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Woman cop alleges sexual harassment
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, September 22
A railway police constable, posted at the Chaki bank police station, has levelled charges of sexual harassment against SHO Mukesh Chand Tyagi.

Talking to newspersons at the local Civil Hospital here today, Rajinder Kaur alleged that the SHO had been harassing her sexually. He posted her on night duties and to guard the armory against the directions issued by the IG, Railway Police, to force her into sexual relationship with him.

When she refused to submit to his desire, he got her transferred to Muradabad, she alleged.

Sources said the constable returned on duty yesterday after a holiday only to find that she had been transferred. On receiving the transfer orders, she broke windowpanes of the police station with his cane. She allegedly attacked the SHO, who fled from the scene.

Under trauma, she was admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

The SHO was not available for comments. The sources at the police station said he had gone to the higher authorities of the railway police to report about the incident.


Rice mill owners’ meet
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 22
A rice mill owners meet was organised by the local new grain market branch of the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) here today in which the policy of the bank for advancing loans to them for the year 2006-07 was discussed.

The salient feature of the policy and the various relaxations to be granted by the bank management to the millers were explained by Deputy General Manager C.S. Jagdish and Assistant General Manager K.S. Sandhu, SBoP, respectively. 


Freshers’ party organised at Lincoln College
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 22
Students of the Lincoln College of Law, Fatehgarh Sahib, today organised a freshers’ party on the college campus. It was inaugurated by senior Akali leader and member SGPC Didar Singh Bhatti.

Seniors of the college presented cultural and musical events to accord a warm welcome to the freshers. It was fun and frolic at the college as students danced to the tunes of music.

Mr Tarshem Bahia, director of the college, welcomed the guests.

The party kicked off on an enthusiastic note with a solo song by Jasvir Singh Atul of LLB-I. A medley group dance, presented by Amandeep Virk, Jasvir and Amandeep Singh, won accolades from the audience. A humorous skit, staged by LLB-III students, evoked a lot of laughter, while a group dance by LLB girls enthralled the audience.

Amandeep Singh of LLB-I was declared Mr Fresher, while Amandeep Virk of LLB-I was declared Ms Fresher.

Mr Ravinder Singh, finance secretary of the college, and Gurbinder Shergill, secretary of the college, also spoke on the occasion.


New Lions Club formed
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 22
The International Association of Lions Clubs has formed a new Lions Club Fatehgarh Sahib. The installation ceremony of the new club was organised last night at Sirhind town.

Mr K.S. Sohal, was the chief guest, Mr H.J.S.Khera vice-district Governor was the installation officer, where as Mrs Kavita Chauhan, SDM, Fatehgarh Sahib, was the guest of honour.

Mr Gurmukh Singh was installed as charter president and Mr Ashwani Kaura as charter secretary. The other 20 members of the club were also installed and they were administer oath and the lapels were pinned by the guests.

The SDM appreciated the efforts of Lions International for setting up the Lions Club Fatehgarh Sahib. She said service to mankind is service to God and in this era of materialism, one hardly found any time for the others.

She hoped that the members of the new club would serve society and help the needy. She assured full co-operation from the administration.

Mr K.S. Sohal, Imm. PDG, and Mr H.J.S. Khera, spoke of selfless service by the members and office-bearers of the newly formed club.

On this occasion the some teachers, in including Principal Jaswant Kaur, Govt Girls SSS, Sirhind, Mr Balwinder Kumar math teacher, Mr Khuswant Thapar, SS teacher, and Mr Puran Sehgal, math teacher, were honoured for their outstanding performances.


Workshop on solid waste management 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 22
The All Lions Club of Patiala Region IX, on the fifth day of Environment Awareness Week, organised a seminar -cum-workshop on solid waste management and water conservation here today.

According to experts, due to the population increase, the problem of solid waste was acquiring dangerous dimensions, and it would be difficult to tackle this problem if the government agencies did not take timely action.

The PUM experts, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Netherlands, were providing free consultation in 92 countries in the management of solid waste and water conservation. They visited various spots and advised to tackle the problem of waste management.

Rotary District-Governor Harbans Pathak stressed the need for water conservation, its proper use and rain water harvesting. 


Dental awareness programme

Patiala, September 22
A dental awareness programme was held at GSS School Bhunerheri village of Patiala district by a private dental care centre, where the schoolchildren were educated and given tooth pastes free of cost. — TNS


Experts discuss garbage disposal
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 22
People will be encouraged to save the environment by changing their behaviour through a campaign. It’s high time people realised that nothing is for granted and we have to protect the environment to save ourselves. These views are expressed by solid waste management experts from the netherlands at a seminar held here recently.

