Thursday, August 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Punjab in dilemma over levy on power
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
To collect or to postpone is the dilemma facing the Punjab government on the issue of levying power surcharge from the drought-hit farmers of the state. Hit by the mounting losses, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had proposed before the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) to charge Rs 2 per unit from the agricultural sector, which presently is being supplied free of cost.

Informed sources said the board was all set to start levying the surcharge from mid August — as the government had prepared itself to face the obvious political backlash of the move — but for the drought like conditions prevailing in the state. This factor forced the government to defer the issue for the time being knowing fully that power generation is likely to be hit in the coming months in view of the limited coal stocks and the cash crunch being faced by the board. The thermal plants have informed the authorities of the ground realities. Besides, the possibility of ordering more shipments without cash payments are doubtful, the sources pointed out.

The sources revealed that the government felt that going ahead with collecting the surcharge from the farmers — who were reeling under effect of drought — would be unwise and was bound to invite the ire of the farmers. Another factor was that it would also reportedly give the beleaguered opposition an opportunity to play up the issue since the state government had asked the Centre for crores to compensate farmers for crop losses, the sources pointed out.

In view of the above, it was felt that any additional burden should not be foisted on the farmers who were already hit by losses. Since agriculture was the mainstay of the state economy, the first priority of the government was to salvage this sector and thereby the entire state. "As it is, withdrawing power was an unpopular step but to resort to collect power bills at such a crucial juncture would be politically suicidal," the sources added.

It may be recalled that the PSEB had been facing mounting losses ever since the Akali government announced free power to the farm sector in 1997. This political sop endeared the Akalis to the farmers but in the absence of any funds to compensate the deficit, the board notched up recurring losses during the past five years.

The Congress government had reiterated its resolve to withdraw free power to the farm sector and to bring the PSEB back on the rails. This had also been announced in the budget affirmed by the CM on many occasions. 



MC chief assures funds for development
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 21
Following deliberations with the city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, his deputies and the MC panel on Finance and Contracts (F&CC) during last couple of days, the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, has now embarked upon intensive interaction with councillors in zone-level meetings.

Mr Sharma had an extended meeting with 18 councillors of zone A, comprising old city localities on yesterday morning followed by another meeting with over a dozen zone B councillors in the afternoon. The underlying motive was to assess the needs for development works in consultation with the elected representatives and accordingly fix priorities.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after the meetings, Mr Sharma said that the purpose of these meetings, which would be a monthly affair henceforth, was to bring some kind of order and meticulous planning in the developmental works and to make their execution a need oriented exercise. In the free exchange of views, the councillors concerned were asked to outline the kind of works which needed to be taken up so that estimates could be prepared and approval from the F&CC sought for execution of these works.

He said the proceedings of these zone-level meetings would be recorded in a register, specially being maintained for this purpose, so that in subsequent meetings, the progress and follow up work could be assessed. Mr Sharma told that though in a meeting of the F&CC held during last week, an amount of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 30 lakh was allocated to councillors of the city wards and outer wards, respectively, till the end of this financial year, yet for the development works of urgent nature, funds would be no constraint.

Focusing on the ongoing projects and other development works for extension of civic amenities and infrastructure, Mr Sharma disclosed that liability of the civic body on special projects, including the elevated road project and flyovers alone by end of March 2003 would be a staggering Rs 36 crore while other works related to roads, parks, water supply and sewerage would need another Rs 33 crore.

In addition ambitious projects for expansion of water supply and sewerage to cover more city localities had already been taken in hand. A Rs 33.52-crore water supply project was expected to be completed by March 2003 whereas the civic body had received two installments of Rs 5.37 crore and Rs 6.95 crore from Hudco so far towards Rs 150-crore sewerage expansion project. Hudco had committed 70 per cent (Rs 105.37 crore) as loan for the project, which is to be taken up in phased manner while 30 per cent was to be raised by the MC from its own resources.

By the end of this financial year, another Rs 8.70 crore was expected to be spent for the ongoing project which included next installment of loan worth Rs 7.14 crore, added Mr Sharma.



