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Two nursing homes face criminal cases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, East, has asked the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to register cases against Ludhiana Nursing Home Private Limited and Trehan Surgical Centre and Nursing Home, Ludhiana, for making fictitious entries in their records regarding dates of birth.

The SSP has also been asked to register cases against Ms Manjeet Kaur, wife of Mr Goda Singh, and Mr Rajan Kwatra, son of Mr Om Parkash Kwatra, who have allegedly submitted false affidavits.

Giving details, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, here today said Ms Manjeet Kaur had given an application for registration of the date of birth of her son as April 25, 1999. She had claimed that he was born in Ludhiana Nursing Home Private Limited. Similarly, Mr Rajan Kwatra had given an application for registration of date of birth of his daughter as November 16, 2001. He had claimed that she was born at Trehan Surgical Centre and Nursing Home, Ludhiana. The cases were regarding the late registration of date of births.

When the cases came to the SDM, Ludhiana (East), for inquiry, he summoned the original records of both nursing homes. On the scrutiny of the records of Ludhiana Nursing Home Private Limited, he found that entry regarding Ms Manjeet Kaur had been made at Serial No 22 on April 25, 1999, but a perusal of the register clearly showed that the entry had been made later on and overwriting had been done on original serial Nos from 22 to 26.

Similarly, a scrutiny of the register of Trehan Surgical Centre and Nursing Home, Ludhiana, showed that the entry regarding Ms Aarti, wife of Mr Rajan Kwatra, had been made at serial No. 420 in an empty row in the register and the original serial No. 420 had been renamed as 420-A. Moreover, the patients whose names appeared at serial Nos. 417 to 419 had been shown to be admitted in December, 2001, whereas Ms Aarti had been shown to be admitted on November 16, 2001.

Mr Prem Chand, SDM, came to the conclusion that both applicants had given false affidavits and the nursing homes had tempered with their records.

Before writing to the SSP, legal opinion of the District Attorney was also obtained. The District Attorney had opined that prima facie an offence under Section 420, 465, 467, 468 and 120-B of the IPC was made out. Accordingly, a direction was issued to register criminal cases against the guilty.



President keeps his word
Orders regularisation of job of local painter
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
The President of India, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has kept his promise of providing a job to a local talented-but-poverty-stricken painter, Ashok Kumar Goswami, who had gifted President his portrait during his maiden visit to the city in September last year.

Mr Kalam is, however, yet to fulfil the second promise of providing immediate financial help of Rs 20,000 to the 19-year-old painter. The President was quite moved by the poor condition of the painter, who was working at a temporary Rs 1,000 per month class IV job in the Municipal Corporation here.

The orders of the President made through the Governor of Punjab, Justice O.P. Verma, directed the local MC to regularise his job.

Extremely elated at the receipt of the orders, Ashok revealed that he was very disappointed as over nine months had passed and he had not heard from the President. “The regularisation of my current job would help me a lot. I can study more now and may get a higher job in future’’ he said.

He was hopeful that the second promise would also be fulfilled soon. “I will get what is in my fate,’’ he said, saying that he could have used the money to learn finer points of art.

Ashok lives with his parents and younger brother and sister in a rented one-room house in Shimlapuri. He loved drawing since childhood and soon graduated to portrait making. He has so far concentrated on making portraits of famous personalities. Ashok wants his two siblings to study a lot and help his parents as well.

He has been successful in presenting sketches to Kapil Dev, Govinda, Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley, singer Harbhajan Mann, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh among others.

Capt Amarinder Singh was quite impressed with his portrait and ordered his appointment as a temporary peon with the MC.



40 police officials transferred
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 22
As many as 40 police officials, including two Inspectors and four Sub-Inspectors, have been transferred in the Khanna police district by the SSP Khanna, Mr Pramod Ban, on administrative grounds. According to the orders, all transferred officials have been directed to report immediately at their new posting.

