Sunday, August 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Blood and gore after rage and remorse
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Pakhowal (Ludhiana), August 11
In suspected fits of rage and remorse, in that order, an old man of this village attacked his wife and daughter-in-law with a sickle and committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance after presuming them to be dead. The incident occurred here yesterday night. The injured women, however, survived and are presently receiving treatment in a private hospital at Raikot where their condition is said to be serious, but stable.

A minor argument between the old couple is said to have led to the incident. The old man was allegedly under the influence of some drug when he attacked the women. The old man, Hankel Singh, had two sons, both of whom were in Dubai at the time of the incident. The elder of the two is married and had left for Dubai on August 1 only after a brief stay here.

Hospital sources said the women had suffered multiple wounds and fractures. Hankel’s wife, Gurmel Kaur, had several deep cuts on her head and a broken arm. Jasbir Kaur, Hankel’s daughter-in-law, had a deep wound on the throat and a broken arm.

The police said it had registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPc only because the attacker had died immediately after the incident. Ruling out any other possible angle to the murder, the police did not press for a postmortem examination in this case. The police, the administration and villagers agreed that it was an open and shut case of attempted murder and suicide.

According to villagers, the incident occurred at about 11 pm yesterday. Some villagers on night patrol heard cries from a house and, thinking that robbers had struck there, they rushed towards it and met the badly injured daughter-in-law of Hankel at the door. They were shocked to see the old man with a blood-stained sickle standing breathless in a corner of a room and his wife, aged about 50, lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Hankel’s daughter-in-law told the villagers that the man had gone berserk and hit the women several times with the sickle. The women were taken to a doctor at Pakhowal who referred them to the Raikot hospital.

In the hospital, Jasbir Kaur said she did not know why the old man had attacked her mother-in-law and her. She had heard the old couple quarreling and then the cries of her mother-in-law. When she tried to save her, Hankel also hit her a number of times with the sickle.

The Senior Superintendent of Police at Jagraon, Mr Balkar Singh, said the police was investigating the case to find out what had been Hankel’s motive for the attack and the suicide. He said the injured woman were not in a position to give a statement to the police.

Villagers said they had no idea why Hankel would do such a thing. They said the old man had been a drug-addict and his wife used to nag her for this. They said this was too trivial a reason for killing someone. Some villagers said the incident was linked to the recent visit of Hankel’s elder son. They said the old man had been emotionally disturbed because his sons had been staying away.



Child devoured by dogs
Tribune News Service

Bhrowal Kalan (Ludhiana), August 11
In a grotesque incident, a two-year-old girl was devoured by meat-eating dogs which virtually consumed her in the afternoon here yesterday.

Villagers mourn the death of two-year-old Gogi, who was devoured by dogs on Friday.
Villagers mourn the death of two-year-old Gogi, who was devoured by dogs on Friday.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

When the Ludhiana Tribune team reached the village today the villagers were in a state of shock after the gory incident. They were finding it difficult to find a solution to the problem of ferocious dogs which they feared could harm the other children of the village also.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune they said that they were considering the idea of killing the stray dogs but then someone cautioned them that it would invite the ire of various animal welfare organisations. After this they were living helplessly in constant fear.

Narrating the incident the mother of the girl, Karamjit Kaur, said that she had last seen her daughter, Gogi, at around 1 p m yesterday when she was playing near a pond of water behind the house of her brother-in-law. After sometime she found her daughter missing from the place.

Karamjit raised an alarm just after that fearing that the girl had drowned in the pond. The villagers dived in the pond but could not find any body. After searching here and there they reported the incident to the police.

Then at around 6 pm a team of villagers, while searching for the girl, reached near ‘hadda rori’ of the village and found the badly mutilated and partly consumed body of the girl. Shock stricken they picked the body from there and handed over to Pritam Singh, the father of the girl.

Karamjit said that when she looked at her daughter’s dead body it was difficult to recognise it as the dogs had totally consumed her face and left leg of the girl. Blood stains were later found by the villagers at a distance of 100m.

Villagers said that the dogs might have attacked the girl near the pond and dragged her to ‘hadda rori’. Then the dogs might have consumed her in isolation near a bush from where the body was found.

