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Govt bans payment to 1.08 lakh bogus pensioners
Jalandhar, December 26
The state government has unearthed a fake old age pension scam, wherein, about 1.08 lakh ineligible pensioners, who were enrolled in violation of the prescribed norms, caused a loss of Rs 52 crore to the state exchequer in the past two years.

Pherurai’s son-in-law reports for duty
Mansa, December 26
Mr Arvinderpaul Singh Sandhu, a PCS officer, who surrendered in the court of Mr Roshan Lal Chouhan, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Kharar in Ropar district in connection with the fake arms’ licence scam on December 12 submitted his joining report to the district administration. The administration has sought permission from the senior authorities in this regard.

State loan was waived: Kanwaljit
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, a former Finance Minister and senior SAD leader, has joined the issue with Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, regarding the waiver of loan of the state worth Rs 8,500 crore. As both the former minister as well the present one, Mr Lal Singh, were here to attend their respective parties’ political conferences, both talked to The Tribune and contradicted each other’s claim and counterclaim.

Police restrained from raiding tourist complexes
Ropar December 26
The DGP, Punjab, has directed all SSPs in the state against conducting raids on the premises of the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) complexes. In the orders communicated to all SSPs, it has been stated that the police should not conduct raids on the PTDC complexes without the prior permission of the Secretary, Tourism or Managing Director, PTDC.


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Fog engulfs region, 1 dies of cold
Bathinda, December 26
The cold wave today claimed one life while heavy fog engulfed the region disrupting normal life and the flow of traffic. Sources said the deceased, whose name could not be known immediately, was reportedly a rickshaw-puller and was admitted to the Civil Hospital by volunteers of an NGO.

Vehicles move at a snail’s pace with headlights on as fog envelopes the Bathinda town on Thursday morning. — A Tribune photograph

Vehicles move at a snail’s pace with headlights on

Haldea panel for restructuring PSEB
Patiala, December 26
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) seems to be on the way to privatisation, with the Haldea Committee, formed by the state government to suggest reforms in the power sector, today expressing dissatisfaction with the present reforms being undertaken by the board and saying that it will recommend unbundling of the PSEB if necessary to the government.

Farmers in Punjab ask for more compensation for damages caused to their lands due to land mines, laid during troops deployment.
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Voters’ lists concocted
Kharar, December 25
A member of the Kharar Municipal Council and legal adviser of the Ropar district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Preet Kanwal Singh, has alleged that the new voter lists have been concocted.


Hunting in Harike with impunity
Tarn Taran, December 26
Hunting by a group of influential persons, led by an OSD to a former Chief Minister of Punjab has created panic in the Harike bird sanctuary area.

Craftsmen and devotees busy reconstructing Nishan Sahib
Craftsmen and devotees busy reconstructing Nishan Sahib, the religious symbol of Sikhism, at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Thursday.
Punjabi pop singer Jassi performs during a stage show
Punjabi pop singer Jassi performs during a stage show at Jalandhar on Wednesday. — PTI photos

Irregularities in relief disbursement
Fazilka, December 26
Irregularities in the disbursement of compensation to the tune of about Rs 10 lakh for houses damaged due to heavy rain and floods in the Fazilka area in 1997 have been detected. The Revenue Department has recommended that eight veterinary surgeons and two agriculture development officers allegedly responsible for the irregularities be chargesheeted.

Bail denied in forgery case
Moga, December 26
In a case of alleged violations of RBI guidelines and commission of forgery, the regular bail application of Ramandeep Singh of Naunidhi Finance Company was rejected whereas three pre-arrest bail applications of Gurmeet Singh, Manpreet Singh and Rajvinder Singh of National Finance Company were dismissed by a local court here.

White paper on Sikhs to be prepared
Chandigarh, December 26
The World Sikh Foundation has set up a three-member committee comprising Dr Darshan Singh, Dr Gurbachan Singh Bachan and Mr Guratanpal Singh to prepare a white paper on the plight of minorities in India with special reference to Sikhs in view of the rise of the Hindutva in the country.

Separate dept for ayurvedic systems
Ropar, December 26
The Punjab Government is planning to create an independent department for ayurvedic and homoeopathic systems. At present the said systems are functioning under the Health Department. However, the government is now contemplating to give independent status to these systems under the proposed name of the Indian Systems of Medicine.

Hindutva is way of life: Vinod Khanna
Pathankot, December 26
Residents had a pleasant surprise when Vinod Khanna, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Cultural Affairs arrived here today by Dhauladhar Express. He was given a warm welcome by partymen at the railway station.

Remand of Gurm extended
Jalandhar, December 26
The Duty Magistrate today extended the police remand of former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) H.S. Gurm, who had surrendered before the court on Saturday in a multi-crore PTU scam, for two days.

‘Sirhind di Dastan’ gets under way
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
A light and sound programme ‘Sirhind di Dastan’ based on the sacrifices made by Baba Zorawar Singh, Baba Fateh Singh and Mata Gujri, was inaugurated by Mr C.S. Srivastva, Commissioner, Patiala division, by lighting a candle, on the eve of annual Shaheedi Jor Mela, at Aam Khas Bagh at Sirhind yesterday.

Anti-pollution masks ‘difficult’ to wear
Phagwara, December 26
Police personnel of the local traffic police are finding it impossible to wear the mandatory “anti-pollution masks” due to excessive sweating.

Dial 1081 for grievances: BSNL
Bathinda, December 26
Mr Joginder Mohan, General Manager, Telecom District Bathinda, said here today that customers could now register their grievances by dialing ‘1081’ from their BSNL landline phones.


Two IAS officers shifted
Chandigarh, December 26
The Punjab Government today transferred two IAS and one PCS officer. Mr Mandeep Singh has been transferred to the Department of Elections as Special Secretary in place of Mr V.K. Janjua, who has been relieved to join duty as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Union Government at Delhi.


Nursing college to be set up soon: NRI
Hoshiarpur, December 26
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister and President, SAD, honoured Dr Harbakhash Singh Sandal, NRI and philanthropist, at a function at Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, 40 km from here, last evening.

Shunted out of hostels, IT students flay varsity
Patiala, December 26
As many as 80 male students of the controversial Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Management and Technology at Punjabi University , who were asked to vacate their hostel rooms in September in face of the controversy regarding the institute which was opened during the tenure of the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, alleged that they were being subjected to a Kafkaesque trial by the university authorities and punished for no fault of theirs.Top

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