Saturday, November 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



School defrauded of over 14 lakh
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Three ex-servicemen working with a school near Chappar have allegedly defrauded it of several lakhs by pocketing students’ fee and other payments. A calculation by the school authorities for the past six months has found embezzlement of about Rs 14.69 lakh. They fear that as the three have been working with the school for the past about 10 years, the amount may run into crores.

The three, employed as fee clerks with the Anand Ishar Senior Secondary Public School, Ahmedgarh road, Chappar, have been booked by the Dehlon police on the charge of criminal breach of trust, forgery, cheating and using a forged document. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh, Kulwant Singh and Jagjit Singh. The police has not levelled Section 120 of the IPC, which covers criminal conspiracy, against the accused.

One of the accused, Jagjit Singh, is learnt to have returned Rs 40,000 to the school after the discovery of his involvement. He was going to turn approver in the case, but suddenly vanished. Sources said the fraud was one of the biggest discovered in a private school in recent times.

Children of the some of the accused were in availing themselves of free educational facility, apart from other benefits. One of the accused, Baldev Singh, has a palatial house in a village, though his known source of income is not substantial for constructing it. Another accused, Jagjit Singh, had been recently awarded for being the most regular employee of the school. He had 100 per cent attendance. After his name figured in the embezzlement, the sources said they had an idea now that why he did not take leave.

The school authorities are checking accounts of the past several years. Parents of about 2000 students have been requested to furnish details of the fees they have paid. The school will bear the loss.

While the authorities of the school, run by the Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar, were tight-lipped, the sources said the school authorities had discovered the fraud by chance. One of the accountants, had found that while the cash box was filled with wads of currency notes, a small amount was recorded in the registers. He also saw one of the accused carrying lot of money home.

Police sources said the accountant had checked on his own and found large amounts missing. He had brought the matter to the notice of the school principal and manager, who had carried out an inquiry and found that Rs 14.69 lakh were missing from April to September this year. The matter had then been referred to the police.

Police sources said the accused had allegedly duped the school by accepting full payment from the students, but not recording the total amount in the register. The daily cash register and the receipt book tallied as the accused had not prepared a carbon copy of the receipts. The accused had allegedly prepared fake receipts also.

When contacted, Mr Kartar Singh and Dr Gurjit Singh, principal and manager, respectively, of the school, confirmed the fraud, but declined to give any details. They resented that the police had not succeeded in arresting any of the accused.

The SSP, Jagraon, Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, said the police had conducted several raids, but the accused had managed to elude arrest. He said the police was collecting evidence and the accused would be nabbed soon.



Victims at their “rioting” best
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 23
In wake of the State Government’s decision to scrutinise and invite objections to allotment of booths at concessional rates to victims of 1984 riots at Delhi and elsewhere in the country, the battle for one-up-manship between two rival factions of Sikh migrants has intensified, to the extent that charges and counter charges are being traded and criminal complaints have been lodged against each other.

Mr Gurdev Singh Batalvi, President and Mr Dalip Singh Bhatia, General Secretary of Sikh Migrants Welfare Society, have alleged that one of the active members of  the society, Mr Joginder Singh Aligarh, was mercilessly beaten up by hooligans, led by Mr Surjit Singh Dugri, President of Danga Peerit Welfare Society in the Mini Secretariat on November 20, when a group of riot victims had gone to the office of Ms Anita Darshi, Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) to lodge objections to the allotment of booths, made by PUDA.

Mr Batalvi, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune, further said that Mr Dugri, who was sitting in the office of ACG at that time, flew into a rage and under his influence the officer concerned also refused to entertain the objections, which were being lodged in response to a public notice in leading newspapers. He rued that the police investigation into their complaint against Mr Dugri and his accomplices was also moving at a snail’s pace.

