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Farmers urge PM to withdraw from RCEP

Say pact to join regional economic partnership will unsettle domestic farming16 Sep 2019 | 10:39 AM

AMRITSAR: Fearing dumping of agri-products from developed nations, farmers protesting under the banner of Kisan Sangarsh Committee (KSC) have asked the Union Government to withdraw from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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STRAP: Say the agreement would unsettle domestic farming

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 15

Fearing dumping of agri-products from developed nations, farmers protesting under the banner of Kisan Sangarsh Committee (KSC) have asked the Union Government to withdraw from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

India hosted representatives of all 16 nations (who are part of the RCEP negotiations) during two-day talks in Delhi that ended on Sunday.

To make their voices heard, farmers held protests to mobilise support over the matter on Sunday. Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, KSC, said the free trade agreement would unsettle the domestic farming and allied occupations in the country, especially Punjab. Signatory nations of the grouping would be authorised to dump at least 29 items without any tax, he said.

Punjab is the food bowl of the country, with annual production of paddy and wheat crossing over 1.5 lakh metric tonne. The state contributes impressively to milk, sugarcane, oil seeds, vegetable and other farm and allied production.

Sakatar Singh Kotla, another farmer leader, said: “ The 16 RCEP countries include 10 ASEAN nations, besides Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and India. A look at the names of these countries makes it amply clear that some of these are world leaders in wheat, paddy and other crops. Indian farmers are already battling with continuous increasing input cost and low procurement price.”

Farmers urge PM to withdraw from RCEPFarmers raise slogans during a protest against the government’s plan to join the RCEP, at Amritsar Entrance Gate on Sunday. Vishal kumar

ACP to probe ‘killing’ of Ludhiana resident

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: Days after a Ludhiana-based Rakesh Kumar (43) was allegedly killed by his wife and in-laws in Rani Ka Bagh area, the police have marked a probe to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) (west) to ascertain facts.

Polio drive: 51,918 kids immunised

Polio drive: 51,918 kids immunised

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

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Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar pays visit to Golden Temple

Takht Patna Sahib Jathedar pays visit to Golden Temple

16 Sep 2019 | 10:24 AM

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Illegal parking of buses leads to jams

Illegal parking of buses leads to jams

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: Private bus operators have been parking their buses illegally at Old Sabji Mandi ground.

Economic policies of Centre flayed

Economic policies of Centre flayed

16 Sep 2019 | 10:27 AM

AMRITSAR: The members of the Akhil Bhartiya Sangarsh Dal burnt an effigy of the Central government to protest against the ‘faulty’ economic policies.

Councillors seek more sanitation workers

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: Though the government increased the number of wards by delimitation of ward, from 65 to 85, the number of safai karamcharis has not been increased in the same proportion.

Police to probe accomplice’s role in gangster’s murder

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: The police have started probing the role of Angrej Singh in the murder of gangster Rajat Malhotra alias Karan Masti.

Exempt toll tax to Darbar Sahib: NGO

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: A local NGO demanded the government to make Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, pilgrimage toll tax free.

Shamsher probed, 1-kg heroin seized

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

AMRITSAR: The rural police have confiscated 1 kg of heroin during the interrogation of Shamsher Singh Shera, who was nabbed by the police with 7.

Work started in 2016, road still a dream for villagersTarn Taran Diary

Work started in 2016, road still a dream for villagers

16 Sep 2019 | 7:52 AM

There has been no respite in sight for the residents of villages like Rasulpur, Piddi, Shahabpur, Dyel, Jandoke, Sarhali Khurd, Sakhira, Jaura, Lauhuka, Nathuchak and Kairon as the completion of Tarn Taran-Patti road has not been expedited.

Elderly man commits suicideBriefly

Elderly man commits suicide

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

TARN TARAN: A 60-year-old-man ended his life in Kale village after his daughter-in-law accused him of sexual harassment on Friday. He has been identified as Gurnam Singh.

MC to construct gaushala at Gumanpura bypass

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to construct a gaushala near Gumanpura bypass near Chheharta.

Teachers honouredCAMPUS NOTES

Teachers honoured

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: DAV International School organised a glitzy Teacher’s Day function here on Saturday. Dr Ramesh Kumar Arya, vice-president, DAV managing committee, New Delhi, and Dr J P Shoor (director PSI and aided schools) of DAVCMC, New Delhi presided over the event as chief guests.

‘Hindi has come a long way’

‘Hindi has come a long way’

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Hindi Divas was celebrated with much fanfare in the city on Saturday. Every year, September 14 is celebrated as Hindi Divas to mark adoption of the Hindi language as official language of the nation.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz remembered at Majha House session

Faiz Ahmed Faiz remembered at Majha House session

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Majha House hosted an evening of poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, a poet celebrated on both sides of the border. The event marked a new chapter in a series of baithaks organised at Majha House in memory of renowned poets, writers, music directors and artistes.

Avoid sprays for speedy paddy ripening

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: The Agriculture Department has advised against the use of chemicals by some farmers who want their paddy crop to ripen at the earliest to be able sow vegetable crops.

