Monday, October 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Pro-CM SGPC members meet Vedanti
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 28
Following a patch-up between Mr Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi yesterday at the Political Affairs Committee's meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal held at Chandigarh the much publicised meeting of the SGPC executive committee with the Jathedar Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti turned out to be a non-event. Five pro-Badal SGPC executive committee members today met Jathedar Vedanti at his headquarters at Akal Takht this morning seeking his explanation on the statement made by SGPC president Jagdev Singh Talwandi on October 12 when the OSD to the Chief Minister Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar was bailed out in the Bhaniara’s sacrilege case.

The meeting which lasted 50 minutes was attended by senior vice-president of the SGPC Alwinder Pal Singh Pakhoke, Mohinder Singh Romana, Raghbir Singh Sangroor, Hardial Singh Brar and Shamsher Singh Lohian. The SGPC executive committee members after the meeting refused to give details of the meeting but on repeated requests by the newsmen Mr Mohinder Singh Romana said that the issue regarding the distortion of ‘ holy bani’ was taken up with the Jathedar.

Jathedar Vedanti along with Giani Kewal Singh, Jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib and Giani Bhagwan Singh met the five members of the SGPC executive committee refused to comment on the meeting.

According to an SGPC member, who was part of the group which met the Jathedar, Akal Takht preferring anonymity said that with the differences between the SGPC president and the SAD chief having already been sorted out which were over the probe panels into the incidents of sacrilege relating to Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara, there was hardly any other matter, which required detailed discussions with Jathedar Vedanti.

The pro-Tohra group members conspicuous with their absence during the meeting of the SGPC executive committee with the Akal Takht, Jathedar while general secretary of the SGPC Bibi Kiranjot Kaur also did not attend the meeting today.


Cong promises revamping of police
Our Correspondent

Patiala, October 28
Capt Amarinder Singh, President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee virtually kick-started election campaign of his party by announcing that his party would revamp state’s police set-up if it came to power after the Assembly elections. He also launched a scathing attack on the ruling SAD-BJP combine.

He was addressing a rally organised by the District Congress Committee (Urban) at Chotti Baradari here today. Talking to reporters the PPCC chief said that his party would deal strongly with any issue relating to forcing voters to cast votes.

The PPCC chief said he had issued such instructions during his rallies at Ferozepore and Tarn Taran and would urge the Patiala police also to make sure that not even a single vote was garnered forcibly. He added that the sangat darshan programmes were frivolous in nature and could not solve problems of people. He added that by making 10 persons happy, the Chief Minister was making 90 angry and this development augured well for his party. He said that problems of common people should be taken into consideration. He said that 43 unauthorised colonies in the city should be regularised.

The PPCC chief said that civic-amenities available today were the same that existed during the pre-independence period. He said the problem of acute scarcity of water must be tackled immediately, particularly in villages where no water was available even today.

Capt Amarinder Singh lambasted the government for the perennial problem of-floods. He added that the proposal for monitoring funds to prevent floods in Tangri and Ghaggar rivers had already been passed. However, despite this “no one has the time to take in hand the task of completion”.

He said that none of the issues mentioned in the SAD manifesto had been resolved. This, he said, in turn gave rise to corruption, unemployment and recession in agricultural and industrial sectors. Capt Amarinder Singh assured to take the state towards industrialisation to help reduce unemployment. Talking of the probe into incident of sacrilege, the Captain said he was ready to go along with Mr Badal if the CM appointed a sitting Judge to probe the incidents.

Capt Amarinder Singh said that the Congress leaders would hold Block-level rallies in the state in which different committees would be formed to educate people about false promises made by the present government. He said Mr R.L. Bhatia, a former Minister will be the in charge of the election committee under which different groups will be divided. He added that the Congress would hold the next rally at Amritsar on November 5 and at Kapurthala on November 6.

Others who spoke during the rally were sitting party MP Mrs Preneet Kaur, former Cabinet Minister Lal Singh, former MLA’s Jasjit Singh Randhawa and Jasbir Singh, senior Congress leader Sant Ram Singla, former MLA Nabha Ramesh Singla, former Transport Minister Avtar Henry, former Rajya Sabha MP Bibi Amarjit Kaur, District Congress Committee (Rural) President Hardiyal Singh Kamboj and DCC(Urban) president Mr Ved Prakash Gupta apart from other Senior Congress leaders.


