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Probe into Jobwork.com scam stepped up
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
After collecting enough evidence in the form of victims’ identification and statements in the alleged Rs 12.53-crore scam involving three Directors of the Online Jobwork.com(P) Limited, the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police has now begun gathering evidence and preparing a list of victims of the scam spread all over the state, especially in the city.

Police sources said the Chandigarh police had prepared a list of victims of the scam in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula areas and started preparing the list of other hundreds of persons allegedly duped by the company in what was being termed as one of the major financial frauds occurring in the state.

The city has always been the epicentre of such money-spinning companies. It has witnessed the highest number of such frauds, courtesy the need of the business class to invest the alleged black money in private companies. The sources said they had learnt that local residents form a major chunk of the victims cheated by the company. So far, only Jasdeep Singh Bains, one of the three Directors, had been arrested.

Jasdeep Singh is the son of a retired IAS officer, Mr G.S. Bains, who lives in Urban Estate Patiala. He has served as Deputy Commissioner of several districts and headed the Punjab Sports Department. The illustrious family organises a major hockey tournament in Nabha every year.

Around 7,500 investors, have been allegedly duped by the company. The Directors has been absconding since the police started investigations into a complaint lodged by the Reserve Bank of India in December, last year, accusing five multi-level marketing companies of violating the Prize, Chit and Money Circulation Banning Act.

The DSP (Crime Branch) Chandigarh police, Mr Vijay Pal Singh, told Ludhiana Tribune over the phone that preparing lists of the victims of the scam was a momentous task as thousands had been cheated. He has finalised lists of victims from Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh and has begun concentrating on victims based in Punjab, he said.

A police official, wishing not to be quoted, said the identification of victims or investors in Ludhiana might provide an insight into the kind of black money flowing in this industrial hub of the state. News reports quoting the DSP said the company was part of a network of 50 companies which were involved in the racket. This company first started its operations in Patiala before shifting to Chandigarh in July.

The case file had gathered dust for the past several years and it was only recently that the Chandigarh police reopened it. 



‘Dil ki batein’ at Sahir memorial mushaira
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
“Awara khyalon ko giraftar kiya jaye, kagaz pe saja kar inhe giraftar kiya jaye, ab us se koi vada khilafi nahin hoti, ye aisi khabar hai, jise akhbar kiya jaye; kafi nahin, soi hui komon ko jagana, soye hue ehsas ko bedar kiya jaye, main soch rahan hoon ki chiragon ki lavon se magroor hawaon pe koi vaar kiya jaye; neki se to neki ke bahut kaam kiyen hain, is baar gunaahon ko gunahgaar kiya jaye”, rendered by Nazar Itvi at the ninth All-India Sahir Memorial Mushaira last night at the ‘Government College for Boys.

Organised by the Kala Smriti, many prominent poets, including Afzal Mangauri, Mohinder Ashk, Naeem Akhtar, Ayaz Jhansvi, Sheikh Nizami, Ayaz Jhansvi, Sagar Azami, Ved Diwana, MF Farooqui, Raminder Jakhu, Aziz Parihar, Arifa Shabnam and Kuljeet Cheema, participated in the mushaira.

Akhtar Gwalliari with his scintillating poetry won a lot of applause.

The mushaira was conducted by Shams Tabrezi. His couplet, “Dil ki baat ko dil mein rakhna seekh liya, sambhal sambhal kar hamne chalna seekh liya, chhath girne ke baad bhi zinda hain, bojh tale bhi dabkar jeena seekh liya,” was a hit with the audience.

Sardar Panchi and Bhupinder Parihar, two local poets, also read their latest couplets, which were much appreciated. Mr M.F. Farooqui, Mr O.P. Munjal, Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, Mr K.L. Chabbra and Mr M.N.A. Chaudhry were also present on the occasion.

The traditional “shama” was lit by Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Printing and Stationery.



India economic superpower by 2050, say experts
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Economists predict that India will emerge as the world’s third largest economy in less than five decades, only to trail behind China and the USA. Revealing startling facts about the manner in which the world economists are viewing the future of the world, the Chairman of Fortis Healthcare and SRL-Ranbaxy, Mr Harpal Singh, told a gathering of Rotarians late last evening that by 2050 India would emerge as a world power.

