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Recruitment of medical staff on the cards
48 nurses to be sacked

Chandigarh, October 21
While the Punjab Cabinet subcommittee today gave approval for the recruitment of 94 medical and dental teachers, besides 474 other employees such as nurses, operation theatre assistants, ward attendants etc in the Government Medical and Dental Colleges, the authorities concerned have set in motion the process to dismiss 48 nurses, who have been absent from duty for long.

Proposal to raise Punjab bus fares
Chandigarh, October 21
Travelling in the state-owned Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation ( PRTC) buses is all set to become costlier if the Council of Ministers gives its nod to a proposal to a hike in the bus fares in the state.

SAD (A) team identifies assailants in Patiala incident
Amritsar, October 21
The fact-finding team of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today identified the SGPC employees, including a gurdwara manager, who had allegedly thrashed its activists when they tried to stage a protest against Bibi Jagir Kaur , SGPC president at court complex in Patiala on October 19.

Punjab under attack for not removing 2 DCs
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab Government has come under severe criticism for not transferring the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Amritsar and Gurdaspur before the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) polls.





Tribune Impact
Legal aid for jawan’s family
Faridkot, October 21
The family of BSF constable Surjit Singh has been offered legal aid by two Supreme Court advocates who read the news report ‘Declared martyr, constable languishes in Pak jail’ in The Tribune on October 5.

Surjit’s wife, Angrej Kaur, along with her son and grandchildren at her home in Faridkot.

Surjit’s wife, Angrej Kaur, along with her son and grandchildren at her home in Faridkot.

Pak artistes arrive for Saanjh fest
Amritsar October 21
“Let’s not allow the next generation to bear the hatered generated by 55 years of mutual acrimony”. This emotional statement was made by the head of Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, Usmaan Peerzada today. He arrived here along with his 46-member troupe to participate in the Amritsar-Lahore Saanjh Festival being jointly organised with the Punarjot of Amritsar.

Pakistani artistes dance with the bhangra team
Pakistani artistes dance with the bhangra team of Khalsa College in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Saanj festival hit by controversy
Mediapersons face customs authorities’ ire

Unravelling mysteries of Haveli Sangeet
Kapurthala, October 21
Humility remains the essence of Pt Jasraj’s character. Even though his profile gets better with every passing day, the custodian of Mewati gharana ensures that he never loses sight of the land. For if he does, his pursuits of musical excellence might seem distant and futile. After all, the higher a person stands the easier he is to uproot.

11 fall unconscious after consuming ‘parsaad’
Jalandhar, October 21
Eleven migrant halwais fell unconscious after consuming “parsaad” of “burfi”, given to them by a fellow migrant, a rickshaw-puller putting along with them in a rented house in Upkaar Nagar locality on the outskirts of the city last night.

Migrant labourers being treated at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Migrant labourers being treated at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Thursday.

Panel to examine vacant seats issue
Moonak (Sangrur), October 21
The Punjab Government has constituted a committee to look into the causes of thousands of seats remaining vacant in the technical institutions of the state this year.

Youth tortured for not paying bribe
Mansa, October 21
Charanjit Singh, a youth belonging to a Congress family of Bahini Baga village of this district, has two fractured fingers following alleged torture by a police official in Joga police station. He had allegedly refused to pay the official bribe to get a gun of his uncle’s released from that police station.

Labourers block traffic against ‘lathi charge’
Moonak (Sangrur), October 21
A large number of labourers today staged dharna and blocked traffic on the main road here for about two hours in protest against the alleged lathi charge by the police on women labourers at the local grain market yesterday.

Pharmacists, nurses vie for emergency duties
Gurdaspur October 21
Staff nurses and pharmacists are fighting with each other for comparatively difficult duty of emergency in the Civil Hospital, Gurdaspur.

Plea to private doctors on TB control
Sangrur, October 21
Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur, called upon private doctors to actively participate in the revised national tuberculosis (TB) control programme (RNTCP) as more than 50 per cent patients of TB initially contact private doctors for treatment.

