Wednesday, July 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


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Robbers strike in village; two of family, labourer killed
Bhushan Sood

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 24
Three members of a family were murdered and three injured by a gang of robbers at about 1.30 a.m today at Kukar Majra village, near here.

Mr Hardev Singh Nambardar and his family lived in a double-storey house on the GT road. After viewing the video-film of a marriage at 1 a.m., the family went to sleep. Hardev Singh’s two brothers — Harnek Singh and Jit Singh — lived on the opposite side of the GT road in separate houses.

At about 1.30 a.m., a gang of six robbers who spoke Hindi entered the house via a ladder placed against the boundary wall on the rear side of the house.

Hardev Singh (45), his wife Sukhbir Kaur (37) and their younger son, Kiratpreet Singh, a student of Class VII, were sleeping on the first floor of the house. The robbers broke open the door and gave a blow to Hardev Singh. On hearing the noise, Sukhbir Kaur and her son woke up and pleaded with the robbers not to kill them, and take away whatever they wanted. The robbers assured them that they would not kill them but would only make them unconscious. This was stated by Kiratpreet to this correspondent in civil hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh. The robbers hit them with sticks and rods. He along with his mother were bolted in the kitchen.

When Hardev Singh tried to inform the police on the telephone, it was snatched by the robbers and a scuffle took place between them. The robbers hit him with rod and soon he lay in a pool of blood. On the ground floor, Jarnail Kaur (70), mother of Hardev Singh, was sleeping along with his grandson Simrandeep Singh, a student of Class XII in Gobindgarh Public College, and a migrant labourer aged about 50.

Jarnail Kaur and the labourer were also murdered, while Simrandeep Singh was wounded. The assailants were armed with a .12 bore gun (which they did not use), iron rods and lathies.

Jarnail Kaur, Hardev Singh and the labourer died on the spot, while Sukhbir Kaur and her two sons were admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The condition of Sukhbir Kaur and her elder son was critical and were referred to DMC, Ludhiana and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, respectively. Simranjit Singh was later referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Two labourers from Bihar, who were also sleeping on the ground floor, were bolted in a room after minor beating. Afterwards, Sukhbir Kaur came out and informed the police and neighbours. By the time the police reached the spot, the robbers had to escaped. The almirah, and safe were broken and jewellery and cash were taken away. The actual loss could not be known immediately.

The police has registered a case on the statement of Ms Sukhbir Kaur u/s 459, 460 IPC and 25-27-54 and 59 Arms Act vide FIR No. 84.

Meanwhile, Mr Harbans Lal ,MLA, Sirhind, Mr Jagmeet Singh Bawa, president, Anti-Terrorist Front Punjab, Dr Sikander Singh, president, District Congress Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, former minister, Mr Harinder Singh Bhambri, district president, Youth Congress and Mr Makhan Lal Lalka, chairman Punjab Pardesh Congress (Bajigar Cell) have condemned the deteriorating law and order situation in the state as several such incidents are taking place in the area, and no robber has been nabbed as yet.

It may be recalled that two days ago, a similar incident took place at Sirhind where a gang of robbers murdered a young couple and looted cash and jewellery.


PAU refuses land to Markfed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 24
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has refused to allot 85 hectares of land from the Laddowal seed farm to Markfed which had demanded it through the state government for setting up a green house project in collaboration with Israel at the farm which was recently handed over to the university by the state government.

Sources in the university disclosed today that Markfed had asked for 85 hectares of land from the state government, stating that it had entered into a contact with Israel for starting such a project in the state and required land for it. The state government had in turn referred the proposal to the PAU.

Confirming the university decision, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, told Ludhiana Tribune today that the university had refused to give them the land as it was already facing a shortage of land for its sugarcane research project which was started at the Laddowal seed farm last month.

He said that the university was using the land for the sugarcane project and was all set to raise its infrastructure at the site. He said that the land which was already transferred to it was falling short so it could not oblige Markfed.

