Punjab Education Minister smells ‘plot’ in CBSE decision not to keep Punjabi language among mainstream topics

Punjabian Schools, Higher Education and Languages ​​Minister Pargat Singh said on Wednesday it was “unfortunate” that the Punjabian language was excluded from the list of “major subjects” in the sheet of examination date published by the Central Council of Secondary Education (CBSE) for Classes X and XII.

Asking the central council to “reconsider its decision,” Singh said it was a “conspiracy” to keep regional languages ​​on the list of “minor subjects” in order to “wean children from their mother tongue. “. He also said that this measure is a gross injustice to the state’s students and is in total violation of the spirit of the Indian Constitution.

The CBSE on Tuesday released a date sheet for the Semester 1 exam for Classes X and XII, which was scheduled to start from November 30. However, the exam schedule has only been published for major subjects. The board said, “The minor subject date sheet will be provided to schools separately.”

“At least in the states concerned, the respective mother tongues should be included in the list of major subjects. If necessary, I would demand a rollback of the decision of the Union Minister of Education, ”Singh said.

Young married couple kidnapped, massacred to death in Fazilka; 16, including the wife’s parents reserved

A newlywed couple was kidnapped and slaughtered to death, allegedly by family members of the woman who opposed their marriage, on Sunday in a village in the Fazilka district of Punjab.

An FIR was registered by Moga police against 16 people, including the woman’s paternal uncles and cousins, charged with murder, kidnapping and other offenses based on a complaint filed by the beau -brother of man, Sukhdev Singh.

Rohtash Singh (25) and Suman (23) celebrated their wedding on October 1 in Chandigarh after Suman’s family rejected the alliance. Since October 13, the couple had resided at the home of Rohtash’s sister, Mamta, in Raunta village in Nihal Singh Wala de Moga.

On Sunday afternoon, the accused allegedly broke into Mamta’s house, kidnapped the couple, beat them and then murdered them in the village of Sappanwali in Abohar, in the district of Fazilka. The bodies were then dumped at the main village chowk.

The couple belonged to the village of Sappanwali.

Police said Rohtash’s throat was cut and Suman was strangled. Both had multiple wounds to their bodies, inflicted with swords, axes and other sharp weapons, they added.

Vikram Kumar, Rohtash’s brother, said that since the couple got married, Suman’s family “had made their life hell and used to wander past their house with guns.” “Because of the fear, we even left our home and went into hiding to save our lives. Although both families are from the OBC community, they had a problem as they are zamindars (landowners) and farm while we are daily bets. My late father was a gardener. So they felt humiliated when their daughter married the son of a daily bet instead of a zamindar, ”Vikram said.

Rohtash’s brother-in-law Sukhdev Singh told the Indian Express: On Sunday afternoon, around 15-16 people in three cars pulled up outside my house and tried to barge in. When we refused to open the doors, they climbed over the walls and came inside. They started beating Rohtash and Suman.

They dragged them out of the house and took them in cars. My wife was not at home. I started to follow them on my motorbike but they sped. Suman was terrified when the attack occurred and identified four men. Two of them were his paternal uncles and two were cousins.

They carried swords and at least 10 other people accompanied them with their faces covered. They were shouting ‘tuhanu love wedding karwaun da mazaa chakhauney haan’ (Now we are going to teach you both a lesson in celebrating love marriage) ‘. A few hours later, we learned that they had killed them both and threw the bodies on the chowk.

Sukhdev claimed there was no caste issue as both families were from the OBC community.

“My in-laws (Rohtash’s family) are from the community of gardeners (maali) and the girl’s family is Kamboj, who are also CBOs. But his family still never accepted this alliance. They still had problems because they thought it would be humiliating if their daughter married a gardener’s son. Suman and Rohtash had loved each other since school and always wanted to get married. Also earlier, 2 to 3 times, Suman’s family had warned us about this relationship but both were madly in love, “he added.

