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PSEB fate hinges on crucial meeting today
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Will the PSEB which has virtually become a political football between the Punjab Government’s two coalition partners-the SAD and the BJP- survive in existing circumstances?

This issue will certainly dominate the meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow to discuss power reforms, mounting losses and debt, high percentage of distribution losses and other related issues, including unbundling of the PSEB. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will preside.

On the basis of available data one can say that the PSEB is a sinking ship. It is being drowned by its sailors( read political executives) who are otherwise supposed to navigate it to safety because it is an organisation central to the state’s economy.

In the past five decades till 2006, PSEB’s borrowing limit was only Rs 6000 crore and it was not even once revised in the past so many years. However, in the past one year, it had to be revised twice. In September last year it was raised to Rs 8,000 crore and now it has been raised to Rs 11,000 crore. The money is being borrowed not to create assets of the PSEB but to meet recurring expenditure.

Its fiscal loss in the past two years was to the tune of Rs 4,598 crore. By the end of the 11th five-year plan( March, 2012) the accumulated loss of the PSEB will be in the range of Rs 21,000 crore if it continued to be run the same way.

Free power to farm sector is, in fact, not only hitting the PSEB hard but it is dragging the state downward from the path of economic development. Political competition between the two coalition partners in the state government over the issue of subsidy on power to various sections of society is a menacing trend to enter state politics. Instead of asking them to pay, who can afford to pay, the coalition partners in the state government are giving them subsidy on domestic consumption of power.

The Punjab government is supposed to give Rs 3,418 crore by the end of the current fiscal year, that is March 31,2008. However, it has given the board only Rs 730 crore so far. Next the state government is to give little over Rs 537.50 crore to clear the dues of Rs 2688 crore in form of subsidy and interest on capital diversion.

During the current fiscal year, the state government has committed to pay Rs 1,988 crore as subsidy on agriculture, Rs 130 crore as subsidy to provide free power to SCs and below poverty line families, Rs 429 crore as arrears of subsidy of the past two years and Rs 579 crore as interest on capital diversion. Beside it, the government will have to pay additional subsidy of Rs 292 crore during the current year because of the rolling back of tariff hike yesterday by the state government.

On the other hand there is no improvement as far as handling of the distribution losses related to power are concerned. Distribution losses continue to be in the range of 24 per cent. It means if the PSEB produces power worth Rs 10,000 crore, it sells it only of Rs 76,00 crore. Power worth Rs 2,400 crore is lost in the transit.

Subsidy file sent to CM

The power department has sent the file to the chief minister through the finance department to complete formalities with regard to the rollback of the tariff hike. After permission from the chief minister, the power department will write to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Authority that the state government is ready to bear the burden of the tariff hike for domestic sector. Hence, the PSEB would be told to prepare power bills on the rates which were applicable before September 1.


Tariff Rollback BJP workers celebrate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Punjab BJP today celebrated the rollback of power tariff hike at its head office here by bursting crackers and dancing to the beat of drums. The rollback ordered by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday has virtually come as a shot in the arm of the BJP.

Mood in the BJP rank and file today was of a victor because it has got an opportunity to expand its base even in the rural areas now.

When asked that the step would put the state’s fiscal position further in jeopardy, Punj said there was not much to worry in this regard. A state like Karnataka had a debt burden of Rs 90,000 crore whereas Punjab’s debt was Rs 53,000 crore.

Making party’s position clear on the issue of deputy chief ministership, Punj said it was never a demand of the party.


Karha Row: Welsh school again excludes Sikh girl

London, November 13
The Sikh girl at the centre of a controversy over the wearing of a karha at a Welsh school was excluded once again today when she turned up with her mother and two officials from a local race equality council.

Sarika Singh (14) went to the Aberdare Girls School in Wales for a meeting, along with her mother Sinita Singh and two officials of the Valleys Race Equality Council. However, the student was once again excluded from the school on the ground that wearing the karha broke its code of conduct.

Her family has now decided to go in for a judicial review of the rules.

