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Robbers’ gang busted, 14 nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
The district police today arrested 14 members of a gang of robbers, who, after committing robberies in moving three-wheelers, were planning train dacoities.
The gang, allegedly formed by one Zabbar Ahmed of Bijnaur, was active in the city for the past two months. It was busted last evening by a team of Kotwali police station and the PCR motorcycle squad.

One of the gang members is a woman, who allegedly allured people to ride in an auto-rickshaw in which other gang members were already seated as passengers. They slipped out the money from luggage or robbed the victim of his belongings.

Addressing a press conference at police lines here this afternoon, Mr Harish Kumar, SP (City-1), and Mr Harpreet Singh Mander, DSP, said the gang members had looted Mr Kapil Goel, a resident of Dhuri town, last evening.

Mr Goel had alighted from a train and had taken a three-wheeler for Jalandhar bypass. The gang members occupying the vehicle looted him and threw him out. The man informed a PCR team which happened to pass by and soon, the gang members were arrested.

The police claimed that though the gang members had committed several such robberies, no FIR had been lodged. The police said the gang members had disclosed that they had recently bought a country-made pistol from Uttar Pradesh and were planning to commit a dacoity on board a train after buying some more weapons.

The arrested gang members have been identified as Zabbar, Mohammad Jahid, Anwar Hussain, Shamim, Arjun Singh, Narain Singh, Jatinder pal Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Mohd Aular, Mohd Rashid, Mohd Babu, Subbeer and two others.

Mr Harish Kumar said initially, three or four persons were arrested. On the basis of information provided by them, the others were also nabbed.

It was a pleasant surprise for another victim of the gang whom the police returned Rs 28,000 recovered from the gang. An amount of Rs 40,000 recovered from the gang has been made case property. The money belongs to Mr Goel.



SGPC to observe Sikh Identity Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
The SGPC has decided to observe the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev on April 18, 400 years of the installation (Parkash) Day of Guru Granth Sahib on September 1 and 300th Martrydom Day of the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh from December 21 to 26 this year.

At a joint meeting of the SGPC authorities and members of the Shatabdi Sub-Committee held at the SGPC sub-office, Chandigarh, on Saturday, a call was given to the Sikhs living all over the world to observe International Sikh Identity Day in December this year to mark the 400th Martyrdom Day of four sahibzadas, who sacrificed their lives to protect the dharma as well as Sikh identity.

The meeting chalked out programme of organising Khalsa march from Matte Ki Sarai in Muktsar district, the birthplace of Guru Angad Dev, to Khadur Sahib via Faridkot and Harike Pattan from April 10 to 13, from Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) to Khadur Sahib via Dera Baba Nanak and Baba Bakala from April 14 to 16.

A special religious programmes would be organised at Khadur Sahib from April 16 to 18 in observace of the quincentenary. The younger generation would be involved in all programmes. Permission to launch Khalsa march from Kartarpur Sahib would be sought from the Government of Pakistan through the Government of India.

It was also decided to organise Khalsa march each in Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions of the state in which 500 amritdhari young boys on motorcycles would lead the march.

The meeting was attended among others by Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, Mr Waryam Singh, and Sub-Committee members Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, Dr Balkar Singh, Dr Kharak Singh, Mr Harbir Singh Bhanwer, Mr Gurdarshan Singh Bahia. 



Two functions mark birth anniversary of Baba Meehan Singh 
Kanchan Vasdev & Mahesh Sharma

Dhepai/ Siahar, January 11
Even as the deadlock over the headship of the Nanaksar Ashram Thath continues and the administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, two Akhand Paths were initiated to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Meehan Singh, the founder of the trust, which falls on January 13, at different places.

While the camp belonging to Baba Harnek Singh, current president of Sri Nanaksar Ashram Thath, started the celebrations at Nanaksar Thath at Dhepai village, other group led by Baba Mann Singh initiated the Akhand Path at a gurdwara in Siahar village.

The Thath at Siahar continued to wear a deserted look as a number of police officials remained posted there.

The religious ceremony at Dhepai village was attended by 25 persons while at Siahar around 100-odd devotees, including the residents of various villages led by Baba Mann Singh, attended the ceremony.

Baba Mann Singh said, “We have decided to limit the birth anniversary celebrations of Sant Meehan Singh, to avoid any confrontation. Moreover, we have to understand the limitations of the administration which has to maintain peace.”

Mr Harchand Singh, spokesperson of the Baba Mann Singh group, alleged that the opposite party had chosen a place away from the jurisdiction of the Khanna police to avoid identification of some accused by the police.

“Moreover, they have lost the support of the residents of Siahar village and surrounding areas. Had they been the true followers of Baba Meehan Singh, they could have celebrated his birthday at his native land,” he added.

