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No water, sewerage charges for houses up to 5 marlas
Imported pulses through PDS 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
In view of the skyrocketing prices of pulses, the Punjab Government has decided to import 6,000 quintals of pulses for sale under the public distribution system (PDS). Announcing the decision, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, said this would help 5 lakh families in the state to tide over price rise.

The Government of India had allowed the duty-free import of pulses and the state government would avail itself of the facility. Markfed and Punsup would import the pulses and these should be available through the PDS within two months.

The main pulses which would be purchased were arhar and moong as these were consumed in large quantities by those who availed themselves of the PDS facility, the Chief Minister added. These pulses would be cheaper by at least 25 per cent to 40 per cent than the prevailing market prices in the state, he claimed. Sources in the government said the prices of the pulses would vary and there would be three categories of consumers. The first category would comprise persons above the poverty line but holding ration cards; the second, families below the poverty line; and the third those covered under the Antodaya Ann Yojana. The third category would pay the least followed by BPL families and then the category of persons above the poverty line.

In another important decision, the Council of Ministers also decided to abolish water and sewerage charges payable by those owning residential houses up to 5 marlas in all municipal towns of the state. This decision would be operative with immediate effect and involved a sacrifice of Rs 195 crore by the MCs (annual collection of Rs 75 crore plus arrears of Rs 120 crore).

The Council of Ministers also cleared the Textile Policy, 2006, to grant a special package of incentives for the growth of the industry in Punjab. To give the desired boost to the textile industry, the new policy would focus on technology upgradation, enhancement of productivity, quality consciousness, cluster development, strengthening of the raw-material base, integrated human resource development and special benefits.

The Council of Ministers also approved the formulation of the Punjab Regulation of SawMills, Veneer and Plywood Industries Rules, 2006, in the light of the directions of the Supreme Court. These will enable saw mills to apply and seek clearance before restarting operations. Hundreds of saw mills in Punjab have been closed down in the past month or so.

The Council of Ministers also gave approval for taking the posts of District Sainik Welfare Officer (Class I) out of the purview of the Punjab Public Service Commission and carry out recruitment through the Departmental Selection Committee. The Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964, were also amended.

A sub-treasury each would be opened at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib and Qadian in Gurdaspur. The pay and perks of Law Officers of the office of the Advocate-General, Punjab, were enhanced.


SAD, BJP to fight together: Jaitley
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 26
An anti-emergency joint show organised by the BJP and the SAD here today came as the first major indication of the fact that both parties would fight the forthcoming poll in the state in a coalition.

The General Secretary of the BJP and in charge of its affairs in Punjab, Mr Arun Jaitley, further confirmed this during a pre-function press conference. “Together, we are going to hold a significant meeting in Ludhiana on July 9, during which we will charter a common programme ahead of the poll”, he said, adding that the alliance between the two parties was there to stay.

Over the perception about the Congress government in the state, Mr Jaitley said, “While the government has spent the first two years in taking revenge, it also did not bother to fulfill its own promises.

Next, the Chief Minister fell into the trap of liquor mafia and of late he has been involved with the land mafia. The Chief Minister has painted a false picture of development. His recent sops offered over abolishing octroi will also not have any impact on the minds of the people. The Punjabis have been quite dissatisfied over his performance and now they are angry with him.”

On the Reliance issue, he said he was averse to offering land to the company, but the government should not forget giving out subsidies to the state industry. On being quizzed as to why his party had taken a backseat on various controversial issues and the role instead being taken by the leftists, he did not defend the BJP and simply said, “The Left parties cannot fool themselves. After all, they have to save the party”.

The main function started more than two hours late. While the pamphlets distributed in the city mentioned that it was to start at 4 pm, it actually started after 6 pm. The party leaders mentioned that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD supremo, had gone to pay obeisance to Sant Assa Ram and attend his sermons, due to which the delay occurred.

The first half of the show was addressed by local leaders, who took much of the time. Ardent party workers stay glued till 7 pm to listen to their favourite leaders. The enthusiasm of the youth workers knew no bounds when Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, took on the dais and narrated interesting anecdotes and one-liners.

He talked about the massive advertisement campaign launched by the Congress and said, “Gur keh munh mitha nahi hunda. (you will not taste sweet if you simply utter the word gur)”.

He ridiculed the government for offering Rs 2,000 crore-land to RIL while refusing to pay Rs 700-crore subsidy to the industry. He threw an open challenge to Capt Amarinder Singh for debating on the issue of growth in the state in the last four years and a half.

