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200 more govt teachers found to have fake degrees
Gurdaspur, May 19
Two hundred more teachers working in government schools in the state have been found to have got jobs on the basis of degrees from Maghad university. Highly-placed sources said this fact was verified recently by a three-member team of the Department of Education under Deputy Director, Education Ajmer Singh.

58 IPS, PPS officers shifted
Chandigarh, May 19
Fiftyeight IPS and PPS officers were today ordered to be transferred and posted by the Punjab Government’s Department of Home Affairs and Justice. The orders were issued by Special Secretary (Home) K.B.S. Sidhu on behalf of Punjab’s Principal Secretary A.K. Dubey.

Punjab AG asked to remove 42 staffers
Chandigarh, May 19
Bleak future stares over 42 contractual employees of the office of the Punjab Advocate-General. The Punjab Government has directed the AG to dispense with the services of these employees, most of whom have been working since 2000.

Discrepancies in records
Notice issued to former sarpanch
Sangrur, May 19
A former sarpanch of Mohala village near Amargarh, has been issued a notice to deposit panchayat funds to the tune of Rs 5.48 lakh within 15 days or else face legal proceedings. After checking of records of the gram panchayat of the village, the district authorities had initiated proceedings against Mr Kewal Singh.

Dowry claims yet another victim
Hoshiarpur, May 19
The Mahilpur police has registered a case under Sections 304-B, 201, 34 of the IPC against Balwinder Singh, his mother Gian Kaur and others of Mehamdowal Khurd village yesterday for allegedly killing Rajbir Kaur for dowry and cremating her despite protests from the deceased’s father.



Twist to ‘kidnapping’ case
Jalandhar, May 19
The much-publicised “kidnapping” incident, involving Kamaljit Singh of Begowal, who claims to be the husband of the deceased daughter of SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, has taken an interesting turn.

From England in search of justice         
Chandigarh, May 19
Young Amardeep Singh Chohan’s biggest fear is that his grandmother will never get justice. He has come to India six times from the United Kingdom, where he is settled, in search of justice, which, however, has remained elusive so far.

Amardeep Singh Chohan outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Amardeep Singh Chohan outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh

Just one student cleared exam in this school
Adhrera (Kurali), May 19
Twentyseven of the 28 students enrolled at the Government Elementary School in the village have failed in the middle standard examination. The reason: the head lady teacher sleeps in the school and if any child dares to ask her to teach, he/she gets a severe beating.
Villagers protest in front of the Government Elementary School, Adhrera village (Kurali) against the poor result of the school in the middle standard examination. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Villagers protest in front of the Government Elementary School, Adhrera village (Kurali) against the poor result of the school in the middle standard examination


CPM-CPI committee meeting today
Sangrur, May 19
A meeting of the coordination committee of the Punjab units of the CPM and the CPI will be held tomorrow in Chandigarh. The meeting will chalk-out a comprehensive programme to fight communalism and saffronisation in the state, besides opposing the privatisation policies of the state government.


Billing, BSNL style!
Batala, May 19
A case reflecting poorly on the billing standards of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has come to light. Avinash Trading Co, Smadh Road, Batala, has received a notice from the General Manager (Telephones), BSNL, Pathankot, to pay a sum of Rs 1450 on account of rent and call charges.

At 4, he recognises flags of 100 nations
Bathinda, May 19
He is yet to attain the age of four, but he recognises flags of 100 countries and also remembers the names of their capitals. An LKG student of St Joseph’s Convent School, Harsh Kumar Varshney can pinpoint the location of any country on the globe.

Harsh Kumar Varshney with his parents in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Harsh Kumar Varshney with his parents in Bathinda

Harappan sites in a state of neglect
Ropar, May 19
Even as the Archaeological Survey of India yesterday organised a function at the district archaeological museum to spread awareness about different civilisations, little attention has been shown by it to protect two important excavation sites of the Harappan civilisation in the district.

Anganwadi workers stage protest
Muktsar, May 19
Activists of the Anganwadi Employees Union staged a dharna in favour of their demands in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. The district union chief, Ms Hargobind Kaur, addressed the protesters.

‘Implement’ schemes for safai karamcharis
Amritsar, May 19
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, constituted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, would suggest measures which will provide timely benefits to safai karamcharis, their families and dependents.

