|Sunday, January 16, 2000,
Female child dumped in
on calendar issue today
Are birds deserting plains?
War widows feted on Army Day
Show-cause notice to Prem Gupta
Red Cross Mela a big draw
In the service of suffering
Benefits on caste basis decried
Kin of 20 Army martyrs honoured
Plea to ensure basic amenities
Dera row: CM forms panel
Three get 10 yrs RI for rape
2 police officials acquitted
Robbery bid, rail official hurt
Bank robbed of Rs 2,40,457
Ordinance on ST "soon"
Female child dumped in Badi
PATIALA, Jan 15 In a shocking incident a female baby, which was dumped beneath the bridge of the Badi Nadi on the Patiala-Chandigarh road on the outskirts of the city, continued to be in full public view till this evening, though it was first detected in the early afternoon.
Though a crowd gathered on the bridge from the early afternoon with four-wheelers and other vehicles also stopping to look at the ghastly sight, nothing was done to remove the body till five in the evening. This happened despite the Sadar police station being very close to the bridge where the body was dumped.
On a visit to the site pedestrians and those having their shops close to the Badi Nadi bridge said the child had first been seen by vagabond boys who used to play around near the bed of the Badi Nadi, which has shallow water at present and to infested with hyacinth. While earlier the child was lying with its face to the ground, boys upturned it so that it could be more easily visible.
The site itself was ghastly, the child was lying naked amidst polythene packets and other dirt. A plastic bag in which it had been probably brought to the site was lying besides it. Other items near the childs body which seemed to have been taken out of the bag were a Lux soap and a steel spoon. A towel in which it was probably wrapped earlier was also lying nearby.
A look at the childs body revealed that it could have taken birth at some maternity home or hospital. This was because it was full grown and had its umbilical cord pressed by a blue clip. Noted gynaecologist, Dr Ashi Sareen, when contacted said the baby could have been born in a hospital or nursing home but said the possibility of a nurse having conducted the delivery at a private place could also not be ruled out.
Even as the body was lying on the bed of the Badi Nadi, the local police played a comedy of sorts by taking more time to decide under which police station the Badi Nadi falls. Phones by The Tribune to both the Sadar police station and the Kotwali revealed that police parties from both stations had gone to the site. Initially, police personnel of both stations also directed that the other police station should be contacted to know details of the case.
A case in this regard was finally registered in the evening at the Sadar station. Senior police officers could not be contacted but police personnel at the Sadar police station disclosed that a case under Section 318 (Concealment of Birth by Secret Disposal of Body) was registered in this regard. The FIR registered in the Sadar station says that the police came to know about the incident at 5 in the evening when Baghel Singh, a resident of Hira Bagh, saw the baby and reported the matter.
Meeting on calendar issue today
AMRITSAR, Jan 15 Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, has convened an emergency meeting to discuss the Nanakshahi calendar here tomorrow.
The SGPC has invited all the five high priests, including Giani Puran Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht, Giani Bhagwan Singh, Head Priest Akal Takht, Prof Manjit Singh, Giani Kewal Singh and Giani Mohan Singh, jathedars of Keshgarh Sahib, Damdama Sahib and head priest of the Golden Temple, respectively, the committee on the new calendar and executive members of the SGPC. The meeting would be held at Guru Nanak Niwas at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
The issue of Nanakshahi calendar got murkier with Jathedar Akal Takht leading the parallel celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh yesterday. Giani Puran Singh has the support of a section of Sant Samaj led by Baba Kashmira Singh and Baba Mangal Singh.
The majority of the executive members, Dharm Parchar committee and high priests are likely to support Bibi Jagir Kaur on the Nanakshahi calendar. In the 11-member executive of the SGPC, nine are supporters of Bibi Jagir Kaur.
The SGPC celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on January 5, while Giani Puran Singh and a section of the Sant Samaj had stayed away from it. When Giani Puran Singh led Parkash utsav yesterday to mark the birth anniversary yesterday, the SGPC officials did not cooperate.
The Punjab Government complicated the calendar issue by declaring holidays on January 5 and 14 to mark Parkash utsav of Guru Gobind Singh.
Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, a senior BJP leader and a Cabinet colleague of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and many Hindu organisations, including the All India Hindu Shiv Sena have criticised the SGPC for implementing the Nanakshahi calendar.
