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MC stops petrol station work 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
After getting brickbats from the local residents on failing to act against building bylaws violators, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has stopped the construction of a petrol filling station flouting bylaws in Udham Singh Nagar here.

A team of MC officials led by Balkar Singh Brar, Senior Town Planner visited the site last evening and got the work on it stopped immediately. The owner of petrol pump had not allegedly got the building site approved from the MC.

The filling station of BPCL was being constructed clandestinely after raising a high boundary wall so that the activity could not be seen from outside. Some residents in the neighbourhood although complained against the construction to the MC officials who visited the site and got it stopped.

After the officials had left, the construction started again late last evening. The workers started digging to install underground oil tank at the place.

When the construction restarted, some mediapersons reached the spot. They asked the Senior Town Planner about it. Mr Brar reached the place immediately and stopped the construction again.

Residents of the area said the petrol station was being set up in the residential area and was posing a threat to their lives. They said the wall of the petrol station was lining the wall of some houses also.

‘‘If there would be some problem like fire, we all would be at risk.

We are surprised how the authorities concerned had allowed the setting up of the filling station,’’ said a resident.



Couple’s murder: police detains 2 youths
Tribune News Service

Police officials with a youth whose parents were murdered at BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday night
Police officials with a youth whose parents were murdered at BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday night. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, March 6
The city police is learnt to have detained two youths in connection with the murder of a financier-cum-spares dealer and his wife, who were brutally stabbed to death in their house in Block-E of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar late last night.

Police sources said intense questioning of the two was on and that the police was close to solving the case.

The 50-yr-old financier, Ajit Singh, and his 45-yr-old wife, Jasbir Kaur, were allegedly stabbed eight to 10 times each by two persons.

The accused fled on the financier’s scooter when a neighbourhood family raised the alarm hearing the cries of the victims.

The two accused reportedly had tea with the victims before they killed them.

The police found three empty tea cups from the drawing room of the house.

The accused seemed to have an argument later with the victims.

The police suspected that the accused and the victim had some monetary dispute.

The police said the accused used such brute force that the handle of a knife broke while the man was stabbed.

The police has also found a cheque for considerable amount that was yet to be cashed.

The deceased had two sons — one studying in 10 Class XII here and the other studying in Bangalore.



Hectic campaigning for Satluj Club poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
Although elections to the Satluj Club are around three weeks away, hectic lobbying has already begun. Considered to be one of the premium clubs of the region, its members take keen interest in the elections to various posts in the club’s body.

Originally an officers’ club, it now has a membership of over 2,500 people, most of them non-officials. Non-official members have to pay a hefty membership fee — Rs 4 lakh — besides a regular monthly subscription fee.

No wonder why lobbying has picked up with aspiring candidates trying to explore all channels to woo voters.

Even senior bureaucrats and police officers, who have served here at one time or the other, have been actively lobbying for different candidates.

Some of the local officers too are taking keen interest in these elections.

Though the official date for filing of nominations has not been declared yet, the lineup is likely to be made clear before March 13. The most sought-after posts for which hectic lobbying is seen are general secretary, bar secretary, cultural secretary and sports secretary.

One of the members, on the condition of anonymity, said supporters of various aspiring candidates had started visiting factories, houses and offices of club members.

“I am surprised that they take so much interest in club politics. Those keen on contesting the poll are hardly seen at their offices. I got a call from one of my friends (an IAS officer) from Chandigarh to support a particular candidate and his team in the Satluj Club elections on March 26,” he said.



Fraud in sale of car; three booked
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 6
The Samrala police has registered a case against Satwinder Singh of Chugha village in Ferozepur district, Mohan Lal of Urban Estate, Dugri, Ludhiana, and owners of a finance company on the complaint of Gurjit Singh of Manki village, after an inquiry by DSP Sushil Kumar.

According to information, Gurjit purchased a Maruti Zen (PB05 J 6215) from Mohan Lal for Rs 2.80 lakh and handed down Rs 2 lakh retaining Rs 80,000 to be paid on completion of transfer formalities.

The registration papers indicated Satwinder Singh as owner and Mohan Lal introduced a person as Satwinder at the time of the purchase. The page indicating the hypothecation arrangements was torn out. The balance amount was also paid after some time.

