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Cops harass mother, daughters for land
From Ruchika Mohindra
Tribune News Service

Patti Kakkar( Jagraon), June 30 — A woman and her two young daughters are alleged to be continuously harassed by the Jagraon police over getting a 10-acre piece of fertile land in the Bet area vacated from their possession.

This land, belonging to the central government, has been in the possession of this family for more than 40 years and Ms Atta Bai and her daughters Subaran Kaur and Sukhpal Kaur have been cultivating it.

It is alleged that in a second incident of forcible vacation of this land by policemen, the three women were beaten up and lathicharged by 15-20 police personnel in plainclothes when they resisted an attempt of occupation.

The two have alleged that on June 14, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, presently posted at Ludhiana and son of Gurdeep Singh, who had claimed ownership of two acres of this land converged on the village with 15-20 of his men and beat them and tried to evacuate them from the land they have toiled for 50 years.

Ms Swaran Kaur alleges, "The attempt was aborted only when other villagers came to our rescue and these people had to run away. However, these people themselves got a case registered under Section 326 against us for causing greivous injury on one of their men".

Several other villagers when contacted by TNS substantiated the allegations levelled by Ms Attar Bai, Ms Swaran Kaur and Ms Sukhpal Kaur. Mr Mohinder Singh, another farmer in the village, said, "Since this land is under the possession of a family comprising only women, several people thinking of them as easy prey, have tried to take over the possession of the land".

The villagers also inform that a similar incident had occurred in April, 1998, when the police beat up the family members, allegedly at the behest of Makhan Singh and Jit Singh and a case in this regard is currently pending in the courts.

Mr Jawahar Singh, another former informs, "These women were brutally beaten up by a police party led by the then Station House Officer of the Sidhwan Bet police station, Mr Gurcharan Singh. The police officer had injured Ms Attar Bai and her daughters (three of them are now married) Swaran Kaur, Sukhpal Kaur, Ranjit Kaur, Kulwant Kaur and Prakash Kaur."

Adds another villager, Mr Lakha Singh, "This is a family that is living under the oppression of the police. After the armed attack on them in 1998, the accused police officer was suspended and the Human Rights Commission had also ordered the then Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to inquire into the incident which is still pending."

The villagers complain that though they have been helping these woman in resisting the attempts at forcible possession, it would not be possible for them to confront the police the next time it happens.

The police, has, however, denied that it has attacked these women. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Mr J.S. Sidhu, says, "The two persons who claim to be the owners of this land, Mr Makhan Singh and Mr Jit Singh, have sold two acres of land to Mr Gurdip Singh. The Civil Judge, Jagraon, Mr. Ajaib Singh had ordered for the registration of this land in Mr Gurdeep Singh's name on May 29."

He said that it was on the basis of this order that the SDM, Jagraon, Mr Yash Pal Mittal, sent a kanungo, Mr Mohan Singh, and a patwari, Mr Nirmal Singh, to help the party take possession of the land. He claims that the three women had then attacked the tractor driver who was accompanying them with a sharp-edged weapon. He also said that no villager had approached him to present a case in favour of Ms Atta Bai.

Meanwhile, it is also alleged by the villagers that the only son of Ms Atta Bai, 17-year-old Paramjit Singh has also been forced to stay away from his mother and sister for fear of being implicated by the police in false cases at the behest of those having vested interests in the land.

It is learnt that this land, which was under the occupation of Mr Gulab Singh, the deceased husband of Ms Atta Bai since 1954, was leased to him for 10 years from 1961 to 1971 by the government. However, in 1965, this land was allotted to a Bhumdali villager and Jit Singh, a resident of Tihara village.

However, till the time Gulab Singh was alive till 1984, the family reportedly was not aware of the transfer of the land in the name of Makhan Singh and Jit Singh. When in 1985, the couple's young son, Phumman Singh, too, died of an illness, Makhan Singh and Jit Singh staked a claim to ownership.

Since then, the land dispute case has been pending in the court.Back


Housewife gagged to death
 Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 30 — A housewife was allegedly done to death in the Kot Mangal Singh area of the city yesterday.

The two assaillants, who were reportedly known to the victim, allegedly gagged her with a pillow which led to her death.

The police said the victims was identified as Harbans Kaur (50), wife of Karam Singh.

The police has registered a case of murder under sections 302/34 of the IPC against the two accused, Baldev Singh, alias Harbhajan Singh, son of Karnail Singh, and Baljinder Singh, of Mohalla Gujjran in Jagraon.

