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Rejection of compensation claims by Ludhiana admn
Chief secy to meet ’84 riot victims today
Ludhiana, April 9
While the Punjab government is scratching its head to find an amicable way out of the controversy of rejection of compensation claims of nearly 400 Sikh riot victims by the Ludhiana district administration, it faces more trouble, with a majority of over 3,600 new claimants also likely to meet the same fate.

Centre’s Loan Waiver
3.21 lakh farmers to benefit
Chandigarh, April 9
Nearly four lakh farmers in Punjab are likely to benefit from loan waiver scheme announced by the Union government for farmers in debt. Relief is likely to be in the range of Rs 1,700 crore.

Rs 19 cr for facilities at Attari rly stationUnion minister of state for railways R. Velu addresses reporters in Amritsar.
Amritsar, April 9
The Railway Ministry has earmarked Rs 19 crore for modern facilities, including centrally air-conditioned waiting rooms, washrooms and immigration centre, at the Attari international railway station.

Union minister of state for railways R. Velu addresses reporters in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Corruption Case
No evidence against Badals: ProsecutionSukhbir Singh Badal coming out of a court in Mohali on Wednesday.
Mohali, April 9
SAS Nagar district attorney (DA) Predeep Mehta, who is the public prosecutor in the corruption case against the Badals, told a special court today that the prosecution had no incriminating evidence against the accused.

Sukhbir Singh Badal coming out of a court in Mohali on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu



Farmers ‘not to comply’ with ban on wheat sale
Mohali, April 9
Punjab farmers will not comply with the Centre’s ban on selling their wheat produce to private players. This was stated by the Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was talking to media at the court complex here this afternoon following a hearing of his case.


Bhattal passes buck to high command
Chandigarh, April 9
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said all party leaders in the state had been told not to go the press and it was up to the high command to take notice of those speaking against the party.

Advani’s Book
Dhindsa takes up issue with Badal
Chandigarh, April 9
The awkward and politically damaging situation created for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) by certain references in the Lal Krishan Advani’s book “My Country, My Life” has become a headache for the Akali leadership.

SAD(A) to contest panchayat elections
Sangrur, April 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will contest the ensuing zila parishad, block panchayat samiti and panchayat elections throughout the state. Talking to The Tribune, general secretary of the party Jeet Singh Alloarkh said the SAD (A) would enter the poll fray to provide clean and corruption-free administration in rural areas.

Ban sought for comments against Bhindranwale
Amritsar, April 9
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishan Advani yesterday got brickbats from the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and radical Sikhs organisations, including Dal Khalsa and Damdami Taksal, for equating Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale with Bhasmasur (a demon in Hindu mythology).


Swasthya Yojna launched in 5 dists
Mohali, April 9
The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) was launched in Punjab yesterday. Five districts, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Patiala and Sangrur, will implement the scheme in the first phase. As many as 2,15,868 BPL (below poverty line) families from these districts will benefit from the scheme.

Budha Dal
Panel names Santa Singh’s nephew as legal heir
Moga, April 9
Shiromani Panth Budha Dal (Panjwan Takht) ‘guru gaddi’ row took new turn today. A five-member working committee of the dal, comprising mahants of various deras met here today and declared Surinder Singh Babbar, a nephew of Baba Santa Singh chief of the dal as his legal heir.

Bir removed from mazaar
Amritsar, April 9
Representatives of various Panthic organisations, including Damdami Taksal, Dal Khalsa and the Khalsa Action Committee, today removed Guru Granth Sahib bir from the mazaar of Baba Rode Shah, situated in Majitha near here, amidst heavy police arrangement.

Ex-spy’s family on verge of starvationKura Ram recalls his years of anguish that he spent in Sialkot Jail in Pakistan for spying, along with his family in a dingy room at Mirzapur village near Pathankot.
Mirzapur (Gurdaspur), April 9
Though Kura Ram’s health deteriorated after being tortured in Sialkot Jail in Pakistan, where he remained for over 10 years on charges of spying, the atrocities by the Pakistan police failed to dampen his patriotism.

Kura Ram recalls his years of anguish that he spent in Sialkot Jail in Pakistan for spying, along with his family in a dingy room at Mirzapur village near Pathankot. — Tribune photo by Bipin Bhardwaj

Tarlochan Singh honoured in USA
Chandigarh, April 9
Rajya Sabha member and former chairman of the National Minorities Commission Tarlochan Singh was honoured by both senate and house of representatives of the State of Maine in the USA today.


High Court
Punjab asked how Amritsar DC clamped Section 144
Chandigarh, April 9
A prohibitory order, banning the sowing of paddy before May 10, passed by Amritsar deputy commissioner has come under the judicial scanner.


66 labs to test soil samples in state
Chandigarh, April 9
In a bid to rationalise fertiliser input, the Punjab Agriculture Department yesterday urged farmers to get the soil of their fields tested from the 66 soil test laboratories set up in the state.


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