After a few days, Gurjit visited Mohan Lal at his shop number 9, Gian Singh Rarewala Market, Ludhiana, where he came across another person who confirmed himself to be Satwinder Singh, the actual owner of the car .He said arrears of Rs 1.20 lakh was still to be paid to its financers. When this problem was pointed out to Mohan, he promised to pay the dues and get the clearance. But he never did.

As per the findings of the DSP, Satwinder and the financers were the co-partners in the deal.



Pre-arrest bail refused in forgery case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Satvinder Singh, has dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Santokh Raj accused of getting a sale deed registered in his favour by producing one Bhagwan Dass in place of his dead father Bachna Ram.

The court also declined the bail application filed by Bhagwan Dass, Mohan Singh of Dugri Village, Jasbir Singh Nambardar of Haibowal Kalan, with the observation that all the applicants with common intention had committed forgery.

The case was registered on the complaint of Parkash, brother of accused-Santokh Raj at Division No: 5 police station under Section 420, 467, 468, 471, 474 and 120-B of the IPC on February 18, 2006.

According to prosecution, Bachna Ram(since deceased) along with his four sons, was the owner of a plot measuring 600 square yards, which they had purchased in July 1991.He expired on April 13, 2000. After his death accused Santokh Raj misrepresented one Bhagwan Dass as his father in August 2005 and got registered one sale deed in his favour. 



CAs to protest imposition of service tax
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
Expressing serious concern over the government decision to slap service tax on chartered accountants, which will affect more than 1.3 lakh professionals, the local branch of the Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has decided to hold a protest on March 8 at the office of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax here. The practising CAs will also abstain from work on that day as a token of protest.

In a joint statement here today, Kawitansh Khanna, president and Gagandeep Singh, secretary of the association said the withdrawal of exemption granted to the CAs had caused widespread concern among the practising chartered accountants in relation to the taxation and legal services provided by them.

They said the government decision was discriminatory against them.

They observed that the exemption was granted to CAs from levy of service tax after much deliberations and to follow the principles of equality. Hence the government had acted in a rash and irrational manner in withdrawal of the exemption and bringing CA s under the ambit of service tax.



Third front is a matter of time: Ramoowalia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Lok Bhalai Party leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia today claimed that the third front in Punjab was only a matter of time as all formalities had almost been completed. He said negotiations were already going on among the non-Congress and non-Akali-BJP groups and there was a general consensus among everybody that people of Punjab "deserved" a better option.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Ramoowalia, however, refused to give details about the parties and leaders he was in touch, but maintained that all were "non-Congress and non-Akalis".

He claimed that the people of the state were fed up as the Congress and the Akalis had ruled the state in regular succession and had broken each other's records in corruption.

The party leader was critical of the Congress government in the state alleging that it was being run by "various mafias like the liquor mafia, the land mafia, the travel agent mafia and the criminal mafia". He said people of the state were feeling no better than they would during the Akali rule. "They have proved to be the two sides of a same coin", he remarked. 



Coordination can curb crime: DIG
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 6
DIG Patiala B.K. Bhamwra has claimed that enhanced coordination among GOs would yield positive results in containing some gangs of robbers that had been active in the area for past couple of years.

The police would explore possibilities of revamping the existing force by providing modern gadgets instead of increasing the number of personnel, he maintained.

Talking with Ludhiana Tribune after convening a meeting of police officers of the area, Mr Bhamwra said he had coordinated GOs of at least five police districts.

“As the areas proximal to inter-district boundaries were prone to attacks by gangsters, we have enhanced coordination by arranging meetings of GOs from various police districts so that immediate and coordinated action was taken after any mishap,” said Mr Bhamwra.

On the outcome of a meeting of SPs (D) from Sangrur, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Moga and Barnala, convened recently by him, Mr Bhamwra said the interaction had resulted in better and personalised coordination.

“Though they had been coordinating earlier also, the recent meeting had revitalised enthusiasm among them,” he said.

On the issue of increasing the number of personnel, he said: “At the moment we have decided to exploit the potential of existing force by providing modern gadgets.”

He directed SP (D) Surjit Singh Grewal and DSP Rachhpal Singh to create awareness residents of the area to get the antecedents of their servants and tenets verified through the police. 



