Info sought: Mr Davinder Pal, president, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Batala, has sought information from the Regional Manager, Punjab National Bank, Kapurthala branch, under the Right to Information Act - 2005. He has asked for the income and expenditure details of the Kila Mandi branch of the bank in Batala during the past five years.
Protest: Members of the Panchayat Secretaries Union, led by their president, Mr Sabjinder Kedar, and the general secretary, Mr Mann Singh, staged a dharna and rally before the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Garhshankar, on Tuesday in protest against the alleged corruption made by the BDPO. Addressing the rally, Mr Sabjinder Kedar and other speakers alleged that the BDPO had broken all records of corruption while performing his duty. They said the BDPO had come on deputation from the Fishery Department. They warned the state government that if the said BDPO was not transferred before December 15, 2006, members of the union would intensify their agitation.
Pistols seized: The Dasuya police has seized three country-made pistols from the fields of Davinder Singh of Bodal village on Monday. According to the police, while digging in the fields Davinder Singh found the wapons. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered.
Girl shot: A “spurned lover” murdered a student of Class XII of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force station, here yesterday. The police has registered a case under Section 302, IPC, against L. Dey, an employee of 18 Wing, Air Force.DSP Karamjit Singh said the accused pressurised the girl to marry with him. When she refused, he allegedly stole a revolver from the armoury of the Air Force and shot her.
Exporters seek IT exemption: Various export associations and federations, including the Punjab Chamber of Small Exporters, today appealed to the Centre to consider providing income tax exemptions on export profits for the export units located in the Domestic Tariff Area so that common platform was assured for all irrespective f 100 per cent EOUs or are located in SEZ. Exporters also demanded that there should be no service-tax on export production as export units are registered with the Central Excise Department. They also reiterated their demand regarding the exemption of any service tax on foreign agent commission paid by Indian exporters to procure export orders. “Export houses should be given straightway exemptions from VAT as first paying VAT and then getting refund is very cumbersome and resulting in blockage of working capital,” rued the exporters. They urged the state government to simplify the procedure and reduce unnecessary paper work for filing monthly returns.
Teachers protest: As part of the state-wide agitation, hundreds of teachers of government-aided private schools took out a march and held demonstration in support of their demands here on Monday. The demonstrators also blocked the national highway, raised slogans and burnt the effigy of the state government. Their demands included revival of the pension scheme revoked in May 2003, grant of medical allowance and a promotion scheme on the government school pattern. Later, they submitted a memorandum to SDM Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal.