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Kashipur issue: SAD seeks dismissal of govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has demanded the dismissal of the Congress government in Uttaranchal for its role in rendering hundreds of innocent Sikhs homeless.

In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, through the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anrag Verma, the SAD pointed out that the innocent Sikh residents of Kashipur were being harassed there. The memorandum, while seeking the dismissal of the Tiwari government, demanded the imposition of President’s rule in the state for restoring the confidence of the Sikhs there.

The memorandum listed in detail the contribution of the Sikhs in developing the wasteland of the Uttaranchal and making it fertile. It said that now since the land had become fertile and productive everybody was eyeing it and wanting to uproot the settlers from there.

The SAD thanked those who came in support of the Sikh settlers. It demanded impartial probe into the incidents leading to the targeted demolitions of the houses belonging to the Sikhs only.

Seeking the immediate intervention of the Prime Minister, the memorandum said that the culprits responsible for creating a sense of insecurity among the Sikh minorities there be identified and punished. The memorandum hoped that the Prime Minister would personally intervene and help in restoring the confidence of the Sikhs.

The delegation that submitted the memorandum was led by the president of the urban district unit of the SAD, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, and included among others, senior vice-president of the party, Mr Amarjit Singh Bhatia and several local leaders and councillors.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, held a meeting with the Uttaranchal Governor, Mr Sudershan Aggarwal, here late last night. Both of them were here for different reasons. While Mr Barnala was here to inaugurate a photo exhibition, Mr Aggarwal, who belongs to the city, was to attend a social function here.

Mr Barnala and Mr Aggarwal later assured that no injustice would be further meted out to anyone in Uttaranchal. Mr Aggarwal was quoted having said that whatever was done in Kashipur was in pursuance of the Supreme Court orders. But he assured that all remedial measures would be taken to restore the confidence of the Sikhs living there.

Mr Barnala also reportedly expressed satisfaction after meeting Mr Aggarwal. He hoped that the grievances of the Sikhs would be addressed at the earliest.

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SSF assails Uttaranchal Govt
Relief sought for affected families
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 9
The Sikh Students Federation (SSF) held district-level rallies and staged dharnas against the Uttaranchal Government move to uproot Sikh farmers in Kashipur town in Udham Singh Nagar district of the state. The federation submitted a memorandum to respective Deputy Commissioners against the unjust treatment being accorded to the Sikh community by the Congress government in Uttaranchal Pradesh.

Addressing a largely attended rally at the Mini Secretariat here today, the SSF chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal, said the inhuman and repressive action of the Uttaranchal Government had once again shocked the Sikh community all over the country. "The action of the Congress government in rendering thousands of farmers homeless has once again proved that the Sikhs are being treated as second citizens."

He said the successive Congress governments, at the Centre, as well as in the states, had been making such attempts to push the Sikh community out of the national mainstream. In a note of warning, Mr Grewal said if the government continued with its attitude of discrimination and vindictiveness against the members of the Sikh community, they would have to give a serious thought to devise other ways and means for their survival.

In the memorandum submitted to district authorities, the SSF demanded adequate compensation to the uprooted farmers for their land and houses, resettlement of farmers. The federation also demanded an apology from the Congress government in Uttaranchal Pradesh for such indiscriminate action against Sikh farmers.

Meanwhile, former president of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Mr Sukhminder Pal Singh Grewal, said here today that a delegation of the BJP would soon proceed to Kashipur and would make attempts to seek relief for the affected Sikh farmers of the region. He accused the Congress government in Centre and alleged that it was the main culprit for such inhuman treatment of the Sikh families in Uttaranchal Pradesh.

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CPM has not learnt from mistakes: BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
The allegations levelled by CPM leader Brinda Karat on Swami Ramdev has once again proved that the party has not learnt from the past mistakes and again going against the interests of the country.

Mr Harjit Grewal, general secretary, BJP, and Vineet Joshi, BJP Yuva Morcha national executive member, said: “We can’t expect nationalism from the Communists since they have a history of betrayal.”