During his address, Mr Badal talked about the day of declaration of Emergency exactly 31 years back. “Ms Indira Gandhi had tried to put a curb on democracy and freedom of the press. But she had to face the consequences. So will the ruling party do if it tries to play with the emotions of the masses”, he said.


Punjab under Emergency, says Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
There is a state of Emergency in Punjab and the SAD — BJP combine will start a peoples movement, akin to the one started by the Akalis to combat the Emergency imposed in the country by Indira Gandhi in the ‘70s.

In a combative mood while addressing workers at a function held at the Guru Nanak Bhavan here today to mark the 32nd anniversary of the draconian measure, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal minced no words in denouncing the “misrule” of Capt Amarinder Singh, who he said was implementing the terrorising tactics followed by here.

Present on the occasion was former minister and BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley, also in charge of Punjab affairs.

Mr Badal said there was police raj in the state and civil servants were ruling the roost. “Anyone who dares to raise his voice against the anti- people policies of the people is dealt with in the most brutal way. Political opponents are being framed in false cases and the interests of the state are being sold down the river,” he pointed out.

In a way, there was a state of Emergency in the state and the only way to counter it was the way the Akalis had dealt with the problem 32 years ago. The Chief Minister had seen the writing on the wall that his days were numbered so he was resorting to any measure to perpetuate his regime, he added.

The masses were being mobilised and a meeting to chalk out further strategy would be announced after a meeting on July 9, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jaitley said the Chief Minister had used the Vigilance Bureau as a platform to settle political scores. Every opponent, whom he felt could challenge him, was booked and astronomical sums of ill-gotten wealth were flaunted in front of the public.

He added that the people had seen through the gameplan of the Chief Minister and would give a befitting reply in the Assembly poll. He also said the country was still a democracy and steamrolling tactics followed by Capt Amarinder Singh had no place here.

The workers of the alliance were together and would work for the ouster of the Congress. Interacting with mediapersons, he added that the UPA alliance was working in fits and starts, as was witnessed in the price rise. The government could have taken note of the price rise and taken effective measures.


Badal timid, says Calcutta 
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 26
The fire-brand Akali leader, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a member of Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the SAD, today dubbed party supremo Parkash Singh Badal and his associates as ‘meek and timid’ who had failed to stop BJP’s national president Rajnath Singh and Ms Shushma Swaraj, a former Union minister, from distorting Sikh history while delivering speeches on the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev at Tarn Taran.

In a hard-hitting statement here, Mr Calcutta alleged that Ms Sushma Swaraj’s assertion to give a clean chit to Dewan Chandu, who had induced the Emperor to summon Guru Arjan Dev to assassinate him, was an unfortunate and highly deplorable development. He alleged that the Akali leaders, including Mr Badal, preferred to remain mute and they could not muster courage to criticise Ms Swaraj for hurting the Sikh sentiments.

He said that the BJP leaders, including its national president, gave the ‘most irresponsible statement’ on conversions in the state. He said that the entire Akali leadership, which was supposed to safeguard the interests of the Sikhs and which had invited Mr Rajnath Singh to speak on the 400th martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev, failed to give an appropriate reply from the same stage.

Mr Calcutta said that the Sikh gurus had not fought against forcible conversions and coercion only and had fought against all types of tyrannies. It was a turn of the history that guru’s contemporary rulers happened to be Muslims and hence they fought against their policies and tyrannical acts. It did not mean that Sikh gurus were against Islam. Hence, the concern shown by Mr Rajnath Singh on recent conversions was unfounded. Mr Calcutta alleged that the BJP leadership was pursuing agenda of the RSS with the ‘active support of the SAD’, which would ultimately pose a threat to the distinct identity of the community.


Mann not allowed to meet Bira
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, June 26
Activists of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) resented the producing of Khalistan Commando Force militant Kulbir Singh Bira before the Judicial Magistrate by the Phillaur police at 8.20 am here today.

He had been deported from the USA and brought here in connection with criminal cases registered against him. He was today remanded in police custody till June 28 for further investigations.

Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simaranjit Singh Mann, who along with Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, Dr Harjinder Jakhu and other leaders, came here for the hearing, were not allowed by the police to meet Bira.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Mann described the producing of Bira at 8.20 am as unlawful, alleging that the police and the judiciary had not been working in a free, fair and transparent manner.

