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Copying goes hi-tech
Education Department helpless
Bathinda, March 20
The age-old ‘parchi’ system which used to do the trick during the examination season is now a thing of the past. Enter the low cost hi-tech Chinese pens which students are using to take them through the examinations.

Probe report exposes claims on curbing female foeticide
Doctors unaware of authorised MTP centres
Chandigarh, March 20
"None of the doctors could inform about the legally operative medical termination of pregnancy centres in the area". This is a crucial finding of Anjali Bhawra, commissioner of Patiala division, who has conducted the inquiry with regard to the female foetuses episode at Patran in Patiala district.



Bill to repeal Punjab vigilance panel Act today
Chandigarh, March 20
The SAD-BJP government is all set to repeal the Punjab State Vigilance Commission Act in next two days before the case on the appointment of Sumedh Singh Saini as the Punjab Vigilance Bureau chief comes up before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 23.

Bhattal seeks wheat bonus from state govt
Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab Congress today demanded that the state government announce a matching bonus of Rs 100 per quintal on wheat and also accused the SAD-BJP-led government of indulging in political victimisation and of allegedly framing political opponents in false cases.

Representation for women in PSGPC
Decision on ‘palki’ after Takht nod
Wagah, March 20
In a significant development, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has decided to give due representation to women at the time of the annual election scheduled to be held next year.

Members of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on arrival at the Wagah joint check post near Amritsar on Tuesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Members of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on arrival at the Wagah joint check post near Amritsar

Saini as VB chief: Even CVC had raised objection
Chandigarh, March 20
Even as four Congress MLAs have mounted a legal challenged to the posting of IGP Sumedh Singh Saini as Vigilance Bureau director by the SAD-BJP government on March 8, it now transpires that even Punjab chief vigilance commissioner Justice Amar Dutt (retd) had objected to the move.

Crime series: Police on hunt for 6 youths
Abohar, March 20
The police has launched a combing operation in the Sriganganagar area to nab six culprits, aged 25-30 and believed to be residents of this district, official sources said. They had broken the police cordon using an Indica car last night after indulging in a series of crime.


Naresh Gujral set to enter Rajya Sabha
Chandigarh, March 20
Naresh Gujral, son of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral will be elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in the by-election to fill the lone seat from Punjab, which fell vacant due to the death of senior Congress leader Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder. The nomination papers of Gujral were found to be in order and there is no other candidate. A formal notification will be done at the end of this month to declare him elected.

Naresh Gujral
Naresh Gujral

Congress distances itself from Chahal
Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab unit of the Congress today made it clear that it had nothing to do with B.I.S. Chahal, former media adviser to Amarinder Singh. President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress committee Shamsher Singh Dullo and leader of the Congress legislature party Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said:“Chahal is not even a primary member of the Congress and the party is in no manner accountable for his actions.”

House pays tributes to ex-legislators
Chandigarh, March 20
Cutting across party lines, members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha paid tributes to some parliamentarians, their ex-colleagues (legislators), freedom fighters and men of letters who had died since the last session of the assembly.


8 hurt as portion of temple collapses
Abohar, March 20
Eight children were injured as the projection of the second floor of a temple collapsed here this afternoon. Nearly 500 devotees were taking langar at the time of incident, sources said. Some others sustained minor injuries.

Warning against buying church property
Amritsar, March 20
The Amritsar Diocese Trust Association has warned the general public against the so-called Bishop of the Amritsar Diocese Trust Church of Indian Anglican who was trying to mint money by selling the trust properties in connivance with the land mafia at throwaway prices.

Inside Babudom
Garcha first Olympian to be second time district police chief
Chandigarh, March 20
Punjab may boast of hordes of Olympians and international sportsmen and women, but not many get into top echelons of civil services in the state. Last week when the new SAD-BJP government ordered administrative reshuffle in the Police Department, Olympian Davinder Singh Garcha was named new police chief of Moga.

Manpreet plans to revive staggering economy of Punjab
Chandigarh, March 20
Continuity in the economic policy, irrespective of the change in political leadership, is the only way to revive the staggering economy of Punjab. With an average growth of just 5 per cent, as compared to the national average growth rate of 8 per cent, drastic measures will have to be taken to get the state’s economy back on rails.

Manpreet Badal
Manpreet Badal

Trauma centres for Amritsar, Jalandhar, Pathankot
Amritsar, March 20
Health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla has said the state government will open three trauma centres at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Pathankot at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. Talking to The Tribune today, Chawla said she would ensure that no doctor was implicated in any false case.

Chicken pox creates panic
Pathankot, March 20
The outbreak of chicken pox has created panic among residents of Dhira Jatta locality here. Over 18 residents, including children and aged, have become victims of the disease in the past one month but the district health authorities are still ignorant about the facts.

MC budget passed amid protests
Amritsar, March 20
The Rs 131.51-crore budget of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation for 2007-08 was passed amid protests and walkout by SAD-BJP municipal councillors here yesterday, showing a deficit of Rs 23.45 crore.

Garhshankar DFO’s transfer cancelled
Hoshiarpur, March 20
The transfer of Garhshankar divisional forest officer Paramvir Singh has reportedly been cancelled. Highly placed sources in the department revealed that the Punjab forest minister had cancelled the previous orders in which the forest secretary had directed Paramvir Singh to report at the office of the conservator of forest, Shivalik Range, Chandigarh, with immediate effect.

PSEB trips on technical staff
Patiala, March 20
The new government has declared power sector its top priority. However, the human resources situation in the PSEB remains a matter of concern. The post of assistant electrical engineer is vital in managing the power distribution system.


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House of martyr Sukhdev: Notice issued to Punjab
Chandigarh, March 20
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Chief Justice Vijender Kumar Jain and Justice Rajive Bhalla today issued notices to the Punjab government, Ludhiana deputy commissioner and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation on a PIL seeking directions to the respondents to preserve and protect the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev at Nau Ghara area of Ludhiana.


120 trained in self-job ventures
Sangrur, March 20
In the modern era when job opportunities in the public sector are decreasing, self-employment is the best way to solve problems relating to unemployment. This was stated by Dr MB Bera, Dean and chief coordinator of entrepreneurship management and development project of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal.

Ayurvedic college ailing
Patiala, March 20
A majority of faculty members of the local Government Ayurvedic College have been involved in legal cases since long. Studies in the college have been badly hit and the staff fearing that it might close down in the near future.

Walia chief of media teachers’ association
Patiala, March 20
Head, department of journalism and mass communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, Harjinder Walia was elected president of the All-India Media Teachers Association at a meeting held at the university here today.

Varsity to honour scientists
Amritsar, March 20
Guru Nanak Dev University will honour international rice breeder and Padmashri G.S. Khush of the University of California, Davis (US), and eminent medical scientist N.K. Ganguly, director-general, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, with the Doctrate of Science (Honoris Causa) degree in the faculty of life sciences.

Research scholar awarded
Amritsar, March 20
Priya Arora, a research scholar of Guru Nanak Dev University, was conferred with the Young Scientist Award by the Punjab Academy of Sciences at the 10th Punjab Science Congress held recently.


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