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Tangri, son held for attempt to murder
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
After remaining quiet for about three years, Jagdish Tangri, the former President Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi, who used to run a parallel administration in the city from Gur Mandi for several years, allegedly attempted to murder a woman, whose husband was leading the struggle for his ouster from the mandi.

Jagdish Tangri and his son Sunil Tangri have been booked and arrested under sections 307, 379, 354 , 148 and 149 of the IPC at Division No 3 police station for allegedly trying to kill Sunita, wife of Mr Pawan Sharma, President- Shiv Sena-Hindustani.

Tangri had married off his grandson to the daughter of the cashewnut trade king of the country last year. The marriage ceremony in New Delhi was attended by national political leaders, businessmen and even some ambassadors, news reports had claimed.

A team led by Inspector Karam Singh arrested Jagdish Tangri from near Fountain Chowk last night. They have been remanded to one-day police custody. In his complaint to the police, Mr Pawan Sharma alleged that Tangri and his son were nursing a grudge against him ever since he had taken over the control of the party and helped the police in restoring order in the market.

He alleged that his wife Sunita and other women were performing satsang in a temple in the market when the accused locked a portion of the temple. The accused were trying to regain control over the temple that was freed from their control three years ago, he alleged.

He further claimed that the accused attacked her with sharp-edged weapons. She suffered injuries on her neck and was beaten up also. She has been admitted in CMC hospital. A medical examination of the victim has confirmed the injuries, the police said.

Meanwhile, a deputation of the Temple Trust Committee met SSP A S Rai to demand concerted police efforts in checking the re-grouping activities of Jagdish Tangri. The SSP has reportedly sought the police record of the accused and their recent activities.



No end to power woes
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
City residents have had a tough time dealing with the sultry weather and unending power cuts that have stretched to as long as 10 hours in several areas. Excessive humidity and absence of rain has worsened the condition. To add to it, water supply has also been hit. “There is no end to unscheduled cuts. Water pressure is very low in morning as people use motors and most of the times power goes off and the little water that one would get is also not received,” rues Mr Parminder Singh, a resident.

Residents say that after the electricity board's announcement to impose long cuts on the industry, they had expected some relief. “However, the situation is worsening each day. It is a matter of shame that the government is not able to provide basic facility like power,” says Ms Sneh Lata of Model Town.

Condemning the government, Mr Devesh Sharma, another resident, said: “The government is incurring heavy expenditure on buying power and is still unable to make things easy for people. Why don't they increase generation in the state itself? It only appears to be a way of encouraging corruption.”

The industry, too, is suffering. Mr G.L. Pahwa, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, said: “Unscheduled cuts, frequent tripping of supply, in spite of two days of compulsory weekly off, and peak load hour restrictions from 8 pm to 8 am are crippling the industry. The cost of raw material has also touched an all-time high.”

Industrialists say in non-designated areas, several units are getting a supply of less than four hours. “There are many units in industrial areas and Focal Point that are getting power supply from rural feeders. The board must look into these issues,”an industrialist said.

“The steel industry in particular is under tremendous pressure as the rates of steel have increased following the closure of furnaces. Prices of scrap generated by the industry have come down, causing heavy financial losses. The industry is not even likely to meet its expenses, what to talk of profits,” Mr P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

Industry representatives say prolonged power cuts are also rendering thousands of workers jobless as a result of which crime could increase.

Mr Surinder Singh Riat, vice-president, Ludhiana Motor Parts Association, said: “If the industry closes, thousands of workers would lose employment and we fear many would resort to criminal activities. The government has failed in tackling this crisis.”

PSEB officials, meanwhile, say the demand-supply gap in the state has widened and there is a shortage of around 500 lakh units.



MCPI (U) condemns mainstream Left 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
The MCPI (U) today condemned the “policies of imperialism, globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation which are generating price rise, unemployment, poverty and hunger in the country.” It also condemned mainstream Left parties like the CPI and the CPM for supporting “imperialistic” parties of the UPA.

These observations were made in a resolution here today. Mr Prem Singh Bahu, Mr Chandershekhar, Mr Kiranjit Sekhon, Mr Satpal Bharti and Mr Didar Singh, among others, participated in the convention.

The party also condemned the “anti-people” policies of the state government.

Addressing the convention, the convener, Mr Jagjit Singh Lyalpuri, castigated the policies of globalisation that were being pursued by the ruling classes. He condemned the stand taken by the CPM-led Left Front by way of supporting such policies. He said the Front was playing a role contrary to the Communist movement.

