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IT Dept unearths income of Rs 11.75 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 11
The efforts of the Income Tax Department to unearth black money and unaccounted assets yielded results when a Jagraon-based group of companies came forward with an additional income of Rs 3.25 crore over and above their normal business income, according to Ms Aarti Sahwney, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT), Ludhiana Charge

She informed that staff of the department led by Mr Ajay Sharma, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax ( Moga range) conducted a survey u/s 133(A) of the Income Tax Act on July 20, this year, of a group of companies in Jagraon, engaged in the business of flour mill, rice shellers, and dealership of fertilisers, petrol stations and commission agents.

During inspection , incriminating documents, reflecting unaccounted transactions and suppression in sale proceeds of land were detected. Then the assessees offered for taxation, an additional income of Rs 3.25 crore and agreed to fulfil the tax liability.

“In a similar action in Jalandhar initiated against a marble outlet and real estate dealer, a surrender of unaccounted income to the extent of Rs 1.26 crore was made by the assessee”, she said.

Yet another survey operation of a newly constructed marriage palace at Jalandhar revealed glaring discrepancies with respect to investment made in the property. When confronted, the assessee declared an additional income of Rs 1.25 crore for taxation.

The CCIT said the Income Tax Department had conducted a survey at Khanna in May this year in which a concealed income of Rs 6 crore was surrendered by the assessee and additional tax liability was accepted.

Ms Sahwney urged the business community, professionals and other individuals to file their income tax returns, disclosing their true income.

She pointed out that during the financial year 2005-06, surveys conducted by the CCIT, Ludhiana, had resulted in the detection of a total concealed income worth Rs 105 crore.

The department will continue with its efforts to ensure tax compliance in a strict manner. Harsh steps would be taken in case tax payers did not come forward with their true income voluntarily, she added. 



For licence, visit Johar’s residence
Posters inviting youth from his constituency dot city
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
With elections in mind, Public Health Minister Harnam Dass Johar has virtually opened a District Transport Office at his residence where he assures of facilitating the issuance of driver’s licence.

Luring the youth of his Ludhiana West Assembly segment, Mr Johar has put up posters all over the city inviting youth above 18 years to avail of the facility and get their driver’s licence made.

The posters claim that applications are received at his residence between 9 am and 1 pm every day.

Besides, ration card and old age pension cases can also be taken up, claim the posters, which nevertheless deface the public property. The colourful posters carry a smiling face of the minister.

However, these posters have raised many an eyebrow in the city.

Some youths who visited to the minister’s residence said they understood that it was a “political gimmick” but they did not mind it as long as they got a licence made without any harassment.

Some residents said the minister was making the government machinery a laughing stock.

“If he has started to facilitate the issuance of driver’s licence from his residence, it means the office concerned is not working properly. Officials should be made to sit at his house only under his direct supervision,” said a resident mockingly.

He added that when he was the Education Minister, some schools in his own town functioned without a building. “Now he is the Public Health Minister and is making driver’s licences to woo voters. As if we do not understand his moves,” he added.

Requesting anonymity, an official of the District Transport Officer said he had no knowledge of any licences being made at Mr Johar’s residence.

He denied that his office had set up any such camp at his house.

“Maybe they are just getting the forms filled out and referring them to the DTO office. But till today no such forms from any minister’s office have arrived here,” he said.



Cheque bounce: man told to pay Rs 50,000
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana August 11
Convicting a businessman in a cheque bounce case, a local court directed the accused to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the aggrived complainant, who suffered huge losses.

The accused was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for six months.A fine of Rs 4000 was also imposed upon the accused.

The orders were pronounced by the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Charanjit Arora, while convicting Surinder Singh, owner of M/s Gurmit Textiles, Ludhiana, in a complaint filed against him by Mr Sukhdev Raj, properitor of M/s S K Traders, Narinder Nagar, near Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana.

"As awarding of sentence and imposition of fine is not going to result in any monetary relief to the complainant, who has apparently suffered a huge loss due to non-payment of supplied goods by the accused, I also deem it proper to invoke the provisions of Section 357, CrPC. Accordingly, a compensation of Rs 50,000 under th Section is also, hereby, awarded to be paid by the accused to the complainant.'', observed the Judge .

The complainant had submitted that the accused had purchased yarn from him. In order to discharge his liability towards payment of price of the yarn, he issued a cheque for Rs 1,33,600 in August, 2002. But when the cheque was presented to the bank, the same was dishonured with the remarks "exceeds arrangement".

Despite serving legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, added the complainant. On the other hand, the accsued denied any liability. It was stressed by the defence counsel that the complainant did not supply any goods to the accused after advance recipt of the cheque. Since, there was no liabilty on the part of accused towards the complainant, he could not be convicted.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the Judge observed that the complainant had produced on record three bills issued by him to the accused.



Ex-MLA accuses ADC of contempt of court
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Former Minister and Kila Raipur MLA Jagdish Singh Garcha today accused the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mr Priyank Bharti, of committing contempt of court by not stopping development works in some areas of the Assembly segment, despite these having been stopped by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Addressing a press conference here today, the former minister alleged that against rules, the ADC(D) had released grants for execution of development works to the executive officer of the panchayat samiti.

