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Malwa Versus Majha, Doaba Debate
Cong wants govt to issue white paper

Chandigarh, October 11
As the debate regarding discrimination against Majha and Doaba in respect of mega projects is refusing to die down, several Congress leaders, including convener of the PPCC campaign committee Ashwani Sekhri, want the government to issue a white paper.

SAD chief denies any bias
Gurdaspur, October 11
Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal, claiming that Majha and Doaba regions were not being discriminated against in the allocation of development projects, asked the Congress leadership to list the projects set up in these two areas by successive Congress governments since the Independence.

Girls perform giddha during the Zonal Youth Festival at GND University in Amritsar
Girls perform giddha during the Zonal Youth Festival at GND University in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar



A Tribune Special
Uneven Growth III

Healthcare in Malwa discounted

Chandigarh, October 11
If Malwa has come to be known as a “cancer belt”, the state and federal agencies must take the blame. Their continuous apathy have put the entire population of the Malwa belt at risk of cancer.


BJP wants bigger share in ‘parliamentary pie’
Chandigarh, October 11
Punjab’s coalition partners are headed for a tug-of-war of sorts with the senior BJP leadership in the state insisting that the distribution of seats for the forthcoming parliamentary poll be based on the strength of the parties in the House. This in other words means that the BJP is demanding four seats instead of three.


Paddy Procurement
Farmers’ miseries to end soon: CM

Ludhiana, October 11
Miseries of farmers resulting from delayed procurement of paddy will soon be over, with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal assuring the process will be streamlined. The CM said he had deputed special administrative secretaries in every district to ensure the smooth procurement.

Licences of 2 commission agents suspended 
Shri Hargobind Pur (Gurdaspur), October 11
Taking prompt action after finding two commission agents indulging in malpractices while procuring paddy at different grain markets in Gurdaspur district, D.P. Reddy, director, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, suspended their licences.

Suicide by Farmers
Poverty not the only reason, says study

Jalandhar, October 11
Senior faculty members of Lovely Professional University in their recent study has broken the common belief that the major cause of suicide by farmers in the Malwa region is their poor socio-economic status.

‘FCI owes Rs 1,100 crore to Markfed’
Patiala, October 11
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) owed a whopping more than Rs 1,100 crore to Punjab Markfed for years on account of Markfed’s contribution to the central food kitty.

Kits to detect dengue cases lying unused
Gurdaspur, October 11
The authorities purchased 45 Elisa kits detect to dengue three weeks ago, but these were not put to use though 15 suspected cases of dengue had surfaced in the district and were treated in the Civil Hospital here.

Security beefed up at railway stations
Bathinda, October 11
In the wake of threat by terrorist organisations to blow up railway stations during the festival season, security personnel in plainclothes have been deployed at railway stations under the Ambala railway division.

Rs 1 lakh for best govt school principal
Amritsar, October 11
After helping rural students take qualifying exams for engineering and medical streams by providing them excellent coaching from Delhi-based professionals, the Gyan Sewa Trust (GST) has decided to upgrade government schools in the border state.

Plan to kill Dera chief unearthed
2 ‘human bombs’ held, remanded in police custody
Patiala, October 11
Amarjit Singh and Gobind Kaur held by the police here on the suspicion of being “human bombs” to kill the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, had visited the Sirsa-based dera headquarters a number of times to execute their plan.

Takht chief frowns on sewa by women
Amritsar, October 11
The demand to allow baptised Sikh women to perform kirtan and seva inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple raised a controversy again at a seminar organised by the Global United Sikh Women Organisation here today.

7 hurt in firing incident
Tarn Taran, October 11
Seven persons were injured badly when a group of seven opened indiscriminate firing on them at Johal Dhai Wala village falling under Sarhali police station.


Recovery Suit 
Plaintiff submits evidence against Badal

Chandigarh, October 11
Eight years after filing the recovery suit against Parkash Singh Badal, the plaintiff Jagdeep Singh Chowhan (57), resident of Patiala, submitted evidence by way of an affidavit in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kanchan Mahi.


Diamond Robbery
Patiala SSP’s son arrested

Ludhiana, October 11
In a shocking development, the Jalandhar police today arrested the son of SSP (Vigilance), Patiala, Shiv Kumar Sharma, in the high profile robbery case involving diamonds worth Rs 1.75 crores two days ago. Mohit Sharma, a Ludhiana-based jeweller, was held on charges of masterminding the robbery.



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