They pointed out that they were not making such remarks off the cuff. One just had to look through history books. In 1942, they opposed the Quit India movement initiated by Mahatma Gandhi and later on supported the creation of Pakistan. Other than the British, they were the main force behind the Muslim League’s demand for the creation of a separate homeland,’’ they added.

Other than the pre-Independence incidents, there were several instances when they supported anti-national activities like welcoming the 1962 Chinese aggression, they said.

The party never had a positive attitude and had been on the lookout to run down national culture and heritage. In the present instance, they were working hand in gloves with MNCs, they alleged.

More than 20 crore people had started practising Yoga under the influence of Ramdev. People had reaffirmed their faith in the traditional exercises mentioned in ancient texts. The masses were cured of their ailments by the yoga thereby causing a great loss to pharma MNCs in India.

They also condemned the Congress for keeping quiet on the issue. They said the Congress too had always favoured allopathy in the country. In every annual Budget since independence, over 97 per cent of the medical research budget had been spent on Allopathy and a mere 3 per cent for other therapies like Ayurveda and Homoeopathy.

On the other hand, the NDA government allocated special funds for setting up of an Ayurvedic research institute but it seemed that the present government had shelved the proposal. If this proposal was implemented, then lakhs of farmers could immensely benefit by growing traditional medicinal herbs and plants.

“If China could spend massive funds on their natural acupressure and other traditional techniques, why couldn’t we do the same for our ancient remedies,” they questioned.

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Potato, vegetable crops damaged due to frost
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
The potato and vegetable farmers in the district are having sleepless nights as the frost in the region for last few days is threatening their cash crops. They claim that some crops, especially potato, have already been damaged to some extent.

The farmers in the potato-growing areas of the district, including villages in Samrala and Jagraon subdivisions claimed that their crop had suffered damages ranging between 30 per cent to 70 per cent. The late maturing variety had already suffered to an irreparable extent.

Punjab Agricultural University experts have asked the farmers to irrigate their crops after they witness frost on plants. They have also advised the farmers not to confuse frost with late blight disease.

In the district where acres of land were under potato crop in Samrala and Jagraon subdivisions, the farmers claimed that they could not sleep throughout the night praying the weather gods to spare them.

‘‘It is at around 3 a.m. everyday that the dew drops get converted into a fine layer of snow after the winds stop blowing and temperature falls substantially. I have been awake for the last four nights and we are praying that there is no frost tonight,’’ said Mr Bhavdeep Singh, a potato farmer of Sarabha village.

He added that in his village alone, 500 acres of land was under contractual potato farming and many other farmers were growing potatoes. He said that the 70-day old crop had suffered 30 to 35 per cent damage, 60-day old crop had suffered 60-70 per cent and the younger plants were damaged completely.

Another farmer from Pona village in Jagraon said that the frost had become a constant feature for the last three to four days. ‘‘If it persisted for more days, we would be ruined.’’ said Mr Manjeet Singh, adding that the mustard, pea, tomato and capsicum farmers were also withstanding the worst of the extreme weather conditions.

He said that the pea jackets were becoming discoloured and it would definitely affect the price in the market.

Dr M.S. Malhi, an agriculture expert, said the frost caused the fluid inside the leaves to freeze. The expansion of water in leaf cells caused injury to the leaves and the plant was damaged.

Dr Malhi said that the damage was quite visible in Hedon, Pona and some other villages in Mullanpur Dakha. He said that the crop had to mature in February and being sensitive, the plants were suffering which would affect the yield. He, however, said that the Jyoti variety of potatoes was proving to be resistant to frost than the Kufri varieties.

More frost on next two days

According to meteorological experts of PAU, it was for the first time in last 35 years in city that the minimum temperature dropped to minus 0.6°C on Saturday and remained below 1°C for three consecutive days on January 7, 8 and 9.