He claimed that these should have been released to the panchayats. He said that earlier these grants were distributed among panchayats only. However, the ADC later clubbed various grants to make the amount to Rs10 lakh or more so that these could be handed over to the panchayat samiti.

He alleged that this was being done only in panchayats with sarpanchs belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal. He pointed out there was obvious bias in the order as the government did not wan tAkali sarpanches to get works executed the way they wanted.He said, some sarpanches had moved the court which had stayed the execution of works till further orders.

Mr Garcha claimed that although the ADC had issued written orders directing the Block Development Officers of the Dehlon and Pakhowal blocks to stop work, in practical terms he had not done nothing in this direction.He alleged that the district administration appeared to be keen on completing the works by the next date of hearing in the court, which was next week.

Mr Jatinderpal Singh Saluja, general secretary of the Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, and some of the sarpanches, including Mr Prem Singh from Kalakh, Mr Joginder Singh from Mehma Singhwala and Palwinder Singh from Mini Chhapar, who were also present on the occasion, alleged that the work going on in the area was also not satisfactory as low quality material was being used . 



Little ‘Krishnas’ steal hearts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
Cherry Lane Play School celebrated Independence Day and Janmashtami here today. To acquaint children with National Heroes, they were asked to come dressed as different netas who played an important role in India’s freedom struggle.

With Nehru caps and Tricolour flags in hand , the little ones marched to the tunes of patriotic songs like “Nanha munna rahi hun,”

To celebrate Janmashtami, some kids were dressed up as Krishna complete with his flute and his “mukt” of peacock feathers. The principal told the students about the life of Lord Krishna in a story form.

Tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise, celebrated Janmashtami with fervour here. Many came dressed as Krishna, and Sudama. The little ones performed Raslila which was celebrated at Everest Play-Way and Nursery School here. was appreciated by all.



Badal misleading people: Dullo
Tribune News Service

Hambran (Ludhiana), August 11
In his continued tirade against the former Chief Minister and the Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo today charged him and other SAD leaders of encouraging terrorism in the state.

He claimed that it was the Congress which under the “brave and bold” leadership of the late Beant Singh had wiped out terrorism and restored peace and democracy to the state.

Addressing a Jan Sampark rally in the Dakha Assembly segment here today, he alleged that the Akalis had created ‘marjiwas’ (suicide squads) and launched several morchas to instigate terrorism, which had led to death of 26,000 innocent people in the state.

He claimed that Mr Badal and other leaders had been attending bhog ceremonies of “killers”. He said now the state government had requested the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and Dr Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, to give compensation to terrorists-affected families on the pattern of 1984 riot victims.

Lashing out at Mr. Badal for his “misleading propaganda”, Mr Dullo said he had always exploited the sentiments of the people in the name of religion and caste. In reality he had done nothing whenever in power for farmers and other sections.

The PCC president said the Congress government had kept most of the promises made in the election manifesto. He appealed to the people to compare the performance of the Congress government with the earlier government of the SAD- BJP and give another chance to Congress.

Mr Lal Singh, Rural Development, Panchayat, Food and Supply Minister, addressing the conference criticised the Akali leadership for exploiting the emotions of people in the name of the Panth.

Among others who addressed the conference were Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Mr Avtar Singh Brar, vice president, PPCC, Mr Jasbir Singh, ex-Minister, Mr Harmohinder Singh vice president, PPCC, Mr Ravinder Anwla President, PYC, Mr Bhalinder Singh, president, DCC (R), and others. 



Mann accuses CM of double standards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann today alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was adopting double standards on issue of involvement of his brother-in-law, Mr Natwar Singh in the ‘food for oil’ scam.

The SAD(A) leader alleged that both were hand in glove. He alleged that the Punjab Government’s decision of granting land to Reliance Industries much against the wishes of his government and the Opposition must be viewed in the same context.

Mr Mann said while he had been tried on the charges of sedition and put behind bars, Mr Natwar Singh, who had caused severe damage to the country by betraying the country’s trust, were moving around scot free.



Fifth pay panel an eyewash: pensioners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
The Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association has dubbed the Punjab Cabinet’s decision to set up Fifth Punjab Pay Commission to review the pay scales and emoluments of its employees an eyewash.

In a communication to Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla, the association said there was no mention of terms of reference, time limit for submission of recommendations, interim relief, retirement benefits, etc. in the decision.

Conveying its resentment over unfulfilled demands, the association asked the Finance Minister to merge 50 per cent DA with basic pension for pre-April, 2004 retirees.

The pensioners sought old age allowance at the age of 80, as was being given to MLA pensioners in the state. The third Punjab Pay Commission also made a recommendation to this effect 18 years ago.

They also sought hike in medical allowance, as they rued that they had been paid Rs 250 per month for the past more than eight years.



