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Now, Badal promises Amritsar-Delhi monorail
Jalandhar, August 6
Three days after SAD acting president Sukhbir Badal promised metro in the state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today rolled out a new plan to start an Amritsar-Delhi mono rail which he said would cover the distance in just two hours.
Parkash Singh Badal at a poll rally in Jalandhar on Monday.
Parkash Singh Badal at a poll rally in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

SAD claims total victory
Patiala, August 6
Sukhbir Badal here today claimed total sweep for the SAD-BJP government in the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections.

Low BP cuts short Amarinder’s road show
Patiala, August 6
The former Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today carried out a road show in his home town Patiala to campaign for Congress candidates in the Municipal Corporation elections. He left his residence in an open jeep at about 1.30 pm and made a tour of the city. Congress workers and contestants greeted him on the streets.

A file photograph
A file photograph



Vigilance raids Dawar's dyeing units
Ludhiana, August 6
Two days after deputy speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain alleged irregularities in the dyeing unit run by former parliamentary secretary Surinder Dawar, the Vigilance Bureau raided 16 units belonging to him and his close associates here today.

Kang’s case in court, but police to probe
Chandigarh, August 6
The Punjab government has constituted a fact-finding inquiry into a case that is already being dealt with in court. The person allegedly involved in the case is close to the ruling SAD.



Poll Defeats
Gaganjit accuses Dhindsa
Sangrur, August 6
Organising secretary of the SAD Gaganjit Singh Barnala today indirectly held secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa responsible for the party’s defeat in the Sangrur and Barnala districts during the February 2007 Assembly elections.

MC Poll Campaigning
Rains play spoilsport
Amritsar, August 6
Incessant rains played spoilsport on the last day of campaigning for the Municipal Corporation elections here today. The much-touted road shows of the two star campaigners, MP Navjot Sidhu and CLP leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, had to be cut short due to heavy showers.

No fresh taxes if voted to power, says Bhattal
Amritsar, August 6
In an attempt to woo voters, Congress Legislature Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today promised that no fresh taxes would be levied on the urbanites if voted to power in the municipal corporation poll.

Braving heavy rains, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal arrives to participate in the municipal corporation election campaign in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Braving heavy rains, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal arrives to participate in the municipal corporation election campaign in Amritsar on Monday.

Shift SSP: Cong
Patiala, August 6
The Congress has written to the election observer for Patiala MC elections to remove Patiala SSP S.K. Asthana. It has demanded that he should be barred from entering Patiala district till the August 8.

BSP charge
Amritsar, August 6
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has alleged that its candidate from ward No. 6, Bhuwneshwar, was abducted yesterday at the behest of his opponents and was made to sign some blank papers.


Murdered Dera Sacha Sauda manager’s father ‘getting’ threats
Chandigarh, August 6
Father of murdered Dera Sacha Sauda manager Ranjit Singh today alleged he was being threatened by people close to the Dera and asked not to raise voice against the Dera chief.

Search on for dera head’s dress
Bathinda, August 6
The district police has started an intensive search for the dress and plume (kalgi) worn by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during the baptising ceremony, at the Salabatpura dera branch. Police sources said the recovery of the dress and plume was must as the same was required to be presented in the court in connection with a case registered against him under Section 295-A of the IPC.

Breach in sub-canal : 6 houses razed, crops damaged
Abohar, August 6
A major breach in the Daulatpura sub-canal, near the western city bypass, last night razed about six houses to rubble, besides damaging crops in 150 acres of land.

Workers trying to plug a 95-foot breach in the Daulatpura sub-canal in Abohar on Monday. — Photo by Raj Sadosh
Workers trying to plug a 95-foot breach in the Daulatpura sub-canal in Abohar on Monday.

Balwant’s family for Takht’s intervention
Amritsar, August 6
Family members of Balwant Singh, who is awaiting implementation of the death sentence in connection with the assassination of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, today met Jathedar, Akal Takht,Joginder Singh Vedanti to seek his direct intervention to fight the cases of all those in various jails of the country.

Case against Dimpa reopened
Amritsar, August 6
Miseries of the former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa seem to be unending as the Amritsar (Rural) police has reopened investigations in an attempt-to-murder case registered against him here during the Ajnala by-elections.

Bajwa quits as PEDA chief
Chandigarh, August 6
Brig Mohinder Partap Singh Bajwa today quit as chairman of the Punjab energy development agency as the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party government set in motion the process of removal of all political appointees of the previous Congress government from various public sector undertakings.

