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Wheat price in global market falls
Courtesy bumper crop, better procurement in Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, April 28
Bumper crop in Punjab and Haryana had “effect” on international price of wheat and its procurement by government agencies today crossed 70 lakh tonne mark.

Procurement touches 70 lakh tonnes
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab government today claimed to have cleared all payments of farmers for the wheat procured till yesterday.

Govt agencies lead in procurement
Ban, higher taxes in Punjab force pvt players
to stay away
Chandigarh, April 28
The ban on agri-corporates entering into Punjab for wheat purchase has led to one of the lowest ever share in wheat purchase by private parties.

CPI, CPM sabotaging farmers’ interests: BKU
Chandigarh, April 28
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) today said Communist parties, especially the CPM and the CPI were betraying small and marginal farmers by creating hurdles in the way of better price for farmers’ produce by the Union government.

Farm service on IAS, IPS pattern sought
Chandigarh, April 28
Jagdeep Singh Cheema, chairman of the Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust, has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to constitute the Indian Agricultural Service on the pattern of all- India services like the IAS, the IPS and the IFS.



30 Punjabi youths ‘facing exploitation’ in UAE
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
Disturbed by reports of their sons’ torture by employers in certain parts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), residents of the area have urged the Union government and the United Nations to rescue Indian youths in alleged illegal detention of their masters or had gone in hiding to evade inhuman action.



Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launches the election campaign in Amritsar for the forthcoming byelection scheduled for May 22. Sukhbir Badal to be candidate for Amritsar bypoll?
Badal senior launches formal poll campaign
Amritsar, April 28
Rumours are rife here that Sukhbir Singh Badal, president, Shiromani Akali Dal, may contest the Amritsar (South) bypoll, scheduled for May 22.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launches the election campaign in Amritsar for the forthcoming byelection scheduled for May 22. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

ZP, Panchayat Samiti Poll
No nomination filed on day 1
Amritsar, April 28
Not even a single candidate today filed nomination papers for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections on the opening day here today.

BJP to stake claim on more seats
Patiala, April 28
The SAD (Badal) and its alliance partner BJP are likely to contest the forthcoming Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls unitedly this time.

Denied SAD ticket for ZP poll, aspirant attempts suicide
Sangrur, April 28
Despite the fact that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has not announced its candidates for the Zila Parishad (ZP) elections in Sangrur district, an aspirant for the ticket for a ZP zone in the Lehra Assembly constituency allegedly made an attempt to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance last evening at Lehragaga.


Seek pardon from victims, Sarabjit’s family told
Amritsar, April 28
Proclaiming its opposition to death penalty, the Dal Khalsa today urged the governments of India and Pakistan to call for a moratorium on capital punishment in their respective countries.

Pak officials visit Amritsar jail
Amritsar, April 28
Even as consular access by the Pakistan Embassy and the ministry of home affairs provided to as many as 27 Pakistani prisoners in the high-security jail here has raised the hope for their repatriation, Mukhtar Ahmad (60), a resident of Kasur, is unlikely to walk free even though he had completed his jail term long ago, as he is not being accepted by his own country.

Liberalise visa norms: Pak scribe
Attari, April 28
In order to promote Punjabi language, the governments of India and Pakistan should liberalise visa norms besides relaxing other rules to increase interaction between the people of East and West Punjab.

Punjabi conference from tomorrow
Patiala, April 28
As many as 400 Punjabi litterateurs, journalists and artistes will participate in the two-day All-India Punjabi Conference being organised by Punjabi University, Patiala, from April 30 to May 1.


High Court
Virk’s arrest deferred
Chandigarh, April 28
Acting on blanket bail petition filed by Punjab’s former director-general of police S.S. Virk, Justice H.S. Bhalla today extended the directions against his arrest till May 12.


Double murder in Tarn Taran
Woman, granddaughter done to death
Tarn Taran, April 28
Panic grips residents of this historic township after the news of the brutal murder of a woman and her teenaged granddaughter spread like wildfire this morning.

Death in Dera
Teenager’s body exhumed, probe on
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
Accusing an attendant of Dera Bhairon Nath near Paheri Bridge in Amloh subdivision of murdering their son and trying to conceal the sin by burying the body inside the dera premises, parents of the deceased today got the body exhumed.


Indo-Pak Trade
Shortage of wagons, godowns main hindrances
Amritsar, April 28
The week-long stand-off between truck operators, exporters and the Railway authorities created a situation which worried the district administration.

International Money Transfer
Post offices earn Rs 3 cr
Chandigarh, April 28
International money transfer has become one of the biggest revenue grossers for post offices in the Punjab postal circle.


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