Mr Mann said he would meet the US Ambassador to India shortly and submit a detailed report about violations of agreement by the police in the Bira case.

He said he would write to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court about Bira and how Bira had been produced before the Judicial Magistrate before time twice.

Mr Mann filed an application to the Judicial Magistrate, seeking permission to meet Bira and the Judicial Magistrate fixed the date of considering the application for June 28.

The Phillaur police registered cases under Section 188 of the CrPC for apprehension of breach of peace against several Akali Dal (Amritsar) activists for raising objectionable slogans at the time of producing Bira before the Judicial Magistrate on June 24.

The SSP of Jalandhar, Mr Ishwar Singh, denied the charges of SAD(A) President Simaranjit Singh Mann that the police was not allowing anybody to meet Kulbir Singh Barrapind, alias Bira.

Talking to newsmen here this evening, the SSP clarified that the lawyer of Bira was timely informed about the appearance of Bira in the Phillaur judicial court today and, moreover, Ajit Singh, father, and Balwant Singh, a brother, of Bira were allowed to meet him with the permission of the court. 


Son languishes in Algerian jungle, mother distraught
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Nikki Miani (Kapurthala), June 26
Ms Gurmeet Kaur of Nikki Miani village near Begowal in this district has lost mental equilibrium. Her son Satnam Singh has been forced to live for months in hellish conditions in an Algerian jungle.

Satnam (21) flew from India to reach Bamco in Mali on January 4, last year. He was to be sent to Spain after crossing different countries from there as promised by a travel agent of Begowal, said his sister-in-law Sukhjinder Kaur to The Tribune.

Gurmeet was so worried about her son most of the time she even refused to eat anything, Sukhjinder said adding, they had paid Rs 7.5 lakh to the travel agent for sending him to Spain.

They kept on talking to his son in Morocco on a mobile phone, said his father Karnail Singh. Theirs is not an isolated case. There are nearly 150 illegal immigrants from Punjab, 10 of them from Kapurthala district, who have been stranded in Algerian jungle, said national general secretary of the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) Ramandeep Singh Bharowal to The Tribune.

Mr Bharowal said five of the stranded youths had already died because of unhygienic conditions according to the information gathered by him from the calls received by the stranded youths. Rest of them had to beg for food and even had to drink urine to quench thirst to keep alive, he added.

Gurpreet Singh is the another youth of Nangal Luban village in Bholath sub-division of Kapurthala district, who has been stranded in Algerian jungle. His grandmother Harbans Kaur has been suffering from depression since she heard of his plight.

His aunt Balwinder Kaur told The Tribune that they had paid Rs 5.50 lakh to a travel agent to send him to a European country for better future.

Jatinder, cousin of another stranded youth Charanjeet Babbu of Dharamkot village in this district, told The Tribune that they had paid Rs 6 lakh to travel agent Satpal for sending Jatinder to Spain.

They had to arrange the money by mortgaging property, he said adding, Babbu’s parents Darshan Lal and Raji were much worried about the condition of their son. There were nearly 500 youths of South Asian countries, including 150 from Punjab in India stranded in the jungle there as per information given to him by Babbu while talking to him on phone, he added.

Another stranded youth Hadeep Singh’s brother Gurmel Singh of Saidowal village told The Tribune that they had paid Rs two lakh in advance to a Kapurthala-based travel agent Sanjiv Kumar for senidng Hardeep to Spain.

Meanwhile Mr Bharowal, whose LBP is raising the matter for the safe return of the stranded youths, said that his party would send a letter to Indian Ambassador in Algeria requesting him to make arrangements for safe return of these youths to India.


Mini-secretariat project: PUDA shows haste
Praful Chander Nagpal

Fazilka, June 26
The project of the proposed Sub-Divisional Complex (mini-secretariat), the foundation stone for which was laid by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in March 2006, has run into controversies. The main issues relate to the ownership of the project’s site, its acquisition and its transfer to PUDA. PUDA had reportedly initiated the construction activities in haste.

Mr Ramesh Verma, a BJP Municipal Councillor, had in a letter to the president and the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Fazilka, alleged encroachment by PUDA on the council land. It also alleged that the council was maintaining studied silence on the issue. The council was likely to incur a loss of around Rs 10 crore on this account, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the council had vide a resolution No. 56, dated July 26, 2005, had decided to give the land measuring 46 kanals, 7 marlas falling under khasra No. 43 of abadi deh (population area) to PUDA at the Collector’s rate. The Army occupied the land on the premises of Old Islamia School for several years in the capacity of a tenant with the council and the Waqf Board. This property is at a prime location of the town.

