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BKU flays govt decision to import wheat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has criticised the government decision to import wheat, saying it will have disastrous effect on the farm economy of the country. It pleaded that rather than going for import of food grains, the government should immediately take necessary steps to link the prices of farm produce with the wholesale price index because non-remunerative prices had led to acute shortage of wheat, sugar and other commodities in the country.

Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, president and secretary-general of the BKU, said in a statement here today that the decision to import 5 lakh tonnes of wheat to tide over the scarcity in southern states ought to be revoked and instead the support price of wheat and other crops be suitably raised to give a boost to their production.

Claiming that the faulty government policy on prices of farm produce was responsible for shortage of food grains, the BKU leaders pointed out that even as the consumption of wheat had gone up in almost every state the farmers were wary of wheat cultivation simply because of uneconomical support price.

Similarly, the low price of sugar cane in Punjab as compared to other neighbouring states had forced the growers to turn towards other crops with sugar production declining by almost 40 per cent. Mr Lakhowal maintained that even after a hike in the purchase price of sugar cane by Rs 15, the Punjab farmers were getting Rs 20 to Rs 35 less than their counterparts in many other states.

The BKU functionaries charged the government with criminal negligence in taking timely measures to overcome the food grain shortage. “Even the decision to import wheat is a short term step, which is bound to generate corruption at several levels and force people to buy wheat at a higher price”. They ridiculed the government claims of providing relief to the farmers terming it as a delayed knee jerk reaction.

Mr Lakhowal and Mr Kadian reiterated that the only solution to the situation the government found itself in was to ensure remunerative prices of different crops for which the BKU had been agitating for the past more than three decades. “The prices of farm production should be determined on the basis of wholesale price index with the base year as 1966-67. Accordingly, the price of wheat works out to be Rs 1,125 per quintal, that of sugar cane Rs 165 per quintal, oil seeds at Rs 3,300 and cotton at Rs 3,000 per quintal”.

An emergency meeting of the BKU was being convened here on February 10 to discuss all related issues like the import of wheat, payments of sugar cane arrears and other pending demands of the farming community, they added.



Fake degrees, licences for Rs 5,000
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, February 8
A large number of fake matriculation certificates of the Punjab School Education Board have been circulated in the market in the town by a two-member gang, which used computers and the scanner technology to produce such degrees.

Besides the degrees, the accused also sold fake registration certificates of vehicles and driving licences. The two accused, Mohan Lal and Manoj Kumar, who ran Lovely Photo Studio in the town, are now cooling their heels in police custody.

What has shocked the police more is that Manoj Kumar belongs to a well-to-do family of the town. He was reportedly indulging in criminal activities to make a fast buck.

Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, told Ludhiana Tribune that the price for a real degree was hard work and a year of regular study. However, the accused were selling fake degrees for a price between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

A police team headed by DSP Gurjit Singh Romana and Inspector Gagandeep Singh Ghuman arrested the accused. A computer with a server and a scanner and stamps of the District Transport Office, Ludhiana, were seized from the accused. These were used for making fake documents.

The police has also seized four fake certificates, fake driving licences and registration certificates of vehicles from the accused

Mr Jaiswal revealed that Manoj Kumar had stored a scanned copy of a matriculation certificate of a customer in the computer and had been using it as a master file. He used to fill in the names and other particulars of clients in the fake degree.

The police is investigating the details of clients, who can also be booked. It believes that many youths who had failed in the examination could have bought these degrees.

The accused face charges under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC. Mr Jaiswal revealed that it was very difficult to distinguish between a fake degree and a real one.

The police is planning to write to the education board for making the certificate more foolproof. It has suggested that an insignia or a water mark in a paper seen against a background light cannot be duplicated easily by such gangsters.



Politicians hamper law implementation
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Political interference has been marring the implementation of the law of the land in the city.

Elected representatives, entrusted with the task of fair governance for enforcing the law, have been helping law-breakers, considering the recent incidents of stalling of official action against such people.

