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Election material damages stadia
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, May 14
The worst fears of the sports fraternity regarding damage to the various indoor stadiums used for election purposes came true today when the district administration handed over the sports centres to the Sports Department here this afternoon.

Not only was garbage and litter strewn all round the place but heavy damage was done to the wooden floor, chairs, sports equipment and the doors and windows. Highly disgusted sportspersons alleged that the damage was nothing short of ‘vandalisation’.

As a result of the damage most of the halls were unfit for immediate use by the players. The players have been waiting for the opening of the halls as they could not do practice for the last two weeks. But they were left disappointed, as the halls could not be used for several more days.

The players who visit these centres daily for practice expressed anguish over the local administration's decision to use the stadia for the purpose other than sports. They pointed out that the gym and the changing rooms, which were spruced up at the cost of several lakh of rupees during the National Games held here in 2001, had been damaged beyond repair. The mat fixed there was removed and the poll staff painted the floor which could not be repaired. The floor was also dug up at a couple of places to facilitate the barricades put up there.

Representatives of the various sports organisations have condemned the administration’s move to use these spots for storing the election material and then as counting centres. They further said that there were a number of other places in the city which could be used for the purpose to avoid damage to the infrastructure, besides causing inconvenience to the sportspersons who had to skip the training for a fortnight.



Result reflects people’s anger with Cong, says Dhillon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The newly elected Member of Parliament from Ludhiana, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has thanked the people of this constituency for reposing faith in him and has reiterated his commitment to achieve the goals mentioned in his “vision document” for the development of the area. The SAD leader, who was jointly put up by the SAD and BJP said, “I will strive to be an effective voice of Ludhiana in Parliament”.

Thanking all residents of his constituency who actively participated in his election campaign and those who voted for him, he said, “I am working out a system where everyone will be able to approach me easily. A time frame is being worked out wherein I will go to the people to inquire about their welfare and problems”.

Reacting to his victory, Mr Dhillon said it indicated that the voters of the city had rejected the partisan attitude of the Capt Amarinder Singh government towards the people of this constituency as well as the attitude towards the SAD leadership. He demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister.

Mr Dhillon alleged that the victory of Congress candidates in Jalandhar and Patiala was a farce as at both the places the ruling party had indulged in bogus polling.

He said the people of his constituency knew that he was the only local candidate, while the others were outsiders. Mr Dhillon said he was born and brought up here and had studied at Bhagpur village, his birth place and the local Arya College. He had done law from Punjabi University, Patiala.

Assembly segment wise vote share of the Congress and SAD-BJP now and in the previous 1999 election is as follows: In Jagraon, the vote share of Congress is 25,489 and SAD-BJP is 34,226 and (In 1999 Congress got 44,977 and SAD-BJP got 32,851 votes). In Dakha, the vote share of Congress is 38,013 and SAD-BJP is 49,908 and (In 1999 Congress had got 53,288 and SAD-BJP got 40,073 votes). In Kila Raipur, the vote share of Congress is 26,397 and SAD-BJP is 35,689 and (In 1999 Congress got 31,094 and SAD-BJP got 29,693 votes). In Ludhiana North, the vote share of Congress is 37,071 and SAD-BJP is 23,445 and (In 1999 Congress got 31,024 and SAD-BJP got 16,282 votes). In Ludhiana West, the vote share of Congress is 29,300 and SAD-BJP is 26,965 and (In 1999 Congress got 26,897 and SAD-BJP got 19,538 votes). In Ludhiana East, the vote share of Congress is 27,707 and SAD-BJP is 21,908 and (In 1999 Congress got 20,469 and SAD-BJP got 12,566 votes). In Ludhiana Rural , the vote share of Congress is 63,074 and SAD-BJP is 63,227 and (In 1999 Congress got 63,900 and SAD-BJP got 36,632 votes). In Payal, the vote share of Congress is 26,882 and SAD-BJP is 31,713 and (In 1999 Congress got 36,634 and SAD-BJP got 24,388 votes). In Koomkalan, the vote share of Congress is 25,761 and SAD-BJP is 42,151 and (In 1999 Congress got 38,596 and SAD-BJP got 29,612 votes). Total vote share of Congress is 2,99,694 and SAD-BJP is 3,29,234 and (In 1999 Congress got 3,46,879 and SAD-BJP got 2,41,635 votes). The victory margin of SAD-BJP candidate this time is 29,540.



