Thursday, October 11, 2001,Chandigarh, India


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Safeguard sanctity of gurdwaras: Talwandi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
The SGPC chief Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, has called upon members of the SGPC and the managements of the gurdwaras in the state to take all possible measures to safeguard the sanctity of the gurdwaras and ensure that no sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib Birs is committed.

In a letter to the members of the SGPC and the managements of the gurdwaras, Mr Talwandi expressed his concern over the incidents of sacrilege, which had hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs.

Mr Talwandi alleged that the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and humiliation of the Sikh Panth had been done in the past in a planned manner. But this time there was a direct attack on Guru Granth Sahib.

The SGPC President urged upon members of the SGPC and the managements of gurdwaras that it was their duty to safeguard the sanctity of Guru Granth Sahib with all determination.

He suggested that all historic gurdwaras and village gurdwaras should be fully protected from any attack. Sevadars with ‘barchhas’ should be posted at all gurdwaras and the members of the SGPC should maintain their rapport with the gurdwaras of the area.

Mr Talwandi further said they (members of the SGPC) should keep an eye on anti-Sikh elements and their information should be supplied to the SGPC and they should launch ‘Amrit prachar’ campaign in their constituencies.

The members of the SGPC should help in enrolling the Sikhs as voters for the general house. The members of the SGPC should further propagate ‘hukamnamas’ of Akal Takht issued from time to time and the implementation of the same should be ensured, he emphasised.

Meanwhile, Mr Talwandi said the SGPC had printed 40 lakh forms for enrollment of Sikh voters for the general house elections of the SGPC and the same were available from the head office of the SGPC at Amritsar. The SGPC had already started distributing the forms to members and the organisations of the Sikhs.

The SGPC chief was perturbed over the incidents of the burning of the “Birs” and was also not happy with the role of the five Sikh high priests in this regard.

He already conveyed his displeasure to the five high priests and they had convened a meeting on October 12 at Amritsar to discuss the issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.

Mr Talwandi is also sore that Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti did not bother to return to Amritsar from his foreign tour when the Sikh Panth was faced with serious crisis. Mr Talwandi had to reprimand the Akal Takht Jathedar and only then he returned to Amritsar on October 7 after a two-month tour of foreign countries.

The Sikh high priests are likely to summon those Sikh leaders, including Akali ministers, who had been meeting Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawale even after he was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth in 1998 by Bhai Ranjit Singh, the then Jathedar of Akal Takht.


Panel on ‘Bir’ issue advocated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today favoured the constitution of a panel of retired judges for probing the issue related to the burning of “Birs” across the state and the relationship of various leaders belonging to different political parties with the controversial sect leader and the author of Bhavsagar granth, Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Tohra insisted that the three judges on the panel should be retired so that they could not be influenced by the government in any way. Besides, he observed, they should also be Sikhs, since the issue related to Sikh religion.

Mr Tohra also doubted the sincerity of the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in seeking opinion from him to solve the issue. Responding to the statement of Mr Badal seeking suggestions from Panthic Morcha leaders like Mr Tohra, he said, “I do not know the mobile number of Mr Badal, but he knows mine and he is always welcome”. He remarked in a lighter vein, “since the mobile does not work in my village I can wait for a couple of hours at the GT Road to receive Mr Badal’s telephone call”.

However, the former SGPC chief observed that Mr Badal was issuing such statement just in order to mislead the public. “I am sure that he never meant to seek opinion from others and evolve a consensus to solve the issue”, he alleged, while claiming that he was also responsible for patronising Baba Bhaniara.

Without directly naming Mr Badal, he asked who had patronised Baba Bhaniara. He alleged that the controversial Baba was being given special treatment in the jail and was talking to journalists from inside the jail. “Can anyone without patronisation from the top do that?”, he asked. He claimed that Baba Bhaniara was in the same league as of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal and Dr Jagjit Singh Chauhan who were also brought here by Mr Badal to serve his own interests.

He regretted that all such incidents harming the interests of the Sikhs were taking place during the Akali regime. “This has happened only because Mr Badal has deviated from the Panthic path”, he claimed, while adding, “this is the reason why I have always insisted that the Akali Dal chief should not head the government”. Explaining his stand, he said, Akali Dal is unlike other political parties as it represents the interests of the Sikh panth, while the government is the representative of the people. So these two jobs need to be separate. “If these were separate this situation would not have a risen”, he observed.

