Friday, August 11, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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Woman stripped, beaten up
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Yet another woman fell victim to the rivalry between two families as she was humiliated in revenge for an act of her husband. The woman was allegedly stripped and severely beaten up by members of the rival family in Chaunta village, about 20 km from here.

According to an FIR registered at the Sahnewal Police Station, the incident occurred on the evening of August 5 when the woman, accompanied by her sister-in-law, was returning home from the fields.

The FIR registered under Sections 354, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC, states that a few days ago, there had been an altercation between her husband Kuldeep Singh and a woman, Shanno, of the same village. Since then, Shanno and her family members had nursed a grudge against Kuldeep Singh for "humiliating" Shanno. They were awaiting an opportunity to avenge the humiliation.

On August 5, Kuldeep's wife was returning after attending a call of nature around 6.30 pm. She was allegedly intercepted by Shanno, her husband Shera and their accomplices Gurdev singh, Baldev Singh, Kantu and Swarni.

It is alleged that all the accused caught hold of the two women and after stripping the victim naked, started beating her up. Her sister-in-law Manjit Kaur managed to free herself and ran home to seek help. She brought her brother Kuldeep Singh and their grandmother to the spot. When they reached there, they saw that the victim had been beaten to unconsciousness.

The FIR further states that the accused also beat up Kuldeep Singh and his grandmother and left only when Kuldeep's mother reached the spot with a few other villagers. The FIR, was, however registered only last evening.


DC orders probe into record distortion
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Mr S.K.Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, today deputed the SDM (West), Mr Manjit Singh Brar, to inquire into the complaint of Mr Baldev Singh of Barewal regarding the distortion of revenue record concerning his land. The SDM has been asked to submit the report to him before the next sangat darshan.

The directions were given at the weekly sangat darshan held in mini secretariat, here today. In today's sangat darshan nearly 60 complaints were taken up and out of these 21 were disposed on the spot, whereas on the remaining the officers concerned were directed to submit their verifications by next Thursday.

The Deputy Commissioner said that in case the allegation of fabrication of revenue record proved to be true, strict action would be initiated against the guilty official. Reacting to a large number of complaints regarding the demarcation of lands, the Deputy Commissioner directed all Revenue Officers of the district to immediately dispose of such cases. He warned that in future if such type of complaints were noticed in sangat darshan, the Tehsildar and the Naib Tehsildar concerned would be held responsible.

On a complaint of some residents of Khanna regarding the illegal allotment of residential built-up houses, meant for houseless people, to those who were already having good houses of their own, Mr Sandhu directed the SDM, Khanna, to personally inquire into the complaint and submit detailed report within a week so that the police case could be registered against the guilty officials.

Some residents of Chak Mafi village complained about the misappropriation of revenue receipts of panchayat land by the sarpanch and other financial irregularities. The DC directed the District Development and Panchayat Officer to verify the facts and initiate action against the panchayat, in case found guilty.

On a complaint by the BJP president of the Sahanewal block regarding the improper installation of water supply connections, the DC instructed the XEN, Public Health, to provide the water taps at such places so that every house of the colony could get water from the nearest possible place.

Some people from Shimlapuri submitted a complaint regarding the pollution caused by an industrial unit in the residential area, he asked the XEN, Pollution Control Board, to take the necessary action against the owner of the unit for not complying with the required directions as per the pollution Act.


SPOs shortlisted to fill posts
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — The three-day exercise for shortlisting SPOs for the vacancies in the constabulary ranks in the Ludhiana Police Range ended here today.

According to information, of the total 12,000 SPOs serving in Punjab, 7677 applications from the eligible SPOs were received. DIG S.M. Sharma informed, "We are shortlisting from amongst the serving and eligible SPOs on the basis of their educational qualification, age and physical eligibility being judged through their performance in short put, long jump, high jump and 800 metre racing."

Mr Sharma, who is the chairman of the committee responsible for shortlisting the SPOs, was accompanied by the SP Vigilance, Jalandhar, Ms Gurpreet Deo.

He informed that 1418 applications were received from the Jalandhar Police Range, 453 from the Ferozepore Police Range, 1292 from the Patiala Police Range, 205 from Faridkot Range, 2617 from Border Range and 348 from the Government Railway Police.

