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High Court reprieve for Jaghera
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Beleaguered former head of the International Dharam Samaj Shamsher Singh Jaghera, accused of hatching an abortive plot to kill Khalsa Panchayat chief Charanjit Singh Channy, has got a reprieve from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has directed the city police to question him from 10 am to 6 pm only at the police station.

The High Court has also directed Jaghera to join investigation in the case on November 11 and make himself available from 10 am to 6 pm.

Delivering the verdict on details pertaining to a series of criminal cases registered against the petitioner, Justice Surya Kant said the investigating officer would be at liberty to keep the petitioner, Shamsher Singh Jaghera, for interrogation and investigation up to 6 pm on that day.

The Judge also ordered: “However, in the event of the arrest, the investigating/ arresting officer is directed to release him on bail, subject to his furnishing surety bond and also subject to compliance of other statutory conditions as contained in Section 438(2), CrPC.”

Shamsher Singh Jaghera had in his petition claimed that he had been falsely booked on the allegation of hatching the contract killing.

He claimed that he had been politically victimised at the behest of Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. He alleged that Congress leaders were against him as he was close to former Chief Minster Parkash Singh Badal.

Jaghera was quite popular with Congress and Akali leaders, who frequented his dera here before his arrest in a rape case over two years ago.

Jaghera was booked for plotting the contract killing while he was incarcerated in the case.

The case was registered on the basis of an investigation by Jagraon police that nailed Jaghera for conceiving the murder and making a payment of Rs 1.5 lakh to a conduit while he was in the jail.



Strip convicted cops of medal: IHRO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The life imprisonment awarded to DSP Jaspal Singh and ASI Amarjit Singh in the Jaswant Singh Khalra murder case by the CBI court of Patiala Additional Sessions Judge Bhupinder Singh is a “slap on the face of all those who played a leading role in getting the DSP, a terrorist in uniform, reprieved of his earlier life sentence awarded in another case from the Punjab Governor recently.”

According to International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) chairperson D. S. Gill, in light of the conviction there is a need for withdrawing the prestigious Police Medal for Gallantry awarded in 1994 to both “murderers” by the President of India for their “services” during the days of terrorism.

The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), had granted pardon to Jaspal Singh, DSP, Detective, Tarn Taran, who was convicted in a case filed by the CBI on April 23, 1996, under Sections 365, 304, 342 and 34 of the IPC read with Section 120-B of the IPC.

All this illustrated that the Executive and its high offices, such as the President and Governors, had been clandestinely conniving with “uniformed terrorists in their illegal, forced disappearance and custodial torture and deaths of citizens which is nothing but a negation of rule of law and an attempt to scuttle the justice system by adopting extra judicial measures, he added.

The Judiciary, on the other hand, generally displayed leniency towards these “state terrorists” while the state security forces liquidated individual “terrorists,” the way human rights leader Jaswant Singh Khalra was done away with.

Expressing surprise over the court’s judgement, which did not even touch K.P.S. Gill, he said the court should have taken cognizance of the testimony of an eyewitness, Kuldip Singh, who had named the supercop for killing Khalra.

The IHRO has also urged the CBI to file an appeal against this judgement in the interests of justice.



HC seeks records from MC, Mayor
Row over construction of multiplex
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Coming to the aid of a local resident, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered status quo on the construction of a part of Flamez multiplex adjoining the house of the complainant. The resident had alleged that cracks had appeared in his house due to digging in the under construction multiplex on Malhar Road in Gurdev Nagar area.

The High Court also directed the respondents, including the Municipal Corporation, Town Planner and Mayor of Ludhiana, to present the records pertaining to the construction of the multiplex through their counsel on the next date of hearing. The case comes up for next hearing on November 21.