Water crisis in Mansa town
Mansa, May 19
The onset of summer has brought with it water crisis for the entire district. As the ground water is not fit for human consumption, people here largely depend upon water supply from waterworks for drinking purpose.


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Court seeks comments on objectionable scenes
Chandigarh, May 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked counsel for the producer and director of Sunny Deol-starrer “Jo Bole So Nihal” to seek instructions from his clients if they were willing to change the scenes that have been objected to by the SGPC.

Lakhanpal summoned to HC
Chandigarh, May 19
Peeved about the continuous dilly-dallying attitude of the Punjab Irrigation Department, particularly in matters concerning the payment of pension and medical reimbursement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned Principal Secretary (Irrigation) K.R. Lakhanpal to the court.

Remanded in police custody
Kharar, May 19
A local court today remanded Manjit Singh, president of the local unit of the Shiv Sena (Hindustan), in one day police custody in a case concerning an attempt to murder case registered against him.


Agro status for poultry farming demanded
Amritsar, May 19
The Amritsar Poultry Industry Association today urged Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, Member of Parliament, to help in getting the agriculture status to the poultry farming. Mr Jodha Singh Bhandari, president of the association, said a delegation of the association met Mr Sidhu and presented him a representation in this regard.


Inside Babudom
CAT orders await implementation
Chandigarh, May 19
It’s a classic example of how the Punjab Government functions. First the government opposes a pay-fixation case of 11 IPS officers — belonging to the Punjab cadre — even though the rules are “clear” and a clarification is issued by the Central Government in their favour.

‘Contractors should maintain sewerage’
Abohar, May 19
While expressing dissatisfaction over the performance of the class A Municipal Council and Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in maintaining general sanitation and sewerage, Mr Sunil Jakhar, Parliamentary Secretary, today stated that maintenance of sewerage should be given to contractors.


Girl's death: Naib Tehsildar's role comes under scanner
Chandigarh, May 19
The alleged role of a Naib Tehsildar posted at Amritsar in the death of a married girl has come under a scanner with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission ordering a probe into the case.

Bid to molest 18-yr-old girl
Kapurthala, May 19
In a bizarre incident, an 18-year-old girl working as a beautician was called home allegedly by a lady and an attempt was made to molest her at Nadali village of Bhulath sub-division here last evening.

Blind murder case solved, accused arrested
Samana (Patiala), May 19
The Samana police managed to solve the mystery behind the blind murder of a woman which took place on the night of May 13 in Kakrala village of this sub-division.

3 medical practitioners to be booked
Abohar, May 19
The Health Department has recommended cases under Section 15 of the Indian Medical Act against three medical practitioners, including the husband of a former BJP councillor, sources said.

Ex-militant, 3 others booked for murder, kidnapping
Tarn Taran, May 19
Shisha, a former militant of Sabhra village, and two of his other aides killed a youth Bachitter Singh of border town Patti last night with a sharp-edged weapon. The accused had made a bid to kidnap the sister of Bachitter Singh.

Farmer shot in land dispute
Amritsar, May 19
Prithipal Singh, a resident of Ranike village, was allegedly shot dead by three persons, including a woman, here today. A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered at Gharinda police station.

Two booked for stabbing
Ropar, May 19
A case of attempt to murder has been registered against Dilwar of Purkhali, Rana of Shimana Khurd, Satnam Singh of Ropar city, and two others for stabbing two youths yesterday at the Civil Hospital, here.

Reshma identifies cops involved in torture
Patiala, May 19
The 17-year-old brick-kiln labourer, Reshma, who was allegedly tortured by cops after she was brought to police station for questioning in a case relating to the murder of her elder sister, today identified the cops who inflicted torture on her.


Stone of school building laid
Ropar, May 19
It took 12 long years for the Parent Teacher Association to convince the authorities for the need of a proper school building for Government Senior Secondary School for Boys here, which has been functioning since 1993 from an unsafe building, putting to risk the lives of about 350 students.

School function or punishment?
Ropar, May 19
The function organised by the Government Senior Secondary School (Boys) at Ambedkar Bhawan here today turned out be a virtual punishment for the schoolchildren and teachers who were ordered to attend function by senior functionaries of the Education Department who wanted to make a show of strength before the chief guest.

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