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Police raids company offering jobs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Pre-empting a fraud, the police today raided the newly opened office of a company in the city that promised to appoint matriculate youth as manager in rural branches of the company.

Learning from its past experiences of running in vain after placement companies disappear by duping hundreds of youth on the pretext of providing them lucrative jobs, a team of the police seized records of the company to check its antecedents and authenticity of the promises made by it.

The DSP, Mr R.K. Bakshi, said the police had raided the office of Punjab Fertichem and Seeds Private Ltd on the complaint of Mr Avtar Singh Mullanpuri, working president of the Lok Bhalai Party.

He said the company directors had not specified their residence addresses and further investigations were on. He said the company offered to open 2,000 branches all over the state and was promising jobs.

The company had taken Rs 500 as booking amount from the applicants and wanted them to invest above Rs 50,000 in the company to get the job.

Mr Mullanpuri said they had busted several such companies. They had seen the advertisement of the company in some newspapers and wanted to act before it duped innocent youth.

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Donations give him another life
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
Surjit Singh (34) of Hassanpur village, who was suffering from rheumatic heart disease and needed replacement of heart valve, is doing well now. Thanks to the donations made by people from all over the state and even some NRIs, he was successfully operated upon by surgeons of Hero DMC Heart Institute here.

According to doctors, the donations started pouring in on the same day when Ludhiana Tribune carried a story about the hapless condition of Surjit Singh on May 31 and were still continuing till his discharge from the hospital yesterday.

“Someone from nearby Dehlon village has donated Rs 45,000 without mentioning any name. It was not only from different places in India, but people from abroad also showed keen interest in helping Surjit.”

Surjit’s mother, who literally broke down at the time of his discharge from the hospital, said it was nothing short of a miracle for myself and my son to be able to live and work again.

“At this time, the members of my family along with my son will like to thank all of those individuals who donated money. All of these people have been a tremendous support to our family. Words cannot express or say how much my son and I appreciate all that has been done for our family. It has an act of God who helped us through the good Samaritans.”

Just a few days before, Surjit Singh and his family were feeling desolate and helpless as they were unable to arrange money for the treatment of damaged mitral valve which was causing serious and disabling problems due to leakage of blood. Surjit had been to several hospitals for his illness, but without getting any treatment due to the huge cost of the surgery.

“I would like to thank everybody at the hospital and others who came to our rescue during difficult times. When I came here I was in much pain. But now I have all hopes of living a better life,” Surjit said just before leaving the hospital.

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Probe sought into supply of expired medicines
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
Leaders of various social and political organisations have urged the health authorities to probe the allegations levelled by an industrial worker, who had been allegedly supplied expired medicines by paramedical staff at ESIC dispensary here.

The only Class IV employee present at the dispensary could not give any satisfactory reply to the quarries of this reporter. However, he allowed examining the records, perusal of which showed that Alakh Ram was registered on June 5 at serial number 8 in an OPD register.

Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, Municipal Council, said he would impress upon Ms Razia Sultana, Parliamentary Secretary, to depute appropriate authorities to check stocks maintained at the dispensary and probe the allegations leveled by the worker.

Alakh Ram, an employee of Shryans Industries Limited, Malikpur, accused the staff at the dispensary of adopting illegal means to deprive the workers of their rights to get medical facilities for them and members of their families.

“Though our employers have been paying subscription deducted from our salaries regularly, we could rarely receive proper medical advice and required medicines all these years,” he alleged.

He alleged that the staff had been playing with the health of the workers by supplying expired medicines in routine.

Mr Raminder Kumar, president, city Congress unit, Mr Rajesh Chan Gaye, president, BJP city unit, Mr Mohinder Multani and Mr Yaseen Mohamad, both councillors, have urged the authorities to probe the matter.

Meanwhile, Dr H.M. Singh, in charge of the dispensary, denied the charge and maintained that the said medicine had expired in May and, therefore, did not pose any threat to life. On the issue of his absence, he said he had gone to the Ludhiana office in connection with the sanction of leave of one of his colleagues.

