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Violence at CMC: FIR registered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The city police today lodged an FIR against those who resorted to violence in the CMC hospital yesterday and snatched the cameras of media photographers besides beating them up and detaining them in a room.

SSP A S Rai said the identity of the persons involved in the violence and attack on mediapersons would be known during the investigation. The investigation would also pinpoint on what exactly had happened and how the sequence of events unfolded.

IG Hardeep Dhillon has also assured the city journalists that justice would be done and the freedom of the press would be safeguarded.

The National Union of Journalists have also taken a strong notice of the attack on the press photographers and have announced that the issue would be taken up at the union's national level convention at Jagraon tomorrow.

Media organisations, including Punjab Union of Journalists, Punjab and Chandigarh Journalists Association, Press Club, Ludhiana Press Club and Electronic Media Associations, have condemned the attack and decided to jointly fight for safeguarding the freedom of the press.

They insisted that the mediapersons always take the hospital authorities into confidence before taking pictures of patients but in this case, a bloody clash between two group of persons was going on and media had every right as well as professional necessity to reach there, take pictures and report.

Condemning the CMC security and other employees for taking on media, the organisations have urged the CMC authorities to identify the ‘culprits’ on its own and take stringent action against them for ‘unnecessarily’ dragging the mediapersons into the controversy.

They have urged the authorities to make the action taken report against the indicted employees public in order to restore the confidence of the media that the accused employees had not deliberately attacked the media to destroy evidence of the clash.



Mayor inaugurates road development project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, today initiated the development of the 33-feet road in Sri Chand Colony.
Addressing the gathering the Mayor said the road would be recarpeted at a cost of Rs 32 lakh.

He added that the MC had earmarked an amount of Rs 75 crore to provide sewerage and water facilities to the residents, Rs 46 crore for constructing flyovers at Bhai Bala chowk and Bharat Nagar chowk, Rs 32 crore for recarpeting roads, Rs 17 crore for metalling the streets, Rs 10 crore for street lighting and Rs 8 crore for parks and development of slums in the city.

Ms Baljit Kaur, area councillor, said that the MC had spent Rs 5 crore for various development projects in her ward during the last four years. She asked the Mayor to provide sewerage facility to all residents in her ward.



Public park used as a parking lot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
A public park in Shastri Nagar area was conveniently converted into a parking lot by the management of BCM Ary Model Senior Secondary School during a function organised by the school today.

Owing to shortage of parking place, as a number of guests and parents of school children had visited for the function, the gate keepers of the school asked them to park their vehicles inside the park.

The residents living nearby protested against the violation silently. Some of them even closed the gate of the park but some employees of the school reopened it stating that there would be traffic chaos if cars were not parked there.

"I asked the gate-keeper not to do it but he said that he had orders from the top. He did not listen. We even closed the gate forcibly, but nobody listened to us," said a resident, who did not want to be identified.

He added that the MC was not serious about maintaining the park and if it was used as a parking space for a day it would set a wrong precedent. "Today, the school has done it. Tomorrow some private person would use it for a function. We understand that the school was trying to stop traffic chaos but this was not a solution to the problem."

The residents said that they had been demanding that the park should be maintained well for the past some time. But nobody was listening to them. If the cars were continued to be parked there, it would become impossible to retain it as a park, they added.

Earlier, the vehicles of the parents and guests were parked outside on the roadside. This used to create problems as the busy road had a railway crossing also. If the crossing gates were closed, a massive traffic jam was a result.



BJP leader flays apathy of administration
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Senior BJP leader and former state president of the Bhartiya Yuva Janata Morcha, Mr Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, has criticised the government and the local administration for its apathy towards the families of four persons who were killed while digging a well in Khasi Kallan village.

In a statement issued here today, the BJP leader alleged that the government had turned a blind eye towards the tragedy. He claimed that no senior functionary of the government or the district administration turned up in the village or offer any help.

He alleged that even the Congress leaders did not consider it important to express sympathies to the bereaved families.