253 cases settled

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

TARN TARAN: As many as 253 cases were settled in the National Lok Adalat formed under the supervision of Harpreet Kaur Randhawa, local District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairperson District Legal Service Authority, on Saturday.

It’s gynaecologists vs women specialists at Civil Hospital

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Women doctors in the gynaecology wing and other departments at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Civil Hospital have been at loggerheads over allocation of duties in the emergency ward and for examining sexual assault victims.

Estate office removes encroachments

Estate office removes encroachments

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: The estate office of the Municipal Corporation (MC) today conducted an anti-encroachment drive at Court Road, City Centre, court complex, Om Jee Park, Chheharta, and Putlighar.

Cong leader, son booked for fraud

Cong leader, son booked for fraud

15 Sep 2019 | 7:48 AM

TARN TARAN: Gurpartap Singh Plasaur, a senior leader of the Congress, and his son Jashandeep Singh of Plasaur village have been booked in a fraud case on Friday. Gurpartap termed the registration of the case as violation of norms and claimed that an officer other than DSP Richa Agnihotri had been conducting an inquiry in this regard.

No action over missing civic body documents

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Even an year after the reports about missing documents of leased properties surfaced, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to identify guilty officials.

Councillors to aware people on nutrition

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: The Health Department has roped in councillors of the Municipal Corporation to reach out to city residents to create awareness on nutritious food and cleanliness under the Poshan Abhiyaan.

Rajasthan displays tourism power at travel expo

15 Sep 2019 | 7:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Rajasthan Tourism today conducted a special show during the ongoing three-day travel expo — India Travel Mart (ITM). Rajasthan, being the largest state of the country geographically, presents rich repository of living traditions and art forms.

Cop thrashed in Chogawan village, SHO suspended

Cop thrashed in Chogawan village, SHO suspended

14 Sep 2019 | 1:09 PM

AMRITSAR:A sub-inspector, Baldev Singh, was severely thrashed by several residents of Chogawan village here today.

Sulking teacher skips award function

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR:Kanwaljit Kaur, a teacher at Government High School for Girls, Chhajalwaddi, refused to collect her appreciation letter at the Teachers' Award function held at Jandiala Guru on Friday.

SGPC hails pruning of blacklist

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR:Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal has welcomed the removal of names of 312 Sikhs from the Union Government’s blacklist.

Controversy over 'Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush'

Chugh meets Valmiki community members

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh has announced that Information and Broadcasting Ministry had issued a show-cause notice to a private satellite channel seeking response in writing why contents of its telecast serial ‘Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush’ hurt the religious sentiments of the Valmiki community.

Sikh Education Conference rescheduled

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: Due to adverse flood-like situation in Sri Sultanpur Lodhi and its surrounding villages where Chief Khalsa Diwan’s 67th World Sikh Education Conference was initially decided to be held in September is now rescheduled on October 8,9 and 10 at the same venue.

Traders for more e-way bill relaxation

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: Members of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal have urged the government to extend relaxation on e-way bill on merchandise for another year, which concluded today.

New public toilets remain locked

New public toilets remain locked

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: The city has got the tag of open defecation free (ODF), but most of the toilets built to achieve the target remain under lock.

Tussle intensifies for mgmt rights of SSSS institutes

Tussle intensifies for mgmt rights of SSSS institutes

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: The tussle between two warring factions for management rights of Sant Singh Sukha Singh (SSSS) educational institutions took another turn as the members of the Khalsa College Governing Council and Sri Singh Sabha formed a committee to “safeguard” the legacy of Bhai Sant Singh on Friday.

Power theft burdens consumers, says social activist

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: Though the PSPCL’s enforcement wing continues to tighten the noose around those involved in power theft, the menace goes on unabated due to which tariff is often hiked by the state government.

Four booked for abduction

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

TARN TARAN: Four persons of Gali Bhagtanwala in Amritsar have been booked for allegedly abducting a 13-year-old boy at gunpoint and forcing him to work as a bonded labourer for over a month.

Eight councillors given new role

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu appointed eight councillors as chairman and deputy chairman of various wings of the Municipal Corporation (MC) here today.

Rape case lodged after 10 yrs

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: Following the directions of the National Commission for Women (NCW), the Amritsar rural police have booked a man for allegedly raping a woman in Bhakha Tara Singh village, falling under the Ajnala police station, a decade ago.

Woman ends life, spouse booked

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: A married woman committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Harsha Chhina Uchcha Killa village here yesterday.

A writer for all ages, time

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

AMRITSAR: While struggling to find his feet in Bollywood as a writer back in early 2000’s, Irshad Kamil used to have recurrent dream about a black lady.

Relieve us so we can join new postings, say teachers

Relieve us so we can join new postings, say teachers

14 Sep 2019 | 7:45 AM

TARN TARAN: Teachers in large numbers today staged a protest against higher-ups for not relieving them from their present stations due to which they are not able to join their new postings.

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