Sunday, July 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Distance learning centres may be closed
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, July 26
Punjab Technical University has begun a survey of its centres for distance education. Many of these centres that offer no proper facility or attention to students are likely to be closed.

This was stated by Prof Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor of PTU, at a press conference during a book release at the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), Baddowal, here today. Prof Rajan said that a council had been set up to look after these centres and the survey would soon be completed.

Regarding numerous vacant seats in engineering and management colleges of the university, the VC said the second counselling would begin soon to fill the remaining seats. He said he was happy that the percentage of girls opting for these courses was up this year. From 10 last year, the percentage had shot upto 30 this time.

Prof Rajan said many new courses, especially those related to entrepreneurship, would be introduced in the PTU colleges to promote self-employment in Punjab.

A book titled ‘Business Families of Ludhiana’ was also released on the occasion. The book contains information about 15 top industrialists from the city. The function was attended by representatives of various business families, the PCTE staff and students.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director of the college, said the book told success stories of 15 industrial houses — Hero Cycles, Avon Cycles, Aarti Steels, G.S. Auto, Eastman, Freemans, Nahar, Shreyans, Vardhman, Bhogals, Ralson India, Hindustan Cycles, Malwa Cotton, Metro Tyres and Upper India Steels.

“We wrote the book because no compiled material regarding the industrial groups of Ludhiana was available in the market. Ludhiana entrepreneurs have brought the city on the industrial map of the world through their hard work and commitment. This is an attempt to highlight their achievements throughout India. This book will inspire students and young entrepreneurs of India to excel,” Dr Kang said.

It took the PCTE faculty a year to collect, compile and scrutinise the information and finally bring it out in the shape of a book. The book is available in all major cities of India. On this occasion, Wg Cdr H.S. Gill, Chairman, PCTE, congratulated the Director and the faculty on their success.


Cong leader tries to grab land, held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A Block Youth Congress leader of Raikot and his 12 unidentified supporters were booked by the Raikot police on the charge of attempting to grab a seven-acre piece of land in Bassian village this evening.

Their attempts were foiled by local residents. Tension prevails in the area as senior Congress leaders, including a Cabinet Minister, tried to pressurise the police not to take action against the Congress leader.

The land belonged to a farmer, Mr Albel Singh. The Congress leader, Mr Baljit Singh Rangi, along with 12 armed supporters, reached the fields this evening.

They came on tractor-trailers. However, Mr Albel Singh and his supporters had an inkling of their intentions and were ready for the attack. The police reached the spot in time to prevent a bloody clash.

The accused have been booked under Sections 447,511,506,148 and 149 of the IPC. Mr Rangi has been arrested. However, the police has not confirmed his arrest.

The FIR mentions unidentified persons whose names would be incorporated after police investigation.

Residents of the village gathered in the Raikot police station in numbers in support of the farmer.

This put the police under pressure as it had received several calls from Congress leaders.

Police sources said the Congress leader was facing charges of extortion and intimidation in other cases against him.

He had also been booked for arranging for fake votes and beating up rival candidates in the recently concluded panchayat elections in Punjab.


Bailiff booked for executing order
SHO transferred for not stopping him
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
In a shocking case, a bailiff with a local court, who was deputed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to execute its order regarding the ownership of a high-value piece of land at Bhattian Bet village, near here, has been booked by the Salem Tabri police for trespassing and stealing some cattle tied at the disputed land here today.

The SHO (Salem Tabri), Warryam Singh, has also been transferred to Ropar police district for allegedly not stopping the bailiff, Mr Rajinder Singh. The police officer was transferred late last night on the orders of the DIG Ludhiana Range, Mr Sidharth Chattopadhaya. Pressure exerted by a lobby of industrialists and a Congress leader is being said to be the reason behind the action against the court employee and the police officer.

The bailiff had gone to the site, a 3-acre piece of land near the octroi post in the village worth a crore, last evening for the execution of the orders in the favour of the Jhujjar Bus Service but was stopped by the rival party, Duke Factory Properties, that claimed that it had stay orders regarding the land.

Tension engulfed the place and as supporters of both parties gathered in large numbers, the police force from Salem Tabri also rushed there. The bailiff had orders to vacate the land from the possession of the factory people. However, he was stopped and asked why he did not take the police along or informed the factory owners.

The bailiff had already taken possession of the land and had taken out some goods kept on the land. A number of cattle tied there were also shifted. The factory owners said the action of the bailiff was wrong as they possessed the “true orders”.

