Friday, November 15, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cops didn’t enter Darbar Sahib: Tohra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
SHSAD President, Gurcharan Singh Tohra, said today that there were two distinct campuses of the Golden Temple Complex — Darbar sahib, comprising “parkarma” and the SGPC campus housing offices and serais.

Addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club, he continued, “The police neither entered the Darbar Sahib campus nor violated any “maryada”. The security forces were positioned to maintain law and order and what Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh did was only to carry forward a precedent, a legacy, set by Mr Parkash Singh Badal in the past three SGPC presidential elections in 1999, 2000 and 2001 by handing over the SGPC complex to the police.

Mr Tohra showed The Tribune news coverage of the November, 2001, SGPC poll wherein, he had moved a resolution protesting against the deployment of police by the Badal Government in the SGPC office complex and obstructing of members by plainclothemen. ‘’This time the police was there and no one stopped us’’.

On summoning of the Chief Minister at Akal Takht, and why he did not oppose the resolution to that effect in the general house on November 12, he replied, ‘’Why should I? However, if I am summoned and there is live coverage by the media, I shall willingly submit’’.

When asked about the outcome of the SGPC poll, he quipped, ‘’This is no election. It is a victory of Hindu fundamentalism and Sikh feudalism’’. He hinted at approaching the court.

Mr Tohra also thanked all 68 members who voted his party candidates and also those SGPC members, who defected from the Badal camp. He also dismissed as ‘’rubbish’’ the allegation that the ruling Congress supported him during the SGPC elections. ‘’In fact it is the other way round. The Captain helped Mr Parkash Singh Badal, which is also evident from the fact that he violated section 144 Cr P.C. with impunity and no action was taken against him’’. He castrated Mr Badal for keeping SGPC members as ‘’slaves’’.

Moreover, while the Badal camp was supposedly fighting only Capt Amarinder Singh, ‘’our party was facing all odds from the Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh Governments’’.

There was an unsavoury incident at the press conference, when Mr Tohra reacted sharply to a correspondent’s question, ‘’Have you recognised Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, as you have offered to appear before the takht, if summoned’’? The wordy flare-up led to arguments and exchange of hot words. But it was sorted out. 


Punjab ministers to Capt’s defence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Describing BJP President Venkaiah Naidu’s hostile criticism of Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh as ill-founded, unwarranted and unprecedented, Punjab Ministers — Mr Lal Amarinder Singh, Mr Khushal Behal, Mr Santokh Amarinder Singh, Mr Jasjit Amarinder Singh Randhawa and Mr Gurbinder Amarinder Singh Atwal — today condemned the BJP leader’s sermonising the 118-year-old Congress, the only secular and progressive party in the country.

Instead of advising others on how to handle affairs of the state and not interfere in sensitive religious issues, the BJP should do self-introspection and abide by the adage “ physician heal thyself first”.

Rebutting Mr Naidu’s vituperation against Capt Amarinder Singh’s style of functioning as “ Maharaja-like who considers Punjab as his fiefdom”, they pointed out that Capt Amarinder Singh was a simple man and not like BJP leaders who were lavishly and flamboyantly dressed. His functioning was democratic, humane and focused to bring the shattered economy back on the rails. The ministers said it was really amazing that the BJP, the party which has a base of less than 5 per cent in Punjab, was commenting on the political situation of the state.

The Amarinder Government, the minister said, was committed to providing good governance, corruption-free administration and fiscal reforms. He had set a trend in the country as far as the removal of corruption from government administration and public life was concerned. The ministers referred to Mr Naidu’s wild charge about Capt Amarinder Singh’s alleged interference in the Sikh religious affairs and the recent SGPC elections describing it as only orchestration of the Akali allegations. The ministers said that Capt Amarinder Singh had conducted the poll in accordance with Sikh traditions and maryada even as the two warring Akali factions had threatened to lay a siege to the city and the SGPC complex.


SAD convenes meeting

Mr Parkash Singh Badal today convened a meeting of the party MPs, MLAs and members of the working committee at Bhai Gurdas Hall, Amritsar, for November 16. The agenda, says a press note, is to chalk out a programme for the ‘’jail bharo morcha’’ starting on November 27.


