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Badal flouts EC rules
Poll rally held in school during exams
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Beas, March 8
Even as poll observers turn a blind eye to the gross violation of the model code of conduct in the Beas constituency, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today addressed a election rally on the ground of a high school of Bhorsha Rajputan village at a time when the board examinations were being held simultaneously.

Students of the school who were taking the paper of physical education faced inconvenience due to speeches made by various leaders on the school premises. The rally was held despite the fact that the ban on assembly of five or more persons was imposed by the District Magistrate all over the district in the 200 yards radius of the examination centres.

However, Kulwinder Singh, principal of the school, said the management had given permission to hold the election rally after 1 pm, since the examination was to be conducted from 9 am to 11 pm. He evaded a direct reply when he was asked whether he had lodged any complaint to the Election Commission in this regard. He simply said he had made a 'verbal complaint only'.

On the other hand, the Congress candidate Jasbir Singh Dimpa has sent a formal complaint to the Election Commission in this regard . Badal had also addressed two poll rallies in government schools of Dhulka and Wadala Kalan yesterday.

The entire Beas constituency has been declared sensitive and more than 3,000 security personnel will be deployed to keep watch on each booth of the constituency.

The cell phone of K.S. Chandi, returning officer, was switched off. The sources, close to Chandi said that he had switched off the phone since he wanted to evade the media on this issue. Later, Badal addressed a rally at a stadium of Lidhar village. Earlier also Badal had addressed an election rally at a Sikh shrine of Baba Bakala . However, in his reply to the Election Commission, the returning officer had given a 'clean chit' to the ruling party on the pretext that the site where the rally was held did not belong to any historical shrine.

On the other hand, Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, addressed series of rallies in favour of Jasbir Singh Dimpa who was facing charges of attacking Akali workers that led to one death on January 29. Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh however, will address rallies on the last day of campaigning tomorrow.


3 Punjab land deals under scanner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab Government has initiated the process to inquire into three major land deals that were carried out during the previous Amarinder Singh-led government. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been briefed about these deals and a formal inquiry will be conducted through the Vigilance Bureau, sources told The Tribune here tonight.

The SAD had alleged that the Amarinder government had allowed huge concessions at the cost of the public exchequer. Within 10 days of coming to power, the SAD has started the process to inquire into these deals and it is a logical step, said a senior functionary.

A source said a “fair” inquiry into the Ludhiana City Centre scandal would be carried out. Already, the officer, who had conducted an enquiry into the matter about four months ago and gave a clean chit to the former Chief Minister, was shifted from the VB tonight.

The second deal to come under the scanner is the permission given for change of land use to a Mohali-based builder without even the builder owning that piece of land. The land in question was about hundred acres and the builder has already sold residential and commercial plots to people.

The third deal to be probed is the exemption from acquisition to a huge chunk of land on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway. Allegations were levelled by not just the Akali’s but also a vocal Congress MLA, who had accused a minister in the Congress regime of having being involved in the deal.


Rajni ended life on eve of Women’s Day
Accident claim relatives, suicide, says SSP
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 8
On the eve of International Women Day, a girl of a high-profile family allegedly ended her life for not being free to choose her life partner and lead her life in her own way.

As the girl, Rajni (24) was related to the family of former President Giani Zail Singh makes the incident significant for women who celebrate this day every year to fight for the rights of the fair sex. Her parents are owners of the Sangeet Cinema house here.

Relatives of the victim including her aunt Dr Manjit Kaur , senior medical officer and daughter of late Giani Zail Singh insist that Rajni had fallen accidentally in a 150-foot-deep old well in the Pratap Nagar Chowk here, SSP A S Rai declared this afternoon that it was a case of suicide.

He told The Tribune preliminary investigation had revealed the girl had bitter fight with the family members last evening before the incident. She was protesting against the choice of her future husband by the family.

SSP A S Rai said though no suicide note had been found, the accident claim were highly unlikely. He said the relatives could not be questioned in detail at this juncture.

The police has, however, not registered an FIR regarding the incident so far. SSP Rai said the police would examine the circumstances to ascertain who compelled the girl to take the extreme step. The police was also tracing details of the phone calls made by the girl in the recent past.

He, however, ruled out the possibility of murder. He said the police investigation did not suggest she was pushed into the well. The well also did not seem to have potable water also. It was suggested she had gone to fetch water for her maternal uncle.

