Friday, November 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India

L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Measurement of auctioned PUDA land put off
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
The process of fresh measurement to identify the boundaries of the old Government Knitting Institute site near the local bus stand on Old G.T. Road in the city could not be completed and was put off to a later date after the district and revenue officials concerned were convinced by the civic administration to first thoroughly go through the relevant revenue records, made available by senior MC officials.

PUDA had sold a prime commercial land, measuring 7889 square yards at the site of the institute for Rs 8.05 crore to a private builder in December 1999. While the sale was made on the condition of the site being ‘as is where is’, certain PUDA officials were trying to pass off additional land to the private builder on the plea that it was a part of the site put on auction. However, the civic administration had strongly opposed the move, saying the additional land was part of the national highway.

On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, revenue officials, along with Mr Ajoy Sharma, SDM, visited the site to take fresh measurement of the land. Mr S.K. Sharma, MC Commissioner, Mr B.K. Gupta, Assistant MC Commissioner, and Mr Kuldip Singh, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, were also present at the spot. The MC officials produced old revenue records and those of the PWD to maintain that the site of the institute was confined to the land already sold through auction and the 15 feet wide strip along the 282 feet of length towards G.T. Road was part of the public road.

The state government and the district administration had also taken strong notice of the attempt by PUDA authorities to give additional land to the builder. The Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting convened last week, had directed that the land be accurately measured again on the basis of revenue records and ownership rights of the buyer be confined solely to the land which earlier housed the institute.

The MC officials, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune maintained that the bid by the property developer to take possession of the additional land towards the national highway was tantamount to ‘lawful encroachment’. They were quite confident that on the basis of old revenue records, the matter would be sorted out amicably and no one would be allowed to occupy that land which was part of the public road in a busy stretch.



‘Religion fire and politics petrol shouldn’t be mixed’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
Mixing religion with politics is often criticised, but generally condoned in case of Sikh politics, in view of the principles of ‘Miri’ and ‘Piri’. However, the recent ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ of the Shiromani Akali Dal led by a former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has been called a “misuse of gurdwaras”.

Intelligentsia apart, even the common man is angry that the SAD drive beefed up security outside gurdwaras, causing much harassment to devotees. The Akalis justify their action by saying that the Akalis and gurdwaras go together.

Most persons who spoke on the issue here were in favour of separating religion from politics and not using gurdwaras for political purposes. There were also persons who supported the SAD, saying that politicians of all religions used religion to achieve their political goals.

Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, a SAD MLA from Koom Kalan, said, since the inception of the party, every member performed morning ablutions in a gurdwara before beginning any significant work. “The Jail Bharo Andolan was a significant movement, and the Akalis had to begin it from the gurdwaras. Paying obeisance at a place of faith before proceeding on a noble mission is not wrong,” he said.

Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, president of the Youth Akali Dal, said the Akalis had embarked on this mission after performing the ‘ardas’ for the cause of the people of the state. “It was not in the personal interest of the Akalis,” he said.

Dr Arun Mitra, environmentalist and physician, said religion and politics should not be mixed. Religion was a personal thing and gurdwaras should not be venues of any non-religious activity. Captain Amarinder Singh had faced flak for sending the police into the Golden Temple Complex, but the Akalis had done a similar thing by gathering in various gurdwaras and, then, inviting the police to come and arrest them.

Ms Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the Khalsa College for Women, said religion and politics should never go together. Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, a communist, said the use of gurdwaras by the SAD workers was condemnable and all politicians should spare religious places. Had the Akalis raised issues like debt burden, free electricity and tax exemption, it would have been far better.

An industrialist, Mr Sunil Dutt, says that the workers should have found some other places to gather and court arrest, instead of camping at gurdwaras for a night.

Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said his organisation believed that religion acted as an observer in the dirty game called politics. Politicians should not use religion for their vested interests, but for seeking direction. If the difference between these things was understood, politics would become a clean game. He, however, declined to comment on the use of gurdwaras by the Akalis.



