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Kasuri for bilateral solution to Kashmir
Manish K Singhal
Tribune News Service

Wagah, November 28
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mohammad Kasuri has said the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally. He said both countries should come forward to create permanent thaw in the region as per wishes of citizens of both of country.

On his way to Pakistan via Wagah route after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple with his wife, Mr Kasuri advocated relaxation of visa conditions by removing bureaucratic hurdles in both countries.

Replying to a question, Mr Kasuri said Gen Pervez Musharraf would decide after he received an invitation for SAARC summit, to be held in India next year.

Mr Kasuri said his wife wainted to visit the Golden Temple so he had decided to return to Pakistan via Wagah route .

Mr Kasuri said he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and expected good results of the forthcoming visit of Mr Manmohan Singh to Pakistan. “although it was an unofficial dialogue with Mr Manmohan Singh but we are expecting positive results of talks during his forthcoming visit to Pakistan, as hinted in a short dialogue with him”, added Mr Kasuri.

On the Kashmir issue, Mr Kasuri said there were some good proposals in the pipeline on this issue and it was the need of an hour that both countries should sit together and do what was needed.

Refusing to comment on the nuclear issue, Mr Kasuri said the Kashmir problem was a big challenge before two countries and it needed to be solved at the earliest if the development in the two countries was needed.

Both leaders should sit together and think of a solution to the Kashmir issue. He also hinted at a visit of Mr Parvez Musharraf to India during SAARC summit. “Let an invitation come to the President. We would decide on the issue,” he said.

Mr Kasuri witnessed beating the retreat ceremony at the Wagah joint check post here and met Border Security Force (BSF) personnel before returning to Pakistan. He also met Pakistani security forces posted at Indo-Pakistan border.


Chandumajra to meet BSP leader today
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal), Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, today said that he would meet the BSP's senior leader, Mr Narinder Kashyap, who was in charge of party affairs in Punjab, tomorrow in Delhi to probe the possibility of a tie-up with that party in the Punjab Assembly elections.

Mr Chandumajra said he was going to meet Mr Kashyap after talking to Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal( Amritsar), and Mr Ravi Inder Singh, President of the Akali Dal( 1920). He said his party would have an alliance with Mr Mann and Mr Ravi Inder's party in the state. " However, we are also exploring the possibility of a tie-up with the BSP and of an understanding with the front formed by the Left parties and the Lok Bhalai Party", he added.

In the next two weeks, the scenario with regard to alliances would become clear. " It is at the negotiation stage among certain parties", said Mr Chandumajra. However, a senior leader of the CPI, Dr Joginder Dayal, said there would be no alliance with any political group or front of which Mr Mann would be a part.

Meanwhile, Mr Chandumajra said it was unfortunate the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was saying that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, would not announce any financial package for Punjab. For several months, Capt Amarinder Singh was claiming that the Prime Minister was preparing a package for the state. “We will meet the Prime Minister soon to urge him to announce a package for the state on the pattern of those given to Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra,” he added.

A rally would be held here on December 7 to build public pressure on the Union Government with regard to the package issue, he added. 


Students’ drowning: families mull legal action against college
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, November 28
The death of two students of DAV College, Chandigarh, by drowning in sea at Chennai recently has taken a new turn with relatives claiming that the yoga coach, Raman, had informed the college Principal, Mr S. Marriya, in writing before taking the boys for the national yoga championship.

Meanwhile, the families are mulling legal action against the college Principal and the coach for their “negligence and apathetic attitude”, leading to the students’ death. “This is not the first time that Raman had taken the boys for a sports event. Earlier, they were taken to Nalagarh. Apparently, Mr Marriya was informed by the coach about the trip, Dr Naresh Sharma, an uncle of one of the boys, Davinder, told Chandigarh Tribune this evening on his return from Chennai.

However, Mr Surmukh Singh, father of Gurinder, categorically stated that Raman told us that the college Principal was informed in writing about the trip. Mr Sukhwinder Singh, a brother of the deceased Gurinder, threatened that they would resort to appropriate legal remedy to “bring out the truth”.

Since the relatives were still in a state of shock, the next course of action would be decided in “a few days”, Dr Sharma said while appreciating the support extended by Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.

