Now, see land records at click of a button
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
Amritsar has moved out of the 400-year old manual land record system, which has been a key part of litigations. As part of the e-governance programme, the district administration has begun the process of computerisation of land records under the ‘Integrated Land Records Management System’. The centre for computerisation of land records was inaugurated by deputy commissioner, K.S. Pannu. DC Pannu launched the new system recently. Officials of revenue department, Manpreet Singh, SDM, Amritsar-II, P.P. Singh, deputy director, land records, Satish Chug, project director were present on the occasion. All the officials of revenue department attended a two hour long computerised land record management training session at the local Guru Nanak Auditorium.

Speaking on the occasion DC Pannu said, “Soon the land records, including copies of mutation and sale deeds would be available at the click of a button,” he said. Pannu said e-copies of land records will not only be helpful to farmers, landowners and others but will also be of immense help to NRIs who need not waste time for getting information about land and land records.

Till now, he said it used to take at least a month to manually prepare the copies of records for the general public but computerisation would definitely make it much faster and less cumbersome.

He emphasised that this system would establish clear titles to land, prompt updating of land records, provide easy and economic access to rural people and will be of all-round benefit to farmers encompassing easier credit, quicker land conversions and lesser

Computerisation of land records would also go a long way in checking delays and malpractices and reduce the clout enjoyed by revenue officials, he added. He said the formal data entry process would commence next week by CMS, a private company. The computerised entries of fresh land transactions will begin from June 30 and the process of computerisation of the entire revenue record of the district will be accomplished by March 31, 2008.

Special ‘Fard Kendras’ will be set up to provide copies of revenue records to the public on special legally valid stationery. The process of training patwaris for the purpose has already been initiated. officials of revenue department, Manpreet Singh, SDM, Amritsar-II, P.P. Singh, deputy director, land records, Satish Chug, project director were also present on the occasion.



Sahiljit does city proud
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, a student of Plus two at Spring Dale Senior School, has been selected for the prestigious People to People programme in Stanford University, USA to be held from August 8 this year.

A communiqué to this effect released to the press said that Sahiljit would join a selected group of students representing their schools, communities and states as people to people student leaders. He has been selected into the programme keeping in view his outstanding scholastic merit civic involvement and leadership potential.

It is pertinent to mention here that People to People Leadership Summits bring together outstanding student leaders from around the globe to focus on leadership, team building, community service, college admissions, and professional aspirations.

Students work on an action plan to make a difference in their communities, develop skills to help them lead tomorrow’s world. Through workshops, presentations, excursions and discussions, student leaders attain a clear advantage as they pursue and tine-tune their selected fields of interest.

Sahiljit and another student from Kolkata would be representing India out of the total 35 students selected from all over the world who would be attending the programme.

Besides being a brilliant student, he had won medals in National rifle Shooting Championships from 2003 to 06.

He has been actively involved in photographing and documenting the lost heritage of Punjab folk art for the last two years under his school’s sensitisation programme.



No job for judo star
National champ struggles to make ends meet
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
Her glorious record as a judo champion offers no help for days of economic crisis that lies ahead. Even after winning a bronze medal for India at the Thailand International Junior Judo Championship in 2003 and the Asian Junior Judo Championship at Doha the following year, Harpreet Kaur is running from pillar to post to get the job of a constable in the state police department or the reserve forces.

“I had to quit studies after plus two to concentrate on my game. But now I regret it as despite announcing various incentives for players, both the central and state governments have done little to make me financially self-reliant,” she rues.

“I had applied for the post of a constable in the CRPF but could not attend to queries about my documents as I was away for the international championship in Thailand. Consequently, I was not allowed to appear for the trials. Similarly, in case of Haryana police recruitments in 2006, I was declared ineligible as I had crossed the maximum age limit of 21 by two months,” she says.

Brij Bedi, a city-based social worker, says the fact that a national champion has not been given any job speaks volumes about the indifferent attitude of the state and central governments. The tall claims about promotion of sports in the country don’t ring true in light of such cases.

Artist-turned politician Sunil Dutt, who was the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs had announced a host of incentives for sports persons but unfortunately he died a day before he was to meet these sports persons and athletes. In her career, Harpreet has won 6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals at different championships.



Special trip for kids of drug addicts

Amritsar, May 25
Spring Dale Education Society took 30 children of drug addicts to a camp held at Nurpur. The Society has been supporting the Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir, a school run by Master Ajit Singh for 400 children of drug victims by providing monthly financial aid, conducting teachers training programme and holding creative art workshops. For the very first time, these children had the opportunity to explore the outside world as they left for a camp at Nurpur organised by Springdales.

Accompanying them were three students of grade XII of Spring Dales along with five teachers. Principal Manveen Sandhu flagged off the trip and expressed great joy in encouraging the students towards a new healthy tomorrow. Following the ideals of Bhagat Puran Singh, the Spring Dale Education Society under the guidance of its principal, Sandhu, says the school gives importance to social sensitisation. — TNS



Trespassing case: HP addl AG moves HC
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
The additional advocate general of Himachal Pradesh SD Vasudeva has moved the Punjab and Haryana Court seeking directions to police to register a case of criminal trespassing against his tenants in Sultanwind area of Amritsar.

