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Parties edgy on eve of counting
Crucial week for state
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Come Tuesday and the future of not only politics, but also socio-economic development of Punjab will be decided.

The counting of votes for 116 of the 117 assembly seats on Tuesday morning will not only unveil a new political regime in the state but also set into motion heightened activity, ushering in a series of appointments.

Intriguingly, neither any political thinker nor psephologist has been able to read with certainty either the mind of the voter or the unprecedented voter on February 13.The state witnessed a record 76 per cent polling.

By the afternoon of February 27, the political fate of Capt Amarinder Singh, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Mr Surinder Singla, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa and Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, all of the Congress, and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Bibi Jagir Kaur and Mr Tota Singh of the Akali Dal will be decided.

Neither the ruling Congress nor the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance appear to be brimming with confidence a day before the counting of votes. The major political players are “guarded” in their forecast of the poll results. Psephologists maintain that “this unprecedented situation has arisen because voters have cut across certain barriers like the urban-rural divide and regional affinities which remained predominant in the previous elections. The voter faith in the battle of the ballot has sent the politician in a tizzy.”

While the Congress has been talking of breaking the decade-long convention and returning to power, the SAD-BJP alliance is banking on a mandate against the “anti-poor and anti-people” policies of the Congress regime. They quote spiralling prices and growing unemployment as reasons for the same.

Considered as one of the fiercest and most peaceful elections in the state in the recent decades, local issues also remained centre-stage.

If women in parts of the Majha and Doaba outvoted their male counterparts, high polling percentage in several pockets of Malwa has baffled many. Certain pockets of “Premis” in the Malwa did not record polling as was witnessed in some other pockets.

If Bt Cotton was an issue in the Malwa belt, it did not reflect so in the turnout in certain pockets. Suicide by debt-ridden farmers and agitations by organisations of farmers in Barnala remained prominent issues in selective, not all, areas.

The Punjab voter, it seems, has opened a new chapter in electoral politics, giving out a strong message to politicians that power remains with the masses, irrespective of muscle or money power.


Cabinet to dissolve House today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The Punjab council of ministers will meet here tomorrow to formally dissolve the 12th Vidhan Sabha. The ministers will be free to submit their resignations any time after that, and that could be till February 27, the day of counting. The Chief Minister will also resign on February 27.However, he will carry on to function as a “caretaker” CM till the formation of the new government.

Officials explained that even if the ruling party wins the elections, the Chief Minister will resign. The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) will decide who will be its leader and then the governor will invite the party to form a government.

In case the Akalis win, the same procedure will be repeated. And in case of a hung Assembly, the governor will invite the single largest party to form a government.


Samjhauta blasts fail to wake Pathankot railway authorities
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, February 25
Even after the Samjhauta Express blasts the authorities at the sensitive Pathankot railway station appears in no mood to learn their lesson.

There is no one to monitor the activities at the railway station on the close-circuit camera installed there. The room where monitors of these cameras are installed are always locked.

The local Railway Police Force (RPF) said most these cameras have not functioned since installation. There are 12 close-circuit cameras at the station, of which seven are non-functional. Though the authorities concerned claim that they have written many times to the technical wing of the Railways in this regard, but to no avail.

The RPF is also facing acute shortage of personal. They state that they do not have enough personal who can be deputed for keeping 24-hour vigil through the cameras.

Officials of the technical wing when asked about the non-functional cameras said they had submitted a report regarding it to the higher authorities. The Railways had an annual maintenance contract for the same but it has now lapsed. The cameras can be repaired only after the new contract is signed. Till then security at the railway station will not be in a position to utilise the facility installed using lakhs of public money.

Moreover, the security arrangement at the Chaki bank railway station that receives supplies of the Army is also inadequate. It does not even have a security wall and is open from all sides.

The railway stations at Pathankot is sensitive due to its proximity to the trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir. The stations have been target of terrorist attacks earlier also.

Last year the security agencies recovered grenades from the Pathankot railway station. Though the railway authorities conducted a mock exercise in the recent past to deal with emergency, they are not concerned about the inadequate safety measures at the railway stations.


4 Pak nationals in India to search for relatives
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 25
Four Pakistani nationals crossed over to India through the Wagah joint check-post to know the whereabouts of their missing relatives today.

