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Pall of gloom descends on Sherpur area
Three friends, boy killed in accident on way back from 
Chintpurni shrine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A pall of gloom descended on the local Sherpur area today when the bodies of four victims of a road accident were brought home. The victims had met with an accident near Phillaur, when they were returning after paying obeisance at the Mata Chintpurni temple in Himachal Pradesh late last evening.

The four have been identified as Jagdish Jindal, his 12-year-old son Bablu, Arun Joshi and Roshan Lal. All were residents of the Sherpur area. They were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a tractor-trailer after ramming into a road divider.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation grounds, where their mortal remains were consigned to flames.

Jagdish Jindal, Roshan Lal, Arun Joshi and Subhash were neighbours and were very good friends and they used to go to the temple every year during monsoons to organise a “bhandara” there. They had been following this practice for the past 20 years.

This time Jindal’s son, Bablu insisted on accompanying them. Little had he known that he would never return. The accident killed four and left Subhash injured, who is struggling for life in the local DMCH hospital.

Jindal’s wife and Bablu’s mother, Ms Vidyawati, was crying inconsolably. “Had I known that my husband and my son would never come back, I would have never allowed them to go. I did not want my young son to accompany them but I could not say no as they were going to a temple. I have lost everything.” Ms Vidyawati was heard saying. The condition of Varinder and Renu, son and daughter of Jindals, was also pitiable.

The news of the accident had reached the family late last night. The five had went to the temple on July 23 and were scheduled to return yesterday. They had called their families back home stating that the programme at the temple was a big hit. Their families were waiting for them to give them a warm welcome when they received the news of the accident.

Anita Joshi, wife of Arun Joshi, and their children, Varun, Yogi and Meenakshi, were present in the cremation grounds. As the four bodies were being taken to the cremation grounds, a large number of people followed them. A tearful adieu was accorded to the three friends who were together even during their death. The shopkeepers of the area had downed their shutters in the mourning.

“They were best of friends and used to take up all expeditions together. We had never worried about them as they used to say they were there to help each other. Jindal used to say that only death could do them part. But he never knew they would leave the world together,” said a shopkeeper in their neighbourhood. 



DMCH plans to start chamber practice
Private practice by doctors may go
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, July 31
The management of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is contemplating to ban the private practice and introduce chamber practice in the hospital. The doctors of the DMCH are at present allowed to practice at their houses and are earning a huge amount of money from the same.

The present management of the hospital which was elected three months ago has been concentrating on the development of the college and the hospital as its income had suffered due to the prolonged stir by its employees in 2002. As a matter of fact, the work of the hospital was completely paralysed for more than two months. The management has not as yet tightened its grip on the situation although the functioning of the hospital and the Hero-DMC Heart Institute has improved considerably. The out-patient turnout and in-patient admissions in the hospital have also picked up during the past few months. The management has been contemplating to stop the private practice and introduce chamber practice in the hospital for the past few months.

Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, son of Mr Brijmohan Lal Munjal, Chairman, Hero Honda Motors, who is also the Vice-President of the DMCH Managing Society, is helping his father in running the affairs of this premier health institute of the North India. Mr Brijmohan Munjal is the President of the DMCH Managing Society.

Mr Sunil Kant Munjal while addressing a meeting of the faculty said the management was thinking of banning the private practice and introducing the chamber practice for the doctors in the hospital. He also stated that the management had got the survey conducted by a private consultancy organisation in this regard and the agency is understood to have recommended the introduction of the chamber practice in the hospital.

However, enquiries made by the reporter reveal that Mr Sunil Kant Munjal did not spell out the complete scheme and sought the reaction of the faculty about the same.

Some of the faculty members contacted by the reporter disclosed that the management must come out with the exact proposal and only then they could say whether it would be useful for them or for the institution.

One faculty member remarked on the condition of anonymity that the management people only deliver the lecture but don’t listen to the faculty. There has never been a practical discussion on the problems.

