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Scam of fake pollution certificates unearthed
Amritsar, July 29
A scam relating to issuance of “fake pollution control certificates” in the city has been unearthed even as a Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Varinder Aggarwal, has written to the district police for taking immediate action against owners of two automobile shops in two different cases for allegedly issuing fake certificates. A view of the pollution check centre on the Amritsar-Lahore road.
A view of the pollution check centre on the Amritsar-Lahore road. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Explosives found in scrap to be defused
Ludhiana, July 29
The Army authorities have agreed to defuse the explosives lying on the premises of the container freight station of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation at Focal Point, Dhandari.

Delay in notification on panel report irks parents
Chandigarh, July 29
Failure of the Punjab Government to notify the recommendations of the Majithia Committee on fee for various medical, dental, nursing, homoeopathic and ayurvedic colleges in the state has piqued both students and their parents.




Senior citizens to get permits to buy opium provided they are addicts
Abohar, July 29
Senior citizens, aged above 65, will be issued permits to buy opium and poppy husk from authorised sale outlets, if they had really become addicts. The state government, in consultation with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, recently took a decision to this effect.

Punjab ropes in Sikh religious leaders to spread AIDS awareness
Chandigarh, July 29

Unable to take AIDS awareness campaigns to the interiors of Punjab, the state government has decided to seek the support of religious organisations in spreading details about the virus and its fatal consequences.


Action against those recycling used syringes sought
Hoshiarpur, July 29
While appreciating the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh, for asking Mr Romesh Chander Dogra, Health Minister, to come out with a detailed proposal on the use of the recycling of disposable medical articles such as syringes, vials etc, the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has demanded that cases be registered in fast track courts against those who are supplying disposable recycled syringes etc in bulk to the manufacturers and also against those manufacturers who are then recycling it.

Anti-factionalism panel faces factionalism!
Phagwara, July 29
A piquant situation arose here when the BSP panel constituted to overcome factionalism in the party had to face factionalism!

Residential use in focal points allowed
Mohali, July 29
The Punjab Government has allowed residential use of industrial plots in Mohali and Batala focal points on the pattern being followed in other focal points in the state, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Bathinda.

Technical employees union members stage dharna
Abohar, July 29
Members of Technical and Mechanical Employees Union staged a dharna and shouted slogans as talks with Executive Engineer failed at a meeting held here today. Union had been agitating for a long period but relations with senior officials became tense as Mr Suba Ram, vice-president of state unit, was recently transferred from here to Amritsar.

Pensioners hail Cabinet decision
Ludhiana, July 29
Mr B.R. Kaushal, chairman, Punjab State Pensioners Confederation, and member, Punjab State Advisory Board, in a statement released to the press today, hailed the decision taken by the Punjab Cabinet in which approval has been given to rationalise the pension/family pension of employees who retired before January 1, 1996 with those who retired after January 1, 1996.

Bhakra served its purpose, says BBMB
Chandigarh, July 29
Reacting to the news-item “ Bhakra Project has failed to deliver: study” published in The Tribune dated July 18” the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has said “It was not an objective study of the Bhakra dam project. It was an attempt by a team of activists to propagate public opinion against large dams.”

BSNL consumers a harassed lot
Sultanpur Lodhi, July 29
BSNL consumers are a harassed lot in this subdivision as almost in every village and locality unattended complaints have been piling up for months.

Senior citizen’s struggle for retirement benefits
Ropar, July 29
Hazura Singh (63) has been running from pillar to post to get his post-retirement benefits even after four years of retirement. He had retired as the Section Officer Audit of the Examiner Local Fund Accounts, Punjab, on November 30, 2000. He had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and also the Supreme Court to get relief.


PMET: 14 answers wrong, claim petitioners
Chandigarh, July 29
The petitioners, who have challenged the result of the second examination for PMET-2005 conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, have claimed that the answers of 14 of the 21 controversial questions that were part of the examination have been found to be wrong or ambiguous by a high-powered committee of experts constituted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

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Lok Pal within 2 months, Punjab tells HC

Chandigarh, July 29
The Punjab Advocate-General, Mr R.S. Cheema, today informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the Punjab Government had started the process of the appointment of a new Lok Pal in the state.

PIL to make blood banks comply with rules
Chandigarh, July 29
The PIL filed by the Punjab Thalassaemics Welfare Society came up for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court before the Bench headed by Chief Justice D.K. Jain today.

