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Administrative reshuffle in Punjab
2 ministers change portfolios, Lakhanpal back in Finance, 3 DCs shifted
Chandigarh, July 19
After the reconstitution of the Council of Ministers and effecting some changes in the portfolios of two ministers, the Punjab Government today ordered a major administrative reshuffle affecting 25 bureaucrats, including three DCs.

Inside Babudom
K.R. Lakhanpal to be Finance Secretary, Punjab
K.R. LakhanpalChandigarh, July 19
Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, an IAS officer of the 1972 batch, was named Principal Secretary, Finance, again in a major administrative reshuffle the Punjab Government ordered this evening. He replaced Mr Bharat Raj Bajaj of the 1970 batch.

VB initiates inquiry against excise official
Chandigarh, July 19
The state Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry against Joint Director (Enforcement) in Punjab's Excise and Taxation Department Samarjit Singh for allegedly amassing property beyond his known sources of income.

Venod SharmaVenod Sharma on comeback trail
Chandigarh, July 19
The appointment of Mr Venod Sharma as special invitee to the Congress Working Committee the other day has put the Congress leader of the region on the comeback trail.






Mr Karan S. Dalal (left), Congress MLA from Haryana, interacts with The Tribune in Amritsar on Monday.President’s rule must to solve SYL crisis: Dalal
Amritsar, July 19
The Centre should declare President’s rule in both Punjab and Haryana to solve the vexed issue of SYL canal and sharing of river waters, said Mr Karan S. Dalal, Congress MLA, Haryana, during his visit to the Golden Temple here today.

Mr Karan S. Dalal (left), Congress MLA from Haryana, interacts with The Tribune in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Benefits from Bhakra more than expected, says study
Nangal, July 19
Benefits from the Bhakra Dam have been much more than anticipated at the time of its conception, according to a study conducted by the Centre for Policy Research.

Multi-coloured umbrellas being sold on roadsides in Amritsar are much in demand during the monsoon season
Multi-coloured umbrellas being sold on roadsides in Amritsar are much in demand during the monsoon season. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sacking of Mohan Singh taken up with Badal
Amritsar, July 19
The unceremonious removal of Giani Mohan Singh yesterday has caught the attention of the senior Panthic leaders who are worried over the denigration of the Sikh institution , since the celebrations of the birth of Khalsa Panth in 1999. According to highly placed sources in the SGPC , the matter regarding the removal of Giani Mohan Singh was taken up with Mr Parkash Singh Badal , president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, today by certain leaders of the party.

PUDA questions validity of Puri’s decision
Mohali, July 19
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), today questioned the validity of a decision taken by the Minister for Housing Urban Planning and Development, Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, for granting permission to change the land use of 120 acres of a prime land in Mohali.

Death by negligence: case registered against kin
Bathinda, July 19
The issue pertaining to the death of Parveen Rani, a resident of Bhucho Mandi, allegedly due to the transfusion of blood of wrong group in the local Civil Hospital, took a new turn today when a criminal case was registered against her kin Rakesh Kumar and others for their alleged involvement in an attempt to kill the driver of car while holding an agitation at the Bathinda-Bhucho Mandi crossing on July 17.


Woman sarpanch harassed, threatens to quit
Nangal, July 19
The woman sarpanch of Kalsera village, Ms Anjna Garg, has threatened to resign from here post over harassment by certain miscreants of the village. She has alleged that despite complaints neither the district administration nor the police has come to her rescue.

Waste management plant for holy city
Amritsar July 19
More than 500 tonnes of garbage produced daily by the holy city which could be a health hazard will now be utilized to produce electricity.

Indian fish attracts BBC film-makers
Chandigarh, July 19
A fish species of the Harike wetlands has attracted the attention of foreign freshwater filmmakers. They have rated this species as unique because it has not been seen or documented on television.

CWC refutes Punjab’s low inflow plea
Nangal, July 19
To buttress its case on the SYL deadlock, the Punjab Government has been maintaining that the inflows in all the rivers running through the state have come down considerably.

BSF nabs insane on border
Along the Zero Line, Ferozepore:
The BSF which guards frontiers of the nation is fighting an altogether different battle here, not against the enemy but against the red tapism and procedural wrangles of our system.

