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Human Trafficking
Thousands of Punjabi youths in jails abroad

Chandigarh, April 19
Paramjeet Kaur, who was arrested along with Babubhai Katara, BJP MP from Gujarat, in a case of human trafficking yesterday, is not the first person from Punjab to end up in police custody. Duped by travel agents, as is the case of Paramjeet Kaur, thousands of Punjabi youths are lodged in jails in various countries.

Medical teachers to be recruited on
ad hoc basis

Amritsar, April 19
The government will soon appoint medical teachers on ad hoc basis to overcome the crisis in the various government-run medical and dental colleges in the state in view of the warning given by the MCI to derecognise the medical institutions.

32,000 posts of teacher to be filled
Chandigarh, April 19
The Punjab government’s plan to revamp the education system got a boost today as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called for a time-bound action plan on the setting up of adarsh schools and filling of the vacancies of teachers in schools in the state.

CM announces relief in stamp duty
Ludhiana, April 19
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced relief from stamp duty and other taxes in cases of property distribution among family members. At the same time, the CM said his government was planning incentives to industry in the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Cong not to support corrupt leaders: Dullo
Chandigarh, April 19
Punjab Pradesh Congress committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo today said the party would not stand by any of its corrupt leaders. However, if the SAD-BJP government targeted any party worker, the Congress would extend full support to him or her, including the provision of legal and other assistance.

Dullo to continue as PPCC chief
Jalandhar April 19
All-India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi and in charge of the Punjab affairs of the Congress Janardhan Dwivedi have directed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Shamsher Singh Dullo to continue as the party’s president in Punjab.

ASF fails to get Duleep Singh’s bust
Amritsar, April 19
The Anandpur Sahib Foundation has failed in its bid to procure the bust of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the auction of which was held at Bonhams, London today. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, said the rare sculpture of Duleep Singh was auctioned for Rs 14 crore and the ASF had given a bid of only Rs 1 crore.

Police to bring Paramjeet on production warrant
Fatehgarh Seikri (Kapurthala), April 19
The Punjab police has decided to bring Paramjeet Kaur to Kapurthala on a production warrant to question her in the high-profile case on human trafficking.

Paramjeet Kaur’s mother Mohinder Kaur at her house in Feroz Sanghowal village in Kapurthala district on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Paramjeet Kaur’s mother Mohinder Kaur at her house in Feroz Sanghowal village in Kapurthala district

Sale of prestige whisky at all-time high
Chandigarh, April 19
The excise policy introduced in Punjab last year has led to a 50 per cent rise in liquor sales. With the sale of liquor in the prestige whisky segment having gone up by 89 per cent in the past year, most liquor companies are now launching new brands in this segment .

Wildlife board members under scanner
Patiala, April 19
The wildlife advisory board, whose members happened to be close to former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has come under government scanner. Funds from Japan bank-aided project were allegedly used by board members for making national and international trips by circumventing the rules laid down by the government.


Cong men boycott SSP’s meeting
Abohar, April 19
Congress workers boycotted the maiden meeting of the new SSP, Dinesh Partap Singh, held here yesterday evening as the organisers had neither invited the municipal council president nor the city congress president even when the sub-divisional authorities were using the municipal town hall to develop sweet relationship with the public.

Kewal Dhillon’s election challenged
Barnala, April 19
After losing to Congress nominee Kewal Singh Dhillon in the recently conducted Punjab Assembly elections with a small margin of 1,453 votes, outgoing MLA (SAD) Malkeet Singh Keetu has challenged his election from Barnala constituency. He has filed a writ petition in the high court in this regard.


Probe ordered into blood transfusion death
Pathankot, April 19
In less than 24 hours after The Tribune highlighted the doctors-chemists nexus that claimed a life at civil hospital, Pathankot, the civil surgeon, Gurdaspur has ordered an independent inquiry.

Information commission imposes penalty on officials
Patiala, April 19
Taking serious view of apathy of the information officers of the Patiala municipal corporation, the state information commission has imposed financial penalty on them.

Golden Temple to have new sound system
Amritsar, April 19
In a significant development, the SGPC has decided to reach an agreement with the USA-based Boss to change the entire sound system of the Golden Temple and Akal Takht complexes with a cost of Rs 1 crore.

Encroachments choke Patiala roads
Patiala, April 19
Known for its educational and sports facilities, apart from heritage buildings, all over the world, traffic jams have become a routine here, thanks to rampant encroachments.

