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Missing advocate case: police probe not convincing
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 25
Even after four months, the police investigation into the disappearance of Chandigarh-based advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court Rajesh Gumbar, from near a canal here, has failed to reveal anything convincing. While the police has ‘concluded’ that Gumbar had committed suicide by jumping into the canal, the body of the advocate has not been found so far.

Gumbar had gone missing on June 5 while his mobile phone, wallet and credit card were found in his car (CH-03Q-0473) at Ahmadpur, near Bhakra canal. The police substantiates the suicide theory as it had recovered a suicide note from Gumbar’s office at his residence in Sector 39 on June 7.

But various missing links in the case have raised doubts about the suicide theory. The investigations have failed to zero in on a reason to commit suicide and the suicide note too doesn’t mention one. Moreover, one key person, Gumbar’s junior advocate, who could provide vital information about his links and activity to the police, also died in an accident a few days after Gumbar’s disappearance. Father of Gumbar had also raised a doubt about by his son suicide and apprehended foul play.

Detailed probe is also required into the cases, which Gumbar was handling at that time. He had taken Rs 4 lakh as fees from a person involved in a NDPS case. While the advocate had returned the money to the party as he did not want to fight the case, the police claimed.

Besides, he was also hired by his clients to give money to a CBI official to withdraw a case against them. But it was not ascertained whether Gumbar had met the CBI officials or not. The fact, which surfaced during police investigation has made the case more complicated.

Moreover an associate of Gumbar revealed to the police that he was involved in the export of spare parts to foreign countries.

When contacted the investigation officer of the case, SHO (Sadar) Varinder Singh, said, “after a detailed investigation we concluded that Gumbar had committed suicide. There is always 50 per cent chance of the recovery of body,” he added.


IAS officer, wife’s effort to curb female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 25
An IAS officer and his wife have made use the medium of a telefilm to spread awareness about female foeticide and drug abuse in Punjab. Film “Eh Tera Apmaan,” has been directed by Mr Swaran Singh, Commissioner of Jalandhar Division.

The story has been penned by his wife Ms Amarjit Kaur. It tries to depict how desire of a village woman to have a grandson brings misery to her family in the form of crime.

The two hour-long film, interspersed with entertainment, music, and songs by Hans Raj Hans gives a message against female infanticide and drug abuse by depicting how an old village woman arranges re-marriage for his son for the sake of having a grandson and how her two grandsons grow up to become drug peddlers and try to kill their father for the sake of money.

The film will be aired on Doordarshan’s two channels — DD-I and DD-Punjabi on Saturday between 3 and 5 pm. The film has been produced by Mr Manohar Bharaj, senior producer, Jalandhar Doordarshan. A team of DD officials, including, Ms Sarojini Raina, Mr S.P. Tiwari, Mr Pawan Mahenia and Mr Swaranjit Singh have brought out a message to viewers. “It is the first full length feature film ever produced by the Jalandhar Doordarshan,” says Mr Govardhan Sharma, Director of Doordarshan.

“We have tried to encapsulate a message in music, love and entertainment and people don’t want to see anything which, gives them crude reality. We have used good songs to embellish our venture.

The film exhorts people to give up female infanticide. Imbalance of male-female ratio in Punjab has come to such a pass that the government had to sound a red alert against female infanticide. More than 50 per cent of the youth is hooked to drugs.

This state of affairs made us to take to film making,” says Dr Swaran Singh and his wife Ms Amarjit Kaur. They enjoyed working on a subject close to their heart for days together.


Jobless teachers not to apply for posts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 25
The ongoing struggle of the Unemployed B.Ed Teachers Front, Punjab, took a new turn today when its leadership decided that no member of the front would apply for the posts of teacher, which the state government had decided to fill in the near future.

Before taking the decision, the members of the front held a rally at a local park and then took out a march to lodge a protest against the state government’s refusal to fill 60,000 posts of B.Ed teacher, lying vacant in Punjab.

The activists also staged a dharna near YPS Chowk when they were stopped by the police while proceeding towards New Moti Bagh Palace, private residence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, for submitting him a memorandum.

Mr Sukhdarshan Singh, chief spokesman for the front, in a press note issued here today, said the state government had decided to recruit only 6,600 B.Ed teachers instead of 60,000 B.Ed teachers as same number of posts were lying vacant in Punjab.

He said no member of the front would apply for those posts when the state government would give advertisement for the same.

He said the state Congress government had played a mischief with the unemployed B.Ed teachers.

