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Cong tussle gets ugly
Dullo nobody to question me: Ex-CM
Amarinder Singh Patiala, August 22
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today vented his ire on president of the PPCC Shamsher Singh Dullo. Talking to The Tribune on the phone today, he said: “Dullo is nobody to question me. The decision to withdraw Congress candidates from the municipal corporation elections was mine.”
Amarinder Singh

Hooliganism in Gurdwara
SGPC to send 5-member team to Pakistan
Amritsar, August 22
Shocked over the news of hooliganism by Muslim activists in Gurdwara Bhai Taru Singh in Naulakha Bazar, Lahore, the SGPC has decided to send a five-member fact-finding team to Pakistan to have the first hand information about the incident.

Taking off turbans for security check in US irks SGPC
Amritsar, August 22
The SGPC chief, Jathedar Avtar Singh, has taken a serious note of the humiliation being caused to turbaned Sikhs while travelling by air in the USA.

Badal hints at cut in stamp duty
Chandigarh, August 22
A day after the ruling SAD-BJP combine was talking of additional resource mobilisation, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the government was planning to reduce stamp duty in the state and bring it on a par with that of the Central government’s.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Fields in CM’s home dist still inundated
Kotli Sangar (Muktsar), August 22
Even as Sukhbir Badal visited flood-hit areas of this district today, residents of around 20 villages of Muktsar, home district of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, have been living in hellish conditions for the past two weeks.

Acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Badal visits flooded areas of Muktsar district on Wednesday. — Photo by S.S. Sonu
Acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Badal visits flooded areas of Muktsar district on Wednesday.

VC blames it on SSP
Patiala, August 22
The vice-chancellor of Punjabi university Swaran Singh Boparai today accused district police chief S.K. Asthana of not taking his phone calls and playing partisan in the developments on the university campus.
S.S. Boparai

Former students whose entry we had banned are behind lawlessness. I had advised the SSP in writing and on the phone that partisan role would jeopardise discipline in the university. — S.S. Boparai

I refute the allegations. There is no law and order problem in the university. I have always responded to VC’s calls. However, I cannot take calls when I am at a meeting with seniors. — SSP

ISI supplying separatists with heroin
Ludhiana, August 22
Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is trying to revive terrorism in Punjab and is supplying Sikh separatists with heroin, which is sold in the open market to fund their disruptive activities.

Amritsar-New York flight from 9/11
Jalandhar, August 22
Air India is inducting two new generation environment-friendly 787 planes in its fleet by the end of next year while it plans to phase out its old planes with as many as 119 new aircraft by 2012-2013.

Air India (Northern India) general manager Rohita Jaidka (right) addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Air India (Northern India) general manager Rohita Jaidka (right) addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Speaking Out
We will wait and watch
Member of Parliament Sukhbir Singh Badal has accorded the status of industry to the film media in Punjab. He has said all incentives would be made available to those associated with film production. But pioneers of the state’s film and music industry are not impressed, reports Chitleen K. Sethi



BJP sets up cell
Chandigarh, August 22
President of the Punjab unit of the BJP Rajinder Bhandari said here today main issue in the state at moment was of development and not resource mobilisation through more taxes. He said the BJP was for development of all sectors of Punjab’s economy, including urban areas, rural areas, trade, business, industry and agriculture without additional taxes on people.


Uttarakhand benefits, Punjab suffers the most
Extended tax holiday scheme
Chandigarh, August 22
Uttarkhand has scored over both Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir both in securing fresh investment and generating employment opportunities under the extended tax holiday scheme of the centre.

Trucks across border
Sidhu satisfied with arrangements
Amritsar, August 22
Satisfied with temporary arrangements for the movement of trucks across the Indo-Pakistan border from October 1, BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today sought a status report from the Union Home Ministry on the establishment of integrated check post (ICP) announced by the government last year.

Indian captive in Malaysia returns
Ludhiana, August 22
For a middle-aged Ferozepur-based couple, whose son was allegedly held captive in Malaysia happiness knew no bounds when he returned the Lok Bhalai Party through Indian embassy facilitated two days ago after his release.

Experts to renovate Gurdwara Baba Atal
Amritsar, August 22
The SGPC has been contemplating engaging experts for the renovation of the nine-storey Gurdwara Baba Atal, adjoining the Golden Temple complex to protect priceless frescos and the building design during the kar seva.

SGPC holds kirtan durbar
Talwandi Sabo, August 22
A galaxy of ‘kirtankars,’ alongwith religious-story tellers regaled the audience, attended the kirtan durbar that started at Bhagi Bandar village of this district late last evening.

