Custodial torture: HC notice to Punjab
Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal has issued notices to the Punjab government,taking suo motu notice of a news item that appeared in an English daily on November 1,which reported that one Gurpreet alias Gopi had been tortured at Bhogpur police station in Jalandhar district by assistant sub-inspector Avtar Singh and head constable Jagir Singh. According to the report,Gopis only fault was that he happened to knock at the door of a strangers house,mistaking it for his sisters address. It was further reported that the turn of events disturbed his wife so much that she suffered a miscarriage. As per the report,the matter is now with Joginder Pal,Deputy Superintendent of Police,Adampur. The report further reads that the DSP had claimed the victim to be not available at his house,while the team of reporters of an English daily traced the victim at his house in Manak Dheri village,about 10 kilometres from Bhogpur,on Saturday. If the facts appearing in the news item are correct,the matter deserves to be looked at in PIL jurisdiction of this court, the chief justice held. The matter will come up for resumed hearing on November 2.
Khalsa College debarred from youth festivals
Amrisar: In a fallout of the Monday incident when its students created a ruckus after being disqualified from taking part in the youth festival,Khalsa College,Amritsar,was on Tuesday debarred from taking part in any youth festival in the future. Guru Nanak Dev University had called off the festival on Monday in view of the undisciplined behaviour of Khalsa College students and a few outsiders. In a statement,Director,Youth Welfare,Dr Jagjit Kaur said the college had been found guilty of violating the rules laid down by the university to take part in the competitive events.
Lakhowal urges MPs to join protest
Ludhiana: Ajmer Singh Lakhowal,president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) and chairman,Punjab Mandi Board,has urged all members of Parliament from Punjab to rise above party lines and join the farmers in their November 8 protest in New Delhi. In his letter to all MPs,Lakhowal has said: It is all due to the wrong policies of the Centre that the farmers of Punjab were facing so many problems. The Food Corporation of India is not procuring paddy,which is causing a huge distress. At the same time,by hiking the MSP of wheat by mere Rs 20,the Centre has once again played a cruel joke on the poor farmers who are forced to commit suicide as they see no other way of survival.
Panel to look into pay anomalies
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced to set up a committee under the chairmanship of a senior bureaucrat in the rank of financial commissioner within a week to look into the pay anomalies of state employees. A delegation of the Mulazam Wing of Shiromani Akali Dal,led by its president and chairman of Punjab Mulazam Bhalai Board Surinder Singh Pehalwan,met Badal on Tuesday to discuss the matter,after which the CM asked the finance and personnel departments to jointly examine their demands pertaining to regularisation of ad hoc and work-charged employees within the parameters of the laid down guidelines of the Supreme Court. He also asked Principal Secretary to CM D S Guru and Principal Secretary,School Education,C Roul to finalise the modalities for promotion of school teachers and ensure these promotions positively by February 28,2011.
Rs 69.97-cr projects for Moga town
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved projects of sewerage,water supply and roads,worth
Rs 69.97 crore,for Moga town. Presiding over a meeting with senior officers of the departments of local government,water supply and sanitation and publiic works here on Tuesday,Badal directed them to complete these work by November 30,2011,and assured them of adequate funds. The managing director of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board apprised the CM that Rs 69.97 crore had been earmarked for water supply,sewerage and roads in Moga. Badal asked the deputy commissioner of Moga to regularly monitor the progress of the projects.
No meeting on Ghaggar project: HC issuesshow-cause notice to standing panel
Chandigarh: Taking a serious note of the non-compliance of courts directions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued show-cause notices to the chairman and the secretary of Ghaggar Standing Committee,asking them to explain as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for not convening a meeting as ordered by the court. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari had directed the committee to convene a meeting to resolve the dispute pertaining to non-channelisation of Ghaggar river. The Punjab government had blamed Haryana for creating roadblocks in the project. In an affidavit submitted before the High Court,the Punjab government had submitted that of the total length of 40 km of the river from Khanauri to Karail (exit point of Punjab) 22.45 km had been widened. However,the remaining 17.55 km could not be widened due to certain objections raised by Haryana,Additional Advocate General (AAG) for Punjab Rupinder Singh Khosla had told the court. To ensure that no more floods take place due to non-channelisation of the river,the court had directed the states of Punjab,Haryana and Rajasthan to convene a meeting and come up with a solution by October 4.