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Punjab safe in Cong hands: PM
Chandigarh, October 9
Will the issue of the transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab and other related matters be settled before the Assembly elections in the state?

Farmers resent lack of amenities at market
Bathinda, October 9
While farmers are already having a tough time selling their paddy produce, lack of amenities at the local grain market and stray cattle menace have added to their woes.

MLA pulls up staff for slow paddy procurement

Revised pay scale for bank officers
Abohar, October 9
Mr Amritpal Singh Brar, general secretary All India Grameen Bank Officers Association, has said that more than 70 thousand officers in the Grameen Banks all over India would be getting revised pay scale and allowances at par with the officers of the nationalised banks with effect from October 1.

2 held for selling Bangladeshi woman
Kapurthala, October 9
The local police today arrested Sucha Singh and Shibani, alias Sunder Kar, who reportedly sold Shantuna, a Bangladeshi woman, to Palwinder Singh of Bhulana village. They were arrested near here from Shalimar Bagh garden.



Reunion after 38 years
Ludhiana, October 9
Deep-rooted love and strong desire enabled 70-year-old Susan Milne from New Zealand to meet Ludhiana’s Poonam Kalra nee Florence after 38 years. Way back in 1969, Ms Milne, after staying in India for seven years with her husband, left for England. She also left behind the little schoolgirl, Florence, whom she had taken care of.

Poonam Kalra with Susan Milne

Poonam Kalra with Susan Milne


Fact-finding report sought in Nayagaon rape case
Mohali, October 9
The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), New Delhi, representative of the UN Commission in India, has asked for a fact-finding report in the Nayagaon rape case. The Dalit Rights Protection Forum (Regd) Punjab has been asked to submit an independent and detailed report on the alleged rape of the Dalit minor girl.

Ex-spies a disillusioned lot
Ferozepore: “Unofficial spies” who were sent to Pakistan for espionage during 1965 and ’71 wars are fighting a different battle today, not against the enemy but against the red tapism and lack of initiative on part of the government to acknowledge their services.

Ex-minister alleges harassment by vigilance bureau
Gurdaspur, October 9
The vigilance bureau had been harassing leaders of the opposition. Mr Satpal Saini, a former minister in the SAD/BJP government stated this to The Tribune today.

SGPC’s leased land sold illegally
Amritsar, October 9
The Notified Gurdwara Committee (NGC) of the historical Gurdwara Satlani Sahib had leased about 300 acres of agricultural land to the late Baba Mangal Singh Satlani for 90-year lease on Rs 65,000 per annum, reportedly by flouting bylaws of the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925. Now his follower, Baba Gurpinder Singh Satlani, has further “sold” the leased land. It is being considered as a gross violation of the Act.

Tension over function at dera
Bathinda, October 9
Tension prevails over a religious function to be held at Medhpuri dera of Faridkot Kotli village tomorrow as the dera management has challenged the campaign by Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh.

Durgiana panel seeks higher pilgrim quota for Katasraj
Amritsar, October 9
The Durgiana Management Committee and the All-India Hindu Rashtrya Sangathan are at loggerheads over pilgrim quota to Katasraj in Pakistan.

Peace committee loses steam
Abohar, October 9
With most of the nominated members distancing from the weekly meetings, the peace committee has lost its charm here. More than 80 per cent of the chairs remained unoccupied as SHOs of the local police stations tried to resolve long-pending disputes at the municipal town hall yesterday. The DSP, who was to preside over the meeting, could not turn up due to some other “important” assignments.

5 Indians held in Turkey
Phagwara, October 9
As many as five Indians are among 26 persons apprehended when they were allegedly attempting to cross the Greek border illegally. This was disclosed by Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Bahram in Nawanshahr, 10 km from here yesterday. He was also deported by the Turkish authorities.

Punjab offers help to quake-hit J&K
Chandigarh, October 9
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at an emergency meeting of senior officers at Patiala tonight, decided to rush 40,000 blankets and 10,000 tents in five trucks for the quake-hit in Jammu and Kashmir. He also decided to give Rs 2 crore in cash as aid.

Rs 1600 sought as parking fee
Phagwara, October 9
A private scooter-stand contractor demanded Rs 1600 from Mr Ravinder Lakhanpal, a resident of Ratanpura mohalla, for releasing his scooter parked there for the past four months.

‘Tributes’ paid to Gen Vaidya’s killers
Gadli, October 9
A function was organised by Dal Khalsa and Damdami Taksal to mark the 23rd death anniversary of Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha, here today.


Bank officials summoned
Amritsar, October 9
Mr Ranjeev Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, has ordered the summoning of Mr A. Bhattacharya, Chief Regional Manager, United Bank of India (UBI), Delhi, Mr Chaman Lal Arya, its Manager, and Mr Ashok Gupta, a clerk with the bank on November 11 in case of fraud filed by Mr Rajan Verma.


Crop management camp at Barnala
Barnala, October 9
The rabi crops management training camp organised by the Barnala Agriculture Department under the stewardship of Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal, Chief Agriculture Officer, district Sangrur in Barnala Agriculture Department office complex evoked overwhelming response from the farmers of about 55 villages of Barnala region on Thursday.

Commission agents hold protest
Khanna, October 9
Commission agents of Khanna Grain Market have held a protest against the attitude of sheller owners, who had denied to unload 15 trolleys of paddy. The shellers owners said the paddy, loaded in these trolleys, was under specifications and they would bear the loss, if they milled that paddy.


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