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Jagmeet stays away from CM’s yatra
Nihal Singh Wala/Kotkapura, November 10
Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Brar made his presence felt by marking himself absent at the Punjab Vikas Yatra which entered its third day today. As the CM’s procession moved deep into the Malwa belt, generating curiosity and response, it appeared incomplete without Mr Brar, who holds a sway in the region. A horse dances to welcome the Vikas Yatra of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Nihal Singh Wala village in Moga on Friday.
CONG SHOWS ITS HORSE POWER: A horse dances to welcome the Vikas Yatra of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Nihal Singh Wala village in Moga on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pravesh Chauhan

Sonia, PM to be star campaigners
Nihal Singh Wala, November 10
Taking a break from the hectic schedule of his Vikas Yatra today, CM Amarinder Singh said the people were responding positively to the government’s policies. Admitting that the yatra was only the beginning of the Congress campaign in the state, he said star campaigners were yet to arrive. The state Congress is pinning its hopes of victory on star campaigners Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.



Cotton farmers cock-a-hoop
Kangar (Bathinda), November 10
As the cavalcade of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh entered the cotton belt, farmers and farm labourers queued up on both sides of the road to thank him for efforts record cotton production in the region. Curiosity factor also worked to the CM’s advantage, as women came out in large numbers to catch a glimpse of him.

Field Bounty: Cotton farmers show their produce to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Kangar village.
 — Photo by Kulbir Beera
Cotton farmers show their produce to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Kangar village.

Help, cops say CM too fast for them
Chandigarh, November 10
The Punjab Police has sought high-end sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for providing a security cover to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during the Punjab Vikas Yatra and also during the election campaign.

Judge questions need for Bill
Chandigarh, November 10
Even as the Chief Justice of India has refused to comment on the Judges (Inquiry) Bill, a former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and present acting Chairperson of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Justice R.L. Anand, today reacted sharply to the proposed legislation reported in the media today. Justice Anand also questioned the need for such a legislation.

Son-crazy man kills wife, daughter
Amritsar, November 10
In a gruesome incident, Gurwinder Singh, a resident of Jaspal Nagar, here killed his wife and one-and-a-half-month-old daughter for want of a son last night.



Artistes cross over to Pak for fest
Amritsar, November 10
The first group of a 39-member delegation of musicians and artistes crossed over to Pakistan yesterday for the Amritsar-Lahore Festival, Saanjh, to be held on November 15.

Farmers kick off protest in jail
Bathinda, November 10
The farmers, who were lodged in Bathinda Central Jail following their arrest in the wake of the farmer bodies’ joint agitation, have kicked off their protest inside the jail, claimed Mr Jagjeet Singh Joga of the Punjab Kisan Sabha and the Punjab Kisan Union Convener, Mr Ruldu Singh Mansa, here today.

Lieut-Gen’s wife regales audience
Chandigarh, November 10
A concert was organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association at Patiala yesterday, in which Ms Neeharika Naidu, wife of Army War College Commandant, Lieut-Gen M.L. Naidu gave a live performance.



Compassion and all that
HC verdict casts shadow on other cases
Chandigarh, November 10
Yesterday's decision of Mr Justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, allowing a bunch of petitions challenging the appointment of seven Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers on compassionate grounds, has cast a shadow on all such appointments made in the state in the past. The appointees includes widows or kin of Army officers, who died fighting terrorism in Kashmir, Assam or during the Kargil war.

Six get life term for murder
Ropar, November 10
Six persons were today sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an SPO, Paramjit Singh, in February 2004 by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr M.S. Randhawa. The six accused Amar Singh, Balbir Singh, Jaspinder Singh, Manjit Kaur, Sampuran Singh and Krishana Kumar were also fined Rs 5,000 each in case of default of payment of fine they would have to undergo three months of more imprisonment.


Woman, paramour commit suicide
Patiala, November 10
A 28-year-old woman and her paramour committed suicide here late last evening following an altercation between them.


Rajinder Mehta removed as patron of SSF
Amritsar, November 10
Even as Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president, Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), today removed Rajinder Singh Mehta as patron of the federation, the rival group today convened a meeting with Mehta at Bhai Gurdas Hall here and authorised him to find a solution of the dispute.


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