Thursday, August 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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He arose from the dead
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 6
Believe it or not, Ajaib Singh actually arose from the dead. Having been pronounced dead by a quack, he gained consciousness after his wife hit him during mourning. But for his revival, his funeral procession would have started soon. Ajaib Singh expressed his gratitude to the Almighty and is now admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

A resident of Bathinda, 50-year-old Ajaib Singh was declared dead by a quack of the locality. A pall of gloom descended on the family and his wife, daughters and others family members started wailing near his “body”. Some others started reciting path of Sukhmani Sahib. Other relatives started gathering at his residence in Bathinda. “We were getting ready for my father’s last rites. We were shocked when suddenly he started coughing after being hit by my mother on his chest,” his daughter said.

He was then taken to another doctor in Bathinda, where he was kept under observation for 36 hours and was referred to the DMCH, Ludhiana.

Manohar Singh, one of his sons, said, “My father suffers from stomach problem.

He was being treated by a doctor here for the past over a year. Of late, he would start vomiting after he ate anything. We consulted a doctor who runs a “clinic” at his home. He examined my father and said he was no more.

He was unwell but not critical. The news of his death come as a shock to us. We called all our relatives. It was a miracle when after about two hours, he regained consciousness.

“We are thankful to God for giving him a new lease of life.”

Bittu, Ajaib Singh’s son-in-law, said he regained consciousness when his wailing wife hit him. “If these traditions were not there, we would have lost him. Doctors say he is normal and we could take him home after a few days,” he said.

Though Ajaib does not remember what happened, he feels better now. “He has asked me to distribute sweets and fruits among patients, attendants and doctors,” Manohar Singh said.



Hosiery unit gutted
Firemen fight flames for hours
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed gutted in a major fire at a three-storey building housing a hosiery factory at Ram Nagar late last evening.
The fire broke out around 8.00 pm at V.K. Dhir Hosiery unit. It took almost two hours for seven fire-engines to control the raging flames.

By that time, a huge quantity of yarn and clothes manufactured recently and stored in a room had been completely destroyed.

The exact cause of fire could not be ascertained. It is being suspected that a short-circuit could have triggered it.

The fire was spotted by some neighbours who saw thick black smoke coming out of the building.

The three-storey building was completely burnt. There was no loss of life as the factory had been closed for the day.

Mr Vinay Dhir, the owner of the factory, said he had lost goods worth about Rs 20 lakh in the fire.



Medical college fee down, parents’ morale up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
Aspiring medical students and their parents had a sigh of relief today when the management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) admitted candidates, to the MBBS courses for a fee of Rs 1.5 lakh each.

The Dumra auditorium of the DMCH was packed with students and parents who had turned up for the medical examination, admission and submission of fees for the MBBS and PG courses. The deadline for submission of fees is August 7.

Parents of a candidate from Bathinda, on the condition of anonymity, said they were relieved today. “Till the last moment, we were not sure whether or not our child would be able to pursue medical career because of the revised fees. However, we were asked to pay as per the rules of the state government. Frankly, I had been asked to pay more, I would have taken him back to Bathinda because I can not afford to spend Rs 4 lakh per year on his studies,” said the father.

Another parent who did not wish to be quoted said, since his daughter had scored very well in the PMET, he wanted her to study at this prestigious institution. “Though the matter is subjudice, the DMCH management has charged according to the fee structure fixed for private institutions and set by Baba Farid University. We know that the court decision will be final and would adhere to it,” said the parent.

Aspiring medical students, who wanted to study in this institution, were not sure about the fee structure till yesterday because one of the dental institutes at Amritsar had refused to admit some candidates saying that the list sent by Baba Farid University did not mention their names. Though officials at the BFU in Faridkot had claimed that private medical and dental institutes in the state could not charge even a penny more than the fee structure fixed by the Punjab Government, confusion prevailed, nevertless. 



Shagun scheme money sought back
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Irregularities have surfaced in the distribution of the shagun scheme money in the district. A number of persons fraudulently became beneficiaries and caused a loss to the state exchequer during the previous regime. The fraud came to the fore now after the audit department put an objection on the payments.

The shagun scheme was introduced by the SAD-BJP government, under which, women from economically weaker sections of society were paid Rs 5,100 each at the time of their wedding. The administration has already asked beneficiaries to deposit the money given with the treasurer’s office. In some cases, officials of the district administration have summoned them to their offices.

Sources in the administration said there were some discrepancies in the papers submitted by various claimants. In some cases, the brides were minors.

A senior official of the administration said on the condition of anonymity that there were not more than five such cases in the district .



