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Govt in soup over PAU failure to assess damage

Chandigarh, October 5
The failure of the Punjab Agricultural University and field officials of the Agriculture Department to provide the correct picture regarding the damage caused to paddy by inclement weather has put the state government in a hard situation.

CM assures hassle-free paddy sale
Patiala, October 5
With the relaxation of specifications regarding the procurement of paddy in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, assured farmers today that their struggle to sell their produce was over and it would be a hassle-free process for them.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inspects the paddy purchase at the New Grain Market in Rajpura Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inspects the paddy purchase at the New Grain Market in Rajpura on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph



Navratra festival begins in Amritsar.
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Badal pays tributes to farmer who committed suicide
Chandigarh, October 5
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, made an exception by choosing to pay tributes to Gurdev Singh, a farmer from Kapurthala, who had committed suicide inside a grain market last week, before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha was adjourned till October 13 afternoon after making obituary references here today.

Rain fails to drown cotton experts' hope
Bathinda, October 5
Despite cotton crop facing rough weather last month, experts are upbeat on expected cotton production and are sticking to the figure of 22 lakh bales for the state. Moreover, the arrival of cotton has doubled up in the last 2-3 days as compared to corresponding period last year.

A view of cotton heaped in a market in Bathinda on Wednesday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera
A view of cotton heaped in a market in Bathinda

Replace visa with permits: Fakhar Zaman
Amritsar, October 5
India needs to market its tourism potential because of its diverse cultures. This was the conclusion of a two-day national conference on “Tourism and Economic Development: Policy Imperatives & Implications” at BBK DAV College yesterday.

DC office staff on mass leave
Seek withdrawal of “false” case against clerk
Sangrur, October 5
On the call of District Office Employees Association (DC Office) Sangrur, almost all employees of the DC office of this district, working at sub-Tehsils, tehsils, subdivisions and district headquarters here, today proceeded on mass casual leave for today, observed a dharna and held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner under the leadership of Mr Surinder Pal Lehra, president of the association.

Bholath MC chief’s election put off
Bholath (Kapurthala), October 5
Election for the post of Municipal Council’s president in Bholath was put off today after unruly scenes in the tehsil complex where the newly elected members of the two rival factions assembled this morning.


Cong sweeps nagar panchayat poll
Amritsar, October 5
All three posts of president, senior vice-president and vice-president went to the candidates of the Congress in the Rajasansi nagar panchayat elections held here today.


Nayagaon rape victim’s father threatens suicide
Mohali, October 5
The Nayagaon rape victim’s father, Balkar Singh, today stated that he had decided to commit suicide. Repeating a statement given by his daughter earlier, Balkar Singh said he had no hope for justice left from the Punjab state.

Retired Lt-Col seeks justice
Gurdaspur, October 5
A retired army officer, Lt-Col Anil Kabotra, who has been duped by some influential persons of Pathankot of his hard-earned money, is running from pillar to post to get justice. Despite directions from the Punjab DGP, the local police officials have allegedly not come to his rescue. While talking to The Tribune, Col Kabotra alleged that some influential persons of the area had opened a share-trading company at Pathankot.                                                 
Lt-Col. Anil Kabotra

Lt-Col. Anil Kabotra

Protest against pollution by stone-crushing units
Pathankot, October 5
Residents of Hariyal village today blocked traffic on the Pathankot-Kangra national highway for about two hours to protest against the pollution being caused in their area by the trucks carrying crushed material from crushers located in Chaki river.

Malta boat tragedy: govt for thorough inquiry
Hoshiarpur, October 5
To provide help to the families of Malta boat tragedy victims Ms Rupan Deol Bajaj, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Punjab, in a letter to Mr A. K. Dubey, Principal Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice, said the government should take up this case in its own hand.

A town of architectural splendour
BATALA: One of the oldest towns in the province of Lahore in mediaeval times, Batala, located 38 km north-west of Amritsar on the Pathankot road, is home to 14 monuments of religious and historic importance. Of these, five are mosques, two temples and two gurdwaras (rebuilt recently, preserving the old portions of the building).

Hazira, a tomb at Batala

Hazira, a tomb at Batala

Licence of ultrasound centre suspended
Patiala, October 5
The District Civil Surgeon today raided the premises of Aggarwal Ultrasound centre and suspended its license it after it was found by the team that the centre was violating the PNDT Act.

