Dinesh K Sharma, Editor

‘Khalistan Zindabad’ and SFJ slogans found on wall of DRM Railway in Ferozepur.

On Monday, a slogan referencing Khalistan was painted on the wall of the Divisional Rail Manager’s office.

Officers, on the other hand, moved quickly to hide the slogans – Khalistan Zindabad and 26 January 2023 SFJ – with paint, and the incident is being investigated by police.

The slogans were scrawled in black paint on the railway office’s perimeter, drawing attention to the security arrangements at the railway’s main office.

The security forces have been put on high alert as a result of the event.

We are studying the CCTV tape to identify the folks who have scrawled these slogans, said Satwinder Singh Virk, a DSP who also arrived at the scene.

Meanwhile, SFJ’s General Counsel, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, has delivered a taped video along with a letter.

Cricket: Sachin of women’s cricket, Mithali Raj retires at the age of 39.

New Delhi: Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has retired from all formats of international cricket. He gave this information by tweeting. Mithali has thanked everyone for their love and support. She wrote that she would focus on her second innings. However, he has not revealed what this second innings will be.

Mithali Raj made her debut for Team India on 26 June 1999. She was playing for the Indian team for the last 23 years. The 39-year-old Mithali has scored more than 10,000 runs for Team India. She played the first World Cup for India in the year 2000. After this, in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022, she also came on the field for Team India. Apart from Mithali Raj, Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer for India to have played six World Cups. Sachin played six World Cups for India from 1992 to 2011 and won his last World Cup. Mithali Raj, 39, is called the Sachin of women’s cricket.

Mithali Raj tweeted a letter after retiring and in it she wrote, ‘I started as a little girl to wear the Indian blue jersey because it is the biggest honor to represent my country. In this journey I have seen good and bad. Each incident has taught me something new. These 23 years have been the most challenging, enjoyable and fulfilling for me. Like all journeys, this too had to come to an end. I am retiring from all formats of international cricket today’.

She further said, ‘Whenever I stepped on the field, I always tried to give my best. I feel this is the right time to end my career. The Indian team is in the hands of qualified and talented young players.  And the future of Indian cricket is really good. I would like to thank the BCCI and Mr. Jay Shah sir for the support I have received as a player and captain of the Indian women’s cricket team.

It was an honor for me to captain the Indian team for so many years. It has molded me into a better person. I hope Indian women’s cricket has also got a better shape during this period. This journey ends here but a new one will begin. I want to stay in this game. I love this game. I would be happy to contribute to the growth of women’s cricket in India and around the world. Many thanks to all my fans. Thank you for all your love and support.

Technology World: A mobile app has become a lifesaver, saves the lives of 300 children so far.

If a Smartphone app can do things that expensive devices can’t, then it’s really comforting to hear. Because in countries like India, millions of children die every year due to lack of expensive screening equipment. An app developed by doctors and engineers at University College London is proving to be a life saver for newborns. This app has saved the lives of about 300 children. This app is named NeoSCB.

NeoSCB is a smartphone app that scans the eyes of newborns to identify severe jaundice. This app can be life-saving in areas where expensive screening equipment is not available. The NeoSCB app was used to diagnose jaundice in more than 300 newborns in Ghana.

In 2020, as part of a pilot project, the app was studied on 37 newborns at University College London Hospital (UCLH). The study analyzed images taken from a Smartphone camera to measure the yellowness of the white part of the eye (sclera) through the app, which can provide information about jaundice in newborns. If the reports are to be believed, the NeoSCB app can detect neonatal jaundice early, which requires treatment. Of the 336 children tested through the app, 79 had severe jaundice.

According to reports, the NeoSCB app is as effective as an expensive, expensive screening device that detects jaundice in newborns. All you need is an app to run this app. Let me tell you that severe jaundice kills about 114,000 newborns every year.

