Tuesday, June 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Hosiery industry awaits migrant workers
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Thousands of knitting machines in the local hosiery industry are lying idle because migrant workers have not yet begun arriving for the season.

According to reliable hosiery sources, owners of small and big hosiery units in the city prefer migrant workers to local ones mainly due to economical considerations. Migrant workers are satisfied with less than half the wages demanded by local workers. Moreover, the migrant workers are happy if they go on getting “diet-money” instead of their full wages, while, on the other hand, the local workers many a times even demand advance wages. By employing migrant workers, the owners of hosiery units have the added advantage of ploughing back most of their business returns.

The sources pointed out that the hosiery season this year may take another month or so to being in full earnest because of the non-availability of skilled migrant labour.



Rs 2-crore dairy project launched
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — An ambitious project involving enhancement of productivity and quality of milk with an outlay of Rs 2 crore in the Ludhiana milkshed area was launched today.

The project was launched by the Managing Director of Milkfed, Punjab, Mr Amrik Singh, at the Verka milk plant today. The project has been designed with the technical and financial help of ‘TIFAC’ — an autonomous council under the Ministry of Science and Technology. While 50% of the cost of the project will be incurred by the council, the remaining would be incurred by the Milkfed.

It is learnt that as per the project, 28 farms have been identified on the Mullanpur-Dakha-Ludhiana road, out of which three farms with 50, 30 and 15 buffalos each would be developed as model farms. In the remaining 25 farms, 15 buffalos each would be kept.

While 1.75 lakh each have been allocated for the 25 dairy farms for constructing model sheds for animals, milking purpose, construction of drinking bond etc, different fund allocations have been made for the three model dairy farms.

According to Mr. S.P. Gupta, Managing Director, Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, “A sum of Rs 4.75 lakh has been allocated for the farm with 15 milch animals, Rs 6.75 lakh for the farm with 30 animals and Rs 12.25 lakh for the farm with 50 milch animals. This money would be used for the construction of sheds, buying of sophisticated and state of the art milking machines, and bulk coolers. A sum of Rs 46.50 lakh has also been allocated for training of daily farmers.”

Talking about the panic reaction amongst the dairy farmers of the state when rumours about the Indian markets being flooded with imported milk powder and butter oil at extremely cheap rates were doing the rounds last month, Mr Amrik Singh said things had now taken a turn for the better. He informed that the price of ghee was now up from Rs 90 per kg earlier to Rs 107 per kg now.

He said stock piling in the godowns of Milkfed was done every time during the flush season, but because of the threat of imported milk powder hitting the Indian markets, these stocks could not be sold. “However, now almost all stocks have been cleared and the situation is quite normal,” he assured.

In answer to another question about improving the quality of milk being supplied to the cooperative societies by dairy farmers, Mr Singh said that they had been paying incentive price to dairy farmers, based on both bacterial and chemical quality of the milk. “Dye reduction tests on sample of milk from different routes are done regularly to assure that best quality of milk is made available through our milk plants,” he said.



Youth Akali Dal faces split
From Kuldip Bhatia

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Hectic political activities are on in the two warring camps of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD). Loyalists of the unit President and a former MP, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, are up against dissidents, five of whom were expelled in a general house meeting on Friday, after which, two others had resigned in protest.

Following this, it seems that the party is about to split, which may become another source of embarrassment for the SAD (B) supremo and Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who is preoccupied with infighting in the ruling Akali Dal.

Sources in the SAD (B), parent body of the YAD, said the action taken by Mr Aliwal was hasty and might not be approved by the party high-command. The dissidents have also stepped up lobbying and are in a close contact with senior leaders of the party, including persons close to the CM. They are trying to get the expulsion of five YAD office-bearers revoked. They also want that the party high-command should replace Mr Aliwal "to retain its youth wing as a united and cohesive unit", according to the sources.

Mr Aliwal said he had met the Chief Minister here yesterday at the function to mark the 116th birth anniversary of Master Tara Singh. He said Mr Badal had supported the decision of the YAD general house to expel some office-bearers to curb indiscipline. "Moreover, no disciplinary-action committee had been set up within the YAD and the general house was fully authorised to take any decision, particularly if it concerned the maintenance of discipline," he said.

However, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, party General Secretary and one of the persons who have been expelled, said the expulsion was illegal. "

Mr Aliwal had no powers to expel any office-bearer or worker and only the SAD (B) President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party could do so," he said.

