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Education board in the dock
Vigilance probing appointments, bunglings
Chandigarh, April 29
Even as more skeletons tumble out of the Punjab Public Service Commission’s scandalous recruitment procedures, as revealed by Chairman Ravi Sidhu’s “touts”, the state vigilance bureau has begun yet another probe into similar happenings in the Punjab School Education Board, SAS Nagar.

PCS (Executive) interviews cancelled
Patiala, April 29
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) today cancelled the interviews of PCS (Executive) posts, open to government employees, besides declaring the examinations of DSP, Deputy Superintendent, Jails and Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) null and void.

JE (Civil) selections being probed
Kharar, April 29
In the recruitment scam of the Punjab Rural Development Department, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is investigating all nine appointments to the posts of junior engineer (Civil) — including that of Kamalpreet Singh, a nephew of a former Akali Minister, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon and Vijay Kumar made by the Akali Government during 2001.

Now fictitious accounts scam
Amritsar, April 29
Adding new dimension to the infamous Rs 23 crore pension scam which occurred during the SAD-BJP regime, the local administration has detected unauthorised accounts in certain banks of District Social Security Officials against whom an FIR has already been lodged.





Ahluwalia broke varsity rules
Favoured Badungar’s daughter
Patiala, April 29
The ousted Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, shelved the rule of the university, which clearly states that no one can improve upon ones percentage of marks after a period of three years, to favour the daughter of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Kirpal Singh Badungar.

Land-grab allegations against ex-CM’s son
Patiala, April 29
A son of former Pepsu Chief Minister has come under a cloud following allegations by residents of Raghbir Nagar that he wanted to forcibly take over a piece of land in the green belt which had been demarcated as a municipal park under a town-planning scheme when the land was carved out into plots and sold by him to the residents.

Chinna case: bank records seized
Amritsar, April 29
Vigilance officials today seized certain records from Amritsar Central Cooperative Bank here in connection with the ongoing investigation into the corruption charges against Bank Chairman S.S. Chinna, who is currently in judicial custody.


Nandgarh likely to be Jathedar
Talwandi Sabo, April 29
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has initiated a move to install its executive member Balwant Singh Nandgarh as Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib.

Slapped by cop, man dies of heart attack
Ludhiana, April 29
Hardly a week after a violent mob held a demonstration outside the Vardhman police station in protest against police inaction in a child-killing case, the city police was once again at the receiving end of public ire following the death of an autorickshaw driver, who allegedly suffered a heart attack during beating by a traffic police cop at Sherpur Chowk late this evening.

Sack Assistant Director, say homoeopathy doctors
Jalandhar, April 29
The Government Homoeopathic Medical Officer’s Association, Punjab, has demanded that the state government should order the premature retirement of Assistant Director, Homoeopathy Dr Ramesh Rattan, who had been indicted for ‘moral turpitude’ and found guilty of committing irregularities in the selection of midwives in 1986 by the department concerned.

Civil Surgeons told to issue I-cards to milk vendors
Sangrur, April 29
Authorities in the Punjab Health Department have again asked the Civil Surgeons in the state to issue identity cards to milk vendors and meat sellers in their respective districts.

Minister announces Rs 570 cr for Dalits
SAS Nagar, April 29
Allocations for Dalits in the Punjab budget should be made in accordance with the population ratio of this section, Mr Santokh Singh Choudhry, Welfare and Social Security Minister, Punjab, said here today.

Illegal structure causes scuffle
Ropar, April 29
Officials of the Ropar Thermal Plant today foiled an attempt by a shopkeeper in their colony to raise a building.

MC employees also favour octroi
Ludhiana, April 29
The Punjab Municipal Workers Federation (INTUC) has hailed the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the abolition of octroi and has further asked the Punjab Government to reimpose octroi duty immediately, to save local bodies from insolvency.

Amarinder out to woo panches
Ropar, April 29
With elections to panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads approaching in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh has launched a public relation campaign to win over panches in the villages. Letters on new colourful letterhead of the Chief Minister are being sent to all panches in the rural areas.

Plea to check female foeticide
Hoshiarpur, April 29
Mr Vijay Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of the Hind Samachar Group of news papers, appealed to dharam gurus and saints to educate their women followers not to promote scan tests of expectant mothers and help check female foeticide. He was addressing a congregation on the 29th annual function of Shri Ram Charit Manas Prachar Mandal at Shakti Temple here last evening.

Observe May 1 as protest day: IFTU
Nawanshahr, April 29
Mr Paltu Sen and Mr D.V. Krishna, president and general secretary of the National Committee of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), respectively, at a press meeting here today called upon the working class to observe the May Day as a 'protest day' against the Gujarat violence.

Court notice to Chief Engineer
Pathankot, April 29
Mr Harish Anand, Judicial Magistrate (first class), here, has issued a notice to Mr Ramesh Chander Jain, Chief Engineer, Ranjit Sagar Dam, for allegedly violating the orders of the Labour Commissioner, Punjab.

ASI suspended
Phagwara, April 29
Kapurthala SSP R. N. Dhoke has suspended ASI Jagir Singh for allegedly harassing and misbehaving with family members of the accused wanted in the April 25 case registered with the local police station.


Experts dispute claims on Bt cotton seed
Jalandhar, April 29
The Kirti Kisan Union organised, a state-level convention to discuss the impacts of the introduction of Bt cotton seed at Desh Bhagat Yaadgar Hall here today. The convention was attended by farmers from different parts of the state.

Making strides in strawberry cultivation
Nandgarh (Muktsar)
Even as most farmers in Punjab have been facing a severe financial crisis due to declining earnings from agriculture, some progressive farmers have been making handsome profits by using innovative techniques and going in for market-oriented farming.


Government to replace 300 buses
Moga, April 29
The Punjab Government has decided to replace defective buses, issue new permits for long as well as link routes and continue with the kilometre scheme started by the previous government.


Poses as insurance agent, arrested
Bathinda, April 29
Check the credentials of insurance company agents, otherwise you could be robbed of your money!


REC students block traffic
Jalandhar, April 29
Hundreds of agitating students of three engineering colleges of the state today held a dharna on GT Road and blocked traffic near the local Regional Engineering College for about three hours in protest against the failure of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) authorities to revoke recent instructions with regard to exams and internal assessment.

Defamation notice sent to 3 lecturers
Amritsar, April 29
Shree Narayan Ayurvedic College was today opened after having remained closed for 16 days with a few students under police protection. The agitating staff members, however, sat on dharna in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.

District unit of PCCTU elected
Sangrur, April 29
Prof P.K. Sharma of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera (Barnala) was elected president of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) for 2002-2003 at the annual election meeting held at Sandaur near Malerkotla yesterday.


Rice millers’ plea to government
Patiala, April 29
The Punjab Rice Millers’ Association has urged the government to save the millers from disaster by getting released levy payments worth Rs 150 crore from the Food Corporation of India (FCI).


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