In the last 35 years in Ludhiana, during December minimum temperature remained below 1°C for 4 days in 1973, for 3 days in 1984, for 2 days in 1993 and for one day in 1970, 1975, 1978 and 1986. The temperature remained less than 0°C for 2 days in 1973 and only for one day in 1975.

The temperature remained below 0°C for 5 days in 1972, for 3 days in 1973, for 2 days in 1974, 2006 and for 1 day each in 1970, 1978, 1989 and 1995.

As per the fresh forecast, ground frost is likely to continue over some parts of Punjab and Haryana during next two nights. The Western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining North Pakistan is persisting.

Experts have advised the farmers to apply light irrigation to raya and gobhi sarson as frost injury has been observed on sarson crop in Fazilka in Ferozpore district. — TNS

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4 girls injured as mini bus overturns
Our Correspondent

Khamano, January 9
The bus of a cotton factory overturned near Khamano in which four girls were injured. They were rushed to a private hospital at Khamano where they were out of danger.

According to information available, a mini bus of Malwa Industries Machhiwara was carrying five girls of Bilaspur village and going towards Badesh Kalan to take other girls. When the bus reached near the Badesh Kalan village, the driver lost control and the bus fell into the canal. Luckily there was no water flowing in the canal.

Four of the five girls namely Harjinder Kaur (21) Mandeep Kaur (18), Jaswinder Kaur (20) and Rajwinder Kaur (19), all residents of Bilaspur village, got multiple injuries, mainly on head. Another bus passing by the side took the girls to a private hospital at Khamano.

All four girls were given first aid and were declared out of danger.

Two of them were discharged while two were recovering at the hospital.

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Sidhwan Khurd's pioneering
role in women’s education

Law college to strengthen claim for rural university status
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
The year–1908. A young couple of Sidhwan Khurd village near Ludhiana saw their world crashing down. Ujagar Singh, their only son, then aged 14, had drowned in the village pond while tending to cattle.

It took quite some time for them to come to terms with the tragedy, but Bhai Narain Singh and his wife, Bibi Ram Kaur, drew solace by turning towards society. In 1909, missionary zeal put them on the path of social reform. Their thoughts, strengthened by religious belief, revolved around women’s emancipation.

In consonance with Guru Nanak’s message, who preached equality of the sexes, they felt that the path to women’s empowerment meandered through the field of education. But they were also aware of the hurdles. There was neither electricity nor the will to educate girls, who were mostly confined to their hearths and homes. With agriculture being the primary occupation, girls remained busy helping men on the farms.

Institutions under the SGHUH Trust

  • Khalsa College for Women (PG English, Punjabi,History)
  • GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women (B.Ed, M.Ed)
  • GHG Public Senior Secondary School (CBSE, co-ed)
  • Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School (PSEB)
  • GHG Institute of Law for Women (from coming session)

However, the visionary couple, having overcome the trauma, dreamt of opening new vistas for them and changing their destiny. Making a humble beginning, Bhai Narain Singh and Bibi Ram Kaur started the Sikh Kanya Pathshala in their house with just four students in 1909. One of them was their daughter, Harparkash Kaur, who was later decorated with the Padma Shri.

Earthen lamps and lanterns were the only sources of light as the students burnt the midnight oil to dispel darkness. A Persian wheel at a well nearby was the only source of water.

Constant efforts by Bhai Narain Singh eventually saw the pathshala being upgraded to the middle level in 1916. It was rechristened Khalsa Middle School and in 1917 it was granted permanent affiliation by the Punjab Government. In 1934, the couple’s dream started taking concrete shape. The school was upgraded to the high level and named Sikh Girls’ High School. It was granted permanent affiliation in 1939. Subsequently it was upgraded to the higher secondary level and is now Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board.

And thereafter, it was steady progress on the education front. As the years rolled by, Sidhwan Khurd earned a name for itself not only in the neighbourhood but also elsewhere in the undivided Punjab. The elevation of Bhai Narain Singh’s daughter, Bibi Harparkash Kaur, as a political leader added to the importance of the institution. Incidentally, Bibi Harparkash Kaur remained an MLA for five years in the early sixties when she was also awarded the Padma Shri for public service.