Scanty rains force more power cuts
Patiala, July 19
Scanty rains have forced the PSEB to impose power cuts of over three hours in all important cities of the state, besides already increasing power cuts in towns and rural areas.

Rainwater harvesting a must for plot-holders
Jalandhar, July 19
The Improvement Trust authorities have decided to make it mandatory for allottees of residential plots, measuring 200 yards and above, to make arrangements for rain harvesting of water at Guru Gobind Singh Avenue and Surya Enclave localities on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway.

Youth Cong asks BBMB to shun bias
Nangal, July 19
Youth congress activists and daily wagers of the BBMB today staged a dharna to protest against the alleged discriminatory attitude of the board. About 100 activists sat in front of the BBMB officers club, venue of the national seminar on lined canals, raising slogans against the management.

Malaria cases reported from Muktsar, Hoshiarpur
Chandigarh, July 19
If you are living in Muktsar or Hoshiarpur, just be a little more cautious. A majority of malaria cases reported till May end were from these two cities.

No hindrance to Punjab buses in Haryana
Chandigarh, July 19
Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Transport Minister, Punjab, today said that Punjab Roadways and the PRTC buses today plied on various routes in Haryana without any hindrance.

Suspension of JE, lineman triggers protest
Mohali, July 19
From tomorrow no Junior Engineer or lineman employed with the Punjab State Electricity Board will be available to repair any power supply problem arising in the township.

Bir Devinder to fight for villagers’ cause
Mohali, July 19
The MLA, Kharar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today reiterated his complete support to the cause of the villagers here protesting against the acquisition of their land by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

Community policing centre to be set up in Ropar
Kharar, July 19
A community policing resource centre will be set up in Ropar. It will have an extension centre at Mohali. Mr S.K. Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Jalandhar zone, told this to mediapersons at a press conference.

Historic gate on verge of collapse
Patiala, July 19
Another historic gate is set to be wiped out from the face of the city with one of the massive gates of the Samania Gate becoming unhinged and falling on the other gate.

PSEB engineers flay privatisation
Patiala, July 19
An emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of PSEB Engineers’ Association was held here yesterday in which the proposed move of the Punjab Government to unbundle the PSEB “in a secretive manner without involving all stake holders in this exercise” was criticised.

PSEB technical union members hold convention
Mohali, July 19
A state-level convention of members of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was held at the Haunman Mandir in Phase 3B2 here today. More than 350 members of the union attended the meeting organised by the Zirakpur division.


High Court
Poaching case: Govt asked to examine witnesses' statements
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave time to the Punjab Government to look into the statements of two main witnesses in the Pathankot poaching case that they have been receiving threatening calls.

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Trial against Gurdev Badal stayed
New Delhi, July 19
The Supreme Court today stayed trial proceedings against former Punjab Minister Gurdev Singh Badal in a Rs 1.07 crore corruption case, while issuing notice to the state government on his petition challenging his prosecution.

Probe ordered into extortion case
Faridkot, July 19
Taking serious note of the alleged human rights violations against a lab technician trainer pursuing a diploma course in Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has marked a probe into the involvement of a doctor of the college in extortion.

Ludhiana DC summoned
Chandigarh, July 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma to appear in court on July 22 to explain why contempt of court proceedings not be initiated against him for not implementing court orders.


Case of fraud detected
Phagwara, July 19
The police has unearthed a case of fraud under which a truck driver had disappeared with 180 quintals of wheat loaded in his truck from godowns of FCI here. A case under Sections 407/468/471 of the IPC has been registered.

Smack worth Rs 1 cr seized
Muktsar, July 19
The district police today made the biggest ever seizure since this district was created. It seized 900 gm of smack worth Rs 1 crore in the international market from Har Bhagwan Singh, a resident of Malout town.


Pbi varsity to shift Jaito computer centre
Jaito (Faridkot), July 19
Punjabi University, Patiala, has decided to shift the computer centre it is running in the Jaito block to Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. This has come as a jolt for those willing to learn computers in this small town.

Dharna against teacher’s suspension
Moga, July 19
The Punjab Government-aided School Teachers Union has launched an indefinite dharna to protest against the suspension of a teacher by SD Senior Secondary School.


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