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Family members cheat widow; seven booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The Focal Point police has booked seven members of a family, a contractor of Municipal Corporation and some officials of a nationalised bank allegedly for cheating a widow and trying to grab her share of property.

A case under Sections 403/406/424/467/468/471/376/511/429 and 120B of the IPC was registered on the complaint of Ms Reema Jindal against her 75-year-old father-in-law, Om Parkash Jindal, brother-in-law, Ajay Jindal, his wife, Renu Jindal and sisters-in-law, Minakshi and Anu, their husbands K.K. Gupta and Sanjiv Garg, Varinder Garg, an MC contractor and staff members of a UCO bank.

According to the FIR, Ms Reema Jindal, wife of Sanjay Jindal, who died of cancer recently at his residence in local Vikas Nagar, all these persons had cheated her and claimed her property. She further alleged that they had kept all her valuables including gold ornaments and important documents. She even accused her father-in-law of attempting to rape her. Mr Jindal was not available for comments. He was said to be out on some urgent work.

Ms Jindal alleged that her husband died of cancer in March 2004, and her father-in-law even tried to rape her.

Reema further alleged that she did not want to live in that house after her husband’s death and she requested his relatives to give back her ornaments, cash, bank passbooks and other documents. She stated that all accused had hatched a conspiracy to grab her property a day before the death of her husband.

She alleged that these persons, in connivance with the bank staff altered and destroyed the facts in documents by stealing them. She also alleged that the accused tried to grab the share of her husband in two firms Jindal Electric Company and Jindal Engg Works.

‘‘All the accused cheated me and dishonestly took the property and gold ornaments, sale deeds, pass books of banks, NSC, MIS Pass books and Rs 8 lakh” she further alleged.

Mr Om Parkash Jindal, father in law of the complainant, however, refuted all allegations claiming that widow of his son was being instigated and misled by some of her relatives. The sole motive of the false and baseless criminal charges against him and other members of his family was to pressurise him and secure a share in assets and property which were acquired by him, he counter alleged.

Mr Jindal said my son was carrying out independent business and all his business and property were in the possession of his widow. “The claim of share by the complainant in the factory owned by is untenable and unlawful.”

He said the police were also acting in a biased manner. “No action had been taken on a complaint lodged by me on October 1 that certain relatives of my daughter-in-law had threatened me with dire consequences if I did not transfer a major share in factory in Reema’s name,” alleged Mr Jindal. He further pointed out that the police should also look into the case thoroughly to ascertain as to why these allegations have been levelled by the complainant after her married life of 13 years and after the death of his son. 



DSP accused in dowry case heads
Marital Disputes Cell

Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
A Punjab police DSP has ironically been posted as in charge of the Marital Disputes Cell, here, even though he is facing trial for demanding dowry and harassing his daughter-in-law.

Jaswant Singh Cheema, DSP, formerly posted at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, is presently out on bail in a case filed by his daughter-in-law Bhupinder Kaur (30), daughter of a local dairy farmer. Now he (the DSP) is heading a cell specially set up to solve such cases. Under the present system of police functioning, all complaints of dowry harassment and other marital disputes are referred to this cell only.

When Ludhiana Tribune contacted Bhupinder Kaur, the complainant, she said the case was in the court and the accused was bailed out some time ago. She expressed shock and said when she learnt about it she despatched letters to senior police officials and the Chief Minister.

‘‘How can he do justice to others when he himself is accused in a similar case? He was not accepting summons till the court advertised it in newspapers. It was only after that he had applied for the bail,’’ she alleged.

The DSP, his wife Satinder Kaur, sons Rajinder Singh, Vikramjit Singh and Amandeep Singh, had been made accused in a dowry case, application for which had been put in a court by their daughter-in-law Bhupinder Kaur, a resident of Rishi Nagar.

Bhupinder Kaur had to knock at doors of a local court last year after the city police refused to register a case on her complaint. Her plight was highlighted by Ludhiana Tribune at that time. She had alleged that the police was not registering a case because it wanted to shield the DSP and his family. Instead Bhupinder Kaur, her father and brothers were implicated in false cases registered against them from time to time. Most of these cases were found to be motivated.

