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Badal says he is under surveillance
Amritsar, October 7
Former Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal seems to have lost faith in the Punjab Police. Talking to the Press here today Mr Badal said that he had left everything to the Almighty and activists of the Akali Dal would provide him security cover.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

‘Expedite’ clearance papers by RPOs
Italy extends last date for immigration applications
Chandigarh, October 7
As the fate of 15,000 Indians continues to hang in the balance in Italy, the Indian External Affairs Ministry can prove the Messiah for them at this stage when the Italy Government has extended the last date to November 11 from October 8 to apply for permanent immigration for the illegal entrants there.

Plant output falls by 30 pc
Heavy leaks force several shutdowns
Bathinda, October 7
Just when the demand for electricity in Punjab was at its peak, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here hit an all-time low, Severe problems cropping up in the aging plant resulted power generation in September being the lowest ever.

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  Notice to Punjab on power tariff
Chandigarh, October 7
Notice was served on the Punjab Government today by the Lawyers Initiative for filing a contempt of court petition for not implementing the order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 7 last year on a public interest litigation filed by them.

Land deals under watch
Intelligence agencies are keeping an eye on those who have purchased land in the border belt of Ferozepore district during the past three years. Suspecting their intentions, the intelligence wing of the BSF and the Military Intelligence (MI) have intensified surveillance on such buyers with the help of village panchayats and revenue officials.

Sowing seeds of hope
Chandigarh, October 7
Expressing concern over the looming agricultural crisis in Punjab, former Chief Election Commissioner M.S. Gill today called for “economic management”. This has to be done quickly because Punjab agriculture today lacks ‘’balance’’. To correct this imbalance taking strong steps to develop alternatives to shift from paddy to high-value crops and encouraging diversification is imperative.


9 non-Cong directors kept out of meeting
Nawanshahr, October 7
All nine members of the Board of Directors, loyal to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), of the Nawanshahr Central Cooperative Bank led by Mr Jatinder Singh Kariha, former MLA and Mr Nand Lal, MLA, Balachaur, Mr Jaswinder Singh Anokherwal, president of the district unit of the SAD (Youth wing), Ms Varinder Kaur Thandi, president of the district unit of the BJP, Mr Chamkaur Singh Kauri, president, Municipal Council staged dharna in front of the bank as they allegedly were denied entry into the bank by the police on the pretext of maintaining law and order when they reached there to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors to elect office-bearers here today.

CPI: action initiated against defectors
Bathinda, October 7
The rift in the district unit of the Communist Party of India came to the fore today when the party’s district secretary, Mr Jagjit Singh Joga, said disciplinary action had been initiated against Member of Parliament Bhan Singh Bhaura and certain district unit members who had given statements regarding the prevalence of dictatorship in the state leadership.


Crores spent, dam capacity untapped
Gurdaspur, October 7
The Completion of the Shahpur Kandi dam project which is essential for the operation of Ranjit Sagar Dam to full capacity, continues to be uncertain. Rupees 90 crore has been spent on the project till now and property worth more than Rs 200 crore in terms of machinery and housing and official accommodation rendered idle after the completion of the dam has been transferred to the Shahpur Kandi dam project. However, the project is a non-starter so far.

Former PSSSB secretary gets pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, October 7
PCS officer-cum-former secretary of Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board Zora Singh, allegedly involved in a corruption case, was today granted anticipatory bail by Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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J&K poll satisfactory: Chinese envoy
Amritsar, October 7
The Chinese Ambassador to India, Mr Hua Junduo, today expressed satisfaction over the elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to The Tribune reporter at the information office of the Golden Temple, Mr Junduo, however, said though China had not sent its observer to supervise the Jammu and Kashmir elections, but the media reports emanating from the Valley show that the poll had been quite satisfactory.
Mr Hua Junduo, China's Ambassador to India, with his wife at the Golden Temple complex on Monday. — Tribune photo

PSEB told to refund Rs 17,456
Ropar, October 7
The Ropar District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Assistant Executive Engineer, Punjab State Electricity Board, Kurali (Ropar), and Additional Superintending Engineer, Enforcement, PSEB, SAS Nagar, to refund Rs 17,456 to Sham Lal, proprietor Kamal and Brothers, Anaj Mandi, Kurali, and pay compensation of Rs 25,000 to him.

