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Tension in Gur Mandi over Tangri’s function
Police prevents setting up of stage
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Tension gripped Gur Mandi Complex today following the organisation of a function by controversial Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi) chief, Jagdish Tangri after a gap of two years. The local police prevented him from setting up a stage at the site and removed some equipment brought there for the purpose. Several police personnel had been deployed there since last evening to prevent any law and order problem.

A rival faction of the Shiv Sena and a majority of shopkeepers were opposing the alleged re-building process of Jagdish Tangri in the area, almost two years after he had fled from the place following a crackdown by the police on his alleged objectionable activities. The function was organised today evening to mark the 23rd anniversary of the formation of the Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi) party. No function was held last year to mark this occasion.

The programme, however passed off peacefully in the evening. While Mr Jagdish Tangri and his son Mr Sunil Tangri, both facing charges of indulging in anti-social activities including supply of weapons to rioters in Gujarat, claimed that the function had been organised as 23rd the anniversary of foundation of the party, police sources said the shopkeepers and rival Shiv Sena leaders interpreted it to be an attempt to gain strength in the area once again.

Interestingly, Mr Rakesh Pandey, a senior Congress leader and Minister for Stationery and Printing, was the chief guest at the function. Eyebrows were being raised on his presence at the function as he belonged to a rival political party and had accepted the invitation of an alleged tainted person.

Mr Pandey and Mr Tangri distributed 250 quilts and blankets to needy persons on the occasion. Mr Sunil Tangri claimed to Ludhiana Tribune that the function was a religious one and Mr Pandey had attended it as he was a secular leader.

DSP Harpreet Singh Mander and SHO, Div. No. 3 Harjinder Singh revealed that they did not allow Tangri to establish a stage or use loudspeakers as similar functions had created law and order problem in the market in the past. He said the orders were the same not only for Mr Tangri but for other political parties including Tangri’s arch rival, Shiv Sena (Hindustan) led by Mr Pawan Sharma.

Further, more than 20 shopkeepers of the market had given a signed complaint to the police apprehending a threat to peace in the area because of such functions. The shopkeepers said the place was basically a commercial centre and it should not be converted into a site for political or other functions.

Mr Pawan Sharma, president Shiv Sena (Hindustan) has, meanwhile urged the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, to take action against Mr Pandey for becoming the chief guest in a function organised by a man facing criminal charges. He said Capt. Amarinder Singh had waged a war against corruption and was instrumental in removing the alleged den of Tangris’ from the market but one of his ministers was, surprisingly, taking part in the function.

The Gur Mandi had remained a stronghold of Jagdish Tangri for more than two decades. He allegedly ran his own court of justice in the market, sheltered duplicate video and audio CD business besides carrying out other anti-social activities. He was booked by the police in 2002 for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to rioters in Gujarat. No one, including the police, excise, income tax or other government agencies dared to stop Tangri and venture in the market till last year.

His party Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi) was formed during the height of terrorism in Punjab. Senior Punjab Police officers were the brain behind the party and had used it to combat terrorism.



Govt flayed for forgetting promises
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
‘‘While the NDA government is celebrating the feel good factor, the Punjab Government has nothing to boast about except its hollow claims and unfulfilled promises. The Congress government has acquired the habit of putting off crucial decisions on frivolous grounds and turning a blind eye to the complex problems of trade and industry in the state.”

These remarks were made by Mr P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, here today.

He expressed serious concern over the indifferent and evasive attitude of the state government towards issues of public interest. The ruling Congress had categorically stated in its manifesto that octroi would be abolished but instead of doing so it had cited a Punjab and Haryana High Court order to evolve alternative source of revenue in lieu of octroi.

‘‘The Chief Minister had called a meeting of Industry in the second week of January at Punjab Bhavan with much fanfare. Almost every representative of trade and industry from different parts of the state had supported the abolition of octroi. Chief Minister had explained that a committee headed by an officer of the rank of Chief Secretary had been entrusted with the task of evolving a scheme for alternative source of revenue. He also told the meeting that the report was ready and a decision in this regard would be taken within three to four days. Almost three weeks have passed since then but nothing has been heard about it till now."