QS Ranking: IISc Bengaluru fastest rising South Asian university, 4 IITs in top 200

Chandigarh (Agencies): The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, is the fastest rising South Asian university among the coveted QS World University Rankings top 200 varsities, having gained 31 places while four IITs have also figured in the category attaining a higher rank compared to the previous edition.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-based global higher education analyst, on Thursday, released the 19th edition of the world’s most consulted international university ranking.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, which has bagged the 172nd position, is India’s second-best institution, rising five places while IIT Delhi has risen eleven places to bag 174th rank. The IIT Kanpur has risen thirteen places to its highest position (264) in the history of these rankings, while the IIT Roorkee rose 31 places to its highest rank ever (369). The rankings revealed that IIT Guwahati has gained eleven places, reaching its best result of all the editions of the QS World University Rankings while IIT Indore is the highest-ranking debutant in this edition, placed 396th globally. OP Jindal Global University is the highest-ranked private university for the third year in a row, according to the rankings.

A total of 41 Indian universities have featured in the ranking of which 12 have improved, 12 remained stable, 10 declined while seven universities are new entries. According to the rankings, 13 Indian universities have improved their research impact relative to global competitors, seeing a rise in the Citations per Faculty (CpF) score.

Conversely, Indian universities continue to struggle with QS’ measure of institutional teaching capacity. Thirty of India’s 41 ranked universities have suffered declines in QS’ Faculty and Student Ratio (FSR) indicator, with only four recording improvements, it showed. However, on an encouraging note, now two Indian universities rank among the top 250 for faculty and student ratio, compared to none in previous editions.

The highest performing in this metric is Savitribai Phule Pune University (225th for FSR) and OP Jindal Global University (235th for FSR), followed by IISc Bengaluru (276th for FSR). “This edition of the QS World University Rankings reflects the excellent work that several Indian universities are doing to improve their research footprint, with positive consequences for their reputation on the global stage.

“Conversely, our dataset also suggests that the Indian higher education sector still struggles to provide adequate teaching capacity. Further expansion of provision both within universities and across the sector as a whole will be necessary if India is to continue reaching new heights,” said Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President. “The National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 aims to achieve equity, inclusivity, and quality across the education sector. Prime Minister Modi, his ministers, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) are implementing new frameworks which should radically transform India’s higher education.

“Among these, the multi-modal education framework is instrumental in taking education to remote and inaccessible parts of the country and partially addressing the exponentially rising demand for university places in the largest democracy in the world,” he added.

Security of Burail Jail Chandigarh will be upgraded after a tiffin bomb recovered near the high security jail wall.

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Chandigarh: After a tiffin bomb was found near Chandigarh’s Hi-tech Model Burail Jail, the administration has decided to tighten the security of the jail. Many hard-core terrorists associated with Babbar Khalsa terrorist organization are imprisoned here.

The jail authorities said 45 high-resolution CCTV cameras will be installed within 14 acres of Burail Jail and an Under Vehicle Security System (UVSS) will also be installed. Through this, any object hidden on the floor of any vehicle can be seen. The floor of a vehicle moving at a speed of 30 km per hour can also be checked with this modern system. This type of UVSS exists in only a few prisons in the country. It consists of a camera and an automatic registration recording system. Apart from these, there is also a plan to install boom barriers at the entry gate to prevent heavy vehicles up to 9 tonnes. This boom barrier will also have the ability to stop a fast-approaching heavy vehicle. At present, there is a multi-layer barrier of iron gates in the Burail Jail. At present, the Chandigarh Administration has floated tenders for the purchase of CCTV cameras and UVSS. A special boom barrier will also be procured soon. The Home Secretary has approved this purchase.

Following the recovery of a tiffin bomb near the jail wall, IG (Prisons) Deepak Purohit had held several meetings regarding the security arrangements, under which these measures were considered and a plan was also made to implement them.