PSEB’s one-time settlement scheme
Patiala, October 7
The PSEB has launched a one-time settlement scheme to settle long-pending power bill disputes on the matter of clubbing where several connections are running on the same premises.

Fund paucity affects research
Bathinda, October 7
Even as the Punjab Government has been making tall claims regarding agriculture diversification the research work at the local regional station of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) pertaining to development of cash crop varieties has been effected severely due to acute paucity of funds.

BSNL sued for phone rent hike
Fazilka, October 7
The Consumer and Human Rights Forum, Fazilka has filed a complaint against Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd before the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Ferozepore against the decision to charge higher telephone rent from subscribers of Fazilka and Jalalabad subdivisions.

Dera followers not allowed to hold satsang
Mansa, October 7
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, were not allowed to hold a satsang at the village school by residents of Heron Kalan village in the district yesterday. The followers comprised 22 villages of Mansa and Sangrur districts and were scheduled to hold a satsang at the village school. But before it could start the villagers took possession of the school. 


Rs 1 lakh for Rest House
Kharar, October 7
The Deputy Commissioner has sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for improvement work in the Rest House, Kharar. This information was given by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA.


5 held for murder
Gurdaspur, October 7
The police has solved the murder case of Bachan Singh, Class IV employee of the Veterinary Department and resident of Saidowal village. He was killed on January 30, 1994 and the body was recovered from Sem drain under Simbli village falling under the Kahnuwan police station.

140 kg poppy husk seized, 2 arrested
Moga, October 7
The police during its drive against drug peddlers, last night arrested two smugglers of poppy husk who used to allegedly bring it from Rajasthan and later sell it on in Punjab.

Crime down in Doaba: DIG
Jalandhar, October 7
While crime has decreased in Doaba region during the past months, the Jalandhar Range police has stepped up its campaign against criminals in Jalandhar. Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts.


Teachers reject education policy
Jalandhar, October 7
Teachers from all parts of the state participated in a convention in protest against the new education policy at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall, here. They have decided to observe October 29 as “save education day” throughout the state.

Extension lecture on personality development
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
Jawahar Lal Nehru Government College for Girls, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised an extension lecture on “Personality development and social adjustment in students”. The guest speaker, Dr Poonam Kochhar, psychologist, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Hospital, Ludhiana, stressed the values of positive mental attitude and development of inner personality.

Lecturers to begin stir
Patiala, October 7
The Punjab and Chandigarh Ayurvedic College Teachers Association today announced to start Statewide agitation after the examinations of BAMS students were over in case its demands, including framing of new Service Rules, and revision of pay scales, were not accepted by the government by the end of the month.

Mid-day meal scheme launched
Amritsar, October 7
The mid-day meal scheme and the “sarv shiksha abhyan” was launched at a state-level function at Rayya block, 38 km from here, today.

Teachers’ front threatens dharna
Bathinda, October 7
The Democratic Teachers Front has said the new education policy was a step towards privatisation of education.

Trekking expedition concludes
Patiala, October 7
Apex Adventures and Innerline Treks and Travels, a firm specialising in organising trekking expeditions for various educational institutions and corporate houses, organised a five-day trekking expedition for students of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) that concluded yesterday.


SBP to launch Sanchi Kheti scheme
600 branches computerised 
Patiala, October 7
In a bid to give a boost to contract farming in Punjab, the State Bank of Patiala has decided to launch the Sanchi Kheti scheme in the State under which farmers would be given loans to enable them to meet the requirements of contract farming.


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