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Paddy bonus hopes crash
Chandigarh, October 13
With distress sale continuing in many markets, paddy procurement is beginning to take political hue in Punjab. As the procurement agencies have refused to accept paddy with more than stipulated moisture, the hope of bonus too has been dashed after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today failed to meet union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar who reportedly was out of Delhi. 

DC denies distress sale of paddy
Gurdaspur, October 13
Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, deputy commissioner, today said there was no distress sale of paddy in the district. He said reports in a section of the press that farmers were not being paid minimum support price (MSP) of paddy in certain grain markets and purchase centres of the district were untrue.

Farmers undersell Pusa varieties of paddy
Morinder/Samrala/ Khanna, October 13
Government’s plan to ensure diversification in paddy by expanding the area under high-quality varieties with basmati characteristics has hit the roadblock with farmers underselling their produce of these varieties to private traders.

BSF team in Pak for meetingU.K. Bansal, ADG (West), BSF (right), being welcomed by Shafqat Nawaz Khan, DDG, Pakistan Rangers, at the Attari-Wagah joint check post in Amritsar
Attari, October 13
An 18-member delegation of the BSF, led by U.K. Bansal, additional-director general (west), today crossed over to the Pakistani side at the Attari-Wagah joint check post to attend the biannual meeting of the Indian force and Pakistan Rangers.

U.K. Bansal, ADG (West), BSF (right), being welcomed by Shafqat Nawaz Khan, DDG, Pakistan Rangers, at the Attari-Wagah joint check post in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar



Amritsar resident Pawan Kumar Narang and his bride from Pakistan, Anita, in Amritsar Peshawar bond between India, Pakistan
Amritsar, October 13
Even as Amritsar-born Hindu bridegroom Pawan Kumar Narang and his relatives failed to get visa to Pakistan to take barat to the home of bride Anita in Peshawar, she reached here for the wedding that was solemnised today. The family of the bride brought a recorded aarti of a temple in Peshawar, which was played during the “jaimala” ceremony.

Amritsar resident Pawan Kumar Narang and his bride from Pakistan, Anita, in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar


LS polls: SAD woos fairer sex
Ferozepur, October 13
With an eye on the coming Lok Sabha elections, the SAD, in an apparent attempt to woo women electorates, has decided to constitute women wings at the village, block and district levels. 

Amarinder, Bajwa condemn arrest of Bholath Cong MLA
Chandigarh, October 13
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and party Campaign Committee in charge as well as former minister Partap Singh Bajwa have condemned what they term as the “arbitrary, illegal and unlawful arrest of Bholath Congress legislator Sukhpal Singh Khaira.


A temple has an idol of the snake (Nagraj) in front of BOPs in Bamial sector on the Indo-Pak border. Jawans encounter snakes on the frontiers
Bamial (Gurdaspur), October 13
Now Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, keeping vigil on the border, also have to be wary of snakebites.

A temple has an idol of the snake (Nagraj) in front of BOPs in Bamial sector on the Indo-Pak border.

Funds meant for tourism promotion diverted
Chandigarh, October 13
The Tourism Development Department, Punjab, has been diverting funds sanctioned for specific projects to the projects in “politically important” districts.

CM greets people on parkash utsav of Valmiki
Chandigarh, October 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended greetings to people of Punjab on the auspicious occasion of parkash utsav of Valmiki and exhorted them to follow his teachings and ideology to carve out an ideal society regardless of caste, colour and creed.

SAD urges PM to slash fuel prices
Chandigarh, October 13
Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to announce immediate cut in diesel, petrol and fertiliser prices in view of the sharp reduction in the prices of crude oil in the international market.

Plants in coop sugar mills to generate Rs 200-cr power: Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, October 13
The Punjab government has planned to generate Rs 200-crore power a year by setting up co-generation plants in all cooperative sugar mills.

Airlines find Amritsar airport unviable
Patiala, October 13
Thousands of NRIs and common air passengers from Punjab will be hit with major airlines contemplating gradual frequency reduction or discontinuation of their services from the Rajasansi International Airport, Amritsar, in view of mounting input costs and dwindling recoveries mainly on the “over-serviced” Amritsar-London route.

More dengue cases reported
Bathinda, October 13
Dengue cases continue to pour in hospitals here. A patient admitted to the DMCH, Ludhiana, died today, taking the death toll due to the disease to four.

De-addiction hospital awaits grant
Sangrur, October 13
The local Red Cross Drug De-addiction Hospital, which has treated many drug addicts since its inception in September 2005, has been waiting for a grant of Rs 7 lakh for the current financial year from the ministry of social justice and empowerment, government of India, to run its affairs smoothly. The hospital had sent its case to the ministry through the Department of Social Security, Punjab, more than two months back.

Jassi to lend voice against female foeticide Jasbir Jassi
Ludhiana, October 13
The unethical practice of female foeticide in Punjab has disturbed Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi a lot. He has offered to lend his voice to the state government in the form of a music album to make the masses aware and fight against social evils prevalent in the state.

SSP fears attack on Mohit in jail
Ludhiana, October 13
It is testing times for SSP, Vigilance (Patiala) Shiv Kumar Sharma, whose son Mohit Sharma is the alleged mastermind of the recent robbery of diamonds worth Rs 1.75 crore. He is in a three-day police remand with the Jalandhar police.

Stray cattle menace plagues Moga
Illegal cowshed in grain market adds to the problem 
Moga, October 13
Despite tall claims made by the local municipal council and the animal husbandry department of periodic cattle round ups, herds of stray cattle continue to roam freely on roads of this town, endangering lives of motorists as well as the pedestrians.

Ishmeet SinghIshmeet, Divya Dutta get Rafi awards
Amritsar, October 13
Star Voice of India late Ishmeet Singh was declared the best singer while Labh Janjua of “Jee Karda” (Singh is King) fame was awarded with the best playback singer award in the 28th Mohammad Rafi night organised by Mohammad Rafi memorial society here in the evening.

Golden palanquin taken to Hazur Sahib
Amritsar, October 13
The golden palanquin, made by the Kar Sewa sect, Tarn Taran and headed by Baba Jagtar Singh, was taken to Takht Hazur Sahib, Nanded, with religious fervour. The devotees were chanting hymns from Guru Granth Sahib on the occasion.



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