Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Bid to rob bank, four held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Focal Point police is on the look out for an unidentified employee of the Punjab and Sind Bank, Sherpur Branch, who was allegedly hand in glove with a gang of robbers and was set to give information to the gang about the time when the bank could be robbed.

The police today claimed to have achieved a major success with the timely crackdown on the gang and the subsequent arrest of its four members. Two other members, including the kingpin, who knows the identity of the bank employee, however managed to flee.

According to a press note issued here today by the police a police party led by SHO Mukhwinder Singh raided a hide-out of the gang on a tip-off and arrested Vinod Jain, alias Vicky, Gopal Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Surinder Kumar. Two other members of the gang — Rinku and Bihari are absconding.

The police claimed to have recovered two .12 bore pistols, two knives, a motorcycle, a television and a stereo. The police said the arrest of the gangsters could provide vital clues on the gang’s involvement in earlier robberies in the city. The involvement of the bank employee also gives the police a new angle to prove the previous robbery and snatching incidents.


Cinema owners shower freebies on VIPs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The district administration as well as the police has often been accused of not doing enough to check the black marketing of cinema tickets and to take action against the cinema canteen owners for selling eatables at exorbitant rates. This raises the question whether one of the reasons for the administration’s inaction is suggested by the freebies offered to the government officials by cinema owners’.

Ever heard of someone watching a movie after buying a ticket for Rs 2 or 5 only? That too not in the front row but in a luxurious box, where cold drinks and snacks are supplied continuously and obviously without any charges. And, to top it all the token amount of Rs 2 or 5 charged at entry is also returned. Only, its xerox copy is kept for the records as on the note the signature of the official with ‘request’ for allowing , say, two or three persons is made. The record is maintained by the cinema owners.

As an indicator of the reasons behind the administration’s inaction on complaint ranging from black marketing, over-charging, illegal parking and showing of adult and blue films, the Ludhiana Tribune has learnt that the “currency note policy” ensures some kind of immunity for the cinema owners violating the rules and the norms.

One such scene was witnessed in a posh city cinema by this correspondent that brought to light the malpractice. This correspondent was sitting in the room of the cinema manager with a friend. Three youths came to the room and showed a 50-rupee note to the manager saying , which box was theirs?

The manager, who did not know the identity of the correspondent said ‘‘Oye tuhanu kini var keha hai, chotte note layae karo te bhethe uthe nu dekh laya karo’’ (I have told you a number of times to bring small currency notes and take care of the circumstance before saying things), the manager said. He sent the currency note for getting it xeroxed and then returned it to the three youths.

Later on, an employee with the cinema revealed to the Ludhiana Tribune that the currency notes carried the signatures of a clerk only. ‘‘We get such ‘directions’ from all ranks of officials’’ he claimed.

The official disclosed that in 90 per cent cases, the ‘directions’ come on currency notes of smaller denominations. He added the value of the currency note does not make any difference. But sometimes, during the late evenings or night show, the photostat shop is not opened and thus it becomes difficult to keep larger denomination notes.

Ludhiana Tribune has learnt that the practice prevails in the cinema halls. A number of cinema owners confided that they have no option as it “helped” in smooth running of shows otherwise one or another objection would be raised against them. Some cinema owners said sometimes, more than 80 per cent of the viewers were VIP’s or their recommended persons only. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts.



Parties cut corners with plastic buntings
Residents fear aftermath of poll campaign
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Ludhiana, January 29
Since the Election Commission has set an expenditure limit, the various political parties have found an economical method to make their election campaign more effective this time. The buntings, flags and banners made of plastic are selling like hot cake as the plastic material is cheap and durable.

Every nook and corner of the city is dotted with such of fags and banners of various political parties. Earlier, the buntings were made of paper and some political parties also used cloth for making these. But now because of the expenditure limit the political parties have started using plastic.

Whatever the political parties may hope to achieve by using these plastic buntings, one thing is sure that these are not eco-friendly. As plastic is not bio-degradable, ultimately the residents will have to suffer the ill effects of this campaign material.

One thing is sure that after elections no political party would take pains to remove all these buntings as with the end of this democratic process, their duty would finish. The winners would remain busy enforcing their rights while losers would fight for their rights on behalf of common man.

