Wednesday, August 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Fire in shoe shops kills two
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Two persons were killed and five others were injured in two fires here and near Sahnewal late last night. Two shoe manufacturing shops near Clock Tower in the city caught fire late last night. A tanker loaded with a chemical was burnt in Dugri village near Sahnewal.

A father and a son, perished in last night fire here and one person was injured. Three persons, including two children, were injured in the Dugri fire.

A high-level team of forensic experts from Chandigarh that examined the shoe shop has ruled out the possibility of any blast. They said an electrical short-circuit was the possible reason of fire.

The team experts stated that smoke and gases filled up in the shop due to the burning of some chemicals used in shoe manufacturing and when it could not get a proper outlet, it caused the blast. The detailed report of the forensic experts would be available in a week.

Mr Harish Kumar, SP, city-I, told Ludhiana Tribune that a short circuit caused the fire. He said there was no sabotage and further investigations were on.

The fire was, however, quite intriguing. It took place at about 11.15 at the two shops owned by Shyam Sunder whereas three shops in-between the two shops that got burnt did not catch fire. The shutters of the shop and the fans were blown off and were twisted beyond repair. Police sources said the fire was being investigated from several angles but there was definitely no bomb blast as stated in in some newspapers reports.

Divisional Fire Officer Kartar Singh said the blast took place because of smoke and gas. He said traces of no chemical tin were found from the spot.

The deceased persons were Shyam Sunder Madaan and his son Chander Mohan Madaan. They were working in the shop at the time of the fire incident. Sohan Lal, a driver of the shop owners, was injured.

As many as nine fire tenders were used to douse the flames that engulfed the three-storeyed building and threatened to spread in the shoe market. The fire could have caused a major tragedy as the market is located in narrow lanes and Gur Mandi, another closed market and some hotels are in close vicinity.

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation of the two deceased persons late today afternoon. Senior officials led by Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma and SSP Narinderpal Singh represented the state government at the cremation. The officials gave a cheque of Rs 10,000 to the injured person Shyam Sunder for his treatment. Due compensation would be paid to the kin of the deceased persons, sources said.

SAHNEWAL: A tanker filled with thinner chemical, parked outside a chemical factory at Dugri village near here caught fire late last night due to some spark emanating from a generator or a gas stove injuring a woman and her two children who were standing near the vehicle. The injured were wife and children of a watchman at the factory.

According to the owner of the Shiva Chemical factory, Mr Rishi Pal Sood, “A tanker (number PB10AM-7429), that caused the fire was filled with 3,000 litres of thinner, prepared with an amalgamation of a solvent and methlon.

According to the sources, the wife of the watchman and his two children received 10 to 15 per cent burn injuries for which they were admitted to Civil Hospital at Ludhiana. All three were stated to be out of danger.



Couple gets 7-year-RI for killing woman
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, has sentenced a couple, Rekha (40) and Parshotam (48) of Nali Mohalla, Deepak Cinema Road, to seven-year imprisonment each, on the charge of causing the death of Sudesh Rani.

The police had registered the case under Section 304 of the IPC at Kotwali Police Station on May 21, 1998 following the statement of Sudesh Rain. Initially, the suspect Parshotam was not named in the FIR. But later on his name was added, as the badly burnt complainant had also accused him in the statement recorded by the Judicial Magistrate.

The complainant had told the police that she had taken a loan of Rs 40,000 from the accused and was regularly paying the interest. On May 20, she came to her residence to collect the interest.

At that time she was cooking the meals on stove. She paid Rs 300 deficit in the amount of interest.

Upon this the accused threw the stove at her by hitting it with her leg, as a result of which she got burnt. She raised alarm and came outside, where her husband extinguished the fire.

Thereafter, she was taken to DMC hospital. But she sccumbed burn injuries after a couple of days.

The accused Parshotam was not challaned by the police, as the DSP-Charanjit Singh had declared him to be innocent in a inquiry report. But finding prima facie evidence against him the court had summoned him to face trial.

