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Rahul disappoints Cong leaders
Gurdaspur, September 23
The much-hyped visit of Rahul Gandhi, general secretary, All-India Congress Committee (AICC), to this district of the Majha region left its leaders, including former ministers, disappointed as they failed to get enough time to interact with him to convey their problems.
Rahul Gandhi, general secretary, Congress, being presented a turban
Rahul Gandhi, general secretary, Congress, being presented a turban 
by a party activist in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by 
Malkiat Singh
Idolises Mahatma Gandhi
Visits jail cell where Nehru was kept
‘He should’ve visited flood-hit’

Ghaggar damages crop on 1,000 acres
Sangrur, September 23
As the 70-foot breach in the Ghaggar river that occurred on Sunday night near Andana village in the Khanauri area was yet to be plugged completely, floodwater inundated standing crops further in five villages of Baopur, Andana, Shahpur Therri, Banarasi and Chandu.

No delivery charges in govt hospitals
Chandigarh, September 23
The government today decided in principle to waive all medical charges on delivery cases in government hospitals. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the council of ministers here this evening. It was chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.




S.S. Dullo Dullo is in charge of Cong Dalit youth convention
Jalandhar, September 23
Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Shamsher Singh Dullo is back in the reckoning. The party high command has entrusted him with organising a Dalit youth convention at Jalandhar to be addressed by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi tomorrow morning.
                                                                                                                        S. S.  Dullo

Dal Khalsa gen secy’s removal hailed
Amritsar, September 23
Office secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Harbir Singh Sandhu today hailed the removal of Kanwarpal Singh, general secretary, Dal Khalsa.


To them atta-dal scheme is a false promise
Jalandhar, September 23
Contrary the SAD-BJP government’s claims of progress on every front the atta-dal scheme, much touted by the Akalis during the Assembly elections, has failed miserably in this part of the state. An example of utter failure of the scheme is Ghugshore village of Kartarpur constituency where the villagers have got nothing in the name of subsidised atta-daal but only false promises. The situation is similar in the adjoining villages too, which include Dheerpur, Fazilpur, Brahmpur, Khusropur and many others.

Residents of Ghugshore village raise anti-government slogans at the failure of the atta-dal scheme. — Photo by writer
Residents of Ghugshore village raise anti-government slogans at the failure of the atta-dal scheme.

7 names cleared for posts of trust chief
Chandigarh, September 23
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, at a late night meeting, cleared the names of seven party loyalists for appointment as chairmen of improvement trusts of different cities, with the aim of boosting the political activity ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Run agriculture as business, Langah tells farmers
Gurdaspur, September 23
Agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah, while urging the farmers to run the agriculture as business venture, said today that efforts should be made by all agencies to increase farm profitability.

DAP shortage due to panic buying
Chandigarh, September 23
Panic buying of di ammonium phosphate (DAP) by farmers in Punjab has led to an artificial scarcity of the fertiliser in the market. Though the fertiliser will be required by farmers only in the last week of October, when the sowing for rabi crops begins, they have been on a buying spree.

Women in state unsafe: Panel
Chandigarh, September 23
At least one rape and kidnapping of two women are reported daily in Punjab. A woman is murdered every third day and at least one case of molestation is registered every day. At least 12 women commit suicide every month and the same number are killed for dowry.

Alignment of Hansi-Butana Canal
Punjab’s stand vindicated: Drainage expert
Jalandhar, September 23
The Punjab government’s submission claiming that the Hansi-Butana canal, constructed adjacent to the boundary of Patiala district by the Haryana government, will impede the natural flow of rainwater from the Punjab region has been proved correct, said a senior official of the state Drainage Department.

CM’s call to maintain peace
Chandigarh, September 23
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today appealed to members of the Christian community to exercise restraint in such testing circumstances to give a befitting reply to anti-social elements.

Attack on Minorities
Mann for Prez rule in affected states
Amritsar, September 23
Following reports of attacks on minorities in the country, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today announced to send teams to Dehra Dun, Orissa and Karnataka etc to assess the damage.

‘Put Bajrang Dal on watch list’
Hoshiarpur, September 23
In respect of attacks on Christians, the Dal Khalsa has urged the Union Home Ministry to put the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on the watch list.


Amarinder gets last chance to file reply
Chandigarh, September 23
Granting Punjab’s former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh a last opportunity to file his reply to the petition challenging his election, Justice Rajive Bhalla has imposed a cost of Rs 2,000.



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