Mr Sudhir Khanna, a wholesale dealer of such material, disclosed while talking to this correspondent, “There is a lot of difference between the prices of the plastic and paper canvassing material.” He said, “A plastic bunting of 100 flags costs around Rs 10 while one made of paper costs around Rs 25. These are very short-term use items and no one is interested in spending money on these.”

Mr Khanna disclosed that till date, he had sold only plastic buntings. He said, “These buntings are not made of recycled plastic which is not environment-friendly. There is no such rule prohibiting to sell the material and only recycled material could not be sold.”

Mr Ramesh Chand Sharma, a resident of the old city area said, “The paper buntings do not create any problem for residents as these are bio-degradable. These plastic buntings will fall and block the nullahs, sewerage and water-outlet pipes. Then no politician would come forward to help the residents. It would take months for Municipal Corporation to clear this deadly substance from the city”.


Industry plays it safe with donations
Hefty contributions to SAD, BJP and Congress funds
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
After a three-day hectic tour by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of various constituencies in this district, the fact which has emerged is that Mr Badal is making frantic efforts to fix his party’s image that has taken a sharp beating due to allegations of corruption and misrule by his political opponents and party dissidents. At least this is the impression that prevails among people.

Though, Mr Badal’s visit to Kila Raipur, Raikot, Payal, Ludhiana, etc has evoked a mixed public response, but what has come as a silver lining for Mr Badal’s party is huge donations that have come in the form of party fund from Ludhiana’s businessmen and industrialists who wish to take no chances with the outcome of the February 13 poll. Estimates of party fund or donations received by the Chief Minister during these three days run into a mind-boggling sum.

“If the row of cars of those wanting to see Mr Badal was any indication, then the election fund would easily amount to several crores”, said a Civil Lines resident, who lives in the proximity of the house where Mr Badal stayed with a close aide.

Another Ludhiana industrialist, who did not wish to be identified, said that he had paid Rs 2.5 lakh each to the Shiromani Akali Dal as well as the Congress leadership. “Its more like a balancing act in the absence of any clear wave either in favour or against any political party,” he said.

There has been a sharp shift in attitude of the city businessmen during the past few days. Earlier the city businessmen and industrialists had virtually gone into a hiding to avoid the politicians in the absence of any clear political polarisation. But with the trends continue to be the same even after the last date of withdrawal of nominations, these industrialists want to play it safe by obliging the heavy weights of all parties.

A senior officer had reportedly called a meeting of city industrialists, asking them to help out the ruling SAD-BJP alliance with election funds. Similarly, a leading city-based shawl manufacturer collected money from various hosiery owners and handed it over to the Akali leadership for the elections.

During the election rallies and meeting with groups Mr Badal had been harping on what he described as the ‘achievements of the SAD-BJP alliance’. Communal harmony, economic development and schemes launched during the past five years was what Mr Badal mainly spoke about during the campaigning. But what had come as a serious setback to the ruling Akali-SAD alliance was the advertisement issued by the state Congress in most newspapers accusing Mr Badal of ‘the great betrayal’ in which Mr Badal was shown as handing over a ‘mortgage deed’ giving away Punjab waters through Satluj Yamuna Link canal (SYL) to Haryana in return of a ‘22 acres of land allotment in Gurgaon worth Rs 500 crore’.


Bogus mediclaims drain insurance companies
Shavani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, January 29
Several clients of insurance agencies continue to fleece the agencies of huge amounts of money everyday by presenting fraudulent claims, all in connivance with some unscrupulous doctors who issue false certificates of illness to healthy persons for the sole purpose of obtaining a claim. Some insurance agents too are involved in the racket, making the practice flourish in and around the city.

Officials of the insurance companies admit that a number of bogus medical claims come to their notice and they try not to make payments to bogus clients. But many such claims go unnoticed where payments are made. In many claims, officials of the insurance agencies too are involved. If detected, such cases are invariably hushed-up to shield the erring officials.

One of the officials in an Insurance company, on the condition of anonymity disclosed that such a practice was prevalent in the region though it was a difficult task to quantify as to how many persons were involved in it. He also said it was very simple to obtain a false medical certificate and several NRIs also took advantage of this and got false certificates made for obtaining claims overseas.

One of the doctors gave an example and said a person landed up in his nursing home with severe pain in the right side of abdomen because of some urinary problem and was diagnosed to be having a stone in the right kidney. He was treated with some medication and was advised to undergo either surgery or lithotripsy (breaking of stones by waves). On discussing his problem with one of his friends, he was given an idea to get health insurance. After four months of buying the policy, the person got admitted in the nursing home and got his stone removed by litotripsy at the cost of the insurance company.

