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Overflowing canal water damages crops
Our Correspondent

Abohar, March 28
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had turned down a request for giving canal water to Rajasthan pleading that Punjab had no surplus water for the neighbours. But here at Bahawalbassi village, 6 km from the subdivisional town, the farmers have been crying for reducing the flow of water in the canal as the overflowing water has started entering their village.

Mr Sukhminder Singh and other residents of the village told reporters this evening that they had through written complaints drawn the attention of the Department of Irrigation and civil administration that excess water had started heading towards the village on Sunday but none of the officials concerned had taken any remedial measure so far.

The surplus water was diverted to the cattle pond but it endangered the houses in the surrounding area. Two houses were partly damaged and the boundary wall of another house was likely to collapse.

Crops in the area located in between the sub-canal and the village had been damaged. Wire fencing around the fields collapsed. Water had damaged a road used by hundreds of farmers and their families for years together.

Residents said it had not happened for the first time. The supply of water was not properly monitored. The Irrigation Department had lot of funds for the maintenance of the sub-canals but the money was perhaps misappropriated.

The condition of some of the sub-canals/distributories was very poor, the farmers said. It would have been better to spare canal water for the neighbouring Sriganganagar area, having substantial population of Punjabi farmers, than to waste here, they added.

The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Sriganganagar, had also urged the Punjab Chief Minister not to curtail the supply of canal water for a fortnight.


Strong winds, rain dash hopes of rich harvest
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 28
Inclement weather has taken a heavy toll on the wheat crop in the region and the farmers apprehend that it would push them deeper in the debt trap. Last evening’s rain accompanied with strong winds has only added to their woes.

Talking to The Tribune, Jodh Singh, 85-year-old farmer from Gillpatti village, said unexpected spells of rain this month had washed away all their hopes of reaping a rich harvest. “We could not stand these huge financial losses until the state government extends a helping hand towards us, as we are already debt-ridden,” he lamented.

Paramjeet Singh, another farmer from Bhokhra village, said he took 15 acres of land on lease at Rs 16,000 per acre. “I was looking forward to earning some profit this season, but now I don’t think I would even be able to pay up the lease amount,” he averred. He said earlier too he had taken a loan which was yet to be repaid.

A majority of farmers rued that their crop was flattened by strong winds and rain at a time when it was on the verge of maturity and the harvesting process was about to begin in a week.

Santa Singh of Nehiawala village said though he had cultivated a late-sown variety, he had suffered about 40 per cent losses. Similarly, Kulwant Singh, Gursewak Singh and Gurbinder Singh, who had sown wheat on the land of a dera, too fear huge losses to their crop.

Sources said while Bathinda subdivision received 5 mm of rainfall, it was 3 mm each in Rampura Phul and Talwandi Sabo. Reports of light hailstorm were received from some villages in Talwandi Sabo block.

The Chief Agricultural Officer, Mr P.S. Aulakh, said the crop irrigated just prior to the rainfall would suffer more damage. BKU (Ekta) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said the government should immediately order a special girdawri and pay adequate compensation to the farmers whose crop had suffered damage.


Badal seeks aid for rain-hit farmers
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 28
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today demanded a special girdawari for the wheat crop damaged in yesterday’s rain.

The SAD supremo said Punjab’s farmers were passing through a difficult phase and they were not being given remunerative prices of their agricultural produce. He said the rain had damaged their crop at a crucial stage when they were about to start harvesting.

The farmers could not bear the losses and only government aid could help them recover. He said it was imperative for the state government to give appropriate compensation to the farmers after proper assessment of their losses, Mr Badal said.

Earlier, addressing a gathering at MSD School, he alleged that the Congress had always exploited Dalits and did nothing for their welfare. He claimed that whenever his party came to power they had started new schemes for the welfare of Dalits.


Tohra loyalist removed from SGPC-run school body
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 28
With the expulsion of Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, a former Akali minister, from the management committee of Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary School by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president, who is also chairman of the committee, has completed the ‘witch-hunt’ of ‘Tohra loyalists’.