Mr Tohra also said the Centre should make arrangements for the evacuation of about 15,000 Sikhs stranded in Afghanistan. He disclosed that according to his information thousands of Sikhs and Hindus who were not possessing passports were not being allowed by Pakistan to enter that country for their onward journey to India. “Centre should talk to Pakistan government as these people are feeling helpless in the face of indiscriminate bombing”, he said.


Badal’s silence resented

The District Congress Committee (rural) president, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, and the vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, on Wednesday criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Paraksh Singh Badal, for his silence on the issue of burning of “Birs” across the state.

In a joint statement issued here, Mr Lapran and Mr Tikka said Mr Badal had not visited any of the places where the “Birs” had been burnt. They pointed out that in June, 1993, when akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib had been disrupted in Gurdwara Gurusar in Gujjarwal village, the then Chief Minister, Beant Singh had personally visited the gurdwara and tendered an apology.

The Congress leaders supported the demand of the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, seeking a judicial probe into all incidents to bring the truth before public.


Acts of sacrilege must not go unpunished’
Kuldip Bhatia
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
The Bharatiya Janata Party Kisan Morcha, SAD(B) councillors, the Sikh Central Board and scores of other religious and social bodies have strongly condemned the unfortunate incidents of the burning of “Birs” at several places in the state and have urged the state government to deal firmly with the situation and give exemplary punishment to the culprits who were making nefarious attempts to disturb peace and harmony in Punjab.

Mr Jaswant Singh Chhapa, convener, BJP Kisan Morcha, said in a statement here today that those behind the burning of Guru Granth Sahib were enemies of humanity and needed to be hanged. Blaming the Congress for trying to draw political mileage from the blasphemous acts, he asked the government to order a high-level probe to identify the culprits.

In a joint statement, the SAD(B) councillors and other party activists, while condemning the incidents of sacrilege against the holy Guru Granth Sahib, called upon the government to book the culprits under Section 302, IPC. Those responsible for these reprehensible acts had not only committed crime against Guru Granth Sahib, the Guru of the Sikh community, but had also deeply hurt the religious sentiments of the entire Sikh Panth.

Among the signatories to the statement are Mr Kulwant Singh Dukhia, group leader, SAD(B) councillors, Mr Hakam Singh Giaspura, Dr Parshottam Lal Verma, Mr Kashmir Singh Sheera, Mr Arjun Singh Cheema, Ms Manjit Kaur Gogi, Ms Harpreet Kaur and Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, all councillors, Mr Pritpal Singh, president, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran, Mr Kishan Singh Lyallpuri, president, Gurdwara Shaheedan, Mr Balwinder Singh, advocate, Mr Amar Singh Shamsher, president, Guru Gobind Singh Sewa Society, Mr Inderjit Singh, chairman, Mr Sujan Singh, president, Gurdwara Chhewin Paatshahi, Mr Bikram Singh Malhotra, general secretary, Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, and Mr Jasbir Singh Sethi, president, Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarb Sanjha Punjabi Bagh.

Mr Harmohan Singh, president and Mr Karnail Singh Totla, general secretary, Sikh Central Board, Punjab, while vehemently condemning the torching of Birs, have urged the state government to order an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into all the aspects of the tragic incidents so as to bring the culprits to book and punish them for the heinous crime.

The office-bearers of the board were critical of the delay by the government in initiating action against those behind the acts of sacrilege. “The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, maintained a studied silence for almost a week after the first incident of Bir burning.” They said if the government had swung into action immediately, the mischievous acts could have been curbed before these could hurt the emotions of millions of devout people.

In another joint statement, the Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society, the Khalsa action committee, the Sikh Students Federation, Dal Khalsa, the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat and the Sikh Nari Manch have also expressed their strong resentment against the sacrilegious acts. They have also called upon the district police to immediately arrest the city-based supporters and followers of self-styled Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara without any delay.


Protest by ITI students
Our Correspondent

Samrala October 10
The students of the local branch of the ITI took out a procession through main bazars of the town today in protest against the burning of “Birs” of Guru Granth Sahib. Carrying banners and placards, they raised slogans against Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala and his followers. They also burnt his effigy in front of the institute, and demanded registration of a murder case against him under Section 302 of the IPC.



Musharraf has betrayed Islam, say Muslim students
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
Like most of their counterparts across the world, Ludhianvi Muslims also seemed to be faced with a dilemma. Although they have all sympathies for their Afghan brothers, yet they also do not approve of the Taliban regime’s stubbornness in not handing over Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the World Trade Center bombing on September 11, to America.