They also said that these dogs were habitual meat eaters as they were always seen feeding on the dead animals which were brought here. When Ludhiana Tribune team visited the ‘hadda rori’ today a number of dogs were fearlessly feeding on the dead animals. They did not run away at the sight of the villagers.

‘‘Panic has gripped the villagers to such an extent that no mother is parting with her children. The children of the village are being kept in virtual captivity after the incident. We do not know what is to be done about the dogs. The panchayat is discussing the matter but has not reached any solution,’’ Mr Charanjit Singh, a villager said.

The villagers have reported the incident to the Jagraon police.



Forum quashes power bill
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) of Rs 4,35,881 from Mr Subhash Chander, a resident of Ram Nagar, on account of power theft. The forum directed the board to refund the amount deposited against the disputed demand along with interest at 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till the actual payment.

According to the complaint, the meter of the consumer was illegally changed by board officials in his absence and after a few days, he received a memo on October 24, 2000, demanding Rs 4,35,881 on account of power theft.

It was alleged by the complainant that the demand was not raised as per rules of the PSEB as the meter was not packed and sealed. When the consumer enquired about the matter from board officials, they refused to withdraw the demand and give any details of the procedure on the basis of which the demand was made, he added.

The consumer challenged the demand order before the Dispute Settlement Committee (DSC) of the PSEB, but the committee decided the case against him. He had to deposit Rs 1,46,741 to avoid disconnection of power supply. He alleged that it was clear negligence and deficiency in services on the part of the PSEB.

The PSEB pleaded that the demand was legal and valid. It maintained that the removed meter was sent to the ME Laboratory vide challan 2 on January 13, 2001, and according to the laboratory report, two seals were found tampered with, while the current coil was short. The respondent disclosed that the meter was recording 20 per cent less consumption of energy which was clear case of theft of power. The demand had been rightly raised and complaint was liable to be quashed, it demanded.

The board observed that there was no evidence to prove that the board had intimated the consumer to be present at the time of checking of the meter and, moreover, the laboratory report did not bear his signature or of his representative. The forum held that the demand had not been raised as per rules of the PSEB and accordingly it was liable to be quashed.



Crisis-hit industrialists to gherao CM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
The small-scale sector of industry (SSI), which is facing deep crisis and struggling to survive, has threatened to gherao the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, during his sangat darshan programmes if the government failed to scrap its anti-industry policies and initiate the necessary steps for the revival of the sick units and promotion of industries in the state.

Addressing a news conference here today, Mr Harish Khanna, President, Ludhiana Small Scale Manufacturers Association (LSSMA), observed that the SSI sector had been facing the worst-ever recession for the last more than two years, largely due to the policies of liberalisation and globalisation being implemented under pressure from the WTO, the World Bank and the IMF. The unrestricted imports and entry of multinationals in the manufacturing sector had considerably eroded the market share of the domestic industry, resulting around nine lakh of the total 30 lakh SSI units in the country sick. In Punjab alone, the number of sick units was more than 20,000.

Mr Khanna, while claiming that the entire economy in the state was ailing, said that the industrial growth rate in Punjab had come down from 6 per cent last year to 1.5 per cent and the overall growth rate was 3 per cent, which was the lowest and even the most backwards states like Bihar were doing better.

The SSI sector had failed to modernise and keep pace with the new technology, thanks to apathy and indifference of the central and state governments. Fresh investment opportunities simply did not exist and unemployment had reached alarming proportions, giving rise to social unrest.

The LSSMA President charged the SAD-led ruling coalition with rural bias and totally neglecting other sectors. "Mr Badal is resorting to populist measures to consolidate his vote bank. Liberal grants are being doled out to rural population and the agricultural sector while the common man in general and the trade and industry in particular, are being fleeced by the government to fill the empty coffers." He further charged the Chief Minister with failure to fulfil the poll promises made to the industry at the time of last assembly elections.

Maintaining that the state government was least bothered about the pathetic plight of the SSI units, he lamented that not even a single decision of those taken at a much-publicised sangat darshan programme with the industry in Ludhiana had been given effect.