As per the orders, Inspector Kaka Singh has been posted in charge of the homicide staff from district control room, Khanna, Inspector Kulwant Singh has been sent to the police lines. He was earlier in charge of the criminal investigation staff. Sub-Inspector Gurjit Singh, who was attached with the SSP, has been appointed in charge of the CIA Khanna, Sub-Inspector Dilbagh Singh has been posted in CIA headquarters Khanna, Sub-Inspector, Tejinderjit Singh has been sent to district control room from the police lines, Sub-Inspector Jasdev Singh has been posted at district control room from police station, Samrala. Beside these officers, as many as 15 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, Ashok Kumar, Hardev Singh, Gurnam Singh, Balkar Singh, Gurmail Singh, Malkit Singh, Om Parkash, Sukhvir Singh, Dilawar Singh, Mohan Lal, Malkit Singh, Manmohan Singh, Harbans Singh, Devinder Singh and Avtar Singh have been transferred from their present posts.

The SSP has also ordered the transfer of the following head constables and constables in the same order sheet: head constable Sukhdev Singh, head constable Sohan Singh, head constable Baldev Singh, Pala Singh, Ranjit Singh, Amrik Singh, Desh Ramand Rajesh Sharma, and constables Tarlochan Singh, Karamjit Singh, Bhagwant Singh, Pawan Kumar, Sudagar Singh, Chanchal Singh, Navtej Singh, Rashpal Singh, Mohinder Singh and Harpreet Singh.



Disruption in loading of containers hit exports
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 22
The suspension of loading of containers from the inland container depot (ICD) for Mumbai port for a period of 10 days has hit the export operations from the city. Exporters allege that no prior notice was given to them in this regard as a result of which their shipments will be delayed, leading to financial losses.

According to Mr S.C. Ralhan, Regional Chairman of Engineering Export Promotion Council, the local exporters stand to lose crores of rupees in this regard. He said the ICD authorities and the Container Corporation of India (ConCor) should have given prior intimation so that the exporters could have rescheduled the despatch of goods and in desirable cases could have intimated the buyers about it.

Inquiries made by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the Mumbai-bound containers were not being loaded because the tracks on the trunk line were under repair and the railway authorities had asked for some more time to provide an alternate route for the movement of goods trains to Mumbai. While the alternate route might be available in the next few days, the ConCor officials were confident that a few racks carrying containers for Mumbai port could leave from the ICD here in the next few days after obtaining clearance from the Railways.

Loading of containers meant for other ports was, however, unaffected.

Both Overseas Warehousing Corporation and the Punjab Warehousing Corporation are facing a problem of storage of empty containers. Since the outward movement of containers was yet to resume the exporters were hesitating in accepting empty containers with the apprehension that the container freight station (CFS) might demand ground rent of stuffed containers till these were loaded on trains, which could further add to the cost of finished goods and transportation.

The clearing and forwarding agents at the ICD here revealed that as almost 50 per cent of the exports from the region were made through the Mumbai port they were feeling the pinch of the suspension of movement.



Railway employees stage dharna, gherao official
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
Members of the Northern Railway Men Union, today staged a dharna to protest against the alleged misbehaviour of an official of the Railways who, the unionists claimed, had been abusing and threatening employees.

Led by Mr Ram Kumar, president of the union the employees gheraoed the official concerned for three hours. They sat outside his office at 2 p.m. and started raising slogans against him. They added that they would not tolerate his autocratic style of working.

The dharna was lifted only after the intervention of senior officials who held a meeting with the union leaders. The meeting was going on till the filing of this report. The employees said the decision to call off the protest would be taken after the meeting only.

Mr Ram Kumar, said the official misbehaved with employees and was even used abusive language.

The union leaders alleged that they had gone for a meeting with him but the official did not listen to them and abused and threatened them with dire consequences, which led to the dharna. Mr Ram Kumar said, ‘‘He had been threatening to mark employees absent or put them on double duty if they protested against his behaviour. 



‘Victim’ turns accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
The ‘kidnapping’ case of a focal point resident has proved to be a stage-managed one. The police today presented the alleged victim-turned-accused, Raj Kumar, before mediapersons. He said he had concocted a story of his kidnapping to falsely implicate a relative of his.

