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CM approves proposal to hike sugarcane price
Chandigarh, September 30
While the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has informally approved the proposal to increase the sugarcane price by Rs 15 to Rs 20 per quintal, there is also a move to expand the recently set up Kisan Commission and clearly define its role to avoid any duplication in the work of the Agriculture Department and the commission.

Nominal hike in MSP cruel joke on farmers: Badal
Chandigarh, September 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today criticised the Union Government for announcing a nominal hike of Rs 10 in the minimum support price of wheat and other crops.

Robbers strike at girls’ hostel
Decamp with cash, jewellery; warden suspended

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
Armed robbers struck at the girls’ hostel of the Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT) at Mandi Gobindgarh in the district at 2 am today and decamped with cash, jewellery and cell phones. They also misbehaved with girls and threatened them.

Five Punjabi youths land in Algerian jail
Phagwara, September 30
Another instance of Punjab youths in wish to migrate to developed countries and landed in trouble. Five Punjab youth’s, case came to light when a representative of the Chambal Agrotech, who was on official tour to Algeria, sent an e-mail to Jeet Ram from Algeria, a resident of Jamalpur village in Phagwara, that five Indian youths were languishing in Algerian jail.

Fatehgarh Sahib



26 Punjabi University students held, let off
Patiala, September 30
The ongoing agitation of students on the campus of the local Punjabi University took a new turn when 26 students, who were members of the Punjabi University Students Confederation (PUSC), were arrested while they were trying to block the entry of varsity employees and other people by blocking its main gate today.

Dal Khalsa head quits
Amritsar, September 30
India’s most wanted militant Gajinder Singh, today resigned as chairman of the Dal Khalsa, paving the way for the appointment of new chief at the 27th convention of the organisation, scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on October 2. Gajinder Singh is among the 20 most wanted militants, of India after the attack on Parliament. He has been taking shelter in Pakistan these days. 
Gajinder Singh
Gajinder Singh

Twelve hurt in row over Nagar Panchayat chief’s poll
Sangrur, September 30
Tension gripped Khanauri village, about 60 km from here, on the occasion of election of president of the Nagar Panchayat today.

CBI raids on FCI godowns
Mansa, September 30
The CBI today raided FCI godowns in the district and collected eight samples of rice in connection with the case of dispatch of poor quality rice to other states.

Indian jabber irks Bhatt
Jalandhar, September 30
Music is all about harmony, but at times discordant notes flow audaciously from the audience side. And this dissipates an artiste’s creative energy. Grammy award winner, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, whose Mohan Veena has stirred the hearts of many a music lover, feels acutely about this jarring dissonance. “The Indian audience needs a refresher course in discipline and music appreciation. In a striking contrast to this, the audience in the West can handle music concerts with grace and dignity,” observes the maestro wryly.

Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs in Jalandhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs in Jalandhar on Thursday

World Bank to continue aid for rural schemes
Chandigarh, September 30
Punjab will continue to get assistance from the World Bank for its rural development programmes even as the kandi (Shivalik hills) area Integrated Watershed Development Programme draws to a close on September 30 after being run for five years.

Nagar council meeting postponed
Phagwara, September 30
The monthly general House meeting of the local nagar council had to be postponed by the president of the council, Mr Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, amidst pandemonium, sloganeering and walkout by not only 10 councillors belonging to the SAD-BJP-BSP but also by two ruling party councillors, including firebrand Kusam Sharma and Ramesh Jordan.

‘Free power scheme to Dalits may be deferred’
Jalandhar, September 30
Implementation of the much publicised scheme of limited free power to Dalits may get deferred owing to some constitutional and technical reasons.

Turning a blind eye to encroachments
Hoshiarpur, September 30
The road leading to local bus-stand has been encroached upon by private transporters, auto-rickshaws and rickshaws, rehris and roadside vendors right under the nose of the authorities concerned.

Eight fresh cases of gastro reported
Phagwara, September 30
Eight more cases of gastroenteritis were reported from Onkar Nagar locality today. Four patients were admitted to ESI and Civil hospitals.

Flying club’s equipment ‘thrown out’ of airfield
Patiala, September 30
The Northern India Flying Club (camp) today alleged that its aircraft and other equipment lying at hanger no. 2 of the Patiala airfield were thrown out by a section of people belonging to a private aviation academy.

