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Medical students stage anti-quota protest
Jalandhar, May 15
As the agitation by medical students and the doctors’ community against the proposed quota for OBCs in central higher education institutions spreads to many more cities across the country, the medical students from Jalandhar take to streets to register their protest against the proposal here today.

Medical students stage a protest rally in Jalandhar on Monday.

Medical students stage a protest rally in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Rs 30-cr project for Kali Bein
Kapurthala, May 15
A Rs 30-crore project has been prepared by the district administration to protect the historical Kali Bein from pollution.


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12 children injured in road mishap
Phagwara, May 15
As many as 12 schoolchildren were injured when their school bus, in which they were travelling, rammed into the wall of a shop in the Satnampura locality early this morning. The driver of the bus also sustained fracture injuries.

College teachers to begin indefinite dharna
Jalandhar, May 15
Strongly denouncing the policy of “privatisation and commercialisation” of higher education, the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) has decided to sit on an indefinite dharna in front of the Parliament at Jantar Mantar from tomorrow onwards.

Phagwara ASP to investigate into kidney racket
Phagwara, May 15
The Jalandhar Range DIG, Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, has appointed Phagwara ASP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, also a postgraduate doctor, as Investigating Officer to probe into the infamous “kidney racket”, in which three persons, including kingpin of the racket Chandan Singh, his accomplice Rajiv Aggarwal and a kidney donor had been arrested.

PCM alleges ‘deals’ over church land
Jalandhar, May 15
The Punjab Christian Movement (PCM) is sore over the “deals” allegedly taking place over church lands in the region over the past few decades.

No development funds for UP, Commission demands
Kapurthala, May 15
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis has recommended to the Centre to stop all the development funds being provided to Uttar Pradesh as the state government had failed to liberate scavengers, even as more than Rs 7 billion had been given to the state under different schemes and plans by the Centre for the purpose.

Passport employees’ association flays govt
Jalandhar, May 15
Flaying the government’s move on privatising passport offices, the employees of the regional passport office, on the call of All India Passport Employees’ Association, held an hour-long protest at lunch time here today.

Protest over contents of textbook
Jalandhar, May 15
Demanding a change in the contents of a textbook of Class V, the members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the SC Morcha and Bajrang Dal staged a protest in the city today.

Meeting
Jalandhar, May 15
To make arrangements for Sikh Women Conference to be organised at Tarn Taran on June 14 to mark the quad centenary of martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev, the prominent women members of the SGPC will meet at Gurdwara Dewan Asthan, Central Town, here on Tuesday. — TNS


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Medical students stage anti-quota protest
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 15
As the agitation by medical students and the doctors’ community against the proposed quota for OBCs in central higher education institutions spreads to many more cities across the country, the medical students from Jalandhar take to streets to register their protest against the proposal here today.

The students of Dayanand Ayurvedic College, most of them girls, staged a rally that passed through important roads and intersections. Later in the afternoon, they blocked traffic at Football Chowk and raised slogans against the Human Resource and Development minister, Mr Arjun Singh.

The students took part in the rally carrying placards with messages, “Serve without reserve. Serve who deserve” and “Arjun ji remain Arjun. Do not be Duryodhan”. The students then went to the office of Divisional Commissioner, Dr Swaran Singh, where they presented a memorandum of their demands.

The medicos had demanded that the reservation for the OBCs be not allowed. They wrote that politicians were simply trying to create fissures among student groups through the proposal. They said that in case reservation was very important for admissions, it should be made on the basis of economic status instead of being considered on caste factor.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, in its Annual State Council meeting held yesterday, strongly condemned the “brutal assault” on the peacefully agitating medical students.

In a press release issued here today, Dr G.S. Gill, president, IMA, Punjab, also appealed to the government to take stern action against the erring officials and immediately talk to the agitating students and resolve the sensitive issue in the interest of the general public.

The association members would also wear black badges tomorrow across the state to protest against the “callous” attitude of the government towards the issue, Dr Gill added. 

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Rs 30-cr project for Kali Bein
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, May 15
A Rs 30-crore project has been prepared by the district administration to protect the historical Kali Bein from pollution.

