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School complains against Akali leader
Says certificate of son is false
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The authorities of Sacred Heart Convent School here have approached the police to take action against a Youth Akali Dal leader, Mr Inder Mohan Singh Kadian, for allegedly submitting false birth certificate of his son to get admission to the school.

The Akali leader had earlier threatened to raise the issue of an alleged admission scandal in the school in the state Assembly through Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) MLAs after the names of a number of students did not figure in the admission list announced early last week.

Heated arguments took place at the school in this regard on January 23 and police was called to maintain law and order.

The school authorities have furnished the admission form of the leader’s son, with which he has attached two different birth certificates.

He had applied for admission to LKG Class last year and the date of birth of his son was mentioned as June 26, 1999. His son could not get admission last year. When he applied this year, the date of birth was June 26, 2000.

Police sources said Sister Helema, the Principal of the school, met the SSP, Mr Narinderpal Singh, and informed him about the case. She alleged that due to the submission of different birth certificates, the form was disqualified this year. The SSP assured the school authorities of appropriate action after an inquiry.

Mr Kadian, however, said he was being framed and he had not done any cheating. On being told that The Tribune had copies of both certificates, he said he could not say anything regarding this.

Both certificates have been issued by the local Births and Deaths Registration Office. The sources said only a thorough investigation could reveal whether some employees of the office were involved or the certificates were forged by the leader.



Mayor in race for Cong LS ticket?
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, seems to be in the race for the Congress ticket from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency. Of late he has reportedly been shuttling between Delhi and Chandigarh to prepare the ground in this regard.

Sources close to the Mayor said though he was considered to be a staunch loyalist of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh earlier also, he had come “more close” to the CM during the dissidence crisis last month. During the crisis, Mr Gill acted as a strong lobbyist for the Chief Minister and provided him information about the dissidents’ activities in Ludhiana.

He has also managed to establish a good rapport with senior Congress leaders like Ms Mohsina Kidwai, Ms Ambika Soni, Mr Manmohan Singh and Mr Ahmad Patel. Although Ms Soni has already been relieved of the charge of Punjab affairs, the Mayor’s proximity to Mr Patel may stand him in good stead.

Mr Gill is learnt to be counting on the support of the Congress councillors in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Moreover, Ludhiana city has all Congress legislators.

While he enjoys good relations with some of them, others like Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Rakesh Pandey will have to support him in view of the party’s interests. These legislators will need to retain their lead during the parliamentary elections also. Of the 12 Assembly segments in the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, eight are with the Congress.

Although the sitting MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, has a good chance of being renominated as he also remains close to the Chief Minister and several other Congress leaders, it does not seem to be deterring other aspirants from trying their luck. Moreover, Mr Galib has remained non-controversial and maintained quite a low profile.

On the other hand, Mr Gill said he was “very comfortable” with his current position, but at the same time he was not averse to the idea. He said Mr Galib was his close friend, adding that he was much impressed with the latter’s performance.

“Whatever the party decides will be acceptable to me,” he said, while refusing to give a direct answer to the question whether he was in the race for the party ticket.


14 awarded at R-Day function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Fourteen persons were honoured at the 55th Republic Day celebration organised by the district administration at Government College for Boys here yesterday.
Dr Ramesh, renowned ophthalmologist and Director of Punarjot Eye Bank, was honoured for his contribution in the field of eye donation. Dr Ramesh has made possible at least 156 eye donations in the state during the past many years, encouraging people to provide the gift of sight to the underprivileged.

Havildar Kuldip Kumar was awarded posthumously for life saving several lives in the devastating Khud Mohalla fire. Kartar Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, was awarded for his exemplary services during various fire incidents in the city.

Constable Amrik Singh, too, was awarded for saving lives. He suffered severe burn injuries in the tragedy.

Mr Jagdish Bajaj, president of Gian Sthal Mandir, was honoured for helping widows by way of pensions. So far, 651 widows have benefited.

Mr Tej Partap Singh Sandhu and Mr Ranjodh Singh, both well- known photographers ,were awarded for their contribution in the field of photography.

Constable Amrik Singh, Sanjay Kumar, Rajnish Sharma, Hardeep Singh and Manpreet Singh brought laurels to the state and Ludhiana in particular during the Junior national Championship and the Punjab School Games in judo.

Ms Sudesh Bajaj, DDEO, Ms Indu and Ms Rashmi Gangwani were honoured for their work during the President's visit.



Republic Day celebrations
State economy back on track, says Bhattal
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 27
While stating that the state’s economy was back on track, the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, yesterday said the state government would soon execute various developmental works, adding that Rs 1,500 crore would be spent on these.

