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Khadoor Sahib to get thermal plant first 
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Khadoor Sahib (Tarn Taran),September 18
Underlining the need for planned development, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said here today that detailed micro planning at the block level would be taken up for by the state government. For this, teams of officials would be sent throughout Punjab to get relevant data about the missing infrastructure.

“A project was assigned to Guru Nanak Dev University (GND varsity), Amritsar, to develop a plan for the Valtoha block of Amritsar district. The project report has come but the committee of secretaries of different departments has suggested certain modifications in the plan, which are being included.

A complete master plan for the entire state will be made in six months,” said Badal, while interacting with mediapersons after addressing a public meeting organised on Gurgaddi Divas of Guru Angad Dev.

“In countries like Japan, planning for the next 100 years is done and during my visit there I was surprised to find that the Japanese government had made plans on how underwater houses will be made in the next century. We also need to think ahead with a larger perspective for balanced development of the state,” he said.

Rubbishing allegations of political vendetta against the Opposition, Badal said the use of words like “vendetta” seemed to have become a trend. “Even in the case of Capt Amarinder Singh, it was the media which had brought up the issue of Ludhiana City Centre scam, forcing him to appoint his confidants in the Vigilance department to carry out an inquiry. The report had pointed out bungling of Rs 1,500 crore and highlighted the need for a detailed probe. So, it was all initiated during the Congress regime,” he said.

“The SAD-BJP government believes in the rule of law and there is no victimisation. Even the case against Congress MLA from Beas Jasbir singh Dimpa was registered before the elections,” said Badal.

The Chief Minister ruled out the possibility of the imposition of POTA in Punjab because it had no relevance as people were firmly against militancy and had strong belief in communal harmony, brotherhood, peace and prosperity.

Badal added that Punjab had been contributing enormously to the granary of the country and this had taken its toll on the underground water table and mineral value of soil. “I have taken up the matter with the union agriculture minister that the Punjab should be given financial aid to replenish there resources considering the share of Punjab in national agricultural produce,” he said.

Earlier, speaking for the dias, Badal promised the setting up of a school in every block for imparting quality education to students from the weaker sections of society. He asked appealed to villagers to contribute for water supply and sewerage schemes of the World Bank, which require that a percentage of the funds (10 per cent for water supply and 2.5 per cent for sewerage schemes) have to be mobilised by the locals.

Sukhbir Badal, acting SAD president, promised to make Punjab power-surplus in the next three years. 


Cong leaders absent at Khadoor Sahib mela
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, September 18
Leaders like former CM Amarinder Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Shamsher Singh Dullo and others were conspicuous by their absence at the political conference organised on the occasion of the annual mela to commemorate the installation of Guru Angad Dev at Khadoor Sahib, 24 km from here, today.

The conference was presided over by Tarsem Singh, former deputy commissioner, Income Tax, while Rana Gurjit Singh, MP, was the chief guest.

Rana said the SAD-BJP government had lost its popularity and had failed to fulfil its promises made before the elections. Sukhbarinder Singh, MLA from Rajasansi, was among others who spoke on the occasion. The MP on the absence of top party leaders at the conference said all leaders had gone to Delhi as the successor to Dullo was going to be finalised by the party’s national leadership.

Jagroop, state secretary of the CPI said by signing the 123 N-deal the Manmohan Singh government had put the souvergnity of the country at stake.


Shaheed Bhagat Singh belonged to Narli village: Records
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Narli (Tarn Taran), September 18
The revenue record, which shows some agricultural land in the name of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, historical documents like “Buried alive” - an autobiography of Sardar Ajit Singh (his paternal uncle) and history narrated by village elders establishes beyond doubt that Narli - a border village on zero line belongs to his (Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s) ancestors, who later shifted to Khatkal Kalan in Nawanshahr district.

A visit to the border village revealed that Shaheed Bhagat Singh was a frequent visitor to his ancestral place and used to take shelter during his underground life. The village is strategically located, a few kilometres from Lahore. Bibi Paritam Kaur (85), a resident of the village, claimed that she had a chance to see Bhagat Singh when he visited Narli, a couple of years before his hanging.

However, due to ignorance neither the state government nor the Centre has included the village for organising any function to mark the centenary celebrations of the great martyr, which will start from September 27.

