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VB to probe fake medical council

Health Minister says will act tough, tells Vigilance Bureau to file report in three months20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Taking cognisance of The Tribune story on fake paramedical council selling thousands of degrees, Minister for Health and Medical Education Brahm Mohindra today ordered a vigilance inquiry into the matter.

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19

Taking cognisance of The Tribune story on fake paramedical council selling thousands of degrees, Minister for Health and Medical Education Brahm Mohindra today ordered a vigilance inquiry into the matter. He has told the officials to submit the report in three months.

The minister said it was a serious matter as thousands of innocent people had been duped in the past one decade. “We will take it to the logical conclusion,” he said.

The Tribune had highlighted that a fake body named Council of Paramedical (Punjab) was functioning from Phase 7, Mohali. It had reportedly sold more than 6,000 fake degrees of BAMS course alone.

It was highlighted how the successive governments turned their back on the scam and eventually, the fraud swelled to crores of rupees as the council was offering degrees/diplomas in 41 courses by charging Rs 1-2 lakh per certificate.

The fraud was going on for over a decade and instead of taking a stringent action, the Department of Medical Education and Research couldn’t go beyond issuing public notices regarding the “unrecognised council”.

As per eight registers confiscated by the Punjab's Board of Ayurvedic and Unani Systems of Medicine, a government body with which all ayurvedic doctors get themselves registered, the fake council issued 6,136 BAMS degrees alone. Earlier in July last year, Mohindra had ordered a vigilance inquiry into a similar fraud being operated from Hoshiarpur.

VB to probe fake medical councilThe Council of Paramedical’s office in Mohali. File photo
Name Cong leaders collecting ‘goonda tax’: Khaira to Capt

Name Cong leaders collecting ‘goonda tax’: Khaira to Capt

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

BATHINDA: Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira today urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to make public the names of Congress MLAs and their relatives who were involved in “goonda tax” collection and illegal mining.

Suresh Kumar rejoins office

Suresh Kumar rejoins office

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Five days after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the Single Bench order quashing his appointment, retired bureaucrat Suresh Kumar today rejoined as Chief Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

Patiala heritage fest back after 12 yrs

Patiala heritage fest back after 12 yrs

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

PATIALA:After a decade-long hiatus, the annual heritage festival is set to return to the royal city — courtesy the change of guard in the state.

Sukhbir to welcome Trudeau at Golden Temple tomorrow

Sukhbir to welcome Trudeau at Golden Temple tomorrow

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

AMRITSAR:Ahead of the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the city on Wednesday, a high-level security squad from Canada today took stock of the arrangements at the Golden Temple complex.

Class X, XII students forced to travel long distances for exams

Class X, XII students forced to travel long distances for exams

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

MUKTSAR: The confusion over the distance of examination centres for classes X and XII of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has left the students in the lurch.

Realtors threaten boycott of Cong in Ludhiana MC poll

Realtors threaten boycott of Cong in Ludhiana MC poll

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

JALANDHAR: Perturbed over the alleged anomalies reported in the draft policy for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies and plots, the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers’ Association has threatened to boycott Congress candidates in the Ludhiana municipal elections scheduled to be held on February 24.

Two years, 33 snakebite victims, no survivor

Two years, 33 snakebite victims, no survivor

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

PATIALA: In Punjab, snakes account for most deaths in the man-animal encounter.

Sidhu’s adviser ‘eased out’

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has reportedly “dispensed with” the services of his adviser, retired bureaucrat Amar Singh.

e-auction: 16 of 51 mines get bidders

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Only 16 of the 51 sand quarries found successful bidders during the e-auction held today.

Dilawar brain behind Beant killing: Tara

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Jagtar Singh Tara, an accused in the 1995 assassination of then Chief Minister Beant Singh, has told the court that “human bomb” Dilawar Singh was the mastermind, not Jagtar Singh Hawara.

