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Centre urged to make NRIs aware of property papers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Government has urged the External Affairs Ministry to issue directions to the embassies and high commissions of India in foreign countries to acquaint Indians residing abroad about the documents needed for property and revenue matters in India.

The idea is to ensure that proper embossment of documents is done out of India before presenting these here.

A spokesperson of the state Revenue and Rehabilitation Department said it had been noticed that some persons residing outside India had been approaching the state government for the embossment of their documents which were found to be incomplete and did not fulfil the requirements.

For this purpose the following were required: full address of the executant; full address of the person in whose favour the document was to be executed; the place of property or the place where the powers to be delegated through the document were to be exercised; mention of clear date in the document at the time of its execution; and the document should be duly signed by the executant and witnessed by two persons giving their full address.

It should also be attested by a notary public with seal. The paper on which the document was executed should be of the same country in which it was executed.

The document to be embossed should be original and not a photocopy and it should be got embossed within three months of the date of execution at the headquarters or from the offices of commissioners of divisions.

The spokesperson said with a view to preventing frauds on persons residing in foreign countries in this matter, it had now been decided that the executants must mention their passport number in the document duly attested by the authority from whom the document was got attested.

The document should be accompanied with a copy of the passport of the executant up to date and duly attested. Besides this, the special power of attorney and general power of attorney must be got countersigned from the office of the Indian High Commissioner or the Embassy of India in that country where it was executed with proper identification and verification by the authorised officer before it was presented for embossing.


Badal promises to reopen custodial death cases
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Rayya (Amritsar) December 2
The SAD will get cases registered against the policemen who indulged in extra-constitutional acts and reopen the cases of alleged custodial deaths if voted to power. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president, SAD, said this here today at the bhog ceremony of Sukhwinder Singh, who allegedly died in police custody recently.

Mr Badal, while talking to the media, said the Punjab Government had politicised the bureaucracy and the police. He blamed the Congress leaders for increase in the death rate in police custody and said every leader irrespective of his political affiliations should work for people.

The Akali Dal president said custodial deaths were a blot on the face of the police. He said it was a matter of shame that such incidents were occurring in the country with Punjab leading the tally. He thanked various political parties for forming a joint action committee and forcing the administration to file cases against the erring policemen.

Mr Badal criticised the local police for targeting SAD workers by registering cases on baseless charges.

Mr Badal gave Rs 1 lakh to the family of the deceased on behalf of the SAD.

Meanwhile, Mr Germanjit Singh Chhajjalwaddi, a local trade union leader, criticised the SAD workers for trying to gain political mileage from the tragic incident by demanding ticket for Mr Manjinder Singh Kang in the coming elections.


Notice to Punjab trader on liquor vend auction
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, December 2
The Supreme Court today issued a notice to a liquor trader Sanjeev Bhandari from Punjab on a petition of the state government challenging the order of the high court asking the state to refund him the amount of Rs 6 crore deposited by him at the time of 2004 liquor vend auction which was quashed by the court.

The notice was issued by a Bench of Mr Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Mr Justice P.P. Naolekar on the Special Leave Petition (SLP) of the Punjab Government, challenging the recent order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, allowing Bhandari’s petition for refund of the money on the ground that the re-auction held in November last year was not as per the rules and he had not participated in it.

Punjab Government counsel P.P. Rao and Sanjay Jain submitted that the high court order was contrary to the apex court’s last year’s direction, ordering fresh auction. Rao said there was clear direction that if there was any loss due to fresh auction, Bhandari would make good of it as he had filed the petition initially in the high court challenging the March 2004 auction.

Since Bhandari had deposited Rs 6 crore as advance amount during the March 2004 auction, the government sought to forfeit it in view of the apex court order as he had not participated in the fresh bids in November last year.

Bhandari’s counsel C.S. Vaidhyanathan contended that his client was not “physically” allowed to participate in the fresh bids.


Projects started by Bibi to be reviewed
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, while talking to the media- persons here today said that he would individually and if required then collectively assess all those projects, whose foundation stones were laid by outgoing president Bibi Jagir Kaur, only those projects which merit implementation would be finalised, he said.

