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Quash notification on land for SEZ, demand farmers
Amritsar, October 11
Farmers held a protest rally, demanding quashing of the notification for acquiring 1218 acres of cultivable land for setting up a special economic zone (SEZ), here today.

Farmers protest against a land acquisition notification for setting up a special economic zone during a rally in Amritsar Farmers protest against a land acquisition notification for setting up a special economic zone during a rally in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Rajiv Sharma

Farmers’ debt: one-time settlement scheme on cards
Chandigarh, October 11
The Manmohan Singh government has planned big schemes to give relief to debt-ridden farmers in all states of the country. A beginning will be made by giving relief to such farmers in Punjab. This is what Mr Shamsher Singh Surjewala, president of the All-India Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Congress, claims on the basis of his meetings with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

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Nabbed spy murder accused in Pakistan
Gurdaspur, October 11
The suspected Pakistan spy Khalid Parvez who was arrested from the Pathankot Railway station a few days ago has turned out to be an murder accused from the neighbouring country.


Voices of dissent raised against Surinder Singla
Bathinda, October 11
While the top Congress leadership has kept silent over the spat between Kapurthala Congress president Sukhpal Singh Khaira and political secretary to the Punjab Finance Minister Anil Bhola, senior Congress leader Kewal Krishan Aggarwal today raised the matter at a meeting held to release list of new office-bearers at Congress Bhawan here.

City Centre scam: SAD, BJP seek audience with PM
Abohar, October 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (B) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have sought an audience from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after he returns to New Delhi, to press for action against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Minister for Local Bodies Jagjit Singh and others allegedly responsible for the City Centre scam. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the SAD (B), said here today preparations were on to file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the registration of a case against the top brass of the state government on this issue.

Badal selling party ticket, alleges CM
Jhunir (Mansa), October 11
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today accused SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal of selling party ticket to aspirants and promising the same to more than one contender from each constituency.

Protesting unemployed B.Ed teachers being taken away from a public meeting in Jhunir on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Protesting unemployed B.Ed teachers being taken away from a public meeting in Jhunir

SAD (Amritsar) launches party website
Chandigarh, October 11
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, here today said that right-wing forces have started dominating various spheres of public life in the country. Even the Left parties had stopped speaking against such forces because of electoral considerations.

Nagra installed head of Cong kisan wing
Chandigarh, October 11
At a function organised at Punjab Congress Bhawan here today, Mr Kuljit Singh Nagra was installed president of the Punjab Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Congress.

BJP ups the ante for Mayor’s ouster
Amritsar, October 11
The BJP will not allow the House of the local municipal corporation to function till it elects a new leader as Mayor Sunil Datti has been indicted in a land grab case.

No action against Arvind Khanna
Chandigarh, October 11
The president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, said today that he had planned no action against Mr Arvind Khanna, Congress MLA from Sangrur. Mr Khanna’s residences at Sangrur,Delhi and here were raided by the CBI yesterday in connection with a defence deal. “We have no information regarding what the CBI has recovered from Mr Khanna’s residences”, he added. Raids had been conducted on residences of politicians earlier also.”


Police, villagers clash over gurdwara land
DSP, naib tehsildar, 5 cop, several villagers hurt
Barnala, October 11
There was tension in Bhadaur 25 km from here, today after a clash between the police and Bhadaur residents which left a duty magistrate, a DSP, five policemen and some villagers injured, some of them seriously. Villagers reportedly threw stones on the police which resorted to lathi charge and used tear gas to disperse those agitating.

Experts’ team to determine Ghaggar bridge’s viability
Dera Bassi, October 11
Almost two months after the strategic Ghaggar bridge at Bhankharpur, near here, was closed for heavy vehicular traffic, the district administration has woken up from  slumber.

Rural docs seek job regularisation
Amritsar, October 11
The doctors working in the rural areas have joined hands and come under the banner of Rural Medical Service Association and started silent protest by wearing black badges during their duties in protest against non-regularization of their jobs.

Germans making film on Netaji
Ropar, October 11
A team of a German production house is making a documentary on the life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his disappearance under mysterious circumstances.

SBoP bags award
Patiala, October 11
The State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) has bagged the “National Award for Excellency in Lending to Tiny Sector” during 2005-2006.



Fruit growing an industry now: expert
Amritsar, October 11
Fruit growing today is becoming an industry in itself. Adequate subsidy was required on insecticides which were becoming costlier day by day, said Mr Kartar Singh Narula, an Udyan Pandit Award recipient while interacting with the teachers and students of Guru Nanak Dev University here yesterday.


Man shoots at domestic help
Amritsar, October 11
A shawl businessman, Rakesh Sagar (39), shot at and injured Mannu (17), a domestic servant of his neighbour on Rattan Singh Road here today.

1 killed, 2 of family injured
Amritsar, October 11
Ramesh Kumar, a resident of the Sundar Nagar area in Islamabad was stabbed to death, while his father Kishan Lal and brother Rajkumar, alias Raju, were injured when they were attacked by their relatives near railway lines here late last evening.

School student abducted
Tarn Taran, October 11
A girl student of Class VIII of Government Elementary School, Mahaneke, was abducted by residents of her neighbour village for which the police has registered a case under Section 363, 366 and 368 IPC .

Woman raped, 4 booked 
Amritsar, October 11
A woman of Khehra village falling under Majitha police district was allegedly raped by three persons of Bhangwa village where she had gone to meet her relations.


Punjab Education Board’s election scene hots up
Mohali, October 11
The election scene at the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is hotting up with both groups in the fray making last-minute efforts to woo voters. The elections for the employees association are being held on October 13.

Pbi varsity Prof felicitated
Patiala, October 11
The Ministry of Environment, Government of India, has conferred E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award-2005 on Dr M.S. Saini, Professor, Department of Zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala, for his outstanding contribution to the field.


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