191 Hindus cancel visit to Pak
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 28
Following reports of kidnappings, rapes and assault on members of minority communities, a jatha of 191 Hindus devotees, which was scheduled to reach Pakistan tomorrow to pay obeisance in shrines, there has cancelled the visit at the eleventh hour.

Though visas to 191 out of 200 devotees were granted by the Pakistani High Commission, yet the visit has to be cancelled following exodus of Hindus from Pakistan. Mr. Surinder Kumar Billa, president All-India Hindu Suraksha Samiti who was also scheduled to visit Pakistan said the Hindu families which already had reached India via Samjhauta Express narrated horrible stories about the treatment, meted out to them in Pakistan. Mr Billa said that Sant Gobind Ram, president Shadani Darbar had informed him that not even a single follower of the Darbar was paying visit to Pakistan in protest against inhuman treatment, being meted out to Hindus in Pakistan.

According to Mr Billa, the Hindu devotees were to visit Sind province, Hayat Pitafi, Khanpur, Adalpur Mathelo, Karachi, Dera Sahib Gurdwara (Lahore), Mirpur Mathelo and Sadhu Bela etc.

Earlier, a jatha of Hindu devotees, led by Sant Gobind Ram had returned to India by cutting the visit short to Pakistan following attack by members of majority community in Pakistan.

Mr Billa alleged that more than 5000 Hindus had already come to India permanently due to attacks on them. Even after the death, fundamentalists did not allow the cremation of bodies as per Hindu rites, Mr Billa said. Many Pakistani Hindus had settled in New Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu, Indore, Jalgaon and Amarawati etc. He said more than one lakh Hindus wanted to leave Pakistan for good, however, Indian High Commission in Pakistan was not coming forward to grant liberal visas. He said a joint representation was being sent to Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Home Minister Mr L. K. Advani for immediate intervention. 


MPs urged to vote against POTO
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 28
Dubbing the newly promulgated Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) as a new “avatar” of the defunct TADA, Dal Khalsa and the All-India Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (AISYAD) yesterday urged the members of Parliament cutting across the parties to vote against the ordinance in the coming session of Parliament.

In a joint press statement, leaders of the AISYAD and Dal Khalsa, Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli and Mr Kanwar Pal Singh, respectively, have asked the MPs owing allegiance to the ruling Akali Dal to clarify their stand on the new Bill. Both leaders termed POTO as “badly conceived, deeply flawed and designed for misuse.”

They alleged that POTO could be used against political adversaries and ethnic and religious minorities to silence their dissenting voices. “There are numerous compelling evidences when TADA was misused against political opponents and minority communities, including the Muslims and Sikhs, by the successive Congress governments”, they said.

On the one hand, courts in the country had charged several police officers with abusing their powers while fighting militancy, on the other the government was going to enact a law which would give blanket powers to security personnel. “There are no safeguards, no checks and balances in the new Bill. The disastrous thing in the new Bill is that supervision and revision have been left to the executive rather than the judiciary”, said both.

They said their organisations would stage a public protest against such “anti-people” measures.


Kanshi leaves sammelan, hosts red-faced
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, October 28
The organisers of the BSP-sponsored “Saini sammelan”, especially Mr Gurmail Singh Saini, former president of the district unit of the BSP, had to face a lot of embarrassment when the BSP supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, while addressing the sammelan at the nearby Langroya village today with a view to bringing Sainis, one of the most dominating castes in the Nawanshahr Assembly segment, into the party fold, virtually distanced Sainis from the BSP with his utterances.

Mr Kanshi Ram chided Sainis by branding them as “habitual betrayers” stating that they had betrayed their own Guru.

“I have no trust on them and no hope from them. The BSP can form a government in Punjab without them”, he said.

The BSP supremo, holding the arm of Mr Gurmail Singh Saini, who was standing on the stage during the address, held him responsible for ignorance among Sainis about Mahatama Jyotiba Phule. He said with a view to forming a Dalit-friendly government in Punjab, he was favourably disposed towards the Panthic Morcha.

Though due to the struggle of the BSP the Centre had implemented the Mandal Commission report yet in Punjab neither the Congress nor SAD had implemented it.

He said if Jats of Punjab wanted to avail the facility of reservation on the pattern of Rajasthan, they should join hands with the BSP.

