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Speaker promises 24-hour power supply
Gift to farmers on Independence Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
The 58th Independence Day of the country was celebrated with fervour in the district. The administration, government departments, colleges, schools, private organisations, political parties and shopkeepers etc. organised functions to mark the day.

The district-level function was held at the local Government College for Boys here today. Dr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at a march past followed by a cultural programme presented by schoolchildren.

Addressing the function, Dr Kewal Krishan said that our martyrs and freedom fighters had made enormous sacrifices to liberate the country from the British rule and it was our foremost duty to always remember them on all occasions. He paid tributes to patriots belonging to Punjab, including Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Shaheed Udham Singh Sunam, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai and many others.

The Speaker said that the martyrs, while struggling for the freedom, had dreamt of a strong, secular and prosperous India, where every one, irrespective of social and economic status, had equal opportunities to grow.

He exhorted the people to always remember the sacrifices of the martyrs and seek inspiration from their acts of bravery and patriotism, especially the younger generation, so as acquire the spirit of nationalism.

He said that though during the past 57 years India had emerged as the biggest and a successful democracy of the world but a large population and poverty had emerged as its biggest problems. He stressed upon the need to make united efforts at all levels to tackle these.

Dr Kewal Krishan said many international and national financial institutions were coming forward to fund big development projects of the state and claimed that state was all set to witness a speedy development period.

He said that the Annual Plan of the state for the current financial year had been pegged at Rs 3505 crore. The Speaker claimed that more than Rs 2000 crore was being spent for the further improvement in infrastructure facilities and a crash program was being launched for the repair and strengthening of 19820 km length of roads in the state at a cost of Rs 1017 crore.

He added that all 12700 villages of the state would be given 24-hour power supply at the earliest and 25,000 new tubewells would be energised by the PSEB. The Speaker said that the government was fully committed to safe guard the interests of the farmers and despite an unprecedented decrease in rainfall, the farmers were being given uninterrupted power supply for 8 hours per day by purchasing the power from other states at higher costs.

The Speaker said the state government had also initiated the process of giving more powers to the Panchayats by implementing the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution and handed over the charge of seven departments to the Panchayats. .

Dr Kewal Krishan exhorted the people to rededicate themselves for strengthening the unity and integrity of the country so that the country could concentrate on finding solution to the major problems of the people.

On this occasion, Dr Kewal Krishan presented 20 tricycles to physically challenged persons and 30 sewing machines to needy women on behalf of the District Red Cross Society. He presented appreciation certificates to 18 outstanding persons of the district for excellent achievements in the fields of bravery, education and sports etc.

On this occasion schoolchildren presented a cultural program and mass PT show. Contingents of the Punjab Police, Home Guards, NCC, Girl Guides, Scouts, Ex-servicemen participated in the parade.

Among others who were present included Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Mr Prag Jain, DIG, Mr Narinder Pal Singh SSP, Mr S. Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Mr S. K. Sharma, Commissioner, MC, Mr Nahar Singh, Mayor, MC, Mr Prem Mittal, Deputy Mayor, Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Mr K. K. Bawa and Col. H S Kahlon, PVM.

At Khanna Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Jails, Punjab, hoisted the Tricolour and took salute from a march. In his address, Mr Birmi said that we must rededicate ourselves to the unity and integrity of the country, for which martyrs had laid down their lives. 

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Cong celebrates with abandoned kids
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
The District Congress Committee organised the Independence Day function at Bal Bhavan here today. Hundreds of children, including some physically challenged, and a number of party workers attended the function.

The All-India Congress Committee Secretary, Mr Manish Tewari, was the chief guest on the occasion. He also unfurled the Tricolour and distributed sweets among the children.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tewari reiterated the resolve of the party to provide all basic amenities to people.

He regretted that despite 57 years of Independence, a number of people were still living the life of the destitute.

He called for amelioration of the plight of the socially and economically weaker sections of the society.

Mr Tewari called upon the workers to ensure that they stand by the ideals of the Congress. He said there should be a marked difference in the lives of people after Independence. He sought the cooperation of all people in carrying forward the policies and programmes of the government.

Those present on the occasion included the DCC President, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, Senior Vice-President of the Punjab Youth Congress Pawan Dewan and former DCC president K.K. Bawa. 

