Sunday, December 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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NRI family booked for cheating girl, parents
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

(Sohian ) Jagraon, December 22
The hopes of a family belonging to this village, 30 km from here, of providing their daughter with marital bliss in Canada has proved too tragic for the girl. She was first used as a tool by an NRI family to get their otherwise ineligible Moga-based son to immigrate to that country and was then allegedly harassed, mentally and physically, for more dowry.

The objective behind all this plan was to get rid of her so that the son could get married again and make more money. The girl had an NRI status as one of her aunts was in Canada. Her husband, riding on her NRI status, managed to reach Canada but remained away for three months from the unaware girl. While she waited for the return of her husband and suffered harassment and beating at the hands of her in-laws, her husband finalised details of getting married again in India.

His ploy failed as the girl sounded her parents here, who with the help of the police have thwarted the plans of the boy’s family.

The shocking tale of the victim, Jaspreet Kaur, came to light with the registration of a case by the Jagraon police against four members of an NRI family headed by Khem Singh, settled in Canada, and originally belonging to Badduwal village near Dharamkot in Moga district. They have been accused of cheating Jaspreet kaur and her parents belonging to Sohian village near Chowki Mann, Jagraon by marrying their son with the girl for using her NRI status to get the boy in Canada, harass her for dowry and then cheat the girl and her family by trying to get the son married again.

The Canada police is also learnt to have intervened in the case. They have taken some legal action against the accused family but the nature of the action could not be verified.

Engulfed in gloom, Balwinder Singh and other family members of the victim, Jaspreet Kaur, narrated their tale of woes and the crashing of their dreams to a Ludhiana Tribune team from one of their relative’s residence in Nangal Kalan village here today. Balwinder Singh said they have an aunt living in Canada, and with the passage of time, his daughter also got an NRI status. They were approached last year by an NRI family based in Vancouver, Canada, for the hand of their daughter.

The accused Khem Singh and his family confessed to Balwinder Singh that though they were NRIs settled in Canada, their son Swaranjit Singh could not immigrate there as he had become overage. The accused family told them that the son could not study much and wanted to unite with the family in Canada.

A sobbing Balwinder Singh told that the boy’s family was nice to them and possessed good assets in India and abroad. They thus married off their daughter to the boy about one-and-a-half years ago. The boy become eligible for immigration 6 months after marriage. They learnt that the boy had gone to Canada immediately after that but he did not met the girl. The worried parents and the girl were told the boy was yet to reach there whereas he was not in their native village here.

Meanwhile, the in-laws began harassing the girl for dowry and even started beating her. They told her to go away but the girl refused to do so until her husband arrived. One day through some common relative, the girl learnt in Canada that the boy was living in that country for several months and had now gone back to India for marrying some other girl. Her in-laws also disappeared leaving her at the mercy of the girl’s Aunt.

She sounded her parents in Jagraon, who with the help of the police, thwarted the evil designs of the in-laws.

Jagraon SSP Balkar Singh Sidhu said the case against Khem Singh, his son Swaranjit Singh and two women members has been registered under Section 406, 498-A, 420 and 506 IPC. The accused were in India and were likely to be arrested soon, he said. 



Beant’s kin being projected for Payal seat
Tribune Reporters

Doraha/Ludhiana, December 22
A number of Congress leaders today stressed upon the party high command that the Payal Assembly seat may be allotted to Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, the grandson of former Chief Minister Beant Singh. They observed that since Payal was the native place of Beant Singh, who had sacrificed his life for the peace in the state, his family member should get ticket to contest from there.

Addressing a rally here today leaders, including former minister, Mr Lal Singh, Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP, Mr K.K. Bawa, Mr Harmohinder Singh, MLA Raikot, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Samrala, Mr Tej Prakash MLA, Jallandhar Cantt, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, Isher Singh, Mr Manjit Singh Hambran, Mr Gurmit Singh, Mr Baljit Singh Dhamot, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Mr Amrik Singh Rauni, Mr Nirmal Singh, Mr Najar Singh Lapran, Mr Sudarshan Kumar ‘Pappu, Mr Beant Singh Daburjee, Mr Madan Mohan, Mr Jasminder Singh ‘Jassa’ and others.

They condemned the Akali-BJP government and accused it of corruption and inefficiency. They alleged that the Badal government had pushed the state into deep economic crisis as it had no policy resulting in huge debts accumulating on the state.

