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Residents return keys of houses to Improvement Trust Chairman
Protest against mushrooming of slums around colony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
In an unprecedented mode of agitation, the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Block-E, Pakhowal Road, today handed over the keys of their houses to the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust against the mushrooming of slums around their residential area.

The trust authorities had hard time in convincing the residents to wait till July end. They promised that the jhuggis would be removed in the last week of July as the district police could not provide security at this time to the demolition squad due to their preoccupation in view of the SGPC elections.

Led by Mr Pran Nath Bhatia, patron of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Residents Welfare Association, the residents protested outside the office of the LIT today and met the trust Chairman, Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, to hand over the keys to him. Mr Garcha, however, requested them to take back the keys as the LIT would soon fulfil its promise.

The residents claimed that it was impossible for them to live in the vicinity of slum dwellers, who indulged in anti-social activities and littered their colony and parks.

The residents said the jhuggis had sprung up in the area six-seven years ago and following protest by them the jhuggis were razed during the tenure of former trust Chairman M.M. Vyas. These came up again before the elections and some candidates got their names included in the voters’ list. Later, nobody was able to remove them.

Mr Bhatia said more than 250 jhuggis had come up on an area of 475 acres belonging to the Improvement Trust. The jhuggi dwellers were creating problems for them by drawing electricity through “kundis”, thereby increasing the load on the power supply in the area. They reared pigs, which created nuisance by entering the green belts of the colony. Moreover, the jhuggi dwellers used the parks as urinals and open toilets.

The residents threatened that if the LIT authorities did not redress their grievances they would be forced to intensify their agitation. They said they would sit on fast and even gherao the officials if their demands were not met.

Mr Bhatia said it was the duty of the LIT to provide proper environment and proper amenities to the residents as the area was developed by it.



Garcha breaks silence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Listing out his record achievements in the backdrop of the forthcoming reshuffle of corporation board chairpersons, the Chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, today called on the trustees to start working as a support team to him instead of creating hurdles in his way.

Breaking his silence after three months, the Chairman today said that he was a victim of severe criticism not only at the hands of ‘‘development mafia’’ but the trustees also, who, he claimed. had been issuing statements against him without any factual basis.

The differences between Mr Garcha and the six trustees had come to the fore three months ago, when they had claimed that the Chairman was not carrying on the development works in the city and he had even favoured some persons in allotting the plots.

Following the major controversy, Mr Garcha had proceeded on a long leave and had announced that he would be resigning on June 23, after completing his one year in office as he was not able to do justice to the chair due to the corrupt system. He, however, changed his mind and rejoined office a few days ago.

Mr Garcha said that during his one-year-tenure as Chairman of the trust, he had undertaken 36 developmental schemes in 2003-04 and the LIT had spent Rs 5.50 crore on these compared to 33 schemes worth Rs 6.30 crore in 2002-2003. He added that he had also launched three new housing schemes with a cost saving of 18 per cent.

Terming the statements of trustees regarding halting of development projects in the city as ‘‘white lies’’, Mr Garcha said that the proposed City Centre Project was reviewed by him and the trust had saved a lot of money by doing so. He added that the LIT had not made payment to the landowners, whose land was acquired by the trust 30 years ago. ‘’This payment could have been made in two months’ time if the trustees had not rejected the resolution put up to them by me for settling the matter of payments to the dispossessed landowners through court settlement,’’ he maintained.

‘‘Till the time LIT makes payments to the previously dispossessed landowners, the trust has no moral or economic justification to acquire any more land. So I request the trustees to review their decision on the rejected resolution,’’ he added.

He added that in 2002-03, Rs 2.40 crore was spent on commercial schemes. In 2003-04, this came down to Rs 0.80 crore and if the Engineering department of the trust did not comply with basic conditions set by him, the figure would come down to zero.



ASI booked for accepting Rs 100 as bribe
Took money to arrest accused in dowry case
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
Corruption in the police Department is well-known, but the standard has plummeted to such a depth that even Rs 100 were being accepted for conducting raids to nab some accused living at the distance of 25 km from the city. Even as the value of the rupee is decreasing owing to increased cost of living, some cops are accepting any amount to tamper with the rule of the land or investigations in a case.

