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Milk powder import to hit dairy sector
Chandigarh, October 13
Any bulk import of skimmed powder milk will be detrimental to our dairy sector, says Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Punjab Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, holding the decision of the National Dairy Development Board to import 10,000 metric tonnes of skimmed powder milk, as “reactionary and unfortunate”.

Spurious desi ghee being sold in Doaba
Jalandhar, October 13
Beware if you are on a buying spree in view of the ongoing festival season, particularly if you are purchasing desi ghee. Markets of the Doaba region are reportedly being flooded with spurious desi ghee made out of ordinary vanaspati ghee with the help of harmful essences.

Board for pulverised coal as fuel
Ropar, October 13
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has been contemplating to allow the use of pulverised coal in reverberating furnaces. Decks to allow the use of pulverised coal in furnaces have been cleared on the basis of a report of the expert committee constituted for evaluating workable pollution control system in rolling mills of Punjab.

Amarinder, Bhattal may visit Delhi together
Chandigarh, October 13
Will the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, travel together to New Delhi tomorrow for a meeting with senior leaders of the All-India Congress Committee?




Oct 26 Sikh conference as scheduled
Chandigarh, October 13
The management committee of the Vishwa Sikh Conference said today that the conference would be held here as scheduled on October 26 come what may.

ST officials inspect godowns of traders
Sangrur, October 13
Accompanied by 40 policemen, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Patiala, Krishan Kumar and 50 other officials of the Taxation Department, including six Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioners and 20 Excise and Taxation Officers, yesterday inspected the godowns of two traders of utensils, including Goel Metal House at Sunam 14 km from here.

Underpaid sweepers case entrusted to ADGP (Vigilance)
Chandigarh, October 13
Acting on the grievances of 1,400 sweepers, who are being reportedly underpaid by the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation the Punjab State Human Rights Commission today entrusted the case to the ADGP (Vigilance), Punjab, and directed him to submit his report in the case.

Fearing fraud, dept checks staff’s papers
Bathinda, October 13
The Punjab Education Department has ordered that the original certificates of all employees who have obtained degrees of various courses from Maghad and Bundelkhand universities should be submitted to the district education offices for their verification.


Protest by Youth Cong activists
Sangrur, October 13
Activists of the District Youth Congress Committee, led by Mr Jagtar Singh Dhanaula, district president, held a march here today in protest against the alleged misuse of the CBI by the Central Government, especially in the case of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi.


2 die of rabies; MC squad to tackle stray dogs
Amritsar, October 13
Panic prevails in the holy city here where two deaths due to rabies and several cases of dog bites have been reported. In a matter of days, a five-year-old boy, Raman Kumar of Verka, died due to rabies and Rajesh Popli of Killa Bhangian succumbed to the killer bite even as another case of dog bite was reported here today.

Girls perform Gidhha on the eve of Karva Chauth in Amritsar
Girls perform Gidhha on the eve of Karva Chauth in Amritsar on Monday. 
An artiste puts mehndi imprint on the throat of a girl on the eve of Karva Chauth in Patiala
An artiste puts mehndi imprint on the throat of a girl on the eve of Karva Chauth in Patiala on Monday. —
PTI photos

MC’s hollow promises on shifting of dairies
Tall promises are all that residents here have got after the Municipal Corporation announced its decision to transfer hundreds of dairies located in residential areas to outside the city limits nearly four years ago.

UK-Indian mayor visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, October 13
Sikhs of the United Kingdom followed the hukamnamas (edicts) of Akal Takht, said the Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing, Mr Gurcharan Singh, who was here today to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.

Sikhs are unlike Hindus: Dal Khalsa
Hoshiarpur, October 13
The Dal Khalsa stated that Sikhs were neither idol-worshippers nor they believed in 33 crore Gods and Goddesses. Talking to the mediapersons after addressing a conference of party activists assembled at Singh Sabha Gurdwara here yesterday, Mr Harcharanjit Singh working president of the Dal Khalsa accused the Sangh Parivar for spreading terrorism under the garb of so called nationalism.

Row over Bhagwad katha ends
Abohar, October 13
Some occupants of the Jain Dharamshala here allegedly dismantled a pandal inside the dharamshala and locked the entrance gate from inside to prevent the organisers from starting the week-long Bhagwad katha yesterday.

