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Teachers, doctors to be recruited: CM
Taprian Khurd (Balachaur) January 12
In its bid to improve the performance of the health and education sectors, the Punjab Government has initiated a process of recruitment of teachers and doctors in the state. Giving this information, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said the state government had started the recruitment process and the Education and Health departments had been asked to furnish a detailed report of vacancies.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inaugurates the Rajesh Pilot Memorial Stadium at Taprian Khurd village, near Balachaur Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh inaugurates the Rajesh Pilot Memorial Stadium at Taprian Khurd village, near Balachaur, on Wednesday. Sachin Pilot is also seen in the picture.
— A Tribune photograph

Computerised land record copies soon
Jalandhar, January 12
Farmers and other people will soon be able to get computerised copies of land records with the implementation of the ambitious e-patwari scheme, on which the state government has decided to spend an amount of Rs 25 crore.

Parties garner support for today’s conferences
Muktsar, January 12
Following the Election Commission’s decision to hold the Ajnala Assembly byelections on February 23, all principal political parties in the state have pressed their rank and file into service to mobilise support for their respective conferences to be organised here tomorrow on the eve of the Maghi mela.

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  Flying yet to start after Tehelka operation
Patiala, January 12
Flying has become the biggest sufferer at the Patiala Aviation field here after the Chief Flying Instructor of the Jalandhar Flying Club was suspended by the Punjab Civil Aviation Department when he was allegedly caught taking a bribe by a spycam during a Tehelka sting operation.

SGPC honours Pakistan journalists
Amritsar, January 12
The visiting Pakistan scribes took great fancy to colourful Indian Banarasi sarees, imitation jewellery, shawls and other textiles items. A 57-member delegation of Pakistan journalists led by Arshad Ansari, President of the Lahore Press Club, with lone woman journalist Farah Waraich, visited the local market during their 24-hour stay in the city.

Pakistan journalists see bullet marks at the historic Jalianwala Bagh, Amritsar, on Wednesday. — Photo by Rajeev Sharma
Pakistan journalists see bullet marks at the historic Jalianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Sealing of bank accounts of MC ordered
Sangrur, January 12
Following the failure of local Municipal Council in paying back wages as per a court order to Mr Ram Saran and 25 other employees of the council to the tune of Rs 6,60,974, the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Sangrur, has reportedly ordered some local branches of different banks, including the State Bank of Patiala and Union Bank of India, to seal the accounts of the MC till further orders or sent him a cheque/draft for the amount if the same was available in the accounts of the council.

Plan to rope in ex-servicemen for training capsules
Chandigarh, January 12
To tap the potential of defence officers as well as to provide a means to equip the job-seekers for employment in the fast growing service sector, the Punjab Government has initiated a scheme to engage about 5,000 ex-servicemen to conduct training capsules for the youth.

Probe pins down ‘friendly hand’
Fake medico-legal reports to nail opponents
Amritsar, January 12
A retired Class Four employee of a government health institute has acquired the rare ‘expertise’ to cause multiple cracks in the human skull without damaging underneath brain. The ‘friendly hand’ , as mentioned in the inquiry report of a Professor and Head, Forensic Department, helps in preparing fake medico legal reports.

Are rules being ignored in Irrigation Dept promotions?
Chandigarh, January 12
If allegations levelled by “qualified degree holder” engineers in the Punjab Irrigation Department are to be believed, the government promoted officiating “non-degree holder” engineers after ignoring not only the department rules but also the Supreme Court verdict.

Vast scope for Indo-Canadian trade: Grewal
Chandigarh, January 12
"As the fourth largest market in the world, India has an enormous capacity, economic and political potential," says Mr Gurmant Grewal, Member of Parliament from Canada, holding that " India is already the second largest source of immigrants to Canada and offers great potential for trade expansion and opportunities for Canadian businesses."


Cong Seva Dal members on dist panels
Abohar, January 12
The AICC President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, has accepted the long-pending suggestion that the workers of the Congress Sewa Dal, who have devoted their life for the past two decades to the grassroot organisational work, should be given important assignments in the main organisation.

SAD (Amritsar) begins Sikhi Sidak March
Moga, January 12
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Damdami Taksal today launched the Sikhi Sidak March from Gurdwara Zaffarnama Lohgarh, Deena Sahib. The march will culminate in Muktsar on January 14.