Sikh Forum’s plea
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, November 14
The Sikh Forum, Punjab, has appealed to the Jathedar of Akal Takht to act judiciously and impartially so that political rivalry of Akali factions does not further harm the image of Sri Akal Takht.

The forum is headed by Capt Channan Singh Sidhu (retd).


Amend Sikh Gurdwara Act: Mahesh Inder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Senior Akali leader and former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal has said there is need to amend the procedure for conducting the SGPC elections. In a statement here today, he said the procedure was not democratic and the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, needed to be amended.

He pointed out that nowhere in the democratic setup across the world, the candidate contesting the elections was himself the returning officer as it usually happened during the SGPC elections. While the sitting president of the SGPC, Mr Kripal Singh Badungar, was himself a candidate, he was also the returning officer, he said.


Children’s Day no balm to their drudgery
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 14
For about 50 local kids, aged between eight and 12 years, Children’s Day or the tall claims of the Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, that 3.5 crore children, who were not attending school, were being provided with complete education facilities, held no meaning. Like thousands of other unfortunate children like them, they had to shine or mend shoes the entire day to earn some money to buy their daily meals.

Though colourful functions were organised at different places in the state to mark Children’s Day, nobody thought about these destitute children or their likes who had no option but to labour to feed themselves and their poor or invalid parents. None of these about 50 shoe-shine boys working in different parts of the city was able to comprehend the meaning of Children’s Day when The Tribune team asked about it. “We have never heard that Children’s Day is also celebrated,” they said.

Almost all of them hail from Bihar or UP and work at busy places like the district courts, old courts, Jyoti Chowk and the Model Town market. They live in different slums inhabited by migrant labourers at the Amritsar road bypass or at Guru Nanakpura. They leave their houses as early as 6.30 am and reach the makeshift pavements after covering a distance of about 8 to 10 km. They work till around 7 pm and earn about Rs 30 to 35.

At 12 years, Ravi is eldest of three brothers, who are also getting training in the same profession from him and his uncle. “What do you say? Children’s Day. I don’t know what it is about. I just know that I have to earn some money to feed myself and my family,” Ravi said. He was, otherwise, enthused to hear about the day and its importance for children.

Tinku, another shoe-shine boy, said they were a group of about 15 children who came together to the city in the morning and dispersed in various parts of the city till the evening. “We earn anything between Rs 25 and Rs 50 depending on the site chosen by us. Moreover, we never venture in others’ areas,” said Tinku, who has selected the district courts as his work area. He said apart from meagre earnings what hurt them was the humiliating attitude of some customers. “Some of them, particularly, policemen, don’t pay after getting their job done while others pay less. If we protest, they not only abuse us but also beat us up and nobody around bothers,” said Tinku.

Bhind was also upset over the treatment meted out to working children like him. People don’t treat us like human beings,” he rued, adding that he wanted to study and go to school but his parents could not afford it. “Half of what we earn is spent on food and the rest of our earnings go to our parents,” he said. He said he had no idea what Children’s Day stood for. Similarly, Vinod, a 10-year-old rag-picker, said it was just another day of drudgery for him.


Nehru’s birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Abohar, November 14
Several functions were held here today to mark the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The main function was organised at the local Government Senior Secondary Model School. Mr Sunil Jakhar, MLA, was the chief guest and Mr Parkash Singh Bhatti presided over the function. Mr Jakhar distributed prizes among the children who had excelled in the academic and cultural competitions held during the children’s week.

FARIDKOT: More than 1,000 workers and senior leaders of the Congress took a pledge on Thursday to work for maintaining communal harmony and strengthening national integration at a district-level function organised by the SC/ST cell of the party at Kotkapura to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country. The District Red Cross Society organised various cultural activities on the occasion in which more than 300 students of several educational institutions participated.