He also informed that 1,334 applications of SPOs were received from the Ludhiana Police Range. "While the SPOs from Ludhiana were shortlisted on August 8, those from Jagraon were shortlisted on August 9 and from Khanna and Ropar today," he said.


Behind the wall were other issues
From Kuldip Bhatia

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — The persons who were alleged to be responsible for the demolition of a boundary wall in the posh Rajguru Nagar on Ferozepore Road, turned out to be victims of alleged manipulations by certain residents of the colony. It was learnt that the boundary wall had not been erected to stop the dead end of the street from becoming a thoroughfare, but to block the passage to some residential plots near the Improvement Trust colony.

The officials of the Improvement Trust, including its Chairman, Mr M.M. Vyas, who had visited the site, appear to have washed their hands off the issue after realising that the construction of the wall was in violation of the rules.

Mr Harinder Grewal, owner of a plot near the site and the person alleged to be responsible for the demolition, said the construction of the wall had been manipulated by certain residents to harass him and block the passage to his plot. The site plan justified his claim. Moreover, there were several dead ends in the colony and none of these had a boundary wall. Those living outside the colony had a free access to it, he said.

He alleged that some residents of the colony who had built the wall, were misusing an open space and a public park which amounted to encroachment on the property of the Improvement Trust. “The Rajguru Nagar Residents Welfare Society and the trust officials have failed to realise that public facilities are being misused by individuals,” Mr Grewal said.

An engineer of the trust, Mr M.K. Khosla, said, for the Improvement Trust, the chapter was closed and there was no plan to reconstruct the boundary wall. He also said neither the trust nor the residents of the colony could block the passage to the plots of the other residents. About encroachments and poor upkeep of the parks in the colony, he said steps were being taken to rectify the situation.


Manik races to success
From Asha Ahuja

Manik Raikhy, national champion, did it again. Winning seems to have become a habit for him. On Sunday, he won Autocross championship after beating 37 other contestants. Manik “the maniac”, as he is usually called, also got a prize for being the best-dressed person of the meet.

Manik took to motor sport at the age of 25. He took a Gypsy and made one of his friends his navigator. Call it the beginners’ luck, they won the SJOBA Rally.

His talent was noticed by Sanjay of JK Tyres. In 1994, he became a member of the JK Tyres rally team. Manik had a lot of ups and downs in his career. He continued in spite of all the accidents and breakdowns. The cars broke down often, but always survived. He won a number of rallies like the Popular Rally, Group K Rally and Mountain Challenge Rally. He was the runners-up in the Group N Rally once. He has also won Masa Rally in Bombay.

One of the papers of the South has this to say about Manik’s driving: “ His success in Popular Rally at Kochi is a statement of his potential. He has a long drive ahead of him.” His navigator, Chinnappa, is all praise for Manik’s driving. He said, “At times, he drives like a maniac, but you cannot deny that he has guts, rather no fear.”

Vivekanandan, another rallyist, said, “Manik’s best driving was on the Ghat section. He was simply superb in negotiating the tight corners. I see a champion in him.”

After Manik switched from the N category to the A category, it meant that he would drive an Esteem, a powerful car. Manik became a champion in the A category in 1997 when he won the Castrol National Championship.

Manik’s wife Geetika also took part in the Maruti CMSA race and came first, so it was a double triumph for the couple. Geetika says, “Manik gave me the right tips.” Geetika does not become nervous when Manik participates in a race.

Manik said, “JK Tyres spends Rs 3 crore on four rallys in a year. The top rallyist, Hari Singh, and the others are paid Rs 1 lakh for every rally and the company bears their expenses as well. The company does it for publicity and encouraging motor sport, besides research and development. Our drivers like Narain Karthikeyan, Parthiva Sureshwaran and Karamjit Singh participate in Formula-car races.”