Mr Roel Poet, an expert, said local bodies should organise seminars and training programmes for disposing of garbage at proper places. Things could be improved if dustbins were placed at suitable places and people realised their responsibility not to pollute the environment.

Those who attended the seminar included the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Ms Bhavna Garg, Assistant Commissioner, Mr Sukhjit Pal Singh, Shivalik School principal, Ms Gurpreet Mathur, Lions Club president, Satish Jagota and 
Dr H.N Sharma.


Blood donation camp held
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 22 
The NSS unit of Government College for Girls organised a blood donation camp as part of the ongoing 10 days NSS camp. The Principal of the college, Dr G.K.Jaggi, inaugurated the camp. 

Students, volunteers of NSS and members of teaching and non-teaching staff donated the blood at the camp. 


SBP sponsors 23 SOS Village kids
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, September 22
The State Bank of Patiala(SBP) yesterday sponsored 23 children of the SOS Children’s Village here.

A cheque for Rs 1.38 lakh was handed over to the village director, Col Harinder Singh (retd), by Ms Vibha Aggarwal, wife of the Managing Director of the bank, at a 
function here. 

Mr C.S. Jagdish,DGM, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Manager (Planning), and Mr J.K. Sareen,Chief Manager, Community Banking, were also present on the occasion,according to a press note issued here today.

Ms Aggarwal appreciated the work being done by SOS Village which had made possible for these destitute children to grow in a conducive environment. 


SBoP launches Hindi awareness drive
Tribune News service

Patiala, September 22
The State Bank of Patiala has been observing the Hindi as official language. It has started a-month-long awareness drive throughout the branches and offices from September 1 to 30.

In a press note issued, the bank management said the competitions like computer typing for officers and employees, banking vocabulary competitions and noting competitions were conducted on Hindi Divas.

Mr S.N. Masaldan, General Manager (Technology and Inspection) inaugurated the competitions. On this occasion, he stressed that the use of Hindi in day-to-day working of the bank must be adopted by all emp- loyees.


Wedding row: DSGMC chief asked to clarify
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 22
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti has sought clarification up to September 30 from Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) for violating the Anand Marriage Act.

In a missive sent to Mr Harvinder Singh Sarna, president, DSGMC, Jathedar Vedanti had asked him to clarify the position on the recent marriage in which two circumambulations were taken in the traditional way while the bride walked ahead of 
the bridegroom in the remaining two. 


Farmers’ protest on Sept 25
Our Corrspondent

Amritsar, September 22
The ambitious Special Economic Zone (SEZ) here hit the first roadblock as Kissan Sangarsh Committee (KSC) announced to stop rail traffic for two hours on September 25 in protest against government's decision for acquisition of land.

A press release issued here yesterday said that hundreds of farmers would become landless following the acquisition of 1218 fertile land of seven villages. 


Contract workers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 22
More than 200 contract workers of Swaraj Mazda Limited observed protest after five of them were told to leave their jobs without any prior intimation. The protestors alleged that they were getting salary between Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 per month. Even they did not have facility of E.S.I and also facing problems while withdrawing Provident Funds.

They alleged that the company even did not observe them as regular employees even after lapse of over four years of service. Moreover, there are workers who have been working for over 7 years on this salary.

When contacted, the Swaraj Mazada, Chief Manager (Personnel) Mr P.K. Bhardwaj, said that the contract workers were called to work here whenever required. He said only one worker was told to discontinue. The matter was resolved amicably in the evening.

“We have assured them that all the workers on contract bases would be taken on role during the expansion plan of the company. We have been provding all the facilities to them,” he added.


Three-month RI for giving false evidence
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 22
Mr K.K. Garg, Sessions Judge, Sangrur, yesterday awarded three months' rigorous imprisonment (RI) each to Mehar Singh, resident of Jaikar village (Samana Tehsil in Patiala district), and Pritam Singh, resident of Shadipur Momian village (Samana Tehsil), for giving false evidence in the court. They were sentenced to undergo RI for three months each under Section 344 of the Cr. P. C.

