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Dried up tubewells throw up water
Timely paddy sowing, good monsoon raise groundwater level
Ludhiana, October 8
In what may bring cheers to environmentalists, the groundwater table has shown a rising trend in the state, thanks to a good monsoon and timely sowing of paddy. Reports of a rise in the water table have been received from all parts of the state with farmers claiming they did not have to dig their tubewells afresh this time.

Govt to give land near Sutlej, Beas to farmers
Bharoana (Gidderpindi), October 8
The state government will give ownership rights to farmers who are currently tilling government land in the pondage area of the Sutlej and Beas.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a sangat darshan at Gidderpindi village on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma



Devotees carry Guru Granth Sahib in a golden palanquin during a nagar kirtan to mark the birth anniversary of fourth Sikh master Guru Ramdas at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Devotees carry Guru Granth Sahib in a golden palanquin during a nagar kirtan to mark the birth anniversary of fourth Sikh master Guru Ramdas at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Make public places accessible to disab, PWD secy told
Jalandhar, October 8
The office of the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities (CCPD) in Delhi on a complaint of Ashok Sharma from here has directed the Punjab Works Department (PWD), Punjab, to make all public places in the state accessible for disabled persons.

Kidney Donation
Now, fake letter creates ripples
Amritsar, October 8
An alleged fake letter of approval for kidney donation by the authorisation committee, headed by the district magistrate, Srinagar, has once again put one of Mohali’s private hospitals and its surgeons in a fix. The case pertains to the transplant of kidney of an alleged unrelated donor of Dhariwal in Gurdaspur to a resident of Jammu and Kashmir.


SAD has no facts to counter my claim: Bajwa
Chandigarh, October 8
Senior Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa, who has created a political issue by highlighting the alleged discrimination against Majha and Doaba regions, today charged the SAD with using the names of senior Akali leaders to enunciate the views of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue.


Call to protect forests, wildlife
Harike (Tarn Taran), October 8 Forest minister Tikshan Sud on the concluding day of the Wildlife Week function held here today emphasised on the protection of forests and wildlife for the sustenance of life on this earth. R.C. Nayyar, financial commissioner, Forests, presided over the function.

Manpreet to don olive green
Manpreet Singh Badal Jalandhar, October 8
Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has made up his mind to join the Indian Territorial Army (TA). After former ace cricketer Kapil Dev, Manpreet Singh will be second eminent person from this region to join the TA recently. “I have given my consent to the Army authorities to join the TA”, said Manpreet Singh. “The authorities concerned will send me necessary documents to me for enrolment in the TA”, said Manpreet Singh, who is above 6 feet and 3 inches.

Revision of land use charges on cards
Chandigarh, October 8
The Punjab government is set to revise the change of land use (CLU) charges to be paid by owners of industrial plots who want to convert industrial land into multiplexes and industrial parks.

Punjab was shortlisted for Nano, says Amarinder
Chandigarh, October 8
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday claimed that Punjab offered to provide all help to Tatas to set up the Nano project here. As Chief Minister, he had met Ratan Tata in Chandigarh, but for reasons known only to him, the company decided against setting up the project in Punjab.

NCC Molestation
Complainants were outsiders, claim Army officers
Chandigarh, October 8
While the Army has ordered a court of inquiry (COI) into allegations of an NCC cadet being molested at a camp being conducted at Mahilpur, preliminary investigations have revealed that the complainants were outsiders.

BDPO suspended for misbehaviour
Pathankot, October 8
Ram Lubhaya, block development and panchayat officer (BDPO), here has been suspended for misbehaving with the chairperson of the Block Samiti by the secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayats. A probe into the alleged misbehaviour is to be completed by additional deputy commissioner (Development) Manasvi Kumar.

Book on body organs released
Amritsar, October 8
A book, “Doctor Massi Dian Kahanian” (stories narrated by doctor aunt), written by a government physician, Dr Harshinder Kaur, in the Punjabi language about the significance of different organs of the human body, was released by Dr Manmohan Singh, a senior IPS officer, at Citizen Vidya Mandir School, Maqboolpura, here today.

CM extends Dussehra greetings
Chandigarh, October 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended warm and heartiest greetings to people of the Punjab on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.

PWD may import bitumen
Chandigarh, October 8
Concerned at a repeated hike in the price of domestic bitumen affecting ongoing road construction projects, the Punjab Public Works Department (PWD) is contemplating to allow contractors to import bitumen, without compromising the quality of road construction.



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