Mr Dhillon also alleged that even the general house meeting which Mr Aliwal had convened "to take disciplinary action against his colleagues", was unconstitutional and against the regulations.

He repeated what he had said in a press conference here past week, that Mr Aliwal should be immediately replaced with a person "acceptable to all". He said the Chief Minister had given such an assurance in a meeting of the YAD in Chandigarh in April 1999.



Industry objects to transit checks
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Mr Inderjit Singh Pradhan, President, and Mr Avtar Singh, General Secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, have taken serious view of the routine transit checks within the city by the Sales Tax Department.

In a statement here today, they said, it was going on despite the clear instructions of the Chief Minister, Punjab to the Sales Tax Department that the routine transit checks within the streets of the city would not be carried out after the installation of sales tax barriers and information centres and the trade and industry would not be harassed on this account.

They alleged the Department and the officials in Ludhiana were still continuing their “malpractice” of routine transit checks within the city and were more active to conduct such un-called for checks and harass the entrepreneurs and the traders.

They disclosed that the sales tax officials said, they were bound to conduct such checks to attain the revenue target given to them by their heads of departments.

Ludhiana being the busiest industrial city has got hundreds of small scale industrial ancillary units engaged in doing the job work for the big factories, as such the movement of manufactured goods has to take place frequently. They pointed out, the sales tax staff despite the clear directions of the Chief Minister has not done away with the local transit checks.

Mr Pradhan urged the Chief Minister to issue clear directions to the Sales Tax Department to stop such harassment to the industry and traders.



Abducted girl recovered from Bihar village
Tribune News service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — A 14-year-old girl, who had allegedly been abducted by two Bihari youths from her residence on October 13, 1999, was recovered by the Ludhiana police from Dobaria village in Belia district of Bihar.

It is alleged that the girl, a resident of mohalla Anandnagar, was having an affair with Jagdish Majhi, who was a tenant in a house located right opposite the house of the girl. The couple reportedly eloped with the intention of getting married. Nandu Raut, who was also staying with Jagdish Majhi here, also accompanied them back to their village in Bihar.

After the couple eloped, the father of the girl, Ramesh Kumar, registered a case under sections 363 and 366 of the IPC in October last year. Only a couple of weeks ago, a police party, led by ASI Mahinder Singh, on learning about the whereabouts of the couple had gone to Bihar, but returned empty handed.

It was a few days ago that a police party led by ASI Girdhari Lal was again sent to Dobaria village in Bihar and with the help of the Belia police succeeded in tracing the girl and bringing her back here on June 24. The accused, Jagdish Majhi and Nandu Raut, however, have not been arrested so far.

Informed Inspector Rajeshwar Singh, SHO of Haibowal police station, "After the girl was brought here, a medical examination was conducted and we have now also booked the accused on the rape charges under section 376 of the IPC."

He also informed that the statement of the girl would now be recorded before a judicial magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.



Neglected cannon of Lodhi fort
From Jupiderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Lying forgotten and ignored in a high corner of the historic Lodhi fort here, a cannon standing amidst ruins and weeds demands attention from historians, conservationists as well as local residents.

The cannon is built with such fine iron that it has not gathered rust and the unique shine of the element used to make it can still be seen. However, no one knows to whom it belongs. As there is not much information available on the over 500-year-old Lodhi Fort, not even in its premises, one cannot expect much on this lone cannon.

Only few hints about its origin or past are available. The first one is an inscription 'John Sturges and Co. Bowling .Yorkshire ' on the cannon itself, which reveals the company that possibly built it. The inscription suggests that the cannon belonged to the British. What one fails to know is the year in which it was constructed and who brought it here. The cannon has another figure ' 18 Pb ' inscribed whose meaning could not be decoded.The Lodhi fort was constructed by Sikander Lodhi as a step towards his ultimate aim of ruling over Delhi.Babar defeated rulers of the third generation of the Lodhis and got possession of the fort.Later, the fort went into the hands of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The mystery starts from here as either the cannon belonged to him or the British from whom the Sikh ruler might have purchased the cannon.

According to Mr R.S. Randhawa, presently working as Additional Deputy Commissioner Patiala, but formerly employed with the conservation department of the state, the cannon is definitely of British make but it has to be researched whether it belonged to Maharaja Ranjit Singh or to the British, who took over the fort after a treaty with the Sikh ruler in the first decade of the 19th century.

