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Killing of 8-yr-old boy: parents,
residents allege police inaction

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Angry parents of the eight-year-old boy, whose body was found yesterday, accompanied by residents of Mundian Kalan today staged a massive demonstration at Jamalpur Chowk to protest against the alleged inaction of police, who had failed to registered a case of murder.

The body of Ashish, who had gone missing some days ago was found under mysterious circumstances near the 33-foot road in Mundian Kalan last morning.

Led by Ram Dev Choudhry, father of the deceased boy, around 150 persons staged a dharna at Jamalpur chowk around 12 noon and blocked traffic for some time. They were demanding that action should be taken and a case of murder be registered.

The agitators then moved towards the police station and sat on dharna for two hours. They alleged that their son was sodomised and then murdered. They demanded that action should be taken and the alleged murderers be brought to book. They were raising slogans against the police.

It was after the intervention of the DSP of the area that the residents lifted the dharna. DSP Atwal pacified them and promised that they would look into the matter and do the needful.

The body of the boy was found under heaps of chaff yesterday. He was bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was spotted by some passersby who informed the police. The police rushed to the spot and he was identified by his parents.

The police was initially claiming that the boy had died possibly of snakebite as the body had turned blue. Later, it said that some injuries were found on his body and it could be a case of murder.

The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC.

The post-mortem conducted on the body yesterday had remained inconclusive. Later, the viscera was sent for chemical examination which would reveal if the boy had died of snakebite or not.

The police had also been claiming that the boy had gone missing on Friday night when there was no electricity in the area. He was either bitten by a snake or could have been taken away by somebody who could have sodomised him.



Music knows no language, proves Yesudas
Ludhianvis applaud his Malayalam songs too
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Singer Yesudas performs at a musical night in Ludhiana
Singer Yesudas performs at a musical night in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, October 17
It was like the South meeting the North when noted singer Yesudas performed at a musical night organised by the Ayyapa Society of Ludhiana at Irwin Christian Senior Secondary School, here last night. Even when Yesudas presented most of the songs in Malayalam, the audience kept clapping and cheering all through his musical rendition.

The show was organised to raise funds for expanding the local Ayyapa temple and setting up a charitable medical institution. The Chandigarh MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, was the chief guest.

With most of the audience being from South India, Yesudas preferred to sing mostly in Malayalam. However, he made some Hindi presentations as well.

Later, talking to The Tribune, Yesudas said it was a great feeling to sing in Punjab, the land of robust music. He said Punjab was the proud abode of the classical musical form of the Patiala gharana. He pointed out that Punjabi music had become famous the world over because of its liveliness. Even the folk music of Punjab was a trendsetter.

Commenting on the current state of music, Yesudas said there was nothing wrong in the latest trend of fast music. Music that appeals to the taste should always be welcome.

Barring Kashmiri and Assamese, Yesudas has sung in all languages of the country, including Hindi and Punjabi. His famous songs like "Dil ke tukde tukde kar ke, muskra ke chal diye... " and "Gori tera gaon bada pyara..." and many others still haunt music lovers.

Born in 1940, and having started his career in the ’60s, Yesudas has won seven national and 17 state-level awards. He has also been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan award.

He has done a doctorate in music and is also known as Dr K. G. Yesudas. He said he felt great at his maiden visit to Ludhiana and would love to return to the "land of music" again and again. 



City to host international textile exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Considering the tremendous potential that Ludhiana’s textile industry holds, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has decided to hold the third international textile fair, Textech 2005, in the city from November 18 to 21 this year.

The four-day fair, that would showcase state-of-the-art textile technologies, aims to provide a platform to industry to transact globally. Minister of Textiles Shankar Singh Waghela is expected to inaugurate the fair.

“Over 100 companies have already expressed their consent and we are expecting a total of 150 participants, including those from Switzerland, Japan and Germany,” said Mr Manish Bagrodia, chairman, Textech 2005, while addressing newspersons here.

The previous Textech fairs were held in Chandigarh, said Mr Bagrodia, adding, “this time we are expecting to add more value to the event by conducting it in Ludhiana, which is the hub of textile industry.”