Feeling like a crorepati
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
For a while, Abdula Rajabhai Bilakia of Mahim in Mumbai literally fell unconscious. He could not believe himself that he had hit the jackpot of Sikkim Super Lotto and shared the price money of Rs 2.62 crore with Mr C.H. Prassana Kumar of Chikmangloor in Karnataka.

Mr Bilakia was introduced to the media here today by Mr Sanjay Yashroi, vice president of the Playwin Infravest Ltd. Mr Bilakia hit the jackpot on independence day. The day when he was blessed with the fourth grandson. He is a small time ice cream seller in Mumbai. He said although he was not a habitual lottery buyer, but he was attracted to the Sikkim Lotto and he decided to try his luck.

Since March 5, Mr Bilakia would spend on an average Rs 200 every week on the lottery tickets. And ultimately after four months the lady luck smiled on him and he hit the jackpot. “For a while I could not believe myself that I had won this much of price”, he said and added, “I felt like a crorepati”.

He attributes it all to the grace of God. A devout Muslim he says prayers five time in a day. He remains as humble and humane as ever. “It is all the God’s grace that is how I take it”, he said in a modest manner. He would invest all this money in business.

Mr Yashori said Mr Bilkia will get his prize money by September 15. He happens to be the eighth lucky jackpot winner. The Sikkim Super Lotto, he said, has so far given away prizes worth Rs 78 crore in 22 draws during the last five months. Besides, there have been 2.2 million winners.

He disclosed that the company had a seven-year agreement with the Sikkim government and it was to pay either Rs 750 crore to the state or 20 per cent of the total turnover, whichever is bigger. During the last five months the turnover has crossed the Rs 168 crore.

According to Mr Yashori, Punjab contributes 13 per cent of the total turnover, while Ludhiana amounts for 4 per cent of the total turnover. There are 29 lottery terminals in Ludhiana, which are reportedly doing a lot of business. Mr Yashori said the company expected the turnover to grow in Punjab at a faster rate. The company has launched a new game ‘Lucky 3’ on behalf of the government of Karnataka.



Gang busted, weapons seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The police has busted a gang of robbers, who were planning to strike in the colonies on the outskirts of the city. Six persons have been arrested and the police has seized two .315 bore country-made pistols, two cartridges, some knives and wooden staffs from them.

Mr H.S. Sidhu, Senior Superintendent of Police, said a police party, including Sub Inspector Mr Dilpreet Singh, head of the CIA staff, had received a tip-off that the group had been planning a big strike. The accused — Baldev Singh, Amrik Singh, Sandeep Singh, Jasvinder Singh, Karnail Singh and Ranjit Singh — were arrested from their hideout.

On interrogation, the accused told the police that they had been involved in many robberies. Baldev, Amrik and Sandeep had also killed Yadvinder Singh of Shekhan village, whose body the police had found in some fields.

They had also robbed Hanuman Karyana Store in Jodhewal Basti in 2001 and decamped with goods, gold, silver and Rs 65,000 in cash. These men had also struck at a Chuhrwal village liquor vend. The SSP said the accused had also admitted that they had attempted a couple of other robberies.

This month, they had laid an ambush near Nawanshahr for a rich shopkeeper, but the shopkeeper had not come that way on that day. The police expects more recoveries.



School teachers end strike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 21
The dispute between the staff members and the authorities of Rajindra Model Senior Secondary School, has been resolved after a long meeting. Teachers of the school, who had gone on a strike two days ago, demanding better pay and teaching facilities, have rejoined work.

However, even after the settlement, there was tension in school early today, with a few teachers still not willing to rejoin duty. The teachers, later, refused to sign the MoU finalised on Monday, demanding pay hike and job security.

The trouble had begun after one of the teachers, Mr Rajinder Kohli, had been unceremoniously expelled from the school last Tuesday. The school Principal, Mr Nirmal Sharma, had refused to meet all the demands of the teachers, earlier. Meanwhile, the lawyer of Rajinder Kohli served a legal notice on the Principal, that if Mr Kohli was not taken back on job within three days, the matter would go to court.