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City awash with Tricolour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
Various schools, colleges, organisations today celebrated the Independence Day. The whole city was awash with the three colours of the Tricolour.
The Independence Day celebrations were held at BCM Model Senior Secondary School. The school also observed the day as 'topper’s day' to congratulate and honour various toppers. Mr Satyanand Munjal presided over and the special guest for the day was Mr Om Prakash Munjal, Chairman, Hero Cycles Ltd. The national flag was unfurled by the chief guest.

MGM school: The Independence Day was celebrated at MGM Public School with great enthusiasm. The tiny tots of pre-nursery, decked up as great national leaders, greeted the audience. The day began with the hoisting of the national flag followed by PT. A cultural show was also organised.

SAN Jain school: The highlight of the Independence Day celebrations held at SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Circular Road, was a fancy dress competition for nursery students on the theme 'great martyrs and freedom fighters’.

Pearls Nursery School: Children of Pearls Nursery School celebrated the day dressed as Indira Gandhi, Bapuji, Jawaharlal Nehru and many others. Patriotic songs, including vande matram, mere desh ki dharti, hum honge kamyab were presented by the children.

Tagore Public School: Students of the Tagore Public School celebrated the Independence Day with zeal. The chief guest of the day was Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. A cultural programme presented by the students, including songs, dances and fancy dress.

MTSM College: The Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour at the MTSM College today. Lieut-Col Avtar Sing unfurled the national flag. Maj Kulwinder Kaur Sandhu and secretary of college Kanwal Inder Singh presided over. The chief guest, Mr Swarn Singh, president, managing committee and Principal inspected the guard of honour.

Clock Tower Association: The 58th Independence Day of India was celebrated with great fervour by hoisting the Indian national flag at Clock Towers here.Sweets and refreshments served by the Clock Tower Association. The flag was un furled by Mr Gurinder Sood, president of the association. Also present were Sunil Narula, Ashwani Malhotra, Jagmohan Chopra, Ashwani Srivastava, Ashish Chopra, Satish Pardhan, Mohinder Fauji, Satnam Singh , Manohar Lal Jain and others.

USPC Jain school: USPC Jain Public School celebrated the Independence Day with great zeal and zest. The flag hoisting ceremony was performed by Mr Ramesh Chand Jain, president of the school. A march past and patriotic songs were presented by students during a cultural show.

Lions Club: The Independence Day was celebrated by Lions Club Ludhiana North at Government High School Ambedkar Nagar, Ludhiana.

Mr J.P.S. Saluja , PRO of the club, Lion Sushil Gupta, Regional Chairman of Region-XV, was the chief guest.The national flag was hoisted by the chief guest.

Kundan Vidya Mandir: The school hoisted the Tiranga on the school campus today. The four sections, KG, primary, middle and senior sections presented patriotic songs. Puneet Gupta , an alumni of the school who had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch in Switzerland on June 24, sent his appreciation to his alma mater. The chief guest, Dr(Mrs)Inderjit Gill, said that the students should liberate themselves from within and also build a scientific temper

Everest Playway school: Children of Everest Playway and Nursery School, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park, celebrated the day with fervour. Tiny tots dressed up as various national leaders. Principal Poonam Sharma, addressed the students. Mrs Sudesh Bajaj, Deputy DEO (S) presided over the function.

BCM School, Dugri: The Independence Day was celebrated with fervour at BCM School, Basant Avenue, Dugri. The school campus was decorated with small Tricolours and coloured buntings. The chief guest, Mr M.C. Munjal Managing Director of Majestic Auto Limited, unfurled the flag.

Delhi Public School: The Independence Day was celebrated by students of Delhi Public School with great zeal. The chief guest was Mr Vivek Ramchandani, director-education, Takshila Education Society.The children presented a colourful march past.

A well synchronised performance of the aerobics also was put up and also a colourful bhangra was performed by the students on the song 'yeh desh hai veer dewano ka'.

SDP College and school: SDP College for Women, SDP Senior Secondary School jointly celebrated the Independence Day today.More than 5000 students of SDP educational Institutions with national flags in their hands marched through the streets and bazars of the city.

Mr Budhiraja, Dean College Development , PU, Chandigarh and the Principal, Kamla Lohia College, was the chief guest. A cultural programme was presented by the students.

Helianthus school: Students of Helianthus Day Boarding School also celebrated the Independence Day.