Sources in the university disclosed that the PAU was not approving of the project of growing vegetables by green house effect. So it was not interested to transfer its land to Markfed for the same project. The PAU had, however, started its own project of Net technology for growing vegetables.

It was also learnt that the PAU had transferred the sugarcane project from Jalandhar to the Laddowal seed farm. Moreover, the university was also utilising the land for multiplication of seed. The state government had also given a grant of Rs 10 crore to the university recently and it was using it to set up the infrastructure required for the sugarcane research centre at the Laddowal seed farm. As much as 1,250 acres of land was recently transferred to the PAU at Laddowal after the 20-year-old lease of the Central State Farm to the Central Government expired and over 2,700 acres were returned to the state government.

The state government had in turn distributed the land between the PAU, the Punjab Land Development and Reclamation Corporation (PLDRC) and the Punjab police, while retaining some land with itself. The state government had passed the proposal to the PAU as the university and the PLDRC had got major chunks of the farmland.


Student fails to get Class X result
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
While a majority of the local schools and colleges have already closed admission to plus one, Amarjit Singh, who appeared as a private candidate in the Class X examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) this year, is yet to get his result.

Amarjit Singh (roll number 578508) said that he received his roll number slip just a day before the practical examination was to begin. It was mentioned in the slip that the serial number of his centre was 93 whereas he read it as centre number 93 and, thus, appeared at Government High School, Chakohi, whereas the actual centre was Government Senior Secondary School, Model Town.

Amarjit Singh said that he realised this mistake only after the board had declared the result. Since his result was not mentioned in the gazette, he had gone to the board office at Mohali to get it. The officers told him that since he had appeared at another centre and had remained absent at the actual centre, his result would not be declared. Answersheets shown to him revealed that he was passing in the examination but the board officers refused to hand over the result.

Mr Gurcharan Singh, his father, argued that if Amarjit Singh was not listed in the cut list of the school at Chakohi, how was he allowed to appear for the examination by the superintendent in the school?


As many aspirants for as many seats
No takers for computer courses; colleges blame varsity
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, July 24
Delay in affiliation to colleges, lack of proper communication with students and cumbersome process of admission are said to be some of the reasons for a poor response to the BCA (honours) and MSc (information technology) courses that were introduced by Panjab University in five local colleges this year.

Most college principals and teachers have blamed the university for not granting affiliations to the colleges in time.

They said that the colleges had received the information regarding the introduction of the courses in late June. “The colleges were inspected in mid-July and the courses were approved much later,” they said.

The college authorities said, since there had been a delay in holding the entrance examination for the MSc (IT) course and the centre of examination had been chosen only a week before the test, they had not been able to inform the aspirants in time about the courses. They said, “Since the number of applicants was equivalent to the total number of seats, conducting the entrance test was futile.”

The principals said there should have been more relaxation in the eligibility criteria set by the university.

“Students who had the BSc (IT) and BSc (computer sciences) degrees should also have been considered eligible for the course,” they said.

Only a few seats of the MSc (IT) course have been taken so far. Out of 30 seats for the course in each of the five city colleges, only seven have been taken in Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, besides nine each in Arya College and GHG College of Gurusar Sadhar, 13 in Ramgarhia Girls’ College and 22 in the Khalsa College for Women. There are five paid seats in each college which are also vacant so far.

The response to the BCA (honours) course has been even worse. Since July 2, only two students have joined the course in Arya College. Four students have applied for the course in Ramgarhia Girls' College and seven applications have been received in the Khalsa College for Women. The admission to the course is open and not through an entrance test.

The college principals said holding classes for so few students would not be feasible and the huge infrastructure set up for the purpose would go waste.

Ms Harmit Kaur, Principal of Ramgarhia Girls’ College, said several aspirants for the MSc (IT) course had no information about the entrance test.

