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MC for CNG fuel in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
To tackle the problem of increasing vehicular pollution in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to take up the matter with the Union Government to introduce CNG fuel in the city.

This was stated today by city Mayor Nahar Singh Gill while addressing a function organised by the Ludhiana Focal Point Association, Phase IV, after starting the work on a sewerage upgradation project. He was referring to the problem of rising pollution caused by auto-rickshaws and other vehicles in the city.

The Corporation has chalked out a special development plan, under which funds amounting to Rs 200 crore would be spent during the current financial year to undertake various development projects and upgrade civic amenities.

The Mayor asserted that with the financial management, the financial condition of the corporation had been substantially improved and there was no paucity of funds for the development projects. Mr Gill said a special plan worth Rs 15 crore for allround development, including the upgradation of civic amenities in Industrial Focal Point, had been approved by the state government.

He said under the plan, all developmental projects, including widening and strengthening of roads, laying of sewerage, water supply, central verges and streetlights would be completed before March 31 next year. He said during the past two years, Rs 8 crore had already been spent on the development of the Industrial Focal Point and asserted that with the implementation of this programme, local Focal Point will be amongst the best developed focal points of the country.

With a view of improve the environment, the Mayor informed that the Municipal Corporation was going to launch a special sapling plantation campaign in the Industrial Focal Point, under which 10,000 trees would be planted. He asked the industrialists to extend their cooperation and exhorted them to plant at least 10 saplings per unit during this campaign and install tree guards. The Mayor also announced that all parks in the Industrial Focal Point would be handed over to the different industrial units for the development and maintenance privately.



Industry suffering due to power cuts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Acute shortage of electricity has added to industry’s woes here. Increased prices of raw materials, decline in production and unemployment along with increase in costs are among many of the problems the industry here is facing on account of power cuts.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), in view of an unprecedented dry spell, has re-imposed compulsory weekly off days for industry consumers, beginning today. These power cuts will be imposed in addition to hourly power cuts that are announced from time to time. The measure, reportedly, is temporary and shall be withdrawn as soon as the paddy load is tapered.

However, industry representatives say, it would further add to industry’s problems.

“Majority of the units in the engineering sector are already on the verge of closure. While other states are providing various incentives to uplift their industry, the Punjab Government does not appear to be worried about the grim situation the industry is facing,” said Mr G.S. Kahlon , president, and Mr Jagtar Singh, finance secretary, of the Ludhiana Motor Parts Manufacturers Association, in a press release today.

Mr Inderjeet Singh Navyug, vice-president, United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association, said the small industry was already under crisis and more power cuts would further mean an increase in the prices of raw materials and decreased production.

“Due to power cuts, the production has already declined by over 60 per cent. To add to it is the increase in cost of raw materials, which are making the industry uncompetitive,” he said.

The Federation of Punjab Small Scale Industries Association President, Mr V.P. Chopra, said the industry in the state was getting paralysed due to the acute shortage of power supply.

“The damage being caused to the industry would deepen the financial crunch already being faced by the state government in addition to the unbearable production loss of the industrial sector which cannot be recovered by any other effort,” he said.

He added that the present situation could cause labour unrest as well. The association alleged that the government blamed poor rain for what was their own inefficiency. “They should take a lesson from developed nations where such situation never crops up. On one hand, the industry is expected to meet global competition and on the other, it is made to live in a situation where they are not even provided with sufficient power, that is mandatory for it functioning,” he stated.



DMC strike: SDM meets managing panel members
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Another day and another round of negotiations. That is how the dialogue goes on to solve the 10-day-long crisis in the Hero DMC Heart Centre where a handful of employees are holding the entire hospital management to ransom. However, Mr MS Jaggi, SDM (West), who has been assigned the job to find out a solution, said he was studying the case thoroughly to find a permanent solution. “I want to ensure a lasting solution to the problem so that there is no such problem in future”, he said.

Mr Jaggi pointed out, since it was a chronic problem, it could not be solved overnight. He maintained that he was studying all aspects to ensure a permanent and lasting solution. He said, the strike had become a routine feature. “I want to ensure that a permanent and an amicable solution is reached so that there is no strike in future”, Mr Jaggi said, while hoping to find a solution very soon.