Realising the need for proper management, Bhai Narain Singh had set up a Trust in 1934 and remained its president till his death. Incidentally, before his demise, Bhai Narain Singh donated his entire property spread over 75 acres to the trust, which was named Sri Guru Hargobind Ujagar-Hari Trust. The trust continues to function under the same name till date. The words Ujagar and Hari denote names of his children.

Bhai Narain Singh’s death a few years after formation of the trust caused a void that appeared difficult to fill. However, his daughter, Bibi Harparkash Kaur, who headed the trust till her death in 1965, took the institution to new heights. Under her stewardship, a girls college was opened in 1950 which was named Khalsa College for Women. The college, which is affiliated to Panjab University, today imparts education to girls up to post-graduate level leading to award of masters degree in English, Punjabi and History. In 1955, a college of education known as GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, started functioning on the same campus which is also affiliated to Panjab University. It has B.Ed and M.Ed courses.

Bibi Harparkash Kaur’s death at Chandigarh due to cancer at the age of 59 once again created uncertainty but Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhwan, whose son, Major Shivdev Singh, achieved martyrdom in Goa, steered the institutions to a position of prominence as trust president. Incidentally, the late Major Shivdev Singh’s widow, Mrs Shivinder Kaur Sidhu, is a member of the Trust at present.

Mr Mohinder Singh remained president of the trust till his death in 1976 after which his son, Mr Jagdev Singh, a Forest Officer, took over in the same capacity. It was during his tenure which ran up to 1988 that one more institution took birth on the same campus. The English medium co-ed GHG Public Senior Secondary School affiliated to CBSE was established in 1978 which has produced many outstanding students, including Kimi Aggarwal, who has made a mark in the film industry. Students from the school take part in all extra-curricular activities, including national-level sports meets and mathematics olympiads. Recently a few were picked for interaction with the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

The trust, for a brief period (1993 to 95) was headed by General Gurbaksh Singh. Hony Capt Dalbara Singh, formerly of Bengal Engineers, who is the current president, was first appointed secretary in 1975. At present, Mr Kirpal Singh Bhattal is the secretary, Mr Tarlochan Singh, manager, Mrs Shivinder Kaur Sidhu, general secretary, Dr Khem Singh Gill, Col CS Dhillon and Mr Baljit Singh, members.

Khalsa College for Women has carved out a niche for itself in the educational and sports spheres. Among the prominent students of Khalsa College are current Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, and hockey star Prema Saini. The college hockey team as well as athletes have also won laurels at the university and national level.

On December 19, 2005, a new chapter opened in the history of Sidhwan Khurd with the laying of the foundation stone of the Sri Guru Hargobind Institute of Law for Women by Dr Khem Singh Gill, former VC of PAU, and a member of the SGHUH Trust. According to Mr Kirpal Singh Bhattal, secretary of the trust, the law college, scheduled to start from the coming session, is in keeping with the aspirations of the founders who wanted women to excel in every sphere. The law college, to be affiliated with Panjab University, will have both three year and five year courses with 80 seats each.

Incidentally, the institutions are also equipped with hostel facilities besides a stadium for sports activities. Top dignitaries, including the former Governor, Lieut-Gen (Retd) JFR Jacob, have presided over the college convocations in the recent past. Canadian Premier Ujjal Dosanj was also a guest of honour at a function a few years back.

As W.B. Yeats said: “ I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, for you tread on my dreams” the SGHUH Trust is aware of the dreams of its founders. “Every step is taken after due consideration and every member strives to further the cause of Bhai Narain Singh and Bibi Ram Kaur,” says 90-year-old Capt Dalbara Singh, who describes Sidhwan Khurd as nothing less than a rural university.

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Uttaranchal Governor felicitated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 9
The Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan felicitated the Governor of Uttaranchal, Mr Sudarshan Aggarwal at a function organised at the Community Centre in Aggar Nagar here yesterday. Mr Aggarwal was presented with ‘Agra Vibhushan’ award for his services to the nation and bringing laurels to the community.

