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Troupes perform to empty stands
Jalandhar, November 6
Dancing and singing troupes from Bulgaria and Poland presented a cultural show on the opening day of the Surjit Hockey Tournament at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.
A Bulgarian troupe performs at the opening of the 23rd Surjit Hockey Tournament at the Olympian Surjit Memorial Government Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar on Monday.
A Bulgarian troupe performs at the opening of the 23rd Surjit Hockey Tournament at the Olympian Surjit Memorial Government Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

3 BJP leaders given notices
Kapurthala, November 6
The Punjab BJP has issued show-cause notices to its three leaders for their alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

Computerisation project opened
Nawanshahr, November 6
Nawanshahr district has become the first district in the state which has fully computerized its revenue record. Mr. K.R. Lakhanpal, Chief Secretary, Punjab, inaugurated the project of computerization of revenue record.


EARLIER STORIES



No incentives: EGS volunteers
Jalandhar, November 6
Belying tall claims of the government on improving the education system in the state, volunteers working in centres being run under the Elementary Guarantee Scheme (EGS) today alleged that the school dropouts they were educating were not getting the assured incentives that could lure them to schools and ensure their regularity.

SAD dharna near DFSC office
Kapurthala, November 6
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers staged a dharna in front of  the office of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC) here today.

Smack, poppy husk seized
Hoshiarpur, November 6
The Model Town police, on a tip-off, arrested Ravi, alias Chicha, son of Ram Murti from the local Bhagat Nagar, near Bhangi Choe last evening and seized 120 gm of smack from him. He was booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Student honoured
Nawanshahr, November 6
Prof J.S. Badyal, an educationist, delivered an extension lecture on “Comparative study of British and Indian social system” here at B.L.M. Girls’ College on Monday.

RCF releases vigilance bulletin
Kapurthala, November 6
RCF General ManagerSK Suri released the seventh vigilance bulletin during a vigilance awareness week being observed at RCF here  from today.  The bulletin has been published by the RCF vigilance organisation.

Campaigns for party tickets
Hoshiarpur, November 6
Representatives of various social organisations, local leaders of the BJP and the SAD and many Sarpanches of the Garhdiwala segment of the Hoshiarpur Assembly constituency jointly recommended Mr Mohan Singh, former DPI Colleges, for the SAD (B) ticket for their constituency in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Dairy union’s plea
Jalandhar, November 6
The Dairy Complex Union here has appealed to the state government to accept the demands of veterinary pharmacists, who have been agitating for the last three months.

Principals to support lecturers
Nawanshahr, November 6
Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, general secretary, Principals’ Association of Colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev Varsity, Amritsar, in a press statement here on Monday, said that the association had decided to lend support to the stir launched by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), under which the teachers of government-aided colleges would go on mass casual leave on November 8, and would go to Chandigarh to court arrest.

Dealer assaulted
Batala, November 6
Civil Lines police station here has registered a case against six persons on the charge of looting cash and beating up Raghuwinder Singh Bhatti ,the owner of M/s Bhatti Auto Dealer, Simble Chowk, Batala

Lecture on human rights
Nawanshahr, November 6
Dr T.S. Sodhi, an educationist, delivered extension lecture on “Role of human rights in education” at the K.C. College of Education here on Monday.

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Troupes perform to empty stands
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
Dancing and singing troupes from Bulgaria and Poland presented a cultural show on the opening day of the Surjit Hockey Tournament at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

Since the show seemed to be a last-minute idea and was not publicised much, it was hardly able to lure the crowds to the stadium. In fact, no one other than organisers, players and mediapersons was there to watch it.

A 20-member team from the Bulgarian group, Stranja, presented ethnic dances — Shopsky and Gerlovo.

Five members from the troupe played a variety of classical instruments, including flute and drum.

Men and women dancers were attired in embroidered and hand-woven garments with socks and buckled shoes. The men wore woollen camps, while the women dressed up their hair using strings of flowers. The women dancers carried silk handkerchiefs and sieves as their props, just as men danced using hammer-shaped wooden rods, a wooden one-side-open drum and canes. The women singers also regaled the audience with solo songs.

Just as their show was still on and the dancers were performing very gracefully, one of the cultural organisers who had brought the troupe took hold of mike and started saying, “Thank you, thank you”, trying to stop the show. The cultural organiser had acted on the request of the organisers of the sports event who “could not see the cultural event going on for more than 15 minutes”.

