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Pak panel to fight against French ban on turban
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 22
The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) has, in principle, decided to join hands with the SGPC and other Sikh organisations of the world in their fight against the decision of the French Government to ban the wearing of turbans in the state-run schools.

This was conveyed by Bishan Singh, president, PSGPC to SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar at their meeting in the Darbar Sahib complex, here today. He said a deputation of the PSGPC would meet Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad next month so that he could use his good offices to prevail upon his France counter-part to lift ban on the wearing of turban or head-gear in the state- run schools. He said the PSGPC would also take up the issue of ban on carrying kirpan in Denmark since Sikhs in Pakistan wanted to be part of the crusade, launched by the community the world over against unjust ban on kirpan and turban in Denmark and France.

In another statement, the SGPC chief assured the visiting PSGPC chief to send maximum number of raagis and granthis to Pakistan on their demand to ensure the propagation of faith in the country. On the issue of making Kartarpur corridor, linking Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) with Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak (India), the SGPC chief endorsed the views of his Pakistani counterpart that the delay was on the part of the Indian Government. The SGPC chief said after meeting Pakistan's Prime Minister who agreed to construct the corridor, he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who chose dilly-dallying tactics on the issue.

On the installation of “palki” (golden palanquin), taken from New Delhi to Nankana Sahib, Makkar said the SGPC would like to preserve the old structure of the sanctum sanctorum.

The PSGPC chief will also meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Punjab Bhavan, Chandigarh, tomorrow .

The SGPC chief refuted the charge of the Haryana Government that donations, collected from Sikh shrines in Haryana were not being spent on gurdwaras in Haryana . Giving statistics, SGPC chief said Rs 7 crore were collected by the SGPC in the past three years from Sikh shrines in Haryana while it spent Rs 16 crore on expansion of gurdwaras there.


Elevated road to Golden Temple under way
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 22
The Amritsar Municipal Corporation has opted for the original plan for execution of the elevated road project, which will provide devotees shorter link to the Golden Temple.

On his visit to Amritsar in April 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced 50 per cent central grant for the 173 crore project. However, when a proposal was sent to the Government of India, it was rejected, fuelling speculations that project the might be jeopardised due to lack of funds.

Mr Hussan Lal, Municipal Commissioner, told The Tribune now the corporation had reverted to the original plan, wherein there was no component of central grant and hoped the project would be completed by July 14, 2008, the deadline.

As per original plan, the project was to be funded by the Municipal Corporation, the Improvement Trust and Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), giving 20 per cent of total budget. The remaining 40 per cent was to be borne by the state government. All parties, except PUDA, had given their share of funds and PUDA had agreed to follow suit shortly.

“Work on the project is under way and Rs 20 crore has been spent. The corporation still has Rs 15 crore with it and the project will not be held up due to shortage of funds. The Punjab government has also assured us there will not be any shortage of funds,” he said.

After the PM’s announcement, the corporation submitted revised plan to the Centre but the project was not taken up under the Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission on the ground since work was already in progress on the project, it could not be funded by the Centre.

“The corporation again has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Urban Development, pointing out the revised proposal was prepared in view of the PM’s promise that the Centre would fund 50 per cent of the project. We are yet to hear a reply from the Ministry. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also sought details of the project and promised to take up the matter with the Prime Minister,” he said.

“We are confident of completing the project by the deadline and there would be no paucity of funds,” he added.

Even as the revised proposal was pending with the Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the previous Punjab government had invited global tenders for the project with an initial payment of Rs 10 crore.

Rubbishing criticism by certain environmentalists that the project will can pose an environmental threat to the heritage buildings in the area, Mr Hussan Lal said the elevated road would end up at the multi-level parking coming up under the Galiara scheme, which is more than 500 metres away from the Golden Temple and posed no threat to any heritage structure.


Opposition, treasury benches trade charges
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
There were no adjournments and no walkouts in the Punjab assembly today. The house witnessed some noisy moments and repeated interruptions but, by and large, MLAs participating in the discussion on the Governor’s address made impressive, substantive speeches marked by sharp attack, wit, satire and stinging comments.

