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Protest against Gohana violence
Haryana Roadways bus damaged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Dalit activists, in violation of Section 144, today staged demonstrations against the recent Gohana incident and blocked traffic for over an hour near the Basti Jodhewal bypass chowk here.

A Haryana Roadways bus, which had got stuck in the jam, was stoned at by some furious activists.

Heavy police force was rushed to the site to restore order. The bus was driven away by the police and the traffic jam was also lifted. The bus reportedly left for its destination in Haryana.

Despite the blockade causing great harassment to the commuters, no FIR has been registered against any person so far.

Meanwhile, another organisation Vishwa Guru RaviDass Mission has criticised the alleged atrocities on Dalits in Gohana.

Mr Jaswant Kataria and Mr Shiv Ram Saroy of the mission have demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the incident.

They have threatened to launch a major agitation if the Haryana Government failed to take proper measures to protect Dalits in the state.



Hooda should go: Lok Janshakti Party
Tribune News Service

The president of the national youth wing of the Lok Janshakti Party, Dr Kanwar Asim Khan, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday
The president of the national youth wing of the Lok Janshakti Party, Dr Kanwar Asim Khan (centre), addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 2
The Lok Janshakti Party has demanded resignation of the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupiner Singh Hooda, on moral grounds following the terror unleashed on dalits in Gohana.

The national youth-wing president of the party, Dr Kanwar Asim Khan today, said today that the Haryana Government had failed to protect the life and property of the Dalits and it had no right to continue in office.

Dr Khan said, what happened in Gohana was highly repressible and condemnable. He regretted that the administration had failed in its duty to prevent the rioters and saboteurs.

He warned that such incidents could have devastating backlash and could spread to other places if these were not nipped in the bud.

The LJP leader clarified that his party had nothing to do with the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav. He disclosed that his party had almost finalised a front along with the CPI, the CPI (ML), RSP and the Forward Block for the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections. He also reiterated the party’s resolve that only a Muslim would become the Chief Minister of Bihar.

He said, come what may, the LJP could not have any truck with the RJD which was responsible for all the ills in Bihar.

Dr Khan maintained that the LJP was all set to go for the elections and its cadres were active and alert. He asserted that his party would prove its commitment of installing a Muslim Chief Minister in Bihar.

He said his party would fight the elections on the issues of employment, education and Development.

About Punjab, Dr Khan nominated Jagjit Singh Jassowal as the yuva president. He said his party would contest the local body elections in the state on its own and it would certainly make its presence felt.

He declared that his party would give priority to the youth in Bihar elections and also in the local bodies elections in Punjab.

Earlier, Dr Khan presided over a meeting of party workers and office-bearers. He exhorted them to strengthen secular and democratic values and develop mutual trust and brotherhood.



BSP alleges govt connivance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
Activists of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), led by state president, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, today staged a dharna at Mini-Secretariat here against atrocities on Dalits in Gohana town of Haryana.

Mr Karimpuri said the police inaction while houses of dalits were being torched showed the government’s connivance in the act. He also criticised the BJP leaders of Gohana town for instigating the mob.

Later, in a memorandum, submitted to the President through the administration, the BSP demanded that culprits be brought to book; those who had suffered loss of property should be adequately compensated; comprehensive measures of resettlement of 2000 Dalit families uprooted by the caste violence.



Nagar panchayat poll on Sept 18
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Elections for four Nagar Panchayats (NPs) in Ludhiana, Machhiwara, Malaud, Sahnewal and Mullanpur Dakha, and bye-elections of two wards — ward No. 66 of the local Municipal Corporation and ward No. 12 of the Municipal Council, Doraha, will be held on September 18, 2005.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma, who is also the Electoral Officer, informed that elections were being conducted for 13 wards each in the Nagar Panchayats of Machhiwara, Sahnewal and Mullanpur and 11 wards in Malaud. The State Election Commission has issued a notification regarding the nomination of the returning officers (RO).

The SDM, Payal, and Tehsildar, Payal, have been appointed as RO and ARO for NP Malaud and for bye- election of ward no. 12 of Municipal Council Doraha, SDM, Samrala, and Tehsildar, Samrala, are RO and ARO, for NP Machhiwra, SDM, Ludhiana East as RO and Tehsildar Ludhiana (East) as ARO for NP Shanewal, SDM (W) is RO and Tehsildar Ludhiana (W) ARO for NP Mullanpur.

Mr Verma informed that all the ROs would issue notification for the elections on September 5. The nomination papers could be submitted till September 8. The scrutiny would be done on September 9 and withdrawal can be made on September 10 while polling will take place on September 18.

He said that the election process will be completed by September 21. Mr Verma further informed that poll time for the elections would be from 8 am to 4 pm. He said that the electoral rolls for NPs and two wards have been completed.



