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Dera Apology Issue
Cong questions role of govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Giving a new twist to the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, the Congress today stalled the working of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha charging the ruling SAD-BJP combine with playing politics on the issue and jeopardising the fragile peace of the state.

The act of the Sikh clergy in rejecting the apology of the dera chief and of the Punjab government in allowing his arrest had raised questions and doubts, said leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal while addressing a press conference after the adjournment of the house here.

She went on to question the “unconstitutional” acts in which the followers of the dera were being victimised. Bhattal could, however, not give a clear reply if dera chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh should be arrested or not, saying “ everyone’s constitutional rights should be protected”. She said the arrest of the dera chief --- allowed by the Punjab government yesterday --- could create serious law and order problems.

Questioning the rejection of the apology, Bhattal said when every word of the apology was drafted with the consent of the SGPC, Sikh organisations, the Khalsa action committee and representatives of the government, one wondered how it was rejected this time.

She alleged “some doubts have been created about the role of the ruling combine in getting the apology rejected” and asked: “What is the motive in rejecting the apology”?

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should have called an all-party meeting on the dera issue and explained what action he proposed to take. By allowing the arrest, Badal had acted on his own and the damage it could cause remained to be seen. Bhattal launched an attack on the Chief Minister for being absent from the Vidhan Sabha and not explaining the stance of the government on the issue and also on Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha Nirmal Singh Kahlon, alleging that he was behaving like a Speaker of the SAD and not of the entire house.

Bhattal was irked when the Speaker disallowed an adjournment motion moved by her in the house seeking a discussion on the law and order situation. ''We wanted to highlight atrocities on Congress workers, 121 false cases and yesterday’s development on Dera Sacha Sauda that could lead to serious law and order problems, but were not permitted to do so by the Speaker'', Bhattal said.

She described the Speaker’s ruling as undemocratic.

Asked about the call for a social boycott of dera followers given by Akal Takht last month, Bhattal said: " It is the duty of the government to ensure the safety of its citizens".

This morning in the assembly, once question hour ended, pandemonium prevailed when Bhattal sought to raise the issue, saying her party had moved an adjournment motion seeking a debate on the law and order situation in the state.

The Speaker said there was "no urgency". Noticing the attitude of the Speaker towards their demand, the members of the opposition started anti-government sloganeering. They went into the well and staged a vociferous protest, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the house for an hour.

When the house reassembled, the opposition members again trooped into the well and disrupted the proceedings, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the house for the second time.

However, during the second adjournment, the opposition members squatted in the well and started making impromptu speeches on the law and order situation and the dera row.

The Speaker's repeated requests to opposition leader Bhattal to exercise control over her party members was ignored, which compelled him to adjourn the house till tomorrow morning.


Dera Chief’s Acts
Panthak panel sought
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 28
Demanding the setting up of a “panthak” commission to look into the acts of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the past, Sikh organisation the Gursikh and its wing the ‘Shahibaz Khalsa’ here today presented copies of newspapers brought out by the Dera and contents on the Dera websites.

At a press conference Ratinder Singh Indore, president of the Gursikh, an organisation devoted to research and investigation, said now the situation had gone much beyond an apology by the Dera chief. “There are documentats of his hurting religious sentiments of Sikh in the past as well and a commission should look into these,” he said.

Akal Takht has the right to forgive but for that the Dera chief should first appear at Akal Takht as an ordinary Sikh if he wanted to be forgiven, he said.

The Gursikh leaders also screened footage from news channels, showing the Dera chief sitting atop the religious symbol of Sikhs. “We have also found objectionable contents in the Dera’s newspaper, “Sachi Siksha” and on the three websites of the Dera,” said Indore.

A delegation of the Gursikh gave a memorandum to the Sikh high priests yesterday, demanding a commission, with intellectuals, advocates, judges and media persons as its members.

Indore also condemned the way Akal Takht was being pressurised by the Akali Dal and the SGPC by giving political colour to the entire Dera Sacha Sauda issue. 