Mr Khanna made scathing attacks on the Punjab State Electricity Board and the Punjab Pollution Control Board, saying both these institutions were causing avoidable harassment and unbearable financial burden on the industrial units and restraining whatever further growth or expansion was possible.

He called upon the Union Government to review its industrial policy and come out with a separate policy for the SSI sector as promised. Further, unrestricted imports should be halted and interests of domestic industry should be safeguarded. The other demands made by Mr Khanna included implementation of laws governing protection of the SSI, providing infrastructure required for proliferation of the industry, simplification of the sales tax structure and labour laws and facilitating big industrial units to set up base in Punjab.



Widow accuses tenant of demanding ransom
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 11
Bhagwant Kaur, a widow of Kothe Baggu village, near here, has charged her tenant Surjit Singh of Swaddi Khurd village, of threatening her and demanding Rs 40,000 from her.

She said Surjit Singh had taken her land on rent and paid Rs 40,000 as rent money with a substantial amount still to be yet paid by him.

She further alleged that either Surjit Singh or his some other accomplice had demanded a ransom of Rs 40,000 from her. The local police has registered a case under Sections 386, 387, IPC.

In her statement to the police she alleged that her son was settled in Canada and the she was residing in her house in a field along with her grandson and granddaughter where on June 8, 2001, she received a letter demanding Rs 40,000 with directions to keep the said amount in the bathroom and to lock it out and leave the house. The money would be taken away on July 15. She was further instructed not to inform anyone, including the police.

But she informed in the police. She said after this she again received a threatening letter on July 29 in which the ransom caller threatened to eliminate her and servants without any further notice as she had informed the police. She accused Surjit Singh of sending these threatening letters as he had paid her the said amount only 10 days ago as rent and also some suspicious- looking persons were visiting him.



Shobha yatra graces Janmashtami eve
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
A grand shobha yatra was taken out last evening from Daresi grounds on the eve of Janmashtami by the Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee.

Led by a pair of elephants, the yatra passed through Partap Bazar, Mata Rani Chowk, Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Chaura Bazar, Vaishno Devi Chowk, Division No. 3 and Sanglan Shivala before culminating at Haridev mandir.

School kids dressed as Krishan and Radha on various tableaux depicting the life and times of Lord Krishna, particularly the childhood, stole the show. Some kids were dressed as Shiva, Ram, Laxman and Hanuman as well. The route of the yatra was thoroughly decorated with flags and flowers. Members of the organising committee were also noticeable with their saffron turbans. Langars and chhabeels had been organised along the route by a number of religious and social organisations. At the culmination of the yatra, prizes were given to those who contributed to the success of the yatra. A large number of political leaders from various political parties were also present on the occasion.

Ceremonies of kanya poojan and a yagya were performed before the start of the yatra.

Meanwhile, Gobind Gaudham on the Humbran road in Haibowal, will celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna, tomorrow from 1 to 4 pm. The children would be treated with free swings and rides at the celebrations. Mr Balramji Dass Tandon is expected to grace the occasion, according to the Gobind Gaudham sources.

The Bajrang Dal, Paujab, is organising a Radha Krishan dress contest for tiny tots of the city tomorrow at 5 pm at community centre, Civil Lines, according to a press note. Children below eight years of age can participate in the contest. In addition to prizes for winners, all other contestants would be given mementoes and participation certificates.

Meanwhile, students of Disney Land Nursery School and Shivalikwala Doon School celebrated Janmashtami here today.

At Disney Land Nursery School, the tiny tots of pre-nursery and kindergarten dressed as Radha and Krishna and performed dances depicting various aspects of Lord Krishna’s life. While enacting scenes of “makhan chori”, nursery class girls dressed as gopis complained to Yashodha Maiya that Lord Krishna broke their pots while stealing butter.

At Shivalikwala Doon School, an inter-house competition was organised in which students from different houses enacted scenes like Shivaji’s gufa and makhan chori. Besides, tiny tots were dressed like Lord Krishna, Radha and gopis.

Janmashtami was celebrated in Ek Prayaas, an institute for children with special needs, managed by the Social Action Group. Mani, a student, was dressed as Krishna with a yellow dhoti, a flute and a crown. Gurleen was dressed as Radha. Children danced to bhajans and gently pushed the swing which had the idols of Radha and Krishna. Fruits were distributed among the children as prashad.



