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Probe finds 1,000 B.Ed degrees fake
Ropar, January 17
Around 1,000 candidates selected as ETT teachers have been found to possess fake B.Ed degrees. The departmental committees formed by the Education Department to verify the degrees of the candidates selected to the posts of the ETT teachers have visited universities across the country to verify the degrees.

SGPC staff, dera men clash
Amritsar, January 17
Baba Major Singh (Dera Shaheed Baba Tara Singh) Waan village, was injured in a fight between his followers and SGPC employees in the district courts here today. The fight led to opening of fire by the official gunman of Baba Major Singh in the court complex even as both the warring groups accused each other of triggering violence during the melee. 

PSEB to face tough grilling
Power purchase agreement with private firm
Chandigarh, January 17
The PSEB Management should be ready for grilling on the power purchase agreement with a private firm, which has not supplied a single unit to it so far since December 2, the day Mr Padamjit Singh, who opposed the agreement, was shifted from the post of Chief Engineer, System Operations.

Help of political parties sought
Sangrur, January 17
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today urged the leaders of all political parties, social organisations and intellectuals to compel the Punjab Government to accept the demand of the IMA with regard to the arrest of all “guilty” persons involved in the multi-crore kidney racket.

Bangladeshi nationals are escorted by police officials in the Khem Karn sector
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Bangladeshi nationals are escorted by police officials in the Khem Karn sector near the India-Pakistan border on the outskirts of Amritsar on Friday. The Bangladeshis tried to cross over into Pakistan on Thursday, but were arrested by the police and were presented in court on Friday.
— Reuters

Anandpur Sahib

Commuters travel during a cold, foggy day in Amritsar
Commuters travel during a cold, foggy day in Amritsar on Friday. Most regions, barring southern India, have been gripped by a cold spell in which night temperatures have hovered around freezing.  — Reuters


  DEO can upgrade school
Anandpur Sahib, January 17
In a major policy decision the Punjab government has decided to delegate powers to upgrade the schools to respective district education officers (DEOs). Any school which wants to upgrade its classes and has twenty students for the upgraded class can now apply to the respective DEO.


Ministers deputed to select Cong candidates
Chandigarh, January 17
The President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee , Mr H.S. Hanspal, has deputed ministers to select Congress candidates for the post of Chairperson of block samities and zila parishads in districts.


Probe finds tehsildar guilty
Mansa, January 17
Mr Mohinder Singh Kainth, Additional Deputy Commissioner, here has indicted Mr Ravinder Walia, Tehsildar-cum-Sub Registrar, Sardulgarh for having caused Rs 1.76 lakh loss to the state. Action against Mr Walia has also been recommended. The DC Mansa Mr SK Ahluwalia on a complaint of Mr Jalaur Singh, State President of the Revolutionary Coordinator Committee, Punjab, to the Chief Minister Punjab had ordered a probe.

Panel to review water charges
Amritsar, January 17
Municipal Councillors here criticised corruption in the Building Department of the Municipal Corporation at a meeting of the House today. Majority of the councillors spoke against Municipal Town Planner B.R. Batra allegedly for being incompetent and indulging in corruption and demanded his suspension.

Verification of names of voters ordered
Pathankot, January 17
Taking note of the complaint filed by Mr Vinay Mahajan, president of the Sujanpur Municipal Council, and others, Mr C.L. Bains, State Election Commissioner, has ordered re-verification of wrongful deletion and inclusion of the names of voters in 13 Wards of the municipal council.

Plan to make grocery stores ration depots
SAS Nagar, January 17
The Punjab Government is formulating a policy for fair price depots to function from private grocery stores across the state. Announcing this, Punjab Finance Minister Lal Singh said that this is being done to make the operation of the ration depots financially viable and to reduce the scope of cheating.

Punjab employees hold rally
Chandigarh, January 17
Employees belonging to boards, corporations and cooperative institutions of the Punjab Government held a state-level protest rally at Matka Chowk here yesterday, asking the government to implement the decisions taken at a meeting held last year between the Chief Minister and the representatives of the employees.

CBI probe into appointments of Naib Tehsildars sought
Chandigarh, January 17
Acting on a petition seeking independent probe preferably by the CBI into the alleged irregular appointments of naib tehsildars during the tenure of Mr Sanjit Sinha — now Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that a copy of the inquiry report in the matter should be handed over to the petitioner.