“There are few tricks played on the Insurance companies which make them bankrupt”, told Mr Madhvan (not his real name), who is an agent of one of the local insurance companies, here. “Most of the time, the staff of the insurance company is hand in glove with the client”, he said.

In another case, Gurmel Singh got his insurance done on the advice of one of his friends, who had been a Development Officer in an insurance company. After six months of taking the policy, a claim was made with a company for a roadside accident, which had allegedly left Gurmel with a swollen foot due to soft tissue injury. He was advised a bed rest for three weeks. The bill for the whole treatment was obtained from one of the doctors by paying Rs 1,500. The patient got a good amount of money by just investing Rs 500 in the policy and Rs 1,500 to the doctor. The company had to pay him the treatment charges for a period of three weeks on an average of Rs 500 per day.

“In such cases, the client has to inform the insurance company immediately after the accident and a surveyor (doctor in such cases) is appointed who immediately visits the patient. This clause is waived off when the employee of insurance company is taken into confidence and his share of money is protected”, revealed the insurance agent.

Though, there is a separate Vigilance Cell in the department, but they hardly catch any of the doctors or insurance officials as this would spoil their reputation.



TO believe or not to believe. Politicians always promise the moon. And yet their promises and commitments go unaccounted far. The countdown for the February 13 Assembly elections has already begun. Electioneering is also picking up at a fast momentum. All the mainstream and peripheral political parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the Congress, the Panthic Morcha, the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party have been claiming they will come to power. Surprisingly, the leaders of all these parties speak in a single tone without much difference in content and quality. Each of the leaders accuse the rivals of corruption, nepotism, non-performance, betrayal of people’s expectations and so on. At times it becomes difficult to make out, which party the speaker belongs to as the speakers at election rallies speak in the same tone everywhere, whichever party they belong to. So at times one feels what difference will it make whether one party comes to power or the other.

Traffic hazards

The traffic in Ludhiana is turning crazy. The roads are forever busy. It has become a nightmarish experience to drive in the city. The number of vehicles has increased manifold but the roads seemed to have shrunk with most of the roads reduced to half as the other half is dug up by one or other communication company. Moreover, three-wheelers, cycles, cycle rickshaws, ‘rehras’ travel alongside other vehicles, thus reducing the flow of traffic. The sheer volume of traffic chokes the roads. Something clever to reduce the volume of traffic has to be done. Why don't the authorities stop the plying of cars with odd numbers on one day and with even numbers on the next day?


One stops one’s vehicle car at the crossroads and finds himself surrounded with beggars. Some have a dirty rag in the hand and go through the motions of cleaning the windscreen. Others have babies in their arms and ask for alms. Another brand of sellers of ‘dust feathers' or masks or ‘remote covers’ pester the drivers to buy their wares. The tormented driver with an eye on the lights wants to speed away but the beggars can prove to be hazardous and can come under the wheels of some vehicle. What is amazing is that begging goes on under the eyes of the policemen when everyone knows that begging is an offence.

Pressure horns

Despite the fact the district traffic police is working day and night for strictly implementing the traffic rules, the public and private transport buses got a special exemption for freely using pressure horns and exceeding the speed limit in the densely populated areas of the city. The moment these buses leave the bus terminus for other stations, the use of pressure horns becomes a compulsion as they have only this alternative to get out of this overcrowded city as soon as possible.

However, the district police had made big claims of not sparing any traffic rule offender. These bus drivers do not give a damn to the rule of not using pressure horns and exceeding speed limits on the roads having heavy flow of traffic. Whether peak or odd hours, one can witness the buses violating these rules on Dugri Road. During Road Safety week celebrated early this month, the district traffic police had conducted many education programmes for students, professionals, autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers. But it appears that a complete traffic rules training programme for these bus drivers is the need of the hour.

Election benefits

Among others, autorickshaw owners are quite happy these days as the election campaign has provided them a chance to earn ‘a little extra’ amount. Most of them have been hired by political parties for the campaign purpose. A few days back, they were unhappy with the traffic police for challaning them for violating different traffic rules. Expressing his happiness, one of the autorickshaw drivers said. ‘‘This is the best time for us, as we are earning not only good money but also free liquor daily. Further there is no fear of challans, for, the traffic police does not want to earn the wrath of politicians and our unions on the eve of elections.”

