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Committee to inspect govt polytechnics

Punjab
Chandigarh, January 29 The performance of the staff of government polytechnic colleges will be monitored regularly to improve the standard of technical education in the state, Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said in a release issued here today. The minister said it was decided to constitute a three-member committee to strengthen the system of government polytechnic colleges. One member each from IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar; Maharaja Ranjit Singh University, Bathinda; and the technical education board would be part of the committee. The panel would soon visit the polytechnic colleges and submit a detailed report about the infrastructure development, upgrade of courses and other requirements, the minister said. Issuing instructions that only courses s...

254 passports lost in transit

Punjab
Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 29 Officials at the Bathinda post office today lodged an online complaint with the police after a packet comprising 254 passports, belonging to applicants from Bathinda and Mansa districts, went missing in transit. These passports were sent from the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, via Speed Post. According to sources, these passports were lost between Ludhiana and Bathinda, as the packet had reached Ludhiana a few days ago. The matter came to light when some applicants approached the post office in Bathinda, as they had received an SMS from the Chandigarh passport office regarding delivery of their passports. However, when they did not receive the passport, they reached the post office. Harpreet Singh, a resident of Mahinangal v...

Rajnath appreciates Punjab’s success against gangsters, criminals

Punjab
Tribune News Service  Chandigarh, January 30 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday congratulated Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for his government’s success against gangsters and criminals in the state, especially in context of the recent gunning down of gangster Vicky Gounder in an encounter. Rajnath extended his appreciation during a luncheon meeting with Punjab Governor VPS Badnore and Amarinder. The meeting focused on matters related to internal security with thrust in cooperation between the Centre and the state to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Home Minister lauded the efforts of Punjab Police and intelligence agencies in cracking down on criminals and organised gangs and offered all support of the Centre in the endeavour, an offici...

Chairlift installed at Golden Temple

Punjab
GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 29 To help the differently abled devotees by providing them easy access to the Golden Temple complex, the SGPC is introducing special portable chairlifts. This would be in addition to the lifts that are being installed at the main entrance of the shrine. There are five “deoris” (gateways) — Ghanta Ghar Deori, Langar Deori, Manji Sahib Deori, Atta Mandi Deori and Akal Takht Secretariat Deori — around the complex, that allow access to the “parkarma”. The SGPC already has a folding wheel chair facility for the differently abled. The Golden Temple “parkarma” is several feet down the ground level and a flight of steps in the interior facade of the “deoris” causes inconvenience to them. The...

Mishap, suicide? Bullet wound kills Jaito DSP

Punjab
Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Jaito (Faridkot), January 29 Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP) Baljinder Singh Sandhu, posted at Jaito in Faridkot, died after a bullet fired from his service weapon hit him in the head this afternoon. He had gone to the Punjabi University Regional Centre, Jaito, to resolve an issue between students and the police. Hours after the incident, the police registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) against some unidentified students and members of the Bharti Kisan Union (Dakonda).  (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd) Lal Singh, DSP Sandhu’s gunman who was standing beside him, is under treatment at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, as some bullet shrapne...

Navjot Sidhu hails Indian U-19 cricket team’s performance

Punjab
Chandigarh, January 30 Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday congratulated the India U-19 cricket team for reaching the finals of the ongoing World Cup. The Indian team crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 203 runs in the semi-final clash of the prestigious tournament in Christchurch. The minister extended his best wishes to the Indian team for the final against Australia to be played on Saturday. He credited the exceptional coaching skills of chief coach Rahul Dravid for the achievement. Sidhu said Dravid played a yeoman’s role in shaping up and honing the skills of the Indian team, that delivered par excellence performance in batting, bowling as well as fielding. Calling Shubhman Gill, who hit a classy unbeaten 102 off 94 balls, the future of Indian cricket, Sidhu...