Narrating her tale of woes, the dowry victim said she got married to Rajinder Singh, a son of the DSP, in February 2000. Her husband was given a Santro car besides other household goods by her parents. She alleged that harassments at the hands of her in-laws began the day she got married. Her husband started asking for monetary help from Bhupinder’s father which he refused stating that he had already spent a lot on wedding.

She alleged that she was treated like a maid and beaten up by her husband when she was 8 months pregnant. When she gave birth to a daughter, her in-laws refused to accept her till her father paid Rs 1.5 lakh on two occasions.

Finally they left her at her parent’s house along with her daughter in 2002 before her brother’s marriage. No one from her husband’s family attended her brother’s wedding though invitations were sent well in advance. Then she forwarded an application to the then SSP, who referred her case to the Marital Disputes Cell. Meanwhile, several cases including theft, fraud and attempt to murder were registered against her family members.

‘‘Now we are receiving feelers from the family that we should withdraw the case and effect a compromise. But when we refused they started threatening us and said that we were stirring a hornet’s nest. They had been telling me that we were underestimating the position of my daughter’s father-in-law that is why we were going to the court against him”, Bhupinder Kaur’s father said. 



Dealership of gas agency cancelled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The Indian Oil Corporation has terminated the dealership of Arun Gas Service and made alternative arrangements for the consumers serviced by this agency.
Consumers of various areas attached with this agency can get their LPG cylinders from the LPG distributors specified below.

However, no reasons have been given by the company for the cancellation of the dealership of the agency.

District LPG coordinator Nabh Srivastava said consumers of Industrial Area A Extension, Motinagar, Hiranagar, Bhagat Singh Colony, Baba Gajja Jain Colony, Focal Point Phase I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, Mundian Khurd, Mundian Kalan, Ram Nagar, New Ram Nagar, Paramjit Nagar, Surjit Nagar, Jhabewal, both sides of Chandigath Road from the octroi post could get refills from Avtaar Flame, Gali Number 6, Beant Pura. Phone: 5002723.

Consumers of Kidwai Nagar, New Kidwai Nagar, Janakpuri, Sufian Chowk, Muslim Colony (Sherpur), will get their refills from Garg Gas Service, B-XIII, Plot number 1326-A, Amanpura, near Civil Hospital. Phone: 2570922.

Consumers of Hargobind Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Link road from Cheema Chowk to Transport Nagar will get their refills from Gilson Enterprises, 449, Ranjit Singh Park, Kashmir Nagar, Ludhiana. Phone: 2664023.

Consumers of Giaspura, Sua Road, Makkar Colony, Dhandari Khurd, Dhandari Kalan, Hargobindpura, backside of Apollo Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, will get their supply from Inder Gas Service, Gali number 7, Daba Road, Shimlapuri. Phone: 2601148.

Consumers of both sides of GT Road from Dholewal Chowk to Delhi Road octroi post, village Dholewal, Bhagwan Nagar, Gandhi Nagar near Gulzar Petrol Pump will get their supply from Monika Enterprises, Shastri Nagar Market. Phone: 2457605.



Rs 1,600 looted from liquor shop 
Our Correspondent

Jagroan, January 18
Unidentified scooterist looted Rs 1,600 from a liquor shop near bridge drain on the GT Road, 1km from here, at gun point. The local police has registered a case under Section 382-34, of the IPC on statement of Bhajan Singh.

According the information, two persons came on Bajaj Chetak scooter to the liquor shop in the late hours of the previous day out of whom one had his face covered and the other kept sitting on the scooter. Electricity was off and Bhajan Singh, (60) of Cheemna an employee of the shop was sitting whereas the other two employees namely Suresh Kumar of Faizabad and Ranjit Singh were sitting inside the place.

The person with covered face pounced upon the cash box on which Bhajan Singh resisted but was threatened and Rs 1600 was taken away by the armed person. when Bhajan Singh called his two other colleagues and they tried to intercept, they were also threatened by the other person sitting on the scooter. The duo fled with the cash.

It is second incident within a week as on January 11, four unknown persons on two scooters had looted Rs 5500 at gunpoint from a liquor shop situated on Sohian Pabbian Road in the late hours of the night.



