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Controversy mars SLIET appointments
Sangrur, April 23
After the information collected through the Right to Information (RTI) Act by some teachers from the authorities of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, the appointment of some assistant professors (APs) in various departments of SLIET seems to be in the thick of controversy as resentment prevails among some APs (already promoted to the posts of AP under the career advancement scheme (CAS) in various departments of the institute) as they were not appointed as AP (through the direct recruitment process).

Groundwater depleting at fast pace
Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Moga are the worst-hit districts, where experts foresee acute shortage of water with every passing season
Ropar, April 23
The groundwater resource in Punjab is depleting at an alarming rate. Not only depletion, even the quality of water has suffered to a great extent due to its overexploitation.

Central Varsity in Amritsar
HR ministry wants 700 acres free of cost
Chandigarh, April 23
The Union government has sought 700 acres, free of cost, from the Punjab government for setting up world-class Central university at Amritsar. Union human resource minister Arjun Singh has written in this regard to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Use Punjabi language or face the music
Ordinance on its use in govt, semi-govt offices soon
Ludhiana, April 23
The ordinance on the use of Punjabi language in all government and semi-government offices and to introduce it as a compulsory subject in schools, is all set to be implemented in the state. If the statements issued by ministers are any indication, the state government will act tough (in the form of legal action) with officials, bureaucrats, employees etc if they fail to comply with the directive.



‘Meteorite’ found in field
Sunam (Sangrur), April 23
After the fall of a suspected meteorite on August 1, 2007 night in a farmer’s field at Hotipur village (near Khanauri), one more suspected meteorite fell in this district today morning. The suspected meteorite fell in a field on the Jawandha Road at 3 am today, 3 km from Sunam.

                                                               Photo by writer


State’s share in UT: Badal to meet PM
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that he would take up with the Prime Minister and the Home Minister the issue of restoring 60 per cent share of state employees in the administration of Chandigarh.

Kargil-Skardu trade route with Pak sought
Chandigarh, April 23
While it is the poor infrastructure that is coming in the way of re-introducing Indo-Pak trade through the Hussainiwallah-Ganda Singhwallah route, new trade routes proposed by India include opening the Kargil-Skardu route, besides making Attari a full-fledged trade centre.

State to give 90 lakh tonnes to Central pool
Chandigarh, April 23
Punjab is likely to contribute 90 lakh tonnes instead of 80 lakh tonnes of wheat to the Central pool this year. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said today that yield of wheat was good this time. Last year’s contribution to the national pool was 69.5 lakh tonnes.


Punjab Roadways, PRTC to have 100 more AC buses
Chandigarh, April 23
The Punjab government will add 100 more AC buses in a fleet of Punjab Roadways and the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) from this month.

Tenders not floated for canal repair: Contractor
It’s our discretion: Executive EngineerA scene of repair work being carried out at the UBDC headworks main canal at Madhopur near Pathankot on Wednesday.
Madhopur (Gurdaspur), April 23
Officials of the Irrigation Department have been allegedly doing repair works of the main canal and Upper Bari Doab Canal (UBDC) without floating tenders. The alleged misappropriation of huge money is being done by officials of the department in alleged connivance with certain contractors.

A scene of repair work being carried out at the UBDC headworks main canal at Madhopur near Pathankot on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

GND varsity Syndicate sacks finance and development officer 
Amritsar, April 23
The Guru Nanak Dev University Syndicate today decided to dismiss Varinder Pal Sharma, finance and development officer (FDO), following two different inquiries conducted by retired judges.

Sarabjit’s family leaves for Pak
Attari, April 23
"I want to call him Papa for the first time in my life before I hug him and experience what a father’s love is like," said Poonam, younger daughter of Sarabjit Singh, Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, before crossing the international border with her kin at the Indo-Pakistan joint check-post here today.

Police forcing me to forgive him, claims rape-bid victim
Ludhiana, April 23
The victim of an attempt to rape in a bus may not have thought after going through the nightmarish experience the police would rub salt on her wounds in her pursuit  of justice.

Shift Swaraj Mazda unit, says AISSF
Amritsar, April 23
Panthic organisations have urged the Punjab government to initiate steps to shift the Swaraj Mazda factory near Ropar in order to save the heritage associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Seniority of ayurvedic teachers
List drawn up after 11 years cancelled
Patiala, April 23
The list drawn up by the fixation committee relating to the seniority of professors working in the government ayurvedic colleges of the state has been rejected by the Medical Education and Research Department (MERD).


High Court
Notice to Punjab on overcrowding of sub-jail
Chandigarh, April 23
Taking cognisance of overcrowding and lack of medical facilities at the Ropar sub-jail, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab, through principal secretary (home), the director-general of police (prisons) and Ropar deputy commissioner.


Benefits of Organic Farming
Nabha farmers show the way
Chandigarh, April 23
Organic farming seems to be becoming popular in Nabha district. Farmers are happy and earning profits, courtesy organic farming. Some of the farmers came to promote the benefits of organic farming on World Earth Day at Panjab University here yesterday.

Fire destroys 125 acres of wheat crop
Sultanpur Lodhi, April 23
While several farmers of four villages, Dariawal, Fattudhinga, Mehmadwal and Sabuwal in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision of Kapurthala district, were awaiting relief from the Punjab government for the standing wheat crop burnt in a fire on Monday, more standing wheat crop on 125 acres of four other villages in the same subdivision was destroyed in two separate fires today.


Land Grab
SHO told to take action
Pathankot, April 23
Taking note of the new item “15 acres of shamlat land grabbed” published in The Tribune on April 22, block development project officer (BDPO) Ram Lubhaya has written to the SHO, Shahpur Kandi, to take action against the suspects involved in the illegal exercise at Manwal village.

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