Mr Amrit Nagpal, Secretary of the Managing Society, when contacted refused to say anything and maintained that no concrete proposal had been mooted out so far. However, enquiries from inside sources reveal that the management has already drawn a plan to construct chambers for the doctors in the hospital.

Another senior doctor said the management had failed to redress their grievances as the Advisory Council which was set up last year had not met once ever since its formation. The university calendar provides for the establishment of the college council but the same has not been constituted so far.

Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal of the DMCH when asked for his comments confirmed that the plan to introduce the chamber practice in the hospital was discussed but no time limit had been fixed for its introduction. It might take some months before the same was finally introduced, he added. He said the management was best to comment in this connection.

It is learnt that the management is finalising a reasonably good package for the doctors before launching the new scheme.

The management has already banned the private practice in the Hero-DMC Heart Institute and the doctors working there are given a fixed package. The doctors working in the Heart Institute are stated to be satisfied with the emoluments they are getting.

However, the doctors of the hospital will be reluctant to give up their practice at their houses at present as they are earning Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lakh a month and some of the super specialists are drawing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 20 lakh per annum from the hospital. Besides, getting the monthly salary, the doctors get share of their practice in the hospital too. But this is not the case with the doctors belonging to the basic clinical streams as some of them are not doing private practice at all.

The DMCH management had banned the private practice by its doctors in 1974 and 10 senior doctors of the hospital had left the service in protest against the same. The private practice at that time was stopped under pressure of the state government. Two out of the 10 doctors had returned to the institute and one of them has retired as a Principal four years ago.

Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, founder Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, and former Principal, DMCH, is of the view that the chamber practice will be in the interest of the institution. But he emphasises that the management must ensure good salary to the doctors. For emergency duties, the doctors must be paid hefty amount, he added.

The DMCH is at present in crisis because the state government has rejected the tuition fee structure of Rs 4 lakh per student per year for admission to the MBBS course and fixed Rs 1.50 lakh for the same. The state government has also rejected the NRI quota of the private medical dental colleges in Punjab which has further precipitated the financial crisis.

Meanwhile, the management is busy searching the successor of Dr Ahuja who is due to retire as soon as the admission to the MBBS course is over. He has already submitted his resignation and his notice period expired on July 18.

The management is thinking of appointing a outsider as the new principal and is understood to have shortlisted some persons for the same. However, this might not be relished by the faculty as the principal has always been selected from among them.

The faculty is also against appointing any retired doctor of the hospital as the successor of Dr Ahuja.



‘Buying’ vehicle pollution check certificates
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

A copy of the pollution control certificate Ludhiana Tribune got for the condemned scooter (below). 

Photos Pradeep Tewari

Malerkotla/Ludhiana, July 31
Making a mockery of vehicular pollution control measures in the state, the pollution control certificate issued by authorised centres are being given without any physical verification or examination of the vehicle, thus, defeating the very purpose of the entire exercise.

For a price, there is no need for getting your vehicle examined for the smoke density level, not even taking it along to the authorised pollution checking centre. Just pay Rs 30 to the centre owner and you will get the certificate. And legally spread pollution.

Even as the state government periodically flaunts figures of pollution control to boast their efforts in this context, the ground reality is that pollution is on the rise. The fact that such a practice is going unchecked means there is no official check over such centres.

A team of The Tribune had a first-hand experience of how such certificates are issued in complete violation of the norms. One such centre, Malerkotla pollution check centre, on the bypass of the Ludhiana road, which is authorised by the Directorate of Transport, Punjab, is issuing certificates without any verification.

While filling petrol at this petrol pump, which had an operational pollution checking centre, the team got a certificate for the car in which it was travelling. When asked the criteria for issuing such certificates, the attendant nonchalantly remarked that for a sum you could get the document for any vehicle without bringing it to the station.