“Even today, four BCA-degree holders visited the college to find out the admission procedure. They did not know that an entrance examination had been conducted. Due to delay on part of the university, the BCA students of my college have joined the MCA or the PGDCA courses elsewhere. Since we do not want our infrastructure to go waste, we have urged the university to make the admissions open. A decision in this regard is likely to be announced within this week,” she said.

About a poor response to the BCA (honours) course, Ms Harmit said students did not want to waste another year in the course. They would rather prefer to join either the distance education programmes or the other PG courses.

Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal of Arya College, said the admission process for the MSc (IT) course was not correct. “There was no need to conduct the entrance test and the university should have relaxed the eligibility criteria like other universities did. Students of any course should have been allowed to join the courses,” he said.

He also said the BCA (honours) course had been a flop as only two students had applied for it in his college.

Ms Harrinder Dhillon, Principal of the Khalsa College for Women, said 22 seats for the MSc (IT) course had been taken in her college and the remaining eight might be taken if the university makes the admission open to all BCA students.

She said, though only seven seats for the BCA (honours) courses had been taken in her college, she was optimistic that more would be occupied as the admissions were open till August 31.


NRI’s body brought to Sirhind
Family alleges foul play in death
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The body of Mr Manmohan Singh, a Non-Resident Indian, who died under mysterious circumstances, was brought to the railway police station in Sirhind last night.

The railway police claimed that the NRI had committed suicide by climbing an electricity pole meant for railway electrification at the Nogawan railway station falling under the Sirhind railway police station. He was taken to a Bassi Pathana hospital with burn injuries where he succumbed to his injuries, it was mentioned. However, relatives of the deceased alleged that Manmohan Singh, who arrived from Italy on July 23 to attend the marriage of his younger brother, was kidnapped and murdered. They said to hush up the murder, a false story was being cooked up.

Mr Baldev Singh, younger brother of the deceased, who was at the Sirhind railway station with his other relatives, said his elder brother had been a permanent citizen of Italy since 1990. It was for the fourth time that he was coming to India. He said his brother rang them up that on July 23 at about 3.30 a.m. and told that he would land at the Delhi airport.

Another brother of Manmohan Singh, Surinder Singh and brother-in-law Paramjit Singh hired a Sumo and went to the Delhi airport, but could not contact him. At about 8.30 a.m., they received a call from Manmohan Singh that he was speaking from Panipat and asked them to reach the Morinda bus stand and wait for him there. In the meantime, his brother and brother-in-law also returned from Delhi. As they were waiting at the Morinda bus stand, they got a message from a resident of there village at about 5 p.m. that the police had informed in the village that Manmohan Singh was lying in mysterious circumstances at the Nogawan railway station.

He said when the family went to the Nogawan railway station, the Station Master told them that he had been taken to Bassi Pathana Civil Hospital. He said when they reached Bassi Pathana, they found him dead. He alleged that he had been murdered, and now a story had been cooked up to hide the murder. He demanded a probe into the incident. He said he was coming to attend the marriage of their younger brother and was carrying valuables and cash worth lakhs of rupees.

As SHO, railway police station, was not available, Munshi Baldev Singh said that they got the message from the Nogawan railway station at 2.30 p.m. that a man had climbed an electric poll on the railway station and was lying in an injured condition.

He said when the police from Sirhind reached there, it found him dead. He was not in a burnt condition and the police initiated action U/S 174 IPC. He said the police found a telephone diary from his pocket and rang up his uncle, and then got his home address and informed his parents at Roorki Heeran village 30 km from here. He said the police recovered two Italian currency notes “mentioning 5 lakh”, and one note “mentioning one lakh” Italian currency and one watch and a bag.

He said that they also got message from the SHO, Bassi Pathana police station, that after getting down from a bus, Manmohan Singh ran towards the Nogawan railway station and committed suicide. He said that the SHO said that he had sent his ASI there, and he had found a suitcase there. It had been handed over to the parents, whereas the other material had been impounded under Jama Talashi. 


