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High Court ‘raps’ IPS officer for comment on bail order

Punjab
Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 6 The Punjab Police has landed itself in trouble with the judiciary. Describing as “inexplicable” a comment by an IPS officer on a bail order passed by a subordinate court, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made clear its intent to examine whether the statement amounted to casting aspersions on the court. The Bench also added that the High Court, on the next date of hearing, would mull over the need for initiating further action in the matter. The officer posted as police commissioner had asserted that a lower court should not have accepted the testimony of a witness. The developments before Justice Rajan Gupta’s Bench took place on a regular bail petition filed against the state of Punjab by an accused, Balwant Singh. A case of ki

Couple ends fast after admn promises justice

Punjab
Tribune News Service Muktsar, January 6 The district administration on Saturday assured justice to the elderly couple of Kotli Sanghar village, who are farm labourers and had begun a fast yesterday outside the District Administrative Complex (DAC). They had alleged that a landlord family in the village had illegally occupied their house and their repeated requests to the authorities concerned were falling on deaf ears. ADC Rajpal Singh, Assistant Commissioner Gopal Singh and State SC Commission member Karanvir Singh Indora on Saturday went to the protest site and urged them to end the fast. They also formed a committee to probe the matter. The Tribune

Spent fortune on drugs, reformed youth says he’s fortunate enough

Punjab
Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Sangrur, January 6 Having wasted Rs 60 lakh on chitta, a reformed youth was given a farewell by local NGOs and residents today at the local Red Cross De-addiction Centre. His NRI relatives have come from the UK to take him home. “He is now committed against drugs and the family too hopes that he will not only stay away from it, but also motivate others to shun the habit,” said Nirmalijt Kaur, a UK-based aunt of the youth, Manpreet Singh (name changed, 25) of Morinda. His grandmother Avtar Kaur advised all present on the occasion to keep a strict watch over the activities of their children. Manpreet said: “I do not deserve such a big honour. I will, however, help other addicted youths to shun drugs, besides creating awareness on the matt...

Won’t join Health Dept sans benefits: Docs

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 6 Rural doctors working under the Rural Development Department today announced that they would merge with the Health Department only if they get full seniority with all due benefits since 2006. In a statement, Dr JP Narula, president Rural Medical Services Association, Punjab, said the association had a meeting with Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Anurag Verma and demanded full seniority with all due benefits from 2006. He said rural medical officers were serving in the remote rural areas of the state where no other qualified medical care was available and their services were within the reach of poor people. The government instead of giving incentives to them was trying to snatch their right. The Health Department has initiated the move to ...

Teachers flay action against colleagues

Punjab
Muktsar, January 6 A number of government primary school teachers today gathered in Malout and criticised the Education Department’s decision of suspending a teacher and transferring another in Ludhiana district after some school students were found cleaning the school premises. The teachers said on the one hand, the Prime Minister was stressing on keeping the surroundings clean and spread awareness among students and on the other hand, action was taken against two teachers for the same cause. Harry Bathla, an activist of the teachers’ union, said the primary schools did not have peons, still they maintained cleanliness. The teachers threatened that if the decision is not rolled back, they would launch a stir. — TNS The Tribune

Funds at disposal, Sidhu says will revive BRTS in Amritsar

Punjab
Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 6 Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today announced that the Centre had released Rs 150 crore for the development of Amritsar as Smart City. The Union Government had released Rs 500 crore to the state for three major cities, including Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana under the Smart City project. Sidhu alleged that the former state government had not released its share so the Union Government did not release funds during the SAD regime. He claimed that the state government contributed Rs 50 crore to get central government’s fund for Smart Cities. Addressing a press conference, Sidhu said they made a master plan to sort out civic issues of all cities and towns. He said the government had been negotiating with the authorities concerned for...

SC girl alleges harassment by school staff; probe ordered

Punjab
Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Tohra, January 6 A scheduled caste (SC) girl, Veerpal Kaur, who is a student of Class XI at Government Senior Secondary School, Tohra, has alleged harassment at the hands of some of her schoolteachers. Veerpal, a resident of Sahinwal village, alleged that schoolteachers and other staff made casteist remarks against her, besides mistreating her. She alleged that despite being the topper in the school, she was being forced to sit on last benches in the classroom. She alleged that all of this was being done on the behest of some villagers after she refused to help a boy copy during the Class X examinations last year. The boy is a relative of the school clerk. She alleged that despite being the topper in the school, her name was not mentioned in the school m...

Another farmer kills self over ‘partial’ waiver list

Punjab
Barnala: Shocked to find his name missing from the first list of eligible farmers for debt waiver, an indebted farmer from Bhotna village, Kulwant Singh (45), allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the fan of his room on Friday night. The Tallewal police took the body in their custody and got a post-mortem conducted at the Barnala Civil Hospital. "The deceased was under a debt of Rs 8 lakh. As per his wife Harpal Kaur, since the release of list of farmers for debt waiver, he had been under pressure as his name was not on the list. We have registered a case under Section 174 CrPC and started investigation," said Kuldeep Singh, SHO. TNS The Tribune

Nine mobiles found from Amritsar jail

Punjab
Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 6 Nine mobile phones and 10 cigarette packets have been found in the high security Amritsar Central Jail. The cigarettes were thrown on the premises from outside, said officials. A jail inmate, Sandeep Singh, has been booked as he was found possessing a mobile phone. Two phones were found abandoned and the remaining six mobiles along with 10 packets of cigarettes were thrown from outside. This is not the first such incident. The jail authorities have a number of times urged the Public Works Department to install a barbed fence outside the boundary wall of the newly constructed Amritsar Central Jail. It has also asked the authorities to construct a watchtower. As the distance between two towers, numbering four and five, is huge, it becomes difficult f...