Speaking at the function, Mr Aggarwal exhorted the members of the community to come forward for social services, providing succour to the downtrodden people and nation-building activities. He said the Aggarwal community had already made its mark in the trade and industry and there was need to shift the focus to other fields like education, information technology and service sector.

Mr Aggarwal further observed that being engaged in business and commerce, the members of the community could make a significant contribution towards fight against corruption. If the business community vowed to work with honesty and paid their taxes scrupulously, they would not need to give in to corrupt elements and system of governance would become much more transparent.

Mr Pradeep Mittal, president, Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan, and Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, president, Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan, while extending a warm welcome to the distinguished guest made a fervent plea with the Punjab Government to restore public holiday on Maharaja Aggarsain jayanti.

Mr Prem Mittal, Senior Deputy Mayor, and Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor of the city, were honoured with ‘awards of merit’ on the occasion.

The chief guest lighted the lamp to mark the beginning of the function and school children regaled the guests with a colourful cultural programme depicting different aspects of life. A fancy dress show was the highlight of the function.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Mr Surinder Gupta, Mr D.K. Gupta, Mr Ved Prakash Gupta, Ms Monika Mittal, Mr Baldev Kumar Aggarwal, Mr Mahavir Prasad and Mr Som Nath Jindal.

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Poetic symposium dedicated to Amrita Pritam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 9
The National Sahit Akademi and the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, held a two-day multi-language poetic symposium in Punjabi Bhawan on Saturday and Sunday. The symposium was dedicated to noted novelist Amrita Pritam.

Mr Surjit Patar, president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said that it was for the first time that such a multi-language symposium was organised in the city. Many poets presented their works in Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Urdu, Dogri and Sanskrit languages. The symposium was held to mark the 50th year of the two akademis.

The poets participating in the symposium said that both the national and state governments should strive for promotion and recognition of national dialects.

They also felt that languages which were included in the Constitution as official had produced more creative literature. It was up to the akademis to pay attention to them, which they deserve.

Renowned poet Kedarnath Singh, a professor at JNU, said that poetry was the most powerful of expression in literature. The two akademis were trying to improve the lot of Indian literature in different languages but there was no one to take the responsibility of improving the lesser-known languages of the country. He further said that languages like Santhali and those spoken in Andamen Islands had failed to get their identities, as they did not have a script. How would such languages get an identity, he questioned.

Another poet Giriraj Kishore was appreciative of the contribution of Punjab in propagating and conserving its literature.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, said the present generation was caught up in MTV and pub culture, whereas they should take more interest in art and literature. He wanted to know why innovations in IT were not used in promoting art and culture. “Unlike many languages Urdu, Punjabi Hindi are not easily accessible on the net,”

The prominent poet,s including Kedarnath, Singh, Giriraj Kishore, Mangesh Dabral, Jaswant Singh Neki, Simrat Gagan, Amber Bahrecchi and Bimla Raina were among those who attended the symposium.

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Lohri celebration for girl child
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 9
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner cum president, Satluj Club, informed today that Satluj Club will celebrate the Lohri of newly born girl children this year. Mr Verma said that this is being done to set a positive example that girls should be treated at par with boys.

Mr Verma further informed that a notice is being put up inviting members of the Satluj Club to give information to the club management regarding the newly born girls in their families. Members can give information about their newly born daughters and grand daughters to the club management. In all such cases, the club management will specially invite the club members along with their newly born daughter/grand daughter and the Lohri of the girl child will be celebrated in the club at a function on January.15.

Mr Verma further informed that despite being economically prosperous, Punjab has a very dismal sex ratio. While government has been taking certain initiatives, problem cannot be solved until people got involved.

The sex ratio in Punjab is much below the national male-female ratio, which was creating a serious imbalance in the society. He said that though the female foeticide was a punishable offence under the PNDT Act, some people were committing this heinous crime of killing their own daughters before the birth and adding to the problem.

