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City boy is second in PCS (judicial) exams
Shivani Bhakoo

Kamal Varinder
Kamal Varinder

Ludhiana, July 15
Amit Thind, an alumnus of Sacred Heart Convent School, here has secured second position among the candidates who have been successful in PCS (judicial) exams.

Amit did his law from the Department of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh. With a consistently brilliant academic record to his credit, he made it to the PCS (allied) in 1998 as Tehsildar. Unfortunately, the selections got scrapped and meritorious students like him had to bear the brunt along with tainted ones.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Amit said, “ But I had faith in God and myself. The scrapping of the selection shook me but I was not demoralised. The self confidence egged me on to strive for greater achievement.” Amit attributes his success to God's grace, his parents blessings and support of his younger sisters and well wishers.

His father, who retired as the Director, Water Resources and Environment Directorate, said God has blessed him with brilliant children and his heart swells with pride at their achievements. His mother, a college lecturer, said the family, friends and well-wishers knew that he would emerge victorious in any venture he undertook. Not only this, his younger sister also got selected in the PCS (allied) recently. She also feels, “Amit's sense of fair play, high moral character and in-depth knowledge of law will make him a very successful Judicial officer.”

Meanwhile, another city girl Kamal Varinder has also been selected in the PCS (Judicial). She has got 31st rank. Kamal owes her success to God, her mother and blessings of elders. She feels, “If you are determined and dedicated, no one can stop you.” The daughter of late Dr Mewa Singh Sonar, Retd Director, Agriculture Department, Punjab, Kamal feels that hardwork always pays in life.



Another victim of fraud NRI marriages
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Six years after her NRI husband left her with a promise to send for her, Satwinder Kaur Jumb is now losing hope of his return with every passing day.

A local court had declared Satwinder’s husband a proclaimed offender after the latter failed to appear in the court despite repeated summoning.

Satwinder had married an NRI, Ashwini Kumar Mehmi, by garlanding his picture at a ceremony. Later, the NRI groom visited India, lived with her for a month and left for Canada, leaving her with a promise that he would soon take her to the dreamland. But the fate had something else in store for this Shimla Puri resident. Now she does not know which door to knock at for justice.

“I have fought at all platforms at the local level. I do not know what to do now. The court could only declare my husband a proclaimed offender. Does he care?,” She says.

Only a year ago, she came to know that her husband had got an ex-parte divorce from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Her husband did not even bother to send her the order and she kept waiting that he would send for her one day.

A fax message by a Canada-based journalist shook her out of her stupor. She realised that she was left to fight her own battle, dejected and rejected.

She wonders if she would ever be able to bring her husband to book. “More than being left alone to face the world, it is the hurt that has made me a mental wreck. Despite my best efforts to forget him, memories of the past come back to haunt me. Can anybody tell me what should I do to teach him a lesson?” she says.

Satwinder’s match was struck following a marriage proposal by a middleman. The groom’s family insisted that she should marry immediately and that too in the absence of the groom. It was decided that she would solemnise the ceremony with his picture. She still maintains the photo album of the ceremony held in April, 2000.

The man visited India in July, 2000, and “remarried” her so that the marriage could be registered. “We spent around Rs 10 to 12 lakh on the wedding. The entire expenditure was borne by my father by selling his agricultural land. He enjoyed our hospitality for a month and went away,” she says.



Woman cheats kin, leaves for Canada
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 15
A case of cheating has come to light with the registration of a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC at the Sidhwanbet police station where in a sister performed marriage with her brother.

She left for Canada after cheating one of her relatives of Rs 4.1 lakh on the pretext that the woman would take their son to Canada.

Kuldeep Kaur, alias Babli, of Talwandi Kalan village, along with her brother, Davinder Singh, assured Kuldeep Kaur, daughter of Gurcharan Singh of Talwandi Kalan village. She said if she managed money for her interview as she was to go to Canada, after obtaining divorce from Rinku, a resident of Canada, with whom she had applied for immigration on the base of marriage, she would then return and marry Jasbir Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh.

She had previously received Rs10,000 from Gurcharan Singh and now again allured and received Rs 4,00000 more for the purpose. But instead of marrying Jasbir Singh, she performed fake marriage with her own brother Davinder Singh and left for abroad. Gurcharan Singh who was cheated has lodged a complaint with the SSP, Jagraon, who ordered the registration of the case.