In order to prove the illegal practice, the Tribune team clicked a photograph of a condemned scooter no. PBD-6462 dumped outside a mechanic’s shop near the pollution centre. The team was on some assignment to Malerkotla.

The pollution check centre was approached for getting the certificate. The attendant never even bothered to enquire about the vehicle, what to say about examining it as was mandatory before issuing any such vehicle. “Just tell me the number and the model”, he said.

He was given the number of the condemned scooter but was, instead, told that it was of a Maruti Car 1987 make. The man issued a signed certificate stating, “Certified that this vehicle’s smoke density level conforms to the standards prescribed under Rule 115(2) of CMW Rules 1989”.

The measurement read that the ‘Idling CO (carbon mono oxide) emission level was 1.9 per cent, much within the permissible limit of 3 per cent for four wheelers.



Harassed husband moves rights panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A physically challenged and estranged husband has filed a petition in the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, requesting it to direct his wife and two children to allow him to enter his house.

Mr Raj Kumar, a middle-aged physically challenged man of Mohalla Sudan, who in his submission to the commission has alleged that he had constructed the house in his wife’s name a few years ago. Little had he realised that his wife and two sons would not allow him to enter the house at the behest of some anti-social elements in the area.

He has urged the commission to direct his wife to allow him to enter the house. Mr Raj Kumar said he had to spend his nights at the local railway station and added that he was constantly being threatened by his wife, sons and eight other persons.

He further stated that he had filed a complaint with the SSP, Ludhiana, to provide security for entering his house. But no police protection was given to him. The SSP had directed the SHO, Division No. IV to look into the matter but to no avail.

Mr Raj Kumar stated that if anything went wrong with him the district police should be held responsible because it had not heeded to his request.

Meanwhile, police sources said he had filed a similar complaint in the commission earlier also and the ADGP (Crime) was directed by the commission to submit a report after inquiring into the matter.

The ADGP had in its report to the commission stated that he was not stopped by his wife and two sons, when a police team had accompanied Mr Raj Kumar to his house.

Mr Raj Kumar, rubbishing the claims of the police said his family had not done anything in the presence of the police team. Otherwise they never allowed him in. He said his claim was substantiated with this fact.



Aman Nagar residents fear epidemic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
Residents of the Aman Nagar area, near Jalandhar bypass, are up in arms against the civic authorities for a faulty sewerage connection that leaks and water gets collected in open plots, causing insanitary conditions.

Residents claim that while the entire city was in the grip of water-borne diseases, they feared an epidemic as the water could get mixed with the drinking water. They alleged that they had complained to the area councillor a number of times, but to no avail.

Mr Amarjit Singh, a resident, said that the sewerage line was laid in the colony six months ago but the streets, in which the pipes were laid, were yet to be brick-laid. The loose sand in the streets got eroded during rains, hence the leakage of sewer water.

He said that some residents were also at fault who had got the connection but did not seal the pipes at entry points. So the water was constantly coming out and getting collected in the vacant plots. Besides emanating foul smell, the sewage-filled plots were proving to be a breeding ground for the vectors of various diseases.

Mr Kewal, another resident, said that if the residents of the area did not have civic sense it was up to the authorities to inculcate it. He said that the authorities should impose some kind of fine on such persons who littered filth in their area.

He further said that they had met the area councillor many times and requested him to help the residents, but he had cited paucity of funds as the reason for the delay in the development. He added that there were many streets which were not even brick-laid and a slush was formed in the area during rains. It became very difficult for the residents to pass through as it was slippery.



Employee seeks case against director
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
The Sudhar police has not registered a case against Mr Manjit Singh Khattra, honorary director , GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, even though a complaint was made against him by Mr Balwant Singh, a junior assistant working in the college, on July 19.

In his two-page complaint, Mr Balwant Singh had stated that regarding discrimination on the part of the college management towards him, a case was already pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, and another complaint had been made to the National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, which was also under consideration.