He also made it clear that the projects dedicated to 300 year and 400 year, including setting up of Guru Granth Sahib, world Sikh University at Fatehgarh Sahib would continue. He announced that in future all the decisions by the SGPC would be taken on merit only.

He said that he believed in transparent and dedicated working. SGPC president had come here to preside over the function organised by Mata Gujri College Principal Dr Gurmohan Walia to honour those students, who had excelled in study, sports, cultural activities and in other fields.

Showering praise on Mr Parkash Singh Badal for selecting him for this coveted post, he said that he had been dedicated to Guru Granth and Guru Panth from the last 30 years and remained loyal to the party. He had never imagined that such a great honour would be showered on him.

Answering a query, he said that the SGPC has never given recognition to Pakistan Guru Dwara Parbandhak Committee, but the SGPC has only given co-operation to them for the maintenance of gurudwaras in Pakistan. A delegation of SGPC would be sent to Pakistan soon to get first hand information about the condition, maintenance and maryada in gurdwaras. The delegation would also enquire whether PGPC has been constituted as per “maryada”.


Six Punjab cops dismissed

Kharar, December 2
The Punjab Police today dismissed six police personnel on the charges of committing heinous crimes after they were convicted in different cases of murder and rape.

The dismissed cops included Sub-Inspector Malvinder Singh Malhi, Head Constable Vijay Kumar and constables Manjit Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Jasvir Singh and Paramjit Singh, the Ropar SSP, Mr S.P. Singh, here said, adding that these policemen were already under suspension after their conviction in different cases.

While the Sub-Inspector and four constables were posted at the Ropar CIA Staff, the Head Constable was serving in Mohali at the time of committing the wrongs.

The separate orders to this effect were issued while resorting to provisions contained under Article 311 (2) (B) of the Constitution.

SI Malhi and constables Manjit and Gurcharan were involved in the custodial death of 21-year-old truck driver Devinder Singh of Hassanpur village in Kharar in September 1999, constables Jasvir and Paramjit were charged with the rape of a young woman in Ropar and Head Constable Vijay Kumar was found involved in corrupt practices in Mohali.

While the competent courts of law have sentenced to life imprisonment the custodial death accused SI and two constables, the two rape accused constables were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, the SSP said. — UNI


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Do not take orders casually, Punjab, Haryana told
High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today told the governments of Punjab and Haryana not to take its orders casually.

“We will be very unhappy if our orders are not respected,” the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta said during resumed hearing of a PIL filed by a Panjab University student, seeking immediate release of two Pakistani boys, who had been nabbed by BSF personnel after they claimed to have mistakenly crossed over to India.

Showing its displeasure over the fact that despite being summoned, the DGP, Punjab, was not present in the court, the Bench also asked the Advocate- General, Punjab, if the officer responsible for providing incorrect information had been found.

It may be recalled that on the last hearing, the Bench had taken a serious view of the casual attitude of the governments in providing information about the establishment and functioning of observations homes for juveniles and had summoned the Home Secretaries and DGPs of the two states.

The Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta also directed the officers to bring complete information pertaining to establishment of the observation homes and juvenile justice boards in their respective states.

Today, on being informed that the letter written by the ADGP (Crime), which was submitted on the last hearing, was the result of routine handling of the subject, the Bench remarked, “Perhaps, our courts are being taken very casually and very lightly.”

The Bench asked the Home Secretaries of the two states if they had studied the entire problem, to which the Home Secretary, Punjab, Mr A.K. Dubey, informed that the issue of juvenile observation homes and juvenile justice boards had been reviewed. He also submitted detailed information about the observation homes and other correctional homes.

The AG, Haryana, also informed the Bench that a decision has been taken to set up a juvenile home at each district.

The Bench asked the Secretary, Social Justice, who was present in the court, the last time that he visited the observation home at Sonepat. The Secretary stated that a decision had been taken to set up a new observation home at Karnal but it would take over one and half years to complete the same.

To this the Bench remarked that there seemed to be no application of mind by the officials while taking decisions on the issue.

The Bench wanted to know why the juveniles, lodged in observation homes, were being treated like hardened criminals. “If you can’t take proper care of them, why not put them in regular jails?” the Bench asked.

It told the officials to resolve the issue on their own or the court would be forced to intervene. “The situation will not be allowed to continue,” the Bench said.

