Saturday, July 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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2 booked for cop’s murder
Deceased gunman of DSP facing rape charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
The Jagraon police today booked two persons on the charge of murdering a Punjab Police constable, Mr Yadvinder Singh Yadoo, who was found dead on a road near Syvian village late last night even as it was not certain whether the constable died of a bullet injury or was hit by a car.

The murder assumes significance as the constable was one of the key witnesses in the much-publicised Jagraon rape case in which former Jagraon DSP Ashok Puri is the main accused.

The case has been registered against two brothers, Lakhbir Singh, alias Bholla, and his brother, Sukhbir Singh, residents of Bassian village, who allegedly had a dispute with the deceased over the constable’s alleged relation with some woman.

The police has almost ruled out the possibility that the witness was killed because of his association with the infamous rape case. It said according to its preliminary investigations, the constable was allegedly killed because of personal rivalry with an affair with a woman at the center of the dispute.

Even though there is speculation rife in the media that the constable had been liquidated due to the ‘witness’ angle, SSP Jaskaran Singh claimed the deceased had told two persons that Bhola’s car had hit him.

The SSP said the two persons were an uncle of the deceased and Darshan Singh, a villager.

According to the statement of these two persons, on the basis of which the police has registered the murder case, Yadvinder Singh, along with his uncle (name not known) had gone to his poultry farm near Syvian village last evening.

He, however, spotted a white car, which had passed near his farm a number of times. Around 8.30 p.m., the constable’s suspicion grew when the car was spotted once again. He decided to follow it on his scooter but did not return.

His uncle, after waiting for a few minutes, went to check but found him lying in a pool of blood on the road. Another villager, Darshan Singh, also reached there. Both of them heard him saying “Bhole di car”.

The police said the constable was on very friendly terms with the accused brothers but later a dispute arose between them. The police said it had been alleged that the deceased was close to a woman relative of the accused. Due to this tension, they had earlier also enter into some altercation also.

Interestingly, though it could not be confirmed, sources said the accused were spotted in a Raikot hospital where the constable was rushed to.

Yadvinder Singh, alias Yadoo, was the gunman of suspended DSP Ashok Puri, who is facing the charge of raping a girl. Later, the constable had become a witness in the case.


Setback to SAD-BJP combine in MC
House okays elevated road project
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
Despite stiff resistance from the BJP, till recently a constituent of the ruling alliance in the civic body here, the controversial ‘elevated road project’ has been cleared and the work has already commenced after the MC General House accorded its approval with a majority vote, comprising Councillors from the Congress, a section of the Shiromani Akali Dal, BSP and independents. In a House of 75, with 67 members, including 2 MLAs, present in the meeting, 43 voted in support of the project while the BJP and some of the SAD councillors staged a walkout.

With the political realignment in the MC, the BJP and SAD have received a major setback and a bizarre situation has developed and both the ruling alliance partners are finding themselves marginalised and virtually sitting on the opposition benches. To further add to the confusion, the BJP district president, Mr Harbans Lal Sethi and the SAD vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia, announced immediately after the General House meeting that they had withdrawn support to the city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, and sought his resignation.

The SAD circles, both in the district unit and the MC, were bending over backwards to create an impression that Akali Dal councillors, who had thrown their lot with the city Mayor during the division of votes, owed allegiance to the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, since Mr Grewal is also known to be a Tohra man. However, a closer scrutiny of those staging a walkout, with the BJP councillors and others, who voted in favour of the project, revealed that a majority of SAD Councillors had sided with the Mayor.

According to sources in the SAD, the party councillors were also factionally divided into groups led by Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, acting president of the District Akali Jatha, who have been involved in a long drawn battle for supremacy in the district ever since the former district chief and legislator, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, switched loyalty to Mr Tohra and the post of district jathedar of the ruling SAD has remained vacant till now. It was learnt that while Mr Bhatia had joined hands with the BJP, the group of Councillors having proximity to Mr Makkar had voted in favour of the elevated road.