Tractor time

While it is election time everywhere, it is tractor time in the countryside. While in the urban areas politicians seeking votes are using small vehicles like cars and jeeps and a number of them luxury ones, in the countryside it is the tractor which is in great demand in the countryside. The tractors are the most common means of transport in the rural areas. Besides, it serves several other purposes. It has been coming quite handy for the politicians as they are using these for the electioneering purpose. The cost incurred is far less. So, no wonder most of the tractors, which otherwise don’t much business in this off season, can be seen decked with party posters and flags ferrying people from one place to the other for swelling the numbers in “largely attended” public rallies. (see picture)

Professional compulsion

A young lady reporter of an English newspaper here is feeling helpless these days, as according to the profession’s rules she is barred to expose the misdeeds of a ‘reputed’ local heart care centre, because the victim is her relative. According to her, her mother-in-law, who was admitted there after a reported heart problem, died recently due to the ‘negligence and greediness’ of doctors at the institute. Her condition had deteriorated after an angioplasty, however, the doctors did not give proper attention, she alleged. Interestingly, a doctor, also charged Rs 50,000 as his commission for referring the case, though they had approached directly. In the meantime, the level of sodium in her blood declined, and she went into coma. The doctors, ironically, put off their hands at this stage, after presenting a bill of more than Rs 2 lakh. The patient also died. The other senior doctors, who were called to get the second opinion, also alleged that the patient could have been saved had the doctors acted in time. She simply died due to negligence of the doctors. “If you cannot raise the issue in the media, you should approach the consumer court at least to teach a lesson to the institute,” they have suggested.

Republic Day or Independence Day?

While it is common knowledge that January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day and August 15 as Independence Day every year, the District Public Relations Office (DPRO) seems to be ignorant of the fact. In a goof-up made in preparation of the press release of January 26 celebrations, the DPRO stated that the 52nd Independence Day was celebrated on January 26. The press release is made after proper scrutiny by a couple of officers yet the blunder escaped the inspecting eye. Interestingly, the figure 52nd could have given an indication that something was wrong as it has been 55 years since the country was independent. — Sentinel



Kids’ choice, parents’ worry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The violence and terror in the Kashmir Valley is having a negative impact on the children’s psyche there. Most of the children prefer toy guns to toy cars, dolls and other toys.

Two families from the Valley, who were on a trip to the city for the treatment of a relative, told this to Ludhiana Tribune. They said peace had returned to the Valley to a large extent after the deployment of the Army on the border. People now dared to stay out after 6 pm, whereas evenings used to be dull till a couple of months back as no one had the guts to venture out.

Mr Bilal Ahmed Khan and his wife, Ms Rehana Khan, living in the Valley since their birth, were worried about their children. They said there was a fair recently, where a number of toy sellers had brought toy mousers and AK-47s, which were liked by the children. This was a matter of concern for the parents and social analysts.

They rued that Kashmiri children had not seen freedom in its true spirit. They had seen Kashmir when it was heaven on earth, while their children had only heard about bullets and grenades. They were looking forward to return to normalcy and hoped that happier days were not far now.

They said the scenario had changed after the ban on certain terrorist outfits active in Kashmir. The people who used to shelter these terrorists now feared the Army and help for terrorists was not coming from the public.

Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhatia, another visitor from Kashmir, said life was miserable there, but he preferred to stay there with his family. He and his family visited Punjab off and on, but they could not think about life elsewhere. He said the people were angry over the ban on STD facility.


Poll campaign at feverish pitch
Our Correspondent

Mr K.K. Bawa, president, DCC, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, Congress nominee from the Ludhiana Rural seat, and Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, a former MP, along with others hand over the nomination letter to Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, chief, INTUC, in Ludhiana.

Mr K.K. Bawa, president, DCC, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, Congress nominee from the Ludhiana Rural seat, and Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, a former MP, along with others hand over the nomination letter to Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, chief, INTUC, in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, January 29
With the process of withdrawal of nomination papers over and the final battle lines being drawn, the campaign for February 13 Assembly elections has hotted up with the respective candidates trying all sorts of tricks to woo the electorate.

