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Two cops held on rape charge
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 29
Two personnel of the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) were arrested today for raping a married woman of Ludhiana here. The personnel, Hardeep Singh and Nirmal Kumar, who were deployed at the local headworks, allegedly raped the woman last evening when she was waiting for a bus.

According to the police, the women, who had come here to pay obeisance at the Tiba Sahib gurdwara, was waiting for a bus on the Ropar-Nurpurbedi road. The suspects, who had earlier also helped her to board a bus, approached her and forced her to accompany them.

After sometime, Nirmal returned to PAP quarters situated along the Sutlej while Hardeep remained with the woman. But when the woman refused to accompany him, Hardeep forcibly took her to his residence in the PAP quarters. Nirmal Kumar was already there. They raped her there, the police said.

She managed to set her free from the custody of the suspects and pleaded people standing on the road near headworks for help. Some of them reported the incident to an official at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar.

The victim told the police that she was mother of three children and her husband works at a service station.

The SHO, Ropar City, Mr Manveer Singh, said a case against the suspects was registered late last night and a medical examination of the victim was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. The suspects would be produced before a court tomorrow. Hardeep Singh hails from Gurdaspur while Nirmal Kumar from Pathankot, he added.

When the crime was committed, most of the district police personnel, including officers, were deployed at the Mohali Cricket stadium for the India-Lanka match.


Amritsar-Attari road to be completed soon
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has told the Chief Secretary, Mr Jai Singh Gill, and other senior officers concerned to work out details related to the widening of the Amritsar-Attari road that leads to the Wagah border.

Sources said that Mr Gill and the other officers had started discussions with engineers of the PWD in this connection.

Responding to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh's directive to four-lane the Amritsar-Attari road, Capt Amarinder Singh has given a categorical assurance to him that the project will be completed in the minimum possible time.

As the Amritsar-Attari road, which the Prime Minister says should be four-laned at the earliest to intensify economic engagement with the Pakistan via the Wagah border, is not a part of the Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway, the state government is expected to request the Union Government to include this stretch in the highway. The Union Government will have to issue a notification in this connection, it is learnt.

Already, work to four-lane the Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway has been allotted to a private company. The company has been given 30 months’ time to complete it.

The directive to four-lane the Amritsar-Attari stretch, the length of which is about 30 km, was given by the Prime Minister following his meeting earlier this week with the Trade and Economic Relations Committee, which is keen on importing certain goods, including molasses, by road through the Wagah border from Pakistan. Pakistan has already started four-laning the Wagah-Lahore road.

There are reports that Pakistan is also planning to allow the import of more goods from India by removing these from the " banned list".


Bhattal flags off relief for quake-hit
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, flagged off 10 trucks carrying relief material for J & K earthquake victims here today. The trucks carrying blankets, sweaters, quilts, medicines, eatable goods and other items were donated by Baba Daljit Singh, head International Human Welfare Sikh Mission and chief sewadar of Gurdwara Gurjot, Chicago, USA.

Mrs Bhattal appealed to the people, social, religious and political organisations to come forward in helping the Homeless. She said they required immediate help. The Punjab Government had decided to rehabilitate two villages for which all sort of help would be given to the people and development works undertaken.

The Chief Minister had already visited the affected areas. She appreciated the efforts of Sant Daljit Singh and announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh from her personal account for the relief fund.

Mr Samsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, said the Congress has directed all its district units to mobilise party workers at the grass roots level to collect as much relief material as they could.

He said top leaders of the Congress would attend the Sarv Dharm Prarthna Sabha at J&K.

Sant Baba Daljit Singh said the Sikh Sangat in the USA had donated generously for this cause and he said the kar seva of gurdwaras in these areas would also be undertaken by his organisation. He urged the government to give employment to at least one family member of each of the affected families.

Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamantary Secretary, Mr Sadhu Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Raj Khurana MLA, Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, Vaid Hari Krishan, president, DCC, Mr Ravinder Singh Khalsa, member, SGPC, also addressed the gathering.


Ministers urge CM for debate on development
Tribune News Service

Commenting upon the remarks of Mr Badal that the SAD was ready for the war (poll), Mr Singla said before participating in the “war”, Mr Badal should take a formal training of war as has been done by Capt Amarinder Singh.

