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Punjab bans chickens from Maharashtra
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Responding quickly to the reports of the outbreak of bird flu, a contagious viral disease in certain parts of Maharashtra, the Punjab Government today banned the procurement of chicken and its meat in any form the from that state. Besides, the procuring of pork meat, wild and other live birds from Maharashtra region have also been stopped with immediate effect.

Official sources said the issue of bird flu came up for discussion at the meeting of the Punjab Council of Ministers which met here this evening. Immediately after the meeting, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, directed the Animal Husbandry Department authorities to alert all Deputy Commissioners to take the required measures in the state and to ensure strict compliance of the ban imposed on bringing chicken, pork meat and live birds from Maharashtra.

Mr D.S. Bains, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, said that Chief Minister had given directions following confirmed reports regarding the spread of bird flu in Nadurbar of Maharashtra. Mr Bains said he had already talked to most of the Deputy Commissioners to pass on to them directions given by the Chief Minister.

Mr Bains said the Health Department and the Forest Department had also been instructed to be on the alert. Migratory birds are considered couriers of bird flu from one country to other. And India attracts migratory birds in lakhs from various parts of the world.

Mr Bains said the Animal Husbandry Department had set up rapid response teams of veterinary doctors long back. Those teams were also put on full alert. Teams, which had been provided with safety kits (suits) would start moving about in various parts especially in those areas where poultry farms were located in substantial numbers, he said.

However, there was no report of bird flu from any part of the state so far, said Mr Bains. “ We have got at least 1,000 samples of suspected birds tested from Bhopal in the last weeks and fortunately all have been found negative”, said Mr Bains. “There was nothing to panic or worry till date in the state as far as bird flu is concerned”, Mr Bains said.

 

Woman ends life after son dies in mishap
Her husband suffers heart attack
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mansa, February 18
In a shocking incident, a woman committed suicide and her husband suffered a heart attack after their only son died on being hit by a train at a closed railway gate (No. C-206) when he tried to cross over the track on his scooter last night.

Sources said the deceased, Shivam Sharma, had left home to fetch some household goods from the market. When he reached the railway crossing, the gate was closed and a train hit him as he reportedly attempted to cross over the track. Shivam, only brother of three sisters, was doing law from Chandigarh.

Unable to cope with the tragic demise of her only son, Ms Chander Kanta, a retired teacher, jumped from her residence’s roof to end her life. Her husband, advocate Devinder Sharma, also suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital.

Mr Sharma’s residence witnessed heart-rending scenes as family members wailed inconsolably. People from different walks of life converged at their home to mourn the end of mother-son duo.

Their bodies were consigned to flames at the local cremation ground this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the incident has once again highlighted the local residents’ demand for constructing an underbridge or overbridge at the railway gate site. They lamented that it had become a major cause of inconvenience to the commuters and their demand for a bridge had fallen on deaf ears. They said they had been fighting for the cause for the past 20 years and had only got promises from political leaders and government officials.

In wake of the incident, the residents have called a fresh meeting tomorrow to chalk out a strategy for re-launching the agitation on the issue.

 

Badal promises sops to Dalits
Our Correspondent

Kartarpur (Jalandhar) February 18
Accusing the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of running the Punjab Government like an old autocrat the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has warned that the party was making a list of police officers, who were allegedly coercing people at the behest of the ruling Congress government.

Meanwhile, the SAD has promised to shower a host of sops for Dalits, such as resumption of the shagun scheme with an enhanced amount, regular disbursal of pension at the doorstep of beneficiaries, grant of 5-marla plots to homeless Dalits, toilets for each Dalit family of the state and setting up of Dr B.R. Ambedkar Memorial schools in each block for poor students, in case the Congress grasped power in next Assembly elections.