Govt team holds inspection in PTU colleges
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
With a view to probe into the functioning and infrastructural facilities available with the colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University, a team of the Punjab Government visited several local colleges here yesterday.

The three-member team led by Dr Vinod Kumar, Deputy Director, Punjab State Technical Education Board, visited the Gujranwla Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology, Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology at Model town and Punjab College for Technical Education at Baddowal.

Since this was for the first time that a team sent by the Punjab Government was taking a round of the PTU colleges, staff members and director of the colleges here were of the view that it was to probe into the working of the previous Technical Education Minister and PTU Vice-Chancellor. While earlier no government official had ever visited these colleges, not even while giving them the NoC for starting new classes, the visiting team made a thorough examination of the facilities, library and laboratory infrastructure as well as the qualification of the staff. The students were interviewed to know about the standards of education being provided in these colleges.

Prof Kuldip Singh, Director, GGNIMT, said he received information regarding their visit just 10 minutes prior to their entry in the college. But that all his records were upto the mark and he had no point to worry about it.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director of the PCTE, said he had heard the team would arrive day after but he was surprised to see the team arriving a day in advance. 



Cricket meets pop, students in a frenzy
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, November 28
Cricketer Virender Sehwag and Punjabi singer-actor Harbhajan Mann set the city on fire today with their charms. They received wide adulation wherever they went.

Sehwag took the excitement to a crescendo by announcing what everyone wanted to hear in the run-up to the World Cup. “We will win the World Cup for you. We know that you have pinned your hopes in us,” said Sehwag to the wildly excited and cheering students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. He and Mann were en route to Amritsar, where a match between Sehwag’s team and Harbhajan’s team was to be played later in the day. The atmosphere in the school was electrifying and the students were charged with enthusiasm at the thought of Sehwag being amongst them.

Sehwag and Mann stayed for almost an hour at the school. Ms Neena Khanna, the Principal, according them a warm welcome, said the students were having the chance of their lifetime to meet two stars.

Sehwag was the backbone of the Indian cricket team and he was a dream merchant who would realise the dreams of crores by winning the World Cup, she said. She requested Harbhajan to render a song. Harbhajan said,” I am going to sing a song of Sehwag’s choice,” and he sang ‘Gala goriyan, te vich toye’. The students went wild and stood up to dance. Seeing their enthusiasm, Mann sang ‘Cham cham kardi kothe ta aaja na’ and then ‘hai meri billo’.

Earlier, Abhinandan, Pankaj, Tinshu Manik and Akshay, students of Class IX, told this correspondent that they were excited at the thought of seeing Sehwag whereas the girls were thrilled to see Harbhajan in person. Since the students of secondary and primary classes could not be accommodated inside, they were sitting on the ground, waiting for the two stars.

Sehwag said,” It is easier to hit fours and sixes than make a speech. But students, you must alternate studies with games as both are important for balanced development”. Mann said he could not play cricket, but could sing a song, and promised the students that if India won the World Cup, they will celebrate at the school.

The under-16 cricket team was thrilled to be photographed with Sehwag. Fifteen-year-old Bharat Malhotra, who would participate in the All-India Tournament, and cricket team captain Gurpreet Khera received a cricketing kit from Sehwag. Earlier, the students welcomed the two luminaries with bugles.



Duplicate leaves Sehwag stumped
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
It was a cherished moment for Jeewan Sharma, a Virender Sehwag look-alike, when he got a chance to meet his idol and share some moments with him during his visit to the city here today.

A Tribune team met the original and look-alike duo in Sarah Nagar market today when both came face to face for the first time. Jeewan was too excited for words to meet the master-blaster his wish came true today. ‘‘My biggest desire of life has been fulfilled. I am the luckiest man on this earth,” he enthused.

The down-to-earth cricket star, Sehwag, too, was happy to meet Jeewan. ‘‘I am pleasantly surprised. Earlier we used to see duplicates in movies only. But it is hard to believe that I have a look- alike in real life. It’s really exciting,’’ said Sehwag.

During the few shared moments together, Sehwag said that he had been told by his mother about Jeewan who had also met her and had also watched him on a TV. channel.