Rajni had completed post-graduate course in fashion technology. She had interest in pursuing the field.

Meanwhile, post-mortem conducted by a board of doctors found drowning as the sole cause of death. There were abrasions on the victim’s back. The injuries seem to have been received due to the fall, the board suggested.

The body of the girl could be retrieved from the well after 1 a.m. only. The post-mortem examination suggests the time of death around 9 pm. The disaster management skills of the police were tested in recovering the body from the deep well.

The administration had to call help from a local unit of the Indian Army. Private divers put into service by the police, however, retrieved the body before the army unit could start its operation.


Graft: Tehsildars’ new modus operandi to go scot free
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 8
It has become difficult for the authorities concerned to implement the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to stop certain officials of the Revenue Department from indulging in corruption while registering sale deeds.

This is an open secret that tehsildars adopt special modus operandi to save themselves from being nabbed while taking bribe. Even if any tehsildar is nabbed, he goes scot-free in the absence of adequate evidence against him due to the modus operandi used for taking bribe.

According to the information gathered by The Tribune, the tehsildars avoid taking bribe directly from the parties concerned while registering the sale deeds of immovable properties. Tehsildars accept bribe with the help of deed writers who can not be caught by the Vigilance Bureau because they do not come under the purview of a public servant.

Several deed writers and property dealers confirm on the condition of anonymity that Rs 2,000 is taken for the registry of each sale deed below Rs 10 lakh from the buyer of the immovable property and the same amount is added accordingly if the purchase amount increases.

After getting the bribed money, the deed writer makes a special mark on the documents of the sale deed typed by him. When the documents reach the tehsildar, he registers the sale deed without any hindrance after seeing the mark.

On the contrary, if the buyer refuses to pay the bribe money to the deed writer, he does not make the special mark on the document. Subsequently, the tehsildar does not register his sale deed and harasses him by making odd pleas.

When contacted, Vigilance DIG N.S. Dhillon admits that being a private person, the deed writer cannot be nabbed for taking bribe. At the same time, he says that there are always different circumstances for different cases.

If the deed writer plays the role of a mediator for the public servant to get the bribe, he may be caught. But a complaint should come for that. Badal had issued instructions to the government officials in general and revenue officers in particular to stop taking bribe while addressing the meeting of district officers at district administrative complex here on 

Badal went on to say publicly that there are several places where the tehsildars collect even Rs 2 lakh as bribe per day in this way.


Political intervention stalls demolition in Amritsar
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 8
There was tension in the Albert Road area near Circuit House of the city as the demolition squad with bulldozers and policemen arrived at the site to demolish illegally constructed multi-storey building here today but could not execute the orders allegedly due to political intervention from the ruling alliance. Mr Kripal Singh, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, said the owners of the building had not got requisite sanction from the department.

He said the owner had been warned earlier in this regard but they did not care to complete the formalities.

Building laws were being violated in many cases in the city though vigilance enquiries have been going on in several cases of change of land use without official permission.

Mr Pardeep Sharma, owner of the property, said the map of the building had already been passed by the municipal town planner but requisite fee for the approval of the map could not be deposited due to the implementation of the election code of conduct. He said they had already invested Rs 35 lakh to 40 lakh on the project in the past six months.

Earlier high drama was witnessed as the demolition squad led by the Additional commissioner reached the site and started demolition after removing building material from the site. The entry to road was blocked by policemen and no one was allowed near the site.

Mr Singh said the owner failed to produce documents to substantiate his claim and added on the pleading of the family members, owners had now been given 48-hour to demolish the structure otherwise the corporation would bring down the illegal building. 


Husband flees to Canada on ‘fake papers’
Woman harassed for dowry in Amritsar
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 8
For Rajni marriage to a youth here turned out to be a nightmare. Besides harassment by her in-laws for dowry, her husband left her and immigrated to Canada, allegedly on the basis of fake documents.

The police has registered a case of dowry against her in-laws, Rajni on Monday demanded they should be booked for impersonation also, cheating and forgery. She also apprehended her mother-in-law was planning to flee to her son and the police should arrest her.

Accompanied by social worker S.S.Sharma, Rajni told reporters she married Rohit Dogra who claimed to be an MBA, on June 26, 2004. From the outset her in-laws started harassing her for dowry, she alleged.

On February 8, 2006, Rohit Dogra left for Canada, promising to take Rajni after three months. In his absence, Rajni’s in-laws demanded Rs 25 lakh in the name of dowry. When she refused she was thrown out of the house on June 23, 2006 and not allowed to take her belongings with her.