Cabinet approves higher minimum support prices for 2022-23 kharif season

New Delhi: India’s cabinet on June 8 approved a hike in minimum support prices for 17 crops for the 2022-23 kharif marketing season, Anurag Singh Thakur, the minister for information said.

The approved rates are in line with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all India weighted average cost of production, an official said.

MSP refers to a state-set price at which government agencies procure select crops from farmers to shield them from price volatilities.

Paddy (common) 100 2040
Paddy (grade A) 100 2060
Jowar (hybrid) 232 2970
Jowar (Maladandi) 232 2990
Bajra 100 2350
Ragi 201 3578
Tur 300 6600
Moong 480 7755
Urad 300 6600
Groundnut 300 5850
Sunflower seed 385 6400
Soyabean (yellow) 350 4300
Sesamum 523 7830
Nigerseed 357 7287
Maize 92 1962
Cotton (medium staple) 354 6080
Cotton (long staple) 355 6380

A young man was found dead in a car. Prima Facie seems to be a case of suicide, says SSP Mohali.

Mohali: A car-borne young man was found dead with a gunshot injury on his head in Mohali on Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohali Vivek Sheel Soni said that prima facie it seems to be a suicide case. The deceased has been identified as Karanpal Sharma, a resident of Jal Vayu Vihar in Mohali, whose body was found on the driving seat of his Hyundai Creta car near his residence on Wednesday.

“There is an entry wound of a bullet on the right side of his head. The pistol from which the fire happened was recovered from his right hand,” said the SSP, while adding that the forensic team reached the spot and examined the scene of the crime. He said that upon examination the entry wound shows point-blank fire and also the right hand in which the weapon was found has tested positive for gunshot residue in preliminary tests by the forensic team.

SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said that the Police have also recovered nine bullets from the right pocket of the deceased. The matter seems to be of suicide and is being examined thoroughly, he added.

Meanwhile, the FIR under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at Police Station Phase 11 Mohali on the statement of Surinder Kumar, father of the deceased. The body has been sent for the autopsy and further investigations by the police are already on.



Bikram Majithia’s life in danger in jail: Wife MLA Ganeev Kaur wrote a letter to Punjab Governor and DGP, demanding the removal of ADGP

Chandigarh: Demanding the removal of Harpreet Sidhu, ADGP, Prison, Ganeev Kaur, MLA from Majithia and wife of the senior SAD leader, Bikramjit Singh Majithia, has written a seven-page-letter to the Governor and the DGP, Punjab, claiming that the life of her husband in Patiala jail is in danger.

Akali leader Bikram Majithia has been in jail for some time in the drug case. Bikram Majithia’s wife Ganeev Kaur Majithia has accused ADGP Jail Harpreet Sidhu of harming her husband. They can also implicate Bikram Majithia in some other false case. While questioning the ability of Harpreet Sidhu she said that when Sidhu was the head of the STF, he also failed to stop the trading of drugs. While being an SIT member, he had recorded a false statement from Akali leader Amarpal Singh Boney.

Ganeev Kaur claimed that there is an old rivalry in the family of Harpreet Singh Sidhu and Bikram Majithia. The Sidhu family believes that one of their aunts was killed by the Majithia family. Bikram Majithia’s grandfather was also fired upon by the security guard of Harpreet Singh Sidhu’s father. Due to this rivalry, Harpreet Sidhu has tried to implicate him by using his position.

Ganeev Kaur has further alleged that even the AAP’s government is jealous of Bikram Majithia as he had filed a defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal during the 2017 elections. Then CM Arvind Kejriwal got the case finished by apologizing to Majithia. The case against MP Sanjay Singh is still going on. Ganeev Kaur has alleged in her letter that Harpreet Singh Sidhu has been given additional charge of ADGP Prison so as to implicate Majithia in some other case.

ED raids GBP builders in Chandigarh: accused of duping crores are absconding; Many documents, cash, and Audi seized.