Victory brings cheer to Akalis
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, May 14
Workers of the SAD-BJP alliance came out on streets in Sahnewal, Doraha, Payal and Maloud to celebrated the victory of their candidate, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, from the Ludhiana Parliamentary seat last evening.

Akali leaders of Payal, including Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Mr Hardev Singh Matharoo, Mr Gurmit Lapran, Mr Rajbir Roobal, Mr Bharpoor Singh Rauni along with members of the BJP unit of Payal, Maloud and Doraha and SAD-BJP leaders of Sahnewal, including Mr Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Baba Jagroop Singh, Mr Shamsher Singh Kaile, Mr Kulwant Singh Kanti, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Sohan Singh, Mr Pal Singh Sandhu, Mr Harjit Singh, Mr Arjun Singh Majara, Mr Gurdev Singh Umaidpuri, Mr Baljinder Singh Dharaur, Mr Avtar Singh, Mr Pawan Kumar Tinku, Mr Jai Kumar, Mr Harkrishan Sharma, thanked voters of their areas who had reposed faith in their candidate.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Jagjiwan Singh Gill, in charge, Payal constituency, said: “We shall prove our worth in the best possible spirit. The victory margin of 4,831 votes form this constituency clearly indicates that people have valued our labour of five years and at the same time expressed resentment over the functioning of the state government. The faith expressed by the people gives us all the more reason to work efficiently and with a greater vigour.”

Mr Santa Singh Umaidpuri, general secretary, District Akali Jatha, Ludhiana (Rural), while speaking here, said the victory of the SAD-BJP candidate had made the picture clear. “It reveals disillusionment among the electorate over the way the Congress government has governed. The government has failed to satisfy industrialists, traders, farmers, Dalits and almost every section of society. The misrule of the Congress and its oppression in the past two and half years has brought defeat to the party.”



Those who couldn’t vote — 3rd list
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The following names have been found missing in the voter’s list during parliamentary election.

Dalvinder Singh Grewal, Gurcharan Kaur, Ramnjit Kaur and Navneet Kaur — 210, Sukhdev Nagar, Jamalpur Colony; Ranjit Singh Bhkhu, Gurmeet Kaur and Ravinder Singh — 907/21, Malerkotla Road, Khanna; Iqbal SIngh Khurana — 263A/A ward no. 35, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana; Iqbal Singh — B XIX, 685, Church Road (Cemetery Road) ward no. 23, Civil Lines, Ludhiana; Davinderjit Singh, Ravneet Kaur, Gurcharan Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur — 2628, Urban Estate, Phase I, Dugri, Ludhiana; Balbir Singh, Iqbal Kaur, Tarvinder Singh, Harmeet Kaur — 324, Urban Estate, Phase-I, Dugri, Ludhiana.

Sadhu Singh, Harminder Singh and Gurmeet Kaur — 221-SCF, Urban Estate, Phase-I, Dugri, Ludhiana; Santokh Singh, Pritam Kaur, Khushwant Singh — 215 SCF, Urban Estate, Phase-I, Dugri; Ved Parkash Goyal, Shimla Devi, Varinder Kumar Goyal, Rajni Goyal, Aanchal Goyal, Ankur Goyal — 9922, Joshi Nagar Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana; Manmohan Soni, Gulshan Soni, Mahesh Soni, Anu Soni — 9867, Joshi Nagar Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana; Ram Singh, Motia Rani, Harvinder Singh, Sawraj Kaur, Ranjit Singh, Arvinder Kaur, Parminder Kaur and Ramandeep Arora — 98-C, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Parminder Singh Saini and Rajveer Kaur Saini — 9712, St. No. 1, Chanderlok Colony, Rahon Road, Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana; Arvind Sharma and Rohit Sharma, 2161 — St. No. 4 Basant Nagar, Shivpuri, Ludhiana; R.L. Mahajan and Veena Mahajan — 197-G, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana; R.P.S. Bajwa and Balwinder Kaur Bajwa — 195-G, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana; Mandeep Singh Sarna, Amandeep Sing Sarna and Satwant Kaur Sarna — 3227, Phase-II, Urban Estate, Dugri, Ludhiana; Aseem Bhalla — 210-A Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana; Er Yash Paul Singh, Amarjit Kaur, Kamaldeep Singh and Simardeep Kaur — 189-180-D, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Sumeet Sood Advocate — 111, Bank street near Police Station, Doraha; Sudesh Kanta Jain, Ankush Jain, Vanita Jain, Amit Jain and Ritu — 118-B, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana; Kaushalya Devi, Girish Gaur, Anita Gaur, 2525 — Rajesh Nagar, Ludhiana; Balbir Kaur, Nasib Kaur, Jit Singh and Mohinder Singh, 310-B — Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana.