Mr Verma appealed the NGOs/medical associations to come forward in a big way to create awareness among the masses regarding this serious problem of female feticide prevailing in the society. Health Department has already been directed to exercise vigilance on the diagnostic centers.

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Drive soon to check female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
The district administration would launch a drive to contol the serious problem of female foeticide involving NGOs and other organizations/individuals already working in the field.

This was disclosed by Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, while addressing a seminar organized by Malwa Sabhiacharak Manch on female foeticide and deteriorating social relations at Punjabi Bhavan here today.

He said that the strict step would also be taken to check the activities of ultrasound centers/diagnostic centers, so that stern punishment could be ensured to defaulters.

He regretted that a section of the highly educated section of society i.e. medical fraternity was involved in the sex determination and female feticide just to earn easy money. He called upon them to show social responsibilities and serve the society.

On this occasion, he honored half a dozen personalities for their commendable performance in this field.

Addressing the seminar Mr K.K. Bawa, President, Malwa Sabhiacharak Manch, said that the problems of female feticide and deterioration in social relations was a serious concern for the whole society. Intellectuals and other influence persons of the society should come forward to create awareness against these social menaces among the people.

In the seminar Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas and Dr Prithipal Singh Sohi read out the keynote addresses on the female foeticide and social relations highlighting the different aspects of these problems. They also stressed on effective steps to educate the people up to lower level about these problems. 

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Protest against implementation of 85th Amendment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 9
Led by activists of the General Categories Welfare Federation, the state government employees today held a rally at Mini Secretariat here and burnt effigy of the Punjab Government to lodge their protest against the implementation of 85th Constitutional Amendment on reservations.

Lashing the government, the district president of the federation, Mr Jangjasbir Singh Gill, observed that by giving effect to the 85th Amendment on reservations, the Congress government had dug its own grave. The ruling party, he added, was under a wrong impression that by providing promotions to a handful of SC employees, it would be able to consolidate its vote bank among the Dalit community.

He made it clear that the general category employees were alive to their rights. Mr Gill asked the activists of the body to mobilise the masses against the injustice sought to be meted out to them and to expose the evil designs of the government with respect to introduction of reservation in the private sector as well.

Mr Balbir Singh Bains, senior vice-president of the state unit of the federation, said through the 85th Amendment, the government had stabbed the general category employees in the back.

Mr Ghanshyam Goel, president of Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant unit of the federation, said even though the amendment had taken effect from November 17, 2005, it was bound to have serious repercussions in the future and next generation of the general category would be denied jobs both in the private and government sector.

Among others, Mr Harmel Singh Gill, Mr Devinder Singh Malli, Mr Narinder Kumar, Mr Vijay Marjara, Mr Dalip Singh, Mr Jaspreet Singh, Mr Jaspal Singh, Mr Narinder Singh, Mr Devinder Singh Gill and Mr Harjinder Pal addressed the rally.

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Reader writes
Pensioners a neglected lot

Employees represented before the Pay Commission of Punjab that either the persons who put in less than 33 years service may be granted full pension or the persons who have rendered more service may be granted extra pension proportionate to the service over and above the limit. The Pay Commission, after a thorough consideration, made a recommendation vide para 121.32 of the report that it is not possible is sanction full pension to those who put in service less than 33 years. However, the employees who rendered more service may be allowed 0.5 per cent additional pension for every six monthly service rendered over and above the limit.

The Congress promised in its election manifesto that in case it came in power, it will implement this recommendations of the Pay Commission. Now the term of the Assembly is fast running out and the promise has not been kept. On the other hand, the Punjab Chief Minister has been making regular announcements that all the promises made have been fulfilled. It should be clearly understood by the government that pensioners, who are a strong vote bank of 40 lakh (inclusive of family members), cannot be taken for a ride, particularly when the day of reckoning is fast approaching.