During trial the accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication in the case but they did not give any evidence to substantiate their version. While the prosecution examined as many as 15 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused.

The defence counsel assailed the prosecution case on certain points. He specifically pleaded that earlier when the Sub Inspector Manjit Singh had recorded the statement of the complainant, she had not named Parshotam. But when the Judicial Magistrate recorded her statement after some days, she added the name to falsely implicate him. But the judge disagreed with this plea of the defence counsel with the observation: “Normally the burn injured patient is in great shock and in fact when his/her statement is to be recorded by the police, there may be some lapse in naming the real culprit, due to shock, fear or pressure. But when the statement is recorded by a Magistrate in a free atmosphere, in the absence of the police, the injured makes frank and true statement as he/she is no longer under fear or pressure.”



Case registered against councillor, six others 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 26
The local police has registered a case against seven persons, including a councillor, for allegedly assaulting another councillor and his associates.
However, the accused has denied the charges, alleging that he was attacked and persons from both sides were injured in a scuffle.

Mr Jaswinder Singh Sodhi, municipal councillor, alleged that he, along with his friends, was going through Ward number 5 last night when some persons, led by a councillor, Mr Mohd Yaseen, attacked them with swords and axes.

During the assault Mr Anil Kumar, Mr Ahmed and Mr Sodhi were injured seriously and others received minor injuries. The three were admitted to the local Civil Hospital and Mr Anil Kumar was later shifted to the CMC, Ludhiana.

Stating political rivalry to be the reason behind the attack, Mr Sodhi said, “I had contested the municipal council elections as an Independent candidate against a Congress candidate, Mr Sikander Ali. Apprehending coercion from a senior police official, I took the matter to the notice of the state Election Commissioner, who reportedly directed the policeman not to interfere in the local politics. My victory added insult to his injuries and he decided to get even with me.” Mr Sodhi alleged that the policeman was using his influence to protect those who attacked him from police action.

Sources, however, said the police had immediately swung into action and rounded up three persons for preliminary investigations. An FIR was registered under Sections 307, 506, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC against the accused.

Dr Krishan Pilani, in charge of the Civil Hospital, said the three injured persons had been attacked with sharp-edged weapons.

Mr Mohd Yaseen denied the charges, alleging that Mr Sodhi, along with his associates, had attacked his group and many persons from both sides received injuries during the scuffle.



Beopar Mandal writes to Hanspal on exim forms
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, president, Punjab Beopar Mandal, has urged the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Mr H.S. Hanspal to persuade the Punjab Government to postpone the introduction of exim forms till April 2004 so as to have proper consensus on the issue.

In a letter to the PPCC president, Mr Jaitwani has pointed out that the introduction of VAT has been postponed till April 2004 and it will be in the interest of the government and the industry to wait till the implementation of VAT at the national level. He has asked Mr Hanspal to arrange an early meeting with the Chief Minister to have dialogue on the issues facing the trade and industry.




It was really an unnerving sight when the Sentinel spotted a policeman sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, playing cards with van drivers. He was oblivious of the surroundings around him as he was deeply involved in the game. It is amazing how policemen in uniform can indulge in such anti-social activities. If police has to improve its image, it ought to be careful about maintaining its good image all the time.

Unmanned Rly crossing

Unmanned crossings are a serious threat to the city residents. An unmanned railway crossing near Raj Guru Nagar leading to Thereke village has seen several accidents, including one last week in which one person lost his life. The matter has been widely written about, but the railways authorities don’t care. Several letters to the railway authorities have gone unnoticed and none has taken note of the situation.

