Friday, June 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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3 revenue officials, candidate booked for cheating
Caste changed to contest poll
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Three revenue officials of the district administration and a woman candidate of panchayat elections from Chuharwal village have been booked by the Basti Jodhewal police on the charges of preparing a false Scheduled Caste certificate to enable the woman for contesting the SC-woman seat reserved for the village.

Kanugo Inderjit Singh, Patwari Jagdev Singh and Lambardar Joginder Singh and the woman, Swaran Kaur, have been booked for cheating under sections 419 and 420, IPC, by the police on the complaint of another candidate, Karam Kaur. The district administration has also conducted an inquiry into the episode and sent the report against the accused to the state Election Commissioner for further action.

The accused woman, Swaran Kaur, belonged to Rajput community but got listed as a Sirkiband-Rajput caste to become eligible for contesting the elections. The village with a population of over one thousand has a majority of Rajputs with only two or three houses of the Dalits.

The Rajput community allegedly did not want a Dalit head of the panchayat and conspired to put the false candidature of the accused woman. A serving Congress MLA is said to have supported their move. The police was investigating this conspiracy angle also, highly-placed police sources revealed to Ludhiana Tribune.

This is the first case of its kind in the district where many reserved villages were experiencing the unique problem of choosing a candidate of SC community whereas the population of Dalit community was negligible. Some villages had earlier tried in vain to circumvent the ‘reservation’ by attempting to change the name of the village. Several representation were made in this regard to the district administration.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Verma, said a probe would be held into the matter. It could not be ascertained if the candidature of the accused woman was cancelled or not. The administration was yet to take any action against the three revenue officials.

According to informed sources, the village was reserved for SC-woman seat this time. Karam Kaur had filed the papers as she belonged to the SC community. The alleged cheating case of Swaran Kaur and the other accused came to light when the papers of Karam Kaur were scrutinised. One official objected that she had not attached the SC certificate whereas the other candidate Swaran Kaur had done so. She had mentioned that she was a Sirkiband-Rajput, who belonged to the category of Scheduled castes.

On learning that Swaran Kaur had claimed to being a SC despite being a Rajput, Karam Kaur complained to the local DC and the state Election Commissioner. An official with the district administration who verified the controversial certificate said during investigation they checked the sale deeds of the village and found that Swaran Kaur was a Rajput as per the revenue papers.

The investigation also put a question mark on the working of the three officials who were supposed to verify the true contents of the claims of the woman. The investigation report has been sent to the Deputy Commissioner and the Election Commissioner.

No one has been arrested so far.



Jagir Kaur to focus on female foeticide
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Saharan Majra (Ludhiana), June 26
While most women candidates contesting for the post of sarpanch prefer to be in the background leaving active canvassing to their kith and kin, a woman candidate of this village is not only spearheading her election campaign but has declared that she would take up the issue of female foeticide head on, if elected. Panchayat polls across the state will be held on Sunday.

Jagir Kaur, (70) is contesting on the SC reserved seat and is a lone candidate who has vowed to take the issue of the female foeticide head on and educate the village womenfolk against it.

‘‘This is for the first time that the seat is reserved for a woman candidate. Once it was decided that I will be contesting the elections I thought the biggest issue confronting the state at this hour is the declining male and female ratio. So I decided that I will work towards it and atleast make the residents of my village respect girls and celebrate their birth,’’ said an enthusiastic Jagir Kaur.

‘‘We are a group of forward thinking women. We will go to each and every household convincing them that daughters are the biggest gift to mankind. They definitely don’t deserve to be eliminated in foetus. We will ask the villagers to give them a chance to live and treat them equally. Then see the results. The ban imposed by the state government on the same will make my work easier. ’’ she adds.

She has decided to organise seminars to educate women regarding the male and female sex ratio and the consequences of interfering with nature. Living in a village, it is very easy to know about the minds of expecting women. If they want to go for sex-test, news spreads like wild fire in the entire village. Timely intervention by an effective woman of the village can actually help the matters. Cashing on this phenomenon, Ms Jagir Kaur is sure to show positive results within a few months only.

Admitting that sex tests were being conducted underhand despite the ban, Ms Jagir Kaur said the ban was proving to be a deterrent for women willing to eliminate girl child but still there were some who were getting the tests done paying a princely sum.

