Thursday, June 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Mega city centre project okayed
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
It is curtains for the controversial project of indoor stadium, mooted by the Municipal Corporation and proposed to be constructed in a portion of the site earmarked for city centre in the 475 acre scheme of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar at Pakhowal Road here.

Setting all speculations at rest, the Administrator of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), Ms Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, disclosed in a news conference here on Tuesday that the state government had accorded its sanction to the city centre project and the preliminary work for the project had already been completed. The LIT intended to rope in leading builders and property developers for the Rs 250 crore commercial centre through global tenders and a formal proposal to this effect had been sent to the government.

The city centre, to be constructed in an area of 26.44 acre would be a landmark for the city with modern space concepts with various special features like easier access, recreational facilities, landscaping, water bodies, adequate parking space, trade centre, shopping plaza, health centre, IT centre restaurants, banks, multiplex and shops cum offices. The design of the ambitious project was selected from amongst the entries of an all India architectural design competition.

Giving more details, Ms Bhandari said that the project would have five sections — The Mall comprising modern shopping plaza and multiplex, The Heights, which would have super market and office space, The Forum for a trade centre, eateries, city museum and recreation centre, The Podium to house the IT centre, health centre, banks and a revolving restaurant and The Hotel-cum-Commercial Complex for the shop-cum-offices. It would have a total covered area of 3,53,821 square feet and parking facility for 2,311 cars both on surface and basement parking lot.

According to the LIT Administrator, the ongoing project for an ultra modern commercial complex on 2.22 acre site at Maharani Jhansi Road would be completed within next 6 months and an elaborate exercise was on to devise the modalities for allotment of the commercial sites and other facilities in the complex. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore, the five storied complex would have 3 bank sites and 12 showrooms on ground floor, 2 restaurants, one coffee shop, 2 departments stores and 10 showrooms on first floor, 12 office sites and 2 shops on the second floor, 12 offices and 2 shops on the third floor and another 12 office sites on the fourth floor. On the top floor, eight super deluxe High Income group flats were being constructed to provide to the city residents the luxury of penthouses.

The complex, yet to be given an appropriate name, would have parking space in lower basement for 125 cars, in upper basement for 200 two wheelers and on ground floor for another 60 cars, three number stair cases, two lifts and one capsule lift.



Manned level crossing

In a bid to provide better access to the mega city centre project, the LIT has taken up with the Northern Railway the issue of providing a manned level crossing at Km 7.695 on Ludhiana - Ferozepure section which would connect 475 acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar development scheme on Pakhowal Road to Ferozepure Road from Lodhi Club side in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

The LIT Administrator, Ms Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, informed that the project would cost Rs 61.10 lakh. The LIT had deposited a sum of Rs 47 lakh with the railways during last year while the balance amount of Rs 14.10 lakh was paid recently to the Divisional Railway Manager for this purpose. The Northern Railway authorities were already in the process of allotting the work on the basis of tenders received by them.



Admissions from July 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Panjab University has directed colleges to start the admission process from July 1. Several college principals said that prospectuses of the colleges were under print and by June 20 the college managements would be able to decide the price of the prospectus and would start selling it to the students. Some colleges had already started selling admission forms.

There had been a tremendous hike in fee of Government Colleges of both Boys and Women. The fees in these colleges had become almost as steep as in private colleges. But still hundreds of students were making a beeline to both the Government Colleges. Already hundreds of students had bought the forms. The prospectus of both Government Colleges were for Rs 30 whereas private colleges were selling their prospectuses at Rs 60 and above.

Ms Harmeet Kaur, Principal of Ramgarhia College (RGC), said, “Fee hike should have been there , but not this kind of hike. The hike in fee has been too much. RGC generally caters to middle class families. The admissions will definitely drop as the middle class parents will not be able to afford to pay such high fees. After all they have other children to educate too”.

