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Bank auctions defaulters’ property
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Continuing with its stance against loan defaulters, the Bank of India and the State Bank of India auctioned property in one case and took physical possession in another.

The Bank of India auctioned the factory land of Milap Fabrics and Milap Dyeing and Finishing Mills in Industrial Area ‘A’ here last evening. The property that was auctioned under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, was sold for Rs 36.15 lakh.

Three bidders participated in the auction of the land, for which the reserve price was Rs 36 lakh. The auction was held under the supervision of the Authorised Officer, Mr P.K. Aggarwal, Mr Bahadar Singh, Chief Manager (Law) and Mr S.S. Gaddu, Senior Manager of the bank.

Mr S.K. Jain, Zonal Manager, said the bank would continue its efforts towards curbing cases of default in payment.

In another case, the State Bank of India took physical possession of the property of M/s Satish Fabrics in Sukhram Nagar.

According to the bank, the borrower failed to repay his outstanding loan despite a notice issued on June 2, 2004, under the Securitisation Act.. The amount outstanding in this case was over Rs 17.44 lakh.

The bank had cautioned the public not to deal with properties and said anyone dealing in these properties would be subject to the charge of the SBI.

“Borrowers must repay their loans in order to avoid any penal action like taking possession of the property. While the bank tries to avoid such measures, we are left with no option when people do not even respond to notices,” an official said.



Deal Sarabjit case under international law: Mann
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 15
Mr Simranjit Singh, president, SAD (A), has urged the Governments of India and Pakistan to deal the cases of death sentences of Sarabjit Singh by the Pakistan government and those of Mohamad Afzal and Devinder Singh Bhullar, hardliners convicted in separate cases in India, as per the regulations under the international law by following the quid pro quo policy.

Talking to The Ludhiana Tribune at Maherna Khurd village, Mr Mann criticised the Indian Government for allegedly branding members of the minority communities as traitors in India and abroad.

“It is ridiculous that the successive governments have been treating minorities in general and Sikhs in particular as agents of the ISI in India and making the Pakistani Government terming Sikhs as agents of RAW and other Indian agencies,” anguished Mr Mann.

On the issue of the denial of leniency for Sarabjit Singh by the apex court of that country, Mr Mann held that the two governments should find a solution under the quid pro quo policy adopted at the international level. “Both governments should come for exchanging Sarabjit and Mohamad Afzal and Devinder Singh Bhullar convicted in separate cases. It will help both the nations in continuing bilateral talks also,” argued Mr Mann.

He alleged that the Delhi Police and the Chandigarh Police had acted arbitrarily while arresting Mohammad Ramzan from Malerkotla and Charanjit and his associate in connection with a bomb blast at Chandigarh bus terminus. He alleged that the SIT teams constituted had not informed the representatives of any political or social organisation before arresting them.

On terming the accused as trained by the ISI, Mr Mann said, “Investigating officers do not have enough matter to decide if an ISI-trained youth will try a crude bomb made by stuffing gunpowder in an iron pipe.”

Justifying talks with the ISI and the Pakistan Government, Mr Mann said the NDA government had legitimated dealings with the ISI by allowing Mr Brajesh Mishra, then National Security Adviser to initiate negotiations with the head of the ISI during the NDA regime.



Weather may affect Chhapar Mela turnout
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 15
Organisers having made all preparations for Chhapar Mela, the inclement weather may serve as a major factor in turning it was a low-key affair this year. Alleged government apathy may be another contributing factor.

Meanwhile, workers of the ruling party in the state apprehend that the Chief Minister will be conspicuous by his absence, consecutively for the fourth year.

The organisers, who had expected to receive lakhs of devotees during the three-day fair commencing from Friday, are busy convincing owners of stalls not to uproot their sheds as according to them weather would improve.

Mr Ajaib Singh sarpanch of Chhapar village accused the administration of unconcern for the fair.

