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EPF Scam
Action sought against Virk
Patiala, April 8
The former DGP of the Punjab State Electricity Board vigilance, Lalit Bhatia, has sought action against the former DGP S.S Virk and former SSP of Ropar Surinder Pal Singh for allegedly watering down the Employee Provident Fund scam.

News Analysis
Don’t treat varsities as boards & corpns
Ludhiana, April 8
The education scenario both at the school and the higher education levels in Punjab is far from satisfactory. It is accepted that the government has utterly failed vis-a-vis the school education and the government schools in the rural areas are as good as closed.

‘Over 10 crore child labourers in India’
Hoshiarpur, April 8
Kumari Jyoti Satia, deputy chairperson of the National Child Labour Advisory Board, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said India was facing an acute problem of child labour compared to other countries of the world.

Traders allege subletting, bylaws violation
Shahpur Kandi, April 8
Throwing rules to the winds, certain influential persons of the area, allegedly in connivance with a senior official of the Ranjit Sagar Dam subdivision, have been running a business establishment at the RSD Colony shopping complex.

Huge funds to be used for industrial infrastructure
Chandigarh April 8
Crores of rupees earned by the Punjab government in the past three years by charging conversion fee on account of change of land use will be used for industrial infrastructure.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Bank to set up training centre for farmers at Zira
Chandigarh, April 8
In a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at rural development, the Oriental Bank of Commerce proposes to set up a training institute for farmers and unemployed youth at Zira in Punjab. To be spread over an area of 10 acres and completed in 18 months the institute would impart training to the beneficiaries in various vocational activities with a view to increasing their family income, bank’s executive director Allen CA Pereira, told The Tribune here today.

Allen CA Pereira
Allen CA Pereira

VC writes another letter, lists achievements
Patiala, April 8
Apprehending government move to remove him from the post of vice-chancellor, Swaran Singh Boparai today shot off another letter to the minister for higher education Upinderjit Kaur. In the letter, a copy of which was released to media here today, the VC first of all has praised the SAD/BJP government for appointing an academician of the stature of Dr Upinderjit Kaur as education minister.

SSF activists protest against change in Sacha Sauda probe
Amritsar, April 8
The Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) today launched an attack on Haryana-based religious sect Sacha Sauda and the Congress by burning an effigy of Sonia Gandhi at Hall Gate here.

Protesting SSF members burn an effigy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Protesting SSF members burn an effigy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Amritsar

Fast by Sarabjit’s sister enters third day
Amritsar, April 8
The indefinite fast by Dalbir Kaur, demanding the Centre to take immediate steps to secure the release of her brother Sarabjit Singh who is on death row in Pakistan, today entered the third day.


Amarinder played his cards well
Ludhiana, April 8
Many critics of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh might have questioned his going to London and changing his stance by first announcing that he would not apply for bail and later applying for and getting it.


Villagers bear the brunt of raging Chakki river
Pathankot, April 8
Over a dozen families living along the right bank of Chakki river have been spending sleepless nights for the past couple of years as the river has continuously been posing severe threat to the families by washing away a major chunk of land falling between the houses and the river bank.

Living on the Edge: Residents of Saila Kulian who have been spending sleepless nights because of the endangering Chakki river in Pathankot. — A Tribune photograph
Living on the Edge: Residents of Saila Kulian who have been spending sleepless nights because of the endangering Chakki river in Pathankot

Residents drop in clothes, medicines
Box proves boon for needy
Patiala, April 8
An iron box, which appears to be the frame of an old cooler, is proving to be a boon to needy persons of the city and surrounding villages. The box, which is installed on the main Lehal Road, has been providing them with clothes, watches, medicines, spectacles etc for the past three years.

Gujral committed to reducing air travel woes in Doaba
Jalandhar, April 8
The air-travel related woes of residents of the Doaba region are likely to be over soon as MP Naresh Gujral is busy persuading the union civil aviation minister Parful Patel and the Defence Ministry for giving nod to the utilisation of the Indian Air Force (IAF)- controlled Adampur airport for civil aviation as well.

Amritsar to host Punjabi film fest
Amritsar, April 8
The first ever world Punjabi film festival would in held in the holy city of Amritsar in the third week of this month. The festival would be dedicated to the memory of late Punjabi superstar and film maker Varinder who was shot dead by militants during the shooting of a film.

Sikh devotees leave for Pak
Attari, April 8
More than 3,000 Sikh devotees, led by SGPC member Manjit Singh Bapiana, today crossed Radcliffe Line to celebrate Baisakhi at gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal in Pakistan. Members of the jatha started arriving at the Attari international railway station in the morning and boarded three trains to reach Pakistan.

PSEB to raise loan for Kandi project
Patiala April 8
The PSEB would raise a loan of Rs 1,900 crore for the Shahpur Kandi project. The board officials made presentations regarding viability of the project for Rural Electrification Corporation team that visited Punjab recently.

Chawla asked to tone up ayurveda dept
Hoshiarpur, April 8
The Hoshiarpur unit of the Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Services Association, in a representation to the health and family welfare minister, Punjab, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, described the plight of the state ayurveda department due to the apathetic attitude of the state government.


Man rapes 18-yr-old niece
Sangrur, April 8
The police here today registered a case against Dharamveer, of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, on the charge of raping his niece some days ago. The case was registered on the statement of the victim, who today returned from Aligarh along with her paternal uncle Dharamveer.

‘Kidnapped’ youth feared murdered
Tarn Taran, April 8
The kidnapping of a youth from the border village of Mahnike three days back, today took a curious turn when the police feared that the boy might have been killed by the abductors.

Man robbed of motor cycle
Sangrur, April 8
Two unidentified persons today robbed Sunam resident Ram Pal of his motor cycle after injuring him with a bullet and iron rods near Chathe-Nanherra village on the Sunam-Kohrian road.

Smack seller held
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 8
The Sirhind police has arrested Pankaj Sood alias Rajan Sood, a resident of Sirhind town, during a police ‘naka’ at Sidhuwal village and seized 1.5 gm smack from him.


Aid to ayurvedic hospitals welcomed
Patiala, April 8
The Teachers Association of Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, has welcomed the statement of health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla about the special aid given by the Punjab Government to ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals.

Teachers’ front head retires
Amritsar, April 8
Datar Singh, president of the Democratic Teachers Front and Democratic Employees Front was given a farewell today on his retirement. The function was attended, among others, by activists of employees unions, farmers and workers.


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