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Teachers’ judicial remand extended 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 22
As many as 150 unemployed elementary teachers who had been arrested were brought from the Central Jail, Ludhiana, today for being produced in the local courts in two buses. Their union wore black badges over their mouth in their support.

The arrested teachers stated that if the government did not respond to their demands of filling 6,000 vacancies, they would continue their struggle.

The teachers’ judicial remand was extended by another 15 days till August 4. The teachers will not move any bail application. Moreover, teachers of the union and other organisations will participate in a massive rally to be held in Patiala on July 24.

Mr Parvinder Singh, treasurer, ETTU, Ludhiana district, said,” the Police has been harsh on us. Neither the parents of the arrested teachers nor the supporters were allowed to go near the buses. Our colleagues had been packed into the buses for the whole day. We demand that the charges against them should be withdrawn and they should be released unconditionally. If they are not freed today then we will have to organise a big state-level rally in Patiala on July 24. The rally can assume any shape as the emotions of teachers are overflowing with anger and frustration. The consequences can become ugly and the Punjab Government and Education Minister will be responsible for the same.”

“Teachers in jail have been on fast for 102 hours now . The condition of 16 of them is not good. While 10 teachers are being looked after in the jail hospital, six male teachers are the Civil Hospital. Gurmeet Kaur, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital, has been forcibly sent back to the jail,” said Parvinder Singh.



Servant masterminds Rs 50 lakh robbery
Case solved with arrest of three
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
Cash and jewellery worth approximately Rs 50 lakh were stolen from a palatial house of a local well known steel rolling mill owner in Gurdev Nagar here last midnight. The alleged burglars decamped with a cash worth Rs 22 lakh and gold ornaments worth Rs 28 lakh.

However, the case was solved this evening. Talking to mediapersons during a press conference, Mr Narinderpal Singh, SSP claimed that the theft was the handiwork of servant of the house. The police has also arrested Shanker, a former driver of the owner, who had left the job some time ago.

The SSP said that he had masterminded the theft, adding that two other servants of the house were also arrested. They were caught from different places when they were trying to reach UP by bus.

The door of a bedroom of the house was broken open and an almirah and a safe kept in the store of house were ransacked. Surprisingly, cash worth Rs 15,000 was lying in open and it was not taken away.

A toy pistol, an iron rod and a screw driver had been recovered from various places in the house. The grill of the windows in the basement were opened with a screw driver.

The owner of the house Mr Anil Jain and his wife were away to Ambala and their servant Kailash was at home. He reported the crime to a relative of Mr Jain on phone after 8 a.m. His relative informed the police at around 11 a.m. He also reached his house in the afternoon today. Talking to mediapersons, Mr Jain said that he had suffered a loss worth Rs 50 lakh.

Mr R.K. Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police, said Kailash told them that he was watching TV in the lobby of the house till late last night. He fell asleep while watching TV. And when he wake up in the morning he saw that the bedroom door was broken. When he went inside he saw that the almirah and safe were also broken. Then he reported the matter to a relative of the family. An imported licensed revolver of Mr Jain, worth Rs 2 lakh, was also lying in the bedroom and it was not taken away. 



Car bazar operators resist MC move on parking sites
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 22
The protest lodged by car bazar owners against putting up of barricades in Feroze Gandhi Market here yesterday for restricting the entry of heavy vehicles and to regulate parking facilities, notwithstanding, the district authorities and the civic administration have made it clear that the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be followed in this regard.

In interim orders passed on a petition by the Traders and Property Owners Association of the Feroze Gandhi Market, the court had asked the district administration to take immediate steps for regulation of parking of vehicles at paid parking sites and holding of car bazars in congested markets in the city. The case is due to come up for hearing on July 27 when the administration would have to submit action taken report before the court.

The double Bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Mr D.K. Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta had further directed the administration to ensure that no trading in vehicles was conducted in congested markets in the city and to examine the possibility of providing a particular area for the purpose.

