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Renovated BBMB turbine damaged
24 MW additional loss to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan
Gurdaspur, September 2
Another newly renovated BBMB turbine at Kotla power house has been damaged increasing the loss of generation to more than 50 MW. The sources told The Tribune that the runner blade of the turbine has developed a deep crack due to which the generation from the turbine had to be stopped causing a generation loss of 25 MW to partner states—Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Water level at Bhakra near full
Ropar, September 2
With continuous rainfall in the region, the discharge of water into the downstream of headworks here had been increased, while the release of water into the Sirhind canal was stopped today as the demand of water for irrigation declined in parts of Punjab. Significantly water level at the Bhakra Dam was rising every day. The water level at the Bhakra Dam stood at 1676.28 feet today, just four feet less than its maximum capacity of 1680 feet.

Rain has farmers in a tizzy
Bathinda, September 2
Incessant rain in Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts for the past 24 hours has sent cotton farmers of the region in a tizzy as they fear that like last year September rain can again play spoilsport with their crop.


Heavy rain floods court complex
Bathinda, September 2
Heavy rainfall lashed the city last night leading to the inundation of the court complex, the Civil Lines police station and various localities. The court complex was submerged in about two-and-a-half feet water and the local courts had to function from the Circuit House today.

A cyclist wades through an inundated road at Sirki Bazar after heavy rain in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
A cyclist wades through an inundated road at Sirki Bazar after heavy rain in Bathinda on Saturday.

‘Nobody bigger than party’
Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, said today that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should have attended the function at Payal organised by the party to pay tributes to Beant Singh.

PUDA selling prime land for urban estates
Jalandhar, September 2
Eyeing fat revenue of well above Rs 100 crore, the Punjab Urban Development Authority has decided to sell some of its Jalandhar-based prime properties, which were acquired by it under its Optimum Utilisation of Vacant Government Lands Scheme.

The old Deputy Commissioner’s office that is to be converted into a shopping complex-cum-parking lot by PUDA in Jalandhar. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

The old Deputy Commissioner’s office that is to be converted into a shopping complex-cum-parking lot by PUDA in Jalandhar.


Mann dividing Punjabis: BJP
Chandigarh, September 2
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, senior BJP leader and former Industries Minister, yesterday said that Akali leader Simranjit Singh Mann was trying to spoil the atmosphere in the state by making provocative statements. He said that the pro-Khalistan speech made by Mr Mann at Talwandi Sabo was worth condemning.


MC seeks control of Dalhousie road
Pathankot, September 2
The Pathankot Municipal Council has demanded the control of Amritsar-Pathankot road back from the local Improvement Trust.

Harbhajan to join anti-drug campaign
Jalandhar, September 2
Cricket star Harbhajan Singh is all set to tour drug-ravaged border districts of Punjab and motivate youths to stay away from drugs after September 25 as part of the ongoing “Jaago”, an anti-drug campaign launched by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Seminar on prevention of foeticide
Ropar, September 2
Despite the fact that cases of female foeticide are on the rise in Punjab, the state government has failed to implement the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act which makes it mandatory that a committee is set up in each district to prevent foeticide, said the former president of the IMA, Punjab, Dr O.P.S. Kande, while addressing a gathering at a seminar here today.

Virk positive on anti-crime drive
Phillaur, September 2
The Punjab Police is working actively to curb crime by initiating a statewide campaign against criminals. Mr S.S. Virk, DGP, stated this while speaking to The Tribune at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today. He said a five-point instruction circular had been sent to all SSPs of the state for implementation in this regard.

Medical service providers resent govt apathy
Sangrur, September 2
Newly-appointed medical service providers in rural dispensaries of the state are now said to be unhappy and frustrated as they feel that the government has adopted a “step-motherly” attitude towards them by recruiting them only on a contract basis.

‘Probe’ poor construction of waterworks
Abohar, September 2
Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, has asked the Public Health Department (PHD) to inquire into alleged substandard construction of rural waterworks at Gidderanwali and Sayeedwala villages in this subdivision.


Life term for wife’s murder
Ropar, September 2
The District and Sessions Judge, Ms Rekha Mittal, today sentenced a resident of Kotla Nihang, Harvinder Singh, to life imprisonment for killing his wife by pouring acid on her.


Modernise police infrastructure: Jagat
Phillaur, September 2
Nearly 460 vacancies of All-India Services would be filled this year. The Union Public Service Commission Chairman, Mr Gurbachan Jagat, said this while talking to The Tribune at Punjab Police Academy, here today.


10-month-old boy kidnapped
Sangrur, September 2
A 10-month-old baby boy was kidnapped from Shahpur village, near Cheema by an unidentified person today. Talking to The Tribune this afternoon, Mr Surjit Singh Grewal, SP (D), Sangrur, said a person entered the house of Mr Nachhattar Sharma, who runs a tent house at Shahpur village near Cheema this morning.


BDS students hold rally
Patiala, September 2
First year BDS students of various dental colleges of the state held a rally at Government Dental College here today in protest against the failure of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences to compensate them for out of syllabus questions in the BDS first professional examination.

De-addiction counselling centre
Amritsar, September 2
Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has decided to establish a counselling centre for drug de-addiction in the university health centre here. Dr R.S. Sandhu, Professor of Department of Sociology, has been appointed the project coordinator of the centre.


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