Raj Kumar, employed at a ‘dharam kanda’ in the Focal Point area, was allegedly kidnapped from his office by some persons last week. A ransom note was also found at that place. Later, the ‘kidnappers’ called at his house and demanded money for his release. However, the police traced the call at which the alleged victim returned home on his own. He claimed he managed to hoodwink the ‘kidnappers’, but the police was not convinced.

Raj Kumar said he wanted to implicate his sister’s husband, who owed him Rs 50,000, but was not returning it.



Gang of thieves busted, two held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
The city police today arrested two members of a gang which was involved in stealing things or accessories from cars.
Mr Mandeep Singh, SP (detective), stated in a press note issued here today that the two were caught when they were trying to steal some goods from a car parked on the Mall. They have been identified as Bittu of Ashok Nagar and Avtar Singh of Dugri. Their scooter has also been impounded.

The police later raided their hide-outs and recovered a number of stolen items worth over Rs 2 lakh. The items included eight cameras, a handy video camera, three mobile phones, two CD players, one car stereo, four walkmans, six watches, two digital dairies, three VIP briefcases, three bags, three suitcases, some gold ornaments and perfumes. Gang member, Sunil Kumar of Rishi Nagar, is still on the run.



At the Crossroads
Poets as messengers of peace

IT is learnt that the 10th World Punjabi Conference will be held in Chandigarh from May 28 to 30 in which, besides others, 200 prominent Punjabis from Pakistan will participate. This news has revived the memory of the Indo-Pak poetic symposium, termed as Jashn-e-Sahir (2004), organised in the city last month by Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy). In this Mushaira prominent Pakistani poets, such as Ahmed Faraz, Azhar Javed, Bushra Rahman, Zakia Ghazal, Shahid Wasti and Qaiser Najafi, participated with great enthusiasm as they had come to this side of the border after long years. Indeed that was a memorable event.

But still more memorable was the get-together with the Pakistani poets, held the next evening, on the pool side at the South City. The bonhomie that was observed on that occasion reflected in a way the soundness of linguistic and cultural ties between the two countries. It turned out to be a meeting between long lost friends, although most of the litterateurs were meeting with one another for the first time. Nothing appeared to have been missing, except the period of a little more than half a century when the country was partitioned. The twain had met again without any rancour or bitterness.

Primarily the credit for creating such an atmosphere of cordiality among the poets, story tellers and journalists of India and Pakistan, as witnessed in this city recently, goes to Dr. Kewal Dhir, general secretary of Adeeb International. He is a well-known Urdu short story writer whose works have been translated into English and Punjabi. He was awarded Shiromani Urdu Sahitkar Award by the Punjab Government in 1997. Besides, he had been honoured with ‘Munshi Prem Chand Fiction Award’ by Ghalib Cultural Academy, Karnataka in 1989.

Dr Dhir works in an unobtrusive manner and is no publicity seeker. He is no poet, nor is he fond of quoting Urdu couplets in his conversation with others. Under the aegis of Adeeb International, the prestigious Sahir Award was conferred on Begum Bushra Rahman (eminent novelist), Ahmed Faraz (eminent poet) and Gulzar Javed (eminent writer and editor of the monthly Chahar-Soo, Rawalpindi) in the 32nd Mushaira held on April 24, 2004 at Panday Auditorium, Ludhiana.

Begum Bushra Rahman presided over the Mushaira but in it Ahmed Faraz was the towering personality. In the get-together the next evening, Bushra Rahman stole the show. She was there like the presiding deity. It appeared as if she had a rendezvous with each and every litterateur present there. For the younger generation she offered plenty of advice in regard to various issues of the present-day world. She interspersed her recitation of verses, both ghazal and nazm, with topics concerning life, literature and culture. She bewitched the audience for a long time. The time stood still and her intoned voice reverberated in the air. Prof M.S. Cheema and Mr Y.P.S. Bhalla shared their views with her in a forthright manner.