Mohammad Latif Sheikh, Raheesh Ahmad, Wasim Ahmad, all from Lahore, and Mohammad Iqbal of Narowal said they had to come to know about their relatives who had come to India a month ago. They said after the ghastly incident of twin bomb blasts in the ill-fated Attari Express near Panipat, which claimd the lives of 68 innocent persons, they had tried to contact them. However, when they failed in their attempt, they decided to visit India.

The administration had made arrangements for their onward journey to Panipat or New Delhi. The BSF authorities also provided them light refreshment at the check-post and helped them in completing the formalities.


Charred body of woman found, in-laws held
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, February 25
The charred body of a married woman was found from the roof of the house in the Sarai locality today morning. The house where this incident took place is located in a congested locality of Pathankot. However, not a single neighbour listened to the screams of Rajan Bala while she was fighting for her life on the roof of the house.

Rajan Bala’s parents who arrived here today alleged that she had been killed by in-laws. Gaurav Anand, her brother, in a complaint lodged with the police also alleged that her sister had strained relations with her in-laws. She was married to Ajay Kumar, an advocate, three years ago. They were blessed with two children.

He said his sister’s in-laws used to consistently demand dowry from her. Due to it, Rajan Bala came to their house at Kapurthala along with her children. Only a month ago her husband came and took her. Rajan Bala had telephoned them from a local PCO yesterday and had apprehended threat to her life. Today we received the news of her death, he alleged.

A case under sections 304-B, 201 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the husband, father and mother in-laws of the deceased.

Police officials investigating the case apprehend that Rajan Bala could have been strangulated and then her body burnt to give an impression of suicide. The tongue of the deceased had come out which indicates that she might have been strangulated. However, the exact cause of death could only be ascertained after a post-mortem examination.

The suspects who have been arrested, however, maintained that all of them were not in the house. They discovered the charred body of Rajan Bala lying on the roof of the house when they returned.

However, the fact that not a single neighbour heard her screams even when Rajan Bala was fighting for life on the roof of the house raises doubts about the suspects’ story.


Land grab: SSP told to complete probe in three months
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 25
While issuing notice of motion to the state of Punjab, SSP, Ferozepore, and SHO, city police station here, Mr Justice Virender Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the SSP to ensure that the investigation of the case relating to the alleged land grab is completed at the earliest, but not more than three months. The SSP would also ensure that the life and liberty of Dimple Miglani and her family is protected. A copy of the orders was delivered through the petitioner today by hand.

Dimple, secretary of the Land Grab Victims Association, had in her plea submitted that the petition filed by the respondents for quashing the FIR dated April 14, 2005, had been dismissed by the high court. Even then the prosecution agency has so far not submitted the final report u/s 173, CrPC, before the court. She also stated through her counsel that the culprits had been threatening her time and again for which a complaint had been made to the city police here.

Dimple had succeeded in getting the FIR registered after a long struggle through the ADGP (Law and Order) on April 14, 2005, against a Canada-based NRI Balkaran Singh, his brother Baljit Singh, father Dhian Singh, Harcharan Singh, nambardar, Jagmohan Kumar, Harnek Singh, member, Kalatibba panchayat, Rajwant Singh, Darshan Lal, Raj Kumar Setia, Major Singh, naib tehsildar, Mamdot, Kuldeep Singh, document writer, Jasbir Singh Chuharkhera and Mohan Lal, municipal councillor, u/s 447, 448, 341, 342, 420, 120-B, 148, 149 and 506, IPC, accusing them of cheating her father-in-law Krishan Kumar Miglani by forging documents to grab some immovable property when her family was away.

The police had booked the NRI and his family later in some other cases also but he could not be arrested. The activities of the alleged land mafia had been brought to the notice of the Prime Minister, President and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi by the association headed by Col Onkar Nath Chopra (retd).


His sketches help police nab criminals
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Gobind Ram
Gobind Ram

Chandigarh, February 25
Gobind Ram, a 25-year old butcher in Ludhiana, walked into a police station to complain about his stolen motorcycle. To his utter shock, he was arrested within minutes of having entered the police station for being member of a dreaded gang of murderers who had recently committed a double murder in a jewellers’ family.

A brilliant pencil sketch rendering of Gobind Ram’s face was on the notice board of the police station, which helped the police nab him. Later Gobind’s arrest led the police to catch the other accused Rajiv Raja and the two are now in jail.

