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Centre preparing contingency plan to deal with drought
Chandigarh, August 22
As almost the entire country, except a few coastal states such as Maharashtra, Orissa and Gujarat, is reeling under drought-like conditions, the Union Government is busy finalising a contingency plan to deal with the situation.

Punjab to seek pension for farmers
National Commission team arrives tomorrow
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Government will ask the National Farmers Commission to recommend a pension scheme for farmers beyond 65 years of age when a team of the National Commission arrives here on August 24.

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Crucial Beant memorial meeting on Aug 29
Chandigarh, August 22
Senior officials of the Punjab Government and the UT Administration held an emergency meeting today morning to discuss the undue delay in the completion of the Beant Singh memorial and Chandigarh centre for the performing and visual arts, Sector 42.

A home for kids without one
Talwandi Khurd (Ludhiana), August 22
One-and-a-half-year-old Meenu was allegedly sold off by her biological parents to a childless couple for a few thousands rupees. Soon she lost her foster mother to some illness and her father gave her away to another couple.
Mr Jagdeep Singh with inmates of the SGB Children’s Home at Dham Talwandi Khurd near Jagraon Mr Jagdeep Singh with inmates of the SGB Children’s Home at Dham Talwandi Khurd near Jagraon.



Author refuses to appear before Akal Takht
Amritsar, August 22
Dubai-based writer Jaswinder Singh, author of controversial book “Dasam Granth da Likhari Kaun” (Who is author of Dasam Granth), has refused to appear before the Sikh high priests who recite the “Bani” of Dasam Granth.

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Notice in Reliance case on SAD’s plea
Chandigarh, August 22
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for September 11 on a PIL filed by some Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs challenging the memorandum of understanding between the Congress Government in Punjab and Reliance Retail Limited, a sister concern of Reliance Industries Limited.

SGPC takes note of cutting of student’s hair
Amritsar, August 22
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee today took a serious not of forcible cutting of hair of a Sikh student in Jaipur by some mischievous students. The SGPC has formed a three-member committee led by Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate, member of the Shiromani committee, Mr Daljit Singh, joint secretary and information officer, Mr Kuldip Singh, which would submit its report within two days after investigating the whole incident.


Ring road to ease Ludhiana traffic
Chandigarh, August 21
Traffic woes of Ludhiana could soon be a thing of the past as the state government gets ready to construct a ring road around the industrial capital of the North. After having invited Expressions of Interest, the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board is now in the process of financial and technical evaluation of the bidders.

Traffic chaos in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Traffic chaos in Ludhiana

Ultras were planning attack on Army facilities: SSP
Gurdaspur, August 22
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants caught from Madhopur two days ago were planning an attack on Army facilities in the Pathankot area. This was revealed by the arrested militants during interrogation in police custody.

PSEB employees jam traffic for three hours
Patiala, August 22
Thousands of activists of different employees unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board, who jammed traffic for about three hours on Mall Road here today, declared that they would stop the PSEB management from executing its various works through outsourcing by implementing the Electricity Act 2003.

Police post gheraoed
Patiala, August 22
Hundreds of residents of rural areas of this district today gheraoed the Pasiana police post located near bridge Bhakra Canal on Patiala-Sangrur road to get a murder case registered in connection with the death of a youth, Jeet Khan, who died a few days ago after drowning in the canal under mysterious circumstances.

3 killed in mishaps
Rajpura, August 22
Three persons were killed in road accidents near here since last night. In the first accident, Kuldip Singh(40), a resident of the Gobind Colony, was hit by a vehicle when he was on his way to his home last night. He died on his way to the local Civil Hospital.

Voters’ cards: SAD objects to clubbing of villages
Chandigarh, August 22
The Shiromani Akali Dal has objected to the method of clubbing villages for the preparation of electors’ photo identity cards has demanded that for the convenience of the voters photography teams should visit each and every polling booth of Punjab.

Milkfed: VRS for non-core sector staff sought
Chandigarh, August 22
Realising that it has surplus staff, Milkfed has asked the Punjab Government to allow a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees in the non-core sector. Milkfed is identifying crucial posts that will not be covered under the VRS. This will primarily include technical personnel like dairy technologists.

Assn seeks PCMS cadre review
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has hailed the decision of the Punjab Government to recruit 141 regular specialist doctors for various government hospitals and has demanded the pay scale of Rs 10,400 for the new recruits. The scale is on a par with Central health service specialist doctors.

Health service providers to be doubled
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Government will be extending the newly introduced scheme of rural health service providers to extensively cover villages across the state. The plan is to have one service provider for a cluster five villages instead of the present ratio of one provider for 10 villages.

NGOs instal pump in Central Jail
Patiala, August 22
The Golden Youth Club in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra and the International Bhau Bhaichara International, a voluntary social organisation, installed a submersible pump in the premises of the Patiala Central Jail here today.

Ordinance to cut petro prices today
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab Government will promulgate an ordinance tomorrow to reduce the price of petrol and diesel. The draft of the ordinance was approved in the last meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Workers stop shifting of machines
Abohar, August 22
Hundreds of retrenched workers of Shree Bhawani Cotton Mills and Industries staged a dharna at its main gate today demanding payment of their dues. The workers including women and children prevented the shifting of the old machinery of the mill by its new owners.


HC Judge Amar Dutt retires
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Mr Justice Amar Dutt, attained superannuation today. On this occasion, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association organised a get-together to bid him farewell.


Woman dies of suspected poisoning
Kharar, August 22
A young woman died under mysterious circumstances here today. According to reports, Sukhwinder Kaur (24) fell unconscious near the quila market here. She was taken to the local Civil Hospital where she is reported to have died after some time.

PSEB JE nabbed taking bribe
Moga, August 22
The Vigilance Bureau has nabbed an PSEB JE, Subash Chander, red-handed while taking Rs 2,000 as bribe from a farmer of Ajitwal village here today. According to Vigilance sources, the JE had raided the fields of the farmer, Jarnail Singh, a few days ago and found the motor installed there illegal.


Multani is Pbi varsity dept head
Patiala, August 22
Narinder Kaur Multani has joined as new Head of the Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences at Punjabi University. Dr Multani is basically physiotherapist specialised in the area of sports.


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