Addressing a Dalit Rally, here today, senior SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, mounted an attack on the Chief Minister and on a section of police officers Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that Captain Amarinder Singh was planning to contest the next election with “police help”. “We have the names of 36 such officers. We will cancel all those cases which have been registered against people by the Captain’s government. Rather, we would register cases against those police officers, who, are framing people in false cases and we would put up them in those police stations, where, such cases have been registered,” warned Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Virtually kicking the poll campaign of the party, Mr. Badal announced that his government will ensure “home delivery” of pension to all of the beneficiaries. Toilets would be set up for Dalit families in all villages and townships of Punjab, 200 units of power would be given free to all SC and BCs every month, houses on 5-marla plots would be given to all homeless Dalits and 2-marla plots would be provided for waste disposal. The shagun scheme would be started again and its amount be raised from Rs 5100 to Rs 7500. A special scheme would be launched to provide free education up to the university level to intelligent SC, BC students free of cost, a special Rs 2 lakh insurance scheme would be started for providing medical treatment to dalit families and loans would be provided to SC, BC unemployed youth at cheaper rates of interest.

 

No water crisis in Malwa: CM
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, February 18
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, who was on a foundation laying spree of different development projects, including the 100 per cent drinking water supply scheme, for Fazilka town while addressing a press conference here today described the statement of Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Parsad as unfounded that there is drinking water crisis in Malwa belt, especially in the Bathinda-Mansa areas.

In response to the UPA government minister’s statement that there were adequate funds with Union Government for drinking water, the Chief Minister observed that there were no funds for the purpose till last year hence the question of the Punjab government submitting the project did not arise. Regarding the alleged relations of Mr S.S. Virk , DGP, Punjab, with terrorist Sukhvinder Singh Sukhi the Chief Minister said his government was not contemplating any action against DGP so far.

The hefty debt on the state, he claimed that the debt would be decreased by raising more revenue.

The Chief Minister was on a visit to Fazilka to pay tributes to heroes of 1971 Indo-Pak war of the Fazilka sector at the border village of Asafwala, near here.

He also inaugurated the water treatment plant and laid the foundation stones of the drinking water supply scheme and mini secretariat complex.

Addressing a public gathering, Chief Minister announced the enhancement of the amount of Shagan Scheme from existing Rs 6100 to Rs 15,000 for the marriages of dalit girls.

The Chief Minister presented a cheque for Rs 3 crore to Mr Hari Chand Kamboj, president of the Fazilka Municipal Council, for the development of the town. Mr Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, also spoke on this occasion.

 

Mian Mir’s descendant calls Indian chapter fake
Tribune News Service

Amritsar February 18
Pakistan-based Sain Mian Mir International Foundation (SMMIF), headed by Makhdom Syed Chan Pir Qadri, the 19th descendant of Sai Main Mir Sahib, who laid the foundation stone of Harmandar Sahib, today dissociated itself from the Indian foundation (SMMIF), led by Mr Harbhajan Singh Brar.

Syed Qadri, who was on a visit to Amritsar to pay obeisance at Harmandar Sahib alleged that all Pakistani nationals (about 140) who had visited India in December last year had got visas “fraudulently” by using the name of Sain Mian Mir. He alleged that the inquiry conducted by his foundation revealed that certain organisers had siphoned off money for getting the visas.

Interestingly, Mr Brar was also present when Syed Qadri levelled allegations against him. Later, Mr Brar said he had welcomed Syed Qadri since he was direct descendant of Sain Mian Mir. He said Syed Qadri had been levelling baseless charges since he had been removed as chief patron of the Indian chapter.

Expressing dismay over the holding of the festival in India, Syed Qadri said these persons do not follow Mian Mir’s philosophy.

This bogus act could cause some serious damage to the peace process between both countries.

He stated that the Sai Mian Mir International Foundation, Pakistan, was an independent organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, Pakistan, 1860, which has its own management team. He further stated that “none of the organisation does exist as Sai Mian Mir International Foundation Pakistan Chapter”.

