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BRIBERY CHARGE DENIED: The Punjab State Electricity Board on Friday denied that bribe of Rs 1 lakh was demanded from Ranjit Singh of Gandiwind village. The board clarified that Ranjit Singh had encroached on PSEB land and after instructions from the Deputy Commissioner, a wall on the encroached land was demolished on May 25.

URINALS DEMOLISHED: The Amritsar Municipal Corporation on Saturday demolished a set of urinals constructed two years back, following a complaint that they were constructed in gross violation of the high court directive. According to MCD Councillor, Dr Ajay Gupta, the urinals were proving to be a nuisance in the locality.

ENCROACHMENTS: The chairperson of the Amritsar Improvement Trust, Mrs Ratna, here on Saturday urged the Deputy Commissioner to remove encroachments from their 211 acre Mall Mandi area. Mrs Ratna, in a letter to the DC stated that she had received numerous complaints about the encroachments on their land and she personally visited the site She said that a number of shops, dhabas and other small establishments had come up on the land. The trust had already paid Rs 50 crore as compensation to acquire the land and encroachments would hamper the development of the area, he added.

New management: The scion of the Majithia family, Mr Satyajit Singh Majithia, on Saturday took over the reins of the Khalsa College governing council. The governing council, at its meeting, unanimously elected Mr Rajmohinder Singh Majitha as chancellor, Mr Satyajit Singh Majithia as president and nominated Mr Charanjit Singh Chadha as vice-president, Mr Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina as honorary secretary and Mr Gunbir Singh as financial secretary.

Seminar: The Namdhari movement had played an important role in the national struggle and made sacrifices in this regard. This was the view expressed by distinguished scholars who participated in the national seminar on the Namdharis’ contribution to the freedom movement which concluded here yesterday. It was organised under the aegis of the Namdhari Ram Singh Chair of Guru Nanak Dev University.

HAZARDS OF TOBACCO: Dr Y.C. Markan, Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur said on Friday that 50 lakh persons died every year due to the use of tobacco in the world and if smoking was not checked about 10 million deaths would occur each year by 2025.

Ahluwalia Sabha:
The Ahluwalia Sabha organised a function at Ahluwalia Bhavan here on Sunday to celebrate the 286th birthday of Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia. Rich tributes were paid to the erstwhile nawab for his contribution in establishing the Sikh Raj and strengthening ‘misils’ of Sikh sardars during the 18th century. A souvenir was released on his life and achievements at this occasion. The function also marked the installation of new president of the body, Mr Yadwinder Singh, while the outgoing president, Mr Shivdev Singh, was felicitated for his services to the Ahluwalia Sabha for more than 25 years. Col P.S. Walia, Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, Capt K.J.S. Walia, Mr Barjinder Singh and Mr Dhanwinder Singh Walia, among others, attended the function. 

MEDICAL camp: The Dhanwantri Institute of Medical Science will organise the 16th asthma and allergy camp on June 7, followed by a similar camp on July 19 at Arya College for Boys in Civil Lines here. Another camp, exclusively for asthma patients, will be held from November 23 to November 27 at Dhanwantri Garden in Tagore Nagar locality, according to Kaviraj Beni Parsad Shastri. 

THEFT: A maid servant working in the house of a local resident decamped with currency notes totalling Rs 70,000. According to a report lodged with the police, Mr Sunil Garg, president of the Moga Bar Association, had employed Rani for household chores a few days back. The police picked up Rani for interrogation during which she confessed her involvement in the crime.

FERTILIZER THEFT: Unidentified persons on Friday reportedly stole 150 bags of fertilizers from the premises of the cooperative society of Darapore village under Ghal Khurd police station in this district. No arrests have been made so far in this connection.

LIQUOR SEIZED: The police has arrested three persons under the Excise Act and recovered 600ml of illicit liquor from their possession. Three others were arrested under the Gambling Act.

BOYCOTT BY CONTRACTORS: The Punjab Contractors Association has decided to boycott all government tenders to protest against non-increase of rates.

INVITED: Dr Harbans Pathak, Professor and Head, Public Administration Department, Punjabi University, Patiala, has been invited to attend a national convention on “Public Governance Dividents — The Road Ahead” being organised by the All-India Management Association, Indian Institute of Public Administration and George Mason University, USA, in New Delhi on June 11 and 12. This was stated in a press note issued here on Saturday by Punjabi University official. 

RECEIVED: Gurmat Sangeet Chair, Punjabi University, Patiala, has received the second instalment of Rs 6 lakh from Sri Guru Gyan Parkash Foundation, New Delhi, Disclosing this Dr Gurnam Singh, Professor and Head of the Chair, said this Chair was established with the active support of Bibi Jasbir Kaur Khalsa and the main objectives of the Chair was to apprise the youth with the rich cultural heritage and Sikh music contained in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

INTERVIEW: The local station of the All India Radio (F.M. band) will broadcast a special interview with popular Punjabi singer Harjeet Harman on June 1 at 8 pm in ‘Guldasta’ programme. Mr Karamvir Singh Karon, producer of the programme, said senior Announcer of the A.I.R., Patiala, Mr Paramjit Singh Parwana, would conduct the interview with comedian Bhagwant Mann, which would be broadcast on June 8 in the same programme. 

