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Central nod to food park
Chandigarh, December 12
Manoranjan Kalia, minister of industries and commerce said the Centre would give Punjab a grant of Rs 50 crore for setting up of the project and this mega food park would be set up under the mega food park scheme of the ministry of food processing and industries by Unity Infrastructure limited, Jalandhar.

Amritsar Trust Scam
Chaudhry, Sharma grilled

Amritsar, December 12
Finally, former local bodies minister Chaudhry Jagjit Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma, former chairman of the local Improvement Trust, today joined the investigations in the 32-acre land scam of the New Amritsar Scheme of the trust.


Bhattal, Dullo factions share dais with Capt
Ropar, December 12
Capt Amarinder Singh with other Congress leaders during a rally at Ropar First phase of the mass-contact tour of chairman of Campaign Committee of the PPCC Amarinder Singh concluded today with the Congress witnessing blurring clouds of factionalism.

Capt Amarinder Singh with other Congress leaders during a rally at Ropar on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Ex-CM proves his mettle
Chandigarh, December 12
For a man who was at the helm for five years during Congress rule and then saw a downslide with even former ministerial colleagues questioning his seniority, just five days of hectic campaigning have again made Amarinder Singh the de facto ‘king’ in Punjab Congress.

Populism also behind Punjab’s ills: Manpreet 
Chandigarh, December 12

Punjab has expressed inability to fund centrally sponsored schemes, maintaining it was moving towards becoming a state with the slowest growth rate because of the accumulated burden of militancy and the tendency of successive governments to fall into the trap of populism, at a workshop on ‘Centre-state’ relations here yesterday.


Students of Jagat Jyoti School hold a candle light rally on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament House in Amritsar
Students of Jagat Jyoti School hold a candle light rally on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament House in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar



State reels under power cuts
Patiala, December 12
The claim of the PSEB to supply round-the-clock electricity during summers notwithstanding, the state is reeling under long scheduled and unscheduled power cuts ranging between four and six hours daily.

Industry hit
Chandigarh, December 12
Power cuts are back to haunt the recession-hit industry in Punjab. While the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has increased the scheduled power cut on the industrial consumers from 24 hours a week to 34 hours a week, the unscheduled power cuts, too, have been increased, bringing industrial production to a halt.

A view of the NRI annual convention in Jalandhar NRI meet turns flop show
Jalandhar, December 12
The annual convention of the NRI Sabha that had been feted as a gala event turned out to be a flop show with most of the expected members staying away from the event. The meet belied the earnestness of the government towards NRI affairs in the state.

A view of the NRI annual convention in Jalandhar on Friday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Land identified for LIG flats
Chandigarh, December 12
Punjab cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh said yesterday that his department had identified unutilised land in various cities of the state for the construction of flats for low-income groups even as he claimed rural cooperatives in Punjab had been acclaimed as successful models internationally.

Randhawa is PPS officers’ body chief
Chandigarh, December 12
Gurmeet Singh Randhawa has been elected as the new president of the Punjab Police Service (PPS) Officers Association, Punjab. This was resolved in the general body meeting of the association held here under the chairmanship of Inderjit Singh Randhawa. Pritam Singh, SP (D) Jagraon would be the vice-president while Ashwani Kapoor, SP Security, would be the general secretary. Rajinder Singh Sohal, DSP Phillaur, would be the joint secretary and Rattan Singh Brar, DSP Security, would be the finance secretary.


Court relief for Ludhiana hotel
Chandigarh, December 12
Acting on a petition by Ludhiana-based Hotel Majestic Park Plaza against the move to seal the hotel for alleged non-compliance of parking bylaws, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of a show-cause notice issued in the matter by the civic body.

Warrants against secy recalled
Jalandhar, December 12
The President of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Ludhiana, has recalled the non-bailable arrest warrants of D.S. Bains, a senior IAS Officer and principal secretary, local bodies, Punjab following the implementation of the Forum’s order in case of Shakuntla Devi by the Improvement authorities concerned at Ludhiana.



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