Friday, January 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Vigilance probe into encroachments
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
With the Municipal Corporation failing to demolish the extended portions of more than 10 shops in one of the busiest commercial centres of the city, Talab Bazar, the Vigilance Bureau, of Punjab has launched an inquiry into the matter. Earlier, a local court had ordered that the land covered by the extensions was part of an open drain and belonged to the civic body.

The Vigilance Bureau has sought information from the MC on the officials who had been holding the charge of the building branch in 1998 when the extensions had been made. The civic body has been told to submit the original building plans of these shops, showing total covered area and details of the rent deeds or agreements for occupancy, if any. The MC has been told to submit the information within three days.

The shops, were constructed by the management of Talab Mandir in 1992 and the open drain in front of the shops was permanently covered a few ago, after which, each of the shop owners had encroached upon about 140 square feet in front of their shops. There were reports that the encroachment had been done under the patronage of the then ruling alliance (SAD-BJP), in connivance with senior civic officials.

The matter had been raised in the MC General House in the previous term and the House had resolved to get the matter probed by a subcommittee, comprising, the MC officials and councillors. However nothing had been done.

To cover its lapses, the MC had, earlier, issued notices to the shopkeepers, charging them with encroaching the civic body land.

Orders were issued for the demolition of the extended portions, but the civic administration had to beat a retreat in the face of stiff resistance from the shopkeepers and the then BJP councillor, which had put the demolition in abeyance. Some of the shopkeepers had moved court, pleading that the MC should be restrained from demolishing the extensions. The court, however, dismissed the case and the shopkeepers’ appeal in the Sessions Court, too, was quashed.

The MC Commissioner had, then, ordered the demolition of drain, apprehending resistance by the shopkeepers, also sought police assistance. No further action has been taken, so far.



District rolls red carpet for NRIs
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Dakha (Ludhiana), January 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, said here today that the NRI Sabha of Ludhiana would give special identity-cards to all the NRIs in the district, so that, they could be easily identified and given special treatment in government offices.

He made the announcement at the annual meeting of the district unit of the NRI Sabha at Deol Estates here.

The DC told Punjabis wanting marry their children to the NRIs to take the assistance of the NRI Sabha for verifying the antecedents of the persons concerned. He said the unit knew of hundreds of cases where Punjabis had been duped by the NRIs, who had taken lakhs of rupees from them, but not fulfilled the marriage promises. He said the NRI Sabha would give this service free of cost.

Mr S.K. Sharma, IG Jalandhar Range and the chief guest at the function, said, with a view to attracting investment by the NRIs in Punjab, the government had directed the civic and police administration to settle the problems of the NRIs on priority.

Mr Sharma said each Indian settled abroad, who wished to contribute towards the development of his native place, would be given a suitable environment to strengthen health and education facilities in the rural areas of the state. He said a lot of new employment opportunities could be generated in the state with the NRIs investing in various sectors.

Mr Anurag Agagrwal, Deputy Commissioner and chairman of the NRI Sabha, said photo-identity-cards would be issued to all members of the NRI Sabha. District heads of all departments had been told to dispose of cases related to the NRIs as early as possible, on priority. He said an NRI had sent in Rs 30 lakh for the development of his village, after he was convinced that the money would be utilised judiciously.

He said much-married NRIs arranged to get married in India by concealing their past. To check such incidents, every NRI prospective groom would have to produce two affidavits from his close Indian relatives, assuring that, in case of any dispute later, the house and the other property of the NRI in India would be handed over to the affected girl.

The DC praised the NRI Sabha of Ludhiana and its president, Mr Pritam Singh Deol, for getting most problems of the member NRIs solved.

Mr M.S. Chheena, the Senior Superintendent of Police at Jagroan, said the grievances of the NRIs in the Jagroan police district would be redressed on priority.

Mr Pritam Singh Deol, president of the sabha, welcomed the dual citizenship accorded to the NRIs by the Indian Government. He also said, with the efforts of the Punjab NRI Sabha, the urban and rural property Acts had been amended to facilitate the vacation of NRIs’ disputed properties.

