Friday, September 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Industrialist booked on forgery charge
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
In a case involving members of a well-known family of the city, the police has registered an FIR against an influential industrialist on charges of allegedly forging a will. The case has been registered on the complaint of a relative, who incidentally, will get half the property under the alleged forged will.

Gautam Sarup, owner of Marshall Industries, has been charged under Sections 420, 467 and 468 of the IPC by the city police on a complaint filed by his elder brother, Anand Sarup, a former officer of the IAS (UP cadre), who served on several key posts like Deputy Commissioner and was the first Vice-Chancellor of G.B. Pant Agricultural University. He retired as Education Secretary with the Government of India and is presently member of the academic council of Shantiniketan University.

While Mr Anand Sarup has, in the FIR, alleged that the accused had forged a will of his late father Shanti Sarup Sharma, which makes him the owner of half of its property, Gautam Sarup has termed the allegations as false and baseless. He has also questioned the authority of the police to register a case, which was already sub judice.

According to the FIR, Shanti Sarup Sharma, who died on November 5, 1999, had in a will, written in 1982 and notarised in 1992, distributed his property in seven parts among his seven children. The children were Leela Jetly, Anand Sarup, Pratibha Sharma, Manorma Pathak, Susham Trivedi, Aruna Minocha and Gautam Sarup.

Gautam Sarup, natural son of Shanti Sarup Sharma, was brought up by Mr Karam Narain and his wife Kesar Devi , who had adopted him. Their property was inherited by Gautam Sarup.

However, the property dispute arose when Gautam Sarup claimed to have a will of Shanti Sarup Sharma dated September 23, 1999, which divided the property into two shares. One goes to Gautam Sarup and the other to Kumari Ritu Sarup, a physically challenged daughter of the complaint Anand Sarup. The property dispute went to the court.

The latest turn in the dispute came when the complainant Anand Sarup, who despite automatically getting half the property, lodged a complaint with the police regarding the alleged forged will. He presented his case to the SSP, Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who ordered registration of a case. Mr Sarup said that the case in the court was regarding the ownership of the property, and as the will amounted to forgery, they reported the matter to the police.

Gautam Sarup, when contacted, termed the case as completely false and aimed to just harass him. He claimed that the case would be soon cancelled as it was already sub judice and the police had no locus-standi to take action.

He said he was involved in a legal battle with Anand Sarup, who was making such complaints to the police to harass him. Gautam Sarup also claimed that earlier some complaints were also filed against him but all were cancelled.

An interesting component of the conflict were the claims and counter-claims by the complainant and the accused over the statement of their sister, Mrs Leela Jetly. Her statement is of immense significance to the claim of the will being true or forged as her signatures as witness were present on the will.

Mr Anand Sarup has produced a sworn affidavit of Mrs Leela Jetly, which states that she never signed nor attested any such will. However, Gautam Sarup claimed that he also has a sworn affidavit of the woman, which contains her statement in his favour.

The police, meanwhile, has not done any further investigation in the case apart from registering a case on September 14. It has neither arrested the accused nor recorded the statement of the complainant.



City to have USAID-sponsored
 ‘climate protection programme’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
The industrial hub of Punjab is among 400 cities in the world which will have ‘Cities for Climate Protection Programme’ (CCP), sponsored by Regional Urban Development Office for South Asia of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and coordinated worldwide by the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI). The CCP, slated to commence from middle of next month, will aim for collaboration to explore and find innovative and cost effective solutions to environmental and urban management problems that also mitigate the emission of green house gases (GHGs).

A memorandum of understanding (MOU), which describes the CCP programme and role of the participating institutions will be signed in the next couple of days by Dr S. S. Sandhu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr James I. Stein, Director, Regional Urban Development Office of USAID and Mr Jin Yienger, International CCP Technical Programme Coordinator.

According to Dr Sandhu, the programme, except for providing part-time technical staff and logistic support at local level, will not entail any financial burden on the civic body and the entire funding for the two-year programme will be made by USAID and ICLEI. Under the project, the participants will develop GHG emission survey report for the city in order to formulate an environment and GHG reduction action plan and to initiate implementation of necessary measures for its execution.