‘‘I am not able to contain my happiness. I fear I may go mad,’’ said Jeewan, who was later mobbed by hundreds of cricket fans for autographs. The fans were not able to take autographs from Sehwag due to the security reasons so they preferred taking the autographs of his duplicate only.

Jeewan told Sehwag that he wanted him to break the record of Shaheed Afraid for scoring the fastest 50 and century. He said that he was very happy that success had not gone to the head of the ace-cricketer and he was very gentle and polite while speaking to him also.

About getting the publicity in the city after meeting Sehwag today, Jeewan said that it was because of Sehwag that people recognised him also.



2 poor men end their lives
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
Ravinder Singh, 25, an unemployed casual labourer under debt, reportedly, committed suicide in his New Shimla Puri house here yesterday when his wife was at her parents’ house in Loharu village with her eight-month-old baby.

Ravinder Singh was the only son of his father, Kartar Singh, who had died at the time of Reminder's marriage. Ravinder, who inherited the New Shimla Puri house from his father, had to borrow money to marry off his sister. It is said that he was under stress due to unemployment and debt. His mother was attending a birthday party in the neighbourhood when he hanged himself in the room. The police broke open the door and, later, got an autopsy done on the body.

Sunil, 22, a migrant labourer, also, reportedly, committed suicide by hanging himself in his room at Dander Kalan late on Tuesday. Neighbours discovered his body on Wednesday and, then, informed the police. 



BJP leader hails Battel's acquittal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
In a dramatic political development, a senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Sat Pal Go sain, today hailed the acquittal of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture Minister, Punjab, in a corruption case. He described the verdict as a victory for nationalist and patriotic persons, whom the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was trying to frame and involve in false cases.

Apparently trying to draw political mileage from dissensions within the Congress and to add fuel to the fire of faction fighting in the ruling party, Mr Go sain urged all right-thinking parties to felicitate Mrs Bhattal for a moral w He further made an offer to the Ms Bhattal, a former Chief Minister and commanding a significant following within Congress, that his party was prepared to support her if she desired to fight against the government for inflicting such a humiliation upon her.

Meanwhile, supporters of Ms Bhattal celebrated the victory of their leader and sweets were distributed by Mr Magyar Singh Kairi in Basti Abdullapur.

He alleged that false case of corruption was registered against Ms Bhattal to sully her image at the instance of her political detractors. Mr Kairi observed that Ms Bhattal, who had a very successful stint as Chief Minister of the state, would once again occupy the august office because she enjoyed the support of all sections of the people and the party.



Land-grab charge denied
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The alleged land grab case of Lakhowal village, where two villagers were alleged to have tried to occupy a piece of land forcefully, has taken a new turn with the accused claiming that they had not visited the spot and had not even demolished the wall of the house.

In a written statement to the police today, the two accused, Labh Singh and Darshan Singh, stated that they had all the documents vindicating the stand that the land in question belonged to them as they had got the registry of the same on September 10 last in the presence of a tehsildar.

They denied that they had even visited the house of Sukhdev Singh who had alleged that the accused had attacked him and his wife over the issue. They said on the day both of them were attending a wedding in Ludhiana and had a documentary proof of the same.

They stated that as per the revenue records the land belonged to them but they had never tried to forcibly occupy it as an inquiry was pending in the court of local the SDM.

It is worth mentioning here that Sukhdev Singh had alleged that the duo had tried to occupy his house forcibly on November 22 and a police cop was also assisting them for doing the same despite the fact that the Punjab State Human Rights Commission had directed the local administration to protect the complainant and his property. 



Baraga Mandal flays SGPC chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
The Baraga Maha Mandal, Punjab, criticised the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, for courting arrest during “jail baron” agitation by the SAD. “Courting arrest by Mr Badungar against anti-corruption drive of the Congress government is an act of misconduct because he heads the SGPC.”