An apt example of the fall in standards is the registration of a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Assistant Sub-Inspector of Jagroop Singh, who has been charged with taking a bribe of just Rs 100 from a relative of a city-based dowry victim woman to arrest the accused based in Phillaur town.

The ASI allegedly took the bribe for arresting the accused even though SSP Ludhiana, Narinderpal Singh had directed him to do the job. He was arrested last night on the orders of the SSP and was
reprimanded by senior police officials.

When the victim woman, Ms Alka , daughter of Dr B C Singla and resident of Ghumar Mandi here sought justice against her alleged dowry harassment at the hands of her Phillaur-based in-laws, she had not realised that other than the relatives and society, she would also have to fight against corruption in the Police Department as well.

She was married in Phillaur recently but was allegedly harassed for dowry and ill-treated. She approached the district police for justice. The police ordered the registration of an FIR after the Marriage Disputes Cell at the police lines recommended police action.

However, though the FIR was lodged 15 days ago, none of the accused was arrested as the Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Jagroop Singh, deputed for the job allegedly did not arrest the accused for some consideration.

The complainant, Rohit Singla, a relative of Ms Alka, stated that the ASI had come to his father’s clinic and demanded Rs 1000 for conducting raids to arrest the accused hiding somewhere in Phillaur town.

His father, Dr B.C. Singla gave him Rs 100 but the ASI did not arrest the accused named in the FIR. DSP (Detective) Malkiat Singh is the investigating officer in the case.



Watchman found murdered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
A watchman working for a rice shelling mill, M/s Vikas Rice and General Mills, in Mehndipur village was found murdered today morning.

The watchman Raju (25) had slept on the roof of the office of the mill last night. Today morning a labourer noticed a body lying near the mill. He then informed a shop keeper. The shop keeper informed the owner of the mill who reached the spot and informed the police. The face of the watchman was covered with a cloth and a brick had been placed on the body. SP (D) Dalbagh Singh and DSP (D) Jhalman Singh and other officials reached the spot. The police recovered a handle of a hand pump lying in a field near the mill. The police said that the victim might have been hit with that handle and then dragged to the roof from where he was thrown on the back side of the mill’s building.

The owner of the mill said that the victim Raju was a resident of District Udham Singh Nagar, Uttaranchal Pardesh. He had joined his job two months ago and was married six months ago. He said nothing was found missing in the mill. Only the lock of the room of the watchman was found broken.

A dog squad and finger print experts were pressed into the service. A case under Section 302 of IPC had been registered at Sadar police station Khanna. Some persons had been questioned in this regard, the police added.



SAD-BJP councillors sore over House agenda
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
Agitated over non-inclusion of important issues of public interest being raised by them in the agenda issued for the proposed general house meeting of the Municipal Corporation here on June 25, the councillors belonging to the BJP, the SAD-B and BSP appeared to be all set to take on the ruling Congress with all their might.

It may be recalled that the BJP councillors had served an ultimatum to stage a dharna at the MC office on June 23 if the general house meeting was not held immediately.

If the mood prevailing at the joint meeting of the councillors of the three parties held here today was any indication, the meeting being convened after a gap of more than four -and- a half months, would turn out to be a stormy affair. The opposition councillors were sore that vital issues like water supply, cleaning of open drains and sewer lines in the wake of coming rainy season, development works, regularisation of undeclared areas, menace of stray dogs and maintenance of parks had failed to find a mention in the agenda.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after the meeting, the group leader of the BJP councillors, Mr Parveen Bansal, said it was unfortunate that despite numerous representations and personal meetings with the civic administration as well as the City Mayor, the general house meetings were not being convened regularly as per the statutory provisions.

The kind of agenda issued for the meeting taking place after such a long gap was tantamount to undermining the sanctity of the house with the ruling Congress in the MC being the main culprit.

Reiterating his charge, Mr Bansal remarked that the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, had deliberately delayed the House meeting as he did not want to face the House over several key issues.

Echoing similar sentiments, the SAD-B councillors, present at the meeting asserted that irrespective of the agenda items, they would raise all important issues in the meeting and would seek a detailed discussion and suitable follow- up action on them.