A resident of this village, Shavinder Singh Sandhu, gave a copy of the revenue record showing 6 kanals of agricultural land in the name of the martyr. Principal of Springdale School Manveen Sandhu says that the historical evidence reveals that the residents of this village were “cultured, well educated and peace-loving people” but they always fought against foreign invaders.

In the chapter “Ancestry and early life”, Sardar Ajit Singh wrote, “A member of the family of my ancestors who lived in the district of Lahore (now Tarn Taran) in a village called Narli during the Mughal period…” However, the ancestor left his village in his youth for the purpose of carrying the ashes of the members of the family cremated at Narli to Hardwar. On his way he reached a big fortress of a feudal chief (now Khatkal Kalan) and spent a night there. The young man got married to the daughter of a feudal lord and settled there. “It is from this couple that our family descends,” writes Sardar Ajit Singh.

Narli is a village dominated by Sandhus - the clan of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Notwithstanding the official indifference, S.S.Sandhu and his wife Manveen Sandhu have decided to arrange a light and sound show directed by Kewal Dhaliwal in the majestic haveli of Narli, which was frequented by Shaheed Bhagat Singh. This magnificent structure belongs to five brothers Heera Singh, Hari Singh, Dheera Singh, Darbara Singh and Hazara Singh.


Sarpanch’s Suicide
Malooka never met him: SAD
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 18
A section of SAD leaders, including Gura Singh, former MLA, Nathana, today condemned Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, leader of Opposition, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and Congress MLAs for indulging in mudslinging over former Akali minister Sikander Singh Malooka with regard to death of Malkit Singh, sarpanch of Lehra Dhurkot village of this district.

In a press note issued here today they alleged that Bhattal and Congress MLAs tried to drive political mileage out of the death of the sarpanch.

They said it was unfortunate and unethical to link the death of Malkit Singh with SAD. He added that Malooka had never met Malkit. They added that a high-level probe would bring out the truth.

Meanwhile, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, MLA, Nathana, demanded that Chand Singh, former Akali sarpanch of the village, accused in the Malkit suicide case, should be booked under the Prevention of Atrocities on SC and ST Act as the deceased belonged to scheduled caste category.


Cong to raise atrocities issue in Vidhan Sabha
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, September 18
The alleged harassment of Congressmen at the hands of the police seems to have brought much-needed unity among the party’s rank and file, which has become a divided house after the SAD-BJP combine came to power in Punjab.

The alleged torture of Congress workers by the police under the diktat of their political bosses, the registration of false criminal cases against them and the denial of their basic rights has forced the party leadership to launch a statewide agitation soon to give a united fight against the “misrule” of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

“We are going to launch a statewide agitation against the atrocities being committed on Congressmen and others. We will raise the matter in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha,” disclosed Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo.

Talking to The Tribune, he said in Punjab serious crimes like murder, looting of banks, smuggling of narcotics had become the order of the day and human rights of common people were being violated with impunity and the state had become a fit case for the imposition of President’s rule.But the Congress would not force for it. However, it would fight tooth and nail to force the SAD-BJP government to ensure the fact that rule of law prevailed.


Transfer Badal case out of Punjab, says Mann
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh September 18
The leader and founder of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann has sought the transfer of case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur and son Sukhbir Badal, to any other court outside Punjab.

Arguments on the petition were today heard by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover.

In his petition, Mann has also sought change of the prosecuting agency. He said the result would be total acquittal if the case was allowed to continue in Punjab and the people would get the impression that it was mockery of justice. 


Bir: Representatives of sects hold meeting with jathedar
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Talwandi Sabo, September 18
The meeting between representatives of Udassi and Nirmale sects with Balwant Singh Nandgarh, jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, held today to discuss the issue of keeping the bir of Guru Granth Sahib at various deras, remained inconclusive.

However, representatives of various sects and Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj, who also participated in the meeting, were hopeful that they would get desirable results when the next meeting was held.

Mahant Krishan Nand Shastri, Joginder Mohan Muni Shastri, Baldev Muni, Darshan Muni, Amrit Muni, Joginder Das, Sukhdev Muni, Gian Das, Mohinder Das, Nirmal Das, Mewa Das, Vakil Das, Gulab Das, Maggar Das, Beeram Das, Tej Parkash, Vinod Muni, Sukhdeva Nand, Viveka Nand and Atam Das representing the Udassi and Nirmale sects of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan participated in today’s meeting.