I was treated well in Pakistan, says Vikas Singh
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Ludhiana, July 24
There is a possibility of some Indians being imprisoned in the Peshawar jail in Pakistan, says globetrotter Vikas Singh, who entered the mega city last evening.

Despite the fact that he could not understand the language of the cops in the jail properly, he made out from their conversation that they often talked about the Indian nationals.

Vikas Singh was kept isolated most of the time during his stay in the jail from other prisoners. He disclosed that he was kept with some foreign prisoners for some time and most of them were black.

When asked about the treatment by the jail authorities, he smiled and replied that what could a prisoner expect from cops on duty in a jail. Should they have offered bed of roses to him?

Vikas is happy after his release and he was not expecting his release so soon. There was a certain legal procedure in Pakistan, and only after the completion of that a prisoner could be released. He was all praise about the Pakistani authorities for treating him well.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana met the great traveller this morning. The DC gave him a pack of T-shirts as a token of love and wished him all the best for his remaining journey. Vikas also visited the N.M. Jain Public School and interacted with students.

For Vikas Singh this was another chance to disseminate the message of peace, which he has already spread in as many as 62 countries.

Vikas considered it a great opportunity to talk to schoolchildren. He thinks that school is the best place where a child could learn the meaning of peace and human value to become a better human being.

Children gave a big hand to Vikas when he entered the main hall of the school. It appeared from the applause of children that they were as much eager to listen and talk to him as he was. The students listened him very carefully and after his address, asked him many questions about his expedition and experiences.

He addressed the children and answered their questions when one of the students asked about the difficulties he faced during his tour, he replied with confidence that every hardship made him stronger and confident, as every incident was a learning experience for him.

An agitated student asked about his feeling about Pakistan and questioned whether the country was good or bad. “There is no parameter to judge whether the country is good or bad. People across the line of control welcomed me with the same warmth and affection as my own countrymen did. There are always certain circumstances, which are often responsible for good and bad relations between the countries. Moreover, you cannot expect the solution of a problem prevailing for the last 50 years.”

Describing the mode of transport adopted during his tour, he opined that this was the best transport for a peace mission. This mode of transport enabled him to spend more time with the people and enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna across the different countries.

Vikas is an engineering graduate from the Banaras Hindu University, and the environment in the institution inspired him to go for the world peace tour. Before starting his mega expedition, he did two jobs. First, in a construction company at Varanasi, and the second one in a firm at Delhi. But his passion to roam around the world and disseminate the message of peace could not hold him for much time.

Now he is desperate to meet his family at Lucknow in Uttar Pardesh. His father is a retired government employee and his mother is a housewife. His two sisters are married, but he wants to reach India Gate in Delhi August 15, 2001, to complete his expedition first.

Neither does Vikas has any demands from the government, nor does he want to meet anybody in Delhi. His peace mission started on October 13, 1987, and he just wants to finish it with dignity and pride. He is not expecting for any recognition, award or any kind of financial help from the government.

He did not want to stay in Ludhiana for a long time. This is just another station in his way to reach his destination.

Vikas does not want to waste his time, as the deadline to reach Delhi on tricycle is very short. Neither is he expecting nor will he try to seek any financial help from anyone in Ludhiana. 


21 gastroenteritis cases reported
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
At least 21 fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported from various city hospitals today.

According to officials of the Health Department, five cases have been reported from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while three cases have been reported from Civil Hospital, one from Pahwa Hospital, six each from Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Dr B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital.

Meanwhile, one patient of cholera has been admitted in the DMCH. The number of gastroenteritis patients has reached 914.

A total of 132 cases of cholera have been reported at various city hospitals during these monsoons.


Girl poisons herself to death
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 24
A girl of Dharaur village has committed suicide by consuming poison after she failed in love.