Metro project not possible: Rana
Jalandhar, August 6
Dismissing the metro rail promise of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) acting chief Sukhbir Singh Badal as a ‘poll stunt’, Jalandhar MP Rana Gurjit Singh has asserted that giving a practical shape to the rail venture was nothing short of ‘day-dreaming’ in a financially ‘ill-managed’ state of Punjab.

Guru Granth Sahib Maryada
Government contemplating Act
Amritsar, August 6
The state government is contemplating enacting an Act to preserve the maryada of Guru Granth Sahib as per Sikh traditions approved by Akal Takht and SGPC.

EVMs for poll
Chandigarh, August 6
Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the elections to the four municipal corporations while voters who have been issued voter I-cards will have to produce these to exercise their franchise.

In footsteps of their spouses
Patiala, August 6
Spouses of several former councillors are in fray for the coming Municipal Corporation elections.

Staff on election duty examine and seal electronic voting machines at Polo Ground, Patiala, on Monday. The machines are being used for the first time for the municipal elections. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
Staff on election duty examine and seal electronic voting machines at Polo Ground, Patiala, on Monday. The machines are being used for the first time for the municipal elections.

Rs 3,334 cr for Amritsar
Amritsar, August 6
The Punjab government to provide modern facilities and infrastructure to 40 cities of the states, will spend Rs 3,334 crore to develop Amritsar as model city. Work in this direction has been started after making a master plan. The Amritsar Development Authority for the overall development will also be set up.

Protest against Badal govt
Sangrur, August 6
Members of district unit of the Democratic Employees Front, led by district president Swarnjit Singh, today staged a dharna outside the district administrative complex protesting against the stoppage of government payments by treasuries on verbal orders of the state government. They also alleged anti-employees attitude of the Badal government.

Five killed in mishap
Jaintipur, August 6
Five persons, including two women, were killed and six injured when Amritsar-bound Pathankot DMU passenger train collided with a jeep at an unmanned railway crossing at Mugusohi village late in the evening today.

Less to Cheer, Much to Desire
Faridkot is 35
Faridkot, August 6
This district celebrates 35th anniversary of its creation but with less to cheer. Thanks to the indifferent attitude of the successive governments, the tag of “backward” is still intact with the district.

A Work of Lok Bhalai
2 travel agents made to return money
Amritsar, August 6
Lok Bhalai Party chief and former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia here today returned the money which had been paid to travel agents in the region by persons aspiring to go abroad.

Chemist shops raided
Lalru, August 6
A police team led by the drug inspector, Mohali, today raided over 10 chemist shops here following information that these were supplying banned drugs to the local youth.

Clean-up drive at Bassi Pathana
Bassi Pathana, August 6
Newly elected municipal council president Sunita Malhotra launched a cleanliness drive in the town today.

Here men, animals share final resting place
Jeond (Bathinda), August 6
This small village, located about 45 km from Bathinda, is unique in its own way as human beings and animals share a common final resting place because its cremation grounds and carcass dumps are located in the same place.



High Court
Gangrape witnesses seek protection
Chandigarh, August 6
Taking a serious view of alleged threats to the life and liberty of gangrape witnesses, Justice L.N. Mittal today directed the SHO, Kotkapura, to file an affidavit in response to the allegations levelled against him and issued notice to Punjab for August 24.

Chahal’s bail pleas adjourned
Chandigarh, August 6
The much-awaited hearing on the regular and pre-arrest bail pleas of B.I.S.Chahal, media adviser to former CM Amarinder Singh, was adjourned today as Justice Surya Kant wanted time to peruse the files.


4 booked for attack on sarpanch
Batala, August 6
A piece of land (pond) at Ghaniye ke Bangar village has been the cause of dispute between sarpanch Tarlok Singh and some members of the Communist Party of India (IFTU). The village pond measuring 8 kanals and 10 marlas is said to be the joint property of the sarpanch and his brothers out of which 3 kanals was mutated in the name of the wife of Tarlok Singh.


Panel to review suspensions ordered by VC
Patiala, August 6
In a bid to resolve the on-going tussle between the vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, and the joint action committee seeking his removal, the syndicate at a crucial meeting today formed a sub-committee under Prem Singh Chandumajra, a syndicate member and senior Akali leader.


VAT on Verka ghee to be cut
Chandigarh, August 6
Punjab cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh today said that VAT on Verka desi ghee would be reduced to 4 per cent from the existing 12 per cent.


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