Head Granthi of Golden Temple sacked
Earlier, Giani Mohan Singh had served as Head Granthi of Darbar Sahib for a long period, however, after his retirement, he was appointed as additional Head Granthi by the then SGPC chief, Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, on February 1.
Giani Mohan Singh received the letter terminating his services from Mr Major Singh, Manager of Darbar Sahib this morning.
The reason for his removal is said to be the directives issued by the Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission which had asked the SGPC to remove all employees above the age of 60 years. Under the same criterion, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, is likely to lose additional charge of priest of the Golden Temple. The Manager of the Golden Temple told TNS that orders in this regard might be issued to Jathedar Vedanti, divesting him of the additional charge tomorrow.
Though services of Giani Bhagwan Singh as Head Granthi, Akal Takht, were terminated last year, Jathedar Vedanti was allowed to hold the additional charge as priest of the Golden Temple.
Giani Mohan Singh described the orders of the SGPC as arbitrary since he was serving as additional Head Granthi without getting any salary.
Sources pointed out that Giani Puran Singh, Head Granthi, who enjoyed proximity to the “Brahmpura” group could be behind the removal of Giani Mohan Singh.
Giani Mohan Singh said it was strange that his services were terminated after a few months of his appointment. He said his name did not figure among the 27 employees who had attained the age of 60 years, submitted to the judicial commission by the SGPC. He claimed that the granthis and raagis were given age relaxation due to their high demands and hence the rule of superannuation did not apply to them.
govt on Pranab’s remarks
“It is disturbing that Mr Pranab, who has been appointed as party in charge for Punjab, chose to attack the Termination of Water Accords Act at this stage.
The Congress is known for betraying the interests of Punjab and taking contradictory stands on various issues at different times,” he alleged.
Elaborating this point, he said when Ms Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister, had laid the foundation of the SYL canal, the party had praised her. The Congress opposed the Akali government led by him (Badal) when his government had filed writ petition against the SYL canal in the Supreme Court.
The petition was withdrawn during the tenure of Chief Minister Darbara Singh when the case was at a crucial stage.
Now the Congress was opposing the SYL canal in Punjab.
SAD was firm that his party would not allow a single drop of Punjab water to flow out of the state. He further said Punjab was facing a drought like situation but the state government appeared to be totally oblivious of the situation.
They had not even written a single word to the Union Government urging it to take any remedial measures or to pay compensation to poor farmers of the states, he pointed out.
Taking a dig at Capt Amarinder Singh, he said he was behaving like Emperor Nero while Punjab suffers.
Evading a direct reply on his party’s relations with the BJP vis a vis the SYL canal issue, he said he had all regard for the state BJP leadership and hoped it they would play a constructive role on the matter.
He, however, added that waters being a state issue
SAD had no objection to the Haryana BJP unit taking a different stand in
its own (Haryana) interest. He asserted that his party expected the
central BJP high command not to take side on the issue.
This is not for the first time that Mr Mukherjee will be handling Punjab, rather ever-pervasive factionalism in the PPCC, both in the organisational and legislative wings. These have always been at loggerheads with ministers sniping at one another and organisational activists being engaged in undercurrent politics.
Mr Mukherjee had played a part way back in the summer of 1996, when Mr Harcharan Singh Brar and Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were engaged in battle royal for supremacy. In fact, Mr Mukherjee was asked to step in, after Mr Ahmed Patel, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ms Meira Kumar and Ms Ambika Soni had failed in improving Congress house-keeping. The patch-up truce had got unstuck as the political temperature refused to come down. Eventually, Ms Bhattal had her way. She first became Deputy and then Chief Minister by mid-November. In 1996, May onwards, Congress MLAs had spent more time in Delhi. That act has been often repeated by her. So strong are political compulsions within the Congress and so self-centric the Congress leaders, that neither rightsizing of the Council of Ministers nor the World Bank report’s dark forecast is likely to affect the Congress high command, which plays it own political games and whose political permutations and combinations are influenced by “interest groups”.
