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Residents get I-cards, but full of errors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 5
Scores of residents of a locality in the Civil Lines area here, most of them just having attained the age to vote, today received their voting identity cards, but full of glaring errors.

Many of these cards either have the name of the voter wrong or in some cases the father’s name of the bearer is incorrect. Addresses on almost all cards are mentioned wrong.

Copies of some voter identity cards which carry wrong particulars of residents of the Civil Lines area in Ludhiana
Copies of some voter identity cards which carry wrong particulars of residents of the Civil Lines area in Ludhiana.

The government employees, who distributed the cards in Lakshmi Street in the Civil Lines area, were carrying a printed copy of the voter list of Ludhiana West (058) Assembly segment and particular of all affected residents were correct in the list, the residents claimed.

A few among the affected said voter identity cards with mistakes were issued to them earlier also and they had filled out a form requesting correction in those. But this time again they were told to fill out a similar form.

Sunil Kumar (19), who will be voting for the first time in the coming elections, said, “How can I cast my vote when the card shows my name as Guharh Kumar.” Another first-time voter Asish also faces the same problem as his card shows his name as Asim.

Sorav Sood (19) is shown to be the son of Rajesh Sood whereas his father’s name is Naresh Sood. A housewife, Ms Madhu Dhawan’s name has been mentioned as Madhu Pawar while the card of another resident Adarsh Sondhi bears the name of the holder as Adarshan Gopi. 



1 held for stealing vehicles Car, truck recovered
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 5
The Jagraon police has nabbed a member of a gang involved in stealing vehicles for past three years. The police recovered two four-wheelers from his possession.

Hakam Singh of Mohi village was nabbed by a police party led by Mr Prem Singh, SHO, Dakha at a naka today. Maruti car with him was found to be stolen.

The vehicle had been stolen from Mullanpur on December 22 when its owner Mr Bhupinder Singh had parked it in a market. The police recovered a Tata 407 number (HR 29B 0198) also from him. Ownership of the Tata 407 was yet to be established.

Mr Jatinder Pal Singh Khaira, DSP, Mullanpur disclosed that the accused was a member of a gang, two members of which had earlier been nabbed by the police. At least three cases registered against the accused at various police stations in connection with the theft of some vehicles were pending in the court.

Commenting on the modus operandi of the accused Mr Khaira said that the gang used to steal vehicles from the markets and sell these at throw away prices in Delhi.

Two of his accomplices were now in jail. He still was active. He used to target vehicles usually driven by winners. After the occupants parked the vehicle at some market or a public office he used to open it with the help of a master key.

Most of the vehicles stolen by him were taken to Maya Puri Auto Market at Delhi and sold at throw away prices.

Hakam Singh had been recovered from a shipping company reportedly due to his antisocial activities including stealing. The police hopes to recover more vehicles from him.



Man gets RI for throwing boy out of train
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 5
Vasudev (30) of Bihar, who had thrown a boy out of a moving train at the Chowkiman railway crossing two years ago, has been sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment. The left leg of the boy, Aman, had to be amputated.

Delivering the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused. He declined a plea of leniency raised by the accused.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him. If the accused fails to pay the fine, his imprisonment would be extended for one more year, according to the judgment.

The accused was booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC on a statement of the boy who hails from Kirpal Nagar. The complainant had said that his father was a drunkard and used to beat him so he had left the home and took shelter at the local railway station.

At the railway station, the accused met the boy and asked him to beg for him. But when he refused to do so, the accused started threatening him.

On August 27, 2002, the accused and the boy boarded a train to visit Gurdwara Nanaksar. During the journey the accused started forcing him to beg. When the boy refused to beg, the accused threw him out of the running train.

The prosecution examined six witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. 



3 held for smuggling poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
The Division No 5 police today claimed to have busted a gang of narcotic smugglers who used to smuggle poppy husk in the city by hiding the drug packets in straw mats.