Enquiries by Rajni’s family revealed her husband was Class XII pass and had apparently used the duplicate B.Com degree of a namesake, who also is a resident of Amritsar, to get passport.

“The family is a party to it. Since the passport was made in 2001, they should have told us that he was planning to go abroad,” she said.

“I’m not fighting for my own self. I want to voice plight of numerous girls tortured by in-laws for dowry. What is the point in getting education if we do not raise voice against injustice,” she said.

Rajni said being aware of the fact that she was pregnant, she was subjected to mental torture by her in-laws that she gave birth to a dead child.

Namesake of Rajni’s husband, Rohit Dogra, whose B.Com degree was used to get the passport, said he had nothing to do with Rajni’s husband. “I have my original certificates with me and have no idea if duplicate copies have been got from the university or the degree has been faked,” he said.

“Even though a case was registered under the Dowry Act on March 1, 2007 and we have intimated the Canadian High Commission in this regard, the police should also pass on the information to the passport office and Canadian authorities so that my husband is extradited. My in-laws should also be asked to return by belongings. I have already written to the SSP in this regard on September 15, 2006,” she said.

Sharma alleged even the ration card used by Rohit Dogra to get the passport was fake and Rajni had made a complaint to the Civil Supplies Department to look into the case.

“Rajni’s family did pay Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to her in-laws but they were not satisfied. When she spoke to her husband in Canada on the phone, he told her that her parents would have to pay the demanded amount of Rs 25 lakh in case she wanted to stay there. Otherwise, she would take divorce,” said Sharma.


Mann visits post-poll violence victims
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur March 8
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today visited the victims of post-election violence in the Fatehgarh Churian area of the district today. He visited septuagenarian couple Mohinder Singh and Lakhbir Kaur in Haruwal village whose house by demolished by supporters of the SAD in post-election violence.

The couple, now homeless, are being forced to stay in the open. Narrating his vows, Mohinder Singh said that he was working as rickshaw-puller in Amritsar. Due to his ill-health he pulls rickshaw for one day and takes rest every alternate day. The old couple had constructed a house using minor saving.

Mann, while talking to newsmen on the spot, demanded that the government undertake the construction of the house of the old couple. The couple had lost the house to change of government and Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and the local representative and assembly peaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon should take the onus for the incident.

He also alleged that the attack on the Dalits reflected the attitude of the SAD-BJP government towards them.

Tension prevailed in the area even today. The Dalit women of the area today organised a protest alleging that many of their family members had been arrested by the police on flimsy grounds.


BJP accuses Centre of ignoring Malwa belt
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, March 8
Vice president of the district unit of the BJP Jatinder Kalra and some other leaders of the party, including district secretary Bhagat Singh and BJP municipal councillor Surinder Singh Pappu, today asked the Central government to cover nine districts of the Malwa region under its Rozgar Guarantee Scheme (RGS) as it had covered only Nawan Shahar, Jalandhar and Amritsar districts so far.

Kalra also accused the Central government of ignoring the Malwa region, comprising Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib, by saying that the Centre had not covered even a single district from these nine districts though it had covered three districts of the state.

He said the Malwa region of the state was most backward due to which thousands of farmers had committed suicides in the past years. 


Chandumajra, Mann PAC members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
SAD president Parkash Singh Badal has appointed Baldev Singh Mann and Prem Singh Chandumajra as members of the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the committee will be held on March 10 at Punjab Bhavan. Election of a member of the Rajya Sabha and other political issues will be discussed at the meeting.


‘Only women can end foeticide’ 
Tribune News Service

Moga, March 8
Expressing concern over the increasing cases of female foeticides in the country particularly in Punjab, Amarjit Singh Johal, a senior judge of Birmingham courts in the United Kingdom, here today said only women could put an end to this inhuman practice.

Justice Johal who was here to participate in a special seminar organised by Dr Shyam Lal Thapar Foundation at the Rajiv Gandhi auditorium in Thapar Nursing college to commemorate International Women's Day, Justice Johal said it was for the women to take a tough stand against any move of killing their girl child.

He said many women in the country had proved their mettle and have attained new heights in their chosen spheres of activity.

Earlier Speaking during the seminar, SSP Shashi Prabha Diwedi spoke about the various rights of women in the country. She also laid stress that women should come forward against female foeticide. 


