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PAU students call off strike
New DSW appointed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The agitating students of five colleges of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today called off their strike after the university authorities asked them to join classes. The students, who had been holding a dharna and boycotting mid-term exams since Monday, lifted the dharna and decided to sit for exams from next Monday. They took out a rally in front of the Thapar hall today.

Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies -cum-newly appointed Director, Students Welfare, addressed them and asked them to call off their strike.

He said the university would take the students into confidence before organising such a function on the campus in future. He also announced that no action would be taken against the students for damaging the university property.

Meanwhile, PAU has withdrawn the charge of DSW from Dr Amritpal Singh Mann yesterday after the students demanded his resignation. The decision was taken after the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh returned from Delhi after attending a meeting.

The authorities declared that the exams would be held from Monday as per the original schedule. The students agreed to attend the classes from that day. 



Amritdhari boy’s parents take back complaint
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
The alleged hair cropping incident involving an Amritdhari boy belonging to Shanker village took a new turn when the parents of the boy asked the police not to continue investigation into the matter.

The parents of the boy had earlier complained that some unidentified persons had forcibly cropped the hair of their minor son. Various Sikh leaders, including some SGPC members, had urged the authorities to identify and arrest the miscreants.

The SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir, said Gurjit Singh of Shanker village had given in writing to the Dehlon police that he did not want to get any investigation done into the incident of alleged cropping of hair of his only son Paramjit.

Gurjit Singh had earlier complained that three unidentified miscreants had intercepted his minor son while he was returning from his fields on the evening of Sunday and cropped his hair.

Referring to the information received from the DSP, Dakha, Mr Jatinder Pal Khaira, who had been entrusted with the investigation of the case, Mr Ahir said the father, along with some leaders of the village, had visited the Dehlon police station and given in writing that they did not want to get any investigation done into the case.

“Their retreat from the complaint has made the matter suspicious and we will continue investigations on our own and try to find out the truth,” he said.

Reacting to the statements issued by Sikh leaders of the area demanding arrest of the suspected miscreants, Mr Ahir called for information from all concerned and assured that stern action would be taken against them even if the complainant did not desire so.



Man escapes bid on life over adultery
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, October 21
A 30-year-old man, Gurcharan Singh, hailing from Chandran village has escaped a bid on his life even as he was injected with an intoxicant and subsequently thrown on the banks of the Sidhwan Canal near Gurudwara Katana Sahib.

A group of 6 or 7 persons, on Wednesday, allegedly drugged the victim after tying him with a rope and brought him near the canal on a tempo.

Their intention was allegedly of throwing him into the canal but on noticing a crowd approaching them, they left the victim near the canal and fled.

The victim disclosed to the Sahnewal police that he was going on his cycle to village Katana Sahib when 6 or 7 persons, including the three identified Harpal Singh and Rupinder Singh, sons of Bhim Singh and Jaswinder Singh of village Chandran, snatched his bicycle and started beating him.

They tied him with a rope and made him unconscious by giving him an injection after forcing him into a tempo.

When he regained consciousness, he found himself lying near the bank of Sidhwan Canal with injuries to his person.

He was then admitted to the Civil Hospital at Samrala where his position stablised.

The victim has further complained that Mandeep Kaur, wife of one of the accused Jaswinder Singh was missing for last few days and he was being held responsible for her disappearance by her husband.

The victim alleged that Mandeep Kaur's husband doubted that he had illicit relations with his wife and for which Jaswinder Singh had already attacked Gurcharan once and broken his arm.

The victim alleged that the accused Jaswinder Singh had attacked him the second time with an intention to kill him.

A case has been registered at the Sahnewal police station. The accused were still absconding. 



75 and still stealing
Tribune News Service

Kulwant Singh in police custody along with his accomplices Surinder and Rahul Singh in Ludhiana
Kulwant Singh in police custody along with his accomplices Surinder and Rahul Singh in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 21
A septuagenarian car thief who owns a petrol station in Nepal while his one son and four daughters are well-settled in Canada, has been arrested by the CIA wing-II of the local police. Three stolen trucks and an Indica car have been recovered from him.

It seems Kulwant Singh (75) of 142-H, Sarabha Nagar, has a habit of stealing. He was arrested along with a Rahul of Bihar and Surinder of Himachal.

Only one of his sons Parwinder Singh was living with him here. He too is suspected a car thief and is in the custody of the Mehna police.