Signs of smack addiction
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 6
Punjabi youth in thousands have become smack addicts.
It is only after parents find burnt silver foils , money missing from their wallets, bags and locked almirahs, they learn that their wards have turned into smack addicts, says city-based de-addiction expert Dr Rajeev Gupta.

Once the parents witness tell-tale signs like change in behavior, arrogance, disturbed sleep, loss of weight, burn marks on fingers, blackened gums and lips, volatile and violent temperament, picking fights, change in eating habits, bunking school or college, poor grades, appearance of black soot deposits in books, clothes and rooms, increase in demand for pocket money, strange friend circle, loss of expensive personal or household articles, frequent mood fluctuations and disappearance among their children, they should, first and foremost, suspect as drug addiction being the cause of all these symptoms.

One gram of smack costs above Rs 500 and it takes just three to four doses of smack to get hooked to it. Its regular user easily consumes one to three grams of smack every day.

No wonder its regular users get financially ruined or turn to petty crimes to make money or start procuring smack from outside and turn to small time sellers themselves.

According to Dr Gupta, smack addicts did not have a normal life span. A good number of them die prematurely after few years of its use. Death could result from its overdose or an anaphylactic shock. Its regular use brought out a complete transformation in one's character and personality. Use of smack over a period often led to repeated hospitalization and many of the addicts could not be managed at home.

In case the addict fails to get smack, he experiences severe body aches, vomiting, loss of sleep, diarrohea, pain in abdomen, restlessness, violence, self-destructive tendency, jerks or unconsciousness Most addicts suffer from severe malnutrition and nutritional deficiency syndromes, which makes them prone to tuberculosis. Smack use also results clouding of judgment, which could cause accidents.

The smack addiction, he added, leads to impotence and divorces. 



In the footsteps of Max Muller
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Continuing with the tradition set by famous philologist Max Muller, three German students are currently only a tour of Punjab.
They are here to study the Hindu and Sikh cultures. Oliver Wulff, Lukar Saar and Andrea Zeising are all post-graduate students of history in the University of Frankfurt-Main.

There are here under the guidance of Dr S.K. Sikand, Professor and Head, Department of Oversees Cultural Studies in the university.

On their second visit to Punjab, they were felicitated at a simple but impressive function today. The function was presided over by Mayor Nahar Singh Gill and attended among others by local MLA Milkiat Singh Dakha and senior deputy advocate general, Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu.

Interacting with the media, the students said there was a growing interest among the Germans about India with special emphasis on Hinduism and Sikhism.

There are a number of Hindus and Sikhs from India settled in Germany.

Besides, Germans had always evinced keen interest in India since both nations traced their roots to the Aryan identity.

They said Max Muller was among the pioneers to explode various myths about India and Hinduism.

After their visit to different places, including important religions centres, the students said they were impressed with the Hindu and Sikh cultures.

They also visited several important centres of learning, including Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

They said they would visit the city again to learn more about it as there was too much to learn about India, Hinduism and Sikhism.

Tomorrow they would visit the historic Gurdwara at Machhiwara, where Guru Gobind Singh was treacherously martyred.

Dr Sikand, who was leading the students, observed that there was a greater scope of interaction between the students of two countries.

He said people in Germany had a lot of curiosity about the Indian culture and its various aspects.

Sikh history had a special attraction for the Germans, he said.

He thanked Mr Gill, Mr Dakha and Mr Sandhu for according honour to the students.

“This is one of the reasons why people there are so keen to learn about this land,” Dr Sikand remarked.



Bharti introduces set-top boxes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Bharti Teletech has introduced direct-to-home (DTH) digital set-top box (STB) in India under the brand name of Beetel.
A company press note issue today said the latest model, SD 98, would be a boon to the segment of people who do not have access to cable connections. Priced at Rs 2,095 , the model allows viewing of all free-to-air (FTA) channels.

Beetel DTH set-top box provides facilities of multi-language support, lightning arrestor, in-built stabiliser, digital picture quality, zoom facility and channel editing functions.

The device has the ability to stand voltage fluctuations and it can be run on battery. It has the capacity to store up to 5,000 channels, can provide network auto-search that will search automatically for a newly added transponder.

According to Mr Pawan Kapur, CEO, Bharti Teletech, “The launch of SD 98 Beetel set-top box is another initiative from Bharti Teletech to offer cutting-edge products to consumers.”


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