Plea to reconsider Bhullar’s death sentence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Members of the Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar Defence Committee have once again urged President A.P.J Abdul Kalam to pardon Professor Bhullar.
Professor Bhullar is facing death sentence in the Delhi Bomb Blast case.

Mr D S Gill, chairperson of the IHRO and one of the members of the committee said Bhullar had been convicted for conspiracy on a confession extracted under duress by the police.

He said the Amnesty International had urged the Indian Government to ‘‘take immediate steps to abolish the death penalty totally, in furtherance of the UN objective of ultimate abolition of capital punishment’’.

Pending total abolition, AI had further asked the Indian government to ‘‘ensure that the outstanding death sentences should be commuted, including that of Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar." In addition, on April 28, 1999, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNHRC) overwhelmingly voted for a resolution that had called for a global moratorium on the death penalty. India is a signatory to both the UDHR and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 



Dilshad’s family refuses to part with infant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
With the New Shakti Nagar family refusing to give away the infant girl, who was found abandoned three days ago, the district administration is seeking a legal opinion into the matter.

Dilshad Mohammed, who had saved the girl from dogs, refused to give the baby to the representatives of SGB Childrens’ Home today. The team, which had gone to claim the girl, came back empty-handed fearing tension in the area.

Dr Jagdeep Singh, a representative of SGB Childrens’ Home, said they had come back today as the family was not willing to hand over the girl. He added that he had written to the District Social Security Officer, who had in turn forwarded the matter to Mr Anurag verma, Deputy Commissioner.

Mr Verma, while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune said that he had sent the matter to the legal experts for their opinion. It would be after their opinion that the administration would act so that the law should take its own course.



Passing Thru

Swami Budh Puri
Swami Budh Puri, founder of Shabad Surat Sangam Ashram, Malke village Moga district.

What is Sidhamrit Surya Kriya yoga?

Through Sidhamrit Surya Kirya Yoga an individual can nourish himself by absorbing sun rays . A number of mudras are involved in the whole exercise. Through this yoga a person can survive without food and water. Is it helpful in correcting health disorders?

Of course, this form of yoga is very helpful in curing a number of diseases such as high blood pressure, joint pain and respiratory problems.

Is money involved in the learning of this yoga?

No, not at all. Camps are held from time to time at various places throughout the country. Like a Yoga sadhna camp is being held at Malke from October 8 till Dasehra. Anyone can attend the camp and there are no boarding and lodging charges involved.

— D.B. Chopra



Auction row: shopkeepers threaten to move HC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The controversy surrounding the auction of parking lots in Feroze Gandhi Market thickened today with shopkeepers alleging that workers of a Congress leader were charging parking fee from the visitors in the market.

The shopkeepers complained that though the already allotted contract had expired on August 31, the workers posted at the parking lots continued to charge them.

The auction of as many as five parking lots was postponed on August 29 following protests by some contractors who claimed that the reserve price was too high.

Some shopkeepers said the workers had even approached them for getting the monthly parking passes made but they had refused to do so.

Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Congress leader, who was allotted the contract last year said it was the Municipal Corporation which was collecting the parking fee from the visitors. He added that as the civic body could not hold auction due to byelections in ward number 66 scheduled for September 18, the MC had hired his workers to collect parking fee. He added that MC was facing shortage of staff and had hired the workers on daily basis.

Mr Tarlochan Singh Safri, a shopkeeper, who was also a bidder in the last auction alleged that the MC authorities wanted to extend the previous contract by three months at the old rates but they would not let the MC do it.

He demanded that the MC should take care of the parking lots till the next auction took place.

He added that they would go to the High Court if the contract got extended in a clandestine manner.



Dealers of second-hand cars hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Dealers of second-hand cars in the Feroze Gandhi market here today staged a protest against the district administration for not allowing them to park the cars for sale in parking lots. They claimed that they were working in the area for the past many years and they were being obstructed from doing the business.

The immediate provocation was the act of the traffic police, who restricted the movement of the cars. According to dealers, they had a tough time yesterday when they were asked to keep their cars away. In protest they closed their shops throughout the day.

A delegation of the dealers also met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, who said he could not do anything as the high court had directed the administration to keep the cars away from the parking lots.

Shopkeepers and car dealers were at loggerheads for the past many years. The shopkeepers claimed that the dealers parked their cars in the parking lots meant for the customers.

On an average, a car dealer have 10 to 50 cars for sale and this occupied almost entire space in the parking lot. And the customers have to park the cars on the road.

This had angered the shopkeepers, who made various representations to the Municipal Corporation but to no avail. Finally, the shopkeepers moved the high court which directed the administration to submit an action taken report.



Nayar elected president of hotel assn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Mr Mukesh Nayar of Abhishek Hotel was unanimously elected president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Ludhiana at the association’s general body meeting held here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nayar emphasised the need to develop hotel and restaurant industry in the region.