The agenda items issued for the said meeting included, among other things, renaming of the road from Guru Nanak Dev Market to Campa Cola Chowk, recovery of development charges from Devki Devi Jain College for Women, approval of auction of Salem Tabri Cycle Stand and Zone B parking place, remission of house tax, restructuring repayment schedule of HUDCO loan and auction of a commercial site in Bhagga Lalari Chowk.

Meanwhile, a former councillor and prominent BJP leader ,Mr Pran Bhatia, has submitted a representation to the Mayor asking him to restore the earlier practice of all senior officers of the MC being present at the general house meeting so that the issues and problems raised by the councillors came to the notice of officers concerned and if possible, a satisfactory reply could be given on the spot. He also wanted that no unauthorised persons or functionaries of the ruling party be allowed in the house meetings.



4 booked for dumping injured woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
A middle aged woman, Ms Bhagwanti, was finally relieved of agony she suffered at the hands of the local Civil Hospital authorities when her relatives from Faridabad managed to trace her here and took her with them.

But at least four employees in the hospital, who threw out the badly injured woman from the hospital instead of treating her, would have to face the consequences as the police has registered a case against them.

Though no employee has been named in the FIR, it states that four employees of the hospital had abducted the injured woman from the hospital and dumped her at a vacant plot in the Industrial Area, several kilometres away, two days ago. The Division No 2 police is investigating the case.

Ms Bhagwanti, was admitted to the hospital after she was allegedly thrown out of a running train about two weeks ago. Sources told Ludhiana Tribune that since there was nobody to look after her in the hospital, some hospital employees took her out of the hospital on the pretext of taking an X-ray and dumped her at Moti Nagar. The same day she was noticed by the police and taken back to the same hospital for admission. The woman had allegedly been threatened by her abductors to not to reveal their identities.

The sources said the news reports, carrying her pictures, helped her Faridabad-based relatives to trace her. The sources said the relatives were quiet peeved at the inhuman treatment meted out to her.



Ludhiana Calling

PROXIMITY to ruling party functionaries is indeed rewarding but in some cases the largesse showered upon their close supporters by political leaders seem ridiculous and more often than not fail to serve the desired purpose (if there is any). With the Congress assuming power in Punjab over two years back, a large number of party activists, were nominated as directors of different boards and corporations. Where there were no provisions for nomination to board of directors, the government evolved a novel method of setting up advisory committees, obviously having no legal sanctity, which were then crammed with supporters and cronies of ministers, legislators and senior party leaders. In a typical case, a Dalit leader, who was nominated to one of the boards has put up a huge hoarding in the city proclaiming himself to be a member of ‘Dalit Board Welfare, Punjab.’ Readers are invited to make out something of it, if they can.

Overcrowded buses

Even as a number of city youths have died or sustained serious injuries after falling from doors or rooftops of the overcrowded buses, the police or the Transport Department has turned a blind eye to the problem. One can see students perched dangerously on rooftops of buses or hanging dangerously on the half open doors of the vehicle. The students not only risk their life but also of other commuters. (see photo)

Caller ID service

Engineers at the Bharat Nagar exchange have been trying for over a year to enable the caller identification service for its subscribers. But they have not achieved any success so far. This exchange is perhaps the only ultra modern exchange that still does not allow subscribers to know the identity of the caller making the incoming or outgoing calls. This exchange has become popular with many youngsters trying to make anonymous calls. Though, STD booths falling under this exchange are doing roaring business, the subscribers feel cheated. What is surprising is that the exchange has the latest NEC exchange that supports most functions and the department officials have even visited Japan for training, but are yet unable to programme the exchange.

Bridging blues

Even though the work of construction of the bridge on the G.T Road connecting Jagraon bridge to Chand cinema has started again, most residents are unsure of the time it will take for the project to complete. Digging work has started on the Civil Lines side of the railway track that will connect the new parts of the city with the old city, thereby reducing congestion. But till the time that happens, construction activity has only worsened the traffic situation.


