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VAT on furnace oil now 4 pc
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab government has decided to grant ex-post facto approval to reduce VAT on furnace oil from 12.5 to 4 per cent. The decision was approved in the Cabinet here today.

151 posts of college lecturer to be abolished
Teachers agitated; to meet on Feb 3
Ludhiana, January 30
The government has decided to abolish 151 posts of government college lecturer in Punjab. In addition to this, 111 posts have been declared surplus.

Technical institutes: Developers eye real estate?
Patiala, January 30
Are certain “land sharks” or persons with “little’ or even no background in technical education trying to get into technical education in Punjab, where nearly 55 private technical education institutes are likely to be opened next year?

Discrimination Against Farmers
Govt lodges protest with Centre
Chandigarh, January 30
Punjab has lodged a strong protest against what it describes as discriminatory attitude of the union government towards farmers of the state on various issues.

2 die as chilly winds sweep region
Chandigarh, January 30
As chilly winds continued to sweep through north-west India further intensifying the severe cold wave in the region, two persons died because of the cold in Sangrur district in the past 48 hours.




SAD president election today
Chandigarh, January 30
Though it has been left to the Akali supremo Parkash Singh Badal to decide who should lead the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), it appears that the dice is loaded in favour of Sukhbir Singh Badal.

SGPC meeting on Patna Sahib Jathedar today
Amritsar, January 30
The emergency meeting of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee,here tomorrow will endeavour to endorse recommendation of Sikh intellectuals who had suggested to Akal Takht to summon Giani Iqbal Singh Jathedar Patna Sahib for rejecting the Sikh Maryada , Nanakshashi Calendar and challenging Akal Takht.


A Congress worker salutes Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day at Company Bagh in Amritsar
A Matter of Pride: A Congress worker salutes Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day at Company Bagh in Amritsar on Wednesday.
— Photo by Vishal Kumar

‘Land grab’ by Omaxe Novelty
Vigilance team verifies MC record

Amritsar, January 30
A three-member internal vigilance team of the Local Bodies Department Punjab inspected Omaxe Novelty Mall and office of the municipal town planner to verify records relating to illegal construction by the company.

5 medical service providers found absent from duty
Sangrur, January 30
Notices have been issued by the BDPO-cum-EO, Panchayat Samiti, Sunam, to five medical service providers, who were found absent from duty when a Panchayat Officer conducted surprise checking in five rural health dispensaries of Sunam block some days ago.

No unbundling of PSEB: CM
Ropar, January 30
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ruled out the unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). To a query from newsmen, the Chief Minister said the decision to seek more time for unbundling the board would be taken from the Cabinet in the near future.

SAD (A) memo to CM on Anand Marriage Act
Chandigarh, January 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal, Amritsar (Panch Pardhani) here yesterday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urging him to enact new Anand Marriage Act.

State treads on e-governance path, signs pact
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab government today signed an agreement with HCL Infosystems to establish Punjab State Wide Area Network. The project to be implemented at a cost of Rs 41.45 crore will connect 200 sites i.e. 20 districts, 179 sub-divisions and blocks in the state and would be implemented in 26 weeks.

MoU for revival of short-term cooperatives
Chandigarh, January 30
Punjab has signed an MoU with Nabard to implement the revival package for short-term cooperatives in the state based on the recommendations of the Vaidyanathan Committee.

Roadways, STA fail to resolve issue
Chandigarh, January 30
The meeting between the Punjab Roadways Action Committee and the director, State Transport Authority, remained inconclusive today with both sides deciding to hold yet another meeting on February 6 in the presence of a private bus company that had supplied deluxe buses to the government.

SSP Asthana to probe Virk case
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab government today issued fresh orders appointing S.K. Asthana, SSP, Patiala, as investigating officer to inquire into the case registered against former director-general of police S.S. Virk by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau.


HC gives insight into common intention
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has significantly held that same intention of people, independent of each other, is different from common intention. For determining common intention, the “nature of injuries, background of the incident and nature of weapons, besides other factors, are required to be properly considered and appreciated”.

High Court
Chahal’s travel restrictions modified
Chandigarh, January 30
A full Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has modified its earlier orders vide which a condition against leaving the court’s jurisdiction, without prior permission, was imposed on B.I.S. Chahal, media advisor to Punjab’s former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Forum tells shopkeeper, firm to pay Rs 30,000
Sangrur, January 30
In a case of stomach infection after consuming a cold drink and a dead fly in another bottle of a cold drink of the same brand, the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Anil Kumar, a Dhuri shopkeeper; M/s Shivam Agencies, a Dhuri firm and Aradhna Drinks and Beverages Pvt Ltd, Qadian village (Phillaur), to pay a compensation of Rs 30,000 to the complainant, Vinit Kumar Jindal, a resident of Dhuri.


School education board amends migration rules
Mohali, January 30
The Punjab School Education Board has changed migration rules for students. For classes IX and X the school-to-school migration would be allowed till the last date of receipt of examination form by the board every year.

Rs 3.26 cr for elementary schools
Tarn Taran, January 30
The district administration here has received Rs 3.26 crore to be used during the current financial year for providing basic amenities in the elementary schools under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.


4 booked for attacking ex-sarpanch’s house
Sangrur, January 30
The local police has registered a case under Sections 307 and 435, IPC, against four persons for allegedly making an attack on the house of Karnail Singh, a former sarpanch of Kammomajra village, near here, last night.


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