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Capt misusing public money: Badal
Ferozepore, November 14
“If voted back to power, our government will offer special incentives to industrialists keen on establishing manufacturing and trade units in border districts of Punjab,” said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD, while addressing mediapersons at the residence of a former minister, Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, here today.

CM meets people in villages, breaks bread with farmers
Jaito/Lambi, November 14
Political rivalry between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal took a new turn last week with the former criss-crossing dusty lanes of the Akali bastion for the first time during his vikas yatra.

Rally boosts Cong morale
Ludhiana, November 14
From the crowd at a Congress rally here today appeared that Assembly elections in Punjab seem to be headed for a bitter fight.

Punjab opposed to Central control
New Delhi, November 14
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today called for appropriate pricing for groundwater extraction, saying that the commission was examining the issue of levying cess on users of groundwater for non-drinking purposes and commercial use like the bottled water industry, especially in over-exploited areas.




SC status for Rai Sikhs soon?
Ferozepore, November 14
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured a delegation of Rai Sikhs that met him yesterday that Rai Sikhs would soon be granted the status of Scheduled Caste.

Inspection scares medical college
10 promoted senior lecturers
Amritsar, November 13
The medical college authorities reportedly have promoted 10 medical officers as senior lecturers to save the college from de-recognition as a team of the Medical Council of India (MCI) will inspect the college on November 15-16.

BKU flays govt for ‘bowing’ before commission agents
Abohar, November 14
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) today criticised the Punjab Government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, for “bowing” before the all-powerful lobby of commission agents by reversing the decision on payments against produce by cheques to the farmers.

Punjab’s economy riddled with paradoxes
Chandigarh, November 14
“Punjabis are the most globalised but Punjab’s economy is the least globalised. This is reflected in the nominal foreign direct investment(FDI) of 0.7 per cent in the state. It has a highly developed agriculture but without much direct linkages with industrial development”, says the report on “ Suicides in Rural Punjab” prepared by the Institute for Development and Communication( IDC) and sponsored by the Punjab State Farmers Commission.



BJP launches poll drive in Majha
Batala, November 14
The BJP launched its election campaign in the Majha region by organising a political rally here today. The president of the BJP, Mr Rajnath Singh, and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal kicked off the party campaign by addressing the rally in favour of former BJP minister from Batala Jagdish Sahni.

BJP to hold rally on Nov 18
Sangrur, November 14
The SAD-BJP alliance partner in the district unit of the BJP has made up its mind to organise a rally on November 18 in the new grain market here.

Badal, Barnala discuss inclusion of Chandumajra
Chandigarh, November 14
Alarmed by the encouraging response the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Punjab Congress president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, got during the Vikas Yatra in the countryside, the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has initiated a move to sort out problems within his own party.


Avoid legislature, judiciary clash: Atwal
Hoshiarpur, November 14
Controversy between legislatures and judiciary was most unfortunate and not in the interest of democracy in the country. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha stated this to reporters here yesterday.

Cleaning Budda Nullah Herculean task: Baba
Ludhiana, November 14
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal of Kali Bein fame yesterday visited to inspect Budda Nullah and said cleaning the ‘killer’ drain was a Herculean task and could not be done without the help of government machinery.

Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal helps a PAU employee take water sample from Budha Nullah in Jamalpur, Ludhidna, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal helps a PAU employee take water sample from Budha Nullah in Jamalpur, Ludhidna, on Monday.

Forum to expose unfair govt deals
Amritsar, November 14
The Sikh Forum Punjab (SFP) would soon bring out a White Paper on the functioning of the present state government, its MLAs, police and revenue officials.

YC leader attacked
Amritsar, November 14
Certain unidentified persons attacked Mr Sunil Sharma, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress, at Canady Avenue here late last evening when he had gone to meet some persons.

Water shortage in Nabha
Nabha, November 14
The town has been facing water shortage for the past five years but the Municipal Council authorities have paid no attention to the problem. The situation becomes bad equally in summer as well as winter.



2 die in road mishap
Barnala, November 14
At least two persons were killed and three injured in a tractor-Canter collision near Tapa this morning. As per the information available, a laden tractor-trailer was parked near Guru Nanak Public Firm. A Canter (PB-13A-6502), heading towards Barnala from Bathinda, hit the tractor.


Lathi charge: DC orders probe
Nangal, November 14
The Deputy Commissioner of Ropar, Mr Alok Shekhar, today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident in which 14 children of Dayanand Public School, Naya Nangal, were hurt when the police resorted to a mild lathi charge to disperse them yesterday during their protest against the school management. The SDM, Anandpur Sahib, Mr Balraj Singh Shekhon, has been asked to conduct the inquiry. Meanwhile, the chairman of the management committee of the school, Mr K.D. Bali, resigned from the post today.

Headmaster harassing me over pension, says former teacher
Sangrur, November 14
Ms Kamla Aggarwal, a retired domestic science teacher from Tapa, has accused the Headmaster of Shanti Devi Memorial Government Girls High School, Tapa, of harassing her by way of intentionally not sending her revised pension case to the Accountant-General (AG), Punjab.


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