“Since he (Mr Badal) knows nothing about war, unlike Capt Amarinder Singh, who has practically fought the 1962 war, Mr Badal should join the Army and take a formal training of war for at least two years. We also wish him a long life for that and we wish that he would be fit to fight a ‘war’ once he completes his Army training,” added Mr Singla.

Jalandhar, October 29
Three senior Punjab ministers have urged the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to call a special session of the Punjab Assembly at the earliest so that an open debate on development during the previous SAD-BJP regime and the present government could be held to make people aware of the “ground realities”.

The Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, the Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, and the PWD Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, were responding to a demand made by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal that an open debate on the issue of development should be held in the Assembly.

At the same time, the three senior ministers today alleged that Mr Badal and former Punjab Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh have “misused” Rs 4,500 crore, which was earmarked as food credit, during the five year rule of the SAD-BJP combine.

The trio have alleged that the “mishandling” of the food credit had been declared as “illegal expenditure” by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and that the state government would be forced to pay Rs 65 crore every month for eight years as instalments or arrear to banks, particularly, the State Bank of India.

“Mr Badal has stated that development was not discussed properly during recent the Vidhan Sabha debate properly. We are ready for an exhaustive discussion. For that we have a proper draft ready in our hands and rather we want that people of the state should know the exact comparison between development done by the previous SAD-BJP regime and our government.

“We urge the Chief Minister to ensure that the debate should be broadcast live and for this a special session of the Vidhan Sabha should be convened as soon as possible. During the debate, we will tell people how the ‘Badal and company’ had played havoc with the economy and development of state.

“Hardly anybody knows where the food credit has been spent by the previous Badal-led government. It is not a small amount. If we divert the monthly arrear amount of Rs 65 crore, which we are still paying to banks, to the PWD we can have very good roads in the state.

“Similarly, there is no account of Rs 660 crore, which was disbursed by the previous SAD-BJP government during sangat darshan programmes launched by Mr Badal,” said the three ministers.

They, however, did not specify whether the Congress government was going to take any action against anybody for causing huge loss to state due to the “misused food credit”.

The ministers said they would also like to discuss as to how the state debt spiralled from Rs 13,000 crore in 1997 to Rs 42,000 crore till February 2002, the period during which the state was ruled by the SAD-BJP.

“Rather, it is the state government which is giving money to the RBI on interest,” said Mr Bajwa.


Failed water samples ring alarm bells
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Hoshiarpur, October 29
The health of thousands of residents belonging to the district and the hometown of Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra may be under threat with the failure of 52 potable water samples taken from different water resources.

The district health authorities have issued directions to the authorities concerned for taking necessary remedial measures before the outbreak of any major epidemic in the district.

Sources in the department said a majority of the water samples that had failed were collected from hospitals, schools, colleges, religious institutions, tubewells, hand-pumps, public taps, Public Health tubewells and natural water sources.

The worst-affected are villages of Talwara and Hazipur blocks from where 11 samples were tested. Potable water of not even one was found fit for human consumption. Water samples taken from Fatehpur and Wahmava villages in the Talwara block, where two persons died due to diarrohea in August-end, also failed.

More than 700 villagers have fellen prey to waterborne diseases, putting the health authorities on their toes for over two weeks. The Health Minister has directed the district health authorities to visit the affected villages and asked the Civil Surgeon, Hoshiarpur, to take remedial measures.

Mobile teams have been constituted for affected areas and a school building has been virtually converted into a makeshift hospital.

A majority of hand-pumps and tubewells sunk along the Beas have been drawing water unfit for human consumption.

When contacted, Dr Ramesh Chander Dogra, Health Minister, expressed concern over the failure of water samples. He maintained that the samples had failed due to the negligent behaviour of the health authorities as well as the reluctance of the civic body authorities to chlorinate their water storage tanks and other sources.

He said directions had been given to the District Health Officer to collect fresh samples of potable water from various villages and towns and submit a comprehensive report.

“I will take up the issue with the Chief Minister for further action after getting a comprehensive report from the health authorities. It is my duty to provide better healthcare not only to the residents of my home district, but also other districts”, said Mr Dogra.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr S.K. Sharma, District Health Officer (DHO), Hoshiarpur, said that 257 water samples were collected from different places in the district and 52 were found non-potable.