The coming back of Mr Mukherjee, thus, has triggered political speculations. Various interpretations of this change of the AICC guard in Punjab are already afloat.
Is the move aimed to check the tide of the river waters stirred by the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act-2004? Is it to bring about a semblance of political balance and sanity in the PPCC? Is to placate the Opposition or damage-control the spill over of the placid SYL water in Haryana that goes to Assembly polls in the near future?
Is it to back up Ms Bhattal or check-mate Capt Amarinder Singh, architect of the Act, who had acted in the larger interests of the state and its people and had taken a calculated risk? There are high stakes involved in Punjab’s act—to ensure that cold-blooded violence did not revisit the state.
It is anybody’s guess regarding this sudden change. But given the ad hoc mannerism in which the Congress high command has acted and taken decisions in the past, exposes chinks in its armour. It seems to resort to either first-aid treatment of the ills that afflict the PPCC or opt for political adjustment and accommodation to cap factionalism, rather than find a permanent solution to the perennial in-house party problems.
Something similar is in the offing now, say political observers, when they interpret the recent comments of Mr Mukherjee in Kolkata over Punjab’s action to enact an Act, thereby, nullifying all river water-sharing agreements. He had said the Act and the step taken by the Chief Minister were “unfortunate” and that neither the party nor the Prime Minister had been sounded or consulted.
To such criticism, Capt Amarinder Singh has replied umpteen times. These observers feel the wordy duel over this issue, within and without the Congress, will further hot up, notwithstanding the fact that the Union Government has filed an application in the Supreme Court bringing to its notice the “changed” ground realities following the Act and seeking fresh guidelines.
The Act, as well as the AICC change, have further activated the political stage in Punjab. It is unfortunate, say observers, that the Congress high command is never decisive, but plays with political permutations and combinations while dealing with orchestered dissensions and divisions and never-say-die factionalism in Congress-ruled states.
There was no denying the fact, says a Congress leader, that much of the rot in the Punjab Congress set in in the mid-1996, when there was a spat between Mr Brar and Ms Bhattal. The party high command had acted without conscience or conviction. The festering resentment continues with ambitious, opportunist and hypocrite Punjab politicians having failed to learn any lessons.
Despite the Congress having restored peace restoring democracy at the grassroots by organising elections to initiating strong socio-economic measures to revitalise the state by the end of its five-year rule, 1992-1997, the Congress had been mauled in the Lok Sabha elections in 1996. Such is the fate of the Congress that it still does not display strands of cohesiveness and tends to lapse into insomnia. In the process the Congress high command has failed the state, dimmed the ray of hope it had kindled by erasing terrorism, shattered the dream of a prosperous state.
Thus, to Punjab’s sordid
political serial, another episode has been added by the Congress with
the appointment of Mr Mukherjee, even as harmonious cohesiveness in the
Congress remains elusive, while the Congress and the Akalis may swim or
sink together in river waters.
Party post not a surprise for Manish Tiwari
Chandigarh, July 17
“I do not know as yet as what work will be assigned to me. I am a committed party worker and served as the Secretary, AICC, before I became the President of the All-India Youth Congress Committee (AIYCC) in 1998,” said Mr Tewari, for whom the last Lok Sabha elections marked his unsuccessful entry into the electoral politics.
Two months after the elections, Mr Manish Tewari is back in Ludhiana, this time as the Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, and to reiterate that whatever he had promised to do for the people of the industrial town, he would get those things done.
“I had committed that Ludhiana would have an international airport. A team of the Airport Authority of India has already visited the town and cleared the site along the banks of Sutlej River at Lodhowal village. Now, after the technical clearance, global tenders are likely to be floated by end of September,” said Mr Tiwari, adding that the airport would be built on the lines of the Changi international airport of Singapore.
Talking to The Tribune here this evening, Mr Tewari said other commitment he had made included excise exemption to industries.
“I am now visiting my constituency regularly, holding meetings with the people and trying to sort out their problems, redressing their grievances. My voters are surprised that even after losing the election, I have returned and visiting them regularly ,” says Mr Tewari.