Activities to be undertaken under the CCP programme over a period of two years will include an energy and emission analysis and forecast, formulation of an action plan that will identify appropriate measures and steps to be taken for implementation. The underlying purpose of the programme will be to improve energy efficiency in municipal buildings, street lighting or water treatment and pumping plants that results in cost savings of local government. It will also evolve measures to increase energy efficiency in buildings and residences and such steps that improve air quality, in addition to addressing transportation and traffic problems and improvement in waste management.

On its part, added Dr Sandhu, the MC will designate at least two staff members to coordinate the city’s involvement in the CCP programme, provide infrastructural support and information for completing the energy and emission survey in a time-bound fashion, ensure participation of designated staff in the orientation and training programme as well as workshops, conducted from time to time by the USAID and the ICLEI. Further, the MC will have to make a commitment that at least two of the measures identified in the action plan will be implemented at the end of 24 months’ period.

A full-time intern to work for six to nine months under the guidance of MC Commissioner for completion of energy and emission survey for the city and specially designed software and orientation training to the designated MC staff and the intern will be provided by the ICLEI. It will also arrange to organise a national training workshop and two regional workshops with participation of other cities, involved in the CCP programme and engage a full-time coordinator, based in Delhi to coordinate the activities in the five cities, participating in the programme, with back-up support from a senior technical adviser.

The ICLEI will also act as a nodal body to leverage funding from various national and international sources in coordination with the USAID for implementation of measures identified in the action plan, besides supporting development, documentation and dissemination of a CCP news letter.



Octroi abolition will not hit development,
claims Tandon
No civic employee to be retrenched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
The Punjab Local Bodies Minister, Mr Balramji Das Tandon, while indicating that a formal decision to abolish octroi will be announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on October 1, maintained that the apprehensions of the move affecting the development works or the fate of employees in any manner were unfounded and baseless.

Talking to mediapersons in the office of the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust here today, he made it clear that no civic employee would be retrenched after the octroi was abolished. “Each one of the 4,300-odd employees, deployed in the octroi wing of local bodies in the state will be adjusted in municipal services on priority and thereafter in other government departments.”

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of the Rajya Sabha Lala Lajpat Rai, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sat Pal Gosain, Chairman of the Improvement Trust Madan Mohan Vyas, were also present on this occasion.

Answering questions, Mr Tandon vehemently denied that octroi abolition was a political move. When asked as to why it took the government more than four years to take this decision, which was part of the election manifesto of the SAD-BJP combine in 1997, he explained that the state was not in the best of its financial health when the government assumed office. As a result of better administrative control and supervision, the revenue collection had tremendously improved. Once the economy had turned the corner, the government had lost no more time to fulfil its poll promise made with the electorate, he added.

On the resource mobilisation, the minister said that the trading community, at its series of meetings held with Mr Badal, his Cabinet colleagues and senior government officials had promised to make good half of Rs 530-crore annual income from octroi to the local bodies, while the rest would be raised by the state government through its own sources. The modalities for the alternative resource mobilisation were being formulated.

Mr Tandon said that the government would devise a foolproof mechanism to ensure that the funds collected from alternative sources and to compensate the local bodies for loss of octroi income were made available to them without any delay so that their routine work as well as the development projects did not suffer.

Mr Tandon later handed over appointment letters to 67 daily-waged employees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust who were regularised after having put in a minimum 15 to 20 years of service.



Markfed plans to export potatoes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
There may be a hope for potato growers of the state who are a disillusioned lot after facing a potato glut last year, if a plan chalked out by the Markfed to export certain varieties of potato goes well.

The Markfed has signed contract with some companies in foreign countries to export seeds and some varieties of potato grown by farmers. This was stated by the Managing Director of Markfed, Mr D.S. Bains, while he was speaking at a seminar organised at PAU here today.

The Markfed has already joined hands with various potato growers of the state and will export potatoes starting December 15 until August next year. It has shortlisted two export zones in the country, including Punjab and UP. The Punjab Government has agreed in principle to help encourage the exports and the Punjab AGRO has even provided 100 acres to the Markfed for potato seed production through the world famous “seed plot technique”.

Dr Bains said the Markfed had already got export orders from various countries, including the Gulf, SAARC and South East Asia. He said Indian varieties like K. Chandramukhi, K. Jyoti, K. Anand and K. Chipsona have been liked by these countries for their cosmetic appearance, shape, size and various other qualities like dry matter, specific gravity and sugar levels for their home market.

