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Murder bid, land grab cases
Chahal denied bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 21
A Ludhiana court has denied bail to B.I.S. Chahal in attempt to murder and land grab cases.

Apart from this, Additional sessions judge M.S. Virdi also dismissed the bail application filed by Jagdish Pal Singh (father-in-law of Chahal’s son), Jaswinder Pal Singh and Harbhajan Singh.

Dismissing the bail application of Chahal, the judge observed, “ I find force in the contention raised by district attorney Mitter Sain Goyal that the complainant had went to the police station concerned for registering the FIR. He was not heard at that time. Under such circumstances, a comman man is not heard if on the other side there is strong political person, as in this case. The judge in the order referred to the arguments advanced by the defence lawyer regarding delay in lodging of the FIR. He also held that the delay in lodging the FIR does not mean that the incident never took place.

However, the court granted bail to Kartar Singh Garewal (82) on medical grounds. The judge held in its 12-page order that the medical record showed that he was a heart patient and getting regular treatment.

Harjinder Singh (20), grandson of Kartar Singh, was also granted bail by the court with the observation that there was no record that he had indulged in any criminal activity earlier. The duo were directed to furnish the surety bonds to the tune of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the like amount.

The accused were arrested under Sections 307, 452, 379, 148, 149 of the IPC on the complaint of Harchand Singh of Daad village on June 10 at the Sadar police station.

The defence counsel submitted that Chahal was booked and arrested on the day when he was called to join the investigation before the Vigilance Bureau.

It showed that the police was prejudiced and was acting as per the wishes of the ruling party. 


‘Collect details of wildlife articles’
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 21
The government has directed the Wildlife Department to provide details of wildlife articles in possession of B.I.S Chahal.

Under the amended law 452 applications were moved by VIPs of the state to get ownership certificates of thousands of wildlife articles in their possession. Among those who applied for ownership certificates, included Chahal, his wife Jaswinder Kaur Chahal, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Capt Amarinder Singh, his wife and Patiala MP Preneet Kaur and Malwinder Singh brother of Amarinder Singh.

Chahal onOctober 10 ,2003 applied for ownership certificates for two sofa sets with ivory engraving, three ivory articles and a mounted head of hog dear. Jaswinder Kaur Chahal applied for ownership of two shahtoosh shawls, one ivory box and one ivory table.

However, cases for ownership certificates of Chahal and Jaswinder Kaur Chahal have been pending with the DFO (territorial) Patiala since 2003. The DFO neither issued the ownership certificate to them nor confiscated the articles.

The articles in possession of the Chahal family pertain to animal (elephant) that is protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act.

As per law the owner of wildlife articles cannot move them from the place from where the ownership certificate was issued. If he moves the article information has to be provided to wildlife authorities of the area in three months. In case articles for which Chahal applied the ownership certificate were not found at his Patiala- based house, he is liable for action under the Wildlife Protection Act.


Salabatpura sealed 
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Salabatpura (Bathinda), June 21
Dera Sacha Sauda in Salabatpura village was sealed by the police again to prevent any untoward incident during the protest march to be organised by the Khalsa Action Committee from Dina Kangar to Talwandi Sabo via this village on June 24.

As followers of the Sirsa- based Dera Sacha Sauda have started arriving here in small numbers, the police has been leaving nothing to chance to prevent violence between them and members of Sikh bodies organising the march.

Police sources said Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, who were providing security cover to the Dera premises, had been deployed to man the check points set up in a radius of 200 yards of the boundary wall of the Dera. Not only this, Salabatpura crossing check point, Jalal bus stand check point and Dulewala check point, which earlier were manned by thePunjab Police, had been handed over to the BSF.

The number of followers, who were inside the local dera premises, rose to 800 today from 500 three to four days ago. The authorities , which had allowed buses to ply from this village, had again ordered to discontinue it.


Sikh groups against bypassing Salabatpura
Tribune News Service

Moga, June 21
Even as the district administration has suggested a new route from Dina Sahib here to Damdama Sahib in Bathinda district for the proposed Khalsa protest march to be held on June 24, Sikh organisations are determined to take the earlier route, involving Salabatpura.

The district unit of SAD (A), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, held a meeting at Gurdwara Bibi Kahan Kaur here today and resolved not to change the route of the march fixed earlier.

The new route, suggested by the administration, has villages Pakharwad, Raunta, Kaur, Singh Wala, skipping the Salabatpura link.

