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State readies red carpet as Trudeau arrives today

Navjot Sidhu to receive Canadian premier at Amritsar airport21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar tomorrow.

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20

Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar tomorrow.

Later, they would also accompany Trudeau on his visit to the Golden Temple.

A formal communication from the Deputy Chief of Protocol, Ministry of External Affairs, Ashish Sharma, was received here this afternoon. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has already directed the state machinery to roll out the red carpet for the visiting dignitary.

As per the programme, Sidhu would receive the Canadian PM at both places. At the airport, Sidhu would be accompanied by Commissioner of Police SS Srivastva and Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha.

Later at Partition museum, Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Amritsar Mayor Kamaljeet Singh Rintu would accompany Sidhu.

Incidentally, when Trudeau along with his family and a delegation of Canadian ministers arrive at the Golden Temple, they would be received formally by SAD president Sukhbir Badal, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal.

SGPC to keep hardliners at bay

SGPC to keep hardliners at bay

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

AMRITSAR: After his visit to the Golden Temple, Trudeau will meet Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Now, no NOC to register property in legal colonies

Now, no NOC to register property in legal colonies

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Following a public outcry over its move to seek no-objection certificates (NOCs) from local bodies for registering sale deeds of property, the state government has decided to do away with the condition for people buying property in legal colonies/urban settlements.

Oppn: It’s time to revive student politics in state

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Opposition parties — AAP, SAD and the BJP — today demanded student body elections in the state.

THE TRIBUNE IMPACT

Rights panel seeks report on sexual abuse of students

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

FARIDKOT: Taking suo motu cognisance of The Tribune report (‘Sexual abuse: DIET students accuse Education Dept of inaction’, February 15), the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) today told the Secretary, School Education, to submit a report about the case by April 10.

Manpreet launches job fair, says 35k youths to be hired

Manpreet launches job fair, says 35k youths to be hired

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

BATHINDA: Finance Minister Manpreet Badal today said the state government aimed at generating 25 lakh jobs by hosting job fairs as part of its “ghar ghar rozgar” scheme during its tenure.

AAP, Akalis bat for Sangrur medical college

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

SANGRUR: All Aam Aadmi Party and SAD MLAs of the district have decided to jointly oppose the demand of Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa to shift the proposed government medical college in Mohali to Gurdaspur or Pathanakot rather than Sangrur.

London remembers Sophia Duleep Singh

London remembers Sophia Duleep Singh

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: As the UK commemorates the centenary of women’s suffrage, Sikh princess Sophia Duleep Singh is featuring in London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s series celebrating women behind some of the greatest achievements and discoveries in Britain’s capital.

Officials double ‘bribe’ for us: NRIs

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

JALANDHAR: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) today alleged that the rates of bribe becomes double when the government officials know about their NRI status.

Punjabi woman found dead in UK house

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

LONDON: An Indian-origin woman was found murdered in her house in the West Midlands region of England after a suspected burglary gone wrong.

Act against ‘tainted’ staff, Sidhu tells Abohar MC

Act against ‘tainted’ staff, Sidhu tells Abohar MC

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

ABOHAR: Taking cognisance of inaction despite directions issued by the Director, Local Bodies, and the Controller of Local Audit, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has told the Executive Officer (EO) of the local Municipal Council to initiate criminal proceedings against the officials/staffers involved in scams.

6 IAS officers transferred

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Kumar Rahul has been posted as the Secretary and Director, Mining, after his repatriation to Punjab following a stint in the Food Corporation of India.

HC notice on plea for dog races

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Acting on a plea seeking permission for greyhound dog races in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Animal Welfare Board of India and the state Animal Husbandry Department.

Amritsar-Birmingham flight resumes

Amritsar-Birmingham flight resumes

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

AMRITSAR: Finally, Air India has reintroduced the direct flight between Amritsar and Birmingham. Air India will run two flights per week.

