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Ahluwalia broke rules: Principal
Patiala, April 24
Migration of students admitted to professional courses affiliated to Punjabi University has once again come into focus after the ouster of Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia with D A V College, Bathinda, claiming that the university authorities had broken their own rules by allowing migration of its students to a local Information Technology Institute without obtaining the consent of Principals of both institutions.

PPSC to revoke Sidhu’s amendments
Patiala, April 24
Members of the Punjab Public Service Commission who saw their powers being subverted by Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu are planning to set the clock back by revoking the amendments curtailing their powers.

Chosen PCS officers barred from joining
Chandigarh, April 24
Taking up a petition seeking directions to the state of Punjab and other respondents to quash the selection of PCS (Judicial), a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that the selected candidates shall not be permitted to join, if they have not done so already, till further orders.

  • Two months’ time in Kaunke case given

  • Give publicity to polythene bag ban

  • Notice on doctors’ screening test

  • Rotation of wards in civic body poll

Solutions to Punjab problems elusive
Chandigarh, April 24
The two-day discussions on the White Paper on the state’s finances concluded today offering no concrete solutions to the vexed Punjab fiscal and economic problems. The deliberations lacked focus and no new ideas came up.

Fatehgarh Sahib


SGPC ‘responsible’ for upkeep of Pak shrines
Amritsar, April 24
The Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, in a categorical assertion said there was no question of giving recognition to the Pakistan Gurdwara Management Committee looking after the upkeep of the holy Sikh shrines in Pakistan.

Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and other Sikh high priests at the Akal Takht during parleys on Wednesday. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti alongwith other Sikh high priests

Farmers suck on ice candy at a Bathinda grain market on Wednesday. There is a lack of proper drinking water facilities at the site while the temperature rises above 40° C.
—Photo by Kulbir Beera.

36-cr relief for border farmers
Fazilka, April 24
Dr Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons here today said the Punjab Government had received the first instalment of Rs 36 crore from the Centre as compensation to the farmers of three border districts of the state in whose fields mines had been laid. He said Rs 18 crore had been received for Ferozepore district out of which Rs 8.65 crore would be distributed in 47 border villages.

Vigilance Bureau for action against 230 absentees
Chandigarh, April 24
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has recommended administrative action against 230 employees including doctors, pharmacists and teachers, who have been found absent from duty at their place of posting when the checking was made by special vigilance teams.

Girl, paramour get death for killing grandmother
Samana, April 24
The Additional Sessions Judge of the Fast Track Court, Mr K.R. Mahajan, awarded death sentence to the accused-Harjinder Kaur Rano and her lover, Gurjant Singh, under Sections 302/201/34 of the IPC. The other accused, Labh Singh, former Sarpanch, was however, awarded life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on him.


Rising cancer cases alarm villagers
Jajjal (Talwandi Sabo), April 24
With the health authorities remaining indifferent, cancer, though not contagious, seems to be spreading its tentacles in this village. As the disease claimed two lives on Monday, it has left the residents frightened.

No additional duties for TB doctors
Sangrur, April 24
Learning a lesson from the failure of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme of 1962, the Punjab Government has now decided to launch a revised national TB control programme at a large scale.

‘Cancel training scheme for doctors’
Chandigarh, April 24
Urging the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to cancel the training programme proposed by the Punjab Health Systems Corporation in the USA for certain junior doctors, a senior leader of the PCMS Association said that the corporation authorities should be asked to spell out the criteria adopted for selecting the candidates.

Construction activity blocks Shahi Samadhan complex
Capt Amarinder Singh may be the Chief Minister of the state and scion of the Patiala royal house but that hasn’t stopped the Telecommunication Department, which has completely encroached upon the main road leading to the memorial built in memory of Baba Ala, the founder of the Patiala dynasty in the Shahi Samadhan (royal cremation ground) here, from starting more construction activity, including building of a room in the proximity of the historic gate built in front of the memorial.

Construction work in progress between Shahi Samadhan and its historic gate in Patiala. — Photo Subhash Patialvi
Construction work in progrees between Shahi Samadhan and its historic gate in Patiala.

