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Eid gift for Malerkotla, to be district soon(From left) Minister of State for PWD Razia Sultana, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu at an Eid function in Malerkotla on Monday. Tribune photo

Eid gift for Malerkotla, to be district soon

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MALERKOTLA: The promise to make Malerkotla a district will be fulfilled soon. With the status of district, the area will see unprecedented development, said Razia Sultana, local MLA and Minister of State for Public Works Department, at a function to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr here today.

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Malerkotla, June 26

The promise to make Malerkotla a district will be fulfilled soon. With the status of district, the area will see unprecedented development, said Razia Sultana, local MLA and Minister of State for Public Works Department, at a function to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr here today.

Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also attended the event.

The ministers did their best to woo the Muslim-dominated town with promises and funds worth Rs 1.5 crore for the local idgah.

In his greetings to the community, Manpreet said Prophet Muhammad gave the message of peace, brotherhood and coexistence to the world. He announced Rs 1 crore on behalf of the Punjab Government for the local idgah.

“In our first Budget, we have already made major announcements to provide all necessary facilities to the Muslim community. These include Rs 3 crore for an Urdu academy in Malerkotla, Rs 10 crore for graveyards in the state and benefits under various welfare schemes,” he said.

Sidhu announced Rs 50 lakh for the idgah and assured the people on district status. “Our government will also fulfil the promise of establishing a government medical college here,” said Sidhu.

Talking to the media at the residence of the local MLA, Manpreet said: “We must take steps to revive the state’s industry for growth.” On demanding royalty from Rajasthan for sharing water, he said: “I don’t have much hope from it. We should not see royalty as a potential source of money to revive our economy. The water sharing agreements were signed decades ago and I believe that we should look forward not backward to generate resources.”

Sidhu said the government would not spare anyone who had looted the state.

BSF, Pak Rangers exchange sweets

Amritsar: The two border-guarding forces at the international border - Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers - on Monday exchanged sweets at the Attari joint check post to mark Eid-ul-Fitr. BSF Commandant Sudeep Sharma exchanged sweets with Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Bilal Ahmad. Initially, the two forces did not exchange pleasantries and the media waited long to get a camera shot. Then, BSF officials received sudden instructions in this regard. Earlier, they used to exchange sweets at around 9 am, but on Monday, they did so at around 11.30 am. Earlier, there were reports that the two forces would skip the tradition due to continuous ceasefire violations and attack on police and security forces at the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. TNS

Sikhs distribute saplings

Muktsar: To celebrate Eid, some Sikh activists distributed saplings among public outside the Jama Masjid here on Monday. Jasvir Singh Khalsa, president, Sikh Virsa Council, Muktsar, said, "We distributed nearly 500 saplings to commuters to celebrate Eid.". TNS

Cloth merchants seek ‘zero’ GST; hold protest in Punjab, Haryana

Cloth merchants seek ‘zero’ GST; hold protest in Punjab, Haryana

27 Jun 2017 | 6:55 PM

LUDHIANA: On a call given for a three-day nationwide strike by all India Textile Association, dealers at some places in Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday held protests demanding 'zero' Goods and Services Tax (GST) on clothes.

MLAs removed own turbans, says Jakhar

MLAs removed own turbans, says Jakhar

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

PATIALA: State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar today alleged that AAP MLAs had themselves removed their turbans during the ruckus in the Vidhan Sabha on Thursday.

SGPC seeks apology from Speaker

SGPC seeks apology from Speaker

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

ROPAR: The SGPC today passed a resolution seeking an apology from Speaker Rana KP Singh over the “turban tossing” incident in the Assembly.

Italian Sikhs seek nod for new kirpan

Italian Sikhs seek nod for new kirpan

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

AMRITSAR: An Italian delegation, including Sikh activist Sukhdev Singh Kang, today sought Akal Takht’s approval for a specially designed kirpan.

Drug-tainted cop crushed to death

Drug-tainted cop crushed to death

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MUKTSAR: A head constable, booked on the charge of stealing narcotics from a “malkhana” in Fazilka about three months ago, was crushed to death by a truck at Ladwa village in Kurukshetra district of Haryana last night.

State to form peer groups to help addicts shun drugs

State to form peer groups to help addicts shun drugs

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

PATIALA: As part of its ongoing drive against the drug menace, the Punjab Government will be initiating a series of steps in the next few days.

Custodial death: On police assurance, kin cremate body

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MANSA: Family members of the accused who had died in police custody in Sardulgarh on the assurance of the police and district administration cremated the body.

Dy Speaker appoints son ‘halqa incharge’

Dy Speaker appoints son ‘halqa incharge’

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MUKTSAR: Despite the Congress government “scrapping” the halqa incharge system in its first Cabinet meeting to stop political interference in policing and administrative works, Malout MLA-cum-Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti has appointed his son incharge of his constituency.

YAD leader, father booked for fraud

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MUKTSAR: The Sadar police have booked four persons, including Youth Akali Dal’s Fazilka district chief Lakhwinder Singh Rohiwala and his father, Amrik Singh, for allegedly forging the documents of an educational society running Maharaja Ranjit Singh College at Malout village and misutilising the money for the past seven years.

CPI for tie-up with secular forces

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: Even as the BJP continues to expand its base, a process of rethink has begun among the Left parties to “contain” the former’s surge across the country.

Kidney scam: High Court issues notice to state, DGP

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has put Punjab, its Director General of Police, Batala Senior Superintendent of Police and other respondents on notice in a petition alleging a possible kidney scam.

Golden Temple kitchen to soon go solar

Golden Temple kitchen to soon go solar

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

AMRITSAR: The SGPC plans to switch over to solar energy soon to cook langar in the world’s largest kitchen at the Golden Temple.

Residents of three towns, 200 villages rendered ‘powerless’

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MAHILPUR: Residents of 200 villages besides Jaijon Doaba, Mahilpur and Saila Khurd towns suffered a blackout on the due to a technical snag late last night.

Despite labour crunch, no takers for paddy transplant machines

Despite labour crunch, no takers for paddy transplant machines

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

MUKTSAR: Despite acute shortage of farm labourers and high charges they ask for paddy transplantation, there are no takers for the three paddy transplanting machines in this district.

Farmers ‘take control’ of headworks, release water

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

ABOHAR: Some farmers who had missed scheduled turns to irrigate their fields on three consecutive Sundays reportedly “took control” of Dabla headworks in Sriganganagar yesterday.

NEET: Admissions open as aspirants await state list

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

FARIDKOT: At a time when over 10,000 students in the state are waiting for the state merit list of NEET, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) this evening issued the admission notice for MBBS and BDS courses, inviting aspirants for online registration.

Officiating PTU VC’s transfer triggers row

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

JALANDHAR: The transfer of Secretary, Technical Education and officiating Vice Chancellor of IK Gujral Punjab Technical University Kahan Singh Pannu has put a question mark over the fate of ongoing inquiries and inspections ordered by him.

Teachers oppose change in PSEB geography syllabus

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), which took 12 years to change the syllabus of geography for plus two as per the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005, guidelines is now facing a challenge from teachers, who are opposing the change citing high difficulty level in the new syllabus.

Scholarship for SC students

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

Chandigarh: SC, BC and Minorities Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said on Monday that the merit-cum-means-based scholarship scheme would benefit students pursuing courses in government-recognised state and national institutions or technical/professional courses at graduate/post-graduate levels.

Offensive clip: 4 held

27 Jun 2017 | 2:02 AM

TARN TARAN: The local police today arrested four persons in connection with a blasphemous video that had gone viral on Saturday, triggering protests by Christians.

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