In one of the key constituencies, Kila Raipur, where the Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, is involved in a multi-cornered contest against Ms Jagdish Kaur Khangura of the Congress, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal of the Panthic Morcha and a former legislator, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, among others, charges were being openly traded between Mr Garcha and Ms Khangura.

While the SAD candidate has alleged that a senior police officer of the rank of ADGP was canvassing support for the Congress nominee, Mrs Khangura has retaliated by way of naming several officers in the police and the Cooperative Department, who were parts of Mr Garcha’s election machinery. She has lodged formal complaints with the Chief Election Commissioner, the SSP, Jagraon, and the District Returning Officer. Mr Kuldip Singh, state secretary, Marxist Communist Party of India, and one of the candidates from this constituency, has also alleged that code of conduct is being violated by the ruling party. He further demanded that sitting legislators and ministers should be treated on a par with other contestants.

The BJP candidate from Ludhiana East, Mr Pran Bhatia, opened an election office, set up by party councillor Neelam Pathak at ward No. 67. He also carried out a door-to-door campaign at Shiv Puri, New Shiv Puri, Salem Tabri and Chhawni Mohalla in ward No. 65. While Mr Bhatia’s campaign veered round the ‘unprecedented development’ in Punjab under the regime of the SAD-BJP government, the Congress candidate, Mr Rakesh Pandey, a sitting legislator, had been charging the government with neglecting the Assembly segments, represented by opposition parties.

Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, President INTUC, Punjab, who has been nominated as Chairman of the Labour and Employment Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, has announced that the INTUC workers have undertaken hectic campaigning for the party candidates in their respective constituencies. Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, president, DCC, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, Congress nominee from the Ludhiana rural segment, and Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, a former MP, handed over the nomination letter to Mr Kapoor.

Mr Harnam Das Johar, Congress candidate from Ludhiana West, has claimed that Mr Madan Lal Anand of the Jan Sangh, Dr Iqbal Singh of the Janata Dal and Mr Charanjit Grewal and Mr Sikander Singh of the SAD have joined the Congress. Mr Johar, while addressing election meetings at Ghumar Mandi, Sham Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar and Rishi Nagar, lambasted the ruling combine for its total failure to address the real problems like unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. Activists of the Youth Congress took out a car rally to canvass support for the party nominees in the city.

The SAD candidate from Ludhiana West, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, was weighed against coins at Haibowal. Speaking on the occasion, the chief of the SAD (Youth wing), Mr Sharanjit Dhillon, appealed to the people to give another mandate in favour of the ruling coalition. The Independent nominee from this seat, Mr Harish Dhanda, has claimed that a large number of social groups and associations of trade and industry have pledged their support to him.

The election campaign of Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, SAD nominee from Koom Kalan, got a boost when a prominent party functionary and a former legislator, Mr Daya Singh, joined the campaigning along with a large number of his supporters.

The Panthic Morcha nominee from the Ludhiana Rural seat, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, who was seeking re-election, addressed series of meetings in several villages and city localities. SHSYAD activists organised a number of meetings to step up the electioneering in support of Mr Gabria. The Congress candidate, Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi, while speaking at an election meeting, organised by the Congress Seva Dal at Dashmesh Nagar exhorted the electorate to rid the state of ruling combine, which had made a mess of the state economy. He also addressed meetings at Tibba Road and adjoining localities.


Panthic Morcha manifesto on Feb 2
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
The Panthic Morcha will uphold the supremacy of Akal Takhat and strive to set up ‘halimi raj’ (equality for all sections of the society). This is the crux of the manifesto of the Panthic Morcha (Akali Dal) which will be released soon.

The Panthic Morcha will focus on the comprehensive development of Punjab and accomplish a peaceful and non-violent solution to problems of the state, which have been lingering on for more than three decades. The Panthic Morcha will further strive to uphold and protect all legitimate religious, social, economic, political and civil rights of people of Punjab.

Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, convener, Panthic Morcha, said here today that the Panthic Morcha would also defeat the feudal policies of the Akali Dal (Badal) and the centralist and fascist policies of the Congress and the BJP.

The Panthic Morcha would also strive to eradicate the menace of drugs and provide employment to the unemployed youth.

The Panthic Morcha would also attract the such Punjabis settled abroad to set up industrial units in Punjab.

Mr Bedi said that the Panthic Morcha would also work to end corruption from the state administration and provide a clean administration to the people of the state.