Manik said, “Our main competitor is the MRF Tyres rally team, but the competition is healthy. There is a feeling of fraternity among the rival drivers. Youngsters should not drive rashly. We have powerful cars, so we can afford to go fast. Moreover, we have practised a lot.” Manik’s next race is in September, for which, he is practising hard.Back


Cinema workers seek enhanced wages
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Resentment prevails among cinema workers of the city against the non-implementation of the Labour Court's directives to cinema owners to pay an increase of Rs 47 a month from March this year.

A meeting of the Cinema Workers Union was held here yesterday in the office of the Bharti Mazdoor Sangh to discuss the situation. It was decided to seek the government's interference for implementing the Labour Court directives in respect of the enhanced wages.

Mr Sat Pal Saini, President, Ludhiana Cinema Workers Union, told The Tribune today that the defaulting cinema houses were Shingar, Laxmi, Sangeet, Deepak, Kailash, Chand, Naulakha and Society.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Saini and attended by, among others, Mr Ram Saran, Mr Vidya Sagar, Mr Nand Kishore, Mr Chander Bhan, Mr Naresh Kumar, Mr Faqir Chand, Mr Sohan Lal and Mr Nageshwar of the Bharti Mazdoor Sangh.

They decided to send a deputation to the Deputy Commissioner to urge him to form a committee with representatives from the Labour Department, the LIC and the office of the Provident Fund Commissioner to ensure that the attendance registers in various cinemas are properly maintained.

Mr Nageshwar said efforts would be made to resolve the issue amicably over the table. In case the cinema houses did not comply with the court directives, the union might give a call for a bandh.Back


Voter ID card work begins
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Work on voters identity card in 12 constituencies of the district is in full swing these days. The exercise, which began earlier this month, aims at making the cards of nearly 37 per cent of voters, who could not be covered in earlier rounds.

In the ongoing first phase eligible voters from Jagraon, Dakha, Raikot and Kila Raipur will be covered. More than 13,000 persons of these constituencies have got their photographs clicked. However, the response is not according to the expectations. Sources reveal that the government is aiming to issue the cards to at least 80 per cent of the voters in this phase, but the number of people covered in this phase would not reach to that figure.

Mr Amarnath, Tehsildar (Elections), revealed that if needed the State Election Commissioner would order another phase of making the cards. He, however, expressed satisfaction at the response of the people.

The process for making the cards in the Raikot constituency was finished today. The last date for Jagraon, Dakha and Kila Raipur constituencies is August 12, 14 and 16, respectively.

In the second phase, the Ludhiana West, Rural, Samrala and Payal constituencies will be taken up, while in the last phase the Ludhiana North, East, Khanna and Kum Kalan constituencies will be covered.

According to Mr Amarnath, five camera teams have been dispatched at each camp for the convenience of the card seekers. 


Ganapati Bappa Morya

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — We celebrate Ganesh Chaturathi next month. Lord Ganesha, the most benevolent and lovable of all gods, has been a favourite with one and all. In Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi, is one of the most popularly celebrated festival.

Now, it has been gaining popularity in Ludhiana too, thanks to the untiring efforts of Baba Ganapati Seva Sangh, Ludhiana. They started celebrating this festival to foster the spirit of brotherhood.

About 106 years ago, Lokmanya Tilak had given a call to all Hindus to start celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi to bring people together on a common platform. In Ludhiana, the Sangh started celebrating this festival. The festival lasts a week. The icon of Lord Ganesh is worshipped day and night and then finally on the seventh day, is immersed in a pond, river or sea. These days, the Sangh has employed artisans from Bengal to make beautiful images of Ganesha varying from 5 feet to 18 feet. Around 55 images will be provided for all the important temples of Ludhiana.

You can see the beautiful images in the photograph—the folds of the dhoti and the picture-perfect mouse. The artisans use ordinary material to make the images. The basic image is made of rice husk and tied with ordinary rope.

Then this is mounted on a wooden stand. The rough putlas are now covered with kalimitti and straw. The shape begins to assume a human form. In the final stages small pieces of jute are mixed with chikni mitti, taken from nearby canals. Jute gives strength to clay and also stops it from cracking.

