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Stone-pelting, gunshots mar MC re-poll
Amritsar, August 12
An Akali worker rounded up by the police for violence during re-polling for the MC election at ward No. 29 in Amritsar on Sunday. Tempers ran high and the police had to use force to push back protesting SAD workers amidst pelting of stones and firing of gunshots outside booth 6 of ward No. 29 where re-polling for the Municipal Corporation elections was held today, along with six booths in two other wards.

An Akali worker rounded up by the police for violence during re-polling for the MC election at ward No. 29 in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Ward No. 5 goes to Cong
Re-polling for Malerkotla MC post today
Patiala MC repoll smooth

Takht Patna Sahib calls SGPC chief
Another jolt for Maryada uniformity move
Amritsar, August 12
Even as Takhts at Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib have not yet implemented the Nanakshahi Calendar approved by Akal Takht and Shiromani Committee, the summoning of SGPC president at Takht Patna Sahib would further cause complications in forging uniformity of Maryada (Sikh traditions) of all takhts.



Chakki Bridge Collapse
Residents forced to use ‘death track’

Pathankot, August 12
Even after three days of the Chakki bridge-collapse the authorities concerned in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have not made alternative arrangements for the commuters of at least 35 villages who are forced to take short cuts through the railway bridge putting their lives in danger.

A farmer and two school students take a short cut over a narrow-gauge railway bridge following the collapse of Chakki bridge, near Pathankot, on Sunday. — Photo by writer

A farmer and two school students take a short cut over a narrow-gauge railway bridge following the collapse of Chakki bridge, near Pathankot, on Sunday.




Ludhiana-born doctor funds US university
Chandigarh, August 12
Mohinder Sambhi, a Ludhiana-born doctor and hypertension specialist, who spent his career teaching at Indian and US universities, made the second endowment in two years in the memory of his wife, Minno, by offering $2 million to John Hopkins University for setting up the Centre of India Studies, Washington. Two years ago, he helped set up a chair on Indian classical music at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a donation of $1million.

Suprya Carcinogen fear grips 17 dists: Mission
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 12
Residents of at least 17 districts in the state are living under the fear of coming in contact with carcinogens found in underground water. The government has decided to fight the menace in three sensitive districts at its initial stage.

Seminar against foeticide, drug abuse held
Budhlada (Mansa), August 12
“Launch a war against female foeticide and drug abuse to save society,” was the message given at a seminar organised here today.

MLAs allege bias
Budhlada (Mansa), August 12
Mangat Rai and Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, both Congress MLAs from the Budhlada and Sardulgarh Assembly segments, alleged that they were not treated as per their protocol at a seminar organised on female foeticide and drug de-addiction here today.

Milkfed plans 100 dairies
Jalandhar, August 12
In a reversal of the decision of the previous Congress regime to sell six of 15 sugar mills of Punjab, the SAD-BJP government has decided to lease out these mills to the private sector for their resurrection.

Panel to inspect housing projects near polluting units
Mohali, August 12
The housing projects in Punjab that have come up in less than 100 metres from a polluting industrial unit and NoCs of which have been cancelled by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) now will be studied on a site-to-site basis by a special committee set up by the government.

Sethusamudram Project
Dharna by Hindu bodies
Amritsar, August 12
Various organisations of Hindus here today united under the banner of the Rameswaram Shreeramsetu Raksha Manch and held a dharna at Hall Gate to protest against the proposed Sethusamudram project of the central government at Rameswaram.

A scene from the play, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, staged by Pakistani artistes in Amritsar on Saturday night.I-Day Bonhomie
Artistes sing Pak anthem, too
Amritsar, August 12

In a rare bonhomie, following the rendition of the Indian National Anthem after the curtains were drawn, the audience sought to sing the Pakistani national anthem as well at the end of a performance by Pakistani artistes staging a Punjabi play, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, late last evening at Punjab Naatshala Theatre here.

A scene from the play, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, staged by Pakistani artistes in Amritsar on Saturday night. Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Book on Maharaja Ranjit Singh released
Amritsar, August 12
A book, “Ranjit Singh Personalities Extraordinaire”, written by an educationist and philanthropist was released here today at a special convention at the Naatshala theatre.