The Principal, later, said he had accepted all the demands of the teachers, so, it was, now, unfair to continue with the strike. The demand for a pay hike had not been included in the MoU that was signed on Monday in the presence of area councillors and the other teachers.

A meeting had to be held between the management and teachers, with some political leaders as mediators, to break the deadlock. The Principal said it had been decided to raise the salaries of the teachers according to their qualifications. “The school will, now, resume normal functioning,” he said. After the meeting, Mr Rajinder Kohli said there had been a misunderstanding regarding some clauses in the MoU, but the talks had cleared all doubts.



Bank staff campaign against defaulters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
As part of their nationwide campaign to save the ‘health of banking industry’ activists of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, affiliated to the All India Bank Employees Association, today took out a procession and handed over a list of the defaulters to the Deputy Commissioner to be forwarded to the Punjab Governor. The employees also held a rally which was addressed by several leaders, including Mr Naresh Gaur, Mr Sudesh Kumar, Mr P.R. Mehta, Mr H.S. Grewal and Mr Ashok Awasthy.

The bank employees are sore that despite a massive campaign and struggle for recovery of band loans from corporate giants, no steps have been taken by the government for recovery of these loans. Quoting RBI figures they said, as on March 31, 2001, there are about 12090 defaulters above Rs 1 crore category involving a whopping Rs 80,246 crore of money.

The federation said in Punjab there were 284 defaulters with the outstanding loans of over Rs 1 crore involving a total amount of Rs 2753.32 crores. It said that the Bank Recovery Tribunal had failed miserably as till March 31, 2001 only Rs 1,542 crore had been recovered. Even the one-time settlement scheme also failed as only Rs 1,746 crore was recovered up to March 31, 2001. They said that there was a fresh addition of Rs 15,748 crore to the non performing assets of the banks in the country.

Stressing for strong and punitive measure against the defaulters, the federation had been demanding publishing of the list of defaulters, declaring the wilful default of bank loans as a criminal offence, stringent penal laws against the defaulter borrowers, debarring the bank defaulters from contesting the Assembly or Parliament elections, attachment of properties of the wilful defaulters, including those of directors, guarantors, and kith and kin, radical legal reforms for the debt recovery, no loans to a group whose one or the other enterprise or establishment had become a defaulter, setting up of an independent audit commission on the lines of CAG, accelerated flow of credit to agriculture, increase of interest rate of smalt savings and deposits, expansions of public sector banks, besides giving the debt-recovery tribunals more teeth and mandate to dispose off all the cases within a specified period of time.

The employees maintained that while the defaulters were looting the public money, the employees were being made to suffer. They warned that in case the trend was not arrested immediately it would lead to banking disaster in the country which would obviously have a dangerous impact on the economy of the country.



City celebrates Raksha Bandhan
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 21
The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated on a large scale in the schools. In this context, the staff members and students of Gupta Model High School, Club Road, celebrated this “festival” ‘with great enthusiasm. As per the tradition, the girl students tied “Rakhis” on the wrists of boy students. Later the boys and girls danced.

Principal Simmi Gupta spoke about the significance of the festival. She said that this festival transcends the barriers of caste, religion and creed. All the students should take the oath to inculcate those moral values like honesty, compassion, loyalty, determination and discipline above all that have kept the society going.

Meanwhile, more than 300 students participated in the rakhi-making competition organised at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, today.

The results are as follows: senior wing—Gaurav (I), Puneet(II) and Sahil Sharma (III); middle wing — Priya (I), Harjot Kaur (II) and Rivia Dawar (III) ; junior wing— Bhawana(I), Kriti (II) and Amandeep (III).

Stalls, exhibiting the work of students, were put up in DAV school on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. Rajasthani, and other types of rakhis, were displayed in the exhibition.

Spring Dale School also celebrated Raksha Bandhan with enthusiasm and fervour.

The festival is celebrated every year in the school, said Ms. Avinash Kaur Dhir while tracing the history of the festival.

A folk dance on Raksha Bandhan, choreography “Aaj ka Raksha Bandhan ” and a dance on the song “ Behna ne bhai ke kalai pe pyar ” was also presented on the occasion.