The complainant further stated that he was called by the honorary director to his office on July 18. When he went to see Mr Manjit Singh in his office, the honorary director asked him whether he wanted to continue in his job or not as he was complaining too much against him. Mr Balwant Singh replied that he was only fighting for his rights. At this Mr Khattra told him that he did not know anything about courts but if he removed him from the job now, he, (Mr Balwant Singh) would not get any work except as a daily wage labourer. Mr Khattra advised him to withdraw his complaints and the court case. While doing so, he allegedly used derogatory words casting aspersions on his cast, which are not allowed under the law.

The complainant stated further in his application to the police that on the morning of July 19, at about 7.30 am he got a phone call from Mr Khattra who asked him about his decision in the wake of his advice. When the complainant told him that he would neither withdraw the court case nor take back his complaints, Mr Khattra threatened him.

In the end, the complainant requested the police that since Mr Manjit Singh Khattra was an influential and resourceful person, he was capable of doing anything to harm him or his family . In the event he or any members of his family came to any harm, Manjit Singh should be held responsible for that.

Copies of the complaint were also sent to DGP, Punjab, IGP, Ludhiana Range, SSP, Jagraon, SHO, Sadar police station, Ludhiana, Principal Secretary, High Education, Punjab and DPI (Colleges), Punjab.

Mr Balwant Singh told Ludhiana Tribune that instead of taking any action and registering a case against Manjit Singh Khattra, the police was trying to delay and hush up the matter on one pretext or the other.

Mr Hardeep Singh, SI, who is the investigating officer, said on telephone today that he was in the process of once again verifying the complaint submitted by Mr Balwant Singh. He did not say anything on the likely outcome of his investigation.



BKU to continue flag marches till August 10
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, July 31
The Bharati Kisan Union would launch its programme of “jhanda” or the flag marches throughout Punjab tomorrow which would continue till August 10, according to a press release by the union here today.

Mr Puran Singh Shahkot, general secretary, said that the purpose of the flag march was to make the farm labour and farmers aware of their rights.

He said that a meeting of the Punjab executive of the union would be held on August 10 at which various dates for the holding of public conferences in various parts of the state would be announced. The union, by taking these measures, was also trying to make the proposed vishal kisan panchayat to be held at Chandigarh on September 12 a success.

Mr Manjit Singh Qadian, secretary-general of the union, said in a press note here today that India’s refusal to send troops to Iraq was praiseworthy and in the interest of the farming community of both the countries as well.

Meanwhile, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has decried the freezing of the minimum support price of paddy and marginal increase in the price of other kharif crops and has urged the Centre to link it with the price index in view of the massive hike in the costs of the farm inputs.

Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Mr M.S. Qadian, president and secretary general of the union, said keeping the price of paddy at the previous level was a well thought strategy of the government to discourage the farmers from sticking to farming. The government was oblivious to the fact that there had been a massive hike in the prices of fertilisers, pesticides and machinery. Similarly the prices of the diesel had been hiked many a times in the past.

They said keeping in mind the cost of living and the year 1966-67 as the price index cut-off date, then the price of superfine paddy and other varieties should be between Rs 659 and Rs 789, cotton (Rs 3250), pulses and oilseeds (Rs 2850) and sugarcane Rs 143 per metric tonne.

The leaders hailed the move of the government to lower the interest rate on the loans to farmers at 9 per cent. They said it should be further brought down to 4 per cent in the interests of the farmers.

They also demanded that the government should also look into the corruption by the bureaucrats and probe their assets.

The anti-graft drive of the government was welcome but it was aimed at targetting the political opponents and not officials who had amassed huge properties. 



Restore land, urges Udham Singh Memorial Trust
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
While rich tributes are being paid and promises being made to preserve the memory of Shaheed-e-Azam, Udham Singh on his 63rd martyrdom day today, the city-based Shaheed Udham Singh Trust is moving from pillar to post to get the land, earmarked to it in principle for setting up a memorial and a library.