Besides criticising the Badal government, the Congress leaders seemed to have only single point agenda to project Mr Gurkirat Singh as the prospective candidate from here. They pointed out, since Beant Singh was very much respected in the area, it would be a comfortable performance by any member of his family and Mr Gurkirat would be the best choice as he had remained with the local people. 



Electricity producer waiting for a miracle
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
While the Punjab State Electricity Board is passing through a difficult phase due to state government’s ‘irrational policy’ of providing free electricity to the agricultural sector, an entrepreneur, Mr Avtar Singh Dev, belonging to the Ramgarhia community, traditionally known for entrepreneurial skills, has claimed that he can produce up to 1000-1500 kv of electricity every day by making use of the surplus heat and steam produced in a steel re-rolling mill, without any additional cost. All he wants is just settlement of his accumulated loans, taken from UCO Bank, and the release of about Rs 30 lakh capital subsidy promised by the state Industry Department at the time of setting up of the unit.

Mr Dev, who had joined his parental steel manufacturing plant in 1977, known as SAECO Steel Rolling Mill, had enhanced its daily production from 30 MT to 50 MT of rounds, by making certain changes in the manufacturing process. Later, he set up a new plant in 1984, S.R. Steels, with the manufacturing capacity of 50 MT of 10 mm rounds a day, that also with a lower power connection load of 500 kv.

He claimed that he had always kept in mind to conserve energy and had established a new plant Shivraj Wires Ltd, in 1995 to manufacture wire rods, of 100 MT capacity per day, that also with a lower connected power load of 1000 kv. Interestingly, through his hit and trial methods, he made it possible to decrease the consumption of electricity, by adding gears to increase the speed and to run the plant on variable speeds to maintain the continuity of the process. In this way he also succeeded to maintain temperature of the metal that helped to bring down the consumption of electricity.

Mr Dev claimed that while working at this plant, he developed a prototype of electricity generation, by making use of the heat of boilers that would run a turbine to produce electricity. He said, ‘‘It would produce electricity up to 1000-1500 kv units per day. I was just in the process of producing electricity energy, but the non-release of Rs 30 lakh capital subsidy and the second installment of loan by the UCO Bank forced me close down the plant.’’

Lamenting the treatment meted to him by the government institutions, he said, ‘‘Hundreds of steel rerolling mills, which have been forced to close down in Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna and here, due to increase in cost of production, could become functional, provided somebody takes my ideas seriously.’’ The monthly expenditure of a rerolling mill on electricity is anywhere between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, most of which could be easily saved by adopting that measure, he added.

‘‘My proposal has been appreciated by many senior engineers of electricity board and other institutes. I have also submitted the proposal to the Union Ministry of Power, Non-Conventional Energy Sources and Department of Scientific Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as other institutions for further study, but without any result. Can’t anybody support me to work on the idea. I am ready to share the project benefits,’’ he said.

Interestingly, his experiments and the indifferent attitude of the bank and state government authorities have resulted in the failure of his plant. Though the market value of his plant is around Rs 5 crore, due to lack of working capital and increase in costs, he is unable to operate. Today, he is a disgusted man waiting for some miracle, and running daily behind the bank authorities to settle a loan of about Rs 1.80 crore or asking the state government to declare his unit as sick one.



Holidays of district courts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
District courts will remain closed from December 23 to January 1, 2002, at Ludhiana, Khanna, Jagraon and Samrala.

Mr V.B. Handa, District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, said special arrangements for entertaining urgent matters, such as bail applications, injunction or stay matters pertaining to sessions’ court, had been made.

Tomorrow the Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, will dispose of urgent matters. On December 24 and 25, Mr B.S. Mehndiretta, Additional District and Sessions Judge; on December 26, Mr G.R. Banyal, Additional Sessions Judge; on December 27, Mr G.S. Sran, Additional Sessions Judge; and from December 29 to January 1, Mr B.K. Mehta, Additional District and Sessions Judge, will attend to urgent matters.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Arunvir Vashishta, has also deputed Duty Magistrates for entertaining urgent matters in Ludhiana and sub-divisions.

In Ludhiana, Mr Sanjay Agnihorti, JMIC, will attend to urgent matters from December 23 to 27; and Mr Balwinder Kumar, JMIC, from December 28 to January 1.

Mr Gurmail Singh, Judicial Magistrate, will attend to urgent matters from December 23 to 27; and Mr Munish Arora, JMIC, from December 28 to January 1, at Khanna.

At Samrala, Ms Asha Mehta, JMIC will attend to urgent matters from December 23 to 27; and Mr Ravinder Kumar, JMIC, from December 28 to January 1.