Today, Mr Jaggi held a detailed meeting with the members of the managing committee, which was represented by its secretary, Mr Amrit Nagpal, and some senior faculty members. He said, the management put forth its point of view. Tomorrow, Mr Jaggi will be meeting the representatives of the striking employees.

Mr Nagpal also agreed with Mr Jaggi. He said, “We are dealing with a chronic disease and the treatment will take some time”. He added that the idea was to find a long-term and permanent solution to the problem which was recurring for the past two and a half years. He was hopeful that a solution would be reached soon. Mr Nagpal also thanked the district administration and the police for their cooperation. Mr Nagpal said all the managing committee members were quite concerned about the situation and it was being strictly monitored.

Meanwhile, several social and other non-government organisations have demanded strict action against the striking employees. These organisations maintained that in case the employees had any problem or grievance, they should sort it out with the management without closing the hospital. They said, the employees had no right to hold the entire system to ransom and deny medical aid to the patients. In case the striking employees had acted in a positive and responsible manner, the situation would not have been precipitated, they said, adding that in case the striking employees had any sympathies with the patients, which they claimed to have, they should immediately call off their strike and resume their duties.



Jagraon MC issue polarises Cong
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The ungraceful exit of the president of the Jagraon Municipal Committee, Mr Devinder Kathuria, through a vote of no-confidence, moved by the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal councillors, appears to have polarised the Congress in the district.

Mr Kathuria was removed despite the Congress having a comfortable majority in the House. The opponents of Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, a senior leader and former MP, are blaming him for this impasse. Mr Galib has been admitting that he was aware of the move of Mr Kathuria’s removal but he could not do anything since the councillors were not happy with his functioning.

Mr Galib’s detractors like Mr Darshan Singh Brar are learnt to have already started a campaign against him (Mr Galib) on the issue. They have reportedly started seeking his expulsion from the party for “anti-party” activities. They have even cited the example of the defeat and the loss of the security deposit of the Congress candidate from Jagraon during the Assembly elections.

But Mr Galib appears to be unmoved. He said in case Mr Kathuria had continued, he would have spelt doom for the Congress, “as people were not happy with his way of functioning”. Mr Galib has been maintaining that development works had come to a standstill in the town and people had been asking him why he had nominated him as the president of the council. He said he wanted to save the Congress by seeking his removal.

Mr Brar has strong claims over the Jagraon Assembly segment. So has Mr Galib, who wants his son Soni Galib to be fielded from here. Mr Brar is now trying to raise the issue of the removal of the MC president to clear his way for future.

But it is unlikely that the high command would take any action against Mr Galib due to his stature and seniority in the party. 



10-year RI for carrying opium
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
Mr Baldev Singh Sodhi, Additional Sessions Judge, has sentenced Kishan Lal, hailing from Rajasthan, to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years, on the charge of possessing opium. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed upon the accused. Delivering the verdict, Mr Sodhi held that the prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of the accused.

Plea of leniency raised by the accused was also declined by the Court.

An FIR was registered against the accused under the NDPS Act at the Sarabha Nagar police station on January 15, 1997. Six kg opium was seized from the accused.

According to the prosecution, Kishan Lal was walking along side the Jawaddi canal bridge. Meanwhile, a police party, led by ASI Hakam Singh, was passing from there. On seeing the police party, the accused tried to escape, which raised suspicion. The policemen apprehended the accused. Thereafter, SP (D) Hartej Singh Sekhon was called to the spot. In his presence, a search was conducted by the policemen and opium was seized from the bag of the accused.

However, during the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed false implication. Going by the evidence of the prosecution, the Court found him guilty and sentenced him.



16 proclaimed offenders held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The Proclaimed Offender Staff wing of the city police today claimed to have achieved a major success by arresting 16 proclaimed offenders in first half of this month only.

SP, Detective Gurpreet Singh said the arrest of the POs not only lead to the solution of several pending cases but also prevented the accused from committing more crime as the police was on their trail. The SP lauded the role of the new in-charge, Inspector Naveen Kumar, in arresting the criminals.