— Sham Lal Saini, Ludhiana

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New Year celebrated

Ludhiana, January 9
The Senior Citizens’ Conclave here held its 6th fellowship dinner meeting on January 7 to celebrate the New Year. President of the conclave S.P. Karkara, vice-president Prem Aggarwal and general secretary Lt Col D.B. Sharma extended greetings to all members.

Minister of State for Social Security and Development of Women and Children and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. Gurkanwal Kaur was the chief guest. Mr K.K. Bawa, Chairman, Housefed, Ludhiana, was also present. Welcoming the chief guest. The minister announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh out of her discretionary fund. OC

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Bridges on link roads still unfenced
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 9
Though the PWD seems to have taken notice of reports regarding accidents due to inadequate fencing on bridges of this area, it has failed to take remedial steps even after a long period. While barriers have been constructed on some bridges on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road after a number of vehicles had plunged into drains, no attention has been paid to fence bridges on link roads joining the town with Ludhiana city.

The concern of the authorities can be gauzed by the fact that instead of raising a clash barrier on an unfenced bridge near a crossing on a busy road near Jartoli village, the authorities made temporary arrangement by placing gunny bags filled with sand.

A survey by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the indifferent attitude of the authorities in the PWD (B and R) had resulted in a large number of accidents, some of them fatal. Though there are many points which can be termed death traps, one on the entry of Gill village also falls under this category. At least, 50 passengers had a miraculous escape due to lack of visible demarcation from the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

“Had the bus moved even an inch further, it could have fallen into a deep pond. But the authorities seemed to have learnt no lesson from the incident as the spot is still prone to accidental due to poor visibility,” pointed out Mr Baldev Singh Latala, general secretary, Zamhuri Kissan Sabha..

The condition of bridges on links roads joining the town with Ludhiana, Malerkotla and Raikot is so miserable that at places not even a single brick has been installed in the name of a guard rail. The road joining Ghungrana village with the Dehlon-Pakhowal road through Bahmanmajra still passes through a nullah, without any bridge.

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Obscene posters ‘distract’ students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 9
The titles of films like 'Jawani Diwani' , 'Jism', 'Tadfati Jawani', 'Swiss KamSutra' 'Besharam Raatein', 'Patni Uski Bacche Hamare' and many more titles are titillating enough and the posters of these films have crossed the limits of decency and hurt morality and sentiments of the common people. Many NGO's and individuals have protested against such posters but nothing has been done to eradicate this menace.

Ms Sadhna Sharma, Principal of Santan Vidya Mandir School, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said," I find vulgar posters of cheap Hindi movies put up on the wall in front of my school, which is behind Arya College for Boys. Daily I get it removed by my menial staff but at night obscene poster is put up again .

Today, I did not get it removed as I wanted it to be photograhed and draw the attention of the Administration towards it. My school is co-educational and the senior girl students feel worry even to cross the road as boys pass vulgar comments "

She said the Administration must take strict action those who paste such type of posters in front of the school.

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Rapist father kills wife, girl 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
A middle-aged woman of Haibowal and her young daughter chose to lose their life instead of succumbing to the dictats of her husband, who was an under-trial in a case of raping the daughter and was pressurising them to withdraw the case.

Police sources said today that the accused, Mohinder Singh, had allegedly butchered to death his wife Veena (40) and daughter Geetanjli (20) yesterday in sheer frustration after failing to convince the two women to withdraw the rape case. He had used an axe and kept hitting the two women despite their loud shrieks.

The accused was arrested in a raid by the Haibowal police late last night.

The alleged rape incident took place two year ago. He was caught at the complaint of his wife and daughter. He was released on bail few weeks ago and was living separately from his family, who had refused to accept him. He was, however, frequenting the house to allegedly force the victims.

Though the murder accused maintained that he had killed the two women to seek revenge for allegedly making false allegation of rape, police sources said there were few buyers of the claim. DSP Simratpal Singh Dhindsa said he was intimidating the two women to withdraw the case.

The police said Mohinder Singh had allegedly injured his wife with a knife a few days ago also. His son, Vicky, had lodged a complaint the police in this regard.