At Jagraon, Mr Harpal Singh Pruthi, JMIC, will attend to urgent matters from December 23 to 27; and Mr H.S. Grewal from December 28 to January 1.



Assembly poll: SAD to play development card
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
“We shall seek verdict of the electorate on the basis of unprecedented development in all spheres during the past five years of the SAD-BJP rule as against 50 years of the Congress regime during the ensuing Assembly elections.” This was stated by Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, adviser to the SAD, while talking to mediapersons here yesterday.

He said the stable governance provided by the ruling coalition had negated the propaganda by the Congress that no Akali Dal government could complete its full term and further that the state could not achieve any progress by government formed by parties, other than the Congress. “The present government has not only successfully completed its term but will score yet another win in the coming elections and form the next government as well.”

Mr Aggarwal, while charging the PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, with political opportunism, observed that the Congress had become evil when the present PPCC chief had said goodbye to the party to join the Akali Dal. “What reasons had made him join the same Congress again,” he asked. That a defector (Capt Amarinder Singh) was leading the Congress in Punjab, which had stalwarts like Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Ms Indira Gandhi and Mr Rajiv Gandhi, leading it in the past, was most unfortunate and shameful, he remarked.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, held at Gurdwara Akalgarh here gave a call to the cadres to propagate the policies and programmes as well as the achievements of the SAD-BJP government, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to mobilise the masses in favour of the ruling combine in the wake of ensuing Assembly elections.

Speaking to workers, Mr Harpreet Singh Shehnai and Mr Kuldip Singh Arora exhorted them to reach every nook and corner of the state and ensure that the designs of the opposition parties to acquire political power were foiled.



Urban, rural chiefs of NCP swap places
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
In the wake of fierce faction fighting and spate of allegations levelled against each other by various functionaries of the party here, the leadership of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has taken the initiative to reorganise the district urban and rural units as well as the Assembly segment units of Ludhiana Rural and Dakha.

In a joint meeting of the district-level office-bearers and other senior leaders of the party at Zonal Office here on Thursday with the state chief, Mr Swarn Singh, in the chair, Mr Rashpal Singh Gill and Mr Rajesh Chadha, the erstwhile presidents of urban and rural district units, respectively, were asked to swap places. Both the new district chiefs were directed to confine their activities to their respective areas, with the exception of the city areas, which were a part of the Ludhiana Rural and Dakha Assembly constituencies.

Among others, the meeting was attended by the district working president Mr Vijay Rangra, district youth president, Mr Achint Sharma, NCP general secretaries, Ms Gursharan Kaur, Monu Sharma, district mahila vice-president, Ms Saroj Rani. Both Mr Gill and Mr Chadha will oversee the entire electoral process in the Assembly constituencies falling under their respective areas.

According to Mr Swarn Singh, it had been decided that no worker or office-bearer of the party, other than president, working president or general secretary would go to the Press regarding party affairs. The presidents of rural and urban district units would collect applications from the prospective candidates for the coming elections and forward these to the state president of the NCP after processing. The president disclosed, that Mr Romesh Nanchahal, chief PRO, had been expelled from the party for a period of six years due to his anti-party activities. However, he can make an appeal against the decision, to the state president of the party.

Meanwhile, Mr Rashpal Singh Gill, the new district (rural) unit president, has said in a statement that all office-bearers of the Dakha and Ludhiana Rural Assembly segments would continue to work as before while new presidents had been appointed for the district units and Ludhiana Rural assembly segment unit.



Lok Jan Shakti Party to contest all 117 seats
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The Lok Jan Shakti Party would contest elections to all 117 Assembly seats in Punjab and the party was not averse to an electoral alliance or seat adjustment with other constituent parties of the BJP- led ruling National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.

This was stated by Mr Amar Singh Mehmi, state president of the party, while addressing a meeting of the state unit office-bearers and district presidents here recently. Mr Ramesh Chandra Ratan, national general secretary of the LJSP, was also present at the meeting. The meeting deliberated on the role of the party, electoral prospects and prospective party candidates from all districts. Some of the district presidents submitted their respective recommendations for allotment of the party ticket to the state leadership.

Mr Mehmi made it clear that all those seeking party nomination in the Assembly elections will have to fulfill the condition of enrollment of a minimum 15,000 party members, laid down by the high command.

The party chief released a list of poll observers for all districts from amongst the office-bearers of the state unit, who would also oversee the work of setting up party units at town and village level, ensure achievement of membership drive target and assist in selection of suitable candidates from their respective districts.