School governors rejected Sarika’s request to allow her to wear the karha after conducting a significant period of research, examining the uniform policy and human rights legislation in detail.

Jane Rosser, the school’s head teacher, said the school’s strict code of conduct had been in place for many years and had been established to ensure equality. It bans the wearing of all jewellery with the sole exception of plain metal ear studs and a wrist watch.

Sarika came into conflict with the code of conduct six months ago after the school governors ruled she should not wear the karha. The family argued that it was an important symbol of Sikhism and should not be treated as jewellery.

Her mother said: “I can tell you now that we cannot even consider taking the karha off. There is no chance. That simply will not happen. She has suffered, her family has suffered and her education has suffered as a result of this. We want to know what the grounds were for placing Sarika in isolation, where she was not allowed even to speak to other pupils. She was treated like a leper, as if she had some kind of disease. Who knows what the long-term effect on her will be?”

Council director Ron Davies said: “We are supporting Sarika and believe the school is acting unlawfully by refusing to let her wear it. We have arranged for her to be represented by a solicitor and an application will be made to the high court for a judicial review of the school’s decision. We believe the school is acting in contravention, both of the 1976 Race Relations Act and human rights legislation. We also believe there is a need for guidance to be more explicit on these issues to schools from the Welsh Assembly Government.”

In a legal precedent dating back to 1983, the House of Lords had decided that a school had acted unlawfully by refusing to accept a Sikh boy who wore a turban as pupil. The judgement held that Sikhs were a racial group within the terms of the Race Relations Act.

Head teacher Rosser said: “We have a strict and clear code of conduct that has been in place for many years. A copy is given to all girls before they are even a pupil at the school and is also issued at the start of every new term in September. We use this established code of conduct to ensure equality between all pupils.” — IANS


Passengers stranded at airport
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 13
More than 200 passengers were stranded at Rajasansi International Airport as the Air India flight from New Delhi to London via Amritsar arrived here late by 10 hours today.

Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, an NRI, talking to The Tribune here today said that he along with his family members had arrived at the airport last night at 9.30 pm and reported for immigration check. He said they had been waiting at the departure lounge for more than 12 hours but Air India officers had failed to give reasons for the delay in the flight which was to take off for London at 1.50 am.

He rued that lot of hype was created about the international airport but there was nothing international about it as it lacked basic facilities such as telephone services, water and food. The entry doors of the departure lounge were locked once they checked in and they were not allowed to move out to have food or water.

Ashwani Arora, station manager of Air India, confirmed that the passengers were stranded at the airport as the London bound flight no 111 had arrived late from New Delhi. He said the aircraft took off from Amritsar on its onward journey at 11.05am.

Another passenger, Navi Bhagrath, also an NRI, said their ticket was confirmed by Air India for November 11 they but were sent back as there were no seats available in the flight.

Concerned over the future of her children who were studying in London, she said their career was at stake as they were not able to inform the school authorities in the absence of a telephone facility at the airport.


Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Birth Anniversary
CM goes liberal with grants for Maharaja’s village
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Badrukhan (Sangrur), November 13
Paying rich tributes to Maharaja Ranjit Singh on his birth anniversary at a state-level function here today, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced the setting up of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Memorial Adarsh School at Badrukhan village, the birthplace of the Maharaja.

The school will be built at a cost of Rs 3 crore and the construction will begin in three months.

The Chief Minister also announced that a statue of the Maharaja would be installed at the village by developing a park on an acre. Badal also gave cheques for Rs 50,000 each to five families whose members had died of gastroenteritis some months ago at the village.

He announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the buildings of the village’s primary and senior secondary schools and a grant of Rs 3 lakh for the renovation of the veterinary hospital, Badrukhan.

The gifts

  • Adarsh School at a cost of Rs 3 crore
  • Maharaja’s statue at the village on a 1-acre park
  • Rs 10 lakh for primary and senior secondary schools
  • Rs 3 lakh for the renovation of vet hospital
  • Pucca road from Ubhawal to Badrukhan village
  • Rs 2 lakh for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Youth Sports Club

He also gave an assurance to the villagers that he would send sufficient funds for the development of three cremation grounds and a bus stand.

