|Friday, May 12, 2000,
Bibi has her way at meeting
to Bibi Jagir Kaur
to monitor Thein project
can avail of job benefit again
who sold 1000 degrees held
DSGMC men poached from Tohra camp
to privatise streetlight maintenance
supply not affected: PSEB
project at Malout
checking of buses resented
booked on charge of theft
theft on university campus
theft racket detected
releases academic schedule
Bibi has her way at meeting
AMRITSAR, May 11 Despite opposition by some members of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and SAD (Amritsar), the SGPC executive today confirmed the sacking of Giani Puran Singh as Jathedar Akal Takht and his suspension as granthi, Golden Temple.
The meeting which lasted for almost seven hours was presided over by Bibi Jagir Kaur, president, SGPC.
The meeting confirmed all the 490 resolutions passed on March 28.
Mr Balbir Singh Pannu and Mr Hardalbir Singh Shah, senior vice-president and general secretary, SGPC, respectively were among those who opposed the confirmation of the minutes of the previous executive meeting sacking Giani Puran Singh as Jathedar Akal Takht.
Noisy scenes were witnessed when Bibi Jagir Kaur and her supporters said that members who were absent from the previous SGPC meeting could not now give a dissenting note on issues passed then. Mr Pannu claimed that of the 15 members, six members of the ruling party and three members of SHSAD and SAD (Amritsar) opposed confirmation of the decision to sack Giani Puran Singh as Jathedar.
Mr Pannu and Mr Shah stressed that suspension of Giani Puran Singh should be revoked as he had not violated any maryada as granthi. Mr Shah said that the transfer of Giani Puran Singh to Muktsar should also be cancelled as a granthi of the Golden Temple could not be sent to any other gurdwara.
Mr Pannu said that there was a strong demand by the Sikh masses that Bibi Jagir Kaur resign as SGPC chief as she was embroiled in several controversies. Media surveys confirmed that the Sikh masses wanted Bibi Jagir Kaur to step down.
However, Mr Pannu, clarified that raising a dissenting voice on certain issues should not be considered as a stand against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president SAD.
Mr Pannu alleged that rampant corruption had crept into the SGPC due to mismanagement and there were many cases of misappropriation.
Replying a question, Mr Pannu said that the members of rival factions of the SGPC could support his demand far as cleansing of the SGPC but this should not be misunderstood as his joining hands with the rival group.
Some members alleged that the SGPC purchased disputed land for construction of medical college at Valla Village at above market rates. The real owners of the land had filed a petition against those who had sold the land to SGPC.
After heated discussions a five-member committee has been constituted to probe the charges. The members also raised points of nepotism and favouritism.
Many members, including
some from the ruling party, raised eyebrows over the
passing of 490 resolutions at the previous meeting which
was attended by only seven members and lasted for just a
few hours on March 28.
Ultimatum to Bibi Jagir Kaur
AMRITSAR, May 11 A pro-Badal SGPC member, Mr Puran Singh Josh, has served an ultimatum on Bibi Jagir Kaur, President of the SGPC, to resign by May 25.
In a two-page press note issued here yesterday, Mr Josh said if Bibi Jagir Kaur failed to resign as the SGPC chief by that date, he would organise a massive protest march along with pro-Panthic and other association. We will carry black badges to lodge our protest, he threatened.
Mr Josh said Bibi Jagir Kaur must put to an end to all controversies by resigning from the post.
He said earlier he had
worn black clothes to demand the ousting of Mr Gurcharan
Singh Tohra as the SGPC chief. Bibi Jagir Kaur had
violated the established Sikh traditions for vested
interests, he alleged. The death of her daughter under
mysterious circumstances had also embroiled her into
Kamaljits house attacked
JALANDHAR, May 11 A nihang, who was one of eight persons, who allegedly attacked, usurped the abandoned house of Kamaljit Singh, the lover of Harpreet Kaur, daughter of the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, and beat up the family servant yesterday was arrested by the Kapurthala police this afternoon.