Seventy-six-year-old senior citizen Giani Ajit Singh who has spent his life in the city adds to the mystery. According to him, there were four cannons like this installed in various corners of the fort.

He claims to have seen all of them and said while the other three vanished the fourth still remains. Mr Harnek Singh, an employee with the Industrial Development Corporation, housed in the fort said he had seen this cannon here since 1980s.He said this was the only complete cannon in the fort.

Interestingly, in Phillaur subdivision of this district a number of cannons belonging to Maharaja Ranjit Singh have been preserved but no one has paid attention to this cannon.

Even in Patiala , an erstwhile princely state, a cannon park exists in Sheesh Mahal. In this park cannons, belonging to both British and Sikh rulers, have been kept and put up for exhibition. But this cannon has escaped the attention of the autorities concerned.


CICU resents govt ban
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) in a press release yesterday alleged that the engineering industry of Ludhiana was passing through great hardships due to the ban imposed by the Union Petroleum and Gas Ministry on the inter-state transport of furnace oil, LDO and HPS by road.

The CICU said that earliar the users of such oils used to get these oils from Panipat, Ambala and Mathura by paying 4 per cent tax. Due to the recent order of the Central Government on the inter-state transport of such oils, there was an acute shortage of the oils. They were now forced to purchase the oil at a very high price, which had turned their goods non-competitive. The industry was forced to close down their shutters for want of regular and cheaper supply of such oils.



Memorial to be set up in honour 
of Master Tara Singh

From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Setting up a memorial for veteran Sikh leader, Master Tara Singh, putting up his life-size portrait in the Punjab Assembly and creation of a chair in his name in one of the universities in the state are some of the steps the state government intends to take in honour of the late leader.

This was announced by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while addressing a state-level function, organised by the Master Tara Singh Yaadgari Committee to observe the 116th birth anniversary of the leader last night.

Paying rich tributes to him, Mr Badal said Master Tara Singh led the Sikh community and the Punjabis in the freedom movement and a number of struggles thereafter to achieve the rights of the Sikhs. He recalled that at the time of Partition Masterjit stuck to his decision to remain with India.

The Chief Minister observed that Masterjit was not only a politically far-sighted leader of the masses but was also an intellectual, educationist and a social reformer.

Factionalism and infighting, as also activities of dissidents within the party and the break-away group, led by former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra also came under sharp criticism by the Chief Minister. He said certain disgruntled leaders and groups had joined hands with the Congress to pursue their political designs and to destabilise the ruling Akali Dal. “But the people will not be misled by the politically motivated propaganda of such elements.”

Mr Badal was conferred with the title of Sardar-e-Azam of Bir Khalsa Dal, the organisation set up by Master Tara Singh, at this occasion.

Among others, Punjab minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charan Singh Atwal, Senior vice-president of SAD (B), Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Akali Dal youth wing president, Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, grand daughter of Master Tara Singh, Mrs Kiranjot Kaur, and Mr Pritpal Singh, president of gurudwara Dukh Niwaran, paid tributes to Master Tara Singh.



Seminar on beauty treatment held
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — The Bodyline Slimming and Beauty Point in collaboration with Beauty Net organised a seminar on beauty treatment at Baron Hotel here last evening on the theme of “Designer mehandi and tatoos: a new fashion accessory”.

Dimpy Chaudhry of bodyline gave a live demonstration and designer tips in this art. About 150 beauty parlour owners from Ludhiana and its surrounding areas participated in the seminar. Mehandi till now was considered to be a bridal symbol but now it has evolved itself into an art comprising delightful and even crazy tattoo figures adorned by fashionable elite of the city.

Beauty Net, organisers of the event, got overwhelming response and plans to hold more such interactive meetings. Mrs Chaudhry revealed that the beauty and slimming business was more than $ 30 billion industry. She said, only regular training could update the beauticians about the latest developments to give their best to the fashion and beauty clientele of the upcoming metropolis.

Mrs Pavneet Bawa of Naaz-Shanaz parlour at Dugri Road also attended the seminar and said, “It was quite unique and informative and I have really taken the important tips”.Back


Hey kid, what’re you doin’ in that muddy water?

LUDHIANA, June 26 — As I stand by the side of the Budha Nullah bridge in Shivpuri on a sultry afternoon , I notice a boy of around 12 coming to the bank of the nullah. He takes off his ill-fitting blue knickers and the dirty, torn T-shirt in a jiffy and crawls into the stinking muddy waters of the nullah.

