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All-party meeting tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 30
Punjab is in a state of crisis as a hostage of Congress-Akali politics. This permanent stranglehold of politics has adversely affected its economic growth, caused social unrest and vitiated peace and communal amity by invoking religious sentiments.
Part I of story (Monday):
Centre may not disturb state taxes

Dayal takes CM to task
Paddy MSP and procurement
Chandigarh, September 30
Dr Joginder Dayal, Secretary of the Punjab CPI, is not in a mood to spare Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on important political issues, especially paddy and drought. At one stage, Dr Dayal had played a crucial role for an electoral alliance in the assembly elections with Capt Amarinder Singh, who was then heading the PPCC.

Kanwaljit assures farmers of bonus
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
A delegation led by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal would meet the Prime Minister tomorrow and demand an immediate bonus of Rs 100 per quintal as compensation for farmers.

Agriculture Dept fails to implement cotton project
Punjab unable to contribute its share
Bathinda, September 30
Despite tall claims by the state government about its seriousness to put the agriculture economy back on rails, the Agriculture Department has been finding it difficult to implement the intensive cotton development programme for the past three years as the Punjab Government has failed to contribute its share in the funds required for executing the programme.

Fatehgarh Sahib



Punjab Govt to issue NRI bonds: minister
Gurdaspur, September 30
Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD (B&R) Minister, talking to mediapersons as Sekhwan, 25 km from here, today said the Punjab Government would raise Rs 1,000 crore by issuing NRI bonds to the public and HUDCO for widening state highways. All arrangements to issue NRI bonds were in the process and these would be issued soon.

BBMB quota: Punjab’s decision too late
Ropar, September 30
The decision of the Finance Department to fill Punjab’s quota of employees in the BBMB has been welcomed by the state employee unions of the organisation. The Finance Department had recently sent a proposal to the Punjab Government to fill its quota of employees in the BBMB.


Dal (Mann) to attend Cong, CPI meetings
Phagwara, September 30
The Dal (Mann) headed by Simranjit Singh Mann today decided to participate in both all-party meetings convened separately by Dr Joginder Dayal, Punjab CPI general secretary on October 1, and Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on October 2 at Chandigarh on the issue of MSP of paddy.

BJP yet to decide on meeting
Phillaur, September 30
Though Punjab BJP has formally received the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, to attend the all-party meeting on October 2. The party is yet to take a decision.


Badal’s ex-OSD refused bail
Ropar, September 30
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, Ropar, today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Mr Hardeep Singh, former OSD to Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in a case registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau.

Notice on FIR against 4 Cong leaders
Chandigarh, September 30
Taking up another petition filed by Dr Rattan Singh and seven other MLAs seeking directions for the registration of a first information report against Punjab minister Lal Singh and Shamsher Singh Dullo (MP), besides former ministers Balmukand Sharma and Lakhmir Singh Randhawa, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the state of Punjab and the four leaders for December 10.

SHO’s bail plea dismissed
Moga, September 30
The District and Sessions Judge, Moga, today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of a police official booked for torturing a person and taking bribe to release the victim. After hearing the accused, Inspector Sandip Kumar, the judge dismissed his bail plea holding that a criminal case had been framed against him.

Delegating power to panchayats
Chandigarh, September 30
The Punjab Government will hand over the monitoring of primary health centres to panchayats. This was stated by the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Ramesh Dutt Sharma, here today.

Dissolve Pak gurdwara panel: Badungar
Patiala, September 30
The SGPC president, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, in a letter written to the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has urged him to ask the Pakistani President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, to dissolve the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee He has also demanded that all the gurdwaras in Pakistan be brought under the SGPC.

Labourer, 9 buffaloes buried alive
Jalandhar, September 30
A migrant labourer and nine buffaloes were buried alive today under the debris of a house which collapsed, while a mason was rescued in the Avtar Nagar locality here. The body of the labourer was retrieved from the debris after about four hours of a rescue operation jointly launched by the police and the Fire Brigade Department of the local municipal corporation.

Seminar discusses state’s economy
Bathinda, September 30
A seminar on “Punjab Economy — Some Emergency Trends” was organised at Mansa Government College, on Saturday. Noted economists of Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, discussed different aspects of the state’s economy.


All set for paddy procurement
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
The district administration is all set to start procurement of paddy from tomorrow onwards. All arrangements in this regard have been completed and the entire paddy will be purchased as per MSP without any problem to the farmers.

Wheat area to shrink
Muktsar, September 30
The area under wheat would be reduced by 4.25 lakh acres this year compared to last year and the same would be utilised for cultivation of pulses, cereals, oil seeds and vegetables, as per official information.

Implement CACP report on drought: Singla
Bathinda, September 30
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, High-Powered Finance Committee, Punjab, has urged the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee to implement the recommendations made by the Commission of Agriculture on Cost and Pricing to give relief to the drought affected paddy growers and other farmers.


Woman burnt to death by in-laws
Mansa, September 30
Bir Paul Kaur of Khiali Chahila Wali village in Mansa district was reportedly burnt by her in-laws on Saturday. She was rushed to the local Civil Hospital for treatment where she died.

Man held for brother’s murder
Bathinda, September 30
The police today claimed that it had solved the mystery shrounding the murder of Harpal Singh of Ghuman Kalan village, by arresting his brother Buta Singh. The accused had reportedly confessed the crime.

Granthi held for child abuse
Moga, September 30
The police here has booked a priest for abusing sexually a five-year-old boy. According to the police, Karamjit Singh, son of Bakhtawar Singh of Nathoke village, a granthi abused sexually a five-year-old boy in a gurdwara of Kaleke village. The boy lived with his maternal grandfather.


Scrap new education policy: ETT students
Amritsar, September 30
Hundreds of DIET and ETT students burnt copies of the 2002 education policy in front of the office of the District Education Officer in protest against the dilly-dallying attitude of the government in accepting their demands.

DIET students block traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 30
Students of the DIET Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a protest march, blocked traffic and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. They were protesting against the new education policy and raised slogans against the government.

Institutes’ closure: students approach VC
Bathinda, September 30
Even as the Punjabi University Syndicate decided yesterday to close down the controversial Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information and Technology and Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information and Technology, students of the GGSIIT today threatened to move court against the decision. The matter is already pending in the court.

School lecturer beaten up, seriously injured
Bathinda, September 30
Mr Sat Pal Garg, vocational lecturer, Government Senior Secondary School, Nathana, 35 km from here, was injured seriously when he was beaten up in broad daylight at the Mall Road here this afternoon.

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