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Man alleges bid to kidnap his father
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A resident of Aiyali Kalan village today alleged that his brother had tried to abduct his father, who was suffering from a neurological disorder. He also alleged that despite calling the Sadar police over the phone, no cop reached for his rescue.

Mr Jatinder Singh, a resident of Aiyali Kalan village, addressing the mediapersons alleged that his brother, Sukhwinder Singh, who was disowned by his father was trying to kidnap his father after he had learnt that he suffered from encephalitis.

He alleged that on August 24, his brother, his wife and their cousin had visited their rented house to enquire after the health of his father. But when they knew that he was not feeling very healthy mentally they allegedly tried to abduct him only to make him sign on some papers.

Mr Jatinder Singh further alleged that yesterday, when he was taking his father to C.M.C. hospital to get him examined from a doctor, his car was stopped by

They did not allow the trio to move, he alleged adding that the medical certificates and prescriptions issued by the CMC doctors were showed to them but to no avail.

‘‘They kept accusing me that I was injecting my father with intoxicants. I showed them again and again that the documents revealed that he was suffering from a disorders but they did not pay any heed to me. My father kept sitting in front of them but they did not pity his condition. Then I called the SHO, Sadar police station who spoke to the P.C.R. cops and then we were let off,’’ alleged Mr Jatinder Singh.

He alleged that his brother had even tried to take his father away and he had brought an ambulance with him also on August 24. ‘‘They entered our house and were all set to take him away when I phoned up the Police Control Room. They left my house immediately,’’ alleged Mr Jatinder Singh.

He added that it was shocking that despite calling the police for help, nobody turned up that day to rescue them.

The SHO Sadar was not available for comments. When he was called on his mobile he said that he was busy in a meeting and would take the call later on.

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Congress pre-empts Payal showdown,
CM not to attend function

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) is learnt to have pre-empted an otherwise imminent showdown between the supporters of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the family members of late Beant Singh during his death anniversary function being organised at Kotli, his ancestral village near Payal on August 31.

After the Congress assumed power in the state, the death anniversary function of late Beant Singh was being organised on official level. While one function was to be held at Chandigarh, the main function was to be held at Kotli, attended by the Chief Minister and some senior AICC leaders.

However, after Mr Tej Parkash, son of Beant Singh, was dropped from the ministry, the family had decided to hold a parallel function to express its resentment against the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister, on his part, had made it clear that he would be presiding over the official state-level function at Kotli.

With a possible showdown appearing to be imminent, the Congress high command reportedly intervened. It had reportedly been decided that the Chief Minister would preside over the function at Chandigarh, while the Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal would preside over the function at Kotli. In that case the family would not hold any parallel function.

Mr Tej Parkash also confirmed that the Chief Minister would not be available during the function at Kotli. He said Ms Bhattal and the AICC general secretaries, Ms Ambika Soni and Ms Mohsina Kidwai and the PCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, would be attending the function and it would be officially organised. He refused to make any comment as whether the Chief Minister had decided to deliberately keep away from the function.

Eversince Mr Tej Parkash was dropped from the ministry, the family had decided to show its strength on the death anniversary of Mr Beant Singh. The family was since preparing for the showdown. It was believed that the last minute efforts by senior party leaders helped to resolve the issue with the Chief Minister deciding to abstain from the function to save the party from a possible embarrassment. The Chief Minister’s detractors had been trying to use the occasion against him. 

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Cell phones worth Rs 6 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Unidentified burglars broke into a mobile telephones selling shop near Baba Than Singh Chowk and decamped with mobile sets worth over Rs 6 lakh last night.

The burglars entered the shop after breaking the locks of a door that opens in a street. More than 60 sets of Nokia brand, most of them valued at Rs 20,000 were stolen.

Mr Vipin Kumar Sethi, owner of the shop said that he came to know about the burglary when he opened the shop at 10:30 a.m. and found it completely ransacked. He feared that the loss would be much more as many sealed boxes in which several sets were kept were yet to be opened.

It was found in the morning that the thieves had snapped the power connection of streetlight so that nobody could see them breaking into the shop.

The Division No 3 police sources said that the number of burglars was more than two as many finger prints were found from the place.

In another case of theft the police registered a case under Section 457/380 of the IPC on the complaint of Vivek Kumar who claimed that computers worth Rs 4 lakh were stolen from his factory in the Shiv Puri area.

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Commission agents not to pay market fee
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Fruit and vegetable commission agents (arhtiyas) throughout the state will not pay market fee on all transactions on Monday (Aug 30) and if the government failed to respond to their demand for justice, they would observe a day’s strike on August 31.

This decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the association held at Jalandhar last evening under the presidentship of Mr Madan Lal Bagga. More than 450 commission agents from all over Punjab attended the meeting.

