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Six held for jeweller’s murder
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
It was a gang of eight, including two women, that had scripted the sensational Rajesh jeweller murder case. The gang hoped to make millions from the sale of the stolen gold and silver jewellery.

Stating this at a press conference here this evening, DIG Parag Jain and SSP A.S. Rai said six of the accused, including five men and a 50-year-old woman, had been arrested.

The prime accused, Pooja, alias Neeru, a woman employee with the jeweller, however, was yet to be arrested. Another key accused, Rajiv Kumar, was also at large.

A police team led by the SP (Detective), Mr Gurpreet Singh, missed the duo when they raided a hotel in Jammu last night.

She was at the centre of the conspiracy. She had entrapped him and taken him to a rented house in Jamalpur on the night of May 14 where other gang members were waiting for them.

The girl gave the jeweller a drug-laced soft drink. He was then killed and the body was dumped near Chamkaur Sahib.

Those arrested were Rajinder Kumar, alias Jinda, Atul Kumar, Anil Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar and Vicky. The nabbed woman was Tripta Rani. She is the mother of the absconding accused, Rajiv Kumar.

While all others have been charged with the murder of the jeweller, the charges against Tripta Rani are that she harboured the accused and helped them in destroying the evidence.

Rajesh, 34, had gone missing on May 13 with a woman employee of his shop. His body was found in his abandoned Santro car recovered from near Chamkaur Sahib on the Neelon-Ropar road along the canal the next day.

Mr Rai said the police had recovered four kg gold jewellery and five kg silver jewellery from the arrested.

He said after killing the jeweller, the accused came to his shop with the keys and looted it.

Mr Rai said the way the gangsters committed the crime, it seemed they had a criminal history.

The police also seized five surgical gloves from the accused. A number of masks made from undergarments were also seized.

The police cracked the case by detaining the mother of the absconding girl. From her, the police came to know about the persons meeting the girl frequently. The police first nabbed Atul Kumar and Anil Kumar from near Phillaur. They led the police to the others.



Medicos burn effigy of Arjun Singh, ‘medical bandh’ today
Our Correspondent

The OPDs in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital wear a deserted look in view of medicos’ anti-reservation protests in Ludhiana on Wednesday
The OPDs in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital wear a deserted look in view of medicos’ anti-reservation protests in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 17
The agitation against the reservation policy of the government in professional courses gained further momentum today. Medical students, along with doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College, burnt an effigy of the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh. They also took out a mock funeral procession of the minister.

The protesting medical students accompanied the procession while pulling rickshaws along the entire route to depict as to what was in store for the meritorious students in the quota regime.

They blocked traffic at Dandi Swami and Fountain Chowks. At Old Courts Chowk, they formed a human chain and organised a rally The rally was addressed by functionaries of various associations of doctors, medical teachers and students.

The out-patients departments (OPDs) at the DMCH and many other institutions remained closed for the third consecutive day as 21 students from the DMCH, Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College resorted to chain fast against the reservation policy.

In the wake of a call for “medical bandh” tomorrow, activists of the DMC Teachers Association and the Youth for Equality (a body of medical students) carried out their preparations to make the protest a big success.

Representatives of the two associations claimed that several private medical institutions in the city and the local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had extended their support to the bandh.

While several other professional bodies had come out openly in support of the agitation, Dr Baldev Singh Sahota, a central body members of the IMA, Punjab, has expressed his reservation over some of the IMA functionaries giving their nod to the bandh on May 18.

Dr Sahota said in a statement that the decision of the district unit of the IMA to join the strike by medical students was “illegal” as the issue had neither been discussed in any central body of the IMA, nor the general body of the district unit had approved it.

Meanwhile, several medical professional bodies have extended their support to the ongoing agitation while rejecting the government policy on reservation in professional courses.

The Ludhiana branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) has expressed solidarity with the protesting medical students and doctors and condemned the unprovoked use of force on protesting doctors in Mumbai and Delhi.

Dr Vikas Jindal, general secretary of the IDA, said the policy introduced by the government was bound to divide society and the ruling alliance at the Centre appeared to be pursuing the “divide and rule” policy of the erstwhile British government.

