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Devotees get saplings as parsad 
Nanhi Chhaan kicks off at Golden Temple
Amritsar, August 27
Quoting verses from Gurbani: “Pawan guru pani pita, mata dhart mahat (air is tutor, water the father and earth is mother), Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal today distributed neem and fruit saplings, sprinkled with water of the holy Sarovar, among newly wed couples and girls as “parsad” at the Golden Temple here today.
Harsimrat Kaur, wife of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, gives a sapling to a woman with a girl child while launching the Nanhi Chhaan project at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Harsimrat Kaur, wife of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, gives a sapling to a woman with a girl child while launching the Nanhi Chhaan project at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Floods: Congress corners Badal on unutilised fund
Chandigarh, August 27
After embarrassing the state government over the issue of unutilised flood relief funds, the Congress is in no mood to let go an opportunity to highlight the “mismanagement” of funds by the SAD-BJP alliance. 

First-ever medical camp in 11 villages since Independence
All children found anaemic
Bharial (Gurdaspur), August 27
Independence of the country seems to mean little to residents of 11 villages bordering Pakistan as they are still sans basic amenities.



Finally, Sangrur villagers embrace girl child
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 27
Gender sensitisation has finally begun to bear fruit in this part of Malwa with female population increasing in Khanauir and Cheema areas of Sangrur district.


UCPI decries CPM expelling Somnath
Patiala, August 27
Fourth state-level conference of the United Communist Party of India (UCPI) was held at Parbhat Parwana Hall here in which delegates from 11 districts, including Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar, Ludhiana and Patiala took part.

MC polls on Sept 20
Chandigarh, August 27
The government today announced general elections to four municipal councils and one nagar panchayat on September 20.


Tribune Impact
Save trees on hospital complex, says Maneka

Amritsar, August 27
Taking note of 452 old trees on the Dr Vidya Sagar Mental Hospital complex facing axe due to auction of the site for multi-storey buildings, Maneka Gandhi, former union minister, has said the cutting of age-old trees was an anti-national act. A piece of 5.5 acre was put on the block in the first phase of auction yesterday.

Loan woes of ex-servicemen
Ludhiana, August 27
As many as 161 ex-servicemen, are in debt as the Punjab Financial Corporation is yet to settle their two -decade old loan cases.

‘Killers of innocents not jehadis’
Qadian, August 27
Majlis Ansarullah (meeting of servants of God) denounced Jehad by targeting public places and killing innocent people. It is against the preachings of Prophet Mohammed, who presented God as Rab-bul A'lameen (Lord of all worlds) and who is referred to as Rehmatul lil A'lameen (blesses whole mankind).

Colombian envoy meets Badal
Chandigarh, August 27
Visiting Colombian Ambassador Juan Alfredo Pinto yesterday called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and evinced keen interest to improve bilateral relations between Colombia and Punjab for the promotion of trade, commerce and industry.

Kidnapped boy reaches home after 2 years
Gurdaspur, August 27
Prince (12) of Rania village of this district, who was allegedly kidnapped about two years ago, reached home, on Sunday. As no case was registered by his family at that time, the police did not track down the culprits.

Labourer trapped in pit, dies
Fire Brigade officials try to save a labourer from a pit in Amritsar Amritsar, August 27
A labourer died here today morning after he was trapped in a 15-ft-deep pit that was being dug for wire in the basement of a mall. According to bystanders, the incident occurred at 10.45 am when Daya Yadav got buried in the pit as sand around him fell on him.
Mall owners informed the Fire Brigade officials who got into action. The body was extricated from from under sand and earth by them. It took six hours to pull out the body which was sent for a post-mortem examination.

Fire Brigade officials try to save a labourer from a pit in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Mobile medical units leave for flood-hit areas
Mohali, August 27
Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla yesterday flagged off mobile medical units to the flood-affected districts of Kapurthala, Ferozepur, Jalandhar and Moga. These units have doctors, paramedical staff on board and are equipped with facilities like X-ray, ECG, semi auto analyser, lab testing and will carry basic medicines.

Dental officers clarify
Chandigarh, August 27
Medical officers of various state dental colleges, whose promotion as assistant professors were withheld following a complaint by junior doctors, today claimed that they had been promoted on the basis of merit, seniority as well as teaching experience.

CM to declare Sultanpur Lodhi a heritage town
Chandigarh, August 27
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday announced that he would soon take up the case of declaring Sultanpur Lodhi as a heritage town with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Arora is ADGP, intelligence
Chandigarh, August 27
The Police Department today gave charge of additional director general of police (intelligence) to one of its most upright officers and IGP (headquarters) Suresh Arora.


Blast case: Plea to come up next month
Chandigarh, August 27
A plea filed against the Supreme Court orders staying directions on CBI probe into alleged elimination of proclaimed offenders in the Saini blast case will come up in the fourth week of September.


Policy on teachers condemned
Sangrur, August 27
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) today strongly condemned the state government’s rationalisation policy for teachers due to which a large number of teachers of various categories had been “uprooted” from schools of their present place of posting by shifting them to far-off places.

School automation on the cards
Chandigarh, August 27
The government has decided to automate all functions of government schools with an aim to developing management information system (MIS) and geographical information system (GIS) for an effective planning and decision-making.

Free tech education: Govt raises seats by 10 per cent
Chandigarh, August 27
Under a scheme to provide free technical education to students from weaker sections, women and the physically challenged, the government today issued a notification providing 10 per cent additional seats in all engineering and other technical colleges.


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