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Two of the bank robbers killed, says police
Jalandhar, March 9
The police today confirmed that the two persons killed in an encounter on the Haridwar-Dehradun border yesterday were those accused in the Rs 1.56 lakh robbery from the Centurion Bank of Punjab on March 1.

City residents told to submit details
of tenants, domestic helps

The Jalandhar police has issued instructions that house owners in the city must submit to it details of persons staying as tenants on their premises. This also includes submitting information about the domestic helps working in various households.

MP demands transfer of RCF General Manager
Kapurthala, March 9
The Jalandhar MP, Rana Gurjit Singh, today demanded the transfer of the General Manager of the Rail Coach Factory, Mr Yashpal Gupta. He said Mr Gupta was “creating panic among the factory workers”. In a letter to the Union Railway Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, the MP said the atmosphere in the factory was not conducive and the workers were under pressure.




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PTU’s B.Tech students want new rule revoked
Jalandhar, March 9
Representatives of B.Tech (final semester) students from various colleges affiliated to the Punjab Technical University met the university authorities here today, demanding the rollback of a new academic rule.

Principals’ meet
Jalandhar, March 9
The Association of College Principals , Guru Nanak Dev University, is agitated over the “lackadaisical attitude” of the state government towards non-government aided colleges.

Two held on charges of car theft
Jalandhar, March 9
The local police today arrested two residents of Amritsar who it claimed were members of car thieves’ gang active in many neighbouring states and also recovered two Indica cars allegedly stolen by them.

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Two of the bank robbers killed, says police
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 9
The police today confirmed that the two persons killed in an encounter on the Haridwar-Dehradun border yesterday were those accused in the Rs 1.56 lakh robbery from the Centurion Bank of Punjab on March 1.

A special team sent by the district police to ascertain the identity of those killed has said that Mohan Singh Rana and Bawa were dead.

The deceased were residents of Dehradun. Though Mohit’s father used to work with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) in Jalandhar, after retirement five years back, he had returned to Dehradun, the SP (City I), Dr Surinder Singh Kalia, said.

The police is now searching for the Phagwara resident, whose taxi the robbers used to commit the crime. The taxi driver went missing a few days before the bank robbery.

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City residents told to submit details of tenants,
domestic helps

The Jalandhar police has issued instructions that house owners in the city must submit to it details of persons staying as tenants on their premises. This also includes submitting information about the domestic helps working in various households.

The instructions, the police said, were linked to the arrest of a city resident, Kanwaljit Kaur, in whose house the accused in the bank robbery case were staying as tenants. The landlady was arrested under Section 188 of the IPC for failing to inform the police about the accused.

Talking to The Tribune, the SP City (I), Dr Surinder Kumar Kalia, said landlords renting a portion of their house or keeping domestic servants must inform the police about the persons “under all circumstances”.

He said that failure to comply with the instructions might lead the landlords to face legal action.

The SP said the resident of Kalia Colony had failed to inform the police about the accused, despite orders of the District Magistrate in this regard.

Kanwaljit Kaur, a widow, had rented her house to Mohan Singh Rana, one of the accused in the bank robbery case, who was reportedly killed in a police encounter yesterday.

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MP demands transfer of RCF General Manager
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, March 9
The Jalandhar MP, Rana Gurjit Singh, today demanded the transfer of the General Manager of the Rail Coach Factory, Mr Yashpal Gupta. He said Mr Gupta was “creating panic among the factory workers”.

In a letter to the Union Railway Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, the MP said the atmosphere in the factory was not conducive and the workers were under pressure. “They are frightened and panicky because of the adamant behavior of Mr Gupta.”

The letter added that the RCF General Manager was “not giving any recognition to the elected members of the Staff Council and was refusing to listen to the workers’ demands”.

Rana Gurjit Singh appreciated the workers in producing more than double of the target fixed by the Railway Board with 80 per cent of the total sanctioned strength. The MP also mentioned that a Staff Council member, Ram Rattan Singh, was dismissed from duty on “flimsy grounds”.

Meanwhile, the factory workers are agitated over the proposal in Railway Budget that RCF be declared a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU). The RCF union leaders alleged that it was a step towards the privatisation of the factory. To register their resentment, the workers held a gate rally here this evening.