Students to run community radio
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 28
Guru Nanak Girls College here has been granted licence by the ministry of information and broadcasting for starting an FM community radio station, “Guru Nanak Girls College FM Community Radio Station”. It will be the first community radio station in Punjab and will start broadcast on 90.4 Megahertz from July 1.

Talking to The Tribune, director of the radio station Charanjit K. Mahal (principal of the college) said initially the station would broadcast various programmes for 16.5 hours from 6 am to 10:30 pm. The college has prepared a modern studio, a sound digital workshop, backed by a talented and dedicated team, which has undergone training from Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, New Delhi, said Dr Mahal.

“It is also aimed at promoting a rapport between the general public and the administration. As a part of the government policy, community radio stations are being established in the country to advance the development and social changes with the participation of the local communities”, said Dr Mahal.

The college has been sanctioned about Rs 10 lakh to prepare and broadcast a programme on “Science for Women”. The programmes to be broadcast on the station include “Ratan Kothrie”, a religious programme, she added.

The timings of broadcast for Sunday will be from 5:42 am to 10:32 pm. The other two community radio stations being run by students are at Annamalai University, Chennai, and Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.


Question Hour
CM’s Relief Fund meagre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The CM’s Relief Fund has only Rs 13 lakh while promises have been made worth Rs 19 crore to various needy individuals, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal revealed this in the Vidhan Sabha today. He was replying to a question why funds were not being released to certain accident victims.

The minister said the fund was for emergency purposes and no budgetary allocation was made for it. It runs on donations. He said promises had been made without checking availability of funds.

Eviction notices to clubs

Minister for local bodies, Manoranjan Kalia, informed the Vidhan Sabha lease deeds of three clubs in Amritsar — the Services Club, the Lumsdone Club and the Amritsar Club — had expired hence these had been given eviction notices. Since the matter was pending before the high court discussion on the matter was possible, Kalia said which was accepted by the speaker.

Master plan

The state is preparing Rs 4,000 crore master plan for irrigation, Minister for irrigation Janmeja Singh Sekhon told the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. He said work was on progress to repair Muktsar distributary.

Semen procurement

After getting semen from a few milk producing countries the next stop for Punjab could be neighbouring Pakistan. Minister for animal husbandry, Gulzar Singh Ranike informed the Vidhan Sabha the neighbouring country could be an alternative to procure semen.

Teachers in border area

No teachers in borders area is a repeated complaint today minister for education, Upinderjit Kaur told the Vidhan Sabha 153 posts were vacant in high schools while 252 posts in senior secondary schools were vacant. In both cases number of vacancies was 50 per cent of the sanctioned strength.

Complex at Patran

The government is considering a proposal to construct a sub-divisional complex at Patran. Drawings have been prepared and submitted to the Revenue Department. It will cost Rs 2.25 crore.


SAD workers revolt in Tanda
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 28
Workers of the ruling SAD in the Tanda circle of this district have revolted against their district president Thakedar Surinder Singh Bhulewal Rathan allegedly for ignoring them and their leader Balbir Singh Miani, former minister, who was defeated by Sangat Singh Gilzian in the last Assembly elections.

The workers, led by patron of the district unit Joginder Singh Narial and other leaders, staged a demonstration in front of the district office of the party at Jassa Singh Ramgarhia Chowk here this afternoon.

Circle president of Tanda and Hariana towns Makhan Singh Meerapur and Gurmail Singh Sikri, respectively, while addressing the rally criticised the district president for completely ignoring them and other leaders and promoting Sangat Singh Gilzian, an independent MLA from the Tanda segment.

They alleged that instead of cooperating with Balbir Singh Miani, the district president was hobnobbing with Gilzian. The district president had given them time for resolving their grievances today, but when they reached his office at the given time they found it closed, the leaders claimed.

Meanwhile, Rathan told this correspondent on the phone that Gilzian had lent support to the SAD government and had cordial relations with its leadership. On account of this, due importance was being given to him.