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Celebrations at CMCH, IGNOU centre 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 15
The 57th anniversary of India’s Independence was celebrated with vigour and patriotism at Christian Medical College and Hospital here today. The celebrations were organised by Dental College, medical college and college of nursing. Mr D.Choudhary, Superintending Engineer, PSEB, was the chief guest.

Dr J.L. Joshi, Deputy Director and Principal, Dental College, welcomed the chief guest. In his address to students Mr Choudhary said it was the duty of citizens to contribute towards the progress of the nation.

He added that the CMCH had done commendable job in making immense contribution not only to the city but also to the nation by imparting medical education and delivering medical services to all segments of the society without discrimination.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Khanna, today celebrated Independence Day in the premises of ITI Building, Bulepur, Khanna. A large number of people, including the sarpanch of the village, faculty members and students of IGNOU and ITI participated in the programme.

Dr U.C. Pandey addressed the gathering and hoisted the flag. Functionaries of the IGNOU study centre from nearby locations and local persons from the Bulepur area also participated.

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Development work to start soon: Mayor
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 15
Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, urged the people to strengthen the national unity and preserve the independence attained after sacrifices by thousands of countrymen.

He was addressing the people after unfurling the National Flag at a function organised by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (Intuc) at Urban Estate, Dugri, here today. He urged the people to perform their duties honestly and sincerely for the country’s prosperity.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, presided over the function. Mr Gill assured residents of the area that development work such as repairs and construction of roads, installation of tubewells, maintenance of parks and street lights would start in a month's time.

Students of MGM Public School, Sat Paul Mittal School, New Era School, SVM School, BCM School and BVM School presented a cultural programme on this occasion.

Mr S K Jain, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, gave away mementoes to them.

Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Kalyan Singh, former Member of Parliament, Mr Balwant Rai Kapoor, Chairman, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (Labour and Employment), Mr Manjit Singh Jawaddi, Mr Jasvir Singh Jassal, General Secretary, PPCC, and Ms Gurnam Kaur, Director, Punjab Khadi Board, were among others who were present.

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Family celebrates boy’s escape from clutches of kidnappers
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
The Independence Day could not have brought more cheer for the family of a retired horticulturist in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Block-G here, when after two nerve -wrecking days, the members finally had the glimpse of their 17-year-old boy kidnapped for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh (Rs 30 lakh according to the family) on Friday morning.

The boy, Dharamvir, alias Rampy, grandson of Dr K S Nandpuri, former Dean, Horticulture, Punjab Agriculture University, was allegedly kidnapped on the morning of August 13 when he was on way to CFC Public School, near his house, by four car-borne ,gun-totting youths. He was found at about 10 p.m. last night by a joint operations team of the Ludhiana and Moga police.

Just before the clock struck midnight andushered in Independence Day, a police team handed over the exhausted but elated youth to his eagerly awaiting parents. After hugs and kisses and thanksgiving to God, the first thing the family did was to celebrate the occasion by cutting a cake. It was brought not only for the safe return of the boy but also to celebrate his 17th birthdayr. He was kidnapped on his birthday .

The police operation, led by the Moga SSP, M S Chhina, Ludhiana police officers including SP City-I R K Jaiswal, SP(Detective) Gurpreet Singh and DSP Ravcharan Singh Brar, not only saved a life but also aborted the designs of yet another alleged gang of kdinappers. The only problem was that no kidnapper could be arrested

While the police action deserves praise, special mention must be made of the boy's mother, Dr Parminder Kaur, who showed exemplary presence of mind, courage and composure while dealing with the kidnappers.

She was called alone by the four kidnappers at a place in Moga with Rs 50 lakh as the ransom amount and was directed to keep talking to them over the phone. The kidnappers allegedly kept an eye on all her activities with a car following her all the way from Ludhiana to Moga.

It all began when on Friday Afternoon, the family got a call that Rampy has been kidnapped. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh which they scaled down to Rs 30 lakh. Dr Nandpuri said they told the kidnappers that they did not have the money. But to their utter shock, the kidnappers informed them that they knew about a recent land deal through which the family had earned a lot of money.

The family then approached the police. The boy's mother said the kidnappers allowed her to speak to her son twice.It was decided that she would leave the house alone in a car with the money and could bring a mobile phone with her.