NAWANSHAHR: Tributes were paid to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary at a district-level Bal Divas function organised here on Thursday at Shivalik Public School. Mr Gurpal Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, among others, addressed the gathering. The Census Operation Department distributed birth certificates to the parents of new-born babies and the Social Security Department distributed certificates to 10 beneficiaries of the “Kanya Jagriti Jyoti Scheme”. The local Nievat Public School also organised a function to mark the Bal Divas here today.

ROPAR: Children’s Day was celebrated by the Guru Kripa Society, Kotla Nihang, the district health authorities and the local Shivalik Public School at different places in the town on Thursday.

The Guru Kripa Society celebrated Bal Divas at the local Gandhi Memorial School where students took a pledge to serve the people of the country irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

KAPURTHALA: Children’s Day was celebrated at the local Amar Nath Hindu High School to make the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs Jatinder Kaur, Principal of the school, said. Mr Milkhi Ram Rattan, former MLC, presided over the function. The District Red Cross Society also organised a function on Children’s Day.

HOSHIARPUR: A function was organised on Children’s Day at the local zila parishad on Thursday. Mr Kirandeep Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner here, presided over the function. He said an additional feature of Children’s Day celebrations was an effort towards creating awareness about birth registration.

AMRITSAR: An on-the-spot painting competition was held on Children’s Day at the art gallery of the Indian Academy of Fine Arts here on Thursday. Hundreds of students from various schools participated in the competition. Cash prizes worth thousands of rupees and certificates were given to the students by the Subdivisional Magistrate, Baba Bakala, Mr Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, at the prize distribution function. Meanwhile, the Nehru Yuva Kendra also celebrated Children’s Day at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium here on Thursday.

NAWANSHAHR: Tributes were paid to Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary at a district-level Bal Divas function organised here on Thursday at Shivalik Public School. Mr Gurpal Singh Bhatti, Additional Deputy Commissioner, among others, addressed the gathering. The Census Operation Department distributed birth certificates to the parents of new-born babies and the Social Security Department distributed certificates to 10 beneficiaries of the “Kanya Jagriti Jyoti Scheme”. The local Nievat Public School also organised a function to mark the Bal Divas here today.

ROPAR: Children’s Day was celebrated by the Guru Kripa Society, Kotla Nihang, the district health authorities and the local Shivalik Public School at different places in the town on Thursday.

The Guru Kripa Society celebrated Bal Divas at the local Gandhi Memorial School where students took a pledge to serve the people of the country irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

Chacha Nehru: A student of Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb dressed up as Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of Children's Day on Thursday in Bathinda. — Tribune Photo Kulbir Beera

BATHINDA: The 113th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of the country Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, observed as Children’s Day was celebrated with great zeal by various educational institutes and social service organisations.

Mrs Shevta Verma, chairperson, hospital section of the District Red Cross Society, distributed fruit and packets of sweets among students of the Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind children. She appreciated the enthusiasm displayed by staff of the school while teaching deaf and dumb students of the school.

Mrs Maninder Kaur, Principal of the school, said parents of the students should come forward to safeguard the rights of their students and to shape their overall personality.

Students of different schools participate in a fancy dress competition at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Bathinda on Thursday. — Photo  Kulbir Beera

In another function held at Government Senior Secondary School, Multania village, near here, Mrs Surinder Kaur Kataria, DEO(S), Mrs Shweta Verma, Dr Phulinderpreet Kaur, project in charge, Drug Awareness and Counselling Centre and Dr Mehboob Singh Sran, project in charge, Red Cross Drug De-Addiction Centre spoke on the ill-effects of drugs.

The students later held a rally.

The Bathinda Vikas Manch also celebrated the day by distributing sports material among students of the Government School, Phoos Mandi. Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, former law minister, Punjab who was the chief guest at Ke Noor Public School, being run by a society said more NGOs should be encouraged to open schools and educational institutes for the welfare of the downtrodden.

MOGA: Three Bal Divas functions were held here on Thursday. The official function which was presided over by ADC H.L. Kumar was held at D.M. College for Education. Another function presided over by Mrs Vasundra Devi, Chairperson, Hospital Welfare Sector here was held at Dhawan palace and the third was held at Government Girls Senior Secondary School.

