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Dera follower sets herself afire, dies
First woman follower to commit suicide
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Puhli (Bathinda), September 7
Paramjit Kaur (20), a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, today died after she set herself on fire under mysterious circumstances in her house located in this village.

This is the fourth incident of self-immolation by a dera follower in the past two months in this district.

Paramjit, who is the first woman follower who committed immolation, died while she was being taken to the DMC hospital, Ludhiana, from the Bathinda civil hospital. Daughter of Gurdial Singh, a mason, she set herself on fire while she was alone in her house as her parents had gone to meet someone in the village.

As flames engulfed her, she ran out of her house and stated shouting in pain. Some villagers, who were sitting in a shop located adjacent to her house, wrapped a blanket and quilt around her and doused the fire. She was taken to the civil hospital. Civil hospital sources said she suffered about 90 per cent burns.

Police sources said her statement could not be recorded. The statement of the persons who had doused the fire had been recorded.

Meanwhile, policemen in large numbers had been deployed in and around this village.


Panjwar dera chief, Satkar activists clash; 6 hurt
P K Jaiswar

Amritsar, September 7
Six persons, including an alleged a chief of a dera situated at Panjwar village in Tarn Taran, were seriously injured following an exchange of fire between dera followers and activists of the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee (GGSSC) near Jhabal.

Those injured have been identified as Sulakhan Singh, chief of the alleged Dera, who suffered bullet injury at shoulder and his followers Dilbagh Singh, Piara Singh, Karam Singh and Pal Singh, who suffered sword and blunt weapon injuries. The injured were admitted to a local private hospital. Condition of Sulakhan Singh is stated to be serious. Sarabjit Singh, who also belonged to the committee, suffered bullet injury in his legs. He was admitted to a local Civil Hospital.

According to information, the two factions clashed near sub-tehsil where armed dera followers had come for writing a few mukhtara nama (power of attorney) when the activists of the committee allegedly attacked them.

Tarn Taran district police chief P.K.Rai said a case had been registered against nine persons.

He said the committee alleged that Sulakhan Singh used to exorcize and he was called during a public meeting to give explanation. However, Baba did not turn up in the meeting, which enraged the committee activists who attacked the dera followers today.


Tribune Impact
Sale of Shamlat
Commissioner orders probe
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
The Financial Commissioner (Revenue), Punjab, has ordered an inquiry into the reported division and sale of shamlat land at a few places in the state in connivance with officials of the revenue and the panchayat departments.

Taking note of the news appearing in The Tribune Financial commissioner (Revenue) Romila Dubey has asked secretary (Rural Development and Panchayats) Satish Chandra to file an exhaustive report on the division of shamlat lands in the state and pin point the officials at whose level these decisions were taken.

Satish Chandra told The Tribune that details of numerous such cases were already with the department, which would be compiled along with the results of the survey being conducted by it.

Sources added that J.S. Brar, the then collector-cum-deputy director (Panchayat), Patiala, who had ordered for the division of shamlat land at Nagla village in Dera Bassi early this year, was suspended by the department today.

Former ADC (Development), SAS Nagar, Ajoy Sharma, had written to the secretary (Rural Development and Panchayats) that the orders issued by the collector were patently wrong. Village sarpanch Tejinder Singh had already been ordered to be suspended by the Department.

The sarpanch allegedly colluded with the other party to facilitate the division of the shamlat land.

Sources added that Jaspal Singh, Jalandhar division deputy director (panchayats), who was suspended on August 31 on corruption charges was placed under suspension again today in another case. He had reportedly ordered the distribution of shamlat land of Pandori Waraich village in Amritsar. 


Mohali Airport
Singla lauds PM, Sukhbir’s role
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Former Punjab finance minister Surinder Singla today said Mohali was all set to become a global city.

He said the clearance of the international airport project at the Prime Minister’s Office level was a welcome development and would set the pace for the development of Mohali as one of the most modern cities of the world.

Thanking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for taking personal interest in getting the airport project cleared, Singla said the state’s interest was uppermost in the Prime Minister’s mind. The Prime Minister did not bother whether the Congress or any other political party was in power in the state. He had only one thing in mind: the development of Punjab as also of all other states. “ The PM is a visionary. His effort is always to involve all in the development process of the country. The way he has cleared projects like the international airport and knowledge city for Punjab is worth applauding”, said Singla.