National spirit

The spirit of nationalism is running so high among local residents that they have not even spared the statues of the martyrs and have “handed over” the tricolours to them also. The other day three statues installed near the mini-secretariat were seen carrying the tricolours. Three cheers to the spirit that prevailed but those behind this step perhaps did not know that the National Flag is to be folded after sunset. (see pic)

No to soft drinks

The reports of pesticide residues in various soft drinks have made mediapersons say no to these drinks during press conferences. At a recent press conference, a waiter served these drinks to mediapersons. Much to his surprise, not even a single mediaperson picked up the drink. When he took three or four rounds in the hall with the bottle, a mediaperson finally told him, “Please give us a glass of water instead.”


While the CNG bus rule has made life better for the residents of New Delhi, the local residents are also waiting for such an exercise. With the pollution levels in the city attaining alarming levels due to the ever-increasing number of automobiles on city roads, such a rule will be welcome. The auto-rickshaws continue to play havoc with the lives of people by emitting poisonous gases in the environment. The order of the Supreme Court making buses to ply on CNG will at least ensure a cleaner environment and if it comes in the city also, lakhs of people will have a whiff of fresh air.

Eye flu

Conjunctivitis is giving nightmares to residents of Ludhiana. The infection has affected more than 50 per cent population here. Residents are adopting various ways and means for preventing the virus attack. The other day an old man came to The Tribune office to complain against officials of the district administration. He had eye flu and when he reached one of the offices he was told to go back and come after infection was over. “Je hun akhan aayian ne tan ahda matlab main ghar baith javan?” (If I have eye ailment that means I should sit at home?) he asked angrily.

Good response

Mediapersons covering the district administration have never had it so good. It’s after a long time that news items regarding the administration working are getting a good response from the officials as they always respond with a solution to the people’s problem. Every news item carried in the newspapers is seeing some action or the other. The credit goes to the new Deputy Commissioner, who makes it a point to take note of all news items and directs his officials to do something about the problems of the residents. Keep it up Mr DC.

NGO’s concern

A local non-government organisation, Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha, is having a tough time during the Vana Mahotsava. It has planted saplings of many trees in the city but is sore that the stray cattle are proving to be the enemy of the saplings. An activist of the jatha, ruing the inability of the authorities concerned to check the menace, said, “If they don’t eat the saplings, they will walk over it. Do you think a sapling can grow into a tree if it is crushed by a cow or a bull?”

Oxygen gift

As various NGOs in the city are busy planting saplings, one of them came up with a novel idea to inculcate a sense of caring for the trees. They asked schoolchildren to tie rakhis to trees in their neighbourhood so that they start caring for these. The message conveyed was very simple, “As you tie rakhis to your brothers, they give you a gift. So are the trees — you tie them rakhis and care for them, they give you oxygen — the biggest gift of life.”



Akalis build confidence
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 26
A meeting of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislators will soon be called to consider putting forward a no-confidence motion against the Congress government in the Assembly session scheduled for September 22. This was stated by Mr Parkash Singh Badal after addressing a conference at Gurdwara Gupatsar Sahib here today.

It was organised after the Akhand Path bhog to honour Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra for his election as the SGPC chief for the 26th time. Mr Badal claimed that the SAD would win all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

In reply to a query, Mr Badal said he had offered his cooperation to the Chief Minister on issues like enhancement of the paddy MSP. He alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh had adopted a confrontationist policy against the Akali party by ordering Vigilance raids.

Earlier, addressing the conference, Mr Badal said the Rs 16,000-crore oil refinery project had been stopped by the Congress government in the state. Mr Badal said he had got the project sponsored by the Central Government during his tenure as the Chief Minister. He said Capt Amarinder Singh was going to hand over the refinery to a big business house, which had not been given the contract by the previous government. He said similar was the case of Punjab Tractors Limited, which had been sold to a foreign company.

Mr Badal alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh hesitated from meeting people. He said even legislators found it difficult to seek a meeting with the Chief Minister.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC chief, declared to celebrate the next year from September 1 as the “Shabad Guru Ki Roshni Ley-Ke” from Guru Granth Sahib which completes its 399 years on August 31 this month.

