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Minister demands action against land grabbers
Jalandhar, June 7
Taking a strong note of the grabbing of vast prime land worth crores of rupees, belonging to the Irrigation Department in Jalandhar city, Mr Ramesh Dogra, the Punjab Health Minister-cum-Chairman of the District Grievances Redressal Committee, has directed the district administration to remove all illegal encroachments from the irrigation department land.

Retired BSF officer, wife found murdered
Kapurthala, June 7
A retired Deputy Commandant of the BSF and his wife were found murdered in cold blood in their house near the Markfed Chowk here today.



Mohinder Singh and Daljeet Kaur. — A file photo
Mohinder Singh and Daljeet Kaur

5 arrested for theft
Jalandhar, June 7
Five persons were arrested in connection with various theft cases in the city today. The SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, said the accused were planning armed thefts in the Model town area.




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Punjab contributed 70 lakh MT wheat: Henry 
Phagwara, June 7
The Punjab government could contribute only 70 lakh MT of wheat to the Central pool this year as compared to 90 lakh MT last year owing to less procurement.

Student shoots himself
Phagwara, June 7
Reportedly upset over his Plus Two result, Gurinder Singh (20) killed himself here today. The boy shot himself in the head with the licenced revolver of his industrialist father Parminder Singh at his residence.

PSEB assures 8-hr water supply
Phagwara, June 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to re-launch its voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for agricultural pumpset consumers. The development took place during a meeting of the leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) with the PSEB officials on Wednesday.

Protest against water shortage
Jalandhar, June 7
Several residents of Noorpur village today protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding a solution to the water shortage in their area.

 

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Minister demands action against land grabbers
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 7
Taking a strong note of the grabbing of vast prime land worth crores of rupees, belonging to the Irrigation Department in Jalandhar city, Mr Ramesh Dogra, the Punjab Health Minister-cum-Chairman of the District Grievances Redressal Committee, has directed the district administration to remove all illegal encroachments from the irrigation department land.

The minister also instructed the district administration officials to speed up the process of transfer of the encroached upon land of the department to the Municipal Corporation and book all offenders and encroachers under relevant sections.

It is estimated that the Irrigation Department land was worth about Rs 200 crore. Most of this land was under illegal possession of some influential people, who have even constructed huge buildings and houses over the land in the wake of prolonged lackadaisical approach of the administration.

Mr Dogra, who was here to participate in a meeting of the committee, had to face a volley of uncomfortable questions, posed by the non-government members of the committee, about this prime land.

At the same time, Mr Dogra has asked different government departments to earmark their vacant lands and to display their notice boards at the places to prevent encroachments and to make people aware about the ownership of such lands.

Mr Dogra, who was apprised of the difference in monthly charges being collected by the cable operators in the city from the residents, directed the district officials to do the needful in this regard.

On the traffic problem and accidents caused by wrong parking in front of different marriage palaces by visitors, He directed the MC Commissioner, Mr S.S. Johl, to hold a meeting with the owners of marriage palaces and direct them to earmark their parking lots as per their building plans. Taking a note of increasing traffic volume in the city and the resultant problems, Mr Dogra directed the MC Commissioner to chalk out a plan so that a new bypass could be set up in the city to save residents from traffic bottlenecks.

Health centres to be upgraded

The Punjab Health Minister, Mr Ramesh Dogra, said two community health centres in each of the districts of Punjab would be upgraded.

Each of such centres would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. “Every district has received Rs 20 lakh for the upgradation of the centres under a Central government schemes and the rest of money would be provided by the Punjab government. All ultra-modern facilities would be available at these centres,” Mr Dogra said.

A 50-bed hospital had been set up at a cost of Rs 5 crore by the Punjab government at Nangal and it would be dedicated to the people by the Punjab Chief Minister on June 9, he added.

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Retired BSF officer, wife found murdered
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, June 7
A retired Deputy Commandant of the BSF and his wife were found murdered in cold blood in their house near the Markfed Chowk here today.

The police said the assailants entered the house through the roof, as the iron net of the roof’s door was found cut near the latch.

The officials claimed that Mohinder Singh (62) and Daljeet Kaur (55) did not get any time to react as no marks of scuffle were found in the room. They said the bodies were lying on the bed soaked in blood. A gun was recovered from the bedside.

Kapurthala SSP Rajiv Ahir said no valuables were found missing from the house. He added that it was too premature to say if there was more than one intruder.

According to information the couple had shifted to the town from Bajaj village near Bholath four years back after purchasing a house.

The elder son of the deceased had died a few years back and his widow, Gurjeet Kaur, and two children, were living with the couple. They had gone to Gurjit Kaur’s parents’ house in Ranipur village near Bholath two days back.

The younger son of the deceased is married and lives in the US.

The victims’ neighbour, Surinder Singh, said the incident came to notice in the morning when the maid did not get any response after knocking the door repeatedly.

