Briefly Region: 4 IAS officers transferred

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government transferred four IAS offices with immediate effect on Friday. As per orders issued by the personnel department, Raj Kamal Chaudry, secretary, health and family welfare, will now hold additional charge as project director, National Rural Health Mission. Commissioner Ayush, J M Balamurugan has been posted as secretary, local government and will also serve as GMD, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Corporation. Finance secretary Dilip Kumar has been given additional charge as secretary, planning. S K Sharma has been posted as special secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation and Inderjit Singh Sandhu special secretary Cooperation, Coordination, General Administration has been given additional charge as additional registrar, Punjab Cooperative Societies.

CM cancels engagements till Aug 15

CHANDIGARH: With Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal set to visit Andaman and Nicobar islands and the US, he will be unable to meet MPs, MLAs, senior party leaders, functionaries on fixed days till August 15. Sources said that Badal will visit Andaman to see a memorial, after which, he will fly to the US to attend the marriage of cabinet minister S S Rakhra's neice. He is expected to return on August 14. Meanwhile, a CMO spokesperson said the chief minister has cancelled all his prior engagements till August 15 due to a few important assignments.

Industries protest, VAT notification to stay

LUDHIANA: Even as the industry has announced a hunger strike against the excise and taxation department's new notification, according to which, all dealers in Punjab will have to furnish online data of goods delivered, the state excise and taxation commissioner has categorically stated that the notification will not be withdrawn.

Badal asks Centre to perform its duty first

HOSHIARPUR: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said that rather than issuing directives to the state government regarding direct payment to farmers, the Centre must focus on duly discharging its duty of ensuring proper lifting, storage and movement of food grains from Punjab. Speaking on the sidelines of the sangat darshan during his thanksgiving tour of Dasuya Assembly, Badal accused the Union government of doing nothing to safeguard the interests of the state's farmers.

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