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Manila murder spree continues
38-year-old from Aulakh village gunned down
Jalandhar, January 10
This time around, it was the turn of a man from Aulakh village. Thirty-eight-year-old Kuldeep Singh, living in the Philippines for the past 15 years, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Manila on Sunday evening, his relatives said here today.

‘NRIs send $ 1 billion annually to their families’

Hikmet Ersek
Hikmet Ersek

Jalandhar, January 10
Guess what could be the amount of money coming to India through foreign exchange annually? Well, the official figure is $ 22 billion, which is close to 3 per cent of the GDP of the country.

Attack on scribe: Police action demanded
Jalandhar, January 10
A day after the attack on Punjabi Tribune reporter Charanjit Singh Bhullar in Bathinda, journalists from print and electronic media in the city today submitted a memorandum to the Inspector General, Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, demanding action against the accused who were involved in the incident.


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City’s budding scientists win first prize in ‘moon landing’ project
Students of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, who won the competition organised by the Aeronautical Society of India, are all smiles Jalandhar, January 10
Having recently shown their skills as “architects” of “Space Settlement Design” in a competition organised by NASA for Asian countries, the students of Apeejay School have once again brought laurels to their school by winning the first prize in a national-level competition on project designing for the latest technologies being developed on “landing on moon”.


Students of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, who won the competition organised by the Aeronautical Society of India, are all smiles.
— Photo by S.S. Chopra.

28 Air Defence Regiment celebrates golden jubilee
Jalandhar, January 10
To mark its golden jubilee celebrations, the 28 Air Defence Regiment held its blood donation camp here today. The day also coincided with the 13th Raising Day of the Army Air Defence Corps.

Class IV PAP employees demand regularisation
Jalandhar, January 10
Class IV employees of the Punjab Armed Police in Jalandhar Cantonment have in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, appealed that attention be paid towards their grievances, which included non-regularisation of their posts, low wages with no T.A. and D.A and long duty hours.

Man crushed to death
Kapurthala/ Jalandhar, January 10
A 54-year-old employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board was crushed to death after being hit by a bus belonging to the Rail Coach Factory near Sehkupur here on Tuesday.

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Manila murder spree continues
38-year-old from Aulakh village gunned down
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
This time around, it was the turn of a man from Aulakh village.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kuldeep Singh, living in the Philippines for the past 15 years, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Manila on Sunday evening, his relatives said here today. The victim’s wife Jasvir Kaur who was accompanying him at the time of the attack escaped unhurt, they added.

His brother, too, was killed in a similar manner six years ago, the family members said.

They said robbery might have been the motive of the attack on Kuldip Singh, as he was returning home on his scooter after collecting some money. A child, they added, had come in front of the vehicle and as Kuldip applied the brakes, the assailants shot at him.

Kuldeep is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

The killing spree, apparently fuelled by the city mafia, had claimed lives of many persons belonging to the region in 2005 too. On November 8, Avtar Singh, a resident of Gill village was murdered while he was on his way back from a meeting with his debtors. He was a textile trader in Manila.

It was the fourth murder in a row within a year of natives from the region. So far, as many as eight persons from Punjab have reportedly been murdered in the Philippines in the last six months. Earlier, the nephew of Avtar was killed on October 3 by some unidentified persons in Manila. Two brothers-in-law had been killed before him.

In May too, a rich NRI financier was allegedly killed for ransom in Manila. Harminder Singh was a native of Sherpur Kalan village near Jagraon. He was allegedly kidnapped by a local gang there which included another NRI. Though the family of the deceased had paid a ransom to the kidnappers, he was murdered.

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‘NRIs send $ 1 billion annually to their families’
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
Guess what could be the amount of money coming to India through foreign exchange annually? Well, the official figure is $ 22 billion, which is close to 3 per cent of the GDP of the country. The actual amount will certainly be much more as this is the inward remittance through the Western Union Money Transfer alone and there are other players in the money exchange business in the country.

The above-mentioned figure was quoted by Mr Hikmet Ersek, Senior Vice-President, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and South Asia, Western Union Financial Services, Austria, who was here to attend a series of meetings with top officials of the company’s agents, including Wall Street Forex, the Bank of Punjab and Paul Merchants.

Mr Ersek said he was in the city as he knew that it was one of the strongest markets in India. He said that many Punjabis who had now settled in the UK, the USA and Canada were their main customers. He said that NRIs from Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala and other states were sending in as much as $ 1 billion annually for their families settled here.

The Senior Vice-President said that as many as 100 million transactions were being made through the Western Union Money Transfer every year for sending money to India and the company was earning a revenue of $ 4 billion per annum through these transactions.

He said that he had even met many customers who had complained to him that they were not getting their money in cash whenever they were to receive a big amount. He said he was taking this complaint as a positive sign as most agents had told him that they were out of cash when the number of transactions was high and the payments had to be made through cheques or drafts. But he said he had told his agents to keep more cash so that the customers had no reason to complain.

Talking about some new regulations that had been framed by the company, he said one of the major checks that was being made by the company was through keeping a complete database of the customers.

“Not just that, we have even given an ID to the person who is receiving the money at the other end. This helps in maintaining security and developing trust in the minds of the customers,” he said.

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Attack on scribe: Police action demanded
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
A day after the attack on Punjabi Tribune reporter Charanjit Singh Bhullar in Bathinda, journalists from print and electronic media in the city today submitted a memorandum to the Inspector General (Zonal), Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, demanding action against the accused who were involved in the incident.