The image is fully formed by now. The artisan has etched out the features and dressed up the gods. A preliminary coat of white chalk is given. Then different luminous colours like powder pink for the face, green for the dhoti etc. are painted on. Finally, your beautiful Ganesh is ready for worship and later immersion. — AA


Cong remembers 1942
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — The District Congress Committee (urban) organised a march to observe the anniversary of the Quit India Movement in the town on Wednesday. Activists of the Congress and its youth wing, led by the DCC President, Mr Surinder Dawar, marched in procession from the Congress office to Old Town Hall complex, where tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and his statue was garlanded.

Addressing his partymen, Mr Dawar said on Aug 9, 1942, the entire nation had responded to the call of the father of the nation and that had made the protest a mass movement.A former minister of Punjab, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha; the District Youth Congress President, Mr Pawan Diwan; General Secretary of the PPCC, Mr Nahar Singh Gill; the Secretary of the PPCC, Mr Ramesh Joshi; besides office-bearers of the DCC and block-level units participated in the march.


Beautify the corner
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — In corner, houses planning the lawn on the side is possible and even more useful than backyard lawn. It has creates an open effect, even up to centre of the house. Further, it allows better entry of light and air circulation in the house.

The side lawn in the plan below is enjoyable from bedrooms, dinning and living rooms, thus merging the outside greenery with inside of the house.

The side lawns can be better enjoyed during winter when situated on the eastern side as the morning sun rays create a warmth. The winter deciduous shrub e.g. Lagerstroemia indica (pink, white, purple flower) can be planted outside of the eastern wall, if space permits. A hedge of Murraya panniculata can be planted in the bed along the driveway to create privacy in the lawn. The lawn could be shaped in various manners by making curves in the surrounding bed and keeping space for an entrance or exit from the lawn. The plantation of winter flowering Poinsettia (red and cream) is possible where the width of the bed is more.

Shrubs with medium or dwarf height like acalypha, pentas, Duranta golden, lantana, hibiscus etc. can be planted in the area surrounding the lawn. The ground covers can be adjusted in the bed wherever the space permits and specimen plant could suitably be planted in the middle of semi-circle.


Paan culture among Ludhianvis

Paan! Do you know which is the spot to meet after dinner? Chaurisia Paan shops near Malhar Cinema, at Ghumar Mandi and at Mall Road.

The betel eating dates back to the Moghul era. Many paintings depict the noble ladies cutting supari with a special pliers.

The paan eating culture has come from UP and Calcutta. No party is complete without a paan after a heavy dinner. From 9pm onwards, there are rows of long, glistening cars parked outside the paan shops.

It is a meeting place, besides eating paan and giving the packed ones to their wives and children, the men folk stand with their arms resting at the paan counter blowing smoke rings and discussing politics, women, movies and business.

Amrit Lal Chaurasia says that there are many kinds of paan like Maghai, Banarsi, Calcutta, desi, Aindabadi and Saunfia. Out of these, Banarsi and Saunfia betel leaves are the best. Maghai leaf is popular in winters as it is considered 'hot'.

There are many varieties of paan too. It can be meetha, saada, kimam and zarda.

Saada paan has just chuna, katha, saunf, illaichi, geeli supari and a touch of chaman bahar, a scent, it comes for Rs 3, whereas meetha paan has more ingredients like saunf, mulethi, glucand, saunf, chuna and paan rasna scent for Rs 9, whereas kimam paan costs Rs 4.

There is amazing variety in paan with zardas. There are numbers like 64, 120, 160, 300, bhola chaap. Chandani,Akir Mohammad, people prefer 300 number zarda. It is addictive so people become used to eating it. Kimam, another form of zarda is milder and if a person eats zarda paan for the first time he can faint or vomit and really fall sick.

Paan juices are very digestive. That is why people take it after dinner. But on the other hand, it ruins our teeth and too much of tobacco can cause mouth cancer.

The other great disadvantage is people throwing away red spits any where and every where. It presents a terrible picture. Once a man was invited by a Mian to his house. They were served paan. A beautiful ornamental spittoon was placed in front of every guest. The man used to turn back and spit on the floor. Next time the bearer came, the man said pointing at the spittoon: "Pick it up or I will spit in to it."— AA


Homage to martyrs
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — The Indian Ex-services League (Punjab and Chandigarh) will hold a rally at the memorial of Flt-Lt Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon on August 15 at 10 a.m. to pay homage to the ex-servicemen of the country.

