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5 injured as BKU men, commission agents clash
Bathinda, September 8
Activists of the BKU (Ugrahan) had a clash with a group of commission agents when the latter reached Maiserkhana village for conducting auction of a farmer’s land today. The commission agents were accompanied by Naib Tehsildar Gurmail Singh.

What’s delaying Act on farmers’ debt?
Chandigarh, September 8
Protests, dharnas and rallies by various organisations of farmers over their rapidly mounting indebtedness notwithstanding, the Punjab Government appears to be in no hurry to frame a law to check the exploitation of farmers by private money lenders and commission agents.

SAD to support Bill on farmers
Chandigarh, September 8
SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal today said his party would support any Bill presented in the Punjab Assembly to give relief to debt-ridden farmers in the state.

Cotton arrival begins on optimistic note
Bathinda, September 8
The arrival of cotton in markets has begun on an optimistic note, with prices varying between Rs 1,900 and Rs 2,100.
Farmers with their produce at the cotton market in Bathinda on Friday. Farmers with their produce at the cotton market in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

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IT raids on Gillco office
Kharar, September 8
Officials of the Income Tax Department conducted a raid on the office of a coloniser here today. According to information, officials of the raiding team enquired about the property rates in the area from the office of the Gillco Valley and later revealed their identity.

Income tax officials raid Gillco Valley at Kharar in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by Vicku Gharu
Income tax officials raid Gillco Valley at Kharar in Mohali on Friday.

Punjabi boy wins kudos in New Jersey
Chandigarh, September 8
The telephone of 16-year-old Punjabi boy Jayesh Kapoor does not stop ringing. Right from the Governor of New Jersey and the Mayor of New York to other bigwigs, who matter in government structure in the USA, have felicitated him for attaining the ultimate rank of Eagle Scout, which is a rare distinction for the students who enroll as Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
                                                                      Jayesh Kapoor
Jayesh Kapoor 

No need to panic, says BBMB Chairman
Chandigarh, September 8
Bhakra Beas Management Board Chairman Rakesh Nath today said there was no need to panic as there was no flood threat from either the Bhakra or the Pong Dam. Reservoirs of both dams still have ample capacity to absorb a sudden surge of water, he said while addressing a press conference here.

Bhakra Beas Management Board Chairman Rakesh Nath (right) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Bhakra Beas Management Board Chairman Rakesh Nath (right) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.

Khalra’s widow moves HC over ex-DGP Gill
Chandigarh, September 8
Mrs Paramjit Kaur Khalra, widow of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who was allegedly kidnapped and later liquidated by Punjab Police personnel in 1995, is filing a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking completion of the CBI investigation into the case via-a-vis the then DGP, Punjab, Mr K.P.S. Gill.

‘Police allowed brothel in house for a consideration’
Kapurthala, September 8
The police was embarrassed when an alleged kingpin of a brothel said at a press-conference here today that she had been giving bribe to several policemen to run a brothel in her house for several years.


Badal wants CM’s passport impounded
Chhapar, September 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal chief and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today Capt Amarinder Singh and his coterie were packing their bags and would leave the country once the code of conduct came to power in Punjab.

Sukhbir lashes out at CM
Chandigarh September 8
Citing a survey published in a Delhi-based magazine, which ranks Punjab Chief Minister a dismal 13 among other Chief Ministers in one of its issues, SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal today lashed out at the Chief Minister and accused him of misleading people by spending huge funds from the state exchequer.

Death anniversary function turns into political rally
Kanjhla (Sangrur), September 8
The function organised to mark the second death anniversary of Mukhtiar Kaur, wife of Sherpur MLA Gobind Singh Kanjhla, virtually turned into a political rally here today.

Third Front to reverse past decisions
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 8 The Third Front, after coming to power in Punjab, would reverse all anti-people decisions taken by the successive governments led by the Congress and the SAD after Independence, Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, president of the Lok Bhalai Party, said at a joint political conference at Chhapar Mela along with leaders of the CPI and the CPM this noon.

