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Central team leaves for
Punjab to assess
crop damage

NEW DELHI, Oct 21 — A team of officials of the Union Food Ministry today left for Punjab to make an on-the-spot assessment of the crop damage even as the Agriculture Ministry estimated that 18 lakh tonnes of rice had been affected.

Farmers at the mercy
of millers

Smog on a road in Ludhiana
Smog on a road in Ludhiana which has reduced visibility and makes travel difficult.

Punjab smog attributed to
rice straw burning
(Punjab page)
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Tribune Matrimonials

Lok Pal indicts 3 ex-ministers
CHANDIGARH/LUDHIANA, Oct 21 — The Punjab Lok Pal, Justice Harbans Singh Rai, is believed to have indicted three former Congress Ministers and sent his report to the Governor, Lt-Gen (retd) B.K.N. Chhibber. Those indicted are Mr Balmukand Sharma, Mr Lal Singh and Mr Lakhmir Singh Randhawa. The report was sent to the Governor last month.

Film actor Ajit dead
HYDERABAD, Oct 21 — Veteran film actor Ajit, one of the well-known villains in Hindi cinema, died following a massive heart attack here this evening. He was 76.

India rejects Pak proposal
NEW DELHI, Oct 21 — India today rejected Pakistan’s proposal of a non-aggression pact, saying it was not acceptable with a pre-condition of the successful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue.


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500 kg of RDX recovered
SRINAGAR, Oct 21 — The Army recovered about 500 kg of RDX in the Tangmarg area of Baramula district yesterday. This is the largest single haul of explosives recovered in the valley during anti-militant operations so far.

Border farmers to be compensated
HUSSAINIWALA (Indo-Pak border) Oct 21 — The Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, today said the Central government, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Punjab Government, was thinking of providing financial compensation, including subsidy, to farmers whose fields were on the other side of the fence.

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