Unlike earlier years, owners of cattle will hesitate in bringing their animals as a group of persons posing as contractors for collection of market fee had threatened to charge Rs 50 per animal from the them on account of market fee. They had also stated that they would charge 4 per cent of the value of the animal in case of transaction.

Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties including the congress, SAD, SAD (A), Lok Bhalai Party, CPI and CPM claimed that besides state-level leaders some national leaders would also attend their respective conferences schedule to be organised on September 18.



Land Mortgage Bank’s poll meeting called off
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 15
Rift among four Akali directors of the Land Mortgage Bank, Khanna, today led to its election meeting being called off.
Two directors were seen directly acting upon the directions of a Congress director in the meeting.

Some Akali leaders alleged that this happened due to an Akali leader who had earlier supported the Congress many times, especially in the 1998 Municipal elections.

The bank authorities had cancelled that meeting alleging that the bank manager had issued the meeting’s agenda in a wrong manner.

The Akali directors opposed the move and elected a chairman, vice-chairman, loan committee chairman and state committee member with majority.

The elected office-bearers made a representation before the Registrar, Co-operative Department, in which they demanded that their election be regularised. But the bank authorities issued a new agenda for the election of the office-bearers and for the co-option of two members.

After receiving the new agenda, all four Akali directors filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The petition was heard by a HC Bench, comprising Justice N.K.Sud and Justice Varinder Singh, which granted a stay order on the election of the chairman and vice-chairman. However, the Court allowed proceedings on other items of agenda.

Today, all six directors reached the bank to attend the meeting.

It is relevant to mention here that three Akali directors had signed as chairman in the ‘presence book’ and a Congress director also wrote Chairman with his name after cancellation of the meeting.

Khushwant Singh, an Akali Director, named Kashmira Singh as president of the today’s meeting.

When mediapersons asked the Akali director, Mr Khushwant Singh, about the proceedings written by him in the last meeting he said he had written the proceedings but now he did not agree with the same.



Issue notice to SHO, says court
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 15
Ms Ravi Inder Kaur, Civil Judge (Junior Division), has ordered the issuance of summons to the SHO of the Model Town police station, Mr Rajesh Sharma, the Collector of Ludhiana and the State government, returnable by November 21, in a petition seeking damages to the tune of Rs 4 lakh for allegedly defaming a person.

The petition was filed by Mr Harminder Singh, proprietor of M/s Batra Money Changers at Jawahar Nagar Camp.

It was claimed in the petition that on September 2002, when Rajesh Sharma was posted at the CIA, he registered an FIR at the Sarabha Nagar police station under Sections 13A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act against Harminder and others.

The police raided the house and business premises of the petitioner in order to arrest him and he had to flee.

A news item was also published in newspapers.

He was never arrested and challaned in the said case by the police. But due to all of this, his reputation had been tarnished.



PAU professor gets Vijay Shree Award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The India International Friendship Society (IIFS) has felicitated Dr Parmjit Singh Sehra, Professor of Meteorology, Department of Agronomy and Agrometeorology, PAU, with the Vijay Shree Award and a certificate of excellence for 2005.

The award along with the certificate was conferred on Dr Parmjit Singh Sehra for his outstanding services in the field of science and technology, by Mr Haroon Yusuf, MP at a function in Delhi recently.



Teachers give memorandum to Johar
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 15
Eight Government Primary Teachers Unions under the banner of the Primary Elementary Sikhya Bachao Front, Punjab, submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, here today.

They urged him to overhaul the Directorate and offices of the district education offices. They requested Mr Johar to transfer DEOs from one station after three years and not post them in their home towns.

The convener of the Front, Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, and the general secretary, Mr Baldev Krishan Maudgil, said junior teachers appointed as Education Officers should be made principals while senior teachers should be given those posts. 



Passing Thru

Vasant Nangia
Vasant Nangia, CEO, Oyzterbay

Many people hesitate buying branded jewellery as it comes for a higher price. What do you say?