Scientist from Moga wins award

Sydney, June 28
India-born Aussie scientist wins awardIndian-born Australian Kuldip Sidhu has won the “2007 Top Invention Prize” for his work on stem cell research that, he says, is of “great relevance for India”.

The prize is awarded by BioMed North Limited, a not-for-profit agency for the management and commercialisation of intellectual property generated within the state of New South Wales (NSW).

Sidhu, an associate professor at the University of New South Wales, has produced a human embryonic stem cell line without the use of any animal product. The breakthrough eliminates the risk of animal-to-human contamination in potential stem cell therapy treatments.

The line is called Endeavour-1. “This is the first such line produced in Australia and only the second one in the world, which does not use animals in any way,” says Sidhu.

Human embryonic stem cell lines are derived from specialised cells. These cells come from embryos donated by infertile couples that have agreed to let their excess embryos be used in stem cell research.

Sidhu says: “These lines could eventually lead to safer treatments for conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and even breast cancer.”

Hailing from Moga in Ferozepur district, Sidhu completed his doctorate from Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana. He did his post-doctoral work in reproductive physiology, working on humans and variety of mammal species, at Washington University in St Louis (USA).

“I returned to India, armed with my knowledge of new technology and went on to win the Young Scientist Award for facilitating the development of assisted reproductive technologies given by the Indian National Science Academy,” Sidhu says. “My study looked at molecules present on the surface of egg and sperm to prevent fertilisation.”

He migrated to Sydney in 1995. “I joined Macquarie University as chief scientist in reproduction physiology of marsupials. We developed a system of in-vitro fertilisation for brush-tailed possums for the first time. It was a double whammy: on one hand it could regulate reproduction in mammals such as kangaroos - which have far exceed their sustainable numbers - and on the other it could facilitate reproduction in threatened species such as wombats.”

“My research has great relevance for India, which has high incidence of diabetes in the population.” — IANS


MC chief resigns
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
President of Bassi Pathana Municipal Council Ms Amita Tangri, a Congress loyalist, resigned paving the way for installing a SAD(B)-BJP councillor as president of the council. In her resignation letter to the secretary, local government she mentioned due to ill health she was unable to continue as president of the council.

The office of the president had become a prestige issue for both the parties and Ms Tangri had even got a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The SAD(B)- BJP moved a no- confidence motion against her on May 8, which had ended in a fiasco.

Eleven out of 14 councillors led by Didar Singh Bhatti MLA and Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli today submitted the resignation of the president of the council to deputy commissioner Mrs Alaknanda Dayal.


Punjab govt to add 300 more buses
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 28
The Punjab Government will add 300 buses to the existing fleet of 1,482 buses of PUNBUS, Punjab Roadways and PRTC in the next three months. An equal number of new buses under the kilometre scheme are also in the pipeline.

The transport department will also shortly implement the insurance scheme for passengers travelling in state-owned buses.

Punjab transport minister Mohan Lal stated this at a camp organised here today to hand over appointment letters to dependents of employees who had died in service.

Claiming to be the first such camp organised in this regard, Lal added that appointment letters were awarded to 90 beneficiaries of deceased employees on compassionate grounds in which 75 dependents were appointed as conductors and 15 as junior technicians.

The minister further said 14 drivers had already been appointed on compassionate basis and 80 more such cases, which were pending with the department, would be decided at the earliest. He said 75 fresh applications in this regard had been received by the department recently.

Lal said keeping in view the increase in road accidents, it had been decided to launch an insurance scheme for passengers travelling in state-owned buses.

The minister added that the transport department had earned profit of Rs 1.91 crore under the K.M. scheme during 2006-07. PUNBUS also earned profit of Rs 27.52 crore during the last fiscal year.

Three modern bus stands on BOT (build-operate-transfer) basis have been planned at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The new bus stand at Amritsar is already functional. The bus stands at Jalandhar and Ludhiana will be completed in July and September 2007, respectively. Besides, eight bus stands have been given on Operation & Maintenance (O&M) basis, Lal said. He further added that the department had recently introduced the electronic ticketing machine in Chandigarh and Ludhiana. These machines will be used in all the buses.