The prolonged war of wits, followed by the final parting of ways between the BJP-SAD combine and the city Mayor, however, cannot be viewed in isolation and is bound to have far reaching political ramifications. If the BJP and a section of the SAD can ask for the resignation of the Mayor on the ground that he had betrayed these two parties, which had supported his candidature for the post, the same could apply to the BJP also, which still held the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the MC. In fact a campaign has already started to effect the removal of BJP Councillors from these two posts at the behest of certain Congress activists, who appear more than keen to embarrass the ruling combine.

The local unit of the BJP has apparently chewed more than it could swallow, in its anti-Mayor campaign, which has virtually brought only humiliation and embarrassment for the party. In return, the party could have managed to win the support of a section of traders and shopkeepers along the markets on old G.T. Road, likely to be affected by the elevated road but the price paid in political terms is far too high, particularly in the wake of civic elections, which are due next year.

Moreover, except for the trading community along the old G.T. Road in the city, people in general, who realise the gravity of the situation and an urgent need to take both long term and short term measures to bring some sort of order to the chaotic traffic conditions prevailing in the city, go all out in support of the elevated road and other flyovers, under construction or proposed for the city.

Meanwhile, several members of the District Bar Association convened a meeting here today to place on record their appreciation for the City Mayor Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, to see the project of elevated road through. They termed the decision taken by the MC General House as bold and in the interest of the city as a whole. Sweets were also distributed at the meeting, according to Mr Dharamjit Singh Khera, general secretary, District Congress Committee. Senior advocates, including Mr Mewa Singh Gill, former MP, Mr S.R. Wadhera, Mr Gurdish Singh Grewal, Mr Tarlok Singh Sood, Mr Satwant Singh Dhaliwal, Mr A.C. Gupta, Mr S.S. Atwal, Mr Tejinder Singh Guron, Mr Tarlochan Singh Gill, Mr Daljinder Singh, Mr N.M. Mohindra, Mr Satwant Singh Mangat, Mr B.C. Chhiber, Mr J.B. Khanna, Mr V.K. Puri, Mr M.P. Vasudeva, Mr Hemant Kalia and Mr Sukhpal Singh Gill attended the meeting.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also congratulated the city Mayor and the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu, for taking in hand the work of elevated road, saying the project was much needed to cope with the increasing vehicular traffic in the city. The party activists also distributed sweets to express their pleasure.

A meeting of the Ludhiana unit of the Panjab Pradesh Samajwadi Party presided over by Mr Bhimsain Kashyap was held at the residence of general secretary Col. G.S.Grewal at Sarabha Nagar on Friday.

The meeting, while supporting the elevated road project criticised the State government for its misrule so far.

Addressing the meeting, Col. G.S.Grewal said the next government in the state would belong to the third front in which would ensure a clean administration, justice and employment. The unemployed and slum-dwellers would be given a number of facilities. The days of the SAD-BJP combine in the state were numbered and the people of Punjab were eagerly looking forward to a change in government. He called upon the party workers to work wholeheartedly for the forthcoming elections.

Meanwhile, the Ludhiana Welfare Society, Ferozepur Road, through a press note issued by its president, Mr Manjit Singh Matharoo, here today supported the elevated road project while praising the city Mayor for his untiring efforts to beautify the town.


Moves, counter-moves for ticket as elections draw near
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
As the elections to the Punjab assembly draw closer, lobbying has already started for the ticket in all major political parties, including the Congress. While the sitting MLAs are staying pretty consoled on the likelihood of getting renominated, the freshers are leaving no stone unturned for getting the party ticket.

In Ludhiana city, there are three seats while one falls in the rural segment. In the current Assembly there is only one Congress legislator, Mr Rakesh Pandey, from Ludhiana (North). While Ludhiana (West ) and Ludhiana (Rural) are represented by the Tohra faction of the Akali Dal, Ludhiana (East) is represented by Mr Satpal Gosain of the BJP.

While Mr Rakesh Pandey, the sitting MLA is most likely to get re-nominated, intense lobbying has started for the other three seats. Among the front-runners include District Congress Committee president Surinder Dawer. He says, he is ready to contest from any segment. Being the district president, he is quite hopeful of getting the party nomination from one of the city seats. He asserts that he would like to contest from Ludhiana (East) against Gosain of the BJP. Having remained the DCC president for a long time, he remains the main choice from Ludhiana (East).