Rural, urban police dists for Ludhiana, Amritsar
Chandigarh, April 19
The Punjab government in an effort to provide better policing has carried out some changes in the police districts of the state. The police districts of Jagraon and Majitha, created during the peak of militancy, have been scrapped and will be replaced by new police districts.

Suicide by student: Sikh bodies ‘play’ politics
Amritsar, April 19
The SGPC and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee have once again locked horn over the suicide committed by a Class XII student studying the DSGMC-run Shri Guru Harkrishan School in New Delhi .

Protest against delayed release of atta-dal
Tarn Taran, April 19
A protest was organised yesterday by various organisations against the state government for delay in the release of atta-dal on cheaper rates as promised by the SAD-BJP alliance during the election campaign.

Punjab to launch crusade against drug menace
Chandigarh, April 19
Alarmed at the rising drug abuse in Punjab, particularly among the youth, the health department has launched a campaign against drug addiction, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said here today.

Health minister visits hospital
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
Health minister Luxmi Kanta Chawla paid a surprise visit to the local civil hospital this morning. Though it was holiday, OPDs were functional.

Laxmi Kanta Chawla
Laxmi Kanta Chawla

DC visits ward
Ropar, April 19
Deputy Commissioner Alok Shekher paid a surprise visit to the emergency ward of the local civil hospital last evening. The DC checked various medicines for expiry date and inspected the blood preservation and other testing facilities like ECG, etc.

Air Marshal awarded PVSM
Patiala, April 19
Air Marshal Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia was awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam recently. The Air Force authorities stated here today that Air Marshal Ahluwalia was a highly decorated and respected officer.


Claim Case
Attachment of PRTC pump ordered
Sangrur, April 19
In a case of non-payment of an amount of Rs 3.03 lakh by Pepsu Road Transport Corporation to Paramjit Kaur and her minor children in a motor accident claim case, the court of D.S. Malwai, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal here, has ordered the attachment of a PRTC’s diesel pump and diesel tank (situated inside the PRTC’s workshop here) as per the list of property, filed by claimants to the tribunal.


Lakhowal for Rs 1,140 as MSP for wheat
Hoshiarpur, April 19
Farmers of Punjab are facing a financial crisis and 89 per cent of them are under heavy debt, of which 13 per cent are facing starvation. This was stated by Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, while talking to mediapersons at the office of the Market Committee here this afternoon.


Assault case
Police post in charge suspended

Batala, April 19
Taking a serious note of the incident in which certain police personnel assaulted an elderly woman of Dahiya village, resulting in her death, the Punjab police has placed Udhanwal police post in charge Palwainder Singh under suspension. Six other cops, who were accompanying the in charge, have been sent to the police lines.


Kidnappers booked after 1 yr
Tarn Taran, April 19
Surjit Singh of Akbarpur village, falling under police station Bhikhiwind, was successful in booking the alleged kidnappers last night who are said to be responsible for kidnapping his nephews one year back. The warrant officer appointed by the Punjab and Haryana high court released the kidnapped trio.

Ex-sarpanch, son booked for raping minor
Amritsar, April 19
In a shocking incident a 16-year-old girl of Balgan village was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a former sarpanch of the area and his two sons on March 13. However, the case came to light on Tuesday when the girl lodged a complaint against Rajwinder Singh, his brother Buta Singh, and their father Trilok Singh, a former sarpanch of the village.

Call girl racket busted
Phillaur, April 19
The Phillaur police today busted a call girl racket operating in and around the city. The operation was carried out late last night and nine call girls and nine youths were arrested from a local hotel here but were let off later after a warning.

Man found murdered
Amritsar, April 19
Pappu, a resident of the Gwal Mandi area, was found murdered in the main bazaar here yesterday. Investigations have been initiated after registering a case. According to sources, several persons killed him by hitting his head with bricks.

Man held for duping people
Patiala, April 19
A man has been arrested here on the charges of cheating and fraud. Kanwar Singh, who runs a “jutti” shop, has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC for allegedly selling people ornaments made of copper and metal in the name of gold.


Bus operators allowed to tax passengers
Hoshiarpur, April 19
The state government today allowed Punjab Roadways, Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and private bus operators to charge Rs 1 each for 19 km from passengers as a toll fee along with the fare.


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