Issue health cards to kids, civil surgeons told

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has issued instructions to the civil surgeons to ensure the complete medical screening of students studying in government and government aided schools and those registered at anganwadi centres under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK).

Pak smuggler shot, 10-kg heroin seized

Pak smuggler shot, 10-kg heroin seized

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

FEROZEPUR: In a joint operation by the Special Task Force (STF), Amritsar, and the Border Security Force (BSF), a Pakistani smuggler was shot dead following an exchange of fire near border out post (BOP) Barreke along the Zero Line in early hours today.

Man kills daughter, her lover; arrested

Man kills daughter, her lover; arrested

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

SAHNEWAL: A case of honour killing came to light at Doaba Bhaini village under the Koom Kalan police station today.

ADC among 3 held for Rs 8-cr ‘bungling’

ADC among 3 held for Rs 8-cr ‘bungling’

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

MOHALI: The Vigilance Bureau today arrested former District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO), Mohali, Gurvinder Singh Sarao, currently posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in Mansa, BDPO Malvinder Singh and panchayat officer Ravinder Singh for alleged embezzlement of funds pertaining to the acquisition of Jheurheri village land for the international airport.

Wife bobbitises man over ‘affair’

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

JALANDHAR: A 40-year-old resident of Joginder Nagar is battling for life after his wife, suspecting him of having an extra-marital affair, chopped off his sex organ with a knife while he was unconscious and flushed it down the toilet.

Honeytrap gang busted; 7 held

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

ROPAR: With the arrest of four women and their three male accomplices, the district police claimed to have busted a gang of extortionists here today.

Five booked for assault on scribe

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

ROPAR: The district police have booked five unidentified persons for attacking a scribe here today.

NGT notice to forest officer on order ‘violation’

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Hills, Harsh Kumar, is again in news for allegedly violating orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the ban on felling of trees in the state.

Delhi girl raped in Ludhiana; 2 booked

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

LUDHIANA: The Sarabha Nagar police have booked two youths for raping a Delhi-based girl, who is a student of second year in a college under the Delhi University and working as wedding planner.

8 detained for bid to promote ‘Laxmi Coin’

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

MUKTSAR: The police detained eight persons today for allegedly holding a meeting to promote “Laxmi Coin” – a website selling cryptocurrency in the shape of a gold coin with an image of goddess Lakshmi embossed on it.

Man held for sheltering gangster

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

ABOHAR: The Rajasthan Police have arrested Sunil Yadav of Waryamkhera village (Abohar) after an interrogation of two persons indicated that he had hosted a meeting of the Ankit Bhadoo’s gang members and provided them shelter in his house after they killed and looted jeweller Pankaj Soni on December 6.

‘Defrauded’, 4 of family seek nod to end life

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

ABOHAR: Baba Deep Singh Nagar resident Nawab Singh and his family today submitted a letter to the authorities here expressing their desire to end life, saying they have got tired fighting for justice in a property dispute.

Police station gheraoed over caste slur

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

MUKTSAR: Activists of the Khet Mazdoor Union today gheraoed Lakhewali police station, demanding a case against farmers of Khunde Halal village who had allegedly passed casteist remarks against women villagers last week.

Pamphlet claims poison in reservoir, alert in Muktsar

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

MUKTSAR: The district administration today issued an alert after anonymous pamphlets claiming that poison has been mixed in the reservoir of the local waterworks were recovered.

Panel probing sacrilege cases finalises report

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Set up to probe sacrilege cases in Punjab in 2015, the Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) Commission has finalised its report on the incidents in Faridkot district.

Water woes: Sunam MLA to start fast

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

SANGRUR: AAP co-convener and MLA Aman Arora today announced to start a hunger strike within the next two or three days to protest water shortage even during the winter season in Sunam city.

BRIFFLY

Patwari caught taking bribe

21 Feb 2018 | 1:47 AM

Sangrur: A team of the Sangrur VB on Tuesday caught the Dirba patwari red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from his area resident Manohar Singh.

