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Cong ex-minister’s kin in spot over illegal colony
Bipin Bhardwaj/
ribune News Service

Pathankot, September 1
Taking notice of a news of illegal construction of a housing colony,Victoria Estate, by the kin of a former Congress minister at Pangoli village in The Tribune on August 9, the secretary, Housing and Urban Development, has ordered an inquiry in it .

The secretary in his order to the district town planner, Gurdaspur, has asked him to survey the construction going on at the site in violation of the norms. The DTP has also been asked to submit a comprehensive repot on it.

M.L. Kaushal, DTP, said he had already written to the colonisers warning them to stop construction at the site after the news appeared in these columns.

The DTP said action would be taken against the colonisers if found violating norms.

Inquiries by The Tribune revealed that the colonisers had approached the executive engineer of the Punjab Public Works Department (Building and Roads), Pathankot, and the Punjab Pollution Control Board for seeking necessary permission. The PWD authorities have, however, denied permission saying the permission for access to the housing colony could be given only if the competent authorities,either PUDA or the local office of the district town and country planing, represented the case.

Executive engineer of the Pollution Control Board, Batala, A.K. Kalsi said the coloniser had sought clearance a couple of days ago. The no-objection certificate would only be given after proper inspection of the site.

Enjoying political patronage, the coloniser had started developing a housing colony by flouting the Indian Forest Conservation Act, the Indian Forest Act and the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), Act, 1995, besides the Punjab PWD Act under the very nose of the authorities concerned with impunity. 


Unregulated HIV Testing
NACO policy tells private labs to get certified
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
The health ministry and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) have framed a landmark policy, asking private labs across India to get NACO certification if they want to conduct HIV testing as per national guidelines.

Till now, private HIV testing has been going on unregulated, often to the detriment of patient’s health and social status.

Recently, a private lab at Jalandhar declared an HIV negative person positive. The latter discovered his real status from a government-run integrated counselling and testing centre (ICTC).

But now, private labs wanting to conduct HIV testing will have to apply to NACO for certification which will be granted after on-site inspection to see if the lab has basic facilities and if it can honour the issues of confidentiality and informed consent.

Subject to these conditions, the lab will have to sign MoU with the local State AIDS Control Society (SACS) if it wants to validate its HIV testing facility.

The policy adds that private labs can be blacklisted by ministries of health, home and external affairs if they breach the MoU, which will have to be renewed annually.

NACO’s decision follows massive unregulated HIV testing by private labs that are flouting national standards of repeating HIV positive test with two different kits before declaring a person’s positive status.

Often they conduct a single test, which is a screening test. If positive, it has to be confirmed with two more tests. However, easy availability of rapid HIV test kits is causing many private labs to indulge in HIV testing without bothering for a person’s consent or offering him pre or post-test counselling.

By its latest policy, to be implemented under National AIDS Control Policy III (NACP III), NACO has sent out a clear signal to private labs flouting guidelines on HIV testing. Once the AIDS Act is implemented, such labs will have to face penal action. Till then, the policy will discipline labs which have even been, reportedly, conducting pre-operative HIV testing without informing patients.

A highly placed source in NACO explains: “Informed consent is a fundamental right. Moreover, HIV test is not like other medical tests conducted to determine treatment. HIV has no treatment. Therefore, HIV testing can’t be done without a person’s consent because it can expose him to stigma.”

Several private labs have, however, been ignoring ethical issues but they will be in trouble once the AIDS Act, Laboratory Act and Private Nursing Home Act are implemented.

These acts will provide for penal action against erring labs. NACO has now given such labs an option of falling in line. In NACP III, NACO is planning to encourage access to HIV testing by involving disciplined private labs in a big way.

The basic conditions they will have to fulfil for NACO certification include facilities for screening test and two confirmatory tests, commitment to issues of informed consent, counselling and confidentiality.

The consent, says NACO document, must be taken in writing. The document, which has been circulated to SACS across India, adds that lab inspection will be done by a team led by a microbiologist from National Reference Lab (AIIMS in case of north India) who will report to NACO. Certificate will be given if his report is favourable.