Forest cover up, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur dists top gainers

Forest cover up, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur dists top gainers

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

PATIALA: Though its forest cover is among the lowest in the country, Punjab has something to cheer about.

Anganwari staff protest in Manpreet’s village

Anganwari staff protest in Manpreet’s village

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

MUKTSAR: Anganwari workers held a demonstration at Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s native Badal village here today.

Amritsar woman was burnt alive, daughter stifledDouble murder

Amritsar woman was burnt alive, daughter stifled

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

AMRITSAR: The post-mortem reports of the two victims of the February 6 double murder case revealed that the woman was burnt alive while her daughter had died of asphyxia.

FIR over ‘extortion’ at IAF station

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

BATHINDA: Following a news report in The Tribune, the police today swung into action over the issue of “goonda tax” collection from contractors and suppliers at Bhisiana Air Force Station and registered a case against unidentified accused.

Loan fraud: SBI cashier, wife remanded in police custody

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

SANGRUR: Two loans worth Rs 47.

Rs 217 cr for pending sewer works in Faridkot district

Rs 217 cr for pending sewer works in Faridkot district

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

FARIDKOT: Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today released funds worth Rs 216.

Canadian MP visits Muktsar village school

Canadian MP visits Muktsar village school

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

MUKTSAR: Kevin Lamoureux, Canadian MP from Winnipeg North, today visited a school at Mrar Kalan village here and interacted with students and staff.

Residents seek washing line at Fazilka rly station

Residents seek washing line at Fazilka rly station

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

FAZILKA: Residents and NGOs have demanded the reintroduction of washing line at the Fazilka railway station to enable the authorities to introduce more trains from Fazilka to far-flung areas.

Police keep protesters away from his office

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

BATHINDA: Police officials today shifted anganwari protesters 100 metres away from Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s office in the city.

Villagers oppose land acquisition

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

SANGRUR: The Zameen Prapti Sangharash Committee (ZPSC) today announced the launch of an agitation against the Punjab Government for trying to forcibly purchase the common land of Balad Kalan village for a proposed industrial hub in Sangrur district.

Mother Tongue Day celebrations tomorrow

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Chandigarh: The Punjab Kala Parishad will organise a function at Punjab Kala Bhawan here on Wednesday to mark International Mother Tongue Day.

Clerks’ selection: HC seeks action-taken report

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Chandigarh: Less than five years after 1,192 posts of clerks were advertised, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab Chief Secretary to explain “how and why” a combined merit list was not prepared and published and whether the state proposed to initiate proceedings against the officers, including the members of the Subordinate Services Selection Board, for the situation.

Bajwa wants medical college in Gurdaspur

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

GURDASPUR: Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa, a known detractor of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, and all the seven sitting Congress legislators of the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency have joined hands to press the CM to establish the proposed medical college and hospital in Gurdaspur or Pathankot districts instead of Sangrur.

RERA gives another chance for registration

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Punjab, has decided to give one more chance to those promoters who did not apply for the registration of their projects till December 31, 2017.

Five days after robbery, money changer dies

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

PHILLAUR: A money changer, Gurvinder Ram, who was looted by three armed robbers at Nagar village in Phillaur on the night of February 14, died under mysterious circumstances this afternoon.

Prove gangster charge: Cong MLA to Sukhbir

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Congress MLA from Baghapurana Darshan Singh Brar today dared SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to prove the allegation that he was a gangster, failing which he would file a defamation case against him.

Two of marriage party die in accident

Two of marriage party die in accident

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Abohar: Pawan Kumar Rinwa (20) of Bareka village and his brother-in-law Arun Kumar Neol (32) of Khatwan village near Abohar died and three relatives were injured as the car they were travelling in hit a tree on the Sangaria-Sadulshehar-Abohar road on Monday.

Govt releases Rs 2 cr for railway overbridge

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Muktsar: The state government has finally released the first instalment of Rs 2 crore for the historic town’s first railway overbridge (ROB) to be built on the busy Jalalabad road.