The woman ,however, took a second phone with her from which she remained in touch with the police and kept them informed. Meanwhile the police had searched several places and hotels in Moga on the hunch that the boy could have been kept there. The suspicion proved right when the boy was found locked in a room in Heaven View Hotel.

The police is making a sketch of the kidnappers as narrated by the victim. Sources said the police had got a lead about the identity of the kidnappers.

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Fee for late entry of births goes
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
The state government has exempted fee for late entry in birth registers under Rule 10 of the Punjab Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2004.
According to officials of the Directorate of Census Operations, this has been done as part of various measures to successfully implement the second phase of the national campaign to issue birth certificates which is underway. The notification will remain valid for two years.

It may be recalled that Punjab has done well in pursuing the campaign to issue birth certificates. In the first phase launched during November-December-2003, more than two million birth certificates were issued to children up to the age of 10.

During the second phase, the directorate proposes to issue another 2 million certificates. Hence, by September-2004, about 4.5 to 5 million birth certificates will be issued in Punjab. The important aspect of the second phase of the campaign is to issue birth certificates to all school going children. No other state in the country has achieved such a distinction so far.

Punjab will, perhaps, become the first state in the country to achieve cent per cent registration of births and issuance of birth certificates.

Earlier, the Department of Education had issued instructions making it necessary to submit a copy of the birth certificate within 45 days for seeking admission to schools in Punjab. 

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Tej Prakash walks out of function
Tribune News Service

Isru (Ludhiana), August 15
There appears to be no end in sight to the grievances of the late Beant Singh's family against the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The family which is nursing a grudge against the Chief Minister for dropping Mr Tej Parkash during the downsizing of the Cabinet, appears to be in no mood to reconcile as was evident today during the Shaheedi Conference here today.

A number of leaders, including the PCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, Mr Tej Parkash, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, his wife and parliamentary secretary, Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, and Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha were present at the conference held every August 15 in memory of Karnail Singh Isru who laid down his life fighting Portuguese for the liberation of Goa.

Mr Tej Parkash was speaking when the Chief Minister arrived. As the Chief Minister’s arrival was announced, Mr Tej Parkash, his son Gurkirat Singh and family loyalist Milkiat Singh Dakha made a hurried exit. They crossed the Chief Minister while he was heading towards the dais and Mr Tej Parkash shook hands with the Chief Minister.

When mediapersons asked Mr Tej Parkash why he left, he smiled saying that "you know it better". He probably wanted to convey to his supporters that they should also leave. However, nobody stood from the audience to leave and everybody waited for the Chief Minister to speak.

Mr Parkash has been feeling aggrieved after he was dropped during the downsizing process. His sister, Ms Gurkanwal Kaur, was accommodated in the ministry at a junior level.

Mr Parkash and his supporters also made a representation to the Congress high command, arguing that the sacrifice of Beant Singh had been overlooked.

Mr Parkash was dropped on the pretext that the party had lost by about 5,000 votes from his Assembly segment in the last parliamentary elections.

Later the Chief Minister, while talking to reporters, clarified that Mr Parkash and Mr Dakha had left as they were scheduled to attend another function. The Chief Minister said they had made it a point to wait till his arrival. "They met me first and then left," he said, adding that nothing more should be read into it.

Earlier, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo urged the Chief Minister to ensure that all promises made to the family of Beant Singh were fulfilled before August 31, the death anniversary of Beant Singh. 

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Isolated rainfall expected in Punjab
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, August 15
Widespread rainfall in Punjab on August 2 and 3 as a result of interaction between western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir and monsoon easterlies provided some relief to the kharif crops following the deficient rainfall in July.

Heavy rainfall in Patiala, Rajpura and Chandigarh in the east and North western parts along with heavy rains in upper reaches resulted in flooding of some parts of the state.

For the week from July 29 to August 4, Punjab received 64 mm rainfall against the normal of 49 mm,according to the release of the department of the agronomy and agro-meteorology of the Punjab Agricultural University.

For the period from June 1 to August 4, the state received rainfall of 169 mm against the normal of 259 mm with an overall deficit of 35 per cent.

According to Dr S S Hundal, Professor of Agronomy and Agrometereology, during this period rainfall was scanty (deficit above 60 per cent) in Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga, Faridkot and Ferozepore and deficient (deficit of 20-59 per cent ) in Muktsar, Nawanshahr, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Amritsar, while it was normal in Bathinda and in excess in Ropar and Patiala.

