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Kidney scam
Complainant withdraws charge against doc
Amritsar, February 4
In a reprieve to Dr P.K. Sareen, who has been on the run following a complaint against him by Ludhiana resident Prof Kiran Kapoor demanding a probe alleging that the doctor was involved in kidney transplant outside Punjab, the complainant has agreed to withdraw the complaint. Dr Sareen is on the bail in the kidney scam case highlighted in 2002.

Security drill review for CM,VVIPs
Do’s, don’ts to be updated 
Chandigarh, February 4
Two days after a bid on the life of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief, the Punjab government will review security arrangements for all VVIPs. 

PSEB: Badal gets wake-up call from Shinde
Chandigarh, February 4
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has told Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that mounting financial loss and debt burden on the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will lead to its collapse.

UK reintroduces long-term premium visa for Indians
Amritsar, February 4
To promote tourism, the United Kingdom (UK) has reintroduced long-term premium visa for Indian tourists and businessmen visiting the country. Stating this to the media here today, Chris Feist, second secretary, Visa Department, British High Commission, New Delhi, said the UK had started projecting the whole country as a tourism place as earlier tourists’ visit was restricted only to the capital London. 




Free Power to Farmers, SCs
SAD-BJP alliance puts off decision
Chandigarh, February 4
The SAD-BJP alliance has decided not to withdraw free power and other concessions extended farmers and Scheduled Castes (SCs) till elections of the Municipal Committees and Zila Parishads, scheduled to be held before April next, are over. 


State seeks dairy board help for white revolution
Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab government has asked the Gujarat-based National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to prepare an action plan for the state to usher in a white revolution after declining agriculture produce and dwindling land holdings have curtailed the growth of the green revolution. 

Suvidha or asuvidha centres?
Sangrur, February 4
Though the suvidha centres at the district headquarters here and at the sub-divisional headquarters in the district have been set up for the “suvidha” (convenience) of the common masses, these are going to reportedly become “asuvidha” (inconvenience) centres in a couple of days as the state government has asked the administration to sell government lottery tickets there.

Tribune Impact: Harike Wetlands
Report sought from PPCB
Amritsar, February 4
Taking suo motu notice of the report published in The Tribune regarding water pollution at the Harike wetlands and bird sanctuary due to discharge of industrial waste into the Sutlej, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a detailed report from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Patiala, in this regard.

Farmer alleges land grab, says police not registering FIR
Phul Kuduwal (Jalandhar), February 4
Farmer Tarsem Lal of Phul Kuduwal village under Lohian police station has been making rounds of offices of different police officers for getting his agricultural land back from influential persons who had allegedly grabbed it at nearby Mundi Kalu village.

Sikh clergy meeting today
Damdami Taksal, Sant Samaj back Patna Sahib Jathedar
Amritsar, February 4
In a setback to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Sikh clergy of Punjab, Damdami Taksal chief and president, Gurmat Sidhant Parchark Sant Samaj (GSPSS), Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa came out in support of Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib.

Missing trader: Kin undergoes narco analysis
Ropar, February 4
The Ropar police is using technology for solving the missing case of Pruduman Jain, an Uttar Pradesh-based businessman, who was running a pharmaceutical unit at the Baddi industrial area in Himachal Pradesh.

Sonia Kin abandon orphan girl
Nangal, February 4
Teenager Sonia sits reclusively on a charpoy of the gurdwara at Bandlahri village. Abandoned by her own, she finds it difficult to face strangers coming to her with queries. Insecurity is writ large on her innocent face.


HC tells courts to be extra cautious
Chandigarh, February 4
In a significant judgement likely to go a long way in helping trial courts appreciate circumstantial evidence, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled established circumstances must not only be consistent with the guilt of the accused, but inconsistent with his innocence.


Preserving Cultural Heritage
Modern school in backward area
Pathankot, February 4
Located in the foothills of the Lower Shivaliks, Indian Heritage School, under the aegis of the Doon Educational Society, has been grooming not only students of this rural area of the state by imparting quality education, but also preserving the cultural heritage of the country with commitment.

Rs 100 cr for new blocks in 351 govt schools
Sangrur, February 4
With a view to strengthen the basic infrastructure in government schools, the Punjab government, with the assistance of Nabard, will spend Rs 100 crore on the construction of new blocks in 351 government senior secondary schools of the state.


Four held for murder
Pathankot, February 4
The Gurdaspur police today solved the murder case of Lakha Masih of Gill Manj, Kahnuwan, who was murdered 18 months ago with sharp-edged weapons by some unidentified persons.


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