Child thieves rob old man
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
An elderly man was allegedly robbed of his belongings by a couple of child thieves at Clock Tower here yesterday. Nobody came to his rescue. A few people who gathered after he raised the alarm only tried to defend one of the boys whom the elderly man had caught. An FIR has been registered by the Kotwali police station.

Mr DV Saharan, an elderly in his eighties, said here today that he was sitting in his car near Clock Tower, while his driver had gone away for some work. A boy started knocking at one side of the windscreen of the car.

When he looked at him and asked him not to knock, another boy opened the door of the car and fled with a handbag containing some important documents. Mr Saharan said there was not much cash in the bag.

He said he got hold of the boy who had knocked at his windscreen. Within no time 20 persons gathered around.

“Everyone started defending the young boy claiming that they knew him”, Mr Saharan said, adding, “when I asked them why did he knock at the windscreen of my car, nobody had any answer”. He said it was not possible to argue with so many people and he had to give up.

Later he went to the Kotwali police station, where he was made to wait for hours for the registration of the case. He alleged that the police was reluctant to register an FIR presuming it to be a case of minor theft. But he said it appeared to be an organised group of children who looted people by diverting their attention.

He said he approached the media only to ensure that other people were also aware about such groups of child thieves and took precautions. He added that people must lock their doors from inside even if they were sitting in the car. 




There are some traditional and creative art which should be preserved. The Punjab’s Phulkari, a handicraft of world fame, is one such casualty. Gone are the days when Phulkari used to be the first choice while decorating a house or giving a gift to someone, especially on marriages. It was used while performing certain customary marriage rituals and had a place of its own. Now, it has lost its lustre. Now a day’s brides and bridegrooms are rarely seen walking under the shade of the traditional Phulkari.

City never sleeps

The city never sleeps, it is often said. Skeptics should roam on the city roads, especially near the eateries or hotels or marriage palaces, to see for themselves. One can see quite a large number of people at these places. So much so that there are some eateries, which open during the night only and have become a major part of the city’s culture. A “parantha” shop in the Chaurra Bazaar area is an apt example. People can be seen queuing up to relish these fried stuffed “paranthas”. The man opens the shop till late in the evening and does good business.

Humble experience

It was humble experience for former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who got stuck in a traffic jam here this week for more three hours. His security men and the ear-splitting hooters were helpless and the cavalcade could not move an inch. Mr Badal had the first hand experience of how it feels to be caught in the long queues of vehicles. He came out of the car and started meeting people. Like a true politician, he used the opportunity to tell people that such jams occurred because of the Congress rule. He even sat on a footpath and relished Kinnows. Residents are praying that he would remember the experience when he gets another chance to ‘serve’ the people, as politicians say.

Leisure valley

The leisure valley alongside the Sidhwan canal is like an oasis in the concrete jungle of the city. People prefer the garden to PAU campus for their morning and evening walks. The valley is a treat when the lights are switched on. The meandering path, landscaping and the cool breeze flowing from the canal side takes away the day’s stress from you. But the power failures have dampened their spirits. The valley is engulfed in darkness for hours but the MC has not made any alternate power supply arrangements. Solar lamps would be apt for the valley, as use of generators would only pollute the air.

Visiting cards

Journalists and government officials beware? Visiting cards of such people are being misused by a few people residing in suburbs and villages. These people get the cards laminated and show them to cops as and when required. At times they even get some work done from low ranking officials by writing on the backside of the card that the bearer was a close relative, social worker, make some other claim. An administrative official recently caught such a man. A journalist has also reported blatant misuse of his visiting cards.

Bank guards

The city banks have not responded positively to pleas of the local police to make their premises secure during night hours. Even though numerous bank robberies had taken place in the past apart from several bids, most of the banks do not keep security guards at night. If guards are told to sleep inside the building then many incidents could be prevented.




BJP to cash in on Gosain’s popularity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The BJP has started reorienting its cadres and is approaching people with new issues. The party has adopted a comprehensive programme to launch a mass campaign in the urban areas to ensure that it is not caught napping during the Assembly elections. Scripted by the senior party leader, Mr Lala Lajpat Rai, Mr Satpal Gosain, the former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, will be its poster boy.