Dr Sharma said the Public Health Department, different civic body authorities and educational institutions had been directed to replace water pipes laid over 35 to 40 years ago.


4 labourers held with 400-year-old coins
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 29
The four labourers who found 400-year-old Mughal coins, contained in a earthen pot, while digging in a school at Bhalla village under Rajasansi police station, about 20 km from here today, were put behind bars when they tried to sell them in the market, in violation of the Treasure Trove Act, 1878.

The coins had the name of Shah Jehan in Persian script on them. Shah Jehan (1627-1658) had standardised the Mughal coinage.

The total number of coins found from the village is 70. The four labourers have been identified as Balbir Singh alias Bira , Dalbir Singh alias Bittu, Darbara Singh ( all sons of Joginder Singh of Bhalla Village) and Jaimal Singh. A case under Sections 414 of the IPC and Indian Treasure Trove Act has been registered.

An old woman of Bhalla village, Balbir Kaur, said her village was ancient and many such treasure troves were found by some persons in the past too. However, nobody had ever deposited the coins of Mughal period in the district treasury as per the Treasure Trove Act.

However, the four persons who were arrested while on their way to sell the invaluable coins had reportedly fallen out over the distribution of the 'booty'.

Interestingly, the CIA claimed that all the culprits were arrested during a naka put up by his staff at Kukkranwala village on a tip off.


Call off Delhi demonstration, Khaira asks Badal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
A senior Congress leader, Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, today asked the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to call off his November 4 demonstration in Delhi as the Union Government had referred the anti-Sikh riots cases against certain senior leaders of Delhi to the CBI.

In a statement, he said the SAD leader should stop playing ‘‘phoney politics.’’

Appreciating the decision taken by the UPA government, Mr Khaira, who is a member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, said the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, had fulfilled the promise he made in this connection. He said the inquiry by the CBI would expose the role played by influential political leaders in the riots.

He said the then NDA government, which was supported by Mr Badal, did nothing for the riot victims.

Posing several questions to Mr Badal, the Congress leader asked the Akali leader what he had done for the " Sikh dharmi faujis" during his regime in Punjab from 1997 to 2002. He reminded Mr Badal that it was on the latter's call that the " faujis" had quit their barracks in 1984.


SAD (Longowal) march put off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal( Longowal), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, has postponed his party's proposed " insaf march" on October 31 in Delhi.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Chandumajra said the march had been put off following today's unfortunate incidents in Delhi. He said the new date for holding the march would be announced soon.

The march was aimed at highlighting the pending issues of Punjab and seeking justice from the Centre in this regard. Mr Chandumajra condemned the bomb blasts in Delhi.


Campaign to ensure better sex ratio
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, October 29
Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, has exhorted officials of the health department, panchayats, municipal councils, anganwari workers, social and religious organisations to join hands to launch a crusade against the evil of female foeticide in the district. Besides tightening the grip on the errant ultra sound scan centres, the Deputy Commissioner has been acting as a ‘catalyst’ for the NGOs to constitute a coordination committee for consistent monitoring and mobilizing the masses to turn the war against the evil of female foeticide into a mass movement.

As many as 170 inspections of the 36 ultra sound scan centres have been conducted in the district during the past few months. Seven ultra sound scan centres have been sealed temporarily and one centre was sealed for a month for violating PNDT Act. Cases against three ultra sound scan centres were registered for gross violation of PNDT Act. All the 36 ultra sound scan centres have been instructed to keep proper record and to submit the report to the district administration every month.

A district level coordination committee comprising among others, Dr D.S.Virk, retired Director, Health Services and Dr K.S. Purewal, retired civil surgeon, has been constituted. A programme to organise block level awareness seminars is currently underway in the district under the aegis of the coordination committee. Two seminars at Pojewal and Aur have been organised so far. Block level and village level units of the NGOs would also be constituted to mobilise the people to rise against this social stigma.

A reward and punishment policy to achieve the target of balancing the sex ratio in the district has been adopted. At present, the sex ratio in the district is 808 female against 1000 males and the efforts afoot to remove disparity. He has asked the NGOs and panchayats to act as a ‘social pressure group’ and a ‘deterrent’ to curb the heinous crime and the gender imbalance in the society. The panchayats ensuring a better sex ratio in their villages would be rewarded with special development grants amounting to Rs. 2.50 lakh for ensuring 950 females against 1000 males and Rs. 3 lakh for crossing the number of females over the 1000 males in their respective villages.

