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Constitution of Punjab Library Act sought
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 10
The Punjabi Writers Cooperative Society yesterday appealed to the government to constitute a “Punjab Library Act” to open a number of libraries in rural areas “to divert the mind of the youth towards constructive purposes and move them away from drugs”.

Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, managing director of the society, said the opening of libraries in rural areas would create intellectual awareness among the rural folk. The society urged the state government to celebrate the Punjab Divas on a large scale on November 1. He said the government should also take steps to strictly implement the Punjabi Language Act, besides making necessary amendments in the Act and inserting provisions of strict action against officials who fail to implement the Act in letter and spirit.

The society held a meeting of its board of directors under the presidentship of Dr Bikram Singh Ghumman, former head of department of Punjabi Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University. It decided to organise a seminar on “Globalisation, Media and Punjabi Language” on November 11 at Sikh National College, Banga. The seminar would be organised in collaboration with Sikh National College.

Meanwhile, Dr Ghumman released Jasbir Kaur’s book ‘Sakhney Supney’ on the occasion. This is the third book of the writer. She also authored short story books “ Begaana Ahlna” and “Aukhey Ghutt”.


CM will ensure Naya Gaon NAC, assures Kang
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 10
The Morinda MLA and Cabinet Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, today kicked off work on a new tube well, meant to provide drinking water to residents of the Shivalik Vihar, Naya Gaon village, falling in the periphery of Chandigarh under Kharar subdivision.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Kang said keeping in view the extreme difficulty faced by the residents, he had made efforts to install the tube well which would be made operational, at a cost of Rs 9.50 lakh, within one month.

In addition, one more tube well would be installed in this village to meet the growing needs of the residents, he said.

Reiterating the commitment made by him to the electorate in Naya Gaon, he said electricity and drinking-water connections had been made available to them.

Mr Kang further said the promise to set up the Notified Area Committee (NAC) had been held up due to obstacles posed by the Forest Department, which would be taken care of by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, who would himself announce the formation of the NAC.

He said under a NABARD scheme, Rs 1.04 core would be spent to provide tube wells in Palheri, Majri, Dulwan Khadri, Mianpur, Sangatpura, Paroul, Bhupnagar, Chhoti Bari Nagal, Perch and Jainti Majri villages. The work on these projects would be completed by March 31, 2007.

In addition, under the Punjab Nirman Scheme, tube wells would be installed in Jakkarmajra, Karoran, Deshmesh Nagar, Mullanpur and Fatehpur villages, at a cost of Rs 99 lakh, which would be completed by December 31, 2006.


Maharashtra DGP visits Damdama Sahib

Bathinda, October 10
The Director-General of Police (DGP), Maharashtra, Mr P.S. Pasricha, today paid obeisance at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib along with members of his family.

He also visited Bhai Dall Singh’s residence where Guru Gobind Singh’s relics have been preserved.

Talking to The Tribune, Takht Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh said the DGP extended him an invitation to attend the tercentenary celebrations of Guru Gaddi Divas of Guru Granth Sahib at Takht Sri Hajur Sahib in Nanded in 2008.

He said being head of a committee formed for celebrating the mega event, Mr Pasricha evinced keen interest in the way the recent “sampooranta divas” was celebrated at Damdama Sahib.

Earlier, Jathedar Nandgarh presented him a “siropa” and a memento on the Takht premises. The DGP and his family then headed for Amritsar. — TNS


Light shed on rights of mentally challenged
Tribune Reporters

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 10
Mentally challenged persons will be provided free legal aid and their legal rights protected in all judicial courts of the district, said Madam Sabina, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Chairperson, District Legal Services Authority.

She was addressing a seminar organised by the District Legal Aid Services at Mata Gujri Government Senior Secondary School, Fatehgarh Sahib, on the eve of the World Mental Health Day.

She urged people to come forward to help mentally challenged persons, adding that if any one indulged in high-handedness with them, the fact should be brought to the notice of the District Legal Service Authority or other officials.

