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Indicted PAU don reinstated
Ludhiana, June 28
In a surprise move, Punjab Agricultural University has reinstated a Professor who was facing a charge of molesting a student and was indicted by an inquiry committee constituted by the university. The move is contrary to the position taken by the university since November, when the incident took place.

Wheat stolen from godown seized
Officials of Markfed, Panchayati Dept ‘involved’
Ropar, June 28
A scam involving Panchayati Department and Markfed officials has come to light, with the local police early today seizing two truckloads of wheat allegedly stolen from Markfed godown in Chamkaur Sahib and arresting five persons.

New PPSC chief swears by merit
Jalandhar, June 28
Gen Surjit Singh (retd) had been leading a happy retired life, doing household chores like operating the washing machine, playing golf with friends in the city of his choice — Jalandhar — till he was called to head the scam-ridden PPSC by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Anticipatory bail for Kahlon
Chandigarh, June 28
Granting anticipatory bail to Punjab’s former minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon in a cheating and corruption case, Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to Punjab’s Advocate-General for July 9.





PSEB chief gets interim bail
Ropar, June 28
The District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr Maghar Khan, has granted interim bail to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Chairman, Mr Kehar Singh, till July 13.

FIR registered in missing files case
Jalandhar, June 28
The case of missing of 2,025 files pertaining to notices issued to violators of building bylaws took a new turn as the local police has registered an FIR at the instance of the Secretary, Department of Local Bodies.

CM calls meeting of PSEB employees’ bodies
Chandigarh, June 28
The issue of restoring parity in the pay scales and allowances of employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) with the staff of the Punjab Government took a crucial turn today when the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, directed authorities concerned to call a meeting of the representatives of the employees, unions and associations of the board on Monday.

Punjab offers jobs to Kargil heroes, kin
Chandigarh, June 28
In pursuance to its general policy intent to expedite the implementation of the schemes relating to the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families, the Punjab Government today took a major decision to offer employment to 20 disabled soldiers of the Kargil Operations and their dependents under its scheme of “Honour and Gratitude”.


Cong flays move on NDA team
Amritsar, June 28
A former General Secretary of the PPCC, Ms Ratna, today condemned the SAD-BJP combine for requesting the Central Government for sending an NDA team to Punjab for looking into cases of alleged harassment of their leaders.


Drug addiction among village youth ‘alarming’
Tarn Taran, June 28
A study regarding drug addiction among the youth of border villages, conducted by the Youngmen Association of India, has brought forth certain alarming facts.

In video
Farmers in Punjab are diversifying to agro-forestry to compensate for any crop-loss or fluctuation in the prices of crops in the world market.
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CM announces setting up of SEZs in Patiala
Patiala, June 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today disclosed that special economic zones (SEZs), would soon be set up in Patiala to generate employment.

Works in illegal colonies halted
Kapurthala, June 28
Following complaints about illegal colonies in the town, the Kapurthala district administration has directed that all works in these colonies be stopped forthwith. The directions have been issued to DIPS Colony, Menage Enclave and Karol Bagh Enclave being developed in the city.

SGPC seeks explanation from exorcist
Amritsar, June 28
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee today declared Mr Narinder Pal Singh, Assistant Information Officer (AIO) “absent from duty”. His three-day leave has been cancelled as he was found performing exorcising in a religious dera in violation of Sikh faith.

Police clueless about murders
Amritsar, June 28
The local police is still clueless about four murders committed in the city over the past eight months.

Plan to repair plant hangs fire
Bathinda, June 28
Even two years after the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant completed its stipulated life span, its renovation and upgradation continues to hang fire as the requisite funds have still not been made available.

Mayor disbands 170 ‘sudhar’committees
Amritsar, June 28
As many as 170 “mohalla sudhar committees” established by the BJP Government to oversee the sanitation and cleanliness drive in respective colonies of the city have been disbanded as a part of a campassion undertaken by Mr Sunil Datti Mayor here today.

Bhagat Singh’s village gets facelift
Nawanshahr, June 28
Though it had become an annual convention for the Chief Ministers to make huge promises for the development of Khatkar Kalan, native village of Bhagat Singh, on the occasion of his martyrdom day, which falls on March 23, while paying tributes to the martyr, but it is, perhaps, for the first time that the residents of the village have been experiencing a pleasant surprise as the state government as well as the district administration have been showing a keen interest in translating the promises made by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on March 23, into reality.

Shastri postpones visit to city
Chandigarh, June 28
The BJP General Secretary, Mr Sunil Shastri, has postponed his June 30 visit to the city.

NCC cadets manage traffic
Bathinda, June 28
The district police has joined hands with the cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) who have been given training in traffic rules and the management of traffic practically on the busy roads of the city.

Rashtrapati award for 2 Barnala Scouts
Barnala, June 28
Harjot Kumar Sharma and Mandeep Singh, Class XII students and Scout Masters, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, Barnala, have been selected for Rashtrapati award certificate in Scouts field.

BSF chief Jagat retires tomorrow
Chandigarh, June 28
One of the most decorated cops, Mr Gurbachan Jagat, a Punjab cadre IPS officer, will retire as Director-General, Border Security Force( BSF), on June 30.

FCI allows road movement of rice
Bathinda, June 28
Even as various state and central-level agencies probing the scam involving diversion of export category rice to domestic markets, allegedly by an export firm in connivance with the rice mill owners, are yet to submit their findings to the authorities concerned, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has allowed its movement to various ports from Punjab by road.

Punjab to introduce yoga in hospitals
Chandigarh, June 28
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, has decided to introduce yoga for the medical staff as well as the general public in some hospitals in Punjab.

Civil Lines Road in bad shape
Bathinda, June 28
Though the Civil Lines Road is one of the most important roads in the city, its state remains deplorable The road, lined with the city’s major public offices and residences of the administration’s top officers, is little more than dirt and stones.

‘Bhandara’ for Amarnath pilgrims
Bathinda, June 28
The Shree Shiv Shankar Welfare Trust, an NGO, would organise a ‘ bhandara’ for pilgrims of Amarnath yatra.

Amritsar-Mumbai train


Satyawadi assumes charge
Chandigarh, June 28
Mr Y.C. Satyawadi has taken over as Principal Accountant General (Accounts and Expenditure) Punjab.


Two dowry cases registered
Hoshiarpur, June 28
Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, Hoshiarpur, told mediapersons here today that the police had registered two dowry cases against 12 persons and started investigation in this regard Orders had been issued to the station house officers concerned to arrest the accused, she said.

2 brothers held with 350 kg poppy

SI arrested for taking bribe


PMT system ‘foolproof’
Chandigarh, June 28
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences today claimed that its system of conducting examinations for the pre medical entrance test was foolproof, and there were enough safeguards to prevent any impersonation at any stage.

PCCTU executive meets tomorrow 
Barnala, June 28
Disappointed by the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, towards the long-standing grievances of over 5,000 college teachers serving in privately managed government-aided colleges of Punjab, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) executive committee has decided to meet on June 30 at Ramgarhia College, Phagwara, to decide next course of struggle to press the government to redress the grievances of the teachers at the earliest.

Future of govt college students uncertain
Amritsar, June 28
Future of as many as 245 students of the only government-run boys college in the holy city hangs in balance as the state government has been planning to close it down. Much to the disappointment of the students the college authorities have also been reportedly told not to admit new students.

Rs 43 cr aid for medical colleges
Patiala, June 28
In an effort to improve the condition of medical colleges in Punjab, more than 43 crore will be provided for their infrastructure and equipment modernisation.

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