The court also directed the juvenile justice board, Faridkot, to expedite the inquiry into the case pertaining to the two Pakistani boys.

Later, it adjourned the matter to January 11.


Agent-official nexus dupes farmers
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, December 2
A nexus of officials and commission agents has duped the farmers of the area in the recent procurement of paddy. Sources here said bungling took place in Deriwal and Kala Afgana mandis in this district.

Due to confusion regarding the procurement of coloured paddy, commission agents procured produce from farmers at the rates ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 100 less than the minimum support price. The farmers were not issued J-forms that are the proof of the price at which the commission agents procure produce. The produce at the lesser rates was stored in the local rice sheller that had been in controversy due to alleged bungling in paddy milling.

In mid-November when the Punjab Agro started procurement from the Deriwal mandi, the entire produce procured from farmers at lesser rates was transferred to the procurement agency at the minimum support price. Government procurement agencies were supposed to procure from farmers against J-forms to ensure minimum support price to them. However, by transferring the produce in bulk to the procurement agency, the nexus of commission agents and government officials had duped a large number of farmers of lakhs pocketing the difference between the MSP and actual amount paid to them.

Recently, local officials of the Punjab Vigilance received a report in this regard. They reached the premises of the accused commission agents and mandi officials. However, due to the political pressure by local minister, the investigation was put off.

The sources said if J-forms used by the Punjab Agro in November were confiscated the scam could come to the fore.

Mandi Board Secretary, Seema Jain said the matter had been brought to her notice recently. An inquiry would be held and action would be taken against the officials and commission agents, if found to be involved in the scam.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, also assured to get the matter inquired.


JEs in Irrigation Dept resent stagnation in ranks
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
There is resentment among junior engineers (JEs) of the Punjab Irrigation Department over stagnation in their ranks in the absence of any promotion for the past 10 years through the proper channel.

As many as 170 posts of subdivisional engineer (SDE) are vacant in the department which are to be filled by promoting JEs. However, the authorities have shown no inclination to order promotions.

There have been JEs who retired from service without getting any promotion even after putting in service of 32 years or more.

During the tenure of the SAD-BJP government about 20 promotions of JEs were ordered by adopting criteria which were not in vogue earlier. However, a few months ago, the present government revoked those promotions.

The newly elected general secretary of the Diploma Engineers Association, Irrigation Department, Punjab, Mr Balwinder Singh told The Tribune today that the Council of Ministers had approved the new promotion rules which were framed in 2004 by amending the earlier ones which were notified in 1941. He said the government had notified the new rules. Therefore, it should immediately set up the departmental promotion committee to promote JEs.

He said there was a quota of 25 per cent for JEs for promotion to the rank of SDE and 13 per cent quota for those holding the AIME degree.

Mr Rajinder Pal Bhola, spokesman of the association, said those AIME degree holders who were promoted over and above the quota should be reverted to the post of JE. He said there were 85 such SDEs.


VHP’s bandh call evokes poor response
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 2
The bandh call given by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in protest against the damage to Lord Hanuman’s idol at Housefed Colony evoked poor response with only a section of shopkeepers of two markets downing their shutters for about a couple of hours.

Activists of the VHP and other Hindu outfits fanned out on roads in Dhobi Bazar and Post Office Bazar in the morning and attempted to take out a procession. They also forced some shopkeepers to close their shops.

The police warned them against doing it. The protesters then pelted policemen with stones and bricks, following which they were cane-charged. The police rounded up some of the protesters. The district administration had imposed Section 144 last evening.

However, the administration gave in to the demand of protesting outfits to register a case regarding damage to Lord Hanuman’s idol. The police has booked five unknown persons under Section 295 of the IPC in this connection.


Panel to settle marital disputes
Our Correspondent

Abohar, December 2
Responding to a demand from the community, the local Arorvansh Sabha today formed a sub-committee to settle matrimonial disputes by bringing both sides on the negotiation table.