He said the BSP would contest all Assembly seats in Punjab.


‘No confirmed case of anthrax in Punjab’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The Punjab Government today said that “no confirmed “ case of anthrax had been reported in the state yet.

Commenting on reports pertaining to the detection of a positive case of anthrax in Bathinda cantonment, Mr Rajan Kashyap, Principal Secretary, Health Services, Punjab, told TNS that “ it is only a suspected case and not a confirmed one”.

He said that initial tests on samples of suspicious looking powdery material were done at Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences at Faridkot. As anthrax was only suspected and not confirmed at the university level, the samples had been sent to the Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi, for the confirmatory DNA test there.

The report from the Delhi institute would be available either tomorrow or the next day. Mr Kashyap said.

A parcel received by a senior Army officer in Bathinda cantonment contained some suspicious looking substance. The parcel had no proper stamps.

The army officer reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP, Bathinda, who sent the material to the university authorities for examination. The university has no DNA test facility, which is required for confirmation purposes in the case of anthrax spores, etc.


Avoid pact with Left: PPCC member
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member and trade unionist M.M. Singh Cheema has appealed to PPCC president Amarinder Singh not to have any truck with Communist parties.

Terming alliances of Communist parties as “opportunist and time-serving arrangements,” Mr Cheema has opposed the CPI’s demand to contest 30 seats in alliance with the Congress in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Cheema said the CPI demand was very unreasonable and unrealistic.

He warned that an alliance with Communist parties would prove fatal for the Congress. “In case the need for exploring the possibility of alliance formation arises, the three-member committee comprising the Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, Mr H.S. Hanspal and Mr Lal Singh be directed to hold a dialogue with representatives of dedicated Congressmen from the 30 affected Assembly segments and should take into confidence Members of Parliament from the respective areas,” the statement read.

The PPCC member further contended that the Communist parties got small number of votes when they contested on their own strength. 


SAD rift comes to fore
Our Correspondent

Budhlada (Mansa), October 28
The revolt brewing amongst SAD workers in Budhlada circle against the party high command came to the fore when Mr Jagjit Singh, member, SGPC, laid the foundation stone of the Kalipur-Kulana link road near Budhlada today, despite being informed by the tehsildar and the SHO that the ceremony would be performed by the General-Secretary and Member, Rajya Sabha, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Jaswant Singh Phaphre Bhaike, a former Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, warned that removal of the foundation stone laid by Mr Jagjit Singh would not be tolerated. He said that despite being a loyal worker of the SAD for the past 42 years, he was not given the ticket to contest the previous elections to the Vidhan Sabha. He also assured the gram panchayat that the middle school in the village will be upgraded to a high school.

Mr Jagjit Singh said that he, along with Jathedar Kaur Singh Khara, member, SGPC, had met Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, President, SGPC, who assured them of his full cooperation.

The sarpanch, Mr Balam Singh, said that the Finance Minister, Captain Kanwaljit Singh, had given a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the construction of the road. This, he said, will be completed before the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.


MC fails to remove encroachment
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
In a classic case of official neglect, local municipal officials have ignored the orders of the District Magistrate to remove an encroachment in the Balla Ram Nagar area of the city.

Mr Balwant Singh, a resident of the locality, had alleged in a complaint filed with the municipal authorities that some persons had constructed a wall on the street to encroach upon municipal land. The complaint was filed about seven months ago and slack efforts of the municipal authorities to remove the encroachment have only encouraged the encroachers.

The municipal authorities wrote to the District Magistrate that the services of a Duty Magistrate and police personnel were required to remove the encroachment. This was done after the notices served on the encroachers, public announcements and efforts to remove the encroachment failed. The District Magistrate, in his orders passed on August 14, said adequate police protection and services of the Naib Tehsildar as a Duty Magistrate would be provided.

The Duty Magistrate fixed September 17 as the date when the encroachment was to be removed, but the wall has not been removed till date. Interestingly, the municipal officials had stated in their letter to the District Magistrate that there was no court case relating to the structure and it could be removed lawfully.

Mr Balwant Singh alleged that the municipal officials were hand in glove with the encroachers and were delaying the removal of encroachment willingly.

Mr Shiv Kumar Mittal, Executive Officer, Municipal Council, was not available for comments.

