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Human Bomb Theory
Dera demands judicial probe

Chandigarh, August 26
Challenging the theory of the Punjab police that five women followers of the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda could be “human bombs” or they could commit “self-immolation”, the dera today demanded a judicial probe to establish the truth.

Arrest warrants against 3 human bomb suspects
Bathinda, August 26
The court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) here has issued arrest warrants against Gurcharan Kaur, Veerpal Kaur and Rama, three women followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, for their alleged involvement in the attack made on the police in this town on May 15.

Dera follower commits suicide
Third such case in two months
Bathinda, August 26
Gurjeet Singh, alias Sukha, a follower of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, committed suicide by immolating himself in the open in Bangi Nihal Singh Wala village of this district late this evening.

A Portrait of Controversy
SGPC may find itself in spot again
Amritsar, August 26
The SGPC’s volte face on the installation of the portrait of Giani Joginder Singh Talwara in the Sikh museum of the Golden Temple has raised many a eyebrow.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran



A view of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
A view of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

PSEB engineers at loggerheads with member(Finance)
Misrepresentation of facts to government
Patiala, August 26
The PSEB Engineers’ Association is at loggerheads with member (Finance) of the board. The association has accused the member of distorting facts regarding the financial health of the board in his recent communication to the state government.

Plan to have commercial hubs around cities
Prime land to be acquired
Patiala, August 26
After failing to develop focal points and the special economic zones the government has been planning to develop commercial hubs around cities.

Capt Kanwaljit SinghMarketing of Vegetables
State to adopt aggressive plan
Ludhiana, August 26
Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh has said his department is all set to adopt an aggressive marketing strategy for the marketing of vegetables, fruits and other crops so that the income of the farmers is enhanced substantially.


Sukdhev Singh Dhindsa Snap poll inevitable: Dhindsa
Ludhiana, August 26
Shiromani Akali Dal secretary-general Sukdhev Singh Dhindsa today said snap poll in the country was inevitable, irrespective of whether the Left withdraws support to the government at the Centre or not.

SAD (A) shows door to Bittu
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 26
Citing disciplinary reasons, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today relieved Daljit Singh Bittu of the post of senior vice-president.

Atrocities against Cong men
MLA to raise issue in House
Bathinda, August 26
Harminder Singh Jassi, local MLA, today said Congress MLAs would raise the issue related to the atrocities being committed on party workers in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha.

Ludhiana MC: 8 Independents join SAD
Ludhiana, August 26
Eight Independent councillors in the local municipal corporation today joined the SAD, taking its tally from 24 to 32. With this the SAD-BJP combine has 46 councillors in the House. Sukhbir Badal, officiating president of the SAD, welcomed the councillors at a special function organised here today.


Two girls take a joy ride at a function organised at Bathinda on Sunday to celebrate Teej festival.
Two girls take a joy ride at a function organised at Bathinda on Sunday to celebrate Teej festival. — Photo by S.S. Sonu

Turban Controversy
No change in UK screening procedure
Amritsar, August 26
The department of transport, UK, has confirmed that there was no change in the existing procedures for screening turban-wearing Sikhs at its airports.

Verification of Punjabis in UAE, Dubai jails starts
Hoshiarpur, August 26
To ascertain the identification of those persons of Punjab who have been languishing in prisons in the UAE and Dubai on account of losing their passports and other relevant documents, the Punjab Police has started verifying their character and addresses.

Tur Dalits face social boycott
Tarn Taran, August 26
A few Dalits of Tur village, 25 km from here, are being socially boycotted by families of landlords for the past one week.

Simranjit Singh Mann We will oppose gurdwara Bill: Mann
Chandigarh, August 26
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has expressed strong reservations on the proposed Sikh Gurdwara Bill and urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to invite a wider pluralistic circle of Sikh intellectuals to ratify the Bill.

Amritsar to Anandpur Sahib rail link proposed
Phagwara, August 26
The two main holy towns of Punjab, Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib, will be linked directly by rail in the near future, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal announced here yesterday. Giving details to reporters here, Atwal said a proposal had been discussed with Railway Board chairman for the construction of a Rs 532-crore railway link between Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib by laying a 45-km railway line between Jejon and Anandpur Sahib via Garhshankar.

Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal addresses a press conference at Phagwara. — A Tribune photograph
Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal addresses a press conference at Phagwara.

Farmers resolve to get SEZ policy scrapped
Patiala, August 26
The farmers’ convention organised by the Peoples Democratic Front of India concluded here today with a resolve to fight for the scrapping of the SEZ policy and oppose forcible acquisition of farmers’ land.

Workers fix gold plates during kar sewa at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Sunday.
Workers fix gold plates during kar sewa at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Traffic arrangements for Rakhar Punnia fair
Amritsar, August 26
Iqbal Singh, SSP, has said the district police had made security elaborate arrangements in view of the Rakhar Punnia fair being organised at Baba Bakala.

Brahmins up in arms against thrashing of priest
Amritsar, August 26
A large number of Brahmin organisations are up in arms against the beating up of a priest of a 300-year-old Shani Temple near the Golden Temple by a few persons here on Friday night.

Renake to visit border villages today
Amritsar, August 26
The commission for denotified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes will soon complete its survey in the left-out states with regard to the various schemes launched by the Central government for uplifting the social and economic status of these tribes.

Yoga camp
Patiala, August 26
The Nishulk Patanjali Yog Kendra, Patiala, conducted a free yog vigyan shivir at Chitra Model School, under the supervision of Braham Kumar, a yoga teacher of the Patanjali Yog Samiti, Patiala, here yesterday.


Protest against dowry death, 3 rounded up
Phagwara, August 26
Relatives and supporters of Tejinder Kaur, a young married woman, today staged a noisy demonstration in front of the residence of her in-laws in the local posh locality, Hargobind Nagar, and later inside the police station to protest her alleged dowry death. Following the protest, the police rounded up three persons, including the husband of the deceased.

Animal cruelty Act: 3 held
Hoshiarpur, August 26
The Punjab Police today arrested three persons under Sections 4, 5, 11, and 29 of the Prevention of Animal Cruelty Act after recovering 15 cows and calves from them.


Punjabi varsity VC’s post a crown of thorns
Patiala, August 26
The post of vice-chancellor in a university was once considered as sacred. However, VCs of Punjabi University, Patiala, are being removed unceremoniously after levelling charges of corruption or moral turpitude by successive governments for the past 15 years.

Teachers to observe black day on Sept 5
Bathinda, August 26
Members of the mathematic teachers’ association, Bathinda unit, have decided to observe Teachers’ Day that falls on September 5 as the black day to lodge their protest against the state governments failure to pay salaries for the past three months.


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