Moga Police have registered an FIR under sections 302 (murder), 452 (house intrusion), 364 (kidnapping or kidnapping for murder), 148 (riots) and 149 (illegal assembly) of the ‘IPC at Nihal Singh Wala Police Station.

The FIR was registered against the paternal uncles of Suman, Atma Ram and Mahinder Ram, his cousins ​​Naresh Kumar and Mandeep Singh and other defendants, Babbu, Paali, Sonu, Lekh Raj, Sheri, Dauli, Babli, Shindi, Babbu, Vinod, Heera, Kewal. All 16 are from Sappanwali village.

Deputy Inspector Nirmaljeet Singh, SHO of Nihal Singh Wala Police Station, said: “At first glance, it looks like an honor killing case. We have yet to make any arrests in this case. The bodies were sent for autopsy. The probe is activated.

Dussehra: 2,000 cops keep watch during festivities in Ludhiana, according to CP

At least 2,000 police will be on duty in the city on Friday during the Dussehra festivities, Ludhiana Police Commissioner said today.

Ludhiana Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the 2,000 staff would be deployed to various locations in the city and ensure law and order.

Bhullar said the effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbkaran will be burned at 23 locations under the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana City Police and that elaborate security arrangements have been made at all of these sites. He said an additional force from the Punjab Police Academy (PPA) Phillaur had also been deployed to the town.

During its visit on Thursday to parts of Sector 39 of Chandigarh Road, Daresi and other areas, the CP said the force was committed to upholding the law at all costs. He said the sole purpose of inspecting the arrangements was to make the security system more responsive and efficient.

He assured the population that a rock-solid security blanket had already been put in place in the city and that no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands.

Bhullar also held meetings with GO rank officials and asked them to provide round-the-clock patrols to all sensitive locations and locations in the city. He said police teams / PCR staff monitor and patrol around the clock in these areas which often experience heavy traffic.

Punjab: Khanna woman injured in acid attack, reserved neighbor

A 29-year-old woman was reportedly attacked with acid by her neighbor in the town of Khanna, in the Ludhiana district, on Sunday evening.

Police said that three months ago the accused, identified as Sandeep Singh, and the victim had an argument over a drain on their street. Singh then allegedly attacked the woman with a brick. An FIR was registered to him but he was then released on bail.

Singh allegedly threw acid at her on Sunday as she walked to the market. The woman was on a scooter when Singh, who was riding a passenger on a bicycle, pulled over her and threw acid in her face.

The victim managed to cover his face with his arms and suffered burns to his hands. Local residents transported the victim to hospital and informed his parents.

The victim said Singh had been harassing her since Sunday morning. When she left the house in the morning, he followed her and tried to assault her with a chemical, but she escaped the attack and rushed home. But in the evening, he followed her again and threw some acid, she said.

Sub-Inspector Akash Datt, SHO Khanna city-2 police station, stated that an FIR under Sections 341 (undue hardship), 326-A (willfully causing serious injury by use of acid), 34 (common intention) of the IPC was filed against Sandeep Singh and his accomplice. They have not yet been arrested.

The victim said if the police had taken tougher action on his complaint three months ago when he assaulted her with a brick, it would not have happened.

Channi visits cotton fields in Bathinda and meets affected farmers

ONE DAY after SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal visited the villages of Bathinda to take stock of the pink boll worm attack on cotton cultivation, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, and his deputy Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa traveled to the villages of Bathinda to meet with farmers.

Channi traveled with a minimum of security in the region. In the village of Mandi Kalan, he ate a meal with a farm worker who died during agricultural protests. He was frequently seen getting out of his vehicle to meet farmers on the way. He also stopped on the way to greet a newly married couple.

In Katar Singh Wala village, the CM interacted with farmers and visited their cotton fields. He expressed his concern over the pink boll worm attack on their crop. “We don’t care about the money to spend to save the crops, we are committed to the farmers. First of all, we will use pesticide sprays to control the spread of the disease and if nothing works, we will compensate the farmers, ”he said.