Kuldip Singh, Sukhjinder Singh,Lakhwinder Singh and Jasvir Singh of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj were present at the meeting.

The main issue, which was discussed at the meeting, was that whether Sikh organisations should allow deras to keep the bir of Guru Granth Sahib in their premises and if they were allowed how the honour and prestige of Guru Granth Sahib could be kept intact.

Jathedar Nandgarh had himself gone to various deras and taken away the bir of Guru Granth Sahib from their premises and the same to Takht Damdama Sahib on the pretext that Guru Granth Sahib was not kept as per the religious norms and conventions at these places. This had generated a wave of resentment among the heads deras of different sects.

Information gathered by TNS revealed that Jathedar Nandgarh, representatives of Ek Noor Khalsa Fauj and representatives of various sects belonging to Udassi and Nirmale lineage put forward their arguments to convince each other. The representatives of Udassi and Nirmale sects assured that bir of Guru Granth Sahib were being kept in their respective deras as per the religious norms and traditions. They added that the principles of Sikh religion were being observed by them and their followers to extend due honour to Guru Granth Sahib.

Nandgarh, when contacted, said more such meetings would be held to resolve the issue.


Toll bridge: Villagers block traffic
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 18
Residents of Sanghowal and surrounding villages under Nakodar sub-division of this district are up in arms against toll on Sidhwan Bet bridge across Sutlej on the Jalandhar-Jagron road.

Small farmers, truck and mini-bus operators blocked traffic under the banner of a joint action committee at Sanghowal village on the Jalandhar-Jagraon road demanding either removal of toll barrier or rationalising toll charged from the bridge users.

Long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of the bridge during road blockage. Traffic was blocked for seven hours from 5 am to 12 noon.

Blockade was lifted only after Nakodar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ajay Sood’s assurance that genuine demands would be considered sympathetically. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the SDM.

Later Sood told The Tribune,he had forwarded to DC Ajit Singh Pannu the memorandum submitted to him by the protesters.

President of the Nakodar unit of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU) Dilbagh Singh said Rohan Rajdeep firm had been charging exorbitant toll from different users of the bridge since the start of the toll barrier a month back. Small farmers whose land is on both sides of the bridge had to suffer a lot, he added.

According to information, Rs 550 is charged from a truck for both sides, Rs 200 for a combine harvester, Rs 192 for a bus and Rs 98 for a mini-bus. 


Punjab police to train pvt securitymen
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
To improve the standard of security personnel in the private sector, the Punjab government has decided to impart physical and mental training to selected recruits at the Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan(Hoshiarpur district), from October 15. Besides tough physical ability standards, the government will provide training to enhance and polish skills in areas like communication skills in English and computers.

Candidates have been asked to apply till September 30. The first batch in the two-month drill will comprise 200 students out of 400 students selected for the training. The candidates can be absorbed by the private agencies, directly, after the training. The details will be spelt out later. The Principal Secretary, Punjab, department of home affairs and justice, has been designated as the controlling authority for the Private Security Agencies Act in the state.

The training centre at Jahan Khelan has fixed the age limit between 21 and 30 years for the unemployed youth wishing to take part in the training. The training will be of two months duration and the minimum qualification will be matriculation.

In a simple survey, the Ludhiana police alone puts the approximate figures of the private security at 50,000. The major establishments employing private guards include 34,300 small factories, 342 large factories, 448 schools, 266 banks besides numerous petrol pumps, hospitals and marriage palaces etc.

The total number of private guards in the state will be of significant number taking into account similar establishments in all major cities, including Amritsar, Jalandahar, Bathinda and Hoshiarpur, besides small townships.


Punjab slashes land conversion charges
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
Relenting to vociferous protest from private colonisers, Punjab government has reduced the external development and conversion charges of land use. The charges had been exponentially increased last month but following protest the government has now revised its decision.

The reduction of charges was finalised in a meeting held yesterday. A notification in this regard will be issued in the coming days. Highly placed sources added that the government has also provided relief to colonisers in terms of the minimum area required to set up a colony.