Inquiry against erring Shatabdi staff
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 8
A day after The Tribune exposed the nexus running by the travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) in the Swarn Shatabdi Express (Amritsar to Delhi), providing seats to travellers travelling without ticket after accepting bribes, an enquiry in this regard has been ordered by the railway authorities. Confirming the order, chief traffic manager Achala Sinha said an enquiring against the two TTEs P.S. Punia and A.P. Singh had been ordered. The report of which will be made available at the earliest.

The enquiry will be conducted by the assistant commercial manager (ticket checking) Ajay Kumar Naulakha at Delhi.

On Thursday, The Tribune had published in its columns the modus operandi by which the TTEs in connivance with the pantry boys helped passengers travelling without ticket in the train to secure a seat by taking bribe. The amount pocketed by these TTEs is lower than that of the ticket. Apart from the TTEs, certain amount was also given to the pantry boys for helping in getting the "setting done" with the train officials.


Incomplete stadium turns into garbage yard
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mansa, March 8
Even as the successive state governments promised to promote budding sports talent and provide them all amenities, an under-construction sports stadium had been crying for attention for the past about 10 years here.

Located at Veer Nagar Colony in the heart of the town, the stadium's work took off on an optimistic note under the previous SAD-BJP regime in 1997 but was grounded soon thereafter. The then deputy commissioner Sanjay Kumar was the one to take an initiative in this direction. He roped in panchayats of various villages and persuaded them to fill up an existing pond to make way for the stadium's construction.

Following his transfer from the district nobody evinced any interest in taking the work to its logical conclusion. With an incomplete boundary wall and a couple of stairs, the stadium presents a picture of government apathy. It has now turned into a garbage dumping yard, which attracts hordes of pigs and stray dogs. It is virtually impossible to stand for a few moments at the stadium. Local sportspersons feel that the district, which is one of the most backward areas in the state, has been trailing on sports front due to lack of proper amenities to the budding talent and the government should facilitate the same at the earliest.


Keshopur wetland may be reserve forest
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, March 8
The wildlife authorities of the state have finally woken up to the need of protecting the biodiversity-rich wetland areas of Gurdaspur district. The wildlife authorities have recorded the arrival of a large number of migratory birds this winter in Keshopur Chamb of the district comprising Keshopur, Magar mudian, Dalla, Matwan and Miani villages and Shalla Pattan wetland near Tibri cantonment.

The major migratory birds in Keshopur wetland include, grey leg goose, painted stork, ruff and reeve, garganey teal, ruddy shel duck, spotted sandpiper, green sandpiper, spotted red shank, red shank, little stint, little ringed plover, red wattled lapwing, European lapwing, wire tailed swallow, red rumped swallow, Alpine swift, house swift, small blue king fisher, Himalayan Pied kingfisher, white wagtail, grey wag tail, greater spotted eagle and spot billed duck.

The division officials have mooted a proposal to declare the Chamb area as a community reserve forest under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act. The proposal has been submitted to the government and is under active consideration, sources here said.

DFO Gurdaspur D Rajasekar said the project had been prepared with active participation of all stake holder villagers and panchayats. The said parties have expressed their willingness for the project. If declared, this will be the first ever community reserve forest in Gurdaspur district, he added.

In Shalla Pattan wetland near Gurdaspur a large number of sarus cranes and common cranes were spotted this year. Both are endangered and are under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act.

The wetland or Chaamb area as it is popularly known once extended to over 1000 acres. The area of the wetland extended from Paniyar to the banks of the Beas. However, now it is fragmented into small chunks of land due to the creation of a drain, reclamation of wetland area to agriculture and creation of fish ponds in the area.

The panchayats have leased a few hundred acres to private parties either for agriculture or fish farming for longer durations of 10 years or more. People around the villages and wetland are agriculturists and farmers and are dependent on farming. The village panchayat gets meagre income from leasing out the land for agriculture and fish farming. The wildlife officials are trying to convince the people to give up the wetland area. They have conducted a meeting of all panchayat members and informed them about the move to declare the area a community reserve forest and its benefits.

The DFO says that most of the villagers who attended the meeting have readily agreed to the proposal and given their consent. The villagers have been told about the proposals of income generating activities, formation of self help groups and constitution of community reserve management committee involving all the stakeholders of the ecosystem.


