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New policy will help genuine colonisers: Sukhbir
Mohali, August 21
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that the policy announced for the setting up of residential colonies in the state would reduce cases of fraud and allow only genuine players to operate.He was talking to mediapersons after the inauguration of Jaspal Bhatti’s film school here. He said the government would ensure that the coloniser owned the land on which he offered to set up a housing project.
Sukhbir Singh Badal

Ban on Entry of Sikhs to Gurdwara
SGPC locks horns with Pak board
Jathedar Avtar Singh writes to PM, Pervez
Amritsar, August 21
The SGPC has locked horns wiith the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board following a ban on the entry of Sikhs at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore.


A view of Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore.— A Tribune photograph

A view of Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru at Naulakha Bazar, Lahore




Racial attack flayed
Amritsar, August 21
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar today condemned the racial attack on the Sikhs in Germany. He urged the German government to ensure security of all the Indian youth residing there.

Pak cyberpunks hack official sites
Jalandhar, August 21
Pakistani and Russian computer hackers are hacking and defacing important websites of the Indian Government and at the moment, there is little that the government can do to tackle the problem.

Gang busted, man having terror links held
Ferozepur, August 21
The district police today arrested six members of a gang, including its head, which had floated a new organisation to achieve “Sikh mission” and to put a check on the activities of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Govt focuses on resource mobilisation
Chandigarh, August 21
Six months after forming the government, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab today started a crucial internal debate on how to mobilise additional resources and decide what subsidies can be really afforded by the state in these times of dwindling revenue and increasing burden on the state exchequer.

8 cases against Tangri sent to review panel
Chandigarh, August 21
In its ongoing efforts to review police cases, the ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab has ordered that all eight cases — including those under the explosives act and the arms act -— registered against Ludhiana-based Jagdish Tangri be reviewed by a special committee set up to take a fresh look at cases registered on the basis of alleged political vendetta.

Guns ’n bricks at Pbi varsity
Four students injured; 15 detained
Patiala August 21
Six youths were injured in a fierce fight between two groups outside the main gate of Punjabi University here this noon.Sources said the groups first had an altercation on the campus. They moved out and one group, belonging to Safidpur village, got outsiders and attacked the rival group at the main gate with .12 bore guns, revolvers and sharp-edged weapons.

An injured student at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala
on Tuesday.— Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

TN also for more power to states
Khurana (Sangrur), August 21
If there is any thing more common in the ideology of Punjab and Tamil Nadu then it is more powers for the states, as both are staunch supporters of it.

An injured student at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala

Bittu released
Nabha, August 21
Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the SAD(A), was today released from the maximum security jail here. Bittu was lodged there since May 31 when he was arrested from Fatehgarh Sahib on the charges of sedition while leading a Khalsa march in protest against the dera chief. He was granted bail on Monday by a sessions court of Fatehgarh Sahib.



177 Indians starving in Gulf
Ludhiana, August 21
As many as 177 Indian workers are on the brink of starvation in Dubai and Kuwait.Two Chandigarh-based travel agents sent these persons to Kuwait and Dubai. The bait was high salaries and board and lodging. All of them paid sums ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh to the agents. The workers belong to Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

Bhagat Singh, Bose took shelter here
Amritsar, August 21
Even as the Central government, in consultation with the state government, has decided to celebrate the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh from next month, it remains to be seen if the ruling party evinces interest to preserve the Bara Makan in the local Islamabad locality where Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev took shelter in 1928 after shooting the ASP of Lahore, J.P. Saunders.
The Bara Makan lane in the Islamabad locality of Amritsar where Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose took shelter.
The Bara Makan lane in the Islamabad locality of Amritsar where Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose took shelter.— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sorry, says Outlook
Amritsar, August 21
Outlook, an English magazine, has apologised for portraying Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwale as a villain in its issue and publishing his caricature showing him carrying weapons in his beard.

42 schools defy DC’s order
Barnala, August 21
Deputy Commissioner V.K.Ohri has taken strong notice of flouting his orders to keep schools closed on August 20. According to sources, 42 schools in Barnala, Shaina, Mehal Kalan and Tapa blocks were found open yesterday despite the DC declaring it a holiday under the Negotiable and Instruments Act . The DC had ordered the closure of all schools and government offices on the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.

Newly elected councillors meet
Chandigarh, August 21
A meeting of newly elected councillors of the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala was held at Punjab Congress Bhavan here today.

Collector rates hiked
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab government today hiked the collector’s rates of all properties by 50 per cent over the existing rates. The collector’s rates are the minimum base price at which the value of a property is calculated for the purpose of paying stamp duty.

Records pertaining to registrar safe
Patiala August 21
The controversy surrounding the burning of records of the office of dean (colleges) of Punjabi University here last night remained shrouded in mystery even today.

Mann speaks up for Dalit girls
Patiala, August 21
The president of the SAD (A), Simranjit Singh Mann, today flayed the state government for failing to check atrocities on Dalits. He visited Faridpur, about 30 km from here, where four Dalit girls were allegedly victimised by a landowner.

Licences of 9 ration depots suspended
Bathinda, August 21
The district food and supplies control (DFSC) authorities today suspended six licences of ration depots as the owners had failed to lift the stock of atta and dal from Punsup points to distribute them to beneficiaries.

BIG 92.7 FM in Patiala 
Patiala, August 21
The BIG 92.7 FM radio was formally launched in Patiala in the presence of Punjabi pop star Harbhajan Mann.It would be available in Sangrur, Malerkotla, Dhuri, Nabha, Bhadson, Amloh, Sirhind, Rajpura, Gobindgarh, Banur, Patran, Bhawanigarh and Samana town falling in the periphery of about 60 km from Patiala. 

Book on last Sufi poet
Amritsar, August 21
The book, “Ishak Allah Di Zaat,” which included the rare poetry of Hazrat Sakhi Sabar Baba Madho Shah, the last Sufi poet will be released in Jalandhar tomorrow.



High Court
Hearing on Raninder’s plea adjourned

Chandigarh, August 21
A Division Bench, comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh Singh and Justice Rajive Bhalla, today adjourned the hearing on the pre-arrest notice plea of Raninder Singh, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and his kin Raminder Singh.

Bail for Dimpa’s gunmen
Amritsar, August 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted bail to five gunmen of Jasbir Singh Dimpa, former Congress MLA from Beas, and to Jaswant Singh Billa, former chairman, Rayya Marketing Committee, who were in judicial custody in connection with the murder of an Akali worker during the Assembly elections this year.


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