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Punjab reverts 31 District Education Officers
Chandigarh, June 30
In an endeavour to cleanse the Education Department of “ad hocism,” favouritism and nepotism, the Punjab Government has ordered the reversion of 31 District Education Officers, both Secondary and Primary , to their substantive ranks, besides making “merit-cum-seniority” the sole criterion for appointments at the senior level.

Action sought against 2 ministers
Ludhiana, June 30
A former Deputy Speaker, Punjab, Mr Satpal Gosain, has sought action against two ministers in the Capt Amarinder Singh government, Mr Harbans Lal, Minister of State for Forests, and Mr Romesh Dutt Sharma, the Minister of State for Health, for the allegedly fabricated certificates they claimed to have got from the Board of Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine, J&K. Mr Gosain demanded that the matter should be probed by the CBI and the two ministers be dismissed from the government.

Mann to raise rice scam in Parliament
Bathinda, June 30
The scam pertaining to the diversion of export category rice to domestic markets by export firms in connivance with rice mill owners and officials which came to light in the Food Corporation of India in the district and other parts of state will be taken up in Parliament in the coming session by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP and President, SAD (Amritsar), as he alleged that the FCI authorities has succumbed to the pressure of the “export lobby”.




SGPC move on Takhts draws flak
Amritsar, June 30
The move of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to bring all five Takhts under the direct control of the proposed All-India Sikh Gurdwara Act is being opposed by Mr G.S. Lamba, a member of the sub-committee on the draft of ‘the Sikh Gurdwara Bill, 1999’ on the ground that such a move would affect sovereignty of the great institution of Akal Takht.

Machhiwara boy tops Class XII exam
SAS Nagar, June 30
Boys have bagged two positions out of the top three slots in the class XII examinations (humanities and vocational group) of the Punjab School Education Board, the results of which were declared here today.

Warm homecoming awaits Sekhon
Ludhiana, June 30
Notwithstanding his unceremonious exit from the Indian Air Force, residents of Issewal village have arranged a hero’s welcome for Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon (retd) who would visit his native village on July 2.


406 ITBP recruits pass out
Jalandhar, June 30
The Indo-Tibet Border Police has adopted the latest techniques to impart special training to its recruits to counter growing terrorist and anti-national activities across the country.

DC orders FIR in forgery case
Kapurthala, June 30
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh K. Verma, has ordered the registration of criminal case against Surinder Singh, resident of the Bhularai road, Phagwara, Gurmel Singh resident of Sangatpur, Phagwara, Hansraj, Numberdar, and some other persons under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 read with Section 120B of the IPC.

LeT militant taken to Batala
Khanna, June 30
Abdul a militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a banned militant outfit was taken away by the Batala police on production warrant issued by the Senior Sub Judge Mr Munish Arora, for one day.

Volte face by govt over lift pumps
In yet another volte face, the state government has withdrawn orders to ban lift pumps which had been diverting 850 cusecs of canal water at the cost of villages located at the tail end.

PUDA plot transfer allowed till July 15
SAS Nagar, June 30
The Punjab Government has decided to extend the date for the transfer of plots and houses in the PUDA urban estates till July 15 on the payment of a transfer fee. The earlier deadline expired today.

MC President’s arrest stayed
Bathinda, June 30
The arrest of Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhullar, MC President, who was booked in a case pertaining to the auction of a piece of land at a throwaway price, has been stayed until July 5 by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Karnail Singh.

Owners ready to surrender sites
Bathinda, June 30
A section of the owners of milk booth sites located in the heart of the city, who have purchased the sites in an open auction, said today that they were ready to surrender their sites on which shops had been constructed, instead of facing criminal case registered against them, coupled with humiliation and harassment at the hands of the police without any fault of theirs.

Gen category staff rally in Chandigarh
Nawanshahr, June 30
Mr Prabhjit Singh, senior vice-president, Punjab State General Category Welfare Federation, addressing a meeting of the district unit of the federation here on Sunday exhorted the activists of the Federation to mobilise people, especially employees, to take part in the state-level rally to be held in Chandigarh on July 17 in protest against the “anti-employee” policies of the government.

Gurdev Badal’s daughter-in-law granted bail
Faridkot, June 30
A District and Sessions Court here has granted anticipatory bail to Paramjit Kaur, daughter-in-law of former Punjab Agriculture Minister Gurdev Singh Badal, in a case of cheating.


PTU launches ‘online virtual campus’
Chandigarh, June 30
Punjab Technical University has launched an innovative “online virtual campus” offering education through the online mode and the e-correspondence mode.
Launched in collaboration with Lovely International Trust, it is aimed at a global target audience offering them the choice of “studying anytime, anywhere”, at an affordable price in a multimedia enriched interactive learning environment.

Parallel counselling by PTU upsets students
Bathinda, June 30
Even as Punjab Technical University announced the counselling schedule for admission to various engineering colleges yesterday, students are still resentful.
Pankaj Kumar, an engineering aspirant, talking to The Tribune said the PTU authorities would be conducting parallel counselling for students belonging to the reserved and the general category in the first round even though the number of students from the reserved category were fewer than the number of seats reserved for them.

Move to ‘close’ college resented
Amritsar, June 30
Expressing concern over the ‘closure’ of the only college for boys in holy city, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, former BJP MLA, today in a press statement said that the government had declared neither the closure of the college nor had it given admissions to the new students even as the last date of the admissions had passed.


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