According to Mr Dogar Ram, SHO, Sahnewal, the information was secretly provided to him by some person who said Nirpal Singh, Hardeep Singh, Rachpal Singh, Dev Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Sarwan Singh and Parminder Singh, all relatives of the deceased have cremated the body of a girl at night without informing anybody.

According to the information, the deceased, Harjinder Kaur, had a love affair with Harjit Singh of the same village, but the parents of the girl objected as he belonged to a different community.

The matter went on for some time till the panchayat intervened and asked the lovers not to meet again. But both started meeting again till July 22,when Harjinder consumed poison.

A case has been registered under Sections 306, 201 and 34 of the IPC against the relatives of the deceased.



Man is supposed to be progressive by nature and instinct. But not necessarily in Ludhiana. Otherwise how can the opposition to the construction of an elevated road from Jagraon Bridge to Chand Cinema be explained. A handful of shopkeepers are holding the entire city to ransom on the ground that their business would suffer. Given the massive concentration of traffic on this patch, the flyover is a necessity. The general public in Ludhiana wants that the flyover should be constructed at all cost. This is clear from the day-to-day resolutions passed by various apolitical organisations supporting the construction. But surprisingly leaders of various political parties like the Congress, the BJP and the Akali Dal have been siding with the shopkeepers in their resistance to the flyover. This is quite understandable for the reason that elections are too close to risk antagonism with anyone, more so the business community. Although the Municipal Corporation has passed the resolution for the construction of the flyover, nobody is sure whether the resolution would be taken to its logical conclusion.

IT revolution

Punjab Technical University, seemingly oblivious of busting of the IT revolution, is boasting of bringing an It revolution in the state through its distant education programmes in information technology. It is offering various high-sounding courses which are finding favour only with those unable to get admission anywhere else, but still wanting to be part of the IT brigade. The UGC chairman’s recent statement regarding the validity of these courses has also created a controversy. Though the university authorities are trying to defend the courses, the fact remains that the PTU has selected study centres which do not even possess computers, what to talk of qualified teaching faculty. The principal of an institute offering regular courses in IT says, “After one or two years , you will find IT degree-holders everywhere in the region, like the degree-holders of B.Ed. offered by Kurukshetra and Rohtak University a few years ago. But they will not have gained any worthwhile skill or earned a job, though the university would have collected crores of rupees by that time.”

Primitive ways

Man has already conquered space as was recently shown by space traveller Tito. Yet there are so many students in the countryside who have to depend on primitive modes of transportation like bullock carts, if not walking their way to school or colleges. Notwithstanding the phenomenal progress Punjab has made, country life still presents a sharp contrast to the situation in megacity like Ludhiana. 


Mahila Cong to stake claim to 33 pc seats
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
The Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress (women wing of the party) will stake claim to 33 per cent of the 117 assembly seats in the coming elections, and an elaborate exercise has already commenced to identify prospective assembly segments and suitable candidates for the coming electoral battle.

This was stated by Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, president of Punjab Mahila Congress, while addressing a news conference here today. The district president of the party, Ms Usha Malhotra, and the Punjab Youth Congress General Secretary Gopal Monga, were also present on the occasion.

Giving details of the preparations towards toning up the organisation for the assembly elections, she disclosed that the entire state had been divided into five zones and each one put under the charge of a Central party observer, who would frequently visit the assembly constituencies in the respective zones and also interact with the party activists to assess the situation and ground realities, which would later form the basis for selection of the party candidates.

Ms Lata Verma would be the observer for Zone A comprising the districts of Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Ms Renuka Nagpal would look after Zone B comprising Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Phillaur, and Ms Raj Sachdev would be incharge for Zone C, which included Ropar and Ludhiana districts. Zone D comprising Sangrur, Bathinda and Patiala districts and Zone E, which included districts of Ferozepure and Faridkot would be under the charge of Ms Waryam Kaur and Ms Kunjana Singh, respectively.

Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, a daughter of erstwhile Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Beant Singh, who was killed in an attack by militants, while in office, made clear in no uncertain terms that she was a contender for one of the assembly seats in Ludhiana city. She said she was not keen to contest from any particular seat in he city and would leave the final choice to the party leadership.

In another major decision towards preparing the party functionaries for the challenges ahead, the Mahila Congress would organise a two-day training camp here on Aug 10 and 11 which would be attended by over 200 block presidents, all the 22 district presidents and around 50 office-bearers of the state unit of party. The training programme, added the party chief, would have varied topics on ‘women in governance, access to health care, empowerment of women, girl education, environment and legal literacy for women’, besides organisational matters, policies and programmes.

Senior party leaders including Ms Chandresh Kumari, president, All-India Mahila Congress, Ms Margaret Alva, Ms Renuka Choudhary, Ms Ambika Soni, Dr Girija Vyas, Ms Indira Jai Singh, Mr Mukal Wasnik, Mr Kamal Nath, Mr Oscar Fernandez, Mr Moti Lal Vora and PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh would be among the distinguished speakers during the training camp.


A club with good sports facilities
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 24
Normally clubs and gymkhanas are associated with cards and gambling but the Sutlej Club is different in many ways.

The Sutlej Club was started as an officers’ club during the British regime with the Deputy Commissioner as its permanent president in his ex-officio capacity. The objective of the club is to promote and encourage social, culture and intellectual activities and to provide facilities for indoor and outdoor games to its members besides entertainment.

About sports facilities and activities at the club, its sports secretary, Mr Navneet Malhotra, himself a veteran badminton player, told Ludhiana Tribune that the swimming pool and health club are favourite with members. Badminton hall, table tennis room, tennis courts, squash court and bridge room are also in great demand.

Giving more details, Mr Malhotra said the badminton hall was being renovated and provided with terra flex flooring at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Swimming pool is another attraction and has been completely renovated with modern ‘washrooms’ with all facilities. A filteration plant has also been installed there. The total cost of the project was Rs 8 lakh. The billiards room with three full size tables has been provided with new lights and score boards.

Mr Naveen further informed that very shortly a bowling alley, a library and a recreation room for children will be coming up at the club at a cost of around Rs 1 crore.

About outstanding sportspersons, the trainees of the Sutlej Club, Mr Malhotra said a number of players have represented the state at national-level tournament. 


Amend obsolete labour laws: BMS
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has urged both the Centre and the Punjab Government to bring about amendments in the obsolete labour laws and to ensure that the labour laws were scrupulously followed and the exploitation of workers was put to an end.

The district unit of the BMS organised a rally at Clock Tower Chowk here to mark the foundation day being observed from July 23 to 30 and later submitted two separate memoranda to the district authorities for the Union Government and the state government, demanding a hike in the minimum wages, assured bonus of 12.5 per cent per annum to all employees and withdrawal of the salary limit and 20 per cent ceiling on payment of bonus, among other things.

Addressing the rally, the district President, Mr Vir Abhimanyu, and the Secretary, Mr Khelar Chand Gupta, called for a comprehensive social security act for unorganised workers and farm labourers, creation of another labour court in the city to cope with the increasing number of labour disputes, provision of residential accommodation for industrial work force in labour colonies on liberal terms, introduction of a pension scheme in government-aided private technical institutions, amendment to the Payment of Wages Act for upward revision in salary limit from Rs 1,600 to Rs 7,000 and arming the labour officers with right of recovery.

The BMS functionaries further demanded withdrawal of an interest cut in provident fund scheme, an assured minimum pension of Rs 700 for industrial workers, immediate release and implementation of the report of anomalies committee of the Fourth Pay Commission, abolition of the contract system of labour in government departments and local bodies, facility of free water supply and sewerage and exemption from house tax for employees of local bodies, regularisation of ad hoc employees who had completed 240 days of service, withdrawal of an order to provincialise cadres of municipal corporations, municipal councils and improvement trusts, restoration of the LTC facility and reservation of at least 20 per cent in the promotion quota for Class iv employees in government and semi-government departments.