Meanwhile, Mr Marriya, terming the incident as unfortunate, reiterated that he received no intimation from Raman about the team’s Chennai trip. The boys were representing the Himachal Pradesh team and the college did not come into the picture in the whole episode, he added.

Regarding the absence of the students from the college, the Principal said that the students usually submitted leave applications after their absence from college.

Davinder Sharma and Gurinder Singh, both BA I students of DAV College, went missing from the Marina Beach on November 23 in the high tide. Earlier, there were conflicting reports about their disappearance. However, now even the relatives are veering round to view that the boys had drowned as corroborated by their team mates and eyewitnesses.


Badal promises Rs 500-cr fund for Dalits
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mansa, November 28
Former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal today announced that on regaining power he would constitute a Rs 500-crore fund for special schemes that would help in the uplift of Dalits.

He stated this while addressing a Dalit rally of his party here.

Blaming the Congress for “pathetic state” of this section of the society, he said, “Leave alone extending more amenities, the ruling party snatched the benefits given to the Dalits by the previous SAD regime. It would have to pay a heavy price of ditching Dalits in the coming elections.”

He said his party’s government would open modern schools in each block for providing quality education to Dalit children apart from ensuring university-level education to them.

He said a separate department would be carved out to generate job opportunities for unemployed Dalit youths. Following a string of announcements for Dalits, he asked the Chief Minister as to what he had done to improve the living standard of Dalits during his tenure.

Senior party leader Balwinder Singh Bhunder alleged that all sections of society were fed up with the Congress government. He alleged that the state witnessed no development under the Congress.


ADC conducts surprise check
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 28
The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr M.P. Arora, today carried out a surprise check in the mini-secretariat and found that none of the staff members were on their seats at the DTO office at 9.35 am. Eight staff members of the District Food and Supply Controller office were also found absent from duty.

The employees at the DTO office were sitting in the room of the Sectional Officer and were apparently holding a meeting. Senior Assistant Mahinder Singh and Junior Assistant Lal Chand reached the office at 10 a.m., while the staff told that the DTO and the ADTO had gone out on inspection. The District Food and Supply Controller and the District Food Supply Officer were not in the office before 9.45 am. Eight employees of the office were absent. Four other employees were marked on leave in the register, but their leave was not sanctioned by the competent authority. The ADC has recommended to the Deputy Commissioner that a show-cause notice be issued to the erring employees.


He gave the slip to examiners, not to death
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 28
The badly decomposed body of a medical internee, who was allegedly caught by the examiners while attempting to provide “outside help” to the son of the Principal of the Medical College five days ago, was found in a gutter of the college here today.

The internee, Dr Shashi Bhushan Kumar, a resident of Bihar, had reportedly made an attempt to 'escape' from the upper storey of the Pathology Department of the college by climbing down the sanitary pipes. He had a slip and fell into the gutter upside down.

The Principal of the college, Dr J.S. Dalal, has constituted a three-member committee to conduct the probe.

Earlier, five examiners had alleged that Bhushan was caught hiding in the bathroom near the examination centre. He admitted that he had come to help Arun Dalal, son of Dr Dalal.

“In the meantime, he gave the slip and ran away,” the examiners stated.


Croatian Ambassador releases book

Patiala, November 28
The Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Dino Debeljuh, released a book “Croatian and Sanskrit: Common Heritage of Words” written by Prof G.S. Rayall, a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Punjabi University here today.

Prof Rayall is a scholar of the Indo-European Classical Languages and also holds the senior fellowship of Punjabi University. The present work by Prof Rayall has given a scientific analysis about the rationale of cognate relations and unique development of both languages. He has dwelt upon various aspects of Sanskrit and Croatian language.

Prof Rayall, while speaking on the occasion, said he undertook a survey of Crotian vocabulary on the basis of Crotian-English dictionary and found that the Crotian language maintained its archaic character to a great extent and as such bore remarkable similarities with Sanskrit. He found the comparative study of Crotian and Sanskrit language out of all languages of Indo-European family most fascinating and rewarding as the main aim of the study was on the exposition of the Crotian vocabulary. Sanskrit played a supportive role in the scheme of things.

