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The “Information Warriors” of the Indian Army celebrated their Centenary Raising Day at Western Command,Chandimandir...

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 19, 2010 5:14:14 am

Signals Corps celebrates Centenary Raising Day
The “Information Warriors” of the Indian Army celebrated their Centenary Raising Day at Western Command,Chandimandir,on Thursday. Chief Signal Officer,Western Command,Major General T Das in his address to the Signals fraternity complimented them for high standards achieved and also appreciated the important role being played by the corps in this era of information technology. “During the last 100 years,the Signals Corps has achieved a major milestone in the fields of strategic,tactical and operational communications ranging from radios,data networks to satellites and has been successful in integrating the entire Indian Army. The corps has exploited niche information and communication technologies in consonance with operating regiments contributing to the highest level of defence preparedness,” he said.

PU rose fest from March 5 to 7
The Panjab University 2nd Rose Festival,organised by the Department of Horticulture,will be held on the campus from March 5 to 7. Announcing the dates of the festival at a press meet on Thursday,university officials said the event has been outsourced to an event management firm. A 25-member committee,comprising students,teachers and employees,has been constituted to organise the festival within a budget of around 12-14 lakh. PU has invited private companies,educational institutes,business houses,banks and NGO to showcases their products and services at the festival. The three-day festival will comprise of various events including a flower show,talent hunt,game shows,laughter show,fashion show and star night by Wadali brothers.

Writer interacts with ITFT students
“One should always remain devoted to public welfare and journalism is one medium to do that,” said Nasira Sharma,writer and actor,during her interaction with students of ITFT College on Thursday. She explained how a thin line existed between what the public needs and what the public wants from media adding that its wants were overpowering the public needs. She advised future journalists to uphold the values of their profession and not succumb to pressures in reporting events.

130 donate blood at Khalsa College
PATIALA: The Youth Club,NSS Wing and Red Cross Cell of Khalsa College,Patiala,organised a blood donation camp on its campus in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra. Around 130 students volunteered.

Implement amended Land Acquisition Act: Pind Bachao Committee
Chandigarh: The Pind Bachao Committee in a letter to the Minister of Urban Development has asked for the implementation of the amended Land Acquisition Act as well as National Rehabilitation and Relief Policy 2007. The Bills had been passed in the Lok Sabha last year,but are pending in the Rajya Sabha. The letter states that the amendments would be applicable to new acquisitions,ignoring the farmers whose land has already been acquired. The law should be applicable in retrospect to all past acquisitions where the land is unutilised or enhancement of compensation cases are pending in courts. President of the committee,Angrez Singh,said the farmers are bearing the brunt of the hasty forced land acquisition by the state governments that are acquiring maximum land before the law is amended.

Woman commits suicide

A 35-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house on Thursday afternoon. Anuja’s body was spotted by her 10-year-old son when he came back from school,the police said,while adding that the deceased’s husband was out of town and no suicide note was recovered from the spot. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated.

Music teacher assaulted outside DSP office
MOHALI: A music teacher Santokh Kataria was allegedly assaulted by a mother-son duo outside the office of DSP (City-I) in Phase IV on Thursday afternoon. Kataria,a resident of Sector 35-C,Chandigarh,reported to the police that Saaru Singh,a resident of Phase II,who was taking lessons in music from him,was involved in a land dispute and used to accompany her to the offices and courts. “At around 2 pm,when I came to meet DSP City-I,the assailants intercepted me outside the office and roughed me up. They abused and threatened me with dire consequences before fleeing,” he said. The police arrested Ravinderpal and his mother Gurnam Kaur,who were later released on bail,after registering a case under Sections 323,341,506,294 and 34 of the IPC.

College canteen contractor killed
FATHEGARH SAHIB: A canteen contractor of the Regional Institute of Management and Technology (RIMT) was killed on Wednesday night by some thieves who had entered the canteen. Fatehgarh SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said 55-year-old Pawan Kumar was stabbed by a broken bottles and a gas burner. Gill said the contractor had earlier complained of petty thefts from the canteen during night hours. Sources said Kumar was hiding in the canteen to nab the thieves on Tuesday and died in the scuffle. While the police have registered a case of murder,investigations are on to nab the culprit who is suspected to be an insider or a hosteller.

Two snatching cases in Ambala
AMBALA: Two motorcycle borne youths snatched the purse of an official of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan,Manjula Rani,after she withdrew a sum of Rs 1 lakh from a bank in Ambala Cantonment on Thursday. Manjula said she was accompanied by another official Sapan Goel at the time of the snatching. In another incident,a bag containing Rs 40,000 was stolen from the dicky of a scooter belonging to Rakesh who was employed as a driver with Aggarwal Industries. Rakesh identified the thief as Gulshan alias Gaur. Separate cases have been registered.

Illegal liquor seized
AMBALA: The Shehzadpur police recovered as many as 728 cases of foreign and countrymade liquor during a special drive at the Grain Market on NH-72 on Thursday. Joginder Singh and his accomplices from Punjab who were on their way to Delhi with the illegal liquor from Chandigarh were arrested. The police registered a case under the Excise Act.