He said these properties of potatoes have generated a lot of interest in these countries. The Markfed has already received supply orders from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Mauritius, Bahrain, Kuwait, Doha and other Gulf countries.

The Markfed has tied with various organisations and farmer groups for large-scale supply of quality potatoes of best Indian varieties like Dasiree and Lady Rosatta and Atlantic, which are in great demand and are being marketed by European and Australian potato exporters to many Asian markets. Dr Bains said this year the Markfed was planning to move bulk potatoes by train racks to the stations near ports like Tuticorin, Kandla and Mumbai for maintaining regular supply and consistency.



Dhindsa for global approach to combat terrorism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today said a global approach was needed to combat terrorism which had assumed dangerous proportions. He welcomed the unanimous concern shown world over and the response generated against it after the Black Tuesday’s bombing on two US cities. He also disclosed that the Government of India had appointed one person in the USA specially for explaining to the people of America about the Sikhs, so that any misconceptions about them were removed.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating an open air theatre in Khalsa College for Women here today, Mr Dhindsa, while condemning the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and also the subsequent attacks on the members of minority community, particularly the Sikhs, pointed out the world had realised now that terrorism was no longer the problem of a particular country, but was a global phenomenon and had to be tackled like that.

He said, India’s stand was also vindicated ‘as we have been time and again trying to impress upon the world community to generate a response against terrorism’’. He pointed out the recent attacks had proved that nobody in the world, howsoever strong and powerful, was not immune to terrorist threats.

The Union minister also justified the Indian stand after the September 11 terrorist attacks and reiterated that India had offered all cooperation to America in its fight against terrorism. He observed it was necessary as only a joint and concerted effort could help in tackling this serious problem, which posed a grave threat to the very existence of mankind.

On the attacks on Sikhs in the USA, he said, both Government of India and the Punjab Government were seized of the matter and had already taken it up with the US Government. He regretted that the incidents which took place after the Black Tuesday's bombings should not have happened. But he also appreciated the prompt action taken after these incidents as one person had already been arrested in connection with the killing of a Sikh in Arizona.

Referring to the issue of seat sharing with the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly elections, Mr Dhindsa said it was too early to comment anything. However, he clarified the two alliance partners would contest the elections together and the winnability would be the main factor for fielding the candidates, irrespective of the party (Akali Dal or the BJP) he belonged to.

Mr Dhindsa, who is also the working president of the Punjab Olympic Association and the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Thirty Second National Games, reiterated that the national games would not be postponed again. These are scheduled to be held in November.

Earlier, Mr Dhindsa, inaugurated the open air theatre of Khalsa College for Women and devoted it to the 200 years ‘tajposhi’ celebrations of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Mr Dhindsa also devoted the technical education block of the college to Mr Inder Mohan Singh, member of the college committee, who passed away recently. He gave a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the college from his fund.

Mr Dhindsa said the government was determined to give 33 per cent reservation to women. He said in today’s world where girls were progressing in every walk of life they were surpassing the boys also. He said that presently private institutions were contributing more than the government institutions to improve the state of education in the country.

Ms Harrinder Kaur Dhillon, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest and read the report of colleges achievements in the field of sports, culture and education. Mr Amarjit Singh Chawla, member, Punjab Public Service Commission, and Mr Kuldeep Singh SDM (east) were present on this occasion.



Bush urged not to use N-weapons
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
The citizens of Ludhiana, including the educationists, doctors, lawyers, social activists, women activists and trade unionists, have urged the US President, Mr George.W. Bush, not to use the nuclear weapons to weed out the terrorists responsible for attacks on America.

They have sent a mail to President Bush stating that the use of force may punish some of those responsible for crime but will not address the core issue of global terrorism.

In a press release issued by Dr Arun Mitra, a member of Association for Prevention of Nuclear Wars, said that at a meeting of representatives of the citizens of the city, the participants condemned the terrorist attacks on the USA and discussed the situation arising out of this attack and its fall outs.

He said that a resolution was passed in the meeting and it was decided to sent a copy of it to the US Embassy and the UN. The resolution said the impending attack by the USA killing thousands of innocent people would be biggest ever after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The citizens said that it was necessary to distinguish between the acts of terrorism and its causes. ‘‘We are against aiding and abetting of all sorts of terrorism whether by certain groups or by countries, however, small, big or powerful, against any communities or countries’’.

