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Congress for no-trust move against govt in next session
Abohar, May 2
The Congress will move a no-confidence motion against the SAD-BJP government in next session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.This was stated by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal here today.

Rajinder Kaur Bhattal addresses a rally at Abohar on Wednesday. Photo by Raj Sadosh 
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal addresses a rally at Abohar on Wednesday.

Punjab Youth Congress seeks dismissal of govt
Accuses SAD-BJP of not providing cheap atta-dal to people 
Jalandhar, May 2
The BJP-SAD government came under fire from the leaders of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) for not providing cheap atta and dal to the people of Punjab. 
PYC workers protest the failure of the BJP-SAD government in providing cheap atta-dal in Jalandhar on Wednesday
PYC workers protest the failure of the BJP-SAD government in providing cheap atta-dal in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Fatehgarh Sahib


State of Finances
Panjab University, Chandigarh

Monetary wings needed to fly high

Chandigarh, May 2 
Panjab University, Chandigarh, has a unique status among universities in the country. An inter-state body funded jointly by the Government of India and the Punjab government, this oldest university of North India has, however, been paying a price for this unique status. Punjab government tends to ignore the university when it comes to grants on the pretext that it is a central university.

Badal to carry bagful of agenda items to Delhi
Chandigarh, May 2 
When Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal travels to the union capital on Friday, he will carry a bagful of demands for various central ministries besides seeking special schemes of the planning commission to accelerate development works.

Govt has ruined investment climate, say builders
Chandigarh, May 2
Three days after a leading builder committed suicide, the Punjab colonisers and builders association today criticised the state government, especially officialdom, for allegedly ruining the investment climate by cancelling no-objection certificates and change of land use permission of colonisers on flimsy grounds.



Majithia attacks Bhattal on atta-dal scheme
Chandigarh, May 2
Reacting to statements of leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on the issue of providing cheap atta and dal, Punjab public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said Bhattal and the Congress had no moral right to speak on such social welfare issues. 

Mann opposes Punchhi panel 
Chandigarh, May 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by former MP Simranjit Singh Mann today rejected the setting up of a commission headed by former Chief Justice of India M. M. Punchhi on centre-state relations alleging it would not do justice to the interests of the states.


36 towns selected for development 
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab government today did a reality check on how to benefit from central government-funded schemes and finally selected 36 towns for infrastructure development projects.

IMA to set up monitoring cell to fight female foeticide
Bathinda, May 2
In a significant development, which could put a check on malpractices prevailing in the medical profession, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab unit, has decided to fight against the female foeticide tooth and nail.

MP expresses concern over drug abuse
Hoshiarpur, May 2
Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and former BJP chief Punjab, has expressed concern over the increasing use of narcotic substances by youths of Punjab. 

Labourers hold rally
Bathinda, May 2
The Lal Jhanda Brickkiln Labour Union has demanded that the authorities concerned should implement the Factory Act, apart from fixing Rs 6,500 per month as minimum wages for the labourers.

Bring transparency in police force: PSHRC
Mohali, May 2
Expressing concern over the fact that custodial deaths, especially those in the police custody, were not being properly reported in Punjab, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today stressed on the need to bring transparency and reforms in the police force.

Radio programme for NRI grievances
Chandigarh, May 2
A radio programme, Asian connections, aimed at providing NRIs a platform to raise their grievances with a senior Punjab police officer has been restarted.

State Round-up
4 gazetted officers booked for graft in March

Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau registered 10 corruption cases in March. Cases were registered against four gazetted and seven non-gazetted officers for accepting bribes.

Scribes pledge to maintain high standards
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
A meeting of the Press Club, Fatehgarh Sahib, was held under the chairmanship of president of the club Surjit Singh Sahi today. Sixty-two media persons from the district attended the meeting. The club members expressed concern over the entry of dubious elements into the profession. They took a pledge to maintain the high standards of the profession.

Govt committed to poll promises, says Kairon
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 2
Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, minister for food and civil supply-cum-chairman of the district Planning Board, held a meeting with the district officials at Bachat Bhawan here today.

Minister for good healthcare services
Mohali, May 2
State health and family welfare minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla reviewed the functioning of the Health Department and the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) during a meeting with program officers and senior functionaries here today.



Nihangs leader not produced in court for security reasons
Talwandi Sabo, May 2
Even as hundreds of Nihangs expressing solidarity with the expelled and jailed Nihang leader Surjeet Singh stormed into local court complex, the authorities concerned did not produce him in the court of judicial magistrate concerned today due to security reasons.

City Centre Scam
Mansa Bar Assn chief moves bail plea
Ludhiana, May 2
Reverberation of the City Centre scam have reached Mansa district with the Mansa Bar Association chief fearing arrest in the case.Sources revealed that the Vigilance Bureau has issued a notice to Vijay Kumar Singla, chief of Mansa District Bar Association, for his alleged proximity with the Executive Officer of Ludhiana Improvement Trust D.C Garg, who has already been arrested in this case. He was directed to appear before the SSP, Vigilance Bureau.

HC asks Chahal to file medical reports
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s media adviser B.I.S. Chahal to file medical reports on the basis of which his doctor had issued a certificate stating that he was suffering from blockage of heart arteries.


Atta-Dal Scheme 
Teams yet to visit Maqboolpura

Amritsar, May 2
Teams of the district administration detailed to identify the below poverty line persons are yet to visit the Maqboolpura area also known as locality of widows inhabited by poor people most of them addicted to drugs. Brij Bedi a social activist had been highlighting their plight. 


3 held with illicit liquor 
Patiala, May 2
The local police yesterday arrested three persons from Sarala Kalan village in the district allegedly for possessing illicit liquor.


Ex-lecturer seeks Governor’s help
Gurdaspur, May 2
A former lecturer of SRPAAB College, Pathankot, has sought the Governor's intervention to get his gratuity and other arrears released from the college.

Counselling put off
Chandigarh, May 2
Counselling for admission to the MD, MS and MDS courses of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, which was to start from May 4, has been postponed till further notice due to a stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This was stated by S.P.Dhawan, controller of examinations of the university, here today.

Stay on counselling for medical courses
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the process of counselling, scheduled to begin on May 4, for admissions to postgraduate medical courses in Punjab till the final order.

Minister blames PPSC for state of medical colleges
Patiala, May 2
The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is responsible for the present state of medical colleges in the state. This was stated by minister for Medical Education Tikshan Sud who was here to preside over the annual convocation function of the Ayurveda Medical College.


Govt urged to reduce VAT on branded washing soaps
Sangrur, May 2 
The All- Punjab Soap Manufacturers Association has urged the Punjab government to cover branded washing soaps under 4 per cent value added tax (VAT) commodities as the imposition of 12.5 per cent VAT on branded washing soaps is an “anti-people” act on the part of the government.

Milkfed to open 100 dairy units in Punjab
Chandigarh, May 2
With the aim to boost declining milk procurement by the state milk cooperative, Milkfed has decided to corporatise the dairy sector and set up over 100 dairy units across Punjab.


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