District president of the SAD (A) Harbans Singh Daudhar said they would follow the earlier route.


Prez poll
One more enters race
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 21
A resident of the city, Baldev Singh Rathore, has decided to contest the presidential elections as an Independent. Claiming to have the support of 50 MLAs, he said yesterday that he was confident of winning the post.

Rathore (41), who is the founder-president of the Akhil Bharatiya Sangharsh Dal, hails from Mustafabad village here and had come into limelight when he contested the MP’s election from the city in 2004. “It was the year when I had just floated my party and we could not set up even a single pooling booth. Despite this, I managed to get 5,000 votes,” he added.


Assembly Session
Excesses: CM’s offer for setting up panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave an open offer to Congress MLA and leader of the opposition in the Punjab assembly Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to set up a five-member committee to bring in his notice any case of “ political vendetta” and police excesses.

“ I will immediately take remedial measures and action if any wrong has been done by the police or anyone else”, Badal said in the house, responding to the issue raised by Bhattal regarding police excesses and the registering of cases against Congress workers.

Bhattal said excesses against premis, followers of Dera Sacha Sauda, were being committed in the countryside, pro-“Khalistan” elements were trying to create trouble in the state, the law and order situation had deteriorated and Congress activists were being booked in false cases. She referred to the cases of certain dalits killed at various places, including Nurmahal, Majitha and Amritsar . She also referred to the case of a person whose ear was lopped off right in the presence of the police in Lambi, the home constituency of Badal. “ We will not tolerate the ‘Akalisation’ of the police and the administration”, she said.

Replying to the issue raised by Bhattal, Badal said that he was a politician who believed in minimising enmity with opponents. He asked the Congress MLAs to name any Congress leader who had been put behind bars. “ Our party is ready for a full discussion on this issue in the house”, he said.

Intervening at this stage, BJP MLA Jagdish Sahni said Congress leaders were now talking about former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa. He urged the Congress MLAs to recall the activities of Dimpa during the tenure of the Amarinder Singh government. “ It was Dimpa’s rule from Amritsar to Jalandhar. He had hijacked the entire system. His writ used to run everywhere. He plied several buses without any permit. He used to grab property. He used to bully everyone. Now you are trying to defend Dimpa”, alleged Sahni, pointing towards the opposition benches.

Badal said he had been disturbed by the Nurmahal incident regarding the committing of suicide by three persons. “ I had told the SSP concerned to take action against those found guilty in this regard. The SHO was under suspension”, he said. “ No innocent person will be caught and no one involved in any crime will be spared”, Badal asserted. He sought the cooperation of the opposition to make the state better.



Needling Badal style

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has perfected the art of needling opponents by using wit and satire. Advising the leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in the Punjab Assembly today, Badal said she should keep Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi at distance.

Sodhi and Bajwa (Partap Singh) were the two persons who earlier put Amarinder Singh on the path of confrontation with the Akalis. Amarinder Singh was a simple man but both these leaders guided him to the path of confrontation. He said Rana Gurmeet Sodhi had the art of getting close to a leader.

No hasty biz

Conveying to all concerned, especially former Congress ministers, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said in the Assembly that he was going slow in holding inquiries against persons facing allegations of corruption. In other words, he told all concerned, who were active against him during the tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh, that he would take on them turn by turn and not make any haste in this regard. 


Sarna dissociates from march
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 21
Fissures have appeared in the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) with its Convener Parmjit Singh Sarna, president Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) dissociating himself from the proposed protest march to be taken from Gurdwara Dina Kangar to Takht Damdama Sahib on June 24 .

As many as 35 members of the DSGMC today compelled Sarna to part from the hardliners, including Daljit Singh Bittu , Kanwarpal Singh and Mohkam Singh , vice-president SAD( Amritsar), a spokesmen of the Dal Khalsa and the Damdami Taksal respectively who are determined to take out Khalsa March in protest against blasphemous activities of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh .

The DSGMC members suggested to Sarna to wait for the decision of Akal Takht. The decision of Sarna has come as shot in the arm for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the SGPC.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal himself approached the Sant Samaj with a request not to take the extreme step since the state government was already making efforts to take legal action against the Dera chief.


Question Hour
Teachers’ recruitment policy announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Education minister Upinderjit Kaur today announced in the Punjab assembly the criteria to be adopted to recruit about 20,000 teachers for government schools.

