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Khalsa College to be set up 
in France

Jalandhar, May 6
With the French government refusing to allow Sikh students to wear turbans in government-run schools, a group of Sikhs settled in the country are on a missionary visit to India to raise funds for setting up International Khalsa College for such students near Paris.

Iqbal Singh Bhatti , General Secretary, Turban Action Committee, France, talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar

Iqbal Singh Bhatti , General Secretary, Turban Action Committee, France, talks to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Saturday. Also seen in the picture is Balbir Singh , President of the Governing Council of the Lyallpur Khalsa College.Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

1,572 govt schools to start 
computer education

Jalandhar, May 
Computer education would be introduced in 1,572 government schools of Punjab within a year under the second phase of the ongoing Information Technology Project of the state government.







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District officials plan to clean up Kali Bein
Kapurthala, May 6
The district administration got up from a slumber yesterday after Mr Raminder Singh, the Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, with Mr D. K. Tiwari, the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, along with the SDMs of Bholath, Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi, and Dasuya, besides other officers from the Drainage and Revenue Departments and mediapersons visited Dhanoa village near Dasuya, the place where the Kali Bein orginates and found that the baoli — a natural source of Bein — had dried up because of a lowering water table.

Decision on DA merger hailed
Jalandhar, May 6
Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has hailed the decision of the state government in its cabinet meeting yesterday to merge 50 per cent DA with basic pay with effect from April 1, 2004. The college employees expect their emoluments to increase by more than 30 per cent per month after the implementation of the decision.

281 cases settled by Lok Adalat
Jalandhar, May 6
As many as 281 of a total of 378 cases were solved by the way of mutual understanding and compensation of over Rs 2.22 crore was awarded to various parties concerned during a Lok Adalat organised at district courts here today.

Farmers to block traffic
Phagwara, May 6
With scores of farmers coming forward to accept the compensation for the land acquired by the Punjab government in Barnala for a private company, eight farmers’ organisations steering the struggle against land acquisition have decided to intensify their battle.

Two held for theft
Jalandhar, May 6
The police has arrested two persons, Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, a resident of Gill village and Sandeep, a resident of Dhariwal Kadian, from Babreek Chowk and recovered four stolen two-wheelers from their possession, the police said. The vehicles were stolen from Jalandhar. — TNS







 

Khalsa College to be set up in France  
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 6
With the French government refusing to allow Sikh students to wear turbans in government-run schools, a group of Sikhs settled in the country are on a missionary visit to India to raise funds for setting up International Khalsa College for such students near Paris.

The General Secretary, Turban Action Committee, France, and vice-president of the proposed college, Mr Iqbal Singh Bhatti, today visited the Lyallpur Khalsa College here to discuss the matter with Mr Balbir Singh, former MP and President of the Lyallpur Khalsa College’s Governing Council.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Bhatti said a land measuring 3000 sq mt had been purchased at a cost of Euros 8 lakh for setting up the college. The funds, he added, were collected from 254 affected families and other donors.

He said the project of constructing three buildings for setting up a primary, high and college-level institute had been finalised. The project, he added, would cost Euros 49 lakh.

Mr Bhatti lamented that Sikh families in France were finding it difficult to educate their wards in schools run by the government owing to a restriction on wearing turbans. He claimed that as many as 15 students had been expelled from various schools there for violating the rule.

He said one of the expelled students was his 20-year-old son, Joginder Singh.

He added that twins of his associate, Mr Varinder Singh Mann, Gurmolak Singh and Gurjot Singh, had also been expelled from school on similar grounds.

“We, along with other Sikh parents, met officials of the French government at least 17 times over the issue but to no avail,” Mr Bhatti said.

He added that they were instead told that the legislation passed by the French government on March 2004 (over disallowing students to reflect any association with a religion in schools) could not be withdrawn and the only way out for them was to set up their own school.

“We have acquired the land for the institutes and Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) had laid its foundation stone,” Mr Bhatti added.

He said he himself had committed to donate Rs 25 lakh. “But of this, only Rs 10,000, had been received till date owing to RBI restrictions.”

Mr Bhatti said Mr Avtar Singh, the SGPC President, had also assured to donate Rs 51 lakh for the project during his visit to France this month.

He said he had already met a cross-section of philanthropists from different areas in India and had urged them to donate generously for the cause. 

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1,572 govt schools to start computer education  
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 
Computer education would be introduced in 1,572 government schools of Punjab within a year under the second phase of the ongoing Information Technology Project of the state government.

