Friday, November 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



Sidhwan canal dying a  slow death
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A water body is always a source of attraction but visitors to this city, especially participants of the 31st National Games, are dismayed at the polluted Sidhwan Canal and its dirty banks, which emanate foul smell making a stroll along the canal a painful experience.

What could have been an excellent spot for tourists has instead become a pockmark on the city’s face.

Thanks to the callous attitude of the Sidhwan Canal division department towards keeping the canal and its banks clean and the failure of the local police in preventing people from litters the canal, it has come to a pitiable condition. The amount of garbage thrown into the canal seems so high that it was contributing to a rise in the level of the canal bed.

While officials concerned deny it, informed sources reveal that the water-carrying capacity of the canal had suffered because of the litter settling regularly on its bed. The water had damaged the concrete banks and wide cracks had come up at several places. It was also threatening to overflow the a road running along the bank.

Mr H.S. Dhaliwal, incharge of the Sidhwan Canal said they had made several written complaints to the police to take action against people throwing garbage into the canal but nothing had been done in this regard.

When asked why the department had not erected warning boards on either side of the canal so that people could know that throwing of garbage and litter was illegal, Mr Dhaliwal said the department could not erect such boards as under the rules boards cannot be installed along roads as they distract drivers.

While sources maintained that the canal was getting increasingly polluted and the aquatic life in the canal was under threat, Mr Dhaliwal termed the pollution as ‘not of a worrying degree.’

It may be recalled here that in a first-ever case registered against persons accused of upon encroaching the banks of the canal and polluting it as well, the district police had booked some unidentified scrap-and-rag dealers who were regularly throwing pollutants into the canal. They have also been accused of stealing barbed wires of the department put up along the canal at some places.

However, even though more than two weeks had passed since the case was registered neither has anyone arrested nor any follow-up action been taken on the complaints.

Action may bring a reprieve to the canal, whose pollution level was increasing rapidly. Sources in the Sidhwan Canal Division department, while welcoming the registration of the case revealed that the case was registered after about 10 complaints were filed to the police. No action was taken on previous complaints. Department sources said a number of persons, especially near the Malerkotla road, were throwing pollutants into the canal. They had paid no heed to the requests of the department urging them not to do so. He said the department had complained to the police. The complaint was not by name, as names of the persons were not known.

According to the FIR, the accused persons were using the canal as a dumping ground for waste material. The department had warned the persons and had even put up barbed wires at some places. However, the miscreants allegedly even stole the barbed wires and iron pillars and sold them.

The miscreants had been booked under the Canal and Drains Act 1873. Under the Act no one is allowed to throw anything into the canal.

According to sources, waste settles at the bed of the canal resulting in silting of the canal. This causes danger of floods. The water capacity of the canal also lessens due to which villages in far-off areas do not get enough water.

Department sources said the canal was clean on the Doaraha side, but the moment it entered Ludhiana, it became polluted.


MC house scraps quality control agency
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 22
The general house of the Municipal Corporation today unanimously voted against the retention of the quality supervision agency — Ms SGS India Ltd — and called for an inquiry into the doctored inspection reports of various development projects in the city and extra payment made to the agency.

At a marathon meeting, which lasted for well over six hours, Mr Pran Bhatia, group leader of Bhartiya Janata Party councillors, created a sensation when he alleged that an Executive Engineer of the MC had written to the head of the quality supervision agency to go on making ‘clean’ reports in return for a certain fixed amount to be paid every month and further committed that more projects worth several crores would soon be entrusted to the agency. Mr Bhatia, who handed over a copy of the letter to the MC Commissioner, Mr R.L. Kalsia, demanded that the officials, in league with the agency be identified and brought to book.

The City Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal presided over the meeting and after he left the house well before the regular agenda was taken up, the Deputy Mayor Ms Santosh Aneja took the chair.

The ongoing strike by the MC contractors dominated the proceedings, with councillors, cutting across party lines, expressing serious concern over the suspension of all works and boycott of tenders by the contractors. The councillors, with their eyes on the next civic elections, due early next year, called for immediate measures to resolve the deadlock. A five-member sub-committee was set up to resume dialogue with the contractors.

The meeting witnessed several angry exchanges between the councillors belonging to the Congress and BJP over several issues. A resolution against abolition of octroi, tabled by Mr Charanjot Kala (BJP) was withdrawn as the house started a debate and some of the councillors raised objection to another resolution on the subject, submitted by the Municipal Employees Federation.