A Congress leader also joined the dispute. The owners of the Duke factory claimed that they had filed a revision petition and had stay orders. Both parties sought the intervention of a local judge who had sent the bailiff as per the orders of the high court. Sub-Inspector Warryam Singh was told by the judge that these were court orders and any police role against the court orders would tantamount to contempt of court. The police withdrew after that. Sources said Warryam Singh maintained that he had no role to play and had gone to the site to maintain law and order.

The sources said late in the evening the orders to shift Warryam Singh came. Today, the bailiff who was booked for trespassing, reported the matter to a local judge. The sources informed that the local court had sent a detailed report to the high court regarding the sequence of events.

The sources said the court had taken a serious view of the registration of a case against the bailiff. The case has been registered on the report of ASI Massa Singh of the Salem Tabri police station, who lodged the report on “verbal” orders of senior officers.

DIG S. Chattopadhaya was not available for comments as he was stated to be out of station. Waryyam Singh confirmed his transfer but said he had been shifted on administrative grounds. He refused to comment any further.


Guard hurt as rifle goes off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A security guard with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) office at Model Town here was injured when he accidentally fired his rifle this morning. The shot created a panic in the office as people thought robbers had attacked the place.

Mr Balbir Singh, an ex-serviceman, was standing outside the office when the rifle fell down and the shot went off. Two of his fingers were blown off. He was rushed to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital from where he was shifted to the Civil Hospital in the afternoon.

Police sources said there was no need to registration of a case regarding the incident. Senior police officers rushed to the area as a rumour spread that some crime incident has taken place there.


2 penalised for smuggling liquor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A surprise naka put up on the Ludhiana –Chandigarh Road by a team of excise officials led by Mr G.S. Bahia Excise and Taxation Officer, Ludhiana, led to the arrest of two persons, with 12 bottles of whiskey meant for sale in Chandigarh.

Giving details, Mr Bahia said an Indica car coming from Chandigarh was signalled to stop. When it did not, this raiding party chased the vehicle. The occupants, Mr Harpal Singh and Mr Mohinder Pal Singh, residents of Hebowal and Chandigarh here were found to be in possession of 12 bottles of whisky.

The ETO said the liquor meant for sale in Chandigarh, was being smuggled into Punjab. A case under Section 61-A of the Excise Act has been registered. The accused were produced before Mrs Kanchan Chawla D E T C – cum- Collector, Ludhiana Division, who imposed a penalty of Rs. 50,000/- which was recovered at the spot.


Mixed response to ruling on uniform civil code
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
There has been a mixed response to the recent directive of the Supreme Court regarding the legislation relating to uniform laws for all citizens of the country. While some residents have welcomed the directive, some others are apprehensive of it.

The Supreme Court had expressed surprise why successive governments had been sleeping on such a vital issue and differentiating between castes as far as personal laws were concerned.

It had stated that it was time for the government to reorganise a uniform civil code and laws. Discrimination and “preferential” treatment based on sex or religion or age or area must come to an end, it said.

A Christian woman on condition of anonymity said a uniform civil code was good . “But I am wary, for it is just a ruling. It will depend on BJP government whether it will act on it. From newspaper reports I have learnt that political parties are happy with the ruling but again it will depend on the parties whether they will reach a consensus on it. Only when the law is introduced, we will feel happy about it”, she said.

Ms Rachna, an entrepreneur, feels that the court had given a historical ruling. If Christians were allowed to give their property after death like members from other communities did, it would help the needy. “Moreover our country is secular and a uniform civil code should be applied. The only problem is whether the parties will help it become a law”, she said.

Mr Kapil Gupta, a businessman said he was pleased with the ruling. He wondered why the earlier government had not considered it before. “When we are the citizens of India and follow the same Constitution, we should be bound by a uniform civil code, he said.”

Dr Joy Joshi, Principal, Christian Dental College, said: “ Every state has a different culture and the customs of one state differ from the other. Similarly, every religion is governed by its own laws. Hence, the uniform civil code may not be appreciated by a large number of people.”


Mann flays visa denial to Amnesty chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has condemned the denial of visa to the head of Amnesty International by the Indian High Commission in London.

President of the party and MP Simranjit Singh Mann said he was shocked at the development which could be termed as a thoughtless act which would place India on the list of “repressive” countries.

He said the Union Government claimed that India was a free and transparent country. If this was correct, why had the amnesty chief been kept out of India?