Mr R Venkatratnam, District Magistrate, when contacted, said action would be taken against those found guilty of not following the orders and the encroachment would be removed. 


Rehabilitate stone crushers: Badal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has directed various departments, including the Housing and Urban Development and the Science, Technology and Environment, to facilitate rehabilitation of all members of the Zirakpur Stone Crushers Association.

A deputation of the association met the Chief Minister and the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, at Punjab Bhavan yesterday and explained to them the difficulties faced by the stonecrushers in continuing their business.

The Deputation maintained that all 24 members had collectively purchased 35 acres of land notified by the State for setting up of clusters of stonecrushers so that existing units could be shifted to the identified zones. The land completely met the sitting parameters notified by the state government.

The problems of the stonecrushers did not end there. Various other departments started raising objections. The Association was even asked to obtain a licence for setting up a new colony from the Punjab Urban Development Authority. The association, however, maintained that its members were being relocated and they were not into housing or construction business. They were being relocated on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. And since the state had failed to acquire land in the specified zone, the association purchased land for all its members at Sanjauli, a place earmarked for the stone crushers.

The Association also maintained that the chief Town Planner has already issued a no objection certificate and the Industries Department has recommended the case for change of the land use. Other departments have also been approached to provide basic amenities, including water and power supply.

The association maintained that its efforts to settle at the new approved sites have been continuing for the past several years but the process of rehabilitation was held up because of bureaucratic or administrative wrangling. The Chief Minister assured the association that all facilities would be extended to the stone crushers to ensure their rehabilitation at the sites approved by the Pollution Control Board.


Protest against ‘forced’ conversion
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
Activists of the BJP, Hindu Jagran Manch and the Balmiki Sabha blocked the traffic on the Bathinda-Goniana main road protesting against the permission given to a church to hold their religious programme at the official complex of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) here today.

The activists alleged that the preachers, who were participating in a conference , were speaking against a particular religion, which had hurt their sentiments. The poor were being offered money to get converted to their religion, they alleged.

The activists said their protest was not against any particular religion but against the forced conversion of the poor of the area by these preachers.

Mr C.K. Bhatti, Secretary, Methodoist Church said it was just a prayer meeting which had been organised by the local church. No one was being forced to get converted to their religion and no one had been offered money, he said.

He pointed out that they were forcibly shifted from the Bhana Mal Trust, where the programme was actually being held, to the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (D).

Mr Sukhminder Singh, SDM, when contacted kept mum over the issue. The protestors staged a dharna on the road.

The traffic had to be diverted.

Among the protestors there were many BJP and Hindu Jagran Manch leaders.

Mr Gulzar Singh, district president, BJP who was present on the spot, did not join the protestors.


Forum to take up pollution issue
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
“Rising air pollution in the city is affecting the health of residents and if the authorities concerned do not take necessary action to stop further deterioration in the quality of air, the forum would have to invoke legal remedies for the benefit of the residents of the area,” Mr M.M. Behal, secretary, Punjab Law Forum, said in a press note issued here today.

Mr Behal alleged that there had been a steep rise in the suspended particulate matter in the air and even sand dunes could be seen around the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner and the district police chief. More than 50 per cent of the total suspended dust particles in the air was due to this road. The paddy straw was being burnt in the region despite a ban imposed on it by the district administration. 


Lab technicians to intensify stir
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, October 28
Stepping up its ongoing agitation, the Medical Laboratory Technicians Association will start a relay fast outside the office of the Director, Health Services, Punjab, in Chandigarh, from November 19.

Stating this here today, Mr Jhirmal Singh Bhinder, a member of the association, said all districts would take part in the hunger strike which would be followed by a state-level rally.

If their demands were not met the president of the association, Mr Sikander Singh Mansa, would sit on an indefinite fast outside the residence of the Health Minister in Amritsar, said Mr Bhinder.

The association has been holding protest rallies at different places in the state demanding implementation of the court orders for pay revision.


RSS members celebrate ‘sathapna divas’
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 28
Hundreds of armed RSS workers participated in the “Sathapna divas” celebrations at Partap Bagh here today.

Senior BJP leaders, including Punjab Medical Education Minister Manoranjan Kalia, district BJP chief Nawal Kamboh addressed the workers who later held a march to commemorate “Sathapna divas”.

