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Govt instructions ‘violated’
Appointment of Naib Tehsildars
Chandigarh, January 31
It is confirmed. Government instructions were violated in the appointment of at least eight naib tehsildars, as per preliminary inquiry conducted by Punjab’s former Financial Commissioner K.S. Janjua into the irregularities committed by IAS officer S.K. Sinha, Commissioner of Patiala Division from 1990 to 1995. The application of at least one candidate was recommended by the then Punjab Chief Minister.

PCS re-examination soon: Amarinder
Dakala (Patiala), January 31
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said the re-examination of sacked PCS officers would be held soon and that the process to hold the examination had been initiated.

CM announces relief for farmers
Chandigarh, January 31
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced a package of relief measures for farmers. These include release of Rs 20 crore for the disbursement to cane growers, payment of bonus on paddy (Rs 20 per quintal) announced by the Centre and compensation to farmers in border districts, whose crops were damaged due to Army operations.

Sareen, others summoned
Amritsar, January 31
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Harpreet Kaur, today served summons on two doctors, including Dr P.K. Sareen, prime accused in the kidney scam, and his alleged accomplices, Dr Harsharn Kaur and Dr Varinder Gupta of New Delhi, to appear in the court on February 11 in connection with a decade old case of a kidney transplant.
Dr P. K. Sareen being presented in the District Court, Amritsar Dr P. K. Sareen being presented in the District Court, Amritsar, on Friday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma



Mahatma Gandhi's memorial in Phillaur on the banks of the Sutlej is lying in a neglected state. (28k, 56k)



Sikhs have distinct identity: SGPC
Amritsar, January 31
Terming the statement of RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan as uncalled for Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, announced that Sikhs had distinct separate identity.

A child sleeps in a makeshift swing while the mother begs in Bathinda on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera.

Thandal’s house raided
Hoshiarpur, January 31
An eight-member team, including two women constables of the Vigilance Bureau, Chandigarh, led by DSP Tarsem Singh raided the house of Mr Sohan Singh Thandal, former State Minister for Civil Supplies and SAD MLA, at Thandal village, near Mahilpur, today.

Vigilance Bureau raids 10 rice mills
Ferozepore, January 31
Vigilance Bureau sleuths, led by DIG B.K. Uppal, today raided 10 rice mills, here as part of a special offensive launched against rice millers amidst the complaints of large-scale bunglings against them.

Sohal’s remand extended
Patiala, January 31
A local court today granted a further two-day police remand to former PSEB chairman G.S. Sohal even as Mr Ashok Khanna, who was the purchase officer when electronic meters were purchased by the board, was given bail in the case.

Engineer puts PSEB to litmus test
Chandigarh, January 31
Mr Padamjit Singh, the Chief Engineer, who had recently refused to buckle under pressure to clear a power purchase agreement with a private firm, has put the management of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to another litmus test.

New guidelines for trust properties
Chandigarh, January 31
To check speculation and profiteering in Imprisonment Trust (IT) properties in Punjab new guidelines have been framed by the department of the local Government.


Punish ‘erring’ Cong samiti members
Bathinda, January 31
Even as the panchayat samiti elections to the posts of chairman and vice-chairman in this district have brought severe differences in Congress workers to the fore, a senior Congress leader and former minister, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, today urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, to expel those office-bearers of the district Congress Committee and other functionaries of the party, who had opposed official candidates in the elections.

Public money ‘wasted’ on sangat darshan
Gurdaspur, January 31
Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, local Government minister Punjab today inaugurated sewerage of the town on the G.T. Road here. He also laid foundation stone of water supply scheme in Prem Nagar here today.

Ex-MLA denies criticising Preneet
Chandigarh, January 31
Mr Balbir Singh Bartana, former Punjab MLA, today denied press reports quoting him as having criticised Ms Preneet Kaur, MP from Patiala.


Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a former MLA, makes inquiries at Thathi village regarding the bashing up of the ASI.Fresh probe into bashing of ASI
Thathi (Tarn Taran), January 31
Terror still grips this village even after five days of the bashing of an ASI by womenfolk.

Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a former MLA, makes inquiries at Thathi village regarding the bashing up of the ASI.
— photo Rajiv Sharma

Hearing on Hardeep’s plea on Feb 4
Chandigarh, January 31
A petition seeking the grant of bail filed by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s officer-on-special-duty Hardeep Singh will come up for further hearing on February 4.

Sandhu denied pre-arrest bail
Ropar, January 31
The Special Judge, Ropar, Mr A.S. Kathuria, yesterday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Chairman of the Subordinate Services Selection Board (SSSB) Tajinder Pal Singh Sandhu.

Akali leader held for fraud
Bathinda, January 31
Tajinder Singh Zaildar, an Akali leader automobile dealer has been arrested allegedly for defrauding a Delhi bank of more than Rs 1 crore on the basis of fake deed of land here.

Social activist Bajaj commits suicide
Abohar, January 31
Eminent social activist Ramesh Bajaj (57) allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his licensed pistol here last night.

Police leads in drug de-addiction campaign
Gidderbaha, January 31
In a unique experiment, the local civil police, health authorities and NGOs have launched a de-addiction campaign under the Multi-Agency Programme and identified 225 addicts, who are being given treatment at the Civil Hospital.

Mobile police centres in Jalandhar
Hoshiarpur, January 31
For quick disposal of complaints, involving panchayat and independent witnesses and to get correct assessment of the problem, mobile police centres have been set up in the Jalandhar police range.

Proposal to set up special courts
Hoshiarpur, January 31
To settle cases registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau under the Prevention of Corruption Act it is proposed to set up two special courts in Punjab. This was stated by Mr A.P. Pandey, Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau, while talking to mediapersons today.

12 APM mines recovered
Ferozepore, January 31
The BSF thwarted yet another attempt of the ISI to inflict loss of lives on the Indian side of the international border.

Six bodies’ plea on harmony
Amritsar, January 31
“Learning a lesson from Partition, no organisation with narrow thinking should be allowed to play with communal harmony”, this statement was made in a joint press note by six social and cultural organisations while reacting to a statement of the RSS and its sister organisations.

Withdraw letter, say pensioners

MLA’s plan on relief

Bhullar: appeal to Amnesty


Kin of dead farmers await compensation
Bathinda, January 31
Kin of farmers who died in accidents while working in their fields have been finding it hard to get compensation awarded to them by the government due to procedural “faults”.

Contract farming launched
Ropar, January 31
The Punjab Government has launched Contract Farming Scheme in the district. The scheme is aimed at motivating farmers for growing commercial crops in place of wheat and rice.


Punjab transfers


Romance on phone lands man into jail
Bathinda, January 31
Romantic conversation with his ‘beloved’ on the telephone has landed Gian Chand Nath into police custody and it has managed to trace out a blind murder of Mahant Ram Sukh Dass Tiyagi, which took place on the night of December 24 at Dera Baba Sandhya Dass, Ballianwali village of this district.

PAP employee in Vigilance net
Jalandhar, January 31
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested an employee with PAP Lines here for amassing assets, running into lakhs of rupees, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

MLA’s son held under Excise Act
Moga, January 31
The police today arrested Kulwant Singh, alias Kanta, son of Mr Malkiat Singh Kittu, MLA, Barnala, under the Excise Act and allegedly seized 120 bottles of countrymade liquor from his vehicle the police said.

Three booked for fraud
Gurdaspur, January 31
The police has booked three persons for allegedly extorting money from persons on the pretext of sending them to Italy.

2 held for murder
Amritsar, January 31
The police arrested two persons in a murder case of a resident of New Dashmesh Avenue here.


Teachers to get arrears in cash
Issue of grants referred to panel
Phagwara, January 31
A long-pending problem of non- government colleges has been solved much to the satisfaction of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union.

VC lays stones of hostels
Patiala, January 31
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr S.S Boparai, laid the foundation stones of two hostels (one each for boys and girls) meant for the SC/ST students at the university complex here today.Top

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