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Protest against delay in paddy procurement
Sangrur, October 11
Protesting against the non-procurement of paddy for the past several days in various grain markets and procurement centres of this district, farmers in large numbers today staged protest dharnas and blocked roads in various parts of the district.

Give bonus to check distress sale: CPI
Sangrur, October 11
Dr Joginder Dayal, a member of the national executive of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and former secretary of Punjab CPI, today asked the Punjab Government to announce bonus to check distress sale of paddy in the grain markets this year.

Minister asks FCI to speed up paddy purchase
Muktsar, October 11
Taking a serious notice of the slow pace of paddy procurement by the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister Jagmohan Kang has asked its officials to speed up paddy purchase.

Markfed entry eyewash, say farmers
Faridkot, October 11
Several farmers of the Faridkot block have described the entry of Markfed at the local grain market yesterday after eight years to procure cotton as eyewash.




Man on procurement duty attacked
Phagwara, October 11
Jaswant Singh, an arhtiya, his muneem Satish Kumar and others assaulted and injured Kulwinder Singh, a Punsup employee on procurement duty, allegedly at Ranipur mandi village today.

Tenders: tubewell corpn vice-chairman for transparency
Chandigarh, October 11
A controversy has arisen in the Punjab State Tubewell Corporation. The Vice- Chairman of the corporation , Mr Raj Kumar Dhaipi, has shot off a letter to the Managing Director of the corporation and the Secretary, Irrigation, Punjab, demanding transparency in the matter of tenders for carrying out work.

MC owes PSEB Rs 1.80 cr
Ferozepore, October 10
The faction-ridden municipal committee (MC) is once again under a cloud, ironically this time not due to poor sanitation or water supply, but for non-payment of electricity dues to the PSEB, which amounts to staggering Rs 1.80 Crore.

Rs 2.43 cr relief for hailstorm-hit
Bathinda, October 11
The state government has released a grant of Rs 2.43 crore towards compensation to the farmers whose crop was damaged in hailstorm on February 9 this year.


Politicians have lost trust of people, says MP
Hoshiarpur, October 11
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP said that due to their false promises and un-accountability, Indian politicians had lost trust of people and it had widened gap between them and had encouraged opportunists to come to the forefront. Mr Sidhu was talking to reporters here this afternoon. He said this situation could prove to be a disaster for the country.

Sidhu seeks disturbed area economic package
Phagwara, October 11
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the BJP MP from Amritsar, today demanded that either Punjab should be given the accompanying economic package or it should not be treated as a disturbed area.


BJP protests against rape of Dalit girl
Jalandhar, October 11
The BJP has decided to put up the Nayagaon rape case before the party chief, Mr Lal Krishan Advani who is scheduled to visit the city on October 23 a Dalit rally.

Vigilance inspections annoy Singla
Bathinda, October 11
About a fortnight after the Vigilance angered the Punjab Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr Rakesh Pandey, by nabbing the Deputy Director, Technical Education, Mr N.S. Bhatia, while reportedly accepting a bribe, it has irked yet another Cabinet minister of the state.

Bibi’s silence over attack on jathedar condemned
Bathinda, October 11
“By not criticising the attack on Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh by dera follower in Mansa district, SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal were promoting dera culture in Punjab,” alleged Mr Nirmal Singh Sangha, Chairman of the Chappel Town Gurdwara Management Committee in England.

2 jawans die in quake
Hoshiarpur, October 11
The earthquake that claimed thousands of lives did not spare two jawans — Baljit Singh and Balbir Kumar — of Hoshiarpur district who were posted in the Uri Sector.

Relief team leaves for Srinagar today
Chandigarh, October 11
A team of the Punjab Government, led by a minister, would leave for Srinagar tomorrow to coordinate relief and rehabilitation operations there.

SGPC delegation leaves for valley
Amritsar, October 11
The SGPC today sent a high-level delegation to earthquake-hit areas of J&K for arranging langar for the victims. Bibi Jagir Kaur SGPC chief, said the delegation led by Mr Sucha Singh Langah also included Mr Harsurinder Singh Gill, and Mr Harbir Singh Bhanwer.

Punjab Govt hikes financial aid to ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Government has decided to enhance the financial assistance to ex-servicemen and their widows over the age of 65 years from Rs 300 per month to Rs 500 per month.

Bonus for Markfed staff
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Government today ordered the release of bonus/ex-gratia payment to employees of Markfed.

BJP to raise land grab issue in Assembly
Phagwara October 11
Punjab BJP President and MP Avinash Rai Khanna today declared that his party’s MLAs from Punjab would raise the issue of Nayagaon land grab case in the Assembly.

Killing of 8 Ahmadiyas in Pak flayed
Gurdaspur, October 11
Khalifa Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad condemned the barbaric incident of killing of eight Ahmadiyas Muslims in Pakistani Punjab on October 7.

J&K kids in Patiala on goodwill visit
Patiala, October 11
As many as 30 children from remote villages of Jammu and Kashmir visited Patiala today as part of their nationwide tour, organised by the Army under Operation Sadhbhavna.


Dy Director refused bail
Ropar, October 11
The court here today rejected the bail application moved by Deputy Director Technical Education, N.S. Bhatia, who was arrested recently by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in a case of corruption.

Nayagaon rape: hearing adjourned


Two held in fake recruitment case
Pathankot October 11
The police achieved a major breakthrough yesterday when they arrested two members of fake recruitment racket, who had allegedly duped youths to the tune of lakhs of rupees. The kingpin of the racket, Baba Paramjit Singh, was reportedly still at large.

Four held for bid to snatch cops’ arms
Jalandhar, October 11
The police here today arrested four persons for alleged bid to snatch weapons from the PCR personnel at Rama Mandi Chowk near here late last night.

Girl kidnapped by granthi
Tarn Taran, October 11
A teenaged girl of Marrimegha village was kidnapped by Jasbir Singh, granthi of a gurdwara on Sunday.

Four cops dismissed, one booked for fraud
Tarn Taran, October 11
Four constables, including one woman constable, have been dismissed for producing bogus certificates to get jobs. One head constable has also been booked for committing fraud in the police district.


Teachers to gherao Assembly on Oct 14
Chandigarh, October 11
Serving and retired teachers of government-aided schools in Punjab will hold a protest in Chandigarh on October 14.

Teachers assured on DA merger
Patiala, October 11
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Kumar Singla, has assured a delegation of the Punjab State Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Progressive Front that a notification regarding 50 per cent merger of DA with the basic pay will be issued soon, according to the press secretary of the front.

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