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Hansi-Butana Canal
Let’s oppose it jointly, Badal to Raje

Chandigarh, August 10
With the next apex court hearing on the Hansi-Butana issue round the corner, the Punjab government has got in touch with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje to pose a unified challenge to the construction of the canal.

Chief Khalsa Diwan
Constitution to be amended

Amritsar, August 10
The constitution of 105-year-old Chief Khalsa Diwan, the oldest Sikh institution, is being amended after more than a century. It has been proposed to give unprecedented powers to its president in the amended constitution.

Centre seeks report on poll violence
Chandigarh, August 10
Reacting to media reports on violence and alleged booth capturing during the civic elections in Punjab, the union ministry of home affairs has asked the Punjab government to submit a report on the law and order situation during the elections on August 8.



Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites in the colours of the national flag adorning images of freedom fighters at his workshop in Amritsar
COLOURS OF FREEDOM: Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites in the colours of the national flag adorning images of freedom fighters at his workshop in Amritsar on Friday. — AFP

Rabies threat haunt villagers
Ajnala, August 10
Residents of the twin villages of Inayatpura and Dayalbhatti, about 35 km from Amritsar, are living under a threat of suspected rabies. Most stray dogs are already turned carriers of the deadly disease passing it on to stray cattle in the area.

Partial use of Kandi land allowed
Chandigarh, August 10
The Punjab forest department has agreed to allow partial use of 76,000 hectares of the agricultural land in the Kandi belt that have been locked under the controversial Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900.



Cong left state poorer by 54,000 cr: Badal
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after addressing a function at Chak Kalan village, near NakodarJalandhar, August 10
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today accused the previous Congress government of leaving the state poorer by a whopping deficit of Rs 54,000 crore. The Chief Minister, accompanied by senior Akali leaders, including SAD’s PAC member Kuldip Singh Wadala and Punjab rural development minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, was addressing a gathering at Chak Kalan village, near Nakodar, on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of martyr Shahid Kartar Singh Babbar. He paid tributes to the martyr by garlanding his statue.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after addressing a function at
Chak Kalan village, near Nakodar, on Friday. — A Tribune photograp

Independent for recounting
Amritsar, August 10
Bimal Arora, an Independent who fought elections from ward No. 50 against BJP district president Bakshi Ram Arora has sought recounting.


Seminar to dispel immigration myths
Chandigarh, August 10
For Punjabis, ever desperate in search of an El Dorado, illegal immigration is a misnomer. In their mad scramble for the dollar-rich West, they resort to all means, fair or foul, which take them near their dream.

Bridge fell due to illegal quarrying, say experts
Pathankot, August 10
Illegal quarrying on a massive scale on the riverbed and that too within the restricted limits was the main reason for the collapse of the Chakki bridge, said engineering experts from Himachal Pradesh and the Chandigarh-based regional office of the ministry of surface and transport, who visited the site today.

An NGO in service of rural women
Women of self-help groups seen with Vijay Kumar Jha and Nandita Bakshi, Dhindsa (Lehragaga), August 10
With a view to making women of some villages of this backward area financially strong, a Delhi-based NGO, Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha, disbursed loans among members of its 11 self-help groups for dairy development at a function at Government Primary School here today. About 200 women from various villages, including Dhindsa, Bhutal Kalan, Ballran and Chottian, took part in this programme.
Women of self-help groups seen with Vijay Kumar Jha and Nandita Bakshi, president and secretary, respectively, of Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha, at Dhindsa village in Sangrur district on Friday.

SGPC not to allow acquiring of land
Amritsar, August 10
Harbeant Singh, secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee, in a press statement issued today said the Agriculture Department of Haryana would not be allowed to the acquire the land belonging to the Gurdwara Sri Guru Granth Sahib Mission, Shahpur, under the name of development.

IMA asks DC to withdraw order

Bathinda, August 10
The IMA, Punjab branch, today urged the DC to withdraw the orders issued by him in which he had made it mandatory for pregnant women to submit their residential proof first before undergoing ultrasound test.

‘Spend money on amenities’
Bathinda, August 10
After getting fed up with poor sanitation, inadequate supply of drinking water, poor streetlight and faulty sewerage, the district leadership of the BJP has asked the commissioner, municipal corporation, to do what was needed so that basic amenities could be provided to the people at the earliest.

More Khalsa marches
Sangrur, August 10
 During the sixth Khalsa march, organised today by the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) from Cheema Mandi, near Sunam, to Mastuana Sahib, near Sangrur, in this district, convener of the committee Bhai Mohkam Singh lashed out at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for “going slow” against the head of dera.

Conjoined Twins Can’t be separated in India: Doctor
Malerkotla, August 10
The female twins, with a common heart and liver, delivered by Sabri Begum yesterday are safe, but they cannot be separated through a surgery in India. This was stated by Dr Mandeep Kaur of Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, who has been attending upon twin’s mother, while talking to The Tribune today.

Orthopaedic workshop opened
State Bank of Patiala managing director A.C.Varma inaugurates an orthopaedic workshop at Government Rajindra Hospital, PatialaPatiala, August 10
An orthopaedic workshop was inaugurated by State Bank of Patiala managing director A.C. Varma at Government Rajindra Hospital today. Varma donated a cervical traction machine and a therapy machine on behalf of the Associate Banks’ Officers Association to the workshop.

State Bank of Patiala managing director A.C.Varma inaugurates an orthopaedic workshop at Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, on Friday.  — A Tribune photograph

Lok suvidha camp
Ropar, August 10
The district administration organised a lok suvidha camp at Purkhali village here on Wednesday. Sixty-five cases of land mutations were cleared; 104 affidavits made; and 250 certificates, including domicile and caste certificates, and 300 learning licences were issued.The market committee disbursed cheques worth Rs 1,12,500. 

4 killed in truck, bus collision
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 10
Four persons were killed and several injured as a private bus collided with a mini truck near Nagawan village on the outskirts of the district this evening.


HC grants bail to Simranjit Mann
Chandigarh, August 10
After spending three months in jail, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, Simranjit Singh Mann, got regular bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

Dimpa torture: SSP says he was not involved 
Chandigarh, August 10
The SSP, Gurdaspur, Lok Nath Angara, today placed an affidavit before the division Bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Rajive Bhalla clarifying his position over the issue of alleged torture of Jasbir Singh Dimpa, former MLA from Beas.


Kin of farmers to get compensation
Chandigarh, August 10
At last there is a hope for the kin of the deceased farmers, who have committed suicide because of debt or other reasons related to farming in the past few years, to get some compensation from the Punjab government. Sources said the Revenue Department had forwarded a proposal to compensate the kin of the farmers of the state who had committed suicides.


39 lawyers caught stealing power
Bathinda, August 10
Raids carried out by the enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) today yielded results when they caught 39 lawyers stealing power in different court complexes in the area.

Man kidnaps nephew to get back wife
Bathinda, August 10
A resident of Bhokra village of this district has kidnapped his nephew to get back his wife, who had left him about one and half month ago.


War Against Drugs
Girl students hold rally

Ferozepur, August 10
Girl students from local schools and a college kicked off Independence Day celebrations by holding a rally against drug addiction on the Hussainiwala border, 8 km from here, today.


Bank opens branch
Patiala, August 10
Kotak Mahindra Bank inaugurated a branch here today. Speaking on the occasion, KVS Manian, group head, said as Punjab was one of the prosperous states in the country, it was a key market for the bank Kotak Mahindra Bank has established its presence in major cities in Punjab with 12 branches, he added.


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