The march started from Partap Bagh and passed through Nehru Garden road, Civil Lines, Patel Chowk, Mai Hirah Gate and Bhagat Singh Chowk.

More than 500 workers equipped with pistols, double-barrel guns and swords raised slogans in favour of the Sangh parivar.


RMPs plan agitation
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
Hundreds of members of the Medical Practitioners Association (MPA) of Bathinda, Ferozepur zone, today held a protest rally at Lambi, the home constituency of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, to express resentment over the adamant attitude of the state government towards their demands.

In a press note issued here today Dr Inderjit Dhir, president of the association, said they were only demanding the right to work more so when the government could not provide them with jobs.

He said the association would launch a struggle in protest against the state government’s attitude.


‘Bathinda Blast’ casts spell
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
The police had a tough time controlling thousands of enthusiastic youngsters who were induced to dance to the tunes of Punjabi sons at “Bathinda Blast”, a programme organised by etc Punjabi channel at Bahia resorts on the Bathinda-Chandigarh road, yesterday evening.

Although some youngsters had to face the wrath of police personnel, they continued to perform “bhangra”, creating problems for other spectators.

A galaxy of Punjab folk and pop singers performed in the open compound of the resort and cast a spell on the spectators. Those who performed included Sarabjit Cheema, Pammi Bai, Gursewak Mann, Satwinder Bitti, Ashok Masti and Surjit Bindrakhia.


Recovery of farmers’ coop loans suspended
Tribune News Service

Malout, October 28
The Punjab government has decided to suspend recovery of loans taken by the farmers from the cooperative banks following large scale losses suffered by them due to attack of bollworm on the cotton crop.

At a ‘Sangat Darshan’ function at Gaggar village of this area, Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, said that the decision had been taken as farmers failed to get proper cotton crop despite the then spending money on pesticides to save it from severe attack of bollworm.

He pointed out loans taken for the cultivation of cotton crop by the farmers in the last crop season would be recovered in the coming three years by dividing the same into equal instalments. He said that in Muktsar district alone, recovery of loan worth Rs 60 crore had been suspended. Cotton growers suffered a great loss in Muktsar district also.

The Chief Minister called upon the farmers to go for crop diversification by cultivating sugarcane and setting up orchards. He added that farmers should think of crops with negligible failure and were profit oriented.

Listing the achievements of the Punjab Cooperative Department he said that in the past four years loans worth Rs 9556.42 crore had been given to the farmers for agriculture purposes.


Two policemen suspended

Phagwara, October 28
Two policemen of the local police station were suspended for dereliction of duty, the police said today. Both were arrested yesterday after an undertrial Surinder Pal, alias Shinda, escaped from the police lock up early in the morning with the alleged connivance of sentry Bhajan Singh and negligence of munshi Manjit Ram.

Shinda was wanted in a case of murder of Joginder Kaur of a nearby Kotrani village. PTI


5 robbers held, arms seized
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, October 28
Five armed robbers and a taxi driver were arrested and their arms and ammunition seized within half an hour of the robbery they committed at Apra village in this sub-division last evening.

Mr Satinder Singh, DSP, said here today that five armed robbers struck at Aptech Computer Centre in the village. They entered the cabin of proprietor Sanjeev Kumar and looted a gold chain, a bracelet and a gold ring from him at gunpoint. They tied him with a rope and sped away towards Phillaur on the Nawanshahr road in a Maruti car which they had hired from Ludhiana.

The DSP said the robbers were arrested during ‘nakabandi’ near Phillaur. Two .12 bore revolvers, five cartridges, gold ornaments worth Rs 65,000 and sharp-edged weapons were recovered from robbers.

The robbers had been identified as Karan, Rakesh, Sonu, Sidhu, Mandeep Kumar Mintoo, Deepak, Lucky of Cantt Mohalla and taxi driver Nirmal Singh. A case under Sections 392, IPC, and Arms Act had been registered, the DSP added.


4 cops booked for keeping drugs haul
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 28
A criminal case under Sections 403, 411, 414 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against four policemen at the local Government Railway Police (GRP) station for their alleged involvement in tampering with the consignment of narcotics which they found in a train during patrolling in September.

Police sources said the suspects did not deposit the narcotics at the police station after seizing these from the train.

The four policemen against whom the case has been registered are: Kashmir Chand, Rajesh Kumar, Jaswinder Singh and Paramjit Singh.


