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Teachers continue to lay siege to Patiala, firm on demands
Members of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha hold a protest march in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Teachers continue to lay siege to Patiala, firm on demands

Gun for Education Minister, Secretary over low salary offer22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

PATIALA: Hundreds of teachers on Sunday held a march in the city as part of their ongoing protest against the state government decision to regularise their jobs at a salary of Rs 15,300 per month for the first three years.

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Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 21

Hundreds of teachers on Sunday held a march in the city as part of their ongoing protest against the state government decision to regularise their jobs at a salary of Rs 15,300 per month for the first three years.

Seeking full pay scales, the protesting teachers marched towards Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s residence. A heavy police force halted their march at Fountain Chowk.

The cops had deployed anti-riot vehicles and water cannons to disperse the protesters in case of any confrontation, but the teachers held a dharna there, which too was lifted later.

Holding black flags in their hands, the protesters raised slogans against Education Minister OP Soni and Capt Amarinder.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema met the protesters and extending support to them.

Hardeep Todarpur, co-convener, Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, said: “The Education Department has ignored the MHRD orders, which clearly stated that there would be no separate cadre of SSA teachers because all teachers are the responsibility of the state government.” Another union leader Davinder Punia said: “It is unfortunate that the teachers have to protest in such a manner. The Education Minister and Secretary should resign for taking the drastic decision.”

Krishan Kumar, Secretary, Education, said: “We have given two options to the teachers, either continue with the present arrangement or accept regular jobs at a monthly salary of Rs 15,300.”

Meeting tomorrow

Following the intervention of DGP (Law and Order) Hardeep Dhillon and Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit, a meeting of the teachers with Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar has been fixed for October 23. Davinder Punia, union leader, said: “Our strike will continue till our demands are met. We will plan the next course of action after the meeting.”

Teachers to counter ‘negative propaganda’

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

GURDASPUR: Even as Krishan Kumar, Education Secretary, and several teacher unions continue to be at loggerheads over various issues, the latter have formed an eight-member committee comprising English teachers to counter the “negative propaganda” unleashed against them by the “officer’s loyalists” on social media.

Rlys ADGP to probe Amritsar tragedy

Rlys ADGP to probe Amritsar tragedy

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

JALANDHAR: Director General of Police Suresh Arora said on Sunday that Additional Director General of Police (Railways) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota would conduct an inquiry for fixing the criminal responsibility for the Amritsar railway mishap.

58 families to get Rs5 lakh each

58 families to get Rs5 lakh each

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government will distribute financial aid to the victims of Amritsar rail tragedy over the next two days.

Sidhu blames it on driver, guard

Sidhu blames it on driver, guard

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

AMRITSAR: Coming out in defence of his wife Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday blamed the Centre for “washing its hands of the tragic incident”.

SAD demands judicial probe

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHANDIGARH: Demanding a judicial inquiry into the Amritsar tragedy, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) core committee today sought immediate sacking of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu besides a stern action against organisers of the Dasehra function where onlookers were mowed down by a train on Friday.

Close shave for family of seven

Close shave for family of seven

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

AMRITSAR: It was a providential escape for the family of Rekha Devi, who along with her husband and five children had gone to enjoy Dasehra mela at Joda Phatak on Friday.

Depts pass the buck, clueless on cow cess collection, use

Depts pass the buck, clueless on cow cess collection, use

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: The state government imposed cow cess from financial year 2016-17 for providing financial assistance to gaushalas and ensuring rehabilitation of stray cattle.

Daughter no more, minor son in ICU

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

Following the intervention of DGP (Law and Order) Hardeep Dhillon and Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit, a meeting of the teachers with Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar has been fixed for October 23.

Mining policy

Govt eyes huge revenue, but will end user benefit?

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHANDIGARH: Learning a lesson from last year’s progressive bidding of 79 quarries that saw bidders leaving contracts midway after quoting high rates, the government, in its new mining policy, has assured that bidders deposit a security of 25 per cent of annual concession value in case the bid is up to 150 per cent of the reserve price and 50 per cent if the bid is even higher.

British-era Fazilka building in shambles

British-era Fazilka building in shambles

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

FAZILKA: Resentment is brewing among Fazilka residents over the deteriorating condition of 117-year-old monument Raghuvar Bhawan.

Govt denies lapses in purchase of farm equipment

Govt denies lapses in purchase of farm equipment

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government on Sunday rejected as “baseless and unfounded” allegations of mismanagement in the purchase of machinery for in situ management of crop residue and said the whole process was being carried out under the supervision of the Union Government’s task force headed by Agriculture Secretary.

