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670 complaints redressed:
Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Gurdev Kaur Sangha on Tuesday said the commission had redressed 670 cases of atrocities on women. She appealed to women communities to come forward and send their complaints to the commission where they would get speedy justice. She said till date this year 670 complaints had been received, out of which 210 had been disposed off and the remaining were under process.

Gupta joins investigation: Chetan Gupta, a businessman, on Tuesday joined the investigations of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He is one of the main accused in the case of disproportionate assets against former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Gupta was summoned to the office of the DIG Vigilance here on Tuesday after the Vigilance Department at Patiala recorded his statement in the case on Monday.

CM’s condolences: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal have expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sudden death of Deepak Swaroop, elder brother of Jyoti Kamal, Chief of Bureau, CNN IBN, who died here on Tuesday after a massive heart attack. He was 39.

Traders take out a protest march in the bazars of Fazilka on Tuesday.
Traders take out a protest march in the bazars of Fazilka on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Traders observe bandh: On a call of the Beopar Mandal, Fazilka, shopkeepers observed a complete bandh here on Tuesday. Work in courts also remained paralysed. The bandh is being observed to protest against the roughing up of Fazilka Beopar Mandal president Ashok Gulbahdar on Monday by some persons. When no FIR was registered till Monday evening, traders on Tuesday morning took out a procession in the bazars. The protest procession was led by Gulbadhar, Punjab Pardesh Beopar Mandal secretary Satish Dhingra, BJP district president and Improvement Trust Chairman Mohinder Pratap Dhingra, Congress municipal councillors Davinder Sachdeva and Surinder Kalra.

: The elections of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association for the term of two years will be held on September 18. Nomination papers could be filed on September 11, while scrutiny would also be done on the same date after 3 pm.

Body found hanging: The body of Kaka Singh (20) of Jaimal Colony was found hanging from a tree at the railway station here on Tuesday. SHO Kotwali Gurbachan Singh said the cause of death could only be ascertained af ter receiving the post-mortem report. His body was found hanging at 6 am. 

Holiday on Aug 20 : On the occasion of the death anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner VK Ohri on Tuesday declared a local holiday in Sangrur district for August 20 under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

PTIS general body meeting@@Bathinda: To fix the dates and venue of extra-curricular events, the Punjab Technical Institutions’ Sports (PTIS) will hold a general body meeting at the Directorate of Technical Education on August 24. Giving the information, Jagsir Singh, organising secretary of the PTIS, said that B. Purusartha, director, Technical Education, Punjab, has convened the meeting. — TNS@@@@Pay revision demanded@@Bathinda: In a press release issued here, activists of the Hindustan Insecticides Employees Union (HIEU) accused the higher authorities of the Hindustan Insecticides Limited of not taking up the matter of pay revision with the union government. — TNS@@@@Training programme@@Bathinda: A short-term training programme was organised by the Adesh Institute of Engineering & Technology (AIET) Faridkot, with the sponsorship of the Indian Society for Technical Education and the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) from August 12-16. Col (Dr) D.S. Grewal from Muktsar inaugurated the programme while Dr S.S. Bhatti, Director-Principal of AIET, Faridkot, presided over. the PEDA also organised a two-day exhibition at the AIET, Faridkot, on August 12-13. The exhibition showed working models of several devices that run on solar energy. — TNS



Memorandum submitted: A deputation of the Sarva Hitkari Manch met DC Nandita Gupta here on Tuesday and presented her a memorandum regarding their difficulties and grievances, which have been created by the JP Industries, which is setting up a cement plant in the area. The memorandum said thousands of villagers of these panchayats have been facing torture of various types of pollutions created by this industry since past four years, but the industry had not taken any care to solve them. They said the plant management was also ignoring the instructions of the district administration. 

Accident toll 12: The death toll of pilgrims en route Manimahesh pilgrimage in Chamba district has increased to 12 with one more pilgrim reported to have died near Dhanchho, according to an official report received here on Tuesday. The deceased had been identified as Praveen, a resident of Lahra village in Hamirpur district. He was on his return journey after taking bath in the Manimahesh lake when his feet slipped from the path and he fell into a gorge. He died on the spot and the body was handed over to his relatives after a post-mortem examination. 

Policy sought: The HPSEB Employees Union has sought formulation of a tangible policy ensuring the onus of the board towards the social security of retired officials and availing funds for the payment of their pension after restructuring of the board. The policy would cover 21,000 working employees and 12,000 retired officials of the board. The proposal was mooted at a conference of the central executive of the union, which was held here under the chairmanship of its state president Kuldeep Kharwara on Monday. 



Reconstruction of building
: Minister for Tourism and Culture Nasir Aslam Wani has said the gutted building in front of the Partap Park is being reconstructed. The administrative approval for the reconstruction of the building stands accorded for an amount of Rs 1.20 crore. The work was put to tenders and the same stands allotted. He said Budshah Hotel was gutted in 1984 and both the buildings were being reconstructed with the samearchitectural design as those of the surrounding buildings.

Plan to construct tunnel : Minister for R&B GM Saroori has informed the Legislative Assembly that the government contemplates to construct a tunnel across the Rajdhan pass on the Bandipora-Gurez road. The proposals for this purpose have been framed and work assigned to the Border Roads Organisation. He said under the proposal, 18-km-long tunnel at an estimated cost of Rs 1,800 crore wouldbe constructed to provide round-the-year connectivity to the people of the Gurez area, which remains cut off from the valley during winter. 

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