Metro project: UT officials give presentation to Shivraj Patil
Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar along with other senior officials gave a presentation of the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the Metro project to Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Thursday. The plan for the Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) was prepared and submitted to the Administration by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) recently. This includes the metro,Bus Rapid Transit (BRT),Commuter Rail Services and normal bus services on other corridors. For the next phase of the project,the Administration has approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to which it has approved in-principle.

ITBP gets a new batch of 449 constables
PATIALA: As many as 449 constables of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) graduated on Thursday. An attestation ceremony was also held at the 43rd Battalion of ITBP at Chaura camp. Additional Director General Anirudh Uppal was the chief guest and took the salute. The constables have undergone rigorous training for 44 weeks. The new recruits were trained in physical training,drill,battle craft,field craft,internal security duties,tactics,map reading and computers. While Dinesh Chandra was adjudged the best in indoor activities,Kailash Singh was awarded in the physical training category,Rajendra Chandra was the best in firing,Manoj Singh in drill,Raut MD in weapon handling and Punkeshar Kumar was adjudged the best overall trainee. The 43rd Battallion of ITBP has also been earmarked as the first Mahila Battalion of the elite para-military force. The new Mahila Battalion will be doing various duties like VIP security duty in the Parliament,President House,Kailash Mansarovar Yatra duties,frisking and checking at Nathula pass and election duties,as well as in the ensuing Commonwealth Games at New Delhi,said Battallion commandant Angad Prasad Yadava.

Four UT police officers move CAT for extension
Four officers of the Chandigarh Police have filed an appeal in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) seeking implementation of the Punjab Government’s decision of grant of extension of services to its employees by a year. CAT has admitted the appeal which will be heard on February 26. The four officers who are to retire later this month are DSP (East) J S Cheema,DSP (Operations) K I P Singh,Inspector Raghbir Singh,who is posted as the SHO of the Sector-26 police station,and Inspector Hari Chand.


Sector-17 police station adjudged among Asia’s best
The Sector-17 police station has been adjudged among the top three police stations in Asia by Altus Global Alliance on the basis of a jury rating of different police stations that participated in the Police Station Visitors Weeks 2009. The police jurisdictions included Bangladesh,Nepal,Malaysia and seven states or union territories including Assam,Chandigarh,Kerala,Meghalaya,Punjab,Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The other two stations are Vadakkencherry,Kerala and Vidhayakpuri,Rajashthan. Inspector Jaswinder Singh was appointed as the Station House Officer of the Sector-17 police station on Thursday. He was earlier posted at the Traffic Cell.

President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal barred from contesting polls
A local court has barred the current president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal,Charanjiv Singh,from contesting the association’s elections. This was done after a petition was filed by Purshottam Singh,a member of CBM asking for Charanjiv to be barred from contesting. Purshottam Singh pled that according to the CBM constitution,a person was allowed to hold the post of president for two consecutive terms only. “Since Charanjiv has been the president twice,he should not be allowed to contest again,” said Singh. Supporters of Charanjiv contended that one of the terms had been split with two persons working as president for one year each. Meanwhile,the CBM members have decided not to file any appeal against the injunction. A general body meeting will be called soon to present the annual report and to declare a schedule for the forthcoming elections.

CM launches development projects in border belt
AMRITSAR: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched various projects,including a 220-KV power grid project at Algon in Tarn Taran district (Rs 15 crore),a government college at Choongh village (Rs 8 crore),a sub-tehsil complex at Bhikhiwind (Rs 1 crore) and an Adarsh School at Blare village (Rs 3 crore),in the border belt of Valtoha (Khemkaran) in Amritsar district. Speaking at one of the functions,he took a strong exception to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement that no review of the “black list” of Punjab terrorists was possible. Stating that there should be a uniform policy for surrender of militants all over India,Badal said he would take up the matter with the minister during the latter’s visit to Amritsar on February 20.

E-payment to start from wheat procurement season
Ferozepur: WHILE the government could not do much to start e-payment in mandis during the paddy season,it will be on cards in the wheat procurement season,Principal Secretary to CM D S Guru said this during his visit to the city. “I am not sure about the other agencies,but according to the food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon,his department will begin e-payment to facilitate the farmers,” Guru said.Though the minister has made an announcement in this regard,according to information the process of collecting detail of account of ahrtiyas is at a nascent stage and hence question marks are being raised as whether e-payment will be a success this time or not. However,Guru is more concerned about the storage of wheat. Till March end about 150 lakh metric tonne of paddy will still be lying in stores of various agencies. He said,” So far I have had meeting with DCs of 17 districts and most of them have already found alternative spaces for wheat storage.” Rice sellers have been told to rent out empty stores and vacant spaces in focal points. “After looking at the new spaces,I am sure there will be no problem for wheat storage,” he said. Last time,storage of paddy and wheat was a huge problem as they were kept in the open in mandis days after their purchase.

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