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Residents of Phagwara block GT Road 
Jalandhar, July 27
Protesting over the sewage problem in a colony at Phagwara, the residents held a massive dharna on the National Highway No.1 during the peak hours of the day today. Residents of Onkar Nagar at Phagwara blocked traffic on either side of the road from 9 am to 10.45 am.

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on the Ludhiana-Phagwara stretch of the GT Road Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam on the Ludhiana-Phagwara stretch of the GT Road on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Dowry harassment, police inaction alleged
Kapurthala, July 27
Alleging dowry harassment, a woman from Raipur Araian village near here today claimed that the Dhilwan police station had taken any action against her in-laws despite repeated complaints. The father-in-law of Tejinder Kaur, the complainant, is a police constable. Dr Phuman Singh, the father of Tejinder Kaur, said her daughter got married to one Arwinder Singh Multani of the same village three years back.





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Triple play service launch in Punjab soon
Chandigarh, July 27
Come December and denizens of Punjab will be able to view digital television, get their data through internet and telephone connection through the same optic fibre cable. HFCL Infotel is all set to launch itself as the country's first triple play service operator.

Cong leaders recount govt’s ‘achievements’
Kapurthala, July 27
Congress leaders from the district recounted “achievements” of the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government at a rally in Shekupura village on the Sultanpur Lodhi road here today.

RCF flags off coaches to Senegal
Kapurthala July 27
The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) today rolled out twenty-metre gauge coaches for export to Senegal, earning in the process a foreign exchange of Rs 11 crore and 45 lakh.

Two gangsters arrested
Jalandhar, July 27
The district police today claimed to have arrested two persons of a three-member gang of robbers and recovered a major portion of the booty looted by them from Jandiala village.

Suspended AETC gets support
Jalandhar, July 27
Siding with the suspended Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) of Batala, Mr Tajinder Singh Virk, the members of the trade cell of the Bhartiya Janta Party today sent a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, requesting him to reinstate the officer. The members claimed that the orders had been passed against him to save the skin of a parliamentary secretary.

Journalists demand new wage board
Kapurthala, July 27
Journalists of the district today submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh in the name of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to press their demands of the setting up a new wage board. They were led by the union’s district president, Mr Ravi Pathak, and the general secretary, Mr Harnek Jainpuri. — TNS

 

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Residents of Phagwara block GT Road 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 27
Protesting over the sewage problem in a colony at Phagwara, the residents held a massive dharna on the National Highway No.1 during the peak hours of the day today.

Residents of Onkar Nagar at Phagwara blocked traffic on either side of the road from 9 am to 10.45 am. While the women sat down on one side of the road, the men from the township staged dharna on the other side. The residents raised slogans against the government for not conceding to their long-pending demand for proper sewage-draining system in their area.

Supported by members of the BJP and the Bajrang Dal, they said their issue had remained unresolved for the last four and a half years. They alleged that the sewage system in their colony was getting blocked daily due to which the roads remained flooded with water, causing health problems to the residents.

Mr Prem Chand, a resident, said that the residents had even given a memorandum in this regard to the Chief Minister. In the memorandum, they had “warned” the CM of blocking the highway, in case their “genuine problem” was not addressed to. He said that since no step had been taken so far, the residents had to resort to protest today.

Mr Pramod Mishra, BJP leader from the area, said the residents had lifted the dharna only after an assurance by Kapurthala DC. Mr Mishra added that the DC had assured them that a solution in that regard would be found out soon, and the civic authorities would be asked to act promptly.

The residents said that they did not lift the dharna till the administration had fixed a time for hearing today. Finally, they were told that the SDM would meet them at 4 pm. Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, SDM, later met the residents in the evening and assured them of getting the survey done by tomorrow and initiating the work thereafter.

Tehsildars Gulab Singh and Kanwar Narinder, and ASP Sukhchain Singh, too, visited the spot to redress the grievance of the protesting residents. 

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Dowry harassment, police inaction alleged
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 27
Alleging dowry harassment, a woman from Raipur Araian village near here today claimed that the Dhilwan police station had taken any action against her in-laws despite repeated complaints. The father-in-law of Tejinder Kaur, the complainant, is a police constable.

Dr Phuman Singh, the father of Tejinder Kaur, said her daughter got married to one Arwinder Singh Multani of the same village three years back. “The marriage was solemnised with full pomp and a number of items including a Maruti car, a TV and a refrigerator were given as dowry,” he claimed.

While my son-in-law went to Italy two months after the wedding, his father Ranjeet Singh, a police constable, started harassing me, saying that my daughter should have brought a bigger car as dowry,” he further alleged. He then asked my daughter to bring as much as Rs 20 lakh for sending my son-in-law to the US from Italy,” Dr Phuman Singh alleged .

He further alleged that when he expressed his inability to give the desired amount, her daughter was thrown out of her in-laws house in July 2004.

“Following this, we gave them Rs 1.5 lakh and ten tolas of gold. But even then her my daughter’s in-laws were not satisfied,” Dr Phuman Singh.

In the meantime, he said, Arwinder Singh came back to his native place and asked Tejinder Kaur to bring Rs five lakh. “But we could not fulfill this new demand,” he added.

Subsequently, a number of panchayats were held. But both the parties could not reach at any compromise.

“After this, we submitted several complaints at the Dhilwan police station. But no action was taken. Then we sent our complaints to DSP Bholath, SSP Kapurthala and Women Cell Kapurthala but no FIR was registered against my daughter’s in-laws,” Dr Phuman Singh alleged.