Five-year jail for head constable
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, March 8
Additional session judge fast track PP Singh sentenced a Punjab police head constable five-year imprisonment and also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 in an attempt to murder case.

According to sources, head constable Tehal Singh's son Surinder Singh was married to Jasvir Kaur. However, after a few years of his marriage, he fell ill and was rendered bed-ridden. Tehal reportedly pressurised his daughter-in-law to settle down with him, to which she resented.

On the fateful day, he allegedly attempted rape on her at gunpoint, but she managed to escape and narrated the tale to her family. When her father Baaj Singh along with his aides was heading towards Tehal Singh's residence at Charewan village, the latter waylaid them and fired at Yatra Singh, causing injuries to him. A case was registered against him


Fallout of water pact issue: Farmers resume stir
Our Correspondent

Abohar, March 8
Scared over the threat of stoppage of water from Punjab, farmers in neighbouring districts of Rajasthan have resumed a stir. The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti gave a call to the farmers, including those who migrated from border areas to Rajasthan due to terrorism in Amritsar-Taran Taran in 1984-1992, to court arrest and warned proposed termination of Section 5 of the water agreement would ruin Punjabi farmers settled at the tailend of Indira Gandhi canal and Bikaner/Gang canal.

As many as 527 farmers reportedly courted arrest in the past 24 hours in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh areas, sources said today. A protest march was taken out in Sadulshehar, Rawatsar, Suratgarh, Sangria, Ghadsana, Srivijaynagar, Rawla Mandi and border area. Anoopgarh has the maximum number of Punjabi migrants. More than 500 policemen and officials were deployed to prevent any untoward incident even as senior district officers monitored situation the whole day.

The farmers who courted arrests were released late last evening. Most of them asked for drinking water and food but the authorities did not respond, sources said.

Meanwhile, Santa Lakha Singh convener and 18 other senior leaders of the samiti were arrested in connection with the cases registered at different police stations in Sriganganagar district during 2004-2006. Joint convener Het Ram Beniwal, a former CPM MLA, was yesterday taken in custody with some of his comrade-in-arms as a precautionary measure.

Leaders in the region, cutting across political lines, condemned the proposed termination of Section 5 of the water treaty. Shankar Pannu, a former Congress MP from Sriganganagar, said water was a natural resource and it should not be confined to man-drawn boundaries. Punjab may have government of any colour but it must adopt constitutional outlook.

The Congress workers will also struggle for water, he said. Charan Dass Kamboj leading a march of farmers along with CPM leader V S Rana at Sriganganagar said the threat by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was against the Constitution, national integrity and would be challenged in the Supreme Court.


More farmers take to contract farming
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
A proper contract mechanism with a legal binding will ensure that more and more farmers take to contract farming, which has helped the farmers in Punjab gain a better price for their crops. Contract farming has also helped in the diversification of crops from the wheat- paddy cycle.

These are the findings and suggestions of an appraisal report on contract farming in Punjab, conducted by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).

The report was commissioned by the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation (PAFC), after the completion of four successful years of contract farming in Punjab.

The study conducted in all districts of Punjab (58 blocks and 420 villages) and data was collected from 1625 farmers, adopting contract farming in hyola, sunflower, maize, barley, basmati and
duram wheat.

In Punjab, the extension agencies and companies involved in contract farming are Mahindra Shubhlab ervices, Pepsi Foods, Escorts, Tata Chemicals, Agri Food Park, Chambal Agritech, Global Visions, Niranjan Rice Export and Hindustan Lever.

These agencies are providing extension education on a package of practices and other inputs like seed, fertilisers, pesticides and weedicides etc.

The study found that there is a substantial increase in the number of contract farmers and also area under contract farming from year 2004-06, mainly because of an assured buy-back prices by the agencies. The hybrid seeds of good quality (especially hyola and maize) gave a better yield and thus played an important role to increase the area under contract farming.

Interestingly, landless, marginal and small farmers were found to be involved in contract farming by leasing-in land from other farmers.

The operational holding of farmers have been enhanced as more than 56 per cent of contract farmers are found to have taken land on lease.

Of the total farmers, 33 per cent have operational land holding size more than 25 acres and 46 per cent have size between 10- 25 acres.

The contract farmers who have replaced land under wheat to hyola and sunflower were found to have gained in terms of cost of production, productivity and income. Those farmers who have replaced paddy with basmati were also found to have gained.