It is stated that PUDA was not ready to pay the hefty cost of land at the collector’s rate, which amounted to about Rs 1.5 crore per acre. Thereafter the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr B.C. Thakur, probably under instructions of the ruling party, directed the council to adopt a resolution for granting land to PUDA at the rate of Rs 9 lakh per acre as desired by it. The council moved a resolution No. 97 dated September 30, 2005, seeking the approval of the House. However, this resolution could not be adopted due to written objections by the BJP Municipal Councillors in their capacity as the trustees of the council. The BJP councillors took the plea that a resolution on the same issue could not be adopted within six months. Besides, they pointed out that the council should not transfer the land below the collector’s rate, as it would suffer a considerable financial loss.

Seeing the matter run into rough weather, the administration in a swift move adopted a “novel” method of changing the girdawri of 46 kanals, 7 marlas at Islamia School on the Abohar road in favour of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Fazilka, showing it as in cultivation. Ironically, there had never been any cultivation activities on the site that the Army had occupied for several decades. The transfer of the girdawri was done in violation of the law as the girdawri of the abadi deh land could not transferred in any manner, added Mr Verma.

However, due to alleged political patronage PUDA in utter haste initiated construction activities and tried to encroach upon public road in use adjoining the disputed site marked for mini-secretariat. The encroachment on the road had to be stopped following stay by a local civil court on a petition by two advocates.

Even after being restrained from carrying out construction on the road, PUDA dauntlessly started construction on the land. Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, maintained that PUDA was legally entitled to carry out construction on the site as per the directions of the Empowered Committee on Optimum Utilisation of Vacant Government Land (OUVGL) scheme headed by the Chief Secretary.

Ironically, according to a written reply sought under the Right to Information Act on this issue, the office of the SDM, Fazilka, had stated that the office did not have any record pertaining to the transfer of the girdawri and acquisition etc of the land for the purpose of construction of mini-secretariat. In response to a query on the matter by this correspondent, the Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, Dr Arvinder Singh, maintained that he was not aware of the present controversy.

Mr Verma in his letter demanded from the government that the illegal transfer of the girdawri should be abrogated forthwith and the entire land where the construction activity had been started illegally should be restored to the council.

It was not clear why the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the complex even before the land was acquired.

There is yet another angle to the ownership issue of the disputed site as the Waqf Board was also claiming its ownership. According to sources in the Waqf Board, it had decided to file a petition before the Judicial Tribunal, Ferozepore, demanding stay on the construction by PUDA. 


2 killed, 3 hurt as car falls into gorge
Our Correspondent

Nahan, June 26
Two women travelling in a car were killed and three others were injured in a car accident, near Nahan this evening.
As per police sources, a car (UA-08D-3672), on the way to Shimla, rolled down into a deep gorge on the Nahan-Shimla road, near Nahan-Renuka Dosarka, killing two of its women occupants on the spot.

The deceased were identified as Sushma Pandey (47), a resident of Ballupur, Dehra Dun, and Seema Pant (47), a resident of Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The injured were husband of deceased Seema Pant Gyan Prakash, Girish Pandey and Kamlesh Pandey. The injured have been admitted to the Nahan District Hospital.

After receiving the information, the police rushed to the spot and brought the injured persons to the local hospital. The police has registered a case.

In another accident, motorcyclist Mukandi Lal, an employee of the CCI Rajban, was killed on the spot on the Rajban-Paonta road this evening as his motorcycle collided with a truck (HP-17-4709) coming from the Paonta side. Mukundi Lal, a resident of Bherewala village in Paonta tehsil, received injuries and died on the spot. The police has registered a case in this regard.


Report blames contractor for children’s death
Our Correspondent

Patiala, June 26
The Patiala Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ms Poonamdeep Kaur has submitted her report to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K Verma, detailing the sequence of events which led to the death of the two youngsters on Saturday evening.

In her report, the SDM has squarely blamed the Bangalore based contractor who was entrusted with the work of covering the Ganda Nullah with concrete slabs of being negligent in his duty. The SDM has also put the blame on the supervisory staff of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) under whose supervision the work was being undertaken.

The SDM, in her report, has said that work had not been completed on time and the monsoon that lashed the city on Saturday had only aggravated things leading to the deaths. She added that there no proper signboards had been erected or set up to warn people of the impending dangers.