Gobind Ram’s sketch prepared by Ashok Kumar
Gobind Ram’s sketch prepared by Ashok Kumar.

The sketch prepared by a young freelance artist of Ludhiana Ashok Kumar is just one of the many other sketches which he has made for the Ludhiana police that have led them to bust gangs and nab dangerous criminals.

“Gobind’s sketch was prepared based on the account of a small child who had seen him and another person kill her family members. I was also surprised when I was told that the sketch in the police station had led to his being nabbed,” says Ashok.

Already a renowned artist who had been rewarded many times by the various chief ministers of the state, Ashok has been painting since he was a small child. “In class VI, I drew a picture of Sri Ganesh Mahalakshmi with chalk on the black board for Divali. The principal really liked it and encouraged me,” he said.

Son of a humble salesman In Ludhiana Ashok had to leave studies and take up a job after class X. “I did a basic English speaking and computer course and have continued with my first passion which is painting,” he said. He went on to make what he claims to be the smallest painting in the world- the size of a nail.

“It is very easy to draw a sketch when the person is sitting in front of you. The sketches that I make of suspects have been the most difficult since these have to be based on what the victim’s and eyewitnesses tell you.

But I think I am gifted by God and am able to match their faces almost perfectly,” he added.

The Ludhiana police has used such sketches to nab the suspect and in come cases when a criminal is caught for some other crime these sketches help prove his involvement in other crimes. “In the Vikramjit kidnapping case Ashok was sent to Gurgaon and generate a sketch of the suspect based on the account of the shopkeepers from where the kidnappers had bought stuff using Vikramjit’s credit card. When the kidnapper Aman Verma was arrested for a car theft the sketch helped us realise that he was wanted in the kidnapping also,” said Mr Amardeep Singh Rai SSP Ludhiana.

Similarly a host of petty thieves who had been stealing mobiles from shops and computers etc also have been caught using Ashok’s sketches.’

“His work for the Ludhiana police has been highly appreciated and a case also been moved to absorb him into the police full time. In fact, we need persons like Ashok.

The Maharashtra police has been depending heavily on artists for nabbing criminals and in the recent blasts also the sketches which were released helped police nab the first suspects,” added Mr Rai.


PSEB panel on payment for substandard coal
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 25
Just before the formation of the new government in the state, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has formed a five-member committee to sort out the controversial issue of release of withheld payment worth several crores for the Chinese imported coal, test samples of which were found to be substandard. Besides, the committee would work out a way to restart import of the Chinese coal from private companies.

Official sources said that the five-member committee comprising the chief engineers of the three thermal plant of Punjab at Ropar, Lehran Mohabbat and Bathinda, the chief cost control and reduction and chief chemist was formed to deal with the issue of import of Chinese coal. Senior official of the committee confirmed on the condition of anonymity that the first meeting of the members was held on Tuesday.

The PSEB had ordered import of Chinese coal worth Rs 350 crore for the two thermal plants in Punjab in November, 2005. Later the PSEB had stopped the release of pending payments and import after samples of the coal were found to be the sub-standard in October, 2006. Later the Punjab Vigilance had registered a case against PSEB on October 23.


‘I would love to go to Pak with message of peace’
Our Correspondent

Ferozepore, February 25
If given chance I would love to cross over to Pakistan to spread the message of peace and tranquility through religious discourses, stated sant Murari Bapu while talking to mediapersons at the National Martyrs Memorial, Hussaniwala, 12 km from the district headquarters here yesterday.

He was here to pay floral tributes at the samadhi of the three great heroes of the Indian freedom struggle, Shahid Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who he said had lit the eternal flame of liberty and smilingly embraced gallows for the sake of motherland’s freedom.

He said the sacrifice of these martyrs had paved the way for freeing the country from the clutches of the British Empire. He also paid tributes at the samadhi of martyr B.K. Dutt and Punjab Mata, samadhi of Shahid Bhagat Singh’s mother. While interacting with media, he praised the velour of Punjabis and said they had always remained in forefront while sacrificing their lives for the nation.

A large number of people had gathered at Hussaniwala to listen to his discourse. Prominent among those present on the occasion were PPCC general secretary Parminder Singh, PPCC secretary Chander Mohan Handa and president sanatan dharam sabha Jatinder Mehra.