The FIR was registered on the basis of the complaint of Karam Singh. son of Arjun Singh of Kot Mangal Singh, Ludhiana. He alleged that the two accused gagged his wife to death.

The FIR quoting Karam Singh said the two accused had visited his house in his absence when his wife was alone.

When Karam Singh and his son Jagjit Singh entered the house, they saw the two accused pressing Harbans Kaur's mouth with a pillow. On seeing them, the accused escaped and also snatched the pair of gold ear-rings, one gold ring and a pair of anklets.

Harbans Kaur reportedly died on the spot.

The case is being investigated by the station house officer of the police station Divison No 6, Ludhiana.

The two accused were said to visit the victims house regularly. According to Karam Singh, they also stayed in his house as tenants about two years ago.


Migrant labourers main carriers of TB
From Vimal Sumbly

Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Migrant labourers are believed to be the biggest carriers of tuberculosis in Ludhiana. There are said to be about 5 lakh migrant labourers in the city. They mostly come from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. The unhygienic conditions they are forced to live in make them more vulnerable to the chest diseases, mainly tuberculosis.

Although no exact figures are available about the number of such patients, doctors working in areas inhabited by these labourers reveal that a considerable number of people suffer from tuberculosis. Most of the doctors TNS talked to reveal that, on an average, they treat about three or four tuberculosis cases daily.

Several reasons are attributed to the alarming number of such cases among the migrant labourers. Poor hygienic and living conditions and malnutrition make these people more vulnerable. Even if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage, irregular and incomplete medication makes the patients multi-drug resistant.

According to Dr Anil Kapoor, a leading ayurveda practitioner in Basti Jodhewal, there has been a consistency in the inflow of TB affected patients. The number of patients is more in the areas where there is extra concentration of industries, particularly the hosiery dyeing units and rolling mills.

The disease is also prevalent among the domestic help, mostly from Nepal. Dr Ravindra Vatsyayan, a senior ayurveda consultant, disclosed that the domestic servants are the main carriers of this disease among the economically well off sections of society. The disease gets easily transmitted to children or the persons sitting beside the infected patient.

The disease gets transmitted mainly due to respiratory infection. Dr Vatsyayan advised that there should be an awareness campaign among the people, particularly the labourers about the disease. Regular check ups are also essential.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, about 30 lakh deaths occur of TB in the world every year and 20 lakh of them in Asia only. The WHO estimates also point out that 40 per cent population in the developing countries is directly or indirectly effected by the TB. There are about 30 lakh new cases every year. About 5 lakh people are said to die in India every year by TB only.

Medical experts suggest that the disease should be immediately brought to the notice of the doctor. The symptoms include prolonged cough, fatigue, blood spittle, prolonged low grade fewer, weight loss and anorexia.Back


Farmers warned of globalisation
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30 — The Department of Agriculture organised a special training camp for farmers at the grain market here to educate them about the 'Changing scenario in agriculture and challenges ahead'. Agricultural technocrats of Mangat and Ludhiana blocks led by the Chief Agricultural Officer, Dr Gurcharan Singh Rajajung, interacted with more than 400 participating farmers. The Punjab Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, was the chief guest.

Mr Garcha told the farmers that under the GATT agreement, the immediate future for the farming community was full of challenges and the farmers had to be prepared to compete in global market. The first step towards this would be to go in only for good quality crops. Lauding the hard working and determined farmers of Punjab, he said despite being under a heavy debt, the farming community had brought laurels to the state through Green Revolution and following it up with the white revolution.

Mr Garcha advised the farmers to replace the traditional crop rotation with high quality flowers, fruits, vegetables and oilseeds so that they were not adversely affected under the GATT agreement. He appreciated the role of the Department of Agriculture in educating the farmers about effects and requirements of the GATT agreement and said that more farmers should be involved in such camps.

Mr Rajajung, while assuring the farmers that good quality farm inputs would be made available to them, emphasised that quality of crops was more important in the changing scenario than quantity.

During the technical session, Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Aulakh spoke about the large-scale arrival of farm products from abroad under the GATT agreement and their effect on domestic produce while Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Pandher, Dr J.P. Singh, Dr Kirpal Singh and Mr Rajan Kumar gave tips on kharif crops, soil testing, use of fertilisers, maize crop and proper maintenance of farm machinery to the participants.Back


Timings of four trains changed 
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The Railways' Ferozepore Division has effected changes in timings of four trains. Due to the new timings the arrival and departure times of the trains at Ludhiana railway station have also been changed.