No, the skinny boy is not trying to beat the heat. He is up to something else. Soon he starts moving his hands around looking of for something as he moves about in the waist deep blackish water. He retrieves a few glass bottles and broken plastic flip-flops (chappals) which he throws on to the bank.

I approach the boy as he comes out of the nullah to where is laid his little fortune in the form of a small heap of junk.

Suresh, the unfortunate kid, had a poignant tale to tell. Both his father and mother died some years ago. He has only an elder brother who is also a junk collector. A look at the retrieved muddy stuff tells a lot about not only Suresh, but thousands of deprived kids like him, who are engaged in collecting junk in the city. The stuff would hardly fetch him Rs 10, I reckon.

It was futile to talk about education and the possible health hazards to which he is exposed all the time. He lives in Dana Mandi near Salem Tabri, where are a whole tribe of people belonging to different backward classes.

Without caring to wash himself with fresh water, Suresh puts on his ill-fitting blue knickers and the torn T-shirt as I trudge back. — D.B. Chopra


Anti-Drug Day observed in town
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — On the occasion of World Anti-Drug Day, a number of social organisations today called upon the state government to ban the sale of drugs and make special legislation for effective control of drug-trafficking.

The organisations organised functions at different places in the city and surrounding villages and held seminars to educate the masses about the menace of drugs.The organisations also distributed pamphlets and some literature extolling the virtue of leading a drug-free life.

An official function was organised at Advance Training Institute, Gill Road, by the Health Department under the leadership of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajinder Kaur. An official release of the function claimed that about 300 youths participating in the function took the oath of leaving the drugs and to work against its spread. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajinder Kaur said drug abuse was one of the main reasons for the spread of other deadly diseases like AIDS, cancer and TB.

Delivery a talk at Mansooran village about 20 km’s from here in a function organised by the PSSB Memorial Hospital Welfare Society, Dr Rajiv Gupta, a Psychiatrist, said the drug menace has assumed alarming proportions in the state in the past 10 years. He said even school going children were hooked on to the easily available drugs like gutka and other tablets and syrups . He called upon the government to take immediate and necessary action against persons selling drugs.

Dr Gupta said one also has to concentrate on the reasons forcing youths to take on drugs.According to him the common causes are large-scale unemployment, social tensions and lack of strong relationships.

The Medical Aid and Anti-Drug Abuse Committee of the Ludhiana Citizens Health Council also organised street talks on drug abuses at various places in the city. Special talks were held with rickshaw drivers and truck drivers. Mr Ajay Jain, Secretary and Mr Prem Narain Gupta, Chairperson, of the council, said in a release that the committee also distributed handbills, pamphlets informing the public about the bad effects of the drugs.

The Aas Kiran De-addiction Centre organised an addict identification function at Mehmidpura, near here. Persons taking drugs were examined and offered treatment by the centre under the leadership of Mr Jasbir Singh, Project Director of the centre.



An orientation on spoken English
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26 — An institute of English organised an orientation on TOEFL, IELTS and spoken English at a hotel yesterday.

The chief guest on the occasion was Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Vice-President of Shiromani Akali Dal. Ms Harinder Dhillon, Principal of Khalsa College for Women, Mr G.S. Nahar, District Attorney, and Mr S.K. Seth and Mr D.C. Garb of the State Bank of India were also present.

The purpose of the orientation was to highlight various aspects of higher education overseas. Presentations prepared by students of the institute were given to all who were present.

The chief guest appreciated the efforts of students and said more such institutes should be established in rural areas also.

Ms Harinder Dhillon gave away prizes and congratulated students. A presentation was also given by senior officials of the State Bank of India on various financial assistance schemes for higher studies abroad.Back


PAU to merge genetics, biotech depts
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Punjab Agricultural University has decided to merge the departments of genetics and biotechnology. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council held on June 22.

Well-placed sources in the PAU said the decision had been taken because the university had not been able to introduce the postgraduate biotechnology course so far. The Plant Biotechnology and Tissue Culture Centre was established in 1986 with four scientists joining the Punjab-Government-funded project. However, a full-fledged Biotechnology Centre came into being in 1992 only.

In 1999, the centre was renamed the Department of Biotechnology for basic and applied research on plants, microbes and animals, besides agricultural research. It was affiliated to the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities. Manpower and resources were transferred from the Departments of Plant Breeding, Genetics, Horticulture, Microbiology and Plant Pathology and the others.

