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Old couple found murdered in house
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 24
Mohinder Singh (60) an ex-serviceman and his wife Balwinderjit Kaur (55) were today found murdered in their residence at Malsihan Bhaike village 10 km from here in mysterious circumstances.

According to the information, the foul smell attracted people to report the matter to Sidhwanbet police which broke open the lock of the outer gate and on entering found Mohinder Singh murdered on a cot covered with quilt in one of the room and similar was the condition of his wife Balwinderjit Kaur who was found lying in the other room.

The police found their Maruti car and colour television were stolen though other articles missing could not be assessed. The paper of October 18 was found lying in the courtyard indicating the murders having been committed on the intervening night of Oct 17/18. Mr Rajiv Ahir, SSP, Mr Jaspal Singh Dhanoa SP (D), Mr Randhir Singh DSP City reached at the spot to take stock of the situation.

Though police has registered a case under Section 302 the IPC at police station Sidhwanbet but the cause of murder was still under cloud. The bodies of the couple have been brought to civil hospital here for a postmortem examination.



Betrayed, she contemplates immolation
Jupinderjit Singh and Mahesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Rattan/Ludhiana, October 24
She dressed up as a bride for four times to tie nuptial knot with a man of her dreams. Every time her would-be husband postponed the event at the last minute citing one excuse or the other. Now the “dejected” girl, who was deserted by her parents for bringing “bad name to family” has threatened self-immolation outside Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, if her fiancee did not accept her as his wife.

This is a tale of an innocent daughter of a backward class family of Rattan village ‘‘exploited’’ by a youth of Rurka village, who had promised to marry her, made her pregnant and aborted her foetus.

Talking to the Tribune at the house of a woman leader here, who has given her shelter, Taranjit (name changed) said that she came in contact with the youth when she was a student of BA-I in a local college. The youth of Rurka village was also a student in another private college. Their friendship grew over the years and they completed graduation in April 2000.

While Taranjit took admission in MCA at a private institute in the city, the boy joined a commercial organisation. The youth persuaded her to join the same company and both started working together. The duo then joined another firm and were transferred to new company’s office at Sangrur.

In her complaint to the SSP, Sangrur, Taranjit alleged, “After we were transferred to Sangrur in the end of December 2003, we along with some other colleagues started living in a house situated near Patiala Byepass there. An evening he mixed some sedative in my food and I became unconscious for at least three days. I woke up and was shocked to know that I was raped. I started crying and he tried to pacify me and this was the first time when he accepted me as his wife. He filled my hair parting with his blood and promised that marriage would be registered later.”

But she received another shock when he forcibly got her foetus aborted at a private nursing home near bus stand at Sangrur in April this year. They entered their particulars as a married couple in the files of the nursing home, they gave a wrong telephone number.

Before leaving her at her parents house at Rattan village on April 24 the boy took her to Mastuana Sahib Gurdwara near Sangrur and testified their marriage once again. Thereafter the ‘couple’ kept meeting each other at Ludhiana and she was told that another ‘marriage’ would take place on May 14. The venue was first shifted from Ludhiana to Chandigarh and then to Mohali. Ultimately the groom and the bride reached Mohali.

‘‘Before the pandit could arrive and start the process, the boy played another trick. He acted as if he had received a telephone call from his brother informing that their father had met with an accident and his condition was serious. I returned to Dehlon along with him from where his brother took me to leave me at my parent’s house.”

The story did not end here. They fixed June 23 as next date for another marriage ceremony at a Gurdwara, 35 km from Ludhiana. Before the marriage could be solemnised, the boy disclosed the matter to his parents, the boy’s mother rang up her parents and threatened to get the whole family eliminated in case Taranjit insisted on marrying their son.

Her parents instead of consoling and supporting, thrashed her mercilessly. “They even conspired to kill me when the parents of the boy had refused to accept me. As I had told my parents that I would marry the same boy they disowned me through a public notice and kicked me out of my house.”

Ultimately Taranjit took shelter at the house of Ms Tejinder Kaur, State President Women’s Cell of the Janata Dal at Ludhiana. She took up the matter with both families and finally fixed September 24 as another date for their marriage but the groom’s family rang up to threaten Ms Tejinder Kaur of dire consequences if she did not give up the case. Since then the victim and the state leader had been viciting various offices to get the girl justice.