Raksha Bandhan, a bond of protection
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 21
Raksha Bandhan is an unspoken pledge between a brother and a sister. ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘bandhan’ mean bond. So it signifies a bond of protection.

The festival is celebrated on the day of Shravan Poornima that falls in the month of August every year. Sisters tie a delicate, thread on the wrists of their brothers as a symbol of love and affection. This makes the brothers bound to protect their sisters in the hour of need.

Earlier, Raksha Bandhan did not necessarily signify a bond between a brother and a sister. According to Hindu mythology, once Indra, the king of heaven, was confronted by the demon king, in a long-drawn battle. At one stage the demon king got better of Indra and drove him to wilderness. Indra, humbled and crestfallen, sought the advice of Brahaspati, the guru of gods. He told him to bide his time, prepare himself and then take on the mighty demon. He also said that the auspicious day for that would be the Shravan Poornima. On that day, Sachee Devi, wife of Indra, accompanied by Brahaspati, tied a rakhi on Indra’s right wrist. Indra then advanced against the demon king, vanquished him and re-established his sovereignty.

The day starts with a festive mood in every Indian home. Rakhis are made or brought from the market. Traditional goodies and dishes are prepared early in the morning. After an early bath, a ‘puja’ takes place. The sister then offers ‘aarti’ to her brother and ties the thread on his right wrist. Traditional ‘tilak’ on the forehead of the brother is put and brother blesses the sister. The tradition of giving gifts and presents is also an important part of the festival. These gifts act as a token of brother’s love for his sister.

The festival is mostly celebrated in the northern India.

With the passing of time the concept of globalisation has influenced the ways of celebrating the festival. Today, tying of ‘rakhi’ is not limited to siblings alone, the concept has been widened and ‘rakhi’ is tied to anybody whom a girl wants to have as a brother.



Love, not violence, is the answer

I am writing this in response to the letter by Dr B.L. Malhotra published in “ Ludhiana Tribune”.

A young person looks up to his or her parents, teachers and other authoritative figures and learns through examples set by them.

I was beaten by my father and my teachers and can say with absolute certainty that it was never a positive experience. It made me think that may be I was not good enough and lacked something. This lead to depression and lack of self esteem which I , at 47 years of age, still have to fight and overcome.

I am from Khanna. I cleared the IIT and went to Banaras Hindu University and graduated with first class marks, then went to the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and earned a master's degree in engineering. I have also taught at Regional Engineering College in Tiruchirapalli. In the USA, I earned a Ph.D in materials science and engineering. Let me assure you none of this was made possible because my father used to beat me up or my teachers punished me for minor reasons.

Beating up children to discipline them only perpetuates a culture of violence and disrespect for fellow human beings. It is an vicious cycle that must be brought to a stop.

It does not matter even if God says it is OK. Beating children for any reason is violence against most defenceless and helpless amongst us. There is plenty of evidence that those with a violent childhood grow up to be violent themselves because they do not respect themselves. And people who do not respect themselves cannot respect others. If we want a bright future for our children and our country we need to learn to treat our children with respect.

Nothing justifies the violence one human being perpetrates on another, be it physical, emotional or psychological. I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist. But please consult one and I am sure you will be told that any kind of violence permanently scars a child. If we want a prosperous country with bright future we need to change our thinking and make efforts to treat our children better and not glorify violence against them.

By the way, let me also state that I bear no grudge against my father or teachers as they probably meant the very best for me. I do not have any bitterness, just sadness and a missionary zeal to treat children with love and affection. You may like to know that I do support my old parents as my father does not get a pension.

I will like to close with a quote by Jean and Paul Richter — A man (children included) takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not hear it when violently given, even if it is well founded. Hearts are like flowers; they remain open to softly falling dew but shut up in violent downpours of rain.

If violence worked, the world would be ruled by the likes of Hitler and Taliban. So treat children with dignity and we will have a bright future.

Daya Singh, Hendersonville, USA.