Panthic assembly asks Sikhs to boycott Badals

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

AMRITSAR: Declaring the father-son duo of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal as “traitors of the Khalsa Panth”, the Panthic assembly on Sunday appealed to the Sikhs to boycott them.

Fund crunch hits museum repair, artefacts gather dust

Fund crunch hits museum repair, artefacts gather dust

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

SANGRUR: Precious artefacts related to the king of Jind state have been gathering dust in a locked room of the local museum that has been lying closed for the past around two years.

GST body tells state to set up appellate authority

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: The GST Council Secretariat has asked six states, including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, and the Union Territory of Puducherry, to expeditiously set up appellate authorities to enable aggrieved entities to file appeals against orders of the Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR).

Foreign trade office shut in Amritsar

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: The Union Commerce Ministry’s foreign trade arm DGFT has closed its regional offices in Amritsar, Goa and Puducherry with a view to optimally utilise its human and material resources, an official said.

Doc among 4 held for sex determination test

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

ABOHAR: The Rajasthan PCPNDT Cell, in a decoy operation at Kot-ise-Khan in Moga, arrested four persons for carrying out a gender determination test.

Traffic resumes from Amritsar railway station

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

AMRITSAR: After the successful trial run of empty goods and passenger trains, the railway traffic resumed from the Amritsar station today.

Woman, daughter killed in road mishap

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

SANGRUR: A man was injured while his wife and daughter were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a truck near Bhawanigarh today.

Sacked Panj Pyaras want apt candidate to head Akal Takht

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

AMRITSAR: A day before the SGPC’s executive body meeting to decide on the resignation of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, the sacked Panj Pyaras (Guru’s five beloved ones) on Sunday said the apex Sikh body should pick a replacement who could match the stature of Akali Phula Singh.

Drug supply racket busted, one held

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

ABOHAR: The police on Sunday claimed to have busted a medicated drug supply racket in Sadulshehar, 31 km from here, with the arrest of Rahul Aggarwal, son of a wholesale medicine trader in Jaipur.

SP makes peace with Sub-InspectorPunjab Diary

SP makes peace with Sub-Inspector

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

Muktsar: A Superintendent of Police (SP) was quick to do damage control after his subordinate, a Sub-Inspector (SI), threatened to resign and lodge a complaint against him.

Police on lookout for rape accused

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

SANGRUR: A girl has alleged that she was raped for five years and the accused recorded a video and clicked objectionable photos and blackmailed her.

182 units of blood donated at Fazilka camp

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

FAZILKA: As many as 182 units of blood were donated by youths at a mega blood donation camp organised by NGOs Shri Ram Kirpa Sewa Sangh Welfare Society and Dukh Nivaran Shri Bala Ji Dham, Fazilka, at the local Ram Sharnam Ashram on Sunday.

Pharmacies burgled

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

ABOHAR: Four pharmacy stores in different but prime locations of the city here were targeted by miscreants on Friday night.

1 booked for murder

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

Abohar: Ram Chander, a farmer, has been booked in connection with the murder of his neighbour Chuni Lal in Dharampura village.

Poppy husk seized

22 Oct 2018 | 1:18 AM

ABOHAR: The Rajasthan Police on Sunday claimed to have seized 32.5 quintals of poppy husk by intercepting a truck on the highway.

Amarinder embarks on 5-day Israel visit

Amarinder embarks on 5-day Israel visit

21 Oct 2018 | 8:06 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday embarked on a five-day visit to Israel. Singh had postponed the visit in the wake of the Amritsar train accident in which 59 people were killed and 57 injured on Friday.

Amritsar train accident: ADGP Railways to conduct probe to fix responsibility

Amritsar train accident: ADGP Railways to conduct probe to fix responsibility

21 Oct 2018 | 6:10 PM

JALANDHAR: Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora Sunday said Additional Director General of Police (Railways) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota will conduct an inquiry into the Amritsar train accident to fix responsibility.

Thousands of teachers gather in Patiala to protest new pay scales

Thousands of teachers gather in Patiala to protest new pay scales

21 Oct 2018 | 9:21 PM

PATIALA: Thousands of teachers held a sit-in dharna at Patiala’s Fountain Chowk on Sunday, as protests over the state government’s decision to bring down their pay grow.

House stoned, councillor, son behind event underground

House stoned, councillor, son behind event underground

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

Amritsar: Local councillor Vijay Madan and her son Sourabh Madan Mithu, the main organisers of the Dasehra celebration in Amritsar, have gone underground with other family members.

Moisture high, farmers find it hard to sell paddy

Moisture high, farmers find it hard to sell paddy

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

BATHINDA: Farmers are having a tough time in the region’s grain markets due to high moisture content in their paddy produce while they allege that moisture meters of the purchase agencies have only added to their woes.

