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District admin to check use of LPG in automobiles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Those running automobiles on domestic LPG gas beware! The district administration has decided to make raids to find out the misuse of domestic cooking gas and take action against those found guilty.

A decision to stop the misuse of cooking gas was taken today when the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, asked the Senior Superintendents of Police of Ludhiana, Jagraon and Khanna Police districts and District Transport Officer to prevent misuse of LPG cylinders in the automobiles.

In view of the severe shortage of LPG faced by the consumers for domestic use, the district administration has taken this step. According to Mr Verma, “The DFSC and LPG dealers had brought this misuse in automobiles to my notice and demanded a strict check on it.” He added that cylinders weighing 14.2 kg cannot be used in automobiles, as this is in contravention of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order, 2000.

Mr Verma said that legal opinion was also taken from the Joint Director, Prosecution and Litigation. As per his legal opinion the diversion of domestic LPG to commercial use had been prohibited and any person who uses any domestic cylinder for any other purpose will be liable under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

Besides the DC has appealed the people to immediately stop the misuse of LPG cylinders in automobiles and for any other non-domestic purpose and warned that strict action would be taken against the defaulters.

In addition the DC has written to the SSPs to strictly check the illegal diversion and sale of LPG by filling it in 1-2 kg cylinders from 14.2 kg cylinder in the city by some unscrupulous elements and take strict steps to stop this illegal practice and to start checking through the PCR parties during their normal patrolling.

Mr Verma said that DFSC Ludhiana, Ms Simarjot Kaur, has brought to his notice that some people have been engaged in this illegal activity of selling the LPG by filling it in small cylinders of 1-2 kg capacity in the city from the 14.2 kg cylinders meant for the domestic use.

She said that the staff of the Food and Supply Department was also carrying out checking to stop this illegal practice and suggested that the local police should be requested to supplement this campaign. Mr Verma appealed the public in case they notice any person misusing the LPG cylinder in automobiles of setting in 1-2 kg small cylinders, they should immediately inform the DFSC or the police so that immediate action could be taken.

He added that he had earlier issued directions in this regard at a meeting to the LPG distributors to completely supply the LPG refills on the advance booking by the consumers and were told in clear terms to desist from exploiting their customers. Mr Verma again cautioned them that in case they are caught creating artificial shortage of gas, strictest possible action under law would be taken against him.

Mr Verma also appealed to the general public that they should not suffer silently at the hands of gas agencies. He stated that gas agencies have been asked to issue proper cash memos at the time of sale of cylinders. In case any gas agency charges more than mentioned in the cash memo, the customer should bring the matter to the notice of District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, Ludhiana, so that a prompt action could be taken.



Sikhism to be spread at global level
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Various national and international Sikh organisations have vowed to launch a continuous movement to effectively spread the philosophy of Sikhism at the global level. The decision was taken at a largely attended religious congregation on the second day here today of the Annual World Gurmat Sammelan to mark the 400 years of installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. 

The sammelan is under way at Gurdwara Nanaksar.

The participating members of the organisations gave their acceptance and pledged to dedicate themselves to the preaching of Gurbani and baptising the maximum number of Sikh youth.

In his message, Sant Baba Jaswant Singh said the Sikh Gurus had propounded a unique philosophy of mutual brotherhood, equality , tolerance and service to the suffering humanity. Expressing his concern over the turning away of Sikh youth from the basic principles of Sikhism, he called upon the religious preachers and heads of the religious bodies to concentrate on educating the youth about the importance of the Sikh philosophy, which he said had no match in the world.

He also called upon the public to work hard for providing quality education, including medical and technical, to the future generations. He said people from other countries were willing to donate on a large scale for the hospitals and educational institutions in Punjab, but we should shoulder the responsibility of providing excellent management to the institutions so that the standard of education could be brought on a par with that in the USA, the UK and Canada.

Mr Kirpal Singh, spokesman for the mission, said a numbers of saints and philosophers would take part on the concluding day of the function tomorrow. He said in the morning Bhog of 21 Akhand Paths (continuous recitation) would be performed.



AIDS poses threat to city residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is posing a serious threat to people in Ludhiana, with a number of people already having been infected by this disease. The shocking thing about it is that people take it too casually. Even those who know that they are HIV positive do not take the disease seriously. 

Recently an HIV positive person married an HIV negative woman despite knowing that he himself was suffering from the disease.

These revelations have been made by a committee headed by Dr L.S. Chawla, a senior and physician of the region, who has also served as the Vice- Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and the founder Principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Dr Chawla headed a committee constituted by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) following the allegation of Mr Surinder Singh that his wife contracted the HIV infection because of the negligence of a city gynaecologist who did not check the blood of the donor before transfusing it to his wife.

