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Punjab Youth Congress today lashed out at SAD and SGPC for their “double standard” on the issue of a memorial of slain militants at Golden Temple.

Bluestar Memorial: Youth Congress questions SAD,SGPC double standards

Amritsar: Punjab Youth Congress today lashed out at SAD and SGPC for their “double standard” on the issue of a memorial of slain militants at Golden Temple. Reacting sharply to an inscription on the memorial,allegedly dedicated to slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhury said all the hue and cry was solely aimed at misleading the common man. The SGPC executive committee’s statement that it was unaware of the inscription on the memorial drew caustic remarks from the PYC president who questioned how it was that the SGPC chief had missed it when he visits the shrine almost on a daily basis.

Minimum wage for labourers revised

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has revised the minimum wages for labourers of various categories with effect from March 1,2013. According to Labour Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani,the wages for unskilled workers has been revised from Rs 5,200 to Rs 5,695 per month; while semi- skilled workers will now earn Rs 6,475 per month. Skilled workers with five years of experience in unskilled posts,will get a minimum of Rs 7,372 per month; while the wages of highly skilled workers has been revised from Rs 7,909 to Rs 8,404.

Bhawanigarh police station the best

Chandigarh: The Bhawanigarh police station and Mansa Saanjh Kendra have been adjudged the best police station and Saanjh Kendra respectively,amongst 396 police stations of three states – Assam,Meghalaya and Punjab – and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The awards were announced during the annual Police Station Visitors Week program organised by Altus Global Alliance in collaboration with the Institute for Development and Communication.

Rail union members hold protest on tracks

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Jalandhar: Scores of passengers aboard trains on the Amritsar-New Delhi and New Delhi-Jammu route had a harrowing time on Tuesday after members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union sat in protest on tracks in various parts of the state. They were demanding the arrest of those involved in a clash at the Ferozepur railway station that left five of their colleagues injured on Saturday.

Dhaliwal naib tehsildar suspended

Jalandhar: The naib tehsildar of Dhaliwal village in Gurdaspur district was placed under suspension by Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner S R Ladhar on Tuesday for attesting the power of attorney of a dead person. The revenue officer was suspended after a three-year inquiry. The divisional commissioner said naib tehsildar Phuman Singh had attested the power of attorney in the name of the person,who was already dead in 2009. He allegedly also helped the person to accomplish the wrong sale deed of 41 canal land.

Nanta retires,Chauhan gets extension

Shimla: Additional chief secretary (Home and Vigilance) Prem Kumar,a 1980-batch IAS officer and B M Nanta,managing director of the HP State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation retired from the service on Tuesday. Prem Kumar had recently been given the high profile home department after the Congress’s return to power while Nanta had earlier served as the Kullu deputy commissioner Kullu and as director of primary education. Meanwhile,Pradeep Chauhan,engineer-in-chief (PWD),who was deprived of promotion by the BJP government,has been given one year extension.

PAU bags best AICRIP award

Ludhiana: The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been bestowed with the Best All India Coordinated Rice Improvement Programme (AICRIP) Centre Award for outstanding research work on rice agronomy and entomology during the 48th Annual Rice Group Meeting of AICRIP,held at SKUAST,Srinagar; under the chairmanship of Directorate of Rice Research,Hyderabad.

BSF hands over teenager to Pak authorities

Jalandhar: The BSF on Tuesday handed over a teenager,who had inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side,to the Pakistan Rangers. The girl was found some 100 metres from the international border at the Border outpost in Abohar,a BSF press release said. She had been identified as Sidhra of Vill- Killusahu in Pakistan’s Kasur district. The girl revealed that she had inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side after a fight with her father. She is the six Pakistani to be handed over to authorities after having crossed the border this year.

Reject draft farm policy: NGOs tell Badal

Chandigarh: Terming the draft agriculture policy as being similar to the earlier Johal Committee report,the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture — a network of more than 400 organisations from across 20 states — on Tuesday urged Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to reject the draft report. “Technocratic mindsets that led us to the current crossroads cannot be relied upon to come up innovative solutions. What Punjab needs is a major policy shift towards agro-ecological farming,with market incentives,subsidies and other support systems all recast towards such an approach,” the organisation said in a statement.

Fourth accused in Rohtak shootout case held

Rohtak: The Haryana Police on Tuesday arrested the fourth accused involved in the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy in Rohtak’s Meham last week. The boy,also a juvenile was among the four teenagers who had shot dead Nitin (15) over a petty argument on Saturday night. “We arrested the fourth accused from near Meham Sugar Mill. The other three accused are already in Borstal jail in Hisar,” said Inspector Kuldeep Beniwal,Station House Officer,Meham police station.

INLD to start a janjagran abhiyan

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Chandigarh: The INLD is set to launch a janjagran abhiyan (awareness campaign) in all villages across the state from May 3 and will “highlight various scams that have come to light during the Congress rule: both at the Centre and in Haryana. The decision was taken in a PAC meeting,which was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of MLA Abhay Singh Chautala and party’s state president Ashok Arora. INLD has also decided to form committees under the chairmanship of district in-charge in those seven municipal corporations where elections are going to be held.

Haryana introduces TMIS software

Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Tuesday claimed that the state has become the first in the country to introduce a web-based training database software – Training Management Information System (TMIS) – which is envisaged as a single window for all data related to trainers,participants,training centres and facilities provided at the training centres.

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