Friday, July 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


4 survive collision with train
Tribune News Service

Off the track

  • More than 20 accidents, so far, this year at the crossing.
  • Trees and wild growth along the tracks blinded the car driver.
  • Having a manned crossing here not cost-effective, say officials.
  • Road users always at fault, says the Railways.

Ludhiana, July 25
A Maruti car collided with a speeding Satluj Express at an unmanned railway crossing on the Ludhiana-Thrike road near Rajguru Nagar late yesterday, injuring four persons of a family, who were travelling in the car.

The injured — Anil Madhar (an LIC official), his wife, Anita, and sons, Sandeep and Manudeep — were rushed to a private hospital. Manudeep is in the ICU, where his condition is improving.

The accident took place when the car driver tried to cross the tracks and didn’t see the approaching train. The collision threw the car more than 20 feet away from the tracks. The car got smashed, but all its occupants survived, after which, some passers-by pulled the injured out of the wreckage.

The Railway Police has registered a case against the car driver. The family in the car was heading towards Thrike village to visit a relative. It was dark and wild growth along the track made it difficult to spot the train.

The car driver said he had neither seen the train nor heard it approaching. It was only half-way across the tracks that he heard the whistle, by which time, it was too late. He remembers hearing a bang and getting thrown away. After the collision, the train driver stopped the train and senior railway officials also rushed to the site. Later, they also visited the injured persons in hospital.

The Railways said warning signs had been put up before the unmanned crossing; still, accidents happened, always due to the fault of road users, as the train had the first right to pass. Regarding the absence of barriers at the crossing, a railway official said this would come up on a nearby bypass and not at this crossing. There were manned crossings nearby and having men at each crossing was not cost-effective.

Persons living nearby have sought a manned crossing or at least a glow-sign of warning several times, but no one knows how many more accidents will it take for the Railways to wake up. More than 20 accidents have taken place at the crossing this year, so far.



Smuggled liquor flows in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 25
Despite consistent efforts by the Excise and Taxation Department to check the smuggling, the cheap liquor continues to flow freely in Ludhiana leading to huge losses both to the wine contractors as well as the state exchequer. The department has already set up nakas on all the entry routes from Chandigarh, from where this liquor flows in, to prevent the smuggling. But this does not seem to have discouraged the smugglers.

According to liquor contractors, both the country-made liquor as well as the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is being smuggled in massive quantity into in city. About nine lakh mls of smuggled liquor has been seized so far by the officials of the Excise and Taxation Department. The contractors maintain that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Taking note of the situation, the department has set up nakas led by the ETO, Mr G. S. Bhaia. According to Mr P. L. Jindal, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Ludhiana, the department has been trying to ensure maximum vigil to prevent smuggling. Recently the department officials impounded two buses of the Punjab Roadways and arrested their drivers and conductors at Samrala for carrying smuggled liquor from Chandigarh. Similarly, the department officials recovered 20 crates of liquor from one car and 13 from another.

The department has registered 62 FIRs in Ludhiana, Khanna and Jagraon districts. While in Jagaron the illicit liquor is the major problem, in Khanna and Ludhiana it is the smuggled liquor that is worrying the department and the contractors. This may ultimately force the local contractors to slash the prices.

A leading contractor disclosed to Ludhiana Tribune that the smugglers had established a good network. While the liquor is smuggled from Chandigarh, it is distributed door to door in almost all the localities. Although the contractor agreed that the department had started taking measures to curb the smuggling, but still a lot in required needed to be done. He disclosed that the contractors were facing losses worth lakhs of rupees daily.



DMCH faculty demands security
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
A general body meeting of the faculty of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital was held here today in which the members passed a resolution seeking sufficient security arrangements for teachers and students before the start of teaching classes.

The members have sent a copy of the resolution to the managing committee and the Principal of the college demanding that the classes should be held on the Old Hospital Campus. They have also demanded that suitable arrangements regarding teaching schedule, security of teachers and students and appropriate hostel arrangements should be made before starting the new session.