On the other hand, Mr Surjit Singh Dugri has denied all allegations of irregular allotments and levelled counter charges against Mr Batalvi and some others of launching an attack on his supporters in the Mini Secretariat. He claimed that the activists of Sikh Migrant Welfare Society were not genuine riot-affected persons, yet they were trying to secure benefits being provided to riot-victims. He further alleged that a complaint had been lodged by them with Police Division Number 5, but the police, instead of taking action against the culprits, had booked a false complaint against his supporters and activists of the Society.

Elaborating the charges of irregularities in allotment of boots and sites to the riot victims by PUDA and other departments, Mr Batalvi and Mr Bhatia said that a large number of bogus and opportunist migrants had managed to secure repeated allotments of booths and flats from the government agencies, which were subsequently disposed off at a premium, while many of the genuine persons were yet to get any kind of relief.

According to them, there were glaring instances of beneficiaries submitting false affidavits about their income, status at the time of riots and present residential address in the city. Some of the officials, they added, were in complicity with certain self-styled leaders of riot victims and the booty raised through allotment to ineligible and non-existing persons, was being shared among them.

The Sikh Migrants Welfare Society has urged the State Government and the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal to order cancellation of allotment of booths and initiate the entire process afresh with allotment through draw of lots to genuine and eligible persons. It has also called for a high level inquiry into the earlier allotments of booths and flats to the riot victims to expose the self-styled leaders of sikh migrants and certain officials, who were hand in glove with these elements.



Two CIA wings to curb crime 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
In order to give a boost to investigation work, as well as to effect a crackdown on proclaimed offenders, the district police has set up a special Proclaimed Offender (PO) Staff and formed two CIA Wings in the city. A police district normally has only one Central Investigative Agency (CIA), but the Ludhiana police has become the first in the state to have two CIA wings now. In the wake of these developments , a number of police officials have been reshuffled in the district.

The new CIA wing will be housed somewhere in Dhandari Kalan. The search for a building is on. There is no demarcation of areas of operation for the two CIAs. While the existing one on the Ferozepore road would function as before, the new one would mainly concenterate on old cases.

SSP Harpreet Singh Sidhu said the setting up of these two wings was partly reorganisation of the existing staff, aimed at providing better results. He said earlier, each police station was searching for POs for their police station, but now the special staff would do this job. The SSP said the second CIA wing was required for speedy investigation work.

Major transfers were Inspector Santokh Singh, who has been transferred from the post of SHO Basti Jodhewal to City Traffic. Inspector Harbant Singh had been shifted to Branch Prosecution from the post of Inspector City Traffic. Inspector Balwinder Singh returned to the district as SHO Basti Jodhewal. Inspector Randhir Singh of Reserve Battalion had been made in-charge, Economic Offences Wing. Inspector Nirnajan Dass swapped places with him.

Inspector Jasbir Singh had been made in-charge of the new CIA wing. Inspector Rattan Brar had been posted as SHO Sadar while sub-inspector Ramandeep Singh had also been shifted to the new CIA wing. Sub-Inspector Gurbaj Singh had been made in-charge of PO Staff. A number of in-charges of police posts have also been shifted.

The setting up of a PO Staff and a new CIA wing seemed a necessity as over 1,600 proclaimed offenders were at large in the police district. A large number of cases were gathering dust in files as the police was not able to investigate all the cases. The SSP had announced earlier that a special staff would be created to handle old cases.



Gurpreet, Karamjit win gold
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 23
Gurpreet Singh won laurels by clinching gold medal in the 110m hurdles on the fourth day of the 31st National Games here on today. The moment, he crossed the finish line, giving a reasonable lead to his competitors, the spectators in the stadium stood up and applauded the victory of the proud son of the town.

His close relatives and friends rushed to the track and lifted him. The elders blessed him while the youngers shouted “Bale Shera Bale” to express their happiness on the occasion of celebration. His father, Mr Shamsher Singh pecked him for making him a proud father of a National Games champion in his own state.

Almost all members of his family, including his grandfather, Mr Joginder Singh, was there. He told Ludhiana Tribune, “I knew that he would win. He has made me feel proud.”