The remaining attackers had absconded, the Kapurthala SSP said.
A group of eight persons, including two nihangs, allegedly descended on the residence of Darshan Singh, father of Kamaljit, last night under the influence of liquor and beat up the family servant Giani Rishi (30) and forcibly took the possession of the house at Begowal village. The boundary wall of the house, a cattle shed and a verandah were also smashed by the attackers, who are said to be involved in a legal battle with Kamaljits family for past several years.
An electric motor used for preparing fodder for the cattle was also destroyed by the miscreants in the absence of the family which has gone into hiding after death of Harpreet Kaur.
Incidentally Bibi Jagir Kaur, is away to Amritsar to attend the SGPC meeting.
Mr Iqbal Singh, SSP, said the arrested person had been identified as Inder Singh, a resident of Baagwanpura in Begowal village. The other accused had also been identified and police parties sent to nab them.
Confirming that the residence of Kamaljit had been attacked the SSP said the accused had been booked under Sections 452, 448, 427, 148, 149 of the IPC.
Meanwhile, Manjit Kaur, sister of Kamaljit told TNS from her hideout that the attack was aimed at scaring and creating a fear psychosis among the family members so as to discourage them to seek justice for Kamaljit in the court. She said the attackers who were drunk repeatedly asked the servant to convey to the family that it would be better if they leave the village immediately.
She alleged that the miscreants attacked the house in presence of two security guards detailed for the security of the family. The two, however, did not react. Rather when the servant asked them to do something they expressed their helplessness by saying that they could not do anything to save him or the house she said. The attackers also forced the servant to sign some blank papers before letting him free, she added.
Manjit Kaur alleged that
timely action was not taken by the police authorities in
spite of her repeated complaints to the authorities,
including Mr Munish Chawla, SP and a member of the SIT
deputed by the Punjab Government for probing into the
case. So much so that the police officials did not
open their fax to enable me to lodge a complaint in this
regard, said Manjit while talking to the TNS on the
telephone. She said damage could be well over Rs 30,000.
CS to monitor Thein project
CHANDIGARH, May 11 Upset over the prolonged delay in the commissioning of the Thein dam hydro power project, the Punjab Government has decided to review the progress of the work on the project twice a month.
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr R.S. Mann has been assigned the task of reviewing the progress with all concerned by the Punjab Chief Minister. Already a meeting has been held in this connection and the next meeting is due to be held later this month.
This 600 MW project was scheduled to be commissioned in June last but due to various reasons the commissioning was postponed. However, when at the fag end of last year preparations had been made for commissioning, major, snags were detected in both tunnels of the project. Consequently, the project has not been commissioned so far. The State has suffered a loss of about Rs 700 crore by way of delay in power generation and otherwise due to non-commissioning of the project.
Informed official sources said that the project would be put on trial run in July this year. Both tunnels would be ready by the end of June. Earlier, one tunnel was to be used for commissioning purpose but now the authorities concerned have decided to make both tunnels functional.
Mr N.S.Vasant, Energy adviser to the Punjab Government,who has been given the task of constant monitoring of the progress of technical works on the project, told The Tribune that he had visited the Thein dam last week . He was hopeful that if every thing went right, then the commissioning exercise would start in July.
The commissioning would be done in phases. Moreover, the optimum utilisation of the power generating machines would be subject to the availability of water . If water would be available in adequate quantity, the optimum level would be achieved in a short period. However, it would take time for the stabilisation of the project.
When asked about the power scenario in the state, Mr Vasant said that the focus was to enhance the power base in the state by utilising all water resources for power generation. As Punjab was located for away from coalfields, thermal plants were proving a very costly proposition. Already two units of the Lehra Mohabat Thermal Plant had been commissioned and were performing well. The second stage of this plant would be executed through the department(PSEB) and the process had been initiated.