The recently released movie, ‘Girlfriend’ has evoked a lot of criticism and protests by people who did not relish the theme. But at the same time, the move has set many people thinking about human relationships. At least one thing most people admit is that the move has brought out the subject of personal sexual preference out from the closets to the drawing rooms, where people talk about it openly. As extra-marital affairs now becoming common as common cold and becoming socially acceptable, it is only a matter of time when people will openly declare their sexual preference without any hesitation.

DTH getting popular

Direct to Home or DTH launched by the Zee network has started getting popular but in the absence of Star TV shows, DTH has not become fully acceptable. But one positive contribution of DTH has been that cable operators can no longer hold the city television viewers to ransom. City subscribers are willing to pay the initial cost of the equipment and have started subscribing to both the DTH and cable so that they have an alternative when they come across the whimsical behaviour of the cable operators, some of whom did not even bother to inform the subscribers before disconnecting their cables for minor reasons.

Fake journalists

Earlier, it was only limited to sticking the ‘PRESS’ labels to the windscreens of cars by people not even remotely connected to the fourth estate, but now everyday there is some case reported where a person posing to be a journalist is also carrying ‘fake’ identity cards that are issued by non existing publication for monetary gains. A fake press card can be procured from anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs 1000. With the growing tribe of scribes, it has almost become impossible to check this growing menace. Do The Tribune readers have any suggestions?

Mandira magic

Actress-turned cricket buff Mandira Bedi and the Set Max channel might have benefited in some manner from the ‘Gully Cricket’ show organised in the city last week. But one wonders how the game of cricket, especially women’s cricket, would get more popularised with such shows. Anybody viewing the live performance had guessed that the channel had more interest in its own propaganda rather than promoting the participation of women in the game. The seriousness of the organisers regarding the game was evident from the dress of Mandira Bedi. She was wearing a tight fit jeans and a figure hugging top quite opposite to the cricket uniform. It would have been better if instead of such ‘Nukkad Nataks’, the organisers had staged a cricket match involving real women cricket players, models and aspiring young girls.

Chivalry is dead

Two girls of the city had a funny experience the other day. One of them had just learnt driving a two-wheeler and was taking the other on a ride near her house in Sarabha Nagar at about 10 pm. The vehicle developed some problem and came to a halt. The girls tried their best to get it going but failed. Then they saw a group of persons, including women and children, coming towards them. The girls called one of the guys for help. However, the reply of the youth left them stunned. The youth came near them and when told about the problem, politely replied, “Sorry, my father is with me’’, and returned. The girls were at their wits end to comprehend what he meant. They had called him to help the ladies in distress but he might have ‘misunderstood’ them.

— Sentinel



Candidates wooing rural voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 23
The candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Panthic Morcha have fanned out in the countryside to woo the voters for sending their candidates to the parliament of the Sikhs.

In Jagraon, the Morcha candidate Principal Gurmukh Singh Manuke is giving a tough fight to SAD candidate Harsurinder Singh Gill. Principal Manuke is running a public school in Manuke and is a well-known personality in the area. Besides this, he also enjoys a close rapport with a sant, who wields a considerable influence in the area. A former Congress Minister Darshan Singh Brar may also support him because the native village of Mr Brar comes under Baghapurana subdivision where the Principal Manuke’s brother is posted as SDM.

Mr Harsurinder Singh Gill also has the strong backing of the local unit of the SAD. He is in close touch with past members of the SGPC from Jagraon. The only weak point in Mr Gill’s campaign was that he had not come up to the expectations during his previous tenure. He reportedly devoted his time in advancing his political interests than participating in religious activities.

In Raikot, former SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi is facing Rajvinder Singh Hissowal of the Panthic Morcha. Since Raikot is a double seat, also having a women reserve seat, Ms Harbans Kaur Sukhana of SAD and Morcha candidate Ms Avtar Kaur are pitted against each other.

Mr Talwandi and both his sons, MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi and Jagjit Singh Talwandi, are approaching individual voters. At the same time, Mr Hissowal has opened his office and his campaign received a boost after Mr Simarnjit Singh Mann of the SAD (A) campaigned for him.

One factor going against the campaigners is that the people are busy transplanting paddy and are only available in the early hours or at night.



Meet ambassador of philately
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 23
Among keen philatelists of the region, he is known as a dedicated stamp collector.

