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JALANDHAR: Three brothers arrested in gangrape of minor girl. Two cops, including an inspector and an ASI, placed under suspension.

LUDHIANA: Ludhiana Commissionerate revised the jurisdiction limits of all police stations. There are total 28 police stations and the count after revision is 22.




Phone, job, debt waiver in first yearCapt Amarinder Singh

Phone, job, debt waiver in first year

30 Mar 2017 | 5:05 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Chief Minister today said that despite the constraints faced by his government, which has inherited empty coffers, the three promises made to the people of Punjab, entailing major financial implications, would be met in the first year of the government.

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 29

The Punjab Chief Minister today said that despite the constraints faced by his government, which has inherited empty coffers, the three promises made to the people of Punjab, entailing major financial implications,  would be met in the first year of the government — the youth would be given smartphones, one person in each household a job and farmers a debt waiver.

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“I am aware the state is in a financial mess. Even though we will come out with a ‘White Paper’ on the state’s fiscal health by the Budget session in June, we are looking at out-of-the-box ideas to fulfil these promises,” Capt Amarinder said.

Sources say the government is in talks with a leading telecom company that will supply basic smartphones and will earn revenues through the use of its cellular network. For the best way to settle farm loans, a three-member committee of experts is being set up.

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The CM said his government would table a Bill in the next session to pave the way for waiving the farm debt.

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Dharamsot tells officers to get cracking; implement welfare schemes

Dharamsot tells officers to get cracking; implement welfare schemes

30 Mar 2017 | 9:25 PM

CHANDIGARH: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Minister for Welfare of SCs/BCs, directed the officers of the department to ensure the benefits of welfare schemes to the needy.

Sidhu launches ‘People’s govt at their doorsteps’ campaign

Sidhu launches ‘People’s govt at their doorsteps’ campaign

30 Mar 2017 | 8:28 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday launched a campaign with an aim to reach out to the people to understand their problems.

Rs1 lakh cr debt, state in fiscal mess: CAG

Rs1 lakh cr debt, state in fiscal mess: CAG

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: The last five years of the SAD-BJP government saw public debt increase by almost Rs10,000 crore every year.

Manpreet blames it on SAD ‘misgovernance’

Manpreet blames it on SAD ‘misgovernance’

30 Mar 2017 | 11:30 AM

CHANDIGARH: Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal described the poor fiscal health of the state while presenting the vote-on-account. He sought the permission of the House to okay the supplementary grants of Rs 25,199 crore, the money spent over and above the Budget estimates for this fiscal.

Woman, month-old son crushed under bus in Moga

30 Mar 2017 | 4:45 PM

MOGA: A 25-year-old woman and her month-old son were crushed to death under a Punjab Roadways bus at Dosanjh bypass here on Thursday.

Chaos reigns at Ludhiana MC as SAD-BJP members prevent budget meeting

30 Mar 2017 | 3:55 PM

LUDHIANA: Chaos reigned in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as SAD-BJP members did not allow the start of the budget meeting during general house.

District-level farmer training camps to commence from April 4

30 Mar 2017 | 4:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Agriculture Department has decided to commence district-level farmer training camps from April 4. The purpose of these camps is to disseminate technical inputs and other knowhow of cultivation of different crops.

Capt: Banks won’t harass farmers

Capt: Banks won’t harass farmers

30 Mar 2017 | 3:57 PM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said lending agencies, including banks, had been directed not to issue auction notices to farmers for failure to repay loans.

PRTC managing director Ravinder Singh resigns

PRTC managing director Ravinder Singh resigns

30 Mar 2017 | 3:48 PM

PATIALA: The managing director of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, Ravinder Singh, who is considered to be a close confidant of the Badals, resigned from the post of MD on Thursday.

HC: Probe  was shoddy, why not  retry  five ’84  riots  cases

HC: Probe was shoddy, why not retry five ’84 riots cases

30 Mar 2017 | 1:22 PM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court today said retrial appeared necessary in five cases pertaining to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the Delhi Cantonment area as there were serious lapses in the investigation.

Irked over separate seats, Oppn MLAs storm Well

Irked over separate seats, Oppn MLAs storm Well

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and their allies Bains brothers of the Lok Insaf Party today stormed the Well of the House, saying that the Speaker was not allowing them to sit together.

Bill on engaging law officers passed

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Vidhan Sabha today passed The Punjab Law Officers (Engagement) Bill 2017, which paves the way for engagement of law officers in a transparent and fair manner.

Drugs: Will go after big fish, says CM

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

Chandigarh: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said his government would go after the bigwigs in the drug trade, irrespective of their political affiliations, and not small users.

