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Badal, Makkar looting gurdwaras: Bajwa
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Dehlon (Ludhiana), August 16
The Congress may be swearing by secularism. But when it comes to addressing the issues of constituency like Kila Raipur, Congress leaders do not mind harping on the religious tune.

Addressing a rally in the Kila Raipur assembly segment here today, the Minister for Public Works Development and Education, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, resorted to the perfect Panthic tune. In a bid to counter the panthic agenda of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Bajwa said the Congress in the state was led by Capt Amarinder Singh, who belonged to the family which had the direct blessings of Guru Gobind Singh.

He said the Captain's family was still in possession of two nishan sahibs and 20 shastras (the weapons) handed over to them by the Guru himself. Moreover, he asserted the panthic credentials of the Chief Minister and other leaders.

Compared to this, he alleged that the Akalis led by Parkash Singh Badal and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar were looting gurdwaras. He alleged that Mr Badal had collected a huge wealth by corrupt means from Punjab and invested in Delhi and other parts of the world.

All-India Congress Committee secretary Manish Tiwari, while addressing the rally, said it was the Congress only which had made a Sikh, Dr Manmohan Singh, as the Prime Minister. Appealing the people to return the Congress to power, Tiwari said with a friendly government at the Centre, people of the state stood to benefit more now.

Mr Jesse Khangura, the prospective candidate of the Congress from Kila Raipur, was more aggressive in his speech. He declared that his opponents would not be allowed to win from here. He asserted that nobody would be allowed to resort to any foul means.

Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, the Congress in charge of the Kila Raipur assembly segment, listed various achievements of the government. He said as he had promised to the people that he would stay back and work with them, he had kept it and brought in investments worth about Rs 100 crore for improving the basic amenities in the area.

Mr Avtar Singh Latala, the chairman, Block Samiti, Kila Raipur, asserted that the people of the area had resolved to ensure that the Congress wins from the constituency again. He claimed that the sitting MLA, Mr Jagdish Garcha, had not done nothing for the constituency even when he was the minister. He said the Congress government had changed the face of the constituency.

Earlier, Mr Bajwa laid down a foundation stone of the Dehlon- Pakhowal Road, which was the long-pending demand of the people of the area. Mr Bajwa alleged that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, when he was elected from here, had also promised to construct this road but had never done so.

Dakha MLA Milkiat Singh Dakha was also present on the occasion.



UP mafia behind luxury car thefts
2 gangsters flee; stolen Merc, Pajero recovered from Muktsar
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

The stolen cars recovered from Muktsar by Khanna police
The stolen cars recovered from Muktsar by Khanna police. — A Tribune photograph.

Khanna, August 16
The Uttar Pradesh mafia, which has been hogging headlines for kidnapping for ransom and robbery, is now found involved in getting top-end cars stolen from Chandigarh and Punjab.

The mafia was operating through two car lifters of Muktsar who narrowly escaped the police arrest in Khanna on August 1 when they tried to steal an Innova car on gun point.

The mafia’s involvement has come to light following the police investigation into the incident.

Khanna police officials revealed to the Ludhiana Tribune today that a gang with UP connections was behind the sensational stealing of a Mercedes car from Chandigarh and Rs 47-lakh Pajero from Mohali. These costly vehicles were stolen a few months ago.

It was probably the first lifting of such costly cars which have in-built strong security systems.

Some incriminating documents in the possession of the police point out that the gang was being regularly guided by the mafia in Uttar Pradesh and can be even smuggling narcotics like heroin in Punjab.

The gang members had allegedly become so daring that they even took an Innova car on installments on forged papers from a bank in Khanna.

Later, a threatening call from a mafia don Dhananjay Singh from Uttar Pradesh to the bank official spread terror in the town.

The Khanna police is on the constant prowl of a high-profile gang of car lifters, which excels only in targeting top-end cars like Mercedes and Pajero.

Though the CIA wing of the Khanna police has managed to recover several stolen cars, including a Rs 27-lakh Mercedes, stolen from Chandigarh, and another Rs 47-lakh Pizzaro, stolen from Mohali, the two key members of the gang were yet to be nabbed.