The house also resolved to waive the interest on arrears of sewerage, water supply and house tax for a certain period, but a proposal to provide free water supply and sewerage facility to residents was dropped. The waiver on interest would come into effect after the state government accorded approval to the move. Another proposal to frame a policy on remission of house tax for widows was carried through.

There were a number of proposals to rename quite a few parks in different localities of the city, which were okayed by the house with the condition that objections be invited from residents before formally renaming them. Further, a house standing committee was set up which would clear such proposals in the future and bring them before the house.

Some councillors, particularly Giani Baldev Singh (SAD) and Mr Sat Pal Puri (Congress) levelled serious allegations of corruption against MC officials, which were supported by many of their colleagues. However, Mr Kalsia intervened and asked the councillors to submit formal complaints, which would be looked into. He advised them not to make personal attacks and maintain decorum and dignity of the house.

The Town Planning Scheme of New Shiv Puri Part I and II was dropped, subject to legal approval after there were sharp exchanges between the area councillor, Mr Sat Pal Puri and several BJP and SAD councillors. The meeting stayed some proposals, adopted earlier in the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) and further observed that in future it should be ensured that action of F&CC proposals be taken only after these were approved by the house.

A majority of the councillors rued the inordinate delay in clearance of projects in their respective wards. 



Rape victim’s mother seeks justice
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The mother of a seven-year-old girl today alleged that her daughter was raped by a provisional store owner in the Salim Tabri area about 4 months ago and the police was going mild in the case. She alleged ever since she had lodged a complaint with the police, the accused had been threatening her of dire consequences if she did not withdraw the case against him. She also alleged that the police had not been arresting the accused who had also stolen goods from her house.

Presenting her case at the weekly sangh darshan before the Deputy Commissioner, here today, Kirani Devi of Kripal Nagar area, falling under Salim Tabri police station, alleged that on July 16, her 7 year old daughter had gone to the shop to purchase cigarettes for her father. The shopkeeper, who happens to be their neighbour, allegedly lured the girl into his shop, where he raped her.

She disclosed that she had got her daughter medically examined and also complained to the police the same day. The police allegedly registered a case under mild sections thus letting the accused off the same day on bail. She alleged that since then the accused has been roaming scott-free and had also been threatening her.

Kirani Devi broke down while narrating her tale. “I have been undergoing acute mental torture at the hands of the accused, who is using his influence and money to harass us”, the distraught mother told this reporter. She was not able to relate the incident when she found her daughter raped by the man, who is old enough to be her father. “He is elder to my husband”, she said.

Kirani Devi said: “I wanted to scream, but I knew nobody would be there to listen to my woes. I am pleading for justice”. More than the accused, she was sore with the behaviour of the police. She alleged that the police was not only taking a lenient view of the case but was also helping the accused to intimidate her so that she was compelled to withdraw the case. She claimed that her family was not in a position to fight the legal battle as it would involve huge expenses.

It was not for the first time that the police has remained indifferent to her plight. She disclosed that in another case, the police had not taken any action against Rohit Kumar, who had allegedly burgled her house few months back. “Despite identifying the accused, and having given a written complaint the police has not taken any action”, she alleged.

Although the case had been listed for today, there was no explanation given by the police. The Deputy Commissioner asked Kiarni Devi to submit a fresh complaint so that the case was thoroughly investigated again. The Deputy Commissioner assured that the investigations will be completed soon and follow-up action initiated instantly. 



Hard work, determination took her to the top
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Ludhiana, November 22
After five years of continuous sweat and toil, Hardeep Kaur (20) finally succeeded in creating history in the sport of hammer throw. Nobody could imagine that one day this girl from Ludhiana would set a record in hammer throw. The moment she was announced the new national record holder, her coach, Nirmal Singh, members of her family including brothers, Mr Gurtej Singh and Ms Alampreet Singh, sister, Ms Jagdeep Kaur, friends and resident of Ludhiana applauded the achievement of the newly discovered ‘Power girl of Punjab’.

In an interview with Ludhiana Tribune she said, “My pursuit has not been completed. I have to make a mark at the international level.” I am very happy and thankful to God who has blessed me with such physical and mental capacity to perform magnificently.”, she added.

Hardeep is working as an Assistant with the Life Insurance Corporation of India, but she wants to join the Punjab Police. She regrets that she could not get a posting with the Punjab Police although she has done well in the sports arena and has even participated in the Asian Tract and Field Championship held Jakarta last year. Her close relatives and admirers who had come to witness her performance, were of the view that she should be given her due.