Responding to a demand made by the secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Badal announced construction of a pucca road from Ubhawal village to Badrukhan village.

He also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Youth Sports Club, Badrukhan, for setting up a gymnasium and constructing a room.

Badal criticised the Amarinder government for not celebrating the birthday of Maharaja Ranjit Singh during its five-year tenure.

Among others who paid tributes to the Maharaja included Dhindsa, Punjab PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, chief parliamentary secretary Sital Singh, MLA from Dhuri Iqbal Singh Jhundan, former MLA from Barnala Malkiat Singh Keetu and district president of the BJP Jatinder Kalra.

Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the statues of Sham Singh Attari and Akali Phulla Singh, the generals of the Maharaja, at the complex of Yadgar Gurdwara Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Badrukhan.

He also inaugurated a state-level senior volleyball championship for boys and girls on the occasion here.


Jaggi’s commentary on holy book out
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 13
A five-volume commentary on Guru Granth Sahib, prepared by eminent Sikh scholar Rattan Singh Jaggi and released by the SGPC here today may kick off a fresh debate in the Sikh circles.

In the 26-page introduction, the author has raised a question whether the hymns in Guru Granth Sahib, devoted to Guru Nanak Dev, were authored by him (the first Sikh Master) or his co-authors also made some contribution.

Quoting historical documents, Jaggi said this question needs thorough research and the answer to this vital question will have to be found from the womb of history.

He said the old scriptures have pointed out that the hymns recited by Guru Nanak Dev used to be jotted down by his staunch followers who accompanied him. Jaggi also pointed out that unfortunately no handwritten manuscript of Guru Nanak is available and hence it was difficult in which script he used to write.

However, he said, Guru Nanak was undoubtedly an educated person. Guru’s hymns established beyond doubt that he was acquainted with the prevailing script in Punjab .

Talking to The Tribune, Jaggi said he had put forth the historical facts with honesty. The entire work was completed with great dedication and mission. He had also used rare primary sources to accomplish the gigantic task.

Jaggi claimed that though many Sikh scholars had already prepared commentaries on Guru Granth Sahib in Punjabi, Hindi, English and other languages, this effort was unique as it had been prepared after careful study of material available right from the Faridkoti commentary till date.

Jaggi has used simple and easy language to bring the whole thing in the easy grasp of the reader. Jaggi has also provided the appropriate religious terminology along with complete meanings.

This work, running into 3,500 pages, will fill a need of all those interested in the study of the Granth.

Jaggi has also contributed the much-acclaimed commentary on the Dasam Granth and presented the Encyclopedia of Guru Granth Sahib and the Encyclopedia of the Sikh Panth.


Jatha invited to Pak despite unrest
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 13
The turbulence in Pakistan notwithstanding, Bishan Singh, president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), has invited his Indian counterpart Avtar Singh, president of the SGPC, and other Sikh devotees to visit Sikh shrines to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the SGPC chief said though he might not go to Pakistan due to the annual election of the committee scheduled to be held here on November 23, the jatha of more than 1,800 pilgrims might cross over to Pakistan, provided the government gave foolproof security to the visiting devotees.

In another significant development, the SGPC chief said the government of Afghanistan had given permission to the SGPC to send a delegation to conduct survey of the Sikh shrines in that country. He said the shiromani committee was committed to carrying out kar sewa of the Sikh shrines in Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Replying to a question, Avtar Singh said more than 60 SGPC employees were dismissed from service on charges of corruption, consumption of liquor and “moral turpitude” during two years of his presidentship.

He claimed that the financial position of certain historical gurdwaras which were in the red, had improved due to certain drastic administrative decisions.

Replying to a question, SGPC chief admitted that the “atishbazi” (fireworks) in the Golden Temple complex to mark Diwali or other gurpurbs created pollution on the premises. He said some way out would be found to save the ancient structure of the Golden Temple from being polluted.