Channi asked farm officers to check the quality of the pesticide sprays, as the farmers alleged that the sprays they were using were not working on the pink boll worm. Sukhbir Badal alleged that poor quality pesticides and poor quality seeds were being provided and requested an investigation. He even alleged that CM MP Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had been involved in a seed scam earlier and if it had been verified in time it would not have happened.

Channi also visited the village of Mandi Kalan where, in addition to visiting the cotton fields, he visited the farm worker Sukhpal Singh, who died at the Delhi border while protesting against agricultural laws.

Channi met his brother Natha Singh and gave him a letter of employment, compensation of Rs 5 lakh had already been granted to him by the administration earlier. This is the first letter of employment given by the government of Punjab to any farmer or farm worker who has died during protests against agricultural laws at morcha sites in Punjab or at its borders.

The CM was due to visit another village, Cheema Kalan, but was unable to do so due to lack of time. Therefore, administration officials went to the village to deliver a letter of employment to another family of farm workers.

“Channi tries to project an image of aam aadmi by eating in the houses of the workers, trying to be one of them. He’s going to do a lot of things now to gain votes, he’s a poll gimmick. Rahul Gandhi does it too, as does Raja Warring, ”said Jagseer Singh Jhumba, a farmer based in Bathinda.

30% cotton area in Bathinda, Mansa suffers pest attack, farmers start plowing fields

OVER THIRTY percent of the cotton-grown area in Mansa and Bathinda districts is attacked by pink boll worm, with many farmers plowing their standing crop after failing to save it.

The government of Punjab, meanwhile, has ordered girdwari throughout the cotton belt to assess the spread of the disease. While many farmers have already plowed their fields, others are waiting for girdwari teams to assess their damage for appropriate compensation.

The attack is on BT cotton varieties and not on Desi cotton, confirmed Manjit Singh, head of agriculture, Bathinda and Mansa.

He said, “The cause of this attack is last season’s cotton swab that farmers keep as a fuel source in their homes, tube-well chambers or near fields, etc. These stems are picked from the fields after picking the cotton. Even now, last year’s cotton stalk stock has not been fully consumed as the new crop has started to hit the market. These stems sometimes serve as breeding ground for pink bollworm and therefore attack the crop in the fields. This has happened in many areas this time. Once the insect begins to attack the crop, initial control with pesticides is a must as later it gets out of hand. As a result, many farmers did not use pesticides in August, when this pest began to appear in crops.

The information revealed that the area cultivated with cotton last year was 2.5 lakh hectares, which has increased to 3 lakh hectares this year. In Bathinda, the cotton area is 96,000 hectares while it is 65,000 hectares in Mansa. Manjit Singh said: “Almost 30 percent of the crop is attacked by pests. We need to assess the percentage of damage caused by girdwari. ”

In Sangrur, Deputy Commissioner Ramvir said crops were not attacked by pink capsule worm, while Muktsar’s information revealed that reports of pest infestation came from a village in Gidderbaha, while that the rest of the district is declared safe at this time. Fazilka district is also in the safe zone, according to the sources. Information from the Ministry of Agriculture revealed that the pink bollworm attack is very serious in many villages in Haryana, while in Punjab they face it after a long hiatus. Meanwhile, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal will visit some villages in Talwandi Sabo to meet farmers on the issue. She also demanded compensation of 20,000 rupees per acre for the farmers. She also alleged that the poor quality of the pesticides was the reason for the lack of effect of the pesticides on the crops. She demanded an investigation into this case and sanctions against the culprits as well.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha has asked the government of Punjab to compensate the farmers or they will start demonstrating from September 30.