Giving details of the proceedings, general secretary of the association Harish Taneja told that a delegation of the commission agents would hold a meeting with the chairman of Punjab Mandi Board, Mr Sant Ram Singla, and other senior officers in Chandigarh on Monday to discuss the demand of the arhtiyas to review the decision of entrusting the job of collection of market fee to private contractors.

The association expressed its resolve to oppose the privatisation of collection of market fee, which had caused widespread resentment among the commission agents all over the state.

Mr Bagga said the government would do well to scrap the decision and maintain status quo in the matter of collection of market fee lest the association should be forced to launch an agitation for justice.

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Death of Minister’s wife mourned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Cutting across political and social affiliations, many people paid tributes to Leela Wati, wife of Mr Harnam Das Johar, Education Minister, Punjab at a Shardhanjali Samaroh organised at BCM Public school here today.

Paying his tributes Mr H. S. Hanspal, President Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, (PPCC) said that Ms Leela wati was a noble soul who had been engaged in the service of the needy people throughout her life and had been instrumental in motivating the people to eradicate the evils from the society. He said that she was the spirit behind public service rendered by the Johar family during the past half century. Mr Hanspal said that the Johar family was a patriotic family which had been fighting for the unity and integrity of the country and made sacrifices. He said that it was because of Ms Leela Wati’s active support to Mr Johar in his effort to always stand by the needy people and she had taught her children to follow the human and moral values to serve the society with full dedication. He said that the demise of Leela Wati was not only a loss to the family alone, but it is a great loss to the whole society as she was always ahead in the service to the people from all walks of life.

Prominent among others who attended the ‘Shardhanjali’ Samaroh and expressed their sympathies with the family included Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, Ms Parneet Kaur M.P., Patiala, Mr Lal Singh Rural Development and Panchayats , Irrigation and Power Minister, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Animal Husbandry Minister, Mr Ramesh Dogra, Health Minister, Gen (Retd.) B.K.N. Chhibbar, former Governor Punjab, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Mr Surinder Dawar , Mr Tej Parkash Singh , Mr Khushal Behal, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha , Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Ms Malti Thappar, Ishar Singh, Mr Darshan Singh Brar , Opinder Sharma and Mr Avtar Singh Brar (all ex-ministers), Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Mr Prem Mittal Sr. Deputy Mayor, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, Jathedar Amarjit Singh Bhatia, Jathedar Pritpal Singh and Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotly .

Mr Arjan Singh Union Minister for Human Resource in his condolence message expressed his grief and sympathies with the family. Around 300 condolence messages were received from prominent political personalities and different organisations relating to industry, education, social service, culture, religion. A large numbers of representatives of different associations, councillors of MC, office-bearers of all political parties were also present to pay tributes.

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PPCC chief to unveil Beant Singh’s statue today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
On the eve of the death anniversary of former Chief Minister, Beant Singh, his life-size statue will be unveiled at a function by Mr H.S. Hanspal, PPCC chief, at Doraha tomorrow.

Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said Payal was set to host the state-level function to observe the 10th Martyrdom Day and a huge pandal was near completion at the site of the function. He said Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, would be the chief guest and Mr Lal Singh, Minister for Rural Development, Panchayats, Irrigation and Power, would preside.

Mr Hanspal and other leaders of the Congress and other parties would pay their tributes to Beant Singh. Officers had been told to complete all arrangements by tomorrow.

The pandal was being erected to accommodate a large number of people and special blocks would be earmarked for different categories, including VIPs, family members of Beant Singh and zila parishad members.

The Deputy Commissioner has asked the DMO and DDLG to ensure the arrangement of drinking water and asked PSEB officers to regular power supply on that day in the area.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, former minister, and some other leaders, visited the venue of the function today and appealed to the people to participate in the function.

Mr Verma said the Doraha-Payal road had been named as Shaheed Beant Singh Marg.

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Christ King Church inaugurated at Sahnewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo, who is also president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of India inaugurated the Christ King Church and Sacred Heart Convent School at Sahnewal near here today. Arch Bishop of Delhi Vincent and leading members of the community were present on the occasion. The Chruch is located on the GT Road between Sahnewal and Doraha.

The Church is said to be the first of its kind in the northern region in terms of its architecture, design and capacity. About 3000 people can sit in the prayer hall at a single time. The ceilings have special murals and frescoes with angels flying over it. The special work of art has been procured from Kerala. It took a lot of efforts and artistic work for a few years for the Church to be completed.

Cardinal Toppo remarked that the Church will provide an opportunity to the people of the area to get together for the religious congregation. He hoped that the message of peace would be spread from this church and people will pray here for world peace and the welfare of humanity. He said, the school, which was formally inaugurated today, will also serve to the reputation of the institution and spread the light among people.

