Sunday, September 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Farmers cultivating IAF land
No official comment so far
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Sodhiwal (Ludhiana), September 15
The controversy surrounding the ownership and tilling of thousands of acres of land belonging to the S.K. Firing Range of Indian Air Force, Halwara, which was being tilled for several years by a number of farmers here and surrounding villages is back at centre-stage as a large number of farmers have forcibly started cultivating the land.

The controversy took a new turn as many farmers of Sodhiwal village descended on the land acquired by the IAF armed with around 50 tractors and other agricultural machines and started ploughing the land without caring a bit for the IAF orders.

Interestingly, the IAF had earlier started constructing a wall around an area of 3,672 acres of land in around nine villages in Jagraon tehsil a month ago. The IAF had even issued eviction orders to the farmers who were tilling this land earlier. The farmers at that time also had taken to the streets to protest against the evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, Air Force officials were not available for comments.

While the construction of a 6-km-long wall has already started on the site by the Air Force station, a number of farmers of Sodhiwal village facing evacuation ploughed around 70-75 acres of land today with the help of tractors. Stating that they would rather face the bullet than seeing their children dying of starvation, the farmers said that they had no land left now and this was the only source of their bread and butter.

It should be recalled here that hundreds of farmers had protested against the evacuation orders last month and had staged a dharna in front of the office of Subdivisional Magistrate, Jagraon. The farmers from villages, including Sadarpura, Gidderwindi, Janetpura, Leelan, Sodhiwal, Sheikh Daulat, Fatehgarh Siwian, Tihara, Daya Kalan and Talwandi Mallian, which were facing evacuation, were protesting tooth and nail against the orders.

Mr Iqbal Singh Sodhiwal, a farmer, said after waiting for so many months they resorted to cultivation on the land. He said the move of the Air Force was affecting around 20,000 villagers who were dependent on this 3,672 acres of land for their bread and butter. He said they had resorted to all sorts of agitation, but nothing helped. So the farmers of this village took the plunge to cultivate the land without bothering about the results, he added.

Meanwhile, the construction of a wall was under progress at Talwandi Mallian village today. The contractor of the work, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said that the 6-km-long, 11-feet-high wall covered by barbed wire would be completed by December.

The farmers said the S.K. Range was planned in 1962 in Sidwan Kalan village but was shifted due to some reasons to the new location, some 30 km away from the proposed location. The farmers of the area were then being paid Rs 40 per annum as damages till 1972. Later, the land was acquired and the farmers were compensated at the rate of Rs 5,000 per acre. The farmers were then allowed to till the land on very nominal charges. But suddenly the Air Force asked the farmers to evacuate the land till March, 2001.

They said the farmers had possession of this land and had receipts of Air Force Station, Halwara. They had converted the barren lands into fertile land by removing sand dunes, replacing the top layer of soil and by installing tubewells at the place.

The villagers were also facing problems as the IAF had acquired panchayat land, cremation grounds, playgrounds and school land. They were complaining that due to the use of aircraft for training the teachers in hundreds schools were not able to teach due to the noise. They said children had developed psychosis due to the constant sound of bombing and other procedures.


Docs block traffic on GT Road
Tribune News Service

Phillaur, September 15
Tension prevailed in the town this morning when hundreds of doctors blocked traffic on the GT Road for about 45 minutes in protest against the registration of a case against a local doctor. The doctor was booked on charge of negligence resulting in the death of a local youth.

Before blocking the road, the doctors gathered in front of the local Civil Hospital and later took out a procession which reached the SDM’s office after passing through the main market of the town. Later, they went to the railway overbridge and blocked traffic.

The blockade was lifted only after the DSP, Mr Charanjit Singh, assured them of speedy action on their demand of withdrawal of the case. The case pertained to the death of Bhupinder Singh (21) in the DMC hospital, Ludhiana, on August 28. His father, Bikkar Singh, complained to the police on September 11 that his son died due to negligence of Dr A.S. Bath, in whose clinic his son was admitted prior to being shifted to the DMC. On his complaint the police had subsequently registered the case under Section 304-A of the IPC.