Surinder Chand Rana — Area Ludhiana Dehati, Sarpanch Colony, Jamalpur; Ram Khanna, Romesh Khanna and Rishi Khanna — 36/97 (25-B), Vikas Nagar, Pakhowal Nagar, Ludhiana; Johny Bansal, Shweta, Vikram, Meenakshi Bansal — 38, St. no. 2, Model Gram, Ludhiana; Gurbax Singh, Ramesh Kaur, Surjit Singh, Sawinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Raminder Singh — 1030, Block-XXXVI, Guru Amar Dass Nagar PO Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Dr Sanjeev V. Gupta, Dr Ritu Gupta — 12-A, Aggar Nagar Ext, Adjacent Aggar Nagar-A, Ferozepore Road, Ludhiana; Indu Sharma, Ramesh Sharma, Aditya Ramendu Sharma and Surya Savitri Nath — 26-H, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana; Ramesh Kumar, Naresh and Surbhi — 528-I, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana; Sarbjit Singh, Harinder Kaur, Col. Harchand Singh and Harpreet Kaur — 317-B, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Ashdeep Kaur, Gurmehar Singh, Amandeep Kaur, Amarpreet Singh and Sukhpreet Kaur — HM-116, PHB Colony, Jamalpur; Deepesh Jain, Shakuntla Jain, Hitender Jain, Maneesha Jain and Divya Jain — 6-E, Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana; Ashok Kumar, Sunita Rani and Naresh Kumar — B-23/4455, Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana; Gopal Singh, Manjit Singh, Satwinder Kaur and Gurpreet Singh, VPO Toosa, Ludhiana; Rakesh Kumar Mann and Bimla Rani — 223, ward no. 3, Shastri Nagar, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh; Dr Meharban Singh and Parminder Kaur — 2518, Urban Estate, Phase-I, Dugri Road, Ludhiana; Joginder Paul, Kala Devi, Vineet and Rajeev — 96-C, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Sohan Lal, Usha, Aman, Raman, Bhawna and Pooja — 95-C, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana; Madan Lal, Bimla Devi, Dinesh Gupta, Divya — 168-C, Rajguru Nagar; Pawan Kumar, Kamlesh, Manoj, Manisha, Upinder and Sonal — 144-C, Rajguru Nagar, Ludhiana.

Anush Kalaishwar, Anju Bala, B-34-3982, P.O. Street, Durga Puri, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana; Rajiv Bali, Era Bali, Vkram Bali, Ashima Bali, 570/1, Malerkotla House, near SSP residence, Civil Lines, Ludhiana.



Mini Secretariat staff, visitors drink 
contaminated water
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
In an apt case of official apathy, employees and the visitors at Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana, are continuing to drink contaminated water as the water cooler installed in the building supplies water unfit for drinking.

A water cooler installed on the first floor of the building has been carrying a warning written in Punjabi, ‘‘Iss cooler da paani peen layee theek nahin hain,” (the water supplied from this cooler is not fit for drinking,’’ for the past many days but people coming to the office, have been drinking it unmindful of the warning.

While the people visiting the offices everyday had complained that drinking water was not available there, the authorities did not do anything to get the cooler cleaned.

A Ludhiana Tribune photographer who tried to click the picture of the cooler on which the warning was pasted, was stopped by the District Administration. When the photographer insisted on clicking the picture the notice was torn by a staff member. The warning was computer typed on a piece of white paper.

In the absence of the warning, notice, visitors continued to drink water unware of the threat. No one stopped them from doing so even as all the employees knew that the water was unfit for drinking.

When a man, drinking water from the cooler was told that the water was not clean, he was surprised and said he would lodge a complaint in this regard with the Deputy Commissioner.

Some employees on the condition of anonymity said the warming notice had been put up for the past many days but the person responsible to get the snag rectified was not bothered and the visitors, most of whom were illiterate, were drinking the water.