Those appointed poll observers were Mr Kartar Singh Patna (Jalandhar and Kapurthala), Mr Surjit Singh (Bathinda and Faridkot), Mr Harbhajan Singh (Ropar), Mr Avtar Singh Bagga (Nawanshahr), Mr Varinder Bharti (Hoshiarpur), Mr Balbir Singh (Gurdaspur), Mr Dalip Singh Jalla (Patiala), Mr Om Parkash Balmiki (Mansa), Mr Bhim Sain Kashyap (Sangrur), Mr Balbir Singh Ghamroda (Fatehgarh Sahib), Mr Narinder Pal Singh Soora (Moga), Mr Fakir Chand Gill (Ferozepore), Ms Triveni Chauhan (Amritsar), Ms Baldev Kaur (Muktsar) and Mr Mohammed Mustafa (Ludhiana).

Among others Mr Manjot Singh Grewal, Mr Jagdish Anand, Mr Om Parkash Balmiki, Ms Triveni Chauhan, Mr Anil Chopra, Mr Harbhajan Singh Attapuri, Mr Bhan Singh, Ms Neelam, Ms Satinder Rai and Mr Gurdip Singh attended the meeting.



Sehajdhari Akali Dal to enter fray
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The recently formed Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal (SSAD) has decided to contest the coming Assembly elections in Punjab and out of the 21 Assembly seats identified during a survey by the political affairs committee of the party, candidates will be fielded at about 15 of these.

This was stated by Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu, president, SSAD, while addressing a news conference here yesterday. Among the seats provisionally selected by the party to enter the electoral battle included Bhaduar, Raikot, Barnala, Jofa, Mansa, Sherpur, Malaut, Sunam, Dirbha, Gidderbaha, Lambi, Patiala, Ludhiana Rural, Gurdaspur, Morinda, Phillaur, Lehragaga, Jandiala Guru, Moga, Jagraon and Tarn Taran.

Mr Ranu claimed that SSAD represented around 80 per cent of the Sikh population, which being ‘non-amrtidharis’, were categorised as Sehajdhari Sikhs. ‘‘The party will give the so-called 'panthic' parties a run for their money, which seek votes in the name of panth and once in power, go on to declare that Sehajdharis are not a part of the Sikh community.’’

Castigating the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the SSAD president charged the government with complete failure to safeguard interests of the farmers and other sections of people. During his tenure, Mr Badal, he further observed, had committed a greater sin of politicising the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Sri Akal Takht, the supreme bodies of the Sikh community.



Special train for Jain pilgrims flagged off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line project seems to have a bleak future as the Punjab Government has not shown any interest in the project.

This was stated by Mr Digvijay Singh, Minister of State for Railways, who was in the city today to flag off the Bhagvan Mahavir Teerath Dham Jain Yatra special train from the local railway station here today. Stating that the future of the project depended on the initiative taken by the Punjab Government, Mr Digvijay Singh said it had not given in writing to the Union Government that laying of the line was its top priority.

Moreover, the state government was required to deposit an amount of Rs 10 to 15 crore with the Ministry of Railways for laying the line which it had not done for the past one year, said Mr Digvijay Singh. He said the ministry had written to the state government a year ago to fulfill these requirements which the latter had not done so far.

He said the Union Government was spending an amount of Rs 32,000 crore on the maintenance of old tracks as well as laying of new tracks. So the state governments were also required to pool in some money if they wanted new tracks in their state.

The train has been started to mark the 2,600th birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. The train will return back to Ludhiana on January 5. It will stop at various holy places including Sammetshikhir, Rijubalika, Pawapuri, Kundalpur, Kshatriyapur, Gunayan Ji, Rajgrahi, Shatrunjya Mahatirath, Shankheshwar, Mahuri, Mehsana, Bamanwad, Rankapur,Muchala Mahavir, Nakora, Jaisalmer, Brahmasar, Amar Sagar and Lodravapur.

The platform number 5 of the local railway station from where the train was flagged off was buzzing with activity today. Travellers who had come from all parts of Northern India to board the special train were in a jubilant mood. Thousands of followers of Jainism thronged the place that was packed to its capacity.

According to Mr Sikandar lal Jain, organiser of the pilgrimage, the train has 16 coaches and a seating capacity of 1,000. He said all the seats were reserved and many more people were willing to be a part of the pilgrimage.