The others present on the occasion included Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, Mr Surat Singh Khalsa, Mr Gurmail Singh Toor, Mr G.S. Randhawa, Mr Rajpreet Singh Deol and the Assistant Advocate General, Mr Harpreet Sandhu.



Father waits for son’s body
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Dhamnewal (Ludhiana), January 23
Before sending his son to Hong Kong to earn money, little had debt-ridden Jarnail Singh thought that one day he would have to beg for his son’s body.

Jarnail Singh’s dream to see his son, Jagroop, as a multimillionaire proved to be a curse on him that claimed the life of his son and it seems that he will not be able to see his son’s face who died under mysterious circumstances in Hong Kong.

Jagroop (24) was found hanging from a tree in a city in Hong Kong about 20 days ago. His body was claimed by a gurdwara in the city, where it has been kept by the management in wait of his relatives.

Jarnail Singh, a farm labourer, does not even know whether his son had committed suicide or was killed by somebody. A few days ago he had received a telephonic message from his friend that his son was found hanging from a tree.

He had sent Jagroop to Hong Kong by shelling out a big amount that he had borrowed from a financier eight months ago. He was hopeful that the boy would earn money and help his father to pay back the borrowed amount. But the fate had something else in store for him. He lost his son in a foreign country where he can’t even think of going to bring back his body and perform the last rites.

While almost 20 days have elapsed since jagroop’s death, his mother has not been told about the death of her son. “She will not be able to bear the shock. She only knows that her son is going to return home soon. How can I tell her now? She has been opposing, when I was sending him there,” said Jarnail Singh.

Jagroop was the eldest of three children of his parents. He was working as a shoe dealer, but despite working overtime, he was not earning enough money. So he decided to move to Hong Kong in search of greener pastures, but unfortunately he lost his life there.

His father said his son was a hardworking and responsible boy and could never commit suicide. He suspected that somebody had killed him for some reason.

The gurdwara where his body has been kept had demanded an amount of Rs 4.5 lakh from Jarnail Singh. But when he wrote back that he could not pay the amount, the gurdwara management agreed to send the body to India paying from their own funds.

“But the body has not arrived as yet. There are many legal formalities that have to be completed,” said his father, who has also written a letter to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to help him bring his son’s body back.

He is also seeking the help of some NGOs to help him bringing back his son’s body.



Man found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
A 30-year-old man was allegedly murdered by two unidentified persons at Mundian village, near here last night.

Ramesh Kumar’s body was found in the fields. It seems that he had died of strangulation. Police sources said two unidentified persons came to his house late last night and took him along.

Ramesh did not return after that and the members of his family got panicky and started looking for him, but could not find him anywhere.

In the morning, his body was found lying in the fields.

The police has registered a case.



Jazzy B beaten up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
Famous Punjabi pop singer, Jazzy B, was beaten by three youths at a marriage ceremony at New Rajguru Nagar late last evening for allegedly not accepting their request of singing more songs.

In a complaint registered at Sarabha Nagar police station, the singer said that he was injured in the attack and several of his music instruments, worth lakhs of rupees were damaged by the inebriated youths.

Police sources disclosed that a case under sections 323, 341, 427 and 506 IPC was registered against the three youths identified as Gogi, Fauji and Babru of Bahadur ke village.

The FIR states that Jazzy B was booked for the marriage function and was to perform for two hours.

However, at the constant request of the guests, he continued to perform for about 40 minutes more.

When he finally announced he was winding up, the three youths told him to sing one more song. He requested them that he cannot oblige them any long and went out of the party hall.

When he was about to board his car, the youths attacked him with sticks and injured him. They also damaged his car and broke some musical instruments as well.

The youths then ran away from the marriage venue. The police said the youths were absconding and raiding parties were dispatched to trace them.



Badungar decries Cong govt
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 23
“Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should resign on moral grounds as he had failed to provide a clean governance and fulfil the promises made in his election manifesto”, said Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, SGPC, at a conference organised at Noorpura village today. The function, to pay homage to martyr Jagdev Singh and others, who had sacrificed their lives on the Jammu and Kashmir border while defending the country, was organised by former minister Dalip Singh Pandhi.