Residents’ threat on garbage dumping
Abohar, August 12
Residents of te Municipal Council Employees’ Colony have decided to have a place to dump garbage in the abandoned motor garage. Sensing clearance of the place by JCB machine the employees resolved to resist. Shopkeepers on the main road said they would support the move. The city police station-2 is also located near the proposed dumping place, they added.

Man dies on release from police custody
Kharar, August 12
Naresh (31), alias Rajan, died in mysterious circumstances while being taken to the Mohali civil hospital at 10 pm tonight.

Tributes paid to Kiranjit
Mehal Kalan (Barnala), August 12
A shradhanjali samaroh was organised here today to pay tributes to Kiranjit Kaur who was gang raped and killed at Mehal Kalan village 10 years ago.

Indo-Pak festival begins today
Amritsar, August 12
Thirtyeight dignitaries, including 12 parliamentarians and office-bearers of SAFMA, from across the border are expected to reach here tomorrow to participate in the two-day Hind-Pak Friendship Festival, beginning from August 13.

PSEB holds Lok Darbar
Bassi Pathana, August 12
To sort out the problems of its consumers, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) organised a Lok Darbar at Badali Ala Singh village falling in Bassi Pathana subdivision.

2 more cancer deaths reported
Faridkot, August 12
Cancer has reportedly claimed two more lives in Chandbaja village near here.

Medical camp held
Patiala, August 12
A free medical camp was organised at Shri Sanatan Dharam Kumar Sabha Dharamshala by Wholesale Chemists Association at Sheranwala Gate here today.

Rs 1-cr grants for panchayats released
Tarn Taran, August 12
Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, minister of Panchayats and Rural Development, Punjab, released Rs 1 crore grants for the Naushehra Pannuan area villages.

250 examined at free check-up camp
Bassi Pathana, August 12
The Bharat Vikas Parishad today organised a free Ayurvedic medical check-up camp at Aggarwal Dharamshala here.

Body found
Kharar, August 12
A badly decomposed body was found in the fields of Bairopur village today. The Majat police post in charge Bawa Singh said that body has been identified as that of Ranjit Singh, a resident of Maujpur village.

PG masters not given due scale, says union
Batala, August 12
Talking to the mediapersons here today, Surinder Mohan, president of the Post-graduate Masters Union, Punjab, alleged that the DPI (S) Punjab, Jagtar Singh Khatra, had not honoured the decision of the Supreme Court dated March 19, 1996, in which it has given instructions to the DPI(S) to give the lecturer scale and other benefits to the post-graduate masters.

6-yr-old boy drowned
Batala, August 12
Two persons, including a minor boy, drowned in two ponds near here today.


2 brothers held for killing wives
Bathinda, August 12
Kaka Singh and Balwinder Singh, brothers, who killed their wives Sukhminder Kaur and Manjinder Kaur, both sisters, yesterday at Fatta Balu village of the district, were arrested today.

Two babas beaten up, 1 arrested
Amritsar, August 12
Members of the Damdami Taksal, Dharam Parchar Committee and Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee today exposed two “dera heads” involved in exorcism. The two were severely beaten up by the members and people of the area.

Dowry Cases
11 booked
Moga, August 12
The local police has registered cases against 11 persons since the past 24 hours. The Sadar police station has registered a case against seven persons on a complaint lodged by Kuldeep Kaur. She alleged that her husband and in-laws used to harass and beat her up for bringing insufficient dowry.

Atta-dal scheme takes off before I-Day
Ration depot dealer arrested
Batala, August 12
The Batala police today arrested Vinod Kumar Chopra, a ration depot dealer, at Shri Hargobindpur, for selling wheat and pulses meant for the poor under the atta-dal scheme before August 15.


Yeoman service to women
A college providing flavour of values, culture
Ferozepur, August 12
The Dev Samaj College for Women here has become a must-visit place for those visiting the town. Innovative and ingenuous approach coupled with a desire to providing flavour of Indian values and fast disappearing traditional village culture to students coming from various regions of north India has given birth to an aesthetic environment on the college premises spread on 35 acres.

PTU VC is also a missile man
Jalandhar, August 12
Not many people know that the Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor, Dr S.K. Salwan, is a ‘missile man’ of international repute like Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and warheads for missiles like “Agni”, “Prithvi,” “Akash”, “Nag” and “Trishul” were successfully designed and developed between 1989 and 1992 under his leadership.


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