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Protest against water shortage
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Residents of New Shimla Puri falling in ward number 31 today blocked traffic on main Malerkotla Road to protest against the shortage of water in the area.

Led by none other that the area councillor himself, the residents raised slogans against the MC for not supplying potable water despite their pooling in resources to buy 100 square yards of land to install a tubewell.

Councillor, Mr Rajinder Singh Bajwa, said the residents had themselves collected money to buy the plot as the Sewerage Board had asked for the land. Even then the tubewell had not been installed.

Later, senior officials from the MC reached the spot and assured that the tubewell would be installed by Tuesday. 

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SHOs shuffled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
In a major reshuffle in the city police, a number of SHOs who were holding posts for a long time have been replaced.
Among the major postings, Inspector Karamjit Singh has been posted as SHO Division No 3, Inspector Krishan Lal would be the SHO of Division No 4 police station, Insp. Paramjit Singh at Div. No 5, SI Arvind Puri at Div No 8, SI Devinder Kumar has been posted as SHO Haibowal, SI Sandeep Wadhera is the SHO of Shimla Puri, SI Naveen Kumar at Sarabha Nagar.

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IHRO welcomes merger of Dal Mann with Dal Khalsa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today welcomed the merger of the Shiromani Khalsa Dal (SKD) headed by Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann as a Panthic step taken in right direction, though belatedly.

IHRO chairperson D S Gill said, ‘‘Mr Mann has shown grace by taking Bhai Bittu as senior-vice president of the unified party", adding that Bittu, too, acted wisely in the bigger interests of the Panth.

Bittu would be able to deliver the goods by rallying the pro-Punjab and pro-Sikh mainstream political parties, comprising people and its cadre who had made tremendous sacrifices for securing Punjab and its people's rights, and who have been victims of the state repression, he added.

‘‘Despite having made scores of contributions to the Panth as the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) leader, Bittu has a big responsibility to carry along the unified SAD (A)'s rank and file to democratically and peacefully achieve Panthic goal and struggle for the peaceful resolution of all the issues confronting Punjab and its people,’’ he added.

On the other hand, Mr Mann needs to become more responsive and democratic within the party he heads so that the concept of Khalsa democracy works first in its organisation and then in the state polity. This would send a right signal among the masses which were waiting for such an opportunity, he pointed out.

The outfit also called upon all other splinter Sikh groups to join or merge with this mainstream Sikh political party so that all issues facing Punjab and the Sikhs could be resolved and Punjab could get its real representative leadership.

Mr Gill also reiterated his resolve to continue lending their support to all groups that would fight for the rights of the state and its people. 

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Banda Bahadur’s martyrdom day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The 290th martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was observed at a function organised at Rakba village, 20 kms from here, today.
On the occasion, Mr K.K. Bawa, president, Bairagi Maha Mandal, honoured Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal for his contribution in cleaning the sacred Kali Bein rivulet in Kapurthala district. Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala, was also applauded for his excellent services to the society.

Paying tributes to Banda Bahadur, Mr Raminder Singh said that he was a great Sikh warrior who fought against the injustice and atrocities of the Mughal rulers.

Appreciating the contribution of Sant Balbir Singh Seenchewal, Mr Singh said that he had done a great service by organising ‘kar sewa’ to desilt Kali Bein and informed that the government had also sanctioned an amount of Rs 60 crore for its desilting.

He said that this project would be completed before the Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh which falls in November.

Mr Bawa said Baba Banda Singh Bahadur established Sikh rule in Sirhind by liberating it from the Mughals.

He also informed that a delegation headed by him will leave for Canada on June 18 to celebrate the martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur in Edminton, Surrey, Calgary and Toronto.

Prominent personalities who addressed the function included Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal and Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, President, World Punjab Cultural Programme.

Others present on the occasion included Mr Sant Baba Ram Singh Kot Gangurai, Sant Baba Joginder Singh Rakba, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, Mr Aamrjit Singh Tikka, Mr Vikramjit Singh, Mr S.M. Seewak, Mr Baldev Bawa and Mr Rajinder Pal Bairagi.

