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Phoolka, govt join hands to start mobile dispensaries

Focus to be on drug de-addiction | Health Dept assures assistance28 Jul 2017 | 1:14 AM

CHANDIGARH: An AAP MLA and the Health and Family Welfare Department have joined hands to start a mobile dispensary project, with focus on drug de-addiction, for every 10 villages in the state.

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Phoolka, govt join hands to start mobile dispensariesH.S. Phoolka

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27

An AAP MLA and the Health and Family Welfare Department have joined hands to start a mobile dispensary project, with focus on drug de-addiction, for every 10 villages in the state.

Dakha MLA HS Phoolka told The Tribune that he was starting the project in his constituency soon. “Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and I have teamed up for providing health facilities at the doorstep of villagers. The mobile dispensary will give free medicines and help in drug de-addiction twice a week in each village,” he said.

Dr Arun Thapar, brother-in-law of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, has agreed to supervise the project, Phoolka said.

Dr SS Sibia from Ludhiana is also part of the team.

Brahm Mohindra said he and his party were all for constructive work. “I have assured my ministry’s help to the project. It is a collective work. Keeping aside political considerations, anyone who wants to help is welcome,” he said.

The role of the Opposition, Phoolka said, was not confined to criticising the government. “It is also to help the government in whatever it can. That is constructive Opposition. To achieve this, I had consultations with the Health Minister, who agreed to my project.”

He insisted there was no politics behind the move.

“About 80 per cent of Punjab villages do not have a dispensary. The project will start from my constituency under the aegis of the Gyan Sewa Trust. It was started by me and my friends, including Avtar Singh Dhindsa. It is already educating village children and running a campaign against drugs,” Phoolka said, adding that later, the project would be extended across the state with the help of legislators.

The former Leader of the Opposition has written to Speaker Rana KP Singh to form an all-party committee to generate funds for villagers’ education and healthcare. Phoolka wrote that in view of the fund crunch, there was a need to persuade NRIs, corporates and philanthropists to give funds to improve the education and healthcare system.

High priests reject Italian kirpan

High priests reject Italian kirpan

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

AMRITSAR: The Italy-made “siri sahib” (kirpan) was rejected by Akal Takht today for failing to conform to the Sikh code of conduct.

UK’s role in Op Bluestar needs to be probed: MP

UK’s role in Op Bluestar needs to be probed: MP

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

RAIPUR (JALANDHAR): British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said here today that the then UK Government’s role in Operation Bluestar needed to be probed.

Farm crisis: Khaira for special session

Farm crisis: Khaira for special session

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

PATIALA: Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Khaira has demanded that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh convene a three-day Assembly session on the agrarian crisis.

Debt waiver : Govt seeks RBI help

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: A delegation of the state government, led by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Principal Chief Secretary Suresh Kumar and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, met Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governors in Mumbai today, seeking their intervention in implementing the debt waiver scheme.

Rich eating up poor’s atta-dal, says survey

Rich eating up poor’s atta-dal, says survey

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

BATHINDA: Affluent people are getting subsidised atta-dal meant for below poverty line (BPL) families.

Acid attacks: Help male victims too, says HC

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today took a serious view of the Punjab Government’s action of granting monthly financial assistance of Rs 8,000 only to women victims of acid attacks.

Freedom fighter’s grandson accuses police of torture

Freedom fighter’s grandson accuses police of torture

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MUKTSAR: The grandson of freedom fighter Giani Labh Singh from Madhir village in Gidderbaha has alleged that the Kotbhai police subjected him to third degree torture at the behest of IYC chief-cum-local MLA Amrinder Singh ‘Raja Warring’ and some other Congressmen after registering a case of political vendetta against him.

Fazilka’s Daara, Sikander among country’s big bulls

Fazilka’s Daara, Sikander among country’s big bulls

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MUKTSAR: Murrah bulls Daara and Sikander from Fazilka district have been selected for the 17th Progeny Testing Programme of the Central Government.