The admissions to graduate courses would pose no problems as there were many degree colleges in the city. At the postgraduation level there might be problems for admission to M.Com classes. Last year the students showed a preference towards B.Com and probably this year too, many students would opt for B.Com.

Every degree college had two units of B.Com, therefore, students desirous of taking B.Com would also have no problems. The other popular courses at graduation level were Maths, computer application, and computer science. A new course ‘early childhood and education’ that started last year in RGC was also popular.

Prof Bhupinder Parihar of Government College of Boys said despite a steep rise in fees, the students’ first choice was still Government College for Boys. Most of the boys preferred physical education, political science and history, whereas girls preferred fine arts, psychology and elective English. Last year the cut off line for admission to humanities was 61 per cent and this time too it would hover around this percentage.

Ms Virinder Thind, Principal of Khalsa College for Women, said that 2000 forms had already been sold. Last year the trend was towards taking B.Com. This year too preference would be B. Com. But there were many other courses like BBA , BCA, home science etc to choose from. The students somehow might not opt for Sanskrit and geography which were very interesting courses. The girls were opting for elective English, psychology in Government College for Women (GCW).

Govt Polytechnic for Women was offering two new courses ‘Designing’ and ‘Designing and Merchandising’ and girls were opting for these subjects.



Now PAU to have 30 MBA seats
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
In view of the infrastructure available with the Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, the total number of seats for admissions to MBA has been increased from 20 to 30 for the new session beginning in August this year.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the academic council, chaired by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, here today. Members unanimously decided that since the department had adequate facilities for 10 more seats, the capacity could be increased.

Giving this information, Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar and member of the council, said the university had an approval for 60 seats from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the capacity was being increased gradually. He said the interest in the field, too, seemed to be increasing as 296 students had sent their applications for the entrance test scheduled on June 20.

Bringing cheer to students participating in international events related to sports and culture, the council declared full fee concession and free lodging for them. The Registrar said students taking part in inter-agriculture university sports meets would also get full fee concession.

The council has also selected Prabhdyal Singh, a BSc (Agriculture) student, for the J.S. Pruthi Award for 2002 in the field of food technology. Besides, the post of Dr S.S. Bains, who had worked as Associate Director in Ropar and then in Laddowal, has now been shifted to the main campus as Senior Plant Pathologist, said Dr Sharma.

The academic council also decided on extending the schedule of examination for the students of Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences. The members decided that even though students had boycotted their examinations in protest, they should be given another chance. The Registrar, however, said there would be no relaxation in the case of a student short of attendance, in favour of whom his batchmates had been protesting.

The members also took a decision on bringing uniformity in designations of the faculty. However, the exact manner in which the designations were to be changed had yet not been decided. 



Signature campaign against fee hike

A major signature campaign against fee hike is on outside GCW. The members of Punjab Vidyarthi Sangharsh Committee have put up a tent outside the college. All students that are collecting the forms are putting their signatures to protest against increase in fee structure. Mr Sandeep Kapoor, convener of Punjab Vidyarthi Sangharsh Committee, said they planned to collect 10,000 signatures to show the protest of a large number of students against the high fees which they would have to pay from this academic session. He said the Punjab Vidyarthi Sangharsh Committee was a part of ABVP and was responsible for handling the fee crises, the Punjab Students’ Union was also supporting them. They also wanted free education for girls. The committee members said that if the government did not accede to their request of lowering fees, then the students would have no option but to resort to ‘rasta roko’ and ‘jail bharo’ andolan. They had been protesting against the sharp increase in the fees for some time now but as the new academic session was about to commence, they had intensified their drive. For next ten days, they would continue with the signature campaign.



AIDS threat looms large
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
AIDS seems to be fast becoming a silent killer in Punjab. HIV-infected cases are reported regularly in various city hospitals. Details collected from these hospitals revealed that there was a steady increase in the number of HIV-infected patients in Punjab. There was no specific area where the concentration of the HIV patients was more as the infection appeared to have spread uniformly across the state.

