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Vedanti rejects honour by SGPC
Amritsar, August 14Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti adresses media persons in Amritsar
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has stated he had not resigned as Jathedar of Akal Takht on health grounds as claimed by SGPC president Avtar Singh. The statement of the former Jathedar came a day after his meeting with Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Parmjit Singh Sarna and veteran SGPC member Manjit Singh Calcutta.
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti adresses media persons in Amritsar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

LS Polls
Cong to project Manmohan as prime ministerial candidate
Chandigarh, August 14
The Congress will contest the next parliamentary elections by projecting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as its prime ministerial candidate and touting the Indo-US nuclear deal as one of the biggest achievements of the UPA-led government.

Tax notification on ‘imported’ sugar quashed
Chandigarh, August 14
Coming Diwali will not be taxing for the sugar merchants in Punjab. Acting on their petitions, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed a notification levying tax on sugar “imported” from outside the state of Punjab. The import of the development can be gauged from the fact that as many as 37 petitions were filed in the matter by entrepreneurs engaged in the sale and purchase of sugar.



Prez medal for 15 cops
Chandigarh, August 14
Fifteen Punjab Police officers and officials have been awarded the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service on the occasion of Independence Day.

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Vaid Jagjit nominated for state awardVaid Jagjit Singh
Chandigarh, August 14
A ‘khandani’ vaid, who is also a qualified ayurvedic physician and has made a name by actively exposing quacks in his profession, has been nominated for the State award in the “Learned Profession” category which will be awarded at the State Republic day function at Ludhiana tomorrow.


Kissa Kursi Ka: It was a triangular contest for grabing the chair. Bitterness remains at Cong joint show
Chandigarh, August 14
The attempt of the Punjab Congress to present a united front by displaying its warring leaders together on a single platform today only highlighted the deep-rooted differences between newly nominated party Campaign Committee chairman Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. The leaders made it clear that they were not on speaking terms with each other and even though they were seated on both sides of newly appointed Pradesh Congress acting president Mohinder Singh Kaypee, they did not exchange pleasantries.

Kissa Kursi Ka: It was a triangular contest for grabing the chair. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Sutlej flows above danger mark
Ludhiana, August 14
Villages alongside the Sutlej remained on high alert throughout the day today as water in it flowed much above the danger mark.

Two villagers point to a flooded link road in Maste Ke village. Flood situation in Ferozepur grim
Ferozepur, August 14
Residents of hundreds of villages along the India-Pakistan border in this district are once again facing vagaries of nature with their fields already submerged. If rain persists, the Sutlej might flood their dwellings as well.

Two villagers point to a flooded link road in Maste Ke village. — Photo by writer

Flood threat looms in Moga
Villagers asked to move to safer places 
Moga, August 14
Thousands of acres on the 30-km stretch along the Sutlej in Moga district has been inundated. It has been raining heavily in catchment areas of the river for two days.

Swan water receding
Anandpur Sahib, August 14
The flood situation in villages of Nurpur Bedi, Anandpur Sahib and Nangal is under control. The level of water started receding considerably at around 1:30 am. While Chamkaur Sahib villages registered loss of crops, those in Nurpur Bedi and Anandpur Sahib reported loss of belongings as well as standing crops.

Flood-like situation in Mand area
Roof cave-in kills one
Tarn Taran, August 14
Life in this border belt and Mand area along the Beas River was affected due to the flood- like situation due to rain in two days.

Vendalism at Hospital
Docs end chain fast
Sangrur, August 14
The local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today ended its 11-day-old chain fast outside the district administrative complex.

BKU condemns Noida killings
Chandigarh, August 14
Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has condemned the killing of farmers in greater Noida by Uttar Pradesh police. Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president and Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the union said cases should be registered against civil and police officials who had ordered firing to kill farmers. Dependents of deceased farmers should be given adequate compensation.


High Court
Cheema offers ‘unconditional apology’
Chandigarh, August 14
Punjab’s senior IAS officer G.S. Cheema has “thrown himself at the mercy” of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


5 hurt in clash of Sikh, Dera men
Barnala, August 14
Five persons were injured when Sikh activists and Dera Sacha Sauda followers clashed at Divana village of this district here today.


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