2 killed, 1 hurt in gurdwara clash
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Ajnala, September 1
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured in a violent clash over the control of a gurdwara at Issapur village under Ajnala sub-division, around 30 km from Amritsar, yesterday.

The problem started when the village panchayat, led by Charanjit Singh, approached the local police to dislodge Baba Lal Singh, caretaker of Gurdwara Wadhawa Singh. He was accused of calling over his “anti-social” friends to the gurdwara, which was disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the village.

Despite his stiff resistance, Baba Lal Singh was replaced by angry villagers. However, around 12.30 am, Baba Lal Singh decided to take revenge from the villagers and forcibly took control of the gurdwara. He took the help of his accomplices, who converged on the village in jeeps and cars armed with guns and pistols. In the melee that ensued, local villagers started pelting stones at them.

The Baba, along with his associates, opened fire due to which two persons died on the spot, while one sustained serious injuries. The dead have been identified as Swaroop Singh and Harpreet Singh. The injured, Hartej Singh, has been admitted to a private hospital.

Village sarpanch Charanjit Singh said Baba Lal Singh had been brought to the gurdwara by the villagers themselves, but lately there were reports of his being involved in anti-social activities.The panchayat had been receiving complaints from the locals.

In view of this, the panchayat decided to replace him and appoint another caretaker for the gurdwara by taking help from the police. However, instead of accepting the verdict of the people, Baba Lal Singh waged a war on the village by firing on innocent villagers, he said.

According to the police, Swaroop Singh was standing on the roof of his house next to the langar hall of the gurdwara when he was fired upon and Harpreet Singh was hit by a bullet in his head when he was pelting stones at Baba Lal Singh from the roof of the gurdwara.

When contacted, SP (D) Amrik Singh said a case had been registered against the Baba and 18 others under Sections 302, 307, 506, 148 and 149, IPC, and the Arms Act for the attack. He said investigations were on and the police teams had been sent to arrest Baba Lal Singh.


Granthis’ interview put off 
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 1
The SGPC has once again postponed Golden Temple’s granthis interview, following differences between the SGPC president and the Akal Takht Jathedar.

The Jathedars of Takht Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib had also reportedly expressed their objections over the proposed SGPC’s move to appoint two NRI Sikh missionaries as granthis of Golden Temple. The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has also opposed the SGPC’s move.

In a late evening telephonic message, Daljit Singh Bedi, SGPC assistant secretary, said the interview had been postponed without assigning any reason.

Giani Gurbax Singh Gulshan, a UK citizen, was among the frontrunner for the post of the Sikh high priest.

In all, four granthis were to be appointed during two-day interview, proposed to start from September 3.

Talking to The Tribune, Giani Gulshan rebutted the charges that he had any links with the excommunicated Sikh, Gurbax Singh Kala Afghana, as alleged by the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO). He said if IHRO failed to tender unconditional apology within 24 hours he would file a defamation suit in India and the United Kingdom.

Answering a question, Giani Gulshan said SGPC chief Jathedar Avtar Singh had personally invited him to accept the granthi’s post, which he considered a great honour.

On the other hand, Giani Jagtar Singh Yajak said he was not in the race for the post of Golden Temple granthi. Replying a question, Giani Yajak said the five Sikh high priests had already accepted his clarification regarding his connections with Afghana. 


Cong MLAs to take on CM in Malwa 
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 1
A few Congress MLAs have decided to hold a series of rallies to be addressed by Amarinder Singh, his wife Preneet Kaur and their son, Raninder Singh, to effectively take on the SAD-BJP combine in Malwa belt.

Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Makhan Singh, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Mangat Rai, MLAs from Nathana, Pakka Kalan, Rampura Phul and Budhlada assembly segments, respectively, had decided to hold rallies to mark the beginning of a formal agitation against the alleged misdeeds of the government led by Parkash Singh Badal.

These MLAs have invited state Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo and Leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to attend and address the rallies without taking prior permission from them.

Bhatti will hold a rally in the Nathana assembly segment on September 9, Makhan Singh will hold a rally in Pakka Kalan assembly segment on September 10 while Kangar will hold a rally in the Rampura Phul assembly segment on September 12.

Dullo said he was not aware that the Congress MLAs had decided to hold rallies in the Malwa region.


