Saturday, August 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


4 booked for taking court for a ride
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Four persons, including a city advocate, a bailiff and an “ahlmad” with the local court, have been booked by the police for conspiring with a shop owner in cheating the district courts by falsely claiming about a legal order authorising them to reclaim a shop from a tenant in Sarafa market.

The FIR was lodged at Division No. 8 police station here today on the complaint of Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sangeet Pal Singh. The accused were D.R. Rampal, advocate, Chunni Lal, ahlmad, Rajinder Singh, bailiff, and Santosh Kumar, shop owner. The cheating was committed following a legal battle between Santosh Kumar and his tenant Achru Kumar. No one has been arrested so far.

The charges as listed in the recommendation of the registration of case by the judicial magistrate stated that Santosh had won a case in a lower court of taking possession of his shop but the tenant moved an application in a higher court and reportedly obtained a stay order.

However, Santosh Kumar in an alleged conspiracy with the other accused, submitted an application in the court of Mr R.K. Sharma, a former Rent Controller, Ludhiana, a few months ago stating that he had won the case and should be given the possession of the shop. He also gave an undertaking that there was no stay order on the judgement passed by the predecessor of this court.

After receiving a report from the ahlmad that no stay order was received from the Sessions Court, the court issued warrants for possession of the shop. The accused, armed with the court orders, took the possession of the shop with the help of the police. The aggrieved tenant then moved court stating facts. The court summoned the record and it was found that the claims of Santosh Kumar and other accused were false. Subsequently, the Judge ordered the registration of the case.

The accused have been booked under Sections 177, 180, 200, 209, 380, 420, 424 and 120-B of the IPC.

Police sources said Achru Kumar also claimed before the court that the accused had stolen a large number of his belongings while taking possession of the shop, due to which the charge of theft has been added.


Chamera unit shut down
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, August 22
The power supply to the region was hit today as the authorities of the Chamera Hydel Project had to shut down one unit and reduce the power generation by 180 MW units daily. The sudden and severe development has taken place following fall in the inflow of water in the Chamera reservoir which gets water from the Ravi reservoir.

According to sources close to the PSEB, Chamera Hydel Power Plant has been having record non-stop generation from June 1 to August 21 to the tune of 540 MW units daily. — because of the availability of adequate water supply. But due to comparative dry weather during the past few days, the inflows in the reservoir have fallen. The water level at Chamera reservoir on August 1 was 752.04 metres and on August 8 it had touched 756.08 metres. The water level started receding from August 8 and on August 21 the same was reported at 750.08 metres . This forced the plant authorities to close down one unit and the daily generation from Chamera was now 350 MW.

The fall in the reservoir at Chamera Plant and low inflows in the Ravi would also adversely affect the generation at the Ranjit Sagar Dam. The daily generation with two units has been at 62 lakh units but now the same will be reduced to 55 lakh units. The PSEB sources said that the authorities were trying to maintain the level of the Ranjit Sagar reservoir which was reported at 505.96 metres against 495.95 metres during the corresponding period of the last year.

The water level in the Bhakra reservoir was reported at 1652.76ft on August 21 against 1628.63 ft of the last year. Pong Dam level was 1348.25 ft 1311.97ft of the last year respectively. The BBMB management is releasing 27,000 cusecs of water daily and the generation is to the order of 242 lakh units. Out of this Punjab gets 103 lakh units daily. Dehar Project is generating 142 lakh units and Punjab gets 67 lakh units from the same.. While Pong dam generates 29 lakh units and Punjab share is 7 lakh units.

Two major thermal plants of Punjab State Electricity Board — Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat Thermal Plant — are generating exceedingly well beyond their capacity of 100 per cent. Ropar was generating 303 lakh units against the capacity of 302 lakh units and Lehra Mohabbat plant generates 101.14 lakh units. Bathinda thermal plant which is quite old now generates 88.75 lakh units daily.

The PSEB is buying power from National Hydel Corporation — 78 lakh units, National Thermal Power Corporation — 136 lakh units, and nuclear and power trading corporation — 43 lakh units daily respectively.

