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Parallel state transport office busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The city police has busted one of the biggest scandals of fake registration copies and route permits of vehicles by arresting two persons and recovering 90 filled and unfilled RCs, 88 fake stamps of almost all District Transport Officers in the state and a large number of forged driving licences.

Division No. 6 SHO, Harjinder Singh said the racket meant that the accused Kasturi Lal and Baljinder Singh were running a parallel State Transport Office and causing a huge loss to the public exchequer.

The illegal vehicle documents provided easy opportunity to be used in crime cases. The police was trying to establish the identity of the vehicle users, he added.

Kasturi Lal’s mother Sitara Begum and her accomplice Aasa Singh were also arrested a few months by the police for running a similar racket.

Kasturi Lal admitted the crime before mediapersons but claimed that he was not criminal-minded person. He said he had to earn a lot of money, as one of his daughters has a hole in her heart and needed surgery to survive.

The police said the accused were selling an RC for Rs 300, route permit for Rs 500 and driving license for Rs 200. They have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.



DC cautions against outbreak of dengue 
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, has directed the departments concerned, including Health, Municipal Corporation and Local Bodies, to take strict preventive measures against the spread of dengue in the coming days and to create awareness and educate the people to clean all the potential places for the breeding of mosquitoes i.e. stagnated water in the open places, coolers, and pots, etc.

These directions were given at a meeting of officers concerned to gear up the government machinery at Circuit House last evening.

The Deputy Commissioner has asked the Health Department to carry out extensive focus spray in all areas around big hospitals like DMC, CMC, Civil Hospital, G T B Hospital and Oswal Hospital, so that the chances of spread of dengue from the patients admitted in these hospitals could be minimised. He also asked the municipal corporation to publish 50,000 pamphlets and distribute these among the people living in the highly populated areas and said that 25,000 pamphlets would be supplied by the district administration to the DEO (S) and the DEO (P) for distribution among the students in all schools.

As a part of the awareness campaign, Mr Verma directed the DEO (S) to ask the principals of all schools to educate the children about the preventive measures during the morning assemblies, so that they could further motivate their parents to clear the stagnated water from coolers and other places and keep the doors and windows open during fogging. He told the Civil Surgeon to form a maximum number of teams of the paramedical staff to make extensive checkings in the houses and to clear the water from the coolers and other pots where mosquitoes could breed.

Mr Verma directed the Joint Commissioner, municipal corporation, to put in operation all the fogging machines with municipal corporation to carry out repeated fogging in all areas of the city and to ensure that in each area fogging should be done once in six days, so that the breeding circle of the mosquitoes could be broken. He said the fogging staff should also tell the people to open doors and windows of their houses at the time of fogging, so that mosquitoes inside the houses could also be eradicated. For the fogging and other preventive measures in the other towns of the district, the Deputy Commissioner asked the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, to monitor the awareness and preventive measures campaign and directed the EOs of all the municipal councils to carry out extensive fogging in all areas of the town. The EOs of Khanna and Sahnewal municipal committees said they had got prepared a simple device of fogging, which worked with tractors for effective fogging. The Deputy Commissioner told the other EOs to also put into use such devices to clear the mosquitoes from the towns. Regarding the preventive campaign in the rural areas, Mr Verma directed the DDPO to put diesel in all ponds and other places where the mosquitoes were breeding in stagnant water through the village Panchayats repeatedly.

The Deputy Commissioner also directed the Health Department and representatives of big hospitals to keep a sufficient number of testing kits in the stock, so that immediate tests could be performed and the treatment could be given in time. He also asked the Health Department to educate the people regarding the symptoms of dengue and to tell them to get the dengue test performed immediately in the Civil Hospital at a cheaper rate of Rs 150 only. He asked all the SDMs to ensure the implementation of preventive measures in their subdivisions strictly, so that breeding of misquotes could be checked.

Dr Jaswant Singh, Joint Commissioner, municipal corporation, said the municipal corporation had nine fogging machines and fogging had been started by fixing a time schedule. The employees working on the fogging machines had to get it verified from the area councillor and six other prominent persons of the locality about the fogging done and each area was being fogged positively once in a week. He said sufficient number of pamphlets would be distributed and the municipal corporation had also procured the required quantity of insecticide for that purpose.

