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Doc, radiologist held on corruption charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The Vigilance Bureau today finally detected rampant corruption at the Civil Hospital here, where some hospital employees used to take bribe and tamper with the medical examination report of patients, which were required for booking accused under various sections of the IPC.

Some hospital employees were even helping private hospitals by referring patients to these institutions. The patients were even provided certificates that they got treatment at the Civil Hospital, if they so desired. All these ‘services’ came at a price, which was pocketed equally by doctors and private practitioners.

Orthopaedist Gagandeep Singh and radiologist Rajinder Kumar were nabbed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau for allegedly taking graft from a city resident to show grievous injuries in his medical examination report. The patient, Rakesh Kumar, was beaten up by some persons recently.

His medical examination stated the accused could only be booked under Section 323 of the IPC for (voluntarily causing hurt). The doctor allegedly demanded Rs 7,500 for showing grievous injuries amounting to imposition of Section 326 (grievous hurt by dangerous weapons) of the IPC.

The doctor and the radiologist have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and are in the custody of the Vigilance Bureau. Rajinder Kumar was posted with the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy Phillaur. He was allegedly in league with the doctor. His wife owns Bharat Hospital, where patients were referred to by the accused doctor.

Mr Daljinder Singh, DSP, who led the raiding party said the complainant, Rakesh Kumar of Jamalpur, had informed the Vigilance Bureau about the illegal practice. He said the complainant gave Rs 5,000 to the doctor for tampering with the medical examination report. The doctor told him that he would get him admitted to Bharat Hospital.

The complainant later desired that he wanted documents showing that he was under treatment at the Civil Hospital The doctor allegedly demanded Rs 4,000 more in addition to the remaining Rs 2,500. The complainant approached the Vigilance Bureau, which laid a trap and arrested the doctor and the radiologist.

When the Vigilance Bureau team conducted the raid to arrest the accused, Gagandeep Singh was examining patients. The patients prevented bureau officials from arresting the doctor saying he was very helpful to the patients and enjoyed good reputation.

Hospital staff also came in full support of the accused doctor. The Vigilance Bureau officials were in plain clothes because of which the hospital staff and the patients refused to listen to them. The Division No. 2 police was called by the hospital staff to sort out the matter. The police identified the Vigilance team and helped them.



Drive to issue birth certificates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The district is all set to implement the national campaign to issue birth certificates to provide the document to all children below the age of 10 years who do not possess the certificate. In this context, District and Sub Division level Co-ordination Committees headed by Deputy Commissioner and SDM have been set up.

Presiding over a district level meeting this evening, Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, directed the officers to accord top priority to this campaign and personally monitor the progress of the work concerning their department on daily basis, so that the district could provide certificates to the entire population positively.

Giving more details, Mr Verma informed that the work for the preparation of the certificates would be completed by November 13 and the documents would be distributed among the parents of the children on the eve Children’s Day (November 14). The work will go on till November 20.

He informed that the district level committee would be headed by Deputy Commissioner and Sub Division Level Coordination Committee headed by the SDM of the Sub Division concerned. In the Municipal Corporation area, the MC level committee would implement the programme and the MC level Coordination Committee would be headed by the MC Commissioner. The District Heads of the other Departments, including health, police, local bodies, education, public relations, women and child welfare, have been inducted as members of the District/Subdivision Level Coordination Committees.

Elaborating further, the Deputy Commissioner said the main objective of the mission was to issue birth certificates to all children of less than 10 years of age, whose birth has already been registered (with name) but birth certificates have not been issued.

He said in the first phase birth certificates would be issued for all births registered from January, 1994, to October, 2003, where birth certificates have not been issued yet, where the name of the child has also been entered in the registers and where the place of registration and residence are the same.

He informed that other category of cases, viz. where birth has been registered without the name of the child, or the place of registration and residence (of the child/ parents/ grand parents etc.) is not the same or the birth has not been registered yet will be taken up subsequently in Phase II and Phase III of the campaign.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the Civil Surgeon, who is also the District Registrar, Birth and Deaths, to give an estimate of the number of certificates to be issued in the district during the first phase after getting report from the Local Registrar i.e. SHO and would prepare the plan of action for the district.

