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MSP hike rejected as too meagre
Amarinder wants Centre to revise it
Chandigarh, July 28
Cutting across party lines, the ruling Congress in Punjab and the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal today refused to accept the Rs 10 hike in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy. Various kisan unions also joined in the protest.

CM flags off first consignment of fresh vegetables to UK
Perishable cargo centre inaugurated
Rajasansi, July 28
Describing it as the first step towards second green revolution Mr Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab inaugurated the temporary perishable cargo centre by flagging off the first consignment of two containers of fresh vegetables of FieldFresh Foods Private to the United Kingdom at the international airport here today.

CM suggests steps to manage waste
Chandigarh, July 28
The first meeting of the state Environment Council held here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, emphasised the need for evolving a multi-pronged strategy to tackle problems related to the mismanagement of solid waste and water pollution, excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides, mishandling of hazardous wastes and the burning of crop residue by farmers in the fields.

Capt’s assurance on fake NRI marriages
Chandigarh, July 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today assured a delegation from Canada that he would ask the Union Ministry for External Affairs to take up the matter of fraudulent matrimonial cases of Punjabi NRIs settled in Canada and elsewhere.



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PSEB raising Rs 2,000-cr loan for Shahpur project
Gurdaspur July 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is in the process of raising Rs 2,000 crore loan from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for implementing the much delayed Shahpur kandi project.

Bikramjit Kaur, US-based daughter of Gajinder Singh, one of India’s 20 most-wanted terrorists currently living in Pakistan, gets engaged to Gurpreet Singh in the UK on Friday.Daughter of India’s most-wanted gets married today
Amritsar, July 28
Bikramjit Kaur, US-based daughter of Gajinder Singh, one of India’s 20 most-wanted terrorists currently living in Pakistan, will get married with Gurpreet Singh at Sikh Missionary Society, Southhall, England, tomorrow.

Bikramjit Kaur, US-based daughter of Gajinder Singh, one of India’s 20 most-wanted terrorists currently living in Pakistan, gets engaged to Gurpreet Singh in the UK on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Bhog of militants sends cops into a tizzy
Chandigarh, July 28
Central as well as state intelligence agencies have alerted the government authorities with regard to radical elements in Punjab. The top brass of the police has been informed how religious and other occasions are being used by these people for getting together.

Lajpat Rai Mungar From constable to multi-millionaire
Hoshiarpur July 28
From constable to multi-millionaire non-resident Indian (NRI), it has been a long journey for a philanthropist, Mr Lajpat Rai Mungar. Despite having achieved what many can only dream of, he still has not forgotten his humble beginning.

Lajpat Rai Mungar

Wildlife Act being violated?
Mukerian, July 28
The Punjab Government’s notification regarding the hunting of wild boars and blue bulls is being used in violation of Wild Life Preservation Act. As per the Act the hunted or culled wild animals are a state property.



POLITICS

Amarinder’s ‘baraat’ taken out
Abohar, July 28
The youth wing of the BJP today took out a “baraat” (marriage procession) of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to highlight miseries of the public. However, most of the participants were aged above 35.

COMMUNITY

Truckers’ rally turns into political battlefield
Ropar, July 28
Tension prevailed for about two hours here after heated arguments were exchanged between SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann and members of a group led by SAD (B) patron Sant Ajit Singh when the SAD (B) workers prevented Mr Mann to address the gathering at a dharna jointly staged by them to press their demand to get release 28 truck operators in different cases.

‘The Midair Frown’ raises Mann’s hackles
Chandigarh, July 28
Rejecting outright what he described as a thesis built around the Kanishka tragedy by Iqbal Ramoowalia in his latest novel “The Midair Frown”, the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, said today that Sikhs were not involved in that dastardly act in any manner.

Protests over killing of teenager
Abohar, July 28
Hundreds of residents of Dharam Nagari and Panjpeer colony today sat on dharna inside the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital for more than two hours refusing to accept the body of Gurpreet Singh (15) from the mortuary.

Singla to examine service-provider system
Chandigarh, July 28
The Cabinet Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, who took charge of the Health and Family Welfare portfolio today, has directed the authorities concerned to give him feedback immediately with regard to the performance of service providers appointed to provide health services in the rural areas.

AIR Amritsar awaits Centre’s nod
Amritsar, July 28
In the absence of a local radio station, the people here are forced to listen to Lahore radio which has been vociferous in its campaign for spreading vicious propaganda against India.

Barnala MC library in bad shape
Barnala, July 28
The only library of the Barnala Municipal Committee is housed in a building declared unsafe by the PWD long ago. The municipal authorities, however, are yet to wake up to reality and take any remedial steps in this regard.

Holiday in Sangrur dist on July 31
Sangrur, July 28
On the occasion of martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh, Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner, today announced a local holiday on July 31 in Sangrur district.

Bank men stage rally
Ropar, July 28
On a call of nation-wide strike, employees of local banks held rally near Ram Lila ground in support their demands here.

Tohra’s widow falls ill
Patiala, July 28
Bibi Joginder Kaur Tohra, widow of former SGPC chief late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, was taken seriously ill late last evening. She was admitted to the ICU unit of the Government Rajindra Hospital.

Sanchar nigam staff hold demonstration
Rajpura, July 28
Members of the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association yesterday held a demonstration here in support of their demands.

Memo submitted
Ropar, July 28
A large number of employees of PSEB technical services of the district today staged protest carrying black flag against the member of distribution of the PSEB, J.S. Sekhon, outside the canal rest house here demanding withdrawal of the Electricity Act 2003.

CM to inaugurate Morinda bypass
Ropar, July 28
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will inaugurate the Morinda bypass built at a cost of Rs 42.19 crore on August 1, said the Tourism and Animal Husbandry Minister, Jagmohan Kang, here today.

 
CRIME

Drug smuggler arrested
Amritsar, July 28
The special narcotic cell, Punjab, yesterday arrested a key member of an inter-state drug mafia gang, Tarlok Singh, alias ‘T’ uncle, a resident of Rajouri Garden, Delhi.

Body of minor found from shrubs
Abohar, July 28
The body of Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi was found from shrubs near the boundary wall inside the sub-divisional administrative and courts complex here yesterday.

2 more arrested for assaulting Principal
Patiala, July 28
The police have arrested two more persons accused in the case pertaining to the assault on Mohindra college Principal, Mr D.I.S. Brar.

Gang of robbers busted, 2 arrested
Phillaur, July 28
A Phillaur police team, headed by DSP Gursharandeep Singh Grewal, nabbed two members of a gang of robbers and seized Rs 78,000,180 gm of gold ornaments and $3000 from them last night.

Transformer stolen
Lalru, July 28
A 25-KV transformer has been stolen from the Lalru area. The Additional Superintending Engineer of the Lalru Division, in his complaint to the police, alleged that the transformer was stolen from Habatpur village, near here.

EDUCATION

Counselling for BEd colleges from August 10
Chandigarh, July 28
Counselling for colleges of education in Punjab will begin from August 10.

Inculcate reading habits, students told
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 28
The Rotary Club, Fatehgarh Sahib, on Thursday organised a lecture for students of Government Elementary School, Saidpura.

Swami Parmanand College gets more seats
Lalru, July 28
The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has sanctioned 30 seats each to two courses run by the Swami Parmanand College of Engineering at Jaula Kalan, near here.

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