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Rapprochement to bring rebels around: CM
P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh believed that the rapprochement process he had initiated with the dissidents would work fast and break the current “family impasse”.

In an interview with The Tribune today he shared his genesis of the in-house current political developments and the lessons he had learnt from the current events: “One should keep one’s ears to the ground and anticipate who all can simulate Vigilance raids on party colleagues close to me to engineer differences with them”. Another lesson learnt was that some bureaucrats and police officers “hobnob with politicians for petty interests, say coveted postings or just politicking”. He, however, did not elaborate.

Was there a failure on the part of the intelligence to forewarn you of what was in store — both in terms of a political storm brewing in your backyard or bureaucrats and police officers who double-crossed you or worked to draft your son in “hawala” transactions? he was asked

He replied: “The intrigues of such people have polarised the Congress. They are under the scanner. We also know the political parties that are fishing in troubled waters”.

On the media reports of his going “soft” on Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, he said: “The matter is sub judice”. He affirmed that some file was reported to have been traced in the Chief Minister’s Office, containing certain documents connected with the case. These documents were being verified by the Vigilance for their authenticity or how these had surfaced now. Incidentally, the case of Ms Bhattal is slated to come up for hearing on January 7 for the framing of charges against her. Then, an application filed by the government related to the case and the traced file would also be taken up, it is learnt.

Capt Amarinder Singh said no financial assistance was coming from the Centre. “Maybe there is some reluctance or a block somewhere in the NDA Government or it is out of some genuine problem”.

The Chief Minister said he had had two meetings with the Punjab bureaucrats posted in Delhi, briefing them on the pending issues with the Centre. He had also directed them to scout for contacts and enable the state get financial help and central projects. “All they seem to do is to find new masters and political interests, unlike bureaucrats, who nurture their states”.

He said the state went into a Rs 240 crore overdraft last month when the treasuries had to be closed. Steps were yet to be taken to cap expenditure. “One cannot cut down or right-size the government. There is need to discipline 29-odd public sector undertakings as well, besides shoring up of revenue receipts. He was satisfied with the performance of the Punjab State Electricity Board which had turned green for the first time in several years after Mr Y.S. Ratra took over as its Chairman. The board losses were down from Rs 1,450 crore in December, 2002, to Rs 430 crore now.


No withdrawal of case against Bhattal: CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today categorically stated that he had no faith in the CBI as it was being used for political purposes by the BJP-led Central Government. He was reacting to the suggestion of Congress MP Jagmeet Singh Brar that a CBI probe should be ordered into the controversy involving the Chief Minister’s son, Mr Raninder Singh.

The Chief Minister also ruled out any possibility of the case against Cabinet minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal being withdrawn. He said the framing of charges against her already stand ordered by a court and the government could not interfere in judicial matters at this stage.

Mr Amarinder Singh said he and his ministerial colleagues would address a political conference at the Maghi mela, being organised by Mr Jagmeet Brar at Muktsar on January 13. He said a commission of inquiry had been set up to look into the charges of dubious money transactions against his son and hence there was no need of any CBI inquiry.

Later, Capt Amarinder Singh heard public grievances and assured the victims of early redressal. It was for the second Thursday that he came to Punjab Congress Bhavan to listen to public grievances.


Badal rejects special inquiry
Charges against Amarinder’s son
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Rejecting the special inquiry ordered by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh into the charges against his son, Mr Raninder Singh, under the Commission of Inquiry Act, the SAD President Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said today that it should be conducted by either the Director of Revenue Intelligence or the CBI. “No other agency would be able to conduct an inquiry into this money-laundering case as the only competent agency was either the CBI or DRI as this case has international dimensions,” asserted Mr Badal.

The Chief Minister had made a statement on the floor of the Punjab Assembly that he would order a CBI inquiry as and when any documentary proof was made available regarding any misdeed of his government. “But now as the Chief Minister’s son was involved in a hawala scandal and there was enough proof against him, the Chief Minister was going back on the promise”, said Mr Badal.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the SAD Political Affairs Committee here today, Mr Badal said that the special inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister was an eyewash. In this case, the inquiry officer was required to go abroad for investigation. Hence only the DRI or the CBI was capable of conducting such an inquiry. He said he had requested the Prime Minister to direct the DRI to conduct this inquiry as hawala cases fell in the jurisdiction of that organisation.

