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Rain brings respite, storm wreaks havoc
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 7
Heavy rain and thunderstorm brought much-awaited respite from heat last night, but wreaked havoc as well. The strong winds threw life out of gear by sweeping away roofs, uprooting trees and damaging power supply and telephone wires.

While a cool breeze blew throughout the day today and the mercury plummeted, city residents faced many difficulties due to the large-scale damage by the furious winds.

Several walls or portions of old buildings could not withstand the onslaught of the elements. No loss of life was reported from the city.

A fully grown peepul tree fell on a house near the division 4 police station. A tree fell in front of the house of city SSP Narinderpal Singh, due to which one part of the double-lane road remained blocked for most part of the day. Several trees could be seen lying uprooted on the Ludhiana-Jagraon road, the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road and the Ludhiana-Khanna highway.

Residents of Railway Colony, near the diesel engine workshop shed, came out when a huge wall of the shed fell on the road. No one was trapped under the debris. The residents blamed the inferior material used in the construction and demanded a high-level inquiry.

Power supply and telephone wires were damaged at many places. At a few places, poles were uprooted or bent from the middle. At a few places, poles or trees had fallen on transformers, snapping power supply and damaging equipment.

The PSEB and the Telephone department linemen were busy since morning in repair work and restored normal supply in the afternoon.

Innumerable plants and saplings on the GT Road were damaged and tree guards for their protection were lying broken.



Storm disrupts power supply
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 7
High-velocity winds caused massive damage to electricity poles and wires here and 65 surrounding villages last night. Power supply was partly restored in the area today. Around 50 poles fell and brokes resulting in disruption of power supply in the area. 



Infighting blamed for Cong defeat in LS poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
Infighting among different factions of the party, several power centres working at cross purposes, coupled with total non-cooperation by party councillors, office-bearers of the district block, ward level units and front organisations led to the debacle of the Congress candidate from Ludhiana, Mr Manish Tiwari.

This was asserted in a joint memorandum submitted to the All-India Congress Committee by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the National organisation of Government Employees, the Indian National Bank Employees Congress and the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum. Interestingly, Mr Sushil Malhotra, who was working in the media cell of the Congress nominee in the recently held Lok Sabha poll, was also among one of the signatories of the memorandum.

It was pointed out that poor organisational set up of the party at the grass-roots level and luke warm attitude of front organisations and different cells of the PPCC like the Youth Congress, the Mahila Congress, the National Students Union of India, INTUC, the SC/ST Cell, the Backward Classes Cell, the Sewa Dal, the Minorities Cell, the Labour and Employment Cell, the Teachers Cell failed to mobilse the electorate in favour of the party, which led to its poor performance.

The memorandum further maintained that fierce infighting between factions of the Congress owing allegiance to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also adversely affected the poll prospects of the Congress not only in Ludhiana but elsewhere as well. In Ludhiana, the denial of party ticket to sitting MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, and nomination of Mr Manish Tiwari in his place, who was considered an outsider, also played the spoilsport.

The bodies, which submitted the memorandum to the party high command, strongly believed that the Congress government in Punjab failed to take timely steps to alter its course and initiate welfare measures to provide relief to all sections of society. The vindictive attitude towards the erstwhile ruling coalition of the SAD and the BJP and the anti-people policies further increased the gap between the rulers and the ruled. Resultantly, the Congress, which had inflicted a humiliating defeat upon its opponents in the Assembly and the civic elections some time ago, came a cropper in the Lok Sabha poll, the memorandum added.



Gas agency manager robbed of Rs 58,000
Tribune News Service

Policemen check vehicles as part of a drive launched
Policemen check vehicles as part of a drive launched in Ludhiana after a spate of robberies. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 7
Two armed robbers looted Rs 58,000 from a manager of a LPG agency near Doraha under the Khanna police district this evening. The police remained on alert today as nakkas were erected on various roads.

The manager was interestingly carrying the cash in a bag on a bicycle from Mallipur village to Doraha when the two persons came from behind on a scooter and robbed him at gunpoint. The alleged victim was employed with Gian Gas Services. He claimed he always travelled on a bicycle from the village to Doraha as the distance was just 3 km.

In another incident at Ludhiana, unidentified thieves stole Rs 25,000 from a bag containing Rs 35,000 belonging to a trader from Barnala while he was travelling in a bus near Bharat Chowk in the city yesterday. The police kept the incident under wraps. It came to light today when the victim, Subash Chand, informed mediapersons about the incident and alleged that the police was not registering the case.