The dharna was organised by the Indian Medical Association and doctors from several parts of the state participated in it. In fact the protesting doctors revealed that they had no plan to block the traffic and had just organised a protest march to the SDM’s office to submit a memorandum against the registration of the case to the SDM. However, being a holiday, neither the SDM nor any representative of the administration was present. The protesters said they were angry about the absence of the SDM or his representative, as they had informed them in advance about their protest.

According to Dr Gursharan Singh, president, Ludhiana unit, IMA, there was strong resentment among the medical fraternity regarding the case. He said the doctor was being made a victim in the case. He said the patient was getting treatment from some other private doctor before he came to Dr Bath. He said his relatives then took him to some other local doctor who referred the patient to the DMC on August 26, where he died. He said on September 11 his parents lodged an FIR against Dr Bath.

It may be pertinent to mention here that Bikkar Singh had complained to the police that his son was admitted to Dr Bath’s clinic on August 26. However, at night the condition of his son deteriorated but the doctor did not come to see him as he was busy in some party. The father alleged that due to the negligence of the doctor, the condition of his son worsened and he died soon thereafter in the DMC. Meanwhile, Dr O. P. S. Kande, president, IMA, Punjab, has announced that the IMA will soon move the court for providing relief to the doctor.


Managers told to switch from traditional practices to modern concepts
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 15
Management concepts like total productivity maintenance, business process re-engineering, value engineering, total quality management, human resource management, change and risk management and all these concepts emerged in the later part of the 20th century with an objective to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of organisation at large. In the context of application of these concepts in day to day operations and across all kinds of organisations, the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a training and development programme, in association with Eicher Consultancy Services Ltd (ECS) for professionals and entrepreneurs here today.

More than 100 senior professionals, executives and students of management techniques attended the programme. Senior professionals from the ECS, including Mr Arvind Raj Arora, vice-president, Mr K. Jayaraman, chief consultant, Mr B. M. Rangan and Mr Suvrodipto Banerjee, principal consultants, interacted with the participants.

In his welcome address, Dr M. A. Zaheer, Dean, Department of Humanities and Basic Sciences, PAU and a former president of the LMA observed that in times of global competition, when the industry was passing through recessionary phase, it was all the more important for the members of industry to focus on efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. “It is the time to break the traditional management practices, traditional management ideas and focus and learn from the modern management concepts.”

Inaugurating the subject of the day Mr Mahesh Munjal, vice-president, LMA emphasized the need for continuous upgradation of the skills of the professionals to meet the future challenges of the global economy. He said?” The role of Chief Executive is to maintain the interests of shareholders, bankers, financial institutions, channel members, customers, dealers, vendors and employees. The Chief Executive has to be a great visionary, looking into the future, making his organisation adaptive to rapid changes through continuous development and training of his employees and co-workers.”

He also cited examples from great corporates of the world and stressed the importance of creation of markets besides developing and serving the existing markets. Due focus should be given on converting the companies from product-centric to customer-centric. “Companies today are appointing idea managers, who can contribute in the process of improvement and development of work processes. Ideas can be generated from all corners, including employees, customers and vendors etc.”

Mr V.K. Goyal, general secretary, LMA in his address dwelt upon the importance of corporate training in the context of the paradigm shift that was taking place in Indian industry. The role of knowledge-workers was increasing with the changing times. Managements were recognising the importance of intellectual capital and the pace of change was so fast that skills needed to be regularly retooled.

Further emphasising his point he said: “In the knowledge-based business environment of today, intellects fuel growth and competition. As knowledge becomes more and more crucial to competitiveness, the ability of individuals to learn, and apply that learning to their day-to-day working lives, dictates an organisation’s success. Learning and work have become the two sides of the same coin, allowing employees to learn their way out of the problems they face at work.”