They added that they had come to know about the contamination of water after some employees suffered from gastro-enteritis. The warning notice was put up on the cooler by one of us only to prevent innocent people from falling ill. Things go on like this but nobody cares,’’ said one of the staff members.

Dr Jaswant Singh, General Assistant to Deputy Commissioner, when contacted said he did not know about the warning pasted on the cooler. He said he would look into the matter on the next working day and get the problem solved. 



Tyre-melting unit causing air pollution
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
A large number of residents of Gill village, especially those residing in the Railway colony, today staged a demonstration before a tyre-melting unit in the area which was causing pollution in the area by emitting foul gases due to the burning of the tyres and other products.

The residents had resorted to the same measure a couple of months ago and had also forced the authorities to close down the unit, but the owners re-started the unit yesterday, allegedly with the help of certain influential politicians as well as local police officers. The residents have filed a complaint with the Maraudo police post also. The police have called both the parties tomorrow for sorting out the issue.

Tension engulfed the area in the morning only as people came out on the streets finding it difficult to tolerate the smell emanating from the unit. Mr Jatinder Kumar Bawa, a harassed resident, said the unit was damaging the environment and people were finding it hard to breathe when the unit burns the tyres.

A visit to the area revealed that the residents were actually having a tough time. The furnace where the tyres were burnt was installed in the centre of an open plot. It had no chimney and the smoke was engulfing the houses. It was difficult to breathe there. People had to stand their by covering their faces.

The panchayat of Gill village was also supporting the residents of the Railway Colony and they have filed a joint complaint with the Maraudo police post. Sensing law and order problem the police had to arrive at the site. It managed to cool down the tempers and assured proper action.

Sources close to the owners of the plot did not confirm whether the owners had permission for running such a unit in a residential area or not. They, however, claimed that the owner had leased the land to some person who had opened the unit here.

Police sources said they were verifying whether the man had permission for burning the tyres there and what kind of violations amounting to damage to environment was being made.



Judicial Magistrates join duty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
Eight newly appointed Judicial Magistrates today joined here. Their appointment will certainly provide relief to the overburdened judicial officers. It will also prove helpful to the litigants as they will not get long adjournments.

Judicial Magistrates-cum-Civil Judge (Junior Division) who joined here are: Mr Manoj Kumar, Mr Shatin Goyal, Ms Rajwinder Kaur Bhatti, Mr Krishan Kant Jain, Ms Rajni Chhokar, Ms Ravi Inder Kaur, Mr Manjinder and Mr K.K. Singla.



Bhog in mishap victim’s memory
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
Bhog of akhand path was held at a gurdwara in gali number 4 of Shimla Puri today in memory of Twinkle, a student of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, who died in the recent train-van collision at an unmanned railway crossing near Himmat Nagar.

Relatives, residents of the colony and staff members of the school attended the bhog and consoled the family members of the victim. Bhog of akhand path in memory of Simrandeep Singh Birdi, another victim of the accident, was held at his residence in gali number 10 of Shimla Puri, followed by kirtan at Gurdwara Nanak Darbar, gali number 4, Shimla Puri, yesterday.

Meanwhile, the management of Gurdwara Sahibzada Baba Jorawar Singh began an akhand path near the crossing. The akhand path began this morning, which was attended by residents of the colony. The bhog will be organised on Sunday, to be followed by kirtan and langar. 



Trader cheated of crores
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, May 14
The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Sanjiv Kumar, Rakesh, Ajay Kumar and Gian Chand of S.R.Plastic Alpine Limited, Cheema Chowk, for allegedly defrauding a Dhuri-based trader, Mr Ramesh Kumar, of crores.

Mr Ramesh Kumar, who runs a plastic business at Sadar Bazar in Dhuri, had complained to the police that the accused forged his signatures on a form and defrauded him of crores of rupees.

Fraud: The Salem Tabri police on Wednesday registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC on a statement of Ms Surinder Kaur, resident of New Janak Puri, against Madan and his wife Balwinder, residents of Aman Nagar Colony.

Ms Surinder Kaur had alleged that she had paid Rs 1lakh to the accused for sending her son to a foreign country. But the accused neither sent her son abroad, nor returned the money.