Young MLAs, especially Makhan Singh and Sukhpal Singh Khaira of the Congress, left their impression on all concerned while lambasting the Badal government. From the treasury benches, Capt Kanwaljit Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Jagdish Sahni of the BJP made a scathing attack on the previous Amarinder Singh government. With his wit and relaxed style of scoring points over the opposition, Master Mohan Lal of the BJP made everyone enjoy some lighter moments in the house. The young MLA from Chamkaur Sahib, Charanjit Singh Channi, gave some useful suggestions while taking part in the debate.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said the Amarinder Singh government perished because it failed to perform. False promises like the provision of 20 lakh jobs to unemployed youth proved costly for that government. Instead of introspection with regard to their party’s defeat in the elections, the Congress MLAs were trying to impede the proceedings of the house. Amarinder Singh resorted to repression on all sections of society and used foul language at every step against Akali leaders, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

Amarinder Singh ran his government by using the police baton against his opponents. But no one could rule by adopting a policy of repression, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh. Speaking about the failures of the Amarinder Singh government on the economic front, he said the manufacturing sector grew only by 1 per cent and the agrarian sector suffered a huge setback on the growth front. Even loans totalling thousands of crores of rupees were taken from banks to fund the annual plan. VAT was implemented in such a manner that it crippled trade, industry and business.

He sought the decentralisation of powers and financial autonomy for states to run their affairs efficiently.

Hitting hard against the Badal government, Makhan Singh, Congress MLA from Pakka Kalan, said supporters of the SAD-BJP government had captured almost all truck unions in the Malwa region with the help of the police. The Badal government was distributing cabinet rank freely. All ministers had been given cabinet rank. Other political appointees were also getting that rank. He said it was a misuse of power.

There was nothing in the Governor’s address with regard to the Punjabi language, culture and literature, said Makhan Singh. The Badal government had forsaken the issue of inclusion of Punjabi speaking areas in the state. He drew the attention of the government to the growing number of deaths in road accidents. “Efforts should be made to check accidents”, he added.

The BJP’s Jagdish Sahni, making a fierce attack on Amarinder Singh, said he was a Chief Minister who broke the bridge between the people and the government. He had no link with the people he was chosen to serve. He did not meet even his own party MLAs. Amarinder Singh was a man who promoted the leisure and pleasure culture. “ Instead of facing the house, Amarinder Singh has now run away to London”, said Sahni.

The former Chief Minister treated the state treasury as if it belonged to the erstwhile Patiala state, said Sahni. He said most of the ministers in the Amarinder Singh government made Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore by resorting to corruption. Amarinder Singh opened the state treasury for his coterie to loot it. Sahni named certain industrialist-politicians who got benefits of several crores of rupees from the Amarinder Singh government. “He was a Chief Minister who gave a clean chit to his men and sent to jail his opponents”, said Sahni.

Sukhpal Khaira of the Congress faced frequent interruptions from the treasury benches as he questioned Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s holding charge of the portfolio of home and law and justice. It was unethical that Badal, who was an accused in a corruption case, was also holding charge of the prosecution department.

“Badal himself is playing investigator, prosecutor and accused in his own case,” said Khaira. This remark drew strong protests from the treasury benches. He said Badal had been interfering in the case at the prosecution level. Countering Khaira, the treasury benches, including Tikshan Sud, said the charges against Badal were made up. Khaira wondered on what moral ground the BJP was supporting Badal when it ( BJP) had been seeking the resignation of other leaders against whom charges had been framed in various courts.“ All schemes of Badal such as adarsh schools and cheap atta and dal will fail as no homework was done before announcing these”, he added.

Master Mohan Lal of the BJP urged Badal to order an inquiry into the misdoings of the Amarinder Singh government. He said Amarinder Singh sold assets such as tourist places of the state at a throwaway price. He said there was no place for rajas in a democratic system. Amarinder Singh had grabbed the chief ministership from Rajinder Kaur Bhattal by using his influence. “Matka chowk had virtually turned into jhatka chowk during the tenure of the Congress government”, he added. He sought the cooperation of the opposition for the development of Punjab.

Channi spoke about the planned development of towns and for framing a proper policy in this regard. Ishar Singh Mehrban of the Congress and Mohan Lal Banga of the SAD were among the speakers.


No takers for Bhagat Singh’s trunk
Anuradha Shukla
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Mahavir Singh share one of the most important parts of modern Indian history as the two not only fought for the country’s freedom but also laid down their lives for their motherland.

Mahavir Singh, trained in conducting secret operations of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha, helped Bhagat Singh escape from Mauzang House in Lahore after he (Bhagat Singh) shot J.P. Saunders, a British Additional Superintendent of Police.