Trade union leader V.B. Cherian exposed the distortions and revisionist trends in trade unions and cautioned the working class against policies of the CPM, which, he said, had abandoned class struggle.

Mr Gangadhar Reddy drew the attention of the convention towards “reforms” in labour laws that deprived the working class of its trade union rights. He appealed to the workers to oppose such laws.

According to Mr Kuldeep Singh, state secretary of the party, about 1,000 delegates attended the convention. It called for district-level demonstrations from August 7 to 14 against the “anti-people” policies of the government.



Javed plays Kaifi on stage
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Shabana Azmi and her writer-lyricist husband Javed Akhtar have come together to Ludhiana to relive the memories of Kaifi Azmi and his wife Shaukat Azmi in a theatrical narrative, “Kaifi Aur Mein”. It is based on a book written by Shaukat Azmi, “Yaad Ki Raah Guzzar”. And, it has been given the shape of a play by noted director Ramesh Talwar.

During an interaction with the media here today, Shabana and Javed said it was quite a difficult task since Kaifi Azmi had not written anything about himself although he had written a lot about the world. They disclosed that they relied on various print and video interviews of Kaifi Azmi and recreated the narrative, “Kaifi Aur Mein”.

The role of Kaifi is performed by Javed, while that of Shaukat is being performed by Shabana Azmi. They said the play included all facets of the life of Kaifi and Shaukat, including their romance, their struggle and humour (as there was lot of humour in their life).

The play is being performed under the banner of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). Kaifi was one of the founder members of the IPTA, which was constituted with the aim of creating awareness in society by means of theatre. Kaifi had remained the president of the IPTA for a long time and it had grown by leaps and bounds during that time. The IPTA is believed to be the biggest theatre group in the world with about 10,000 members spread all over the country. The play also includes a number of songs written by Kaifi for various films which are being rendered by Jaswinder Singh.



DC's clerk booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
A clerk in the Deputy Commissioner's office who was caught seeking cash relief of Rs 2 lakh by falsely claiming that her husband was a victim of the '84 riots was finally booked by the police today after a departmental inquiry indicted her.

A case under Sections 420, 465 and 467 of the IPC has been registered against clerk Paramjit Kaur and her husband Jai Singh after the District Attorney had recommended action against them, stating that prima facie they had committed an offence.

Paramjit Kaur, who was entrusted with handling applications of riot victims, had prepared a fake red card of her husband by signing as a witness on his affidavit, claiming him to be a riot victim, along with an application seeking the card.

The case had come to light after she submitted an application for a compensation of Rs 2 lakh. When the application was scrutinised by SDM (E) Amrit Kaur Gill, it was found that the clerk's husband, now a resident of Narangwal village, had migrated from Bihar seven-eight years before the riots.

After an inquiry, Ms Gill found that Jaipal Singh had shifted to his native village, Narangwal, near here, after his father's retirement, who used to work in Bihar. The family was not affected during the riots.

The then Deputy Commissioner ordered an inquiry into the case. The inquiry report was sent to the General Assistant of the DC, who forwarded it to the District Attorney for seeking legal opinion for the registration of a case against the accused.



SAD workers urged to observe serenity

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 8
Mr Sukhwinder Singh Grewal, National Working Committee member of Kisan Morcha of the BJP, has called upon the activists of SAD to observe serenity on the issue of alleged hooliganism by SAD (A) activists and leaders, including Mr Simranjit Singh Mann and Mr Daljit Singh Bittu, on the occasion of quadri centenary celebrations of Sri Akal Takht recently.

Terming action of SAD (A) constituents as an act of irresponsibility, Mr Grewal alleged that they had been acting on behest of certain disruptive forces with an ulterior motive to destabilize the Hindu-Sikh fraternity that was nurtured by the comprehensive and conservative policies of SAD and BJP.

“Irresponsible behaviour exhibited by Mr Mann and his men has proven beyond doubt that they could not digest the idea of alliance between SAD and BJP that stood as embodiment of the Hindu-Sikh fraternity,” argued Mr Grewal while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after convening a meeting with farmers at Sihar village today.

He called upon the Sikhs in general and SAD activists in particular to observe tranquillity on the issue.

Appreciating the role of SAD leadership and president of the SGPC, Mr Grewal claimed that they had tried to preserve sanctity of the religious places.

The BJP cadre would not allow activists of SAD (A) to spread venom among Sikhs and Hindus in the state. — OC



Cong to set up urban development cells
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Mr Ramesh Joshi, Director, Punjab Pollution Control Board and newly appointed Chairman of the urban development cell of the PPCC, has announced that such district-level cells would be set up and a special drive would be launched to propagate the achievements of the Congress government.

