Briefly State

Briefly State

New tests at TB hospital in Patiala

Patiala: Health Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat on Friday inaugurated the facility that will be used to conduct specialised tests at the State TB Training and Demonstration Centre,Patiala. Centre director Dr Jai Kishan said that the facility of Line Probe Assay test for diagnosis of drug resistant TB had been created for Rs 1 crore. This will help diagnose Multi Drug Resistant TB cases within two-three days,instead of around 12 weeks that were taken previously.

Prof seeks contempt case against Pranab

Chandigarh: For not complying with directions of the court,a professor with a university in Punjab on Friday petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking contempt proceedings against President Pranab Mukherjee. The petitioner,Rajiv Kumar,requested the court to issue contempt notices,as in the capacity of Chancellor of Universities,for not taking a decision on his (Kumar) appeal. Kumar had moved the high court challenging orders of his university in Jalandhar. The High Court,in January,had directed the appellate authority,Chancellor of Universities,to decide the appeal within three months.

Kauni fails to turn up before Akal Takht

Amritsar: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Navtej Singh Kauni on Friday could not make it to the Akal Takht to explain his position over attending a Dera Sacha Sauda function. Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh said Kauni had sent a letter stating that he was unwell. “He would be summoned in the next Sikh clergy meet,” Akal Takht chief said.

6-member panel to clear industry power

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has constituted a six-member single window committee under the chairmanship of Punjab chief secretary to give clearance for co-generation of power at sugar industries. A government spokesperson said that Secretary Science and Technology,Chairman Punjab State Pollution Control Board and Chairman Punjab State Electricity Board would be a part of it.

Deadline for scholarship applications extended


CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has extended the date of online applications for renewal of Post-Matric scholarships for the Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes Welfare department till August 31. Gulzar Singh Ranike,Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes Welfare Minister,Punjab,said that earlier the last date for submission of application for courses related to DPI (colleges) and DPI (secondary education) was July 31.

Man ‘shot’ by ex-serviceman,4 booked

HOSHIARPUR: A man was allegedly shot dead by an ex-serviceman in Argowal village on Friday morning. Balwinder Singh and his brother Surjit were reportedly returning home on a motorcycle through the fields around 8 am. On seeing a slippery road,Surjit alighted from the motorcycle and started walking to his house. On the way he met Sahib Singh alias Sabi who allegedly started firing at him. Surjit succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital. Police booked four persons,of which two were arrested. Old enmity between the families is being cited as the reason for the clash.

Girl goes missing,family alleges kidnapping

Moga: A 15-year-old Dalit girl went missing from her home in the district,with her family members alleging that she was abducted by a youth who wanted to marry her. Victim’s father said the teenager was found missing this morning when the family members woke up,police said. In his FIR,the father has accused a youth and his three family members of the same locality of being involved in his daughter’s kidnapping. Search for the missing girl is on and a manhunt has been launched to nab the four accused who are absconding,police said.

Four medical colleges increase MBBS seats

Patiala: Four medical colleges in Punjab,one of them a government institution,have added 50 seats each in their MBBS programmes,principal secretary of medical education,Vinni Mahajan Gupta,said Friday. Guru Gobind Singh College in Faridkot,Shri Guru Ram Dass Medical College in Amritsar and the Christian Medical College and the Dayanad Medical College in Ludhiana have enhanced their undergraduate intake,Gupta said,adding that the MCI has given nod to Chintpuri College in Pathankot to admit students.

Panel to look into reducing expenses

Chandigarh: Punjab government Friday said it has notified a committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary to suggest ways to reduce expenditure of various departments,specially non-plan expenditure to bring transparency in financial transaction,an official said. The vice-chairman of the state Planning Board is special invitee to the committee while principal secretary finance,secretary planning and special secretary to CM will be members. Secretary,sxpenditure would work as the convener of the committee.

171 tubewells for Hoshiarpur Kandi area

HOSHIARPUR: Around 21,375-acre barren land is being brought under irrigation cover for cultivation by installing 171 deep tubewell in the Kandi area of Hoshiarpur district,where there is more scarcity of water. As many as 280 new deep tubewells are being installed in the area for Rs 70.23 crore. While 104 tubewells have been installed,38 are in Kandi and 66 in non Kandi area of the district. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sohan Singh Thandal said that work of installing 69 tubewells was in progress.

Petitioner must disclose motive behind PIL: HC

Chandigarh: Making it clear that no frivolous petitions,in the garb of public interest litigations,would be accepted,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday ruled that a person filing a petition in public interest had to specifically disclose his/her credentials. “The petitioner also has to come out with his direct or indirect personal motive or interest involved in the matter,if any. For this,he/she will have to file an affidavit,the court stated. The directions were passed by a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.