Earlier, a few social organisations had protested against his visit to Hussaniwala, but, the organisers decided to carry on with the scheduled programme. The District Administration had made elaborate security arrangements as a precautionary measure.


Dental clinic sealed
Our Correspondent

Abohar, February 25
A team from the department of health last evening sealed a dental clinic located in Street 8 here in compliance of the order passed by the District Consumers Grievances Redressal Forum.

Sita Ram, a resident of the Patel Park area had approached the forum stating that negligence in treatment of his ailing teeth caused mouth cancer. The owner of the clinic failed to produce the documents to prove that he was a qualified dentist. The forum, while directing the clinic to pay Rs 51,000 as compensation to the patient, wondered how such clinic was allowed to function.

The consumers had revealed that the owner of the clinic had died some years back. His qualified son practiced for some time, but later he too left the town. Since then some less known persons had been running the clinic, situated in the prime location and had the benefit of its good old reputation, sources added.


Social worker alleges harassment
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 25
A 70-year-old social worker Ajaib Singh, has alleged harassment at the hands of an employee of the district courts here in connivance with the police.

In a complaint to the Patiala SSP, Ajaib Singh alleged that a false complaint was lodged against him by the employee. The employee, in connivance with police personnel of the bus stand police station, was threatening me for lodging a counter-complaint, he alleged.

“I was made to sign three blank papers by the police and these could be misused. Despite repeated representations to the police to verify the contents of the false complaint, nothing had been done,” he complained.

He threatened to take legal recourse if a fair probe was not conducted into the matter.


Arhtiyas for hike in wheat MSP
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 25
The Federation of Arhtiyas Association, Punjab, and leaders of farmer unions at a meeting at Sunam have sought Rs 200 per quintal enhancement in the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat during the ensuing procurement season. They have also decided to approach the Union Government and the Prime Minister to submit a memorandum in this regard.

Talking to The Tribune today, state president of the Federation of Arhtiyas Association, Punjab, Ravinder Singh Cheema said the arhtiyas and the farmer leaders held discussion over the strengthening of their ties and expressed anxiety over the deteriorating economic conditions of farmers.

Cheema further said the arhtiyas and the farmers emphasised enhancement in MSP of wheat to the tune of Rs 200 per quintal during the ensuing wheat procurement season as the Central Government had to purchase wheat from abroad last year. He said if the government failed to do so then the Central pool might face crisis as the farmers would prefer to sell their produce to private firms at high rates.


Acid thrown on 4 members of family
4-yr-old boy dies, 3 sustain injuries
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 25
Four members of a family - husband, wife and their two sons - received burn injuries on different parts of their bodies last night when some miscreants reportedly threw acid on them when they were sleeping in their house at Kanakwal Kalan village, about 15 km away from Sunam.

Four-year-old boy Vicky Singh reportedly succumbed to the acid burns in the village.

Dr Sanjay Bansal, who treated the injured persons at the Sunam civil hospital early this morning, said that due to the serious condition of the woman Sukhpal Kaur (28) and her six-year-old son Gurpreet Singh, they along with Bira Singh (30), husband of the woman, had been referred to the Sangrur civil hospital.

Emergency Medical Officer (EMO) Makhan Singh at the Sangrur civil hospital said as the eyes of the mother and her minor son had been affected badly due to acid burns so he referred them to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for further treatment. Bira Singh, who had burn injuries on his shoulder, had also been referred to Rajindra hospital, he added.

The Sunam police said it could not be immediately known as to who threw acid on the victims, so it had registered a case under sections 302 and 307 of the IPC against unknown persons.


Gang of swindlers busted
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 25
With the arrest of three persons, the district police today claimed to have busted a gang of cheaters, who used to defraud the people on pretext of doubling the money.

The accused were identified as Paramjit Singh, Sona Singh and Partap Singh Bhagtupura, while three of their accomplices including Amrik Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Satnam Singh managed to escape.

The police have registered a case under section 420, 379, 411, 489-B, 489-C of IPC at the Sadar police station on the basis of secret information. According to the information, the accused used to give fake currency to people.

The gang was operational in Batala, Ajnala, Amritsar and Tarn Taran for the last few years. They started by giving Indian currency notes to their customers to earn their trust. After that they began giving their customers fake currency, double to the money given by them.