Party sources said the senior BJP leader, who retired from the Rajya Sabha last year, had started taking active interest in party affairs. The BJP was feeling confident and assertive after the Akali-BJP candidate, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, won the city parliamentary constituency with a significant margin. This Assembly segments was earlier represented by the BJP. During the last assembly elections the party drew a blank from the city.

Mr Rai is of the opinion that Mr Gosain suited best to the party programme of launching a massive offensive against the government policies and also raising the public interest issues. Mr Gosain is known for his grassroots politics. The senior BJP leader is understood to have conveyed to him that he was the best bet for the party in the city. However, this should not mean that there would be an organisational reshuffle in the district unit of the party.

Mr Gosain has reportedly been told that while he should continue to raise the issue of the public interest. The former Deputy Speaker had extended his rivalry with the parliamentary secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer, to the local administration as well, which has not been liked by the party.

He has reportedly been told that the party could not afford any confrontation with the officers while sitting in the Opposition Bench.

Lala Lajpat Rai, who commands substantial influence among the rank and file of the party, is learnt to have been requested by the party high command to reorganise the party infrastructure. In fact he is not only respected within his party but also among the Opposition circles.

He has already started convening meetings of party functionaries seeking inputs from them. He is believed to have also asked the party to start identifying potential candidates for the next Assembly elections.



Police-public meetings organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Minor conflicts as well as serious economic and social issues were galore at the three police-public meetings organised simultaneously at Mullanpur Dakha, Raikot and Jagraon town by the Jagraon police district here today.

More than 100 complaints, with majority which were trivial but of sensitive nature and having potential of turning into major crime or creating a law and order problem were settled at the meetings chaired by DIG Parag Jain and SSP Rajiv Ahir.

Meetings indicated economic, social and marital sufferings of the people of the area who could not get enough time from the cops in their respective police stations. The pre-occupation of the police with serious cases or towards complaints demanding immediate attention as well as the trivial nature of the problems had made these complaints pending for quite some time.

There were several mother-in-law-daughter-in-law disputes, father-son or brothers disputes over property rights, problems of widows, sewage accumulation issue, ego problem between neighbours and panchayati land issues that came up for hearing in the public meetings.

There were several issues of serious nature too, where a number of complaints were made against travel agents and some persons who seemed to have lost all sense of humanity by grabbing property or money of widows.

There was a pathetic tale of Gurmail Kaur of Jangpur village who had lost all her four truck-driver sons in different accidents. A distant relative had borrowed Rs 90,000 from the family several years ago but had now refused to repay the debt, as there was no male member to pursue the case.

Then there was an NRI, Harnek Singh of Toronto, who claimed to be one of the many such NRIs duped by Deol money exchanger firm. He had sent $ 9500 through the firm but his family back home had not received a single penny. He showed the police photo copies of Indian currency notes on which code numbers were written by the money exchanger for illegal transfer of foreign currency.

DIG Parag Jain told mediapersons that such meetings were a great success as many complaints were disposed of in one day. He said 100 complaints mean that at least over 200 persons have returned home satisfied.

He said most of the complaints centred around petty disputes in which law was not of much help. The police intervenes in the meetings and with the help of senior citizens try to show sense to the parties at loggerheads with each other.

SSP Rajiv Ahir said in the first round of the police-public meetings organised in September last year, 197 complaints were taken up, out of which 137 were disposed of in one single day. The idea behind these camps is to dispose of public grievances in a manner convenient to them, bring about efficiency in the disposal of such complaints, introduce transparency while disposing such matters and in the process project a people friendly image of the police.

He said that these camps are organised under the guidelines of Mr Parag Jain, IPS, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Ludhiana Range, Ludhiana.

Most of the matters were disposed of through compromise by involving community leaders and respectable. The camps organised today a total of 134 complaints were taken up and 101 have been disposed of.



NRIs join hands to help Punjabis
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 18
NRIs in Canada have joined hands to improve conditions in Punjab by forming a non-profit organisation, Helping Hands.
The convener of the organisation, Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia, an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and philanthropist, has been felicitated by the North American Wastewater Association for his contribution to the field of biological oxidation of organic pollutants in industrial effluents.

