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Mob torches 4 vehicles
Inaction against SAD leader sparks protest
Ex-sarpanch dies of cardiac arrest during police chase
Abohar, August 29A vehicle burns following protest against the police at Seetogunno village, near Abohar
Four vehicles, two parked in a police post, were set on fire while two more were damaged by an unruly mob in Seetogunno village, subtehsil headquarters of this subdivision, about 25 km from here, late in the evening.

A vehicle burns following  protest against the police at Seetogunno village, near Abohar, on Friday. Photo by writer

Cong, Akalis in rally modeSAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal talks to DGP N.P.S. Aulakh at Banawali village in Mansa on Friday.
Chandigarh, August 29
The ensuing parliamentary elections as well as the elevation of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as chairman of the Congress Campaign Committee has sparked off a competition of rallies between the Congress and the BJP in the state.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal talks to DGP N.P.S. Aulakh at Banawali village in Mansa on Friday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Top cops on toes
Banawali/Bathinda, August 29
The September 2 SAD rally at Banawali village is keeping top officials of the state on their toes as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be present there.



PSEB Unbundling
Centre gives last warning to govt
Chandigarh, August 29
The union government has given a last warning to the Punjab government with regard to the unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). It has made it clear to the state government as well as the chairman of the PSEB to either meet the legal requirements of the law by October 31 or face the consequences. No further extension after October 31 will be given in this regard.

‘Christians being painted in bad light’President of SAD(Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann and (right) Javed Massey, Bishop of the Diocese of Chandigarh, Anglican Church of India, address a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.
Protest rally on September 1
Chandigarh, August 29
Training their guns on the saffron brigade, representatives of the Christian and Sikh communities today announced a protest rally here on September 1, in protest against the Orissa violence against Christians. 

President of SAD(Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann and (right) Javed Massey, Bishop of the Diocese of Chandigarh, Anglican Church of India, address a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph


Sukhbir keen on SAD entry in Rajasthan
Banawali/Bathinda, August 29
After Delhi and Haryana, the SAD will make inroads into Rajasthan as well. This was stated by Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief of the party, while talking to The Tribune here today.


Jallianwala martyrs may get freedom fighter status
Amritsar, August 29
The martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh may get the status of freedom fighter after 89 years of the incident. Deputy commissioner (DC) Kahan Singh Pannu, in a fresh missive to Punjab chief secretary, has also strongly recommended to give all facilities to the kin of those killed/injured in the massacre.

Sangrur bridge ready
Sangrur, August 29
A bridge over the railway level crossing on the Ludhiana-Dhuri-Jakhal track, near Punia Colony, here is ready for inauguration. About 1-km bridge, which is undergoing final touches, has been constructed at a cost of Rs 16.64 crore by the state government and the railway authorities. Sangrur MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, along with PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, will inaugurate the bridge on September 3.

Forcible lifting of dharna against distillery alleged
Kiri Afgana (Gurdaspur), August 29
Even as the dharna staged by residents of villages against the pollution being caused by a distillery near here was lifted late last night, a section of agitators, who were staging the sit-in at the main chowk, alleged that they were forced to lift the dharna under political and police pressure.

Markfed ties up with global leader on crop productivity
Chandigarh, August 29
Markfed today tied up with global leader in crop-protection chemicals Syngenta to launch a productivity enhancement campaign in five districts of Punjab.

Soon, smart tickets in PRTC buses
Patiala, August 29
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has decided to introduce smart tickets for passengers travelling in its fleet of buses. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the chairman of the corporation for final approval and all modalities for introduction of the scheme have been worked out.

Hoshiarpur set to have Ayurveda varsity
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government is set to establish an ayurveda university in Hoshiarpur. It will be the fourth such university completely dedicated to this discipline in the country.

Scribes’ conference on Aug 31
Chandigarh, August 29
The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) will hold its sixth state annual conference in Ludhiana on August 31.

Punjab chaff for flood-hit Bihar
Chandigarh, August 29
Punjab will soon send chaff (toori) to the flood-ravaged areas of Bihar. An assurance to this effect was given by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar and Union railways minister Lalu Parsad Yadav.

Pay Panel
Ex-servicemen to hold nationwide protest
Chandigarh, August 29
Stating that anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission created a lot of resentment in the armed forces, ex-servicemen have decided to forge a united front to take up the issue.

Lehra Mohabbat plant fully operational
Patiala, August 29
G.S. Sra, member generation of the Punjab State Electricity Board, said all three units of Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, were operating at their full capacity and making a contribution in meeting the power demand of the state.


HC upholds refusal of passport to Jalandhar resident
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that a person seeking political asylum in another country cannot be said to “owe allegiance to India, its sovereignty, unity and integrity”.

PMET 2008
IPS officer to probe impersonation case
Chandigarh, August 29
Just over two months after cases of impersonation came to light during the pre-medical entrance test (PMET) conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled the investigating agency was apparently not serious in taking the matter to a logical conclusion.

High Court
Chahal to get three days’ prior notice
Chandigarh, August 29
Ex-media adviser to Punjab’s former chief minister, Bharat Inder Singh Chahal cannot be caught by surprise. Taking up his blanket bail plea, Justice S.D. Anand directed the issuance of three working days advance notice, if he was to be arrested or summoned for questioning in connection with a case that might be registered against him in future.

Probe: Book provoked Poohla attackers
Amritsar, August 29
The preliminary magisterial inquiry, conducted by SDM Sandip Rishi, has revealed many chinks in the high-security Central Jail, which resulted in the death of controversial Nihang chief Ajit Singh Poohla.

His long list of cases
Chandigarh, August 29
Ajit Singh Phoola, the controversial Nihang who died today, has a long list of pending cases not only in Punjab but Chandigarh also.


Central Status for 3 Varsities
Officials called to PMO
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government has been called for a meeting by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on September 1 to discuss the issue pertaining to the central university status to Panjab University.

State set for MoU with ISB
Chandigarh, August 29
The Punjab government has made up its mind to sign an MoU with the management of the high-profile Indian School of Business (ISB).


SHO booked for taking bribe
Amritsar, August 29
The police has booked Bikramjit Singh, SHO of the Mehta police station and relative of a senior Akali leader, for allegedly demanding bribe for registering a case against the miscreants, who had barged into the house of the complainant’s relatives and beaten them up.


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