Birth certificates to 10 children were distributed on this occasion. An impressive cultural programme was also organised on the occasion and students read papers in memory of late Prime Minister.


Woman kills son, gets relief for his death
Our Correspondent

Sunam, November 14
The Sangrur SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, said today that a police party, led by Mr Gurmeet Singh Chauhan DSP, Sunam, saved the life of Mr Amrik Singh, for whose murder a sum of Rs 50,000 had allegedly been given to Natha Singh of Dirba village. With the arrest of Natha Singh, the police has solved the murder cases of three more persons, Mr Rai added.

It is reported that Ms Surjit Kaur, in connivance with her son-in-law Amrik Singh and her brother-in-law Pargat Singh, allegedly murdered her son Kuldeep Singh and threw his body into a canal.

Mr Rai said Ms Surjit Kaur even succeeded to get Rs 1 lakh as compensation from the Punjab Government, claiming that her son Kuldeep Singh was among the deceased in a road accident. A truck going to Naina Devi temple had fallen into a canal near Kiratpur Sahib about two years ago and around 50 persons of Dirba village had died in the mishap.

The SSP said Ms Surjit Kaur also identified a decomposed body as her son’s and cremated it at her parental village Sihal.

After this incident, Mr Amrik Singh allegedly asked Ms Surjit Kaur to transfer her agriculture land in his name and threatened to inform the police regarding the fake death story of Kuldeep in case she failed to do so.

Following this, Ms Surjit Kaur, in connivance with her brother-in-law Pargat Singh, allegedly engaged Natha Singh and Rozi Jindal of Dirba to kill her son-in-law Amrik Singh in lieu of Rs 50,000. She also paid Rs 5,000 to Natha Singh as advance payment.

Mr Rai further said in an other incident, Amar Singh, along with his wife Charanjit Kaur, and two accomplices Amar Singh and Gurlal Singh, murdered his brother Amarjit Singh’s wife Baljit Kaur in 1999.

Mr Gurmeet Singh chauhan, DSP, said the police had registered cases and arrested seven persons, including Amar Singh, Charanjit Kaur, Amrik Singh, Amarjit Singh, Surjit Kaur, Natha Singh and Pargat Singh in this connection.


Cooperatives to be made autonomous
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 14
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, announced today that a Bill would be brought in the next session of the state Assembly to make cooperative institutions, autonomous business organisations.

At a function held in the milk plant here after the inauguration of a Lok Adalat to settle cases of defaulters of Cooperative Credit institutions, the Chief Minister said under the new Act which would be termed the Punjab Self-Support Cooperatives Societies Act, cooperative societies doing business with their own capital would be made autonomous. He said the Cooperative Societies Act would be amended to remove ‘undue’ control of the government.

He said to improve financial position and ministerial skill, new generation cooperative societies were being computerised. He revealed that full autonomous milk centres would be set up in milk producing societies with 170 centres already having been set up.

The Chief Minister said Markfed was setting up agro-export zone for basmati rice and potatoes. He said for potato cultivation an agri zone was being set up in the districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Patiala. The government was also in the process of introducing ‘malta’ cultivation in Patiala and Sangrur districts, he added.

The government was also going in for the export of wheat at present and would export rice also. He said 17 lakh tonnes of wheat worth Rs 750 crore had been exported by Markfed and that it was planning to export Rs 100 crore worth of rice.

To provide relief to the farmers, he announced that the price of fertilisers had been reduced by Rs 4 per bag and Rs 190 crore loan of the cooperative sugar mills converted into a grant to strengthen these mills. He also announced that the government had released Rs 30 crore to sugar mills to make payments to farmers for the sugarcane procured in the last season. He said payments were delayed due to the discriminatory attitude of the central government which had not sold sugar lying in godowns of the sugar mills under its control.

The Financial Commissioner, Cooperation, Dr B.C. Gupta, talked about the Lok Adalats. He said cooperative institutions had total assets of Rs 6834 crore out of which Rs 282 crore constituted non-performing assets. Mr Gupta said these assets would be settled for the benefit of 83,845 defaulting members. The Financial Commissioner said 1299 cases were heard today and the department recovered dues of Rs 6.22 crore.

