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CM announces free power for tubewells
Blames SAD/BJP for misuse of RDF funds
Garshankar (Hoshiarpur), August 28
Announcing another sop just months before the elections, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today declared the government would give free power to irrigation tubewells in kandi areas.

Sampooranta Divas: Cong, SAD eye main function
Bathinda, August 28
While the Congress government and the SAD-ruled SGPC are vying with each other to woo people through their parallel celebrations of Sampooranta Divas at Talwandi Sabo, leaders of both main political forces of Punjab appear to be eyeing only the concluding day function on August 30. SAD president Parkash Singh Badal, who was supposed to preside over a seminar on Guru Granth Sahib yesterday, did not turn up. Mr Badal’s name was printed in the seminar’s invitation.
Ferozepore Division Commissioner K.S. Sidhu and Bathinda DC Rahul Bhandari at an exhibition of Sikh Gurus’ relics at Talwandi Sabo Ferozepore Division Commissioner K.S. Sidhu and Bathinda DC Rahul Bhandari at an exhibition of Sikh Gurus’ relics at Talwandi Sabo on Monday. 
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Govt apathy killed Goindwal project: BJP MP
Goindwal (Tarn Taran), August 28
The nucleus industrial complex envisaged in 1980 by then Union Minister of State for Industries Dr Charanjit Chanana, which had been turned into an industrial graveyard is the testimony of the failure of the successive governments, the Centre and in the state, to safeguard interests of entrepreneurs of this area.




Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran

Youth rescued from Pak jail
Gurdaspur August 28

Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Education and PWD, today claimed to have rescued Manjit Singh, a resident of Budhanwala village near Qadian, from a Pakistani jail. He presented the youth before mediapersons at his residence in Qadian today.

Pratap Singh Bajwa with Manjit Singh (centre), who was rescued from a Pakistan jail recently. Photo: Jangi

Pratap Singh Bajwa with Manjit Singh (centre), who was rescued from a Pakistan jail recently

Farmers burn effigies of govt, Trident owner 
Sangrur, August 28
In protest against the acquisition of agricultural land of farmers for big industrial houses “forcibly” by the Punjab Government, especially in the villages of Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sangherra (near Barnala) for the Trident group, a large number of farmers, led by Mr Joginder Singh Ugrahan, state president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), burnt the effigies of the state government and the owner of the Trident group, near the SDM’s office at Sunam, 13 km from here today.

CM’s effigy burnt
Sangrur, August 28
Activists of the youth wing of the SAD burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and his Media Adviser, Mr Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, here today. They also raised slogans against them.



Mann warns of backlash
Bathinda, August 28
SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann today alleged that former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the SGPC were pleading with the government to forcibly stop him from taking part in the Shatabdi Samagam to be held at Talwandi Sabo on August 30. He stated this while interacting with mediapersons prior to holding a meeting with his party workers at Jodhpur Pakhar village.

Sukhbir seeks probe into bungling
Amritsar, August 28
Mr Sukhbir Badal, general secretary of the SAD, today sought an independent probe into the alleged bungling of Rs 965 crore by the Congress government and its subsequent indictment by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.

Council of Ministers to meet today
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Council of Ministers will meet here tomorrow. It will approve the drafts of various Bills to be presented in the Punjab Assembly which will meet on September 14 and 15. Besides certain bills, there are about six Ordinances, which are to be converted in Acts.


Vacant posts may hit small savings collection 
Sangrur, August 28
Small savings collection is likely to be adversely affected in several districts in the state in the current financial year as posts of District Savings Officer (DSO) are lying vacant in in as many as seven districts.

Protest against shortage of water, power
Dhar (Gurdaspur), August 28
Activists of the BJP, led by former minister Mohan Lal, today organised a rally here today in protest against the shortage of drinking water and power in the Dhar area.

IMA to carry out survey of quacks
Patiala, August 28
Even as unregistered medical practitioners and quacks have been carrying out their illegal business, the state branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to carry out a survey of quacks in the state.

Khushwant to get Punjab Rattan Award 
Chandigarh, August 28
Leading media persons and intellectuals from Pakistan will join a galaxy of personalities from the field of art, culture and literature on August 31 when Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will honour Khushwant Singh, eminent writer and journalist, with the Punjab Rattan Award.

Panic as water inundates villages
Ropar, August 28
There was panic in several villages of Anandpur Sahib sub-division when water entered fields and residential areas following overflow of Sutlej triggered by rise of water in seasonal rivulet Swan flowed into it here and release of water from Bhakra Dam here today. Besides it, several villages of Nurpur Bedi Chamkaur Sahib and Ropar sub-division downstream also face similar threat. Many villages are virtually cut off.

Preneet felicitates six PCS appointees
Patiala, August 28
The Patiala member of Parliament, Mrs Preneet Kaur, felicitated six city residents who recently cleared the PCS (Judicial services) examination at a special function organised by the District Bar Association here today.

Police harassment led to violence: Bihar legislators
Ludhiana, August 28
The three-member delegation of Bihar legislators deputed by the Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar , to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the aftermath of violence in Ludhiana on August 24, today termed it as ‘‘police harassment of the migrant labourers’’. The delegation included Mr Sanjay Jha of the BJP, Dr Aslam Azad and Devishchand Thakur both from Janta Dal (United).

Tree plantation drive
Patiala, August 28
Helping Hands Society, a social organisation, started a tree plantation drive at Leela Bhavan market here today.

Rs 123 lakh grant to council
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 28
Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, today handed over a cheque for Rs 123 lakh as grant for the development of the town to the president and Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib, at a function organised at Sirhind today.

Ban on child labour from Oct 10
Chandigarh, August 28
The Punjab Government, in keeping with the guidelines of the Central Government, will impose a complete ban on child labour with effect from October 10.



Plea against IT exemption to MLAs dismissed
Chandigarh, August 28
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Acting Chief Justice Mr Justice H.S. Bedi today dismissed a PIL challenging the decision of the Punjab Government to exempt MLAs from the payment of income tax on salaries, allowances etc received by them.


Man electrocutes wife, buries body at home
Bathinda, August 28
A bizarre case of a man electrocuting his wife and burying her body at his own residence has come to light in Rama Mandi.

Baby girl found abandoned
Ferozepore, August 28
A day-old infant girl child was found abandoned near Old Sabzi Mandi in the cantonment area today. According to the information, Satpal, a teastall owner, found the infant girl lying when he came to open his stall early this morning.

Cop beaten up, robbed
Moga, August 28
Four persons robbed a Head Constable posted at Bilaspur police post under Nihalsinghwala police post on Sunday night.


Rayat students boycott classes
Ropar, August 28
Students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology today boycotted classes alleging that poor quality of food was being served to them in the hostel mess.

Polytechnic staff block traffic
Patiala, August 28
The staff of Polytechnic colleges across the state, which gathered here under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of the Punjab Polytechnic Staff Association, went on a one-day protest leave before staging a rally at Nehru Park here today.



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