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Deserted by NRI, wife alleges police inaction
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, September 21
Gurpreet Kaur, wife of NRI Satnam Singh, son of Sadhu Singh of Hukran village, organised a press conference here and alleged that her husband deserted her after one month of the marriage and that the police was not taking any concrete action on a complaint filed by her.

The conference was held at the district unit office of the BJP here. MP and head of the state unit of the party Avinash Rai Khanna, along with other local BJP leaders, was present on the occasion. Gurpreet’s father Karnail Singh, sarpanch of Rampur Sainian village Mohinder Singh and some relatives of the woman were also present there.

Gurpreet (27), a graduate from Panjab University, said she was married to NRI Satnam Singh on February 2, 2005. Satnam Singh, who was employed in Italy, and his family members started torturing and maltreating her for dowry soon after the marriage. This despite the fact that her father had spent Rs 5 lakh on giving various items to her at the time of her marriage.

They were demanding a car, but her parents had expressed their inability to do so. After a month, Satnam Singh left for Italy and his father, Sadhu Singh, threw her out of the house. Some relatives made efforts to sort out the matter, but in vain. She filed a complaint with the SSP, Hoshiarpur, in May this year, who marked the same to the women cell of the district police.

She alleged that no FIR had been registered against the accused who had made her life miserable. She demanded immediate registration of a case and action against the culprits.

Sarpanch Mohinder Singh said he, along with Gurpreet Kaur, her parents and panchayat members, met SP (D) Dharsanjit Singh Dhindsa yesterday for expediting action in the case. Instead of listening to them, Mr Dhindsa allegedly used abusive language and ordered them to leave his office, he alleged. He said Mr Dhindsa should apologise for insulting him and panchayat members.

The SP, however, refuted the charges and said he was trying to settle the case amicably by getting granted a compensation to the affected girl. He said a cheque of Rs 1 lakh was given to the aggrieved party by the father of Satnam Singh, but it bounced. A case was being registered in that connection, he added.


Theatre purified for religious film 
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 21
A local cinema house has been purified for screening a religious film. The Sangam cinema, situated just opposite bus terminal, was cleaned for the screening of a film based on the life of great Sikh saint warrior Baba Deep Singh who attainted martyrdom while protecting Golden Temple from Afghans.

The first cinemascope Punjabi feature film on the Sikh history produced with the biggest-ever budget of Rs 2.5 crore would be released in the theatres tomorrow.

In the film “Anokhe Amar Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji”, Sabat Surat Sikhs belonging to the holy city have performed all Sikh roles.

Mr A.P.S. Chatha, executive producer of the film, said the shabad singer, Bhai Guriqbal Singh of Mata Kaulan Trust, looked after the purification work at the cinema. The theatre authorities suspended the night show to carry out the purification.

Mr Chatha said a “deepmala” would also be held before the release of the film. A procession led by Bhai Guriqbal Singh would march towards the theatre after performing prayers at Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh for watching the premiere of the movie.

Jaswinder Singh Chahal, a young director from Bollywood, has directed the picture. A number of actors, music directors, lyricists, cameramen and other technicians offered their services free of cost for the making of this epic. The film has been produced by Shot Real Production in collaboration with the Mata Kaulan Trust.


  Forest labourers hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, September 21
The daily wagers of the department of forest today organised a dharna outside the office of the DFO, Gurdaspur stationed at Pathankot, to press for the acceptance of their demands.

The daily wagers, who included women labourers, alleged that they had been working for the department for periods ranging from 10 to 15 years. The department used to provide them employment for at least six months in a year. However, now their services had been discontinued.

Though a large number of labourers worked for the department, no amount had been deposited in their provident fund (EPF) accounts.

The labourers alleged that they had not been paid salaries since June this year. The department was not keeping transparent records of the muster rolls. The signatures of labourers were also not taken on the passbooks through which payments were made to them.

Most of the labourers who have been protesting were employed under a Japan Bank-aided project of the department of forest. 


Making of poll ID cards begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
As part of the countrywide programme to make new election photo identity cards, the first phase of this process was launched in 11 Assembly constituencies of Punjab today. Work will start in 47 more Assembly segments from September 25.