The hospital sources said, most of the infections in Punjab were carried forward by the truck drivers. A senior physician, who runs a leading hospital in the city, said that the detailed investigations revealed that most of the infections were caused because of their indulgence outside as they stayed away from their homes for long durations.

The unfortunate aspect was the spread of infection to unsuspecting victims like the spouses of the HIV-infected persons. And in certain cases the infection was carried forward to the next generation with the children born of HIV-infected patients also suffering from the disease. “Such children are the most unfortunate victims who inherit virus even before they are born”, said the doctor.

Only recently a one-year-old boy reportedly tested HIV positive at a leading private city hospital. Both the parents of the boy were also found to be HIV positive. The family belonged to Ludhiana and the father of the boy was a truck driver.

On an average five to six patients were reported every month from one place or the other in and around the city. Although there was no monitoring agency for keeping a watch on the infected persons, the details of all infected persons were referred to the Civil Surgeon’s office. But the names of these persons were kept secret to avoid the social stigma which was attached with the infection.

Doctors said there was no need to panic at this stage as the number of HIV-infected patients was still far less. “But it is spreading slowly”, said Dr Gursharan Singh, member of the Punjab Medical Council and the district president of the Indian Medical Association. He pointed out, since there was no cure available for this disease so far, it could only be stopped at the preventive stages.

Another leading physician of the city, Dr Gurinder Singh Grewal, said that certain drugs were available for treatment of AIDS, but there was no permanent cure. He said with the availability of latest drugs the life expectancy of the AIDS patients had increased considerably. But the cost of medication was still too much, beyond the reach of a common man, particularly the truck drivers, who were the most vulnerable to this infection.

Although the HIV virus could spread by different means, physical relationship with an infected person was said to be one of the main reasons. Other reasons like blood transfusion or inheriting the infection from mother were far less. The best thing so far was the preventive method as long as the curative method was not available, said Dr Grewal.



Man demands action against wife
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 18
A local resident, Dilbag Singh Giri, has demanded action against his wife, who had married off their minor daughter without his consent three times. He said his complaints had fallen on deaf ears. He also alleged that the police had not taken any action against his wife Jasvir Kaur for threatening him.

Mr Giri had earlier filed a complaint to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in which he had alleged that he had complained to the Human Rights Commission, Punjab; Director-General of Police, Punjab, National Commission for Women and Inspector-General, Crime Branch, but no action had been taken on his complaints. He alleged that his daughter had been married twice even after the complaints.

Mr Giri said his daughter Prabhjot Kaur was born in 1986 and was married first time in November, 2001, at the age of 15. She was married to Balwinder of Ladewal village. After some time she was again married to an old man. Now his wife had married off their daughter, who is still a minor, the third time.

Mr Giri said he had the certificate which clearly showed that his daughter was a minor and his wife had also confessed to having married off her minor girl.

In the complaint to the Chief Minister, he had demanded registration of an FIR against his wife and her accomplice Surjit Kaur.



Panchayat elections: nominations pick up
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 18
As many as 31 candidates filed their nomination papers for the posts of sarpanch and 85 candidates for the posts of panch in Amloh subdivision on the third day today. On the first day on June 16, no papers were filed and yesterday only three candidates from the general category, two from Majra Manna Singh Wala village and one from Sherpur village, filed their papers for the post of panch.

The nominations will be accepted till tomorrow. The scrutiny will take place on June 20. Symbol allotment will be held on June 21. Elections wherever necessary, will be held on June 29.

There was a confusion created by the state Election Commissioner’s order to file the papers on the prescribed original forms. Nominees had got their files prepared on photostat copies of the forms, which were refused in the wake of fresh instructions received on June 17 by the returning officer (RO).

The original forms were reportedly not supplied to the RO.

Mr A.S. Shahi, SDM, said yesterday that the BDPO had been sent to collect the forms. However, later in the evening Mr Shahi pointed out that the Election Commission had given clearance to accept the photostat forms for nominations. Some nominees alleged that the staff of cluster No 4 was not available for two days.