Villagers allege misuse of phone exchange
Mansa, January 17
Residents of Kotli Kalan village in the district have complained to the Subdivisional Engineer (SDE), Telecom, Mansa, and sent copies of the complaint to the Union Communication Minister, and the General Manager, Telecom, Bathinda, stating that the keys of the telephone exchange of the village remain with a private person who connect calls to distant places without collecting any revenue for the department.

Mann’s posers to Nandgarh
Bathinda, January 17
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president, SAD (A), in a letter to Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Takht Damdama Sahib, has asked him whether he supported the resolution about Sikh sovereignty passed in 1946 by the SGPC.

An apology for parks
Terming a number of once-green and well-maintained patches in different localities of Jalandhar as parks may be a misnomer these days, thanks to the apathy of the local Municipal Corporation authorities towards the maintenance of public parks. Instead of lushgreen grass and a variety of flowers, these were now full with wild vegetation and attracted stray animals.

Power bills through post offices
Chandigarh, January 17
Electricity consumers of Patiala district will not have to stand in queues anymore to deposit their electricity bills, as the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has entered into an agreement with the Department of Posts. The consumers in the district can now deposit their bills at 133 branches of the department.

Two die as bus hits tractor-trailer
Phagwara, January 17
Two persons, Avtar Singh (47) and Banesha Mukhia (18) were killed today when the tractor-trailer they were travelling in was hit by a bus near JCT Mill on GT Road. Six passengers of the bus sustained minor injuries.

Roadways staff observe strike
Ropar, January 17
Punjab Roadways employees of the Nangal and Ropar depots today observed a strike on a call of their state bodies.

Action sought against ANM
Bathinda, January 17
The civil hospital authorities yesterday asked the police to initiate action against the auxillary nurse midwife (ANM) who had aborted a foetus at Pakka Kalan village earlier this month, which had endangered the life of the pregnant woman.

Four bodies taken out of canal
Lambi (Muktsar), January 17
The bodies of Dr Balwant Singh, his son Monu, Rinku, son of Parminder Kaur (nurse) and Sukhdeep Kaur, wife of Nikka Singh, were taken out from the Sirhind feeder canal by divers, summoned by the district administration, and residents of Chunnu village today.

Sugar mill shut down
Malout, January 17
A loss of more than Rs 40 lakh has been caused to the local cooperative sugar mill, being run by Markfed, following its shut-down on January 15. The Turbine alternator was damaged due to a short circuit.

Fortis to hold health camp tomorrow
Phagwara, January 17
The Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital, as part of its outreach programme, will organise a free multi-speciality health check-up camp in association with the Rotary Club, South East, at Anoop Hospital, Guru Hargobindnagar, here on Sunday. 

3,000 donate blood
Ferozepore, January 17
A blood donation camp was organised at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium by the Department of Youth Services and Sports in collaboration with the district administration and various NGOs.


‘9,000 houses to be constructed’
Gurdaspur, January 17
Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Urban Development, told mediapersons here today that the Punjab Government had decided to construct 9,000 houses in the state at a cost of Rs 500 crore during the next financial year.

5.6 cr sanctioned for development
Bathinda, January 17
Mr DPS Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said here yesterday that the district had been sanctioned Rs 5.6 crore for development projects.


Executive engineer held for graft
Bathinda, January 17
Mr Gurmail Singh, Executive Engineer, Irrigation and Drainage Department, Punjab, posted at Mansa, was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau today from his house in Sector 8 in Chandigarh for allegedly for having assets disproportionate to known sources of income.


Schoolchildren clean garbage

Bathinda, January 17
Students of the local Punjab Public School today removed the garbage dumped near their school themselves instead of waiting for the authorities to do so. The students of classes IX and X cleaned the area as the requests of residents, the school authorities and NGOs to the authorities concerned for removing the garbage dumped at a vacant site in the local Gopal Nagar yielded no result.

The students of Punjab Public School sweep and clean the place near their school in Bathinda on Friday. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

The students of Punjab Public School sweep and clean the place near their school

Conference ends
Patiala, January 17
The three-day 19th international Punjabi development conference concluded at Punjabi University here today. Over 350 delegates from India and abroad took part in the conference in which 30 scholars presented their papers on various aspects of development of the Punjabi language literature and culture.

Camp for lecturers


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