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CM assailed for anti-farmer stance
Chandigarh, October 1
The Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today accused the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of pursuing the path of confrontation with the farmers, warning that this could have disastrous consequences not only for the government and the ruling party but also for the entire state.

CPI for judicial probe into farmer’s death
Bhai Bakhtaur (Bathinda), October 1
The state leadership of the CPI, while condemning the incident of death of an activist of one of the farmers’ organisations here yesterday and the lathi charge on other activists today by the police, demanded a judicial probe into the incidents.

SGPC Secy says he was discharged forcibly
Amritsar, October 1
The SGPC Secretary, Mr Harbeant Singh who has been facing charges for getting a job on the basis of “fake” certificate of matriculation, today alleged that he had been “forcibly” discharged from two government hospitals under political pressure.

Revoke repatriation of doctors, says minister
Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Minister for Medical Education and Research, Chaudhry Santokh Singh, has recommended to the government that the repatriation orders of 78 PCMS doctors serving in the medical colleges of Amritsar and Patiala be revoked at the earliest.

Doctors, nurses not paid for three months
Mansa, October 1
Doctors, members of paramedical staff and others working in the postpartum unit of civil hospital here and other government hospitals of district have not been paid salary for the past three months.




Sukhbir intimates Vigilance
Chandigarh, October 1
Though Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Rajya Sabha MP and son of former Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, has received information about his being summoned by the Vigilance Bureau for interrogation on October 3 from media reports, but in a communication sent to the bureau today he has made no commitment to appear before it on October 3.

PTU to regularise 90 clerks and 40 attendants
Jalandhar, October 1
The Punjab Technical University has initiated the process for the regularisation of services of 90 clerks and 40 attendants recruited by the university authorities without adopting established procedure in past five six years.

Body thrown on rail track after rape, murder
Nangal, October 1
A gruesome case of suspected rape and murder came to light today after the recovery of a body of a woman from railway line near Kalitran village, about 8 km from Nangal.


Cong candidate elected councillor
Mansa, October 1
The Election Tribunal Mansa today declared Mr Sanjeev Kumar of the Congress as elected councillor from ward No. 12 of the Municipal Council of Budhlada in the district by three votes by upsetting the election of Mr Ajay Kumar, vice-president of the council, after recounting.

Bank elections: 19 file papers
Dera Bassi, October 1
As many as 19 candidates filed their candidatures for six posts of Director in the ensuing elections of Dera Bassi Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank amid protests and slogans here on the last day of filing nominations.


PUDA to acquire land for urban estates
SAS Nagar, October 1
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today decided to acquire over 2,000 acres of land to be used for the establishment of nine new urban estates in the state. Besides these, another 800 acres will be acquired in SAS Nagar for its extension by adding three new sectors to the satellite township.

Civic chiefs want review of octroi
SAS Nagar, October 1
The Municipal Council chiefs of Punjab today demanded that the government review its decision to abolish octroi as it was the only major source of income for the municipal bodies.

Develop knack of writing, urges Amarinder
Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh today exhorted the youth to develop the knack of writing to express their ideas and thoughts in a lucid manner.
Speaking at a function organised by the Department of State Youth Services to honour students who had participated in the state-level essay writing competition on “Rajiv Gandhi and his vision of India”, Mr Amarinder Singh said participation in debates, declamations, essay writing competitions and quiz contests helped youth exhibit their hidden talents.

Rajindra Hospital blood bank creates record
Patiala, October 1
The Department of Transfusion Medicine at the local Rajindra Hospital has created a record by collecting more than 1,000 units of blood from voluntary donors in a month.

Special operations group being set up
Barnala, October 1
A special operation group with the DIG, Police (Operations), is being set up to curb crime in Punjab very shortly. Eradication of social evils and crime is very essential for the all-round development of the state.

Former bootleggers allege police harassment
Amritsar, October 1
Former bootleggers, who want to live respectable and peaceful lives, say that they are implicated in false cases even though they had given up the illegal activity years ago. They said owners of a transport company and wine contractors, in connivance with the police, were responsible for their harassment.

Faridkot dist to include more areas
Faridkot, October 1
The Punjab Government has decided in principle to extend the boundaries of Faridkot district, the second smallest district in the country. The government feels that after its trifurcation into Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot districts in 1993, no attention was paid to maintain its past glory.