Mr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Amloh council chief, said the staff of the council had been appointed today.

Mr Daleep Singh Pandhi, a senior Akali leader and former minister, talking to mediapersons here today, said for want of proper training to the election staff, unnecessary harassment had been caused to nominees.



Resentment among vaids over poll duty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Resentment prevails among ayurvedic practitioners and dispensers in the district over their duties in the coming panchayat elections on June 29. The practitioners feel since they fall in the ‘Essential Services Category’, they should be exempted from election duties as it will adversely affect health services.

There are more than 30 ayurvedic dispensaries in the district including those at Jagraon, Machchiwara, Samrala, Doraha, Sahnewal and Mundian Kalan blocks. Six dispensaries are located in the city at Mata Rani Chowk, Sarabha Nagar, Model Gram, Jawahar Nagar Camp, Badewal and Dandi Swami areas. One of the medical officers said all dispensaries had one doctor, one dispenser and one daai (midwife) each, but the administration had put both doctor and dispenser on election duty, which means that patients would be taken care of by daais only. The Unani system is already passing through a pitiable phase. There is shortage of staff, medicines and necessary equipment at dispensaries and hospitals and patients seem to have lost trust in the system in the absence of proper infrastructure.

The medical officer said the administration had reserved June 24 and 25 as rehearsal days. “We have to report for the duty a day in advance. But the administration has exempted women doctors from the election duty. In the absence of doctor or dispenser, patients would not turn up to get the medicine”, said the doctor.

A deputation of more than 10 medical officers met the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) today, saying that their duties in the panchayat elections would have adverse effect on health services. One of the officers said, “We have given a written representation and it should be considered since our problem is genuine”.

Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said, “For smooth polling in the district, we require approximately 7,000 employees on duty. The administration has exempted women from the election duty. We have acute shortage of staff, so the medical officers had to be called for the purpose”.

The Ferozepore district administration has already cancelled the duty of medical and para-medical staff in the ensuing panchayat elections.



Seminar on tax collection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The Taxation Bar Association organised a seminar on tax collection at source and tax deduction at source’ under the Income Tax Act here today. Mr M.N.A. Chaudhary, Commissioner of Income Tax-II, was the keynote speaker. As many as 150 members attended the event.

Mr Ajay Chaudhary, president of the Bar, stated that the recent amendments in Section 206 C of Income Tax Act, by including the items of scrap in the collection of tax at source, had raised many questions, which required immediate clarification.

The members asked the Commissioner of Income Tax to clarify the definition of buyers in retail sale and whether tax collection at source was applicable only on manufacturers. They also wanted to know about the inclusion of defective item and where the same covered in the definition of scrap.

Mr Chaudhary, while replying to the questions, informed members that provisions of tax collection at source on scrap had been postponed up to August 31. He further informed the House that the Central Board of Direct Taxes was seized of disputed points in the amended provisions of the section and a circular was likely to be issued shortly by CBDT in this regard.

He further clarified that retail buyer would not be covered where the goods were sold directly to consumer. In case the scrap was purchased by foreign buyer the agent would be responsible and he could obtain certificate of no deduction or lesser deduction. Responding to another query, he clarified that where excess TDS/TCS had been wrongly deposited, it could be refunded to the depositor.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Mr Tarlok Bhalla, Mr Indrejit Singh Malhi, Mr Vijay Sharma, Mr Karamjit Singh and Inder Sain Sharma.



Major fire averted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
A major fire was averted in the Bank of Baroda, Baba Thaan Singh Chowk, following timely detection by a security guard and the arrival of a engine today.
The Manager of the bank, Mr B.S. Meho, said the bank was functioning smoothly when suddenly sparks appeared in a meter around noon. All customers and employees fled the bank. The mains were switched off by the security guard, Mr Kapoor Chand.