Vikas Partap new MC Commissioner
S.K. Sharma is Sugarfed MD
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Mr Vikas Partap is the new Commissioner of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. He replaces Mr S.K. Sharma, who has been appointed Managing Director of Sugarfed. Both swap their places of postings.

The orders to this effect were issued yesterday. Mr Sharma will relinquish charge on Monday and Mr Partap will be joining on that day only.

In fact Mr Vikas Partap had joined the LMC in June last when the orders of transfers were issued on June 10. But the transfer of Mr Sharma was stayed by the Chief Minister as the former’s niece was to get married in the city on July 12.

Mr Sharma continued working for another month. Finally the fresh orders came yesterday.

Talking to mediapersons today, Mr Sharma said that he had enjoyed his stint as MC Commissioner in the city. Stating that his tenure was fulfilling as the job of providing development in the richest city of the state was a challenging task.

He hoped that he would be remembered for the MC’s achievements during his tenure. “The last four years have boosted my confidence all the more and I have matured as a bureaucrat,” said Mr Sharma.

He said that the people of the city were cooperative and he would always remember them for their cooperation.

“I have felt that I should be standing up for the public cause and I will continue doing so no matter wherever I am posted.” he added.



SAD ‘terror’ tactics flayed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar, including the terror let loose by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) activists on SAD (Amritsar) leaders and workers who were peacefully protesting against BJP leader Arun Jaitley at the Circuit House on July 10.

The outfit chairperson, Mr D.S. Gill, censured former CM Parkash Singh Badal for using Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, along with other jathedars of Takhts, and the SGPC as institutions for political gimmicks to promote his sinister political designs and to rundown the opposition political groups and individuals in the Panth.

While commenting upon the religio-political situation of the Sikhs in Punjab, he said “Badal, in alleged connivance with Delhi and its security agencies, had subtly provoked the splinter Akali groups to turn violent.”

Intriguingly, the SAD (A) and leaders of other splinter groups, are reacting to counter the violence oriented political offensive of their shrewd rival (Badal) wittingly or unwittingly in retaliation, he added.

The people of Punjab would not forgive Mr Badal for his sinister designs and for clandestinely damaging Sikh institutions, such as Akal Takht and the SGPC.

The IHRO has urged all pro-Punjab and pro-Panth political groups, including SAD (A), to set their issue-based agenda before the people instead of falling into the trap laid down by SAD (B) leadership, which seems obliged to get these splinter groups, dubbed as terror promoters.

The NGO has also called upon the public to exercise restraint and patience in the wake of the cowardly acts of bomb blasts.



NGO sheds tears over Jagraon’s plight
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 15
Jagraon stands neglected and none of its leaders has bothered to ensure its development either industrial or educational.

No one has bothered to look into the grievances of its people and the local politics is confined only to the police affairs.

The Jagraon Vikas Manch would expand its wings to work for the all-round development of this town, said Mr Raman, president of the manch, at a meeting on Sunday.

Mr Raman disclosed that in its preliminary meetings their manch was able to understand the problem of under-development of Jagraon and its villages and was the first to raise the demand of district status for Jagraon.

He enumerated the reasons for bestowing the status of district on this historic town as the population as per census 1971 in Ludhiana district was 14,19,421 and in 2001 it was 30,32,831 and presently 50,000,00.

Ludhiana had three sub-divisions in 1971 and now it has seven which include Ludhiana, east Ludhiana , west Khanna, Samrala, Payal, Raikot and Jagraon.

Speaking on the occasion, he said Jagraon remained under-developed because of perpetual neglect by senior officials of the district administration.

The Deputy Commissioner had not visited Jagraon for the past 3 years and never bothered to monitor development works and redress public grievances, he said.

No special planning had been projected for Jagraon as such Jagraon remained an industrially backward town.

Jagraon had played a significant role during the Independence movement and its contribution was great, Mr Raman said, adding that the town had produced innumerable freedom fighters, the greatest of them being Lala Lajpat Rai.

He disclosed that a very important religious place of Nanaksar had no mention even on the website of Ludhiana district.

Though Jagraon was already a police district, the trend of micro- administrative units was absent in the subdivision.

Jagraon was culturally and economically for different and under developed than Ludhiana.

Mr Raman said in the light of such compelling factors, the Jagraon Vikas Manch was determined to take up the issue of district-status with authorities and disclosed that he had already taken up the issue with Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister (Chairman of District Re-organising Committee).