Son of Badal’s close aide joins Cong
Gurdaspur, September 8
In a major blow to SAD, Mr Tinku Walia, son of the late Mr Jagdish Singh Walia, a close aide of Mr Prakash Singh Badal the SAD president, joined the Congress today. He joined the Congress in the presence of the Mr Fateh Bajwa, brother of Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, the PWD and Education Minister, and Mr Ravinder Sharma, a youth Congress leader.


Arms recovered from Indo-Pak border.


Faridkot villages better sex ratio
Girls outnumber boys in two villages
Faridkot, September 8
At a time when Punjab is grappling with skewed sex ratio, a couple of villages of the district have set an example by reversing the trend prevailing in the state thanks to the district administration’s endeavour.

Nutrition Day is meaningless ritual for these two hungry orphans
Jalandhar, September 8
Agony writ large on the faces of Jatinder (15) and Dalip (12) — two brothers from Bihar, who, worked as bonded labourers with a farmer for over two months without wages and who, have been without food for the past two days, has virtually rendered World Nutrition Day today a meaningless ritual for them.

Two minor Bihari boys, Dalip (left) and Jatinder, who were working as child labourers, talk to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma
Two minor Bihari boys, Dalip (left) and Jatinder, who were working as child labourers, talk to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Friday.

Complaint against medical superintendent
Amritsar, September 8
The chemists, shopkeepers and general merchants in the government-run Guru Nanak Dev Hospital have filed a complaint with the police against the medical superintendent for alleged act of vandalism.

Red Cross chemist shops in hospitals closed
Gurdaspur September 8
The administration today ordered closure of all the Red Cross chemist shops operating in the civil hospitals on the instructions of the district health staff.

SPOs seek hike in wages
Chandigarh, September 8
Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Punjab are still not getting the enhanced wages promised to them by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, at a rally on February 12.

DD to celebrate foundation day
Jalandhar, September 8
The grand old Doordarshan is all set to celebrate its 47th foundation day on September 15 throughout the country.

CPO service fee cut sought
Kharar, September 8
Even though residents of the town are satisfied by the services being provided by community police officers (CPOs) here, they have demanded a reduction in the monthly charges being collected from them in this regard.



Bar Council supports all-India judicial service
Chandigarh, September 8
The recent recommendation of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice for setting up an all-India judicial service has drawn support from the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.


DC directs officials to remove encroachments
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 8
Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the monthly meeting of the district officials here yesterday directed the SDMs to conduct a regular checking of the respective schools falling in the area, remove the encroachments on government lands as well as to ensure the implementation of various welfare schemes of the government. She directed the DEOs and the CDPOs to check the proper distribution of ration goods, its quality in rural anganwari centres and schools under the mid-day meal scheme.


Gang of narcotics smugglers busted
Abohar, September 8
The sadar thana police here today busted an inter-state gang of narcotics smugglers and recovered 25-kg opium.

Ex-minister booked
Ludhiana, September 8
Former Health Minister and senior Akali Dal leader, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, has been booked under various Sections of the SC-ST Act, alongwith a woman principal of the Nankana Sahib School Trust for allegedly calling a school employee with a name banned under the act.

Cop’s house ransacked

Two killed in road accident
Bathinda, September 8
Two persons were killed and another was injured when a car in which they were travelling collided with a military vehicle on the Bhucho road here today. The deceased have been identified as Anirudh of Jhumiawali village in Ferozepore and Raj Kumar, a resident of Abohar.


GND varsity Dean sacked
Amritsar, September 8
The Guru Nanak Dev University Syndicate today removed Dr Amarjit Singh Dua before he could complete his term as Dean, College Development Council.

Teachers, students stage protest
Amritsar, September 8
Members of the local chapter of the Punjab Polytechnic Teachers Association, along with students of four colleges, organised a protest against the state government for transfer of management of polytechnics to societies.

Librarians’ body hails move to restore pay parity
Patiala, September 8
The Confederation of Librarians’ Associations of Northern India (COLNI), a conglomeration of six library association of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh and Chandigarh (UT), has welcomed the decision of the Central Government to restore pay parity of college and university librarians with teachers.

LIC holds free medical camp
Patiala, September 8
A free medical check-up camp was conducted by the LIC of India (Unit II) for Class I students of DAV Public School.


Arms recovered from Indo-Pak border.


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