Mr Goyal specially mentioned three factors that have added a new dimension to the compelling need for training in all industries. The first was liberalisation, which had dismantled barriers in varying degrees, and made the entry of both domestic and overseas companies easier. The second was the imbalance in the demand and supply of professional talent, which had made employee-retention a concern for CEO’s . And the third reason was the growing expectations of employees regarding their personal and professional development, which were forcing organisations to factor them into their annual budgets. “It is not essential that the practices or concepts successful in the past may prove to be effective in the future also. Similarly the concepts which were not effective in the past may be of high relevance in the today’s context.”

During the programme Mr K. Jayaraman, Chief Consultant, ECS Ltd., presented ideas and concepts related to realising value through operations. Focussing on issues faced by the industry in the today’s world, he said, “WTO regime, global markets, economy slowdown, information age, concern for human rights, political realignment, concern for ecology and growing literate and knowledge based society are all the factors affecting the decision making of corporate executives.”

Pointing towards the operations improvements model, he remarked that total productive maintenance, total productivity manufacturing, process improvement and re-engineering, six sigma process for quality improvement and supply chain management were the key tools and techniques available with the modern chief executive and his team to achieve the value creation goal of all organisations.

Mr Arvind Raj Arora, vice-president, ECS Ltd, during the workshop elaborated the role of human resource in bringing about the necessary change towards making the organisation a world class and great organisation. “Without the involvement of human assets working for the organisation and without taking them along towards the desired objective, the entire change becomes all that more difficult.” He described the role of the chief executive in this process as very critical, saying, the CE has to act as a leader in the entire transition process.

The professionals attending the programme the appreciated the initiative taken up by LMA to bring such high level of knowledge to the city and creating a platform from where they could develop skill of the human resource of the local industry. A senior professional attending the programme remarked, “Through this programme we can build an operation strategy, manage new development processes, cultivate flexibility, build and manage teams and also manage new supply chain for increasing the effectiveness of the operations and working towards value addition.”


Traders demand erring cops booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
A large number of traders blocked traffic for about half an hour at the busy Samrala chowk on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar bypass this evening in protest against the alleged forcible extortion bid by two cops, who were under the influence of liquor. Timely intervention by the Focal Point police prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn.

While senior police officers could not be contacted, sources revealed that disciplinary action was likely to be taken against them. One of them was a constable and the other was a Home Guard jawan. They were assigned duty with a Red Cross van.

According to Mr Sita Ram, a spokesperson of the traders, the traffic was blocked as the cops demanded money from the trader and also allegedly manhandled him.

He said the incident took place at about 4 pm when the trader, Tinku, of Kurali village was stopped at the Samrala chowk by them and demanded registration papers of the vehicle and the bills of the goods. However, after the trader showed them the bills, the cops still demanded money.

However, the blockade was lifted on an assurance of some senior police officers. Mr Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, has also demanded action against them.


Kidnappers of boy identified
Our Correspondent

Ahmedgarh, September 15
The mystery behind the kidnapping of Abdesh Kumar, son of a local industrialist, on September 7 seems to have been solved with the arrest of main accused. The police, however, has denied the arrest but maintained that kidnappers had been identified.

According to sources Samrala police has already arrested two miscreants allegedly belonging to Machhiwara and Rampur. They are said to be former wrestlers of an “akhara” situated at the southern most village of Kila Raipur constituency segment. The organiser and owner of the “akhara” who is an office-bearer of the Congress and former Sarpanch and block samiti member, had reportedly given a tip to the kidnappers.

Some persons claimed that the boy had been released by the kidnappers after they were paid the ransom money. But the fact that the boy was released in the noon and that also near Samrala raises some doubts about the payment of ransom money. It is now confirmed that the kidnapper fled towards Kalaka only to mislead the police.

Samrala police has claimed that the kidnappers had been identified. DSP, Samrala, Mr Sushil Kumar, has been leading the operation to raid hideouts of culprits. One person, namely Balwinder Vickey, had been questioned as he was suspected of giving shelter to kidnappers. However, the police officials concerned of Sangrur, Jagraon and Khanna districts are tight-lipped about the partial solution of the mystery.