However, Mr Brar said the Indian foundation was fake then why he (Pir Chan Qadri) had accepted to become its chief patron.

Meanwhile, Syed Qadri lamented the decision of the SGPC for not allowing Muslim “rababis” to perform kirtan in the sanctum sanctorum of Harmandar Sahib as per “maryada”.

 

Preserve Jassa Singh’s qila: Montek
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 18
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and his wife Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Vice-Chairperson, Punjab Planning Board, today visited the dilapidated qila of Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, the great Sikh warrior of the medieval period and the only Sultan-ul-Quam ((King of the Nation), here today and asked for its immediate preservation.

Describing the samadh and qila of Sardar Ahluwalia as national heritage, Dr Ahluwalia said he would take up the case for its preservation with the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

They were shocked to see the bad condition of Qila Ahluwalia, near the Golden Temple. The qila, which was auctioned in the beginning of the 20th century by the British Government, has emerged as a big shopping complex as nobody has bothered to preserve this historical building belonging to the great Sikh warrior.

According to historians, the fort was intact till 1850 as Sardar Ahluwalia used to stay here. However, during the British regime, Marwaris purchased it in an auction.

In the meantime, accepting the demand of the Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Memorial Society, headed by Mr Jagjit Singh Walia, to establish a Chair after the name of Sardar Jassa Singh, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia took up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor who immediately gave his consent in this regard.

Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, said financial help would be sought from the Chief Minister for establishing the Chair. Mr Onkar Singh Sandhu, President All-India Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Federation, also submitted a memorandum to Dr Ahluwalia for reviving the gates after the names of Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarhia and Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.

Seminar: The Union Government is serious about the problems of small-scale industry and for this a working group, with representation from academics and the industry, was being set up during the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Small Scale Industry in Punjab under new Policy Regime: Performance and Strategies’ being organised by the Punjab School of Economics at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Dr Monetak Singh Ahluwalia said the small scale industry (SSI) should be the entry point for entrepreneurial activity.

Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar and Director of the seminar, said more than 70 delegates from different parts of the country were participating in this seminar.

Dr Ahluwalia released a university publication on the ‘Impact of WTO Regime on Punjab Industry’ authored by Dr P.S. Raikhy and Dr Paramjit Nanda, professors of economics of the university.

 

Sukhi ‘victim’ asks for police cover
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, February 18
Even as Kapurthala SSP Rajiv Ahir has denied reports published in the media that a criminal case has been registered against Sukhvinder Singh Sukhi, a former terrorist on the run now, one Tejpal Singh from Jallowal village, in an application today, requested the SSP to provide him security cover claiming that he had received threats on his life from Sukhi.

Sukhi, a resident of Mota Singh Nagar in Jalandhar, has gone underground after his identity was revealed in a news report published in an English daily on Thursday.

The SSP has clarified that there was no mention of Sukhi in the case pertaining to the attack on Ekta Yatra by former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi near Phagwara on January 23, 1992.

Meanwhile, Tejpal has alleged in his application that Sukhi called him on his mobile just five days ago and demanded Rs 30 lakh, failing which he threatened to wipe off his family. “Now when Sukhi has gone underground, my family and I are under threat,” Tejpal Singh told The Tribune.

Tejpal, in his statement to a section of the press, had alleged that he was taken from Kapurthala to a CIA police station at Fatehgarh Sahib on a production warrant after being booked on false charges on October 8 last year and was kept on a five-day police remand. Tejpal was under judicial custody in a case registered against him under Section 420 of the IPC.

“I was tortured in the presence of Sukhi and one Mehar Singh and was forced to give them money to the tune of Rs 1 crore,” Tejpal alleged.

According to Tejpal, he contacted his brothers settled abroad who paid up the money demanded by Mehar Singh and Sukhi. “If I do not get justice, I will approach to the Chief Justice of India,” he said.