Memorandums were also sent to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Director General of Police. The journalists have demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Charanjit Singh Bhullar, known for his investigative news reports, was attacked with sharp-edged weapons yesterday afternoon. He is now admitted in the Civil Hospital at Rampura Phool.

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City’s budding scientists win first prize
in ‘moon landing’ project

Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
Having recently shown their skills as “architects” of “Space Settlement Design” in a competition organised by NASA for Asian countries, the students of Apeejay School have once again brought laurels to their school by winning the first prize in a national-level competition on project designing for the latest technologies being developed on “landing on moon”. The competition was organised by the Aeronautical Society of India.

A team of five students from Class IX participated in the competition organised in Chandigarh yesterday and brought back prizes in form of 15 books, mementos and certificates. Earlier, teams from 80 schools across the country had sent their projects on the topic. However, only five schools were screened for the final competition that was held yesterday.

The budding scientists — Aseem Handa, Mohit Thukral, Rohan Sardana, Varun Ahuja and Valleri Agarwal — gave a 20-minute detailed audio-visual presentation on the topic and faced a volley of questions from their opponents as well as audiences before they were finally declared the winners.

The students were guided by their mathematics teacher, Mr Sukhjinder, for the competition.

In the presentation, the students explained the design of their manned exploratory vehicle that comprised three separate modules, including crew module, mission module and propulsion module. They also explained how the vehicle was equipped with temperature control systems, health monitoring devices and safety equipment that could protect the crew from any catastrophe.

The students also talked about the special three-layer bio-suit that the astronauts could wear in contrast to the conventional 13-layer suits. They even specified that a lunar orbit should be followed instead of direct orbit for saving fuel spent on re-launching of the vehicle back from the surface of the moon. They stated that the astronauts could safely land on the rim of Shack Elton crater as it was newer and had a constant moderate temperature.

The budding astronauts said the liquid bi-propellant should be used as fuel instead of the traditional solid liquid propellants. They added that the latest laser beam technology could be used for communication purposes, as chances of jamming and signal degradation were few and frequency was quite high. They said the technology was still undergoing trials by scientists.

The students also explained about the technologies for re-entering the earth’s surface in S-shapes and for landing at an angle of 40 degrees from the earth’s surface.

Meanwhile, three students — Aseem Handa, Mohit Thukral, Rohan Sardana — who will also be part of the 12-member team from the school for NASA competition said that they would be leaving for Chandigarh tomorrow for the final Asia-level competition to be held on January 14 and 15.

They said that tomorrow they would be interacting with students from Lucknow who would be their partners in the competition. A two-day seminar on aeronautical studies would precede the competition, they added.

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28 Air Defence Regiment celebrates golden jubilee
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
To mark its golden jubilee celebrations, the 28 Air Defence Regiment held its blood donation camp here today. The day also coincided with the 13th Raising Day of the Army Air Defence Corps.

Brigadier Rajiv Bhatia, Brigade Commander of the formation, inaugurated the camp and donated blood for the noble cause. The commanding officer of the regiment, along with 250 jawans, also donated their blood.

Recalling the valour of the unit, Brigadier Bhatia said it had been formed in 1956 in Golconda Fort, Hyderabad.

Thereafter, the regiment had served in a number of locations, including Ambala, Bathinda, Mumbai and Srinagar.

He said the unit was deployed in Srinagar most recently for over two and a half years, where the jawans took part in many counter-insurgency operations.

He said many jawans attached with the unit had received Vir Chakras and other gallantry awards from time to time.

The CO A. Mutani said 93 per cent of the troops in the unit hailed from four southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

He said the other events that were part of the celebrations were a motor cycle rally from Kerala to Jalandhar, a socio-economic drive for ex-servicemen in villages and the release of first day cover and postal stamp of the regiment.

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Class IV PAP employees demand regularisation
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 10
Class IV employees of the Punjab Armed Police in Jalandhar Cantonment have in a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, appealed that attention be paid towards their grievances, which included non-regularisation of their posts, low wages with no T.A. and D.A and long duty hours.

Demanding the regularisation of their posts, the employees, who were working as water carriers, sweepers, cobblers, washerman, tailors, barbers and cooks, said in the letter that neither were they being made permanent employees nor their salaries were being hiked, though they had been rendering their services on temporary basis for the last 10 to 18 years and were working for 24 hours.

“Till date, we are working on a temporary basis and getting the salary for eight hours of duty, while we perform our duty for 24-hours and without any leave or benefit. We are getting a minimum salary of Rs 2,671 per month, which is not sufficient to fulfill all the requirements of life,” they said in the letter.

They also said they had requested many senior authorities for regularising their posts but to no avail.

The last time the PAP Department had regularised its ad hoc employees was in 1994-95, the Class IV employees said, lamenting that the appointments were being made on ad hoc basis even for the posts which were permanent.

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Man crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala/ Jalandhar, January 10
A 54-year-old employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board was crushed to death after being hit by a bus belonging to the Rail Coach Factory near Sehkupur here on Tuesday.

The victim, Ajit Singh, an employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board and the resident of Saidpur village, died on spot.

The police has arrested the driver of the bus.

According to information, the victim was returning home after attending a union meeting in Kapurthala when the bus hit him from behind.

Meanwhile, in Jalandhar a man was killed when he fell off from a rickshaw late yesterday night.

It has been learnt that he worked as a cook at a local hotel. The deceased’s body has been sent for postmortem.

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