Mr Manish Tewari, who was a senior advocate in the Supreme Court, said, between 2000 and 2004 he was into practice.
Mr Tewari headed the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress, for five years. In between, he became the first Asian to be elected President of the International Union of Students for a full term of four years. But he quit in between in 1994. He remained the President of the AIYCC for two years (1998-2000).
kill Kanshi, says brother
Jalandhar, July 18
“We fear that Ms Mayawati can eliminate Kanshi Ram at any moment. so we seek personal intervention of the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to provide us justice by handing over my brother to me at the earliest,” Mr Dalbara Singh, brother of Mr Kanshi Ram told reporters here today.
He rejected the statement of the BSP in which it was said that Mr Kanshi Ram refused to meet and recognise his mother, Ms Bishan Kaur, and brother Mr Harbans Singh, when they went to meet him in New Delhi. He said, “Rather the gesture of Mr Kanshi Ram was like that he wanted to get rid of Ms Mayawati’s custody.”
He revealed that when Mr Kanshi Ram was in Batra Hospital, he tried to flee from there but overpowered by doctors, who were working as agents of Ms Mayawati.
Ms Bishan Kaur, along with her daughter Swarn Kaur, sons Harbans Singh and Dalbara Singh, were present at the conference organised here by the expelled leaders of the BSP, including former MP Satnam Singh Kainth and former MLAs Shingara Ram Sahungra and Raj Singh Kheri.
All expelled leaders pledged to make efforts to get him free from the custody of Ms Mayawati and threatened to launch a countrywide agitation in case she failed to respond in a positive manner.
Manmohan, Musharraf invited for candlelight vigil
Amritsar, July 18
Happy at improving ties Nayyar said he had been dreaming about this day during the past ten years of candle peace missions.
He said he had invited Bollywood stars and Pakistani artistes to jointly celebrate the Independence day next month.
Nayyar has chalked out three day Indo-Pak Punjabi folk festival to be held at Amritsar and Lahore from October 10 to 12 and requested both the countries to let the borders to be opened for three days for free movement of people across the border.
The former Rajya Sabha member expressed concern over the recent controversial abrogation of river water termination Bill which had generated considerable heat among the northern states. He said that a group of influential Punjabi leaders had been formed to discuss the fallout of the current water dispute, likely to have far reaching repercussions in case an amicable solution could not be achieved.
Back from UK, impressed
Excited after an eventful first-ever trip to the UK, Arshdeep Kaur (14) said, “We were impressed by their education system. The visit to London was a marvellous experience for all of us.
Mr Malhi, an industrialist based in London, is also the chairman of the academy, looked after by his brother, Mr Jorawar Singh Malhi.
Arshdeep, a student of Class VIII, said she made friends and visited famous places in London. She said the students were accorded a warm welcome there.
Besides Arshdeep, 10 girls, eight boys and three teachers were part of the group.
Mr Malkeet Singh, one of the teachers who accompanied the students to London, said the students performed a play “Nikian Jinda, Vade Saake” and presented a cultural programme which was appreciated by non-resident Indians as well as by the British. He said boys performed bhangra while girls performed Malwai gidda. He said the students also organised kirtan, Gatka (Sikh martial arts) and dhadi at a programme there.
He said the students attended a class at Guru Nanak Sikh School and Heathland School there.
Sewage disposal poses threat to IAF planes
Gurdaspur, July 18
Sources in the Air Force said due to the sewage the units here have to restrict their flight schedules. They are now being forced to use just one side of their runway due to threat posed to the planes by birds attracted by sewage.
The sources said the problem of sewage had cropped up in the past two years. The Pathankot Municipal Council used to dispose of its sewage in kutcha sedimentation tanks a km away from the Air Force station.
However, a politically influential landlord dug an illegal canal out of the sedimentation tanks to use sewerage water in his fields. The fields of the said landlord were near the Air Force station. The water from the fields enters the Air Force station.
The Air Force authorities have brought the water to the notice of the district administration and the state government. Meetings have even been held with the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to resolve the matter. However, nothing has been done is this matter as yet.