Mr Ajay Jain, a businessman, said Jains, most of whom are businessmen, were going on the pilgrimage although it would take around 15 days. He said being absent from work for 15 days meant huge losses to them, but it was their faith that made them leave their work and go on pilgrimage.

The brand new train was nicely decked up. Though there was only sleeper class, many members of affluent families were also a part of the pilgrimage. “It is our good luck that we are going to visit so many places by this train. And it is quite comfortable, no matter if it does not offer us luxury,” said Ms Usha Jain.

Mr S.L. Jain, an octgenarian, had come from Delhi to board the train. Mr Mukesh Jain, a local businessman was the only one who was disappointed as he could not get a seat in the train. "Earlier I was not willing to go, but after seeing the enthusiasm of devotees I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.



Stone of sabzi mandi laid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The Punjab Government has formulated an ambitious plan to set up well-equipped ultra modern sabzi mandis in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar to ensure better sale, purchase facilities and proper storage conditions for fruits and vegetables. This was stated by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while addressing audience at a function held on the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new sabzi mandi here. The mandi will be set up at a cost of Rs 60 crore in 54-acre area.

Among the facilities, proposed to be provided in the new sabzi mandi would be a rest house for farmers, a multi-storeyed commercial complex, post office, banks, a well-equipped hospital, cold storage and restaurants, Mr Atwal added.

Mr Mal Singh Ghuman, Chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, who laid the foundation stone of the new mandi, claimed that the project had been designed on the pattern of international level vegetable markets. Besides addressing the common problems, being faced in bigger vegetable and fruit markets, 167 shops for commission agents, 11 auction platforms, 15 shop-cum-offices and 60 booths would be provided in the market. A sum of Rs 32 crore would be spent on development of infrastructure and other basic facilities in the mandi.

He announced that commission agents, carrying out their business in the Old Sabzi Mandi for past five years or more would be allotted shops in the new mandi at reserve price.



Vice-Chancellor flayed for award nomination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has flayed the decision of the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to recommend the name of Dr V.C. Kapoor, Coordinator Research, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, for the award of National Professorship of Agriculture and Allied Sciences to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

In a press note, released here today, Dr Balwant Singh, convener of the Kisan Cell and a member of the Economic Cell of the NCP, has stated that the PAU administration had invited applications from the scientists of the university for the award in response to a letter of the ICAR. The last date for sending the name was September 20.

According to Dr Balwant Singh, four other scientists, including Dr M.S. Bajwa, then working as the Director of Research, Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, Professor of biotechnology and former Director of Biotechnology, Dr P.P. Gupta, then holding the charge as Additional Director Research (Veterinary), and Dr J.S. Sohal, Professor of computer science and electrical engineering, had also applied for the award.

Dr Balwant Singh has alleged that before the last date of receipt applications, the VC recommended the name of Dr Kapur on his own without scrutinising the bio-data of other scientists. The nomination of Dr Kapoor, says Dr Balwant Singh, has not been done on merit. Dr Kapoor holds a degree but is not an agricultural scientists, whereas the other four applicants are all distinguished scientists in their respective fields of agriculture and allied sciences. Even on the basis of the criterion laid down by the ICAR, Dr Kapoor could not have been nominated for the award since he does not fill the essential conditions of being an eminent scientist. Dr Bajwa, Dr Dhaliwal and Dr Gupta, claims Dr Balwant Singh, are fellows of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) and recipient of several international, national awards and fellowships.

According to Dr Balwant Singh, he has written a letter to the Director-General, ICAR, Dr Punjab Singh, urging him to turn down the nomination of Dr Kapoor for the said award and to ask the PAU VC to constitute a committee to recommend the name of an eminent scientist of the university.



Milk testing gets good response
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The scheme of Verka asking people to get the milk they consume tested, got a good response today with general public from every area of the city coming forth to get the test done.

The company aims to make people aware about the quality of milk they are consuming. Over 50 samples were collected at the milk plant for testing within a few hours after the camp started.

The free milk testing camp has been divided in two phases. In the first phase, on December 22 and 23, samples will be collected at Model Town, Dugri Road, Gandhi Nagar, Near Chand Cinema, Sherpur Market Focal Point, Salim Tabri, Punjab Housing Board Colony, Focal Point and Verka Milk Plant. Samples will be tested free of cost. The second phase will be held on December 27 and 28.

Mr Rajiv Bajaj, area sales manager of the company, said ‘‘The quality of milk was not good as compared to the rates the customers were paying. Customers have every right to know the quality of the product they are paying for.’’