MC chief’s election postponed
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 1
The SAD-BJP alliance today reportedly got the elections to the posts of president, senior vice-president and vice-president of the local municipal council, which was to be held tomorrow, postponed.

It is alleged that under pressure from the ruling party convener of these elections-cum-DTO postponed the same till further orders on the plea of a report on law and order situation from the Police Department.

There are two versions on the postponement of these elections. First, no consensus was reached on the candidate for the post of president selected by PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa. Secondly, in the House of 19 councillors the SAD-BJP alliance has only five to seven with it. Under these circumstances the defeat of the ruling alliance was almost certain.Dhindsa claimed that he had not declared any name for the post of president. However, he said some Congress MCs were now with them and the president of the council would be elected with consensus soon.

Talking to The Tribune Rajinder Deepa claimed that majority of the councillors were with him.



Revocation of toll unlikely, says Badal
Tribune News Service

Daulatpur (Nawanshahr), September 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while blaming the previous Congress government for tying up with a private firm for imposing toll tax at two barricades on the Phagwara-Ropar highway said today that the revocation of such an agreement was unlikely.

Even though the Chief Minister did not specify as to when the toll tax would be levied, he simply said the decision was “irreversible due to mistakes committed by the previous government.” He said this while interacting with media persons during his visit to the memorial of Babbar Akali Movement pioneer Karam Singh at his native Daulatpur village on the occasion of his 84th death anniversary today.

Over the issue of rat-infested wheat reaching beneficiaries of kanak -dal scheme at Khanna, he said he was yet to verify the repot that appeared in some newspapers. Asked about reports on deducting government employees’ one days salary for the kanak-dal scheme, he said it was completely baseless.

Badal announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for a trust named after Karam Singh for developing schools and other infrastructure. He also asked Phillaur MP Charanjit Singh Atwal and the Lok Sabha’s deputy speaker to allocate Rs 3 lakh from their MPLAD funds.

Meanwhile, a large number of students and teachers from nearby government schools were told to reach the venue to fill the space in the tent, thus disrupting their studies. 


Refinery to be major petrochemical hub 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Limted (GGSRL) at Bathinda would be developed as one of the major petrochemical hubs in Asia. A consensus along this line emerged in the meeting between Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and a team of experts and officials from HPCL and Mittal Energy Investments Limited.

An 18-member team of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), led by its chairman and MD Arun Balakrishanan and Sudhir Maheshwari of Mittal Energy Investments Limited apprised Badal of the project’s status. The core issues at today’s meeting was to discuss the salient features of Guru Gobind Singh refinery, pace of its implementation and likely date of its commissioning (December 2010). The refinery is being built up on EURO IV product specification with captive power plant of 110 MWs and crude oil pipeline from Mundra (Gujarat) to Bathinda with single plant mooring (SPM) and crude oil terminal at Mundra.

This 9 million tonnes refinery at Bathinda with an investment worth Rs 18,000 crore would usher in an era of overall development and prosperity in the area, said Badal, who presided over the meeting held here today.

Later, chief secretary R.I.Singh along with representatives of HPCL, Mittal Group and administrative secretaries reviewed the entire project.

Financial help for scribe’s kin

While expressing sympathies with the bereaved family of late Narinder Singh Bhullar, chief sub-editor, Punjabi Tribune, who had recently died in a road accident, the state government has extended a financial help of Rs 2 lakh. to them.

A government spokesman said media advisor Harcharan Bains on behalf of the Chief Minister handed over a cheque worth Rs 2 lakh Bhullar’s widow today. Secretary information and public relations Jagjit Puri and news editor of Punjabi Tribune Surinder Singh Tej were also present on the occasion.

150th anniversary

The Chief Minister today urged the Central government to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Satguru Ram Singh at the national level. He, however, asked the Namdharis not to confine Satguru Ram Singh's contribution towards the freedom struggle to a particular sect or religion. Presiding over the meeting for the state-level celebrations for Satguru’s 150th anniversary, Badal said the state government would celebrate it in a befitting manner keeping in view the Kuka movement’s unparalled contribution towards the freedom struggle.