The Air Force authorities have proposed to the local authorities that an underground pipe should be laid to carry the sewerage water into Chaki river or the UBDC canal. They have also demanded that the illegal canal dug by the local landlord should be plugged.
The SDM, Pathankot, Mr Harminder Singh, when asked to comment about the complaint of the Air Force said he had joined here recently and had not been apprised of the matter as yet. He, however, assured to look into the matter at the earliest.
Besides the sewage disposal, the unauthorised construction coming up in the vicinity of the Air Force station is another hazard. The Air Force authorities allege that certain slums had started coming up along the wall of the Air Force station near Dhakka colony.
A multiplex theatre has come up recently
right in front of the Air Force station. However, the district
administration has made no efforts to check new constructions despite
the fact that the Air Force had taken up the matter with them.
worst power cuts
Bathinda, July 18
Information gathered by TNS revealed that though local MLA Surinder Singla who is now Finance Minister, had made sincere efforts for maintaining the status of power cut-free city, it could not yield any positive results.
“We are facing the worst power cuts. Now the power cuts have become longer, frequent and more unscheduled as compared to the power cuts imposed in this city in the initial years of the SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab,” pointed out a section of citizens today.
“Our life have become miserable not due to power cuts only, the big generators installed by some banks and business houses have also added to our woes. The district administration has also failed to check the pollution by power generators which has now become a major source of health hazard,” they added.
Mr Rajesh Kumar, a timber merchant, said some citizens had decided to lodge a complaint against officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) who had not taken any action against those who had been using big power generators.
Inder Singh Sahni, acting president, District Congress Committee,
Bathinda, said Mr Singla had taken responsibility to keep this city
power cut-free. He added that after monsoon hit Punjab, the power
situation would also improve and there would be lesser cuts.
PSEB staff to protest against trifurcation
Patiala, July 18
The association general secretary H.S. Bedi said it was a matter of concern that the state government seemed to be in a hurry to trifurcate the board under the garb of implementing the Electricity Act 2003 which itself was under review. He said the proposed structure of generation, transmission and distribution companies in Punjab was on the same lines as had been tried in other states including Orissa, Haryana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and UP. Even with repeated tariff revisions, the financial health of the dismantled utilities had further deteriorated in these states. The dismantling of these state electricity boards had only increased the burden on the exchequer.
The association president M.S. Bajwa added that it was distressing that despite total failure of the experiment of dismantling the state electricity boards in other states and the declared policy of the UPA Government to review the Electricity Act 2003, the Punjab Government was going ahead with the proposal to dismantle a profitable organisation.
PSEB to bear cost of JE’s treatment
Patiala, July 18
On receiving reports from affected consumers of Haruwala village about running of three-phase agricultural motors on single-phase supply, a team of PSEB conducted a raid on the tubewells of Rajinder Singh.
During the raid the PSEB officials found that the agriculture
tubewells were being run illegally on single-phase supply. As per the
board rules the officials disconnected the motors. While returning Jagir
Singh was attacked with firearms.
Caste-based quota opposed
Bathinda, July 18
He alleged that after a mess in the government with caste-based reservations, politicians now had started planning to milk the private sector for petty gains.
He lamented that no political party or national-level leader had come out with any statement opposing the caste-based reservations in private sector.
Mr Sidhu alleged that efficiency of the government sector had been eroded as merit was being ignored to promote caste-based recruitment. He alleged caste-based recruitments would ruin the country.
of private buses, urges union
During a meeting of the AITUC’s central body, the members demanded an immediate check on private buses, new fleet of roadways buses and jobs for the wards of the dead roadways employees. Mr Darshan Singh Kang presided over the meeting.
Acting general secretary Gurmail Singh said the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered the removal of buses older than 15 years. In wake of this verdict the transport department should immediately replace old buses, he added.
Masjid action panel chief comes to Valmikis’ support
Amritsar, July 18
However, during the function today, Mr Mohammed snubbed the newly elected parliamentary secretary, Dr Raj Kumar, when he said an MLA should not flout government funds for the shrine at a forum of religious or community affairs. Dr Raj Kumar had earlier told the gathering that Rs 1 crore was given by the government for the development of the shrine.