This act would tarnish the image of the country as a liberal and democratic country.

Mr Mann reiterated that despite his best efforts, both inside and outside Parliament, India had neither signed nor ratified treaties, conventions and protocol of the United Nations which dealt with human rights laws.

He said India was not signatory to the 1948 convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of a genocide, 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees, 1954 convention relating to the status of stateless persons, 1960 declaration on granting independence to colonial countries 1965 international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, 1966 optional protocol to the international covenant on civil and political rights, 1967 protocol relating to the status of refugees, 1972 treaty on the limitation of anti-ballistic missile systems, 1972 convention concerning the protection of world cultural and natural heritage, 1984 convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, 1984 safeguard guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing death penalty, 1995 treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, 1996 comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT), and the 1997 convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and their destruction.


Nehru Planetarium in dire straits
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
From an asset to a blot on the face of local tourism — this has been the tragic transformation of the local Nehru Planetarium located near Rose Garden here. Set up at an expenditure of crores, the planetarium, one of its kind in the northern region, is a victim of red tape and lackadaisical attitude of authorities.

Garbage bin greets visitors outside Nehru Planetarium in Ludhiana
Garbage bin greets visitors outside Nehru Planetarium in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

It was set up in 1987 with an aim to develop a scientific temperament among people, particularly students, by way of displaying various astronomical phenomena and scientific processes. Ironically, it is a picture of total neglect today.

Leaking roofs, cracks in the walls, decaying wooden panels and lack of maintenance have ailed the planetarium to such an extent that it lies non-functional today. While the authorities concerned claim that it has been lying unoperational for the past about four months, it seems that it has been in that state for years together.

A garbage bin greets the visitors just outside the main gate of the building. The board put up outside the planetarium, it seems, has never been painted. There is nobody at the ticket window and it wears a deserted look.

Even as a notice board tells the show timings as 10.14 am and 11.15 am on normal days and at 3.15 pm and 4.15 pm on holidays, no show goes on here. A visitor, who came to the planetarium in the presence of a Ludhiana Tribune team was told to contact after two weeks. He was also given a phone number and asked to confirm over the telephone before coming.

While no official was present in the building at the time and the planetarium was locked, some employees said on the condition of anonymity said the roofs of the building leaked during the rainy season posing a threat to the sophisticated equipment kept in the building. “Cracks have developed in some walls of the building and the AC unit needs repair. The floor has also got damaged at some places,” they said.

The planetarium was a prestigious project of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and was maintained by it. The walls of the building were in the need immediate repairs and a whitewash was also required. The ticket cabin was being used for storage purposes.

Employees said they came to the office everyday and went back after sitting for hours. Nobody could tell when the last show was held in the planetarium.

Officials concerned have reportedly written to the MC authorities a number of time for the repairs, but nothing has been done.

Mr Surinder Singh, Executive Engineer, Municipal Corporation, and in charge of the planetarium, said the air-conditioning unit was out of order and needed repairs. He said the tenders for the repair work had already been invited and the work would be completed within a fortnight.

When asked about the last time a show was run in the planetarium, he said it was about 15 days ago. He said shows were held in winters, but they could not run planetarium in summer in the absence of an air-conditioner as it could affect the sophisticated equipment. He said usually the AC unit was repaired in April every year, but this year the repair had been delayed due to some operational hiccups.

Ludhiana Tribune had carried a report about the planetarium in June, 2000, also. Even at that time it was not functional and the officials had cited similar reasons for the problem.


Another chance to get voter’s I-card
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
Voters of Ludhiana 59 (Ludhiana East) Assembly segment would have yet another chance to get themselves photographed for voter ID cards from July 28 to 30 during 8am to 6 pm. According to Mr Prem Chand, Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation and Returning Officer, voters would be photographed for issuance of new identity cards Corrections in old ID cards would also be carried out during the period.

The following is the schedule.

July 28 — Shanti Niketan Vidiyala Primary Section (Booth No 1-3), Govt Primary School, Ahata Sher Jang (Booth No 4-5), Jain Public School (Booth No 6, 8), Govt Girls High School, Kamran Road (Booth No 7) , Bal Shankar Vidyalaya, Ambedkar Nagar (Booth No 9), Ewing Christian High School (Booth No 10-13).