The issue of one rank, one pensiXon would also be highlighted.

The assembly would later march to the memorial of Major Bhupinder Singh to pay respects to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country in different wars, according to Mr Kuljit Sidhu, General Secretary of the league.


Rain ends dry spell
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Rain lashed the city for about one hour this afternoon.

It was a welcome shower as the city had been going through a dry spell for the past so many days, although clouds have been hovering over the city. In fact, it had been sunny for the past four days or so, making it quite hot and humid outdoors.

A strong east wind had been blowing since early morning today bringing in dark clouds in its wake. The showers brought a pleasant relief from the hot and humid conditions prevailing for the past so many days.


Believe in ideals like Anne Frank did
From A Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — Anne Frank got a diary on her 13th birthday. Soon after that, her family had to go in hiding to escape Gestapo. She has recorded the horrors perpetuated on the Jewish race in her diary. Her last entry was made on August 1 and on August 4, she was taken to a concentration camp. Nobody knows what happened to her in the next seven months. She perished in a concentration camp.

An estimated six lakh people perished and hundreds of voices were silenced by Gestapo. In all this mayhem, one voice stands out over the rest and gives testimony about the mental and physical torture of Jewish people at the hands of Hitler: The voice of Anne Frank, a young and innocent girl whose testimony has withstood the passage of time and has crossed all boundaries of race, religion and language.

Anne was a Jew. When Gestapo started arresting Jews, Anne and her friends were hidden by their friends in an attic above an office. The families lived in mortal fear of being found out. Their friends used to get them food and information about the status of Jews. All Jews had to wear a 'yellow star'. They were treated worse than dogs by the Germans. Both the families lived in mortal fear of their hiding place being discovered as it would mean the gas chamber.

During daytime, they could not flush the toilets or make any noise as the people working in the office might become suspicious.

The diary consists of the letters written to her imaginary friend, Kitty. She bared her soul to her and the accounts of her sufferings reach out straight to the reader's heart. She wrote of her life, her pain, her emotions, her attachment to Peter Van Daan (the boy from the other family). "I believe in the good of the man," said Anne. "My mission is to destroy and exterminate!" shouted the leader of Nazi Germany. She wrote about the suffering of the Jews, the barbaric treatment of the Nazis. Everything is recorded. Finally, both the families were arrested and sent to the gas chambers.

Anne died before her 16th birthday. After her arrest, her diary was found in a trash heap on the floor of an abandoned apartment. Her father, who survived, got the diary published.

There is a lesson to be learnt between the pages of this diary, a lesson that will never be forgotten. For the words of Anne Frank are, like her, eternal in spirit. Today's world is a hard one, a wasteland but Anne Frank says, "It is really a wonder that I have not dropped all my ideals. Because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply cannot build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I can feel the suffering of millions and yet if I look up into the heaven, I think it shall come right, that this cruelty will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again." Mighty lofty words of profound wisdom coming straight form a teenager's heart.

The diary is so human. So touching, that the book was made into a film, which was a success.

Her diary teaches us to uphold our ideals, for perhaps the time will come when we will be able to carry out our ideals. A book to be read by one and all the teenagers and all the adults for the sheer courage displayed by a young one. It never fails to inspire the reader.


One booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 10 — The police has booked Baldev Krishan Sharai for cheating a person of his money.

The complainant, Mr Manoj Thapar, has alleged that the accused had started committees comprising 15 members for Rs 29,000 per month. He said that he had been lured by the accused that he would get Rs 3 lakh and also an interest at 24 per cent.

He has further alleged that he used to pay Rs 20,000 per month but the accused did not give any payment to him and when he asked the accused for payment, he threatened him with dire consequences.

The police has registered a case under sections 406, 420 and 506 of the IPC.

Woman Booked

The police has booked a woman, Bimla Rani, under sections 406, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC on the complaint of the area manager of the LIC Housing Finance Company.

It is alleged that the woman availed of a house loan from LIC Housing Finance Company after mortgaging a sale deed of property that was not owned by her.


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