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HP units pollute Swan
45 head of cattle have died due to high level of pollutants in the rivulet
Nangal, October 14
Effluents discharged by factories of the Mehatpur
industrial area in Una district, Himachal Pradesh,
have blackened the Swan rivulet that flows into
the Sutlej near Agampur village.

Effluents discharged by industrial units in Mehatpur, Himachal Pradesh, have blackened water of the Swan rivulet.
Effluents discharged by industrial units in Mehatpur,
Himachal Pradesh, have blackened water of the Swan
rivulet. A Tribune photograph

Govt drags feet on bus fare hike
Chandigarh, October 14
The coming Lok Sabha elections seem to be reason enough to defer a proposed bus fare hike in the state with the government unwilling to listen to pleas of the Punjab Roadways as well as the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) in this regard.

Protected persons need to give undertaking
Chandigarh, October 14
The involvement of cops provided as gunmen to Patiala Vigilance SSP Shiv Kumar in diamond theft case involving his son has made Punjab Police seek an undertaking from all protected persons in the state about the whereabouts of their gunmen.



IAS officer’s name figures in land case
Mohali/Solan, October 14
In a case involving mutations of 467 kanals at Nada village, Mohali district, in violation of rules, the Punjab Vigilance has arrested a Kasauli-based hotelier.


Amritsar Cong united over PM’s candidature
Charn Singh Sapra (in red turban), the visiting MLC from Mumbai, interacts with residents and Congress leaders in Amritsar on Tuesday.Amritsar, October 14
All senior Congress leaders from Amritsar,
including MLAs, former ministers and legis-
lators, today expressed unanimity for fielding
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the
Amritsar Lok Sabha.

Charn Singh Sapra (in red turban), the visiting MLC from Mumbai, interacts with residents and Congress leaders in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Splinter Akali groups to form common platform to
oppose SAD-BJP

Patiala, October 14
Splinter Akali groups of Punjab are once again in the process of uniting themselves for the formation of a joint ‘panthi front’ in their bid to oppose the SAD-BJP alliance in the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Amarinder Singh Capt lashes out at govt
Patiala, October 14
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today accused the
government of having failed in timely lifting of paddy from
mandis, causing inconvenience to farmers.


22 SGPC officials found guilty of theft, drug addiction
Amritsar, October 14
The fact-finding and review committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) today recommended the dismissal of at least 22 officials who have been indicted by various inquiry committees.

Youth set afire by beloved’s kin dies
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 14
The minor beloved of Karan Sharma of the local Jandali Road area proved a death messenger for him.

A farmer in his field near Samrala. DAP shortage hits
potato cultivation

Morinda/Samrala/Khanna, October 14
Potato cultivation has been hit hard in this
belt as well as in other parts of Punjab due
to an acute shortage of di-ammonium
phosphate (DAP), which may also affect
the forthcoming wheat sowing.
A farmer in his field near Samrala. Tribune
photo: Vicky Gharu

Procurement: CM takes officers to task
Chandigarh, October 14
Taking a serious view of the bottlenecks in the procurement of paddy, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today came down heavily on the officials involved in the procurement process and directed them to leave Chandigarh and function from the field till all paddy is lifted.

Govt agrees to stack PAU 201 separately
Chandigarh, October 14
The state government has moved in to solve the impasse following reluctance on the part of government agencies as well as private millers to procure PAU 201 paddy variety by directing that this paddy be stocked separately so that it can be dealt with accordingly.

Paddy Bonus
Sukhbir writes to Centre
Chandigarh, October 14
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today called upon the Central government to immediately announce a bonus of Rs 300 per quintal to mitigate the sufferings of paddy farmers in the state.

BKU threatens rail roko
Chandigarh, October 14
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) (BKU) today threatened to stop trains on October 20 in the state in case the Union government did not intervene and announce bonus on paddy, give recognition to Pusa 1121 as a paddy variety and relax norms regarding moisture and discoloration on paddy being procured in Punjab.

Export of diesel engines made in Punjab set to go up
Patiala, October 14
Export of Punjab-made diesel engines to more than 24 developing countries is all set to shoot up as the diesel engines made by micro and other industries in Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP, and Madhya Pradesh, have been added to the Focus Product category for exports to more than two dozen developing countries by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

’84 Riots
Ray of hope for kin of killed Sikh soldiers
Patiala, October 14
Families of the Sikh soldiers, who were killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, have got a ray of hope as the SGPC has asked them to file application for compensation with the SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

Mullanpur Garibdass Land Row
Brahampura writes to CM to cancel land mutation
Mohali, October 14
Punjab’s revenue department, the rural development and panchayats department have locked horns over cancelling the mutation of 500 acres of common village land of Mullanpur Garibdass village here.

Rename Nanded as Sri Hazur Sahib station: CM
Chandigarh, September 14
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prevail upon his railway minister to get Nanded railway station renamed as Sri Hazur Sahib station.

Atlanta Sikhs honour J.J. Singh
Chandigarh, October 14
Sikhs living in Atlanta, led by the Sewa Inc, recently honoured Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J.J. Singh (retd).



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