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Mandi Ahmedgarh councillor’s body found in canal
Mystery shrouds death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
Mystery shrouds the death of a sitting municipal councillor of Mandi Ahmedgarh whose body was found in a canal near that town this morning. Panic gripped the town with theories of murder as well as suicide being explored by the police, besides the angle of robbery, as some valuables and cash with him were also missing.

Sham Sunder Jain, who was the leader of one of the groups of the Congress party in the town and had spearheaded a no-confidence motion against a former president of the municipal council, was missing since yesterday evening. He was also an arhtiya and had left his shop at about 7:30 pm last evening.

After searching frantically for him, relatives and the police found his scooter parked near the side of a canal today morning. His body was found a few hundred metres ahead, caught in the net of a micro-hydel power project. The news spread like a wild fire and a large crowd gathered at the canal site and later at the deceased’s house.

It is unclear whether the leader had committed suicide by jumping into the canal or was thrown into it. A number of injuries were found on the body. The post-mortem examination was conducted by a board of two doctors.

The post-mortem report has not pinpointed the exact cause of the death. The viscera has been sent for chemical examination. Police sources said they were conducting proceedings under section 174 of the Cr PC.

The family members of the victim have so far not named any person. Sources said the deceased definitely had enmity with some persons but the family was too shocked at this stage to name any person.



Robbery motive of birthday party incident?
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
The mystery regarding the case of six persons, including four members of a family and two photographers found unconscious in Manakwal village on late Monday night after a birthday party, has deepened with a photographer of that village, who had taken the contract of recording the celebrations, claiming that robbery was the motive behind the incident.

Even two days after the six persons — Mr Raj William, his wife Amarjit (a nurse), son Nittu, relative Sonu and two photographers Shammi and Kala, were found in a semi-conscious state, doctors are keeping them under observation

While the police has been claiming since Monday that no robbery had taken place and the unconscious persons had taken some contaminated food, the photographer, Mr Dharminder Singh, who had sent his employees to record the function has told Ludhiana Tribune that his equipment and a scooter PB-10-AT-0749 were taken away by some unidentified persons, who could have mixed some sedative in the food items.

The photographer also claimed that he had also filed a complaint before the Sadar police station regarding his lost property. However, Sadar police station, SHO, Mr Sandeep Sharma, said they had found no clue about any missing valuable from the house so far.

The lid over the mystery depends on the statement of the six persons admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital since Monday. Though some of them had gained consciousness today afternoon, they were not declared fit for giving any statement to the police.

Hospital sources said the fact that the persons had not gained proper consciousness even 45 hours after the incident suggests that some poison could have been mixed by accident or by some person in the food. Some poisonous reptile like a lizard could also have fallen in a container of milk, which was later consumed by the victims.

SHO Sandeep Sharma said police investigations had so far revealed that of all eatables, cake and milk was definitely consumed by all the victims after the main function was over. The police has collected samples of the residuals of the cake and the milk. The samples have been sent to state chemical examination laboratory in Patiala.

Mr Sharma said the police has registered a case under Section 328 of the IPC, which reads as ‘Administering stupefying drugs with intent to cause hurt, etc’. He said the section would imply to both the cases of accidental mixing of some poison or deliberate mixing of some sedatives in the food items by some unknown persons.



NRI kidnapped, killed in Manila
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
A rich NRI has been allegedly killed for ransom in Manila (Philippines) on Sunday last. His native village, Sherpur Kalan, near Jagraon, here has plunged into grief at his murder.

The news of the death of Harminder Singh reached his village last evening. He was a rich financier in Manila city. He was allegedly kidnapped by a local gang there which included another NRI. Though the family of the deceased paid seven lakh peso to the kidnappers, he was murdered.

His inconsolable father Gurjit Singh who lives in Sherpur Kalan said Harminder Singh was probably killed as he had recognised a Punjabi NRI who was a member of the group of the kidnappers.



3 labourers found unconscious
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
Three unidentified labourers were found unconscious in the Jan Nayak train when it stopped at the local railway station this morning. The labourers had consumed some druglaced eatables probably given by a gang of robbers.

The tickets found from pockets of the labourers revealed that they had boarded the train from Beas and were going to Shahjahanpur district. They were still unconscious and no one knows what exactly happened with them.

Some co-passengers had spotted the labourers lying unconscious and had reported the matter to the railway staff when the train reached here. The police admitted the labourers to the Civil Hospital.



Getting an affidavit made easy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
Long-winding queues will be a thing of the past in the district with the administration setting up a fully computerised unit to ease the hardships of the people.