I was shocked and appalled to read the letter by Dr B.L. MALHOTRA supporting and encouraging corporal punishment for children. In the light of recent incidents in Punjab where children having died or seriously injured after being assaulted by teachers it is shocking to read such a letter.

I am surprised that your paper saw it fit to publish such a letter. If some one was to write extolling the virtues of beating wives and animals would you still publish it? Do children not have the same human rights that adults have? How can anybody justify the beating up a child when the same treatment meted out to an adult would be deemed as a criminal offence by the law.

The need to physically chastise a child originates with the adult who conveniently sees errant behaviour as a failure on the part of the child and not himself or herself.

Throughout the western world, corporal punishment in schools has been outlawed. Has there been a drop in the academic achievements of children? Certainly not. If we want a humane and caring society then we have to recognise the rights of all humans, irrespective of their age. Outdated views, such as those held by Dr Malhotra and shared by many in society, slavishly propagate virtues of obedience that lead to the pervasive violence we see in India, whether it is the thrashing meted out by policemen, so-called gurus, husbands, in-laws or teachers.

Treat your children like you would like to be treated yourself and stop using the power of your position and physical size to intimidate and assault them. Stop using the excuse that it is for the benefit of the child.

Harinder S Bains, London, UK.

War veterans deserve better

The attitude of ex-servicemen towards Independence Day and other such occasions show the utter neglect suffered by war veterans. This will adversely affect the morale of serving soldiers besides affecting our defence services.

Today's serving soldiers will be ex-servicemen of tomorrow and It is high time that the government looked into their genuine demands and grievances and redressed them.

An ode to the forgotten soldier:

I ask where are the rakhis

Showered momentarily

Martyr's since disappeared

Forgotten under promises

Widows living in penury

Disabled apathy on faces

Begging for a living

Do you our countrymen

Require these sacrifices

To be remained unsung

And fade into oblivion

And let the invaders

Rape and rummage

Wake up before it is late.

A small gesture to the brave soldier, living or dead, who are only remembered at times of war, internal disturbances and occasions like Independence Day and Republic Day.

Wake up countrymen before politicians, criminals and certain vested NRIs destroy this country and we are once more ruled by foreign powers.

Major K. S. Sidhu, General Secretary, Indian Ex-Service League.

Encroachments galore

I, on the behalf of residents and plot holders of Inder Prasath Nagar, near Kartar Avenue, Chotti Haibowal , Ludhiana , would like to bring to your notice the inordinate delay in removing unauthorised illegal encroachment by ‘kabaddis’ on approach roads around the area behind sabzi mandi and the main Rajpur-Hambran road near Sumit Radios.

These encroachments are not only causing obstruction to traffic but also give an ugly look to the area. Besides, these could lead to a major mishap as all sorts of harmful materials, including broken glass and inflammable articles, are lying all around.

The residents and plot holders of the area have sent a number of representations to the Municipal Corporation but to no avail and would be grateful if you help us deal with the problem.

N.K. Jain, Advocate.

Cheques and jacks

The statement issued by the former former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, on the death anniversary of Sant Longowal that cheques and jacks are used every where to get jobs or contracts has been a sheer disappointment

The words would not have disappointed so much had they come from anyone else . But if the ‘tallest’ leader says this, he is certifying all corruption cases that have been highlighted by “The Tribune”. Nothing is more foolish than justifying corruption as If PCS officers are recruited on the basis of financial strength then God is the only saviour of this country.

Democracy, according to Abraham Lincoln ,is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. But the likes of Sidhu and Badal have proved that it is actually “far from people, off the people and bye-bye to people ”.

H.S. Dimple, Anarkali Bazaar, Jagraon.

Pensioners deserve better deal

The setting-up of the Employees' Welfare Sub-Committee by the state government to discuss the genuine grievances and demands of its staff with their representatives is most welcome. However, pensioners' bodies, representing nearly 1.5 Lakh former employees, have not been invited to discuss their grievances. This has left them high and dry, as pensioners too have many genuine grievances and problems.

In a communication sent to the Punjab Chief Minister, the members of the association have urged him to invite the pensioners' associations to discuss their problems. They want the government to review the harsh decisions having grave financial implications for helpless pensioners.

