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Chawla burns drugs, leaves behind hazardous waste
GIVING RULES A BYPASS: Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla burns medical waste at Nangal on Friday. Nangal (Ropar), January 11
The Health Department’s move to attract publicity by burning confiscated psychotropic drugs and disposable syringes is causing pollution.

GIVING RULES A BYPASS: Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla burns medical waste at Nangal on Friday. —Photo by Sushil Sharma

Operation Bluestar
Brig fears for life, stays away from court
Brigadier Rao did not turn up in the court today on the plea that he felt threat to his life as certain unidentified persons had clicked his pictures in the court premises yesterday. S.S.Sood, lawyer for the complainants, said Brigadier Rao in his application had added that for the next hearing he would come with security from Hyderabad.

Sex scandal suspected behind principal’s murder
Jalandhar, January 11
Though the Punjab police has failed to get any specific lead in the murder of KMV College principal Rita Bawa, some sex scandal is suspected as one of the probable reasons for her blind killing.




Forum notice to Priyanka Chopra
Amritsar, January 11
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has issued notices to Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, CEO/chairman, Spice India Ltd, and four others to appear in the court on February 13 on a petition filed by Syyed Iqbal Jafree, a Pakistan artiste.

Seized milk was not synthetic: Report
Patiala, January 11
Lab examinations have revealed that the 15,000 lt of ‘adulterated milk’ seized by the Punjab Health Department was not synthetic and was of inferior quality. The department was yet to launch a case against the persons behind the supply of this milk.

‘Raising crop yield’ with help of music
Fatehpur (Nabha) January 11
Music may have certain healing properties for human beings, but for Varinder Singh, a progressive farmer of this village, music also works as ‘super nutrient’ for crops and he makes use of classical music for raising crop yield.

Varinder Singh with a music box put up in a field at Fatehpur. — Photo by writer

Varinder Singh with a music box put up in a field at Fatehpur

UNWTO to put Punjab on world tourism map
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab government today inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for the formulation of a Tourism Development Master Plan for the state.

‘Shingaar blast accused was trained in Pak’
Chandigarh, January 11
Punjab director-general police N.P.S Aulakh, yesterday said the number of Punjab policemen booked for corruption had increased in one year. Aulakh, flanked by the top brass of the Punjab Police, was addressing the annual press conference after year-end review of the working of the police in the just ended year.


XEN transferred five times, moves court
Chandigarh, January 11
In a petition depicting utter disregard for the Chief Minister’s word, an executive engineer with the Public Works Department has alleged that he had been transferred five times in two years.

Virk Case
VB can continue probe: HC
Chandigarh, January 11
Just over a fortnight after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed further proceedings in two FIRs against Punjab’s former DGP S.S. Virk, Justice H.S. Bhalla today clarified that the investigating officers would be at liberty to carry on with the probe, but would not file a charge sheet in the matter till the final disposal of the top cop’s plea.

Mann, Mand granted bail
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday granted bail to Shiromai Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, former Lok Sabha member Dhyan Singh Mand and over 40 others arrested by the police on January 7, 2008, under Section 107/151, IPC, for allegedly disturbing public peace. They were arrested while protesting against “illegal” plying of buses belonging to ‘Orbit’ company of Badals.


Officers transferred
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab government today ordered postings of five IAS and one PCS officers. J.R. Kundal is the new financial commissioner, Appeals, while B.C. Thakur has been posted as secretary, Cooperation, P.S. Aujla as secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation, and Dr Arvinder Singh as additional registrar, Cooperative Societies.


900 quintals of inferior quality gur seized
Patiala, January 11
After synthetic milk and ‘khoya,’ it is the turn of inferior quality ‘gur’ to make inroads in Punjab. About 900 quintals of gur, not fit for human consumption, was seized by the Punjab Health Department authorities at the Shambhu border entry point today while the consignment was being carried into Punjab in five trucks.


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