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Chances of  mid-term poll bleak: Badal
Fazilka, October 12

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today expressed bleak chances of mid-term Lok Sabha polls under the prevailing political scenario at the Centre. He, however, said his party was ready to face elections at a notice of 5 minutes only.

Amarinder in Dubai
Says Badals wasting money to settle scores

Patiala, October 12
While the government was trying to stop former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh from leaving the country by moving the Supreme Court, he has already left the country.

Dimpa’s brother claims having original CD

Amritsar, October 12

Harpinder Singh Gill, alias Rajan, brother of former Congress MLA, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, who had been charged with violence resulting in the death of an Akali worker on the eve of the Beas assembly elections, here today claimed that he was in possession of the original CD of the incidents and would produce it in the trial court.
Harpinder Singh Gill, alias Rajan, brother of former Congress MLA, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, being welcomed after coming out of the Amritsar central jail Harpinder Singh Gill, alias Rajan, brother of former Congress MLA, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, being welcomed after coming out of the Amritsar central jail. Also seen in the picture is his mother. — A Tribune photograph 


Flood-hit farmers get peanuts in aid
Muktsar, October 12
After facing 100 per cent crop loss due to water logging on his three acres, Buta Singh of Chak Atari Sadarwala village was assured by the authorities concerned of a monetary compensation at the rate of Rs 5,000 per acre. But, later, he was the administration informed him that his name was not on the list of claimants of compensation or beneficiaries.

N-plant not feasible in state: Secy
Patiala, October 12
Punjab is too densely populated to have a nuclear power plant. Since no feasible place has been found to set up a nuclear power plant in the state, the government will urge the union government to give it a share of power from the nuclear power plant coming up in Rajasthan. Chief secretary of the state Ramesh Inder Singh stated this while talking to newsmen here today.


Sukhbir for all-party meet on N-deal
Bathinda, October 12
The central government should call an all-party meeting before taking any decision on the nuclear deal. Stating this, acting president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party would take any decision on the matter only after a meeting of the party’s high command. Any decision on the matter should reflect the popular sentiments, he added.


Students picking cotton in Rajasthan
Bathinda, October 12
Many government schools in villages of the district are witnessing an absence of children on a large scale. These children, mostly of labourers, are learnt to be busy with their parents picking cotton in Rajasthan.

MLA’s plea on village ponds
Abohar, October 12
Congress MLA Sunil Jakhar today urged the state government to take steps to remove encroachments on traditional ponds in villages.

Panel awaits funds for office building
Chandigarh, October 12

Even though the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has purchased a piece of land worth Rs 85 lakh for its office building in 1998, it is still functioning from a shop-cum-office in Sector 22 here.

Aggarsain Jayanti celebrated
Sangrur, October 12
On the occasion of Aggarsain Jayanti today, local Aggarwals urged the Punjab government to set up a chair in the name of Maharaja Aggarsain, the founder of the Aggarwal community, in a university of the state. They also asked the union government to issue Rs 10 coins, carrying the picture of Maharaja Aggarsain, and declare a holiday at the national level every year on Aggarsain Jayanti.

Cremation of Gurjant’s daughter delayed
Bathinda, October 12
The body of Veerpal Kaur, daughter of Gurjant Singh, could not be brought to Behman Jassa Singh village as the postmortem examination of the body was not carried out today.

Durga Puja begins
Bathinda, October 12
With the ‘kalash sthapana’ taking place at several puja pandals and temples across the district, the 10-day Durga Puja festival began with traditional fervour and gaiety.

Encroachers on government land in soup
Admn waits for guidelines to take action
Fatehgarh Sahib,  October 12
Having encroached upon government land, around 30 households in this subdivisional headquarters of the district are facing an uncertain future as the state government has ordered an inquiry into the alleged illegal occupancy of the land that belonged to the state rehabilitation department.

5 polytechnics for Punjab soon
Kharar, October 12
Five new government polytechnic colleges are soon to come up in Punjab. The minister for technical education and industrial training minister Chaudhary Swarna Ram said this here today.

Eye care for people in rural areas of Ropar
Tele-ophthalmology van services launched
Mohali, October 12
Taking a step further in the field of telemedicine, the Mohali-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), a scientific society of ministry of communication and information technology, has launched a tele-ophthalmology van here today.


Termination of 42 disabled staff upheld
Chandigarh, October 12
Justice Rajesh Bindal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday upheld the termination of 42 physically challenged employees of the Punjab Panchayat and Rural Development Department.

Virk moves HC for bail
Chandigarh, October 12
Less than a week after a Session Court turned down his bail plea in a vigilance case, Punjab’s former Director-General of Police S.S Virk today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief. His petition is expected to come up for hearing on Monday.


Cotton fields sans yield
The cotton crop in the fields of Gamdoor Singh of Tungwali village in Bathinda district has yielded no cottonBathinda, October 12
In the fields of Gamdoor Singh of Tungwali village in Bathinda district, cotton plants have yielded no cotton. Gamdoor, a small-time farmer, had bought Bt cotton seed for Rs 350 per packet from Gujarat on the recommendation of a seed dealer in his area.

The cotton crop in the fields of Gamdoor Singh of Tungwali village in Bathinda district has yielded no cotton. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera


Norms to check mushrooming of pvt schools
Chandigarh, October 12
The Punjab Government is keen to put some regulations in place to check mushroom growth of unaided private public schools and to improve quality of education in them.


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