Members of the front raised slogans against the Punjab Government.


Kathlore bridge thrown open to public
BJP, BSP plan rallies to stake claim on bridge
Tribune News Service

Kathlore (Gurdaspur), October 25
The people of the Narot and Bamiyal blocs of Gurdaspur district were connected with the mainland after 58 years of Independence today. The Kathlore bridge, connecting them with the mainland, was thrown open to the public by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh this afternoon.

The Chief Minister flew to the bridge site in his official helicopter. He also addressed a public rally after the inauguration. He said the bridge was a milestone in the development of the area, as it had opened a new route for Jammu and Kashmir.

The route to Jammu and Kashmir through Dinanagar and Kathlore would be about 30 km shorter than the existing route through Madhopur and Lakhanpur barrier.

Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, while addressing the rally, said the Punjab Government had spent Rs 36 crore on the 2.4-km-long bridge that had been constructed in 18 months.

Mr Raghunath Sahai Puri, Minister for Transport, Mr Rumal Chand, local MLA, and Mr Sharwan Kumar, president of the Pathankot municipal council were among the Congress leaders present on the occasion.

Mr Bajwa said BJP MP Vinod Khanna’s claim over getting the bridge constructed was a bundle of lies. The bridge was conceived and constructed by the present Congress government, he claimed.

Meanwhile, the BJP and BSP have announced their programme to stake claim over the construction of the bridge.

Mr Vinod Khanna would be coming to Pathankot tomorrow. The BJP leaders and workers from the area have planned a programme at the bridge under his stewardship tomorrow. Sources said the BJP workers plan to wash the inauguration stone laid by the Chief Minister with Ganga water “to make it pious”.

They have planned a political rally on the spot.

The BSP has also announced a political rally at the bridge site tomorrow. The state president of party, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, will address the party rally at the bridge tomorrow. The BSP is claiming that the bridge had been constructed due to the persistent struggle for the cause.


Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif bus flagged off
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 25
As an Id gift to the Muslims of Malerkotla and nearby areas, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) today started an inter-state bus service from Malerkotla to Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan to fulfill the long-standing desire of this Muslim-dominated area.

The bus service will now enable them to visit the world-renowned dargah, situated at Ajmer, by a direct bus from Malerkotla.

Ms Razia Sultana, MLA from Malerkotla and Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, today flagged off the Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif bus amid fanfare and enthusiasm at the Malerkotla main bus stand. On the occasion, she also flagged off a new bus service by the PRTC from Malerkotla to Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa (Haryana).

Among others who were present there included Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, Chairman of the PRTC; Mr Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, MD, PRTC; Mr Sukhdev Singh Mander, General Manger of the PRTC Depot, Sangrur; and Mr Harbans Singh Bhatti, General Manager of the PRTC Depot, Barnala. Hundreds of persons also participated in the flagging off ceremony and expressed their happiness over it.

Some persons also used the occasion to urge the Chairman of PRTC to start a direct bus service from Malerkotla to Hardwar and another from Malerkotla to Delhi in the larger interests of the residents and traders of Malerkotla and nearby areas.

The bus from Malerkotla to Ajmer Sharif will depart daily at 6.25 am while another bus will depart from Ajmer Sharif for Malerkotla at 5.30 am daily. Each bus will complete its journey in 15 hours. Ajmer Sharif is 640 km away from Malerkotla and the bus will pass through Sangrur, Jind, Rohtak, Jhajhar, Rewari, Kotputli (Rajasthan) and Jaipur before reaching Ajmer Sharif. One side bus fare would be Rs 326.

The Malerkotla-Dera Sacha Sauda bus will depart from Malerkotla at 7.54 am daily and will return from Dera Sacha Sauda at 2.15 pm daily. An amount of Rs 83 has been fixed as one side bus fare for this route.


2 PSEB officials suspended for fraud
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 25
After the detection of an alleged fraud on the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and a consumer in the Badrukhan subdivision (distribution) yesterday, the PSEB authorities suspended Harinder Singh, a lower division clerk (LDC) who was performing duties as consumer clerk, and Mr Parkash Chander, another LDC who was performing the duties of head cashier in the subdivision. Both were suspended on account of negligence in duty.

When The Tribune contacted a senior officer of the PSEB today, he confirmed that both employees had been suspended following detection of a “fraud” related to issuance of a receipt to a consumer for increasing the load of his tubewell motor.