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Gurpreet Singh said, “I am feeling out of the world. I have won gold in the National Games in my town and before my people where I practised day and night to grab this honour.” He said, “I came to this town eight years ago to participate in the Junior Athletic Championship where I was spotted by coach, Amarjit Singh Kahlon, who later trained me”.

The coach said, “This is the day for which a coach always waits. It is just a milestone on his success track, he still has to achieve a lot more at international-level championships.”

Another major achievement of Punjab today was the gold in women section of pole vault, in which Karamjit Kaur created new national record of 3.25m. She improved upon her own earlier national record of 3.17m here today at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium.

The coach, the Sanjay Garnaik, told Ludhiana Tribune, “Pole vault is an event of strength and speed. Karamjit has both the qualities and I knew that she would do well in this mega event.” He further said, “She could jump up to 4m easily, but right now we do not have the pole of the weight and length of 125lbs and four metre, respectively, to do so.”

Sanjay Garnaik, who is posted at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, said, “ Karamjit has picked up very fast. She started her career by winning a gold medal in the Inter-State Athletics Championship held at Lucknow in 1999 by jumping 2.81m.

Since then she has worked hard and now can comfortably jump upto 4m.” Sanjay said if she continued her efforts she could win a medal for the country even in the Asian Games and Olympics.

Rameshwori’s record in cycling

Despite financial constraints and lack of good facilities, Rameshwori Devi, a 20-year-old cyclist from Manipur, has set a new National Games record of 4:26.188 seconds in the 3,000m individual pursuit event. She improved upon her earlier National Games record of 4:27.9 seconds on the third day of the 31st National Games underway here on Thursday at Punjab Agriculture University velodrome.

Rameshwori has bagged four gold medals in the recently introduced 500m individual time trial, 1,500m team time trial, 3000m individual and team pursuit events since the start of the Games. Now she can proudly say that she has 40 gold medals in her kitty in the national-level cycling events. She had also bagged gold medal in 30km Massed Start event in SAARC Games held in December, 1999.

It is very surprising that the new national record creator, Rameshwori Devi, do not have her own cycle as it is beyond her purchasing power to purchase racing cycle worth Rs 1,50,000. The state cycling association has provided her the cycle of Colnoyo brand. This cycle has helped her to successfully complete her cycling pursuit till now. While talking to The Tribune, Rameshwori said, “Cycling is very expensive event as a cyclist who want to give good results in the national and international events must have a cycle of international standard.” She further said, “ The state cycling association has provided me the cycle worth Rs 1,00,000, but it needs some more additions and modifications which may cost about Rs 50,000.”

Rameshwori has three sisters and two brothers. After the demise of her father, her elder brother is the only breadwinner in the family. She has been offered a clerical job under the sports quota by the Railways, but she wants to get a job in the state sports department so that she could do her bit to promote cycling in Manipur.

“I have not cleared the National Institute of Sports’ course in this discipline and that is the only reason that I could not get a job in the state sports department, but I would join the course soon after completion of my graduation.”

She said, “Cycling could fetch a large number of medals for the country in the international level events.” When asked about the velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University, she replied, “This is one of the best in the country and I have really enjoyed riding bicycle here.”



Cupid hits National Games
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
When young hearts abound in a place, can love be far behind ? Cupid is definitely in the air at the 31st National Games and is targeting the participants.

A quite visit to the venue is enough to say that the love bug has smitten many players irrespective of the caste or creed. Addresses are being exchanged, pictures are being clicked, long strolls are being taken, and each others’ events are being watched, a part from sweet little nothings that are being shared.

The participants are sure to take these memories of togetherness back home. Although it is difficult to say whether life-long companionships would be formed or not from these relationships, what matters is that the young lovers are having a great deal of togetherness and enjoying a newly discovered belongingness.

Though officially no couple has announced marriage plans, a number of sports persons, especially girls, amidst giggling, confided in Ludhiana Tribune that a number of matches were struck. ‘‘It happens in every sports tournament, especially in the National Games, where people from different states come’’, said a girl, adding that 90 per cent of the matches are among the people of one’s own state. She said sometimes a couple meets at a tournament and then waits for the right time.