Talking to this correspondent on the phone, Dr Ahluwalia said the organisation would work for the welfare of the needy in Punjab.

“This is just a small and humble beginning, but once equipped with proper resources, we plan to do something worthwhile to promote literacy and scientific temper among Punjabis,” claimed Dr Ahluwalia.

The association endeavours to educate the youth that have fallen prey to drugs and other social evils.

Reacting to the stories published in Ludhiana Tribune, he had already helped many persons in the past. Besides Mr Kamaljit Singh, a national hockey player, Pawandeep Singh, a national powerlifter of this town, the philanthropist managed contributions for the treatment of six patients.

Dr Bharpur Singh, Dr Harpal Sooch and Prof Gurdev Singh have assured Dr Ahluwalia of support in the mission.

The Helping Hands has constituted a team of local volunteers to expedite the action in India and establish the genuineness of the recipients.



SAD (A) criticised for ‘campaign’ against Virk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Senior Vice-President of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Amarjit Singh Tikka today criticised the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann for his “provocative campaign” against senior Police officer and ADGP (intelligence), S.S. Virk.

Mr Tikka observed that Mr Mann was trying to exploit the emotions of people for partisan motives. He pointed out, Mr Virk had opted for the Punjab in the worst of times when nobody wanted to come here. Mr Tikka said, Mr Virk had a great contribution towards eliminating militancy in the state.

The Congress leader appreciated the goodwill gesture of Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh towards the police officials who had fought terrorism in the state. He condemned Mr Mann for his “malicious propaganda” against Mr Virk. He observed that gesture of the Chief Minister would go a long way in encouraging the officers to perform the duty with devotion and dedication.



Symposium on Sidhu’s book held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 18
The Sahit Sabha Malerkotla organised a symposium on book ‘Sach Kahon’ by Dr Harkesh Singh Sidhu, Assistant Secretary Revenue at K M R D Jain College Malerkotla yesterday. Mr G K Singh Dhaliwal OSD to the Deputy Chief Minister Punjab presided over the symposium.

Reading his paper on critical analysis of the book Dr Amarjit Singh Sidhu director Guru Harkrishan Educational Trust Phallewal claimed that the work was comparable to ‘My Experiments With Truth’ and ‘Nakable Framosh’ written by Mahatma Gandhi and Mr Dewan Maftoon respectively.

The book according to Mr Sidhu reflected the lifestyle of the common people of the state and was closer to practical life than a fiction. Besides highlighting the problems of various sections of the agrarian and urban society it gave a peep into the working of rank and file at the offices.

The writer had been a student leader, a sarpanch, bank employee, a public Prosecutor and a now bureaucrat, has shown concern over the hidden agenda of the antisocial forces to disrupt harmonious working of various planks of the integrated system. If any of the tiers was disturbed it might destabilise the whole structure.

Following the Gandhian ideas the writer emphasizes on the understanding of the ends and means of any project and calls upon the readers to join hands to the goal of crusade launched against the evils of the modern society.

In his presidential address Mr G K Singh, (PCS) said that the writer had tried to make the readers familiar with the changing society. According to him to be practical was the ultimate truth of the modern society. Mr Anil Jain, President Sahit Sabha Malerkotla, Ms Shashi Jindal Secretary of the College, Hardev Singh Bling, Mr Jasdev Singh Dhaliwal and Surinder Singh Bhathal also participated in the discussion. 



City poet to attend mushaira in Dubai

Ludhiana, January 18
Janab Sardar Panchhi, a city-based poet, would take part in mushaira to be organised in connection with Independence Day celebrations at Indian School, Dubai, on night of January 27. OC



White Paper on VAT eyewash, say traders
‘Extra tax burden inevitable’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 18
Representatives of the trade and industry have reacted sharply to the White Paper on value-added tax (VAT), issued by the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, in New Delhi, terming it an eyewash, aimed at misguiding the affected parties and creating more confusion.

In sharp rejoinders, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) and the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) have maintained that the proposed state legislation on VAT, finalised by the Punjab Government, was altogether different from the national VAT, which Mr Chidambaram had sought to explain in detail in the White Paper.