Sources said that on June 5 a receipt worth Rs 3,000 had been issued by the office of the Badrukhan subdivision of the PSEB in the name of Mr Jaggar Singh, a son of Mr Chand Singh of Changal village, for increasing the load of his tubewell motor from 10 HP to 12.5 HP. An official, though issued the original receipt for Rs 3,000 to the consumer for increasing the load, he did not use carbon paper to prepare an office copy of the receipt and later he filled an amount of Rs 450 on the office copy, showing the amount as price of nine forms, meant for getting new domestic and non-residential connections by the consumers.

The sources said the PSEB authorities felt that the handwriting on the original receipt seemed to be of Mr Harinder Singh, consumer clerk. During that time the charge of the head cashier was with Mr Parkash Chander, LDC. So it seemed that in this case a fraud had been committed on the PSEB and the consumer by the officials concerned.


Pvt bus operators, roadways leaders lock horns
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, October 25
Protesting against the Punjab Roadways leaders’ move to check their vehicles’ documents, the private bus operators today blocked traffic for about an hour in front of the bus stand on the Malout road here.

Sources said the confrontation between the two sides began when Punjab Roadways leaders, Angrej Singh and Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, started checking documents of private buses plying from Muktsar this afternoon.

They checked the documents of buses belonging to Deep Bus Service, Sagar Transport, State Transport and Fateh Bus Company. Half a dozen buses were allegedly found without the necessary papers. They reportedly stopped the operation of these buses, after which the private bus operators came out in the open against the move. They parked their buses on the road in front of the bus stand and blocked the traffic there.

The roadways leaders alleged that many of the private buses were plying without permit and a section of operators were running various buses on their solitary permits. They also accused them of manipulating the time table in connivance with some officials. Sources said their action came following a call given by their action committee which was formed to bring to the government’s notice “the losses that it was suffering due to malpractices adopted by private bus operators”.

On the other hand, Sunny Dhillon of Deep Bus Service and Gursadh Singh of Darvesh Bus Company claimed that their buses had all the required documents in place. They alleged that the roadways leaders were unnecessarily harassing them and they had no right to check their documents.

Later, the DTO, Mr Balbir Singh, reached the spot and formed a joint panel of the two parties to sort out the matter. A meeting of the panel was under way till the filing of this report.


Inaction in gurdwara clash issue resented
Prem Kumar Sharma

Barnala, October 25
Resentment prevails among local residents over the failure of the police to take action against persons allegedly involved in a violent clash over the demarcation of gurdwara land at Bhadaur, about 25 km from here, on October 11.

Mr Balbir Singh Ghunas, MLA, Bhadaur, was also booked in the case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

Apart from Mr Balbir Singh Ghunas, Mr Ajay Kumar, a Lok Bhalai Party leader of Sangrur district, Mr Inder Singh Bhinda and Master Gurmail Singh Bhutal and many persons were booked in a case under Sections 307, 353, 435, 186, 427,148, 149 and 124-A of the Indian Penal Code. Several persons, arrested by the police in this connection, are facing a trial in court.

Ruban Masih, a resident of Bhadaur, had succumbed to his injuries in this clash.

Though several persons have been rounded up by the police yet residents feel that many influential persons, allegedly involved in the clash, have not been arrested so far.

According to reliable sources in the police, a three- member panel comprising the SP (Detective), Barnala police district, the DSP, Tapa, and the SHO, police station Bhadaur, had been constituted to look into the allegations levelled against Mr Ghunas, Mr Ajay Kumar, Mr Inder Singh Bhinda and Master Gurmail Singh Bhutal.


Photo ID-card process under way
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 25
To ensure that at least 90 per cent of the voters in an Assembly segment have photo identity cards, as per the requirements of the Election Commission, district officers, including the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Verma, have been leaving no stone unturned to achieve the target.

What has been become a major source of worry for officials deployed to prepare photo identity cards is the fact that urban voters have been showing little interest in getting these cards while the response in rural areas is satisfactory.

In a press note issued here yesterday, the Deputy Commissioner said so far only 60.17 per cent voters in the Patiala Assembly segments had photo identity cards.


RMP’s face blackened by miscreants
Our Correspondent

Abohar, October 25
Some miscreants allegedly blackened the face of a registered medical practitioner (RMP) and paraded him on a donkey in Phephna village in the neighbouring Hanumangarh region yesterday. Feeling humiliated, the family of the RMP left for their native village Maleka in Haryana after locking the house, sources said today.