Alexander faced defeat here
Remnants of 2,300-yr-old fort to see light
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Bundala (Amritsar), September 1
The excavation work to retrieve the remnants of the 2,300-year-old fort of Kath tribes, which once lived in this village and defeated Alexander, would be started soon. The residents of this village had not allowed Alexander to cross the Beas.

The village - full of ancient and dilapidated structures - speaks volumes about the antiquity of the place. However, due to apathy of all concerned, the magnificent fort got buried under earth and villagers started constructing their houses there. It was a chance recovery of a 12x200x25 wall, believed to be of the fort, by Karm Singh. Since he did not know the historical significance of the place, he stopped further digging and decided to start construction of his residence there after filling up the trench. The villagers also found an old underground water channel on which now many houses had been constructed.

The onslaught of modernity has never been more visible than in this village. Many magnificent buildings which once flourished has now almost disappeared. Hardly anyone is bothered about the preservation of ancient toys and earthen utensils.

Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, who visited the village along with NGO members Dev Dard and Talwinder Singh, was surprised to see the ancient buildings where the archaeologists had found traces of Mahabharta and Ramayana periods. Dev claimed that he had found grey and black pottery, which was found during the exaction work at Kurukshetra.

The deputy commissioner, however, assured the villagers that adequate compensation would be given to those whose houses would be demolished to carry out excavation work.

Punjabi writer Manmohan Bawa has already mentioned the defeat of Alexandra at this village.? The ancient name of the village was “Jundala”.

The village is also inhabited by Naths - the descendants of Gorakh Nath. These ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery. The village is dominated by Hundal Jats. The Hundals are said to be descendants of Baba Handal.


Sachewal for mass campaign to clean rivers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 1
Baba Balbir Singh Sachewal known for cleaning the Kali Bein rivulet in Kapurthala district, yesterday, urged people to take campaign of reducing pollution in rivers at the mass level.

He was here to address a program organised by the Punjab Eco friendly association on global warming at Kala Bhavan in Punjabi University yesterday.

While addressing the gathering, Baba Balbir Singh Sachewal, said the drinking water would become a commodity because of increasing pollution in rivers. People are suffering from cancer after drinking polluted water. There is an urgent need to take up the campaign of cleaning the rivers from industrial pollution at war level, he said.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for cooperatives, who was also present at the function said his department has floated a scheme for proper disposal of sewerage to villagers. The cooperative banks would give loans to farmers for installing equipment to use sewerage water for irrigating their fields.

The minister also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for Punjab eco friendly organisation.


Nagar Kirtan organised
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 1
Devotees today participated in the nagar kirtan (religious procession), held to mark the 403rd year of installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple here.

Starting after an Ardas at Ramsar Sahib gurdwara, the nagar kirtan was led by Panj Piaras (five beloved ones). The procession marched towards the Golden Temple with Sri Guru Granth Sahib carried in a golden palanquin. It passed through various bazaars of walled city, including Ramsar Road, Chowk Krori, Chowk Baba Sahib and Gurdwara Baba Atal, which was decorated with flowers.

Ramsar Sahib gurdwara is the place where the fifth Sikh Master Sri Guru Arjan dev compiled the Holy Scripture from Bhai Gurdas 401 years ago. The Guru also got a sSarovar built in the compound of the gurdwara in the name of his father Guru Ram Das. This is the place where fifth Sikh Guru wrote Sukhmani Sahib. 


DGP calls on Akal Takht Jathedar
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 1
N. P. S. Aulakh, director- general Punjab Police today held a meeting with Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht here in the evening.

However, what transpired between the two could not be ascertained. According to sources, the DGP was in the city for the forthcoming likely visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to celebrate Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary at Wagah later this month.

However, this could not be confirmed till the filing of the report. 


Tree plantation project by Rotary Club

Patiala, September 1
Rotary Club Patiala Mid-Town celebrated its third “Tree Plantation Project” at Majithia Enclave, here yesterday.

Ravi Singh, state commissioner information was the chief guest on this occasion. In this plantation drive 75 decorative plants which were donated by Rtn Devinder Thind were planted in the Majithia Enclave.