Buddha Nullah
‘Zero discharge of effluents impossible’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The Ludhiana industry seems to be more sinned against than sinning over the discharge of effluents into Budha Nullah. The P. Ram Committee constituted by the government to monitor the cleaning of the nullah has suggested zero discharge, which the industry maintains is "practically impossible" as it is not being done even in developed countries like the USA and Japan.

In a note addressed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the industry has urged that the government must evolve a system of "coexistence between industry and environment as one can't survive at the cost of the other".

The committee had suggested that the industry, mostly the dyeing units, which formed the backbone of the hosiery industry here, should recycle the entire water disposed during various industrial processes. The committee had cited the example of the Tamil Nadu High Court, which had ordered zero discharge. This order has already been stayed by the Supreme Court.

Maintaining that most of the industrial units had already installed effluent treatment plants, the note argues, "a majority of industrial units are already achieving standards better than those fixed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board". It said, "the facts can be easily verified from the test reports issued by the PPCB's laboratory against the samples drawn during surprise visits to the industrial units by the officials”.


Snags in BSNL prepaid landline service 
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The much-touted prepaid landline service of the Punjab circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) seemed to have developed a technical snag even before its customers could avail its benefits.

The service, which was launched with much fanfare on August 15 for 10 lakh landline subscribers in Punjab and 1.4 lakh subscribers in Chandigarh, seems to have hit the roadblock even as the officials claim otherwise.

The BSNL launched the scheme for the benefit of the general public with a competitive tariff and a one-time activation charge of Rs 100.

“I have been making rounds of the BSNL office to avail off the scheme but to no avail, alleges Rajeshwar Gupta,” a local resident. Similar was the experience of Naresh, an STD booth owner in Sector 34.

In fact, the BSNL initiated an intensive advertisement campaign giving detailed values of the recharge coupon.

For instance, the recharge coupons of Rs 100 with a talk value of Rs 120 and validity of 90 days.Similarly, a Rs 200 card carried a talk value of Rs 240 and validity period of 120 days. And for the Rs 500 card, the talk time would be worth Rs 600 and it would be valid for 150 days. The calls were to be charged at the rate of Rs 1.20 per minute - the same tariff as that of the landline calls.

A grace period of seven days in addition to validity period was shown as the added advantage on all recharge cards.When contacted, principal general manager, telecom, Punjab circle, SR Aggarwal, claimed that the scheme was launched around August 15. He said he will look into the matter of the subscribers not getting the prepaid cards.

The pre-paid landline service were to have certain inherent advantages over the traditional landline service.

While the subscriber would not have to pay the rentals, which was currently Rs 250 per month, the subscribers could also select the recharge card of their choice depending on their requirements.


Balramji Dass opposes power tariff hike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
Making a significant political statement, a former president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Balramji Dass Tandon, said here today that instead of putting a burden to the tune of Rs 400 crore on domestic and other ordinary and poor people by way of increasing power tariff, the Punjab Government should pay this sum to the PSEB from the state treasury.

As Tandon is a senior leader and calls shots in the party at the state as well as at the national level, his statement against the proposed hike in the power tariff has a deep political meaning.

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission will issue tomorrow its order to hike the power tariff. It has been reported that average increase in the tariff will be in the range of 9 per cent or say 25 to 30 paise per unit for various categories of power consumers.

He said if the state had the capacity to pay a subsidy of Rs 2500 crore to the PSEB, why it could not afford to pay Rs 2900 crore to that (PSEB) department.

Tandon said for the poor and lower middle class, the increase in tariff would put an additional burden of Rs 100 per month. Hike in tariff would put additional burden on people, he added.

He said a large number of domestic users of power were daily wage workers, clerks, peons and others engaged in small jobs. They would be affected by the increase in power tariff.


Surya Kiran for Rajasansi air show
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, September 18
To commemorate the 60 years of Independence and the establishment of the Indian Air Force, the Surya Kiran acrobatic team will perform its first-ever show at Rajasansi Air Force station in Amritsar on September 21.

An Air Force spokesperson said here today that they had been contemplating to bring world’s finest formation acrobatic team to the city to encourage youngsters to join the force and learn about the highly skillful flying by its most experienced fighter pilots.