The minister said in order to encourage dedicated, hard working and honest employees of the department, an incentive scheme would also be launched to honour their services. To compete with private players, Lal urged the operational staff to cooperate with passengers so that they would prefer boarding state buses. 


Staff body challenges FM’s claim

Chandigarh, June 28
The Punjab civil secretariat staff association today challenged the statement of finance minister Manpreet Badal in which he claimed that 76 per cent of the establishment costs went towards the salaries of employees.

The association said the statement was wrong. Actually, 46 per cent of the establishment costs was being used up by ministers and senior officers to pay for foreign tours, telephone bills, purchase of government vehicles and petrol, among other things.

Only 30 per cent of the budget allocation was spent on the employees, said the association while demanding that the facts should be stated. — TNS 


Trust chief backs Ram Bagh clubs
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 28
Supporting the stand taken by the three clubs located inside Ram Bagh, chairman of the local improvement trust Jugal Kishore Sharma said today that the clubs were part of the heritage of the city and should not be shifted out of the bagh.

Sharma said during the previous Congress regime, a decision had been taken that the Ram Bagh garden be beautified without shifting the clubs out.


PSEB’s new engineers welcomed
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
PSEB chairman Y.S. Ratra held an interactive session with the new batch of 40 assistant engineers (OT), here today.

Ratra welcomed the young entrants and advised them to work with integrity, honesty, dedication and hard work.

Ratra added that consumers expected uninterrupted, reliable and quality supply of power at their doorsteps, which was only possible if they worked professionally.

Sources further disclosed that 178 trainee engineers had been hired at various places. Out of them, 64 have been allocated to the distribution and transmission wings, 85 to thermal generation organisations, 11 to the civil engineering wing and 18 to the hydel generation wing.


Virk’s suspension extended
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
In a new development, the Punjab government has extended the suspension of former DGP S.S. Virk beyond the first three months of the original suspension period.

Virk was suspended on April 4 and would have completed that three-month period next week. Without an extension in suspension, Virk would have been automatically deemed to have been “reinstated” in his job.

A review committee formed under the all-India civil services rules headed by chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh decided the issue on Tuesday to extend the suspension period. The details of the same have been sent to the ministry of home affairs for information, a senior officer confirmed. The MHA is the cadre-controlling authority for IPS officers and it is yet to convey its decision on the matter.

The extension in suspension comes as a surprise as it was believed in official circles that the Punjab government would not pursue the matter beyond the first three months of suspension. The MHA was also keen to find an amicable solution. Officials here claimed that the MHA was not likely to revoke the suspension or turn down this fresh extension.

Punjab has bolstered its case by claiming that Virk, who was on deputation with the Punjab police, is still on its rolls and has not been relieved of his duties. Punjab had demanded that since Virk was facing an inquiry, he should not be relieved. Despite this, Virk, on the orders of the MHA, had joined duty in his parent cadre of Maharashtra on April 27 even while being under suspension and without being technically relieved from here. Virk is a 1970 batch officer and retires in 2009. He served for more than 20 years in Punjab. 


Cong leader, 25 others booked for murder
Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 28
The police has registered a case against Khuyiansarwar block Congress president Balbir Singh Danewalia and 25 others in connection with the murder of Gurjit Singh Tinna, alias Churla, official sources confirmed this evening.

On a petition of Manjit Kaur Tinna, a Congress councillor, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued directions to the SSP, Ferozepur, in April for registering a case in the murder. She had alleged that Gurjit Singh Tinna was killed in the civil hospital here in the presence of public, paramedical staff and doctors on February 7.

Earlier, Gaganjit had been arrested for shooting Baljit Singh Danewalia, sarpanch of Danewala Satkosi village and elder brother of Balbir Singh Danewalia, inside truck operators’ union complex here in February, 2006.