A report on the project was tabled at the meeting of district administration officials with panches and sarpanches of villages adjoining Kali Bein. The meeting was convened by Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, here today.

The Deputy commissioner had asked the officials concerned to prepare the project after he received a call from Rashtrapati Bhavan to cooperate with Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal in his efforts to clean the Bein. Baba had held a meeting with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on April 21 last.

It was also informed to the district administration that the President had wished to visit Sultanpur Lodhi in the next two months to see the developmental work executed by Baba Seechewal.

On 19th June, in a meeting with Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Raminder Singh and Baba Seechewal are likely to discuss the project report, at Chandigarh.

The representatives of all the villages during the meeting assured the deputy commissioner of full cooperation, Mr Raminder Singh said.

Disclosing the plan for disposal of sewerage water of the villages adjoining the Bein, Mr Raminder Singh said that the ponds in the villages would be deepened or widened as per the requirements.

The necessary arrangements would also be planned to stop the flow of sewage water into the Bein from city areas too, he added.

Besides, Rs 6.11 crore plan had also been envisaged to increase the depth of Bein and accelerate the flow of water, added the Deputy Commissioner.

Mr Rajeev Ahir, SSP, also assured full cooperation with the development works. 

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12 children injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, May 15
As many as 12 schoolchildren were injured when their school bus, in which they were travelling, rammed into the wall of a shop in the Satnampura locality early this morning. The driver of the bus also sustained fracture injuries.

According to sources, the school bus (PB-10AC-9497) was carrying about 20 students of Sunflower School. When the school bus reached the Navi Abadi area in Satnampura locality, the driver of the bus at a sharp turn lost control over the bus and dashed the vehicle against the wall of a shop, causing injuries to 12 schoolchildren.

The driver also got fracture injuries in one of his legs.

The schoolchildren were admitted to the local Civil Hospital by the passersby.

The driver, who was also admitted to the hospital, claimed that the brakes of the vehicle suddenly failed and due to this he had to take the bus towards the wall. “I took the sharp turn towards the wall to save the pedestrians from being run over by the bus,” said the driver.

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College teachers to begin indefinite dharna
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 15
Strongly denouncing the policy of “privatisation and commercialisation” of higher education, the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) has decided to sit on an indefinite dharna in front of the Parliament at Jantar Mantar from tomorrow onwards.

Dr V.K. Tewari, national secretary, AIFUCTO, said that 4.5 lakh teachers working in 300 universities and 16,000 colleges would take part in the dharna state-wise on specified dates.

He said that such a protest was being launched to oppose the dangerous economic reform policies being introduced by the government that were bound to destroy higher education system, democracy and sovereignty of the nation.

Dr Tewari said that the federation members had strongly campaigned in five states that had gone to polls against wrong politics of education and the results were clear.

He said that in Assam, the Congress saved itself from being routed due to “provincialisation” of all non-government colleges.

He said that massive campaigns against allowing private profiteers in higher education like private universities, foreign universities under GATS, deemed universities and self-financing colleges would be launched in other states, as the UPA and other alliances like the NDA had failed to fulfill the commitment of 6 per cent of the GDP for education.

He warned the states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal, Rajasthan and others against legislating private universities.

The federation members alleged that the government had failed to grant complete parity to the DPEs and librarians, career advancement scheme from January 1, 1996, and third promotion to end stagnation of senior faculty and professorship under CAS.

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Phagwara ASP to investigate into kidney racket
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, May 15
The Jalandhar Range DIG, Mr Paramjit Singh Gill, has appointed Phagwara ASP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, also a postgraduate doctor, as Investigating Officer to probe into the infamous “kidney racket”, in which three persons, including kingpin of the racket Chandan Singh, his accomplice Rajiv Aggarwal and a kidney donor had been arrested.

“ASP Dr Gill has been chosen for the task due to his sincere, honest image and medico background as he has the detailed knowledge of the entire kidney transplant process,” the DIG said.

This was confirmed by the DIG himself while talking to The Tribune today. DIG Gill said that SSP Jalandhar Ishwar Singh would supervise the investigation and ASP Dr Gill would submit the weekly report of the progress of the investigation to him and IG (Zonal), Mr Hardip Dhillon.