Doctors go on strike over ADC’s behaviour
Ferozepore, October 21
A quarrel between the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Tiwari, and the District Health Officer, Dr R. L. Taneja, snowballed into a larger controversy as the doctors and paramedical staff resorted to strike and staged a dharna in the Civil Hospital complex here today, paralysing the functioning of the hospital and causing harassment to the patients.

Construction work hit by stir
Jalandhar, October 21
People building houses in Punjab have been dealt a blow with the brick-kiln owners’ strike showing no sign of ending and an unprecedented hike in coal prices at the same time sending brick prices spiralling.

Police martyrs remembered
Bathinda, October 21
A commemoration parade was today organised in the local police line to pay tributes to all those jawans and officers of Punjab Police, who sacrificed their lives to maintain unity and integrity of the nation.

Quality paddy bad news for labourers
Baghapurana (Moga), October 21
Punjab farmers might be on cloud nine after harvesting a good quality paddy crop, but it has left a sizable number of people from Bihar starving. They arrive in the state every year hoping to make some money through the residue of paddy after harvesting is over.

Shopkeepers hold dharna against demolition
Patiala, October 21
In a piquant situation, 24 shopkeepers who encroached on municipal corporation (MC) land by covering the area in front of their shops and enclosing it with shutters, today sat on dharna in the Rose Garden market to thwart the attempts by the corporation to demolish the encroachments.

CM should apologise to media: Badal
Chandigarh, October 21
The president of SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said yesterday that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s outburst against a section of the media had very grave implications as “it reveals that anyone daring to report the truth about him would be treated as a personal enemy and should be ready for a fight with the CM”.

CM mourns photo journalist’s death
Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has expressed grief over the demise of Ravi Brat Bedi, a veteran photo journalist, who passed away yesterday in New Delhi following cardiac failure.


Life term for 3 in dowry death case
Moga, October 21
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Sukhdev Singh, has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and two others to seven-year jail in a case of dowry death.


MC recommends suspension of ex-town planner
Patiala, October 21
Mayor, Vishnu Sharma today recommended the suspension of former Municipal Town Planner (MTP) S.S. Bhatia, at present posted at Ludhiana, to the state government saying the MTP was indicted in a case involving demand and acceptance of a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a shopkeeper of the city.


7-year-old girl raped
Ropar, October 21
A seven-year-old girl was raped by a youth at Suara village, 14 km from Nurpur Bedi in Ropar district, today. The incident took place when the girl’s parents had gone to attend the wedding in a village and she was alone at home.

Kidnapped farmer released
Moga, October 21
A farmer, who was kidnapped over a land dispute from Nihal Singh Wala, has been admitted to a hospital after some persons threw him at the house of the village sarpanch last evening.

1 killed in mishap
Pathankot, October 21
Deepak Sharma, a resident of Garota village, was killed when his car met with an accident with a train at an unmanned level crossing near Sujanpur.

Two arrested
Nawanshahr, October 21
Mr M.F.Farooqui, SSP, here on Wednesday said the Balachaur police arrested two miscreants, Bajit Singh, alias Bittu, son of Mr Sukh Ram and Jarnail Ram son of Mr Ramesh Lal, both residents of Bairsian village and a motorcycle, a .12 bore pistol, and two live cartridges, two packets of Rs 10,000 each were recovered from them.

Acid thrown on couple
Batala October 21
A couple sustained burn injuries when some persons allegedly threw acid on them in Bahadur Hussian village in the Ranger Nangal area today.


S.R. College lifts youth fest trophy
Amritsar, October 21
Hosts S. R. Government College for Women, Amritsar, clinched the overall zonal youth festival trophy of government colleges of Guru Nanak Dev University on the concluding day here today.

NCC contingent gets award
Phagwara, October 21
The NCC Directorate of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh was awarded a special prize for “josh” (zeal) due to the enthusiastic participation of its 40 cadets in various activities in the 12-day Special National Integration Camp held in Chakabama in Nagaland recently.

DAV College students hold rally
Bathinda, October 21
Students of DAV College today held a rally in front of its gate to lodge their protest against the heavy and illegal fines being imposed on them by the college management.


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