Non-Sikh family donates van for Gurgaddi Divas fest
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 13
The van, which will carry holy weapons of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Granth Sahib in a procession from Takht Hazur Sahib (Nanded) on November 15 to mark the beginning of the year-long tercentenary “Gurgaddi Divas” celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib, has been donated by Vijay Wasan and his family from Maharashtra.

The Wasans are non-Sikhs, but the family is devoted Sikhism. Vijay Wasan and his brothers were honoured by SGPC chief Avtar Singh in the Golden Temple’s Information Office, here, today to recognise their services.

The van, fitted with transparent glasses on all sides, would visit each and every part of the country during the year-long celebrations.

The entire expenses, including petrol and maintenance, would be borne by the Wasan family.

Meanwhile, in a message, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht, has urged the Sikh devotees to recite Gurbani for high spirits of all those would participating in the “Guru Maniyo Granth Awareness Yatra”.


KAC to protest in front of Sonia’s house
Tribune News Service

Guru Sar Mehraj (Bathinda), November 13
The Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) has announced that it will hold a protest in Delhi outside 10, Janpath, the residence of Congress president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, on December 12.

The demonstration will have the support of various Sikh religious leaders, including the Shiromani Akali Dal (1920), Damdami Taksal and others.

Mohkam Singh, convener, KAC, announced this on the occasion of Guru Maneyo Granth Convention held today at Gurdwara Guru Sar Sahib at Mehraj village in Bathinda.

Shiromani Akali Dal (1920) president Ravi Inder Singh, Damdami Taksal chairman Harnam Singh Dhuma, Indian Human Rights Organisation president D.S. Gill were among those who addressed the conference.


Printing of Birs by pvt publishers banned
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 13
District magistrate Kahan Singh Pannu today issued orders to prevent the publication of Birs (copies) of Guru Granth Sahib by private publishers.

The ban order says that the printing, publication and distribution of Birs has been hurting the feelings of Sikhs and, thereby, posing a threat to the law and order situation in the district. It has been issued under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Only the SGPC or any institution authorised by it is authorised to print the Birs, the order said.

It shall remain enforced up to December 8.


War-like situation in Nandigram: Sukhbir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh November 13
Working president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal today described the situation in Nandigram areas as “war-like and worse than martial law conditions”.

In a statement released here today Sukhbir said he, with a team of the NDA, found that “ CPM strongmen, backed by the state government, were indulging in looting, arson and killings against local farmers. The central government was watching the situation like a mute witness. The armed musclemen of the CPM had gone in there, terrorised the innocent farmers and planted their flag like the marauding armies used to do in old times.

The SAD MP urged upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene immediately to ensure that the local farmers and other innocent citizens were freed from the reign of terror let loose by the CPM. Badal said the CPM, which had been masquerading as a champion of the farmers’ cause elsewhere in the country, was treating them as slaves and enemies in the state governed by the party.

He asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to clarify her party’s stand on the conduct of Leftists in Nandigram.


Panel to implement land pooling plan
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 13
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a committee to implement the proposed land-pooling scheme for acquisition of land in the state. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Chief Minister with representatives of the Kisan Hit Bachao Committee today.

Interestingly, the cabinet sub-committee headed by minister for local government Manoranjan Kalia had recently rejected the implementation of the proposed scheme throughout Punjab. Kalia’s committee had recommended the implementation of the scheme on an experimental basis only by the department of local bodies and the Punjab state industries and exports corporation.

The new committee would be headed by chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh and would include representatives from the farmers’ communities. The committee has been asked to submit its report at the earliest. The Chief Minister reiterated his government's commitment to implement the land-pooling scheme on fresh acquisitions.

It was informed that the officers of the local government and PUDA visited Gujarat to study the pattern of land pooling, which is prevalent there for the past 23 years. It was felt that the scheme would have to be modified to suit the peculiar requirements of the state.

DP Singh Baidwan, convener of the Kisan Hit Bacaho Committee, said the members demanded the implementation of the land-pooling scheme not only for fresh acquisitions in the state but also for the acquisition of land for Sectors 76 to 80, 81, 88, 89 and 90 in SAS Nagar.


