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Man washed away; villagers shift to rail tracks, roads
Ferozepur, August 17
Carrying household goods on their heads, people of the
A family marooned in the floodwaters at Gidderpindi village makes a temporary kitchen on the rooftop of their house.flood-hit areas are making a beeline for safer places as more than 50 villages have been marooned in the Makhu area. No help has so far come from the government yet.

A family marooned in the floodwaters at Gidderpindi village makes a temporary kitchen on the rooftop of their house. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Testing times for BSF
BSF jawans patrol India-Pakistan border in Ferozepur sector.Indo-Pakistan border (Ferozepur), August 17
It’s testing times for the BSF, manning the 162-km border in this sector, with several of its nakas submerged in the Sutlej waters.

BSF jawans patrol India-Pakistan border in Ferozepur sector. Photo by writer

22 trapped on Ravi ‘island’
Makora Pattan (Gurdaspur), August 17
Though the Ravi has been flowing below danger mark, the increased flow of water into it has made the lives of villagers living across it miserable.



Villagers near Sutlej, Swan told to shift
Anandpur Sahib, August 17
An alert has been sounded in all villages situated alongside the Sutlej and rivulets, including the Swan, for the next 72 hours.

Ghaggar still dangerous
Sangrur, August 17
Residents of several villages of flood-prone Khanauri and Moonak areas of this district feared that flood water might enter their villages and fields tonight as there were reports that the Ghaggar river might have more water in it during the night.

Breaches unplugged
Jalandhar, August 17
About 150-foot breach in the Sutlej river at Mundikalu village could not be plugged today as the authorities kept on waiting for the water to recede.

Water in Harike headworks recedes
Tarn Taran, August 17
The administration today heaved a sigh of relief after the water level in the Harike headworks decreased today.

BBMB tells state to be ready for evacuation steps
Chandigarh, August 17
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has informed the Punjab government to be ready to undertake evacuation measures in case the situation turns critical in the coming days, with widespread rainfall in Himachal Pradesh pushing the Bhakra Dam level above 1,669 ft today.

10 Army columns rescue flood-hit
Chandigarh, August 17
The Army has mobilised 10 columns to carry out flood-relief operations in Punjab. Four columns have been deployed at Sunghera village in Moga district while three at Bhagewala village in Ferozepur district.

Badal asks Centre for help
A villager points to his submerged fields at Basti Ramlal village in Ferozepur.Chandigarh, August 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Union government to provide liberal assistance to the state in providing immediate relief due to torrential rains, besides revising the norms of compensation to provide adequate relief from the calamity relief fund (CRF).

A villager points to his submerged fields at Basti Ramlal village in Ferozepur. Photo: Anirudh Gupta

Situation under control: Govt
Chandigarh, August 17
Present flood situation, which has been described by the state government as “under control”, may go out of hand if catchments areas in Himachal Pradesh receive heavy rain tonight.


New SAD dist presidents
Chandigarh, August 17
SAD president and MP Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced a list of district presidents of the party.

Capt’s state of mind worrying: Sukhbir
Chandigarh, August 17
Shiromani Akali Dal supremo Sukhbir Singh Badal today advised "psychiatric treatment for Capt Amarinder Singh” who, he said, appeared again to be haunted with the spectre of Akalis trying to finish him off.


Shakeel Ahmed Federal crime agency to check terrorism
Patiala, August 17
Minister of state for home affairs Shakeel Ahmed asserted that the Union government was making an effort to curb the menace of terrorism in the country.

                                 Shakeel Ahmed. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

CM cautions Centre against separate SGPC
Rajla (Patiala), August 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today dubbed the Congress-led Haryana government’s encouragement to the move on the formation of a separate Sikh gurdwara management committee as a “direct interference” in the religious affairs of the Sikhs.

Central aid for stampede victims
Gurdaspur, August 17
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved relief for the victims of the stampede at the Naina Devi shrine a few days ago.

Two boys feared drowned in drain
Sangrur, August 17
Malkiat Singh (14) and Danny (13) of Kalodi village were feared drowned in the village drain (near Bhawanigarh) this afternoon when they were bathing.

Bid to revive militancy in Punjab: Badal
Jalandhar, August 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said here that some forces were trying to revive militancy in the state.

Bureaucrat turns director
Swaran Singh wants to promote Punjab's rich cultural heritage through his films. Swaran Singh’s debut film ‘Lakh Pardesi Hoiye’ gets rave reviews
Chandigarh, August 17
Dr Swaran Singh, a senior Punjab bureaucrat, has donned the director's cap in his unique mission to promote Punjab's rich cultural heritage through the most-effective medium--the films.
NEW INNINGS: Swaran Singh wants to promote Punjab's rich cultural heritage through his films.


Gurdaspur ITI selected for upgradation
Gurdaspur, August 17
The Central government has initiated the process to upgrade Pawan Kumar Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here by selecting it under its centre of excellence scheme.


Rs 10 lakh fake notes seized
Amritsar, August 17
The Border Security Force (BSF) recovered fake Indian currency of Rs 10 lakh, smuggled from the Pakistan side, and arrested a smuggler along with his two aides.


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