Mr Harpal Singh, who is also a senior adviser to Mahindra and Mahindra for corporate projects, made revelations based on studies conducted by economic analysts’ world wide. He said in less than 40 years, the BRICS economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China) together would be larger than the economies of the G6 nations. Besides of the current G6, only the USA and Japan would be included in the six largest economies of the world by 2050.

The Chairman was delivering a talk on “Service Industry — the Indian Opportunity” at the Rotary Club here and based his lecture on the October 2003 report of Goldman Sachs. Interestingly, according to economic experts, India would be the only economy in the would that would grow consistently at over 5 per cent annually pegging India’s GDP in 2050 at over $ 30,000 billion. The report places Japan at the fourth place in the year 2050 with the GDP less than half of India’s at around $ 15,000 billion. Citing various reasons for India’s economic growth, Mr Harpal Singh said growth in the service sector was a primary reason. “The service sector draws its strength from human resource and typically the investment (outside manpower) is relatively low. This is incidentally India’s strength”, he said. The boom in the service sectors would particularly benefit the IT industry, healthcare, education, communication, construction, real estate, tourism, financial and transport industries. In India, the service sector contributes nearly 50 per cent towards the GDP, which will grow in the coming times.

Citing a news magazine study on usefulness of professionals to society, he highlighted the contribution and usefulness of various professionals to society. Without doubt teachers top the list of contributors.

Mr Harpal Singh said by the year 2020, the world would see a shortfall in the workforce worldwide between 32-39 million. India, he said could target this shortfall by providing remote services and importing customers. Contribution from remote services alone would fetch revenues to the tune of $ 133 billion to $ 315 billion and take care of 10 or 24 million jobs each year. Importing customers could fetch another $ 6 billion or 50 billion and provide jobs to 10 or 48 million additional persons.

According to an American Workplace report, the USA will be short by 5 million workers by 2011. 



Huts torched: tension grips Rishi Nagar 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Tension prevailed in Rishi Nagar following a fresh dispute over the Sunet shrine, near a graveyard behind Punjab Agricultural University. Some miscreants set a number of houses and huts on fire. The huts belonged to one of the two rival groups, involved in a legal battle over the ownership of the shrine.

The incident took place last night after which the police was deployed in the area once again. Only a couple of weeks ago, the two groups had fought over the ownership of the property.

On a complaint of Naushad Ahmed, the police has booked six persons of the opposite group, including Prem Singh, Urjit Singh and Kak Sahebjit. He claimed that the persons were behind the fire incident. According to Rustam Ahmed, the incident took place when the Muslim community was offering namaz. No arrest has been made so far.



Shifting of courts: Physically challenged loses job
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The shifting of District Courts from the old building to a new one in mini-secretariat has rendered this 40-year-old physically challenged unemployed. Mr Lalji Singh had been running a PCO in the old building for the past 20 years.

While his counterparts have been allotted cabins in the new building at the sixth floor, there is no place for him. He has been moving from pillar to post for the past three months to get a small place where he can put his xerox machine and install telephones but to no avail.

He was allowed to put up a kiosk on the ground floor of the building but protests by the xerox operators located on the sixth floor on the plea that he affected their business forced the authorities to ask him to leave the place. Since then he has been meeting various officials of district administration for the allotment of a kiosk but his requests have been falling on deaf ears.

Things have come to such a pass that he has not been able to pay the school fees of his two daughters Karishma (14) and Seema (7). ‘‘They keep asking me for the fees but I don’t have any money. What can I do?’’ he rues.

He was allotted a kiosk in Old Courts complex in 1982 by the then Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Mr Ravi Sawhney, after he had met him while repairing the chairs at the DC’s house. ‘‘The DC’s wife, Ms Madhu Sawhney, who was the chairman of the Red Cross Society, had allotted the kiosk to me as I was physically challenged. After seeing my desire to work hard she had tried her best to help me in whatever possible way. But now some officials are asking me to set up my shop on the sixth floor only. How can I climb so many stairs everyday?” he asks adding that he had met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, also who was very cooperative.

