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AFSO Trapped IN Patiala with Bribe @ Rs 20K

[Chd,Pb] AFSO Trapped IN Patiala with Bribe @ Rs 20K
State Vigilance Bureau, has nabbed an Assistant Food & Supplies Officer (AFSO) posted at Sanour in district Patiala red handed for accepting bribe of Rs. 20,000.
As per Vigilance Bureau Punjab, AFSO Jeevan Kumar was caught red handed on the complaint of Jagwinder Singh of village Bhanri in Patiala district.
AFSO was demanding bribe of Rs. 25,000 for issuing him a license to open new ration depot in his village and the deal was struck at Rs. 20,000/-.

147 IAS+PCS Officers,Including 8 DCs Reshuffled in Punjab

[Chd,Pb] 147 IAS+PCS Officers Reshuffled in Punjab
Punjab government has ordered transfers and posting orders of
47 IAS officers, including several Deputy Commissioners, with immediate effect.
As many as
100 Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers were also shuffled
The DCs of Mansa,
Bathinda,
Gurdaspur,
Rupnagar,
Pathankot,
Ferozepur,
Hoshiarpur and
Fazilka are among the IAS officers who have been shuffled.
Many secretary and special secretary rank officials were also among those shuffled.

Khattar Demands Haryana’s Share in Punjab University

[Chd,Haryana]Khattar Demands Haryana’s Share in Punjab University
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today urged the central government for restoration of Haryana’s share in Punjab University, Chandigarh.
This comes days after Khattar reiterated Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, asking Punjab to consider making New Chandigarh its capital.
Under the provision of Section 26 of the Punjab University Act, prior to 1966, the colleges situated in the then State of Punjab were affiliated to the PU.
After the establishment of the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, notifications were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in 1969, the Punjab government in 1970 and the Haryana government in 1973 and 1997, whereby the PU ceased to operate in Haryana.
Khattar explained that the process of restoration of Haryana’s share in the PU is required in view of the fact that over the years the composition and character of Chandigarh has evolved as a larger entity, that is tricity. Besides, a large number of students from Haryana take admission in various advanced and professional courses of the PU,
Just two days ago, while reiterating Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, Khattar had asked Punjab to make New Chandigarh its capital, leave Chandigarh to Haryana, and cooperate in solving the water issue by sitting across the table.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had categorically rejected Khattar’s suggestion to set up a statutorily empowered and dedicated board or authority for homogeneous development of Chandigarh, the joint capital of Haryana and Punjab.

Punjab Drug Menace Dogs Capt Amarinder’s 16 Months Govt

[Chandigarh,Pb]Punjab Drug Menace Dogs Capt Amarinder’s Govt
Punjab’s drug menace, which Capt Amarinder Singh had sworn by the holy Gutka Sahib to wipe out within four weeks of coming to power, has come to haunt his government with reports suggesting a surge in the deaths of addicts.
The 16-month Congress government in Punjab is in a spot after a spate of deaths, allegedly due to drug overdose or the use of adulterated heroin.
The apparent surge in such cases comes at a time when the government is implementing an ambitious mission called ‘Tandrust Punjab’, meant to improve the people’s physical and mental health by taking care of the state’s air, water and food quality.
Wary of a public backlash if it fails to tackle the menace ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the state Cabinet recently recommended to the Centre to allow death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers, a move some activists dubbed a “knee-jerk” reaction.
Under immense pressure from social activists and the opposition parties, the state government also announced mandatory dope tests for all government employees.
This angered them and also triggered a political slugfest with the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party daring the chief minister to set an example by coming forward to take the test himself.
Shiromani Akali Dal, whose previous coalition government was accused of patronizing the drug mafia, has urged people to rise above political affiliations and fight a “comprehensive war against a common enemy.
According to reports, about 20 people died last month in Punjab because of drug overdose although the state health department has confirmed only two such deaths.
Some videos purportedly showing addicts dying of drug overdose have also surfaced on social media, adding to the pressure on Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
But the state government claims it is acting effectively against the problem.
A special task force formed by Amarinder Singh soon after coming to power claimed to have choked the supply of drugs, especially heroin, to the state.
It is argued that it is this shortage that has forced addicts to consume adulterated drugs, which was leading to the deaths.
A study by the premier medical institute PGIMER reported last September that an estimated 2.70 lakh people in Punjab are addicted to drugs like include opium, heroin, poppy husk and synthetic drugs.
R S Ghuman, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), said the deceleration of the economy and unemployment were the main factors driving the youth to drugs.
Punjab government has claimed to have arrested 18,977 drug peddlers and registered 16,305 cases from March 16, 2017 to June 24, 2018.
Seizures during this period amounted to 378 kg heroin, 117 kg charas and 14 kg smack, along with varying quantities of other drugs, officials said.
Punjab has over 130 drug de-addiction centres and around 100 rehabilitation centres.
An Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) programme was launched by the health department last year to provide outdoor healthcare to addicts.
So far, over 8,000 patients have registered and are being treated. The total footfall at OOAT clinics has been recorded at 2,74,938, a health department official said.