City police sources, however, said the police was verifying the complaint. Mr Subash Chand claimed that he had kept the money in a bag and someone cut it open from a side and took away Rs 25,000.

The police organised a checking and surveillance operation in the city. Stepping up the vigil, the police erected nakkas at all entry and exit points of the city. No vehicle especially two-wheelers and cars were allowed to go past the nakkas without verification of the papers and the antecedents of the drivers.

The nakkas were not manned by junior rank officials as the SHOs and even the DSPs were seen frisking people and checking vehicles.



MC gears up to tackle gastro threat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
In the wake of reports of outbreak of gastroenteritis in several towns in the state, the Municipal Corporation is putting its act together to take adequate preventive measures against the disease in the city, which, of late, had almost become almost a regular feature at this particular time of the year.

Sanitation, cleaning of sewer lines and open drains were being accorded top priority with the sanitation staff directed to be on duty even on holidays and 35 sewer cleaning machines having been deployed in different parts of the city to make it clean and free of garbage.

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, convened a meeting of the civic officials, responsible for sanitation, water supply and sewerage on Saturday to take stock of the situation.

He issued directions to streamline the entire operation, making it clear that laxity by the officials or the staff would not be tolerated.

Seeking cooperation of the city residents against the outbreak of gastroenteritis, the Commissioner remarked that the people should supplement and strengthen the efforts of the civic body by keeping their surroundings clean. The food should be kept covered, overripe or cut fruits should not be consumed, substandard soft drinks, candies and ice cream should be avoided and special attention should be paid to personal hygiene.

The people would do well to dispose of the garbage and domestic waste in the garbage containers or filth depots.

While claiming that the corporation was making available potable and properly chlorinated water through an extensive network, Mr Sharma told that 240 samples of drinking water were being collected every day from different city localities both by the MC staff and the district health administration.

The MC had set up 16 teams of civic employees for this purpose. However, he asked the city residents, at the same time, to thoroughly clean their overhead water storage tanks and to keep them covered. It was also suggested that the people should keep an eye on their domestic water connections against any leakage or damaged pipes.

The MC, he said, was keeping a close vigil on the complaints about water supply and sewerage in the city, which were being attended to on a top priority basis. In case of any complaint or problem, the residents could contact their respective Zonal Offices, Superintending Engineer (O and M) or health officers concerned or in case of delay in redressal of complaint, the matter could be brought to the notice of Mr Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner, who had been designated the overall incharge for supervision.



Headless bodies of man, woman found
Tribune News Service

Laddowal, June 7
The headless bodies of a man and a woman, suspected to be lovers, were recovered under mysterious circumstances from the Ludhiana-Jalandhar rail line near Laddowal village this morning.

The Railway Police is conducting investigations under Section 174, CrPc. It believes that it may be a case of suicide as there may have been some problems in the union of the lovers.

The police, however, was not ruling out a murder angle. There were no injury marks on other parts of the bodies. Police sources said there could be a possibility that someone had killed them elsewhere and dumped the bodies on the tracks.

The police has not recovered any suicide note. The bodies could not be identified till late evening.

The deceased could be around 20 years old. They seemed to be migrant labourers and were found lying close to each other on the tracks.



SGPC poll: SSF to tie up with like-minded parties
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF), even though upset over the denial of voting rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs, has decided to join hands with like-minded parties in the ensuing elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Paramjit Singh Ranu, president of the body, observed that the SSF would play a significant role in electing educated and honest persons with a clean image to the highest temporal body of the Sikhs to rid the SGPC of such Akali Dal leaders who had misused religion for achieving their political ends.

He further said that the undesirable dispute of Sehajdhari versus Amritdhari had caused irreparable damage to the Sikh religion, society and culture.

Commenting on the allotment of the ticket for the SGPC poll by former Chief Minister and President of the SAD Parkash Singh Badal, he alleged that most of the nominees of the SAD were tainted and a majority of the candidates were personal loyalists of Mr Badal.

“The loyalty to Mr Badal even in anti-Panthic and corrupt activities rather than devotion to the Panth appears to be the sole criterion for allotment of the party ticket by the SAD chief.”

Dr Ranu said barring the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Left parties, all other secular parties had maintained a silence over the unjust treatment of the Sehajdhari Sikhs which amounted to bowing down before the communal tactics of the Akali leadership. He gave a call to all secular forces to strengthen the hands of the SSF to cleanse the SGPC and free it from the clutches of corrupt Akali leaders.

