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Life term for killing landlord
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
The court of Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, has sentenced Suraj Bhan of Faizabad district, Utter Pradesh, to rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing his landlord Ram Singh, alias Guddu, by inflicting injuries with a knife, in 2003.

Pronouncing the verdict, Mr Harbans Lal held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

The accused was booked at Division No 3 police station under Section 302 of IPC, on October 10, 2003 following a statement of Sant Baldev Singh, chairman of gurdwara, Sant Baba Bagga Singh Trust and a cousin of the deceased.

The complainant had stated to the police that the Guddu was running a shop for repairing the furniture at Chauri Sarak near Division No 3 police station. He used to stay at his shop at night. He also had a house at Vishvakarma colony which had been rented to the accused some eight to nine months back.

As Guddu was finding it difficult to live in his furniture shop, he requested the accused to vacate the house. But the accused threatened Guddu that he would face dire consequences, if he asked the accused to vacate the rented portion, added the complainant.

Baldev Singh further added that on October 9 in the evening, he had gone to Guddu’s shop, along with Ranjit Singh. At that time the accused was sitting there. After some time they came back. On the next day he was informed that his cousin had been murdered and his body was lying in his shop.

Thereafter on suspicion the police arrested the accused. During interrogation, he confessed to the murder. The police also recovered the knife used for murder on information provided by the accused. However, the accused later pleaded innocence and claimed false implication.

The District Attorney, Mr Amar Ashok Pathak, said that prosecution had examined 15 witnesses, including the finger print expert, Surinder Singh, who deposed that the finger prints of accused were found on an half empty bottle of liquor, found near the body. The defence failed to show how the finger prints of accused were found there. 



Sewage on roads
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
It rained here at 2 p.m, time for many city college and school students to return home. With the choked sewerage rain brought sewage on the roads. Students and pedestrians waded through stench-filled Ferozepur road, Pakhowal Road and G.T. Road.

Many girls’ scooters got struck. As they were inching their way to the nearest mechanic they were drenched as many a wayward two-wheeler-borne youth zipped past them. Others were drenched as water poured from the shuttering of the road elevation work at Domaria Bridge going on for the past five years.

Cars were under bonnet-deep water. One car got stuck right under the bridge. This led to a traffic hold up. Drivers, joined by their passengers, exchanged hot words and kept on honking till the car under the bridge was pushed aside by urchins.



Poppy husk worth Rs 35 lakh seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The CIA Wing-II of the city police today impounded a truck carrying 210 bags of poppy husk worth Rs 35 to Rs 40 lakh in retail market. The two smugglers were arrested from near Jaspal Bangar village today morning. The SP (Detective) said though the police succeeded in intercepting the vehicle, they were worried over the manner in which the smugglers dared to bring a fully loaded truck of poppy husk in the region.

The drug was on way to Jagraon where retail suppliers would have sold it at higher rate after adulteration. The two smugglers have been identified as Kulwant Singh of Katche Malikpur village and Malkit Singh of Khassipur village. The third accused was the truck owner, Jagtar Singh of Katche Malikpur village. He is absconding.

The SP(Detective) said smugglers had bought the poppy husk for Rs 11 lakh but would have sold it at a retail price of Rs 35 lakh at Jagraon and its vicinity. 



Contaminated pump damaged cotton crop: PAU scientist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
The samples, which were examined in the plant clinic of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), show that the cotton crop was damaged due to the use of the contaminated spray equipment, particularly pumps.

Dr N.S. Butter, in charge, Plant Clinic, said the affected plants showed lanceolated/elongated leaves and fruiting bodies. The problem has been noticed in samples of cotton crop received from the Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jagraon areas. These areas have taken up cotton cultivation for the first time and most of the farmers have sown costly seed of Bt cotton. The crop is sensitive to such contamination.

He advised the farmers to wash the spray equipment with 0.5 per cent washing soda solution (500 gm of washing soda in 100 lts of water) before spraying insecticides. Besides, the farmers should also avoid using this pesticide (2,4-D) on maize crop sown adjoining to cotton fields as the ester form of this pesticide was volatile and could be carried through air currents and causes damage to cotton crop.

The insecticides to be used on cotton can also be contaminated with 2,4 -D. In such a situation, the farmers were advised to take a small quantity of pesticide for spraying it on cotton and use them on a few plants of cotton. If the insecticide is contaminated with 2, 4-D, the tender leaves and shoots would become distorted and lanceolated within 10 days and the farmer could reject it.

Workshop: The Director of Extension Education, PAU, in collaboration with the Department of Entomology, organised a workshop for beekeepers of Punjab here today. Dr S.S. Gill, Director, Extension Education, was the chief guest while Dr Sat Pal Mehra, Additional Director, Extension Education, presided over the workshop.

Dr Gill advised the beekeepers to strictly follow PAU recommendations. He advised them not be cheated by the traders and private firms.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mehra assured the beekeepers all possible help from the varsity. Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Technical Coordinator of the workshop, encouraged the beekeepers to take up bee breeding. He said PAU had started regular specialised training course on the subject.



