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Mega projects: Govt to sign agreements with promoters
Chandigarh, August 14
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today agreed that his government would sign agreements with promoters of 30 mega industrial parks and units which had been issued letters of intent (LoIs) by the previous Congress government.

Charan Ganga breach widens
Water again enters villages
Anandpur Sahib, August 14
Water again entered villages in Anandpur Sahib subdivision affecting rescue work as breach in Charan Ganga got wider this afternoon.
Villagers retrieve whatever possible after water again entered their houses in Anandpur Sahib subdivision.
Villagers retrieve whatever possible after water again entered their houses in Anandpur Sahib subdivision.— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Cell to monitor atta-dal distribution
Chandigarh, August 14
A cell has been created to monitor the implementation of the atta-dal scheme to be launched tomorrow.

Anandpur Sahib



Atta-dal Scheme
Three Markfed officials held

Banur, August 14
Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) today arrested three Markfed employees, including District Manager Patiala on charges of pilfering wheat meant for the atta-dal scheme from the agency’s godown here. Last week, a team of the bureau had undertaken extensive checking of the godown, counting and weighing sacks of wheat concluding that over 300 quintals of wheat was missing..

70 Pak prisoners, 4 militants freed 
Amritsar, August 14
Reciprocating Pakistan’s gesture which released 134 Indian prisoners yesterday, the Border Security Force today released 70 Pakistani prisoners including four terrorists from jails in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi.



Farmers’ march to Parliament on August 20
Chandigarh, August 14
The BJP has planned a farmers’ march to Parliament on August 20. The march has been planned to expose the Union Government on the issue of import of wheat and the alleged loss of Rs 1,400 crore to the national exchequer for this import..

Mayor’s Post
‘SAD violating coalition dharma’

Amritsar, August 14
The cold war between the ruling SAD-BJP combine came to the fore today even as state BJP chief Rajinder Bhandari condemned the efforts of its alliance partner to “allure some party rebels as well as independent MCs” to stake its claim on the coveted post of Mayors in Amritsar and Jalandhar.



Partition separated them, death united them 
Kotfatha (Bathinda), August 14
As India and Pakistan celebrate the 60th anniversary of their freedom, punctuated by a tragic Partition, a unique case has come to light where the happiness of reunion of a separated family proved too much for a brother and sister.

Candles lit for peace
Wagah, August 14
The silence of the night was shattered by chants of “Hind-Pak dosti zindabad” by delegates of India and Pakistan who gathered here to mark the Independence of both countries late this evening. The peaceniks embraced each other, exhibiting strong bonds of friendship.

BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kuldip Nayyar (extreme right) with Pakistani delegates at a candlelight vigil at Wagah joint checkpost at midnight on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kuldip Nayyar (extreme right) with Pakistani delegates at a candlelight vigil at Wagah joint checkpost at midnight on Tuesday.

Areas under land preservation Act not forest, says AG
Says forest dept had only regulatory control over such land 
Chandigarh, August 14
Would mere mentioning of some areas covered under the Punjab Land Preservation Act,1900, in the annual administrative reports of the forest department make these areas forest lands? The advocate-general, Punjab, has opined that it cannot be so.

Now, police to hold sangat darshans
Moga, August 14
Ishwar Chander Sharma, DIG (Ferozepur Range), said the police administration would hold sangat darshans to redress grievances of the people on the lines of civil administration. He was here today to take stock of the security arrangements regarding Independence Day celebrations. He said they had received directions from N.P.S Aulakh, DGP, in this regard.

Fear in town as youths go on rampage
Bareta (Mansa), August 14
There was fear in this town following a large number of youths’ storming its lanes and bylanes late last night with unsheathed swords in hands and damaging four- wheelers, scooters, one shop, generator sets and street lights and raising provocative slogans.

Nam Charcha cancelled
Hoshiarpur, August 14
Organisers of the Dera Sacha Sauda branch here have cancelled Nam Charcha (religious congregation) to be held on August 15, at Dera Banjer Bagh here.

Visa blues for Indo-Pak bus service officials
Chandigarh, August 14
One of the threads in the important Indo-Pak peace process, the Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib bus service, had almost snapped yesterday. The Pakistan visas, issued to the drivers of the Punjab transport buses and liaison officers on board this bus, had expired yesterday.

‘Teej to be made annual event’
Patiala, August 14
Teej would now be made an annual event in Patiala division. The division commissioner of Patiala, S.K. Ahluwalia, informed here today.

Man electrocuted, dies
Kharar, August 14
Davinder Singh (21), a resident of Balongi, who had got electrocuted on Sunday morning, breathed his last at PGIMER in the wee hours today.

Council president takes charge
Bassi Pathana, August 14
Sunita Malhotra was today installed president of municipal council, Bassi Pathana.



Akali Dal leader arrested
Bathinda, August 14
Inderjit Singh, a senior leader of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), was arrested by the CIA police staff today for his alleged involvement in kidnapping, snatching and demanding bribe on behalf of senior police officials including the district police chief.

Minor raped by father, cousin
Bakshi Wala (Mansa), August 14
A girl (17) of Bakshi Wala village of this district gave birth to a boy a few months ago.


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