Dr R.G. Saini, Head the Departments of Genetics and Biotechnology, said the responsibility would be a great challenge for him. "Handwork has no substitute and I should be able to reorient everything in the Department of Genetics," he said. He also said the department needed a new direction.

At present, the faculty of the Department of Biotechnology comprises only 20 staff members, including seven Professors, two Associate Professors, 11 Assistant Professors. The depart"r-disciplinary faculty includes 11 persons of the field of genetics, 2 of the field of plant pathology and one entomologist.


Special software save chips
From Deepkamal Kaur

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Though a little late, the use of specialised software packages has triggered a new trend in Ludhiana in fashion designing, knitting, architecture, medicine, printing and various other fields. These software help generate perfect designs, besides saving time and material.

There are several fashion-designing software which help a creator in designing, cutting, stitching, embroidery and virtual modelling. Ms Jupinder, a fashion-designing instructor of Arena Multimedia, says, "The use of TUKACAD package helps one achieve high speed and high-precision. Wastage of cloth is very less at the time of cutting. Therefore, we have included this software in our syllabus."

A knitwear-designer of Jain Udhay, a fabric-design company, says, "We design a particular pattern for a fabric and store it on a floppy. This floppy is then inserted in a machine which uses a special software package to design that pattern."

Architects are also using special software packages for designing houses. A package called STAAD helps in designing a complete 3-D structure of a house, specifying every detail of exteriors and interiors. It can also help prepare a complete plan of an entire city, including roads, sewerage system, lighting and buildings. It is being used by some local architects who say that it saves their clients a lot of building material and money.

Dr Tarun Gandhi, a local homoeopath, is using Cara, a software which helps feed a repertory into the computer. A doctor consults this repertory before prescribing any medicine. The software also helps Dr Tarun maintain a record of all cases. There are some speacialised packages for homoeopaths such as Hompath Ozone, Hompath Classic and Radar.

The software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, types on computer screen whatever words are spoken in a microphone. It has to be trained to recognise the voice of a person before it is used. Since it types rather fast, a thesis-typist of the town has also started using it.

Special software packages are also being used for making glow signs. Mr Anu Basant of Basant Arts says, "We have a software called Caswin which comes with a plotter machine. It is used to expand and cut to size any design made on a computer. This design can be directly pasted on a board."

Packages like Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop have become common tools for image-creating and image-editing, respectively. Web-designers are mostly using Animation Shop, DreamWeaver and Flash for creating animations.

Industrial houses here use these tools to manage finance, production, sales and marketing on-line. The process of automation has already begun in major companies like Nahar Group and Hero Honda. These companies mostly use the SAB ERP software. Some smaller companies are also following the trend.

Nahar Group has linked its nine plants in India through satellite. From the main server in Ludhiana, the group monitors every process in these plants. The company has registered a great success after adopting the process.

With the growing demand for special software, several companies which make these have come up. Mr G.P. Singh, Managing Director of DCads Marketing, had designed Hair Styling Pro in 1997 which helped a person visualise on a computer screen how he or she would look with different hairstyles. The package was the first of its kind and sold well in India and abroad. He said the prices of such software ranged from Rs 500 to a few lakh rupees.

All those who want to have an edge over others are investing in latest special-software packages.


Selecting the right college

A COLLEGE is where you are going to develop an identity of your own. It becomes very important to be extremely careful while selecting a college for admission. You ought to have a set criteria for selecting a college.

Just spare a thought. After all, it is going to make or mar your life. Do you only think about good “crowd” in the college. There are more relevant considerations you need to keep in mind.

Anmol Gill, a student emphasises the value of degree from a good institute. She did her plus two from Sacred Heart Convent, and values the value of a good administration. “I will definitely prefer good administration to “crowd’ in a college” she adds.

Ramandeep Singh and Amit Dhadwal have decided to join a particular college only because of the extra-curricular considerations. “Teachers push you into options they think you should be doing”, they feel. They have already checked all colleges that offer subjects like sports, music, theatre, art, dance, debates, choreography and so on. He has a reason to justify his argument. Employers, he says, mainly value the initiative shown in extra-curricular activities.

Do you have any particular aim? If yes, find out a college which deals best in that course. Do not forget to check out placement cell. Talk to some ex-students and get accurate feedback.