The leaders alleged that even though RCF’s former General Manager, Mr V.P. Ojha, had cautioned the Rail Ministry against the privatisation of the factory in an article published in the “Rail Transport Journal” in October 2000, the present management had pleaded the ministry to convert the factory into a PSU.

They claimed that Mr Ojha had pointed out in the article that Indian Railways expected a return of at least 10 per cent from its remaining investment of Rs 890 crore into the factory at that time.

The article, they further claimed, had said that the cost of coaches manufactured at RCF would be loaded by an additional expenditure and that the cost of production of 1190 coaches during 2000-2001 could shoot up from about Rs 600 crore to Rs 1045 crore in case the factory was privatised.

The union leaders said the Railway Minister and all the MPs from the state, including Mr Charanjeet Singh Atwal, Lok Sabha’s Deputy Speaker, had been apprised of the workers’ sentiments on this issue.

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PTU’s B.Tech students want new rule revoked
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 9
Representatives of B.Tech (final semester) students from various colleges affiliated to the Punjab Technical University met the university authorities here today, demanding the rollback of a new academic rule.

The students alleged that through notices dated March 7 (pasted on the boards in various colleges), the university had declared that from the forthcoming semester examinations, students would not be allowed to appear in exams in more than 10 subjects.

They rued that those students who had just two months left to complete their entire course, too, had been asked to follow the new rule.

The B.Tech students said that most of them had six courses for the current session, and were yet to clear five to six other courses from previous semesters.

They complained that in case they were not allowed to appear for examinations of 11 or more courses in this semester, they would be forced to wait for another six months.

The students rued that the new rule could have been applicable to fresh students. “But for students of the final semester, it has come as a big shock,” they added.

“No one ever asked us for an option, as has been happening earlier, and we were simply informed about the new rule two days back,” they said.

The students said the university authorities told them that the rule had become applicable from February 22. “The Vice-Chancellor did not give us a certain reply. He did not seem to be conclusive about the implementation of the rule,” some of the students’ representatives said.

They said the meeting with the university authorities was peaceful, but in case the rule was not withdrawn, they would be forced to go on a strike.

Dr S.K. Salwan, PTU’s Vice-Chancellor, said the university had earlier told the students that in case their lectures fell short, they would not be allowed to enroll themselves for the next semester. “But on their repeated requests, they were allowed to join the next class.”

He said that when the university tried to be strict with the students in the current session, it was felt that colleges were siding with the students by forging their attendances and claiming that extra classes in the evening were conducted for those students whose attendance had fallen short.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the university felt that in one semester, classes could not be held for more than 10 courses by any means, and “thus the new rule had to be implemented”.

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Principals’ meet
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 9
The Association of College Principals , Guru Nanak Dev University, is agitated over the “lackadaisical attitude” of the state government towards non-government aided colleges.

Stating this in a press conference at Doaba College here today, Dr R.P. Bhardwaj, president of the association, said that the association members had unanimously resolved to take up the issues, including that of the non-payment of grants, with the state government so that the colleges could function smoothly.

The principals said that since all Plus One and Plus Two classes had been shifted to schools, the government was considering the posts of teachers for those classes to be surplus.

They demanded that since many new courses were being introduced in the colleges in every session, the government must allow the conversion of the posts of surplus senior secondary teachers to the posts of additional staff employed for new subjects.

Dr Bhardwaj said the colleges were reeling under financial crisis as their 95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme had been steadily going awry.

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Two held on charges of car theft
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 9
The local police today arrested two residents of Amritsar who it claimed were members of car thieves’ gang active in many neighbouring states and also recovered two Indica cars allegedly stolen by them.

Rupinder Singh and Mahinder Singh Tinku were held outside the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here.

The SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, claimed that the accused had confessed to have stolen eight vehicles, out of which two were stolen from outside the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium and three others from outside Victoria Garden.

Two cars, the SSP claimed, were stolen from Ferozepore Road, Ludhiana, and one from the Amritsar Railway Station.

The duo have been booked under Section 379 of the IPC.

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