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Blind murder case solved, 6 arrested
Our Correspondent

File photo: Santosh Rani
File photo: Santosh Rani

Machhiwara, April 1
The Machhiwara police today claimed to have solved the blind murder case of an old woman Santosh Rani of the local Krishna Puri Mohalla by apprehending Sooraj Sharma, a neighbour of the deceased, along with his five associates. The six had also allegedly looted Rs 70,000 from a bank agent Arun Kishore near Dusehra Ground on the evening of December 31.

The police said that cash and gold lying in the woman's residence had become the cause of her death. The woman used to lend money on interest. A few days ago she was returned Rs 30,000 by Sanjeev Kumar, a grocer, about which Jagpaul Singh, alias Jagga, knew.

During search operations, SHO Machhiwara intercepted Joginder Singh, who lives on the Gaushala road and Surinder Kumar yesterday. On being interrogated, both arrested youngsters confessed that they along with Sooraj Sharma, Dhawan Bhatti, a resident of Banga, and Ashwani Kumar of Masanda Mohalla, had planned and executed the murder and looting.

They had landed at the woman's house with the help of a rope. As Sooraj was widow's neighbour, she immediately recognised him. She was murdered with the help of swords.

The Machhiwara police said that on being interrogated, Joginder Singh revealed how the bank agent was robbed. Those who robbed the bank agent included Joginder Singh, Surinder Paul, alias Baba, a resident of the Ghurka police station Gurayan , Ranbir Singh, alias Beera, Mandeep Singh, alias Ninder, and Nindi.

The police has arrested Dhawan Bhatti, Surinder Kumar, Joginder Singh, Jagpaul Singh, Sooraj Sharma and Ashwani Kumar under Sections 302, 460 and 120-B of the IPC.

They were produced in the court of Magistrate Navjot Kaur Sohal by the police to get police remand.



Naukri.com enters Middle-East market
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
Naukri.com has entered the Middle- East market with its latest online venture — Naukri Gulf. The new job site has been launched to serve both recruiters and jobseekers in the Middle-East region. With this the company expects to provide manpower from India to Middle-East countries in a major way.

As a special launch offer, recruiters in the Middle-East are being offered 100 job postings free of cost on the new edition. The first international office of Naukri.com has also come up in Dubai.

The job size market in the Middle- East is estimated at $ 10 million and is one of the most lucrative job markets globally . Consistent and rapid growth in this market has resulted in thousands of new jobs every year. As a result, the Middle-East has a constant demand for skilled manpower despite the presence of domestic and foreign professionals.

According to Mr Sanjeev Bikhchandani, CEO, Naukri.com, “Naukri.com has been servicing this market for the past four years and has gained valuable insight into the market, clients and job seekers. The Middle- East recruitment market is growing at a fast pace and with its entry into this region Naukri.com will be able to not merely provide manpower from India but also provide them with local talent. This entry will enable Naukri.com to provide end-to-end solutions.”

Naukri.com’s foray into the Middle- East is an attempt to provide the recruiters in this region with the right candidates for the vacancies at their end. At the same time the effort will also be to provide relevant job opportunities to candidates in that region.

Naukri Gulf will target jobs in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other countries of the region.



Sewage overflows in Transport Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
Streets in Transport Nagar, falling in the Zone-B of the local Municipal Corporation, have been overflowing with sewage.

Shopkeepers and traders in the area have threatened that they would come out on the streets to protest against the problem which is persisting for the past 10 days.

They said that they would stop paying taxes to the local body if it failed to come forward to redress their grievance.

‘‘Whenever we go to meet the officials, they assure us that something would be done by tomorrow. When we come back, they sleep over it, ’’ said Ranjeet Singh, a shopkeeper. They said that they had staged a dharna in the area yesterday and raised slogans against the local body. But nothing was done to rectify the snag.

The flooded area was badly stinking today and there was no drainage of water. ‘‘It is happening here for so many days. Maybe the MC is waiting for some outbreak of a disease. Otherwise why would they not do something about it? they asked.

“Summers are approaching and the weather has already started getting warmer. A number of mosquitoes are already breeding in the stagnant water. But they do not listen. Now we will not pay any taxes to the MC. When we do not get basic amenities, why should we pay for it?’’

Shopkeepers said that they feared that the logged water would start getting mixed with drinking water at some place. There may be some cracks in drinking water pipes and the intermittent water supply would facilitate the mixing, they feared.



Villagers pool resources, manpower to build bridge
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Kanya Hussaini (Jagraon), April 1
Undaunted spirits of residents of nearly 25 villages along the Sutlej in Jagraon subdivision has led them to construct a bridge over the Jassowal drain.