The Mandal president, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, said in a statement here today that by giving precedence to politics over religion, the SGPC president had damaged the reputation of the SGPC and religious traditions. The reprehensible action by Mr Badungar had further proved that the Akali Dal treated politics above religion. He made an appeal to the religious leaders of the Sikh community to take serious view of the conduct of Mr Badungar and he should be directed to keep religious traditions first and foremost.

He observed that the post of the SGPC president was basically apolitical because the body was meant to be of the entire community and not of any political faction.



Govt condemned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The local unit of the SAD, while thanking its rank and file for the impressive show yesterday, has condemned the state government for not arresting them and transporting hundreds of rounded up workers to far-off places in the district, causing a lot of hardship to the agitators.

Youth Akali Dal chief Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the entire state machinery had been put into operation and the workers who had come fully prepared to stay behind bars were instead herded like cattle to interior areas and left to fend for themselves. But for the villagers they would have spent the day without food and water, he added. 



A poet with a mission
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
It is a common complaint that modern Punjabi poetry has become so obscure that readers cannot find meaning, but Swaran Singh Parwan's poetry is clear like crystal water. His poetry gives the message of unity and urges people to serve humanity. He has been living for the last 32 years in Denmark but still has deep Indian roots.

Four decades ago when he was living in Ludhiana, he had started a literary magazine, ‘Saun Swear’ which became very popular among budding Punjabi writers but despite its popularity, he had to close it down due to paucity of funds. Distraught, he left the country and went to Germany from where he went to Denmark.

Mr Kulwant Jagraon, a poet, says, “His poetry has spiritual thoughts and rhythm and music. Hence his gazelles have been sung by known singers like Jagjit Singh, Dev Didar and Fakir Aman, a Pakistani singer. His poems give a message of peace, love and one feels happy after reading his work. He is an ambassador of higher ethical social and moral values.”

He has penned down ‘Shama Parwana’, ‘Rabi Parwana’, ‘Meri Poonji Meri Raas’, ‘Manukhta’, ‘Ekta’ and ‘Sawera Dosti Da’. He has edited ‘Vishav Punjbai’ gazelles. For his literary works, he has won many awards all over the world. Parwana says,” Poetry is the instrument to spread the message that all human beings are one and to love each other is essential for survival.”

Parwana is the president of the Asian Writers’ Association of Denmark. This literary society has instituted Bulleh Shah award that has been awarded to prominent literary figures like Harbhajan Halwarvi, Editor, Punjabi Tribune and Fakir Aman.

He is running a radio station in Denmark that broadcasts Punjbai, and Hindi programmes which are extremely popular. He has done a lot of work for spreading Punjabi language in Denmark.



All that glitters is not gold

Ludhiana is a city of contrasts — on one hand, every businessman complains of market recession and on the other, city roads are flooded with expensive luxury cars.

Visit any marriage function in the city and expensive catering services can be witnessed. Some caterers from Chandigarh have become status symbols here. Families are spending Rs 10 to 15 lakh on marriage receptions and Rs 2 to 4 lakh are spent on flower decorations alone.

At most places, at the entry to the marriage pandal, the car being given in dowry, decorated and often bearing a temporary registration number, is displayed. The car symbolises the financial status of the family.

Many senior businessmen in the city feel that these marriage functions and parties do not reflect the actual financial status of the family. Most families organise such events to impress other members of the business community. One’s business is closely linked to the position of the business family in the market.

Recovery of market loans is giving a nightmare to many businessmen who specialise in giving loan on interest to friends, acquaintances and business houses. Comments a broker, “More than 30 to 40 per cent of these business loans have become bad debts and there is hardly any chance of recovery as the parties have either become bankrupt or their intentions are bad.” Families leading a luxurious life and enjoying good status suddenly disappear from the city. Such families are under heavy debt and they migrate to Australia or Canada or settle some where else.

Continuous business recession is giving sleepless nights to many businessmen. Demand is low, but expenses have gone up in most cases. Opines Mr Rajiv Lochan, a manufacturer, “Even household expenses cannot be reduced. Having tasted a luxurious life, most families continue to spend lavishly and are not willing to cut down expenses.”

