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Increase in retirement age opposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has opposed the move of the state government to increase the retirement age of medical and dental teachers from 58 to 62 years.

The association urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene to stop the taking of such a decision, which might adversely affect promotional avenues.

Dr Hardeep Singh, president of the association , and Dr Puneet Girdhar, president, PCMSA (Dental), stated that the move had been started by the bureaucracy to tide over an alarming situation of derecognition of state medical institutes due to a large number of vacant posts of medical teacher. 



Long lines for filling job forms online
Kiran deep
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 4
A large number of candidates applying for various posts of teacher, as advertised by the state government, have been running from pillar to post to submit their forms at the local centre Gurukul Infotech of C-DAC here.

Although filling of the form for the posts, including lecturer, headmaster, PTI and ETT teachers, is online, the candidates have to wait for two or three days in a row outside the office to submit their forms due to technical problems in the online system.

The candidates alleged that those who got their form typed from a cyber cafe situated near the Lehri Shah Mandir road as recommended by official of the local centre, did not have to wait.

The online process of forms is free of cost but they have to pay Rs 20 to Rs 80 depending upon the number of posts. On the other hand, officials at the local centre are also not accepting forms if they get it filled from other places.

Many candidates said what was the benefit of the online system if they had to wait for two or three days. Most candidates alleged that they were told to get their form filled from one particular cyber cafe situated near the Lehri Shah Mandir road and they had to pay fees. The government had laid down the guidelines that no fees would be charged for submitting their forms online at their authorised centres.

Deepak, in charge of the centre, said, "We are facing problems as server of the system was down. We have asked the candidates to get their form filled from anywhere and submit here’’.

The Director of C-DAC, Mohali, Mr J.S Bhatia, said, “We have not recommended any candidates to get their forms filled from a particular cyber cafe. Everyday, we have been receiving an average 25000 to 30000 forms. The problem arises as a large number of candidates are applying”


Devotees take out nagar kirtan

Amritsar, November 4
Thousands of devotees participated in the Nagar Kirtan, carried out to mark the 538th birth anniversary of Sikh's first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev here today. The Nagar Kirtan, which was started after an Ardas at Akal Takht Sahib, was led by “Panj Piaras”. The procession marched with holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib in a golden palanquin.

It passed through various bazaars of the walled city, including Guru Ramdass Sarai, Brahmbuta Market, Chowk Ghanta Ghar, Bazaar Kathia, Bazaar Papra, Bazaar Bansa, Chowk Chhatti Khuhi, Rice Market, Dhab Basti Ram, Chowk Lachhmansar, Chowk Krori, Chowk Baba Sahib and culminated at Sri Guru Ram Das Nivas.

The devotees lined up on either side of the road to pay obeisance. They raised slogans of 'Bole so Nihal, Sat Sri Akal'. Various shabdi jathas, religious sabha societies and organizations and bands of various schools and colleges participated in the procession. — OC


Trees felled in front of Khalsa College
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
Lush green trees in front of the 114 year-old Khalsa College were felled much to the disappointment of environment lovers here yesterday. This has also spoilt the front view of the majestic building of the college on the Amritsar- Wagah road.

The action of the Forest Corporation to cut the trees has come as rude shock to the Mayor, Mr Sunil Dutti, and Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Khalsa College. Earlier, a private hospital on Ranjit Avenue had encroached upon the green belt by opening a front gate in violation of the bylaws.

When contacted, Mr Mahavir Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, said he would inquire into the matter by deputing a senior officer.

Earlier, the unchecked construction of huge shopping complexes and commercialisation had taken a heavy toll on the natural surroundings of the posh Mall Road, once popular for its green and shady zone.

Experts feel this 3- km long stretch of road would soon be in the list of heritage sites if the trend continues around the area, which is also a result of callous attitude of the authorities concerned.

A large number of shady and ornamental trees, which once enhanced the green cover of this posh area, were allegedly chopped off by owners of the shopping complex on the pretext that these obstructed the view of the building. Some of these trees were nearly 100 years old.

The change in the houseline plan by the corporation has further aggravated the problem besides leading to parking and traffic chaos. Footpaths, where these trees were mostly planted, have been converted into parking places.


CBI nabs 2 Rail officials taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two railway engineers while demanding a bribe of Rs 50,000 to clear the pending bill of a contractor. The engineers, Surinder Kumar Chug and MS Hasnain, both posted at Northern Railway, Jalandhar, were caught red-handed while accepting the bribe yesterday at Jalandhar.