The troupe then stopped their presentation and went off after receiving their mementos presented in a hurriedly-held ceremony.

Earlier, the Kachera Folk Group from Poland had presented a similar show. The foreign artistes have given their performances at a host of cultural shows held in Ludhiana and other parts of the state as part of an exchange programme. 

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3 BJP leaders given notices
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 6
The Punjab BJP has issued show-cause notices to its three leaders for their alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

The leaders to whom these notices have been issued are state executive member Parshotam Passi, Kapurthala district vice-president and ex-chairman of Improvement Trust Om Prakash Behl and another district vice-president Yash Mahajan.

The three leaders have been asked to explain in a week why action should not be taken against them for their alleged anti-party activities, it is learnt.

While Punjab BJP president, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, its state general secretary and incharge of Kapurthala BJP affairs, Mr Rajendra Bhandari, when contacted, confirmed the issuance of show-cause notices to the three leaders.

However, he expressed his inability to tell the exact wording of the show-cause notice, as according to him, he was yet to receive the copies of the show-cause notices.

To a query, he said he had given his report about Kapurthala BJP affairs on telephone to Punjab BJP chief, Mr Khanna, as had been asked by the latter.

He said it was an internal matter of the party and would be sorted out. Such type of things occurred in every political organisation, he added.

Mr Om Prakash Behl said he had not received any notice so far, while Mr Yash Mahajan admitted that he had got the notice from state BJP president on Saturday itself.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Mahajan confirmed that similar notices had also been issued to Mr Behl and Mr Passi. Refusing to give any reaction on the issuance of notices, he said he did not want to comment in the media about this matter as it was against the constitution of the party.

However, he said he would send his reply to Mr Khanna within the stipulated time.

It may be recalled that BJP Kapurthala district chief Hira Lal Dhir had withdrawn on October 25 the posts of the three leaders for their alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

Interestingly, Kapurthala BJP affairs incharge, Mr Rajendra Bhandari, had reversed the next day (within 24 hours) the decision of its Kapurthala district president regarding the withdrawal of the posts of the three leaders.

Mr Dhir had also sent a report to the BJP state leadership with his recommendation of taking disciplinary action against the three leaders for allegedly shouting anti-party slogans during the party’s state-level function at Shalamar Bagh on Vishvkarma Day in front of some state leaders here.

On the other hand, Mr Behl and Mr Mahajan had claimed that they had never raised anti-party slogans. They admitted that they had gone there to meet state BJP chief, Mr Khanna, during the state-level function, but when they came to know he was not coming they left the function.

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Computerisation project opened
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, November 6
Nawanshahr district has become the first district in the state which has fully computerized its revenue record. Mr. K.R. Lakhanpal, Chief Secretary, Punjab, inaugurated the project of computerization of revenue record. Besides, he also inaugurated the new facilities like on-line booking of  air and Railway tickets at the district level Suvidha Centre and the newly set up sub -division level Suvidha Centre at Balachaur sub -division falling in the district.

Mr. Lakhanpal, while talking with mediapersons, lauded the initiatives taken by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Krishan Kumar, for evolving a mechanism for hassle -free delivery of services relating to different departments.

The revenue records like Patwari’s field book, roznamacha, jamabandi, Khasra Girdawari, mutation register etc. were being computerized in all the districts and it would be completed in three years. It would help in the elimination of distortions and subsequently corrupt practices, he added.

While claiming that the state had strengthened its fiscal position, the Chief Secretary, said that it was all set to equal the national growth rate by the year 2007. Presently, the state had been maintaining a growth rate of  6 per cent, while in 2002, it had slumped to 2 per cent. Mr. Lakhanpal said the state had not taken any overdraft for the past two years which was a routine earlier. However, he lamented that the tax collection rate was just 6 per cent in Punjab, while in states like Kerala had been maintaining 10 per cent tax collection rate.

Answering an query regarding the transfers of SDMs, the Chief Secretary, said that the transfers had been made as per the directions of the Election Commission.

Mr. Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Surinder Pal Singh Virk, SSP, Mr. Arvinder Singh Bains, Director, Land Records, Mr. Ram Kishan Kataria, former MLA, Ms. Santosh Kataria, chairperson, Zila Parishad, were present on the occasion. 