Interestingly, sources said, the local police had arrested Tejpal with four others after he was found accused in duping the father of Mehar Singh of Rs 1.75 crore.

 

Farida Khanum casts spell
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 18
The classical extravaganza at the Patiala Heritage Festival ended with the sweet tunes of the shehnai and melody of ghazal queen Farida Khanum last night in the princely setting of Old Moti Bagh, which now houses the National Institute of Sports.

Soft and subtle tones flowed from the shehnai of Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain of the Benaras gharana as he started the proceedings for the evening. The ustad believes in retaining the purity of the raag. The all-familiar signature tune of Doordarshan, composed by Pandit Ravi Shankar, has been played by him. Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain started the recital with raag Anand Kalyan as the melody and the clear notes imparted a dream-like setting to the evening.

Farida Khanum’s virtuosity had attracted a lot of audience from outside the city. Her session was eagerly awaited. The anticipation was palpable as the evening wore on, without distracting from Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain’s performance.

Khanum, performing at Patiala for the first time, said it was a dream come true for her to present her art at the founding place of the gharana. Farida Khanum started with ‘Jhulana jhulane aeyi rut sawaan ki, kaari-peeri badar chhayi barsan ko’.

The pain of unrequited love came out with ‘Aisa na ho dard bane dard’ and Mere hum nafash, mere hum nawaz mujhe dost ban ke dagga na de.’ One ghazal after the other followed as time took on an eternal haze. ‘Dil jalane ki baat karte hain’ rang out deep and clear.

Then the requests started flowing. Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, was the first to request her for her famous ghazal, ‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo, yoon hi pehlu mein baithe raho’. The ghazal sensation regaled all.

She sang a few Punjabi songs at the request of the audience. 

 
POLITICS
 

Barnala’s wife to contest Assembly poll
Our Correspondent

Barnala, February 18
Ms Surjit Kaur Barnala, wife of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor, Tamil Nadu, and a senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), leader, here today announced her decision to contest in the ensuing Punjab Assembly poll from Barnala Assembly constituency.

She announced this decision at her Barnala residence. Later, talking to newspersons she stated that she would demand 25 Punjab Assembly constituency ticket for her supporters.

Prominent among those who addressed the meeting included Mr Gurjinder Singh Sidhu, SAD youth wing leader, Mr Mohinder Singh Diwana, former SGPC member, Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Dupehra, Mr Sukhmohinder Singh Sukhi former Chairman, Improvement Trust, Barnala, and Mr R.S. Sandhu, former president Lions Club, Barnala.

 

SAD meeting today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A meeting of the Legislature party of the Shiromani Akali Dal( SAD) will be held at the official residence of the party president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on February 19.

Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of the SAD, said that at the meeting, strategy would be drawn up with regard to the Punjab Assembly session scheduled to begin on February 20.

Meanwhile, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, secretary of the SAD, said Mr Surjit Singh Mameran Kalan, a member of the SGPC from Dabwali, had dropped the demand for a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee for Haryana.

 
COMMUNITY
 

Alleging slump, truck operators threaten stir
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 18
Truck operators of Punjab today issued an ultimatum to the state government to rescue their sector from slump and warned it of a state-level agitation if their grievances were not redressed.

The state president of Punjab Truck Operators Union, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of All-Punjab Goods Transport Union Charan Singh Luhara and Doaba Truck Union chief Sewa Singh today interacted with the local truck operators to get acquainted with their woes. The point, which prominently emerged in the meeting was that the National Fertilizers Limited and Ambuja Cement units located in Bathinda were giving transportation work to truckers of Haryana and Rajasthan.

The local truckers rued that while trucks from other states and districts were transporting goods from Bathinda, their 700 trucks were stranded without work leaving thousands unemployed. They argued that if these units were situated in the city then local trucks should be utilized for transportation.

The union leaders warned the government to resolve the issue at the earliest. They said the operators of Bathinda Truck Union were also facing slump like their counterparts in other parts of the state.