The decision to remove Mr Grewal from the committee was reportedly taken at a meeting of the school management where Mr Grewal, who belonged to late Gurcharan Singh Tohra faction of the Shiromani Akali Dal had an alleged war of words with the SGPC president over the division of the school teachers and management into two groups. It is learnt that the SGPC chief had sought permission of SAD chief, Parkash Singh Badal before removing him from the school management.

Earlier, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, another former Akali minister of the Tohra faction was cornered by the Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal when he had appreciated Ms Sonia Gandhi for appointing Dr Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister. Mr Calcutta had stated that with this decision her (Ms Sonia’s) stature had grown ‘larger than life’ that earned wrath of the SAD chief.

Both Mr Calcutta and Mr Grewal were architects of the ‘Tohra -Badal’ unity that led to the merger of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (led by Mr Tohra). Both former Akali ministers had antagonised leaders of their own faction for forging unity.

Another “Tohra loyalist”, Mr Harinderpal Singh Delhi, an SGPC member, was also ignored while re-constituting the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), New Delhi unit. This has sent a message to the leaders of the erstwhile Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) which was merged with the SAD (Badal) after the “Tohra-Badal” unity that only those “Tohra loyalists” would be accommodated who accepted hegemony of Mr Badal.

Mr Harwinder Singh Sarna president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee ,Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president SAD (Delhi) and Mr Karnail Singh Panjoli had already said goodbye to the Badal faction when Mr Tohra was alive. Mr Harminder Singh Gill, then president of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, who was also Tohra’s confidant, had to desert the Badal Akali Dal and joined the Punjab Pradesh Congress when he was not accommodated properly by the party high command.

Mr Calcutta was removed unceremoniously as the SGPC secretary and again ignored during the annual election of the Shiromani Committee. Similarly, good proportion of the Political Affairs Committee members were committed to the Tohra faction at the time of the merger of SHSAD/SAD. However, their (Tohra factions) number had been reduced even as Mr Prem Singh Lalpura had left the party. With the ouster of Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, post of general secretary of the SAD was not given to this faction, which feels alienated from the mainstream Badal Akali Dal. Mr Surjit Singh Kohli, was ignored while nominating district president of the Patiala Jatha.

Though Mr Heera Singh Gabria, of Tohra faction is heading the Ludhiana Akali Jatha but he is not taken into confidence while taking important decisions by the party. It is learnt that Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Mr G.S. Dhillon and the SGPC Chief have aligned against the ‘Tohra faction’ in Ludhiana district. The SGPC-Chief has also used strong words against Mr Harbir Singh Bhanear, a former media Adviser a and Tohra loyalist today.


Durgiana Temple committee replaced
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 28
The Durgiana Management Committee (DMC) was taken over forcibly by a joint committee comprising members of the Congress, the BJP and other organisations of the Hindus here today.

The committee was constituted after a controversy over the breaking of locks of ‘toshakhana’ allegedly by the previous management led by Mr Surinder Arjun. However, Mr Arjun had claimed that the locks were broken by the National Security Guard (NSG) deputed here to provide security to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit last week.

Spearheading the campaign to oust Mr Arjun from the post, Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Darbari Lal, took the initiative to host a joint meeting of various political parties and Hindus’ organisation which decided to remove Mr Arjun from the post.

According to sources, differences had cropped up between Mr Darbari Lal and Mr Arjun over the functioning of the temple committee for the past few days. The Deputy Speaker was not happy the way the locks of the ‘toshakhana’ were broken.

Earlier, the Congress supported management led by Mr Arjun had taken over control of the DMC in 2002 from the BJP-led management. A year later he had declared that ‘toshakhana’ (where precious articles, including gold jewellery, are kept) of the ancient Durgiana temple, which was sealed by the local administration after the pro-Congress committee took over, would be opened in the presence of the ‘sangat’ (devotees) shortly.

To give a jolt to the Congress two months ago, Mr Arjun had resigned from the post of secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (intellectuals cell) in protest against the ‘non-cooperation’ of his party in temple affairs.

The newly elected president of the committee, Mr Harnam Dass Arora, told reporters that he would try his best to undo the wrongs done by the previous committee and work for the development of temple by taking all members of the committee into confidence.