‘‘Our village will become the first village in the state to spearhead the campaign in favour of the girl child. I want to convey a message to my counterparts in other villages that they, being women, should work in the direction of protecting women rights in the state.’’

A mother of three married daughters, she had left no stone unturned to get them good education. Her was the first family in the village to celebrate the first lohri of their granddaughters.



Panchayats fail to get special grant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Panchayats of this politically active district have missed the bus as far as getting a special grant for unanimous elections is concerned. Of the 876 panchayats in the district, only 155 were elected unopposed, about 18 per cent, as compared to smaller districts like Ropar, which topped the state list with 23.67 per cent of unanimous results.

The Rs 2-lakh incentive announced by the Punjab Government had proved to be a motivating factor for villages which had not been able to corner much needed grants for their development in the past due to political affiliations or infighting among the villagers. There have been instances where old rivalries were buried in the face of opposition from political parties to contest.

Political observers are of the opinion that the incentive failed to evoke much response since Ludhiana was the home turf of veteran leaders of both the Congress and the Akalis, and depending on who was in power, ensured the victory of their own candidates. A former Chief Minister, the late Beant Singh, belonged to this district and so does the present state Congress chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal. Among the veteran Akalis, a former SGPC President, Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, enjoyed a mass following even though he was removed as the Chairman of the SAD Disciplinary Committee.

Similarly, eight Congress MLAs in the district belonged to the ruling party and four to the Akali Dal. As such the work is cut out for the latter, who have levelled allegations of mass rejection of nomination papers and intimidation of voters, a charge denied by the former.

As such, the political affiliations run deep and cannot be countered by mere grants. Although the panchayat elections are more of a show of personal popularity, but is a common secret that political parties spare no expenses and resources in ensuring their supremacy at the grass roots since it also acts as a barometer of the popularity of the ruling party, the experts opine. With the district administration anticipating violence in some sensitive pockets, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were imposed today.



Ban on arms during poll

Ludhiana, June 26
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Verma, has banned the carrying of firearms and other weapons in the district in view of the panchayat elections during three days starting from June 28.

In a communique issued here today the District Magistrate maintained that it was necessary to ensure the maintenance of law and order and public peace during the panchayat elections in the district so the carrying of firearms, other lethal weapons, including gandasa, takwa, trishul, chaabi, daggers, swords and lathis besides explosive substances like acid and other inflammable materials was banned. The order will be implemented from June 28 and will be in force till June 30. TNS



Youth exhorted to shun drugs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
The International Day Against Drug Abuse was observed in the city by various organisations today. Mr Arunpal, SP Headquarters, flagged off a rally against drug abuse at Mini Secretariat in this regard.

“The police department in association with the health department, voluntary organisations and NGOs, have initiated a programme in which drug addicts would be identified and given free de-addiction treatment”, he said.

The rally, jointly organised by the police department and Synergy Club passed through Fountain Chowk, Ghumar Mandi, National Road and Bhai Bala Chowk. The rally was attended by several NCC cadets and students of Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawaddi Kalan.

Mr Arunpal said alcohol was being consumed by the youth of Punjab on a large scale. In 2001-02, more than 19 crore bottles of liquor were consumed in the state. He exhorted the youth not to get hooked on to drugs.

The rally was also addressed by Dr Sehdev Shastri, Group Commandant NCC, and Mr Sumit Gupta, president, Synergy Club. Amongst present were Mr Pritpal Singh, Mr Harpreet Singh, Mr Inderjit Singh, Mr Sohan Singh, Mr Kirpal Singh, Mr Kuldeep Singh and Mr Sham Sunder Juneja.

The Health Department also observed the day with prisoners at the Central Jail here under the guidance of Dr S.N. Tewari, Civil Surgeon. The function was presided over by Mr Jagmohan Sharma, District President, Congress Committee. Dr Tewari stressed that drugs like smack, heroin, alcohol, tobacco and poppy husk were very harmful for health and people should shun these. Anti-drug awareness banners, literature, trophies etc. were also distributed.

The day was also observed at Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital here. Mr Parminder Mehta, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, while speaking on the occasion said it was unfortunate that hundreds of youth had lost their lives owing to addiction to drugs in the country. “We should motivate people against drug addiction and for that cooperation from every quarter was needed,” stressed Mr Mehta.