While the SSP office at Ludhiana had directed them to approach the SSP Jagraon as both villages fell under the jagraon police district. But there, In-charge Woman’s Cell Jagraon, directed the victim to approach SSP Sangrur as ‘‘the crime if any had been committed there.’’



SAD (A) wants Badal summoned at Takht
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 24
The SAD (A) has urged Akal Takhat to summon President of the SAD (B) and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly using derogatory words for the sacred and religious symbol of Sikhs Khanda (a type of double-edged sword) which was presented to him on behalf of the Sikhs of England during a function at Mehma Singh Wala village in Kilaraipur constituency segment on Saturday.

Reacting to news items in a section of press, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, general secretary of the SAD (A) said that Mr Parkash Singh Badal had uttered derogatory words for the religious symbol publicly at a function organised to inaugurate a sports Stadium built by some NRIs settled in England.

"It is shocking that president of a political party which claimed to be representative of Sikhs did not know the significance of the Khanda which was recognized as a religious symbol by the 10th Guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh and since been used for preparing nectar (amrit) for baptising Sikhs. By calling Khanda a Sund (a tool) he has reflected his inner sentiments towards the sacred symbols," exclaimed Mr Lohara.

Equating Mr Badal with Mr Narender Modi, Chief Minister of CM Gujrat the SAD (A) spokesman urged the Akal Takht Jathedar to summon both of them at the Takht and ask for an explanation for allegedly using derogatory words for Sikhs and their religious symbols. He said the remarks had not only hurt the sentiments of the Sikhs settled at Punjab but it had damaged the image of the community in the eyes of Sikhs also." How can you expect that the NRIs would come forward to honour any of the Sikh personalities after noticing the behaviour of Mr Badal yesterday," questioned Mr Lohara.

At the same time Mr Lohara asked Bibi Jagir Kaur President of the SGPC either to take action against the former CM or step down from her post as it was her constitutional and moral duty to guard the sanctity of the symbols of Sikhs at any cost.

She should also call an explanation from the organizers also stressed Mr Lohara.

Professor Jagmohan Singh General Secretary, Mr Balwinder Singh Bains an SGPC member and President youth wing of the party and Mr.Anoop Singh Sandhu, also expressed anguish over the issue.



Applications invited to upgrade museums
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has invited applications for financial assistance for strengthening regional and local museums. He said the objective was to modernise museums up to 80 per cent of the total project cost might be provided as assistance by the government. The balance would have to be met by the beneficiary organisation from its own resources. A broad range would include museums for the promotion of antiquities, numismatics, paintings, ethnological collections, folk art, textiles and stamps.

An organisation would have to submit the proposal within three distinct components. The state of the museum and a diagnostic study, a vision and strategy spelling out how the museum was proposed to be developed, and an action plan containing detailed costing, sequencing and a time-frame.

The organisation/society or trust should be registered under the Registration of Societies Act or under any other law for the time being in force. The scheme also covers universities and colleges. Which should have been existence for at least three years for being eligible for the receipt of grants. The condition might be relaxed at the discretion of the expert committee.

The organisation must be in a position to maintain the museum and bear recurring costs, existence of infrastructural facilities, resources and personnel to execute the work for which the grant was required and have a defined constitution.

The applications may be submitted to the DC’s office. These will be forwarded to the Directorate of Cultural Affairs Archaeology and Museum. Applications may also directly be submitted at the office of the Directorate of Cultural Affairs Archaeology and Museum, Punjab, Plot No 3, Sector 38-A, Chandigarh.



VC of “fake” university booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The police today booked the Vice-Chancellor of the alleged fake Rajiv Gandhi University, New Delhi, on the complaint of the local Director of a technical education institution who had charged the VC of playing a fraud with him and his students by not recognising the courses despite taking the requisite fee.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr Sohan Lal, has been booked along with a city resident Munish Ahuja under Sections 406 and 420, IPC, on the complaint of Mr Naresh Puri, Director, Devki Devi Jain Institution for Computer Sciences. Munish Ahuja has been named as the conduit between the complainant and the VC.

Mr Puri has alleged that the VC and Munish Ahuja had taken Rs 1.5 lakh from his institution for recognising a course in telecommunications. The local institute was shocked to learn that the accused had “discontinued” the university and wanted Mr Puri to get the recognition from Rahasthan Vidyapith University. The accused refused to return Rs 1.5 lakh deposited with him.



