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Rice shellers face decrease in rice bran, husk prices
Chandigarh, November 25
Rice shelling is one of the most flourishing industries in Punjab, but it too is facing a slowdown if the decrease in the rates of rice bran and rice husk, its two main by-products, is taken into consideration.

Area under sugarcane shrinks
Ludhiana, November 25
Sugar production in Punjab has been severely hit this year because of a reduction of at least 35 per cent area under the sugarcane cultivation. Sugar mills have started functioning more than a month after the normal schedule of mid-October and raw material stocks are definitely not going to last till the expected time of closure in March-end.

Jan Aushadi launched
Central drug policy soon
Amritsar, November 25
In view of the high drug prices, the Central government will frame a new drug pricing policy, and a committee of ministers will soon announce a broad-based policy shortly.

State health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla and secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ashok Kumar (in suit) at the inauguration of the Jan Aushadi store at the Government Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph



Royal family scion seeks possession of palace
Jalandhar, November 25
Scion of Kapurthala royal family Maharaj Kumar Suryajit Singh has sent a legal notice to the union government seeking the vacant possession of Jagatjit Palace be handed over to him after cancelling sale deed executed on May 17 in 1961.

A view of Jagatjit Palace at Kapurthala. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Central varsity to come up in Bathinda
Bathinda, November 25
The government has cleared the way for the Central varsity at Khudha village. Earlier this year, Sukhbir Badal had announced that the state government had sent a proposal to the human resource ministry for setting up a Central university in the state.

Rajindra Hospital faces staff shortage
Patiala, November 25
The working of the local Government Rajindra Hospital, considered to be one of the biggest hospitals of the Malwa region, has hit a roadblock with the hospital facing an acute shortage of Class IV staff.

‘Rebuked’ by cop, woman dies
Batala, November 25
Leela Devi died within a few seconds after she was allegedly reprimanded by a police official here. After the November 23 incident came to the notice of SSP Naresh Kumar, he transferred the police official to the Police Lines and deputed the DSP(D) to probe the incident.


Bir Devinder eyes Anandpur Sahib
Mohali, November 25
Senior Punjab Congress leader and former deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh is pinning his hope on the AICC chairperson, Sonia Gandhi to get the party ticket from the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency.


State libraries in shambles
Bathinda, November 25
Though a huge amount has been invested on books and infrastructure of the state libraries, in the absence of librarians it has become a sheer wastage of money and government resources. As many as 50 posts of college cadre librarians are lying vacant in the state. There is a total number of 98 vacant posts in the state. Seven officiating librarians are going to retire next year and in the next six years, about 25 more librarians will retire.

Policemen ‘beat up’ milkman, wife
Villagers’ plea sent to deputy commissioner
Sangrur , November 25
Residents of Mangwal village near here today met the SDM and made a representation to him, alleging two policemen ‘beat up’ a milkman and his wife at in their house in the village and later fled from the scene last evening.

Excise and Taxation Inspectors
Candidates claim politicking in selections
Chandigarh, November 25
Politics has allegedly made a victim out of them. Interviewed for the posts of excise and taxation inspectors during the Akali-BJP regime in 2001, they were allegedly left out of the process by the Congress government, only to be ignored again by the ruling combine.

Power supply to 21 Jalandhar tanneries snapped
Jalandhar, November 25
The PSEB authorities disconnected power supply to 21 tanneries with the assistance of police force in three localities here today.

Farmers hold protest against Punjab govt, Sugarfed
Chandigarh, November 25
Members of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Punjab staged an indefinite protest near Parade ground here today, demanding release of arrears of Rs 37 crore from Sugarfed.

Members of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Punjab, raise slogans against the state government and Sugarfed during the indefinite protest staged near Parade Ground in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Anveshan-2009 for aspiring researchers
Amritsar, November 25
To identify young talents who want to take up research as a career, a three-day convention Anveshan-2009 will be organised by Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University from January 6 next.

Polytechnic institute to function after 12 years
Anandpur Sahib, November 25
The government polytechnic institute built at Agampur will start working 12 years after its inception.

LS Polls
Congress councillors to back high command nominee
Amritsar, November 25
Ranjan Agarwal, leader of the opposition in the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, yesterday said all Congress councillors would support the candidate nominated by the party high command for the Lok Sabha (LS) elections from Amritsar.

Govt staff hold protest
Sangrur, November 25
Employees of various government offices under the banner of Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee today held a rally and raised slogans against the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demands in the district administrative complex (DC office complex) here. They also submitted a memorandum to the local SDM regarding their demands.

Docs seek new drug purchase policy
Hoshiarpur, November 25
Appreciating the decision of the government to provide medicines manufactured by five public sector companies at a rebate from 40 per cent to 50 per cent through fair price shops at all 25 Civil Hospitals of Punjab, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has demanded that the formulation of a new drug purchase policy under which medical officers be allowed to purchase medicines as per the need of the patients.


Missing Wire
CJM’s functioning under HC scanner
Chandigarh, November 25
The functioning of Faridkot chief judicial magistrate’s (CJM) court has come under the high court scanner.

High Court
State to file reply
Chandigarh, November 25
Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Jasbir Singh directed Punjab counsel to apprise it by December 1 on the state’s response to a PIL for directions against the toll tax barrier awarded to a Pune-based firm on built-and-operate basis on Balachaur-Garhshankar-Hoshiarpur-Dasuya state highway for Rs 103 crore .


NRI, cop held for property grab bid
Amritsar, November 25
The police thwarted an attempt by an NRI, supported by a Kapurthala-based head constable, to grab a prime property belonging to another US-based NRI on the Tarn Taran road late last night.



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