The Panthic Morcha would release its election manifesto on February 2. The Panthic Morcha would launch its election campaign on January 31 from the Kila Raipur constituency of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in this district. Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann along with Mr Bedi and other Panthic Morcha leaders, the morcha now had 90 candidates in the fray in Punjab. He said that the district units had been authorised to take decisions regarding extending support to individual candidates where SAD rebels were contesting. He claimed that Panthic Morcha was receiving a good response from people.



BSP will hold balance of power in Punjab: Kanshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today claimed that his party would hold the balance of power in Punjab after elections to the Assembly scheduled for February 13. He claimed that the BSP was emerging a forceful alternative to the Akali-BJP alliance and the Congress in the state.

Addressing a party rally organised in the suburbs, Mr Kanshi Ram also announced that Mr Ravi Inder Singh would be the next Chief Minister of the state. He observed, “Mr Ravi Inder Singh is a Jat Sikh and only a Jat Sikh can make a good Chief Minister in Punjab”.

The BSP leader lashed out at both the Akali-BJP alliance as well as the Congress claiming that all of them had exploited the people of the state. “They are all the same when it comes to fixing the responsibility of corruption that is so rampant in the state”, he alleged. He criticised the Congress for its claims in the election manifesto saying it was another version of the Akali-BJP policies.

Criticising the Congress for its charge sheet against the Badal government, he claimed that the Congress was no different from the Akalis or the BJP. “It is the Congress which had set the trend of practicing corruption unabashedly that was followed by the Akalis”, he pointed out. He said, the corruption was giving rise to other problems like lawlessness and unemployment.

The BSP leader said, the Dalits, the downtrodden and other progressive people had already resolved to give the BSP a chance. Taking a dig at the BJP leader, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, for his remarks that the Akali-BJP government could provide lasting stability, as there was a friendly government at the Centre, Mr Kanshi Ram claimed, it would be stable only if Vajpayee government survived any more. He said, after the elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the National Democratic Alliance government was bound to collapse. “So let nobody remain in doubt on that count”, he asserted.

The party candidates from Ludhiana Rural seat, Mr Gurmail Pahalwan, Ludhiana West Mr Ravinder Singh Sohal and the party leader Dr D P Khosla were also present at the meeting.


Pity these records!
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
Public Cause, a forum voicing common problems of people, has alleged that records being maintained at the office of Sub-Registrar of Ludhiana in the basement of Mini Secretariat building were lying in a deplorable condition.

Mr Pawan Aggarwal, legal advisor, Public Cause, in a press statement said that this record room was meant for keeping copies of title deeds, sale deeds, wills, power of attorney, mortgage deeds etc.

Mr Aggarwal alleged that despite the fact that lakhs of rupees were being collected daily as a registration fee, meant for safe-keeping of registration records, even then there was no safety of these records.

Mr Aggarwal further said that the general public was facing problems due to non-availability of the required records. He said that no concrete measures had been taken for the safe custody of registration records.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K.Sandhu, when contacted said that he had no such information. “Even if there was some case, the persons concerned should inform us. If required we will take necessary action against the guilty for the alleged negligence,” said Mr Sandhu.


‘Vote sensibly’

ALL voters must consider the merit of a candidate before voting for him, feels Dr Ashish, a city based dentist. The voters must know about his/her past experience and educational background before voting for a particular candidate, he believes.

Concerned about the state of future government, Dr Ashish says that the Election Commission should set an eligibility criteria for a candidate. A candidate with more than two children should be not considered, he says. “How will a leader having six to seven children appeal to masses to not to go for more than two children, he questions.

Dr Ashish also feels that various aspects like religion, caste and creed should not be a point for considering a candidate. OC


BKU leader slams Cong manifesto
Our Correspondent

Samrala, January 29
Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, national general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, said here today that there was nothing for the farmers and agricultural labourers in the Congress election manifesto.

While talking to mediapersons Mr Rajewal said the Congress is basically pro-trader and pro- industrialist party and because of this the party’s manifesto was silent on the vital issue of farmers’ debt.



Brothers attacked by eve-teasers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
In a daring act here yesterday, two brothers, who went to lodge a report against some eve-teasers at the Salem Tabri police station, were attacked outside the police station by the accused.