SSP Khanna M.F. Farooqi and CIA in charge Inspector Mukhwinder Singh said the two youths, were identified as Bhupinder Singh and Vishwadeep Singh alias Sandy of Muktsar.

Cutting above the hordes of vehicle-stealing gangs busted routinely, this gang had stacked the costly cars in Muktsar.

The police officials believed the gang was working on a contract of sorts for the mafia as they were stealing one costly car after another to be delivered later in one go.

The police officials revealed that the theft of the Mercedes from Chandigarh was one of the biggest car-stealing incident in the northern region and had shook the police of many states.

An insurance company which had to compensate the loss to car owner, had also announced a cash reward of Rs 20,000 to anyone who would recover the car.

Then came the equally shocking lifting of a Pajero near Dara Studio, Mohali.

The Punjab Police too was alerted about the gang as the two incidents suggested it was the work of one gang only.

As the gang was active in Khanna, a special investigation team, consisting of SP, Detective, Sushil Kumar, DSP, Detective, Jhilmil Singh Luchd, Inspector Mukhwinder Singh and Inspector G.P. Singh, was put on a high alert by the SSP.

The investigation team has managed to gather enough evidence and claims to be close to catching the criminals. 



Congress leaders allege police harassment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Mr A N Mishra, president of the labour wing of the District Youth Congress, and Mr Shambu Kumar Singh, a former District Congress Committee general secretary, today alleged that the police was harassing them and their workers.

They alleged that the strike in one of the industrial units which was going on in for some days was deliberately being prolonged as the police had a vested interest in it.

Mr Mishra and Mr Shambu told The Tribune on telephone that the police personnel were not interested in getting the strike called off. Recently they had held a workers meeting to motivate them to call of their strike.

However, some police personnel of the area came to the venue and threatened the workers. "It appears that the police personnel have a vested interest to get the strike prolonged", they alleged.

The Congress leaders claimed that some of the labourers had started moving back to their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to strike and victimisation by police.

Mr Shambu alleged that earlier he was implicated in a false case. When he got the bail, another case was slapped on him by the police allegedly with a motive that he is not able to resolve the workers' dispute. They have appealed to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene as nobody was prepared to listen to their grievance.



Tension grips village over construction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Tension between two communities over a piece of land allegedly used as a burial ground has gripped the Noorwalah village even as the Salem Tabri police has booked a number of villagers to maintain law and order.

The trouble arose when the villagers protested to some construction at the dispurted land. The Salem Tabri police kept tempers under control but the situation was tense in the village.

The police has booked Baldev Singh, Sartinder Singh, Vedpal Bedi and several other unidentified persons for distrubing law and order. No one has been arrested so far. The accused person have, however, claimed that they have been falsely implicated in the case.



Poll on mind, Mann forms committees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) supremo, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, has constituted various committees of senior party leaders to streamline the functioning of the party and to put the party into election mode in view of the coming Assembly elections.

The committees include the co-ordination committee with Charan Singh Lohara, Prof Jagmohan Singh, Bhai Ram Singh, Prof Mohinderpal Singh, Mr Surinderpal Singh and Mr Jagir S.Wadala as members.

The manifesto committee comprises of Mr Daljit Singh, Prof Jagmohan Singh, Mr Gurjatinderpal Singh Bikhiwind and Mr Satnam Singh Behru as members.

The media committee includes Prof Jagmohan Singh (chief spokesperson), Mr Balwinder Singh Jhabal, Mr Anoop Singh Minhas, Prof Mohinderpal Singh, Mr Jaskaran Singh Kansinghwala and Mr Gursewak Singh Jawaharke as members.

The foreign affairs committee includes Mr Surinderpal Singh, Harpal Singh Cheema, Charan Singh Lohara, Prof Jagmohan Singh and Bhai Ram Singh as members.

Mr Daljeet Singh, Mr Dhian Singh Mand, Mr Nirmal Singh Gharacho, Mr Swarn Singh Panjgraian, and Mr Jagdhir Singh Katron are members of the disciplinary committee.