Comments Mr Narinder Mahajan, a young entrepreneur, “Credit card culture, once a part of the West, has become a reason for low investment in business. In the past, families used to save Rs 30,000 to buy a Fiat. But today, you can buy a car worth Rs 10 lakh with only Rs 10,000. People do not realise that this car will not cost them less than Rs 16 to 17 lakh in the long run and its resale value will come down less than a year.” But recession or no recession, Ludhianvis will continue to make show-off business an integral part of their lifestyles. — Dr Rajeev Gupta



Tourism staff condemn Chief Minister’s statement
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The members of the Punjab Tourism Employees Union has condemned the statement of the Chief Minister wherein he has stated that the corporation was incurring losses of Rs 4 crore and the matter has been referred to the Disinvestment Board.

Mr Mangal Singh Hundal and Mr Vijay Kumar Joshi, president and general secretary of the union, said this was not true as the corporation had made profits amounting to Rs 43. 72 lakh in 2000-01 and Rs 29.64 lakh 2001-02.

They said certain elements, who had vested interests were misleading the CM into referring the matter to the Disinvestment Board.

They said the government should stop making such statements since they had an adverse effect on the employees and their families.

They also warned that the employees would be forced to start an agitation if the corporation was privatised.



Special abhinandan samaroh on Jan 5
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
The SS Jain Sabha, Ahmedgarh, is organising a special abhinandan samaroh in the honour of Tap Chakreshwari Mahasadhvi Shubhji Maharaj on January 5 next at Jain Sthanak, near Gandhi Chowk, according to Mr Sardari Lal Jain, president of the sabha.

Several Jain monks are arriving every day at Jain Sthanak to bless Shubhji Maharaj who entered the 140th day of her fast today. Dr Shiv Muniji Maharaj would grace the abhinandan samaroh and bless the Sadhvi undergoing voluntary penance once a year for the past 10 years.

She had created a record of sorts by observing 292 fasts at Jagraon last year. Only a few spoonfuls of boiled water are taken during the day before the sunset.

On the day of the abhinandan samaroh, discourses would be held at Jain Sthanak from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. Mahasadhvi Sunitaji Maharaj, under whose supervision and guidance her disciple is observing the indefinite fast, would also deliver a discourse. Those wanting to have a glimpse of the fasting figure of Shubhji Maharaj can do so from 8.30 am to 11 am and then after 12 noon.

Mr Sardari Lal Jain further told that Shri Deep Mala Jain Homoeopathic Dispensary was making available good quality medicines at only Rs 5 per week to the general public. The Sudhir Jain "Pintu" Memorial Charitable Clinical Laboratory started recently by the SS Jain Sabha was also charging nominal fees for various blood and urine tests, he added.



One person injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
One person sustained injuries after some students picked up a fight with a bus driver outside Arya College here today over a minor issue.

At around 1.30 pm, some students boarded the bus and refused to buy the tickets from the conductor stating that they were allowed to travel free. The bus driver stopped the bus.

The agitated students started beating the driver and broke the windowpanes of the bus. By the time the police reached at the spot the students had fled. No case was registered till the evening. Further investigations are on.



Two men killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, November 28
In two road accidents near Machhiwara, two persons are reported to have lost their lives. Daljeet Singh of Behlolpur village was killed when his scooter collided with a moped near Shatabgarh. The police has impounded the moped, but its owner has absconded.

Ramandeep Singh, who worked in a branch of the ICICI Bank in Ludhiana, was hit by a vehicle near Kohara when he was returning to Machhiwara after duty. He died on the spot and driver of the other vehicle fled. The Machhiwara police has registered cases under Sections 279, 427 and 304-A of the IPC.

Sale of old tickets:
The police has arrested seven persons on the charge of selling old lottery tickets to unsuspecting customers. The Model Town police arrested Inder Pal Singh, a man of Dugri, Pardip Kumar, a man of Nirmal Nagar, Ashwini Kumar, a man of Model Town, Jaswinder Singh and Harcharan Singh, both inhabitants of the LIG Colony of Dugri, on the complaint of Mr Sikandar Singh, a man of Dhillon Colony in Shimla Puri.