Dr Bhagwant Singh, former national president of the IDA and vice-president of the Asia-Pacific Dental Federation, said the reservation policy for the OBCs was inspired by vote bank politics and ulterior motives of the ruling party.

He called for a review of the reservation policy. He also stressed the need to bring suitable changes in the policy on economic criteria and not on the basis of caste. Dr J. Bindra, president of the IDA, Ludhiana, also echoed similar views on reservation.

The district branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians (IAP) has come down heavily upon the government for repressive measures being used against agitating medical students at different places in India.

Dr R.S. Sibia, president of the IAP, said the unwarranted use of force and humiliation of the medicos had caused widespread resentment in the medical fraternity.

The All-India Integrated Medical Association, Punjab, has taken a serious note of the police lathicharge on peacefully agitating medical students and had further decided that all its members would wear black badges to register their protest against the government action.



Financial Commissioner visits DC's office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 17
Punjab Financial Commissioner (Revenue) K. K. Bhatnagar today visited the Deputy Commissioner's office and inspected various offices dealing with public in the Mini Secretariat and asked officers to give priority to expedite the work of people without any delay.

While reviewing the computerisation of the revenue offices, the Commissioner asked the administration to install cameras for the registration of sale deeds in the office of Sub–Registrars to improve the quality of the sale deeds and other documents.

Mr Bhatnagar also asked the officers to accelerate the ongoing work for the computerisation of whole revenue record and also to scan all registration deeds and other documents to create a separate record in computers, so that the computerised copies of the documents could be provided at the earliest.

He stressed the need to shift the offices of the Sub-Registerars from the basement of the building keeping in view the suffocating conditions in the offices.

The DC said the administration was planning to construct a new block in the complex for these offices.

Earlier, the Financial Commissioner was received at Circuit House by Mr Rakesh Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Ajmer Singh, ADC, Ms Anupam Kaler, Assistant Commissioner (G), Ms Amrit Gill, SDM (E), Mr M.S.Jaggi, SDM (W), Mr Inderpreet Singh Kahlon, District Revenue Officer, Mr Paramjit Singh, tehsildar (West), Mr Paramjit Singh, naib tehsildar (West), Mr Ram Singh, tehsildar (East) and Mr Kashmira Singh, DIO.



Now, movie to enhance memory
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, May 17
Seven-time winner of the Limca Book of World Records for having strongest memory, Biswaroop Roy Choudhry is coming up with a memory enhancing Hindi movie —''Yaad Rakhenge Aap''. The movie will be released in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar next month.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Roy said it was a kidnap story starring Ayesha Jhulka, Gajendra Chauhan and Paintal.

"There is so much written in our holy books about memory enhancing techniques. One needs to understand that imagination is more important than knowledge. I try to make people associate some form of imagination to the things which they need to memorise. I have written the concept and script of the movie based on memory techniques", said Biswaroop.

He said initially he used to be forgetful. "After doing my production engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, I tried to study the field of increasing memory. Now, I can recall at least 30 numerical after just a look at them", he said.



The Tribune most effective in strip ad
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
The Tribune that had earlier found maximum popularity among students has retained top position in leaving maximum impact of strip advertisement on the readers coming from all sections of society.

This was revealed during a random survey conducted by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala, recently.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, Head of the Department, said 40 per cent of the readers of leading dailies stated to have taken notice of strip advertisement in The Tribune, followed by The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and The Times of India.

Referring to analysis of a random survey in this belt of Malwa, Dr Walia claimed that the objective, unbiased and direct reporting, supplemented by credibility of the newspaper, had drawn attention of readers from the elite class.

Referring to the contents of study undertaken by Ms Dipty, a journalism student of the department, Dr Walia maintained that the strip advertisement had left more impact on the minds of men than women.

A majority of the subjects interpreted the advertisement as a tool used by the party in power to woo voters, 22.64 per cent of men readers and 31.9 per cent women readers thought that the government had been successful in spreading message of its development programmes through the novel advertisement. 