Five migrants drugged, deprived of cash 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
Five migrant labourers, who were returning home by the Amarpalli Express with their hard-earned savings, were drugged and looted on the train this morning. They were lifted from the train when it reached the local railway station.

One of the passengers travelling in the same compartment, who helped in putting the unconscious victims on two rickshaws on platform number one, told this correspondent that the labourers had taken tea soon after the train left Amritsar in the morning. It was just before the train reached Ludhiana that someone noticed the unconscious migrants.

From the condition of the migrants, it was apparent that they had been heavily drugged before being deprived of the cash they were carrying.

The GRP personnel rushed the victims to the Civil Hospital. Till the time of filing this report, they had not regained consciousness, according to GRP sources.

Police sources said no train tickets were found from the victims’ possession as they might have kept these along with their cash. However, the luggage of the migrant labourers was spared by the miscreants.

The sources further told Ludhiana Tribune that such incidents had almost become a routine affair on the Amritsar-Delhi rail section. They said it was the second such incident in two months in which drugged migrants were removed from a train at the local railway station. There have been reports in the recent past about drugged migrants being removed from trains at several other railway stations.

According to investigations carried out by Ludhiana Tribune when five migrants were found drugged at Phagwara last year, gangs of migrants who used to strike a rapport with fellow migrants returning home were behind the incidents. The five poor labourers had worked for months together at a farm near Moga. They had come to the local railway station to catch a train for Kishen Ganj in Bihar.

They were trapped by three Bihari youths who suggested that they should go to Phagwara to catch a train from there as it was not possible to get seats at Ludhiana. The victims were taken by a bus to Phagwara where they were given biscuits laced with drugs with tea at the bus stand and robbed of their belongings.

According to the sources, members of such gangs hang around booking windows of railway stations, where they spot their quarry. Soon a gang member, familiar with the area of their destination, approaches them and tries to win their confidence. The gullible migrants are trapped by the sweet talk of the gang member who invariably appears to be carrying a lot of money. The unsuspecting migrants are tricked into putting all their money in one envelope and an attempt is made to change the envelope with a similar one before the arrival of the train.

In case the envelope is not exchanged for some reason, the gang members resort to drugging. Drug-laced cream biscuits prove too tempting for poor migrants. The drug being used commonly is a tranquilliser named “ativan” as it is tasteless and very potent.



Commercial complex razed
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 26
In the first major action after the building control of the colonies developed by Ludhiana Improvement Trust was reverted back to the Municipal Corporation, a 50-plus strong team of civic officials, supporting staff and police today pulled down a commercial building on the main road in Urban Estate, Dugri, adjoining residential units of Shakti Cooperative House Building Society.

Ludhiana Tribune had carried a report in its issue of May 23 along with a picture of the construction work being done on a part of green belt in the colony and the brazen act of encroachment was once again mentioned in another report published in the paper on June 20. Not only the building was being put up on the government land but the unlawful occupant had also blocked a part of the public street.

It was officially stated that team of civic officials, comprising the Municipal Town Planner Mr P.K. Garg, Assistant Town Planners, Building Inspectors and a strong contingent of the police descended on the spot late in the afternoon and the structure comprising two shops was razed with the help of two bulldozers and the accompanying work force. The demolition squad did not face any resistance during the operation.

Making it clear that the civic body meant business, scene of action later shifted to posh commercial area of the Mall Road where the MC officials sealed the basement of a leading jewellers showroom and a restaurant in the basement of an adjoining building. It is learnt these building, had narrow access and lacked the mandatory fire fighting facilities. The civic body had earlier served a notice to the defaulting business houses to take remedial measures without evoking any positive response.

A civic official told Ludhiana Tribune that the basement of the complex and the restaurant had been rendered ‘out of use’ for the time being and would be allowed to be reopened only after the owners of the complex fulfilled the conditions laid down with regard to the fire safety and building norms. It was further indicated that similar action was in the offing against several other commercial buildings in different localities and shopping areas for encroachment on government land or violations of building bylaws and safety norms.



People forgot her bit for nation’s freedom
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
When Mata Sant Kaur entered the freedom struggle, freedom fighters could not have visualised that she would outlive most others. When she died earlier this month at the age of 108, there was hardly anyone from her generation to throw a light on the sacrifices she had made for the country.