He also discussed the failure of this historical town on educational aspects and enumerated the misdeeds of Municipal Council, Jagraon.

The leadership had never made any endeavour to get a government college established here, Mr Raman said.

He felt that with clubbing of Jagraon, Dakha and Raikot, a district could be created.



PUDA should mend policy on encashing drafts: NGO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Public Cause, an NGO working as a forum for voicing the problems of people, has decried the decision of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for encashing the drafts on pay orders submitted by the applicants for a freehold housing scheme in Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala).

Mr A.K. Bhandari, general secretary, of the NGO said the PUDA authorities were encashing the drafts and pay orders even before the draw of lots. The last date of submitting applications was July 8, which was further extended to July 8 in view of the tremendous response, to the scheme.

The authority had advertised for the allotment of 400 freehold residential plots in Urban Estate. Sultanpur Lodhi.

He said some applicants were of the view that there was no justification in encashing the drafts on pay orders of the applicants before the draw of lots was held. Such a step would unnecessarily added to the work load of banks as well as of PUDA. It would cause unwarranted harassment to the thousands of unsuccessful applicants, he pointed out.

Besides, the money of applicants would remain in transit for nothing. In this connection, the highly appreciable procedure (encashing the drafts of successful applicants only) adopted by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) should be adopted by PUDA in the interest of the organisation as well as the applicants, he added.

Mr Bhandari said while the action of the Chandigarh Administration showed their good intentions, the same could be said about PUDA.

Although the authorities have promised to allow interest at the rate of 10 per cent per annum after the expiry of 180 days from the date of draw and not from the closing date i.e. July 8 or from the date of application, it indicated the apathy of the authorities.

The intention of the people was in having a house of their own and not lend money to the urban development authorities.



BJYM activists burn Mulayam’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today burnt an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, a minister of UP, for giving clean chit to SIMI (Students’ Islamic Movement of India). The body has been alleged to have links with the bombers who carried out recent blasts in Mumbai.

The BJYM activists alleged that by giving clean chit to SIMI, even when his own DGP was saying that the group was on the watch list of the police, Mr Yadav had betrayed the nation for vested interests. They said it was because of such policy of appeasement and minority communalism, which encouraged the separatist and divisive forces in the country.

The activists were led by district president of the BJP Subash Verma, while the protest was organised by BJYM district president Sanjay Kapoor and general secretaries Kewal Gupta and Rajnish Dhiman.

Addressing the activists, Dr Verma said the government should take strong measures against the terrorists, who were bent upon disturbing peace in the country. The terrorists had started striking everywhere at their own will killing innocent people.

He demanded that the terrorism must be dealt with strictly so that the message was clear to everyone that no violence against innocent people would be tolerated in India.



Reservation counter at railway station demanded
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 15
To enable about one lakh residents of the area avail advance booking service in trains through this route, office-bearers of various social, political, religious and educational organisations have urged the authorities to open a reservation counter at the local railway station.

According to Mr Sanjiv Jindal, president, Shri Luxmi Narayan Seva Dal, office-bearers of various organisations had impressed upon the authorities to open a reservation counter at the local railway station. At present the facility is available only at Ludhiana and Dhuri junctions which are at a distance of 26 km and 37 km, respectively, from the local station.

“As it is cumbersome to get seats booked at Ludhiana and Dhuri after travelling such a long distance, majority of prospective passengers prefer travel by bus. This causes loss to the exchequer also,” reads a letter written by more than 50 organisations of the town and surrounding villages.

Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, Municipal Council, endorsing the demand raised by social and educational organisations, said more people would be able to avail the facility of safe and cheaper journey by train.

Ms Santosh Rani, vice- president, Municipal Council, and Ms Chiter Rekha Sharma, councillor, stated that the residents had been putting off their travel plans due unavailability of reservation facility at the local railway station. “As majority of local residents are unaware about the schedule of booking at Ludhiana and Dhuri, they have to travel personally to these stations and return disappointed many a times,” said the councillors.

Mr Jagwant Singh Jaggie, president, SAD, Mr Ravinder Superfine, president, city Congress, Mr Des Raj Sharma of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Ms Surinder Kaur, Principal, Janta College for Women, Ms Kamla Devi Sharma, Director, Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mr Tarsem Garg, president, Chaura Bazar Welfare Association, and Mr Kuldeep Singh Karwal, general secretary, SAD (A) Youth Wing, have also endorsed the demand.