The police seized a motorcycle and fake currency worth Rs 2,500 from them. In preliminary investigations, it was found that the accused used to bring fake currency from Rashpal Singh of Tarn Taran.


Man arrested for raping daughters
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 25
In a bizarre incident a resident of Himmatpurae was arrested for allegedly raping two of his daughters. The police registered a case under section 376 of the IPC following a complaint lodged by the girls at C-division police station here today. The elder girl (20) in the complaint alleged that her father who is a truck driver by profession had been forcibly raping her for the past five years. Whenever her mother used to go out for work, he used to pressurise her to make physical relationship with him. The accused used to threaten to eliminate the entire family, if she dared to tell anybody about it.

However, the incident came to light when the accused tried to outrage the modesty of the younger daughter (15) who complained to her mother. Enraged over this, the man thrashed his younger daughter badly. The SHO said the two girls would be taken for medical examination tomorrow.


Widow’s gangrape: probe begins
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, February 25
The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) today started investigation into the gangrape of a Valmiki widow by members of the same community after parading her naked in Kala Sanghia village on Friday.

A five-member team led by state president of the women cell of the PHRO Kavita Singh visited Moti Nagar in Kala Sanghia where the widow had been raped following her abduction from her house and recorded statements of some eyewitnesses.

The team comprising Inder Pal Singh, John, Gurmukh Singh and Deepak also went to civil hospital Kapurthala where the victim was being treated.

Kavita Singh said the team could not talk to the victim as she had been under the effect of drugs given to her by doctors.

To a query, she said most of the eyewitnesses were also not ready to say anything about the crime due to the fear of the accused.

Kavita Singh said the team would visit the hospital again the next day for first-hand statement of the victim. The team will also visit the village to persuade the eyewitnesses to record statements.

The president of the women’s cell of the PHRO said the team would also try to meet some of the arrested accused before giving finishing touches to the report, to be submitted to the chairperson of the PHRO.

Meanwhile the police produced the three arrested accused — Sarwan’s son Malkit, Mohinder’s sons Gurdev and Manjeeta in a court which remanded them in police custody for one day.


Undertrial escapes, held
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 25
An undertrial, who had escaped from the police custody yesterday, was arrested again within 24 hours of the incident. A constable who produced him in the court yesterday has also been arrested.

According to sources, the man identified as Kiranpal Singh, a resident of the power house road, had eight cases of robbery, snatching and fraud registered against him at local, Nathana, thermal and Faridkot city police stations.

The sources said after the court proceedings he urged the constable Balbir Singh to take him to Kapoor Dhaba for a lunch. After eating at the dhaba, he asked the constable to open his handcuffs so that he could have his meals properly. Taking advantage of this, he fled away. Both of them have been booked under sections 223 and 224 of the IPC.

However, the police soon swung into action and arrested Kiranpal from the powerhouse road while he was preparing to leave the city.


Missing youth’s body found
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, February 25
The body of an 18-year-old youth, who went missing 13 days back was today, recovered from a distributary in a mutilated condition.

Sources said deceased Vipan Kumar was taking coaching classes for the engineering entrance test from a private academy here. He was putting up at the academy's hostel.

He had gone missing from his academy on February 13 after which his parents had lodged a missing report at the city police station here.

His body was recovered from Sotha distributary in a mutilated state and it was identified with the help of his clothes and shoes.

A case has been registered under section 174 of the CrPC.


Murder case solved
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 25
The district police today claimed to have solved a blind murder case of Khalsa College student Jarnail Singh whose body was found in the fields of the college campus on February 9. The police authorities have arrested Daljit Singh, a classmate of the deceased, and his accomplice Karamjit Singh.

The police official in a press conference here said that Jarnail Singh was wanted to marry the girl with whom Daljit Singh was in love. Enraged over this, the accused hit him with a brick and then strangled him to death.


Petrol station looted
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 25
A group of unidentified people looted petrol station, located barely 60 meters away from a Police chowki on the busy Patiala-Rajpura road, here, late yesterday evening.

According to police sources, four unidentified persons riding atop two motor cycles camp to the premises and after threatening the pump’s staff looted Rs 42,000 from the almirah which they opened with a screw driver.

The Sadar police has registered a complaint lodged by one Ruldu Singh, a tanker driver of the pump.