Drawing a contrast between the present and the previous SAD-BJP government in this context, Mr Sharma said the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had implemented the promise of providing free power to farmers even without the formal approval of the Cabinet. Although the then government could not fulfil the promise of abolishing octroi but it had resolved many other issues of industry and trade promptly. He said Capt Amarinder Singh would do well to abolish octroi without further delay and establish the credibility of the state government.

Apart from scrapping octroi, the Congress government had also promised the grant of special grace period for the repayment of interest- free loan but despite repeated representations sent to the government, the matter was still hanging fire. ‘‘Industry is in deep crisis and government should waive off the interest and grant grace period for the repayment of interest-free loans. With this relaxation the government can expect huge amount coming to the exchequer by the repayment of interest-free loan.’’

Mr Sharma rued that in a similar manner, other promises like concessional night power tariff to steel manufacturing units in the state, the removal of locational disadvantage to industrial units working in residential areas in the city, implementation of deemed assessment of sales tax and settlement of pending cases of assessment had remained on paper much to the resentment and discomfort of trade and industrial community.



Id celebrated with traditional fervour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Id was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety at Jama Masjid on Jail Road. Thousands of Muslims from all parts of the district thronged the venue of the religious congregation and participated in the namaz which was led by the Shahi Imam of the masjid, Habib-Ur-Rehman.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, was the chief guest at the event which was attended by prominent political and social leaders who congratulated their Muslim brethren. The vendors around the venue did brisk business with people buying an assortment of goods and sweetmeats. Children were especially excited.

Addressing the congregation, he exhorted the gathering to continue to strive hard to strengthen the freedom, peace and mutual brotherhood among the different sections of society.

He said that the Muslim community had always been committed to patriotism and unity and integrity of the country and a large numbers of Muslim patriots and martyrs had laid down their lives during the freedom movement. The improvement in the Indo-Pakistan relations was an appreciable step towards strengthening of peace and prosperity of the region, he added.

The minister said that some forces had been conspiring to destabilise the country by promoting terrorism and religious fundamentalism in the past. He reminded that spread of terrorism was also part of this conspiracy and thousands of precious lives had been lost and a large number of families suffered trauma.

Referring to the demands of the Muslim community, the minister said that a suitable land would be provided for the construction of Idgah in the city shortly so that the entire community could organise a single namaz on the occasions of Id and other religious festivals.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib appreciated contribution of the community for bringing freedom and later towards the development of the country. He said that it was a historical fact that the Muslims had been working in coordination with the other communities, including Hindu and Sikhs, to liberate the country and to strengthen mutual brotherhood and peace in the country. He said that all the problems of the local community would be sorted out after discussion with the Chief Minister.

The Shahi Imam hailed the improvement in Indo-Pakistan relations and demanded to provide a piece of land for Idgah in the city for which a formal decision had been taken by late Beant Singh, former Chief Minister, just a few days before his assassination.

The others present on the occasion included Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP, Mr Surinder Dawar, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha (both MLAs), Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, a former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, president, BSP, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, DDC (Urban), Mr Parminder Mehta, secretary, PPCC, Mr Prem Mittal, Deputy Mayor, Mr Harbhajan Singh Sohal, a Congress leader, Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia and Mr Atique-Ur-Rehman, president, All-India Muslim Council.

Similarly, the festival was also celebrated by the Sunni sect at Sunet village in the morning, besides the local units of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Punjab Panthers Party, the Nationalist Congress Party.



Bankers resent no holiday on Id-ul-Zuha
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
Trade union leaders have strongly reacted to denial of holiday to bank employees on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha even though it was a gazetted holiday for state and central government employees. The state government had not declared the holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act, governing the bank holidays.

In a joint statement here today, Mr K.R. Tripathi, President, Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta, Deputy-General Secretary, Indian National Bank Employees Congress, Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, Chairman, Labour and Employment Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and Mr Mohammed Nadeem Ansari, Chairman, Minorities Cell of the PPCC said the government had discriminated against employees of the banking and insurance sector by denying a holiday to them on Id. They have written to the Punjab Chief Minister and the Finance Minister in this regard.