However, soon after, flames appeared from the meter at about 12.30 p.m. Mr Kapoor Chand, showing presence of mind, got hold of a fire extinguisher can and sprayed on the meter. The fire was extinguished. Meanwhile, another disaster was averted Baba Thaan Singh Chowk when a drum full of sodium hydrosulphide, which was being unloaded from a cart, caught fire suddenly. The owner of the chemical unit in the area promptly arranged sand to extinguish the fire. The owner was taken to the police station of Division No.3, but was released .



Beating the heat with ‘lassi’

In these scorching days ‘chatti di lassi’ — buttermilk — is becoming popular in the city. One can see small roadside stalls selling ‘lassi’. This rural coolant has come to the rescue of the common man who does not have to pay much to get a nourishing tumbler whenever he feels thirsty.

Gone are the days when buttermilk was served to guests, within family and supplied freely to anyone on demand. But some ingenious soul has capitalised on the idea of commercialising this product. Now it has become a good source of earning for unemployed youths in urban and rural areas.

Medically, it is very useful for health and elders say that one of the secrets of their long life is in the maximum use of curd and lassi. Few people selling it claim that after deducting all their expenses, they earn between Rs 500-600 per day. It means people are going back to embrace their old values and cultural heritage. Moreover, with the advent of this product in the city, there is a great change in people’s thoughts, especially in the youth since they prefer to use it in place of cold drinks which have no nutritional value whatsoever.

The chilled unsalted buttermilk is available at Rs 3 per glass, with sugar for Rs 4 and in packets for Rs 10 per litre. A cold drink of 300 ml costs Rs 10.

But in spite of its popularity, doubts have arisen about its purity. It has been heard that some unscrupulous people are using some chemicals to prepare the drink, though no one has investigated the matter.

I urge the administration to be vigilant on this issue for the sake of public health. Nevertheless, it is welcome change from westernisation to ruralisation.

Kuldip Singh Kreer

Unnecessary exemption

The hue and cry raised by the IHRO against wearing of helmets by Sikh women shows not only a lack of concern for the safety of our women but is also the negation on which the basic Sikh philosophy stands. Guru Nanak Dev, through his preaching and actions, fought against the then prevalent contemporary, orthodox and unscientific values.

Sikh philosophy is a highly progressive philosophy based on truth. I appeal to my brethren to not let a highly progressive philosophy be turned into a dogma. It is a high time for Sikh women organisations to show concern about their safety and support the demand of wearing helmets. Other states, too, introduce compulsory use of wearing helmets.

Dr Jasvinder Singh

Tulsa brings laurels to city

The report carried by The Tribune (June 16) highlighting Tulsa’s marvellous achievement in the Class XII examinations (Humanities group) was greatly encouraging for those who want to make a mark in life despite odds. By securing second position in the state, Tulsa has brought laurels not only to her family and school but to the city as well.

It’s really wonderful that a girl of Nepalese origin, whose parents are working as menials, has achieved the rare distinction by dint of hard work. Congratulations to her, her parents and teachers as well.

Tulsa’s two best friends, Vishnupriya and Jashanpreet, students of the same school, who have secured sixth and seventh rank, respectively, also deserve praise from every quarter. Vishnupriya’s father works in a factory and Jashanpreet, too, belongs to an ordinary family. She is herself running a beauty parlour to supplement the family income. It is heartening to note that several persons have offered to give monetary help to Tulsa to pursue her studies. I feel that some social organisations or philanthropists should come forward to help Vishnupriya and Jashanpreet also to pursue their studies.

Hats off to Simranjeet also, student of R.S. Model Senior Secondary School, who has also done city proud by securing fifth position in the state. I wish all the toppers a better tomorrow.

Prof Antar Jyoti Ghai

Congress belies hopes

The Congress government in Punjab has belied hopes it had generated on coming to power by promising an efficient, responsive, transparent and corruption-free governance in the state.