Mr Naveen Kumar told Ludhiana Tribune that he had nabbed seven POs wanted in narcotics smuggling, four in the Arms Act violation cases, three under the Excise Act and two under the theft-robbery cases.

He said the latest was the arrest of Nanak Singh, who was wanted in several cases of thefts registered in 1998-99. He was living in Model Colony here under an assumed identity. He had changed his residence several times in the past. He used to earn his livelihood by making card boxes for packing sweets.



5 held for assault on PCO owner
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 13
Five youths have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a public call office (PCO) owner who had reportedly not allowed them to make dubious calls from his PCO.

According to a complaint lodged with the police, Mr Gurcharan Singh of Latala village has been running a PCO at bus stand of the village. He did not allow the youths to make a call from his PCO as he had earlier heard them calling to some girls.

The youths, along with their associates, forcibly stopped Gurcharan when he was about to board a bus. They thrashed him badly and threatened to eliminate him if he did not allow them to make calls from his PCO. An FIR has been registered against six persons under Sections 341, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.



Patwaris hold dharna against Vigilance Bureau
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Activists of the Revenue Patwar Union, here today organised a dharna against the Vigilance Bureau here today. The patwaris started a rally from the SDM office and reached the office of the Vigilance Bureau here. They demanded that the corruption case against Patwari Rajinder Singh be withdrawn and the officers of the Vigilance Bureau be booked for registering a false case.

Mr Darshan Kumar, a leader of patwaris said that they would be forced to intensify the protest if action was not taken in the case. Producing a letter of recommendation by the Sarpanch of Macchian Alan village, the patwaris said the victim patwari was an honest worker and he was booked because some officials wanted to settle a score with him. They submitted a memorandum and copy of the letter the Deputy Commissioner for further action.

Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, President of the Primary Teachers Union also addressed the agitators and favoured Rajinder Singh.



Kandiala leaves Liberal Party
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 13
Mr Gurmel Singh Kandiala and several other office-bearers has left the Liberal Party. Mr Gurmel Singh said, the Liberal Party held a meeting at village Jandi village in which is various office-bearers did not like the policies of the party as this party, they considered was that of the British people who ruled over India but were later thrown out by our shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Kartar Singh Sarabha and Udham Singh who sacrificed their lives for freedom and now again this party was on the lookout for ruling country.

According a press note, after taking into account all the aspects. Mr Gurmel Singh Kandiala, national secretary, Mr Prithipal Singh state secretary, Press secretary of District Ludhiana, Mr Jasmel Singh Bharti, Mr Kirpal Singh Jandi, President Jagraon circle. Bibi Sunita Rani Jandi President Lady wing Jagraon and many other office-bearers have decided and left the liberal party.



Chhati Utsav celebrated with fervour
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
After Janmashtmi, Chhati Utsav, which marks the taking back of Lord Krishna from cradle to his throne, was celebrated with fervour in city yesterday. People thronged temples to pay obeisance to Lord Krishna.

Temples of the city had been tastefully decorated and several programmes of sankirtan and bhandaras were held. At Shri Krishna Mandir in Model Town Extension, thousands of devotees thronged the temple. Among members of the managing committee who supervised the distribution of a bhandara were Mr Hakumat Rai Jain, Mr Tarsem Gupta, Mr Harbans Lal Sharma and Mr Ved Sharma.

A sankirtan was organised at the Shri Durga Mata Mandir near the Jagraon bridge, where sister Chanderkala from Amritsar , along with her entourage, enthralled the audience with her soulful rendering of hymns.

A special puja was also performed which was attended among others by Mr Jagmohan Gupta, former president of Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha and Mr Vijay Aggarwal.

A function to celebrate the occasion was also held at Shri Ram Darbar Mandir in Navin Nagar on the Jassian road under the supervision of Devicharan Shukla of the Dandi Swami Sanskrit Mahavidyala. A recitation of Ramcharitmanas was also held on the occasion.

A programme of Harinam Sankirtan was held at Shri Durga Mandir in the Industrial Colony on the Gill road in connection with the Chhati celebrations. Among those present on the occasion were Mr Ram Parkash Bharti, president of the Swami Vivekanand Vridhashram Trust, Mr T.N. Mahajan, an industrialist, and Mr Om Parkash Vig, president of the Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee.