Roadways employees protest against pvt operators
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 13
Employees of the Punjab Roadways today raised their voice against the alleged favours being extended to private transporters at the cost of public transport system.

They organised a dharna at the Nangal and Ropar depots to press for their demands.

The agitating employees alleged that the private buses owned by certain influential politicians had been given plum routes at the cost of public transport.

Besides, they were also operating the buses illegally.

It was not only causing loss of revenue to the state but also to the public transport system. If the trend continued, the public transport that was already facing losses, would face closure and the guild of private persons, including the influential politicians, would control the transport system in the state.

The joint action committee of the employees submitted the memorandum to their respective general managers.

In the memorandum that was addressed to transport minister Master Mohan Lal, they demanded that new buses should be bought, contract system should be abolished and the buses be insured as MATC cases were draining the department resources.


Revision of electoral rolls ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Election Commission has ordered revision of electoral rolls of all constituencies of Punjab with effective date of January 1, 2008. According to Babu Lal, chief electoral officer, Punjab, the general public and all political parties are being informed that every adult citizen residing in Punjab and completing 18 years on January 1, 2008 and fulfiling all other qualifications can register himself or herself as voter to the electoral officer concerned.

Action plan

The Punjab government has prepared an action plan to control attack of mealy bug damaging cotton crop in the state, said chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh at a meeting with officers of various departments, representatives of Punjab Agricultural University and chairman of the Punjab State Farmers' Commission, Dr G.S. Kalkat.

Financial commissioner, development, R.S. Sandhu has asked the field staff to monitor the migration of mealy bug to other rabi and horticulture crops. Director, agriculture, Balwinder Singh Sidhu said steps were already being taken to control mealy bug.


Assault on Dalit woman
Lawyers force police to register case
Tribune News Service

Lalru, November 13
Coming to the rescue of a Dalit woman resident of Lalru, members of the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI) forced the police to register a case against a local shopkeeper who had allegedly beaten her up.

“The incident took place a day before Diwali. The victim, Vidya, was shopping with her daughter in the market when the accused, Deepak Kumar, allegedly hit her repeatedly on the head with a hammer. She was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 and is still there. But despite so many days having passed, the police did not register a case,” said T.S. Sudan, a member of the organisation.

He said a team of lawyers visited the police station, Lalru, and discovered that a case had been registered this morning.


Self employment programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha is organising a programme on self employment generation through the promotion of self help groups and micro credit in border areas of Gurdaspur district this month.

These programmes lay emphasis on strengthening women self help group as well as the delivery of rural health care services, a statement issued here yesterday said.

A programme is scheduled to be held at the Kahnuwan block of Gurdaspur district on November 16, while a mobile clinic would be flagged-off from Dina Nagar on November 17.


70-year-old jail inmate dies
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, November 13
Mukhtiar Singh (70), a resident of Ramdass village here and was in jail in a case under the Excise Act died while he was being taken to civil hospital here last evening. He was suffering from asthma.

The jail authorities said he had gone to court for hearing where his condition worsened. He was admitted to jail hospital and later referred to the Civil Hospital. He died on his way to the hospital.


Tribune Impact
Moga Immoral Trafficking Case
It’s nothing less than J&K sex scandal: HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Taking cognisance of a news report ‘Immoral trafficking, 2 women held’ carried in these columns from Moga on November 12, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the scandal was apparently ‘nothing less than the Jammu sex scandal’ and directed the issuance of notices to the State of Punjab, SSP Moga, L. K. Yadav, and DIG Ferozepore range.

The Bench, comprising Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice Harbans Lal, also directed investigating officer DSP Bhupinder Singh to file a status report in the court.

In its detailed order, the Bench observed: “This scandal seems to be nothing less than the Jammu sex scandal. It needs a thorough probe so that the truth may come out as to who are the politicians involved in the sex scandal and were party to the extortion of money from innocent persons.

Referring to the news report, the Bench observed: “It has been stated in the news item that two women Manpreet Kaur and Manjit Kaur, alias Deep, have disclosed that the racket involved the extortion of Rs 4 crore approximately.” The Tribune has further written that rumours are afloat that a former minister and his son were also involved in the case….