The leaders pointed out that practically all gazetted holidays were declared as bank holidays in almost all the states and the same pattern was being followed by Punjab till the earlier SAD-BJP government curtailed the number of holidays during 2001. The SAD-BJP government had notified 32 holidays for government employees, in addition to 16 restricted holidays and 52 Saturdays. In addition to this, some holidays, occasionally for half-day, were declared just before the eve. However, due to these holidays not being declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act, the bank and insurance employees were deprived of this benefit.



Mydoom virus hits computers in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
Be careful when you open an attachment enclosed with an e-mail. It can be a new virus, making its way through the Internet at a rapid pace. Known as Mydoom or Novarg, the virus is infecting computers worldwide and has not even spared residents of Ludhiana.

Many residents are approaching computer engineers after their mail boxes were clogged by the virus and their systems hacked. Earlier, they could not understand what was wrong with their systems but after the virus started replicating in their files, causing many programs to operate incorrectly, they raised an alarm. After opening the attachment, thousands of e-mails bombarded their mail boxes.

Experts say that the virus is spread via e-mail, clogging networks and may allow unauthorised access to personal computers.

The virus is carried forward as an e-mail attachment and sends itself out to new e-mail address once opened by the recipient. The author of the virus has not been identified as yet and Microsoft has announced an award of $ 25,000 for anybody who identifies him.

The virus is received in the form of a message with a particular subject. A partial message is available along with an attachment ending with pif, bat, zip, exe, cmd. After the recipient opens the attachment, it starts spreading further. The e-mail carrying the virus often bears a particular subject. The message inside read, “the message contains unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment”. Users who delete or ignore the e-mail attachment are spared of the damage.

“I was flooded with e-mails containing the virus. I was getting messages like “mail delivery failed” to various addresses I had never sent mail. I thought somebody was misusing my e-mail account. I changed my password but the problem continued. I checked my mail every five hours and my inbox was clogged.” said Poonam, a BCA student.

Experts said once the virus reached the system, it propagated e-mails to the entire address book and installed a back door into the computer. They suggested that if anybody received mails with attachments having a subject line, including “test”,“hi”, “hello”, “mail delivery system”, “mail transaction failed”, “server report”, “status” and “error”, the e-mail should be deleted immediately. Users should use web-base e-mail IDs rather than outlook express.



Discrepancies in PAN card
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
After receiving a PAN card from the Income Tax PAN Services unit, Ms Anjana Kumari, a resident of Narinder Nagar, here was shocked to see that the card issued in her name actually bore a photograph of some other woman.

Not only the photograph but also the signature was of some other woman. The name of her husband, Kewal Krishan Munjal, has been mentioned as Krishan Kewal Munjal. While the card was in Anjana's name, the signature was of some Nidhi Mago.

‘‘This is the condition of the most important document issued by the department. If I can read the signature of Nidhi Mago, why could not they match the signature with the name. They changed the name of my husband also. To my utter disappointment, my picture was replaced with that of somebody else. I guess the picture must be of Nidhi Mago,’’ said Anjana.



Wife hires killers for husband
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
In a shocking case, a woman allegedly hired contract killers to pour acid on her estranged husband.
The Kochar Market police today claimed that they have arrested two alleged contract killers Haria and Sukhminder Singh on the charge of pouring acid on Mr Amarjit Singha, a senior manager with Vardhman Mills, here.

He suffered serious burn injuries in the attack on him on January 31. The Kochar Market police post in charge, ASI Pawittar Singh, and the investigation officer, ASI Gurbachan Singh, told Ludhiana Tribune that his wife Surinder Pal Kaur had hired four persons to carry out the attack.

The couple had been living separately for the last decade or so and have a grown up son. Police sources said raids were on to arrest the woman and other accomplices.



Akali Dal (A) slams SGPC on turban issue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has congratulated European Sikhs for their solidarity by showing up in large numbers in Paris in support of retaining the right to wear turban in schools and educational institutions in France. The party has also appealed to the SGPC to take up the issue in right earnest.

SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra should apprise the French Government of sentiments of the Sikhs and urge the Indian Government to take up the issue with its counterparts. It is surprising to note that the apex body of the Sikhs has failed to take notice of the efforts of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, who was in France to pursue the matter, the party said.

Prof Jagmohan Sigh, general secretary of the party, asked what was stopping the SGPC from declaring Mr Mann as its representative? The committee should be careful in selecting dedicated people to take up this issue. Many of the ‘representatives’ are not in tune with the problems of the Sikhs of France. Apart from lip-service, the SGPC has not taken any concrete step so far, he pointed out.

Mr Mann is one of the Sikh leaders who has returned from Paris after meeting foreign ministry officials and participating in the turban solidarity demonstration on January 31 in Paris.

The French Foreign Ministry officials told Mr Mann that there had been no official representation by the Indian Government on the turban issue. The only feedback which the French Government had had so far was from the French Embassy in Delhi, he said.

As it is, the Sikh diaspora dislikes the SGPC and its archaic working methodology. This indifferent attitude issue will further alienate the SGPC from the diaspora. It should be a matter of shame for the Sikh leadership that the British Home Minister, Mr David Blunkett, has promised to take up the issue with the French authorities, but the Indian authorities have not said a single word on the sensitive matter, he added.



Ghalib outlines Congress development agenda
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
The Congress government in Punjab is committed to overall development of urban and rural areas without any discrimination and with the financial turn around, several welfare schemes have been revived and many others are being launched very soon.

This was stated by the local MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, while talking to mediapersons here today. He said in further extension of the earlier shagun scheme, the government had enhanced the amount from Rs 5,100 to Rs 6,100 which would be payable even for the marriage of the second girl belonging to families of SCs and STs under the renamed Ashirwad scheme. Pensions for the elderly, destitute and widow and physically challenged persons had been revived and necessary funds had already been released for this purpose.

Claiming that financial condition of the state had undergone a positive change after the Congress government took over, Mr Ghalib said the total debt burden of Rs 53,000 crore had now come down to Rs 33,000 crore. Global financial institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had sanctioned huge loans for the state for infrastructure development, which would further lead to generation of more employment opportunities. It was in this context that the Punjab Government had recently removed ban on new recruitments.

The government had deposited a sum of Rs 260 crore with the Punjab State Electricity Board for supplying round the clock power to more villages. The government would continue to pursue the ongoing campaign to root out corruption at all levels.

Earlier, inaugurating a two-room block, constructed with the funds provided by an NRI family in village Lalton Kalan, Mr Ghalib claimed that till date he had distributed a sum of Rs 12.5 crore in the rural areas alone from out of his constituency development fund. He presented a cheque for Rs 1.5 lakh to the panchayat for constructing pavement of streets and drains and cleaning of the pond. He announced that the link road connecting Pakhowal Road and Lalton Khurd would be widened to 18 feet and recarpeted.

Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA and Mr Harmohinder Singh, President, District Congress Committee (Rural), also addressed the function. Prominent among others present were Mr Jaspal Singh Khangoora, Capt Teja Singh, Inspector Nahar Singh, Mr Harmandeep Singh, DDPO, Mr Karanjit Singh Soni, Mr Sohan Singh Kanaich, Mr Gurwinder Singh and Mr Palwinder Singh Talwandi.

Meanwhile, Mr Harmohinder Singh, President, District Congress Committee (Rural), while presiding over a meeting said the party would launch a mass contact programme to apprise the rural population of the achievements of the Congress government in Punjab during the past two years. The district unit would hold monthly meeting for the party workers on first Monday of every month at the party headquarters here to mobilise the cadres and to review the preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections.



At the Crossroads
Capturing soul of Baba Farid’s philosophy
N.S. Tasneem

Sheikh Baba Farid, a noted Sufi Punjabi poet is widely respected. He was born in 1173 A.D. at Kathwal village (Multan) and died in 1266 A.D. at Ajodhan village (Pak Pattan). His 112 shlokas and four shabads have been included in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

In these compositions, Baba Farid preaches universal brotherhood, piety, tolerance, detachment from worldly pleasures and the acceptance of death, the great leveller.