Now getting an affidavit issued in a matter of minutes is a reality. The practise of running after lawyers and lambardars for getting the document attested has been given a go by. Now one just has to buy the stamp paper, get it typed, deposit Rs 20 as fee at any of the seven computer counters and get the document duly attested by the magistrate in just five minutes.

As per official estimates, more than 1,000 people converge at the civil secretariat every day to get affidavits made for complying with formalities for various kinds of jobs and transactions. The waiting period was more than three to five hours earlier since all affidavits had to be signed by the tehsildars or magistrates.

The scheme is aimed at providing responsive and efficient governance in the government offices to the people. The software has been developed the District Informatics Centre.

Referring to the simplification of the system, the Deputy Commissioner said the administration has accepted 14 identification documents and in future there would be no need of identification from a lawyer or a lamberdar.

The identification documents allowed are: voters photo identity card, PAN card, driving license, service identity card issued to its employees by state/ Central Government, public sector undertakings, local bodies or other private industrial houses, passport, student identity card issued by recognised educational institution, property documents such as patta, registered deed etc. ration card, SC/ST/OBC certificate, pension documents such as ex-servicemen’s pension book/pension payment order, ex-servicemen’s widow/department certificate, old-age pension order, widow pension order, railway identification card, freedom fighter identity card, arms license and certificate of physical handicap.



460 new buses for roadways fleet this week
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 4
The Punjab Government has purchased 460 new buses to strengthen the fleet of state roadways and to make available better transport facilities to the people. These buses, 360 of them by Punjab Roadways and another 100 by Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, would start their commercial operations within this week.

This was stated by Mr Surinder Davar, parliamentary secretary for power, housing and urban development, while addressing a farewell function for retiring roadways employees, organised by the Punjab Roadways Workers Union at Punjabi Bhavan here today. Four employees of the Punjab Roadways, Mr Dayal Singh Gujjarwal, Mr Subhash Chander Painter, Mr Amrik Singh and Mr Karnail Singh, were given a warm send off and presented with mementoes at the function.

He said the government had launched a “golden rozgar yojna” under which educated unemployed youth, persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, terrorism affected and ex-service personnel would be given route permits for buses. Claiming that the Congress government in the state, led by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, was committed for allround development of the state, he said many of the poll promises made by the ruling party had already been fulfilled and the process of development was being accorded top priority.



Passing Thru

Manoj Bhargava
Mr Manoj Bhargava, Director, Dwarka Gems Ltd.

What kind of jewellery is more in demand these days?

In India, though it is traditional jewellery that remains in demand, the trend of designer jewellery is fast picking up. You would be surprised to know that not just women, an increasing number of men are also going in for designer jewellery.

How are trends here different from international ones?

We are exporting to various countries, including the USA. Based on our experience in those markets, we have found that jewellery is more of a fashion statement there. Globally, people prefer designer jewellery items.

What should a consumer look in for before buying jewellery?

One should buy from reliable stores, where one can be sure of the purity of the product that one is buying. It is also important to know the resale value and offers that the seller gives you. We, for instance, have installed purity testing meters at our outlets.

— Shvetha Pathak



Call to oust Badal from SAD
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, May 4
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Delhi Akali Dal today gave a call to the Sikhs to oust Mr Parkash Singh Badal from the Akali Dal to save the Sikh religion and the Sikh community.

Mr Sarna said that Mr Parkash Singh Badal was doing great harm to the Sikh religion and the Sikhs with his doings and he had no love lost for Sikhs at all. Mr Badal had failed to deliver the goods as leader of the Sikh quam, he alleged.

Mr Sarna accompanied by 23 members of the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee and office bearers of Delhi Akali Dal was on his way to Amritsar to pay obeisance at Akal Takht and Sri Harmandar Sahib. They stopped at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women where they were accorded a big welcome.

Mr Sarna disclosed that they had joined hands with the Akali Dal (Badal) a year ago in Delhi as Mr Badal had promised that they would cooperate in ending corruption and they would give new direction to the Sikhs. But he regretted that instead of helping in rooting out corruption, the Akali Dal (Badal ) started indulging in horse trading which was witnessed during the cooption of a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee on April 27 when their candidate defeated Badal supported candidate by 25-21 votes. With this election, they had broken the alliance.

The Delhi Gurdwara Committee chief said during his tenure as Chief Minister, Mr Badal who had close collaboration with the NDA government failed to settle issues of the Sikhs including the release of the Sikh youths detained in the jails in the country.