Members and leaders of the Congress and the SAD (Capt Kanwaljit Singh faction) were not present at the conference.

Going back into the history, Mr Badungar said Punjab had always been on the forefront of sacrifices from the times of Mughals, the British rule and at the time of the Partition of the country in 1947.

Mr Badungar said libraries in the villages of four martyrs of the area would be constructed out of the SGPC funds.

The SGPC chief lauded the policy of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to provide employment on a priority basis to dependants of armymen of Punjab, who were killed on the border. But the present government had stopped the facility, he said.

Raja Narinder Singh, former minister, cited the example of Port Blair (Kala Pani) and said that 80 to 82 per cent persons on the list of martyrs were from Punjab. Speaking on the SYL issue, he said the SAD launched a morcha at Kapoori and filed an appeal in the Supreme Court under the Reparian Law, but a former Congress Chief Minister of the state, Mr Darbara Singh, had withdrawn the case. “How can the present Chief Minister talk of fighting the case in the apex court,” he questioned. He accused the Congress of trying to divert the attention of the people.

Mr Surjeet Singh Rakara, MLA, Samana, criticised the Chief Minister, who, he said, had talked of raising the old-age pension from Rs 200 to Rs 600 and the Shagun Scheme from Rs 5100 to Rs 11000, but had instead withdrawn the facilities after coming to power.

Mr Nirmal Singh, MLA, Shatrana, criticised the state government for abolishing 50,000 posts, which, he said, would increase unemployment.

Mr Charanjeet Singh Walia, trade union leader, said the present government had come to power with a slight margin and could fall anytime. Mr Didar Singh Bhatti, member, SAD working committee, and Mr Rajpaul Garg, president, BJP, Amloh unit, also paid tributes to the martyrs. Siropas were presented to the kin of the martyrs.



Virtual Revolt in Ludhiana Congress
Naveen S.Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
There has been a virtual revolt in the Ludhiana Congress with senior party leaders demanding the replacement of Krishan Kumar Bawa and Gurdev Singh Lapran, the Urban and Rural District Congress presidents, terming them as mere "paper tigers" with virtually no mass base. Mr Bawa and Mr Lapran have been accused of showing their presence merely in newspapers, while doing nothing to promote the policies and programmes of the party.

A meeting held in a local hotel on Thursday was attended, besides others, by two sitting MLAs Mr Malkit Singh Birmi and Mr Harnam Dass Johar, and two former Ministers Darshan Singh Brar and Ishar Singh, who also happens to be the party's general secretary. A large gathering of local leaders were unanimous in their tirade against the existing district leadership and appealed to the party high command to replace the two leaders with those having a larger mass base in the district.

Mr Bawa and Mr. Lapran were also held responsible for the failure of a party programme in which state Congress president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, was to be honoured after taking charge as party president. The gathered leaders said that those responsible for the debacle and loss of the party's image after the incident should be made to resign and replaced with more competent leadership.

Reacting to the Panchkula incident involving a senior Punjab bureaucrat, Mr Johar said that opponents of the party were unnecessarily trying to malign the image of the party and its leaders. "The incident does not affect the image of the party leaders or the party in any way. Terming it as a setback for the Congress was anything but true", he said, appealing to the party workers to work whole-heartedly for the implementation of the policies and programmes of the Congress.

The leaders extended full support to state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and appreciated the Chief Minister's initiative of making the state self-reliant. They alleged that the previous government had left Rs 53,000 crore debt burden on the present government that will take some time to clear up.



BJP, Akalis to jointly contest MC poll
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 23
Workers and local leaders of the BJP, the SAD, the Sarb Hind Akali Dal and a group of Independent candidates of Khanna Municipal Council held a meeting here on Wednesday.

At the meeting they showed resentment over the delimitation of municipal wards and decided to contest the forthcoming MC elections as a joint front to defeat the Congress.