Harjit Singh and Paramjit Singh, both residents of Azad Nagar, had prevented some boys of the area from teasing their niece, Rajinder Kaur, on Sunday and the eve-teasers had retaliated by beating up both the brothers. The police was informed but since no action was taken, the brothers decided to visit the police station again yesterday. But the accused, who reportedly enjoy the patronage of a leader of the area, attacked them in front of the police station and injured them. The Salem Tabri police has registered a case.

Beaten up

The Division Number 6 police station has registered a case of beating on the complaint of Mr Mangat Ram, a resident of Janak Puri, against Kharak Singh. The complainant alleged that the accused beat him up.

Another case of causing injury by an accident was registered at the same police station on the statement of Mr Kalia, a resident of Baharu Mohalla, against Chander Parkash, a resident of Kishore Nagar, Tajpur Road. Mr Kalia had alleged that the accused rammed his scooter into him as a result of which he sustained injuries.

One arrested

The Model Town police on Sunday arrested Surinder Kumar, a resident of Model Town, and booked him under Sections 4 and 5 of the Noise Control Act. According to the charge, the accused was playing his tape-recorder on a high volume in his house in violation of the Act.

Woman injured

Ms Navneet Kaur, wife of A.S. Sandhu, was injured when the car in which she was travelling collided with a Jeep coming from Jalandhar near the Jalandhar bye-pass on Monday. She was rushed to a hospital, while the driver of the Jeep managed to flee.

Burn victim dies

Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Hira Nagar, who sustained burn injuries on January 23, succumbed to her injuries here on Monday. She had been rushed to the Civil Hospital from where she was shifted to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. The victim had sustained burns after a stove on which she was making tea had burst.

Accident victim dies

Assa Nand (60), who was run over by a Jeep (PB 13 C 2791) on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital where he was admitted after the accident. The Jeep driver fled the spot.

Suicide bid

Laxmi (18), a local resident, consumed some poisonous substance. She took the extreme step on Monday when other family members were out on work. She has been admitted to the Civil Hospital in a serious condition.

Liquor seized

The Division No. 2 police arrested Banarsi Dass, a resident of Bathinda, after 10 bottles of illicit liquor were seized from his possession on Sunday. The Division No. 8 police on Sunday arrested Kashmir Masih, alias Bittu, a resident of Amritsar, and seized 20 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. Both the accused have been booked under the Excise Act.

One held with knife

The Division No. 6 police has arrested Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Shivaji Nagar, and seized a ‘kamanidar’ knife from his possession. He has been booked under the Arms Act.



Poppy husk worth 2 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 29
The local CIA staff has seized 20 bags of poppy husk worth Rs 2 lakh.

The staff was patrolling the Manuke-Jhordan road when it spotted a truck (UP-12-2411) and signalled it to stop. The driver of the truck was apprehended, while two persons sitting in the rear of the truck fled. The person arrested in this connection, Darshan Singh, alias Darshi, of Umedpur, disclosed the names of the other two persons involved as Gurmail Singh, alias Relu, of Sunet, and Manjit Singh, alias Bachhi, of Borewal. The police impounded the truck and registered a case.



Discussion on role of ayurveda in preventing diabetes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 29
The Ayurveda Study Circle, Punjab organised a CME on the role of ayurveda in prevention and treatment of diabetes here.

Noted ayurvedist and writer Dr R. Vatsyayan, while initiating the discussion, explained the role of CMEs for updating the knowledge of practicing physicians. He said that acharaya Charak also advocated that physicians should meet and discuss various viewpoints and should gain from other’s knowledge and experiences.

Dr Madan Gulhati, Assistant Director, ayurveda, Chandigarh, in his address said that even in ayurvedic texts, there was a clear reference to what we call today as type one and type two diabetes. Quoting various texts he said that even chromosomal and genetic studies were referred as ‘beej’ and ‘avyav’ in ayurveda.

Dr Sanjiv Sood, Head Department of Panchkarma, Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, while speaking on the prevention and treatment of diabetes said that there was not any specific treatment in ayurveda for the insulin-dependent diabetes whereas the non insulin type diabetes, along with its numerous complications, could be effectively controlled by ayurvedic treatment. He also cautioned against the misleading claims made by quacks in this regard.

Mr Kamleshwar Sinha, a veteran journalist who presided over the function, said that an ayurvedic CME was a new concept in recent times and such practices should be encouraged. Dr Rakesh Sharma, director AIMIL Pharmaceutical spoke on various herbs which have been well researched and had a beneficial effect on diabetic patients.

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