SP city-I R.K. Jaiswal and DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar told mediapersons that the three accused used to bring poppy husk from Rajasthan and sold it at higher price here.

The gang members were identified as Harikrishan, Bachan Singh and Gian Chand. 



It’s business as usual at factory
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, January 5
It was business as usual at Malwa Industries and Spinning Mill, situated near Harian village on the Kohara-Machhiwara road with workers busy with their routine work. Fourteen girls, under training with the garment unit of the factory, had died on Monday in a bus accident that left over 30 injured.

There was no pall of gloom in the factory and it was not closed. Factory sources said not even two-minute silence was observed in the memory of the deceased. ‘‘Life goes on’’, the labourers said.

Though 25 girls working in the same unit where the victims worked, did not come to work today, other employees remained busy. The factory owners have also not offered any compensation to the families of the deceased.

Mr Manuj Mehta, general manager of the human resources department, said factory officials were visiting the houses of the girls and offering condolences. He said the factory officials and owners also visited hospitals where the injured were being treated.

He admitted that no compensation had been announced but the owners were taking care of the injured. He said there were no rules that the factory should be closed down.



Tanker carrying synthetic milk impounded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
The district Dairy Development Department has impounded a milk tanker in which spurious milk was being supplied in the city.

A press note of the department said that a team headed by Dr Vijay Kumar Kakkar, DHO, Ludhiana intercepted tanker PB-10-AM-572 (a TATA 407 vehicle) at Jagdish Ice Factory, Ludhiana and seized synthetic milk from it. The samples have been sealed.

The department had been getting complaints that adulterated milk and milk products were being sold in different parts of the state. Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister has taken a very serious note of it and directed the Dairy Development Department, Punjab to join hands with the Health Department, Punjab to eradicate this menace.



Vardhman donates Rs 25 lakh to PM's Relief Fund 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
In view of the catastrophe that struck India among other countries on December 26, resulting in massive loss of life and property, city-based Vardhman Group of Industries has decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh towards the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman, Vardhman Group of Industries, said a demand draft for Rs 25 lakh was being sent to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

While expressing his condolences to all those who lost their families, friends and colleagues in tsunami tragedy, Mr Oswal said this was the least we could do to contribute to mitigate the sufferings of those affected.



CMC team leaves for Tamil Nadu 
Relief for tsunami-hit people
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 5
A team of 12 doctors and paramedic staff of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) was today flagged off by Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner. The team will provide medical assistance and rehabilitation to victims of tsunami tragedy.

Dr Navneet K. Goahan, who is heading the team, would set up a medical base camp in the worst- affected area of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. Expenditure incurred during the first phase of the project would be borne by the CMC Advisory Committee.

While appreciating the humanitarian gesture of the CMCH and its advisory committee, the Deputy Commissioner said this was the real service to the humanity and the unfortunate victims of the natural calamity of the highest magnitude.

Dr John Pramod, Acting Director, CMCH, said it was decided to set up a base medical camp in the rural area of Cuddalore district which was worst-affected by the disaster. An eight-room building had already been identified by Dr John Abraham, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, for establishing the base camp. He had been camping in Chennai for the past one week. Dr Pramod said the team would provide medical assistance and free medicines to worst -affected people of 52 villages, where, still no medical help had arrived.

Dr Pramod added that a temporary operating theatre would also be set up at the site for undertaking surgery cases. After one month, another medical team would replace the present team and the camp would continue till the affected people needed medical help.

Mr S.N. Maini, Chairman, CMC Advisory Committee, and Dr Rajiv Kapoor, Deputy Medical Superintendent, CMCH, were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) doctors of the district will contribute their one-day salary, amounting to Rs 4 lakh towards the relief fund created for the victims of tsunami tragedy. This was decided in a meeting presided over by Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, with representative of the PCMS Association here today.

In a similar goodwill gesture, members of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development have sent Rs 1,11,350 to the Tamil Nadu Chapter of the IDPD who were holding relief camps for the tsunami victims.



