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Family of four goes missing, leaves behind suicide note
Jalandhar, March 27
A suicide note found pasted on the wall of a drycleaner’s shop in Hardev Nagar today sent the local police into tizzy. The note bears the signatures of the dry cleaner, his wife and his two children. The police said the family was missing.

Improvement Trust to set up old age home, traffic park
Jalandhar, March 27
The Improvement Trust, Jalandhar, has decided to set up an old age home and allocate land for developing a Children Traffic Park.

One more shot dead in Manila
Kapurthala, March 27
Jagir Singh (58), hailing from Gillan Gahalan village near here, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, said his father, Sarwan Singh, here today. He added that his son had migrated to the Philippines 15 years back. The victim used to work as a financer.


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Education Dept employees not paid for seven months
Jalandhar, March 27
Over two thousand teaching and non-teaching employees of the Education Department across the state have not received salaries for the past seven months.

Special trains for solar eclipse mela
Phagwara, March 27
The Northern Railways would run 10 “Mela Special Trains” to help devotees reach Kurukshetra for a holy dip in the Brahm Sarovar and Sannihit Tank during the solar eclipse fair on March 29.

SAD (A) alleges harassment of Dalits
Jalandhar, March 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann has expressed concern at the “increasing cases of exploitation” of the Dalit community.

Teacher honoured for mobilising youth
Jalandhar, March 27
Mr Surinder Kumar Midda, lecturer from DRV DAV College, Phillaur, has been honoured for organising various activities for mobilising the youth during the recently held state-level Youth Day function organised by the Directorate of Youth Services at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Family of four goes missing, leaves behind suicide note
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
A suicide note found pasted on the wall of a drycleaner’s shop in Hardev Nagar today sent the local police into tizzy. The note bears the signatures of the dry cleaner, his wife and his two children. The police said the family was missing.

The officials are now on the look-out for the four family members, who reportedly left their rented residence in the Surjit Nagar area in the wee hours of this morning.

The suicide note mentions the names of two moneylenders who, it reads, have been “harassing” the family.

The family includes Amrit Lal Verma, his wife Karishma, son Kapil and daughter Sonia.

In the suicide note, 45-year-old Amrit Lal alleges that the family is facing harassment at the hands of one Amarjit Bhatia, a resident of Aman Nagar in Kapurthala, and Jaiswal Sons Financiers Corporation from the Rama Mandi area.

The police said Amrit Lal was paying a rent of Rs 1,600 per month for his shop. The owner of the shop, Pritpal Singh, found this step by the family “surprising”. He said Amrit Lal was running his business smoothly from the shop for the past two years. “He opened the shop yesterday too.”

According to the SHO, Mr Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu, the dry cleaner’s brother, Dr Jagdish Verma, a BAMS doctor in Lamba village, had also approached the police.

Mr Sandhu said Amrit Lal had written in the suicide note that he had taken a loan of Rs 90,000 from Amarjit Bhatia. However, Amarjit Bhatia denied ever having given any loan to Amrit Lal, though he claimed that the latter used to be his tenant five years back and was yet to pay some of the rent, the SHO added.

Amarjit Bhatia claimed he had never asked his former tenant to pay up the remaining amount.

The note also states that Jaiswal Sons Financial Corporation was harassing Amrit Lal for an amount of Rs 30,000 which he had once taken as loan.

But the company told the police that they had only lent Rs 3,000 to Amrit Lal, and that, too, had been repaid. 

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Improvement Trust to set up old age home, traffic park
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
The Improvement Trust, Jalandhar, has decided to set up an old age home and allocate land for developing a Children Traffic Park.

Stating this in a press conference, Mr Tajinder Singh Bittu, Chairman of the trust, said that since there was no traffic park in Jalandhar to impart knowledge about traffic signals to the children, the Improvement Trust had proposed to allocate land for the purpose in Guru Amar Dass Nagar behind Milk Plant.

Mr Bittu said that a five-acre land of the trust, just 100 metre away from the GT Road falling in the no-construction zone, had been lying vacant.

He added that this land had been encroached upon by dhabawalas and other vendors.

Mr Bittu said that he had recently got the area cleared off all encroachments and sent the proposal to IG (Traffic). He said that he had learnt that the park would be constructed with the support of Punjab National Bank.

Regarding the old age home, Mr Bittu said it would come up in a 3-acre land in Surya Enclave, a colony where the trust has constructed flats.

He said the home would have inmates from all sections of society. There would be a block for poor old people who would be given shelter free of cost, he said, adding that a ward would also be constructed for senior citizens from mediocre families.