The car bazar operators in the market offered stiff resistance to the team of officials of the municipal corporation when they tried to put up barricades in the parking sites. The officials had to return. The affected car bazar operators alleged that the civic body was acting at the behest of owners of big showrooms and heads of institutions in the market who were making use of the vacant rear portions of their respective showrooms for other purposes. “These showroom owners are not affected by car bazars which are held only on Sundays when the market is closed but still they want to uproot us,” they complained.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, told Ludhiana Tribune that directions were issued to the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation as well as Senior Superintendent of Police to take necessary action in the light of the high court orders. 



Cong mahila unit chief arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 22
The police has arrested Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal, president of the District Mahila Congress (Rural), for allegedly trying to bribe Mr Gurinder Singh Bal, city SHO, Jagraon, to seek his help in a murder case of her daughter.

She was caught by Mr Gurjit Singh Romana, DSP, Jagraon, and booked under Sections 8, 9 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Following her interrogation, three others were arrested in the murder case. They have been booked under Sections 302, 34 and 120-B, IPC.



Passing Thru

Christian Leiggener
Mr Christian Leiggener, Regional Sales Manager, Rado Watch Company.

What do you say about the growing popularity of branded watches in India?

Of late, this market has witnessed tremendous growth in India. People here are getting increasingly conscious of the style statement they make through watches. We registered a growth of 30 per cent last year, which is quite high.

Tell us about Rado’s new collection.

The new silver jubilee collection, the launch of which has brought me here is a blend of ‘nature with high -tech’. The collection is meant for a person who appreciates clean lines and looking for lasting luxury. One would get to see spell-binding designs as well.

What made you go in for Lisa Ray as your brand ambassador?

Lisa Ray has now been associated with us for over five years. She embodies all the qualities of our brand- style, class and luxury. She has visited almost all our outlets in India and this visit is for a signature campaign on the launch of our silver jubilee collection.

— Shveta Pathak



A bolt from the blue
MC employee hurt in freak accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 22
An employee of the local municipal corporation, Sita (18), was seriously injured when an iron slab being used for shuttering of an elevated road under construction, hit her on her head after tearing the roof of the autorickshaw in which she was travelling near the railway station here.

Sita, who was bleeding profusely, was rushed to Kapoor Hospital where she was given seven stitches on her head. She has been admitted to the emergency ward where she would be under observation for 72 hours.

Doctors attending on her said they had not advised her any tests as she was not in a position to afford these.

Mr Abshaan Kumar, her uncle, said she was going to the office in the morning in an autorickshaw and when she reached near the railway station the iron slab slipped from the hands of a worker standing on the shuttering of the elevated road and fell on the autorickshaw.

Sita works in the computer section of the MC and is a resident of New Sunder Nagar, Lohara village. She was employed on compassionate grounds six months ago after her father’s death.

Her uncle said the expenses of her treatment were being borne by the MC. He added that they would demand a compensation from the road construction company.



Two killed as driver loses control of truck
Our Correspondent

Khanna, July 22
Two persons were killed and five persons including two women, were injured when the driver of a truck lost control at traffic lights near Lalheri road, Khanna, on Thursday afternoon. All five injured were admitted at Civil Hospital, Khanna. The police has arrested the driver.

According to information at traffic light near Lalheri road chowk, a truck number UP-11-C-7345 of Nav Bharat Transport run over at some stranded vehicles when the red signal were on. The truck crushed two scooters, two bicycles and a rickshaw. The two persons died on the spot while five were injured in the accident.

The deceased have been identified as Shanti Sarup, a commission agent of local vegetable market and a resident of New Abadi, Khanna, and Jaswant Singh Guddu, a farmer and resident of Bhamdahi village. The injured have been identified as Subash Chander, a resident of Samrala road, Khanna, Gulab Singh, an employee of local Rockview Hotel, Rajesh Kumar, a field officer of State Bank of Patiala, Grain Market branch, Khanna, who was sitting at the rear seat of the scooter of deceased Jaswant Singh and two ladies Surjit Kaur and Parmjit Kaur as mother-in-law and daughter-in-law respectively, who were going on rickshaw. They were residents of Kotli village.

The police has arrested the driver who said that the accident occured as brakes of the truck failed.