FUNCTION: The local Academy of Vocational Studies (Nursery Teacher Training Institute) organised an annual-cum-prize distribution function at the Central Library here on Sunday. The Mayor, MC Vishnu Sharma, was the chief guest. 

4 WATER SAMPLES FAIL: Four water samples taken from the Pathankot Municipal council limits failed. Contaminated water was being supplied in Rampur and Bhadroya localities. Out of the four ‘‘failed’’ samples , three belonged to water supplied through taps while the fourth one was that of tubewell water.

REVIEWED: Commissioner Jalandhar Division, Swaran Singh reviewed development projects in all six districts under the Jalandhar Division at a meeting here on Friday. The meeting was attended by Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Harjit Singh, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh, Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Kiranbir Singh, Mr A.K. Gupta (Jalandhar), R.K. Verma (Kapurthala) and Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal (Nawanshahr).

CASE REGISTERED: A case was registered against a Head Constable following charges of theft, trespass and mischief under Sections 379, 452, 427, IPC levelled by a woman. The complainant, Ms Sunita Devi, alleged in the FIR that the Head Constable, Mr Surinder Kumar, alias Chhinda, was trying to usurp her house on false claims. The case was registered after she lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister.

LOK ADALAT: Three Lok Adalats were organised on Saturday at Pathankot civil court complex. These adalats were presided over by the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Mr R.K. Garg, and Judicial Magistrates, Mr Ranjit Singh and Mrs Kiran Bala. As many as 23 cases were taken up out of which 17 were decided through mutual consent. Claims of over Rs 7.40 lakh were awarded to various claimants. Assistant District Attorney Tejinder Singh Bal revealed that persons with annual income of less than Rs 30,000, handicapped persons and others were entitled to free legal aid under the Legal Services Authority Act.

Websites: The districts of Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr will have websites providing information about development works and health services. This was stated by Dr Swaran Singh, Commissioner, Jalandhar division, at a meeting of district collectors and other senior civil officers held at Uchcha Thara, Shahpur Kandi, on Friday.

IMA APPOINTMENTS: Dr O.P.S. Kande, President, Indian Medical Association, Punjab, on Friday appointed Dr Raman K Aggarwal of Phagwara as chairman of the Action Committee -cum-Legal Cell of the state IMA. Dr Kande has appointed Dr R.C. Garg of Barnala and Dr Jagbir Singh of Patiala, secretary and cashier, respectively, of the state IMA.

ANTI-DIARRHOEA STEPS: Mr Pritam Singh, SDM, here on Friday directed officers to challan rehriwallahs selling over-ripe fruits and vegetables to check diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, etc.

DHARNA: The Cloth Vendors ( Kapra Pheri) Union here on Friday held a dharna outside Nagar Council office to protest against being made to pay Rs 120 monthly as ‘‘rahdari’’ by private octroi contractors.

SENA’S WARNING: The Shiv Sena ( Bal Thackeray) has strongly resented the printing of pictures of Hindu deities on pouches of tobacco and packets of cigarettes by certain companies. A deputation of the Sena led by Mr Pawan Prabhakar, state vice-president, and Mr Inderjit Karwal, district vice-president, met local authorities in this regard. They warned that their organisation would take strict action in case the practice was not stopped as it hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.

STUDENTS EXCEL: Harnoor Grewal of General Gurnam Singh Public School stood first in the school securing 92.8 per cent marks, while Khyati Singla and Kiran Jot Kaur obtained second and third positions securing 92.6 and 91.8 per cent marks, respectively.

NEW DPRO: Mr Gopal Singh Dardi on Friday assumed charge as District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) here in place of Mr Surjit Singh Dukhi who has been transferred to Ropar as such.


Tax evasion: A Sector 26 - based pharmaceutical stockists, Zydus, has been reportedly found evading sales tax on sale of pharmaceutical products valued at Rs 1.58 crore. According to sources in the UT Administration, the stockists was showing that he was delivering the products to two Parwanoo - based companies but in reality he was selling the products in the local market and was thus saving 6.8 per cent sales tax (in Himachal Pradesh the sales tax is 2 per cent, while in Chandigarh it is 8.8 per cent). The evasion of sales tax came into notice during the raid conducted by the Sales Tax Department. Meanwhile, the stockists has deposited Rs 10 lakh with the department. 