The inquiry has clearly held that Mr Surinder Singh’s wife got the HIV infection from the blood transfusion of the infected person. But the inquiry remains silent on whether the said gynaecologist had conducted the mandatory HIV tests before the transfusion of blood. She has been maintaining that she did and the person concerned tested negative. The doctors say it is difficult to establish as to when the infected donor contracted the infection as there is a three-week incubation period of the HIV virus during which it cannot be detected.

While the IMA has already submitted the report to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, who had referred the complaint to it, it (the IMA) has said that it had no option but to assume that the documents filed by the accused doctor were genuine. It said, it was for the police to establish the veracity of the documents.

At the same time the inquiry committee has recommended lunching a massive awareness campaign about AIDS. It found that people were either ignorant or too casual about the infection. Quoting the example of the donor because of whose infected blood the wife of Mr Surinder Singh contracted the infection, the inquiry report pointed out that he (the donor) did not care much about the life of the other person whom he married. Quite expectedly, his wife has already contracted the infection and in all probability she was unaware of it.



Crackers recovered, Youth Cong leader spared
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The Division No. 3 police has booked two persons for storing and selling fire crackers illegally from Ekta Dharamshala, New Mohalla here today morning.

The police action kicked up a row as the cops allegedly did not take any action against a Youth Congress leader, who allegedly is close to some senior police officials.

Two youths Brajesh and Chote Lal have been arrested and booked under Section 286 of the IPC and 188 of the CrPc. As many as 27 cases of fire crackers were recovered from them. The action was taken as the District Magistrate had banned the stacking of such huge quantity of fire crackers at one place. The police, however, has not taken any action against the Youth Congress leader against whom a demonstration was held.



Cops honoured for solving robbery case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Happy at the swift arrest of the accused in the sensational daylight robbery at the shop of a Money Exchanger early this week, the Ghumar Mandi Shopkeepers Association led by the area councillor honoured a number of police officials of different ranks at a function today, afternoon.

Cops are usually at the receiving end of public criticism. The last time such a function was organised in the city was when a child was rescued safely from kidnappers by the city police two years ago.

Those honoured included SP, City-I, R.K. Jaiswal, SP City-II, Pritam Singh, DSPs Ravcharan Singh Brar, Mohan Lal and R.K. Bakshi. SSP, Ludhiana Narinderpal Singh could not attend the function. Mr Jaiswal received the award of Honour on his behalf.

ASI Sumeet Sood, incharge, Ghumar Mandi police post was specially felicitated for playing a key role in nabbing the two accused Ranjit Singh and Jaspreet Singh for robbing and injuring a money exchanger in the market on Monday last.

The ASI had cut short his leave and not only resumed work immediately but was also instrumental in the identification and subsequent arrest of the accused. Mr Jaiswal announced that the ASI would be given the Commendation Certificate by the state Police Department also.

The association also honoured ASI Tarlochan Singh for saving a man from drowning in Budda Nullah, extinguishing a fire at a petrol pump single-handedly and rescuing a child kidnapped from the area.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jaiswal said the police officials were eager to solve the case. He said police could only work wonders only if the public cooperated. He asked the city residents to come forward and furnish details about servants and tenants so that the police could trace the offenders easily.

He thanked the association for motivating and encouraging the police force by holding such functions. Municipal Councillor Gurpreet Gogi hailed the performance of the city police officials in nabbing the accused swiftly and winning back the confidence of the people.

He said the police could help the shopkeepers more by setting up a permanent polcie post in the market. Mr Gogi offered to give the police space for the purpose also.



Insurance agencies, banks harass residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
City residents should be beware of banks and insurance companies which are luring people to their offices for presenting them a ‘gift’ but actually seeking to sell them one insurance policy or the other.

The caller, mostly a girl, announces that the person owning the mobile has won a rare gift from a draw of lots and only 25 persons from the city have been selected. The chosen ones are called to the office at a specified time, given a cheap gift and lectured on insurance policy. Many residents have fallen a prey to the tactics which amount to fraud and cheating by befooling the person concerned. Even the city Police Department is taking notice of such activities, sources said.

A city journalist today received such a call from one Ms Sonam, who claimed she was talking from the Mall Road branch of the SBI Life Office (State Bank of India). The girl began asking rudely if the person was at his office or residence. When the purpose of inquiry was asked, she insisted on knowing the location first.

After getting the answer, she announced that the person owning the phone had won an award as the SBI had earned profits this year. She announced only 25 persons had been chosen for the award. Knowing well the trap, the journalist asked the real purpose. After much argument, the girl admitted that there would be some briefing about insurance policies.