Other office-bearers of the committee are vice-president — Mr Subash Mahajan, Mr Ram Gopal Mehra, Mr Pyara Lal Seth, Mr Om Parkash Kalia, Mr P. N. Arora and Mr Santosh Gupta, general secretary — Mr Sat Pal Mahajan, secretary — Mr Mahesh Khanna, joint secretary — Mr Harish Taneja and finance secretary — Mr Ramesh Sharma.


Blend modern, traditional systems of medicine: Charles
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 28
Toying with the possibility of future collaboration, Prince Charles today asked the Director of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here to work towards the integration of the modern system of medicine with traditional systems.

Prof K.K. Bhutani, Head of the Department of Natural Products and Dean, said the institute would be providing inputs to the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health to identify areas of complementary interest.

The Prince along with his wife Camilla Parker were at the Central Government institute this afternoon, their last destination before their two-day trip to Punjab came to an end.

Arriving almost an hour late, the Prince, accompanied by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, Ms Preneet Kaur and the Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, first visited the laboratory facilities of the Department of Natural Products where plants are processed for the extraction of medicines.

Known to be an alternative medicine enthusiast, the Prince wanted to know how the institute was standardising herbal medicines. Alternative medicine therapies always faced the challenge of validation and this was one of the key areas which NIPER was working on, the Prince was told. "We are not just testing herbal medicines for their efficacy, purity and safety but also standardising the processes involved in their formulations," explained Professor Bhutani.

The royal couple was then taken around the Medicinal Plants Garden of the institute. "The Prince took keen interest in various plants and herbs. He asked about the efficacy of the plants shown to him," said Dr Bhutani, adding that the garden housed over 500 medicinal plants almost 100 of which were shown to the Prince.

A keen advocate of complementary therapies, the Prince seemed to have had a lot to say to the institute Director, Prof Rama Rao. "He said there was a need to use allopathy along with other treatment and alternative forms of medicine," said Professor Rao.

The royal couple also planted two Ashoka plants at the entrance of the Medicinal Plants Garden and released a book, "Description of Medicinal Plants in NIPER Medicinal Plants Garden", the cover of which they both signed for the institute.

"The link that has been established today will be followed up and we are sure that this will lead to formal collaboration later," said Professor Rao.

The royal couple also showed a lot of interest in an exhibition on the changing "Facets of Natural Product Research: Herbal Medicinal Products". Prince Charles said ayurveda was an interesting system of medicine on which one had to work hard to learn, said Dr Madan Gulati, Deputy Director, Aayush, Punjab, who was also present.

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker was presented with samples of natural products based on plants like neem, tulsi, aloe vera, amla and arjun.


Royal couple visit Qila Mubarak
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 28
Prince Charles and his wife Camela Parker Bowles today visited Qila Mubarak - the official residence of Baba Ala Singh, founder of Patiala state - and offered tributes at his “dhooni” (flame). It was perhaps the first visit by any member of the British monarchy to Qila Mubarak.

The royal couple, who were accompanied by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his wife and MP Preneet Kaur, took keen interest in the history of Qila Mubarak, whose foundation was laid on February 12, 1764.

The chief minister took the royal couple to various parts of the fort. The couple particularly felt glad by seeing the painting chamber of the fort - that has a number of paintings depicting the themes of Ramayana, Mahabharta, Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta, Baramasas and various Ragas and Raginis - and Sheesh Mahal where the Rajasthani miniature work amazed them. Both appreciated the aesthetically built Qila Mubarak.

The Prince of Wales and his wife were given “siropas” (robe of honour). However, the royal host of the couple faced embarrassing moment when a section of shopkeepers, whose premises were located in those markets from which the Prince of Wales along with his wife was to travel to reach Qila Mubarak, raised slogans against the Punjab Government for not fulfilling the promises made with the traders on the eve of the last Assembly elections.

Mr Nirmal Dass Malhotra and Mr Gurcharan Singh Malik, president and senior vice-president of the Patiala Beopar Mandal, said the protest got a huge response and most of the shopkeepers kept their shutters down when Prince Charles along with others passed from that area despite the fact that local Congress leaders pressurised the shopkeepers to open up their business establishments.

They claimed that the protest had sent a strong message to the government that it would have to fulfil its promises including the abolition of octroi and removal of sale tax barriers.