Today, the All-India Shiromani Inquilabi Dal mourned her death, not as a freedom fighter but as the mother of Dr Jaswant Singh Chamak, a renowned economist and secretary general of the AISID.

Expressing his grief and sorrow, the president of the AISID, Mr Jagir Singh Rattanpal, said Mata Sant Kaur breathed her last at the age of 108 on June 12 at Kapurthala where she lived with her younger son Tarlok Singh Thind.

Not many people know that the freedom fighter, who led a simple livelihood with simple food habit, optimistic attitude towards life, toiling hard, austerity and devotion to Gurbani, was actually an ordinary housewife, a simple rural lady who jumped into the freedom struggle to see that her countrymen enjoyed the life and liberty as envisaged by Sikh Gurus.

She visualised the importance of education and got her sons to pursue higher studies. “She was of the philosophy that one should even sell ones clothes, ornaments and property for the sake of ones child’s education”, said Dr Chamak. He said his mother was so self-respecting that she continued to prepare tea for herself even towards the fag end of her life.

Mata Sant Kaur was the wife of Gurmat scholar Sant Mayya Singh of Shahwala Andrissa, Sultanpur Lodhi, and was involved in activities of the Babbar Akalis and other revolutionaries.

Those who mourned the death of Mata Sant Kaur include senior vice-presidents of the AISID, Mr Deep Singh Kamboj, Mr Harkirat Singh Dhot (advocate), Dr Mukhtar Singh Dhanju, Principal Hardyal Singh, president women wing, Ms Harbans Kaur, vice-presidents, Mr Inder Singh Josan, Mr Kewal Singh Thind, Mr Gulzar Singh Jammu and press secretary, Mr Jagdishpal Singh Momi. Members of the AISID will pay their tributes to the freedom fighter at her “Bhog”, which will be held at Gurdwara Devi Talab, Kapurthala on June 29.



MC house meeting to be a stormy affair
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
The general house meeting of the Municipal Corporation to be held here on June 30 is likely to be a stormy affair, all with a persistent outcry by, not only the councillors belonging to the opposition parties, but those from the ruling party as well over various issues.

Though the detailed agenda for the meeting, second during the current year, would be issued late in the evening today, the meeting is expected to be used as a forum for the councillors to give vent to their pent up feelings. It was reliably learnt that giving a go0by to the earlier practice of giving time to speak to a select few of the councillors, the political leadership in the civic body has decided in principle to give enough time to the councillors, both from the ruling and opposition parties, to have free exchange of views over civic affairs.

In fact, sensing the mood of the councillors, who appeared to be in a defiant mood and were all set to embarrass the administration in the coming house meeting, both the City Mayor and the MC Commissioner had, in a way, taken a lot of wind out of the sails of the councillors by holding zonal-level review meetings of the councillors earlier this month and the Mayor holding an extended interaction with the party councillors last evening.

However, the councillors from SAD-BJP combine, who were busy finalising their strategy for the general house meeting were reported to be all charged up to give the civic administration a run for its money. The councillors from the coalition, along with some of the independents and even a few from the Congress had raised a lot of hue and cry in the review meetings while some others had maintained silence as a part of protest saying they would make their feelings known only in the house meeting.

Another significant development in the house meeting would be that the akali dal councillors would descend with a renewed strength after unification of the factions led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra. The councillors, owing allegiance to Mr Badal and Mr Tohra would, for the first time, take part in the deliberations as a cohesive group.

The meeting of Congress councillors, convened by the City Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, though a closed door affair, was stated to be more of a damage-control exercise as also to restrain the party councillors from behaving in an ‘irresponsible’ manner. Upset over the ruling party councillors going public with harsh criticism of the leadership, Mr Gill, is reported to have made it clear to his partymen in no uncertain terms that indiscipline, in any form, would not be tolerated and the leadership would come down heavily upon those defying the accepted norms.

Sources told Ludhiana Tribune that the ruling party councillors, however, were given an assurance by Mr Gill that the civic administration would accord due respect to the elected representatives and responsibility would be fixed in cases of delay in the execution of development works. He is further said to have told his party colleagues that interaction between the councillors, the political leadership and the administration would become a regular feature and the councillors would get ample opportunities to express the problems related to their respective wards. An indication of a sizeable enhancement in the next installment of funds for development works during the year, was also given in the meeting.