There are many claimants to the Ludhiana (West) and Ludhiana (Rural) seats. For the time being there is no clear choice from this constituency currently represented by senior Akali leader, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal. Besides, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, who lost to Mr Grewal several other candidates have joined the race for the party ticket. They include Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, the Mahila wing president of the Pradesh Congress Committee; Mr Pawan Dewan, national chairman of the Indian National Youth Congress (urban development cell), and Mr K K Bawa, chairman of the labour and the employment cell of the PCC.

For Ludhiana (rural), which includes several city areas there are three main candidates. They are Mr Nahar Singh Gill and Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Mr Harmohinder Singh former DCC (rural) president and the sitting MLA from Raikote.

PCC President Amarinder Singh has been maintaining that there are several factors which will be taken into consideration before allotting the ticket. The focus will be on image and the winnability of the candidates.

However, PCC sources admit that the influence of various factional heads within the PCC like Capt Amarinder Singh, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Mr Jagmeet Brar will play an important role in the ticket allotment. The party high command will have to do the tight-rope walking to ensure that each faction is adequately represented in the list of candidates to ensure that the party fights the elections as a united and cohesive force. 


PAU veterinarian penalised for private practice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today penalised a veterinary surgeon for indulging in private practice against the service rules of the university. The varsity has also cancelled two increments of the Assistant Scientist with cumulative effect.

Dr Prabhjit Singh, an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Surgery, College of Veterinary Sciences, was penalised for working privately during the office hours. The doctor was issued a show cause notice last month. As his reply was found unsatisfactory, the university has cancelled the increments. The orders were issued yesterday.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, when contacted, confirmed that the two increments of the faculty member were cancelled. He said this was a warning for others also who were indulging in running their parallel businesses and no one would be spared, if caught by the authorities.

Dr Prabhjit Singh, when contacted, said he would appeal to the authorities to reconsider his case as there was no proof of his performing the surgery in a private clinic. He said he, in his reply to the charge-sheet issued to him, had written to the authorities that he had not performed any surgery and even the owner of the private clinic in question had written to the authorities that he never performed a surgery there.

Sources revealed to Ludhiana Tribune today that Dr Prabhjit Singh was accused of indulging in private practice during the tenure of the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr G.S. Kalkat. However, the inquiry and other procedures were completed after Dr Aulakh assumed office.

The sources disclosed that Dr Kalkat had received a phone call complaining about him that he was performing surgery in a private clinic on a particular day. Following the complaint, Dr Kalkat had ordered the inquiry into the matter and an Assistant Director, Research, PAU, Dr T.P. Gupta, was assigned the job. The report of the inquiry was submitted within a few days but no action was taken against him at that time.

The action against him is taken as per the provisions of Clause 16 and 17 of the statutes regarding the condition of service of officers, teachers and employees. It states, “An employee shall devote his whole time to the service of the university and shall not without express permission of the competent authority, engage directly in any trade or business whatsoever or any other work which in the opinion of the competent authority may interfere with the proper discharge of his duties.”

With the disciplinary action against the Assistant Professor, speculation is rife among employees as well as faculty members who are running their parallel business.

Senior officials in the university said the government was giving Rs 1,500 as non-practice allowances (NPA) to the veterinarians every month. They said that the government was not giving any such allowances to other veterinarians of the state despite it being their long-pending demand.

Two months ago the Vice-Chancellor had issued circular to all employees and teachers through their respective heads warning them of indulging in private works against the rules of the PAU.

The Vice-Chancellor at that time had said that the university would take another step pertaining to the identification of such employees and strong action would be taken against them.


BSNL activates ‘dead’ phones
Reprieve for Police Department
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
Thanks to Ludhiana division of the BSNL, about 100 disconnected telephones of the Police Department have started working again even though the state Police Department has not paid the bills amounting to over Rs 16 lakh.

According to sources, the Telephones Department, playing a Good Samaritan, recently activated the telephones of the Police Department on the specific request of senior police officials both at the state the district levels.

The Telephones Department has been given an assurance that the government would soon clear all pending bills.

The issue of ‘dead’ police phones had been hanging fire for the past four months or so. The Police Department had been paying most of the current bills but due to several pending bills that had accumulated over the years, the Telephone Departments had first rendered 100-odd phones one -way only but later when the police still did not clear the bill, the telephones were disconnected.