Hardeep took to hammer throw at the age of 18 years after her sister, Jagdeep Kaur, got married in 1997. Her sister had also done well in hammer thrower and had set national record of 35 m in 1996. After marriage, her sister had to give up sports. But Jadeep Kaur motivated Hardeep to take to hammer throw and set record at national and international level.

In 1997, Hardeep Kaur won a silver medal in the Junior National Athletics Championship held in Tamil Nadu by measuring a distance of 40m. The gold medal in the championship was clinched by Jabeshwari Devi of Manipur. She again bagged a silver medal, by improving her performance to 45m, in the Under-22 National Junior Athletics Championship in 1998.

In the National games held at Manipur in 1999, despite throwing the hammer to a distance of 48.33m, she had to remain contented with a silver medal only. In August, 1999, Hardeep was able to throw the hammer to a distance of 55.56m in the Federation Cup Games held at Bangalore, but even here she could win a silver medal only.

In the Inter-State Athletics Championship held in July, 2000, at Chennai, despite improving her performance and marking the ground at a distance of 57m from the throw circle, Hardeep could not clinch the gold medal.

After struggling hard for a long time, her determination and dedication bore fruit. In October, 2000, she clinched the gold medal in the National Open Athletics Championship and set a new national record of 58.95m while her strong competitor, Jabeshwari Devi could measure a distance of 54m only. Last month she set another national record of 58.31m in the National Open Athletics Championship held in Chennai. In the presently going on 31st National Games at Ludhiana, she has created history by setting a new National Games record.



Society allowed to put up posters
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
After much confrontation between the Aas Kiran Society, an NGO working for the cause of deaddiction and the organisers of the National Games, banners of the society conveying a message to avoid drugs were put up at venue here today.

Mr Sarabjeet Singh, Director of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, told this correspondent that they had a meeting with the Technical Director and the Deputy Commissioner who permitted them to put the posters.

The society had alleged that the activists were not allowed to enter the venue with the placards and posters conveying the message “Say no to drugs and yes to sports” by the police.

It had also alleged that the authorities were intimated in advance that the society would especially espouse the cause during the National Games as sports was also getting infected with the drugs.

Mr Sarabjeet Singh expressed satisfaction at the putting up of the banners and said that he was thankful to the organisers and especially to Mr Tandon, Sport Director, for helping the society curb the menace of drugs.


City police gets new look
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
After a gap of couple of years, the city police is getting a new look as several police officials, both gazetted and non-gazetted, who had remained posted here since long have been transferred and new officials have taken over their place.

Much is being read into the transfers. While one claim is that these are routine transfers, the other claim is that the new SSP, Mr H.S. Sidhu, has brought in officials whom he trusts more. Most of the new officials are from Patiala, where Mr Sidhu was posted earlier. However, Mr Sidhu, while talking to Ludhina Tribune recently, termed the transfers as routine.

Earlier, there were allegations that some of the police officials posted for long in the district had developed links with some antisocial elements. The transfers assume significance in this backdrop.

At least two IPS officers, three DSPs and four SHOs have assumed charge in different positions in the city while at least five other officials were still in the waiting list. Sources said these officials would soon be posted in place of certain SHOs and senior officials, occupying key posts for the past several years. A number of officials were shifted in a major reshuffle in local police last month and, according to sources, another reshuffle was on the cards.

Not only the high officials, but also lower rank police personnel including staff at the SSP office, have also been transferred. A number of other lower rank officials are also expected to be transferred to the city.

While officially the impending Assembly elections, that call for transfer of officials posted in a police district for a substantial time, is stated as the reason for the transfers, but according to sources, the transfers were a well-planned move aimed at curbing the crime-rate in the local police district. A senior police official confided in Ludhiana Tribune that the new SSP had before coming to the city expressed his intention that in order to curb crime, new police official would be posted here. The official said a couple of other SHOs functioning in the city for the past several years would also be transferred.

The official said it was natural for a senior official to bring in his own trusted men if he wanted proper implementation of his plans and policies.

Names of some of the new officials transferred to the local police district are: ASP Kunwarvijay Pratap Singh, SP Gurdial Singh, DSPs Snehdeep Sharma, Ashwani Kumar and Sandeep Goel, SHOs Sandeep Kumar, Gurpreet Bains, Balraj Singh, Wazir Singh and Satinder Pal Sharma.



