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Vehicles being misused by cops to be withdrawn
Chandigarh, April 10
Upset over the misuse of vehicles by senior Punjab police officers, director-general of police N.P.S. Aulakh has ordered that all vehicles that are in excess of the original allocation to an officer should be withdrawn.

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Special increments or albatross
Widow of Sher Singh Bholi Devi (left) with her mother-in-law at her house at Matti village near Ranjit Sagar Dam. Ranjit Sagar Dam, April 10
The orders issued by the Punjab government for the recovery of excess amount paid to the retired, retiring and even deceased employees of Ranjit Sagar Dam project, have started telling on the mental-health of the families concerned.

Widow of Sher Singh Bholi Devi (left) with her mother-in-law at her house at Matti village near Ranjit Sagar Dam. — A Tribune photograph

Vigilance to issue fresh notice to Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau will send out a fresh notice asking former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to join investigation into the Ludhiana city centre scam case.

Pbi varsity’s grant of affiliation to Delhi college questioned
Patiala, April 10
Role of Punjabi university in granting affiliation to Guru Ram Dass college of education at Delhi during the previous Congress regime has come in for questioning.

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Tarn Taran


Rs 1200 cr bungling under Nirman scheme to be probed
Patiala, April 10
The government will look into bungling in Punjab Nirman fund scheme. The former government in the election year spent Rs 1200 crore through the Punjab Nirman Scheme.

Industrial pollution
Survey of housing projects ordered
Chandigarh, April 10
Initiating the process of framing new guidelines for housing projects to check pollution, the Punjab government here today set up a high- level committee to carry out physical verification of such projects to find out which of these are located near industries and which are at a considerable distance.

Axing heritage
150-year-old trees felled
Amritsar, April 10
After razing the heritage building of the British era, Saragarhi Memorial School to ground, the administration today axed 47 shady trees, including 150-year-old bohar and peepal, a day after the auction, was held for Rs 96,000 only.


PSEB XEN held on graft charge
Sangrur, April 10
An executive engineer (XEN) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) S.P. Goel was today "caught red-handed" by a Vigilance team when he was allegedly accepting illegal gratification of Rs 7,000 from an SDO of the PSEB.
Sarpanch held on charge of embezzlement
Barnala, April 10
Patti Sekhwan village sarpanch Satnam Singh was arrested on Monday night after a case of embezzlement of panchayat funds was registered against him.
Dera head booked for murder
Tarn Taran, April 10
Diljit Singh, head of Dera Baba Mahankali Mandir, Dhunda, 25 km from here falling under police station Goindwal Sahib, is among three persons booked for poisoning Mangal Singh, driver of the dera.



‘Sangat darshan only for public’
Chandigarh April 10
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today clarified that the sangat darshans were only meant for public, who have been deprived of justice, to redress their grievances and the state employees should meet their heads of the departments or ministers concerned for their grievances.

Mann to continue as SAD(A) chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
Simranjit Singh Mann, who had stepped down from the post of president of SAD(A) after the Assembly elections, has withdrawn his resignation. Mann took this decision after a meeting of the political affairs committee and the working committee of the party held at his native village today.


Vacancies to be filled in Department of Coops
Patiala, April 10
The Department of Co-operatives would initiate the move to fill 14,000 vacancies in various Co-operative Departments of the state. The co-operative movement in the state has lost momentum due to political interference and negligence by the government.

Seven-year-old buses to go off the road
Gurdaspur, April 10
All buses including, Punjab Roadways and private, which have completed seven years on the roads, will be phased out shortly.

Foundation asks Punjab CM to notify heritage sites
Chandigarh, April 10
At an annual meeting held recently, the Punjab Heritage and Education Foundation urged the Punjab government to expedite the process of heritage conservation in the state. Requesting the government to take steps for identification and protection of heritage sites, members of the foundation sought notification of such sites so that preservation could follow a definite line.

Punjab's disabled want scientific survey of disability problem
Chandigarh, April 10
Of the six institutes for the visually impaired in Punjab, five are privately run. The sole government institute for the blind is in Ludhiana but it has long been in a shambles for want of effective interventions.