A Mahila Sankirtan mandal comprising Suman Bala, Urmila Sharma, Jyoti Sharma, Sunita Sharma held a programme of sankirtan at the Mahavir Mandir in Gur Mandi to observe the occasion.

Among several other temples where the occasion was celebrated were Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Shri Durga Mata Mandir, Urban Estate, Dugri, Shri Navdurga Mandir and Bal Shiksha Kendra, Sham Nagar, New Shiv Shakti Mandir in New Kitchlu Nagar, the Sakhi Mandir in Maleri Street, Shri Gita Mandir in Vikas Nagar on the Pakhowal Road, Shiv Mandir in Miller Ganj, Sita Mata Mandir at Daresi , Shri Ram Darbar Mandir in Kitchlu Nagar, Shri Mahvaishnavi Shaktipeeth Mandir in Beant Pura along the Chandigarh Road, Shiv Mandir at Gaughat, Chintpurni Temple on the Jassian Road.



Journalist alleges threat from councillor

Khanna, September 13
Suresh Kumar a reporter of a Punjabi daily of Jalandhar alleged that Mr Sanjay Ghai, a Councillor of the Ward No. 2 and relative of a senior Punjab Police officer had threatened him and tried to throw him from the Railway overbridge. He lodged a complaint against the councillor with a city police station. Journalists here held a meeting and condemned the councillor for threatening the journalist.

According to the complaint Suresh Sharma said he was walking on the Railway overbridge on Sunday evening, when Sanjay Ghai Councillor came to him and started abusing him. He threatened to kill him. When Sharma asked him not to abuse he caught him from arms threatened to throw him from the bridge and kill him. He also threatened him to frame him in a case because he was related to a senior police officer.

Mr Sanjay Ghai also filed a complaint against Suresh Sharma at City Police station and denied charges of Sharma.

The SHO City said that he had deputed an officer to investigate the complaint and Mr Sanjay Ghai had been called to explain.



Book on Urdu poetry released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
A poetry book —Ahsas —written by Sagar Sialkoti, was released by Mr Rakesh Panday. State Minister for Science and Technology, at Punjabi Bhavan here last evening. The function was presided over by chief patron , Adeeb International, and CEO of Hero Cycles Om Prakash Munjal.

Ahsas, Mr Kewal Dheer, president of Adeeb International, said was a collection of Urdu ghazals that spoke of solemnity of love and brotherhood. It is slightly different from the traditional Urdu poetry and hence has been appreciated by young Urdu poets, he said.

Prof M.S. Cheema, secretary, Adeeb International, compered the show. He said Sagar had been fond of literary symposia and it was from there that his dormant talent sprang forward.

In the latter half of the functions, preminent singers of the city like Randhir Kanwal rendered ghazals. Present among the audience were Prof A.K. Kalia, Mr S.C. Kanwal, Mr Jagmohan Singh.



Janmashtami celebrated 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
Members of the Roopika Club celebrated Janmashtami today. Women chanted bhajans in praise of Lord Krishna and also danced to devotional songs. The function was held in Model Town here.

Asha & party regaled the gathering with hymns. The chief guest at the function was Deputy Mayor Sushila Gupta. Women gave away small decorated flutes to children. The president, Ms Girhotra, secretary Rajinder Kaur, treasurer, Bhupinder Kaur, chairperson Renu Bhambi, and Swaraj Mehta helped in the organisation of the function.



Baba Gajju festival today

Entrance to the smadhi sthal of Baba Gajju Ji Thapar,  Gurdev Nagar Ludhiana, September 13
The Thapar biradari and other devotees would converge on the Smadhi Sthal of Baba Gajju Ji Thapar in street number 7 of Gurdev Nagar tomorrow morning. Mr Rajesh Thapar, a spokesman for the Shri Baba Gajju Ji Thapar Biradari, told Ludhiana Tribune that the annual festival would commence at 6.30 a.m. with the performing of aarti.