Thousands living in MC’s hell
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 11
Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar of Haibowal here have been living among gross insanitation and receiving contaminated drinking water in their taps. The other civic amenities like paved streets and a functional sewerage system are also a distant dream for them, thanks to the indifference of the Municipal Corporation.

Stinking heaps of garbage in open spaces, waste littered around the houses by stray animals and the absence of a garbage disposal system have brought the colony to the brink of an epidemic. “Cholera, gastroenteritis and malaria have affected several persons of the colony in the past one month, but, in spite of repeated complaints, the MC has done nothing to improve the conditions,” said Mr Rakesh Verma, a resident of the colony.

Many residents of the area are angry over the negligent attitude of the MC officials and the area councillor, Mr Hem Raj Aggarwal. They say that nothing has been done in the colony to prevent the spread of diseases. “Fogging drives have been restricted only to posh localities, where the chances of the spreading of diseases are the least, and sensitive areas have been left out,” they say.

“Despite the reports of the spread of diseases, insanitation prevails as ever and the MC has not distributed even a single chlorine tablet here,” said a teacher who has been living in the colony for the past many years. Sewerage lines, that have been laid only in some parts of the colony, have added to the misery of residents. Mr Gurmeet Singh, a resident of the colony, says, “At times, sewerage water enters houses of the colony when these pipes get clogged, exposing those living here to infectious diseases.”

Supply of contaminated drinking water is another serious problem that the residents have been made to live with for a while now. Mr Rajiv Dogra, who lives here, says, “The MC has been supplying dirty yellow water to the colony. Water samples taken from the colony houses have failed the quality tests a number of times, but the MC is still unmoved.” The MC says that the sewage is getting mixed up with the drinking waters due to leaking pipelines, but it has no solution to the problem other than residents identifying defective pipes and getting these replaced.

The streets of the colony are merely strips of dirt that become slushy even after a light rain. Crossing these streets is a nightmare for drivers and pedestrians. The foundation stone of the work on paving the main road of the area was laid about two months ago by the area councillor, but the work is still to begin. Residents can do little else, but pray.



Dhindsa on unity with Tohra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Aug 11
Senior Akali leader and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said that although there were slim chances of unity with the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra after his alliance with other Panthic groups, yet the issue should not be considered closed.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating Fountain Spot, a restaurant at Fountain Chowk, here today, Mr Dhindsa said there was no ideological conflict with Mr Tohra till now. But after his alliance with the Panthic groups it would be very difficult. However, he clarified that every group was welcome if it subscribed to the same ideology as that of the Shiromani Akali Dal. His reference was obviously to Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann who holds radical and extremist views on various issues.

Mr Dhindsa questioned the authority of former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh to summon any one to the Takht. Bhai Ranjit Singh had been quoted having said that he would summon certain Akali leaders to Akal Takht. Mr Dhindsa said he had no locus standi as he was no longer the Jathedar of Akal Takht.

The minister said the election in the state would be held on schedule and these would not be preponed. He claimed that the SAD-BJP government had so many achievements to its credit, while the Congress, which was considered to be the only opposition to the alliance, had no issue worth its name to go to the people.

Today's function was attended by leaders representing a cross-section of society. They included Minister for Technical Education Jagdish Garcha, Rajya Sabha member Lala Lajpat Rai, local MLAs, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal and Mr Rakesh Pandey and District Youth Congress Committee (urban) chief Parminder Mehta.



Dullo refutes Lok Morcha’s charges
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 11
A former Minister, Punjab and MP, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today refuted the allegations levelled against him by Lok Morcha leaders. He was addressing a press conference here.

He said that Mr Subhash Beri, who was a partner of Subhash Beri and Co. in 1995, had taken wine contracts from Sunam and Ludhiana in that year. He alleged that the Excise Department had captured two or three truck-loads of illegal liquor, worth lakhs of rupees, for which no license fee or excise fee was paid. The department had also checked the records of the company, finding many lapses in that as a result of department had suspended the license of the firm. He said that Subhash Beri filed a writ petition against the order of the department in the High Court against the suspension of the license, in which he (Mr Dullo) was made a party. Later the High Court had dismissed this writ petition.