The meeting was attended by Mr Vijay Diamond, Mr Jaspal Singh Lotey, Mr Mohinder Pal Jassal, Mr Sanjiv Dhamija and Mr Sarv Deep Kalirao from the BJP, Mr Iqbal Singh, Mr Gurprit Singh Sahota, Mr Harbir Singh Sonu and Mr Gobind Ram from the SAD, Mr Lakhvir Singh, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Mangat, Mr Rajinder Jit Singh and Mr G.S. Dhillon from the SHSAD and Vijay Sharma and Mr Raj Sahnewalia.

The workers of all parties condemned the decision and said the Congress had constituted the wards to benefit their candidates.

They alleged that while marking the boundaries of the wards, a resolution, passed in the earlier meeting, had not been honoured.

Mr Vijay Sharma said it was decided that the wards would be marked by natural boundaries by dividing the city in three zones, but the decision was not followed.

Mr Jaspal Singh Lotey said it was decided that after consulting the high commands of their respective parties a joint front would be formed and the MC election would be contested jointly to teach a lesson to the Congress.



Indulgence makes Ludhianvis unhappy’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
The people of Ludhiana city will always be prosperous as its architecture has no problems according to Vaastu, but the excessive consumption of liquor and practising of promiscuity by its residents will never allow them to have peace of mind.

These are the observations of an internationally acclaimed Vaastu expert, Mr Naresh Singhal, who is on a tour to city to organise free Vaastu workshops in order to educate the people about this ‘‘science’’.

Stating that there was nothing wrong with the city as per Vaastu rules, as the residents here were bound to be rich, the Vaastu expert said that they were not happy because of their ‘‘bad deeds’’. He said that though the city was not planned, its development had no ‘‘Vaastu doshas’’ like that of Chandigarh, which had these faults.

Mr Singhal, who is a Vaastu consultant with leading corporate offices in India, also said that Vaastu was a science which could help people live better lives and adopt positive attitude.

He said that he was on a mission to provide the people with free consultation by conducting various workshops free of cost. He added that he had vowed to give 10 days in a month to people for providing free education about Vaastu. While he practiced in Delhi he moves to different parts of the country to conduct workshops.

Giving some tips on the Vaastu, Mr Singhal said that rusted items should not be kept in a house and a mirror should be avoided in a bedroom. He added that while sleeping the head of the person should be in the south direction and the legs should be in the north direction.

For students Mr Singhal said that they should sit facing the east-west direction as it enhances concentration. He further said that those students who were career conscious should work sitting in east-west direction.

Giving a tip to women, Mr Singhal said that granite shelves should not be fixed in a kitchen as granite was a bad absorber of light. He added that keeping a white marble piece under the gas stove would help remove the Vaastu fault if somebody had granite shelves in the kitchen.

He would be conducting free workshops in Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot , Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, Gill Road, and at Hotel Meriott tomorrow.



Hike in power tariff unjust: MCPI
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) has said that it is shocked over the involvement of a senior IAS officer of Punjab, Mukul Joshi, in the Panchkula incident, as it reflects poorly on the functioning of bureaucrats.

The state secretary of the party, Mr Kuldip Singh, said in a statement issued here today that most men of power lived luxurious lives at the expense of the state exchequer. He said the official should be immediately removed from all positions of responsibility.

He criticised the government’s move to increase power tariff and said the government was playing in to the hands of the PSEB Engineers Association that was not aware of the condition of the downtrodden. Moreover, the state was reeling under massive power crisis and the power situation in rural areas was particularly pathetic. “Under the circumstances, the government and the PSEB have no moral right to impose additional burden on the people. The MCPI is opposed to the privatisation of the PSEB and the government should bring about better management and financial discipline in the PSEB,” he said.

Mr Kuldip Singh said the government had failed to release the sugarcane arrears to farmers at the behest of sugar-mill owners. Farmers were being forced to sell their produce at throwaway prices, with the payment of mounting arrears nowhere in sight.



Sarpanch ‘not allowed in’ by cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
The Sarpanch of Jandialai village has alleged that he was stopped from attending a party meeting by the police personnel manning the main gate at Circuit House here yesterday.

Mr Dharamjit Singh said he had been invited to attend the meeting convened by the District Congress to finalise the strategy for the coming elections to the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad. “I was stopped from entering the premises by Head Constable, Jagtar Singh. I showed him my identity card, but he remained adamant and said I could not go inside. Many others were allowed in without even a cursory check,” he added.

