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BJP again stakes claim to deputy CM’s post
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, June 3
The BJP today once again staked its claim for deputy Chief Ministership in Punjab. Newly-appointed in charge of Punjab affairs and BJP’s senior vice-president Sahib Singh Verma categorically pointed out that to maintain equilibrium of the power sharing the SAD must offer its junior alliance partner this coveted post.

Sahib Singh, who is visiting the state for the first time after taking over as party’s state in charge, told journalists that the alliance enjoys people’s mandate and it was important to equally share the responsibilities which would sent correct message to the electorate. He also paid obeisance at Golden Temple.

The state unit of the BJP was galvanizing the party rank and file for contesting the civic elections in the state.

He said the BJP had played proactive and assertive role in resolving the Sikh-dera tangle through peaceful means. He said the party had high stakes in the state and would not allow a few fringe religious elements to disturb the peace.


Canada Visit
A religious mission or foreign junket?
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 3
Kin of Jathedar Akal Takht Joginder Singh Vedanti, including his wife, dominate the list of 12 persons planning to go to Canada for "preliminary preparations and holding delegation" with Sikh organisations and officials of government of Canada for bringing holy "Kalgi" (sacred Crest) of Guru Gobind Singh from Canada. Plan of Takht chief’s kin to go to Canada has invited mild disapproval.

The delegation, proposed to be headed by Kamaljit Singh Boparai, include the names of Harbhajan Kaur, wife of Jathedar Vedanti, her personal assistant Amarjit Kaur, Prithipal Singh Sandhu (officer on special duty), Akal Takht ( cousin of Mrs Vedanti), Manjinder Singh (son of Prithipal Singh Sandhu) .

The names of others, who wish to go to Canada include Sukhjinder Kaur Boparai and Rashinder Kaur Bual, wife and cousin of Boparai - head of the delegation. Boparai and his wife will be accompanied by Pavneet Kaur and Jagbir Singh - their daughter and son. Name of the son of Prithipal Singh Sandhu has been mentioned as "religious preacher" of Akal Takht. Apart from this , Sukhwinder Singh , Amandip Singh and Kulwant Kaur wish to visit Canada as programme organiser, financial controller and religious writer respectively.

As per the letterhead signed by Jagbir Singh personal assistant to Jathedar Akal Takht ( he is also a relative of Mrs Vedant, wife of Jathedar Akal Takhti), the list of the delegation has been approved by Jathedar Akal Takht . Prithipal Singh Sandhu confirmed the names of the delegation, who are planning to go to Canada.

Though the letterhead of Akal Takht mentioned Akal Takht shall bear travelling and other expenses of delegation members, yet Boparai clarified t he himself would spend the entire amount from his own pocket. " I will pay all the expenses of all the delegation members from my own and the holy Kalgi should be brought back to entire Sikh Community at any cost", said Boparai.

This is a matter of record that Boparai has been fighting to bring "Kalgi" for the past 12 years , however the names of kin of Jathedar have raised eyebrows in Sikh circles . Boparai had approached the government of the United Kingdom through the United Nations and succeeded in locating the "missing Kalgi" of 10th Sikh Master.

Boparai said the Kalgi was taken to England in 1851. The required permissions have also been given by the Indian government.

The plume, or kalgi, which is believed to have been worn by Guru Gobind Singh, who is often referred to as Kalgidhar (wearer of the plume), was one of the items in Maharaja Ranjit Singh's possession. The kalgi was taken to England where it finally ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum. These facts came to light when Kamaljit Singh Boparai, secretary of the International Shiromani Sant Khalsa Foundation, wrote to the Indian foreign secretary requesting the kalgi of the 10th Guru be sent from the United Kingdom to India for display during the year-long tercentenary celebrations. SGPC chief Avtar Singh has been making independent efforts to bring back the "Kalgi" to India.


Villagers up in arms against MLA, police
Allege illegal construction of brick lane by SAD worker
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Jassar (Ajnala), June 3
Residents of Jassar village under Ajnala tehsil are up in arms against the local MLA and the police for allegedly helping a SAD worker for forcibly constructing an illegal brick lane near the house of one Ranjit Singh of the same village.

The SHO of the Ramdas police station, accompanied by a heavy police posse, had laid siege to the house of Ranjit Singh last night at about 8.30 p.m. when the male members of the house were not present.

The SAD worker Kashmir Singh started constructing the brick lane, but the police had to retract from the site when residents gathered near the site and raised slogans against the police and the local MLA Amarpal Singh Boney and his MP father Rattan Singh Ajnala.