Are the US sex-selection kits targeting Indians?
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, November 22
With the sex ratio in India already dwindling to 933, a US company has given yet another blow to corrective measures by introducing a sex-selection kit called ‘Gen-Select’ which claims to influence the “natural gender selection process in a couple’s favour” before conception, with a success rate of “96 per cent”.

Though not many people are aware of any such kit, yet the company’s target market is obviously India and for gaining publicity, the company has been advertising its product in a leading national daily. The company through its website has invited parents-to-be to select the sex of their child through their “fully integrated programme”. The literature on the website says that blue kit will ensure the birth of a boy whereas pink kit is for those who want a girl child. The company claims the kit to be safe and easy to use. The local gynaecologists while talking to Ludhiana Tribune expressed their shock over such an advertisement.

Dr M.S. Chawla, Medical Superintendent, Iqbal Nursing Home, said there was already disproportionate ratio of 793 women against 1,000 men in Punjab and such a kit will further worsen the situation. He said,” There has been an alarming imbalance in the sex-ratio in the country. The honourable courts of our country have already issued orders to the Central and state governments to review and monitor the implementation of the PNDT Act to control the situation. I personally feel that these products should not be encouraged and such practices should be strictly prohibited”.

Dr Chawla said that awareness was the need of the hour. People should believe in the slogan of “Healthy Child, Healthy World”.

Dr Ajit Kang of City Nursing Home said people in the country, especially the Punjabis, had strong preferences for a male child. To fulfil the wish of getting a boy, people in connivance with doctors were indulging in the unethical practice of female foeticide.

Dr Kang said: “With the availability of such a kit, people can choose the sex of their child before conception (as claimed in the advertisement), but then that would further deteriorate the situation. People are scared of being punished by the law for violating PNDT Act, but if such kits are easily available, how could they be stopped from using these. We should protect the rights of the girl child and a respectable status should be given to women so that there could be no gender bias”.

Dr Vani Thapar, a gynaecologist at Suman Hospital said such kits could be helpful to those having two-or three daughters. “The sale of such a product should be checked. People will definitely go for a male child only. Imagine if the kit will be successful enough (as claimed by the company), where will the sex-ratio go? And to know the result, people will go for an ultrasound. But in case the kit fails, there will again be female foeticides”.

Dr Vani suggested that educating women regarding her rights was the need of the hour. Girls should be given proper care and affection. She should be given importance. If people tried to change their mindset, these kits or products would have no relevance, she said.



‘Ads negating female foeticide ban’
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Doctors, social activists and human right experts attending the state-level workshop on female foeticide at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have expressed deep apprehension at the jeopardising of the save girl child movement by certain agencies and pharmaceutical companies based in countries abroad trading in selling the ‘sure-short male child drugs’ in different parts of the world, especially India.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, experts attending the seminars expressed shock at the regular appearance of these advertisements which lure couples and negate the very efforts of the Supreme Court of India of ending the evil of female foeticide by banning the activity. The Supreme Court had imposed this ban after the recent census report showed that the girl-boy ratio was declining rapidly and causing social upheaval in near future.

Ms Geeta Athreya, a representative of the India Country Office of UNICEF in an exclusive interview with The Tribune said that the SC ruling had come as a sigh of relief to the social activists fighting for the girl child. However, the emergence of these new drugs threaten the movement as now the couples can have a child of their own choice, which invariably would be a male child.

While the advertisements claim that the success rate was 96 per cent, it was yet to be seen how true they were. The advertisements even say the couples can have a girl child also if they want, but the experts said the prevailing social trends can vouch for the fact that most of the couples go in for male child in India, if they were given a choice.

She said that with the ban, the incidence of female foeticide will come down but the population of girls may not increase as couples would take benefit of such advertisements. She said that the US-based company that had come up with such drugs was certainly targeting India as it was the only country where the male-female ratio was disturbed.

The advertisement was being printed in a leading national daily of India almost everyday and was showing the picture of a baby with “gender selection is now a reality” written on it in bold letters.

Coming down heavily on the media, Ms Athreya said that it was at times sensationalising the otherwise petty news but was not doing anything about such advertisements. She said that it was the duty of the media to launch campaign against any means discouraging the save girl child movement.

The experts at the workshop were of the opinion that such advertisements should be banned in a country like India and people should come up against it and file a public interest litigation.