There has practically been no improvement so far as the living conditions in the state are concerned. The regime has simply wasted one precious year in pinning down its political opponents without any tangible results, except generating headlines in the media. Almost every morning, the media exposes one scam or the other. The racket detected in the issuance of driving and arms licenses shows that the controlling officers were not vigilant enough to know as to what was going on in their offices.

The common man has been loaded with more taxes and levies to pay higher salaries and perks to the ministers and legislators to keep the flock together, in spite of the fact that the state government is reeling under heavy debt and the coffers are empty. Similarly, advertisements in the newspapers, costing lakhs of rupees, highlighting the so-called achievements of the government, which are hardly real, is a sheer waste of tax payers’ money.

Favouritism, nepotism and servility have replaced merit so far appointment to important posts is concerned. If Rajan Kashyap was considered fit for holding the post of the Chief Secretary, why was he superseded last year?

The bureaucracy too has degenerated over the years. It is easier to talk to a secretary in Delhi, than a bureaucrat in Punjab, where even the residential telephones are attended to by sevadars since the ‘sahibs’ are not available anytime.

Craze for plum posts and other favours have rendered the services subservient to the political bosses while the upright and honest officers, who would uphold the rule of law and act in the best interest of the state and the man in the street, are becoming a rarity.

S.S. Chana

Avon Cycles

I draw your kind attention to the article appearing on page 4 of Ludhiana Tribune on June 13, “Ludhiana bicycle parts industry in doldrums”. The writer, Mr Chander Suta Dogra, has wrongfully attributed remarks to my name regarding Avon Cycles. I have neither given such a statement nor have ever met Mr Dogra. I would like to say that we have the best of relations with Avon Cycles for more than four decades and there has never been any misunderstanding of any kind. I would further like to add Avon Cycles has always helped small-scale industry in the promotion of bicycle components, which has helped the industry in a big way.

Nichhattar Singh



Poll for Sutlej Club secy on July 6
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner and president of the Sutlej Club, Ludhiana, has announced the election for the post of general secretary of the club. Mr M.S. Jaggi, SDM, Ludhiana West, has been appointed returning officer.

In a press note issued here today, Mr Verma said the resignation of the former general secretary, Mr Sunil Jain, had been accepted on April 24. According to the decision taken at the annual general body meeting held on December 15, 2002 and also the provisions of rule 24(b) of the constitution of the club, re-election for this post was required to be held within three months.

Meanwhile, Mr Jaggi has fixed July 6, 2003, for the election. He said nomination papers could be submitted from June 23 to 25 in his office.



Three-wheeler overturns, 2 hurt
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Two girls, Milky Gulati and Shruti, were injured when the three-wheeler they were travelling in overturned near the local Government College for Women on the Ferozepore road today.

According to information, the mishap occurred when the driver had to apply instant brakes since an auto-rickshaw driver ahead suddenly braked to entertain a passenger.

The girls were taken to the nearby ESI Hospital, where they were given tetanus injections.



Revenue officers strike work
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 18
On a call given by the Punjab Revenue Officers Association, the tehsildar and naib tehsildar, Samrala, and the naib tehsildar, Machchiwara, struck their work and did not execute any sale deed or mortgage deed in their respective offices causing great inconvenience to litigants, who came here with huge sums of money for the transactions.



Two girls kidnapped
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
The Jodhewal police has registered a case of kidnapping under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against a Bihari migrant on the complaint of Mr Jagdish Kumar, a migrant from UP, now living in New Madho Puri.

The complainant had alleged that the accused, Shiv Kumar, had kidnapped his 13-year-old daughter, Rekha Rani, on May 13 last and taken her to an undisclosed place.

On the complaint of Mr. Kamal Sharma, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, the Sadar police registered a case on Tuesday under Sections 451,341,365,148 and 149 of the IPC against Bhola, Preety and 10 other unknown persons. The complainant had alleged that the accused came to his house and kidnapped his daughter, Puja. No arrest has been made so far.