In his petition to the High Court, Mr Prasana Gupta, who is son of a former city Mayor and who owns a house near the multiplex, had complained that his house was going to crumble any moment following damage by the digging in the multiplex, which was being carried out without leaving any distance from the adjoining wall of his house. Due to this reason the house had developed cracks in almost all rooms and Gupta family had to take shelter in his sister's house as his house was not fit for living anymore. The family had reportedly vacated the house on October 18 and had been living in New Lajpat Nagar.

Mr Gupta, while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune said his house had started developing cracks in September only and they had been running from pillar to post to get the construction stopped so that their house could be saved. Now they have put up supports at various places otherwise the house can come down crashing anytime.

‘‘In spite of our complaints nobody listened to us as Mr Pawan Garg is an influential person. Then we waited for some action after going to various authorities, but to no avail. Finally we moved the court in October end and we are thankful that the court has come to our rescue.’’ said Mr Gupta.

He added that the construction of the multiplex was illegal and in violation of the building bylaws. A mall plaza could not be constructed in a residential area without having a minimum of 5,000 square yards of land. But in this case the land was only 3,700 square yards.

Mr Pawan Garg, MD of M/s Dynamic Continental Private Limited, which is constructing the multiplex said they had already completed the construction work on the side adjoining Mr Gupta’s house. He added that they were not carrying out any construction activity in that area now. 



Khanna in league of polluted cities
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 19
Rapid industrialisation with no care for environment has brought this town the dubious distinction of becoming the sixth town to be categorised as a polluted place to live in the state.

The town has joined the infamous group of five other cities and towns of the state, which have been classified as polluted ones by the Punjab Pollution Control Board, (PPCB).

This information was given yesterday evening by Mr Kunesh Garg, on environmental engineer of Patiala at a meeting of the owners of steel re-roller units at Golden Grain Club here.

Ludhiana has got the dubious distinction of being the most polluted while Amritsar, Mandi Gobindgarh, Jalandhar and Batala were other four places. The declaration was made after day-to-day monitoring and testing sample of underground water twice a year.

The PPCB has announced new measures to check pollution in the town. This was announced at the meeting, which was organised by Mr Vinod Vashisht, president, All-India Steel Re-Rollers Association, Mandi Gobindgarh and Mr Harmesh Jain president, Small-Scale Steel Re-Rollers Association, Khanna. The meeting was held to give knowledge to the re-rollers about the newly implemented waste and hazardous rules for the rolling mills.

The town has mainly three types of industry, which have led to the deterioration of the environment — steel re-rolling units, cattle-feed manufacturing units and the rice-shellers.

Mr Kurnesh Garg said every re-roller had to get consent from the board under these rules and an air pollution control device would be stored in a room, specially built for it.

He said a plant with the help of Ranbaxy and Oswal Group was being installed at Dera Basi where the waste of all types of factories would be processed. It will take about one year to complete this plant thereafter it will lift the waste of the rolling mills. Till that time the units have to store the waste on their factory premises. Anybody found throwing the waste outside the factory will be dealt strictly, said Mr Kurnesh Garg.



A grand jamboree
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
More than 2000 Scouts and Guides had assembled for a three day camp at Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Senior Secondary School here yesterday. While yesterday was the day when the scouts and guides from 17 districts were trying to settle down and familiarise themselves with the topography of the school, today the camp was formally inaugurated by Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister. All the DPIs, DEOs and other Education Officers were present.

The Guide band welcomed him and he was given a floral welcome by the guides while ‘Bulbuls’ welcomed in their own playful way. He inspected the parade.

The function started with the Scouts’ prayer followed by shabad ‘de shiva var mohe’.A welcome song was the next followed by gymnastics, choreography, quaali, giddha and bhangra.

Mr Harnam Dass said to inculcate the sense of patriotism and devotion to the country and discipline, all schoolchildren will have to be part of Scouts and Girl Guide movement . The training that is given to soldiers will be given to these schoolchildren.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Bhupinder Singh Cheema, state organising committee Scouts said the special features of the Scout and Guide movement are that the movement is voluntary, non-political and is an educational movement for the young. It also aims to make the students as responsible citizens.