Former International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director A.S. Oberoi talked about the new concept of Lok Adalats. Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, Parliamentary Secretary G.S. Atwal, Markfed Managing Director S.S. Channy, Milkfed Managing Director Brij Mohan Mahajan and Cooperative Societies Registrar A.R. Talwar also spoke.


Mann pulls out of Panthic Morcha
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 14
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today made a formal announcement to withdraw from the Panthic Morcha which was formed before the Majitha byelections.

Talking to TNS on telephone today, he said his party had to take this decision in protest against extending support to the candidate of the seven-member “non-aligned” SGPC group which had the tacit support of the Congress government during the SGPC elections. He alleged that apart from the SHSAD and the SAD (Panthic), led by Mr Jasbir Singh Rode, had sought the support of the Congress during the elections.

He urged Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, to summon Mr Parkash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Mr Jasbir Singh Rode, Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Tohra for resorting to “anti-Panthic” approach to win the SGPC poll.

Mr Mann expressed concern over the “studied silence” of Jathedar, Akal Takht, over the entry of observers in the SGPC House for conducting the elections.

It was shocking to see the presence of a “non-Sikh” observer in the House, Mr Mann said. He also criticised Mr Badal and his party for “bringing observers of the NDA” along with the SGPC members.

He asked the CBI and the Income Tax Department to probe the source of the money spent on bringing the SGPC members in a charted plane and treating them in a five-star hotel. He alleged that both parties had indulged in horse-trading which was against the Panthic maryada.


Langah case: vehicles’ release ordered
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 14
Mr A.S. Kathuria, Special Judge, today ordered the release of all 23 vehicles which were impounded by the Vigilance Bureau in connection with a case registered against Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former Punjab PWD Minister, under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act on May 16 last.

The Vigilance Bureau had alleged that these vehicles were part of “benami: property of Mr Langah. These vehicles are owned by Mr Sher Singh and Mr Ajit Singh, contractors. While Mr Sher Singh is an accused in the case, Mr Ajit Singh is not.

The Special Judge ordered the release of these vehicles on furnishing bonds in the sum of Rs 5 lakh each by Mr Sher Singh and Mr Ajit Singh.

Earlier, Mr Sher Singh and Mr Ajit Singh had filed separate applications in the court of the Kharar Judicial Magistrate for the release of their vehicles but their applications were rejected by the court.

Later, both filed revision applications in the court of the Special Judge here, who issued a notice to the state of Punjab in this regard.


23 Britons cross over to Pak from Wagah

Wagah (Amritsar), November 14
Twentythree British nationals crossed over to Pakistan from the Wagah joint check post here today to participate in the Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary celebrations at Gurdwara Nanakana Sahib in Lahore.

According to immigration sources, among the 23 Sikh British nationals 13 were women. These British nationals are expected to return on November 25. PTI


Trust building lies unused
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, November 14
A double-storeyed building constructed by the Improvement Trust to house its office is being used by slum dwellers.

The newly-constructed building has two portions and one of these is ready for use. But the office of the Improvement Trust has not been shifted there, despite the fact that there has been a shortage of space in the old office building.

As per the original plan a town hall was to be constructed at the place. The foundation stone of the town hall was laid in 1992 by the then Chief Minister of Punjab the late Mr Beant Singh. The construction never started. Years later the Improvement Trust thought of constructing a building to house its office.

Subsequently, work on the building started and a two-storeyed building was ready in a few months’ time.

At present the building is occupied by slum dwellers and stray animals. There is no boundary wall around it.

An employee of the trust, on condition of anonymity, said they had to face difficulties as the space in the old office building was not sufficient. He however, said only senior officials could tell when they would shift to the new building.

As the building is open from all sides, there are apprehensions that some anti-social elements may remove the costly gadgets installed there.

A slum dweller said they did not know what the building was for. He said they wanted a roof and shifted to the place.

The engineer concern of the Improvement Trust could not be contacted despite several efforts made during the past three days.