Mr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, has said the department, in collaboration with IMA, Pediatrics’ Association and other NGOs, has chalked out a comprehensive awareness plan and formed sufficient number of teams to check stagnant water in the houses in different areas.



Trade unionism worries Ludhiana industry
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The left-oriented trade unionism appears to be assuming threatening proportions in Ludhiana with strikes becoming regular feature of the industrial culture. Strike is invariably sponsored at a time when the managements have to meet the deadlines. This happens to be the fifth major labour strike in Ludhiana in past 10 months.

The latest being that of the Greatway Hosiery where nearly half of the 2200 workers are trying to hold the company to the ransom. Striking employees are not even allowing those who are willing to work. The company management maintains that the strike has been timed at this juncture so that the export deadlines are not meet and the orders are not delivered on time.

A few days back some employees of the company went on a lightning strike after the management asked them to meet the targets. The management claimed that the workers had brought down productivity by 30 per cent. The management pointed out, the workers are being given regular increments, the best work conditions and other benefits and the company expected the reciprocated output.

Surprisingly most of the labourers who have gone on strike are from outside. A senior member of the management pointed out, “first people come begging for jobs, then they seek confirmation and once they are confirmed they tend to become a liability”. Thanks to the rigid labour laws the management is finding itself helpless.

Since it happens to be the peak season, the management cannot even afford a shutdown at this juncture. Alleging that the strike was motivated, the management pointed out, once a particular demand of the workers is acceded to, they come out with another demands which are totally unjustified”. He pointed out, once the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) introduced two day weekly off and suggested industry to work on Sundays, the workers started asserting that they would not work on Sundays and instead the company should arrange for the generators.

In the past 10 months it is the fifth labour strike in Ludhiana. First it started with the Bhogal Sons, followed by the strike at Avon Cycles, then at Hero Cycles, the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and now at the Greatway Hosiery. Expressing his sympathies with the Greatway Management a leading industrialist of the city who had to face a similar labour unrest recently regretted that Ludhiana was being made to go Amritsar way where over 1000 industrial units had to close down due to the labour unrest.



Special drive to make photo identity cards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
A drive of photography will be carried out from October 1 to October 28 to provide the photo identity cards (PIC) to the voters who could not get their cards prepared so far. The drive covers all the 12 assembly constituencies of the district.

Giving details, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma informed that 20 photography teams would be put in service to make the photography of the voters, whose name are mentioned in the voter lists and have not got their cards prepared.

The DC said that the photography would be carried out in 53- Jagraon Vidhan Sabha Constituency on 1- 2 October, in 54 - Raikot Constituency on 2 - 4 October, in 55- Dakha Constituency from 4 - 7 October, in 56- Kila Raipur Constituency from 7 - 9 October, in 57- Ludhiana North Constituency from 9 - 11 October, in 58th – Ludhiana West Constituency on 11 - 12 October, in 59 Ludhiana East Constituency on 13 - 14 October, in 60 - Ludhiana Rural from 14 - 17 October, in 61- Payal from 17 - 19 October, in 64- Khanna from 19 - 23 October, in 62 - Koom Kalan from 23 - 25 October and in 63 Samrala from 26 - 28 October, 2004.



Undertrial escapes from custody
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 30
An undertrial prisoner in a case of theft Mohinder Singh, a resident of Giljewal village under the jurisdiction of Kot Bhai police station in Muktsar, gave the slip to the police from outside the main gate of the central jail on the Tajpur Road last night.

The police said this morning that the accused had been brought to the jail after a hearing in a court at Mukatsar earlier in the day. But just as head constable Nasib Singh and Mohinder Singh reached main entrance of the jail at 9.30 pm., Mohinder Singh escaped. The Division Number 7 police has registered a case against the cop and the absconding undertrial prisoner.



Start schemes for weaker sections,
demands Cong SC wing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
A state-level meeting of the SC wing of the Congress was held here today. District chairpersons participated in the meeting and discussed the problems and economic condition of the Scheduled castes in the state. The issue of injustice to the Scheduled Castes within the government and the party also figured in the deliberations.

Those present were of the view that the government should start various schemes for the welfare of the weaker sections, especially the SCs. Former MP Mohinder Singh Kalyan said he would take up the issues with the government and get their demands redressed.

