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World AIDS day celebrated in the Modern jail to educate AIDS awareness to 113 HIV positive jail inmates

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Kapurthala: At the initiative of District and Sessions Judge, the district administration today celebrated the world AIDS day in the district Modern Jail in view of the death of five jail inmates suffering from HIV positive in a span of one and half year  and rising number of 113 HIV positive jail inmates to educate them about this dreaded disease.

Facilities unused at 3 skill centres, probe on

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 1 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a high-level probe into the functioning of three skill development centres in medical colleges of Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot after being informed that facilities set up for Rs 18 crore were lying idle. A spokesperson said these facilities were lying vacant and there were no students while private companies operating from prime government land were violating their contract conditions. Health Minister Brahm Mohindra informed the CM at the Governing Body Meeting of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) about the issue as PIMS had already invested Rs 6 crore each at the GMC Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot for creation of infrastructure. Chairing the meeting, the CM also accepted the sugges...

Threat to CM: Jakhar asks PM to approach UK

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 1 Expressing concern over "threats" from UK-based radical and militant groups to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and senior government and police officials, PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar today urged the Prime Minister to take up the matter with the British authorities. Jakhar said given the serious security implications of the issue, not just for Punjab but for the nation also, the Centre should raise it with the UK government on priority. He urged PM Narendra Modi to personally intervene and pressure the UK government to crack down on anti-India elements that had been using British soil to unleash anti-Punjab and anti-India propaganda. In the absence of any check on their nefarious activities by the UK authorities, these forces had escalat...

Rush for Cong ticket, five claimants for every seat

Punjab
Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 1 On the back of a good showing by the Congress in the Assembly elections and the Gurdaspur parliamentary bypoll, party leaders are lobbying hard for the ticket for the three Municipal Corporations that go to polls on December 17. There are more than five claimants for every seat. With today being the last date for submitting the applications, about 1,300 applications have been received for 225 wards in Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar. As the last date of filing of nominations is December 6, the tickets will be announced by December 4. “Party leaders not only want to fight the Municipal Corporation and Municipal Council elections on party symbol, but also the nagar panchyat polls. In the Assembly elections, the urban voter had f...

Parties start shortlisting, litmus test for Cong, Oppn

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Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 1 The local body elections, scheduled for December 17, will prove to be a litmus test not just for the ruling Congress, but also for the Opposition parties – the Aam Aadmi Party and the Akali-BJP. All three municipal corporations, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala, and the 32 nagar councils and nagar panchayats that go to the polls had Akali-BJP in majority, and were headed by their party leaders as mayors/ presidents. No wonder the Congress is all geared up to gain control of these local bodies. All three parties will have shortlisted their candidates, selected through screening committees, by this weekend. Though the ruling party in Punjab has always won the polls with thumping majority, the elections this time will be a test...

Visitors in for a treat at Retreat ceremony

Punjab
GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, December 1 Come 2018, watching the Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post (JCP) would be a different experience. Besides a new U-shape spectators’ gallery with higher seating capacity and better viewing arrangement, the approach road is being spruced up to give it a modern look with a heritage tinge. The BSF has tied up with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the purpose. Under the project, the 800-yard stretch (from zero point to the old customs’ gate) will be relaid. JS Oberoi, DIG, BSF, Amritsar, said landscaping would be done to give a pleasant look to the area. To beautify it further, ornamental trees were being planted and high-tech lights would be installed on either side of the passage. The 80-ft Swar...