Mr Tohra flayed the policies of the state government in the fields of education and healthcare. He said the state government had a daily expenditure of Rs 40 crore but its daily income was Rs 32 crore. He gave a call to the people to defeat the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections. He said this would lead to the ouster of the Congress government in the state.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary and former Finance Minister, said the SAD had given an ultimatum to the Chief Minister to call a session of the Vidhan Sabha, failing which the SAD would launch a “jail bharo” campaign from September 5. He said the ultimatum had been withdrawn as the Punjab Government has announced to call the Assembly session from September 22.

He criticised the Congress government for withdrawing all schemes launched by the previous SAD government for the welfare of the people.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri, former Mandi Gobindgarh council chief, welcomed the guests. Among the others present on the occasion were Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra, member, Rajya Sabha, Mr Harmel Singh Tohra, a former minister, Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi former minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Libra, a senior Akali leader, Mr Ms Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, former member, Lok Sabha, Mr Gurdev Singh Sidhu and Mr Balwant Singh Shahpur, both former MLAs, Mr Swaran Singh Chinarthal, Giani Jaswant Singh Taan and Mr Jassa Singh Ahluwalia.



Fear of IAF firing range 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
The proximity of the Sodhiwal firing range to villages has come into focus again by yesterday’s incident in which a ‘blank ammo’ rocket fell accidentally on two houses in Sherpur Khurd village.

The residents of many villages in the Bet area of Jagraon tehsil have been protesting against the firing range for the past many years. After the yesterday’s incident they are claiming that though no loss to life or property had occurred as it was a blank ammo rocket and it did not hit anybody directly, yet had it fallen on a school where hundreds of children were present, it would have turned into a major tragedy.

They complained that due to the training sorties of the aircraft teachers in hundreds of schools were not able to teach due to the excessive noise. They said the children too were scared due to the constant sound of bombing and other procedures.

Claiming that the Bet area in Jagraon tehsil was bearing the brunt of the situation, the villagers said originally the firing range was planned in Sidhwan Kalan village around 30 km away from the site but due to some reasons it had been shifted here. In the process hundreds of farmers had been evacuated from many villages.

The issue of firing range has been confronting the farmers in the past also. Just a few months ago the construction of a six km long wall in the area had made the farmers from villages, including Sadarpura, Gidderwindi, Janetpura, Leelan, Sodhiwal, Sheikh Daulat, Fatehgarh Siwian, Tihara, Daya Kalan and Talwandi Mallian stage protests against the move.

They said the move of the Air Force had affected around 20,000 villagers, who were dependent on 3,672 acres of land which had been acquired by the IAF authorities. The farmers had formed an Action Committee of S.K. Range and had written to the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Chief Minister of Punjab and the AOC Air Force Station, Ludhiana. They demanded that the farmers should be allowed to sow crop on the land since sowing of paddy had already been delayed. They also demanded that the villagers should be provided with land and houses in lieu of this land.

The SK Range was planned in 1962 in Sidwan Kalan village but was shifted due to some reasons to the new location, some 30 km away from the proposed location. The farmers of the area were then being paid Rs 40 per annum as damages till 1972. Later, the land was acquired and the farmers were compensated at the rate of Rs 5,000 per acre. The farmers were then allowed to till the land on very nominal charges. But the IAF asked the farmers to evacuate the land in 2001.

The farmers had been claiming that they had adverse possession of this land and had receipts of Air Force Station Halwara. They had converted the barren lands into fertile land by removing the sand dunes, replacing the top layer of the soil and by installing tubewells at the place. The villagers were also facing problems as the IAF had acquired panchayat land, cremation grounds, playgrounds and school land.



Helping 18 needy children to arrive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
There are very few people who after leaving their country, return to help their people. Dr Naurang Singh Mangat is one such person who has not forgotten his roots and is sponsoring the education of 18 needy children in Jatana village near here.

Some of the children are orphans, some have a single parent who cannot afford to provide good education to the children.