He said the SC wing of the party would continue the struggle to arrange education for their children at a nominal cost, ensure admissions for them in all educational institutions, fill the backlog of vacancies and provide adequate space for dumping garbage and constructing latrines for the poor people of the village.

As a first step, they would work for providing books to the school/college students at lower rates, to decrease the fee of technical and medical colleges. They would also work to strengthen the financial position of the Scheduled Caste welfare corporations so that more persons were able to secure loans for improving their financial position. Representation should also be given to the SCs in various corporations and market committees of the state.

There was also a need to end the contract system and provide employment as was done earlier, he added.

Mr Kalyan said to counter the communal forces, it should be ensured that the party won both the Garhshankar and Kapurthala Assembly seats. He said the need of the hour was to make the people aware about the programmes and policies of the Congress.

The workers decided at the meeting that they would reach both the constituencies in strength and urge the people to vote for the Congress.



Crucial issues unlikely to be taken up at MC meeting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 30
Even as the ruling Congress in the Municipal Corporation here has been literally forced into holding a meeting of the general house tomorrow under pressure by councillors of both the main opposition parties and the Congress, most of the crucial civic issues would still fail to be deliberated upon if the agenda issued for the meeting is any indication.

It would be worthwhile to note that the Congress leadership in the MC here has been persistently under fire from opposition parties, and at times from its own councillors, for its failure to convene meetings of the general house regularly as provided in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976. And even when the house meetings are held after long gaps, the ruling party had a tendency to while away most of the time on insignificant issues and avoid discussion on matters that could have a bearing on the entire development process, lament many of the city councillors.

The meeting fixed for tomorrow was earlier scheduled to be held on September 27 but was put off even before the agenda could be issued. It was in the face of threat of an agitation by the main opposition parties that the Congress leadership gave in and the meeting was rescheduled in a hurried manner.

The allegation of the BJP and SAD councillors of the city Mayor Mr Nahar Singh Gill being guilty of undermining the sanctity of the house by not bringing most of the important issues on the floor was not without basis in view of the way things have been happening after the Congress took over the reins in the civic body. The opposition councillors allege that the ruling party (read the city Mayor) had been, in a way, bypassing the general house through the common practice of seeking the nod of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) even for major development projects and most of the policy matters, which should be brought before the general house for open discussion and then sent to the F&CC for approval of the financial involvement.

The councillors from the SAD and BJP who held an extended meeting here last evening to chalk out a strategy for the house meeting and to discuss the modalities for raising quite a few crucial issues of public interest, even though these were not included in the agenda, were reported to have resolved to train their guns on the ruling party on several key issues like delay in the execution of major projects, including the elevated road, railway overbridge at Dhandari Kalan, motorable flyover at Lakkar Pul, road along the Budha Nullah and the lackadaisical attitude of the MC on the maintenance of parks and green belts in the city.

Moreover, the ruling party was also expected to face a tough time in the house on yet another important issue of the regularisation of unauthorised colonies within and on the periphery of the city, which had been hanging fire for a long time. The Mayor had given an assurance on the floor of the house in one of the previous meetings that if the government failed to come out with a comprehensive policy on this matter by August 31, the MC would go ahead on its own to initiate action in this regard.



Sharda Ram Phillauri’s birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
A function was organised by the Bairagi Maha Mandal at Aggar Nagar to celebrate the 167 birth anniversary of noted Hindi writer Pandit Sharda Ram Phillauri, who is also the author of the aarti, Om Jai Jagdish Hare, here today.

Mr Anurag Verma Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function and released three books written on the late author by Professor Harminder Singh Bedi. He also honour Mr Bedi with a gold medal and a shawl for preserving the literary creations of Pt Phillauri.

The DC said that Pt Sharda Ram Phillauri had written 13 books in Hindi and two in Punjabi which are being taught at the postgraduate level while the aarti written by him is chanted in all the mandirs with great respect not only in India, but across the globe.

He said that he was the writer of the masses and his writings were being read by the people belonging to all sections of the society.

Mr Verma said that to spread the writings of prominent writers among the people throughout the world, we must make maximum use of latest computer-based technology and Internet.

Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, appreciated the efforts of Mandal and said that the other cultural and literary organisations should come forward to remember the great writers.