SAD President Parkash Singh Badal, who met Punjab Governor O.P. Verma this morning, urged him to ask Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to prove his majority in the State Assembly.

Alliance with BJP to continue

Mr Badal said his party would continue alliance with the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The SAD was also ready to shake hands with other political parties interested in defeating the Congress.

It was decided to hold political rallies in all Assembly constituencies to activate SAD workers. The Congress had already accepted its defeat as it was not prepared to announce its candidate for the post of Prime Minister.

The SAD would make corruption allegedly done by the Amarinder Singh Government as the main issue in the coming parliamentary elections. When asked whether his party had opened negotiations with the BSP etc for electoral understanding. Mr Badal said such a process had not started yet. “Our target was the Congress and we would go all out to defeat it”, he added. 


Cong crisis shadow over work in offices
Our Correspondent

Ropar, January 1
Dissidences in the congress has been affecting work in government offices in the state. Payments in all treasuries of the state have been banned since one week. No bill, other than of salaries is being passed by the treasuries. Sources said there were no written orders on the ban on payments.

Due to the ban payments of Provident Fund and other dues of the employees were not being cleared. The bills of government works, grant-in-aid to aided schools and colleges and other bills of employees and offices were not being cleared by the treasuries in the district.

In association of retired persons here condemned the ban on payments in treasuries. They allege that government was delaying the payment of dues as provident funds and gratuity illegally.

The said funds were deposits of employees and in case of delay in payments the government would have to pay crores as interest at the rate of 8 per cent to employees. The government by delaying the payments harassing the employees and was causing loss to the state.

Besides delay in payments of private parties will also cause financial loss as they would go in arbitration.

Officials of the treasuries deelined to comment on the ban on payments.


Talhan’s first Dalit woman sarpanch aims high

Talhan (Jalandhar), January 1
“The biggest challenge before me is to remove bitterness between Dalits and Jats, leading to division between Dalits and Jats and a bad name for the village.

These are feelings of Ms Inderjit Kaur (27) Dalit woman elected to be the first Dalit woman sarpanch of Talhan village in the panchayat elections held for the only reserve (SC Women) seat on December 21. The election was postponed due to violence in the village.

Ms Inderjit Kaur told The Tribune that she had been a social worker and defeated Gian Kaur by 98 votes. Her main objective was to strive to bring about communal harmony which had spoiled the age-old amity between Dalits and Jats. “I know it is a difficult job, but, at the same time I am aware that it can take some time. For this I would take elders of the village along, who have been my biggest support base and patronising me all along,” said Ms Kaur, mother of two.

Ms Inderjit Kaur, has studied upto B.A. (Second year) and her husband is a bank employee. “I have been running a self-help group due to which a large number of women came out in my support,” maintained Ms Inderjit Kaur.

Referring to her plans, Ms Kaur, said development of the village was her another top priority. “Relaying of roads and meeting the shortage of water in certain areas would be my first goal, for which I would seek the help of the administration,” said Inderjit Kaur adding, “I want to see this village as the most peaceful and one of the best developed villages of Punjab,” wished Ms Inderjit Kaur.


Syndicate confirms former Registrar’s suspension
Our Correspondent

Patiala, January 1
The Punjabi University Syndicate today confirmed the suspension of Dr K.S. Sidhu, a former Registrar, a professor in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies.

The Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, presided over Syndicate meeting. It was held that Dr Sidhu had committed a serious lapse by clearing the probation case of Assistant Public Relation Officer Harminder Singh Khokar. It was held that the probation had been cleared on extraneous grounds in violation of the orders of the Vice-Chancellor.

In another important decision, the Syndicate appointed Prof M.P. Kapoor, former Director, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, as the Director of the University College of Engineering for three years on contract basis. Dr R.K. Sehgal, a professor has been appointed Joint Director of the college.

The Syndicate resolved the issue regarding the seniority of those teachers who were promoted under the Merit Promotion Scheme, but did not take decision on the date of their seniority. Now the date of their seniority would be counted from June 27, 1998, as was the case with other teachers, who were promoted under the Career Advancement Scheme.