In the city where in the early forties of the 20th century, Abdul Hye came on the scene as Sahir (magician), Bushra had cast a spell on the second and third generation in the early years of the first decade of the 2st century. Sahir Ludhianvi had predicted in his inimitable manner years ago — “In the days to come other poets, better than me, and other listeners, better than you, would visit this earth”.

— N.S. Tasneem



Aggarwal  Sammelan poll on May 27
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 22
The elections to the central body of the Akhil Bharatiya Aggarwal Sammelan for the next term will be held at Indore (Madhya Pradesh) on May 30. In order to facilitate the delegates from Punjab to cast their votes here, Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, president of the state unit has been nominated assistant election officer for Punjab by the election officer, Mr Babu Ram Gupta.

In a press note here today, Mr Aggarwal stated that the eligible voters from the city and elsewhere from the state could cast their votes on May 27 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 30-A, Raj Bhawan, Aggar Nagar, Ludhiana.



18 marriages solemnised
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, May 22
As many as 18 marriages of needy couples were solemnised by the Ambedkar Club here today. The ceremony was attended by Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Minister for Jails, who appreciated the efforts of the club. Mr Brimi said the organisation was serving the humanity by organising such ceremonies. The couples were given material in cash and kind.



Cricketer’s death mourned
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 22
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) has mourned the untimely death of former cricketer Dharam Raj, who died recently following a cardiac arrest.

Mr Rajinder Nath Mahajan, president of the LDCA, along with Mr Chaman Lal Malhotra and Mr Vinod Chitkara, senior vice-president and general secretary, respectively, of the association have expressed grief over Dharam’s demise. 



Body handed over to family
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 22
The police has handed over the body of Paramjit Singh Pamma (18) of Behrampur Zimidara village to his family after a post-mortem examination. Paramjit had died due to drowning in the Bathinda canel.



Miscreants kill dera sevadar
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 22
A sevadar of a dera was killed while another one was injured late last night when some miscreants attacked a dera at Daumajra village, near Payal.
According to information, some miscreants forcibly entered the dera at Daumajra village and started beating up Dashrath, a sevadar and resident of Uttar Pradesh, and residing at the dera. He was beaten to death with huge sticks while his companion Bagga was severely injured in the mishap.

The body of the sevadar was sent for a post-mortem examination.The injured has been admitted to DMC Hospital at Ludhiana. The preliminary investigation has been started by the police but no case was registered till the filing of the report.

6 booked for robbery bid

Ludhiana: The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC against Kalva, his wife Lami, Maya and Mukesh, all residents of the Santosh Pura colony at Phillaur, and Rakesh and Muni, alias Seeta Rani, residents of the Gaushala road, near Sant Nagar, at Mandi Gobindgarh following a tip-off. The police said it had received information that the accused, who were armed with weapons, were meeting near Nurpur Bet village and planning to commit a robbery. No arrest has been made. The case has been handed over to the SI Tehal Singh of CIA(headquarters) for further investigation.

Man booked for rape bid

The Division number 7 police yesterday registered a case against Kamaljit alias Mintu, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar following a complaint lodged by resident of the same locality. The FIR alleged the accused had tried to rape a five-year-old girl in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar on May 16. No arrest has been made.

Cyclist killed

On a complaint lodged by Joga Ram, a resident of Sandhu Camp at Rajpura, the Salem Tabri police yesterday booked Darshan Singh, driver of bus(PB-23A-1289) belonging to New Patiala Company. The complainant had alleged that his brother Kalu was seriously injured when the bus being driven by Darshan Singh hit Kalu’s cycle near the Karabara chowk on Friday. Kalu was admitted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No arrest has been made.

Woman threatened

The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case on a statement of Punam Behal, a resident of New Atam Nagar on the Jassian road, against Suman Sharma, a resident of the same locality. The woman had alleged that the accused abused and threatened her in New Atam Nagar on April 24.