Yash Paul Ghai, Additional General Secretary, Punjab Government Pensioners' Association.



Keralites to hold Onam celebrations on Aug 25
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 21
Onam, the harvest festival of prosperity, is celebrated with great spirit and enthusiasm by all Keralites. The festival is celebrated to remember King Mahabali, a generous ruler who was loved by his people and gave up every thing to keep up his promise. The festival of Onam falls today. But the 20,000 Keralites will celebrate it on Sunday as most of them have no holiday today.

In Kerala, the celebrations last for 10 days, Ludhiana has several organisations representing Keralites. The Kerala Malayalee Association, established in 1974, is a founder institute formed with an aim of bringing Malayalees living in Ludhiana on one platform. ‘‘We would be celebrating Onam at Sant Baba Singh Yaadgar Hall, Dholewal Chowk on August 25. The function would start at 10 am and would continue for the whole day,’’ said Mr Santosh K.Nair, chairman of the function committee.

He further said that that they would be organising ‘Athappookala,’ the grand Onam feast. More than thousand people would partake the sumptuous meal comprising of 16 to 20 dishes. All dishes would be vegetarian and cooked in coconut oil. Some VIPs and local Punjabis have been invited to share their feast. A three-hour cultural programme comprising traditional dances, plays and some skits and songs by children would follow. The women would wear traditional sarees called ‘Set’ sarees. Mr Nair said back home the men wear dhoti and white shirts, but here they would not be dressed in that attire.

In the other part of the city a grand function ‘The Festival Of Kerala’ is being jointly organised by Kerala Club (regd) Ludhiana, Nava Kerala Arts & Sports Club, Ludhiana and Udaya Kerala Arts & Sports Club. The function would be held at Wylie Memorial School.

Mr Thomas, MT, convener of the function, says that Onam had deep religious connotations. When Lord Vishnu asked Mahabali if he could take three feet of his land, Mahabali readily agreed. Little did he know Lord Vishnu would measure the whole kingdom in one step and he would be banished.

As the legend goes, Mahabali makes his appearance once a year and that is day for rejoicing and hence Onam is a big day for all Keralites. Every Malyaylee celebrates it. Mr Thomas MT said , ‘‘Food would be served on banana leaves. We expect 4000 to 5000 persons to partake food on that day. The whole day and night, the men and women would be busy preparing the big meal called ‘Ona Sadya’.

‘‘We would have a cultural programme in the evening. The members of three South Indian Churches would also be participating. Every Malyeele contributes towards the expenses.’’ 



Book on Punjabi writers released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, yesterday released a Punjabi book “Adbee Muhandre”, written by Jagdip.

The book is based on pen-sketches and brief biodatas of more than 200 Punjabi writers, right from Baba Sheikh Farid to modern-day writers like Bhai Vir Singh, Prof Mohan Singh and Shiv Kumar Batalavi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Aulukh stressed upon the need for promoting literary and artistic activities in educational institutions for youth to develop a balanced personality.

He congratulated the writer for his painstaking work of over 30 years to prepare the pen sketches of more than 1, 000 writers, out of which only 200 could feature in the book.

Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, Additional Director, Extension Education (communication centre ), expressed hope that the book would encourage reading habits in youth. He lamented that due to an onslaught from electronic media, the reading habits were declining.

Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, acting president of the Punjabi Sahitya Academy, appreciated the contributions of the artist and his brothers, Mr Pritam Singh Rahi and Dr Joginder Singh Nirala, in art and literature. Dr Joginder Singh Nirala, in charge of the Youth Writers' Association, proposed a vote of thanks.

Mr Hardayal Singh Rupal, Mr Piara Singh , president of the Fine Art Academy, Barnala, Dr Gulzar Singh Pandher, Mr Saudagar Singh Bhangoo and Mr Nirmal Jaura were also present on the occasion.



Letters to DFSOs
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 21
The District Food and Supplies Controller, Ludhiana, has issued letters to all DFSOs in various subdivisions of Ludhiana district to verify ‘khasra’ numbers ‘killa’ numbers and rectangle numbers of the land where brick-kilns were functioning.



