Tota challenges conviction,seeks bail extension
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday admitted an appeal filed by former Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh challenging his conviction and one year imprisonment in a case involving alleged misuse of his official position. He also sought extension of bail for which the High Court issued notices to the Punjab government The Mohali Court,while convicting Singh of misusing official car of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB),had granted him bail till June 5. Vipin Ghai,counsel for the former minister,contended that the lower court has presumed that Tota Singh had been misusing the car and that he had been taking it to Moga,his home town. Singh,in his appeal,has also taken the ground that he was given a car with unlimited fuel and that there was no need for him to misuse the official vehicle.
Illegal sand mining: Kin appeal to
Badal over missing truck operator
NAWASHAHR: With no response to their written complaints submitted to the SSP and deputy commissioner (DC) of Nawanshahar,the family of truck operator Jaswinder Singh who has been missing for the last six days after being picked up by the police have now knocked on the door of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the state DGP. Jaswinder was allegedly picked up by the Nawanshahr police from Ropar district civil hospital on May 5 after being involved in a clash between the employees of sand mining contractor and truck operators. Jaswinder,who was one of the injured admitted to the hospital,had held a press conference where he had alleged that illegal sand mining taking place in the area. Jaswinder cousin Darshan Singh,in a complaint to the CM and DGP had alleged that his brother was picked up on May 5 by a police party led by Sub-Inspector (SI) Gurmukh Singh. Despite repeated attempts,both the DC and SSP could not be contacted for their comments.
Man seeks compensation for riot victim
CHANDIGARH: A Mohali resident on Thursday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking compensation for his brother who died after suffering injuries during the 1984 riots. Manjit Singh,through his counsel,Navkiran Singh,has sought directions to central and Punjab governments to release ex-gratia payment of Rs 7 lakh to the legal heirs of Gurcharan Singh,as per the rehabilitation package announced by Union Home Ministry on January 16,2006. Burnt by a mob on November 1,1984,in New Delhi and after remaining bedridden for 25 years,Gurcharan died on February 17,2009. The High Court has issued notices to Centre and Punjab seeking their replies on August 7 – the next date of hearing.
IIIT to come up at Kapurthala
CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday gave nod to the setting up of an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Kapurthala on 50 acres of land. The project will be based on the public private partnership model at a cost of Rs 128 crore. While the state government will pay for 35 per cent of the project,the Centres share will be 50 per cent. The remaining 15 per cent will be funded by private players from industry.
Six mega projects approved
CHANDIGARH: The Empowered Committee on Mega Projects on Thursday approved six mega projects worth Rs 993.18 crore. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal directed the industries department to hold monthly meeting of the committee to cut down on the pendency of cases and also ensure timely resolution of issues related to implementation of projects. The approved projects included four new manufacturing projects worth Rs 580.39 crore and one project in the housing and agro sector.
Sra joins as Markfed MD
CHANDIGARH: Karmjeet Singh Sra has taken over as the managing director of Markfed. While addressing a meeting of Markfed officials,he directed them to ensure enough gunny bags in mandis. All operations of wheat procurement from gunny bags,prompt lifting to paying farmers should be done on time, he said.
Cong slams Sukhbir over funds remark
LUDHIANA: The state Congress leaders on Thursday slammed Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for his statement that the party was trying to scuttle allocation of central funds for Punjab. A statement claiming that the party was for higher allocation of funds for Punjab,stated that Congress only wanted accountability and responsibility to be fixed against misutilisation of central funds.