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Recruitment of BRPs comes under cloud
Gurdaspur, April 28
Large-scale nepotism and political favouritism has been alleged in recruitments made under the Total Literacy Programme in the district.

Police acting ‘under pressure’ in land case
Chandigarh, April 28
A Faridkot district resident, Mr Baljinder Singh, has accused the police of having come under pressure to register cases in a land related matter even though he is in legal possession of the property.

Diclofenac banned to save vultures
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab Government has banned the use of diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used for cattle in the state. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Punjab State Wildlife Advisory Board held here late last evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Sainik Board official’s bribery case with Vigilance
Bathinda, April 28
The police has handed over the case of the Deputy Director of Sainik Welfare Office, Lt-Col S.P. Singh (retd), who was arrested for taking bribe from the brother of a Kargil martyr, Sq Ldr Ajay Ahuja, yesterday, to the Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda Range.

IGNOU degrees recognised
Amritsar, April 28
IGNOU has said being a member of the Association of Indian universities, all recognised universities of the country are bound to recognise its degrees.

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School for health workers in a shambles
Bathinda, April 28
At a time when health centres in state’s villages and towns are crying for medical staff, the Punjab Government seems to be paying no attention to the schools imparting training to aspiring health workers and nurses.
While the situation in government schools is going from bad to worse, private institutes are mushrooming all over the state. The Multipurpose Health Worker Training School at the Civil Hospital premises here has about 80 girl students, but no amenities for them.

A view of one of the hostel rooms at Multipurpose Health Workers Training School, Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera
A view of one of the hostel rooms at Multipurpose Health Workers Training School, Bathinda.

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DC inspects anganwaris
Finds eatables contaminated
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 28
Following the publication of a news item in Chandigarh Tribune regarding the distribution of fungus infested, stinking biscuits containing insects, panjeeri, soia gur patti and wheat puff channa to children up to the age of 6 years, in the anganwari centres of the district, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today called the meeting of all district officials and directed the SDMs to check all anganwari centres in their respective subdivisions and to withdraw the food material.

NRI, call girl arrested
Jalandhar, April 28
The local police arrested a non-resident Indian (NRI), along with a call girl, from a city hotel last night.


Work on to reconstruct Hansli channel
Amritsar, April 28
Baba Jagtar Singh of Tarn Taran said today that the “kar seva” of the Hansli channel that brings water from the Ravi to the five holy sarovars of Harmander Sahib, Santokhsar, Kaulsar, Bibeksar and the Ramsar would be completed within one-and-a-half month.

GND varsity to honour Pak SC Judge
Amritsar, April 28
Guru Nanak Dev University will honour Mr Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh and Dr Manohar Singh Gill, a former Chief Election Commissioner of India and presently Member of the Rajya Sabha with honorary degrees at its 31st annual convocation being held on May 1.

Punjab needs to have water vision, feels expert
Mohali, April 28
Dr Y.K. Alagh today said Punjab agriculture was subsidising food for the entire world by overstretching its own resources. A former Union Minister for Planning and Power and Member, Planning Commission, Dr Alagh, was talking to The Tribune following a seminar organised by the Institute of Development and Communication (IDC) here today.

Race course for Ludhiana soon
Ropar, April 28
With a view to promote tourism in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has given his consent to set up a horse race course and tourist complex in about 400-acre land of the Animal Husbandry Department in Mattewarha village in Ludhiana district.

Race to erect memorial gates hots up
Muktsar, April 28
While game of one-upmanship is already on for holding functions on the martyrdom tercentenary of “40 Muktas” between the state government and the SGPC, the race to erect memorial gates in their remembrance has hot up.

Chandigarh, Mohali to get additional water from July
Morinda, April 28
There is good news for the residents of Chandigarh and Mohali. Officials of the Punjab Public Health Department today said efforts were on to make the phase IV of the Kajauli Water Works operational by the first week of July, which means an additional 14.5 MGD of water for Chandigarh and another 2.5 MGD of water for Mohali.

Power men hold rally
Tarn Taran, April 28
Hundreds of powermen organised a rally here yesterday in front of the office of the Superintendent Engineer (SE), PSEB, against “victimisation” of their leaders by the board. The board has suspended the services of three leaders and eight other leaders have been transferred.

Power shutdown
Patiala, April 28
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has announced power cuts in various areas of the district tomorrow due to maintenance works to be carried out in the 220-kv Sub-Station at Patran.


Workshop for government staff
Nawanshahr, April 28
Mr. V.N. Ojha, Director General, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, inaugurated a three-day “Personnel Management” workshop for officials of government departments at Rayat College of Law, Rail Mazra, about 40 km from here on Wednesday.


Custodial death: tractor-trailer recovered
Ludhiana, April 28
The missing tractor-trolley that had led to the custodial death of the tractor driver Balbir Singh has been recovered from Manakwal village near Ludhiana.

1 held with 374 kg of poppy husk
Sangrur, April 28
In a major seizure, the district police seized 11 bags of poppy husk containing 374 kg of poppy husk and arrested one smuggler while his three other accomplices managed to escape under the cover of darkness last night.

ASI held accepting bribe of Rs 1,500
Batala, April 28
The police arrested Assistant Sub-Inspector Paramjit Singh, posted at the Civil Line police station, here on the charge of accepting bribe from a glass merchant.

Four held, 3 kg opium recovered
Bathinda, April 28
Under its drive to check smuggling of drugs and narcotics from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, the district police arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in smuggling opium from Haryana.

Bajrang Dal man held for rape bid
Kapurthala, April 28
The police arrested a local Bajrang Dal leader and his companion on the charge of attempting to rape a woman.


Board proposal on pvt candidates opposed
Batala, April 28
The Punjab School Education Board proposal not to allow private candidates to appear for matric and plus two classes from the year 2006 has caused anxiety among the managements of private schools.

Funds released for SC students
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab Government has released Rs 8.05 crore for the disbursment of scholarship money and the provision of free books to Scheduled Caste students in the state.

Adopt scientific approach, students told
Sangrur, April 28
With a view to developing scientific approach and attitude among the students, the local unit of the Tarksheel Society, Punjab, today conducted a programme on the premises of Government High School, Mangwal village, near here.

ITI students burn minister’s effigy
Nawanshahr, April 28
On a call given by the state-level ITI Trainees Action Committee students of the local ITI today boycotted their classes and burnt an effigy of Science and Technology Minister Rakesh Pandey. They were protesting against recent hike in fee and proposed move to privatise ITIs in the state.

Cop does doctorate in Sikhism
Amritsar, April 28
A man in khakhi and President’s award winner has now achieved a feat in the academic field. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Simarjit Singh, who had joined the Police Department after passing middle standard, has done his doctorate.

Tips on traffic rules given
Patiala, April 28
The Department of Social Work, Punjabi University, in collaboration with the Patiala Traffic Police organised a workshop on road safety at Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Kauli, near here, today.


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