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CPM keen on third front, says YechurySenior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury interacts with mediapersons at Bundala village in Jalandhar on Sunday.
Bundala (Jalandhar), August 10
The CPM is finding it hard to dispel the notion that the party had ever tried to project BSP chief Mayawati as prime ministerial candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury interacts with mediapersons at Bundala village in Jalandhar on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Virk Case
Saini bought security equipment: Co-accused
Mohali, August 10
Anurag Saxena, a co-accused with former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk has alleged in a local court here that it was not S.S. Virk, but the current Vigilance Bureau chief Sumedh Singh Saini who was involved in the process of buying security equipment for the police department from him in 2001-2002.

Ishmeet’s father seeks fresh probe
Amritsar, August 10Parents and family members of singer Ishmeet Singh at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.
Even though the viscera test of singer Ishmeet Singh at Patiala confirmed his death by drowning his father,Gurvinder Singh, has sought an independent probe into the incident to bring out the truth.
Parents and family members of singer Ishmeet Singh at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar



Missing in US
DSP assigned probe
Hoshiarpur, August 10
SSP, Hoshiarpur, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill has deputed the DSP, Garhshankar, to look into the complaint of Balwinder Kaur, principal, Doaba Public School, Parowal, regarding the disappearance of four students who had gone with 15 other students and a teacher of the school on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States of America.

Khalsa panel to expose dera chiefBhai Mohkam Singh, convener of the Khalsa Action Committee,addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Sunday.
Amritsar, August 10
The Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) will hold an all-religion conclave in Chandigarh on September 7 to expose Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged attempts to undermine ethos of not only Sikh religion but also of others.

Bhai Mohkam Singh, convener of the Khalsa Action Committee,addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Sunday. —  Photo by Vishal Kumar 


Bhattal loyalists seek to meet Amarinder
Chandigarh, August 10
The New Moti Bagh residence of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in Patiala has become a centre of Punjab politics again after one-and-a-half years with Congress leaders and legislators, including loyalists of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, seeking appointments with him.

Capt’s new post not to affect SAD-BJP prospects: Badal
Chandigarh, August 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today there was no threat to prospects of the SAD-BJP alliance in the Lok Sabha elections following former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh being made chairman of the Election Campaign Committee.

It will again be Capt versus Sukhbir
Chandigarh, August 10
The fates of Capt Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Badal seem to be intertwined. Both have come to a stage where they will again have a face-off with each other for the leadership of Punjab. Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has been given a chance to reclaim his lost mantle by the Congress which has cleverly put him in a perform-or-perish position by giving him charge of the party’s election campaign, but refused to give him total control of the party. 


‘Panchayat elections not held in fair way’
Gurdaspur, August 10
In a significant development which could embarrass the ruling SAD-BJP in the state, additional deputy commissioner-cum-additional district election officer M.P. Singh has alleged that certain areas of the district witnessed “murder of democracy” in connection with the election of sarpanches of different panchayats.

Mall Scam Involvement of minister, IAS officer alleged
Amritsar, August 10
Alleging involvement of a minister and a Chandigarh-based IAS officer in the Omaxe Novelty Mall scam, S.S. Sharma, a social worker, who raised this issue here today sought a CBI probe into the scandal.

PAU to survey suicides by farmers
Ludhiana, August 10
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here will survey suicide deaths by farmers in the state. The Punjab government has sanctioned a grant for it from the disaster management fund.

Debt-ridden farmer kills himself
Sangrur, August 10
Finding it difficult to withstand the burden of debts, 45-year-old farmer Gurmeet Singh of Kal Banjara village, near Lehragagga, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison a couple of days ago. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Sabha for withdrawal of plea against awards
Sangrur, August 10
Panchkula-based Pradeep Joshi has been appealed to withdraw his petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The petitioner alleged that the selectors had chosen themselves for the awards, being given by the Punjab Languages Department for excellence in literature  and journalism.

Generation at Nathpa Jhakri Dam comes to halt
Patiala, August 10
The power generation at the 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydel Power project in Himachal Pradesh has come to a halt as the dam has been closed due to accumulation of huge quantities of silt in the dam reservoir due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area of the project.

Freedom fighter dies in London
Ludhiana, August 10
Veteran freedom fighter Amarnath Desh Pandey died in London on Wednesday, according to information available here on Friday.He was 94.



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