“Despite my status, I had to run from pillar to post ever since the incident took place in October, 2006. From the ASI concerned to the SSP, I met all to register my complaint for registration of a criminal case against my tenants, who had trespassed into premises not rented out to them and started construction in the area without my permission,” he rued.

Giving details, Vasudeva said he owned some ancestral property in village Sultanwind, which included four rooms.

He rented out two rooms to a party. While one room was given on rent to Kartar Chand, the one located next to it was lying vacant.

“On October 6, 2006, I got to know that Kartar Chand had criminally trespassed into the vacant room and started some construction work there.

I asked him to stop the work, but he threatened me. I approached the village police post but the cops did not take any action against the accused.

Thereafter, I complained to the SHO but to no avail,” alleged Vasudeva. Applications to the then SSP, Amritsar also `did not bear fruit and no action was taken against the accused’.

“But following directions from HC, SSP Amritsar deputed DSP (City) for conducting a probe into the case.

According to the Supreme Court’s mandate, if a complaint discloses the commission of a cognizable offense, the police has to register a case.

But in this case the police failed to take action against the accused till now,” he said.

When contacted, SSP Amritsar Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said he would be able to tell the exact status of the case after checking the records.

“The police would definitely follow the directions issued by HC,” he added.



‘Show enthusiasm for extra curricular activities’
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
Extra co-curricular activities bring confidence among the youth and are help in their overall personality development, said Professor Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University while addressing the participants of the week-long hiking and trekking camp, here on Thursday.

Presiding over the concluding session of the camp, the VC advised the students to participate in the cultural and other allied activities enthusiastically.

More than 93 girls from eleven different colleges participated in the camp, which was organised by the youth welfare department of GND varsity.

The varsity is committed to provide quality education to its students.

He asked the students to make optimum use of Students’ holiday home located at Dalhousie by organising educational tours, camps and workshops there.

Later, Jai Rup Singh along with his wife Prof Pushpinder Kaur awarded certificates and prizes to the winners.

Baljit Singh Sekhon, director of youth welfare presented a detailed report of achievements of the varsity in cultural fields.

Gurmeet Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar was declared best camper. Sumidha of BBK DAV College for Women, Amrtisar was declared the runners up.

The best disciplined team award went to Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Sultanpur Lodhi.

During the camp, the students trekked for 12 kms daily.

They went to Kala Top, Punjpula, Dian Kund Mandir, Dalhousie and Khajjiar.

In addition, debate, poem recitation, folk song, gazal singng and dance contests were also held. 



Mane makeover leaves many excited
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 25
The hair makeover by Shailesh, a Lakme Creative stylist from Mumbai, was done at at the Lakme Beauty Salon in the city where selected customers were given season's chic makeover. He gave their hair the latest trend to hit the fashion circuit.

Talking to the media on his new vision for cool colours and hot styles, Shailesh said, “Indian women have naturally beautiful hair. We at Lakme Beauty Salon can enhance their over all beauty with our international hair services. We can create a chic, sophisticated look with re-bonding of frizzy hair, adding innovative color and streaks to highlight a particular cut or style. These are fantastic new trends that will define the season of hair trends.”

The selected audience was given the opportunity to witness the truly awesome Shailesh in action, as he worked his magic and truly transformed them into princesses. 



Weaving magic with numbers
Vandana Bansal

Choose any number. Then scramble up all the digits of the chosen number in the way you like. Remember that don’t miss any digit of chosen the number. Now you will have two numbers — one will be the smaller & other will be the larger one.

Subtract the smaller number from the larger number and after that add the digits of the answer thus obtained.

Add the digits of the answer again and again until only one digit is left and you will be astonished to see that the answer will come out to be number ‘9’ always.

Let us learn it with the help of illustrations : -

1) Write down any number say 643. After scrambling let's write number say 364 using all the digits of the chosen number. Now you will have two numbers- 643 and 364. So 643 is the larger number and 364 is the smaller one. Subtract 364 from 643

After subtraction the answer will be 279. Now add the digits of the answer thus obtained

i.e. 2+7+9 = 18

Its outcome is two-digit number i.e. 18. So again add the digits of 18 i.e. 1+8 = 9 and here you have got the answer as no. 9

2.) Write any no. say 91673452. Scramble the digits of the number in any way you like say 23564719.

Subtract the smaller no. from the larger one. Now add the digits of the answer obtained .i.e. 6+8+1+0+8+7+3+3 = 36. Answer is 36 which is again a two-digit no.

So add the digits i.e. 3+6 = 9 & you are left with no. ‘9’ Isn’t it?

You can try this method with any no. of the digits and you will always get the no. ‘9’ in the answer .



Refresher course for librarians

Amritsar, May 25
Guru Nanak Dev University would conduct a three-week UGC sponsored refresher course in Library and Information Science from July 17.

Prof M.P. Satija said the course would be held by the department of library and information science in collaboration with Academic Staff College of the varsity.

He added that the lecturers working in the colleges, district librarians and assistant librarians of various universities can participate in the course. The interesting candidates should apply to the director, Academic Staff College of GND varsity on prescribed form which can be downloaded from the university website, — TNS



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