Not only the Police Department thus faced communication problems but the public was also finding it difficult to access the police.

The issue of ‘dead’ telephones had also cropped up during the recent meeting between the Chief Secretary and district police officials which was organised in the wake of a spurt in crime in the city two months ago.

Interestingly, while the Police Department did not pay the pending bills, it had approached the CONNECT and SPICE telecom companies for providing connections.

The proposals had, however, failed as the companies decided against providing the police with the facility owing to its bad record in paying the bills.


Loan recovery: KKU plans statewide agitation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The state executive committee of the Kirti Kisan Union would meet on July 23 at Jalandhar to chalk out the union’s plan to start a statewide stir against forcible recovery of loans the farmers in the state.

Meanwhile, workers of the Ludhiana unit of the union sat in dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office to demand the registration of a case against the “arhtiya” and the bank manager allegedly responsible for driving a farmer of Maur Mandi to suicide. The union workers also demanded that a compensation of Rs 5 lakh should be paid to the victim’s family and those police officers who committed excesses in the case should be adequately punished.

The union members said all farmers arrested in connection with the recovery of loans should be released forthwith and the forcible of recovery of loans should be stopped. Police intervention in loan recovery cases should be eliminated.

Addressing the agitating union workers, the state president of the union criticised the state government for the repression let loose on farmers of Bathinda instead of accepting their genuine demands.

He said that whenever the farmers’ representatives had talks with the state Chief Minister the issue of forcible loan recoveries came up and the Chief Minister assured every time that force would not be used for the purpose. The state Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, repeated the assurance at a meeting with union representatives on July 16. But according to reports being received from all over the state, forcible recovery of loans was on everywhere. Attachment notices were being sent to farmers and warrants were being issued and the arhtiyas and other loan sharks were harassing farmers with the help of the police.

He further said the Green Revolution was proving to be an expensive proposition with the cost of inputs rising constantly while the prices for various crops were not remunerative.


Dead woman shown owning land
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
Close on the heels of the much-publicised Tajpur land scandal worth crores of rupees in which dead persons have been shown as tilling the land, a resident of Jhande village, near here has exposed another such alleged irregularity in the maintenance of land record by local Revenue Department officials.

Unbelievable but true, the records of land belonging to Amrik Singh of Jhande village show a substantial portion in the possession of Amar Kaur, his late sister, who had died much before a revenue official had visited the village and updated the land records. The official had updated the record after certain orders were passed pursuant to a complaint in 1999 but much to the chagrin of the complaining farmer he showed a dead person in possession of land. The farmer in his complaint sent to the Deputy Commissioner and revenue officials has alleged that the revenue official did it deliberately in order to favour certain relatives of the dead woman.

While the revenue official concerned could not be contacted, SDM M. S. Brar said the official, a kanungo, had already been transferred. However, he was not transferred on some complaint and it was a routine affair. The SDM said he would verify the fresh complaint even though he had not received it so far.

The SDM said sometimes the revenue records showed symbolic possession of the land according to previous available records which could be altered after physical verification.


In the service of the poor

Thirty-five years ago, five friends who had all suffered tremendously at the time of Partition, got together to form Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society to help people in distress, as a “thanksgiving” gesture. They contributed Rs 5 each to the cause. Perhaps that is what they could afford.

Today, this society organises blood donation camps, medical check-up camps, and runs a three-month stitching course for girls at the end of which each trainee is given a sewing machine. On every New Year’s Day, they distribute blankets and quilts among those who sleep under the stars.

But their most satisfying work is that of helping poor children to prosecute their studies.

Mr Vajinder Singh, Founder Secretary-General of the society, says that they do not have to generate funds for any of their acts of charity. The society has so established its bona fides that it only has to sound people with a philanthropic bent, and they take care of the rest. In this manner they have provided school uniforms to a number of poor children. The donors do not even want their names to be disclosed. In this manner the society has so far distributed 1,15,000 school uniforms among needy children. One hosiery unit donated sweaters to students of 10 schools last year. Now the society plans to arrange shoes for such children.