Meanwhile, Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, president of the DMCH Employees Union, and Ms Navraj Kaur, general secretary of the union, have stated in a press note that they will continue the dharna till the management concedes to their demands. They alleged while the employees were sitting on dharna peacefully, the police officials were nabbing them by framing false cases against them and conducting raids at their residences. They said Gian Chand, missing employee who has been arrested by the police, was being forced to make false statements. The members welcomed the decision of 45 unions to support them in holding dharna on July 30.

Besides, the strike by the Zabar Virodhi Action Committee supporting the DMC Employees Union entered its fifth day today. They protested against the arrest of Krodi Mal, a sweeper, this morning from his residence. They demanded the release of all arrested employees and withdrawal of ‘false cases’.


Ex-principals feel concern for DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
Dr L.S.Chawla and Dr S.B.Khurana, former principals of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in a press statement today said that they were hurt to see the recent tragic event affecting the working of the hospital. The principals said that they gave their best years of life to the institution for providing patient care and teaching and training of students.

In a press note issued here today, the former principals said that disputes and grievances should never compromise with the glory and reputation of the institution. Differences should be sorted out across the table.

“We strongly appeal to all concerned to stand up to the need of the hour for starting functioning at the hospital and student teaching without any loss of time. Any delay can result not only in inconvenience to patients but also loss of valuable time for the students, interns and postgraduates. The institution belongs to all the management, the faculty, the staff, the students and public at large. We should do every possible effort for the smooth working at the hospital”, said Dr Chawla and Dr Khurana.



Models, NIFD designers create magic on stage
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
When talent and hard work of over 50 budding designers come together, creativity flows. Last night when the top models of the country set the ramp on fire, showcasing the latest creations by students of the National Institute of Fashion Designing (NIFD), here at Magnet Resorts, this is exactly what happened.

With imagination and originality in the costumes, the students presented creations in latest styles, daring cuts and colourful combinations.

In drapes inspired from a saree, the designers displayed luxurious colours and rich embroideries. Vidushi was given the best designer award for this round.

The jackets and trousers round was a composition of neutral colours and metal in the form of zippers, chains, chords and sequins. Kulwinder was given the award in this section. Manjeet bagged the prize in the applique work category, which was inspired from the traditional art of Orissa.

Kirandeep was given the award for her creation in the inspirational round. She had taken inspiration from nature and still objects like butterflies and flowers.

The sports wear collection was a feast for eyes in which models displayed a cool jazzy look. The award was shared between Ravi Prabhjot Singh and Simranjit.

The designers tried to clad the models in moods and shades of the sky in the evening gowns section. Silky Khurana won the award in this round.

Ravinder Singh won the award in the kurtas and skirts round and in the suits collection the award was given to Ramneek.

In the fluorescent printing collection the textile students presented their talent with colours on garments like hipsters, skirts and gowns. Amanpreet was given the award in this round.

Music is the soul of life and the designers added rhythm to the garments by taking ideas from instruments like flute, guitar, tabla, trumpet and bagpiper. Meeta Janan won the prize in this section.

The panel of judges included Sonu Nilibar, Priyanka Singh and Ritu Kochhar. 



Drama, dance, singing: he excels in all 
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, July 25
Seven-year-old Jaideep Singh has proved to be a whiz at drama, dancing, singing and oration. At this age, he has won 56 awards in inter-school contests, cultural programmes and kids’ club functions.

Jaideep, now a Class II student of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, started performing while he was just two-and-a-half year old. His first achievement was his 10-minute role as Hanuman at a local ladies’ club for which he won the first prize even though he was the youngest of the 35 performers. Later, he performed the same role at the Love Dale Kids’ Club and a children’s show organised by the Ludhiana Citizen’s Health Council and won first prizes.