Mr Bajaj further added that diseases like tuberculosis, food poisoning, typhoid, paratyphoid, dysentery, and diphtheria were caused by germs which grew fast on milk.

A special testing machine has been put up to check the fat content, bacteria content and the adulteration in milk. A customers can get the results within 10 to 15 minutes.

Mr Sandeep Kumar from Deep Nagar who had brought a milk sample for testing said, ‘‘I was shocked to know that we were getting water instead of milk. Milk which was available to us for Rs 14 per kg, contained 40 per cent water. We have been getting this milk for the past over five years and had all the trust on our milkman.’’

Ms Geeta Girdhar, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, said this kind of camp had been arranged for the first time. She said,‘‘People are not always aware that they are being cheated by milkmen. Such camps are really helpful in finding the truth. We have every right to get the quality products for which we are paying.’’



Engineers for better scales
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A chief engineer with the Punjab Government used to have higher pay scale in comparison to the Chief Secretary of the state in the pre-partition period. However, successive pay commissions have drastically scaled down their status and pay scales. Its reasons lay in the lack of proper educational facilities, in-service training and the unity among various engineering bodies to claim their dues.

These views were expressed by various speakers at the 16th annual general meeting of the local chapter of the Institution of Engineers (India) held here today. Mr J. S. Grewal, Chief Engineer (Operation), Ludhiana, PSEB, while presiding over the function asked the engineers to work in a manner that would increase their status in the society.

Dr V.K. Sharma, Additional Director, Research, PAU, was the guest of honour. Over 200 engineers from all over the state attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr K.S. Sivia, chairman of the local centre, stressed upon the role of engineers in improving the standard of living of the common people. Mr M. Nath Sharma, honorary secretary, presented the annual report.



Religious bodies told to check noise pollution
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The district administration has sought the cooperation of religious institutions in the city in checking the noise pollution by scrupulously following the directions on playing of loudspeakers.

In a meeting of representatives of local religious institutions, presided over by Mr Kuldip Singh, SDM (West), here last evening, it was pointed out that there were increasing complaints from city residents against the playing of loudspeakers late in the night and early hours in the morning in violation of a complete ban on the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am.

Even during the permitted timings for the use of loudspeakers the volume has to be kept reasonably low so that people in adjoining localities are not disturbed.

The representatives of religious institutions were further cautioned to abide by the restrictions on the use of loudspeakers failing which the offenders would be proceeded against under relevant provisions of the Noise Pollution Act 1956, which provided for imprisonment up to six months or Rs 1,000 fine or both.



Young Voice
Studies & sports go hand in hand

Sanjeev Vohra
Sanjeev Vohra

The conventional theory that book- worms cannot be good sportspersons and vice versa does not hold true in the case of Sanjeev Vohra. This local lad is an exception and at example for those who always find excuses for their poor performance on both fronts.

Sanjeev is a well-established chartered accountant with B Com from Panjab University and M Com from Himachal Pradesh University. He never lagged behind in studies and sports. As a student he performed well in state and national-level snooker and badminton championships. He won the state badminton championship for eight times. Besides, he represented his state in three national-level snooker championships.

He opines that everyone is capable of doing everything, provided one efficiently manages the available time as more than time studies and sports demand proper concentration and involvement. He says: “I have completed every course in one go with excellent performance, especially CA degree which people think could not be done in one attempt. Besides, I enjoyed playing games while studying in the ‘so-called’ difficult course.” Sanjeev says, “I am successful because I belive in the other theory of all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”



Run for fun
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
Nearly 50 men above 60 had in fact more than their fill of fun as they covered a distance of 1000 m that constituted the run for fun organised by the Shiv Mandir Seva Samiti here today.

Mr Jagjit Singh (61), who won the race, was given 15 kg of ‘desi’ ghee as a prize. Mr B.D. Chugh (64) and Mr Charan Singh (68) finished second and third, respectively.



Single bankers’ clearing house sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The All India Steel Re-Rollers’ Association has demanded the setting up of a single bankers’ clearing house for Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh.

In a memorandum to General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Chandigarh, Mr Vinod Vashisht, senior vice-president of AISRA, has stated that 150 re-rolling mills in Khanna have their business transactions in Mandi Gobindgarh. These units have to withdraw a large sum of money from the banks in Mandi Gobindgarh for their local payments, which involves a great risk as the incidents of looting have increased in the area. A copy of the memorandum was given to the HDFC Bank, Khanna.


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