Some of you may choose a college which lies in your comfort zone. Remember, many great men have walked miles to attend a good school. It is wrong to focus only on your own comfort while choosing a college. It involves everything from stepping into an unfamiliar town to meeting different kinds of people.

College is not a party where you only seet “crowd”.

Meena Dogra, who has recently done plus two, considers faculty and facilities in the college as important. Libraries, laboratories and other facilities should also be checked. If you are careful enough to choose your college, you have won half the battle.

— Surbhi BhallaBack


23 bottles of illicit liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26 — The police has seized 23 bottles of illicit liquor in separate incidents during the past 24 hours.

According to the information available, 11 bottles of illicit country made liquor were seized from Satnam Singh, alias Ramma, yesterday from the Ganda Nullah bridge, near the shamshan ghat.

In another case, 12 bottles of illicit country made liquor were seized from Rajinder Kumar from Ghabadi village during a special checking. A case under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sadar police station.

Man injured

Jagtar Singh is alleged to have been seriously injured by five to six persons while he was returning home on his Hero Honda motor cycle (PB-10-X-6289) near Daad village.

He has also alleged that the accused were in a white Maruti car and intercepted him without any provocation and injured him with sticks. He was later hospitalised at Preet Hospital by his brother and a case has been registered under sections 325, 148 and 149 of the IPC at the Sadar police station.

6 held for gambling

Six persons, Raj Kumar,Vinod Kumar, Ramesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, alias Punu, Ashok Kumar and Harish Kumar, have been booked by the police for gambling and Rs 1,050 along with a pack of cards was seized from them. They have been booked under sections 13, 3 and 67 of the gambling act after they were arrested from Upkar Nagar yesterday.

Minor fire in factory
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 26 — Fire engines were rushed to Sona Engineers in Focal Point in response to a call by the factory chowkidar on Sunday evening. However, one of the factory owners, when contacted, said that it was a minor fire which they managed to extinguish on their own even before the fire engines reached the spot.



FIR cancelled in missing baby case
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, June 26 — The Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, Ms Neelam Arora, has ordered cancellation of a First Information Report (FIR) registered by the local police in connection with the case of a nine-month old child, Sahib Singh, who has been missing from the township since June, 19. The child had been recovered on Saturday by the police from Ludhiana.

The magistrate gave the orders to the police after the recovered child, along with his father and mother, was produced before her. After listening to the couple, she gave the custody of the child to the couple.

A police official said the child was found at a Radha Sahib gurdwara in Ludhiana. As per the statement given by the woman, Ms Amarjeet Kaur, her child went missing after she became unconscious. It was contradicted when the police, following the trail of the child, reached Ludhiana and found that she had herself left the child there. From the gurdwara, the child was adopted by a farmer of Kubb village, Malkiat Singh, who had no child.

The police swung into action after efforts by the family of the child that a child had been seen at the Ludhiana gurdwara. A case under Section 363-A of the IPC had been registered by the police. The woman living with her husband in Delhi, had come to visit her parents in Phase XI here. A police official said there was tension between the couple over some issue.



Servant forcibly taken away by employer
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — A minor domestic help in the house of a shoe factory owner in Jalandhar is alleged to have been forcibly taken away by his employer after he failed to pay Rs 10,000 that he had taken as advance from them.

It is learnt that 14-year-old Yashpal was forcibly picked up by his employer, Nikka Ram, along with four to five other persons from his house in Fauji Market, Jassian Road, last morning around 7.30 am. It is alleged that the accused had left his job about two months ago.

After the accused allegedly picked him up yesterday, a case under Sections 365 and 452 of the IPC was registered at Haibowal police station.

A police party was sent yesterday but returned empty handed. Inspector Rajeshwar Singh, S.H.O of Haibowal police station, informed that a police party led by ASI Pyara Lal had been sent again to Jalandhar to locate the boy.Back


Satluj Hospital in troubled waters
From Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 26 — The controversy over the removal of Dr Balbir Singh Sekhoon from the Board of Directors of Satluj Hospital refuses to die down with Dr Sekhoon trying to hit back. Dr Sekhoon was removed from the Board of Directors by a majority vote at a meeting held in the first week of May. Dr Sekhoon has reportedly sought the help of the police as he has been alleging victimisation at the hands of other board members.