SHO city police station said that it has to be ascertained that the accident was due to failure of brakes or due to the negligence of the driver.

The accident occured only 10 minutes before the closing of the schools.



Benipal is Land Mortgage Bank chief
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, July 22
Mr Rupinder Singh Benipal, general secretary, Youth Akali Dal, was unanimously elected chairman of Land Mortgage Bank, Machhiwara at a meeting of board of directors held under the presidentship of senior director Avtar Singh Mithewal whereas Mr Mukand Singh was elected vice-chairman unopposed.

Before the election meeting, an informal meeting of Akali workers and directors of the bank took place in Gurdwara Charan Kanwal Sahib. The meeting was presided over by Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, MLA, KoomKalan constituency.

The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal has also felicitated Mr Benipal.



Club organises healthy baby contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 22
The Niharika Ladies Club organised a healthy baby contest here. A large number of club members joined to celebrate the beginning of rainy season. Ms Ranjit Bajaj, president of the club, welcomed the advisory board members and members of the club.

The contest was held for the babies aged between 0-three years. More than 15 babies participated in the contest. A lecture on the topic “fitness mantra” was delivered by Dr Swaran Jeet Luthra.



Anti-dumping duty on steel suspended
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, July 22
The Union Government has scrapped anti-dumping duty on some alloy and on alloy steel items. Stating this Mr P.D. Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry Punjab, said here today that anti-dumping duty at the rate of $ 14.9 per tonne was imposed on products from oscol electrometallurgical combinate of Russia while all other products from that country were required to pay anti-dumping duty at the rate of $ 90 per tonne.

In case of Chinese steel, the duty was fixed at $ 133 per tonne in 2001. The steel prices touched an all-time high and there was no justification for the duty to continue. The steel producers were pressurising the government to continue with the anti-dumping duty.

The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry took up the matter with the Union Cabinet Secretary, Mr B.K. Chaturvedi, the anti-dumping duty was kept in abeyance. Following pressure from the chamber, the government agreed to scrap the same.

According to Mr Sharma, China stouds to gain from the decision as China has huge capacity in long products and it could export only three to four tonnes in the past six months. With the scrapping of the duty, the flood gates from China would open and there would be heavy import of steel. SAIL and the secondary steel producers would be the worst hit. China has increased the steel production by over 32 per cent while developed countries have slowed it down. India has also increased steel production by 15 per cent.

Mr Sharma said the steel producers of India had been trying to export steel to China to create artificial scarcity and Chinese importers had been dishonouring the letter of credits on technical grounds. They had two versions-one in English and the other in Chinese with a condition that in case of a dispute, the Chinese version would be final.

By dishonouring the agreements, they were asking for heavy discounts. The Chinese and Indian traders had opened depots in Pune, Mumbai and Delhi for selling Chinese steel. Even the Chinese government had asked for permission to open depot in India for the retail sale of steel.

He said steel supplies in the country were overstripping the demand which had resulted in fall of prices. Steel producers were building up heavy steel inventories and were under pressure to offer more discounts.



BSNL’s new tariff plans
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 22
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has reintroduced attractive tariff plans with more free calls on popular demand of the subscribers.
According to Mr G.S. Julka, General Manager, Telecom Ludhiana, the BSNL had received huge support from different categories of subscribers for these tariff plans, which were suspended for some time.

The Punjab Telecom authorities had, however, decided to make yet another offer to its subscribers under these tariff plans. Giving more details, Mr Julka said that the subscribers could now avail five new plans, along with the three existing tariff plans. Under these plans, more free calls - 90 for plan 199, 135 for plan 250, 470 for plan 499, 1050 for plan 999 and 1800 free calls would be available for plan 1650. The plan 199 will be available only to subscribers in Samrala and Jagraon towns.

Mr Julka further informed that the BSNL had launched a drive to win back its old subscribers and several concessions were being offered to such phone users, who had switched over to other companies. After launching the drive to mark the World Communication Day, the BSNL had been able to extend its services to more than 1000 old subscribers, for whom the rent for the intervening period of disconnection of telephones was waived.


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