He said the association would urge the Punjab Government to reduce the VAT rate to 4 per cent on all food items. Other issues like charging electricity tariff on par with other industries and house tax would also be taken up, he added.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Suresh Kapoor and Mr Amarvir Singh, general secretary, conducted the proceedings. Mr Harminder Grewal, outgoing president, and Mr Sukhdev Singh Grewal were also present.



Book on children’s brave acts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
Eighteen stories of bravery’ of children who were awarded the National Bravery Award by the Prime Minister in 2005, have been compiled in a book by Nupur Majumdar. The author did her schooling and college from the city.

This book was presented to Ms Shiela Dikshit, the Chief Minister Delhi, by four of these brave children at a ceremony held at the Delhi Secretariat on August 29. Ms Dikshit appreciated the effort. The children who made the presentation were Harry Chowdary from Delhi, Hotilal from Mathura, Mahima from Aligarh, and Priyanka from Rewari.

Nupur’s father, an army officer, had written a book “Bahadur Bache” in 1983 and had presented it to Indira Gandhi .

Nupur wants to translate the book into Hindi and Punjabi. Nupur’s husband , too is an Army man.



Plantation drive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
The Rotary Club, Ludhiana Midhtown, presented a water cooler and water purifier to the Income Tax Chief Commissioner, Mr S.J.S. Paul, for Income Tax Bhawan , Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana for the convenience of public and staff members.

President Rtn Davinder Bhasin, Secretary Rtn Kulbir Jodhka Kelly Treasurer Rajan Kapur and Rtn L.C. Gupta were present at the occasion .

Later as per Motto “each one plant one “ Income Tax Commissioner MNA Chaudry , Roshan Shay , A.K. Mehnish, Mohanty , PRO D.S. Pandher planted saplings on the Income Tax Bhawan campus.



Illicit liquor recovered, woman held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 2
Shinder Kaur of Parjian Prihanpur was arrested by the Sidhwanbet police from her village and the police recovered 4680 millilitres of illicit liqour . A case under Sections 61,1 and 14 of the Panjab Excise act has been registered.

In another incident Balraj Singh of Kania Hussaini was arrested from Gidderwind by Head Constable Nazar Singh who recovered from his possession 11,430 mililitres of illicit liqour . A case has been registered.

Four booked: Manjit Kaur Sarpanch, Rajwant Kaur, Gurpinder Kaur and Parmjit Kaur of Patti Mansoorpur Tihara here allegedly assaulted Paramjit Kaur of their village. The Sidhwanbet police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34, IPC . A dispute over street water is alleged to be the reason behind this incident. No arrest has been made so far.



Rape accused in police custody

Jagraon, September 2
Mr Jitender Walia, Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, Jagraon today remanded Mangal Singh s/o Talour Singh of Sherpur Kalan in police custody till September 5 in a kidnapped case.

Avtar Singh, father of a minor lodged a report with Sidhvan bet police against Mangal Singh, had kidnapped her daughter. ASI Husan Lal, arrested Mangal Singh and found that the minor girl had been raped. The ASI added Section 376 IPC to the case. OC



Allahabad Bank shifts branches
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Allahabad Bank today shifted its two branches here to spacious premises and also opened an extension counter. Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawer was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr Bikash Ghosh, General Manager, inaugurated the bank’s new branches at BRS Nagar and on Vardhman Road and extension counter at SAN Jain Senior Secondary School here today.

Dr Ghosh said the bank has been recording a significant increase in its business and has set an ambitious business plan to cross Rs 1,00,000 crore mark.

“This has given the bank the distinction of being classified among top five public sector banks,” he said.

He added that the bank has announced an incentive of additional one per cent interest for its senior citizen depositors and has also hiked its rates of interest for term deposits in all maturity brackets.

He informed that the bank was also focussing on strengthening small and medium enterprises for which it was formulating tailor-made schemes adopting cluster approach for various segments.

Mr Ashok Dutt, Deputy General Manager, was also present.



Biz Clips
Tanushree a brand envoy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Bollywood actress and former Miss India Ms Tanushree Dutta has become brand ambassador of city-based women wear garment company, Preview Fashions.
Ms Dutta would be the company’s brand ambassador for its brand ‘Preview Scotland’, for the winter collection of 2005-06, the company said today.

Mr K.M. Aggarwal, managing director of the company, said: “It is with a view to promote modern and latest garments for women in the national market that we decided to go in for Ms Dutta as our brand ambassador.”

He said due to competitive market and short winter season, the company was planning to make garments for the entire year with quality features and in an economic price range.

The entire range of the company’s winter wear would be available at all leading stores across the country, Mr Aggarwal said.

VAT refunds sought: Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) today threatened to observe a bandh if their VAT refunds were not paid by September 5. A press statement by the association said industry was suffering due to failure of the government to give VAT refunds within the stipulated period of one month of filing the quarterly returns. 


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