When contacted, the SHO refuted the allegation and said that they had visited the village and tried for a compromise between the two parties. He said when he failed in his attempt at compromise, he asked both parties to follow the court directions. Repeated attempts by this reporter to contact the MLA proved futile, as he did not respond to the phone call.

Ranjit Singh, talking to TNS, alleged that most of the policemen were in an inebriated condition and had abused the women and asked them to come out of the house. They had also thrashed a mentally ill youth, who is residing with the family.

He further alleged that the one of the policemen also tried to hit his two-year-old grandson against bricks, but the mother of the child Pushpinder Kaur was able to save him by holding him back in her arms.

He said the open land had been in their possession for the past 30 years and accused was trying to grab their land by constructing the brick lane in their area. He said he had filed a case in this regard in a local court on December 1, 2006, and the court had granted stay in this regard.

Kirti Kisan Union President (KKU) Jatinder Singh Chinna, addressing the gathering, said the KKU would gherao the Ramdas police station if the SHO was not immediately suspended and a case registered against him for contempt of court.

He said a delegation of the union would also meet the district police chief Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh in this regard. He said the district administration would be responsible if the situation worsens and any untoward incident happens in the village.


Demand for car in dowry not met
Head constable skips marriage ceremony
Vibhor Mohan
P K Jaiswar

Amritsar, June 3
The police today received a complaint of fraud and dowry against a head constable, who broke promise to marry the girl he was engaged to.

Dressed up like a bride in ceremonial red sari and wearing gold jewellery, 23-year-old Sukhjeet Kaur Tungbala village arrived at Majitha police station file a complaint against the would-be-husband for not turning up for the marriage ceremony scheduled for today.

She alleged Manjit Singh, head constable, she was engaged to recently and who was to tie the knot with her went back on his word at the last minute when his demand for a car in dowry was not fulfilled. The police is looking into the complaint and a case would be registered after verification. Darshan Singh, father of the girl, said engagement took place less than two years back and at that time the boy’s family had not spelt out any demand for dowry. But for the past 10-15 days, they started insisting for a car in dowry, he said.

He alleged a couple of days back, a group of women barged into their house and started fighting with the girl and her kin, claiming that one of them was already married to Manjit Singh.

Further investigations by the girl’s family revealed the head constable had married two to three times before. “We have sought justice from the SSP for defaming our girl and putting her future in jeopardy,” he said.

He said all preparations had been made for the marriage and relatives and friends of the family had arrived to attend the ceremony at Thakur palace to attend the marriage. “We waited till 2 pm but nobody from the boy’s side turned up. It came as a shock to them when they were told the groom had refused to come to the venue with the marriage party (barat).

“The girl is emotionally shattered and has not eaten anything after the incident. We are all concerned about her well-being,” he said.

The girl demanded the boy be booked for fraud as he had promised to marry her and engagement had already been done. To break the marriage on the scheduled day put her through harassment and also made her family butt of ridicule before their relatives and friends.

SSP, Amritsar, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, said after receiving the complaint, the matter was being investigated and a case would be registered after verification. Assuring action against the accused in case if the complaint was found to be true, he said the fact that he is a police personnel would not hamper investigations.


Atta-dal Scheme
Govt befooling people: Karat
Parmod Bharati

Nawanshahr, June 3
Politburo member of the CPM Brinda Karat, addressing the inaugural session of the sixth national conference of the All-India Agricultural Workers’ Union here on Sunday, exhorted the working class to unite and wage a war against wrong economic policies of the governments at the Centre and in states except ruled by the Left parties.

The capitalist political parties in the country have been playing havoc with the interests of the working class by dividing them on caste, community, religion and region basis, lamented the CPM leader quoting recent incidents in Rajashtan, Gujarat, Punjab etc.

She also criticised the faulty parameters of adjudging BPL families. Though the government has been clamouring India has progressed a lot and is competing with the developed countries, the criteria for adjudging BPL families is enough for making a mockery of the claim of the government, said the CPM leader adding the criteria itself was a tool in the hands of the capitalist forces to deprive the poor of their due share in the national resources.

Karat also criticised the SAD- BJP government in Punjab for befooling the poor people by its pre-poll promise of providing “ atta- dal” at cheap prices. Terming the promise as “ Birbal ki khichdi”, she said like ‘Birbal’s khichdi’, the promise of providing cheap atta and dal to the poor, would never be honoured.