Be it the working of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the district police, the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau or any department, politicians rule the roost when it comes to shielding an offender for petty political gains.

Two councillors and a local MLA did not allow a demolition squad to carry out its operation against a violator yesterday despite the violator’s name figuring in the list of encroachers submitted to the high court.

Knowing that the MC was carrying out operations following a high court directive, the three leaders left no stone unturned to get the alleged encroacher go scot-free.

The MC squad went back empty handed, issuing a directive to the alleged violator to get the building demolished within a stipulated time.

This was not an isolated case. Many such moves had been stalled by local politicians. If some MC officials used to act against a violator, politicians thwarted the move.

Politicians had been gunning for a VB official recently when he took action against the alleged violators of building bylaws.

A senior VB official had to be called from Chandigarh to pacify the politicians.

Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Surinder Dawar and councillors of his camp camped in the Circuit House that day. They demanded the transfer of the official.

In a recent incident, an Additional Station House Officer was shifted to the Police Lines at the instance of some Congress leaders.

The politicians claimed that the police official had misbehaved with the son of a Congress leader while cops maintained that they were doing their duty of checking traffic rule violations.



Revenue shortfall: IT sleuths conduct survey
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
In the wake of yawning gap between the targeted revenue collection for the year and actual tax collection till date, senior officials of four ranges in the Chief Commissionerate of Income Tax today launched survey operations simultaneously at nearly 12 business premises of six firms in the city and another in Mandi Ahmedgarh.

Highly placed sources in the Income Tax Department told Ludhiana Tribune that separate teams headed by Mr Himanshu Sinha, Joint Commissioner, Range V, Mr J.S. Minhas, Joint Commissioner, Range I, Mr Kamaljit Singh, Joint Commissioner, Range IV and Mr Deepak Kapoor, Joint Commissioner, Range II struck at the units selected for survey at around 11 am.

The business houses where surveys were being undertaken included Mansarover Forgings and Mansarover Impex, Industrial Area, Auto Forgings and Alloy Forgings, Focal Point, Sohana Woolen Mills, Jhabewal, Khalsa Cotsyn, Hazoori Road and Industrial Area, and a cattle feed unit in Mandi Ahmedgarh.

The IT officials accompanied by supporting staff carried out detailed inspection of books of account of these firms, sale and purchase records, stocks of raw material and finished goods as also computer data containing business transactions. The partners and directors of the firms were also subjected to interrogation at some places, the sources said. Senior IT officials refused to divulge any details saying the extent of tax evasion or concealed income would be known only after the surveys were completed.



Wheat import policy anti-farmer : IHRO
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today termed as anti-farmer the wheat import policy of the UPA government and announced its support and solidarity with the five kisan organisations led by the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) to oppose the policy.

IHRO chairperson D S Gill and secretary-general Mohinder Singh Grewal, in a statement issued here, also expressed their concurrence with MP Navjot Singh Sidhu who had urged the need to open up Wagah border for facilitating ‘people-to-people’ contact and trade between Pakistan and India, which would benefit the people of both Punjabs, especially the farmers.

The free trade and people-to-people contact between two countries, they said, would lessen tension and promote peace and goodwill among the people across the borders.

While appreciating five farmers’ organisations of Punjab — Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and Khetibari Kisan and Vikas Front — that have decided to oppose the Union Government’s decision to import wheat, the IHRO has called upon the other kisan unions and all political parties to jointly and severely oppose tooth and nail the anti-farmer Centre.

Meanwhile, the IHRO has appointed Ms Harmander Kaur Jassal, an advocate, as its Secretary (Women’s Affairs), while Ms Simran Kaur Guram and Chandigarh-based Charanjit Singh Bakshi have been added to the Legal-aid Panel to defend the poor and the victim in courts and commissions.

The IHRO Core Group meeting here today has hailed the dismissal of anticipatory bail petitions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court of the Sirsa-based Dera ‘Sacha Suada’ manager and a follower in local murder case of a journalist, who had exposed the illegal activities of the Dera activists and its leaders, including their sexual misdeeds, according to Mr Grewal.