When contacted, SSP Rajiv Ahir said he would look into the case and if anyone was found misusing his official position, action would be taken against him after verifying the facts.

Meanwhile, Dr Phuman Singh said if they did not get justice soon, they would be left with no option but knock the doors of the Punjab States Human Rights Commission.

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Triple play service launch in Punjab soon
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Come December and denizens of Punjab will be able to view digital television, get their data through internet and telephone connection through the same optic fibre cable. HFCL Infotel is all set to launch itself as the country's first triple play service operator.

Talking to TNS here today, Mr Surendra Lunia, CEO of HFCL Infotel, said the company had earmarked Rs 400 crore for extending the 4000 km. already laid out optic fibre infrastructure, to homes of customers, across 132 towns in Punjab, over the next two years. The consumer will have to pay Rs 800-Rs 900 a month for availing this service as against Rs 1000-Rs 1200 a month he pays now for availing all three services separately.

"Once the service stabilises in Punjab, by the end of 2007, we will also replicate the triple play service model in neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and western Uttar Pradesh," he said.

HFCL Infotel has commercially launched the service at Khanna (near Ludhiana), though it is analog TV being broadcast instead of digital TV. The pilot on triple play service with digital TV is also running successfully across 25 homes in Chandigarh and Mohali.

"By the end of 2007, we are aiming at 25 per cent of the market share from the total two million cable homes across the state; increase our telecom subscribers from 3. 50 lakh to 5 lakh; and, double our broadband connections from the existing 25,000," he added.

Mr Lunia said that the company was already in talks with cable operators across the state to hire them as front-end representatives for this service. "This service, which will allow the true benefits of broadband to emerge, will be sold through franchisee cable operators, who will also collect the bills," he said. 

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Cong leaders recount govt’s ‘achievements’
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, July 27
Congress leaders from the district recounted “achievements” of the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government at a rally in Shekupura village on the Sultanpur Lodhi road here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Social Security Minister of State Gurkanwal Kaur said as many as 1,12,000 new beneficiaries were being provided with pensions. As much as Rs 450 crore was earmarked for pension in the state, she said, adding that Rs 3 crore had been kept aside for this purpose for the Kapurthala district.

Addressing the gathering, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) vice-president and Phillaur MLA Santokh Singh Choudhary claimed that the money taken from those Dalits whose electricity bills had been waived would be refunded.

Kapurthala District Congress Committee (DCC) president Sukhpal Singh Khaira said the Chief Minister had created history by passing the Water Act in 2004. Had this Act not been passed, five districts of Malwa region would have suffered, he added.

Kapurthala MLA Sukhjinder Kaur Rana, Kapurthala Improvement Trust chairman Kulwant Bhandari and District Youth Congress president Satish Behl also spoke.

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RCF flags off coaches to Senegal
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala July 27
The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) today rolled out twenty-metre gauge coaches for export to Senegal, earning in the process a foreign exchange of Rs 11 crore and 45 lakh.

RCF General Manager Partap Srivastava flagged off the coaches in a simple ceremony here.

He said it was the second export order executed by the factory within a span of three months.

The RCF had sold 36 coaches to Myanmar in March this year and earned a foreign exchange of over Rs 19 crore, he added.

The coaches have PU cushioned rugged chairs, single pipe brake system, paneling of high pressure laminated sheet with comperg backing.

Mr Srivastava claimed that the production of coaches had picked up pace and the factory had manufactured 115 coahces in June and was manufacturing 4.5 coaches a day.

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Two gangsters arrested
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 27
The district police today claimed to have arrested two persons of a three-member gang of robbers and recovered a major portion of the booty looted by them from Jandiala village.

Mr Ishwar Singh, SSP, said the police had arrested Davinder Singh and Sonu from Jamsher against whom a case under Sections 395 and 34 of the IPC was registered at Noormahal police station in this regard on July 21 on the statement of Ms Pritam Kaur, an NRI who had recently returned from England. It was alleged that three masked persons armed with sharp-edged weapons had barged into the house and looted cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh, including Rs 1.5 lakh in Indian currency, 6500 pounds of foreign currency and 200 gm of gold ornaments.

The SSP said the remaining part of the loot was with the third accused and kingpin of the gang, Sukhdeep Singh, alias Ladi from Jandiala. The other looted items included Rs 78000 in cash, 3000 pounds, and 180 gm of gold ornaments, he said. 

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Suspended AETC gets support

Jalandhar, July 27
Siding with the suspended Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) of Batala, Mr Tajinder Singh Virk, the members of the trade cell of the Bhartiya Janta Party today sent a memorandum to the Punjab Governor, requesting him to reinstate the officer. The members claimed that the orders had been passed against him to save the skin of a parliamentary secretary.

Reacting to the news that was published in The Tribune today, Mr Ravinder Dhir, president of the cell, said that in case the reinstatement was not affected, the officers would hesitate to stop corrupt practices of the state government. Mr Dhir also demanded from the Punjab Governor the dismissal of the parliamentary secretary. —TNS

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Journalists demand new wage board

Kapurthala, July 27
Journalists of the district today submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Raminder Singh in the name of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to press their demands of the setting up a new wage board. They were led by the union’s district president, Mr Ravi Pathak, and the general secretary, Mr Harnek Jainpuri. — TNS

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