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Octroi to be abolished by March 31: CM
Denies link in oil-for-food programme
Jalandhar, November 7
The Punjab government will abolish octroi by March 31 next year, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said today. He said barring five, all commitments, including the abolition of octroi, made by the party in its election manifesto in the last assembly polls, had been implemented and the remaining five would also be implemented by March 31 next year.

Vacant posts to be filled soon
Nangal, November 7
Any relative of mine, alleged to be involved in the
oil-for-food scam by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is responsible for his own affairs. Mr Badal is himself facing corruption cases and a corruption case against him is coming up for hearing in the Supreme Court on January 7.

SAD dares Amarinder to dissolve Assembly
Jalandhar, November 7
The Shiromani Akali Dal General Secretary and former Punjab Finance Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh today dared Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to dissolve the state Assembly and seek the people’s mandate on the issues of terrorism, development and situation of law and order in the state.

Former Finance Minister and senior Akali leader Capt Kanwaljit Singh talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar Former Finance Minister and senior Akali leader Capt Kanwaljit Singh talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Monday.



  Chaos, brawls at Heritage Foundation
Bathinda, November 7
Chaos prevailed at the concluding function of the three-day Virasat Mela, as thousands gatecrashed into the sports stadium here to watch Gurdas Mann perform live after over a decade.

Farmers stage protest
Regret delay in cotton procurement
Bathinda, November 7
Protesting against the alleged delay in the procurement of cotton, hundreds of farmers under the banner of the BKU Ekta today staged a protest outside the Cotton Corporation of India office here.

Farmers stage a protest in front of the Cotton Corporation of India office in Bathinda on Monday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

Farmers stage a protest in front of the Cotton Corporation of India office in Bathinda

Fall in paddy output imminent
Chandigarh, November 7
The production of paddy, which had suffered damage at the maturing and ripening stage because of inclement weather, is expected to fall by 15 lakh tonnes in Punjab. The initial estimate of the state government was that paddy production would be around 150 lakh tonnes.

Intruder shot in Dera Baba Nanak area
Gurdaspur, November 7
The BSF shot dead a Pakistani intruder in the Dera Baba Nanak area yesterday night. The intruder was spotted by a BSF patrolling party near Nangli border outpost while he was trying to cross the fencing. The party challenged and directed him to stop.


Atwal for long sessions of assemblies
Phagwara/Phillaur, November 7
Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal has stressed the need for detailed and long sessions of state assemblies to discuss public-related and other development issues in the elected Houses.


6 head of cattle dead; disease unknown
Kharar, November 7
Six head of cattle have died in Madanpur village near here in the past few days. Two of these died this morning at the residence of Swaran Singh. Though the cause of death of cattle in the village is yet to be ascertained, a team of veterinary doctors, which visited the village today, said the problem would be known by tomorrow when the post-mortem report of the dead cattle would be available.

16 hurt in mishap
Barnala, November 7
Sixteen persons including 11 students, three teachers and two drivers, were hurt today, when a (fourwheeler) hit a school bus of Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School Kaleke near Deepak Dhabha Dhanaula 10 km from here on the Barnala Sangrur road.

15 hurt as two buses collide
Sangrur, November 7
At least 15 persons were injured, three of them seriously, when two buses collided near Benra village on the Sangrur-Dhuri road today. Thirteen injured persons, including two referred by the Dhuri Civil Hospital, were treated at the Civil Hospital here.

Protest by CPI activists
Amritsar, November 7
Activists of the Communist Party of India here today sat in dharna in front of the office of the Controller of Food and Civil Supply Mr Tarwinder Singh Chopra alleging black marketing of daily- need commodities.

Tributes paid to Ashok Chakra winner
Faridkot, November 7
Paying a rich tribute to the first Ashok Chakra winner, Hav. Bachhittar Singh, of Dhudi village of this district at a simple function, state Cooperation Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa named the meeting hall at the mini-secretariat here today the war hero.

30 artistes honoured
Patiala, November 7
As many as 30 artistes of play “Takey Ser Bhaji Takey Ser Khaja” were honoured by Mr Yogesh Agarwal, Managing Director, State Bank of Patiala, at the Punjabi Haas Raag Rang Garden Theatre Programme presented by the National Theatre Arts Society at Baradari Gardens here.


Malta boat tragedy case hearing on Dec 7
Phagwara, November 7
The hearing of two court cases in Italy in connection with the Malta boat tragedy, which occurred in 1996 has been rescheduled. According to a message received by Mr Balwant Singh Khera, Chairman, Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission, the hearing date of Italy vs Hallal Youssef case in the Rome Supreme Court is now December 7.


59-year-old widow kidnapped
Tanda, November 7
A 59-year-old widow, Sudha Rani, was kidnapped for ransom from a dargah in Ayapur village, near here, early this morning. According to Mr Harish Kumar, SP (Detective), Hoshiarpur, Sudha visited the dargah at 6.30 am.

Rs 70,000 stolen
Phagwara, November 7
Rupees seventy thousand in cash was found burgled today from a multi-storeyed showroom on the Railway Road, the police said. Owners found locks of the safe broken and the cash in it gone this morning.


Agitating jobless ETT teachers give slip to cops, enter craft
mela pandal

Faridkot, November 7
Inspite of security measures more than 100 unemployed ETT teachers, men and women, entered national-level craft mela pandal through main gate on the outskirts of the Nehru Stadium today in the presence of Cooperative Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa along with senior district officers and representatives of the Congress party, to register resentment against the attitude of the Punjab government.

Manch opposes shifting of biotech institute
Amritsar, November 7
Members of the Amritsar Vikas Manch are up in arms against the shifting of the National Institute of Biotechnology from here to Dera Bassi. The institute will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on November 9.

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