Ludhiana, which was a Muslim majority town at the time of Partition, has a considerable population of Muslims. About 5 lakh Muslims, most of them from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, are said to be currently living here. A number of them regularly get together on every Friday to offer prayers at the historic Jama Masjid located in the Field Ganj area.

A ‘madarsa’ is also being run in the Jama Masjid where nearly 150 students learn Islamic studies under the guidance of Shahi Imam Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi. According to him, the students are imparted religious education only and nothing else.

However, like every Muslim, rather every human being who is aware of the Afghan-American war, they also feel concerned. Moreover, the students seem to be so aware that they speak with conviction and argue at each point which they want to put through. Remarks Mohammad Abid, a 12-year-old student, “Like we condemned the bombing of World Trade Center and the Pentagon which led to killing of thousands of innocent persons, so we condemn the bombing on Afghan civilians who are equally innocent”.

Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman, who belongs to a nationalist family, which had preferred to stay back in India at the time of Partition despite all odds, said their focus remains only on imparting religious education to the students. Maulana’s pacifism apart, some students have also radical views about America. They pointed out that America had been supporting the Jews in Israel against the Palestinians, who are struggling for their homeland. So many Muslims are killed daily, why does not world talk about that?, asks Mohammad Muradu, who is also a student of the religious studies in the ‘madarsa’.

The students are also angry with Pakistani military ruler General Parvez Musharraf, who they charge with betrayal of Islam. “By siding with the Americans in the war against Afghans, Musharraf has set the worst example of betrayal in Islamic history”, remarked an angry Mohammad Aftab. He pointed out that Pakistan was claiming itself to be the champion of Islamic interests across the globe and now it had sided with the oppressors of Muslims.

Another student Mohammad Abid had another point regarding Kashmir. “Those who had been erroneously believing Pakistanis to be the guardians of the interests of the Kashmiri Muslims, should realise that if they (Pakistanis) can betray the Afghans, they can betray the Kashmiri Muslims as well”, he pointed out.


Security beefed up in Punjab
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, October 10
High alert has been sounded in Punjab following the US attacks on the Taliban and the earlier terrorist attacks on World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the USA.

A highly-placed source in the state administration said here today: “We have been on high alert since Black Tuesday.” The security had been tightened in the state and all vital installations vulnerable to terrorist attacks were being protected and even the high risk VIPs are being provided tightened security. Security at the airports has also been beefed up, said the source.

According to intelligence reports, main leaders of Punjab terrorist outfits namely Wadhawa Singh and Mehal Singh (Babbar Khalsa International), Paramjit Singh Panjwar (KCF Panjwar), Gajindera Singh (Dal Khalsa International) and Lakhbir Singh Rode (International Sikh Youth Federation) continue to be based in Pakistan.


Mona Lisa’s turn to sell shoes!
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Leonardo di Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ being used by a shoe manufacturing company to promote its product.

Ludhiana, October 10
Attracting customers to a particular brand through obscene and vulgar advertisements is common practice. These days advertisers have developed a new concept. They have started relating their products with masterpieces. A shoe company has used Leonardo di Vinci’s Mona Lisa to promote its brand.

In the advertisement, Mona Lisa is holding the shoe of a particular brand. The advertisement can be seen on electronic display boards at various famous departmental stores and markets in the city. The advertisement is trying to show that the brand is as good as the masterpiece.

Mr Harish Sharma says it seems that selling the product at any cost has become the motto. He adds that companies can cross any limit to capture space for their product in the market. He rues that upholding high standards of ethics for advertising products is no longer a general practice.

A shopkeeper on whose electronic display board the advertisements are being shown says the company pays them handsomely for displaying their advertisement. It does not matter to him whether this advertisement is copied from any masterpiece of any maestro. He is of the view that it is the duty of the advertisers to think of the pros and cons of an advertisement”

A few years back, it was the code of ethics for advertisers that in a newspaper an advertisement of two different brands of a product could not appear on the same page. But today, we have come far from that code of ethics. Now the counter arguments have been given in the advertisement to prove the superiority of a particular brand. Exposing the human body to promote a product has become common.

Visualisers in any advertisement agency can be asked to produce an idea which appeals to people to achieve the set sales target of a company. Instead of snubbing the client for giving any vulgar idea, he is assisted properly to develop the idea. The adverse impact of the advertisements on adolescents are ignored in the brand war.