Hawara’s aides sent to judicial custody
Moga, July 29
A local court today remanded two reported accomplices of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Jagtar Singh Hawara in judicial custody till August 12.

Murder case against in-laws
Abohar, July 29
A case has been registered at Peelibanga near Hanumangarh neighboring this sub division against in-laws of a Bathinda resident following his death under mysterious circumstances.


Farmers organise protest rally
Kapurthala, July 29
Five organisations of farmers orgainsed a protest-rally in the Shalimar Bagh here today. Before holding the March they presented a memorandum of demands to the Deputy Commissioner.


Encroachments in several areas removed
Nawanshahr, July 29
After removing encroachments from the Ambedkar Chowk, Chandigarh Chowk, Chandigarh Road and Rahon Road, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar removed unauthorised kiosks typists, stamp-paper vendors, photostat shops etc. in the district administrative complex here.

Decision on water board put on hold
Abohar, July 29
The Municipal Council has deferred the implementation of July 7 resolution by which it was to take back the charge of collection of water and sewerage bills from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) with effect from August 1, sources said today.

VAT Help Counter to be set up
Jalandhar, July 29
In its bid to solve VAT- related problems of traders and industrialists, the Excise and Taxation Department has decided to set up a VAT Help Counter in the local BMC chowk Sales Tax office.

IT return counters open
Amritsar, July 29
The income tax return receipt counters will remain open on July 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


One held in murder case
Barnala, July 29
Shehna police in Barnala police district arrested Mr Charanjit Singh, a resident of Shehna village, about 15 km from here, an alleged accused responsible for the murder of Mr Hernak Singh. Two other alleged accused Mr Major Singh and Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur, the wife of Charanjit Singh, are still at large.

Postal saving subscribers swindled
Chandigarh, July 29
Hundreds of persons subscribing to various saving schemes of the Postal Department in Jagraon, Ludhiana, were shellshocked on finding that their hard earned money has suddenly been siphoned off by a postal assistant. Officials at the headquarters of the Punjab Postal Circle here have initiated a probe into the scam following the lodging of an FIR on Tuesday last.

Woman held for smuggling smack
Jalandhar, July 29
The local police here has nabbed a woman who allegedly used to bring smack from Amritsar and supply it to students and rich addicts of the Model Town locality in packets, priced at Rs 300 and Rs 700.

Man held for killing wife
Gurdaspur, July 29
The Sujanpur police has arrested Gurdial Singh, an electrician, for strangulating his wife, Sunita Devi, to death. Sources said the body of the deceased was recovered from her residence at Mirzapur village last evening.


NCC to lay stress on adventure activities

Jalandhar, July 29

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) has decided to lay more stress on adventure activities during its course of training newly enrolled cadets.

Cadets of the NCC practise shooting during a 12-day Thal Sainik Camp being organised at the PAP Headquarters in Jalandhar on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Cadets of the NCC practise shooting during a 12-day Thal Sainik Camp being organised at the PAP Headquarters in Jalandhar on Friday.

PTU shifts 2 exam branch officials
Jalandhar, July 29
Following inquiries into the conduct of its two officers working in the examination branch, Punjab Technical University (PTU) has ordered a major reshuffle to be effected by August 2.

No hankering after award, says Sanskrit scholar
Chandigarh, July 29
Reacting to a news item “Sanskrit scholar assails Punjab Government on literary awards” carried in these columns on July 19, the retired Head of Punjabi University’s Maharishi Valmiki Chair, Dr Manjula Sahdev, has clarified that she was presented an award (Sahit Shiromani Awards — 2005) following recognition of her work by the government, and not due to claims made by her.

SWB to start computer courses
Amritsar, July 29
The Sainik Welfare Board (SWB) will soon launch job-oriented basic computer courses for children and relatives of ex-servicemen in collaboration with Punjab Technical University (PTU) on its premises here.

GND varsity campus placements
Amritsar, July 29
On the completion of the first phase of campus placements for 2006 batch at Guru Nanak Dev University, students have started getting more than one job much before their final exams are to be held in June, 2006.

Workshop on fashion trends
Ludhiana, July 29
Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology conducted a workshop on fashion trends and use of colours to create on fabrics on July 27 and 28.


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