Mr Sundram Krishna, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, said the process had been started in Dhariwal, Jalandhar North, Banga, Sultanpur, Tanda, Qila Raipur, Nangal, Amloh, Muktsar, Talwandi Sabo and Budhlada.


CKD delegation leaves for Pak

Amritsar, September 21
A 33-member delegation of Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) went to pay obeisance at Sikh shrines in Pakistan here today. Headed by Mr Charanjit Singh Chadha, president, CKD, the delegation left in the morning. It would visit Panja Sahib (Hasanabdal), Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Sauda and several other gurdwaras. — OC


200 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21
As many as 200 units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp organised by the NCC and NSS units of Government Mohindra College and the Red Cross Society on the colleges premises here today.

While inaugurating the camp, Dr Kanwarjit Singh, DPI Colleges, Punjab, exhorted the blood donors to come forward in helping society at large.

Col. S. P. S. Boparai, NCC Group commander, was also present on the occasion to encourage NCC cadets.


Engineers’ Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 21
The 39th Engineers’ Day was celebrated at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, by the students’ chapters of the Institutions of Engineers India. Mr H.C. Berry was the chief guest at the function, Dr T.S. Kamal was the guest of honour, whereas Dr D.S. Hira, Principal, presided over the function.

Mr Berry highlighted the achievements of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

He told the students about

the Institution of Engineers of India, its memberships and their eligibility criteria. He discussed the application of electronics in disaster management.

Dr Hira presented a vote of thanks and discussed with the students environmental pollution and its management.

All guests were presented with mementoes by the Principal and Prof Lakhwinder Singh, Dean, Academics.

In addition to lectures, paper presentation, group discussions and other technical events were also organised for the students.


Lady of Fatima lifts declamation trophy
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21
Our Lady of Fatima Convent School won the over all trophy in the Kaka Yashdeva Singh Memorial interschool declamation contest organised by the Rotary Club at Bhasha Bhavan here today

The first individual prize of Rs 500 was bagged by Chehak of Our Lady of Fatima while Anureet of Our Lady of Fatima and Abhishek of St. Peter’s Academy were bagged the second prize. Ashmeet of Playways High School won the third prize. Three consolation prizes of Rs 250 each were awarded to Ramanpreet (D.A.V. Public School) Harshdeep (St. Peter’s Academy) and Joyti (Playways High School.)

As many as 35 students comprising 14 teams from various schools took part in the declamation contest. Mr Nek Chand, Director Rock Garden, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.

Mr Chand, Prof S.C.Sharma and Mr Jai Dev Singh were honoured by the club on this occasion. Rotary president Manmeet S.P. Singh gave away the award.

Earlier, Prof Sharma, chairman of the organising committee, welcomed the guests and Mr Jai Dev Singh paid floral tributes at the portrait of Kaka Yashdeva Singh.


Health Dept acts to check dengue
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 21
Following the detection of a dengue case, which has created panic among residents of the border district, the Health Department has swung into action to prevent it from spreading.

Dr Harjap Singh Mahal, Assistant Civil Surgeon, said here today that the department had pressed into service five mobile fogging machines, which visited various parts of the district from 4 pm to 7 pm daily. He said anti-larvae staff had also been pressed into service to spray DDT and other disinfectants in ponds and drains.

Eleven cases of malaria had been detected during the past two months, which had given sleepless night to officials of the department. Last year, two cases of dengue had been reported from the border district.

Dr Mahal said the person affected from dengue, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital, was a migrant labour. He said proper care had been taken of the patient and his condition had improved considerably.

He said instructions had been issued to owners of various laboratories in the district to immediately inform the department if they detected any malaria positive case.


CM to demand loan waiver
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will make a formal demand to the central leadership of his party to get the Rs 3,772 crore loan for fighting militancy waived from the Government of India.

This will be one of the main demands of Capt Amarinder Singh during the Congress Chief Ministers’ conclave at Naini Tal on September 23 and 24.

The opinion of the Punjab Government is that fighting terrorism was a national battle and not just the battle of Punjab. Hence, the nation must share the burden. Also the Punjab Government would suggest that an amendments should be made to the Indian Penal Code and other laws to ensure speedy trial and justice.