Programme on quake-resistant designs ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 5
Two-week Short Term Training Programme (STTP) on ‘Structural and Geo-Technical Aspect of Earthquake resistance Design’ in Civil Engineering Department and on ‘Techniques of FACTS’ in Electrical Engineering Department concluded at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College.

Dr S. K. Kaushik, Head of Department, Civil Engineering, IIT Roorke, was the chief guest. He appreciated the efforts made by Dr J.N.Jha, coordinator, Civil Engineering Department and Prof S.S. Sahni, coordinator, Electrical Engineering Department and the institutes for organising these programmes on the topic of national importance like earthquakes.

Eminent educationists and scientists from IIT Roorkee, CRRI, New Delhi and NITs along with local experts from the state delivered the lectures.

A special presentation was made by the representative of the United National Development Programme (UNDP), where the case study conducted by the UNDP in regards to Punjab (Jalandhar and Amritsar) was also discussed.

A full session was dedicated for tsunami concepts and disaster management.

Forty participants attended the course in civil and 30 in electrical short term training programme. They had come from Maharashtra, Karnatka, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal and Madhya Pradesh. Considering the criticality of the topic of earthquake and related concepts, The Civil Engineering Department, has arranged all these lectures and a special movie on disaster management on its official website www.gndec.ac.in for the next 60 days.

The Principal, Dr R.P.Singh Suker Chakia, thanked the participants, co-ordinator and the experts for making these programmes a success.



Manjit Vihar residents’ dharna against police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
Residents of Manjit Vihar today staged demonstration outside the Salem Tabri police station for over an hour claiming that the police had not registered FIRs regarding three thefts in the colony and released some suspects caught by residents.

The dharna was lifted when the police said that FIRs had already been registered and the suspect was released after proper investigation only. SHO Salem Tabri Arvind Puri said the police had acted swiftly in the case and had rounded up more suspects also.

Mr Pawan Vij and Mr Ashok Verma alleged that the cops were dilly-dallying on the registration of cases whereas criminals were striking at will.

The police however denied the allegations saying that the police could not book a person in the case just under pressure of area residents.



NRI impressed by polite Punjab cop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
The Punjab Police has been drawing a flak for its rude behaviour, especially from NRIs, who experience better policing outside. But a constable of the Jagraon police has won over an NRI from Canada who has vowed to spread word about changed face of men in the Khaki.

Mr Charanjit Singh, a former sarpanch of Mandiani village, is now settled in Canada, and is on a visit here told the Ludhiana Tribune that he was driving his car when a cop stopped him and demanded car papers for checking.

Mr Charanjit Singh said much to his surprise, the cop kept on addressing him as Sir and suffixed ‘ji’ after his name and every sentence.

The NRI said this was in sharp contrast to his previous experiences here when the police personnel were rude and hurt and demanded money also.

The NRI said he had first hand experience of the new and changed face of the Punjab Police.



Woman complains against station master
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
A milk vendor, who brings milk from Bilga village to Ludhiana in a train, has alleged that the Station Master of Bilga railway station is not allowing her to carry milk in the train following her refusal to give milk to certain railway employees free of cost.

Ms Kulwinder Kaur, who brings 60 litres of milk everyday to Ludhiana railway station, in her complaint to the DSM, Ferozepore division, has alleged that her husband had been supplying milk at Ludhiana railway station for the past many years. But after he got his leg fractured in an accident, she had to bring the milk.

Naming certain employees in the complaint, she has alleged that she had applied for a monthly milk vendor’s ticket and paid Rs 170 for the same.

But the employee concerned refused to issue her the ticket and asked her to supply one litre of milk to him everyday. Later, he got a vendor’s pass from Nurmahal station.

“I refused to supply milk to him. Now I have to travel to Nurmahal from Bilga by bus to board the train,” she said.

The Station Master of Bilga also misbehaves with her and does not allow her to board the train from there, she alleged. 