The PSEB has also started buying 50mw power from the National Thermal Power Corporation through the eastern grid which is quite cheap compared with other agencies. This is because the thermal plants are located at pitheads and the coal availability is cheap there. According to PSEB sources, the coal supply position to the three thermal plants in Punjab is also comfortable as power plant has coal for 17 days while Bathinda has for 14 days Lehra Mohabbat for 22 days, respectively. The PSEB is also making payment for the coal supply regularly. The urban feeders in the state are not being subjected to any power cut whereas the rural feeders are facing eight hours cut. The tubewells in the state are getting power for eight hours daily.

PSEB is not getting its baking share of power from Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh as the plants in these two states have been flooded, according to official sources.


Text messages hold key to boy’s suicide, says father
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
More than six months after the suicide by their son, parents of Ashish Hansi, a 21-year-old IAS aspirant, are being haunted by the mystery that surrounded the sudden step he took.

While the police has not been able to crack the case, Mr N.M. Hansi, father of Ashish, is pinning hopes on a mobile number from where he had been receiving text messages on his son’s mobile phone after his death.

He said the number was of a BSNL mobile phone. He said he had requested the BSNL authorities a number of times to provide him the address and other particulars of the owner of the phone, but to no avail.

He said his son committed suicide on February 20 and he had written a note that “he was feeling too pressurised”. But he could not know what the pressure on him was. “I want to make out what problem was being faced by my son. He did not tell me. Had he told me, I would have helped him in some way. I want to know it and my finger of suspicion is at that mobile phone number. I am not sure if it would help in the investigations, but I just want to know it.”

Ashish had committed suicide by hanging himself from a hook in his room. He was a hard-working student and was preparing for the IAS examination. He used to sit in his room and study. On that day also, he was studying in his room and only his grandfather was at home. When his father reached home, he knocked at his door. Getting no response from inside, he broke open the door only to find his son hanging from the ceiling. He rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.


Construct electric crematoria, MC told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The Higher Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today asked the Municipal Corporation authorities to build electric crematoriums besides constructing more toilet blocks in slum areas of the city.

The minister said he had been apprised of the problem of lack of toilets in the colonies where thousands of people had to defecate in the open. This not only resulted in hardship to the people, but also drew ire of the residents of that area.

The problem was not confined to only to these colonies and slums, but also existed at industrial and commercial establishments. There were a large number of places where there were no public urinals or toilets. In the absence of urinals, people had no other option but to urinate in the open. There were at least 50 places where such facilities should be provided at the earliest, he said.

Another problem area was the presence of a large number of cremation grounds in densely populated localities of the city. The people cremated their dead by using firewood which caused environmental pollution. The only way out was to ban the use of wood for cremation and provide an alternative in the form of electric crematoriums.

He said providing safe drinking water in these colonies was another priority. As many as 25 per cent of the city population resided in such colonies, but it did not have access to safe drinking water.


Waiting for his dues for years
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
It has been many years since this 50-year-old poor man from Baddowal village has been fighting his case to claim his dues worth Rs 21,000 from two leading transport companies of the region but the owners of the company are yet to pay his dues.

Even as the labour court had ordered both the companies to pay the dues of Mr Harbhajan Singh within two months of the orders in February, 1998, he is yet to receive the payment.

Not only this, whenever he goes to the offices of the company he is misbehaved with and asked to leave the place threatening him of dire consequences. A father of five daughters, Harbhajan Singh does not have resources to fight another case in the court.

He had been working as a booking clerk with Kalgidhar Transport Company which got bifurcated into Patiala Bus Service, Libra Bus Service Private Limited and New Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind Bus Private Limited many years ago. He was terminated by his employers and he had moved the labour court.

The presiding officer of labour court, Ludhiana, Mr Sudarshan Kumar, had directed the three companies to pay up his dues and reinstate him within two months. While the Libra Transport Company paid his amount, the rest two companies are yet to comply with the orders.

“Whenever I go to the offices of Mr Kirpal Singh, chairman of Patiala Bus Service Private Limited at Sirhind I am never allowed to meet him. Similar is the condition of the office of New Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind Bus Service, Sirhind. While the chairman, Ajaib Singh, has passed away, his two sons, Mr Amarjit Singh and Mr Karamjit Singh, have inherited all his property. So both of them owe me the money.’’ said Mr Harbhajan Singh.