Mr Grewal said the victims belonged to very poor families and their death had taken away the bread earners from them. He wanted that the administration must compensate the families of the victims at the earliest. 



People advised to avoid soft drinks 

Ludhiana, August 5
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) has expressed concern that even after three years of the report about pesticides in the soft drinks, no steps have been taken either by the government or the companies to bring the pesticides to the permissible limits.

The BJGVJ condemned the statements of these companies that Indian water is bad. It appealed to the people to refrain from these drinks and also demanded a ban on their advertisements in television and the print media. — OC



Ban on soft drinks sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Lok Janshakti Party has demanded a ban on the soft drinks in the country as these have been found carrying residues of the pesticides have reportedly found in these.
Addressing a press conference here last night, the district president of the party, Mr Maninderpal Singh, said that the party also wanted to put a full stop to the 'mole' controversy as it had caused the loss of precious time in the parliament. He also expressed grave concern over the rising crime in the city. 



Bairagi mandal plans meetings
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
The Bairagi Maha Mandal, Punjab, will hold district-level meetings all over the state to chalk out programme and mobilise the functionaries for the forthcoming birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on October 16.

Giving this information here yesterday, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, state president of the mandal, said the first such meeting of the Ludhiana (Rural) unit would be held on August 6 at Doraha. It would be organised by Mr Tarlochan Singh Bawa.

Thereafter, a joint meeting of Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts would take place in Amritsar on August 12, followed by meetings of the Ludhiana (Urban) unit on August 13, the Kapurthala unit at Phagwara on August 20, the Sangrur unit on August 27, the Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar units in Jalandhar on September 3, the Moga, Faridkot, Ferozepore and Muktsar units at Moga on September 10, the Bathinda and Mansa units at Bathinda and the Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Mohali units at Patiala on September 24.

Mr Bawa said the state body of the mandal would meet in Ludhiana on October 1 to give final shape to the birth anniversary celebrations.

He said Mr Ravinder Nadi, general secretary of the state unit of the mandal, had been elevated to the post of secretary general.

Mr Bikramjit Singh Rauni had been nominated as general secretary, while Mr Sukhminder Bawa appointed president of Amritsar (Rural).



Market panel opposes auction of parking lot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
A meeting of the Bhadaur House Market Association was held here today. The association has expressed reservations against the proposal of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to auction the parking space in the area.

Giving details of the proceedings, Mr N.S. Nanda, its president, said the association took a serious note of the corporation’s move to give the parking space on lease. It was unanimously resolved to oppose the decision of the corporation.

Mr Nanda said a deputation would meet Mr Partap Singh, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to urge him not to auction the site as the space was provided to the owners of the shop-cum flats and booths of the market to park their vehicles by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust at the time of allotment of the plots. He said that the deputation would also meet Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, in this regard.

Mr Jagdish Anand said the corporation cannot auction the site as the space is meant for the owners of the shop-cum flats and booths to park their vehicles.

Mr Gopal Syal said Bhadaur House Market is one of the leading commercial developed market of the city and it would be ruined if the parking space is auctioned for the public as the owners and their customers would not find space to park their own vehicles. It would be a great deal of harassment to them.

The members said the corporation should pay heed to other outstanding problems of the market, including sewerage, sanitation, lighting arrangements and laying premix on roads.



Panel to launch campaign against foeticide
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 5
The Mata Raj Rajeshwari Mandir Management Committee has decided to launch a campaign against female foeticide. The decision was taken at a meeting held at Ram Mandir here on Saturday. Mr Inderjit Sharma, president, Brahmin Sabha, presided over the meeting.

According to Mr Manohar Lal Kaushal, general secretary, office-bearers of the association had realised that rural masses were still unaware about the consequences of female foeticide and women illiteracy.

“Though government agencies have been trying its best to aware people about the consequences of gender bias, the lower strata of society in general and rural masses in particular are ignorant of the consequences of the social evils,” he said.