Dr Mangat felt on his annual visits to India that he had to do his bit for his native country. In 1998, Dr Mangat sponsored one orphan . But the number has grown to 18 this year. The support covers their school uniforms, fees, books, stationery etc. The students are studying in Government Senior Secondary School, Jatana.

Mr Guy from Calgary (Canada) is also supporting Dr Mangat in this cause. Depending upon circumstances, Dr Mangat plans to extend this help in future to more orphans, single parent kids and to homeless and helpless sick persons who have no property, no income and no support from any other source.

‘‘If one has made up one’s mind to help the needy, then it is not necessary to have the support of social or political organisations to help the needy people. It can be done on your own," says Dr Mangat.

Born in Jatana village near Doraha, Dr Mangat has worked for about two years in various capacities in Punjab Agricultural University. He has also worked as a visiting scientist at the University of Windsor, Canada. These days he is working as senior statistician with a Calgary-based research company in Canada.

He has published about 60 research papers (theoretical and applied) in reputed international journals of the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico and India. He has developed several new sampling strategies/models in the field of statistics. His research work had been referred in books published at international level. He has also acted as referee for books and several research papers published at the international level in the field of statistics.

Jointly with Dr Ravindra Singh (formerly Professor of Statistics in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Washington State University, Pullman, (USA), he has written a book, ‘‘Elements of Sample Survey’’. This book has been published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands.

The book will be useful for students, scientists and employees working in the field of statistics in Canada, the US Bureau of Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Sample Survey (India) and other international survey organisations which are involved in planning and conducting the surveys all over the world.



Beauty and brush

Fingers are all well and good, but when it comes to perfect blending and precise outlining of various features of the face, a good set of make-up brushes is indeed very useful. The top tool should be given proper place at the dressing table.

Use UV filter to dot the foundation on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Blend it with moist fingers. With a small soft artist’s brush apply a concealer under the eyes to cover shadows. To create a perfect canvas , use a brush with thick dense bristles and evenly dust your face with a translucent powder.”

Blushers not only accentuate the cheeks, but bring warmth to the face. For an over glow, take a large soft brush and swipe blush over the cheekbones, forehead, temples and a bit on the chin. During the monsoon, go for power blushers as they have more staying power. Sweep the brush outward, away from the nose. Blend gently.

For the eye make-up different brushes are used. The one for eye shadow is different from the one for mascara. For mascara, start from the lower eyelid — moving from the root to the tip. For eye shadow, apply the colour from the inner to the outer corners. If you do not have a steady hand do not use an eyeliner. Keep the brush to lash roots. Use an eyebrow brush with a slanted edge to shape the eyebrows.

For full lip power, make use of brushes. For precise outline use a thin and smooth lipbrush.

The brushes ought to be kept clean and replaced once a year. After use, wipe the brushes with a tissue. Wash in lukewarm water. Use a mild shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Dry on a rolled towel. To prevent feathering press the brush back into shape with finger tips. Put the brushes flat to dry.

(Told to Asha Ahuja by beauticians Sue Wong and Neelam).



Red Cross head visits juvenile home
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
To check the facilities being provided to the minor inmates, Ms Shweta Verma, Chairperson, Indian Red Cross Society and Child Welfare Council, visited the observation home under Juvenile Justice Home, Simlapuri, here yesterday along with the other members of the Child Welfare Council and social workers.

She interacted with the inmates to know about their problems and about the quality of daily diet and medical facilities being provided to them. She asked the officials concerned to ensure the facilities to the children of the home as per the fixed norms.

The children were educated about the general health and a talk on the dental care was also delivered to them by Dr Gagan Dogra. Prof Baljit Kaur of the local Khalsa College for Women, delivered a talk on moral values.

Ms Verma informed that the Child Welfare Council was providing bedding, utensils games, toothbrushes and paste, soaps, fruits, biscuits and other utility items to the children of the Juvenile Observation Home. The District Food and Supplies Controller, Ms Simranjot Kaur, promised to provide few quintals of flour and rice for these children.