He has resigned to his fate and has started going from office to office asking for a job. ‘‘All my daughters are studying and they are very good at it. This year their teachers pooled in the money and bought books for them. But this cannot happen every year.’’ he adds while narrating his tale of woes.

He added that the future of his daughters was at a stake. He further said that he was not able to take the services of an advocate as he had no money. He said that he had sent his grievances to former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in a registered letter. ‘‘I spent Rs 17 on sending him a registered letter. It still pinches me that I spent this amount on a person who did not even bother to reply to me or hear my problem while I did not allow my daughter to buy colours for her.”


No check on objectionable ads in city
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 22
Advertisements, whether in bad taste or technically in contravention of the relevant laws, have been appearing in the print media with impunity since time immemorial. Prolonged legal battles, right up to the Apex Court, notwithstanding, the advertisers, particularly the unscrupulous fly by night operators, have been taking advantage of the slackness on the part of enforcement and regulatory mechanism in order to circumvent the law, or in case of more brazen outfits, simply flout the laws to dupe the gullible people.


Among the diseases included in the schedule (under Sections 3-d and 14) of the Act, for which claims of treatment cannot be made through advertisements are blindness, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, disorders of menstrual flow, nearvous diseases, form and structure of female bust, heart diseases, hysteria, obesity, sexual impotence, stature of a person, venereal diseases and sterility.

Shocked ?

A local TV channel blares ads of several ‘clinics’ with vulgar visuals all round the day claiming treatment for ‘disorders’ like sagging breasts, impotence, premature ejaculation, leucorrhoea, sterility, short stature, cancer, obesity !

As far as ads making misleading and, more often, unlawful claims are concerned, the makers of wonder drugs and therapies top the list of defaulters. Obesity, diabetes, heart trouble, sterility, short stature, cancer, epilepsy, leucoderma and right up to AIDs and having male child — you name it and the medical ‘messiahs’ will have a magic cure for the ailment, caring two hoots for the provisions of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. Ironically, even some of the reputed health institutions and qualified doctors have, of late, joined the mad race (of making misleading claims in ads), which hithertofore, had only quacks among the runners.

Taking advantage of the human weakness to have a perfect body, all with bulging muscles, flat tummy, libido, good height among the males, fair complexion, glowing skin and a proportionate bustline for the women, the so called slimming and height clinics, sex specialists and beauty centres are literally taking the people, particularly the youth, for a ride. The efficacy of such treatment, which is obviously very expensive, is altogether a different story since in most of the cases, the victims choose to keep their mouths shut for fear of losing face in public.

In any case, going by the flood of ads for wonder cure, both on print and electronic media in the recent past, the said legislation, enacted with the intention of saving the people from opportunist and manipulative elements, who claim guaranteed cure for many of the ‘incurable’ diseases, is not even worth the paper it is printed on.

As if the misleading and unlawful ads, inserted by manipulative medical fraternity, most of them quacks, in the print and electronic media were not enough, the self-styled astrologers, tantriks and ‘vaastu shastra’ have also joined the bandwagon. Despite the fact that a large number of people have admitted to having been fleeced and intimidated and quite a few of their victims have even gone to police, complaining of extortion, the tantriks, making tall claims of wielding magical powers, are still thriving without any check from any quarter.

It is not only claims of magical healing with drugs or other substances which are prohibited under the Act but it takes adequate ‘care’ of others, who claim to possess magical or supernatural powers. Under Section 2(c) of the Act, the magic remedy has been defined as the one including talisman, mantra, kavacha and any other charm of any kind which is alleged to possess miraculous powers for diagnosis, sure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any disease in human beings or animals or for affecting or influencing in any way the structure or any organic function of the body of human beings or animals.