Centre, state govt ‘befooling farmers’ on MSP
Abohar, April 10
The Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta-ugrahan has alleged that the faction of the BKU led by Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab were indulging in anti-farmer activities by manoeuvring monopolised purchase of wheat through the MNCs.

Patna Sahib jathedar threatened
Amritsar, April 10
Jathedar Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, today received threats to life on telephone from an unidentified person from Hoshiarpur district.

NTAS festival concludes
Patiala, April 10
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised a socio-cultural programme at Padma Shri Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patient Colony on the concluding day of its 10-day theatre programme, "Theatre for Humanity", here today.

Founder of homoeopathy remembered
Abohar, April 10
The teachers and students of Homeopathic Medical College paid floral tributes to Dr Samuel Hahnemann, while celebrating his 252nd birthday in the college campus.

Doc caught doing pvt practice
Patiala, April 10
Medical officer, Civil Hospital, Nabha, was caught red-handed doing private practice here today.

Fearing raid on his ‘clinic’, quack goes underground
Patiala, April 10
The fear of raid by the department of health forced a local quack, Rachpal Chhama, to abandon his ‘clinic’ and go underground. Reports of the quack operating in the city had appeared in The Tribune earlier this month.

Child burnt alive
Hoshiarpur, April 10
A three-year-old Sanjay son of Narotam of Muradabad (UP) burnt alive when a devastating fire engulfed three jhuggies of migrant labourers at Nangal Khanura village this afternoon.

Cyclist crushed to death
Abohar, April 10
A cyclist was crushed to death by a car this afternoon, sources said.



Badal case: prosecution seeks IT report
Ropar, April 10
The prosecution lawyers in the case of corruption against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal, today demanded the report of the Income Tax Department on the assets of the Badal family be placed on record in the court.

Woman declared dead resurfaces
Hoshiarpur, April 10
In an interesting incident, a woman declared dead by the police last year resurfaced in the district courts here prompting District and Sessions Judge G.K. Rai to order the police to re-investigate the murder case of Paramjit Kaur and submit its report on May 14, 2007.


DC suspends Sunam market panel secretary
Sangrur, April 10
Sangrur deputy commissioner S.R. Ladhar today suspended secretary of the Sunam Market Committee Jarnail Singh for negligence in the performing duties in grain markets and procurement centres in the Sunam area.

4 police dists may go
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab government is contemplating the abolishing of Khanna, Majitha, Batala and Jagraon police districts. “This proposal is yet at the conceptual level and no concrete decision in this regard has been taken”, said a senior officer of the state government.

Six cops shifted
Chandigarh, April 10
The Punjab government today ordered the shifting of six Punjab Police Service officers in the rank of superintendent of police.

Punjab Round-up
House prorogued
Chandigarh, April 10
The first session of the 13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, which was adjourned sine die on the conclusion of its sitting on March 29, was prorogued by an order of the Governor issued yesterday.


Murder at Dasuwal village
Tarn Taran, April 10
Balwinder Singh (35) resident of village Dasuwal, which falls under the Valtoha police station was killed by four persons of the same village last night.


Beating their own ‘peepa’
Members of the Punjabi University Students’ Confederation stage a ‘peepa march’ in support of their demands on the university campus in Patiala
Members of the Punjabi University Students’ Confederation stage a ‘peepa march’ in support of their demands on the university campus in Patiala on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Interview for post of reader postponed
Patiala, April 10
The interview for the post of reader in the department of public administration of Punjabi University today was postponed for an indefinite period.

Punjab may set up IIM on its own
Chandigarh, April 10
As the union government has not responded positively to Punjab’s demand for setting up an Indian Institute of Management in the state, the state government is contemplating to set up the same on its own.

CIIS earmarks Rs 6 cr for scholarships
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 10
The Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS) has decided to introduce a programme called "School affiliated programme" in public and certain government model schools of the state to provide quality international education to students of the region.


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