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Government departments major defaulters of PSEB
As per electricity board, dues amount
to Rs 12.21 crore
Jalandhar, February 1
With an aggregate amount of Rs 3.16 crore as dues to be given to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), the offices of Deputy Commissioners (DC) of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr have become one of the major government defaulters from the last calendar year.

VB cases: Sarpanches, panches threaten to boycott work
Jalandhar, February 1
The Panchayat Union Punjab, the BDPO Union Punjab, Junior Engineers and four other organisations of government officials, associated with working of panchayats, have threatened to boycott work if the Vigilance Bureau cases against panchayats and their officials are not taken back by the Punjab government by February 6.

PSGPC invited to Virsa Sambhal Sammelan
Jalandhar, February 1
The Damdami Taksal has invited Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to the Virsa Sambhal Vishwa Sikh Samelan.




 
 PUDA land near the Ladowali Road in Jalandhar has been taken over by junk dealers.
NO DRIVE AGAINST ENCROACHMENTS: PUDA land near the Ladowali Road in Jalandhar has been taken over by junk dealers. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

More protest against RCF management
Kapurthala, February 1
With alleged termination of a Staff Council member, the tussle between the workers and management of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) worsened today when the employees resorted to slogan raising at the gate of factory here.

Seminars on crop diversification, database management
Jalandhar, February 1
The Postgraduate Department of Geography at Lyallpur Khalsa College today organised a seminar on “Profitable Farming Through Diversification, Land Use and Relay Cropping.”

A view of the Shalimar Garden in Kapurthala that is being used as a thoroughfare. Kapurthala’s Shalimar Garden to be revamped
Kapurthala, February 1
The Municipal Council of Kapurthala has passed the resolution to construct a fissile wall that would start from the side of the Parkash Avenue to side of the Brahamkund Temple gate at the back of the Shalimar Garden. Mr Raj Kumar Mittal, Executive Engineer of the council told The Tribune.

A view of the Shalimar Garden in Kapurthala that is being used as a thoroughfare.
— Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma 

Potato growers demand compensation
Jalandhar, February 1
The Jalandhar Potato Growers Association today give the state government a week’s ultimatum for sanctioning compensation to the potato growers in the region whose crop was damaged due to frost.

Seven Sainik School students make it to NDA
Kapurthala, February 1
Seven students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, have made it to the National Defence Academy. A total of 21 students appeared in the Service Selection Board (SSB) tests after passing the written test held by the UPSC in August last year for the candidates aspiring to join the Defence Services through the NDA from all over the country. More than two lakh candidates appeared in the UPSC test for 300 seats.

Computer centre at science city
Kapurthala, February 1
Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) has added another feather to its cap by establishing a world-class computer centre equipped with the latest equipment and highly-qualified and experienced staff.

Poppy husk worth over Rs 6 lakh seized
Kapurthala: The police in Bholath on Wednesday seized 17 quintals of poppy husk worth over Rs 6 lakh from a truck loaded with apples from Jammu and Kashmir here and arrested four persons in this connection.

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Government departments major defaulters of PSEB
As per electricity board, dues amount to Rs 12.21 crore
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 1
With an aggregate amount of Rs 3.16 crore as dues to be given to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), the offices of Deputy Commissioners (DC) of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr have become one of the major government defaulters from the last calendar year.

The PSEB has a list of 30 defaulting government departments who have to pay back an amount of Rs 12.21 crores in total. The irony is that the biggest defaulters in most cases are important departments wherein the board officials cannot even cut the connections in order to pressurise them to make the payments.

For instance, besides the DC offices, the other big defaulters are government hospitals and dispensaries with Rs 1.05 crores as to be recovered from Jalandhar, Rs 88.57 lakh from Hoshiarpur, Rs 63.05 lakh from Kapurthala and Rs 43.31 lakh from Nawanshahr.

The Punjab State Tubewell Corporation is next. It has to pay back Rs 2.56 crore, the highest from Nawanshahr, that has a total Rs 1.85 crore as outstanding to PSEB.

The Punjab Police follows the Corporation closely with a figure of Rs 2.34 crore. The Jalandhar Police has to pay back the department an amount of Rs 1.67 crore. The Hoshiarpur Police has cleared all its dues.

The other major defaulting government departments are Public Health Department with 38.21 lakh, PWD (B&R) with Rs 25.45 lakh, office of the Municipal Corporation and Water Works Department with Rs 6.42 lakh and Central government departments with Rs 5.32 lakh as dues.

Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), District Sports Departments, Revenue Departments and Zila Parishads have no dues pending against them from the PSEB.

If compared district-wise, Hoshiarpur takes the lead with Rs 4.72 crore as due from various government departments, most of which is from the DC office that has to pay back an amount of Rs 3.11 crore.