However, Mr Jagdev Singh Aandloo, a spokesperson of the Baba Harnek Singh group, said the Baba was not able to attend the function as doctors had advised him rest. “Moreover, the administration wanted him to postpone his visit as it could spark off confrontations,” he said. He claimed that they had invited only a few persons to attend the ceremony to maintain peace.

He added that the group would not let go the control of the mother temple.

Mr Malkiat Singh, Chairman, Mortgage Bank, claimed that the sangat supporting Baba Mann Singh were the real disciples of Sant Meehan Singh.

Mr Harpal Singh, president Cooperative Society, Siahar, claimed that panchayats and sangat of around 50 villages, surrounding Siahar have conveyed their support to the faction led by Baba Mann Singh.

Meanwhile, the administration had already extended the imposition of Section 144 till February 28. Though both groups seem to be avoiding clash, security has been beefed up. All roads to Thath have been cordoned off. 



Residents protest against MC notices
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 11
Even as the much-hyped campaign to remove 9,000-odd encroachments on government and municipal land in the city, launched on the explicit directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had run into rough weather for several reasons, residents in many of the colonies were also raising their strong voice of protest against indiscriminate action as far as issuing notices by the building branch of the municipal corporation was concerned.

Information gathered by Ludhiana Tribune corroborated the general impression that in preparation of the list of encroachments, running into several thousands, the lower and middle rung officers in the building branch of the civic body had bungled.

A large number of people, who had received notices charging them with encroachments, rued that they possessed valid title deeds and other documents for their holdings and no encroachment had been committed by them. Many others said the notices pertained to surveys conducted many decades back and thereafter town planning schemes had either been scrapped or amended. There were such cases as well among the accused offenders whose total land area was much less than the area they were charged of having encroached upon.

Another fact, confirmed by the officials of building branch of the MC, was that a large number of cases of alleged encroachments were either minor or of technical nature, which could have been settled at the administrative level, had the list been thoroughly scrutinised and crosschecked by senior officers before submission to the high court.

Claiming that the MC administration had caused unnecessary harassment to the people by sending indiscriminate notices of encroachment, former councillor and vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Pran Bhatia, said a large number of residents in Harcharan Nagar, Ranjit Singh Park and other localities around Shingar Cinema had received notices, threatening them with demolition of their residential and commercial buildings. He said, “While issuing these notices, the MC building branch officials had ignored a notification issued by the Local Government Department of Punjab, vide which the Town Planning Scheme of Shingar Cinema area was amended in accordance with a general house resolution.”

Mr Bhatia, said a delegation of residents and functionaries of the BJP had met the Zonal Commissioner, who in turn assured them that the proposed action would be stayed and the MC would look into the matter before proceeding further.

The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, convened a meeting of affected residents in Sunder Nagar Colony (Ward 60), in which area councillor Rajesh Jain Kala Navkar and Congress legislator Surinder Dawar were also present. Residents and traders from several adjoining colonies pleaded that their buildings were constructed 20 to 30 years ago and they were in possession of title deeds and copies of revenue record.

The residents as well as members of the business community claimed that they were holding valid power connections which were obtained on the basis of NOCs issued by the MC, were paying all civic charges and in most of the cases where violations were pointed out in building plans, the MC had recovered composition fee from the defaulters.

In these circumstances, the notices charging them with encroachments were totally uncalled for. The Mayor assured them that the MC had no intention of causing harassment to the lawful occupants and their complaints would be investigated.



Trader ‘defrauded of Rs 5 lakh’
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 11
Mr Gurdeep Singh, the owner of a furniture showroom here, has alleged that one Dupinder Singh had defrauded him of Rs 5 lakh. He has lodged a complaint at the city police station in this regard.

According to the complaint, Mr Gurdeep Singh reached an agreement to purchase a plot measuring 750 square yards for Rs 40 lakh. He reportedly gave Rs 1 lakh as token money to Dupinder Singh, an employee at a hospital in Amritsar, in the presence of the latter’s father-in-law.

A week later, he reportedly gave Rs 4 lakh more to the father-in-law of Dupinder. However, after two days, he refused to sell the said plot. The complainant alleged that Dupinder had refused that he had received any amount. 



Mann gives grant for Halwarvi’s memorial
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
A convention to pay homage to Harbhajan Halwarvi, an eminent poet and former Editor of Punjabi Tribune, was held at Punjabi Bhavan, here today. It was organised by the Adabi Daira and Cooperative Media, Mullanpur.

Recalling his role in saving the life of Halwarvi during the Naxalite movement in the 80s, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, said he was a probationary IPS officer and was posted as SHO, Mullanpur Dakha, when he came to know that Halwarvi had been arrested and was to be eliminated in a fake encounter the next day. He rushed to the Sudhar post and got his arrest recorded in the daily diary.