The girl refused to divulge her designation despite repeated requests. It is not the first time that a city resident has alleged undue harassment at the hands of the employees of such banks or insurance agencies. A few weeks ago, a journalist of a vernacular daily had also complained about facing similar harassment. He went to the office and received a gift of cheap cups.



Police on lookout for fitness instructor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The city police for the past two months is on the lookout for a “tomboyish” former fitness instructor at a city hotel, who had allegedly forced three girls to live with her. She allegedly got married to two victims and lived with them under assumed identities for three years here. 

Her present relationship with the third girl, who hails from Vishal Nagar here, is yet to be ascertained.

The Amritsar police and parents of the two victims got the two Amritsar-based girls freed from the clutches of the girl, Sukhbir Kaur, who also hails from Amritsar. However, the accused Sukhbir still succeeded in luring a girl from Vishal Nagar and is missing since then.

On being enquired the Sarabha Nagar police and family members of the third victim, Sunaina (name changed), revealed that the shocking case of the “tomboyish” girl could well be the first case of a marriage between girls in the state.

One of the victim, who lived in a rented accommodation with Sukhbir at Sunaina’s house in Vishal Nagar for three years, later informed the family that Sukhbir had forced her to marry her. The victim who is now living with her parents in Amritsar claimed that she was tortured by Sukhbir for two months after she agreed to marry her and live as ‘her’ partner.

Members of Sunaina’s family told Ludhiana Tribune that Sukhbir and Sunaina were seen riding a motor-cycle in the city by some family friends. The police was informed but it had so far failed to nab them. They had also given the two-wheeler’s number but it was yet to be traced. The bike could easily be traced because the accused had inscribed ‘smarty’ on its number plate..

Lakhbir Singh, ASI, said the police had not found any clue suggesting that the “tomboyish” girl could be involved in “flesh trade racket” and was luring the girls for that purpose. He said the case was definitely different and strange.

A woman relative of Sunaina said Sukhbir had taken a room on rent in her house and lived for three years with her sister. She claimed that her parents had died in an accident and was the only bread winner in the family. She was working in a hotel located near the Bhai Bala Chowk.

Sukhbir became friendly to Sunaina, a student of Technical Education College in Varanasi. Sunaina had come for a few weeks during holidays. Sukhbir also went to Varanasi and lived with her for few days. She returned and then both of them disappeared.

It was only then that Madhu revealed that she was not Sukhbir’s sister but was living as her ‘wife’. Sukhbir’s poor parents were alive and were not aware of her activities.

Her father was working a rickshaw-puller. Sunaina’s family who doesn’t want to be identified has urged the police officials and the public to help them in tracing the missing girls. 



Punjab's economy in doldrums: MCPI
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 27
The state committee of the MCPI met here today under the presidentship of Mr Rattan Singh Chougawan of Amritsar district at K.K. Kaushal Memorial Bhavan. The existing political situation was discussed at the meeting. The committee feels that no special treatment should be given to the Shankaracharya, who is allegedly involved in a murder case, as all men are equal in the eyes of the law and nobody is above the law of the land. 

The law should be allowed to take its own course. The committee criticised the attitude of the BJP, the Shiv Sena and other such organisations who, it said, are giving a communal colour to the issue.

It also took strong note of the UPA government opening up the banking sector to foreign banks and pursuing the policies of privatisation and disinvestment at the instance of the World Bank and the IMF. This was creating a havoc in the lives of the common people in India.

Mr Kuldip Singh, state secretary of the MCPI, said Punjab's economy was in doldrums as there were long power cuts in the state, scarcity of domestic gas and the phenomenon of ever-rising prices of all essential commodities. The party also opposed the privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board. The MCPI has fully supported the genuine demands of the farmers while strongly condemning the "repressive" policies of the government. It has demanded immediate release of the arrested farmers.



PUDA officials to meet colony residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority, (PUDA), will organise a meeting for the residents of South City to hear their grievances. The meeting would be organised on November 29 here.

Some senior officials of PUDA are expected to come from the head office at SAS Nagar as there have been allegations of lack of civic amenities and connivance of some local officials with the colonisers.

Sources said that the residents, who had grievances against the colonisers were called for the meeting. The officials would also take a stock of the situation by seeing the spot.



Anti-Corruption Front doing its bit to fight graft
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 27
The Anti-corruption Front Samrala got more than Rs 8 lakh returned, it was taken as bribe by some revenue officials, policemen, commission agents, travel agents and electricity board employees in 2004, according to Mr Rashpal Singh, President of the Front, here today.

The front recently exposed a stamp vendor in tehsil office who had taken Rs 15,000 from Inderjit Singh, a farmer of Ludhiana village by using the name of DSP Samrala Jasveer Singh to settle his land dispute.