The president of the club Sudershan Bedi requested the residents of the Majithia Enclave to look after these plants like their babies as they need love and care. Chief guest Ravi Singh applauded the efforts of the club. — TNS


CM disappoints sportsmen

Gurdaspur, September 1
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal disappointed a large number sportsmen and spectators when he brushed aside the idea of meeting the players during the historical Chhinj Mela organised at Babehali village,near here. Badal had gone there to attend the valedictory function of the two-day sports event.

Firstly, he reached the venue almost an hour late and then brushed aside the idea of meeting the sportsmen who had come from all over the state to take part in competitions like wrestling, kabaddi, races, weight lifting, tug-of-war and some other rural sports.

The Chief Minister committed a faux pas when he said the SAD-BJP combine had bagged all nine seats in the district. The actual number of Assembly constituencies in the district happens to be 11. He also announced renaming of the stadium after Mohinder Singh Babehali. He also announced Rs 5 lakh for the committee and Rs 2 lakh for upgrading the stadium. — TNS


Punjab scientist gets Kidwai award
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 1
V.N. Sharda of Punjab and director, Central Soil and Water Conservation, Research and Training Institute, Dehra Dun, has been given the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research in the field of engineering and technology for 2005-06.

He is the first scientist from the region to get the prestigious award that carries a citation, plaque and Rs 3 lakh. Sharda has developed models for helping soil conservation in hilly areas like the Shivalik ranges in Punjab.

The research conducted by him has said that terracing was a better alternative to raising bundhs for soil conservation in hilly areas. The suggestion has been sent by the institute to the agriculture departments of all states.

The suggestions, if implemented, could help in soil conservation in the Shivaliks that was the fastest decaying eco-system in the state, he said.

He belongs of Nurpur Bedi in Ropar district. He did his PhD from the PAU and bagged the Jawaharlal Nehru award for best thesis in agriculture engineering.

He is also a recipient of the prestigious Full Bright Senior Post Doctoral Research Scholarship of the United Nations information agency in environmental studies.


BKU demonstration for hike in paddy price
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) will demonstrate in Delhi on September 7 to seek paddy price increased to Rs 1,040 per quintal.

A meeting of the BKU, under the chairmanship of president Balbir Singh Rajewal, decided to this effect. He said the government had pegged the minimum support price of paddy at Rs 675 per quintal and Rs 40 per quintal would be given as bonus. He termed it a joke with farmers to fix the price at this level.

He said the BKU would urge the union government to raise the MSP to Rs 1,040 per quintal. The BKU would also urge for the clearance of the dues of Punjab farmers from whom the Food Corporation of India had bought wheat at Rs 850 per quintal, whereas wheat was being imported from abroad at a price above Rs 1,700 per quintal. He said the difference between the price at which it was procured from farmers and other states and at which it was being imported from abroad should be paid to all farmers.

He said the FCI caused a loss of Rs 5,368 crore to Punjab farmers by procuring wheat from them at Rs 850 per quintal when it was paying Rs 1,700 per quintal for the wheat being imported. He said the union government was more keening on serving the interest of other countries.


Levying of tax spells trouble for mentha growers
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Owing to Punjab government's indifferent attitude towards them, 20,000 growers of mentha crop in the state are in trouble. No one is ready to lift their mentha oil stocks as the Taxation Department has started imposing tax on vehicles carrying the oil from Punjab to other states.

A spokesman for the Mentha Growers Association said here yesterday, that dealers and their agents from Uttar Pradesh and other states had stopped lifting the mentha oil from Punjab because the department had been detaining their vehicles at various exit points to collect tax.

One farmer, who himself was taking an oil consignment worth Rs 6 lakh to Uttar Pradesh, had to pay a tax of Rs 3.5 lakh at a check point in Patiala district. However, as agents refused to lift the stock, he himself tried to sell it in UP.

As part of diversification in agriculture, a large number of farmers in Ludhiana, Moga, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar and Ropar districts had started growing mentha. By growing mentha as an inter-crop, farmers have been making an additional income from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 per acre.

However, mentha could not be sold as green crop. For marketing purpose, the farmers have to extract oil and sell it to dealers through agents based in UP, which is the leading state in the mentha oil production. The oil is used to prepare herbal medicines, etc.

"We faced no problem in selling the oil during the previous government," said another farmer. The spokesman said the Uttar Pradesh government was not charging any tax on the mentha oil.