He said sufficient number of officials would be deployed to prepare the certificates and one Supervisor would be appointed for five officials, so that the preparation, checking and signing of the documents could be completed by November 13,2003. In the rural areas, SHOs of Sub Division, Executive Officer of Municipal Council for urban areas and District Registrar of the Municipal Corporation would function as Local Registrar for signing and issuing the birth certificates in Ludhiana city.

Mr Verma directed the officers to immediately depute the registration staff from different departments and place them at the disposal of the District Registrar for the formation of Certificate Preparation Teams (CPTs) and /or appointment as Supervisors and Certificate Distribution Teams for each of the LRs area ( both rural and urban).

He said he would personally review the progress of the implementation of programme on daily basis and take remedial measures, wherever required. The DR would act as Chief Coordinator to ensure timely distribution of BC forms/such other stationary items to LRs/Sub LRs/CPTs, timely formation of CPTs, appointment of supervisors and formation of Certificate Distribution Teams(CDTs), to organise necessary training for the CPTs/CDTs/ Supervisors, to review the progress of certificate preparation , checking , signature and distribution on daily basis and take remedial measures wherever required and to keep Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, in corporation areas informed of the progress of work on a daily basis.

Mr Verma said after the preparation of certificates, a special campaign for the distribution of the documents would start from November 14 and special counters would be opened by all LRs outside their offices and other prominent public places suitable to the public. These counters will be manned by team of officials to be appointed by LRs.

He said acknowledgement of outstanding work of the officers or officials involved in the NCBC works would be suitably rewarded with Good Service Entry in the ACRs, giving some awards at a public function and issuance of appreciation certificates.

Others who attended the meeting, included Mr Arunpal Singh, SP, Headquarters, Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Mr S.R. Kaler, DDLG, and Mr M.S. Jaggi, Assistant Commissioner(G).



Hosiery season yet to pick up
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, October 20
Although the festival season is in full swing, the hosiery season is yet to pick up. The hosiery industry which was once a seasonal industry has become a round-the-year industry, thanks to the rapid diversification of the same. The industry which was originally restricted to woollen knitwear like pullovers, socks and mufflers has now been converted into a knitted industry which deals in readymade garments. Further, the industry has witnessed new trends in design and fashion.

Enquiries show that the hosiery season starts from July onwards and during the month of October it should be at its peak. This year the buyers from other states have not made much buying and the local manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the slump period. To quote Mr Prem Sagar Jain, president, Readymade Garments Manufacturers Associations, this year the industry is witnessing neither brisk activity nor slump in the sales of its goods. As a matter of fact, the buyers have visited the local manufacturers and made purchases. But the payments from the same have not been received so far. There is a delay in receipt of payments of the goods supplied as a result of which there is financial crunch, says Mr Jain.

According to Mr Jain, the sale of knitted garments is done by about 40 per cent this year compared with the sales of the last year.

The local hosiery and readymade garments manufacturers are a worried lot because of the heavy taxation and maintain that some of the states have given concessions in the taxes as a result of which the industry is shifting to the new centres in different states of the country.

Mr Jain reveals that as many as 106 new hosiery centres have been set up in different states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Delhi. These have emerged as the biggest market for the knitted garments. Kolkatta is already the biggest market of hosiery goods in the country. These people buy hosiery cloth from Ludhiana and make knitted garments and sell in the domestic markets and also export to different countries.

The problems of taxes is further accentuated by the frequent raids by Department of Income Tax, Central Excise and the state Sales Tax Department. The local manufacturers explain that they have to pay 16 to 20 per cent of central excise duty, 4.4 per cent sales tax on all types of yarns and then 4.4 per cent tax on readymade garments. The manufacturers allege that they are being labelled as ‘tax evaders and ask’ if taxes be evaded without the connivance of the officers of the department concerned. The ‘invaders’ (officials) leave some loopholes while framing laws and then help the evaders in evading the taxes, ‘they charge.

The manufacturers further question when the government is implementing VAT and CENVAT to check all the evasions, why cannot the states wait for 100 per cent implementation of these two laws and avoid imposing new laws.

Mr Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, is confident that the sales of hosiery goods would pick up soon as the winter season is advancing and there is a hope of an increase in the sales of the hosiery goods.

