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Degrees of 47 more teachers found fake
DPI told to sack them

Gurdaspur, January 29
The degrees of another 47 teachers working in the Education Department, Punjab, have been found to be fake. In the fresh verifications sent by Maghad University to the Chairman of the Certificate Verification Committee formed by the Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, even the degrees of MSc (physics) have been found to be forged.

Representation in Union Govt: Punjab never had it so good
Chandigarh, January 29
Punjab has never had it so good as far as its representation in the Union Government is concerned. Apart from the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Punjab has three ministers in the Union Council of Ministers at present.

Badal, Brar seek action against ‘erring cops’
Journalist’s self-immolation bid
Muktsar, January 29
Following an immolation bid by Malout based scribe, Krishan Kumar Mida, political leaders including SAD president Parkash Singh Badal and Congress leader Jagmeet Brar have demanded action against the police officials who allegedly forced him to take such a step, besides a thorough probe into the matter.



  Now, online booking to meet prisoners
Amritsar, January 29
The Amritsar Central Jail authorities have introduced on line and telephone booking for meeting prisoners, including hardcore criminals, lodged in the high security jail. This is for the first time in Punjab or perhaps in the country that such a system is being adopted in a jail.

Congress forgets its Mela Ram
Jalandhar, January 29
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, might have gone to the Patiala hospital to see the family of Congress activist Gopal Kashyap of Patiala, who immolated himself on January 24 and died of burns the next day, but the situation was different for Mr Mela Ram, a 65-year-old Congress leader of the local Bhargo camp area, who had made a bid to immolate himself yesterday.

Herbal Garden at Vice-President’s house
Chandigarh, January 29
Seeds sown by Punjab Agricultural University in lawns of the Vice-President of India’s house in New Delhi have borne fruit. After the resounding success of the Nutrition Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, was asked to design a herbal garden at the Vice-President’s residence.
A herbal garden at the residence of the Vice-President of India in New Delhi.
A herbal garden at the residence of the Vice-President of India in New Delhi.


Grewal asks SAD to maintain sanctity with BJP
Chandigarh, January 29
The newly appointed National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Harjit Singh Grewal, today asked the Shiromani Akali Dal to maintain the sanctity of the alliance between the two parties.


Tantrik ‘treatment’ causes polio-afflicted boy’s death
Khamano, January 29
A polio-afflicted boy (12) of Baathaa Kalan, village near here died while he was undergoing ‘treatment’ from a Nabha-based tantrik, who claimed having cured several such cases.

Sikh body for bridging differences
Chandigarh, January 29
The International Sikh Confederation, a body of prominent Sikh thinkers, has decided to chalk out a common minimum programme for Sikhs and the handling of the Sikh affairs.

SAD will review VAT, promises Capt Kanwaljit Singh
Chandigarh, January 29
Former Punjab Finance Minister and General Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has declared that the SAD, if it is elected, will review the imposition of the value added tax and octroi by the Congress regime in Punjab. Even the proposed entry tax, if imposed, will be reviewed.

NHRC moved over poor medical facilities in Punjab
Chandigarh, January 29
Peeved at the poor infrastructural facilities at government hospitals in Punjab, the Lawyers for Human Rights International has moved the National Human Rights Commission, seeking directions to the State to submit a detailed report on the state of medical facilities.

Undertrial alleges human rights violation
Nabha, January 29
In gross violation of human rights an undertrial who was suffering from severe diabetes, was not only manhandled but also forced to do manual jobs in the maximum security jail of the town.

Over 8,000 baptised under Singh Sajo Lehar
Bathinda, January 29
More than 8,000 persons were today baptised under the SGPC’s Singh Sajo Lehar at Baba Dall Singh Deewan Hall of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo in the presence of jathedars of four takhts of Sikhs.

SGPC effects reshuffle
Amritsar, January 29
Following complaints against some employees, the SGPC chief, Mr Avtar Singh, effected a reshuffle yesterday by appointing Mr Roop Singh as manager of Golden Temple. Mr Ajaib Singh, former manager, was made assistant secretary, Dharam Prachar Committee.


BJP MLA remanded in police custody
Abohar, January 29
Mr Rajesh Sharma, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Sriganganagar, has remanded BJP MLA Surinder Singh Rathore in police custody for five days. The court had earlier issued arrest warrants against Mr Rathore and his personal assistant, Mr J.P. Bansal, on a request by a CID team headed by an SP.

Sarwan Singh remanded in judicial custody
Kapurthala, January 29
Sarwan Singh of Thikriwal, accused of duping people on the pretext of sending them abroad, was sent to judicial custody till February 7 after he was produced here yesterday. The police conducted raids in search of travel agents Satnam Singh of Dakoha village in Gurdaspur district and Dilbagh Singh of Beas.

Jail term for 7 for attempt to murder
Barnala, January 29
The court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Fatehdeep Singh, has awarded seven years’ imprisonment to four accused in an attempt to murder case. In its order, the court has also directed the accused to pay a compensation of Rs 5000 each to the complainant, Mr Harjeet Singh.


One booked on rape charge
Hoshiarpur, January 29
A case of rape of a teenaged girl on the pretext of marriage by a tenant, Harmesh Lal has been reported at Sadar Police station, Hoshiarpur.

Suicide by issueless couple
Amritsar, January 29
An ‘issueless’ couple committed suicide in Basarke village under the Chheharta police station here last night. Mr Manjit Singh (35) and Mrs Sarabjit Kaur (34), who lived in a house in fields, had got divorced due to same reason (for being issueless).

Home guard shoots self
Hoshiarpur, January 29
Resham Singh, of the Punjab Home Guards and resident of Ghore Shahwan, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service .303 bore rifle at the Tanda Police Station, 32 km from here, this afternoon.

Woman immolates self
Amritsar, January 29
Perturbed over the family situation, a woman immolated herself here late last night. Surjit Kaur, a resident of Udham Singh Nagar, committed suicide by setting herself on fire. She was rushed to a hospital where she succumbed to her burn injuries today.


Parents meet SGPC chief, seek Principal’s ouster
Ludhiana, January 29
The parents of 23 students of the Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research met the SGPC president Mr Avtar Singh Makkar here last evening and demanded the removal of the Principal of the institute, Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, for allegedly harassing their wards.

Strike out Article 370, says Jammu varsity Professor
Amritsar, January 29
Warning that Pakistan was bleeding India through Kashmir, Prof K.L. Bhatia, Senior Professor, Jammu University, said the Kashmir problem was a result of distorted history, circumstances and situation.


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