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Minister lays foundation stone of road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mr Rakesh Pandey, said today that the government had given special attention for providing basic amenities to the urban population and created a municipal development fund of Rs 991 crore under which 100 per cent water supply would be provided to all towns.

Mr Pandey was addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of a road in the Shivpuri area here. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh.

The minister said the government had also launched National Slum Development Programme, costing Rs 20 crore with 100 per cent additional Central assistance in 23 towns.

He said the government had cleared the development plans worth Rs 3,995 crore for Ludhiana for the implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Mr Pandey also claimed that the construction of the ring road around the city at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crore would be launched soon.

Under the Punjab Nirman Programme two instalments of Rs 400 crore had been released and the amount would be spent on development projects in urban and rural areas.

He appealed to the residents to give him the list of the projects to be taken up in their areas so that the funds could be released.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, and Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, also addressed the gathering.

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Protest against minister

The function of Mr Pandey was marred by a protest by residents of Vijay Nagar and Fatehgarh Mohalla. The residents took out a rally outside the venue of the function against changing the location of a bridge that is under construction.

Raising slogans against Mr Pandey, the residents said the minister was trying to change the location of the bridge. They said the bridge was being constructed to ease traffic chaos outside a religious place in Vijay Nagar.

Led by Mr Raghbir Singh, the protesters said the bridge had to connect Vijay Nagar with Fatehgarh Mohalla but as per the revised plan it would now connect the Chand Cinema road to New Sabzi Mandi.

Mr Joginder Singh, another resident, said they had been taking up the matter with the area councillor, Ms Sunita Rani, but because she was a BJP councillor her plan was not being implemented in toto.

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Night surveillance scheme launched
Our Correspondent

SSP R. K. Jaiswal
SSP R. K. Jaiswal

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
Introducing the concept of 'Dark Nights Calendar' during night dominance surveillance, Mr R K Jaiswal, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, has directed his men and the CPOs to be extra vigilant during four days preceding and equal number of days following ‘amavas’. He claimed that all towns and villages would be covered under the CPO scheme by the end of this month.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Jaiswal claimed that the CPO scheme had been welcomed by the residents of Jagraon and Sudhar where it had shown positive results. ‘‘The residents have appreciated that the scheme besides replacing less reliable night watchmen with more professional and institutionalised security system would also curb other petty crimes that owed their genesis in unemployment. The scheme has provided employment to those youths who otherwise would have fallen prey to various social evils,’’ said Mr Jaiswal.

He said the CPOs had been provided mobile phones for enhancing coordination among themselves and with the Headquarter.

On the relevance of ‘Dark Nights Calendar’ Mr Jaiswal said he had simply formalised the idea and beliefs prevalent in the agrarian society. ‘‘When farmers and agricultural labourers had been scheduling their chores according to the movement of the moon, a uniformed force should also plan surveillance according to lunar calendar,’’ argued the SSP. He said studies had revealed that burglars had been active during these nights for obvious reasons.

For the ready reference, framed calendars had been provided to all NGOs in the district, he claimed.

Mr Jaiswal said he had directed all SHOs to depute extra staff on nine nights of each lunar month.

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Police fails to trace girl
Tribune News Service

 Aarti
Aarti

Ludhiana, June 9
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of a Haibowal-based girl, who has been missing since May 31. All efforts by her anxious parents and the police to trace her have proved futile.

Nanak Chand, the harassed father of the girl, Aarti, said he works in a hosiery and was running from pillar to post in search of the girl. He said even though the police had sounded a red alert about the girl and circulated her pictures, no clue has been found so far. The police only found that her bi-cycle was sold to a scrap dealer, who said the girl had sold it herself.

However, the police is not convinced with his claims and is conducting further investigation.

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  ‘Youth to get due representation in poll’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Senior Congress leader and member of Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Pawan Dewan, yesterday said the party would be giving due representation to the youth in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Addressing a meeting of the Beopar cell of district Youth Congress, Mr Dewan urged the youth leaders to create awareness among the people about the policies and programmes of the Congress. The meeting was organised by district chairman of the cell Karan Kalia.