The human rights NGO has also urged the CBI, investigating and prosecuting agency in this case, not to show any leniency to these murderers and urged the journalist organizations to stand by the relatives of the victim journalist.



Strengthen ties between Punjab, Canada: Jong
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 8
The Canadian delegation led by Michaal De Jong, Minister for Labour and Citizen Services and House Leader, Government of British Columbia, Canada, left for Canada today after meeting Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University etc to explore the possibilities of agreement in the fields of education, investment and labour between Punjab and British Columbia.

While addressing a press conference at the residence of Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, National General Secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, Mr Moe Gill, a member of the Canadian delegation, said that he had come back to his motherland from Canada after 37 years hoping that Canada and Punjab have a unique relations which can be strengthened through trade.

Mr Moe Gill said he was proud to be the first Punjabi Police Commissioner of Abbotsford city. He is also the first Punjabi NRI who won four consecutive elections as Abbotsford Councillor. He said that despite becoming millionaires roots of Punjabis are in Punjab.

He further said that the Punjab Government wanted the NRIs to invest in Punjab. This is possible only if the Punjab Government removed hurdles and improve the system, which did not suit the people living abroad.

Mr Moe Gill demanded that the facilities for investment should be on a par with those available in the developed countries.

The members of the delegation told the media that many doctors, engineers and nurses, whose qualification did not match the standards of Canada, were working as taxi drivers and labourers. The delegation met the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University at Chandigarh in this regard. They have also suggested to the Chief Minister, Punjab, to sign an educational agreement between Panjab University and University of British Columbia.



Youth commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Fed up with the alleged exorbitant interest charged by a Tibba road based financier, a youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the hook of a roof in Lakkar Bazar here today afternoon.

The youth Vipin Kumar has stated in his suicide note that the alleged financier had lended him Rs 15,000 some while ago. The amount multiplied due to the exorbitant interest charged by the lender.

The youth also claimed that he had returned more than the loan to the financier but was still under debt. He stated he could not take the harassment further and have decided to end his life.

The youth worked in a shop in the Lakkar Bazar where he hanged himself during the lunch hour when he was alone in the shop.



Man shoots self
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 8
Kulwant Singh, a resident of Daheru village, shot himself today.

According to the police, Kulwant bolted himself in a room before shooting himself. The body was handed over to the family members after conducting the post-mortem examination.

According to the police, the victim was suffering from depression for the past five years due to some illness.



NRIs urged to contribute for development
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Non-resident Indians (NRIs) have been urged to contribute for development projects at their native villages in the district and avail themselves of a 50 per cent matching grant from the Punjab Government.

The call was made by Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma during a function at Kakowal village, 10 km from here, today before laying the foundation stone of an all-round development project, to be executed by NRIs and villagers, who had raised Rs 21 lakh.

He said all departments would be directed to cooperate and the sanctions required would be given.

Under the scheme, a vast range of projects, including infrastructure, renewal energy and creation of job-oriented training courses, could be taken up.

The NRI Department had prepared a panel of certified engineers and estimates submitted by NRIs would be cross-checked by certified engineers.

The scheme had been prepared to encourage the flow of funds from overseas into rural areas.



State of Political Parties
Ludhianvis ready to teach Congress a lesson
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, February 8
As the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha are approaching political parties have started gearing up for the same and the process for the reorganisation of the parties has started. The Congress, which is the ruling party of Punjab in Ludhiana, is a divided house and is in a disarray. The District Congress Committee (Urban), which was reorganised by Mr H.S. Hanspal during his tenure as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress, has remained an unorganised unit. The president of the DCC (Urban), Mr Jagmohan Sharma, who was appointed president by Mr Hanspal, has since disbanded the working committee and other units and has not been able to reorganise the same.

Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, who succeeded Mr Hanspal, announced that he would reorganise the District Congress Committee (Urban) shortly but now many months have passed and he has not taken any steps in this regard so far.