Though the trust has made various representations to the government seeking the restoration of the land, no headway has been made in the case. The 1500-square feet of land in Udham Singh Nagar is presently under the possession of the local Lion’s Club.

Trustees of the trust have claimed that when the Udham Singh Nagar was created, the plot was reserved for raising a memorial of the martyr which remained unoccupied for a long time.

According to Dr Jaswant Singh Chamak, Secretary-General of trust, the plot was reserved for this noble purpose but it is not known when and who changed the utilisation plan. A bust of the martyr was also installed in the place that was allegedly destroyed by the Lion’s Club.

Dr Chamak further stated that the President of the Ex-serviceman League of Punjab, Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), who is also a resident of the area had been protesting against the “illegal occupation” of the land but no action had been taken by the authorities concerned.

He also stated that they had written a letter to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh regarding the issue, who had marked an inquiry to the Local Bodies Department.

The trustees urged the Chairman of the local Improvement Trust to hand over the piece of land to its rightful owners and help in raising a community hall, a library and a dispensary in the name of the martyr who had shot dead the perpetrator of Jallianwallah Bagh massacre, General Michael O’ Dyer.

The trustees also said while on one hand the original site for the martyr’s memorial was being used for commercial purposes, the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Library is being run in a rented building in the Dhobi Ghat area. They have appealed to the public to support their cause.

Sources in Improvement Trust, however, said in revenue records the land was given to the Lion’s Club in 1970 and since then it had been its sole occupant. They said the trustees of the Udham Singh Trust had never raised the issue earlier.



Punjabiat comes alive on Teej
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 31
In the month of “Saawan” when we heave a sigh of relief from the sweltering heat, “Teej” festival arrives unravelling the tender feelings of damsels. Lasting for 15 days, this time from August 1, the festival adds all the more joy to the already colourful month.

The “Teej” festival is especially meant for “Teeian”, the other name for womenfolk especially for the brides. At “Teej”, the newly wed brides come to their parents house to rejoice with nostalgia the memories of the past virgin days. The drizzling and the raining, the greenery and the freshness give a new charm to life on the occasion of “Teej”.

A shady grove where swings can be easily hung, is chosen in. The foremost ritual is applying “mehandi.” Such is the festive spirit that females from all age groups from kids to the grown ups, involve themselves in the process of applying “mehandi”.

After “mehandi” ceremony the exulting process of ‘haar shingaar’ is undertaken. Putting on bangles is regarded as customary. Different kinds of hairstyles are made. While the married women wear “ghagra”, “kurti” and embroidered dupatta, unmarried ones put on salwar, kameej along with the “malmal dupatta”. “Bankan” (chains for hands) and “paejebs” (chain for anklets) are the ornaments that grace the newly-wed.

In order to dance and make merry, girls, ladies, young and old women collect at a spot for “Teej da giddha”. Traditionally “Jago” is taken out first. A girl places a big brass pitcher over the head. a number of lamps are lit and placed around the pitcher. Then the girl carrying pitcher and with the crowd moves from door to door demanding oil for their lamps. The ladies of the house pour oil in lamps and join the dancers.

It is through the “Bolian” that the inner feelings of the heart are conveyed. The jealously and anger, the love and desire, the comedy and humour, the sorrow and departing are expressed.

“Bolis” touch different aspects — quarrel between the mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law, praising or criticising the husband and eulogising the father and the brother.

On the last day of the ‘Teej’ festival, a “marriage” ceremony is performed. It is followed by several rituals. One of the girls is dressed as a bridegroom and another as bride. Their marriage is performed and in the end the gathering seek the blessings of God, rejoicing the present moments. They wish the “Teej” to return next year and then, disperse. The hearts’ emotions are expressed through following lines:

“Tian Teej dian vare dina nu fair”

Swings are the special attraction of ‘Teej’ . Pairs of girls and women are seen enjoying themselves on the swings as they rise to height beyond their imagination. The another main attraction are the “kheer” and the “malpuras” that are prepared to mark the mood.

