12
The Punjab unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) will contest 35 seats during the ensuing Assembly elections in the state. It will contest at least one seat in each district of the state.


Govt committed to promoting Punjabi cultural heritage: Bhattal
Rajinder Kaur BhattalChandigarh, August 12
With the rustic vigour of the rich repository of folk songs and dances, Punjabi music had emerged as a rare phenomenon on the world music scene” stated Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. She was interacting with participants of a programme, ‘Tiyan di Bulloh’ by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at Punjab Kala Bhavan here today. She explained the significance of the festival with an insight into the profound depth of the cultural heritage of Punjab.

‘Summon SGPC chief to Akal Takht’
Patiala, August 12
The Akhand Kirtani Jatha and the Khalsa Chakravarty Mission, both Sikh religious organisations, today urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, to summon the SGPC chief, Mr Avtar Singh, Mr Inder Mohan Singh Bajaj, president of the Patiala district unit of the SAD and their associates for their alleged involvement in beating up members of these organisations on July 25 on the premises of the Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib here.

Change work culture, Deputy Speaker tells docs
Amritsar, August 12
Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, here today exhorted the doctors, paramedical staff and students of the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and Government Medical College to change the work culture so as to serve the humanity.

Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, inaugurates the lithotripsy machine at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Prof Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, inaugurates the lithotripsy machine at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Saturday.

SAD to oppose shifting of refinery project
Ferozepore, August 12
The Guru Gobind Singh Oil Refinery Project which was to be established at Bathinda at an expenditure of Rs 16,000 crore seems to have become a victim of politics.

2 murder cases solved
Faridkot, August 12
The Faridkot police has succeeded in solving two murder cases dating back to 2003 with the arrest of two members of a gang. Their four aides have already been arrested in another murder case in Kotkapura.

Ganda Kheri bridge — a nightmare for motorists
Rajpura, August 12
A strategic bridge on the Rajpura-Patiala road near Ganda Kheri village has become a nightmare for the motorists and emerging as a major accident-prone spot in the area.

The narrow bridge at Ganda Kheri village on the Rajpura-Patiala road which has become an accident-prone zone. — Photo by JS Virdi

The narrow bridge at Ganda Kheri village on the Rajpura-Patiala road which has become an accident-prone zone.

Man facing death seeks jathedar’s help for release
Amritsar, August 12
Davinderpal Singh Bhullar, facing death sentence in a bomb blast case and currently lodged in the Tihar Jail, today urged Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Akal Takht Jathedar, to launch struggle for his release. His letter was handed over to Vedanti by a two-member delegation.

Computer crime symposium opens
Patiala, August 12
A national symposium on cyber forensics and computer crimes was inaugurated by Mr N. Sitaram, Director, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Intelligent Systems, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, New Delhi.

Khadi board to hold expo
Chandigarh, August 12
The Chairman of the Punjab Khadi and Village Industries Board, Mr Charanjit Singh Walia , today said here that subsidy cheques to borrowers, under the Rural Employment Generation Programme , would be distributed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a state-level function on August 15 at Patiala. He said the cheques would be given to those who generated employment for unemployed rural youth by installing units in rural areas.

Fainting of kids: suspension of officials sought
Bathinda, August 12
The Punjab Human Rights Committee has demanded immediate suspension of government officials responsible for “criminal negligence” towards schoolchildren, 11 of whom fainted at a local stadium here during a rehearsal for the I-Day function in the blistering heat yesterday.

2 Kashmiri youths released
Ludhiana, August 12
Two Kashmiri youths, who were detained late last night on the suspicion of being terrorists, were released today after detailed questioning, said City SSP A.S. Rai. The police could not find any incriminating evidence against them, he added.

Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh visits military station
Bathinda, August 12
Lieut-Gen P.K. Singh made a visit to the military station here yesterday after taking over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command, from Lieut-Gen K. Nagaraj. He was received by Lieut-Gen N.S. Brar, GOC, Chetak Corps, on his arrival at the station.

Intelligence agencies on high alert
Amritsar, August 12
The intelligence and security agencies here have stepped up vigil at major tourist spots and religious shrines as the authorities sounded a red alert all over the country after a terror plot was uncovered in the United Kingdom.

Capt to visit Dubai
Chandigarh, August 12
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is expected to go on a two-day visit to Dubai.

Student’s death mourned
Patiala, August 12
Students and staff of Multani Mal Modi College yesterday mourned the death of Jaspreet Kaur Ballagan, a BCA-II student of the college, in a road accident.


SI held for accepting bribe
Ferozepore, August 12
The Vigilance Bureau arrested Sub-Inspector Surjan Singh red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3000 from Mr Sadhu Singh in lieu of exonerating his sons in a ransom case in which they had already been acquitted by the court.

Gang of dacoits busted
Hoshiarpur, August 12
The police yesterday busted a gang of inter-district looters and snatchers with the arrest of its three members.

12 cases of IMFL seized
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 12
The Local Excise Department has seized 12 cases of IMFL that were being smuggled from Chandigarh for sale in Punjab at a naka and arrested the owner of the vehicle. The department has registered a case under Section 61-A of the Excise Act and imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000.

Three die in separate incidents
Tarn Taran, August 12
Three persons including two laborers died in the area in three different incidents during the past 24 hours.

Two held with Rs 90,000 fake currency
Amritsar, August 12
The Special Narcotics Cell (SNC) today seized fake currency worth Rs 90,000 from two persons, Balwant Singh of Dauke village and Amarjit Singh of Mulechak.


College functioning sans syllabus
Tarn Taran, August 12
Government College of Physical Education, Patti, with 45 seats in Bachelor of Physical Education( B.P.E.) Part-I has started functioning. Though the classes have started, the syllabus has not been prepared yet.

Teachers hold dharna at DC’s office
Patiala, August 12
Teachers of Multani Mal Modi College, Khalsa College, PMN Rajpura and Public College Samana held a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here yesterday.

Kalam to inaugurate educational complex
Patiala, August 12
The President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate an educational complex established by the village residents in collaboration with the Shardhanjali Charitable Trust, at Sanghol village in Fatehgarh Sahib on August 17.

300 trees planted in college
Ropar, August 12
Students of the Institute of Engineering and Technology today planted more than 300 ornamental sampling on the college campus as a part of tree plantation programme.


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