Ludhiana city has four Vidhan Sabha segments and all the four are held by the Congress. All the four Congress legislators of the city are in the Punjab Cabinet namely Mr Harnam Das Johar, Mr Rakesh Pandey, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, and Mr Surinder Dawar as Parliamentary Secretary. Even the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has majority of the councillors from the Congress, and the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are also from the Congress. But there is no cohesion among them and they are divided into different groups.... with the result Ludhianvis are suffering. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation claims to have done many good things for the town but the residents are not at all satisfied.

The residents of Ludhiana seem to be determined to teach a lesson to Congressmen in the Vidhan Sabha elections.

There are a number of aspirants for the post of the District Congress Committee (Urban) president and they include Mr Parminder Mehta, secretary, PPCC, Mr Ramesh Joshi, Mr Pawan Dewan and Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka. Only Mr Dullo knows when he will reorganise the DCC (Urban) .

Ludhiana (east) Vidhan Sabha is represented by Mr Surinder Dawar, who is a Parliamentary Secretary of Punjab and was elected to the Vidhan Sabha for the first time after defeating Mr Satpaul Gosain, a veteran BJP leader, and a ‘fighter for the cause of downtrodden.’

Mr Dawar is the only Congress legislator who is visible in the town and has nursed his constituency very well. He is again likely to get the Congress ticket.

Mr Rakesh Pandey represents the Ludhiana (north) constituency and he has been returned to the Vidhan Sabha thrice, thanks to the sacrifice of his father, Mr Joginderpaul Pandey who was gunned down by the militants.

Mr Pandey is not very visible in his constituency and remains all of from the city activities. The general impression about him is that he is not interested in the development of the town.

Besides Mr Pandey Mr Parminder Mehta, Mr Madan Lal Bagga and Mr Jai Parkash are the candidates for the Congress ticket from this segment. Mr Harnamdas Johar, Education Minister, represents the Ludhiana west segment and he is now busy in building his son for the next election. He has grown old and remains in controversy with the Mayor of the Municipal Corporation and other officers of the Municipal Corporation. Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi who is a Chief Parliamentary Secretary, was elected from Ludhiana rural segment. He has also nursed his constituency and tries to remain in controversy at the higher level.

The District Congress Committee (rural) is headed by Mr Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, who is a non-controversial person. He was elected from Raikot Vidhan Sabha segment in 1997 and is again a candidate for the Congress ticket. He is also keen on contesting from Ludhiana west seat. He keeps the Congress workers busy by organising some functions. Samrala seat is also held by Congress legislator Amrik Singh Dhillon, liquor king, who is quite popular in the area and is sure to get the ticket again this time.

Payal is represented by Mr Tej Parkash Singh, son of late Mr Beant Singh, Mr Tej Parkash Singh keeps a low profile and his son Gurkirat Singh is looking after the constituency. Mr Gurkirat Singh is also a candidate for the presidentship of the Punjab Youth Congress. He can also be a candidate for the congress ticket if his father decides not to seek relection.

Khanna (Reserve) is held by Mrs Dullo, wife of the PPCC president, and she will have no difficulty in getting the ticket. Kila Raipur Vidhan Sabha is an Akali stronghold.

Mr Manish Tiwari is another leader of the congress who claims to be a native of district but the Ludhianvis do not recognise this fact as he is settled in Delhi and is the secretary of the All-India Congress Committee. He had contested the Lok Sabha election in 2004 and was defeated by the Akali Dal nominee, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon by a big margin.



Get a unique gift for your Valentine
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, February 8
Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. All romantics at heart, both young and old, married and singles, students and working men and women, are looking for special gifts to give it to their loved ones on Valentine — a day reserved to celebrate love.