The persons giving information about the crime of female foeticide would be given a cash prize of Rs 5000. The name of the informer would be kept secret.

Besides, the Deputy Commissioner has planned a survey to have a record of number of pregnant women in the district. The ANMs and anganwari workers would keep a vigil on them and would submit monthly report about the number of births every month. If any MTP is done, the concerned couple would have to explain the reason. If the reason explained by the couple was found unsatisfactory and found guilty of indulging in the female foeticide, a case would be registered against them.

Besides taking stern action against the errant ultra sound scan centre, the concerned panchayats, anganwari workers and ANMs would also be held responsible

Besides acting as a catalyst for mobilizing NGOs, Mr Krishan Kumar has himself been utilizing every appropriate platform to mobilize and educate the public, especially the women folk, against this heinous crime, which would have serious repercussions on the society.


Vasectomy drive picks up in Nabha
Our Correspondent

Nabha, October 29
The town has stood first in the district with 150 men being sterilised during a four-day campaign against the assigned target of 50. This could be possible with the government allowing the incentive of Rs 1,000 for all those undergoing vasectomy. Earlier, during such camps there was no incentive for those undergoing NSV.

The authorities at the local Civil Hospital were all smile today over the success of the campaign. No one could be motivated for the first NSV camp that was organised here a couple of months ago.

In order to avoid wrath of seniors, paramedics even paid money to people from their pockets to meet target. Despite that second camp could attract only 20 men.

Dr Parshotam Goel, acting SMO, attributing the success of the camp to dedication of the staff, said money bonanza made a small difference.


Warning to halwais
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, October 29
The Punjab government will take stern legal action against the halwais found using synthetic khoa during manufacturing of sweets for Divali. This was stated by Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Chander Dogra, yesterday.

Mr Dogra warned the violators against adulteration and advised them to provide pure sweets to customers. He said synthetic khoa can damage the health of the people. Instructions had been issued to all civil surgeons and Senior Medical Officers in the state to take steps in this regard. Dogra said sweets as well as other eatables would be checked for adulteration from time to time.

Replying to a question about the performance of some SMOs, he said SMOs and their performance would be inspected and carelessness could not be tolerated.


Camp for physically challenged
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
A camp for the physically handicapped was organised at the D.D.R. Centre, Red Cross Society, Jail Road, Patiala which was sponsored by the Lions Club, Patiala Fort.

Mr Tejvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala distributed 30 tri-cycles, five wheel chairs, one artificial limb for a small baby child and one hearing aid to a physically handicapped.

A special function was organised in which Lion Darshan Singh Saini, president Lions Club, (Patiala fort) welcomed the chief guest. Mr Tejvir Singh applauded the role played by Lions Club (Patiala fort) for organising the camp.


Award in name of Hamdard
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 29
The Punjab Government has decided to institute an annual award after the name of the late Sadhu Singh Hamdard, founder Editor-in-Chief of the daily “Ajit”.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the 4th Hamdard Hockey Tournament here today, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, said Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Editor-in-Chief of the “Ajit” group of newspapers, would be the chairman of the committee, which would select the ‘best journalist’ in Punjabi. Other members on the committee would be nominated by him.

Paying tributes to the late Sadhu Singh Hamdard, Mr. Singla said the former had made tremendous contribution towards promotion of Punjabi language and journalism. As a token of recognition the Punjab Government had constituted a Rs 1 lakh award after his name.

Mr Rajan Gupta, ADGP, PAP, Dr Swaran Singh, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, DC, Mr. Ishwar Singh, SSP, Mr. Irwin Khanna, Editor, daily ‘Uttam Hindu’, and Mr. Prem Singh Advocate, member of the Punjab Law Commission, attended the function.


Mehak Cultural Forum organises musical show
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
The famous duo of Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammad Hussain regaled the audience at a jam-packed auditorium of the Central Public Library here for more than two hours on the fifth foundation day of the Mehak Cultural Forum.

MLA Bir Devinder Singh was the chief guest, who announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the forum.