Mr Sarna maintained that they had honoured Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, in Delhi because he had helped Sikhs in solving their problems, including close relationship with Pakistan authorities over maintenance of gurdwaras in Pakistan and opening of Nankana Sahib bus route to Lahore.

He revealed that Captain Amarinder Singh would also release Sikh youth detained in Punjab jails soon and he had also taken up the cause of the Sikh youth detained outside Punjab jails.



Magician set to mesmerise residents
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 4
“I will pass through almost the entire city on a motor bike blindfolded tomorrow. My 11-km journey will begin at 11.30 a.m. from Kalsi Motors on the GT Road. I will be blindfolded by none other than Mr Prem Mittal, Deputy Mayor. Mr Nahar Singh Gill will flag off my cavalcade comprising a pilot jeep and 50 motorcycle riders,” said magician O.P. Sharma at a press conference here today. The magician’s first show at 7 p.m. on May 6 will be inaugurated by Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary. Mr Narinder Pal Singh, SSP, and Mr O.P. Munjal of Hero Cycles will be present on the occasion.

The cavalcade will pass through GT Road, Dholewal Flyover, Vishwa Karma Chowk, Jagraon Bridge , Guru Nanak Stadium, Fountain Chowk, Dandi Swami, Arya College, Kitchlu Nagar, Rose Garden, College Road , Ghumar Mandi, Aarti Cinema, BRS Nagar, Orient Cinema, Sarabha Nagar Market, Pakhowal Road, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bus Stand , Dugri Road, Dana Mandi and will reach Arora Palace after about two hours. When asked, how he would be able to wade through the crowded areas , he said,”It is my deep inner sight that helps me. I perform this feat in every city and have completed my journey without any mishap.”

“I can make an elephant disappear from the stage. I can cut a man into two with a saw. I have the ability to even turn a snake into a beautiful girl. But this is all an illusion and has scientific basis and has a required a lot of “sadhna”. I want to prove through the magic shows that there is nothing supernatural or magical in our feats. It is the creation of illusion,”said the magician.

“During my magic shows of 9000 seconds, I want to remove the false notions that the so-called babas and tantriks spread by befooling people by performing the so-called supernatural feats like taking out coins and chains and ashes from practically nowhere and saying that due to tantrik vidya, they would be able to bring cures for the troubled people.They want to impress the gullible with their tantrik knowledge to earn money. There is no magic in it but it is a sleight of hand. They fool innocent public and I perform these things on the stage to convince people that these tasks are not performed by supernatural powers, but are mainly optical illusion and are achieved by practice. I create Bharat Mata on the stage and she knocks down the demons of corruption. Through my shows, I want to do my bit of social service.”

So far OP has performed 29,245 magic shows and feels that he has given maximum number of shows. He said,”I had a passion for magic since childhood. Then I was lucky enough to be associated with great magicians like PC Sarkar, Gogia Pasha and K Lal. In fact all those who have taught me a trick or two are considered gurus by me .”

“I have 150 staff and there are 20 girls in my entourage. We have animals helping us perform tricks like elephants, chimpanzees etc. I have taken my shows to Japan, Mauritus, England and Nepal. My shows will begin on May 6 at Arora Palace and during weekends there will be three shows while on week days, there will be two shows. I intend staying in the city for the next two months.”



Dwarka to open outlet in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
Dwarka Gems Limited, a jewellery manufacturing and export company, will inaugurate its outlet in the city tomorrow. The company, which is on an expansion spree both within the country as well as overseas, also plans outlets in Jalandhar and Yamunanagar shortly, said Mr Manoj Bhargava, director, Dwarka Gems Limited, at a press conference held here today.

The company, which recorded a turnover of Rs 65 crore last year, will offer gold, diamond, solitaire and colour-stone jewellery in white and yellow gold, kundan etc, at its outlet. “Keeping in mind the increasing demand for designer jewellery and appreciation of traditional stuff by city residents, we would offer a diverse range,” Mr Bhargava said.

He said this would be the company’s sixth store in the country. It caters to markets in the USA, UK, various European countries and also Singapore and Bangkok.

Talking about the changing trends in demand for jewellery, Mr Bhargava said an increasing number of people were getting inclined to buying designer jewellery. “While the demand for traditional jewellery is still on the higher side in India, an increasing number of people are going in for designer and branded jewellery,” he said, adding, “fashion consciousness is increasing and people are looking for more options in terms of designs. That is what explains increased sales for this segment”.

He also emphasised on ensuring the purity of the jewellery one bought. “When you buy something, you have to be sure of its purity. One can get it tested. Moreover, various stores have purity testing equipment, one must take care of all these factors.”


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