The movement includes students in the six-25 year age group. Those between six to 10 years are called Cubs and Bulbuls, from 10 to 16 years are known as Scouts and Guides and 16 years and above are called Rover Rangers.



Tributes paid to Indira
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi today on her 88th birth anniversary. Various functions were held across the city to pay homage to the leader. The main function was organised at the local district party office which was presided over by Mr Jagmohan Sharma, a Congress leader.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were the Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer, an MLA, Mr Milkiat Singh Dakha, the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, the District Youth Congress president, Mr Dimple Rana, and the District Mahila Congress president, Ms Usha Malhotra.

Addressing the function, Mr Johar recalled the great sacrifice of Indira Gandhi for safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country. He pointed out that she had unfailing faith in secular India and she never made any difference among people on sectarian lines. Mr Johar said Indira Gandhi had guided India on all major national and international fronts.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dawer said the Gandhi family had a great tradition of sacrifice. He pointed out that Indira Gandhi sacrificed her life for safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country and her son Rajiv Gandhi also lost his life for the same mission. He said it was only the Congress which had a rich and great tradition of sacrifices for the country.

The leaders and the workers who participated in the function resolved to carry forward the mission of Indira Gandhi. They said the best tribute to the late leader would be to safeguard the unity and integrity of the country for which she laid down her life. They also recalled her contribution in ensuring the development in all spheres, be it poverty alleviation or the country’s defence.

A separate function was organised by the Youth Congress in Model Town. It was presided over by the senior vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Pawan Dewan. The participants at the function took a vow to safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country at all costs. 



Stress laid on Guru Nanak’s teachings
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 19
The management, staff and students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall in the college today.

Students of the college and various schools, including Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School, Khalsa High School and Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, recited shabad and performed kirtan on the occasion.

The chief guest on the occasion was Prof Prithpal Singh Kapoor, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Professor Kapoor stressed the need for following and adopting the philosophy advocated by Guru Nanak Dev. “The values of truth, oneness, brotherhood and equality, preached by the Guru must be imbibed in the present generation”, he said. He said that these teachings could best be inculcated and promoted by schools and colleges as these were temples of learning. Prof B.S. Pangli, general secretary of the college management committee asked the students to adopt the path of selfless service. Prof J.S. Grewal, college Principal, extended a vote of thanks.

A shudh Gurbani ucharan competition was organised in which Gurpreet Kaur of B.A.II was declared first, Gurmit Kaur of B.A. II second and Amritpal Kaur of B.A. II third.

In the turban tying competition, Tejvir Singh was declared first, Sukhwinder Singh second and Jasvir Singh third.



Healthcare for villagers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
Keeping in line with ambitious project of ‘Aao Gaon Chale’ instituted by the Government of India to shoulder the responsibility of providing positive health care to every village in the country, Bibi Manmohan Kaur Memorial Welfare Society in collaboration with DMC&H recently organised a medical camp at Shug Bhatoli village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

As many as 450 residents of Shug Bhatoli and nearby villages turned up and obtained the benefits of the medical camp.

A series of lectures and visits to family quarters were organised by the consultants to motivate the families to take required precautions for healthy living and making them aware about lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities. The secretary of the society, Air Cdr N.S. Chahal lauded the contribution of DMC&H in its endeavor of providing medical treatment to the needy and underprivileged. He informed that the society, since its inception in 1998, has held medical camps in remote areas of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and so far, more than 25,000 persons have been benefited by its services.



8 booked for trespass
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 19
Jagdish Lal, Rabi Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Kala Singh, Bishnu Kumar, Raj Singh, Paramjit Singh of Pakhowal and Ajit Singh of Tusse allegedly tried to take forcible possession of land belonging to Onkar Singh.

All were alleged to be carrying lethal weapons and threatened the complainant. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 447, 511, 406, 148, 149 of the IPC and arrested Jagdish Lal, Kala Singh, Bishnu Kumar, Rai Singh and Paramjit Singh whereas the other three have absconded.