That the Act is comprehensive and can act as an effective deterrent if scrupulously enforced is evident from such provisions which provide for powers of entry, search and seizure of the publicity material under Section 8, while Section 9-A of the said Act says that the offences, punishable under the Act, would be cognizable. Under Section 7 of the Act, contravention of any of the provisions of the Act are punishable, in the case of first conviction, with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine or with both and in the case of subsequent conviction, with imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

The reasons for dumping the Act in the archives and giving the purported magic healers a free run to cheat and (mis)treat the ailing persons are not difficult to find. It is only a thriving quackery which can provide steady underhand income to authorities, responsible for enforcing provisions of relevant laws pertaining to drugs, medicines and medical treatment. That is why even after explicit directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the drug administration in the state refused to come out of its slumber and initiate measures against unlawful medical practice by the quacks.

As the administration has washed its hands off the responsibility to curb the unlawful activities of the magic healers, the onus is on the people to remain on guard and not to fall prey to tall and more often than not unrealistic claims of self styled sex specialists, height clinics, slimming centres and other ads of unethical and illegal nature.


TV channels more familiar than relatives
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, August 22
Ask any schoolgoing child to name 10 cartoon characters. He will answer in no time. If he is asked to name any five music channels, again the answer will be prompt. But when the same child is asked to tell the names of his maternal and paternal grandparents, chances are that he will have a blank face.

This fact came to light when the authorities of SN Public School, Indrapuri, held a workshop in the school today. In an effort to gather firsthand knowledge about social relationships of children in the family, a survey was conducted in the school. Students aged between 11 and 14 years were distributed questionnaires and asked to write the names of their grandparents.

Much to the surprise of the school authorities, many children did not know the names of their grandparents. Quoting the statistics, only 49 per cent of the children knew the names of their maternal grandmother. Just 55 per cent of them could write the names of their maternal grandfathers.

On the paternal side, the results were relatively better as 66 per cent of the children knew the names of their grandmothers and nearly 77 per cent children correctly named their grandfathers. The results of the survey have forced school authorities to write a note to all parents to develop better social relationships within the families and arrange such activities for children at home to help strengthen the bonds within the families.

Pointing this out, Mr Nachhatar Singh, a former Deputy Director Education and currently running the school, said the survey showed a dismal picture of withering relationships in the society. He said it was a sign of disgrace for those parents who in their effort to develop a modern approach among children had ignored the need to build a healthy, cordial atmosphere within the family.

He stressed that the result of such a dereliction was broken nuclear families. He said majority of young parents were working and had little time to spend with their children. He said grandparents who could spend time with their kids were either living separately or were sent to old-age homes.

After today’s activity, the school authorities have directed its teachers to hold sessions with students in which they must be counselled to respect and obey their grandparents, sit with them frequently and tell them to narrate stories and anecdotes from their lives. They have also been asked to tell children that if their grandparents were living separately, they must visit them more often.


Tribesmen demand welfare schemes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The All-India Tribes Dal has demanded welfare schemes for the destitute tribes that have not been rehabilitated for the past 50 years and are living in abject poverty. The members claim that they are being treated as second class citizens in their own country.

While many Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have witnessed a total reformation in their lifestyles, members of this dal are yet to become a part of the mainstream. They claim that no scheme has ever been mooted for their welfare or for imparting education to their children.

According to Rana Bawa Singh, chairman of the dal, they have been taking up the matter with successive governments for the past many years, but to no avail. We have petitioned to the President, the PM and leader of the Opposition, but even they have failed to provide any relief.

“More than 70 per cent of us are living below poverty line, but we get no benefit like subsidised foodgrains or financial assistance. Where are the opportunities for our youth who are illiterate and have no future?” he said.

He said it was an irony that most of the benefits, including reservations, announced by the government over the years had been cornered by Ramdasias, Valmikis and Mazbhis in the state. They only form 25 per cent of their 15 lakh strong population. The really needy ones, comprising Sikligars, Barrars, Sansis, Dhehes, Nat, Bangalas, Bawarias, Borias, Bazigars and many others were the most neglected. “It is like living as second class citizens in our own country,” he said.


Unlimited pressure on the media
Shivani Bhakoo

Thanks to the mushrooming of several English and vernacular dailies, organisers in the city have really become media-savvy. The organisers, be it the schools, colleges, industries, clubs, social organisations or banks, would stoop to any level to get good coverage in the newspapers. They do not mind celebrating festivals much in advance and these celebrations will linger on for days.