Addressing a press conference at the Circuit House here today, he said the government had embarked upon a programme to provide 100 per cent coverage of drinking water supply in 117 towns and sewerage in 37 towns under the Municipal Development Fund at a cost of Rs 991 crore by March 31, 2007.

He said the government had also launched the National Slum Development Programme with additional Central assistance in 23 towns with an outlay of Rs 20.1 crore. He said the CM had sanctioned a development plan of Rs 3,995 crore to develop Ludhiana as a modern city under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission of the centre. He said the government was also going to construct a Ring Road around the city. He claimed that the government had allocated funds amounting to Rs 1,154 crore to implement welfare schemes for weaker sections.

Earlier, Mr Joshi was felicitated by party workers on his appointment as Chairman of the cell.



Pariah kite rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Activists of the People for Animals have saved a pariah kite which was injured by strong winds some days ago. The kite was found at the house of an Additional Sessions Judge and was probably attacked by crows 1as it was not able to fly.

The family of the judge tried to feed the kite but it did not eat anything. Dr Sandeep Jain of the PFA was contacted and he sent an ambulance for the bird.

On examination, it was found that the bird had injured its wings and one of its foot. It was sent to the PFA's Jeev Kalyan Kendra and Bhagwan Mahavir Abhayshala. It would be released after it recovered fully, said Dr Jain.

The bird is commonly misunderstood as “baaz” but it is a black kite. Its scientific name is milvus migrans. The bird is brownish with black spot and has a white patch around its beak. It is a scavenger and lives around human habitation.

A pair of such birds was rescued by Dr Narinder Singh and Dr Kanchan on the PAU campus. Their legs were fractured and they were treated at the PFA hospital, however, one succumbed to its injuries and the other was handed over to Tiger Safari officials for sending it to a zoo.



Stray dog menace continues
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Despite directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the state government for finding a solution to the evergrowing stray dog menace, residents in all parts of the city suffer from the problem even as the municipal corporation refuses to even acknowledge it.

Though Opposition councillors have raised the matter a number of times in the House, the pleas went unheeded and stray dogs continue to bite and scare residents.

A survey of city areas at night revealed that stray dogs literally rule the roads. They sit along the roadside in groups and make it near impossible for anybody to pass through the road. A number of incidents of dog bites are reported everyday.

Only some days ago a stray dog had attacked children in Sarabha Nagar. Residents did not know whom to complain to when finally a resident called up office-bearers of the PFA who came to their rescue and took the dog away.

Of late, residents of Model Town are also suffering from the same problem. They claim that dogs make it impossible for them to venture out even during the day. To cap it all, they always hang around the ATM of Punjab National Bank installed in the area.

“Whenever we go to the ATM, we find dogs sitting right in front of the gate of the machine. If we try to scare them, they jump at us. We do not know what to do. We have taken up the matter with the bank authorities, who say that they cannot do anything about it,” said Mr Manish Pathak, an area resident.

He said dogs used to sit outside the ATM due to the air-conditioner working inside. The dogs liked the cool environs. However, this was really causing problems for residents.

The Animal Husbandry Department, Punjab, had announced two years ago that the state would soon be free of the menace of stray dogs but no step was taken to tackle the problem all this time.

The Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, Mr D.S. Bains, had stated that the high court had directed the state government to constitute a committee to suggest ways and means to tackle the problems arising out of the stray dog menace. Despite the court orders, no step was taken to check the menace.

He had said the state would make it mandatory for dog owners to procure a licence for keeping dogs from the department and they would have to make the dogs wear a collar carrying the number of the licence. Later, dogs without collars would be considered stray and would be treated accordingly. However, nothing to this effect took place and the problem continues to stare in the face of the government as well as local body.



Samaj decries Calcutta's expulsion

Ludhiana, July 8
The expulsion of Mr Manjit Singh Calcutta, a senior Akali leader, by the disciplinary committee of the SAD has evoked a strong reaction from Sikh circles. The action against Mr Calcutta has been described as dictatorial.

Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, president, Gurmit Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj, said here today that the action against Mr Calcutta smacked of the authoritarian attitude of Mr Parkash Singh Badal. Mr Badal would not allow anyone to raise a voice against his policies and would like to use the party and the SGPC for the “glorification of his family.” — OC



Gang of teenagers busted
Involved in 13 cases of robbery: police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
They may not be hardened or mature criminals but no less effective. They are, in fact, an organised gang of teenagers. Christened as "Victory Gang," they members have tattoo of the sign ‘V’ on the left hand of the ring leader.