Bhagat Singh, an eyewitness to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, wanted to avenge his death by killing British police chief Scott but shot J.P. Saunders in Lahore in a case of mistaken identity.

Mahavir Singh helped Bhagat Singh change his identity to that of a clean-shaven British official and escape from Lahore.

Mahavir Singh’s nephew, Yatinder Kumar Rathod, says: “My Tau Ji (uncle) helped him leave Lahore and drove him to the station. He took away Bhagat Singh’s old belongings to protect his new identity. Bhagat Singh left his trunk with Mahavir Singh who gave it to his family to hide it,” says Rathod. Mahavir Singh’s nephew, Y.K. Rathod, said he wanted to present the trunk to the nation when he was honoured during the Mela Ghadari Babeyan Da at Jalandhar on October 30, 2005.

The family has shifted from ancestral village Shahpur Tehla in Atta district of UP to Jaipur and wants the historic trunk to be displayed with the honour it deserves,” says Rathod.

Though the family made its intentions clear many times, so far there have been no takers, says Rathod. “The trunk is a proud possession of the family since 1929 and stands testimony to the association and contribution of the two great freedom fighters and must be cherished in the same spirit,” says Rathod.

The trunk contained an old worn-out brown coat, a muslin rumaal and a file. During a police raid, Mahavir Singh’s father, Kunwar Devi Singh, filled the trunk with medicines and made his servant sneak out wearing the coat,” says Rathod.

“Now only the trunk remains, which we want to present to the nation so that it gets a pride of place in the cuntry’s conscience, especially in Bhagat Singh’s birth centenary year,” says Rathod.

Born on December 16, 1904, at Shahpur Tehla in Atta district of UP, Mahavir Singh, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Lahore consipiracy case along with Shaheed Bhagat Singh and other copatriots. He started a hunger strike in Andaman jail and died on May 17, 1933, while Bhagat Singh was executed on March 23, 1931.


Decks cleared for Sukhdev’s memorial
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 22
Decks are finally cleared for the preservation of martyr Sukhdev’s ancestral house in the Naughara area in Chaura Bazar with the Naughara Thapars Society getting the house vacated from the tenant family occupying the house for the past many years.

On the eve of martyrdom day of the martyr, the family was handed over Rs 3 lakh following negotiations for three hours. Their belongings were removed from the house at 9 p.m. today. Ashok Thapar, a representative of the society, said that they would organise a function tomorrow and start the conservation of the house.

The occupation of the house by tenants was the only hitch in converting the house into a memorial acknowledging the sacrifice of the martyr who kissed the gallows along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru on March 23, 1931. As the family was not moving from the house, efforts in this direction had fallen flat during the previous years.

The house of the great martyr had been in a dilapidated condition till two years ago when the Shaheed Sukhdev Yaadgar Committee had renovated the outer part of the house. They could not do anything as the inside was not being vacated.

Ashok Thapar said the family had agreed to vacate the house and they would make the arrangements for their stay at some other place. He hoped that the work of preservation would start soon as the High Court had issued a notice of motion to the Punjab Government, and Deputy Commissioner and the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to preserve the house following a PIL by advocate H.C. Arora.

Arora had referred to the exhaustive coverage by The Tribune about the pitiable condition of the house. The sorry state of affair had been highlighted in these columns a number of times.

Sukhdev was born and brought up in this house and had learnt first lessons of patriotism while playing in the streets of Naughara.


Walia contests Patran probe findings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Challenging the findings of the inquiry conducted by commissioner of Patiala division Anjali Bhawra regarding lapses on part of the doctors concerned in checking the cases of female foeticide at Patran, Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, former civil surgeon of Patiala district, today said the case of female foeticides was not reported during her tenure till October 22, 2003.

“Even this case was not reported till three years from my transfer from Patiala”, she has asserted. During my tenure as civil surgeon, maximum number of raids were conducted and inspections were made to check female foeticide.

And so many cases were filed in courts against violators of the MTP Act, she said. “I got certificate of appreciation from the Punjab Governor for doing good work on this front”, she said.

“Even I was given appreciation letter by the then principal secretary, health, for the steps taken to enforce the MTP Act”, she claimed.

“The local authorities at the subdivision level were supposed to do search and seizure once in three months at all centres engaged in any violation of the MTP Act”, she said.

And the district authorities were to act on a report or complaint submitted about the female foeticide by the local authority, she said. “I did inspection many a time and raided MTP centres”, she claimed.