When told that SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal had claimed credit for the airport project at Mohali, Singla said it was true that Badal had made a contribution in this regard. He had met Praful Patel, Sharad Pawar and some other Congress ministers in this connection. “ Whereas I thank the Prime Minister for the airport project, I also appreciate the role played by Sukhbir Badal”, he said. “ In fact, I will write to the Prime Minister and Sukhbir Badal in this regard”, he said.

“ I am liberal enough to give credit to even an opposition leader if he has done something for the development of Punjab. I am prepared to appreciate any politician who is making any sort of contribution to gear up the economic growth of Punjab”, he said.

Singla said “ Sukhbir Badal belongs to the generation of young politicians and is aware of what is happening at the global level. He understands of worth of projects like airports and mono and metro rails in the modern economy. He should make efforts that benefit the people of the state”.


VAT: Mentha growers seek waiver
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Representatives of 20,000 mentha (pudina) growing farmers yesterday failed to secure any concrete assurance from the Punjab government authorities on their demand for the waiving of VAT on mentha oil.

They met revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and education minister Upinderjit Kaur, who represents an area where mentha is grown in a vast area. They also held a meeting here with Venu Parsad, excise and taxation commissioner, Punjab.

The representatives told the authorities that farmers would unload their mentha crop before the Punjab civil secretariat if 12.5 per cent VAT was not waived on mentha oil. “ We will bring tactor-trailers loaded with the crop and unload it before the secretariat building”, said Daler Singh, progressive farmer and former deputy director of the agriculture department, who has been promoting the sowing of mentha in the state. He led the representatives of mentha growers at the meetings yesterday.

As mentha oil is not covered under any VAT slab, the government is charging 12.5 per cent VAT on it.

“It is a known fact that mentha is a highly eco-friendly crop and consumes far less water as compared to paddy. Instead of promoting the growing of mentha, the government has imposed a heavy tax on its oil, making it difficult for farmers to dispose of the crop”, said Daler Singh.

He said mentha as a crop could not be sold. Oil was extracted from its plants. Most of the farmers had installed their own mentha oil extraction units because it was not a very costly affair. After extraction, the oil was sold. Dealers and agents, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, had stopped the purchase of mentha oil from Punjab because of the heavy tax imposed on it by the Badal government. Earlier, there was no problem in selling the oil.

“ If the oil is not sold, there is no use sowing this crop,” said Daler Singh. He said farmers could easily earn Rs 20,000 per acre from one crop of mentha. It was one of the best crops to break the wheat- paddy cropping pattern. Moreover, it could be inter-cropped in most of the rabi crops.“Its green manuring effect for the fixation of nitrogen in the fields is also excellent”, said Daler Singh.


Rani Channamma: The rebel of 1824
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

B.S. Rattan at the Kittur Fort.
B.S. Rattan at the Kittur Fort. — Tribune photograph

Amritsar, September 7
Some historical facts painstakingly collected by B.S. Rattan, a retired commissioner of the Income Tax Department, about Rani Channamma of Kittur might give a new twist to the Indian history. It was under Rani Channamma that the torch of liberty was lit up 33 years before the revolt of 1857.

Kittur is a small town nestling in the greens on the Bangalore-Pune highway. The retired IRS officer is busy documenting the facts. “I would have never known about her had I not been appointed election observer for Davangere in 1998, “ says a gleeful Rattan, who retired last week.

During his stay in Karnataka for nearly two months he searched every corner to gather details about her bravery. He also located chapters in school books and heard the folk songs in praise of the patriotic queen.

Rattan was so much involved with the subject that he paid many visits to Kittur.

Rani Channamma was the first head of a princely state in India to rise against the British Empire with regard to levy of cess and other British policies. The origin of the Kittur dynasty can be traced to 1585 and it was ruled for nearly 164 years. The Rani’s charismatic story relates to the rule of Mallasarja from 1782 to 1816.

Fearing that Kittur fort was strong, the British brought forces from Bombay, Madras, Belgaum and Mysore and besieged the fort from all sides. The time from October 25 to November 30, 1824, was a period of reckoning and deep deliberations for the Rani. She tried to strengthen defence, make new recruitments and called all her relatives and near ones to convey a message that it was better to die for the honour and dignity of Kittur than to surrender.