The BMS urged the Union Government not to pursue the proposed reforms in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, and the Contract Labour Act, abolish ceiling of payment under the Payment of Wages Act, the Minimum Wages Act, the Industrial Disputes Act, the Provident Fund Act and the Bonus Act and arrange a national debate on the WTO to safeguard the national interests.


Unions resent PSEB’s pay scales
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
The representatives of various unions working in the Power Line Communication Wing (PLC) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) have expressed resentment over discrimination in pay scales and allowances by the board.

The meeting of the various union representatives of the PLC wing was held here yesterday in which members from Bathinda, Amritsar, Jalandhar, SAS Nagar, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa and Dhoori took part. The representatives alleged that despite being qualified in the electronic system, they were pushed back for pay scales and allowances.

Mr Surjit Singh Guraya, vice-president, Employees Federation, PSEB, said the PLC was the most important wing of the board and the workings of power houses depended on it. He said mechanics and assistants of the PLC were well qualified but they were getting pay scales equal to Class IV employees for over the past 15 years.

Mr Guraya said the Employee Federation was the only trade union, which worked for the interests of the minority cadres. He appealed the PLC employees to join the Employees Federation for getting their rights from the board.

The PLC leaders agreed to work under the Employees Federation of PSEB on this occasion. A Circle Committee of the PLC was formed immediately after the meeting which included Ms Prem Lata as its president. Mr Mohinder Singh Dhillon was declared senior vice-president, Mr Sikandar Singh and Mr Sukhwinder Singh: vice-presidents, Mr Ranjit Singh Barnala: secretary, Mr Dharam Singh: joint secretary; and Mr Gurmukh Singh, Mr Jaswinder Kumar Sharma and Mr Jagjit Singh were declared propaganda secretary, press secretary and financial secretary respectively.


Teej celebrations at VLCC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
Teej was celebrated at the VLCC here today. To mark the occasion, the VLCC had organised a competition of make-up, hair-do and mehndi among young women. Over 18 participants took part in the contest.

The participants were given 10 minutes for applying make-up. They could either do their own make-up or do make-up on others. Eight participated in this category.

Ms Mona Wahi was declared first and Ms Rosy Dhammi second in this category. Ms Vinod Miglani was given the consolation prize.

Contestants made beautiful buns with beads and flowers tucked in the hair. Ms Kimmy was given the first prize in the hair-do category.

The judges on the occasion included Ms Vijya Ghai and Ms Anu Brar. 


Hypocrite exposed
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 24
The Taraksheel Society, Punjab, Rara Sahib unit, exposed a hypocrite woman who had been befooling the people of Buani village for the past several months. The Taraksheel Society members when approached by the panchayat of the village, intervened in the matter. They challenged the so-called mysterious lady to appear before the society and prove her “Godly powers” and win Rs 1 lakh from the society. She was given 15-day time for the purpose.

Days passed, but she failed to do so. Later she confessed that she was just an ordinary woman, possessing no “Godly powers”. 


Bid to loot liquor shop: 4 arrested
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 24
The Dehlon police has arrested four persons for their bid to loot a liquor shop and shooting a migrant worker, besides looting cash from a villager, between Latala and Barundi, near Ahmadgarh, on July 3 last.

According to sources, Paramjit Singh, alias Sonu, of Narangwal, Kulwinder Singh, alias Kuku, of Assi Kalan, Manoj Kumar and Gurdev Singh of Mehma Singhwala village have been arrested in this connection under Sections 382 and 307 of the IPC.

Poppy seized: The Sandaur police has arrested Angrez Singh, son of Mr Gurdev Singh of Dasondha Singhwala village, at a naka and seized 35 kg of poppy husk from his possession.

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