NRI arrested for conspiring to kill wife

Moga, June 28
An NRI, whose wife was murdered here yesterday, was arrested today on the charge of conspiring to kill her, a senior police official said.

Senior superintendent of police Devinder Singh Garcha said Jagtar Singh was arrested from the bus stand here when he was boarding a bus to Delhi from where he planned to flee to Canada.

Garcha said Jagtar Singh had allegedly conspired to kill his wife Kiran Pal with two of his brothers in his Chuga Kalan village last month after she had come to know of his illicit relations with a woman in Canada where the couple lived.

The SSP said Jagtar Singh and his relatives had hired a contract killer for the purpose and had also paid him Rs 50,000 in advance. — PTI


Man’s death: 3 booked

ABOHAR: Raj Kumar Raju and two other residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Jammu Basti) have been booked in connection with the death of one Charanjit Singh. The victim, along with the accused, had reportedly gone to Sriganganagar to get firewood. The victim’s son alleged that the accused beat up Charanjit while returning and he succumbed to injuries in the local civil hospital. However, Raju’s family claimed that Charanjit and others had consumed liquor while returning and he fell down from the vehicle. — OC

Fraud: 1 held

BATHINDA: Former chairman of the Bhuchho Mandi Market Committee, Teja Singh, was arrested on Wednesday for fraud. Police personnel said one Mahesh Kumar had complained in February 2006 that Teja Singh had taken possession of his land by tampering the records and he had sold it off further. One of Teja’s accomplices is still absconding, police added. — TNS

Fraud: 1 held

Gurdaspur: The Vigilance Bureau (VB)has caught a junior engineer of the PSEB for taking bribe of Rs 1,000 from a farmer here. The bureau said JE Rajinder Kumar Sharma, posted in the Dinanagar circle, had been demanding Rs 2,000 from Shiv Lal, a farmer of Lohgarh locality in Dinanagar for releasing temporary electricity connection for his tube well. — TNS


GND varsity officer chargesheeted for ‘whistleblowing’
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 28
Guru Nanak Dev university Syndicate today served a charge sheet on Varinder Pal Sharma , finance and development officer for "whistle blowing" . The charge sheet enclosed media reports in which the suspended FDO had criticised the university , the vice- chancellor and other senior functionaries, levelling serious charges against them.

The charge sheet alleges the suspended FDO indulged in "misconduct and insuboridation" by approaching media.

He was also accused of writing letters directly to Governor -cum- Chancellor without the permission of competent authorities, in which he had highlighted many "irregularities" . He had accused the university authorities the installation of solar lights on the campus of the university had been done to give wrongful gain to somebody without inviting tenders ". He had also criticised the university authorities over benefit of Rs 3.50 crore accruing to the university on account of re-investment of the deposits in various banks.

The suspended FDO was also criticised for being appointd prof in charge examinations . The charge sheet alleged such a statement in the newspapers landed the vice- chancellor in the controversy. He was also accused of writing letter to the Governor , criticising university authorities for visit of a team , led by the registrar to Ethiopia and Kenya for admission of foreign students .

He was also charged for writing to Governor stating that the Lovely Education Trust managed affiliation for its courses in a college under Punjab Technical University, Lovely College of Education , Lovely Law College under the varsity and other under graduate colleges of which not one batch had passed out.

The university Syndicate met for the second time in a month even as the the term of the Congress members would end by June 30. Senior Akali leaders had reportedly asked the vice-chancellor not to take action against Sharma.

In another development , the university Syndicate has cleared the appointment of Dr Kanwaljit Singh, a senior professor of physical education as director of sports of Guru Nanak Dev university. Earlier, Dr Kanwaljit Singh had relinquished the charge of director sports following charges of "moral turpitude". However, a nine-member Sexual Harassment Complaint Committee , appointed on the direction of the Supreme Court had exonerated him from all charges . In another case of sexual harassment , the court had not only exonerated Dr Kanwaljit Singh from the charges , but convicted the complainant .