Sikh family challenges Oz school’s ban on turban

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MELBOURNE: A Sikh family in Australia has launched a legal battle against a Christian school in Melbourne for denying admission to their five-year-old son because he wears “patka”, a children’s turban, according to a media report.

SC order on parliamentary secys blow to Cong MLAs

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Supreme Court verdict in the case of Assam’s parliamentary secretaries has put a question mark on the Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salary, Allowances, Power, Privileges and Amenities) Bill.

Rajmata’s ashes immersed

Rajmata’s ashes immersed

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

KIRATPUR SAHIB: The ashes of Rajmata Mohinder Kaur were immersed by her son Capt Amarinder Singh and grandson Raninder Singh at “asth ghat” of Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib here today.

Fire tenders: SAD seeks probe into purchase

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today demanded a probe into the purchase of 11 fire tenders by the Local Bodies Department, alleging that the vehicles had started developing a snag immediately after their flag-off by minister Navjot Singh Sidhu yesterday.

Ex-sarpanch’s kin fail to file papers for bypoll, blame officials for delay

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MUKTSAR: The son and wife of a former sarpanch of Hakkuwala village in the Lambi Assembly segment today alleged that due to the delay in issuing them no-dues certificate by the BDPO, Lambi, and panchayat secretary of their village, they could not submit their nomination forms for contesting the byelection scheduled to be held on August 6.

Special counters for registration of real estate agents

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MOHALI: The Punjab Housing and Urban Development Department has decided to set up special counters for registration of promoters and real estate agents under the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016.

Four held for kidnapping arhtiya; Rs15 lakh recovered

Four held for kidnapping arhtiya; Rs15 lakh recovered

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

SANGRUR: The district police have arrested four of the six men who kidnapped a Dirba-based commission agent (arhtiya) on July 17.

Inspection teams to check corruption in schools

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

FARIDKOT: The Secretary, School Education, has constituted special inspection teams to check allegations of corruption against Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs), and clerical staff in several government schools.

Fazilka farmers protest scarcity of canal water

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

FAZILKA: Farmers staged a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today over the scarcity of canal water at the tail-end villages.

Cong MLA assures traders of fine refund

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

TARN TARAN: Local Congress MLA Dr Dharamveer Agnihotri today met shopkeepers who were fined for encroaching upon roads and markets of the town and assured them that the fine would be returned to them.

Man kills brother over property row

Man kills brother over property row

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

MOGA: A man has been allegedly murdered with sharp-edged weapons over a property dispute by his younger brother at Kot Sadar Khan village in the Dharamkot subdivision of Moga district, the police said today.

Power unions seek adequate relief for injured electrician

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

ABOHAR: Members of the PSPCL Technical Services Union (TSU) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (TRANSCO) today staged a dharna in the PSPCL divisional office here.

2 killed at unmanned rail crossing

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

TARN TARAN: Two persons, including a woman, died near Sangha village, 10 km from here, at an unmanned railway crossing today when their motorcycle was hit by a DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) train going from Tarn Taran to Goindwal Sahib.

Govt orders inquiry into defence quota admissions

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government today ordered an inquiry on whether rules were followed in filling the defence quota seats in the state universities.

Scholarship Scheme

ITIs can’t say no to SCs: Minister

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Technical Education Minister and the private Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) are heading for a showdown over admissions under the post-matric scholarship scheme for Scheduled Caste (SC) students.

Briefly

900-kg poppy husk seized, 5 held

28 Jul 2017 | 1:13 AM

Barnala: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) seized 25 bags of poppy husk (900 kg) from a truck and arrested five persons.

Vigilance nabs ASI, head constable for accepting bribes

Vigilance nabs ASI, head constable for accepting bribes

27 Jul 2017 | 5:00 PM

CHANDIGARH: State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against corruption on Thursday nabbed an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable (HC) while accepting bribes.

Rajmata Mohinder Kaur's ashes immersed at Kiratpur Sahib

Rajmata Mohinder Kaur's ashes immersed at Kiratpur Sahib

27 Jul 2017 | 8:09 PM

KIRATPUR SAHIB: Amid chanting of hymns, CM Capt Amarinder Singh and others immersed the last remains of Rajmata Mohinder Kaur in the Sutlej at Kiratpur Sahib on Thursday.