Former PAU Don gets ICS Award 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Dr Partap Singh Kalsi, a former Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PAU, has been selected for the Prof S.C. Ameta Award instituted by the Indian Chemical Society (ICS), Kolkata for 2003 for his outstanding contribution to chemistry over the past four decades.

The award, which carries a cash prize, a medal and a citation, will be presented to Dr Kalsi at the 41st Annual Convention of the society at Delhi University in December.

Dr Kalsi started his career as a teacher of chemistry in the PAU in 1965 after obtaining MSc and PhD degrees from Vikram University, Ujjain, and Poona University, Pune, respectively, in the early 60s. He became Professor and Head of the Department, a position that he held for over 18 years. He also had a stint as Dean, Colleges, in Punjab Technical University Jalandhar, before he retired in 1999.

Dr Kalsi has authored about a dozen books on applied chemistry, organic chemistry, and stereochemistry for undergraduate and postgraduate students. These books, have been prescribed by universities across the globe as text and reference books.

Dr Kalsi, who handled several research projects financed by the ICAR, CSIR, Punjab government, as Principal Investigator, has done pioneering work on the development of agrochemicals for increased food production and eco-friendly chemicals from aromatic and medicinal plants.

The compounds developed by him have proved extremely effective in increasing wheat production in fields under water stress conditions. Dr Kalsi has delivered a number of lectures based on his work in various universities and centres of research in India and abroad.

It was because of his distinguished research achievements that the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences bestowed a rare honour on Dr Kalsi by including him as an expert on the committee constituted to nominate deserving scientists for the Nobel Prize in chemistry for 1985.

During the past five years, he has delivered nearly 300 lectures. 



Arjun Singh visits city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, visited the city today and interacted with industrialists, politicians, bureaucrats and educationists and assessed the ground realities in the state that would help him while dealing with issues concerning the state.

He was in the city to attend a private function after which he flew back to Delhi. During his stay, Punjab Finance Minister, Surinder Singla along with the industrialists held talks with the Union Minister in which they stressed for more funds for Punjab. Mr Singla also reportedly appraised him about the financial health of the state.

The Punjab minister also reportedly discussed the issue of outstanding payments of the Central loan and prevailed upon the union minister to take up the case of Punjab for a complete waiver as in the case of Jammu and Kashmir and some other states.

Many people who met Mr Arjun Singh were old acquaintances from his days as the Governor in Punjab. The Union Minister was jubilant to see some of his old friends and officials with whom he had worked.

The function that he attended was the bhog of akhand path at a house in Rajguru Nagar. He was escorted from the Sahnewal airport by local Congress leaders and district administration officials.

Those who were seen in his company the bhog included former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s son and MLA, Mr Tej Parkash, the general secretary of the Punjab Congress, Mr Gurkirat Singh, Punjab Akali Dal MP, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Punjab minister, Mr Mahesinder Singh Grewal, Ludhiana Mayor, and Mr Nahar Singh Gill, former MP.



Congress ‘misused’ official machinery in by-elections
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
The misuse of official machinery and brow-beating by the Congress were responsible for the defeat of the SAD-BJP alliance in Kapurthala and Garhshanker by-elections, says state BJP chief and MP Avinash Rai Khanna.

He was in the city and interacted with mediapersons besides presiding over a meeting of the state executive which met for the first time after the by-elections. He said that the party would organise protests at all district headquarters and burn effigies of the CM on November 2.

Attributing the defeat to the strong arm tactics of the Congress, he said every worker and leader worked for the success of the candidates but could not do much in face of the strong arm tactics of the government. Workers were intimidated and those who opposed the Congress candidates were detained by the police cops. It was a murder of democracy, he summed up.

“We had sounded the Election Commission of the ground situation in both the constituencies but the commission chose to turn a blind eye. Our party sent 25 specific complaints of wrong-doing by the ruling party, but no action was taken,” he alleged.

Mr Khanna also clarified that the defeats were not because of the comments of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. No individual is responsible for the defeat and it any blame is to be apportioned it should be on everybody in the alliance, he pointed out.

