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Will give jobs to drug survivors: Mohindra

Punjab
Aman Sood & Karam Prakash Tribune News Service Patiala, July 9 The Punjab Government will provide “government and private jobs” to youngsters who give up drugs after rehabilitation and training,  Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra said here on Monday.  Asserting that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had given his nod to the proposal, he said the government would open skill training centres where such youngsters would be employed after training. The minister countered reports attributing over a dozen deaths in the past one month to drug abuse, saying “until now, only two deaths have been reported in Nawanshahr. It is very difficult to maintain data as victims’ families deny post-mortem out of social stigma”. Talking to The Tribun...

For a green cause

Punjabi Politics
SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal, in the presence of chief secretary Dr Roop Singh and additional secretary Diljit Singh, on Monday laid the foundation of the green belt proposed to be developed on a two-acre land in the Golden Temple complex.  The green belt between Guru Ram Das Jee Langar Hall and Gurdwara Manji Sahib will have all-season floral and herbal plants. Special fountains with light-and-sound effects will be set up. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar The Tribune

1,200 bottles of illicit liquor seized

Punjab
Tribune News Service Moga, July 9 The anti-narcotics cell of the police seized 100 cases (1,200 bottles) of smuggled liquor from an Innova car on the Chuhar Chak-Kaonke link road in Moga. However, the liquor smugglers managed to flee. According to details, on a tip-off the police stopped a car on the Chuhar Chak-Kaonke link road at 2.10 pm. On seeing the police, the occupants of the car stopped the vehicle and managed to flee. The police recovered 1,200 bottles of country made liquor from it. This consignment of liquor was labeled for sale in Haryana, but it was smuggled into Punjab for illegal sale. Liquor smuggling from Haryana to Punjab, particularly in Moga, has increased manifold during the current fiscal year. Since April 1, more than 2,500 cases of liquor had been seized by the pol...

Bir Devinder launches ‘Lok Choksi Brigade’

Punjabi Politics
FATEHGARH SAHIB: Former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh launched his new outfit, Lok Choksi Brigade, after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. Talking to the media, he said he had launched the Lok Choksi Brigade, which was a non-political and non-government organisation. Initially 1,000 members would be enrolled and later it would be expanded. He said he would listen to the grievances of people at his native village Kotla Bhai Ka in Fatehgarh Sahib and take up the cause of all those who had been denied justice. OC The Tribune

Govt to set up bio-ethanol project

Punjab
Chandigarh, July 9 To curb stubble-burning and create a positive atmosphere for industrialisation, the state government has taken a decision to set up a bio-ethanol project. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Punjab Government and SAB Industries Ltd with proposed investment of Rs 719 crore on Monday. State Industry and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora said this project would produce 25,000 TPA 2G bio-ethanol from paddy straw in Punjab which would not only generate investment and employment, but also help reduce stubble-burning. — TNS The Tribune

Certificates in digital format for students

Punjabi Politics
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 9 Students of polytechnic colleges in the state will soon have access to their academic and other certificates in digital format. The Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training have tied up with the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) to be part of the National Academic Depository (NAD), an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Technical Education Board Secretary Chander Gaind said the students need not come to the board headquarters for 12 types of documents, verification of certificates and correction in detailed mark sheet. The Tribune

Finally, slain SP’s son gets ACP’s job

Punjab
Jalandhar, July 9 Almost three years after Baljit Singh, SP (Detective) Gurdaspur, was killed during a terror attack on the Dinanagar Police Station, his son Maninder Pal Singh was on Monday inducted as ACP, Crime, in the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate. Maninder Pal was pursuing the last semester of his BTech (computer science) degree from Anand College of Engineering, Kapurthala, when his father was killed on July 27, 2015. After the completion of his degree in 2016, he started his training with the Punjab Police. He remained posted as the SHO, Jandiala, during his probation period. When his father was killed, his family had taken a stand that they will not cremate him till Maninder Jit gets the job of an SP in the Punjab Police. — TNS The Tribune

9-yr-old raped, youth booked

Punjabi Politics
Tribune News Service Moga, July 9 A nine-year-old Bihari migrant girl was allegedly raped by a youth of her community at Badhni Kalan village in the district, police officials said here on Monday. Investigating officer ASI Manpreet Kaur said a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC and Sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, was registered against Bablu Singh of Kanoli village in Sitagarhi district of Bihar. The police said the medical examination of the girl was conducted at a government hospital in which it was confirmed that she was sexually abused. The girl was undergoing treatment in the hospital. The girl’s mother told the police that Bablu forcibly took her daughter into fields near their residence when she was not at home and commit...

Co-op bank recovers Rs 45 crore in 3 months

Punjab
Muktsar, July 9 Following Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s directions to the Punjab Agricultural Development Bank (PADB) authorities to tighten noose around loan defaulters, the bank has recovered about Rs 23 crore in Muktsar and Rs 22 crore in Fazilka in last about three months. The bank has to recover Rs 154.5 crore in Muktsar and Rs 240 crore in Fazilka. Some influential people, who have not been repaying their loan for the past two decades, too, have now cleared their dues. The bank officials had issued notices in May to defaulters to either repay the loan amount in 15 days or their property would be attached or arrest warrants be issued against them. Ranjit Singh, AGM, PADB, Muktsar, said: “Some big defaulters have given us cheques and some of them even cl...

Sangrur drains choked, rainwater damages paddy

Punjab
Tribune News Service Sangrur, July 9 Alleging that the recent rain has destroyed paddy sown on hundreds of acres, farmers under the banner of the BKU Ugrahan on Monday protested in front of the DC office. They announced to intensify their agitation if the government failed to take immediate steps to clean drains and to give them adequate compensation. The protesting farmers alleged that despite repeated requests, the Sangrur administration did not take steps to clean the drains. It led to overflowing of rainwater from drains, which inundated hundreds of acres of paddy fields. “The government must compensate the farmers who have suffered losses. Farmers are already under huge debt, while more losses would multiply their problems,” said Amrik Singh Gandua, district president, BK...