A doctorate from university of Ibadan in sport sociology, Dr Kanwaljit Singh was a member of the five-time national volleyball champion team. He also captained the Punjab volleyball team in the national volleyball tournament.

The Syndicate has also appointed maize breeder prof Baldev Singh Dhillon at present working as director, research at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana as director research of the university.

The vice-chancellor said the university had asked its affiliated colleges especially those running postgraduate and professional courses to get accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.


Counselling for PG admissions in medical colleges
Authorities keep students on tenterhooks 
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
A large number of medical students from Punjab who are seeking admission to various post-graduation courses in the state medical colleges are groping in the dark as the health authorities have not yet finalised the counselling dates despite the fact that June 30 is the deadline for completing the admission process.

As per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, the admission process should have been completed before May 31, but it was delayed as some students from the Central quota moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the decision of the Baba Farid University for Health Sciences (BFUHS) to give 15 per cent grace marks to students who did their graduation from government medical colleges in Punjab.

The High Court quashed the decision taken by the BFUHS regarding 15 per cent grace marks, following which the university moved the Supreme Court. The SC also upheld the verdict pronounced by the High Court in an order that was passed on June 11. Following this, the state health authorities were asked to treat students from Punjab on a par with the students coming through the Central quota as far as drawing a merit list for counselling was concerned.

Some of the students, on condition of anonymity, confided that those who got admission through Central quota had already joined on May 31. But uncertainty continues to dog Punjab students, who fear that they will have to pay a heavy price if the admission process was not completed before June 30.

Dr J. S. Dalal, DRME, however, said the admission process had been delayed as a fresh notification had to be issued following the SC verdict. He said he was in touch with Baba Farid University for Health Sciences to finalise the counselling dates. He maintained that the counselling dates would be announced shortly and the admission process would be completed within the stipulated time. 


Teachers allege exploitation, block traffic
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
The members of the Education Volunteer Teachers Union blocked traffic near the Patiala bus stand on the Patiala-Chandigarh road today for about an hour to press for their demands.

The teachers, who have been appointed in various schools of the state under the Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan or other schemes, alleged that they are being subjected to exploitation. They have been doing teaching work in government schools at par with the regular teachers. However, the government was paying them peanuts as compared to regular or other teachers hired recently on contract. The teachers alleged that during the election campaign, the SAD/BJP had promised to regularise their jobs. However, now they were not paying any heed to their demand.

The protesters formed a chain near the traffic light and blocked the traffic. The local administration diverted the traffic on alternative route that caused harassment to general public.


Uniformity in IAS exam system sought
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
Uniformity is Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exams can increase objectivity of system that selects the top executive officers of the country. The present system of IAS exams has regional and subject bias. The present examination system is very subjective has strong bias against some of the subjects.

For the past seven years, not even a single candidate, who opted for Punjabi as optional subject in IAS exams, has managed to make through the prestigious examinations. On the contrary, those who opted for southern languages as Tamil, Telugu and Kannad have been making it to the top hundred. Vinod Sharma, who has been coaching students here for the past more than 25 years now, expressed these views in an interview with The Tribune.

He has to his credit more than 400 students selected in the IAS examinations, who include many toppers, including Gurneet Tej who stood second and Ankur Garg who topped the 2002 IAS exams.

In 1996, 26 candidates from his coaching centre cleared the IAS examinations. He said failure of any student opting for Punjabi as optional subject to clear the IAS exams clearly speaks of the lack of objectivity in examinations.

The fact assumes significance in view of the fact that over the past few years, 40 per cent of the students, who are being selected, are opting IAS examinations with regional languages as a medium. Besides, history was a favourite subject for the appearing candidates before 1996. However, hardly anyone opts for the subject due to low scores offered.

Before 2002, mathematics was a favourite subject among the engineering students. However, after the subject has been increased and made elaborative, now even many of the IIT students are not opting for mathematics as the subject.

These days, socio-psychology is favourite subject among the appearing candidates, he said. He further said that now the students can give interviews in regional languages.