Mr Dewan claimed that during the last four and a half years, the Congress government in the state had ushered in a new era of progress. He said massive investments had been made under Capt Amarinder Singh. He took personal initiative for inviting leading industrial houses and multinationals to the state.

General secretary of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Akshay Bhanot, also spoke on the occasion. 

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Pirated CD shop raided
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Continuing with its crackdown on piracy, the City police today busted a virtual factory of pirated CDs and DVDs .
Addressing a press conference, DSP-Detective Bhupinder Singh said the accused Ramesh Kumar was manufacturing copies of blue films and English and Hindi movies. The police recovered four processor, 28 CD-writers, one printer, 1600 duplicate CDs, 335 blue films, and1800 empty CDs.

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Bank of India holds camps in Punjab, J&K villages
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
The management of Bank of India organised a farmer awareness camps in more than one hundred villages in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir during the week concluding today.

Besides apprising farmers of various agricultural loans schemes, the officers advised them to make proper utilisation of funds. Mr S R Birjarh, zonal manager of the bank said the bank had launched a move to organise Kissan Sabhas at majority of the villages adopted by the organisation in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. "Besides deputing officials, we constituted special teams that included agricultural experts and financial advisers. They apprised the farmers about various agricultural schemes launched by the bank and advised them to make maximum use of the funds availed from our branches," said Mr Birjarh.

Meanwhile, Mr Prabh Sharan Singh, chief senior manager (Priority Sector) coordinated with Mr P.J.S Walia, Mr Anil Jain and Mr Harpal Singh Mangat, managers at Mullanpur, Kilaraipur and Raikot branches respectively to organise camps at Dhatt, Chakk Kalan, Kilaraipur, Bhaini Bringa and Shehbaz Pura villages.

Referring to the problems projected by the farmers, Mr Prabh Shran Singh said disparity between market price of the land and that prescribed by revenue authorities had created frustration in the minds of loan seekers. "While farmers desire to avail loans on the basis of market value, the RBI regulations prohibit us to do so," explained Mr Singh.

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Investors happy as Sensex goes up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
After a period of almost three weeks of downtrend, investors are finally happy as the Sensex took an upturn today and rose by more than 500 points. Investment advisers, have, however, asked people to remain cautious.

A general wave of happiness among investors prevailed at various brokers in the city and a large section took an opportunity to sell.

‘‘It is one of the highest increases in one go. Though a positive trend, people should remain cautious as the market seems to be a little too influenced by foreign institutional investors (FIIs)," said Mr Raman Malhotra of Manan Steel Invest.

Soon as the Sensex touched the 10,000 mark, investment experts warned people of a likely correction. However, the bullish trend continued and it crossed 12,000 points. Investors, during this period remained a confused lot as they were not able to discern a clear trend. The sudden downfall in the second week of last month dampened spirits and the downtrend, which continued, reflected on trading volumes as well.

‘‘Today's rise has once again infused hope in me. In the past three weeks I was only worried about my investments as share values kept declining. However, I am happy that I relied on expert advise and did not exit as the market has started rising again,’’ said Piyush Sharma, an investor.

While investors said they were quite hopeful of the increase to continue, financial experts said the rise now is more likely to be much lesser in comparison to what the market witnessed earlier. ‘‘Fundamentals of economy are strong and there is no reason for the market to dip. I am quite hopeful and plan to stay invested for some more time. I feel it is a good time to buy also as prices could rise,’’ said Mr Gurinder, another investor.

Warning people not to get carried away with the bullish sentiment, experts said it was better that new investors stayed away.‘‘Investors should remain careful. The rise could be temporary, though we expect it would continue and market would settle for some time. It would be the long term investor who would remain the gainer,’’ said Rakesh Kumar, a financial adviser.

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Biz Clips

Ludhiana
Nominated
: Mr Joginder Kumar, president, Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, has been nominated representative of Punjab in the Steel Consumer Council. He will attend the meeting of the National Steel Consumer Council in Bangalore.— TNS

Launched: Huntsman Advanced Materials launched Araldite Karpenter, a white synthetic resin adhesive, specially designed to bond wood to wood, ply to wood, decorative laminate etc.— TNS

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