Uneasy calm in Bhaini Arora
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
An uneasy calm prevailed in Bhaini Arora village here today following the sudden death of the 85-year-old man grandfather of an accused in the recent attack on two dalits of the village. Villagers alleged foul play.

The village has been in the grip of tension since last week. A police party was roughed up by relatives of the four accused persons a couple of days ago when it raided a hideout.

Kartar Singh, grandfather of accused Gurpreet Singh, was found dead in a room locked from inside. All relatives of the accused have fled the village fearing police action. The deceased was cremated in the evening.



Work on beautification of park begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
Mr Surinder Dawar, Congress legislator, laid a foundation stone to mark the beginning of the work for beautification of Guru Hargobind Park, near CMC Chowk, here today. The work would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 6 lakh.

Mr Dawar announced that after the completion of this work, projects for beautification of Fateh Ganj Tubewell Park and Mohar Singh Nagar park in would be taken up. He said projects to improve infrastructure and provide better amenities would also be taken up on priority basis.

The area councillor, Mr Sanjeev Talwar, while focussing on various development works, said submersible pumps had already been installed in Mohalla Ambedkar Nagar, Ram Nagar and Sadhu Sunder Singh Colony. These would be soon energised to tide over the problem of scarcity of drinking water in these colonies. The proposal for sinking a new tubewell in Ram Nagar had also been approved by the civic body and preliminary work had been completed, he said.

Prominent among others present at the function were Mr Rakesh Parashar, councillor, Mr Ashok Bagga, Mr Harbans Lal Talwar, Mr Walaiti Ram Talwar, Mr Charanjit Singh Happy, Mr Raju Bursha, Mr Inderjit Kang, Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bobby, Mr Parminder Singh Kittu, Mr Paramjit Singh Pamma, Mr Pardeep Kumar and Mr Rajan Tandon.



SSP marks inquiry into Khud Mohalla incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The district police has marked an inquiry into the Khud Mohalla episode, where a devastating fire had broken out in a factory killing 20 and seriously injuring 150 persons. The residents of the area had demanded an action against the owner of the factory, who, they claimed had stored highly inflammable chemical on the factory premises in violation of rules.

Assigning the inquiry of the DSP, Mr Sandeep Goel, the SSP, Mr Narinderpal Singh, assured the residents that action would be taken against the accused if he was found guilty.

Led by women who lost their husbands during the fire incident, the residents of the area met the SSP in the morning today and submitted a memorandum to him demanding the registration of a case against the owner of the factory, Gurbachan Singh Gogi.

Ms Manjit Kaur, a widow, said an inquiry had revealed that Gogi had stored Benzene, a highly inflammable chemical, in the factory that caught fire.



Ex-servicemen to wear black badges
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh Ex-Servicemen League has called upon ex-servicemen, widows and their dependents to wear black badges on Independence Day to protest against the state government’s decision to introduce sale tax on CSD items. The league has threatened to boycott all rallies organised by the government if it fails to roll back the decision by September 1.

Terming the move as ‘‘anti-welfare action’’, Lieut-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president of the league said they would submit memoranda to the Deputy Commissioners on August 22 on the issue.



Hiroshima victims remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
Elimination of nuclear weapons from earth will be true homage to the victims of Hiroshima. Dr L.S. Chawla, president, Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary and Dr Bharti Uppal, secretary, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), in a joint statement today said that it was unfortunate that the US had thrown first ever atomic bomb on human population at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This was followed by another bomb at Nagasaki August 9.

These bombs had killed over 200,000 people in the two cities and injured several times more. In these two events, only 28 out of 300 doctors and 96 of 1780 nurses had survived. As far as 42 of the 45 hospitals were destroyed. A present day bomb if thrown on a densely populated area could kill upto eight million people. 



Protests by LIC staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Demonstrations were organised in front of all office of the LIC Ludhiana Division on a call given All-India Insurance Employees Association to secure wage revision.

Mr Amarjit Singh divisional secretary, and Mr Harbans Singh, divisional president, said a charter of demands on wage revision in September last and two rounds of discussion with the management had been futile.

The LIC had recorded huge growth. The total premium income of LIC was around Rs 54000 crore for the year 2002-2003. The speakers said after weekly demonstrations and submission of memoranda to the officer in charge there would be two-hour walkout at lunch on August 28.



Doraha college Principal dead
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 6
Mr Jasbir Singh, Principal of GTB College here, who had been suffering from jaundice for some time, died due to kidney failure at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital today.

He was 45 years old. He is survived by his wife and only child Manveen Kaur, a plus two student of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School here.