Garewals — a distinguished clan

LODHIS ruled over some part of this region for some years. Their surname is associated with Ludhiana. Many tribes in their own ways contributed to the making of the countryside besides building towns and developing cities. Some communities played historical roles and became associates in progress, some contributed to develop it . Some added to the image of the land. Garewals have contributed to the image of Ludhiana.

The contribution of the Garewals to freedom movement adds glory to history. Martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha, revolutionary Baba Gurmukh Singh and freedomfighter Sant Randhir Singh are our national heroes. The city’s population has crossed the 3.5 million mark. Its first citizen Apinder Singh is a Garewal. He is improving upon the GT Road of Sher Shah Suri besides modernising the expanding city. Ludhiana is becoming a major centre on the sports-map of the country. It is to host the coming national festival of sports and athletics. The district administration, city corporation, state government, the SAI, besides the Government of India, are actively engaged in assuring its success. It is a fact of history that an average-size village of Ludhiana (Kila Raipur) made a debut way back in 1933 by organising village sports/games. They are better known as Rural Olympics getting entry in general knowledge books. The Garewals make a grand list of donors and patrons. A goldcup (weighing 100 tolas) donated by Prahlad Singh Garewal by itself holds a record. Mr Dalip Singh Garewal became a legend in patronage. Mehar Singh headed Garewal Sports for half a century.

The tribe of Garewals is zealous in pursuits. It is seldom jealous of others. They compete to improve, not merely to beat others. This trait has borne rich fruits. The small community has contributed top Olympians . Brig Dalip Singh participated in Olympics (1924, 28). His son Balkrishan Singh, a gold medalist hockey Olympian, is also a coach of international recognition. Hardip Singh Garewal, Raman Deep Garewal, S.S.Garewal, Asian/Olympics level hockey players. They are our national pride. Alexie Singh Garewal, US Olympian Gold Medalist, is part of Indian pride so is Daljeet Singh Garewal, Olympian (Athletics) and Rajinder Singh Garewal (veteran sportsman) who have a rich pile of medals. Brig Dalip Singh carried the inaugural torch at the First Asian Games in 1951 at Delhi.

Garewals have created a special place in the field of law. G.S. Garewal rose to be Advocate General (Punjab), Mr Justice Gurnam Singh, Mr Justice S.S. Garewal, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal are other prominent names in judiciary. Sardar Gurnam Singh holds a unique record: Judiciary (Justice), Executive (Chief Minister), Diplomacy (High Commissioner). Several of Garewals were called to the Bar from the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn (U.K.)

The peace-loving and high-thinking ones have produced academics of merit. Dr J.S. Garewal stands as a symbol in this respect. As Vice-Chancellor of GND University he created a pride of place that elevated him to the top chair at the National Centre of Advanced Studies (Simla). As scientists, engineers, professors, scholars and doctors, the clan of Garewals is far ahead of other communities.

In the Civil Services, they made a mark during the Raj. Mr S. Partap, ICS, the legendary Deputy Commissioner of Lahore of the Shaheed Gunj agitational days cooled a communal volcano with tact, grit and patience. Many Garewals have made it to IAS/IPS/Allied Civil Services. S.S. Garewal (Punjab) to Gurdev Singh (Bihar) make a long list. Garewal daughters Ms Daljeet Garewal (Jaijee) and daughters-in-law Ms Serla (Khanna) Garewal provide pride to the clan of simple ploughmen of yesteryears.

The pure-hearted and peace-loving people have contributed their share to the world of spiritualism and mysticism. Baba Sawan Singh (Radha Soami, Beas) hailed from Mehma Singhwala Grewal family. Sant Randhir Singh belonged to Narangwal.