Instead of telling me any reason for not allowing me in, he started abusing me and said he did not care for the consequences. I tried to meet his senior, ASI Sanji Ram, but he was not present there, so, I approached Head Constable Kashmir Singh, but he, too, sided with his colleague and told me to go away,” he said.

He said, if this could happen to an elected representative, the fate of the common man could well imagined. “It also reflects poorly on the courtesy code being implemented by the Police Department,” he said.



Animal husbandry camp in village
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
Despite heavy fog and biting cold, an animal husbandry camp was held at Purain village, 12 km from Mullnapur (Ludhiana). This village is second of its kind in Jagraon subdivision and first in Sidhwan Bet block adopted under the Adarsh Gram Yojna, a concept of Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy, Punjab.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP, inaugurated the camp Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, chief guest, said that employment could be generated by adopting dairy as the main source of income. The Punjab Government had arranged imported semen for artificial insemination for crossbred cows by spending Rs 1.40 lakh. Mr K.K. Bawa, president, District Congress (U) said that like other districts of state, in all blocks of Ludhiana, the village had been selected for the purpose.

Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran and Mr Manjit SIngh Hambran, Congress leaders of the area, while addressing farmers, stressed the need to adopt different schemes under this programme.

Dr HS Gill, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, Ludhiana said that a survey of Purain has been done for providing easy loans for dairy, fishery, piggery or poultry through different nationalised banks. Mr Devi Dass, Deputy Director, Dairy, said that one-month training had been given to young unemployed youth in dairy in Purain and Roomi villages.

According to Dr Paramjeet Singh, Veterinary Officer, Jagraon, a seminar was also held during the camp to educate the farmers about different animal diseases and healthcare.

Progressive farmers of the area were honoured. A cultural programme was also organised. Many veterinary pharmaceutical companies arranged their stalls on this occasion. As many as 242 animals were treated and free medicines were distributed.



150 cases of FMD reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
As many as 150 cases of foot and mouth disease have been detected in some villages in Amloh.

Experts from the Department of Veterinary Extension and Preventive Veterinary Medicine, PAU, visited Tibbi and Kapoorgarh villages in Amloh tehsil (Fatehgarh Sahib) after receiving the reports of the disease.

In Tibbi village, out of 400 animals, 150 had the foot and mouth disease. Most of these animals recovered after the treatment. No mortality has been recorded till date. Samples were collected from affected animals and have been sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, for virus serotyping.

The veterinary experts of Punjab Agricultural University have advised the farmers to get their animals vaccinated against this disease.



Criminals make hay while sun doesn’t shine
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, January 23
While foggy days and nights are proving to be a problem for the public, it is coming to the aid of petty criminals who, taking advantage of weather condition, I commit crime and melt into the fog.

It was foggy yesterday morning when three robbers managed to disappear from sight after they had robbed a trader of Rs1.6 lakh near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The robbers, according to the victim, had covered their faces with monkey caps.

The murder of an unidentified Nepali in mid-thirties, whose body was found in a garbage container on Tibba Road around 11 a.m. yesterday, was also probably committed when it was foggy. From the condition of the body, the police said the murder had been committed only a few hours prior to the discovery of the body.

About a week ago, it was a foggy evening which came to the aid of six poppy husk smugglers who happened to cross paths with a PCR team near Lalton village.

The smugglers not only thwarted the attempt of the cops to arrest them, but also managed to flee after beating the cops and snatching their walkie-talkie, connected with the control room. The police launched a hunt soon after the incident, but the fog, which had been increasing steadily, foiled all attempts to trace the smugglers.

In view of the increased patrolling by PCR teams, the fog has come as a blessing in disguise for the petty criminals anxious on making hay while the sun did not shine. But unfortunately for them, the end of foggy season seems imminent. With the Sun shining bright for the entire day today, the weather promises to look up putting an end to the ‘foggy designs’ of criminals in the next few days. The cops too, it seems, would welcome an early end of foggy days and night.