Both Mehar Singh and Pritam Singh implicated Sub Inspector (SI) Nirbhai Singh, Head Constable (HC) Balwinder Singh and Constable Mohan Lal (all posted at Khanauri police station in June 1999) as accused when they were examined on August 11, 2004, and September 4, 2004, respectively, in the court by stating that HC Balwinder Singh, constable Mohan Lal and constable Karj Singh caught SPO Balwinder Singh (posted at Khanauri police station) from legs and arms and accused Nirbhai Singh placed a carbine under the chin of Balwinder Singh and they (Mehar and Pritam) heard the sound of gun shots and found SPO in an injured condition. (Balwinder Singh later died)

Relying on their statements, SI Nirbhai Singh, HC Balwinder Singh and constable Mohan Lal were summoned to face trial under Section 302 read with Section 34 of the IPC, but while making statements on July 13, 2005, after the reframing of charge, Mehar Singh and Pritam Singh totally resiled from the statements, made by them in the court on August 11, 2004 and September 4, 2004, respectively.

Mehar Singh had given the explanation, saying that he did not make any statement in the court at all. Pritam Singh, when confronted with his statement made on September 4, 2004, though admitted having made the same but submitted that he made the said statement under police pressure.

Mehar Singh and Pritam Singh implicated all the accused while appearing in the court on August 11, 2004, and September 4, 2004. 


Food Supply Inspector held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 22
A Vigilance Bureau team, led by Mr Roop Singh Maur, DSP, Sangrur, today caught Ramesh Kumar Singla, Food Supply Inspector, Moonak, when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2200 from Mr Vijay Kumar, a ration depot holder of Ballran village, at Moonak, about 60 km from here.

Mr Maur said that according to the complainants Vijay Kumar and Jaswinder Singh, who run ration depots in Ballran village (near Moonak), Ramesh Kumar Singla had demanded the bribe money (Rs 1100 each) from them to sign the stock registers of kerosene of their respective ration depot and allow them to sell the kerosene.

Both the complainants had received supply of 1380 litres of kerosene each at their respective depots while the Inspector had demanded 80 paisa per litre as bribe money from them with the threat that if they would not give him the bribe money he would cancel their licences.

He also told them that they could not sell the kerosene till he signed the kerosene stock registers of their respective depots.

Mr Maur also said that on the complaint of both depot holders the Vigilance laid a trap and caught Ramesh Kumar Singla red handed when he had been accepting Rs 2200.


Thrashing of IRS officer: SSP to probe
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 22
The IGP (Border), Mohammad Mustafa, today deputed the district police chief, Mr S.S. Srivastva, to probe the charges of thrashing of a senior IRS officer, Mr Ravi Sarangal, Additional Commissioner (Income Tax), allegedly by the DSP (Detective), Mr Ravinder Pal, on September 20 here.

Mr Mustafa said today that Mr Sarangal personally met him in his office to lodge a complaint against the DSP.

Meanwhile, the SSP said he would complete the inquiry within a week. An emergency meeting of the Indian Revenue Officers Association, held here under the presidentship of Mr J.L. Girdhar, Chief Commissioner, unanimously sought the registration of an FIR against the DSP. Mr R.K. Chaubey, secretary of the association, said if the police failed to book the police officer, the matter would be taken up with the higher authorities

Coming down heavily on the health officer who had reported that the DSP was not under the influence of liquor, Mr Sarangal said the test was not scientific since blood was not taken to conduct the medical examination. He alleged that some senior officers had been shielding the DSP by saying that they had not received any complaint while the fact was that he (Mr Sarangal) got the receipt of his complaint on the same day.

Police officers were reportedly busy to work out a rapprochement between the IRS officer and the DSP till this evening. Another serious allegation against the DSP is that he was driving a car with a fake number, which was found to be that of Kinetic scooter.

Mr Bhupinder Singh, District Transport Officer, said as per official record the number had been allotted to a two-wheeler. He said the department could not take action unless there was a specific complaint regarding this.

Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, an executive member of the SGPC, condemned the lathicharge on the students in Ludhiana and the thrashing of the IRS officer.


2 labourers crushed to death by jeep, 3 hurt
Our Correspondent

Ferozepore, September 22
Two persons were killed on the spot and another three injured after they were run over by a speeding jeep near Asal village on Ferozepore-Zira road last night. The injured include one child whose condition is slated to be serious. According to the information, the deceased were migrant labourers who were pitching temporary shed along the roadside when the incident happened.