His verses celebrate the daily experience of common man. As such his poetic imagery is deeply imbued with the colour and flavour of rural Punjab. His advice to his disciples was “You will get honour in proportion to the pains that you undertake in your work.”

This is what Zahid Abrol has attained in his work ‘Faridnama’. In it he has rendered the poetic translation of Farid bani into Urdu and presented it in both Urdu and Devnagri scripts. This is indeed a great achievement as he has not deviated from the tenor and texture of the original composition. The Punjabi verses of Baba Farid at some places defy attempts at easy comprehension and facile understanding. These require deep knowledge of the syntax of Punjabi language, rural imagery, concept of Sufi order, metaphysical metaphors and pithiness of expression. It is not possible for a devout reader to comprehend the meanings without bringing about a qualitative change in the atmosphere of his mind. On his part, the translator has disciplined his mind thoroughly so as to remain within the bounds of close textual reading.

Zahid Abrol appears to have completely identified himself with the philosophy contained in the original work. It is seldom that a classic is translated in another language by retaining its linguistic pattern dexterously.

This can happen only when the mind of the translator is fully attuned to the symphony of the original poetic diction. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the words emerged from the inner recesses of the translator’s mind and took the form of rhyming verses. No amount of laborious activity or strained concentration or nail - biting can give such wonderful results. He is certainly with Mirza Ghalib who he says that angels dictate him when he takes pen in his hand -

Aate hain ghaib se yeh mazameen khayal mein

Ghalib sareer-e-khama nawaye sarosh hai

Faridnama is indeed a marvel in translation. The authenticity of this remark can well be ascertained by going through the translation of some shlokas of Baba Farid, Shakarganj -

Fareeda! Kaaley maidey kapprey kaala mainda ves

Gunhee bharia main phira, lok kahai darves

(Kaale hain kapre mere, kalaa mera vesh

Bhara gunahon se magar, log kahein darvesh)

Freeda! galiye chikkar, dur ghar, naal piaare neh

Chalaa ta bhijjai kambli, rahaan ta tuttai neh

(Gali mein keechar, dur ghar, saath piya ke neinh

Chalun to bheege kambli, rahun to toote neinh)

Kandhee uttai rukhra kichrak banhai dheer

Freeda! kachchai bhandai rakhiai kichar taanee neer

(Nadi kinare payr ka dheeraj kaun bandhaye

Kacha bartan kab talak, paani ko rakh paaye)



Guru Ravi Dass birth celebrations
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
To celebrate the 627th Birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass, Swami Niranjan Dass and Swami Ramannad of the Guru Ravi Dass Mission, Sach Khand Ballan, were given warm welcome by devotees of Guru Ravi Dass at the railway station here today. They, along with hundreds of other devotees, are on their way to Kashi, Varanasi, to take part in the celebrations.

The Begampur Express train was specially decorated with flowers and banners. The posters and calendars of Guru Ram Dass were also pasted on the train. The devotees, who boarded the train from Jalandhar, were welcomed by the people here. Thousands of devotees raised slogans. The passengers on the train were served biscuits and fruits at the railway station.



Rotary Club honours prominent citizens

Ludhiana, February 2
Mr G.S. Bawa, district governor, RI district 3070, visited the Rotary Club Ludhiana North here recently.
He visited Government High School, Bassian Bet, and Viveka Nand Vridh Ashram and Charitable Hospital, Model Town Extension.

The club honoured Mr Harsimranjot Singh, JE, PSEB, and Mr Rahul Yadav for helping an accident victim. Badminton players Gurbux Singh, Raj Kumar, Pranav Chopra and Steffi Kalawere and Sports Officer Gian Inder Singh were also felicitated.

Dr S.S. Johl, Padma Bhushan, was also honoured. Students of GGN Khalsa college performed a bhangra. Mr Gurjit Singh proposed a vote of thanks. — OC



Punjab Roadways GM felicitated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
The Punjab Roadways Works Managers Association organised a function here yesterday to felicitate Mr Shiv Kumar, who retired from the Ferozepore depot as General Manager on December 31, 2003.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr R.S. Grewal, general secretary of the association, focussed on 38 years of service put in by Mr Shiv Kumar in Punjab Roadways in different capacities. Mr Grewal described him as a competent officer and good human being. 