With the participants coming from all over the country, the geographical, cultural or even the language differences are not playing any deterrent. With the spirit of ‘make the most of the present’, the participants are for once throwing all inhibitions to the winds.

Be it the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus or the venue of the Games, the ‘love-birds’ are making their presence felt everywhere. Groups are being seen in various cinemas and restaurants and even in markets. They are seen shopping hand-in-hand, exchanging gifts and buying mementoes for family members.

The Rakh Bagh, due to its location near the venue, is proving to be a hot favourite with these young lovers. The couples can conveniently huddle in a corner or behind a tree. The damsels are even being escorted back to their hostels by their admirers.

While life has become a bed of roses for those lucky few whose proposal has been accepted, there are unlucky ones also who are waiting for ‘lady-luck’ to smile on them.

Red Roses are much in demand and so are the various greeting cards and small hearts. Sharing of ice-cream cones in the pleasant sunshine cements their friendship further. The Valentine’s Day spirit is virtually ruling Ludhiana. 



From quack with thanks: paralysed arm
Shivani Bhakoo

Amarjit Kaur

Ludhiana, November 23
The right arm of Amarjit Kaur, a nine-year-old girl of Kaonke village, has been paralysed, reportedly due to the wrong treatment of a minor elbow dislocation by a village quack. A class IV student, she is unaware of this and hopes to get back to normal soon. She says, “It is a matter of 15 to 20 days and I will be able to play and do my homework”.

Mr Achra Singh, her father, said she had always been a sweet and active child. “It happened when an year back, while plucking a guava from a tree Amarjit fell down. After that, she always felt pain in the right arm. She was given treatment at home by her mother and other family members, after which she always felt relieved”, he said.

About 20 days back, Amarjit complained of having acute pain in the arm. She was taken to a so-called doctor at Patto - Khai village, 20 km from here, by one of her neighbours. The quack first massaged her arm with some oil and later fixed the dislocated elbow with bamboo sticks. The patient was told not to open the bandage for three days.

Undergoing treatment at Karanvir Hospital, Amarjit said, “When I came home, I told my parents that the bandage was very tight and I felt acute pain. But my father said it was a part of the treatment. He also said the doctor had treated various animals also and so he was very efficient. He did not let me open the bandage”.

When the bandage was opened after three days, her parents were shocked to see the wounded arm of their daughter. Her father said, "It started bleeding continuously and we took the child to the same person, who said that it was their fault as they must have loosened the bandage the next day. To provide some relief to the child, a hot sand compression on her palm was given by the doctor, which turned out to be a burn injury on the palm. He also took Rs 500”.

The parents had no other choice, but to take their daughter to some city hospital. The doctor at the hospital said it was a case of simple elbow dislocation, which would have been managed if given the right treatment by some qualified professional. “Right now, we are trying to first heal the wounds, which are very deep. Light physiotherapy is also given to the child. The chances of recovery are absolutely nil. If a series of operations are performed at the age of 14 or 15 years, there will be recovery of 30 to 40 per cent only. There has been a severe damage to the right upper limb of her arm”, said the doctor. The child would be discharged with a paralytic arm after getting treatment for 3 to 4 weeks in the hospital, said the doctor.



Holidays but no enjoyment
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, November 23
It’s holiday time for students and teachers of 12 local colleges. But surprisingly most of them are unable to relax and have fun. Since the holidays came as a surprise to them, they probably could not plan these well.

While several colleges arrange excursions to far off places during December holidays, this time students and teachers could not move out anywhere. With half-yearly examination yet to be conducted, the students have no choice but to stay back home and study. Besides, teachers who move out to attend various conferences related to their subjects in December have nothing to do at this time.

The teachers said decision to have holidays from November 19 to December 1 was announced very late and only college principals were invited to attend the meeting in this connection which was held last Saturday.

They said since the change in schedule of holidays on account of the National Games was also affecting the staff and the students, their representatives should also have been invited at the meeting. The teachers said they had even set the question papers for conducting examinations in December. They said now they would have to revise these papers as the examination would probably be held in January now.