700 kg of poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, October 28
Five smugglers of poppy husk, wanted in many cases, dodged a police party and fled after abandoning their jeep near Jogawala village in the district. About 700 kg of poppy husk was recovered, from the jeep.

The SSP, Dr Jatinder Jain, in a press note issued here today said a police party was deployed at the village crossing to prevent the smuggling of narcotics from Haryana. When the police party signalled a jeep coming from Kalian Wali village (Haryana) to stop, the driver of the jeep changed the route and started driving towards Jogawala. The police party gave a chase to the culprits but they managed to escape.

Dr Jain said four of the five culprits had been identified and one of them identified as Luhar Singh, alias Bachhi, a resident of Kalian Wali, was wanted in eight cases. He was featured in ‘India’s Most Wanted” by the Haryana police.

The other culprits had been identified as Gurmail Singh, from Mansa, who was wanted in two cases, Iqbal Singh and Kaur Singh, both from Sirsa. The jeep had been impounded. A case under Section 15.61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against them, the SSP said. 


Dang seeks action in exam bungling
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 28
The veteran CPI leader, Mr Satya Pal Dang, has taken a serious note of bunglings in the internal assessment in the subject of Surgery during MBBS examination conducted last year by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Mr Dang, in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, which was released to the press here today, pointed out that the Registrar of the university had sought the explanation from the Principal of the local medical college with regard to roll number 1402099 in whose case the internal assessment had been increased while it had been delayed in four other cases.

Mr Dang said the revised internal assessment defied logic. He pointed out that the second internal examiner had been replaced at the last minute by a Professor who happened to be a close relation of the Head of the Department even as the examiner enjoyed a good reputation as surgeon.

He cited another instance of bungling which was taken up with the then Principal regarding a topper who was allegedly marked failed through some manipulation in the internal assessment. He said this was done to enable some other student to top. After much protest, however, the girl was declared third in the class.

Mr Dang said inspite of such cases being brought to the notice of the senior officers of the university, no action against the erring doctors had been taken.

He also alleged that certain cases were being hushed up under political pressure. He said the Vice-Chancellor should make public all relevant facts regarding internal assessment. 


Colleges of education festival opens
Our Correspondent

Abohar, October 28
Zonal Youth Festival of Colleges of Education affiliated with Panjab University was declared open at DAV College of Education here by the Principal Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija on Sunday. Mr Brij Lal Rinwa Punjab BJP President was the chief guest on the first day’s session.

Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh won first position in the introducing competition in Indian Dances. Preeti Verma, Preeti Rawat, Preeti Upadhyay, Agma, Puja, Ramandeep, Anupama and Shalu brought laurels for the college in Rajasthani dance. Second position was won by boys from DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur by presenting Himachali dance, the team from Malwa Central College of Education Ludhiana was placed third. In individual performance the result was: 1. Mukesh Sharma (Hoshiarpur), 2 Neetu (Lopon) 3 Preeti Verma (Chandigarh).

Sonila of DAV College of Education Hoshiarpur was the only participant in individual classical dance competition, she was declared eligible for first prize. Other results: Still Life: 1. Navneet (DAV College of Education, Abohar) 2. Dalbir (GHGH Khalsa College of Education, Sidhwan Khurd) 3. Navdeep (DD Jain College of Education, Ludhiana). Landscape: 1. Pomal (DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur), 2. Himani (Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh) 3. Gurbinder (Govt College of Education, Chandigarh).

Drawing from Life: 1. Kanta (DAV College of Education, Abohar), 2. Sumanta (SDS College of Education, Lopon) 3. Diljot (Govt College of Education Chandigarh).

The festival will conclude on Tuesday. Fifteen colleges with more than 700 students are participating in the competition. DAV College of Education Abohar has hosted the festival for first time. Mr I.S. Dhillon Director PU Youth Welfare Department said separate competitions were planned for colleges of education to cultivate, promote talent.


UGC Chairman to be honoured
Our Correspondent

Patiala, October 28
Dr Hari Gautam, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), will be conferred the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Coronation Bi-centenary Award by Punjabi University during the North Zone Vice-Chancellors’ Conference to be held here tomorrow.

The authorities said it was for the first time in 40 years that such a conference was being held at Punjabi University under the auspices of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.

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