Responding to a question asked by Congress MLA Lal Singh, the education minister said the recruitment would be made by departmental committees by August and purely on merit.

There would be no test and no interview marks. Merit would be prepared by adding the percentage of marks obtained in the basic minimum prescribed academic qualification and the basic prescribed professional qualification, besides higher qualifications and experience, she said. In a way, the minister dispelled all fears and doubts of favouritism in the recruitment of teachers. She said efforts were being made to complete the recruitment process at the earliest to fill the vacant posts by August-end. The largest number of vacant posts are of JBT teacher followed by BEd teacher.

Replying another question asked by Rana Gurmeet Sodhi about the filling of 270 vacant posts of physical education teacher, she said the vacant posts were meant to be filled from among reserved category candidates. However, no qualified teacher was available.

She said legal opinion would have to be taken to convert these posts into ones for general category candidates, she said.

Another significant announcement in the house was made by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, regarding advancing loans to dalit students at a low rate of interest. A question in this regard was asked by Congress MLAs Makhan Singh and Ajaib Singh Bhatti.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said that dalit students would be given education loans at 7.25 per cent rate of interest by cooperative banks in the state. During the Amarinder Singh government, these loans were provided at a rate of 9 per cent to all sections of society, he added.

He said for studies in the country, Rs 5 lakh would be advanced as loan and for studies abroad, a loan of Rs 10 lakh would be given. In special cases, the amount could be increased.

Replying to Akali MLA Jagbir Singh’s question regarding the Institute of Medical Sciences at Jalandhar, medical education minister Tikshan Sud said 94 per cent of the work on the institute had been completed at a cost of Rs 117 crore.

Efforts were on to run the institute on the AIIMS pattern through the union government, he added. The governing body of the institute would meet on July 5 to take a decision in this regard.

Responding to a question asked by Congress MLA Lal Singh, food and supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh said procurement by government agencies was more by 2.74 lakh tonnes this year as compared to the figure last year.

A question asked by Makhan Singh regarding pending bills for repair of vehicles and fuel of MLAs, Master Mohan Lal said there were bills totalling Rs 11,40,876 for fuel and Rs 4,17,247 for repair due for clearance.


PSEB officials held hostage 
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 21
After six hours of high drama, two executive engineers and an SDO of the PSEB were today freed by villagers of the border village of Terha in Ajnala tehsil where they had gone to detect “un-authorised kundi connections”.

According to S.K. Paul, chief engineer (boarder zone), the PSEB officials had conducted a raid at the village following reports of power theft. More than 500 villagers gheraoed them and held them hostage.

After five hours, an SHO, along with a few constables, reached the village. The officials brought the matter to the notice of senior police officials, including the DIG (border range). However, Gurcharn Singh Ajnala and T.P. Singh, both executive engineers, and Kulwinder Singh, SDO, were released only on the intervention of Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu, who sent additional police force to rescue the officials.

State PSEB Engineer Association joint secretary Jagjit Singh Suchu and S.S. Sarna, executive member, have decided not to go on checking in power theft cases unless the district administration provided them with adequate security.


Protest against Gurgaon female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 21
The Global Punjab Foundation organised a meeting to protest against the recent Gurgaon female foeticide, at Rose Garden, here today.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various social and political organisations.

Foundation chairman Dr H.P.S. Walia said female foeticide was a menace and needed to be brought under control.

The foundation would protest in front of the houses of doctors involved in the malpractice, he added.

English Model School principal Darshinder Kaur said doctors promoting such acts had brought a bad name to the profession.

Raman Rishi sought provisions under Section 302 of the IPC to make foeticide cases punishable.

The foundation also expressed concern over the increased accident rate and demanded an effective licence system.

Bikar Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Sanjay Kumar were also present.


Pak allows film team’s visit
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 21
The Pakistan government has given permission to a 25-member film delegation to conduct a survey of the historical buildings relating to the life of Shaheed Bhagat Singh for a Hindi feature film on the great revolutionary. The delegation would be headed by Rockey, grandson of late Sardar Hukam Singh, a former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Prof Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, would accompany young actors and the producer of the film to Pakistan. He told The Tribune today that the film would be produced by young actors who had just passed out from a film institute.

It has been for the first time after Partition that the Pakistan government has allowed an Indian film producer to conduct a survey on the martyr.

Though a number of films have been made on the life of the martyr, many important aspects of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s life were missing in those films, said Jagmohan Singh.