Adhyapak Dal meeting held

Ludhiana, February 2
Members of the Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, have decided to participate in a dharna being organised by employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board on February 4 against the proposed privatisation move.

This was stated here today by Mr Harpal Singh Teja, president of the dal, at a meeting in Jawahar Nagar. A calender for 2004 was also released by teachers on the occasion. TNS



One held with pistol
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
Rajesh Singh, a Bihari migrant living in Ram Nagar Colony of Bhammian village, was arrested yesterday by the Civil Lines police and booked under Sections 25, 54 and 590 of the Arms Act.

The police said the accused was taken into custody following recovery of a country-made pistol of .315 bore from his possession along with three live cartridges for the same.

1 dies in road mishap: The Focal Point police registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sabbu Kumar Singh, a resident of Kanganwal village, against the truck driver who sped after hitting Kishore Pande, a migrant from Bihar living in the nearby Mukinpur village, at Jugiana chowk on Sunday. The victim died on the spot. The truck driver also damaged another four-wheeler while fleeing from the spot.

Murder case registered: On the statement of Mr Ram Krishan, a resident of Vikas Nagar, the Division No 3 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC against unknown persons who killed the complainant's brother living alone in Tilak Nagar with sharp-edged weapons on the intervening night of January 30-31. No arrest has been made so far.

Snatching alleged: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 392,506,120-B of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act on the statement of Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of Model Gram, against Jaggi, Billu, Surinder Pal Kaur and two other unknown persons accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that while he was on his way to Vardhman Spinning Mills in his car, the accused stopped him near Kochhar Market, snatched his purse, documents and the wrist watch and demanded the keys of the car at knife point. But when he raised an alarm, the accused, who were travelling by a Maruti car, fled from the scene. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of theft: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 451 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Rajesh Bedi, a resident of Gurdev Nagar, against unknown person(s) who cut open the steel doors of his electronics shop near Batra Hotel on the Ferozepore road with the help of a welding set on the intervening night of January 30-31 and decamped with 12 cameras and mobile phones. The police is clueless about the theft.

The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under Sections 379,411,420,467,468 and 471 of the IPC against Vijay Kumar, alias Puppy, Raj Pal, alias Raju, Sarbjyot Singh, alias Sony, Sandeep, alias Bhotu, all residents of Samrala and Khushwant Singh, a resident of Kanech village falling under the jurisdiction of Sahnewal police station. The police said it had got a specific tip-off that the accused, who specialised in stealing vehicles and selling the same with the help of forged documents, were roaming in the Sarabha Nagar market area in a car bearing a Haryana registration number.

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC against Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Gill village, falling under the jurisdiction of Sadar police station, following recovery of a stolen scooter from his possession. The police said the accused was arrested near Gurdwara Bhuri Wala in the locality.

Dowry demand alleged: The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 406, 498-A, 504, 506, 452, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Nirabjit Kaur, a resident of new Basant Vihar, against her husband Surinder Pal Singh, father-in-law Joginder Singh, mother-in-law Simran Kaur, sister-in-law Balwinder Kaur and brother-in-law Bhupinder Pal Singh, all residents of Gandhi Mohalla in New Shiv Puri. The woman had stated that after her marriage in 1995, the accused, who used to beat her up and demand more dowry, also threatened her. When she started living with her parents, the accused forced their way into her fathers house and forcibly took away her son. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of assault: The Model Town police has registered a case under Sections 341,323,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Varinder Singh, a resident of Mohalla Satjyot Nagar, against Dimple, Harpreet, alias Bunty, and two other unknown persons accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on the way near the Dugri chowk on the night of January 30 , beat him up and also threatened him before going away. No arrest has been made so far.

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 341,323,506,147 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sugreem Singh, a resident of Lachhman Nagar, who works in Pahwa cycle factory, against a co-worker Ram Yadav and about six other unknown persons accompanying him. The complainant had alleged that the accused had stopped him on the way in the evening of January 29, beat him up and also threatened him. No arrest has been made so far.