Refund Rs1.11-crore CAMPA money: Apex court to state

Refund Rs1.11-crore CAMPA money: Apex court to state

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has pulled up the Punjab Government for diverting money from Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Fund to pay lawyers’ fee to defend itself in a deforestation case before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Dasehra organisers to be quizzed

Dasehra organisers to be quizzed

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: While the Railways has declined to conduct an investigation into the Amritsar tragedy, the Punjab Government has maintained that it will, in its magisterial inquiry, examine the role of railway officials besides other aspects related to the incident.

Angry relatives attack cops with stones, canecharged

Angry relatives attack cops with stones, canecharged

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

AMRITSAR: The kin of victims blocked the railway tracks at the mishap site for hours on Saturday morning and shouted anti-government slogans.

Wife, aide booked for Sangrur man’s murder

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

SANGRUR: The Sadar police have registered a case against six persons for the murder of Nirmal Singh from Mehlan.

Pyres everywhere, tearful adieu

Pyres everywhere, tearful adieu

21 Oct 2018 | 8:40 PM

AMRITSAR: Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Shiv Puri cremation ground, where most of the Amritsar mishap victims were consigned to the flames after a post-mortem examination. Inconsolable, some family members fainted.

Rlys absolves itself of any responsibility

Rlys absolves itself of any responsibility

21 Oct 2018 | 3:54 PM

AMRITSAR: The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ferozepur, Vivek Kumar, on Saturday refused to hold an inquiry against the driver of the DMU which mowed down a Dasehra crowd in Amritsar, killing 59 and injuring 62, contending that standing on the tracks amounted to trespass.

Navjot: Ready to face magisterial inquiry

Navjot: Ready to face magisterial inquiry

21 Oct 2018 | 3:07 PM

AMRITSAR: Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who along with Cabinet-minister husband Navjot Singh Sidhu is in the eye of the storm, today accused SAD-BJP leaders of distorting facts for political mileage and said she was ready to face the magisterial inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister into the train tragedy.

Capt orders probe, won’t ‘prejudge’ on rail tragedy

Capt orders probe, won’t ‘prejudge’ on rail tragedy

21 Oct 2018 | 1:13 PM

AMRITSAR: More than 16 hours after a train rammed into a Dasehra crowd, killing 59 persons and injuring 62, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh arrived here on Saturday morning to “review the ground situation”.

Authorities should have cut off access to rail track

Authorities should have cut off access to rail track

21 Oct 2018 | 3:21 PM

THE ghastly train accident in Amritsar was the result of complete failure of due prudence — firstly, on the part of the state civil administration; secondly, the district police; and thirdly, which is no less important, the people themselves, as they should know that it is a crime to trespass on the railway track.

Mishap will dampen Diwali celebrations

Mishap will dampen Diwali celebrations

21 Oct 2018 | 4:52 PM

AMRITSAR: The upcoming Diwali celebrations are likely to be subdued in the wake of Friday’s train accident. Daljit Singh Bedi, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) secretary and spokesperson, said the fireworks scheduled on the occasion of Gurpurb of Guru Ram Dass on October 26 had been cancelled.

37 trains cancelled, 18 short-terminated

37 trains cancelled, 18 short-terminated

21 Oct 2018 | 9:41 AM

NEW DELHI/AMBALA: The Railways cancelled 37 trains and diverted 16 on Saturday, a day after the Amritsar rail tragedy. The Railways said 10 mail/express trains and 27 passenger trains were cancelled, including Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Amritsar-Hardwar Janshatabdi, New Delhi-Jalandhar City Express, Hardwar-Amritsar Janshatabdi, Chandigarh-Amritsar Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh Express, Nangaldam - Amritsar Express and Amritsar-Nangaldam Express.

Of 29 Dasehra events in Amritsar, only 7 had nod

Of 29 Dasehra events in Amritsar, only 7 had nod

21 Oct 2018 | 9:41 AM

AMRITSAR: The local SDM and the Municipal Corporation have confirmed that Mithu Madan, Congress leader and son of area councillor Vijay Madan, had not applied for permission to organise the Dasehra event at Dhobi Ghat.

Last outing together, youth loses 2 friends

Last outing together, youth loses 2 friends

21 Oct 2018 | 10:40 PM

AMRITSAR: Three friends — Karan (21), Amritpal Singh (19) and Rajbir (16) — from adjoining Mohkampura and New Dashmesh Nagar colonies had walked down to Joda Phatak to witness the Dasehra event, little knowing that a train would kill two of them.

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