He revealed that the smadhi sthal, which earlier opened to public only once in a year, now remains open all the time for devotees of Gajju Baba. The samadhi sthal was being given a face-lift and a 108-foot high dome was built recently atop it, added Mr Thapar. OC

Entrance to the smadhi sthal of Baba Gajju Ji Thapar,  Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph



Thieves decamp with Rs 4,000, valuables
from parked car
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
Thieves, specialising in stealing from parked cars, broke open the window pane of a car shortly after 1 pm on Sunday and decamped with Rs 4,000, a passport , a cheque book, registration papers of the car, a driving licence and some gold ornaments. The vehicle was parked outside the New Sabzi mandi here.

The car owner, Brig Kartar Singh Dhillon (retd), Director-cum-Principal of GRD Academy on Hambran Road, complained to the police that when he came back after a short visit to the market, he found that his car had been burgled. The Salem Tabri police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Man assaulted: The division number 2 police yesterday registered a case on the statement of Mr Vinod Gautam, who lives in Chandan Nagar on the Jalandhar bypass, against three persons, including a bus conductor and two drivers. The complainant had stated that the accused stopped his scooter on the road near the Jagraon bridge, and beat him up over a minor issue. No arrest has been made so far.

Five booked: On the statement of Mr Om Parkash, who lives in Dyal Nagar in Ghumar Mandi, the Civil Lines police yesterday registered a case against Vikas, Tinku, Rajinder Kumar, Bajinder and Satpal. The complainant had stated to the police that the accused had beaten up his brother, Rajinder Kumar, who was admitted to the DMC Hospital for the treatment of his injuries. No arrest has been made so far.

Man duped: The Sahnewal police yesterday registered a case on the statement of Mr Sham Lal, who lives in Kohara village, against Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Badalla village in Jalandhar district.

The complainant had stated that he had given Rs 45,000 to the accused on the understanding that he would send him abroad. But the accused neither sent him abroad, nor returned his money. No arrest has been made so far. The police is investigating the matter.

TV recovered: The Focal Point police yesterday arrested Rajinder Kumar, who lives in Ram Nagar on the Tajpur road, and recovered a stolen colour TV set from him and booked him under Section 411 of the IPC. The accused was arrested from near Gias Pura, added the police.

Woman killed: The Sahnewal police yesterday registered a case on the statement of Mr. Onkar Singh, who lives in Saqil Park at Barewal, against an unknown truck driver who was driving a truck with PCN 4064 registration,

The complainant had stated to the police that he was going on his scooter along with his wife, Kulwant Kaur, and daughters, Kamal Preet Kaur and Sarpreet Kaur, to a gurdwara when the suspect hit his scooter near Jandiali village and sped away. All of them were injured and his wife, Kulwant Kaur, died on the spot, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far.

Liquor seized: The Jodhewal police yesterday arrested Jasvir Singh, resident of Kot Kapura Road at Jalandhar, and Ajay Kumar, resident of Boparai village, and recovered 360 bottles of whisky from their possession and booked them under the Excise Act. The police said today that the Maruti Esteem car, in which the accused were travelling along with the contraband, was impounded. The car was intercepted in front of a tyre company on the GT Road in Sunder Nagar on Sunday.

Two booked: Two more persons were booked yesterday by the city police under section 188 of the IPC for not obeying the orders of the District Magistrate requiring citizens to inform the police about their tenants and servants in view of the growing crime graph in the city.

The Kotwali police yesterday arrested Anil Khullar, resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, for not furnishing to the police the addresses of his servants. He was later bailed out, added the police.

The division number 2 police registered a case under the same section against Jagdish Singh, who lives on Shahpur Road, for not furnishing the names of workers employed by him to the police station concerned. No arrest has been made so far. The police is investigating the matter.



Security guard stabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A security guard was stabbed in the abdomen last evening by a person who wanted an entry into a house in Sector 21 to meet his wife working as a servant. The security guard, Shailender Kumar, was operated upon in the GMCH and is stated to be out of danger. The alleged attacker, Amar Singh, was arrested. The police is also questioning Shiv Murat, another suspect.

The police said Amar Singh accompanied by Shiv Murat reached the house in an inebriated condition and wanted to meet his wife. Shailender Kumar, who joined the duty two months back, refused to let him in. The situation became tense when an altercation took place between the two. Amar Singh then allegedly stabbed Shailender Kumar with a kitchen knife.


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