The complainant had carried out work worth over Rs 4 crore. He had received payment of Rs 3 crore and bill for another Rs 1.07 crore was pending.

A CBI spokesman said Surinder Chug had detained a Wagon R car of the complainant and told him the car would be released only on payment of bribe money. When the complainant expressed his inability to pay the bribe, he was instructed to pay Rs 25,000 each as advance and the remaining amount after settlement of bills. In a trap laid by the CBI, both officials were caught in the Senior Section Engineer Office, Jalandhar. Both were arrested and a search of their houses was carried out.


Man booked for sister’s murder
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, November 4
The police has solved the murder case of Paramjit Kaur of the Shahbadi police station in Hariana. The body was found in the fields of Rangra Mundian village on September 20, 2000.

Paramjit Kaur was married to Ram Lal of Shahbadi village. Paramjit Kaur had developed “illicit relations” with Raju from Bihar.

When Gurdial Singh, brother of Paramjit Kaur, came to know about her “illicit relations”, he allegedly hatched a conspiracy with his brother-in-law, Baldev Raj, of Sahari village to eliminate her. On June 30, 2000, Gurdial Singh allegedly murdered her. He along with Baldev Raj dumped the body in the fields. Baldev Raj had been arrested.


Varsity allows special chance
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
Students who could not improve their score/division under the prescribed university rules or under special chances already granted to them, can now avail a special chance announced by Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here yesterday.

Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, in a press note, said interested candidates should deposit the fee of Rs 10,000 along with admission forms immediately for the April 2007 examinations. He said the examination for these candidates would only be conducted as per the new syllabus.


Wakf Board member’s plea on college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
A member of the Wakf Board, Punjab, Mr Mansur Ali, has urged the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, that the medical college to be set up at Malerkotla should be declared a minority institution”.

He said Muslim students in Malerkotla and other parts of the state would only benefit by the opening of the college if it was declared a minority institution.

He said the Wakf Board should be allowed to run the proposed college.

Meanwhile, sources said the state government would provide a one-time grant to set up the medical college at Malerkotla. The Wakf Board authorities would be asked to run its affairs, it is learnt. The college will be obviously governed by the rules framed by the government for minority institutions in the state.


Georgian College diplomas given to students
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 4
“The need of the hour is to be upwardly mobile in a highly competitive environment in the global economy,” Mr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, said while delivering the keynote address at a convocation of the Canadian Institute for International Studies at Jalbehra village here today.

The event coincided with the founder’s day of the institute.

The best graduate award was given to Shaini Singh, BA-AM award to Sukhmani Grewal, and the mechanical engineering technology-automotive manufacturing award to Harprit Ratra. Ekta Verma got $350 for academic performance. Scholarships were given to Kartik Menda, Sukhmandeep Singh Sodhi and Irma Thakur. Anamika Chaudhary got the best student of the year award.

Educationist John Bobette, Associate Vice-President, presented Georgian College diplomas to students. Ms Linda Love. Vice-President, Academic, and Mr Robert Emptage, Dan of Engineering Sciences, Georgian College, were also present there.


Raise sports allocation, says SAD
Our Correspondent

Abohar, November 4
SAD chief whip Manpreet Singh Badal today said the Union and state governments should substantially enhance Budget for promotion of sports, if India was to compete with other developing nations globally.

Addressing the annual sports meet of Jhamku Devi Senior Secondary School, near Mehrajpur Dhora village, located on the Punjab-Rajasthan border in the sub-division, he lauded the efforts made by the Bishnoi community in developing an educational institution for rural population.

This, he observed, would open a new window of opportunity for the rural people. He appreciated that the school, despite scarcity of potable water in the area, had shown good results not only in academic but also extracurricular activities.

Principal V.K. Kuriakose said the institution was running 10 hobby clubs, including those in yoga and photography.

Expressing concern over drug menace, Mr Badal said more employment avenues would have to be generated to bring down resentment among the youth, besides inculcating interest in sports and other creative activities right from the primary education level.

Drug, female foeticide and AIDS needed to be fought collectively, he asserted. The students waved the Tricolor to welcome Mr Badal.

They performed bhangra, Rajasthani folk dance, aerobic exercises, yoga, group song, etc. at the closing ceremony of three-day sports meet.

Those present included school vice-chairperson Anubha Bishnoi, manager Sahib Ram Godara, advocate Ram Partap Bishnoi, educationist Mukh Ram Bishnoi, Col Manoj Tripathi, former MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, member general council Amrik Pal Singh Sidhu and SAD (B) circle president Kaur Singh.


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