However, the results of interviews indicate subjectivity in the selection systems. The variation in number allotted in interviews ranges up to five times.

In its report on reforms in IAS examination systems, VK Alag Committee had suggested uniformity in preliminary and mains examinations.

Though the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is talking of modernisation of examination systems, it has not taken any step for uniformity in examinations.

He also said the top students are now not opting for IAS. They now prefer corporate world to the IAS examination system.


PU regional centre starts law courses
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, June 28
Panjab University, Chandigarh, has introduced BA LLB (hons) five-year integrated course and LLB three-year professional course in Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara (Hoshiarpur) from the current session.

Vice- chancellor of Panjab University Prof R. C. Sobti stated this here today.

Prof Sobti said 75 seats, including 15 for NRIs, had been sanctioned in the above said each course and July 3, 2007 was fixed last date for submitting application forms. The entrance test would be held on July 8 and the result would be declared on July 10, 2007.

An 85-year old NRI Lajpat Rai Monger, who opened Swami Sarvanand Giri Institute of Information and Technology at Bajwara, donated the same to PU, which set up its regional centre here last year.


Four teachers invited abroad 

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
Four teachers from the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC) have been invited to present research papers in international conferences.

According to the college principal Dr T.P. Singh, professor B.S. Bhullar of the mechanical department had been invited to international conference to be held at Vancouver, Canada, from July 8 to 12.

Professor Niraj Bala of the same department has also been invited to another international conference at Detroit, Michigan, from September 16 to 20.

Professor Manpreet Kaur, would present papers at an international conference, scheduled to be held at Jeju Island in Korea from November 5 to 9. Professor Gursewak Singh Brar of the electrical department will be participating in an international conference to be held in London from July 2 to 4. — TNS


Dancing her way to glory
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
Thirteen-year-old Isha Dang, a class VIII student of Lady of Fatima Convent High School, has a knack for winning prizes through sheer talent, for she has so far won 91 prizes in different dance competitions at state, national and international level.

Isha Dang
Isha Dang

She recently won two prizes at the all-India dance competition organised by the Fyl-Fot Forum at Solan. She bagged first prize in classical kathak and folk dance categories, which saw the participation of 21 and 17 contestants, respectively, from all over India.

Minister for animal husbandry, Himachal Pradesh, Harsh Mahajan honoured the winners. She dedicates the achievement to her Guru Madam Daisy Ahluwalia.

Besides, Isha has performed in Orissa, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as well as Dubai and Singapore.

On August 15, 2005, an “Award of Honour” was given to her for her achievements by former minster Jasjit Singh Randhawa.

Besides, she was placed second in Boogie-Woogie and was among top three finalists from all over India. Her fondness for dance doesn’t end at winning prizes alone. She has done her bit for charity too. She has held three shows for deaf and dumb children and the Red Cross Society of Patiala and donated the proceeds, Rs 4.5 lakh, towards helping the needy.

The latest feather in her cap is a first prize in the semifinal round of a dance competition, “Husan Punjab Da”, organised by the Star International Cell, Chandigarh, here yesterday. She has been selected for the final round of the competition.

Ghanaur MLA Madan Lal gave away the prize to Isha on the occasion.

The final round will be held in August in Chandigarh, after auditions at Moga, Jalandhar and Nawanshahr.


Internet learning module launched
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
Internet service provider Sify Limited launched its learning module to spread awareness among common masses about the Internet here today.

Former minister Surjit Singh Kohli formally launched the programme at a ceremony at iWay’s Bindra Communication Centre, New Budha Dal Complex.

The module includes comprehensive exercises right from basics of computer and Internet, E-mailing, video and voice chat, searching and entertainment, downloading of files, railway ticket booking, etc.

A certificate will be provided to the participants at the end of the programme.

Former minister Surjit Singh Kohli at the inauguration of an Internet learning module in Patiala
Former minister Surjit Singh Kohli at the inauguration of an Internet learning module in Patiala on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


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