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DNA mutations reported in people drinking contaminated ground water
Pesticides and heavy metals have entered the food chain and are causing congenital deformities, cancer and kidney damage London, December 2 Groundwater in Punjab has been contaminated to such an extent that it is now causing DNA to mutate in people who drink it, warns a research commissioned by the Punjab Water Pollution Control Board. The study was conducted over a period of two years by a team of senior doctors from the PGI in Chandigarh.
Pesticides and heavy metals have entered the food chain and are causing congenital deformities, cancer and kidney damage

State drafts new rules for industry
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab government has drafted what it calls “The Punjab Industrial Facilitation Rules, 2007” to ensure proper implementation of “The Punjab Industrial Facilitation Act, 2005”. Punjab’s finance minister Manpreet Badal and cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh have indicated that Punjab will soon have a new industrial policy. The implementation of the new industrial policy will be ensured by these new rules.


Shaheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Club members burn the effigy of SAD(A) president Simranjit Singh Mann in Amritsar
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Club members burn the effigy of SAD(A) president Simranjit Singh Mann in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Varsity to revive pre-Partition village project
Amritsar, December 2
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to revive the ambitious pre-Partition village project, which will depict the composite Punjabi culture on its campus, with the state government funding it to the tune of Rs 20 crore. Chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh has agreed in principle to send two instalments of Rs 10 crore each for the project. A meeting was held by the chief secretary here in this regard on Sunday. Darbara Singh Guru, principal secretary to the Chief Minister, Kahan Singh Pannu, deputy commissioner, Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, R.S. Bawa, registrar of the university, Gurmit Singh, a former director of the Village Project, Manjit Singh of the Planning Department and Raghbir Singh, dean, Academic Affairs, attended the meeting.



SAD(A) chief’s effigy burnt
Amritsar, December 2
Activists of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Club today burnt the effigy of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann in a protest against his controversial remarks on India’s great martyr, Shaheed Bhagat Singh. They raised slogans against the SAD (A) president and demanded an unconditional apology from him.

Sukhbir, not Badal, running govt: Amarinder
Patiala, December 2
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today said Sukhbir Singh Badal,acting president of the Shiromani Akali Dal was calling the shots and Parkash Singh Badal was only nominal Chief Minister.The state administration in Punjab was being run on the instructions of Sukhbir Badal.


Girl phones SSP to end kidnap drama
Amritsar, December 2
A drama of kidnapping ended with a call to the senior superintendent of police by the ‘kidnapped’ girl herself here today. She alleged that her family members were forcing her to marry a boy against her wishes.

Thefts: Residents angry over police inaction
Nangal, December 2
Residents of the town are living under constant fear of thieves due to a large number of thefts and the failure of police to nab them.

Social welfare: Govt keen on corporates’ role 
Chandigarh, December 2
Manpreet Singh Badal, Punjab finance minister, yesterday stated that the state government was keen on corporates involving themselves in social welfare schemes and was considering providing a matching grant to any amount a company spent on such initiatives for the poor, including education and healthcare.

Govt should set up sangeet academies: Ishmeet 
Amritsar, December 2
Ishmeet, Star Voice of India winner, stands with the participants of Saga 2007 in Amritsar The state government, in order to promote music in the state, should set up sangeet academies which will help in promoting hidden musical talent among the youth of Punjab.

Ishmeet, Star Voice of India winner, stands with the participants of Saga 2007 in Amritsar on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

All famed sarangi players have instruments made by him
Nawanshahr, December 2
Krishan Singh Ramgarhia (63) of Punjab has earned a name as a maker of sarangis, the traditional bow-string instrument used during Gurbani recitation and musical concerts. Krishan’s claim to fame is supported by the fact that nearly all accomplished sarangi players possess those made by him.

Ban goes on ‘Aaja Nachle’
Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab government today lifted the ban on the screening of Madhuri Dixit’s comeback film ‘Aaja Nachle’, but told officials to ensure that the objectionable lines with a caste-based comment in the title song were removed.


After Boparai, 24 senior functionaries follow suit
Patiala, December 2
In solidarity with the outgoing vice- chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai 24 senior varsity functionaries have also submitted resignations in five days. Seven high officials, including the directors of regional centres, controller examinations, technical advisers, horticulture adviser and OSD to VC have resigned after the resignation of the vice- chancellor. This is rare in the country in the history of universities. With this 28 positions have fallen vacant in the university. The functionaries who have resigned are distinguished in their fields.


Rahul’s assurance on better farm techniques
Amritsar, December 2
Amardeep Singh Cheema, member, agriculture working group, Planning Commission, had taken up the cause of Punjab farmers with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at a meeting earlier this week. He had sought Central aid for the introduction of agricultural processing, knowledge upgrading at village level and setting up of effective extension services.


Virk’s joining back may be delayed 
Chandigarh, December 2
In what could cause further delay in the suspended Director-General of Police S.S Virk joining back, the Maharashtra government has succeeded in getting three months’ extension in service to DGP, Maharashtra, P.S. Pasricha from the union home ministry.


24 kg of gold seized
Amritsar, December 2
In a major haul, the Excise and Taxation Department has seized about 24 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 2 crore from a goldsmith Mahinder Singh of Bazaar Gujranawala here today morning.


Can govt turn dreams on tourism into reality?
Chandigarh, December 2
There is no planning wing. There is no execution wing. And there is only one director, one deputy director and six clerks and one retired sub-divisional engineer on its rolls. With such a state of affairs of its Tourism Department, can Punjab be made an international tourism destination ? This is the question that begs an answer from the authorities concerned.


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