She said this while addressing a district-level Republic Day function organised at Government College for Boys here.

She unfurled the national flag and took the salute from the contingents of the Punjab Police, Punjab Home Guards, NCC (Boys and Girls), Scouts, Girl Guides and Ex-servicemen. She announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for schoolchildren.

Addressing the gathering, Ms Bhattal said with the far-sighted policies of our governments after Independence, the country had made substantial achievements.

She claimed that the Congress government in Punjab was in the process of handing over the control of 29 government departments to the Panchayati Raj institutions. Referring to the steps taken by the Punjab Government to benefit the farmers, the Deputy Chief Minister said the government had launched a programme on agricultural diversification, under which contract farming for alternative crops to the wheat-paddy pattern had been introduced.

On the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister honoured 14 persons from different fields for their outstanding services to society. She also presented grants of Rs 2 lakh each to 23 unanimously elected panchayats, pension cheques to 10 beneficiaries, 27 tricycles to physically challenged persons and 52 sewing machines to the needy women on behalf of the District Red Cross Society. She also honoured 12 freedom fighters.

Tableaux depicting various developmental programmes and welfare schemes of the government were taken out. Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme.

Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, hoisted the national flag and took salute from a march past at a Republic Day function at Jagraon yesterday.

Among those present included Mr M.S. Cheena, SSP Jagraon, Mr Gurmeet Singh, SDM, Jagraon, Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Mr Darshan Singh Brar.

At a subdivision-level function at Raikot, Mr Rakesh Pandey, State Minister for Printing and Stationery, unfurled the national flag and took salute from the march past parade.

Flag hoisting, cultural programmes and patriotic songs marked the Republic Day celebrations in many local city schools and colleges.

The flag hoisting ceremony at Green Land Senior Secondary School was performed by Mr Rajesh Rudhra, director of the school, along with prefects of the school council. All four educational institutions being run by the Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Sabha held their joint function at the SDP College for Women. More than 5,000 students from SDP schools on the Hazuri road, Basti Jodhewal and Quilla Mohalla marched inside the college with Tricolours in their hands. Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the sabha, hoisted the flag as the students sang ‘Vande Mataram’. Releasing pigeons and balloons, he administered the oath and addressed the gathering. Bhangra, giddha and PT shows were held. A cultural programme was also organised at St Bawra Public High School, New Lajpat Nagar. The programme started with a bhajan, recited by Ritik Sharma of Class I.

Students and staff of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, celebrated the day. Mr Miter Sen, president of the BVM Trust, unfurled the national flag, which was followed by the National Anthem. A drawing competition was held at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Model Town Extension. The day was celebrated in Wylie Memorial High School with the unfurling of the national flag by Mr Sunil Pillay, manager. This was followed by a cultural programme in which many songs and dances were performed. The celebrations were also organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Vocational Rehabilitation Institute and Asian Club at School for the Deaf, Hambran road.

At Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) the celebrations began with much fanfare.

The ambience was filled with patriotism. Mr Gurcharan Ghalib, MP, was the guest of honour.

Rev. Nainan Chacko prayed for the progress and welfare for people of India and that of world as a whole.

Republic Day was celebrated by the district unit of the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Youth Federation at Jalandhar bypass, Ambedkar Chowk. The celebrations were held under the presidentship of Mr Jeevan Kumar, president of the federation and general secretary of the District Congress Committee, and Mr Chander Shekhar Sahota, vice-president of the District Congress Committee. The Nehru Rose Senior Citizens’ Association celebrated the day at Nehru Rose Garden. The chief guest, Prof M.S. Cheema, hoisted the flag and the National Anthem was sung. A cultural programme was also held in which ghazal, poems and patriotic songs were presented.

The Punjab Pradesh Panthers Party held a function at Clock Tower. To maintain peace and brotherhood in the country, the Crime Free Bureau, Punjab, celebrated the day here at New Kundanpuri. Mr Jagmohan Sharma, president, District Congress Committee, hoisted the national flag.

The BNM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, organised a painting competition in the deaf and dumb school here. Vir Singh of Class VI stood first and Biru Rajput of class IX stood second.

MANDI GOBINDGARH: The Municipal Council chief, Mr Joginder Pal Singla, unfurled the national flag at municipal complex. Mr Singla, Mr Jagmeet Singh Sahota, vice-president, Mr. Deepak Sapra, executive officer, and Mr Laxman Singh Saini, spoke at the function. A cultural programme was presented and sweets were distributed.

At Manas Badhir Vidyalya, the national flag was unfurled by Mr Prem Chand Bansal, Chairman, Bansal Alloys and Metal Limited. The student presented cultural programme.

