Monday, July 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Let us work together to forge ahead: DMCH Principal
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The Principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Dr S.C. Ahuja, has appealed to the faculty to return to the college and resume their duties in the interest of the institution. His appeal comes in response to the desire expressed by some faculty members in a letter to the management to initiate action that would quickly normalise the functioning of the institution. The functioning of the hospital has been paralysed since July 13 after the DMCH union clashed with the local police.

In a letter addressed to the faculty, the Principal said: “I whole-heartedly commend and appreciate your first step towards the restoration of working in the institution by strengthening the teaching and initiation of hospital functioning”.

“It is you who have to impart teaching and provide the optimal care to the patients along with the family members of the DMCH at the earliest. This fact becomes more imperative due to competition, which is staring at our face with each passing day”.

“I entirely agree with you and I am rather champion of the fact that transparency should be there in the functioning of an institution and in the actions of the individuals working in it and it is an absolute necessity for a healthy growth of each and every component of the establishment. The democracy only serves in its true sense, when the laws are equally applied and accepted”.

Expressing sorrow over the clashes between the administration and the union, Dr Ahuja said: “Whatsoever has happened is very unfortunate and I am sure neither the faculty nor the administration will like to have it repeated in the coming decades. I shall be with you to make all possible efforts in this matter. There is a proverb ‘Even God cannot change the past’. But it is present which can be shaped in a manner which will ensure a glorious future of this institution. Let us work together and forge ahead”.

The Principal has assured the faculty that his office will always remain open to any suggestions and observations by the faculty.


Smart drivers evade toll tax by finding new routes
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Even as the Central Government has imposed toll tax near Doraha on National Highway Number 1, some smart drivers have discovered new routes to evade the ''huge amounts of tax'' and have started passing through villages in the vicinity of the tax barrier.


  • Via Kanech and Rampur villages to Doraha town.
  • Via Doraha village and Rajgarh  village to Doraha town.
  • Alongside Sidhwan Canal.

While drivers of private vehicles like cars and jeeps are choosing the road alongside the Doraha canal to reach Ludhiana by evading toll tax, Ludhiana-bound private buses have started passing through some villages alongside the highway to evade the tax.

The drivers’ or bus-owners’ gain is, however, proving to be villagers’ loss. Few days of increase in the volume of heavy traffic is telling on the roads. With village roads, especially the phirnis (ring roads) constructed after much effort by the villagers, the latter, are worried over their fate.

The smart drivers have discovered two main routes through the villages to reach Ludhiana. They are either following the Kanech-Rampur-Doraha town route or are taking the Doraha village-Rajgarh village-Doraha town route to evade the toll tax.

A survey of both routes by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that many vehicles, including buses, trucks and cars, had started making their way through these villages, much to the chagrin of the villagers, who say that their roads would have to bear the brunt.

Interestingly, drivers choose the Doraha village-Rajgarh-Doraha town route compared to the Rampur route, as in the latter case, one has to cross two railway crossings, which are most of the time closed and they have to wait till the gate opens. Moreover, this route is longer compared to the other one.

Another interesting fact that came to light was that the government vehicles were paying the tax but the drivers of private vehicles were evolving various means to evade it.

Inquiries also revealed that the influx of heavy traffic through these villages had increased during the past few days only. While most of the vehicles had chosen to get the passes made, amounting to Rs 150 per month for Doraha residents and Rs 270 per month for Ludhiana residents, the smarter ones thought of evading it altogether.

Most of the drivers Ludhiana Tribune spoke to said they understood that being good citizens, they were required to pay toll tax, but the amount of tax was quite high. Moreover, it was applicable for a single visit only. So for the drivers, especially those of buses who pass through the route a number of times a day, it becomes difficult to pay huge money as tax.

While the drivers are saving tax, the newly discovered routes by these drivers are spelling doom for the villagers of Kanech, Doraha, Rajgarh and Rampur who say the village roads had actually become highways.


Army warns youth against touts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The Army has cautioned the youth of the region to beware of touts, who promise “sure-shot” entry into the Army but only fleece the youth of thousands of rupees.

An Army press note issued here today said that a recruitment rally would be organised in different districts of Punjab from August 5 to 10. It specifically mentioned that the interested candidates should beware of touts. It said “Recruitment is a free service and no money is charged for it”.

Army sources revealed to Ludhiana Tribune that a number of cases had come to light wherein rejected candidates had complained that they had given certain amount of money to some persons who had promised them entry into the Army. Some of the touts were ex-servicemen, it was alleged. Army sources said it was difficult to catch these touts, and only the youth could be educated about the problem.

Giving details about the rally, the press note said that the recruitment rally for Soldier-general duty for Sikh, Sikh (Mazhabi and Ramdasia), Hindu, Dogra, Brahmin, Soldier, general duty (AIAC), Soldier Technical (AIAC) and Soldier Clerk (AIAC) candidates of Ludhiana, Ropar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr districts of Punjab would be held from August 5 to 10 at the camping ground, near BRO, Ludhiana.

The candidates are required to report on August 5 at the camping ground near the Army Recruitment Office, Ludhiana. Tokens will be issued to the candidates from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

All candidates who belong to Punjab should have passed matriculation examination with 45 per cent aggregate marks and should be between 16-21 years, for soldier-general duty and 16-23 years, for soldier technical and soldier clerk as on August 5 for lower age limit and October 31 for upper age limit.