Give girls a chance to take birth and live
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
“Is Punjab only for men of Punjab and not for the women of Punjab? Can’t Punjabis, who are known for their valour, protect and respect their women? If they were respecting their women and protecting them, there would not have been an alarming drop in the female-male ratio in Punjab,” said Ms Gita Athrey of UNICEF.

Alarmed by the sharp drop in the female birth in Punjab, a state level workshop on female foeticide was organised today by Guru Angad Dev Sewa Society, Ludhiana, UNICEF and Punjab State Human Rights Commission. The workshop started at Farmers’ Sewa Centre in Punjab Agricultural University.

Ms Gita of UNICEF lauded the efforts of Punjabis for preventing invasions in the past. She praised this race for producing good sports persons and for serving the army valiantly and bringing in the green revolution. But it is a matter of shame that in Punjab everyone wants a boy. Who all are responsible for this? Why is the male-female ratio is being eschewed? Ms Gita said that in this two-day workshop, “we have to find the causes and the measures to stop foeticide, discuss the role of doctors, families, older generation, the role of society and enforcement of laws that can stop it.”

The next speaker, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary, Punjab State Human Rights Commission, said, “We now recognise that there are 11 districts of the country with a poor female-male ratio. From these 11 districts, 7 are in Punjab. The villages of Malwa belt have a dubious reputation of having 560 females to 1000 males. Who is responsible for this imbalance in the sex ratio?”

He felt that the major responsibility falls on clinics as they have earned a dubious distinction of bringing this change in sex ratio, which is not definitely a progressive step. Sometimes, doctors say they face a number of difficulties as families pressurise them to carry out female foeticide.

Moreover, there is gross violation of laws made against carrying out ultra-sound tests, and the law-enforcing agencies like district administration, courts and PSHRC have to take stringent steps against the violators.

Tiranjan Kaur, a young girl, recited a touching, emotional poem titled ‘Ek Cheekh’. In the poem, an unborn girl is pleading to her mother to give her a chance to live so that she can be a mother, too, and she would stay for some time with them as later she will go to her husband’s house. Kulwant Jagraon, a well-known Punjabi writer, recited another heart touching poem. The opening lines of these poems are ‘Aaa janiye dhiyan de hatya da kinjh dard sunaavan,doctor, babul bane kasai, gungiyaan baniyan maavan’.

Many among the audience had moist eyes after listening to these poems that depicted the naked truth and touched the chords of hearts.

Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of PAU, addressing the audience said that biggest enemy of women in this state are women. It is not the poor people that go for selective sex tests and cause female foeticide, but it is the literate people that frequent these clinics and they should be educated not to discriminate between boys and girls.

The families that kill unborn girls and the doctors that carry this act should be socially ostracised . The workshop will continue till tomorrow.



Self-employment, the key to survival
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, November 22
With growing unemployment in the city in the wake of recession and global competition and with industrial units reducing manpower, self-employment would be the key to survival for the unemployed. Or so it seems.

How best can these unemployed men employ themselves , particularly those who have no resources even to put up a roadside peanut stall in a busy locality?

There is a popular man, known both as Lal Baba and Phool Baba, by the residents of the Focal Point area and Sherpur, where he roams all day. Lal Baba, because he wears red clothes and Phool Baba, because he sells flowers.

This dark-complexioned old man, at first sight, appears to be a baba of sorts. But in fact, he is a clever and hard working self-employed person. His day begins early as he has to pluck flowers from plants in various parks of the housing board colony and urban estate areas. And then as shops start opening for the day, he starts visiting his customers, the shopkeepers. On an average, every shopkeeper pays him three rupees for which they get a couple of flowers which they can offer at the place reserved for ‘pooja’. The man has a bank balance which can be the envy of a medium-scale businessman. But he lives in a slum shanty. He wants to save whatever he earns. His ambition is to become a millionaire. He says he has vowed to return to his homeland in Bihar only after he became a ‘crorepati’.

He is not the only man in the town who sells flowers plucked from public places. Outside various places of worship in the city , one can notice people sitting with small baskets of fresh flowers and garlands for sale. Some of these people are also regular traders who buy the stuff from flower wholesalers. If there is anything that is always in demand in the city, it is the flowers. So anybody, who can emulate Phool Baba, cannot starve.

Waste collection , another means of self- employment, is already quite popular in the city. In fact, this mode of self-employment, has become so lucrative and competitive for the people engaged in this activity that they have now started bribing peons in offices in order to lay their hands on the waste generated by these offices.