According to the new timings, the Amritsar-New Delhi Shane-e-Punjab express train will halt for only five minutes at the railway station here. It will arrive at 5.20 p.m. and depart at 5.25 p.m. now.

The halt of the Mumabi Superfast express train, which also goes to Happa and Rajkot on scheduled days, has also been reduced. It will arrive at the old timings of 4.20 p.m. but leave at 4.30 p.m., while earlier it used to stay up to 4.45 p.m..

The Amritsar-Baroni express train which earlier used to arrive at 1.30 p.m. will now arrive at 9.05 a.m. and leave at 9.15 a.m.

The Amritsar-Katihar express train will have a longer stay now. It will arrive at the old timings of 9.30 a.m. and leave at 9.55 a.m.Back



Janata Dal (S) flays power situation
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The district unit of the Janata Dal (S) has criticised the Punjab State Electricity Board for “undeclared power cuts and trippings” in the city for the past several days, making the life of the residents difficult. The Party Secretary, Mr Pandir Sagar Rayal, said in a statement that in view of the erratic power supply, low frequency, increasing instances of power theft and heavy transmission losses, the PSEB should try to put its house in order rather than going in for a hike in power tariff. He lamented that power remained cut-off for hours together, particularly during the night, in many localities, including Model Town, Jawahar Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Sham Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Civil Lines and Lajpat Nagar. With the disruption in the power supply, the water supply in these areas was also adversely affected, throwing normal life out of gear. Opposing the power tariff hike, he said that the party would participate in the proposed protest dharna by industrial bodies here on July 7. Meanwhile, a former Vice-President of the Punjab Youth Congress, Mr Sukhwant Singh Dugri, lashed out at the PSEB for failing to provide adequate power to farmers even during the peak of paddy transplantation. He said the paddy growers were not getting more than 6 to 7 hours of supply, whereas a PAU study had recommended at least 16 hours power supply during this season. He wondered as to why the state government and the PSEB could not formulate long term plans that ensured adequate and regular supply of power to all categories of consumers including the farmers.


Illegal plying of buses resented
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The Congress today expressed resentment against the illegal plying of buses in the city, flouting of administration orders by the cinema owners and blatant violation of other rules and regulations by various departments and private bodies.

A large number of Congress workers led by PPCC member Mr Parminder Mehta submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, drawing his attention towards the issues concerning general public which required immediate corrective steps by the district administration.

According to Mr Mehta, despite a ban imposed by the district authorities on the plying of buses without security during night, a large number of private buses left for different destinations from places like Bhadaur House, the Railway Station and Link Road near the general bus stand. Most of these buses, he alleged, evaded road tax and plied without valid route permits, in addition to overcharging and intimidating passengers.

Similarly, the administration had permitted the cinema owners to hike rates of admission tickets on the condition that all basic amenities would be provided to cine goers but this condition was being flouted with impunity. Other points raised in the memorandum were exploitation of children and teachers by private educational institutions, overcharging at parking lots in the city, denial of ration cards to migrant workers and unchecked sale of narcotic drugs at chemist shops and other places.


MCPI supports autonomy demand 
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has extended support to the demand for autonomy made through a resolution adopted in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. In a press statement here on Friday, the MCPI General Secretary, Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri and the central committee member, Mr Kuldip Singh, said that the situation in J and K had deteriorated over the years as a result of the previous central government betraying the solemn pledge to Sheikh Abdullah, father of present Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The MCPI leaders observed that successive Congress governments, right from the regime of Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, had tried to sabotage the agreement and failed to restore the pre-1953 position. The continuous dithering on the part of the central government had led to the present situation in J and K. The MCPI hailed the statement of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue, while adding that the autonomy demand was part and parcel of the Anandpur resolution adopted by the Akali Dal in 1978. The party was of the firm view that only by giving greater autonomy and more powers to the states, a real federal system could be created. Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) District President, Mr Rachhpal Singh, has taken strong exception to the statements of SHSAD President Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Chief Simranjit Singh Mann on the J and K demand for autonomy. He said the provocative statements of radical Akali groups could create a situation in Punjab that prevailed in the eighties and mid-nineties and could once again disturb communal amity in this border state.



Without water for 10 days
By Lovleen Bains

SAHNEWAL, June 30 — The rural water supply to Nandpur village, near Sahnewal, has failed and people are literally without water for past 11 days.