They have contributed to fine arts and films. Simi Garewal (Lalton Khurd) is a living legend in the world of Hindi and English cinema. Jagdev Singh Jassowal is a dynamic patron of folk artistes. He is the father of cultural mela movement of folk-arts.

In the domain of politics too, some Garewals hold distinction. Before Partition, only one Sikh could be a Cabinet minister. Mr Dasaundha Singh earned the berth. He was an advocate, hailing from Jhande- Baddowal.

Though the Garewals are spread out in five dozen villages of Ludhiana, they don’t have a majority. Despite this difficulty, a gentleman politician S. Gurnam Singh became Chief Minister. Mahesh Inder Singh Garewal was returned from Ludhiana-West to become a Cabinet Minister in 1997. The Garewals contributed three Prime Ministers to princely states: Jind — Shamsher Singh, KCIE, Major-Gen Baldev Singh; and Faridkot — Mr B.S. Garewal, ICS. He married Ruby (Rajbir Kaur), princess of Jind. Joginder Singh (PP) was the founder Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. Advocate Avtar Singh Garewal headed the Municipal Committee. Apinder Singh Garewal is the present Mayor of the Metro Corporation.


Ear care: Disease and prevention

ALLERGIES, infections, as well as injuries can affect the ears of your pet. Signs of these ear problems include: Odour, scratching or rubbing of ears and head, discharge in the ears, redness or swelling of the ear, shaking of the head or tilting it to one side, pain around the ears, changes in behaviour such as depression or irritability. The medical name for inflammation of earflap is "otitis externa." The symptoms of middle and inner ear infections are often similar to that of outer ear. As the infection progresses to the inner ear there may be a loss of balance, head tilt and even circling.

Causes of ear disease

Pets can have ear problems for many different reasons. These include possibility of allergies such as atopy, food allergy, ear mites, bacteria and yeast, foreign bodies, e.g., plant awns, trauma, hormonal abnormalities, e.g., hypothyroidism.

The normal, healthy ear has a good defence against the bacteria and yeast but if the ear environment changes due to allergies, hormone abnormalities, or moisture, these organisms, can greatly multiply and break down these defences. Bacteria and yeast could not ask for a better environment to live in than a warm, dark, moist ear canal. Dogs with heavy, floppy ears such as cocker spaniels may have ear problems due to excess moisture that builds up in their ears. Yeast can cause severe ear problems. Usually with a brown waxy exudate and a bad odour. Daily cleaning of the ears will help, but often these infections are difficult to treat, and special medications need to be given. Bacterial infections can also have a bad odour and often have a more yellowish exudate. If it's a severe or chronic condition, ear cleaning alone will not take care of the problem and antibiotics will almost always be necessary. So it is important to consult the vet for the right choice of antibiotics.

Ear problems caused by ear mites can cause a dry, dark, crumbly debris in the ear that resembles coffee grounds. For this condition, ear cleaning followed by an ear medication to kill mites will eliminate the problem, although the treatment may need to be continued over several weeks depending upon the product used.

Ear infections of the canal, if severe, can spread to the middle and inner ear, so prompt attention to the problem is always best. Regardless of the cause of the ear disease, you must always keep the ear canal clean.

Cleaning ears

Dog's ears are more L-shaped than those of humans leading to the collection of debris at the corner of the L. To remove this debris, fill your pet's ear canal with a good ear cleaner. Ear cleaners should be slightly acidic but should not sting. Massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds to soften and release the debris. Wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid with a cotton ball. Repeat this procedure until you see no more debris. Depending on your pet's ear condition, you may have to start out doing this twice a day. Cotton applicator swabs can be used to clean the inside of the earflap and the part of the ear canal you can see. They should not be used farther down in the ear canal since that tends to pack debris in the ear canal, rather than removing it. After the ear is clean, let the animal shake his head and allow some time for the ears to dry. Then you can apply any ear medication that may have been prescribed.