Suresh Kumar rejoins as chief principal secy to Punjab CM

Suresh Kumar rejoins as chief principal secy to Punjab CM

20 Feb 2018 | 1:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar on Monday rejoined as the Chief Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, officials said.

Look forward to meeting Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday: Amarinder

Look forward to meeting Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday: Amarinder

20 Feb 2018 | 1:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is all set to take Punjab’s close business as well as people-to-people relations with Canada to the next level, with one-to-one meeting with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Ex-serviceman murdered in Samana, wife injured

Ex-serviceman murdered in Samana, wife injured

19 Feb 2018 | 5:48 PM

PATIALA: An ex-Army man was murdered and his wife injured as robbers struck in Samana on Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Darshan Singh.

Death threats against me: Sikh mayor in US

Death threats against me: Sikh mayor in US

19 Feb 2018 | 6:15 PM

HOUSTON:Indian-American Ravinder Bhalla, who became the first Sikh mayor of New Jersey’s Hoboken city, has publicly acknowledged that death threats were made against him and his family recently.

Hapless suicide-hit farmer families get tip: Spend less

Hapless suicide-hit farmer families get tip: Spend less

19 Feb 2018 | 4:22 PM

SANGRUR: Unable to pay a debt of Rs 8 lakh, her husband committed suicide in December 2015. Living hand to mouth, the family has not received any help. A bitter Paramjit Kaur of Kahangarh village believes Punjab’s farm loan waiver scheme is a farce.

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Under Rs 8-lakh debt, farmer ends life

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

Tarn Taran: Debt-ridden farmer Mukhtiar Singh (35) ended his life in Johal Dhai Wala village by hanging himself at his house on Sunday.

Bus fares for long routes hiked

Bus fares for long routes hiked

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: Bus travel in Punjab has become costlier. As per a notification dated February 16, the per km fare for ordinary buses now is Re 1.04; ordinary HVAC buses Re 1.24; integral coaches Re 1.87 and super integral coaches Rs 2.08.

Now, contractors at IAF station allege ‘goonda tax’

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

BATHINDA:Amid the uproar over collection of “goonda tax” at the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery here, contractors engaged with the Bhisiana Air Force Station have alleged similar extortion.

Anything for a meeting with CMPUNJAB DIARY

Anything for a meeting with CM

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

Chandigarh: Protesting members of the Contractual Employees Action Committee, a forum of 27,000 employees of the state, have issued a “missing in Punjab” notice for Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Advocate General moots insurance cover for lawyers

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda has mooted a comprehensive insurance cover for lawyers from the Advocates Welfare Fund, which is currently being used for granting compensation to the legal fraternity.

Youth dies as rly crossing pole falls on head

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

MUKTSAR: A 25-year-old boy died after a traffic barrier pole installed at a railway crossing in Udekaran village, near here, cracked and fell on him on Saturday.

Shahkot seat: Many in queue for Cong ticket

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

JALANDHAR: With the Shahkot Assembly seat falling vacant, many Congress leaders have already set their eyes on the constituency and have begun intense lobbying for it.

Illegal water plants flood Muktsar

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

MUKTSAR: A sudden rise in the number of private water treatment plants in Muktsar for commercial purposes has caught the authorities unawares.

Man murdered; wife, paramour arrested

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

ABOHAR: Tracking mobile call locations, a police team from Hanumangarh today arrested a woman and her paramour for killing her husband at Shergarh village, about 21 km from here.

Fake alibi: Court seeks report on probe against cop

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: More than two years after the police found themselves in a spot in a fake alibi case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the state to file a specific affidavit on the status of a departmental inquiry initiated against Inspector Jagbir Singh.

Glanders scare: Nihangs to get horses diagnosed

19 Feb 2018 | 1:26 AM

ROPAR: Following the scare of glanders disease among horses, the state Veterinary Department officials have started taking blood samples of all horses with Nihang deras.

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