After the book release ceremony, Mr Dino Debeljuh said this book would become a good entitiy for collaboration of the two nations as now both sides would be closer than before because of the similarities discovered by Prof Rayall. He called the book an “ example of similarity between two nations”. TNS


Promoting Urdu through rally
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla , November 28
To promote Urdu language among the masses in Punjab, especially in this town, Dr Mohammad Rafi, secretary of the Punjab Urdu Academy, organised an “Urdu rally” here late last night.

The rally started from the main gate of the academy at Delhi Gate and passed through the main chowks and bazars, including Sirhandi Gate, Moti Bazar, Club Chowk, Satta Bazar and Mohalla Maler.

The participants of the rally danced to the beats of dhol and raised slogans of ‘alif’, ‘be’, ‘te’ and ‘se’ ( alphabets of Urdu).

Dr Rafi said the Urdu language could not be promoted by holding seminars and lectures in closed doors. There was a great need for teaching the masses Urdu alphabets and this could be done by taking to the roads.

He said the decision of the Punjab Government on establishing the Punjab Urdu Academy in Malerkotla was praiseworthy.


Malout resident suffers for no fault of hers
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 28
A resident of Malout, Ms Neeru Sethi, complained that she was suffering due to a technical discrepancy in the online process for the selection of lecturers by the Punjab Government.

In a letter to the DPI Schools (Secondary), she pointed out that she had applied for the post of lecturer in English and got registered online through CAL-C, Malout, authorised by the C-DAC here to carry out online registrations. Despite of higher percentage, her name was not included in the merit list.

She wrote that when she approached the C-DAC for verification of her documents she was told that she was not registered with the authorities concerned due to some technical discrepancies. Moreover, the registration number given to her was also alloted to another candidate. She said in the merit list her name should have been at the 23rd position, but it was not figuring anywhere.

She requested the authorities concerned to look into the matter.


Stone laid for water supply, sewerage scheme
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 28
Punjab has become the first state in the country which has launched a public oriented project to provide 100 per cent water supply and sewerage facility in all 126 towns of the state.

A special Municipal Development Fund has been set up for the purpose and the work is in full swing in 52 towns during the first phase and during the second phase the work will be initiated in the remaining towns. During the third phase, sewerage treatment plants will be set up in all towns to control pollution, said Chaudhry Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Government while talking to mediapersons here today.

He had come here to lay the foundation stone of covering Sirhind town under the 100 per cent water supply and sewerage scheme at the cost of Rs 12.23 crore. He also addressed a public rally, presided over by Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

Answering a query, he said the abolition of octroi had no effect on the revenue of the municipal councils as the government had formed a policy to transfer 10 per cent of the total collection of VAT to councils. Besides this, the councils also got funds from electricity, excise, diesel and various other government schemes, which was more than sufficient for development.

He said the road show of the Chief Minister got an overwhelming response. He said the Congress would make a clean sweep in the coming Assembly elections.

Addressing the public rally at Sirhind after laying the foundation stone, he said the State had recorded a record development during Capt Amarinder Singh’s tenure. He said within three days, he had distributed Rs 104.35 crore to the councils for development.

Earlier, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary highlighted the development activities initiated in the Sirhind constituency and he thanked Chaudhry Jagjit Singh for sanctioning grants to the Sirhind and Bassi Pathana councils.

On this occasion, Chaudhry Jagjit Singh handed over a cheque for Rs 58 Lakh to the council president for development purposes.

Mr Charanjeev Channa, president, Sirhind Municipal Council, Mr Subhash Sood, Mr Naresh Sharma, Mr Samsher Singh, Congress leaders, and Mr Ranjit Singh Tarkhanmajra, Chairman, Market Committee, Sirhind, also addressed.


Dispensary staff found absent
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, November 28
The entire staff of the Community Health Centre (CHC) Mianwind, was found absent last night when Mr Varun Rujam, SDM, Khadoor Sahib, inspected the centre. The SDM said he had received a number of complaints about the poor-administration of the CHC. He found no doctor, nurse or other para-medical staff there. He said that there were two patients who told him that they had not been attended by any doctor or other staff member.