‘‘Strongly condemning this act we feel that while tackling this, distinction has to be made between perpetrators of this crime and innocent people. Negotiations and just settlements of various conflicts around the world are the only long term guarantee for peace and against terrorism’’. stated the residents.

The citizens called upon the UN to intervene and play an effective role in in this hour of crisis. The meeting expressed concern over the grave danger from the existing stockpile of nuclear weapons. It said that it was high time that the nations possessing them should think on the lines of eliminating these things from the earth.

The meeting deplored the way Indian Government had acted in the whole affair. They should have observed more restraint before coming in support of the US administration whose own policies were so far not clear.

The meeting was chaired by Dewan Jagdish Chander and Mr Bharat Parkash, Principal Sirdul Singh, Principal F.C.Chopra, Mr S.Chibbar, advocate,Dr M.K.Mahajan (president, Indian Doctors for Peace & Development, Punjab), Mrs Rajinder and Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, (IDPD), Maj Sher Singh Auluck (retd) and Dr Shakti Kumar addressed the meeting.



Spurned suitor tabs girl, her brother
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
A youth, whose suit was rejected by a school girl, stabbed her and her brother at the Shimlapuri colony here today and attempted to burn them but was caught in the nick of time.

Baljinder Singh attacked Varinder Kaur and her brother outside a school with a knife and stabbed them several times. Both have been admitted in a hospital and said to be responding to the treatment.

The police said the youth had been arrested on the charge of attempt to murder. He had been allegedly harassing the girl for the past several weeks but his proposals had been put down by the girl. The police has seized a knife, a tin full of kerosene and a match box.



Hoax bomb call
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The police and mediapersons went in a spin when a call was received at the Focal Point police that a bomb has blasted in a bus full of passengers near Munidian Kalan village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road this morning.

The news spread like wild fire, and a police team rushed to the place. Mediapersons also reached the place. However, to their surprise no such incident took place. Even some senior officers rushed to the spot.

The police said it has taken serious view of the hoax call and has warned the rumour-mongers to mend their ways as the police had enough equipment to identify the hoax callers.



Wanted a few good Samaritans
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 20
Ludhiana may boast of tremendous affluence, yet there are some things that do not make the city proud. While it is claimed that the city is full of philanthropists, it has proved otherwise when it comes to helping a girl, hardly in her twenties and suffering from blood cancer. After Ludhiana Tribune carried a story on her, only students have come forward to her help, while most self-acclaimed philanthropics have maintained a silence.

Ms Rajatdeep Kaur, president, Rotaract Club, which comprises students of the Government College for Women, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said that after reading an article on Gagandeep Kaur in the paper students of the college decided to help her in every possible way. She said,” I was touched by her plight. The girl, a resident of BRS Nagar, is suffering from blood cancer and needs bone marrow transplant, which requires a huge amount of money. It is definitely not possible for her parents to provide treatment on their own as theirs is a middle-class family. All our friends decided to do something for her and for such a noble cause, our families and friends encouraged us “.

The Rotaract Club members have already approached the Rotarians in all districts to help her in her struggle against the disease. Rajatdeep Kaur said,”We got a letter printed in which the plight of Gagandeep Kaur was mentioned. We requested people to raise funds and contribute their share to save her life. The letter has been circulated in all districts in Punjab. We are getting response from Amritsar, Jalandhar and Lohian”.

It may be mentioned that the students have already collected Rs 35,000. They said they were approaching other educational institutes of the city to raise more funds. “Mr Sanjiv Kataria and Mr Dalbir Makkar have been really helpful in raising funds. Through the internet, we have also approached Rotary Clubs in the USA for providing monetary help to the patient, as the family had already spent Rs 12 lakh on the treatment and was bearing weekly expenditure of Rs 20,000 per week. The NRIs have always been very helpful and we definitely expect good response from them”, said the president of the Rotaract Club.

The students have also appealed to send drafts and cheques in favour of ‘Rotaract Club Government College For Women’. Ms Rajatdeep Kaur said, “People can contact the family at telephone number 310800 at their residence B-423, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar”.

