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Tension in college as armed youth gather outside campus
Jalandhar, September 13
Tension prevailed when some armed youth gathered outside Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate School, adjoining the college campus, here this morning. Students’ elections were reportedly to be held here.
Security personnel on guard outside Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar Security personnel on guard outside Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

NRIs to adopt 150 govt schools 
Jalandhar, September 13
Inspired by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, many Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) hailing from Punjab and settled in various countries have decided to adopt 150 government schools of Punjab.
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, presides over the meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, presides over the meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Mr A. Venu Parsad, Deputy Commissioner, is also seen. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma




 



DAV College gets new Principal
Jalandhar, September 13
Dr Satish Kumar Sharma has taken over as the new Principal of DAV College here following the promotion of Mr M.L. Aeri as Director, Public Schools, DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi. Having started his career as a lecturer in Arya College, Ludhiana, Dr Sharma had joined LR-DAV College, Jagraon, as Principal in July 2004. He has been a member of the Senate of Panjab University for the past 20 years. He is also a member of the Academic Council of Panjab University and member of many governing bodies of various institutions. He was welcomed on Wednesday on the campus by Mr A.K. Sharma, Secretary, Staff Council.

Veterinary pharmacists hold protest rally
Jalandhar, September 13
Members of the Veterinary Pharmacist Union held a black flag rally that started from the premises of the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to the office of Deputy Commissioner. 

Members of the Veterinary Pharmacist Union holding a protest rally in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Members of the Veterinary Pharmacist Union holding a protest rally in Jalandha

Kidnapping scare: missing children found in Jammu
Jalandhar, September 13
Parents of Sita, an eight-year-old girl and student of Class II, and Deepak, a five-year-old LKG student, have finally heaved a sigh of relief as their “missing” kids have finally been found enjoying hospitality of their maternal uncle in Jammu.

Kapurthala resident murdered in USA
Saintpur (Kapurthala), September 13
A pall of gloom descended on Saintpur village falling under Bholath sub-division here today when the news of the murder of a local man working in the USA reached here.

 

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Tension in college as armed youth gather outside campus
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 13
Tension prevailed when some armed youth gathered outside Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate School, adjoining the college campus, here this morning. Students’ elections were reportedly to be held here.

However, there was no untoward incident as the college administration immediately called up police officials after which the youth fled away from the spot. Security was beefed up outside the college, with policemen and commandos posted in large numbers outside the college gates. No student was allowed to enter without the college I-card.

SP City-I, Mr Satinder Singh, and DSP City-I, Mr Charanjit Singh, also visited the campus and held meeting with the college Principal, Mr Satish Kapoor, on security arrangements.

Some college administrators said that they were not aware of any students’ elections. They said there could have been some unofficial planning on it in the students’ centre, especially by some political parties trying to strengthen their base among the youth.

The SHO of Police Station Division Number-4 said that since no untoward incident had occurred, no case was registered and no one was rounded up. He said that most of the youth who were trying to create tension were outsiders and members of the National Students’ Union of India. 

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NRIs to adopt 150 govt schools 
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 13
Inspired by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, many Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) hailing from Punjab and settled in various countries have decided to adopt 150 government schools of Punjab.

The NRIs would deposit an amount of Rs 10 lakh in banks of their respective villages and the interest earned on the money would be utilised for fulfilling the needs of government schools.

Mr Atwal, who is also the Chairman of the district-level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, expressed his deep concern at the state of education in Punjab and said that though enormous efforts by the Punjab government were on to improve the educational system, yet the level of education was going down with each passing day.

“No state has such vast financial resources to fill all the requisite vacancies of teachers and meet the requirements of schools. In such a situation, NRIs should come forward and patronise certain schools of their respective areas so that they could also contribute in ongoing process of improvement of standard of education in Punjab. I have been exhorting NRIs to help schools, and these efforts have finally borne fruit. A number of them have agreed to adopt schools of their villages,” said the deputy speaker, who was accompanied by Mr A.Venu Parsad, the Deputy Commissioner.