Terming Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman, Planning Commission, as “ World Bank da Puttar”( son of World Bank) instead of “ Punjab da puttar”, Brinda Karat criticised his move to provide land to the capitalists for encouraging contract farming. The move would reverse the struggle of the Left parties to provide land to the land less farmers, she said reiterating the resolve of the Left parties not to allow the Congress- led UPA government to implement the anti- working class move.

Claiming it was due to the Left parties’ pressure the Congress -led UPA government at the Centre had to implement the National Employment Guarantee Scheme in the country, the CPM leader stressed the need of bringing all the districts under the scheme. She also stressed the need to check the ‘Employment Guarantee Scheme’ should not turn into ‘Exploitation Guarantee Scheme’.

S.R. Pillay, CPM Politburo member, P.Rammaiya, Vijay Raghvan, Suneet Chopra, president, general secretary and joint secretary, respectively, of the All - India Agriculture Workers Unions, Hanan Mulla, MP, Prof Balwant Singh, secretary, CPM, Punjab, also addressed the conference.


Badal ropes in Taksal to marginalise hardliners
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 3
In a development aimed at marginalising the hard line Panthic elements, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seems to have roped in all important radical groups, the Damdami Taksal led by Bhai Harnam Singh, who also heads the Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj. The samaj which held a conclave of the sants at the Nanaksar Gurdwara on the Ferozepore road here yesterday has served an ultimatum to Punjab and Haryana governments to arrest Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by June 18 failing which the samaj would hold peaceful protests by way of courting arrest in front of Punjab Raj Bhavan. At the same time the samaj has made it clear “only the sants” will participate in the march and that too in a peaceful manner.

All eyes were on the ‘sant samaj’ meet here yesterday as people were apprehensive it might decide to take some extreme measure. However, not many knew Amarjit Singh Chawla, a former leader of the All-India Sikh Students’ Federation, who has joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), was in touch with Bhai Harnam Singh.

In fact, he spent some time with the Taksal leader a day ahead of the ‘sant conclave’ at Nanaksar Gurdwara.

Badal apparently used services of Chawla to ensure the hardline Panthic groups did not grab all space of dissent. With people like Bhai Harnam Singh swearing by peace and making it clear at no cost would allow the situation to go out of control, everybody in the state, particularly the powers that be have heaved a sigh of relief.

Apparently the ‘sant conclave’ was organised as counter move to the political affairs committee meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) scheduled to be held same day in Ludhiana only. Since nobody had doubts about the plans of the SAD (A), Badal tried to ensure that all attention was focussed on the ‘sant samaj’ conclave only. The plan worked and not many people were even aware about the SAD (A) meeting which was attended by almost all leaders of the party and presided over by senior vice-president, Daljeet Singh Bittu, in the absence of Simranjit Singh Mann, who is in jail for charges of sedition. And the SAD (A) did not surprise anybody as the party asserted it could go to any extent to get Akal Takht hukamnama of getting the Gurmeet Ram Rahim arrested, social boycott of his followers and closure of his deras in Punjab. The SAD (A) has also been trying to unite all radical panthic groups keen on direct action. A conclave has been planned for tomorrow by the SAD-A at Model Town gurdwara, Ludhiana for this purpose. Badal seems to have steadily obtained control of the situation. He has managed to rope in one of the powerful panthic groups led by the Damdami Taksal and the Sant Samaj who have committed they will not allow the situation in Punjab to go the way it went earlier and resulted in bloodshed.

Second the registration of the case of “sedition” against Simranjit Singh Mann and his deputy Daljeet Singh Bittu is being viewed in the same context. Mann has been arrested while Bittu is out. This is being believed to be aimed at restraining their activities, lest they should mobilise radical elements and keep alive the issue of Sacha Sauda, which otherwise has started going out of public memory.


Ultimatum on Dera Sacha Sauda
CM refuses comment
Tribune Reporters

Begowal (Kapurthala), June 3
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today refused to comment on the ultimatum served by the Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj on Saturday in Ludhiana on the Union, Punjab and Haryana governments for arresting Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by June 18.

At Dera Sant Prem Singh Murarewale in Begowal, Badal told reporters, ‘please do not ask me such questions, peace has returned with difficulty, you want to make your news items by asking such type of questions, I do not want to comment on this, As CM my duty is to maintain law and order and I thank all for maintaining peace in a difficult situation).’

