Briefly Region: Punjab schools closed till July 8

Briefly Region: Punjab schools closed till July 8

The Punjab government,on Wednesday,ordered the closure of all middle,high and higher secondary schools in the state till July 8.

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government,on Wednesday,ordered the closure of all middle,high and higher secondary schools in the state till July 8. The decision was made keeping in view the extreme heat wave due to delayed monsoon. Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said that teachers and administrative staff will,however,have to attend school regularly.

Govt employees to file property returns

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has directed all the Group A and B officers to submit their property returns by July 31. A spokesman said that filing of property returns by Group A&B employees under Rule 18 of Punjab State Employees Conduct Rules 1966 had been made compulsory.

Ravinder Ravi gets health portfolio

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday accepted the resignation of health and family welfare minister Rajeev Bindal,who had recently been been appointed the state BJP general secretary. Irrigation and Public Heath Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi will assume the additional charge of health. Asked about possibilities of a cabinet expansion,Dhumal said: “I am not inducting any new minister in the cabinet. I will hold discussions with party leaders to see if a cabinet expansion is possible.”

‘Cong to blame for MLA singing row’

JALANDHAR: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,who had prompted singer-turned Congress MLA Mohammed Sadique to sing in the recent Assembly session,on Wednesday said that Congress leaders were needlessly raking up the issue,rather they should have prevented Sadique from singing in the House. Sadique,a well known folk singer and first-time MLA,was trying to raise an issue during the Zero Hour when Badal asked him to sing. He accepted the CM’s demand and sang,much to the Congress’ embarrassment.

Badal to take up NRI tax issue with Centre


JALANDHAR: Condemning the recent proposal of the Centre to impose tax on the funds or help sent by NRIs in Punjab,Chief Minister Parkash Singh said that it was an anti-people decision,which will adversely impact the development of the state. Badal said he will soon raise the matter with the Centre and demand scraping of the decision.

Cancer survivor’s new book hits stalls

SHIMLA: After winning her war against cancer,journalist-turned author Minakshi Chaudhry has come up with her new book More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills — a compilation 16 suspense stories. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday released the book — the 11th one written by Chaudhry. In these stories,based on experiences shared by locals,readers will encounter ghosts who wander in Shimla hills. “More Ghost stories of Shimla will throw light on the cultural,religious and supernatural aspects of hill people,” said Minakshi.

Doc fails to turn up,DC promises action

LUDHIANA: Patients waiting at the T B Clinic at Faridkot Civil Hospital had to brave scorching heat as the doctor in-charge of the clinic failed to turn up on Wednesday. As per rules,all government-run dispensaries and hospital have to operate from 8 am to 2 pm. Faridkot DC Ravi Bhagat said,“Doctors not reaching on time will have to face strict action. Such callousness will not be tolerated at any cost. I will look into the issue and seek a report on the matter from senior officials”.