Most media-savvy are schools, which start celebrating the festivals and observing martyrdom days much in advance and after the scheduled days. For getting a click from the camera, they would do anything. The worst affected are the tiny-tots in the play-ways. Recently, Independence Day was celebrated in these nursery schools and children were made to stand for hours to be photographed. One of the children, when he saw the photographer, asked, “Uncle, can I go to get a glass of water? All of us were waiting for you and we were not allowed to go to toilet or to have water. Uncle, please click our photographs, we are really tired, waiting for you for almost two hours”, said the child in an innocent manner.

For another coverage, one of the organisers from another school approached the office and asked,” We want to organise a function of kids. Please, tell us when will your photographer be available. We can always change the dates depending on the availability of the reporter and photographer. Actually, we want nice coverage and are absolutely in no hurry for the event. But the photograph and news item should appear on the first page”.

In yet another incident, one of the dance items was repeated by the organisers as the photographer had reached the venue quite late. When the photographer said that he will click the photograph of the other item which was going to be performed later, the organiser said, “No this is our best item, the costumes are also very colourful. We want this picture to be published”.

Many organisers pressurise the reporters and photographers that their news be published in the main edition without realising the importance of the news. One of the ladies clubs celebrated the festival of Teej recently. The organiser said, “See how enthusiastic are the club members? They have been practicing for the past several days. We want our report to be published in the main edition because so many relatives live in other districts of the state. They should also see our achievements”.

Teej is celebrated in the month of saawan. Several colleges in the city, for getting good display in the newspapers, started celebrating Teej much in advance. One of the organisers, when asked about it, said, “The celebrations will continue throughout this month. We decided to celebrate the festival in advance because we wanted a nice coverage. Of late, every college, school and club will be celebrating the festival. They may not get good display in the newspapers. It becomes monotonous to see the same pictures again”.

The social organisations start celebrating religious festivals much before the date. Without giving importance to the event, the organisers persuade the reporters for mentioning the names of VIPs. “Try to write their names in bold letters because we need their financial support in future also. And see if the report gets a front page display”, order the organisers.


242 animals examined at camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension organised an animal welfare camp at Mundian village in collaboration with the KVK, Ropar.

While inaugurating the camp, Dr S.S. Sodhi, Additional Director of Research (Veterinary and Animal Science), apprised the participants about the ongoing research activities of the university for the welfare of the farmers. He said dairy farming should be done on scientific basis and the farmers should get expertise from the university scientists. He advised them to produce quality milk economically by keeping their animals healthy.

A team of experts comprising Dr R.S. Sahota, Dr S.K. Kansal, Dr H.K. Verma, Dr Ashwani Kumar, Dr Shukriti Sharma and Dr Gurmeet Singh, treated 242 buffaloes, cows, bullocks, horses and dogs. Majority of the cases (116) were of reproduction-related problems.

Medical cases (112) were of mastitis, diarrhoea, fever, tick infestation, worm infestation, general debility and bloat, surgical cases (14) were of stringhalt, abdominal hernia, otitis, maggot, wound and castration. Farmers were apprised regarding objectives of the KVK by Mr R.S. Mand.

The team visited organised dairy farms of the village and advised owners of these farms to prepare cattle feed themselves and construct sheds scientifically taking care of proper direction, ventilation and flooring. Stress was laid on good quality fodder cultivation and harvesting at proper stage.

Vaccination of animals against various diseases was also stressed. The drug application against ticks and ‘teat dip’ was demonstrated to the farmers. They were also told about optimum time of insemination and use of mineral mixture to reduce repeat breeding.


Ex-servicemen stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Members of the Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, sat in dharna outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today in protest against the imposition of sales tax on CSD items.

Addressing the ex-servicemen, Lieut-Col Bhag Singh, president of the league, termed the decision as unfortunate one. He said the job conditions of armed personnel were quite different from all other government employees and the jawans were getting very meagre pension as compared to other pensioners.

He said instead of making the employment with defence forces more attractive, entrants were being demoralised by imposing sales tax on CSD items. The incentive provided to ex-servicemen should not be taxed, he added. He urged the state government to roll back the tax or they would intensify their agitation after September 1.