The battle of Kittur was fought on November 30, 1824. However, the forces at the disposal of the Rani were no match to the well-equipped army of the British. Moreover, the British had bought some traitors from the Channamma forces who even tampered with the gun powder. On December 3, 1824, the British attacked the fort and it took them 24 hours to effect a breach. On December 5, 1824, the British conquered Kittur.

The Rani died on February 2, 1829.


No one to take care of Wasti Ram’s shrine

Lahore, September 7
The shrine of Wasti Ram, a spiritual guru of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which was demolished in 1992 by a Muslim mob, still lies unattended outside the Lahore Fort.

According to a Punjab Archaeology Department official, the Federal Archaeology Department had handed over the fort to the former, but the shrine was not part of the deal. Punjab Archaeology Department director-general Muhammad Shahbaz Khan said local Hindus had written to both departments to restore the shrine, but the preservation process was yet to take off.

A plan of the project had been prepared, but the Punjab government had to allocate funds for the same, Khan said.

A federal representative said there were two and not one shrine outside the walls of the fort. One shrine was that of Wasti Ram and the other of Jhenga Shah Suhtra.

The federal curator at the fort, Afzal Khan, described Wasti Ram as a spiritual leader of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and added that there had always been a caretaker of the shrine before it was attacked in 1992. The shrine was built in 19th century.

Khan said: “We want impartial Hindus to take over the shrine.” — ANI


No reception for latecomer Sukhbir
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Kanjhla (Sangrur), September 7
Former Sherpur MLA Gobind Singh Kanjhl while interacting with mediapersons at his Manav Kalyan Kendra here today could not stop himself from expressing resentment against the dignitaries who failed to turn up for attending the death anniversary of his wife Mukhtiar Kaur Kanjhla at the local Gurdwara Jhirra Sahib.

Those who “failed” to turn up were Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SAD acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal, three Cabinet ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, Gulzar Singh Ranike and Chaudhary Swarna Ram. Baldev Singh Mann, Gaganjit Singh Barnala, Malkeet Singh Keetu and Ranjit Singh Ballian, all former MLAs, attended the function.

However, Sukhbir Badal along with SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra reached the kendra at 4 p.m. Both of them entered the room in which Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Baldev Singh Mann, Gaganjeet Singh Barnala and Ranjit Singh Ballian were sitting and held a closed-door meeting for 40 minutes.

Kanjhla said when Badal and Sukhbir did not reach till 3 p.m. he decided to distribute “deg” among the sangat. He even asked mediapersons to leave before their arrival.



Relief for wife, mother of Kanwaljit

Sangrur, September 7
Sukhbir Badal today handed over Rs 5.50 lakh each to the wife Parminder Kaur and mother Malkeet Kaur of Kanwaljit Singh (who died in firing near Dera Sacha Sauda at Sunam) at the residence of the deceased at Baguana Basti, near the Police Lines here at the “antim ardas” of Kanwaljit Singh, on behalf of the SAD.

Sukhbir today also inaugurated a 66 KV grid sub-station at Ghamoor Ghat village. — TNS


Fight against female foeticide
Give information, I’ll pay fee: Chawla
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 7
Taking up cudgels against female foeticide and leading by example, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla declared today that she would pay the fees of any student who provided information about such incidents in their neighbourhood. She was in Shahkot to deliver the keynote address on the occasion of a seminar on drug de-addiction organised by the administration and students of St Manu’s Convent.

The firebrand minister said even though the government was doing its duty by creating awareness about the evil practice, she personally abhorred it and wanted to take the fight to a more personal level. That is why I am announcing that I would pay the fee of those students who inform the authorities concerned in this context. The only rider is that the information should be correct, she added.

Advising the girls to fight against any odds, she said the Constitution had granted equal rights to them but it was up to them to stand up for themselves. Today, women have broken all barriers and are working successfully even in those professions which were male bastions, she said.


Wants guilty doc booked

Amritsar, September 7
Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla and Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha have crossed swords over the question of registration of a case against Khehra Nursing Home, Valtoha, whose doctor was found “guilty” of allegedly aborting female foetuses during a surprise raid about two months ago.

The case could not be registered because the doctor is said to be a close confidant of Valtoha. Talking to The Tribune, he admitted that he had spoken to the Chief Minister for directing the police not to register any case since the doctor was “innocent.” Valtoha alleged that if the nursing home was sealed and the doctor booked it would deprive residents of about 40 villagers of proper medicare.

