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Lathi charge on farmers; 2 cops, 25 agitators hurt
Abohar, October 30
Clashes marred farmers’ agitation again today as a call for a bandh and ‘chakka’ jam paralysed life in neighbouring areas of Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar. Bus service to these districts from here was suspended forcing thousands of people to use trains. The traders’ organisations joined the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti in giving a call for bandh today and used public address system fitted vehicles to appeal to people to join the stir.

Centre criticised for low MSP to farmers
Amritsar, October 30
The Central Government is “forcing” privatisation of the Food Corporation of India by announcing low minimum support price, thus making farmers sell their crop to private companies. Stating this at a rally of the CITU, the AITUC and the Hind Mazdoor Sabha against the economic policies of the Central and the state governments here today.

New political combination emerging
Chandigarh, October 30
A new political combination is emerging in Punjab. The objective of the combination is to have an understanding with various political parties except the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress on contesting the Assembly elections. The main players in the combination will be Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mr Ravi Inder Singh.

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Opening of Hussainiwala route to Pakistan can boost trade
Ferozepore, October 30
Discussions at any function, gathering, meetings of political parties, traders and even in a drawing-room in this border city invariably centres on the importance of opening of the India Pakistan border at Hussainiwala, 11 km from here.

A view of where the Railway line ends near Hussainiwala. In the background is a temporary bridge. This route to Pakistan has been closed since 1971. — Photo by Anirudh Gupta

A view of where the Railway line ends near Hussainiwala

Ambitious project to clean Bein
Hoshiarpur, October 30
The state government in association with Eak Onkar Charitable Trust of Sant Baba Balbir Singh of Sichewal has prepared an ambitious project costing over Rs 75 crore to clean the holy Bein (earlier known as Kali Bein) and improve its surroundings.


SAD(A) to take out 3 protest rallies
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD(A), has announced to take out three protest marches against the Kathunangal incident from next week, when he fully recovers from injuries sustained during the clash.

More jobs being created: Youth Congress
Ferozepore, October 30
The Congress government has provided over 40,000 job opportunities for the youth in the state and more vacancies were being created in both the government and private sectors.


Singla on foundation stone-laying spree
Bathinda, October 30
With Assembly elections round the corner the Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, seems to be on the foundation stone-laying spree these days. The minister today laid the stones of two railway over bridges, a sewerage system and a 30-bed hospital here.

Finance Minister Mr Surinder Singla laying the foundation stone of a railway over bridge on Bathinda-Mansa road on Monday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Finance Minister Mr Surinder Singla laying the foundation stone of a railway over bridge on Bathinda-Mansa road

Jail doc attacked by prisoners
Gurdaspur, October 30
The doctors have threatened to stop attending the inmates of the Gurdaspur central jail. The doctors took a decision in this regard after Mr Raj Masseih, a doctors attending the prisoners, was attacked by a group of under trail criminals.

Bhog ceremony of Kanshi Ram observed
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 30
The Kanshi Ram Bachao Sangharsh Committee and SAD(A) jointly organised the bhogh ceremony of Late Babu Kanshi Ram at Diwan Todar Mal Hall Gurudwara here today.

Nanded to be developed as tourist destination
Ludhiana, October 30
The confrontation between the SGPC and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has started boomeranging as the image of the SGPC is being affected adversely.

Poor health services in villages flayed
Bathinda, October 30
Flaying the state government for “neglecting” health services in rural areas, Bathinda MP Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan yesterday alleged government dispensaries in villages didn’t have adequate staff and medicines to deliver quality medical care to people.

A unique gesture against foeticide
Patiala, October 30
In a unique gesture to fight against foeticide and give message to all pregnant women not to go for killing of unborn daughters by carrying out abortions, a local resident yesterday delivered fifth daughter in a local government hospital.

PPCB engineer attends workshop in Taipei
Patiala, October 30
Mr Krunesh Garg, Environmental Engineer of Punjab Pollution Control Board, attended a workshop on “Green procurement and green supply chains” which was organised by the Asian Productivity Organisation, Tokyo, in associations with the China Productivity Centre and Taiwan Environment and Management Association from October 24 to October 27, at Taipei, Taiwan.

Akali leaders to take up Bhullar’s case with Kalam
Chandigarh, October 30
A joint delegation of the SGPC, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and leaders of Akali factions is expected to meet the President and the Prime Minister to get the death sentence of Prof Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar commuted.

Subhas foundation rebuts Lalji’s claim
Ropar, October 30
The Chairman of the Netaji Subhas Foundation, Mr V.P. Saini, today rebutted the claim of an elderly person, who died on October 27, of being Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as the news appeared in some newspapers.

Staff to protest against CM
Chandigarh, October 30
Employees of various government departments will hold a “ protest road show” against the Amarinder Singh Government at Anandpur Sahib in the first week of November.

11 jhuggis gutted
Hoshiarpur, October 30
Fire broke out in jhuggis of migrant labourers at Sainchan village, about 5 km from here, today. As many as 11 jhuggis were gutted.


Farmers to protest against land acquisition
Barnala, October 30
Nine unions of farmers have reiterated their demand of scrapping of the Punjab Government notification pertaining to forcible acquisition of farmers’ land in Punjab before November 8.


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IPS officers seek DPC meeting
Chandigarh, October 30
Six months after the process was initiated to promote five ADGPs to the rank of DGP, the issue has become an irritant between the IAS and IPS cadres in the state.


2 killed, 2 hurt in road mishaps
Phillaur October 30
Two persons, including a child, were killed and two others injured in two different road mishaps here last evening. According to reports received here today, Rajmeil Singh along with his family was going from Gurdaspur to Chandigarh in a car and had a brief halt to drink water.

Impersonator held
Phillaur October 30
The police has arrested Bachittar Singh of Adampur impersonating as “labour inspector” and threatening factory owners. The arrested person was identified as retired Army man, the police said.


NCC organises blood donation camp
Abohar, October 30
In a long-awaited move to bring uniformity in the activities of the National Cadet Corps all the units in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh were asked to organise blood donation camps today.


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