He said the neighbours got suspicious and informed the police who opened the doors after entering the house through the roof.

The police said the killers might have used the roof to escape as all other doors were found bolted from inside. It has sent the bodies for postmortem after registering a case.

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5 arrested for theft
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 7
Five persons were arrested in connection with various theft cases in the city today. The SSP, Mr Ishwar Singh, said the accused were planning armed thefts in the Model town area.

A gas cutter and a gas cylinder used for cutting through iron was recovered from the accused, he added.

The gas cutter earlier used by the accused to steal the irons weights from electricity wires near the Railway Station and the railway tracks.

The DSP, Mr Harkanwalpreet Singh Khakh, said the five arrested include Satinder Singh alias Chotu, a resident of Jaswant Nagar on the Garha Road, Barinderpal Singh, a resident of Defence Colony, Rakesh Ratan, Parminder Kumar alias Kala, both residents of Garha Road, and Rajesh Kumar alias Neetu. He said the accused were drug addicts.

The police has also recovered one .12 bore pistol, a kirpan without a cover, a knife, and two vehicles.

The accused were wanted in various cases registered in the various police stations, the DSP added. The gang carried out the thefts on the pretext of carrying vegetables.

One of the gang members, Parminder Kumar alias Kala, reportedly confessed that the iron weights weighing at least eight quintals were sold to junk dealers in Himachal Pradesh. They had also stolen iron gates and other gadgets lying in the houses.

The police said that gang had so far stolen as many as 100 gates and railway property worth lakhs of rupees.

The theft of the weights had led to a disruption of the rail traffic at the Jalandhar Railway Station recently, the DSP added. 

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Punjab contributed 70 lakh MT wheat: Henry 
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, June 7
The Punjab government could contribute only 70 lakh MT of wheat to the Central pool this year as compared to 90 lakh MT last year owing to less procurement.

While talking to The Tribune on Wednesday, Avtar Henry, Food and Supplies Minister, said that due to the low arrival of wheat in the mandis this year, the government agencies could procure only 69 lakh MT of wheat apart from 11 lakh MT by private traders to make a total procurement of only 80 lakh MT.

He said the current situation was not peculiar to Punjab alone but neighbouring Haryana was also expected to procure less by about 50 per cent as compared to last year level. As against the procurement target of 160 lakh MT, the Minister said the target could not be achieved as per the current trend and predicted about 100 lakh MT contribution to the Central pool.

He said the shortfall in procurement might affect the country’s public distribution system and justified the Centre’s decision to import wheat to maintain the buffer stock.

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Student shoots himself
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, June 7
Reportedly upset over his Plus Two result, Gurinder Singh (20) killed himself here today. The boy shot himself in the head with the licenced revolver of his industrialist father Parminder Singh at his residence.

The Phagwara city SHO Gurwinder Singh claimed the deceased was under mental stress after he could not perform well in the exams. He had got a compartment in chemistry.

The SHO said Gurinder broke open the locks of his father’s almirah in his absence, took out the revolver and shot himself at about 11 am.

The victim was immediately rushed to a hospital in Ludhiana in critical condition. He succumbed to the injuries this afternoon.

The body was brought to local civil hospital for a post mortem examination, the SHO added.

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PSEB assures 8-hr water supply
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, June 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to re-launch its voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for agricultural pumpset consumers. The development took place during a meeting of the leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) with the PSEB officials on Wednesday.

The farmers were led by BKU leaders Bhupinder Singh and Ajmer Singh. However, no further details have been worked out in this regard.

The PSEB also assured a minimum of eight hours of uninterrupted water supply to agriculture pumpset consumers from June 10 in view of the paddy season. PSEB officials also said that the board had initiated procurement of 1,000 MW of power through a process of global competitive bidding. The board is already purchasing power worth Rs 3,000 crore this year to reduce the gap between demand and availability, a PSEB official said. 

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Protest against water shortage
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 7
Several residents of Noorpur village today protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding a solution to the water shortage in their area.

The residents alleged that though a water supply scheme had been proposed under Punjab Nirman project, its estimates worth Rs 9.5 lakh had not yet been approved.

Mr Gopal, a protester, said 40 per cent of the villagers had installed motors and tullu pumps in the area due to which the rest of the residents were not getting water even during the supply hours. He demanded that such illegal motors be stopped so that everyone could get an equal share of water. 

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New Sainik School principal

Kapurthala, June 7
Colonel A. K. Tyagi took over as the 14th Principal of the Sainik School here today. Commissioned in 1980, Colonel Tyagi was earlier Colonel, Education, at HQ, 16 Corps. Colonel Tyagi has a Ph.D. in zoology and post graduate degrees in zoology, psychology and education. The former principal, Colonel Sandeep Kumar, was promoted as Brigadier (Education). — TNS

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