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No incentives: EGS volunteers
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
Belying tall claims of the government on improving the education system in the state, volunteers working in centres being run under the Elementary Guarantee Scheme (EGS) today alleged that the school dropouts they were educating were not getting the assured incentives that could lure them to schools and ensure their regularity.

The volunteers complained of lack of facilities such as unavailability of monthly stipend to SC girls, delay in dispatching books and stationery, erratic supply of mid-day meals, absence of buildings for running centres, fewer volunteers compared to higher number of students and their underpayment.

The volunteers said that even as many SC girls from the region were coming to their centres, they were “deprived of” a monthly stipend of Rs 50 that was being doled out at centres being run in other districts, including Sangrur, Kapurthala and Mansa. This, they said, was a major problem for them, owing to which they were finding it difficult to bring the girls back to centres.

They alleged that they were not even getting mid-day meals regularly at their centres. They said the meals were being supplied to them through a nearby primary school they were attached with, but the supply remained erratic due to varied reasons, including absence or vacant post of head teachers. They added that centres like Rajewal Khurd and Pipli falling in Shahkot-1 block, which were nearly 3 km from a government school, were getting raw material and the mid-day meals had to be prepared for the children.

The teachers working in the EGS centre in Dhaka Basti village of Lohian block said that even as land had been allotted to the centre by the panchayat and a foundation stone had been laid, the work on raising the centre had been stalled owing to alleged feud between two Congress leaders there.

A volunteer from Rerkan village in Dharamkot, Moga, said he alone was taking classes for 70 students. He said even as the rulebook said that the volunteer-student ratio should not be more than 1:20, no other volunteer had been appointed for his centre despite repeated reminders.

Mr Gurbinder Singh Sidhu, president of the union of the EGS volunteers, alleged that he had not been paid for the past seven months ever since he had been leading rallies and marches against the government. He further alleged that the volunteers had been promised that a payment of Rs 1000 made to them would be raised after three years, but so far nothing had been done. 

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SAD dharna near DFSC office
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 6
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers staged a dharna in front of  the office of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC) here today.

They were protesting against the alleged preparation of bogus ration cards of migrant labourers at the behest of Jalandhar MP to enlist them as voters for the ensuing Assembly elections.

As per their programme, SAD workers started their dharna at around 10 in the morning which continued for about four hours. 
SAD district president Raghubir Singh had already announced their programme of staging dharna in a press conference held a few days back.

Reiterating his allegations, Mr. Raghubir Singh said that the DFSC was putting pressure on the department inspectors to prepare bogus ration cards. DFSC Gulbahar Singh was not present in the office at the time of the dharna.

Surprisingly,the DFSC reportedly revoked the suspension of a depot being held by a SAD worker Mr. Jagjit Singh Shammi. Mr. Raghubir Singh alleged in the press conference that his depot license had been suspended for holding an Akali meeting at his residence.

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Smack, poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, November 6
The Model Town police, on a tip-off, arrested Ravi, alias Chicha, son of Ram Murti from the local Bhagat Nagar, near Bhangi Choe last evening and seized 120 gm of smack from him. He was booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

The Sadar police arrested Darshan Singh, son of Lachman Singh from Jian village, and recovered 1 kg of poppy husk from him.

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Student honoured
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, November 6
Prof J.S. Badyal, an educationist, delivered an extension lecture on “Comparative study of British and Indian social system” here at B.L.M. Girls’ College on Monday. Daljit Kaur, who has secured second position in Guru Nanak Dev Varsity, Amritsar, merit list in MA (Political Science) Part 1, was also honoured on the occasion. Ms Indumati Gautam, Dr C.M. Bhandari, vice-president and secretary of the college managing committee, respectively, and Dr (Ms) Neelam Goyal, Principal, presented Daljit Kaur a memento and cash award of Rs 3100.

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RCF releases vigilance bulletin
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 6
RCF General ManagerSK Suri released the seventh vigilance bulletin during a vigilance awareness week being observed at RCF here  from today.  The bulletin has been published by the RCF vigilance organisation.

Chief Vigilance Officer, RCF, Mr. SK Agarwal read the messages of President, Vice President and Chief Vigilance Commissioner on this occasion.

