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Badal seeks special package, status
New Delhi, May 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for reorientation of national economic policies in favour of the agriculture sector, especially for small and marginal farmers, to save the country from what he described as “an imminent economic disaster of unimaginable magnitude.”
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gestures at the National Development Council meeting in New Delhi
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gestures at the National Development Council meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP
Relief packages have gone to far-off Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Vidharba, but Punjab looks so remote from Delhi. I am here to tell the nation that you give our farmers what they need and they will give you every thing that you need


Reorient economic policies
Recast criteria for fixing MSP
Introduce agriculture insurance plan
Slash crop loan interest from 7 to 5 per cent

Let’s fight it out in court, Amarinder tells Badal
Chandigarh, May 29
A day after the Punjab vigilance bureau(VB) had questioned him, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today challenged Parkash Singh Badal saying “file a challan against me in court. Let’s fight it out”.



Akal Takht stance reasonable, says Punjab govt
New Delhi, May 29
Feeling relieved over Akal Takht’s “reasonable stance” on the apology tendered by Dera Sacha Sauda, the Punjab government said today that the directive takes the issue from the level of physical opposition of the deras to an ideological plane of a campaign against “deraism”.

Faculty Shortage
Ayurvedic college faces disaffiliation
Patiala, May 29
After medical colleges, the only Government Ayurvedic College of the state based at Patiala faces disaffiliation due to shortage of staff. The Central Council of Indian Medicine has threatened to stop admissions in the college for the current academic year.

Amritsar boy tops in region with 98.6 per cent
Amritsar, May 29
Paras Mohindroo of Springdale Senior Secondary School has bagged the first position in Punjab region by securing 98.6 per cent marks in the matriculation exams conducted by the CBSE, the results of which were declared today. He set a record of sorts by securing 100 each in maths and social studies, 99 each in science and industrial IT computers and 95 in English.
                     Paras Mohindroo
Paras Mohindroo


Tension over digging up of graveyard
Pathankot, May 29
Tension prevailed today at Manwal village of Sujanpur over the digging of a graveyard allegedly by certain perons of the Rajput community. The incident occurred at about 11.30 am when certain persons along with the police reached the village and demolished a boundary wall of the graveyard belonging to Muslims of the village.

Green Campaign
Sidhu pledges own savings
Amritsar, May 29
Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP MP, today pledged his personal resources to launch a “go-clean green” campaign in the holy city. Wresting the initiative from government organisations, Sidhu planted a sapling at the Circuit House complex to set the ball rolling for the launch of the campaign.

Police highhandedness
Bazigars block highway in protest
Rajpura, May 29
Thousands of commuters and motorists had a harrowing time following the blockade of the Rajpura-Sirhind stretch of the GT Road by members of the Bazigar community protesting against the alleged police highhandedness late last night.

Do not touch ‘beris’ at Golden Temple
Amritsar, May 29
Devotees visiting the Golden Temple should refrain from touching the three ‘beris’ (jubube trees), particularly Beri Baba Budhha Sahib and Dukh Bhanjani Beri inside the shrine with their ‘ghee’-smudged hands, as these 415-year-old trees are begining threatened by insect and fungal attacks.

Sikh leaders detained, let off
Amritsar, May 29
Hardline Sikh leaders Kanwarpal Singh and Jasbir Singh Ghumman of the Dal Khalsa were stopped at a police naka near the Golden Temple when they were going to their office after meeting Sikh clergy today.

Budget session from June 19
Chandigarh, May 29
The Budget session of the Punjab Assembly will begin from June 19, it is learnt. It will last for 10 days and be extended if the Opposition asks for it. The regular Budget will be passed in the session.


High Court
Notice to state over market panel ordinance
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion for July 4 to the Punjab Government over a petition seeking quashing of Punjab Ordinance no. 2 of 2007, which was notified on May 18.


Two murders in 15 hours
Bathinda, May 29
Two persons, including a student of the local Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology and a driver of Ludhiana were found murdered in this town. Both murders, which took place at different places, occurred within 15 hours.


Fee revision by Pbi varsity opposed
Patiala, May 29
The association of principals of the colleges affiliated with Punjabi university here have opposed the fee structure proposed by the university for BSc, MA and MSc courses. The association held a meeting with the dean, academic affairs of the university, in this regard.

JET results on May 31
Chandigarh, May 29
The Punjab State Board for Technical Education will declare the result of the Joint Entrance Test (JET) on May 31. Over 20, 000 students across the state had appeared for the test on May 27 for admission to various polytechnics in Punjab.

MBA, MCA entrance test
Amritsar, May 29
Guru Nanak Dev University will conduct the Management Entrance Test (MET-2007) for admission to two-year course of MBA and the MCA Common Aptitude Test-2007 (PAM-CAT-2007) for admission to three-year course of Master in Computer Application (MCA) on June 17.


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