Gurpreet Singh, SP, Detective, told mediapersons here today that Kulwant was arrested on the charges of smuggling in Nepal in 1974-75. The accused was also wanted in six cases registered against him at several police stations in Punjab.

Devinder Kumar, CIA wing-II in charge told Ludhiana Tribune that Kulwant had made a fortune by committing thefts and doing smuggling. He owned 1.5 acres near Ludhiana which he sold off in 1965 and migrated to Nepal. He brought a truck there and transported wood. Soon he got in touch with some smugglers and worked for them. This way he earned fast money and bought more trucks.

He was arrested in Nepal in 1975 and was imprisoned for a few months. He returned to Punjab and carried on with his criminal activities. He owns a house in Sarabha Nagar.

He renewed contacts with his Nepal mates and bought a petrol station there.

Kulwant was not in a mood to share his deals with the media. He first claimed that he was hard of hearing and was not able to comprehend the questions. When reporters spoke loudly he told them to speak in a low voice as he was a heart patient.



Rs 35 cr for state roads
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 21
The government plans to strengthen and widen existing roads, besides constructing 40 overbridges over level crossings in the state, according Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD.

He was speaking on the concluding day of the two-day annual function organised by Young Farmers’ Public High School at Bhadson village near here yesterday. He was the chief guest of the function.

He said the state recorded the highest number of accidental deaths in the country.

Toll tax would be charged for the maintenance of roads by private companies that would be partners of the government in these projects. The people would have to bear these expenses as they would be able to save on fuel and maintenance of their vehicles. It would also bring down the number of accidents, he said.

The minister appreciated the efforts of Mr Avninder Singh Grewal towards development of the village through his Young Farmers’ Club.

The work on the roads in this area would begin in the first week of next month. It would be completed in six months. The state would get Rs 35 crore Central grant for the purpose. Out of this amount, Rs 3.16 crore would be spent on the Gobindgarh-Amloh-Nabha road, he added.

Mr Randeep Singh, MLA, Nabha, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, former Member of Parliament, Mr Avninder Singh Grewal, spokesman of the Young Farmers’ Club, Jathedar Rajinder Singh Tohra and Mahant Harvinder Singh Khanora, Congress leader, also addressed the function.

The students of the school presented cultural programmes during the two-day function. School Principal Madam Grewal spoke on the achievements of the school. The chief guest gave away prizes to the participants.

Earlier, Mr Bajwa unveiled a statue of Late Mehtab Singh Grewal (1857-1893) at Nanoki village near here. Mehtab Singh was adviser to Hira Singh, former Maharaja of Nabha state. He launched the policy of holding cattle fairs in the state, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Avninder Singh Grewal said a new idea was floated by the adviser, when he was asked to purchase horses for the state. Instead of going from village to village in search of good horses, he suggested to organise mandis for the purpose. In the beginning, such mandis were held at Jaiton, Phoon, Bawal, Mandi Gobindgarh and Mehtab. These mandis also became a source of income for the state.



Two owls rescued
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
During Navratras and Divali practitioners of witchcraft and occult practices kill animals like cats, monkeys, jackals, owls, etc. to please mystic gods, according to People For Animals (PFA).

These persons commit this crime without realising that this could disturb the ecological balance of an area. In this connection two large owls (rock eagle owl) were rescued from a tantrik today.

The society stated that their members saw the tantrik selling “taweez” near the G.T. Road. He was also carrying a box. This made them suspicious and they informed forest officials in this regard. When the members asked him to accompany them to the Forest Department he fled, leaving the box containing the owls. The wings of these fully-grown owls had been clipped.

These have been kept at the PFA’s animal and bird shelter at Khwajke,Rahon Road, Ludhiana.

These are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (amended in 2002), and are categorised under schedule IV.



Centre considering relief for farmers
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 21
The Centre is considering to compensate farmers for spending on diesel to energise their tubewells as it did not rain on time. A decision on this is expected at a meeting of food & supplies ministers of all states on October 28 at New Delhi.

These views were expressed by the State Minister for Agriculture, Food & Civil Supplies, Dr. Akhilesh Partap Singh, during his visit to the Shree Ramdas Rice & General Mills here on Tuesday evening. Dr. Singh was shown the working of Japanese Sortex plant which scans damaged and discolored rice from the superior quality, by the MD of the mill and the Nagar Council president, Mr. Anil Sood.

