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Vigilance Bureau files first challan against contractor Gurinder Singh and engineers of Irrigation Department

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CHANDIGARH: Punjab Vigilance Bureau has filed challan in the SAS Nagar court against contractor Gurinder Singh and retired engineers of Irrigation Department in the multi-crore Irrigation scam in which five irrigation officials and kingpin of the scam - contractor Gurinder Singh have been arrested so far. The case was registered under sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468, 471, 406, 409 of IPC and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for causing crores of rupees loss to the state exchequer in allotment and execution of various works of Irrigation department in the state after a thorough Vigilance Enquiry.

State to have fee regulatory body for schools, colleges

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Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 10 Just over six months after Punjab was asked to clarify whether a regulatory body to examine fee structure of educational institutions was in place, the government has made clear its intent to have a regulatory commission and to legislate on the issue. The government told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it was within its domain to legislate on incorporation, regulation or winding up of universities and set up a commission for the purpose. Appearing before Justice Rajan Gupta’s Bench, the state counsel asserted that the commission’s functions would have to be clearly regulatory. “Any such law will be in addition to and not in derogation of other laws governing the field in order to avoid conflict with powers and functions of i

Dalit family ‘stopped’ from drawing water from govt tubewell

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Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Akhwana (Sujanpur), Feb 10 A Scheduled Caste (SC) family has alleged that some members of an “upper” caste had allegedly stopped them from drawing drinking water from a government tubewell at Akhwana village in Sujanpur tehsil. Deputy Commissioner Neelima has dispatched the District Social Security Officer among other officials to the village to probe the matter. Jyoti Devi claimed that earlier this week, when her family members started digging the ground to lay a plastic pipe — which would have enabled them to draw water from the nearby tubewell — some members of the Rajput community came and told her to stop the work. “They told me that the tubewell was exclusively meant for Rajputs and she, being a Ramdassia (Scheduled Ca...

Fake GST bills: Raid conducted on trader’s house

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Chandigarh, February 10 The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department conducted a raid on the residence of a trader in Mandi Gobindgarh as part of its investigation into an over Rs 100-crore fake GST bill fraud, officials said. A senior official said a raid was carried out yesterday on the house of the trader, believed to be one of the kingpins of the fraud. More than 200 files of bills and a hard disc were seized during the raid. “We found heavy transactions in bank accounts of his three firms and the businessman who was operating from his house is suspected to be involved in bogus GST bill trading,” the officer said. — PTI The Tribune

Irrigation scam: Challan filed against contractor

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Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 10 The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has filed a challan in the SAS Nagar court against contractor Gurinder Singh and retired engineers of the Irrigation Department in the multi-crore irrigation scam. Five irrigation officials and Gurinder, the alleged kingpin of the scam, have been arrested so far in the case. A VBspokesperson said this first challan had been filed in the court to deny any benefit of default bail to Gurinder and the retired engineers who have been arrested so far. “Further investigation regarding the role of senior government functionaries and other aspects of this scam is under progress and supplementary challans would be submitted in due course of time,” he added. In this first challan, the VB has covered three works &mda...

Mastuana Sahib still looks like Golden Temple, says SGPC panel

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Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Sangrur, February 10 The SGPC panel, formed to probe the Golden Temple replica row, today visited Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Mastuana Sahib and said it still looked like a replica as its management had not made the mandatory changes in its design as per the 2009 edict of the Akal Takht. The panel has prepared a detailed report for action against the management and immediate changes in design and will submit it to the SGPC. “The gurdwara management has not made all changes as per the Akal Takht directions. It still looks like Golden Temple and hurts religious sentiments of Sikhs. We will submit a report to SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal. We have recommended that the SGPC should set a deadline to make changes in the gurdwara design,” said SGPC e...

’84 riots: Sukhbir demands Rajiv’s travel details

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Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 10 Referring to new disclosures in the 1984 genocide case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today demanded the release of travel details of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Addressing a press conference here, the SAD president said, “The role of former PMRajiv Gandhi will be under scanner for the first time because new evidence links him directly with the Congress leaders who led mobs which butchered Sikhs in Delhi.” Sukhbir said, “The self disclosures by Tytler in an interview that he had taken Rajiv to various places in Delhi on November 1 proves a deeper conspiracy to target Sikhs in a planned manner because the areas visited by Rajiv were immediately wreaked by mayhem against the Sikh community. Now

Dead farmer booked for protest

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Archit Watts Tribune News Service Muktsar, February 10 A man in his 60s, who died of cancer two months ago, has been booked for blocking the national highway and lodging protest in violation of the prohibitory orders of the Additional District Magistrate in Gidderbaha on Wednesday. Mall Singh, a farm leader and resident of Kakhanwali village in the Lambi segment, had passed away on December 26, but the police booked him along with 14 others and 60-70 unidentified persons under Sections 148, 188, 283, 431 of the IPC and Section 8-B of the National Highways Act. The farmers seeking complete debt waiver from the state government and implementation of the Swaminathan report had lodged a protest outside the tehsil complex at Gidderbaha on February 7. They were booked in the evening the same day...