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Farm Loan Waiver
No guidelines from Centre yet
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab government is awaiting the guidelines on the implementation of the loan waiver scheme announced by the Union Budget in February. The scheme is meant for small and marginal farmers, unable to repay overdue bank loan till the end of last year.

Govt employees meet finance minister
Want retirement age raised
Chandigarh, April 8
The federation of various heads of Punjab government employees’ associations today called on finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and urged him to raise retirement age for government employees from 58 to 60 years to remove disparity between central and employees of other states.

Farmers gherao DC’s office
Want compensation for land raised
Amritsar, April 8
Farmers’ unions today gheraoed the office of the deputy commissioner today in protest against the central and the state governments’ announcement of low prices for lands for integrated check post at Attari.
Farmers stage dharna near the deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Farmers stage dharna near the deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Amarinder denies patch-up with Bhattal
Tenth Guru’s armour in Moti Bagh palace
Patiala, April 8
Amarinder Singh-Rajinder Kaur Bhattal row seems to have intensified with Amarinder Singh saying he neither had any “patch-up” or compromise with Bhattal and nor could he believe the PPCC chief anymore.





SC/ST cell to boycott Bhattal’s rally
Amritsar , April 8
The Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee led by Gurinder Singh (Sabhi), state general secretary, today decided to boycott state Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s rally to be held in New Amritsar on April 10.


Woman sarpanch, panches resign en masse
Vendetta by ruling coalition alleged
Moga, April 8
Members of gram panchayat of Cheeda village of Moga district, including the woman sarpanch ,today resigned their posts.

Civic bodies elections in June
Chandigarh, April 8
The elections to civic bodies in Punjab would now be held on June 23, 26 and 28. Appearing before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, state advocate-general Hardev Singh Mattewal today said the first-ever election to the 50-member Bathinda Municipal Corporation would now be held on June 23.

Jasbir Singh Bindra,@@a Ludhiana-based advocate, who has been enrolled a member of@@the International Bar Association with headquarters at London.
Jasbir Singh Bindra, a Ludhiana-based advocate, who has been enrolled a member of the International Bar Association with headquarters at London.

Errors in Advani’s book?
Bhattal too supports Sikhs’ protest
New Delhi, April 8
The Punjab Congress today supported protest of Sikhs against former deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani’s book “My Country, My Life”, demanding an apology from him regarding remarks in his book.

57 trauma centres along highways planned
Bathinda, April 8
The government has decided to set up 57 trauma centres along national highways spending Rs 23.89 crore.

Ex-soldier offers to surrender land ‘not due to him’
Ludhiana , April 8
While people often invent ways to hoodwink the system for grabbing land, Omkesh, a retired soldier, wants the government to take back the land in his possession saying it is not marked for him in revenue records. The Punjab State Information Commission in its order on the “most unusual case” has directed the district revenue authorities to “spend time with the complainant to trace original transactions of the transfer of land”.

Fruits — a luxury for common man
Patiala April 8
Price rise may be just a matter of debate for national leaders, but fruits, too are going essential commodities way and fast going out of the reach of common man in Punjab. Hardly any common man or housewife can now dare touch most of the fruits.


High Court
Doctor gets pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, April 8
Taking up the anticipatory bail plea of a Bathinda-based doctor facing allegations of violating the provisions of the PNDT Act, Justice R. S. Madan of the High Court today directed her release on bail in the event of her arrest.

Court allows SP to take exams
Patiala, April 8
Special CBI court of H.S Madan today allowed SP P.S Sandhu, an accused in the Moga sex scandal case, to take his third and fourth semester law examinations to be held at Chandigarh on April 9, April 24, May 8 and May 9.


PGDCA course at Niari college
Amritsar, April 8
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to introduce post-graduate diploma in computer application (PGDCA) course in Shaheed Ram Singh Pathania Memorial College, Niari, on the Pathankot-Dalhousie Road, from academic session 2008-09.


Two IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, April 8
The Punjab government today ordered transfer of two IAS and one PCS officers. Baldeo Purushartha will be new deputy commissioner, Roopnagar whereas Arshdeep Singh Thind has been posted ADC Roopnagar.

CM orders suspension
DSP faces the music
Bathinda/Chandigarh, April 8
Bowing to the pressure from media persons, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh to place Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Talwandi Sabo, Parminder Pal Singh under suspension and transfer three sub-inspectors, Ranjit Singh, in-charge CIA, Balwinder Singh and Sanjeev Mittal, in-charge, Community Police Resourcing.


Minor raped, accused held
Moga, April 8
A minor girl of about three years of age was raped by a 19-year old youth at his residence in Lopo village falling under Badhni Kalan police station of the district, this afternoon.

5 held for gambling
Pathankot, April 8
The Sujanpur police arrested five persons - Vishal, son of Ramesh Chander and resident of Mirpur colony, Pathankot, Nishant, son of Subhash Chander of Kashmiri mohalla, Sujanpur, Aranjit, son of Ramesh Lal and resident of Vaderian, Pathankot, Pawan Kumar, son of Shankar Dass and resident of Sahibjadian, Pathankot, and Naresh Kumar, son of Moti Ram and resident of Chargain, Pathankot - and seized Rs 33,115 and two computers from their possession.


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