The Syndicate also cleared the contractual appointment of Prof Baldev Singh as Chief Coordinator (Examinations) for one year. The appointments of three lecturers, Mr Rajesh Kumar, Ms Archana Sahni and Ms Jaspreet Mander, in the Department of English at the Punjabi University campus and Dr Rajinder Singh in the Department of Punjabi at the Regional Centre, Bathinda, were also cleared.

Mr. Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, was also present at the meeting. The Syndicate also approved the recommendation made by the Finance Committee in its meeting held on December, 17.


Rs 90 lakh grant for homeless in Ropar
Our Correspondent

Ropar, January 1
The Punjab Government has given a grant of Rs 90 lakh for providing pucca houses to the homeless in the district. The grant has been allotted under the special component scheme for the Schedule Castes in the state.

Under the scheme, the poor and homeless Scheduled Caste families of the district would be provided Rs 20,000 for the construction or renovation of the kutcha houses. Already 500 such families have been identified and would be issued grant soon.

The Deputy Commissioner Ropar, Ms Seema Jain, gave this information at a press conference here today.

Giving details of various development works carried out in the district during 2003, she said various infrastructure projects such as bridges over the Sirsa river near Ghanauli, Swan river near Bhallan village, about 20 km from Nangal and high-level bridges over Siswan and Budki rivers on the Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib road were completed. Besides, all roads leading to Chamkaur Sahib were strengthened.

Under the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan, the district received Rs 3,31,36400. Almost 95 per cent of the grant had been utilised for creating additional infrastructure in the primary schools of the district.

Under the Budhki Rao water scheme, data pertaining to 34 villages had been computerised and digitised. A large number of soil conservation and plantation works had also been carried out under the project.

Besides, new bus stands had been brought up at Khizrabad and Chamkaur Sahib last year. The bus stands of Kurali and Nangal would be completed during the next financial year.

Under the Red Cross, a grant of about Rs 3 lakh has been distributed to the poor and needy persons.

Under the national programme for the persons with disabilities, 10,578 persons were identified, out of which 5,769 were given aid in the shape of tricycles, wheel chairs, hearing aids and calipers last year, she said.


Improvement Trust plan to develop Faridkot
Our Correspondent

Faridkot, January 1
On the directions of the Punjab Government, the local Improvement Trust has formulated a comprehensive plan to develop this historic town, named after Sufi Saint Baba Sheikh Farid, during the new year. Under the plan, three more colonies equipped with modern facilities and civic amenities will be set up along the Faridkot-Sadiq, Faridkot-Talwandi and Faridkot-Kotkapura roads.

Two shopping centres will be constructed along the district courts road. For the purpose, 26 acres have been acquired along the Faridkot-Sadiq road near Government Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital.

A total of 183 plots will be carved-out and given at reasonable prices after receiving applications from the needy. This was stated by Mr S.K. Gupta, chairman of the trust, while addressing a press conference at the institution’s office here today. Application forms will shortly be available at the office. Twentyfive per cent payment from each holder will be taken in the beginning and the remaining in equal five half-yearly instalments.

Separate expert committees will be formed to examine the quality of work and make payments afterwards, the trust chairman said Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, will lay the foundation stone for the project by the end of this month. Immediately after the completion of this project, work on four other projects will be taken up.

Mr Gupta said five highmice lights at a cost of Rs 5 lakh would be installed on the court road, Morigate, Jubilee Cinema Chowk, Sadiq road and near the medical college. This project will take shape next week. Plans are being made to instal a memorial to former President Giani Zail Singh in the heart of the town.


Rallies against move to privatise ITIs, PSEB
Our Correspondent

Nangal, January 1
The first day of the New Year was marked with rallies by the employees against the proposed privatisation policies of the Punjab Government.

The first such rally was held here today. The workers of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI's) in the state have decided to launch an agitation against the proposed government move to privatise 12 ITI's in the state. In the gate rally held at ITI Nangal, the activists of the Industrial Training Employees Union flayed the Punjab Government for proposing the privatisation of ITI's in the state.