The minister was accompanied by Dr. B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Mr Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Director Food and Civil Supplies , Punjab, Mr S.S. Channi, MD ,Markfed, Mr K. Shiva Parsad, Senior Regional Manager, FCI, Ms Simarjot Kaur, DFSc, Ludhiana and Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala.



Tributes paid to martyrs on Commemoration Day
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 21
At a short but impressive function at the Police Lines here today, a commemoration parade was held as a mark of respect to those policemen who had sacrificed their lives while on duty. The parade was led by Mr J.S. Khaira, DSP, Dakha, on the occasion.

Various dignatories, including Ms Jitender Walia, SDJM, Jagraon, Mr B.S.Deol, Judicial Magistrate, Jagraon , Mr Darshan Singh Brar, former Punjab minister, Mr Gurdip Singh Bhaini, former MLA, Mr Gurmit Singh, SDM, Mr Rajiv Ahir SSP, Mr Jarnail Singh Dhaliwal, SP (Headquarters), Mr Jaspal Dhanoa, Mr Gurmukh Singh Cheema, Mr Randhir Singh, DSP, and Mr Daljit Singh Chhina, Tehsildar, were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ahir, SSP, narrated the history of Commemoration Day, tracing it back to October 21, 1959, when a patrol party of the CRPF, led by Sub-Inspector Karan Singh was ambushed by Chinese forces at Hot Springs, Ladakh, killing 10 jawans.

Mr Ahir also enumerated the achievements of various Punjab police officers who laid down lives for the cause of the state and the nation.

The names of the martyrs were read out and flowers were offered by various dignatories as tributes.



BSP ignored Dalit issues, says Kainth
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 21
Expelled leader of the BSP, Mr Satnam Singh Kainth, accused the party leadership of ignoring Dalit issues in the past 25 years. Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he alleged that the party leadership had moved away from its real ideals.

Mr Kainth alleged that due to the wrong policies of the top leadership, the Dalit community was shifting towards the Congress. He said in the recently held byelections, the party candidate had secured only 4,000 votes while the dissident candidate supported by him won 6,000 votes. In Kapurthala, the BSP candidate had secured only 1,000 votes.



SAD(A) resents SAD’s ‘hooliganism’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (A) has condemned the “hooliganism” of SAD workers at the Patiala district courts, where their activists who were protesting against Bibi Jagir Kaur were beaten up by the latter without provocation.

He said Mr Simranjit Singh Mann would chair a meeting of the party executive to be held in Ludhiana at 11 a.m. tomorrow. 



Coop society office-bearers

Samrala, October 21
The followings have been elected office-bearers of the Shamshpur Coop Agricultural Service Society Ltd, Shamashpur, unanimously:

President-Avtar Singh, Senior vice-president- Gurmel Singh Raju, junior vice-President-Ujagar Singh, Santokh Singh, Raghbir Singh, Harpal Singh, Sher Singh, Daljit Singh and Kartar Singh were elected as the working members of the society, said Gurmel Singh Raju. OC



Biz Clips

Electronic Expo-2k4, an exhibition on consumer electronics and home appliances, recorded more than 1.5 lakh visitors during three days, according to a press note. The exhibition invited participation from over 40 brands of various companies, which offered attractive discounts, gifts and schemes to the customers, the release stated. Customers won assured gifts like projection TV, wireless home theatres, DIOS refrigerators, Tromm washing machines, Faltron TVs, microwave ovens, air-conditioners, GSM and other products, apart from gifts like bags T-shirts etc. 

GIFT VOUCHERS: The Kerala Ayurvedic Centre will offer health gift vouchers for corporates, business houses and individuals. One can give these vouchers to his employees and others, wishing them good health, a press note said on Tuesday. These vouchers are available for Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. 

Inaugurated: Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP, inaugurated Model Apartment built by Ana Punjab Homes Limited on Thursday. Mr Agya Paul Singh, managing director, Apna Punjab Homes, said of the 120 apartments, 90 had already been booked for NRIs, while the remaining 30 would be sold to corporates.

LAUNCHED: Ruchi Soya Industries, manufacturer and importer of edible oils, launched Nutrela refined soybean oil and Nutrela refined sunflower oil on Thursday. According to the company, these oils come in the premium light oils category and are enriched with vitamins A, D and E. 


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