A meeting of working committee of the sabha, held under the chairmanship of Mr Bhisham Thakkar at the Arorvansh Dharamshala here, viewed with concern an increase in disputes over dowry in the community and desired that unnecessary litigation should be avoided. Mr Sohan Lal Setia, president of the Arya Samaj, will head the sub-committee. Capt Sada Lal Arora (retd), Mr Suresh Phutela, Mr Hari Singh Gumber, Mr Ashok Narula, Ms Sudesh Paruthi and Ms Usha Setia have been nominated as members of the sub-committee.

A sub-committee, headed by Mr Komal Munjal, will screen the list of such students. Mr Inder Mohan Verma, Mr Ajay Kumar Gilhotra, Mr Ashok Narula, Mr Devinder Kumar, Mr Yudhishter Gakhar, Mr Rajesh Sachdeva and Ms Sudesh Paruthi will be the members of the Students Aid Committee. Some members contributed funds for the project.


‘Urdu literature still holds extensive appeal’
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Urdu may not be taught and read much in India any longer, but the Urdu literature, particularly the Urdu poetry, continues to hold an appeal among a large section of Indians. That is why the Urdu cannot be “banished” from India. Moreover, there is a myth of hostility towards Urdu in India which needs to be exploded.

Leading critic and Chairman of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Dr Gopi Chand Narang, who was here recently to receive the Sahir Award instituted by the Adeeb International for his outstanding contribution to the Urdu literature, believes that Urdu, particularly its poetry, will continue to rule the hearts of the millions of Indians.

Dr Narang agreed that there may not be many people who would be able to read the Persian script, in which Urdu is written, but there are millions others who read Urdu poetry in Hindi script. He pointed out that there were thousands of the Hindi scripted poetry books sold every year in India.

The leading critic said, “It is a myth that there is any hostility towards Urdu in India”. He said all governments have been providing generous aid for the promotion of Urdu in India. He observed that the amount of money and attention given for the promotion of Urdu was substantial. That is the reason that more and more people are inclined towards Urdu.

Dr Narang is the most respected and surviving literary critic in the South Asian subcontinent. His observations about the status of Urdu can hardly be disputed. He disclosed that even the Sahitya Akademi was contributing a lot towards Urdu, besides other literatures. He revealed that more and more people were learning Urdu out of sheer love.


Rodrigues upset over foeticide
Tribune News Service

Phillaur, December 2
Visibly upset over the rising incidence of female foeticide and drug addiction in the state, the Punjab Governor, General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), has directed Guru Nanak Dev University Vice-Chancellor to prepare an exhaustive action plan pertaining to the issue within a period of three months.

General Rodrigues was speaking at the 6th Convocation of the Punjab Police Academy here today. He was accompanied by senior police officers, including, the Punjab DGP Mr S.S. Virk, Mr R.S. Gill, Director of the Academy, Dr D.J. Singh, Deputy Director and Dean of the university cell of the academy and Mr K.S. Dhillon, a former Punjab DGP and former Vice-Chancellor, of the Bhopal based Barkatullah University.

The Governor called GND university Vice-Chancellor Dr S.P. Singh immediately after the conclusion of his convocation address and asked him to prepare a detailed study-cum-action report about the two important issues within three months. He directed the Vice-Chancellor to constitute two study groups to study the problem.


Garg takes over as Nagar Panchayat chief
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 2
Mr Girdhari Lal Garg, member of the Nagar Panchayat, Khanauri village, about 60 km from here, whose election as president of the Nagar Panchayat on September 30 led to violent protests in the village, today took charge after the issuance of a notification by the Director, Local Government, Punjab, yesterday in this regard.

Talking to The Tribune on the phone this evening, Mr Satish Kumar, Executive Officer of the Khanauri Nagar Panchayat, said Mr Garg submitted a copy of the notification to him. On the basis of it, he allowed Mr Garg to take the charge of the Nagar Panchayat as president, he added.

It is learnt that the notification has been issued by the Director after the disposal of a petition by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 28. The petition was filed by Ms Shimla Rani and other members of the Nagar Panchayat after the election of Mr Girdhari Lal Garg as its president. Taking up the petition, the high court on October 3 restrained the Punjab Government from notifying the election of Mr Garg and issued notice for October 18.

Ms Shimla Rani and her husband Tarsem Singla said this evening that the same group of members of the Nagar Panchayat, which opposed Mr Girdhari Lal Garg in the election had moved the Supreme Court the previous day while the Supreme Court today fixed December 16 as next date of hearing. They also claimed that out of 13 members eight members were still opposing Mr Girdhari Lal and were united on this issue.