The president of the Nangal unit of the Industrial Training Employees Union, Mr Baljit Singh, told newspersons that they would launch a statewide agitation against the proposed government move. The first such rally, in which the ITI employees from across the state would participate, would be held at Anandpur Sahib on January 3. On January 24, employees of the ITI's would gherao the Technical Education Minister, Mr Mohinder Singh KP, at his residence in Jalandhar.

The union leaders, while addressing the rally here, alleged that ITI's trained the youth from poor families who could not afford higher education. These imparted the basic education for training youths for lower jobs in industry. However, if the institutes were privatised, the poor students of the state, who were already facing unemployment, would be left at the mercy of profit-making private bodies.

The employees of the PSEB also held a rally carrying black flags here in protest against the proposed government move to trifurcate the board. Despite assurances given by the Chief Minister, against the privatisation of the PSEB till a consensus was evolved on the issue, the Cabinet committee has passed the proposal to trifurcate the board. The proposal was passed despite the fact that many ministers who were part of the committee did not attend the meeting.

The protesting employees warned that if the government went ahead with the move to privatise the board, the employees of the board would launch an agitation.


Escape of undertrials: 15 suspended
Our Correspondent

Patiala, January 1
The Patiala Central Jail authorities today recommended action against two assistant superintendents, apart from suspending 15 other personnel who have been charged with negligence which led to the escape of two undertrials from the jail complex on December 30.

Two undertrials who had been booked under the NDPS Act, escaped from the jail around midnight on December 30.

Central Jail Superintendent Jagjit Singh has recommended action against two assistant superintendents. The jail authorities however have suspended eight head wardens , Mohinder Singh, Amar Singh, Guljar Singh, Dilbar Singh, Harjit Singh, Tarsem Singh, Gurdeep Singh, and Piara Singh. Besides seven wardens — Barqat ali, Harbhajan Singh, Ranjit Singh, Darshan Singh, Balkar Singh, Sikandar Singh and Harish Chander — have also been suspended.

The jail authorities have also decided to complain to the Punjab Armed Police authorities regarding the negligence of the PAP personnel who were on duty near the outer wall of the jail complex.


The forgotten Diwan of Sirhind
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
Diwan Todar Mal Jain of Sirhind, a local businessman, was an ardent follower of the Sikh Gurus. His richness could be gauged from his lavish haveli “Jahaz Mahal”. Constructed just outside the Mughal Governor Nawab Wazir Khan’s palace, Diwan Todar Mal’s haveli boasts of a grand reception area to receive and entertain guests and a well laid-out ground complete with a pool and fountains.

 Little did he know that fate would bring him to a point where he would have to choose between his faith and fortune. And he sacrificed fortune at the alter of faith. At the end of 1704 A.D. the young Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh, were captured and bricked alive by Nawab Wazir Khan of Sirhind. When nobody had the courage to cremate the Sahibzadas, Diwan Todar Mal risked his life and took possession of the bodies.

 Immediately a royal order was issued, stating that the last rites could not be preformed on Mughal land. The Diwan had to buy land for cremating the Sahibzadas. He ensured that the last rites of the two were performed with full respect. But for this he had lose the peace and prosperity for his own family. Bankrupt and a victim of Nawab Wazir Khan’s wrath the family fled their beautiful home and eventually faded into oblivion.

 The only palpable testimony to their existence is the haveli, which stands forlorn. Diwan Todar Mal gained immortality with this act and became a legend. The haveli has withstood the ransacking and destruction of Sirhind by Banda Singh Bahadur. The Sikh Confederacy left the haveli untouched out of great respect for Diwan Todar Mal. Unfortunately, the respect did not endure down the ages and unscrupulous people occupied its gardens and started taking away wood and bricks, causing the fall of certain portions. Nature too left its mark on the beautiful haveli in the absence of any caretaker. Successive governments too could not find time, effort or money to spare on the historical building.

 Now Punjab Virasat Charitable Trust under Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, has formed a charitable association to acquire and restore the haveli to its former glory and to acquaint the people about the sacrifice and selflessness behind it.


4 pc DA for staff of SGPC institutions
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, January 1
The SGPC general secretary, Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, said today that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should apply the same yardstick to himself and his son which he had applied to the Akalis in connection with allegations of corruption.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said the Chief Minister should have stepped down when Mrs Bhattal, levelled serious charges of corruption against him.