Civil surgeon Amrit Kaur had conducted surprise raids on nursing homes in Patti Maur and Valtoha, about two months ago, and found ultra sound machines for carrying out female foeticide. These nursing homes were neither registered for medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) nor for ultra sound. While a case was registered against a nursing home at Patti Maur, no action could be taken against the one at Valtoha despite numerous reminders to the Tarn Taran district police chief.


Repeal Land Preservation Act: Ex-forest secretary
Says govt impeding Naya Gaon’s development
Vishal Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Even as the forest department is raising a hue and cry over the need to retain the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), none other than a former forest secretary has sought repealing of the Act to check its “misuse” by interested parties.

The department, seething with anger over the Punjab advocate-general’s advice to repeal the PLPA, has drawn flak from the former forest secretary, Ravneet Kaur, for impeding Naya Gaon’s development.

Ravneet Kaur, in a rather harsh letter written to the Punjab chief secretary and the advocate-general, among others, has rued the intransigence of the forest department in sticking to its claims of entire Naya Gaon being a forest land.

“If the forest department was so keen on creating a forest in the Naya Gaon area why did it not do anything in that regard? No trees were planted in what they claim to be a forest land,” asserted Ravneet, who was forest secretary in 1997, in the letter.

Importantly, Ravneet highlighted the fact that she had, in her capacity as the forest secretary, negotiated a Rs 405-crore loan with the OECF to ensure retrospective financing for forest plantation.

Despite there being no dearth of funds, no plantation was done in areas claimed to be forests from 1997 to 2005, she emphasised in the letter. Interestingly, various surveys, including the one by the government of India, showed no trees in this area nor did the girdawaris show any tree plantation.

In a rather scathing comment on the forest department, she raised a query in the letter: “Why was the Forest Hill Golf Course allowed to fell a large number of trees planted under the Kandi project to facilitate its construction? Why did the Forest Department allow this to happen, if they were so keen on preserving the so-called fragile eco system?”

To make matters more intriguing, the forest department had, in January 2004, issued a notification closing some areas under the PLPA. According to the notification, the land that formed the inhabited areas of Naya Gaon did not fall under the areas so closed.

The former forest secretary further stated in the letter that on November 15, 2001, a notification for declaring Naya Gaon as a notified area committee (NAC) was issued. But, the notification was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and in 2005, the stay was vacated and NAC was finally notified.

The department of local self government examined the legal position before issuing the notification, but in the meanwhile the forest department started making noises about how the land was a ‘forest’ land and the NAC should not have been notified.

Significantly, Ravneet alleged that the revenue department continued to label the areas even in the inhabited zone of Naya Gaon as “closed under the PLPA” in the ‘fards’ issued by it. This amounted to serious tampering of the land records.

She further alleged that that even PUDA had been misled by the forest department as it issued demolition notices to residents who had sought regularisation of their residential premises following the modification of the Punjab Periphery Act in 2006.

“The PLPA mainly deals with the prevention of soil erosion. The forest department has stated in an affidavit filed before the apex court that due to adoption of effective soil conservation measures like bench terracing and contour bonding these areas have generally been properly stabilised and are no longer subject to accelerated soil erosion,” she stressed.


Forest policy soon: Sood
Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, September 7
The state government will soon formulate its own forest policy for which a high-level committee, under the additional principal chief conservator of forests, has been constituted whose recommendations were expected soon, minister for medical education research and forests Tikshan Sood said this while talking to mediapersons here today.

Chief parliamentary secretary Sukhpal Singh, vice-president Manjeet Singh Rai, general secretary of the state unit of the BJP Kamal Sharma,DC Bhagwant Singh and SSP D.P. Singh were present on the occasion.

The minister said the state was working under the guidelines of the National Forest Policy 1988. Per capita forest area in the state was 0.017 hectare as against the national average of 0.11 hectare. The government has planned to plant 98 lakh saplings this year under various schemes for increasing the forest area.

The department has fixed a target of supplying 40 lakh saplings to farmers at subsidised rates. Efforts were also being made to revive the wood-based industry, he added.


Kerosene scam busted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
S.P. Singh, director, food, and his team claim to have busted a kerosene scam in the border areas of Punjab following two-day raids in Amritsar.

