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Manmohan rejects concept of free power to farmers
Chandigarh, October 8
Dr Manmohan Singh outrightly rejected the concept of free power to farmers, the benefit of which was recently given by the Congress Government in Punjab to the farming sector. In fact, the Prime Minister has not only rejected the idea of free power but declared it as a “populist gimmick”.

Paddy farmers denied MSP, block traffic
Bathinda/Mansa, October 8
Demanding the purchase of paddy and cotton at MSP, hundreds of activists of the BKU Ekta, Kisan Sangharsh Committee, and Punjab Kisan Sabha, under the banner of the Sanjha Kisan Manch today blocked on the Bathinda-Mansa road at Kot Shamir and the Bathinda-Sunam road near Khayala Kalan for about two hours.

Ranjit Sagar Dam seismographs jammed
Two killed in wall collapse
Gurdaspur, October 8
Two persons were killed due to the earthquake that hit the area today. The quake claimed the life of Arjun Singh, a four-year-old child in Shahpur Jajan village located on Indo-Pak border in Dera Baba Nanak area. Sources said the child was playing in street at the time quake struck. A kucha wall fell on him and he died on the spot.
Rescue workers remove debris from a damaged house following a powerful earthquake at Sattowal market in Amritsar
Rescue workers remove debris from a damaged house following a powerful earthquake at Sattowal market in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma




Rice mill godown collapse in quake
6 students of Faridkot school faint
Bathinda, October 8
Tremors shook north India today forcing people to move out of their homes. However, no major loss of property and life was reported from anywhere. In Moga, a building of sheller located on the Gandhi road collapsed, while six students of Baba Farid School, Faridkot, fainted due to earthquake.

Widow struggles to get DSP’s gratuity
Patiala, October 8
Harcharanjit Kaur is a tired woman today. After losing her husband while he was still in service, she is now fighting for release of the gratuity amount, which she should have received a long time back.

Encounter killing: parents get relief after 15 yrs
Faridkot, October 8
After fighting a legal battle for nearly 15 years, a junior commissioned Army officer retired got part payment of Rs 88 lakh death compensation for the killing of his son in a Punjab police encounter.

Robot to guide visitors at Science City
Kapurthala, October 8
Next time you visit Pushpa Gujral Science City, you may be welcomed by a new interactive robot. This colourful, human-size robot will introduce you to the science city, explain about various scientific gadgets put on display and guide you inside its main hall.


Khalsa Dal chief enters matrimony
Ludhiana, October 8
Shiromani Khalsa Dal chief and Khalistan ideologue Daljit Singh Bittu entered holy matrimony here today. Speakers on the occasion eulogised Mr Bittu for his sacrifices and long years behind bars. Although SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal did not turn up, his absence was more than made up his detractors who were present in full strength.

80 pc squatters from Bihar
Phagwara, October 8
The slum-dwellers in Phagwara have land worth Rs 200 crore. This is what the local administration would get if it were to acquire this piece of land in the Industrial area, Santokhpura, Satnampura, Bhagat Singh Nagar, New Dana Mandi and Ankhi Nagar.

Gaurav’s murder: Muktsar observes bandh
Muktsar, October 8
Following the murder of Gaurav Kumar, grandson of local BJP leader Shanti Swaroop, the city today observed total bandh. Schools, commercial establishments, and the grain market were shut to protest against the killing.

Demolition of mosque resented
Abohar, October 8
Hundreds of Muslims, who attended the Friday evening namaz at the Shahi Masjid in the Indira Nagri locality here, condemned the local Municipal Committee for demolishing a 100-year-old mosque located in street 8 of the old-walled city during the sacred month of Ramzan sources said.

Pak delegation visits poet’s village
Amritsar, October 8
Expressing keen interest in the life history of poet Hasham Shah, a 12-member deputation of the World Punjabi Congress from Lahore, including Mr Kanwal Mushtaq and journalist Zahid Akkasi of monthly ‘Payal’ magazine, visited Jagdev Kalan, native village of the poet, today.

PM to examine plea for power plant
Chandigarh, October 8
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has in principal agreed to examine the demand for a nuclear power generation plant in Punjab of 500 mw. Informed sources said in the presence of the president of the Congress, Ms Sonia Gandhi, the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, took up the issue with Dr Manmohan Singh.

Charges framed against retd Col
Pathankot October 8
In an alleged dowry harassment case Mr R.K. Garg, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, today framed charges against Lieut-Col Anil Kabotra (retd) under Section 498 A of the IPC. Dr Neeta Kabotra, wife of the officer, working as lecturer in a college here, had alleged that she was married to the officer on July 1, 1990.

Peg for cops, wait for prisoner
Kapurthala, October 8
Punjab Police personnel were found drinking liquor sitting with an undertrial in a dhaba near the district court complex here today. According to information, an eight-member police party from Hoshiarpur in a prisoner van (PB-07-3001) reached here to produce five undertrials in the court.


Man jailed for kidnap bid
Phagwara, October 8
The District and Sessions Judge of Kapurthala, Mr Shyam Sunder Gupta, has awarded a five-year jail term to a migrant labourer for a bid to kidnap a minor girl after making her unconscious.

Capt-Badal case adjourned
Chandigarh, October 8
A local court today adjourned a suit for damages filed by Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to February 4.


Farmers’ protest
Hoshiarpur, October 8
On the call of various farmers organisations, activists of the Kisan Sabha and Bhartiya Kisan Union staged a protest at the grain markets of Garhshankar, Mahilpur and Mukerian of this district today. The dharna was held to show their resentment against the failure of government to provide suitable rates for paddy and cotton.


2 cops suspended for torturing old man, son
Amritsar, October 8
The district police chief, Mr Parmjit Singh Grewal, today suspended two constables on charges of torturing an old shopkeeper and his son in police custody, here, today. A case has been registered against Harpreet Singh and Gurcharan Singh — both constables — who had allegedly kept the duo in illegal custody, apart from beating them up.


Woman employee attempts suicide
Jalandhar, October 8
A woman employee of the local Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostesses Training Centre here, allegedly made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide by consuming naphthalene balls, which, irked her family members and supporters, who gheraoed the institute and raised slogans against the management.

ASI booked for seeking bribe
Amritsar, October 8
Following a sting operation, an ASI Manjit Singh, was booked for allegedly demanding bribe for filing reply for Ramesh Rani, a resident of Gali Rajputan, who was under judicial custody in a child swapping case.

2 arrested for manhandling SPO
Kharar, October 8
Two persons have been arrested for manhandling an SPO on duty at Balongi village, near here, last night. They had allegedly even torn the uniform of the SPO. According to the police, the arrested persons are Himmat Singh and Kulbir Singh, both residents of Balongi.


GND varsity gets quake project
Amritsar, October 8
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi, has sanctioned a major research project entitled “Seismo-Tectonic Studies and Health Risk Assessments in the Himalayas with Special Emphasis on Radon and Helium Emission” under its thrust area programme to Guru Nanak Dev University.

Bhattal’s assurance to college teachers
Barnala, October 8
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Higher Education Minister, assured a deputation of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union office-bearers that grievances of private college teachers of Punjab would be redressed shortly.

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