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Farmers’ protest on Sept 13 against land acquisition
Chandigarh, September 7
To demonstrate growing support for their slogan “Punjab is not for sale”, nine organisations of farmers will hold a demonstration here on September 13, a day before the Vidhan Sabha holds its two-day session.

Farmers’ suicides: woes recounted
Bathinda, September 7
“Big business houses are out to destroy small farmers. There is an urgent need to wage a struggle for the formulation of a law like the erstwh- ile land alienation Act under which land, house and livestock of a farmer can’t be taken away from him, stated Dr Vandana Shiva.
A woman wipes her tears at a “public hearing on farmers’ suicides” held in Bathinda on Thursday.
A woman wipes her tears at a “public hearing on farmers’ suicides” held in Bathinda on Thursday. —  Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Chandigarh page: Now Raj Babbar speaks for farmers

Fund for pension to old farmers demanded
Badrukhan (Sangrur), September 7
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) today asked the Punjab government to create a “farmers’ relief fund” to pay pension of Rs 1,000 per month each to the farmers over 60 years’ old. It has also asked the Punjab government to pay Rs 112 per quintal as bonus to paddy growers from this season.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Appointment of granthis: Vedanti, SGPC chief on collision course
Amritsar, September 7
Jathedar Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti and SGPC chief Avtar Singh seem to be on a collision over the installation of three granthis for the Golden Temple.

Action against docs, SHO recommended
Foetus recovery case
Bathinda, September 7
Following a magisterial probe into the recovery of a foetus, the Deputy Commissioner has recommended appropriate action against a doctor couple, three government doctors and an SHO.

CM lays stones of three Rs 126-cr Kharar projects
Banur-Tepla road to be 4-laned, modern bus stand planned
Kharar, September 7
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, laid the foundation stones of three development projects here today to be carried out at a cost of Rs 126 crore.


SGPC chief’s volte-face on song criticised
Amritsar, September 7
The Dal Khalsa has criticised SGPC President Avtar Singh for his volte-face on “Vande Matram” song. Mr Kanwar Pal Singh, general secretary, Dal Khalsa, in a statement issued here today said the SGPC President had made mockery of himself by issuing a self-contradictory statement. He alleged that Mr Avtar Singh backtracked from his stand after Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD, President, scolded him following the BJP pressure.

Clash averted between BJP, SAD (A) activists
Hoshiarpur, September 7
The police averted a clash between activists of the BJP and SAD (Amritsar) during a demonstration by the latter to oppose the “Shatabadi Yatra” of Vande Matram, led by Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, and BJP chief, Punjab, at the local Adda Mahilpur today.


SAD (A) remembers Giani Dit Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 7
The SAD (A) commemorated the barsi of Giani Dit Singh a great scholar, editor, orator, historian, social reformer and driving force behind the Khalsa News Paper, at his native village, Nandpur Kalour.

Best Literary Books Award announced
Patiala, September 7
The Language Department, Punjab, today announced that it has selected a number of Hindi language books, which will be given Best Literary Books Award by it.

Rape victim fears threat to life
Tarn Taran, September 7
A rape victim of nearby Bhullar village, 8 km from here, on whose complaint Sarwan Singh Sandhu, a singer, and five others, including a woman constable of the Punjab police, have been booked, has feared threat to her life.

Govt urged to accept doctors’ demands
Hoshiarpur, September 7
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association today urged the recently constituted subcommittee to accept the genuine demands of the PCMS doctors as they were performing their duties under a lot of stress and strain.

Bills precede water supply
Hoshiarpur, September 7
Great resentment prevails among marginal farmers of Sarain and Baroti villages in the Kandi area of Hoshiarpur district against the Chohal Dam authorities for sending them bills for water for irrigation of their lands without supplying a single drop of water from the dam to them.