Villages like Pawa and Jugiana, receiving this supply, are facing one of the toughest times. A defect in the functioning of the motor has forced the dwellers to drink unhygienic water. As industry has reached the door of these villages, the nalas, ponds etc., have become dangerously contaminated. The release of dyeing, textile and chemical waste by industrial units in the area have rendered even the sub-soil water unfit for consumption. People are arranging water for themselves from distantly located tubewells. Those unable to do so are forced to drink the unfit water.

In this sweaty hot weather, when water is the only saviour, villagers are facing acute crisis due to the failure of water supply. The problem, has been prolonged for 10 long days due to the habit of procrastination on the part of the concerned authorities. They are unaware of the fact that dereliction of duty on their part can lead to serious consequences What to talk of

corrective or preventive measures, the regular intake of unhygienic water by the residents can make them an easy prey to diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid, jaundice etc. and the situation can assume even epidemic proportions.

A majority of the migrant labour residing in these villages has little time at their disposal. Busy in their day and night duties, they are drinking polluted water, least conscious of dangerous consequences. Even villagers cannot afford to bring tubewell water everytime. They are left with no other choice but to drink this contaminated water.

Former Member of Parliament, Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bulara, expressing concern over the present situation, has made a strong appeal for an immediate solution of the existing water crisis. The residents, too, have demanded speedy restoration of water supply so that future complications can be avoided and evil can be nipped in the bud.



‘Why live in such a locality?’
From D.B. Chopra

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Hargobindpura is a mohalla close to Samrala Chowk. Ever since it came into existence in 1973, residents have been paying house tax and other taxes to the Municipal Corporation, but getting very little in return.

Mrs Pritam Kaur, a resident, said that they were forced to drink dirty water from their handpumps in the absence of any regular water supply.

A gentleman, who preferred not to be named, was full of bitterness for the corporation for its alleged step-motherly attitude towards the basic amenities needed in the locality. He said that corporation officials arrived on the scene whenever a resident wanted to add a room or two to his house. How did they come to know about the arrival of bricks the same day, he wondered.

Mr Mangat Ram, who runs a hosiery unit in the locality and heads the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, informed that about 10 years ago, residents collected Rs. 10,000 and gave it to the Municipal Corporation which installed an apology of a sewerage that has not been connected to the main sewer. Invariably, it gets choked every four or five days resulting in streets flooded with sewage.

Mr Satpaul Singh, a member of the committee, informed that though water pipes had been laid about four months ago, he was not sure when water would flow in them. He was also critical of the area Councillor who was not paying any attention to their problems as he was not keen to contest the next elections.

A visit to the locality revealed that the approach from the G.T.Road side to gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar is impossible for pedestrians to traverse. Sewer water was overflowing virtually everywhere. No street has been concretised either.

The committee members told that about six months ago, they apprised the Municipal Commissioner of their grievances. Instead of getting any action done, all they got from the Commissioner was a retort. He reportedly asked them, ‘ If there are no facilities in the colony, then why are you living there?’



A craze for stamp collection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30 — The moment a postman delivers a letter, most of us hurriedly tear it open to get at the contents but there are some 300 Ludhianvis who are more concerned about the stamp(s) that bring(s) the letter.

Members of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club, an organisation which boasts of having the largest number of stamp collectors concentrated at any one place in North India, are also the most active ones in sale and purchase of the stamps. Deeply engrossed in the hobby these philatelists meet on the second Sunday of every month to exchange stamps or to make enquiries about the ‘rare’ ones they are earnestly looking for

A meeting with any of these persons would be sufficient to pique one’s curiosity about the amazing but less known world of stamps. An outsider is surprised at the revelation that certain rare stamps both national and international, whose original cost was a few rupees, were being happily bought for hundreds and even thousands of rupees.

The collectors have an amazing memory as well. They can immediately tell you when and why a stamp was released along with the price it can be bought for, “Every stamp has a story behind it,” says Mr Yash Pal Bangi, the driving force behind the philately movement in the city. He said stamp collectors did not collect stamps at random but specially looked for those which pertained to their theme of collection.

According to him the themes were as varied as communities in the world. Some here about freedom fighters, some about buildings, some on nature and some even on wild animals. Then there were a number of sub-themes in these categories on which someone could work on.