As per the news item, SSP Moga, L. K. Yadav and DIG Ferozepore range are monitoring the case. Lest the investigation gets derailed for any reason, it will be in the public interest that a fair and truthful investigating be held so that the truth may come out and the guilty be brought to the book.

Turning to another news report carried in English daily, the Bench added: “Two ladies namely Manpreet Kaur of Varsaal village and her relative Manjit Kaur of Badduwal village have been arrested from Khuyian Sarwar in Ferozepore district and have been sent to the police remand till November 14.”

A number of persons named by these two accused were falsely implicated by the police in a sex scandal to settle political scores and for extortion. Some of them were let off after bribing the police and accused Manpreet and Manjit. The case will now come up for further hearing on November 20.

High Court
Lok Pal’s Appointment
Notice of motion to Punjab
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, November 13
In a petition filed in public interest before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, advocate H.C. Arora today claimed that correct procedure for the Lok Pal’s appointment was not followed by Punjab.

Taking up the petition, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Ranjit Singh, issued notice of motion to the state and other respondents.

Arora claimed that the process of present Lok Pal Justice D.S. Dhaliwal’s appointment was initiated by the then Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The same, he asserted, was irregular.

Seeking directions to Punjab and other respondents to appoint the Lok Pal in accordance with the Supreme Court of India’s directions in Ashok Tanwar versus State of Himachal Pradesh case, he added that the selection process has to be initiated only by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Arora added that the HC has already issued notice of motion to Haryana on a similar petition filed by him in the matter of lokaykut’s appointment.


Loan limit for farmers doubled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Cooperative Department has raised revolving cash-credit limit from the present Rs 3 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per acre and kept the rate of interest on crop loan at 7 per cent.

This was disclosed by Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh at a press conference here today. He said four lakh farmers would avail relief to the tune of Rs 200 crore under one time settlement scheme (OTS) which had been extended up to December 31, 2007.

A 1.5 per cent rebate will be given to farmers who paid their instalments in time. The minister said in the changing environment and the greater commercialisation of Punjab's agriculture it had become imperative to identify new markets, especially for cash crops capable of giving higher returns to farmers and thereby ameliorating their economic condition as well as creating stability of price structure and demand.

He said Markfed would engage in processing and export of basmati rice and potatoes in the first instance. During the current season Markfed has supplied 2,48,900 MTs of DAP to farmers against the indent of 2,42,000 MTs.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh said dairy farming provided a convenient approach to diversification of foodgrains which gave low income return to the farmers.

He said Milkfed had launched a major initiative to increase the milk availability from 750 gm to 1000 gm per head daily.


Accident case accused booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 13
The Kharar police booked a driver of a car, for hitting a couple at Qila Complex on Diwali night. The incident took place at 8:30 pm on Friday, when Gurmeet Singh and his wife Jasveer Kaur were coming from Qila Complex towards Chandigarh road. Gurmeet's son Manjeet Singh informed the police that his parents were going on scooter while he was following them on motorcycle.

As the couple crossed the road, a speeding Innova hit them and the victims fell down. They were rushed to civil hospital, Kharar, from where Gurmeet was referred to PGI, Chandigarh, while Jasveer was admitted to civil hospital, Kharar. Gurmeet sustained head injuries and three fractures on the right leg.

Driver of Innova Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Phase VI, Mohali, has been booked. No arrest was made till the filing of this report.


Dera priest, son beaten up
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 13
Ranjodh Singh, priest of Dera Baba Kharag Singh, and his son Parminder Singh were allegedly beaten up on Sunday evening at Daon-Kharar road.

In his statement to the Kharar police, Ranjodh Singh stated that on Sunday evening, he was going in his Indica car with his son Parminder Singh and ex-sarpanch of Daon village Dev Singh, when a group of people armed with hockey sticks and sharp-edged weapons stopped them.

He alleged that these people included Surinder Singh, husband of village sarpanch Sapinder Kaur, her son Vikramjeet Singh, Kala, Gola, Vijay Kumar alias Sonu and few others.


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