Mr K.K. Bawa, President, Bairagi Maha Mandal, said that a postal stamp in the memory of Pt Sharda Ram Phillauri should be brought out and a Chair in any University in his name should be set up.

Others present on the occasion included Mr Pawan Diwan and Professor Mohinder Singh Cheema.



Gugga Mari mela at Tibba
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 30
A two-day Gugga Mari Mela was held at Tibba village, near Sahnewal. Residents of Tibba village along with the surrounding villages gathered in large number to celebrate the fair as it holds great religious significance for them. Mr Balwinder Singh Jhajj, sarpanch of the village organised the show.

Wrestling matches were also organised for the entertainment of the onlookers in which Parminder Singh of Doom Chheri and Sonu of Delhi participated and the match ended in a draw The amount of Rs 42,000 was shared among two.

Stalls of eatables, games and toys etc were displayed. According to the sarpanch of village Tibba, “The villagers have less places of amusement and hence the Gugga Mari mela apart from being a place of worship offers entertainment and enjoyment to these villagers.”



Dharna by patwaris
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The dharna organised by all patwaris of Ludhiana, East and West, today entered its fourth day. A protest was staged in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner. The dharna was held under the leadership of union general secretary Darshan Kumar, said that the dharna protests against the false case registered by the VB Vigilance Department against Rajinder Pal Singh, the patwari of Madiya Kalan.

They alleged that despite the assurance of the police that the case would be cancelled after an enquiry, nothing has been done so far.

Mr Kumar warned that the dharna will continue and that on October 5 all patwaris will organise protests in their sub-divisions. They will also take the protest on October 8 to Kapurthala, where by-elections are going to be held. 



One killed in factory blast 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 30
The body of a factory worker, who was killed in a blast that took place in a factory here yesterday was cremated today after a post-mortem examination in the Civil Hospital. According to sources, a bomb-like object exploded when it was put for melting in the furnance by some workers working in a factory Messers Bassi Alloys Ambay Majra, Mandi Gobindgarh. This resulted in the death of migrant worker Anil Kumar (28) son of Jai Ram of Vankutta Vill, Uttar Pradesh. Six other persons were also hurt in the blast.

Out of the six wounded workers, the condition of Prem Chand was stated to be serious. Kant Yadav, Suresh Mukhya, Mahesh and Bhajan Pal were discharged after providing first aid.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr PC on the statement of Ms Arti Devi, wife of the deceased.

Minor kidnapped: Danesh Kumar (7), son of Mr Moti Lal of Ambey Majra village, Mandi Gobindgarh, was allegdly kidnapped by some persons at 2.30 pm today. Danesh Kumar, a student of Sant Pritam Singh Public School, Ambey Majra near Mandi Gobindgarh, was coming home on a cycle along with some students when he was kidnapped. Students who accompanied him raised an alarm.

The father of the child alleged that migrant labourers working with a contractor at R.K. Mill, Mandi Gobindgarh, might kidnapped his son.

The police is on a lookout to nab the culprit.



SBI launches loan processing cell
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
State Bank of India today rolled out its Business Process Re-engineering Project (BPR) at Ludhiana by launching a central processing cell ‘Small Enterprises Credit Cell’ to process loan proposals of small enterprises having turnover up to Rs 1 crore.

The SECC will aim at achieving the objectives of lesser turnaround time and adequate credit delivery to small enterprises. This will provide fillip to priority sector lending and have a spiral effect in generating employment opportunities, said Mr A. Krishna Kumar, general manager, (commercial banking), Chandigarh circle, in a press release today.

He said the project has been undertaken by SBI in order to simplify its business processes. The bank plans to launch more technology based initiatives in coming days, he said.

Mr Samir Saran, deputy general manager, informed that 16 cells in Ludhiana had been linked with this cell. On the first day of its functioning, 30 loan proposals worth Rs 2.17 crore were processed, he said.

Among others present on the occasion of launch were Mr Akhilesh Mohan, DGM, SCB Pahwa Hospital branch, Mr R.K. Nanda, assistant general manager, corporate centre, Mr S.K. Jain, Mr G.C. Lakhanpal, Mr S.C. Arora, Mr R.C. Sharma, Mr Pala Ram and Mr Shamsher Bahadur Sharma, assistant general managers.


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