He is Mr Yash Pal Bangia, now a retired Public Relations Officer of the Department of Posts, but still pursuing the stamp collection with zeal and at the same time more devoted to the promotion of the philately among children. Virtually a founder of the philatelic movement in 1972 here and honorary secretary of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club since its inception in 1975, Mr Bangia has all along remained a familiar face with all events connected with the stamps.

Be it Philately Museum at the head post office here, the exhibition of stamps or the release of commemorative stamp and first day covers, one can be sure to run into a man with a crew cut of greying hair, surely Mr Bangia.

Recounting a major part of his life as an avid stamp collector and at the same time being a promoter of philately, he says the stamps have been fascinating him since his childhood. “Each stamp has a history of its own and a story to tell. It is not merely a mean for transmission of postal articles but a miniature portrait of the culture, history and other important events of the country if viewed in the proper perspective”.

Going through the prized possession of Mr Bangia’s collection of stamps over the year, one finds series after series of collection on particular subjects like heroes of freedom movement, national and international celebrities, recipients of Bharat Ratna, national and international events, flora and fauna, diverse culture and so on.

In a bid to involve more and more children in the hobby of stamp collecting, he has authored five books — “Punjab di kahani dak ticktan di zabani”, “Tickten bolti hain”, “Dak tickten nanhe rajdoot” and “Tickton par Hindi ki vistar yatra”, all in Hindi, and a quiz book in English.

He was honoured with a state award for his book “Dak tickten nanhe rajdoot”; the Dak Sewa Award by the Department of Posts; the National Award for Children Literature by the Government of India at the National Exhibition on Children Literature in Kolkata and several others by different organisations.



Ashram for mentally challenged girls
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
Mr Sarwan Kumar, Chairman of Nishkam Sewa Ashram , Daad, recently laid the foundation stone of an Ashram for providing shelter to mentally challenged girls and women. Talking to the media, Mr Sarwan Kumar said that looking after these kind of women is a serious problem as sometimes after the death of the mother, these kind of girls cannot do physical work like changing of clothes and other activities themselves. Hence it is a grave problem.

He said that people have not realised the gravity of the problem of mentally challanged girls till now.Their mental torture is not being understood by people. Seeing their pathetic condition, Nishkam has decided to come to their aid. The girls would be housed in the ashram. He said that medical care to these women would be provided free of cost. He also said Nishkam always keeps in mind the needs of weaker section of the society and wants to stop exploitation of any section of society. For this reason Mr Sarwan Kumar says that laws should be made in such a way that people cannot find any loopholes and cannot exploit the people from lower strata of life.

Nishkam, from time to time has been taking those steps that are required for the welfare of society like starting an orphanage where any one can leave a child under 6 years. Through its actions, it also motivates other people and wants that poor, destitute, mentally and physically challanged people do not live hellish lives.

'Nishkam Sewa Samiti' he further said, had taken up the challenge of looking after destitute senior citizens and those elderly people who have been thrown out of their homes.. Nishkam's network is spread not only in Ludhiana but in the other parts of the country and also abroad. Nishkam has started a hospital to eradicate TB . It has started many other hospitals to give free treatment to patients. It has been running stitching classes , computer classes for girls so that the poor and needy girls can stand on their own feet.

Moreover, Nishkam conducts mass marriages of poor destitute girls. The people of Ludhiana are highly motivated by the work done by Nishkam and they are always ready to come forward to help.

Mr Sharma says, they have never faced shortage of funds as people have been coming forward to help voluntarily.



Search within
Offering comfort through the human touch

PAIN and misfortunes strike like an earthquake with crushing suddenness and devastation. A train accident renders a lovely young boy into a living vegetable. A woman’s world collapses when the doctor to whom she had gone with some apprehensions, is told that she has breast cancer. Fear seizes the middle-aged breadwinner of the family as he finds on waking up that one side of his body has become lifeless.

When suffering strikes, those of us standing close by, are flattened by the shock. We fight back the lumps in our throats, march resolutely to the family or the hospital bed to offer words of comfort. Even as we do so we are assailed by the futility of our efforts. Often we do not know what to say and may even look up articles or scriptures on what words we could utter to bring hope to the troubled minds..