Various other customs follow this festival. The girls who are not at their parents home are sent clothes, rice or money. Those who came for the first time to their parents after marriage, are sent material from the side of the in-laws.

Unfortunately, “Teej” is losing its importance with the passage of time. At present only a few villages celebrate the festival in its true spirit. At other places it has been reduced to a mere show piece. “Teej” has lost its charm in the humdrum of the busy world. The original appeal of such festivals in which our “Punjabiat” comes alive, should be spread with a genuine spirit.



Mazdoor Sangh burns WTO’s effigy 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, as part of its nationwide programme to oppose the WTO, organised a torch procession from the Municipal Corporation office and burnt an effigy of the WTO at chowk Ghanta Ghar yesterday.

Among the sangh leaders present on the occasion were Mr Kartar Singh Rathore, general secretary of the Panjab unit of the BMS, Mr Pritpal Singh, president, Panjab NGO, Mr Lovely Pal Diswar, Mr Kewal Krishan Marwaha and Mr Nageshwar Singh.

Addressing a rally, Mr Rathore criticised the wrong economic policies of the government and the implementation of the WTO. He warned that the country was slowly heading towards financial bankruptcy and the non-generation of employment opportunities would lead to chaos and disturbance. He alleged that the whole game of the WTO had been designed by developed countries to create favourable markets for their companies. And it was in the pursuit of this policy that the maximum pressure had been put on India by these developed countries. Criticising the policies of the government, Mr Rathore further alleged that a government which promised to create employment for one crore people every year, had compelled one crore such employees to go jobless who were not in a position to find employment elsewhere due to their age. He said that it had happened because the government favoured to investment.

Mr Rathore said that by lifting restrictions on quantity of imports, the government had broken the backbone of the small and cottage industry of the country and also weakened the farmers by bringing in competition in farm produce. The price of various farm products in India were far less than the production cost , he asserted.

The BMS leader further said that if any condition as stipulated by the WTO was not in the interests of the country or was against the interests of people, farmers and labourers, it should be scrapped as unacceptable to the nation . He stressed that the government was accountable to the country and not the WTO.

Mr Rathore called upon the government to fix suitable prices for various farm products, impose restrictions on the unhindered import of foreign goods and grant liberal aid to sick industrial units and also take back the proposal to amend the existing labour laws in the country. 



2 Nepalese cyclists on world tour for noble cause
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, July 31
He was separated from his parents at the tender age of eight, when he went to see a fun-fare in Nepal. A farmer saw the child crying. After failing to locate his parents, he took the child home. He gave him the best possible education and it is the result of those values that the boy, Arjun Sharma, now 32, has begun a five-year-long expedition on bicycle to raise funds for orphans.

Arjun Sharma Bhattarai and Prem Prasad Pandel, 31, both Nepalese residents, are on an expedition with a mission to raise funds for the destitute women and children. “We want to serve those who are not fortunate to get good education and shelter”, said Arjun.

The boys started their journey on March 4 from Bangkok. They have already been to Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Hong Kong and China. “From China, we went to Nepal and now we are in India. We have been to Gorakhpur and Delhi. After Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar are the next destinations. We are looking forward to visit Golden Temple, Amritsar, where we would pray for destitutes and orphans”, said Arjun.

The travellers are residing here at a gurdwara. “We intend to visit the local Mayor. People here are very affectionate and warm-hearted. We are trying to express our feelings to them. The industrial city has no dearth of philanthropists, they should donate funds or adopt orphans”, said Arjun, who has done his Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling.