Bail denied to Hawara’s wife
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 29
The Additional Sessions Judge, Fast Track Court, Sangrur, Mr Jaspal Singh Chugh, today dismissed the bail application of Balwinder Kaur, wife of Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) in India.

In his order, the judge mentioned that the case file reveals that the applicant conspired with other accused and was found in possession of explosive substance and cash amount of Rs 1 lakh, and the applicant harboured Jagtar Singh Hawara.

The judge declined the bail application in view of the serious and grave accusations and the nature of the evidence coupled with the fact that the evidence may be tampered with.

The bail application was filed by Balwinder Kaur on the plea that she was innocent as she had been cheated into marrying Hawara because at the time of marriage she and her family did not know that the man was Jagtar Singh Hawara

The marriage was solemnised in Nanakiana Sahib gurdwara, Sangrur, on May 11, 2005.

Balwinder Kaur along with Sukhdev Singh, Amarjit Singh and Pargat Singh had reportedly been arrested on June 19 in connection with a case registered against them under Sections 121,121 A, 122, 123, 124A, 153 A, 212 and 216 of the IPC and Sections 3/4/5 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908, and Sections 25,54,59 of the Arms Act at the Dhuri police station. The police had reportedly seized a huge quantity of explosives, including 18 Kg of RDX, detonators, hand grenades, pencil bombs and other ammunition from them.


2 Engg graduates acquitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Moga, has acquitted two engineering graduates, who had been arrested by the Moga police in June, 2002, for their alleged involvement in a plot to kill controversial godman Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarewala.

After their arrest, the police had claimed that Amandeep Singh and Mahavir Singh had hatched a plot to eliminate the Baba at the behest of a J&K-based banned militant outfit — the Khalistan Zindabad Force headed by Harjinder Singh ‘Zinda’. It claimed that they had been given the contract to carry out the killing while the Baba was in custody of the Ropar police.

The case against the duo had been registered at Police Station, Mehna. Incidentally, the police had also claimed to have recovered arms from them.

During trial, Mahavir alleged that he had been framed in the case over dispute with the brother of a DSP.

Acquitting the duo, Mr R.L. Chohan, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Moga, held that the prosecution had “miserably failed” to prove its case against the accused beyond the shadow of reasonable doubt. Therefore, the accused were acquitted of all the charges.


Special Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
A Special Lok Adalats will be organised at all judicial courts here on November 19 for settlement of traffic challans, cheque bounce cases, petty criminal cases and compoundable criminal cases.


Growers told to improve quality of cotton
Raj Sadosh

Abohar, October 29
Dr Anupam Barik Director, Cotton Development, Mumbai, has warned cotton growers that quality, and not quantity alone, would enable them to compete in the global market. Speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the four-month training programme on integrated pest management (IPM) on cotton at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here yesterday, he said that there was not much hope for hike in the cotton prices as excess cotton was already in stores due to decline in internal consumption in our country.

“We will have to reduce expenses on cultivation, besides improving quality for exploring export avenues in a better manner”, he ascertained. The glut had already affected the market in terms of rates.

Dr Y.K. Yadav, Joint Director, IPM said the cotton crop was ravaged by more than 166 insect pests and a number of diseases which attacked the crop right from the seedling to lint formation stages. The changing cropping pattern and indiscriminate use of pesticides had resulted in development of resistance and emergence of new pests and diseases. The Indian Council of Agriculture Research and the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation had motivated an IPM package to contain the pests and diseases in an eco-friendly manner, he said.

Dr Jasvir Singh, Technical Coordinator, said 22 officers of the Agriculture Department from the entire cotton growing belt of the state were imparted training during the past four months here under the IPM project.


5 cops suspended for helping jail inmate

Moga, October 29
Moga SSP V. Neerja has suspended five police officials, head constables Hakam Singh and Resham Singh and constables Sukhdev Singh, Balwinder Singh and Somnath. He also ordered a department inquiry against them on charges of helping a jail inmate to smuggle poppy.

They were suspended after an inquiry was conducted by the Superintendent of Police Harjit Singh Pannu, who submitted his report last evening.

The inquiry was conducted on charges of conspiring by police officials with a jail inmate, as Daljit Singh, who had a case registered against him under the NDPS Act by the Mallanwala police in Ferozepore district. The police were deputed on guard duty when Daljit was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

During Daljit’s stay in the hospital he arranged two consignments of poppy husk through his relatives, 20 bags of poppy husk in first consignment and 22 in the second consignment.