Mr Thapar points out that now is the era of yarns and new types of yarns are flooding the markets. There is not much buying of the pure woollen goods and more emphasis is on blended yarns. The local manufacturers are using the filament yarn imported from Korea and Taiwan but the majority is dependent on the locally made filament yarn.

The Tibetans who have settled in various parts of the country are also the major buyers of hosiery from Ludhiana. They buy goods worth about Rs 100 crore from the local market and sell the same in different centres like Bangalore, Delhi, Himachal and other states. But they are not coming forward this year because of the fear of raids and introduction of exim forms.

While the state authorities allege that the hosiery manufacturers evade sales tax, the manufacturers charge that the exim forms are being misused with the connivance of the taxation authorities. The sales tax authorities have put up barriers at the railway station to check the evasion of sales tax.

The export of knitted garments has also not picked up and the Tripur centre has emerged as a big market for the same. Tripur has given a beating to Ludhiana because of the availability of facilities by the state government and adopting of high technology in the manufacturing processes. Ludhiana has failed to adopt the latest technology on a wider scale.

Ludhiana’s hosiery industry is the backbone of the economy of the state as it provides employment to more than two lakh persons.



Parks’ maintenance back to contractors
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 20
The maintenance of parks in the mega city has once again been entrusted to private contractors as the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) has accorded its nod to the bids offered for more than 400 parks in different localities. For almost two years now, the city parks were in a state of neglect after all of the 128 PMCs had gone defunct over an imbroglio on rates for maintenance.

The rest of the parks, numbering around 300 as well as landscaping and plantation on central verges, roundabouts and islands on city roads would be done by the Municipal Corporation at its own through the horticulture branch. An area in excess of 325 hectares has been earmarked as green belts in the city and the horticulture wing of the civic body had a strength of 358 gardeners and beldars at present against approved posts of 649 persons.

The MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, told Ludhiana Tribune that the work for maintenance of parks had been allotted to different contractors at the rate of 50 paise per square metre as against Re 1 which was claimed by the Park Management Committees (PMCs). While the civic body would save a considerable sum in the maintenance work, the residents would also be spared of the financial burden by way of monthly contribution that they had to make to the PMCs.

Standing by the decision to hand over the maintenance of parks to the contractors, Mr Sharma said that there was no other way out. The MC had to abide by the government decision on rates for maintenance of parks and despite best efforts made in this direction, the PMCs had failed to come forward to take up the work. With both the technical and financial bids of the contractors having been approved, the work orders were in the process of being issued and work would soon commence.

In accordance with the conditions, laid down in the Notice Inviting Tenders (NIT), the contractors would be responsible for plantation, landscaping, watering and beautification of the parks, entrusted to them through their own manpower.



Ashish suicide case
Police seeks information from telecom authorities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The district police has given a week’s time to the local telecom authorities for providing information about a mysterious caller, who alleged drove an IAS aspirant, Ashish Hansi, to commit suicide.

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission had directed the police to file an action taken report within a month on why the telecom authorities were withholding information about the mysterious caller.

Mr N.M. Hansi, Ashish’s father had accused the police and the telecom authorities of not co-operating to solve the mystery. The telecom authorities were not providing him information about a phone number, from which Ashish had received some ‘disturbing’ messages. The SMS had continued a few days after his death, but the number was not displayed.

The PSHRC had directed the police to find out why the information was not being provided and file the action taken report by November 13.



Prof Mohan Singh Mela concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 20
There was colour, gaiety, folk songs and dances as people dressed up in colourful clothes cheer the performing artists at Punjabi Bhawan on the concluding day of the two-day Prof Mohan Singh Memorial International Mela today.

Sarabjeet Cheema, a popular Punjabi singer came in a Jeep escorted by a number of his fans in a cavalcade of Jeeps.

The well known singers who preformed today included Pammi Bai, Sarabjeet Cheema, Sadhu Singh Grewal, Gurdas Kaira and Mohammad Sadique, Jagtar Singh Khattra, Lalli Pali and Sukhwinder Sukhi. Mr Nirmal Jaura and Daljit Singh Jassal compered this programme.

It was followed by bhangra performed both by schoolchildren and teams of that had come from different parts of Punjab to participate in the mela. Malwai Giddha and Giddha performances also charmed people.