Later at the function organised to mark the 57th death anniversary of Sant Prem Singh Murarewale, Badal said the Sant had done a lot to provide quality education in the area by setting up educational institutions. Referring to the defeat of Bibi Jagir Kaur and Raghubir Singh in Bholath and Kapurthala constituencies, respectively, in last Assembly elections, he said that the SAD-BJP government would take care of those areas more where its candidates could not win.

HOSHIARPUR: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said the government is determined to providing “atta” and “dal” at the rate of Rs 4 and Rs 20 per kg, respectively, to Dalit families from August 15 and formalities in this connection are being completed.

The Chief Minister was talking to mediapersons at Miani village, about 40 km from here, on Sunday afternoon. Referring to the recent suicides by debt-ridden farmers in state, Badal said the government had taken up the case with the Central government for getting the loans of the state farmers waved. Agriculture inputs had become costlier whereas the returns remained the same. There should be at least 40 or 50 per cent profit on the crops to improve economic status of the farmers.


Objectionable slogans during protest
SAD (A) leader booked for sedition

Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 3
The police has registered a case of sedition against Daljeet Singh Bittoo, senior vice-president of the SAD (A), for allegedly raising objectionable slogans during the protest march carried out against Dera Sacha Sauda on May 31 here.

Bittoo is second leader of SAD (A) who has been booked in such case. Earlier, Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the party, was booked for sedition and put behind bars. Bittoo has not been arrested yet.

SSP Nilabh Kishore said on the statement of SHO Fatehgarh Sahib, the police had registered a case against Bittoo and other unidentified persons for raising objectionable slogans during the protest march.

He said Bittoo had been booked under sections 124A, 153 A, 341 and 505 of the IPC. Bittoo was identified from a video while others could not be identified yet.

Cheema, official spokesman for the SAD (A), said he was not sure whether he had been booked, but he was told that several party workers were on the black list.

He said instead of booking the dera chief in sedition and murder case, the police was taking action against members of Sikh community who were fighting for their religion.

He alleged that Badal wanted to eliminate the party. To raise slogans was not sedition, but a fundamental right of the citizens, he added.


Calcutta condemns government
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 3
Former minister Manjit Singh Calcutta today condemned the registration of a sedition case against SAD (A) senior vice-president Daljit Singh Bittu and others for provocative speeches during the protest march held in Fatehgarh Sahib against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

In a statement issued here today, Calcutta said the High Court had already ruled that merely raising of slogans did not amount to sedition. Thus, a case should not be registered unless the government had definite information that a person was trying to destabilize it. He said the registration of the case against Dalit Singh was a clear act of political vendetta and should be condemned.


Dharam Prachar panel meeting today
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 3
The SGPC has convened an important meeting of its Dharam Prachar Committee in Ludhiana on June 4 at Gurdwara Alamgir to discuss various issues besides that of Dera Sacha Sauda.

According to sources, SGPC president Avatar Singh would preside over the crucial meeting in which the committee would chalk out its future course of action to counter the Dera Sacha Sauda influence in the Malwa belt by vigorously launching Dharam Prachar (religious preaching).


Follower’s shop vandalised

Mansa, June 3
The window panes of a shop being run by a Dera Sacha Sauda follower were broken by a few members of Sikh organisation after dera followers allegedly started playing objectionable songs when a function to mark the 23rd anniversary of “Operation Bluestar”, organised by SAD (A) leaders here today, was going on.

Though the police had made foolproof security arrangements, a large numbers of angry Sikhs first uprooted the cold water stall from near a bus stand and then damaged the shop of the dera follower. — TNS


Villagers allege torture at politicians’ behest
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 3
Three Malooka villagers of this district, who moved separate petitions for the release of their kin taken in alleged illegal custody by the Bhagta Bhai Ka police post at the behest of ruling politicians, a few weeks ago, has alleged torture by certain police officials to settle scores .In different applications to SSP, Nau Nihal Singh, here yesterday, copies of which were circulated among media persons, Satnam Singh, Amarjeet and Ginder Singh, all of Malooka village alleged on June 1, three police officials arrested Satnam Singh and thrashed him at different places.

Satnam Singh alleged the police officials also obtained his thumb impressions on blank papers. Amarjit and Ginder Singh alleged the police officials had been threatening them. They pointed out on the writs filed by them in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the release of their kin, a warrant officer raided the Bhagta Bhai Ka police post and recovered detainees from there.

The high court has now issued show- cause notice to certain police officials involved in the illegal detention of their kin and date of hearing in the case was fixed for July 23.