The policemen allegedly used to take Daljit from the hospital on the plea to produce him in the Ferozepore judicial court, whereas Daljit was taken to the appointed place to receive the poppy husk consignment. After the disposal of poppy husk the policemen in the evening again brought him to the hospital.

The Moga police came to know of the activities of Daljit when the inmate’s relatives Nanak Singh and Jaskaran Singh were nabbed with two bags of poppy husk and on interrogation they confessed and gave the details to the police. — PTI


Judicial remand for warehousing corpn employee
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 29
A junior assistant working in the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, who was arrested by the police for allegedly indulging in financial irregularities, has been remanded in judicial custody till November 12 by a local court.

Subhash Chander was arrested by officials of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in connection with Rs 2 crore scandal and he had been earlier remanded in police custody for two days.


Man murders uncle for usurping land, held
Tribune News Service

Mansa, October 29
The police has arrested Hardeep Singh, a resident of Burj Dhilwa village, who reportedly killed his uncle with the intention of usurping his land on October 26.

Police sources said the accused didn’t inform any of the victim’s relatives about his death and performed his last rites in connivance with his family members.

Sadar SHO Harvinder Singh began a probe into the matter and found that the deceased, Major Singh, had died of strangulation.

It also came to light that the deceased had had an altercation with his nephew, Hardeep, on the fateful day. The police nabbed Hardeep who confessed to murdering his uncle during interrogation.

Sources said the deceased was issueless and had been staying alone due to differences with his wife. He had six acres of land in the village and an equal share in another 60 acres of land with his brother in Rajasthan. A case has been registered.


Woman poisons daughter, kills self
Our Correspondent

Batala, October 29
Owing to a family feud, a married woman committed suicide and also poisoned her minor daughter.

Mr Jatinder Jain, SSP, Batala, said here today that Gurjit Kaur (34) married Jatinder Pal Singh about 12 years ago but had had strained relations for the past many years. Legal cases were pending between the two in courts. On October 22, both parties attended the court where reconciliation efforts initiated by the court failed. The man refused to take home his wife and the daughter.

The case was adjourned to November 5. But Surjit was so depressed that she poisoned her child and thereafter consumed poison herself. The minor girl was saved in hospital. The police had registered a case.

The body of the deceased was handed over to her parents after post-mortem.


Cong men held on gambling charge
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, October 29
Two Congress councillors of Sujanpur Municipal Council were arrested last night by the local police on charges of gambling. As per police sources, Congress councillors Des Raj and Darshi were gambling in Jalkarian area of Sujanpur along with four others. The police received a tip-off and raided the place.

The accused were caught gambling and Rs 44,245 were seized from them. The other persons arrested are Daleep Kumar, Banti, Janak Raj and Raman Kumar.

The sources told The Tribune that the accused had been running a gambling den in Sujanpur. Local residents hold protest, but the police did not take action as the accused were allegedly close to the ruling party minister from the area.

However, after the higher authorities gave a go ahead the police took action.

A case under the gambling act has been registered against the accused.


Hawala racket busted; 3 held

Moga, October 29
The police today claimed to have busted a hawala racket with the arrest of three persons and recovery of hawala money totalling Rs 59.75 lakh.

The police received a tip-off about the involvement of four Moga residents in hawala transactions. They were directing the flow of funds from countries like Canada, Italy and Philippines to India through Hong Kong.

The police party set up a check post on the Barnala road and stopped the car last night. As soon as the vehicle stopped, one of its occupants managed to escape, he was identified as Sukhwinder Singh during the interrogation of his aides.

Those arrested have been identified as Ranjeet Singh, Basant Singh and Jagdeep Singh. The police also recovered the hawala money kept in the car. During interrogation, they revealed that they had been receiving money from Balwant Singh (Canada), Gurmit Singh (Italy), and Billu (Philippines), for the past three years and had been delivering it at the given addresses for a hefty commission. — TNS


11 kg poppy husk seized, one held
Our Correspondent

Barnala, October 29
The Mehal Kalan police has seized 11.5 quintal of poppy husk at a police naka set up between Klalmajra and Kaalsan villages yesterday.