Meanwhile, Mr Jasbir Singh Rai and Mr Ajit Singh two members who quit the seven-member committee constituted by Akal Takht to discuss the Nanakshahi calendar had a closed door meeting with Giani Puran Singh. Both the members had resigned from the panel in protest against Mr Pal Singh Purewal, the author of the calendar. Mr Pal Singh has also quit the panel and left for Canada.
PHAGWARA (UNI): Congress leader Buta Singh charged the SGPC forcing the Nanakshahi calendar on the community which has been following the Vikrami calendar for over 500 years.
Talking to reporters here, he alleged that the SGPC attempt to force the new calendar amounted to religious assault on the faith of the Sikh community.
internal matter of SGPC
NANGAL, Jan 15 "The implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar is an internal matter of the SGPC. The issue should not be politicised as it will have an adverse effect on the SAD-BJP alliance, said Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, here today.
The Jathedar of Akal Takht had already constituted a committee to decide the matter and I hope the decision will be taken in accordance with the tenets of Sikh Panth". Mr Mittal, however, refused comment on Mr Tandons statement that the implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar would create a rift between Hindus and Sikhs.
When asked to comment on the graft charges levelled by a senior BJP MLA against the state high command, he said they shouldnt have gone to the press. They should raise their grievances at the party level. He also admitted that the ongoing controversy within the party had affected its image in the state.
Mr Mittal who was here to monitor various development projects going on in his constituency, he visited the 30-bed hospital coming up at Barari village, besides several other construction projects.
Addressing a rally at
Bhalan village, he said Rs 2 crore had been sanctioned
for building a bridge across the Swan river. The
foundation stone of this bridge was laid by Chief
Minister Parkash Singh Badal two years ago. This bridge
would reduce the distance from Nangal to the Ropar,
Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar areas by more than 20
Are birds deserting plains?
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 Vulture is not the only bird which has disappeared virtually from the plains in this area of the country. Several other species of birds are also on the way out from the plains.
Informed sources told TNS that the imperial eagle has become a rarely sighted bird in Punjab and the adjoining areas. Kites are becoming invisible. Starling, a small beautiful bird, is also rarely seen though it earlier used to be a very common species to be seen, especially in the peripheries of populated village areas.
Even crows, sparrows and other common birds are also vanishing from the countryside. However, monkeys are sighted common by in rural Punjab. There will be hardly any area in the state without the presence of monkey. In fact monkeys have become a menace in rural areas, and the Punjab Wildlife department is virtually flooded with the complaints regarding "criminal acts of monkeys".
Often monkeys attacks kids and elders in rural areas and inflict injuries. Victims have to get vaccinated as monkey bite can cause rabies. One could find monkeys in a large number in Nurpur Bedi belt, the Bareta area, Patialas Moti Bagh and adjacent "bir" area. The same is the case of wild bears, especially in the areas adjacent to lower hill.
When contacted Mr Gurmeet Singh, Director, Wildlife, Punjab, said the Zoological Survey of India had undertaken a project to study the flora and fauna of this region. It was true that certain species of birds were becoming rare in the plains. But the actual position would be clear only after the study made by the Zoological Survey of India.
Meanwhile, Punjab Wildlife department officials are in a dilemma whether to kill a vulture or not. Officials concerned said for finding the actual reason of wipe out of vultures in plains, the requirement was a postmortem examination of a vulture.
Earlier two vultures
were found dead in the Ferozepore area and these were
sent to the veterinary wing of the Punjab Agriculture
University for post-mortem . Doctors at the PAU had
diagnosed gout disease a possible reason for the
mortality of vultures in the plains.
War widows feted on Army Day
BATHINDA, Jan 15 As many as 60 war widows from here and Mansa districts were presented Badges of Sacrifice and Certificates of Honour by Maj-Gen C.S. Panag, Chief of Staff of the local military station, here today.
According to a press note issued by the Army authorities, these war widows husbands had laid down their lives in various wars India had fought since 1947.
For your tomorrow, he gave his today read the inscription above the flaming torch emblazoned on an oval brass medallion, the Badge of Sacrifice, instituted by the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen V.P. Malik, for the first time after Operation Vijay.
Maj-Gen Panag also unveiled the bust of the late Capt Gurbachan Singh Salaria, who was awarded the nations highest gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously for his act of bravery on the battlefield at Elizabethville, Kantanga Congo (Africa), as part of the United Nations peace-keeping contigent, on December 5, 1961. The chowk where the bust was unveiled has been named as Salaria Chowk to honour the late Captain.