They alleged the police officials had been asking them to withdraw the petition from the high court. The police officials had also created terror among people. They demanded suitable action against the police officials.

Balwinder Singh, DSP, Phul, in whose jurisdiction Bhagta Bhai Ka police post falls said the SSP had directed him to look into the matter. He added he would examine the complaints by the residents of the village.


Patiala man in central team for China
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
As per the joint declaration signed by the Prime Minister of India and the President of China in November 2006, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has proposed to send a 10-member Indian youth delegation to China.

In this connection, Joginder Singh Soodan of Patiala has been selected in the delegation. He would visit China from June 7 to June 16. The main purpose of the visit is to promote mutual understanding of values and cultures amongst the youths and to develop better relations between the two countries.

Soodan is a research scholar and pursuing Ph.D in sports neurophysiology in the department of physiotherapy and sports sciences, Punjabi University, besides his excellence in academic field. His name is recommended by the Nehru Yuvak Kendra Sangathan, New Delhi.


SAD youth wing leader dead
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 3
National vice-president of the youth wing of the SAD Sukhjinder Singh Bali (38) died after a prolonged illness at his native Bardwal village, about 5 km from Dhuri, last night. He is survived by wife and a son.

Bali was today cremated at the cremation ground of Bardwal village. He was one of confidants of Sangrur MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.


Rly’s division declared plastic-free zone

Phillaur, June 3
The Railways has declared its Ferozepore division as the “plastic-free zone” and those found guilty would be booked under Section 145 of the Railway Act. Railway sources said yesterday that use of polythene bags or plastic cups had been banned and any vendor or passenger caught using these would be punished accordingly.

The sources said that those found spitting on platforms would also be punished and the ticket of a passengers found guilty could be cancelled. — OC


Tributes paid to RSS leader

Amritsar, June 3
Tributes were paid to Vishwanathji, a senior RSS parcharak, at a “shardhanjali samaroh”, organised here today. The function was attended by leaders of the RSS and its frontal organisations. — TNS


4 held for vehicle thefts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
With the arrest of four youths, the local police today claimed to have solved at least 12 cases of theft of vehicles. The police also recovered a stolen scooter (PB 11G 4935) from their possession.

The police said the accused had been identified as Renu Kant, Bittu Ram, both residents of Ablowal village in Patiala district, Kashmira and Darshan of Bhadla village near Gobindgarh.

They were arrested from the Nabha road following a tip-off by a police party headed by sub inspector Shminder Singh under the guidance of SHO Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal.

A case under section 379 of the IPC has been registered. They are in police custody for further interrogation.


Thief tied to gate for one hour
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 3
Security personnel deployed at the local Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today tied a thief to its main gate after giving him a sound thrashing.

Rajesh Kumar was punished by the securitymen for allegedly stealing electric wire from the plant. He was kept tied to the gate for about one hour.

“We only tied the hands of the thief. He was not tied to the gate of the plant. We did it to make anti-social elements realise that they would meet the same fate if they were found indulging in illegal activities at the plant,” Gurcharan Singh, in charge of the security at the plant, said.

Though the law did not permit them to do so, they tied Rajesh’s hands to prevent him from escaping from their custody, he said, adding that his two accomplices escaped. Later, Rajesh was handed over to the police.

Rajesh and his accomplices, identified as Khanna and Pawan, were caught cutting electric wires.


Man kills second wife
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 3
Pappu Singh, a resident of village 17SDA in the neighbouring Sriganganagar area, late last night killed his second wife by hitting her head with an iron rod, sources said this morning.

According to information, Pappu Singh had married his sister-in-law Jasbir Kaur after an affair for some months.

His first wife Tej Kaur had agreed to live with her sister Jasbir Kaur under the same roof. The marriage of Tej Kaur’s son was fixed for next week. Last night when Pappu Singh returned from Jaitsar with some purchases made in connection with the marriage of son of the first wife, Jasbir Kaur reportedly objected.

Some neighbours heard shrieks at midnight and found that Pappu Singh had hit Jasbir Kaur with an iron rod, resulting in her death on the spot. The accused fled from the spot. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against him.


Travel agents booked
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, June 3
The Nakodar police has registered a case against a travel agent Mohan Singh, his wife Kuldip Kaur and his son Davinder of Littran village on the charge of cheating a Talwan resident Baldev Raj, who reportedly gave Rs 9.5 lakh to them for sending him to Canada. The accused neither returned the money nor was Baldev Raj sent to Canada even after more than a year.