Minor accuses politician of rape
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
A minor girl of Matoi village has accused a local leader of a national political party of allegedly raping her and attempting to get her pregnancy aborted. The accused runs two private schools at Dhano and Dhaler villages.

The Malerkotla police, which has since been accused of compelling the family of the victim to arrive at a compromise with the suspect, has asserted that appropriate action will be taken against the accused.

According to a statement made by 13-year-old Anwari (name changed), daughter of Hamid Mohammad of Matoi, in the court of Ms Mandeep Pannu, a judge at Malerkotla, she was allegedly raped by Tehal Singh of the same village, about five months ago.

Khursheedan, a woman living in the neighbourhood of the victim, had felicitated the crime by allowing the accused perform the sinful act in her home. “It was about five months ago, that Tehal Singh outraged my modesty at the house of Khursheedan where I had gone to help her in household work,” Anwari said. He continued this behaviour even later by intimidating her on one pretext or the other.

Rafiq Mohammad, a close relative of the victim, said the minor girl remained in shock for all these months and could not tell anything to her parents. “It was a few days ago that girl’s mother noticed changes in her body after she complained of abdominal pain. Coming to know that her minor daughter had become pregnant, she talked to her husband and other members of the family,” said Mr Rafiq.

Friends and relatives of Tehal Singh, instead of getting him punished, prevailed upon the victim’s family to reach a compromise with him. “Though the victim’s family had compromised with their fate and decided to forgive the accused, social leaders and relatives of the girl insisted that he should be got punished,” said Mr Rafiq.

It was on Tuesday that the family sought justice at the court of Ms Pandeep Pannu, who directed the Malerkotla police to present complete report on the matter on May 19.

Mr Rachhpal Singh Hara, DSP, Malerkotla, denied that the police was in any way trying to hush up the matter. He said a case would be registered against the accused after the victim recorded her statement.

“As representatives of both parties had presented a written compromise arrived at among them, we could not initiate any action against the accused. We will take appropriate action against the guilty after the victim approaches us,” said Mr Hara.



Timely management saves woman’s life
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
Timely management by doctors at the local Sood Hospital on Monday saved life of a woman of Jandali Khurad village whose uterus could have ruptured due to after-effects of obstructed parturition of twins, both of whom were malformed.

According to Dr Rajiv Sood and Dr Hitu Mohindra, life of Karamjit Kaur (30), wife of Jasvir Singh, had been saved by a team of surgeons from Ludhiana. She was operated upon at the hospital.

Karamjit, whose antenatal management had been done at a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana, was admitted to the Sood Hospital for obstructed labour. “As both the babies were malformed and it was a clear case of obstructed parturition, it was not advisable to send the mother to some hospital at a long distance. So we called a team of surgeons who performed an LS caesarean operation on her and saved her life”, said the doctors of the hospital.

Contrary to the normal belief, the caesarean operation was performed to save life of the mother and not the male children. “As the examination had revealed that both foetuses were malformed we were more concerned about the life of the mother,” maintained Dr Sood.

While the first born baby had a malformed face and other organs the later born was without front abdominal wall. As major portion of viscera of foetus was lying open in the uterus it could have ruptured causing irreparable loss to the mother, maintained the doctors.

Jasvir Singh, already a father of two daughters, said his family was happy that the surgeons had saved Karamjit Kaur. “Like any other family we wished to have a male child, but life of my wife was more important for us”, said Jasvir.



In need of a good Samaritan

Ludhiana, May 17
A newborn at Deep Hospital here is in need of an advanced cardiac surgery to be performed on him to save his life.
However, his father, who is a daily wage worker is not able to meet the financial cost of the surgery. According to Dr Baldeep, the baby was born with a congenital cardiac problem, TGA. It requires advanced surgery and the life of the baby can be saved.

His father, Mohinder Kumar, who hails from Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh is working as a daily wage labourer. However, for some time, he has not been able to work due to a fracture in his leg. TNS



Railway staff organise rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Protesting against non-fulfilment of their demands, hundreds of railway employees, under the banner of the Northern Railwaymen's Union, held a rally outside the railway station here yesterday.