Undertrials hurt in brawl

The Division number 6 police yesterday registered a case against undertrials Rakesh Mishra, a migrant labvourer from Bihar, and Gurmit, alias Bunty, a resident of Guru Nanak Colony. The accused were being taken back to the jail from the courts in the evening after a hearing. On the way, the two clashed with each other near the Samrala chowk. The two were injured in the clash.

15 bottles of liquor seized

The Sadar police yesterday arrested Raju Singh, a resident of Rajapur village, at a naka for being in possession of 15 bottles of illicit liquor. A case under the Excise Act was registered against him.

500 gm of opium seized

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The local police has seized 500 gm of opium from two scooter-borne narcotic paddlers. Mr Mukand Singh Mahli, DSP at Malerkotla, said, Kulbir Singh of Hamidi village and Balwinder Singh, alias Pappu, of Gandhi Nagar, Rampura Phul were arrested by a police party during a routine checking. As many as 500 gm of opium was recovered from their possession. The narcotic had been brought from Haryana. The police has registered an FIR under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Man defrauded of Rs 3.15 lakh

Sahnewal: Mohan Lal, a factory owner at Jandiali village, has complained that Raman Kumar, son of his late brother Pritpal Singh, who is no longer partner in the factory, has sold the machinery of the factory worth Rs 3,15,000. A case has been registered under Sections 54 and 380 of the IPC at the Sahnewal police station against Raman Kumar. No arrests has been made.



Manmohan urged to check steel prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
The Ludhiana Hand-tool Association, while welcoming the appointment of Mr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister, has appealed to him to check the increase in steel prices and hoped that the prices would be lowered in the next few days.

Mr S.C. Ralhan, president of the association, said the prices of scrap had come down by $ 25 and the prices of iron-ore were down by 45 per cent to $ 40 per tonne in the international market. The association has written to the government to import 6 lakh tonnes of steel within the next six months to bridge the gap between demand and supply. The matter is under consideration of the government. The prices of steel in China have come down and now importers have started importing steel from China and the consignments are expected to arrive in India within a forthnight.

The association also passed a resolution to represent the case to the Punjab Chief Minister for the release of freight assistance to Punjab exporters. Some members showed their resentment and concern, as Punjab is not showing any interest for the growth of export from the state and the Punjab Government is keeping silence on the disbursement of freight assistance.

He said we have written to Mr B.S. Minhas, Secretary, SSI, for setting up a R and D Centre for Hand-tools at Ludhiana. The Entrepreneur Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, has already submitted a report to the Ministry of SSI recommending the same.

He informed the members that he has already met Mr Arun Goel, managing director, PSIEC limited, who assured them that the hand-tool industry would set up the R and D centre for Handtool at Ludhiana. 



Consultancy firm gets ISO certificate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 22
North India Technical Consultancy Organisation (NITCON), a public sector industrial, Technical and Management Consultancy organisation and a joint venture of All India Financial Institutions, State level financial institutions and Nationalised Banks, has been awarded ‘ISO 9001:2000’ which confirms that in house procedures, systems and practices adopted by the organisation are in line with international practices.

A statement issued by the outfit stated that they have conducted 271 Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) and trained around 7,000 potential entrepreneurs out of which 3,500 trainees have already started their business/industrial ventures in Punjab.

NITCON in association with the Knitwear Club, Ludhiana, have successfully completed instructional phase of technology based Entrepreneurship Development Programmes exclusively for knitwear and garment industry at Ludhiana which were conducted on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.

As many as 22 candidates, who have science and technology background, have successfully completed the programme today. The programme is now in follow-up phase and all the successful trainees are in the process of setting up their own ventures in garment and knitwear in or around Ludhiana.

Speakers like Mr J.N. Vohra, a former GM, Hosiery Development Corporation, Col D.S. Cheema, Director, International Management Studies, Mr A.K. Agrnihotri, Task Force leader, project Uptech, State Bank of India, Mr Vinod Thapar, President, knitwear club, and Mr Vijay Arora, Senior consultant, NITCON shared their views with the trainees during the programme. Mr R.C. Chopra, Director, Small Industries Service Institute, Ludhiana, proposed a vote of thanks.


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