Cops not to be allowed to harass Dimpa’s mother: CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assured the Punjab assembly that no police official will be allowed to harass any woman in Jasbir Singh Dimpa's family.

While responding to the issue raised by leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal that Dimpa's mother and sister were being harassed by the police, Badal said: "Dimpa's mother is like my mother and his sister is like my sister. I will ensure that no police official misbehaves with them", he added.

The police is looking for Dimpa, former Congress MLA from Beas, in connection with a murder case.


Naresh Gujral elected to RS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
  certificate of election has been granted to Naresh Gujral, declaring him elected to the Rajya Sabha.

He was elected unopposed on SAD-BJP nomination to fill the vacancy arising due to the death of Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

Nachhatar Singh Mavi, secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, handed over the certificate to Gujral at his office here today.


MC chief resigns
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, March 22
Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi, President, Municipal Council, (MC), has resigned from the presidentship of the council today following a no confidence motion against him by 24 Municipal Councillors in a house of 33 including 2 ex-officio members.

Twentythree Municipal Councillors along with an ex-officio member Tikshan Sud, MLA, had moved a no-confidence motion against Babbi for which Ms Manisha Jain, Vice-President of the MC, had fixed March 19. But Municipal Councillor Mohan Lal Pehalwan got obtained a stay on the proceedings of no-confidence move by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 17 for which the court had fixed April 4, 2007.

Out of 31 Municipal Councillors, Congress has 21, whereas BJP has seven and SAD(B) has three. Besides, the BJP and the SAD (B) have one each ex-officio member. Due to factional conflict between the Congress Municipal Councillors Brij Mohan Battra and Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi, the latter became president with the help of the BJP and SAD Councillors.

Due to factionalism in the District Congress Committee, 13 of the Congress Councillors have signed on the no-confidence motion this time to dethrone Mr Babbi.

The meeting of the MC was called by the president today for passing annual Budget for 2007-08, but with the tendering of resignation by Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi, the budget could not be passed. Four Municipal Councillors viz Mohan Lal Pehalwan, Brahmshankar Jimpa, Sukhwinder Kaur and Krishna Saini alongwith Mr Ajay Mohan Babbi immediately left the meeting after submitting the resignation.

The annual budget of the MC for 2007—08 could not be passed third time consecutively. Earlier the budget had to be passed in the meeting of March 7 and 19, but both these meetings had been adjourned. 


Doc alleges harassment
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 22
Dr J.S. Romana, who runs an ultrasound centre in the city and had reportedly lashed out at ministers and bureaucrats alleging that doctors were forced to do sex determination tests of their members, bureaucrats pregnant wives done, has been made to pay for his plain speaking Dr Romana’s ultrasound centre was sealed by the Civil Surgeon, Bathinda, today. This action reportedly was taken after Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari, in his capacity of as president of the PNDT cell, Bathinda, wrote a letter to the civil surgeon that what Dr Romana had said amounted to a confession. Hence legal action be taken against him. Dr Romana, recently on a visit to Patna for attending the sixth annual conference of the Indian Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (IFUMB), had allegedly said, what was more shocking was even ministers, bureaucrats and influential people who were supposed to enforce the Act, were getting sex determination tests of their pregnant wives done. We are under pressure to do this or face harassment.” After a news item appeared in a leading English daily on February 20, 2007, the authorities concerned allegedly started action against Dr Romana. He was summoned to the civil surgeon’s office and questioned in connection with his Patna statement.

Dr Romana alleged when he made it clear to the authorities concerned that he had not made any such statement during his Patna visit, a team was sent to his ultrasound centre reportedly by the civil surgeon. Though there was no independent witness who had accompanied the team, record of the ultrasound centre was taken into possession by the team.

He added today he was informed by the civil surgeon he should stop running his ultrasound centre as the same stood sealed after irregularties were found in the record by the team. He added he was being victimised due to the statement which appeared in a leading English daily under his name which he claimed he had never made. He added he had been trying to procure the CD of the proceedings of the annual conference so that the authorities concerned could be apprised of real picture. He pointed out he had been facing this despite the fact that Mr Bhandari had assured a delegation of a local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) that no action against him (Dr Romana) would be taken on the basis of that particular news item. He added he was at pains to know why action had been initiated against him.