Among the latest means of self-employment in the city which is being adopted by some persons is one which is quite a pitiable one. A vigilant man sitting in a car-park jumps to his feet , runs towards a car as the driver opens the door, mops up the windscreen and then spreads his palm. Some pay, while others just brush him off as a nuisance. His act appears to be more of a begging exercise and less of a self-employment.

Many more respectable means of self-employment may emerge in the near future as the problem of unemployment is assuming sinister proportions. Necessity is the mother of invention, you know.



Allot ticket to the deserving’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Senior Youth Congress leader and state vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka today urged the party high command to ensure that only genuine and deserving candidates were allotted tickets for the coming elections to the assembly.

In a statement here today, Mr Tikka that also asserted that tickets should not be allotted to outsiders and relatives of leaders. He pointed out that this would send the wrong signals to the voters, who wanted the Congress to provide an alternative to the SAD-BJP alliance government.

The Congress leader said, while the winnability should be important criteria for selecting a candidate, the party leadership should ensure that only those with a clean image were allotted tickets. “People have great expectations that the Congress will provide a clean government, so there should be honest candidates with a clean image”, he observed.

He suggested that the party high command should also take note of the young leadership and fix some quota for youth leaders who were committed towards the party’s cause and had been fighting for the party through good times and bad.



Striking employees to meet on Nov 24
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
A state-level emergency meeting of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association will be held on November 24 at the Civil Surgeon’s Office here in protest against the “wrong recruitment” of two senior assistants in the department.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh, district president in a statement, said here today the employees were on a dharna for the past over five days.

He said department officials should be blamed for the non-working conditions in state health offices.

The agitating leaders said the recruitments should be cancelled in order to avoid any kind of confrontation between officials and the employees.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh further added that the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Punjab, had expressed his helplessness in getting these recruitments cancelled. The district president appealed to the leaders of other organisations to join them.

It may be mentioned that the health employees had alleged that the Health Minister, Punjab, and the Chairman, Services Selection Board, had recruited their close relatives for the posts of senior assistant.



YC flays punishment to players
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The national chairman of the Indian Youth Congress (Urban Development cell), Mr Pawan, Dewan has criticised the discriminatory punishment given to five Indian cricketers by match referee Mike Dennis and the refusal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change him for the next match. In a statement here today, Mr Dewan alleged that the ICC was adopting double standards while dealing with the cricketers of the Indian subcontinent. He stressed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to take the issue lying down and resist it.

The Youth Congress leader stressed that the BCCI should impress upon the ICC to ensure that the match referee was changed for the third test. Otherwise India should recall its cricket team from South Africa.

Mr Dewan also alleged that despite huge expenditure of about Rs 60 crore being incurred on the National Games, little facilities were being provided to the athletes.



SHSAD calls meeting on November 26
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 22
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra has summoned a meeting of its SGPC members on November 26 at Guru Arjun Nivas, Darbar Sahib complex, Amritsar.

This was stated by the SHSAD general secretary, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, while talking to this correspondent here today. He said poll strategy for SGPC executive elections, which are proposed to be held on November 27, would be finalised at the meeting to be chaired by Mr Tohra.



Electroplaters express resentment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has strongly condemned the directions of the Chief Engineer (Commercial) of the Punjab State Electricity Board which stated that only electronic meters would be acceptable.

Stating this in a press note, Mr Joginder Kumar, president of the association, said electronic meters ran at least 20 to 25 per cent faster as reported by its members. He said that the association had urged the chairman of the board to hold an enquiry as to why such directions had been issued by the Chief Engineer.

Mr Manmohan Singh Ubhi, secretary of the association, said the directions would lead to an increase in the cost of production and the industry was already passing through a recessionary phase. He said the board must ensure that the electronic meters should be tested properly from the M.E. Laboratory before being installed by the consumers.



Probe ordered against EO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu today ordered an inquiry against the Executive Officer and the president of the Jagaraon Municipal Committee following allegations of harassment of traders and detaining of their goods at the octroi posts.

In a complaint, Mr Ajaib Singh, who runs a department store in Jagraon, alleged that the officials posted at the octroi post had detained his electronic goods worth thousands of rupees.

These included washing machines and television sets. He claimed that he had provided all receipts to the officials at the octroi post. Despite that they detained his goods and also demanded money from him, which he declined to give.

Mr Ajaib Singh alleged that this was a routine with the officials and they harassed the traders demanding money. And whoever resisted to pay, his goods were detained and false charges levelled.


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