Two dealers, Vidhya Dhar and Sons and Satgur Oils, had a clutch of ration depots attached to them. The team detected the alleged diversion of the entire quota of kerosene to the open market.

A spokesman alleged that kerosene worth crores of rupees had been diverted. The modus operandi was that the wholesale dealers would get the licences of various ration depots of their area suspended and get the quota of those depots attached to their chosen ration depots. The wholesale dealers would divert the entire quota of subsidised kerosene to the open market.

The spokesman said that during inspection it was found that the two wholesale dealers had during the past five months allegedly diverted 2,18,000 litres of kerosene to the open market, pocketing Rs 22 lakh of profit besides denying kerosene to lakhs of actual beneficiaries. The subsidised rate of kerosene is Rs 9.40 per litre whereas it is sold in the open market at Rs 22 per litre.

The director found that kerosene was being supplied to fictitious depot holders without signatures and on the forged signatures of actual depot holders.

The food and supplies inspector concerned of the department had been placed under suspension.

Transport agreement

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh today signed a fresh agreement to encourage long distance inter-state transport of passengers and goods between the two states.

The agreement was signed by principal secretary, transport, D.S. Jaspal for Punjab and Abhey Shukla, additional chief secretary, Himachal Pradesh.


Villagers block traffic over ‘murder’
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, September 7
Irate over the alleged murder of Raghubir Sharma (22) residents of Tharial village blocked the Pathankot-Jammu highway on the Ravi bridge at Madhopur, near here, today. They staged a dharna on the Ravi bridge, thus disrupting the vehicular traffic for over two hours.

The family members identified the body and took it to the village. From there the villagers carried the body to Madhopur and disrupted the traffic by placing the body in the middle of the highway. They were demanding the immediate arrest of Vicky's master, Dildar Singh, owner of a transport company located on the Pathankot-Jammu highway at Lakhanpur barrier.

The body of Raghubir Singh was found from the UBDC canal yesterday evening. The traffic was restored after the Pathankot SDM Manshvi Kumar assured the protester that the suspect would be arrested by tomorrow.


Villagers jam traffic
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 7
Hundreds of residents of Jeeda, Khemuana and Jandawala villages of this district jammed vehicular traffic on the Bathinda-Kotkapura main road today for about two hours to lodge their protest against the move of state government to include their villages in the neighbouring Faridkot district.

Residents jammed the traffic when they came to know that their villages would be included into Faridkot district forcibly by the Punjab government despite the fact that they had passed a resolution that they would remain in Bathinda district.

They said a few days ago the authorities concerned had asked the panchayats of these villages to give their consent if they wanted to go to Faridkot district. All panchayats had expressed categorically that they did not want to include their villages in the revenue limits of Faridkot district.

They added that they came on the main road today when someone informed them that senior officials of Bathinda and Faridkot districts had been holding a meeting at Chandigarh today to include these three villages in Faridkot district.

Later, the protestors submitted a memorandum to Upjeet Singh Brar, ADC (General), in this connection.

Brar, while stating that as per his knowledge there was no move for the transfer of the villages of Bathinda district to Faridkot district, said the memorandum submitted by the protestors would be sent to Punjab government.


Youth Congress flays lathi charge on teachers
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 7
The Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress has condemned the lathi charge on teachers who were holding protests in support of their demands on Teachers’ Day.

In a statement here today, president of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Vijay Inder Singla said it was unfortunate to note that brutal force was used against the teachers on Teachers’ Day. He said the teachers played an vital role in shaping our society and it was quite shameful on the part of the state government to use force against them.

Singla said whenever during the Congress regime such an incident occurred, Sukhbir Badal and other Akali leaders were quick to target the Congress. However, the Akalis were now keeping mum on the incident and not even a single leader had come forward to express their dismay over the incident.

He said the state government should apologise to the teachers and ensure that no such incident happens in future.


‘Kaajal’ manhandled

Banur, September 7
Famous television star Chahat Khanna who plays the lead role in TV serial “Kaajal” was pushed around by a group of hooligans at Mauli village here today. The star is here for shooting.

Talking to The Tribune, she said her crew had been shooting in the city for the past three days. Today, while the shooting was on, a group of local lads started creating a nuisance at the location.