CS gives top priority to Punjab’s financial health
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
The major task before the state government is to restore the financial health of the state and revive the economy and also improve the governance and delivery of service to the citizens. This was stated by Mr Rajan Kashyap and Mr K.R. Lakhanpal, Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary of the Punjab Government, while presenting the reforms agenda of the government at the two day conference on India’s economic policy reforms at University of Stanford recently.

The two senior bureaucrats of the Punjab Government revealed that the decade-long militancy had a negative effect on the growth and fiscal performance of the state. The economic growth during 1985-2000 was 4.5 per cent as compared to over 6 per cent growth of the national economy. The fiscal position also deteriorated very sharply resulting in high revenue deficit, high fiscal deficit and huge public debt. This crowded out investment in infrastructure, power, education and health care. They observed that all these factors had called for strong economic reforms in the state to bring the state back to rails.

To achieve the objectives of revival of the state economy, the state government had launched fiscal reforms agenda by smarting up the administration, compressing unproductive expenditure, disinvesting PSUs, improving quality of public expenditure and public-private partnership and privatisation. The state government had enacted the Punjab fiscal responsibility and Budget Management Act and also the Punjab Infrastructure (Development and Regulation) Act 2003.

The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board set up under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister has identified and prioritised projects for attracting private investment and gaining from private sector. Further they said that uniform rate of sales tax had been introduced and complete ban on fresh recruitments and future vacancies had been imposed. The Departments of Education, PWD, Health, Industry and Commerce, Irrigation, Transport and Police were being restructured. Privatisation of public services like transport were also planned. Mr Kashyap and Mr Lakhanpal maintained although the state had good doctors and good infrastructure in the health sector, yet there are poor management and monitoring systems which were responsible for the present state of the department. It was proposed to have decentralisation of responsibility to local institutions for the primary health care. The Punjab Electricity Bill, 2003 introduced in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha seeks introducing competition and open access, reform in generation transmission and distribution and better targeting of subsidies and control of theft of power.

To encourage the agriculture sector, the state government had decided to refund market fee to the dealer for export of certain items, including import of basmati to the state without payment of market fee. The state government was encouraging contract farming. Under the industrial policy, the state government planned to build a formidable comparative cost advantage in textile and hosiery, light engineering, pharmaceutical, agri-processing and knowledge-based segments.



BKU, SAD workers hold dharna
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 26
A dharna and rally was organised in front of SDM’s office at Khamano by the Bharti Kisan Union and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) against cutting of votes of Ranwan village and some other villages and to vacate Focal Point of Ranwan village which has been illegally occupied by a influenced mill owner of Khamano.

In his address kisan leader Bhinder Singh Ranwan said the 23 acre Focal Point was being misused by mill owner. He said heaps of foodgrains were lying at the Focal Point for the past seven years and had became unfit for consumption .

The Akali Dal leader and member SGPC Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia in his address asked the administration to accept the genuine demands of people.

When contacted local SDM Ravinder Kumar said the demands would be examined and genuine demands would be accepted immediately.

This dharna was addressed by several leaders of the BKU and the Akali Dal. 



Cold water shortage at railway station
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, June 26
Passengers are facing a lot of inconvenience as water coolers installed on various platforms at the local railway station are not functioning properly.
On a visit to the railway station this morning, this correspondent saw some persons filling their water bottles from a tap on the platform number one. They said they could not locate any water cooler though four new ones had reportedly been installed here recently. “No signboards have been put anywhere on the platform to guide passengers to water coolers,” they said.

On platform numbers 2 and 3, there are only two water coolers. But these are also not easy to locate as these have been installed at the farthest end of the platform towards the Jagraon bride end.

Moreover, these two water coolers are not capable of meeting the demand these days. Cold water is available usually till noon after which passengers start preferring ordinary tap water to the lukewarm water flowing from these ‘cooling’ machines.

On platform numbers 4 and 5 also, there are only two water coolers with the same story of functioning and non-functioning. This has prompted many daily commuters to fill their water bottles with cold water at some ‘chhabeel’ on their way to the railway station.

The situation on platform numbers 6 and 7 is the worst as the lone water cooler installed there has been out of order for a long time. Passengers who come here to board trains for Ambala and Hisar can be seen looking for cold water on other platforms. Those unsuccessful in their attempt can be seen heading towards the tap to fill their water bottles.