The financial affairs committee includes Mr Harpal Singh Cheema, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, Bhai Ram Singh and Mr Gursharari S G. 



Bagga unfurls flag at 14 places
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
If the number of Independence Day functions Mr Madan Lal Bagga, Municipal Councillor from ward number 4, presided over is any indication, he appears to be determined to contest the next assembly elections from the Ludhiana North. He unfurled the Tricolour at 14 places throughout the constituency.

Mr Bagga is learnt to have made it clear to his supporter that he was keen on contesting elections from the Ludhiana North assembly segment. His ward number four also falls in the constituency. He enjoys a considerable clout in other wards as well. Even today he handed over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh to members of the managing committee of Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital. The amount was sanctioned by Ludhiana East MLA and parliamentary secretary Surinder Dawer.

Interestingly Mr Bagga was accompanied by several Congress leaders, including the District Youth Congress president Dimple Rana and the Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Pappi Prashar and others.

It is learnt that Mr Bagga was being projected as a prospective candidate by a section of the Congress leadership opposed to the sitting MLA and the minister, Mr Rakesh Pandey. Mr Pandey is currently out of the country. He has been winning from here for last three consecutive terms.



Farmers demand bonus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
It is probably for the first time that a farmers’ congregation, assembled at Isru to commemorate the martyrdom of late Karnail Singh Isru, matched in size the rallies by the Congress and the Shriomani Akali Dal.

The congregation was jointly addressed by the leaders of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) and the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal).

The farmers asserted that they still had not got their due rights even after 59 years of Independence.

They also passed several resolutions unanimously. These related to waiving off the loans, improving their economy and improving the rural education.

Talking to The Tribune, the BKU leader, Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal pointed out that recently the government of India waived off loans of big industrialists to the tune of Rs 44,000 crore.

But when it came to providing relief to the farmers, the government claimed that economy was not stable, he said.

The BKU leaders urged the Chief Minister to pay the pending bonus announced for the farmers at the time of government formation.

They also demanded improvement in the rural education system which was in quite a bad shape.



Janmashtami celebrated with enthusiasm
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 16
The festival of Janamashtami was celebrated with great fervour at local town and the surrounding villages. Though the organisers had illuminated the temples for past two days, formal celebrations started with ‘parbhat pheris’ today morning.

A large number of devotees, reciting bhajans and shlokas, walked through the streets early in the morning. Various religious and social organisations arranged tea and snacks for the devotees during “parbhat pheri”. Ladies performed kirtan at a majority of temples.

Devotees kept pouring on various temples during the whole day. More enthusiastic devotees visited almost all temples to watch jhankis in advance. Little kids were in demand for preparing jhankis.

Besides Shree Ram Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Sat Narayan Mandir, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Geeta Bhavan, Vishwakarma Mandir, Hanuman Mandir and Balmiki Mandir at local town, temples at Pohir, Jandali, Kanganwal, Barundi, Dehlon, Dhulkot and Sihar villages were decorated beautifully.

Light and sound musical programmes were arranged at many temples. 



Poets, journalists honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
The Komi Sahitya Kala Parishad organised a felicitation function to honour poets and journalists at the Punjabi Bhawan here on Monday 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.

Prominent among those present included the president of the parishad, Dr Ranjit Singh, and the secretary, Mr Tarlochan Singh, Prof Gurbhajan Gill and others. The speakers lauded the contribution of the recipients towards the Punjabi language.

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



Celebrations turn sour as Tricolour loses colour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Independence Day celebrations of a family turned sour yesterday when a new flag they had bought from a shop in Ghumar Mandi got discoloured a few hours after the celebration.

Mr Anubhav Maheshwari , a class- 8 student in Sacred Heart Convent School, told Ludhiana Tribune that he along with other children of neighbhouring houses in Gurdev Nagar were shocked at the disrespect shown to the flag by the shopkeeper or the manufacturer.

In a complaint to Ludhiana Tribune, the children said the shopkeeper had sold them an inferior quality flag whose colours gave way after a few hours of hoisting. They claimed when they complained to the shopkeeper, he refused to return the flag.