“I was cornered by the hooligans, who tried to manhandle me. I rushed into the vanity van parked nearby and locked myself in,” she said. The hooligans continued to bang at van door, using foul language and making vulgar gestures. — TNS


Excise scam: Remand of touts extended
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 7
The Civil Court (Junior Division) today extended the police remand of Sanjeev Kumar and Nalini Chopra, the two alleged touts working in connivance with the excise department, till tomorrow. The two were nabbed after the Vigilance Bureau unearthed a nexus between them and a few senior officials of the excise department.

Advocate Satnam Singh Kler appeared on behalf of Sanjeev Kumar and Nalini Chopra. Earlier, the bureau officials had found that they were using fake bills of five firms for taking steel, iron ore, grocery and plastic goods across the state excise and taxation barriers. Significantly, they had also taken the names of at least 32 senior officials of the excise and taxation department who were involved in the scam. 


High Court
Notice to Punjab on Ranbaxy plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
A division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued notice of motion to Punjab, Ropar Improvement Trust and principal secretary, local bodies, on a petition by Ranbaxy Laboratories limited.

The petitioner-company had sought directions to quash the impugned orders, dated June 18,2007, and November 25,2003, whereby the allotment of a site, located in Ropar, to the company had been cancelled and the company was asked to deposit a huge sum towards non-construction fee.

Ranbaxy was alloted the site at Giani Zail Singh Nagar in Ropar on May 3,1989, by the improvement trust on various terms and conditions regarding the completion of construction within stipulated time.The adminstrator of the trust, vide order dated June 18,2007, cancelled the allotment of site citing non-construction by the petitioner-company.

The company also sought directions to prohibit respondents from charging the extension fee and further seeking the respondents to sign a conveyance deed in favour of the company. The company also sought stay on dispossession along with the stay on operation of impugned orders.

The petitioner-company further prayed that the respondents, after approving the building plans in accordance with the law, should permit the petitioner to undertake construction on the land in question. 


ASI sent to judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Kharar, September 7
A wireless operator with the Kharar police, ASI Balwinder Singh, who was arrested for raping a Manali-based girl, has been sent on 14 days of judicial remand. The court of judicial magistrate Mewa Singh sent him to judicial custody today.

The police also got the medical examination of the victim conducted at the Kharar Civil Hospital. The samples would be sent to laboratory for verification of rape. The girl’s statement was also recorded at the courts.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Mohali SSP, R.S. Khattra, had got ASI Balwinder Singh arrested and sent Kharar city SHO Palwinder Singh to the police lines in the case of rape of a girl. While Balwinder had allegedly raped the girl, Palwinder was sent to the police lines for dereliction of duty.


New chiefs of grievance panels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Punjab government today notified the names of chairmen of district grievances redressal committees by repealing the earlier notification. According to the new notification, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chairman of district grievances redressal committee of Ludhiana.

Others chairmen of the district grievances committees are: Manoranjan Kalia - Amritsar; Lakshmi Kanta Chawla - Kapurthala; Manpreet Singh Badal-Ferozepur; Capt Kanwaljit Singh - Jalandhar; Tikshan Sood- Gurdaspur; Ajit Singh Kohar -Mukatsar; Janmeja Singh Sekhon-Patiala; Upinderjit Kaur -Sangrur; Sucha Singh Langah -Faridkot; Bikram Singh Majithia-Bathinda; Swarna Ram -Ropar; Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon -Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib; Parminder Singh Dhindsa -Nawanshahar and Barnala; Gulzar Singh Ranike -Mansa; Ranjit Singh Brahampura -Hoshiarpur; Master Mohan Lal - Moga and Hira Singh Gabria - Tarn Taran.


State tops NCERT talent exam
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 7
Punjab students dominate the NCERT’s national talent search examination held recently, the result of which was declared today.

Director, state institute of science education, Sadhu Singh Randhawa, said of the 1,000 students of class X who appeared from across the country, 55 of the 79 selected hailed from Punjab. He said Punjab was allotted a quota of 25 and managed to gain 30 more places because of better result.

He said Amritsar excelled in the talent search by getting four top positions, of which three were from DAV Public School - Ravi Sharma, Dhruv Sharma, Ashima Kalah. The fourth student, Varjit Walia, was from Senior Study School. Randhawa said students did exceedingly well in the class VIII talent search examination also. He said 39 were selected against the quota of 23. 


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