Expressing his views on educational system, Mr Atwal said that rural government schools were in need of special attention as wards of deprived and poor people received education there. He further said the Central government was sending large amounts of money to states, but the requisite degree of development was not possible until representatives of people, particularly of rural areas, were fully aware and educated. “At times, development agencies exploit uneducated representatives and because of this, real beneficiaries cannot attain full benefits of developmental schemes. The Central government is running numerous welfare schemes, and officials should leave no stone unturned to implement these schemes. At the same time, people and social welfare organisations should also keep an eye on the pace of development and if they find any anomaly anywhere in implementation, they should contact the respective deputy commissioners. Government officials should ensure that money coming from MPLAD schemes is utilised within specific time frame,” he added.

He expressed the need to hold a fresh survey to determine the number of people living below poverty line (BPL) in the state so that people in need could get financial and other aid.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the Central government money received by the district administration was being utilised by the administration as per norms and guidelines. He warned that any official found guilty of improper utilisation of money would dealt be with severely. 

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Veterinary pharmacists hold protest rally
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 13
Members of the Veterinary Pharmacist Union held a black flag rally that started from the premises of the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to the office of Deputy Commissioner. The union members were demanding opening of promotion channels for them.

Mr Paramjit Singh Grewal, president, said their main demand was to change their designation from Veterinary Pharmacist to Veterinary and Livestock Inspector that they said was more suitable as per their profile.

The members also demanded that the nomenclature of the training course to be started at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University, Ludhiana, be changed to Diploma in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. The members alleged that there was no promotion channel in their department due to which there was widespread resentment. They demanded that they should be elevated to posts at sub-division and district levels.

The members said that from September 18 onwards, they would hold district-wise protests outside the office Director Animal Husbandry in Chandigarh. They said that a state-level rally would be held in the constituency of Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, at Bathinda on October 1. 

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Kidnapping scare: missing children found in Jammu
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 13
Parents of Sita, an eight-year-old girl and student of Class II, and Deepak, a five-year-old LKG student, have finally heaved a sigh of relief as their “missing” kids have finally been found enjoying hospitality of their maternal uncle in Jammu.

Ruckus had been created in New Gautam Nagar locality on Tuesday afternoon as news had spread that Sita and Deepak had gone missing after they were to return home from their tuition classes in Basti Bawa Khel. Apprehensions were expressed that the two might have been ‘kidnapped’ by some unscrupulous elements or might have landed in the clutches of child lifters.

The sudden disappearance of kids had not only worried their parents, but also had generated a fear-psychosis among residents of the area and had left the police officials in a tizzy, particularly after the night-long search operations turned out to be a futile exercise.

But the morning brought an end to the anxieties of one and all when the parents of the kids got a phone call from Jammu-based maternal uncle of the duo that the children had “descended on” his place. After hearing the news, Avadhi Lal, father of the kids and migrant daily wager, left for Jammu to get the children back. It, however, remains a mystery as to how the two kids managed to go to a distant place like Jammu, and if they had done this on their own, what the reason was.

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Kapurthala resident murdered in USA
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Saintpur (Kapurthala), September 13
A pall of gloom descended on Saintpur village falling under Bholath sub-division here today when the news of the murder of a local man working in the USA reached here.

Captain (retired) Balwant Singh was killed by two Black robbers in New Jersey. His family members were informed on phone about his murder today.

According to his younger brothers Rajinder Singh and Baldev Singh, they were told that the two robbers had killed him by attacking him with some sharp-edged weapon at a petrol station yesterday.

As per the information, Balwant Singh, along with Gurmeet Singh of the same village, was working at a petrol station in New Jersey.

Two men came to the petrol station for fuel refill. As their behaviour was suspicious, Balwant Singh went to the room where cash was kept.

He bolted the room from inside and threw the bag containing the cash to an adjacent room.

The robbers were watching all this from the transparent windowpane.

Later, the robbers entered the room after breaking the windowpane, attacked Balwant with sharp-edged weapons and fled from the spot after taking the cash with them. Balwant’s colleague Gurmeet saved his life by reportedly fleeing from the spot.

The victim’s brothers said that Balwant had got the USA visa for ten years.

He used to spend six months in the USA and six months in India. This was his fourth visit to the USA, and he was scheduled to return to India on September 31, they added.

Balwant Singh is survived by his wife Amarjit Kaur, three sons and two married daughters.

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