Campus recruitment drive by Dell
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 25
“Dell International Services India Pvt. Ltd. organised joint campus Recruitment camp at Mata Gujri College, here. About 140 students from different colleges participated in the programme.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Director-Principal of the college, while welcoming Dell international team, said that Mata Gujri College was the oldest college of the region and is governed by high ethical and value system.

He further said that the college invited students from all the neighboring areas. The camp was arranged young students of the area could get the opportunity for getting the jobs. Students need to develop excellent communication skills in order to face the emerging global market.

He said that in the days to come, more corporate concerns like Sundram Finanace, Vardhman, Coca-Cola, Tata Tele services etc.were likely visit the college for campus placements.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Professor and head of the Department of Management Studies, said that Dell had revolutionised the industry to make computing accessible to customers around the globe, including businesses, institutional organisations and individual consumers. Because of Dell’s direct model — and the industry’s response to it — information technology is more powerful, easier to use and more affordable, giving customers the opportunity to take advantage of powerful new tools to improve their businesses and personal lives.

Mr Amitabh Kumar, Staffing Manager, Dell, said that they had been to Fatehgarh Sahib for the first time and were pleased to see the infrastructure and facilities available at the college.

Prof Jagdeep Singh (placement officer) said that the company has selected Technical Support Executives and Customer Support Executives.


GND varsity gets MiG-23BN
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 25
The Ministry of Defence has donated a MiG-23BN aircraft to Guru Nanak Dev University for display and general awareness for the student community and the general public. It has been installed in front of the university library by a team of 15 engineers/ground staff of the Air Force Station, Halwara, led by Sqn Ldr Harjinder Singh Marwaha.

Sqn Ldr Marwaha said the aircraft had participated in the Kargil War and had completed its 25-year life.

Vice-chancellor Jai Rup Singh thanked the Ministry of Defence, especially Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who was instrumental in gifting the aircraft to the university.


Former students honoured
Our Correspondent

Pathankot, February 25
The Old Students Association of the 55-year-old Municipal Board school (now government senior secondary school) here today honoured seven former students of the school. The list included Chander Gupt Mahajan, a former professor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr B.S. Kanwar, MD (Medicine), M.P. Aggarwal, Kuldip Malhotra, Raj Kumar Rathore, artist Shiv Kumar, DME, Jammu, and Surinder Sharma in recognition of their services to the nation.

Dr Suman Bala, additional commissioner, central excise, Noida, was the chief guest, while Dr Rajnish Dhananjay presided over the function.


Medical student suspended
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, February 25
A medical girl student of Government Medical College here has been suspended for violating college rules and regulations and indulging in indisciplinary activities. Principal of the college, J.S. Dalal, confirming this, said that the girl was suspended from the college and the hostel with immediate effect till further action. According to the information, the student of second professional, MBBS, entered in the hostel of medical college in late hours of the evening allegedly in an inebriated condition.


Renegade 4 at Pbi varsity
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 25
A two-day online multimedia game event Renegade 4 was organised at the University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, here today.

At least 300 students from various institutes participated. University College of Engineering director R.K. Seghal laid stress on technical activities.

Dr B.S. Sandhu, dean colleges, inaugurated the event. University College of Education reader Amardeep Singh was the coordinator.


Benefits of credit rating highlighted
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 25
A company floated by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) organised a seminar in association with the Patiala Industries Association and the Focal Point Industries Association here today.

H.P.S. Lamba, general secretary of Focal Point Industries Association welcomed the members of both the associations and the dignitaries - Bhinder Singh, general manager, District Industries Centre and Shreekumar, DGM, State Bank of Patiala.

Making the presentation Sumeet Mehta, regional manager, SME Rating Agency of India, highlighted the importance of the small-scale sector for the growth of the country.

He also highlighted various issues related to the timely credit flow to the small scale industries. Endorsing the views of SME Rating Agency regarding the concept of rating, Bhinder Singh, general manager, District Industries Centre, and representatives of OBC, State Bank of Patiala, and National Small Scale Industries emphasised on the importance of rating and informed the participants about various schemes being run by them.

On the request of the associations, Sumeet Mehta, regional manager, SME Rating Agency, announced an extra discount of 20 per cent on the rating fees for the applications received till March 10.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Rakesh Goel, general secretary of Patiala Industries Association, said that for the long-term growth of the Patiala industry, such inputs and initiatives were very important.


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