NRIs look homewards for outsourcing jobs 
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
The non-resident Indian community from Punjab appears to be heading home for outsourcing jobwork. The reason is that input costs here are less compared to existing places of work. Recently one Chicago-based company San Softech, owned by the Sandhu Petroleum conglomerate announced the setting up of business office in Punjab.

Dr Harjinder Singh Sandhu, the Chicago-based Managing Director of the company pointed out, besides helping cut investment costs it will also generate employment here as there are many highly educated but unemployed youths in the state. He said, “we have seen outstanding talent here which does not get good opportunities...we decided to utilise this potential as it would be mutually beneficial”.

Sandhu Petroleum is a billion dollar company with an extensive network of petroleum outlets spread across the USA. It also owns a few oil refineries also in the USA. Mr Sandhu disclosed that the Indian headquarter would be opened up at Chandigarh and it would be followed up with branch offices in Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar. The company will get most of its accounting and technical jobwork done here through 200 professionals it will recruit.

Mr Navdeep Singh Sandhu, one of the directors of the company disclosed that initially the company will invest three lakh US dollars in India. Over a period of a couple of years the investment will go up to one million US dollars. The initial job training will be provided by the experts from the USA and the business operations in India will start from February 2005. San Softech is only one of the several companies owned by the NRIs which are looking homeward for job outsourcing.



Death anniversary of social activist observed
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 5
To commemorate the first death anniversary of Rajinder Sethi, former convener of the local unit of Ram Sharnam Ashram, the activists of Social Welfare Society distributed woollens and footwear to the needy students at a function organised at the local MGMN Senior Secondary School yesterday.

Dr Rajinder Mittal, Assistant Professor at Dyanand Medical College, Ludhiana and chairman of the society presided over the function.

Recollecting the contribution of Rajinder Sethi towards the society here, Dr Mittal said organisers of various social organisations should follow the path shown by him.

Besides distributing woollens and footwear among 400 needy students, the association assured to provide books and stationary to students, on need cum merit basis.

Mr Pardip Sharda, Principal, Mr Tarsem Garg, Mr Gopal Krishan Toni, Mr Happy Verma, Mr Vijay Kumar and Mr Ravi Goyal (office bearers of the society) were present on the occasion.



Revenue officers to go on strike today
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 5
The Revenue Officers Union of Patiala division has decided to go on two-day strike from tomorrow in protest against the registration of a criminal case against one of their members.

Mr Daljit Singh Chheena and Mr Manmohan Kaushik, both union members, said this decision was taken at a meeting organised in Ropar today.

Revenue officers said they decided to go strike to resent the attempt of the police to implicate Mr Sucha Singh, Naib Tehsildar, Mohali, in a false case.

Mr Chheena said the union would take up the matter at state-level meeting scheduled to organised in Jalandhar on January 8.



Parkash utsav of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated

Samrala, January 5
Parkash utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated here today with fervour in all gurdwaras of the Samrala Sub Division. All gurdwaras were decorated and lighted up. Langar was served to all. SDM Samrala, Baldev Singh appealed to persons to follow teachings of Sri Guru Gobind Singh, who has sacrificed his all in fight against oppression. OC



Steel manufacturers ‘spreading misinformation’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
Alleging misinformation by steel manufacturers on price hike representatives of the industry said today that the actual price hike was Rs 2,000 per ton and not Rs 500 to Rs 800 per ton as was being spread by manufacturers.

“They have withdrawn discount of Rs 1,000 per ton without informing the public. They area also playing tricks by introducing more grades of steel to adjust the price 
hike," said Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Chamber said steel producers had misinformed consumers by stating that they had not raised the prices of long products whereas these prices had been increased by Rs 500 per ton. While RINL has increased the price of long by Rs 500 per ton, SAIL had withdrawn discount that resulted in an increase of Rs 500 per ton, the Chamber added.

Producers often claim that their prices were lower than the global prices which was not true.

Barring the USA, steel prices across the globe are much lower than those prevailing in India, the Chamber added. 


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