Later, addressing a press conference, they alleged that transport department officials were doing injustice to the truckers. They said tractor-trolleys were also taking up transportation work despite the fact they were only meant for agriculture purposes.

They said a part of toll tax being charged from them was meant for repair works, but the government was not turning a blind eye to the pathetic condition of roads. They also sought uniformity in diesel prices in all the states.

They alleged that oil companies were not providing pure diesel to them in the state, which resulted in damage to their trucks' machinery.

Local truckers stressed that they would not tolerate transportation from Bathinda by outside truckers anymore.

 

SGPC member asks Akal Takht Jathedar to
implement Act

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Mr Hardeep Singh, a Member of the SGPC, has urged the Jathedar of Akal Takht, the SGPC and the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to get the Anand Marriage Act, 1909, implemented in letter and spirit in the country.

As now the Supreme Court has issued orders making the registration of marriages mandatory, the SGPC and other Sikh religious bodies should take up this issue with the Government authorities concerned to get the Act enforced at the earliest. The Supreme Court had given three months’ time to various states to begin the registration of marriages.

He said though the Anand Marriage Act was framed in 1909 but after Independence it was extended to all new provinces and merged states in India and also to the Union Territories in 1949. However, Sikh marriages were not registered under it even now. He said he had enquired at his own level from Sub Divisional Magistrates and marriage registering authorities concerned about the existence of this Act. “ Believe me, most of the officers are not even aware of this Act and they insist to register marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act-1955”, claimed Mr Hardeep Singh.

Mr Hardeep Singh said he would move a resolution in the SGPC’s general house, which would meet in March-end, seeking the implementation of the Anand Marriage Act. He said earlier this issue was raised at the meetings of the SGPC but no serious efforts had been made to get the Act implemented.

He said he was fully supportive of registration of marriages of Sikh men and women. He said Sikhs had a totally different system of solemnising marriages, and they should not be covered under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Mr Hardeep Singh said Mr Badal, and Mr Avtar Singh, President of the SGPC, should make their stand on this clear at the earliest. He said it was an important issue for the entire Sikh community but Mr Badal and Mr Avtar Singh were avoiding this issue.

 

Aiyar for more power to panches

Kila Raipur, February 18
Minister of State for Panchayati Raj and Sport Mani Shankar Aiyar today reiterated the resolve of the government to further empower the Panchayati Raj institutions so that the elected representatives had the final say in how funds were used for developmental activities in their area.

He and his wife were here to witness the 71st edition of the Kila Raipur Sports Festival today. Certain financial measures in the Panchayati Raj context would be announced in the forthcoming Budget, he added. — TNS

 

Haj minister must be arrested: Chawla
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 18
The BJP state vice-president, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, today called for the immediate arrest of Haj minister Haji Yakub Qureshi to stall any further move by him to arouse fundamentalist sentiments of Muslims.

The minister had reportedly promised Rs 51 crore for the head of Danish cartoonist.

Lashing out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, for his silence, she stated that the true colours of the Haji Qureshi had been exposed by his announcement.

She demanded that the minister be arrested, tried and given exemplary punishment.

The state vice-president added that no one could be given the liberty to stir communal sentiments that threaten peace in the country.

 

Mann, party activists detained
Our Correspondent

Barnala, February 18
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and his party activists were detained by Barnala police district today as they were heading towards Dhaula and Fatehgarh Chhanna villages to ensure compensation and full rates for the land of farmers of Dhaula, Fatehgarh Chhanna and Sanghera which had been acquired for PSIDC-Trident Group of Industries joint venture of three new industrial units.

Other prominent SAD (Amritsar) leaders and activists who were detained included Mr Satnam Singh Behru, President, Punjab Kisan Wing of SAD (Amritsar), Mr Jeet Singh Allorakh, President SAD (Amritsar) District Sangrur, Mr Bahadur Singh, party general secretary, district Sangrur, and Mr Hardeep Singh Lohakhera, a Youth wing leader of the party.

