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Rs 27 crore for bonus to farmers

Recovery of abiana suspended
Chandigarh, August 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that farmers who did not get bonus because of the sale of their wheat to private traders would be paid the amount by the state government and the recovery of canal water use charges (abiana) had been suspended.

3 SAD municipal councillors join Cong
Rural varsity proposed
Chandigarh, August 14
The Punjab Chief Minister today claimed that the Congress was on the offensive in Punjab while the principal Opposition party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, was on the defensive.

Barnala case: CM hints at SAD undercurrents
Chandigarh, August 14
Although the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today refrained from commenting on the arrest of the SAD legislator, Gaganjit Singh Barnala, he was quick to score a political point and hinted at the undercurrents within the SAD.

Sarabjit Singh alleges abuse in prison Pak.

3 OSDs of GND varsity sacked
Amritsar, August 14
Initiating austerity measures, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, today terminated the services of three Officers on Special Duty.

Judicial officers still awaiting justice in seniority matter
Chandigarh, August 14
Who is the cadre controlling authority of the Punjab Civil Service (Judicial Branch) officers? The Punjab Government or the Punjab and Haryana High Court?



Another survivor of Jallianwala massacre surfaces ?
Amritsar, August 14
Another witness of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Bapu Fauja Singh (105), surfaced when a private hospital honoured him on the eve of Independence Day here today. He is admitted in the hospital for the treatment of a foot ailment.

Pak team arrives for candlelight vigil
Wagah, August 14
Even as two members of the National Assembly Pakistan returned to their country after receiving an urgent call from President Pervez Musharaf, a 24-member delegation of the Pak-Hind Dosti Manch crossed into to India from Wagah Joint Check post to participate in the candle vigil to be held here today.
Members of a delegation from Pakistan after crossing over to India at the Wagah joint checkpost in Amritsar
Members of a delegation from Pakistan after crossing over to India at the Wagah joint checkpost in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma


Chaos marks MC meeting
Patiala, August 14
Tension ran high in the general-house meeting of the Municipal Corporation held here today even as sparks flew between Mayor Vishnu Sharma and MC Commissioner S.K Ahluwalia amidst all the din and confusion.

MCPI(U) protests against anti-people policies
Sangrur, August 14
Hundreds of activists and members of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) today staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here in protest against the rising prices, destruction of Punjab’s industry and agriculture, Rs 24,000 crore loans due towards the farming community.

People should help maintain historical buildings
Faridkot, August 14
The preservation of historical buildings is not only the government’s responsibility but also people and NGOs should come forward to extend a helping hand, said Dr K.K. Chakraborty, Secretary, Government of India, and a trustee of the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, here today.

Ex-soldiers allege exploitation
Amritsar, August 14
The Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front alleging serious charges of illegal human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women by a religious figure of Haryana has requested Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti to take appropriate action against him.

Bhattal’s chopper makes forced landing
Patiala, August 14
Inclement weather forced Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s chopper to land near Patran, 60 km from here, this morning. Ms Bhattal was travelling from Chandigarh to Ghamur Ghat, near Khanauri, where she was to inaugurate a power station.

Terrorist victims’ protest today
Amritsar, August 14
Terrorist victims, who lost their kith and kin during the period of militancy, will stage a protest here tomorrow to press their demand for grant of relief package extended to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.


Farmers urged to enter trade markets
Sangrur, August 14
Speaking on the topic of “Farmers’ knowledge and marketing”, Dr Bikram Singh Virk from the Post-Graduate Commerce Department of Government College, Kapurthala, appealed to the farmers to enter the trade markets to earn more from their produce.

Farmers’ loans: commission agents agree to follow code
Chandigarh, August 14
As commission agents in Punjab have agreed to follow a code of conduct while advancing loans to farmers, the way has been cleared for framing a law to regulate loans secured by farmers from private parties, including commission agents, moneylenders and finance companies.


Villagers murdered
Hoshiarpur, August 14
Makhan Singh, a son of Mohinder Singh of Alipur in Hoshiarpur district, was murdered by four persons of the same village who after killing him threw his body in the fields last night.

3 children found dead in car
Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 14
Three minor sons of a migrant labourer, who were missing for the past two days, were found dead in an Opel Astra car parked at a plot here today evening.


Kalam to meet VCs of Punjab, Chandigarh
Jalandhar, August 14
The President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will not only sermonise Vice-Chancellors and heads of as many as 10 universities and deemed universities of Punjab and Chandigarh, on education but will also share his philosophy about the role universities in national development during his brief stay in Jalandhar on August 17.


Training in industrial safety
Bathinda, August 14
The Directorate of Factories, Punjab, in collaboration with the Punjab Industrial Safety Council organised a two-day training course on industrial safety on August 10 and 11 on the NFL premises here.


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