Attacking the Congress, he said the functioning of the government can be gauged from the fact that the Supreme Court has struck down the liquor vend auctions and the recruitment of DSPs. It is a blow to the government that was voted in on the promise of providing efficient and corruption-free governance. The least that Capt Amarinder Singh can do is quit on moral grounds, he added.

He also added that there were no rift in the party and that the party would be further rejuvenated under the Presidentship of L.K. Advani.

Mr Khanna also said that the number of mandals in the state will be raised to 450 from 159. A committee comprising Prof Rajinder Bhandari from Jalandhar, C.L. Bajaj and Mr Venod Sharma from Ludhiana will draw up modalities for the constitution of the mandals.



Lions clubs’ members pledge to improve society
Our Correspondent

The joint installation of 12 Lions Clubs at Lions Bhavan in Ludhiana
The joint installation of 12 Lions Clubs at Lions Bhavan in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 24
At the joint installation ceremony of 12 Lions Clubs held at Lions Bhavan, Ludhiana, last night 800 Lion members gathered from all over Punjab. The function was presided over by Mr Jaswant Garg, District Governor. He explained the role played by Lions Clubs in the elimination of treatable blindness Polio eradication programme.

He informed that Lion Clubs were going to participate in a big way in the ‘measles immunization programme’ of the Government and in Nation Building Programme by raising the health and education standards of unprivileged children of our society.

Dr Narotam Dewan was installed president of Lion club Samrat, along with his team of office-bearers that included Dr Sunil Lakhotra as secretary.

Dr Narotam Dewan in his address to the Lion Members urged them to retain the lead in setting example of benevolent social service to our unprivileged fellows. He denounced hypocrisy and wastage of resources in unnecessary ceremonies. He explained that the joint installation of 12 Lion Clubs is a step towards saving of resources for the service of the needy in our society. He urged all Lion members to hold joint service projects.

Dr Narotam Dewan enumerated the service projects. He expressed his deep worries on the increasing incidence of addiction in our young generations. He urged the Lion Members to set an example against use of intoxicating addictions by stopping use of alcohol in the meetings of the lion clubs. He informed the members about the harmful effects of alcohol on our bodies like of liver, stomach ulcers, brain atrophy and increased incidence of traffic accidents. He urged the government to treat alcohol on the lines of opium as the effects of this tempting liquid are no better and rather worse than opium. Many Lion male members and almost all women and children attending the function took an oath to divert the money so saved toward donation of milk to the undernourished children in our cities and mohalls.



Attacks on journalists flayed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
The Ludhiana unit of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists expressed concern over attacks on print and electronic journalists while discharging duty.

A resolution condemning such attacks was passed at a meeting of the union held here today. Members were of the view that they should not hesitate to register protest if any member of their fraternity was assaulted while performing duty.

Mr Mohit Srivastva from Amar Ujala, Mr Rajnish Lakhanpal of The Tribune, Mr Puskar Pandey of Dainik Jagran, Mr Sanjeev Sood and Mr Vinod Mahindra of UNI, Mr Rajesh Inderpal of India TV, Mr Rohit Gaur from ETV channel were among those who attended the meeting.



Ram Lila panel thanks Birmi for Rs 25000 grant
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 24
The Urban Estate Ram Lila Dussehra Committee Dugri, Ludhiana, President Raj Garg, General Secretary, Dr Shiv Gupta, Treasurer, Mr Raman Goyal and all other office-bearers of the committee thanked the Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Punjab govt) Mr Malkit Singh Birmi for declaring Rs 25000/- aid to the Ram Lila Dussehra Committee, for promoting cultural, social, religious activities.

Mr Birmi also assured that a plot for a charitable dispensary in urban estate in Dugri will also be allotted by PUDA for which the matter would be taken up with Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh.

The Ram Lila Dussehra committee has been promoting Hindu-Sikh unity, brotherhood, National Unity and Integrity, social, cultural, religious activities which have been appreciated by Mr Malkit Singh Birmi.



PNB holds exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 24
Punjab National Bank held an exhibition showcasing its services and new products here today. Officials demonstrated activities relating to all retail lending schemes as well as new products and services introduced by bank for the convenience of public like PNB Smart roamer, Prudent Sweep, Inter-connected branches, multi-city cheque book, Debit-cum-ATM Card etc.

Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Punjab Zone told that to cater the needs of customers for retail loans, a Tatkal Suvidha Kendra is being opened at Dugri shortly.


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