According to reports, Mr Mann has been detained at Harigarh Rest House village whereas others were detained at Barnala police district CIA staff Handiaya Complex. Police is also reported to have resorted to lathi charge to disperse people gathered on the spot.

 

Abohar surgeon honoured
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 18
Dr V.P. Sethi, Director, Sai Hospital and Laparoscopic Centre, has been honoured with this year’s Rashtriya Rattan Award by the International Study Circle (ISC).

Mr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner, Dr Bhisham Narain Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam, and other dignitaries, including the Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha presented a Certificate of Excellence in Medical Science, a glittering trophy and a gold medal to Dr Sethi during the award ceremony organised by the ISC early this week. He was the only surgeon in the region to get the award.

 
COURTS
 

Badal gets exemption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A local court today allowed exemption to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from appearing in a case of suit for damages filed by him against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Mr Badal had claimed damages to the tune of Rs 5 crore for defaming him in the eyes of the public.

 
AGRICULTURE
 

BKU: streamline loan recovery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The Bharti Kisan Union, which organised a dharna in support of its demands here yesterday, urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to streamline the recovery of loans availed of by farmers from cooperative and Commercial banks, arthiyas and moneylenders.

Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the BKU, said the union submitted a charter of demands to the Chief Minister’s office.

He said farmers were caught in a vicious cycle of debt because of the high rates of interest charged from them by even banks. A law should be framed to streamline the recovery of loans. The union sought the waiving of loans taken by farmers to purchase fertilisers through cooperative agriculture societies.

He said two pending instalments of paddy bonus (Rs 20 per quintal) should be paid to the farmers at the earliest. A promise in this regard was made by the ruling party before the Assembly elections in 2002.

Mr Rajewal said the farmers were facing an economic squeeze because of the anti-farmer policies pursued by the Union Government. The minimum support price of various foodgrains was fixed ignoring various recommendations made on a scientific basis by agricultural universities.

The union said sugarcane dues of farmers had not been cleared yet by certain sugarmills.

It demanded at least 12 hours’ power supply during the paddy season and checking of the menace of drugs in the state.

 

BKU leader flays UPA govt
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 18
Mr Rakesh Tikait, son of Mr Mohinder Singh Tikait, national president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, who led the BKU Mahapanchayat at the subdivisional complex here on Thursday, said the farmers would not hesitate in giving any kind of sacrifice to prevent import of wheat.

Lambasting the Congress- led UPA government for adopting anti-farmer policies under the dictates of the WTO, Mr Tikait, spokesman of the national committee of the BKU, said the government had allowed import of the wheat at the rate of Rs 1050 per quintal that had earlier been exported at the rate of Rs 350 only. The scam should be probed at the highest level, he demanded.

Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, state president and other leaders, also addressed the maha panchayat.

 
CRIME
 

Liquor worth Rs 20 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 18
An attempt to smuggle 785 cases of country-made foreign liquor, valued at Rs 20 lakh, was foiled by the Rajasthan police by intercepting a truck loaded with kinnow packs last evening, official sources confirmed today. It was yet to be ascertained whether the consignment was to be delivered in Gujarat, a dry area, or in the neighboring Rajasthan, sources added.

The driver and his assistant ran away leaving their truck (PB 13 N 9065) on the roadside when Mr Joginder Singh, Sub Inspector, intercepted the vehicle for routine checking at the inter-state check post near Patli village that linked the subdivision with Rajasthan. The truck was loaded with Kinnow fruit packs that were to be delivered in Gujarat. The driver’s escape created suspicion. The police found 785 cartons carrying some popular brands of liquor. More than 5,000 bottles and other packs were seized. The seized liquor was licensed for sale in Punjab only.