Punjab is a state where
the per capita power consumption is the highest in the
country. The same is the case with the growth in demand,
which is near 10 per cent annually. However, Punjab
remains a power surplus state for most part of the year
and sells power to neighbouring states like Haryana and
even Southern states like Andhra Pradesh. During the
paddy transplanting period, Punjab faces a power crisis
for four months or so.
Ex-serviceman can avail of
job benefit again
CHANDIGARH, May 11 Can an ex-serviceman, who has already got benefit in obtaining a government job on the basis of serving in the armed forces, get another government job on that basis?
This question was answered in the affirmative by the Punjab and Haryana High Court while dismissing a writ petition against an ex-servicemen who had obtained benefit of being ex-servicemen by getting appointed to two separate posts.
The question arose in a writ petition challenging the appointment of Mr Karnail Singh, an ex-servicemen who are earlier selected to the post of Veterinary Officer ( a post reserved for ex-servicemen) on May 1, 1998. He again applied for another post reserved for ex-servicemen in the PCS (Executive) and allied services, in response to an advertisement. The petitioner also applied for the said post.
When the respondent, Mr Karnail Singh, was selected for a higher post in the PCS, the petitioner challenged the selection of the respondent and submitted that the respondent could not considered for the ex-servicemens category because he had already got benefit to the selection as an ex-serviceman as a Veterinary Officer.
The petitioner in support of his contention relied on a government circular dated February 28, 1973.
In reply the respondent averred that the above instructions had become obsolete in view of the provisions known as the Punjab Recruitment of Ex-Servicemens Rules, 1982, There is no bar under these rules to avail of the benefit of being an ex-serviceman a second time in getting the job. These provisions specifically overrule the 1972 rules and instructions.
The Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice J.S. Narang observed that the 1972 instructions cannot hold water to deny the benefit of reservation to ex-servicemen who might have already got a government job on the basis.
The Bench consequently dismissed the writ petition.
Show-cause notice to DPI (S)
Tribune News Service adds: The High Court today issued notice of motion to Punjabs Director of Public Instruction (Schools) Mr. Tej Kumar Goel for July 27 asking him to show cause why proceedings for contempt should not be drawn against him for alleged violation of court orders regarding the payment of retirement benefits.
Taking up the petition filed by a retired teacher residing in Fatehgarh Sahib district Mr. Ujjagar Singh and three others, Mr. Justice V.S. Aggarwal, however, granted exemption from personal appearance to the respondent till further orders.
Claiming wilful and deliberate disobedience of the court orders, the petitioners had earlier stated that despite the High Court directions pronounced in March 1995 asking the respondents to pay retirement benefits along with gratuity and interest after taking into consideration the dearness allowance and the additional dearness allowance had not been paid.
Contempt notice to SSP
Issuing notice of motion to Hoshiarpurs Senior Superintendent of Police R.P. Mittal and eight other respondents for July 3, High Court asked them to show cause why proceedings for contempt should not be initiated against them for alleged violation of court directions against harvesting crops.
Mr. Justice V.S. Aggarwal of the High Court, however, granted exemption to the respondents from personal appearance. Seeking punishment for the respondents, Mahant Gobind Dass of Gurdaspur district had earlier alleged in his petition that despite the High Courts orders, the respondents, Gurbax Singh and three others had harvested the crop.
Man who sold 1000 degrees held
JALANDHAR, May 11 (UNI) The police today claimed to have busted another racket in the preparation and sale of fake degrees of Bihars Magadh University with the arrest of a man who had been operating in tandem with Bihar-based racketeers for the past Five years.
SP (Operations) Amit Prasad, who handles the anti-fraud department of the police, said the confession of accused Shashi Kumar Bedi and preliminary investigation of record seized from his academy in the city revealed that he had issued at least 1000 fake degrees, certificates and mark sheets dating back to the eighties.
The officer said the accused also confessed that he had been selling fake academic documents for prices ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.