DEATH OF A DALIT YOUTH: SC panel denounces Punjab authorities for delay in payment of compensation

The National Commission of Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has previously beaten up Punjab government officials for delaying compensation for the family of a young Dalit who died as a result of allegations of torture while in detention at Budhlada police station in Mansa on May 23.

The NCSC noted that despite repeated orders, no compensation was paid to the family of the victim from Phaphre Bhaike village in Mansa.

Taking keen note of the delay, the NCSC, on the orders of its president Vijay Sampla, sent a further notice to Divisional Commissioner Faridkot, asking him to immediately register a complaint against the misguided Punjab government officials.

According to information received by the NCSC from petitioner Bhappi Kaur, her 20-year-old son had died on his return from a police station.

The family alleged that the boy was illegally arrested by police and brutally beaten in police custody. After no legal action was taken by the district police, Sampla visited the victim’s family on June 4 and ordered Mansa’s deputy commissioner to pay compensation of Rs 8.25 lakh to the victim’s family under the law SC, with immediate release of half the amount. .


Deputy Commissioner Mansa even appeared before the Commission in Delhi and promised immediate release for compensation. But still, no action took place on the ground.

The petitioner, in her letter to Sampla of September 21, informed that the compensation amount of Rs 8.25 lakh had not yet been paid into her account by the head of social justice and empowerment of the district. In sending the notice to Divisional Commissioner Faridkot, a copy of which is sent to Mansa Deputy Commissioner for necessary action, Sampla asked officers to ensure the immediate release of the compensation in addition to the registration of the case against guilty Punjab government officials, under Article 4 of the SC. / ST Law, 1989.

He also asked the authorities to investigate the case and submit the report by September 30, by mail or email, based on the facts and information on action taken regarding the allegation / case.

Not much sympathy for the captain: “He did not keep his promises, should have resigned a year ago”

The resignation of Capt Amarinder Singh of the post of Chief Minister of the Punjab, capping months of internal struggle within Congress and just before the next assembly election, was long overdue and something that should have been done much sooner as he had lost touch with the masses. Congress, however, is likely to feel the pinch as it lacks a mass leader of Amarinder’s stature in the state.

This is the general sentiment in the Punjab which voted the Congress, led by Amarinder, to a landslide victory in the 2017 legislative elections, giving the party 77 seats out of Vidhan Sabha’s 117 members. He went on to win three more seats in the indirect polls held in October 2019, bringing his strength to 80. Besides the ruling opposition to Shiromani Akali Dal, these are some of the key promises Amarinder made – punish the main culprits behind Incidents of sacrilege and police shooting to Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan, ending the drug threat and rescinding flawed power purchase agreements (PPAs), among others, that helped the party achieve victory. However, ahead of the elections early next year, discontent was brewing over broken promises.

Balbir Singh, who retired from the state transportation department and now lives in Bathinda, said: “This (resignation) should have happened about a year ago. The captain did a good job during his previous tenure (2002-07), but he failed to deliver this time around. He couldn’t keep the big promises he made, making it difficult even for local congressional leaders to come out in public. Moreover, he remained inaccessible to his own ministers, and even less to meeting the public ”.

He said Congress will now have a valid excuse when it begins its campaign for the 2022 polls with a new CM face.

Okay Gora Singh Bhainibagha, senior vice president of Punjab Kisan Union. “They (Congress) made so many promises and couldn’t keep them. People had started to question them. The party took this step to slow down and stop the anti-nomination wave. They seem to have learned the lessons from the BJP, which has changed heads of government twice in Uttarakhand and recently in Gujarat. From now on, a new face will not be so much questioned by the public when Congress returns to the masses on the pretext that they have withdrawn the CM, ”said Gora Singh, a resident of Bhainibagha village in Mansa.