FAZILKA: Army formations of the brigade headquarter here celebrated the Army Day on the premises of the War Memorial of 1971 Indo-Pak war, raised in the memory of Army jawans who had laid down their lives in Fazilka sector, at Asafwala village, 7 km from here, on Saturday. Glowing tributes were paid on the occasion to the martyrs by Brig Parapeer Goswami, Col Randip Singh Badwal, CO, 28 Punjab Regiment, and the SDM, among others. A two minutes silence was observed in the memory of the martyrs. An all-religion prayer was conducted by religious priests of the Army.
Vajra Corps celebrated the Army Day by holding
investiture ceremony at the Punjab State War Memorial
here on Saturday. Lt-Gen Kamal Davar, General Officer
Commanding of the corps, laid a wreath at the memorial
and presented Badges of Sacrifice and
Certificates of Honour to nearly 800
relatives of battle casualties belonging to Jalandhar,
Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr and Una districts of
Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
71 Army men to be honoured
AMRITSAR, Jan 15 The Army in its traditional way will honour war heroes and widows on January 20 here in an investiture ceremony being organised by the Panther Division. As many as 71 awardees would be felicitated by Lt-Gen Vijay Oberoi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. The function will be graced by many serving and retired soldiers and prominent civil dignitaries.
The investiture ceremony has been organised to pay tributes to soldiers, who have displayed conspicuous bravery with utter disregard to their personal safety, in Kargil and militancy prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the North East. Amongst these awardees would be the widows of the soldiers killed in action.
The awards will include
65 sena medals, one yudh sewa medal, three Vishisht Sewa
Medals and two jeevan raksha padaks. The recipients of
these awards include 32 officers, a JCOs and 30 jawans.
As many as 19 of these awards are being awarded
posthumously and will be received by the kin of the
soldiers killed in action.
Badges of sacrifice for
FEROZEPORE, Jan 15 At a function held today at the local Cantonment, Major-Gen L. M. Tewari, GOC, 7 Infantry Division, presented Badges of Sacrifice and Certificate of Honour to families of soldiers.
He also presented cash grants from the Army Central Welfare Fund to war widows and disabled soldiers of the Sikh Regiment. Thirtysix war widows and nine disabled soldiers received cash grant of Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh, respectively.
The function was
attended among others by serving and retired Army
officers and jawans. General Tewari disclosed that Badges
of Sacrifice had been instituted by the Chief of Army
Staff, Gen V. P. Malik, to recognise the sacrifices of
the soldiers besides reassuring the dependants of martyrs
of continued support to them by the Indian Army and the
Show-cause notice to Prem
PATIALA, Jan 15 The Punjab Pradesh Congress Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) Chairman Harcharan Singh Hero today issued a show-cause notice to former minister Prem Gupta for alleged anti-party activities even as suspended leader Birdevinder Singh announced that he would submit his explanation to party president Sonia Gandhi only.
DAC Chairman Harcharan Singh Hero today directed Mr Prem Gupta to explain why strict disciplinary action should not be taken against him for going to the Press on party matters. The notice said: "You have been issuing statements in the Press criticising the policies and programmes of the party and the party leadership in clear violation of the directions of the AICC and the PPCC".
The notice said Mr Guptas recent statements breached party discipline. It said the former minister should file his reply by January 21. Mr Gupta said he had received the notice and would give a suitable reply within the stipulated period. He said he would also send a copy of his reply to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Mr Birdevinder Singh has said that he will submit his explanation for alleged anti-party activities to Mrs Sonia Gandhi only. He said he was taking this step as Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh was prejudiced against him. He alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh had monitored the vilification campaign launched by junior party functionaries against him.
Mr Birdevinder Singh said party functionaries who had criticised him and Mr Prem Gupta in the Press should also be proceeded against. He said: "I want to ask Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Harcharan Singh Hero whether discipline is a one-sided affair", alleging that Capt Amarinder Singh had failed to take cognisance of the derogatory statements made by Congressmen against him
Cultural bonanza at DAV Public
PATIALA, Jan 15 What took place today at DAV Public School, Patiala, seemed like a result of a lot of hard work put in, with a lot of efforts. On the occasion of the annual prize distribution function, many cultural items were presented in which tiny tots contributed with dances like here we too, jingle bells etc. The entry of the chief guest Mr Y.P. Katyal, Joint Secretary, CBSE, Delhi, was greeted by salutations presented by NCC students of the school and tiny junior school guides and scouts.