DORAHA: Republic Day was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm at Payal, Doraha and Sahnewal .

At Payal, the Tricolour was unfurled by the SDM, Payal, Mr Manpreet Singh. Mr Pardeep Singh Bains, Naib Tehsildar and programme coordinator, organised the entire programme successfully starting with a parade in which scouts from various schools and colleges participated. A cultural programme included patriotic songs, dances, giddha, bhangra, songs and lectures was orgainsed by students.On the occasion, family members of the late Beant Singh and others were honoured.

At Doraha, the national flag was unfurled at the Municipal Committee office by Ms Raj Rani, president of the council. At Sahnewal, the national flag was unfurled by the committee president, Mr Ramesh Kumar Pappu, at council’s office.

KHAMANO: The SDM, Khamano, Mr Ravinder Kumar, unfurled the national flag here. Students of various schools presented a cultural programme. Prominent freedom fighters of the area and families of martyrs were honoured. The local MLA, Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, the DSP, Mr Balwant Singh, the Nagar Panchayat president, Mr Harbhinder Singh, and the Block Samiti Chairman, Mr Harbans Singh Pandher, were present, among others.

AMLOH: Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh, unfurled the national flag at Amloh and spoke on the importance of the day. Students from neighbouring rural schools besides Amloh and Mandi Gobindgarh presented PT show, bhangra, giddha and recited poems.

Sewing machines were given to Ms Shinder Kaur of Lohar Majra, Ms Gurmeet Kaur, Ms Rattan Palo, Ms Sikander Kaur, all of Faizulapur, Ms Paramjeet Kaur Khumna, Ms Veero Devi, both of Mandi Gobindgarh, Ms Jawant Kaur Naraingarh and Jasbir Kaur, both of Machhrai Kalan, Jeeto of Amloh and Ms Nagender Kaur. Tehsildar Kulwant Singh Uppal, Naib-Tehsildar Prabodh Kumar Sood, SHO B.S. Randhawa, CDPO Satish Kumar, Nagar Council chief Baldev Singh Aulakh and Arthiya Association president Jeewan Kumar Puri were present, among others.

Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA, unfurled the national flag at a block-level function organised by Block Congress chief Shingara Singh at old grain market. Mr Dharamsot, Mr Pakhar Singh Salana, chairman, Zila Parishad, Mr Joginder Singh Naraingarh, member, District Planning Board, spoke on the occasion. The MLA also hoisted the Tricolour at the municipal complex. Council chief Baldev Singh Aulakh spoke at the function.

KHANNA: A function was held at Government Girls Senior Secondary School. The flag was hoisted by Mr Jaspal Mittal, SDM, Khanna.

Different items were presented by children from various schools. The SDM also honoured children. Mr Sant Ram, president, Municipal Committee, Mr H.S. Ahuja, municipal councillors, freedom fighters and officials were present, among others.

PHILLAUR: The Punjab Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Gurwinder Singh Atwal, hoisted the national flag here. A cultural programme was presented by school students.

The Revenue Minister, Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, unfurled the national flag at Nakodar. Mr Samra took the salute from a police march past. A cultural programme was also presented.

Samrala: The Republic Day was celebrated here on the grounds of the local market committee office. The SDM, Samrala, Mr J. S. Jassi, unfurled the national flag.



Pick-pockets killed youth, say cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
A gang of pick-pockets-cum-homosexuals allegedly murdered a youth early this month in the city for not submitting to its demands. The youth, a new entrant to the gang was hit with iron rods on the intervening night of January 17 and 18 when he spurned the sexual overtures of four drunk gang members.

The body of Munish Kumar (22), alias Manni, was found in a dilapidated building in Karol Bagh Colony in the Salem Tabri police station area on January 18. The deceased was hit about 20 times with the rod.

Claiming to solve the gruesome murder, DSP (Rural) Manjit Singh Dhesi and the SHO of Salem Tabri, Sub-Inspector Buland Singh, told mediapersons here this afternoon that two members of the gang had been arrested. Police investigations revealed that all gang members were gay.

Those arrested are Rahul Kumar, alias Daddu, alias Mikki, alias Narinder, a resident of Prem Nagar Colony, and Johny of Ashok Nagar here. Two others, Dharminder and Chotta Daddu, have absconded. The police officials said the gang members were pick-pockets and the deceased a recent entrant. On the night of January 17 they had liquor at a roadside dhaba and shared the day’s earning among themselves.

In an inebriated condition, they tried to force themselves on the deceased. When he resisted, he was done to death.