A similar racket in the sale of fake degrees and certificates of the Bodh Gaya-based university had been unearthed by the city police on Sunday last with the arrest of two men.
Mr Amit Prasad said modus operandi in both rackets busted so far was the same. The accused procured blank degrees and certificates from Bihar, filled up the documents as per requirement of the purchasers and sold them at a rate determined by the need of purchaser.
At least twenty fake academic documents besides a Rs three lakh, in cash, five cheques and two registers giving details of more than a thousand purchasers were seized during a raid on Punjab Sikhiya Parishad office of Bedi.
15 DSGMC men poached from Tohra
NANGAL, May 11 In an interesting twist it now appears that the 15 Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Members, who have been housed at the NFL guest house at Nangal are Tohra loyalists who recently switched loyalties to the Badal camp. Sources said these members who have been brought here on the eve of the DSGPC poll, may not be allowed to go to Delhi for voting, thus reducing the strength to Tohra loyalists in the event of voting for office-bearers of the DSGPC on May 12.
Newspersons managed to contact two DSGMC members when they went to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Bhabour Sahib yesterday. They identified themselves as Harbans Singh and Joginder Singh, which are probably pseudonyms. While one of these members Harbans Singh, admitted that the DSGMC members were staying at the rest house, he claimed he himself was not a member.
Newspersons who had gathered at the NFL Guest House were not allowed to talk to the DSGMC members. Police officials accompanying these members broke the dicky-locks of scooter of a local reporter Mr Prabhat Bhatti, on suspecting he had a camera in the scooter. They later apologised
The DSGMC members left the NFL Rest House at about 11.30 a.m. in three vehicles. Their faces were covered when they were taken out of the rest house and they were accompanied by plain clothed cops.
Move to privatise streetlight
PATIALA, May 11 In a first step towards the complete privatisation of a service, the local Municipal Corporation is about to award the contract for the maintenance of streetlights to a private party on an annual basis.
Tenders for the contract have been opened and modalities of running the scheme are being discussed.
The move follows the award of a contract to a private party for the regular cleaning of Gunda Nullah, an open drain carrying most of the town's sewage. However, this contract was a small one compared to the proposed move on privatising streetlights-maintenance. With the move, the MC will become the first civic body in the state to completely privatise a service.
Sources in the MC said privatisation of the streetlights-maintenance was easier than privatising the other services, as there was no employee strength in this case to oppose any such move. They said such a move had become the need of the hour as the MC was facing problems in providing the service due to a severe shortage of staff.
Residents of the town should welcome the move as complaints of delay in repairing streetlights were mounting by each day. The situation had become alarming recently when a number of residents of colonies had begun to spend from their own pockets to illuminate the streets.
Sources said with no separate electricity wing and only three employees for the maintenance of streetlights, the corporation was finding it difficult to maintain 12,600 points in the city. The corporation also has no vehicle of its own available round-the-clock for a speedy disposal of complaints. It has to rely on the staff and vehicles of the Punjab State Electricity Board for carrying out the work. This caused considerable delays, leading to harassment of the public, the sources said.
Mr K.S. Kang, Commissioner of the MC, said the corporation was making the move in public interest. Instead of investing huge amount of money in setting up an electricity wing, it was better to give the responsibility to a private party.
Mr Kang said though the maintenance would be private, the corporation would have full control and supervision. He said public could file complaints at the MC office which would ensure that the contractor took care of it immediately. A clause in the contract which called for fault repair within 48 hours of the complaint or face penalty would make the contractor ensure a proper maintenance, Mr Kang said.
He said if the move proved successful in the first year, the corporation might make it a permanent feature.
Regarding the Ganda
Nullah contract, Mr Kang said it had been given as there
was a severe shortage of sweepers. He said the
corporation had only 800 sweepers, while it needed 1,400.
He said the town's population was swelling and more
colonies were being built, putting pressure on the
Power supply not affected:
PATIALA, May 11 Power supply remained by and large undisturbed in the state during the strike by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Employees Joint Action Committee to protest against the move to privatise the power sector by handing over the Goindwal Sahib thermal project to a private company.
