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New teachers transfer policy; transfers through computer software

Punjab
Chandigarh, March 7 Aiming to usher in greater transparency, the Punjab cabinet today cleared a transfer policy for teaching staff in government schools that will be implemented from the ensuing academic session, an official said. The Transfer Policy 2018, which the cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approved, was drafted after detailed deliberations with various stakeholders, including the teachers, school heads, teacher unions and civil societies. The transfer policies of other states namely Haryana and Karnataka were also examined, an official spokesperson said. The Cabinet also agreed to the suggestions of its sub-committee that the transfer policy should be implemented through a computer software and in a transparent manner. It also accepted the suggestion of the su...

Vigilance nabs head constable taking bribe Rs. 20,000

Punjab
State Vigilance Bureau, today nabbed head constable Nishan Singh (No. 350/Tarntaran) red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 20,000.Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said HC Nishan Singh posted at City Police Station Tarntaran was nabbed red handed on the complaint of Pawan Kumar of Jagdambey Colony, Majitha Road, Amritsar. The Complainant has approached the VB and alleged that the accused police official was demanding Rs 20,000 to solve his police case.

Commission agent, kin go missing

Punjab
Tribune News Service Muktsar, March 6 A commission agent, his wife, mother and son reportedly went missing under mysterious circumstances from his house on Saturday. Agent Mahavir Singh is a native of Sarawan Bodla village in Malout sub-division. Darbara Singh, father of Mahavir, has informed the Kabarwala police about the incident. He told the police that his son had gone from the house in his car and did not return home. His cell phones have been switched off. The Tribune

Punjab revives over 300 posts of warders to strengthen jail security

Punjab
Chandigarh, March 7   Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to revive 305 posts of warders and 20 posts of assistant superintendents in the jail department to augment security in prisons across the state. The decision, aimed at providing the prison authorities with sufficient manpower to further secure the jails, was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here, an official spokesperson said. Giving details about the revival of prison posts, the spokesperson said these posts had been deemed to be abolished as they had been lying vacant for more than six months. The Cabinet considered it necessary to revive them in order to augment the prison strength to prevent recurrence of Nabha jail break kind of incidents and Gurdaspur Central Jail type of riots,...

Punjab govt to offer job to wrestler Navjot, Rs 5 lakh cash reward

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Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 The Punjab Cabinet has decided to offer a suitable government job to wrestler Navjot Kaur, besides giving her a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh, following her gold medal winning performance in Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Expressing his appreciation for the Punjab girl’s excellent performance, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh mooted the proposal to offer a job to Navjot during a meeting of the state Cabinet here on Wednesday. The proposal came during informal discussion, with the entire Cabinet unanimous in congratulating the young woman for bringing laurels to the state by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the senior continental championship in the 65kg freestyle category. It was decided by the Cab...

SGPC’s exec body meeting today

Punjab
Amritsar, March 6 The issue of controversial appointments during the erstwhile regime may find a place on the agenda of the SGPC’s upcoming executive body meeting. SGPC’s president Gobind Singh Longowal said that the meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow at Fatehgarh Sahib. Other issues likely on the agenda are matters related to propagation of religion, providing medical aid to those living in the remote rural border belt and budget-related matters. “We are expecting the submission of a report by a sub-committee over some appointments made during the previous body. Out of 500 appointments, the committee has raised doubts over at least 100 appointments. “Other issues will be to expedite the Sikh missionary centres located outside the state to propagate Sikhism. We...

Barnala graffiti picked for national exhibition

Punjab
Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Barnala, March 6 The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has selected graffiti made by local artists under “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign for an exhibition to be held in New Delhi on International Women’s Day (March 8). Barnala Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ghanshyam Thori said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit the exhibition featuring images of graffiti from across the country. He added that Nari Shakti Puraskar would be conferred on Punjab for its good performance in implementation of the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” initiative during 2016-17. “The photographs of the graffiti from Barnala have also been uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development along with a me...