The children have urged the District Magistrate and the SSP of the city to take action against the shopkeeper or the manufacturer of the flag under relevant Act.



Payal celebrates I-Day with fervour
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 16
The 59th Independence Day celebrations at Payal were marked with fervour with the SDM, Payal, Mr Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal, unfurling the tricolour at the grain market today in the morning.

A total of 12 drivers, who rescued the persons drowning in Sidwan Canal last week, 3 CPOs and a team of Armymen led by Col Dal Singh were especially honoured for courage shown in trying moments.



Pensioners celebrate I-Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
Punjab and Central Government pensioners celebrated Independence Day with great joy at Mini Secretariat here yesterday. About 200 pensioners gathered at the function. Mr B.R. Kaushal, chairman, Pensioner Information Centre, presided over the function and Mr HS Kahlon proposed a vote of thanks. 



Martyrs remembered
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 16
The Lok Seva Society (Regd), Jagaron, organised “Ek Shaam Shaheedon Ke Naam” on the premises of L.R. DAV College and the same was presided over by Mr Major Singh Bhaini.

Six tricycles were donated to handicapped persons. The mediapersons and students who achieved top positions were also honoured. A colourful cultural programme was also presented.



2 held with opium
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 16
The Sidhwan Bet police in two separate incidents arrested two persons and recovered opium form their possession. Sub-Inspector Jaswinder Singh, In charge, Gunda Staff, on a tip-off arrested Inderjit Singh, hailing from Malak, from Bodalwala village area and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession.

In the second incident, Boota Singh of Hans Kalan was arrested by ASI Satnam Singh from Abbupura village and recovered 250 gm of opium from his possession.

12 booked for assault: As many as 12 persons intercepted Gurmeet Singh of Rasulpur Mallah village and assaulted him. They also snatched two cell phones, watch and cash from him.

The injured has been admitted in Civil Hospital, Jagaron. Some old enmity is said to be the reason behind the assault. No arrest has been made so far.



Expo on interiors, buildings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
As many as 65 companies would participate in Inside Outside, an exhibition on interior design, furniture and furnishings, building and construction, which would be inaugurated here tomorrow. The show, being held in the city for the sixth consecutive year, would also hold an architects' meet on Saturday.

According to a spokesperson, the show would endeavour to provide its participants opportunity to promote their sales and business transactions. Among those who would participate are Grasim Industries,. Stanley Seatings, Kajaria Ceramics, Unicorn Impex, Berger Paints, Valpaint, Grundfos, Ramco Industries and various others.

Mr J.K. Gupta, chairman, Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects, informed that the architects meet would focus on 'Modern Architectural Mantra-glass buildings, malls and multiplexes'.

He said the focus of technical presentations would be discussing various aspects of this emerging field like role of building material in relation to sustainability, global warming and depletion of natural resources.



State Bank of Bikaner plans expansion in region
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 16
With a view to catering to growing requirements of its customers in this region, the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur has chalked out extensive expansion plans for its branches in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated by Mr K.L. Kalra, deputy general manager (Delhi zone), of the bank at an exporters' meeting organised here on Monday.

Addressing exporters, Mr Kalra said the bank had recently opened a regional office in Chandigarh so as to ensure speedy delivery of credit to customers in this region.

The bank recorded a turnover of Rs 40,000 crore in the previous year and projected this figure to move upwards to Rs 50,000 crore this financial year, he added.

He said the bank was fully computerised and all branches were on the core banking solution (CBS) as a result of which its customers were able to transact business from any of its branches.

Internet banking facility had also been provided in select branches and would soon be implemented at various other branches. "The entire SBI group will be on the network in the coming days and over 15,000 outlets available to our clients to access their accounts," he stated.

Mr Kalra said the bank was laying a special emphasis on customer service and had introduced Grahak Mitra and single window system at select branches.

Mr Ashok Pradhan, chief manger, credit, Mr Amit Roy Chaudhry, chief manager, IB head office, and Mr R.K. Sahni, general manger, Chandigarh region, were also present on the occasion.



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