CBI’s Interpol unit
approached in Daler case
Badal would lead even if jailed, says Sukhbir
Reacting sharply to a statement of senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar, Rural Development Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said that Mr Brar should refrain from giving her advice on political matters.
Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, state president of the Bahujan Samaj Party yesterday accused the Punjab Chief Minister of ignoring Dalit officials while making postings of senior civil officials recently.
Army move sparks panic
The recent move of the Army to take possession of a bungalow in the cantonment area has jolted the inhabitants of other such bungalows, who apprehend that they would soon lose their shelter.
Senior Congress leader, the Mandi Board Chairman and others stressed on the need to codify the privileges of Parliament and of her state Assemblies at a seminar organised on “Challenges Before the Press — A Moment of Crisis” here today.
The Sangrur district police plans an economic offences wing, a district traffic unit and a community policing wing to provide a new look to the district police and serve the people in a “transparent” manner.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Sing today paid a quiet visit to the Central Jail here. He stayed there for around 40 minutes, during which he inspected the “langar” prepared in the jail. He also tasted the food to be served to the inmates tonight.
A meeting of the Socialist Front, Punjab, held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Kesar Singh, condemned the Tamil Nadu Government for its attempt to arrest journalists of The Hindu and Murasoli.
Even as the marriage of Qadian-based journalist Maqbool Ahmad has been postponed, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Muhammad Rauf, has got married to Karachi-based Malika, Both reached India by the Delhi-Lahore bus today.
The Executive Committee of the Charan Bagh Welfare Society, Patiala has urged the Municipal Corporation to fix the priorities for the development works to be carried out in approved and unapproved colonies instead of the ‘policy of pick and choose’.
The local unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) yesterday warned the authorities against arresting farmers for defaulting on the payment of loans. In a statement issued here today, the BKU members said that a farmer from Bathinda district had been arrested at the behest of the Housefed for not repaying a loan.
With a view to provide an alternative in lieu of the traditional agriculture practised by the farmers of the state, the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, inaugurated a pilot project for turkey farming at Government Poultry Farm here today.
Despite assurances, panchayats of several villages have not yet forwarded reports on the utilisation of development funds to the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee. Stating this here today, the local MP, Mr Bhan Singh Bhora, said several lakh rupees had been released to the panchayat of Harkrishanpura and Raiya villages under the Indira Vikas Yojna last year, but the amount had not been spent on development as required.
The Centre has agreed to enhance its share in grant for upgradation of police infrastructure in Punjab from 50 per cent to 66 per cent, Mr A.A. Siddiqui, DGP, said here today.
The BJP has demanded the resignation of Punjab Health Minister R.C. Dogra in view of the spread of dengue. In a press note, the state press secretary, Mr Tarun Chugh, said the government had failed to provide adequate sanitation in the city.
A deputation of the AMIE Engineers Association Irrigation Department today met Mr G.Vajralingam, Secretary, Finance and Expenditure, to inform him that the revision of the service rules regarding Class-1 officers in the Punjab Irrigation Department would put financial burden on the state exchequer.
The Punjab police will dispatch 15 companies of commandos to augment the state forces during the Rajasthan Assembly elections to be held on December 1. This was disclosed by Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, IG, Commando, during his visit to the city here yesterday.
A meeting of the governing body of Science City was held at Yojna Bhavan with Mr Jai Singh Gill, Chief Secretary, Punjab, in the chair today. Mr Gill said civil works of the first phase of the project were almost complete.
Nearly one and a half years after The Tribune exposed the manner in which high- profile convicts and police officials lodged in the Central Jail here were securing emergency medical parole by furnishing forged records, the local police has registered a case of fraud against them.
Vigilance sleuths led by DSP Vigilance Surinder Singh, today arrested Senior Medical Officer, Dr Pritam Singh Sona. The doctor who is in charge of the local civil hospital, was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Gurdeep Singh, son of Inder Singh, a resident of Dhandian village in lieu of operating upon his cousin Tirlok Singh.
Tension prevailed in Hasanpur village, near Dhuri, following yesterday’s stone-throwing incident between, Dalits and the Zamidars over the possession of a disputed piece of Shamlat. However the situation remained under control.
The police today booked a photographer working with a vernacular daily in connection with the Canadian marriage racket wherein local girls posed as NRI brides and married youths desirous of going abroad.
The police has claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of its five members. The SSP, Ropar, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, said today that Ramanand and Shiv Kumar, both residents of Machwara, near Khana, and Chandar Prakash, Mukesh Chander and Manish Kumar, residents of Doraha, in Jalandhar were planning a robbery in the forest area, near Behrampur Bet village.
crushed to death The badly damaged bus and truck which collided near Rampura Phul on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo
The badly damaged bus and truck which collided near Rampura Phul on Wednesday. — Tribune photo
The Joint Action Committee of Polytechnic and ITI Employees Association today laid siege to the office of the Department of Technical Education, Sector 36, and did not allow the meeting on the issue of privatisation of ITIs and polytechnics to be held.
Prof Darbari Lal, Minister for Education, Punjab, said yesterday that steps were being taken to improve the standard of education to bring it on a par with advanced countries. Proficiency in English would be promoted by focusing on vocabulary in the first and second classes in schools and then introducing regular textbooks in the third standard, said the minister.
Students of the local Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women continue to tread the path of agitation as their strike against the alleged fee hike entered its third day today. The college management, however, seems to be in no mood to relent and accept their demands
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the overall trophy at Punjab Technical University zonal festival organised at Giani Dit Singh Auditorium of the college. Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori (Mohali), was declared the runners up.
Members of the local branch of the Punjab Students Union (Randhawa) today said they would be compelled to agitate if the government failed to refund the excess fees charged.
The Vigilance Bureau sleuths today caught red-handed Director (Colleges) of Punjab Technical University, Dr Sadhu Singh, while he was accepting Rs 15,000 as bribe from the canteen contractor of the university for the clearance of latter’s dues.
Bhagwant Mann, a renowned comedian, will regale the audience during the district-level Bal Divas celebration on November 14 at Aam Khas Bagh, Sirhind, being organised by the District Red Cross Society, said Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner.
The revenue of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has gone up by Rs 340 crore from April to November 2003, compared to last year, despite having 66 buses less than last year.
A national seminar on the topic ‘Changing Trends in Insurance Sector’’ was organised by the department of Correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.