Meanwhile, heavy security arrangements were made inside and outside the fort. After the visit, the Prince Charles and his wife left for Anandpur Sahib.


Royal couple visit Kesgarh Sahib
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, March 28
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker, paid obeisance at Gurdwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib on the second day of their visit to Punjab here today. Jathedar Tarlochan Singh honoured the Prince and Camilla by presenting “siropas” to them. Prince Charles was also presented with a kirpan and a set of books on Sikh history.

The Prince accompanied by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, his wife, Preneet Kaur, MP, and PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa, reached here about an hour late than the scheduled time of 12.30 p.m.

The Royal couple watched martial art performances by Nihang Singhs of the Baba Nihal Singh Haryanawala group and students of the Miri Piri Academy, Chheharta, Amritsar.

The main attraction was sword fighting skills displayed by a five-year-old Nihang Singh, Gurbax Singh. The impressed Camilla specially walked up to meet Gurbax Singh and to congratulate him for his performance.

Thereafter the Prince and Camilla visited the site of the Khalsa Heritage Complex (KHC). They were briefed about the project by senior officials.


‘Phulkaris’, ‘juttis’ impress Danes
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, March 28
Internationally known sports-cultural group-the National Danish Performance Team (NDPT) from Denmark is so impressed with cultural heritage of Punjab that the team has decided to act as a ‘cultural ambassador’ of Punjab’s traditions during its forthcoming world tour.

Danish performers recently concluded their weeklong Punjab tour on the invitation of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council Director, Mr Davinder Singh Chhina. They had enthralled school children, students and spectators at four “Punjab international festivals,” organised by the PCPC at Ludhiana Amritsar, Phillaur and Bathinda.”

The NDPT was formed in 1993 by the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI) to create awareness about Danish traditions abroad through performances of gymnastics, rhythmic sequences, dance and advanced tumbling. The team fosters understanding between various cultures of the world

The team’s objective is to show how sport on a high-level can be played in a non-competitive way, said NDPT team manager Johannes Bjerse and DGI official Ms Brigittee Neilson.

Tour manager for Danish troupe ,Mr Morten Louring, is overwhelmed with the response of Punjabis to the 33-member strong delegation. The team is on a mission of ‘universal message of love and friendship’ and is all praise for the cooperation and love extended by Punjabis.

Team members Ms Carina, Ms Signe, Ms Rikhe, Ms Lena , Ms Marie and Ms Trine said in an interview that they had learnt ‘Bhangra’ steps and ‘Gidha’ and they would like to incorporate them in their future performances.

Coaches of the Danish team Christian and Heidi termed the ‘Golden Temple’ as the most spiritual place of the world. They were so excited to see such a holy place.

Mr Tarben, Mr Kasper, Mr Jacob and Mr Andreas were quite impressed with Gatka display which they saw during the Punjab International Sports and Cultural Festival at Ludhiana organised at Partap College of Education.

The NDPT team is all praise for the hospitality extended to it at Partap College of Education and termed their interaction with students of that college as wonderful and lifetime experience.

Danish troupe also praised the Punjabi souvenirs and traditional articles which they received as special presents from various dignitaries. Rural folk life of Punjab, Punjabi words like Sat Sri Akal, Punjabi juttis and phulkaris and the colourful photographs of the Golden Temple has left a lasting impression on the mind of the Danish team.


Judge assault case: ‘chakka jam’ by PRTC workers
Our Correspondent

Barnala, March 28
A tug of war has started between Judiciary and the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) workers union over the assault issue on Additional Sessions Judge Bua Jee Sansi. Mr Jaspal Singh held in the assault case is the state president of the PRTC’s INTEC union. The PRTC workers union came in the support of its leader.

The union today organised chakka jam at the bus stand here and prevented buses from coming in and moving out from the bus stand for three hours in the afternoon. According to PRTC local union president Kulwinder Singh the police had acted on the dictates of judiciary.

Succumbing to pressure by the Bar Association and the district judiciary the police here added Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC in the FIR. The original FIR contains only Sections 323 and 406 of the IPC.