He was chairman of the local Gaushala Committee. He dedicated his life to the cause of education. He was running a school and a college at Doraha. Among those who expressed sympathies with the bereaved family were Mr Pritpal Singh Bishanpur, president, College Management Committee, Mr Anil Parbhat Mehta, president, Gaushala Committee, Mr Bant Singh Daburjeet, senior vice-president, Municipal Council, Doraha, Mr Sudarshan Kumar Sharma, Principal Jaswant Singh Gill, Prof Kuldeep Singh, GCW, Ludhiana, Mr Vinod Gupta, Mr Arun Bector, Mr Ravi Kant Sharma and Mr Amar Singh



Man falls to death, wife held
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, August 6
The Focal Point police has registered a case under Section 304, IPC, against a woman of Sherpur in connection with the death of her husband who fell off the roof during scuffle yesterday.

Mr Darshan Singh, brother of the deceased alleged in his complaint that Paramjit Kaur pushed her husband Sarabjit Singh from the roof during a scuffle. He died on the spot. The accused has been arrested .

Fraud: On the directions of the SSP, the police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B, IPC, on the statement of Mr Paramjit Singh, owner of a hosiery unit near Kalia Nagar, against six persons. The complainant alleged that the accused had purchased goods worth Rs 5.62 lakh from him but the cheque had bounced. When asked to make the payment in cash, the accused refused to do so. No arrest has been made so far.

Papers forged: The Civil Lines police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 420, 471, 468 and 120-B, IPC, on the statement of Mr Ajay, legal executive of a finance company against Hakam Singh, Raj Kumar, Jagtar Singh and Vijay Kumar. The complainant alleged that the accused had got a loan of Rs 87,500 from him on the basis of forged documents of a truck. They later refused to return the money.

Case registered: On the directions of the SSP, the police registered a case under Sections 420 and120-B, IPC, on Tuesday on the statement of Mr Ravi Nand against Ravinder Gori Dass, Ramma, Satish, Surinder and Surjit Kaur for allegedly selling a plot belonging to him. No arrest has been made.

Booked: The police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, on the statement of Mr Jaspal Singh against P.S. Ahluwalia. He said he had given Rs 42,000 to the accused who later gave him a cheque. However, it was not honoured by the bank. No arrest has been made.

Deed forged: On the order of the DIG, Ludhiana, the police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 468, IPC, on the statement of Mr Manmohan Singh of Raj Guru Nagar against Harvinder Singh Makkar and Baljit Singh for allegedly forging a sales deed of his plot in March. No arrest has been made.

Cases of assault: The Kotwali police has registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC yesterday on the statement of Mr Nikhal Agarwal , a resident of Iqbal Ganj falling under the Division No 3 police station against Rajnish Kumar Gupta along with two unknown persons accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on the road, beat him up and injured him because of an old enmity on Monday night near Mata Rani chowk.

The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jagir Singh, a resident of Talwandi Kalan village, against Panchu , Chiranjy Lal, Sonu, Khubi, Bhaddia and Sheera , residents of Kutbe Wal village falling under the Salem Tabri police station. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on the road and beat him up on Monday night . Injured

The Division No 6 police registered a case under Sections 279 and 338 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Khretti Lal, a resident of Dharam Pura, against Mintu, a resident of Shiva Ji Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused, who was driving a Hero Honda motorcycle (PB-10AM-1332), hit and injured him on Tuesday afternoon in Mohalla Hargobindpur Nagar. No arrest has been made so far.

The Division No 7 police registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC on the statement of Titu Ram, a resident of Mohalla Deep Nagar near the Gill Chowk , against Bideshwar, a resident of Texla Colony. The complainant had stated that the accused, who was driving a car , hit his wife and injured her on Tuesday evening. No arrest has been made so far.

Stolen: The Division No 4 police has registered a case under Section 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Mohalla Fateh Ganj, against five unknown woman. The complainant had alleged that they stole Rs 49,000 from his shop at Ghatti Gujran on Tuesday morning . No arrest has been made so far.

The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Parwinder Singh, Pardhan, Gurdwara Ravi Dass Sabha, Baddowal village against unknown person (s) who stole cash-box containing donations and one deck on the intervening night of August 4 and 5. No arrest has been made so far.

The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 382,323 and 511 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Janak Puri, against five persons. The complainant had stated that accused entered his factory at New Subhash Nagar with the intention of stealing goods from there. When challenged, they beat him up and injured him on Tuesday night. No arrest has been made so far.

The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Moti Nagar, against unknown person (s) who stole Rs 7,000 and a VCR. from his house. No arrest has been made so far.