Rape bid: A case has been registered under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC at the Jodhewal police station on Tuesday on the complaint of Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident of Mohalla Narinder Nagar, against Babu Singh, a resident of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the accused had attempted to rape his 12-year-old daughter Harpreet Kaur. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of beating: The Division No 4 police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 341,323 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Usha, a resident of Mohalla Gandhi Nagar, against a neighbour, Krishan Lal. The woman had alleged that the accused intercepted her on the road on Monday, beat her up and also threatened her.

The Model Town police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 341,294,506 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Ramesh Kumar, a resident of MIG Flats, Phase I, Urban Estate, Dugri, against Sumit, a resident of the same locality, and four other unknown persons accompanying him. The complainant had alleged that the accused intercepted him on the road, beat him up and also threatened him. The accused also teased him, he added.

The Division No 6 police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 323, 324 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Kamal Preet Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, against Harpreet Singh, a resident of Shiva Ji Nagar, Amrit Kaur, Inder Preet Kaur, Paramjit Singh and Rupinder Singh. The complainant had alleged that the accused beat him up in front of his house and also threatened him.

The Focal Point police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 323, 342, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bau Ram, a resident of Gias Pura on the Daba road, against Anu Jain and Nikhan Jain. The complainant had alleged that the accused beat him up in front of his house and also threatened him. No arrests have been made so far.

Goods recovered: The Division No 4 police on Tuesday arrested Sunny, a resident of Issa Nagri, Meenu Kumar, a resident of Jamalpur Colony, Lucky, a resident of Hargobind Nagar, and Chiku, a resident of Jeewan Nagar, and recovered some stolen silver ornaments, silver utensils, a camera and a cassette player from their possession.

The Focal Point police on Tuesday registered a case of theft under Sections 447 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Inder Mohan, a resident of Chhawni Mohalla, against Ashok Kumar. The complainant had alleged that the accused had stolen goods from his shop and also damaged his shop in May last.

Another case of theft was registered at the same police station under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Suraj Balli, a resident of Urban Estate, Phase -I, against an unknown person. The complainant had alleged that the accused had tried to steal goods of the Central Bank of India on the intervening night of June 16 and 17.

Injured: The Division No 6 police on Tuesday registered a hit-and-run case under Sections 279,337 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Shakti Nagar, against an unknown driver of an Indica car ( PB-37A- 9762). The complainant had alleged that the driver of the car hit his scooter on Monday as a result of which he was injured and the scooter was damaged.

Eve-teaser held: The Haibowal police on Tuesday registered a case under Sections 294,509,323 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Monika, a resident of Mahavir Jain Colony, Haibowal, against Pawan Kumar, a resident of Durga Puri, Haibowal. The woman had alleged that the accused came in front of her house, teased her with foul language and also beat her up. The accused also threatened her, she added. The accused was arrested on the spot.



Relief to induction furnace units
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
Under immense pressure from the induction furnace industry, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has withdrawn the provision for deposit of 15 days’ power consumption charges in advance or to maintain an Advance Consumption Deposit (ACD) at the rate of Rs 1500 per kilowatt for the induction furnace units.

This information was conveyed by the PSEB Chairman, Mr Y.S. Ratra, to the president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr P.D. Sharma, on telephone today.

Mr Sharma apprised the PSEB chief of several other harsh provisions slapped on the industry by the PSEB with particular reference to the one pertaining to extension of load for existing industrial connections. According to the PSEB decision, the industrialists going for extension of load were required to pay security in the shape of ACD at new rates for the entire connected load, including the existing and the extended load.

Mr Sharma remarked that the provision was absolutely impracticable since no industrial consumer could afford to make payment for the entire connected load at new rates. He said a unit with a sanctioned load of 3000 KW would have to shell out an ACD to the tune of Rs 40 lakh for extension of load by 200 KW. “The ill-conceived decision is hampering the growth of industry as a large number of units have kept their extension and expansion plans in abeyance.”


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