These achievements gave the cute little cherub much confidence and he entered the world of media at the age of six years. He was interviewed by DD Bharti Channel on April 18 this year after his name was recommended for the Pratibha programme. The channel team visited his residence at Sarabha Nagar, captured his dance and drama performances, interviewed his parents, school principal, headmistress and class teacher and telecast it last month as a 20-minutes episode.

Jaideep has left no stone unturned. Last Christmas, he won two first prizes in fancy dress and singing competitions organised by the Ebony Departmental Store and won a cash prize of Rs 2,000. Similarly, Shivam Computers had organised a fancy dress show where again he was declared first. An inter-school poetry recitation contest was organised at RS Model Senior Secondary School where he recited a poem in Punjabi titled ‘Bhare bhare baste’ penned by his mother, Ms Manjit Kaur, and won the first prize.

In a talent hunt show organised at the Hardy’s World recently, Jaideep was declared the best dancer for his performance on the song ‘Kudi shahar di’. In ‘Rangla Punjab’, a cultural show organised at the same venue some time back, Jaideep was invited to present his guest items.

Jaideep has now developed craze in singing shabads. ‘‘This summer while all my friends were learning painting, dancing and craft, I insisted on learning casio and singing “shabad kirtan”. I can play seven shabads on casio and was called at Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar and Gurdwara Harnaam Nagar to recite shabads on gurpurab,’’ he said.

Infact, Ms Manjit Kaur has been quite instrumental in the success of Jaideep, preparing and accompanying him for competitions, besides designing his costumes and other accessories. ‘‘I keep a track of various cultural activities for children being held in the city and enjoy going along with him. Besides, it is easy preparing him for various activities as he does not take much time in learning dance steps, dialogues or music notes that I teach him’’.

Jaideep is also a topper at school excelling academically as well. Last year he had stood first in all the five sections, his mother told.



Extended timings for filing returns
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
In anticipation of a heavy rush at the income-tax-return counters before the July 31 deadline, the timings for receiving returns have been extended. The counters will now be open till 5.30 pm everyday from July 29 to 31.

According to Mr Ashok Juneja, president of the Taxation Bar Association, and Mr B.R. Kaushal, general secretary of the body, the meeting with Ms Sudha Sharma, Commissioner of Income Tax (Administration), was fruitful in getting the timings extended.

The IT Department has decided to reserve an hour (from 4 pm to 5 pm) every day before the deadline for filing of salary returns in bulk by the Bar members. “Assessees and the Bar members should not withhold the IT returns for the end, but file these as soon as receiving, to avoid last-minute rush,” says the Bar body.

Mr Juneja and Mr Kaushal said July 31 was the last date for filing of returns by assessees whose accounts were not to be audited, whereas, for the rest, the date was October 31. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had extended the deadline to August 31 for only those assessees whose salary returns were to be filed in bulk. The ‘Scheme for Bulk Filing of Returns by Salaried Employees 2002’ was applicable only in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, New Delhi, Gandhi Nagar, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Thane. All other assessees will have to file their returns by July 31 or October 31, as applicable.

At a meeting of the Bar body, Mr Subhash Aggarwal, a senior advocate, delivered a lecture on ‘The Treatment of Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) Under the Provision of the Income Tax Act’. Each such family should file the return, since these were also entitled to the basic exemption of Rs 50,000, like individuals. Mr Aggarwal also talked about decisions given by Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court.



VRTC employees continue dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
Demanding reinstatement of the sacked employees of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre, the Handicapped Institution Employees Federation continued its dharna for the 10th day today.

The federation members have demanded that the services of Mr Dharampal Singh be restored immediately and conveyance facilities be given to Mr Prakash Sharma, another employee. The members said that the director of the centre was not paying any heed to their demands despite repeated efforts.

The members said that in case Mr Beant Singh, Labour Officer, would not accept their demands, they would be forced to go on fast. Mr Malkiat Singh, president, National Sangharsh Committee for the Blind, addressed the agitating employees and said that other associations of the blind and handicapped employees would also join the dharna in case the services of sacked employees were not restored.