Dr T.S. Anand, Head of the Postgraduate Department of English, GGN Khalsa College, said the holidays had disturbed the academic atmosphere in colleges. He said as the hostels of only four city colleges were being used for accommodating players for the National Games, other colleges of the city should not have been closed as has been done in Jalandhar and Patiala.

Prof Satish Sharma, PU Senator and lecturer at Arya College, said the decision should have been taken while taking into account its various repercussions. He said the change in the schedule of holidays was bound to affect the academic calendar. 



Review of Indo-Nepal treaty sought
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 23
Discussions have started among officials of the Government of India and Nepal to review the Indo-Nepal treaty of 1996 which governs trade between India and Nepal, and is a preferential trade agreement.

The Government of India had served a notice on the Nepalese Government sometime in August for the review of the treaty as it was proving harmful to industries in India. The Indo-Nepal treaty, signed in December 1996, is otherwise due to expire on December 5.

According to information available, four rounds of talks have been held by officials of the two governments and the final round of talks is likely to be held sometime next week in Kathmandu. According to Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman, National Textile Committee of the CII, the Indo-Nepal treaty had adversely affected the textile industry of India, particularly the acrylic fibre industry. besides, vanaspati, steel pipes, zinc oxide and others, as the Nepalese, get disproportionate benefits in the raw material cost on account of difference in the custom duty in the two countries.

He explained that the acrylic fibre industry faces 25 per cent import duty in India whereas it is only 1 per cent in Nepal and the industry in Nepal gets a benefit of Rs 17 to Rs 20 per kg on new material cost in spinning alone. Besides, the Nepalese industry had started importing acrylic fibre from Thailand, Korea and other countries, as a result of which the acrylic fibre and spinning industry received a severe setback. There has been a surge in import of acrylic yarn from Nepal to India since 1996, having increased from 160 tonnes in 1996 to 14,000 tonnes in 2001 which is to the advantage of Nepal, maintains Mr Oswal.

As a result of the surge in imports from Nepal, prices of acrylic yarn crashed in the local market. This has affected other industries too and could not only make the industry ‘s operations unprofitable, but lead to closure of same units and subsequently, to unemployment.

The chief ministers of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh also wrote to the Government of India seeking a review of the treaty at the earliest. The Indo-Nepal treaty was signed in 1996 when the then minister I.K. Gujral had visited Nepal and granted many advantages to the Nepalese industry which had no parallels in the world of bilateral treaties even in developed countries.

It is learnt that the Government of India also intends to introduce a ‘safeguard’ clause that if there is similar surge in future, then both countries would agree to review the treaty within 30 days. The Nepalese Government has not still given a nod to the same. As a matter of fact, the Nepalese Government, it is learnt, is under pressure from the Indians who have set up units in Nepal to take advantage of the loopholes in treaty.

However, the Indian industry has vehemently opposed the continuation of the Indo-Nepal treaty in its present form as it would virtually destroy many industries in India.



Traffic sense? No way!
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, November 23
Traffic congestion in the old city gives everyone second thoughts about visiting the area again. A visit to Kesarganj mandi during business hours makes one go mad. Rickshaws-pullers jostle with cyclists and scooterists. Roadsides are full of goods displayed in front of shops. Mule-driven rehras and trucks are loaded and unloaded in front of karyana shops. Vehicles owners waste precious fuel while waiting for the traffic jam to open up.

The small chowk in Lakkar Bazar takes care of five lanes. One of the gates of Kesarganj mandi is close to it. There are neither traffic lights here, nor any cops to regulate the traffic. Same is the case with Kesarganj chowk.

Though traffic cops can be spotted at Girjaghar chowk, they stand as disinterested spectators whenever there is a traffic jam in the adjoining Books Market. It has become a way of life in the city, with no rescue from those who have been especially employed for the purpose.

