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CM for people-centric administrative set-up
Chandigarh, April 24
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for a qualitative shift in administrative reforms to make them more responsive and public-oriented in order to address the social maladies of poverty and unemployment besides eradicating corruption from the government machinery.

Amritsar byelection
One more stakes claim for SAD ticket
Amritsar, April 24
Race for Shiromani Akali Dal ticket for t byelection to the Amritsar South constituency has hotted up with another Akali leader staking claim for the ticket here yesterday.

Leaders eclipse freedom fighters
Amritsar, April 24
Hoardings put up by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on almost all main crossings in the city eclipse freedom fighters’ statues. They have become eyesore for people and tourists alike. A hoarding of the Shiromani Akali Dal blocks view of  the statue of a freedom fighter in Amritsar.
A hoarding of the Shiromani Akali Dal blocks view of the statue of a freedom fighter in Amritsar. — Photo by Vishal Kumar

Truckers tie up with NACO to check AIDS
Chandigarh, April 24
The All-India Motor Transport Congress, that represents 40 lakh truckers and is an umbrella body of various truck unions and goods transport companies across the country, has tied up with the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) to check the spread of AIDS among truck drivers and cleaners.



Even barbed wire fails to deter heroin smugglers
Chandigarh, April 24
Bumper harvest of poppy in Afghanistan and other parts of the golden crescent could spell more trouble for Punjab already witnessing an increase in trafficking of narcotics, specially heroin, despite the border along Pakistan having been fenced.


Not interested in meeting Bhattal, says Sohan Singh
Amritsar, April 24
Even as Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has announced that she would visit Vein Puin village (Tarn Taran) to meet Sohan Singh who had rescued her nephew from the captivity of militants, the latter nurses a grouse, “as she (Bhattal) had refused to meet him during her stint as deputy Chief Minister”.

Capt writes to Antony over pay panel
Chandigarh, April 24
Punjab Defence Services Welfare Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh has drawn the attention of Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony towards what he describes considerable discomfort among the serving and retired fraternity of the defence services against the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission.


SGPC wants Dewan Todar Mal’s haveli back
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
Four years after Dewan Todar Mal’s Jahaz haveli, considered a heritage building by Sikhs,was sold to a private trust, the SGPC has initiated efforts to get back the building.

Pardon Sarabjit: UK-based body to Musharraf
Amritsar, April 24
Manmohan Singh, UK-based president of the World Sikh- Muslim Federation (WMSF) has urged Pervez Musharraf President of Pakistan to pardon Sarabjit Singh on death row in bomb blast case, and added if has completed the term awarded in life imprisonment he be released without delay on humanitarian grounds.

For transparency’s sake
Quality consultancy for dev projects
Chandigarh, April 24
The Punjab government today made public the decision on government investments in development projects for scrutiny by introducing external auditing by independent Quality Assurance Consultants. A panel of 22 agencies has been finalised by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, the nodal agency for the scheme. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting here this morning.

GSI team collects ‘meteorite’
Sangrur, April 24
A two-member team of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) from Chandigarh, headed by senior geologist Baldev Singh, today visited the field on Jawandha road in Sunam where a suspected meteorite had fallen in the wee hours yesterday. The team also held a conversation with the farmer, Harjinder Singh, in whose field it had fallen. It also inspected the spot.

Ex-DRME victim of vendetta: Wife
Threatens moving court
Patiala, April 24
Indira Dalal, wife of former director of research and medical education (DRME) Dr J.S.Dalal, has alleged her husband had been a victim of political vendetta as he had probed the case of a medical college student of an influential family.

Mohali Land Dispute Case
Patiala IG to handle inquiry
Chandigarh, April 24
The ongoing battle of wits between Punjab Police chief N.P.S. Aulakh and Mohali senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurdarshan Singh Khatra has taken a new turn with the state’s top cop directing the Patiala inspector general (IG) of police to get the complaint against the Mullanpur Garibdas station house officer (SHO) Kashmira Singh inquired by an IPS officer.

Death of Inmates
Jails to have more docs, says Gabria
Ludhiana, April 24
Jail minister Hira Singh Gabria told reporters today a proposal had been sent to the health minister for posting one doctor for 500 inmates in jails.

Babus ‘riding’ their luck
Score over legislators in getting luxury vehicles
Chandigarh, April 24
Even as legislators await the Toyota Innova vehicles promised to them, more than a year back, bureaucrats in Punjab are luckier, with the state government purchasing 20 luxury vehicles for them.

Labour dept officers sans basic facilities
No phone, fax, vehicle at disposal
Chandigarh, April 24
Punjab may be moving up the technology ladder, but the same does not apply to its Labour Department, which still lives in antiquated times, with its field officers doing without even a phone or fax and only dreaming of having a computer of their own some day.


High Court
Bhadaur gurdwara case
Punjab told to furnish chief secy order
Chandigarh, April 24
Taking up the Bhadaur gurdwara case, Justice H.S. Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the state of Punjab to furnish order, if any, passed by the chief secretary on an explanation furnished by then deputy commissioner of Sangrur S.R. Laddar.


Change in Physical Education Course Nomenclature
Abohar college students at receiving end
Chandigarh, April 24
It is a classic example of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. On one hand, the inspection committee of Panjab University gave provisional affiliation to MA (physical education) course at Guru Nanak College, Abohar, and on the other hand, universities authorities have send the roll numbers, DMCs (detailed marks card), roll numbers and even the cut-off list for M.PEd course instead of MA (physical education).


Nursery of paddy seedlings ploughed
Kalanaur, April 24
In accordance with the government order the Agriculture Department ploughed a 15-marla nursery of paddy seedlings at Kalanaur village near here on Thursday.

Officials of Agriculture Department plough a 15-marla nursery of paddy seedlings at Kalanaur village on Thursday. — Photo by writer
Officials of Agriculture Department plough a 15-marla nursery of paddy seedlings at Kalanaur village on Thursday.


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