The Sacred Heart Convent School at Sahnewal was started in April 2002. However, the building of the school was completed only recently. The school is mainly catering to the needs of the rural and suburban areas of Ludhiana city. It has already about 450 students. It will be affiliated to ICSE and at present is managed by the Sisters of Daughters of Mary Congregation and Father Dr Hormise Nirmal Raj, who is also the Director of the school.

The Christ King Church has been built to serve as a Centre of Prayer for the faithful. Besides Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo and the Arch Bishop of Delhi, all the bishops of the North Western region were present during the dedication ceremony. A prayer service was also organised on the occasion.

Later the students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme for an hour. It was appreciated by over 10,000 people who had gathered on the occasion. A number of prominent people belonging to different sections of society and representing varied faiths also attended the function. Prabhu Da Langar was also served to the people.

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Drama over weight of LPG cylinders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A drama was witnessed in Vishawakarma Colony yesterday when a resident of the area weighed LPG cylinders being carried by a vendor and found that they weighed 1.5 kg less than the required weight.

At around 8:30 am, Mr Balbir Singh Sooch, a local advocate, stopped a vendor carrying LPG cylinders and weighed these on a weighing machine only to find out that the cylinders were underweight. Incensed, the advocate called up the local police. However, the police did not turn up till 10:30 pm. Residents made the delivery boy sign on paper that all the cylinders were underweight.

Finally, the police arrived on the scene. They again weighed cylinders on the same machine but found that the cylinders had normal standard weight.

Mr Manpreet Singh, owner of the agency, claimed that his cylinders weighed accurately but the weighing machine had some fault. He said the owner of the machine had himself told the police that the machine had some problem. He added that his customers had every right to weigh his cylinders anytime.

Mr Sooch alleged that the owner of the gas agency, along with his workers had visited his place later in the day to threaten him. Mr Manpreet Singh, however, denied the allegation. He said that he had visited his house only to sort out some issue.

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Demonstration against corruption
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Activists of the Hindu Suraksha Samiti, led by district president Rajeev Tandon today organised a demonstration against widespread corruption in all government departments. Carrying banners and placards the samiti workers commenced the protest march from Sham Singh Road and went up to Bharat Nagar Chowk where a rally was held.

Speakers including Mr Tandon, Mr Dharmendra Khera, Mr Parkash Khatri and Mr Bansi Dabbi observed that deep-rooted corruption at all levels in government departments had virtually degenerated the entire society and middlemen were holding the key to getting things done in all departments.

The protesters specially targeted the revenue department, PUDA, transport department, PSEB and Municipal Corporation for attack. They alleged that people were harassed and made to go from pillar to post even to get routine works done unless they pay up the bribe. Getting title deeds of property registered from Revenue Department, obtaining NOC from PUDA or Municipal Corporation, getting birth or death certificates or rectification of incorrect bills issued by government departments were impossible without paying bribe to the concerned employees or getting the work done through middlemen had become a routine.

The samiti called upon the Punjab Chief Minister to launch a cleansing drive to weed out corrupt elements from all government departments.

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Bhasin promises rationalisation of fees 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Rajeev Bhasin who is contesting the elections to the Panjab University senate has promised transparency in varsity work. He also promised to get fee structure rationalised in the university.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Bhasin said the PU was increasing the fee too frequently which was hitting the students. He also promised that he will work for starting evening LLB and BCom classes for the in-service candidates.

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Release DA instalment, say pensioners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
One more DA instalment at the rate of 3 per cent has become payable to Central Government Employees and pensioners with effect from July 1, this year, as per all-India consumer price Index. In a communication to the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, the Government Pensioners Association has urged him to release the DA instalment and pay the DA arrears in cash before Dashera which falls in October.

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Chinese rakhis flood market
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Imported rakhis have overtaken Indian rakhis. Chinese rakhis have flooded the market and the range is mind-boggling. As rakhi draws near, rakhi-sellers have reduced the prices.

The markets are flooded with sale banners. Most buyers feel that bargains from such sales are a steal and they do succumb to the pressure of sales. Halwais have put up huge tents and are drawing large numbers of buyers.

Many shopkeepers have brought out gift-wrapped packages of biscuits and other stuff for sale.They have extended the sale counters and have covered a major portion of roads, causing traffic snarls in Ghumar Mandi, Model Town and Sarabha Nagar markets.

“Do we ever bother about the inconvenience caused to the public by the acts of shopkeepers? Do we ever protest when shoppers park the cars haphazardly and cause traffic jams? Does it bother us that the sweets that we are eating would cause no harm? We accept all inconveniences”, says Mr Bedi, a retired engineer, angrily.

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