Optimistic about the future of the textile industry in the country, he said huge scope for market expansion and for the industry to re-invent and resurge was there.

The dismantling of quotas heralds a period of uncertainty and complexity for both customers in developed countries and also for suppliers from developing nations. Though initial reports of the post-MFA (multi-fibre agreement) from India have been encouraging, much needs to be done to guarantee a sustainable growth, said Mr M.C.Munjal, chairman, CII Punjab State Council.

He said the international customer demanded product quality at competitive prices for which innovations in backend operations, productivity enhancement, concerted marketing and forward integration were critical.

Concurrent to the fair, the CII would also conduct Texcon 2005, an international conference on textiles and clothing. “The conference aims at exploring global opportunities that have been brought to light in the free trade era and facilitating strategy development that can be adapted by Indian players to succeed in the emerging trade scenario,” he said.

He said to ensure context relevant facilitation, the conference would focus on operational performance improvement, including information technology and marketing frameworks for the industry.



Firecracker dealers make U-turn, okay with sites
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
In a volte-face, some fire crackers dealers today said they had no problems with the site allocation in Dana Mandi. Some ‘‘mischievous elements’’ in their union were trying to present the issue in a way that suited their vested interests, they said.

Addressing a press conference this evening, a number of fire cracker dealers, led by Mr Mulakh Raj, said they had apologised to the district administration and were looking forward to the smooth allotment of cracker selling sites in Dana Mandi.

‘‘Nobody from the district administration had approached us for money nor we were asked to leave space for VIP sites. It was the handiwork of some vested interests that the issue was blown out of proportion, ’’ said Mr Mulakh Raj, who was flanked by a number of dealers. Prominent among them were Mr Mohan Lal, Mr Manmohan Singh and Mr Prithvi Raj Chauhan.

The dealers also said they had elected a new union now. They said they had full faith in the administration. They would not question the allotment. They added that the officials had promised that everything would be settled by tomorrow.

Earlier, the dealers had been protesting against the alleged ‘‘high-handedness’’ of the district administration. They had been claiming that they were originally allotted 50 stalls and when these were erected, an SDM started telling them that some VIPs were to be given the stalls otherwise nobody would be allowed to sell crackers from the site.

They had staged a dharna on GT Road near Dana Mandi three days ago and blocked traffic for a couple of hours. Mr Akhil Gupta, an office-bearer of fire cracker dealers' association, had said their business was suffering due to the delay. He alleged that the district administration was trying to benefit certain influential people and was causing loss to the poor dealers. 



Sikhs hail Kalam’s move to abolish death row
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Sikhs Against Death Penalty, a human rights organisation, has welcomed the reported move of the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to abolish death penalty in India.

The organisation leaders said a consensus was building up across the world against the death penalty and the Government of India should also adopt it.

Addressing a press conference here today, the leaders, including Mr Jagmohan Singh, Mr Jaspal Singh, Mr Navkiran Singh and Mr Kanwarpal Singh, appealed to the government "not to become a stumbling block to this compassionate and humanitarian move of the President and accord all power and authority to the President to grant pardon and commute sentences in all mercy petitions pending with him".

They said the human rights activists and the right thinking people all over the world would be happy to note that the President of India had expressed willingness to join the group of 86 countries of the world which has abolished the capital punishment.

They observed, "If India wants to be recognised as a world power in the comity of nations, we see no reason why it should remain in the backwaters as far as the humaneness in the administration of justice is concerned."

Giving details about the organisation, they said, "Sikhs Against Death Penalty is a humble attempt by concerned individual Sikhs to focus attention on the abolition of death penalty in India."

They said the campaign began on October 10, 2005 in Chandigarh, which was the World Day Against Death Penalty. In the first year, they would focus on India, in the second year on Pakistan and in the third year on Sri Lanka, with a purpose to abolish it totally in South Asia. 



Dullo seeks allotment of vacant land to poor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo has suggested that all surplus government land in Punjab should be allotted to the poor at concessional and affordable rates. Mr Dullo, in a letter to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has said the l and could be utilised for better purposes instead of letting it go waste.