The Board of Directors, which included Dr Ravinder Tah, Dr Sarvesh Mathur, Dr T N Shadangi and Dr Satvinder Singh Grewal, charged him of not cooperating with the functioning of the company. They alleged that Dr Sekhoon was also trying to create hurdles in the new projects the company was planning to launch. Besides, he was accused of not performing his duties in the hospital as an anaesthetist.

The situation reached a flashpoint when Dr Mathur was assaulted by some unidentified persons. Dr Mathur and his colleagues, including Dr Tah, have been accusing Dr Sekhoon of being responsible for the attack on Dr Mathur, which the latter has been vehemently denying.

Dr Sekhoon was one of the founder directors of the hospital along with Dr Tah, Dr Mathur, Dr Shadangi and Dr Grewal. However, differences cropped in subsequently between Dr Sekhoon and other directors over some projects. These ended in his (Dr Sekhoon) getting sidelined by the other four directors and ultimately his removal also.

He is now demanding his share from the hospital assets. Although the exact amount could not be confirmed, one of the directors told TNS that Dr Sekhoon was asking for too much. He said, the company was ready to settle the dispute and give him his due share. However, he alleged, Dr Sekhoon was trying to hoodwink the directors by trying to build pressure by other means.

According to Dr Tah, Satluj Hospital is a public limited company governed by the Board of Directors. All policy and other decisions related to the functioning of the hospital are taken by the Board of Directors only. Dr Sekhoon, who felt outwitted and isolated by the other four directors, claims that he has been cheated by other four directors. However, Dr Tah explained, ‘‘it was a majority decision taken strictly in accordance with Company Laws and Dr Sekhoon was free to challenge it in any court of law’’.

Dr Sekhoon was not prepared to speak anything on the issue. Replying to the charges against him in connection with the assault on Dr Mathur, he said let them (Dr Mathur and others) go to the police. Regarding his removal, he said he had already brought the matter to the notice of the police. ‘‘I have nothing to speak about other charges and I will speak only to the police or in the court’’, he told the TNS.


PYC serves ultimatum on Sukhbir Badal
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26 — The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) has taken strong objection to the emergence of “an extra-constitutional centre of power” in the state in Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Union Minister and son of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.

Addressing a news conference at Circuit House here today, the PYC President Mr Devinder Singh Babbu, said that Mr Sukhbir Badal, though holding no official position, had been inaugurating a series of government projects all over the state. Recently at the inauguration of two link roads in Kikkar Khera and Giddranwali by the Chief Minister’s son, the entire district administration had got together and massive police bandobast was organised with a DIG of Police supervising the arrrangements.

Mr Babbu said in blatant display of sycophancy, the senior district and police officers were running around to please a person, who was not even their political master and termed it as a mockery of the democratic norms and regulations. “Mr Sukhbir Badal had turned the state into a family property and the Chief Minister, by being a mute spectator to the goings on, was equally guilty,” the PYC chief remarked.

He took strong objection to “objectionable” remarks of Mr Sukhbir Badal against the All-India Congress Committee President and leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and served an ultimatum that in case Mr Sukhbir Badal did not withdraw the remarks by July 10, Youth Congress workers would gherao and hold black-flag demonstrations against him wherever he went in Punjab and elsewhere.

He further remarked that the people of the state were fed up with anti-people and anti-poor policies of the SAD-BJP government. The economy was shattered, the law and order situation was worsening day by day, corruption was rampant and problems like rising prices and unemployment had touched new heights while the government appeared to be clueless to tackle the situation.

Mr. Babbu disclosed the organisational set-up of the Youth Congress was being revamped. The state unit was being reorganised and the block and ward level units would be formed in next couple of days so that the party workers could be properly groomed to mobilise the masses in the next elections.

Giving details of the further programmes of the PYC, he informed that a series of drives for tree plantation, blood donation, eye check up and medical camps, aids awareness, traffic education and seminars to motivate the unemployed youth for self-employment schemes would be organised at district level all over the state.

The Congress MP Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, who was also present at the occasion, stated that he was taking up the matter of declaring Ludhiana as a metropolitan city at appropriate levels, both with the state and Union Governments. Further, he had approached the Union Railway Ministry for modernisation of the local railway station and for construction of subways, connecting all the railway platforms.

He said a proposal to introduce halts of certain trains at Dholewal and Sahnewal railway stations was under the consideration of the Railway Ministry to reduce congestion at Ludhiana railway station.

The District Youth Congress President Mr Pawan Diwan, alongwith party activists Mr Gopal Monga, and the PPCC Secretary Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, were also present.


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