Tributes paid to Satguru Ram Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 27
Rich tributes were paid to Satguru Ram Singh, a founder of the Non-cooperation Movement of the freedom struggle, at a state-level function organised by the Punjab Government to commemorate his 189th birth anniversary at Bhaini Sahib, near here, last evening.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, Punjab presided over the function. Prominent among others who paid tributes were Mr H.S. Hanspal, the president of the PPCC, Mr Anurag Verma Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Isher Singh, a former minister of Punjab.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh said the ideology of Satguru Ram Singh — to carve out a harmonious society by eradicating the social evils like dowry, intoxicants, killing of female child —was still relevant and should be followed by the organisations working for social reforms. The minister said the Satguru had launched a well-organised and effective movement against the British rule.

Mr Hanspal asserted that Satguru Ram Singh was an unmatched social reformer who developed his own system to eradicate a large numbers of social evils. Satguru Jagjit Singh, the head of Namdhari Darbar, advised the people to implement the message of Satguru Ram Singh to boycott the killers of girls through female foeticide which would be a real tribute to the Satguru Ram Singh. Followers from different parts of the country participated in the function.



National Tourism Week celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 27
National Tourism Week was celebrated in the state from January 19 to 25 to commemorate the foundation of the Department of Tourism on January 25, 1956.

Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, said the department, through its overseas and domestic office, launched various tourism activities.

A quiz competition relating to the tourism industry was conducted. A cultural programme was also organised in which famous artistes enthralled the audience.

Mr Nanda, while highlighting the importance of the week, thanked hoteliers and members of the association for offering special discounts and other incentives, along with some attractive gifts to the customers to mark this week.

The Punjab Tourist Development Corporation also celebrated this week in all its complexes, in which various cultural activities were undertaken to attract customers.

Mr Nanda also requested the Punjab Government to lay stress on promoting farm and rural tourism. Mr Nanda said the Department of Tourism should promote package tours in all leading farm houses. Facilities like board and lodging and cuisines could be provided.



Couple killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 27
A couple was died and four persons were injured in a road accident near Bhattian village early morning yesterday.
According to sources, a family was going to Ludhiana from Delhi when a tyre of their car got punctured near Khanna. The driver stopped the car to change the tyre. In the meantime, a truck (HR38D-2464) hit the car from the rear.

The truck and car both overturned. Two persons died on the spot. Four persons received injuries.

The deceased were identified Ajmer Singh and his wife Rajinder Kaur their daughter, Ravinder Kaur, and a relative, Mohinder Singh, were hurt. The truck driver and cleaner were also injured.



Man killed in road mishap

Ludhiana, January 27
The division number 7 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 427 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Babu Ram, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh now living in Harash Kumar Da Vehra in New Madho Puri, against Joginder Singh of Jind district in Haryana. The complainant had stated that the accused, who was driving a DCM Toyota tempo, hit his uncle Ram Dyal near the T-point on Tajpur Road on Sunday and fled the scene. Injured Ram Dyal, who was rushed to the Civil Hospital, later succumbed to his injuries.

Scooter recovered: The Shimla Puri police yesterday registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC against Baljeet Singh, of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Moga. The police said today that the accused was arrested near Gill Chowk yesterday and a Bajaj Chetak scooter , which had been stolen a few days ago, was recovered from his possession.

Beaten to death: The Jodhewal police has registered a case under Sections 304, 147 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Varinder Kumar, a resident of Mohalla Basti Sheikh Mohammad in Sunder Nagar, against Soni Sahota, Garat, Bablu, Rani and Pawan, all residents of Mohalla Balmiki. The complainant had stated that the accused had beaten up his brother Rajinder Kumar, who succumbed to his injuries later.

Assault cases: The Civil Lines police has registered a case under Sections 336, 452, 323 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Navnit Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Urban Estate Phase-II at Dugri, against Deepa Shahpuria and three other persons accompanying him. The complainant had alleged that the accused forcibly entered his house and beat him up on Saturday night. The accused also fired in the air before fleeing the spot, said the complainant.

Another case of assault was registered under Sections 452, 380, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC at the same police station on the statement of Mr Tarunjot Singh, alias Prince, of Model Gram, against Davinder Singh, of Ferozepur Road, Jaspreet Singh, alias Raju, Dugri and Surinder Singh, of Sarabha Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused forced their way into his house, beat him up and also threatened him. The accused also took away Rs 4,000 from his house, the complainant said.

The division number 7 police has registered a case under Sections 324 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Raman Singh, a resident of Baba Jeewan Singh Nagar on Tajpur Road, against Jinder Kumar, alias Bablu, a resident of Habib Ganj. The complainant had stated that the accused had beaten him.


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