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Bathinda Clash
Day II: Demands of farm labourers’ accepted

Lambi/Bathinda, August 22
Jubilant volunteers after plugging a breach in the Sutlej near Gidderpindi village The district administration today accepted the demands of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, which had faced police action during a protest at Kheowali village yesterday.

Jubilant volunteers after plugging a breach in the Sutlej near Gidderpindi village on Friday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

MLAs condemn use of police force
Chandigarh: Several Congress MLAs today condemned the use of brute police force against unarmed landless labourers who wanted to stage a protest in support of their demands. 

Villagers plug Sutlej breach
Gidderpindi (Sultanpur Lodhi), August 22
People’s power came to the fore in plugging the breach at the Chitti Bein-Sutlej confluence even as the Drainage Department was waiting for the water level to go down before beginning its work.

People’s participation only way out
Moga, August 22
Flood in the low-lying areas along the Sutlej basin in Moga and Ferozepur districts and few other parts of the state has brought into focus encroachments alongside irrigation/drainage channels and apathy of the government to strengthen river embankments.





Dhindsa, Barnala groups ‘patch up’
Sangrur, August 22
The election of Sanminder Kaur Mann, wife of a staunch supporter of Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala and former Dirba MLA Baldev Singh Mann, to the post of chairperson of the Sangrur Zila Parishad (ZP) here today indicated that Dhindsa and Barnala groups were on the way to end their differences. Secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa reportedly played a big role in getting her elected as the chairperson unopposed.

Sidhu 2nd best MP to utilise funds
Amritsar, August 22
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today distributed cheques totalling Rs 65 lakh among panchayats in the border belt of Ajnala for carrying out development works. According to the annual Lok Sabha report on the utilisation of MPLAD funds, Sidhu is the second best MP who has fully utilised the funds. Sidhu distributed Rs 10-crore grants in his area during his four-year tenure.


Leaders of Sikh organisations at Masjid Khairdin, Hall Bazar, Amritsar, on Friday. They were there to express solidarity with Muslim brethren Security at Muslim shrines up
Amritsar, August 22
Security around Muslim shrines in the city has been beefed up following vandalisation of two mosques by miscreants yesterday. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons.

Leaders of Sikh organisations at Masjid Khairdin, Hall Bazar, Amritsar, on Friday. They were there to express solidarity with Muslim brethren. Photo: Vishal Kumar

ADC suspended for bungling in selection
Gurdaspur, August 22
The government today placed M.P. Singh, additional deputy commissioner (ADC), development, under suspension for his alleged involvement in the bungling of the recruitment of ETT teachers during the previous Congress government.

Green signal to houses of SCs on shamlat land
Chandigarh, August 22
As a major relief to under-privileged families, Punjab has decided to allot ownership of parts of shamlat land to the SCs and STs, including bajigars, on which they have constructed houses before August 15 this year.

New policy for medical purchases
Chandigarh, August 22
The Punjab government today notified a new purchase policy allowing principals of medical, dental, ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges in the state to purchase machinery and equipment as per the contract rates at the PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, Health and Family Welfare Department, Punjab, or Punjab Health System Corporation, which ever is the lowest.

Lehra plant ‘face saver’ for PSEB
Patiala, August 22
Treated as one of most economically viable projects of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), the stage-1 of Lehra Mohabbat based Guru Hargobind Thermal Power (GHTP) plant has not only generated power worth Rs 9,210 crore since its commissioning in 1999, but also been acting as a “face saver” for the PSEB by contributing a lot to bridge its ever-burgeoning power demand and supply gap.


Pvt varsities to admit 50% students from state
Chandigarh, August 22
It will be mandatory for universities coming up in the private sector to reserve 50 per cent seats for students from Punjab.

Accredit educational institutions: Panel
Chandigarh, August 22
The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) today advised the Punjab government to introduce compulsory accreditation of education institutions, including institutes of higher learning, to bring about uniformity and improvement in their working.

Students fail to get Roll Nos. in time
Mohali, August 22
A large number of students scheduled to appear for the compartment examination (Classes X and XII) of the open school today failed to receive their roll numbers in time.


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