Transit passes were fake: report
No civic staff involved in scam
Kharar, January 12
A report on fake state transit passes sent by the local Municipal Council to the Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, admits that the passes issued were fake but hints that no council employee was involved in the scam.

Maghi Mela fails to draw crowd
Muktsar, January 12
The historical Maghi Mela held here every year to mark the occasion of the supreme sacrifice made by forty ‘muktas’ (liberated ones), which began amid tight security arrangements here today, could not attract much crowd on its first day.

Ex-servicemen see MLA's hand in UBDC
Amritsar, January 12
The Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front has alleged that an MLA of the ruling party is hand in glove with senior officials of the Irrigation Department in the multi-crore UBDC scam.

BJP’s shoeshine drive a farce?
Patiala, January 12
The “boot polish” cavalcade, led by Bharatiya Janata Party state president Avinash Rai Khanna, arrived in the city today for the campaign, which has yielded little except local publicity for the party and its activists in the state.

PSEB launches anti-corruption, anti-theft drive
Amritsar, January 12
Mr T.S. Mavi, Chief Engineer, Enforcement, Punjab State Electricity Board, has said that the board has initiated anti-theft and anti-corruption drive against its customers and employees.

Vehicle registration computerised
Gurdaspur, January 12
The vehicle registration in the district has been computerised. The Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Mr Vivek Pratap Singh, today inaugurated the facility at the district transport office.

Lohri for girl child celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 12
Men need to change their attitude towards women. Girls have started competing the boys in every field so their should not be gender bias and all customs, traditions and festivals should be celebrated without associating with any gender, said Gurkanwal Kaur, Minister for Social Security and Child Development, while addressing the state-level function held to celebrate Lohri of the girl child at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, today.

Canal water supply to farmers stopped
Kotkapura, January 12
To recover water dues from farmers of Maund village, near here, the Canal Department has stopped the supply of water to them. This has affected the crop of hundreds of farmers.


Release of scribe on probation ordered
Barnala, January 12
The court of the Additional Sessions Judge here has ordered the release of Mr Parmod Kumar, a local press reporter of a vernacular daily on probation on furnishing the bond of Rs 25,000 with a surety in the like amount for a period of six months.


Foodgrain movement picks up
Ludhiana, January 12
The movement of wheat and rice from Punjab to deficit and drought-hit states has picked up. The Railways are moving about 18 lakh tonnes of wheat and rice every month from Punjab these days according to official sources.


Rs 3.65 lakh stolen from PSEB office
Moga, January 12
Thieves struck at the Punjab State Electricity Board office at Kot Ise Khan, near here,last night and decamped with the safe containing about Rs 3.65 lakh. The SDO, Mr Kulwant Singh Sandhu, said the stolen amount was yesterday’s collection of electricity bills.

Boy ‘forcibly’ made eunuch
Amritsar, January 12
A case is likely to be registered against Kanta, alias Dharamveer, a eunuch residing in the Chheharta area in the sensational case of converting a boy into an eunuch by chopping off his organ.

Former Principal looted in Delhi
Patiala, January 12
Former Principal of Mohindra College Vidwan Singh Soni said here today that on January 10 two persons robbed him when he went to Nizamudin from Delhi bus stand. He went there to deliver a lecture at a seminar.

Woman ‘murdered’
Amritsar, January 12
Ranjana, a resident of Sarvarpura locality here, died in a mysterious circumstances yesterday. While her in-laws claimed that she died when she was returning home after leaving her children to school, Ranjana's family member said she was murdered by her in-laws.

A night of thefts
Abohar, January 12
A number of theft took place last night here with miscreants stealing imported perfumes, expensive showpieces, watches and mobile phones from Archies Card and Mobile Gallery located on the Old Tehsil Road.


Class VIII exams from February 15
Mohali, January 12
The class VIII (middle) annual examinations to be conducted by the Punjab School Education Board here would begin from February 15. Releasing the datesheet for the examinations, the board authorities today listed the schedule of the written and practical examinations that would end by March 4.

Teachers to march barefoot to CM’s house
Phagwara, January 12
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today gave a call to all teachers working in non-government colleges of Patiala, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib districts to assemble near Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara at Patiala to hold a barefoot protest march to the CM's residence on January 18.


Market fee on 14 food items to be waived
Barnala, January 12
Mr Sant Ram Singla, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, yesterday said that the Mandi Board had decided to waive market fee on 14 food items particularly cereals and pulses to boost crop diversification in the state.

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