Rights panel seeks report on police lock-ups
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 1
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed the DGP, Prisons, DGP, Punjab, and principal secretary, Home, to file a reply on the status of police lock-ups where undertrails are kept during police custody.

The order has been issued on the petition of Gurjit Singh. He alleged that lock-ups in police stations where prisoners are kept during police custody are unfit to lodge even stray cattle.

Generally, four to five prisoners were huddled together into a small cell, walls of which are damp with the plaster peeling off. The prisoners are given tattered mats to sleep on that generally stink and are infested with bugs and mites.

The commission has also directed the officials concerned to take action in this matter. Gurjeet, an advocate, said he moved the petition after going through the reports about the dingy conditions in which B.I.S. Chahal was kept.


Undertrial commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 1
Jawala Singh, who had been facing trial in a murder case registered against him in Mansa district and was lodged in the Central Jail here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a water pipe in the day-time latrine adjacent to his barrack here today morning.

Jawala Singh (35) had allegedly murdered Major Singh at Kulrian village of Mansa district in a dispute over 1 kanal land. A case was registered against him at Bareta police station on March 14, and he was lodged in the jail since March 23. 


Quack arrested 
Tribune News Service

Kharar, September 1
The Kharar police has arrested a quack from Hasanpur village. Jaspal Singh, a resident of Morinda, has been practicing in the village for past two years. Besides giving medication to people, he also sold allopathic medicines.

On receiving information, police conducted raid under SHO Chand Singh and arrested Jaspal on Thursday afternoon. Preliminary investigations show that Jaspal has got no document to prove that he had ever studied medicine.

Police has booked him under Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act and under Section 420, IPC. 


Sukhbir urges PM to allocate IIT, IIM to state
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September1
Working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allocate a central university to Punjab or set up an institute of technology or an institute of management in the state.

Sukhbir said an institute of technology (IIT) and an institute of management (IIM) had become imperative as access to higher education in Punjab’s rural areas was low compared to many other states in the country.

Punjab did not have even a single institution of excellence, he added.

In another development, he yesterday urged NDA convener George Fernandes to convene an emergency meeting of the alliance following racist acts against the Sikh community in several parts of Europe and the USA.

In a letter to Fernandes, Sukhbir said, “A new turban screening procedure put in place in the USA had deeply pained and angered the Sikhs”.He said, “The ‘war on terror’ was targeting communities that look different. In a way it legitimises racist prejudices. It is becoming quiet vicious”.

He called for a tough and clear stand on the issue to restore confidence of the Sikh masses.

The SAD working president had earlier taken up the issue of racist bias against the Sikhs with the Canadian authorities through their High Commission in New Delhi.


Body of missing Thapar student found
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 1
The body of Thapar college student Taranveer Khurana, who went missing on August 25, was recovered from the Nirwana branch of the Bhakra main line canal in Haryana today. The body was brought to Patiala for postmortem.

According to the police, the reasons of Taranveer’s death can be ascertained only after the postmortem and chemical examination of viscera is done.

Taranveer was travelling to Chandigarh along with his three friends, all from Thapar, in a Maruti car on August 25. Their car met with an accident near Rajpura. While his friends received injuries in the accident, Taranveer went missing.

A case of abduction was registered against Taranveer’s friends, who were accompanying him.

The police is working on two theories. It is apprehending that either Taranveer died in the accident and was thrown into the canal by his friends in panic or he fell into the canal due to the impact of the accident.


Pbi Varsity Clash 
Students give cops the slip
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 1
The three students accused in the clash on the main gate of Punjabi University here have run away from the Rajindra government hospital right under the eyes of cops.

The students Rajvinder Singh Dhanola, Jatinder Pal and Gurdir Guri were admitted in the hospital after they received injuries due to .12 bore bullet shots fired by the opposite party. However, the sources said that yesterday evening they eloped from the hospital despite the fact that cops were deputed to prevent them from doing so.

The police has registered a case under Sections 307 of the IPC against six identified and many other unidentified students were allegedly involved in the clash. While the three were arrested the other three were admitted in hospital.

Till the filing of this report the police had not taken any action against the cops who were deputed to keep guard on the students admitted in the hospital.


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