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Govt to take on power panel
Chandigarh, February 22
Feeling embarrassed over the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission’s decision on power subsidy, the Punjab government is in the mood of taking on the commission by confronting it on certain issues.

Tribune Impact
Centre seeks report on health services
Mohali, February 22
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked the Punjab government to give a detailed report on the health services in the state. In a letter addressed to T.R. Sarangal, mission director, National Rural Health Mission, Punjab, a joint secretary of the ministry, Amarjeet Sinha, has asked the state government to go through the series of articles carried by The Tribune on the issue and send a detailed report to the ministry.

7 die as truck collides with Tata Sumo
Duggan (Sangrur), February 22
A pall of gloom descended over this village, about 10 km from Sangrur, today morning when villagers came to know about the death of seven persons of the village in a road accident.

Seechewal succeeds where admn fails
Stops toxic water flow from tanneries
Workforce of Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal blocks a portion of the Kala Sanghian drain at Nahal village in Jalandhar district on Friday Nahal (Jalandhar), 
February 22

It took barely 15 minutes for residents and a dera team today to stop the discharge of toxic water from the local tanneries towards their villages.

Workforce of Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal blocks a portion of the Kala Sanghian drain at Nahal village in Jalandhar district on Friday. —Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma





AISAD names candidate for Amritsar bypoll
Amritsar, February 22
The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD) has decided to field its candidate from the Amritsar (South) Assembly constituency where byelection has been necessitated due to the death of sitting SAD MLA Raminder Singh Bolaria.


Sikhism: Tarlochan flays govt, SGPC
Chandigarh, February 22
Former chairman of the National Minorities Commission and member, Rajya Sabha, Tarlochan Singh has criticised the Punjab government and the SGPC for trying to “narrow the ambit of Sikhism for their vested interests of controlling admissions to educational institutions by characterising them as minority institutions”.

A Tribune Impact
Balwinder to get Rs 25,000

Tarn Taran, February 22
The Health Department has decided to give Rs 25,000 under the health insurance scheme and also announced to bear all treatment expenses of Balwinder Singh, whose condition had deteriorated after undergoing vasectomy operation at a Government Health Centre.

Farmers lead the way
Create forest cover, reap rich dividends
Khera Bet (Ludhiana), February 22
While forests in the country are crying hoarse over the hapless plundering by humans, this village along the Sutlej, in a unique endeavour, has converted the entire land into a thick forest. It is worth mentioning that one of the biggest villages in Punjab, with over 3,900 acres of land, started afforestation more than two decades ago.

Facing scorn, misery unitedly
HIV positive women who have formed a self-help group at Anandpur Sahib. Anandpur Sahib, February 22
Determined to fight a life full of scorn, rebuke and misery, a small group of HIV positive widows from rural Punjab has taken to a path that may prove to be a major initiative in making people living with HIV/AIDS self-reliant, fight stigma and show a ray of hope to others.

HIV positive women who have formed a self-help group at Anandpur Sahib.— Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Power cuts plague border industry
Amritsar, February 22
The state government’s recent decision of two-day power cut has put the industry in a piquant situation due to the prevailing power scenario. The worst affected are the agro-processing units which require regular power supply to run units.

Inside Babudom
Politics over ACRs 
Chandigarh, February 22
In what could indicate the lack of administrative control over the bureaucracy and the police in Punjab, the annual confidential reports (ACRs) of several IAS officers have been pending for more than three years and for more than one year in the case of IPS officers.

PCS Recruitments
Secy, UPSC to chalk out modalities
Chandigarh, February 22
There is finally hope of Punjab overcoming the nine-year-old stalemate over recruitments to the provincial bureaucracy. Chief secretary R.I Singh is scheduled to meet member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday to chalk out the modalities so that the apex recruitment agency in the country takes over the role of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to induct officers for the state.

Bathinda to have hotel institute
Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab government has decided in principle to set up a state-of-the-art Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) at Bathinda to provide academic facilities in the diverse fields of hotel management, catering, nutrition and hospitality.

Women’s entry into temple 
Chawla to mobilise public opinion 
Amritsar, February 22
After priests of Baba Balak Nath Sidhpeet (Deotsidh), HP, disallowed Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, to pay obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, she has decided to mobilise public opinion against this age-old tradition.

Farmers seek cancellation of criminal cases
Amritsar, February 22
Seeking a high-level probe into the alleged one-sided action against farmer activists involved in a clash with shopkeepers during a bandh call here a couple of days ago, various farmer organisations, in a joint statement, have urged the administration to cancel the criminal cases registered against them.

Minister Maluka bereaved
Chandigarh, February 22
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today expressed grief over the sad demise of senior Akali leader and former Punjab minister Sikinder Singh Maluka’s mother Chattin Kaur, who died at Bathinda this morning after a brief illness. She was 84 and is survived by two sons and a daughter. — TNS


High Court
PUDA told to prefer needy
Chandigarh, February 22
Making it clear that investors and speculators were required to be discouraged, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to ensure preference to the needy.


Board goes on anti-copying drive
Mohali, February 22
The Punjab School Education Board launched a statewide anti-copying campaign here today. Advertisement on buses, posters in schools and other public places and media campaign would motivate students and their parents in this connection.


Travel agent held for duping Hoshiarpur resident 
New Delhi, February 22
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested a Pitampura-based travel agent Blawinder Singh in a case of cheating a Hoshiarpur resident Sarwan Singh of Rs 16 lakh.


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