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Hiked paddy MSP no good news for farmers
Labour, input costs almost double

Chandigarh, June 17
Net gain to farmers of Punjab and Haryana from the enhanced price (by Rs 105) of paddy will be zero. Earlier the MSP was fixed at Rs 745, including a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal.

Seepage problem in Muktsar-Malout belt
Centre agrees to fund Rs 1,300-cr canal
re-lining project
Chandigarh, June 17
The Union government has agreed, in principle, to help the Punjab government to address the water-logging problem in the Muktsar-Abohar-Malout belt, caused mainly due to seepage from the Sirhind feeder and the Rajasthan canal that takes off from the Harike headworks.

Rs 1,225 crore for roads, agri-marketing infrastructure
Chandigarh, June 17
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered an ambitious Rs 1,225-crore plan for expanding and upgrading link roads network as well as modernising agricultural marketing infrastructure in the state.

MD/MS entrance test: Irregularities alleged
Mohali, June 17
At least 12 MD/MS seats in Punjabís government medical colleges for which doctors across the state had
appeared in an entrance test and underwent counselling have gone missing.


MC Polls: SAD leaders swarm Bathinda
Bathinda, June 17
Intensifying its campaign for the MC elections, the ruling SAD sent MPs, ministers, former ministers, MLAs, former MLAs, Mayor and other dignitaries to each and every ward to hold door-to-door canvassing today.



SAD youth wing to gherao Sonia
Amritsar, June 17
The youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will gherao Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi in the last week of June to pressurise the Centre to initiate steps to control rising prices in the country.


GND Varsity Row
VC holds in-camera talks with Governor
Amritsar, June 17
Vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev (GND)University Jai Rup Singh today held an in-camera meeting with the Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), at the Punjab Raj Bhawan, three days ahead of an inquiry to be conducted by home secretary B.C. Gupta into the alleged irregularities in the university during stint as vice-chancellor.

Lok Pal has no staff to investigate cases
Chandigarh, June 17
The Punjab Lok Pal has been truly sent into hibernation by the state government which has paralysed its functioning by refusing to man it with the needed staff despite repeated pleas by present incumbent, former Justice Daljit Singh Dhaliwal.

Civil hospitals short of essential medicines
Ludhiana, June 17
The state Health Department has failed to take notice of the unavailability of Vitamin A drops in civil hospitals across the state.

ISI turns to elderly agents
Gurdaspur, June 17
The arrest of two persons for their involvement in the smuggling of narcotics from Pakistan in the Kalanaur police station area yesterday has revealed that Pakistanís ISI has started using elderly persons to carry out its nefarious designs in Punjab.

CBI probe sought into poll rigging
Amritsar, June 17
The Shiromani Sikh Council International has demanded a CBI inquiry into the rigging of the panchayat polls at the Dera Baba Nanak block allegedly at the behest of senior Akali leaders.


Denial of medical reimbursement
High Court pulls up PSEB
Chandigarh, June 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Courtís Division Bench has made it clear that an employee, entitled to medical refund as an indoor patient, cannot be denied reimbursement for follow-up treatment as an outdoor patient.


Husband burns Moga sex scandal kingpinís house
Moga, June 17
The kingpin of the infamous Moga sex scandal Simranjit Kaur, alias Indu Bala, faced the ire of her husband who allegedly burnt her house to ashes in the Suraj Nagar area of the town this afternoon.

Simranjit Kaur, alias Indu Bala, kingpin of Moga sex scandal, being consoled at Suraj Nagar in Moga on Tuesday; (right): A view of the burnt down house.
Simranjit Kaur, alias Indu Bala, kingpin of Moga sex scandal, being consoled at Suraj Nagar in Moga on Tuesday; (right): A view of the burnt down house. ó Photos by writer


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