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Border villagers’ demands genuine, says Patil
Chanduwadala (Gurdaspur), February 8
Union home minister Shivraj Patial today gave a patient hearing to farmers and residents of villages on the Indo-Pak border and felt that their demands were genuine and should be taken seriously.

Union home minister Shivraj Patil, union minister for industries Ashwani Kumar, PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a sadbhawna rally in Gurdaspur on Friday.

Union home minister Shivraj Patil, union minister for industries Ashwani Kumar, PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a sadbhawna rally in Gurdaspur on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Corporate healthcare goes tie-up way
Chandigarh, February 8
Cost cutting and expeditious commissioning of projects is the new mantra in corporate healthcare. Most of the corporate health care providers in the country are now looking at setting up brownfield projects across the country. The rising cost of land and other infrastructure has led to these corporates deciding that a greenfield project in health care is to be initiated only where they are unable to find a suitable partner for a tie-up.



Medical Tourism
Infrastructure holds the key: Experts
Chandigarh, February 8
Improved connectivity in the wake of the coming up of the international airport at Mohali and the availability of excellent health infrastructure are set to convert the region into a medical value tourism hub, experts said here today. 


Sukhbir, Iqbal Singh, SGPC chief hold closed-door meeting
Amritsar, February 8
In a significant development, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar, Patna Sahib, Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa, chief, Damdami Taksal, and Avtar Singh, SGPC chief held a closed-door meeting at Nanaksar Dera in New Delhi today.


Pingalwara Complex
100-yr-old trees cut to make way for rooms
Amritsar, February 8
The Pingalwara Society here today received flak from the general public and various social organisations for axing more than 100-year-old trees in the Pingalwara complex. The society has chopped four trees, including a peepal and a banyan, in the front courtyard of the complex for constructing waiting rooms for donors of the charitable society.

One of the trees cut in the Pingalwara complex in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Vishal Kumar
One of the trees cut in the Pingalwara complex in Amritsar on Friday.

Uniform relief for damaged crop okayed
Chandigarh, February 8
The Punjab Cabinet today approved to grant uniform rate of relief for the loss of crops due to water logging or floods between 2002 and 2007 at the fixed rate of Rs.1000 per acre per crop.

20 pc have left farming, claims Capt
Rajpura, February 8
Expressing concern over a large number of farmers abandoning cultivation as their mainstay of life, Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh here today said that more than 20 per cent of the cultivators had stopped farming in the state.

Mittal for inquiry into sale of village common lands
Nangal, February 8
Former minister and senior BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal has demanded an inquiry into the sale of village common lands in Anandpur Sahib subdivision in the past five-year Congress rule.

Cars running on LPG to be checked
Sangrur, February 8
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Dr Indu Malhotra today asked the district transport officer (DTO) to check all cars being run on the LPG in the district to tackle its shortage.

No going back on Khalsa march: KAC
Amritsar, February 8
“Come what may, Khalsa march will be taken out at Salabatpura (Bathinda), as per schedule on February 10”, said Bhai Mohkam Singh, convener, Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), while talking to The Tribune from an undisclosed place here today.

Father, 3 sons await death for over four years
President fails to spare time to dispose of mercy petitions
Amritsar, February 8
Piara Singh (70) and his three sons, lodged in the high-security Central Jail here for the past about 17 years, await death every morning and sleep with a fear that the next morning will be their last.

Bus terminus at Amritsar inaugurated
Amritsar, February 8
The newly constructed inter-state bus terminal at Amritsar named after Shaheed Madal Lal Dhingra was inaugurated by Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal today.

Health workers to get incentives
Amritsar, February 8
The state government would give incentives to the health workers who inform the health department about drug abuse and female foeticide in their respective areas.

2 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, February 8
The Punjab government today transferred two PCS officers. Kuldip Singh is the new joint commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and Jagwinderjit Singh Grewal becomes SDM, Batala, and in additional SDM, Dera Baba Nanak.



Compassionate Appointments in PCS
HC asks Punjab for synopsis
Chandigarh, February 8
Taking up a matter pertaining to the appointment of PCS officers on compassionate grounds, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked Punjab to prepare a synopsis of seven such cases mentioning extraordinary circumstances “which compelled the state to give compassionate appointments”.


Teachers hold protest
Sangrur, February 8
Activists of the Sarkari School Sikhiya Bachao Manch held a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner office complex here today against the alleged anti-people education policies of the state government and in favour of the demands of teachers.


Man caught smuggling drugs to addict son in jail
Ludhiana, February 8
In probably the biggest-ever attempt to smuggle narcotics in a jail, a resident of Katari village in Payal subdivision was caught supplying as many as 10,000 tablets used as intoxicants to his drug addict son, who is facing trial in several cases of snatching and robbery.


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