Preventing ear disease

The key to healthy ears is to keep them clean. Check your pet's ears weekly. A slight amount of waxy build up may be present in normal ears. If your dog swims a lot, has pendulous ears or a history of ear disease, routine cleaning (often once to three times per week) is recommended. Use the same procedure as described above. Excess hair around the ear can be clipped to allow more airflow. Treat any underlying condition that pre-disposes your pet to ear problems. Remember, if your pet is showing severe discomfort, the ears have a bad smell, or the ear canals look very abnormal, don't delay in contacting your veterinarian. If your pet has a ruptured or weakened eardrum, some ear cleansers and medications could do more harm than good. While not all middle and inner ear problems can be prevented, early diagnosis and treatment of outer ear infections, along with a good routine ear cleaning and care can avoid majority of them.

— Jaspreet Singh



SOS children’s villages of India
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 15
Many a middle-aged man like Jagir Singh is working for SOS along with orphans and abandoned children who had joined the SOS children’s village in the mid-’60s, and are well settled in life today contributing to the society by rendering their services as doctors and engineers. They all owe it to SOS children’s homes that had adopted them ,educated them and given them a sheltered and secure life.

SOS children’s village was the brainchild of an Austrian and presently headed by an Austrian, Helmut Kutin. The mission of SOS children’s villages of India is to help orphaned children by providing them with a family, permanent home, education, and a strong foundation for an independent and secure life.

SOS children’s villages of India is a non-political and non- denominational welfare organisation. It is a part of the world wide SOS children’s village movement and a member of the umbrella organisation, SOS Kinderoff International. SOS India now constitutes the largest operations in the worldwide SOS movement spread in 131 countries. The SOS gives the children a closest alternative to the natural family i.e. an SOS family where they find a mother, brothers and sisters to grow up with. Each SOS children’s village constitutes between 10 and 20 family homes. Within the security of a family, children can grow up into independent and responsible citizens of society.

Dr Hermann Gmeiner, the founder father of the SOS movement, visited India in 1963 at the invitation of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. He was greatly impressed with the programme and the organisation and in 1964 the first SOS children’s village was registered as a society and the first SOS village was established in GreenFields, on the outskirts of Delhi.

Presently the SOS is running 32 children’s villages and 122 allied projects, including facilities for Tibetan children. The organisation provides direct care to 15,000 children and indirect care through its various community projects, which include kindergarten’s/schools, social/medical/ vocational training and family helper programmes.

An SOS children’s village at Rajpura was started in September, 1996, in response to a great need to provide care to children who were orphaned and left homeless due to the earlier disturbed conditions of the state. Initially, the Government of Punjab donated 7 acres of land for its construction. As many as 31 children came home with their SOS mothers to live in five family homes. The selection of a mother is done after careful deliberation as the mother is the pivot in the family. Abandoned women or women with vocation opt for this role. It is a lifelong commitment for the mother. Mothers are trained for one year before they are given the charge of a family. This way the SOS is helping the needy women as well as the orphans

Presently, at Rajpura 153 children are living in aesthetically designed homes in red brick houses in beautiful landscaped gardens and open spaces. Children attend local schools. An in-house kindergarten takes care of pre-school education and prepares children for formal schooling. The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, visited the newly built Youth House attached to the children’s village complex. Appreciating the services of the SOS, he said, these homes were giving a new life to abandoned children all over the country. What the village is looking for is sponsors, friends and well wishers to give financial assistance by adopting a child. From Punjab there are only 100 sponsors. Earlier, a lot of foreign aid was coming, but over the years the aid is dwindling. The organisation feels that each state should be able to fund the SOS children’s village through sponsorships and donations. The Government of India has granted 100 per cent exemption from payment of income-tax on all donations to their organisation vide their notification.

The problem of needy children is gigantic. The generous Punjabis can sponsor a child by contributing either Rs 500 a month or Rs 6,000 a year. One can become a friend by contributing Rs 600 a year. One can make similar appeals to others as the problem of needy children is gigantic.