On the decisions taken at an SGPC executive meeting held two days ago, Jathedar Bhaur informed that it had been decided to grant 4 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to nearly 10,000 employees working in various gurdwaras, schools and colleges run by the SGPC.

It was also decided at the meeting that the SGPC would henceforth centrally celebrate the birth anniversaries of the 15 Shiromani saints whose “bani” was incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib. These celebrations would be observed at the Manji Sahib Deewan Hall in the Golden Temple complex.

Jathedar Bhaur informed that an SGPC delegation would visit Pakistan this year to take up various issues related to gurdwaras left in Pakistan with the government. 


Peacenik reaches Wagah in reverse
Our Correspondent

Wagah, January 1
Close to the SAARC summit starting from January 4, peacenik Harpreet Pappu today reached the Indo-Pak joint check post while driving his car ‘in reverse gear’ to promote Indo-Pak ties.

Slogans of friendship with its neighbouring country were raised when the peacenik arrived with his wife Krishna Devi and three-year-old son Abu here just before the Retreat ceremony.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Pappu said the two countries should resume talks for the benefits of the people of both countries. The resident of Bathinda and Asian Champion in driving car in reverse gear at a speed of over 80 km per hour, Mr Pappu started his peace mission from Hussainiwala and passed through various cities. He claimed that he had covered about, 15,000 km from Bathinda to various towns of North India.


Biyearly Hindu jathas to Pak sought
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 1
All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has demanded that Hindu jathas should be allowed to go to Pakistan biyearly to visit their holy shrines and ensure their maintenance. In a communication to the Prime Minister, the sena head, Mr Surinder Kumar Billa, has urged that Hindu jathas should go regularly to Pakistan according to an Indo-Pak agreement. He said at least 400 Hindus desirous of visiting holy shrines should be given permission to visit Pakistan freely.

A token jatha of Hindus that returned from Pakistan said this time the Pakistan authorities and the public had extended a warm welcome to them, unlike earlier times. The 50-member jatha from Shadani Darbar left from here to visit temples in Sindh province and other areas on December 22. 


Rowdyism in front of Amritsar club
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 1
An ugly scene ensued at the posh Amritsar club at about midnight when a rowdy group of revellers tried to gate crash in the club premises. According to sources, bottles were flung upon security and club authorities by the group before police reinforcements intervened. The gate crashes were mostly drunk and indulged in abuses before being led away.


Bhaura suffers heart attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Mr Bhan Singh Bhaura, a CPI member of the Lok Sabha from Bathinda, today suffered a massive heart attack in Delhi. He has been admitted to a hospital there. His condition is stated to be critical, according to his party office.


Farmers for reopening of meat factory
Our Correspondent

Barnala, January 1
A meeting of various unions of farmers and associations of the Malwa region at Barnala on December 27 was of the view that to tackle the menace of stray cattle being faced by villages and towns of Punjab closed meat factory should the started. The meeting was presided over by Mr Hardev Singh Sandhu, President of the Punjab Kirti Kisan Union.

Mr Maghar Singh, Kulrian, President of the Punjab Khetiwari Te Kisan  Vikas Front and spokesman of the meeting said farmers had to protect crops from stray cattle who played havoc with the crops.

Mr Kulrian said that it was decided to launch a public awareness campaign at district-level farmers’ meetings on January 3 to gather public support at Banasar Bag Sangrur, gurdwara (Urban) at Mansa, new courts complex at Faridkot, park in front of a Deputy Commissioner’s office at Ludhiana, Dukh Nivaran Gurdwara at Patiala, Kirti Kisan Union office at Moga, Market Committee office at Ferozepur Cantonment and Muktsar.

On January 16 farmers’ meetings at tehsil  level will be organised  to draw   government’s attention towards this issue. 


9 IAS, 2 PCS officers shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Government today posted and transferred nine IAS and two PCS officers.

Mr K.K. Bhatnagar has been given charge as Principal Secretary of Technical Education and Industrial Training in addition to the existing charge of the Department of Printing and Stationery.

Mrs Harsimrat has been posted as Principal Secretary, Department of Labour and Employment. She will also retain the charge of Department of Freedom Fighters.