Ms Inderpreet Kaur, Superintendent, informed that the Juvenile Justice Home had a capacity of 100 children and at present 50 children were being kept in it. Regular medical check up and dental check ups of the children were carried out periodically. The chairperson also heard the problems of the inmates. Prominent among others who accompanied the chairperson, included Ms Ranbir Kaler, Ms Parveen Narang, Ms Pappoo Abnash Singh, Mr K.S. Brar, District Social Security Officer, Ludhiana.



Preparations on for Beant Singh’s death anniversary 
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 26
Preparations are in full swing in the town for observing the death anniversary of former chief minister Beant Singh on August 31. The main partition that divides the railway road has been done away with and is being replaced by a huge statue of the late Chief Minister, who had worked to establish a new Doraha and had worked for the cause of the residents of the town.

While the preparations for the installation of the statue are going on, a park is also being constructed near the statue. The plan to install the statue was there for the past several years, but it took a practical shape only due to the efforts of the existing president of the Municipal Council, Ms Raj Rani.

Ms Raj Rani said, "We are making special arrangements for the great day. Two gates - one at Kaddon chowk and another on the railway road of Doraha, will be erected. Further the roads of Doraha are also being repaired. The octroi post which was earlier situated at the beginning of the Railway Road, has been shifted to another place. A meeting in this regard is scheduled to be held at Dharamshala tomorrow evening under the presidentship of Mr Tej Parkash Singh, the son of the late Chief Minister and Transport Minister of Punjab. The meeting will assess the situation and make further systematic arrangements."



Decision on power consumption deposit modified
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
Modifying its earlier decision, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has now decided that the Advance Consumption Deposit (ACD) at new rates would be applicable only for the extension of new loads. This was stated by Mr Y.S.Ratra, Chairman, PSEB, while addressing members of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry today.

Mr P.D.Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab), said in a press statement that the PSEB had earlier decided to charge the ACD on extended as well as existing loads.

Mr Sharma said many industrial consumers in the state were finding it difficult to have even minor extension in the load. For instance, if a mere extension of 200 kw was required for the existing load of 3,000 kw, the ACD would be anything between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 35 lakh. Hundreds of connections were held up because of this decision of the PSEB.



Mumbai killings condemned
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
Condemning yesterday’s twin explosions at Zaveri Bazaar and Gateway of India in Mumbai in which 46 people were killed and 200 were injured, the state unit of All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) has called it a barbaric act.

State President Balwinder Singh Kaka, state general secretary, Yogesh Dewan and district president Anil Sharma in a joint statement today said that Mumbai blasts had exposed the hollowness of security system in Mumbai besides bringing to the fore failure of the intelligence network. They stated that in the year 2003 alone, this was the fifth blast. Front activists said that terrorist actions taking place in any part of India were dastardly acts of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.

“Mumbai blasts, it seems, were aimed at destabilizing our economy”, said Mr Dewan. Front activists asserted that India’s goodwill gestures to Pakistan had earned nothing.

The Lok Bhalai Party has offered its sympathies to the families of those killed and injured.

The chief spokesman for the party, Mr Avtar Singh Mullanpuri, has urged the government of Maharashtra to make all efforts to nab the culprits.



Baba Sucha Singh’s anniversary today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
The first anniversary of Sant Baba Sucha Singh, who promoted Gurmat Sangeet, will be organised at Jawaddi Taksal, Ludhiana. A kirtan darbar, dhadhi darbar and sant samagam will be organised on August 27 at Gurdwara Jawaddi Taksal, Ludhiana, to pay tributes to him.



Undertrial booked for attempting suicide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
On the complaint of Mr Angrez Singh, ASI, the Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Section 309 of the IPC against Narain Singh, a resident of Jandiala near Amritsar, who is currently lodged in the jail here.

The ASI had stated that he had locked up the undertrial in the ‘bakshikhana’ at the new courts on Monday after taking him there for appearing in the court in connection with his trial. But he tried to end his life by hanging himself in the "bakshikhana', added the complainant.