Among other chowks, Mata Rani chowk, Samrala chowk, Laxmi Cinema road intersection on GT road and Bharat Nagar chowk and chowks on Ferozepur road have traffic cops in sufficient numbers.

These places offer opportunities for making a fast buck on the sly. A car driver who jumps a red light or a helmet less scooterist or pillion-rider falls easy prey as he reportedly bribes his way out of trouble.

The area between Chaura Bazar and Daresi grounds, comprising of a number of hosiery markets, is perhaps the most affected during winter when hosiery business is brisk. The narrows bazars witness frequent traffic jams. Scooters are parked on both sides. Wooden boxes and huge sacks stuffed with woollens. Encroachments are also common. 



MC does a commendable job
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
A facelift to this industrial town and smooth conduct of the National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, Indoor Hall and Basketball Stadium were the tasks assigned to the Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana, an agency that had been working from behind the scenes.

“We have been successful to a great extent in meeting all these tasks,” says Mr R.L. Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. Incidentally, the Mayor of Ludhiana, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, has been a keen sportsman himself. A state-level swimmer, he has been in other sports too. Even Mr Kalsia’s predecessors, Dr S.S. Sandhu, who did a lot to give a facelift to Ludhiana, had been a keen sportsman who represented Guru Nanak Dev University in inter-university hockey.

Entrusted with the responsibility of providing basic amenities like sanitation, cleanliness, drinking water, sewerage and lights for the smooth conduct of various events, the corporation, says Mr Kalsia, has been able to meet these demands without any serious complaints from any quarters so far.

“No event has been disrupted for any flaw in any of these basic services,” adds Mr Kalsia, saying that the corporation spent about Rs 6 crore to upgrade sports infrastructure in the town. The Municipal Corporation, he says, spent about Rs 1.21 crore on the renovation, addition and repair of the existing structures of Guru nanak Stadium. Two new seating blocks — E and D — were added to the stadium at a cost of Rs 1.14 crore.

The corporation also undetook a massive civil construction work for the renovation and refurbishing of the old indoor hall at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore.

If Ludhiana has earned the distinction of becoming the first city outside New Delhi to hold the opening ceremony in floodlights, it is all because of the work undertaken by the corporation at a cost of Rs 1.91 crore. Besides, the civic body also spent Rs 13.40 lakh on repair of existing electric installtions, lighting arangements and air conditioners in the Guru Nanak complex.

Another prestigious project handled by the Engineering Wing of the corporation was provision of floodlights in the country’s first ever indoor basketball stadium at a cost of Rs 8.40 lakh. Campus lighting and lighting of the multipurpose hall made the civic body dole out another Rs 14.40 lakh.

“We did a lot more. The entire city has been cleaned and spruced up. Horticulture works related to beautification of these complexes and surrounding areas cost us around Rs 15.20 lakh, while water supply upgradation works cost the body Rs 4.80 lakh,” Mr Kalsia added.

To make sure that everything moves smoothly, a control room (telephone number 446317) has been set up, which works round the clock.



Ex-CBI chief hits out at corruption
Vimal Sumbly

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Nov 23
Mr Joginder Singh, a former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), today called for building up of a mass movement against corruption in the country. He said, “We need to get rid of the mindset that corruption is something inevitable”.

Talking to this reporter at an award presentation ceremony of the Shaheed Memorial Seva Society, he said the situation was not as desperate as it was made out to be. “There are a number of good people who can really steer the country out of this mess”, he pointed out. He added that they needed to act.

The former CBI Director said, “There are two types of corruption — by action and by inaction. Once we resolve that we are not going to pay bribe, nobody is going to force us. Things may be delayed for some time, but they cannot be denied”.

Referring to the performance of the NDA government at the Centre, he said there were some good people in the government like Mr Arun Shourie, Mr Arun Jaitley and Mr Jagmohan. These people, besides Mr Manmohan Singh of the Congress and others, still held some hope for the country, he opined. He regretted that good people were ineffective.

