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Stubble fires raise heat, Capt writes to PM again

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 9 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has once again written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for paddy growers to check stubble-burning, a major cause of smog in the region. He also urged Modi to convene a meeting of the chief ministers of the affected states along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue. The CM had, on July 5, sought Modi's intervention for checking the problem of paddy straw burning by providing a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal as incentive to compensate the farmers for managing the crop residue scientifically. Amarinder said what was probably not being understood in proper perspective was that the problem was essentially scientific and economic. It could be tackled through ...

Day after, two drivers booked for mishaps

Punjab
Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 9 Two FIRs have been registered in the two road accidents which claimed 10 lives yesterday on a flyover above the Bathinda-Chandigarh national highway, the police said today. Nine persons, including eight students, were crushed to death by a speeding cement mixer truck. On the statement of Kewal Singh, a witness, a case was registered under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the driver, identified as Dharminder Singh (30), a resident of Uttarakhand. He was arrested later today by the local police, said SP (City) Gurmeet Singh. In the other case, a driver of a private transport company, Libra Bus Service, Gurpreet Singh, was booked under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 279 and ...

2 Class XII students accuse principal of molestation bid

Punjab
Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Ghabdan (Sangrur), November 8 Two girl students of Class XII of Government Meritorious School, Ghabdan, have accused their principal of attempting to molest them. When the principal came to defend himself, they confronted him in front of their parents and members of various NGOs and organisations today. The NGOs have announced to start an agitation next week if the authorities fail to sack the principal and register an FIR against him. “Last Wednesday, our principal called both of us to his house. When we reached there, he took us to his bedroom. There, he started touching us inappropriately. When I did not allow him to continue, he allowed us to leave the room. As we did not have a mobile phone, we called our parents from the phone of a staff member in