“He had directed me to his colleagues who did not take me seriously. I can’t go and meet the DC everyday now,” he adds stating that he has been living in a jhuggi behind the Old Courts complex.

He expressed fear that his jhuggi would also be demolished because the old building was to be exploited commercially. “All Deputy Commissioners have been very helpful to me. Despite various protests by the photostat operators’ union, various former DCs always accommodated me. But now there is nobody to listen to the grievances of a disabled,” he added.Back


Dairy owners attend farmers welfare camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
Under the Adarsh Gram Scheme, a camp was organised by the Animal Husbandry Department, Ludhiana district, at the Civil Veterinary Hospital, Threeke, yesterday.
The animal owners awareness and animal welfare camp was attended by a large number of dairy owners.

Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, inaugurated the camp and gave a cheque of Rs 10 Lakh as a grant for the development of the village to Mr Balwant Singh, Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat, Threeke.

Dr Harprem Singh Gill, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, along with Ms Laj Kumari Sarna, Deputy Director, Dairy Development, Mr Jagdish Singh Paniach, Assistant Director, Fishries, and Dr Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, dairy expert, Punjab Agricultural University, spoke about issues related to dairy development.

The chief guest, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, honoured progressive dairy farmers. Mementoes, certificates and free feed bags were given to all dairy farmers by Mr Suresh Kotwal of Godrej Agrovet Ltd, Khanna, and Shree Ganesh Feed, Mullanpur.

A culture programme was organised by teams of Prof Devinder Kaur of the PAU and Government Senior Secondary School, Threeke.

Veterinary experts from various fields like pathology, gynaecology, surgery and medicine treated animals.

Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla, camp coordinator, conducted the stage and Dr Parshotam Garg, SVO, presented the vote of thanks.

Dr Parminder Kaur Nandpuri, veterinary officer, was the in charge of the camp.



Gope Ashtami celebrated
Our Correspondent

Swami Budh Puri Maharaj lays the foundation stone of an ultramodern ‘gaushala’
Swami Budh Puri Maharaj lays the foundation stone of an ultramodern ‘gaushala’. — A Tribune photograph

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 2
Gope Ashtami was celebrated at Dera Harisar, Kila Raipur village, yesterday. Day-long celebrations ended with Swami Budh Puri Maharaj laying the foundation stone of an ultra-modern ‘gaushala’.

Addressing a gathering of devotees, Swami Budh Puri Ji said Indians could not afford to ignore the importance of cow. “Unfortunately, our policy-makers paid least importance to the improvement of the species.”

Swami Sandhya Giri, in charge of the new project, claimed that the gaushala would be equipped with ultra-modern equipment and it would be unique when completed. “Before starting the constructions, a team of experts would visit various gaushalas and other related research institutes”, Swami Budh Puri Ji, who is also an engineer said. He would finalise layout plan which would include a cowurine-distillery plant and a cowdung agarbatti plant. He claimed that urine and dang extracts would be used to prepare medicines for cancer.

Dr Narinder Sharma, Mr Jagdish Singh, Mr Darshan Singh and Mr Pardeep Sethi were prominent among others who spoke on the occasion.



Roshni associated with community policing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The Director-General of Police has associated the local registered non-government organisation, Roshni, as resource centre for the community policing programmes for all districts in the state particularly for tackling domestic violence, child protection and victim care issues.

Dr Ravinder Kala, secretary-general of Roshni, said today that a communication by the Director-General of Police to the district police chiefs had informed them that they might associate Roshni or provide it necessary assistance through community policing recourse centres of their respective districts.

Dr Kala said two Roshni helplines, one for emergency psychological help and counselling for distressed persons (2408009) and another for the welfare and care of the elderly (2444881), were already functional here.

Roshni was set up as a registered NGO and was inaugurated by the Director-General of Police on September 13. The NGO deals with domestic violence, child protection, elderly care and issues related to failed international marriages. 



‘Kanchan Kaya’ released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
“Kanchan Kaya”, written by Dr Deepinder Singh, Associate Professor at Lord Mahavir Medical College, was released by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, at the annual central function of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle here yesterday.