He said a memorial should be raised at Halwarvi’s native village and announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for it from his discretionary quota. Novelist Mitter Sen Meet was given the Halwarvi samman on the occasion.



Traffic Safety Week ends
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 11
Accidents normally take place due to the carelessness of the drivers of vehicles and lack of awareness of traffic rules among the drivers of tractor-trailers which have no reflectors fixed on the back of their trailers said Mr M.P. Arora, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Mr. Arora was addressing the 15th concluding function of Road Safety Week organised by Mrs. Raghbeer Kaur Khera, District Transport Officer, from January 5 to January 11 at Nahar Sugar Mill, Amloh, on Sunday. Reflectors free of cost were installed on the trailers. A pollution check-up camp was also organised.

Speaking on the performance of the department, Ms Khera said during the week intensive checking of overloading and helmets was organised. Eyes check-up of 200 truck drivers of Bassi Pathana and pollution of more than 1000 vehicles was undertaken during the week. A painting competition was organised at Baba Zorawar Singh, Baba Fateh Singh Senior Secondary School, besides a camp was organised to issue learning licences at Sirhind. The traffic police organised traffic rules awareness camp in the schools. Mr. Ashok Kumar, General Manager and Thakur Jai Pal Singh, chief cane manager of Nahar Sugar Mill also addressed the gathering.



Post office building sought
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 11
Senior Akali leader and former minister, Mr Daleep Singh Pandhi, in a communication, has sought the attention of the Prime Minister for the construction of a post office building here.

A copy of the representation released here today said the post office was housed at a very unsafe place. The public and the staff had to face much inconvenience since toilets near the building emitted foul smell due to no provision of proper cleaning.

Moreover, the building, surrounded by commercial and residential houses, has no appropriate parking space due to which the customers park their vehicles in front of shops and residential houses causing traffic hazards.

He urged that the government should provide funds for the construction of infrastructure for the post office.



Package for farm sector hailed

Ludhiana, January 11
The Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board, Punjab, Dr S.S. Johl, today welcomed the special Rs 50,000 crore package for building up agricultural infrastructure.
“Any package (for farmers) is welcome”, he told The Tribune, while remarking, “but it is the timing of the package that should be kept in mind”.

He regretted that his report on agricultural reforms in the state was gathering dust thanks to the indifference and apathy of the Central Government. He said the Finance Minister and Planning Commission had appreciated the report, but when it went to the Agriculture Ministry, it was stuck. — TNS



Vivekanand Jayanti today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand will be celebrated in Ludhiana tomorrow. A number of functions have been planned to mark the occasion. The main function would be held by the Swami Vivekananda Study Circle Ludhiana.

Swami Vivekananda who shook the world with his brilliant oratorial skills and a great vision of India commands respect among the youth in the country. A release of the circle maintained that it was high time that ideals like Swami Vivekananda were remembered.



Readers Write
Positive thinking, secret of happy life

Positive thinking is an important tool that can help view life more objectively. In our day to day life, we are used to focusing on what we do not have, more than on what we have. It is important to learn how to see the glass half full instead of half empty. Attitudes of appreciation and thankfulness are very beneficial psychologically. Be content with having your basic needs met, because that and everything else you have are gifts that not many enjoy.

The power of positive thinking lies in mind, comes in action and is governed by thinking for the same. It is well said that "faith or positive thinking can turn mountains". For every action, although efforts and certain requisite criteria are needed, positive thinking acts as a catalyst. Rather, we can say that this is the necessary and sufficient criteria for any action to take place. When we aim at some target and work for the same, positive and negative thoughts are natural reactions. We have to cultivate the habit of ignoring negative thoughts and maintaining positive ones.

ositive thinking can be very easy. Simply focus on all things you have, all people, who care about you and all people you have helped make a difference. Through this practice, one will become aware that his possessions are many and discontentment will become insignificant.

We are born without material possessions and we die without them as well. Everything in between is a gift. The pursuit of attaining these gifts is endless and is the cause of many a struggle and pain.

It is important to value simple things like food and shelter, which millions of people in the world are deprived of. There are enough resources in this world to ensure that nobody dies of lack of food and shelter, and yet our selfishness feeds these tragic circumstances. The least we can do is to appreciate the fact that we have our basic needs met and should not get depressed, which may ignite the feeling of negativity.

Focus on what you can do to make the world situation a little better and realise there are many things that we can all do daily to make it better. The power of positive thinking helps a person strengthen his will power and determination. Positive attitude in many cases, itself contributes to success and inculcates qualities like confidence, creativity, rapport, and assertiveness.

So, pull yourself together, look on the bright side, every cloud has a silver lining. Get yourself a purpose in life, a reason for existing and tread on the road of life with positive thoughts.

Shikha Soni, Ludhiana



Steel users have been ignored, says chamber
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 11
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab on Saturday criticised Finance Minister Jaswant Singh for not granting relief to steel users but rather helping steel-makers.