The weak monsoona in most parts so far has put extra economic burden on the farmers to save rice, cotton, maize and sugarcane.

According to the medium-range weather forecasting centre, the current weather scenario for the next 3-4 days reveals the monsoon to be active over central, eastern and western parts of the country.

Only isolated to scattered rainfall activity is expected in parts of Punjab and surrounding areas.

The month of August on an average experiences 180 mm rainfall while 102 mm has been received so far at Ludhiana, but in west and south-western parts of the state the rains have been scanty.

Dr Hundal says that if good and normal rainfall is received in August in the state it will help the kharif crops and maintain good productivity.

On the other hand,if scanty rainfall persists during the month of August like that of 2002 it could seriously affect crops like maize, fodder, sugarcane and cotton at the cost of attempts to save the rice crop.

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Khatri Sabha holds meeting
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 15
A meeting of like-minded people from the Khatri community was held at Gobindgarh Club here on Saturday. Members of the town and neighbouring areas participated.

The meeting was presided by Dr Manmohan Kaushal. All members elected Dr Kaushal as the convener of the sabha unanimously and authorised him to nominate other office-bearers of the executive. It was decided to fight against social evils like female foeticide and dowry. 

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Three booked on assault charges
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 15
The Division No 7 police yesterday registered a case under Sections 341, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ranjit Singh, a resident of Khassi Khurd village, against Rurh Singh, Satnam Singh and Rajinder Singh, all residents of the same village.

The complainant stated that the accused had assaulted and threatened him.

The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 452, 354, 427 and 506 of the IPC on the statement of a resident of South City against Jawahar. The complainant stated that she was an executive officer in Akal Spring Factory located in Focal Point. The accused entered her office in the factory, broke the door and furniture and tore up her clothes. The reason was old enmity, added the complainant.

The Jodhewal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 323, 354 and 452 of the IPC on the statement of a resident of New Kailash Nagar against Davinder Kumar, who lives in the same locality.

The complainant stated that while she was alone in the house on Saturday, the accused entered the house and tried to outrage her modesty. When she resisted him, he allegedly beat her up and injured her.

One killed: The Sadar police yesterday registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Kalakh village, against a driver of a vehicle that hit his brother Harpal Singh on the GT Road near Alamgir village on Saturday. Harpal died on the spot.

Fraud cases: The Model Town police yesterday registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Khadur Sahib, near Amritsar, and Mr Harjinder Singh, a resident of Nuglani village, near Amritsar, against Ravinder Bawa, her husband Khushdil, Kulbir Singh Dhillon and Surinder Singh.

The complainants stated that they had paid Rs 13 lakh each to the accused for getting visas. But the accused neither sent them abroad, nor returned their money.

Another case of fraud was registered yesterday at the same police station under Sections 406, 420 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gurnam Singh, who runs a shop on the Baba Gurmukh Singh road in New Shimla Puri, against Gurcharan Singh and Udaypal Singh, both residents of Model Town.

The complainant alleged that he had paid Rs 12,5000 to the accused for getting his son sent to a foreign country. But the accused neither sent his son abroad, nor returned his money.

A similar case was registered at the Jodhewal police station yesterday under Sections 406, 420 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Surinder Singh against Surjit Singh and Santokh Singh, both residents of Subhash Nagar.

The complainant stated that the accused had lured him into paying Rs 2 lakh to him for getting a visa. But the accused committed a fraud on him by not sending him to a foreign country and refusing to pay back his money as well.

Case registered: The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Darshan Singh, a resident of Jassian village, against a woman driving a Maruti car.

The complainant stated that while he was going on his scooter along with his wife, the accused hit the scooter with the car near the Kali Mata Mandir on Friday.

Car stolen: On the statement of Maninder, a resident of Dairy Complex at Haibowal, the police yesterday registered a case. Maninder reported that his car was stolen on August 6 that was parked outside City Finance Bank on the Pakhowal road.

Man attacked: Mr Harmit Puri, who lives in Phase-II of Karnail Nagar on the Pakhowal road, was hit on the head with a heavy object by two persons whom he had given lift on Friday while going on his motor cycle near the canal bridge at Dugri.

Just as Mr Puri was going past a hospital in Model Town Extension, one of the riders hit him on the head as a result of which Mr Puri fell unconscious. The accused took away the motor cycle.

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