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Farmers reject MSP hike
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjab farmers have rejected the hike in the minimum support price for wheat announced by the Union Government. In a strongly worded press communication issued by the various groups of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, the farmers have condemned the Centre for having been unfair to them once again.

Border Seizures
BSF seizes 13 kg heroin, fake currency
BSF guard stands by the haul made at Pul Kanjri near the Pak border. Pul Kanjri, January 29
The BSF seized a huge quantity of heroin, arms and fake currency near the Pulkanjri border post last night.One of the two Pakistani smugglers was injured when BSF jawans opened fire at them.
BSF guard stands by the haul made at Pul Kanjri near the Pak border. A Tribune photograph



Takht renews edict against dera head
Sikh high priests hold a meeting at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Thursday.Amritsar, January 29
Sikh clergy, at an emergency meeting held at the Akal Takht secretariat here today, directed the Sikh sangat to ensure the implementation of the edict issued by them to snap all ties with head of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and its followers.

Sikh high priests hold a meeting at Akal Takht in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Badal, BJP leaders meet to ‘sort out differences’
Rape case against BJP leader’s son may be withdrawn
Amritsar, January 29
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and senior BJP leaders including Balbir Punj, in charge party’s Punjab Affairs , state party chief Rajinder Bhandari , MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Manoranjan Kalia, a Minister held closed- door meeting here today to resolve ‘differences’ between the coalition partners in Amritsar district.

Imbibe values of Baba Deep Singh: Barnala 
Amritsar , January 29
Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu, called on the youth to imbibe moral, religious, social and spiritual values of Baba Deep Singh, who had sacrificed himself for their sake, be ever ready to defend the mother land.


Potato glut: Price crash likely
Women sort potatoes at a farm in Jalandhar district.Jalandhar, January 29
Price of potatoes may lead to price crash following record production in the country. The Doaba region, with more than 72, 000 hectares under potato cultivation, is major producer of the crop and farmers are worried at low price even during peak season and with more fresh arrivals in the mandis in the coming days. Potato is selling at Rs 1. 50 to 2 per kg, about five times less than last year’s.

Women sort potatoes at a farm in Jalandhar district. Photo: Pawan Sharma

Mahajan special secy to Deputy CM
Chandigarh, January 29
With the appointment of Ajay Kumar Mahajan, a known loyalist, as special secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the latter’s secretariat is now complete.

‘Anandpur pact no separatist agenda’
Kahnuwan, January 29
Undeterred by criticism from none else than alliance partner BJP of his advocacy for the implementation of the Anandpur Sahib resolution, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today claimed that it was not a separatist agenda.

Development Chhibber’s plank
Amritsar, January 29
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and former Punjab Governor BKN Chhibber has said overall development of the holy city will be his main plank in Lok Sabha elections.

Paper leak
PTU to re-conduct exam
Jalandhar, January 29
Having established that the papers of mathematics for BTech third and fourth semester conducted on January 9 got leaked, Punjab Technical University today decided to re-conduct the examination.

Hira Mahal controversy
Nabha, January 29
The SAD Amritsar decided to launch an agitation to reinstall 'Nishan Sahib' (Sikh religious symbol) atop it while its owners claim some persons are conspiring to occupy the palace under cover of religion. Various Sikh leaders had installed 'Nishan Sahib' atop the part of palace which is in the possession of Pritam Singh but fearing tension, the administration along with SGPC employees got it removed in his absence.


High Court
Manoj-Babli murder case
Haryana home secy to file affidavit
Chandigarh, January 29 The high court today made it clear that it wants the importers of scrap, lying at Ludhiana dry port since October 2004, to pay expenses to be incurred by Army authorities for destroying the explosives. 


Attackers free undertrial from police custody
Sangrur, January 29
Two head constables of the Bathinda police were injured when five miscreants attacked them with sharp-edged weapons at the Barnala bus stand in order to free undertrial Rajiv Kumar, alias Raja, of Ludhiana from their custody.



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