According to the police, the accused were selling tickets of Raj Kamal Super King Lottery at Rs 50 each at about 3 pm on Tuesday after the draw had already been over at 1.45 pm.

Acting on a tip-off, the Shimla Puri police arrested Amarjit Singh, a man of Dugri, and Amar Inder Singh, a man of Janta Nagar, when they were, reportedly, trying to sell old lottery tickets on Tuesday.

Body found: The GRP found the body of a youth from a stationary bogey at the Laddowal railway station and sent to Civil Hospital yesterday for an autopsy. The police suspects this to be a case of suicide, as an open and empty bottle was found near the body. The police has circulated a sketch of the youth, aged about 26, in the area for identification.

Minor recovered: The Salem Tabri police has recovered a minor girl, who had been kidnapped on November 21, allegedly, by Rajwinder Singh of Bhora village near Katra in Jammu and Kashmir. She has been handed over to her parents, who live in Bhora village, after a medical examination that was conducted yesterday. The alleged kidnapper was also arrested from Katra, after the local police was contacted by the Jammu police, that had arrested the boy and the girl on the basis of suspicion and interrogated them.

Student injured: Parampreet Singh, student of a school on the Dugri road, was injured when he was attacked by another student of the same school in recess yesterday.

The injured student, who was rushed to Civil Hospital by his friends, said in his statement that he had had a tiff with the attacker, earlier.

Vehicles recovered:
In a special drive, the Khanna police has arrested Ashwani Kumar of Rewari (MP) and a stolen truck (HR-58-7788) has been recovered from him.

A stolen Honda City car (PB-08T-3031) has been recovered from a man called Asurdeep of Rehna in Gurgaon district, as per a press note issued by the Khanna police.



‘Hosiery exporters face marketing glitches’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
“Around 80 per cent of the entrepreneur exporters face marketing problem when they start their business. The main problems faced is selecting the appropriate market for exports. Some of the entrepreneurs have suffered huge losses due to selection of inappropriate markets multiplied by distribution problems and high cost of promotion.” These are the findings of the research study titled “Profile and problems of entrepreneur exporters of selected hosiery units in Ludhiana” conducted by Mr Amanpreet Singh, student of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE).

The study was conducted under guidance of Mr Khushdeep Dharni, senior faculty member of the PCTE and covered 50 units in Ludhiana exporting hosiery products. Around 51 per cent of the total hosiery products in Punjab are exported from Ludhiana. The analysis revealed that 92 per cent of the respondents started exports after 1990. The main reasons given for entering in export arena were severe competition in domestic market and the declining margins.

Around 50 per cent of the respondents started exports through an agent. Around 62 per cent of the respondents were in age group of 35-40 years. Only 10 per cent respondents were having professional qualification suited for the export business. Apart from facing marketing problems, 60 per cent of the respondents faced problem related with processing of export orders and export transactions. Another area causing problems was production and 54 per cent of the respondents were facing problems like inability to achieve desired quality standards, non-availability of machinery, inappropriate technology and non-availability of skilled labour.

When asked about seeking help from support organisations, around 64 per cent respondents reported to have approached these organisations and 42 per cent said that they actually benefited by the approach. Around 36 per cent of the respondents did not approach the support organisations indicating a lack of confidence in the set up of these support organisations. The main recommendations of the research included organizing development programs for entrepreneurs as 80 per cent of the respondents were lacking professional skills to handle export business.

The support organisation needed to inspire confidence in exporters so that more exporters got the benefit from these organisations. The major source of awareness for the support organisations like export promotion councils (EPCs) was reference. The fact indicated about the inadequate promotional efforts on part of these organisations. Majority (62 per cent) of the respondents were having a turnover of Rs 6-8 crore and it was expected to increase in future. Dr K.N.S. Kang, director of PCTE, said, “Today looking beyond the international borders is critical for survival of any business firm especially for firms engaged in manufacturing and support organisations need to play a bigger role in this context.” 


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