Festival of South Indian food
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Food holds an important place in the culture of a people. And that is what people at Park Plaza are trying to prove at the ten-day-long food festival of South Indian dishes. And it is not the dishes alone, but it is the entire south Indian ambience that has been created in the plaza.

According to Mr Harish Dayal, General Manager the purpose was to “make dakshin meet Punjab with simply South..chettinaddu food extravaganza”. He disclosed that a special master chef from Thiruvananthpuram, the heart of the culinary world, has come here to bring the chettinaddu spices to Punjab.

Mr Dayal, disclosed that the cuisine, known for its spicy, hot fare, hails from the deep southern region of Tamil Nadu. “It is a far cry from the bland cuisine of traditional Tamilian Brahmins and is one of the spiciest, and most aromatic available in India”, he remarked.

Although the Chettiars are well known for their delicious vegetarian preparations, there repertoire of food items is famous and includes all manner of fish and fowl and meats as well. Oil and spices are liberally used in cooking and most dishes have generous amounts of peppercorn, cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom, nutmeg, green and red chilies. Besides their is the ubiquitous coconut flavour felt everywhere.

The cheetinad menu includes dry fish fried with onions and spices, pepper chicken, poriyal, a curry and kuzambu which has the ingredients stewed in a gravy of coconut milk and spices. Besides, there is the common masala dosa, and other already known items. Says Mr Nipun Vig, manager, Food and Beverages, “our purpose is to tell and feed people more than the commonly held belief that South Indian food stops only at dosa, idli, wadda or sambhar”.

Not just food, but the atmosphere presents a typically South Indian atmosphere with South Indian numbers being played in the background and images of fish and net, canoes and thatch roofs set up everywhere.


MP distributes grants
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, September 15
At a cheque distribution function organised by Mr Isher Singh Meharban, a former minister, at the office of the Block Congress Committee, here yesterday, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, MP, Ludhiana, presented a cheque for Rs 14.35 lakh to the panchayat of Koom Kalan village and a cheque for Rs 1.5 lakh to the councillors of Ward Nos 7 and 2 for development purposes.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Ghalib said the days of the SAD-BJP government were numbered. He claimed that the Congress would return to power with full majority. Mr Meharban alleged that the law and order situation in the state had deteriorated under the present regime. Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, district president, Congress, asked the party workers to prepare themselves for the forthcoming elections. He also appointed Mr Surinder Kundra and Mr Baldev Singh Sahota as block presidents of Machhiwara and Mangat, respectively.

Mr Anil Sood, president, Nagar Panchayat, Machhiwara, criticised the Punjab Government for not sanctioning even a single penny for urban development. Later, the MP announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh from his discretionary quota for development of Machhiwara.

Among others who addressed the gathering were Mr Tejinder Singh Kooner, district vice-president, Congress; Mr Rajwant Singh and Mr Sohan Lal Sherpuri, both sarpanches of Chakli Adal and Sherpur Bet, respectively; and Mr Shakti Anand.


Checking adulteration through corruption?
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, September 15
As soon as a vehicle entered an ice factory situated in the main bazaar in Machhiwara last evening, the shopkeepers started putting their shutters down. There was fear all around. Every one was keen to know the identity of the occupants of the vehicle. After sometime a kiryana merchant entered the factory and approached the occupants. Many other shopkeepers, especially kiryana merchants, reached the spot soon. Inquiries revealed that the occupants of the car were in fact district health officials who had allegedly come to collect their monthly instalments under the pretext of collecting samples. The officials demanded Rs 7,000 from a kiryana merchant, but after “negotiations” they agreed to accept Rs 5,000 in utter disregard for the health of the consumers who purchase eatables.

After making some more queries, it was revealed that the team had taken a sample of tea leaves, glucose biscuits, one desi ghee and one dal. In another case, a deal was struck for Rs 1,500. Most of the small shopkeepers face this harassment and it was interesting to note that the officials did not visit the big shops and flour mills. According to sources those who send monthly instalments are usually spared.