Now six members of 'Victory" gang are cooling their heels in police custody today after giving sleepless nights to the residents of Industrial area in the city for months altogether. They had become a major headache for the police.

SP City-II Dinesh Pratap Singh told a press conference today evening that the gang members, with an average age of 15, were allegedly responsible for 13 reported thefts and burglaries in the last one month in the Industrial area only.

The gang members, Ranjit Singh, alias Jeeta (the leader with the V sign), Dharamjit Singh, alias Gollu, Pardeep Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Sumeet, alias Bhollu, and Bablu, alias Kashi, were born to the families of migrant labourers who were now permanently settled in the city.

The SP said the teenagers were earlier arrested also for committing burglaries but had returned to the world of crime after coming out on bail.

They allegedly used to do recce on residential colonies in the Industrial Area to find out locked houses. After earmarking targets, they used to strike in late afternoon or in the early morning.

The accused have revealed to the police that they were indulging in such crime to make money, "Labour work does not pay anything," they told police.

The gang members used to party after the loot and selling off gold and jewellery.’’

The police claimed when they needed more money for party they simply looted another house.

The police has recovered six stolen mobile phones from their custody apart from other valuables. The gold and silver jewellery stolen by them was sold off to some persons. The police was in the process of recovering the ornaments.



Four booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 8
Malkit Singh, Avtar Singh Karamjit Singh and Manjit Singh of Jangpur allegedly prepared false papers pertaining to the land of Baljit Kaur of Agwar Dala, Jagraon, due to dispute of land, Dakha police has registered case under section465,467,468,471,4220,120-B IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Two booked for fraud: Harpreet Singh of Mansoorwal and Kuldeep Singh of Mand Tihara took the scooter of Jaspal Singh of Kacha Malak road Jagraon and absconded.

The local police has registered case under section 420,406 IPC Harpreet Singh has been arrested.



Hosiery industry gears up for winter
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
The hosiery industry is all geared up to begin production in full swing for the forthcoming winter as buyers from other states have started visiting manufacturers to place orders. In line with the yearly trend, over 250 manufacturers, including leading brands, exhibited their products in various hotels in the city beginning today.

These producers would continue with the displays for the fall winter 2006-07 collection for another two days. “We had invited buyers from other places and within these three days, we would get our orders for the coming season following which production would start and continue till around October,” said Mr Varinder Bharti, owner of Satyam Knitwear.

Hosiery manufacturers exhibit samples every year. Besides quality and buyers' requirement, price plays a key factor in procuring orders. “Competition is tough as most people exhibit their products. We have to keep various factors like quality, design, colour and price to attract orders,” he said.

A spurt of activity can be witnessed in most hotels on the Ferozepore road. “It is not a very high-traffic area and is easy to locate for those who come from other places,” said Mr Paramjit Singh, a hosiery distributor.

While the brands include Yankees, Jolly, Lee Mark, Kins Fock and Doval Knitwear, products include cardigans, jackets, trousers, coats and women's wear etc.

Talking about the design, Mr Jatinder Sethi of Doval Knitwear, said: “Design is a critical factor as we have to produce keeping fashion trends that would prevail in the coming season. It is international fashion on which we rely for this. We visit the Internet and foreign trips also help. It normally takes two years for a trend to come to India from Europe and we keep this in mind.”

Mr Rajnish Watsa of Jolly Hosiery said: “The inhouse design departments take care of trends likely to prevail in the forthcoming season.”

After the recently concluded exhibition in Delhi where various manufacturers procured orders from Uttar Pradesh and Orissa, the industry got activated. “Now, manufacturers would get orders from nearby states like Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal,” he said.

The city is home to roughly 15,000 medium and small-scale producers who, as per estimates, do an annual business of Rs 5,000 crore in the domestic market. There is a large section of manufacturers who obtain orders directly from clients. “Many people have started receiving orders directly from their previous clients,” said Mr Navin Sood, president, Ludhiana Hosiery Association.



Aviva holds road show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 8
Aviva Life Insurance held a road show called 'Control mein ya kismat pe' here today. The company conducted a host of entertainment activities for people with a view to generate awareness about life insurance.

"The theme of this road show is to make people realise their need for security in view of unpredictability of life," said Mr Vivek Khanna, director of marketing for the company. Besides interactive games ad contests, a palmist was also invited by the company.

Mr Khanna said that the company has conducted 14 roadshows in 35 days in several cities across Punjab and Haryana. "We are delighted with the response and our strategic marketing initiative is helping people make prudent decisions about long term saving and getting a risk cover through life insurance," he said.



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