The society works in a variety of fields. It distributes milk and bread among poor patients in hospitals, and arranges marriages of poor girls. So for 450 such marriages have been arranged. Members of the society fan out in the village looking for families that need to be helped in this respect. “We do not collect any money ourselves,” says Mr Vajinder Singh. “We only approach people who are ready to help. Once the parties are brought together, they arrange everything.” The marriages are held according to the religious rites of the persons concerned. “We have even gone to Chamba and other parts of Himachal Pradesh to organise marriages of deserving girls.”

One activity that gives them immense pleasure is to organise tours of poor students and senior citizens to different parts of the country. So far 106 such tours have been arranged. “All these tours are sponsored by people who are ready to help. The society only oversees the arrangements.”

The society’s latest crusade is against drug addiction. The plan is to run a sustained campaign in this regard.

The society plans to set up an orphanage in Haibowal but surprisingly it has not found any orphans yet. Mr Vajinder Singh has written to the Chief Minister of Gujarat if there were any earthquake victims who could be sent here. AA


Cong to issue charge sheet against SAD-BJP alliance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) will soon issue a charge sheet against the ruling SAD-BJP alliance to focus on its acts of omission and commission during the four years rule of the government, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The charge sheet, along with a vision paper and the party manifesto, would broadly outline the policies and programmes of the party.

This was disclosed by Mr Sant Ram Singla, Ex-MP and In charge of the media wing of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee here today. He said the Congress had chalked out an elaborate programme for holding debates on various issues of public interest.

Mr Singla maintained that the failure of both Union and the Punjab Governments to bring hardcore militants like Wassan Singh Zaffarwal and Khalistan ideologue Jagjit Singh Chohan to book more than proved soft pedalling of the issue and even strengthened the charges of complicity levelled against various functionaries of the ruling SAD (B). He observed the militant groups had been, more than once, rejected by the people of Punjab and they had no relevance in the present political scenario.

Ridiculing Chief Minister Badal for his stepped-up “sangat darshan” programmes suddenly when the Assembly elections were at hand, he said more and more people were asking as to from where the huge funds had materialised now. Moreover, the government functionaries, particularly Mr Badal, would have to explain as to why the “sangat” remained completely forgotten for almost four years. Mr Singla claimed that through his sangat darshan campaign, the Chief Minister had made the task of the Congress easier as in the process of indiscriminate distribution of funds, more people were displeased rather than those select few, upon whom the favours were showered.

The PPCC media wing chief alleged that corruption had crossed all limits and law and order situation had worsened. However, the government had turned a blind eye to the alarming situation.

He said the media wing of the party was being equipped and strengthened up to the district level. He said Mr K.K. Bawa and Mr Nahar Singh Gill would represent this district in the media wing.


BJP’s political agenda led to failure of summit: Cong
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The Labour and Employment Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has charged the ruling NDA government and the BJP, with pursuing a political agenda, which led to the failure of talks between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the cell, said the failure of the talks at Agra, which followed the Kargil war and weak-kneed policy against Bangladesh, had amply proved the incompetence of the BJP leadership and its allies in the Centre. He alleged that the real motive of the BJP behind initiating talks with the Pakistan Government was to win the sympathy of the Muslims in the wake of forthcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Bawa was critical of the SAD leadership’s failure to raise the issue of management of gurdwaras in Pakistan with the visiting President of Pakistan. “The Chief Minister chose to go to the USA for medical treatment and the SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, fell sick during the visit of General Musharraf.” The fact remained that the SAD-BJP government, an ally of the NDA, did not want to displease the Union Government by raising such a sensitive issue, he added.

The Shiv Sena (Tangri) chief, Mr Jadish Tangri, has, meanwhile, observed that General Musharraf had come to India just on a pleasure trip and except for wasting massive government funds of both India and Pakistan, the visit had achieved nothing. Addressing a meeting of party workers here today, he said the Indian Government should had, in the first place, not invited a military ruler for talks, particularly when the Pakistan President had made it clear that Kashmir would be a part of the summit agenda.


SAD committed to providing relief to industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was committed to providing all relief to the small- scale sector and basic civic amenities to the people in the industrial hub of Punjab, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed and in charge of the Ludhiana (Rural) Assembly segment while interacting with a deputation of the Janta Nagar Small-Scale Manufacturers Association.