If one makes a comparison on the basis of weight, it is true but contemporary jewellery not only offers a lot of diversity in terms of designs, but also the labour involved is more which shows in the quality of designs. In lesser weight, one gets very attractive designs. Besides, it is safer to buy because of the warranty.

But for those who look for a wide range in designs, does costume jewellery serve the purpose?

Costume jewellery does offer a very wide range in designs but it caters to an entirely different segment, primarily college goers, due to the price factor. We realise the high demand for ‘fashion jewellery’ and cater to that segment. We offer it under another brand name “Treasure Island”.

Any expansion plans?

By the end of this year, we plan to increase the number of our showrooms from 38 to 50. Very soon another showroom would come up in Jalandhar. We also see Punjab as a high potential market and are keen on opening more showrooms here.

— Shveta Pathak



Cong workers canvass for Taina
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Congress workers today took out a rally in support of Mr Subash Taina, the party candidate from Ward 66, where byelection is being held on September 18. Hundreds of workers led by Mr Ajay Johar, a youth Congress leader and the son of the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar went around the ward while seeking votes for Mr Taina.

Mr Johar said the Congress government in the state had launched a number of development works in the city. He pointed out that all the roads in the city had been carpeted while water supply had been regularised.

He claimed that the Congress candidate was in a better position to win because of the performance of the party government.

The Congress leader lashed out at the Opposition parties like the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal for misleading people.

He said, despite claiming to be in alliance the BJP and the SAD-B had fielded separate candidate.

He pointed out that the two parties were not sincere even to each other and how could they be sincere towards people.

Appealing people to vote for the party candidate, he said only that would be in the interests of the city’s progress and development. 



MCPI opposes statehood for Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, general-secretary of the Marxist Communist Party of India, and Mr Kuldip Singh, state secretary of the MCPI in a joint statement here today opposed the move of separate Assembly and statehood for Chandigarh and described it as a sinister design against Punjab by both the Congress and the BJP.

The MCPI, while taking serious view of the BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s statement on the eve of the visit of parliamentary delegation to Chandigarh regarding the functioning of Chandigarh Administration, said some deep-rooted conspiracy was being hatched by the central leadership of the Congress and the BJP to “snatch away Chandigarh from Punjab”.

Mr Lyallpuri and Mr Singh said Chandigarh was an integral part of Punjab, which had been carved out of the villages from the territory of Punjab and was meant for Punjab as its capital city, but the governments whether of the Congress or of the BJP-led coalition or of the United Front had always put obstacles in handing over Chandigarh to Punjab.

They alleged that the move for separate Assembly on the pattern of Delhi and Goa was a clear violation and negation of the Rajiv-Longowal accord also.

Moreover, it was absolutely unviable geographically and demographically and not even in the interests of Haryana and its people also, the leaders of MCPI said.

Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri and Mr Kuldip Singh called upon the mainstream political parties like the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) to take clear stand on this “sinister anti-Punjab move and oppose it forthwith”.

They have urged upon the Akali Dal, led by ParkashSingh Badal, to sever ties with the BJP in the light of “anti-Punjab mischievous statement of Mrs Sushma Swraj”.

The MCPI leaders further called upon all like-minded and pro-Punjab parties and groups to unitedly oppose and expose this conspiracy and their party.

The MCPI would shortly convene an all party meeting in this regard in consultation with other parties and groups to safeguard the interests of Punjab.



Poll rehearsal
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 15
As many as 9,071 voters will decide the fate of 13 members of the municipal council, Amloh, on September 18. The polling staff consisting of the presiding officer, alternate presiding officer and three polling officers on each polling booth were imparted training today at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, said. The polling will be held at 13 polling booths from 8 am to 4pm and the counting of votes will take place on the same day.