The firm was only freed, after a heavy penalty was imposed on it. Mr Dullo told that Subhash Beri, since he was a member of the National Executive of the Janata Dal, wanted that no action should be taken against him, But Mr Dullo did not oblige him. As a result he filed a complaint against Mr Dullo, which was based on personal vendetta and politically motivated, the former minister added.

Mr Dullo said that Justice Sodhi, Lok pal, had asked about this complaint from him, to which he had replied.

He said when Justice Rai became the Lok Pal he never called him. He only read the report of the Lok pal in the newspapers after three years. Against this, he presented a representation to the then Governor B.K.N. Chibber.

Mr Chibber had rejected the report of the Lok pal and said no action could be taken upon this report. The copy of the report was handed over to the mediapersons.

The report mentioned that the complainant had made three allegations against Mr Dullo that he demanded crores of rupees through the complainant, changing entries in the record of the department and acquiring assets disproportionate to his income. 


PAU accused of discriminating against
SC employees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The Bhartiya Masihi Sanstha has accused the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) of discriminating against the university employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.

In a written statement issued by the organisation, its chairman, Mr A.C. Atwal, has alleged that the PAU did not clear the selection of Mr Gopal Dass as Comptroller at a recent meeting of the Board of Management just because he belonged to the Scheduled Castes. He further alleged that although the name of Mr Gopal Dass was cleared by the selection committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, the Board of Management of the PAU did not select him.

Mr Atwal alleged that at that time when the university was buzzing with the rumours that Mr Dass would be the new Comptroller, the anti-Scheduled Castes camp on campus raised a hue and cry in the meeting of Board of Management which resulted in the disapproval of the recommendations of the selection committee.

Further alleging that the board gave an extension for the third time to a less qualified and retired person, Mr Atwal said that this was sheer discrimination meted out to a deserving candidate. He also alleged that the move of the Board of Management was pre-planned and had marred the career of Mr Dass.

Terming the discrimination as‘routine’ thing, Mr Atwal said that a number of such members belonging to the Scheduled Castes were being deprived of their legitimate rights not only at smaller levels but by the state government level also. He said that this discrimination was prevailing in the PAU since its inception.



Daughter of five rivers

SHE is a lady with the lamp of education — Principal of the second oldest college for women here. Dale Carnegie titled one of his best-sellers ‘Little Known Facts About Well-known Persons’. About the (then) richest man of the world, Nizam of Hyderabad, he wrote: “Sleeps in a bed which has no spring”. Indeed, sometimes we know so little about well-known persons.

Ms Harrinder Dhillon is well known to the educated elite and students here alike. Few persons have observed that she spells her name with a double ‘r’ in it. Once Abraham Lincoln was asked to explain why Mary Todd, his wife, spelt her name using double ‘d’. Lincoln said, “God can do with one ‘d’. Todd must have a double dose of it!” The husband of Ms Harrinder, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, who received his education in the universities of Lincoln’s country, may have his own idea why his wife spells her name the way she does. He is a scientist and a connoisseur of poetry.

Madam Dhillon belongs to the family of the chiefs of Singhpura (Gurdaspur). SBS Kishan Singh was an important person during the Raj who owned a vast estate on the banks of the Ravi. The father of Ms Harrinder, Major Gurbaksh Singh, inherited a major chunk of the property at Rasoolpur on a bank of the Ravi. Ms Harrinder, therefore, is a daughter of the Ravi. She studied in the Presentation Convent of Srinagar. It is the valley of the Jhelum with the Dal as the emerald in its necklace. As a student, she used to enjoy rowing and boating and her family had hired a houseboat with ‘shikaras’. After her marriage in 1963, the Dhillons visited the valley again, where Sultana the boatman sang folk-songs based on soulful lyrics of Habba Khatoon. Dr Dhillon is at his poetic best when he recalls the past.

From Gurdaspur to Srinagar, the cars of Singhpurias and Dhillons moved together and halted on the way at Kud, Batote and Ramban etc. The sight of the Chenab was a romantic experience Ms Harrinder. She drank its water and washed her face with it, much like Sohni and Heer of the folk tales. The Chenab is etched in her memory forever.