The SDM expressed his dis-satisfaction over the mid-day meal being given in the schools of the subdivision.


Rail engine ‘hijacker’ gets judicial remand
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 28
Mithu Ram (42), a resident of Akkawali village in Tohana tehsil in Haryana, who yesterday allegedly ‘hijacked’ a railway engine from Dhuri, was today remanded in judicial custody by Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Sangrur, till December 12.

Mithu Ram was arrested last evening by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Barnala. He was handed over to the Dhuri RPF that produced him in the court of the CJM here today.

Mithu Ram had told The Tribune last evening that he had to go to Ganganagar in Rajasthan for some work. So, he asked the drivers of the engine in this regard. He said the drivers asked him to sit in the engine. When the drivers did not come in the engine for some time, he started playing with the parts of the engine.

In this process, the engine caught speed and he could not stop it, he added.

Mithu Ram said when the engine derailed at Barnala, he alighted from it and ran away towards the town to save himself from the wrath of the people.

He said some hours later he again visited the railway station to board a train, but was recognised and caught by people at the platform.


18 get bail in clash case

Barnala, November 28
As many as 18 persons got bail after one and a half months. These persons were among 152 persons who were lodged in Barnala sub-jail after a clash over the demarcation of gurdwara land at Bhadaur. Of them six persons were lodged under Section 302, and 12 under Section 307, IPC. In the Bhadaur clash, a case was registered against 156 person, including SAD MLA Balbir Singh Gunus. OC


Murder, suicide case: DSP, five others booked
Our Correspondent

Patti, (Tarn Taran), November 28
The Patti police here today booked Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP) Kulwant Singh posted in Ludhiana district along with five members of in-laws of Harjit Singh who committed suicide by shooting himself after killing his two minor children, yesterday.

Mr Harjit Singh was accused of killing his wife Vimaljit Kaur allegedly for dowry. As per the police Vimaljit, who was married Harjit 13 years back, had died under mysterious circumstances two weeks back. The parents of Vimaljit filed a complaint of murder against Harjit and his nine family members for beating their daughter to death with the Patti police.

Harjit Singh a goldsmith and son of a former Patti Nagar Council president Kulwant singh Sararf killed himself after killing his two children namely Sukhmanpreet Kaur daughter (12) and Sagardeep Singh son (10) with his licensed revolver yesterday.

Mr Randhir Singh, DSP patti said the police had registered a case under sections 306, 148, 149 of the IPC for the abetment of suicide against accused DSP. The other accused were identified as Ajit Singh (father-in-law), Jaswinder Kaur (mother-in-law), Jaspal Singh and Gurmeet Singh (both brothers-in-law), Binder Kaur, Sister-in-law and wife of Jaspal Singh.

The police recovered a suicide note from the pocket of deceased. In his suicide note he had alleged the accused DSP used to threaten him and his family members due to which he was under mental pressure. He had also alleged that his in-laws had filed a false complaint against him and his family members.

Mr Randhir Singh DSP said he had written in his note that he used to be tense after his in-law’s lodged an alleged false against him and his family them responsible for the death of Vimaljit.

Raids were being made to nab the accused including the DSP. He said the department had informed the Ludhiana police about the registration of a case against the DSP.


Minor’s kidnapping: Left alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

Mansa, November 28
Protesting against the alleged police failure to rescue a kidnapped minor girl even after 13 days of the incident, activists of the CPI and the CPM today took out a rally before staging a dharna in front of the City police station here.

The CPI's district secretary, Comrade Buta Singh, led the protest march that passed through the main market of the town before culminating in the form of dharna at the police station.

Addressing the protesters, the convener of the action committee, Dr Harminderjeet Kaur Joga, rued that their panel had raised the matter with the SSP time and again, but the police had not taken any "serious action" to recover the kidnapped Dalit girl, Amrit Kaur.

She said the "lackadaisical approach of the police had made its role dubious" in the case. CPM leader Kulwinder Ujhat said on the one hand the state government was making tall claims of development while on the other such incidents had raised a big question mark on the law and order situation in the state.

He warned the police to act swiftly in the matter failing which both parties would intensify their stir.