The deputation, led by Mr Manmohan Singh Kular, had met Mr Dhillon to apprise him of various problems, being faced by small and tiny industrial units. Mr Charanjit Singh and Mr Karam Singh Matharoo, chairman and President, of the association, urged Mr Dhillon to take up the matter at the appropriate level for notifying several localities like Janata Nagar, New Janata Nagar, Ranjit Nagar, Partap Nagar and Kot Mangal Singh as a designated industrial area.

The delegation explained that more than 75 per cent of the industrial units, located in these localities, were in the small and tiny sector. For the simple reason that the area was residential, these units were facing several problems, particularly for extension and expansion purposes. Moreover, various concessions and facilities, including financial and technical assistance, made available to the industrial sector was denied to these units, which needed them the most.

Meanwhile, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, acting President of the district Akali jatha, accompanied by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and other SAD-B functionaries, met the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu to discuss the problems being faced by the city residents in connection with bad roads, streetlights, water supply, sewerage and drainage. Dr Sandhu assured the delegation that the issues raised by them would be addressed on a priority basis and attempts made to bring about a qualitative improvement in the condition of roads, sewerage and the water supply system.


Seminar on female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 20
The modern trend to kill girl child in the womb of her mother has created alarming imbalance in society, especially in Punjab. If this vice is not checked immediately, it will create problems in the state, said Mr P.C. Singla, Director, Family Planning, Punjab, while addressing a seminar organised by Mr R.S. Jangoo, SDM, Amloh, at Sangam Palace, here today, on “The declining trend in female’s population in Punjab”.

Mr P.K. Gupta, Senior Medical Officer, Mandi Gobindgarh, said during the last 20 years the male-female rotio had gone down. In Punjab it is more alarming, especially in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Mr Rajesh Tripathi, tehsildar, Amloh, said the government had taken a serious view in this matter and had directed the administration to conduct seminars to bring awareness among the people. Mr Roshan Lal Sood, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Naraingarh, suggested to remove the causes which have developed this situation.


Namdev Shabad Samagam
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, July 20
Shabadlok Ludhiana, a literary organisation, in collaboration with the Punjabi Sahit Akademi and PAU Sahit Sabha, organised Sant Namdev’s 651st Joti-Jot Samavan Divas in the form of Namdev Shabad Samagam this afternoon at Punjabi Bhavan. A delegation of nine eminent poets and scholars participated in this unique programme to commemorate and strengthen the spiritual and cultural bond between the two Karambhumis of Namdevji — Maharashtra and Punjab.

Sant Namdev, one of the great crusaders of Bhagti movement, was born in Maharashtra and died in Punjab. His deeply moving hymns find place in Shri Guru Granth Sahib. His devotional text is a literary bridge between Maharashtra and Punjab and through today’s function the literary relationship between two states is being revived after 600 years.

The programme started by a shabad of Namdev in raag Talang. Pradeep Kaur rendered the shabad ‘Mai andle ke tere naam adhera’. It was followed by recitation of Namdev Vani by Dev Dildar, Randhir Kanwal, Kulwant Singh and students groups.

Dr Sutinder Singh Noor, Ramdas Phutane, and Principal Harmeet Singh talked about the life and poetry of Guru Namdev. This was followed by a kavi darbar of nine Marathi poets and poetesses. Ramdas Futane presented his poem full of satire on today’s corruption. He is a noted poet and his mission is to go to villages to make the rural people aware of contemporary poetry. Ashok Nayagaonkar also read out a poem on social evils prevalent in society in Marathi full of passion. Ashok has published two poems dealing with social themes.

Arun Mhatre, a social worker attached with many movements, sang his poem in an extremely beautiful voice. Nilesh is basically an artist and his poem describing nature was well appreciated.

Satish read a research paper on Namdev in Punjabi. Incidentally, he is the only one who is well versed in Punjabi. Along with Jaswant Zafar, he was busy translating the Marathi poems of other poets into Punjabi.

Narayan Samant’s poem described the rural beauty. He lives in a remote village where there is no electricity and water. Ms Kanta Mahajan and Ms Shradha Belsaray also recited their poems with great fervour and zeal. Parkash Pathare sang his poem in a melodious manner. Parkash is a labourer and works in Telco. He is an up and coming poet.