The former CBI Director described a former Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav, as an epitome of corruption in the country. He said such people needed to be exposed. “Not just Laloo, but others also, who have held the system to ransom, need to be identified, exposed and punished”, he said. He observed, “There are several Laloos in Punjab and they continue to call the shots”.

Mr Joginder Singh did not rule out joining politics at an opportune time. “I do not have any proposal from anywhere as yet. In case any offer comes from anywhere, I will consider it on the basis of merit”, he disclosed. Asked how could he reconcile with the corrupt political system, as he himself claimed it to be, he retorted, “For cleaning the gutter, you need to get into it”, while making clear his political ambitions.

The former CBI Director also urged the media not to glorify corrupt people like Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav. “They become demigods with publicity. The media should not provide them oxygen of publicity”. He said corruption should be treated like any other crime. “It is as heinous as murder”, he remarked.


Look beyond CM’s chair: Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today said that senior party leaders should look beyond the chair of the Chief Minister and work for the party’s victory in the forthcoming assembly elections. She said, there was no dissidence or factionalism in the Congress.

Talking to reporters here today, after receiving the Shiromani Punjab Rattan Award conferred on her by the Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society, she also exhorted upon party leaders not to discuss party issues in public. She categorically stated that she had no difference with the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh.

On the issue of tickets, she said, the party had already drawn up a procedure with fixed quota for the women, youth and senior leaders. She also said that no relatives of leaders or those who have joined the Congress less than two years ago, would be allowed to contest elections. When asked specifically about Capt Amarinder, whose wife is an MP from Patiala, Mr Bhattal said, “exceptions are always there”. Asked about her claim to the Chief Ministership, she reiterated, it would be decided by the party high command.



Prayers for CM’s speedy recovery
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, November 23
Prayers are being conducted and akhand paths held for the speedy recovery of Mr Parkash Singh Badal at various gurdwaras under the guidance of Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Akali leader and director, Markfed, Ludhiana.

According to Mr Dhillon,”people are sincerely wishing Mr Badal’s” recovery as he has endeared himself to every section of society by providing moral support and financial assistance through sangat darshan. Bhog of akhand path would be held at various gurdwaras.

On November 29, bhog would be organised at Gurdwara Manji Sahib Alamgir, on November 30 at Katana Sahib, Doraha and at Gurdwara Reru Sahib, Sahnewal. Among those who offered prayers for Mr Badal’s speedy recovery were Mr Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Chairman, Market Committee, Sahnewal, Dr Shamsher Singh Kaile, president, Nagar Council, Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu, and Mr Jagtar Singh Sandhu. 



Female foeticide a crime: Vedanti
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 23
A state level seminar on Female foeticide” organised by the Guru Angad Dev Sewa Society , the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, and UNICEF, started here yesterday. Religious institutions have also been involved in the seminar. Speaking at the seminar Jathedar of Akal Takht, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, said he had already issued a ‘hukumnama’ against female foeticide. “It is an obnoxious crime which cannot be overlooked by Sikhs”, he said. Guru Nanak Dev Ji had also said that female infanticide was one of the four most abhorrent practices.

Jathedar Vedanti said,” this problem cannot be solved without active participation of women.” He said in his already issued ‘hukumnama, he had appealed to the Sikh women never to indulge in female foeticide. Any Sikh indulging in such practice could be declared ‘tankhaiya’, he said.

He said the girls should be treated on a par with boys and given due respect. He urged various organisations and NGOs to step up their activities in educating people against female foeticide.



NAAS fellowship for PAU scientist
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 23
Dr P.P. Gupta, an eminent scientist and former Additional Director of Research, PAU, Ludhiana has been elected as a Fellow of the highly prestigious National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, in recognition of his lifetime outstanding contributions to Research and Teaching in Pathology.

The other three National awards given to Dr. Gupta during the past year were, ICAR Rafi-Ahmed Kidwai Award, ICAR National Outstanding Teacher Award and Drs N.C.Jain and J.L.Vegad Award for outstanding research in Veterinary science.

Dr Gupta has published 261 original research papers, presented 100 research papers in scientific conferences and has guided 23 students for Master’s and Doctor’s degrees.