It is perhaps that sense of futility that holds back some from visiting the sick. But then, they forget how the sick long for company. The patient and his dear ones may not look for miracle workers or charismatic personalities to make a difference to the situation. Often it may be the presence of a quiet person, who talks little and listens more, who does not offer much counsel or make judgements that may prove helpful to troubled souls. ‘’A hand to hold, an understanding, bewildered hug. A shared lump in the throat’’ in the words of Dr Paul Brand., famed for introducing reconstructive surgery for cancer patients who had lost their limps to the dreaded disease.

Explaining human anatomy to medical students he had much to say about the skin and the sense of touch. The skin, according to him, is like the eye, a window. On it we read the health of the activities within. Anaemia shows in the nails and skin, drawing a ghostly pallor across its victims. Jaundice yellows the skin while a form of diabetes shades it bronze. Lack of oxygen in the blood causes a purple tint.

Skin also provides a window to the emotional world within. We have a love affair with the skin and our chief response curiously is to adorn it. We daub it with shades and colours and support thereby a multi-billion dollar fashion industry. Compares with other finely decorated animals, the human seems naked, vulnerable, incomplete. More than that of any other species, our skin is designed not so much for appearance as for relating, for being touched. And this aspect of skin summons up the basic function of skin within the family of God.

The analogy of the skin — soft, warm, touchable — conveys the message of a God who is eager to relate in love to His creations. Touch is the most alert of our senses when we sleep, and it is the one that seems to invigorate us emotionally: consider the lover’s embrace, the contented sigh after a massage, the cuddling of a baby, the sting of a hot shower.

Anthropologists have found that close physical contact with mother animal is essential to the normal development of young animals. Except for man, all mammals spend great amounts of time licking their young. Animals will often die if they are not licked after birth.

It was Dr Ffritz Talbot of Boston who first propounded the concept of ‘’tender loving care’’ through touch for new born babies. In Bellevue Hospital in New York which put her concept to test made a rule that all babies should be picked up, carried around and ‘’mothered’’ several times a day. The infant mortality rate then dropped from 35 per cent to less than 10 per cent.

According to Dr Paul Brand, skin not only conveys information about the world, but also perceives basic emotions. Am I loved and accepted? Is the world secure or hostile? The skin osmotically absorbs these concepts and the world view they provide. He writes that as we grow older, skin offers us the most natural medium for communicating basic emotions such a s love.

The world’s needs are increasing day by day. Each day the newspaper brings to us reports of violence, war, fleeing refugees and epidemics. The needs are so great that instead of shocking us into action, they make us callous, insensitive. While we may not be able to tackle all the world’s problems, we may start from where we are: visiting prisoners, taking meals to the shut-ins. Our skin requires regular contacts if it is to remain sensitive and responsive. There may be a neighbour, a relative or a needy member of your community who will immensely benefit by your touch. We must begin with our resources and our neighbourhood.

— MPK Kutty



Rickshaws distributed among the poor
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 23
On account of the step-motherly treatment meted out with Punjab by the former BJP government at the Centre, all development works came to a standstill, said Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, MLA at a rickshaw distribution function organised at the municipal complex here on Monday. He distributed 48 rickshaw rerhas among the unemployed poor people of Scheduled Castes. Employment would be provided to the deserving people on a priority basis, he maintained. The function was attended by sarpanches, panches, councillors, members of Zila Parishads and block samiti.

Criticising the Akali-BJP party, Dr Swantra Kumar Karkara, state secretary of the PPCC, said that after the coming of Congress into power at the Centre, the Akali Party talks of launching morchas, but when they were in power in the state, they never raised any demand of the state during the BJP rule at the Centre.

Mr Pakhir Singh Salana, chairman of the Zila Parishad, said that the rickshaw rehras have been provided free of cost by the Zila Parishad under the development schemes for the poor. Council chief, Baldev Singh Aulakh and Aarthi Association president, Jeevan Kumar Puri also addressed the gathering. 



Girl abducted; case registered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
The Basti Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 363, 366 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of a resident of street No: 13 of Jodhewal against Gurdev Singh, who lives in street No: 6 of the same locality.

The complainant had stated that the accused kidnapped his daughter from Basti Gujjran on Tuesday.