July 29 — Wylie Memorial High School, near CMC (Booth No 14, 15), Govt Girls High School, Kamran Road (Booth No 16, 17), Govt Primary School, Iqbal Ganj (Booth No 18-20), Nandi Adarsh Vidiyala (Booth No 21, 22), Janj Ghar Shri Mannu Ram (Booth No 23), Khalsa National High School (Booth No 24, 27, 30, 31, 46, 47), PSEB Office, Civil Hospital Chowk (Booth No 25), Sargodha Model High School (Booth No 26, 28, 29), Govt Primary School, Shahpur Road (Booth No 32), Sargodha Girls High School (Booth No 33), Municipal Dispensary Building, Habib Ganj (Booth No 34, 36), Govt Primary School No 1, Field Ganj Kucha No 16 (Booth No 35), Mitter Sabha Janj Ghar (Booth No 37-39), R. V. Primary School, Ganda Nala (Booth No 40), Wylie Memorial High School, Near CMC (Booth No 41-43), Krishna Model School, Kidwai Nagar (Booth No 44, 45), Shri Mahavir Vidiyala, Islam Ganj (Booth No 48-52), Dharamshala Prem Nagar Kusht Ashram (Booth No 53-55)

Mahavir Dharamshala and Janjghar (Booth No 56, 57), Akhil Bhartiya Mochi Maha Sabha Dharamshala, Prem Nagar (Booth No 58, 59), Dharamshala Field Ganj Kucha No 6 (Booth No 60-62), Sargodha Khalsa High School (Booth No 63-66, 70) Arya Senior Secondary School (Booth No 67, 68), Govt Multi-Purpose High School (Booth No 69), Khalsa High School, Sukhram Nagar (Booth No 71), Govt Girls High School, Lakkar Bazar (Booth No 72, 73), Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School (Booth No 74-76), Public Girls High School, Muradpura (Booth No 77-79), Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Nirankari Mohalla Kucha No 2 (Booth No 80-83), District Industries centre, Industrial Area B (Booth No 84-86), Shri Joginder Pal Pandey National Public School, Industrial Area B (Booth No 87-90), PSEB Office, Industrial Area B (Booth No 91-95), Janj Ghar, Oswal Road, Vijay Nagar (Booth No 96-97), Shastri Memorial School, Shivaji Nagar (Booth No 98-100), Shankar Vidiyala, Shivaji Nagar (Booth No 101-103).

July 30 — Shishu Vidiya Mandir, Ganesh Nagar Street No 5, Janakpuri (Booth No104-106), Govt Primary School, Dharampura (Booth No 107-109), M D Bhat Memorial High School, Street No 10 (Booth No 110-112), M D Bhat Memorial High School, Street No 13 (Booth No 113-115, 117), M D Bhat Memorial High School, Street No 14 (Booth No 116, 118-122), Devki Devi Jain Girls College, Kidwai Nagar (Booth No 123, 124), Gopal Mandir Dharamshala, Janakpuri (Booth No 125, 126), S.D.S. Model, Janakpuri Street No 5 (Booth No 127-128), Guru Angad Dev Model School, Janakpuri (Booth No 129-131).


Prosecution cell going strong
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
The newly constituted prosecution cell of the district police has obtained conviction in two cases of murder in July, according to a press note by the SSP here today. Other cases in which the cell has successfully got the accused convicted include a case of attempted murder, two cases of dacoity, a case of dacoity bid, a case of rape, a case of kidnapping and two cases of theft.

The press note stated that due to a compromise or hostile witnesses, the accused had got acquitted in two cases of intent to murder, a case of kidnapping, a case of dowry death, a case of theft, and two cases under the NDPS act.

Apart from other convictions and acquittals, conviction was obtained in 41 cases involving local and special law, it added.


Valmikis hold chetna rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
A Valmiki chetna rally on scooters and motor cycles was flagged off from Jawahar Camp here this morning. National chief organiser Shukracharya Darshan Rattan of the Adi Dharam Samaj, speaking on the occasion, said all obstacles in the way of Valmiki Tirath would be removed.

Awareness of problems of Dalits would be spread by taking out rallies on scooters in several cities. Mr Shukracharya said first the college fee was increased so that the poor could not take admissions and now admissions had been closed and the fee hike withdrawn. This was a drama to keep away Dalit students from higher education.

He said in Delhi 7,500 seats for Scheduled Castes/Tribes had been reserved. So far only 3,500 seats had been filled.

In Maharashtra, the situation is worse as the merit list of students in computer courses has “disappeared.”

Mr Shukracharya said atrocities on Dalits all over India proved that they were second-class citizens. He said Adi Dharam would spread awareness on the issues through seminars and corner meetings.