The book, written in Punjabi, contains 43 articles on various different health issues, including articles on bringing about positive behavioural changes, problems created by modern lifestyle, child care, common diseases and environmental and other common health problems. The book is made available at subsidised rates at the circle’s head office and Sikh Book Centre.



Woman suffers 100 pc burns in ‘suicide bid’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
A woman, who allegedly tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene on herself landed in a local hospital with 100 per cent burns. The woman, identified as Ranjeet Kaur, has been admitted to Satluj Hospital. Her daughter-in-law Jasleen Kaur, who tried to save her, also suffered severe burns and has been admitted to the same hospital.

Relatives of the victim said Ranjeet had been suffering from severe depression ever since her daughter died some years ago. The incident reportedly took place soon after members of the family had taken their lunch. Ranjeet went to the kitchen around 3.15 pm and set herself on fire. Jasleen, who was nearby, tried to save her and her clothes too caught fire.

The woman, her family said had been in severe depression since October 29, which is the death anniversary of her daughter. The police is contemplating registering a case.

Meanwhile, the Raikot police has registered a case against Jang Singh on a complaint of Mr Darshan Singh, Head Teacher, Primary School Goindwal, for allegedly stealing handpump pipes, a tape recorder, etc. While, the accused has absconded, the police has booked him under Sections 457 and 380, IPC.



Mahila Mandal chief killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Khamano, November 2
Bibi Harlabh Kaur, president of the Mahila Mandal, Lakhanpur village, near here, died in a road accident, near Neewan Jatana village and her son Baljinder Singh was also hurt seriously. According to information, their scooter was hit by a speeding Tata-207 tempo (No. HP-32-1812). They were rushed to the DMC, Ludhiana, where Harlabh Kaur succumbed to her injuries. Her son is recovering. A case under Sections 279 and 304, IPC, has been registered, but the driver is absconding.



Exquisite jewellery dazzles visitors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
“Zak Jewels 2003 — The great India Jewellery Show” was inaugurated today by Mr Rahul Bhandari, ADC. Some of the most exquisite jewellery creations in diamond, platinum, gold and silver, are being exhibited at the show.

The exhibition started in Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here and will be on till November 5. The exhibition provides a platform to over 25 reputed jewellery manufacturers and exporters from all over India. The participants have come from as far as Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai. One can witness exquisitely crafted masterpieces, besides a jewellery designing contest on November 3 and 5.

Sunaina and Puja said, “We are happy to find jewellery to suit every occasion. We have found antique as well as contemporary, including gift items and all occasion jewellery under one roof. another bright feature is that special discounts are also being offered.”

Organisers said the exhibition aimed at creating awareness about new qualities like 916 KDM and Hall marking. “Retailers will be able to see and buy from latest innovations of Indian designs at great bargains as the participants are mostly manufacturers” they said.

Many young designers like Pooja were thrilled to be a part of the show, along with some famous manufacturers.” This is our first chance to show our creativity and we are thrilled that we are getting a good response,” she said.



Paint dealers, manufacturers hold meeting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
An emergency meeting of the executive committee of the Paint Dealers and Manufacturers Association was held here today. The dealers criticised Asian Paints manufacturers on various issues.

The meeting was attended by the chairman of the association, Mr Inderjit Nagpal, the president, Mr Naresh Bansal, the secretary, Capt V.K. Syal, Mr Naresh Kumar from Hoshiarpur, Mr Rajeev Goyal from Chandigarh, Mr Brijinder Singh from Amritsar, Mr G.S. Chaman, Mr Santokh Singh, Mr Tajinder Singh from Jalandhar and Mr Manmohan from Jagraon.



Ludhiana  resident wins Lashkara Divali draw
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
The first prize of Rs 2 lakh worth gold of the Lashkara ustsav Divali draw has been won by Mr Jagdeep Singh of Ludhiana (coupon No. 004209).
Lashkara Punjabi TV is running a 100-day “Lashkara utsav”, encompassing Divali, Christmas, New Year and Lohri.

The festival, which started on October 1, will conclude on January 24, next year. During the festival, various programmes, including music shows, star nites, road shows and lucky draws, will be held.

In addition to the Divali draw, three more draws are scheduled.Back

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