Candidates from Punjab should be minimum 170 cm in height for soldier general duty and 163 cm if they belong to the Kandi area. Candidates are required to bring their caste certificate, marksheet attested by Tehsildar/SDM, education certification, character certificate and residential certificate in original and photocopies (two each).

They should be in possession of 12 copies of their latest photographs. Sikh candidates should be in possession of 12 copies of their photographs with turban and 12 photographs without turban. Wards of ex-servicemen should bring their father’s discharge book or copy of DO part II as proof.

No claims for any injury or loss sustained during rally or screening will be entertained.


IT Dept sniffs at Tangri’s assets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
After the police and Municipal Corporation, it is the turn of the Income Tax Department to tighten its noose around Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi) chief Jagdish Tangri, who is in the police custody facing several charges ranging from rioting to running illegal CD manufacturing business.

Sources in the Income Tax Department told Ludhiana Tribune that they were investigating Tangri’s assets and comparing it with his known sources of income. They added that his known sources of income were his shops in Gur Mandi and polythene manufacturing factory on Jalandhar bypass. However, the police raids and subsequent inquiries by the IT Department revealed that his lifestyle was quite lavish.

The sources said Tangri and his son Sunil Tangri had several well-furnished houses and plots in the city. The department was investigating the sources from where the money came from.


PAU entrance test result
Tribune News Service


  • College of Basic Sciences and Humanities: July 29
  • College of Home Science: July 30
  • College of Agricultural Engineering: August 1
  • College of Agriculture: August 2
  • College of Veterinary  Science: August 3

Ludhiana, July 28
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today declared the result of Entrance Test Met-Agriculture here. According to Dr S.S. Chahal, Controller of Examinations, PAU, the result has been displayed on the notice board of Thapar Hall. Admission to Master programmes in Agronomy/Agrometeorology, Extension Education, Food Technology, Forestry, Horticulture, Floriculture and Landscaping, Vegetable Crops, Plant Breeding, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Nematology, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics and Sociology will be made on the basis of merit drawn in this test.

The date of counselling will not change even if the university is closed on that day on any account.

Dr Chahal has further said the counselling for admission to different disciplines of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities will be held as scheduled i.e. on July 29 despite the fact that a state holiday has been declared on that day.


‘Farmers paying for govt’s wrong policies’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
‘‘The wrong and impractical policies pursued by the government have resulted in losses to farmers and the situation is such that we have nothing to offer to them by way of compensation or diversification. All these factors coupled with the monsoon playing truant have added to the misery of the farmers,’’ says SAD (A) chief and MP, Simranjit Singh Mann.

Talking to TNS here today, he said he was the lone MP to have criticised the policies of the government in Parliament."The drought like conditions have devastated the farmers in the grain bowl of the country. As the crops have failed, the farmers have been left with no option but to sell their cattle but there is no move to waive off their debts. It is ironical that while the farmers here are praying for rain, others states are battling floods. All this because there is no policy to harness the river waters that flow unchecked either to our neighbouring countries or to the oceans," he pointed out.

Pointing at the disastrous and unproductive foreign policy pursued since 1947 with Islamic neighbouring countries, he said,‘‘Our border remains sealed most of the time denying us the opportunities to trade our agricultural produce for natural gas. We can also sell our produce to other states in the central republics by using the land route which would make our products attractive in the markets there, but then who gives a thought," he rued.

Mr Mann said he had also questioned the validity of the Indus Water Treaty that gave ‘‘an unfair edge to Pakistan by giving unfettered access to the waters of Jhelum, Chenab and Ravi. We need central assistance to build dams on these rivers so that the much needed waters can be used by farmers in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab."

In fact, the water flowing into Haryana and Rajasthan too is not in accordance with the Constitution, he said.


Escaped convict held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
After remaining a free but terrified bird for just over 24 hours only, Bikkar Singh, a convict serving a sentence in an attempt to murder case, who had escaped from a farmhouse of the Central Jail yesterday, was nabbed by officials of the PCR motorcycle squad from an agricultural field on the outskirts of the city in the Basti Jodhewal area today late afternoon.

Bikkar Singh, however, caused another scare when he tried to commit suicide after being caught by the policemen. He reportedly consumed some poisonous substance and was rushed to CMC Hospital. His condition is reported to be stable now. A fresh case has been registered against him for escaping from jail.

The convict was hiding in a village gurdwara since last evening. He told the police that he was scared of venturing out. He was caught when he tried to flee at the sight of an approaching PCR motorcycle. He told the police that he had chosen to stay in the gurdwara as the police was looking for him everywhere else. He said he wanted to go to his home but knew that the police was keeping an eye there too.

Sources said the PCR cops learnt about his identity only after nabbing him. Earlier, they thought he was a criminal who had run away at the sight of the police. Jail Superintendent G.S Sidhu said the convict had some family problem and the details could be known only after he gives a complete account of events.


Man assaulted, hospitalised
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 28
Some boys armed with sword and canes allegedly attacked and injured Sunil, a resident of Bajwa Colony, near the head post office.

According to an eyewitness, the accused continued causing injuries till Sunil fell on the ground. To escape further attack, an injured Sunil ran towards the Kamal chowk but the attackers followed him and gave him a beating. Thereafter, Sunil entered Peer Baba Mohakamdin Khangah Mohalla, but the attackers again followed him, but facing stiff resistance from residents they ran away.

The injured has been admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police on the statement of Jagdev Singh of Agwar Lopo has registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 336, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Sikandri, Tooti, Deepu and others. Meanwhile, residents of the area are in a state of panic after the incident.

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