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Centre not to fund paddy research in state
Chandigarh, July 17
The Union government has refused to include paddy in Punjab under the National Food Security Mission. 
A view of paddy crop in Punjab’s countryside near Fatehgarh Sahib A view of paddy crop in Punjab’s countryside near Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. Tribune photograph: Manoj Mahajan 

Now, Ludhiana cops probe Rita Bawa murder
College bus conductor detained; 3 held in Bihar
Jalandhar, July 17
After groping in the dark for over seven months, the Jalandhar police has handed over the investigation into the Rita Bawa murder case to the Ludhiana police. Confirming the development, Jalandhar SSP P.K. Rai said the Ludhiana police had come across some clues and had requested the higher police authorities to hand over the case to the SSP, Ludhiana.

Rita Bawa
Rita Bawa

Numbers game claims life in Bathinda
SAD, Cong workers clash during sarpanch’s election
The villagers who suffered injuries in a SAD-Congress clash in Daan Singh Wala village being treated at the Bathinda civil hospital Daan Singh Wala (Bathinda), July 17
A 20-year-old youth was killed while several others sustained severe injuries in a brawl at this village during the election of sarpanch today.
The villagers who suffered injuries in a SAD-Congress clash in Daan Singh Wala village being treated at the Bathinda civil hospital on Thursday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh




Cong leader seeks info on foreign trips of 12 babus
Amritsar, July 17
The District Congress Committee (DCC- rural) has sought details from the government about the foreign tours of 12 officers in two years.


Staff crunch in Punjab rights panel
Work may come to halt
Chandigarh, July 17
With three posts of the five posts of presiding members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission already lying vacant, the proposed leave of one member from August 1 may bring the commission’s working to a complete halt.

Wives Deserted by NRIs
Centre to help rehabilitation

Chandigarh, July 17
The Union government has decided to help rehabilitate abandoned wives of Punjabi NRIs.

Kidney scam kingpin spills the beans
Amritsar, July 17
Kingpin of the kidney scam case, Rajan Puri, arrested from a Delhi hotel two days ago, has given an information during investigation which may land some surgeons in the police net. Puri is likely to be produced in the court here tomorrow.

Kharar-Nangal rivulets not desilted for years
Anandpur Sahib, July 17
In this year’ss monsoon 12 main seasonal rivulets from Kharar to Nangal have sprung to life, but none of these except Charan Ganga, have been de-silted for years.

B.I.S. Chahal questioned by Vigilance
Patiala, July 17
Former media adviser to Amarinder Singh B.I.S Chahal was grilled by Punjab Vigilance officials in connection with a case registered against the former Chief Minister, his son Raninder Singh and their associate Chetan Gupta. Chahal, who was accompanied by his lawyer JPS Sarao, appeared in front of DSPs Jaspal Singh and Anil Kumar today morning.


Teacher levies forgery charge
Chandigarh, July 17
An art and craft teacher today claimed that he was shifted from one school to another after his signatures were forged on the consent letter for mutual transfer by another teacher. Taking up the petition, high court Division Bench of Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice Sabina issued notice of motion to the State of Punjab and other respondents for July 24.


Colleges begin admissions sans MCI clearance
Amritsar, July 17
Without awaiting approval of the Medical Council of India, the three government-run medical colleges in the state have started admissions to graduate courses in medicine and dentistry for the current academic session.

Education in Tarn Taran a mess
Tarn Taran, July 17
Education in this border district is a mess with more than 40 schools in the primary and middle levels having been closed down for want of teachers in the past five years.

Technical education board conducts counselling online 
Chandigarh, July 17
Online counselling, the implementation of which has been a big issue in Punjab, has successfully been conducted by low-profile Punjab State Board of Technical Education whereas high-profile Punjab Technical University (PTU) and state Department for Medical Education and Research have failed to do so.


Old man killed over land
Moga, July 17
An octogenarian man was allegedly killed by his brother’s grandson following a row over property at Saidoke village in Nihalsinghwala subdivision of the district late last night.


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