Khaira demands 3-day special Assembly session to discuss agrarian crisis

Khaira demands 3-day special Assembly session to discuss agrarian crisis

27 Jul 2017 | 12:31 PM

PATIALA: Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday demanded a three-day special Assembly session to discuss agrarian crisis.

Stubble burning’s too stubborn, even for a million dollars

Stubble burning’s too stubborn, even for a million dollars

27 Jul 2017 | 2:00 PM

CHANDIGARH:The vexing issue of paddy-straw burning and its harmful effect on humans and the environment has thus far proved insurmountable.

Dept: Toilets by Dec

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

Chandigarh: The Water Supply and Sanitation Department on Wednesday announced to provide a toilet in every home in the state by December 31.

Patwari held for graft

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

Chandigarh: A patwari in the Irrigation Department, Mohandeep Singh, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 at Kokhar Kalan village in Mansa district.

BKU protests as bank refuses to return gold

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

SANGRUR:Leaders of the BKU Ugraha today protested in front of ICICI Bank in Longowal after the bank allegedly refused to return the gold ornaments of a Dalit woman.

Plea to allow women to recite hymns at Golden Temple

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

WASHINGTON:Sikh Americans have proposed that women should be allowed to sing shabads or hymns at the Golden Temple to recognise the important role played by them in strengthening the Sikh faith.

Mining row

Probe panel quizzes minister’s cook, CA

27 Jul 2017 | 2:39 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Justice JS Narang Commission, which is probing the sand mining auctions scam, today questioned the employees of Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who were awarded mining contracts worth crores of rupees despite having limited income.

Affiliate Khalsa colleges again, govt tells GNDU

Affiliate Khalsa colleges again, govt tells GNDU

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

AMRITSAR: Stepping towards safeguarding the interests of students and teachers, the state government has conveyed to the Guru Nanak Dev University authorities to initiate proceedings to revive the affiliation of Khalsa College for Women and Khalsa College of Education.

Now, govt at RBI door with plea to recast debt

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has now sought the help of the Reserve Bank of India for its debt waiver scheme. It has asked the RBI to restructure crop loans worth Rs 6,000 crore taken by small and marginal farmers in Punjab.

Man assaults son over property

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

HOSHIARPUR: A man was allegedly shot at by his father over dispute regarding selling old property.

Youth fire in air outside govt college

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

TARN TARAN: Tension prevailed near Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government College today when some armed SUV-borne youths reportedly fired into the air outside the college today.

President, FM mourn Rajmata’s death

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

PATIALA: President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today called up Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to condole the death of the latter’s mother, Rajmata Mohinder Kaur.

Man commits suicide, relatives cry foul

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

ABOHAR: The body of Jaswant Singh (45) was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the house of his paramour in Ajit Singh Nagar here on Tuesday night.

Briefly

7.8% interest for GPF

27 Jul 2017 | 2:46 AM

Chandigarh: The interest rate for the general provident fund (GPF), contributory provident fund and other such funds for the second quarter of 2017-18 (July 1 to September 30, 2017) will be 7.8 percent.

Majithia’s defamation case put off

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

LUDHIANA: Judicial Magistrate Jagjit Singh today adjourned the defamation case filed by former minister Bikram Majithia against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh until August 23.

Raninder’s I-T case adjourned

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

LUDHIANA: The income-tax case involving Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh was today adjourned till September 1.

State gets 11 fire tenders

State gets 11 fire tenders

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

CHANDIGARH: Minister for Local Government Navjot Sidhu here today flagged off 11 fire vehicles for different stations in the state.

HC to state: Can same design be adopted for ambulances

27 Jul 2017 | 1:20 AM

CHANDIGARH: On a petition for ending the practice of affixing photographs of politicians on ambulances, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked Punjab to examine whether uniform design and colour coding could be adopted.

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