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‘Panth Rattan’ to Khannewale 
Clergy exonerate SGPC chief 

Amritsar, August 15
The Sikh clergy of Patna Sahib today exonerated SGPC chief Avtar Singh, his personal assistant Roop Singh and assistant secretary of the committee Daljit Singh Bedi following a written clarification that they did not denigrate any Takht while awarding “Panth Rattan” to Bhai Jasbir Singh Khannewale posthumously.

Atta-dal scheme marks I-Day
Holiday in schools today
Hoshiarpur, August 15
Despite heavy showers, the 60th anniversary of Independence Day was celebrated at the Police Ground, here, today.
Physically challenged persons on way to receive tricycles at the Independence Day function in Bathinda on Wednesday.
Physically challenged persons on way to receive tricycles at the Independence Day function in Bathinda on Wednesday.— Photo by S. S. Sonu

Atta-dal: I-Day gift for the poor of Punjab
Ludhiana, August 15
The government formally launched the subsidised atta-dal scheme for the poor in the state here today.An announcement to this effect was made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while addressing a gathering during the state-level celebrations of Independence Day at the Government College for Boys.


Anandpur Sahib





In the end, a few get the bounty 
Mohali, August 15
It was ironical that the Punjab minister for food and civil supplies Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon launched the much-awaited atta-dal scheme during the Independence Day celebrations here. For, till six in the evening, ration depots here were still transporting wheat and dal.

Beneficiaries of the atta-dal scheme at its launch during Independence Day celebrations in Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Beneficiaries of the atta-dal scheme at its launch during Independence Day celebrations in Mohali

Villagers block highway for 5 hrs
Anandpur Sahib, August 15
Villagers of flood-affected areas of Anandpur Sahib blocked the Ropar-Nangal highway for five hours. They were demanding immediate plugging of the breach in Charan Ganga.
Charan Ganga Breach

Pak rights activist seeks prisoners’ release
Amritsar, August 15
Pakistan Human Rights activist Shaista Pervaiz Malik has offered to locate the family of a Pakistani national languishing in the local Central Jail after Pakistani authorities refused to accept him.

A faux pas... flag in reverse
Amritsar, August 15
In a faux pass, the reversed national flag was unfurled at a function held at Amritsar Mental Hospital here to commemorate the 60th Independence Day of the country.Dr B.L. Goel, director of the hospital, while confirming the incident said that an employee of the hospital, who was entrusted the task, had erroneously fixed the flag in reverse mode. He said they had immediately rectified the error.

‘Bagaar’ funds I-Day functions
Freedom from British, not corruption

Patiala August 15
Though India got independence from the British 60 years ago, it is yet to free itself from the clutches of corruption. Even the celebrations of Independence Day in the state are organised on ‘bagaar’ (obligations enforced on the common people by the bureaucracy).

13-yr Isha gets award
Ludhiana, August 15
Thirteen-year-old Isha Dang has been awarded the State Award by the government of Punjab at the Independence Day state-level function held here today.The award was presented to her by Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. The award has been conferred on Isha for her cultural activities at state, national and international levels.
                                                         Isha Dang
Isha Dang


Martyrdom Day of Isru
Same old rhetoric, same old people

Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
It was the same old rhetoric with the same old people. Only the roles changed this time with the Akalis enjoying power in the state. The occasion was to observe the martyrdom of Master Karnail Singh Isru, who laid  down his life for the  liberation of Goa.

Tardy Kashmir talks worry Pak MPs
Amritsar, August 15
Pakistani parliamentarians today expressed anguish over the tardy Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir.

Delegates for stronger ties
Wagah, August 15
Greeting each other on the Independence Day of Pakistan (August 14 ) and India, participants of both countries resolved to call upon the countries to continue with the ongoing peace process. The resolution condemned terrorism and all forms of violence.

Nayyar for early release of POWs
Amritsar, August 15
The government should take immediate steps for getting prisoners of war (PoWs) languishing in various Pakistani jails released. This was stated by veteran journalist Kuldip Nayyar while addressing a large gathering of rural folks and members of Pakistani delegation who had thronged the Wagah joint check post to take part in the annual candle light vigil yesterday night.

Drive against music piracy
Chandigarh, August 15
As a part of the on-going efforts to curb the menace of music piracy in India, the Indian Music Industry (IMI) initiated a set of raids over the past week to counter piracy syndicates operating in Punjab.

Transport Dept earns Rs 125 cr as revenue 
Chandigarh, August 15
After days of despair on account of falling revenue collections, there is a good news for Punjab.

Give jobs to our wards, plead freedom fighters’ widows
Bathinda, August 15
Independence seems to have stopped holding any relevance for Tej Kaur, widow of freedom fighter Ram Singh of Sivian village of this district.

March to dera stopped
Hoshiarpur, August 15
The heavy police force, deployed by the district administration at various spots today, did not allow activists of various Sikh organisations, including the Dal Khalsa, the SAD (A), Sikh Missionary College, Guru Gobind Study Circle, Akhand Kirtni Jatha, the Sikh Welfare Society and the Tarna Dal, to move towards the local branch of Dera Sacha Sauda at Banjer Bagh. 

Protests mar Sangrur I-Day 
Sangrur, August 15
Local municipal councillors (MCs), led by their president Simrat Rana Punia and district president of the BJP Jatinder Kalra (who is also a BJP MC), today boycotted the Independence Day function, organised by the district administration here.

Govt has fulfilled its promises, says Kanwaljit
Patiala, August 15
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, Punjab, unfurled the national flag on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebrations held at Yadavindra Public School (YPS) stadium here today.



Inside Babudom
Revert excess DGPs, Centre tells Punjab

Chandigarh, August 15
The Centre has once again questioned the practice of giving the rank of director-general of police (DGP) to several officers over and above the permitted number of posts. This time Punjab has been asked to start the process of “reverting” the excess DGPs to their previous posts of ADGP.


Jobless teachers choose I-Day venue for protest
Fazilka August 15
A furore was caused at the official Independence Day function here today when more than 25 unemployed teachers dramatically staged a protest march.

Honoured for popularising science
Chandigarh, August 15
Neelam Gulati Sharma, joint director, Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, was today honoured for exemplary service in the field of science and technology at the Independence Day function at Ludhiana.                                                  
Neelam Gulati Sharma
Neelam Gulati Sharma

Students at their  spirited best
Patiala, August 15
The 60th Independence Day was celebrated across the city with great fervour and patriotic spirit. Surjit Singh Rakhra, senior leader of the SAD (B) unfurled the tricolour at Anardana Chowk while Jayanta Ghosh, chief administrative officer of Diesel Loco Modernisation Works, did the same at DMW, Patiala.



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