Nitika is very excited to have found a unique gift this year for her loved one. As she is fond of flowers while she was at a nursery, she discovered that the nursery had stocked a very unusual plant. She said excitedly, “I have bought a tin can of some kind of a bean. The plant is inside the can which is like a cheese tin with a lid; I have started watering it from today as instructed. On Valentine’s Day three to four leaves will come up and, guess what, one leave will have “I love you” written on it. I am very eager for this unusual phenomenon to happen and to see the surprise on my boyfriend’s face. He will be astonished. I believe such kinds of plants are being imported. Yes, you have guessed it right, it has come from China”.

Ms Neelam Kapur of Technocare Nursery says, “We are trying to bring in the concept of gifting potted plants as gifts as cut flowers cost a lot and wither away in a few days whereas plants whose roots are treated and buried in layers of multi coloured chips , that require a little maintenance, survive for a long time. Similarly we are buying very attractive shallow glass containers and put succulent plants that can be put on window sills of any room. Plants in terrarium bottles look very nice. We cover fancy glass containers with cling wrap and the plants inside need no maintenance as micro environment inside takes care of the plant.”

Thanks to the efforts and imagination of nursery owners and florists, potted plants of colourful flowers like Ponsitta, Petunia, Geranium etc are scoring over cut flowers.

Shalu who has been married for past 10 years, says, “Every year, I give my wife a dozen red roses on the day, but this Valentine I will gift her colourful variegated Petunia plants. We will both water them and take care of them and nurture our love too, like delicate plants. I find the idea of giving plants as gifts very appealing. Imagine a gift that lives with you and gives you joy”.

The idea of plants as gifts is fast catching up but younger people are still looking for more exciting personal gifts like perfumes, wrist watches, pieces of jewellery etc.



She plans to serve the aged
Mahesh Sharma

Paramjit Kaur
Paramjit Kaur

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Ms Paramjit Kaur, one of the four daughters of a retired school headmaster of Pohir village, feels proud of her father, who instead of adopting a boy, has brought her up as a son.

Peeved at the neglected behaviour of a large number of sons towards their parents, she has made up her mind to work for an old age home.

She says all members of her family have been baptised and girls wear ‘keshki’.

She has done a diploma course in computer science after her graduation.

Showing concern over gender bias, Paramjit says daughters care more for their parents than sons.

“If the money spent on celebrating the birth and first Lohri of a son is invested wisely, it is sufficient to marry a daughter,” asserts Paramjit.

She plans to look after her parents and work for the welfare of old people of the area.



Foundation stone of temple laid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
The foundation stone of the Nav Greh Shanti Temple at GK Estate here was today laid by Mr Gulshan Kumar, the builder of the estate.

Talking to the media, Mr Kumar said, “My family is building the temple. We will put up a 60 ft tall idol of Lord Shiva on a specially designed small mountain. I had seen such a temple in Banglore sometime ago and I was desirous of constructing a similar one in Ludhiana”.

The temple will be unique as all four Dhams in Hindu mythology will be worshiped in the temple.

He said no money would be collected from anyone for the construction of the temple. Langar will be served to the devotees. Pandit Gopi Ram Sharma of GK Estate said they were happy that such a temple was coming up in the colony and he would love to serve it.



BDO staff observe strike
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 8
On the call given by the Joint Action Committee of the Panchayati Raj Institutions, the BDO staff here proceeded on strike against the alleged atrocities committed by the Vigilance Department.

All staff members of the BDO office, Panchayati SDO and clerical staff observed full day strike, causing inconvenience to the general public who came for their routine work.

The employees sat on dharna in front of the BDO office and the speakers said the Vigilance Bureau had implicated many sarpanches and employees in false cases. Due to the high handedness of the VB all development works had come to stand still, they alleged.

Tributes paid

Rich tributes were paid to Omvetti Khullar, a well-known social worker of the Samrala area at Durga Mandir here today.

She had seved the society in providing education and solemnising marriages of poor and Dalits. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Mr Jasbir Singh Dhillon, president of the nagar council, Mr Rajwinder Mangat, president of the local BJP were among others present on the occasion.