Man dies: The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279,337 , 304-A and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dhandra village, against Hardyal Singh, a resident of Tarai village in Gurdaspur district . The complainant had alleged that the accused , who was driving a truck , hit Ramesh Kumar and he died at the spot while Ram Kumar was injured on Tuesday.

Motor cycle recovered: The Haibowal police registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC against Gurmail Singh , a resident of Sekhewal Kalan village . the police said today that the accused was arrested and a stolen Yamaha motor cycle was recovered from his possession. on Tuesday night from Sabji Mandi Chowk.

Poppy husk seized: The Dakha police arrested Nirmal Singh of Mohi in the area of Khandoor and seized 35 kg of poppy husk from his possession. In another case Jasmer Singh ASI arrested Gurmeet Singh alias Chuhi of Mohi from the area of Bhanaur and seized 33 kg of poppy husk and in another other incident Ms Jagiro of Salekiana was arrested for Kailpur area and 30 kg poppy husk was seized from her. The Dakha police has registered cases under Section 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act against all the accused.

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Gang busted:
The police has busted a gang, whose members included several factory mechanics and a policeman’s son. They used to steal costly machinery parts from various factories and sell these.

Mr Rachhpal Singh, DSP, Malerkotla, said the police had arrested three members of the gang, who had stolen parts of machinery from F.M. Steel Factory. Manmohan Deep and Kamaljit of Doraha and Karamjit of Mangli Neechee admitted that they had stolen parts from nine factories.



UN body to help local machine tool makers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Special adviser to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr N. Mohanty, held a meeting with Mr B.D. Duppad, Additional Secretary, Industry, and special adviser to the Punjab Government.

Members of the governing council of the Ludhiana Machine Tool Makers Association — Mr Sukhdial Singh (president), Mr Manjit Singh (general secretary), Mr Narinder Singh and Mr Jagtar Singh (senior vice-presidents), Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Balwinder Singh — Mr Paramjeet Singh, General Manager, Institute for Machine Tool Technology, Batala, and Institute for Auto Parts, Ludhiana, were also at the meeting. The others present were Mr S.C. Chopra from the SISI and Mr Harbans Singh, GM, DIC, Ludhiana.

UNIDO, in collaboration with the International Centre for Advancement of Manufacturing Technology (ICAMT), is giving a push to the Ludhiana Machine Tools Manufacturers by making the IMTT their implementing agency. The IMTT has in turn prepared a road map for the progress of this industry.

Punjab has agreed in principle to set up an extension centre of the IMTT, Batala, at the Industrial Development Centre here. It has also agreed to upgrade and repair the infrastructure at the centre. UNIDO-ICAMT has adopted 10 machine tools manufacturing units for quality upgradation and deputed a national expert, Mr S.K. Kinra, for shop-floor consultancy. The units would be provided with free space at the coming International Indian Machine Tool Exhibition (IMTEX-2004).

It has also sponsored a 14-member delegation to be sent to the EMO-2003, Milan, in Italy, the largest international exhibition of machine tools. There is also a plan to organise 20 training courses for the industry at Batala and Ludhiana this year.

Mr Mohanty accepted the demand of the LMTMA to install good machines at the SISI and shift certain machines to the proposed IMTT extension centre. Mr Manjit Singh Matharoo talked about problems that the industry was facing. Mr B.D. Duppad assured him that the matter would be taken up with the state and Central Governments.

Mr Mohanty lauded the IMTT and the LMTMA for their joint effort for the benefit of the industry and promised them all possible help.



Traders’ delegation meets minister
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
A delegation of traders, industrialists and transporters met Mr Sardul Singh, Minister for Excise and Taxation, in Chandigarh and discussed with him the implications of the introduction of exim forms and imposition of value added tax (VAT). The delegation was led by Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, president of the Punjab Beopar Mandal. Members of the delegation demanded that discussions should be held on these issues with representatives of traders and industrialists.

Mr Jaitwani said the noose of the Sales Tax Department was being tightened around the neck of traders and industrialists which was not good for them. He said the goods coming in and going out of Punjab were already being checked at the tax barriers and introduction of exim forms would lead to further harassment of traders, industrialists and transporters. Mr Mukul Joshi, Financial Commissioner (Taxation), who was also present in the meeting, said the government was implementing the two decisions to generate more revenue.

Mr Jaitwani alleged the attitude of Mr Joshi was very rigid and it looked as if the talks would break down. But on the intervention of the minister, it was decided to have a detailed discussion with the Financial Commissioner (Taxation) and the latter would convey the date and venue of the meeting to traders, industrialists and transporters.


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