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Now, land mafia targets rivulets, choes
Chandigarh,August 16
Land mafia, allegedly in connivance with politicians, bureaucrats and police officials, is on a land-grabbing spree on Chandigarh periphery.
A concrete structure, which has come up on the bed of a rivulet in Nadha village, near Chandigarh, allegedly in violation of norms THROWING RULES TO THE WINDS: A concrete structure, which has come up on the bed of a rivulet in Nadha village, near Chandigarh, allegedly in violation of norms. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

N-deal will bring economic stability
Gurdaspur, August 16
The Indo-US nuclear deal will provide long-term economic stability to the country. It has catapulted India into the league of the foremost nations of the world, claimed the union minister of states for industries and business promotion Ashwani Kumar, while addressing a gathering at a function organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra, here, today.

Govt likely to hike petrol, diesel prices
Chandigarh, August 16
The Punjab Cabinet today gave its nod to transfer approximately 37.53 acres surplus land of the Institute of Mental Hospital, Amrtisar, to the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) for its commercial exploitation. The board is to repay a loan taken from the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC).


Bhakra Mainline Distributary
Haryana’s no puts govt in bind

Patiala, August 16
After Punjab having opposed the construction of Hansi-Bhuttana distributary from the Bhakra canal by the Haryana government, now, it is the turn of the latter to hit back. The Punjab government needs to construct a distributary from the canal for the proposed Talwandi Sabo super power thermal plant.

60-ft breach in Ghaggar near Khanauri
Crops on 1,200 acres submerged
Sangrur, August 16
Following 60-foot breach in Ghaggar at Chandu village, 7 km from Khanauri today water entered standing crops on 1200 acres of three villages — Chandu, Andana and Therri. However, water has not entered in populated area of the three villages.

Badal Case
4 more witnesses turn hostile

Rupnagar, August 16
Four more prosecution witnesses turned hostile in the case against Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal for allegedly having assets disproportionate to known source of income. The witnesses deposed before the court of special judge GS Saran, saying that they have never given a statement to the Vigilance Bureau Punjab and, instead, were forced to put their signatures on blank papers and pre-drafted reports.



Hold your tongue, SAD, BJP tell their leaders
Chandigarh, August 16
After a series of acerbic statements against each other, the SAD and the BJP, in separate developments, today said their Punjab leaders had been asked to restrain themselves from speaking out of turn or on maters that could have an adverse impact on the ruling coalition.

CPI threatens stir against SSP 
Amritsar, August 16
The Communist Party of India (CPI) will launch an agitation against the district police chief for forcibly removing small vendors near Guru Nanak Dev University.

Mayor’s post: BJP gives advice to Akalis 
Amritsar, August 16
Akali leaders here should refrain from making statements against senior leaders of the BJP for the sake of cordial relations between the ruling alliance partners in the state.


Child Rape Cases
NHRC for speedy disposal

Hoshiarpur, August 16
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has instructed all state governments to speedily disposal of child rape cases.

Sorry, only for trains
A bridge of inconvenience
Ferozepur, August 16
The 750-metre-long historic rail-cum-road bridge on the Lohian Khas-Makhu section continues to be the only road link betweenJalandhar-Nakodar-Kapurthala 
and Makhu-Ferozepur areas. The bridge over the Satluj is reminiscent of the old British raj as it was constructed over 100 years ago.

The bridge on the Lohian Khas-Makhu section which continues to be the only road link between Jalandhar-Nakodar-Kapurthala and Makhu-Ferozepur areas. — Photo by writer
The bridge on the Lohian Khas-Makhu section which continues to be the only road link between Jalandhar-Nakodar-Kapurthala and Makhu-Ferozepur areas

Rs 2,000-cr plan to revamp power supply
Chandigarh, August 16
The power infrastructure for urban and agricultural sectors in Punjab will be revamped as the government today announced a Rs 2000-crore plan to streamline power supply and distribution.

Desperate to know who he is
Gurdaspur, August 16
A polythene bag in his hand he is desperate to know his origin and identity. Brought up in a juvenile home in the Ram Colony camp in Hoshiarpur, Sant Ram, alias Harjinder Singh, became curious to know his identity after he was removed by Nirmal Singh, a resident of Ali Nangal village near Gurdaspur, after eight years of service.

Sant Ram
Sant Ram

NRI helps set up mortuary
Moga, August 16
NRIs of Punjab origin have invested their hard-earned money to elevate the standard of living of their brethren and sports across the state, but the setting up of a preservation centre for bodies is a unique instance altogether. Located on the Moga-Kotkapura road at Singhawala village, the signboard catches the attention of passers-by.

Panel for apology from Outlook
Amritsar, August 16
In a strongly worded ultimatum, the Khalsa Action Committee, while taking exception to the portrayal of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale as a villain in the recent issue of the Outlook magazine, has sought unqualified apology and clarification from the magazine in its next issue by August 20.


HC dismisses plea on Mukerian project
Chandigarh, August 16
A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today paved the way for the continuation of the now-stalled Mukerian hydel project by dismissing the plea questioning the bidding process for the project.

Amarinder’s IT case
The High Court today adjourned the hearing on an income tax matter relating to Captain Amarinder Singh.

Markfed officials’ remand extended
Banur, August 16
The chief judicial magistrate, Patiala, today extended by two days the police remand of the three Markfed employees arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on charges of pilfering wheat meant for the atta-dal scheme from the agency’s godown here.


No decision on free power 
Chandigarh, August 16
The issue of withdrawing the facility of free power to the farming sector was discussed informally at the meeting of the Punjab Cabinet today. However, no final decision was taken in this regard.


One held for naam charcha
Bathinda, August 16
Even as one person was arrested for holding Naam Charcha in Goniana town of this district, intervention of police averted a clash between the followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda and members of various Sikh organisations in Geheri Bhagi village of this district late last night.

2 NRIs cheat singer
Phagwara, August 16
Popular Punjabi singer Amar Arshi and his singer wife Narinderjot have been allegedly cheated by two USA-based NRIs -- Lehmber Singh Pawla of the nearby Langddoia village if Nawanshahr and Harbhajan Singh of Chandigarh.

BSF jawan held with heroin
Amritsar, August 16
The BSF today arrested lance naik Sarvan Singh for possessing 95 gm of heroin near Kakkar village under Lopoke police station here.

3 booked for quarrel
Kharar, August 16
Didar Singh, a driver with Punjab Roadways and resident of Bhukhri village, got injured last night in a quarrel. In his complaint to the Kharar police, Didar Singh alleged that he was driving the bus on Chandigarh-Ludhiana route when he stopped at the Kharar bus stand at 9 pm for the passengers to get down.


Rs 16 lakh for village school
Chandigarh, August 16
The Baba Attar Dass Educational Society formed by NRIs and residents of Nathewal of village, near Baghapurana( Moga), has collected Rs 16 lakh to give a new look to the village school, improve the quality of education and help the poor students there.


Germany for better ties with India
Amritsar, August 16
Germany wants to nurture and intensify bilateral relations with India, said Norbert Lammert, president of German Bundestag, who was here to participate in Independence Day celebrations here yesterday. The delegation was interacting with Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, here.


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