RSS leader in ‘palki’ procession sparks row
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 2
Participation of Mr Rulda Singh, President Rashtrya Sikh Sangat , an offshoot of the RSS and his men in the ‘palki procession’ from New Delhi to Nankana Sahib has sparked controversy which may land Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, Delhi Sikh Management Committee in a Panthic imbroglio.

It is alleged that Mr Rulda Singh, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, a former Chief Minister of New Delhi and 30 more RSS men visited up to Nankana Sahib with the palki procession. Mr Retender Singh of the Shebaz Khalsa, expressed surprise over the participation of RSS men in the procession.

However, Mr Harwinder Singh Sarna, a member of the DSGMC and a younger brother of Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, main organisers of the ‘palki procession’ who returned from Pakistan today said that they could not refuse any ‘Nanak Nam Leva’ Sikh (who believes in Sikh tenets) from visiting Nankana Sahib.


Home Guards threaten to boycott Raising Day function
Our Correspondent

Abohar, December 2
The Punjab Home Guards Welfare Association has warned that all jawans will boycott Home Guards Raising Day functions on December 6 if the process for accepting their demands is not initiated by Sunday.

The DIG of the Punjab Home Guard (PHG) had yesterday warned the agitating jawans of strict disciplinary action. Members of the association had last month gheraoed the office of the District Commandant at Ferozepore.

The association had already served notice on the authorities for a state-level dharna at Ferozepore on December 5. They would boycott the Raising Day functions all over Punjab on December 6 if their grievances were not heard.


Farmers, PSEB staff block traffic
Our Correspondent

Patiala, December 2
Thousands of irate farmers and employees owing allegiance to various PSEB unions blocked traffic on the busy the Mall Road in protest against the management’s decision to privatise the board.

Normal life was thrown out of gear as hundreds of trucks and buses ferrying employees and farmers from across the state converged on the Mall Road, in front of the State Bank of Patiala’s head office today afternoon. The city residents had to endure the four hour siege and many of them could be seen fuming and fretting.

The local cops had to make alternative arrangements for traffic passing on the Mall Road from the bus stand to fountain chowk. The farmers spilled over to the adjoining Baradari Gardens which was littered with eatables and other leftovers once the agitation ended.


4 officers absorbed in state police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab Government today ordered the absorption of four officers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) in the Punjab Police.

The Principal Secretary, Home, Mr A.K. Dubey, issued orders to absorb, Mr Kubhi Ram, Mr R.C. Sethi, Mr S.K. Sharma and Mr S.K. Singh in the Punjab Police.

The four had been serving in Punjab since the days of terrorism. While Mr S.K. Singh is from the BSF, the other three are from the CRPF.

In all, there are 11 officers from the CRPF and the BSF who have been working in Punjab for varying periods. The absorption of Mr Ananya Gautam and Mr Vivek Mishra had been carried out a few weeks earlier. Besides these six, the others are Mr Rakesh Chandra, Mr S.P.S. Basra, Mr A.K. Pandey, Ms Amrit Brar and Mr Sunil.


Banjaras to hold rally on Dec 13
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
The Punjab Bajigar Banjara Sabha will hold a rally-cum-conference on December 13 at the Polo grounds here. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, would be the chief guest and Mr Samsher Singh Dullo, President of the PPCC, would be the guest of honour, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharmsot, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and president of the All India Bajigar Banjara Sabha, told mediapersons here yesterday.

He alleged that the community had always been neglected by previous governments. He said the major demands of the community included the right of ownership of the lands on which they had been staying since 50 years.

He said the poor who had been living on custodian or panchayat lands since decades, should be given ownership and the registration of land should be made in their name. 


IPS officer made in charge of jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
In a significant move, the Punjab Government today posted an IPS officer as in charge of a jail.

This is probably for the first time that a move has been made to replace the jail cadre staff with a senior police officer. Mr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, Commandant, 3rd India Reserve Battalion, has been posted as DIG-cum-Superintendent of Jail, Punjab.