Murder bid: The Division No. 8 police has registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 342, 506 and 34 of the IPC and various sections of the Arms Act on a statement of Mr Jai Parkash, councillor and resident of Guru Nanak Pura, against Pawan Kumar, Mintu and two other persons.

The complainant had stated that he received a phone call on Tuesday that some persons had taken his son-in-law Pankaj to a shop and beaten him badly. When he reached the spot along with another person, he saw that Pankaj was lying unconscious on the floor. The accused trained a pistol at his head. But as some people rushed to his rescue, the accused fled the scene.

Assault cases: On a statement of Mr Pardip Singh, resident of Gobindsar Mohalla, the Shimla Puri police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 506 and 34 of the IPC against Amrik Singh, Kala and his bother, residents the same locality.

The complainant had alleged that the accused had stopped him on the road in the locality on Tuesday night and beaten him up. The accused also threatened him.

Another case of alleged assault was registered under Sections 323, 324, 341, 506, 148, 149 and 295-A of the IPC at the same police station on a statement of Mr Arwinder Singh, a resident of Ranjit Nagar, against Bhinda, Babbu, Billu, Mintu, Dhanjal, Swaran Singh and Manmohan Singh.

The complainant had stated that the accused had intercepted him near a gurdwara at Kot Mangal Singh Mohalla on Monday and beaten him up. The accused also threatened him and used abusive language about his caste. One of the accused, Babbu, is the son of Mr Swaran Singh Maholi, councillor.

The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 341, 506 and 34 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Mohinder Pal, resident of Partap Singh Wala, against Manpreet Singh, his father Charan Singh and Beena, residents of the same locality.

The complainant had stated that the accused had stopped him on Monday night, beaten him up and also threatened him.

On a statement of Ms Paramjit Kaur, resident of Mujara village, the Sahnewal police has registered a case under Sections 325 and 34 of the IPC against Amarjit Kaur, her husband Tirath Singh and daughter Jyoti. Ms Paramjit Kaur had stated that the accused stopped her in the village on Sunday, beaten her up and broke her teeth.

Scooter recovered: The Haibowal police has registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma, resident of Street No. 2 of Pawitter Nagar, against Jatinder Singh, resident of Joshi Nagar.

The police said the accused, who was driving a stolen Honda Activa scooter, was asked to stop at a naka by the police. But the accused ran away leaving the scooter behind on Friday last.

Injured: The Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Rattan Singh, resident of MIG Flats on Dugri Road, against Arwinder Singh, a resident of Barewal village.

The complainant had stated that the accused, who was driving an Esteem car, hit him in front of Grewalz Hotel on the Ferozepore Road on Wednesday and sped away, leaving him injured on the road.

The Division No. 6 police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC on a statement of Mr Amrit Sharma, resident of Sector 32-A of PUDA Urban Estate on Chandigarh Road, against Darshan Singh.

The complainant had stated that the accused, who was driving a Santro car, hit his motor cycle in front of the Fire Brigade on the GT Road. He was injured and admitted to CMC Hospital on May 5.



29 printers to attend fest in Germany
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
A group of 29 young professionals in printing industry representing the North India Printers’ Association (NIPA), an apex body of printers, will visit Germany from May 15 to 19 to attended DRUPA-2004, a festival considered a pilgrimage for printers. The festival is held at the birthplace of Johannes Guttenberg, the father of modern printing, near Main Messe, Dusseldorf.

This is a single largest representation by an organisation from northern India, representing Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. Delegates include printers from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Delhi, etc.

NIPA aims at promoting and developing printing industry and looking into the hardship and problems being faced by the industry in this part of country. According to Mr Kamal Chora, general secretary of NIPA, in the present era when technology was progressing at a breakneck speed, there was a need for awareness, which could be generated by group discussions, participating in seminars, sharing knowledge and taking part in trade fairs etc.

Therefore, to educate the members and other professionals of the region, NIPA decided to organise the group tour to DRUPA-2004. Held once every four years at Dusseldorf (Germany), DRUPA is the biggest trade fare of printing and allied machinery in the world.

The group will also visit Paris from May 19 to 21, before returning to India. The main objective of the organisation is to promote and develop printing industry of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.




Ludhiana, May 14
Samsung India is holding an exhibition of products like refrigerators, airconditioners and televisions. The exhibition, which started at Hotel Le Baron, opposite Punjab Agricultural University, here on Friday, will continue for four days. OC 


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