Woman, children booked for murder
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
On the statement of Ms Nirmala Devi, a resident of Dr Ambedkar Colony, the Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 302 and 328 of the IPC against Ramesho, her son Rajinder and daughter Sunita, all residents of Partap Pura, for allegedly killing a man. They allegedly administered a poisonous substance to Shishpal when he visited their house on August 20, as a result of which he died. No arrest has been made so far.

One held with opium

The Division No. 6 police yesterday arrested Ramesh Chand, alias Gandhi, a resident of Mallipur village, from Cheema chowk and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession. The accused has been booked under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Pistol seized

The Sadar police yesterday arrested Raj Kumar, a resident of Bhaini Darera village, and seized a .15 bore pistol from his possession along with four live cartridges. He has been booked under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

Fraud alleged

The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406, 165, 168 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Joginder Pal, a resident of Kuldeep Nagar, against Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Police Academy, Phillaur, Kuldip Kumar Dhir, Preety, wife of Kuldeep Kumar, Umesh Kumar and Darshana, wife of Umesh Kumar. The complainant had alleged that he had paid Rs 1.15 lakh to the accused on the assurance that he would be sent to a foreign country. But the accused neither sent him abroad nor returned his money.

On the directions of the SSP, the Sarabha Nagar police also registered a case of alleged fraud under Sections 420 and 406 and 120-B of the IPC against Gurbax Singh, a resident of Sunet village, Sukhchain Singh, son of Gurbax Singh, and son-in-law of Gurbax Singh. The complainant, Mr Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, had alleged that the accused had taken Rs 18,000 from him for their dairy business but did not return the money.

Dowry case

On the directions of the DSP, Crime, the Model Town police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC against Kamal Aggarwal, a resident of Sarabha Nagar. The complainant, Ms Priya Aggarwal, a resident of Beena Nagar, stated that she was married with Kamal Aggarwal on February 15, 1999. But after the marriage, the accused started demanding dowry and harassing her.

Cases of assault

On the statement of Mr Ashok Kumar, a resident of Mohalla New Prem Nagar, the Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC against Sunny, alias Rana, a resident of the same locality, and his father Ram Lal. The accused had allegedly intercepted the complainant on the road, beaten him up and threatened him on August 20.

The Division No. 8 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 324, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Kiran Kumar, a resident of New Kundan Puri, against Vasudev Dhir and his son Mannu, residents of Kundan Puri, for assaulting him on the evening of August 20.

On the statement of Mr Sohan Singh, a resident of Grewal Colony, the Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Laddu, Ranjiv, Ganga and eight others. The accused had intercepted him and beaten him up on August 19.

The Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 379, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Ram Dass, Shiv Shankar, Ravi Shankar, Jaipaka Devi, wife of Ravi Shankar, residents of Mohalla Bhagat Singh Colony, and some other unknown persons. The complainant, Mr Gurmeet Singh, a resident of the same locality, had alleged that the accused had stopped him on the night of August 20, beaten him up and threatened him.

The Koom Kalan police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 452, 506 and 34 of the IPC against Baldev Singh and his wife, residents of the Mangli Tanda village, for assaulting Mr Makhan Singh, a resident of the same village.

Another case under Sections 353, 186 and 506 of the IPC was registered at the same police station on the statement of Mr Jaswinder Singh, a PSEB official at Kohara, against Amarjit Singh, a resident of Pirthi Pur village, for allegedly scuffling with the complainant while on duty on August 20.

Gamblers held

The Division No. 6 police yesterday raided a gambling den in Ram Nagar and arrested Vinod Kumar, a resident of Kasganj, Iqbal, a resident of Mohalla Fateh Ganj, Vinod Kumar, a resident of Ashok Nagar, and Amrit Kumar, a resident of Benjamin Road, and recovered a sum of Rs 17,650 along with a deck of playing cards. The accused have been booked under the Gambling Act.

The Jodhewal police arrested Gurdev Singh, a resident of Geeta Nagar, and booked him under the Gambling Act. The police said the accused was arrested with “darra” and “satta” slips and a sum of Rs 2,300 was recovered from his possession.

Cops booked

A Bihari migrant, who was in police custody in connection with a case under the Arms Act, yesterday escaped from the custody of two policemen from the New Judicial Complex. The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC against Joginder Paswan, the migrant, ASI Surinder Singh and constable Jarnail Singh.

