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Several questions left unanswered

Punjab
Tribune News Service Mohali, October 26 While the Mohali police claim to have solved the double murder case with the arrest of Gaurav Kumar, the police theory leaves several questions unanswered. The police claimed the accused hid near the main door after ringing the doorbell. Given the nature of KJ Singh as per his close acquaintances, he never opened the door for anybody without prior appointment.  Why did he open the main entrance door, having an iron grid, on a rainy night, that too when he saw nobody in sight and especially when he had “slapped” a stranger during a tiff with him just a few hours ago? Another question is that from day one, the police were claiming that the crime was the handiwork of at least two persons as per circumstantial evidence. Even sen...

Slow lifting: Moga farmers sell paddy directly to millers

Punjab
Kulwinder Sandhu Tribune News Service Moga, October 26 More than 56 lakh bags of paddy have been waiting to be lifted by the procurement agencies in more than 180 grain markets in the district for the past many days causing inconvenience to the commission agents and farmers. Due to the delayed lifting of foodgrains, hundreds of farmers are reportedly selling their produce directly to rice millers, thus evading 3 per cent market fee and 3 per cent Rural Development Fund benefiting the rice millers on private purchase. District Mandi Officer (DMO) Jasvir Singh has denied the reports of evasion of government taxes. “We raided a few rice mills in the past couple of days and found no evasion of taxes,” he said. He said some discrepancies were found in a rice mill at Fatehgarh Pancht...

On HC order, TET result revised after six years

Punjab
Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, October 26 The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Punjab, has revised the results of 1,28,666 candidates who had appeared for the Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test (PSTET) in July 2011. Over six years after the conduct of the PSTET for 3,442 posts of primary and elementary teachers in government schools of the state, the result was revised yesterday on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In the last six years, there was a dossier of writ petitions in the High Court challenging answer key for four questions out of total 150 questions in the test. Claiming that the answer key to these four questions was wrong, many of the candidates in PSTET-2011 had demanded the High Court to grant them benefit of fou...

Shiromani Akali Dal(Badal) in trouble over RSS celeberation of Guru Gobind Singh Pakash Utsav on Martyrdom Day

Punjab
CHANDIGARH: The big trouble is brewing for Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Sukhbir Singh Badal after RSS sponsored funcion in Delhi to commenorate the 'Parkash Utsav' of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh ji on his martyrdom day. This is lack of knowledge about Sikh religion or planned conspiracy fo RSS adn SAD to create communal divide in Punjab is the subject of debate in Sikh cirlces.

Drug case: ASI puts foot down, gets retrial started

Punjab
Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 26 An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) stood his ground for months in a drugs case and got a retrial started even though his seniors had cancelled the case with a trial court approving the cancellation. The police have also launched an inquiry against officers for ignoring the facts when they had quashed the case. DIG (Bathinda) Rajinder Singh Darbhanga is conducting the inquiry. As per investigation report and other documents of the case, ASI Amrik Singh struggled for justice for several months before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by IGP (Bathinda Zone) MS Chhina on his request found that he was right. An Additional Sessions Judge, Ferozepur, accepted the SIT’s report a few days ago. On January 4, the ASI caugh...

Relief to farmers, industry to cost state Rs10,600 crore

Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 26 The poor revenue growth, including “less-than-anticipated” devolution from the GST, is impeding the rollout of farm loan waiver and subsidised power to the industry. Official sources told The Tribune that the rollout of farm loan waiver was discussed with CM Capt Amarinder Singh last night. The government immediately needs Rs 9,500 crore for the purpose and another Rs 1,100 crore for subsidised power to the industry for the rest of this financial year. Top officials say a loan of Rs 5,000 crore is being raised from a consortium of banks to fund the first phase of loan waiver. As for the power subsidy, the government has already given its consent letter to the PSERC, stating that it will bear the cost of subsidy. The a...