Jalandhar ranks second with Rs 3.21 crore as due from various departments. The district Police Department takes nearly half of the total share. Nawanshahr has to pay dues amounting to Rs 2.66 crore. Most of it comes from Punjab State Tubewell Corporation. Kapurthala has to pay the lowest amount to the PSEB— Rs 1.61 crore and almost one-third it comes from government hospitals and dispensaries.

PSEB’s Chief Engineer (North), Mr Gurmit Singh Gill, when contacted, confirmed that dues amounting to Rs 12.21 crore were pending from various government departments.

He said the board was helpless in the matter. “The department tell us that payments will be made as soon as they would get funds from the state or Central government.”

The defaulting amount, he said, had gone down significantly since October last. The cumulative dues were as high as Rs 32.04 crore. “We got some payments in November and the dues, as such, came down to Rs 20.6 crore at that time.

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VB cases: Sarpanches, panches threaten to boycott work
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 1
The Panchayat Union Punjab, the BDPO Union Punjab, Junior Engineers and four other organisations of government officials, associated with working of panchayats, have threatened to boycott work if the Vigilance Bureau cases against panchayats and their officials are not taken back by the Punjab government by February 6.

Members of these associations, including sarpanches and panches, have also decided to hold a massive dharna at “Matka Chowk” in Chandigarh on February 6 to lodge their protest against “framing” of sarpanches, panches and other officials of the Department of Panchayats in “false” cases by the bureau.

Addressing a press conference here, office-bearers of seven organisations alleged that though technically the bureau could not handle any cases related to the Department of Panchayats, still sarpanches, panches, BDPOs and junior engineers were being harassed by the bureau.

“All the cases of panchayats should be investigated by the department itself and not by the bureau. Even if we go by the rule book, such cases are to be probed by the department and hence, the interference of bureau is illegal. Our demand is very simple and it is that all such cases should be handled by our department officials,” said Mr Ranbir Singh Mudal, a senior office-bearer of the BDPO Union.

Mr Sukhdev Singh Bareke, the president of the Panchayat Union, said no work related to panchayats would be conducted by any sarpanch, panch or any official of the department, if the state government failed to take back the cases against them by February 6.

Ironically, though the Panchayat Union and the BDPO made all-out efforts to pose as a joint front today, the Panchayat Union had recently alleged that the BDPOs were harassing sarpanches and panches and were forcing them into corrupt practices. “At that time, we were pointing towards a few of those BDPOs, whose actions were wrong,” said Mr Bareke.

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PSGPC invited to Virsa Sambhal Sammelan
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 1
The Damdami Taksal has invited Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to the Virsa Sambhal Vishwa Sikh Samelan.

The Taksal’s chief, Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, said the sammelan would deliberate upon the challenges before the Sikh religion with focus on the spread of “patit” among the Sikh youth, and the drug menace. He said all the registered organisations committed to the ideology of Guru Granth Sahib have been invited to the Sammelan.

Apart from the Guru Nanak Bhawan, Amritsar, Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, Law Bhawan, Chandigarh, the event would be organised at the Lions’ Club in Jalandhar.

Baba Dhuma said the efforts of the Taksal had also been appreciated by the SGPC. Invitations to the SGPC would be sent soon, he added. 

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More protest against RCF management
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, February 1
With alleged termination of a Staff Council member, the tussle between the workers and management of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) worsened today when the employees resorted to slogan raising at the gate of factory here.

Mr Brij Mohan, joint secretary of the council alleged that the factory management was taking a “vindictive” view and had a “biased” attitude against the Staff Council. He alleged that the management terminated the services of Ram Rattan, the member of the council, after the it (Staff Council) highlighted through the media the corruption rampant in the RCF. He alleged that Ram Rattan was served upon a “fabricated” charge sheet and was dismissed after wrapping up an “incomplete” inquiry in the charges put against him.

All the members of the council had earlier resigned in protest against the alleged dictatorial attitude of the administration.

Meanwhile, Mr Yash pal Gupta, General Manager, RCF, when contacted, said he was not aware of the termination orders of Ram Rattan.

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Seminars on crop diversification, database management
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 1
The Postgraduate Department of Geography at Lyallpur Khalsa College today organised a seminar on “Profitable Farming Through Diversification, Land Use and Relay Cropping.”

Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, a farmer from Ludhiana and member of the Agriculture Cost and Price Commission of India, delivered a lecture along with a slide demonstration on crop diversification, efficiency in land usage and conservation of resources. Students and members of the staff interacted with him later.

Dr Satish K. Kapoor, Principal of the college, and Dr Malkit Singh Grover, head of the department, were present on the occasion.

