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Punjab issues guidelines on postings, transfers
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Government has issued guidelines for the posting and transfer of its employees. A spokesman of the Personnel Department said that all postings and transfers would be made before May 5 in all departments of the state government.

‘Supari’ killings at behest of NRIs
Hoshiarpur, April 11
It is a gory but intricate story describing how five contract killers were carrying out ‘supari” killings of India-based estranged relatives and adversaries of some NRIs and how lust for minting of money had eroded traditional ethics and values.

Lottery fever grips residents
Bathinda, April 11
Thirtyfive years old Ramesh has been performing his official duties for the past many years to make both ends meet and with an inadequate salary he has also been arranging for a better education for his children.
Youth of the city throng a Super Lotto cafe Youth of the city throng a Super Lotto cafe to participate in Playwin lotteries of Sikkim Government with the hope of winning crores of rupees. —Photo by Kulbir Beera.

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Sidhu remanded to judicial custody till April 24
Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, was today remanded to judicial custody till April 24 by a local court in two different cases under the Excise and Arms Act registered against him in the Sector 39 police station.

Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Sidhu produced in a UT court in two different cases registered against him in Sector 39, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
—A Tribune photograph
Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravinder Pal Sidhu produced in the local court

Undertrials chained to hospital beds
Amritsar, April 11
In clear violation of the law, sick undertrials being admitted to government hospitals in the city are often chained to their beds in the hospital wards lest they run away.

ASI’s recruitment: 2 chargesheeted
Chandigarh, April 11
Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have reportedly established certain irregularities in the recruitment for the posts of ASI in the Punjab Police and have chargesheeted an assistant superintendent of police and an office superintendent in this regard.


Finally, Behman bridge to be reconstructed
Bathinda, April 11
About a year after the collapse of a bridge over the Behman distributary on the Bathinda-Malout road, the Ministry of Surface Transport has initiated steps to reconstruct it.

Vehicles pass at a snail's pace over the bridge across the Behman distributary on the Bathinda-Malout highway, which was damaged about a year ago. —Photo by Kulbir Beera 

Tipplers gain in price war
Bathinda, April 11
Tipplers in this region are in high spirits as they have been getting Punjab Medium Liquor (PML), also known as ‘desi’, at prices much lower than the minimum prices fixed by the Punjab Government following a price war between liquor vend contractors of Bhucho and Rampura circles.

PHSC MD has ‘no time’ for scribes
Bathinda, April 11
Was this official instruction or personal decision which prevented the Managing Director of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC), Ms Kusumjeet Sidhu, from interacting with mediapersons when she visited the local Civil Hospital today? Because all she said to mediapersons was: “I cannot reply to your questions as I am on an official tour”.

Curb female foeticide: DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 11
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, while addressing a district-level seminar on female foeticide, said a sense of dedication for the cause of eradicating female foeticide was must and the challenge was in front of the whole society.

ASI, constables beaten up
Amritsar, April 11
An Assistant Sub-Inspector and three constables posted at Gharinda police station were thrashed in full public view at Achint Kot village, 20 km from here, late last evening even as Akali-Congress workers opened fire in the air over dispute over a piece of land belonging to the Wakf Board.

Man dies as stray dogs attack again
Abohar, April 11
In less than four days one more resident of Alamgarh village succumbed to his injuries after he was attacked by stray dogs on Tuesday evening. Pat Ram Kumhar (65) had gone to his fields at 6 p.m. to supervise the canal water irrigation.

Scot inhales nitrogen, lands in hospital
Bathinda, April 11
Mr David Harvey, a Scot working in a Holland-based company, Mourik International, went into a coma following cardiac arrest for a while after he inhaled nitrogen gas while working in the catalyst chamber of the local National Fertiliser Limited (NFL) factory today.

Keetu’s bail plea rejected
Barnala, April 11
Mr R.S. Sachdeva, Additional Sessions Judge here, today rejected the bail plea of Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu MLA, Barnala.


Harvesting hit as farmers clean ‘rajbahas’
Bathinda, April 11
Farmers of this district have to clean distributaries and “rajbahas” for getting irrigation water for the next season although they are busy harvesting wheat. In the absence of sufficient government funds, officials of the Irrigation Department have asked the farmers to remove weeds and silt from “rajbahas”, distributaries and minors so that proper water supply can be ensured during the next season.



Robbers decamp with valuables, injure 8
Phagwara, April 11
Panic gripped residents of the town as a gang of robbers equipped with lethal weapons struck a house in a locality on the Phagwara-Jalandhar highway last night and seriously injured about eight persons before decamping with jewellery and cash amounting to nearly Rs 2 lakh.

Gang of cheats busted, 7 held
Ferozepore, April 11
The local police achieved a major breakthrough after a gang involved in cheating people was busted. Mr Munish Chawla, SP, Detective, said the gang would cheat people by telling them that their money would be doubled. Many villagers had fallen in their trap and lost money in the bargain.



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