Murder bid: The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 307,324,323,341,506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Balbir Kumar Chhabra, a resident of Moti Nagar, against Dharam Chand, Surinder, Tarun Kumar, son of Dharam Chand, residents of Chaudhery Colony in Focal Point and Dilbag Singh. The complainant had alleged that the suspect had intercepted him on the road while he was going on his motorcycle and had attacked him with sharp-edged weapons with the intention of killing him. He was seriously injured in the attack and had to be admitted to the Civil Hospital, added the complainant. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Woman killed: The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 427 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Kulwant Singh, a resident of Gurcharan Park near Kochhar Market, against an unidentified driver of a car ( PB-08AH- 0685). The complainant had stated that the driver of the car had hit the scooter which was being driven by his father, Mr Tarlochan Singh. As a result of this his father and mother, Ms Baljit Kaur, who was riding pillion, sustained injuries and they were rushed to a hospital where his mother succumbed to the injuries on the night of August 24. No arrest has been made so far.

Fraud alleged: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Narinder Chand, a financier, against Sandeep Sharma, a resident of Varinder Nagar in the Civil Lines. The complainant had alleged that the suspect, along with a managing director of a Jalandhar-based automobile company, had defrauded him of Rs 4,73,472.. No arrest has been made so far in this regard.

The Focal Point police also registered a case of alleged fraud under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Davinder Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Hargobind Nagar, yesterday. The police said today that the case was registered against the accused following a tip-off that the accused had prepared a fake RC of a car and had sold the same to someone on Monday.

Assaulted: The Division Number 7 police has registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 451, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jaspal Singh, a resident of Sunder Nagar in Mundian Kalan village, against Sheetal Chopra, Narinder and a relative of theirs, all residents of the same locality. The complainant had alleged that the suspects had forced their way into his house on Sunday night and had beaten him up and had also threatened him. No arrest has been made so far.

Cases of theft: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Veer Khan, a resident of New Kartar Nagar in Model Town, against unknown person(s) who stole his white Bajaj Chetak scooter from near the Nauhria Mall Jain school on Monday night.

The Division Number 8 police also registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Davinder Kumar Mehta, a resident of Satsang Road, against unknown person(s), who stole his grey Bajaj Chetak scooter from in front of his house on Monday night. In both the cases, the police is still clue less.

Car stolen: The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Buta Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, against unknown person(s) who stole his car from near Sunet village on Sunday evening.

One injured: The Division Number 7 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Dara Ram, a resident of Dharam Pura against Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of New Shakti Nagar. The complainant had stated that the accused had hit his car with his motorcycle near the Vardhman Mill on the Chandigarh Road on Sunday afternoon and had fled from the scene of accident leaving him injured on the road. No arrest has been made so far.

Kerosene trader booked: The Division Number 8 police yesterday registered a case under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act and Section 420 of the IPC against Baldev Raj Chawla, owner of Punit Oil Company in Jain Nagar on the Noorwala Road and Vipan Kumar, driver of an oil tanker. The police today said it had got information that the accused were changing the colour of the kerosene and were selling the same at high rates.

Eve-teaser booked: The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a case under Sections 294 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Anayat Chaitley, daughter of Mr Ashwani Chaitely, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, against Mukesh, a resident of Gandhi Nagar and Buby.

The complainant had alleged that the accused had teased her on Sunday night in Sarabha Nagar market. The accused were arrested on the spot and released on bail later.

Liquor seized: The local police has arrested Arunjit Singh of Abbupura from the Kothe Sherjang area and seized from his possession 9.180 litres of illicit liquor. The accused has been booked under the Excise Act in Jagraon.

Assault: Karam Singh attacked and injured Ms Surjit Kaur and Ms Karamjit Kaur, his mother and sister, respectively.

Both have been admitted in civil hospital Jagraon for treatment.

According to the information Karam Singh had been disinherited by his parents and he bore a grudge against the family and attacked his mother and sister.