Rs 5 crore grant to develop Focal Point 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The state government has sanctioned a grant of Rs 5 crore to develop Focal Point here.It includes repairing damaged roads, laying of sewerage, development of green parks and planting 20,000 saplings in the area.

The annoucement to this effect was made by city Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, during a meeting with industrialists of Focal Point. Mr Gill said all roads from Oswal Hospital to other parts of Focal Point would be recarpeted. Sewerage would be laid afresh so as to cope with the waste water discharged by the industries. Green belts would be provided to the area suffocated with polllution.

The Mayor said that the Commissioner of MC, Mr Vikas Partap, would visit Focal Point on August 18 and development work would start from August 21.

Under the green ludhiana campaign, as many as 20,000 saplings would be planted in the area, said the Mayor. Thanking the local body for listening to the grievances of industrialists, Mr Rajnish Ahuja, an office-bearer of the Focal Point Infrastructure Development Committee said that they would also leave no stone unturned to keep their area clean.

He said they would put up distbins at various places and those littering would be handed over to authorities concerned for challaning. “It is our duty to keep it clean now. We will ask all our association members to have a civic sense so that Focal Point remains clean.

The Mayor said the city would go green this Independence Day. They would distribute 30,000 guava saplings among schoolchildren for planting these at their houses.

This would be a part of the MC’s campaign to make the city greener. The Mayor said that modalities of the scheme were worked out in a meeting between him and the MC Commissioner, Mr Vikas Partap. 



Plea to restore traffic lights

Ludhiana, August 11
Chaos continues to rule Division No. 3 chowk, the most congested point in the old city, owing to nonfunctional traffic lights, installed at an exorbitant cost over 10 years ago. The junction, where six major roads converge, presents an ugly picture of traffic anarchy at peak hours, putting hundreds of motorists to inconvenience.

Traffic jams are commonplace here and the problem is aggravated by roadside encroachments done by fruit and vegetable sellers.

Dr Banarsi Dass Malhotra, who runs a clinic on the Gaushala Road, has urged the new Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner Vikas Partap to ease the congestion at the junction by fixing the traffic lights. The traffic lights, which were installed by the corporation under a World Bank-funded project, have never worked.

In a recent letter to the Commissioner, Dr Malhotra, who also heads the Doctors’ Cell of the local Congress unit, alleged that traffic lights at the junction had not been fixed because of the influence by encroachers. OC



Quiz on freedom fighters

Ludhiana, August 11
An inter house quiz, ‘Jung-Ay-Azadi’ was conducted at BCM School, Dugri, here today to commemmorate the sacrifices of those courageous freedom fighters. The four teams that participated were Azadi Ka Parwane, Azad-e-Hind, Shaheed-e-Azam and Elan-e-Jung stepped into the arena with collages prepared by them on the theme. Each team was also given a minute for presentation.

The quiz content had four rounds-a general question answer round, a computer visual round, a clue round and a rapid fire round quiz. OC



Booked for backing out of land deal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The City police has booked Tehal Singh, son of Karnail Singh of Mahon village of this tehsil under Sections 406 and 420 on the complaint of Pawan Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana, for backing out of a deal over a piece of land after receiving payment thereof.

According to sources, Tehal Singh and his brother had agreed to sell Pawan Kumar a 34 kanal 4 marla piece of land at the rate of Rs 18,55,000 per acre.

An amount of Rs 9 lakh was given on the spot, out of which Tehal Singh’s share came to Rs 2 lakh.The date for documentation was fixed for April 30, 2005,and then May 30. In the meanwhile, another agreement was reached with Tehal Singh on August 12 in respect of sale of land measuring 45 kanals 2 marlas at the rate of Rs. 18,40,000 per acre.

This property was joint holding of Rajinder Singh, Tehal Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Gurpinder Singh. From the payments made, Tehal Singh got Rs 6,85,000 b as his share. An amount of Rs 14,45,000 was deposited in the bank account of his wife.

Though he received payment for his share in the piece of land measuring 3 kanals 13 marlas, he did not arrange for the sale deed for the same.



LMA holds seminar on service tax

Ludhiana, August 11
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a talk on “Service tax: burning issues concerning trade & industry” here last evening.
A new mechanism for grievance redressal had been put in place, “which would substantially reduce litigation and foster relationship of partnership”, said Mr V.K. Garg, Commissioner, Central Excise and Taxation, who was the keynote speaker.

The trade policy was not fully comprehensive. It required modifications from time to time. This would be done through continuous upgradation based on the changing dynamics of international trade and in partnership with business and industry, he added. Mr J.K. Mittal, an expert in service tax issues, shared ideas related to comprehensive foreign trade policy to make India a global trade player . “It is difficult to believe that the legislature could have intended to bring about a result so drastic in its consequences”, he said.

He spoke about evaluation of prospective customers, telemarketing, processing of purchase order, information and travelling of delivery of schedules and managing distribution and logistics strategies.

Mr M.C. Munjal proposed the vote of thanks.

Service Tax has crossed 12 years and is applicable to 96 services as compared to only three when it was initiated in 1994. It is not only one of the widest and most complicated of tax laws, but also the least understood. TNS



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