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Badal fails to give darshan to sangat
Anandpur Sahib, August 19
Villagers of 31 flood-affected villages of Ropar and Anandpur Sahib were kept waiting as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal failed to keep date with those who had come for sangat darshan. People had braved heavy rains for the same only to face disappointment.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the Charan Ganga breach site along with officials of the district administration Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the Charan Ganga breach site along with officials of the district administration.
ó Photo by Vicky Gharu

Relief for rain-hit
Muktsar, August 19
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who visited the flood-affected areas of this subdivision today, announced that a special girdawri had been ordered. Heavy rains had caused damage to crops on about 51,000 acres.

ĎAdverse weather will hit cotton productioní
Farmers to suffer loss worth crores
Chandigarh, August 19
While the Central government has increased the price of cotton produced in Punjab to Rs 1,950 from Rs 1,890 per quintal, 15 to 20 per cent fall in its production is imminent in the cotton belt of this region, including Punjab and Haryana.




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Missing BSNL employee found murdered
Pathankot, August 19
A 44-year-old woman employee of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Pathankot, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the busy market on July 22, was found murdered almost after 28 days.

Usha Khanna, a BSNL employee, Pathankot, whose body was found in a box on the Jammu-Jalandhar highway on Sunday morning. ó Photo by N.P. Dhawan

Usha Khanna, a BSNL employee, Pathankot, whose body was found in a box on the Jammu-Jalandhar highway on Sunday morning

Medical examination by AIIMS panel
Chahalís torture claims fall flat
Chandigarh, August 19
B.I.S. Chahalís rant on torture, which reached its melodramatic high before Justice Uma Nath Singh on July 24, seems to have gone in vain. A panel of AIIMS experts, which examined him on August 9, has not found sufficient evidence to corroborate his much-touted torture theory.

Ludhiana police flouts SC ruling
FIR not registered even after 2 months
Chandigarh, August 19
The Supreme Court direction regarding the registration of an FIR on a complaint does not seem to bother the cops at the Sadar police station, Ludhiana. In blatant disregard of the courtís July 24 direction that the police is bound to register a case and had no jurisdiction to verify a complaint or see if a case is made out.

Undertrialís Death
Judge completes probe
Ferozepur, August 19
Additional District and Sessions Judge Birinder Singh after completing an inquiry into the custodial death of an undertrial lodged in the local Central Jail has submitted his report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In his report he states that undertrial Kewal Singh was subjected to torture while he was lodged in the jail.





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Heavy rain in Patiala forced people to take out their umbrellas
Heavy rain in Patiala forced people to take out their umbrellas on Sunday. ó A Tribune photograph

False cases against docs
CM to issue notification
Patiala, August 19
A deputation of senior leaders of the state branch of the Indian Medical Association, including state president Amrit Sethi and chairman of legal cell O.P.S. Kande, met the Chief Minister and apprised him of false cases allegedly being registered against doctors by the Punjab police in connection with deaths in the hospitals.

Land grab by persons close to minister alleged
Amritsar, August 19
An old couple is forced to live in hiding to escape alleged police harassment as their property in the Dera Baba Nanak area was allegedly grabbed by some persons close to a minister.

Cops pick up minor for brotherís fault
Jalandhar, August 19
In a clear case of human rights violation, a team of the Ludhiana police allegedly picked up a minor boy, Jasbir Singh, while he was returning from his school to his house at Pachharian village, on August 17.

Truck route to Pak: Talks today
Amritsar, August 19
In a bid to give impetus to the Indo-Pak trade through the Wagah joint checkpost, high-level talks between the two neighbouring countries will open here tomorrow to finalise truck transport operation across the border.

Heavy rain claims life
Gurdaspur, August 19
Heavy downpour claimed a life and left three others injured on the busy Jammu -Jalandhar highway near Pathankot this afternoon. The tragedy struck near Madhopur when an empty oil tanker with four persons, including two Punjab police personnel, dashed into the trees after its driver lost control over the steering wheel.

2 killed in road mishaps
Kharar, August 19
Gursharan Singh, a resident of Parkhali village, was killed in a road accident last night. The incident took place opposite Government School in Desu Majra when a car (CH 03 W 2497) collided with a truck (PB 12 A 2505).

Ban dera books, says Mann
Bathinda, August 19
Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), and Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar, Akal Takht, today urged the Punjab government to ban controversial books of the Sirsa-based dera. All controversial books should be taken into custody, he added.

NRI opens infectious diseases clinic
Nabha, August 19
Former Cabinet minister Raja Narinder Singh inaugurated an infectious diseases clinic, a brain child of the prestigious US NGO, Trinity Health. In his inaugural address Raja Narinder Singh appreciated the efforts of NRI Daljit Bains and his family in opening this clinic.

AWWA week held in Mamun
Pathankot, August 19
To mark the 41st anniversary of the Army Wives Welfare Association, the Black Arrow Brigade of the Indian Army has been celebrating the AWWA week in the Mamun Army Cantonment area.

Rally against N-deal
Amritsar, August 19
Activists of the Communist Party Marxist, led by freedom fighters, including Gursharan Singh, Jagdev Kalan, Swaran Singh Dudarai and Gurbax Singh of Preet Nagar, held a demonstration and procession against the Indo-US nuclear deal at Ajnala today.

 
AGRICULTURE

Paddy MSP
Govt to seek Rs 200 hike
Khanna, August 19
The Punjab government has decided to seek Rs 200 hike in the minimum support price of paddy from the Centre. Speaking to mediapersons here today, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board, claimed that the state government had put up a strong case in this regard.

CRIME

Chowkidar strangled
Patiala, August 19
A chowkidar was strangled by some unidentified persons in the Hira Bagh area of the city.

EDUCATION

Special Kids
Red Cross awaits nod for opening institute
Faridkot, August 19
Decks have been cleared for establishing a teachersí training institute for educating special children. The institute will be opened by the local chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society.

Sikh forum seeks VCís removal
Patiala, August 19
A meeting of the Sikh Intelligentsia Forum, Punjabi University, was held here yesterday under the presidentship of Dalbir Singh Dhillon to discuss the autocratic behaviour of the vice-chancellor.

Shabad recitation contest
Patiala, August 19
Students from 14 schools participated in a shabad recitation competition organised by Sri Dasmesh Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture, Patiala, here today.





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