Mr Kundan Lal Kwatra says it appears as if there is no social responsibility of advertisers. He adds that they do not require to give a single thought before releasing any advertisement which can have many adverse affects. It seems as if there is no check or penalty on them, he states.

The Advertisement Standard Councils of India hears complaints against objectionable advertisements. Nothing substantial is being done to stop misleading advertisements.


Big response to recruitment rally
A Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
About 1,000 candidates were shorlisted on the first day of the recruitment rally of the Territorial Army here today. Candidates between the age of 20 and 25 years had come here from Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pardesh.

The candidates seemed excited and each one of them wanted to perform his best during the physical test. They had started lining up for the recruitment since early morning outside the gates of the unit. Some of them were those who could not make it to the Army, but still had the zeal to wear olive green. There were others like Harjit Singh from Hoshiarpur, who wanted to join Army as their elders had done.

There were certain others who had come there to try their luck because of some other reasons. Nirmal Singh, one of the aspirants said after doing ITI he wanted to go abroad for a job. He even payed Rs 4 lakh to an agent who had promised to send him Italy, but with other 150 boys he never reached there and now he wished to join the Territorial Army.

In all 246 men will be recruited in three days. About 932 men were made to run in the first half of the day out of which 552 cleared the run. According to an Army officer the response was above expectation. There were about 20 to 25 candidates from Mandi district and about 150 from Ludhiana.

The basic requirements to join Territorial Army are: 160 cm height, 50 kg of weight and chest expansion 5 cm. The cadets have to undergo various physical tests. First of all they are made to run for 1,600 m and those who complete this run successfully in the given time go for beam test , balance walking and long jump.

At the end cadets have to jump over a nine foot ditch without any support. Those who meet the physical standards appear in medical test. Finally the cadets are recruited by an interview board and the commanding officer.

Within 15 days of shortlisting, candidates are called for the training in various units. Initial training is for one month and after that one has to attend a two-month Annual Training Camp every year.


Tohra loyalists join SAD (B)
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
More than one dozen activists of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, led by former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra, have quit their party to join the ruling SAD-(B). The new entrants to the party were welcomed at a function organised by the district Akali Jatha (Urban) at Vishwakarma Colony here last evening. The acting president of district unit of the party, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, and Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, director, Markfed, presented siropas to new party members.

Mr Amar Singh Toor, Mr Kulwant Singh, Mr Navdeep Singh Toor, Mr Gagandeep Sharma, Mr Ranbir Singh Rana, Mr Navdeep Singh Nony, Mr Varinder Sharma, Mr Mandep Singh, President, Khalsa College Unit, Mr Sukhjinder Singh Sukha, president, Arya College unit, Mr Devinder Singh Gill, Mr Jatinder Dhir and Mr P.K. Dhir, while announcing their decision to join the party, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, expressed confidence that the SAD-BJP coalition government would be once again voted to power and would continue the good work that had been done during the last four years.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Makkar observed that the atmosphere of peace and mutual trust, created by the government to usher in the state a new era of development and prosperity, was sought to be disturbed by Congress and other ‘anti-Panth’ forces, under a well-thought out plan. Mr Dhillon warned the Opposition parties and other miscreants to desist from committing sacrilege of the holy Guru Granth Sahib. He made an appeal to the members of Sikh community to keep a strict vigil on the security set up at gurdwaras and also to observe restraint in the face of provocations.

Mr Dhillon further assured the new entrants to the party that they would be given places of pride in the party and entrusted with suitable responsibility to serve the organisation in an effective manner.

Mr Ujagar Singh Chhapa, Mr Tirath Singh, Mr Ajit Singh Batra, Mr Inderpreet Singh Bhattal, Mr Aamrjit Singh Baghi, Mr Kuldip Singh Khalsa and Mr Kashmir Singh also addressed the function.


Bank employees decry amendments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
Bank employees will oppose the government’s proposed amendments in the Trade Union Act, which have been introduced in Parliament. The amendments aimed to deprive workers of their rights concerning wages, service conditions, superannuations benefits, and job security.

These views were expressed by union leaders at a meeting held here yesterday. The meeting was organised by the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Ludhiana. Addressing the employees, Mr Naresh Gaur, district secretary of the Federation, said ‘‘In the name of ‘reforms’, the government is privatising the public sector undertakings and selling them cheap. The unrestricted entry of foreign capital and retrenchment of labour are some of the important steps that are in the process of implementation notwithstanding agitation and opposition against them.’’