Dr Manjinder Singh, Civil Surgeon, first declined to make any comment on this issue. However, when he was asked again why Dr Romana’s ultrasound centre had been sealed, he said everything had been done as per law. Sadhu Ram Kusla, project officer, PNDT cell, Bathinda, confirmed the cell had taken suo motu notice of the statement that appeared under the name of Dr Romana from Patna and accordingly the civil surgeon was directed by president Bhandari to take legal action in that connection.


800 treated at eye camp
Our Correspondent

Barnala, March 22
As many as 800 patients were treated at a four-day free eye camp organised by the local Bhagat Mohan Lal Sewa Samiti at Civil Hospital here.

While 121 patients received contact lenses, 250 were operated upon for cataract and other ailments at the camp. A team of doctors led by Dr R.N. Bhatnagar, head, eye department, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, treated the patients.

The camp was inaugurated by Vijay Chopra, Chief Editor, Hind Samachar group, Jalandhar. Chopra lauded the role of the samiti which is serving humanity since long. Jagir Singh Jagtar, seior vice- president of the samiti, said contact lenses, medicines and spectacles were provided free of cost to the patients.

He said board and lodging arrangements were made by the samiti.


Governor okays bill on vigilance panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Rejecting the demand of the principal opposition party, the Congress, Punjab Governor S.F. Rodrigues today gave his assent to the bill to repeal the State Vigilance Commission Act, 2006. The state government tonight issued a notification to repeal the act that was passed during the previous Congress regime.

Led by Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a group of Congress legislators had presented a memorandum to the Governor yesterday demanding that he withhold his assent to the bill that was passed in the Punjab assembly yesterday morning. The Congress had lodged a protest in the assembly against the repeal of the act.

Already, four Congress legislators have challenged the scrapping of the state Vigilance Commission in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The next date of hearing is tomorrow.


Commissioner goes all out against mayor
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 22
Commissioner of the local municipal corporation S.K. Ahluwalia has recommended disqualification of Congress mayor Vishnu Sharma. He has written to the government to disqualify the mayor and two municipal councillors on the charges that their actions have caused loss to the corporation.

The commissioner told newspersons here today that the decisions taken by the mayor had caused a loss of Rs 1.57 crore to the corporation in the past six months. The corporation has Rs 6 crore as surplus amount. The amount was kept in State Bank of Patiala at an interest rate of 7 per cent per annum.

However, on the directions of the mayor the amount was transferred to other banks at much lower interest rates ranging from 4.75 per cent to 6 percent, causing a loss of about Rs 8 lakh to the corporation.

The mayor, however, said I was not responsible for keeping the amount in any of the bank. The decision to this affect is taken by the administrator of the corporation, that is commissioner.

The commissioner also alleged that a tender for disposing of dead animals was given for Rs 6.5 lakh in 2003-04. However, the mayor deliberately dumped the file for the tender and for three years no such work was allotted. This caused a loss of about Rs 25 lakh to the corporation.

A contract for maintenance of street lights in the city was given by the corporation to M/s Jaspal Singh Contractor and Engineers. The contractor, however, did not perform his duties and was fined Rs 33.42 lakh. Later, on the directions of the mayor full and final payment was made to him, ignoring the penalty imposed on him. The corporation incurred a loss of Rs 45 lakh in this action of the mayor, the commissioner alleged.

The mayor said he had nothing to do with the payments made to the contractors.


Kharar-Tepla road to be four-laned
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 22
A review meeting with the World Bank team in connection with the Punjab State Road Sector Project was held here today.

Joint project director, Punjab Road and Bridges Development Board (PRBDB), Kulwinder Singh Rao, said the meeting was held to review the pre-construction state of the World Bank-aided project.

He said the total cost of the road project was $ 333 million. It comprised of upgrade, rehabilitation and periodic maintenance of about 1,100 km of roads in Punjab.

He said the project would include the four-laning of the Kharar-Banur-Tepla road in 30 months.

The work under the project would be completed in two phases.


Women self-help groups to be formed
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 22
The SAD-BJP government will come true to the expectations of the people and will not act in a revengeful manner. This was stated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for cooperation, while addressing a function organised by the Khukhrain Welfare Punjabi Society to honour the minister at Sirhind today.

Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, former minister R.S. Cheema and senior SAD leader Devinder Singh Bhappu were also honoured.

The minister said self-help groups to empower women would be formed. It was unfortunate that the elected representatives of the cooperative department didn’t have knowledge about their rights and duties. He had decided to start a comprehensive training programme in that connection, he added.