Police policy gets a beating
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
The popular “Shreemanji” policy of the city police took a beating today when Division No. 5 police official misbehaved with a serving professor of the Government College for Boys who had gone there to lodge an FIR for the stealing of his briefcase from his college office late last evening.

Prof Ashwani Syal, officiating in charge, evening unit of the college, also had a first-hand experience of difficulties faced in getting an FIR registered despite the fact that the city police was following a policy of immediate registration of complaints.

Even 24 hours after the submitting of the complaint, the Division No. 5 police has not register a case of theft. Sources close to Mr Syal said the police officials flatly refused to lodge an FIR without citing any case.

The sources said he visited the police station last evening, immediately after the incident but was told to come next morning. The police officials did not address him properly and kept him saying “master”. No one addressed him as “Shreemanji”.

A copy of the complaint submitted by Mr Syal said last evening he was called by the Principal of the college at about 6.40. When he returned at about 7.05 pm, he found that power supply had failed. When power came at 7.40 pm, he found his briefcase missing.

The briefcase had Rs 5,200, besides several important documents. He went to the police station but had another bad experience.



Body found in garbage container
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
The body of a man in his early thirties, believed to be of Nepalese origin, was found in a municipal garbage container on the Tibba road yesterday.

According to information, the body was noticed around noon when a resident of the area went to throw some garbage into the container. The Jodhewal police reached the spot and took the body into possession and sent it for an autopsy to the Civil Hospital. The body bore multiple injuries inflicted by sharp-edged weapons and from the state of wounds it was evident that that the ghastly crime had been committed only a few hours ago. There was a deep gash in the rear of the head that probably proved fatal. The police said the murder had apparently been committed out of some old enmity. The man had been tortured before being murdered, the police said. A case has been registered. The victim, who was wearing a blue tracksuit and shoes, has not been identified as yet .


Two persons were allegedly injured in a roadside brawl lasting about 15 minutes outside the old courts complex here yesterday. According to information, the brawl started after a car and a scooter collided with each other. The scooterist, who is reported to be working in the old courts complex, allegedly brought some of his supporters who started beating up the occupants of the car with hockey sticks . The injured, Gurdas and Ram Parkash, were rushed to the Civil Hospital. The injured, along with a boy and a woman, were on their way from Jagraon to Balachaur to attend a marriage when the incident took place.

PCR cop injured

The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of a PCR cop Mr Gurpreet Singh, against Mohinder Singh, a resident of Green Park. The complainant had alleged while he was patrolling on the motor cycle, along with his colleague, Surjit Singh, the accused rammed his Maruti car into the rear of the vehicle as a result of which Surjit Singh was injured and the motor cycle damaged.

Eve-teasers booked

The Sadar police has registered a case of eve-teasing on the statement of Ms Jyoti, a resident of Rajewal village, against Satnam Singh, a resident of the same village. The complainant had alleged that the accused forcibly intercepted her on the way and tried to molest her. When she resisted his efforts, the accused resorted to threatening her, she added.

Another case of eve-teasing was registered at the same police station on the statement of Mr. Anil Kumar, a resident of Laddowal village, against some unidentified persons. The complainant had alleged that her wife was being teased and threatened on the telephone by some persons.

The Division No. 4 police has registered a similar case under Sections 294 and 509 of the IPC against Mohinder Kumar, a resident of Gandhi Nagar Mohalla, and Sonu, a resident of Nagpal Hotel, near Daresi Grounds. The police said the accused were arrested after they were spotted teasing girls on the road.

Woman beaten up

The Sadar police has registered a case of assault beating on the statement of Ms Jyoti, a resident of Janta Colony, against Hardip Kaur and two other members of her family. The complainant had alleged that the accused had stopped her on the way and beaten her up.

Poppy husk seized

The Division No. 2 police has arrested Pamma and seized 8 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been booked under the NDPS Act.



Beaten up
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
Sukhvinder Singh of Hans Kalan was kidnapped, illegally confined in a room, mercilessly beaten up and later on thrown on a roadside by about nine persons, according to the victim, who is presently admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.