The Deputy Commissioner, on his part, has said that based on the SDM’s report he would be recommending action against the erring officials of the PWSSB shortly. However, no proper time frame has been given by the DC to initiate action against the negligent officials. The DC said that he would be writing to the PWSSB authrorites to hold an inquiry into the incident so that responsibility could be fixed.

Three days after tragedy struck the Chief Minister’s backyard when two children drowned in the gushing waters of the Ganda Nullah, the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has announced an ex gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased children. This amount has actually been enhanced from the Rs 50,000 announced earlier.

Honey (7) and Jatinder (10) had driven their cycles to watery grave on Saturday evening sending shock waves among residents of their locality. Top Khana mor witnessed many hot scenes yesterday when the Patiala MP Mrs Preneet Kaur and the former Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal visited the residences of the deceased.

Mr Badal was accompanied by the former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh and SGPC executive member Mr Surjit Singh Garhi. 


Closure notice to 300 sawmills, plywood units
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 26
The Divisional Forest Department today issued a closure notice to 300 illegal sawmills, veneer and plywood units functioning in the Ropar and Mohali districts following the Supreme Court directions. These units have been functioning in the two districts before October 28, 2002. Earlier the department had issued a notice to 25 sawmills, veneer and plywood units those become operational after October 28, 2002 in these two district.

The Divisional Forest Officer, Mr S.S Bhatti, said that notice had been issued as these 300 units were functioning without any permission. As the apex court had strictly ordered for closure of such units, so closure notices had been issued to these units.

The Supreme Court in its order in October 2002 had ordered “No state or union territory will permit any unlicensed saw mill, veneer, plywood industry to operate and directed to close all such unlicensed units forthwith”. 


DC bans digging of wells
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, by issuing an order under Section 144 of the CrPC has imposed a ban on digging of wells and digging of earth to further deepen tubewells and motors without the prior written permission of the Executive Engineer, Water Supply and the Sewerage Board.

These orders will remain in force till August 21. If anyone was found violating the orders would be punished as per law. These orders have been issued to avoid unfortunate incidents by which many people lose their lives while digging tubewells when the water level goes down.


Fake currency racket busted
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 26
The police has busted a fake currency racket and arrested Pran Nath, alias Palli, son of Piare Lal of local Shastri Market, Surinder Singh, alias Chhinda, of Bohar High Kalan, PS Ahmedgar, and Raj Kumar, alias Raju, son of Sat Pal, of Sanchali Bazaar, PS Banga, and registered a case under Sections 489 B, 489 C, 420 and 120 B of the IPC against them at the City Police Station here last evening.

The police seized fake currency notes amounting to Rs 30,000 from them.

Mr R. N. Dhoke, SSP, Hoshiarpur, said Pran Nath had been working as a peon in the Kot Fatuhi branch of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) for the past seven years. Raj Kumar was running a money exchange shop opposite the bank.

He had a bank account in the said branch and became a good friend of Pran Nath. Raj Kumar then deposited Rs 1 lakh in the bank. The bank sent the money to ICICI Bank in Hoshiarpur. During checking, 22 notes were found to be fake and returned to PNB.

PNB in turn returned the money to Raj Kumar. Pran Nath connived with him and circulated the counterfeit currency in the market.

The SSP further said Surinder Singh was imprisoned for four years for possessing fake currency amounting to Rs 5 lakh in 2003 and imprisoned at district jail, Hoshiarpur. He then ran into Muni Lal and Raj Kumar, both of Betia (Bihar), during his trial.

They were also involved in fake currency business and were arrested in 2004 with the counterfeit currency worth Rs 86,500. Surinder Singh came out on bail and incidently met Raj Kumar during the hearing of his case.

Meanwhile, Muni Lal and Raj Kumar were also out on bail. Later, Surinder Singh brought fake currency from Bihar. He along with Raj Kumar also went to Nepal and brought fake notes from Birgunj area twice.

The SSP said during interrogation Surinder Singh revealed that he had been supplying fake currency notes to Raj Kumar for the past four months. He was supplying fake currency of Rs 1.50 lakh against Rs1 lakh genuine currency.

Being the owner of a money exchange shop, Raj Kumar was easily mixing the counterfeit currency with genuine currency.


4 youths killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 26
Four youths were killed in a road mishap on the Goniana-Bajakhana road, near Goniana Khurd village, last night.
According to information, three youths were killed when a scooter allegedly rammed into a tractor-trailer parked on the road, while another scooter-borne youth died when his scooter hit a car whose driver had been witnessing the accident that had taken place between the tractor-trailer and the scooter.