Ferozepur Mall — A walkers’ paradise
Ferozepur, August 22
Residents of this sleepy border town, situated 12 km from the zero line on the Indo-Pakistan border, daily wakes up to the musical notes of maestros like Hariprashad Chaurasia, Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain. Thanks to the Cantonment Board and local Army authorities, the entire stretch of the Mall from the deputy commissioner’s residence up to the Golf Club has been equipped with facilities and is attracting a large number of civilians and Army personnel for refreshing walks amidst nature’s serenity. 
                           A view of the Mall
A view of the Mall

SAD (A) honours Hawara, Kanwaljit’s kin
Sunam (Sangrur), August 22
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann announced today that the party would organise a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ to sack jathedars of five Takhts and appoint new ones as the present jathedars had “failed” to fulfill their duties, especially in the case of an insult to the Sikhism and its gurus by the Dera Sacha Sauda’s chief.

Review of cases: Sukhbir to gain
Chandigarh, August 22
Acting president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Badal too stands to gain from Punjab government’s policy to review all cases registered during the previous Congress regime.

Judge told to give information under RTI
Amritsar, August 22
The chief information commissioner (CIC) has asked the District and Sessions Judge to provide information sought by applicants under the Right to Information Act. This is for the first time that the judiciary has been told that it was mandatory to give information under the Act.

Conference discusses information sharing
Amritsar, August 22
To improve ties between the civil, police and military a conference was held at the cantonment here to discuss issues relating to the three establishments.

Helpline for complaints
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab government today started a dedicated helpline to receive complaints, if any, regarding the quality/quantity and unavailability of subsidised wheat and dal at any depot of the state.

Cops clueless in woman’s murder
Pathankot, August 22
The police is still clueless in the murder of a 44-year-old woman employee of the BSNL here whose body was found at an isolated place on the Jammu-Jalandhar highway, near Maithal, on Sunday.

Blue card makes villagers see red
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
A large number of villagers from in and around the subdivisional headquarters of the district today assembled outside the SDM office in protest against non-issuance of the blue card to them rendering them inept to avail of the benefits of the atta-dal scheme.

Project to provide water to 3,000 villages
Patiala, August 22
In order to provide safe drinking water to about 3,000 villages in the state, the Punjab Government is implementing the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project at an estimated cost of Rs 1,280 crore over a period of five years.

Teej brings Aam Khas Bagh to life
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
The traditional festival of Teej has brought to life the otherwise abandoned historical building of Aam Khas Bagh, which is now being spruced up to host the festival being organised by the District Red Cross Society on August 24.

308 donate blood
Patiala, August 22
As many as 308 persons donated blood at a camp organised at Thapar University under the leadership of varsity director Dr Abhijit Mukharjee, here today.

Amenities at Kabari Market are rubbish too
Patiala, August 22
The junk dealers, who were made to shift from Bahera Road in the walled city area to Transport Nagar on the outskirts, continue to be a harried lot with the place lacking basic amenities.

Relief for flood-hit after girdawari: DC
Rupnagar, August 22
The district administration will prepare a master plan to ensure sustained and planned development of all towns and villages of Rupnagar district.



Theft at Harike’s house: 8 acquitted
Patiala, August 22
The eight accused of stealing five pots of gold from the ancestral house of Gurdial Singh Harike, former Prime Minister of Patiala state, have been acquitted by a court here.

High Court
Process to appoint consumer forum chief under way
Chandigarh, August 22
Punjab advocate-general H.S. Mattewal today informed a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover that the Punjab government has initiated the process for the appointment of the chairman of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.


Jawans held for ‘helping’ smugglers
Bathinda, August 22
Two Punjab Home Guard jawans were arrested for demanding bribe for not arresting those involved in smuggling. A police head constable has been evading arrest in the same case.

6 held for stealing pumps
Batala, August 22
The district police claims to have arrested six members of a gang involved in the theft of submersible pumps.


Conditions relaxed for pvt B.Ed colleges
Chandigarh, August 22
The state government has decided to relax conditions for private B.Ed colleges in connection with the second phase of counselling for admissions beginning September 10. Thirtyeight colleges were not allowed to take part in the counselling for these did not fulfil the laid down conditions and some of these were defaulters on various other counts.

PCCTU holds protest rally
Patiala, August 22
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) today held a rally in protest against government failure to fulfill the promises made to them in their election manifestos. General secretary of the teachers’ union Kuldeep Singh alleged that the present government had gone a step forward than the previous government in imposing the cuts on grants to aided colleges.


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