“Formal orders have been issued to Phagwara ASP in this regard. The investigating team headed by the Phagwara ASP will thoroughly investigate all aspects of the kidney scam in different districts, including Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, and Delhi,” the DIG said.

When his attention was drawn towards the increasing trend of the people flying Pakistan for kidney transplantation, the DIG claimed that the investigating team would leave no stone unturned to nab the culprits involved in the much-publicised international kidney scam.

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PCM alleges ‘deals’ over church land
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 15
The Punjab Christian Movement (PCM) is sore over the “deals” allegedly taking place over church lands in the region over the past few decades.

Stating this at a press conference here today, Mr Anil Kumar Munna, district president of the union, said that such “deals” were not allowed as per the principals of the religion, as Bible did not permit sale or return of any piece of land that has been donated to church.

Mr Munna alleged that certain Christian groups had recently sold a piece of land that belonged to a church in Suranussi. He added that the land that was worth crores of rupees had been sold for some lakhs. The union president said that he had now resolved to get such deals withdrawn. He added that the possession of land portions belonging to the church would also be taken back. He claimed that the movement would get a prime land occupied by the offices of registrar of cooperative societies, Doordarshan Kendra till Gandhi Vanita Ashram and Shastri Market vacated through legal procedures, as it belonged to a church at one point of time. A similar campaign had also been launched in Ludhiana, Kharar, Moga, Amritsar and Gurdaspur, he claimed. 

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No development funds for UP, Commission demands
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, May 15
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis has recommended to the Centre to stop all the development funds being provided to Uttar Pradesh as the state government had failed to liberate scavengers, even as more than Rs 7 billion had been given to the state under different schemes and plans by the Centre for the purpose. This was disclosed by Ms Santosh Chaudhary, chairperson of the commission, while talking to media persons here today.

Ms Chaudhary who was here on a visit to interact with the safai karamcharis of Rail Coach Factory (RCF) further informed that the commission had decided to liberate the scavengers all over the country by the end of the year 2007. “The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has asked to submit him a quarterly progress report in this regard,” she said.

“It seems that it would not be possible to achieve the goal without implying strict measures, as most of the states have been found diverting the funds to other heads,” she added.

The commission has asked all the states to conduct fresh survey to list the number of scavengers after several discrepancies were found in the surveys conducted earlier by them and the census department, she said.

During visits to the cities of Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Lucknow, Barabanki, Unnao and some other places in the state, the chairperson said, it was found that the practice of carrying the night soil on head by the scavengers was continuing unabated in these cities.

Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharahstra were also found lagging in implementing the National Scheme of Liberating and Rehabilitation for Scavengers (NSLRS), she added.

The safai karamcharis and union leaders of the factory also put forth their demands before the commission chairperson.

Ms Chaudhry instructed the management to form a monitoring committee with the participation of employees and call a meeting of officers from time to time to discuss the problems of safai karamcharis. The RCF general manager later announced that a meeting would be convened within one month. 

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Passport employees’ association flays govt
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 15
Flaying the government’s move on privatising passport offices, the employees of the regional passport office, on the call of All India Passport Employees’ Association, held an hour-long protest at lunch time here today.

The association members also demanded transparency in passing the orders of transfer, the holding of annual meetings to consider promotions, regularisation of contractual employees and raising of salaries of superintendents and assistants. 

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Protest over contents of textbook
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 15
Demanding a change in the contents of a textbook of Class V, the members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the SC Morcha and Bajrang Dal staged a protest in the city today.

The members alleged that certain objectionable lines had been printed in the syllabus book against Saint Valmiki.

The members of the groups said that they would not tolerate any such move.

They added that they were trying to collect all copies of the books sold by the Delhi-based printer, JB Publishers.

The protesters, led by Mr Vinod Ghai of Bajrang Dal and Mr Yashpal Thakur of the VHP, went around important intersections of the city and presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma. 

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Meeting

Jalandhar, May 15
To make arrangements for Sikh Women Conference to be organised at Tarn Taran on June 14 to mark the quad centenary of martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev, the prominent women members of the SGPC will meet at Gurdwara Dewan Asthan, Central Town, here on Tuesday. — TNS

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