From Amritsar, the lads will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Middle East. “We will be staying at Pakistan for a couple of days. We will be visiting Europe, Africa, South America and North America. Our last destination will be Australia. We are getting good response from people. A gurdwara management at Phillipines donated us Rs 25,000 for the cause. We are on this expedition on behalf of the Eastern Nepal Social Development Centre,” they say.

When asked about the family support for the noble cause, Prem Prasad said, “Wherever we go, we call our parents. My mother has been very supportive. She tells me not to worry about anything. After two years or so, we will visit our home town”.

Arjun says he has no regrets in life. “The man who adopted me is now old. But he and his family loves me like anything. It is my turn now to provide him financial and psychological support. I am thankful to God for giving me such a wonderful, loving family. But all other deprived are not lucky like me. They should be taken care of by society. If I succeed in spreading this message, I would consider myself a contented person”, said Arjun.



‘Review’ move on sales tax on CSD items
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The Indian Ex-Services League (Punjab and Chandigarh), Ludhiana, has condemned the Punjab Government’s decision to impose sales tax on CSD items. The league has demanded immediate rollback of the hiked rates.

Urging the Punjab Government to reconsider the decision to impose sales tax on CSD (Canteen Stores Department) items, the league termed the decision as repressive and derogatory as far as welfare of a large community of ex-servicemen in Punjab was concerned.

Major K.S. Sidhu, general secretary of the league, said that the Congress, during its poll promises had assured ex-servicemen that their welfare would be accorded due priority.

He further stated that U-turn from the declared promises would be opposed and a call was given to all the organisations of ex-servicemen to fight such repressive measures unitedly.

He said that the attitude of the Punjab Government was unfortunate as far as welfare of ex-servicemen was concerned.

He made an appeal to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, to reconsider and review the decision to impose sales tax on CSD items. 



Inaction unfortunate

IT is sad to note that the administration takes little notice of reports published in newspapers. It was shocking to read in these columns that a helpless bride was compelled to undergo an abortion as she had not brought an Ikon car in dowry from her aged and widowed mother. Though the police has registered an FIR against the accused, the medical authorities have not bothered to proceed according to the PNDT Act. Even the doctor of a private hospital at Ropar, who performed the MTP operation of the woman at the instance of her mother-in-law, has not been even summoned. Needless to mention that the tall claims of Health Department in this context are much removed from reality.

Mrs Chiter Rekha Sharma, Mandi Ahmedgarh

Money-spinning ventures

Teaching and the medical professions, which were once considered the most noble professions, have now metamorphosed into money-spinning ventures.

This trend has placed these facilities out of the reach of the middle class people. Given the fee hike over the years, it is almost impossible to get one’s wards admitted to a good professional college. Similarly, medical facilities are now available to only the rich. Gone are the days when ailing persons used to get the treatment at a nominal cost.

Though the consultation fee at many institutions is not much, the costs of diagnostic tests are sky high, placing them out of the reach of the common man. It is an open secret that most of the doctors who recommend high cost diagnostic tests and scams get ‘consideration’ in one way or the other.

At times these tests are unnecessarily done just to fleece the unsuspecting patient. This practice has left many economically weaker folks without health-care. It is a serious development and a fit case for social organisations to must come forward to check the menace.

Pardeep Sethi, Gandhi Chowk, Ahmedgarh

Public information needed

I want to raise the issue of public information about various rights and duties of the general public. Most of the problems and the subsequent corruption in public institutions is caused because of the ignorance of the people about their rights and duties. If the people are well aware about the rights and duties, they are quite unlikely to be misled, cheated and deceived by corrupt officials.

Awareness along with transparency is the base for democracy. We have a democratic system in the country, but it does not seem to be working in accordance with the democratic spirit. It is the bureaucracy that runs the government. Whether you are right or wrong, you have to agree to what the officer or the official in the chair asks you to.

In the absence of proper awareness people are forced to pay bribes to get their job done. Everything needs to be spelt out and properly defined. Rules need to be standardised so that nobody has the chance to distort or misinterpret them. Only then can we evolve a corruption-free system where everyone would feel happy and privileged.