The campaign would be launched on the occasion of annual fair scheduled to be held at Nathumajra on August 12.

Mr Karam Chand Kaushal, Mr Kuldeep Sharma and Mr Raghu Nandan Sharma were present at the meeting.



Lal Singh to address rally today
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 5
The Rural and Development Minister, Mr Lal Singh, will address a public rally tomorrow in the new grain market, according to Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, the local MLA, here today.

Mr Lal Singh will hear the public grievances also.

Plea: The old Tehsil Samrala has not been developed by the Revenue Department. It is regretted that there is no public bath room, toilet or shed in tehsil complex, said Mr Malkiat Singh Ghuman, national general secretary Lok Bhalai Party, here today.

People coming from far off villages for their work have to sit in the sun and rain.

Mr Ghuman appealed to the authorities concerned to give top preference to solve these problems so that people visiting the tehsil complex are not put to inconvenience.

Function: Lok Bhalai Party national president Mr Balwant Singh Ramuwalia will visit Khanna tomorrow to address party workers. Hundreds of persons from other parties are joining the Lok Bhalai Party, said Mr Malkiat Singh Ghuman and he appealed to public to participate in the function.



Poets, journalists honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Komi Sahitya Kala Parishad organised a felicitation function to honour poets and journalists at the Punjabi Bhawan here last night. The function was presided over by Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal and Mr Jasbir Singh Jassal.

Those honoured included the Canada-based novelist and poet, Iqbal Ramoowalia, singer Hardayal Parwana, journalist Gurinder Singh and others.

Speakers lauded the contribution of the recipients towards the Punjabi language.

Mr Satbir Singh, the general secretary of the parishad, said a drama festival will be soon organised in memory of Principal Sant Singh Sekhon. 



DIG (Vigilance) honoured

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 5
The Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh, and the Punjabi Cultural and Sports Federation, jointly organised a function here recently to honour Mr Narinder Pal Singh, DIG, Vigilance Bureau. The function was attended by traders, industrialists, councillors, NGOs and politicians.

The council chief, Mr Jagmeet Singh Sahota, welcomed the guests and lauded the achievements of the DIG. He advocated separate law to deal with the terrorists and criminals.

Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP (Vigilance), Ludhiana; Mr Pritpaul Singh SP (H), Fatehgarh Sahib; and Mr Balwant Singh, DSP, Amloh, were also honoured. — OC



Deceased “dealer” with bread firm

Ludhiana, August 5
A waste bread dealer, Sharanjit Singh, had allegedly ended his life yesterday as a number of persons were not returning money taken from him.
Family sources said the deceased had to return money to some businessmen he was dealing with.

Meanwhile, Mr Manjit Singh, Managing Director, Bonn Bread, has clarified that the trader was not a partner with the bread manufacturing factory.

He said the deceased was only a dealer with other bread manufacturing companies and not a partner with Bonn Bread as reported in various newspapers today.

The police had yesterday claimed that Sharanjit Singh, a business partner with Bonn Bread manufacturing industry, was found hanging from a pillar of a godown on the factory premises. — TNS



14 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 5
As many as 14 persons have been booked on the charge of assault in three separate incidents. In the first incident, Roop Singh, Jit Singh, Sat, Shingara Singh, Soni, Kindi and Harpreet Singh of Rajoana Kalan have been booked by the Sudhar police on the charge of assaulting Basant Singh of the same village with sticks in Basant Singh’s house. Some old dispute is said to be the reason behind the assault. The victim has been admitted to civil hospital, Jagraon.

In the second incident, the Dakha police have booked Angrej Singh and Albel Singh of Chack Kalan for assaulting Gurdev Singh of the same village. The victim has been admitted to civil hospital, Mullanpur.

In the third incident, the Sidhwan Bet police have booked Paramjit Singh, Vicky, Inderjit and Sarbhi of Mazri along with an unidentified person on the charge of assaulting Major Singh of Dugri. 



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