Thursday, July 18, 2019
facebook


Northern states to join hands to break drug supply chain
Top police officials at a joint meeting in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo

Northern states to join hands to break drug supply chain

Police chiefs agree to form IT platform for exchanging information18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Police chiefs of northern states on Wednesday resolved in a meeting to cut the supply chain of narcotics and drugs, besides setting up of a common police and drug secretariat to share information between different forces regarding drug smugglers and gangsters operating in the region.

[ + read story ]

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17

Police chiefs of northern states on Wednesday resolved in a meeting to cut the supply chain of narcotics and drugs, besides setting up of a common police and drug secretariat to share information between different forces regarding drug smugglers and gangsters operating in the region.

The meeting of northern region police coordination committee was hosted by DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta in which senior police officers from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Chandigarh participated.

Gupta proposed quarterly meetings of police chiefs on rotation basis and bi-monthly for senior police officers heading Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Special Operations Group (SOG), Special Task Force (STF) and Special Cells.

It was decided to develop an IT platform for quick sharing of information to achieve better coordination and results in drive against drugs and gangsters. The police chiefs also agreed on the proposal of Manoj Yadava, Haryana DGP, to have a common police and drug secretariat, both in physical and virtual space, where designated nodal police officers from the neighbouring states would be present for prompt and effective sharing of information.

The police chiefs also stressed on the need for modernisation of jails and for involvement of various stakeholders such as health and education departments, apart from NGOs, in the drive against drugs.

Himachal Pardesh DGP Sita Ram Mardi said there should be intelligence sharing and coordinated drive and joint operations among the neighbouring states to cut the supply chain of narcotics.

Chandigarh DGP Sanjay Beniwal advocated introduction of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in the northern states to deal effectively with gangsters.

Probe: Tramadol tablets sold through well-knit network

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: The huge quantity of Tramadol tablets recovered from Ludhiana wholesaler were unaccounted for as the police and FDA office has not found any trail of sale and purchase of the tablets.

No decision on Sidhu’s resignation yet

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Even as CMCapt Amarinder Singh reached the city this evening, no decision was taken on the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu.

State gets 3 more DGPs

18 Jul 2019 | 6:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state on Wednesday promoted three IPS officers to the rank of DGP. They are Prabodh Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota. Home Secretary Satish Chandra issued the promotion orders today.

Pak to give more land to Kartarpur gurdwara

Pak to give more land to Kartarpur gurdwara

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

LAHORE: Pakistan will allot 39 acres more for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, up 14 times from the existing 3 acres, Punjab governor announced, while indicating that 80 per cent of the work on the landmark Kartarpur corridor has been completed, according to a media report.

Cong wants CBI to reprobe sacrilege cases ‘closed’ by it

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: On the basis of fresh evidences during investigations carried into the Bargari cases by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Punjab Police, the Congress government, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, will seek reinvestigation into the cases whose closure report the CBI has recently filed.

CBI court allows petitioners copy of closure report

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

MOHALI: The special CBI court here today accepted the complainants’ appeal for providing a copy of the closure report in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case.

Woman ‘sold’ in Kuwait, agent held

Woman ‘sold’ in Kuwait, agent held

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

GURDASPUR: Even as Rohit Kumar (21) is claiming that his mother, Veena Bedi, has been sold to a Pakistani man in Kuwait through the travel agent who sent her there, the Gurdaspur SSP has fast tracked the investigations and added that he had formed a team under the supervision of the DSP (Economic Offenses Wing) to look into the sequence of events leading to her alleged disappearance.

HC to hear Kathua case appeal today

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Dubbing as “important” the plea filed by Kathua rape and murder victim’s father challenging the solitary acquittal and seeking death penalty for three convicts facing life sentence, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear its intent to hear the matter on Thursday.

Deluge throws life out of gear in Bathinda

Deluge throws life out of gear in Bathinda

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

BATHINDA: It’s a double whammy for city residents as many roads and localities remained submerged in water for the second consecutive day, while some areas have not received power from the last more than 37 hours.

Ghaggar threat abates in Patiala

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

PATIALA/SANGRUR: The water level in the Ghaggar has dropped below the danger mark at the Sarhala head over low influx from upper regions, including Bhankharpur.

Jail where Nehru was kept in 1923 collapses in heavy rain

Jail where Nehru was kept in 1923 collapses in heavy rain

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

FARIDKOT: A jail room of historical importance at Jaito, where Jawaharlal Nehru was kept in September 1923 for violating prohibitory orders of the British by participating in Jaito Morcha, collapsed after incessant rain on Wednesday.

HC fines insecticide inspectors

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken cognisance of “brazen delay” by the authorities concerned in launching prosecution against manufacturer of spurious insecticides and fertilisers.

Samana girl killed for ‘honour’; father, brother held

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

PATIALA:The father and brother of 21-year-old Jyoti of Gheora village in Samana have been arrested for murdering her.