Addressing the rally, Mr Daljit Singh, divisional secretary, Ferozepur division, said the government had failed to fulfil its promises of constituting the sixth pay commission, providing interim relief to employees and various other demands, to which it had earlier agreed in writing.

Among others who addressed the rally were Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr Ashok Kumar, Mr Ghanshyam Singh and Mr Avtar Singh.



IT survey on commission agents, rice shellers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 17
A survey was conducted by the Income Tax Department, Ludhiana, on the premises of commission agents and owners of rice shellers of Samrala.

Discrepancies in account books revealed unaccounted cash, stocks and investments. A disclosure of unaccounted income of Rs 6 crore was made by them. Mr R.S. Mathoda, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, has expressed concern over the level of black money in this region and plans to take similar action at other places. 



Teacher dies in road mishap

Khamano, May 17
A teacher, Kulwinder Kaur, of nearby Manderan village serving in Gur Shakhi Public Senior Secondary School at Khamano, died in an accident at the main chowk here.
According to information, Kulwinder Kaur was going to school on her scooty at about 8 am when a speeding Punjab Roadways Bus hit her from behind and she fell on the road and died on the spot. The police has registered a case against the driver. OC



FM assures blanket units on VAT exemption 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The blanket industry, which has been going through a tough phase following the imposition of value added tax (VAT), is expecting revival as the government is likely to exempt it from VAT.

“The Finance Minister has assured us that the industry will be exempted from VAT within a week,” Mr Kamal Kwatra, president of the All-India Blanket Manufacturers and Suppliers Association, told Ludhiana Tribune.

He said some industry representatives met the Finance Minister in Chandigarh yesterday after which he assured them that the decision to exempt the industry from VAT would be taken within a week.

The industry received a setback last year as over 50 per cent customers shifted to Haryana. Manufacturers said the cost of blankets manufactured in Punjab had increased by around 10 per cent in comparison to the stock coming from neighboring states after the imposition of VAT.

This resulted in a steep decline in orders from domestic customers, they added.

Apart from VAT, “inappropriate classification” had become another sore point. Acrylic blankets, the most economical option for a customer, became costlier than even shoddy blankets due to the imposition of tax.

The blanket industry in Punjab and Haryana had an average annual turnover of over Rs 400 crore of which Punjab’s share was over 70 per cent. After the imposition of VAT, Punjab’s share had decreased significantly, they added.

“Now that we have been assured that we would be exempted from VAT, the industry would revive. Orders that had shifted to Haryana would come back, which would be a good news for the industry,” Mr Kwatra added.



Fee-based brokerage in commodity trading started 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Altos Advisory Services, a derivatives and commodity broking services provider, has introduced flat-fee based discount brokerage model in online commodity trading on Indian exchanges.

Introduced for the first time in India, the discount brokerage model aims to change the dynamics of online commodity trade in the country.

As opposed to the prevailing market brokerage rate of 0.03 to 0.05 per cent of the trade value, Altos will charge its customers only a flat monthly fee of Rs 499 per exchange, irrespective of the value or volume.

“Our flat-fee based discount brokerage model will drastically bring down the brokerage component in the commodity trade in India. It will result in the expansion of the trading community multifold,” said Mr S.J Suresh Kumar, COO, Altos Advisory Services.

The Indian online commodity trading has witnessed exponential growth since its launch in 2003. In a span of three years, the commodity trade volume in Indian exchanges has increased to Rs 20,000 crore per day.

In comparison, it has taken as many as 50 years for the stock exchange to reach the present day transaction volume of Rs 40,000 crore per day, the company said.

“The total value of trade in 2005-06 alone was over Rs 21 lakh crore and the brokerage earned by the intermediaries is pegged at around Rs 100 crore. With our flat-fee discount brokerage model, the brokerage component can be brought down to as less as one hundredth of the prevailing level. Breaking the entry barrier, the discount brokerage will fuel the growth of the online commodity trade in India,” said Mr S Venkataraghavan, vice-president, (Research).


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