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Work on trust land in scam row begins
Amritsar, March 27
Even as the Amritsar police has re-opened the case pertaining to the Rs 100-crore land scam after the change of government, the beneficiaries, including the brother of a senior IPS officer, have reportedly started work on the controversial land belonging to the Improvement Trust.

Work in progress on the prime land in Amritsar. Work in progress on the prime land in Amritsar. Although the former chairman of the Improvement Trust had sought registration of a case against the brother of a senior IPS officer, the police continued to dither on the issue. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma 

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Bhattal defends Amarinder’s UK visit
Jalandhar, March 27
Defending Captain Amarinder Singh’s UK “sojourn”, leader of the Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said former Local Bodies Minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh has “not run away”. He is very much in India.

Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal addresses a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal addresses a press conference in Jalandhar

Police in touch with immigration authorities
Pak Sikhs’ visit sans visa
Bathinda, March 27
The police has approached the Amritsar-based immigration authorities to seek information whether the Sikh jatha from Pakistan which visited Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, on March 24, was having a valid visa for the same or not.

Pak Sikhs want to marry in India
Patiala, March 27
The minority Sikh population in Pakistan is having a tough time in finding a suitable match for their children and are keen to marry them into Sikh families in India.

Pollution board revokes authority given to pvt labs
Patiala March 27
The Punjab pollution control board (PPCB) has revoked the authority given to private laboratories for checking pollution levels of industry in the state. There were about five such private laboratories functioning across the state.

Jatropha to be planted on encroached land
Talwara, (Hoshiarpur), March 27
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has decided to plant jatropha on 300 hectares encroached on by farmers in over 10 villages surrounding the township. Cultivation of jatropha will bring the land under the control of management and bring income from the sale of crop in coming years.

Jail inmate commits suicide
DC orders magisterial inquiry
Patiala, March 27
An undertrial, Raj Singh, today committed suicide by hanging himself in the Central Jail here. Sources here said he had hung himself in the bathroom with a parna (a piece of cloth used to cover the head) at about 10 am today.

35-year-old Gurmeet Kaur waits for the body of her husband Raj Singh who committed suicide in the Central Jail, Patiala, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar
35-year-old Gurmeet Kaur waits for the body of her husband Raj Singh who committed suicide in the Central Jail, Patiala



Akalis lock MLA, wife on MC premises
Moga, March 27
Locking up of local legislator Joginder Pal Jain and his wife inside the Municipal Council premises late last night allegedly by some Akali councillors and their supporters has kicked off a controversy here.

Chahal: no link with allotment of land
Chandigarh, March 27
B.I.S.Chahal, media adviser to former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, today said he had no connection with the educational trust that was allotted land on lease in Jalandhar by the improvement trust.

CM urged to induct Bhatti in govt
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 27
Various organisations have urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and working president SAD (B) Sukhbir Badal to give historical district Fatehgarh Sahib representation in the government. They held a joint meeting at Sirhind yesterday and unanimously passed a resolution to this effect.


e-governance to check corruption, says Sukhbir
Hoshiarpur, March 27
“Corruption erodes public confidence in the political system and to weed out it from the government and bring transparency in the functioning of government, steps are being taken to introduce e-governance in the state.”

Train catches fire, engine destroyed
Amritsar, March 27
The engine of the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) Qadian-Amritsar train caught fire near Jaintipur railway station, 26 km from here. A portion of the compartment of the train, attached next to the engine was also destroyed in the fire but no passenger was injured.

Compensation: Farmers for change in parameters
Patiala, March 27
Farmers of the district have flayed the parameters adopted by the government for compensation for damage to crops due to inclement weather.

8-yr-old boy falls into well, dies
Patiala, March 27
In a shocking incident, an eight-year-old boy, who had come to spend his holidays at his mother's parental home at village Daun Kalan, 10 kms from here, died after he slipped into a disbanded panchayat-constructed well full of slush and garbage.

Four die in accidents
Rajpura, March 27
Four persons, including two devotees returning from the Navratra fair at Mata Mansa Devi Shrine at Mansa Devi Complex, near Chandigarh, died in three road accidents in the town and the adjoining area since last night.

‘Cases of self-inflicted injuries on rise’
Faridkot, March 27
According to a study by Dr D.S. Bhullar, general secretary of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and senior forensic medicine expert at the GGS Medical College, out of a total of 200 cases of injuries reported at colleges, 26 were diagnosed as being self inflicted or were suspected to be self inflicted injury cases.



HC judge inspects courts
Tarn Taran, March 27
The court of the additional district and sessions judge here would start functioning in the second week of April. This was disclosed by Mr K.S. Grewal, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High court yesterday.


Barseem fodder fungus identified
Amritsar, March 27
Dr Inderjit Singh Dhanju, Agriculture officer, Punjab Agriculture Department today claimed having identified a deadly fungus of barseem fodder of main source of fodder in winter for milch animals in Punjab.

Temperature rise to hit wheat production: PAFC director
Amritsar, March 27
The target of wheat production in Punjab will be affected due to unexpected rise in temperature and heavy rain in certain areas of the state in the last month when grain was in the formation stage.


3 held, 13 stolen cars recovered
Abohar, March 27
Police parties were sent last night from neighbouring Sriganganagar to this area to nab the kingpin of a gang involved in the theft of vehicles in the past few months. The police yesterday arrested three members of the gang and recovered 13 cars and four motor cycles.

Father, son booked in murder case
Abohar, March 27
The police has booked Raja Ram and his father, Om Parkash, residents of Hindumalkot, for murdering Amarjit, a roadside meat seller near the Dangarkhera village, 7 km from here, on the Abohar-Fazilka road, sources said today.

Police clueless to robbery in house
Amritsar, March 27
The police has been clueless about the robbery at the house of an ex-serviceman even after 24 hours of the incident.


Cameras at varsity evaluation centres
Amritsar, March 27
For the first time in its history, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to install video recording cameras at evaluation centres to bring about transparency and to check any malpractice. The university has created eight evaluation centres at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur.


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