She directed the Civil Surgeon to launch a campaign with the help of voluntary organisations to identify the mentally challenged persons in the district

Mr Paramjit Singh, Civil Judge-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, said from October 16, awareness camps would be organised in the district to create awareness among the people of the need to treat the mentally challenged sensitively as well as to protect their rights.

Patiala: Mr Bhupinder Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Patiala, today said there was a need to sensitise people about the rights of mentally challenged persons in the society.

Delivering his key note address at a seminar on the World Mental Health Day, organised by the District Legal Services Authority, at the auditorium of the Government Medical College here, Mr Singh said the mentally challenged should be taken as a part and parcel of the society and people should be fair to them.


NIT student’s death: HC summons accused
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
No one really knows what happened on the intervening night of October 10 and 11 that led to the death of first-year engineering student Amit Gangwar last year on the rail tracks near Dr Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. The boy died and a suicide note was found naming 10 students, including a girl, for ragging him severely.

The death led to the arrest of nine out of the 10 students, but the wait for justice of Amit's father, Mr Triveni Sahai, is not over yet. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had summoned the 10 accused for their statements to be recorded today, ordered that the accused who failed to turn up today must appear before the court on November 13 or else the case would be forwarded to the Central Bureau of Investigation for a re-inquiry. The orders were issued by the court of Mr Justice Rajiv Bhalla on the failure of the accused to come and record their statements.

Mr Sahai has been demanding a thorough CBI inquiry . In May, on the basis of the proofs submitted by Mr Sahai, the court had ordered the CBI to submit a report after conducting a preliminary inquiry as to what the difference in injuries would be if a person committed suicide in front of a train and if the body was thrown in front it after murder. 


11 PCS officers shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10
The Punjab Government today ordered the postings and transfers of 11 PCS officers. Mr V.K. Janjua, Commissioner of Fardikot Division, has been given additional charge of Commissioner, Surplus Pool.

Mr Inder Yash Bhatti has been transferred to Sangrur as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Praneet has been given additional charge of Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Amritsar. Mr M.P. Arora has been sent to Bathinda as Additional Deputy Commissioner and Mr Ajmer Singh-I has been posted again as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Amritsar.

Mr Nirbhai Singh has been posted as Joint Secretary, Irrigation Department, and Mr Mohan Lal has been posted as SDM at Sangrur. Mr G.S. Ghuman has been posted as Land Acquisition Commissioner in the Department of Industries and Commerce. Mr Bhupinder Singh-II has been posted as Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar. Mr Rajesh Tripathi has been posted as Assistant Commissioner (General), Ropar, and Mr Gurpreet Singh Thind as District Transport Officer, Bathinda Mr Nachhattar Singh Brar has been posted as SDM, Faridkot.


3 foetuses found abandoned
Tribune News Service

Nangal, October 10
The Nangal police recovered three foetuses on the bank of the Sutlej here yesterday. Two male and one female foetuses were found lying abandoned near the cremation ground. The foetuses were sent for a post-mortem examination in the BBMB Hospital.

The police believed that these foetuses might have been dumped there by illegal clinics and ultrasound centers involved in the sex determination test. The SSP, Mr Kapil Dev, said: “We have registered a case.” 


Rs 2.72 lakh robbed from bank
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 10
In a daylight robbery, three unidentified men struck at the State Bank of Patiala branch in Mehraj and fled away with about Rs 2.72 lakh cash.

According to sources, the robbers, two of whom were armed with firearms, entered into the bank premises at about 1 pm. They threatened the bank staff and the customers present there and collected the amount kept at the cash counter. They also reportedly snatched mobile handsets and cash from some of the customers.

Vijay Kumar, a customer, said that the robbers took away his mobile, while Gurmeet Singh alleged that they robbed him of Rs 3,500. After collecting cash the robbers locked the bank from outside and fled.

Surprisingly, there was no security arrangement at the bank. Sources said the bank's security guard had retired nine months back after which no appointment was made.

The sources said normally a policeman was deployed at the bank, but there was no security today as heavy police force had been sent on VIP duty to Jhunir where the Chief Minister is scheduled to address a rally tomorrow.

Sources said the robbers were wearing kurta payjama and had covered their faces.


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