In addition, he said there would be another block for old and abandoned, yet financially well off senior citizens, who would get a separate room with a pantry, cupboards, a telephone and a television set.

He said, “Since Doaba has many persons who have shifted abroad leaving their old parents behind, the project has got a good response wherever I have discussed it. We also plan to make provisions for indoor games, yoga and meditation in the home, so that the senior citizens can remain occupied.”

The trust chairman said that it had been pointed to him that the trust had set up temple or community hall in Surya Enclave.

He said that it was then that he decided not to go ahead with any religious centre and instead set up an old age home.

He added that he had asked various social clubs like Rotary, Lions and Jaycees to come up set up their offices in the area from where they could hold medical camps for inmates, besides other social activities.

The trust head further said that the two housing schemes recently started by it had got a good response.

“There have been 465 applicants for 40 HIG six-storey flats under Shree Ram Vatika Scheme that closed on Saturday. The trust has got a collection of Rs 13.5 crore from the earnest money,” he revealed.

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One more shot dead in Manila
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, March 27
Jagir Singh (58), hailing from Gillan Gahalan village near here, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, said his father, Sarwan Singh, here today. He added that his son had migrated to the Philippines 15 years back. The victim used to work as a financer.

Sarwan Singh said his son was returning home after recovering money from his clients on a two-wheeler when the assailants shot at him. The assailants then snatched the money he was carrying and fled from the spot. Jagir Singh succumbed to the injures sometime later, his father said.

Today’s murder comes a day after a similar incident in which another financer, a native of Kala Sanghia, was killed in Manila. With this incident, the toll of persons from the Kapurthala district and its surrounding areas shot dead in Manila this year has climbed to five. 

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Education Dept employees not paid for seven months
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
Over two thousand teaching and non-teaching employees of the Education Department across the state have not received salaries for the past seven months.

They are employed in Government High Schools that were upgraded from the middle level in the years 2000 and 2001.

The employees, who include teachers, clerks and Class IV employees, alleged that they were shifted under a planned scheme for which no payment was being sent by the DPI (Secondary) office in Chandigarh. They said that nearly 20 schools of Jalandhar district were upgraded during that period. These schools include the ones in Kot Sadiq, Kot Kalan, Suchi Pind and Buta Mandi.

Giving a representation on behalf of the entire staff, Mr Ranjit Singh, president of the Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association, claimed that the members of the association had repeatedly appealed to the officials of DPI (Secondary), but to no avail.

He added that the employees had last received the payment till June 2005. “Most of us are borrowing money from our relatives and friends so that we can run our households,” he said.

Mr Kulwinder Singh, general secretary, said that he had learnt that the department had yesterday released Rs 15 lakh for salaries of the employees under the scheme. But, he claimed that the amount was insufficient, as this would hardly be able to meet the salary requirements of the employees for one month.

The department must release Rs 70 lakh, so that the employees could get their dues that had been pending for the past seven months, he added.

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Special trains for solar eclipse mela
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, March 27
The Northern Railways would run 10 “Mela Special Trains” to help devotees reach Kurukshetra for a holy dip in the Brahm Sarovar and Sannihit Tank during the solar eclipse fair on March 29.

This was stated by Mr Dharam Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepore Division, here today.

He said the schedule of the special trains had been finalised.

Apart from the special trains, other trains, except Shatabdi Express, passing through Kurukshetra, would halt at the railway station to facilitate the pilgrims.

Nearly 12 lakh pilgrims from different parts of the country and abroad are expected to reach the fair.

The DRM further disclosed that the much-awaited rail section between Jammu and Katra would be completed by the end of next year for pilgrims going to Vaishno Devi.

“The 25-km long rail stretch on the Udhampur-Katra section would also be completed by next year,” the DRM added.

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SAD (A) alleges harassment of Dalits
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann has expressed concern at the “increasing cases of exploitation” of the Dalit community.

Addressing mediapersons here today, SAD (A) leader, Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu, said the party had written to the National Scheduled Caste Commission over the alleged harassment being faced by the Dalits in the country, particularly in Punjab. The letter has demanded that the Dalits of the state must be protected.

The party has also demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident where a Dalit youth was shot at in Tanda area of Hoshiarpur by alleged henchmen of a liquor baron on October 17, 2005. 

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Teacher honoured for mobilising youth
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
Mr Surinder Kumar Midda, lecturer from DRV DAV College, Phillaur, has been honoured for organising various activities for mobilising the youth during the recently held state-level Youth Day function organised by the Directorate of Youth Services at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Mr Midda has been organising NSS camps, youth leadership camps, national hiking training camps, teachers’ training camps, blood donation camps, workshops and seminars on topics related to the youth for the past 14 years.

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