Sheela Kamboj, wife of the medical practitioner, Shobha Singh Kamboj (36), told this reporter on phone that he had been doing private practice in the village for the past 14 years. He visited the panchayat ghar on Monday to get a birth certificate but the sarpanch was not available there. Some persons sitting there had an altercation with him and they exchanged blows. The police arrested Shobha Singh and Chander Bhan under Section 107/151 of the CrPC. They were later released on bail by the Duty Magistrate.

She said some persons forced their entry into their house yesterday and thrashed her, her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law. They allegedly dragged the practitioner out, blackened his face and paraded him on a donkey through the streets. He was asked to leave the village or face consequences.

Shobha Singh on his way to his village met senior police officials at Hanumangarh.

Police sources said FIR under Sections 452, 341, 342, 323, 141, 500 of the IPC was registered at the Nohar police station at 10 pm on Tuesday. Those named in the FIR included Bhoop Singh Godara, Jagdish Jandu, Mohar Singh, Brij Lal, Jai Lal, Kurda Ram, Ramesh Kumar, besides 100 unidentified persons. The Circle Inspector said investigation was initiated this morning.


Syndicate to consider introduction of two new courses
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Panjab University Syndicate members meeting on October 29 will consider the introduction of the first set of inter-institutional courses to be offered jointly by PU and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

If given the nod by the Syndicate, the two proposed courses — M.Sc in Nuclear Medicine and M.Sc in Medical Physics — will be first of their kind to be offered by PU following collaborations between the Departments of Biophysics and Physics in PU and Departments of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy at the PGI.

Syndicate members will consider the recommendations made by the committee constituted for the purpose headed by PU’s Prof Nirmal Singh. The recommendations of the committee state that there should be 10 seats in each of the two courses being offered from the forthcoming session. Admission will be through an entrance test conducted by PU. Both courses will be of two years duration divided into four semesters. The degrees will be given by PU.

M.Sc in Nuclear Physics will be started jointly by the Department of Biophysics, PU, and the Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGI, while the M.Sc in Medical Physics will be run by the Department of Physics, PU, and Department of Radiotherapy, PGI.

Minimum qualification for admission to M.Sc Nuclear Physics will be B.Sc from a recognised university with Physics and Chemistry or Chemistry and Biology as core subjects. Candidates with a B.Sc in Biophysics, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Radio Diagnosis, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine are also eligible.

Minimum qualification for admission to M.Sc Medical Physics will be B.Sc from a recognised university with Physics as core subject. Candidates with a B.Sc in Biophysics, Radio Diagnosis, Radiotherapy and Medical Physics are also eligible.

The first semester will be common for both the courses and will comprise four theory papers and practical. In the second semester two theory papers and their practical will be common to both the courses while two special papers and practical will be given separately in each course. In the second semester there will be three separate theory papers and separate practical while in the fourth semester the students will undertake research work for the submission of dissertation in both courses.

During the last two semesters students pursuing M.Sc in Nuclear Medicine will undergo one year extensive clinical training in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGI, and students pursuing M.Sc in Medical Physics will undergo one year extensive training in the Department of Radiotherapy, PGI. The number of seats in each course will be 10. Two extra seats will be provided in each course for industry sponsored candidates and NRI candidates.


Young professionals given tips to fight stress
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 25
Globalisation and changing scenario is forcing young professionals to work in extremely stressful conditions and this has disturbed their social and family adjustments. Unfortunately youths are becoming very individualistic, selfish and money minded due to this stress. To counter this the young professionals should develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and instead of job seekers they should become job providers.

This was stated by Dr Suresh Kumar Chadha, Professor, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, here on Monday. He was speaking at a seminar organised at Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib. The seminar was organised by the MBA Department of the college.

The Principal-cum-Director of the college, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, inaugurated the seminar, while Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Head of the MBA Department, presided over the function.

Dr Chadha discussed various issues being faced by the students relating to their career. He said in India students run after packages without knowing that a higher package meant more work, which would disturb their family and social life. He said in the USA the corporate houses provided good packages but they assigned projects and there was no hassle as long as one achieved targets.

He gave five tips to the youth to fight mental stress. He said they should encourage innovation, harness knowledge, communication skills, performance and work together by sharing the knowledge.

He said: “There is no substitute for hard work. The young professional should compete with the situation rather than with each other. They should identify the competency of each other and must keep in mind that one is always a learner and have positive thinking and approach. One should not have fixed ideas”.

He said earlier the success mantra was “slow and steady that wins the race” but now it is “fast and consistent wins the race.”

Dr B.B. Goyal, Reader at UBS, in his address, gave detailed information to the students about marketing tactics and how to capture rural market.


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