However, Mr Ashok Kumar, Station Superintendent, said water coolers on platform numbers 1 to 5 were sufficient to meet the demand of passengers. About the out-of-order cooler on platform numbers 6 and 7, he said these platforms were being used only for incoming trains, hence there was no need for a water cooler on these platforms.

It may be mentioned here that a central chilling plant was installed here a few years ago. It supplied cold water at several points on platform numbers 1 to 5. The plant went out of operation a couple of years ago. But the number of water coolers was not increased, thus forcing passengers to have a simmering time while waiting for trains.

Declining to give details about the closure of the chilling plant, the Station Superintendent said he was not the competent authority to speak to the Press on such matters. The Divisional Sectional Engineer (C), said to be the authority controlling the chilling plant, could not be contacted on phone despite repeated efforts.



The charm of Urdu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
If Sahir were alive today, he would feeling proud about his native place Ludhiana that he immortalised along with his verse. The city of Sahir Ludhianvi has an increasing number of Urdu lovers who are keen to read and study the language. Interestingly, it is the people of all age groups who are learning Urdu about which eminent poet Dag Dehlvi has said appropriately, “keh do aiy Dag, yaroon say ja kar, ki aati hai Urdu zuban aate aate”.

Quite contrary to the decline seen during all these years, Urdu is fast getting popular among the people of all ages here. Surprisingly, the younger generation which is used to listening to Jagjit Singh would love to learn as how to read and write Urdu. “It is unfortunate that despite being to close to Urdu, we still seem to be too far”, said Dr Ravinder Vatsyayan, a leading ayurvedic expert of the city. He pointed out, hat Urdu was so close to spoken Hindi, yet nobody is able to read or write it.

Dr Vatsyayan maintained that one of the greatest things that people of the state lost after independence was the Urdu language which became victim of politics. He said elders still feel nostalgic about Urdu while the young crave for it. Dr Vatsyayan appreciated the efforts of people like Prof Aziz Parihar who has been teaching Urdu to people of his town. Prof Parihar, who is basically a professor in English is in love with Urdu and has been taking Urdu classes regularly.

For so many years he has been giving lessons in Urdu to people of all age groups. Prof Parihar is of the view that Urdu is a very simple language which can easily and conveniently be learned by people. Particularly, the Punjabis can do it with much ease as the Punjabi language has a Persian touch and Urdu also draws a lot of vocabulary from Persian. There are 40 students of Urdu studying with Prof Parihar. They are also affiliated with Jamia Milia Islamia, which conducts exams through correspondence and awards degrees and diplomas also.

During a random survey it was found that youngsters were driven towards Urdu because of the popularity of ghazals sung by Jagjit Singh. Starting with Jagjit Singh, they graduate to Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan and other legends of ghazal. Mirza Ghalib’s famous ghazals sung by Jagjit Singh were found to be quite popular among youngsters, while the elders were driven more towards Mehdi Hassan and Ghulam Ali.



Traders observe two-hour bandh 
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 26
The local unit of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal observed a two-hour-long bandh in the main bazar here today. Protesters raised slogans and submitted a memorandum to the Executive Magistrate.

They were protesting against the failure of the administration to check stagnation of rainwater in the main bazar. A memorandum had been submitted sometime back to the local Sub-divisional Magistrate, but to no avail.

The protesters threatened to intensify the stir if the administration failed to take appropriate steps. Later, a copy of the memorandum was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner at Fatehgarh Sahib under the leadership of Mr Mangat Ram Arora, chief adviser, Panjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, and another copy was sent to the Deputy Director, Local Government, Patiala.

The march was organised by Mr Raj Pal Garg, president, Bharatiya Janata Party, Amloh, Mr Sucha Singh, president SAD(Amritsar), Amloh, and Mr Mangat Ram Arora, and Mr Bhim Sain Lutava, both chief advisers of the mandal.

It is pertinent to mention here that the problem of stagnation of drainage water in some streets and main bazar of the town has not been solved despite protest and representations during the past one decade. The previous government had provided around Rs 70 lakh during a “sangat darshan” programme, while Rs 20 lakh was given for sewerage system, which is lying incomplete. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Rajpal Garg, BJP Chief, sought a high-level inquiry into why the council had failed to provide relief to the people.

