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Direct seed plantation proves excellent for paddy
Hawaas (Ludhiana), October 5
Proving critics of direct seed plantation for paddy crop wrong, swaying crop, promising a bumper yield, is a clear indicator of the success story of an alternative, cheaper and water-saving technique for paddy cultivation used at many places across the state.

Agro-economist S.S. Johl (centre) discusses a point with paddy growers at Hawaas village, near Ludhiana Agro-economist S.S. Johl (centre) discusses a point with paddy growers at Hawaas village, near Ludhiana, on Friday. Photo by writer

Inclement Weather
Farmers worried, hosiery upbeat

Chandigarh, October 5
Continued inclement weather even after southwest monsoon’s withdrawal from the region may be worrying farmers, but at the indication of an early arrival of winter, the hosiery and winter garments industry are upbeat. Overcast sky, drop in day and night temperatures and drizzle-to-moderate rain have been reported from various places in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.


Devotees light 121 diyas at a temple in view of the Navratras in Amritsar
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Devotees light 121 diyas at a temple in view of the Navratras in Amritsar on Sunday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

State to have another airport
Chandigarh, October 5
Punjab will have yet another airport. To be set up initially as a domestic airport, it will have the capability of being expanded into an international one. MP from Faridkot and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who lobbied hard for this project, has managed to secure a “go-ahead” from the union ministry of civil aviation for the same. The Air Headquarters too is expected to issue a “no-objection soon”.

Govt to approach Tatas: Badal
Hoshiarpur, October 5
The state government will soon approach chief of Tatas Ratan Tata for shifting the Nano project to Punjab.


Gabria plain-speak stuns audience
Jalandhar, October 5
Cultural affairs minister Hira Singh Gabria has done some plain-speaking about the growing trend of organising fashion shows by schools and colleges in the state, saying that we are promoting the Western culture at the cost of ours. Such was his anger that Gabria immediately walked off the dais without even distributing prizes to students and left the venue. The occasion was the annual Lavanya-2008 show organised by the PRJ College of Fine Arts and he was the chief guest. 

Cong to grill govt on neglect of Majha, Doaba
Jalandhar, October 5
Congress leaders from this area have started preparing to grill senior SAD-BJP ministers from the Majha-Doaba region on the development issue, which has the potential to become a major plank in the coming Lok Sabha elections in this belt.

Safety of minorities a major concern: Dhindsa
Mohali, October 5
Senior Akali leader and SAD secretary-general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today expressed concern over the serious law and order problem being created in the country by fanatics as far as the safety of the minorities were concerned. Speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Mohali Press Club here, the Akali leader said be it the Delhi riots, Godhra violence, or violence against minorities in Orissa, the confidence of the hardliners had increased as no timely action was taken by the concerned states.

BJP to seek four seats from Akalis
Sangrur, October 5
The Punjab unit of the BJP will seek four Lok Sabha (LS) seats from the SAD in the light of the formula adopted by the alliance regarding posts in the Punjab Cabinet, appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries and chairpersons of boards and corporations.

Factionalism in party to the fore 
Gurdaspur, October 5
Factionalism and infightings have come to the fore in the district unit of the BJP here. If this continues, it can have major ramifications in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna has been an MP three times consecutively from here.

Mann assails Badal on Punjabi language
Jalandhar, October 5
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann has said there is no reason for the Badal government to indulge in self-praise on the issue of enforcing Punjabi as the official language in schools and offices in the state.

Appoint panel to probe terror attacks: AISAD
Chandigarh, October 5
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) today demanded the appointment of an independent public-spirited commission to look into terror attacks.


453 TB cases detected in Sangrur zone 
Sangrur, October 5
In Sangrur zone comprising Longowal, Bhawanigarh, Dhuri, Cheema and Sangrur, the district TB authorities have detected 453 tuberculosis (TB) patients under the revised national TB control programme (RNTCP) in the first nine months of this year.

This dairyman leads by example
Karnail Singh (left) with consultants of the State Farmers’ Commission at his dairy farm near MorindaChandigarh, October 5
Here’s an answer to the perennial question as to what ‘jattan de munde’ can do in changing agricultural scenario in Punjab and you don’t have to see “Mera Pind - My Home” to get inspiration.

Karnail Singh (left) with consultants of the State Farmers’ Commission at his dairy farm near Morinda. Photo by the writer

Paddy procurement is 14 lakh tonnes
Chandigarh, October 5
Paddy procurement by six official agencies and millers in Punjab today touched 14 lakh tonnes mark with agencies procuring 87 per cent paddy in the state.

Coop societies to sell DAP
Chandigarh, October 5 The total demand of DAP in the state is 5,50,000 MT for sowing of rabi, out of which 3,10,000 MT will be supplied by cooperative societies. This was disclosed by cooperative minister Kanwaljit Singh while reviewing the arrangement for the DAP fertiliser at a high-level meeting.

Edusat for Punjab schools 
Patiala, October 5
More than 250 government schools of Punjab have got the Edusat connections with the help of which students would be able to get knowledge from experts of various subjects through the satellite.

Kapurthala heritage classical fest 
Jalandhar, October 5
The 7th annual Kapurthala Heritage Classical Music Festival will be held from November 7-9. This was stated by deputy commissioner J.M. Balamurugan.


Lokpal can’t take cognisance of complaint against public servant: HC
Jalandhar, October 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that the Punjab Lokpal can’t take cognisance of a complaint against a public servant.


Woman burnt to death, husband booked
Amritsar, October 5
The devil of dowry today claimed another life when one Baljit Kaur of Beant Nagar in Ajnala was allegedly burnt to death by her husband Satnam Singh and sister-in-law Harjinder Kaur.

18 NGOs held for graft
Chandigarh, October 5 The Vigilance Bureau (VB) arrested three gazzetted officers and 18 non-gazzetted officers (NGOs) in 16 different cases during September. At the same time the VB has been able to secure the conviction of 10 accused in 11 different vigilance cases.



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