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Sukhbir’s Absence
Court asks govt to reply in 24 hours
Sukhbir Singh BadalFaridkot, October 24
The local court today directed the state government to reply within 24 hours in which capacity and how Sukhbir Singh Badal, acting president, Shiromani Akali Dal, left the country when he was facing charges of assaulting a photographer of a Punjabi daily.

                                Sukhbir Singh Badal

Poor Bus Service
Protesting students lathi-charged
Bathinda, October 24
Protesting against the alleged poor bus service, students of Guru Gobind Singh Polytechnic College of Talwandi Sabo today closed the entry and exit points of the Bathinda bus stand. A policeman beats up a protester at a gate of the Bathinda bus stand on Wednesday.
A policeman beats up a protester at a gate of the Bathinda bus stand on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera




‘My mother married me 4 times for money’
Bathinda, October 24
A strange case came up before the police here today. A 20-year-old girl, Pinky, who has been married as many as four times, approached SSP Naunihal Singh, accusing her mother, brother, husband and brother-in-law for her miserable condition and alleged that they used to physically torture her.

PSHRC seeks report on land-grab case
Abohar, October 24
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the ADGP/IVC to submit a report before December 12 on the activities of alleged land grabbers led by a Canada-based NRI in this subdivision.

Group rivalry leads to firing, 5 hurt
Kothe Natha Singh Wala (Bathinda), October 24
The Nahian Wala police has booked 11 persons, including seven unidentified persons, for their involvement in a firing incident, which took place at Kothe Natha Singh Wala village in the district today. Five persons were injured in the incident which took place after an altercation.

Youths emerging as big dairy farmers
A view of Harchand Singh’s dairy farm in Garanga village near Morinda. Chandigarh, October 24
Harchand Singh is an ordinary looking youth. From his appearance no one can say that he will be the owner of one of the biggest dairy farms in the state. Besides, he also runs a piggery as well as a fish farm. His story is quite interesting. Six years ago, he was, like several lakh other youths, groping in the dark to secure his future.

A view of Harchand Singh’s dairy farm in Garanga village near Morinda. — A Tribune photograph


BJP releases executive members’ list
Chandigarh, October 24
Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna will be a special invitee to the Punjab BJP executive committee while MP Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Harjit Singh Grewal will be a permanent invitee, as per a list of the executive committee members of the BJP released today.

Not against free power to farmers
Chandigarh, October 24
The president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Rajinder Bhandari, today said the party was not opposing free power to agriculture sector but was very clear in its stance that it was seeking subsidy for urban users in view of the recently hiked power tariff.

Probe into cases against Cong men sought
Amritsar, October 24
Condemning the recent spurt in alleged false cases being registered against Congress workers in the Fatehgarh Churian constituency under Batala police district, Congress leaders today sought a judicial probe in the FIRs registered against Congress workers.


Jagraon, Ludhiana cops in race to catch accused
Ludhiana, October 24
The pictures released by the police of the four accused wanted in the Mullanpur RDX case An intense tug-of-war is on between the Ludhiana and Jagraon (Ludhiana-rural) police to catch Gurpreet Singh and his three accomplices, all charged with sedition, possessing and smuggling RDX and planning to trigger terror attacks.
The pictures released by the police of the four accused wanted in the Mullanpur RDX case (from left) Sandeep, Bhawan Deep Singh, Gurbinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh.

30 posts of senior resident lying vacant
Patiala, October 24
The authorities in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education are in a spot over the deployment of senior doctors in medical colleges of the state. Sources available here said 30 posts of senior resident in government medical colleges of the state were lying vacant. They were to be filled by doctors of PCMS cadre who had completed MD or MS.

Govt targeting sarpanches: Assn
Bathinda, October 24
The state unit of the Panchayat Association has accused the rural development and panchayat minister of harassing sarpanches, panchayat secretaries and junior engineers (gram panchayat) by registering false cases against them. It has said if these cases were not withdrawn soon and flying squads not abolished, they would launch a statewide protest.

NFL staff agitated over incentive
Bathinda, October 24
Workers of the local unit of National Fertilisers Limited today held a gate rally to press the authorities for their demand for “proper” distribution of incentive among the employees.

Gurdwara Clash
MC chief calls new probe illegal
Barnala, October 24
Hari Singh Bawa, president, municipal committee, Bhadaur, and former MP Rajdev Singh have termed the new inquiry into the Bhadaur gurdwara clash by DIG B.K. Uppal as illegal and meaningless. Under Section 173(8), CrPC , any new inquiry into an already completed one can be ordered only after the prior approval of the high court.

Prices go up as ban on rice export lifted
Amritsar, October 24
The Central government’s decision to lift the ban on the export of non- basmati was today welcomed by all stake holders in the rice trade.

SGJC summons SGPC chief in land purchase case
Amritsar, October 24
In a significant development, the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission (SGJC) today directed SGPC chief Avtar Singh and 20 other senior functionaries to appear before the court on November 27 on a petition filed by Raghbir Singh, former secretary of the committee.

The building of ITI, Mansa. Mansa ITI in bad shape
Mansa, October 24
Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Mansa is in a state of neglect, thanks to the apathy of the government. The institute lacks basic facilities like equipment and staff and the building is in a bad shape. As a result, the five private ITIs in the area are flourishing at the cost of poor people who are compelled to send their wards to these institutes and pay a hefty fee.
The building of ITI, Mansa. — A Tribune photograph

690 schools for poor to be opened
Mansa, October 24
The Punjab government will open 690 alternative innovative education centres in all districts for poor chidren this year.

CM asks WB to allot new projects

Chandigarh, October 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today impressed upon the World Bank (WB) to allot some major projects to revamp the canal irrigation network and impart quality education in the state.

Badal’s assurance to school teachers
Chandigarh, October 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as well as the state Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh has assured government-aided recognised school teachers and other employees unions that their strike period of 21 days of last year would be condoned soon.

Police station raided
Rajpura, October 24
A warrant officer, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today raided the Rajpura Sadar police station late this evening following a complaint filed by the residents of Chak Kalan village that three elderly men had been illegally detained by the police.

Mobile health vans for all districts
Kharar, October 24
The state health department is soon going to launch mobile health vans project for all 20 districts of Punjab. Besides requisite infrastructure, these vans would be equipped with one doctor and paramedical staff members.



Panel upholds forum order
Chandigarh, October 24
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has complied with the orders of the Bathinda district forum and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on B.K. Motors as costs besides asking it to refund Rs 3,10,000, the cost of the vehicle sold to Ajwant Singh by it. Bajaj Tempo Ltd, Pune, a party in the case, contested the decision of the Bathinda forum.


Mealy bug eats into cotton crop
Farmers fear 20 pc shortfall in yield
Bathinda, October 24
Cotton growers of the Malwa belt are crying because of the steep decline in production due to widespread damage caused to the crop by the mealy bug that has infested the area. The yield is likely to witness a shortfall of about 20 per cent against the targets fixed at the time of sowing.


Shopkeeper shot at
Rajpura, October 24
A shopkeeper, his wife and son were today booked for shooting at another shopkeeper of Druga Mandir Road market, here.


Seminar on mental health
Patiala, October 24
A one-day seminar on the directions of Inderjit Singh Walia, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman of the Legal Service Authority, was held at the B.N Khalsa Senior Secondary School here, today, to mark the mental health week.


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