The SSF president maintained that the federation was fighting a prolonged legal battle against denial of voting rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs and vowed that it would continue till justice was granted to the sizeable section of the Sikh community.



Sikh bodies to field joint candidates
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 7
Local Sikh organisations have protested against the SAD decision to reject applications of all local Akali aspirants for the SGPC poll. Representatives of these organisations have resolved to field candidates jointly. 



Badal has politicised Akal Takht: Mann
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 7
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar ) will support candidates with a religious background in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections, said Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President SAD (A), during a press conference at Gurdwara Singh Sabha here today.

The SAD (A) had no moral right to launch any morcha against the supply of Punjab waters to other states as the people of the state and the kisan unions had returned 11 candidates of the SAD and two candidates of the Congress Parliament and had backed the policies of both the parties who were responsible for this deal.

The Rajiv-Longowal Accord was responsible for the SYL Canal issue whereas members of the SAD never raised their voice against this issue in Parliament and did not support him (Mr Mann) when he raised this issue. Mr Parkash Singh Badal was present during the three visits of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who bluntly supported the merger of the river waters. The BJP had supported for the abolition of Article 370, then where do we stand on the Anandpur Sahib resolution by supporting the BJP, he maintained. Capt Amarinder Singh was like an “agent” of Ms Sonia Gandhi whereas Mr Badal supported Mr Vajpayee.

Mr Mann accused Mr Badal of politicising the Akal Takht. It was the first time in the Sikh history that the Akal Takht Jathedar had read the speech of Mr Parkash Singh Badal by calling the Sikh organisations as so-called ‘akhauti’. He critisised Mr Badal, who called all his opponents as agents of the Congress.

Later, Mr Mann, accompanied by hundreds of his party activists got the nomination papers of his District Youth Akali Dal president Ravinder Singh Khalsa filed for the Amloh SGPC constituency here today. He also inaugurated the election office of Mr Khalsa in the old grain market and appealed to the people to caste their votes in favour of Mr Khalsa “who was an honest and a staunch Gursikh”.

Mr Sucha Singh, president, SAD (A), Amloh (Urban), Mr Krishan Singh Salana, president SAD (Rural), Mr Imman Singh Mann, Mr Nazar Singh, general secretary, District Youth Akali Dal, Mr Amar Singh Khanian and Mr Mal Singh Tibbi also spoke.



Residents upset over non-functional
Improvement Trust
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
The resignation by the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), which will be effective later this month, and the indifference of the officials in virtually headless body has upset the residents of the colonies, developed and maintained by the trust in the city.

Expressing grave concern over the dismal scenario, a meeting of the Maharishi Balmiki Nagar Welfare Association (Block C) observed that the stalemate had adversely affected the welfare and the interests of the residents. According to Mr M.L. Anand, who presided over the meeting, the LIT officials were paying scant attention to the basic needs of the residents like water supply, sewerage, street lights, sanitation, maintenance of roads and development of parks.

The association urged the state government to sort out the issue of the reorganisation of the LIT, if required, and ensure that it functioned in an effective manner.

The residents of the trust colonies were not concerned with political affairs, but what mattered most to them was their basic needs and they expected the LIT to deliver what it had promised.

The meeting also elected the following office-bearers of the association: Mr M.L. Anand - chairman; Mr Manohar Lal Kapoor - vice chairman; Mr Raj Kumar Walia - president; Mr Ramesh Sharma - general secretary; Mr Amrit Lal Jain - secretary; and Mr Mangat Ram Kapoor - financial secretary.



172 delegates take part in Rotary function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
The Rotaract District Organisation, a youth wing of the Rotary International District 3070, organised its annual award function at Government College for Women, here yesterday under the leadership of DRR (District Rotaract Representative) Rajant Deep Kaur. As many as 172 delegates from Punjab, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir participated. District governor, Mr G.S. Bawa, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners. Rajat Deep Kaur, DRR, presented report of the year and highlighted the role of youth in nation building.

She gave away awards to brilliant students in 29 different categories. Hamirpur and Phagwara were adjudged best Institutional and community bases respectively. Mr Sobh Raj Sood and Mr Sukhpal Singh were voted the best rotaract (institution) and (community) respectively. Mrs Esha Dutt was adjudged the best rotaract (female) and Mrs Vibhuti Jain of the college were declared the outstanding rotaractor (female). The Rotary Club, Ludhiana Central, was adjudged the best Rotary Club. 