PUDA to develop modern colony
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
As a mark of respect to the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the Punjab Urban Development Authority will develop a modern colony here having all basic facilities as well as educational, recreation and commercial establishments. This was stated by Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Urban Development, while addressing a gathering here today.

War widow seeks justice
Mansa, April 24
Ms Amarjit Kaur, war widow of Budhlada, is seeking action against Darbara Singh, who on the basis of a fake general power of attorney, allegedly sold 76 kanal of land belonging to her. The land was allotted to her by the state government for the supreme sacrifice of her husband Bangladesh in 1971.

Consumer workshop on April 27
Ludhiana, April 24
The National Forum for Consumer Rights will organise a consumer workshop on April 27 here at B. C. M Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. In this workshop topics of discussion include, general, financial and medical consumer awareness, legal concerns and services lapses, food supply and petroleum consumer awareness.


27 more appointed for AG’s office
Chandigarh, April 24
As if 65 were not enough, Punjab’s Department of Home Affairs and Justice ordered the appointment of 27 more law officers in Punjab Advocate-General’s office, besides redesignating five other officers. While two Additional Advocates-General have been appointed, seven Deputy Advocates-General and 18 Assistant Advocates General have been appointed.

Stir threat by MC employees
Gurdaspur, April 24
Employees of all state municipal committees will observe a strike on May 7 if their demands, including monthly payment of a salaries and deposit of provident fund, are not accepted. This was stated by Mr Ramesh Gupta, member of the Joint Action Committee of the employees, here today.

City lawyer on rail users’ panel
Chandigarh, April 24
Mr Mansur Ali, Chandigarh-based advocate has been nominated a member of the Railway Users Consultative Committee, Ferozepore Division. The committee’s functions relate to the provision of amenities and giving proposals regarding opening new stations.


Coop bank MD, wife held on graft charge
Amritsar, April 24
The Managing Director (MD) of a Cooperative Bank here and his wife have been arrested on charges of official possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of income after allegedly taking bribes for fixing jobs and embezzling funds.

Impersonator held
Moga, April 24
The local police has arrested Naresh Kumar, a resident of Shekha Kalan village, for cheating people by impersonating as an SHO of Bagapurana police station. Mr Varinder Kumar, SSP, in a press note issued here today said the accused, Naresh Kumar, had on April 10 taken earrings from Rajinder Kaur, a resident of Jeet Singh Wala village, by threatening her that if she did not give him Rs 3,000, she along with her cousin, would be taken to the police station and a case would be registered against them.

Investors duped of Rs 75 lakh
Kapurthala, April 24
The city police today registered a case under Sections 420, 408 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code against six directors, including the Managing Director, of a private finance company on a charge of duping investors of more than Rs 75 lakh.

Hawala money seized, 2 remanded
Ludhiana, April 24
A sum of Rs 7 lakh, used in illegal transactions, was recovered and two persons, including a close relative of a Shiv Sena leader, were notified by the Basti Jodhewal police here today.

Thieves keep cops on tenterhooks
Bathinda, April 24
Even as the police authorities have intensified night patrolling to check crime, the spate of thefts in the past few weeks in this city has created a fear psychosis among the residents. An incident of snatching took place just a couple of days ago.

SI booked on graft charge
Patiala, April 24
The Vigilance Bureau today registered a case against Sub Inspector Gurmel Singh, Additional SHO, Bhadson, for accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 for taking preventive action against some persons.


Govt schools sans roof, desks, benches
Mansa, April 24
Students studying in various government schools of the district are denied even the basic facilities. They have to suffer in the cold winter and hot summer as many schools lack even roofed accommodation. The students are made to sit in the open or in the shade of trees, exposed to the vagaries of nature. There is no furniture, including desks and benches, or even mats for their use.

Notice issued to striking teachers
Amritsar, April 24
Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College controversy took a new turn with hot words, allegations and counter allegations being exchanged between students of the college and Mr Santosh Gupta, President, Durgiana Education Foundation Management, here today.


Pact on Industrial Growth Centre
Bathinda, April 24
The Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation and the Municipal Council authorities have reached an agreement under which latter will maintain street lights, provide the water supply and sewer system in the Industrial Growth Centre, located on the Bathinda- Mansa road in lieu of exclusive control over the water supply system of former, worth Rs. 6 crore, installed on the same premises.


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