Irked over VB raids, Panchayat Dept staff go on strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The recent Vigilance action against a number of government officials seemed to have ruffled many a feathers with the Panchayati Raj Institution Union of Ludhiana district deciding to stop all development work till the Vigilance was reined in.

The union and different associations of the department held a pen down strike in all the 12 blocks of Ludhiana district against the registration of corruption cases against some of the employees of the Panchayat Department.

A press note of the union alleged that the Vigilance is unduly acting, registering cases and implicating PRI nominees and employees in false cases for the last four years.

The PRI union demanded that the state government should have issued a notification to prevent the Vigilance Department from taking action against the PRIs . The Union said that the Panchayati department has the provision of conducting a departmental inquiry regarding the allegations.

The PRI Union has further reiterated that till the time their demands are met, they will keep all development works suspended and sarpanches won't accept any grant given by the government for any development works.



Nickel thefts give industry sleepless nights
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Rise in number of nickel theft cases is giving the local industry sleepless nights. Blaming the police for inaction, industry representatives have demanded that security cover be increased in focal points and industrial areas and a CBI inquiry be conducted in the previous theft cases.

“Nickel is a high-value metal, costing around Rs 800 per kilogram, and forms a substantial part of cost of production. Nickel thefts not only add to industries’ worries in terms of absence of security, but also amount to major losses,” say industrialists. Industrialists say increased number of nickel theft cases came to light in October 2004 and the police failed to control them, as a result of which thefts have continued since then. Over 500 units in areas like Focal Point and Giaspura here are feeling threatened on account of rise in number of such thefts.

While daily usage of a small unit varies between 5 and 10 kilogram, of a medium unit is around 50 kilograms, it is several tonnes in case of large industrial units. In the cases that came to light, thieves loaded the metal in autorickshaws and even mini-trucks. “There are no night shifts in our factories due to which there are only two or three guards on duty. In theft incidents, over 10 people came together and one or two guards on duty could not fight them.” Upset over the issue, the industry also took up the matter several times with the police and the administration. The police, say industrialists, asked them to adopt several security measures like building security rooms and giving mobile phones to guards.

“It is not possible for small units to invest in building special security rooms. Many units do not even have the space. It is only the police who can control the situation. They should deploy PCR vans in these areas,” said Mr Joginder Kumar, president, Ludhiana Electroplates Association. Industrialists allege that in cases where the police managed to catch hold of a few thieves, the nickel recovered never reached industrialists. They said in such cases neither did affected industrialists get certificates of no recovery nor did they get the stolen metal back. “They suffered as they could not even claim insurance. The situation is adding to industry’s woes & there is a dire need to control it,” said industrialists.



Newborn girl found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A newly born baby girl was found abandoned near a drain on the Mullanpur-Humbran road near Bhattian village, 4 km from Mullanpur Dakha, today raising once again the issue of unwanted female children in the state. The child was admitted to the DMC hospital here.

The baby was spotted by some women who were collecting fuel near the drain. They heard the cries of the baby and found covered by dry leaves.

The women got in touch with the Mullanpur Mandi Welfare Association. The child was taken to the Pahwa Hospital.

Doctors said the baby was premature one and needed urgent care in a city hospital. The doctors doubted that this delivery could be because of the predetermination sex test, where the parents were not ready to accept the girl child.

The police also suspected that the baby could have been born out of wedlock.

Ms Jasvir Kaur of the SJG International Foundation, Talwandi Khurd, had adopted the child in the name of the foundation and took the child to the DMC in the evening.



Two killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Two persons, including a migrant labourer, died when their motor cycle was hit by a speeding car near Kup Kalan village here last night. The police has registered a case under Section 279 and 304A of the IPC against the unidentified driver of the car.

Paramjit Singh (41), son of Bachiter Singh, a farmer of Aihan Kheri village and his farm labourer Veera Lal (32), were hurt seriously when the motor cycle they were riding was hit by a Maruti car coming from opposite direction near Kup Kalan village on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, where they succumbed to their injuries today morning.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the victims were going from Ahmedgarh side to their village. While they were trying to overtake some vehicle, the speeding car coming from Malerkotla side hit the motor cycle.