The Chief Minister will also press for an economic package for the farmers of the state. 


State of agriculture worries Amarinder
Opens kisan mela, asks farmers to follow scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 21
Expressing deep concern over the future of agriculture in the state, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today called upon farmers to adopt a scientific approach and resource-conservation technologies for sustainable production and incomes.

Addressing farmers after inaugurating a two-day kisan mela at Panjab Agricultural University, he said water should be a major concern for all Punjabis. With the water table falling at the rate of 3 ft on an average per year and the available water being only around 14.38 million acre feet, if farmers did not switch from paddy to less water-consuming crops, their fate would be sealed.

The Chief Minister also referred to suicides by farmers again in south-western districts. When the ground water is brackish, fields are at the tail end of the canal system and canal water is insufficient, how do you expect farmers to survive and continue farming? he asked.

“More than any other party, it is my government which has held the hand of the farmers. All of you who are sitting here today must diversify at least 33 per cent area under paddy to other crops, of which 15 per cent area must be under horticulture.”

Turning to what the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, had said in his welcome address, the Chief Minister said farmers must adhere to the recommendations of university scientists. The scientists, on their part, should evolve cost-effective technologies.

On corporate farming, the Chief Minister said Punjab proposed to bring at least 10 per cent area under this concept, wherein companies like Reliance, ITC, Godrej and Bharati would set up over 350 main agriculture hubs and an equal number of sub-centres to introduce the culture of quality production fit for export.

Capt Amarinder Singh told farmers that it was time that each one of them produced more from less land. “For this to happen, the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, is visiting Japan to learn about technologies and techniques of obtaining higher yields from small holdings. Dr Aulakh should also accompany her on this mission,” he said.

Capt Amarinder Singh welcomed two Pakistani nationals attending the mela, Mohammad Idrees Khokhar, who is the chief coordinator of the Farmers Associates of Pakistan, and Mohammad Aslam Sagu.

The Chief Minister said he had already spoken to his counterpart Pervaiz Ilahi in Pakistan that PAU and its “mother institute” in Faislabad should join hands in agricultural research.

In his welcome address, Dr Aulakh said a situation had arisen where India was importing food-grain rather than exporting.

The Chief Minister gave away awards to three progressive farmers: Mr Gurmeet Singh Sohi of Nathamalpur village in Ropar district was honoured with the Parvasi Bharati Safal Kisan Puraskar-2006; Mr Surjit Singh Dhillon of Doraha with the Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Yadgari Memorial Award-2006; and Mr Jagraj Singh of Rao Ke Kalan village in Moga with the Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Puraskar-2006.

Among those present on the occasion were PPPC president Shamsher Singh Dullo, Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, both Cabinet Ministers, and the Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor, Mr D.S.Bains, besides members of the Board of Management.

Meanwhile, thousands of farmers from across Punjab and the neighbouring states today thronged the mela on the first day. 


2 die, 13 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, September 21
Two women were killed and 13 other persons injured when their tractor-trailer (PB-07-0842) collided head on with a truck (PB-05-9532) at Kurala village in Tanda, 40 km from here, this morning. All the injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Tanda.

According to police sources, the deceased were identified as Kulwinder Kaur, wife of Karamjit Singh of Khuda, and Surinder Kaur, wife of Kuldip Singh of Shahpur village.

All these persons were being carried to their homes in the tractor-trailer by the owner, Jaswinder Singh of Shahpur, after participating in an annual sammelan at Dera Sant Baba Balwant Singh at Tanda. At about 1.30 a.m., a truck coming from Pathankot side collided with the tractor-trailer.


Eight-year-old boy murdered
Our Correspondent

Barnala, September 21
Mr Sandeep, a son of Mr Ram Lal, a resident of Street No. 5 on Sekha Road, here was killed by some unidentified youth last night.

According to reliable sources, Sandeep (8), who worked in a shop near the local Nehru Chowk, was taken to some forlorn place on Sekha Road and killed.

Police sources said two persons had been taken in custody for questioning. The police today registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code at Kotwali police station.

In another case, Charanjit Kaur, wife of Sehajpal Singh, a resident of Bihla village, about 20 km from here, committed suicide by consuming some insecticide on Wednesday. 