Mr Tej Prakash Singh, Transport Minister, was present at the mela along with Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, MLA. Mr Tej Prakash gave a sum of Rs 51,000 to Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, organiser of the mela. Langar was served to all present on the occasion.

After lunch followed another singing session interspersed with folk dances. According to Mr Kulwant Jagraon , Secretary General of Foundation said that singing and dancing will continue late into night as it happens every year.

Yesterday in a seminar held on poems of Prof Mohan Singh, many noted speakers participated. Mr Surjit Patar, president of the Punjab Sahitya Akademi chaired the seminar.

He said Prof Mohan Singh’s ‘saave patar’ had had the maximum sale after “Heer” written by Waris Shah while Jagdev Singh Jassowal, president of the Foundation, said he was the most popular poet and hence was popular among Punjabis both in India and abroad. Mr Pragat Singh Grewal, general secretary, said his poetry was relevant in modern times as it gave us the message of unity and oneness. Mr Ajaib Singh Chitarkar also spoke very highly of Prof Mohan Singh, Prof M.S. Cheema said he was the poet of down trodden.

Mr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, the chief guest, said the poetry of Mohan Singh is extensively quoted as he is the most loved poet. Qawaals Javed Rehmat of Malerkotla Shakeel Sabir Phillu and Naseeb Bali of Pasla regaled the audience with their singing of Sufi songs and qawaalis yesterday night.



Two held for boy’s murder

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 20
The body of Nishan Singh (13), also known as Sunny, was found by the police on Sunday. This was stated by Mr B. Chander Shekhra, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, at a press conference held here today. He said Vinod (16) and Surjit (11), also known as Chhotu, had been tenants of Gurdial Singh, a resident of Amloh road area, Mandi Gobindgarh, for the past five years.

Sunny was a student of Class III of SD Public School, Mandi Gobindgarh. Gurdial Singh had six daughters, but no son. He adopted the seven-month-old son of his second daughter, Sukhwinder Kaur, who resided at Hansali village in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Gurdial Singh had sold a plot for Rs 8.5 lakh. Vinod and Chhotu, both migrants from Bihar, came to know about it. They, along with their third friend, Mottu hatched a conspiracy to get the money. They made a plan and kidnapped Sunny on Tuesday. Vinod and Chhotu called Sunny and took him towards the Bhakra canal.

They took him behind the floating restaurant. According to the statement of the alleged accused they did not find any place to hide the abducted boy. So they strangulate him and threw the body in the bushes nearby. OC



Girl abducted, case registered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 20
On a statement of Mr Baldev Singh, a resident of Assi Kalan village, the Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363, 366 and 420 of the IPC against Avtar Singh, a resident of Bhai Ki Pashaur village in Sangrur district. The complainant alleged that the accused abducted his niece on October 16 from the village. The accused also managed to take away gold ornaments, cash and a mobile phone.

Two killed: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on a statement of Mr Des Raj Jain, a resident of Madho Puri, against a driver of a truck which hit his scooter while he was going along with his wife, Renu Jain, on Sunday. Renu died on the spot.

The Shimla Puri police also registered a case under the same sections of the IPC on a statement of Kallu, a migrant working in a biscuit manufacturing unit, against a driver of a bus which hit pedestrian Manoj Kumar, who died on the spot on Sunday.

Gambling cases: The Model Town police arrested Kirima, Kashmir Singh, Jagat Pal and Rajesh from Jawaddi Kalan on Sunday and booked them under the Gambling Act. A sum of Rs 650 and deck of playing cards were seized from their possession.

In the other case, Raju, Ram Kishan, Mangal and Bhupinder were arrested from Punjabi Bagh in Dugri on Sunday.



Exhibition on Indian clothing concludes

Ludhiana, October 20
Grapevine, a two-day exhibition of Indian clothing, concluded at the Sutlej Club recently. The clothing on display included exclusive range of sarees, suits and dress material. There was a perfect blend of Indo-western style and integration of old and new under one roof.

Mr Rohit Aneja, one of the organisers said the range suited every pocket. With over 12 years of experience in the field of designing, textiles, fashion marketing and production, Rohit began his foray into the fashion industry after post-graduation from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. His wife, Vidhi, does the accessories. OC


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