 
EDUCATION
 

Competitions on teaching methods
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 18
As many as 52 students from eight different colleges of education affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh participated in various competitions on teaching methods organised at the Rayat Institute of Education, Railmajra, here.

Twenty-four students were awarded prizes. In English teaching— Kamaljit Kaur of Dev Samaj College stood first, Meetu of Government College, Chandigarh, stood second and Sonu Bala of DAV College of Education (Hoshiarpur) third.

In Hindi teaching— Suranjna Chopra of DAV College of Education (Hoshiarpur) won the first prize, Rinshu of Government College, Chandigarh second and Kajal Kumari of Rayat Institute of Education third. In Punjabi teaching— Daljinder Kaur of Dev Samaj College, Chandigarh won the first prize, Reema Jain of Rayat Institute of Education stood second and Jasreen Kaur of Government College, Chandigarh third.

K.S. Bawa of Government College, Chandigarh won the first prize in Social Studies teaching while Riya Junjea of Dev Samaja College, Chandigarh was second and Ramandeep Grewal of Rayat Institute of Education third.

In the on-the-spot preparation of teaching aids in English language, Madhuri of Rayat College of Education of Rail Majra won first prize, Amanpreet Kaur of DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur stood second, Supinderdeep of Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Dasuya secured the third position.

In the same competition in Hindi language, Arti Sharma of Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Dasuya won the first prize while Sonia of the Rayat College of Education, Rail Majra secured the second position, Navneeta Sood of DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur stood third.

While in the Punjab language Kuldeep Singh of DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur won the first prize, Jasjeet Kaur of Rayat College of Education, Rail Majra secured the second position and Gurpreet Dhillon of Government College of Education, Chandigarh stood third.

In preparation of teaching aids for Social Studies, Jyoti of the Rayat Institute of Education, Rail Majra won the first prize while Vijay Singla of the Government College of Education, Chandigarh stood second and Bharat of DAV College of Education, Hoshiarpur stood third.

The chief guest of the function, Dr V.K. Mahajan, Professor of Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh gave away the prizes. In his address, he exhorted the teacher trainees to master the competencies of teaching skills through practice and training and integrate the same with their teaching technique.

 

Striking jobless teachers earn cops’ wrath
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, February 18
Threat by agitating unemployed ETT Teachers Union to gherao Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, during his visit here today earned them the wrath of the police.

About 185 members of the ETT, including women were led by Mr Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, state president of the union. A deputation of members reached Asafwala village to meet the Chief Minister there. The Chief Minister, instead of regular recruitment, promised recruitment by Panchayats. Upon this, deputation raised slogans against the Punjab Government.

Police and security personnel immediately took them into custody. When the remaining members of the union who were waiting at a dharna in the ITI came to know about arrest of their representatives, they started protest march towards the New Grain Market, the venue of the Chief Minister’s public meeting.

Upon this, the police allegedly used force on them.

After his release, in a statement to The Tribune criticised the police action upon the unemployed teachers. He warned that by use of force they would not be cowed down. He declared that their union would stage a fast in front of the Assembly on the commencement of session from February 20.

 

Varsity to establish Amrita Pritam Museum
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 18
Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to establish Amrita Pritam Museum to preserve her belongings, library books, manuscripts, rare books, photographs and paintings. It also decided to bestow life fellowship on noted painter Imroz for his contribution to Punjabi literature and art.

Stating this, Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university said Imroz who was also a lifelong companion of Amrita Pritam, had contacted the university authorities for donating these articles and the Syndicate had already given its concurrence to the proposal.

In addition to museum the university will also organise a national-level seminar on her contribution to Punjabi literature. It also decided to hold Amrita Pritam memorial lecture annually.

 

Course for teachers postponed

Amritsar, February 18
The general orientation course for university and college teachers to be conducted by the Academic Staff College (ASC) of Guru Nanak Dev University has been postponed to March 2.

Earlier, the course was scheduled to begin on February 21. The course will conclude on March 29. — OC

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