Liquor seized

The Sadar police yesterday arrested Joginder Singh, a resident of Naka Rajja Pur, and seized nine bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. The police also arrested Mohinder Singh, a resident of New Rajja Pur village, and seized eight bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. Both the accused have been booked under the Excise Act.


Top facilities must for Punjab industry, says CII
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
“There is a growing concern among top industrialists with Punjabi origin about retrieving the industrial status of the state. However, they want the government to perform its role, while offering all cooperation on their part”. These views were expressed at a Confederation of Indian Industry-sponsored interaction with the Minister for Public Works, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa.

Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Deputy Chairman of the CII, Northern Region, pointed out that Punjab had a long way to go in terms of providing adequate infrastructure for the industry. Mr Mittal, who belongs to Ludhiana and is the Managing Director of Bharti Group, said the industry was willing to come to Punjab and expected the government to do the minimum needful.

He pointed out that the infrastructure facilities in Punjab were still not of international standard. The time had changed and the world had turned into a global village. Punjab, he argued, had to compete with international competitors like China, Taiwan, Singapore and other countries which have better infrastructural facilities. He observed that although in the liberalised economy the government role was very minimum, but still it had a specific responsibility in terms of providing infrastructural facilities.

The Regional Chairman of the CII, Mr S.K. Rai, also maintained that under the globalised economic order, competitiveness was very essential. He said the industry cannot be competitive by itself as it was an integrated process. He sought the cooperation of the government so that the industry was evenly placed with other competitors. He pointed out that the industry, particularly in Ludhiana, had done remarkably well, but there was tremendous scope for improvement, which could be achieved through coordinated efforts only.

Sharing the sentiments of the industry, Mr Bajwa agreed that the government had also an important role in providing infrastructural facilities. He agreed that it was a mutual and complimentary process. The government and industry cannot work independent of each other.

The minister said the government had already unveiled a progressive industrial policy for the state and developing and strengthening the existing infrastructure was one of its main themes. He said the government was studying various problems faced by the industry.

A number of industrial representatives attended the function. Mr Mittal underlined the need for involving more and more people with the CII activities.


Textile Committee turns 40
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, has emphasised the need for competitiveness of the industry in the country. He was addressing the 40th foundation day celebrations of the Textile Committee, organised here today.

The committee is a statutory body constituted in 1963 under the Textile Committees Act, representing the government, industry and trade. It provides wide range of services under one roof. With 30,000 textile exporters and manufacturers as its clientele and with 30 offices covering all major textile centres in the country, it provides all sort of technological and strategic support to the industry.

Mr Sharma pointed out that the committee had been constituted with a great vision to provide technological and strategic support to the textile industry in the country to bring it on a par with the international standards. He observed that under current circumstances, when the economy had opened up particularly after the introduction of the World Trade Organisation regime, the role of the committee had become more important.

The Commissioner assured the industrialists that the corporation would provide all sort of cooperation to the industry.

Mr Ram Singh, Regional Joint Director of the committee, said the committee would assist the textile industry in quality improvement, facilitating the exports in meeting non-tariff barriers and creation of data bases on vital segments of the industry.

He also said the committee would be providing support services by way of testing of textiles, chemicals, dyes and effluents through laboratories, besides providing consultancy in the implementation of ISO — 9000 Quality Management System and training industry personnel.


Electroplaters’ plea to govt
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 22
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has urged the government to extend all possible assistance to the electroplating units in the city in setting up a common effluent treatment plant so that more than 200 units, operating in residential areas, might not be uprooted.

Mr Joginder Kumar, its president, said at a joint meeting of officials of the Industry Department, the Department of Science and Technology, the Punjab Pollution Control Board and representatives of electroplating units, a study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology on ‘How to combat pollution menace’ was discussed.

He said the association representatives had impressed upon the Science and Technology Department to prepare a report for setting up the treatment plant at a suitable site on the Gill road. The association, he added, would approach the Union Ministry of Environment, the state government and the Industries Promotion and Policy Board for allocation of necessary funds for the treatment plant on the pattern of the one earlier installed for leather processing units in Jalandhar.

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