The residents had been demanding the construction of the bridge ever since the drain was constructed in 1954. The bridge was necessary because the villagers had to travel 20 to 25 km to reach their fields.

The villages that will get benefit from the bridge include Kanya Hussaini, Sherewal, Baghian, Bahadar Ke, Mand Tihara, Subhajpur, Patti Multani, Kaker, Parjian Biharipur, Khurshedpura, Hujra and Bhaini Gujran.

The government had not carried out much development work in these villages though certain foundation stones can be seen there. One such foundation stone stands just near the bridge on the Kanya Hussaini-Sherewal road.

The stone claims that former Akali MP Amrik Singh Aliwal had donated Rs 1 lakh for the construction of the bridge.

Despite a number of representations to the Chief Minister and the district administration, no financial help had come from the government. A deputation of the villagers had also met the PPCC President, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, in this regard.

Finally, the villagers pooled resources last year to construct the bridge but they failed in their attempt. Another two attempts also met the same fate. Then helped by Akali Dal MLA Bhag Singh Malah, the villagers constructed the bridge last month.

The MLA had also raised the matter in the Assembly but was given a cold-shoulder response by the government.

“We would pool more resources to further strengthen the bridge,” said ex-sarpanch Prem Singh, while expressing disappointment at the indifferent attitude of the government.

He had spent over Rs 2 lakh for the construction of the bridge.



Bogus votes, bounced cheques in club poll alleged
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
With the new team of elected office- bearers of the Satluj Club taking charge, some of the losing candidates have raised the issue of alleged bogus votes during the elections held on March 26. The candidates have alleged that some people cast bogus votes of the absentee members who neither visited the club nor had cleared their dues.

It is being alleged that some of the members reportedly cleared the pending dues of the absentee members by way of cheques with a clear intention to ensure that these were not honoured. The payments were reportedly made through the cheques. Some of these cheques were dishonoured and have been returned to the club.

Supporters of some of the members allegedly figured out the list of absentee members who rarely visited the club or were out of station on that particular day. Their dues were reportedly cleared by payment through cheques. No member is issued the vote as long as his or her dues are not cleared. The last-minute payments are necessarily to be made through cash as there is no guarantee of the cheques getting cleared.

While some payments, where the dues were not much, were made through cash, the heavy payments were made through the cheques apparently with a clear and sole motive of getting the vote issued without meaning to clear the dues. As the result, a number of dishonoured cheques has piled up in the club.

Some of the losing candidates today said they would bring the issue to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, who is also the ex-officio president of the club, and urge him to institute an inquiry into the matter and verify whether all those members whose dues were cleared on the last day were really present in the club or not. They also asked how did the club accept the cheques at the last minute as the dues had to be cleared in cash only.



His endeavour cost him his life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
His endeavour to help his friends to get rid of drugs cost him his life.

Amrik Singh Shunty, a youth, was murdered allegedly by his friends two days ago when they learnt that Shunty had started telling their parents about their habit of addiction.

Having solved the murder case, the Shimla Puri police today arrested two of his friends, Kiranpal Singh Mundian and Jasbir Singh Sonu.

Addressing mediapersons, the SP City (II), Mr Kuldip Singh, said the third suspect, Ranjit Singh Mundian, is still absconding.

Shunty was found brutally murdered with the help of a sharp-edged weapon. The body was recovered on March 30.



Murderous attack

Ludhiana, April 1
Alert neighbours of a hosiery industrialist of New Shiv Puri, Satish Bajaj (37), saved his life from a murderous attack that was launched on him by his former workers, who allegedly owed him some money. TNS



Investors discuss formation of body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
With a view to explore possibilities of forming an association of investors in the region, the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) today conducted a meeting of investors at its Investors’ Service Cell here.

As many as 35 investors attended the meeting. Addressing the participants, Mr H.S. Sidhu, executive director, LSE, said to form an association a minimum of 100 investors were needed to get together. Besides, the association would have to be in existence for at least three years to become eligible for registration. He also touched upon other modalities regarding the formation of the association.

Mr J.S. Arneja, in charge, investor education, informed the gathering about the initiative regarding which the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had advised the LSE to form an association.

Mr Arneja said the stock exchange, as per SEBI directions, had been actively conducting investor awareness programmes. Now, it intended to form an association for the benefit of investors in this region. The region presently did not have any such association, he said.

Calling upon the investors to come together and unite for the purpose, Mr Arneja said such an association would go a long way towards promoting investors’ welfare.


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