Miss Harrinder Sangha married Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon on the left bank of the Beas. Dr Dhillon was posted on the Hisar Campus of Punjab Agricultural University. Punjab was reorganised in 1966, following which, he was transferred to the PAU here in 1967, where the couple has been living ever since. Dr Dhillon retired as the Dean Postgraduate Studies of the PAU and settled here. Ms Harrinder Dhillon is to retire in September and live here, by the Sutlej, forever. From Ravi to Jhelum, from Jhelum to Chenab, from Chenab to Beas and from Beas to Sutlej, the journey of her life is fascinating. She is the link that joined the five rivers, so, it is appropriate if we call her the true daughter of five rivers.



Protest rally by telecom staff
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 11
The local unit of the All-India Telecom Employees Union organised a protest rally in the main telephone exchange at Sirhind on Thursday. The employees demanded that the membership of Mr Harbhajan Singh Attapuri and Mr Samunder Singh from the TAC should be cancelled immediately and the transfer orders of two employees withdrawn.

Addressing the rally, Mr Jaswant Singh, president of the local unit, alleged that two phone mechanics, Mr Prem Singh Chanarthal Kalan and Mr Som Nath Hussainpura, were transferred by the DET, Mandi Gobindgarh, under pressure from these TAC members. They warned that till the orders were not revoked the trade union action would continue.

He alleged that both of these TAC members used abusive language towards the staff at Amloh and Sirhind and misused their position by demanding department vehicles for personal use and funds from other sources of the department. They warned that the TAC members should refrain from interfering in the day-to-day working of the telecom staff and the department. They also demanded that a decision taken by the CGMT, Punjab Circle, that no undue favour would be given to the TAC members should be implemented. The union through a memorandum to Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister for Communication, has urged that as both the members are working against the interests of the department, so they should be removed.

Similarly, a protest rally was also organised at Amloh by the telecom staff. They also criticised the undue interference and doctorial attitude of both the TAC members.



Ludhianvis sulking under pressure

THOUSANDS of Ludhianvis are becoming victim of the mundane daily routine life. Trying to cope up with the rising pressures of multiplying business problems, unending national and global recession, high taxation levels and unbearable administrative tensions are also adding to their problems.

Since the vast majority of the residents of the city are working in the private sector, there is a fixed routine for them to be followed day after day and there is no easy escape from those problems. No wonder that the number of patients, sulking under pressure, are thronging the clinics of physicians and psychiatrists. Presenting with many physical and psychological symptoms and getting incapacitated by them, they try to get relief from medical treatment and counselling. For the last few years, the city has also been favourite with a number of religious preachers.

In the foot-steps of the rich, even the middle class people also throng the religious discourses. No wonder that people take pride of having so and so as their family guru and seek their advice for a smooth daily routine. It is not an uncommon site to find people in hospitals, banks, business establishments and social gettogethers with a string of beads tied around their forearms.

For majority of the people in the private sector, it is 12-14 hours routine going for almost 365 days in a year. Many businessmen, shopkeepers and doctors take pride that they have not taken a single holiday in the past so many years. Some of them can be easily classified as pathologically workaholics. In spite of being the richest city in Punjab, the city has very little to offer to its citizens for entertainment.

About a thousand odd people must be regular visitors to the city restaurants. Most of the restaurants provide high-calorie snacks and food, which if taken regularly becomes a cause of health hazard. Common man aspires to visit some natural spots or open spaces where he can relax for few hours with his family. The Rakh Bagh and Rose Garden are the only two places where one can stretch his legs and can wander around without spending anything from his pocket. For most of the Ludhianvis, movies remain sole source of entertainment. But most of the movie halls need lot of upgradation and basic facilities are awarefully lacking.

Lucky ones are those who are rich and resourceful and are able to spend their weekends at places like Timber Top, Barog or Kasauli for the vast majority, city life is constant struggle and there is little time for respite from their daily life hassles.