The club also brings out a magazine, The North Post, which informs about the latest rage among the philatelists, new stamps up for grabs and of course the golden one which has the highest price. According to its latest issue the most priced Indian stamp at the moment is a Rs 10 stamp of Mahatma Gandhi with Bapu written in Urdu on it. Released on August 15, 1947, the stamp was published in Switzerland and is available at Rs 1000 now.

The life of the Club President Mr Bangi literally revolves around the world of stamps. He has penned as many as three books on the subject. These are Ticktain Bolti Hain and Punjab di Kahani Tictoan Ki Jubaani. The third one Dak Ticktain-Nanhe Rajdoot has been approved by the Languages Department, Punjab, for publication.

The club is actively involved in teaching the good hobby to youngsters. It has organised workshops in various schools and distributed literature about the hobby among the school children.


Residents bid farewell to ACA
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30 — The outgoing Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, announced that residents of the Urban Estates here would soon have a community centre in Phase II and plans for construction of a swimming pool at an estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh had been approved.

Speaking at a function organised jointly by the Urban Estates Residents Welfare Society (Phase I) and the Urban Estates Welfare Association at Dugri to bid farewell to her, Mrs Talwar assured the residents that construction work of the cremation ground, including its boundary wall, hall and internal roads, in Phase II, would soon be taken up and the shifting of the cremation ground in Phase I was also being pursued with the Municipal Corporation as the land was under the possession of the civic body at present.

Responding to a long standing demand of the residents for the establishment of a PSEB complaint-cum-bill collection centre, Mrs Talwar said that PUDA had already written to the PSEB authorities with the assurnace that suitable premises would be made available for this purpose.

Mr. B.R. Kaushal, President of the Urban Estates Welfare Society (Phase II), and Mrs Shiv K. Gupta, General Secretary of the Urban Estates Welfare Association, Punjab (Phase I), felicitated Mrs Talwar for her commendable service during a short tenure of one year and for her positive attitude towards redress of the genuine problems of the residents. The ACA was presented with an ‘award of honour’ and mementoes on the occasion. The area councillor, Mrs Barjinder Kaur, and other prominent residents of the locality were present at the function.


Trust’s plea to form Amarnath Yatra Board
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — A delegation of the Bhole Bhandari Charitable Trust, comprising President Mr Rajan Gupta, Chairman, Mr Arun Lekhi, Joint Secretary, Mr Mukesh Thapar, and Mr Rishi Gupta recently called on the Additional Deputy Commissioner, J and K.

The delegation urged the J and K authorities to form Shree Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board on the pattern of Shree Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board immediately without any delay.

It was of the view that members from various religious organisations involved in holding langars for the yatris should be nominated on the board so that offerings were properly utilised for the welfare of the yatris.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner assured the delegation that water connections would be provided to each langar separately. Besides increasing the number of STD PCOs, efforts would also be made to provide lady doctors for female yatris.More registration counters with extended working hours would also be opened for the convenience of the yatris, according to Mr Rajan Gupta.

Mr Gupta further informed that the first batch of the Trust members along with langar material will proceed on July 8.


A cool day
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The strong east wind that started blowing last night around 8 continued throughout the night, resulting in a cloudy sky in the morning.

The sun was visible only after 9 in the morning when the west wind cleared the clouds to some extent. But an hour or so later, it was the turn of the north-east wind that again brought rain clouds over the city.

A little before noon, the city was lashed by a brief shower not lasting more than five minutes. But enough to bring the temperature down by at least three degrees.

A nice cooling north-east wind was blowing moderately at the time of reporting.



Two minor fires reported
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Two minor fires were controlled by the local fire brigade during the past 24 hours, it is reported.

While Bhatia Bakery in Kharadian Bazar reported the fire last night, fire engines were rushed to a karyana shop on Gill Road this morning.

No major loss was reported in any of the incidents.


Decline in sale of coolers
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Early intermittent rains which led to a relatively cool summer coupled with the preference of people for airconditioners has led to a massive fall in the sale of air coolers here. The sales are believed to have come down by about 50 per cent.

According to traders and manufacturers, the declining trend in the sale of coolers started a few years ago. The sales have come down greatly in cities and towns. However, it could not be compensated by the sale in rural areas. The decline in sales is attributed to three factors. These being the overall recession in the industry, erratic weather and also inclination towards the airconditioners.

Mr Amrit Lal Bansal, a cooler manufacturer, said that the decline started about four years ago and is still continuing. He pointed out that the main demand for coolers was restricted to the cities and urban areas. Now most people prefer airconditioners to the coolers.