Class V student murdered
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, September 21
Amrit Pal Singh class V, student of the government school, Tibber, was murdered at Tibber village, about 10 km from here, today. Sources available here said that Amrit Pal Singh had a fight with his classmate Bunny yesterday. Amrit Pal’s parents went to the house of Bunny yesterday evening to complain against his misbehaviour with their son.

The parents of Bunny, however, got infuriated at this. Today when Amrit Pal Singh was returning home, Chaman Lal and Bishu, father and a brother of Bunny, killed him with sharpedged weapons and fled. A woman, in front of whose house the murder took place, washed the blood to save herself from police trouble.

The police has booked Chaman Lal, Bishu and the woman who destroyed evidence under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC.

The SSP, Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, when contacted, said that the police was looking for the culprits. 


Newborn baby’s body found

Kharar, September 21
The body of a newborn girl child was recovered from a nulla near Fatehulapur village.

According to information available, the body was seen by a passerby who then informed the police. The body was then recovered by the police. — OC


Harvard conducting study on Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A team of researchers from Harvard Business School, USA, is conducting a study on Punjab and its financial  position.

The team will touch varied subjects, including financial aspects and money management carried out a few years ago to the present situation of the state having money in its kitty to run its affairs.

A two member team — Assistant Professor of Business Administration Lakshmi Iyer and Research Assistant Namrita Arora — is on a visit to Punjab. Today it met top officials and discussed issues relating to agriculture produce processing and the financing of infrastructure like roads and other public utility projects. This is part of the focus on India of the business school that has recently opened an office in Mumbai. Besides Punjab the study is focusing on Kerala and its finances. 


Management development programme today
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21
The School of Business Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, will organise a Management Development Programme (MDP) on lean management for competitiveness tomorrow on its campus.

Dr T.P. Singh, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Ajay Batish, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, would be the coordinators of the programme.


5 engineering college students rusticated
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21
The Punjabi University authorities today rusticated five students of its University College of Engineering after they were found guilty of beating up mercilessly their classfellow in the department about a week ago.

Official sources said the entry of rusticated students identified as Guneet Inder Singh, Vineet, Amarjot, Deepinder and Jharminder Singh, to the campus of Punjabi University had also been banned. The students would have to suffer a loss of one full academic year.

Mr B. S. Sandhu, spokesman of Punjabi University, when contacted, said the accused thrashed their classfellow Sahil Verma, student of B. Tech (fourth year), Mechanical branch about a week ago. Sahil Verma, who suffered serious injuries, was taken to hospital, where he was treated in the emergency ward.

He said that on getting a compliant, the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, constituted a committee of four persons to probe the matter.

He said after the committee submitted its report today to Mr Boparai, he ordered the rustication of five students.


VC warns against indiscipline as new law varsity starts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21
Dr Gurjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), today sounded a note of warning to the students, saying that if they were found indulging in indiscipline or mischief, they would be rusticated without giving an opportunity to explain their position.

The Vice-Chancellor sounded this note of warning while addressing the guardians of the students at a special meeting called by him on the premises of historical Mohindra Kothi here, where the university started functioning formally today.

Dr Gurjeet Singh, who interacted with the guardians and parents of the students and also addressed both parents and students separately, said a formal beginning had been made to make the RGNUL as one of the best universities of law and law colleges dotting in the country with the active cooperation of students, parents, faculty members and other organisations apart from the Punjab and Central governments.

He added that RGNUL would ensure best education to the students by involving visiting faculty in it. The students would also be sent to other law universities for better interaction and to provide them an opportunity to expand their vision.

He added that RGNUL would sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with foreign-based law institutes and other organisations and would send its teachers to those universities for updating their knowledge and skills. He said special stress would be laid on practical training of the students. 


IET students stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 21
Students of the IET, Bhaddal, today resorted to a protest against the decision of the management, to suspend two students following their involvement in a group clash.The agitated students also gheraoed vehicles of the chairman of the college in the evening.

When contacted, the chairman of the college, Mrs Gurcharan Kaur, said: “in order to maintain discipline in the college, we have to take action against the students. But the matter was later resolved amicably.”


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