New Civil Surgeons for Mansa, Muktsar

Amritsar-Lahore bus fare too high: M.S. Gill
Chandigarh, September 30
Dr M.S. Gill, Rajya Sabha, MP yesterday objected to the fare of Rs 750 per head fixed for the 30 mile journey to be covered by the bus plying between Amritsar and Lahore.


Randhawa fails to meet farmers
Hoshiarpur, September 30
Thousands of farmers, who had come from far-flung areas of the district, were disappointed when Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary, failed to keep date with them at a district-level farmers training camp, here today.

Agencies lift paddy after intervention of MP
Kapurthala, September 30
The government procurement agencies bought almost all the paddy lying at New Grain Market without measuring any damage or moisture after the invention of the local Member of Parliament, Mr Rana Gurjit Singh, and the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Samir Kumar, here today.

Rice millers withdraw strike
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
The Punjab Rice Millers, after a meeting with Mr Avtar Henry, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, decided to withdraw their indefinite strike. They will now start purchasing paddy.

Rain-hit cotton growers likely to face problems
Bathinda, September 30
While the government agencies are set to enter cotton markets today, rain-hit cotton growers of the region are likely to face problems satisfying agencies on various parameters like moisture content, ginning percentage and grade of cotton for the time being.

A view of the cotton market in Bathinda.
— A Tribune photograph
A view of the cotton market in Bathinda.

SDMs to monitor paddy purchase
Ferozepore, September 30
All the Subdivisional Magistrates have been instructed to tour and check various paddy purchase centres falling under their respective subdivisions along with heads of procurement agencies and submit their reports daily.

Commission agents claim no procurement
Patiala, September 30
The Arthiya Association, Patiala, yesterday alleged that though the Punjab Government had formally launched the procurement of paddy on September 26, no significant quantity of paddy had been purchased from the local grain market by the different agencies since then, despite the fact the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, belonged to this town.

Farmers resent power bills
Hoshiarpur, September 30
The subdivisional office of the Punjab State Electricity Board at Bassi Kalan (Chabewal) here has issued fresh computerised bills to farmers for August for their power connections to tubewells. However, the farmers said they had already cleared the bills on due dates.


Gulati is PSEB Engineer-in-Chief
Chandigarh, September 30
Mr A.S. Gulati, Chief Engineer, Operation, South Zone, Punjab State Electricity Board, has been promoted Engineer-in-Chief, DS (South).


Gang of arms suppliers busted
Bathinda, September 30
The police has arrested three members of a gang that used to bring weapons from Rajasthan to supply these in the state. The police also claimed to have succeeded in saving two persons from being murdered.


Students to move court over fee issue
Amritsar, September 30
The future of four candidates selected for MBBS in the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research hang in the balance as the deadline for depositing the fee ended today.

6 medical students asked to clear dues
Amritsar, September 30
The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences will not allow six final year students of MBBS to complete internship since last month for not depositing their dues.

PTA asks admn to withdraw case against Principal
Ropar, September 30
The Parents Teachers Association and students of Shivalik Public School today appealed to the administration to drop a case registered against the school Principal for issuing a circular for banning students to wear kirpan and heavy kara in school.

Welcome party for engg freshers
Fatehgarh Sahib , September 30
The Guru Gobind Singh College unit of Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a welcome party for first year students at Gaini Ditt Singh Auditorium of the college .

Seminar on youth power
Patiala, September 30
Mr Malvinder Singh, member, Punjab Pollution Control Board, expressed concern over dwindling forest cover and melting glaciers while delivering a keynote address at a seminar on youth power at Government Mohindra College here yesterday.

Seminar on rural education
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30.
“Potential among the rural students to achieve excellency and go forward in life is not less than that in the students studying in the urban area,” said Dr D.R. Vij, an eminent educationist, while addressing a seminar on “Rural education” organised by the Rotary Club, Fatehgarh Sahib, Government Elementary School, Saidpura, today.


Govt to clear pending subsidies to tiny units
Ludhiana, September 30
A provision for Rs 100 crore has been created by the Punjab Government with a view to clearing the backlog of pending subsidies to the small-scale industry. Besides, the government plans to strengthen and repair all roads in the state by March 2006.


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