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3-kg heroin seized; farmer arrested

Punjab
Fazilka: BSF and police personnel recovered 3-kg heroin, worth about Rs 15 crore in the international market, near the border outpost of Gatti Yaru in Fazilka district on Friday evening. Sources stated that on a tip-off, the personnel recovered heroin buried in the field of a farmer, Prem Singh. He has been taken into custody. TNS 9,000-km link roads to be strengthened Chandigarh: The  state government has given in-principle nod to strengthen 9,000 km of link roads at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. New Green Field Expressway from Delhi to Katra via Amritsar is in the offing.  Razia Sultana, PWD Minister, chairing a review meeting, said, “The Landran junction in Mohali will soon be upgraded.” TNS Congress MPs to oppose medical Bill Chandigarh: Punjab Congress MPs have been...

Farmer shot point-blank by bikers

Punjab
Abohar, January 5A farmer was shot dead by unidentified bikers late last night near a village in Raisinghnagar segment in Sriganganagar.Investigation officer Mazid Khan said today that Hoshiar Singh (30) was intercepted by bikers when he was going to irrigate his fields at 11 pm. One of them targeted him from point-blank range. The bullet pierced his stomach, resulting in death on the spot. His pillion rider Kalu Ram was beaten up with a lathi. He has been admitted to a private hospital.As Hoshiar’s kin had taken away the body to his native village Chak 3MZP, the police came to know about the incident at 8 am today. The body has been shifted to the government hospital at Raisinghnagar for the post-mortem examination. OC The Tribune

Missing woman’s body found from drain

Punjab
Tribune News ServiceMuktsar, January 5The body of a 45-year-old woman, who had gone missing last evening after she went to pay obeisance at a religious place on Bura Gujjar Road here, was found from a drain near Rahurianwali village today. It bore an injury mark on the forehead that may have been caused by a bullet.The farmers working along the drain informed the police about the body in the morning. The deceased was later identified as Tara Rani, wife of Mangat Ram and a native of Kacha Bhagsar road here. Mangat is a vegetable vendor. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for the post-mortem examination. The family has not raised a finger of suspicion at anyone till the filing of this report.Perivinkle Grewal, SHO, Sadar Muktsar police station, said, “The body had an injury mark on the

Punjab CM to launch farm debt waiver scheme on Sunday

Punjab
Chandigarh, January 6 Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will on Sunday formally launch the farm debt waiver scheme, which will benefit 5.63 lakh farmers in the initial phase. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd) Additional Chief Secretaries D.P. Reddy and Viswajeet Khanna told reporters here that the government had identified 5.63 lakh farmers, who had taken loan of nearly Rs 2,700 crore from cooperative institutions as on March 31 last year, as beneficiaries for disbursement of the debt waiver certificates in the first of the four phases for completion of the entire process. Of these, the process of verification had been completed for 3.20 lakh farmers. As many as 1.60 lakh cases with loans to worth Rs 748 crore had been approved pa...

Cong misleading farmers: Rakhra

Punjab
Nabha: Former SAD minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on Saturday said the Congress government in the state had failed to fulfil its pre-poll promises. He claimed that the loan waiver list released by the government had vindicated the SAD-BJP's stand that the Congress had made false promises to the people during the Assembly elections. Rakhra, who was at Tohra village to attend religious congregation in the memory of former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said the list had been prepared in a haste just to mislead the farmers and to show that the Congress had fulfilled its promise. TNS Sack Rana Gurjit, Khaira tells CM Chandigarh: Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira on Saturday lashed out at Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for "defending" Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who is ...

Peddler held with Rs1.25-cr contraband

Punjab
Our Correspondent Ferozepur, January 6 Officials of the CI Wing nabbed a wanted cross-border drug peddler and recovered contraband worth Rs 1.25 crore, besides Rs 4 lakh from him on Friday evening. Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, AIG, Counter Intelligence Wing of Punjab Police, Ferozepur, said a few days ago, the CI Wing and the BSF had arrested a drug peddler. At that time, the main culprit, Surjit Singh of Pojo Ke Uthar village in Mamdot block, had escaped. However, on Friday, the CI nabbed Surjit and recovered 270 gm of heroin and Rs 4 lakh from him. Sidhu said during the last six months, 15 notorious drug smugglers had been nabbed by the CI Wing. “Besides, the CI has recovered 36 kg heroin, 200 gm of opium, Rs 22.70 lakh drug money etc in this period,” said AIG Sidhu. The Tribu...

Farm crisis to persist as Punjab govt initiates loan waiver today

Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 6 Major Singh (of Teka Kalan), Tek Singh (of Jiond), Sikandar Singh (of Rodewala) and today, it is Kulwant Singh (of Bhotna). All four farmers "in debt", committed suicide, not because they were grappling with the repayment of their crop loans taken from banks. They took the extreme step because they lost hope from the Congress government that had promised to waive their debt. Ironically, the Capt Amarinder Singh government is getting ready to roll out its crop loan waiver scheme from Mansa on Sunday, celebrating their "success" at having fulfilled their promise. The average loan being waived for 46,556 farmers is Rs 40,000, in the first phase.  Beneficiary farmers, who have already been "named and thus...

Gurdaspur MC peon, wife nabbed with Rs 4-crore heroin

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Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News sERVICE Gurdaspur, January 6 A Rs 4-crore pure grade heroin haul from a peon of the Gurdaspur Municipal Committee (MC) has shocked residents in this border district where such large-scale narcotic recoveries are often made near the wire fencing at the international border. Peon Bharat Gill and his wife Anita Gill were nabbed around midnight after their car was searched at a check post on the Bariar bypass and the contraband recovered. The couple was coming from Amritsar. SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the couple had been under the scanner for quite some time. “DSP (Special branch) Gurbans Singh Bains was entrusted with the task of keeping a track on them after we received concrete information that they were bringing in a large consignment from Amritsar,&r...