Thieves break into two houses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Some thieves broke into two houses in Ram Nagar area near Lakkar Pul and decamped with the gold jewellery from one of the houses. However, according to Mr Suresh Khanna, the owner of the second house, the thieves did not take many things from his house.

According to Mrs Surjeet, mother of Mr Vijay Kumar, it was around 4 a.m. when her daughter-in-law Dimple woke up to feed her baby. As she went into the kitchen, she was intercepted by one person who was carrying some weapon with him. He had reportedly packed all jewellery. He allegedly threatened Dimple from raising an alarm lest he would kill her and the baby.

Dimple stayed quiet as the thief switched off the lights. He reportedly told Dimple that he was being accompanied by four other people who were waiting outside. This scared her and she did not raise any alarm. The thief also disconnected the cord of the telephone and left.

Mrs Surjeet claimed that the thief had taken away about 25 tolas of gold jewellery. No other object was found missing from the house. She said, her daughter-in-law could not identify the thief as she was too scared, besides he had switched off the lights.

However, Mr Suresh Khanna, whose house is adjacent to Mr Vijay Kumar’s, the thieves broke into his house as well but did not take anything from his house. He said although they had broken open the almirah in his house, they did not take anything. He said, the incident might have occurred around 2 a.m.



Man crushed under train
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 21
A 50-year-old man was crushed to death by a train near Bhattian village last evening.

According to the railway police, Dass Singh, a resident of Manki, near Samrala, was crossing the rail track when the Shane-e-Punjab train crushed him.

His body was identified today by his family members. The post-mortem was conducted at Civil Hospital, Khanna. The body was handed over to his family members.

Poppy husk seized: The police claimed to have seized 36.5 kg of poppy husk from the custody of Mewa Singh, son of Bishan Singh of New Colony, here yesterday. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Accident: According to a case registered at Sahnewal police station under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC yesterday, Sapinder Singh, son of Bachan Singh of Muskabad, Samrala, has alleged that a Lucky Transport truck injured him. He was admitted to CMC Hospital. His leg broke in the accident.

Two injured: Two persons of Nandpur village were injured in an attack last night.

The injured have been identified as Satish Kumar and Raju who were allegedly attacked by Prem Thekedar, Satinder Singh, his two brothers and Lovely who came to their house and started beating them with pipes.

The complaint was made by Rajinder Singh of village Nandpur and a case was registered under Sections 323, 148 and 149 of IPC on Wednesday.



Scooters adapt to rough road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Mr Sanjeev Bajaj, vice-president of Bajaj Autos Ltd, says that, in spite of an ever-increasing customer inclination towards motor cycles, the scooter market remains intact and growth-oriented. “Following the market sentiment, the Bajaj group has been continuously focusing on research and development, trying to bring in latest and updated models of scooters,” he says.

Mr Bajaj said here today that the trend towards motor cycles was due to several factors, including the continuing growth of the semi-urban and rural markets. In semi-urban and rural areas, the roads were not fit for scooters, so, motor cycle was the preferred mode of personal transport. Besides, the Japanese companies entering into joint ventures with Indian companies also focused on motor cycles. “The element of style also attracts people towards motor cycles,” he said.

Mr Bajaj said a delay in the introduction of four-stroke engines in scooters had also affected the sales because the increasing fuel prices had made people mileage-conscious; and motor cycle gave a better mileage that scooter. He said the latest four-stroke Bajaj scooter was giving a mileage of about 70 kmpl and being received well in the market.

He said Punjab had a maximum sale of scooters and motor cycles in India and a Punjab dealer of the company had been declared the best in the country for having sold a maximum number of scooters. Mr Suraj Dada, the dealer, said: “This is because Bajaj and scooter are synonymous in India.”

Mr Sanjeev Bajaj said the company was focusing equally on motor cycles and three-wheelers, in face of competition from top brands like Hero Honda.

Bajaj makes motor cycles in collaboration with Kawasaki of Japan and the brand Kawasaki Bajaj is doing well, along with the other brands of the company.


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