The Punjabi translations of their poems were read later on. Talking to the correspondent Shradha said that their team had arrived at Amritsar yesterday. After offering prayers at the Golden Temple, they all went to Ghuman (65 kms away from Amritsar), Samadhi Sthal of Namdevji. All the poets recited Abhang — a form of religious poetry written by Namdev at the smadhi. Later, they visited Wagah border which was a marvellous experience. She said that she had published two collections of poem titled ‘Mor Pankhi’ and ‘Aaj Kal’.


Your pup needs constant care

NOW that you have a pup at your home, the first thing to see is to the comfort and feeding of the pup. If the pup is less than 4 weeks old, then it will require special consideration. Rearing pups of this age is time consuming, frustrating task that requires attention of detail and keen observation.

The bitch provides moist heat, stimulation of essential functions, protection and milk. Those being hand-reared must be kept in a clean, warm environment (in winter) with circulating moist air. The pup can be kept in a box whose bottom is covered with soft clean rags or newspaper. In winter special care should be taken to provide heat by using heating pads or hot water bottles to maintain temperature between 70-90°F. Younger pups need higher temperature.

The heating device should be used only in one part of the box and covered with towel to prevent the pup from crawling under it. And it being in one part of box permits the pup to adjust its comfort zone by moving away or towards it. Heat-controlled environment becomes dry. Therefore, if room air is not humidity controlled, a pan of water should be placed close to the box. This helps prevent dehydration and keeps the mucus membranes moist as it helps to increase the relative humidity if environment tends to go dry.

What to feed

The first milk from the mother is a must for a pup to get passive immunity. It helps fight infection. Normally cow’s milk is preferred. The bitch’s milk contains high percentage of calories from fat and low from lactose. The proteins, fat and carbohydrates of cow’s milk are suitable qualitatively not quantitatively. The major nutrients of a natural product like cow’s milk must be recombined in new relative concentrations. Some minerals and vitamins should be replaced which are lost during this process. A successful home made milk replacer could be 800 ml whole cream milk (200ml skimmed milk, 1 egg yolk, 2 drops of ABDEC drops or any multivitamin combination.)

How to feed

Two major guidelines for feeding pups are to avoid over-feeding and to avoid any food change gradually. The most important period of feeding is the first 2 to 3 weeks of life. A 3 to 4 hour time period between the last nursing and the start of feeding the milk replacer (cow’s milk) gives enough time to clear the stomach of the neonate. The pup may be offered two-third to three-fourth table spoon of milk during the first week of life if it weighs 200 to 300 gm. When the milk is bottle fed, the pup will reject the milk when full. The proper posture of feeding is shown in the figure, the head is tilted up and is outstretched slightly while the animal is held in the palm of the hand. The nipple is placed in its mouth and pulled up and away slightly. This will elevate the head and the slight pull will encourage vigorous suckling. The bottle should be held in such a way that the air intake by the mouth is minimum. The milk should not pour too fast and the head should not be held too back that the milk comes out through the nose. This is a very bad sign and can lead to aspiration pneumonia, and even death. The pup should be burped after each feeding to relieve trapped gas. The second and third feeding should be at the same level as the first. From this point on good judgement and common sense are essential. By the second day the older and larger breed pups may require significant increase if they have readily consumed their initial offerings and have had normal bowel movements.

For example, a 400 gm pup would now require 1 tablespoon of feeding. Ideally the feeding should be 6 hours apart, wakefulness, restlessness and crying will indicate want of additional feeding. The pups and their digestive systems need to adjust to the new diet. This will take some time so they should not be over fed in first 2-3 days of their life. Feeding levels can be increased by 3 ml every other day. If diarrhoea develops return to the initial feeding level or offering plain water for one feeding. If the problem persists professional help is recommended.

Self feeding and introduction to solid feeding

The pups should be encouraged to lap milk from a shallow bowl. It often helps to allow them to suck on a finger and then leading the mouth to the bowl. Once they start they can take their full feeding by lapping. Once they start lapping, then within 2-3 days they should be introduced to solid feed like cerelac. Always provide a bowl of fresh water once solid feed is added.

