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State needs N-plant: Jairam
Lehra Mohabbat (Bathinda), August 3
Union minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh said today that the claim of Punjab and Haryana about nuclear power stations was justified as those states had to fetch coal for their thermal stations from a distance of 2,000 km.
Union minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh (centre), along with PSEB chief Y.S. Ratra (right), addresses mediapersons at Lehra Mohabbat in Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh Union minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh (centre), along with PSEB chief Y.S. Ratra (right), addresses mediapersons at Lehra Mohabbat in Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Attari Check Post
Centre yet to release Rs 34 crore

Amritsar, August 3
Even as the Central government has failed to release even a single penny out of total Rs 33.15 crore, the future of Integrated Check-Post (ICP) at Attari border hangs in the balance. SDM Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, who has completed the process for acquiring the 120-acre land, said the ambitious project could be shelved if the farmers were not given compensation by May next year. 

Road to be named after Ishmeet
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (right) presents a painting of Ishmeet Singh to his father in LudhianaLudhiana, August 3
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today attended the bhog ceremony of singer Ishmeet Singh.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal (right) presents a painting of Ishmeet Singh to his father in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph



MP power co assures PSEB 24 lakh units daily
Patiala, August 3
Lakhs of power consumers of Punjab coping with longest-ever power cuts may no longer be forced to bear the summer heat without electricity in August as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has been assured by the Madhya Pradesh Power Trading Company that it would be supplying 24 lakh units of power daily to Punjab Monday onwards.

I Spied
The spies who have been left in the cold

Chandigarh, August 3
While former spies of Dadwan village in Gurdaspur are in the process of approaching courts now, their peers in the same profession from as far back as 1974 have gone through this grind and are realising that there is a slim chance of getting relief with little proof in hand.


Case registered against Cong panches who approached HC
Chandigarh, August 3
Congress panches from the border village of Kakar in Mumdot block of Ferozepur district today alleged that a returning officer, who had been directed to hold a fair poll for the post of sarpanch of their village by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had a case registered against them.

PPCC wants PM to fight LS polls from state
Moga, August 3
The PPCC has invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home state.


Udham Singh Trial 
Demand to de-classify over 3,000 documents

Chandigarh, August 3
Over 68 years after revolutionary Shaheed Udham Singh avenged the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy by shooting former Punjab Governor Michael O'Dwyer at the Caxton Hall in London, the demand to get back over 3,000 documents relating to his trial is gaining ground.

Rural health staff to intensify stir
Patiala, August 3
The state unit of the Rural Medical Services Association (RMSA) has protested the alleged implication of Dr Aslam Parvez and Dr Rishi Bhardwaj, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, in false cases by the Jalandhar police.

Database of land use in state goes digital
Ludhiana, August 3
The Punjab Remote Sensing Centre here has generated a digital database on “Land Use and Land Cover Status in Punjab” which may help development planners. The report, a first since Independence, has underlined “disastrous consequences of intensive resource exploitation without long-term sustainability”.

Row over piece of land
Amritsar, August 3
The bulldozing of the four walls and gate of a 250-yard piece of land situated in Partap Avenue and belonging to Davinder Singh, a Dalti patwari, has kicked off a controversy.

Eye Camp ‘Botch-up’
Magisterial probe kicks off

Moga, August 3
Assistant commissioner (grievances) M.S. Jaggi today visited Bhinder village, near here, along with Dr Rajesh Puri, an eye specialist of the district hospital, and recorded statements of a few patients, who had complained of post-surgery problems, and members of their families. They were operated upon during a free medical camp conducted by the Guru Ram Dass Charitable Trust on July 16 here.

Physically challenged children with the tricycles provided to them at a camp organised by the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society in Amritsar Bhagat Puran Singh remembered
Amritsar, August 3
The All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society organised an artificial limbs and physiotherapy camp to mark the 16th death anniversary of its founder Bhagat Puran Singh here today.

Physically challenged children with the tricycles provided to them at a camp organised by the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Shiv Sainiks halt Ahmedabad Express at Chakki Bank, Pathankot Land to Shrine Board
Shiv sainiks detain trains

Pathankot, August 3
Activists of the Shiv Sena detained the Swaraj Express (Jammu to Jamnagar) and the Ahmedabad Express (Ahmedabad to Jammu) trains at the Chakki railway station on the Jalandhar-Jammu section here today in protest against the withdrawal of allotment of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Shiv Sainiks halt Ahmedabad Express at Chakki Bank, Pathankot, on Sunday. Photo: N.P. Dhawan

Devoted to preserving folklore of Majha 
Amritsar, August 3
Septuagenarian Punjabi writer Kulwant Singh Aulakh has done pioneering work on the folklore of Majha, the border districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur, and Lahore and Kasur districts in Pakistan. After retirement from Guru Nanak Dev University’s press section a decade ago, Aulakh has continued research which could be the envy of young Ph.D scholar of any university.Although the Punjabi spoken in Majha (called Majhi) is considered to be “Taksali” (standard Punjabi), yet little research has been done on the folkore of this region by the universities.

Kulwant Singh Aulakh
Kulwant Singh Aulakh

Umeed Foundation to set up hospital for women, children
Sangrur , August 3
Arvind Khanna, former Congress MLA and chairman of the Umeed Foundation, an NGO, today announced the setting up a 10-bed eye hospital and a 20-bed woman and child hospital here. The foundation stones of the two hospitals would be laid next month, he added.

Adhyapak Dal leader claims majority
Sangrur, August 3
The Adhyapak Dal, led by its state president Hardev Singh Jawandha, today held a state-level convention here. Delegates and leaders of the body from various districts of the state expressed faith in the leadership of Jawandha.

Woman threatens immolation
Sangrur, August 3
The mother of a plus I student has levelled allegations against the management of the Akal Academy at Cheema that her son was not being allowed to study in the academy because he was not wearing a turban. 


Removal of fencing on Army land causes damage to crops
Chandigarh, August 3
Farmers of Fattuwala village in Ferozepur district today claimed that their standing crops were being destroyed due to the removal of iron fencing along the land owned by the Army in the area.


Dealer awaits diesel supply for past 5 days 
Sangrur, August 3
On the one pretext or the other, diesel supply is not being made since July 29 to a petrol station situated at Dhaula village on national highway (NH) 64 (Barnala-Bathinda road), despite the submission of indent to the HPCL depot, Sangrur, along with a demand draft for Rs 3.95 lakh for obtaining supply of 12,000 litres of diesel.

ISI prefers techno-savvy youth: SSP
Jagraon, August 3
Just a year after Pakistani youth Abdul Hanan Rashid, alias Rajveer Ranwat, a masters in business management, was held in Ludhiana for spying, the Jagraon police has caught Shahid Iqbal Bhatti, a masters in computer applications, on the charge of espionage.

BBMB machines continue to generate power
Nangal, August 3
Despite having outlived their useful lives, machines at BBMB continue to generate more power than targeted by Central Electricity Authority (CEA). BBMB officials told the Union minister of state for power and commerce, Jairam Ramesh, this during his visit to the Bhakra Nangal project yesterday.


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