The minister promptly announced Rs 5 crore for the shrine on behalf of the UP Government.
Rail coach factory rolls out 25 postal vans
Kapurthala, July 18
As per the requirements of the department, the RCF has incorporated special features in the vans such as swiveling type chairs with fixed table. A chimney has been fitted to exhaust the fumes generated while sealing the mail bags during the journey.
The coach has also been provided with different enclosures for keeping postal bags, seating and sleeping berths and folding luggage racks.
To facilitate easy and fast loading
of mail, wider doors have been provided in the coach besides one letter
box on each side of it. In case of emergency, fire extinguishers and
emergency doors have been provided in the coaches.
Punjab Assembly prorogued
Chandigarh, July 18
Cold storage owners convicted
Hoshiarpur, July 18
As may as 54 farmers of the Shamchaurasi area had filed applications against the above partners of the Kisan Ice Factory and Cold Storage under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act. In the said applications they stated that the said partners appealed before the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Punjab, against the order of District Consumer Forum, Hoshiarpur, of November 27, 1996, in which it had directed partners to pay compensation to all of them for damaging their potatoes kept in their cold storage. On the dismissal of the appeal by the state commission the said partners filed another appeal in this connection before the National Commission which was also rejected.
On dismissal of appeals by the State and National
Commissions, the decision of the District Consumer Forum was final. In
his order Mr Joga Singh stated that it was proved on the record that the
aforesaid partners had not intentionally complied with order of this
forum by making payment of the amounts in question to the complainants
within stipulated period. Consequently, they had made themselves liable
for punishment under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act.
Farmers stage dharna
Addressing a gathering, the district
president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugraha), Mr Sadhu Singh
Takhtpura, said long and unscheduled power cuts had made life miserable
for the villagers and their paddy crop was drying up. He alleged that
when farmers held peaceful demonstration, board employees threatened
them with getting false cases registered against them.
Bahl denies effecting 200 transfers
Dubbing the news item as baseless in a statement issued here, Mr Bahl said he had not signed any transfer order on July 5 this year, a day before resigning, as mentioned in the news item.
Mr Bahl also ridiculed the news item in which the sources close to the Chief Minister had been quoted as saying that Capt Amarinder Singh was not pleased with the performance of Mr Bahl as Education Minister and that his son was indulging in the transfers in the Education Department.
“The news item has shocked me,” Mr Bahl said.
Cops attached to Police Lines
Kotkapura (Faridkot), July 18
It may be mentioned here that ASI Sukhdev Singh and Head Constable Amarjeet Singh had brought “munshi” of Ferozepore Sadar police station Onkar Singh to Kotkapura without informing any of the officials there.
Later, it turned out to be a case of defaulting payment of a finance company. The MD of Shekh Farid Finance Company, Mr Vivek Garg, said that Onkar Singh had taken a loan for buying a motor cycle from his company. He repaid only six instalments of the loan and after that no payment was made from his side, Mr Garg added. He said that after filing a case the company had obtained non-bailable warrant against Onkar. He said that the Kotkapura police had court orders and the SHO had sent policemen to take action in this regard, which was made out to be a case of kidnapping by the Ferozepore police.