The Ex-Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, flagged off the rally.

Other prominent members who addressed the rally were Mr Balweshar Daitya, Mr Dharminder Achoot, Mr Rajinder Dhuri, Mr Rajesh Daitya, Mr Adi Prakash, Mr Shamlal Adiivasi, Mr Krishan Gopal, Netaji, Mr Ram Rakash, Mr Kamal Sahotak, Mr Surinder Daitya and Mr Mukesh Kushraj.


19-yr-old girl abducted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 26
On the complaint of Mohammad Ashin, a resident of New Shakti Nagar, the Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case of abduction against Karan Mishra, a resident of the same locality.

According to the complainant, the accused had allegedly abducted his 19-year-old daughter on the night of July 14. No arrest has been made so far.

Man killed

The Model Town police on Friday registered a case under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Asha Rani, a resident of Jammu Colony, against Sardara Singh, Baljinder Singh, Surinder Singh and Amarjit Singh, residents of the same locality.

The woman had stated that Sunil Kumar was her tenant. On the evening of July 21, the accused picked up a quarrel with Sunil. When her husband, Lachhman Dass, intervened to mollify the accused, they started assaulting him also as a result of which he was seriously injured. He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead. No arrest as been made so far.

Forgery alleged

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Parminder Singh, a resident of Laddian Khurd village, against Harvinder Singh, Harjinder Singh, residents of Haibowal Kalan, Harpal Singh Nambardar, a resident of Khwajke village, Atar Singh, a resident of Haiboiwal Kalan.

The complainant had alleged that the accused had hatched a conspiracy to grab his plot. The accused allegedly prepared forged documents pertaining to his plot and got the same registered in their names. No arrest has been made so far.


The Shimlapuri police on Friday registered a case under Sections 279 and 338 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gurdial Singh, a resident of New Janta Nagar, against Manjinder Singh, a resident of the same locality.

The complainant had stated that the accused had rammed his Tata Sumo vehicle into his motor cycle in front of a marriage palace on the Gill Road on Friday afternoon, as a result of which one of his legs was fractured. The accused allegedly ran away after the incident.

Bid to outrage modesty

The Division Number 6 police has registered a case under Sections 354, 323, 294, 509 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Ms Rajwinder Kaur, a resident of Mohalla Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, against her brother-in-law, Jaswinder Singh, mother-in-law, Jagwant Kaur, and Sukhwinder Kaur.

The woman has alleged that on Friday evening the accused abused her, locked her up in a room and tore her clothes with the intention of forcing her to make illicit relations with Jaswinder Singh. No arrest has been made so far.

Assault cases

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Heera Singh, a resident of Mohalla Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, against Bir Singh, a slum-dweller and about 15 other unidentified persons. The complainant had alleged that the accused stopped him on a road on the night of July 24 and beat him up. They also threatened him. No arrest has been made so far.

The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 353, 186, 427 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Darvan Singh, lineman posted at the complaint centre of unit I at Sundar Nagar, against Krishan Kumar.

The complainant had alleged that accused came to his office on the Pakhowal Road on the night of July 24 and beat him up. The complainant further alleged that after beating him up, the accused also damaged various office goods.

Encroachment bid

The Sadar police on Friday registered a case under Section 188 of the IPC against Kalli Singh, a resident of Aggar Nagar, Bika Singh, Shingara Singh, Chander, Satish Kumar, residents of Mullanpur, and some unidentified persons. The police said the accused had raised a new construction on 1,000 sq yd of military area without obtaining any permission to do so. The accused were arrested and released on bail, added the police.


BSNL launches answering machine service in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today launched an answering machine service (AMS) in Ludhiana. The service was inaugurated by the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the BSNL, Mr Prithipal Singh, here today.

The AMS is a value-added service which will be available to all BSNL land line subscribers in Ludhiana. The subscribers will not need to install an answering machine or any new set-up. It will be available on the existing telephone sets of any type.

However, the subscribers will need to apply for the service and fulfill a prescribed form which will be available from the public relations office of the BSNL. BSNL officials said although it was a free service available to all customers, it was deemed necessary to make people exercise their option after filing the due application form.

Under the scheme, every telephone subscriber who opts for the AMS will get the mail box number, which will be the same as the phone number. The mail box will be protected by a five digit pass word. The password is 11111, which a subscriber can change anytime. A subscriber will have to dial 9352 to access the mail box.

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