Air India resumes Amritsar-Birmingham direct flight

Air India resumes Amritsar-Birmingham direct flight

21 Feb 2018 | 2:23 AM

NEW DELHI: Air India on Tuesday resumed non-stop flights between Amritsar and Birmingham after a gap of eight years. The flight will operate twice-a-week on Tuesday and Thursday with a Boeing 787 aircraft.

Tight security in Amritsar ahead of Trudeau visit

20 Feb 2018 | 6:53 PM

AMRITSAR/CHANDIGARH: Tight security was in place in and around this holy city for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to the Golden Temple complex on Wednesday.

Woman chops off husband’s genitals over alleged affair

Woman chops off husband’s genitals over alleged affair

20 Feb 2018 | 6:36 PM

JALANDHAR: A woman chopped off her husband's genitals and then disposed them in a toilet for allegedly having an extramarital affair, police said on Tuesday.

3 dead, 11 injured after ammonia gas leak near Rajpura in Patiala

3 dead, 11 injured after ammonia gas leak near Rajpura in Patiala

21 Feb 2018 | 2:23 AM

PATIALA: Panic griped the residents of Shambhu area in Rajpura after three persons were reported dead and 11 injured in a suspected ammonia gas leak from Himalaya Fresh Protein Factory Pvt Limited.

BSF guns down Pakistani smuggler near border in Ferozepur

BSF guns down Pakistani smuggler near border in Ferozepur

20 Feb 2018 | 8:44 PM

FEROZEPUR: A Pakistani drug smuggler was killed and 10 kg of narcotics as well as arms and ammunition seized along the Indo-Pak International Border (IB) in Punjab on Tuesday.

Govt releases Rs 2 cr for railway overbridge

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Muktsar: The state government has finally released the first instalment of Rs 2 crore for the historic town’s first railway overbridge (ROB) to be built on the busy Jalalabad road.

Two of marriage party die in accident

Two of marriage party die in accident

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Abohar: Pawan Kumar Rinwa (20) of Bareka village and his brother-in-law Arun Kumar Neol (32) of Khatwan village near Abohar died and three relatives were injured as the car they were travelling in hit a tree on the Sangaria-Sadulshehar-Abohar road on Monday.

Mother Tongue Day celebrations tomorrow

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Chandigarh: The Punjab Kala Parishad will organise a function at Punjab Kala Bhawan here on Wednesday to mark International Mother Tongue Day.

Clerks’ selection: HC seeks action-taken report

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

Chandigarh: Less than five years after 1,192 posts of clerks were advertised, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab Chief Secretary to explain “how and why” a combined merit list was not prepared and published and whether the state proposed to initiate proceedings against the officers, including the members of the Subordinate Services Selection Board, for the situation.

Patiala heritage fest back after 12 yrs

Patiala heritage fest back after 12 yrs

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

PATIALA:After a decade-long hiatus, the annual heritage festival is set to return to the royal city — courtesy the change of guard in the state.

Sukhbir to welcome Trudeau at Golden Temple tomorrow

Sukhbir to welcome Trudeau at Golden Temple tomorrow

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

AMRITSAR:Ahead of the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the city on Wednesday, a high-level security squad from Canada today took stock of the arrangements at the Golden Temple complex.

RERA gives another chance for registration

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), Punjab, has decided to give one more chance to those promoters who did not apply for the registration of their projects till December 31, 2017.

Suresh Kumar rejoins office

Suresh Kumar rejoins office

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Five days after a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the Single Bench order quashing his appointment, retired bureaucrat Suresh Kumar today rejoined as Chief Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

Sidhu’s adviser ‘eased out’

20 Feb 2018 | 2:08 AM

CHANDIGARH: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has reportedly “dispensed with” the services of his adviser, retired bureaucrat Amar Singh.

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