He function began with Saraswati vandana, Om (gayatri mantra) and Shiv Stuti, all performed by the children of the junior school. This was followed by a Shabad Re mann aiso kar sanyasa by girls of Chass IX. The principal of the school, Mr S.M. Devgun presented the annual report of the school, speaking on the overall performance of the students in studies and sports cultural activities. He also thanked the chief guest for presiding over the function in the cultural presentations. The senior school students presented a Gujarati folk dance, dandia (class VII) which was well performed.
Other items included Humpty Dumpty, a dance presented by Class II students. Koti Koti, a patriotic group song, and Madhuban Mein Radhika, a classical dance, were also presented by junior school students.
Mr Katyal complimented
the school for doing well in the board exams every year.
Talking about the children of DAV Public School, he said,
they are being provided good exposure in all areas
and all directions.
Red Cross Mela a big draw
PATIALA, Jan 15 The Red Corss Mela being organised by the district administration in memory of Kargil martyrs is providing an opportunity to amateur groups to present their performances in front of a ready audience coming in large numbers to participate in the fair here today.
Schools like Lady Fatima, Rose Garden School, Lucky Model School, Children Model School, Sunflower School and colleges like GCG, Khalsa College, Public College, Samana have registered their participation in the mela with folk dances, folk songs and film-based programmes, PCS officer Rahul Gupta disclosed.
Others participating in the fair include Ujagar Singh, who gave a soulful rendition of the traditional challa while Isha Dang gave a wonderfully executed performance of the Nimbuda dance. With Shahrukh Khan and Kajol look-alike small children singing dilwale dulhaniya le jayange on one day and Haryanvi holiya and sapera dances on the other, it has been a charitable show of upcoming talent in Patiala.
Apart from the usual jhulas, including giant wheel, merry-go-round and the other spinners, there is also a mindboggling show of skill and daredevilry in the well of death. There is a mini-train for children and shooting of balloons.
A large number of eating joints have been put up.
The evenings are also being made interesting with Naresh Jacob and company, besides Shameem Iqbal, who took the audience on a trip down memory lane with old evergreen songs. The function is being organised by the Red Cross and Hospital Welfare Association, whose Chairperson, Mrs Rupinder Kaur Bir, has announced that the mela proceeds would be used for social activities being conducted by (HWA) and the Red Cross.
Kin of 20 Army martyrs
PATIALA, Jan 15 Twenty families of gallant soldiers who had made supreme sacrifice for the nation during internal and external conflicts were honoured at Nabha town in this district as part of the investiture ceremony organised in connection with Army Day celebrations today.
Brig Omit Sarkar, Station Commander, Nabha Military Station, was the chief guest. He awarded badges of sacrifice and certificate of honour to the next of kin of the martyrs.
In Patiala, a lunch was hosted at the Officer Mess in honour of veterans of the Army. About 250 officers and their spouses attended the function.
Plea to ensure basic
PATIALA, Jan 15 The District Youth Congress (I), Urban, has threatened to launch an agitation if the Municipal Corporation and the district administration do not ensure basic amenities.
Old and New Bishan Nagar, Ram Nagar, Sunder Nagar and other adjoining colonies in the city.
In a press note issued here today, Mr Sunil Sharma, secretary, DYC, Urban, criticised the authorities for turning a blind eye to the demands of the residents of these colonies. He alleged that no arrangement had been made by the authorities for providing regular water supply to these colonies. Streets had been not laid in concrete due to which ponds of water accumulated on the paths.
Moreover, there was no sewerage in these localities.
In the service of suffering
FAZILKA: The two decade-old Ram Sharnam Mission here has initiated social service programmes in its second decade. The devotees of Ram Sharnam inspired by its chief, Bhagat Hans Raj, take active part in the uplift of the poor and needy by organising free eye, medical and blood donation camps, mass marriages, providing tricycles, aid to flood and natural calamity victims, blankets to the poor and needy and running a sewing centre.
Moved by plight of the victims of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in 1991, the Fazilka branch of Ram Sharnam provided material aid worth Rs 1.50 lakh to Kashmiri migrants in relief camps. Since 1992 the mission has been organising blood donation camps periodically. It also has a list of 200 voluntary blood donors to fulfil the random needs of emergency patients.
In 1994, the local unit organised 113 mass marriages. All the married couples were provided essential household articles comprising utensils, furniture, clothes, bicycles, sewing machines and fans, etc.
The Ram Sharnam members here, led by Mr Dina Nath Sachdeva, also contributed a truck-load of rice for victims of the 1997 cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh.