The candidates are:

Ward No.1 Sena Sedha , Meena Rani; Ward No.2 Harpal Singh, Gulzar Singh, Meenu; Ward No. 3 Paramjit Singh, Baldev Singh; Ward No. 4 Kamlesh Mittal, Kulwant Kaur, Raj Rani; Ward No. 5 Amarjit Sharma, Surinderpal, Sonu Kumar, Jarnail Singh, Jatinder Singh; Ward No. 6 . Som Nath, Jiwan Kumar Puri; Ward No. 7 Sandeep Kaur, Neena Devi, Paramjit Kaur; Ward No. 8 Harpreet Singh, Kamlesh Kumar, Dev Raj, Rajinder Kumar; Ward No. 9 Gurmail Singh, Balbir Singh; Ward No. Jaspreet Kaur, Paramjit Kaur, Bimla Jindal; Ward No. 11 Shiv Kumar, Naresh Kumar, Bhim Sain, Lal Chand, Ward No. 12 Sohan Singh, Budh Raj, Madan Lal; Ward No. 13 Kamla Devi, Kuldeep Kaur, Paramjit Kaur and Parkash Kaur.



Phillaur academy hosts passing out parade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The mid - term passing out parade of police personnel who completed various promotional courses was held at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today.

Police personnel of different ranks from police organisations of Chandigarh and Punjab enrolled in the Academy for different promotional courses, namely Upper School Course, Intermediate School Course and Lower School Course, passed out of the precincts of the academy after successfully completing their professional training.

Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, ADGP-Training-cum-Director of the academy, took the salute and inspected the parade.

In his address, he exhorted them to follow the path of truthfulness and humanism in their day-to-day dealing with the public, whom they were meant to serve as public servants.

He observed that if policemen working at the cutting-edge level were fair and unbiased in their approach, the image of the police would automatically receive a boost.

Extending his felicitations to the passing out trainees and the prize winners, he urged them to put all the positive skills and qualities acquired during training to good use in the course of their day-to-day professional working so that the entire department might not have to face the embarrassment for the wrong-doings of a few individuals.

ASI Lakhbir Singh was awarded cup for standing overall first in the Upper School Course, whereas Lady Head Constable Charanjit Kaur and Constable Tejinder Singh received overall best performance awards in the Intermediate and Lower School Courses respectively.

Lady Head Constable Veerpal Kaur and Lady Constable Sushma Mehla, who also topped the drill instructors course, were adjudged the best revolver/pistol and rifle shots, respectively.



Elders’ Day to be celebrated on Oct 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 15
An emergency meeting of the core committee of the All-India Senior Citizens Organisation was held, at Swarankar Bhavan, here yesterday, under the presidentship of Mr Suresh Verma, vice-president of AISCO, in connection with the celebrations of Elders Day on October 1.

The meeting resolved that the government should celebrate October 1, 2005 as elder day as senior citizens day, grandfathers’ day, remembrance day of the deceased grandfathers.

It said the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment should play an effective role to safeguard the interests of the elderly people on this day which constitute about 7 per cent of the total population of the country.

It is high time the common people, NGOs , social religious and cultural organisations came on the same platform to guide the younger generation to follow in the footsteps of elderly people to make India great and strong in the global atmosphere of the country.

In the changed scenario, the younger generation are not helping the elderly people/senior citizens for which formulation of a model national policy for the elders on top priority basis is the need of the hour.

The Education Ministry should involve senior citizens to arrange workshops, seminars and lectures at social and religious gatherings to help the youngsters to remove clash and hatred in the coming times, evils of female foeticide and advise the younger generation against drug-addiction and eating of nutritious food.



Kotak launches new fund
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund today announced the launch of Kotak Cash Plus, an open-ended income-oriented scheme. The offer, that begins today, will continue till September 21.

“The scheme will endeavour to leverage these arbitrage opportunities to create returns for investors. In the absence of such arbitrage opportunities, the fund also has the flexibility to invest in short-term fixed income securities. This style of investing will give the investors an opportunity to gain additional returns (when compared to a liquid scheme), while staying invested for as short as 1 month,” the company said.

Kotak Mutual CEO Sandesh Kirkire said the fund was ideal for investors who seek income and daily liquidity, while they park their short-term surplus.


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