Tejinder Singh Salana, Varinder Rattan and Sashi Bhushan Gupta also addressed the function.


Holiday today in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 22
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced holidays on March 23 and September 27, the martyrdom day and birth anniversary, respectively, of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.


Five booked in gangrape case
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, March 22
Five persons were booked by the Ajnala police falling under Majitha police district today for allegedly gang-raping a woman of the Maqbool Shah area in Ajnala after about one and a half years of the incident. The case was registered on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The accused are Jaimal Singh, Satpal Singh, Mintu, their father Hardial Singh and Pal Singh, all residents of Raniwallah village in Tarn Taran.

The complainant stated that the incident took place on August 18, 2005. She alleged she had come to her parents’ house during the incident. She alleged the accused abducted her from near her residence when she had gone to answer the nature’s call. She said the accused took her about 2 km away from the place and raped her.

She alleged when the police did not take any action against the accused even after repeated complaints, she filed a writ petition in the High Court which ordered the Ajnala police to lodge a complaint.


Man booked for bigamy
Tribune News Service

Nakodar, March 22
The Nakodar police has booked Vijay Kumar, a resident of Khanna, for bigamy and demanding dowry from his wife. The case was registered on a complaint by his wife, Sunita. According to the complainant, love brought two neighbours close and they entered into wedlock against the wishes of their parents in 1999. But lust for money ruined the relationship and Vijay developed an 'illegitimate' relationship with another woman.

Unable to bear the harassment, she, along with her child, left the home of her husband in 2004 and joined her parents who had shifted to Ludhiana from Khanna.

Meanwhile, the family of her husband allegedly got him married again for dowry. Vijay Kumar has a child from his second wife. 


Puar: Updating knowledge must for teachers
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 22
Globalisation is posing new challenges to teachers associated with various academic disciplines. To cope with these challenges, they should update themselves, be sincere and committed to their profession, so that they can inculcate a sense of discipline and national integration among their students in addition to imparting basic education.

These views were expressed by J.S. Puar, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala while delivering his presidential remarks at the concluding session of a refresher course in Punjabi. The course was organised by the Department of School of Punjabi Studies under the aegis of the Academic Staff College of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Puar also expressed his views on the various aspects of Punjabi language, literature, Gurmukhi script and Punjabi teaching.

H.S. Bhatia, director, Academic Staff College, talked about various challenges facing the Punjabi teaching. Gurmeet Singh, coordinator of the course thanked the participants. More than 30 teachers from various colleges and universities took part in the course.


Roll numbers despatched
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 22
Roll numbers to all the eligible candidates of BA (I, II and III) of Guru Nanak Dev University have been despatched, according to professor in charge of examinations B.R. Batra. The examinations are scheduled to commence on March 28.

Those candidates who do not receive their roll numbers two days prior to the start of examinations should contact the examination branch.

He further advised them to bring one copy of the attested passport-sized photograph along with a fee of Rs 150 to get duplicate roll numbers. He said the examination branch will also remain open on March 27.


Parents to withdraw wards from pvt school
DC asks SDM to sort out matter
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 22
The management of the local Silver Oaks School faced a piquant situation when the parents of about 20 children decided to withdraw their wards allegedly for not solving their problems, including those pertaining to the students, by the school management.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Bhandari asked the SDM of Bathinda to call a parent-management meeting to sort out the matter after about 100 parents under the banner of Silver Oaks School Parents Association met him today with a list of their grievances.

The aggrieved parents alleged that the school management had refused to appoint the principal on the one hand while, on the other, the teachers were not permanent and experienced. They added that the school's management had also put an end to the day boarding system but at the same time the management had increased the tuition fee of the students. The management had allegedly been charging a exorbitant re-admission fee which had irked the parents.

The parents also alleged that the teachers' behavior was not up to the mark due to which the confidence level of the students was going down, apart from bringing in an inferiority complex among the students.

School chairman Inderjit Brar, when contacted, while dubbing all the allegations levelled by the parents “baseless”, said there were only a handful of parents who were “trying to disturb the atmosphere in the school”. He also claimed that the school management had increased the tuition fee after three years and that was done to meet the expenses being incurred by the school on maintaining its standard of education.

He added that no day boarding system in the school had been done away with as the school's closing time had been fixed at 2 p.m. which earlier was 3 p.m.


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