The union leader met SSP G. Nageshwar Rao today to protest against the distortion of the facts as on the dictates of the Additional Sessions Judge and added Section 307 of the IPC. The leaders demanded roll back of attempt to murder clause in this case.

Mr Jaspal Singh told reporters it was a traffic issue. On Saturday night when he alon with his brother was going at the court chowk. Mr B.J. Sansi’s son, Puneet, who was driving behind a car, demanded passage. When he overtook his car, Puneet abused him. Following the abuse he could not control anger and the incident happened.

On the other hand the Bar Association observed strike on the second day to put pressure on the police, get Section 307 of the IPC added to the FIR against the attacker.


India, Pak keen on buses to Katasraj
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 28
India and Pakistan are keen on launching more buses to Katasraj, ancient Hindu temple and Panja Sahib in Pakistan and Ajmer Sharif, holy place for Muslims in India, to strengthen friendship .

This was disclosed by Indian and Pakistani officials after the inaugural Nankana Sahib - Amritsar bus of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation which reached here today. The bus brought 10 media persons, seven Pakistani nationals and 14 officials. The bus was received by Mr Mohinder Singh KayPee, Punjab Transport Minister, Mr A.R.Talwar, Mr Narinderjit Singh - Secretary and Director Transport, Punjab respectively, Mr Kirandip Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Raj Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Sunil Dutti, Mayor Municipal Corporation and Mr R.P.S.Brar, District police chief, at Wagah Joint Check Post .

The Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus was flagged off on March 24 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Mr KayPee at Wagah described the arrival of bus from Nankana Sahib as historic event. He said the state government would recommend to open a visa centre at Amritsar Wagah on the demand of people. Similarly, the Government of Pakistan is likely to take similar steps to make the Amritsar Nankana Bus service viable and meaningful.

The Pakistan’s Additional Secretary, Ministry of Communication (Pakistan) said that the bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib would go a long way to strengthen emotional ties, apart from fulfilling the Ardas of the Sikh community who wanted free access to Nankana Sahib and other Sikh shrines in Pakistan.


XEN charged with flouting rules
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 28
The Amritsar Cooperative Labour and Construction Union Ltd (ACLCUL) has charged the Executive Engineer, Upper Bari Doab Canal, Amritsar, Mr S.K. Singhal, with flouting rules framed by the Punjab Government by allotting work to his own agencies.

Disclosing this to the mediapersons here today Mr Dharam Singh, chairman of ACLCUL, said the Executive Engineer had tried to allot the tender to his own agencies but due to the voice raised by local contractors the tenders were postponed to March 30.

Demanding that all development work of the district must be allotted to cooperative societies, Mr Dharam Singh said action should be taken against the XEN for mismanagement and wrong doings.

Mr Singhal said earlier too these contractors had tried to obstruct the proceedings of the department.


45-year bar for law licence challenged in HC
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
A Patiala resident, Mr Manmohan Singh, has challenged the recently introduced clause in the Advocates Act, which bars anybody over the age of 45 years from applying for a licence to practice law.

In his writ filed through advocates Dharam Pal Roparwale and Naresh Kaushal, Mr Manmohan Singh, who is a former Deputy Secretary, Punjab State Electricity Board, has dubbed the amendment incorporated by the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council and approved by the Bar Council of India as unconstitutional, illegal, unlawful and against the law of natural justice.

He has prayed that the rule be quashed.

As reported first by The Tribune, the elected representatives of the legal fraternity, who constitute the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council, had taken a decision to bar qualified law graduates, who have crossed the age of 45 years, from getting an advocate licence. However, retired Judges, judicial officers and those who had a licence earlier and had given it up to take up some other career had been kept out of the ambit of the new rule.

So far, anybody who had a law degree and met some basic criterion laid down under the Advocates Act, could apply for and get a licence.

Later, the Bar Council of India (BCI) had also approved the new rule. Not only this, it had even urged the Bar Councils of other states "to take necessary action similar to the one taken by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in respect of fixing particular age limit for enrollment as advocates".

In his petition, Mr Manmohan Singh, who is a law graduate, has stated that the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and the BCI have no power to amend the Advocates Act. He has also stated that earlier in 1995, a similar rule formulated by the BCI had been struck down by the Supreme Court.

