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Erring jawans face court of inquiry
Assault on civilians

Jalandhar, October 5
Revealing that a court of inquiry was ordered yesterday into the incident in which Army jawans tried to assault residents of Mohalla No.31 in Jalandhar Cantonment, General Officer Commanding of Vajra Corps said today that that he felt the issue was being blown up out of proportion.

Delay in cotton purchase has farmers fuming
Bathinda, October 5
Their is resentment among the cotton farmers here as the bumper arrival of the crop and private buyers’ limited weighing capacity have delayed the procurement of their produce.

Coop banks bleeding farmers, says Sidhu

Jalandhar, October 5
Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, has alleged that a number of cooperative banks, moneylenders and cooperative societies are virtually bleeding farmers by charging hefty compound interest on loans up to 30 per cent per month due to the apathy of the Punjab Government.

BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday.
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib


Rice millers’ body hails decision
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 5
The District Rice Millers Association has welcomed the decision of the state government to stop recovery orders issued by various procurement agencies for recovery of the difference in the amount of gunny bags with effect from 2000-01.

Political families will have to wait
PAB meeting deferred
Chandigarh, October 5
A meeting of the Project Approval Board (PAB) of the Punjab Government which was scheduled to grant exemptions to industries owned by three political families of the state was postponed today following revelations of huge benefits being passed on to these families.

IT notices to colonisers
Amritsar, October 5
The Directorate of Investigation (Income Tax Department) has detected ‘illegal’ transactions (traditional word Hora writing) relating to sale and purchase of prime properties, involving evasion of stamp duty worth several crores.

Schools yet to wake up to dengue threat
Jalandhar, October 5
While dengue threat looms large over Punjab, managements of schools here and in adjoining areas are yet to wake up to the enormity of the situation as they are still making students to wear summer dress, shorts and half-sleeved shirts, ignoring the dengue prevention tips of the Punjab Health authorities.

Garbage all around despite dengue outbreak
Ropar, October 5
Even after dengue cases are on rise in neighbouring areas and a patient suspected of being infected with dengue was reportedly admitted to the PGI, the district health authorities have yet to swing into action.Kirpal Singh

Decision to give Lahore ‘political, not personal’
Chandigarh, October 5
“It was a political decision taken much earlier and not the personal decision of Lord Cyril Radcliffe, Chairman of the Boundary Commission, to give Lahore to Pakistan”, said Prof Kirpal Singh, reacting to what Mr Kuldip Nayar has written in his book, “Scoop, Inside Stories from Partition to the Present.”             
Kirpal Singh


Youth Cong to hold rallies
Bathinda, October 5
The Youth Congress will hold yuva chetna rallies and jan sampark meetings in all district headquarters during the next 25 days to mobilise its activists for the forthcoming Assembly poll, said Mr Vijay Inder

SAD meeting
Chandigarh, October 5
To gear up the party for the October 15 state-level protest demonstration, which will be held here at Matka Chowk, the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has convened an urgent meeting of all party MPs, MLAs and district presidents of the party.


Panel approves 35 mega projects
Chandigarh, October 5
A meeting of the Empowered Committee chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today approved 35 mega projects worth Rs 6,255.15 crore, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said. This included 22 industrial, nine Agro-based projects and four housing and township projects with an employment potential for about 55,000 persons.

Badal warns officials not to squander public money
Chandigarh, October 5
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today warned the bureaucracy in Punjab against becoming a party to "the loot of the state exchequer".

I’ve never used harsh words against PM: Gill
Amritsar, October 5
Former Chief Election Commissioner and Rajya Sabha member Manohar Singh Gill today clarified that he had never used harsh words against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while demanding Rs 1,000 crore for expansion of Rajasansi International Airport.

Contests mark wildlife week
Dera Bassi, October 5
As part of the ongoing wildlife protection week, the Punjab Forest Department organised various competitions here today.

Rs 1.26 cr for renovation of royal graveyard
Nabha, October 5
The town has been sanctioned Rs 1.26 crore for renovation and restoration of Shahi Samadhan (royal graveyards). This was stated by Mr Randip Singh, MLA, Nabha here. He said that the foundation stone of the work would be laid by Mrs Ambika Soni in November. He told the Railway Ministry had okayed a Railway overbridge on the Sangrur road at the crossing level near urban estate.

‘Gurdwara Act can’t be amended’
Amritsar, October 5
Majority of Sikhs in Haryana were not in favour of a separate gurdwara committee and the statements of Mr H.S. Chatha, Haryana’s Agriculture Minister, in this regard were misleading and politically motivated.

Bhagat Singh’s statue defaced
Hoshiarpur, October 5
miscreants last night defaced the statue of Saheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh at the D C Road crossing near District Jail, here by painting black colour on it. Today, when people reported the matter to the police, it got the stains wiped off.

Two devotees killed, one injured
Tarn Taran, October 5
Two devotees were killed and another was injured seriously in an accident near Mianwind village near Chabal 20 km from here today when their motor cycle were hit by a truck .

Mata Chakreshwari Devi fair begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 5
The three-day annual Mata Chakreshwari Devi fair began here today at Mata Chakreshwari Devi Jain temple, a shrine of Jains. Thousands of Jain pilgrims from all over the country and abroad come here every year to pay obeisance on full moon of Kartika.


Reader to JMIC suspended
Bathinda, October 5
High Court Judge Justice AK Mittal today made surprise checks at Bathinda, Talwandi Sabo and Rampura Phul courts and found many of judicial officials not in dress and not holding courts in time. He also placed reader to Bathinda JMIC NK Gaur under suspension reportedly for giving dates to litigants in the absence of the presiding officer.


Three cops suspended
Moga, October 5
Three police constables were suspended for allegedly harassing a driver on the Moga-Firozepore road.


Woman, 2 sons end life
Gurdaspur, October 5
Ms Harmeet Kaur, a resident of Sohal village near Dhariwal ended her life of her two minor children yesterday late in the evening. Sources said here yesterday evening allegedly after an altercation with her husband Balbir Singh, Harmeet Kaur left the house with her two sons Shubam four-year-old and Naveet six-year-old.

16 held for clash
Moga, October 5
The police arrested 16 persons-15 of Mahant Jarnail Dass group and one of Mahant Tarsem Dass in a case registered against both the parties when both groups clashed at Kapure village on Tuesday and fire was exchanged and three persons were injured in the clash.

Two arrested for selling stolen car
Abohar, October 5
Two residents of Sriganganagar were arrested when they were trying to sell a stolen car, official sources said.

5 held for heist at petrol station
Batala, October 5
Five persons of Lohchakk village were arrested for looting Rs 4130 from a petrol station in Quadian.


Nursing students call off strike
Amritsar, October 5
Students of the Government Nursing College here today called off their six-day old strike after the college management accepted their demands of adequate security in the hostels.


12 more mobile towers installed
Ropar, October 5
Almost all rural and urban areas in the district are now covered for mobile signals with the commissioning of 12 more towers.


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