Addressing the officers, Mr. Suri said corruption should be removed from its roots. He said even a single person following the honest path makes a difference. He emphasized tender, DAR, selection cases should be speedily finalised.

Posters against corruption were displayed at prominent places of the workshop and the town.

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Campaigns for party tickets

Hoshiarpur, November 6
Representatives of various social organisations, local leaders of the BJP and the SAD and many Sarpanches of the Garhdiwala segment of the Hoshiarpur Assembly constituency jointly recommended Mr Mohan Singh, former DPI Colleges, for the SAD (B) ticket for their constituency in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

Mr Karnail Singh, President of District Sarpanchs Association, Rachppal Singh, General Secretary, All India Kashtriya Maha Sabha, Mr Dushant Minhas, former General Secretary of the BJP Garhdiwala block, Jathedar Hardial Singh Kalra, local SAD leader, Mr Vidya Rattan Sharma, District President Kandi Vikas Forum said that Mr Mohan Singh who had retired as DPI Colleges, Punjab, was a resident of village Musa of in the Garhdiwala Assembly segment and was a wellknown to the public especially in the area and could represent this segment effectively and develop this most backward area of Punjab. They urged Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, to allot a party ticket to him. Mr Mohan Singh who was also present in the press conference staked his claim for a SAD (B) ticket and said that he was the SAD (B) candidate from Garhdiwala segment in 1991, but due to the Congress boycott of election, the election was cancelled. —OC

Phagwara, November 6

The Phagwara Congress led by its MLA Joginder Singh Mann organised an impressive “mass contact rally” at the local Shrinath Palace today . Most of the senior Congressmen, including Improvement Trust Chairman Balbir Raja Sodhi, former Improvement Trust Chairman Harjit Singh Parmar and their loyalists, remained absent from the rally .

The ‘Jan Sampark rally’ turned into a pro-Mann show when several Congressmen, including Block Congress Committee President Manmohan Sharma, Kali Charan Sood, Ram Kumar Chadha, Jaspreet Singh Satti, Chairman, Market Committee, Phagwara, Nagar Council President Malkiat Singh Ragbotra, urged the Congress high command to allot a ticket to Joginder Singh Mann.

On the other hand, senior Congress leaders, including PPCC Vice-President Ch Santokh Singh, (former minister), General Secretary Inderjit Singh Basarke, District Congress Committee President Sukhpal Singh Khaira, spoke in praise of Mann.

Mann gave details of developmental works and asked the audience to raise their hands to support him.

Improvement Trust Chairman Balbir Raja Sodhi said he was never informed about any such rally while former Improvement Trust Chairman Harjit Singh Parmar said refused to comment. —TNS

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Dairy union’s plea
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 6
The Dairy Complex Union here has appealed to the state government to accept the demands of veterinary pharmacists, who have been agitating for the last three months.

In a press release issued here today, president of the union, Mr Bhupinder Singh, said that six veterinary pharmacists were posted at the dairy complex at Jamsher here.

Mr Bhupinder Singh further stated that there were about 20,000 animals in nearly 200 dairies in the complex. The dairy owners would face problem if pharmacists’ demands were not fulfilled at the earliest, he added.

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Principals to support lecturers
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, November 6
Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, general secretary, Principals’ Association of Colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev Varsity, Amritsar, in a press statement here on Monday, said that the association had decided to lend support to the stir launched by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU), under which the teachers of government-aided colleges would go on mass casual leave on November 8, and would go to Chandigarh to court arrest.

Besides, the teachers would boycott the teaching work in the college from November 9 to 11.

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Dealer assaulted

Batala, November 6
Civil Lines police station here has registered a case against six persons on the charge of looting cash and beating up Raghuwinder Singh Bhatti ,the owner of M/s Bhatti Auto Dealer, Simble Chowk, Batala

Lucky, Bhuri , Mintoo three others attacked Raghuwinder Singh Bhatti with sharp-edged weapons. — OC

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Lecture on human rights

Nawanshahr, November 6
Dr T.S. Sodhi, an educationist, delivered extension lecture on “Role of human rights in education” at the K.C. College of Education here on Monday. Dr Sodhi also presented a book “Education philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji” to the college library, informed Dr Anita Verma, Principal. — OC

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