Meanwhile, Prof Jagmohan Singh visited the house of Dr H.S. Bedi, senior Professor of Hindi department, Guru Nanak Dev University, to convey his displeasure over his (Dr Bedi’s) alleged attempt to saffronise the legend of Bhagat Singh in his booklet “Parmukh Rashtarwadi - Shaheed Bhagat Singh”. Bhagat Singh has been shown reciting Gaytri Mantra in the book. “He should neither be painted as a Sikh nor a devout Hindu”, he said, adding that rather, the scholars should highlight the humane and revolutionary ideology of the martyr.


Blast victim  
Probe panel records statements

Amritsar, June 21
A four-member inquiry team, led by J.S. Dalal, director, research and medical education, yesterday visited Guru Nanak Dev Hospital to probe the alleged negligence into the treatment of blast victim Paramjit Singh, who had succumbed to injuries in the hospital on June 18.

The probe was ordered by the secretary, medical education, Jagjit Puri, after the allegations of negligence on part of the hospital authorities in shifting the victim to the ICU after his condition deteriorated.

The members of the probe team included Amrik Singh, assistant civil surgeon, and Jadish Garg, principal, Rajindera Medical College, Patiala. They recorded the statements of Jatinderpal Kaur Shergill, principal, medical college, A.S. Padda, medical superintendent, Deepak Gupta. — OC


Memorandum to SSP

Sangrur, June 21
A deputation of various Sikh organisations, led by SGPC member Nirmal Singh Gharachon and saint Buta Singh Gurthali Wale, today submitted a memorandum to the SSP in his office here, demanding the arrest of “killers” of Kanwaljit Singh.

The bodies also sought the release of Kulwinder Singh, Ravinder Singh and Ram Singh, who were allegedly implicated by the Sunam police in a false case. — TNS


Takht to decide on apology: SGPC chief 

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 21
Chief of SGPC Avtar Singh said here today that the SGPC would follow whatever directives were issued by Akal Takht over the latest apology letter sent by the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda.

Speaking to the mediapersons at a local college, the SGPC chief said the SGPC wanted that the matter should be resolved and peace be restored. He said the reaction of Akal Takht on the letter was likely to come within the next few days. 


CM welcomes central nod to project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today welcomed the clearance given by the union cabinet for the refinery at Bathinda and said it would radically change the economy of the state, generate thousands of jobs and most importantly, re-buff any politically motivated propaganda that investors were fleeing Punjab since the SAD-BJP ruling combine was voted to power.

With L.N. Mittal, who is among the biggest investors in the world, coming to invest in the refinery in Punjab, it reflects the opinion of the investors.

Others are following suit and this should silence the sceptics. The political propaganda launched by the opposition parties was creating fear in the minds of the investors, today’s development will change everything, Badal said.


Punjab to develop herbal farm
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 21
The Health Ministry has decided to develop a herbal farm at Dayalpur village, near here. Cabinet minister for health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla yesterday issued the orders in this regard.

The minister after visiting the Dayalpur Ayurveda dispensary expressed dismay that a chunk of fertile land belonging to the department was lying unutilised. The said land was earlier being used for agricultural purposes but for the past two years the land had not been used. Chawla asked the director, ayurveda, to develop the land as a herbal farm. In her orders the minister stated that herbs planted here should be used to manufacture ayurvedic medicines at the state ayurvedic pharmacy in Patiala and should be distributed among the people free of cost.


Farmers’ Debt 
Cong ready to support Bill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
With two walkouts in as many days by the Congress during the ongoing budget session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, it expectedly evoked divergent reactions from the Congress and the SAD.

Leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said the Congress was ready to support the ruling SAD-BJP combine on issues concerning the people. “Let them introduce a bill to end the debt of farmers.We will support them”. Meanwhile, senior SAD leader and cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh, while criticising the opposition, said “stopping the Vidhan Sabha is the only programme of the Congress as its MLAs have nothing to say”. The clanging of plates in the house today was shameful on their part. “ What people-related issues have they raised in the house?” Kanwaljit Singh asked.

The SAD had actually raised the income limit to Rs 30,000 per annum to make a family eligible for cheap atta and dal. This ensured that 13.50 lakh families qualified as beneficiaries under the scheme while earlier only 4.52 lakh families were eligible as per BPL norms.