House burgled

Some unidentified persons are alleged to have stolen goods worth over Rs 25,000, and gold ornaments worth about Rs 50000 from the house of Major Singh. The police has registered a case under Sections 454, 380 of the IPC.



Woman alleges rape

Jagraon, November 19
A woman today alleged that she had been repeatedly raped by a man after being assured of marriage. Alleging this at a Jain temple in the presence of members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, the victim, a resident of the local Rani Wala Khuh, said the man had failed to keep his promise.

According her statement, a copy of an affidavit had been forwarded to the SSP Jagraon for the registration of case and an inquiry had been marked to DSP Gurjeet Singh Romana.

The 25-yr-old woman said she used to work at a PCO located at the Rani Jhansi Chowk where she came in contact with the accused, Amit Kumar, son of Ashok Kumar of Munish Tent House. He assured her of marriage and continued to rape her. Amit even took her to Singapore on September 29. OC



Consolidation key to success in
global market, opine experts
Texcon — 2005 concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The international conference on textiles and clothing, Texcon — 2005, identified consolidation as the key to success in global market.

On the concluding day of the two-day conference conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the participants deliberated on issues like logistics support, supplier interface and financial strategies for the textile and apparel industry.

Mr N. Balaji, Senior Manager, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, said, “It was generally felt by the industry players that the Indian textile industry needed to go in for a phase of consolidation in terms of systems, technologies and processes. This could be done by focussing on productivity and reducing non-value added activities. The urgent need today was for technology driven global competitiveness.”

Talking about textile supplier interface and logistics, which was becoming a key area as outsourcing had become the norm the world over, Mr. Balaji said outsourcing was a big opportunity for India because of its inherent advantage of low costs.

Mr Balaji also said management strategies would play a big role in industry’s growth.

Earlier, during a panel discussion on ‘The Road Ahead’, Mr Sanjiv Gupta, president, APPEAL, Mr V.K. Goyal, chief executive, Vardhaman Spinning and General Mills and Mr Sarabjit Ghose, director and profit centre head, Laguna Clothing, talked about how the focus on the industry should be on creating an ‘Unbeatable Value Proposition’ for the global customer based on the quality of the product, and performance based on cutting down on lead times, better customer care etc.

NIFD students visit Textech 2005

As many as 100 students and faculty members of the National Institute of Fashion Design, Ambala, visited CII’s Textech 2005, being held at PAU grounds here.

Ms Neeraj Rampal, Centre Manager, NIFD, said: “Students were able to see various facets of textile industry under one roof. As important, the students were able to have a one-to-one interaction with senior representatives of various companies. This practical exposure would help them.”



Club’s memo to Textiles Minister

Ludhiana, November 19
Knitwear Industry has urged the government to include a couple of more machines used for garment processing in the list of machines that are given an additional subsidy under the Technology Upgradation Scheme.

The Knitwear Club submitted a memorandum in this regard to Minister of Textiles, Mr Shankersinh Vaghela, yesterday.

In the memorandum, the industry urged the government to include rotary drum washer, hydro extractor based on centrifugal or vacuum system, automatic/ semi-automatic screen printing machine, dry-t-cry cleaning machine, industrial garment washing/drying machine, combisoft machine for softening, drying and stone wash effect, coating/laminating/ embossing machine, laser engraving machine, thermo pac/ other high temperature heating system/ steam table and presses , air compressor and garment dyeing machines.

The club urged the minister to give an additional incentive of 10 per cent in the form of capital subsidy for the processing machinery under TUF.

Mr Vinod Thapar, president and Mr Naridner K. Miglani, general secretary, referred to the meeting with Ms Shashi Singh, Director, office of Textile Commissioner in June 2005, and said the Director had given a positive response to include second hand computerised flat knitting machines, hand flat knitting machines, and bar code printers and scanners also to be included in TUF. The club said that TUF incentive on these machines would facilitate industry growth. — TNS


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