While only 20 per cent of the crop produce under contract farming was procured by PAFC, 67 per cent was sold in the open market and 13 per cent was held for self consumption.

The study also identified the strengths and weaknesses of the contract farming system.

It found that fixing of the buy back price for crop under contract, supply of high yielding variety seeds; promotion of public-private partnership besides benefit to the small and marginal farmers.

The weaknesses identified are no legal binding on farmers or companies, poor procurement and extension facilities in certain areas; and an insufficient grass root skilled staff with PAFC and private agencies.


Beas SHO suspended

Amritsar, March 8
SHO of the Beas police station Ved Parkash was suspended by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) yesterday for refusing to give VIP duty. Earlier also, an SHO of the Beas police station was suspended during elections in the constituency.

However, district police chief Lok Nath Angra said he would decide the matter after proper inquiry. — TNS


Teenager kills self to escape marriage
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 8
A 16-year-old girl, Rupinder Kaur, committed suicide as she was ebing forced by her father to marry a 35-year-old man. She jumped into the Sirhind canal and drowned.

Her body was fished out by the police and local people.

A suicide note was found from the bank of the canal. The police registered a case against the girl’s father Nasib Singh under Section 306, IPC.

DSP Didar Singh said Rupinder Kaur was forcibly engaged to man two years ago.


Seven injured in clash
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, March 8
In a reported clash between two groups, allegedly belonging to the SAD and the Congress, about seven persons were injured at Bhawanigarh today.

According to sources a shopkeeper Lajja Ram had welcomed cabinet minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa at Balad Kenchian (near Bhawanigarh) yesterday, when Dhindsa was on his way to Sunam after becoming minister. This reportedly annoyed some Congress supporters, who today allegedly went to the shop of Lajja Ram and injured him and his family members, while some Congress supporters also received injuries.

On the other hand the Congress supporters claimed that one of them had been passing before the shop of Lajja Ram when Lajja Ram attacked him and others.

The police said the seven persons had been admitted to the Bhawanigarh hospital for treatment. It also said that no case had been registered so far as it would register the FIR after the receipt of medico legal report (MLR) from the hospital. 


Journalists visit GNDU
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 8
A delegation of journalists from 22 countries visited the Guru Nanak Dev University campus here today and had a lively discussion on the various academic issues concerning higher education in India with Vice-Chancellor Jai Rup Singh and other senior faculty members.

Welcoming the visiting journalists, Singh apprised them of the various academic programmes being run by the university at its campuses at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur. He acquainted them that the university had signed a number of academic exchange programmes with many universities and institutions of national and international repute.

Singh said the university was keen to have collaboration in any discipline of education with any institution of national and international stature. He informed them that the university had a well-equipped Foreign Languages Department where French, German, Persian and Russian were taught. Foreign students, who were interested to pursue their studies here, the university had a specific fee structure for them, he added.

The Journalists were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Egypt, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Surinam, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uzbekistan.


China ready for academic exchange with university
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 8First Secretary, Educational Department, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in India, Sun Xin Quan, has evinced keen interest in the faculty and student exchange programmes between Guru Nanak Dev University and the Chinese universities.

Quan while interacting with vice-chancellor Jai Rup Singh and other faculty members of the varsity, here today, said his country through the Chinese Embassy in Delhi was in touch with the UGC and the association of Indian universities in this regard.

He said China had already signed such agreements with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University and was interested in having similar pact with Guru Nanak Dev University and added that the process would be completed by the end of this year. He said China was attracting Indian students for pursuing higher studies for which sufficient knowledge of English was compulsory.

Quan further said there were 650 colleges and universities in various provinces of China and China University of Political Science and Law was eager to cooperate with Indian universities in the field of law. He said under the Indo-China agreement, all disciplines of science, applied science, social science, life science, languages, culture could be covered for academic exchanges between various universities of the two countries.

Earlier, Jai Rup Singh told Quan that the Guru Nanak Dev University was interested in having academic collaboration with Chinese universities. But, before signing an agreement financial and administrative implications would have to be sorted out. 


ISO certification
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 8
The Diesel Loco Modernisation Works here, which undertakes the rebuilding and upgradation of broad gauge diesel electric locomotives and the supply of spares and components to the Zonal Railways for the maintenance of diesel locomotive fleet, has obtained ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards.

The certification emphasises not only on improving the overall environment of the area and compliance with legal requirements, but also the conservation of basic resources particularly water and electricity.


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