PSEB chairman G.S. Sohal said the strike did not have any impact on the power supply and passed off peacefully because of elaborate arrangements made by the board to maintain the power supply.
He said the thermal and hydro generating plants at Ropar, Bathinda, Lehra Mohabbat, Joginder Nagar, Pathankot, Talwara and Anandpur Sahib functioned normally. However, the board did not release any details of the impact of the strike in other parts of the state.
According to reports, the impact of the strike was more in field offices, complaint centres and cash counters. Employees also held rallies at some places.
Development project at Malout
CHANDIGARH, May 11 The Punjab Government has embarked upon an ambitious multi-dimensional urban development project in the cotton belt of Malout. This was revealed here today by Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Chief Administrator of Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA). Seventy acres of land for this purpose had already been acquired adjoining the grain market at Malout.
Mr Sidhu said that the
concept behind launching this project was to shift from
routine housing and plotting activities of PUDA. It would
be an extension of the Malout Institute of Management and
Information Technology, which was supplemented by
Community Recreational Centre. The entire project, said
the administrator, would be self-financing since these
two projects were to be funded out of the receipts
against sale of plots. The third part of the project was
the Green Field Residential Enclave.
Random checking of buses
AMRITSAR, May 11 Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla has raised the issue of checking government buses at no fixed check posts.
In case the bus is impounded the passengers are left high and dry on the road side to fend for themselves. This wayward checking of buses by the police or by the taxation authorities puts the passenger to in convenience.
Minister flags off relief trucks
SANGRUR, May 11 Mr Ranjit Singh Balian, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Punjab today flagged off 21 trucks, loaded with fodder for the drought-hit areas of Rajasthan from here.
These trucks will reach Churu in Rajgarh district in Rajasthan, from where the fodder will be sent to the drought-hit areas. The fodder has been collected from the villages by the non-government organisations in collaboration with the district administration.
MiG-23 crashes, pilot safe
LUDHIANA, May 11 (PTI) The Halwara air base in the district lost a second MiG-23 fighter aircraft in a crash last night.
According the IAF authorities, pilot S.S. Dalal succeeded in bailing out, but received injuries and was immediately admitted to the Air Force Hospital, Halwara, where he was stated to be out of danger.
According to the Jagraon police, the plane crashed in the fields where the hay stacks lying in the field caught fire.
The plane which was on an exercise flight was badly damaged.
Last month another MiG-23 crashed killing its pilot in Patiala district.
Villagers stage dharna
MALERKOTLA, May 11 Villagers staged a dharna against the municipal committee here against the charnel-house built by the authorities at Upoki village.
The villagers of nearby villages also came in the support of the dharna.
PPSC member sworn in
CHANDIGARH, May 11 Mr R.C. Gupta was today sworn in as member of the Punjab Public Service Commission. The Punjab Governor, Mr Vishnu Kant Shastri, administered him the oath of office at Punjab Raj Bhavan today.
Dr G.S. Preet
Land registration computerised
AMRITSAR, May 11 Single window service has been introduced to make on-the-spot registration of land and building registration deeds on computer.
Launching the computerised service in Amritsar I and II here yesterday Mr Narinderjit Singh Deputy Commissioner said that computerisation in urban and semiurban areas would help to check corruption and tax evasion. The computerisation cost of Rs 5 lakh with latest infrastructure would help to minimise the revenue leakage, ensure proper valuation of properties and consequently ensure transparency in the system.
Permanent records of
deeds will be maintained on CD ROMs and better
monitoring of revenue collections. The DC announced that
computerisation work would be introduced in the district
by the end of this month.
ASI booked on charge of theft
LUDHIANA, May 11 The police has booked an Assistant Sub-Inspector of police along with four other persons on charges of theft, breach of trust and criminal trespassing.