Giving this information here today, Mr G. Nageshwara Rao, SSP, Barnala, disclosed that during a surprise search seperation at a police naka yesterday, a truck, having number RJ-12G 9442, was searched by the police party.

Mr Rao divulged that during this search, the police recovered 30 bags containing poppy husk. The police also arrested accused Akbar Khan of Nathowalon village from the spot whereas his accomplice Mustaad Ali succeeded in taking to his heels.

The SSP, Barnala, further made it clear that they used to supply poppy husk to Malerkotla and Sangrur regions.

A case has been registered against them at Mehal Kalan police station under Sections 15/61/85 of the NDPS Act.

Mr Rao intimated that the Barnala and Tapa police recovered 30 kg of lahan and arrested Nazam Singh and Jasvir Singh under Sections 61/1/14, Excise Act.

Similarly, the Tapa police arrested Baljinder Singh under Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act as a pistol of .315 bore was recovered from him.


DAV dominates youth fest
Our Correspondent

Abohar, October 29
The students of the DAV College emerged leaders, for third year, in row in the five-day Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival which concluded here last night.

Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, Commissioner, Ferozepore Division, gave prizes to the winners.

The DAV College won 13 first and an equal number of second positions in the competitions. The college teams topped in shabad, gazal, folk singing, story writing, western solo, instrumental music (flute), cartooning, collage making, quiz and swept the show with first position in gidha, Bhangra and group dance (general).

Mr Vasudev was declared best male dancer, Ms Shavinder Kaur, Mr Lalit Kumar and Mr Sanjay Saini were other toppers in the individual categories.

The college had won maximum prizes in the youth festival held at Muktsar last year and at Fazilka the preceding year also.

The college teams were placed at the second position in group singing, rangoli, classical music vocal, instrumental music tabla, poster making, clay modeling, histrionics, classical dance, naqqals, folk instrumental dholak, crochet, phulkari and cartooning. Mr B S Bhullar incharge EMA department escorted the winners to the dais.

Other toppers included poster-making — Ms Monika Dhamija of D A V College Malout, best dancer — Ms Kiranjit Kaur Dhaliwal of the Muktsar, rangoli — Ms Jagmeet Kaur; declamation — Ms Priya Beri, debate — Mr Amrinder Singh; and essay writing — Ms Virenderjit Kaur.

SD, Ranbir College joint champs

Barnala: Government Ranbir College Sangrur, And S.D. Ranbir College Barnala, Share Top Honours the three-day long Punjabi University, Sangrur Zone Youth Festival hosted by S.D.College Of Education, Barnala here from October, 26 to 28. The youth festival concluded here on friday. Government Ranbir College, Sangrur and S.D. College, Barnala won the overall trophy jointly this year. Mr Swaran Singh Boparai Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University, Patiala, who was the chief guest of the festival on the concluding day gave away prizes to the winning teams and participants.

The results of the festival in detailsare as follows. Giddha: 1. Government College Malerkotla 2. ShriHarkrishan College Of Education Fallewal, Group Song:1.Government Ripudaman College, Nabha 2. Government Ranbir College Sangrur, Group Shabad: S.D. College Barnala 2.Lal Bahadur Shastri Arya Mahila College Barnala,

Geet/Gazal: 1. Government Ripudaman College Nabha 2. Govt.Ranbir College Sangrur, Western Group Song: 1.Govt.Ranbir Sangrur 2. Government College Malerkotla, Fine Arts- On the Spot Painitng : 1.Arya Mahila College Barnala and Sacred Heart International College Of Education Barnala 2.S.D.College Barnala, Rangoli: 1. Govt. College Malerkotla and Sacred Heart College Of Education Barnala 2. S.D. College Barnala, Classical.


Punjabi varsity youth fest starts
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
The three-day Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival (Ropar Zone) started in a most vibrant and spirited fervour at the Lincoln College of Law today.

Mr Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, inaugurated the festival by lighting a lamp.

Mr Didar Singh Bhatti, chairman, Dharam Foundation Educational Trust and Dr Sunita Dhir, Director, Department of Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function.

In the youth festival, students from 39 colleges of Ropar Zone are participating. The festival started with group shabad followed by geet/ghazal, classical dance and giddha, besides the off-stage items like rangoli, clay modeling and on the spot painting competitions.