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Chandigarh: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has raided the premises of Gupta Builders and Promoters (GBP), who are absconding in the case of not giving possession on time despite taking crores of rupees from customers. According to the information, the ED has raided 19 locations including GBP and other embellishments. The raid has been conducted simultaneously in Chandigarh, Ambala, Panchkula, and Delhi. According to sources, during the raid, the ED seized several incriminating documents, worth Rs 85 lakh, during the Audi Q7 car search.

According to the information, cases are also registered against the builder in Punjab and Haryana. Cases have been registered against builders Satish Gupta, Raman Gupta, Pradeep Gupta, and Anupam Gupta associated with GBP. All of them are absconding.

Chandigarh Police has registered 9 cases against GBP on the different complaints of the customers, who were duped crores of rupees in the name of getting them flats. The promoters of the real estate and housing project group are fugitives. According to sources, he fled abroad fearing arrest. About 3 weeks ago, the EOW department of Chandigarh Police registered a fresh FIR on the complaints of 29 people. Each person was cheated between Rs 39 lakh and Rs 55 lakh. The case was registered on the complaint of Darmian Singh of Sector 20.

File photo of the people who were cheated while protesting outside the GBP office.

Sidhu Moosewala Murder Case: Eight Persons Arrested for Providing Logistic Support and Conducting Recce. SIT has also identified four Shooters of Sidhu Moosewala murder.

Chandigarh: Following the strong commitment of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to nab the accused persons in Sidhu Moosewala murder case, the Punjab Police have arrested at least eight persons for providing logistic support, conducting recce and harbouring the shooters of renowned Punjabi Singer Shubhdeep Singh alias Sidhu Moosewala, who was shot dead on May 29.

Moosewala, who left his house at around 4.30pm on May 29 along with two persons including Gurwinder Singh (neighbour) and Gurpreet Singh (cousin), was shot dead by some unidentified persons. He was driving his Mahindra Thar Vehicle.

Those arrested have been identified as Sandeep Singh alias Kekda of Sirsa, Haryana; Manpreet Singh alias Manna of Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda; Manpreet Bhau of Dhaipai, Faridkot; Saraj Mintu of village Dode Kalsia, Amritsar; Prabhdeep Sidhu alias Pabbi of Takhat-Mall, Haryana; Monu Dagar of village Rewli in Sonipat, Haryana; Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb, both residents of Fatehabad, Haryana. The Police have also identified four shooters involved in the crime.

Divulging the roles of the arrested persons, ADGP Anti-Gangster Task Force Parmod Ban on Tuesday said that Sandeep alias Kekda, on the directions of Goldy Brar and Sachin Thapan, had kept tab on the singer’s movements by impersonating himself as his fan. Kekda also clicked selfies with the singer, when the latter was leaving from his home minutes before his murder, he added.

“Kekda has shared all the inputs like the singer was not accompanied by his security personnel, the number of occupants, vehicle details and he is travelling in non-bullet-proof vehicle Mahindra Thar, with the shooters and handlers operating from abroad,” ADGP Ban said.

He said that Manpreet Manna had provided a Toyota Corolla car to Manpreet Bahu, who further delivered the car to two persons— suspected to be the shooters, on the directions of Saraj Mintu, who is a close aide of Goldy Brar and Sachin Thapan.

The ADGP said that the fifth accused Prabhdeep Sidhu alias Pabbi had provided shelter to two associates of Goldy Brar, who came from Haryana in January 2022, and also got conducted a recce of Sidhu Moosewala’s home and surrounding areas through them, while Monu Dagar had provided two shooters and helped assemble the team of shooters to carry out this murder the directions of Goldy Brar.

He said that Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb had handed-over Balero’s vehicle to shooters and also provided them hideout.

Meanwhile, ADGP Parmod Ban said that the Special Investigation Team headed by IGP PAP Jaskaran Singh has been working strategically and cohesive efforts are being made to arrest the identified shooters and other accused persons involved in the crime.