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Farmers sell cotton below MSP
Bathinda, October 1
With government agencies sticking to their specifications and rejecting cotton growers’ produce, a section of farmers at the local market were forced to sell off their cotton much below the MSP moments after the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, and the Cooperative Minister, Mr J.S. Randhawa, launched cotton procurement by the state government here today.
Angry farmers discuss the situation after they failed to get the MSP for their cotton produce on the inaugural day of procurement by government agencies in Bathinda Angry farmers discuss the situation after they failed to get the MSP for their cotton produce on the inaugural day of procurement by government agencies in Bathinda on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Impure salt in fake brand packing
Gurdaspur, October 1
How pure is the salt we consume? A survey of various brands revealed that a large number of fake salt firms were supplying non-iodized and impure salt in the market. Investigation by The Tribune revealed that the fake brands of salts having similar packing of famous brands but their names are slightly different.

Row over Nagar Panchayat chief poll
Eight panchayat members call on DC
Sangrur, October 1
In protest against the reported declaration of Mr Girdhari Lal as president of the Khanauri nagar panchayat by the DDPO, Sangrur, eight members of the Khanauri nagar panchayat, under the leadership of Mr Satgur Singh, today presented themselves before the Deputy Commissioner at his residence here.

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All set for dry run of Lahore bus
Amritsar, October 1
The trial run of the Amritsar-Lahore Bus service, would be conducted on October 16 even as the local Youth Hostel is being upgraded as make-shift international bus terminal on a war footing.

The newly constructed bus terminal at Amritsar. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Sharma

The newly constructed bus terminal at Amritsar

NRI booked for fraud
Hoshiarpur, October 1
Following the publication of news item regarding the plight of Manjit Kaur of Allar Pind village in Hoshiarpur district in The Tribune of September 26, the Tanda police yesterday registered a case against NRI Romesh Lal, son of Charan Ram, and his mother Gurdev Kaur, resident of Ravi Dass Nagar, Maqsudan Chowk, Jalandhar, under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

ANNUAL BATHING: Two constables of the Punjab Police wash a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti at Sadbhavana Sikha, Police Lines, Patiala
ANNUAL BATHING: Two constables of the Punjab Police wash a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti at Sadbhavana Sikha, Police Lines, Patiala, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Council finds only 4 nursing institutes unfit for teaching
Chandigarh, October 1
On August 24, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed that only those institutes that obtain a certificate from the Punjab Nurses Registration Council, certifying that they have basic infrastructure as per the government guidelines, will make fresh admissions.

Power cuts imposed again
Ropar, October 1
The PSEB today again imposed power cuts in the state following shortage of power after additional power supply from Central grid stopped yesterday. People living in the big cities have to face to two-hour power cuts, four-hour power cuts for in small cities and eight-hour power cuts in rural area, said the PSEB sources.


Appeal in blood for Sarabjit’s release
Amritsar, October 1
Activists of Mahatma Gandhi global amity council, Bhopal, along with members of Sarabjit Singh’s family today wrote an appeal in blood at Jallianwala Bagh, seeking his release and other detained PoWs in Pakistan jails.

Sick of police ‘torture’, youth ends life
Mansa, October 1
A youth, who was reportedly being harrassed by the police, today committed suicide by setting himself ablaze here. The deceased has been identified as Kishore Kumar aged 23.

Blood Donation Day observed
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 1
World Blood Donation Day was observed at various towns in the district. The district-level function was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana. Dr Ravinder Verma, SMO, Civil Hospital, Bassi Pathana, was the chief guest.

Employees hold protest rally
Patiala, October 1
Hundreds of members of the SC/BC/ST Employees Organisation, Punjab, today held a rally to lodge their protest against the non-implementation of 85th Constitutional Amendment and non-acceptance of their demands by the state government.

Licences of fair price shop dealer cancelled
Barnala, October 1
Mr Zora Singh Thind, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, here on Friday ordered the cancellation of licences of Mr Amarjit Singh, a government fair price shop dealer of Hamidi village, about 20 km from here.


Moga district Congress chief gets bail
Moga, October 1
Ranvinder Singh Pappu, president, Moga District Congress Committee, against whom the court had issued non-bailable warrants in three criminal cases, was granted bail by a local court today.


Retired teacher’s house razed
Amritsar, October 1
The house of a recently retired Punjab Government teacher was allegedly razed by the head of Gurdwara Tahli Sahib on the Ajnala-Chuganwa road here. Addressing a joint press conference here today victim Jaswant Singh, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha leader Dr Satnam Singh and Kirti Kisan Union leaders Dilraj Singh and Jatinder Singh Chhina, alleged that Head Sewadar Lakha Singh of Gurdwara Tahli Sahib and his followers armed with firearms had used bulldozer and tractor trailers to demolish the house.

Cop held accepting bribe
Moga, October 1
The Vigilance Bureau today caught a Sub-Inspector here while accepting a bribe. According to sources, Sub-Inspector Kashmir Kaur had demanded Rs 10,000 from Surinder Singh, a resident of Talwandi Bhai, for helping him in a case.


Punjab lags in telemedicine, says ISRO official
Amritsar, October 1
Dr A.K. Sangal, Group Director, COSSAG Development and Educational Communication unit, ISRO, while stressing the need to interconnect medical colleges and civil hospitals in Punjab for telemedicine, said the state government did not evince interest in it.

Colonel’s rank given to Boparai
Patiala, October 1
In a brief but impressive ceremony the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Swarn Singh Boparai, was given the honorary rank of Colonel Commandant, NCC, by the Deputy Director General of NCC, Brigadier H.S.Gill, here today.

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated
Patiala, October 1
Scholar Fields Public School, Patiala, celebrated the 136th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by holding an exhibition on the school premises in which pictures pertaining to the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi were displayed by students.

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