According to the police, the ASI (Traffic) Kuldip Singh had allegedly connived with Pritam Singh, Lachman Singh, Darshan Singh and Dalip Singh and attacked Sakander Singh, Lal Singh, Prag Singh and Kuldeep Singh at Bains village.
It is alleged that a land dispute was the motive behind the attack. The accused also inflicted injuries on the complainants after forcibly entering their fields and destroying the crops. A case under Sections 324, 323, 447, 511, 506, 120-B, 148 and 149 IPS, has been registered.
In another incident a Meena Kumari (12) was allegedly kidnapped by a resident of Ramwapur Siama village in Gonda (Uttar Pradesh).
A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered.
Meanwhile, a woman was allegedly assaulted by her two brothers-in-law and their wives because of disagreement over the issue of division of agricultural land between the brothers.
According to the police, Paramjit Kaur of Lalton Khurd village was allegedly attacked and injured by her two brothers-in-law and their wives on May 6.
Third theft on university
AMRITSAR, May 11 Security in GND University has come under a cloud following the third theft in six months in broad daylight.
The theft took place in the house of Mr Mohan Singh here yesterday. Mr Singh residing in the D-block of university accommodation was not in house when thieves struck.
It was at 12.30 p.m. when the door was knocked, that Mr Mohan Singhs wife, who is handicapped answered the door but did not open it as some people were looking for a Dr Duggal. The thieves returned and asked for water. As she turned after serving them water three of them stepped in the house.
At that moment Mr Mohan Singhs teenaged daughter was also there. The thieves allegedly threatened them with a knife and tied the girl and mother with a dupatta and belt, respectively and muffled them.
They then decamped with Rs 10,000 in cash and jewellery which included earrings, chain and bangles.
This is third incident of theft in six months in the university premises despite the universitys own security arrangements.
Six months ago cash jewellery and gold was looted from the house of Professor Paramjit Singh of the Sociology Department. Second incident of theft took place at Xen Kapoors house. The thieves had stolen goods worth Rs 1.50 lakh.
LPG theft racket detected
HOSHIARPUR, May 11 The police here has detected a racket of LPG thefts involving theft of two to three kg gas from a cylinder of 14.200 kg refilling of the said gas in empty cylinder under directions of a gas agency owner. The police and officials of the Civil Supply Department have started checking of godowns of Hoshiarpur Gas Agency dealer of Indian Oil, LPG.
Last evening Manager Shiv Kumar Ohri was arrested on May 9 for charging extra amount of Rs 410 from a customer for providing him with new LPG connection.
The police showed the instrument used to steal gas and refilling of LPG from a filled cylinder to empty one. The owner of the agency employed four persons of UP for this work. Ikhlak Ahmad one of the culprits was arrested while his three accomplices are still at large. Ikhlak Ahmad demonstrated the stealing of gas and refilling of LPG from a full cylinder to empty one.
Ikhlak Ahmad said that generally they refilled 15 to 20 empty cylinders from a truck load of 300 cylinders of LPG. He said that 30 trucks arrived in the agency godowns monthly and they refilled 450 to 500 cylinders. The agency holder was paying monthly salary of Rs 1200 each to them and providing one filled cylinder for a truck to them for this work.
The police said that
after checking 81 cylinders were found underweight from 2
to 3 kg. He said that presently the supply of LPG to the
customers of this agency had been suspended and it would
be restored after the completion of physical checking
within a day or so.
University releases academic
PATIALA, May 11 Punjabi University has released the academic schedule for 2000-2001 session for the colleges affiliated to it.Releasing the schedule, Dr Jodh Singh, Dean College Development Council, said the affiliated colleges would close for summer vacations from May 22 and would reopen in July.
The admissions without late fee would be open from July 13 to 22 and with late fee of Rs 400 from July 24 to July 28, with late fee of Rs 800 up to August 4 and with late fee of Rs 1500/- the admissions would be available till August 14.He said the teaching work in colleges would commence on July 17.
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