The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mohinder Singh, a resident of Nur Pur Bet, against Sarabjit Singh, Jaswant Singh and Rajvir Singh, all residents of the same village. The complainant had stated that the accused intercepted him on the way on January 29 in the village , beat him up and also threatened him. As a result of the beating , he was injured and admitted in the Civil Hospital, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

Knives seized: The Division No 8 police yesterday arrested Davinder Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Tripuri Nagar at Patiala, now living in Kailash Nagar, seized a kamanidar knife from his possession and booked him under the Arms Act.

The Focal Point police arrested Bablu Kumar , a resident of Sohan Lal Da Vehra at Dholewal, recovered a kamanidar knife from his possession yesterday and booked him under the Arms Act.

Gamblers held: The Shimla Puri police arrested Pawan Kumar, a resident of Bulara village, Madan Lal, a resident of Janata Nagar and Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Jodhewal, and booked them under the Gambling Act yesterday.

The police said a deck of playing cards and Rs 1,150 were recovered from the accused who were arrested while gambling at a public place near the Daba chowk in Shimla Puri.



Man held for hiring killers
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 2
The police claimed to have busted a gang of supari (hired) killers and solved a three-year-old murder case with the arrest of Jaswinder Singh. The killers were hired by him to kill her wife’s paramour.

Mr Parmod Ban, SSP said here today that a body was recovered from a non-residential house in 2001. The body was badly decomposed so the proceedings were initiated under Section 174. A case was registered under Sections 302, 201, 120-B and 34 of IPC at City police station, Khanna. The police arrested Jaswinder Singh son of Netar singh, of Salaudi village now residing in Dashmesh Colony, here.

He confessed during interrogation that he hired two killers, Satya Parkash and Sattu for an amount of Rs 45000, who killed Chand, son of Khajan Singh, who had illicit relations with his wife. The SSP said police parties had been sent to different places to nab these killers.



Man murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 2
An unidentified man was found murdered along the Ferozepore rail line opposite the fish market, near Jagraon bridge, this morning. A blood-laced sickle, suspected to be used in hacking the man to death, was found near the body.

The Government Railway Police station has registered a case of murder. Mr Gurnam Singh, SHO, said the man seemed to be a migrant labourer but no papers suggesting his identity have been found on the body.

The body had over a dozen sharpedged weapon injuries and fingers of the hands had also been cut.



Electromagnetic display board installed at PNB
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 2
Punjab National Bank (PNB) today installed a unique electromagnetic display board at its Industrial Area branch here with many salient features. The display board, which would be visible during the day as well as at the night, would provide regular information like real time, ambient temperature, relative humidity, population count of the country, along with different messages of public interest in Hindi, English and Punjabi for the benefit of public.

While inaugurating the display board at a function, the PNB General Manager, Mr U.S. Bhargava, said these display boards could be programmed from any location through computer without physically going to the board, messages could be programmed in any number of boards installed at different cities simultaneously from a single computer and the boards could be viewed from a large distance from a wide angle.

He said the PNB had taken many steps in the recent past in order to provide hi-tech banking facilities to its customers and making them comfortable at all times during dealing with the bank. For the benefit of the public, messages relating to various new products offered by the bank would be displayed on this board. This would help the public to know about latest schemes provided by the bank, besides providing other useful information.

Mr Bhargava further said henceforth the customers would no longer be required to visit the PNB branches for their day-to-day banking services as they would be able to handle most of the transactions from their homes or offices through Internet banking that too at the time of their convenience. The valuable time of the customers saved in this manner could be utilised for other productive purposes. Further, the bank had already interconnected more than 400 branches at over 75 centres all over India under core banking solution under which the customers could operate their accounts in any of these branches.

He said the bank had already launched Internet banking at its CBS branches and the customers could operate their respective accounts and avail other banking services like transfer of funds between the accounts online and get statement of account and transactions in their accounts besides 15 other facilities such as request for opening an account, transfer of an account, issuance of ATM-cum-debit card, issuance of credit card, closure of an account, and online railway booking without visiting the bank.


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