Doctor booked in blood
transfusion case Bathinda, July 18 Police sources said a case under Section 304-A of the IPC had been
registered against Dr Aggarwal and two other employees of the blood bank
for causing death of Parveen Rani, a resident of Bhucho Mandi town of
this district, due to their negligence. After meeting with an accident,
Parveen Rani and her husband Rajesh Kumar, who got married about two
months ago, were admitted to the local civil hospital. While Mr Rajesh
Kumar was discharged after some time, Parveen Rani was given two units
of blood. The blood units were taken from the local blood bank and was
issued by its employees. Though Parveen Rani was having B positive
blood group, she was given AB positive blood group by the in charge of
the blood bank, Dr Indu Bhushan Aggarwal. After transfusion of blood
units of the different blood group, the condition of Parveen Rani became
critical and she was shifted to a big hospital in Ludhiana where she
died on July 16. She was pregnant when she had died. Though the kin of
deceased moved an application for taking legal action against those
guilty, the district police authorities did not take any action in this
connection till yesterday. They were awaiting the legal opinion as the
incident was related to death due to medical negligence. However,
hundreds of residents of Bhucho Mandi town, blocked vehicular traffic on
the Bathinda-Bhucho crossing last evening to press the authorities
concerned to register criminal case against Dr Aggarwal for his alleged
involvement in transfusing blood of the wrong group to the
deceased. The residents also brought the body of Parveen Rani from
Ludhiana, where she was undergoing treatment. They also issued a threat
that they would not cremate the body until the criminal case was
registered against the doctor. To keep the law and order situation
under control and prevent the situation from taking ugly turn, the
district police authorities registered a case against Dr Aggarwal and
two others in the city police station late last night.
Bathinda, July 18
Police sources said a case under Section 304-A of the IPC had been registered against Dr Aggarwal and two other employees of the blood bank for causing death of Parveen Rani, a resident of Bhucho Mandi town of this district, due to their negligence.
After meeting with an accident, Parveen Rani and her husband Rajesh Kumar, who got married about two months ago, were admitted to the local civil hospital. While Mr Rajesh Kumar was discharged after some time, Parveen Rani was given two units of blood. The blood units were taken from the local blood bank and was issued by its employees.
Though Parveen Rani was having B positive blood group, she was given AB positive blood group by the in charge of the blood bank, Dr Indu Bhushan Aggarwal. After transfusion of blood units of the different blood group, the condition of Parveen Rani became critical and she was shifted to a big hospital in Ludhiana where she died on July 16. She was pregnant when she had died.
Though the kin of deceased moved an application for taking legal action against those guilty, the district police authorities did not take any action in this connection till yesterday. They were awaiting the legal opinion as the incident was related to death due to medical negligence.
However, hundreds of residents of Bhucho Mandi town, blocked vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Bhucho crossing last evening to press the authorities concerned to register criminal case against Dr Aggarwal for his alleged involvement in transfusing blood of the wrong group to the deceased.
The residents also brought the body of Parveen Rani from Ludhiana, where she was undergoing treatment. They also issued a threat that they would not cremate the body until the criminal case was registered against the doctor.
To keep the law and order situation under control and prevent the situation from taking ugly turn, the district police authorities registered a case against Dr Aggarwal and two others in the city police station late last night.
9 held for running illegal medical camps
Amritsar, July 18
Interestingly, the camps were being held at various religious places. The raids were conducted on religious shrines at the Sharifpura and Tehsilpura localities.
The suspects are Mohammad Mukhtar, a resident Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh, who is the in charge of a camp in the Sharifpura area, Padamjit Singh of Jora Phatak, Rahul and Vinay of the Maqboolpura area, Beena of Sundar Nagar, Sudha of the Beri Gate area, Amandeep Singh of Krishna Nagar and Khushbir Kaur and Vinay Kumar of Nehru Colony here. They have been handed over to the Rambagh police.
Dr H.S. Gill, Civil Surgeon, said the suspects were running the camps without permission. He said such camps were supposed to be run under the supervision of qualified doctors and nurses while these camps were without doctors.
The Civil Surgeon said local women and children from medical stores, who did not have any training, were immunising people on daily wages.
The organisers of the camp used to charge Rs 10 for preparing a card and Rs 45 to 50 for administering injections.
Earlier, unruly scenes were created when agitated people, after knowing the reality of the camps, brutally beat up Mohmmad Mukhtar at Sharifpura. Two persons managed to escape before the police reached the spot. The residents of the area did not allow the suspects to go till the arrival of the health authorities and the police. The police has seized mobile phones from them.
Mr Ravinder Kumar Sultanwind, president
of the All-India Youth Association, on whose information the Civil
Surgeon raided the illegal camps, alleged that a number of such camps
were being run under the nose of the Health Department. He said these
camps were running for the past three to four months. He demanded a
high-level inquiry into the matter.
