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Toeing Party Line
Mann threatens action against senior leaders

Amritsar, October 11
Simranjit Singh Mann Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, has threatened disciplinary action against the senior leaders of the party, who were not toeing the party line. He took a dig at the absence of senior leaders like Baldev Singh Sirsa vice- president, Gurjitinder Singh Bhikhiwind national general secretary and Satnam Singh Bheru, Daya Singh Kakkar and other youth leaders at a party meeting here today.
Explain, Behru told

Malerkotla Firing
Tempo union chief remanded; traders booked
Malerkotla , October 11
Sangrur SP (D) Bhupinder Jeet Singh Virk today recorded statements of traders and transporters. A tussle between traders and the tempo union led to an agitation by the traders here yesterday and the police had to fire in the air to disperse the agitators.

Power Tariff Crisis
BJP ministers meet Advani, Rajnath
Chandigarh, October 11
The ongoing tussle between ruling alliance partners in Punjab, the SAD and the BJP, today took a new turn.

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Sports industry fears FDI.



Bhattal against political vendetta
Chandigarh, October 11
The PPCC president and former chief minister, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, said today that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who himself was facing cases of disproportionate assets, had no right to get such cases registered against others.


Girls perform during the inaugural day of the CBSE XV Cluster Basketball Tournament at Budha Dal Public School in Patiala on Thursday.
IN FULL SWING: Girls perform during the inaugural day of the CBSE XV Cluster Basketball Tournament at Budha Dal Public School in Patiala on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Cop’s second daughter dies
Bathinda, October 11
In another setback for the family of Gurjant Singh, his daughter Veerpal Kaur (20) succumbed to her burns at the PGI, Chandigarh, today afternoon. She is the fourth member of Gurjant’s family to have died after the incident. She was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, on October 1 with over 90 per cent burns.

Project to clean village ponds revived
Muktsar, October 11
The Punjab government has revived the cleanliness of the village ponds under the centrally sponsored Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) scheme as Muktsar deputy commissioner Vikas Garg today inaugurated one such micro project at Ramgarh Chungha village in the district.

Cong to protect premis’ religious rights
Chandigarh, October 11
Taking a clear stand, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today said it would protect religious rights of followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda.

Information panel to hold two sessions
Jalandhar, October 11
In a major move, aimed to provide speedy justice to the general public, the Punjab State Information Commission has decided to hold two sessions on daily basis from October 15.

CM condoles Sharma’s death
Chandigarh, October 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today condoled the death of Ludhiana-based freelance writer Vinod Sharma. Badal said Sharma was a man of great talent and had varied tastes in literary circles.

Sidhu, Majithia exude bonhomie
Amritsar, October 11
Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu and Minister for Information and Public relations Bikram Singh Majithia made a joint appearance to declare that there were no “personal differences” between them.

Satgur elected Nagar Panchayat president
Sangrur, October 11
On the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court election to the post of president of the Khanauri Nagar Panchayat was today held at Khanauri, 55 km from here. Sangrur deputy commissioner V.K. Ohri was present as observer at the time of election while Moonak SDM R.P.S. Walia conducted the election as convener.

62 clear PCS (judicial) exam
Chandigarh, October 11
Sixty-two candidates have qualified for viva voice on the basis of Punjab Civil Service (judicial branch) main examination held at Patiala between July 20-22, 2007, the result of which has been declared.

Underweight paddy bags found at 4 firms
Bathinda, October 11
A team of the Punjab Agro Foodgrain Corporation conducted raids at the premises of commission agents of paddy in three mandis of the district today.

Rice millers want PM to clear confusion
Amritsar, October 11
The rice millers and exporters here have sought urgent intervention of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clear the confusion with regard to the embargo on the export of non-basmati rice. The president of All India Rice Exporters Association Mr Vijay Setia talking to the Tribune on phone from Karnal (Haryana) today said the government must protect the interest of farmers who had gone ahead for diversification and had cultivated high value paddy varieties like sharbati, PUSA 1121, Super and DP which have enhanced their income manifolds.

Centre’s policies anti-farmer: Capt
Chandigarh, October 11
Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said today that the Union Government’s policies with regard to the revival of agricultural economy were discriminatory and contradictory. He said the national development council had taken a decision recently to promote agri-economy and free farmers from indebtedness.

Amritsar to be air linked with Srinagar soon
Amritsar, October 11
There is a proposal to revive air connection between Amritsar and Srinagar. Leading airlines Jet Airways has sought permission to operate a daily flight between the two cities from the next month.

Bathinda rly station to get facelift
Bathinda, October 11
Considering the heavy rush of passengers at the Bathinda railway station the railways plan to install Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) at the station.

Jutti Makers
MPs moot cooperative
Muktsar, October 11
Asking the Muktsar district administration to help traditional Punjabi jutti artisans form a cooperative society, members of the parliamentary standing cCommittee on commerce today interacted with jutti makers of the district. They assured the artisans of all support in improving their economic condition and giving a boost to the trade.



Illegal Detention of Minor Girl
2 cops directed to pay Rs 10,000 each
Chandigarh, October 11
In an illegal detention case, Justice Ranjit Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the then station house officer and a sub inspector of an Amritsar police station to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 each to the detainee.

Mobile court halted as lawyers protest
Hoshiarpur, October 11
The mobile court started at Talwara town in Dasuya subdivision with much fanfare on October 2, was discontinued today as members of the Bar Association, Dasuya, did not attend the same at Hajipur and observed strike. They said their cases in regular courts were getting affected.


8 IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, October 11
The Punjab Government today ordered fresh postings of eight IAS and nine PCS officers. Notably, the Public Relations Department has seen a major change.


2 killed, 3 hurt in accidents
Kharar, October 11
Two people have been killed and three seriously injured in different road accidents here. Manbhavan, a native of village Behar, Mandi (HP), was killed in a accident near Kharar bus-stand at midnight.


Varsities in trouble over RTI Act
Ludhiana, October 11
Many universities in Punjab have run into trouble with the chief information commissioner for denying information or providing “half baked and uncertified facts” to A.K.Bhandari, here under the Right to Information Act. He had sought information on admission details to various courses for which entrance tests were conducted.

Mid-day Meal
Teacher accused of stealing ration
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
A teacher of an elementary school here has been accused of stealing and selling ration meant for students under the mid-day meal scheme.


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