Moga SSP “Dhillon” Also Ousted within Week of Taking Charge

[Chd,Pb] Moga SSP Dhillon Ousted within Week of Taking Charge
Senior Superintendent of Police of Moga, Kamaljit Singh Dhillon has been removed from the post
Dhillon has been shifted as AIG (Crime)
As per reoprts,Kamaljit Dhillon was reportedly facing allegations of having received Rs 40 lakh to “let off ” three junior cops in a drug case
The chief minister has taken the decision on his removal
The chief minister has also asked DGP Suresh Arora and the Home Department to immediately take action on the said inquiries
Dhillo had been shifted to Moga as SSP in place of Raj Jit Singh on July 2.Look out notice is issued aginst him by state vigilance deptt.
GS Toor, has been appointed the new SSP Moga.
Toor, has authored a book based on his experiences with drug addicts
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Capt Plants Bhattal In Planning Board With Cabinet Rank

[Chd,Pb]Ex CM Bhattal Planted In Planning Board
Former Chief Minister Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has been appointed as Vice Chairperson of Punjab State Planning Board in the rank and status of Cabinet Minister.
The notification was issued by the Finance Department on the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
As per the notification, Bhattal’s appointment would be effective from the date she assumes the charge of her assignment.

AAP Stages sit-in Against Drug Menace in Cong Led Punjab

[Chd,Pb]AAP Stages sit-in Against Drug Menace in Congress Led Punjab
The main opposition party “AAP”attacked the Congress-led government over the alleged spate of drug overdose deaths in the state and sought a high court-monitored CBI inquiry into the matter.
Addressing the party workers, AAP MLA and the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira accused Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of fooling people with his poll promise of wiping out the drug menace in the state within four weeks of coming to power.
Officer on special Duty (OSD) to the chief minister Sandeep Singh Sandhu reached the dharna spot and received a memorandum of demands from the AAP leaders.
Soon after, the opposition party called off the sit-in and announced that the next course of action would be decided after meeting the chief minister.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and AAP state unit co-president Balbir Singh also participated in the protest.

Patwari and DDPO Trapped With Bribe@Rs 15K and Rs 1Lakh

[Chd,Pb] Patwari and Asstt Trapped With Bribe@Rs 15K and Rs 1Lakh respectively
Punjab Vigilance Bureau Trapped a Patwari of irrigation department
Gurcharn Singh, irrigation Patwari posted at Khane Ki Dhaab in Sri Mukatsar Sahib district was nabbed red handed by Vigilance team for accepting bribe of Rs. 15,000 for ensuring canal water for irrigation of complainant Harpinder Singh
DDPO Mansa Jagtar Singh along with his Superintendent Rakesh Kumar and senior assistant Gurdarshan Singh for accepting bribe of Rs. 1 lakh.
Mandeep Singh was sarpanch of gram panchayat Bheni Bagha in Mansa district from the year 2008-12. He was served a notice to deposit Rs. 45 lakhs by then BDPO Mansa Jagtar Singh for committing irregularities in development works executed by the panchayat and his agricultural land measuring 13 acres was attached by the department on the recommendation of Jagtar Singh for recovering the amount.
Now the Panchayats and Rural Development department on the review application of ex sarpanch Mandeep Singh has ordered to recheck the previous development works through executive engineer Panchayti Raj who in turn has reported irregularities to the tune of Rs. 3.94 lakhs only that could be recovered from village ex sarpanch.

Akalis Start Mining Cong Govt on Menace Of Illegal Mining

[Chd,Pb]Akalis Start Mining Congress Govt on Menace Of Illegal Mining
Opposition party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today lashed out at the Congress government for its alleged failure to end the menace of illegal mining in Punjab.
SAD MP and party’s senior leader Prem Singh Chandumajra said the environment and people of Punjab were under a “big threat”due to the “illegal mining in the state”.
As per rules digging cannot go beyond the 10 feet limit as it could harm the balance of ecology. But 30-40 feet deep ditches at the mining sites are seen across Punjab.
The SAD leader said it has started to take toll on everything — from fertile land and bridges to people’s houses.
The Lok Sabha MP from Anandpur Sahib said soil erosion had become a major problem, besides bridge collapses and cracking of house walls in the areas where illegal mining was “rampant”.
“Rupnagar and Mohali districts are the biggest sufferers as the consequences of illegal mining are being faced by them on a large-scale with incidents of bridge collapse and damages to houses have been increasing sharply,” he added.
Law Maker said “If the Congress government fails to contain illegal mining activities in next few days, we will approach the Union environment minister and ask him to intervene in safeguarding the interests of the state and the people,”

Punjab Govt Trapped Safai wala With Bribe @ Rs 7 K

[Chd,Pb] Punjab Govt Trapped Safai wala With Bribe @ Rs 7 K
Punjab Govt is busy in trapping small fishes this time safai sewek “Gama” (Class IV employee) is nabbed red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 7,000.
As per Punjab Vigilance Bureau , ASI Gurpal Singh is also arrested they both were posted at Police Station Nihal Singh Wala in Moga district The Complainant Ashok kumar has approached the VB and alleged that the accused ASI and safai sewak were demanding Rs 7,000 to help in a complaint case lodged against him.