Dr Rajeev Gupta



PSEB pensioners seek free power
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
A delegation of the Joint Action Committee of the All-Pensioners Associations of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) met the Chairman of the board, Mr S.S. Sohal, at Patiala on Wednesday and demanded free electricity supply to the board’s pensioners.

Mr S.K. Kapoor, secretary of the Joint Action Committee, disclosed that the Chairman said that this demand could be met, provided the board earned an additional revenue worth Rs 100 crore. When the delegation pressed upon its demand, he agreed to review this demand, from time to time.

The board has agreed to depute one Under Secretary from the Secretary’s office and a Deputy CAO or AO from the CAO. At each operational circle a list of representatives of pensioners will be supplied to the Under Secretary, which would be circulated among the Superintending Engineers.

Mr Kapoor said that the Chairman had agreed to grant a 5 per cent increase in the pay at 65 years of age immediately after the Punjab Government issued such orders. A furnished room at head office, Patiala, with a clerk, peon and a typewriter will soon be allotted to the JAC.



Cops who’ll never be impolite again
Tribune News Service

Ludhina, August 11
Three police personnel, including one ASI and two Head Constables, have been sent to the police lines for not following the orders of addressing people as ‘shreemanji’.

According to police sources, a senior official of the police department, in the guise of a common man, rang up different police stations yesterday to check whether the police force was implementing the orders to address the callers as ‘shreemanji’. He called up different police stations and at three places three officials did not address him properly.

The scheme has been recently launched in Ludhiana. It aims at making police polite to the complainants.



Stir against abolition of octroi
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 11
The Class IV Employees Union of the Samrala Nagar Council has threatened to launch an agitation on September 1 if the government abolishes octroi in the state.

In an emergency meeting held under the presidentship of Mr Jaspal Singh here today, the union passed a resolution that the government should watch the interests of the employees before taking any decision for abolishing of octroi in the state.



2 brothers die after eating stale food
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Tragedy struck Surjit Singh, a resident of Chowki Mann village, here today evening when two of his sons died after consuming some stale food. His third son who also ate the same food was admitted to a hospital in serious condition.

According to sources, the entire village was shocked at the incident. Sources said the family had eaten some over-night leftover pakoras but the three sons of the farmer started vomiting. They were rushed to a nearby clinic but allegedly because of shortage of money the doctor refused them treatment. The names of the deceased were Kulwinder Singh and Jassanpreet Singh. The third Jashandeep Singh was admitted in the hospital. His condition was improving.



Akali leader honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director of Markfed, honoured the acting President of the District Akali Jatha (Urban), Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, at a function in Ward 15 here.

Mr Dhillon listed several achievements of the government and its welfare schemes for the state. He praised the government for its schemes of old-age and widow pensions, free water and power for farmers and higher wages for government employees and teachers.

Mr Makkar also announced the formation of a party unit in Ward 15 with Mr Piara Singh Aman and Mr Mohan Singh Mehra as its President and General Secretary, respectively. Mr Aman presented Mr Makkar with a sword and a ‘siropa’.



Booked for kidnapping
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
The Sadar police has registered a case of kidnapping against Monu alias Inderjit, a resident of Deep Vihar Colony, for allegedly kidnapping 17-year-old Sonia Rani of the same locality. The girl’s father, Mr Manjit Singh, complained to the police that the accused had kidnapped his daughter at 11 am on Thursday. A case under sections 363 and 366 A, IPC, has been registered.

Eve-teasers booked: The Model Town police has booked two youths of Rania village on the charge of eve-teasing. The two youths, Manpreet Singh and Sandeep Singh alias Sandy, were riding a motorbike when they teased a girl near Chatar Singh park on Friday. A case under Section 509, IPC, has been registered.

Suspected robbers held: Mr Surjit Singh, SI, SHO police station Division No. 5, arrested Gurprit Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh, resident of Rhode village; Mohra, son of Kala Singh, resident of Moga; Beera, son of Mr Pritam Singh; Saran Singh; son of Mr Pirthi Singh and Kaka, resident of Moga, during a special check on Friday near shamshan ghat while they were planning to commit a robbery somewhere in the city by using an un-numbered Tata Sumo. One .12 pistol along with two live cartridges were seized from them. A case under Sections 399 and 402, IPC, has been registered against the accused.


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