The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 386, 323, 511, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Adit Sharma, a resident of Gurdev Nagar, against Davinder Kumar, Jasveer Singh and Jaswinder Singh.

The complainant had stated that due to dispute over the payment of commission related to the sale of a plot, the accused came to his house and demanded Rs 15,000 from him. When he refused, the accused beat him up on Tuesday.

On the statement of Mr Paramjit Singh, a resident of Kirpal Nagar, the Division No: 7 police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Sonu and Mohinder Singh , who live near Vardhman Sabzi Mandi, and three others.

The complainant had stated that because of a monetary dispute, the accused intercepted him in the sabzi mandi area, near the Samrala chowk, beat him.

Cycle stolen
The Division No. 3 police on Tuesday registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Jeewan Singh, a resident of Subhash Nagar, against Raman Kumar of New Subhash Nagar.

The complainant had stated that the accused had stolen his cycle from the Gaushala road on Tuesday.

The Division No: 6 police raided a place in Transport Nagar on Monday and arrested Kala, Ravi Kumar, Raj Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Pardeep and Hirde Nath.

The police said nine truck tyres and rims were recovered from their possession.

Dowry case
The Division No: 2 police, on the statement of Ms Jaspreet Kaur, yesterday registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC against her husband Barinder Singh and in-laws namely Baldev Singh and Samittera Devi, who live in Hargobind Nagar.

The woman had stated that the accused had been harassing her and demanding more dowry.

Fraud alleged
On the statement of Ms Malwinder Kaur of Nehru Nagar in Model Town, the police has registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC against Paramjit Singh and his wife Iqbal Kaur, who live in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

The woman had stated that she rented out a house to the accused but the accused had not paid any rent to her. The woman further stated that the accused had given her a cheque for Rs 3,25,000 which was not honoured by the bank.

Two arrested
The Division No: 3 police yesterday arrested Raman Kumar, a resident of New Subhash Nagar, and recovered a cycle and a knife form his possession. He was booked under the Arms Act.

The Sarabha Nagar police yesterday arrested Izhar Bil, a migrant from Bihar living in Sugandh Vihar Colony, and recovered a knife from his possession.

Held for gambling
The Shimla Puri police yesterday arrested Parminder Singh, a resident of Dugri, Varinder Bharti, a resident of Janta Nagar, and Gurpal Singh and Kulwant Singh, both residents of Urban Estate, Phase I, Dugri, and booked them under the Gambling Act.



5 booked under special drive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 23
Under a special drive against anti-social elements, a special team, headed by Mr Harvinder Singh Cheema, SHO city, nabbed five persons and booked them under various sections, said Mr Mukand Singh Malhi, DSP, Malerkotla. Two of the arrested were sent to judicial custody while others were released on bail.

Pawan Kumar of Latala village was arrested with 9000 ml of illicit liquor and booked under the excise Act.

Naresh Kumar, a local trader, was caught with fake CDs. A case was registered against him under Section 420 of IPC and Sections 51, 52A, 63, 65 and 68A of the copyright Act. Pawan Kumar and Naresh Kumar have been sent to judicial custody.

Rajinder Kumar, resident of local Ward No 7, Raj Kumar of Ward No 2 and Yog Raj of Dehliz Road area were booked under Section 13A 3/67 of gambling Act. They were later released on bail.



AirTel CEO to address LMA meeting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 23
Mr Vinod Sawhny, Director and CEO, AirTel, (North) shall address members of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) in a lecture-cum-dinner meeting on the subject ‘Winning in intensely competitive market scenarios’ on June 24 at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here.

Mr M.C. Munjal, president and Mr V.K. Goyal, general secretary, LMA, in a press note issued yesterday, disclosed this. They said the market and business were evolving rapidly and becoming extremely uncertain and competitive. The entire industry was faced with a constant state of flux, challenges, abundant opportunities, growing competition and rapid technological innovation.

‘’Obviously then, management approaches need to be changed to met the demands of such a dynamic business environment. It is in the backdrop of the prevailing ambiguous and challenging business environment wherein business equations keep changing every day that we have chose ‘Winning in intensely competitive market scenarios’ as the subject of the discussion.’’


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