Salary of 48,000 teachers released
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 4
Teachers unions in the state have been agitating against the government for non-payment of salaries to 50,668 teachers for the months of June and July. A deputation of the Government Teachers Union Punjab led by Ms Surinder Kaur met the DPI (Secondary) Punjab, Mr Gian Singh, yesterday. Mr Gian Singh then issued the salary release orders for 48,468 teachers.

Mr Balvir Singh Ghuman, district unit chief of the union, who accompanied the deputation, at a meeting here today, showed the release orders for payment of salaries. He said that the salary of 2,200 teachers working against plan posts had not yet been released but the DPI had promised to issue orders for these teachers soon.

Mr Ghuman said that the DPI had assured them amendment in the transfer orders of teachers by August 8. But the DPI left out transfer cases of those teachers who had applied for transfers against vacant posts and said these would be considered after consultation with the government. The DPI also said that JBT teachers would be promoted into master cadre soon after the completion of transfer process, Mr Ghuman added.

Mr Jagtar Singh Khatra, DPI (Elementary) Punjab, asked the union representatives to Chandigarh to sort out rest of the problems of teachers on August 17.



Worker killed in factory blast
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 4
A worker Maheswar (25) from West Bangal was seriously wounded in a blast in a factory here this evening. He was taken to a private clinic from where he was referred to some Patiala hospital. But he died before being taken to Patiala.

Sources said that Maheswar was sorting out scrap in Rajeev Alloys furnace on Amloh Road today when the blast took place. Amloh DSP D S Rana and SHO Gobindgarh Harchand Singh immediately reached the factory and sealed it. This was the second blast in this factory. Earlier also some workers were killed in a blast some months ago. 



Passing Thru

RL Kalsia
RL Kalsia , Principal Secretary, Social Security, Women & Child Development

Four years ago you were the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation , here. Has anything changed?

I find that the city has become very congested. Traffic is chaotic. Four years ago, we had planned an outer Ring Road which would have taken care off the chunk of traffic and made the traffic inside the city more manageable. We had even done the survey and areas were defined from where the road would pass through. We had also planned a Metro Rail, so that we could provide good and easy transport to the city residents. We still need to have a Metro and an outer Ring Road.

What kind of development does this city need?

The city needs a planned ribbon development and not clusters.

How can we put an end to female foeticide?

Laws like the PNDT Act cannot put a stop to this heinous practice. There is a gap of 16 lakh in the boys and girls ratio. People are getting brides from Bangladesh, Nepal and other states. This is a socio-religious problem. Hence, all heads of mosques, temples and gurdwaras should tell people that foeticide is the most unpardonable sin.

Asha Ahuja 



Stalls reopen at railway station 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
Following orders issued by the divisional railway authorities, the tea and snack stalls which were closed down on July 19 started functioning this morning much to the relief of the vendors and commuters.

The railway authorities in Delhi had ordered the closure of stalls due to the failure of the contractors to deposit the enhanced licence fee with effect from 1999. The contractors had refused to pay the huge arrears and moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief. However, following a Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of the railway authorities and the subsequent failure of the contractors to comply with it, the Chief Commercial Manager of the Northern Railways had ordered the closure of all stalls.

The vendors again approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court which gave its decision in their favour on July 25 maintaining that they should be allowed to deposit the licence fee as per old rate of 3 per cent.

Though a copy of the court’s decision was forwarded to the divisional railway authorities at Ferozepore, it could not be implemented immediately because the Ferozepore railway authorities chose to forward the same to their superiors in Delhi.

Sources said the railway officials had decided to reopen stalls in view of the court’s ruling and tomorrow’s tour of the General Manager of the Northern Railways. The authorities fear that disgruntled vendors might raise slogans against the Railways on his arrival.

Employees of the station are working round-the-clock to give a face-lift to the station in view of the General Manager’s visit.

The city’s railway station is considered to be one of the dirtiest on the Delhi-Jammu ection. Due to indifferent attitude of the sweepers, the station emits fouls smell. It is cleaned only when some VIP visits the station.



66-KV project completed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
The Parliamentary Secretary for Housing, Urban Development and Power, Punjab, Mr Surinder Dawar, today vowed to make the Ludhiana East Assembly segment, represented by him, a “model area”.

Outlining several development projects in the segment, he said work on a Rs 7 crore 66-KV project had been completed and it would be commissioned on August 8.

Speaking at a felicitation function organised by the Ration Depot Holders Association of Block No 23 in Kidwai Nagar here, he said the preliminary survey for a gas-charged 1000 MW power project at Doraha had already been carried out.

Mr Dawar said the government was keen to strengthen the public distribution system to ensure easy availability of foodgrain and other essential commodities for the weaker sections of society.

Those present at the function were Mr Dharam Pal Verma, president of the association, Mr Parveen Bansal, councillor, Mr Dimple Rana, president of the District Youth Congress, Mr Gulshan Kumar, Mr Jatinder Toni, Mr Vipin Kalia, Mr Dharam Vir, Mr Kewal Krishan, Mr Iqbal Singh and Dr Harpal Singh.