Shots fired over property dispute
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 15
Gurcharan Singh and his son Kulwinder Singh of Kothe Sherjung have been booked under Sections 323, 148, 149 and 307 and IPC of the 25, 57, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in a property dispute case between Gurcharan Singh and his son on the statement of Raghbir Singh of Ajit Nagar.

According to the complainant, a truck driver, an altercation was going on between Gurcharan Singh and Babli. Gurcharan Singh in the heat of the moment fired shots from his .12 bore gun which hit Babli, Lakhbir Singh and Ramesh Kumar. When the complainant tried to intervene, he was attacked by Kulwinder Singh.

Child found: A female child of about five to six days was found lying abandoned in the fields of Kulwant Singh of Mullanpur.

The Dakha police has registered a case on the statement of Sadhu Singh, according to press note released by Mr Balkar Singh, SSP. The child, after treatment, has been admitted to Mother Teresa Ashram, Ludhiana, on the orders of the SDM (West).

Held: The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested a proclaimed offender Ram Singh of Irola village in UP under Section 302 of the IPC. It is pertinent to mention that the dead body of one Sukha of Irola was found some time back, near Malsihan Bajan. Both Sukha and Ram Singh used to sell ‘golgappas’ and later switched to selling cobs. According to a press note released by Mr Balkar Singh SSP, the deceased had illicit relations with Ram Singh’s wife.


Robbed: In a daylight robbery, a city trader was today robbed of Rs 10,000 at gun point by two persons in Tagore Nagar today morning. Kaushik Sharma, was allegedly looted by two persons when he was about to enter his house with the cash. He had returned from Delhi in the morning from a business trip. He came by train, picked up his scooter from the railway station and reached his home. However, just as he was opening the gate of his house two unidentified persons pointed a pistol at him and demanded the cash.

The robbers snatched his briefcase containing the cash and some papers and escaped away on a scooter. A case in this regard has been registered with the Haibowal police.


Bank staff involved in Rs 68 lakh fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
A fraud worth lakhs of rupees has been detected in Co-operative Bank, Salem Tabri branch here. As many as 13 employees of the same bank have been accused of being involved in the fraud. More heads are likely to roll in the near future, police sources claimed.

The fraud has been estimated to the tune of Rs 68 lakh. Sources said the figure was likely to grow after police as well as bank's investigation of the accounts of the hundreds of investors was completed.

According to an FIR registered at the Sadar Police station, 13 employees, including a woman, have been booked under the charges of forgery, cheating, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy.

The accused have been identified as Harbans Singh, Rajinder Pal Singh, Harmel Singh, Yogesh Kumar, Jatinder Mohan, Rajinder Kumar, Baldev Raj, Shamsher Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Darshan Singh, Harjit Singh, Harmohan Singh and Kamlesh Kumari. No one has been arrested so far.

According to the FIR registered on the complaint of the bank Manager, the accused employees allegedly defrauded the bank and several investors of at least Rs 68 lakh by forging documents. The accused allegedly committed the fraud by forging signatures of the investors and withdrawing huge amounts from the accounts of several investors. They also allegedly pocketed cash deposited by the investors and did not fill the entries in the records. The accused also allegedly made fictitious entries in the records.


City firm to sell herbal products
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 15
A complete range of Malaysian herbal products, including food supplements, will soon be available in the country with a city-based cycle parts manufacturing firm and Gano Excel Enterprise SDN BHd of Malaysia formally launching the products soon.

Mr Ashwani Prabhakar, Managing Director of the company, said initially the company would resort to direct selling and seven offices would be set up in different parts of the country to maintain a close coordination with the direct selling agents and consumers. The entire range of products, to be manufactured and packed in Malaysia would be analysed and tested at the CFTRI, Bangalore and Nutrition Laboratory, Hyderabad.

Mr Anil Mehta, General Manager of the company, said all products were based on herbs known as ‘Ganoderma’. ‘Ganoderma’, a kind of mushroom, is considered in China the king of all herbs, having properties to improve overall health and stamina, said Mr Mehta.

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