Deol aide takes charge, holds meetings

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

GURDASPUR: Member of Parliament Sunny Deol’s loyalist Gurpreet Singh Palheri, a script writer, has arrived in the constituency and has started confabulations with senior BJP leaders apart from holding meetings with officials.

Direct seeding fails to take root in ‘dry’ dists

Direct seeding fails to take root in ‘dry’ dists

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

SANGRUR: Despite having 12 out of 13 blocks in the dark zone due to over exploitation of groundwater for paddy and other crops, the authorities of both Sangrur and Barnala districts have failed to promote direct of seeding of rice (DSR) to save groundwater.

BSF officer hits his target, gets into IAS

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

NEW DELHI: Where there is a will there is a way stands true for Harpreet Singh, a BSF officer who has qualified for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) as he cracked the civil services examination and made to the top 20.

Arrest accused in double murder case, demand protesting Dalits

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

MUKTSAR: The joint action committee, seeking justice for the family of two Dalits, a young man and a woman of Jawahrewala village, allegedly shot dead by some Congressmen over political enmity started during the panchayat elections, today gheraoed the SSP office by blocking the Muktsar-Bathinda road here.

Govt: No double track for Bathinda-Ferozepur link

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

NEW DELHI: There is no plan of doubling the 87 km Bathinda to Ferozepur Cantonment rail link, the government specified in response to question by Punjab’s Congress MPs Jasbir Singh Dimpa and Mohammad Sadiq in the Lok Sabha today.

3 kabaddi players held for drug peddling

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

PHAGWARA: The Phillaur police arrested three kabaddi players involved in drug peddling and recovered huge quantity of intoxicants, including 1.

briefly

Capt Amarinder forms panel on memorials

18 Jul 2019 | 6:55 AM

Chandigarh: Two months after deciding to set up memorials at Bargari and Behbal Kalan villages, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has constituted a three-member committee on construction of memorials at Bargari and Behbal Kalan villages in Faridkot district.

Punjab police seize drugs; Ludhiana manufacturer booked

Punjab police seize drugs; Ludhiana manufacturer booked

17 Jul 2019 | 10:13 AM

CHANDIGARH: After Amritsar-manufactured pain-killer drug, Tramadol, was found used by ISIS militants in Syria, another major drug haul has been seized.

Baraat returns empty-handed after bride refuses to marry ‘old man’

Baraat returns empty-handed after bride refuses to marry ‘old man’

17 Jul 2019 | 9:05 PM

PHAGWARA: A ‘baraat’ returned empty-handed from a Phagwara village after the bride refused to marry the groom who, she claimed, was double her age and that she was shown the picture of a young boy when the marriage was fixed.

Under-utilised, no plan of doubling Bathinda-Ferozepur rail link: Centre

Under-utilised, no plan of doubling Bathinda-Ferozepur rail link: Centre

17 Jul 2019 | 8:33 PM

NEW DELHI: There is no plan of doubling the 87-km Bathinda to Ferozepur Cantonment rail link, the government on Wednesday specified in response to question by Punjab’s Congress MPs Jasbir Singh Dimpa and Muhamad Sadiq in the Lok Sabha.

3 Punjab Police officers promoted to DGP rank

3 Punjab Police officers promoted to DGP rank

17 Jul 2019 | 2:49 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab on Wednesday promoted three police officers to the rank of DGP. These are Prabodh Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota.

Follow traffic rules or ‘balidaan’ your licence, says Punjab Police

Follow traffic rules or ‘balidaan’ your licence, says Punjab Police

17 Jul 2019 | 10:31 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police has asked netizens to be good drivers and be aware of all traffic rules. The police have posted a hilarious meme on Twitter to this effect.

From deficit to 10% surplus rain in Punjab

From deficit to 10% surplus rain in Punjab

17 Jul 2019 | 2:21 PM

CHANDIGARH:Following widespread rains in the region over the past couple of days, the monsoon deficit in Punjab has been covered up, though the neighbouring states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh continue to face a serious shortfall.

Two found dead in minor

Two found dead in minor

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

Muktsar: Two youths were found dead in a minor near Doda village in the district on Monday night. One of the deceased has been identified as Shankar of Kotkapura town.

Gushing Ghaggar floods Patiala villages

Gushing Ghaggar floods Patiala villages

17 Jul 2019 | 8:08 AM

PATIALA: The water of the Ghaggar today crossed the danger mark and entered villages in Sanaur and Ghanaur areas of Patiala. It inundated freshly sown paddy on hundreds of acres in many villages.

Patwari nabbed taking bribe

Patwari nabbed taking bribe

17 Jul 2019 | 9:00 AM

FEROZEPUR: The state VB on Tuesday nabbed a revenue patwari while accepting a bribe of Rs 4,000 from complainant Buta Singh of Thatha Kishan Singh Wala village in Zira subdivision.