Nostalgic visit for Pak Punjab Advocate-General
Patiala, October 1
Syed Saver Raza Rizvi, Advocate-General of Punjab (Pakistan), today visited Samana which turned out to be an emotional journey for him. He is a member of the Pakistani delegation on a visit to India.

Hindu jatha may visit Pak shrines
Amritsar, October 1
A jatha of about 50 Hindus may visit Pakistan for pilgrimage from October 6. The applications of these people have reportedly been cleared by the Ministry of External Affairs, but a final nod from the Pakistan authorities was awaited. This visit of the Hindu jatha will be the first in the past four years.

‘Bride and Prejudice’ crew in town
Amritsar, October 1
English cocktail dresses, stilettos and hats shared racks with Punjabi salwar kameezes, juttis, parandis and bangles while colourful costumes, from “tamba-kurta” to beach wear adorned the walls of the office of Eduardo Castro.

Actors starring in "Bride and Prejudice" arrive in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Actors starring in "Bride and Prejudice" arrive in Amritsar


Judge seeks dera land record in Manpreet case
Ferozepore, October 1
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.M.S. Bedi, in response to the anticipatory bail application moved by Mr Manpreet Badal through his counsel today issued summons to the local police to produce the entire record related to the case pertaining to the land of Dera Sekhwan on October 6.

Human rights activist gets bail in rape case
Patiala, October 1
A local court on Monday granted bail to Punjab Human Rights Organisation general secretary Kirpal Singh Randhawa, who is accused of raping a woman of a colony on the Sirhind road, even as the Sadar police today booked one of the main witnesses in the case who had taken the victim to the police station.


Markfed to make direct purchase of paddy
Chandigarh, October 1
Markfed will make direct purchase of paddy and pay 1.5 per cent higher than the minimum support price. This facility is limited to Markfed’s six Korean rice mill premises at Goniana, Jaitu, Gidderbaha, Batala, Naushehra Pannuan and Chuslewar and also the four modern rice mills at Rajpura, Machhiwara, Nawanshahr and Baghapurana, which have been designated as purchase centres by the Mandi Board.

Heavy rains destroy cotton crops in Punjab.
(28k, 56k)

Paddy procurement begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 1
Various government agencies today started the procurement of paddy at 22 purchase centers in the district. The procurement process in the district was inaugurated by Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, at the Chunni Kalan grain market by performing ardas on the bhog ceremony of akhandpath, organised by the Arthia Association, Chuni.

Bumper paddy crop expected, says CM
Patiala, October 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said the state was expecting a bumper paddy crop this year.
After inaugurating the paddy procurement season at the new Grain Market here today, he said there was no shortage of funds and added that there would be an increase of about seven lakh tonnes of paddy in the state as compared to the corresponding period last year.


One dead, 4 hurt in group clash
Hoshiarpur, October 1
One person was killed and four others were injured in a clash between two groups at Alhar village in this district, the police said today. Mr Jagjit Singh Lali was killed while Jaswinder Singh, his father Gurnam Singh and mother Jagdish Kaur and Inderpal Kaur, all residents of Alhar Pind, and Harpreet Singh of Gondpur were wounded when a clash took place in which firearms and sharp-edged weapons were allegedly freely used between two groups last evening.

3 robbers held, pistols seized
Sangrur, October 1
The police has arrested three members of a gang of robbers and seized two pistols, four cartridges, a motorcycle and a tractor from their possession. Two other members of the gang, however, escaped.

Suicide bid by undertrial
Hoshiarpur, October 1
An undertrial, Sewa Singh, allegedly tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a sharp spoon and hit his head on a door here last evening. He was shifted to the local Civil Hospital in a serious condition where he was operated upon and the spoon was removed from his abdomen.

Cop’s daughter untraceable
Jalandhar, October 1
The police is conducting raids to trace a 23-year-old daughter of an Assistant Sub-Inspector posted at the PAP complex, who was allegedly abducted on Monday by two youths of Johlan village.


15 nursing institutes blacklisted
Mansa, October 1
The Punjab Nursing Council has warned nursing candidates against seeking admission to 15 nursing institutes of the state.

College students donate blood
Hoshiarpur, October 1
The District Health & Ayurvedic Departments in collaboration with Khalsa College, Mahilpur, organised a seminar on “Make voluntary blood donation a regular feature of life” on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day at Meghowal village, about 34 km from here today.


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