Mr G.K. Singh, Administrator of the trust when contacted on the phone said as the construction work had not been completed, the office could not be shifted there. 


No trace of  missing youth
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, November 14
The failure of the local police to trace a missing youth Sahibjeet Singh, a resident of Mallia village after two months, has led to resentment among the family members of the youth.

Though the police registered a case under Section 365, 34 of the IPC on September 22, no clue has been found.

Family sources of the missing youth said that on September 16, Sahibjeet Singh, along with one of his relatives went to Tarn Taran to see Kulwinder Kaur with whom they had a land dispute. On the same day, the mother of Sahibjeet Singh was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Eversince there had been no trace of the youth.


Chandigarh to have Canadian consulate

Moga, November 14
The Canadian Consulate General’s office will start functioning at Chandigarh next year, Canadian Labour Minister Gurbax Singh Malhi said today.

He said the building in Chandigarh’s Sector 17 had already been taken on lease. It would house the coordination office which was functioning at the state Capital since 1997, he said.

Mr Malhi, who was part of the delegation of the Canadian government currently visiting India, told reporters here that he would urge the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to reintroduce a direct flight between New Delhi-Canada, which had been suspended. PTI


Babehali elected Milkfed Chairman
Our Correspondent

Gurdaspur, November 14
Mr Gurbachan Singh Babehali President, Gurdaspur DCC, was elected unanimously Chairman, Milkfed at a meeting held here yesterday. The earlier SAD-BJP regime had debarred him from contesting the election for the Milkfed Chairman


Hike in price of wheat straw
Jaswinder Paul Singh

Bathinda, November 14
The increased demand for cattle fodder due to drought in Rajasthan has shown its impact in Punjab as traders have started sending wheat straw from here, thus increasing its price manifold.

The traders in order to earn quick buck purchase wheat straw in bulk from different villages of the area at exorbitant prices. Small traders are finding it difficult to compete with these traders.

Farmers of the area sensing that the prices of wheat straw could further increase are making calculated move and selling only in small quantities. The farmers who stored huge stocks of wheat straw after harvesting wheat last year, are hoping to earn huge profits by selling it this year.

While local traders pay more for the wheat straw prepared from manually harvested wheat as compared to that of harvested through combines, traders from Rajasthan are paying almost the same price for both.

Dairy farm owners are at receiving end as they have to pay more for purchasing wheat straw.

Even the local traders are not happy with the situation. Mr Manjit Singh of Kotshamir village said this had led to increase in prices of wheat straw. He said big traders are minting money by exploiting drought in Rajasthan.

He said they had to purchase wheat straw from farmers at higher prices but could not sell it accordingly. He said buyers here compare the prices to that of last year.

Prices of wheat straw last year was around Rs 150 a quintal, while this year the wheat straw was selling at Rs 220 to 250 a quintal, depending upon the quality. if the situation in Rajasthan continued for some more weeks, prices could increase further.

Mr Gurdarshan Singh from Goniana said he preferred to sell to big traders for the simple reason, that they pay more. He said even in last year prices of wheat straw increase this time but due to situation in Rajasthan there was a big increase in its price.

Some of the farmers who prefer to sell wheat straw directly through the daily auction held in the city are also not doing so this time. They said when traders lift the same from their respective villages that, too, at higher prices, there was no need to come to the city for selling it.

Meanwhile, Mr Resham Singh, President of the Union of Dairy Farm Owners, has urged the government to intervene. He said the prices of milk inputs including fodder and wheat straw were increasing. He demanded that the supply of wheat straw to Rajasthan should be stopped.


Brig Harika to head PSSSB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Punjab Government today reconstituted the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board (PSSSB). The number of its members including the Chairman, has been enhanced from seven to 10. Immediately after the Amarinder Singh Government took over reins of power in the state, the board was disbanded and most of its members were arrested for alleged irregularities in recruitment.