BBMB Chief Engineer’s security enhanced
Ropar, September 7
The security cover of the Chief Engineer, Irrigation (BBMB), Nangal, has been enhanced. He has received an anonymous threat letter to release the water of Bhakra Dam by opening flood gates to avoid flood-like situation in low-lying areas. The computer-typed letter in English is believed to be sent from Ludhiana, the police said.

Brigade celebrates golden jubilee
Ferozepore, September 7
The Sehjra Brigade of the Indian Army observed the golden jubilee of its raising day here with solemnity. Several functions, including a fauji mela was organised to mark the occasion wherein the brigade remembered the sacrifices of its martyrs.

2,000 examined at medical camp
Abohar, September 7
More than 2,000 residents of Panjkosi village in this subdivision, including students, were examined by a team of doctors from the civil hospitals at Abohar and Khuikhera, including the SMO, Dr G.R. Garg, and the SMO, Dr K.N. Babbar, during a four-day free check-up camp organised by the IFFCO Kisan Sewa Trust that concluded today.

Govt urged to uplift nomadic tribes
Chandigarh, September 7
The National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes chairman Balkrishna Sidram Renke today urged the Punjab Government to make more efforts towards socio-economic and educational development of the vimukt jatis, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes settled in the state by creating awareness among them.

Retirement age increase won’t help staff: panel
Chandigarh, September 7
The Punjab and UT Employees Joint Action Committee today said the proposed increase in retirement age from 58 years to 60 years would benefit the state government, instead of benefitting the employees.

Editorial: Retire at 60

Musical nite for troops
Ferozepore, September 7
The Golden Arrow Army Wives Welfare Association organised a musical evening for troops at the Jyoti Stadium here last evening.


Resentment among PCS officers
Chandigarh, September 7
Resentment brews among PCS officers over their failure to have an audience with the Chief Secretary, despite their repeated requests, to discuss their longstanding demands. On the direction from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Civil Service (Executive Branch) Officers’ Association had submitted a representation stating their demands to the Chief Secretary on May 19.

Reshuffle in Police Dept
Chandigarh, September 7
The Punjab Government has ordered a reshuffle in the Police Department. A total of 12 IPS officers and 15 Punjab Police Service officers were transferred or given additional duties. Orders in this regard were conveyed to the Police Department this afternoon.

Bhattal calls officers’ meeting
Chandigarh, September 7
The Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who is heading a Cabinet subcommittee with regard to issues related to employees, has called a meeting of senior officers concerned on September 9.


Three of family killed in mishap
Moga, September 7
Three members of a family were killed as their scooter collided with a three-wheeler near Dharaj village here last evening.


Teachers to get holiday on last Saturday
Kanuwan (Gurdaspur), September 7
The state-level function to give awards of excellence to school teachers today turned out to be bonanza for teachers at government schools in the state.

Bajwa’s sop for teachers may impact education
Chandigarh, September 7
The populist announcement made by Punjab Education Minister Pratap Singh Bajwa to close all schools in the state on the last Saturday of each month comes in the face of opposition from various quarters, including the officialdom.

Governor gives awards to 14 teachers
Gurdaspur, September 7
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today gave away state-level awards for excellence in service to 14 teachers from elementary and senior secondary government schools of the state.

Punjabi varsity scholars invited to Portugal
Patiala, September 7
Four Research scholars and Ph.D students of the Department of Physics of Punjabi University have been selected to present their research papers in the field of radiation in the 10th International Symposium on Radiation slated to be held at the University of Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal), from September 15 to 22.

DAV college prof suspended for taking tuition
Amritsar, September 7
A senior professor of DAV College here was placed under suspension by the management committee when he was reportedly caught taking tuition at a private coaching centre in Nangal . The suspension orders were reportedly served to the professor here today.

GND varsity hostel warden resigns
Amritsar, September 7
The Guru Nanak Dev University Girls Hostel Warden, Dr Renu Bhardwaj, submitted her resignation to the Vice-Chancellor here today. The university students have been agitating for the past three days, demanding removal of the warden.


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