A medical camp for examining heart patients was organised with the cooperation of the Tagore Heart and Research Centre, Jalandhar, in 1996. About 200 heart patients were examined and sophisticated and costly tests were conducted at this camp for which they were not charged. At a separate ENT camp held during 1996-97 and 1998, about 1,000 ENT patients were examined by eminent doctors. Of these 100 were operated and 210 provided free hearing aids.
For the past three years, this branch has been running a free sewing training centre for needy girls and women. Over 600 girls have been imparted training and of these 200 were given sewing machines to earn their livelihood.
Its activists did not lag behind in patriotism. During the Kargil intrusion, they generously contributed to the Prime Minister Relief Fund and with the efforts of members and prominent town residents, about Rs 6 lakh was collected from the Fazilka area itself.
In November 1999, poor and needy girls and women were provided 500 shawls and sweaters.
The Ram Sharnam mission
chief, Bhagat Hans Raj, whose headquarters is at Gohana,
monitors the social activities and stresses in his
discourses that spiritualism and recitation of name of
Ram is infructuous without service to have-nots. He
maintains that the present initiative of social service
shall not only continue but would be intensified in
Benefits on caste basis decried
NAWANSHAHR, Jan 15 The Punjab State General Category Welfare Federation organised a massive chetna rally here today at Government Senior Secondary School grounds and took out a chetna march through the main bazars of the town to mobilise people against the proposed move of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, to bring in an amendment in the Constitution to negate the Supreme Courts verdicts given in Ajit Singh Janjua and Indira Sahni cases regarding caste-based quota promotions. Thousands of employees, students, teachers, doctors, advocates, shopkeepers and bank employees participated in the march.
Mr Sham Lal Sharma, President of the state unit of the federation, accused the Prime Minister of not only trying to distort the basic structure of the Constitution, but also disturbing social harmony by bringing in the proposed amendment Bill.
Mr Sharma said the federation was not against any caste, but it wanted that no one should be given undue benefits on the basis of caste alone. He also criticised the political leaders belonging to the general category for not raising their voice against the proposed amendment Bill.
The federation leaders,
while addressing the rally said that reservation should
be given on economic basis and while giving reservation
in jobs, Articles 14, 16-I and 335 (Efficiency) of the
Constitution should not be ignored. The caste-based quota
in allotment of petrol pumps, gas agencies and bus route
permits etc. should be scrapped. They also demanded that
the 73rd and the 74th amendment in the Constitution
regarding reservation in municipal councils and
panchayats on caste basis should also be scrapped.
Dera row: CM forms panel
KHANNA, Jan 15 In a significant development, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced to form a nine-member committee headed by Sant Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi to solve the dispute of Dhakki Sahib Maksudra gurdwara.
Mr Badal made the announcement after an hour-and-a-half long closed-door meeting with the leaders of the Sant Samaj at Dera Sant Darshan Singh Dhakki Sahib Maksudra, 20 km from here today.
The Chief Minister visited the burnt sites of the dera with Akali leaders, including Mr Tota Singh, Education Minister, Mr Sadhu Singh Ghudani, MLA, Mr Jagjit Singh Ghugrana, Mr Man Singh Garcha and Mr Daya Singh, President of the District unit of the Akali Dal.
Three get 10 yrs RI for
KAPURTHALA, Jan 15 Mr Jagroop Singh, Additional Sessions Judge today convicted Pargat Singh, Jheeta and Harjinder Singh, all residents of Desal village, under Sections 376(2) (g) and 120-B of the IPC on the charge of gang-raping a minor Dalit, Balwinder Kaur, of their village. The Judge sentenced them to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each . In default of payment of fine, the Judge ordered them to undergo further imprisonment for nine months each.
The Judge further sentenced the three accused to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years and to pay a fine of Rs 500 each and in default of payment of fine to further undergo imprisonment for three months.
According to the prosecution, on May 15,1998, all accused called the girl to the house of Pargat Singh and gang raped her after locking her in a room and by gagging her mouth with a cloth.
In another case, Mr
Jagroop Singh, as Judge of a special court, sentenced
Subash Chander of Dhilwan village to rigorous
imprisonment for 10 years and imposed on him a fine of Rs
1 lakh on the charge of possessing 87 injections of
morphine and 450 tablets containing morphine, under
Section 207 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotraphic
2 police officials
PATHANKOT, Jan 15 Mr Karnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate, Ist Class, Pathankot, today acquitted DSP Pardeep Malik and head constable Dalip Singh in a criminal case.