The team led by Wing Commander Bansal has enthralled people across the country and also performed alongside other air forces abroad. He said nine Surya Kiran aircraft out of 12 which were arriving in batches tomorrow would participate in the final acrobatic show on September 21. 


Transport Policy Today 
AC bus travel to become cheaper 
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18 
In what could mark the onset of a new era, the Punjab Government will unveil a new transport policy tomorrow that will reduce the fare of air conditioned buses - private as well as government-run - to allow common man the luxury of travelling in comfort and style. 

The policy that is to be formally approved by the Punjab Cabinet tomorrow will also initiate reforms in tax collection, rationalise taxes being charged from bus operators and also levy tax on certain classes of vehicles used in the construction industry. The plan is that all buses entering Chandigarh and Delhi from Punjab will be air-conditioned. This could hit the operations of other state transport corporations and make the buses from Punjab more popular. In the past six month working president of the SAD Sukhbir Badal has been claiming that bus travel in Punjab will have to revolutionised. 

The ordinary buses will continue to run as usual, the fares of the AC buses will only be 10 per cent higher than ordinary buses. The government will fix the fares and also the timetable for all private and government operators like Punjab Roadways and the PRTC. There will be three categories: ordinary bus, AC bus and the newest addition with a category of integral coaches (Volvo bus). The fare of the Volvo bus will be 75 per cent more than the ordinary bus, meaning thereby that a person travelling on the Chandigarh-Delhi route will have to pay about Rs 250 on a Volvo bus while at present the fare is about Rs 400. The fare of the ordinary bus remains unchanged at 49 per km per seat. The AC bus travel will be just 10 per cent more costly, that is, about 54 paise per km per seat. 

The government is projecting that there will be more demand for high-end buses. The motor vehicle tax has been lowered and it will be 50 paise per km per vehicle annually for Volvo buses, Re 1 per km annually for AC buses and Rs 2.25 per km annually for ordinary buses. 

The loss on account of reduced taxes will be Rs 25.24 crore and the government aims to recover the same by hiking the application fee and the rates for stage carriage routes.

Official sources claimed that this would discourage private operators to run clandestine operations. Now from where to get so many AC buses? The government will announce in a few days a scheme to hire buses on what is called the “kilometre scheme," called the Saheed Bhagat Singh Rozgar Yojna that will allow youth and other such organised bodies to run their own buses.

The new policy will also establish a road safety council and it will be funded by imposing a cess on private cars. The cess will vary as per the cost of the vehicle. 
Certain vehicles used by the construction industry like JCBs, road rollers, drag lines and cranes will be registered. The AG had raised an objection to not registering such vehicles. 


Nagar kirtan marks ‘Babe da viah’
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Sultanpur Lodhi,September 18
Thousands of devotees today participated in a procession to mark ‘Babe da Viah’ on the eve of the 519th marriage anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru.

Dressed as ‘baraatis’, a convoy of more than 60 buses led by Panj Piaras and Guru Granth Sahib started of from Ber Sahib gurdwara here for Kandh Sahib gurdwara in Batala, where the marriage of the Guru was solemnised. Main ceremonies will be held in Batala tomorrow.

Devotees showered flowers as a bedecked palki carrying Guru Granth Sahib was brought out of the main hall of the gurdwara. An ardas was held before the nagar kirtan started off. At the main gate, gatka parties from various parts of the state displayed martial skill. 


Minister gives Rs 1 lakh to club

Nabha, September 18
Cooperative minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh while talking to the mediapersons at Thuhi village, near here, today said the government was fully committed to run the sick and closed cooperative sugar mills of the state. He was the chief guest of the 32nd kabaddi tournament organised by the Youth Sports Club at the village here.

Announcing a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the club, the state government had decided to give Rs 51,000 to sports clubs of the state every year. — OC


Committee detects Rs 1.20-cr fraud 
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, September 18
The Kharar Market Committee has found that the Kharar Textile Mills had not paid Rs 1.20 crore to the committee as rural development fund and market fees during the period from 1995-2006. This mill is a unit of National Textile Corporation Limited.

The unit has to pay two per cent market fees and rural development fund as required under the directives of the market committee. Though the committee has served show-cause notice and assessment notice to the unit for the period from 1995 to 2006, sources in the committee reveal that unit has not paid even a single penny to it since its inception 37 years ago. 