The speeding jeep driver allegedly fled the spot after crushing the labourers. According to Inderdev, another migrant labourer, they usually came here in search of work during the paddy and wheat seasons. Now due to onset of paddy season, they had come from Muger in Bihar two days ago. He told that the two persons who died on the spot in the incident included Panckori (aged 40 years) and Prayag (60 years) and the child who is struggling with life has been identified as Chandan, 8 year.

Another labourer, Lal Dev has also been admitted in Civil Hospital. The police has registered a case on the basis of statement of Inderdev against Atma Singh, resident of Shadinwala village, who was driving the jeep. 


No transfer on gender bias: Bajwa 
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, September 22
There would be no transfers of teachers in the state on gender basis. Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Education and PWD, stated this to dispel fears among the teaching community that transfers would be made as the government was in favour of lady teachers only in girl's schools.

While talking to The Tribune today, Mr Bajwa said the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development had asked the state government to provide data regarding the number of girl students and female teachers in government schools. The education authorities were directed to collect the data asked by the union HRD 

However, some people spread the notion that the data was being collected to post only female teachers to teach girl students due to the recent cases of misbehavior by some male teachers in certain government schools. There is no government policy to post only female teachers to teach girl students in government schools.

In addition to that there would be no mass transfer of teachers in the current academic session. The mass transfers would not be made as these would hamper the studies of the students.

Directions are also being issued to deputy commissioners against posting the school teachers on election or other duties. Many of the schools, especially in the elementary section, have single or double teachers. If the teachers from these schools are posted on other duties the studies of the students are bound to suffer, he said.

Mr Bajwa was in his constituency today to distribute sports kits in the youth clubs. During a function organized here, Mr Bajwa distributed sports kits to 174 youth clubs. The sports kits included the entire material for most of the sports including cricket, hockey, football and weightlifting.

The sports kits have been distributed for free among the youth to keep them away for narcotics and drugs, he said.


Management development programme starts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 22
The School of Business Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), started a two-day management development programme on ‘Lean management for competitiveness’ here today.

Thirtyone delegates, including top-level executives from manufacturing, process and service organisations, participated in the programme, according to a press note issued by Col Jagdev Singh (retd), Registrar, TIET.

Competitiveness in contemporary organisations, contemporary cost management concepts and competitiveness through lean management, creating environment for lean management and techniques and strategies of lean manufacturing were covered.

Dr Abhijit Mukherjee, Director, TIET, in his inaugural address, highlighted the importance of lean management in the field of management education.

He opined that the programme could play a major role in reaching the level of excellence.

He expressed the future plan of the TIET to go in for the internationalisation of the BE-MBA programme.

Dr T.P. Singh, Dean of Academic Affairs and programme coordinator, said the purpose of the programme was to educate and train delegates on the use of techniques under the overall domain of lean management and to create in them inquisitiveness for exploring latest techniques for managing present-day complex business organisations.

Dr Ajay Batish, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof K.K. Bhattacharya, Head of the School of Business Management, were organisers of the programme.


Third counselling for BEd courses from Sept 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The third counselling for admissions to the Bachelor of Education (B Ed.) and the B Ed (yoga) in the colleges of education, affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for the session 2006-07 will be held from September 30 to October 3 at the Panjab University auditorium. October 2 will be a holiday.

All eligible candidates, belonging to the subject combination (medical and non-medical), have already been called for the second counselling and one more chance will be given to the science students in the third counselling.

The colleges affiliated to PU, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and GND varsity, Amritsar, will fill the remaining vacant seats under management quota in any subject combination (other than social studies-language combination) but these should not exceed 50, including 85 per cent Punjab Quota plus 15 per cent ) All India Quota plus Management Quota.

The unfilled vacant seats will be reported to the Co-ordinator, Joint B Ed and B Ed Yoga, two days prior to the start of third counselling.


PU despatches roll numbers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Roll numbers of candidates who are going to appear in the supplementary examinations, to be conducted by Panjab University from September 27, have been despatched.

The candidates who have been issued the PU-PIN slips may also visit the University website: www.puchd.ac.in to find out the ‘Centre of Examination’ allotted to them.

Candidates, who do not receive the roll-number card or PUPIN slip by September 23, may contact the concerned examination branch on September 25 or 26 from 9 am to 5 pm to get the duplicate roll-number slips or cards on the production of a written request in the name of Controller of Examinations, one attested passport size photograph and a fee receipt of Rs 40 from the SBI extension counter of the university.

Also, they should bring along a documentary proof of having the form/fee deposited for the examinations.


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