4 shortlisted for ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’
Our Correspondent

Hena Sharma, Arshpreet Kaur, Namrata, Manveer Sood
Hena Sharma, Arshpreet Kaur, Namrata, Manveer Sood

Ludhiana, June 7
Four budding singers from Ludhiana have been shortlisted for the ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ audition. They will leave for Mumbai for their last screening on June 10.

They owe thier success to the Sangam Kala Group. The four singers are Manveer Sood, Arshpreet Kaur, Namrata and Hena Sharma.



13-year-old girl ‘abducted’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
On the statement of Mr Kamlesh Kumar, a migrant from Balram Pur in Bihar and who is living in Mahajan Street along the Dhuri lines, the Model Town police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against Manoj Kumar, who also hails from the same area in Bihar.

The complainant had stated that Manoj had abducted his 13-year-old daughter Suman on March 14 last and taken her to an undisclosed place. No arrest has been made so far.

4 persons booked: Lav Shakti Sharma, a resident of mohalla Bhagwan Nagar, Janak Rani, Suman and Naveen Kumar were booked on the statement of Mr Kuldeep Singh, who lives on the link road near Dholewal, yesterday.

The complainant had stated that his daughter Rupinder Kaur, aged about 20, had solemnised marriage with Lav Shakti Sharma about a month and a half ago without the permission of her parents. Since the accused mentally tortured his daughter and demanded dowry, she committed suicide by setting herself afire on Friday evening. No arrest has been made so far.

In-laws booked: The Shimla Puri police yesterday registered a case under Section 498-A of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Sunita Verma, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar located on the Daba-Lohara Road, against her husband Vijay Kumar, mother-in-law Raj Rani and Ashwani Kumar, residents of New Subhash Nagar in Basti Jodhewal.

The woman had stated that the accused used to torture her mentally and demanded more dowry. No arrest has been made so far.

Two fraud cases: Harpal Singh of Bhattian village was booked yesterday on the statement of Mr Kuldeep Chand, a resident of the same village. The complainant had stated that Harpal had sold him a plot and he had made full payment to him. But later, he came to know that Harpal had already sold the same plot to someone else.

The Model Town police registered a case yesterday under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC on the statement of Mr. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Ballowal village, against Sukha Singh and some other persons.

The complainant had stated that he was depued of Rs 80,000 by the accused on the pretext of sending him abroad. But they neither sent him abroad nor returned the money.

Cases of assault: On the statement of Mr Gurmel Singh, a resident of Khanpur village, a case was registered against Harnek Singh and his son Jatinder Singh, who live in the same village.

The complainant had stated that the accused came to his farm in a Tata Sumo, beat him up and threatened him on May 31 last. No arrest has been made so far.

On the statement of Fal Kumar, an under-trial from Bihar lodged in the Central Jail, against co-prisoner Rajesh Kumar, who also hails from Bihar and lives in Hargobind Nagar.

The complainant had stated that Rajesh who was already in jail, had beaten him and threatened him when they were taken to the new courts in connection with a hearing on Friday.

Eight persons held: Some gypsies were arrested from the cremation grounds yesterday. They were also booked for allegedly hatching a plan to rob rich families of the area. The arrested persons are Karan, Mangli, Chand Mian, Jayed , Dulla, Bikkar, Shahid and Intash.

Satta operator held: Sudesh Kumar, who lives in Street Number 3 of Maya Puri was booked under the Gambling Act yesterday.

The police said today that the accused was indulging in booking ‘darra’ and ‘satta’ bets at a public place in the area and a sum of Rs 450 was seized from him.

Migrant booked: Sonu, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh and now working in a factory near Partap chowk, was arrested yesterday and a kamanidar knife was sezied from his possession. He was booked under the Arms Act.

Liquor seized: Rajinder Pandey,a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, was arrested and 11 bottles of liquor was seized from his possession. Pandey was booked under the Excise Act.



Exhibition inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 7
The sole selling agents in India for German made STOLL knitting machines, Golf International, organised a three-day exhibition of their products and services, which was inaugurated here today by city Mayor Nahar Singh Gill.

Speaking on the occasion, the company officials observed that the city, known for its hosiery and knitwear all over the world, was on the verge of another industrial revolution with the availability of reconditioned STOLL knitting machines and design system, made by Walter Womer GmbH & Co KG, Pfullingen, Germany. With the rock solid German technology behind them, the machines and design system would lend a helping hand to the local industry in taking bigger strides.


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