The council chief, Mr Baldev Singh Aulakh, when contacted on the telephone informed that the demand of the people was genuine but he was helpless as the Executive Officer, Sectional Officer and Accountant had been transferred and only accountant was present at the office. The work on renovation and laying of drains in the bazars was started but money could not be spent in the absence of the EO.



Club poll: Sunil Jain set to become general secretary 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
With two of the three candidates withdrawing their nominations for the Satluj Club election, decks have been cleared for the appointment of Mr Sunil Jain as general secretary of the club.

It may be mentioned that Mr Sunil Jain was suspended from the club in April on the charges of misconduct and indiscipline. Mr Yuvraj Dada was appointed acting general secretary by former Deputy Commissioner and president of the club, Mr Anurag Aggarwal.

Mr Sunil Jain had been suspended from the post and membership of the club for one week in April. He was reinstated as a member when he filed his resignation from the post.

As per the club constitution, an acting office-bearer has to be replaced by an elected candidate within three months.

The club has been in the news time and again for various reasons, the last time being when differences surfaced between Mr Aggarwal and some office-bearers led by Mr Jain over certain decisions which the former said were taken without his approval.

An emergency meeting of the executive committee was also held in April to suspend the members who had leaked information about the club’s internal affairs to the Press.

Mr M.S.Jaggi, the returning officer, talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said Mr K.C.Gupta and Mr Sushil Jain had withdrawn their nomination papers today and Mr Sunil Jain was the only candidate left. The last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is June 27, after which Mr Jain would be declared elected as general secretary of the club.



Minister’s statement on LIC ‘misleading’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association has described the statement of Union Minister of State of Finance, Mr Anandaro Vithoba Adsul, on the health of the Life Insurance Corporation as most unfortunate.

The Minister reportedly has expressed the apprehension that within two or three years the corporation would also meet the fate of the Unit Trust of India.

Mr Rajiv Sehgal, Divisional Secretary, All India Insurance Employees Association, in a statement here yesterday said that the Minister’s comment was meant to create confusion among the people about the LIC. 



Demand to clear encroachments
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
Welcoming the decision of the district administration and the civic authorities to clear slums and encroachments from the city localities, the Urban Estate Residents’ Association has called for immediate steps for construction of economical dwelling units to rehabilitate slum-dwellers and those from economically weaker sections.

Mr Basant Singh, president of the association, said the encroachments on the land belonging to the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) in Focal Point area should be cleared on priority basis. That strip of land, about 25 yards wide and almost 2 km in length, could be acquired by the government and used for construction of houses for slum-dwellers, he said.



RSS chief leaves for Jammu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
RSS supremo K. Sudarshan, who was in the city for the past three days, left for Jammu this morning. Mr Sudarshan was here to interact with new RSS recruits at a camp held at BVM School in Kitchlu Nagar. 



Girl kidnapped, case registered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 26
The Jodhewal police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC on the statement of a resident of New Kailash Nagar, against Ajay Singh, a resident of the Kakowal road. The complainant alleged that the accused had kidnapped his 17-year-old daughter.

Assault cases: The Division No. 2 police station on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 324, 452 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ram Nathan, a resident of Islam Ganj, against Sikandar Kumar and Shamsher Singh, both residents of Qilla Mohalla. The complainant alleged that the accused came to his house on Wednesday and beat him up.

On the statement of Mr Vinod Kumar, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, the Division No. 4 police station on Wednesday registered a case of beating under Sections 323, 324, 341 and 506 of the IPC against Mohan Lal, a resident of the same locality. The complainant alleged that the accused stopped him on the road on Wednesday, beat him up and threatened him.

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 323, 342, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Mann Singh, a resident of Dhoda Sweet Shop, Ghumar Mandi, against Kuku, Satish and Summy, all residents of Amar Sweet Shop, Haibowal Kalan. The complainant alleged that the accused tied him up in his room and beaten him up on Tuesday.

Man killed: The Division No. 6 police station on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Raj Kumar, a local resident, against Chamkaur Singh.. The complainant said the accused, who was driving a bus of Anand Bus Service, Ludhiana, had hit his father, Mr Chander Mohan, who later succumbed to his injuries.


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