PSEB complaint centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Chief Engineer (central zone), Mr K.D.Chaudhry, yesterday said the board had made necessary arrangements to ensure regular power supply during paddy season to areas under urban (eastern), urban (western), suburban, Ludhiana and Khanna zones.

He said the board was paying attention to maintenance and increasing efficiencies so that there were no hurdles in the way to uninterrupted supply of electricity.







All set for Swai Abhiman rally
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 15
The district unit of the Bhartya Janshakti Party claimed to have made all preparations for the Swai Abhiman rally scheduled to take place in Jalandhar on July 31.

Mr Ashutosh Vinayak, co-convener of the state body, said activists of the party and residents of the area were disturbed over the indifference politicians were showing, including those in the ruling alliance and they were waiting for a time to express their anguish against the government.

“Disappointed over the role of their respective leaders, activists of all parties, including the BJP and the Congress were joining our party and the Swai Abhiman rally would prove our claim,” claimed Mr Vinayak after convening a meeting at Tera Panth Jain Sathanak in Thursday.

They criticised the Mumbai, Srinagar blasts and blamed the political system for such events.



Mobile, motorcycle stolen
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 15
Sumandip of Sidhwanbet allegedly has stolen a cellphone of Subhir Kumar of his village while he was in Nanaksar village. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

In another incident, the Sudhar police arrested Sunil Kumar of Sector 25, Chandigarh, from Sehzad chowk, and allegedly recovered motorcycle Palsar no. CH-3V-1209 stolen from Chandigarh. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Cash stolen from gurdwara

Unidentified persons allegedly entered the gurdwara Khandoor, broke open the ‘golak’ and stole Rs 10,000. The Dakha police has registered a case under Section 457, 380 IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

7 booked for damaging crop

The local police on a complaint of Mr Sher Singh of Talwandi Rai has registered a case against Joginder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Avtar Singh Baljit Singh, Baljinder Singh Lambardar, Hardial Singh and Gurmail Singh of Sidhwan Bet for committing an offence of entering the fields of the complainant illegally and damaging the ‘bajra’ crop at Hans Kalan.



Unidentified man crushed to death

Ludhiana, July 15
An unidentified 40-year-old man, who appeared to be a beggar, was run over by a speeding vehicle on the roadside opposite Amaltas resorts here today.

Salim Tabri SHO Balwinder Singh said that it appeared that the man was sleeping on the roadside when the heavy vehicle ran him over. The SHO said there was nobody to identify him. The police has registered a case against an unidentified driver. TNS



Sarpanch booked

Jagraon, July 15
Gurjinder Singh, Sarpanch of Walipur Kalan, has been booked by the Humbran police on a complaint by Palwinder Kaur of Khasian Kalan for teasing her. A case under Section 354,323, IPC, has been registered. No arrest has been made so far. OC



Small industry body apprises govt of its problems
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 15
A delegation of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India (FOTSII) and its affiliated associations has submitted a memorandum to Mr Javed Usmani, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister, pertaining to problems confronting micro and small enterprises.

Mr Joginder Kumar, president of the association, who led the delegation, said micro and small enterprises were facing problems on account of levy of service tax on electroplating, heat treatment, painting, zinc plating etc, withdrawal of exemptions granted on parts and accessories of cycle and cycle rickshaw and various other taxes.

“On one hand the government has exempted textile processing from service tax and on the other the same has been imposed on electroplating, heat treatment etc despite there being no distinction,” alleged Mr Kumar.

FOTSII said the abetment of 30 per cent service tax was inadequate as the actual consumption of raw material was more than 40-50 per cent and the abetment should be a minimum of 70 per cent.

They demanded that either exemption be granted to light engineering units or be brought on par with textile processing, the association said there was an urgent need to take measures towards this as the problem was rendering these units out of competition.

The association also condemned the withdrawal of exemption granted to parts and accessories of cycle and cycle rickshaws and demanded that the same be continued.

“The issue relating to package for micro and small enterprises which has been mentioned in the national common minimum programme of the UPA government, committed to the labour-intensive sector be announced at the earliest,” the president of the association said.

Representatives of tiny and small units urged the government to give an equal representation to them while taking decisions pertaining to this sector.

FOTSII said the Joint Secretary assured that he would convey the issues to related ministries and take necessary action in the direction.



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