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Cabinet approves land-pooling scheme
Chandigarh, August 21
The state cabinet today approved a land-pooling scheme under which landowners will be eligible to get developed land in addition to compensation at market rates in case their land is acquired by the state.

Loan waiver for flood-hit farmers
Chandigarh, August 21
Punjab has incurred an infrastructure-cum-crop loss of Rs 530 crore due to incessant rain and flooding in the state, besides losing 22 lives, according to a preliminary survey.

Doctors of the Health Department and the Army examine patients at Akbarwala village in Ferozepur district on Thursday. Doctors of the Health Department and the Army examine patients at Akbarwala village in Ferozepur district on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Stink fills affected areas
Akbarwala (Ferozepur), August 21
Stink in accumulated floodwaters has pervaded almost all affected areas. Thousands of people were complaining of infection and other complications.

Border fence damaged, agencies alert
Chandigarh, August 21
Security agencies in the sate have sounded an alert to check possible intrusion after the recent floods damaged barbed wire fencing at several places along the border. Sources said at least 12 BSF observation posts had been submerged, forcing the BSF to move border observation posts (BoPs) several meters back.



Army, admn work round-the-clock to save Fazilka
Fazilka, August 21
It is only with round-the-clock efforts of the Army and civil administration during the past 48 hours that the embankment of the Kawanwali bandh has been strengthened and this town has been saved from ravaging floodwaters, observed Brig K.K. Sinha, who is monitoring flood-control measures at the border village of Kanwanwali Pattan, about 10 km from here.

Jawans push uprooted trees into the Sutlej to divert its flow at Kanwala Pattan in Fazilka. Photo by writer
Jawans push uprooted trees into the Sutlej to divert its flow at Kanwala Pattan in Fazilka.

Amarnath Land Row
Thousands court arrest
Amritsar, August 21
Some unruly elements in the Hindu organisations, including BJP cadre, tried to damage historic Muslim shrines near the town Hall in the walled city today even as the BJP leaders and their supporters, including the saffron parities were moving in a procession to court arrest in support of the agitation by the Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti in Jammu.

BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu along with party workers during a protest rally in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu along with party workers during a protest rally in Amritsar on Thursday.

Land Scandal
Probe report this Assembly session
Chandigarh, August 21
Punjab Vidhan Sabha’s special committee, headed by the Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, that was asked to probe certain issues related to the multi-crore Amritsar Improvement Trust land scandal, will submit its report in the House during the coming session of the state Assembly expected to start on September 4.



Separate SGPC
Sonia trying to divide Sikhs: Sukhbir
Makhu (Ferozepur), August 21
The SAD today warned the Congress against interference in the religious matters of the Sikh community while alleging that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was trying to divide the Sikh community in the country.

Don’t pass the buck, says Bir Devinder
Chandigarh, August 21
Rather than passing on the buck for their failures to the Congress, the leadership of the SAD and SGPC should satisfy the Sikhs of Haryana’s demand for a separate gurdwara management committee for the state.

Ravi Inder bats for gurdwara panel
Chandigarh, August 21
While the Akali Dal (1920) has openly supported the demand for a separate gurdwara management committee for Haryana, the SAD (Amritsar) has stated that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal were raising objections to the proposed committee without presenting any logical argument on this sensitive issue.

Haryana Panel
Pro and anti groups set for showdown
Chandigarh, August 21
Pro and anti groups for a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Haryana are set for a showdown with both deciding to hold public rallies at Karnal on August 30.

Cops fire rubber bullets at farm labourers
The injured being treated at the civil hospital in Bathinda on Thursday.Lambi/Bathinda, August 21
Eighteen activists of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, including women, sustained injuries when the police fired rubber bullets, tear gas shells and used water cannons to stop them from moving towards Badal, the native village of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The injured being treated at the civil hospital in Bathinda on Thursday. — Tribune photo by 
Kulbir Beera

Sangrur MC polls stayed
Sangrur, August 21
Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday stayed fresh election for the posts of president and vice-president of the Sangrur Municipal Council (MC).

E-stamping soon
Chandigarh, August 21
In a significant move to revamp the system of collection of stamp duty and plug the leakage of revenue through modern procedures, the Punjab Government will soon introduce e-stamping in the state. A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister M Parkash Singh Badal after a detailed presentation made by Arvinder Singh Bains, director land records settlement and consolidation and land acquisition.

Speaker-Finance Dept Row
Kahlon for written explanation
Chandigarh, August 21
The confrontation between the speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and the Punjab finance department does not seem to be over as speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon refused to accept oral explanation from the department on the delay in approving his trip for a speakers’ conference in Malaysia from August 1 to 10.

No clearance of bills by treasuries
Chandigarh, August 21
The Punjab government has suspended the clearance of bills by treasuries. Officials of the government said in Punjab Secretariat on Tuesday that the clearance of bills had been stopped following a verbal order of a senior state Treasury Department officer. The clearance of bills is suspended to avoid financial crisis.

Private practice by govt docs opposed
Chandigarh, August 21
Senior doctors of the Punjab Civil Medical Service Association (PCMS) have opposed the suggestion to allow private practice to government doctors in any form, saying this will affect the healthcare available in government hospitals.

Godrej selects 37 engg students
Chandigarh, August 21
All big companies continue to look towards Punjab and other states in this region to make recruitment of students for various jobs from engineering colleges. Godrej, one of the largest engineering and consumer products manufacturing company of the country, recruited 37 students during a joint campus placement drive held today at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran.

State to get 4 lakh tonnes of DAP fertiliser
Chandigarh, August 21
The Centre has assured the state government of the supply of 3.50 lakh tonnes of DAP fertiliser by October-end. Besides, the state will get about 50,000 tones of the DAP fertiliser from other sources.

Farmers urged to take up commercial crops
Chandigarh, August 20
Punjab Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah today advised the farming community of the state to sow different crops recommended by the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) and go for commercial crops other than wheat and paddy.

Rally against privatisation
Amritsar, August 21
The Joint Platform of Mass Organisation comprising various Communist parties and farmers organised a protest rally against the state and Central governments for its anti-people policies, besides gheraoing the residence of Cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike here yesterday.


SDM's reader held taking bribe
Ropar, August 21
Ropar SDM’s reader Nirmal Singh was caught taking bribe of Rs 10,000 from a farmer Harinder Singh, resident of village Doom Chheri today.


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