He also attributed the decline to the overall recession in the economy that has its impact on the cooler industry also. Moreover, the unpredictable weather has also brought down the sale of coolers. He said the sale of coolers depends absolutely on the condition of weather. This year also unexpected rains in the month of May brought down the temperature. Same was the case in June. July and August are rainy months and coolers are mostly switched off, leaving little hope for the cooler manufacturers.

Mr Bansal, who has been in the cooler business for a long time, says cooler trade is relatively difficult and risky. Being a bulky item, it needs a lot of space for storage. Moreover, it is only a seasonal business. Although large manufacturers like Mr Bansal have managed to stay in the business, small manufacturers have reportedly cut down their production or already wound up. While there may be about half a dozen large scale manufacturers of coolers in Ludhiana, there are about 50 small scale manufacturers also, who are bearing the brunt.

The cooler manufacturers also attribute the decline to the easy availability of airconditioners in the market. A number of leading brands of airconditoners have already announced consumer friendly schemes on little or no interest. A good airconditioner is available on easy installments. Mr Bansal said earlier ACs used to be considered as a luxury beyond the reach of middle class. But the installment schemes have made ACs more affordable, which obviously has hit the cooler trade.



Children learn skating
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, June 30 — The Guru Nanak International Public School concluded a summer workshop for the tiny tots here on June30. The month-long workshop included two activities — dancing and skating.

Training of various folkdances like bhangra and giddha and western music was given by Mr Amit Verma and Mr Vinay Verma, Chairman and President of the Indo-British Cultural Society respectively.

The coaching on swimming was also given to the kids.

Skating classes were conducted under the guidance of coach Swaran Singh. The children who participated in the workshop were in the age group of 3 to 15 years. About 70 students took the classes during workshop.

“Due to the tremendous response, the management has decided to hold such workshops on regular basis during June/July every year,” said Director of the school, Mrs Kuldip Kaur.


Youth Akali Dal activist resigns
From Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30 — Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, secretary general of the youth Akali Dal (YAD), today resigned from his post.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune on telephone from Doraha, Mr Gill termed the expulsion of five officebearers of the YAD as an unlawful and hasty action, which had led to a deep crisis in the ruling SAD(B). He said a spate of resignations by party activists all over the state in protest against the expulsions went on to prove that Mr Aliwal had lost the confidence of the party rank and file.

Rather than trying to assert himself in a dictatorial manner, the YAD president should have bowed down to the wishes of the party workers and should have quit of his own, observed Mr Gill, adding that the best course for Mr Aliwal was to put the matter in the hands of Mr Badal, who could have reorganised the party in consultation with the workers.

Mr Gill took exception to the remarks of the YAD president, who reportedly said that he was prepared to step down if Mr Sukhbir Badal was named his successor. “Mr Aliwal is nobody to make suggestions like this and nominating a new president of the youth wing is the prerogative of the party high command,” he said.


Bomb hoax in trains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30 — A bomb hoax led to a thorough search of two trains at the Railway Station here last evening.

According to sources, after receiving information about a bomb planted in a train, a joint team of the Government Railway Police and the Railway Protection Force searched the Mumbai-Amritsar Paschim Express and Hyderabad-Jammu Swaraj Express but could not find any explosive substance.

The Railway authorities and the police officers concerned, however, maintained a tight-lipped silence about the search. According to sources, some CBI officials visited the station on Thursday. A CBI team was also present at the station today also.Back



Yellow Pages launched 
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, June 30 — Tata Donnelley Limited yesterday launched Ludhiana Yellow Pages, a buyers’ guide that provides classified information about services and products. The book is expected to be out in March next year.

Stating this here, the Managing Director of Tata Donnelley Limited, Mr Hoshang S. Billimoria, said 50,000 copies would be distributed free of cost in Ludhiana.

The information in the guide would range from small products available in market up to schools and hospitals, etc. Mr Billimoria said the process of getting information and selling the space had been started from yesterday. After the completion of the book, it would be simultaneously launched on the Internet. He said the concept of Yellow Pages was started in 1991 and it has been a phenomenal success. In big cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, the Yellow Pages had got a very good response. The company had distributed six lakh books in Mumbai, followed by four lakh in Delhi and about 2.5 lakh in Chennai. He said the company was bringing out Yellow Pages only in cities with good business potential. He revealed the company would soon change its name from Tata Donnelley to Tata Infomedia.

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