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Govt to oppose transfer of Virk case to CBI 
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab government wants to keep the investigations of the case of alleged corruption against former Punjab DGP S.S. Virk with itself. It has decided to oppose the transfer of investigations of the case against Virk to the CBI.

Direct payment to farmers by cheque 
Letter on notification withdrawn 
Chandigarh, January 8
The ruling SAD-BJP combine in Punjab has withdrawn a letter that held in abeyance a notification allowing farmers to get direct payments by cheque for the produce they brought to the mandis.

                            The Silver Lining
Dark clouds hover over the Golden Temple on Tuesday.
Dark clouds hover over the Golden Temple on Tuesday. — PTI photo



KMV Principal’s Murder
Mystery deepens after recovery of huge cash
Jalandhar, January 8
Mystery surrounding the murder of KMV College principal Rita Bawa further deepened after the recovery of Rs 37 lakh cash from her residence Veer Astha Bhawan on the campus.

Harike: Experts confirm presence of dolphins
Chandigarh, January 8
As a group of experts headed by Dr Sandeep Behera, working with the World Wide Fund(WWF) for Nature-India, here today confirmed the sighting of dolphins in the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary, minister for forests and wildlife preservation, Tikshan Sud, instructed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps for the protection and monitoring of the located dolphin population at the wetland.



No need to levy fresh taxes: Capt
Banur, January 8
Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said here today that there was no need to impose fresh taxes in the state if VAT was implemented properly.

Bhattal will lose one post, says Alva
Chandigarh, January 8
Congress president and leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will soon be divested of one post to comply with the one-person, one-post principle of the party. 


Unemployed youth stage protest 
Seek filling of vacant posts
Chandigarh, January 8
Unemployed youths and their parents from across Punjab staged a protest and locked the Sector 17 office of Jagtar Singh Khatra, director public instruction (DPI) (secondary), Punjab, here today in support of their demands.

Unemployed youths from across Punjab stage a protest at Sector 17 office of Jagtar Singh Khatra, director public instruction (DPI) (secondary), Punjab, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
Unemployed youths from across Punjab stage a protest at Sector 17 office of Jagtar Singh Khatra, director public instruction (DPI) (secondary), Punjab, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Metal-Laden Vegetables
PSHRC pulls up Punjab, seeks report 
Patiala, January 8
Expressing its deep concern over plight of vegetable consumers and taking a suo motto cognisance of a news item published in The Tribune on Monday, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought explanation from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the Punjab government, and director, Agriculture, Punjab.

Power Load to Units
Punjab offers voluntary disclosure scheme 
Chandigarh, January 8
The Punjab government had decided to implement voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) to enable the industry have power load regularised.

Govt yet to pay Rs 1,800 cr subsidy: PSEB
Chandigarh, January 8
Replying to a petition filed before the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), the PSEB today admitted that the Punjab government was yet to pay the Rs 1,800 crore of subsidy money.

Irrigation Dept land worth crores encroached on
Chandigarh, January 8
Land of the Irrigation Department (canals wing) worth several hundred crores has been encroached on by influential persons at several places in the state. 

Diljit: Vedanti in soup
Nod to probe by panel into ’84 riots 
Amritsar, January 8
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti here today authorised the Sikhs for Justice, a human rights advocacy group, to enquire into the 1984 riots and prepare a comprehensive list of all victims and witnesses as well as those accused of killing them. 

Groundwater infected in Majha belt: Experts
Pathankot, January 8
After the Malwa belt it’s now the Majha belt with regard to contaminated underground water. Arsenic contents have found in underground water at certain places of Gurdaspur district while iron contents were found in Pathankot area.

A clarification
Chandigarh, January 8
Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, former chairman of the Punjab Homoeopathic Council, said allegations levelled against him by Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu were baseless and false.



Punjab Police Act
HC issues notice of motion to Punjab
Chandigarh, January 8
Acting on a petition challenging the provisions of the Punjab Police Act, 2007, on the ground that it was “as archaic and colonial as the Police Act of 1861 framed by the British,” the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab, the Union of India, the director-general of police (DGP) and other respondents.

Judicial remand for SAD (A) men
Sangrur, January 8
The leaders and workers of SAD (A) held in connection with the gherao of Orbit buses have been sent to jail by the Badal government to foil the party’s Maghi conference at Muktsar on January 13.


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