Mr Vijay Kain had been posted as Presiding Officer, Sales Tax Tribunal-1. He would continue with his existing charge of the Department of Public Works ( Public Health).

Ms Kusumjit Sidhu has been given charge of the Department of Higher Education and Languages, in addition to being the Secretary Department of Power.

Mr R.C. Nayyar has been posted as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, Public Grievances and Pensions, besides Secretary, Lokpal. Mr Gurdev Singh Sidhu has been shifted to the Colonisation Department as its Director, Mr P.S. Aujla, has been posted as Joint Development Commissioner( IRD).

Mrs Raji P Shrivastava has been shifted to PUDA as the Additional Chief Administrator, Headquarters. Mr Vikas Partap has been shifted to Milkfed as its Managing Director.

Mr Gopal Krishan, PCS has been shifted to the office of the Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, for posting as PSO.

Mr Ajmer Singh, PCS has been shifted to Ludhiana as an Additional Deputy Commissioner.


Stolen motor cycle recovered, two held
Our Correspondent

Lalru, January 1
The police has arrested two residents of Ambala and recovered a stolen motor cycle from their possession. They have been identified as Raju, a resident of Gulama locality, and Naresh Kumar, a resident of Parshuram Colony, Ambala City.

Mr Karan Sher Singh, SHO, Lalru, said following information from the Haryana Police, a naka was laid on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway near Kurli village and the suspects were nabbed while riding the stolen vehicle. The duo had stolen the motor cycle from Jaggi Colony in Ambala, he added.

A case under Section 411 of the IPC has been registered against them at the Lalru police station. 


Two killed as bus hits scooter
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, January 1
Balwan Singh and his four-year-old nephew Subham Singh of Rally village died on the spot and his sister-inlaw Savita Devi was seriously wounded when a bus (PB 11A-8371) hit their scooter (PB-54-7691), near Pankhoo, while they were going to their village from Khundpur last evening.


Body found
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
The district police today recovered the body of a man hanging from a tree near gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. Policemen during patrolling noticed the body hanging on a tree from a turban.

Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, said the face of the man was badly crushed, and from documents in his pocket, his identity was established as Tarsem Singh (40), belonging to Raya village in Khamano subdivision in the district. He said some foul play was suspected in the death of the man.

The body handed over to his relatives after post-mortem.


Govt teachers to stage dharna on Jan 8
Our Correspondent

Barnala, January 1
The Punjab Government School Teachers' Union will stage a dharna in front of the office of the Director, Punjab Instruction (Secondary) Punjab, in Chandigarh on January 8 to lodge a protest against the alleged anti-teacher and anti-education policies of the state government.

Stating this here today. Mr Brij Bhushan, press secretary, Government Teachers' Union, Sangrur district, said resentment prevailed among government school teachers in Punjab because of the indifferent attitude of the state government towards their grievance and problems. Mr Bhushan said government teachers from all parts of Punjab would lodge a protest against the ban on recruitment of teachers, ban on promotions, increase in non-academic assignments, increasing political interference in the transfers of teachers, delaying tactics on the part of the government to implement pro-teacher court orders, and rampant corruption in the office of the DPI (Secondary), Punjab.


College NSS camp concludes
Our Correspondent

Barnala, January 1
The 10-day winter NSS Camp of Guru Gobind Singh College,Sanghera (Barnala) concluded on December 30. This camp began on December 21.

Prof Tara Singh, NSS programme officer of the college informed this reporter here today that 50 NSS volunteers of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera took part in the camp. Apart from undertaking a cleanliness project of the college campus and its surrounding areas organised parleys and discussions on various academic sessions of the camp on topics like the significance of blood donation, menace of female foeticide, value of discipline and environment in life.

The colourful cultural programmes presented by NSS volunteers were also a part of the camp.

Mithu Singh, a student of BA (II), was adjudged the best NSS volunteer of the camp.


School timings changed in district
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 1
In view of the dense fog and intense cold conditions, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, today ordered change in the timings of schools in the district.

According to the orders, the primary schools in the district would function from 10 am to 2 pm, whereas the elementary and senior secondary schools would function from 10 am to 3 pm.

The orders would remain in force till January 15.

In another order issued today, the Deputy Commissioner banned the plying of tractor trolleys and carts from 6 am to 6 pm.

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