DV Saharan

Fee hike withdrawal

Better late than never. The government had done well to withdraw the fee hike in educational institutions. It should not at all have enhanced the fees in the educational institutions. Even if it wanted to it could have been increased in small measures so that nobody feels the punch.

No doubt education is quite cheap in the state, but it does not mean that it should be made expensive overnight. There is always a proper system and method which should be followed. The government should start, if it wants to hike the fee, the process in small measures, otherwise it is likely to boomerang the way it did recently.

Randhir Singh



Two sisters abducted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 31
On the complaint of Mr Kailash Chand, a resident of Kucha Beli Ram, near Sanglan Wala Shivala, the Division No 3 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against Lucky, son of Mr. Jograj Singh, a resident of Giddarbaha. The complainant had alleged that the accused kidnapped his daughters, Renu Bala and Rajni Bala on July 27.

On the statement of Mr. Sushil Tandon, a resident of Rishi Nagar , Haibowal, a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC was registered at Haibowal police station against Sanju Uppal, his father Ramesh Uppal and his mother.

The complainant had alleged that the accused had kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter Priya on Tuesday from a park of the locality.

Travel agent booked: The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Chanchal Singh, a resident of Meowal Doaba village in Hoshiarpur district, against travel agent Raghuveer Singh, a resident of Mangat village in Ludhiana district. The complainant had alleged that he had given Rs 3,65,000 to the accused following an assurance by the accused that he would send him to England. But the accused neither sent him to England nor returned his money.

Rash driving: Rohtas, a resident of Mandlana village in Sonepat district of Haryana, was arrested near Gias Pura Chowk yesterday for driving a Maruti car at a high speed. He has been charged under Section 279 of the IPC.

Beaten up: The Division No 2 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 452,324, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Mr Amandeep Singh, a resident of Kucha No 15, Field Ganj, against Lav Sharma, alias Lavi, a resident of Saban Bazar, and an unknown person accompanying him. The complainant had alleged that the accused forced their way into his house, beat him up and injured him. The accused also threatened him before leaving, added the complainant.

Woman held: On the complaint of Mr Jagjit Singh, Assistant Executive Engineer, Unit -I, Aggar Nagar, the Sarabha Nagar police yesterday registered a case under Section 279 of the IPC against Jaspal Kaur, wife of Kulwant Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. The police said the accused, who was stealing electricity from a pole using a “kundi” connection, was arrested on Wednesday evening.

Knives seized: Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar in Shimla Puri, has been arrested and a “kamanidar” knife recovered from him. A case under the Arms Act was registered against him at Model Town police station yesterday.

The Sarabha Nagar police has arrested Suraj, a resident of Sunet village, and recovered a knife from him. He was booked under the Arms Act yesterday.

Liquor seized: Mr Rajbir Singh, ASI, intercepted a car (HR-51D-8402) coming from Ludhiana and seized 920 pouches of country liquor and arrested Ranjit Singh, its driver, and Mandeep Singh of New Majri, Fatehgarh Sahib. The police also impounded the car and registered a case under the Excise Act.

Dowry case: Ms Balwinder Kaur of Kaunke Kalan has lodged a complaint against her husband Jagdev Singh, in-laws Amarjit Singh and Nachhattar Kaur for demanding Rs 4 lakh. The complainant though named her two sister-in-law and their husbands also but from the preliminary inquiry conducted by the women cell, their names have been dropped.

According to the complainant, she got married on February 15, 2000, to Jagdev Singh of Bujgar. The husband and in-laws demanded Rs 4 lakh as her brother was well settled in the USA, but was denied by the complainant. The complainant was told not to return to in-laws house when she gave birth to a baby girl. Compelled under circumstances, her parents paid Rs 50,000. The local police on the direction of the SSP has registered a case against them.


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