He said the privatisation of banks had been one of the foremost agenda of the authorities and a Bill had been introduced in Parliament last year on December 13, in the face of stiff opposition from all political parties. All these anti-people measures were taken up as per the dictates of the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO.

The speakers resented that ever since the reforms were introduced in 1991, lakhs of factories have closed down, resulting in massive unemployment and widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. The production has slowed down to the extent of recording a negative growth.

They said during the last monsoon session, the government had introduced amendments in the Trade Union Act, which would make registration of the unions almost impossible. The new definition of ‘workman’ would be restricted to all wage earners with a monthly income of Rs 6500 and less. No strike will be allowed to take place without the government supervision.

Mr Gaur said Section 9A of the ID Act, which presently requires 21 days notice by the employer to the employees before changing the service conditions, will be deleted. For retrenchment purposes, the staff limit has been raised from 100 to 1000. The employers will be allowed to retrench workers or close down the industrial unit without needing any government permission. The outsourcing of jobs will also be given legal sanction. All appointments will be for a limited period, the liability for superannuation benefits will be reduced to nil. The DA could be frozen and the pension policy will be reviewed, he added.

Condemning the government’s anti-women workers policy, he said the women workers will be required to work up to 10 p.m. in some fields. They may be asked to work even in night shifts. The interest rate on provident fund has been drastically reduced, Mr Gaur said.

The speakers resented that Supreme Court had virtually provided legal sanction to many anti-worker policies by managements.


Leads a bitter life, sells sweet candies
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, October 10
“I am running high temperature and still have trudged about 20 km carrying this 8-kg candy machine on my head. The day has been singularly unlucky. I have been able to sell candy worth Rs 70 only and out of this amount I have spent Rs 50 on sugar for making candy,” said Bhiku, a candy seller.

This correspondent asked him that if he was not well, why did he not take a rickshaw home. He replied, “Greed is inherent in all of us. It is my greed that stops me. I may be able to sell some more candy sticks while going home. I cannot afford a rickshaw as it is a luxury for people like us. Our life is a life of hard work and pain. When it is the harvesting season we go home. After it is over we come back and start selling candies. Divali is the only time when I spend money on buying new clothes, sweets and a few crackers.”

The fluffy candies, always a favourite of children, used to be sold many decades back in a small tin box with glass on one side, through which the soft yellow and pink candy balls attracted children. Bhiku said the cost was not more than Rs 2 and he used to sell the candy at 5 paisa each. Reminiscing over the past, he said, “Those were the days when we earned less, but things were cheaper and we led a more comfortable life. These days I sell the candy on the stick for Rs 5 and make Rs 200 to Rs 300 on certain days, but with increased traffic, obnoxious fumes and travelling on foot for about 25 km a day, life is becoming increasingly difficult. Most of the times we are plagued with cough.”

He could not give an estimate of the total number of candy sellers in the city, but he said there were about 50 of them living in Abdullah Basti behind the bus stand. He said, “I spend around Rs 100 on the ingredients. The candy making machine is the same as used years ago. We put in sugar, colour and stick and rotate the handle. Through the holes, the fine mesh-like frothy sugary is either made into small soft balls or given shapes like telephone, car and doll. The candy shaped into figurines sells better. We have to keep up with the time or candy floss will lose its appeal and we will be out of business.”


Over 1,200 phones out of order
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
Over 1,200 telephones under the Dholewal Exchange became non-functional due to theft of cable in Jugiana Sub-Exchange.

One of the department officials on the condition of anonymity said subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) along the GT Road and in Dholewal Chowk and Dhandari Kalan areas were facing tough time due to these ‘dead’ phones. He said the thieves had stolen the wire on Sunday night.

The official said they had already informed the police about the theft. 


Check sought on gas pilferage
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 10
The Ludhiana Gas Consumers Association has urged the government to direct gas companies to put a foolproof seal on LPG cylinders to keep a check on pilferage of gas by agencies and their employees and to ensure accountability of companies for full weight of the cylinder.

Mr C.S. Ahuja, president of the association, said,‘‘ The supply of cylinders with less gas has been going on unabated. The consumers are losing Rs 20 to 30 per cylinder due to less weight. The companies should put foolproof seals alike the seal on soft drink bottles, with date and name of the bottling plant engraved on it.’’