Sidhu tosses drug barb at Akalis

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

Chandigarh: Left without the leader of their party, Sukhbir Singh Badal, and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, Akali MLAs were forced to face the barbs directed at them from both the treasury benches and the Opposition benches occupied by AAP and its ally Lok Insaaf Party.

Rs1,106-cr SGPC budget focuses on youth, Sikh education

Rs1,106-cr SGPC budget focuses on youth, Sikh education

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

AMRITSAR: With focus on promoting education and Sikh religion and its values, the SGPC today passed Rs 1,106.

Beacon back faux pas: Search on for scapegoat

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: Even as the state government hastily withdrew the orders of allowing beacons on the vehicles of CM and his council of ministers claiming it was “erroneously” issued, the search is on for the “erring” officials.

Hoshiarpur jail faces staff crunch

Hoshiarpur jail faces staff crunch

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Though after seeing the recent incidents of violence and jailbreak attempts, prisons in the state are put on a high alert, the ground reality is quite different in the Hoshiarpur Central Jail.

Out on debt recovery, bankers held hostage

Out on debt recovery, bankers held hostage

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

MOGA: Two bank employees, including a manager, were today taken hostage for a few hours by activists of the BKU (Ekta) when they went to the house of farmers Gurjeet Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both brothers, at Raonta village here to recover a loan of Rs 10 lakh from their father, Tek Singh.

Ropar ADC in dock for ‘embezzlement’

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

ROPAR: Ropar Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Satish Vashisht is in dock over purchasing items for the zila parishad office and dispensaries as the Mulazim Front of Punjab lodging a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner has sought an inquiry into it.

Sikh library to get new home

Sikh library to get new home

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

AMRITSAR: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (or SGPC) has decided to spruce up the Sikh Reference Library that was destroyed during Operation Bluestar in the Golden Temple complex.

Drugs case: Seven jailed for 15 years

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

LUDHIANA: The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Rajiv K Berry has convicted seven persons in a case of recovery of 1,43,28,400 intoxicant capsules, tablets and cough syrups without any permit or licence.

Power corp CMD resigns

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

PATIALA: Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) KD Chaudhri today resigned from the post, a day after the state government amended rules “to ensure that a technocrat is replaced with a bureaucrat” to head the Rs 26,000-crore company.

Improvement Trusts’ heads, trustees removed

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: To revamp a “collapsed structure” of local bodies, Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu removed chairmen and trustees of all 28 Improvement Trusts in the state.

Amid overcrowded jails, Muktsar prison remains underutilised

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

MUKTSAR: While most of the jails in the state are overcrowded, the number of inmates in the Muktsar district jail is almost half its capacity.

Pak wild boars give sleepless nights to border farmers

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

FEROZEPUR: Pakistani wild boars have wreaked havoc on standing crop across the cobra fencing along the Indo-Pakistan border in DT Mal enclave of the Mamdot block of this district.

Crackdown on stone crushers in Pathankot

Crackdown on stone crushers in Pathankot

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

PATHANKOT: The Pathankot administration, after identifying crushing units operating illegally, has ordered a crackdown.

Infant found abandoned in well

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

PHAGWARA: A baby girl was found abandoned in a 20-ft well at Khotrran village on the first day of the Navratri today.

Farmers to protest in Delhi today

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab will hold a demonstration here on Thursday to press for their demands, including debt waiver.

TOHRA’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

Cong, SAD to hold parallel functions

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

PATIALA: A day after CM Capt Amarinder deputed minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot to represent the government at a state-level function on the death anniversary of Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s on April 1, the SGPC and SAD will hold a parallel function at Gurdwara Bahadurgarh.

No security pruning for Indo-Canadian company

No security pruning for Indo-Canadian company

30 Mar 2017 | 1:37 AM

JALANDHAR: Even as security cover of almost all politicians in the state has been pruned over the past few weeks, police officials continue with the provision of 24x7 protection to the Badals-owned Indo Canadian Transport Company office here.

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Woman attacked in US gurdwara; 1 held

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

WASHINGTON: A 37-year-old man was arrested after he attacked a woman inside a gurdwara in the US state of Oregon.

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7 booked for bid to kill farmer

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

ABOHAR: Seven persons of Chak 7JDW village in Hanumangarh have been booked by the Abohar police for allegedly making an attempt to kill farmer Gurwinder Singh in Wahabwala village near here.

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One teacher each in 1,170 schools

30 Mar 2017 | 1:54 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) funds were released short by Rs1,362 crore during 2011-16, according to the CAG report tabled in the Assembly here today.

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