After getting an affidavit from the complainant Inderjit Singh, the Anti-Corruption Front team contacted the stamp vendor concerned who refused taken the money and then the front team contacted the local DSP and apprised him of the allegation levelled against him. Then the stamp vendor concerned on being cornered agreed to the fact of taking Rs 15,000 from Mr Inderjit Singh by using the name of the DSP Samrala.

The offender came to the front office and admitted to his guilt in writing and returned Rs 15,000 to Mr Inderjit Singh.

The front asked the DSP to clear his position and appropriate action be initiated against the culprits.

Mr Mehma Singh Kang, Mr Nirmal Singh and Mr Malkiat Singh Ghuman attended the meeting.



Dhillon nominated market committee chief
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 27
Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, President of the Samrala Ahrtiya Association, has been nominated Chairman of the local Market Committee by the Punjab government, according to a notification, received here today.

Public and prominent persons of the locality, politicians and representatives of the social organisations, welcomed the decision of the Punjab government and distributed sweets and celebrate the event.

Mr Dhillon assured people that he would discharge his duties to the satisfaction of the Arhtiyah and the farmers of Samrala subdivision.



Hand-knitted woollens ‘hot’ this winter, say girls
Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

The mercury has dipped. Residents have started draping themselves in stylish winter wear. The latest fashion statement of teenyboppers and college students can be gauged from the attires that they flaunt in mornings and evenings.

Feather wool pullovers and cardigans that remained very popular till the last two years seem to be slowly getting replaced with hand-woven knit wears. The hand-knitted woollens have come in a variety of patterns — some with deep cuts at the back, others with collared necks and still others with long belts along the waist. Most of these are available in pastel shades of yellow and green colours.

Sleeveless or half-sleeve see-through crochet tops are also in vogue. These are commonly worn by college students and young women. Most of such tops are available in off-white and black colours with inners in same or contrasting colours.

The combination of stoles with boot-cut faded jeans and trousers still continues this year. The style of the stoles, however, seems to have undergone a major change, as feather wool patterns have been replaced with plain or chequered cotton-wool stoles with tussles and a little embroidery at the ends.

Denim jackets in faded patterns or with little thread work are popular this year too, but they seem to have gone a little longer. They make a perfect combination when worn over smart sweatshirts in dark tones of red, black and blue. Ms Shivani, a fashion technology student from the Apeejay College of Fine Arts, says tiger print jackets with furs on collars and cuffs would be popular this season.

Ms Simer Sethi from the same college says, "My favourite combination is dark blue jeans with hand-woven pullover and long, cotton jacket atop. My aunt got this jacket from Kashmir and it is something really unusual in Jalandhar".

Says Ms Anisha, also a college student, "What I really like to flaunt is colourful jute bags. I have a good collection of such bags in bright colours, including magenta, turquoise and purple. These bags go well with various shades of stoles that I carry."

Ms Harpreet, Lyallpur Khalsa College, says that her winter fashion statement this year would be waist-long jackets with hoods in shades of pink, grey and sky blue. Deep pockets in jackets would keep her warm in very cold days, she adds.

"Smart sneakers that look good with boot-cut jeans are also a must to have that smart look. Though nothing specific in footwear has come up this year, flat shoes or keds are commonly worn by girls in colleges," sallies Ms Parneet of the same institution.



Industrial Estate faces water scarcity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Industrialists in the Industrial Estate who are suffering due to inadequate water supply have urged the Municipal Commissioner to take over two tubewells in the area from the Public Health Department.

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings joint secretary Upkar Singh stated in a press release today that though there are two tubewells to meet the requirement of units located in Industrial Estate one tubewell has been out of order since 1999.

The total cost of these tubewells was borne by factory owners of the Industrial Estate and only the charge of maintenance was given to the Public Health Department.

Now the department charging Rs 127 per month from all 221 units located in the area as maintenance charge but had not bothered to make the second tubewell functional, he said.

Industrialists are suffering as this has led to scarcity of water in the area.



Three-wheelers showroom

Sonalika International has opened its three-wheeler showroom at the Jalandhar bypass here. The pollution free three-wheelers are priced at Rs 1,04,000 onwards, said Mr Gurpreet Singh Batra of Batra Motors, who have been appointed exclusive dealers for these vehicles. He said the company was also planning to launch an LPG version of these three-wheelers, for which they were providing easy finance as well. TNS

LAUNCHED: Duke Fashion (India) Ltd has launched its first-ever woollen collection called Duke Woollens along with the Duke Winter Collection 2004-05. With the launch of its wide range of pullovers and cardigans, Duke for the first time has ventured into an ever-growing woollen market, said a company press note. TNS


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