Sarwan Singh Pandher, a Gurdaspur-based farmer and general secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangrash committee, also said Amarinder’s resignation came as Congress broke its promises and stared at the ruling opposition. “This last-minute action can be beneficial for Congress. The promises he made in 2017 were too big to keep. Congress found itself faceless to return to the public. In addition, Amarinder often spoke the language that (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak. He even agreed to submit the farmers’ land records before the paddy supply season. He agreed on a lot of things the Center wanted but was against the farming community, ”Pandher said.

“Initially, when the agitation against the three central agricultural laws started, Amarinder, as Punjab CM, had obtained several FIRs against the farmers. Later, when the movement gained momentum, it retreated. This is (his resignation) a step planned before the 2022 polls, ”he added.

A progressive farmer from Lakhowal village in Ludhiana and who is also the chairman of the PAU Kisan Club, Amarinder Singh, said the resignation should have happened a year ago. “It was delayed most likely due to the continued agitation from the farmers. It is one of the first steps taken by Congress to revive its fortunes. They copied the BJP’s playbook to fight against the exercise of power. This action could help the party gain the sympathy of voters, ”he said.

“This is the result of an internal congressional feud and the struggle for the presidency and supremacy. We voters have been used as puppets. The leaders of Congress had been fighting for a long time, so something like this was expected. A new CM won’t be able to do much, ”said Jeetendra Garg, an Arhtiya based in Mansa.

The mood in Amarinder’s hometown of Mehraj, meanwhile, was bleak, with few people keen to talk about the great development of Punjab politics. A large village of Bathinda, Mehraj has now become a panchayat nagar. Seera Singh, a farmer from Saul Patti de Mehraj, believes that Amarinder has been designated as a scapegoat by Congress amid the internal feud and that the party will face the consequences. However, he added that during his previous term, “Amarinder changed the skyline of this village”, in his second term “he did not come to the village after winning the elections in 2017”.

“His ancestors took up residence in the village after their arrival from Rajasthan. We will always have a sweet corner for him. Anyone from Mehraj to his office was always amused, ”added Seera Singh.

Dr Sumit Gupta, a psychiatrist based in Jalandhar and Bobby Jindal, secretary general of the Punjab Dyers Association, said Congress erred in removing Amarinder.

“It’s a blunder. We only trusted Congress because of Capt Amarinder Singh. In 2017, they won thanks to him and have now forced him to resign. Before the polls, this step will not work at all, ”Gupta said.

Jindal added, “This will hurt Congress. The factions within Congress will continue to remain at loggerheads ”.

Dr Ravindra Vatsyayan, a renowned Ayurvedacharya based in Ludhiana, also had a similar opinion. “This is betrayal of the worst kind. The man who single-handedly led Congress to power in the Punjab has been summarily fired. Nothing more humiliating. Vinash-kaale viprit buddhi ”.

Afghan Hindu businessman kidnapped in Kabul

An AFGHAN Hindu businessman was reportedly kidnapped at gunpoint on his way to his store in Kabul on Tuesday.

Bansari Lal Arendeh, in his 50s, was from Khost province in Afghanistan and established his pharmaceutical company in Karte Parwan in Kabul. He and his family had acquired Indian citizenship, but traveled frequently to Kabul for business. His wife and children are in Delhi.

On Tuesday, he was reportedly abducted on his way to his store near the Parwain Khair Hotel in Kabul.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Ashok Kumar Arendeh, his older brother, who is also in Kabul, said his brother was unlikely to have been kidnapped by the Taliban. “The Taliban are also trying to locate him and have offered us their full support. It may be the work of thieves. He was on his way to his store as usual when a vehicle started following him. He was taken away in a vehicle at gunpoint. So far, we have no idea of ​​his captors, ”Ashok said. “We have taken Indian nationality but we continue to visit Kabul for our business and our means of subsistence,” he added.

Gurnam Singh, chairman of Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh Karte Parwan Kabul, said a complaint has been lodged with the Taliban. “On behalf of the Hindu and Sikh minorities still remaining here, we informed the Taliban of the kidnapping of Bansri Lal. It happened around 8:20 am Tuesday morning. The Taliban denied taking him away. They are also trying to find out who did this, ”he added.

Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, said a Bansri Lal employee was also kidnapped, but managed to escape after being beaten by the kidnappers. “His car was hit from behind and after that he was taken away in a green Toyota Corolla at gunpoint. The local community is following the case with the local authorities and a case has also been registered with the local investigative agencies. We have also informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) and requested their help and immediate intervention, ”Chandhok said.

“Unit 021 of the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took charge of the case and investigated it. Members of the local community have met with officials but so far the identity of the kidnappers has not been established. A copy of the complaint and the search order issued by the Taliban has been provided to the complainants, ”he added.

“Steel frame” that keeps the hum of government machinery, also knows how to relax

FOR BUREAUCRATS in the Punjab, it’s not just work and no play. These overworked officers, who are essentially the silent force that effectively turns the wheel of the government machine, often have to put in long hours, prioritizing their work above all else on a daily basis.

On the rare occasions when they manage to breathe, they turn to their leisure time to distract themselves from the daily grind.

IAS officer Rakhee Gupta, for example, loves to sing. The 1997 batch officer, who is a senior Punjabi official, has at least one devotional song to his credit on YouTube, which was posted in October of last year. Rakhee, now, has released his second devotional issue – a Krishna bhajan titled Aiso Man Hoye was composed by Devender Dev – which premiered on YouTube by T-Series in the first week of August and received 305 339 views (as of August 22) and over 52,000 likes.

Rakhee, who is the Punjab resident commissioner in New Delhi, says: “I never learned to sing professionally. But it has been my passion since childhood. However, once I became an IAS, the working hours got long and I got busy. I never really got to explore my desire to sing completely. Finally, last year I tried to sing a devotional song, Main Toh Ratungi Radha Naam, and it received a roaring reception on YouTube. So this year, in the month of Saavan, I tried to find another number. I compartmentalize myself. When I work I focus on the job and when I devote time to my singing in my free time I do it justice. My husband, Rahul Bhandari, irrigation and mining secretary [ a 1997 Punjab cadre IAS officer], and my two sons pushed me to release a musical number because they’ve been listening to me sing together for years. This sort of thing motivated me. There is no age to live your dreams.

Rakhee’s moving interpretation celebrates various facets of Krishna’s childhood. Composed in an innovative style, his second attempt dedicated to Krishna is a natural corollary of his first song which sings the praises of Krishna’s wife, Radha. “Radha and Krishna are considered incomplete without each other. They are worshiped together. The choice of my song about Krishna was obvious, ”says Rakhee. adding that she wants to focus on devotional songs only for now, but will continue to live out her hobby of singing whenever she has time.

Like Rakhee, another bureaucrat, Kumar Saurabh Raj, took refuge in painting in his spare time.

Kumar Saurabh, who holds the post of director of technical education in the Punjab, spends most of his weekends painting.

He says, “I loved painting, but somehow I never had the opportunity to explore this hobby. About 3 years ago I started doing watercolors and continued to increase my collections. Most of my paintings were taken by my friends. I still have almost 30 with me at home. Over the past few months, I’ve even attended a few online classes to improve my skills. At first I tried everything, but now I only do landscapes. I love to paint because it refreshes my mood and relieves stress.

Ghanshyam Thori, Jalandhar’s deputy commissioner, is another bureaucrat who has started playing the guitar to break the monotony of his work routine. Thori says: “I play guitar with my friends and family and of course sometimes also for myself. After being a staunch officer all day, sometimes we have to spend so little time with ourselves. It relaxes me.”

MF Farooqui, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), on the other hand, loves shayari and has been a part of many mushairas, while IPS Gurpreet Singh Toor has written a book “Alharh Umran Talakh Sunehe”, which is based on his experiences and interactions with drug addicts during his various field assignments with the police service. This book was published by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, in July 2018.