Though the car fled the scene under the garb of darkness, it was later known that it bore a temporary number DL-04 CB 2091.



Motor cycle thief nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The CIA Wing-II has claimed to have nabbed a youth who has been stealing vehicles to buy drugs. Two stolen motorcycles have been recovered from his possession.

Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh Tiwana, incharge CIA Wing-II told media-persons that the youth Pardeep Singh Grewal was a resident of Gill village. He was a matriculate and belonged to a poor family. He had taken to being drugs early in his life.

The two motor cycles recovered from him have the registration numbers PB-10 AW 0120 and PB 10 AT 3926. The police was questioning the accused further to know about the activities of more such gangs.



Man convicted for possessing unlicensed pistol
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
The Judicial Magistrate, Mr K. K. Singla, sentenced Ajmer Singh of Hambran village to one and a half year rigorous imprisonment on the charge of possessing an unlicensed country-made pistol. He was also directed to pay fine of Rs 500.

The accused was booked under Section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Hambran police station in year 2000 after he was apprehended with a country made .32 bore pistol alongwith one live cartridge in his possession.



1 killed, two hurt in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
Tejinder Singh of Agwar Gujjran village, Jagraon, was killed and his brother-in-law Charanjit Singh and Amardeep Singh, a resident of Jagraon, were injured last night when a truck without registration number hit the motor cycle they were riding near Nanaksar, near here.

The truck driver managed to flee leaving the truck behind. The police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC. The injured were admitted to the civil hospital.



Cell phone snatched

Ludhiana, February 8
Three unidentified persons snatched the cell phone and cash worth Rs 3100 from Gurdip Singh of Swaddi Kalan village. The police has registered a case under Section 382 of the IPC. No arrest has been made. OC



‘Spare industrial feeders for industry’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Representatives of industry operating in industrial areas A and B and the Industrial Estate said today they were facing electricity shortage as power supply to these areas was being diverted for residential purposes.

“The government had set up these areas in 1950s to promote industry and these were not residential areas. Hence, feeders from where power was supplied were used only for industrial purposes. Later, some houses too came up and even domestic consumers were supplied power from industrial feeders. As a result, there was extra load on industrial feeders and the industry had been facing problems,” said Mr Joginder Kumar, president, The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, while addressing a press conference here today.

He said domestic consumers should be supplied power from separate feeders and industrial feeders be used for industrial purposes without any restriction of 90 per cent industrial load.

“To monitor maximum demand, the PSEB has already installed a kvah meter on large supply consumers. There is no justification in charging ACD and service connection charges,” the association said.

The members of the association demanded that large supply consumers be allowed to extend their loads up to any extent without any limit. “That would avoid unnecessary harassment to consumers,” Mr Kumar said.

The association also demanded that small power consumers be supplied electricity on a par with agricultural consumers.

Mr Chhaiber Singh and Mr Ashok Gupta, vice-president and general secretary of the association, were also present on the occasion.



Biz Clips

ORACLE: Oracle India has tied up with several banks for business applications space. The company said in a press note issued here on Tuesday that it had forged a tie-up with Andhra Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, DSP Merill Lynch, HDFC Bank, Indian Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Ltd, Karnataka Bank, Punjab National Bank, Saraswat Bank, UTI Bank and Yes Bank. “This tie-up is in the field of business applications space, which has been a key focus area for Oracle in India and the Asia-Pacific over the last few months. We would integrate and automate business systems, help reduce total cost of ownership and create a single, global view of their business operations,” the company said. — TNS

CICU: The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has hailed Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Parkash Singh Badal’s statement regarding setting up of statutory state development boards for small and medium enterprises. Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, CICU, said: “Mr Badal promised to constitute 11-member committees for each small, medium and large scale sectors headed by industrialists. The step would give industry a platform to voice its problems and implement solutions.” — TNS


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