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Centre relaxes paddy specifications
Chandigarh, October 4
The Union Government today relaxed the specifications for the procurement of paddy, thus paving the way for the various government procurement agencies to quicken the process of procurement of farmers’ produce in Punjab.

Dullo for action against ‘non-performing’ ministers
SOS to Prime Minister on paddy procurement
Patiala, October 4
State’s Congress president, Shamsher Singh Dullo said today that non-performing ministers would face disciplinary action.

Farmers await paddy procurement at the Grain Market in Bathinda on Tuesday FCI wants Vigilance to monitor paddy purchase

Farmers lament slow paddy procurement

Farmers await paddy procurement at the Grain Market in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
Rice millers buy paddy
Restless paddy farmers await payment
Farmers block traffic

Nabard to undertake study on farmers’ suicides
Chandigarh, October 4
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) will undertake a study in a couple of districts of Punjab to “understand” the reason behind farmers’ suicides.






Cotton farmers not getting MSP
Bathinda, October 4
Four days after the launch of cotton procurement by government agencies, scores of cotton growers are selling their produce below the MSP for Rs 1,835.

Three kids die in cracker blast
Batala, October 4
Three children were killed and many others injured in a fire at a house in a busy locality where crackers were being manufactured illegally. The incident took place last evening in the house of Kuldeep Messih, resident of Bhullar village near Batala.

SGPC urges PM to take up gurdwaras’ issues with Bangladesh
Amritsar, October 4
After expressing shock over the large-scale encroachment on the land of historical gurdwara in Bangladesh and disappearance of three Sikh shrines, as mentioned in a report, tabled by two-member committee, the SGPC executive today urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to take up the matter with the Bangladesh Government during his forthcoming visit next month.


Bittu is Goraya Nagar Panchayat chief
Goraya, October 4
The post of Goraya Nagar Panchayat president went to Mr Kamaldeep Singh Bittu, here, yesterday. In just concluded Nagar Panchayat elections, the common opposition front by the SAD-BJP to which the BSP also joined, gave tough fight to the Congress in Goraya.

MLA hurt in clash
Moga, October 4
A sitting legislator of the Shiromani Akali Dal was today injured in a clash between Akalis and Congress workers following the declaration of result of Dharamkot Nagar Council election.


Probe sought into ‘fake’ encounter
Gurdaspur, October 4
The encounter, in which the Pathankot police killed two alleged kidnappers about a week ago, was getting murkier. Allegations are being levelled by the parents of those who killed in the encounter and political parties of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

Bir Devinder seeks quota for Punjabis in IT sector
Mohali, October 4
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, in a letter written to the Chief Minister, Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh, today demanded reservation of jobs for Punjabis in the IT companies that were setting up operations in the state.

Kang gets work on bridge started
Kharar, October 4
The work on a bridge on the Palheri-Rurki Kham road, being built at a cost of Rs 12 lakh, was got started by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandary, near here, today.

Dhaliwal’s ‘Burning Soil’ released
Patiala, October 4
‘Burning Soil’, a book of short stories by Baldev Singh Dhaliwal was released at the Department of Correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala, today.

Education vital for society’s transformation: Governor
Patiala, October 4
Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Governor, Punjab and Chancellor, Punjabi University, said here yesterday that education, healthcare, agriculture and governance were the areas which should be taken care of to bring about a positive socital transformation.

Protest against 85th Constitution Amendment
Ropar, October 4
Members of the General Categories Welfare Federation (Thermal unit) Ropar today protested against the implementation of the 85th Constitution Amendment.

Ration received under child development plan
Kharar, October 4
Stocks of rice, wheat and sugar have been received by the office of the Child Development and Project Officer for further distribution.

Rich tributes paid to Das
Patiala, October 4
The Punjab Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, led police personnel in paying tributes to ADGP P.M. Das at his bhog ceremony here today.

Salary hike for anganwari workers
Chandigarh, October 4
The Punjab Government has increased the honorarium of anganwari workers and helpers of the Women and Child Development Department, Punjab. It will be increased from Rs 200 to Rs 400 for anganwari workers and from Rs 100 to Rs 200 for helpers per month.

Fair dedicated to Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia
Amritsar, October 4
The Shah Mohammad Memorial International Cultural Fair will be held on November 13 at Vadala Veeram Bhoma village. The fair will be dedicated to the memory of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, founder of The Tribune.


Kahlon's application on quashing of notification dismissed
Chandigarh, October 4
In a major setback to former Punjab Rural Development Minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday dismissed with costs the applications through which he and a deputy director of the Department of Rural Development had challenged the legality of the May 2, 2003 notification issued by the Punjab Government.

Daya Ram’s custody: court asks for proof on Nov 5
Amritsar, October 4
The Duty Magistrate here yesterday issued notice to Mr Raja Ram of Jagdishpur village in Sidharthnagar district of UP to furnish evidence on November 5 to prove that Mr Daya Ram, who was released by the Pakistan government recently in an unstable mental condition, was his brother.

Nayagaon rape case: SCs’ panel for new SIT head
Chandigarh, October 4
The Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked the Home Secretary, Mr A.K. Dubey, to appoint an official of the rank of Additional Director-General of Police to head the special investigation Team probing the Nayagaon rape case.

Nayagaon rape: 1 remanded in custody


7 booked for preparing false medical report
Amritsar, October 4
The civil lines police has booked seven persons for reportedly preparing a false medico-legal report for giving undue benefit to the accused in a land-grab case.

One killed in mishap
Tarn Taran, October 4
A scooterist died and his two companions were injured when a vehicle hit their scooter near Sanghar Kot village on Tarn Taran-Khadoor Sahib road last night. A case under Sections 304A, 279, 338, 427 of the IPC has been registered against the driver of the vehicle who is of the same village to which the deceased belong.

5-member gang of dacoits busted
Ropar, October 4
The CIA staff of the Ropar police today arrested five members of a gang active in Ropar and its surrounding areas, including Chandigarh. The gang was involved in theft, snatching and dacoity. Sukhwinder Singh, Sukha, Satnam Singh, Jasvir Singh and Sikander Singh were arrested while they were planning a dacoity.

8 booked for murder bid
Ropar, October 4
The Ropar police today registered a case of attempt to murder against eight persons after they had brutally beaten up two persons and also shot at them near Brahampura village. The case against accused was registered on a complaint of Jasvir Singh.


Boparai accuses MP of levelling false charges
Patiala, October 4
An agitated Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, has written to Mr Nilotpal Basu, CPI(M) MP, in the Rajya Sabha, accusing him of “levelling imaginary charges without seeing for himself that normal academic activity was in full swing in the university.”

DRME’s son ‘misbehaves’ with Class IV employee
Amritsar , October 4
Class IV employees of Government Medical College here held a protest rally on the college premises when son of Dr J.S. Dalal, Director Research and Medical Education who also holds dual charge of Principal of the College, allegedly misbehaved with an employee.


BSNL scheme for defaulters
Hoshiarpur, October 4
Over 3,500 subscribers, whose telephone connections were disconnected when they failed to deposit their bills would be benefited with a new scheme of the local circle Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.


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