He said there was an urgent need to curb criminal activities in the district otherwise the "atmosphere could further deteriorate". SFI leader Swaranjeet said the police was meant for providing safety to citizens and its "indifferent attitude" had raised many questions on its functioning.

Taking a serious note of the issue, the Left parties have also formed a joint action committee in this regard.

Later, DSP Raminder Singh assured the protesters that the police was on the job and the kidnapped girl would be recovered soon. The agitators then gave a deadline to the police to solve the case and lifted the dharna.


Foreign-crazy man sets wife afire
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
In his frenzy to go abroad, a middle-aged man allegedly set his wife on fire at Seelon Khurd, near Dehlon, today after she persistently refused to accept a “sham” divorce pact that could have enabled emigration to the man after marrying a woman based in a foreign country.

Amarjit Kaur suffered 90 per cent burns and had been admitted at the CMC Hospital in Ludhiana. The couple has an 11-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter.

According to Amarjit, her husband wanted her to sign papers for divorce by suggesting that it would be just on paper to facilitate his emigration after a second marriage.

The SSP, Jagraon, Mr R.K. Jaiswal, said the incident took place late in the afternoon but it was only in the statement of the woman made before a judicial magistrate at the hospital in the evening that the shocking act came to light. He said the woman’s statement could well be a dying declaration as her condition was very serious.

Meanwhile, the police has booked her husband Devinder Singh and parents-in-law under Section 307 of the IPC for attempting to murder the woman.


Eco award for school: students, principal feel elated
Tribune News Service

(Boormajra) Ropar, November 28
Students of senior secondary school, Boormajra, village never had an inkling that one day their effort to save environment would be recognised. Their hard work of five years got them prestigious Green School Award from the Centre for Science and Environment for the best environmental practices.

Situated 10 km from here the school was never into limelight earlier, since morning was the centre of activity as students with the Principal who received the prize yesterday in New Delhi reached the school. Whole village was into celebration mood several dignitaries also wished the school authorities and students for their achievement and assured support for further development.

It all began in 2001 when the Eco-club was formed in different schools as per government instruction. The club was also formed in the school here with a strength of 376 students. The students and teachers did their best to create pollution-free environment in the school.

Even financial constraints did not disappoint them. The school had been receiving Rs 1000 fund only after six months from the government for vairous eco-friendly activities. Besides it, amount for the to run various projects was contributed by the Parents and Teachers Associations.

Out of 7639 square metres area of the school, plants of 80 varieties were grown in 5660 square metres. Plantation in the school is taken care of by students. Water to irrigate plants is waste water from drinking water taps in the school.

They did not use chemical fertiliser and pesticides but used organic manure. Students use solar cooker in the school to save energy.

“We made a difference because of collective of students and staff members. To make environment pollution-free, students were trained to become environment friendly. Most of the students living in the area fall in 10-km range, comenure to school using cycles. None of the students uses scooter or motorcycle, said elated principal of the school Swaran Singh. We used waste water and organic manure for plants, he added.

To save energy we have been using solar cookers were develop a culture among students to protect environment preserve it, said Coordinator of the Eco club Mrs Baljeet Kaur. We held rallies to spread awareness among students and villagers on the need to preserve environment, she added.

Ms Devinder Kaur and Sangeeta two students of Class XII who accompanied the principal to Delhi said to receive the award we had received a letter from the Centre for Science and Environment to send a report on various environment friendly projects running in our school. Thereafter, under the guidance of our teachers, we prepared a report and send it to the CSE.

The award recognises our collective effort and we would work more to protect the environment, they added.

Minister Jagmohan Kang, who also belongs to this village, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, Mrs Bhavna Garg and officials of the Education Department appreciated efforts of teachers and students and promised all possible help for other activities.


Thapar is region’s best polytechnic
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 28
The Thapar Polytechnic, Patiala, has been adjudged as the ‘best polytechnic in Punjab’ and one of the outstanding polytechnics in the northern region for the year 2005-06 by the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh.

The award, which included a shield and a citation, was presented by Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Chairman, Board of Governors, NITTTR, to Mr O.P. Goyal, Principal, Thapar Polytechnic, Patiala, on the Annual Day function of NITTTR. 


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