In a letter written to Mr Ram Naik, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Ahuja pointed out that despite a number of reminders, the oil companies had never given it a thought, fearing accountability. He urged the minister to direct the companies to put these seals at the earliest.


Police official injured
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 10
In a collision between a Maruti car and a Mahindra Jeep near Neelon bridge on Monday, Mr Kulwinder Singh, an ASI posted at the local police station, was seriously injured.

The car, in which the police official was travelling, caught fire after the collision. Policemen deployed at Garhi Tarkhana checkpost, dragged him out of the burning car. The ASI was admitted to CMC Hospital, Ludhiana and is reportedly out of danger.


Two booked for digging pit
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
The Model Town police has booked Hoshiar Singh and Madhru, residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, under Section 133 of the IPC for digging a 16-feet deep and 6-feet wide pit near Dhandra Road in Dugri. Traffic on the Dhandra Road was being adversely affected due to the pit.

One assaulted
The division number 3 police registered a case under sections 324,323,341,148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sonu, a resident of Manohar Nagar, against Sarwan, Rimpu, Gola and two unknown persons. The complainant stated that the accused had attacked and injured him, as a result of which he had to be admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Knives seized
The police seized a kamanidar knife from Nirmal Singh, resident of a village in Sangrur district . An FIR has been registered against him under sections 25,5 and 59 of the Arms Act.

In a similar case, an FIR has been registered under section 25 of the Arms Act at the Haibowal police station against Ajay Kumar, a resident of Laxmi Nagar. A kamanidar knife had been seized from his possession.

Car recovered
A stolen Zen car ( CH-03E-15-A) was recovered by the CIA Headquarters from Rajiv Kumar, resident of Khokhri in Mansa district. The car had been stolen from Chandigarh and an FIR had been registered under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC in this connection on October 9 at the division number 5 police station.

Woman attacked
A case has been registered at the Model town police station under Sections 452, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC against Balwant Singh, a resident of Mallewal and another person on the complaint of Ms Amarjit Kaur, resident of Punjab Mata Nagar. She alleged that the accused had forcibly entered her house, beaten her up and threatened her with dire consequences.

The Model town police has arested Jaspal Singh, resident of Partap Singh Wala, Balbir Singh, resident of Dugri, and Suresh, resident of Phullanwal, for parking their vehicles, a Tata-407, a scooter and a tractor in the middle of the road and harassing the public by jamming traffic. the accused have been booked under Section 283 of the IPC.

Two booked
An amount of Rs 1660 and a pack of playing cards were recovered from Radhe Sham and Ajit Singh, residents of J block, BRS Nagar, and Arun Kumar, resident of Sunet. The accused have been booked under sections 13,3 and 67 of the Gambling Act at the Sarabha Nagar police station.Back


‘World economy has been hit’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 10
The world economy will be hit hard and there will be a global slowdown of the economy. This impression was given by Mr Gian Chand Dhawan, a leading hosiery exporter and former chairman, Hosiery Exporters Association, after his return from a tour of the USA.

Dr Dhawan said today that the hotel industry and tourism along with the civil aviation were the worst hit in the USA after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11. The airlines resorted to large-scale retrenchment and because of fear among the Americans. The airports were also lying deserted.

He revealed that he travelled from the USA to London in the United Airlines on his return journey and there was hardly 25 per cent occupancy of the same. The people were using the trains and other road transports. America has the largest airlines industry in the world.

As regards the retaliation by the USA, Mr Dhawan said there were two schools of thought in that country. One was for the retaliation, and followers of Osama bin Laden should be taught a lesson while the other group felt that this would not bring normalcy in the country soon and they would be on the high alert all the time giving rise to the slowdown of the economy. Since America is the largest trading country in the world, any loss of economy in that country would hit the worldwide economy, he points out.

A taste of security in the United Airlines was provided by him as he disclosed that he was carrying a nailcutter. Similarly, he was not allowed to carry a thermometer in the plane and he was told this “carries mercury”.

Mr Dhawan said despite demolition of the World Trade Center and fear among Americans, there was a spirit of unity among them and this was evident from the sale of American flags. There was a huge sale of American flags and all buildings, vehicles and business centres had flags of the USA. One store alone sold as many 60 lakh American flags after September 11.

Regarding business prospects Mr Dhawan said that the situation was uncertain and there was no likelihood of things picking up in the near future. There was uncertainty about future transactions. After the disintegration of the society union, the Indian Hosiery Manufacturers had made inroads in the USA and European markets. 

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