Talking to The Tribune here today, he said in cases where this land was already occupied or being used by those belonging to weaker sections of the society to whatever caste or creed they belonged to, it should be handed over to them after charging affordable rates.

Expressing the view that the state government had not given any direct benefit to the urban population during the regime of Amarinder Singh government so far, he stressed that the urbanities should be exempted from any charges on account of drinking water and sewerage facilities.

The Punjab Congress chief also called for a fresh survey for the identification of the economically backward and weaker sections of the state population. In the same communication, he said, he had written that old age and widow pensioners should also be provided free electricity for domestic consumption as had been done in the case of Dalits all over the state.

When asked about the state government's stand regarding the distribution of free sops in the context of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advice on the issue, Mr Dullo said the poor of the poorest deserve some support and help from the government.

In reply to a question, Mr Dullo advised the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) to remain within its limits. Though the state government was honestly committed to eradicate corruption in the state, it did not want the innocent to be harassed.



Cops trained in handling mishap trauma 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 17
Keeping in view the high incidence of trauma cases on national highways and the role of police personnel in handling the cases, SPS Apollo Hospitals conducted a master training programme for the police department to coincide with 'World Trauma Day' here today. More than 25 police personnel attended the programme.

A multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals comprising Dr Prafull Arya, general surgeon, Dr Tushar Arora and Dr Deepinder Singh, neurosurgeons, Dr Dilip and Dr Gurpreet, anaesthetists, and Dr Harpreet Gill, orthopaedic surgeon, interacted with the participants and demonstrated the use of basic equipment which could be put to use for life-saving first aid in cases of road accidents and other mishaps.

The doctors emphasised on giving proper assistance to the victims in the first hour, commonly referred as the 'golden hour'. They said more than 90 per cent of the casualties could be avoided if the victims were attended to properly in the golden hour. "Since the police is the first to reach the site of accidents, the handling of the situation in a proper way is of paramount importance. Ideal handling of the accident victims till the arrival of the medical team can increase the chances of survival manifold," the doctors stressed.

The attending police employees evinced a keen interest in the training programme.



SSF alleges blasphemy by Hindi text book
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Sikh Students' Federation (SSF) has demanded strict action against the publishers of the Basha Manjri, a Hindi textbook carrying blasphemous remarks about Guru Gobind Singh.

Addressing a press conference here today, the SSF president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal, and other leaders alleged that it was a deliberate conspiracy to fan communalism. Mr Grewal announced a statewide agitation programme. He said protest demonstrations would be staged at the district headquarters.

He said although the book had been banned by the Haryana Government, but that was not enough. Strong action needed to be taken against the author and the publishers for carrying derogatory remarks about the Guru, he added.

The SSF leader said there was widespread anger and resentment among the members of the Sikh community about such remarks. He hoped that action would be taken against the culprits. 



Seminar on globalisation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Dr Anil K. Gupta, Padma Shree recipient, will deliver a lecture at a seminar on “Global Market Leadership Through Innovation” to be conducted by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) in the city on Wednesday.

In a press statement issued here today, Mr Kamal Wadhera, general secretary of the LMA, said the seminar would focus on innovation as being driving factor in gaining competitive advantage, growth and profitability.

He said the participants would be able to understand fundamental changes that were shifting the rules of the game for global leadership, gain insights into new and more sustainable ways to think about the design of facilities and products. They would learn how to take control of their innovative and creative ability, turn problems into opportunities, develop more options, enhance learning, work together more effectively as a team and increase profits both personally and professionally through this seminar, he added.



Agarsen jayanti celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 17
Maharaja Agarsen Jayanti was celebrated here last night. Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister of Punjab, was the chief guest of the function and Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, presided over it.

President of the sabha unit Parkash Chand Garg, state secretary of the Pradesh Congress Joginder Singh Maini and industrialists Amarjeet Goyal, Hukam Chand Bansal and Raj Bansal and Suresh Jain spoke on the life and achievements of the Maharaja.

The chief guest said the problems of the industry of this town would be solved on a priority basis. He asserted that these were already under the consideration of the government. The present government would again come into power as the Opposition had no issue to contest the election, he maintained.

Mr Dharamsot asserted that the Congress was a secular party.


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