Sukhdeep Kaur, 16, Karam Singh’s sister's daughter was also injured in the attack.



Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 26
A 20-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Rasulra village last night.
Parmjit Kaur, a resident of Kalalmajra village, was married to Malkit Singh Nimma of Rasulra village two years ago. Sources said she was not happy with her married life. On Monday night at about 9 p.m. she hanged herself with a girder on roof of her house by tying her neck with a scarf. She died on the spot. Her body was sent to Civil Hospital, Khanna, for post-mortem examination.



Federation meets minister over steel price hike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 26
A deputation of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India called upon Mr B.K. Tripathi, Steel Minister, and Mr J.P. Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel, in New Delhi yesterday to apprise them of the situation arising from the steep hike in steel prices and the scarcity created by the five major producers of HR coils.

Mr Joginder Kumar, president of the federation, expressed anguish over the inability of the government to check the five major producers who were exporting prime iron and steel material at rates lower than the domestic ones. The customs duty on secondary/defective materials had been raised from 20 per cent to 40 per cent, whereas customs duty on prime material was 25 per cent. The registration clause for BIS had also hampered the import of HR coils and a level playing field had been denied. The value-added export of light engineering goods would also be affected, he said.

The delegation demanded a ban on exports and said these should only be allowed, if at all, after meeting the demands of the domestic industry, particularly the tiny-SSI sector. The delegation also demanded a reduction in customs duty from present 40 per cent to 10 per cent as per in the case of waste cotton, besides the removal of the BIS clause.

Mr Joginder Kumar said the minister had assured them that remedial measures were being taken to deal with the problem.



Regulation of contract labour sought
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 26
Experts have recommended that the Indian law should provide for the regulation of contract labour and not its abolition.
Speaking at a one-day seminar on “legal aspects of engaging contract labour-obligations of principal employer under various labour laws”, organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), here today, the experts said the practice of employing contract labour was prevalent in varying degrees in almost all industries and services, including the private sector, and the service cannot be done away with. However, the laws could be amended to protect the rights of the contract labour.

Mr R.P. Jhalani, Chairman, Industrial Relations Committee, PHDCCI, said employment generation was a national priority as the growth of employable population had outstripped the employment generation.

This, he said, was one of the root causes of social tensions and had to be addressed urgently. Areas providing maximum employment opportunities in the services sector included security, building of roads, housing, construction, transport, cleaning and maintenance services.

Contract labour, as defined by the Act, signifies that a workman will be deemed to be employed as contract labour when he is hired in or in connection with such work by or through a contractor with or without the knowledge of the principal employer.

He said appropriate changes were needed in labour legislations and some provisions enacted in the early stages of industrial development had outlived their relevance in the present context.

The rigid and over-protective labour laws needed to be modified to make these responsive to the changed environment and business needs since productivity quality and employment generation were crucial in the present context, he said.

Mr P.K. Sharma, co-Chairman, Industrial Relation Committee, PHDCCI, and Executive Director (Works), Swaraj Mazda Limited, in his address emphasised that the engagement of contractors, who were specialised in rendering different types of services, provided flexibility and led to efficient utilisation of resources and improved productivity.

In such a situation, it was imperative to ensure that there were no hurdles in getting the work done through contract labour. The test of supervision and control was a prime facie test for determining the relationship between master and servant.

In the case of a contractual employee, the employer had the right to supervise and control the work while in the case of an independent contractor, the employer had no right to control, supervise his work or give any directions regarding the manner in which work had to be done, he said.

This Act applied to every establishment in which 20 or more workmen were employed or were employed on any day of the proceeding 12 months as contract labour and to every contractor who employs or had employed on any of the proceeding one to two months, 20 or more workmen, Mr Jhalani said.

It was envisaged that increasing exposure of the Indian economy of the world as well as export growth would act an engine of growth. Therefore employment generation should take into account the linkage of quality of work and productivity on one hand and employment on the other, the experts said. 


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