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126-mm deluge chokes Amritsar 
4 die in rain-related mishaps; Army put on alert
Amritsar, August 13
A student, Sumeen Shelly, was electrocuted at her house in East Mohan Nagar while three more deaths were reported due to incessant rain here today. Shelly, a widow, leaves behind a five-year-old child.
Flood alert in Swan areas
Bhakra, Pong dams brimming
Sutlej swells
Special girdawri ordered; 10.71-cr aid released

A lane adjoining a mall on the Batala road caved in due to heavy rain in Amritsar on Wednesday; and (right) residents
A lane adjoining a mall on the Batala road caved in due to heavy rain in Amritsar on Wednesday; and (right) residents 
drain rain water out of their house. Photos: Vishal Kumar

Bandh complete in Gurdaspur, Sunam
KMO leaders held outside Golden Temple
Amritsar, August 13
The police arrested members of the Khalra Mission Organisation (KMO) outside the Golden Temple here today as they proceeded towards Bhandari Bridge for protesting against the economic blockade of Jammu and Kashmir after ardas in the shrine.

No untoward incident reported





Sarpanch polls fair: ADC
Gurdaspur, August 13
Additional deputy commissioner-cum-addition district election officer, Gurdaspur, M.P. Singh said today that elections of sarpanches in the district were held in a free and fair manner.


Build farm-industry synergy for growth: UNIDO team
Chandigarh, August 13
Punjab will have to promote synergy between agriculture and industry for growth in textiles and agro-processing. The state needs to rejuvenate the small-scale sector in auto components, garments and leather, besides attracting investment in large-scale sector (automotives, textile and food processing), if it wants to see industrial growth.

Eye Camp ‘Botch-up’
Trust blacklisted, doctors face criminal case

Moga, August 13
District magistrate Satwant Singh Johal has asked the police to register a criminal case against office-bearers of the Guru Ram Dass Charitable Trust and the doctors concerned who conducted surgeries at a free eye camp here on July 16. Johal’s orders came in the wake of the submission of the magisterial probe into post-surgery problems to nine patients operated on at the camp.

Sunam to have rly under-bridge
Sangrur, August 13
Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa yesterday said three courses, hotel management, mass communication and journalism and MA (history), would be started from the next session at Shaheed Udham Singh Government College at Sunam, for which talks had been held with Punjabi University authorities.

PSEB accused of negligence
Sangrur, August 13
Harsimran Kaur of Uppli village, near here, has accused the local PSEB authorities of not forwarding priority tubewell connection cases under chairman’s priority quota to the higher authorities for allocation of material in time.

PIL to fill PHRC posts
Chandigarh, August 13
Following a news report that appeared in The Tribune regarding the stoppage in functioning of the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) due to lack of a quorum, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Manch moots apologies for Partition carnage
Amritsar, August 13
Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar today proposed to the two leaders of west Punjab (Pakistan) and east Punjab (India) to move a resolution in the respective Assemblies for expressing regret for the Partition massacre and apologies for the carnage on the eve of Independence declaration.

Health Dept’s I-Day gift  to people
Sangrur, August 13
Fifteen air-conditioned “mobile hospital” vehicles will be flagged off on August 15 by Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla from Fatehgarh Sahib. The vehicles will be sent to 15 districts of the state. Every vehicle will have two doctors, staff nurses, ECG and X-ray machines etc.

DSGMC offers Vedanti mission post
Amritsar, August 13
Former Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti (centre), DSGMC president Parmjit Singh Sarna (right) and SGPC member Manjit Singh Calcutta during a meeting at Vedanti’s house in Amritsar A four-member delegation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), led by its president Parmjit Singh Sarna, today held a meeting with former Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti at his residence here.

Former Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti (centre), DSGMC president Parmjit Singh Sarna (right) and SGPC member Manjit Singh Calcutta during a meeting at Vedanti’s house in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Sham Singh likely to head PSGPC
Amritsar, August 13
The Pakistan government is likely to nominate Sham Singh new president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (PSGPC) next month. Sources say the delay in the election of Sham Singh, founder of the PSGPC, to head the Pakistan Gurdwara Committee again was due to pressure of Sindhi Sikhs who want the post this time.

Anger marks bhog ceremony of Naina Devi stampede victims
Ludhiana, August 13
Disgust and anger marked the bhog ceremony of the nine victims of the Naina Devi shrine stampede tragedy at Mullanpur Dakha here today following the failure of the state government to compensate the victims' families.


Legal battle for control over Punjab Wakf Board ends
HC holds meetings called by Mohd Izhar Alam in absence of Razia Sultana were illegal

Chandigarh, August 13
The legal battle for managing the affairs of Punjab Wakf Board, with its chairperson-cum-MLA Razia Sultana on one side and CEO-cum-IPS officer Mohammad Izhar Alam on the other, has come to an end.

PSEB’s two-category retirement scheme quashed
Chandigarh, August 13
In a judgment beneficial to employees retiring from the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) between July 31, 2003, and October 30, 2006, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed a circular vide which they were made to suffer “heavy financial loss”.

Mill issued notice
Chandigarh, August 13
High Court Division Bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Surya Kant today issued a notice of motion to Nakodar Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited. The mill has allegedly not released the payment for sugarcane to the farmers of the area.


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