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300-cr subsidy backlog to be cleared in 2 yrs
Ludhiana, April 30
The state government plans to clear backlog of the entire pending subsidy of over Rs 300 crore within the next two financial years. Plans were afoot to review cases of units that were closed during this period.
Punjab local bodies, industries and commerce minister Manoranjan Kalia hands over a cheque of capital subsidy to an industrialist in Ludhiana
Punjab local bodies, industries and commerce minister Manoranjan Kalia hands over a cheque of capital subsidy to an industrialist in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

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Principal secy told to tour jaundice-hit areas
Two more admitted to Civil Hospital
Amritsar, April 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed his principal secretary D.S. Guru to tour jaundice-hit areas of the city even as two patients in a serious condition were admitted to the Civil Hospital today.With this the district administration and senior officers of the Department of Health and Municipal Corporation have started steps to stop the spread of jaundice in the worst- affected areas in the periphery of the city.


Tarn Taran



State of Finances
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
Money crunch hits research, employee benefits 

Chandigarh, April 30
Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, gets an annual grant of Rs 80 crore from the state government, an amount almost equal to what the government gives to all other universities put together. Yet the 4800-employee institution finds even this whopping grant Rs 10 crore less to even meet its total salary bill.



State Congress in turmoil
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab Congress is in turmoil. Indecisiveness on the part of the party high command in naming the new president of the Punjab pradesh Congress committee (PPCC) may not be the immediate provocation. But the expected return of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to the state, a little more than three weeks after his return from the UK, has party leaders aligned in parallel camps.

No differences with BJP: Badal 
Badal (Muktsar), April 30 
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today declined to comment over the BJP’s demand for the post of state’s deputy chief minister even as he claimed that there were no differences between SADand BJP over any issue.

NOC confusion Cong legacy: Govt 
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab government today said the controversy generated due to the cancellation of no-objection certificates of builders and mega project developers in the state was a legacy of the previous Congress regime.

Police to quiz Ravi Inder, Rode 

Chandigarh, April 30
In what could add controversy to the intense political fight in Punjab, the Punjab police has decided to question Ravi Inder Singh and Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode in the case relating to the seizure of 11 kg of RDX in December last year.


Harmander Sahib
Intach against air-conditioning 
Amritsar, April 30
Reacting to the issue of installation of air-conditioners in Harmander Sahib, Punjab state convener Intach, Dr Sukhdev Singh, said it would not serve any purpose as its doors were open on all four sides and had an upward direction through the stairs. Hence, there would be no cooling effect. He said if the doors were closed, it would be against the Sikh tradition. Moreover, the structure had water on all sides, which had a natural cooling effect.

Raghbir Singh
 Raghbir Singh

Dismissal of SGPC secy imminent
Refuses to appear before panel                                                  
Amritsar, April 30
Even as Raghbir Singh, secretary, SGPC, has refused to appear before the sub-committee of the Shiromani committee, scheduled to be held at Chandigarh on May 3, the committee may take the extreme step to dismiss him from service for having failed to avail the "last opportunity" given to him through public notice.

PCMSA calls on Chawla
Hoshiarpur, April 30
A deputation of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association called upon Punjab health minister Luxmi Kanta Chawala under the presidentship of Hardeep Singh, state president of the PCMS and Puneet Girdher, PCMS, Dental president to apprise her of the resentment among the government doctors over the denial of grant of non- practising allowance (NPA) on the dearness pay.

Docs up in arms against govt order
Sangrur, April 30
Rural Health Officers, appointed as service providers in rural dispensaries through Zila Parishads last year, have declined to obey the order of the Punjab Government, vide which they have been asked to get their attendance sheets attested from the sarpanches of their respective places (villages) of posting.

Tributes paid to Swami Keshwanand
Abohar, April 30
Brig Bhupinder Singh, Commander, 89 Infantry Brigade, paid tributes to swami Keshwanand, a former Rajya Sabha member, at the silver jubilee celebrations of Swami Keshwanand Senior Secondary School in the Sahitya Sadan complex here yesterday.

Punjab seeks more power from Centre
Patiala, April 30
The Punjab state electricity board (PSEB) has petitioned the union ministry for power for extra power from the unallocated Central quota for the forthcoming paddy season.

PCCTU flays move to quash union poll
Patiala, April 30
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) denounced the decision of its general secretary Jagwant Singh to cancel the unanimous election of prof Tarlochan Singh Sangha and prof Avtar Singh as president and secretary, respectively, of the Kapurthala district council.

Homeopaths celebrate founder’s day
Patiala, April 30
Members of the Homoeopathic Education and Research Foundation celebrated the 252nd birthday of the father of homoeopathy, Samuel Halnemann, at Bhasha Bhawan here today.



Genetically modified crops ‘becoming popular’
Chandigarh, April 30
Opposition from various non-government organisations notwithstanding, the area under genetically modified (GM) crops is increasing rapidly in the country.Farmers' preference for Bt cotton can be gauged from the fact that 70 per cent of the total area under this crop was covered by Bt seeds.


Eleven PCS officers shifted
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjab government today ordered the transfer of 11 Punjab civil service officers.Prem Chand is the new SDM, Nihalsingwala. Harcharan Singh Sandhu becomes the DTO, Faridkot, while Pradeep Kumar goes as the EO, PUDA, Amritsar.


Five die in mishaps
Hoshiarpur, April 30
Five persons were killed in separate incidents in the district during the past 24 hours.The body of head constable Nachhatar Khan (34) of Karmo Lubana police station Sadar, Patiala, was found lying in a pool of blood in front of the Punjab Recruit Training Centre (PRTC) hostel, Jahan Khelan, today morning.

Folk singer held with 195 kg opium
Abohar, April 30
Folk singer Jagjit Singh, a resident of Ghagha (Patiala), has been arrested under the NDPS Act, along with his accomplice Sukhwinder Singh Ramdasia,the Sriganganagar police said today.

Acid thrown on scribe
Malerkotla , April 30
Acid was thrown at Anwar Mehboob, a local journalist and an Akali supporter, by three youths at his residence in Mohalla Maler on the intervening night of April 29 and April 30.


Manjit Singh Kang
Manjit Singh Kang

M.S. Kang joins as PAU VC                             
Ludhiana April 30
Manjit Singh Kang, an Indian-born professor in a US university, today joined as the ninth vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University(PAU). The post had fallen vacant after Dr K.S. Aulakh resigned in protest against the “government interference” in the functioning of the university.

Varsity officials used sponsorships to go abroad, alleges Dean
Patiala, April 30
Foreign visits of the Punjabi university officials, Patiala are in a controversy. Baltej Singh Mann , dean, Resource Mobilisation ,who recently resigned from his post, today alleged the senior officials of the university, including VC Swaran Singh Boparai and his wife Satwant Kaur Boparai had used sponsorships of university donors to go abroad.

School building inaugurated
Gandiwind (Tarn Taran), April 30
Brig V. Narayanan, Commander, Dograi Brigade, today inaugurated the building of the primary school in Gandiwind in Tarn Taran district which was renovated by the Army as part of the ongoing process of cementing the bond between the Army and the civil population of border areas.


Punjab a key market for scotch whisky
Chandigarh, April 30
The Punjabi taste for finer blends in liquor has led to a 50 per cent rise in liquor sales in the state. Though sales across various categories of liquor have increased manifold in the past one year, increase in sale of scotch whisky has led many premium liquor manufacturers from Scotland to now launch their brands in India.



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