Dr S.S. Goraya, an eminent bio-medic and Bhatnagar awardee had nominated Dr Gupta for the Fellowship.


Ebony scheme winners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 23
Mr D.S.Gandhi and Mr Sandeep Bansal were declared the winners of the Ebony Las Vegas Daily Dhamaka scheme here yesterday.

According to a press note, the winners were given prizes by astrologer P.K.Khurana. The winners of the week-end mega prizes to Goa were Mr Dushyant Gupta and Mr Navin Nayyar. Mr Satnam Singh and Mr Jaspreet Singh were declared winners of the Jim Corbett tour. The tickets to Munnar were won by Mr Sandeep Sharma and Mr Sarkamal Singh.

Mr Yogesh Mishra, assistant manager, marketing, Ebony said customers could win daily tickets for a couple to Las Vegas. “One has to make purchases worth Rs 1000 and participate in the Ebony to Las Vegas Dhamaka”, he said.



Man beaten up, admitted to hospital 
Tribune Reporters

Sahnewal, November 23
Gurmit Singh of Upplan village was allegedly injured by Nirmal Singh, Mohan Singh and Dilip Singh of the same village. He was hospitalised at Civil Hospital Koomkalan and a case under sections 323, 324 and 34 of IPC was registered at Sahnewal police station on Wednesday.

Land grab alleged

Rupinder Kaur, Sarpanch of Sahnewal Khurd village has registered a case with the Sahnewal police under sections 447, 506 and 341 IPC that Jarnail Singh allegedly tried to grab her land and occupy it.

One injured

Devinder Singh, who was driving his Tata 407 (number PB10S-0368) has alleged that Balbir Kumar of Khanna, who was also driving a Tata-407 (number PAB-7048), rammed into his vehcile, injuring his. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against Balbir Kumar.

Truck driver booked

A truck driver was booked for allegedly parking his truck near Kohara, market and hence causing a traffic jam.

According to a case registered at Sahnewal police station under Section 283 of the IPC on Wednesday, ASI Balwinder Singh of Ramgarh alleged that Naitar Singh of Bangar was obstructing traffic. The driver was, however, released on bail.

Theft in medicine shop

Thieves broke into a medicine shop on Samrala Road and took away a TV set and a large quantity of medicines according to Yogesh Joshi, owner of Durga Medical Store. The loss has been reported to the tune of Rs 14,000. The police has registered an FIR and started investigation. Thieves had also broken into nearby shops earlier and the matter had been reported to the police, but no action was taken.

Randhir Singh not hurt

Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat, Mushkabad has, in a press role stated that on November 4, a police party from Samrala had come to the police post of Hedon to take Randhir Singh with them. He said he took Randhir Singh alongwith his father and other villagers to Hedon in connection with a case. Randhir Singh returned safely at the time there was no injury on body. The report about the same is baseless and untrue.

Stolen car recovered

The Division No 6 police on Thursday arrested Vinay Kumar, a resident of Sabo Talwandi village, and recovered a stolen Maruti car (PCS-0630) from him. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered.

Beaten up

The Sahnewal police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on a complaint of Mr Ujagar Singh, a resident of Dhrore village, against Pal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Jinder Singh, Sikander Singh, Pal Singh and Gandhi, all residents of the same village. According to the complaint, the accused came to his house and beat him up. No arrest has been made so far.

Travel agent arrested

Gurdip Singh, a travel agent of Sahnewal, has been arrested by the local police on the charge of duping a person of Rs 4 lakh.

According to Mr Harish Kumar of Ahmedgarh, the accused had taken this amount from him in two instalments, promising to send him to Italy. However, the agent got his visa made for Malaysia, saying that he would be sent to Italy from there. Harish alleged that he was badly beaten up in Malaysia by agents’ men and was forced to tell a lie to his family on phone that he was calling from Italy.

He returned to India after staying there for about six months. The ticket for his return journey was sent by his relatives. He added that when he demanded his money back from the travel agent, he was warned of dire consequences.


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