The complainant Dhian Singh in his complaint stated that on June 26, 92 the then SHO Pardeep Malik brought the complainant to Sujanpur police station and threatened to kill him. Malik and head constable Dalip Singh tied the complainants hands and legs and beat him up with a stick and snatched away Rs 2600 from the latter. Dhian Singh sustained injuries on the body and fractured his jaw. He was admitted to the Amritsar Civil Hospital.
Copying: teachers to be held
LUDHIANA, Jan 15 The teachers working in various schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will now be held accountable for the large scale copying during Board examinations, as students cannot indulge in copying without their abetment.
This was stated by the Chairman of the PSEB, Dr Kehar Singh, while talking to media persons here today. He was in the city to preside over a function at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School.
One stabbed to death
MUKTSAR, Jan 15 Tajender Singh Rinkoo (21), a local resident, was murdered by five persons late last night in the mela ground by sharp-edged weapons.
Police sources said five assailants stabbed him to settle personal scores. The accused had been arrested and a case registered against him.
Meanwhile, the Maghi mela, ended here today. A nagar kirtan was held in the city to mark its end. About 10 lakh devotees paid obeisance at various gurdwaras.
Murder suspect arrested
SANGRUR, Jan 15 Megha Singh, alias Megha, son of Kartar Singh, who had allegedly committed a murder about eight years ago, has been arrested by the police.
Giving this information here today, Mr Arpit Shukla, SSP, said Megha Singh had allegedly murdered Baldev Singh in April, 1992 at Ubbahwal village, about 5 km from here and had absconded.
Theft in temple
FAZILKA, Jan 15 Three crowns were stolen from Sheetla Mandir on the college road here last night.
Robbery bid, rail official hurt
JALANDHAR, Jan 15 Three Armed persons, injured an assistant station master during their attempt of robbery at Dasuya railway station in Hoshiarpur district this morning. They were arrested by General Railway Police personnel after a rickshaw-puller raised an alarm and grappled with one of them.
According to Railway sources, three persons came to the station at around 1 a.m. and enquired about the arrival time of the Madras-Jammu Tavi Express from Hari Singh, an Assistant Station Master, who was on duty along with Kuldeep Raj and Piara Lal, the two class IV employees.
As the two employees left the room to exchange a token with the Ludhiana-bound 5088 Down Gorakhpur Express, which was about to arrive, the three persons asked Hari Singh to hand over the cash to them. As he refused, they started thrashing him. A rickshaw-puller who was passing by the adjoining road raised an alarm. The three persons fled. The rickshaw-puller did not let go one of them. The GRP succeeded in nabbing the other two. The suspects have been indentified as Tilak Raj, Vijay Kumar and Jagtar Singh of Dasuya.
Bank robbed of Rs 2,40,457
ROPAR, Jan 15 Unspecified number of thieves committed a theft of Rs 2,40,457 by breaking open the locks of the main gate and the safe of Ropar Central Cooperative Bank Limiteds branch at Sialva village near Kurali, about 24 km from here, either on Thursday or Friday night.
The theft came to notice this morning when an employee of the bank came to the bank after a days holiday yesterday on account of the birthday of Sri Guru Gobind Singh.
After receiving information about the theft, senior police officials including Mr Jagdish Singh Kahlon SP(D), Ropar, and Mr Rupinder Singh, DSP, Kharar, visited the bank today.
Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ropar, said the police had pressed into service fingerprint experts and sniffer-dogs to apprehend the thieves. He said investigations were on.
Ordinance on ST "soon"
CHANDIGARH, Jan 15 The Punjab Government, which has failed twice in the past 15 days to stick to the deadline with regard to the enforcement of floor rates of sale tax in the state, said today that the Government would promulgate an Ordinance soon to enforce the rates.
Reacting to a report in The Tribune, Mr C.L. Bains, Financial Commissioner (Taxation), in a statement said that the Ordinance was being finalised and it would be issued in a day or so. The Punjab Government was committed to follow the national concensus on the issue.
Earlier, the Punjab
Government had said that it would enforce the floor rates
from January 1 but it did not do so. Again it announced
on January 11 that the new rates would be enforced from
January 15 but it again failed to do so. Punjab, which is
a member of the National Implementation Committee ( NIC),
itself has violated the directive of the committee twice
in the past two weeks. Punjab is supposed to show
documents with regard to the implementation of the floor
rates in the state at tomorrows meeting of the NIC
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