Working of nursing homes under scanner
Hoshiarpur, October 5
The functioning of scores of private hospitals and nursing homes have come under a scanner following the arrest of a proprietor of a local nursing home for illegal abortions and not maintaining records.

3 hurt in cylinder blast
Phagwara, October 5
Three members of a family, including a child, sustained serious burn injuries when a blast in a house ripped apart the roof of the house and left cracks in the walls in Rattanpura locality last night.


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Process of appointing Punjab Lok Pal ‘almost complete’
Chandigarh, October 5
The Punjab Advocate-General, Mr R.S. Cheema, today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the Punjab Government had "almost completed" the process of appointment of a new Lok Pal in the state.

Lawyers protest against DC’s ‘misbehaviour’
Malout, October 5
Protest by the Bar Association, Malout against alleged misbehaviour of the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Muktsar with members of the association today entered seventh day.

Shivalik school Principal gets anticipatory bail
Ropar, October 5
The Principal of Shivalik Public School, Ms Gurpeet Mathur, was today granted anticipatory bail by a local court in a case registered against her for issuing a circular banning students from wearing kirpan and heavy “kara”.


Sons kill father over property dispute
Amritsar, October 5
Agitated over being disowned from properties, Malkeet Singh, Santokh Singh and Palwinder Singh allegedly killed their father Chanan Singh in Chhina Karam Singh village in Ajnala police station under Majitha police district here late last evening.

Man held for killing wife
Nabha, October 5
Mr Inderjit Kaur (23) of Sirajpur village 15 Km from here was allegedly killed by her in-laws for bringing inadequate dowry. She has left behind one-year old daughter. According to her father, Mr Nasib Singh, today they received the news of her death at native Rurki Budh Singh Wali village 60 Km from here.

Unidentified body recovered, murder suspected
Bathinda, October 5
An unidentified body was found in a sack behind bushes at Street No. 26/7 on the Ajit Road here today. According to sources, hands and legs of the deceased were tied, while his face was covered with a plastic bag.

Thieves injure two, decamp with valuables
Bathinda, October 5
Thieves struck at the residence of Mr Amarnath Bansal at Budhlada in Mansa and decamped with cash and gold worth about Rs 70,000 after seriously injuring his mother and daughter on Monday night.

One held with fake currency
Phagwara, October 5
The CIA staff of Kapurthala police has arrested a member of a gang involved in circulating fake currency and recovered counterfeit notes totalling Rs 21,000 during a naka on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road here yesterday.

Jathedar escapes attack, sevadars hurt
Bathinda, October 5
Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib had a narrow escape today when some miscreants allegedly attacked him at Joga village of Mansa district where he had gone to check anti-Panth activities being carried out at the behest of a villager.

DSP nabbed on tampering charge
Chandigarh, October 5
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau yesterday arrested one of its own DSPs for allegedly trying to tamper with evidence in a corruption case. A spokesperson of the bureau said during investigations DSP Kahan Singh had been found guilty of tampering with evidence along with Inspector Harjinder Singh.


Nurses denied due status: TNAI chief
Ludhiana, October 5
A large scale migration of qualified nurses and deteriorating standards of education in the nursing institutions all over the country are a big cause for concern, both for the healthcare sector and the professional nurses in the country. In the absence of comprehensive remedial measures by the government and the regulatory authorities concerned, the situation is bound to reach a point of no return.

Ms Satish Chawla
Ms Satish Chawla

B.Ed admissions: violation of norms alleged
Bathinda, October 5
Acting under alleged pressure of the managements of the newly opened B. Ed colleges, the Panjab University, Chandigarh has flouted condition of admitting those students who get the minimum qualifying marks in the B.Ed entrance test.

Globalisation of education a reality of modern world
Amritsar, October 5
Mr Rex Morgan, chairman the Council of Governors, Pillwater house schools, Australia and chairman Rex Morgan Foundation said today that globalisation of education was a reality of modern world.

Punjab plans 2 types of math, science at X level
Chandigarh, October 5
As part of the lecture series of eminent scholars being held in the department of sociology, Panjab University, Prof Harbans Singh Sidhu, chairman, Punjab School Education Board, gave a talk on school education in rural Punjab: progress, prospects and constraints.

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