In another incident, the police registered a case against a travel agent Parveen of Dheena village on the charge of cheating a villager Vijay Kumar.


Woman, daughter die in accident
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 3
A woman and her daughter were killed in a road mishap when their vehicle was hit by a private bus on the Majitha road here today.

The driver of the bus fled from the spot, leaving behind the vehicle. The police has initiated action in this regard after registering a complaint.

According to information, Dharmendar Singh, husband of Gurjit Kaur (35), along with their two daughters, Pal Kaur (4) and Jaskiran (2), were returning home when the accident took place.

They were rushed to hospital, where Gurjit Kaur and Jaskiran were declared brought dead.

The police is investigating the matter.


One held for raping 4-year-old
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, June 3
The police here arrested a 40-year-old resident of Deriwal Daroga on the charge of raping a four-year-old girl in the Dhariwal area this morning.

In a complaint to the Dhariwal police the mother of the girl alleged Shiv Dutt lured her daughter and committed the crime. The family came to know about the incident when certain villagers heard shrieks of the girl in an area adjacent to the village.

A case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Shiv Dutt.


1 killed in road mishap

Abohar, June 3
Sanjay Kumar (22), who had been selling meat near the municipal bus stand here after migration from Bihar, was killed, as the three-wheeler in which he was going to have dinner at a dhaba located on the city bypass overturned after hitting a stray cattle late last night.

Harjit Singh, owner of the three-wheeler, was seriously injured and was admitted to the Civil Hospital by another tempo driver. — OC


Varsity to offer free consultancy in consumer cases
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in Patiala has decided to start free consultancy on consumer protection problems.

Vice-chancellor of the university Dr Gurjeet Singh while talking to The Tribune said the programme would be started from the next semester in the current academic session.

At the initial stage, free consultancy would be given to the poor and needy consumers by the faculty members of the university. At a later stage, the university intends to represent consumer cases in public interest in courts.

He said there had been a tremendous response among students towards the courses being offered by the university. This year the university received 1200 applications from students.

The university has also planed to start M.Phil course for law teachers with LLM degrees.

The teachers who have not qualified the UGC test can acquire M.Phil degrees from the university to become eligible for the posts of teacher.

The university was also in the process of starting three centres of research. These include centre for consumer protection law and advocacy. The centre would carry out research on consumer laws and their effectiveness for protecting the interests of consumers.

The other centres include centre for advanced study in humanitarian law that has been sponsored by the International Committee for Red Cross and center for advanced study in criminal law.

The university would be the first institute in the country to start centre for advanced study in humanitarian law, he said.

While responding to a query, he said that the presently the university was facing space problems.

At a meeting held recently under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is also the chancellor of the university, the Punjab Government has assured to provide extra space for the institution.

The university was in the process of acquiring 50 acres in the vicinity of Patiala for expanding its operations.


Seminar on emerging trends in manufacturing
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 3
An international conference on emerging trends before the manufacturing industry and opportunities in managing Indian business was organised at the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) at its Jalvehra campus here today.

Scores of delegates from India and abroad from different manufacturing and business world discussed a broad range of issues that pose concern in the face of significant pressures from global competitors to the Indian business houses and manufacturers.

Globally changing scenario of manufacturing industry and business options, especially in countries like India and China, who are emerging as key players in the world economy, were also discussed.

Prof Alakesh Manna, Dr B.S. Pabla, prof and head of the NITTTR, DR T.P. Singh, principal, BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Dr T.K. Garg, NIT, Kurukshetra, presented their views on manufacturing industry.

They agree that the situation provides a number of opportunities, which have to be utilised to the optimum. Delegates pondered over the growing markets and rising standard of living of major emerging economies.

Expertise in addressing the demands of environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices, new environmental-friendly technologies, improved potential for investment in manufacturing, development and adoption of platform technologies were also discussed.

Prof Giuseppie Libratory from Thompson River University, Canada, also joined the league of experts from business schools to present his ideas.

Dr S.C. Vaidya, chairman, UBS, Panjab University, and D.S. Nanda, chairman, committee on financial market and investor protection, took part in the deliberations with two technical sessions being chaired by Dr D.N. Singh, dean, GNA IMT and Dr B.S. Bhatia, RIMT.

Prof M.S. Grewal, director, CIIS, said the major motive behind organising the conference was to provide a platform to the experts from the manufacturing industry to identify common fronts and evolve strategy to combat these.


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