1 killed, 14 hurt as tractor-trailer overturns
Abohar, October 13
Ten-year-old Ravi, only brother of five sisters, was killed and fourteen others were injured as a tractor-trailer went out of control while taking a blind turn last evening near the Indo-Pakistan border.

One more dies of gastroenteritis
Patiala, October 13
With one more person dying today of gastroenteritis, the toll following the breakout of this epidemic in Samana has risen to four.

Bairagi Mandal hails holiday decision
Chandigarh, October 13
The Baigragi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, has appreciated the move to declare October 16 as a holiday for Virat Bairagi Sammelan.


Bhattal for ridge sowing of paddy
Patiala, October 13
Punjab Agriculture Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal yesterday recommended the ridge sowing of paddy as being superior to the traditional puddling method of paddy cultivation whereby the whole field is kept constantly drenched with water. Ms Bhattal made this observation after surveying the fields of a former sarpanch in Nandpur Keshon village where paddy has been cultivated by the ridge sowing method.

Paddy purchased despite ban
Bathinda, October 13
The Bathinda City Rice Millers Association today alleged that Punjab Agro Industrial Corporation had been purchasing paddy from the Bathinda grain market despite the fact that this market was not allotted to it by the office of Director, Food and Civil Supply, Chandigarh as per an October 7 order.


FCI far from purchase targets, says minister
Patiala, October 13
Punjab Food and Supplies Minister Avtar Henry today said the Food Corporation of India was behind its procurement targets. Talking to newsmen here after inspecting the local grain market, the minister said against the procurement of 32 per cent of the produce, the FCI had only been able to achieve a target of 18 per cent.

MC crackdown on octroi evaders
Patiala, October 13
The local Municipal Corporation today conducted raids to nab octroi evaders in a simultaneous action conducted on all octroi posts in the city. Corporation Mayor Visnhu Sharma said a penalty amount of Rs 48,000 had been realised following the raids.

Water project sent to Centre
Nabha, October 13
“A Rs 2700-crore project for drinking water and sanitation in the villages of Punjab has been sent to the Centre for clearance.


Cops molest woman, beaten up
Jalandhar, October 13
Two police constables allegedly molested a married migrant woman and forced her to marry an old widower after barging into her house at nearby Nurpur village on Saturday. The policemen were beaten up on Sunday night by two women social activists, who came to the rescue of the woman.

4 arrested for selling brass as gold
Bathinda, October 13
The local police has arrested four youths for their alleged involvement in fraudulently selling to a tea vendor a brick of brass under the garb of a gold brick for Rs 3 lakh. Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, Bathinda, today said the accused were arrested while they were taking the balance payment from the vendor, Mr Sat Pal.

The four accused, who cheated a local tea vendor with a brick of brass, being brought to the Civil Lines police station in Bathinda on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
The four accused, who cheated a local tea vendor with a brick of brass, being brought to the Civil Lines police station in Bathinda

BSF nabs Pakistani ‘tourist’
Amritsar, October 13
Desire to see India landed Mohmmad Saffiq (24) of Pakistan in a jail here today. He was nabbed by the Border Security Force while crossing over to India through post number 102 on the border.

Seven illegal weapons seized
Jalalabad, October 13
The police yesterday seized four .12 bore pistols, two .303 rifles, and one .32 bore double-barrelled pistol. All weapons were country-made but of sophisticated quality and had ‘Made in England’ marking.


PCCTU stir from December 5
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union yesterday announced the second phase of its agitation. Among its main demands are 95 per cent grants-in-aid and grant of pension-cum-gratuity.

Teachers of aided schools to protest
Amritsar, October 13
The Action Committee of Punjab State-aided School Teachers and other Employees Union met under the presidentship of Mr Teja Singh, state president decided on strike in aided schools of Punjab on October 21.

Principal clarifies on audit report
Sangrur, October 13
Commenting on the report of the internal audit committee of Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib, Mr Ram Singh Kular, Principal of the college, today stated that some of the objections made in the report were wrong and this fact had been brought to the notice of the managing committee of the college.


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