This was disclosed by the Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Avtaar Henry, while addressing a gathering at the annual function of Guru Nanak Public School at Sodal Road here today.

Mr Henry said computer education had already been initiated in as many as 1,306 government schools of the state under the first phase of the project. “As many as 1,572 government schools would impart computer education to students during the current financial year,” he said.

Exhorting teachers to improve the quality of education in government schools, Mr Henry said the teachers should work relentlessly for ensuring all around development of the students. “Sports and other activities need to be encouraged in government schools and there is lot to be done on this front to enable the students to contribute to the development of the society and the country,” he said.

He said that to bring about qualitative improvement in the level of education, various steps had been undertaken in the government schools. “The major one is the implementation of the mid-day meal scheme in a proper manner so that the students of up to Class V attend school on a regular basis.”

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District officials plan to clean up Kali Bein  
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, May 6
The district administration got up from a slumber yesterday after Mr Raminder Singh, the Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, with Mr D. K. Tiwari, the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, along with the SDMs of Bholath, Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi, and Dasuya, besides other officers from the Drainage and Revenue Departments and mediapersons visited Dhanoa village near Dasuya, the place where the Kali Bein orginates and found that the baoli — a natural source of Bein — had dried up because of a lowering water table.

Sant Baba Seechewal had been spearheading the cleaning of the Bein for the past five years. Repeated requests to the administration for help had been of no avail.

The Baba, as such, invited President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to visit Sultanpur Lodhi during his meeting with the President on April 21. After this, the district administration was asked to cooperate with the Baba in his efforts to save the environment. The officials took a first hand assessment of the work to be carried out before the President’s visit.

They also visited Mukerian Hydel channel near Tarkiana village and found that the drainage department had released fresh water into the Bein only on Thursday.

The team also noticed that three of the more than dozen pipes were out of order. The DCs directed the XEN, Drainage, to repair the pipes immediately.

Later, the officers went to Budhu Barkat and on the way saw the followers of Baba Seechewal doing the kar seva of cleaning the Bein.

Sewage water from Dasuya, Tanda, Bholath , Begowal and Subhanpur being thrown into Bein was also brought to the notice of the officials by Baba Seechewal. He also ordered the officials concerned to make alternative arrangements as putting sewage water into the Bein was prohibited.

Mr Raminder Singh asked the Drainage Chief Engineer to deploy dragline machines near Tarkiana barrage to remove the silt from the Bein so that the flow of fresh water continued.

The Kapurthala DC said the administration was making a comprehensive plan to speed up the cleaning up operation of the rivulet.

There are plans to give the President an aerial view of the 160-km Bein.

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Decision on DA merger hailed
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 6
Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union has hailed the decision of the state government in its cabinet meeting yesterday to merge 50 per cent DA with basic pay with effect from April 1, 2004. The college employees expect their emoluments to increase by more than 30 per cent per month after the implementation of the decision.

The union members claimed that the financial support to the aided private colleges would now be increased by Rs 8.28 crore per annum. 

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281 cases settled by Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 6
As many as 281 of a total of 378 cases were solved by the way of mutual understanding and compensation of over Rs 2.22 crore was awarded to various parties concerned during a Lok Adalat organised at district courts here today.

The Lok Adalat was headed by Mr Inderjit Kaushik, the District Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman District Legal Services Authority.

As many as 378 cases were put up in today’s Lok Adalat and out of these, 281 cases were solved on the spot by way of mutual consent.

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Farmers to block traffic  
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, May 6
With scores of farmers coming forward to accept the compensation for the land acquired by the Punjab government in Barnala for a private company, eight farmers’ organisations steering the struggle against land acquisition have decided to intensify their battle.

After a joint meeting here today, the farmers’ bodies have decided to block vehicular traffic for two hours from 12 pm to 2 pm across the state on May 12 to attract the attention and sympathy of masses on the issue.

BKU Ekta Ugrahan General Secretary Sukhdev Singh alleged that the SAD (B) which had never shied away from projecting it as a farmers’ party was stabbing them on their backs, as on one side it talked of joining the struggle, while on the other side, was asking its leaders to mediate.

He accused the Barnala MLA, Malkit Singh, of persuading certain farmers to accept the compensation for the acquired land.

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Two held for theft

Jalandhar, May 6
The police has arrested two persons, Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, a resident of Gill village and Sandeep, a resident of Dhariwal Kadian, from Babreek Chowk and recovered four stolen two-wheelers from their possession, the police said. The vehicles were stolen from Jalandhar.— TNS

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