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Govt advances cane crushing by 10 days
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday gave approval for advancing the cane-crushing season in state sugar mills by 10 days to November 15. An official release said the Chief Minister cleared the proposal mooted by the Punjab Cane Commissioner. As part of the state's ambitious crop diversification programme, the area under sugarcane has increased from 84,000 hectares in 2012-13 to 96,000 hectares this year. At present, 16 sugar mills are operational in Punjab, of which nine are in the cooperative and seven in the private sector.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Renovate memorial gates: Bir Devinder:
Former Punjab Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh along with a number of his supporters on Thursday handed over a memorandum to the Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner demanding renovation of all the four gates erected in the memory of those who had raised their voice in support of the Sahibjadas of Guru Gobind Singh. In the memorandum, he said the gates raised to commemorate 300 years of the martyrdom of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh were in a dilapidated state.

Jayani bats for homemede remedies: Health Minister Surjit Jayani on Thursday said the traditional system of homemade medicines had remedies for all diseases. Addressing a free medical check-up camp here, the minister said an increase in the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers was responsible for greater number of diseases. He also advocated organic farming.

Ban on sale of crackers in internal areas:
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Khanna, Gurmeet Singh has banned the sale of crackers in the internal areas of the city.The ADC said as per the order, issued under Section 144 of the CrPC, crackers could be stored and sold with at prescribed locations only. These include Shivji Complex, Miltary Ground and AS Modern Senior Secondary School.

Samples collected:
Officials of the health department raided shops and collected six samples of cheese from Sahnewal and Khanna. SMO, Sahnewal, Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu along with a team of officials today visited sweetmeat and vegetable shops.

Minor gang-raped in Moga village
: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by two youths at Meenia village in Nihalsinghwala sub-division of the district on Wednesday. The victim alleged that she was forcibly taken to a tube-well room by Sukhbir Singh of Kussa village and his unidentified friend where they raped her. After a medical examination of the girl, the police had registered a case against the two youths at the Badhni Kalan police station. The accused are yet to be arrested, said a police officer.

Moga lawyers go on two-day strike: Lawyers in the District Courts Complex and the Judicial Court at Nihalsinghwala, besides the revenue courts in Moga district, proceeded on a two-day strike on Thursday in protest against the transfer of powers of rent controller to the Sub-Divisional Magistrates instead of the judicial courts. District Bar Association president Ramesh Grover alleged that SDMs were not law graduates and it would be difficult for them to handle such cases.

Souvenir of 'SARAS Mela' released:
Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Rural Development Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra here on Thursday released a souvenir of SARAS (sale of articles of rural artisan society) Mela. The 12-day fair has been in progress at the Government Ranbir College here since October 16. About 600 artisans from 24 states have put up about 200 stalls of their articles while about 100 artistes from different states have been performing cultural items.



HMT Retired Employees Association
: The general body meeting of the HMT Retired Employees Association was held under the presidentship of Satnam Singh. About 50 members were present . They were told that staff on company rolls would be paid revised salaries w.e.f April 2013. It was proposed that retired staff should fight their cases collectively for getting their dues.


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