Traffic jam

Rajpura, December 2
Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the busy Patiala-Rajpura road following a road accident at the Ganda Kheri village, near here, this evening.

According to information received here, the traffic blockade occurred following a head-on collision between two trucks.One of the trucks broke in the middle of the road causing inconvenience to thousands of commuters.The traffic jams, which started around 4 p.m. continued for over four hours. TNS


Loudspeakers banned

Ropar, December 2
District Magistrate H.I.S Grewal today imposed prohibitory orders on holding of processions and use of loudspeakers within 100 metres of the District Courts and Mini Secretariat Complex. TNS


Cash, jewellery worth over Rs 1 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, December 2
Burglars struck at the houses of two widows in the town last night and decamped with cash, jewellery and other items worth over Rs 1 lakh.

The house of Ms Nirmal Kaur, a Class IV employee at Civil Hospital in the Hospital Colony, was broken into and ransacked. Before leaving, the burglars took away items worth over Rs 50,000, including Rs 15,000 in cash. The house owner was reportedly away to visit her relatives.

In another incident, the house of Ms Kamlesh at the Janakpuri Colony was burgled. Burglars decamped with items worth over Rs 60,000, including Rs 22,000 in cash and jewellery.

Cases have been registered in both the cases.


1 killed, 2 hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Kharar, December 2
One person was killed and two injured when a scooter and a motorcycle collided on the Landran road here this evening.

Mr Laxman Singh, a resident of Kharar who was going on the scooter, was initially taken to a private hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. It is reported that he succumbed to his injuries there.

The other two injured persons, who were on the motorcycle, were taken direct to the PGI.


Thapar Institute holds impressive convocation
Our Correspondent

Patiala, December 2
The 19th annual convocation of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) was held at the institute’s auditorium here in which over 500 students received degrees in various streams of engineering and sciences from the institute’s Director, Dr S.C. Saxena, during an impressive ceremony.

Among the degree recipients about 30 per cent were female candidates and 16 Ph.Ds.

Mr Lalit Mohan Thapar, renowned industrialist and President of the institute was the chief guest on the occasion.

Mr Gautam Thapar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Ballarpur Industries Ltd, presided over the function and distributed medals.

Mr Rajat Kanwar Gupta was awarded the President’s medal for securing highest marks and the Mr Ranbir Singh memorial award for ‘best all round performance.’

Dr S.C. Saxena, in his Director’s report, highlighted the achievements and progress made by the institute during the academic year 2004-05.

There was a special mention of its 9th position in the list of technical institute of the country as per the survey of DATAQUEST-IDC-NASSCOM.

New memorandums of understanding (MoU) were signed with various organisations and research labs to exchange technical knowledge.

Under one such programme, two batches of students from University of Waterloo, Canada, had already received workshop training in the institute.

On this occasion, Mr Jagvir Goyal, Director of Civil Hydel Design, PSEB, and an alumni of the institute was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his professional achievements.


Call all-party meet before WTO talks, says Kanwaljit Singh
Our Correspondent

Patiala, December 2
General ‘Secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Kanwaljit Singh has urged the Union Government to call a meeting of all political parties before sending a delegation for the next round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks scheduled to be held from December 13 to 18 at Hong Kong.

Mr Kanwaljit Singh said that during the regime of NDA, the then commerce minister Murasoli Maran had called such a meeting and he, representing the SAD, had put forward his viewpoint which was accepted by representatives of 75 countries at the Doha summit, where the previous round of the WTO was held.

On the advocacy of Free Trade Zones by rich countries, Mr Kanwaljit Singh said that labour should also be accepted as commodity and its free movement should be allowed because it is labour which produced goods. He said Dairy Industry was in danger because of WTO in Punjab and efforts should be made to save by taking it out of the realms of the WTO.

Mr Kanwaljit Singh said more and more people were joining the SAD today because of four-year misrule of the Capt Amarinder Singh government. He added that this “ very misrule had resulted in closing of several Industrial units across the state.”

Others who addressed the gathering included Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, former Chairman SSS Board and SAD district Unit president Indermohan Singh Bajaj.

Addressing a press conference after the function, Capt Kanwaljit Singh said Punjab, which has agro based economy, would suffer most if all provisions of the WTO were implemented `in toto’.

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