According to the police, both Mohinder Singh and the deceased Veena had married twice. Mohinder’s first wife had died while Veena had left her husband.

Mohinder Singh was a carpenter. He could not revive his business after his release from the jail. He was living with some old acquaintances.

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Motorcyclist killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 9
In different accidents, one person was killed and many injured in this city. Mandeep Singh of Kalsian was killed while going on his motor cycle (PB-10BA-6699) in Tajpur village when a scooter (PB-10Q-7842) hit it. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 304 A, 279, 427, 337, 338, IPC. No arrest has been made.

In another accident, the Raikot police has registered a case against Jagtar Singh of Sirsa under Sections 279, 337, 427, IPC, as a vehicle collided with Indica (PB-10AY-007) and Jaspal Sharma of Ludhiana suffered injuries, who has been admitted to DHMC, Ludhiana. No arrest has been made.

In the third mishap a private bus, driven by Jasvinder Singh of Tusse collided with another bus in which about 14 persons were injured. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427, IPC, against Jasvinder Singh.

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Theft bid foiled

Khanna, January 9
A scribe here forced some thieves to flee, who entered a shop to steal gold at Karnail Singh Road on Sunday.

According to Sunil Sharma, a correspondent of a Hindi newspaper, he was going to his PCO at about 10 p.m. When he reached at Karnail Singh Road, he heard some voice coming from the roof of a shop. He saw one man was lying on the tin shed of a jewellery shop. He asked him what he was doing. The man told him that he was the owner of the shop and came on the shed for cutting a rope. Mr Sharma said he knew the owner of the shop so he tried to nab him. But he fled by jumping from the roof of the shop with his other accomplices.

He raised an alarm and people were gathered but failed to nab them.

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Winter to delay discount sales
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
Added chill might be a motivation to buy more woollens but purchases at this time would not be economical enough. Plummeting mercury levels, might be good for them in hosiery industry, prolonged and severe winters have reduced bargaining options customers. Discount sales are likely to be delayed as retailers have no dearth of customers.

“The added chill factor has lead to a tremendous response. Woollen sales registered a major increase as a result of which we are expecting no piled up stocks,” said Mr Vinod K. Thapar, president, Knitwear Club.

Retailers said 10 to 20 per cent of their stocks remained unsold every year. But this time there would be no piling up.

The rise in demand this time was the highest in low-end categories where purchases are need based, say market observers. Estimating increased demand, bulk orders were placed and retailers too have reported massive clearance of stocks. Though the benefit does not immediately accrue to manufacturers, it means a good season for them next year.

“As there would be no stocks unsold, demand from retailers would be high and we would be able to manufacture at our optimum capacities next year,” said Mr Sunil Kumar, a hosiery manufacturer.

And demand came not only from local markets, even those supplying woollens to other states in the northern’ belt recorded an increase. “Tibetans, who, on an average, take woollens worth over Rs 200 crore every year, too recorded a good season. This means a good season next year,” said Mr Navin Sood, president, Indo-Tibetan Hosiery Association. He said a 10 to 15 per cent rise in the demand was recorded.

While all goes well with the industry, observers are quick to point out that time is not right for customers to make purchases if they are looking for good bargains. “Though big companies started discount sales long back, for local markets, such sales would be delayed. What is the need to offer discount if customers are already buying,” questioned Rajesh Verma, a retailer.

Local markets, that are flooded with discount sales during this time of the year, are relatively low on activity on this front. “We offer discounts to boost sales. We will continue offering routine discount as we don’t want to lose customers to our competitors but there would be no extra discounts,” another retailer in Chaura Bazaar said.

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LMA seminar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 9
A seminar on “Corporate governance in the emerging business scenario” was organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) here last week. The seminar was addressed by Mr Prem Chand Gupta, Minister of State Company Affairs, and Mr V. K. Garg, Commissioner, Central Excise.

According to a press note, Mr Gupta explained how professional bodies can play an important role in promoting good governance. Mr Garg spoke about corporate social responsibility.

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