Setting aside the rule introduced by the BCI in 1993-94, the Supreme Court had held that the rule, which barred entry of persons, who had completed the age of 45 years, was discriminatory, unreasonable and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution as also Sections 24 and 49 of the Advocates Act, 1961.

The Supreme Court had also held that there was no material with the BCI to show that persons above 45 years of age brought disrepute to the profession or used their past contacts to canvass for cases.

Today, the writ came before the Division Bench of Mr Justice A.K. Goel and and Mr Justice Uma Nath Singh for hearing. After hearing the petitioner's counsel, the Bench issued notice of motion to the respondents for May 1.

The respondents named in the petition are the Department of Law, Justice and Home Affairs, Government of India, the BCI and the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.


Medicos attacked, 3 students held
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 28
Two students of the local Government Medical College suffered serious injuries when they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons by some students of the BDS course in the office of Dr Subash Kaushal, head, Department of Anatomy, this morning.

The police arrested three students immediately after the incident. Another accused, who suffered injuries, has been admitted to Rajindra Hospital.

Police sources said the victims had also been hospitalised and their condition was stated to be out of danger. A case against four students of the BDS course and two unidentified persons had been registered under sections 307, 324, 506, 148, 149 and 120-B of the IPC.

They said a few days ago, a scuffle had taken place between Shivjit Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both MBBS students. Today, they were called by Dr Kaushal in her office to explain the reason for the scuffle.


Son kills father
Our correspondent

Hoshiarpur, March 28
A son killed his father at Dhade Katwal village in this district yesterday.

According to police sources, Balwant Singh a son of Ram Singh, had a dispute with his wife, Maya Devi, since long. Yesterday morning, Ram Singh started beating up his wife at about 6 am. On listening the hue and cry Ram Singh went to Balwant Singh to stop him from beating up Maya Devi. The annoyed son assaulted his father with an iron rod due to which he was seriously wounded. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Hazipur, where he died.


Exams get under way at S.R. College amid security
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, March 28
The final examinations of graduation classes got underway amid tight security at S.R. Government College for women. As many as 95 students could not take exams as they had been denied roll numbers by the college management.

The ruckus was created yesterday on the college campus when the students lodged a strong protest against the move of the Principal Ms Jasmeet Nayyar, to not give them their roll numbers without assigning any reason. The students indulged in hooliganism by pelting stones. The police was called to control the situation.

However, Ms Nayyar said bedlam was created by those students who were not issued the roll numbers as they had not secured even 25 per cent numbers in the college examinations as per guidelines and calendar of Guru Nanak Dev University.

The civil line police remained at the college gates today and allowed only students who were carrying roll numbers.

Talking to this correspondent the students alleged that several students had been earler restrained by the college, were allowed to sit in examinations today for reasons best known to the college. They said earlier the list contained names of 149 students. But it was reduced to 95 within two days.

The parents and students resented the alleged dictatorial attitude of the college authorities. They said they would write to authorities concerned in this regard. They said the university authorities had informed them that all roll numbers had been dispatched to the college.

Ms Nayyar said students were given grace marks after which some of them were left out of the list and issued roll numbers. She added that the process was done under university regulations. She said about 11 students had gone to court, but their applications were rejected, she claimed.


Students indulge in cheating
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, March 28
Students of BA (III), who were appearing for the examination in the afternoon session, reportedly indulged in cheating. According to information, students did not stop when the invigilators caught them. Instead it is reported that they walked out along with their answer sheets.

Thereafter, it is learnt that they opened their textbooks and wrote the paper for nearly an hour outside the examination centre. Subsequently, the college staff urged them to come in the examination hall. Following this, the students openly used guides and books to cheat.


Way cleared for law college at Sidhwan Khurd

Chandigarh, March 28
Following inspection by the Panjab University team on March 19 and the subsequent approval by the Department of Higher Education, Punjab, the way has been cleared for a law college for girls at Sidhwan Khurd near Ludhiana.

According to the secretary of the Sri Guru Hargobind Ujagar Hari Trust, Mr Kirpal Singh Bhattal, a team of the Bar Council of India will inspect the premises shortly which will be followed by the visit of a PU team for finalising the affiliation. — TNS

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