Sources add the actual amount of non-payment assessed for the past 37 years stands at around Rs 80 crore, but the committee may take action for the rest of period later.

“The money collected as fees and funds is utilised for the rural development of that area such as laying roads in villages. By not paying its fees and other dues, the unit has not only defied rules and regulations but has also not contributed towards rural development,” said a senior official of the committee. 

When contacted, secretary, Kharar Market Committee, Gurmohan Singh confirmed the notices being served to the unit for not complying with rules of the committee. The general manager of unit, D.K. Sharma, was not available for comments. 

A medium-scale industry, the unit was established with a capital investment of Rs 284.73 lakh. However, the unit has been not been operational since last year.


Selecting Best Bidder
HC stresses on fair decision-making
Saurabh Malik 
Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh September 18 
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that while it is not always essential to give preference to the lowest bidder, fairness has to be reflected in the decision-making process. Also, "illusory injury" to a bidder is no ground for judicial review. 

Dismissing a petition filed by Martin Lottery Agencies Limited against the State of Punjab and others, the Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover, ruled: The government agencies, or for that purpose any agency which resorts to the tender-making process, has to take a conscious decision, keeping in view its own interests and unless it is shown that the decision-making process is arbitrary or tainted, the courts would be loathe to interfere. 

The Bench further ruled: It may be probable in a given situation that a person whose bid looks to be more attractive may otherwise be handicapped because of his previous record of performance. It is not always essential that a person, who gives the lowest bid, is always to be chosen in preference to others, but in all circumstances the fairness of the decision-making process has to be reflected and merely because the decision gives rise to an illusory injury to a person would not make it a ground for a judicial review thereof. 

Referring to the current case, the judges added that Messer Tashi Delak Gaming Solutions Private Limited, awarded the right to deal with "one superset of 56 weekly lottery" "has certainly given a better bid than the petitioner, whose bid among all the three participants was the least attractive". 

The judges concluded by saying that they did not find any merit in the writ petition. As such it was dismissed. The state was represented in the matter by Punjab advocate-general Hardev Singh Mattewal 

In his petition, Martin Lottery Agencies Limited had earlier contended that the respondent was appointed as the sole selling agency for a year. Prior to that, Martin Lottery Agencies was appointed the sole agent for selling the lotteries. As such, its consent was required under the agreement. 


Medical College principal suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
In a controversial “kidney removal scam”, the Punjab Government today suspended principal of Guru Nanak Medical College, Amritsar, Jaswinder Pal Kaur Shergill and emergency duty officer Dr H.S. Grewal and ordered an inquiry into this matter. 

Tikshan Sud, medical education and research minister, said that on the alleged complaint regarding removal of kidney of a child, he had taken this decision. Dr Jagdish Gargi, director-cum-principal, Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, would hold the additional charge of this medical college. 

The three-member inquiry team is headed by Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, principal, Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Hospital, Amritsar. Dr A.S. Thind, additional professor, forensic medicine, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot and Dr Jai Kishan Saini, head of the department of TB Hospital, Patiala, will be its member. 

He further added that taking notice of a news item regarding a stray dog bite case in Amritsar and the alleged maltreatment of the patient by the doctor concerned, he has ordered another inquiry. Director, RME, Dr J.S. Dalal has been asked to submit a preliminary report so that the guilty could be punished for negligency in duty. 



Governor discusses Punjabi varsity row with CM
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 18
It seems the Punjabi University row is heading towards culmination. The Governor has spoken to the Chief Minister regarding the developments at the institution. This information was provided to the joint action committee convener Manjit Singh by Naveet Singh Kang, secretary, Governor.

In a letter to the JAC Kang has stated that in response to their complaint regarding violation of Punjabi University act, statutes and Punjab civil service rule by the vice-chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai, the governor has discussed the matter with the highest levels in the government. The decision on various issues will be communicated in due course, the letter states.

The JAC members had alleged that double standards were being adopted in the university. While the employees who were perceived against the VC were thrown out of job on flimsy grounds, those close to him were being given prime postings despite vigilance cases against them.

Presently, the government and the syndicate has withdrawn the powers of the VC to make new appointments and make promotions, but still the VC is making appointments.


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