When contacted, Ms Sarabjit Kaur, Gagandeep’s mother, said doctors had suggested that their daughter needed early treatment. “They have told us to take her to the USA within next few days, otherwise it might prove too late”, she added. It is worthwhile to mention that the family has already sold their sweetmeat shop, car and all jewellery on the treatment of ailing Gagandeep Kaur in the hope that their efforts, coupled with some miracle, may save her life.



Lecture series on good parenting begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
A lecture series on good parenting was inaugurated at Lovely Lotus Nursery School, BRS Nagar, here today.

Addressing the parents, Ms Harpreet Gill, counsellor, said parents should try to develop self-esteem and self-confidence in their children. Will power, enthusiasm and responsibility were other virtues to be infused into them, she added. She taught the parents the art of active listening and effective speaking.

Ms Gill emphasised that the child should not be criticised but politely told the difference between the right and wrong. She told them how to cope with the child’s negative feelings of frustration, disappointment and anger. She gave them the way they should set firm limits and still maintain goodwill.

Ms Gill said parents believed that when they send their wards to school, their responsibility was over and the school would take care of the rest, but new technology and changed needs had forced them participate in a more fullsome manner in the process of child’s education. After the lecture, individual counselling of parents relating to different problems was also held.



Sarup Singh Alagh: a writer with a mission
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Sarup Singh Alagh is a writer with a mission. He has already published 25 books and distributed them all free of cost. His focus remains on Sikhism. He has undertaken the mission of spreading the message of Sikhism across the world which is why he distributes thousands of copies, free of cost across the continents.

He has represented India in several international seminars on culture, civilisation, history and language. Dr B.S. Bagga in a tribute to Alagh said, “For the past 30 years, the readers have been reading his interesting and valuable articles and writings related to the Panjabi language and Sikh religion, which are thought provoking and brought out after thorough research”.

His books include Hair Power (about the significance of kesh), Excellence of Sikhism, Glimpses of Harimandir, An Introduction to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Creation of Khalsa- A Turning Point, Bhagat Contributors of Guru Granth Sahib. These books have been published in Punjabi, English and Hindi. Some of her books have even been published in Bengali as well. Most of his books have had several editions. Some of books have been serialised in various newspapers.

Born in Dora Badhal village, now in Pakistan, on January 1, 1936, Alagh has done masters in history, Urdu, economics, English and Punjabi. He did his doctorate from Washington.



Journalists condemn attack
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
A meeting of the staff of a Punjabi press was held to condemn the attack on Punjabi journalists at Circuit House in Jalandhar yesterday. They demanded that action should be taken against the guilty.

The meeting was attended by Mr Paramjit Singh, Editor, Kaumantri Punj Darya, Mr Jaswant Singh, journalist with the same magazine, Mr Ravi Inder Singh Makkar from Ajit, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sachdeva from Jagbani and other prominent Punjabi journalists.



2 arrested for attack on police party
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 20
Surjit Singh alias Jeeta, of Khurshaidpur and Kali, alias Sukha, of Kulgehna were arrested by the Sidhwan Bet police for attacking a police party with gandasa and sword when the police asked them to stop at a naka on the Poharowal-Bassian road. Both were on a scooter.

The police has registered a case under Sections 307, 353, 332, 186 and 34 of the IPC against them.

At other two places, the Sidhwan Bet police has seized poppy husk. Pal Singh and Tehal Singh of Kulgehna village fled leaving their scooter behind with 10.5 kg of poppy husk when the police party, tried to stop them near Sidhwan Kalan. The police also arrested Jaswinder Singh, Binder, of Dhothar along with Satti, Sattu, of Kulgahna with 15 kg of poppy husk in a Bajaj Chetak scooter (PB 33A 5148) near the Thaat Bharowal bridge canal. Separate cases have been registered.

Liquor seized

About 34680 ml of illicit liquor was seized from Gurjit Singh and Dara Singh of Gorsian Khan Mohammad village by the Sidhwan Bet police. A case has been registered.

Gambler held

The police has arrested Sham Lal of Mohalla Bhogian from municipal park where he was alluring people to invest in number game to multiply money. The police has recovered from his possession Rs 150 in cash and slips of numbers. A case has been registered under Sections 13A, 3 and 67 of Gambling Act.



Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Gurtej Singh, driver of a school bus, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Phullewal village, near here, last night.

The body of the bus driver was found under a tree outside the village by some persons. According to the police, the deceased belonged to Jhunir village in Mansa district and was living with some relatives here.


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