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Recovery of stamp duty unjustified: Randhawa
To take up matter with CM
Hoshiarpur, October 14
The government would reconsider imposing stamp duty on farmers who had taken agriculture loans, Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, talking to The Tribune, said here today. He would take up the matter with the Chief Minister.

Parties getting in poll mode
BJP conference today, SAD rally tomorrow
Chandigarh, October 14
With Assembly elections not far, parties are getting in combat mode by organising rallies to showcase their strength.

Petition filed against misuse of SGPC funds
Amritsar, October 14
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Baldev Singh Sirsa has filed a petition in the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) against the SGPC for allegedly misusing Dharm Parchar funds (DPC) for election purposes.

Kin of police victims got insufficient
relief: panel
Amritsar, October 14
Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHRI) today said the compensation granted to the families of those killed by the police during insurgency was much less than what was expected.
Navkiran Singh, General Secretary, LFHRI, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday.
Navkiran Singh, General Secretary, LFHRI, addresses mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph







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Cop kicks pregnant woman in stomach
Pathankot October 14
The unruly behaviour of Punjab Police personnel has come to the fore once again. Ranjeet Singh, a head constable posted here, allegedly kicked a pregnant woman, Puja, in the stomach and hit her mother on the head with a baseball bat. Puja has now been admitted to the civil hospital here. Her condition is stated to be stable though the doctors have still kept her under observation.

A lady shows the rampage caused at her house and the baseball bat with which a Head Constable of the Punjab police hit her mother on Friday night. — Photo by Jangi
A lady shows the rampage caused at her house and the baseball bat with which a Head Constable of the Punjab police hit her mother on Friday night.

Sisters commit suicide
Bathinda, October 14
In a suicide pact, two sisters hailing from the local Deep Nagar locality ended their lives by jumping into a canal. Their bodies were recovered from near Bir Behman bridge last evening.

 

 
POLITICS

Sukhbir dares CM on job provider claim
Chandigarh, October 14
Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal today dared Capt Amarinder Singh to organise a public rally of 20 lakh persons who had been given or were likely to be given jobs by the present government, as claimed by the Chief Minister in advertisements.

COMMUNITY

Barnala may be new district
Chandigarh, October 14
Barnala is expected to be made a district soon. The Bhattal Committee had made a recommendation in this regard. It is already a police district.

Sidhu lands at Rajasansi on Air Slovakia’s maiden flight
Rajasansi, October 14
The Air Slovakia’s Cologne-Bratislava-Amritsar flight with its NRI owner, Mr Harjinder Singh Sidhu, and his daughter Ratanjeet Sidhu landed at Rajasansi International Airport here today.


Mr H.S. Sidhu, owner of Air Slovakia, at Rajasansi airport after alighting from its first flight from Cologne (Germany) on Saturday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma.
Mr H.S. Sidhu, owner of Air Slovakia, at Rajasansi airport after alighting from its first flight from Cologne (Germany) on Saturday.

37 injured in bus mishap
Ferozepore, October 14
Thirtyseven bus passengers were injured when the bus in which they were travelling fell into a 15-foot deep gorge near Makhu, 50 km from here, last evening.

Seven cops suspended for harassing woman
Phagwara, October 14
Seven policemen were suspended here today for harassing a woman lecturer. The woman was travelling in a car with one of her male colleagues when they were stopped by the cops who began demanding money from her. They threatened that they would otherwise file a false case against her and her companion.

Bhattal celebrates birth of grand-daughter
Chandigarh, October 14
It was Punjab Deputy CM’s way of telling others that she cared a great deal for the girl child. All this morning, there was an atmosphere of jubilation at her home, as also the home of her daughter Simran Bajwa who delivered a female child.

Hailstorm lashes region
Abohar, October 14
High velocity dusty winds yesterday and hailstorm today again lashed the region in less than a month. The district administration has not been able to submit papers to government for releasing compensation to the farmers who were affected by an unprecedented hailstorm on September 22. Most of the officials involved in finalising the claim at the local and district level have been transferred.

Wrongly placed board causes mishaps
Amritsar, October 14
An erroneously placed iron board on the busy GT road near the Hide Market here today led to inconvenience to commuters and caused accidents.

 


COURTS

Badal records his statement in defamation case
Chandigarh, October 14
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today recorded his statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate(CJM), Chandigarh, Mr Y.S.Rathore, in a defamation case filed by him against the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for December 2, 2006. The defamation case had been filed against him during the Punjab Assembly elections in February, 2002.


SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, coming out of the District Courts, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photo
SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, coming out of the District Courts, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Fake encounter: cop retracts statement
Chandigarh, October 14
M.S. Rao, a crucial witness to the alleged fake encounter killing of Kulwinder Singh, alias Kid, by seven Punjab Police personnel, including SP Surjit Singh Grewal, today retracted from his statement recorded by a magistrate earlier under Section 164 of the CrPC.


EDUCATION

GND varsity youth fest begins
Amritsar, October 14
More than 700 students from colleges of Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University are participating in different events of music, dance, fine arts and theatre etc. in the Zonal Youth Festival for Men (A-Zone) commenced at the university premises here today.


BUSINESS

Milkfed looks to take on Reliance
Chandigarh, October 14
Milkfed, Punjab, is marshalling its resources to compete with Reliance Industries Limited, which plans to enter the milk market in a big way in the state.


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