According to him, he had left the house for bringing medicines, in the evening. Some persons, including Manjit Singh of Hans Kalan, Mohan Singh and Jagjit Singh of Talwandi Rai, Sukhdev Singh Bardeke, Kuldip Singh of Sujanpur and others, who were armed with lethal weapons, kidnapped him from the bus stand, Hans Kalan, in a jeep. They took him to a room where an electric motor was installed.

The victim said his eyes were covered with a cloth and hands tied. He was put in the room, beaten up and later on thrown near his village. He was picked up by a police patrolling party and admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon. According to Sukhvinder Singh, a few days ago an altercation had taken place between Manjit Singh and him and that was the reason behind the assault.



Hike in duty hits engineering industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
An emergency meeting of various industrial associations was held in the office of Fastener Manufacturers Association of India to take stock of the situation rising due to unprecedented frequent steep hike in the prices of iron and steel material.

The representatives of these associations said that this steep hike has brought the engineering Industry on the verge of closure. “This is due to the unrealistic imposition of restrictions and steep hike in duty imposed by the Government of India, which have been manoeuvred by the main steel producers”, said a spokesperson of the association.

He added that this was gong to hit hard the entire engineering industry of the country, which is already in deep crises. Due to high anti-dumping duty of 33 per cent on import of steel and 26 pre cent custom and special duty on import of iron scrap, the imported iron and steel material has become uncompetitive and the imported scrap, which was mainly used by secondary steel producers, has become costly. Many secondary steel producers and rolling mills have either closed down or reduced their production very much.

Mr Mohinder Paul Jain, Chairman and Mr Narinder Bhamra, president of Fastener Manufacturers Associations of India, explained that the engineering Industry of Punjab is at its peril. Such situation, if not corrected immediately, will force the industry to down its shutters causing the work force employed by it to because jobless.

Such a situation will ruin the industrial base of Punjab. It will be mainly due to the wrong policies of the government which is responsible for such a critical situation. It may not be out of place to mention here that apart form great decline in the exports of engineering goods, the domestic market has been severely hit.

The Government of India should take immediate remedial steps to save the engineering indsutry from falling sick and abolish the anti dumping duty and custom duty etc on import of steel and iron scrap with immediate effect, otherwise the industry will be compelled to close the units and adopt agitational approach for its survival.

Apart form the members of Fasteners Association, Mr Avtar Singh, General Secretary of CICU, Mr Charan Singh Kohli, general secretary of Ludhiana Motor Parts Manufacturers Association, Mr Balwant Rai, president, Northern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr V.P. Chopra, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, MR Rajnish Ahuja, president, Hand Tools Point Industrial Sheds Association, Mr S.C. Ralhan, president, Hand Tools Manufacturers Association, Mr Bhushan Abbi, president, Moti Nagar United Factory Association and Mr Suresh Bansal - President, Bright Bar Association of Punjab, also attended the meeting.



Sony vision exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 23
Ludhiana will play host to a mega show, Sony vision exhibition, which will showcase Sony’s complete product offering for India, including Sony’s latest range of Audio Hifi’s — the X-treme series, WEGA flat TV sets including the recent launches like HA-21 , XJ-29 and projection TV2, home theatre systems, car audios, play station one, digital imaging products like handycams and digital still cameras, mobile phones etc.

The exhibition will be inaugurated at Welcome Palace tomorrow and be on till January 26. This is the first Sony vision to be conducted in the city. Another attraction at the exhibition will be the digital cinema sound home theatre enclosures, on location, to give the visitors a chance to enjoy the Sony home theatre experience, according to a company release.



Countdown begins for ‘family fiesta’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 23
The Ludhiana Management Association will organise its annual family get-together function, family fiesta, with great pomp and show on January 26 at Harsheela Resorts.

According to a press release, the event promises to be a real extravaganza. A plethora of activities and entertainment programmes have been planned for the occasion. There would be games for all age groups, a lucky draw, music, dance and delicacies. Moreover, the members will get the chance to win several prizes and taken home gifts.

Mr Vijay Munjal, chairman, today said, “Our endeavour is to make this year’s celebrations more existing and exhilarating compared to previous years.”


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