Claiming that the White Paper was, at best, an eyewash, Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Mr Ashok Juneja, vice-president and Mr Avtar Singh, general secretary of the CICU, asserted that once the VAT took effect in April 2005, extra tax burden on the general public, trade and industry was inevitable. Most of the commodities, currently attracting 8 per cent sales tax would be put in the 12.5 per cent slab rate while many other exempted items would incur tax at the rate of 4 per cent.

Mr Juneja, a taxation expert, said no statewise revenue collection figures under new VAT rates had been indicated as compared to the current prevailing tax rates which could substantiate the government’s claim that no additional tax burden would be there by imposition of VAT. He maintained that the government intended to collect about 20 per cent excess revenue by increase in taxation rates, 15 per cent by collecting tax on value addition and another 5 per cent extra revenue would accrue by unjustified denial of tax exemption to eligible units. The entire extra burden of 40 per cent more tax collection would have to be borne by the common man.

To drive home the point that prices of all commodities will go up in VAT regime, the CICU functionaries claimed that in Haryana, the tax collection had gone up by more than 20 per cent where tax was imposed only on value addition without disturbing slabs of tax rates. “The trade and industry is also upset over the multiple taxation factor and refusal of the government to withdraw other taxes and levies as well as delete quite a few harsh provisions in the proposed Punjab VAT.”

Echoing similar sentiments, the general secretary of the PPBM, Mr Mohinder Aggarwal, told Ludhiana Tribune that in the face of strong opposition to VAT by members of the trade and industry, the government was trying to present distorted facts and figures. He said contrary to the claims made by the Union Finance Minister in the White Paper, not 280 but a staggering number of 1,180 items would shift to the 12.5 per cent slab of tax whereas another 40 exempted items would attract 4 per cent tax, which indirectly meant that prices of all these items would shoot up. Moreover, there would be multiple taxation and tax would be liable to be paid after each value addition to the product.

He reiterated the stand of the beopar mandal that the traders would, under no circumstances, accept the Punjab VAT in its present form. If the government wanted to give effect to VAT, it should implement national VAT, which incidentally, was one of the important features of the common minimum programme (CMP) of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. Further, the VAT regime should take adequate care of other irritants such as denial of exemption to eligible units, abolition of other taxes and levies, grant of sweeping powers of seizure of stocks and cancellation of registration certificates to Excise and Taxation officials and other procedural wrangles.

The beopar mandal functionary made it clear that VAT with undesirable, complicated and harassing provisions was not acceptable to the trade and industry. “Before a final decision is taken on VAT, the government should sit with trade and industry and sort out all related issues threadbare.” 



Bank takes possession of two properties
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The State Bank of Patiala, Bharat Nagar Branch, took possession of the properties of two defaulters, who had not paid their dues.
A team of officials led by the AGM, Mr M.R. Singla, and the Manager (Advances), Mr Jaspal Singh took possession of the properties of two defaulters, who had defaulted in repaying loans taken by them. The bank has taken action against these borrowers under the Securitisation Act, 2002.

One of the properties belonged to M/s Shri Guru Industries and was situated near the Nikka Mal Jain Saraf chowk while the second property belonged to M/s Vishwakarma Products (India), situated in street No 16, New Janta Nagar.

The bank now proposes to auction these properties to recover the debt. It has requested the defaulters to clear their outstanding dues at the earliest.



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Award for journal: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has been awarded ‘overall excellence award’ for its bi-monthly house magazine ‘PNB Staff Journal’ in 8th All India Journal Competition 2003-2004 instituted by Maya Ram Surjan Foundation. Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh Raman Singh presented the award to Mr S.S. Chopra, deputy general manager and chief editor of the journal, said a PNB release here today. Earlier PNB had won excellence award and best display award for its house journal for two consecutive years in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The journal had also secured first position in the RBI bi-lingual house magazine competition for three years on the trot from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Blast wash trousers: TNG, the leading premium mens’ wear brand from the stable of Ankit Garments has come up with the ‘sanded’ collection for the first time in India. Named ‘blast wash’, of trousers has a comfortable casual look.


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