In this mishap, the occupant of the tractor-trailer, who was in the process of repairing the tractor-trailer, died on the spot, while two occupants of the scooter, Gagandeep Singh and Gurpreet Singh, were taken to the local Civil Hospital where they were declared dead.

The occupant of the other scooter, whose scooter had rammed into the car, was also admitted to a local hospital in an injured condition where he died. He was identified as Sudesh Kumar.


Missing youth found dead
Our Correspondent

Batala, June 26
The body of a youth of Batala police district who disappeared six days ago under mysterious circumstances has been found in a canal in Amritsar district.
As per reports received here, the deceased, Avtar Singh, a son of Makhan Singh of Thind Dhariwal village on the Qadian road, had gone to a nearby canal six days back with his friends, Major Singh and Gulzar Singh of the same village, but he did not return to his residence.

Smelling foul play, members of his family reported the matter to the police and a search continued for five days. Ultimately, his body was found in a canal in Jandiala Guru in Amritsar district. The body bore injury marks on the head.

The police said here today that a case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered.


Cop’s widow found dead
Tribune News Service

Moga, June 26
Late police officer Gurkirpal Singh’s widow, Jasbir Kaur (55), was found dead at her residence at Badhani Kalan village under mysterious circumstances here today.
According to police sources, Jasbir was living alone at her house and the door of the house had been bolted from inside the past few days.

However, her neighbours felt a strong offensive smell emitting from her house today. They informed the police which entered the house after breaking the door and found her decomposed body lying there.

Police sources said the hands of the deceased had been tied. It seemed that she might have been murdered a few days ago. She was the second wife of the police officer.


Jobless ETT teachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 26
The local MLA and district Congress president, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, today faced some embarrassing moments when a large number of unemployed ETT teachers, gathered at the Zila Parishad office here to check a list of selected candidates for the post of teachers in primary schools, raised slogans against him when he got a list of selected candidates before it was displayed on the notice board.

The unemployed ETT teachers, along with their parents, had gathered at the office of the Zila Parishad since morning and were eagerly waiting for the list of selected candidates of the district to be displayed in the notice board. But they panicked when they learnt Mr Sharma has got a copy of the list of the selected candidates in advance. They raised slogans and staged dharna outside the Zila Parishad office.

Meanwhile in order to avoid any controversy, the state Zila Parishad officials later displayed the list of the candidates selected for the post of the teachers in the elementary schools.

Mr Sharma said that to make the system transparent and everything had been computerised here. And there was no possibility to make any change. “I just had checked a photostat copy of the list of the selected candidates to help those waiting outside,” he added.


Counselling for NRI seats on July 11
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 26
The counselling for admission to the NRI or NRI-sponsored seats in the B.Tech (CSE/ECE) and M.Tech (FYIC) (CSE) semester I of Guru Nanak Dev University would be held on July 11.
Interested candidates are advised to bring their original documents, testimonials and bank drafts for the requisite amount at the time of counselling.


Smoothen loan facility, banks told
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Mr Devinder Pal Singh Walia, ADC (D), while presiding over the meeting of standing committee organised by the State Bank of Patiala, today urged the banks to disburse the loans sanctioned under various govt-sponsored schemes with in two weeks positively.

He advised the bank managers to strengthen the coordination with the government departments and concerned officials, so that the loan seekers may not have to face any difficulty. He also reviewed the progress of various government-sponsored schemes.

He said out of the Rs 713.18-crore loan target fixed by the banks, Rs 686.86 crore had been disbursed to the farmers. He also appreciated the efforts of the banks.

He expressed concern over the low formation of self-help groups and called upon the child development project officers, development officers of the women programme and banks to form as many self-help groups as they can and to achieve the targets allotted to them.

Mr Ashwani Mahajan, AGM, NABARD, told 919 self-help groups had been formed in the district and 750 had been provided loans by various banks.

He impressed upon the banks and department to identify cases under the NABARD schemes of capital investment subsidy schemes for organic farming, interest subsidy schemes for dairy, poultry and water harvesting scheme for SC/ ST farmers.

Mr S.S.Kharaud, LDM, urged the banks to sanction the cases sponsored under PMRY schemes within 10 days to enable the beneficiaries to get the necessary training and to avail the loan.

He also urged to advance at least 2 cases in each quarter under the Swarozgar Credit Card Schemes. 


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