On the law on order front, he defended his government when reporters said that it seemed police raj prevailed in the state despite the change in government. He said “ there is no such thing as police raj and we will not support anything of that sort. It is actually lok raj that is prevailing now”.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who was the home minister of Punjab during the 1980s, said “ there are people in India and abroad who do not want peace to prevail in Punjab”. He did not reveal any names.He said these people had lost their relevance but wanted to keep Punjab on the boil to further their own agenda.

Bhattal said the Congress would participate in the discussion on the budget starting tomorrow. 


Kandi farmers being forced to pay for canal water
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 21
Farmers living in the Kandi areas are being forced to pay for the irrigation water supplied either by the Punjab state tube well corporation (PSTC) or from the Kandi canal and the Dholbaha dam construction circles.

In the absence of irrigation water supply through canals and other sources in the Kandi area of the district, the Punjab government through PSTC had installed deep tube wells for providing it to marginal farmers of this sub-mountainous terrain. But, due to the shortage of technical staff, including tube well operators and junior engineers, and lack of funds for its proper maintenance, these were providing the desired results. Additional charge of three to five tube wells had been given to operators. A large number of tube wells were being run by inhabitants of respective villages. The head office was not providing any fund for maintaining these.

This has adversely affected the agriculture growth of the marginal farmers of this most backward area of the state.

BKU’s district president Swarn Singh Dhugga and secretary Harbhajan Singhin submitted a representation to the deputy commissioner yesterday. 


Dept promotes dead doctor
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 21
The state’s Health Department has not only promoted but given new posting to a doctor, who had died a month back.

The orders issued by the principal secretary of the Health Department on June 15 said, Dr Ravinder Kumar Sharma, medical officer posted at ESI hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, was promoted senior medical officer with new posting at civil hospital, Bassi Pathana. However, Dr Sharma had met with a fatal accident on May 16 .He was hit by a train while crossing a Railway line in Mandi Gobindgarh.

The matter came to light as some doctors at the ESI hospital informed the civil surgeon. But, the civil surgeon circulated the promotion orders to all departments concerned.

The Tribune contacted civil surgeon Dr S. M. S. Sidhu, who said the matter had been brought to his notice and he had sent a written communication to the Health Department highlighting the negligence. He said the death of the doctor had been reported as per the service rules, but somehow the department failed to take notice of the information sent to it. He however failed to explain how he also circulated the orders without noticing the discrepancy.

Name of Dr Ravinder Kumar Sharma had appeared in the list of the 77 doctors either promoted of given new postings by the department. These orders had been issued by Vijay Kain, principal secretary of the Health Department, who could not be contacted for comments.


Suspension of 2 sarpanches recommended 
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 21
Sangrur Deputy Commissioner S.R. Ladhar today recommended the suspension of Farwali village (Malerkotla) and Salemgarh village (Moonak) sarpanches for allegedly committing irregularities. The DC made these recommendations at a sangat darshan programme here today.

He asked the district development and panchayats officer J.P. Cheema to send the cases to the director, rural development and panchayats, for issuing their suspension orders.

The action against the Farwali sarpanch was taken on the complaint of a member of the panchayat who had levelled a charge against him that he had misutilised a grant of Rs 50,000 received for the construction of a dharamshala. Likewise, action against the sarpanch of Salemgarh village was initiated on a complaint related to non-distribution of pensions.

The DC has appointed the Moonak BDPO as administrator of the Salemgarh panchayat while he has asked the DDPO to write to the director, rural development and panchayats, to appoint administrator for the Farwali panchayat.

Meanwhile, the DC handed over a cheque for Rs 20,000 to Gurmeet Kaur of Khai village (near Lehragaga) at the programme as her two sons had died in a mishap. The grant was sent to the DC office from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. On the recommendation of the civil surgeon, the DC also ordered the District Red Cross Society to pay Rs 500 for six months to a poor patient, who had sustained a head injury in an accident.


DC inspects damage caused to Beas
Our Correspondent

Gurdaspur, June 21
The district flood control committee headed by deputy commissioner Vivak Partap Singh inspected the most vulnerable area of the Beas today. The committee visited the Samraj complex near Shri Hargobindpur to check erosive tendency of the Beas towards its right edge.

It also inspected the existing structures which got damaged. The committee also inspected the Fatta Kulla complex for taking safety steps on permanent basis for saving the land which recently got eroded due to the heavy current and land erosion. The committee visited the Naushehra Pattan area and Chechian Gullerlra and Rumalla villages in the presence of locals and assured to take precautionary steps before the onset of the monsoon.