The state government appointed Brig Charanjiv Singh Harika (retd) as Chairman of the board. His appointment will be effective from the day he assumes charge of the office. The Other members will be appointed in due course. It is expected that as a part of political management, Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh may accommodate certain politicians of his party as members of the commission. The members are entitled for a car, official accommodation and other perks. To be a member of the board is as good as to be the chairperson of a Corporation. In fact, it is better to be a member of the board because most of the corporations are in the red and on the verge of closure.

The posts that come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Punjab Civil Secretariat and posts of war heroes have been excluded from the purview of the board which is supposed to make recruitment to fill all group “ C” posts.

The Government said today it was not necessary to consult the board for appointment to a temporary post which was unlikely to continue more than six months or appointment against a permanent post of a person for six months where it is necessary to do so in the public interest. The headquarters of the board will be Chandigarh. 


Rs 6.5 crore sanctioned for 2 projects
Our Correspondent

Kapurthala, November 14
The Punjab Government has sanctioned Rs 6.5 crore for two projects in Sultanpur Lodhi sub- division to save 7000 acres from water-logging and ensure water flow in Kali Bein throughout the year.

Two hundred cusecs will be released from the Mukerian hydel project. Work on the project would start within two months.

In order to save 7000 acres from water-logging in the Mand area of Bharaona and Ahli Kalan villages, a ring bundh will be built at a cost of Rs 4 crore.


ASI booked for corruption
Our Correspondent

Mansa, November 14
The Sardulgarh police has registered a case against Hardeep Singh alias Sapp, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), posted at Sardulgarh police station, under Sections 7, 12 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The case has been registered on the complaint of Lachhu Ram, resident of Nohar in Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan.

It is learnt that the ASI had registered a case against the complainant, Lachhu Ram, under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and allegedly took from him Rs 1.8 lakh through a broker to help him in the case.

Thereafter, Lachhu Ram submitted a complaint, supported by an affidavit, against the ASI.

Mr Hartej Singh Sekhon, Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) inquired into the matter and the allegations against the ASI were proved.

The ASI has not been arrested so far.


389 bags of wheat stolen
Our Correspondent

Philllaur, November 14
More than 12 robbers looted 389 bags of wheat from godown at Kot Badal Khan last night. The police has registered a case under Sections 382, 159/25, 54 and 59, IPC, but no arrest has been made so far.

In another incident, a gang of robbers in police uniforms struck at Akalpur village and Muadhe in Phillaur subdivision and decamped with Rs 25,000 from the house of a widow at Maudha village last night.

Earlier, some assailants attacked and injured Pyara Singh and Bakhshish Singh at Akalpur village, who raised the alarm. A case has been registered.


Man, wife held for preparing fake visa
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla, November 14
The police has arrested a couple on the charge of preparing fake visa on computer for sending people abroad.

In a press note here today, DSP Rajbachan Singh Sandhu, said the police has arrested Ramnik Bansal and his wife under Sections 420, 406, 467, 468 of the IPC. The police recovered 420 gm of gold, Rs 28000 in cash and one Indica car from them.

He also confessed to his links with political leaders in Delhi. He, under the pretext of getting employment to people was collecting huge amounts from them. A case has been registered. 


Rly officer booked for invalid pass
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 14
A senior accountant-cum-vigilance officer of the Railways was found travelling without a valid pass by his colleagues in the Delhi Metro today.

According to vigilance sources, the officer was caught during the checking of coach number 4721 of the train between New Delhi and Jind.

In their report, the vigilance sleuths alleged that the officer tried to influence them for not making an entry in his pass which was not valid.


ASI suspended for illegal detention

Moga, November 14
The Punjab police today claimed to have suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) for allegedly detaining a woman illegally at a police post.

Police officials when checked the Billaspur police chowki last night it found a women illegally detained at the post, the police said here. As the in charge of the police post, when the ASI failed to give proper explanation of the illegal detention of a woman, SSP Shiv Kumar placed him under suspension. PTI


Ex-sarpanch attacked
Our Correspondent

Bathinda, November 14
Some miscreants entered the house of Mr Hardyal Singh, former Sarpanch, Burj Gill village late last night and injured him fleeing being away with his licenced gun.