One booked on kidnapping charge
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 25
The Division No 7 police has booked Bajinder Singh, a resident of DCM Railway Colony, under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC for allegedly kidnapping a girl living in Gobind Colony, Jamalpur.

The case was registered yesterday on the complaint of Mr Heer Singh, father of the girl, who alleged that the accused had kidnapped his daughter, Satwant Kaur, on July 18. No arrest has been made so far.

Poppy husk seized: The Sadar police has arrested Anup Singh, a resident of Tajpur Bet village in UP now residing in Kakewal village near here, and seized 20 kg of poppy husk from his possession. He has been booked under Sections 15, 61, and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Opium seized: The Division No 6 police has arrested Bahadur Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar, and seized 250 gm of opium from his possession and booked him under the NDPS Act.

Murder bid: The Jodhewal police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Sonia, a resident of the Rahon road area, against Dalbir Singh, brother of her husband, and his wife Sinder Kaur. The complainant alleged that the accused had tried to set her ablaze and when she raised an alarm, they ran away. No arrest has been made so far.

Assault cases: The Salem Tabri police on Wednesday registered a case under Section 452, 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Raj Kumar, a resident of Peeru Banda Mohalla, against Kala, Bobby, Suba and Jasbir, residents of the same locality.

The complainant had alleged that the accused came to his house on Wednesday and beat him up. Before leaving, they also threatened him, he added. No arrest has been made so far.

The Koom Kalan police registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 342, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on Wednesday on the statement of Mr Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Salempur village, against Satish Kumar, Sham Lal and Balbir Singh, residents of the same village, Kewal Kumar and Subash, residents of New Subash Nagar in Basti Jodhewal. The complainant alleged that the accused came to his house, beat him up and also threatened him.

Threatened: The Basti Jodhewal police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 447 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Charan Singh, a resident of the Rahon road area, against Jabru, his son and an unidentified person who accompanied them. The complainant had stated that he owned some land in Galewal village and on his last visit to the village he found the accused were in illegal possession of his land. When he asked the accused to vacate the land, they threatened him, he added. No arrest has been made so far.

Another case, under Sections 447, 427 and 506 of the IPC, was registered at the same police station on the statement of Mr Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Shimla Colony in Basti Jodhewal, against Des Raj, Lally and Bickey. The complainant alleged that the accused had broken the wall of his house on Wednesday and threatened him.

Theft cases: The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Manpreet Singh, a resident of Khud Mohalla, against an unidentified person for stealing his motorcycle (PB-10AV-7068) from in front of a house in Moti Nagar on Wednesday night.

The Sadar police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bal Krishan , a resident of Jhamat village, against three unidentified persons. The complainant, who is employed as a security guard in the PAU, had alleged that while he was on his way to the university on July 23, the accused stopped him near the Jhamat bridge, forcibly 0snatched his purse containing Rs 2,200. The accused also took away his identity card before running away, he added. No arrest has been made in either of the cases so far.

Liquor seized: The Division No 6 police on Wednesday arrested Bahadur Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar, and seized four boxes of IMFL from his possession. He has been booked under the Excise Act.

Fatehgarh Sahib
During a campaign the Gobindgarh police arrested Darshan Singh during naka near Ajnali bus stand and seized 36 bottles of smuggled whisky and 24 bottles of country wine and registered a case under Sections 61,1,14, excise Act. The Fatehgarh police chowki in charge, during a naka on the Patiala road, arrested Ranjit Singh of Rattia Haryana and recovered a stolen Vespa scooter (PB-11J-0385) and registered a case under Section 411, IPC. Similarly Havaldar Sukhpal Singh of the excise staff nabbed Parkash Singh red handed while selling country-made wine at Mehdoodan village in the district and got a case registered under Sections 61,1,14, Excise Act.


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