He said Rs 32.60 lakh was sanctioned by the administration for providing permeable screen between Samraj and Mahri Buchian villages and Fattan Kulla Gandhuwal village to check the land erosion on the right side of the Beas. SDM Iqbal Singh Sidhu, SDM Sandip Rishi, Batala, executive engineer (drainage) T.S.Tikka and others were among those present on the site.


Groom dead in mishap
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 21
Shyam Sunder Bishnoi a provincial civil service officer and his brother-in-law Atul were killed as Bishnoi was heading towards his hometown after marriage along with wife and others in the Anoopgarh area of Sriganganagar district on Wednesday. The car used by the newly weds was hit by a truck near Chak 12GB village. Atul (20) was driving the vehicle. His sister was among other three occupants of the car who received injuries.

Atul was escorting sister Preeti in the car given to her in dowry. The driver fled leaving the truck on the roadside.

The police has registered a case against Het Ram driver of the truck.


2 cops held for cheating trader
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 21
Head constable Bhupinder Singh was arrested today allegedly for defrauding a Ludhiana- based trader.

Nau Nihal Singh SSP, said Bhupinder Singh, Gurjinder Singh ( head constables) and four others were involved in a fraud with desert cooler manufacturer Iqbal Singh. Bhupinder Singh and Gurjinder Singh used police uniform for the crime.

He said Bhupinder Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Amandeep Singh, Monu, Gurmeet Chahal and Shingara Singh, defrauded Iqbal Singh cheated Iqbal Singh asking him if he gave Rs 2 lakh to Amandeep Singh, he could return him three times of it. Amandeep Singh, who was known to complainant Iqbal Singh, offered to Iqbal Singh if he gives him Rs 2 lakh, he would get Rs 6 lakh. The complainant handed over Rs 1.5 lakh to Amandeep Singh near Railway station here.

Nau Nihal Singh said Bhupinder Singh and Amandeep Singh were arrested and Rs 50000 out of Rs 1.5 lakh taken from Iqbal Singh by fraud by the accused, had been recovered from head constable Bhupinder Singh. He added the motorcycle and the car used in the crime by the accused had also been impounded. A case was registered under Sections 420 and 120-B o thef IPC against the accused. 


2 fake travel agents held

Moga, June 21
The district police has arrested two fake travel agents for cheating a Dalit family.

Paramdeep Singh Sandhu, SP (H), said here today that the two accused, Ramesh Kumar and Rakesh Kumar, both residents of Ajitwal village, were apprehended.

Complainant Amarjit Singh of Kokari Phoola Singh village stated that the accused cheated his uneducated father-in-law Sukhdev Singh by promising a job in Malaysia against Rs 90,000. However, even after many months the accused neither returned the amount nor arranged his visit abroad. After much persuasion the accused returned Rs 25,000.

Rakesh alleged that he was being implicated in the case. — TNS


7 arrested with poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 21
A police team arrested seven persons with 20 bags of poppy husk from different nakas, here today.

The team, which was headed by Patiala DSP Devinder Singh, Samana DSP Bhupinder Singh Sidhu and in charge of CIA staff Jassa Singh arrested Gurmail Singh of village Malikpur, Ashok Kumar of Guhla and Rulda Singh of Sher Majra from near Maen village with 10 bags of poppy husk.

At another naka near the Bhakhra Bridge, Dhaneta, the police arrested Gurmukh Singh of Khanpur, Jaswant Singh of Nathana, with six bags of poppy husk. Gurpreet Singh and Happy of Ram Nagar Basti, Sangrur, were also caught from the same naka with four bags.


Man suffers shot wound in clash

Tarn Taran, June 21
Situation at border township Chabal, 16 km from here, remained tense today after the last night violence in which four persons were injured when a group of around 20 armed persons opened fire at the rival group.

Pawan Kumar Rai, SSP, said six suspects, Heera Singh, Manak (both brothers), Chand, Suraj, Harpreet Singh and Roopa, all residents of Chabal, had been identified. He said the group, led by Heera Singh, armed with rifles and swords, allegedly attacked the rival group injuring Harpal Singh, Sonu, Tinku and Vishal of the same village.