Sources said here today that the injured was admitted to a Ludhiana hospital after preliminary treatment at civil Hospital, Rampura Phul. The sources said after entering the house of the former sarpanch they tied his son with ropes who was sleeping.

The daughter-in-law of the sarpanch was locked in by the culprits and they took Mr Hardyal Singh as hostage and demanded money from him. In the meantime a son of the sarpanch Thana Singh got himself freed and raised the alarm.

When villagers started gathering on the spot miscreants fled away and shot at Hardyal Singh. Mr Balvir Singh, DSP, said the police had registered a case.


Headmaster gets judicial remand
Our Correspondent

Mansa, November 14
Mr Pargat Singh, Headmaster of the local Khalsa High School, has been arrested in connection with a case registered on October 17 under Sections 420 and 468, IPC, and Sections 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against 12 members of a “fake” managing committee of the school and the then DEO(S) Mansa. He was produced before Mr Harsh Mehta, CJM, Mansa, who remanded him in judicial custody.

Mr Pargat Singh’s name did not figure in the FIR and the police arrested him during investigations.


5 held for theft
Our Correspondent

Gurdaspur, November 14
The Pathankot police today busted a gang of adolescents and arrested five of them for theft. According to the SSP, the accused are residents of Pathankot.

The accused had stolen a bag containing cash and gold ornaments belonging to a man who had come here to attend a marriage.


PU youth fest concludes
Tribune News Service

Hariana, November 14
Youthful enthusiasm was at its best and came in the shape of scintillating performances of “giddha”, “bhangra” and classical dances at the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival which concluded here today.

Girls of Government College, Hoshiarpur, the SGGS Khalsa College, Hoshiarpur, and the BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, stunned the spectators with their “giddha. Students of the DAV College, Hoshiarpur and the GGDSD College, Hariana, presented Indian classical dances.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr R.S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, who was the chief guest said by participating in such festivals students learned a lot about various aspects of life.

Dr Gurdeep Kumar Sharma, Principal of the host GGDSD College, Hariana, said it was a matter of pride for his institution to play host to the festival.

In the individual dance category Renu Bala of the GGDSD College, Hariana, and Manjinder Singh of the SD College, Hoshiarpur, bagged the top positions in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively, while in the Indian classical dance competition, students of the DAV College Hoshiarpur, bagged the first prize.

In the group dance category, Government College, Hoshiarpur, bagged the first prize, while the first prize for “giddha” also went to girls of the same college.

In the “bhangra” competition, the first prize went to the DAV College, Hoshiarpur. Earlier, in the “shabad gayan” category, Government College, Hoshiarpur won the first prize, while in the group song competition and Indian orchestra, the BAM College Garhshankar and the DAV College, Hoshiarpur, bagged the first prizes, respectively.


PMN College shines in youth fest
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 14
The third day of the Punjabi University Ropar Zone Youth Festival began on a religious note with competitions in group shabad and bhajan singing. These were followed by group songs and vaar gayan. The Principal, J.P. Garg, welcomed the chief guest, Mr K.C. Dubey, Director, AIR, Chandigarh, on the occasion. Dr Indu Bali, founder Principal of the college, presided over the function. In the evening session, various colleges participated in geet, ghazal and folk singing competition. Mr Bhagat Singh, financial commissioner was the chief guest on the occasion.

Teams from PMN College, Rajpura, and Gobindgarh Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh, won the first prize in collage making, while students of Mata Gujari College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and PMN College, Rajpura, won the first prize in cartooning. Students of Government College Ropar and Government College SAS Nagar won the first prize in rangoli.

Government College SAS Nagar won the first prize in on-the-spot painting competition, while students of Gobindpur Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Government College SAS Nagar got the first prize in clay modelling. Team from PMN College, Rajpura, won the first prize in debate, while teams from Government College SAS Nagar and Punjabi University Regional Centre for Information Technology won the first prize in poetry recitation.

In the group shabad competition, students of Mata Gujari College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the first prize, while in the group song competition, PMN College, Rajpura, won the first prize. In vaar gayan, Government College Ropar won the first prize in geet and ghazal. In folk singing, Mata Gujari College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the first prize.

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