Five held for ‘damaging’ 66-kv grid building
Sangrur, July 18
Sources said protesting against the unannounced power cuts by the PSEB, a large number of persons of Chhajli and other nearby villages gathered at the grid building and raised slogans against the PSEB and the government. Later, this protest reportedly took a violent turn which led to throwing of stones on the grid building.
The Sunam police said today the protesters threw stones on the grid building and damaged the glasses. They also forced the employees at the grid to confine themselves to the building. The police said it had registered a case against several persons for making an attack on the grid and damaging the building of the grid, but it had arrested five persons so far. A case had been registered under Sections 353, 186, 342, 379, 427, 148, and 149 of the IPC.
One more arrested in murder case
Jalandhar, July 18
On June 24, the accused along with his wife and son killed the landlord's son, Rakesh Kumar, in Madhopur village by hitting him with stones. But this time they were seen by some passersby who handed them over to the police.
While in custody, the trio confessed to the killing of Rakesh
Kumar as well as his father. The police arrested Vinod after booking him
under Sections 302, 201-120 B 24 of the IPC in Division number 7 police
Head Constable held for graft
Bathinda, July 18
Mr Amrik Singh Waraich, SSP, Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda, in a press release issued here yesterday, said that on the complaint of Mr Makhan Singh, a trap was laid by DSP, Vigilance Bureau, Faridkot, Mr Baldev Singh Dhaliwal. The accused was arrested in the presence of government and private witnesses and Rs 300 was recovered.
Boy beaten up, hospitalised
Ludhiana, July 18
The 12-year-old boy, Ashish David, was admitted to the CMCH today after he fell unconscious. His father, Mr David, a laboratory assistant, alleged that his son was beaten up by his neighbour R.K. Robert on Friday and he was not feeling well since then.
Mr David alleged that his son was playing football in the compound of the residential area on Friday evening with other boys. He said the football hit two daughters of Robert, who were going on a bike. The girls could not control the bike and fell down. The boys, including Ashish, started laughing and the incensed girls complained to their father.
said Robert came to the compound and caught hold of Ashish while the
other boys fled. He said Robert took Ashish to his house, tied him with
a rope and beat him up, causing internal injuries.
Amritsar, July 18
The names of four staff members published in the college prospectus are: Dr Charanjit Singh (MBBS, a medical officer and head), Mr Kulwinder Singh Chimni (M.Sc/DPE/NIS), Dr Shavinder Kaur Dhillon (MA/M.Phil/Ph.D) and Dr Satinderpal Kaur Gill (M.Ed/PhD/Phy Education). Four vacancies have been mentioned in the prospectus in this department.
According to the prospectus, Mr Kulwinder Singh Chimni is also on the staff of the Department of Physical Education while Dr (Mrs) Shivinder Kaur Dhillon is on staff of the Department of Economics and Sociology.
The physiotherapy degree course was started five years back in 1999 and is of four-and-a-half years duration.
Several students have felt cheated by the college due to this. Several interns in the physiotherapy department feel that their internship may also be deemed ‘invalid’ owing to lack of permanent teachers in the college.
Ahmedgarh, July 18
Addressing a union gathering at the local Children’s Park,
Mr Malaghar Singh and Mr Gurmail Singh Chandhar, president and chief
organizer of the state body of the union, said the union would hold
rallies and stage dharnas at the division level from August 5 in case
the amendment was not adopted. — OC
Maninderjit, Sukhbir win
Patiala, July 18
The theme of the contest was ‘Nature’ Smile’. As many as
150 students of various schools of the city participated in the contest
organised by Balaji Event Organisers. Speaking on the occasion the chief
guest Mr Gopal Krishan Singla said such competitions provided an
opportunity to students to exhibit their hidden talents.
Patiala, July 18
Speaking on the occasion principal of the academy Mr Harvinder Singh Aulakh, said such exhibitions helped students to exhibit their talent and also provided a platform to enhance their skill.