Grant: Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh during his visit to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday. The money will be used by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association for the completion of its on-going projects. Addressing the gathering, the Bar Association President, Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu, said the money would be spent on furnishings, installation of air conditioners and false ceiling in the Bar room. The Association has already received the first installment of Rs 33 lakh from the Punjab Government. The second and final installment of the same amount is expected within a few weeks. The Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, had initially promised a grant of Rs 66 lakh for the Bar during his visit to the High Court premises. The Haryana Government is yet to make the payment even though Bar members have been insisting that at least 40 per cent of the expenses should be borne by Haryana. The members also add that Punjab had granted Rs 25 lakh for Bar Bhavan.

Honoured: The local District Congress Committee (Rural) on Saturday honoured Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal for his re-election to Parliament from the Chandigarh constituency at Kuda Alisher village here. All members of the Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, sarpanches and panches were present at the function. He was honoured by Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri, president of the committee. Mr Bansal also promised that the Panchyati Raj Act would be introduced in the city. A meeting of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat members with the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Mr Mani Shankar Ayer, would also be held in this connection. Among those present on the occasion were Mr Gurbachan Singh, President, NCP, Mr Subhash Chawla, former Mayor, Mr Davinder Bablaa, Mr H.S Lucky, President, CTYC, Mr Manmohan Singh, Mr Gurdial Singh, Mr Prem Singh and Mr Sat Pal Gupta. 

Meeting: A meeting of the executive committee of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sector 19-D, was held here on Sunday. The meeting resented the order of the Chandigarh Police to enforce the Sikh women to wear helmet while driving. It requested the police to cancel the order as this hurts the sentiments of the Sikhs, said Mr Tejinder Pal Singh, secretary of the gurdwara, in a press note. 

Summer workshop: A 15-day summer workshop is being organised by kiddies Playway School in Sector 38 (west). The purpose of the workshop is to develop participants’ skill in music, dance and paintings. The workshop will be conducted by experts and begins from June 1. 

CULTURAL FEAT: An impressive cultural programme was organized by students of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, ‘Sukriti-2004’, a summer camp, was organised on the school premises, here on Saturday. Students took part in fashion show, dances and bhangara. The function was inaugurated by Mr Vijay Kumar, Principal, Hansraj Public School, Panchkula. Mr Subhash Marriya, manager of the school, presided over the function. This was stated by Mrs Sarita Kaushik, officiating principal of the school. Mrs Neelam Kasni, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, asked the students to take part in other co-curricular activities besides studies. 


Citizens Council
: Members of the Citizens Council said on Saturday that local MP Kumari Selja must seek the revision of the excision agreement made between the Cantonment authorities and the Haryana Government. Dr N.C. Jain, chairman, Citizens Council, said residents of Ambala were facing a lot of problem in constructing homes. He said the status of Mahesh Nagar comprising 45 colonies needs to be defined. There was a need to undertake a project for speedy development of the Mahesh Nagar area. 

Statement recorded: A former Minister and senior leader of Congress, Mr Nirmal Singh, recorded his statement against SHO of Sadar police station Babu Ram in the court of the Judicial Magistrate, Ms Ranjna Aggarwal, here on Saturday. The Congress leader had lodged a complaint against the SHO in the court on May 22. He had alleged that on the day of the Lok Sabha poll the SHO had implicated him in a false case and kept him in illegal confinement in Panjokhra police station. He was also manhandled in the police station. On May 10 the Sadar police had registered a case against the Congress leader on the statement of the presiding officer of Konkpur village polling booth in which he alleged that Nirmal Singh and two others had manhandled him in the polling booth. The SP Ambala, Mr Mohammad Akil, had reached the spot on that day and the Congress leader was arrested before the end of the polling. The Congress leader said the SHO might book him in some false case. 

Decision hailed:
The All-India Confederation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes Organisations has welcomed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s decision to provide reservation to these classes in the private sector and to check saffronisation of education. In a press note issued here on Saturday, Mr Suraj Bhan Rathi, state secretary of the organisation, said the Congress government had fulfilled its pre-poll promises by making these announcements.

District topper:
Ms Anamika Thakral a class X student at the local OS DAV School, secured 96.2 per cent marks in the CBSE examination and stood first in the district. As many as 20 students of this school secured 100 per cent marks in mathematics in this examination.

Medical camp: As many as 183 lawyers were medically examined at a free medical check-up camp organised at the District Court premises here on Saturday. A team of doctors from the local Shah Nursing Home examined the lawyers and tests were conducted on the spot.

DRAINAGE: The district administration has made adequate arrangements for draining out rain water under the district flood control plan. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, said drainage pump houses in the HUDA complex, Jhajjar road, Jhajjar octroi post and anaj mandi, had been revamped to cope with any situation. The main drains—Kheri Saadh link drain, Gagaheri-Farmana link drain, Balambha drain and Meham drain— were being desilted and all obstructions were being removed. Plans were also afoot to construct three link drains from Girawar, Brahan and Ajaib villages.

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