Old rivalry of the college days is said to be the cause of the clash.— OC 


Migration of VC’s son under scrutiny
DRME to conduct probe
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 21
Vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Dr Ravinder Singh is in a bind due to alleged illegal migration of his son from Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) Ludhiana to Government Medical College here.

The government has ordered an inquiry into the migration alleged to be in violation of rules. Director Research and Medical Education (DRME) Dr Dalal confirme the government had ordered an inquiry. “I have been directed to conduct an inquiry. I would be submitting the report in the matter very soon,” he said.

The Association for Rights of Medical Students had forwarded a complaint to Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in this regard. The inquiry was marked on the basis of the complaint.

Sources here said Gaurav Sikand son of Ravinder Singh was admitted to DMCH on September 30, 2003 under NRI category on payment of $ 75000 (Rs 35 lakh).

Just after two months of admission Gaurav Sikand migrated to Government Medical College Patiala in December 2003. As per rules no migration can take place in the first year of MBBS course. The migration is possible only when the student has passed first year MBBS examination.

That too if vacant seats in Government Medical College have first been advertised in newspapers as per rules. All students, who intend to seek migration, should be given the chance to apply for the vacant seats. In case there are more students than number of seats a test should be conducted to select the students for migration on the basis of merit, according to the rules.

However, no such procedure was adopted while allowing migration of the VC’s son to Government Medical College Patiala.

Sources said ill health was given as reason for allowing migration of VC’s son to Government Medical College Patiala. However, the medical certificate attached with the application for migration, too, was under scrutiny.

By allowing Gaurav Sikand to migrate to Patiala against the rules, many meritorious students, paying much higher fees in DMCH, were denied opportunity to join Government Medical College Patiala where fee is lower.

Sikand’s entry into Government Medical College can also be termed as back-door entry as his original admission to DMCH was against an NRI seat by paying capitation fee.

The VC was not available for comment.


Entrance test cell open  on all days
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 21
In view of the approaching last date for the submission of application forms for the BEd entrance test, scheduled for July 15, the Entrance Test Cell of Punjabi University will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

The last date for submission of application forms without the late fee is June 25. With late fees of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, the forms will be accepted up to June 30 and July 7, respectively. However, late applicants will have to come to the BEd Entrance Test Cell personally to submit the forms and collect their roll numbers.

The prospectus and application form is available on the Punjabi University website - www.universitypunjabi.org. The downloaded form should be accompanied by a bank draft of Rs 800 (Rs 400 in case of SC/STs) drawn in favour of Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, payable at Patiala.

Examination centres are being set up at all the district headquarters of Punjab.

Course in yogic science

The department of physical education, Punjabi University, is beginning a one-year regular postgraduate diploma course in human consciousness and yogic science. The last date for submission of application form is June 25. Interested persons can also visit the following websites: www.univesitypunjabo.rog, www.univesitypunjabo.rog. 


New MBA course in Ludhiana college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Panjab University will conduct an entrance test for admission to the post-graduate course --MBA in commerce and information technology. The two-year degree course is being offered by Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ludhiana, under the innovative scheme sponsored by the UGC.

The test for the first 40 seats will be conducted by the university on July 2, said Mrs Madanjit Kaur Sahota, principal of the college.

She added that a graduate in any stream with 55 per cent marks is eligible for the entrance test.

The test will be conducted on the college campus. 


Sikh Varsity
SGPC keen on sister campus in Pakistan

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 21
The SGPC, which is all set to develop a Sikh university in the district, has expressed keenness on a sister campus of the said university at International Guru Nanak Dev University (IGNDU) being planned at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

This was stated by SGPC chief Avtar Singh here today. He said the SGPC had already offered to provide all logistic support to the Pakistani authorities in this regard.

He said the work on the Sikh university to be brought up in the district was likely to begin within the next few months. He said tenders for the construction of the same were being floated.

The SGPC said a monument at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore was being constructed that would be erected at the site where the foundation stone of the university would be laid. — TNS


Village girl tops MBA entrance test

Amritsar, June 21
“I did not believe my ears when Dr Gurnam Singh informed and congratulated me for having topped the MBA entrance examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University on June 17,” said Mandeep Kaur while talking to The Tribune here today.

A student of BUC College, Batala, and resident of a small village, Shahpur Raiyan, near Sri Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur district, Mandeep said it had been her desire to study in a higher institute. She would travel about 40 km to and fro from her village daily to study in the college. Her B.Sc (part III) examination result was yet to be declared. — TNS


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