In Rangoli competition, Government College, Mohali and Government College, Ropar, remained (First) while Chandigarh College of Education for Women Landran and Bahara College of Education, Kharar, stood (second).


Punjabi University Senate meeting
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
Eminent Punjabi novelist and Gian Peeth awardee Gurdial Singh, agriculture scientist Dr G. S. Kalkat, and Joint Director of University College of Engineering, Dr S.P.S. Virdi, were made members of the Senate of Punjabi University during a Senate meeting held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai.

Mr Randhir Singh, secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, and Dr Virdi were made members of the Syndicate while Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, and Mr Randeep Singh, MLA, co-opted for the finance committee.

The Senate also gave approval to confer Ph.D. degrees to 195 candidates whose results were declared between October 15, 2003, and October 20, 2005.


Neeraj, Abhishek win quiz
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
The team consisting of Mr Neeraj Kohli, and Mr Abhishek Chaudhary from the Jaiprakash University of Information and Technology, Vakana Ghat, Himachal Pradesh, won the first prize, while the team of Devesh Mishra and Sandeep Joshi from the SBCET, Jaipur, was runners up in the quiz competition of the 8th National Convention of the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) organised at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. More than 42 teams of engineering colleges and polytechnic colleges participated from all over the country.

In diploma level the Technical quiz team of Edison Bose and Anuraj Jasnode from GH Polytechnic Nagpur stood first and the team of Ramanjeet Kaur and Sumita Sharma from SRS, Ludhiana, came second. In the robot modelling contest the IET, Bhaddal, stood first, while the BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the runners up. In the micromouse contest the BBSBEC took away the first prize while the CE, Madurai, stood second. In the programming contest at diploma level the PPH, Mysore, stood first and the GPG, Ludhiana, stood second. While at the degree level the MIMT, Malout, got the first position, the BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, was second. In paper presentation, the M.V Institute of Technology, Bangalore, was first and the T.K.R College of Engineering and Technology, Mysore, was second. Mr Neeraj Kohli also got the second position in the extempore competition.


Nursing school students put off stir
Tribune News Service

Moga, October 29
Students of Dr Sham Lal Thapar School/College of Nursing, which is owned by ex-Health Minister and Congress leader Malati Thapar, have postponed their agitation by a fortnight following the visit of the Joint Director (Medical Education), Mr P.P.S. Cooner, yesterday.

The protesting students, their parents, Dr Thapar and Mr Cooner held a meeting at Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mandeep Singh’s office. Mr Cooner gave a patient hearing to the students’ grievances and made it clear to Dr Thapar that they could not charge more than the fee of Rs 58,800.

A unanimous decision was reached on improving hostel facilities, implementing correct fee structure in the next 15 days, waiving transport charges and doing away with unnecessary fines.

Dr Thapar asked the students that if they had paid more than the prescribed fee then he should produce an affidavit for the same. Mr Cooner directed the college management to implement the prescribed fee structure.


Seminar on TB, AIDS ends with a pledge
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 29
A seminar on “TB and AIDS awareness-need of the hour”, organised by the local Lions Club at Holy Heart Convent School here, concluded today with students and staff school taking a pledge to educate the masses about the preventive and curative aspects of TB and AIDS.

The pledge was administered by Dr Surinder Singla, TB specialist and in charge, District TB Centre, at the Civil Hospital here.

In his keynote address, Dr Surinder Singla said the two diseases were closely inter-linked. Of about five million HIV infected persons in the country, more than two millions were infected with TB also. Similarly, TB in a person infected with HIV accelerated the progress of HIV into AIDS.

Dr Suresh Garg, regional coordinator, AIDS control project, Lions Clubs International, District 321-F, stressed on safe sex, safe injections and safe blood transfusion. He said a bit of awareness among the masses about these diseases could bring about a drastic change in society.

Mr Gian Singh Chahal, principal of the school, emphasised on the need to spread awareness about TB/AIDS, especially in slum areas. He said the school would help the government spread awareness on TB/AIDS through one-act plays, seminars and debates.

Among others who participated in the seminar were Mr Jagjit Singh, president of Lions Club, Sangrur, Mr A.N. Gaba, Mr Rakesh Goyal and Mr Ashok Singla, all members of the local Lions Club.

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