In another seminar, emerging trends in Database Management Systems was discussed at Guru Nanak Dev University College today.

Dr Kanwaljit Singh, head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Regional Campus, Guru Nanak Dev University, Ladhewali, was the resource person. He explained the students on the emerging trends in the field such as data warehousing, data mining and data marts.

A quiz contest was also organised on the same topic in which the students of MBA and MCA participated. Navpreet, Vikas, Ritika and Shine won prizes. Ms Usha Kapoor, Principal, distributed the prizes. 

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Kapurthala’s Shalimar Garden to be revamped
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, February 1
The Municipal Council of Kapurthala has passed the resolution to construct a fissile wall that would start from the side of the Parkash Avenue to side of the Brahamkund Temple gate at the back of the Shalimar Garden. Mr Raj Kumar Mittal, Executive Engineer of the council told The Tribune.

The council has also decided to restrict the entry of vehicles into the garden by installing gates.

He said the council had passed a budget allocation of Rs 2.5 lakh to construct pavements in the lawns of the garden.

Many a people met with the motor accidents with residents of the town using the garden as a thoroughfare driving their vehicles including cars, jeeps and even tractor-trolleys to reach the mohallas situated on other side of it.

People with their two-wheelers take their vehicles to the lawns inside the garden, which they use to relax in the winters under the sun. Due to this, the grass in the lawns have been completely damaged.

The plan of the Municipal Council to beautify the garden by laying flowers beds is also facing rough weather as strollers in the garden not only throw litter here and there but also pluck the flowers whenever its time for them to blossom.

Due to open entries from all sides, like a link road in the garden, it becomes difficult to control the damage being caused to the flowerbeds, Mr Mittal said.

Now, after restrictions are put in place over the entry of vehicles into the garden, the council expects to provide flower-laden lawns to residents of the city.

A scheme to construct garages behind the water reservoir tanks in the garden for parking the garbage dumping trolleys has also been proposed.

Till date, these trolleys are lying in a haphazard manner around the reservoir near the main entrance of the garden.

The council’s exercise is likely help in contain people who now and then try to encroach upon the land of the garden.

Only recently, efforts to encroachment some land in the garden by a shopkeeper were foiled when the activists of Shiv Sena threatened that they would demolish the construction raised by the encroacher, if the council failed to do so.

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Potato growers demand compensation
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, February 1
The Jalandhar Potato Growers Association today give the state government a week’s ultimatum for sanctioning compensation to the potato growers in the region whose crop was damaged due to frost.

The association’s president, Mr Raghbir Singh, and its general secretary, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sangha, said the potato growers would be forced to agitate if the compensation was not given soon.

Addressing media persons, they alleged that though the Punjab government had constituted a committee headed by the state Transport Minister, Mr Mahinder Singh Kaypee, 25 days back to get “girdawari” done on the crops to ascertain the extent of the damage and decide on the compensation, the process had not been initiated yet. 

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Seven Sainik School students make it to NDA
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, February 1
Seven students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, have made it to the National Defence Academy. A total of 21 students appeared in the Service Selection Board (SSB) tests after passing the written test held by the UPSC in August last year for the candidates aspiring to join the Defence Services through the NDA from all over the country. More than two lakh candidates appeared in the UPSC test for 300 seats.

Giving credit for their success to their Principal, Colonel Sandip Kumar, who is a product of Sainik School, Kunjpura, the students said that he had been a source of inspiration to them.

Agyapal Singh from Moolianwa, Palvinder Singh from Ale Chack, Guriqbal Singh from Dahrowali, Navjot Singh from Dyalgarh, Mahavir Singh from Kala Afghana villages in Gurdaspur district, Navjot Singh from Dudwindi village near Kapurthala, and Mangeshwar Singh from Aur village in Nawanshahr district are the students who have been selected.

“We will join the National Defence Academy on July 1 for the training,” informed Navjot Singh from Kapurthala, who has qualified for the Air Force flying branch. 

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Computer centre at science city

Kapurthala, February 1
Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) has added another feather to its cap by establishing a world-class computer centre equipped with the latest equipment and highly-qualified and experienced staff.

The computer centre at the PGSC has been established by the funds made available by Mr Kuldip Nayyar, Member of Parliament, from his local area development funds.

Modern gadgets like projector system are being used to impart training to the students. A fee concession is also given to the reserve categories. — TNS

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Poppy husk worth over Rs 6 lakh seized

Kapurthala: The police in Bholath on Wednesday seized 17 quintals of poppy husk worth over Rs 6 lakh from a truck loaded with apples from Jammu and Kashmir here and arrested four persons in this connection.

According to the police, on a tip-off by an inspector, the truck was stopped on Tandi Road and 59 bags of poppy husk were found hidden in apple cases. — TNS

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