IT officials assure prompt service
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
Mr M.N.A. Choudhary, Commissioner of Income Tax, reiterated the commitment of the department to provide efficient, prompt, transparent and friendlier services to the taxpayers in a bid to make more and more people pay their taxes honestly.

Addressing a meeting of the Ludhiana Citizen Council (LCC) here last evening, he said while the department had made adequate arrangements to cut down delay in issuing income tax refunds, a time frame of four months had been fixed from the date of filing of returns. Similarly, a comprehensive mechanism for the redressal of other complaints of the assessees had been put in place and all complaints registered with grievances redressal system would be attended to within 10 days, he added.

Mr A.K. Mehrish and Mr Roshan Sahay, both IT Commissioners, also participated in the interactive session to dispel the misgivings and apprehensions in the minds of members of the business community.

Mr Darshan Arora, chairman, Mr Ashok Juneja, secretary general, and Mr K.S. Kailey, president, of the LCC pointed out the problems being faced by the public in the delay caused in issuing new PAN or TAN numbers, rectification and tatkal services. The IT officials gave an assurance that the matter would be appropriately taken up at the desired level to provide prompt and hassle-free service to the intending taxpayers.

Mr Balwinder Goel, president, district bar association, Mr Ramesh Banda, vice chairman of the LCC, Ms Sunaina Kailey, Mr N.S. Nanda, president, Hotel and Restaurants Association, and several other prominent persons attended the meeting.



At the Crossroads
Carrying the heavy burden of knowledge with ease

ON her young shoulders, Kulvinder Minhas is carrying the heavy burden of learning with a smiling face. Someone else in her place would have invited a deep frown on her forehead and a steely glare in her eyes. But, on her part, she is quite at ease in seminars held in the local Punjabi Bhawan, where she reads her scholarly papers without any trace of self-consciousness. She is reticent by nature, disinclined to exchange her views with all and sundry, but then she has no inhibition to mix up with the litterateurs. She impresses with her composed personality and forthright expression of ideas. She agrees to read a paper in the seminar if the author has something worthwhile to convey. She has no time for giving cosmetic touches to the otherwise lack-lustre material.

Her quest for knowledge did not end with postgraduate degrees in English (1990) and Punjabi (1992), besides that of Bachelor of Education (1991). She went in for Ph.D. (2000) on the topic, “Study of urban and rural life in the novels of Dalip Kaur Tiwana”. During the last 3 years, she has interviewed 8 literary personalities for the Punjabi monthly, “Mehram”, Nabha. Her articles on the various aspects of life have appeared in newspapers and journals from time to time. She is fond of expressing her views on the topics of common interest. At an earlier phase of her life, she wrote 8 stories, based on her observations of life during the school and college days. Her vocational involvement is in the teaching of English and Punjabi to senior secondary students.

Dr Kulvinder Minhas created a stir in the literary circles with her book, “Jinee Chakhiya Prem Ras”, in 2002. In this collection of essays, she has put forth her point of view that the sentiment of love dominates over all beings. This longing for love, if sublimated, can uplift a person from his mundane existence to a place of spiritual blessedness. The conflict in the mind can be resolved by absorbing the good vibes around into the texture of the psyche. All this is possible when the intentions are noble and their execution honourable.

In this topsy-turvy world, how has she steered clear of the bumpy road? “In fact I was born not with a silver spoon in my mouth but with an iota of Karah-parshad in my mouth. This is what literally happened at my birth in the form of gurti. Perhaps on this account, I have been deeply engrossed in the Sikh scriptures since my childhood. I was in eighth class in school when I scripted Japji Sahib in entirely in a notebook. In 1999 I was honoured by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle for my calligraphy of shudh baani in a competition held on the occasion of the Baisakhi tercentenary.”

What is her attitude to life at the time when she is standing at the crossroads? “True, I have to make as yet certain decisions regarding the future course of my life. Single or married, I want to be left free to do my daily paath (daily recitation of the holy scriptures), to study books to my heart’s content and to write as much as I am capable of.”

What is her method of writing and which books she intends to write in the days to come? “I am with William Wordsworth when he says — Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. I finish my article or a short story in one sitting. My next collection of essays is in the offing. Lately, I have written my maiden novel, “Toofan di Lapet wich”, which has given me much satisfaction. I regularly contribute to “Top Times”, a Punjabi monthly published from Jalandhar. Incidentally, I am the Managing Editor of this journal. I strongly hold the view Love is the pivot around which all life in the universe revolves. In its absence, humans grope in the darkness of miserable existence.”

— N.S. Tasneem



No clue of Reema Jain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
No headway has been made in tracing the whereabouts of Reema Jain, a woman from a business family of the city, even as the police has sounded an LOC (look out call) at all international airports in the country fearing she could have gone abroad.

Though the police has booked two persons, including her brother-in-law Anil Jain for allegedly kidnapping her, the police is still working on the theory that she could have stage-managed the kidnapping to facilitate a better deal with Anil Jain.


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