Mr P.D. Sharma, president of the chamber, said here that the Finance Minister had reduced custom duty on various items but had left the iron and steel users untouched. As a principle, peak duty level of 25 per cent had been reduced to 20 per cent.

This was only a part of the calibrated annual reduction. The government continued to favour the steel-makers at the cost of steel users, he alleged. Custom duty on coal had been reduced from 25 per cent to 15 per cent while finished steel had been left to fit in the general principle of peak duty at 20 per cent. On various other items, the reduction in custom duty was more than 50 per cent, he said.

The reduction of 5 per cent duty would only have an insignificant effect on steel prices. In a communication to the Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani he drew his attention towards the plight of small industries over the unprecedented rise in steel prices and urged him to look into the matter.

According to Mr Sharma, Mr Lajpatrai, MP, had also taken up the issue with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Standing Committee of Parliament on small-scale industries. The committee was likely to call representatives of the iron and steel users on January 16 to discuss the matter.



Brij Mohan Munjal gets Padma Shree
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
Noted industrialist and the Chairman of the Hero Group of Industries, Mr Brij Mohan Lall Munjal, has been conferred with the Padma Shree award.
A communication to this effect has been received from the Union Government by the Hero Group. He is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the country’s industrial growth and economy.

About 60 years ago, Mr Munjal, along with his three brothers, Mr Dayanand Munjal, Mr Satyanand Munjal and Mr Om Prakash Munjal, started trading in bicycle parts. They moved to India from Pakistan at the time of Partition.

The Hero Group today claims the honour of producing the largest number of bicycles and motorcycles in the world. The group has a combined turnover of Rs 8,000 crore.

Besides serving as the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Munjal has been a member of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India. 



Effluent treatment plants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , January 11
The Punjab Small Industries Export Corporation(PSIIEC) is in the process of setting up common effluent treatment Plants at Phase VIII, Industrial Focal Point, Ludhiana separately for electroplating and dyeing units.

This is being done in view of the persistent demands from the entrepreneurs and industrial associations for a conducive and environment friendly infrastructure. The board of directors of the corporation held a meeting under the chairmanship of Mr Ram Lubhaya, Chairman, PSIEC, in which it was decided to allow the setting up of electroplating and dyeing units to the plot holders of phase VIII, Focal Point (main pocket) who had been allotted the sites for general/ other purposes. 



Traders caution govt against introducing VAT

Ludhiana, January 11
Welcoming the pre-election sops announced by Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, president, Punjab Beopar Mandal, today urged the Central Government to abandon the idea of implementing VAT in all states of the country.

Mr Jaitwani said the Finance Minister had granted a number of benefits but was silent on the issue of VAT, which would affect the industry adversely. The introduction of VAT will not help in enhancing revenue as anticipated by the government, he said. Rather, it would create problems for the industry and trade, he added.

Mr Jaitwani assailed the Finance Minister for not granting any relief to steel users and favouring steel producers. He said the small-scale industry was being ruined by the steep hike in steel prices and the government was not taking any steps to check the loot by steel producers. OC



Bonn lucky draw held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
Bonn Nutrients, the manufacturers of Bonn bread, today organised a lucky draw in connection with a gift scheme of the company. The draw was taken out by Dr S.S. Johal, Vice-Chairman, Punjab Planning Board.

Under the scheme, the company’s bread packs contained coupons bearing certain numbers. The lucky number in today’s draw was D 89916. The person possessing this number will get a motorcycle. Other prizes will be in the same series, depending on the number of digits tallying with the winning number. These include colour televisions, sandwich toasters, wrist watches and several others.

Mr Lakhvinder Singh, the marketing head of Bonn Nutrients, said: “We intend to make the campaign a memorable one for everyone concerned.” He maintained that their emphasis was on research and development to ensure that the bread had a fresh and soft texture.

Others present on the occasion included Mr Kuldeep Singh SDM (West), Mr Premchand, SDM (East), Mr Manjit Singh Brar, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr Manjeet Singh , Managing Director, and Mr Jatinder Singh, Director, Bonn Nutrients and Mr Rishi Dada of Dada Motors.



Dealers’ meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
Hi Bird Cycles, which has bagged International Quality Award, held its first dealers’ conference here today. The all-India conference was held after two years of launch of the bicycle in the domestic market.

More than 200 dealers from Punjab and Chandigarh attended it. The group chairman, Mr R.D. Sharma, inaugurated it and other directors of the company namely Mr Suresh Sharma, Ms Rekha Sharma, Mr K.K. Sharma and Mr H.R. Sharma were present, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sharma said: “Hi Bird is a well known name today all over the world, specially in European countries. A product of the Hi Bird Safari Group of Industries, covers more than 100 world-class models catering to the needs of all age groups and segments of society.”


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