Jaspreet Singh


DC launches road safety drive
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
Fatehgarh Sahib has become the first district in the state, where all the tractor-trailers would have reflectors in order to minimise the chances of accidents on the roads. A special campaign in this regard has been launched by the District Transport Officer in collaboration with the Block Development and Panchayat Officers. Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the campaign by pasting reflectors on the backs of about two dozen trailers at a function organised here today.

Addressing the function Mr Vikas Partap informed that during this campaign two reflectors would be put up on the back of each of the trailers plying in the districts. The Deputy Commissioner informed that the staff of BDPO offices, including Panchayat Secretaries had been deputed to install the reflectors with the help of panchayats on trailers in all villages falling in their circles in the rural areas.


World tour on motorbike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
Rene Tel (30) and Andre (30), both Holland nationals, have been travelling on their bike for over two months.

Their expedition has started from their country. For Rene the journey will end at Kathmandu in Nepal where his wife will receive him. Thereafter, they will fly back to Holland. While Andre, along with his girlfriend from Kathmandu, will move towards Australia and after that they will fly back to Holland.

Rein, who is a plumber, works nine months in a year and saves money for travelling abroad for the rest of the three months. He is a great admirer of the Indian culture and that is why he comes to India second time.

He entered India on Wednesday. While taking about the Agra summit, he said, “The people on the other side are eagerly waiting for the positive results of the peace talks.”

Before moving ahead, both spent a day at the Golden Temple. He appreciated the lighting of the gurdwara.

Andre, who was delighted to see such a clean and pious place, said after a long time, he was at complete peace with himself and experienced a divine joy. He would never forget these great months of his life. This is his first visit to India and he would try to come next year once again the see and understand the rich culture of this land.


Auto-rickshaw driver convicted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 20
Mr Ashok Kapoor, Judicial Magistrate 1st class, convicted Dharuv Raj (24) auto-rickshaw driver and a resident of Shimlapuri and sentenced him to imprisonment for one year besides a fine of Rs 500, for causing the death of an 18-year-old boy, Amandip Singh of Aggar Nagar in an accident for rash driving and negligence.

A FIR was lodged against the accused on November 29, 1998, by Prem Chand under Section 279/337/427 of the IPC at Sarabha Nagar police station. Later on Section 304-A of IPC was added by police, as injured Amandip succumbed to his injuries after about 36 days of the accident.

According to prosecution, the accused caused the accident near Sacred Heart Convent School while driving auto-rickshaw (number Pb-10-G-9834) on high speed, in a rash and negligent manner and hit the scooter being driven by Amandip. Due to accident the scooter got badly damaged and Amandip sustained head injury, which led to his death.

CASE REGISTERED: Mr Harjit Singh, a shopkeeper in Akalgarh, Chaura Bazaar, in a complaint to the police alleged that Prem Kumar of Parkash Karyana Store, Gill Road, along with a few persons attacked him and tried to damage goods and cash box. A case under Sections 452, 427, 506, 511 and 34, IPC, has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

LIQUOR SEIZED: Sikandar Ram of Batala in Gurdaspur district was arrested by the local police on Friday and 10 bottles of illicit liquor were seized from his possession. A case under has been registered against him.

THREE BOOKED: The local police has registered a case against three partners of a finance company for duping a person. According to the complainant, Mr Gurmail Singh of New Kundan Puri Civil Line, the partners of Amandeep Finance and Marketing Service namely S.C. Khosla, I.S. Kumar and K.P.S. Kumar accepted Rs 21,000 from him to buy a car. They allegedly neither purchased the a car nor returned the money. A case under Sections 480, 420, 406 and 506, IPC, has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

BOOKED: A case has been registered against an unknown person on the complaint of Lakhwinder Singh of Khawajke village under Sections 304-A and 427, IPC. The complainant reported that on July 18 he was going on a bicycle with his father, Swaran Singh, near Fatehpur village when he was hit by a vehicle. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital where his father succumbed to injuries. No arrest has been made so far.


Woman missing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 20
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a local woman who has been missing since July 13.

Charanjit Kaur, 37, had boarded a bus from Jalandhar in the evening of July 13. But she did not return home. Her brother Mr Pawan Kumar, said she had no physical or mental problem.

Charanjit, a widow and mother of a 19-year-old son had been staying with her brother since her husband’s death. Her brother said the Jalandhar police had registered a case in this regard.

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