Google expands digital literacy initiative to state

Google expands digital literacy initiative to state

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: Continuing with its digital literacy initiative aimed at empowering women in rural India, Google India and Tata Trusts today announced to expand its programme to Punjab.

2 communities lock horns over waterlogging

2 communities lock horns over waterlogging

17 Jul 2019 | 9:08 AM

GURDASPUR: Even as the district administration is trying to find a solution to the vexed problem of waterlogging in the streets of Khojepur village, the 1,600 odd villagers, a majority of whom belong to Scheduled Castes, are demanding security fearing a backlash by the half a dozen Jat Sikh families.

CPI activists block highway to protest sand mining

CPI activists block highway to protest sand mining

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

FAZILKA: A large number of Communist Party of India (CPI) activists blocked the Fazilka-Ferozepur highway for two hours to protest the alleged illegal sand mining here today.

Woman held in Attari drug seizure case

Woman held in Attari drug seizure case

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

AMRITSAR: In continuation of its investigation pertaining to over 532 kg of heroin and 52-kg assorted narcotics seized from the Attari Integrated Check Post, the Amritsar Customs Department has apprehended a woman identified as Sandeep Kaur, wife of Ravinder Singh.

SGPC serai upkeep by pvt firm comes under scanner

SGPC serai upkeep by pvt firm comes under scanner

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s much talked about ‘Saragarhi Niwas’, a modern addition to its inns, is in news for wrong reasons.

School turns into pond, kids at risk

School turns into pond, kids at risk

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

PATIALA: Incessant rain has turned the premises of Government Elementary School at Arai Majra into a pond.

Office roof leaks, registration work comes to a halt

Office roof leaks, registration work comes to a halt

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Local residents have to face great difficulty in getting their registration work done on rainy days as the roof of the office of the Tehsildar and his staff starts leaking.

Paddy growers relieved, demand for power down

Paddy growers relieved, demand for power down

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH/ BATHINDA: Heavy downpour across the state today may have created havoc for the common man, but it has brought cheer to the farming community, mainly paddy growers.

Fields in Moga flooded as Sutlej swells

Fields in Moga flooded as Sutlej swells

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

SANGHERA (MOGA): Hundreds of acres of standing paddy crop and green fodder have been submerged in water in many villages/settlements located inside the dhusi bundh of the Sutlej in Dharamkot subdivision of the district as the water level in the river has increased due to moderate and heavy rainfall in its catchment areas during the past 24 hours.

Record rainfall drowns Bathinda

Record rainfall drowns Bathinda

17 Jul 2019 | 1:52 PM

BATHINDA: The city today got flooded after it received record 178 mm rain, which poured continuously for six hours.

Nangal ROB project stuck in legal tangles

Nangal ROB project stuck in legal tangles

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

ROPAR: The commuters as well as residents of Nangal are likely to get only a partial relief from frequent traffic jams even after the approval of a flyover on the Sutlej near Nangal Dam and a railway overbridge (ROB) near Ajouli Mour by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways more than two years ago in December 2016.

Govt plans i’ntl kabaddi cup550th Gurpurb

Govt plans i’ntl kabaddi cup

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: A high level meeting of the committee formed under three ministers to ensure grand celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak was held here today.

State to host DGPs’ meet on drugs today

State to host DGPs’ meet on drugs today

17 Jul 2019 | 9:10 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state police are hosting a meeting of DGPs of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Rajasthan on Wednesday to formulate better cooridnation in operations against drug smuggling and gangsters.

Approval pending, future of PAU students at stake

Approval pending, future of PAU students at stake

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

LUDHIANA: Nearly 50 students, who graduated from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), are at the crossroads after Chaudhary Swarn Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University (CSKHPAU), Palampur, refused them admission as the accreditation process of PAU is still pending.

Illegal openings on NH-44 pose threat to commuters

Illegal openings on NH-44 pose threat to commuters

17 Jul 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: There are just 16 legal access points, but hundreds of illegal such points on the National Highway-44 in Punjab.

  • SpectrumShot stories

    Shot stories

    In the run-up to Independence, two English cricket teams toured this part of the world. In 1933, an English team, led by Douglas Jardine, the architect of the infamous Bodyline theory, played a tour game against Maharaja Bhupinder Singh’s team in Patiala.

  • Abode of the Gods

    In an obscure corner of Turkey, the rare few tourists hike up a hill in the wee hours of dawn and dusk from April to November.

  • Suspended high up in the air

    Every year, tourists from across the globe continue to dramatically soar at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver’s oldest attraction known for offering rare adventures in the best of British Columbia’s nature.

    more Spectrum...
    Consolidate your career stock

    Consolidate your career stock

    17 Jul 2019 | 8:15 AM
    A fertile field for job creationFuture Ready: II AGRITECH

    A fertile field for job creation

    17 Jul 2019 | 8:15 AM
    Do job titles matter?

    Do job titles matter?

    17 Jul 2019 | 8:15 AM
    more Jobs & Careers...